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  •  The Zamfara Government has approved the immediate implementation of N30 000 minimum wage for the State workforce This is contained in a statement on Wednesday in Gusau by Mr Babangida Umar the Director General Press Affairs office of the Deputy Governor The deputy governor Sen Hassan Nasiha made this known while receiving the agreement and copies of the Memorandum of Understanding MoU signed by the government and trade unions in the state The deputy governor expressed satisfaction with the show of maturity and understanding demonstrated by the labour unions during the negotiation and engagement with government officials Their understanding led to the amicable resolutions to implement the N30 000 minimum wage in November The current economic situation and the lingering security challenges are among factors government considered before agreeing to implement the new wage he said He commended the Amb Bashir Yuguda led committee that represented the government in reaching an amicable resolution with the trade unions The labour unions represented by Mr Sani Halilu state Chairman NLC thanked the state government for accepting to implement the new wage for workers He commended the workers for supporting the unions during the struggle for the wage increases NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zamfara Govt to implement N30,000 minimum wage in November, says deputy governor
     The Zamfara Government has approved the immediate implementation of N30 000 minimum wage for the State workforce This is contained in a statement on Wednesday in Gusau by Mr Babangida Umar the Director General Press Affairs office of the Deputy Governor The deputy governor Sen Hassan Nasiha made this known while receiving the agreement and copies of the Memorandum of Understanding MoU signed by the government and trade unions in the state The deputy governor expressed satisfaction with the show of maturity and understanding demonstrated by the labour unions during the negotiation and engagement with government officials Their understanding led to the amicable resolutions to implement the N30 000 minimum wage in November The current economic situation and the lingering security challenges are among factors government considered before agreeing to implement the new wage he said He commended the Amb Bashir Yuguda led committee that represented the government in reaching an amicable resolution with the trade unions The labour unions represented by Mr Sani Halilu state Chairman NLC thanked the state government for accepting to implement the new wage for workers He commended the workers for supporting the unions during the struggle for the wage increases NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zamfara Govt to implement N30,000 minimum wage in November, says deputy governor
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    Zamfara Govt to implement N30,000 minimum wage in November, says deputy governor

    The Zamfara Government has approved the immediate implementation of N30,000 minimum wage for the State workforce.

    This is contained in a statement on Wednesday in Gusau, by Mr Babangida Umar, the Director-General Press Affairs, office of the Deputy Governor.

    The deputy governor, Sen. Hassan Nasiha, made this known while receiving the agreement and copies of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the government and trade unions in the state.

    The deputy governor expressed satisfaction with the show of maturity and understanding demonstrated by the labour unions during the negotiation and engagement with government officials.

    ”Their understanding led to the amicable resolutions to implement the N30,000 minimum wage in November.

    ”The current economic situation and the  lingering security challenges are among factors government considered before agreeing to implement the new wage,” he said.

    He commended the Amb Bashir Yuguda-led committee that represented the government in reaching an amicable resolution with the trade unions.

    The labour unions, represented by Mr Sani Halilu, state Chairman NLC thanked the state government for accepting to implement the new wage for workers.

    He commended the workers for supporting the unions during the struggle for the wage increases.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Three candidates for Kwara Central Senatorial District on Monday in Ilorin pledged to push for quality education good healthcare system and improved poverty alleviation schemes The candidates comprised those of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Labour Party LP and Social Democratic Party SDP They made the promises during a debate ahead of the 2023 general elections organised for the district by the Correspondents Chapel of the State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ The flagbearers are Malam Bolaji Abdullahi of PDP Malam Umar Faruq Akanbi of LP and Dr Ridwan Apaokagi of SDP The PDP candidate Abdullahi said that Nigeria is facing some challenges that she had never experienced before Nigeria has the largest economy in all the African continent also a home to the poor people in the world but poor education is hindering the country s progress 2023 election provides the opportunity of reset button for Nigeria to remain a strong united nation I want to give Kwara Central strong voice at the National Assembly I have the education experience as a former minister and want to be part of those that will use the opportunity of legislation to move the country forward I will empower my people to be able to take decisions to be great especially the youths who must be given education as well as protect our vulnerable people especially the aged The LP candidate Akanbi condemned the recruitment of youths as thugs by politicians lamenting that lack of leadership has affected Nigeria s development despite being endowed with abundant natural resources Akanbi said that the economy was in shambles students are at home because of ASUU strike refineries are not working yet government continued to budget for the Turn Around Maintenance TAM of dysfunctional refineries We have all these problems because we do not have a legislature that is up to its billing We need strong legislature that will put the executive on its toes in the interest of Nigerians and this is the kind of representation I want to do for my people On his part Apaokagi of SDP submitted that a country where the president and ministers could not be treated medically has nothing to expect from such government He also decried road networks because public officers do not travel by road most patients die because they could not afford N3 000 for medical treatment Apaokagi canvassed for the participation of civil servants in partisan politics without losing their jobs saying Nigeria is going to collapse if we don t all rise to salvage it Credible people are being denied opportunity to participate in elective polls as the law does not allow civil servants contest while in service If they fail in election they will not be able to go back to their work and as such the law will be looked into during our time Say no to money politics We should chase away those who have ruled this country before Come 2023 and elect new set of trusted leaders like me across board Earlier the Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel Mr AbdulHakeem Garba said the essence of the debate was to allow the candidates meet with newsmen to sell their programmes to the electorate Garba commended the Biodun Fagbemi led organising committee for a job well done The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abdullahi is a sessoned journalist and former Minister of Sports while Akanbi was former Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT and Nigeria Labour Congress NLC Kwara Chapter Also Apaokagi is a medical practitioner and owner of a private medical facility in Ilorin while the APC candidate did not honour the invitation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Kwara senatorial candidates harp on education, healthcare, poverty alleviation
     Three candidates for Kwara Central Senatorial District on Monday in Ilorin pledged to push for quality education good healthcare system and improved poverty alleviation schemes The candidates comprised those of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Labour Party LP and Social Democratic Party SDP They made the promises during a debate ahead of the 2023 general elections organised for the district by the Correspondents Chapel of the State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ The flagbearers are Malam Bolaji Abdullahi of PDP Malam Umar Faruq Akanbi of LP and Dr Ridwan Apaokagi of SDP The PDP candidate Abdullahi said that Nigeria is facing some challenges that she had never experienced before Nigeria has the largest economy in all the African continent also a home to the poor people in the world but poor education is hindering the country s progress 2023 election provides the opportunity of reset button for Nigeria to remain a strong united nation I want to give Kwara Central strong voice at the National Assembly I have the education experience as a former minister and want to be part of those that will use the opportunity of legislation to move the country forward I will empower my people to be able to take decisions to be great especially the youths who must be given education as well as protect our vulnerable people especially the aged The LP candidate Akanbi condemned the recruitment of youths as thugs by politicians lamenting that lack of leadership has affected Nigeria s development despite being endowed with abundant natural resources Akanbi said that the economy was in shambles students are at home because of ASUU strike refineries are not working yet government continued to budget for the Turn Around Maintenance TAM of dysfunctional refineries We have all these problems because we do not have a legislature that is up to its billing We need strong legislature that will put the executive on its toes in the interest of Nigerians and this is the kind of representation I want to do for my people On his part Apaokagi of SDP submitted that a country where the president and ministers could not be treated medically has nothing to expect from such government He also decried road networks because public officers do not travel by road most patients die because they could not afford N3 000 for medical treatment Apaokagi canvassed for the participation of civil servants in partisan politics without losing their jobs saying Nigeria is going to collapse if we don t all rise to salvage it Credible people are being denied opportunity to participate in elective polls as the law does not allow civil servants contest while in service If they fail in election they will not be able to go back to their work and as such the law will be looked into during our time Say no to money politics We should chase away those who have ruled this country before Come 2023 and elect new set of trusted leaders like me across board Earlier the Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel Mr AbdulHakeem Garba said the essence of the debate was to allow the candidates meet with newsmen to sell their programmes to the electorate Garba commended the Biodun Fagbemi led organising committee for a job well done The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abdullahi is a sessoned journalist and former Minister of Sports while Akanbi was former Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT and Nigeria Labour Congress NLC Kwara Chapter Also Apaokagi is a medical practitioner and owner of a private medical facility in Ilorin while the APC candidate did not honour the invitation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Kwara senatorial candidates harp on education, healthcare, poverty alleviation
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    2023: Kwara senatorial candidates harp on education, healthcare, poverty alleviation

    Three candidates for Kwara Central Senatorial District on Monday in Ilorin pledged to push for quality education, good healthcare system and improved poverty alleviation schemes.

