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FG May Reverse Fuel Pump Price To N160 Per Litre, Negotiations Continue Dec 7
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FG May Reverse Fuel Pump Price To N160 Per Litre, Negotiations Continue Dec 7

The pressure by organised Labour on the Federal Government to reverse the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) back to N160 per litre seems to be yielding fruits. At the end of the resumed negotiations between government and the labour movement yesterday night, the Federal Government indicated willingness to consult widely with the view to reviewing the price downward, saying it might unveil the new price at the resumed meeting slated for December 7. The Federal Government said the period between now and then would allow it embark on a wide range consultation over Labour’s request. Labour is insisting that the pump price must be reviewed downward to N160 before negotiations can proceed on the hike in electricity tariffs and deregulation of the downstream sector of the petr...
Black Women Five Times More Likely To Die During Childbirth
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Black Women Five Times More Likely To Die During Childbirth

Tinuke Awe says she had to be rushed to hospital because she was dismissed and a life-threatening condition was diagnosed late. Black women are at the highest risk of death during childbirth but the NHS has "no target to end it", according to a government report. The death rate for black women is five times higher than for white women, the Joint Committee on Human Rights document said. "The NHS acknowledge and regret this disparity," it said, concluding the government must introduce "a target to end the disparity in maternal mortality". Two women have talked to Sky News about their experience of bias during labour and birth. Tinuke Awe said she wasn't listened to, her pain was "dismissed" and her pre-eclampsia - a life threatening condition - was diagnosed very late whic...
Petrol, Electricity Tariff Hike: FG Not Prepared For Honest Dialogue ― Labour
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Petrol, Electricity Tariff Hike: FG Not Prepared For Honest Dialogue ― Labour

The Organized Labour accused the Federal Government of not being prepared for a sincere and honest dialogue in finding a lasting solution to the petroleum price increase and electricity tariffs. The organised labour also accused the government of violating the understanding reached by the two parties before the planned September strike was suspended, adding that it was one of the reasons that they staged a walk-out at their meeting on Sunday night. They also said that they will not attend any meeting organised by the government until the recent increase in petroleum pump price was reversed. Recall that at the resumed meeting between the Federal Government and the organized labour at the Old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja on Sunday night, the labour leaders stormed out...
FG, Labour’s Eight-Hour Meeting Ends In Deadlock
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FG, Labour’s Eight-Hour Meeting Ends In Deadlock

An eight-hour meeting involving the Federal Government, the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress ended in a deadlock on Tuesday, following the inability of the parties to reach a consensus. While the organised labour was demanding the reversal of the hikes in the price of petrol and electricity tariffs, the Federal Government pleaded for understanding, saying it could not sustain the fuel subsidy. Although the government team made presentations on its policies, it didn’t specify how the effects of the hikes in electricity and petroleum products would be alleviated. Also on Tuesday, the TUC has said the indefinite strike and nationwide protest billed to commence from Wednesday, September 23, would hold as planned. The congress had issued a seven-day ultimatum...
NLC Backs Autonomy for States’ Judiciary and Legislature
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NLC Backs Autonomy for States’ Judiciary and Legislature

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has declared support for financial autonomy for States’ Legislature and Judiciary. Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, stated the position of labour in a statement on Monday. He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Executive Order 10. Last week, the federal government released details of the order. The order makes it mandatory for state governments to include the allocation of the judiciary and legislative arms as first-line charges in their annual budgets. Wabba expressed confidence that the step would deepen the democratic process and good governance in Nigeria. He insisted the distortion of due process, checks and balances, and public accountability, were the core ingredients in the principle of separation...
Pregnant Woman in Labour Dies after allegedly Being Delayed by Policemen for not Wearing Face Mask in Ogun State
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Pregnant Woman in Labour Dies after allegedly Being Delayed by Policemen for not Wearing Face Mask in Ogun State

A pregnant woman who was in labour died today after she was allegedly delayed by police officers for not wearing a face mask in the Ogun Waterside local government area of Ogun state. According to reports, the deceased, Waidat Adedeji, went into labour and was being rushed on a motorcycle by one of her children to the Ita-Otu General hospital when they were stopped by police officers at Sowore checkpoint. The police officers inquired why they were not wearing face masks and also not obeying the social distancing order of the state government. It was gathered that the policemen allegedly delayed the motorcyclist for hours before they were later released. The woman reportedly died some minutes after. Youths in the area blamed the police for her death. As a way of protest, they t...
‘May We Not Labour In Vain’ – Iyabo Ojo Reacts To What A Popular Magazine Wrote About Her And Her Children (Photo)
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‘May We Not Labour In Vain’ – Iyabo Ojo Reacts To What A Popular Magazine Wrote About Her And Her Children (Photo)

