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₦40 Billion Allowance: ASUU Defends Sharing Formula, Varsity Workers Protest
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₦40 Billion Allowance: ASUU Defends Sharing Formula, Varsity Workers Protest

Non-academic unions in universities and the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday differed on the Federal Government’s N40bn earned allowance for the institutions’ workers. While ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview with The PUNCH, justified the the amount promised lecturers out the N40bn, non-academic unions described the Federal Government’s sharing formula as illogical and a divide and rule tactic. The unions spoke as protests by non-academic staff over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System and the N40bn earned allowance rocked university towns across the country on Tuesday. The Federal Government had, on December 22, as part of agreements reached with ASUU, promised to release N40bn earned allowance to universities. The academic...
NIN: NIMC Workers Suspend Strike
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NIN: NIMC Workers Suspend Strike

Workers of the National Identity Management Commission have suspended the industrial action which they embarked upon on Thursday over the fear of COVID-19 spread in the agency. It was gathered that the workers decided to put the strike on hold after a meeting with the Federal Government , where it was agreed that the demands of the employees would be addressed . The President, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria , NIMC Unit , Asekokhai Lucky , confirmed the suspension of the strike to our correspondent in Abuja . He said workers of the commission across the country were being contacted to resume work by Monday and begin the enrolment of citizens for National Identity Numbers.
NIMC Workers Begin Strike
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NIMC Workers Begin Strike

Thousands of applicants have been locked outside of the offices of the National Identity Management Commission following a strike embarked on by NIMC staff. The notice of strike was signed by the President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, NIMC branch, Lucky Michael, and its Secretary, Odia Victor. It read in part, “Consequent upon the just concluded congress of the above mentioned association that took place on January 6, 2020, the unit executive directs all members of grade level 12 and below in the head office and state offices to report to their respective duty posts tomorrow January 7, 2020 and do nothing. Currently, over 100 million Nigerians have yet to do so which has caused huge crowds to gather at the various offices of NIMC in breach of the COV...
NIN: FG Suspends Workers Over Extortion At NIMC Centres
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NIN: FG Suspends Workers Over Extortion At NIMC Centres

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), on Thursday, warned members of its staff cashing in amid the ongoing NIN registration nationwide to desist as they risk seven years in jail when caught. The Honourable Minister, Dr. Isa Pantami has today directed the suspension of NIMC staff involved in extortion of applicants at its Bauchi and Kaduna State Offices. The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, @DrIsaPantami directs the immediate suspension of staff extorting applicants at NIMC enrolment centers.
Arik Air Sacks 300 Workers
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Arik Air Sacks 300 Workers

The management of Arik Air has relieved 300 members of staff of their appointments. This was announced in a statement by the airline on Friday. It blamed the sacking on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. The press statement was titled, “Arik Air management declares 300 staff redundant”. The company explained that a redundancy package would be provided for the affected workers with the help of the aviation unions. The statement read in part, “Arising from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the constrained ability of the airline to complete heavy maintenance activities and return its planes to operations, stunted revenues against increasing operational costs, the management of Arik Air (In Receivership) has declared 300 staff members redundant to its...
Governor Udom Emmanuel Reinstates 403 Sacked Workers In Akwa Ibom
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Governor Udom Emmanuel Reinstates 403 Sacked Workers In Akwa Ibom

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has reinstated 403 workers earlier sacked following government investigation into an illegal recruitment scandal which rocked the State Local Government Service Commission in 2019. The reinstatement forms part of efforts by government to tackle unemployment among youths in the state. This was made known by the Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Local Government Service Commission, Honourable Monday Eyo,in a media chat with our newsmen in Uyo, yesterday. According to Eyo, the 403 workers who are mostly health workers have been reinstated to increase manpower in the State's health sector, fill vacancies left behind via retirements and to boost overall employment of Akwa Ibom youths. "I wish to inform you that these category of workers have bee...
Judge rejects Department of Justice’s attempt to end rape defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump
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Judge rejects Department of Justice’s attempt to end rape defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump

