Don’t Bow To Intimidation, NLC Tells EFCC

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has called on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, not to succumb to any threat of intimidation.

Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, said this in a statement he signed on Friday in Abuja.

Mr. Wabba condemned the attacked by gunmen on the Area 7 office of the EFCC which houses key investigation units of the commission.

According to him, the attack is condemnable.

“The attack represents the audacity of corruption and the shifting of the battle ground from the court room to the streets and should be condemned by all those who love this country.

“The attack, clearly, was intended to deter and compel operatives of the Commission from carrying to a logical conclusion their ongoing investigations/prosecutions.

“In light of an earlier attack during which an operative sustained injury, this cannot be a lone incident. Indeed, we see it as the new phase of corruption fighting back!

“While we are not insensitive to the manifest danger in this new phase of corruption fighting back, we urge the Commission and its operatives not to succumb to these desperate tactics or intimidation.

“We have no doubt the resort to violence shows they have come to their wit’s end,” he said.

The NLC president urged the commission and other related agencies to do all that was necessary to secure their premises and personnel.

Mr. Wabba also stressed the need for technical support that would build their forensic capacity without which good cases are lost or drag on indefinitely, thus exposing their personnel.

“We also find it necessary to call on the government to give the commission the requisite support including the setting up of dedicated courts for speedy disposal of corruption cases,” he added.

Source: Premium Times

[INFOGRAPH] How Osun Disbursed Second Tranche Of Paris Refund

By Ishola ‘Layinka
The State Government of Osun has released figures explaining in details how it disbursed the N6.314b received from the Federal Government as the second tranche of the Paris Club Refund given to states in the federation.
In an infograph released by the government, the state paid out N5,998,493,302.05 out as salaries, pensions, leave bonuses and other emoluments to its workforce above recommended figures by labour unions in the state. Recall the state through a Revenue Apportionment Committee headed by Comrade Hassan Sunmonu regularly meet with the unions to apportion revenue in the state.
Giving the breakdown, N503,908,457.4 was paid as Leave Bonuses to Civil Servants, N3,768,669,258 was used to pay workers’ salaries as well as clear July and August half-salary arrears of 2015 owed senior cadre of workers in the state.
The State Government of Osun in the infograph said N934,841,306 was used to pay Local Government Workers as a total sum of N791,074,280.8 went to the pockets of the pensioners that retired from the civil service.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2016, approved the partial refund of long standing claims by state governments in respect of over-deductions from their Federation Account Allocation Committee, FAAC, for external debt service between 1995 and 2002.
The debt service deductions were in respect of the Paris Club, London Club and Multilateral debts of the Federal and State governments, which Nigeria reached a final agreement for debt relief with the Paris Club in October 2005.
Since the first tranche of the refund was released in November 2016, Osun specifically disbursed the payment by using all the refund to settled workers arrears in the state.
Although, the disbursements were premised on the condition that a minimum of 50 per cent would be applied for the payment of workers’ salaries and pensions but Osun raised the ceiling to more than
.80 per cent.
The government however expressed its determination to fulfill all its financial obligations as soon as the state’s economy improves.

Aregbesola: It Is False To Say Osun Is Not Paying Workers’ Salary

The Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has raised an eyebrow over what he regarded as misinformation by mischief makers that Osun is not paying workers their monthly salaries.

This was even as the Governor advocated for a federalise policing which he said it remains the only panacea to effective and efficient policing in Nigeria.

Aregbesola said in spite the economic challenges confronting the nation and Osun state in particular, his administration has not failed in paying the state workforce.

Governor Aregbesola made the statement in Osogbo, the state capital while delivering a key note address a programme organised by the osun state command of the Police Community Relations Committee.

Aregbesola said he was aware of the insinuation peddling by those he regarded as gainsayers to incite the public against his administration, saying workers in the state have been paid up to June 2017.

Governor said his administration has done so much in prioritising the welfare of the workforce, an initiative which according to him has made a difference to caourse of good governance.

According to him, there is need to educate Nigerians about the salary situation in Osun, because some people have been saying that since my administration is conscious about poverty while not paying workers’ salary.

“Let me make a resounding correction that despite the paucity of funds, it is only a section of workers on grade level 12 and above who receives painfully 50 percent of their gross salaries based on agreement between the government and the labour union.

