Unpaid Salaries: Ondo State Legislators Intervene In Dispute

Ondo_SpeakerMembers of the Ondo State House of Assembly have intervened in the dispute between the workers and government over the non payment of five months salary arrears.

The workers have been on industrial action ‎for two weeks to compel the state government to pay their salaries.

Meanwhile, Governor Olusegun Mimiko has stated severally that there is no sufficient funds in the coffers of the state to pay the salary arrears that the workers have been demanding for.

In order to resolve the crisis and deliberate on the way forward, the state legislators invited labour union leaders in the state for a meeting at the legislative chambers in Akure, the state capital.

The Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Jumoke Akindele,‎ while addressing the labour union leaders, promised to relay all their grievances and demands to the government.

The labour leaders spoke one after the other lamenting about the agonies the workers and pensioners in the state have been going through.

They vowed to continue the strike until the state government pays at least three months salary arrears out of the five months they are being owed.

They compelled the state government to, as a matter of urgency, ‎mop up all funds in the accounts for capital projects and all other accounts to pay their outstanding salaries.

The current inability of many states in Nigeria to pay workers’ salaries has become an issue of serious concern, therefore compelling the state governors to demand for resource control and increase in the revenue allocation from the federal government.

US Open: Murray Struggles To Beat Haase In First Round

Andy Murray progressed to the second round of the US Open with victory over Robin Haase in four sets despite struggling with a bout of cramp.

Murray seeded eighth, won 6-3 7-6 (8-6) 1-6 7-5 in three hours and eight minutes inside a sweltering Louis Armstrong Stadium.

He made his way through the first two sets in comfortable fashion but began to feel the strain when Haase won nine straight games in the third and fourth sets.

Haase, the world number 70, had looked capable of handing the Scot his first opening-round defeat at a Grand Slam since 2008 when he won nine straight games.

But despite cramping, and choosing not to sit down at the changeovers, Murray twice recovered from a break down in a wildly unpredictable fourth set that saw both men ailing in the New York heat.

“I started cramping at the beginning of the third set, at the front of my quad and then in my forearm,” said Murray.

“It was not particularly comfortable and I just tried to hang around as long as possible and managed to get through.

“I was in a good position at 2-0 up but I didn’t know whether to go for it at the beginning of the third set or conserve energy and go for it in the fourth.

“It wasn’t easy for Robin either.”

Murray had come back from two sets down to beat Haase at Flushing Meadows in 2011, a year after he had lost to Stan Wawrinka on the same court in what was his last Grand-Slam defeat before the quarter-final stage.

The Scot goes on to face German qualifier, Matthias Bachinger, who beat Radek Stepanek 6-3 6-2 6-2.

In the women singles, second seed, Simona Halep, had to come back from a set down to defeat Danielle Collins 6-7 (2-7) 6-1 6-2 in the first round of the US Open.

Collins threatened to cause a major upset at Arthur Ashe Stadium when she dominated the opening-set tie-break against the French Open finalist.

But Halep, who served seven double faults, managed to turn things around and win the next two sets comfortably to set up a second-round meeting with Jana Cepelova, who defeated Maria Teresa Torro Flor 2-6 7-5 6-1.

Sixth seed, Angelique Kerber, was also pushed to three sets before coming through to clinch a 6-2 3-6 7-5 win against Ksenia Pervak, who may have closed out the upset if not for her 56 unforced errors.

Agnieszka Radwanska, who is seeded 4th had a much easier route through to round two as she thrashed Sharon Fichman 6-1 6-0 in just 47 minutes.

Anambra Elections: Ngige Inaugurates 15 Committees In Effort To Win

As part of efforts to win the November 16 Anambra state governorship election, the Ngige campaign organisation has inaugurated a 15 sub-committees to carry out special functions towards implementing the policies of the campaign organisation.

While addressing a gathering at the conference room within the office of the Ngige campaign organisation, the Senator charged members of the committee to discharge their duty with a sense of belonging.

The meeting was attended by members of the All Progressives Congress, drawn from the 21 local government areas of the state.

Also in attendance were top officials of the party, including the governorship candidate, Senator Chris Ngige and his running mate, Ralph Okeke.

Among the 15 committees are administration, finance, logistics and transport, media and publicity, security, and a special advisory committee headed by intending deputy, Okeke.

While congratulating members of the committees, Ngige warned against selfish interest, internal strife and complacency.

The functions of all the committees revolve around the sole mandate to propagate the party’s manifesto at grassroot levels.

Heads of directorates and members of the party at the state and national assembly will automatically serve as co-opted advisory members to each of the committees.


Pope Benedict XVI Appoints New Archbishop of Calabar

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday appointed His Lordship, Most Rev Joseph Effiong Ekuwem as the new Archbishop of Calabar.

Most Rev Joseph now replaces His Grace Most Rev Joseph Edra Ukpo who retired having attained the canonical age of 75.

Until his appointment, Bishop Joseph Ekuwem was the Bishop of Uyo Diocese.

Meanwhile, the Pope also appointed His Grace Most Rev Joseph Ukpo as the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Calabar until the installation of the newly appointed Archbishop.

The date for the installation of the Archbishop-elect is yet to be announced.