The Organised Labour in Ogun on Monday directed workers in the state’s payroll to immediately proceed on an indefinite strike action from June 28.
The leadership of the organised labour, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC), declared the strike while addressing workers at the Arcade ground of the state Secretariat, Okemosan, Abeokuta.
The workers had earlier issued a seven-day ultimatum addressed to Gov. Dapo Abiodun on June 7, on issues bothering on the non-remittance of the 21 months workers’ deduction.
Other issues were contributory pension, review of Ogun Pension law and immediate implementation of consequential adjustments on minimum pension as mandated by the 1999 constitution among others.
NAN reports that the workers gathered and sang solidarity songs against the government while berating the governor for failing to honour the agreement contained in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2020.
Declaring the strike action, the Chairman of NLC in the state, Comrade Emmanuel Bankole, said the strike had become imperative following several failed attempts to meet the governor over their plight on the issue.
Bankole who was accompanied by the Chairman of TUC, Mr Akeem Lasisi, and the Chairman of JNC, Mr Isa Olude, directed all the workers to stay away from work.
According to him, the strike which will take effect from 12 a.m. Tuesday will be a total and indefinite strike, adding that there is no going back until their demands are met by the governor.
“We are here today to take our destiny in our own hands. The leadership is ready.
“We must start a new beginning; we must tell them (government) that we are workers and not slaves. The time is now; a stop must be put to this.
“Our future and the future of the workers of Ogun state is in great jeopardy.
“Governance is a serious business and whoever that is not ready for it, I think it is time we told such persons to go home.
“Having given them enough time, but they are too busy to attend to us, maybe if we go home for some time, they will have time to attend to our matter.
“There is no going back. We have given them a long rope to draw.
“It is my opinion and my conviction that Ogun state workers are saying that we should embark on a full blown strike.
“We are embarking on indefinite strike from 12 midnight; let all the workers stay back at home. The implication is that nobody is expected at work tomorrow (June 28).
“Anyone who reports for duty tomorrow (Tuesday) is a traitor and it has never been well with a traitor,” Bankole declared.
NAN reports that the organised labour went into a closed door meeting with the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Tokunbo Talabi, as at the time of filing this report.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received 158 Nigerian returnees from Libya at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
The Director-General of the Agency, Alhaji Mustapha Habib, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos.
Habib said that the returnees were received through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Habib, represented by the Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, said that the returnees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 5.15 p.m. with Al Buraq Air boeing 737-800 with registration number 5A-DMG.
The director-general said that the returnees were made of 83 male adults, 49 female adults, six male and seven female children, with 13 infants (eight male and five female).
He said that four of the returnees were brought back with various degrees of health challenges.
He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through a voluntary repatriation programme for distressed persons.
“They had left the country to seek greener pasture in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated, ” he said.
Habib admonished Nigerians to adopt positive attitude toward life challenges instead of seeking greener pastures in foreign lands.
He assured them that the Federal Government was conscious of the aspirations of the youth and was providing an enabling environment where everyone would achieve his full potential.
Habib assured them that the Federal Government was not relenting in giving them the opportunity to enjoy level playing grounds to achieve their potential.
He admonished them to shun social vices and look inwards and avail themselves of countless opportunities in the country.
“It is normal in life to struggle for better and improved livelihood but in the struggle we must avoid endangering our lives.
“I wish to state that there is no where in the world that its citizens will not have to strive in attaining good life within the limited resources available in that country.
“Nigeria is well endowed far more than most countries that young Nigerians are travelling to in seeking greener pastures that are no longer there.
“What we need to do is for all of us to look inward and avail ourselves of the countless opportunities in Nigeria.
“The present government has been providing enabling environment for us to thrive and will continue to cooperate with development partners in creating level playing grounds for all Nigerians in the country,” he added.