Talented Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo has reacted on Instagram to what a popular magazine wrote about her and her children. The magazine, which talked about how Iyabo Ojo and her children have become very popular on social media, caught the attention to the mother of two and she could not hide her feelings. According to the 42 year old, she feels very humbled and grateful to the magazine for acknowledging her and her children. Sharing a picture of the page she and her children occupied in the magazine, Iyabo Ojo wrote ; “I’m so humbled by this.. Thank you so much . From @festo_baba & @its.priscy we say, God bless you loads … May we never labour in vain”
‘FG Plans To Retrench Workers’ – Labour Raises Alarm
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‘FG Plans To Retrench Workers’ – Labour Raises Alarm

Organised labour, yesterday, raised the alarm over plans to lay-off workers through the merger of Federal Government’s ministries, parastatals and agencies (MDAs). Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) said the decision of the Federal Government to commence the process of merging some MDAs and scrap others was geared at sending thousands of public service employees into the labour market. ASCSN Secretary General, Alade Bashir Lawal, expressed the shock that the Federal Government had chosen a time when the world, including Nigeria, was mourning the death of thousands of people killed, daily, by coronavirus to implement the Steve Oronsaye report which recommended the merger of some MDAs and the scrapping of others. “The reality is that if some MDAs are merged ...
Woman Finds Out She Was Pregnant Minutes Before Putting To Bed
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Woman Finds Out She Was Pregnant Minutes Before Putting To Bed

A Pennsylvania mother who has already given birth to three children said she found out that she was pregnant with her child which happens to be a female just minutes after she went into labour and gave birth. She said she kept on experiencing several missed periods and fatigue but she just assumed it was due to breastfeeding and being busy with her three children. She was also having severe stomach upset but just assumed it was a stomach virus of some sort.She then woke up on the day of her delivery around 5.15am to tell her husband who was already getting ready for work that she might actually be in labour even thou it sounded crazy then.
Woman Gives Birth to a Baby Girl in the Middle of the road in Egbeda
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Woman Gives Birth to a Baby Girl in the Middle of the road in Egbeda

A woman gave birth to a baby girl in the middle of the road in Lagos before kind-hearted Nigerians came to her rescue and took her to the hospital. The woman was walking along the road when she went into labour and her child was born in the middle of a road in Akowonjo, Egbeda, Lagos. Women came together and provided wrappers, one for her and one to use in wrapping her baby. Afterwards, they were both taken to the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Health center in Akowonjo, Egbeda. Watch the video below.
Mother Charged After Baby hit Head and Died when she Gave Birth Unexpectedly
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Mother Charged After Baby hit Head and Died when she Gave Birth Unexpectedly

A woman, 30, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after her baby hit its head and died when she gave birth unexpectedly in Rome, Italy. According to local media, the woman, a Swedish national, claims she didn't know she was pregnant until she went into labour. The woman told police she did not know she was expecting and the baby was still attached to the umbilical cord when it fell on the floor. She said her mother found her and quickly wrapped the baby up in a towel before calling the emergency services. When paramedics arrived, they found the two women in a room covered in blood. The baby was taken to the Bambino Gesu Hospital in the Vatican City but it died two days later. The woman was arrested in Acilia, a town south of Rome, and initially held for attempt...
DJ Khaled Updates Fans as His Wife Nicole Tuck Goes into Labour
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DJ Khaled Updates Fans as His Wife Nicole Tuck Goes into Labour

DJ Khaled is expecting to welcome his second child anytime soon. The hip-hop veteran took to Instagram to share photos of himself in the delivery room as his wife Nicole Tuck is in labour. The couple who both announced they were expecting their second child last September, are having a baby boy. See all the photos he shared below:
EKSUTH Workers to Commence Strike Monday over Sacked Colleagues
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EKSUTH Workers to Commence Strike Monday over Sacked Colleagues