    The candidates comprised those of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP).

    They made the promises during a debate ahead of the 2023 general elections, organised for the district by the Correspondents Chapel of the State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

    The flagbearers are Malam Bolaji Abdullahi of PDP, Malam Umar-Faruq Akanbi of LP and Dr Ridwan Apaokagi of SDP.

    The PDP candidate (Abdullahi) said that Nigeria is facing some challenges that she had never experienced before.

    “Nigeria has the largest economy in all the African continent, also a home to the poor people in the world, but poor education is hindering the country’s progress.

    “2023 election provides the opportunity of reset button for Nigeria to remain a strong united nation.

    “I want to give Kwara Central strong voice at the National Assembly.

    I have the education, experience as a former minister and want to be part of those that will use the opportunity of legislation to move the country forward.

    “I will empower my people to be able to take decisions to be great, especially the youths, who must be given education, as well as protect our vulnerable people, especially the aged.

    ” The LP candidate (Akanbi) condemned the recruitment of youths as thugs by politicians, lamenting that lack of leadership has affected Nigeria’s development despite being endowed with abundant natural resources.

    Akanbi said that the economy was in shambles, students are at home because of ASUU strike, refineries are not working, yet government continued to budget for the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of dysfunctional refineries.

    “We have all these problems because we do not have a legislature that is up to its billing.

    “We need strong legislature that will put the executive on its toes in the interest of Nigerians and this is the kind of representation I want to do for my people.

    ” On his part, Apaokagi of SDP submitted that a country where the president and ministers could not be treated medically, has nothing to expect from such government.

    He also decried road networks “because public officers do not travel by road, most patients die because they could not afford N3,000 for medical treatment”.

    Apaokagi canvassed for the participation of civil servants in partisan politics without losing their jobs, saying “Nigeria is going to collapse if we don’t all rise to salvage it.

    “Credible people are being denied opportunity to participate in elective polls, as the law does not allow civil servants contest while in service.

    “If they fail in election, they will not be able to go back to their work and as such the law will be looked into during our time.

    “Say no to money politics.

    We should chase away those who have ruled this country before.

    Come 2023 and elect new set of trusted leaders like me, across board.

    ” Earlier, the Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel, Mr AbdulHakeem Garba, said the essence of the debate was to allow the candidates meet with newsmen to sell their programmes to the electorate.

    Garba commended the Biodun Fagbemi-led organising committee for a job well done.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abdullahi is a sessoned journalist and former Minister of Sports, while Akanbi was former Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Kwara Chapter.

    Also, Apaokagi is a medical practitioner and owner of a private medical facility in Ilorin, while the APC candidate did not honour the invitation.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nasarawa State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress NLC Trade Union Congress TUC as well as over 40 artisans and trade associations have endorsed Gov Abdullahi Sule for a second term Mr Gabriel Angbashi the Chairman Contact Committee on the aegis of Engineer Sule Reelection Forum ESRF announced the endorsement when its hosted a one million man rally at the Lafia Square on Tuesday He said the groups declared total support for Sule to continue in office in order to carry on with his laudable development strides We want to commend the leadership style as well as development strides of His Excellency Engineer Abdullahi Sule He deserves second term come 2023 he said Angbashi commended the governor for promoting the welfare of workers in the state implementing promotions of workers that have stagnated for the past 13 years I also want to commend His Execellency s decision to complete all the projects started by his predecessors thus paving the way for continuity in governance he said On his part the state NLC Chairman Mr Yusuf Iya showered encomiums on Sule commending the leadership style of the governor particularly his response in tackling issues pertaining to workers in the state According to the NLC chairman their resolve to support Sule and his Deputy Dr Emmanuel Akabe for another term in office as well as the All Progressives Congress APC is predicated on the passion and enthusiasm workers of the state have for the administration The programmes and projects that motivate us to support His Excellency are the exceptional policy thrust of this administration and your visionary leadership style which are geared towards transforming the economy and social well being of the state he said Earlier Mr John Ogiri the state Chairman All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools ANCOPSS said the group was able to mobilise support because of the antecedence and purposeful leadership of the governor Ogiri explained that this is the first time in the political history of the state that civil servants and organised labour are accepting to openly declare support to a government and the candidature of an individual Responding Gov Abdullahi Sule showed appreciation to the NLC TUC and other over 40 trade groups and associations for coming out to publicly declare support for his administration Sule described the civil service in the state as the engine room of government without which no government can perform effectively stressing that this informed why since inception his administration made it a priority to address the welfare of civil servants The governor said his administration has cleared backlog of arrears of workers salary ensured workers are paid promptly while embarking on holistic rehabilitation of the civil service for effective service delivery He pointed out that his administration has so far cleared the backlog of promotion of workers in the state that has stagnated for the past 13 years Sule called on workers to join hands with his administration to ensure continuity in governance of the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: NLC, TUC, over 40 other trade associations, endorse Gov. Sule for re-election
     The Nasarawa State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress NLC Trade Union Congress TUC as well as over 40 artisans and trade associations have endorsed Gov Abdullahi Sule for a second term Mr Gabriel Angbashi the Chairman Contact Committee on the aegis of Engineer Sule Reelection Forum ESRF announced the endorsement when its hosted a one million man rally at the Lafia Square on Tuesday He said the groups declared total support for Sule to continue in office in order to carry on with his laudable development strides We want to commend the leadership style as well as development strides of His Excellency Engineer Abdullahi Sule He deserves second term come 2023 he said Angbashi commended the governor for promoting the welfare of workers in the state implementing promotions of workers that have stagnated for the past 13 years I also want to commend His Execellency s decision to complete all the projects started by his predecessors thus paving the way for continuity in governance he said On his part the state NLC Chairman Mr Yusuf Iya showered encomiums on Sule commending the leadership style of the governor particularly his response in tackling issues pertaining to workers in the state According to the NLC chairman their resolve to support Sule and his Deputy Dr Emmanuel Akabe for another term in office as well as the All Progressives Congress APC is predicated on the passion and enthusiasm workers of the state have for the administration The programmes and projects that motivate us to support His Excellency are the exceptional policy thrust of this administration and your visionary leadership style which are geared towards transforming the economy and social well being of the state he said Earlier Mr John Ogiri the state Chairman All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools ANCOPSS said the group was able to mobilise support because of the antecedence and purposeful leadership of the governor Ogiri explained that this is the first time in the political history of the state that civil servants and organised labour are accepting to openly declare support to a government and the candidature of an individual Responding Gov Abdullahi Sule showed appreciation to the NLC TUC and other over 40 trade groups and associations for coming out to publicly declare support for his administration Sule described the civil service in the state as the engine room of government without which no government can perform effectively stressing that this informed why since inception his administration made it a priority to address the welfare of civil servants The governor said his administration has cleared backlog of arrears of workers salary ensured workers are paid promptly while embarking on holistic rehabilitation of the civil service for effective service delivery He pointed out that his administration has so far cleared the backlog of promotion of workers in the state that has stagnated for the past 13 years Sule called on workers to join hands with his administration to ensure continuity in governance of the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: NLC, TUC, over 40 other trade associations, endorse Gov. Sule for re-election
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    2023: NLC, TUC, over 40 other trade associations, endorse Gov. Sule for re-election

    The  Nasarawa State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), as well as over 40 artisans and trade associations have endorsed Gov. Abdullahi Sule for a second term.

    Mr Gabriel Angbashi, the Chairman, Contact Committee on the aegis of Engineer Sule Reelection Forum (ESRF), announced the endorsement when its hosted a one-million man rally at the Lafia Square on Tuesday.

    He said the groups declared total support for Sule to continue in office in order to carry on with his laudable development strides.

    “We want to commend the leadership style as well as development strides of His Excellency, Engineer Abdullahi Sule. “He deserves second term come 2023,” he said.

    Angbashi commended the governor for promoting the welfare of workers in the state, implementing promotions of workers that have stagnated for the past 13 years.

