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NPA Privatisation: Maritime Workers Set for Total Showdown with Government

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NPAMaritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) have moved against further privatisation of the remaining functions of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), and the body has vowed to resist the current threat by the Federal Government to privatise the harbour services, pilotage and towing services in the NPA.

The president the union, Mr Anthony Nted, who presented the position of the workers at the 3rd Quadrennial National Delegates Conference in Abuja, on Monday, said as a union, they would resist it, while calling on patriotic Nigerians to resist same: “Can we afford a repeat of such vicious circle of mass retrenchment and the negative consequences as experienced 10 years ago? Can we afford to ignore the serious national security implications of handing over harbour and pilotage services in Nigerian territorial water to private concern? We say no to the move and implore all patriotic Nigerians to resist same. As a union, we shall resist it,” the union president said.

He recalled that 10 years ago, the operational services of the NPA were concessioned to private operators, but the end result was rather negative than positive. He said: “The exercise rendered over 5,000 direct employees of NPA jobless; about 4,000 Dock workers were retrenched and over 3,000 employees of shipping companies, who had their operational base in the concessioned areas were declared redundant.

“In effect, over 12,000 Nigerians lost their source of regular livelihood. Many of these unfortunate Nigerians have since died of the attendant hardship; some have taken to crime, while some are still fighting for correct settlement of their terminal benefits even in the law courts… The current threat of privatisation of the harbour services, pilotage and towing services in NPA is in a very bad fate. Those fighting for this are doing so purely for selfish reasons,” Nted said.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

Also Read: Nigeria still needs SARS, Zamfara gov, Matawalle insists

He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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