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Organised Labour Staged Protest Across The Country

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  • the protest was in obedience to the directive by the NLC President
  • Wants FG To Fix Refineries,
  • Halt school fees increase

The organised labour staged protest accros the country, on Wednesday 2nd August, 2023. push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({}); with compatriots across the country in the protest against fuel subsidy removal, with a call on The Federal Government to fix Nigeria’s refineries.

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), affiliates in Plateau State called on government to halt the arbitrary increase of school fees across the country’s higher institutions, as well as the unexplained taxes and utilities tariffs.

Mr Eugene Manji, NLC Chairman in Plateau, while addressing the workers, said that subsidy removal had exposed Nigerians to untold hardship.

Manji said that some Nigerians could barely feed their families because of the harsh economic situation.

“I wonder how many parents will be able to pay their children’s school fees in September?

“The increase of fuel from N195 to N617 has affected every sector of the economy.

“We are not antagonising government, but we are suffocating under the current economic challenges.

“Before you remove subsidy, fix our refineries and stop importing refined petroleum products, and ensure that every transaction concerning petroleum is done in our local currency (Naira and Kobo),” he stated.

The chairman further appealed to the government to pay attention to the plight of the masses, and rescind it decisions.

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Mr Kenneth Shamah, Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Plateau chapter, said that it was the first time organised labour made a chatter of demands and also suggested practical solutions.

Shamah said that the peaceful protest was not only about workers, but for everyone suffering in Nigeria.

According to him, many people can no longer feed their families as many businesses have crumbled.

Prof. Chris Piwuna, National Vice President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), said that the union had always stood for students and Nigerian citizens.

Piwuna urged government, and indeed the ruling class, to have a rethink and listen to the cries of the masses.

“There are taxes everywhere, electricity tariff has gone up, and the cost of food has skyrocketed.

“In the span of just two months, the price of petrol has gone up to over 300 per cent.

“Our leaders should listen, fix our refineries and go back to the resolutions reached between the Federal Government and the NLC on subsidy removal.

“They should also pay university staff their eight months outstanding salaries,” the ASUU scribe said.

Meanwhile, the protest was in obedience to the directive by the NLC President, Mr Joe Ajaero, that nationwide protests be staged against the fuel subsidy removal and other Federal Government policies.

Speaking with newsmen, the Caretaker Secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, Mr Victor Amusan, called the attention of the Federal Government to the plight of Nigerians, occasioned by the fuel subsidy removal.

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NAN reports that from the venue of the protest, the workers later marched through the streets of Osogbo, singing solidarity songs and stopping to enlighten market people and road users on the basis for their action.

Amusan said that the subsidy removal was done without provision for measures to cushion its effects on Nigerians.

He said that there should have been palliatives in place before the removal of the subsidy.

According to the labour leader, Nigerians are currently going through serious hardship because of high cost of living.

Amusan said that some tertiary institutions had also increased their tuition, expressing the fear that the situation might force many students to drop out of school.

He urged government to roll out palliatives or reverse any policy inimical to the wellbeing of Nigerians.

Vice-President of National Union of Electricity Employees (NUWEE), Mr Sadiq Adewale, said that the fuel subsidy removal was having adverse effect on everyone in the country.

Also, the immediate past President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Mr Biodun Ogunyemi, who joined the protesters in solidarity, said that they were expressing their rights to protest against what they felt government was not doing right.

Ogunyemi said that subsidy removal would only benefit the elite, adding that government should be about the people as well as their welfare and wellbeing.

He appealed to government to pay the backlog of salaries being owed ASUU members, as the cost of living had gone up due to the subsidy removal.

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NAN reports that the protest was peaceful, as the police, NSCDC and other security agencies provided security for the protesters while they marched through Osogbo metropolis.

However, business activities were not disrupted by the protest, as banks, shops and government offices were open for business activities.

NAN reports that it was only the vehicular movements that were disrupted on the routes marched through by the protesting workers.

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Eid-El-Fitr: ICDA North Central Coordinator Urges Muslim Faithfuls To Abide By Ramadan Lessons

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The Igala Cultural And Development Association, ICDA North Central Coordinator, Prince Oruma Musa has sent a message of congratulations to Igala muslim faithfulls in the North-central as they celebrate the eid-el-fitr. push({});

Prince Oruma congratulate Igala muslims as they completed the Ramadan fasting urging them to continue to abide by the teachings during the ramadan fasting.

