The Labour Party (LP) has dissociated itself from the lawsuit instituted against the Federal Government by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).
The National Chairman of LP, Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulkadir, at a news conference on Monday in Abuja, said he and his party, which was a stakeholder in the organisation of the opposition parties, were not in support of the action.
“I have been forced to address this news conference by the recent media controversy as well as the action taken by an individual to sue service chiefs in the name of CUPP, an organisation that I am a relevant and senior member of.
“This decision, as well as many others taken by this individual, has not been one borne out of consultations among members but a decision exclusively his.
“This habit, therefore, brings the question of why he did not use his own Political Party, rather than an organisation comprising other political entities.
“An individual should not and cannot continue to act in the interest of the whole without due consultation and approvals.
“I want to state categorically, as a formidable stakeholder in CUPP, that I am against the action of suing the Federal Government on the issue of the continuous stay of the service chiefs.
“Let me also state that I and the Labour Party, do not support the federal government’s decision to continue to retain the Service Chiefs in the face of rising insecurity in the North East and other parts of the country.
“However, we would not also allow ourselves to be dragged or become a party to a circus suit aimed primarily at promoting an individual’s quest for popularity and misplaced political relevance rather than at exacting justice for the Nigerian people,” he said.
Abdulkadir added that the law suit, no matter how pleasing it sounds, is not geared towards yielding a decisively positive result in the Courts but is geared towards making mockery of our judicial processes.
According to him, the Labour Party and I, will not be a party to reducing our national institutions into a mere circus and I therefore distance myself from the law suit.
“We cannot embark on a ludicrous journey aimed at taking undue advantage of our judicial process.
“Even though, we are an opposition Party and a standing member of the CUPP, we cannot continue be a part of an individual’s quest to weaken our national institutions and systems, when we are striving and hoping to take control of them in the future.”
Abdulkadir said that other executive members had watched with dismay how some persons who were not members of the Steering Committee had ran away with the organisation meant to represent a coalition of over seventy individual political interests, without recourse to the Steering Committee or the sensibilities of other partners.
“This has gone on for a long time in spite of concerted and concerned calls from all and sundry.
“The CUPP is made up of mature, respectable and responsible individuals and entities, which may explain why a lot of restraint have been exercised and members have been refrained from having a public showdown,” he said.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Felix Ajide (NAN)
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Ondo APC Aspirants Forum commends party on hitch-free primary
The Ondo State All Progressives Congress Aspirants Forum ( APC’AF) on Tuesday commended the party for organising a hitch-free governorship primary in the state.
The forum coordinator in the state, retired Commander Tunde Giwa-Daramola, in a statement on Tuesday, congratulated Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu on his victory at the primary.
“We are elated about the successful conduct of primaries of the party for the governorship election in Ondo and we also congratulate the governor for picking the ticket,” he said.
Giwa-Daramola advised the governor to be magnanimous in victory, urging other aspirants to join him in moving the state forward.
“The party in the state is highly fragmented and in tatters, the battle is won, but the war is still raging.
“There is the need for the governor to bring together all warring parties, especially the Unity group and the aspirants that were short changed during the 2019 party primaries in the state.
“With the situation of things on the ground, the pro-governor group, Aketi Group, cannot do it alone without involving all the party stakeholders in the state.
“The opposition party, PDP, in the state are ready and organized, more than us, to wrestle the Alagbaka seat.
“It’s now or never, to heal old wounds, bury past hatchet and brace up as progressives to battle them, as our state will not want to be in opposition nationally,” he said.
The coordinator enjoined the people of the state to vote massively for APC in the election slated for Oct. 10.
Giwa-Daramola said that Akeredolu would deliver on his election promises.
Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
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Ministers Of Labour, Health Brief Buhari  — NNN Health NEWS
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Ngige was accompanied by Ministers of State Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo as well as Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire .
The NARD had on June 15 commenced an indefinite nationwide strike following the failure of negotiations (between the Federal Government and the association) and expiration of a 14 ultimatum.
Dr Aliyu Sokomba, NARD President, who announced the commencement of the strike, said:
“The union has decided to exempt its members working in various coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation and treatment centres across the country.
“This followed the virtual extra-ordinary National Executive Council meeting of the association held on Sunday,” he noted.
He stated that exemption of the members attending to COVID-19 patients was for two weeks before they join the industrial action.
He explained that the union took the decision to go on strike as a result of the failed series of meetings between the doctors and the Federal Government in the last two weeks.
However, Ngige told State House correspondents that all the demands of the doctors had been met by the federal government while efforts were on to convince State Governments to do the same as the Health sector is on the concurrent list.
NAN reports that some of the issues according to NARD President, Dr Aliyu Sokomba, while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Monday, include non-payment of special allowances for the resident doctors, the deplorable state of hospitals and the lack of protective equipment for members of the union treating COVID-19 patients leading to the death of some doctors in recent times.
The doctors are also asking for universal implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act in all Federal and State Hospitals and ensuring pay parity among doctors of equal cadre, provision of funding of medical residency training in the 2021 appropriation bill, as well as the implementation of the revised hazard and payment of agreed COVID-19 inducement allowances.
