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Over 3M Nigerians lost their jobs due to privatisation, Factional NLC President alleges

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Over 3M Nigerians lost their jobs due to privatisation, Factional NLC President alleges

The Factional President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) , Comrade Joe Ajaero has bemoaned the lost of jobs by over 3M Nigerians to the obnoxious policy of privatisation by the federal government even as he challenged President Muhammad Buhari to revisit all government entities privatised by previous administration.

Ajaero also described Nigerian investors as contractors that depend on government contracts, lack the capacity to build industries and create jobs for the citizenry but specialise in cajoling Government to sell its entities which they buy at giveaway prices and fail to maintain.

Addressing members of Iron and Steel Staff Association of Nigeria (ISSSAN) in Lokoja on Saturday, during the association’s 11th National Delegates Conference in Lokoja at the weekend, the factional President maintained that privatisation had never work in any country, even as he decried the harm the policy has done to Nigerians.

“Almost 3M Nigerians have lost their jobs through privatization not to talk of those that lost their lives. Of all these 3M people almost every person has about 6 or 7 dependants that they are taking care of. You can add up and see the millions of Nigerians that have been affected.

“We are still privatising and people are losing their jobs and there are no new jobs being created as this trend continues there would be little or no workers or any means of attending to the family members.”

According to him “Out of over 200 government owned companies privatised in Nigeria by previous administrations, not up to four survived . NITEL, Daily Times, NICON, NEPA among others collapse like a pack of cards. Nigerian investors are contractors that lack the needed capacity to drive the economy, that is why they buy companies and collapse them.

“The most worrisome was government continuous payment of over 200 billion Naira annually to investors that bought the companies.

He said in an economy where only about 1% of people that lost their jobs may be running their own businesses while the other people are out with no alternative to fall back to such economy cannot stand.

“The economy that doesn’t have purchasing power cannot run. If you don’t go to buy gari or rice that economy cannot survive. The best way to grow any economy is to give the workers the capacity to be able to build houses to be able to buy from people that are selling.

“You can stock your shop with all the goods, if the workers are not earning salary nobody will buy any goods from you. If this trend continues in the next 15 to 20 years the economy of Nigeria would be up there.

He said the essence of the government institution is to create jobs adding that there was a time NITEL had almost 30000 workers who are no more there, Nigerian airways was having that number they are no more there.

According to him, Even the Banks will not survive if there are no people going there to borrow money.

‘I want the best economist in this world to tell us that economy that can survive without the purchasing power of the working class.’

The president indicated that President Buhari has been caged by a cabal that would not allow him to hear directly from the masses adding that the man does not even know the level of poverty Nigerians have been experiencing.

Ajaero advocated for a home grown solution to the economic quagmire saying that borrowing is not an option adding that Government should assemble our bests to brainstorm and bring about indegene use solution.

Ajearo pointed out that in any developing country the State is the highest employer of labour but when the State is at the vanguard of people losing their jobs based on policies it is danger signal adding that he is not aware of any country that the private sector has developed.

Earlier, the out going President of ISSSAN , Comrade Otori Maliki Saliu, pointed out that badly planned and poorly implemented federal government’s privatization policy and reforms dealt several blows on numerical strength of worker’s union.

He however called on President Buhari to look into the issue of unpaid pension and gratuity of retired workers who have not been paid since November , 2015.

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17 persons die in seperate accidents on same route in Kogi

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17 persons including five children, two policemen and their driver lost their lives in seperate autocrashes Thursday on Itobe-Anyigba road in Kogi State.

First was that involving a mercedez-Benz truck and an ambulance conveying an empty casket with two police inspectors and a civilian driver travelling to Anyigba to take the body of a dead police sergeant.

The trio died when their ambulance van had a headon collision with a Mercedes-Benz truck coming from the opposite direction.

On the same day 14 persons also perished in a multiple accident involving three vehicles; two trucks and a passenger bus along the same route.
The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Solomon Aghure, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Lokoja on Friday, indicated that three vehicles; two trucks and a passenger bus, were involved in the accident.
He said that the three vehicles were travelling on the same lane enroute Anyingba when a truck suddenly hit the bus from behind and as a result of the impact, the Bus skidded and hit the truck in its front.
Aghure said that the bus was trapped in between the two trucks with all the passengers before his men arrived the scene to carry out rescue operation which lasted for hours.
He disclosed that 14 out of the 23 persons involved in the accident died on the spot, adding that nine others sustained various degrees of injury.
Aghure said that three men, one woman and five children (two males and three females) survived the accident with some injuries.
He said that the injured were taken to Holley Memorial Hospital, Ochadamu for treatment while corpses of the dead were deposited at the morgue of Grimard Hospital, Anyingba.
Aghure,who attributed the accident to possible break failure,said further investigation would be carried out to determine its actual cause.

