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The Organized Labor in Kogi State has applauded Governor Yahaya Bello for acceding to their tripartite demands in lieu of the current screening and verification of civil servants in the State.
Hence the Labour leaders decided to put on hold their earlier plan to embark on strike if the Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello fails to accede to the demands regarding some anomalies in the workers Verification exercise embarked on by his administration.
Speaking to newsmen after the State executive council meeting of the organized Labour, the NLC chairman Comrade Onuh Edoka asked the workers in the State to resume work as the union has withdrawn it’s 7 days ultimatum.
He said Governor Yahaya Bello was magnanimous to have acceded to all their three demands.
According to him the Governor complied with all their demands hence there was no need to go ahead with the planned strike action.
Labour had called for immediate dismissal of the chairman of the screening committee, Gen. Paul Olushola Okuntimo, for his perchance to taking unilateral decision without consultations and his lack of the capacity to handle such sensitive assignment.
It also advised the Government to setup a committee for the implementation and disbursement of the bail out funds.
After meeting with labor last Friday in Government House Lokoja Governor Bello did not only sack the embattled Chairman of the screening committee but he also granted their other two demands.
The Governor appointed Dr. Jerry Agbaje the permanent Secretary in the ministry of culture and tourism as the new chairman of the committee.
Edoka commended the Governor for yielding to the three point demands especially for the removal of the chairman of the screening committee.
According to him, it would have shocked everybody if Okuntimo was allowed to release the list of State workers as more than 40% of the State workforce would have been screened out for no reason.
“With God on our side we saw the end of the retired Brigadier-General as the chairman of the screening exercise.
“The Governor also declared as null and void the purported “cleared and arbitrary “lists sent to local Government by Okuntimo.”
He said the Governor also ordered the committee to submit its report in two weeks to enable him commenced the payment of the bail out funds.
The NLC chairman said consequent upon the new development the SEC in session ordered that the strike action and mass protest scheduled to commence on Tuesday 31st May, 2016 should be put on hold to allow the committee finish it’s work and submit the reports.
“In addition the SEC-In-Session also resolved that Labor and Civil society members earlier withdrawn from the State screening and staff verification committee should return to continue their assignment with the new chairman.”

The Labour leaders who were speaking on the heels of the sacking of the chairman of the committee Brigadier-General Paul Okuntimo applauded the appointment of Jerry Agbaje as the new chairman.
They said his appointment was also in tandem with the Labors position adding that they will give him all the necessary support for him to succeed .
However Edoka raised alarm over three months allocation for the month of February, March and April that has been obtained by the State Government and kept in its coffers but failed to release to the Local Government and not released to the Local Governments.
“The organized Labor frowns at it and is calling on the State Government to release the said fund to the Local Government workers to enable them pay the teachers and other workers like Local Government pensioners who are dying at that level.
“For three months allocation has come and the State Government has not made their payments so we are calling on the State Governments to release the allocation.”
Continuing he said, “This allocation is completely different from bail out funds. They are two different issues, bail out is different and allocation is different and the continuous hold on that allocation at the level is killing the workers.
He indicated that the workers have no money to take care of the health needs of their loved ones, no money to pay their children school fees adding that it is becoming tougher for them to bear and at the end the untold hardship is becoming wearisome.
On the alleged Access Bank compulsory account for teachers, Edoka explained that after a critical study organized Labour directed the NUT to go and investigate and report back to the larger House.
He said, “It is unknown to us, we have no idea of it and we have never seen where the entire workers in a section of an organization like teachers would be compelled to go and open account in one Bank.
“Hence we have directed NUT to investigate and report back to the larger house where we would take a decision as soon as possible.”
He said they cried out from the beginning for Governor to guarantee the workers of the secrecy of their BVN numbers and their names but now they don’t know how Access Bank got teachers names and started opening account for them.
He said the accounts were being opened one after the other without the teachers approaching the Banks to open account for them.
‘I think it is a way of forcing them to leave their proffered bank to their Banks.’
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State Chairman of TUC, Comrade Ojo Ranti, who corroborated the NLC chairman the SEC session met being the only statutory body that has the mandate to direct organized labour, X-Ray everything that happened ‎and concluded that the three point agenda that made them to threaten to go on strike had been met.
“The removal of the chairman of the screening and staff verification committe,, the withdrawal of the purported list sent to the Local Government that was causing chaos and disaffection at the Local Government levels and also the setting up of the implementation committee for the bail out.
“These are the three cardinal things that we agitated for ‎that made the organized Labor to threaten to go on strike. Magnanimously the Governor met with the labor leaders and the issues were resolved amicably on the side of labor.”‎
Consequent upon that he pointed out that the SEC met and also reviewed all the issues ‎and decided to withdraw the ultimatum directing the members to resume work effectively tomorrow.‎
“The actions of the Governor are applauded and the appointment of Jerry Agbaje as the new chairman is also in tandem with the Labors position and we will give him all the necessary support for him to succeed .”

