Today’s Leadership Newspaper Headlines, Monday 17th December 2018

Today’s Leadership Newspaper Headlines, Monday 17th December 2018

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Labour Demands Inclusion Of Minimum Wage In 2019 Budget
Mon, 17 Dec 2018

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There is palpable apprehension among workers over the inclusion or otherwise of the N30,000 new minimum wage in the 2019 budget proposal to be presented to the National Assembly on Wednesday by President Muhammadu Buhari.

LEADERSHIP Sunday recalls that the tripartite committee negotiating the new minimum wage had recommended N30,000 as the new minimum wage and presented same to the president.

However, there has been a sharp disagreement between Organised Labour and state governors after the latter, under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), said they cannot afford to pay the proposed new wage to their workers.

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LEADERSHIP Sunday recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari had also on Friday expressed concern at the poor state of the economy, telling governors to tighten their belts in preparation of harder times ahead.

Consequently, with the budget presentation coming next week, there are feelers that the state governors are anxious because if the president includes the new minimum wage in the budget, it will imply that he has given his blessing to the payment of N30,000 as minimum wage.

But although the president is yet to send an executive Bill on the new minimum wage to the National Assembly, the Labour unions have insisted that the new salary scheme should be included in the budget for 2019.

Besides, Labour has warned that any reduction in the N30,000 national minimum wage agreed to by the Tripartite Committee as contained in the committee’s report to the president or any further delay in its passage will lead to devastating consequences.

Speaking to LEADERSHIP Sunday in a telephone conversation in Lagos, the president of United Labour Congress (ULC), Comrade Joe Ajaero, said that naturally, the union expects that the formulators of the budget would be sensitive to the yearnings and aspirations of the Nigerian people, especially Nigerian workers.

“We expect the budget to be crafted bearing in mind the fact that Nigerian workers working within the tripartite process have agreed on N30,000 as a new minimum wage but which is awaiting submission to the NASS for passage into Law.

“We therefore expect this budget to capture the increased expense that must accrue as a result.”

According to Ajaero, the formulators of the 2019 budget must understand the urgent need to reflate the economy by increasing the purchasing power of the masses, especially the workers.

“This is critical if the increasing inventories in the various warehouses of manufacturers and other businesses can be reduced so as to stimulate economic growth and thus create more employment in the economy,” he said.

The ULC president explained that the most critical way to do this is to capture in this budget transfers to workers in the form of a reviewed minimum wage as agreed by the Tripartite Committee.

“We expect this budget to be proactive in this direction if it is serious about achieving its objective of growing the economy.