Workers of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) would on Monday (January 12) commence industrial action, if the management fails to reverse the “illegal” sack of their members. About 200 workers of the hospital were last December sacked by the management, but some have been reinstated due to pressure from organised labour. Dropping the hint of industrial action in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, the chairperson, Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), Comrade Omotola Farotimi, said the strike ought to have started today (Friday), but the management of the hospital has been given additional three-day grace to have a rethink over the issue. Farotimi said the management has been given the opportunity to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the labour, which she insisted mus...
Ekiti: Labour Writes Fayemi, Protests Mass Sack Of Workers
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Ekiti: Labour Writes Fayemi, Protests Mass Sack Of Workers

The organised labour in Ekiti State, has written Governor Kayode Fayemi to express its disenchantment and outright disapproval over what it called “arbitrary sack of its members” in the state. The labour unions added that most disturbing was the rumour milling rounds that the gale of sack, which had hit the Ekiti State University(EKSU) and Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), will blow across all government’s tertiary institutions, Ministries, Departments and Agencies. The Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Ekiti chapter, Comrade Sola Adigun, said the labour deemed the letter highly expedient , owing to insinuation that Governor Fayemi was not aware of the mass sack in EKSU and EKSUTH. A total of 1,200 workers were sacked in December by the two institutions. The ...
20 States Cut 2020 Budgets By N733bn Despite Minimum Wage Agreement
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20 States Cut 2020 Budgets By N733bn Despite Minimum Wage Agreement

Despite the agreement on the payment of N30,000 minimum wage in 2020, an analysis by Daily Trust shows that 20 states have reduced their 2020 budgets. The federal government and labour had on October 18 announced an agreement on the implementation of the new wage. The agreement over consequential adjustments averted a strike that labour had threatened to call should government further delay the take-off of the new minimum wage. The battle for the full implementation of the new minimum wage has moved to the states following the federal government’s conclusion of negotiations on consequential adjustments of salaries of higher income earners with the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council. Under the agreement, workers on salary Grade Level 07 received 23.2 per cent pay ...
Labour Vows To Shutdown First Bank Over Plans To Sack Over 1000 Workers
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Labour Vows To Shutdown First Bank Over Plans To Sack Over 1000 Workers

Organised labour has vowed to shut down First Bank of Nigeria over plans to sack over 1,000 of its workers without following due process. President of the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE), Anthony Abakpa, who told The Guardian Wednesday that letters were already written and likely to be rolled to the workers yesterday, said the union will ensure it didn’t happen. He said the union, which is already at alert has written to all labour centres, including the Ministry the Labour and Employment, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and the Association of Senior Staff of Banks Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI). He said if the lender goes ahead to sack the workers, they will also move swiftly into action by shutting the bank...
Minimum Wage: Labour Demands Payment Of Five-month Arrears
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Minimum Wage: Labour Demands Payment Of Five-month Arrears

The Trade Union Congress side of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council on Monday called on the Federal Government to pay five months arrears of the new minimum wage dating back to April 18, 2019 when President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new minimum wage bill into law . The government and organised labour came to an agreement on the new minimum wage on Friday, 182 days after Buhari had signed the bill. Both parties agreed on 23. 2 percentage increase for workers at grade level 07 ; 20 per cent for those at grade level 08 ; 19 per cent for workers at grade level 09; 16 per cent for those at grade levels 10 to 14; and 14 per cent for workers at grade levels 15 to 17. In a statement by the acting Chairman of the union , Anchaver Simon, and the Secretary, Alade Lawal , the w...
New Minimum Wage: Details Of New Adjustment Formula Agreed By FG, Labour
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New Minimum Wage: Details Of New Adjustment Formula Agreed By FG, Labour

The Federal Government has finally reached an agreement on the adjustment formula for the implementation of the new minimum wage. The agreement reached late Thursday night was made known by Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment. This is after several attempts by the negotiating parties failed to bear yield fruits, six months after President Muhammadu Buhari gave his assent to the N30,000 new minimum wage. “After some delicate negotiations (with both Ministers as conciliators) Government & Labour have finally reached an agreement on the consequential adjustments of other wages following the implementation of the enhanced minimum wage of N30,000. We are now working on the communique,” Keyamo tweeted Thursday night. Mr Keyamo provided further infor...
New Minimum Wage: FG Reaches Agreement With Labour Over Implementation
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New Minimum Wage: FG Reaches Agreement With Labour Over Implementation

