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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari can be inscrutable Difficult to predict and define You cannot tell what he is thinking And like the old general that he is he has perfected the art of not telling it all and choosing his words carefully as a cat on tightropes In an interview with Channels Television in January 2022 the old fox kept his mystery and had everyone guessing When asked who his preferred 2023 presidential candidate was the artful general said I don t have any favorite for 2023 and if I do I won t reveal his identity because if I do he may be eliminated before the election I better keep it secret Since this tactical maneuvering many presidential aspirants have been courting the president s attention and seeking to establish themselves in the national consciousness as his sanctified pick nbsp nbsp Who is Buhari s preferred presidential candidate Is it Bola Tinubu Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu BAT former Lagos state governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress APC Well one thing is certain we may not know Buhari s preference but we do know those who will not go through his beatification In January Tinubu visited Buhari at the presidential villa He later announced that day that he had informed the president of his intention to run for presidential office in 2023 and the pyrotechnics began Some regard Tinubu s ambush considering how where and why he declared his presidential bid as a desperate move It is common knowledge that Tinubu and the president including members of the recondite cabal have not had a sunny relationship It is alleged that Tinubu who contributed principally to the success of the APC in 2015 was given the heave ho soon after the president and his men came to power Remi Tinubu the former Lagos governor s wife is one of those who have taken this allegation to town She said Tinubu was trashed after helping the APC win the presidential election in 2015 Her words I was hurt by what they did to my husband after the campaign He didn t say a thing We were running three campaigns in my house and for him to be trashed like that Those privies to palace gossip say Buhari is not comfortable with Tinubu based on principles Buhari is of the conservative stock but Tinubu is the wheeler dealer politician who understands the art of the deal If Tinubu was good enough to help bring the current administration to power why is he not fit to be supported by the same hand he held up The declaration of Tinubu s presidential bid at the presidential villa was not necessary to seek the permission of Buhari but to call his bluff and soldier on with ambition It was a case of I know you do not want me to succeed you but hey I am getting on with my ambition anyway Who is Buhari s preferred presidential candidate Is it Yemi Osinbajo Is Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Buhari s presidential favorite It will be too hasty to say but the chronicle of the relationship between the two puts a doubt to the question In September 2019 Buhari took drastic steps to whittle down the power and influence of Osinbajo The vice president had reportedly offended members of the conclave when he sacked Lawal Daura as the director general of the Department of State Services DSS following the siege on the national assembly by the DSS in 2018 The vice president was also alleged to have taken some unsanctioned decisions and actions In a presidential memo as reported by TheCable the president asked Osinbajo to henceforth seek presidential approvals for agencies under his supervision This was not the case during Buhari s first term in office Osinbajo is the chairman of the governing boards of the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA the National Boundary Commission NBC and the Border Communities Development Agency BCDA He is also the chairman of the board of directors of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company NDPHC a limited liability company owned by the three tiers of government The directive was for the vice president to follow due process in seeking approvals for contract awards annual reports annual accounts power to borrow and power to make regulations among other key functions Buhari also appointed the Economic Advisory Council EAC and disbanded the Economic Management Team led by Osinbajo Not sparing any effort in this blitz the president removed NEMA and the National Social Investment Programme NSIP from the office of the vice president and put them under a newly created ministry of humanitarian affairs disaster management and social development headed by Sadiya Umar Farouq However Osinbajo took the president s decision well without acting out or gunning for a dogfight But does Buhari trust him enough to put the laurel wreath on his head Who is Buhari s preferred presidential candidate Is Buhari s presidential favorite Rotimi Amaechi minister of transportation Is Buhari s presidential favorite David Umahi governor of Ebonyi state Is Buhari s presidential favorite Yahaya Bello governor of Kogi state Is Buhari s presidential favorite Chris Ngige minister of labor Only the retired general can tell a clairvoyant will find it hard to decipher this mystery even from the president s famous body language The fact is whoever Buhari sanctifies will get the support of the north which holds the ace in elections in Nigeria nbsp Fredrick Nwabufo aka Mr OneNigeria is a Nigerian writer journalist and astute social commentator
    Who Is Buhari’s Preferred 2023 Presidential Candidate? By Fredrick Nwabufo
     President Muhammadu Buhari can be inscrutable Difficult to predict and define You cannot tell what he is thinking And like the old general that he is he has perfected the art of not telling it all and choosing his words carefully as a cat on tightropes In an interview with Channels Television in January 2022 the old fox kept his mystery and had everyone guessing When asked who his preferred 2023 presidential candidate was the artful general said I don t have any favorite for 2023 and if I do I won t reveal his identity because if I do he may be eliminated before the election I better keep it secret Since this tactical maneuvering many presidential aspirants have been courting the president s attention and seeking to establish themselves in the national consciousness as his sanctified pick nbsp nbsp Who is Buhari s preferred presidential candidate Is it Bola Tinubu Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu BAT former Lagos state governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress APC Well one thing is certain we may not know Buhari s preference but we do know those who will not go through his beatification In January Tinubu visited Buhari at the presidential villa He later announced that day that he had informed the president of his intention to run for presidential office in 2023 and the pyrotechnics began Some regard Tinubu s ambush considering how where and why he declared his presidential bid as a desperate move It is common knowledge that Tinubu and the president including members of the recondite cabal have not had a sunny relationship It is alleged that Tinubu who contributed principally to the success of the APC in 2015 was given the heave ho soon after the president and his men came to power Remi Tinubu the former Lagos governor s wife is one of those who have taken this allegation to town She said Tinubu was trashed after helping the APC win the presidential election in 2015 Her words I was hurt by what they did to my husband after the campaign He didn t say a thing We were running three campaigns in my house and for him to be trashed like that Those privies to palace gossip say Buhari is not comfortable with Tinubu based on principles Buhari is of the conservative stock but Tinubu is the wheeler dealer politician who understands the art of the deal If Tinubu was good enough to help bring the current administration to power why is he not fit to be supported by the same hand he held up The declaration of Tinubu s presidential bid at the presidential villa was not necessary to seek the permission of Buhari but to call his bluff and soldier on with ambition It was a case of I know you do not want me to succeed you but hey I am getting on with my ambition anyway Who is Buhari s preferred presidential candidate Is it Yemi Osinbajo Is Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Buhari s presidential favorite It will be too hasty to say but the chronicle of the relationship between the two puts a doubt to the question In September 2019 Buhari took drastic steps to whittle down the power and influence of Osinbajo The vice president had reportedly offended members of the conclave when he sacked Lawal Daura as the director general of the Department of State Services DSS following the siege on the national assembly by the DSS in 2018 The vice president was also alleged to have taken some unsanctioned decisions and actions In a presidential memo as reported by TheCable the president asked Osinbajo to henceforth seek presidential approvals for agencies under his supervision This was not the case during Buhari s first term in office Osinbajo is the chairman of the governing boards of the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA the National Boundary Commission NBC and the Border Communities Development Agency BCDA He is also the chairman of the board of directors of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company NDPHC a limited liability company owned by the three tiers of government The directive was for the vice president to follow due process in seeking approvals for contract awards annual reports annual accounts power to borrow and power to make regulations among other key functions Buhari also appointed the Economic Advisory Council EAC and disbanded the Economic Management Team led by Osinbajo Not sparing any effort in this blitz the president removed NEMA and the National Social Investment Programme NSIP from the office of the vice president and put them under a newly created ministry of humanitarian affairs disaster management and social development headed by Sadiya Umar Farouq However Osinbajo took the president s decision well without acting out or gunning for a dogfight But does Buhari trust him enough to put the laurel wreath on his head Who is Buhari s preferred presidential candidate Is Buhari s presidential favorite Rotimi Amaechi minister of transportation Is Buhari s presidential favorite David Umahi governor of Ebonyi state Is Buhari s presidential favorite Yahaya Bello governor of Kogi state Is Buhari s presidential favorite Chris Ngige minister of labor Only the retired general can tell a clairvoyant will find it hard to decipher this mystery even from the president s famous body language The fact is whoever Buhari sanctifies will get the support of the north which holds the ace in elections in Nigeria nbsp Fredrick Nwabufo aka Mr OneNigeria is a Nigerian writer journalist and astute social commentator
    Who Is Buhari’s Preferred 2023 Presidential Candidate? By Fredrick Nwabufo
    Features9 months ago

    Who Is Buhari’s Preferred 2023 Presidential Candidate? By Fredrick Nwabufo

    President Muhammadu Buhari can be inscrutable. Difficult to predict and define. You cannot tell what he is thinking. And like the old general that he is, he has perfected the art of not telling it all and choosing his words carefully as a cat on tightropes.In an interview with Channels Television in January 2022, the old fox kept his mystery and had everyone guessing. When asked who his preferred 2023 presidential candidate was, the artful general said: “I don’t have any favorite for 2023 and if I do, I won’t reveal his identity because if I do, he may be eliminated before the election. I better keep it secret.’’Since this ‘’tactical maneuvering’’, many presidential aspirants have been courting the president’s attention and seeking to establish themselves in the national consciousness as his sanctified pick.  

    Who is Buhari’s preferred presidential candidate?  Is it Bola Tinubu?

    Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (BAT) former Lagos state governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC)? Well, one thing is certain – we may not know Buhari’s preference, but we do know those who will not go through his beatification. In January, Tinubu visited Buhari at the presidential villa. He later announced that day that he had informed the president of his intention to run for presidential office in 2023 — and the pyrotechnics began.Some regard Tinubu’s ‘’ambush’’, considering how, where, and why he declared his presidential bid, as a desperate move. It is common knowledge that Tinubu and the president, including members of the recondite cabal, have not had a sunny relationship. It is alleged that Tinubu who contributed principally to the success of the APC in 2015 was given the heave-ho soon after the president and ‘’his men’’ came to power.Remi Tinubu, the former Lagos governor’s wife, is one of those who have taken this allegation to town. She said Tinubu was ‘’trashed’’ after helping the APC win the presidential election in 2015. Her words: “I was hurt [by] what they did to my husband after the campaign. He didn’t say a thing. We were running three campaigns in my house, and for him to be trashed like that…”Those privies to palace gossip say Buhari is not ‘’comfortable’’ with Tinubu based on principles. Buhari is of the conservative stock, but Tinubu is the wheeler-dealer politician who understands the art of the deal. If Tinubu was good enough to help bring the current administration to power, why is he not fit to be supported by the same hand he held up?The declaration of Tinubu’s presidential bid at the presidential villa was not necessary to seek the permission of Buhari but to call his bluff and soldier on with ambition. It was a case of ‘’I know you do not want me to succeed you, but hey, I am getting on with my ambition anyway’’.

    Who is Buhari’s preferred presidential candidate? Is it Yemi Osinbajo?

    Is Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo Buhari’s presidential favorite? It will be too hasty to say, but the chronicle of the relationship between the two puts a doubt to the question.In September 2019, Buhari took drastic steps to whittle down the power and influence of Osinbajo. The vice-president had reportedly offended ‘’members of the conclave’’ when he sacked Lawal Daura as the director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS) following the siege on the national assembly by the DSS in 2018. The vice-president was also alleged to have taken some unsanctioned decisions and actions.In a presidential memo, as reported by TheCable, the president asked Osinbajo to, henceforth, seek presidential approvals for agencies under his supervision. This was not the case during Buhari’s first term in office. Osinbajo is the chairman of the governing boards of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the National Boundary Commission (NBC), and the Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA).He is also the chairman of the board of directors of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), a limited liability company owned by the three tiers of government.The directive was for the vice-president to follow due process in seeking approvals for contract awards, annual reports, annual accounts, power to borrow, and power to make regulations, among other key functions. Buhari also appointed the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) and disbanded the Economic Management Team led by Osinbajo.Not sparing any effort in this blitz, the president removed NEMA and the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) from the office of the vice-president and put them under a newly-created ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management, and social development, headed by Sadiya Umar Farouq.However, Osinbajo took the president’s decision well – without acting out or gunning for a dogfight. But does Buhari trust him enough to put the laurel wreath on his head?

