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Fuel Hike: Indefinite Nationwide Strike Without Notice is coming – Ajaero

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Petrol marketers, on Sunday, revealed that the cost of Premium Motor Spirit, also called petrol, would rise again between N680/liter and N720/liter in the coming weeks should the dollar continue to trade from N910 to N950 at the parallel market.

This occurrence triggered the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Monday, to warn that its members will commence a nationwide strike action without any formal notice to the Federal Government should there be another increment in the pump price of fuel while the ongoing negotiations are not concluded and palliatives put in place first.

NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, said this at the ongoing African Alliance of Trade Unions meeting in Abuja.

Reacting to the advice of the Registrar of Trade Unions on how labour should conduct themselves as they carry out their responsibilities of protecting the interest of workers and Nigerians by extension, Ajaero, pleaded with the Federal government to change “those bad economic policies that make our wages next to nothing.

“As we’re here now. They’re contemplating increasing the pump price of petroleum products. But the Minister of Labour for some time now, will only go to the Minister of Justice to come up with an injunction to hold the hands of Labour not to respond. They have started floating ideas of a likely increase in the price of petroleum products.

“But let me say this. Nigeria workers will not give any strike notice. If we have not addressed the consequences of the last two increases in fuel pump price, and we wake up from asleep to hear that they have tampered with the fuel pump price again.”

Ajaero went on to say; “I want to plead with the government that those bad economic policies that make our wages next to nothing, should be checked. If you check those policies that lead to inflation, and devaluation of the currency, we will be comfortable even where we are. if the naira is at par with the dollar today, we will ask you to leave the minimum wage at 30,000.

“If inflation is checked to zero, we will ask you to leave things the way they are. But inflation is flying, and by the admittance of the National Bureau of Statistics, we have over 133 million Nigerians that are multi-dimensionally poor. I think these are the issues Government should address. If we go for wage increase tomorrow, the inflation that will follow suit will destroy it.”

He also said; “The Nigerian police, the IG is now performing the duties of the Ministry of Labour. The duty of the Ministry of Labour includes addressing the issue of both inter and intra-union disputes. It is not within the purview of the Inspector General of Police to go into that area. And I think there is a need for the Ministry of Labour to educate the police to tell them that they don’t have the right to usurp its functions. If they do that, the Ministry of Labour will go into extinction and there’ll be no basis for the Minister of Labour to remain there.

 

“We say it is legal and we demand an apology from the IG of police for arresting or even contemplated to arrest the president of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, for whatever reason, on the eve of the election. It is unheard of in the history of this country. And never again should not be entertained. Nigerian police against Nigerian workers, we will not waste time too much in their offices. Let them use the same gun that was bought with the workers’ tax tonight to engage us?

“Go and collect your functions from Ministry of Police and for the Ministry of Justice. Even when there is a dispute intra or inter it is your function to refer such to NIC. As the Nigeria Labour Congress that relates with the Ministry of Labour so much. We are afraid that your work is going into extinction. But we’re here ready to cooperate with you, laugh with you, and fight with you at appropriate times.”

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Leader On a Mission: Ntatam Rescues 1 Month old Motherless baby

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Leader On a Mission: Ntatam Rescues 1 Month old Motherless baby

…… Revisited 5months old motherless twins

Fulfilling the purpose and goal of the mission, Akwaobongunwana Dr Emmanuel Ntatam, Friday, visited Wisdom Sunday, a one month old motherless baby, who lost his mother to the cold hands of death immediately after his announcement into the world at Afaha Ediene, Ikono Local Government Area.

Baby Wisdom crying his way into the world on the 1st of December 2023, was left with the fate of having to battle through the tunnel of his destiny without a mother’s care, love and attention, but mercy came through for him and he found help.

His story took another dimension when Mrs Itohowo Sunday, another nursing mother had compassion on him, and decided to nurse Wisdom alongside her baby, bringing Wisdom into the arms of a mother he had lost.

Dr Emmanuel Ntatam, on hearing the touching story of the new born baby, sprang into action, ensuring his welfare and that of his foster mother was safeguarded to lessen tension, tears and emotional trauma from the family.

The Ikono born philanthropist in his usual gesture, purchased basic needed items for baby Wisdom such as NAN 1, baby oil, baby lotion, diapers, wipes, dettol, baby syrups, baby soaps, tissue, rice for the family, and cash gift to Carter for other urgent items that was not included in the package.

Emmanuel while praying for baby Wisdom, pleaded God to preserve his life, direct his steps on earth, guide him through the path of his destiny and increase his level of greatness throughout his existence on planet earth.

Meanwhile, Heal the world project team revisited Marvelous and Miracle, the 4months old motherless twins now 5months at Nkwot, Ikono Local Government, to inspect their health condition and as well rate their progress level for immediate follow up.

The leader of the team, Dr Emmanuel Ntatam with a broaden smile and gratitude to God almighty was impressed on their current health status, as they were kicking with joy and happiness for life restored.

The entire team feeling encouraged, glorified God for working miracle through the team to the fraternal twins in a matter of one month, believing God to perfect the good works He had started.

The leader of the team out of his own magnanimity decided to topup baby items for Marvelous and Miracle, even as he presented cash gift to the family for the twins upkeep.

Recalled that Akwaobongunwana and the team had visited Marvelous and Miracle last year who were on the verge of giving up due to poor treatment and malnutrition after they lost their mother at birth, and today, sunshine has returned to the family.

Ntatam is currently on a mission to heal the world, restore hope to the hopeless, helping others grow, inspiring the younger generation to stand up to their dreams and potentials, care for the helpless, and putting smiles on the faces of the downtrodden, with the reassurances of a better life

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