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New fuel hike: We’ll close down Nigeria without notice — NLC

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Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has sworn to shut the nation’s socio-economic activities without notice should the government increase the pump price of petrol with a cent of naira as blurted by different state governors.

NLC in a communique after its National Executive Council, NEC, meeting, said its leaders viewed the proposal by the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, for a 300 percent increase in the price of petrol as the height of provocation, arbitrariness, detachment, and insensitivity to the current economic realities in the country and the severe adversity that Nigerians, especially workers were going through.

The communique signed by President of NLC and Acting General Secretary, Ayuba Wabba and Ishmail Bello respectively, said: “NEC also noted that there is currently no negotiation with government over fuel price increase. The NEC recalled that the last meeting with Government in February 2021 was adjourned sine die. Since then, no other meeting has been called by the government. The NEC recalled and reiterated the decision it took on February 17, 2021, after the last meeting between labor and the Federal Government team on the fuel price increase.

“The NEC reiterated that it still stands solidly by its decision taken at its meeting which took place on 17th February 2021 to reject further increases in the price of refined petroleum products particularly the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS); The NEC also re-echoed its decision that the only sustainable way out of the crisis of fuel importation and associated dislocations in the downstream petroleum sub-sector is for government to rehabilitate all four public refineries in Nigeria and build new ones;

“The NEC resolved that any decision to increase by even one cent the price of refined petroleum products especially PMS will attract an immediate withdrawal of services by Nigerian workers all over the country without any further notice; and NEC resolved to write officially to the Federal Government of Nigeria conveying the plight of Nigerian workers, the concerns of Congress and the resolutions of the NEC on the matter of fresh proposals for an increase in the pump price of fuel especially as informed by the stance of the Nigeria Governors Forum.”

On the ongoing review of the 1999 constitution, NLC has called on the National Assembly to retain Labour administration, National Minimum Wage, Pension, and Industrial Relations in the Exclusive Legislative List of the Constitution. According to the communique

“The NEC reviewed the preparation of Congress for appearance and presentation of workers’ demands at the Zonal Public Hearings on the Review of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The NEC re-echoed the resolve of Nigerian workers to steadfastly defend the retention of the core Labour issues of Labour administration, the National Minimum Wage, Pension and Industrial Relations in the Exclusive Legislative List of the Nigerian Constitution.

“The NEC also deliberated on how to robustly promote autonomy for local government, autonomy for the judiciary and autonomy for the state legislatures during its engagement at the Zonal hearings.” The NEC also stated that issues including those canvassed in the foregoing and others that promote good governance and inclusive national development and as already captured in a published Memorandum to be submitted by representatives of Congress at the Zonal Public Hearings to be strongly advocated for at the Zonal Public Hearings.”
It directed the full mobilization of workers at all the Zonal Public Hearings to lend weight to the demands and aspirations of Nigerian workers in the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution

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Maritime Academy Takes Delivery of Helicopter Training Equipment

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The Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) yesterday received a helicopter under escape training equipment (HUET) training equipment in it’s drive for quality practical oriented maritime training

The underwater escape training simulators have been specifically designed and certified for instructing how to escape from a submerged aircraft.

The simulator can carry up to six trainees, two seated in the front cockpit and up to four in the rear cabin. The front doors are hinged with jettison facility, while the rear doors are sliding. Multiple exit points are provided including push out windows on several simulators to give relevant practice in a range of exit situations.

Confirming the delivery to our reporter in a telephone interview, Rector of the Academy, Cdre. Duja Effedua ,said the school will remain focused in delivering world class maritime training for Nigerians and foreign cadets.

He said the school will remain focused on it’s core mandate and will not allow itself be distracted from it’s functions

The Academy had recently taken delivery of the ocular vision simulator which aims at training navigators visual capacity onboard vessels

“This is the 5th set of Simulators to arrive the Academy in the last six months. It is unfortunate that some so called journalists will not report this kind of development. They go about looking for negative stories to report and celebrate, casting the Academy in bad light”, he said

According to Effedua “We have the The multifunctional, Full Bridge and Engine Room Simulators. The Multi-Functional Classroom Simulator is a combination of eight additional Simulators which have their softwares installed for specific purposes”.

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Governors Are The Cause of The Country’s Problems – President Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has accused governors of causing the country so much pain as a result of the strike of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).

Judiciary workers had embarked on a 64-day strike over the refusal of governors to implement the autonomy for the state judiciary.

Last year, President Muhammadu Buhari had signed the Executive Order 10 for the enforcement of the autonomy of the judiciary but the 36 governors kicked against the order.

When he played host to the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) at the State House, Abuja, on Friday, the president spoke on his commitment to devolving of power to the people.

“I remain an unapologetic believer in devolving power to the people and that is why I signed the Executive Order granting autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary. Unfortunately, this was met with some resistance at the state level and led to a more than two months strike action that has caused the country a lot of pain.

“Luckily the National Assembly has nearly completed the constitutional review process, which I hope would address some of the burning issues agitating the minds of our people.’’

The president also spoke about the effect of the strike, lamenting its security implication.

“Fortunately, this strike has been called off and prosecution of some of these people (those behind insecurity) would soon commence, while our security agencies expand their network in closing in on the others,’’ he added.

NIREC was led by Co-Chairmen, Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle.

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Ikono Lawmaker: Alleviating poverty amongst Constituents

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The member representing Ikono State Constituency and Chairman House Committee on Agriculture in Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Asuquo Nana Udo has presented a motorcycle to one of his constituents in his continuous effort to alleviate poverty and make life worth living to his constituents.

Hon. Udo, who made the presentation today through his Chief of staff, Hon. Aniefon Udo to the beneficiary, Comrade Bassey Okon sequel to the recipient’s request of a motorcycle from the legislator, yesterday, June 11, 2021..

He charged Comrade Okon to take advantage of the item and make a living out of it, adding that according to the Dakkada philosophy of Governor Udom Emmanuel, every son and daughter of Akwa Ibom State must be resourceful in every given opportunity.

He called on the people of Ikono State Constituency to continuously support the Completion Agenda of Governor Udom Emmanuel and pledged his renewed commitment to give effective, people oriented and all inclusive representation to his Constituents at the Hallowed chambers of the State House of Assembly.

In his response, Comrade Bassey Okon who was full of praises appreciated the Lawmaker for granting his request within a short period of time.

While praying God to bless and elevate him in his political pursuit, he assured making good use of the Motorcycle to the common good of his family and others

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