“So outside that category of workers on grade level 12 and above, no other receives half of his or her salaries and the workers in this category are just 20 percent of the state workforce.

“Outside that, officers on levels 8-10 receives 75 percent of their salaries while officers on levels 7 and below receive their full pay.

“Contrary to what the gainsayers claimed about us, all workers in the state have received their salaries up to June this year according to the payment scheme and agreement. The only outstanding salary in Osun is the month we are in and by the grace of God before the month end, every worker will earn their salary in line with the agreement will have with workers.

“I am saying this to correct the impression of those spreading falsehood and capitalising on this that we have been up to our responsibilities as regards the payment of workers salaries in accordance with the available resources.

“It is therefore absolutely false to say that we are not paying workers their dues. within the limit of the resources available to us, levels 1-7 have been receiving full pay and they have been paid till June. Levels 8-10 have been receiving 75 percent of their gross salaries and they have been paid till June while 12 and above have been receiving 50 percent of their gross salaries and they have been paid till June.

“Those who say workers in the state of Osun are not paid, please, correct yourselves with that impression, with that notion and with that perception because it is total false”, Aregbesola warned.

The state helmsman noted that his administration has also been conscious about the welfare of pensioners, saying the state has paid pensioners their dues just as active workers have been paid.

He added, “As we pay active workers, so do we pay pensioners. The only outstanding pay to pensioners is the gratuity and this is due to workers who told not to participate in the Contributory Pension Scheme and therefore left from service in 2011/2012.

“The amount required to service that gratuity is about N5billion and we keep on telling them that once we have the capacity to so do, we will surely pay them.

“One thing that is certain about money is that once you don’t have it you can not use it. It doesn’t mean we hate them is because of limited resources to pay them and meet physical expenditure.

“The pensioners in the state do receive their pensions and what is outstanding is only the N5billion that we can not afford for now”

While advocating for the devolution of police structure, Governor Aregbesola canvassed for a total federalisation of Nigeria Police which he said it is the only solution to myriads of civil challenges in the country.

He said unless the powers reside in the Police is being decentralised into zonal units, the Force would continue to languish in challenges and poor professionalism.

Aregbesola said if Nigeria is totally serious about restoring sanity to the society, thus police must be restructured in such a way that will be more accessible and felt by the people in the society, saying this is only way to prepare against all forms of societal vices like terrorism, kidnapping among others.

According to him, we have to federalise policing instead of the current centralised policing we have.

“If we are truly serious about combating crimes and criminality most especially the acts of terrorism and kidnapping, then we have to federate the present structure of Nigeria police.

“It is obsolete for the Inspector General of Police receiving direct brief from state Commissioner of Police. Nigeria is too big for this.

“So if we can not afford total decentralisation of Police, then let us adopt zonal Command structure that will localise policing within the zone.

“I am advocating for federation of police structure. We must have state and local police structure so as to effectively combat crimes and criminality in the country.

“As we all know, most of our security challenges are basically due to inability of our ecentralised structure of policing in which police do fail to effectively understand the terrain to which perpetrators of many of these crimes operate”, Aregbesola stressed.

In his lecture, the former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, attributed some of the socio-economic, religious, political and security challenges in the country to lack of personal sacrificial spirit between and among Nigerian people.

Arase whose lecture was underpinned on the theme of the symposium, “Combating Twin Evil of Terrorism and Kidnapping through People’s Policing in Nigeria”, condemned in its totality what he described as barbaric the incessant cases of kidnapping, terrorism and insurgency in the country.

He said it is a time for all to develop consciousness towards securing the society by reporting any strange within and outside the individuals’ communities, states and nation at large.

Arase who called for efficient policing, said the security agencies must wake p from slumber by being rededicated to duty, saying this is the only way to stem the tide of insecurity challenges facing the country.

He charged men and officers of Nigeria Police Force on the need to champion professionalism, efficiency, effectiveness and proficiency while discharging their constitutional responsibilities to the people.

The former IGP said to prevent crime, criminality and all related menace, thus all hands must be on deck to champion the cause of adequate and effective policing while consciousness must be built to rescue the society from any form of threats.

According to him, what the nation needs at the moment is to strengthen the security sector and promote ideology that can strengthen security consciousness from all quarters.

