Organised Labour demands N615,000 as minimum wage in fresh proposal

Organised Labour

Organised Labour, comprising the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), has submitted a fresh proposal to the Federal Government, demanding N615,000 as the new minimum wage for workers in the country. According to a source, who is  a member of one of the sub-committees set up by the Government to work on getting a new minimum wage for the country, said the new wage of N615,000 monthly was reached after consultations by the NLC and TUC. However, the source reportedly hinted that the wage might still increase,…

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Concerns over ‘misuse’ of security vote amidst rising insecurity

Security Vote misuse

Lawyers have queried the rationale behind the monthly allocation of security vote to state governors amidst rising insecurity in the country. The lawyers were unanimous in calling for the scrapping of security vote, saying it is not being properly used by many state governors. Speaking while appearing before the House Committee on FCT last week Monday to defend the N1.1 trillion budget of his ministry, Wike said he need security vote to tackle the insecurity currently ravaging the FCT. Wike said: “Security vote has become necessary to enable the FCT…

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Safe Schools Initiative: FG to engage hunters, vigilantes on intelligence-gathering

Safe Schools Initiative

National Coordinator, ‘Financing Safe Schools Initiative’, Mrs. Halima Iliya, says plans are underway to actively engage hunters and vigilantes on intelligence gathering to curb attacks on schools across the country. The National Coordinator, who gave this indication in an interview with  newsmen yesterday in Abuja, said that aggressive community engagements and sensitisation of students, parents and teachers will kick off in the second quarter of the year. She said, “As a component of the plan, for states with local vigilantes, we intend to train their hunters, vigilantes and volunteers while…

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“Stop deceiving Nigerians, tariff hike ‘ll worsen economic woes” – Electricity workers tell FG

Electricity workers

Workers in the nation’s power sector have asked the Federal Government to stop deceiving Nigerians over the 300 percent hike in electricity tariff, and called for it reversal to avoid further socio-economic woes. While advising the Government to come clean on the hike and not be economical with the truth, they described the hike as nothing but another anti-people policy. Under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees, (NUEE), the workers warned that if any of their colleague is attacked in the line of duty over the tariff…

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CNG initiative: FG targets 25,000 jobs, $2.5bn investment in 3yrs

FG CNG

The Programme Director and Chief Executive of the Presidential Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Initiatives, Michael Oluwagbemi, has announced the Federal Government’s plan to target over 25,000 jobs and $2.5bn worth of investment by 2027. Oluwagbemi made this known during the Presidential CNG stakeholders’ engagement workshop held at BOVAS Auto-Gas filing stations, Ajibode Bus-Stop in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Friday. He said the initiative, which was part of palliative measures to ease the burden of the removal of fuel subsidy, will attract enormous investment and job creation that will impact…

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Lagos-Calabar highway: “Why is project starting from Chagoury’s Eko Atlantic?” – Atiku hits Tinubu again

lagos calabar

Former vice-president and the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, has again, challenged President Bola Tinubu to answer some critical questions regarding the Lagos-Calabar coastal highway project. Atiku, who was responding to a statement by Bayo Onanuga, presidential spokesman in response to his earlier remarks on the project, stated that the Tinubu administration could not continue to dodge the question on the cost implication of a project which would be funded by taxpayers money at a time Nigeria was still facing dire economic…

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FG faces backlash over electricity tariff hike

National Grid

…As anxiety mounts on plan for general increase Nigerians are expressing outrage over the recent electricity tariff hike by the Federal Government, fearing it will worsen the economic hardship already faced by most citizens. The plan for a general increase in tariffs across all bands has heightened anxiety among citizens, with groups like the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), condemning the move as unjust. The tariff hike, approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, (NERC), affects customers under Band A, increasing their rates by 240 percent. This decision, attributed to rising…

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Presidency unveils platform for citizens’ feedback

Hadiza Bala Usman

The Presidency has unveiled its Citizens’ Delivery Tracker to provide a “strong feedback loop between citizens and government” on the eight priority areas of the Bola Tinubu administration. The President’s Special Adviser on Policy and Coordination, Hadiza Bala-Usman, disclosed this at the Go-Live event of the CDT holding in Abuja yesterday. “The platform is available as a web link (app.cdcu.gov.ng) and will be available as an app for download in the next few months”, said Bala-Usman. Bala-Usman said yesterday’s unveiling is the culmination of a months-long process since Tinubu announced…

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Sen. Ndume urges FG to reverse electricity tariff

…Says timing wrong Borno-South senator, Ali Ndume, has called for the reversal of the hike in electricity tariff. Ndume, who spoke in an issuef statement made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, said the timing of the hike is not right, as Nigerians are yet to recover from the removal of fuel subsidy. Recall that the Federal Government, through the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, (NERC), recently approved a 300 percent tariff increment for Band-A consumers, allowing power distribution companies (DisCos) to raise electricity prices for city dwellers from N68 to…

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FG introduces new national ID card with payment, social features

The Federal Government, in collaboration with the National Identity Management Commission, (NIMC), is set to introduce an upgraded National Identity card integrated with payment functionalities and social service attributes. Developed jointly with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System, (NIBSS), this new card will utilise AfriGO, a national domestic card scheme. Head of Corporate Communications of NIMC, Kayode Adegoke, disclosed this in a statement released on Friday. Supported by the NIMC Act No. 23 of 2007, which mandates the enrollment and issuance of a multipurpose…

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