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Nigerian Labour Unions Suspend Planned Strike Actions

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Nigerian Labour Unions Suspend Planned Strike Actions

Following a series of meetings with the Nigerian government, the two major unions in the country, Nigerian Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress have shelved their planned national down-tooling and nationwide protests earlier slated to begin today, 28th September 2020.

The unions had earlier planned to protest the increments in the prices of electricity tariff and petroleum motor spirit (PMS), popularly called petrol.

The increments came into effect on September 1 allegedly causing the people of the oil-rich nation some pains owing to the prices of goods and services that skyrocketed.

The planned protest was suspended following agreements reached by the warring parties through a communique signed by the representatives of the government and the unions. The statement was released to the press and a copy is reproduced below:

JOINT COMMUNIQUE ON THE RESOLUTION OF TRADE DISPUTE* *BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA (FGN) AND THE ORGANIZED LABOUR REPRESENTED* *BY THE NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS (NLC) AND THE TRADE UNION CONGRESS (TUC) HELD AT THE STATE* *HOUSE BANQUET HALL ON SUNDAY, 27TH SEPTEMBER 2020

A Bipartite Meeting between the FGN and the two Labour Centres – Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC),
Having been convened at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja to discuss emerging labour issues arising from recent cost – reflective Electricity Tariff adjustments and deregulation of the downstream sector of the Petroleum Industry,
Recognizing the public outcry and protest over the recent Federal Government twin policies on Electricity Tariff Reform and full implementation of deregulation of the downstream sector of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry resulting in the planned nation-wide industrial action by Organised Labour,
Bearing in mind the spiral and negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on world economy,
Further bearing in mind that due to impact of COVID-19 pandemic the world is undergoing socio-economic transition which has affected price stability, sustainability of enterprises, employment, and other socio-economic indices,
Acknowledging that the spiral and negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy has given rise to the need for a new socio-economic order,
Recognising the need to sustain enterprises for retention and creation of jobs as well as sustainable growth and development,
Acknowledging the need for social concertation between the Federal Government and workers’ representatives, namely the two Labour Centres – The NLC and TUC,
To aid in the dialogue and communication, the Federal Government side made presentations to show the state of economy and the drive behind the recent cost – reflective Electricity Tariff adjustments and deregulation of the downstream sector of the Petroleum Industry,
Bipartite meeting to address and resolve the issues in dispute between the FG and Labour Centres were held on September 15, 24, and 27, 2020,
After exhaustive deliberations on the issues raised by Labour Centres, the FGN stated that it has fashioned out palliatives that would ameliorate the sufferings that Nigerian workers may experience as a result of the cost – reflective Electricity Tariff adjustments and deregulation of the downstream sector of the Petroleum Industry. The palliatives will be in the areas of transport, power, housing, agriculture and humanitarian support.
After thorough debates and negotiations on various issues raised by all parties, the following resolutions were reached and mutually adopted:
ELECTRICITY TARIFF REFORMS

The parties agreed to set up a Technical Committee comprising Ministries, Departments, Agencies, NLC and TUC, which will work for a duration of two (2) weeks effective Monday 28th September 2020, to examine:
the justifications for the new policy in view of the need for the validation of the basis for the new cost reflective tariff as a result of the conflicting information from the fields which appeared different from the data presented to justify the new policy by NERC;
metering deployment, challenges, timeline for massive roll – out.

The Technical Committee membership is as follows:
Mr Festus Keyamo, SAN – Hon. Minister of State Labour & Employment – Chairman
Mr Godwin Jedy-Agba – Hon. Minister of State Power – Member
Prof. James Momoh – Chairman National Electricity Regulatory Commission – Member
Engr. Ahmad Rufai Zakari – SA to Mr. President on Infrastructure – Member/Secretary
Dr. Onoho’Omhen Ebhohimhen – Member (NLC)
Comrade Joe Ajaero – Member (NLC)
Comrade Chris Okonkwo – Member (TUC)
1no. Representative of DISCOS – Member
The Terms of Reference (ToR) are as follows:
To examine the justification for the new policy on cost – reflective Electricity Tariff adjustments.
To look at the different Electricity Distribution Company (DISCOs) and their different electricity tariff vis-à-vis NERC order and mandate.
Examine and advise Government on the issues that have hindered the deployment of the six million meters.
To look into the NERC Act under review with a view to expanding its representation to include organized labour.
The Technical sub – committee is to submit its report within two (2) weeks. During the two weeks, the DISCOs shall suspend the application of the cost – reflective Electricity Tariff adjustments.
The meeting also resolved that the following issues of concern to Labour should be treated as “stand – alone” items:
The 40% stake of Government in the DISCO and the stake of workers to be reflected in the composition of the DISCO’s Boards.