“While police are expected to always respect the rights of the people in discharging their duties, likewise the society must also do the needful in supporting the efforts of the security agencies.

“Policing is an enormous task that should not be left in the hands of the security agencies alone, but rather a duty for all.

“We must all involve in sanitising our society by ensuring that every aspect is thoroughly considered in providing a secured, saved and crime free society capable of aiding all rond growth and development.

“It behooves on all especially the security agencies to always preach peace, unity and togetherness in making an edge way for the growth and development of the country.

Corroborating similar gestures, the President, Women Arise Centre for Change, Nigerians Unite Against Terror, Dr. Joe Okei Odumakin, called for massive anti-terrorism, anti-kidnapping and anti-insurgency advocacy among Nigerians in every nook and cranny of the country.

Dr Odumakin said the pace of terrorism, kidnapping and anti-societal vices in the country have become serious national challenges that required an urgent intervention of all.

She called for synergy and symbiotic relationship between and among Nigerians at a time the country is being challenged with myriads of insecurity problems.

Odumakin said it is high time for Nigerians to pursue peace, unity and togetherness as panacea for development, saying no iota of change cold be recorded in a disarray country.

According to her, it is time to do the neeedful in preaching unity and denounce any divisive tendency that could tear us apart.

“No development could be achieved in an environment predominated by insecurity and unrest, hence the need for all to fight on the need to ensure absolute peace and stability.

“We have to remain bond irrespective of our differences as a people and nation as it behooves on us all to promote peaceful coexistence among ourselves for meaningful development.

“We must do away with anything that could promote rancour, unrest and disorderliness”, she added.

Also, Comrade Oyebade Olowo suggested a community policing as one of the ways to enhance effective security in the country.

Olowogboyega who is a barrister at law said it is time for Nigerian government to go back to drawing board and as well look inward on the need to support the agitation for state and local policing as the only way to effectively combat all forms of societal anomalies.

He commended Governor Aregbesola’s social protection programmes which according to him had helped in keeping the society against all forms of social insecurity.

Barrister Olowogboyega said Governor Aregbesola has been proactive towards the security of lives and property of the citizenry since he assumed office saying the claims had manifested in the high quality of standard of living of the people of the state.

Aregbesola Appoints Two School Principals As Perm Sec

……As UNIOSUN Lecturer Is Appointed Statistician-General

Two public school principals in Osun State, Mr. Adelani Aderinola and Mrs. Grace Ajiboye have been appointed as Permanent Secretaries/ Tutors-General by Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
 Aderinola was a principal at Laro Timehin Middle/High School, Osogbo while Ajiboye was the principal for ADC High School, Apomu.
According to a press release signed by the Head of Service of the State, Elder Sunday Owoeye on Wednesday, Aregbesola approved Aderinola and Ajiboye’s appointment after excelling during the selection process.  
 Both Aderinola and Ajiboye are to fill the existing vacancies at Osun East and Osun West Education District Offices, Ile-Ife and Ikire respectively, said Owoeye.
Owoeye said the appointments were in fulfillment of Aregbesola’s irrevocable commitment towards boosting the morale of deserving school principals and the rejuvenation and revitalization of the education sector in the state.
Also, Aregbesola appointed a lecturer at the Osun State University, Professor Alagbe Gbolagade as the Statistician-General for the state, having scaled through the selection process.
 “The appointment of Professor Gbolagade is an eloquent testimony to the Governor’s determination to have a competent technocrat who shall put in place a virile and reliable database covering the whole gamut of the State of Osun Public Service for sustainable over-all development of the State.
 “It is hoped that the sparkling performances of the new appointees during the written and oral selection process shall translate into concrete actions in public service delivery towards ensuring equitable distribution of dividends of democracy to all and sundry in the state in pursuance of the current administration’s Six-Point Integral Action Plan under the dynamic leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola”, Owoeye said.

2019: NLC Order Members To Vote Out Bad Politicians

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has embarked on campaign directed at workers and pensioners to acquire voting power to oust deceptive and bad politicians, including governors.

NLC has, therefore, directed workers and pensioners who are yet to register to do so and obtain voters card.

Mr. Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, gave the order when he paid a familarisation visit to the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) National Secretariat on Tuesday in Abuja.

