Nigerian Newspaper: The Nation headlines Today, Wednesday 31 October, 2018.

Nigerian Newspaper: The Nation headlines Today, Wednesday 31 October, 2018.

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Minimum wage: Governors propose N22,500
Wed, 31 Oct 2018

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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Tuesday agreed to pay a national minimum wage of N22,500 from the existing N18,000.

The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdul’aziz Yari disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the end of its 2nd emergency meeting held in Abuja.

Yari said that the decision was arrived at after a briefing from the forum representatives at the Tripartite Committee.

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He said that the welfare of all Nigerians is the ultimate concern of the governors, saying in all our states, we are concerned about the deteriorating economic situation experienced by the vulnerable segment of our population.

He said that in agreeing to a National Minimum Wage, the Forum was even more concerned about development, particularly in the health, education and infrastructure spheres.

“It is therefore our considered position that since the percentage of salaried workers is not more than five per cent of the total working population, our position must not just reflect a figure, but also a sustainable strategy based on ability and capacity to pay, as well as reflective of all our developmental needs in each State.

“After all, Section 3 of the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission Act provides that “the Commission shall recommend a proposition of income growth which should be initiated for wage increase and also examined the salary structure in public and private sector with reasonable features of relativity and maximum levels which are in consonance with the national economy”

“It is in this sense that we feel strongly that our acceptable minimum wage must be done in such a way that total personnel cost does not exceed 50 per cent of the revenue available to each State.

“Governors therefore agreed to pay a national minimum wage of N22,500.”

The meeting with the governors were the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige and the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma.

Some of the governors at the emergency meeting were Kebbi, Ebonyi, Imo, Lagos, Plateau, Osun, Ekiti, Ogun, and Nasarawa represented by Deputy, Adamawa.

The Organised Labour had scheduled Nov. 6 to embark on nationwide strike to compel government to peg a new minimum wage at N30,000.

The leaders of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) and United Labour Congress of Nigeria (TUC), on Tuesday held mass protest across the country as part of sensitisation of workers and Nigerians for the planned industrial action.

