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Kogi workers vow to deploy PVCS against Government over minimum wage

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Kogi workers vow to deploy PVCS against Government over minimum wage

By John Akubo

Organized Labour in Kogi State have vowed to deploy their PVCS to reply the Government of the day in 2019, if they continue to play politics with the issue of their N30, 000 minimum wage

Hundreds of the State workers in compliance with the directive of the national body took to the streets yesterday to protest and press home their demand for the payment of N30,000 as national minimum wage.
Led by the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Onuh Edoka, the workers threatened Government to overlook minimum wage and risk being voted out.
They spoke as they marched through major streets in Lokoja and ended the protest march at the Government Lokoja.
At the Government House gate they submitted a letter for onward transmission to president Muhammad Buhari to accede to the demand of labour for the minimum wage.
The state Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Onuh Edoka while delivering the letter said workers are not slaves and government must pay what is due to them.
Edoka stressed the need for the federal government to see to the implementation of the minimum wage, even as he alleged that the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige is frustrating the good intention of the Buhari led administration.

He further pointed out that the intrigues and antics being deployed by the labour minister was anything but encouraging, insisting that N30, 000 was nothing compared to what some top government officials were spending on monthly basis to feed their dogs.

According to the NLC chairman, even if other campaign promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 cannot be realized, the issue of minimum wage must be a reality, even as he stressed that some government officials are frustrating the noble intention of the federal government
According to him, the Minister of labour and productivity, Chris Ngige was the one frustrating the efforts of labour on the issue saying the N30,000 demanded as minimum wage was not enough to feed the dog of a top government functionary.
Responding, the chief of staff to the governor, Edward Onoja who received the protesters on behalf of governor Bello, commended the workers for their orderly disposition, promising to convey their message to the appropriate quarters.

He said the state government will soon pay four months salaries for staff of tertiary institutions in the state while other categories of workers will be paid three months .

He said the payment will be made from the proceed of the 15. 1 billion Paris club received of which #13.8 billion is remaining after all deductions

The chief of staff further assured workers of the commitment of the present administration in the staff to their welfare, even as he called for their support and cooperation in taking the state to enviable heights.

He stressed that the threat by the organized labour to shut down the entire system in the country on the 6th of November, may never happen as efforts are being intensified by governments at all levels to reach an amicable settlement on the matter.

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Monday, said Nigeria that was a shinning star in the 60s is now a shadow of its glorious past, now pushed further into a deep mess with ethnicity as as the supreme order.

Speaking at his official presentation of his autobiography “Made in Aba” in Abuja, the Abia Senator said Nigeria has continually regressed and the citizens were now reclining into their ethnic enclaves.

Abaribe noted that the country has regressed to the level that it would be difficult for any citizen to survive “if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave.”

He said: “I try to say a few things (in the book) that we might have forgotten. Why is it that we had a better life – we had pipe borne water, we had electricity 24 hours – in the 1960s?

“Now it is 50-60 years later, every person has to have borehole in his house. So he becomes his own NEPA generating power for himself; he becomes his own water board. Then I asked, why would life be like this? I tried to caption the reason why we are where we are today.

“I also tried to capture that there was a Nigeria, where it is said, in our former anthem, that though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand.”

He said in his early career life, he secured jobs and got promotions in places outside his southeast region only based on merit without anyone asking where he came from.

“Now, what we have done is that we have a big Nigeria that has continually regressed and now all of us are into our ethnic enclaves.

“And if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave, you won’t be able to survive in Nigeria today.

“In the book, I also look at the possibility of Nigeria that we may have assuming if each and everyone of us is committed to the country.”

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Bauchi/Benue Govs’ feud: Gov Diri to the rescue

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Bauchi/Benue Govs’ feud: Gov Diri to the rescue

By Princess Rose Yusuf

The Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri has waded in to the war of words between the Governors of Bauchi and Benue State as the recent altercations between the Governors have become very disturbing.
He called on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to wade in and ensure that the matter is resolved.
He was speaking during a courtesy visit to Governor Bala Muhammed in Bauchi State Government’s House Thursday.
Diri said,
“The raging current issue between two brother Governors of the same party is not good, I seize this opportunity to advise and call on both of you who are members of our great party to please cease further actions and reactions on the burning national security issues.
“May I also use the opportunity to call on our party to immediately intervene and resolve whatever issues that are still yet unresolved amicably as a party and as brothers.”

In his response, Governor Muhammed promised to cooperate and reduce the tension and he gave the assurance that no words would be heard on the matter again. He also seized the opportunity to  apologise to all Governors, the national assembly, his constituents and all Nigerians.
He said, “There is no disharmony between me and my brother and my friend in Benue, we are just having the courage to discourse a burning National issue and I am happy that Nigerians have the opportunity, to discourse the issue and we are going to do everything on my own part to make sure we disedcalate the issue that it will not bring injury to our party and to national unity. I was not doing anything in anyway to insult, or to cause any injury to my brother whom I have worked together with at the cabinet and now as Governors.
“I want to use this opportunity to apologise to my various contituencies; especially the national assembly even though I said the truth but it has injured their sensibilities or it has touched on their privileged as we used to say in parliamentary parlance.
“I was doing it out of nationalism and patriotism. At the same time the Governors if what I said was also injurious to them, I apologise to them and say sorry to them and indeed all Nigerians.
“But certainly as I said, my brother, I have no apology for saying the truth, but certainly sometimes you say the truth and it would be injurious.

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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was confirmed after being grilled during Senate plenary.

For more than six years the commission was headed by persons in acting capacity.

For the first time a staff of the commission who is not a police officer is being appointed as chairman.
He rose through the ranks from the academy before being nominated to head the commission.

The Anti graft agency’s chairmanship designate reacted to a plethora of questions posed by Senators on his preparedness for the job, given his age and working in a complex society like Nigeria, at planary

Bawa, addressed most of the concerns of lawmakers, while assuring that he would bring his experience to bear having joined the agency in 2004.

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