Wabba said this was imperative as governors and other political office holders with anti-labour tendencies were on the increase.

He said the political elites have the notion that pensioners and workers do not have any political value, hence salaries and pensions were not being paid.

“A lot of politicians say workers and pensioners do not have political value and therefore it is a big challenge, they even claim that we do not have voters card.

“We are going to embark on a vigorous campaign for workers and pensioners to register and obtain their voters card.

“Because a process has been opened for workers, pensioners and their families to acquire voters’ card, where it is missing, revalidate it. We have the number.’’

He said that there were over eight million Nigerians in NLC alone without the pensioners.

“So we have the number to challenge any politician and make them realise that we are a force to reckon with.’’

According to him, let us awaken this consciousness and make sure we do what is right because we also have to engage the process and be able to represent our members.

“Because the notion also is that we are very comfortable and that we do not have voters card. It is very important for us to engage the system,’’

May Day: NLC Says New National Minimum Wage Increment Is Urgent

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday in Abuja called on the Federal Government to urgently review the National Minimum Wage.

Mr Peters Adeyemi, Chairman, Joint May Committee of NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) made the call at a news conference where he outlined activities for the commemoration of the 2017 Workers Day.

“The May Day is an auspicious occasion for the working people to reflect on their struggles and make their demands.

“We shall use this opportunity to renew the call for the review of the National Minimum Wage that is overdue for review considering the current economic trends.

“Inflation has increased, the naira has lost its value and the current minimum wage has been completely eroded.

“Therefore, the need and urgency for the review of the current National Minimum Wage, ”he said.

Adeyemi also said the celebration was an opportunity to call for the continuous search and eventual release of the remaining Chibok Schoolgirls abducted over three years ago.

He said that the event would be used to commemorate victims of the Nyanya bomb blast that occurred on May Day three years ago and other victims of the Boko Haram insurgency.

Adeyemi, who is also NLC Deputy President, announced that workers would hold a rally at the Eagle Square Abuja and in all the capitals of the 36 states of the federation.

He disclosed that the theme of the 2017 May Day is `Labour Relations in Economic Recession: An Appraisal’, with a lecture on the topic to be delivered by Prof. Toye Olorode.

“The theme suggests that this is a time for us as working class to look at the present economic situation that has witnessed negative downturn and the reality of the moment.

“We need to critically look at the opportunity afforded to us to work towards achieving economic revival.

“We also need to chart a way to a national rebirth, economic recovery and advocate for the engendering of socioeconomic policies that are pro-poor,” he added.

He said that the May Day was a day to honour the heroes who fought for justice across the globe.

Adeyemi called on the state councils of the NLC and TUC to mobilise workers and groups to actively participate in the May Day rally.

Nigeria Labour Congress Falls Into Crisis

Which of the unions is the apex umbrella body for Nigerian workers? The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) used to be the sole umbrella for the various affiliate unions before the formation of the Trade Union Congress (TUC). But now, there is another apex union – the United Labour Congress of Nigeria (ULC).

Until the debut of ULC as the third force, the NLC and TUC championed the cause of the workers.

The development has further deepened the two-year-old leadership crisis rocking the NLC. The leadership tussle was caused by the supremacy battle between two factions led by Ayuba Wabba and Joe Ajaero.

Ajaero, a factional President of the NLC, had refused to step down for Wabba, in wake of the crisis that followed the disputed outcome of the March 2015 National Delegates Conference (NDC) in Abuja.

All interventions made by those sympathetic to the labour movement, including former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole and other past labour leaders, yielded no positive results. The gulf between the Wabba-led and Ajaero-led factions has not reduced.

Despite appeals from several quarters, including industrial unions, the recommendations in the report of the reconciliatory committee, headed by the former NLC President Hassan Sunmonu was never implemented.

Divisions over the 2015 strike and protest

The disagreement between the factions played out in failure of the organied labour to mobilised Nigerians to protest the withdrawal of petrol subsidy by the Federal Government in 2015.

Ajaero led his faction to collaborate with the government in finding solution to the issue. But, the Wabba-led faction opted for a nationwide strike, which was anything but successful. In fact, when the government invited the factions to a meeting over the subsidy removal, Wabba was quoted as saying that he would not hold meeting with government alongside the Ajaero faction. That forced the government to hold separate meetings with the factions.

