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NLC To Submit Fresh Proposal For Upward Review Of Minimum Wage

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The National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress rose from its meeting on Thursday with a mandate to work out a fresh proposal for the upward review of the current N18,000 national minimum wage for workers.

PIC. 5. THE NEWLY ELECTED NLC PRESIDENT, COMRADE AYUBA WABBA, GIVING HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH AT THE 11TH NLC DELEGATES CONFERENCE IN ABUJA ON SATURDAY (14/3/15). 1347/14/3/2015/OTU/BJO/NAN

PIC. 5. THE NEWLY ELECTED NLC PRESIDENT, COMRADE AYUBA WABBA, GIVING HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
AT THE 11TH NLC DELEGATES CONFERENCE IN ABUJA ON SATURDAY (14/3/15).
1347/14/3/2015/OTU/BJO/NAN

 

800x499xPIC.-5.-NLC-ELECTION-IN-ABUJAIn its communiqué on Monday, the union’s leadership noted the average worker’s deteriorating purchasing power in the face of massive devaluation of the Naira, saying the review of the minimum wage was overdue, since the Minimum Wage Act of 2011 has exceeded its statutory five year review period.

“This proposal shall, upon completion, be tabled before the federal government, which shall empanel, as is the normal practice, a tripartite committee, comprising government, employers and organised labour to negotiate a new national minimum wage,” NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, and General Secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson, said in the communique.

Hopeful that the negotiations would be completed in time for the new minimum wage to be reflected in the 2016 national and state budgets, the NEC said the purchasing power of the average Nigerian worker has been seriously undermined by uncontrollable inflation.

On corruption, the NLC said its leadership was also mandated to mobilise members towards a one-day National Day of Action against corruption and for good governance by organizing a protest march across the country against the recklessness of the political elite.

The national economy, the NLC said, has remained in a precarious condition as a result of the mismanagement and frittering away of trillions of Naira by those entrusted with its management, particularly in the last five or so years at all levels of governance.

The union said reports of theft of billions of dollars of national revenue since the change of government at the federal level showed that but for the huge theft and mismanagement over the years, the country would have been able to cope better with the negative impact of the fall in crude oil price at the international market.

Describing the power sector reform as a failure, the NLC said rather than improvement, the country has continued to witness darkness and increased shutting down of industries.

Manufacturers willing to stay afloat in business, the union said, have been forced to spend an estimated N300 billion annually on alternative power supply, the cost of which is often transferred to consumers, thus making the price of locally manufactured products less competitive with imported ones.

Alarmed at the escalating rate of unemployment in the country, the NLC described the development as a ticking time bomb requiring immediate attention of all tiers of government to redress.

It frowns at the “disingenuous approach of the National Bureau of Statistics and other agencies of government to manipulate unemployment figures”, saying the fraudulent approach was not helpful to the government, which requires accurate data for proper planning on ways to resolve the country’s alarming unemployment crisis.

While supporting government’s plan to conduct a comprehensive audit on how the country’s earnings were managed in the last five years, the NLC said it is also in support of the prompt prosecution of all those indicted in the massive looting of our national treasury, to serve as a lesson.

On the power sector, the NLC called for a comprehensive review of the privatization carried out recently in the sector, saying the focus of the reform in divesting government equity to the private sector was only a recipe for sustaining national darkness.

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#GRAMMYAWARDS: Wizkid And Beyonce’s ”BROWN SKIN GIRL” Nominated For Best Music Video

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Popular Nigerian Singer, Wizkid has gotten a Grammy Nomination and his fans can’t keep calm down about it.

The 30-year-old singer got nominated for his collaborative effort with Beyonce on ”Brown Skin Girl”.

Below are some reactions from Twitter NG ;

Dr Olufumilayo wrote ;

Brown Skin Girl has just been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video.

That makes Ivy Blue the youngest nominated person for a Grammy Award.

But more importantly, that gives Wizkid a Grammy Award nomination too. If the video wins the award, Wizkid wins.

Congrats

ChemicalBoy wrote ;

Brown Skin Girl” by Beyonce, Wizkid, Saint Jhn ft Blue Ivy has been nominated for Grammy under the category of Best Music Video. Machala way

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Burna Boy’s “Twice as Tall” Album Scores Grammy Nomination

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Nigerian Afrobeats maestro, Burna Boy has made the Nigerian music industry proud once again.

The Nigerian superstar’s latest album, Twice as Tall, has been nominated for the Grammy Awards’ Best Global Music category, and this comes one year after he earned a first Grammy nomination for his African Giant album.

See the stars he is competing with this year:

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Edo state Judicial panel summons actress Lilian Afegbai’s mom over shooting student to death

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A Chief Superintendent of Police, Mrs. Carol Afegbai (retd), has been summoned by the Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry to appeal before it on 26, November 26, 2020 over the shooting of a University of Benin student, Ibrahim Momodu, by the police on May 27, 2013 in Benin.

Vanguard News reports that the family of the deceased is presently demanding a compensation of N50 million, arrest and prosecution of all police officers who were on duty and present during the shooting for complicity in the murder among others.

In a petition by the family lawyer, Mr. Jefferson Uwoghiren dated October 27, 2020, he said that the deceased was allegedly killed by Corporal Amadin Idahosa, on the order of Mrs. Afegbai who was the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) at Ogida Police Station.

Uwoghiren recalled that on the fateful day, Momodu was shot on the order of the DPO without provocation, illegally for being an armed robber and was subsequently buried in a shallow grave in a desperate attempt at covering up the deed in a public cemetery in Benin.

At yesterday’s sitting, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe (rtd), resolved to summon Mrs. Afegbai because of her belief that the ex-policewoman was likely going to give material evidence on her behalf and will not come voluntarily.

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