 

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Presidency tells Muslim group to exercise restrain even though Kukah actually injured Islamic faith

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The Presidency has indicated that, though it agrees with Muslim Solidarity Forum that Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto actually injured the Muslims in his Christmas day homily it’s unconstitutional for them to issue him quit notice.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu spoke in reaction to the threats for the Bishop to quietly pack and leave Sokoto should he fail to apologise over the controversial sermon.
The Muslim Solidarity Forum had issued what seem like a subtle threat to Bishop Hassan Kukah to tender an unreserved appology or quietly leave the seat of Caliphate.

The spokesman for the President in a statement said, Kukah has truly injured the Muslims, but he should be guided in his utterances and take into cognisance, Sokoto’s heartbeat of Islam in Nigeria.
Shehu said, it’s unconstitutional for an individual or group to issue quit notice to a citizen under whatever circumstances, saying, father Mathew Hassan Kukah must be allowed to practice his religion.
Nationalupdate reports on Tuesday indicated that the Sokoto based Islamic group, “Muslim Solidarity Forum”, at a press briefing said the Bishop is known for his perchance to speak in parables and innuendos against Islam in a provocative manner.

The spokesman for the President in a statement said,
“Father Kukah has greatly offended many with his controversial remarks against the government and the person of the President, with some even accusing him of voicing anti-Islamic rhetoric.
“On matters such as these, responsible leadership in any society must exercise restraint. Knee-jerk reactions will not only cause the fraying of enduring relationships, but also the evisceration of peaceful communities such as Sokoto, the headquarters of the Muslim community as beacon of pluralism and tolerance.
“The reported ultimatum by a group based in Sokoto, “Muslim Solidarity Forum,” calling on the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Matthew Hassan Kukah to tender an unreserved apology to the entire Muslim Ummah over his recent “malicious comments” against Islam, or quietly and quickly leave the state, is wrong because it is not in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Under our Constitution, every citizen has the right to, among others, freedom of speech and expression, the right to own property and reside in any part of the country, and the right to move freely without any inhibitions.
“Nigeria’s strength lies in its diversity. The right for all religions to co-exist is enshrined in this country’s Constitution.
“The duty of the government, more so, this democratic government, is to ensure that the Constitution is respected. But all must respect the rights and sensitivities of their fellow Nigerians.
“The Sultanate has historically had good relations with followers of all faiths. That is why Father Kukah was received on his arrival in Sokoto with friendship and tolerance.
“Under our laws, groups or factions must not give quit notices, neither should they unilaterally sanction any perceived breaches. Where they occur, it is the courts of law that should adjudicate. Unilateral action is not the way to go.
“Groups such as the Muslim Solidarity Forum must be seen to share and uphold the country’s multi-religious principles. And individuals like Father Kukah must respect the feelings of his fellow Nigerians in his private and public utterances.”

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The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has described Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah’s recent controversial statement as unguarded and open incitement to military coup and insurrection against the democratically elected government of Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement signed by its National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima on Monday, the group
condemned “Kukah’s use of nepotism as weapon of calumny against government and people of Nigeria.”

The AYCF demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of Bishop Kukah for what it described as treasonable felony against the Nigerian state.

In the alternative, the group called on Federal Government to place Kukah on special watchlist for this open attempt to “set the South against the North in order to destabilize our country and further complicate matters.”

Shettima, in the statement, took exception to what his group described as “Kukah’s latest role in devil’s advocacy, as the North struggles to restore peace and enduring security in the region and indeed Nigeria.”

The statement noted that “such a reckless statement by Kukah betrays something much more sinister against both the North and the nation as a whole because Nigeria is at a stage that it requires responsible advice for attaining peace and stability, not deliberate attempt to mischievously compound our problems.

“If Kukah wants to play politics, he should not do so in the pulpit and he should keep the Bishop’s office aside and chose any Nigerian political party platform to contest President in 2023 and stop all the pretences,” the statement said.

It reminded Kukah of the rough road tread by democracy heroes to rid the nation of military dictatorship at a time when he was nowhere in sight.
“We will not allow opportunists who did make any contribution to scuttle the democracy achieved through the our sweat and toil and the sacrifice of our liberty,” Shettima said in the statement.

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