As Wabba and Ajaero continued to battle for the soul of the NLC, their members remained at the mercy of the government as the organised labour lost its common voice on issues affecting workers’ welfare.

Ajaero group floats new union

The leadership crisis in the NLC got the climax on December 17, when the Ajaero faction broke away from NLC. It announced the formation of ULC as a new labour centre. In the new body are some unions affiliated to the TUC and NLC as well as some industrial unions that were hitherto, neither affiliated to the NLC, nor the TUC.

About 25 unions were said to have joined forces with the new association.

Some of the affiliates of the ULC include: National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Nigeria Union on Electricity Employees (NUEE), Nigeria Union of Mine Workers, National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Employees (NUBIFFE), Nigeria Union of Rail Workers, National Union of Lottery Agents, & Employees, Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) and National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE).

Ajaero, who was elected unopposed to lead the new body, said that the ULC would fight for workers’ interest and ensure a more equitable Nigeria where workers’ dignity and the work place would become less prone to impunity.

According to him, ULC’s emergence would strengthen the labour movement and bring on board aggrieved elements to chart a new cause for the workforce.

“The new labour centre, instead of weakening the movement, will present labour as a creative partner that has strategic benefits for the public, especially the employers and the government”, he said.

The ULC leader said the new centre’s focus was to restore hope to the Nigerian workers, the oppressed, the victimised, the neglected and other relegated members of the society.

Explaining that the new body has no plan to contest with anybody or faction, Ajaero said ULC will remain an independent centre, adding that “the issue of faction is over.’’

Ajaero also said the new congress was emerging because of the exigency of the moment where people work without salaries for months and were being denied their rights by their employers.

NUPENGs President Igwe Achese was elected ULC’s deputy president. Three vice presidents, a treasurer, an auditor and a financial secretary among other officers, were elected to run the affairs of the centre.

The officials promised to stand for victims of unfair labour practices and those being owed months of salary arrears.

Implications of ULC’s emergence

One obvious implication of ULC’s emergence is that the unions in critical sectors of the economy, including NUPENG, NUEE, NUBIFE, ANAP and NAAPE are among its affiliates.

Impliedly, the ULC would wield influence in the petroleum industry, power sector, financial, aviation, education, manufacturing and telecommunication sectors among others.

The name ULC is not new to the labour movement. It was the umbrella body for progressive unionists before the 1976 merger of unions following the restructuring of trade unions by the then military government under the late Gen. Muritala Mohammed/Olusegun Obasanjo.

Incidentally, the new ULC relies on the Trade Union Amendment Act of 2005, by the Federal Government headed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, to come into existence. But how far will the ULC go? Only time will tell.

Labour leaders react

Labour leaders across the country have been reacting to the new development in the NLC. They believe that labour, as a house divided against itself would lack cohesion to engage government policies. They are pushing for fence mending.

The National President, National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), Oladele Hunsu, described the move as unfortunate and a big blow to labour movement.

According to him, labour movement needed to be more cohesive at this time rather than disintegrating, adding that the only gainers in the ongoing dispensation were government and employers.

The garment workers’ president, while lamenting the development, further said that workers, who look up to labour for protection from employers’ anti-labour activities, would be disappointed in their leadership.

He said: “There is something we always say in labour movement that ‘United we stand, divided we fall’. This is not the best time for this to have happened because workers look up to the movement for protection.

“We need a strong movement to confront government and employers, now that it is divided, how can we achieve that. Some of us are not happy.”

Hunsu said the challenges facing Nigerian workers required a strong labour movement to battle it, listing minimum wage, rising inflation and job losses as some of the issues requiring a virile and formidable union to address.

“The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) confirmed recently that about four million Nigerians have lost their jobs. That is not even true; they are being economical with the truth. These are areas that should be confronted. So, division at this time is saddening,” he said.

The labour leader, who expressed hope in the ability of a united movement to tackle government and employers’ anti-labour activities, advised both parties to come together for the sake of the workers.

“It is government that profits from this division; it is the class enemy that profits from the system,” he said.