An all-inclusive and independent review of the power sector operations as provided in the privatization MOU to be undertaken before the end of the year 2020, with Labour represented.

That going forward, the moribund National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) be inaugurated before the end of the year 2020 to institutionalize the process of tripartism and socio dialogue on socio – economic and major labour matters to forestall crisis

DOWNSTREAM SECTOR DEREGULATION

Consequent upon the critical review of the various challenges of the downstream sector of the Nigeria oil and gas industry vis a vis the incalculable losses associated with a subsidy regime the Country has been incurring in terms of, stifled growth in the downstream sector, diminished human capital development and massive financial leakages and flight. This is in addition to the dire financial circumstances of the Federation that precludes any ability to sustain any subsidy on PMS and making deregulation of PMS inevitable. Consequently, the Parties agreed to the following:

All parties agreed on the urgency for increasing the local refining capacity of the nation to reduce the overdependency on importation of petroleum products to ensure energy security, reduce cost of finished products, increase employment and business opportunities for Nigerians.

To address (1) above, NNPC to expedite the rehabilitation of the nation’s four refineries located in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna and to achieve 50% completion for Port Harcourt by December 2021, while timelines and delivery for Warri and Kaduna will be established by the inclusive Steering Committee.

To ensure Commitment and transparency to the processes and timelines of the rehabilitation exercise, the management of NNPC has offered to integrate the national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) into the Steering Committee already established by the Corporation.

A Validation team comprising the representatives of the NNPC, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), NUPENG and PENGASSAN will be established to monitor progress of the rehabilitation of the refineries and the pipelines/strategic depots network and advice the Steering Committee periodically.

Post rehabilitation, NNPC shall involve the PENGASSAN and NUPENG in the process of establishing the operational model of the Nation’s refineries.

The Federal Government will facilitate the delivery of licensed modular and regular refineries, involvement of upstream companies in petroleum refining and establishing framework for financing in the downstream sector.

NNPC to expedite work on the Build Operate and Transfer framework for the nation’s pipelines and strategic depots network for efficient transportation and distribution of Petroleum products to match the delivery timelines of the refineries as agreed.

The Federal Government and its agencies to ensure delivery of 1 million CNG/LPG AutoGas conversion kits, storage skids and dispensing units under the Nigeria Gas Expansion Programme by December 2021 to enable delivery of cheaper transportation and power fuel. A Governance Structure that will include representatives of organized Labour shall be established for timely delivery.

GENERAL INTERVENTION

To cushion the impacts of the downstream sector deregulation and tariffs adjustment in the power sector, the Federal Government will implement the following:

A specific amount to be unveiled by the FGN in two weeks’ time will be isolated from the Economic Sustainability Programme Intervention Fund and be accessed by Nigerian Workers with subsequent provision for 240,000 under the auspices of NLC and TUC for participation in agricultural ventures through the CBN and the Ministry of Agriculture. The timeline will be fixed at the next meeting.

Federal Government will facilitate the removal of tax on minimum wage as a way of cushioning the impacts of the policy on the lowest vulnerable.

Federal Government will make available to organized labour 133 CNG/LPG driven mass transit buses immediately and provide to the major cities across the Country on a scale up basis thereafter to all States and Local Governments before December 2021.

Housing: 10% be allocated to Nigerian workers under the ongoing Ministry of Housing and Finance initiative through the NLC and TUC.

Consequently, the NLC and TUC agreed to suspend the planned industrial action.

ORGANISED LABOUR;
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Ayuba Wabba, mni Quadri Olalaye
NLC PRESIDENT TUC PRESIDENT

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Emmanuel Ugboaja Musa Lawal Ozigi, mni Secretary General NLC Secretary General TUC

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Williams E. Akporeha Festus Osifo
NUPENG President PENGASSAN President

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Martin Uzoegwu Chris N. Okonkwo
President NUEE President, SSAEAC

FOR GOVERNMENT:

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Timipre Sylva Festus Keyamo, SAN
Hon. Min. of State Petroleum Hon. Min. of State Labour & Employment

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Alh Lai Mohammed Godwin Jedy-Agba
Hon. Min. of Information & Culture Hon. Min. of State Power

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Sen. (Dr.) Chris Nwabueze Ngige, OON, MD.
Honourable Minister of Labour & Employment

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Boss Mustapha
Secretary to the Government of the Federation

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Brief Story Of Oba Alayeluwa Adeloye Ajibike II: The Oloja of Ibodi

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A Brief Story Of
His Royal Majesty Oba Alayeluwa David Adeloye Ajibike II (The Oloja of Ibodi).

Kabiyesi Oba Adeloye Ajibike II was born at Ibodi (about many decades ago), to the family of Oba Eluremi Ajibike and his wife, Princess Tinuade (Nee).