It also include immediate implementation of the revised hazard allowance and payment of the COVID-19 inducement allowance agreed with the government and healthcare workers three months ago.
Party Primaries: Taraba suspends lockdown for seven days
Gov Darius Ishaku of Taraba on Sunday lifted for one week, the lockdown imposed on the state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alhaji Hassan Mijinyawa, his Chief Press Secretary, said in a statement that the measure was to enable free movement as political parties conduct their primary elections ahead of the June 30, local council polls.
He however said that the state would return to the imposed lockdown after the one week grace, with the exception of Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
” Gov Ishaku has approved with immediate effect, the addition of Monday to the number of days allowed for free human and vehicular movements within the state under the state governments current COVID-19 lockdown policy.
“However, because of the period given by the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), for political parties in the State to conduct their party primaries for the forth-coming Local Government Council elections, movements will be allowed throughout this week.
“This is to enable people travelling long distances before and after the elections, to get to their destinations without hindrance.
“It is also important to reiterate once again that the ban on inter-state travels is still in force and security agencies are under strict instructions to arrest and prosecute violators.
“The only exemptions are workers on essential duties,” said Mijinyawa.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Taraba, which currently has no active case of COVID-19, has been under lockdown, with the exception of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin (NAN)
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72m Children In Africa Are Forced Into Child Labour – WHO [NEWS]
The second Africa Regional Integration Index (ARII 2019) was recently launched by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union Commission, and the African Development Bank (AfDB) with a call to act to to deepen African integration.
The report, among other things, found that “much more needs to be done to integrate regional economies to make them more resilient to shocks such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.”
The 2019 index, which builds on the first edition published in 2016, provided up-to-date data on the status and progress of regional integration in Africa. It also helps to assess the level of integration for every regional economic community and their member countries.
The continental integration index showed that the level of integration on the continent is relatively low with an average score of 0.327 out of 1.
The ARII report complements the African Multidimensional Regional Integration Index, which was developed over the last two years by the AU Commission, regional economic communities, national statistics offices and African Central Banks.
With the establishment of regional economic communities and the creation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA), Africa has reinforced regional integration as a major development priority for the continent under the 2012 Boosting Intra-African Trade (BIAT) Action Plan.
The Index also ranked African countries’ integration within their respective regional economic communities and also with the rest of the continent. It also scores across five key dimensions that are trade, productive capacity, macroeconomic policy, infrastructure, and free movement of people.
The ARII-2019 ranked South Africa, Kenya and Rwanda as the top three most integrated countries on the continent, while South Sudan, Eritrea and Burundi were ranked as the least integrated African countries.
“Whereas the latest edition has data cut off points in 2019, the present COVID-19 pandemic has reopened the question of whether enough is being done in advancing regional integration as a means to help Africa withstand systematic shocks such as the one being experienced today,” said Stephen Karingi, Regional Integration Division Director at the ECA.
“This index is both a measurement exercise and a call to action,” Karingi said, adding that “it will identify the solutions needed to truly build an integrated Africa.”
Jean-Denis Gabikini, Director of Economic Affairs Department at the AU, on his part welcomed the collaboration in producing the Index which examines furthering regional integration through the implementation of AfCFTA.
Gabikini noted that African leaders “must use the urgency created by the COVID-19 pandemic to accelerate regional integration, deepen local financial markets and strengthen private sector to withstand future shocks as envisaged under the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.”
The African Development Bank’s Director for Regional Development and Regional Integration, Moono Mupotola, on his part stressed that the Index “is a useful tool for tracking progress on the regional integration front and would help countries identify priorities to improve integration.”
“The crippling effects of COVID-19 illustrate the need for enhanced production of African finished goods and services that can readily be traded across the continent,” Mupotola said.
David Luke, coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) at the ECA, also pointed out that the productive and infrastructure dimensions of regional integration are intricately linked, in which tackling these two dimensions along with implementing the AfCFTA would be a massive boost for trade.
For Africa to succeed in its long-standing efforts towards closer economic integration, ARII-2019 also made six major recommendations, which include improving regional networks of production and trade by enhancing countries’ productive, distributive, and marketing capacities.
It also recommended building innovative, regional value-chain frameworks in different sectors using improved technology, higher-quality inputs, and updated marketing techniques; fully implementing the AfCFTA to remove non-tariff barriers, which remain a major challenge for regional integration; as well as enhancing African workers’ competencies to match the technology and production capacities of today and tomorrow to succeed in the global economy.
Improving infrastructure through increased public-private partnerships, tapping into national resources and using regional and global infrastructure development funds and other innovative financing tools, accompanied by rigorous competition and transparency in procurement and construction processes was also another major recommendation of the ARII 2019.
It also suggested implementing the Protocol on the Free Movement of People, which will enhance economic growth through increased opportunities for tourism, trade and investment, human capital mobility, and allow firms to find skills more easily, in turn driving productivity.
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