The Nation

NLC To Partner With FG In Halting Out-sourcing Of Jobs

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it will collaborate with the Federal Government to stop out-sourcing of jobs in the telecom sector, among others.
Mr Ayuba Wabba, the NLC President, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
“In this New Year, we shall work with the relevant arms and agencies of government to checkmate and halt the practices of multinational corporations especially in the Telecommunication, and Oil and Gas Sectors, who are adding to the economic crisis in the country by their new habit of out-scouring of jobs Nigerians can do to new destinations in Asia, especially Dubai and India,’’ he said.
He said there were reports that Ericsson Nigeria, local subsidiary of the Global Telecommunication Solution Provider, had disengaged all Nigerian staff in its Network Operating Centres and transferred its operation to India.
Wabba noted that Ericsson Nigeria had in the last few years managed the MTN Network from among its Nigerian staff. “Now, in the name of off-shoring, Indian workers are being brought to understudy their Nigerian counterparts, and thereafter these jobs monitoring MTN and other Telecommunication Networks are then transferred to India. These have huge implications for our national security, in addition to the fact that jobs that Nigerians are competent in are being moved out of the country. As the unfolding cyber controversy between the USA and Russia is unfolding, with the network operating centres moved out of the country, we can be easily be shut out from the rest of the world without our being able to do anything about it,’’ Wabba said.

However, the labour leader said the experience over Boko Haram and the SIM registration controversy with MTN clearly illustrates the inherent danger to Nigerian’s national security interest of the move by these multinationals.
He said that HUAWEI, a telecommunication giant, was responsible for managing about 75 per cent of network operating centres such as Etisalat, Airtel, part of GLO and part of MTN network operating centres in Nigeria.
“They have also commenced the knowledge transfer from Nigerian engineers to their Indian counterparts preparatory to also moving their operations to India.
“We will work with the relevant committees of the National Assembly, ministries and agencies to protect our national interest.
“We will be leading national campaigns against these practices in the Telecom and Oil and Gas sectors in this New Year,’’ he assured.
Wabba said that the affected multinationals must be made to understand that they would not be allowed uninhibited access to making millions of dollars off Nigeria as a nation without contributing to creating jobs.
He said that there must be costs to every multinational decision to take the livelihood of Nigerian workers to other shores.
“We need the understanding, support and cooperation of government and its agencies in this fight to keep these jobs in the country,’’ he said.

