Channels Television And IREX Highlight Works Of Young African Leaders

Channels Television And IREX Highlight Works Of Young African LeadersChannels Television and IREX have announced their partnership to produce and broadcast testimonials of young African leaders who are making a difference in their communities across Nigeria and Africa.

These young leaders will primarily consist of alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship programme of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), that strengthens the leadership and professional skills of young professionals.

Beyond growing the talents of individual fellows, the programme also forges networks of leaders to deepen the impact of development locally and to share ideas across Africa.

Other participants will include community leaders and Africa-based alumni of other programmes implemented by IREX.

The Chairman of Channels Media Group, John Momoh, said of the partnership: “This partnership is exciting because it is important to amplify the positive narrative of Africa’s growth testimonials about young leaders transforming their communities and nations.”

IREX President and CEO, Kristin Lord, said, “Africa is beginning to show the world what the new face of servant leadership could look like and it serves us all to recognize, encourage and broadcast this movement.”

Together, Channels Television and IREX will amplify the voice of young leaders across Africa starting with Nigeria on November 1, 2016.

Channels Television will broadcast these testimonials with the goal of sharing the valuable contributions young Africans are making to their communities and countries.

Channels Television is an independent and multiple award-winning, 24-hour news and media company based in Lagos, Nigeria.

IREX is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a programme of the United States government and is implemented by IREX.

For more information, please contact:

Erin Powell, Communications Coordinator, IREX; [email protected]

Kingsley Uranta, AGM, Operations, Channels Television; [email protected]

Yemisi Ipaye, Snr Manager, News & Corporate Affairs, Channels Television; [email protected]


Minimum Wage Is A Constitutional Matter – Ngige

Minimum WageThe Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige has said that the review of national minimum wage is a constitutional matter that cannot be achieved by mere protest or agitations without recourse to the National Assembly.

The Minister was reacting to recent remarks by some state governors and the organized labour movement on the need for a review of the nation’s minimum wage from 18,000 naira.

According to him, both those who clamour for the upward review of the minimum wage and those against it cannot change the situation unless there is another dialogue with the workers union and the National Assembly repeals the National Minimum Wage Act.

Governors’ Proposal

Some state governors have been complaining that they lack the resources to pay the current 18,000 minimum wage owing to dwindling resources and the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) had agreed to reduce the amount as a way out of the economic challenges in some states.

Governors from the 36 of Nigeria said that with the poor state of the economy, they can no longer pay the N18,000 minimum wage to workers.

The governors, after a meeting of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in November announced that the dwindling prices of oil had drastically affected their states’ income.

The forum said that it has planned to hold a round-table meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari to find a solution to the economic situation confronting the country.

Angry Reactions

The governors’ proposal has generated angry reactions from many Nigerians who have kicked against NGF’s decision to reduce the 18,000 Naira minimum wage being paid to Nigerian workers.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has since intensified its call on the Federal Government to increase the minimum wage of Nigerian workers saying that Nigerian workers can no longer cope with 18,000 naira.

The President of the workers union, Mr Ayuba Waba, while speaking at a rally in Abuja, said that there is need for the government to diversify from the oil dependent economy, make electricity stable and create jobs for the unemployed

, rather than proposing a reduction in wages.

A former Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Issa Aremu, also advised governors who are not willing to sustain the 18,000 Naira minimum wage for workers to resign from office.

Aremu, speaking at the 18th Joint Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), said that such governors have no reason to lead the people or remain in office.

The Ogun State Chairman of Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, Yinka Folarin, also expressed displeasure with the development while speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital in south-west Nigeria.

Mr Folarin described the attempt as ‘anti-people and a betrayal of the confidence reposed in the forum and its promoters’, saying it must be resisted by the populace.

Governors Who Cannot Pay N18,000 Minimum Wage Should Resign – Aremu

Minimum wageFormer Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Issa Aremu, has advised governors who are not willing to sustain the 18,000 Naira minimum wage for workers to resign from office.

Aremu, speaking at the 18th Joint Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), said that such governors have no reason to lead the people, or remain in office.

Presenting a paper titled, “Government Patronage of Made-In-Nigeria Products, A Panacea For Industrial Growth and Development”, Aremu noted that one of the ways Nigerians would judge the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari and all the 36 state governors, would be their ability to resuscitate the collapsed industries in the country and create more jobs.

He expressed worry that the nation might be in for more trouble if the alarming rate of unemployment is not properly addressed.

The former NLC Vice President also identified lack of road infrastructure as one of the factors that led to the collapse of the industries.

He appealed to the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, to do his best possible, to reinvent the nation’s roads.

Law Weekly: Nigerian Bar Association Holds NEC Meeting

gavel_lawOn this edition of Law Weekly, we featured the Nigerian Bar Association’s National Executive Committee Meeting which held in Abuja, from the 14th to the 16th of May.

The NBA is the umbrella body for all lawyers practising in Nigeria and the NEC is the second highest decision making body of the association, second only to the Annual General Meeting of the association, which will hold later this year.

The NEC took some important decisions on issues of security and other issues affecting the bar.

After the opening session, the NEC went behind closed doors for about three hours. On Friday the 16th of May, the president of the bar, flanked by some of his excos read the communique from a closed door session. Of utmost importance were the issues concerning development of the legal profession.

With the NEC fixing the elections for the 14th & 15th of July, the candidates for the various positions have barely two months for their public campaigns. Law weekly caught up with three of the presidential candidates.