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Workers Union deny any leadership Crisis in Ajaokuta Iron and Steel Company

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Workers Union deny any leadership Crisis in Ajaokuta Iron and Steel Company

The Iron and Steel Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ISSSAN) and the Steel and Engineering Workers Union of Nigeria (SEWUN) both staff unions of Ajaokuta Steel Company yesterday denied an alleged succession crisis in Ajaokuta Steel company Limited.

It would be recalled that Solicitor, Salifu Oguche Usman Esq a Principal Partner at Abbluent Partners Abuja, had alleged that the workers of the company had accused the Sole Administrator, Engr. Joseph Onobere Isah of contravening several administrative regulations of Government including illegally diverting workers promotion allowances as well as selling the company’s landed properties to clients.

However, in a press statement issued by the unions jointly signed by the Chairmen and Secretaries of the two unions, Comrade Nuhu O. Salawu, Comrade Usman Bashir, Comrade Attah James and Comrade Ade Atabo Omebo respectively which was made available to the Guardian in Lokoja, said they have not consulted, talked to, briefed or solicited the assistance of anybody let alone the said Mr. Salifu Oguche Usman to write any petition on their behalf on matters of succession in the Company or any other matter therein.
According to the unions, the process of appointing or removing the Chief Exceutive officer of Ajaokuta Steel Company and indeed all Parastatals of the federal government is largely political and at the discretion of Government.
“At no point did workers appoint chief executives for the organization. In the case of Engineer Isah, it is true he was employed in 1982 and appointed Sole Administrator in 2012. “Though we are not Lawyers, we however know as a matter of fact that there is a difference between
“employment’’ and ‘’appointment’’.
“We also know that when Engr. Isah was appointed Sole Administrator of Ajaokuta Steel Plant, Engr. A.Y Ibrahim was also appointed Sole Administrator of the National Iron Ore Mining Company, (NIOMCO) Itakpe in November 2012. “It might interest Mr. Salifu Oguche Usman to know that as at the time of the appointment of Engr. A.Y Ibrahim to Head NIOMCO, Itakpe, he Engr. Ibrahim had already retired from Public Service and his appointment stood till he voluntarily withdrew his services and the current Chief Executive Officer was appointed to take over.
“It is also a fact that the current NIOMCO Chief Executive Officer had also retired before his current appointment.” On the issue of 2012 promotion arrears, the unions noted that the issue has been addressed by the Engr. Joseph Isah Management as all the relevant documentations have been sent to the Federal Government.
“We in the Union have made several follow ups to the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and we are confident that all staff who are qualified will be paid when the Federal Government does so, as assured during the 2017 Civil Service Week by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
“It should also be noted that all Salaries and allowances of our Members are being paid directly to their accounts through the Integrated Payroll System of the Federal Government (IPPIS) and no funds associated with Salaries of Workers come to Ajaokuta,” the unions said. The unions therefore call on “these emergency Social Advocates who are ill-informed on Ajaokuta Steel Matters to redirect their energy to productive things instead causing dis harmony. “We say this because everyone who knows Ajaokuta Steel Plant and its Workers will not allow himself to be used for cheap blackmail.”

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Association for the Support of Urban Poor (FEDUP) has promised to deliver affordable housing for its members.
A new board was constituted after the last management was accused of embezzling over N200m for which the matter is in court.

Secretary of the association Mr. Yusuf Edego said the association is building confidence and credibility after the mismanagement that affected its clients.

He stated this yesterday in Abuja during a press briefing to let the public know the association’s effort in giving the group a new image.

Edego said with what the new management team has put on ground they believe their members and the general public will have confidence in the new team to deliver affordable housing for them.

“By a persons impact, performance, character and sincerity as well as walking the talk, with time people will see that the project is a reality”

He said the major problem as a people is lack of sincerity and that once people see that a person is sincere they will trust him to deliver.

“The major problem bedevilling the country is integrity. Many people especially in property development, more than 60% collect money from people and the public generally yet there is nothing on ground to show for it.
“That is why we removed the former executive members and then came up with elected people of integrity.
“Our chairman is a paramount ruler of impeccable integrity. I am a legal practitioner I have my law firm at Jennifer plaza Central area.
“So you have people with verifiable address. We are people that people can enquire and link up with our character.  “They know that for our records we are people of integrity and we are sure that by God’s grace they will not be disappointed”

On how he thinks people will have confidence in the association after the dent on its integrity he said it is the reason for the press conference. “Before we came we have one or two projects on ground that are verifiable that has been executed by the new executive.
“We have acquired twelve hectares at Kurudu that you can verify which you can buy and build your own house.
“Also the public can go to FCDA at the SDD department and meet the director that FEDUP claim they are in partnership with them to build about 167 housing units at Kuje.
“They are verifiable. Then the issue of 30 hectares we just acquired is still in process.
“We have the Family homes Fund which is an agency established by the Federal Government for provision of Social Houses for Nigerians so we are partnering with them by the grace of God they have agreed to sponsor the 30 hectares for the general Public

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The African Economic Congress (AEC) has opened a portal to select credible entrepreneurs through its African Startup Challenge.

Mrs Nancy Illoh-Nnaji, Chief Executive Officer of the congress made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

Illoh-Nnaji explained that African Start-up Challenge was an entrepreneurship sustenance body of the Economic Congress tasked with discussing business development issues relating to
startups and small enterprises.

She said the start-up was introduced to build jobs and boost livelihoods in Africa and it also sought to infuse a culture of creativity and foster innovations.

According to her, the expected outcome
of the competition is to select winning ideas that can lead to new products,
programmes, projects and processes.

She added that this development would also help to engage young entrepreneurs eager to tackle the challenges they faced as well as global challenges through “smart solutions” that transform the economy of Africa and the world.

She said the annual competition would highlight Innovation, Technology and Originality in African Entrepreneurs.

The AEC boss noted that application had opened on October 4, and would close Oct 21, urging interested applicants to draft a short summary of startup ideas,
detailing plans on profitability and apply through startup@aecongress.org.

Meanwhile, Illoh-Nnaji disclosed that
more than 1,000 participants from all over Africa would be at African Economic Congress (AEC) from November 2 to 4 which would be held through televised virtual congress.

It will be recalled that, AEC held its maiden congress in 2019 in Abuja, Nigeria with participants drawn across the Africa continent. (NAN)

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The price of fertiliser has been reviewed downwards from N5,500 to N5,000 per bag as ordered by President muhammadu Buhari.

This is inline with the Buhari administration policy of encouraging the populace to return to the farms.

The Food Security Council made the disclosure while briefing reporters at the end of the body’s meeting presided over by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, yesterday in Abuja.
Vice Chairman of the council and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu,
said the decision followed nomaliasation of production of the commodity since the reopening of Indorama plant in Rivers State shut after the COVID-19 pandemic claimed some lives.
Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State, who represents the North West in the council, said the council observed that the bulk purchase for palliatives was one of the factors that trigged increase in prices of foods nationwide.
He therefore, expressed confidence that the situation would normalise after the harvest season.

Badaru made the observation while addressing the media alongside his Plateau counterpart and representative of North central, Simon Lalong, the Jigawa chief executive said the trio of Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID), federal and state governments were involved in the mass buying as part of measures to mitigate the adverse effects of the disease.

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