Unions Clash With Arik Air Staff Over Airline’s Management

Arik Air Operations Grounded Over Union Protest It’s been a day of protests at the Arik Air office in Lagos, as Aviation Unions and staff of the airline have clashed over differences in the operations of the airline.

Aviation Union Workers earlier on Thursday trooped out to demonstrate against the current management which they described as intolerant of unionism, particularly concerning the sack of its members.

However, the staff of the airline also staged a protest denouncing the action of the Aviation Workers Unions, which they described as detrimental to the fortunes of Arik.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority is said to have stepped into the matter and is holding a peace meeting with the parties, to resolve the dispute.

The protests have obstructed the airline’s flight operations and free movement of traffic on the airport road.

Earlier, the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria in February announced the takeover of Arik as a result of the airline’s bad debt.


Congo Threatens To Punish Those Behind Anti-Kabila Riots

congo protestCongo’s government vowed on Wednesday to hunt down and punish those responsible for riots in which around three-dozen people were killed, as small pockets of protest continued in the capital Kinshasa.

Anti-government protesters gathered in parts of Kinshasa on Wednesday, but normal life resumed in most of the capital after two days of deadly riots, residents and witnesses said. The army was dispatched to parts of the city where tensions persisted.

“We are no longer in a warning stage … we will punish the infractions committed,” attorney general Flory Kabange Numbi told reporters in Kinshasa, adding that migration officials would prevent those responsible from leaving the country.

“The Congolese national police are actively seeking out the … authors of these grave acts of murder and plunder,” he added.

Congo has for months suffered simmering anger over what opponents of President Joseph Kabila believe are his efforts to hold on to power beyond his constitutional term limit, either by delaying elections or changing the constitution, as other African leaders have done.

The protests on Monday escalated into violent clashes between demonstrators and police, leaving at least 37 protesters and six policemen dead, Human Rights Watch said.

Police spokesman, Pierre Rombaut Mwanamputu, told a news conference on Wednesday that the official death toll was 32, of whom four were police.

But opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi said on Belgian television that around 100 people had died.

On Wednesday morning, angry youths burned tyres in one district, as police fired warning shots, a resident said, and the army sent trucks carrying around 50 troops to a university campus to prevent any further demonstration.

Kabila is ineligible to stand in the next election after serving two elected terms.

Last week, the election commission petitioned the Constitutional Court to postpone the November poll. His supporters deny he is trying to prolong his rule.

World powers have become increasingly exasperated with Kabila’s administration.

French President Francois Hollande has said the clashes were caused “by the Congolese state itself,” and urged authorities to respect the constitution and hold elections on schedule.

U.S. Special Envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes region, Tom Perriello, warned on Tuesday that the United States was “ready to impose additional targeted sanctions on individuals who have been involved in abuses or violence.”

Osun Schools’ Alumni Kick Against 250 Workers Sack

Rauf-Aregbesola_Osun-election-resultThe alumni associations of the Osun State Polytechnic Iree, Osun State College of Technology Esa-oke, Colleges of Education Ila-Orangun and Ilesha‎ have threatened a showdown with the government, if it failed to halt its plan.

Addressing a press conference in Osogbo the capital of Osun State, the association, led by Mobola Odebode, alleged that the State government had, as part of a proposed restructuring plan sacked over 250 workers of Colleges of Education in Ila and Esa-Oke and had also ordered the institutions to embark on advertising for admission for vocational and remedial studies.

‎She said the proposed action of the government if carried out would not only affect the students of the schools, but also the people of the host communities whose means of survival depended largely on the students.

According to her, the government has also called for the stoppage of admission into the institutions, a move she described as “an attempt to destroy the heritage of the founding fathers”

‎Meanwhile the Osun  State government through the Director of Media to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Semiu Okanlawon, said that the government had not relieved any staff on its payroll off its duties.

He explained that those who were affected were employed by the management of the respective schools.

‎Okanlawon maintained that the action of the government in restructuring the institutions was in the interest of the students and the entire people of the state.

He urged them to support the government in its bid.

PDP Lament Alleged Interference Of DSS In Electoral Matters

Olusegun-MimikoThe Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum have raised concern over alleged unnecessary interference in electoral matters by the Department of State Services (DSS) especially in Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Abia States.

According to the Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, the forum condemns the alleged interference saying it is perceived as being used by the ruling party to stifle opposition.

The governors also asked why the DSS has not beamed its searchlight on states under the control of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) where alleged cases of bribery have been reported.

Britain Re-iterates Commitment To Helping Nigeria Fight Boko Haram

Boko HaramBritain has re-affirmed its resolve to help Nigeria in the fight against terrorism.

The British Deputy Chief of Defence Staff on Military Strategy and Operations, Lieutenant General Gordon Messenger gave this assurance when he and other senior British military officers paid courtesy call on the Nigeria Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Gabriel Olonisakin at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

Lt Gen Messenger stated that the essence of the visit of the senior British officials to Nigeria was to broaden the deep relationship and re-energise the bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and Britain.

He pointed out that they came to Nigeria for deliberations towards identifying the ideal area of collaboration to be adopted in the fight against insurgency and the best way to make it work.

He stressed that the fight against terrorism is a multifaceted problem that demands strategy and careful exploration of grey areas in order to re-appraise the best support the British could offer.

In his remark, the Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Olonisakin thanked the British officials for the visit and the determination of Britain to assist Nigeria.

The CDS acknowledged all the assistance the Nigerian Armed Forces had enjoyed from Britain, especially in term of training and retraining of our personnel for capacity building to crush the Boko Haram insurgents.

Major General Olonisakin noted that the Nigerian Armed Forces is doing everything within its power to liquidate Boko Haram and its cells.

This, the CDS said has received boost with the inauguration of new Multi-National Joint Task Force and the appointment of a Nigerian Commander.

The MNJTF, he reiterated, is coordinating with the Nigerian Military Command and Control Centre in the North East for effectiveness.

Present at the occasion were the British Assistant Chief of Defence Staff on Defence Engagement, Rear Admiral Simon Ancona, top officials of British Embassy in Abuja and a number of high ranking Nigerian military officers.

Sambo Tasks Muslim Leaders on Violent Free Elections

samboVice President Namadi Sambo has met with leaders of various Islamic organizations in the North West Zone, desirous to ensure a peaceful free and fair elections in Nigeria.

The meeting which took place in Kaduna on Sunday was organized by the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Islamic Matters in collaboration with coalition of Islamic Organizations in Nigeria.

The meeting was aimed at sensitizing Muslims in the zone on how to ensure that peace reigns before, during and after the elections.

Addressing the gathering, Vice President Namadi Sambo appealed to religious leaders and the entire citizenry to desist from making inciting statements capable of disrupting the peaceful conduct of the forthcoming elections and also to ensure that peace reigns supreme in their respective domains, before, during and after the elections.

He also urged the Muslim leaders to lead their followers on the path of peace by preaching peace to them in their sermons always.

The seminar which had the theme,”Towards A Violent Free 2015 General Election in Nigeria; the Role of Religious Leaders and Parents”, attracted the presence of prominent Islamic preachers and scholars from Kaduna, Jigawa, Kebbi, Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara and Kano states.

One by one, they made their presentations where they emphasised the need for all to embrace peace and shun acts capable of disrupting the forthcoming poll.

Vice President Sambo on his part urged youths not to take laws into their hands during the elections no matter the height of provocation.

Healso assured of the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration bringing a positive development in the country> He also said the administration is working very hard to end Boko Haram insurgency in the north eastern region of Nigeria.

The 2011 post election violence affected many States in the North where many lives and property were lost.