    Who is Buhari’s preferred presidential candidate?

    • Is Buhari’s presidential favorite Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation;
    • Is Buhari’s presidential favorite David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state;
    • Is Buhari’s presidential favorite Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state,
    • Is Buhari’s presidential favorite Chris Ngige, minister of labor?
    Only the retired general can tell – a clairvoyant will find it hard to decipher this mystery even from the president’s famous ‘’body language’’.The fact is whoever Buhari ‘’sanctifies’’ will get the support of the north – which holds the ace in elections in Nigeria. 

    Fredrick Nwabufo, aka Mr. OneNigeria, is a Nigerian writer, journalist, and astute social commentator.

  •   State House Clinic SHC offered free eye screenings to staff and patients on Monday as part of activities to mark International Glaucoma Week 2022 with the theme The World is Bright Save Your Sight State House Permanent Secretary Alhaji Umar Tijani Sani said at the opening of the seven day exercise that the SHC was gradually returning to its legitimate position of advising other medical centers According to him the clinic in the past used to be a medical center that does not joke about promotion in the medical field adding that Nigerians should expect more from such a gesture in the shortest possible time He congratulated the clinic s Ophthalmology Department for taking the lead in the vision screening exercise Dr Magdalene Ajani Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport who was represented by the Assistant Mrs Esther Olatunji stated that glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide hence the need for a check up regulation of the eyes He said the disease had been estimated to be responsible for the blindness of 80 million people in the year 2020 and had been projected to blind 111 8 million worldwide by 2040 He noted that glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that causes damage to the optic nerve that sends information to the brain to make you see Due to a lack of symptoms most people are largely unaware that they have early stage glaucoma Most people only realize when they have lost their vision and some are informed of vision loss in one eye when they present to the eye clinic Unfortunately since it is a disease that affects both eyes the second eye is also heavily damaged There are different forms of glaucoma it can occur from birth Congenital or during childhood It usually presents in the fourth decade of life and in people of African descent it can progress to blindness more quickly compared to what occurs in Caucasians or of Asian descent The cause of glaucoma is largely unknown However a family history of blindness in a first degree relative high myopia age 40 or older high eye pressure intraocular pressure are considered risk factors Ajani said She therefore called for early detection of the disease The Minister of Labor and Employment Dr Chris Ngige who was represented by Ekpe the Secretary General of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA called for more awareness to enable people to know more about the disease and take immediate action According to him the eye is very important and as soon as it is damaged people will not be able to perform its functions as expected He said the Glaucoma Week 2022 theme is a fitting one as awareness would prompt people to step in as soon as they notice symptoms Dr Munir Yakasai medical director of SHC revealed that the event is held annually but Glaucoma Week 2022 is different as it got the support of the Permanent Secretary of the State House of Representatives Prof Regina Morgan Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist at Abuja National Hospital advocated early treatment emphasizing that if glaucoma is caught early treatment can prevent one from going blind Glaucoma is a progressive disease if left untreated it can result in blindness early detection is key People should have an eye exam if glaucoma is found treatment should start immediately he stressed Dr Jane Ifechukwu Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist and Head of Department at SHC said the free eye test was at the center of World Glaucoma Day
    2022 Glaucoma Week: State House Clinic offers free eye test
      State House Clinic SHC offered free eye screenings to staff and patients on Monday as part of activities to mark International Glaucoma Week 2022 with the theme The World is Bright Save Your Sight State House Permanent Secretary Alhaji Umar Tijani Sani said at the opening of the seven day exercise that the SHC was gradually returning to its legitimate position of advising other medical centers According to him the clinic in the past used to be a medical center that does not joke about promotion in the medical field adding that Nigerians should expect more from such a gesture in the shortest possible time He congratulated the clinic s Ophthalmology Department for taking the lead in the vision screening exercise Dr Magdalene Ajani Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport who was represented by the Assistant Mrs Esther Olatunji stated that glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide hence the need for a check up regulation of the eyes He said the disease had been estimated to be responsible for the blindness of 80 million people in the year 2020 and had been projected to blind 111 8 million worldwide by 2040 He noted that glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that causes damage to the optic nerve that sends information to the brain to make you see Due to a lack of symptoms most people are largely unaware that they have early stage glaucoma Most people only realize when they have lost their vision and some are informed of vision loss in one eye when they present to the eye clinic Unfortunately since it is a disease that affects both eyes the second eye is also heavily damaged There are different forms of glaucoma it can occur from birth Congenital or during childhood It usually presents in the fourth decade of life and in people of African descent it can progress to blindness more quickly compared to what occurs in Caucasians or of Asian descent The cause of glaucoma is largely unknown However a family history of blindness in a first degree relative high myopia age 40 or older high eye pressure intraocular pressure are considered risk factors Ajani said She therefore called for early detection of the disease The Minister of Labor and Employment Dr Chris Ngige who was represented by Ekpe the Secretary General of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA called for more awareness to enable people to know more about the disease and take immediate action According to him the eye is very important and as soon as it is damaged people will not be able to perform its functions as expected He said the Glaucoma Week 2022 theme is a fitting one as awareness would prompt people to step in as soon as they notice symptoms Dr Munir Yakasai medical director of SHC revealed that the event is held annually but Glaucoma Week 2022 is different as it got the support of the Permanent Secretary of the State House of Representatives Prof Regina Morgan Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist at Abuja National Hospital advocated early treatment emphasizing that if glaucoma is caught early treatment can prevent one from going blind Glaucoma is a progressive disease if left untreated it can result in blindness early detection is key People should have an eye exam if glaucoma is found treatment should start immediately he stressed Dr Jane Ifechukwu Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist and Head of Department at SHC said the free eye test was at the center of World Glaucoma Day
    2022 Glaucoma Week: State House Clinic offers free eye test
    General news9 months ago

    2022 Glaucoma Week: State House Clinic offers free eye test

    State House Clinic (SHC) offered free eye screenings to staff and patients on Monday as part of activities to mark International Glaucoma Week 2022 with the theme "The World is Bright, Save Your Sight."

    State House Permanent Secretary Alhaji Umar-Tijani Sani said at the opening of the seven-day exercise that the SHC was gradually returning to its legitimate position of advising other medical centers.

    According to him, the clinic in the past used to be a medical center that does not joke about promotion in the medical field, adding that Nigerians should expect more from such a gesture in the shortest possible time.

    He congratulated the clinic's Ophthalmology Department for taking the lead in the vision screening exercise.

    Dr. Magdalene Ajani, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, who was represented by the Assistant, Mrs. Esther Olatunji, stated that "glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, hence the need for a check-up regulation of the eyes.

    He said the disease had been estimated to be responsible for the blindness of 80 million people in the year 2020, and had been projected to blind 111.8 million worldwide by 2040.

    He noted that “glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that causes damage to the optic nerve that sends information to the brain to make you see. Due to a lack of symptoms, most people are largely unaware that they have early-stage glaucoma.

    “Most people only realize when they have lost their vision, and some are informed of vision loss in one eye when they present to the eye clinic. Unfortunately, since it is a disease that affects both eyes, the second eye is also heavily damaged.

    “There are different forms of glaucoma, it can occur from birth (Congenital) or during childhood. It usually presents in the fourth decade of life and in people of African descent; it can progress to blindness more quickly, compared to what occurs in Caucasians or of Asian descent.

    “The cause of glaucoma is largely unknown. However, a family history of blindness in a first-degree relative, high myopia, age 40 or older, high eye pressure (intraocular pressure) are considered risk factors,” Ajani said.

    She, therefore, called for early detection of the disease.

    The Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, who was represented by Ekpe, the Secretary General of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), called for more awareness to enable people to know more about the disease and take immediate action.

    According to him, the eye is very important and as soon as it is damaged, people will not be able to perform its functions as expected.

    He said the Glaucoma Week 2022 theme is a fitting one, as awareness would prompt people to step in as soon as they notice symptoms.

    Dr. Munir Yakasai, medical director of SHC, revealed that the event is held annually "but Glaucoma Week 2022 is different as it got the support of the Permanent Secretary of the State House of Representatives."

    Prof. Regina Morgan, Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist at Abuja National Hospital, advocated early treatment, emphasizing that “if glaucoma is caught early, treatment can prevent one from going blind.

    “Glaucoma is a progressive disease; if left untreated, it can result in blindness; early detection is key.

    "People should have an eye exam, if glaucoma is found, treatment should start immediately," he stressed.

    Dr. Jane Ifechukwu, Senior Consultant, Ophthalmologist and Head of Department at SHC, said the free eye test was at the center of World Glaucoma Day.

