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Non payment of salaries: Organized labour in Kogi gives 7 days notice to resume strike

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Non payment of salaries: Organized labour in Kogi gives 7 days notice to resume strike

By John Akubo

The organised labour in Kogi state may be back in the trenches with the Kogi State Government having issued threats to resume the suspended strike over failure of government to honour the memorandum of understanding reached with them before calling off their strike in May this year.

The union has directed members to embark on the strike from Friday, September 22, when a seven-day strike notice it issued to the government would have elapse.

This was contained in a statement signed by the chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Ranti Ojo.
They said they were left with no option than to embark on strike since government has failed to pay salaries and other entitlements of the workers.

The unions noted that the strike notice was sequel to the expiration of the time lag given to government within which to pay the July 2017 salary and to reverse some of the newly introduced rules that were not in tandem with the civil service rules.

The workers demanded among other things, “That government should as a matter of urgency, rescind its decision on clocking in and out policy in the public service of Kogi state, which aims at casualising the service on daily pay basis. This negates the provisions of National Councils on Establishment’s principles and practices guiding the civil service in the country.

“In addition, workers of Kogi state are not miners or workers of close-shop companies like Dangote, Nasco Groups of Companies, whose workers clock in and out.
“We find it extremely difficult to comprehend the issue, because government that could not fulfil its obligations to workers is out on a witch-hunting mission on monitoring and compelling workers with a draconian policy of clock in and out.”

It demanded that government should as a matter of urgency rescind its punitive policy of contributory pension scheme, as it will be difficult for government to pay its counterpart funding as salaries are not being paid regularly”.

The unions also wanted government to implement the collective agreement entered into with them on August 1, 2016 without any further delay, adding that government should pay the arrears of salaries to all pardoned workers in the state, local government, primary school teachers and local government education authority staff from January 2016 to August 2017.

The unions added, “That your excellency should as a matter of concern, make your words, your bond by ensuring that the clemency granted to various categories of workers comes to the limelight, because we find it difficult to actually clarify the dictates of your words as we observed that someone somewhere is tinkering with your directive or rather moderating your directive.”
The organized labour therefore demand the immediate pay-rolling and payment of salaries and the arrears of the affected workers.

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Nigerian House of Representatives Mourns Honorable Kila

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Nigerian House of Representatives Mourns Honorable Kila

By Aminci Audu

The House committee on custom and excise duty on Thursday mourned the demise of her Chairman Honorable Yuguda Hassan Kila, APC -Jigawa who died in the National Hospital, Abuja today.

The deputy chairman honnorable Abejide Joseph Leke, (ADC -Kogi) communicated the report of his death during the budget defence of the Nigerian Customs Service before the committee.

Honorable Leke in his opening prayer had asked the house to pray for Kila’s quick recovery.

Leke further prayed for the peaceful repose of his colleague and expressed his deep sympathy for Kila’s family.

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How Govt’s House Lafia runs on almost 24hrs generator, by Gov Sule

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How Govt’s House Lafia runs on almost 24hrs generator, by Gov Sule

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, has expressed dismay over the epileptic power in the State that has even forced the Govetnment House, Lafia to be on 24hour generator.

This he said is occasioned by avoidable delays in the completion of the 330 KV power sub station in Akurba.
In his words,
“The Government House is on generator for almost 24 hours. It does not make sense, especially at a period like this when people should be saving.

The Governor expressed the displeasure shortly after inspecting progress of work at the site of the project, on Wednesday.

Engineer Sule was particular about the poor handling of the project by contractors, as he vowed to intervene by meeting with all parties concerned to achieve speedy completion of the project.

In a chat with journalists at the site of the project, the Governor lamented over the power situation, especially in Lafia, the state capital, where residents enjoy only 1-2 hours of electricity daily, with residents left to depend on generators for power.

“A state like Nasarawa should be saving money, not wasting money on diesel and then generating power from a source that is even unhealthy even to the human body,” he stated.

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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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