Kogi Govt. To Prosecute Workers Indicted By Staff Screening Committee

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has vowed to prosecute workers indicted by the Staff Screening Appeal Committee set up by the State Government, to verify genuine and non genuine workers.

Governor Bello who stated this while receiving the final report of the screening exercise from the Chairman of the Committee in Government House Lokoja, said his administration has zero tolerance for corruption.

The 36 man staff complaint appeal committee was saddled with the responsibility to attend to public servant who which to appeal the decision of the screening review and complaint committee was inaugurated by Governor Bello on January 26 2017.

At the banquet hall of the Government House, are top government officials, Heads of Ministries and Parastatals, Labour leaders and their officials, Representative of Security Agency in the state and the committee members.

While appealing to the Governor to temper justice with mercy, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Chairman said the labour would hold a meeting and come out with their position.

Governor Bello who faulted the workforce said their lack of cooperation is what extended the screening which would have been done within a short time with the staff verification exercise coming to an end.

Osun Assembly To Begin Probe Of Aregbesola Over 34.5bn Naira Bailout Fund

Osun-State-House-of-AssemblyThe Osun State House of Assembly has directed some officials of the state government and organisations to appear before it on Wednesday for questioning on how the 34.5 billion Naira bailout fund given to state by the Federal Government was used.

The planned probe followed the decision of the Senate to commence similar probe.

There have been allegations of misappropriation against the Governor of the south-west Nigerian State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola.

Those invited to appear before the Osun State House of Assembly are the Accountant-General, Permanent Secretaries Ministry of Finance, Office of Budget Planning and Ministry of Local Government.

Others are the Director-General of Debt Management Office and officials of Wema Bank, Zenith Bank and First Bank.

Also invite to be part of the proceeding are Chairmen, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), Nigeria Union of Local Government Employee (NULGE), Market Women, as well as representative of Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and Civil Society Organisations (CSO).

A statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, urged the invitees to arm themselves with all the necessary information and document on the bailout fund given to the state.

Mr Oyintiloye explained that the exercise had become very necessary in line with its constitutional powers, as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.

He said those invited were expected to appear before the House with useful documents and necessary information concerning the bailout fund given to the state government.

The federal Government had given bailout funds to states to enable them meet some financial obligations, especially payment of workers salaries.

FG Dismisses Proposed Sale Of Assets As ‘Mere Speculation’

lai-mohammed on CorruptionThe Federal Government has described as mere speculation, talks of a proposed sale of national assets for the purposes of getting Nigeria out of recession, saying government is ‎yet to take a decision on the matter.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting, the Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said it was only discussed and endorsed as a Medium Term Expenditure Framework and remains a suggestion but not a solution decided upon by government to rebound the economy.

Contrary to reports that government has already listed conditions that must be met before the sale of certain national assets, top among them the insertion of a buy-back clause in the assets sales agreements, the Information Minister says government is yet to reveal elaborate plans to take the country out of recession.

The National Economic Council headed by Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo had last Thursday proposed and endorsed plans to sell some national assets, in line with government’s target to raise between ten to fifteen billion dollars to revamp the economy, following the drop in the nation’s monthly foreign earnings to about three hundred million dollars.

The proposed sale was swiftly rejected by the Senate in a thorough debate at its plenary, just as the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) threatened to embark on mass protest against the proposed sale.‎‎

The Federal Executive Council meeting also approved three memos; the National Water Policy, the National Irrigation Policy and a draft National Water Resources Bill all aimed at tackling the numerous water challenges in the country.

The Water Resources Minister, Mr Suleiman Adamu, is positive that the three bills and policy will help Nigeria bridge the gap in the sector and enhance Nigeria’s current agricultural production agenda and the National Irrigation Policy Roadmap 2030.

Nasarawa Organised Labour Suspends Strike

Tanko Al-Makura, Nasarawa, LabourThe Nasarawa State organised labour has suspended it’s over two months strike.

The strike was prompted by a salary cut implemented after a recommendation from a Salary Review Committee.

The suspension was disclosed to journalists by the Nigeria Labour Congress Chairman, Mr Abdullahi Adeka, at the Labour House in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

According to Mr Adeka, with this suspension, workers are expected to resume work immediately pending when a consensus is reached between them and the government.

Alleged Murder: FG Urges NLC To Suspend Nationwide Protests

Chris Ngige, Labour Minister, NLC Strike
Minister of Labour and Productivity, Sen. Chris Ngigie.

The Federal Government on Wednesday directed the labour unions to suspend all protests to allow for negotiations.

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Sen. Chris Ngigie, at a meeting with labour leaders in Abuja said a meeting has been scheduled to hold next week to resolve the impasse.

Ahead of that meeting however, the Minister advised states to adhere to existing labour laws when dealing with issues that affect workers’ salaries and their working hours.

This is coming after protests by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) against salary cut and the death of their colleagues in Nasarawa State.

Though the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had asked the NLC and its affiliates to refrain from embarking on its planned protest in Nasarawa State, the National body of the NLC staged a nationwide protest over the alleged killing of their colleagues in Nasarawa by security personnel.

The protest saw labour members wear a black hand band to mourn the deceased workers who were killed on July 29.

TUC Issues Ajimobi 5-Day Ultimatum Over Unpaid Salaries, Pensions

Ajimobi, Oyo State, Unpaid Salaries, TUCThe Oyo State chapter of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has issued a five day ultimatum to the state government to immediately offset a backlog of unpaid salaries, pensions and other arrears for 8 months.