The returnees were received by NEMA, Immigration Service, National Refugee Commission, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, International Organisation for Migration, Migration and Internally displaced Persons, NAPTIP and the Nigeria Police. YO/KOLE/JNC============
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By Kemi AkintokunMrs Clare Omatseye, the Managing Director, JNC International, a pharmaceutical company, has called for a functional pharmaceutical supply chain to ensure consistent flow of affordable medicine in Nigeria.Omatseye made the call at the inauguration of the Pharmaceutical Wholesalers and Distributors Association of Nigeria (PWDAN), held at the Sheraton Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos.She spoke as a keynote speaker at the inauguration on: “Supply Chain in Contemporary Health Services- The Disruption”.Omatseye, a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN) said that drugs distribution process in the country was chaotic, porous and under serious threat in terms of drug security.“We should be able to streamline our drugs distribution process in the country and make sure people have access to quality medicines, vaccines and other pharmaceuticals consumables.“In my opinion and opinions from other reports, our drugs distribution in the country is under a serious threat due to the porous and chaotic ways things are being run.“The objective of what we are talking about today is access to quality healthcare that is affordable, efficacious and effective.“So, the disruption that is required to take us to the next level is this new association that has come with the objective to sanitise our pharmaceuticals supply chain in the country.”Omatseye said the best way to achieve consistent flow of affordable drugs in the country was through local production.“The only way we can overcome these challenges of chaotic drug distribution is to be self-sufficient through local production.“Our healthcare system was exposed during the height of COVID-19 pandemic, and it shows our fragmented system as it was, because there were already shortage of pharmaceuticals consumables.“We should not be dependent on other nations for drugs; we need to have our own raw materials, packaging materials and other needed essentials.“Any nation that is import- dependent cannot talk about drugs security,” she said.According to her, the country is suffering from two drains which involve both medical personnel and patients.“As a country, we have suffered from two types of drains, because every week, about six doctors are leaving the country to look for greener prior to COVID-19 pandemic.“We also have patients drain, because people travelled outside the country to seek medical care, and this amount to a billion dollars officially every year.“If this one billion is spent on the country, it will be a major boost to our healthcare system,” she said.The Managing Director, however, commended PWDAN for their initiative to restore sanity to the country’s supply chain.Omatseye, then urged PWDAN to be goal-oriented and be a solid advocate for pharmacists and patients with the aim of promoting accessible and affordable healthcare for Nigerians.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ogun Council, has commended the state government for paying the new minimum wage to workers in the state.
The state NLC Chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Bankole, in a statement on Saturday, thanked the governor for fulfilling his promise on the payment of the minimum wage.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that workers in the state have received their October salaries.
Bankole expressed the hope that the development will open “a new vista of collaboration, trust and understanding between government and labour in the state”.
He reassured the governor of the unalloyed loyalty and support of workers to his administration.
“No doubt, the payment of new minimum wage to civil and public servants will greatly motivate the workers for enhanced productivity and efficiency,” the NLC chairman added.
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The organised labour in Ekiti state, on Friday, said that there was no going back on its planned commencement of a three-day warning strike from Aug. 3.
The strike, according to the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), is to compel the state government to pay the outstanding salaries, allowances and pension arrears of their members.
They, therefore, directed workers across the state to proceed on the warning strike, after which, they said, a full-blown strike would follow, if government failed to accede to their demands.
The directive was made known via a statement jointly signed by the Chairmen of NLC, TUC and JNC, Kolapo Olatunde, Sola Adigun and Kayode Fatomiluyi respectively, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ado Ekiti.
NAN reports that their demands also included unresolved issues surrounding unpaid benefits and non-implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage across board.
Others are non-payment of leave bonus from 2015 till date as well as the arrears of promotions for workers at all levels.
“This warning strike, called by the organised labour in Ekiti, will commence on the midnight of Aug. 3.
“The state government has yet to attend to any of our requests, such as financial promotion for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
“There is no commitment to all the outstanding deductions, such as cooperative money, loan repayment to banks, housing fund and others.
“Our demands also include five years leave bonuses, hazard allowances of COVID-19 to health workers, salary arrears and deductions, all yet to be paid.
“Based on the above, the strike will commence from 12 midnight of Aug. 3, except government attends to our demands.
“We warn that no worker should go to work or listen to any directive from any quarters, except from the leadership of the organised labour,” the statement said.
NAN recalls that Gov. Fayemi, had in the early days of his second tenure, promised the state workers of defraying the arrears owed them by the previous administration, totalling N57 billion within one year of his assumption of office.
Labour, however, claimed that the promise had remained unfulfilled by government, hence the current face-off between the two parties.
Edited By: Chidi Opara and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Workers in Ondo State Public Service have threatened to down tools following government’s failure to pay their outstanding salaries.
The workers, under the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), gave the notice in a letter made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Akure on Saturday.