A US Federal judge on Tuesday denied the Justice Department's bid to end a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump brought by a longtime magazine columnist who alleged he raped her in a luxury department store dressing room over two decades ago.   The DOJ moved to put itself as defendant in the lawsuit filed by E. Jean Carroll (pictured top right), instead of Donald J. Trump, a move that if it became successful, would have halted the case,  as the US federal government can't be sued for defamation.   Carroll, made her allegations in a book saying Trump sexually assaulted her either in 1995 or 1996 but he has denied Carroll's allegations, telling reporters, "She's not my type," and alleging Carroll lied to boost her book sales. In a 61-page opinion release...
‘We’ve Not Been Allowed To Leave For Six Months’ – Workers At Indomie Cry Out
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‘We’ve Not Been Allowed To Leave For Six Months’ – Workers At Indomie Cry Out

Workers at De United Foods Industries Limited, makers of Indomie noodles, have cried out for help over what they described as modern-day slavery and unfair labour practices meted out on them since March. The workers said cooks, drivers, nannies, stewards and other groups working for the largely Asian staff of the company, had not been allowed to return home to see their families by the management of the company under the guise of preventing the spread of COVID-19. The workers in a statement on Thursday said, “Ironically these bosses go out everyday including attending social functions while a few of them have even contracted the COVID-19 and infected the helpless domestic workers. The affected domestic workers are largely drawn from those living with their bosses around Ikoyi and...
Minimum Wage: Ogun Workers Threaten Strike, Give Abiodun 14-Day Ultimatum
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Minimum Wage: Ogun Workers Threaten Strike, Give Abiodun 14-Day Ultimatum

The organised labour in Ogun State on Wednesday gave the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, a 14-day ultimatum over the non-payment of the negotiated new minimum wage. Rising from an emergency meeting of the State Organised Labour held at the Nigeria Labour Congress’ State Secretariat, Abeokuta, the labour leaders, threatened industrial action if the governor failed to address the issues within the period given. The union lamented over what it called the dysfunctional Contributory Pension Scheme, totalling 134 months deducted from workers’ salaries and unremitted; non-promotion of staff since 2018 and unpaid leave allowances to all employees, both of the State and of the Local Governments since 2015. This was contained in a letter addressed to the governor titled “Declaration of Trad...
FG Rejects Plans By Multichoice To Sack Nigerian Workers
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FG Rejects Plans By Multichoice To Sack Nigerian Workers

The Federal Government on Monday said it would not tolerate any move by South African company, Multi­Choice, to lay off Nigerian workers in its employ under any guise. This followed a meeting between the management of the National Broadcast­ing Commission (NBC) and the management of Multi­Choice on Monday. The commission had summoned MultiChoice over the planned increase on some DStv and GOtv packages which takes effect from today despite a similar increase three months ago. According to Multi­Choice, in a message to sub­scribers, DSTV Premium would move from N16, 200 to N18,400; Compact Plus from N10,925 to N12,400; Compact from 6,975 to 7,900, and for users of GOtv Max, they would have to pay the sum of N3,600 from 3,280. The latest increase comes amid a subsisting order of t...
Riots: Indians Accused Of Molesting Female Workers In Atiku’s Company In Yola
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Riots: Indians Accused Of Molesting Female Workers In Atiku’s Company In Yola

There was heavy gridlock along the busy Yola Gombe road yesterday, as over 400 workers block the road leading to the only national motor Park in the Adamawa state capital Yola, protesting the molestation of female causal workers by the Indians working in Adama Beverages limited producers of Faro water and juicy owned by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.The protesting workers who carried placards accused the Indians managing the company for Atiku of molesting Nigerian female workers during working hours and massive sacking of Nigerians replacing them with Indians. The workers who called on the ministry of labour and productivity to immediately wade into the inhuman treatment of Nigerian workers on their father’s land,said that the Chief Operating Officer ( COO) Mr, Francis Vazhe...
UNILAG Crisis: Academic, Non-Academic Workers Meet Over VC’s Removal
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UNILAG Crisis: Academic, Non-Academic Workers Meet Over VC’s Removal

The academic and non-academic members of staff at the University of Lagos are holding a meeting. We gathered that the emergency meeting was called over the removal of Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the Vice Chancellor of UNILAG. Our correspondent gathered that the joint meeting is holding after leadership of the unions had met separately. As of 11.30am, the meeting was ongoing at the Council Chamber Foyer of the university. During the meeting, the leaders of the unions took turns to address the workers. The PUNCH also gathered that an emergency Senate meeting held on Thursday morning in the university. “We will communicate the outcome of our meeting officially. I don’t want to be the one to divulge the outcome of the meeting,” a member of the Senate told our correspond...
Philadelphia Bans Large Public Gatherings until February 2021
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Philadelphia Bans Large Public Gatherings until February 2021