    ” I also want to commend His Execellency’s decision to complete all the projects started by his predecessors, thus paving the way for continuity in governance,” he said.

    On his part, the state NLC Chairman, Mr Yusuf Iya, showered encomiums on Sule, commending the leadership style of the governor, particularly his response in tackling issues pertaining to workers in the state.

    According to the NLC chairman, their resolve to support Sule and his Deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, for another term in office, as well as the All Progressives Congress (APC) is predicated on the passion and enthusiasm workers of the state have for the administration.

    “The programmes and projects that motivate us to support His Excellency are the exceptional policy thrust of this administration and your visionary leadership style which are geared towards transforming the economy and social well-being of the state,” he said.

    Earlier, Mr John Ogiri, the state Chairman, All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), said the group was able to mobilise support because of the antecedence and purposeful leadership of the governor.

    Ogiri explained that this is the first time in the political history of the state that civil servants and organised labour are accepting to openly declare support to a government and the candidature of an individual.

    Responding, Gov. Abdullahi Sule showed appreciation to the NLC, TUC and other over 40 trade groups and associations for coming out to publicly declare support for his administration.

    Sule described the civil service in the state as the engine room of government without which no government can perform effectively, stressing that this informed why since inception his administration made it a priority to address the welfare of civil servants.

    The governor said his administration has cleared backlog of arrears of workers salary, ensured workers are paid promptly, while embarking on holistic rehabilitation of the civil service for effective service delivery.

    He pointed out that his administration has so far cleared the backlog of promotion of workers in the state that has stagnated for the past 13 years.

    Sule called on workers to join hands with his administration to ensure continuity in governance of the state.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mr Ayuba Wabba the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has urged the Federal Government to immediately begin the payment of hazard allowance to health workers in the country Wabba made the call at the 2022 annual FCT Nurses Workshop of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives NANNM on Thursday in Abuja The theme of the workshop is Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health Wabba said the allowance has been reviewed but payment is yet to begin Many health workers have fallen victim of diseases in taken care of patients I salute the nurses and Midwives your reward is not only in heaven but here on earth I urge you to learn so you can discharge quality healthcare service to Nigerians The payment of hazard allowance will boost the moral of our health workers in the country The COVID 19 pandemic highlighted the invaluable role of nurses he said and paid tribute to those who died in their bid to curtail the COVID 19 pandemic by preserving lives Nurses and Midwives as smile of life They occupy special places in the heart of all Nigerian They also occupy a very special place in the health system of every country There will be no future in health sector without the nurses You are the soul of the health system it takes a motherly heart and compassion to be a nurse This is the kind of heart that must define our health sector he said He commended the Minister of the FCT Malam Mohammed Bello for prompt payment of healthcare workers Wabba called for improved wages for nurses saying a hungry worker cannot provide quality health services Speaking Bello commended the roles nurses play in the healthcare system Nurses should be seen as epitome of kindness There is need to support and protect them in other to strengthen the health system Bello said He commended the role played by the FCT nurses in the COVID 19 pandemic saying for this we remain eternally grateful He said that nurses and other health workers have continued to be at the front line in fighting malaria chicken pox and other health issues adding that FCT would continue to support the welfare of our healthcare providers Also speaking Rep Yusuf Sununu the Chairman House Committee on Health Services called for stronger relationship in health sector among doctors and nurses describing it as very important in achieving global health He expressed shocked that over 1 700 nurses had left the country for what he described as greener pastures while commending those who decided to stay back and support the country health system He urged nurses to respect patients and also called on patients to reciprocate the gesture adding that some patients frown at the behavour they experience in the hospital and they said they will rather die at home than the hospital If we can change our attitude towards patients it will augur well because words heal faster than medicine Mr Nnachi Michael the National President NANNM said that the nurses were working in a very difficult environment and that why they keep talking about brain drain He said if nothing was done to arrest the trend the health sector might collapsed while urging the federal government to dedicate 15 per cent of annual national budget to the health sector He called for compensation and renumeration for nurses in term of welfare The lawmaker called for improved salary package for workers by giving 70 per cent of consolidated salary to reduce brain drain He said nurses are compassionate and humble but the workload tends to affect them because they are also human being adding that other incentive necessary would reduce brain drain NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NLC seeks immediate payment of hazard allowance to health workers
     Mr Ayuba Wabba the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has urged the Federal Government to immediately begin the payment of hazard allowance to health workers in the country Wabba made the call at the 2022 annual FCT Nurses Workshop of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives NANNM on Thursday in Abuja The theme of the workshop is Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health Wabba said the allowance has been reviewed but payment is yet to begin Many health workers have fallen victim of diseases in taken care of patients I salute the nurses and Midwives your reward is not only in heaven but here on earth I urge you to learn so you can discharge quality healthcare service to Nigerians The payment of hazard allowance will boost the moral of our health workers in the country The COVID 19 pandemic highlighted the invaluable role of nurses he said and paid tribute to those who died in their bid to curtail the COVID 19 pandemic by preserving lives Nurses and Midwives as smile of life They occupy special places in the heart of all Nigerian They also occupy a very special place in the health system of every country There will be no future in health sector without the nurses You are the soul of the health system it takes a motherly heart and compassion to be a nurse This is the kind of heart that must define our health sector he said He commended the Minister of the FCT Malam Mohammed Bello for prompt payment of healthcare workers Wabba called for improved wages for nurses saying a hungry worker cannot provide quality health services Speaking Bello commended the roles nurses play in the healthcare system Nurses should be seen as epitome of kindness There is need to support and protect them in other to strengthen the health system Bello said He commended the role played by the FCT nurses in the COVID 19 pandemic saying for this we remain eternally grateful He said that nurses and other health workers have continued to be at the front line in fighting malaria chicken pox and other health issues adding that FCT would continue to support the welfare of our healthcare providers Also speaking Rep Yusuf Sununu the Chairman House Committee on Health Services called for stronger relationship in health sector among doctors and nurses describing it as very important in achieving global health He expressed shocked that over 1 700 nurses had left the country for what he described as greener pastures while commending those who decided to stay back and support the country health system He urged nurses to respect patients and also called on patients to reciprocate the gesture adding that some patients frown at the behavour they experience in the hospital and they said they will rather die at home than the hospital If we can change our attitude towards patients it will augur well because words heal faster than medicine Mr Nnachi Michael the National President NANNM said that the nurses were working in a very difficult environment and that why they keep talking about brain drain He said if nothing was done to arrest the trend the health sector might collapsed while urging the federal government to dedicate 15 per cent of annual national budget to the health sector He called for compensation and renumeration for nurses in term of welfare The lawmaker called for improved salary package for workers by giving 70 per cent of consolidated salary to reduce brain drain He said nurses are compassionate and humble but the workload tends to affect them because they are also human being adding that other incentive necessary would reduce brain drain NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NLC seeks immediate payment of hazard allowance to health workers
    General news2 weeks ago

    NLC seeks immediate payment of hazard allowance to health workers

    Mr Ayuba Wabba, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the Federal Government to immediately begin the payment of hazard allowance to health workers in the country.

    Wabba made the call at the 2022 annual FCT Nurses Workshop of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) on Thursday in Abuja.

    The theme of the workshop is: “Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health.

    ”Wabba said the allowance has been reviewed but payment is yet to begin.

    :;Many health workers have fallen victim of diseases in taken care of patients.

    I salute the nurses and Midwives, your reward is not only in heaven but here on earth.

    I urge you to learn so you can discharge quality healthcare service to Nigerians.

    ””The payment of hazard allowance will boost the moral of our health workers in the country”The COVID-19 pandemic, highlighted the invaluable role of nurses.

    ,” he said, and paid tribute to those who died in their bid to curtail the COVID -19 pandemic by preserving lives.

    ”Nurses and Midwives as smile of life.

    They occupy special places in the heart of all Nigerian.

    ”They also occupy a very special place in the health system of every country.

    There will be no future in health sector without the nurses .

    “You are the soul of the health system, it takes a motherly heart and compassion to be a nurse.

    This is the kind of heart that must define our health sector,” he said.

    He commended the Minister of the FCT, Malam Mohammed Bello for prompt payment of healthcare workers.

