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Hardship: NLC Plans Warning Strike for Tuesday, Wednesday

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The Nigeria Labour Congres (NLC) has declared a two-day warning strike, beginning on Tuesday, September 5, in protest against the Federal Government for failing to address the challenges caused by the removal of fuel subsidy.

The NLC President, Joe Ajaero, made the declaration on Friday during a press conference at the Labour House in Abuja, while speaking on resolutions by the NLC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting the previous day.

The labour union is accusing the Federal Government of abandoning the negotiations and failing to implement some of the resolutions from previous meetings with the government.

On August 2, organised labour protested what it described as the anti-people policies of the administration of President Bola Tinubu.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and their affiliate unions demonstrated in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and several states, including Lagos, Abia, Plateau, Kaduna, Kano, Rivers, Zamfara, Katsina, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Kwara, Ogun, Imo, Ondo, and Edo.

The protest followed a seven-day ultimatum issued to the Federal Government demanding “the immediate reversal of all anti-poor policies of the federal government including the recent hike in PMS (Premium Motor Spirit) price, increase in public school fees, the release of the eight months withheld salary of university lecturers and workers”.

The union also demanded an upward review of the minimum wage from N30,000 to N200,000, saying that since the President’s “subsidy is gone” inauguration speech of May 29, 2023, the peace of mind of Nigerians has gone.

Several meetings between the Presidency and the unions on palliatives for Nigerians suffering hardship in the wake of the petrol subsidy removal proved abortive.

N1,500 Per Person?

Last month, NLC president Joe Ajaero argued that the N5 billion approved for each state and the FCT to cushion the impact of fuel subsidy removal was inadequate to impact on the people.

Appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today August 18, Ajaero said if calculated, the N5 billion would not amount to N1,500 per person.

According to him, it is unclear whether the money is a loan or a palliative to the states or to Nigerians.

“The first increase in the pump price of petroleum products and the last one moved a lot of people from the borderline to a very high level of poverty,” he said.

“Now, if you calculate it, you will discover that this will not translate to N1,500 per person and you ask: is that the impact? Is that really what we want to achieve? Let’s assume it’s a loan. What is really going to happen? Is it garbage in, garbage out?

“If it is N5 billion, I think organised labour would want anybody to do the calculation and tell us how it is going to impact Nigerians on what is happening currently. If it is a loan, then it is too bad.”

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DSS Warns Against Protests to Undermine Public Safety, National Security

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The Department of Security Services (DSS) has issued an alert, warning the public about a planned physical protests across the country.

A statement signed by the Service’s Director, PR & Strategic Communications, Mr. Peter Afunanya, also noted that though citizens have a right to protest, it should not be to undermine public safety and national security.

Read the statement in full:

The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to plans by certain individuals and groups to stage physical protests in some parts of the country on 12th June, 2024. The protests are designed with sinister objectives to coincide with the Democracy Day Celebration. While citizens may have the rights of assembly and expression, such freedoms should not be used to undermine public safety and national security.

The determination by some non-state actors to incite mass disaffection through demonstrations that may turn violent will not be tolerated. However, it is instructive to note that violent demonstrations are at variance with the peaceful disposition of the Federal Government to amicably address all contentions including the minimum wage. Citizens are, therefore, called upon to resist any persuasions to be lawless or cause disorder and anarchy in the nation. Displeased persons are rather encouraged to appropriately channel their grievances through the right channels and procedures.

Consequently, the DSS reaffirms its unequivocal position to protect the country from inimical acts being orchestrated by disgruntled groups to cause a breakdown of law and order. It will also sustain collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, including sister security agencies, to maintain the peace as well as protect lives and property across the nation. Law abiding citizens are enjoined to go about their businesses without fear.