The city of Philadelphia has announced that it is cancelling all large events including the city's marathon and Thanksgiving Day parade until the end of February next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney made the announcement on Tuesday, July 14, saying ban on large events includes festivals, parades, concerts, carnivals, fairs, flea markets and block parties, such as the Thanksgiving Day parade and the Philadelphia Marathon are all cancelled. In a tweet, he wrote: 'He I'm disappointed to confirm that we are canceling large public events through February 28, 2021 due to the public health crisis.  This was not an easy decision to make. The health and safety of residents, workers, and visitors must be our top priority.' The mayor also said that...
Workers Are Paid Peanuts, Senators Earn Luxury Wages – Ali Ndume
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Workers Are Paid Peanuts, Senators Earn Luxury Wages – Ali Ndume

A former Senate Leader, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army in the 9th National Assembly, Senator Ali Ndume, declared on Sunday that federal lawmakers and other highly placed public officers were earning luxury wages to the detriment of Nigerian masses. He said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Muhammadu Sanusi, had vindicated his position on the high cost of running a presidential democracy, which he insisted was no longer realistic. Ndume stated this while reacting to the views expressed by Osinbajo and Sanusi during a webinar organised by the Emmanuel Chapel, themed, ‘Economic stability beyond COVID-19’, on Friday. Sanusi had on the occasion, pointed out that the governance structure in the country had set it up for...
270 Indian Workers At Dangote Company Depart Nigeria
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270 Indian Workers At Dangote Company Depart Nigeria

It was gathered that the aircraft conveying the nationals departed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Thursday evening and is expected to arrive India on Friday. The High Commission of India in Abuja confirmed this in a tweet, noting that the evacuees were workers of Dangote Group while adding that it was the second evacuation flight operated by a Nigerian airline, Air Peace. “Enabled repatriation of 270 needy employees of Dangote Group to India from Lagos Airport today (Thursday), with support of Nigeria Immigration Service and the Federal Ministry of Health. Second direct flight by Air Peace to India within a week,” it tweeted late Thursday. We Reported that Air Peace conveyed 312 Indian citizens from the Lagos Airport to the Cochin International Airport in...
Sanwo-olu marks first year in office with frontline health workers
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Sanwo-olu marks first year in office with frontline health workers

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu marked his one year in office with awards for some healthcare workers who have contributed to helping the state managing the Coronavirus pandemic. The governor said the recognition is for the supreme sacrifice by the frontline health and emergency workers in giving their all to the response in containing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in state. Sanwo-Olu honoured leaders of various medical teams deployed to all isolation facilities across the State, presenting them with plaques of honour in appreciation of their resolve to lay down their lives in the battle against the pandemic. The 10 health workers received the plaques at a simple ceremony held at the State House in Marina as part of the low-key events marking the administration’s...
COVID-19: We Won’t Sack Workers — LASG
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COVID-19: We Won’t Sack Workers — LASG

The Lagos State Executive Council yesterday approved the revision of the state’s 2020 budget from N1,168.6bn earlier approved by the state House of Assembly in December 2019 to N920.5bn. The review was in response to the Coronavirus pandemic which has triggered global economic downturn. According to the state Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Sam Egube, the review represents 21 percent reduction in the previous estimate. While briefing newsmen at the state secretariat Alausa, the Commissioner explained that the COVID-19 pandemic has metamorphosed into economic pandemic which has necessitated the “reordering” of the budget. The reviewed budget is expected to be transmitted to the state House of Assembly for consideration and approval. The commissioner was however ...
Your Worker Can Ruin The Business You Spent Years Building In A Heartbeat – Uti Nwachukwu Advises Employers
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Your Worker Can Ruin The Business You Spent Years Building In A Heartbeat – Uti Nwachukwu Advises Employers