    Wabba called for improved wages for nurses, saying:”a hungry worker cannot provide quality health services”.

    Speaking, Bello, commended the roles nurses play in the healthcare system.

    ”Nurses should be seen as epitome of kindness.

    There is need to support and protect them in other to strengthen the health system,’ ‘Bello said.

    He commended the role played by the FCT nurses in the COVID-19 pandemic, saying “for this, we remain eternally grateful.

    ”He said that nurses and other health workers have continued to be at the front line in fighting malaria, chicken pox and other health issues, adding that FCT would continue to support the welfare of our healthcare providers.

    Also speaking, Rep. Yusuf Sununu, the Chairman,  House Committee on Health Services, called for stronger relationship in health sector among doctors and nurses, describing it as very important in achieving global health.

    He expressed shocked that over 1,700 nurses had left the country for what he described as greener pastures, while commending those who decided to stay back and support the country health system.

    He urged nurses to respect patients and also called on patients to reciprocate the gesture, adding that some patients frown at the behavour they experience in the hospital, “and they said they will rather die  at home than the hospital.

    ”“If we can change our attitude towards patients, it will augur well because words heal faster than medicine.

    Mr Nnachi Michael, the National President,, NANNM said that the nurses were working in a very difficult environment and that why they keep talking about brain drain.

    He said if nothing was done to arrest the trend, the health sector might collapsed, while urging the federal government to dedicate 15 per cent of annual national budget to the health sector.

    He called for compensation and renumeration for nurses in term of welfare.

    The lawmaker called for improved salary package for workers by giving 70 per cent of consolidated salary to reduce brain-drain.

    He said nurses are compassionate and humble, but the workload tends to affect them because they are also human being, adding that other incentive necessary would reduce brain-drain.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Special Investigation Unit SIU has obtained a Preservation Order from the Special Court to freeze the pension benefits of Mr Philemon Letwaba former Director of Operations of the National Lottery Commission NLC The Special Court order dated September 16 2022 prohibits Liberty Group the pension administrator from paying pension benefits worth approximately R2 8 million owed to Mr Letwaba pending the final determination of a request filed by the SIU against Mr Letwaba within 60 days The SIU approached the Special Court on an urgent basis to freeze Mr Letwaba s pension benefits after he resigned from the NLC pending the institution of a disciplinary hearing into his role in the distribution of NLC funds to various organizations Non Profit NPO An investigation by the SIU into the affairs of the NLC revealed that Mr Letwaba allegedly personally benefited from money received by NPOs from the NLC The SIU s investigation revealed that Mr Letwaba allegedly used friends and family businesses and trusts to receive money from NPOs for the benefit of himself and his family The names of the companies and trusts are Unbrand Properties Mosokodi Water Solutions and Drilling Mosokodi Farming Project Kaone Wethu Redtag Mosokodi Trust Letwaba Family Trust In one of several NLC funded projects investigated by SIU it was revealed that an NPO based in the province of Limpopo received approximately 25 million rand for the refurbishment of a burnt down school in Vuwani Twelve days after the NPO received the money it allegedly transferred approximately R4 million to Unbrand Properties without evidence that the work was being carried out and in violation of the financing agreement The SIU in terms of Proclamation R32 of 2020 was authorized by President Cyril Ramaphosa to investigate allegations of corruption and mismanagement in NLC affairs and the conduct of NLC officials and to recover any financial losses suffered by the Condition The proclamation covers crimes that occurred between January 1 2014 and November 6 2020 the date of publication of this Proclamation or that occurred before January 1 2014 It also covers any crimes subsequent to the proclamation proclamation date that is relevant related to incidental to the matters or involves the same persons entities or contracts investigated under the authority of Proclamation R32 of 2020 The SIU is empowered by Law 74 of 1996 on Special Investigative Units and Special Courts to bring civil actions in the Special Court or the High Court Court to correct any irregularities that you discover in your investigation When evidence points to criminal conduct the SIU refers the evidence to the National Prosecutor s Office for further action The preservation order granted by the Special Court is a continuation of the implementation of the results of the SIU s investigation and consequence management to recover assets and financial losses suffered by State institutions and or to prevent further losses Reports of fraud and corruption can be reported through the following platforms siu hotline co za link sends email Hotline 0800 037 774
    South Africa: Special Investigative Unit Grants Order to Freeze Pension Benefits of Former National Lottery Commission Executive
      The Special Investigation Unit SIU has obtained a Preservation Order from the Special Court to freeze the pension benefits of Mr Philemon Letwaba former Director of Operations of the National Lottery Commission NLC The Special Court order dated September 16 2022 prohibits Liberty Group the pension administrator from paying pension benefits worth approximately R2 8 million owed to Mr Letwaba pending the final determination of a request filed by the SIU against Mr Letwaba within 60 days The SIU approached the Special Court on an urgent basis to freeze Mr Letwaba s pension benefits after he resigned from the NLC pending the institution of a disciplinary hearing into his role in the distribution of NLC funds to various organizations Non Profit NPO An investigation by the SIU into the affairs of the NLC revealed that Mr Letwaba allegedly personally benefited from money received by NPOs from the NLC The SIU s investigation revealed that Mr Letwaba allegedly used friends and family businesses and trusts to receive money from NPOs for the benefit of himself and his family The names of the companies and trusts are Unbrand Properties Mosokodi Water Solutions and Drilling Mosokodi Farming Project Kaone Wethu Redtag Mosokodi Trust Letwaba Family Trust In one of several NLC funded projects investigated by SIU it was revealed that an NPO based in the province of Limpopo received approximately 25 million rand for the refurbishment of a burnt down school in Vuwani Twelve days after the NPO received the money it allegedly transferred approximately R4 million to Unbrand Properties without evidence that the work was being carried out and in violation of the financing agreement The SIU in terms of Proclamation R32 of 2020 was authorized by President Cyril Ramaphosa to investigate allegations of corruption and mismanagement in NLC affairs and the conduct of NLC officials and to recover any financial losses suffered by the Condition The proclamation covers crimes that occurred between January 1 2014 and November 6 2020 the date of publication of this Proclamation or that occurred before January 1 2014 It also covers any crimes subsequent to the proclamation proclamation date that is relevant related to incidental to the matters or involves the same persons entities or contracts investigated under the authority of Proclamation R32 of 2020 The SIU is empowered by Law 74 of 1996 on Special Investigative Units and Special Courts to bring civil actions in the Special Court or the High Court Court to correct any irregularities that you discover in your investigation When evidence points to criminal conduct the SIU refers the evidence to the National Prosecutor s Office for further action The preservation order granted by the Special Court is a continuation of the implementation of the results of the SIU s investigation and consequence management to recover assets and financial losses suffered by State institutions and or to prevent further losses Reports of fraud and corruption can be reported through the following platforms siu hotline co za link sends email Hotline 0800 037 774
    South Africa: Special Investigative Unit Grants Order to Freeze Pension Benefits of Former National Lottery Commission Executive
    Africa2 weeks ago

    South Africa: Special Investigative Unit Grants Order to Freeze Pension Benefits of Former National Lottery Commission Executive

    The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) has obtained a Preservation Order from the Special Court to freeze the pension benefits of Mr. Philemon Letwaba, former Director of Operations of the National Lottery Commission (NLC).

    The Special Court order, dated September 16, 2022, prohibits Liberty Group, the pension administrator, from paying pension benefits worth approximately R2.8 million owed to Mr. Letwaba, pending the final determination of a request filed by the SIU against Mr. Letwaba within 60 days.

    The SIU approached the Special Court on an urgent basis to freeze Mr. Letwaba's pension benefits after he resigned from the NLC pending the institution of a disciplinary hearing into his role in the distribution of NLC funds to various organizations.

    Non-Profit (NPO) .

    An investigation by the SIU into the affairs of the NLC revealed that Mr. Letwaba allegedly personally benefited from money received by NPOs from the NLC.

    The SIU's investigation revealed that Mr. Letwaba allegedly used friends and family businesses and trusts to receive money from NPOs for the benefit of himself and his family.

    The names of the companies and trusts are: Unbrand Properties Mosokodi Water Solutions and Drilling Mosokodi Farming Project Kaone Wethu Redtag Mosokodi Trust Letwaba Family Trust In one of several NLC-funded projects investigated by SIU, it was revealed that an NPO based in the province of Limpopo received approximately 25 million rand for the refurbishment of a burnt down school in Vuwani.