The Federal Government and organised labour on Thursday finally agreed on the percentage increase on the consequential adjustment in workers ’ salaries as a result of the new minimum wage of N 30 ,000 . As the meeting reached an advanced stage , the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo , tweeted from the venue that both parties had reached an agreement, but he did not give details . The tweet read, “ After some delicate negotiations ( with both ministers as conciliators ) , the government and labour have finally reached an agreement on the consequential adjustment of other wages following the implementation of the enhanced minimum wage of N 30,000 . We are working on the communiqué . ” In a statement , the President of the Trade Union Congress, Quadri , and t...
Minimum Wage: Labour Suspends Planned Strike As Talks Continue Today
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Minimum Wage: Labour Suspends Planned Strike As Talks Continue Today

Organised labour on Tuesday demanded documents from the Federal Government to support its claims during a negotiation on the consequential adjustments on the New National Minimum Wage. Labour suspended its planned strike as both sides agreed to continue negotiations today (Wednesday). The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, at the opening of the meeting, said the demand of the workers before the negotiation would shut down the economy. But a source at the five hours meeting, which started at 2.45pm, confided in our correspondent that the labour leaders and the government’s representatives made concessions. He added that they failed to reach a definite agreement on the salary adjustments. Before the meeting, labour was demanding 29 per cent salary increase for off...
Minimum Wage: There’ll Be No Warning Strike, Labour Tells Govt
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Minimum Wage: There’ll Be No Warning Strike, Labour Tells Govt

The President of Trade Union Congress, Quadri Olaleye, said organised labour would not go on a warning strike before the main industrial action, if government failed to meet workers’ demand on the implementation of the new minimum wage by the close of work on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. In a communiqué issued at the end of a meeting of leaders of labour unions on Tuesday in Abuja, organised labour had said it would not guarantee industrial peace in Nigeria, if the Federal Government failed to hold a meeting with labour and accept its demand on the consequential salary adjustment arising from the new minimum wage. Labour said it had demonstrated a great deal of restraint, consideration and patience with government in arriving at the demand of 29% salary increase for officers on s...
Ghanaian Nurse Helps A Pregnant Woman Give Birth On The Road (Photos)
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Ghanaian Nurse Helps A Pregnant Woman Give Birth On The Road (Photos)

An incredible story of a woman who went into labour whilst on a motorcycle headed to a hospital. She was however lucky to have come across Rita Wurapa district Director of Health and a nurse who quickly used her professional skills as a midwife to help to woman deliver her baby safely seeing that the baby’s head was already coming. Read the full story below. “District Director of Health and Public Health Nurse at Biakoye District Delivers a baby on the roadside in Oti Region A few days ago DDHS Rita Wurapa and Public Health Nurse Rose Ayivor were on a monitoring trip to Dambai and Nkwanta. At Dambai, her team encountered a woman in labour on a motor bike. She was in obvious distress, the okada driver drew to a screeching halt. A crowd started to gather round the screaming cl...
Minimum Wage: Only President Buhari Can Stop Planned Strike – Labour
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Minimum Wage: Only President Buhari Can Stop Planned Strike – Labour

Organised Labour has said only the personal intervention by President Muhammadu Buhari can stop the planned nationwide strike over consequential adjustment arising from the N30,000 new minimum wage. Speaking to Vanguard, Secretary to the Trade Union Side, TUS, of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, JNPSNC, Alade Bashir Lawal, said organs of various public sector unions were already meeting and leaders were also reaching out to other section of Labour movement and civil society allies for support. Lawal, who is also the Secretary-General of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, informed that mobilisation ahead of the strike had heightened and very soon the nationwide would commence. He accused some members of the government side in the J...
Minimum Wage: FG, Labour Meeting End In Deadlock Again
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Minimum Wage: FG, Labour Meeting End In Deadlock Again

The discussions between the Federal Government and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council over the N30,000 national minimum wage ended in a deadlock again as both parties refused to shift ground. A source in the labour movement said after the meeting held on Monday that the representatives of government were not serious. The PUNCH reported that although Buhari had signed a new minimum wage into law on April 18, 2019, the negotiations between the Federal Government and the JNPSNC had earlier broken down due to unresolved irreconcilable differences in their proposals. The last negotiation which was supposed to hold on September 4, was suspended on Tuesday last week and rescheduled to hold on Monday September 16 at the instance of the officials. While the Federa...
Natural birth is the hardest thing I’ve done in my life, I was in labour for 4 days pushing without pain relief – Maria Okan reveals
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Natural birth is the hardest thing I’ve done in my life, I was in labour for 4 days pushing without pain relief – Maria Okan reveals