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Our housing products are tailored to suit needs of Edo people MIXTA Nigeria
Wed, 31 Oct 2018
As subscribers queue to snatch the various housing types being developed in the 1800 Emotan Gardens on Sokponba Road in Benin City, the joint venture partner developing the estate, MIXTA Nigeria, has said that the estates unique selling point is its tailored products that meet the housing needs and aspirations of all classes of people.Head, Business Development, Sales and Marketing, MIXTA Nigeria, Mr. Lawrence Korede-Salu,told journalists in Benin City, that the company provides housing for peop
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Qatar Airways cargo rolls out automated mail management system
Wed, 31 Oct 2018
Qatar Airways Cargo has rolled out an automated mail management system at more than 50 stations across its global network, making it the first in the industry to introduce this major enhancement to its business.The cargo carrier has also signed an agreement with leading logistics solutions-provider Descartes, and integrated its Descartes vMail solution with its in-house cargo management information system, Cargo Reservations, Operations, Accounting and Management Information Systems (CROAMIS) fo
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$22.06bn, N481.75bn not remitted to FAAC, says NEITI
Wed, 31 Oct 2018
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) says that the 22.06 billion dollars and N481.75 billion yet to be remitted by NNPC and others to the Federation Account are legacy issues from its audit reports for 1999 to 2015.NEITI made the clarification in a statement signed by its Director of Communications and Advocacy, Dr Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, in Abuja, on Tuesday.He said that the others stakeholders involved include the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and oil
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Organised Labour: How we arrived at N30,000 minimum wage
Wed, 31 Oct 2018
Organised Labour gave indications on Tuesday that the outcome of the ongoing controversies about the new national minimum wage will largely impact on the 2019 general election, saying the N30,000 they are currently insisting on was a compromised figure as the Minister of Labour actually recommended a higher figure.Leaders of Organised Labour said on a day of national mourning to protest the new position of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige that the committee has not agre
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l-Zakzaky: I-G puts Commissioners of Police on red alert
Wed, 31 Oct 2018
The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris has placed all Commissioners of Police on red alert over the activities of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).A statement by the Police Force spokesman, acting DCP Jimoh Moshood on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the commissioners, especially those facing likely threats by the Shiites, to deal with them decisively in accordance with the law.They are to deal decisively in accordance with the law with the sect and prevent the group from c
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Obaseki declares three days mourning in Edo for Anenih
Wed, 31 Oct 2018
Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on Tuesday declared a three-day mourning period in honour of late elder statesman, Chief Tony Anenih.Obaseki announced the mourning period after his visit to the family home of the late political icon in Abuja.The mourning period, according to the governor, is effective from Wednesday, Oct. 31 till Friday, Nov. 2.The governor, who had expressed deep sadness over the passing of the former Minister of Works and Housing and the Iyasele of Esan land, said the mourning peri
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Flood kills 20-year-old in Anambra
Wed, 31 Oct 2018
Ifejika Umuiza, a 20-year-old boy from Ogbetiti village in Odekpe community, Ogbaru, Anambra has been reported killed by flood.Arinzechukwu Awogu, the Transition Committee chairman of Ogbaru Council Area disclosed this in Awka on Tuesday.Awogu said Ifejika drowned in the receding flood which swept him into a nearby deep pond near their compound in Ochuche Umuodu, in Ogbetiti Village in the Odekpe Community, where they lived.The council boss said he, alongside other appointees of government, had
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Fighting corruption should not be selective Mimiko
Wed, 31 Oct 2018
Dr Olusegun Mimiko, the presidential candidate of Zenith Labour Party(ZLP) says fighting corruption should not be selective, if Nigeria is truly desirous of ridding the nation of the problem.Mimiko, a former governor of Ondo State, spoke in Ibadan on Tuesday, during an interactive session taggedConversation with Mimiko.He said that if elected, he would exploit the power of Information Technology (IT) to tackle corruption frontally in Nigeria.If we can track movement of money with Bank Verificati
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El-Zakzaky: Police arrest 400 Shiites members
Wed, 31 Oct 2018
Police in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) said 400 members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, had been arrested in connection with Tuesdays violent protest in the territory.Commissioner of Police in the area, Mr Bala Ciroma, stated this when he presented the suspects to the media at the commands headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.He said that the suspects had been detained for discreet investigation, adding that dangerous weapons were also recovered from them.He said that
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Boko Haram: No case of hunger among troops FG
Wed, 31 Oct 2018
The Federal Government on Monday in Abuja released a report on investigation into alleged deplorable conditions of the troops involved in fight against insurgency in the North-East.Briefing newsmen on the issue, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the report indicated that there was no case of hunger among the troops.The summary of findings is that there is no case of hunger, starvation or begging among the troops fighting in the North-East.There is also no irregul
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Kaduna crisis: Buhari calls for peace
Wed, 31 Oct 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari, Tuesday, in Kaduna, appealed to violence-prone Kaduna residents to preserve the peace and tranquility of the state that used to be the headquarters of northern Nigeria.Kaduna, once the home of the Premier and home of the New Nigerian must not earn itself a new name home of violence. The Federal Security Agencies will hunt and prosecute all those who sponsored these acts of violence, Buhari said.He spoke today during a condolence visit to the state.He said the Federal
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Obaseki visits Anenih family, declares three days mourning
Wed, 31 Oct 2018
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has visited the family of late elder statesman, Chief Anthony Anenih, whose death was reported on Sunday, in an Abuja hospital.The governor, who was at the Anenihs Abuja home, expressed deep sadness over the passing of the former Minister of Works and Housing, and the Iyasele of Esan land.As a mark of honour for Chief Anenih, the governor declared three days of mourning in the state, starting from Wednesday, October 31sttill Friday, November 2.Obaseki a
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Turkish Airlines inks frequent flyer programme deal with Azul Brazillian Airlines
Wed, 31 Oct 2018
Turkish Airlines has signed an agreement for its frequent-flyer programme : Miles and Smiles with Azul Brazillian Airlines.The airline in a statement said the frequent flyer programme ; one of the most prominent loyalty programmes has over 10 million members.The programme offers its members mileage accrual and redemption opportunities on flights with Turkish Airlines and partner airline flights.In addition to its existing partnerships with 27 Star Alliance member airlines,Miles&Smilesrecentl
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Aerospace in Africa: Nigeria joins Airbus panel at launch of White Paper in Toulouse
Wed, 31 Oct 2018
As Season 2 of #Africa4Future initiative targets Nigeria, Cote dIvoireAirbus, today, released a White Paper on the role of aerospace technologies and their impact on socio-economic development in Africa.Tagged The Great Enabler: Aerospace in Africa, the extensive report looks at how different segments of the industry can address a core set of challenges on the continent by increasing access to healthcare; enhancing food security by making African agriculture more competitive and sustainable; pro
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