The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its affiliate unions have issued a memo announcing the commencement of a nationwide industrial action starting from the early hours of Thursday to protest the delay in fixing a new minimum wage for public servants.
The various unions had jointly issued a 14-day ultimatum threatening to embark on industrial action if the Federal Government fails to continue negotiations on the minimum wage.
In a statement issued by NLC’s General Secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson, the union said labour will commence nationwide warning strike in respect of the non-implementation of the National Minimum Wage, effective from midnight of Wednesday.
The NLC statement reads; “all Industrial Unions, All NLC state councils. This is to inform you that the Organised Labour shall commence nation-wide warning strike in respect of the non-implementation of the National Minimum Wage, effective from Midnight of Wednesday, 26th September, 2018. ‘All Industrial Unions and all state Councils are to commence mobilisation immediately for an effective strike action, nation-wide. A formal notification letter will be sent later in the day”.
2019 ELECTIONS: “PDP IS BROKE AND HUNGRY” – AMAECHI
The Director General, President Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo 2019 Campaign Council, Rotimi Amaechi has said the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP is broke and hungry.
Amaechi, a former Governor of Rivers State, spoke in Bauchi at a political rally organised to receive 18 prominent PDP members in the state who had defected to the APC, Guardian reports.
“They [PDP] are broke; they are hungry and want to come back to steal.
“Because they are broke, they are looking for cheap means of fund and we look at them when they say you are hungry.
“They have easily forgotten that they stole $2 billion US Dollars to prosecute 2015 election but we won.”
Amaechi, who is the Minister of Transportation, added,
”We listen to our colleagues at the other divide and say that you are hungry because they stole all the money meant for you.
“We want to assure you that we will not fail you and will never fail you. Bauchi is our traditional state we come to rest not to campaign.
“I was here in 2015 and saw what politicians called mammoth crowd, that is crowd that cannot be counted.”
MC Oluomo May Be Flown Abroad After Being Stab In The Neck
A leader of the National Union of Transport Workers, Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, may be flown abroad for further treatment, The PUNCH has learnt.
A close aide of the union leader, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity on Thursday, said MC Oluomo would travel any time soon as plans had been concluded for his treatment by a specialist in the United States where he is a citizen.
This is just as our correspondent gathered that no fewer than three police vans were keeping guard at the hospital – Eko Hospital – where the patient is being treated.
Politicians of different calibre were said to have visited the hospital, as security operatives screen everyone going in to see him.
MC Oluomo was among the people injured at the inauguration of the All Progressives Congress campaign at the Sky Power Ground, Ikeja, on Tuesday.
Three journalists also sustained gunshot injuries.
Rival factions of the NURTW had clashed at the event, and MC Oluomo was allegedly stabbed in the neck with a knife.
The aide said, “He was stabbed in the neck and by the side with what they call makanje (poisoned knife). He is a citizen of the United States, so there cannot be any problem with his medical treatment abroad. In fact, he will be flown out in a few days for better medical care. Contrary to what they are saying, Baba (MC Oluomo) is not dead.”
A source at the hospital said, “Top politicians have been coming to see him. The level of security is high. Three police vans are here.”
The Chairman of the NURTW in Lagos state, Tajudeen Agbede, could not be reached as his mobile phone was switched off.
The spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Chike Oti, said, “A total 16 suspects have now been arrested in connection with the clash. The police are not aware of any treatment abroad; such is a private arrangement. It has nothing to do with us.”
[Photos] Britain Set To Return LOOTED BENIN BRONZES To Nigeria… After Over 100 Years
Some of the bronzes stolen by British soldiers from the Benin empire over 100 years will now be returned to Nigeria. Under certain conditions, CNN reports.
According to CNN, the Benin Dialogue Group (BDG), composed of representatives of various European museums, the Benin Royal Court, the Edo State Government and the National Commission of Museums and Monuments of Nigeria, reached an agreement in October to “The most famous pieces “return to Nigeria within three years for an exhibition at the new Benin Royal Museum in Edo State.
The return of the artifacts depends on the completion of the Royal Museum of Benin, whose designs are being completed, according to a spokesman for Governor Godwin Obaseki, Crusoe Osagie.
“We are grateful to be taking these steps, but we hope these are just the first steps. If you have stolen property, you must return it, “said Osagie.
Osagie also called for more pressure on European governments to return plundered colonial artefacts.
A spokesman for the British Museum said, according to CNN:
“The main agenda item (at the October meeting) was how partners can work together to set up a museum in Benin City with a rotation of Benin artworks from a consortium of European museums.
The museums present have all agreed to provide changing artefacts to the Royal Museum in Benin, to give advice on the design of buildings and exhibitions when needed, and to collaborate with the Nigerian partners in developing training, funding and legal frameworks new planned museum.
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