Former Beat FM OAP, Maria Okan who welcomed her first child on August 16th has revealed that she was in labour for over four days saying its the hardest thing she's ever done in her life.   'After 4.5 days of labour and pushing her out without pain relief, it’s time to finally celebrate my baby!!! Momma, grandmas, and friends how did y’all do it? The hardest thing I’ve done in my life! ‘Natural birth’ is not for me and I won’t be trying that again. Epidural and I got a future meeting' she wrote.   Maria has since christened her baby girl, Asaiah Monifé Maria.
Men need to worship their women – Kolawole Ajeyemi gushes about Toyin Abraham
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Men need to worship their women – Kolawole Ajeyemi gushes about Toyin Abraham

Toyin Abraham's man, Kolawole Ajeyemi has taken to Instagram to praise her and state the reason men need to worship their women.   In his words, 'women are the most delicate on earth really !! yet very strong, When you are blessed with a good woman you are blessed with unlimited happiness and long life, being with you my precious love Toyin Abraham during the theater session, made me overwhelmed at the reasons why Men need to worship their women, am I to talk about the pains, tears and other rigorous things you passed through during the process of our child's birth'.   I'm just so speechless my love , When our women offend us and we think of the pain they pass through during child's birth they are sincerely  worth forgiven...am not saying this so as to give your women l...
Keyshia Cole and Niko Khale welcome a baby boy
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Keyshia Cole and Niko Khale welcome a baby boy

Keyshia Cole welcomed a baby boy with her boyfriend Niko Khale by 11:11pm on Thursday August 1.   The singer had earlier notified her fans that she was being prepped for labour.  “TOMORROW IS THE DAY,” Keyshia told her social media followers. “We Will have ONE more to add to the BIG PICTURE. FAMILY FIRST,” Keyshia exclaimed. “I’m nervous, but I’m ready!!!! It’s like CHRISTMAS, getting one of the GREATEST GIFTS OF ALL time! And I’m happy you’ll all get to see SOOOOOOOON.”   While this is Keyshia Cole's second child, this is Niko Khale's first. The American music star announced the arrival of their baby boy via her Insta-Story and here is a photo of her son Daniel Hiram Gibson carrying his new brother below;       Keyshia Cole and Niko...
Chris Smalling and wife welcome baby boy
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Chris Smalling and wife welcome baby boy

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has become a father as wife Sam revealed she went through a 39-hour labour to give birth to Leo Asher. She posted Instagram pictures of Smalling getting used to daddy duties with his little boy as well as a cute video clip. But Sam revealed in the caption accompanying the post that the birth wasn't as straightforward as hoped. She wrote: 'Welcome to the world Leo Asher Smalling. 'Me and @smalling are totally in love with this little man and promise to try and be the best parents we can be, to help him be the best human he can be happy, healthy and kind. 'After a tough 39 hour labour he arrived on his due date, 14th May 2019. 'Leo was so strong throughout the labour and delivery and is doing really well. 'Unfortunately I've had ...
Reason Why a Child Should take the Woman’s Surname – Writer
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Reason Why a Child Should take the Woman’s Surname – Writer

A Nigerian writer Sugabelly has explained the reason why a child should take the woman’s surname, instead of the man’s. In her opinion, she believes the pains of childbirth are enough for the the child to be named after the mother and not the father. Read her post: Everyone fights so much about women taking their husband’s name when the real issue is why should the child bear the father’s surname when women are the ones who face death to give birth, and the ones who do majority of all child care worldwide? And it’s actually true. Every woman who gets pregnant knows or should know that there is a distinct chance of her not making it out of the labour room alive. That’s the reason why the first statement always made about a new birth is “Mother and child are both health...
Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Fourth Child On The Way As Surrogate Goes Into Labour
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Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Fourth Child On The Way As Surrogate Goes Into Labour

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting their fourth child any moment soon as their surrogate has gone into labour. The news was broken minutes ago on Ellen Show. Ellen had invited Kris Jenner for a mother’s day edition of her show and Kourtney showed up to surprise Kris with all her grand children. Kim who was supposed to show up didn’t make it and Kourtney said “My mother probably doesn’t know this but Kim’s surrogate just went into labour. I surprised @KrisJenner with 6 of her grandchildren. Then I surprised her with one more. Sending love to you, @KimKardashian and @KanyeWest! @kourtneykardash pic.twitter.com/7SzHA2sahM — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 10, 2019
Nigeria Has Enough Doctors – Ngige Says he was Misquoted
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Nigeria Has Enough Doctors – Ngige Says he was Misquoted

