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Health Workers Union Threatens to Embark on Strike in Solidarity with ASUU, others




The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), says it will go on a solidarity strike in support of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and other unions.

Mr Biobelemoye Josiah, MHWUN National President, issued the threat in a statement he jointly signed with Mr Auwalu Kiyawa, Acting Secretary General of the union, on Sunday in Abuja.

The statement is entitled; “MHWUN stands in solidarity with the university based unions in the ongoing struggle to emancipate and reposition the public tertiary Institutions in Nigeria for progressive development’’.

News men, report that ASUU, and other unions in public universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, have been on industrial action for more than six months over alleged failure of the Federal Government to meet their demands.

The unions are demanding funding of the revitalisation fund, earned allowances, implementation of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) scheme, as well as promotion arrears.

Other demands are; the renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement, and the resolution of inconsistency in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS), among others.

Josiah said the leadership of the union condemned in strong terms the lethargic attitude of government in resolving the issues in contention

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He said: “In order to protect the future of our youths whose academic life is being disrupted, we call on the government to implement without further delay all the agreements it had entered with the unions.

“We urge the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari’s earlier directive to resolve all outstanding issues with the unions is backed by immediate acceptable action that would end the stalemate.

“MHWUN wishes to use this medium to unequivocally state that we firmly stand behind the university based unions and the clear position of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), leadership in this historic struggle.

“Our state councils have been put on red alert, and we will not hesitate to declare a solidarity strike in support of the unions if government fails to resolve the issues within a reasonable time, ’’he said.

According to MHWUN, no responsible government will close down its public tertiary institutions over patriotic demands for a better funding of its universities and good welfare for its teaching and non-teaching staff.

He described it as shameful, saying that the union was particularly irked that the Federal Government and the political actors had abandoned the children of the masses at home to waste away.

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“Instead, they are seen dissipating energy and resources that could have been used to resolve the issue to fund political tussles.

“We are more worried with the development because the academic future of the citizenry is being disrupted.

`Whereas the politicians and top government officials have their children mostly in well funded and equipped overseas schools or in relatively expensive private schools in Nigeria.

“Discerning minds will agree with us that the negative impact of the strike to the future of our children and Nigeria in general cannot be quantified, ’’he said.

Josiah called on people of goodwill to stand up in defence of the right and future of  children and Nigeria, by demanding that the government did the right thing to bring the children back to the classroom.

Similarly, the union also categorically condemned in the strongest terms the spate of insecurity in the country.

It noted that the rising orgies of killing, banditry, kidnapping for ransom, and extreme agitation for secession, had assumed a dangerous dimension.

“Nigerian workers are no longer safe, both in their homes and at work places, as many have lost their lives to these enemies of state.

“We therefore, demand for a resolute action from government to end this degrading assault on the sovereignty of our nation,’’ the president said.

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Also speaking on the current economic crisis, Josiah condemned the current scarcity of diesel, cooking gas, petrol and aviation fuel, and the rising prices of goods and services all over the country.

He said that this pathetic development had further exposed workers, whose salaries and income has already been eroded by inflation, to greater hardships.

“The situation reinforces the earlier call by the organised labour for a resolute action on domestic refining of petroleum,’’ he said.

MHWUN, however, reiterated the union’s call for its members to ensure they registered and obtained their Permanent Voter’s Card. (NAN)


Abuja Remains Nigeria’s Safest, most Peaceful City – FCTA




The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Tuesday  assured that Abuja, the nation’s capital remains the safest and most peaceful city in the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Security Matters, Amb. Abu Mohammed gave the assurance, while reacting to recent reports on the social media about the security situation in the territory.

He said the high level of security of lives and property explained why there were large influx of people into the territory from all parts of the nation, despite attempts by peddlers of fake news painting the territory as unsafe.

” Although, the FCT is not immune to crimes (banditry, terrorism, armed robbery and other petty thefts) as a result of its location because it is contiguous to states with high terrorist banditry activities, the situation is exacerbated by spread of fake news.

“The print and electronic media as well as social media platforms have been awashed with panic and false alarms, thus further aggravating the prevailing tension amongst significant proportion of residents of the territory.

“Just recently, the Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad Bello approved almost N103 million for the commencement of the second phase of the G-7 operation which will last for 30 days and spread over two months will cost over N207 million.

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“The second phase of the operation will see the commencement of security actions and procedures by members of the G7, which will involve taking the fight to the bandits and terrorists in their dens. ”

The minister’s aide disclosed that already, some of the neighbouring state have given their nods to the operation.

Mohammed added that efforts being made by the FCT Administration to curb insecurity in Abuja were numerous.

“They are conduct of regular joint operations among the actionable security agencies and the military members of the FCT Security Committee.