Nigerian model and TV host, Uti Nwachukwu, has taken to Twitter to dish out a piece of advice for business owners. According to him, some employees can destroy a business that someone spent years building, in the twinkle of an eye with their unprofessionalism. Uti advised that employers start calling their workers every once in a while to test their attitude. ”Sometimes call the people that work for u just to test their attitude towards the average customer. Ur workers can ruin ur business u spent years building in a heartbeat. Zero tolerance for rudeness and unprofessionalism. Especially now that A LOT of people are looking for jobs” Sometimes call the people that work for u just to test their attitude towards the average customer. Ur workers can ruin ur business u spent ye...
Coronavirus: 10 Lagos Government House Workers Test Positive
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Coronavirus: 10 Lagos Government House Workers Test Positive

At least 10 persons at the Lagos state government house in Marina have tested positive for COVID-19. Akin Abayomi, commissioner for health, broke the news in two tweets on Thursday afternoon. Abayomi said the development made Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor, and Joke, his wife, to undergo another test for the disease. He said the results came back negative. The sample of Sanwo-Olu and his wife had been tested after governors were advised to go for test following their exposure to COVID-19 patients. “I am glad to announce that #COVID19 Incident Commander Governor of Lagos State @jidesanwoolu and the First Lady of Lagos @jokesanwoolu have consistently tested negative to #COVID19 following three consecutive tests conducted on them recently,” the tweet read. “However, 10 per...
‘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 ...
UNILAG Tells Workers Not To Resume On Monday
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UNILAG Tells Workers Not To Resume On Monday

The University of Lagos on Sunday has asked workers not to resume until it put in place a phased timetable for resumption, The Nation reports. A statement signed by the institution’s registrar, Mr. Oladejo Azeez, noted that only workers on essential duties were expected at work. The statement reads:“The Management of the University of Lagos at its meeting held on Tuesday April 28, 2020 reviewed the directive of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, concerning the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in the FCT, Ogun and Lagos states scheduled to commence on Monday, May 4, 2020. “Management resolved that members of staff should not resume on Monday, May 4, 2020 to enable adequate measures to be put in place for a pha...
Obiano Orders Compulsory Use Of Face Masks As Workers Resume Monday
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Obiano Orders Compulsory Use Of Face Masks As Workers Resume Monday

Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has ordered civil and public servants in the state, including primary and secondary school teachers to resume work on Monday, May 4th, 2020. The announcement was contained in a statement signed by Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, Secretary to Anambra State Government. He stated that pupils and students should still remain at home and follow Anambra Teaching On Air through state-owned media outfit, ABS radio, TV and online platforms. According to the statement, all workers in the state, and indeed all residents should procure protective face masks as this is now compulsory in Anambra State.
Drake Reveals He Was In The Hospital Last Week
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Drake Reveals He Was In The Hospital Last Week

Canadian rapper, Drake reveals he was in the hospital last week as a cause if ankle injury According to him, he revealed that he was admitted to the hospital because of an ankle injury, noticing all of the love and care that nurses, doctors, and other medical workers were showing. He said Drake tipped his hat, saying that the “moral, the smiles, the high spirits” at the hospital were “incredible,” noting that essential workers are the “glue holding us all together.” “I want to urge everybody, in their own space to find the silver lining,” said Drake. “What I mean when I say that is if you have a craft that can be worked on from home, it is an amazing thing to keep on working, keep your mind stimulated.”
‘It feels unreal!’ – Former Liverpool defender Matteo announces recovery from brain tumour
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‘It feels unreal!’ – Former Liverpool defender Matteo announces recovery from brain tumour

. The ex-Scotland international thanked "simply incredible" hospital workers after being given the all clear following treatment Former Liverpool, Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers defender Dominic Matteo has confirmed he has made a full recovery after treatment for a brain tumour. The ex-Scotland international wrote on Twitter: : "Yesterday I got THE phone call, the one I’ve been praying for... my brain scan is clear. "After 6 months of fear, pain, rehab surgery and treatment. I’m healthy! It feels unreal! The LGI [Leeds General Infirmary] and St. James hospital saved my life. They were simply incredible. Thank you will never be enough! The 45-year-old had undergone surgery in November after his initial diagnosis but on Thursday posted a photo of himself ringing a bell at...
Singapore extends coronavirus curbs as cases surge
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Singapore extends coronavirus curbs as cases surge

