Eid-el-Maulud: FG declares tomorrow Public Holiday

The Federal Government has declared tomorrow, Thursday October 29, 2020 as Public Holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Maulud, which is the celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Ra’uf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated the Muslim faithful both at home and abroad for witnessing this year’s occasion. He enjoined them to imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance that are the virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), adding…

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FG orders all civil servants to resume October 19

The Federal Government has directed all civil servants to resume. They are to start work on Monday October 19, 2020. The Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made the announcement on Thursday. Some have been at home since March due to the lockdown caused by COVID-19 pandemic. Workers on Salary Grade Level 12 upward and those on essential duties have been on duty. PTF Coordinator, Sanni Aliyu, announced that Nigeria will maintain Phase 3 of the response with further changes to address economic, socio-political and healthcare. Mustapha confirmed…

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IPPIS: Again, FG, ASUU meeting ends in deadlock

The meeting between the Federal Government and the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over the controversial Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, platform last night ended in deadlock. There were heated arguments between representatives of Federal Government and ASUU as the two parties maintained their positions on PPIS. The meeting took place at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Abuja. As the meeting progressed, the quiet atmosphere suddenly changed when a top member of ASUU delegation accused the Minister of Labour and Employment,…

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Flood: FG inaugurates committee to develop emergency response plan

The Federal Government on Monday in Abuja inaugurated a high-level committee for the development of National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan to effectively tackle flooding across the country. Speaking at the inauguration, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said that the establishment of the committee was necessitated by reports from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the multi-sectoral nature of disasters in general. “It is therefore, pertinent that we are all here to develop a National Multi-Sectoral and Flood Emergency…

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FG extends suspension of new electricity tariff by 1 week

The Federal Government has extended the suspension of the new electricity tariff by one week. Professor James Momoh, Chairman, Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) said this when the ad hoc Technical Committee on Electricity Tariff submitted its interim report at a reconvene bilateral meeting between Federal Government and Organised Labour on Monday in Abuja. The new tariff was earlier suspended for two weeks and ended at midnight on October 11, when the organised labour suspended the planned industrial action over agitation on the hike in electricity tariff on Sept. 28.,…

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FG releases fresh guidelines for reopening of schools

The federal government yesterday released fresh guidelines for the reopening of schools in the country. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, made this known during a briefing in Abuja. PTF had okayed the reopening of schools in August with some subnational already reopening primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in their states. The federal government had ordered all Unity Schools in the country to resume with effect from October 12. Giving an update yesterday, Aliyu said, “The Federal Ministry of Education, the PTF…

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D-day: No going back on Monday scheduled strike – labour insists

The organized labour has insisted on going ahead with the strike actions and nationwide protests from Monday over the failure of the Federal Government to reverse the hikes in electricity tariffs and fuel pump.  The House of Representatives on Sunday waded into the crisis between the Federal Government and the organised labour but the workers, however, insisted on starting industrial action on Monday until their demands are met. The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Sunday met with President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Ayuba Wabba; and his Trade Union Congress…

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Fuel, electricity tariff hike: Don’t join nationwide strike, FG warns civil servants

The Federal Government has warned civil servants on Grade Level 12 and above and those on essential services not to join the industrial action declared by labour unions in the country. The warning is coming on the heels of the deadlock in the meeting between the federal government and organised labour, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), which was adjourned till Monday after both sides failed to agree on terms for the resolution of the dispute over the increase in petrol price and electricity tariffs in the…

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FG orders deportation of 10 Egyptians, 7 Sri Lankans

The federal government has approved the deportation of 10 Egyptians and seven Sri-Lankans. Sunday James, Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), disclosed this in a statement on Friday. James said Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, had signed the deportation order in pursuant to section 45, subsection 2, section 46, subsection 1 and section 47, subsection 1 of the Nigeria Immigration Act 2015. He said the 10 Egyptians had violated the conditions for their entry and the minister had ordered their deportation with immediate effect. “Seven Sri-Lankans that were jailed…

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NLC, TUC adamant as FG obtains fresh order to stop planned strike over petrol, electricity price increase

Time for deregulation is now – FG insists NO WAY, Enough is enough! says NLC Aviation, Judiciary, NULGE set for shut down Monday As Civil Society groups vow to occupy Eagle Square October 1 Despite another fresh order by the National Industrial Court (NIC) on organised labour comprising the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) not to embark on its indefinite strike scheduled for Monday, September 28, both unions have enjoined all workers to embark on the indefinite strike pending when the Nigerian Government reverted to…

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