His father has nine (9) wives and many children of which he happened to be the last born. Oba Adeloye Ajibike lost his father at the age of two (2) after which he had to to live with his eldest brother.

Though the Kabiyesi had the burning desire to be educated, this dream could not be realised due to the death of his father. He then chose to be a trader and was apprenticed to one Micheal Ladelu, also an indigene of Ibodi who was a successful Osomalo at Ilorin. On completion of his apprenticeship, he celebrated his freedom and was given Three Pounds as capital to start his own business.

He traded not only in Ilorin but in all adjoining towns and villages like Ogbomosho, Akinmorin, Fiditi, Ajase, Oro, Oyo, etc. and was well loved by all his customers. He became so successful that within six months of his freedom, he bought a Raleigh Bicycle for fifteen pounds.

Oba Adeloye moved to Lagos from Ilorin during the civil war with his business headquarters at the popular Docemo Street in the heart of Lagos. There, he continued his business success story to the extent that he built many houses in Lagos. He has a street- “Ajibike Street” named after him in Okokomaiko, Lagos.

Oba Adeloye Ajibike II has many wives and his marriage is blessed with many children who are also successful traders and professionals.

He ascended to the throne of his father as the Oba Adeloye Ajibike II, (Oloja of Ibodi) in 1990.

Oba Adeloye was a rotational Chairman of the Chieftaincy Council Atakunmosa West, Osu and a rotational President Ijesa South Traditional Council, and a Permanent Member Osun State Council of Oba.

Oba Adeloye Ajibike II joined his ancestors in June 16th, 2017.

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Dr Olukoya of MFM 2021 Prophecies

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Dr Olukoya of MFM 2021 prophecies

Dr Daniel Olukoya of Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries (MFM), has released 34 prophecies for the year 2021.

Dr Olukoya, during the annual crossover of the MFM advised Nigerians to pray very well concerning the 2021 prophecies. However, he tagged 2021 as the ‘Year of Restoration and Revival’.

According to him, “This is a year of the valley that must be approached prayerfully to get desirable results.

“So, the three keys to tackle this year of valley are: the presence of God, aggressive holiness, and aggressive prayers.

“Is a year we must pray seriously that God will invade our nation.”

Read the 34 prophecies of 2021 below:

1. Is a year where serious prayers are needed to confront the fruit of this pandemic. The pandemic is yielding terrible fruits.

2. Is a year of aggressive engagement of the enemies in violent warfare.

3. A year of terrible temptations.

4. A year of deep distresses that only the balm of Gilead can solve.

5. Is going to be a year of strange rebellion and conspiracy.

6. A year where John 10:10 will play out aggressively.

7. Unless we pray very well, there will be breakdown of structures and protest.

8. A year of wilderness wandering and vagabond. Many will wake up and discover they’ve destroyed their lives.

9. It will be a year of multiple-magnified multiple problems.

10. Anyone who has come from polygamous family should pray very well in 2021 because the effect of that polygamous will be hugely dramatised.

11. Is a year of programmed controversies.

12. A year will need pray against the rage of waters.

13. A year will should pray against strange environmental disasters.

14. A year of very strange confrontations.

15. It will be a year of strategically inspired battles and wars. The beautiful thing is that, all these things can be arrested on the altar of prayer.

16. The Almighty God Himself wants this year to be a year of emotional and mental refreshment for those who key into it.

17. The hissings and bitings of envious children of God shall backfire.

18. Is a year you must seek for divine encounter. You must allow the words of Job 42:5 to manifest in your life.

19. Is a year of cleansing of our household from idols and abomination. Carryout a spiritual sanitisation of your house.

20. A year will need to raise altars and call on the name of the Lord frequently.

21. Is a year where if you do your restitution, it will yield dividends. If you’ve restitution to make, kindly do so quickly.

22. As people are getting closer to God and praying, it will be a year of multiple appearances.

23. It’s going to be a year where sacrifices and obedience will be tested, that is, whether you’re sacrificing to the things of God or not.

24. A year where investing your skills and creativity will yield multiple dividends to you.

25. Is a year of the 7 Ds: Desire, Determination, Discipline, Discipleship, Discernment, Deliverance, and Dominion.

26. It will be a year of chastising the sons and humbling of the proud.

27. Is a year to avoid these seven assassins: Selfishness, Pride, Parental disobedience, Lack of holiness, Unforgiveness, Stubbornness, and Prayerlessness.

28. It will be a year of mighty miracles for many.

29. It’s a year you must deploy your gifts to serve the Lord.

30. For young men and women, it’s a year of divine mandate to raise prophets among the youths.

31. It’s also a year where the Lord will be raising young Esthers both in the public sphere and church of God so as to leave a landmark.

32. It will be year of dominion over our troubles.

33. Is a year of Goshen where the Lord will put difference between those serving Him and those who are not serving Him. Also, is a year of going back to Bethel to seek the face of God.

