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Why we shelved strike – Labour

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images 2020 09 28T072929.380 Why we shelved strike – Labour

Organised Labour represented by the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress has given reasons for shelving its planned nationwide strike and protests .
It made this known in a joint communique obtained by our correspondent on Tuesday .
The Communique was titled, ‘ Text of the joint communique on the resolution of trade dispute between the Federal and the organised Labour represented by the Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC ) and Trade Union Congress ( TUC) at the State House Banquet Hall on September 27 ’.
On behalf of organised labour, the communique was signed by NLC President Ayuba Wabba ; TUC President Quadri Olaleye; Secretary- General NLC , Emmanuel Ugboaja; Secretary – General TUC Musa Lawal Ozigi; NUPENG President Williams Akporeha ; PENGASSAN President Festus Osifo; President NUEE Martin Uzoegwu and President , SSAEAC Chris N . Okonkwo.
According to the labour leaders , they considered the impact of COVID- 19 before agreeing to shelve the industrial action .
They also noted that the Federal Government explained to them the state of the economy and the drive behind the recent cost – reflective Electricity Tariff adjustments and deregulation of the downstream sector of the Petroleum Industry .
Part of the communique read, “ Recognising the public outcry and protest over the recent Federal Government twin policies on Electricity Tariff Reform and full implementation of deregulation of the downstream sector of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry resulting in the planned nationwide industrial action by Organised Labour ;
“ Bearing in mind the spiral and negative impact of COVID – 19 pandemic on world economy ,
“ Further bearing in mind that due to impact of COVID – 19 pandemic the world is undergoing socio- economic transition which has affected price stability , sustainability of enterprises , employment , and other socio – economic indices ;
“ Acknowledging that the spiral and negative impact of COVID – 19 pandemic on the global economy has given rise to the need for a new socio- economic order ;
“ Recognising the need to sustain enterprises for retention and creation of jobs as well as sustainable growth and development ;
“ Acknowledging the need for social concertation between the Federal Government and workers’ representatives , namely the two Labour Centres – The NLC and TUC ;
“ To aid in the dialogue and communication, the Federal Government side made presentations to show the state of economy and the drive behind the recent cost –reflective Electricity Tariff adjustments and deregulation of the downstream sector of the Petroleum Industry ;
Bipartite meeting to address and resolve the issues in dispute between the Federal Government and Labour Centres were held on September 15 , 24, and 27, 2020,
After exhaustive deliberations on the issues raised by Labour Centres, the Federal Government stated that it has fashioned out palliatives that would ameliorate the sufferings that Nigerian workers may experience as a result of the cost – reflective Electricity Tariff adjustments and deregulation of the downstream sector of the Petroleum Industry . The palliatives will be in the areas of transport , power , housing , agriculture and humanitarian support.
“ After thorough debates and negotiations on various issues raised by all parties , resolutions were reached and mutually adopted .”

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Protesters Launch Soro Soke Online Radio

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‘Soro Soke’ is a Yoruba statement which means ‘Speak upThe establishment of Soro Soke radio by the #EndSARS protesters is urging everyone to speak up, air their views and grievances against any unjust systemSoro Soke radio which has gone live will also serve as a platform to report missing persons.

Soro Soke radio can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
https://s4.radio.co/s99d55c85b/listen

The protest began to fight the wrongs of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Nigerians took to social media to commend the establishment of the online radio.

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Akwa Ibom Youths Give FG Seven Days Ultimatum To Take Over Zamfara Gold

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images 60 3 Akwa Ibom Youths Give FG Seven Days Ultimatum To Take Over Zamfara Gold

The youths said at a press conference in Uyo on Tuesday said that the gold in Zamfara belonged to the Federal Government and Governor Bello Matawalle had no right to sell the gold bar to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)Leader of Young Democratic Movement, Kuseme Idiong and Speaker, South South Youth Assembly, Comrade Victor Thompson stated that proceeds from the sale of Zamfara gold should be shared among all the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as is done with the oil proceeds from the Niger Delta.