  •   Senator Smart Adeyemi representing Kogi West has asked the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU to reach a middle ground in the disagreement between them Adeyemi while speaking to the Nigerian News Agency in Abuja on Monday described the ongoing ASUU strike as the most unjustified as universities have been intermittently on ASUU strikes that have affected academic activities reports that the union had embarked on a month long nationwide warning strike on February 14 to press its members demands Adeyemi said that the two sides should reconcile for the sake of Nigerian students Most of the children of the elites are not in school in Nigeria so I think ASUU should give a little bit and the federal government should give a little bit there needs to be a compromise I want the government and ASUU to reconcile I want you to feel again Nobody should take an extreme position an extreme position because the role of ASUU is so crucial critical for national development We also need to keep in mind that ASUU members deserve good service status but good service status should always be within available resources he said The legislator however said that the union deserved good conditions of service to be able to teach well and be able to have confidence in their professional vocation Be that as it may the government must do everything possible to fulfill some of ASUU s obligations reports that ASUU insisted on continuing its strike unless the Federal Government complies with all existing demands But the Federal Government for its part believes the ongoing strike will be called off soon saying it was surprised by the strike that university professors embarked on February 14 Addressing the resumption of the conciliation meeting Labor and Employment Minister Senator Chris Ngige said the government was surprised that ASUU denied the understanding and assurances it gave through the Nigerian Interreligious Council NIREC led by Sokoto Alhaji Sa ad Abubakar and the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria Rev Supo Ayokunle According to the minister who was in Botswana for the African Regional Labor Administrative Center ARLAC meeting when ASUU declared the action he said he thought the university professors and their employer the Ministry of Education would have resolved the areas of dispute within days I honestly thought that ASUU and the Ministry of Education would have resolved the issues which are hopefully not major areas of contention that warrant industrial action To my surprise I came back and the strike continues Be that as it may it is the mandate of my Ministry to apprehend labor conflicts wherever they occur and we have apprehended it that way From this negotiation that we are having today ASUU will appreciate that the government means no harm This is because even if there are still lapses in the implementation of the agreement they are not such as to lead to industrial action To that extent we have to do our best to resolve this I must tell you that from the government side they were taken before that date NIREC met with you ASUU and informed the president Having met with you ASUU and given the details of their meeting with you we sincerely hope that we will not take this industrial course of action again So the government side is taken from Education Ministry of Fice and everyone is baffled Ngige however assured that the strike had been apprehended The ongoing conciliation would pave the way for an expanded meeting involving NIREC
    Strike: Smart Adeyemi appeals to FG, ASUU to address issues
      Senator Smart Adeyemi representing Kogi West has asked the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU to reach a middle ground in the disagreement between them Adeyemi while speaking to the Nigerian News Agency in Abuja on Monday described the ongoing ASUU strike as the most unjustified as universities have been intermittently on ASUU strikes that have affected academic activities reports that the union had embarked on a month long nationwide warning strike on February 14 to press its members demands Adeyemi said that the two sides should reconcile for the sake of Nigerian students Most of the children of the elites are not in school in Nigeria so I think ASUU should give a little bit and the federal government should give a little bit there needs to be a compromise I want the government and ASUU to reconcile I want you to feel again Nobody should take an extreme position an extreme position because the role of ASUU is so crucial critical for national development We also need to keep in mind that ASUU members deserve good service status but good service status should always be within available resources he said The legislator however said that the union deserved good conditions of service to be able to teach well and be able to have confidence in their professional vocation Be that as it may the government must do everything possible to fulfill some of ASUU s obligations reports that ASUU insisted on continuing its strike unless the Federal Government complies with all existing demands But the Federal Government for its part believes the ongoing strike will be called off soon saying it was surprised by the strike that university professors embarked on February 14 Addressing the resumption of the conciliation meeting Labor and Employment Minister Senator Chris Ngige said the government was surprised that ASUU denied the understanding and assurances it gave through the Nigerian Interreligious Council NIREC led by Sokoto Alhaji Sa ad Abubakar and the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria Rev Supo Ayokunle According to the minister who was in Botswana for the African Regional Labor Administrative Center ARLAC meeting when ASUU declared the action he said he thought the university professors and their employer the Ministry of Education would have resolved the areas of dispute within days I honestly thought that ASUU and the Ministry of Education would have resolved the issues which are hopefully not major areas of contention that warrant industrial action To my surprise I came back and the strike continues Be that as it may it is the mandate of my Ministry to apprehend labor conflicts wherever they occur and we have apprehended it that way From this negotiation that we are having today ASUU will appreciate that the government means no harm This is because even if there are still lapses in the implementation of the agreement they are not such as to lead to industrial action To that extent we have to do our best to resolve this I must tell you that from the government side they were taken before that date NIREC met with you ASUU and informed the president Having met with you ASUU and given the details of their meeting with you we sincerely hope that we will not take this industrial course of action again So the government side is taken from Education Ministry of Fice and everyone is baffled Ngige however assured that the strike had been apprehended The ongoing conciliation would pave the way for an expanded meeting involving NIREC
    Strike: Smart Adeyemi appeals to FG, ASUU to address issues
    Education9 months ago

    Strike: Smart Adeyemi appeals to FG, ASUU to address issues

    Senator Smart Adeyemi, representing Kogi West, has asked the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to reach "a middle ground" in the disagreement between them.

    Adeyemi, while speaking to the Nigerian News Agency in Abuja on Monday, described the ongoing ASUU strike as the most unjustified as universities have been intermittently on ASUU strikes that have affected academic activities.

    reports that the union had embarked on a month-long nationwide warning strike on February 14 to press its members' demands

    Adeyemi said that the two sides should reconcile for the sake of Nigerian students.

    “Most of the children of the elites are not in school in Nigeria, so I think ASUU should give a little bit and the federal government should give a little bit, there needs to be a compromise.

    “I want the government and ASUU to reconcile; I want you to feel again. Nobody should take an extreme position, an extreme position because the role of ASUU is so crucial, critical for national development.

    “We also need to keep in mind that ASUU members deserve good service status, but good service status should always be within available resources,” he said.

    The legislator, however, said that the union deserved good conditions of service to be able to teach well and be able to have confidence in their professional vocation.

    "Be that as it may, the government must do everything possible to fulfill some of ASUU's obligations."

    reports that ASUU insisted on continuing its strike unless the Federal Government complies with all existing demands.

    But the Federal Government, for its part, believes the ongoing strike will be called off soon, saying it was surprised by the strike that university professors embarked on February 14.

    Addressing the resumption of the conciliation meeting, Labor and Employment Minister Senator Chris Ngige said the government was surprised that ASUU denied the understanding and assurances it gave through the Nigerian Interreligious Council (NIREC) led by Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar and the president. of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Supo Ayokunle.

    According to the minister who was in Botswana for the African Regional Labor Administrative Center (ARLAC) meeting when ASUU declared the action, he said he thought the university professors and their employer, the Ministry of Education would have resolved the areas of dispute within days. .

    “I honestly thought that ASUU and the Ministry of Education would have resolved the issues, which are hopefully not major areas of contention, that warrant industrial action.

    ”To my surprise, I came back and the strike continues. Be that as it may, it is the mandate of my Ministry to apprehend labor conflicts wherever they occur and we have apprehended it that way.

    “From this negotiation that we are having today, ASUU will appreciate that the government means no harm. This is because even if there are still lapses in the implementation of the agreement, they are not such as to lead to industrial action. To that extent, we have to do our best to resolve this.

    ”I must tell you that from the government side, they were taken before that date, NIREC met with you (ASUU) and informed the president. Having met with you (ASUU) and given the details of their meeting with you, we sincerely hope that we will not take this industrial course of action again.

    "So the government side is taken from Education, Ministry of Fice and everyone is baffled."

    Ngige, however, assured that the strike had been apprehended. The ongoing conciliation would pave the way for an expanded meeting involving NIREC.

  •   The Federal Government says that the meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU will be reconvened on February 28 in the hope of canceling the month long warning strike it has undertaken Senator Chris Ngige Minister for Labor and Employment said this Wednesday while briefing reporters at the end of a marathon meeting between the government side and ASUU in Abuja The Nigerian News Agency reports that the union has embarked on a nationwide warning strike to emphasize its members demands from February 14 The demands of the professors include the financing of the Revitalization of Public Universities Obtained Academic Assignments University Transparency Accountability Solution UTAS and promotion arrears Others are the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU FG Agreement and the inconsistency in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS According to Ngige the ongoing warning strike is illegal because the union s demands were already being addressed since last year He said the strike was a clear violation of the law adding that the union had not gone through the normal process before taking industrial action ASUU failed to give the Federal Government the prescribed 14 day minimum strike notice prior to the strike I saw your letter in my office on February 18 which is last Friday and as you know you started your action on Monday February 14 Therefore it is a clear violation of labor laws There are violations If you must notify us of an intention to strike you give us a minimum of 14 days notice I pointed out that we are a country governed by laws Nobody is above the law You must obey it he said Ngige said the Trade Disputes Act allows him to apprehend the strike and once this is done the industrial action should stop The minister also noted that the meeting addressed all of the union s five point demands and resolved four of them with deadlines for action He explained that the demands were not new areas but issues that are already being addressed by the Government That is why I said that we are surprised that they have made this strike These issues were discussed in November December of last year up until the time we paid out the Earned Academic Allowance EAA monies It was done last year We paid N22 172 billion So they have received the money The second area is the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement It talks about the renegotiation of their conditions of service both salaries and allowances I made it clear to them that there is a government process The Federal Ministry of Education alone cannot wake up and increase their salaries There was a committee that we formed at the Federal Ministry of Education to take it on because they are his direct employer There was a draft proposal which the Ministry of Education has to agree with them and then distribute it to the higher government bodies the Presidential Salary Commission PSC and from the PSC then it can go to the Federal Executive FEC to your approval he said Ngige pointed out that there were known rates for the allowances and any proposal that was not in sync with what was prescribed by the National Wage Income and Wage Commission NSIWC would not be carried out Ngige also made it clear to ASUU that they should go the normal route and work with NSIWC and PCS to meet their demands So if you re talking about duty travel allowances for a university professor who s also a civil servant it shouldn t be above what s currently put in place as the new guideline If you re talking about dangerousness allowance it shouldn t be above what you can get for the university system You have to compare everyone That s why we even compared doctors in that risk allocation area If you have it like that you will be able to pull it off she added He advised ASUU not to bully the ministry of education or its committee into proposing things that were not in line with the normal rate then the document would not work He said the meeting agreed that the education ministry should resurrect the committee within two weeks to discuss the proposal it had with ASUU so they could think of something for the PSC to review and then send to the FEC Regarding the dispute over the payment platform for speakers Ngige recalled that the National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA finished its evaluation of the University Transparency and Accountability Solutions UTAS developed by ASUU He added that his Minister of Supervision the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy sent him the report He said that although it was not his duty he sent the report to ASUU to obtain information and necessary measures saying that this is how the government works I sent that on December 12 They now responded to NITDA through me on February 2nd So who has wasted time I took your report sent it to NITDA copied Fice Education and the rest of them Some of these things are not supposed to be done but we are proactive in everything related to Education and Health Now that you ve told NITDA they haven t done the right thing the next logical thing as we agreed to today is for the two technical teams from ASUU and NITDA to get together and sort out the differences he said He said As far as I m concerned I was doing what I m supposed to do and the government is doing what it s supposed to do We have agreed UTAS now But we are going to do a joint test of both technical teams and find areas of reconciliation because UTAS itself is a local system and Executive Orders 3 and 5 encourage local content So we should be able to encourage them That s what I told them but they have this phobia that the government wants nothing more than IPPIS I told them that no matter what solution they have they must have a handshake with IPPIS so that the government controls the movement of their funds he added On the pending issue of the Revitalization Fund 2022 he said that the government side made up of the Ministers of Education and Fice and the Chief of Staff would meet as instructed to finalize the gray areas on the matter Ngige urged ASUU to properly inform its members and call off the strike before the month long strike expires By Monday we would have addressed some of the issues that they are talking about and come back to them for further discussion We will meet again with them and with the Nigerian Inter Religious Council NIREC and go from there he said
    FG, ASUU to reconvene on Feb. 28
      The Federal Government says that the meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU will be reconvened on February 28 in the hope of canceling the month long warning strike it has undertaken Senator Chris Ngige Minister for Labor and Employment said this Wednesday while briefing reporters at the end of a marathon meeting between the government side and ASUU in Abuja The Nigerian News Agency reports that the union has embarked on a nationwide warning strike to emphasize its members demands from February 14 The demands of the professors include the financing of the Revitalization of Public Universities Obtained Academic Assignments University Transparency Accountability Solution UTAS and promotion arrears Others are the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU FG Agreement and the inconsistency in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS According to Ngige the ongoing warning strike is illegal because the union s demands were already being addressed since last year He said the strike was a clear violation of the law adding that the union had not gone through the normal process before taking industrial action ASUU failed to give the Federal Government the prescribed 14 day minimum strike notice prior to the strike I saw your letter in my office on February 18 which is last Friday and as you know you started your action on Monday February 14 Therefore it is a clear violation of labor laws There are violations If you must notify us of an intention to strike you give us a minimum of 14 days notice I pointed out that we are a country governed by laws Nobody is above the law You must obey it he said Ngige said the Trade Disputes Act allows him to apprehend the strike and once this is done the industrial action should stop The minister also noted that the meeting addressed all of the union s five point demands and resolved four of them with deadlines for action He explained that the demands were not new areas but issues that are already being addressed by the Government That is why I said that we are surprised that they have made this strike These issues were discussed in November December of last year up until the time we paid out the Earned Academic Allowance EAA monies It was done last year We paid N22 172 billion So they have received the money The second area is the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement It talks about the renegotiation of their conditions of service both salaries and allowances I made it clear to them that there is a government process The Federal Ministry of Education alone cannot wake up and increase their salaries There was a committee that we formed at the Federal Ministry of Education to take it on because they are his direct employer There was a draft proposal which the Ministry of Education has to agree with them and then distribute it to the higher government bodies the Presidential Salary Commission PSC and from the PSC then it can go to the Federal Executive FEC to your approval he said Ngige pointed out that there were known rates for the allowances and any proposal that was not in sync with what was prescribed by the National Wage Income and Wage Commission NSIWC would not be carried out Ngige also made it clear to ASUU that they should go the normal route and work with NSIWC and PCS to meet their demands So if you re talking about duty travel allowances for a university professor who s also a civil servant it shouldn t be above what s currently put in place as the new guideline If you re talking about dangerousness allowance it shouldn t be above what you can get for the university system You have to compare everyone That s why we even compared doctors in that risk allocation area If you have it like that you will be able to pull it off she added He advised ASUU not to bully the ministry of education or its committee into proposing things that were not in line with the normal rate then the document would not work He said the meeting agreed that the education ministry should resurrect the committee within two weeks to discuss the proposal it had with ASUU so they could think of something for the PSC to review and then send to the FEC Regarding the dispute over the payment platform for speakers Ngige recalled that the National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA finished its evaluation of the University Transparency and Accountability Solutions UTAS developed by ASUU He added that his Minister of Supervision the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy sent him the report He said that although it was not his duty he sent the report to ASUU to obtain information and necessary measures saying that this is how the government works I sent that on December 12 They now responded to NITDA through me on February 2nd So who has wasted time I took your report sent it to NITDA copied Fice Education and the rest of them Some of these things are not supposed to be done but we are proactive in everything related to Education and Health Now that you ve told NITDA they haven t done the right thing the next logical thing as we agreed to today is for the two technical teams from ASUU and NITDA to get together and sort out the differences he said He said As far as I m concerned I was doing what I m supposed to do and the government is doing what it s supposed to do We have agreed UTAS now But we are going to do a joint test of both technical teams and find areas of reconciliation because UTAS itself is a local system and Executive Orders 3 and 5 encourage local content So we should be able to encourage them That s what I told them but they have this phobia that the government wants nothing more than IPPIS I told them that no matter what solution they have they must have a handshake with IPPIS so that the government controls the movement of their funds he added On the pending issue of the Revitalization Fund 2022 he said that the government side made up of the Ministers of Education and Fice and the Chief of Staff would meet as instructed to finalize the gray areas on the matter Ngige urged ASUU to properly inform its members and call off the strike before the month long strike expires By Monday we would have addressed some of the issues that they are talking about and come back to them for further discussion We will meet again with them and with the Nigerian Inter Religious Council NIREC and go from there he said
    FG, ASUU to reconvene on Feb. 28
    General news9 months ago