34. Is a year we must pray seriously that God will invade our nation.

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NYSC Repudiates the Claim of Covid-19 Cases in Orientation Camps

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NYSC Repudiates Claim of Cases of Covid-19 in Orientation Camp.

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has repudiated the viral reports that Covid-19 cases were recorded in its orientation camps.

NYSC however stated that there is no case of Covid-19 in any of it’s 37 orientation camps across the country. Saying that no corps member had tested positive in any of the 37 orientation camps across the federation.

The Director, Press and Public Relations of NYSC, Mrs. Adenike Adeyemi said
in a statement on Sunday in Abuja “The attention of management has been drawn to the write-up with the caption: ‘Why the Rising Cases of Covid-19 in NYSC Camps’ trending on the new and traditional media”.

NYSC further explained that it partners with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to test all the prospective corps members reporting for their orientation programme.

She added: “No one, both staff and prospective corps member, that tested positive to COVID-19 was allowed into any of the orientation camps. Therefore, it is erroneous and very misleading to talk about rising cases of COVID-19 in NYSC camps.

“It is pertinent to state that the terminology, Prospective Corps Member should not be confused with Corps Member as both cannot be used interchangeably. A Corps Member is a qualified Nigerian youth who has been duly admitted into the NYSC Orientation Camp, registered and formally sworn-in as a bonafide member of the service Corps.

The general public is advised to disregard the misleading story. Clarification should always be sought from the NYSC or NCDC on issues pertaining to COVID- 19, so as to guard against the spread of false information.

The Scheme shall never shirk its core responsibility of prioritising the welfare and security of Corps Members.” She said.

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Gbajabiamila’s Security Aide ‘Shoots’ Newspaper Vendor

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One of the security aides of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, was said to have shot a newspapers vendor, Ifeanyi Chukwu, in Abuja on Thursday.

It was learnt that the incident happened around 3pm at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja.

Chukwu, who was shot in the head, was rushed to the National Hospital, Abuja, was said to have given up the ghost.

The chairman of the Abuja chapter of the Newspaper Distributors Association of Nigeria, Benjamin Obute, narrated the incident to Daily Trust thus: “What happened was that, at the Federal Secretariat where our vendors sell their papers, you know that place is the heart of Abuja, especially the rep members and senators, that is their route, and traffic lights used to stop them for about two minutes.

“So, while they were hailing them, they used to pack some money and give them. It has been the tradition for years now. Gbajabiamila knows this late Ifeanyi Chukwu one on one.

“While he (the speaker) was waiting for the traffic light to turn green, he handed over N9,000 to his aide in the front seat and handed over the money to them before one of the security details shot him (Chukwu) in the head and shot into the air.

“The speaker stopped and asked what happened, but the police told him nothing and they moved on. The DPO at the Federal Secretariat was one of the persons that arranged how we took late Ifeanyi to the National Hospital where he was confirmed dead.”

Obute said his members would protest today and march to the Force Headquarters to demand justice for their late colleague.

A doctor at the hospital said: “A vendor was shot in the head by a security operative this afternoon. He died after all resuscitative measures at the National Hospital failed.”

When contacted for a reaction, the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, promised to get back to Daily Trust, but did not do so as of the time of filing this report (12.50pm).

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Reactions to Osun Monarch, Oluwo’s Comment On ENDSARS Protest

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Nigerians on social media have reacted as a paramount monarch in Osun State, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, who said that he’s ready to lead the next EndSARS protest if called upon by the youths.

Oluwo disclosed this during an interactive programme organised by Osun State Government.

He said that any protest without a leader will fail.

He said that it is the leaders that will sit down to discuss with the government when the protest reaches the point of dialogue.

“Next time, if you want to organise a protest and you don’t have anyone to lead you, you may be afraid that they may kill you or you are afraid of being arrested, come to me, I will lead the protest.

“There is no way you can organise protest without leadership. You must give room for dialogue because it is the leadership that will eventually sit down and discuss with the government. That is the only way you can fight and get your demands to the government,” he said.

His comment has however generated to a lot of reactions as many Nigerians took to their social media handles to react.

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Petrol Scarcity Looms As Oil Workers Down Tools

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Amidst the current situation of the country Nigeria, It is highly possible that Nigeria may face the scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, in coming days as oil workers have been ordered to down tools nationwide.

Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria were ordered by the association to vacate their duty posts.

The order was issued in a letter, dated November 8, 2020, and signed by the General Secretary, PENGASSAN, Lumumba Okugbawa, which was also copied to the Central Working Committee members of the association.

Okugbawa told our correspondent in Abuja that the strike was to kick against the failure of the government to make any concrete move as regards the differences between PENGASSAN and government on matters bordering on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

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