Singapore on Tuesday extended restrictions to fight the coronavirus until early June, the city-state’s leader said, as cases surged past 9,000 due to a growing number of infections among migrant workers. The city-state managed to keep its outbreak in check in the early stages due to widespread testing and contact-tracing but is facing a fast-moving second wave of infections. Health authorities reported 1,111 cases Tuesday taking the total to 9,125, with the vast majority of new infections in foreign worker dormitories, which have become the epicentre of the city’s outbreak. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that restrictions — which include closures of businesses and schools and asking people to stay home — would be extended to June 1. They were imposed at the start o...
Two Hospital Workers Test Positive For Coronavirus In Lagos
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Two Hospital Workers Test Positive For Coronavirus In Lagos

A hospital in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Vedic Lifecare, has said that two of its staff tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The hospital management in a statement on Monday, said its staff contracted the disease after treating a patient who later tested positive for COVID-19. The management said its facility has been closed for decontamination while the infected staff have been taken to an isolation centre managed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). “Dear customers and visitors. Approximately 10 days ago, we had an in-patient who later tested positive for COVID 19 after discharge. As per protocols set by NCDC we have tested our staff who have come in contact with the COVID positive patient and unfortunately, we have had 2 staff members who tested positive ye...
Coronavirus: Former Manchester City star Yaya Toure hails health workers
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Coronavirus: Former Manchester City star Yaya Toure hails health workers

The Ivorian legend has applauded health professionals for their efforts to defeat the pandemic Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has praised health workers for helping in the fight against the coronavirus. The pandemic has forced major activities around the world to a hiatus and has adversely affected the economy, with many businesses shutting down. More than 152,000 lives have been lost to the virus while about two million cases have been confirmed across the globe.
Beyoncé Shared A Powerful Surprise Message During The ‘Together At Home’ Concert
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Beyoncé Shared A Powerful Surprise Message During The ‘Together At Home’ Concert

Beyoncé gave the gift of two surprise appearances this week for COVID-19 relief specials. In addition to appearing on Disney's Family Singalong, the singer sent a message during Global Citizen's Together at Home concert tonight. She stood against an idyllic sunset and thanked front line workers while calling out how coronavirus has disproportionately affected black Americans. Her message was heartfelt and moving. Tonight, we celebrate true heroes, those who are making the ultimate sacrifice to keep us all safe, fed and healthy. To the doctors and nurses and other healthcare workers who are away from their families taking care of ours, we continue to pray for your safety. To those in the food industry, delivery workers, mail carriers, and sanitation employees who are working so that we...
”All My Workers Said We Are Fat” – Bobrisky Shows Her Fridge Fully Stocked With Tomatoes (Video)
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”All My Workers Said We Are Fat” – Bobrisky Shows Her Fridge Fully Stocked With Tomatoes (Video)

Celebrity crossdresser, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, has shown off some of the fresh tomatoes and peppers in his fridge. The 28-year-old showed them off in a video he shared on Instagram on Wednesday. He captioned it, ”All my workers said we are fat. You have over fed us.” Watch Video   View this post on Instagram   All my worker said we are fat ??? you have over feed us. A post shared by okuneye idris Olanrewaju (@bobrisky222) on Apr 16, 2020 at 10:17am PDT   View this post on Instagram   List of meal am making today 1) fried rice with Crocker fish 2) fish stew 3)Assorted meat 4) efo riro A post shared ...
Crops At Risk In Europe Without Migrant Workers
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Crops At Risk In Europe Without Migrant Workers

Farmers across Europe bank on improvised armies of pickers to save harvest, as coronavirus lockdowns have stopped migrant workers from arriving to carry out the work. Fruit and vegetable crops in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, the UK and other countries risk rotting in the fields – putrefying testaments to the coronavirus pandemic. “It won’t be pretty,” said Eamonn Kehoe, a soft fruit specialist with Ireland’s agri-food agency, Teagasc. “If they don’t have the staff it won’t be picked. It’s a nightmare, a perfect storm.” He was referring to Ireland’s growers, but farmers and agriculture officials across Europe have equally grim warnings about abandoned fields and lost crops unless they can conjure improvised armies of pickers. Spain, which is the EU’s biggest exporter of fr...
Coronavirus: The rent is due but many Americans can’t pay the bills
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Coronavirus: The rent is due but many Americans can’t pay the bills