    FG, ASUU to reconvene on Feb. 28

    The Federal Government says that the meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will be reconvened on February 28, in the hope of canceling the month-long warning strike it has undertaken.

    Senator Chris Ngige, Minister for Labor and Employment, said this Wednesday while briefing reporters at the end of a marathon meeting between the government side and ASUU in Abuja.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the union has embarked on a nationwide warning strike to emphasize its members' demands from February 14.

    The demands of the professors include the financing of the Revitalization of Public Universities, Obtained Academic Assignments, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.

    Others are the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

    According to Ngige, the ongoing warning strike is illegal because the union's demands were already being addressed since last year.

    He said the strike was a clear violation of the law, adding that the union had not gone through the normal process before taking industrial action.

    “ASUU failed to give the Federal Government the prescribed 14-day minimum strike notice, prior to the strike.

    “I saw your letter in my office on February 18, which is last Friday, and as you know, you started your action on Monday, February 14. Therefore, it is a clear violation of labor laws. There are violations.

    “If you must notify us of an intention to strike, you give us a minimum of 14 days notice. I pointed out that we are a country governed by laws. Nobody is above the law. You must obey it,” he said.

    Ngige said the Trade Disputes Act allows him to apprehend the strike and once this is done, the industrial action should stop.

    The minister also noted that the meeting addressed all of the union's five-point demands and resolved four of them with deadlines for action.

    He explained that the demands were not new areas, but issues that are already being addressed by the Government.

    “That is why I said that we are surprised that they have made this strike. These issues were discussed in November/December of last year, up until the time we paid out the Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) monies.

    “It was done last year. We paid N22.172 billion. So, they have received the money.

    “The second area is the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement. It talks about the renegotiation of their conditions of service, both salaries and allowances.

    “I made it clear to them that there is a government process. The Federal Ministry of Education alone cannot wake up and increase their salaries.

    “There was a committee that we formed at the Federal Ministry of Education to take it on because they are his direct employer.

    "There was a draft proposal, which the Ministry of Education has to agree with them and then distribute it to the higher government bodies, the Presidential Salary Commission (PSC) and from the PSC, then it can go to the Federal Executive (FEC) to your approval,'' he said.

    Ngige pointed out that there were known rates for the allowances and any proposal that was not in sync with what was prescribed by the National Wage, Income and Wage Commission (NSIWC) would not be carried out.

    Ngige also made it clear to ASUU that they should go the normal route and work with NSIWC and PCS to meet their demands.

    “So if you're talking about duty travel allowances for a university professor, who's also a civil servant, it shouldn't be above what's currently put in place as the new guideline.

    “If you're talking about dangerousness allowance, it shouldn't be above what you can get for the university system. You have to compare everyone.

    “That's why we even compared doctors in that risk allocation area. If you have it like that, you will be able to pull it off,” she added.

    He advised ASUU not to bully the ministry of education or its committee into proposing things that were not in line with the normal rate, then the document would not work.

    He said the meeting agreed that the education ministry should resurrect the committee within two weeks to discuss the proposal it had with ASUU; “so they could think of something for the PSC to review and then send to the FEC.”

    Regarding the dispute over the payment platform for speakers, Ngige recalled that the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) finished its evaluation of the University Transparency and Accountability Solutions (UTAS) developed by ASUU.

    He added that his Minister of Supervision, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy sent him the report.

    He said that although it was not his duty, he sent the report to ASUU to obtain information and necessary measures, saying that this is how the government works.

    “I sent that on December 12. They now responded to NITDA through me on February 2nd. So who has wasted time? I took your report, sent it to NITDA, copied Fice, Education and the rest of them.

    “Some of these things are not supposed to be done, but we are proactive in everything related to Education and Health.

    "Now that you've told NITDA they haven't done the right thing, the next logical thing, as we agreed to today, is for the two technical teams from ASUU and NITDA to get together and sort out the differences," he said.

    He said: “As far as I'm concerned, I was doing what I'm supposed to do and the government is doing what it's supposed to do. We have agreed UTAS now.

    “But we are going to do a joint test of both technical teams and find areas of reconciliation because UTAS itself is a local system and Executive Orders 3 and 5 encourage local content.

    “So, we should be able to encourage them. That's what I told them but they have this phobia that the government wants nothing more than IPPIS.

    "I told them that no matter what solution they have, they must have a handshake with IPPIS, so that the government controls the movement of their funds," he added.

    On the pending issue of the Revitalization Fund 2022, he said that the government side, made up of the Ministers of Education and Fice and the Chief of Staff, would meet as instructed, to finalize the gray areas on the matter.

    Ngige urged ASUU to properly inform its members and call off the strike before the month-long strike expires.

    “By Monday, we would have addressed some of the issues that they are talking about and come back to them for further discussion. We will meet again with them and with the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) and go from there,” he said.

  •   The Federal Government says it will meet with the leaders of the University Academic Staff Union ASUU about the month long warning strike launched Mr Charles Akpan Deputy Director for Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Labor and Employment said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja According to Akpan the Minister of Labor and Employment Senator Chris Ngige will meet with union executives and other relevant government agencies The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p m in the minister s conference room he said The Nigerian News Agency reports that the striking lecturers had embarked on a four week all out strike on February 14 to press their demands Faculty upheavals include funding for public university revitalization earned academic awards the University Transparency Accountability Solution and promotion backlogs Others are the renegotiation of the ASUU FGN Agreement of 2009 and the inconsistencies in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System IPPIS The speakers also alleged that none of their demands had been fully met by the Government
    FG meets ASUU Tuesday on warning strike
      The Federal Government says it will meet with the leaders of the University Academic Staff Union ASUU about the month long warning strike launched Mr Charles Akpan Deputy Director for Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Labor and Employment said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja According to Akpan the Minister of Labor and Employment Senator Chris Ngige will meet with union executives and other relevant government agencies The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p m in the minister s conference room he said The Nigerian News Agency reports that the striking lecturers had embarked on a four week all out strike on February 14 to press their demands Faculty upheavals include funding for public university revitalization earned academic awards the University Transparency Accountability Solution and promotion backlogs Others are the renegotiation of the ASUU FGN Agreement of 2009 and the inconsistencies in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System IPPIS The speakers also alleged that none of their demands had been fully met by the Government
    FG meets ASUU Tuesday on warning strike
    Education9 months ago

    FG meets ASUU Tuesday on warning strike

    The Federal Government says it will meet with the leaders of the University Academic Staff Union (ASUU) about the month-long warning strike launched.

    Mr. Charles Akpan, Deputy Director for Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Labor and Employment, said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

    According to Akpan, the Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, will meet with union executives and other relevant government agencies.

    "The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the minister's conference room," he said.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the striking lecturers had embarked on a four-week all-out strike on February 14, to press their demands.

    Faculty upheavals include funding for public university revitalization, earned academic awards, the University Transparency Accountability Solution, and promotion backlogs.

    Others are the renegotiation of the ASUU-FGN Agreement of 2009 and the inconsistencies in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

    The speakers also alleged that none of their demands had been fully met by the Government.