NLC Warns FG Against Fuel Price Increase

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned the federal government against testing the resolve of workers and other Nigerians by contemplating an increase in the prices of petroleum products.
The congress also backtracked on its earlier support for the plan by the Buhari administration to borrow about $29 billion, saying the government should instead pursue and recover stolen government funds and use same to fund infrastructural development
Speaking at the opening of its National Executive Council meeting in Sokoto, NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, expressed concern over ongoing media campaign and contradictory statements from the NNPC and government officials on the rumoured plan to increase the pump price of petrol.
He said the congress was totally opposed to any form of increase in prices of petrol as such an act would further increase the sufferings of Nigerians, adding that congress would mobilise Nigerians to resist any such increase.
Wabba said: “While Nigerians are still struggling to cope with the severe hardship imposed on them by the last increase in the price of petroleum products, there are ongoing media campaigns and contradictory statements by the NNPC and government officials on yet another plan to review the template for the pricing of petroleum products.
“We are totally opposed to any further increases as we are yet to see the benefits of the last increase even as the current Minimum Wage Act has not been reviewed.
“It would amount to unleashing further hardship on workers and the poor if any further price increase is allowed.
“The government must not take us for granted. Indeed, the patience and perseverance of the entire populace must not be taken for granted, as we will sure mobilise the entire citizenry for mass protests in addition to other legitimate actions to resist any further increase.
“What is urgently required of government is not another increase but a downward review of the current pump price of petroleum products.
“The current National Minimum Wage Act has long elapsed, and as you are already aware, we have long submitted our proposal for a review but Government seems not in a haste to recognise the urgency in attending to our demands.
“Nigerian workers and pensioners are as important to the growth of the economy and must not be allowed to continue to suffer further hardships.
“We therefore reiterate our call on government to treat the review of the minimum wage and pension with the utmost urgency they deserve.”
While commending the Federal Government in its sustained battle against corruption and determination to ensure good governance in our country, Wabba said the battle should be more systemic and institutionalised with strong laws and institutions strengthened enough to sustain the battle, adding that “our country has been seriously harmed both in image and resources by the impunity with which public funds were looted for decades such that what we need is beyond a flash in the pan approach.
“We will support government in all areas that will promote good governance at all levels and all facets of the Nigerian society as long as it sustains its commitment to delivering people-driven governance that will promote decency and growth in all spheres of our socio economic and political endeavour.
“But we will not support the plan by the Federal Government to borrow more money from anywhere as we obviously have enough to attend to our immediate needs.
“For instance, if the government vigorously pursues those in possession of our collective wealth, especially multinationals who have refused to remit funds meant for corporate Nigeria, we would have enough to rejuvenate the economy and the quality of the lives of our people.
“NEITI has already been quoted to have discovered that $22 billion (twenty-two billion dollars) has not been remitted by multinational firms to the federation account. This amount alone can take care of some of the areas any new loan is expected to be expended on.
“If we must borrow, perhaps such borrowings, on terms strictly not against our collective interests and in particular not designed to deepen our debt burden, it should be directed towards revitalising rail transportation and roads and not for servicing remunerations or tastes of public office holders.
“Loans must have specific targets in public interest and strictly directed to their original uses; that is if we must take any at all.
“We are also opposed to the idea of giving public funds to bail out commercial banks or interests, especially the recent proposal to give out $7 billion as bailout funds to commercial banks without any repayment schedule whatsoever.
“While we also support the need for budget reform, we urge the government to ensure that the process is all inclusive, transparent, accountable and in line with the principle of good governance.
“Once more, we urge government to be very careful with the process of economic reforms and development as it has become clearer around the world that neo-liberal prescriptions handed troubled economies have not been of any help but rather further unleashed mass poverty and infrastructural decay on recipient countries and their citizens.
“The prescriptions only generate massive wealth for the tiny few rich while devastating the quality of lives of the citizens.
“Indeed, a prominent report by Forbes has alarmed that ‘unless it changes, capitalism will starve humanity by 2050’.
“We should not be seen to be accepting alien economic recovery policies that have been proven to be responsible for our problems in the first instance, as all previous prescriptions from the Breton Woods institutions have only ended up destroying our economy and impoverishing our people.
“We have enough intellectual capacity in our country that can develop people-driven policies that is truly rooted in our specific circumstance for the recovery of our economy.”

My Removal By Amosun, Executive Rascality – NLC Chairman

The Ogun State Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Akeem Ambali, has described his purported sack by Governor Ibikunle Amosun as “executive recklessness and abuse of all statutory laws”.

He urged workers in the state to remain resolute in the quest to have their legitimate right from “an autocratic and deceitful government”.

The governor, had approved the dismissal of the state chairman, his vice and the state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Dare Ilekoya.

Also on the dismissal list were 14 others.

In a statement on Monday night, Ambali said he had never been summoned by any panel, and that the attention of the leadership of the union was only drawn to the purported dismissal through phone calls.

The statement read in part, “We are calling on our ever committed workers to remain at home and not be intimidated by this action that was against all norms of democratic and fair hearing. I have never been summoned by any panel and this clearly shows how autocratic and deceitful the government of Ibikunle Amosun is.”

Amosun Dismisses NLC Chairman, Others In Ogun

The Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has approved the dismissal of the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Akeem Ambali, his vice and the state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Dare Ilekoya.

Also on the dismissal list were 14 others.

On the suspension list were no fewer than 18 others. Those affected were mostly teachers under the umbrella of the NUT.

These were recommendations contained in a report of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate the alleged misconduct of executive members of the NUT on the 2016 World Teachers Day celebration, held on the 5th of October, at the NUT Hall, Kuto, Abeokuta.

The officials of the union were said to have been suspended for their roles in the conduct of the celebration.

The recommendations of the panel signed by the Head of Service, Sola Adeyemi, was approved by the state government for immediate implementation.

Our correspondent gathered that the state government set up an administrative panel of inquiry to look into complaints received from concerned members of the public against the affected officers for their alleged involvement “in various acts of misconduct and contravention of extant regulations during the celebration.”

The NLC chairman, was until his dismissal a deputy director, Community and Social Development, Sagamu Local Government Area of the state.

He was accused to have made inflammable and scandalous remarks against the state government, which could cause breach of peace in the state.