Brittany Brook lost her job on March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic, two days after her husband Matthew Whitfield lost his, leaving the New York couple scrambling as end-of-the-month bills come due. On April 1, Brook, an artist who until recently taught music at a preschool, and Whitfield, a now-former waiter and actor, have to pay the rent and other bills, just like millions of Americans of all social classes who have seen their lives turned upside down by the crisis. The decisions they make on which bills to pay will provide a clearer picture of the economic damage done by COVID-19 in a country lacking a universal social safety net and where many workers have little savings to fall back on. “We have, for the first time in our marriage, declined to pay our credit card balance...
Allow Tanker Drivers Operate During Lockdown, NNPC Tells Security Agencies
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Allow Tanker Drivers Operate During Lockdown, NNPC Tells Security Agencies

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has appealed to law enforcement agencies across the country to allow free movement of petroleum products by tanker drivers during the lockdown ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The group in a statement signed on Tuesday said the exemption granted by President Buhari to certain categories of essential workers covers the operations of petroleum products tanker drivers. “The Federal Government counts on the support of the law enforcement agencies across the country to ensure smooth distribution of petroleum products across the nook and cranny of the country during the period of the restriction,” Kennie Obateru, NNPC Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division said in the st...
Labour demands nationwide lockdown
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Labour demands nationwide lockdown

Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday, demanded for nationwide lockdown with exception for providers  of essential goods and services, saying “Such large-scale lockdown should be accompanied with appropriate support systems that allow workers who provide essential services to function and in a manner that provides protection and sustenance to them and their families.” According to NLC, government should consider a national lockdown for a reasonable period of time if the  infection escalates, insisting “in line with Section 45 of the constitution which empowers government to limit citizens’ rights in the favour of public safety, we ask citizens to comply fully with government directives on public orders on COVID-19.” NLC also warned that organised labour would not accept a situation...
Post Brexit UK Visa/Job Policy: No Visas For Low-Skilled Workers
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Post Brexit UK Visa/Job Policy: No Visas For Low-Skilled Workers

Low-skilled workers would not get visas under post-Brexit immigration plans unveiled by the government. It is urging employers to "move away" from relying on "cheap labour" from Europe and invest in retaining staff and developing automation technology. The Home Office said EU and non-EU citizens coming to the UK would be treated equally after UK-EU free movement ends on 31 December. Labour said the "hostile environment" will make it hard to attract workers. But Home Secretary Priti Patel said the new system was about bringing "the brightest and the best" to the UK. She told BBC Breakfast the government wants to "encourage people with the right talent" and "reduce the levels of people coming to the UK with low skills". She added that the system would "make sure that we...
Fires Razes a Section of Obasanjo’s House
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Fires Razes a Section of Obasanjo’s House

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo's house in Ogun State was gutted by fire which started in the late hours of yesterday February 12. The fire which began around 9.30pm in a section of the house located at Ita-Eko area of the state, is believed to have been caused by a power surge. Items destroyed by the fire is still unclear but it was learnt that residents of the community helped the domestic workers to put out the fire. Ogun State Director of Fire Service, Fatai Adefala who confirmed the incident said only the store in the building was affected by the fire. He also disclosed that officials of the fire service succeeded in putting out the fire after responding to distress calls around 10:00pm.
300 Workers Resign From Pastor Paul Adefarasin’s House On The Rock Church
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300 Workers Resign From Pastor Paul Adefarasin’s House On The Rock Church

“Nothing in God’s word encourages you to deny the fact that you will face adversity or that it brings sadness and grief. While you are not grateful for the storm you are going through, you can be grateful in the midst of the storm knowing that it will all work out for your good.” The above quote was the last evangelical tweet of 2019 shared by Lagos charismatic preacher and founder of House On The Rock Church, Pastor Paul Adefarasin with thousands of his flock and almost 800,000 Twitter followers in December 2019. But it appears some staff/members didn’t really believe in this admonition of their leader and Shepherd as they had to quit the church in search of greener pasture overseas. It was learnt that Adefarasin, fondly called ‘Pastor Paul’, during the sermon of his Church’s fi...
Obaseki commences payment of N30,000 minimum wage
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Obaseki commences payment of N30,000 minimum wage

