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NAN Joint Union says no rumble in Agency, asks general public to disregard Suleiman, AUPCTRE

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NAN Joint Union says no rumble in Agency, asks general public to disregard Suleiman, AUPCTRE

The Joint Union in the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) made up of Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), Radio Television and Thearter Workers Union (RATTAWU) and Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporation and Government owned Companies (SSASCGOC) has called on their members and the general public to disregard a story titled “Rumble at NAN: Staff kick over move to replace Igbo with Northerner as Editor-in-Chief”, published by an online platform.

The Joint Union also called on their members and members of the general public to disregard another write up titled “That fake report on who becomes NAN Editor-in-Chief”, by one Mr Haruna G. Suleiman who claimed to be leader of Almagamated Union of public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Service Employees (AUPCTRE) in NAN.

Comrade Collins Yakubu-Hammer, the Acting Chairman of NUJ, NAN Chapel and also the Secretary of the Joint Union in NAN in a statement on Satruday in Abuja said the story titled “Rumble at NAN: Staff kick over move to replace Igbo with Northerner as Editor-in-Chief” was fake, divisive, inciting, misleading, devoid of ethical professionalism and a disgrace to journalism.

According to him, the story was a fragment of the writer’s imagination that is meant to disrupt and destabilise the peace, harmony and unity among the staff in the Agency who have always profess their belief and allegiance to the Federal Government and one indivisible Nigeria.

“That story is tantamount to treason, thus, we call on the Managing Director of NAN, Executive Chairman of Federal Character Commission and Attorney General of the Federaration to jointly file a law suit against both the writer and media outfit that published the story.

“This is because the writer is trying to instigate a bloody tribal war in the Agency. Even thought the story was badly written with bias and unprofessionalistic touch of journalism, the writer should not be allowed to go unpunished.

“NAN is a family that do not tolerate or promote any form of tribal, religious or ethnocentric agenda. We consider all the staff in NAN as Nigerians with equal rights and privileges. We are for justice, equity and fairness

“I want to state categorically that NUJ, RATTAWU and SSASCGOC in NAN condemn the story in it entirety and disassociate ourselves from such a myopic and unprofessional write up.

“The authentic position of the matter is that the Joint Union in seeking clarafication met with the Managing Director of the NAN, Mr Buki Ponle last month on a petition sent to us by a staff who felt aggrieved on the recent promotion in the Agency.

“The Managing Director told the Joint Union that same petition was already before the Honorable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and thus he would not be able to say or do something that could undermine the powers of the Minister. He then advised the union to hold on for response from the Minister. That is the level we are now.

“However, we call on the MD of NAN, Mr Buki Ponle to be resolute in moving the Agency forward. He should not allow the fake and myopic story by unpatriotic elements and agents of destabilisation to prevent him from doing the needful to enhance the welfare and condition of service for staff of the Agency.

“We also appeal to the MD to fast track plans and efforts on the modalities of expanding the editorial department and others to enhance career progression of staff in the Agency,” Yakubu-Hammer said.

On another story titled “That fake report on who becomes NAN Editor-in-chief”, written by Suleiman, Yakubu-Hammer described the story as an unfortunate fiction filled with unnecessary permutations to deceive the general public that the writer was involve in the Joint Union struggle on the matter with an insidious intention to claim an unmerited glory either by hook or crook.

Explaining further, Yakubu-Hammer said that from when the petition was sent to the Joint Union in NAN including AUPCTRE by the aggrieved staff, Mr Suleiman told NUJ, RATTAWU and SSASCGOC in the Agency that he and members of AUPCTRE in NAN are not part of the Joint Union struggle on the matter.

“Therefore, Suleiman, who is currently on secondment to another agency has no legal or moral right to write or say anything on the matter publicly. In fact, it is shameful that after he and AUPCTRE opted out, he is now coming to claim a position and talk on the same matter. Why is he talking on the matter now? ” Yakubu-Hammer asked.

Yakubu-Hammer called on Suleiman, who use to be AUPCTRE Chairman in NAN before going on secondment to stop talking on a matter that does not concern him.

“Someone on secondment cannot be the Chairman of a Joint Union or a union in an Agency that he or she has left. It is unheard of and tantamount to impersonation.

“I hereby called on all staff in the Agency and general public to disregard any view or write up by Suleiman concerning the joint union in the Agency on the recent promotion, petition against same and any other (union) matter in the Agency.

“He is currently on secondment and should concentrate on his new place of work and stop poke nosing into the activities of the Joint Union in NAN. He should also allow other Executives of AUPCTRE in NAN to pilot the affairs of its members.

