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Labour Demands For N30,000 Minimum Wage For Workers In Kwara

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Labour Demands For N30,000 Minimum Wage For Workers In Kwara

The organised labour in Kwara has declared that the demand of workers for implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage is non-negotiable

The workers, under the umbrella of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), made their position known on Saturday in Ilorin.

They used the Workers Day celebration to reiterate their demand for implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage.

The TUC chairman in the state, Mr Akinsola Akinwunmi, called on the state government to return to the negotiation table on their outstanding demands, adding that the implementation of the minimum wage is their right.

READ ALSO: NLC Threatens Indefinite Strike Over Minimum Wage Amendment Bill

The labour leader, who said that May Day is a day to appreciate Nigerian workers for the symbolic sacrifice to the nation’s economy.

He added that: “The N30,000 minimum wage and consequential adjustment is our right and a must to be implemented for an improved standard of living of the least paid workers in the service of the government of Kwara State.

“Across the globe, May Day represents an auspicious moment in the life of an average worker largely on account of the fact that it presents a unique opportunity to, collectively, as a labour movement, appraise the contributions of workers to the nation’s economy.”

He spoke on “COVID-19 Socio and Economic Crisis: Challenges for Decent Jobs, Social Protection and People’s Welfare”.

Akinwumi said “May Day further places on our shoulder the onerous responsibilities of continually being the voice of the generality of our voiceless workers by intensifying the struggles against any perceived form of social injustice and anti-workers policies that negatively affected the well-being of our workers.

READ ALSO: Minimum Wage: NLC Embarks On Fresh Strike

“The Workers Day may not only be viewed as a day to celebrate the hardworking people, but a moment to reflect on our collective struggle, rights, respect, and dignity.”

Also speaking at the event, Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq described Nigerian workers as key to national growth.

Represented by the state Head of Service, Mrs Modupe Oluwole, the governor reassured the workers of his administration’s commitment to improving their well-being despite dwindling revenue amidst the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Describing labour as an integral component of successive governments and a determining factor in the attainment of good governance, AbdulRazaq commended them for adding value and for being committed to the growth of Kwara.

On consequential adjustment component of the minimum wage, the governor sought patience and understanding of the union, particularly in the light of the current economic realities.

“I understand the position of labour, particularly regarding the minimum wage.

“I assure you all that we certainly do not overlook these issues and we are considering all positive options to further make our workers happy.

“I call for your understanding and support for us to get through this hard time,” he said.

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Sanwo-Olu Gives N10m Each To Bereaved Families Of Late Officers

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Sanwo-Olu Gives N10Mn Each To Bereaved Families Of Late Officers

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state has honored three policemen who died in the course of their duties in the state with N30 million.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, presented three individual beneficiary cheques of N10 million each to the bereaved families at the Government House, Alausa-Ikeja.

This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Media Director, Rapid Respond Squad [RRS], Mr. Taofiq Adebayo.

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The three beneficiary families include late Insp. Ajibola Gafari, PC Olufemi Richards of the RRS, and ASP Omisore Olamide of Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement Unit).

The governor,  who empathized with the affected families, described the monetary support as a token and the government’s effort at comforting affected families.

He pointed out that no amount of financial gift could make up for the lost lives and the gallantry of the fallen Patriots.

He appreciated the gallantry of the deceased operatives, reassuring the families and Lagos residents of the government’s commitment to always work for the good and well-being of the masses.

A son of one of the deceased, Mr. Olufemi Odeniyi, who spoke on behalf of the three families, expressed appreciation to Governor Sanwo-Olu for the money, describing it as a lifeline.

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Ex-Nasarawa State Gov, Wife, Arrested For Alleged Corruption

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Ex-Nasarawa State Gov, Wife, Arrested For Alleged Corruption
Tanko Al-Makura

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited former Governor of Nasarawa State and serving senator, Tanko Al-Makura, and his wife, Mairo, over alleged corruption.

A source at the commission disclosed this to Newsmen on Wednesday evening.

As of the time of filing this report, the couple was being grilled by operatives of the anti-graft agency at its headquarters in Abuja.

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The source did not give details of the allegation against the ex-governor and his wife.

Spokesperson of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren when contacted declined to comment on the couple’s arrest.

Al-Makura was the Governor of Nasarawa State between 2011 and 2019 before he was elected as Senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District at the National Assembly.

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Ondo Guber: Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Akeredolu

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Ondo Guber: Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Akeredolu
Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State

The Supreme Court on Wednesday in a split judgment of four-to-three upheld the victory of Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Oct. 10, 2020 governorship election.

In the majority judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, four of the seven-member panel dismissed the appeal by Eyitayo Jegede and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the grounds that it was incompetent.

Justice Agim upheld an earlier judgment of the Court of Appeal, that the petition filed by Jegede and his party at the election tribunal was incompetent because they failed to include the Yobe Governor and Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the APC, Mai Mala-Buni as a party.

READ ALSO: Ondo Guber: Jegede Advances Supreme Court Over Appeal Court Verdict

In the minority judgment read by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, the court upheld the appeal and dismiss the cross-appeal by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Akeredolu, and the APC.

Odili and two other members of the panel were of the view that since the APC, for which Buni acted, was a party in the case, there was no need to include him as a party.

The main appeal was filed by the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the last governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede against Akeredolu, challenging the competence of APC’s sponsorship of Akeredolu for the election. 

Jegede approached the electoral petitions tribunal praying that the declaration of Akeredolu as the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should be set aside.

He also prayed the apex court to declare him the winner on grounds that the emergence of the APC candidate breached the nation’s constitution.

On July 16, the Court of Appeal led by Justice Theresa Orji-Abadua had dismissed the petition filed by Jegede while affirming Akeredolu as the winner of the poll.

In its verdict, the Appeal Court had out of 7 issues raised for determination resolved four and a half in favor of Jegede and the rest two and a half in favor of Akeredolu.

Not satisfied with the decision of the Appellate Court, both Akeredolu, Jegede, and INEC approached the Supreme Court for the invalidation of both the Election Petition Tribunal and Appeal Court.

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