    Twelve days after the NPO received the money, it allegedly transferred approximately R4 million to Unbrand Properties without evidence that the work was being carried out and in violation of the financing agreement.

    The SIU, in terms of Proclamation R32 of 2020, was authorized by President Cyril Ramaphosa to investigate allegations of corruption and mismanagement in NLC affairs and the conduct of NLC officials, and to recover any financial losses suffered by the Condition.

    The proclamation covers crimes that occurred between January 1, 2014 and November 6, 2020, the date of publication of this Proclamation, or that occurred before January 1, 2014.

    It also covers any crimes subsequent to the proclamation.

    proclamation date that is relevant, related to, incidental to the matters or involves the same persons, entities or contracts investigated under the authority of Proclamation R32 of 2020.

    The SIU is empowered by Law 74 of 1996 on Special Investigative Units and Special Courts to bring civil actions in the Special Court or the High Court Court to correct any irregularities that you discover in your investigation.

    When evidence points to criminal conduct, the SIU refers the evidence to the National Prosecutor's Office for further action.

    The preservation order granted by the Special Court is a continuation of the implementation of the results of the SIU's investigation and consequence management to recover assets and financial losses suffered by State institutions and/or to prevent further losses.

    Reports of fraud and corruption can be reported through the following platforms: siu@hotline.co.za (link sends email) / Hotline: 0800 037 774.

  •  The government in Niger on Tuesday restated its commitment to the welfare of civil servants in the state Alhaji Ahmed Matane the Secretary to the State Government stated this when he received the executive committee of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC Niger State Council led by its Chairman Idris Lafene in Minna Matane revealed that the present administration had placed priority attention to policies and programmes that had direct bearing on workers He said the government would continue to strive to consolidate the gains recorded for the betterment of their condition of service and welfare He assured the committee of the NLC that government would do all that was necessary to ensure that industrial harmony continues to prevail in the state He urged NLC to remain committed to their responsibilities so that collectively to achieve the highest levels of efficiency and productivity that will fast track the socio economic development in the state Earlier Lafene had solicited cordial rapport between the executive committee of NLC and the state government The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Lafene was elected as the substantive chairman of NLC chairman after Yakubu Garba was picked as the running mate of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Niger reaffirms commitment to welfare of civil servants
     The government in Niger on Tuesday restated its commitment to the welfare of civil servants in the state Alhaji Ahmed Matane the Secretary to the State Government stated this when he received the executive committee of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC Niger State Council led by its Chairman Idris Lafene in Minna Matane revealed that the present administration had placed priority attention to policies and programmes that had direct bearing on workers He said the government would continue to strive to consolidate the gains recorded for the betterment of their condition of service and welfare He assured the committee of the NLC that government would do all that was necessary to ensure that industrial harmony continues to prevail in the state He urged NLC to remain committed to their responsibilities so that collectively to achieve the highest levels of efficiency and productivity that will fast track the socio economic development in the state Earlier Lafene had solicited cordial rapport between the executive committee of NLC and the state government The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Lafene was elected as the substantive chairman of NLC chairman after Yakubu Garba was picked as the running mate of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Niger reaffirms commitment to welfare of civil servants
    General news2 weeks ago

    Niger reaffirms commitment to welfare of civil servants

    The government in Niger on Tuesday restated its commitment to the welfare of civil servants in the state.

    Alhaji Ahmed Matane, the Secretary to the State Government, stated this when he received the executive committee of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Niger State Council, led by its Chairman, Idris Lafene in Minna.

    Matane revealed that the present administration had placed priority attention to policies and programmes that had direct bearing on workers.

    He said the government would continue to strive to consolidate the gains recorded for the betterment of their condition of service and welfare.

    He assured the committee of the NLC that government would do all that was necessary to ensure that industrial harmony continues to prevail in the state.

    He urged NLC to remain committed to their responsibilities so that collectively, “to achieve the highest levels of efficiency and productivity that will fast-track the socio-economic development in the state”.

    Earlier, Lafene had solicited cordial rapport between the executive committee of NLC and the state government.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Lafene was elected as the substantive chairman of NLC chairman after Yakubu Garba was picked as the running mate of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has launched a book on historical landmarks of the struggle of the movement The NLC President Mr Ayuba Wabba said this in his welcome address at the public presentation of the NLC at 40 publication titled Contemporary History of Working Class Struggles on Monday in Abuja According to Wabba the book is a brief history of the Congress which is the first step in our resolve to document the rich struggle of our movement The Nigeria Labour Congress has evolved from colonial times to the present day as a fighting organisation for the working people of this country From the rendition of the account of our forebears in the anit colonial struggle up till the time of independence It captures the period of the re organisation of NLC through the dark years of the military rule and the struggle of the working class It also covers all the concessions we have managed to win from our ruling elite as a result of hard bargains and struggles he said He explained that the book was written to allow the main actors in the life of the movement to say in their own words the rationale for some of the decisions they took while in office or what motivated them The NLC president however said that there was need for the working class to be vigilant in order to maintain the hard won benefits due to the current phase of neo liberal economic paradigm in the country Prof Dafe Otobo from the University of Lagos the book reviewer said the compendium was about the struggle of the labour movement with 12 chapters and 247 pages According to him working class struggle are too complex and occurring in all industries simultaneously but readings and actions of such events are not captured in this book as the title by name imply I will also suggest that it is best to use female instead gender as it was mentioned in several instances and I also notice that there is gender discrimination in relation to administrating he said Otobo however said the book was commendable as it captured the major actors from the beginning of the labour movement and their struggle for the working class from the pre colonial era till date Speaking Mr Hassan Sunmonu first President of the NLC commended the leadership of the congress for putting the book into perspective of the movement Many politicians are not even aware of the great role that workers played for the country to gain independence But with this book it will tell our stories of the many battles that the movements have encountered just for good things to come to workers and Nigerians We must not just sit and watch Nigerians must determine their destiny he said Also the TUC President Mr Festus Osifo said that the Nigerian worker had been suppressed and subjugated Today our minimum wage is less than 50 dollar per month when it was negotiated at N30 000 you will recall that it was somewhere around 90 dollars but today due to inflation the value has been completely eroded he said Osifo therefore appealed to the Federal Government to place value on the working class as they are the ones that create the wealth of the nation The TUC president also called on the federal government to ensure the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU returned back to the classrooms The event attracted notable dignitaries including serving and former ministers and former presidents of NLC including former Edo governor and erstwhile National Chairman of ruling All Progressives Congress APC Comrade Adams Oshiomhole NewsSourceCredit NAN
    @40: NLC launches book on historical struggle
     The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has launched a book on historical landmarks of the struggle of the movement The NLC President Mr Ayuba Wabba said this in his welcome address at the public presentation of the NLC at 40 publication titled Contemporary History of Working Class Struggles on Monday in Abuja According to Wabba the book is a brief history of the Congress which is the first step in our resolve to document the rich struggle of our movement The Nigeria Labour Congress has evolved from colonial times to the present day as a fighting organisation for the working people of this country From the rendition of the account of our forebears in the anit colonial struggle up till the time of independence It captures the period of the re organisation of NLC through the dark years of the military rule and the struggle of the working class It also covers all the concessions we have managed to win from our ruling elite as a result of hard bargains and struggles he said He explained that the book was written to allow the main actors in the life of the movement to say in their own words the rationale for some of the decisions they took while in office or what motivated them The NLC president however said that there was need for the working class to be vigilant in order to maintain the hard won benefits due to the current phase of neo liberal economic paradigm in the country Prof Dafe Otobo from the University of Lagos the book reviewer said the compendium was about the struggle of the labour movement with 12 chapters and 247 pages According to him working class struggle are too complex and occurring in all industries simultaneously but readings and actions of such events are not captured in this book as the title by name imply I will also suggest that it is best to use female instead gender as it was mentioned in several instances and I also notice that there is gender discrimination in relation to administrating he said Otobo however said the book was commendable as it captured the major actors from the beginning of the labour movement and their struggle for the working class from the pre colonial era till date Speaking Mr Hassan Sunmonu first President of the NLC commended the leadership of the congress for putting the book into perspective of the movement Many politicians are not even aware of the great role that workers played for the country to gain independence But with this book it will tell our stories of the many battles that the movements have encountered just for good things to come to workers and Nigerians We must not just sit and watch Nigerians must determine their destiny he said Also the TUC President Mr Festus Osifo said that the Nigerian worker had been suppressed and subjugated Today our minimum wage is less than 50 dollar per month when it was negotiated at N30 000 you will recall that it was somewhere around 90 dollars but today due to inflation the value has been completely eroded he said Osifo therefore appealed to the Federal Government to place value on the working class as they are the ones that create the wealth of the nation The TUC president also called on the federal government to ensure the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU returned back to the classrooms The event attracted notable dignitaries including serving and former ministers and former presidents of NLC including former Edo governor and erstwhile National Chairman of ruling All Progressives Congress APC Comrade Adams Oshiomhole NewsSourceCredit NAN
    @40: NLC launches book on historical struggle
    General news3 weeks ago

    @40: NLC launches book on historical struggle

    The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has launched a book on historical landmarks of the struggle of the  movement.