The Service, while felicitating the government and citizens on this auspicious occasion of celebrating 25 years of unbroken democracy, calls for continued patriotism, unity and commitment in building a Nigeria of our collective dream. Meanwhile, the DSS website, dss.gov.ng; email address- dsspr@dss.gov.ng and Telephone lines +2349153391309;+2349088373514 remain open to the public in the event that there is need to contact it.

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Osun Primary Healthcare: Committee Completes First Phase, Hails Gov Adeleke

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The Osun Primary Healthcare Renovation Committee on Monday rounded off the first phase of its constant facilities inspection and project monitoring to different primary healthcare centres in the state in the ongoing rehabilitation and upgrades of 345 primary healthcare centres in the state under the administration of Governor Ademola Adeleke.

The project monitoring team, according to a statement by the Governor’s aide, Oluniyi Isamotu, were at Atile Primary Healthcare Centre and Odeyinka Model Primary Healthcare centre (Irewole LG), and equally Edun-Abon Primary Healthcare centre (Ife North).

The project coordinator and Special Adviser on Public Health to the Governor, Dr Akindele Adekunle appreciate the efforts of the project committee for trying their best in fulfilling the mandates and desire of the Governor on the upgrade of the facilities and also admonishing the health workers to imbibe maintenance culture in order to sustain the success achieved on the upgraded facilities.

He further charged the project engineers on site not to relent on the level of progress recorded so far on the project as another phase of the project takes effect immediately.

Onbehalf of the project committee, Dr Akindele Adekunle assured they will continue their relentless effort in ensuring they deliver on the mandate of the Governor Ademola Adeleke led administration in the state in providing quality basic healthcare service for the people of Osun State.

The Chairman Primary Healthcare Board, Alhaji Tajudeen Adisa and the Special Adviser on Primary Health, Dr Michael Oyerinde were among government officials in the inspection team while Egnr Kunle Adeboyejo (Ministry of Works and Infrastructure) and Dr Akintayo (Deputy Director, Medical Services OSPHB) were part of other career and technical officers of the project committee that joined the project committee on facilities inspection today.

Some of the facilities rehabilitated and upgraded so far includes, Owode-Ede PHC (EDE-SOUTH), OJA-TIMI(EDE-SOUTH), LOOGUN-EGBEDA PHC(EDE-NORTH), SEKONA PHC(EDE-NORTH), IPERINDO PHC (ATAKUMOSA), IWARA PHC(ATAKUMOSA), OKE-ELU PHC, GBONGAN (AYEDAADE LGA), TOTAL PHC (ISOKAN LG), TELEMU PHC (OLA-OLUWA), OGBAAGBA PHC (OLA-OLUWA), ORA PHC IFEDAYO LGA), ERIPA PHC (BOLUWADURO LGA), OLONDE PHC (IFELODUN LGA), ANWO PHC (IREPODUN LGA), OLUFON PHC (OROLU LGA), ISALE-AGBARA PHC (OSOGBO), ATIBA PHC (OSOGBO), BIIRO PHC (OLORUNDA LGA), AKEDE-IYALOJA PHC (OSOGBO LGA) IKOYI PHC (ISOKAN LGA).

Others are; ATILE PHC (IREWOLE), ODEYINKA MPHC (IREWOLE), FEESU PHC (IWO LG), OGBURO MPHC (IWO LG), POPO PHC (EJIGBO LGA), ISALE-OBA, KUTA (AIYEDIRE LGA), IWOYE PHC (EGBEDORE LGA), IKOTUN PHC (EGBEDORE LGA), EYINGBO PHC (IREPODUN LGA), IBA PHC (IFELODUN LGA), ASHI/ASABA PHC (ODO-OTIN LG), OKUKU PHC (ODO-OTIN LG), ADEKUNLE PHC (ILA LGA), ALAGBEDE PHC (IFEDAYO LGA), ORORUWO PHC (BORIPE LGA), ADEOWO PHC, MODAKEKE (IFE EAST), YEKEMI PHC (IFE EAST), OKE-OJA PHC, OSU (ATAKUMOSA WEST), ESA-OKE PHC (OBOKUN LG), IBOKUN PHC (OBOKUN LG), IPETU-IJESHA PHC (ORIADE LGA), OBALENDE PHC (ORIADE LGA), IMO PHC (ILESA EAST), IJAMO PHC (ILESA EAST), OKE-IYIN PHC (ILESA WEST), EREJA PHC (ILESA WEST), EDUNABON PHC (IFE NORTH), ONIGBODOGI PHC (IFE-SOUTH LG), ENUWA PHC (IFE CENTRAL LG), ABAGBOORO PHC (IFE CENTRAL) while several others are still ongoing.

