Today’s Guardian Newspaper Headlines, Thursdays 10th January 2019

Today’s Guardian Newspaper Headlines, Thursdays 10th January 2019

FG to review salaries of workers earning above minimum wage
Wed, 09 Jan 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday inaugurated an advisory technical committee for the implementation of the proposed N30, 000 new minimum wage for Nigerian workers.
He also announced that the Federal Government would review the salaries of workers currently earning above the national minimum wage.

The appointment of the advisory committee comes a day after the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) held a nationwide protest over the wage demand.

It is not clear whether the review of the salaries of those earning higher than the current minimum wage would be downward or upward.

According to the president, the re-negotiation will commence shortly after the passage of the new minimum wage law.

“At the federal level, we have made adequate provision for the increase in the minimum wage in our 2019 budget proposals, which we submitted to the National Assembly. Therefore, we will be able to meet the additional costs that will be incurred in moving up all personnel who are currently earning below the new minimum wage.

“We anticipate that after the new minimum wage has been passed into law, we will be going into negotiations for salary review for all the workers who are already earning above the new minimum wage. It is therefore important that we are properly prepared to meet these demands,” the president said.

“I want to make it clear that there is no question about whether the national minimum wage will be reviewed upwards. I am committed to a review of the minimum wage,” he added.

The committee’s terms of reference include proposing a work plan and modalities for implementation. It is to be headed by a popular economist, Bismark Rewane.

There have been mixed reactions however on Rewane’s appointment. Dr. Ikechukwu Kelikume, a lecturer at the Lagos Business School, was pessimistic. “When you take an economic analyst to the corridors of power where he will begin to face off with political influence, the result is usually different. Know also that political economy trumps the macro-economy.

“You may be a very good economic analyst, but when you get into the corridors of power, you then see how difficult it is for a typical politician to adopt your word. It is difficult for me to say that positive results will come out because those people that call the shots are politicians,” he said.

But Director General of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Muda Yusuf believed the committee would come up with a solution and framework that would be sustainable. “By the time they come up with their report, the expectation is that the report is devoid of political imposition; a result of technical exercise. Ability to justify the outcome of their position will be accepted by the parties, considering that the outcome is devoid of political actions,” he said.

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Boyhood To Manhood Rite: Maasai Fights Lions
Wed, 09 Jan 2019
It is not a strange practice in Africa to have rites for boys to transition into men. In the Maasai tribe of Kenya, lion hunting experience was seen as a sign of bravery and personal achievement for the boys. As a male child in the Maasai tribe, you will be ‘spat on at birth and []The post Boyhood To Manhood Rite: Maasai Fights Lions appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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BUA Group intensifies moves to reverse sugar importation
Wed, 09 Jan 2019
Citing the need to address dependence on importation of commodities that can be produced locally, the Chairman and Group CEO of BUA Group, Abdul samad Rabiu has restated the firm’s resolve to bridge the yearly gap of about two million metric tonnes of imported raw sugar in the country.The post BUA Group intensifies moves to reverse sugar importation appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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Infrastructure critical to ending gas flaring, says Kachikwu
Wed, 09 Jan 2019
Although Nigeria has set a target of ending gas flaring by 2020, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said the country’s infrastructure gap remain a critical challenge to government’s gas commercialisation agenda.The post Infrastructure critical to ending gas flaring, says Kachikwu appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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Three feared killed as APC begins campaign in Lagos
Wed, 09 Jan 2019
Three persons were feared killed while others sustained injuries as the All Progressives Congress (APC) began its gubernatorial campaign in Lagos yesterday.Trouble started around 1:30 p.m. as Governor Akinwunmi Ambode delivered his speech….The post Three feared killed as APC begins campaign in Lagos appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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How Buhari’s re-election campaign team decision may pit Tinubu against Amaechi
Wed, 09 Jan 2019
Since President Muhammadu Buhari announced his decision to place a former governor of Lagos State, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in full charge of his re-election campaign at the inauguration of All Progressives Congress ….The post How Buhari’s re-election campaign team decision may pit Tinubu against Amaechi appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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Buhari urges African soldiers with political ambition to resign
Wed, 09 Jan 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday declared that the era of coup in Africa was gone, urging military officers with political ambition on the continent to resign or face their constitutional role.The post Buhari urges African soldiers with political ambition to resign appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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Boko Haram’s new offensive
Wed, 09 Jan 2019
Boko Haram, the violent group, which has made headlines with its savage tactics, is again on the offensive. News reports suggest that it has made inroads into hitherto safe territories.The post Boko Haram’s new offensive appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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AfDB offers Nigeria $14m facility to smoothen ATI membership
Wed, 09 Jan 2019
Nigeria has been given a $14.12 million facility by the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group to facilitate its membership of the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI).The post AfDB offers Nigeria $14m facility to smoothen ATI membership appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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Egypt’s Salah retains African Footballer of the Year Award
Wed, 09 Jan 2019
Egypt’s striker, Mohammed Salah yesterday in the island of Goree, Dakar, Senegal beat his Liverpool teammate, Sadio Mane of Senegal and Gabon’s Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to retain the CAF African Footballer of the Year award he won last year.The post Egypt’s Salah retains African Footballer of the Year Award appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News.
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