“The patience and perseverance exercised during ramadan fasting is a sacrifice that will be rewarded with blessings from Allah”, he said.

He further express shock over the sudden death of former governor of Kogi State, Alh Idris Wada son, Mohammed Ibrahim Idris who died after eid-el prayer at his Abuja residence.

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The deceased was a former member of House of Representative, represented Omala, Ankpa and Olamaboro in the 7th Assembly.

In a message conveyed by special adviser on media, Prince Abdulrahman Obaje, Prince Oruma said he is deepely saddened by the death of Muhammed.

“On behalf of myself and the good people of the Igala Kingdom, North-central Zone, I wish to express our deep condolence over the death of your son, I am deeply saddened by his death. He is a young Nigerian full of promises for the future of Nigeria”. He said.

He said the death has created a vacuum that will be difficult to fill, urging the family he left behind to take solace in the fact that the late Muhammed live a life worthy of emulation.
He prayed that the Almighty Allah grant the dead eternal rest in Aljanat Firdaos.

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He further reiterate his commitment towards the advancement of ICDA , saying that we should all intesify prayers and commitment, while all hands on deck to see that ICDA get out of its current predicament.

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Investigative Journalists Group, NGIJ Hails Aderinokun on Appointment as Head of Media at Access Corp

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Investigative Journalists Group, the Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists NGIJ has extended a warm congratulations to Mr. Kunle Aderinokun on his appointment as the new Head of Media and Public Relations at Access Corporation. adsbygoogle || []). push({});

In a statement released on Tuesday in Lagos signed by Ayoyemi Mojoyinola, the National President and Israel Bolaji, the National Vice President of NGIJ, the guild described Aderinokun as a versatile journalist, banker, business analyst, media expert and arts enthusiast who would bring his rich years of experience to bear on the new role.

“NGIJ recognises the appointment of Mr. Aderinokun as a significant development, as his decades of robust experience across the media and financial industry undoubtedly be a valuable asset to Access Corporation and the nation.

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“His extensive knowledge, exposure, intellect and expertise in media and finance make him a well-suited candidate for this position

“The NGIJ is confident that Mr. Aderinokun’s appointment will further to the growth and success of Access Corporation. We look forward to witnessing his impactful contributions to the organisation’s media and public relations endeavours,” the statement noted.

Prior to his appointment at Access Corporation, Mr. Aderinokun held various key positions in prestigious organizations. He began his career at First Marina Trust Ltd as an MIS and Account, followed by a role as an Analyst at Wall Street Trust Company.

Subsequently, he served as a Banking Officer at United Bank for Africa Plc and later founded Pure Synergy. At ThisDay Newspaper Group, he distinguished himself as an Associate Editor and Group Business Editor, responsible for editing and writing compelling business stories and analyses.

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Mr. Aderinokun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Ilorin and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Lagos. His educational background, coupled with his extensive professional experience, equips him with a comprehensive understanding of the business landscape.

The Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) is a professional body that promotes investigative journalism, ethical standards, and accountability in Nigeria. The guild comprises seasoned journalists who are committed to upholding the principles of integrity, fairness, and accuracy in their work.

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ICDA Chairman, Abubakar Sadiq Debunks Rumours of Unpopular Movement, Calls for Prayers

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Igala Cultural and Development Association (ICDA) National President, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq has debunk rumour making the round on social media that the leadership of the apex social-cultural group of the Igala nation (ICDA) has approved an unpopular movement. push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Abubakar made this known in his first podcast after the Kogi governorship election held November 11th, 2023 and received by The Informavores!, saying that he did not hold any meeting with anybody approving any unpopular movement.

In his message that was passed in Igala Language and roughly translated, he said in part that, “There is rumour making the round and our people have been calling me left and right concerning some people that ICDA held meeting with or append signature for approval so that they can go to VIPs of Kogi State. “

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”All that rumour is not true. We did not hold meeting with anybody and ICDA did not sign any agreement of approval with anybody”.

“And there is no any Igala son/daughter in this trial time that would volunteer to lead such movement. For this reason, as far as we are concern, all that rumour is not true”

“And so, don’t be deceived and misled by mischief makers.”

Recall that the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja in the petition filed by Social Democratic Party, SDP and its candidate, Muritala Ajaka is still ongoing and the rumoured movement may not be unconnected with it.

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Abubakar further revealed and reassured that preparation is in top gear to elect new executives members that would pilot the affairs of ICDA in a short period of time.

He concluded his message with prayers and admonish the teaming populace to be more prayerful and steadfast.

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