  •  The Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila who inaugurated the building emphasized the importance of transportation in the economic growth and development of the country Gbajabiamila said We must not play down the road transport union The union contributes immensely to the Nigerian economy I can assure you that your value to our economy is recognized at all levels The government will continue to do what it can to help your industry prosper We will also continue to invest significantly in road transport which will expand its routes He urged the union not to give in and to be ready to adapt to the new reality of social and economic changes to prosper in any circumstance Gbajabiamila who praised the RTEAN leadership for the feat expressed the legislators willingness to work with the union to achieve national development goals Minister of State for Women s Affairs Pauline Tallen praised the transport union for establishing a women s wing to ensure gender balance saying it was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari s agenda Tallen said there was hope for Nigeria and the country would be better off when the women were taken away Also speaking the Minister for Labor and Productivity Dr Chris Ngige the Represented Union RTU Mr Amos Falonipe said that the RTEAN House would help the union to fulfill its functions and objectives for the nation Ngige urged the union to continue supporting the Federal Government in its efforts to improve the nation s economy through the renovation of transport infrastructure Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC Marshal Mr Boboye Oyeyemi said the commission s partnership with RTEAN was to ensure safer roads in the country According to him the RTEAN House showed the unity understanding and forward thinking mindset of the people who now run the union s affairs The Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi praised RTEAN s leadership for reforming and organizing the transport union by giving it a new perspective Ogunwusi praised the union for changing people s perception of transport operators I am very happy that the road administration of this country can be so organized We want to thank the leadership of RTEAN With what they are doing there is great hope for our beloved country A lot of people look down on transport unions but now they re redefining it Keep up the good work said Ogunwusi The National President of the TUC Quadri Olaleye described the President of the RTEAN as an apostle of peace saying that every economy required infrastructure that added to the quality of life Earlier RTEAN President Alhaji Musa Maitakobi who commended all stakeholders for the praise said that the ruling of the Abuja Labor Court on October 13 2020 which favored him freed the union Maitakobi said the trial was the foundation of the union s reform and achievements saying the trial showed that the judiciary was the hope of ordinary citizens Our goal is to reposition the road transport sector to support our commitment to reform public transport management to support government policies and the daily needs of Nigerians with their connectivity and mobility he said He called on relevant government agencies to deal with the establishment of the Transport Development Bank in the country Maitakobi said that transportation connects all sectors of the economy Source NAN
    FG tasks RTEAN on professionalism for accident-free Nigeria.
     The Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila who inaugurated the building emphasized the importance of transportation in the economic growth and development of the country Gbajabiamila said We must not play down the road transport union The union contributes immensely to the Nigerian economy I can assure you that your value to our economy is recognized at all levels The government will continue to do what it can to help your industry prosper We will also continue to invest significantly in road transport which will expand its routes He urged the union not to give in and to be ready to adapt to the new reality of social and economic changes to prosper in any circumstance Gbajabiamila who praised the RTEAN leadership for the feat expressed the legislators willingness to work with the union to achieve national development goals Minister of State for Women s Affairs Pauline Tallen praised the transport union for establishing a women s wing to ensure gender balance saying it was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari s agenda Tallen said there was hope for Nigeria and the country would be better off when the women were taken away Also speaking the Minister for Labor and Productivity Dr Chris Ngige the Represented Union RTU Mr Amos Falonipe said that the RTEAN House would help the union to fulfill its functions and objectives for the nation Ngige urged the union to continue supporting the Federal Government in its efforts to improve the nation s economy through the renovation of transport infrastructure Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC Marshal Mr Boboye Oyeyemi said the commission s partnership with RTEAN was to ensure safer roads in the country According to him the RTEAN House showed the unity understanding and forward thinking mindset of the people who now run the union s affairs The Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi praised RTEAN s leadership for reforming and organizing the transport union by giving it a new perspective Ogunwusi praised the union for changing people s perception of transport operators I am very happy that the road administration of this country can be so organized We want to thank the leadership of RTEAN With what they are doing there is great hope for our beloved country A lot of people look down on transport unions but now they re redefining it Keep up the good work said Ogunwusi The National President of the TUC Quadri Olaleye described the President of the RTEAN as an apostle of peace saying that every economy required infrastructure that added to the quality of life Earlier RTEAN President Alhaji Musa Maitakobi who commended all stakeholders for the praise said that the ruling of the Abuja Labor Court on October 13 2020 which favored him freed the union Maitakobi said the trial was the foundation of the union s reform and achievements saying the trial showed that the judiciary was the hope of ordinary citizens Our goal is to reposition the road transport sector to support our commitment to reform public transport management to support government policies and the daily needs of Nigerians with their connectivity and mobility he said He called on relevant government agencies to deal with the establishment of the Transport Development Bank in the country Maitakobi said that transportation connects all sectors of the economy Source NAN
    FG tasks RTEAN on professionalism for accident-free Nigeria.
    Economy10 months ago

    FG tasks RTEAN on professionalism for accident-free Nigeria.

    The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, who inaugurated the building, emphasized the importance of transportation in the economic growth and development of the country.Gbajabiamila said: “We must not play down the road transport union.“The union contributes immensely to the Nigerian economy. I can assure you that your value to our economy is recognized at all levels.“The government will continue to do what it can to help your industry prosper. We will also continue to invest significantly in road transport, which will expand its routes."He urged the union not to give in and to be ready to adapt to the new reality of social and economic changes, to prosper in any circumstance.Gbajabiamila, who praised the RTEAN leadership for the feat, expressed the legislators' willingness to work with the union to achieve national development goals.Minister of State for Women's Affairs Pauline Tallen praised the transport union for establishing a women's wing to ensure gender balance, saying it was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari's agenda.Tallen said there was hope for Nigeria and the country would be better off when the women were taken away.Also speaking, the Minister for Labor and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, the Represented Union (RTU), Mr. Amos Falonipe, said that the RTEAN House would help the union to fulfill its functions and objectives for the nation.Ngige urged the union to continue supporting the Federal Government in its efforts to improve the nation's economy through the renovation of transport infrastructure.Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Marshal Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi said the commission's partnership with RTEAN was to ensure safer roads in the country.According to him, the RTEAN House showed the unity, understanding and forward-thinking mindset of the people who now run the union's affairs.The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, praised RTEAN's leadership for reforming and organizing the transport union by giving it a new perspective.Ogunwusi praised the union for changing people's perception of transport operators.“I am very happy that the road administration of this country can be so organized. We want to thank the leadership of RTEAN. With what they are doing, there is great hope for our beloved country.“A lot of people look down on transport unions, but now they're redefining it. Keep up the good work,” said Ogunwusi.The National President of the TUC, Quadri Olaleye, described the President of the RTEAN as an apostle of peace, saying that every economy required infrastructure that added to the quality of life.Earlier, RTEAN President Alhaji Musa Maitakobi, who commended all stakeholders for the praise, said that the ruling of the Abuja Labor Court on October 13, 2020, which favored him, freed the union.Maitakobi said the trial was the foundation of the union's reform and achievements, saying the trial showed that the judiciary was the hope of ordinary citizens.“Our goal is to reposition the road transport sector to support our commitment to reform public transport management to support government policies and the daily needs of Nigerians with their connectivity and mobility,” he said.He called on relevant government agencies to deal with the establishment of the Transport Development Bank in the country.Maitakobi said that transportation connects all sectors of the economy.Source: NAN

  •  On November 6 Anambra people will troop out to elect a new governor Pursuant to Section 182 1 b of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended the incumbent Willie Obiano is due to transfer the baton Arguably Obiano s administration sustained the movement Thus Anambra has the most proficient administrations from the era of Chris Ngige who pigheadedly pulled down godfatherism after things fell apart between him and his PDP powerbrokers branded as OBJ Boys including Andy Uba It was a tough do or die battle between Ngige and the gladiators for control of state power Politics aside few of the vital questions Ndi Anambra must ask themselves before stepping out to cast their votes for a new governor is which of the gladiators namely APC Andy Uba APGA Prof Chukwuma Soludo PDP Valentine Ozoigbo and YPP Ifeanyi Ubah can be honestly trusted to teach the children in schools Again as a region with entrepreneurial spirit which of them can be confidently endorsed to chair a board of a business empire with vested interest hope of growth proper coordination and management without any fears of bankruptcy liquidation or distress after a short period of existence Furthermore which of the candidates can be trusted with integrity exposure skills and capability to attract foreign investments to the state And finally which of these candidates can be recommended to represent the state in national and international fora with significant and meaningful impacts To answer these vital questions would give clues on the way forward for Anambra vis vis the forthcoming poll These questions can guide in making a choice of a proficient state governor Governance is about economic growth administrative skills and in particular giving priority to the future of the children As expected money will fly around but the future of our children must be a focal point The election is a secret ballot hence voters can still vote to please the conscience irrespective of what was shared if it must be received The voting pattern remains confidential and nobody knows the candidate or party voted for or not With the entrepreneurial spirit accept any goodies shared but vote wisely Like Dr Chris Ngige said the election is a battle between the light and darkness And I agree with him absolutely No doubt by the 1999 Constitution all the candidates for the Anambra poll are prima facie qualified having attained the mandatory age of 35years and with O Level academic qualification pegged as minimum qualification however the interest of the state should override every other thing To sustain the enviable progress recorded over the years should be the utmost priority of the Anambra people By good leadership the state now has a commissioned Anambra International Cargo Airport This great exploit by APGA government deserves encomiums No amount of politics can conceal this In fact every propaganda is a medicine after death The Light of the Nation as christened with its enviable accomplishments has set a standard that must be sustained and advanced Most states in the country particularly in the South East are looking up to Anambra as a pacesetter on account of good leadership it has consecutively maintained Thus this is a battle between progress and retrogression between chains and freedom and between continuity of good governance witnessed in Anambra from Ngige s tenure to date and trial and error Despite the fact that Anambra hasn t been in a central party it has recorded significant attainments than states in the ruling party Thus this cannot be a factor as far as Anambra is concerned In other words Ndi Anambra must resist egocentrism Anambrarians should endorse a candidate with proven managerial capability managed capital and human resources credibly with economic growth and contemporary innovations Nothing beats administrative experience Short and Long term economic development cannot be gathered by embryonic struggles No doubt all of them have supported the less privileged communities and churches with funds and social amenities These good gestures are appreciated irrespective of motives Recently during COVID 19 pandemic they equally donated to support the state government In private enterprise they have chains of businesses running to their credits which is commendable That is to say that the Light of the Nation is no doubt endowed with human resources But to call a spade a spade Anambra Government House is a big shoe yearning for a strong leg in terms of managerial skills otherwise it will drop in value and worth The space cannot be properly occupied with mere private business acumen or philanthropic activities but proficiency in corporate governance and economic spheres According to an opinion poll Professor Soludo is the preferred candidate of the majority of the Anambra people Prof Soludo a former Chief Economic Adviser to President Obasanjo and CEO Deputy Chairman National Planning Commission of Nigeria Chairman of Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc Chairman of Board and Governor Central Bank of Nigeria Chairman of Committee that designed the Financial System Strategy 2020 Chairman Anambra Vision 2070 Committee an Economic Adviser to different companies and countries was awarded best African and global Central Bank governor 2005 2006 and many more awards to his accolades Donald Trump s tenure at the Whitehouse should be an eye opener Nemo dat quod non habet rule states no one gives what they do not have Trump managed his chains of businesses successfully as a magnate who hires and fires at will But that s not the same with the public sector There s a great difference between managing private businesses and a state government Experience cannot be purchased Administrative knowhow comes by unswerving training garnered over a long period Today America is soaring regaining its rightful position in space and making progress from all sides through Joe Biden s administration The dangerous blooper and temptation Ndi Anambra must doggedly resist is to allow a big fish that providentially entered into their net escape carelessly from them Agreed constitutionally the candidates are all qualified but merit should guide The level of development in Anambra doesn t encourage trial and errors or a novice to wear the shoes Anambra state must sustain the momentum Umegboro ACIArb a public affairs analyst hails from Ihiala
    Anambra Decides: A sober reflection for Anambra people By Carl Umegboro
     On November 6 Anambra people will troop out to elect a new governor Pursuant to Section 182 1 b of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended the incumbent Willie Obiano is due to transfer the baton Arguably Obiano s administration sustained the movement Thus Anambra has the most proficient administrations from the era of Chris Ngige who pigheadedly pulled down godfatherism after things fell apart between him and his PDP powerbrokers branded as OBJ Boys including Andy Uba It was a tough do or die battle between Ngige and the gladiators for control of state power Politics aside few of the vital questions Ndi Anambra must ask themselves before stepping out to cast their votes for a new governor is which of the gladiators namely APC Andy Uba APGA Prof Chukwuma Soludo PDP Valentine Ozoigbo and YPP Ifeanyi Ubah can be honestly trusted to teach the children in schools Again as a region with entrepreneurial spirit which of them can be confidently endorsed to chair a board of a business empire with vested interest hope of growth proper coordination and management without any fears of bankruptcy liquidation or distress after a short period of existence Furthermore which of the candidates can be trusted with integrity exposure skills and capability to attract foreign investments to the state And finally which of these candidates can be recommended to represent the state in national and international fora with significant and meaningful impacts To answer these vital questions would give clues on the way forward for Anambra vis vis the forthcoming poll These questions can guide in making a choice of a proficient state governor Governance is about economic growth administrative skills and in particular giving priority to the future of the children As expected money will fly around but the future of our children must be a focal point The election is a secret ballot hence voters can still vote to please the conscience irrespective of what was shared if it must be received The voting pattern remains confidential and nobody knows the candidate or party voted for or not With the entrepreneurial spirit accept any goodies shared but vote wisely Like Dr Chris Ngige said the election is a battle between the light and darkness And I agree with him absolutely No doubt by the 1999 Constitution all the candidates for the Anambra poll are prima facie qualified having attained the mandatory age of 35years and with O Level academic qualification pegged as minimum qualification however the interest of the state should override every other thing To sustain the enviable progress recorded over the years should be the utmost priority of the Anambra people By good leadership the state now has a commissioned Anambra International Cargo Airport This great exploit by APGA government deserves encomiums No amount of politics can conceal this In fact every propaganda is a medicine after death The Light of the Nation as christened with its enviable accomplishments has set a standard that must be sustained and advanced Most states in the country particularly in the South East are looking up to Anambra as a pacesetter on account of good leadership it has consecutively maintained Thus this is a battle between progress and retrogression between chains and freedom and between continuity of good governance witnessed in Anambra from Ngige s tenure to date and trial and error Despite the fact that Anambra hasn t been in a central party it has recorded significant attainments than states in the ruling party Thus this cannot be a factor as far as Anambra is concerned In other words Ndi Anambra must resist egocentrism Anambrarians should endorse a candidate with proven managerial capability managed capital and human resources credibly with economic growth and contemporary innovations Nothing beats administrative experience Short and Long term economic development cannot be gathered by embryonic struggles No doubt all of them have supported the less privileged communities and churches with funds and social amenities These good gestures are appreciated irrespective of motives Recently during COVID 19 pandemic they equally donated to support the state government In private enterprise they have chains of businesses running to their credits which is commendable That is to say that the Light of the Nation is no doubt endowed with human resources But to call a spade a spade Anambra Government House is a big shoe yearning for a strong leg in terms of managerial skills otherwise it will drop in value and worth The space cannot be properly occupied with mere private business acumen or philanthropic activities but proficiency in corporate governance and economic spheres According to an opinion poll Professor Soludo is the preferred candidate of the majority of the Anambra people Prof Soludo a former Chief Economic Adviser to President Obasanjo and CEO Deputy Chairman National Planning Commission of Nigeria Chairman of Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc Chairman of Board and Governor Central Bank of Nigeria Chairman of Committee that designed the Financial System Strategy 2020 Chairman Anambra Vision 2070 Committee an Economic Adviser to different companies and countries was awarded best African and global Central Bank governor 2005 2006 and many more awards to his accolades Donald Trump s tenure at the Whitehouse should be an eye opener Nemo dat quod non habet rule states no one gives what they do not have Trump managed his chains of businesses successfully as a magnate who hires and fires at will But that s not the same with the public sector There s a great difference between managing private businesses and a state government Experience cannot be purchased Administrative knowhow comes by unswerving training garnered over a long period Today America is soaring regaining its rightful position in space and making progress from all sides through Joe Biden s administration The dangerous blooper and temptation Ndi Anambra must doggedly resist is to allow a big fish that providentially entered into their net escape carelessly from them Agreed constitutionally the candidates are all qualified but merit should guide The level of development in Anambra doesn t encourage trial and errors or a novice to wear the shoes Anambra state must sustain the momentum Umegboro ACIArb a public affairs analyst hails from Ihiala
    Anambra Decides: A sober reflection for Anambra people By Carl Umegboro
    Opinion1 year ago