    The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, said this in his welcome address at the public presentation of the NLC at 40 publication, titled “Contemporary History of Working Class Struggles’’, on Monday in Abuja.

    According to Wabba, the book is a brief history of the Congress, “which is the first step in our resolve to document the rich struggle of our movement”.

    “The Nigeria Labour Congress has evolved from colonial times to the present day as a fighting organisation for the working people of this country.

    “From the rendition of the account of our forebears in the anit-colonial struggle up till the time of independence.

    “It captures the period of the re-organisation of NLC, through the dark years of the military rule and the struggle of the working class.

    “It also covers all the concessions we have managed to win from our ruling elite as a result of hard bargains and struggles,’’ he said.

    He explained that the book was written to allow the main actors in the life of the movement to say in their own words, the rationale for some of the decisions they took while in office or what motivated them.

    The NLC president however said that there was need for the working class to be vigilant in order to maintain the hard won benefits due to the current phase of neo-liberal economic paradigm in the country.

    Prof. Dafe Otobo from the University of Lagos, the book reviewer, said the compendium was about the struggle of the labour movement with 12 chapters and 247 pages.

    According to him, working class struggle are too complex and occurring in all industries simultaneously, but readings and actions of such events are not captured in this book as the title by name imply.

    “I will also suggest that it is best to use female instead gender as it was mentioned in several instances and I also notice that there is gender discrimination in relation to administrating,‘’ he said.

    Otobo however said the book was commendable as it captured the major actors from the beginning of the labour movement and their struggle for the working class from the pre-colonial era till date.

    Speaking, Mr Hassan Sunmonu, first President of the NLC, commended the leadership of the congress for putting the book into perspective of the movement.

    “Many politicians are not even aware of the great role that workers played for the country to gain independence.

    “But with this book, it will tell our stories of the many battles that the movements have encountered just for good things to come to workers and Nigerians.

    “We must not just sit and watch, Nigerians must determine their destiny,‘’ he said.

    Also, the TUC President, Mr Festus Osifo, said that the Nigerian worker had been suppressed and subjugated.

    “Today, our minimum wage is  less than 50 dollar per month, when it was negotiated at N30,000, you will recall that it was somewhere around 90 dollars, but today due to inflation the value has been completely eroded,’’ he said.

    Osifo therefore appealed to the Federal Government to place value on the working class as they are the ones that create the wealth of the nation.

    The TUC president also called on the federal government to ensure the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) returned back to the classrooms.

    The event attracted notable dignitaries, including serving and former ministers, and former presidents of NLC, including former Edo governor and erstwhile National Chairman of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Government says it will adjust workers salaries to meet the current realities in the economy of the country Sen Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment said this at the public presentation of the NLC of 40 publication titled Contemporary History of Working Class Struggles on Monday in Abuja Ngige said that the Federal Government was very much aware that the N30 000 National Minimum Wage had depreciated Yes the inflation has increased worldwide and it is not confined to Nigeria that is why in many jurisdiction it is an adjustment of wages right now We as the Nigerian government we shall adjust in confirmative with what is happening in wages More importantly the 2019 National Minimum Wage Act right now has a clause for the review which we started then I do not know whether it is due next year or 2024 But before then the adjustment of wages will reflect what is happening in the economy just as government has started the adjustment with the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU he said The minister also explained that the Federal Government did not take ASUU to court over the prolonged strike of the union as some people claimed Ngige said he would have failed in his duties if he did not refer the matter to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN after seven months of protracted discussions and negotiations with the union which failed He recalled that ASUU was at the stage of Collective Bargaining CBA negotiation with their employers the Federal Ministry of Education when they embarked on strike He regretted that the ASUU leadership did not even understand the import of CBA negotiation because they lacked the nutrients of labour unionism According to him we have to counsel our brothers on negotiation No negotiation is forced You cannot say it is either you give me 200 per cent or I will continue my strike There are laws guiding strike There are ILO principles on right to strike Nobody can take it away But there are things that follow it when you embark on strike as a worker and they are enshrined in the laws of our land It is written in Trade Dispute Act The ILO principles of strike talks about the right of a worker to withdraw services There is also right to picket These are things that are done Nigeria is respected in ILO Some people said Federal Government took ASUU to court No I referred the matter after seven months of protracted discussions and negotiations that failed he said Ngige recalled that he conciliated the dispute twice first on Feb 22 one week after the commencement of the strike and some agreements were reached and he brought everybody back on March 1 for another conciliation He added that the only thing left was going back to the Federal Ministry of Education for the renegotiation of the 2013 agreement Some people are saying 2009 agreement The 2009 agreement has been renegotiated in 20132014 with the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan It is an anathema to use 2009 agreement What is left is the renegotiation of their conditions of service which is their right It should be done but they are negotiating it under the principle of offer and acceptance and it broke down irretrievably there at the Federal Ministry of Education That kick started Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act whereby the Minister of Labour and Employment whoever it is if you don t transmit according to the dictates of Section 17 TDA 2004 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria This means you would have failed in your function Therefore I had to transmit he said Ngige however said the transmission did not mean that the matter could not be settled out of court He said either of the parties involved the Federal Ministry of Education and ASUU could approach the NICN for out of court settlement He maintained that Nigeria must be guided by laws and nobody should use the dispute to harass anybody The pro chancellors said they want to do counter offer I told them to do it as quickly as possible Those are ingredients of labour relations It is not enough if you misinform your membership That should be a disservice We should read through things as it is and interpret same way If I leave them in education they will stay there two years Ngige said On the 40 years of NLC Ngige said A fool at 40 is a fool forever A wiseman at 40 is a wise man forever NLC is a wise man forever nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Minimum Wage: FG to adjust workers salaries to current realities–Ngige
     The Federal Government says it will adjust workers salaries to meet the current realities in the economy of the country Sen Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment said this at the public presentation of the NLC of 40 publication titled Contemporary History of Working Class Struggles on Monday in Abuja Ngige said that the Federal Government was very much aware that the N30 000 National Minimum Wage had depreciated Yes the inflation has increased worldwide and it is not confined to Nigeria that is why in many jurisdiction it is an adjustment of wages right now We as the Nigerian government we shall adjust in confirmative with what is happening in wages More importantly the 2019 National Minimum Wage Act right now has a clause for the review which we started then I do not know whether it is due next year or 2024 But before then the adjustment of wages will reflect what is happening in the economy just as government has started the adjustment with the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU he said The minister also explained that the Federal Government did not take ASUU to court over the prolonged strike of the union as some people claimed Ngige said he would have failed in his duties if he did not refer the matter to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN after seven months of protracted discussions and negotiations with the union which failed He recalled that ASUU was at the stage of Collective Bargaining CBA negotiation with their employers the Federal Ministry of Education when they embarked on strike He regretted that the ASUU leadership did not even understand the import of CBA negotiation because they lacked the nutrients of labour unionism According to him we have to counsel our brothers on negotiation No negotiation is forced You cannot say it is either you give me 200 per cent or I will continue my strike There are laws guiding strike There are ILO principles on right to strike Nobody can take it away But there are things that follow it when you embark on strike as a worker and they are enshrined in the laws of our land It is written in Trade Dispute Act The ILO principles of strike talks about the right of a worker to withdraw services There is also right to picket These are things that are done Nigeria is respected in ILO Some people said Federal Government took ASUU to court No I referred the matter after seven months of protracted discussions and negotiations that failed he said Ngige recalled that he conciliated the dispute twice first on Feb 22 one week after the commencement of the strike and some agreements were reached and he brought everybody back on March 1 for another conciliation He added that the only thing left was going back to the Federal Ministry of Education for the renegotiation of the 2013 agreement Some people are saying 2009 agreement The 2009 agreement has been renegotiated in 20132014 with the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan It is an anathema to use 2009 agreement What is left is the renegotiation of their conditions of service which is their right It should be done but they are negotiating it under the principle of offer and acceptance and it broke down irretrievably there at the Federal Ministry of Education That kick started Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act whereby the Minister of Labour and Employment whoever it is if you don t transmit according to the dictates of Section 17 TDA 2004 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria This means you would have failed in your function Therefore I had to transmit he said Ngige however said the transmission did not mean that the matter could not be settled out of court He said either of the parties involved the Federal Ministry of Education and ASUU could approach the NICN for out of court settlement He maintained that Nigeria must be guided by laws and nobody should use the dispute to harass anybody The pro chancellors said they want to do counter offer I told them to do it as quickly as possible Those are ingredients of labour relations It is not enough if you misinform your membership That should be a disservice We should read through things as it is and interpret same way If I leave them in education they will stay there two years Ngige said On the 40 years of NLC Ngige said A fool at 40 is a fool forever A wiseman at 40 is a wise man forever NLC is a wise man forever nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Minimum Wage: FG to adjust workers salaries to current realities–Ngige
    General news3 weeks ago