They gave Gov. Akeredolu till Wednesday, July 15, 2020 to do the needful.
Their decision to embark on an industrial action was contained in a letter to the governor and jointly signed by state Chairman of Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), Oluwaniyi Fabunmi and the State Secretary, JNC, Kehinde Olomiye.
The letter reads, “We write to bring to your attention the already ‘gathered cloud’ of very serious impending Labour/Government face-off which will be the very first in the life of your administration as the elected Governor of Ondo State.”
The JNC had, therefore, issued a five-day ultimatum to the state government calling for negotiations or the workers would go on strike.
NAN reports that the workers are demanding for their leave bonus and other entitlements pending over the years.
Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has approved the recruitment of 1000 teachers to fill vacant positions in the state’s primary education sector.
The State Head of Service (HoS), Mr Dare Aragbaiye, disclosed this on Tuesday in Akure, during a press conference he addressed alongside leadership of the organised labour Unions.
According to Aragbaiye, the governor also approved the employment of 432 health workers to fill in the personnel gap in the primary health sector of the state.
The head of service said the governor gave the approval for the recruitments as part of his commitment to repositioning the public service in the state.
“In spite of the paucity of funds, the Governor has approved the recruitment of 1,000 teachers with B.Ed. and NCE qualifications, that is, 200 vacancies for candidates with B.Ed. while 800 are for NCE holders.
“The recruitment exercise, which shall be school based, that is, for specific schools, will start within the next two weeks,” he said.
Aragbaye, who advised the prospective candidates to visit SUBEB portal for further information on the recruitment in the next two weeks, maintained that the government was ready to fill the wide gaps in the teaching sector.
He said the state government had started feeling the effects of COVID-19 lockdown, as the government was now indebted up to N3.46 billion borrowed from commercial banks to settle workers’ salary related issues.
Aragbaye attributed the indebtedness to the dwindling resources in the last few months, especially from the federation account.
“For instance, a total sum of N4. 2 billion was received as allocation for the month of April 2020, while the wage bill amounted to N4. 72 billion.
“It, therefore, means two months allocation would be required to conveniently pay one month’s salary.
“Therefore, the State in its wisdom has decided to pay net salaries and then wait for funds to accumulate before paying/remitting the deductions.
“This administration will prioritise the payment of deductions within the next few weeks.
“As at April, 2020 the State is indebted to Commercial Banks to a tune of N3.46 billion on salary related issues,” he said.
Earlier, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr Sunday Adeleye-Oluwole; the TUC Chairman, Helen Odofin and the JNC Chairman, Niyi Fabunmi, had sought immediate payment of outstanding workers’ deductions for the past four months.
The labour leaders who also commended Akeredolu’s administration for offsetting six months salary arrears inherited from his predecessor, said they had submitted list of their demands to the state government for action.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Anambra State Government says it has concluded arrangements to pay N30, 000 as the new minimum wage for workers in the state beginning from January, 2020.The decision was arrived at after series of meetings and discussions between the state government and Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JNC) on the payment of new minimum wage to public sector workers on Friday.The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, told newsmen after the meeting that an agreement had been reached on the implementation of the new minimum wage.“After series of meetings with the organised labour, we are pleased to announce that today, we have reached an agreement on the implementation of the new minimum wage and the consequential adjustments with effect from Jan. 1, 2020, ” he said.Earlier, Mr Ijemba Jibike, State Chairman of JNC, said necessary terms of settlement and agreement were reached at the end of the meeting.“The National Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (NJPSNC) and the Federal Government’s Negotiations and Consequential Adjustment of Salaries had produced the following figures on Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS):“GL. 01-06=N30,000; GL. 07=23.2 per cent; GL. 08=20 per cent; GL. 09=19 per cent; GL. 10-14=16 per cent and GL. 15-17=14 per cent’’.Jibike, however, said that the state government had agreed to pay N30,000 as the new minimum wage.“Gov. Obiano is a product of the service and he understands how to administer the needs of workers in the state.“He will be the first governor that has ever negotiated the payment of minimum wage regime to workers in the state.“Today, he has created a template upon which governors coming after him will work with.“This document we have signed today is a working document that we can refer to in our subsequent negotiations.“There is a provision in the new minimum wage document that as we work hard to improve the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), the salary regime will also improve.“So, we are satisfied and we thank the state government,” he said.Jibike promised that the public service workers would assist the government to improve the revenue profile of the state,” he said.Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Olagoke Olatoye
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Ondo State says the organised labour will not sign any new minimum wage agreement the will impoverish or lead to retrenchment of the workforce.