    Anambra Decides: A sober reflection for Anambra people By Carl Umegboro

    On November 6, Anambra people will troop out to elect a new governor. Pursuant to Section 182(1)[b] of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, as amended, the incumbent, Willie Obiano is due to transfer the baton. Arguably, Obiano’s administration sustained the movement. Thus, Anambra has the most proficient administrations from the era of Chris Ngige who pigheadedly pulled down ‘godfatherism’ after things fell apart between him and his PDP-powerbrokers branded as ‘OBJ Boys’ including Andy Uba. It was a tough ‘do-or-die’ battle between Ngige and the gladiators for control of state power.Politics aside, few of the vital questions Ndi-Anambra must ask themselves before stepping out to cast their votes for a new governor is: which of the gladiators namely; APC - Andy Uba; APGA – Prof Chukwuma Soludo; PDP – Valentine Ozoigbo; and YPP – Ifeanyi Ubah can be honestly trusted to teach the children in schools? Again, as a region with entrepreneurial spirit, which of them can be confidently endorsed to chair a board of a business empire with vested interest, hope of growth, proper coordination and management without any fears of bankruptcy, liquidation or distress after a short period of existence? Furthermore, which of the candidates can be trusted with integrity, exposure, skills and capability to attract foreign investments to the state? And finally, which of these candidates can be recommended to represent the state in national and international fora with significant and meaningful impacts?To answer these vital questions would give clues on the way-forward for Anambra vis-à-vis the forthcoming poll. These questions can guide in making a choice of a proficient state governor. Governance is about economic growth, administrative skills and in particular, giving priority to the future of the children. As expected, money will fly around, but the future of our children must be a focal point. The election is a secret-ballot, hence, voters can still vote to please the conscience irrespective of what was shared if it must be received. The voting pattern remains confidential and nobody knows the candidate or party voted for or not. With the entrepreneurial spirit, accept any goodies shared, but vote wisely. Like Dr. Chris Ngige said, “the election is a battle between the light and darkness”. And I agree with him absolutely.No doubt, by the 1999 Constitution, all the candidates for the Anambra poll are prima facie qualified having attained the mandatory age of 35years and with O’Level academic qualification pegged as minimum qualification, however, the interest of the state should override every other thing. To sustain the enviable progress recorded over the years should be the utmost priority of the Anambra people. By good leadership, the state now has a commissioned Anambra International Cargo Airport. This great exploit by APGA government deserves encomiums. No amount of politics can conceal this. In fact, every propaganda is a ‘medicine after death’.The ‘Light-of-the-Nation’ as ‘christened’ with its enviable accomplishments has set a standard that must be sustained and advanced. Most states in the country particularly in the South-East are looking up to Anambra as a pacesetter on account of good leadership it has consecutively maintained. Thus, this is a battle between progress and retrogression; between chains and freedom, and between continuity of good governance witnessed in Anambra from Ngige’s tenure to date and ‘trial-and-error’. Despite the fact that Anambra hasn’t been in a central party, it has recorded significant attainments than states in the ruling party.Thus, this cannot be a factor as far as Anambra is concerned. In other words, Ndi-Anambra must resist egocentrism. Anambrarians should endorse a candidate with proven managerial capability - managed capital and human resources credibly with economic growth and contemporary innovations. Nothing beats administrative experience. Short-and Long-term economic development cannot be gathered by embryonic struggles. No doubt, all of them have supported the less-privileged communities and churches with funds and social amenities. These good gestures are appreciated irrespective of motives. Recently, during COVID-19 pandemic, they equally donated to support the state government. In private enterprise, they have chains of businesses running to their credits which is commendable.That is to say that the ‘Light of the Nation’ is no doubt endowed with human resources. But to call a spade a spade, Anambra Government-House is a big shoe yearning for a strong leg in terms of managerial skills, otherwise, it will drop in value and worth. The space cannot be properly occupied with mere private business acumen or philanthropic activities but proficiency in corporate governance and economic spheres. According to an opinion poll, Professor Soludo is the preferred candidate of the majority of the Anambra people.Prof Soludo, a former Chief Economic Adviser to President Obasanjo and CEO/Deputy Chairman, National Planning Commission of Nigeria, Chairman of Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc, Chairman of Board and Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Chairman of Committee that designed the Financial System Strategy 2020, Chairman Anambra Vision 2070 Committee, an Economic Adviser to different companies and countries, was awarded best African and global Central Bank governor 2005, 2006 and many more awards to his accolades.Donald Trump’s tenure at the Whitehouse should be an eye-opener. Nemo dat quod non habet rule states, “no one gives what they do not have”. Trump managed his chains of businesses ‘successfully’ as a magnate who hires and fires at will. But, that’s not the same with the public sector. There’s a great difference between managing private businesses and a state government. Experience cannot be purchased. Administrative knowhow comes by unswerving training garnered over a long period. Today, America is soaring, regaining its rightful position in space, and making progress from all sides through Joe Biden’s administration.The dangerous blooper and temptation Ndi-Anambra must doggedly resist is to allow a big fish that providentially entered into their net escape carelessly from them. Agreed, constitutionally, the candidates are all qualified, but merit should guide. The level of development in Anambra doesn’t encourage ‘trial-and-errors’ or a novice to wear the shoes. Anambra state must sustain the momentum.Umegboro, ACIArb, a public affairs analyst hails from Ihiala.