“There have been tremendous successes in the joint operations as synergy among the agencies are better than before.

“Ongoing Clearance Operations of suspected bandit locations in the hilly, mountainous and forest locations on the fringes of the FCT.

“There have also been upscale in military checkpoints at strategic locations and regular and sustained joint patrol.

” Setting up of the G-7 initiative where members of the group jointly and simultaneously conduct operations along the perimeters of the FCT with the contiguous states of Nasarawa, Kaduna, Niger and Kogi.”

He explained that the G-7 involved security collaborations and partnerships with states around the FCT.

Mohammed said the logistics for the operation was taken care of by the FCT Administration, adding that the action had led to the reduction in the influx of bandits and terrorists into the FCT. (NAN)

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Transportation Master Plan’ll make Lagos FDI Paradise — LAMATA




The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) on Tuesday said that the state government’s master plan on transportation would transform Lagos to a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) paradise.

The Managing Director, Mrs Abimbola Akinajo, said  this at the handing over of three blocks of flats to the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) in Agege, Lagos.

She said that the Lagos strategic transport master plan provides for six rail lines, one monorail, 14 Bus Rapid Transit routes and over 20 water terminals.

Akinajo assured Lagos residents that before long, one of the proposed modes of transportation would get to their areas to cater to their mobility needs.

Akinajo said that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration was committed to using an integrated transportation system to drive the growth of Lagos.

“The Lagos State Government, as part of the negotiation for co-sharing the NRC’s rail track and building the infrastructure for the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red Line rail project, acquired the NRC staff quarters at Ikeja.

“The Ikeja train station is currently being built, with a promise to replace the staff quarters at another location close to their station.

“The new staff quarters made up of three blocks containing 16 units of two-bedroom flats and four units of one-bedroom flats are located on Shiaba Street around the Babatunde Raji Fashola Train station at Agege,” she said.

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The LAMATA boss said that the handing over of the building was indicative of the present administration’s move to complete the Blue and Red line rail projects at the end of this year, for operations to begin within the first quarter of 2023.

She said that transportation was very essential to civilisation, and a good integrated transportation system would give citizens more transport options for their mobility.

“This is what this administration is committed to bequeathing to residents.

“I appeal to residents to own the rail projects and ensure that the infrastructure are protected.

The Managing Director, NRC, Mr Fidet Okhiria, thanked the Lagos State Government for keeping its promise to rebuild the acquired staff quarters at another location and close to NRC’s facility.

He assured the government of NRC’s continued cooperation and warned allottees not to sublet any part of the building or deface the aesthetics of the environment.

 “We thank the Lagos State Government for this privilege, for letting us (NRC) and LAMATA leave this legacy.”

” LAMATA and NRC are one family, we pursue the same goal, which is to make transportation easy and make commerce within the environs boom,” Okhiria said. (NAN).

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Peter Obi Emerges 2022 ‘Man of the Year’




The presidential candidate of Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, has emerged the “Man Of The Year’ in the 2022 Leadership Excellence Awards.

In a 14-day Leadership Excellence Awards voting by Nigerians both home and in the Diaspora via online platforms, monitored by the reporters, Obi was voted ahead of three other nominees.

The online voting was organised by the Igbere TV, a foremost community TV in Nigeria.

Obi defeated three other nominees to emerge winner the voting which took place from Aug. 1st to Aug. 14, via online platforms.

He polled 2, 428, 403 votes to defeat the Chairman and Founder of BUA Group, Abdul Rabiu who polled 1, 124, 172 and popular Nigerian Singer, David Adeleke, a.k.a Davido who polled 881, 766.

The fourth nominee, Apostle Chibuzor Gift Chinyere, the Founder and General Overseer of Omega Power Ministries, had earlier stepped down and publicly endorsed Peter Obi for the award.

The prestigious award, endorsed by the African Union, African Film Institute, will be presented in November 2022 in Abuja.

Newsmen report that the prestigious award, which is the fourth in a row, is an annual event; it recognises and honours outstanding impacts of leaders across public and private sectors in Nigeria.

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Tthe event promotes outstanding leaders and personalities whose impacts have been felt in Nigeria’s political, social and economic spheres.

In May 2022, Obi became the presidential candidate of the LP in the upcoming 2023 general elections, after defecting from the People Democratic Party.

Obi is a Nigerian businessman and politician who served as governor of Anambra from March to November 2006 – February to May 2007, and from June 2007 to March 2014.

Born in Onitsha in 1961, Obi graduated from the University of Nigeria in 1984, he entered business and banking, eventually rising to hold several high-ranking executive positions at banks.

By the early 2000s, Obi was the Chairman of Fidelity Bank before leaving the position to enter politics.(NAN)

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