The state NLC Chairman, Mr Sunday Adeleye-Oluwole, said this in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Akure.
Adeleye-Oluwole explained that negotiations over the new minimum wage, which had hitherto been suspended, had now resumed and that it was 85 percent concluded, saying “the process may be concluded before the end of this week.”
According to him, the delay in minimum wage approval and implementation in the state is due to the insistence of the organised labour, led by JNC, NLC and TUC, to get better package for the workers and pensioners.
The NLC chairman noted that the new salary tables presented by the state government were being critically studied to ensure that the agreed new salaries would be sustainable and not lead to irregular payment and mass retrenchment.
Adeleye-Oluwole assured that the new minimum wage would capture special allowances for the media, judiciary, parliamentary and health workers.
He appealed to the state workforce to exercise more patience, as negotiation was now at a final stage.
“The negotiation is not led by NLC but by the Joint Negotiating Council (NJC) as directed by the national headquarters of NLC and TUC.
“We are just supporting the JNC, and that was what we had been doing. I want to say that in the last two months, the JNC, in its wisdom, had set up negotiation committee and ever since then, we have met more than seven times.
“So, JNC has the final say concerning this minimum wage issue. But as at now, going by what happened yesterday (Tuesday), we have got to 85 percent completion.
“Also, pensioners are being carried along, because we believe that all of us will become pensioners one day.
“From what I have been following, I can say that before this week runs out, we should be able to come out with specific tables and we are working on five different tables for the judiciary, the parliament and media workers.
“For our counterparts in the health sector and the services, they have their own peculiar allowances. So we are working now on five structures, and when we include pensioners, it becomes six.
“In the spirit of negotiation, what we really need is to know the data; how much is coming from Ondo State, which we have got, and we also look at the present salary wage bill,” he said.
On payment of arrears to workers by the state government, the NLC chairman explained that it would be discussed after the conclusion of the minimum wage negotiation.
“My advice to JNC, as NLC leader, is that it should not sign what can lead to retrenchment of our members, because I don’t have the final position; it’s JNC that has the final position on the new minimum wage,” he said.
Edited by: Muftau Adediran and ‘Wale Sadeeq
The Chairman, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Plateau chapter, Eugene Manji, says the organised labour and the State Government have yet to agree on the new minimum wage and the consequential adjustments for state workers.
Manji made the disclosure in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Jos.
He told NAN that the State Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had met on Jan. 10 on the issue.
“We held an NLC SEC meeting on Jan. 10 and we were briefed on the level of negotiations for consequential adjustments by the JNC.
“We were told that series of meetings were held between JNC and government but there is no resolution yet.
“The State Government has declined to adopt the consequential adjustment template of the Federal Government.
“They made some offers on what they intended to pay workers but it is a far cry from what the workers are demanding,” he said.
The chairman said that of the categories created for the consequential adjustments, what government was offering for each category was unacceptable and was,therefore, rejected.
He stated that the JNC had already conceded two per cent for each category.
“For example, for salary Grade Level 7, Federal Government paid 23.3 per cent, Labour in Plateau says pay us 22.7 per cent but government is offering only 11 per cent.
“Grade Levels 8-14, Federal Government is paying 16 per cent, labour says pay us 15.7 per cent but Plateau government is offering seven per cent.
“For Grade Levels 15-16, Federal Government paid 10.5 per cent, labour is willing to accept 10.3 for Plateau workers but government side is offering only five per cent,”he said.
According to him, the financial implication of what labour is demanding for workers will only amount to N317 million per month for the state government workforce comprising 15, 054 workers, but that the state government is only offering just N201 million.
“At the SEC meeting, affiliate unions have been asked to brief their members of the level of negotiations.
“When we get the feedback from our affiliates, we will then summon a meeting with the state government to convey our position.
“The feedback will determine our next line of action whether or not to embark on an industrial action,” he said.
NAN reports that the N30, 000 new minimum wage took effect in April 2019 at the federal level and some state governments have also implemented same.
Edited by: Emmanuel Nwoye and Abdullahi Yusuf