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FG expends N16.4b for 87 fire trucks to boost fire service operation

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The Federal Governmemt has expended N16.4b for the purchase of 87 fire fighting trucks to boost the operations of the Federal Fire Service across the country.The Assistant Comptroller general of Fire, Federal Operations Karibo Samson stated this over the weekend after conducting a fire exit drill at the Federal Secretariat, Phase 1, Abuja, in commemoration of the the 2020 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.It was part of the activities to in commemoration of the the 2020 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction by the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster management and Social Development.He countered insinuations that the approach to fire fighting has been lackadaisical saying the narrative is coming from 30 years hang over.”I went back 30 years because I have that much experience. We are enjoying a new lease of life in the fire service, it has never been like this before.”We have a spread of about 12 zones now. Federal Fire servicewise the federation is split into 12 zones.”So we have a reach into virtually every state in the country at the moment. This kind of trucks valued at cost of N189m and we have taken delivery of about 87 trucks of this nature so you now understand where I am coming from.”He said President Buhari has been very good to the fire service adding that the comptroller general has very good vision for the system that is why they have spread into all the zones in the country.”There is no fire officer that will take his fire vehicle into fire scene and will tell you there is no water whether at the federal or at the State level that will take a truck from the fire Station knowing there is no water in that vehicle and get to the fire scene and will begin to lament there is no water or fuel.”That narrative is in the last 30 years not now. If you go to any fire Station you will see this modern vehicle in every fire station that belongs to the Federal fire service.”On the Synergy with the State Fire service, he said they are in all the States of the Federation, sayjng they are not there to take over their jobs.”The Federal fire service is in nearly every State of the country now. Meanwhile we have the State fire service. Like in Abuja we have the FCT fire service responsible to the metropolis. Federal fire service is in all the States to compliment the efforts of the various State fire services, we are not there to take over their job.”He cautioned Nigerians the Harmattan is around the corner sayin being the peak period for fire occurrences he wants everybody to be safety conscious.He said there is no need to burn bushes which can not controled.”Always make sure you have fire extinguishers that are workable around you, in your houses, in your vehicles.”There are places you might call us of which there may be no network to get across to us. You must be fire safety conscious by getting fire extinguishers, fire blankets to assist you in the kitchen and then make sure you have our contact number.”You can also reach the fire service on 112, if you call 112 from anywhere in the country we will turn out the nearest fire station to that scene. “Those of you in Abuja you can reach us on our control.room phone number. Immediately you call that number somebody is going to respond to you.”Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, said more than 20 public and private buildings witnessed varying degrees of fire incidents this year

Farouq said the purpose of the fire exit/evacuation drill was to ensure effective and efficient use of the exit facilities available in the case of emergency.She noted that such drills would ensure orderly exit under control and prevention of panic that had been responsible for much of the loss of lives in major fire disasters.The minister said, “What we have just done is remarkable, considering the series of incidences of fire disasters in public and private buildings in Nigeria.“In 2020 alone, we have witnessed more than 20 fire incidents in both public and private buildings.“Experience and research have shown that panic, stampede and smoke inhalation rather than burns from fire have been responsible for loss of lives in the major fire disaster history.”Farouq noted that the 13th of October every year had been set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness, educate the public and to mobilise political will and resources in ensuring disaster risk reduction globally.

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#ENDSARS: Buhari’s Daughter carpets State Govts over hoarded palliatives

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#ENDSARS: Buhari’s Daughter carpets State Govts over hoarded palliatives

That most State Governments hoarded COVID-19 palliatives meant to be distributed to vulnerable Nigerians to cushion the effect of months of lockdown occasioned by the Coronavirus pandermic inducares that President Muhammadu Buhari is not the problem of Nigeria.
This was the position of one of the daughters of President Mrs. Zahra Buhari-Indimi.
She said that the discovery of food items and other COVID-19 palliatives in several warehouses across different States of the country has revealed that her father is not the problem of Nigeria afterall.
Zahra on her Instagram page said; “Now that people confirmed that Buhari distributed enough palliatives nationwide, it is clear Buhari is not our problem,” Zahra opined.

Thousands of Nigerians in different States particularly Lagos, Cross Rivers, Kaduna, Kwara, Plateau, Osun, Ekiti, Taraba, Adamawa, FCT amongst others, plundered warehouses where tons of COVID-19 palliatives donated by the private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 were stored.

Some of the items for the palliatives that included bags of rice, maize, cartons of noodles, bags of garri and salt, vegetable oil were also found in private homes of some notable politicians.

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May God visit his wrath on all evil “leaders” exposed by #ENDSARS -Natasha Akpoti

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May God visit his wrath on all evil “leaders” exposed by #ENDSARS -Natasha Akpoti

As Kogi palliative warehouse was discovered at Kpata opposite Old Market in Lokoja Sinday the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Candidate in the State Governorship election, November last year, Natasha Akpoti has asked God to send his wrath on all evil leaders.

This was according to the comment she posted on her verified facebook wall.

She said it’s wickedness of the highest order for government to hoard food items from the poor in the depth of poverty and starvation. 

“May the wrath of God and the masses visit all ‘leaders’ whose evil tactics have been exposed in these #EndSARS times. 

“I know say my Kogi people no go disappoint … abeg pack and no forget to give some to your neighbours.” 

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