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NLC dares governors over N30,000 minimum wage
Fri, 16 Nov 2018

Labour yesterday rejected the governors’ claim that states cannot pay N30,000 minimum wage if it is eventually approved.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) condemned the threat by the govermors to sack workers should the new wage come into effect.

To NLC President Ayuba Wabba, the threat is not new in the struggle for review of the national minimum wage.

He said workers might be prevailed upon not to vote for governors who fail to pay the new wage.

“Therefore, the current one by the governor of Zamfara (Abdulaziz Yari) cannot be used to intimidate labour,” Wabba said in a statement, reiterating the directive that workers should vote out anti-labour governors and politicians.

“The consequences of workers’ retrenchment are too grievous for any political office holder truly elected by the people to contemplate.

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“Few political office holders are bent on enslaving Nigerian workers with peanuts mislabelled as salaries.

“We urge such elected public officials to subject their humongous salaries and allowances, reputed to be among the highest in the world to public perusal. Pro rata with the minimum wage, they want to force down the throats of Nigerian workers,” he said.

Wabba urged each of the governors to go to their state and inform workers on their individual position on the new national minimum wage of N30, 000.

”To the oppressors, we have only one answer for you, we will never sleep on our rights.

“We hereby reiterate our directive to Nigerian workers to vote out any politician or political party that refuses to pay the new national minimum wage of N30, 000.

“We shall continue to consolidate our efforts to strengthen already existing platforms and structures to give teeth to our resolve to vote out anti-labour governors and politicians in the forthcoming 2019 general election, ‘’Wabba said.

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to speedily present to the National Assembly the bill on the National Minimum Wage for appropriate amendment and implementation.

“It would interest Nigerians to know that the new national minimum wage of N30,000 was a product of intense and robust negotiations at the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee that lasted for one year.

“At the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee, state governments were represented by six states, one state from each of the six geo-political zones.

The statement added: “The 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended) recognises individual states in the Collective Bargaining Process not Nigeria Governors Forum. The states, like the other social partners, have already defended their positions during negotiations at the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee vis-à-vis counter proposals.

“Alhaji Yari should desist from using the platform of the Nigeria Governors Forum to seek political relevance. His tactics of blackmail against workers is already time worn and the stench is already offensive.

“We hereby reiterate our directive to Nigerian workers to vote out any politician or political party that refuses to pay the new national minimum wage of N30,000. We shall continue to consolidate our efforts to strengthen already existing platforms and structures to give teeth to our resolve to vote out anti-labour governors and politicians in the forthcoming 2019 general election.