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South-West Govs Elect Sanwo-Olu As Chair, Adopt Common Agenda

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Regional economic integration, food production and regional security are the main items that top the agenda at the meeting of the South-West Governors’ Forum held in Lagos on Monday.

At the meeting held behind closed doors in Alausa, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the host, was unanimously elected to lead the Forum as chairman.

Sanwo-Olu stepped into the position, following the vacancy occasioned by the death of the former Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, who chaired the regional caucus.

Governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Lucky Aiyedatiwa (Ondo), Ademola Adeleke (Osun), Biodun Oyebanji (Ekiti) and Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) were all physically present at the meeting, which lasted for four hours. They all paid their last respects to the memory of the late Akeredolu, who passed away last December.

The Forum reviewed security across the region, pointing out that South-West had been relatively peaceful in the Southern part of the country. They, however, used to platform to renew their call for creation of State Police to further strengthen safety in the region.

They agreed on the need to forge a security cooperation in order to enhance economic development and free movement within the region.

The Governors also called for more collaboration between security agencies and Western Nigeria Security Network, known as Amotekun Corps.

The Forum commended the House of Representatives and members of the Southwest caucus in the National Assembly for their efforts at passing the South-West Development Commission Bill, urging the upper chamber of the federal parliament to speed up the bill passage.

To expand food production and agricultural development, the Forum also directed their respective States’ Commissioners for Agriculture to immediately come together and develop a comprehensive agricultural template that would leverage on each State’s comparative advantage.

Rising from the meeting, the Forum, through its chairman, Governor Sanwo-Olu, read the 11-point resolution adopted in the communique signed by all the six Governors.

Sanwo-Olu said: The Southwest Governors’ Forum, at its meeting today, June 10, 2024, deliberated extensively on contemporary issues in the South-West States and resolved to commend President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR on the groundbreaking of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road, and the proposed Lagos to Sokoto road. We, however, encourage the Federal Government to rehabilitate other federal infrastructure in the region.

“On security, the Forum commends the relative peace in the South-West region and notes the collaboration between all security agencies and the Amotekun Corps. We reaffirm our full support for State Police. We acknowledge the efforts of the Federal Government to strengthen food security. We decide that Commissioners for Agriculture of all the South-West states should begin to meet and set up a working template, which will ensure collaboration based on each State’s comparative advantage.”

On lingering disagreement on Minimum Wage, the Forum said it was in support of the efforts of the Federal Government, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Organised Private Sector to resolve the wage dispute, while urging continued engagement with the Labour Union.

The Governors said they believed the outcome of the negotiations for better wages would reflect true fiscal federalism.

The Forum hailed the Federal Government’s efforts on exploration policies on mineral resources, but called for collaboration with States in the process to grant leases to investors.

The South-West Governors adopted a popular song composed by Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural group, titled: “Ise wa fun ile wa”, as common anthem across the six States. They condemned, in strong terms, nefarious activities of a group of people agitating for Yoruba nation, stating that the region remained an integral part of the country.

“The Forum agrees to strengthen the DAWN Commission on operational efficiency and charges the Commission to focus on economic integration, cooperation and investment promotion of South-West states. To that end, each State is mandated to appoint a State focal person,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Source: lagosstate.gov.ng

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