    Minimum Wage: FG to adjust workers salaries to current realities–Ngige

    The Federal Government says it will adjust workers salaries to meet the current realities in the economy of the country.

    Sen. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment said this at the public presentation of the NLC of 40 publication titled, “Contemporary History of Working Class Struggles’’ on Monday in Abuja.

    Ngige said that the Federal Government was very much aware that the N30,000 National Minimum Wage had depreciated.

    “Yes the inflation has increased worldwide and it is not confined to Nigeria, that is why in many jurisdiction, it is an adjustment of wages right now.

    “We as the Nigerian government, we shall adjust in confirmative with what is happening in wages.

    “More importantly, the 2019 National Minimum Wage Act, right now has a clause for the review, which we started then, I do not know whether it is due next year or 2024. “But before then, the adjustment of wages will reflect what is happening in the economy,just as government has started the adjustment with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), ‘’he said.

    The minister also explained that the Federal Government did not take ASUU to court over the prolonged strike of the union as some people claimed.

    Ngige said he would have failed in his duties if he did not refer the matter to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) after seven months of protracted discussions and negotiations with the union, which failed.

    He recalled that ASUU was at the stage of Collective Bargaining(CBA) negotiation with their employers, the Federal Ministry of Education when they embarked on strike.

    He regretted that the ASUU leadership did not even understand the import of CBA negotiation because they lacked the nutrients of labour unionism.

    According to him, we have to counsel our brothers on negotiation.

    No negotiation is forced.

    You cannot say it is either you give me 200 per cent or I will continue my strike.

    “There are laws guiding strike.

    There are ILO principles on right to strike.

    Nobody can take it away.

    ”But, there are things that follow it when you embark on strike as a worker and they are enshrined in the laws of our land.

    “It is written in Trade Dispute Act. The ILO principles of strike talks about the right of a worker to withdraw services.

    There is also right to picket.

    These are things that are done.

    ”Nigeria is respected in ILO.

    Some people said Federal Government took ASUU to court.

    No. I referred the matter after seven months of protracted discussions and negotiations that failed, ’’he said.

    Ngige recalled that he conciliated the dispute twice, first on Feb. 22, one week after the commencement of the strike and some agreements were reached, and he brought everybody back on March 1 for another conciliation.

    He added that the only thing left was going back to the Federal Ministry of Education for the renegotiation of the 2013 agreement.

    “Some people are saying 2009 agreement.

    The 2009 agreement has been renegotiated in 20132014 with the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

    It is an anathema to use 2009 agreement.

    “What is left is the renegotiation of their conditions of service, which is their right.

    It should be done but they are negotiating it under the principle of offer and acceptance and it broke down irretrievably there at the Federal Ministry of Education.

    “That kick-started Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act whereby the Minister of Labour and Employment, whoever it is, if you don’t transmit according to the dictates of Section 17, TDA, 2004, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

    “This means you would have failed in your function.

    Therefore, I had to transmit, ’’he said.

    Ngige, however, said the transmission did not mean that the matter could not be settled out of court.

    He said either of the parties involved; the Federal Ministry of Education and ASUU could approach the NICN for out of court settlement.

    He maintained that Nigeria must be guided by laws and nobody should use the dispute to harass anybody.

    “The pro-chancellors said they want to do counter offer.

    I told them to do it as quickly as possible.

    Those are ingredients of labour relations.

    “It is not enough if you misinform your membership.

    That should be a disservice.

    We should read through things as it is and interpret same way.

    If I leave them in education, they will stay there two years,’’Ngige said.

    On the 40 years of NLC, Ngige said: “A fool at 40 is a fool forever.

    A wiseman at 40 is a wise man forever.

    NLC is a wise man forever.

    ”nanews.


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  •  The Nigerian Labour Congress NLC has reiterated its position on the removal of petrol subsidies saying that its has not changed The NLC President Mr Ayuba Wabba said this in a statement signed and made available to newsmen on Saturday in Abuja It would be recalled that Mr Festus Keyamo SAN Minister of State for Labour and Employment had tasked the NLC to come out clean on its stand on the Labour Party LP presidential candidate Peter Obi s decision to remove fuel subsidy if elected Keyamo is also the Campaign Spokesperson of the presidential campaign of All Progressives Congress APC Wabba said that the NLC had painstaking processes and articulated a Nigerian Workers Charter of Demands which the organised labour would be using to engage the political process According to him the move was in furtherance of the avowed position of the NLC on issues based campaign in the run up to the 2023 General Elections A major demand in the Nigerian Workers Charter of Demands is that our local public refineries must work We have also demanded that we must stop 100 per cent importation of refined petroleum products The NLC and indeed the labour movement in Nigeria had over many decades been vehemently consistent that the only way to address the issue of the so called petrol subsidies is to get our refineries to work The logic is very simple it is not economical to buy from abroad at very expensive prices a product that a country like ours can easily produce at home he said Wabba added that at the heart of their demand on the management of Nigeria s mineral resources especially the downstream petroleum sub sector was the issue of Production Economy He said that the congress believed that the rescue of Nigeria from the current path of Consumption Economy to Production Economy was the only way to resolve Nigeria s economic nightmares of massive depletion of scarce foreign exchange reserve Wabba said this would resolve the continuous devaluation of the Naira significant jobs reduction poverty and downturn in the living standards of the people In a determined effort to popularise the positions in the Nigerian Workers Charter of Demands the NLC and TUC at the behest of the Labour Party on Monday and Tuesday hosted a National Retreat of the leadership cadres in our movement At the retreat the Labour Party and Organised Labour in Nigeria adopted and mainstreamed the Workers Charter of Demands into the Manifesto of the Labour Party This is in line with our persuasion that issue based campaign anchored on the manifesto of political parties should drive Nigeria s political process If any political party goes around saying that they plan to sell our refineries remove subsidies they should be ready to defend such stance to Nigerians at the campaigns he added He said that the NLC Organised Labour and Labour Party position had not changed It only got amplified he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NLC reiterates position on removal of petrol subsidies
     The Nigerian Labour Congress NLC has reiterated its position on the removal of petrol subsidies saying that its has not changed The NLC President Mr Ayuba Wabba said this in a statement signed and made available to newsmen on Saturday in Abuja It would be recalled that Mr Festus Keyamo SAN Minister of State for Labour and Employment had tasked the NLC to come out clean on its stand on the Labour Party LP presidential candidate Peter Obi s decision to remove fuel subsidy if elected Keyamo is also the Campaign Spokesperson of the presidential campaign of All Progressives Congress APC Wabba said that the NLC had painstaking processes and articulated a Nigerian Workers Charter of Demands which the organised labour would be using to engage the political process According to him the move was in furtherance of the avowed position of the NLC on issues based campaign in the run up to the 2023 General Elections A major demand in the Nigerian Workers Charter of Demands is that our local public refineries must work We have also demanded that we must stop 100 per cent importation of refined petroleum products The NLC and indeed the labour movement in Nigeria had over many decades been vehemently consistent that the only way to address the issue of the so called petrol subsidies is to get our refineries to work The logic is very simple it is not economical to buy from abroad at very expensive prices a product that a country like ours can easily produce at home he said Wabba added that at the heart of their demand on the management of Nigeria s mineral resources especially the downstream petroleum sub sector was the issue of Production Economy He said that the congress believed that the rescue of Nigeria from the current path of Consumption Economy to Production Economy was the only way to resolve Nigeria s economic nightmares of massive depletion of scarce foreign exchange reserve Wabba said this would resolve the continuous devaluation of the Naira significant jobs reduction poverty and downturn in the living standards of the people In a determined effort to popularise the positions in the Nigerian Workers Charter of Demands the NLC and TUC at the behest of the Labour Party on Monday and Tuesday hosted a National Retreat of the leadership cadres in our movement At the retreat the Labour Party and Organised Labour in Nigeria adopted and mainstreamed the Workers Charter of Demands into the Manifesto of the Labour Party This is in line with our persuasion that issue based campaign anchored on the manifesto of political parties should drive Nigeria s political process If any political party goes around saying that they plan to sell our refineries remove subsidies they should be ready to defend such stance to Nigerians at the campaigns he added He said that the NLC Organised Labour and Labour Party position had not changed It only got amplified he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NLC reiterates position on removal of petrol subsidies
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    NLC reiterates position on removal of petrol subsidies

