Breaking! FG Meets Labour, Offers to Pay National Minimum Wage Higher Than N60,000

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – The meeting between the federal government and the organised labour over the new minimum wage has ended in Abuja with President Bola Tinubu saying he is committed to a National Minimum Wage that is higher than N60,000. This is part of the resolutions reached at the meeting between the federal government and the organised labour held on Monday (today) 3rd June 2024. This was contained in a statement released after the meeting signed by the representatives of the federal government; Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris and Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha on one part and representatives of the organided labour; President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Joe Ajaero and President, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Festus Osifo. The statement reads: RESOLUTIONS REACHED AT THE MEETING BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE ORGANISED LABOUR HELD ON MONDAY 3RD JUNE, 2024 Further to the negotiation by the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage (NMW) and subsequent withdrawal of Labour from negotiation, the Leadership of the National Assembly intervened on …

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Killing of Soldiers: Tinubu Vows that FG ‘ll Come Down Heavily on Perpetrators

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – PRESIDENT Bola Tinubu has reacted to the disheartening killing of five soldiers in Aba, Abia State, vowing that the federal government will come down heavily against those who have made it a habit to needlessly attacking and killing the officers and men of our armed forces. Tinubu who reminded that the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the armed forces have the capacity to crush violent non-state actors making our communities unsafe, stressed that the fact that the security forces are exercising necessary restraints should not be mistaken for weakness. Tinubu who stated this in a statement he persomally signed said: “I have received yet another disheartening news of the killing of five  soldiers by suspected militants of the proscribed terrorist organization, IPOB. “The slain soldiers were on peacekeeping duty in Aba, Abia State on Thursday when they were murdered, just two months after a similar tragic incident happened in Okuama in Delta state. “These unwarranted barbaric and evil acts stand condemned and should never be condoned and tolerated in our country. “Our soldiers and the …

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Nigerians Berate Bayo Onanuga Over His Comments Against NLC/TUC

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – The Special Adviser, Information and Strategy to President Tinubu, Bayo Onanuga Some Nigerians have taken to their various X accounts to lambast the Special Adviser Information and Strategy to President Tinubu, Bayo Onanuga over his uncomplimentary remarks against the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) concerning the ongoing nationwide strike which started today. Onanuga who expressed sadness that labour embarked on strike over the minimum wage disagreement with federal government, also went further and singled out NLC and TUC and accused them of bearing ill-will and grudges against the Tinubu administration. Reacting on his X account to the commencement of the nationwide strike today and the forceful shutting down of flights operation at the airports and electricity installations across the country by labour activists among others, Onanuga said: “It’s saddening that Labour could go to this extreme. But it is not surprising to the perceptive minds. Labour is harming the Nigerian people they claim to be fighting for. “Today, many sick Nigerians could not access medical care at government hospitals. Not even …

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Killing of Soldiers: Atiku Calls for Political Resolution to Nnamdi Kanu’s Issues

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 25, 2023 general election, Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the killing of Soldiers and civilians in Abia state, saying that the time has come to explore a political resolution to the Nnamdi Kanu and other associated issues. Atiku who said he believed that this will defuse the compressor cooker situation in the region, also condemned the violence that led to the senseless killing. The former Vice President stated this via his X account on Friday extended his heartfelt condolences to families and friends of those who may have lost a loved ones. He further lamented the impact of the declared sit-at-home in the Southeast region of on students writing West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations. The Turaki Adamawa called for the lifting of the veil of the so-called unknown Gun Men hiding under cover to unleash death and mayhem to ensure that criminal elements are separated from legitimate agitators. His statement which he personaly signed reads in full: “The violence that led to the …

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Army hands over 8 rescued students to Kogi Government

ABUJA- The Nigerian Army on Monday handed over eight students of Confluence University of Science and Technology Osara, Kogi State, who were rescued on Sunday, to Gov. Ahmed Ododo, at Army Headquarters Abuja. The handing over was conducted by the Deputy Chief of Operations (Army), Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Emekah, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja. Emekah said the troops of the Nigerian Army in synergy with operatives of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies, successfully rescued the abducted students who were taken hostage by terrorists. He said the rescue operation took place in a dense forest near Oro Ago Village in Kwara following an intense clearance mission. He added that the operation was still ongoing to apprehended the perpetrators of the dastardly act and bring them to book. In his remarks, Gov. Ahmed Ododo thanked God Almighty for making it possible for the rescue of the students, adding that it was a mixed feeling for him as two of the 31 abducted students were murdered. Ododo said that 29 of the students were …

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Real Reason Why Old National Anthem Was Hurriedly Brought Back Revealed

ABUJA – Professor of Journalism at Kennesaw State University, Farooq Kperogi has revealed the real reason why the old national anthem was hurriedly brought back. Farooq who took his X account to state the reason said: “New” Anthem is About Old People’s Childhood Memories?After the publication of my column yesterday, many people told me in private that the only reason the old national anthem was hurriedly brought back is because that it helps old people in power to relive rosy retrospections of their bygone childhood! Unbelievable! With a median age of 17, Nigeria is one of the world’s youngest countries. Yet doddering, disappearing, geriatric fuddy-duddies in the corridors of power who are in the twilight of their lives chose to reintroduce a racist colonial anthem because it evokes fond memories of their childhood. In other worlds, d childhood memories of the vast majority of Nigerians who grew up with “Arise O Compatriots”—& to whom the future belongs— is immaterial. For this fading generation of leaders, the future is in the past. OK o!

