Minimum Wage: Strike looms, as Labour, FG yet to reach agreement

Hours into the midnight deadline for industrial action over the new minimum wage agreement between Organised Labour and the Federal Government, both sides were yet to reach a consensus. Labour had resorted to the strike option from Oct. 17 if the Federal Government failed to reach a consensus with it on Oct. 16 over the consequential adjustments of the new minimum wage. At the meeting, which commenced 5:00 p.m., the Organised Labour and representatives of the Federal Government broke into discussions to consider both positions on the minimum wage but…

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Power: FG may revoke licences of eight Discos over N30.1bn debt

The Federal Government may cancel the licences of eight power distribution companies (DisCos), as the Discos breached some provisions of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act in July 2019. In this regard, the power sector regulator, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, has informed the eight DisCos on its resolved to revoke their licences in sixty-days after they accumulated over thirty billion naira energy invoice debts for July 2019. The NERC’s Commissioner for Legal, Licencing and Compliance, Dafe Akpeneye, in a notice, directed the Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Port-Harcourt, Benin, Enugu,…

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Minimum wage: FG should be ready for war over retrenchment threat – Labour

The Organised Labour, comprising the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) declared that they are going to war with the Federal Government over the continued delay in the implementation of the new national minimum wage; and the recent threat by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige. Ngige, it could be recalled, was reported to have said that the government would be compelled to retrench workers, if it is to implement Labour’s demand on the N30,000, consequential adjustments for Grade Level-7 to 17. However,…

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Kaduna school abduction confirms failure of FG to secure Nigerians – BBOG group

The recent abduction of six students and two employees of Engravers College in Kaduna, on October 3, 2019, has been described as a continued failure by the Federal Government to secure, preserve and dignify citizens’ lives. The #BringBackOurGirls movement, which stated this yesterday, said that incapacity, apathy and failed leadership made the list of tags labelled against the President and the Federal Government as Nigerians marked Day 2000 of abduction of 276 schoolgirls from Government Girls’ Secondary School (GGSS), Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, 2014. The group said amidst…

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PDP kicks as FG proposes re-introduction of toll gates

The Federal Government has concluded designs for the return of toll plazas on Federal roads, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has said. Fashola disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The minister said that, though the government dismantled toll plazas in the past, there was no law abolishing tolls. The toll gates were dismantled by Obasanjo administration with effect from January 1 2004. The reason cited at that…

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$9.6bn P&ID Verdict: UK debt judgment would be set aside – FG

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has expressed optimism that the entire arbitration decisions and judgment debt of $9.6 billion against Nigeria by a UK court over a botched gas contract would be set aside. According to a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by his media aide, the Minister stated this in London, while reacting to Thursday’s ruling by a UK commercial court staying execution of the 9.6 billion dollar judgment debt and granting leave for Nigeria to appeal the decision in the UK appellate…

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2020 Budget: FG to spend N2.45tr on debt servicing

The Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF and Fiscal Strategy Paper, FSP document submitted to the National Assembly have shown that the Federal Government plans to spend about two-point-four trillion naira of its over ten trillion naira 2020 Budget estimates on debt servicing. The document was accompanied by a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari to the Senat, which was read during plenary by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. The MTEF/FSP document also indicated that the Federal Government has also adjusted the 2020 Budget figures, from nine-point-seven trillion to over ten trillion naira.…

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FG directs NCC to block over nine million SIM cards

There were indications on Thursday that the Federal Government is set to block about nine million unregistered mobile telephone SIM cards in the country. Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Patanmi, disclosed in a tweet on Thursday that he has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission to immediately block the unregistered SIM cards. According to the minister, all unregistered SIM cards would remain blocked until their users present themselves. “As at today, preliminary investigation revealed, we have over 9 million unregistered SIM cards in Nigeria, I have directed the NCC to immediately…

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Xenophobic Attacks: FG to begin evacuation of Nigerians in South Africa

• As Police arrest 125 suspects for breaking into Shoprite • MTN shuts down all its offices nationwide In the face of the latest xenophobic assault on Nigerians residing in South Africa, the Nigerian government said it will begin the evacuation of Nigerians willing to leave the country. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who disclosed this arrangement on Wednesday, added that one of the airlines operating in Nigeria, Air Peace, will begin the evacuation exercise on Friday. According to him, the development is made possible by the Proprietor of…

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FG to recruit 40,000 Police constables to strengthen community policing

Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mohammed Adamu, says the Federal Government is to recruit 40,000 Community Police Constables across the federation as part of the measures to strengthen community policing in the country. Adamu said this on Thursday in Enugu during the launch of the Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV). He said: “Each of the 774 council areas in the country will have a minimum of 50 constables to strengthen security at the local levels. “It will also involve engaging community-based organisations, groups and institutions to see that…

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How El-Zakzaky planned Iranian-type violent revolution in Nigeria – FG

The Federal Government, on Wednesday, accused Shiek Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), of being sponsored by Iran to replicate the 1979 violent revolution that led to the forceful takeover of power in the country in Nigeria. In a fresh process it filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja, the Federal Government stressed that currently, members of the IMN, do not recognise President Muhammadu Buhari’s authority. It argued that the plan of the IMN leader and his sponsor was to forcefully turn the country into an Islamic…

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FG to inject N600bn into electricity sector

The Federal Government (FG) has unfolded plans to inject the sum of N600bn intervention in the power sector. The Market Operator, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Engineer Edmond Eje, made the disclosure at the Market Operator’s Participants/Key Stakeholders 2019 3rd Quarter Interactive Forum in Abuja. He said that the fund is ripe for disbursement any moment from now. According to him, the intervention is for the payment of the shortfall in electricity invoices for the entire market. He noted that the intervention is not restricted to a single chain in the…

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Iran to FG: Release El-Zakzaky to us for treatment

The Islamic Republic of Iran has asked the Federal Government of Nigeria to allow the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Shiekh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, to come to Iran for medical treatment. The Prosecutor-General of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammed Montazeri, made this request on behalf of the Iranian government. According to AhlulBayt News Agency, an Iran-based news organisation, Montazeri said this in a letter on Saturday. He also called on the Nigerian judiciary, to grant bail to El-Zakzaky who is the leader of all Shi’ites in Nigeria.…

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FG gives 6-month amnesty to illegal migrants in Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday declared six-month amnesty to migrants who have stayed in Nigeria beyond 90 days without resident permit. He said that the period would enable the migrants to register with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to avoid having challenges with immigration laws. The president made the declaration at the inauguration of the Migrant E-Registration and Data Processing Centres at NIS Headquarters in Abuja. He said that the period would enable the migrants to register with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to avoid having challenges with immigration laws.…

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Senate to FG: Issue travel alert against travelling to South Africa

The Nigerian Senate has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to issue travel alerts to Nigerians travelling to South Africa in the light of several questionable killings of Nigerians living in the country. The Senate made the call on Wednesday, while asking the South African government to investigate the death of Nigerians who have been killed in questionable situation in the country, according to a Premium Times report. Elizabeth Ndibuisi-Chukwu, the Deputy Director-General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), was allegedly murdered at Emperor’s Palace Hotel and…

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