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has denied saying doctors are free to leave Nigeria, as we have more than enough in the country. The Minister, who claimed to have been misquoted, said what he actually said was that since there was sufficient space for residency training for medical doctors in the country, graduate of medicine who could not find space for such training were free to seek such training in other countries and become professionals in their chosen field. In a statement signed by Nwachukwu Obidiwe, his Special Assistant on Media, Ngige described the controversies that had trailed his comment as unnecessary, calling for a deeper understanding of the issue in question. He said; “I speak from the vantage position of being a medical doctor and memb...
N30,000 Minimum Wage Implementation Begins Today — Presidency
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N30,000 Minimum Wage Implementation Begins Today — Presidency

Implementation of the N30, 000 minimum wage just signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari takes effect from Thursday, April 18, a presidential aide, Mr. Ita Enang, has announced. Enang, who is Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, told State House correspondents on Thursday in Abuja that the Minimum Wage Repel and Enactment Act, 2019 has replaced the existing one. According to him, the bill now makes it mandatory for employers of labour in both public and private organisations to pay N30,000 as minimum wage. “You can see me smiling on behalf of Nigerian workers. President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Minimum Wage Repel and Enactment Act, 2019. “This makes it compulsory for all employers of labour in Nigeria to pay to their work...
Sign Minimum Wage Bill Now, Labour Tells Buhari
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Sign Minimum Wage Bill Now, Labour Tells Buhari

Organised labour under the aegis of Trade Union Side (TUS) of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the N30,000 National Minimum Wage Bill.This was coming on the heels of Senate’s approval of the bill last month. In a statement, the union’s chairman, Abdrafiu Adeniji, and secretary, Alade Lawal, stressed that the current N18,000 minimum wage had become very inadequate, as workers were finding it extremely difficult to cope with daily challenges thrown up by skyrocketing prices of goods and services. The group noted that Buhari’s quick signing of the wage bill into law would bring smile to the faces of workers.In another vein, the National Pension Commission (Pencom) has explained that it launched the Micro...
Theresa May To Make Statement After Brexit Cabinet Talks
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Theresa May To Make Statement After Brexit Cabinet Talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday she will seek another “short” extension of Brexit in order to pass the deal she agreed with the European Union. May came out of seven hours of crunch talks with her ministers and also offered to meet opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for negotiation on a joint approach that could break the current impasse in parliament. “Leaving with a deal is the best solution,” May said from her Downing Street office in nationally-televised remarks. “We will need a further extension to Article 50, one that is as short as possible, and which ends when we pass a deal,” she said. Article 50 is the withdrawal notice May sent to Brussels in March 2017. EU leaders have agreed to extend the original March 29 Brexit deadline until April 12...
Increase salaries now – NLC tells FG
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Increase salaries now – NLC tells FG

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Wabba Ayuba, has reiterated his call for salary increment for workers. He lamented that in Nigeria, the poor were the ones subsidizing the rich. Wabba spoke on Thursday in Abuja at the 10th National Quadrennial delegates conference of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN). He said, “The inequality gap between the rich and the poor in our country is getting expanded. Whereas in other countries it is the rich that subsidize for the poor but in our case, it is the poor that subsidize for the rich. “In other climes, the increase of salary to all classes of workers in the society is done based on certain indices, either inflation, cost of living index. “If you are increasing the salary of political office holders, you mus...
Proposed VAT Hike: Labour Warns Against Plan, Vows To Resist It
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Proposed VAT Hike: Labour Warns Against Plan, Vows To Resist It

When President Muhammadu Buhari recently urged Nigerians to fasten their belt in readiness for a bumpy ride in his second tenure, grappling with the concomitant effects of a 35-50 per cent review of the Value Added Tax (VAT), in an economy that is still nursing the aches of recession, was never envisaged. It was the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma and the Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr Tunde Fowler that dropped the bombshell last week when they appeared before the Senate Committee on Finance. The proposal, which increases VAT from the current five per cent to either 6.75 per cent (35%) or 7.25 per cent (50%) according to them, is to enable the Federal Government pay the newly-approved N30,000 minimum wage. Their proposal ha...
UK Lawmaker Fiona Onasanya released from Jail, begs to stay in Office
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UK Lawmaker Fiona Onasanya released from Jail, begs to stay in Office