    The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has reiterated its position on the removal of petrol subsidies, saying that its has not changed.

    The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, said this in a statement signed and made available to newsmen on Saturday in Abuja.

    It would be recalled that Mr Festus Keyamo,(SAN) Minister of State for Labour and Employment had tasked the NLC to come out clean on its stand on the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi’s decision to remove fuel subsidy, if elected.

    Keyamo is also the Campaign Spokesperson of the presidential campaign of All Progressives Congress (APC).

    Wabba said that the NLC had painstaking processes and articulated a Nigerian Workers’ Charter of Demands which the organised labour would be using to engage the political process.

    According to him, the move was in furtherance of the avowed position of the NLC on issues-based campaign in the run up to the 2023 General Elections.  

    “A major demand in the Nigerian Workers Charter of Demands is that our local public refineries must work.  

    “We have also demanded that we must stop 100 per cent importation of refined petroleum products.  

    “The NLC and indeed the labour movement in Nigeria had over many decades been vehemently consistent that the only way to address the issue of the so-called petrol subsidies is to get our refineries to work.  

    “The logic is very simple: it is not economical to buy from abroad at very expensive prices a product that a country like ours can easily produce at home,’’he said.    

    Wabba added that, at the heart of their demand on the management of Nigeria’s mineral resources, especially the downstream petroleum sub-sector was the issue of Production Economy.  

    He said that the congress believed that the rescue of Nigeria from the current path of Consumption Economy to Production Economy was the only way to resolve Nigeria’s economic nightmares of massive depletion of scarce foreign exchange reserve.    

    Wabba said this would resolve the continuous devaluation of the Naira; significant jobs reduction, poverty and downturn in the living standards of the people.    

    “In a determined effort to popularise the positions in the Nigerian Workers Charter of Demands, the NLC and TUC at the behest of the Labour Party on Monday and Tuesday hosted a National Retreat of the leadership cadres in our movement.    

    “At the retreat, the Labour Party and Organised Labour in Nigeria adopted and mainstreamed the Workers Charter of Demands into the Manifesto of the Labour Party.  

    “This is in line with our persuasion that issue-based campaign anchored on the manifesto of political parties should drive Nigeria’s political process.    

    “If any political party goes around saying that they plan to sell our refineries, remove subsidies,  they should be ready to defend such stance to Nigerians at the campaigns, ’’he added.  

    He said that, the NLC, Organised Labour, and Labour Party position had not changed.

    “It only got amplified, ’’he said.


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  •  The All Progressives Congress APC in Plateau says it considered many factors before inaugurating its governorship campaign team headed by the immediate past Vice Chancellor of University of Jos Prof Sabastian Maimako After strategic and broad based consultations the party released the key appointments into its Governorship Campaign Council ahead of the 2023 general elections These appointments which are with immediate effect reflect the various geo political religious and ethnic interests in the state Plateau APC Publicity Secretary Sylvanus Namang said in a statement The statement issued in Jos said that Maimako would be assisted by three deputy directors general with the Deputy Speaker Plateau State House of Assembly Mr Shehu Yipmong as Deputy Director General Operations According to the statement the mmediate past Nigerian Labour Congres NLC Chairman in Plateau Mr Jibrin Bancir will serve as Deputy Director General Administration while Qua an Pan Local Government Chairman Mr Ernest Daa is Deputy Director General Election Management The Campaign Council is to be headed by Dr Nentawe Yilwatda Goshwe the governoship candidate in the state with Chief Rufus Bature the state APC Chairman as the Deputy Chairman The Secretary of the Campaign Council is Prof Shem Binda former Provost College of Education Gindiri the statement said The statement further said that the remaining appointments into the respective directorates in the council would be made later NewsSourceCredit NAN
    How we chose campaign team members in Plateau — APC scribe
     The All Progressives Congress APC in Plateau says it considered many factors before inaugurating its governorship campaign team headed by the immediate past Vice Chancellor of University of Jos Prof Sabastian Maimako After strategic and broad based consultations the party released the key appointments into its Governorship Campaign Council ahead of the 2023 general elections These appointments which are with immediate effect reflect the various geo political religious and ethnic interests in the state Plateau APC Publicity Secretary Sylvanus Namang said in a statement The statement issued in Jos said that Maimako would be assisted by three deputy directors general with the Deputy Speaker Plateau State House of Assembly Mr Shehu Yipmong as Deputy Director General Operations According to the statement the mmediate past Nigerian Labour Congres NLC Chairman in Plateau Mr Jibrin Bancir will serve as Deputy Director General Administration while Qua an Pan Local Government Chairman Mr Ernest Daa is Deputy Director General Election Management The Campaign Council is to be headed by Dr Nentawe Yilwatda Goshwe the governoship candidate in the state with Chief Rufus Bature the state APC Chairman as the Deputy Chairman The Secretary of the Campaign Council is Prof Shem Binda former Provost College of Education Gindiri the statement said The statement further said that the remaining appointments into the respective directorates in the council would be made later NewsSourceCredit NAN
    How we chose campaign team members in Plateau — APC scribe
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    How we chose campaign team members in Plateau — APC scribe

    The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Plateau says it considered many factors before inaugurating its governorship campaign team headed by the immediate past Vice- Chancellor of University of Jos, Prof. Sabastian Maimako.

    “After strategic and broad-based consultations, the party released the key appointments into its Governorship Campaign Council ahead of the 2023 general elections.

    “These appointments, which are with immediate effect, reflect the various geo-political, religious and ethnic interests in the state,” Plateau APC Publicity Secretary Sylvanus Namang said in a statement.

    The statement issued in Jos said that Maimako would be assisted by three deputy directors-general, with the Deputy Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr Shehu Yipmong as Deputy Director-General (Operations).

    According to the statement, the mmediate past Nigerian Labour Congres (NLC) Chairman in Plateau, Mr Jibrin Bancir, will serve as Deputy Director-General (Administration) while Qua’an Pan Local Government Chairman, Mr Ernest Daa is  Deputy Director-General (Election Management).

    “The Campaign Council is to be headed by Dr Nentawe Yilwatda Goshwe, the governoship candidate in the state with Chief Rufus Bature, the state APC Chairman as the Deputy Chairman.

    “The Secretary of the Campaign Council is Prof. Shem Binda, former Provost, College of Education Gindiri,” the statement said.

    The statement further said that the remaining appointments into the respective directorates in the council would be made later.


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