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Nigeria’s Current Account Records $3.1bn Deficit
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
Nigeria’s current account has moved from a surplus of $4.45 billion in the second quarter of 2018 to a deficit of $3.1billion as at the end of the third quarter of the year as increased imports swayed the country’s balance of payment into negative. The current account is an important indicator of an economy’s health. []The post Nigeria’s Current Account Records $3.1bn Deficit appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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C/River To Commission Rice, Cocoa Processing Factories
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
By RICHARD NDOMA,Calabar Arrangements have been concluded by the Cross River state government to Commission the first Ultra Modern Rice processing factory at the first quarter of next year by the Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade’s led-administration. Governor Ben Ayade of Coss River state disclosed this while fielding questions from journalists in Calabar few days after []The post C/River To Commission Rice, Cocoa Processing Factories appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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2019: PMB’s Candidature Best Option For Nigeria ‘ Ambode
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has been in the forefront campaigning for the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket in the 2019 presidential election. He spoke to journalists during the peace meeting held with aggrieved aspirants of the All Progressive Party (APC) in Lagos, on why Nigerians should re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari. You have been in the forefront of campaigning for []The post 2019: PMB’s Candidature Best Option For Nigeria ‘ Ambode appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News
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Ondo PDP Chieftain Tackles APC Over Trader Moni Loan
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
As 2019 general elections approach, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Ondo North senatorial district, in Ondo state, Dr. Olusegun Phillips-Alonge, has described the distribution of trader money loan embarked on by the federal government few weeks to the election as another high-level fraud. Phillips-Alonge said no matter the intent of the exercise at []The post Ondo PDP Chieftain Tackles APC Over Trader Moni Loan appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Vote Buying: We Will Monitor 2019 Elections ‘ ICPC
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has said it will work in concert with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in monitoring the 2019 general elections in order to guard against the menace of vote buying and other electoral malpractices. The acting chairman of the ICPC, Dr. Musa Usman Abubakar, disclosed []The post Vote Buying: We Will Monitor 2019 Elections ‘ ICPC appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Rough Road To 2019 Polls In Rivers
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
Since 1999 when Nigeria returned to democratic rule, Rivers State has always witnessed violence during elections, through the activities of political thugs, who kill and maim seeming opponents of their principals and snatching of ballot boxes. The 2015 election in the state, which extended up to December 10, 2016 with a rerun election in parts []The post Rough Road To 2019 Polls In Rivers appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Ex- Dep Gov Advocates Truth, Restitution, Recovery Commission
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
For Nigeria to move forward and away from the brink, there is the need to establish a Truth, Restitution and Recovery Commission, (TRRC), for elected and appointed political office holders to give account of their stewardship, make restitution where necessary and return looted funds from our commonwealth. This was the submission of a former Deputy []The post Ex- Dep Gov Advocates Truth, Restitution, Recovery Commission appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Ambode, Lagos Cabinet Fully In Support Of Sanwo-Olu
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
Contrary to impression being created in some quarters that some members of the Lagos cabinet are working jeopardize chances of All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Babajide Sanwo- olu in winning election, the state’s Commissioner for Home Affairs in Lagos State, Dr. AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef at the weekend said Governor Akinwumi Ambode and the entire []The post Ambode, Lagos Cabinet Fully In Support Of Sanwo-Olu appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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FIRS Wins Best FG Agency In Sports
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
With eight gold medals, seven bronze and nine silver, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has emerged the best Federal Government agency in sports. The Service won eight gold, nine silver and seven bronze medals to top the table at the 37th edition of Federation of Public Service Games (FEPSGA), which held at Lokoja over []The post FIRS Wins Best FG Agency In Sports appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Nigeria’s Political Structure Can’t Sustain Steady Growth ‘ NECA
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
The Nigeria Employer’s Consultative Association (NECA) has picked holes in nation’s current political structure, saying it is not capable of engendering steady institutional and economic growth of the country. Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos, the President of NECA, Dr. Mohammed Yinusa, stated that the requisite structures that would guarantee sustainable development is lacking. []The post Nigeria’s Political Structure Cant Sustain Steady Growth ‘ NECA appeared first on
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Ex-Niger Delta Agitators Write PMB On Zabazaba Deep Water Project
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
Ex-agitators from the nine states of the Niger Delta region have again written to President Muhammadu Buhari on the Zabazaba Deep water project urging him to sign the Final Investment Decision (FID) for the project before the 2019 general elections . The Zabazaba Deepwater project, being developed by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, has a []The post Ex-Niger Delta Agitators Write PMB On Zabazaba Deep Water Project appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Tension Mounts In Anambra Community Over Murder Of Youth Leader
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
Uneasy calm has enveloped Isuanaocha Community in Awka-North local government area of Anambra state following the gruesome murder of one of the youth leaders in the area. 38- year old Vice-chairman of the youth wing of the town Union, Isuanaocha Development Union ( IDU), Mr. Angus Okoye, father of three children according to a reliable []The post Tension Mounts In Anambra Community Over Murder Of Youth Leader appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Edo Launches Security Architecture, Trust Fund
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
All is set for the launch of the Edo state Security Architecture and Security Trust Fund scheduled for today, December 17, in Benin City, the Edo state capital. Special adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Mr Crusoe Osagie, who spoke to journalists at the venue of the launch, said the committee set up by the governor []The post Edo Launches Security Architecture, Trust Fund appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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2019: Igbo Leaders Form Alliance, Endorse Atiku
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
The Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi PDP presidential ticket received a boost at the weekend when a frontline Igbo political organisation, Igbo Political stakeholders assembly, threw its considerable weight behind it. The alliance, coming just two months to the elections comprise former governor of Anambra state, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Senator Ben Obi, Dr ABC Nwosu, []The post 2019: Igbo Leaders Form Alliance, Endorse Atiku appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Commercial Drivers Declare Support For Ayade
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
Cross River state governor, Professor Ben Ayade’s second term bid got a huge boost at the weekend when thousands of commercial drivers in the state declared total support for him. At a rally in Calabar, the state capital, the drivers, under the aegis of Unified Commercial Drivers Association of Cross River state, said after a []The post Commercial Drivers Declare Support For Ayade appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Maku Condemns Attack On Journalists In Nasarawa
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
The national secretary of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr Labaran Maku, yesterday condemned the attack on two journalists in Nasarawa State. The journalists were attacked on December 14 by personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to Pension Bureau Office. The journalists were attacked following their attempt to take photograph of []The post Maku Condemns Attack On Journalists In Nasarawa appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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We Saved N33m From Ghost Vendors, Schools In Benue ‘ Damsa
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
Office of the Benue State Social Investment Programme has disclosed that it has been able to save at least N33 million every month following the delisting of over 500 ghost food vendors, ghost schools and procurement screening carryout . The state focal person Dr Terris Damsa, who made this known during an interview with newsmen []The post We Saved N33m From Ghost Vendors, Schools In Benue ‘ Damsa appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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2019: Niger Gov Presents Scorecard
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has kick started his campaign for reelection in 2019 with presentation of his scorecards and vision for the state to the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and 10,000 stakeholders of the party The director general, Gubernatorial Campaign Council Abu Lolo 2019, Alhaji []The post 2019: Niger Gov Presents Scorecard appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Atiku Will Suffer Humiliation In North-East
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
A former gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe State, Alhaji Farouk Bamusa, has expressed confidence that President Mohammadu Buhari will not only secure reelection in 2019 but will humiliate the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in his North East geopolitical zone. Bamusa, disclosed this at the weekend in a []The post ‘Atiku Will Suffer Humiliation In North-East’ appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Forum Tasks Masari On Road, Health Centre
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
The stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Faskari local government area of Katsina State have appealed to governor Aminu Bello Masari, to fast track the construction of Bakori-Yankwani-Faskari-Bilbis road as well as upgrading of Faskari Health Centre to a General Hospital. The appeal was made during the meeting attended by political appointees and []The post Forum Tasks Masari On Road, Health Centre appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Truck Accident Claims 3 In Kebbi
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
An accident involving a trailer along Kalgo-Jega road in Kebbi State has caused the death of 3 persons while 24 others were hospitalised. The trailer, according to eyewitness, was coming from Birnin Kebbi and heading to Lagos when the accident occured on Saturday. An eye witness, Saidu Ibrahim, a student of Federal University, Birnin Kebbi []The post Truck Accident Claims 3 In Kebbi appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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NASS C’tee Calls For Separate Agric Budget
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
The Joint-Committee of National Assembly on Agriculture has urged the federal government to separate agric budget from the provisional budget to ensure speedy passage by the legislature. The Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture, Tahir Monguno made this known recently during the National Assembly committee oversight visit to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief []The post NASS C’tee Calls For Separate Agric Budget appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian Ne
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