  •   The federal government appears to have torn up the four main unions within the university system following the introduction of a sharing formula for the disbursement of N22billion Earned Allowances DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the federal government has approved a 75 allocation to the Union of Academic Staff of Universities ASUU while the remaining 25 is expected to go to the other 3 non teaching unions This sharing formula we learned angered non teaching staff at universities under the Joint Action Committee JAC made up of the Union of Non University Staff of Universities NASU and the Association of Universities senior staff of Nigerian universities SSANU In a statement Thursday in Abuja SSANU National President Mohammed Ibrahim and NASU Secretary General Peters Adeyemi respectively warned of the implications of this alleged unbalanced formula The unions described the sharing formula as unbalanced biased and unrealistic The statement said Members of the public might recall that the JAC as a mature and accountable body was persuaded by a Memorandum of Understanding MoA agreed and signed between us and the FGN on February 25 2021 for suspend our last strike that we launched to protest the previous unbalanced payment of N30b to ASUU while the other 3 unions received only N10b among other agitations after JAC went on strike on Friday 5 February 2021 and suspended the strike action on Thursday February 25 2021 During conciliation meetings with the Honorable Minister of Labor and Employment Sen Chris Ngige alongside other government officials JAC insisted on releasing the findings of the forensic audit of previous disbursements success or not of previous installments However until today nothing of this nature has been done We also questioned the opaque formula used to propose these biased and unscientific disbursements We want to categorically state that our members have been pushed to the wall and cannot continue to allow this injustice We are currently in discussions with our members across the country and we cannot guarantee continued industrial harmony in Nigeria s public universities and inter university centers if and when this current disbursement is allowed to materialize We therefore urgently call for an immediate suspension of this vexatious disbursement and hereby implore the relevant government agencies responsible for this important mission to come back to the table and rework the disbursement model with a view to arriving at a more realistic and acceptable allocation formula that will be fair to all staff in the university system For the record we at the JAC are not in competition with any other union or its members but we firmly believe in giving Caesar what is Caesar the unions insisted
    N22bn Earned Allowances: ASUU, NASU, SSANU at loggerheads over sharing formula
      The federal government appears to have torn up the four main unions within the university system following the introduction of a sharing formula for the disbursement of N22billion Earned Allowances DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the federal government has approved a 75 allocation to the Union of Academic Staff of Universities ASUU while the remaining 25 is expected to go to the other 3 non teaching unions This sharing formula we learned angered non teaching staff at universities under the Joint Action Committee JAC made up of the Union of Non University Staff of Universities NASU and the Association of Universities senior staff of Nigerian universities SSANU In a statement Thursday in Abuja SSANU National President Mohammed Ibrahim and NASU Secretary General Peters Adeyemi respectively warned of the implications of this alleged unbalanced formula The unions described the sharing formula as unbalanced biased and unrealistic The statement said Members of the public might recall that the JAC as a mature and accountable body was persuaded by a Memorandum of Understanding MoA agreed and signed between us and the FGN on February 25 2021 for suspend our last strike that we launched to protest the previous unbalanced payment of N30b to ASUU while the other 3 unions received only N10b among other agitations after JAC went on strike on Friday 5 February 2021 and suspended the strike action on Thursday February 25 2021 During conciliation meetings with the Honorable Minister of Labor and Employment Sen Chris Ngige alongside other government officials JAC insisted on releasing the findings of the forensic audit of previous disbursements success or not of previous installments However until today nothing of this nature has been done We also questioned the opaque formula used to propose these biased and unscientific disbursements We want to categorically state that our members have been pushed to the wall and cannot continue to allow this injustice We are currently in discussions with our members across the country and we cannot guarantee continued industrial harmony in Nigeria s public universities and inter university centers if and when this current disbursement is allowed to materialize We therefore urgently call for an immediate suspension of this vexatious disbursement and hereby implore the relevant government agencies responsible for this important mission to come back to the table and rework the disbursement model with a view to arriving at a more realistic and acceptable allocation formula that will be fair to all staff in the university system For the record we at the JAC are not in competition with any other union or its members but we firmly believe in giving Caesar what is Caesar the unions insisted
    N22bn Earned Allowances: ASUU, NASU, SSANU at loggerheads over sharing formula
    Headlines1 year ago

    N22bn Earned Allowances: ASUU, NASU, SSANU at loggerheads over sharing formula

    The federal government appears to have torn up the four main unions within the university system, following the introduction of a sharing formula for the disbursement of N22billion Earned Allowances.

    DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the federal government has approved a 75% allocation to the Union of Academic Staff of Universities, ASUU, while the remaining 25% is expected to go to the other 3 non-teaching unions.

    This sharing formula, we learned, angered non-teaching staff at universities under the Joint Action Committee, JAC, made up of the Union of Non-University Staff of Universities, NASU, and the Association of Universities. senior staff of Nigerian universities, SSANU.

    In a statement Thursday in Abuja, SSANU National President Mohammed Ibrahim and NASU Secretary General Peters Adeyemi respectively warned of the implications of this alleged unbalanced formula.

    The unions described the sharing formula as unbalanced, biased and unrealistic.

    The statement said: "Members of the public might recall that the JAC as a mature and accountable body was persuaded by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoA) agreed and signed between us and the FGN on February 25, 2021 for suspend our last strike that we launched to protest the previous unbalanced payment of N30b to ASUU, while the other 3 unions received only N10b among other agitations after JAC went on strike on Friday 5 ″ February 2021 and suspended the strike action on Thursday February 25, 2021.

    “During conciliation meetings with the Honorable Minister of Labor and Employment, Sen Chris Ngige, alongside other government officials, JAC insisted on releasing the findings of the forensic audit of previous disbursements . success or not of previous installments. However, until today, nothing of this nature has been done.

    “We also questioned the opaque formula used to propose these biased and unscientific disbursements.

    “We want to categorically state that our members have been pushed to the wall and cannot continue to allow this injustice. We are currently in discussions with our members across the country and we cannot guarantee continued industrial harmony in Nigeria's public universities and inter-university centers if and when this current disbursement is allowed to materialize.

    "We therefore urgently call for an immediate suspension of this vexatious disbursement and hereby implore the relevant government agencies responsible for this important mission to come back to the table and rework the disbursement model.
    with a view to arriving at a more realistic and acceptable allocation formula that will be fair to all staff in the university system.

    "For the record, we at the JAC are not in competition with any other union or its members, but we firmly believe in giving Caesar what is Caesar," the unions insisted.

  •   By Joan Nwagwu The federal government has expressed its sadness at the alarming rate of job insecurity in the country and has pledged to put an end to it Labor and Employment Minister Senator Chris Ngige said this during a day long public hearing on the three labor bills by the Senate Labor and Employment Committee on Tuesday at Abuja Ngige said this in a statement signed by Mr Charles Akpan deputy director of press and public relations at the ministry Bills include the National Directorate of Employment Act 2004 the Cap L1 Labor Act LFN 2004 Amendment Bill 2021 SB 469 and the Nigeria precarious ban establishment bill 2021 SB 329 Ngige said his ministry is committed to smoothly amending labor laws to bring them up to international best practice He insisted however that casualization was a thwarted anti labor practice that the federal government had been tackling since 2016 Casualization is a very volatile issue Recall that during the Eighth Senate we appeared before this committee on the same issue when certain banks and financial institutions unilaterally made workers insecure and dismissed in 2016 We are not sitting idly by The time has come to stop the casualization of all forms in the workforce Private entrepreneurs must make money to keep the business afloat but must not enslave their workers However it is not only a question of fighting against precariousness rather it s about rooting out the problem There is an annual influx of young people into the labor market 1 2 million graduates of universities and polytechnics enter the market each year to seek work in the already overburdened public service This does not include those who have an NCE and a school certificate For over a year now civil servants below Level 12 under the COVID 19 protocol have been at home some working from home but the civil service continues What does this show you Less work for more people Despite this the federal government keeps the faith and takes charge under the welfare system of the administration which is pro popular However we need to step up efforts to create jobs This is the solution We need fundamental restructuring to cope with the push he said Ngige therefore urged the National Assembly to give the ministry more time to liaise within the tripartite community in order to make fruitful contributions This is toward transparent enactment of a precarious ban law in Nigeria in a way that will stand the test of time he said He added that the federal government could no longer turn a blind eye to precariousness We have to find a cure and put an end to this We must however make sure that any law promulgated in this way will stand the test of time and that it cannot be circumvented ab initio We need a law that will win the support of employers of labor of workers indeed every member of the tripartite Previously we have worked to address the precariousness in the oil and gas sector and have already established a tripartite committee comprising the Congress of Trade Unions of Nigeria NLC the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA the NNPC PENGASSAN and other related affiliated unions The mission of the committee is to draft a directive on contractual staffing in the petroleum industry which will then be sent to the Federal Executive Council and to the Attorney General of the Federation The minister warned however that with the Petroleum Industry Act PIA all proposals for the guidelines must be in tandem with the provisions of the law We must modulate the guidelines so that they fall under the provisions of the PIA because anything that goes against them is null and void he said Regarding the bill amending the NDE law of 2004 he admitted that it was well intentioned stressing that the proposal to dismiss the minister as chairman of the agency s board was contrary to the very nature of the NDE as a special purpose vehicle The amendment is well intentioned but is not appropriate for the NDE as an ad hoc vehicle which is interministerial tripartite and federated Its board of directors cannot be effectively chaired by a foreigner who does not have enough insight and without a strong influence as would the minister in charge of the agency he added He also gave the example of similar agencies such as customs under the Ministry of Fice and chaired by the Minister of Fice as well as immigration under the Ministry of Internal Affairs also chaired by the Minister of Internal Affairs He further requested more time for the tripartite to meet on the proposed amendment The minister s position was supported by NLC TUC The Senate committee however gave the ministry and other tripartite members two months to meet on the bills and come back to the committee Source NAN
    FG vows to end casualisation of workers
      By Joan Nwagwu The federal government has expressed its sadness at the alarming rate of job insecurity in the country and has pledged to put an end to it Labor and Employment Minister Senator Chris Ngige said this during a day long public hearing on the three labor bills by the Senate Labor and Employment Committee on Tuesday at Abuja Ngige said this in a statement signed by Mr Charles Akpan deputy director of press and public relations at the ministry Bills include the National Directorate of Employment Act 2004 the Cap L1 Labor Act LFN 2004 Amendment Bill 2021 SB 469 and the Nigeria precarious ban establishment bill 2021 SB 329 Ngige said his ministry is committed to smoothly amending labor laws to bring them up to international best practice He insisted however that casualization was a thwarted anti labor practice that the federal government had been tackling since 2016 Casualization is a very volatile issue Recall that during the Eighth Senate we appeared before this committee on the same issue when certain banks and financial institutions unilaterally made workers insecure and dismissed in 2016 We are not sitting idly by The time has come to stop the casualization of all forms in the workforce Private entrepreneurs must make money to keep the business afloat but must not enslave their workers However it is not only a question of fighting against precariousness rather it s about rooting out the problem There is an annual influx of young people into the labor market 1 2 million graduates of universities and polytechnics enter the market each year to seek work in the already overburdened public service This does not include those who have an NCE and a school certificate For over a year now civil servants below Level 12 under the COVID 19 protocol have been at home some working from home but the civil service continues What does this show you Less work for more people Despite this the federal government keeps the faith and takes charge under the welfare system of the administration which is pro popular However we need to step up efforts to create jobs This is the solution We need fundamental restructuring to cope with the push he said Ngige therefore urged the National Assembly to give the ministry more time to liaise within the tripartite community in order to make fruitful contributions This is toward transparent enactment of a precarious ban law in Nigeria in a way that will stand the test of time he said He added that the federal government could no longer turn a blind eye to precariousness We have to find a cure and put an end to this We must however make sure that any law promulgated in this way will stand the test of time and that it cannot be circumvented ab initio We need a law that will win the support of employers of labor of workers indeed every member of the tripartite Previously we have worked to address the precariousness in the oil and gas sector and have already established a tripartite committee comprising the Congress of Trade Unions of Nigeria NLC the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA the NNPC PENGASSAN and other related affiliated unions The mission of the committee is to draft a directive on contractual staffing in the petroleum industry which will then be sent to the Federal Executive Council and to the Attorney General of the Federation The minister warned however that with the Petroleum Industry Act PIA all proposals for the guidelines must be in tandem with the provisions of the law We must modulate the guidelines so that they fall under the provisions of the PIA because anything that goes against them is null and void he said Regarding the bill amending the NDE law of 2004 he admitted that it was well intentioned stressing that the proposal to dismiss the minister as chairman of the agency s board was contrary to the very nature of the NDE as a special purpose vehicle The amendment is well intentioned but is not appropriate for the NDE as an ad hoc vehicle which is interministerial tripartite and federated Its board of directors cannot be effectively chaired by a foreigner who does not have enough insight and without a strong influence as would the minister in charge of the agency he added He also gave the example of similar agencies such as customs under the Ministry of Fice and chaired by the Minister of Fice as well as immigration under the Ministry of Internal Affairs also chaired by the Minister of Internal Affairs He further requested more time for the tripartite to meet on the proposed amendment The minister s position was supported by NLC TUC The Senate committee however gave the ministry and other tripartite members two months to meet on the bills and come back to the committee Source NAN
    FG vows to end casualisation of workers
    General news1 year ago

    FG vows to end casualisation of workers

    By Joan Nwagwu

    The federal government has expressed its sadness at the alarming rate of job insecurity in the country and has pledged to put an end to it.