The Edo State Government has commenced the payment of the new N30,000 minimum wage to workers in the state with the adjustment of the government’s payroll, among other modalities concluded for workers to receive the new wage starting from January 2020. Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, disclosed this in a statement, in Benin City, on Tuesday, noting that Governor Godwin Obaseki reiterated the commencement of the new wage in his new year broadcast. Osagie said though modalities for the payment of the new minimum wage was finalised during the preparation of the 2020 budget, the governor in his new year message made it clear that the payment would commence in January 2020. According to him, “The Governor Godwin Obasek...
No Plan To Sack Workers In Civil Service – Fayemi
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No Plan To Sack Workers In Civil Service – Fayemi

The attention of the Government of Ekiti State has been drawn to some media reports insinuating that the administration had concluded plans to sack workers in the MDAs. The misleading news reports, which quoted an anonymous source in the office of the Head of Service, is nothing but a tissue of lies and a figment of the imagination of the writers. The office of the Head of Service has denied any plan to carry out any disengagement in the listed MDAs as claimed in the malicious reports. The Head of Service, Mr Ayodeji Ajayi, is the state official with authority to speak on issues relating to the service and not the rumour mill. Contrary to the concocted lies of the writers, the state government wishes to place it on record that it has no plan to sack anyone in the MDAs. Instead...
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 ...
FIRS Workers Threaten Strike Over Fowler’s Handover To Abiodun Aina
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FIRS Workers Threaten Strike Over Fowler’s Handover To Abiodun Aina

Workers of the Federal Inland Revenue Service on Tuesday faulted the decision of the immediate past Chairman of the FIRS, Mr Babatunde Fowler, to hand over to the Coordinating Director, Domestic Taxes Group, Abiodun Aina. Fowler, whose replacement was announced on Monday by the Federal Government, had handed over to Aina in acting capacity, pending the confirmation of a substantive chairman. But at an emergency meeting held on Tuesday at the Association of Civil Servants’ secretariat in Abuja, the workers said the action of Fowler violated the presidential directive on the handover. Specifically, the union in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting said Aina could not be regarded as the most senior director in the FIRS. A copy of the communiqué which was signed by 17 seni...
Governor Akeredolu Orders Reappointment Of Sacked Ondo Poly Workers
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Governor Akeredolu Orders Reappointment Of Sacked Ondo Poly Workers

The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN has ordered the reabsorption of 59 sacked workers of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, into the state’s civil service. The workers were teaching at the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Staff Primary and Secondary Schools, before their sacking following the authorities’ inability to financially run the schools. The disengagement of the teachers sparked crisis between the school management and the institution’s chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics. Speaking at a meeting with the representatives of SSANIP held on the campus, the Chairman of the polytechnic’s Governing Council, Mr Banji Alabi, said the governor ordered that the sacked workers should be reabsorbed into the mainstream state teaching service. ...
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Minimum Wage: Obaseki Says N30,000 Not Enough To Take Workers Home

Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday said the new National Minimum Wage of N30,000 is not enough to take workers home. Obaseki disclosed this while delivering his address at the 7th Quadrennial National Delegates conference of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) held in Abuja. Though Edo state currently has a minimum wage of N25,000, he said N30,000 won’t be a problem noting that “N30,000 is not enough for workers as take home.” He also stated that strong institutions are the corner stone of any stable government in a developed country adding that for Nigeria to meet world best practices, “funding of education, healthcare research institutions and other social services are critical functions of the states; functions that must be prioritised because it is foundational to the ...
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...
‘I Am Not Owing Workers Any Dime’ – Yahaya Bello Speaks After Election Victory
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‘I Am Not Owing Workers Any Dime’ – Yahaya Bello Speaks After Election Victory

The Kogi State Governor-Elect, Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday, rubbished claims that he was owing salaries, stressing that such were “lies.” Bello said his administration met salary backlog owed workers in the state, but insisted that his administration was not owing workers. The governor-elect, who said this while featuring on Channels Television, also alleged that thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stabbed a resident after he was declared winner of Saturday’s election. Bello also alleged that the wife of his deputy was also shot at after he emerged winner of the election. He said: “All these reports of me owing salaries are lies. Past governors of Kogi State were owning salaries starting from Audu to my immediate predecessor. Kogi state is not owning any dime at the stat...
NLC Tells Workers To Prepare For Indefinite Strike
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NLC Tells Workers To Prepare For Indefinite Strike