Nigerian lawmaker based in the United Kingdom, Fiona Onasanya today vowed to fight to stay in Parliament in her first video since being released from jail. The former Labour member broke cover as a recall petition opens in Peterborough giving voters the chance to oust her. The 35-year-old spent a month behind bars and is thought to be wearing an electronic tag after she was jailed for lying to avoid a speeding charge. But today Ms Onasanya – who is appealing her conviction – said “I have not perverted the course of justice”. In a YouTube video which appears to be filmed inexplicably in front of a green screen backdrop of New York, she said: “What would you do if you knew you were innocent? “Would you sit back and accept it?” She added: “I am telling you ...
Niger Government release N800m for payment of pensions, gratuities
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Niger Government release N800m for payment of pensions, gratuities

The Niger Government has released a total of N800 million for the payment of pensions and gratuities in the state. Gov. Abubakar Bello disclosed this during an interactive session with members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Minna on Monday. He said that N500 million was released to the state Pensions Board in February and additional N300 million had just been released to settle the outstanding pensions and gratuities of retirees in the state. Bello added that the government had also started paying death benefits to ease the sufferings of families of the deceased persons. “I am proud to say today that what we have done for pensioners, no administration in the past had done that; the records are there in the pension board office. “This is because we know how very import...
Two Suspected Traffickers Arrested as Another Set of 164 Nigerians Return From Libya
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Two Suspected Traffickers Arrested as Another Set of 164 Nigerians Return From Libya

This morning, two suspected human traffickers were apprehended for trafficking some Nigerians to Libya with the promise of taking them to Europe. The suspects (named withheld) were apprehended after they were identified by their victims during the profiling of 164 Nigerians who voluntarily returned from the volatile North African country. Ibrahim Farinloye, a spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency, South West Zone, confirmed the development to newsmen in Lagos saying the suspected traffickers have been handed over to officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for further investigation. According to him, the two men were among the new batch of 164 returnees who arrived the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Ai...
Minimum Wage: Labour Waits For Senate As Reps Approve N30,000
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Minimum Wage: Labour Waits For Senate As Reps Approve N30,000

THE legislative backing over the battle for the actualisation of N30,000 new minimum wage by Organised Labour, has been given a major boost after members of the House of Representatives, at their Tuesday sitting set the new National Minimum Wage as N30,000. Labour will now shift its battle and lobby to the Senate for it to concur with the House of Representatives. Once the Senate passes the N30,000 minimum wage Act into law, both chambers will harmonise if there are differences before returning the act to the president for assent. Recall that members of the House reached the decision on the N30,000 a day after conducting a public hearing on the bill for a new national minimum wage.
FG Meeting With NLC, TUC Over New Minimum Wage
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FG Meeting With NLC, TUC Over New Minimum Wage

The Federal Government has entered into a meeting with the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other labour unions. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige led the Federal Government team. The Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma are also part of the Federal Government team. Channels TV reports. The meeting is aimed at averting planned nationwide industrial action proposed by labour unions over the new national minimum wage . The labour leaders are insisting that the executive must pass the N30,000 new minimum wage structure as agreed to by the presidential tripartite committee, to the National Assembly or risk a resumption of the strike it ...
Duncan Mighty Slams Those Criticizing His Dress Sense
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Duncan Mighty Slams Those Criticizing His Dress Sense

Duncan Mighty has slammed those criticizing his dress sense, and ‘allegedly’ pushing him to live a fake life which he is not cut out for. Duncan who further disclosed that he is an employer of labour, dared his critics to refer him to places celebrities who are ‘custodian of Nigerian fashion’ have created jobs for the masses. He wrote; First i give GOD the glory for my life today and am proud to say i am not a music award winner but with the little my career has given me ive created jobs i know my construction company @mightycrete is still growing up but 38 staff's are employed, in construction company we pay daily some persons 27k, some 20k some 15k some 10k and we pay labour 5k per day, we only pay admin, securities and cleaners monthly we feed them and gave them health insurance peo...
Minimum Wage: Buhari, Governor’s Meeting Deadlocked
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Minimum Wage: Buhari, Governor’s Meeting Deadlocked

There are indications that the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and some state governors on Monday at the State House in Abuja over the proposed N30,000 minimum wage was deadlocked. Governors of Lagos, Kebbi, Plateau, Bauchi, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Enugu, Kaduna and Zamfara States had held a closed-door meeting with the president on Monday. Though no official statement was made after the meeting, THISDAY gathered that the meeting was not able to resolve the issue. Prior to the meeting, one of the governors had hinted journalists that they were at the State House to deliberate on the minimum wage with a view to finding a meeting point. State governors had maintained that they would be unable to pay the N30,000 minimum wage as demanded by labour, and had warned that the...
Minimum Wage: Labour Leaders Issue December Ultimatum to FG
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Minimum Wage: Labour Leaders Issue December Ultimatum to FG