“However, the Joint Union in NAN will continue to maintain industrial harmony in the Agency, struggle for justice and better welfare for its members regardless of tribal, regional, religious or political affiliation,” Yakubu-Hammer said.

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Jamb conducts tests for interior ministry’s recruitments

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To ensure transparency in the conduct of Computer-Based Aptitude Test for recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) the Ministry of Interior has said it will sustain the partnership with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB)
The ministry indicated that the collaboration is aimed at providing all eligible and qualified Nigerians who applied for various positions in the Services under the Ministry’s purview equal opportunity to be employed into the Services.
This was contained in a statement issued Tuesday by Director (Press & Public Relations)
Mohammed Manga.
The state explained that the partnership
is also in line with the present administration’s policy thrust of ensuring transparency in the conduct of government business.
It would be recalled that the Minister of Interior and Chairman,  Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB), Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola recently assured Nigerians that the Ministry will ensure transparency in the recruitment processes in to the services.
To this end, the Ministry has concluded arrangements with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board to conduct the aptitude test for eligible candidates into the Nigeria Immigration Service on the 7th of December 2020 while that of the NSCDC is expected to hold 8th December, 2020 in the 36 States of the  Federation  and the federal capital territory.
“The Ministry has also worked out modalities to enable qualified candidates access the notification for the aptitude tests for CBAT from 6pm on 1st December, 2020 through their e-mail addresses and phone numbers.
“Accordingly, all candidates who applied for NIS  are expected to visit the Website of the Service at https://immigrationrecruitment.org.ng while those who applied for NSCDC and subsequently updated their educational records are to visit https://cdfipb.careers to print individual letters of invitation.

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2020 IDPWD: Humanitarian Ministry Presents Palliative to the Vulnerable in the Mosque

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2020 IDPWD: Humanitarian Ministry Presents Palliative to the Vulnerable in the Mosque

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development on Friday made a symbolic presentation of gifts to the vulnerable at the FCDA Central Mosque Abuja to commemorate the 2020 International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

Representative of the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Sadiya Umar Farouk, Deputy Director of Humanitarian Affairs Department, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman said” the presentation is on behalf of the Honourable Minister and the Permanent Secretary.

The Imam of the FCDA Central Mosque, Mallam Abdallah Ahmad Karshi, appreciated the gesture of the Ministry as he lauded the ministry for the good reports on its activities.

He said, “when somebody meets the needs of others, God will also meet theirs.

He promised to ensure the distribution of the items is done transparently to reach the targeted persons within the Mosque as he prayed for the Progress of the Ministry.

The items include 5 bags of Rice,5 Cartons of milk, 20 wrappers, bail of clothes and cash donation.

The Jumat Prayers will be followed by a Church Service on Sunday, 29th November, 2020 at St. Matthews Anglican Church Gwarinpa and other activities lined up for the commemoration.

The annual global commemoration of the International Day for PWDS is aimed at promoting the rights and well being of the Persons With Disabilities in all aspects of society and development.

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APC lacks authentic membership register says Buni

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party has said it lacked authentic membership registration of its members nationwide.

Speaking at a meeting of APC Senate Caucus wednesday the party’s caretaker committee chairman Maimala Buni said since the membership registration exercise of 2013, the party has no authentic register in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Buni said some members who left the party in 2018 and joined the opposition party still have their names on the party’s register. 

He added that many others who joined the party from 2014 to date do not have their names in the register.

Buni said the revalidation of the party’s membership register has become imperative to expunge names of those who had left the party and include those who have joined the party from 2014 to date in compliance with Article 9:4 of the Party Constitution. 

He also disclosed that the caretaker committee has set up a high powered committee made up of eminent party leaders, legal practitioners and experts to study the reviewed Constitution and to make recommendations to the effect of the necessary amendments.

Tthe Chairman, APC caretaker committee, Governor Maimala Buni said the party’s reconciliation effort to settle aggrieved persons and factions has paid off, noting that the conflicts in most of the state chapters of the party have been settled.

Speaking at a meeting of APC Senate Caucus, Buni said the party now proudly paraded political heavy weights in various states who have either returned back to the party or freshly joined the party. 

He said the defection of Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi and several legislators of the state assembly was great milestones in the party’s restoration process.

“Many others have indicated interests to either return or join the party. In fact, I want to assure you all that APC will soon shock Nigeria’s political space with massive and unprecedented defections ever witnessed in the political history of our great country, and by the grace of God, APC will undoubtedly remain Nigeria’s leading political party,” he added. 

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