Workers in the country has been directed to get ready for an indefinite industrial action expected to begin October 16. The directive is from the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the umbrella body of the work force. The federal government and the organised labour failed to reach an agreement over relativity and consequential adjustments for the implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage more than six months after it was signed into law. The workforce body is demanding a 29 per cent salary increase for officers on salary level 07 to 14 and 24 per cent adjustment for officers on salary grade level 15 to 17. The government on its part, proposed an 11 per cent salary increase for officers on grade level 07 to14 and 6.5 per cent adjustment for workers of grade level 15 to 17....
Ngige Threatens To Sanction Banks Over Indiscriminate Sack Of Workers
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Ngige Threatens To Sanction Banks Over Indiscriminate Sack Of Workers

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has threatened to sanction banks, who sack workers indiscriminately, saying they ought to declare redundancy before taking such decisions. Mr Ngige, who resumed duty on Thursday alongside the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Tayo Alasoadura, said it was worrisome that workers were sacked without recourse to due process of disengagement. According to him, the ministry has introduced time frame of running agreements that have been reached with trade unions in order to make an insurable industrial climate. “We also have to monitor job loses, we also have to stem the tide of job losses through a proactive action from this ministry. “We were all here, when the bank started, we had to stop them because we looked into...
Dabota Lawson threatens to start calling out people showing off designer bags but owing their workers for 3 months
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Dabota Lawson threatens to start calling out people showing off designer bags but owing their workers for 3 months

Dabota Lawson has threatened to start calling out people showing off designer bags but owing their workers for 3 months. The former beauty Queen noted that she doesn't want to start any drama, but insisted that the owed workers have no other source of income even if their bosses 'pay in kind'. Dabota wrote; Please I don’t want to start drama this new month by calling anyone out . If you can afford to show off big designer bags , Please pay your workers . Maybe your lively hood comes from paying in kind , These people have no other source of income other than their daily effort they put into your business .Biko a word is enough for the wise.
Rats ate dead baby’s ear at Anambra hospital – Police
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Rats ate dead baby’s ear at Anambra hospital – Police

The mystery surrounding the missing ear of a baby at the Victory Children’s Hospital, Onitsha, Anambra State, has been linked to canivorous rats.   A police report released on Sunday, cleared the hospital, its management and workers from blame over the 2015 incident which left the deceased baby's family thinking it was for a ritual purpose.   “This deals with a case of an alleged mutilation of a newborn baby girl’s ear reported to the Inspector-General of Police by Mr Solomon Igwe against Dr. Oliver Umeh, the owner, and staff of the Victory Children’s Hospital, Onitsha. “On July 30, 2015, around 7.30am, Solomon Igwe, upon unwrapping the corpse, discovered that the right ear of the baby had been severed from the body. “He reported to the Central Police Station, Oni...
Jonathan’s N300m jewelries allegedly stolen by domestic workers and relatives
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Jonathan’s N300m jewelries allegedly stolen by domestic workers and relatives

Domestic workers and relatives of Goodluck Jonathan are currently under investigation over stolen valuables including jewelries worth over N300m belonging to the former President.   One of the suspects and management staff of Mrs. Jonathan’s Aridolf Resort, Hotel and Spa illegally duplicated the keys to the rooms where the valuables were kept. The Nation reported that the suspects broke into the palatial home of Jonathan in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area thereafter, and allegedly stole the valuables including customised walking sticks.   “It was not done by outsiders. The suspects have been working for the former first family. They decided to help themselves. One of them is a domestic servant, who is responsible in keeping the key to the room where the treasure was...
Adamawa Governor Speaks on Women being Relegated to ‘the other room’
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Adamawa Governor Speaks on Women being Relegated to ‘the other room’

The Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, has assured that women will play noble roles in his Government, stressing that women would fare a lot better under him than being relegated to “the other room” and the kitchen. The governor gave the assurance Wednesday in Yola while receiving delegations of women and other groups who visited the Government House to pay him Sallah homage. “For the women, you will not only belong to the other room and the kitchen,” Fintiri said, assuring that he would in the first instance not make a man head the Ministry of Women Affairs. Fintiri is yet to give indications as to who will make his cabinet, except the hint that a woman will head the Ministry of Women Affairs, unlike what obtained in the immediate pa...