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Nigeria can pay living wage, says Oshiomhole
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade AdamsOshiomhole said yesterday that Nigeria can afford living wage for workers.He said non payment of salaries by governors creates a viscious circle leading to low production and eventual loss of jobs.Oshiomholesaid as a governor, he told his colleagues that payment of salaries was no burden, but a means of enhancing the development potential of the state, adding that the countrys major problem is stealing of public resources in t
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How BDCs assist politicians to loot, by Magu
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu revealed yesterday how Bureau de Change (BDC) operators aid corrupt practices of some politicians.Speaking at a meeting with the Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) in Abuja, Magu said: These politicians transfer looted funds from government accounts to BDCs accounts; in 10, 20 millions in about 75 transactions in one day.This is done with only paper work, no physical cash.The BDC operators now
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Oshiomhole, Saraki clash over bribery allegation
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole and Senate President Bukola Saraki are locked in a big row over bribery allegations arising from the APC primaries.Saraki, a former member of the APC, has defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He said: Nigerians are waiting to see how the Presidentwill handle the serious allegations against his party chairman. We expect the President with his anti-corruption campaign to institute thorough and transparent inve
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INEC Chair to Nigerians: we ll conduct credible poll
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct credible general elections next year, its chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said yesterday.Yakubu made this promise while speaking at the 6th Anniversary Lecture and Investiture into the Realnews Hall of Fame in Lagos yesterday.The event was tagged: Political transitions and Africas economic development: Preparations for Nigerias 2019 general elections.According to Yakubu, the commission is not unaware that the conduct of 2019 elect
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420m people diabetic, says WHO
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
No fewer than 420 million adults have diabetes, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said, adding that the number has been increasing steadily over the last three decades.WHO said in its Global Report on Diabetes that the prevalence of adult diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980.The UN health agency, therefore, called on people to eat healthily, be physically active and avoid excessive weight gain.Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin,
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Asoju Oba Cup: 50 years of thrilling table tennis fiesta
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
From the first flying strokes in 1968 when the maiden tournament took place in Lagos, the Asoju Oba Cup Table Tennis Championship has been held annually without fail for five decades. Initiated and single-handedly bankrolled by the late business mogul, Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas, the Asoju Oba Cup remians Nigerias longest running table tennis tournament. Although Okoya-Thomas died in 2015, the championship continues to wax stronger. OLALEKAN OKUSAN writes on the impact of the tournament on local
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Army in top form to end insurgency, says Buratai
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai has said the Army is in top form to end insurgency in the Northeast and other parts of the country.Buratai spoke yesterday at the demonstration and closing ceremony of the sixth edition of Exercise Vulcan Glow, organised by the Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery (NACA) in Kachia, Kaduna State.Represented by the Commander Nigerian Infantry Corp, Maj.-Gen. Hakeem Okiti, the Army Chief said the exercise reaffirmed Armys resolve to remain we
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Nigeria needs constructive mapping to reduce flooding
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Professional bodies and agencies, including the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), need to establish a Department of Surveying and Geo-infomatics with professional surveyors to manage it to combat flooding in Nigeria, it has been learnt.A professor of Surveying and Geo-informatics at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Prof Kamorudeen Aleem, gave this advice while delivering a paper, titled: Roles of Surveying and Mapping in Flood Management and Control, at this years annual sem
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Maduagwu, Uzoezie tussle over Anambra Assemblys speakership
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Tension as police take over premisesAPGA suspends three ring leaders in impeachment saga There was heavy shooting at the Anambra State House of Assembly yesterday as two Speakers laid claims to the leadership of the Assembly.The police command resultantly cordoned off the Assembly complex and its environs with over 150 policemen, led by Mike Okoli, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP).On Tuesday, 13 lawmakers said they had impeached Speaker Rita Maduagwu and elected Ikem Uzoezie as the new Spea
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2019: APC, PDP prepare for epic battle in Kwara
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
The Kwara State chapters of both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have put behind them the initial hitches that trailed their governorship primaries. They are preparing for a major showdown next year. Correspondent AdeKunle Jimoh reports.As the 2019 governorship election draws closer, candidates of all the major parties are dotting their is and crossing their ts for the epic battle. Indeed, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic P
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Entrenching party reform ahead of 2019 elections
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
In this piece, George Ukanna writes on the imperative of party reforms to consolidate democracy and party system.As the 2019 elections approach, a debate is on, on whether to maintain the character, quality and content of the nations democracy or lift it to avail majority of Nigerians the opportunity for inclusion in political conversations and decisions. The framing of the debate has made some analysts to think that the political firmament has been devoid of ideology or party philosophy, which
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How Kwara by-election will be won and lost
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Oke-Ero/Isin/Ekiti/Irepodun Constituency is set for the House of Representatives by-election. Who wins between the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC)’ In this piece, Dare Alade examines the issues that will shape the exercise.Tomorrow by-elections to fill vacant parliamentary seats will hold in some states. That includes Kwara State, which recently lost a member of the House of Representatives representing Oke-Ero/Isin/Ekiti/Irepodun Con
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Minister condemns attacks on APC candidate
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed on Thursday condemned attack on the All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Representatives candidate Abdulraheem Olawuyi for this Saturdays by-election for Irepodun/Ekiti/Isin and Oke-Ero federal constituency in Kwara.Muhammed, who described the attack as unfortunate, said the party will work with relevant agencies to ensure free, fair and credible election on Saturday with adequate security before, during and after the election.The campaign tra