Labour leaders have given December as the deadline for the implementation of the new minimum wage, warning that any delay in its passage could have negative consequences. The leaders also warned that any reduction in the N30,000 agreed by the Tripartite Committee on the National Minimum Wage as contained in a report to President Buhari would also be consequential. According to reports, the President of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Bobboi Bala Kaigama, and the Secretary General of the Association of Senior Civil Servant of Nigeria (ASCSN), Bashir Lawal, gave the warning at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the ASCSN in Abuja. The unions said Nigerian workers patiently await President Buhari to forward an executive bill on the minimum wage to the National Assembly for p...
Bukola Saraki Appeals To FG, Labour Over Proposed Strike
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Bukola Saraki Appeals To FG, Labour Over Proposed Strike

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has appealed to both the Federal Government and the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)/Trade Union Congress (TUC) to work together in order to avert the proposed workers’ strike in the interest of Nigeria. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, urged the two sides to demonstrate sensitivity and concern for the plight of ordinary Nigerians who are already battling with the harsh economic conditions in the country. He expressed appreciation for the patience displayed by the labour leaders as he noted that the issue of the new minimum wage could have been resolved long before now. “My Appeal is for the two sides to immediately move fast, shift from their extreme positions an...
Sowore Speaks To Nigerian Workers As Labour Strike Commences Tomorrow
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Sowore Speaks To Nigerian Workers As Labour Strike Commences Tomorrow

A revolution has started in Nigeria, fuelled by anger birthed from a genuine discontent with the system and the cycle of gerontocracy being forced on Nigerians. It is not enough to have a revolutionary anger; that anger must inspire us to change our objective condition - Omoyele Sowore. As inherent in the motto of the Nigeria Labour Congress and duly supported by history: labour creates wealth. And this wealth generated by the labour of workers remains the foundation upon which any economy including Nigeria’s is erected. However, the wealth created by the Nigerian workers has been that which subsequent governments have used to enslave Nigerian workers for the past 58 years. This groundless enslavement erected on a system of servitude has confronted workers in different forms; slave ...
Strike: Organised Labour Adopts Strategy to Beat Court Order
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Strike: Organised Labour Adopts Strategy to Beat Court Order

Members of the organised labour have responded swiftly to alleged government’s move to arm twist them into abandoning Tuesday’s nationwide industrial action. THISDAY gathered that since the National Industrial Court barred the Nigeria Labour Congress, United Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress from declaring strike action, they have decided to use affiliate unions to execute the strike. Hence the various unions have sent out messages and directives urging their members to embark on nationwide industrial action from tomorrow. Meanwhile government and representatives of labour are presently meeting in Abuja in a last minute effort to stop the nationwide strike. Details later…
Minimum Wage: NLC, ULC Threaten Nationwide Strike November 6
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Minimum Wage: NLC, ULC Threaten Nationwide Strike November 6

Following the failure to reach an agreement with the government over a new minimum wage, the NLC, ULC has threatened to resume its suspended strike. The labour unions in Nigeria say they would commence a nationwide, indefinite strike from November 6 if government does not meet their demands. The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, and that of the United Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero, stated this in a press statement on Sunday. The labour unions are angry at government’s stance on new minimum wage for workers. The federal government insists it will could only increase the minimum wage from the current N18,000 to N24,000, claiming no amount was agreed with the labour leaders at a meeting of a tripartite committee also involving the private sector. T...
Minimum Wage: FG Pleads with Labour to Accept N20,000 Proposed
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Minimum Wage: FG Pleads with Labour to Accept N20,000 Proposed

  The Minister of labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has implored the organised labour to accept a mutually agreeable new National Minimum Wage in order to avert labour crisis. Though, the minister did not disclose the exact figure proposed, sources told THISDAY last night that the government team offered labour a new minimum wage of N20,000. Ngige said that Nigeria could not afford rounds of labour crisis, hence, the imperative for the organised labour to accept a new National Minimum Wage figure based on the capacity and the ability of both the government and the private sector to pay in line with social dialogue and the overall interest of the nation. In a statement issued yesterday by the Director Press in the Ministry, Samuel Olowookere, the minister made the appeal when ...