Chairman of the TUC in Oyo State, Comrade Emelieze Andrew, issued this warning in Ibadan during a chat with journalists following the expiration of a grace period of 15 days.

The Union noted that the recent agreement between Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Oyo State Government is unacceptable, describing the alliance as unholy.

Comrade Emelieze further emphasized that the agreement to end the 7-week old strike was not a true reflection of the yearnings of the various unions involved in the struggle.

The TUC therefore stated that it would mobilise its people to begin an indefinite mass action if government remains adamant.

This 2nd ultimatum is coming barely a week after the NLC suspended a 7-week industrial action across the state over unpaid wages and related issues.

FG Inaugurates Committee To Look Into Lingering Labour Issues

Chris Ngige, Labour Minister, NLC Strike
Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, will Chair the 16-man committee.

The Federal Government has set up a 16-man Technical Committee to look into the grievances and other labour issues arising from the recent increase in the pump price of petrol.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ingige, who is also the Chairman of the Committee told journalists at the inauguration that the committee will take decisions over the issues of a new minimum wage and palliative measures of the federal government to cushion the effects of the pump price increase.

Members of the committee are drawn from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and representatives of the federal government.

NLC Strike: Senate To Interface With FG, Labour Unions

Petroleum Industry BillThe Senate has directed its Committee on Labour to immediately interface with the Federal Government and Labour Unions to find immediate solutions to the impasse between both sides.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) began a nationwide strike on Wednesday to protest the Federal government’s new fuel price regime.

The Senate is, however, backing the Federal government’s introduction of the new fuel price regime.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekwerenmadu, said the Senate had resolved to engage with the Federal Government to find out sustainable ways of improving the welfare of Nigerians.

The Deputy Senate President, who presided over plenary on Wednesday disclosed that the Senate reached the decision to meet with organized labour during a closed door meeting.

Sen. Ekweremadu said the Senate is interested in ensuring that Nigerians do not suffer hardship resulting from the strike.

Edo NLC Join National Strike Despite Government’s No Work, No Pay Threat

oshiomholeThe Edo State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Wednesday said all member unions are fully committed to the compliance of a nationwide strike directive from the national body.

Chairman of the chapter, Comrade Emma Ademokun, stated this in his address during a rally organised by labour at the King’s Square in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) as well as most private establishments in Edo State opted out of the industrial action.

Meanwhile, the Edo State government has directed workers in the state public service to shun the strike and stay at their duty posts, warning that any worker who shuns work under the guise of strike will forfeit his or her pay.

The government in a statement by the Head of Service, Mrs. Gladys Idahor said “all public schools and institutions are expected to remain open as school is in session.

The statement further said Heads of Departments and Parastatals are directed to keep records of workers’ attendance for further action.

It added that workers in Edo State Public Service should be aware that the current strike is “illegal” as the National Industrial Court had issued a restraining order on the strike.

Delta NLC Joins Protest, Shutdown Banks, Schools and Government Offices

NLC 3The Delta State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and it’s affiliate unions on Wednesday successfully shut down banks, schools, federal and state government ministries.

Vice Chairman of NLC in Delta State, Comrade Jonathan Jemineyiyae, who led placard carrying protesters from Cable Point through Nnebisi Road and Summit Road to Government House in Asaba, said the strike action was in line with position of the national body to force the federal government to reverse the increase in petroleum pump price to the old price.

As early as 07:00AM, the NLC officials had sealed up all federal and state government offices, including schools and some major banks operating in the state.

Protests against the federal government have been going on in several states despite the court injunction on the Nigerian Labour unions to suspend the intended strike action over the recent fuel hike.

The protests have taken place in Ondo, Oyo, Ogun, Nasarawa and FCT among others, while it was business as usual in Kano and Rivers State .

Nasarawa NLC Complies With National Strike Directive

nasarawa-Al-makuraThe Nasarawa State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and it’s affiliates on Wednesday complied with the directive of the national body to embark on a strike action.

This is following the decision by the federal government to increase the price of petrol.

Speaking to journalist at the Labour House in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, the NLC Chairman, Mr Abdullahi Adeka, said the intended internal strike action in the state has been resolved after reaching an agreement with the state government.

Meanwhile, the state Trade Union Congress (TUC) has refused to partake in the ongoing industrial action instructing members to go about their normal businesses.

NLC Protest In Abuja Against Hike In Fuel Price

Abuja-civil-servants-workers-strikeThe Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by Mr Ayuba Waba were on the streets of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Wednesday to protest against the recent hike in the price of petrol.

The protest is also a fallout from the negotiation meetings between the workers union and the federal government which ended in deadlock as the leadership of the NLC under Mr Ayuba Waba walked out of the meeting.

The President of the NLC says the 145 naira pump price for petrol is outrageous and must be reviewed downward.

He is asking the government to address the corruption identified with the subsidy regime rather than increase the price of petrol.

Mr Waba said that “What used to be known as subsidy is a scam, instead of addressing the scam in 2012, it was pushed to the consumer “.

He noted that NLC has been in support on the fight against corruption and supported good governance, “which has demonstrated our commitment to the effect hat we will continue to respond to issues that are detrimental to the system”.

He called for the government to work on the inferences to work prefect to avoid Nigerians getting explored.