Akwa Ibom Youths under the auspices of Young Democratic Movement (YDM), and South South Youth Assembly have given the Federal Government seven days ultimatum to take over the gold in Zamfara state currently controlled by the state government.

The youths said at a press conference in Uyo on Tuesday said that the gold in Zamfara belonged to the Federal Government and Governor Bello Matawalle had no right to sell the gold bar to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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Leader of Young Democratic Movement, Kuseme Idiong and Speaker, South South Youth Assembly, Comrade Victor Thompson stated that proceeds from the sale of Zamfara gold should be shared among all the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as is done with the oil proceeds from the Niger Delta.


They noted that the Constitution of Nigeria stipulates that mines and minerals including oil fields, oil mining, geological surveys and natural gas in states are exclusively under the control of the Federal Government, and wondered why the FG has not taken over the gold in Zamfara.

They described the action of Zamfara state governor as an act of lawlessness and impunity, and called on the Executive and Legislative arm of government to rise up against it.

They stated that failure of the FG to take over the mineral resources found in Zamfara state would force them to embark on a nationwide protest and call out youths in the country to join.

The groups further demanded an upward review of the derivation funds paid to Niger Delta states saying oil-producing states were not actually paid the 13 percent.

“That both the Executive and the Legislative arm of the Federal Government should rise against this act of lawlessness and impunity from the perpetrators of the sale of Zamfara Gold.Details of both past and present gold or other mineral sales should be made public and proceeds should be shared among all the states as in the case of Oil derivatives from the Niger Delta region.

“The Federal Executive Council and the National Assembly should revisit the derivative funds formula for oil-rich Niger Delta states as oil-producing states are fed below the 13% derivation.

“Failure to upwardly review the derivative funds formula for oil-rich Niger Delta states, the Federal Government must allow Niger Delta to directly sell her oil just as the recent case of Zamfara gold bar.

“We give the Federal Government up till Saturday, October 24, 2020 to give a robust and satisfactory response to our demands else the Youths of Niger Delta shall on Tuesday, October 26, 2020 embark on a Nationwide protest drawing the attention of the international community to this terrible situation. We must warn that we will not leave the streets until our demands are met,” the group stated.

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Senate confirms Dahir-Umar as DG PenCom amidst protests

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The Senate on Tuesday , confirmed the appointment of Aisha Dahir – Umar , as the substantive Director General of the National Pension Commission Board amidst protests from some senators.
Another nominee who was also confirmed by the Senate was Dr Oyindasola Oluremi Oni, from North Central as Chairman .
Also confirmed were Clement Akintola ( South -West ); Ayim Nyerere ( South – East) and Charles Emukowhale ( South – South ) , as commissioners of the PenCom board .
The Senate , however, rejected the confirmation of Hannatu Musa ( North -West ) because she was unable to present her discharge certificate from the National Youths Service Corps .
Members of the Minority Caucus in the Senate last week sent a petition to the Committee on Establishment and Public Service , seeking the disqualification of Dahir – Umar as the substantive DG of PenCom .
Until her confirmation on Tuesday , Dahir -Umar , from the North -East geopolitical zone , held the position in acting capacity .
The Minority Leader of the Senate , Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who argued against Dahir -Umar confirmation , insisted that since her predecessor did not complete her tenure , the position should be occupied by somebody from the South -East , where Mrs Chinelo Anohu -Amazu , whose five – year tenure was truncated , hailed from .
Ruling on Abaribe’s argument , the President of the Senate , Ahmad Lawan , said the constitutional provisions relied upon by those who are kicking against the DG ’s appointment was not valid because the tenure of Anohu-Amazu ’s board had expired before the appointment of Dahir -Umar
The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , had penultimate week , sent the name of Dahir -Umar to the Senate , seeking the lawmakers ’ confirmation for her to be the substantive DG and others , to the board of the agency .
Details later …

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