December 21, 2014

10 injured in clash between policemen and striking workers in Jos

At least 10 people were injured on Monday when Plateau state striking workers clashed with policemen during a protest in the capital city of Jos, the News Agency of Nigeria reported. According to the report, the protest was staged by workers from the 17 local governments of the state who converged at the Nigeria Labour Congress secretariat. The demonstrators planned a peaceful procession to Terminus Main Market but were soon intercepted by policemen at Tafawa Balewa street, near the secretariat. The policemen threw gas tear gas canisters at the protesters in order to disperse the crowd. Mr. Sunday Akinfolarin, the ...

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New Kaduna state Governor Yero declares 7 days of mourning, Yakowa to be buried Thursday

Late Kaduna state Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa is set to be laid to rest on Thursday, reports have said. Yakowa was one of the six victims who died in Saturday’s military helicopter crash in Bayelsa state while making his way to Port Harcourt. Kaduna State government declared a seven-day mourning period for their fallen leader, also declaring Monday a work-free day, according to the Punch. In a state broadcast on Sunday, the newly appointed Governor Mukhtar Yero, the late governor’s deputy, said Yakowa’s remains will arrive in Kaduna on Monday. While the military continues its probe into the cause of ...

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NLC asks FG to put N40bn earmarked for N5000 toward infrastructure

Lagos -The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Abdulwahed Omar, on Thursday urged the Federal Government to divert the N40 billion budgeted for production of N 5000 note into infrastructure development. He gave the suggestion at the 8th Delegates Conference of the Metal Products Senior Staff Association of Nigeria in Lagos. Represented by Mrs Amina Danesi, an ex-officio of NLC, Omar said that the government should spend the N40 billion on repairs of roads, power and the informal sector, with a view to attaining its Vision 20:2020. “Since our country has over N40billion, we suggest the money should be ...

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Nationwide blackout looms as NLC threatens strike over PHCN crisis

A nationwide power blackout is on the horizon following a strike declaration by the Nigeria Labour Congress over the crisis in the power sector. After a National Executive Council meeting in Edo state on Wednesday, the NLC gave the Federal Government and management of PHCN a one-week ultimatum to conclude negotiations with unions or face a nationwide blackout. NLC president, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar, said the NLC will proceed with the strike if no deal is reached. PHCN workers are kicking against the privatization of Nigeria’s failing power sector and have vowed to fight against it. They also spoke out against ...

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ACN, NLC say bribery allegations must not derail subsidy report implementation

Major opposition party, the Action Congress of Nigeria warned on Tuesday that bribery allegations involving chairman of the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Management, Mr. Farouk Lawan, must not impede the implementation of the committee’s probe report. The Nigeria Labour Congress in Abuja also echoed the sentiment, calling on the corruption fighting body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, to implement the oil subsidy report “and avoid unnecessary diversions”. In a statement in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the ACN indicated that it was suspicious at the timing of the bribery allegations. ...

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Nigeria has planted the “Never Again” tree – Save Nigeria Group

The following is the press statement from the Save Nigeria group released on Tuesday, 17 January, a day after labour unions called off the nationwide strike accepting the federal government’s compromise to keep fuel prices at N97 per litre. The SNG denounced labour’s capitulation, but commends Nigerians for joining the struggle, saying “never again” will the voice of the people be taken for granted. Save Nigeria Group Press Release The general strike and citizens action which followed the January 1, 2012 on 117 percent increase in the pump price of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) has proved a defining moment in ...

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Labour backs down, calls off nationwide strike

Labour leaders today called off its nationwide strike in protest of the January 1 subsidy removal that led to an increase in fuel prices, taking it from N65 to N141. The strike was called off today by the NLC and TUC presidents in a joint press conference in Abuja, after a meeting with the president last night. The meeting, which was the second between labour leaders and the federal government over the weekend. At the meeting, President Jonathan put forth the Federal Government’s new approved pump price of petrol, N97 – the new price was decided on after a meeting ...

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Petroleum to Cost N97; Read Jonathan’s Speech on Deregulation and Nationwide Strike

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan will deliver a speech Monday morning announcing the government approved reduced pump price of petrol, N97 per litre, down from N141 per litre. The question is, will labour leaders take the deal? The President who met will labour on Sunday night had been expected to give a speech outlining the government’s new proposal, however the speech was postponed for Monday morning at 7am. Jonathan in the broadcast speech, which is attached below, says state governors and leaders of the national assembly settled at the reduced price after consideration for “the hardships being suffered by Nigerians”. He ...

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Nigeria Puts Strike on Pause for Ongoing FG/Labour Negotiations

Oil-rich Nigeria is awaiting the results from ongoing negotiations between labour leaders and the Federal Government. Both parties met today in hopes of coming to an agreement on the issue of fuel subsidy and putting an end to the nationwide strike that has so far paralyzed the nation’s economy. A delegation of 17 labour officials led by President of the Nigeria Labour Congress Comrade Abdulwahed Omar and Trade Union Congress President Mr. Peter Esele met at the Presidential Villa for a meeting with the FG. The labour team is insisting on “N65 or nothing” for fuel prices in the country, ...

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No Deal; Labour Organisations Turn Down Government’s N120/Litre Offer

Closed-door negotiations between Federal Government and Labour leaders have ended in a stalemate, with labour organisations turning down government’s latest N120/litre offer. President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Abdulwahed Omar, speaking to journalists at a protest venue in Abuja that the labour delegation to the meeting Thursday turned down the deal from the government because the mandate of the people is to come down to N65/litre. Speaking on Channels Televsion, the labour leader said “all of us are trying to shift ground and that is why we are having this meeting,” but added that with no conclusion reached and ...

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