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Airlines Suspend Operations Indefinitely As Unions Shut Airports

LAGOS- Some local airlines on Monday indefinitely shut down operations over the ongoing strike action embarked upon by the labour unions across the nation. Newsmen reports that aviation unions had on Sunday, unanimously agreed to comply with the directive of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) for an indefinite strike over the failure of the federal government to conclude on the national minimum wage and refusal to reverse the electricity tariff hike. The complying aviation unions include the National Union of Air Transport Employee (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSAN), Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) and National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE). The unions had notified that Nigerian local airports will be shut by 00:00hrs on Monday, June 3rd, 2024 while the closure of the international airports commences on Tuesday, June 4th, 2024. However, air passengers are currently stranded at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos as labour unions shut down the airports. With the shutdown, passengers are unable to board their flights to their respective destinations. …

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Heritage Bank License Revocation: Extant Legislation Ensures Safety of Depositors’ Funds

….Urges CBN/NDIC to set up channels for public engagement By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – The House of Representatives has reacted to the recent revocation of the license of Heritage Bank (under liquidation) by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the appointment of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) as the liquidators, in accordance with the provisions of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA). House of Reps therefore assured the public, particularly depositors and stakeholders of Heritage Bank, that it is committed to carrying out its constitutional oversight functions to ensure that this development does not negatively impact Nigerians, adding that the relevant House Committees on Banking Regulations; and Insurance will be up to their duty, thoroughly examining the circumstances surrounding this decision and the subsequent steps taken by the NDIC. The statement signed by the House Spokesman/Chairman, House Committee on Media & Public Affairs, Rep. Akin Rotimi, Jr. made available to Precise Post, noted that Reps priority is to safeguard the interests of all depositors and maintain the stability of the financial system. We will engage with …

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Nationwide Blackout as Labour Union Shuts Down National Grid

By Chris Udochukwu BENIN CITY – There is nationwide blackout now as the Labour Union on Monday shut down the national grid, the Transition Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said. According to TCN the national grid was shut down at about 2.19am this morning, 3rd June 2024. This was contained in a statement signed by the GM, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah made available to newsmen in Abuja. The statement reads in full: The Transmission Company of Nigeria hereby informs the general public that the Labour Union has shut down the national grid, resulting in black out nationwide. The national grid shut down occured at about 2.19am this morning, 3rd June 2024. At about 1:15am this morning, the Benin Transmission Operator under the Independent System Operations unit of TCN reported that all operators were driven away from the control room and that staff that resisted were beaten while some were wounded in the course of forcing them out of the control room and without any form of control or supervision, the Benin Area Control Center was brought to zero. Other transmission …

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Jigawa: First Batch of 410 Pilgrims Airlifted to Saudi Arabia

By Our Correspondent Dutse – The first batch of intending pilgrims from Jigawa State has departed the Nuhu Muhammadu International Airport to Saudi Arabia. The 410 pilgrims, from the 16 local government areas of the state left the country at 11:00am. The Director General of the board, Ahmed Umar Labbo disclosed that the board had registered a total of 1,293 intending pilgrims for this year’s Hajj exercise, noting that the other intending pilgrims will be airlifted in two more batches of 550 pilgrims each. He urged the pilgrims to be good ambassadors and abide by the regulations of the holly land.

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Organisation distributes food items worth N15m to FCT communities

ABUJA- A group known as Emmanuel TV Partners, on Sunday, distributed food items worth over N15 million in FCT communities. Mrs Ogechi Tagbo, Coordinator of the group, said that the food items were distributed in commemoration of the third anniversary of the passing of Temitope Joshua (TB Joshua), Founder of the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Emmanuel TV is the media arm of SCOAN According to Tagbo, the initiative is to honour the legacy of the late Joshua and support to the less privileged in the society. She recalled his humanitarian services and it’s impact both within and outside Nigeria, especially during natural disasters and conflicts. “Emmanuel TV Partners Abuja made a vow to continue spreading the love and teachings of Jesus Christ, as exemplified by TB Joshua. “Our outreach today is a testament to his selfless and generous spirit of our late Prophet. We aim to continue his legacy of love, faith, and support for the less privileged,” she said. She said that the essential items including 350 tubers of …

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Strike: WAEC appeals to NLC, TUC to consider candidates

LAGOS- The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has appealed to the organised  labour to consider  students  sitting for  West African  Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, as it plans an indefinite strike. The Head of National Office of WAEC, Dr Amos Dangut, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos. He said that the council shared in the concerns of the organised labour and those of the entire Nigerian workers. According to him, most of WAEC’s employees in Nigeria are  members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) or Trade Union Congress (TUC), both of which called for the strike scheduled to start on Monday. “The attention of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has been drawn to a notice of the commencement  of an indefinite strike by NLC and TUC effective Monday, June 3. “WAEC shares in the concerns of the generality of Nigerian workers, as most of its employees in Nigeria consist of members of both unions. “It is also worthy of mention that the unions have always been partners with WAEC in …

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G-60 Hails Fubara’s Infrastructural Development and People-Oriented Policies

…. Call For Support For Him By Tunde John PORT HARCOURT. – Members of the House of Representatives under the auspices of G-60 have hailed Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s achievements in infrastructure development and people-oriented policies. This is also as the group has called for sustained support for the Rivers State Governor. The group was led by an Imo State Lawmaker, Ikenga Ugochinyere, to the Government House in Port Harcourt. At least 30 lawmakers were present in Port Harcourt. First, they joined Governor Fubara for the Special Thanksgiving Church Service to mark his first Anniversary in office. The service was held at the St Paul’s Anglican Church, Garrison Junction. Their membership cuts across different political parties and states. After the service, the governor hosted the group at Government House for a brief discussion. Ugochinyere, who spoke for the G-60, commended Governor Fubara for being focused despite the troubles of the past months. According to him, the lawmakers are proud of the Governor’s achievements in infrastructure development and people-oriented policies. He said, “We are particularly delighted with the Trans-Kalabari Road project, which …

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