    Labor and Employment Minister Senator Chris Ngige said this during a day-long public hearing on the three labor bills by the Senate Labor and Employment Committee on Tuesday at Abuja.

    Ngige said this in a statement signed by Mr. Charles Akpan, deputy director of press and public relations at the ministry.

    Bills include the National Directorate of Employment Act 2004, the Cap L1 Labor Act, LFN 2004 (Amendment Bill 2021 (SB.469), and the Nigeria precarious ban. (establishment bill 2021 (SB, 329)

    Ngige said his ministry is committed to smoothly amending labor laws to bring them up to international best practice.

    He insisted, however, that casualization was a thwarted anti-labor practice that the federal government had been tackling since 2016.

    “Casualization is a very volatile issue. Recall that during the Eighth Senate, we appeared before this committee on the same issue, when certain banks and financial institutions unilaterally made workers insecure and dismissed in 2016.

    “We are not sitting idly by. The time has come to stop the casualization of all forms in the workforce. Private entrepreneurs must make money to keep the business afloat but must not enslave their workers.

    “However, it is not only a question of fighting against precariousness; rather, it's about rooting out the problem. There is an annual influx of young people into the labor market.

    “1.2 million graduates of universities and polytechnics enter the market each year to seek work in the already overburdened public service. This does not include those who have an NCE and a school certificate.

    “For over a year now, civil servants below Level 12, under the COVID-19 protocol, have been at home, some working from home, but the civil service continues. What does this show you? Less work for more people.

    “Despite this, the federal government keeps the faith and takes charge under the welfare system of the administration which is pro-popular.

    “However, we need to step up efforts to create jobs. This is the solution. We need fundamental restructuring to cope with the push, ”he said.

    Ngige therefore urged the National Assembly to give the ministry more time to liaise within the tripartite community in order to make fruitful contributions.

    "This is toward transparent enactment of a precarious ban law in Nigeria, in a way that will stand the test of time," he said.

    He added that the federal government could no longer turn a blind eye to precariousness.

    “We have to find a cure and put an end to this. We must, however, make sure that any law promulgated in this way will stand the test of time and that it cannot be circumvented ab initio.

    “We need a law that will win the support of employers of labor, of workers, indeed every member of the tripartite.

    “Previously, we have worked to address the precariousness in the oil and gas sector and have already established a tripartite committee comprising the Congress of Trade Unions of Nigeria (NLC), the Nigeria Employers' Consultative Association (NECA), the NNPC, PENGASSAN and other related affiliated unions.

    “The mission of the committee is to draft a directive on contractual staffing in the petroleum industry, which will then be sent to the Federal Executive Council and to the Attorney General of the Federation.

    The minister warned, however, that with the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), all proposals for the guidelines must be in tandem with the provisions of the law.

    "We must modulate the guidelines so that they fall under the provisions of the PIA, because anything that goes against them is null and void," he said.

    Regarding the bill amending the NDE law of 2004, he admitted that it was well-intentioned, stressing that the proposal to dismiss the minister as chairman of the agency's board was contrary to the very nature of the NDE as a special purpose vehicle. .

    “The amendment is well intentioned but is not appropriate for the NDE as an ad hoc vehicle which is interministerial, tripartite and federated.

    "Its board of directors cannot be effectively chaired by a foreigner who does not have enough insight and without a strong influence as would the minister in charge of the agency", he added.

    He also gave the example of similar agencies such as customs under the Ministry of Fice and chaired by the Minister of Fice as well as immigration under the Ministry of Internal Affairs also chaired by the Minister of Internal Affairs.

    He further requested more time for the tripartite to meet on the proposed amendment.

    The minister's position was supported by NLC, TUC.

    The Senate committee, however, gave the ministry and other tripartite members two months to meet on the bills and come back to the committee.

    Source: NAN

  •   By Joan Nwagwu The federal government praised the Nigerian Association of Resident Physicians NARD for suspending its nationwide strike which had lasted 63 days Labor and Employment Minister Senator Chris Ngige praised him when he received the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA which headed the executive members of NARD during a visit to his office on Wednesday in Abuja Ngige who praised the new NARD leadership led by Dr Godiya Ishaya for asking its members to return to work revealed that the federal government had increased the total money in the 2022 budget for the allocation of risk of 40 billion naira to 47 billion naira per year He said the latest strike would not have escalated to the point where it has come if the old NARD leadership had given its members the correct information The minister said the federal government was not in debt to any doctors until August 2 when the NARD went on strike He noted however that there were controversies over the allowances such as the Medical Residency Training Fund MRTF and some doctors who did not receive the COVID 19 special allowances The minister assured that all contentious issues were addressed including the payment of the Medical Residency Training Fund and special COVID 19 allowances for those missed The previous management of NARD has gathered information from your members Instead things wouldn t have escalated You don t have to be a pugilist We know we have opposition to our government That s not to say that if we re doing something right we shouldn t be praised If the former leaders of NARD were not doing politics they should have reported well to their members especially after the intervention of the Elders Forum of which the President and General Secretary of NARD were members You are lucky to have me here doctor and manager of the health system as Minister of Labor and Employment So when the case arises the issues are clear to me But when you give advice to both parties on how things should be done and that is completely thrown away you leave us with no choice but to do what the law says we should do This is why I referred this case to the Nigerian National Labor Court NICN he said Ngige explained that the issue of the circular removing NYSC doctors and interns from the service program was the decision of the National Council of Institutions chaired by the Federation service chief he said On the issue of migrating some doctors to the GFMIS platform Ngige explained that there were things the government could not do immediately but needed time to accomplish them Ngige praised the new NARD leaders for their openness to dialogue saying that information reached him showed that they had passed through offices for the welfare of their members which their predecessors did not know patience to do On the issue of benefits for deceased doctors he said the government had received a report that the closest relatives of the deceased doctors had not been seen Earlier in separate speeches NMA General Secretary Dr Philip Ekpe and NARD New President Dr Godiya Ishaya thanked Ngige for his reconciliation efforts which led to the strike being resolved However they called on the minister to speed up the full implementation of the memorandum of understanding they concluded with the government Source NAN
    FG commends NARD for suspending strike, offers N47bn as hazard allowance
      By Joan Nwagwu The federal government praised the Nigerian Association of Resident Physicians NARD for suspending its nationwide strike which had lasted 63 days Labor and Employment Minister Senator Chris Ngige praised him when he received the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association NMA which headed the executive members of NARD during a visit to his office on Wednesday in Abuja Ngige who praised the new NARD leadership led by Dr Godiya Ishaya for asking its members to return to work revealed that the federal government had increased the total money in the 2022 budget for the allocation of risk of 40 billion naira to 47 billion naira per year He said the latest strike would not have escalated to the point where it has come if the old NARD leadership had given its members the correct information The minister said the federal government was not in debt to any doctors until August 2 when the NARD went on strike He noted however that there were controversies over the allowances such as the Medical Residency Training Fund MRTF and some doctors who did not receive the COVID 19 special allowances The minister assured that all contentious issues were addressed including the payment of the Medical Residency Training Fund and special COVID 19 allowances for those missed The previous management of NARD has gathered information from your members Instead things wouldn t have escalated You don t have to be a pugilist We know we have opposition to our government That s not to say that if we re doing something right we shouldn t be praised If the former leaders of NARD were not doing politics they should have reported well to their members especially after the intervention of the Elders Forum of which the President and General Secretary of NARD were members You are lucky to have me here doctor and manager of the health system as Minister of Labor and Employment So when the case arises the issues are clear to me But when you give advice to both parties on how things should be done and that is completely thrown away you leave us with no choice but to do what the law says we should do This is why I referred this case to the Nigerian National Labor Court NICN he said Ngige explained that the issue of the circular removing NYSC doctors and interns from the service program was the decision of the National Council of Institutions chaired by the Federation service chief he said On the issue of migrating some doctors to the GFMIS platform Ngige explained that there were things the government could not do immediately but needed time to accomplish them Ngige praised the new NARD leaders for their openness to dialogue saying that information reached him showed that they had passed through offices for the welfare of their members which their predecessors did not know patience to do On the issue of benefits for deceased doctors he said the government had received a report that the closest relatives of the deceased doctors had not been seen Earlier in separate speeches NMA General Secretary Dr Philip Ekpe and NARD New President Dr Godiya Ishaya thanked Ngige for his reconciliation efforts which led to the strike being resolved However they called on the minister to speed up the full implementation of the memorandum of understanding they concluded with the government Source NAN
    FG commends NARD for suspending strike, offers N47bn as hazard allowance
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    FG commends NARD for suspending strike, offers N47bn as hazard allowance

    By Joan Nwagwu

    The federal government praised the Nigerian Association of Resident Physicians (NARD) for suspending its nationwide strike which had lasted 63 days.

    Labor and Employment Minister Senator Chris Ngige praised him when he received the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), which headed the executive members of NARD, during a visit to his office on Wednesday in Abuja.

    Ngige, who praised the new NARD leadership led by Dr Godiya Ishaya, for asking its members to return to work, revealed that the federal government had increased the total money in the 2022 budget for the allocation of risk of 40 billion naira to 47 billion naira per year.

    He said the latest strike would not have escalated to the point where it has come if the old NARD leadership had given its members the correct information.

    The minister said the federal government was not in debt to any doctors until August 2, when the NARD went on strike.

    He noted, however, that there were controversies over the allowances, such as the Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF) and some doctors who did not receive the COVID-19 special allowances.

    The minister assured that all contentious issues were addressed, including the payment of the Medical Residency Training Fund and special COVID-19 allowances for those missed.

    “The previous management of NARD has gathered information from your members. Instead, things wouldn't have escalated. You don't have to be a pugilist. We know we have opposition to our government. That's not to say that if we're doing something right, we shouldn't be praised.

    “If the former leaders of NARD were not doing politics, they should have reported well to their members, especially after the intervention of the Elders Forum of which the President and General Secretary of NARD were members.

    “You are lucky to have me here, doctor and manager of the health system, as Minister of Labor and Employment. So when the case arises, the issues are clear to me.

    “But, when you give advice to both parties on how things should be done and that is completely thrown away, you leave us with no choice but to do what the law says we should do.

    “This is why I referred this case to the Nigerian National Labor Court (NICN),” he said.

    Ngige explained that the issue of the circular removing NYSC doctors and interns from the service program was the decision of the National Council of Institutions chaired by the Federation service chief, ”he said.

    On the issue of migrating some doctors to the GFMIS platform, Ngige explained that there were things the government could not do immediately, but needed time to accomplish them.

    Ngige praised the new NARD leaders for their openness to dialogue, saying that information reached him showed that they had passed through offices for the welfare of their members, which their predecessors did not know. patience to do.

    On the issue of benefits for deceased doctors, he said the government had received a report that the closest relatives of the deceased doctors had not been seen.

    Earlier, in separate speeches, NMA General Secretary Dr Philip Ekpe and NARD New President Dr Godiya Ishaya thanked Ngige for his reconciliation efforts which led to the strike being resolved.

    However, they called on the minister to speed up the full implementation of the memorandum of understanding they concluded with the government.

    Source: NAN

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