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Youth Assembly Nigeria organises Miss Sheen Nigeria
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
The grand finale of the Miss Sheen Nigeria is set to hold at Golden Tulip Hotel in Festac Town, Lagos State, on November 25, 2018.Making this announcement was the CEO, President/Founder of Youth Assembly Nigeria and sponsors of the pageant, Mercy Ifeanyi Nwanchukwu, popularly known as Mercfyzdaablack. She also announced the completion of the 2017/2018 Miss Sheen Nigeria pet project which held in Asaba, Delta State between November 3, 2018 to November 6, 2018The reigning and out-going queen is Mi
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Akpororo, others for Oyikos comedy show
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Ace comedian Akpororo and other comedians are slated for the second edition of Oyiko Unscripted The Ribs & Rhythm which holds on Sunday, November 18 at Kelly Ann Event Centre, Akowonjo Road, Egbeda, Lagos.Aside Akpororo, others expected to perform at the event which begins at 4pm include Frank Onero, Ajele, Koffi Tha Guru, Mc Shaggi and Mc Danfo.Others include Davidsyn, Ibrolee, Mc Kefas, Edondo, Mc Martins, Ovir De Generous, Goodguy, Mr Tablet, Mc Plentymouth, Sherikoko, Freemouth, Mc Abili
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Agri-business projected to reach $1tr by 2030
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Sector tipped as Africas new oilWith its vast agricultural potential, Africas agri-business sector is projected to reach $1 trillion by 2030. This makes agri-business the continents new oil, according to leaders of Africastop agri-business companies, who shared their thoughts on the future of the industry at the just-concluded Africa Investment Forum.The Africa Investment Forum took place from November 7 to 9, 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. It was organised by
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Global counterfeit drugs market hits $200b
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Fake drugs kill thousands in Africa yearlyThe counterfeit drug market is worth around $200 billion worldwide annually, the World Health Organisation (WHO) report has said. It lamented that it has become the most lucrative trade of illegally copied goods with devastating impact on innocent users.Almost half the fake and low-quality medicines reported to the WHO between 2013 and 2017 were found to be in sub-Saharan Africa, said the report, also backed by Interpol and the Institute for Security St
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Regulatory bodies endorse Drinks Festival 2018
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
The drinks and beverage industry in Nigeria is seen to be largely dominated by the manufacturers of certain global brands. The reasons for this can be attributed to knowledge gap, the highly expensive operating environment and high import dependency experienced by indigenous stakeholders in the drinks industry.It is assumed that regulatory bodies should be held responsible for some difficulties faced by these indigenous stakeholders and have been labelled witch-hunters due to the rigorous proced
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BPP to save cost with digitised public procurement process
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
The Director-General (DG) Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Mamman Ahmadu said the agency will deploy technology in public procurement to improve efficiency and save cost.He said digitisation is the way to go in public procurement process in line with global best practices.Speaking at the third zonal stakeholders workshop on the Development of the Category Matrix for the National Database of Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers (CCSP) in Lagos, he said Nigeria has also joined the res
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Fed Govt committed to ILO standards
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Prof. Stephen Ocheni, says the Federal Government is committed to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards on labour practice, social protection and equal opportunity for all.Ocheni gave this assurance when he received the ILO officials led by Ms Sukti Dasgupta, Chief of the Employment and Labour Branch of ILO, in Abuja. According to him, the Federal Government of Nigeria is irrevocably committed to ILOs ethics in all its ramification
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Baru chairs Red Star Express
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
Former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Alhaji Suleiman Baru, has been appointed as the chairman of the board of directors of Red Star Express Plc. Baru succeeded Dr Mohammed Koguna, who retired after leading the board for 26 years.At a brief handover ceremony, Baru reiterated his commitment to take the company forward.He commended the Koguna, describing him as an elder statesman whose unique ways of doing things had impacted on the fortunes of companies he chaired, including Re
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ITF empowers 11,000 youths
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has said it has, in the last one year, empowered over 11,000 youths across the country.The scheme is under ITF National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP).Director General of ITF Joseph Ari said this in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital at the closing ceremony of the women skills empowerment programme (WOSEP) of the fund.Sir Ari added that we took 300 youths in every state of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.The pro
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Building capacity for bio-fortified foods
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
HarvestPlus, an international organisation, in collaboration with some nonprofit organisations, held a Nutritious Food Fair in Lagos. The events objective was to showcase sustainable bio-fortified food production and agricultural practices. The fair brought together input suppliers, financiers and off-takers. DANIEL ESSIET reports.Promoting bio-fortified foods could be the right approach to ensure food and nutritional security. And to meet the demands of the rapidly growing bio-fortified food ma
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MTN showers cash on content creators
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
MTN has splashed cash rewards on its content creators. The cash reward was presented to them when the telecoms giant hosted content creators to a dinner and awards night at Oriental Hotel, Lagos.On the occasion, 3SixtyWorld stole the show as it went home with a total of N7.150million3SixtyWorld had been dropping his creative works on the MTN Shortz platform and a lot of people liked them.He received his first award for the night, a plaque and a cheque for a whopping sum of N3.5 million.A few min
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FAO seeks reduction in food waste
Fri, 16 Nov 2018
With one in five deaths associated with poor diets, a policy brief launched by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has urged policymakers to prioritise the reduction of food loss and waste to improve peoples access to nutritious food.The brief, which has the theme: Preventing nutrient loss and waste across the food system: Policy actions for high-quality diets, pointed out that poor-quality diets are a greater public health threat than malaria, tuberculosis or measl
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