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NLC Sets Dec 31 For States To Finish New Minimum Wage Negotiation

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The organised labour has told governors to end the minimum wage negotiation with their workers in all states of the federation by December 31.

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The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, which negotiated the consequential adjustment arising from the new minimum wage of N30,000 with the Federal Government, on Thursday said that it had reached out to all state governors in Nigeria to immediately begin negotiation with workers in their states.

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After organised labour reached an agreement with the Federal Government on the consequential adjustment on October 18, 2019, negotiation is expected to move to the state level, with state councils of JNPSNC opening negotiation with state governments.

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On Tuesday, leaders of the national headquarters of JNPSNC met chairmen of the 36 state councils in Abuja where information on how to go about negotiation in their states was shared with them. Three major documents that will guide the state councils in their negotiation were also handed to them.

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Secretary of the union, Alade Lawal, told journalists after the meeting that although labour had yet to receive a circular dictating the new wage structure from the Federal Government through the National Income, Salaries and Wages Commission, the council had drawn a replica suitable for the state councils to negotiate with.

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He said, “Negotiation with state governments starts anytime from today. We have agreed that the joint national negotiating council should send letters to state governments which will be sent tomorrow.

“The draft for the letter is ready. Negotiation starts immediately after the receipt of the letter.”

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Our correspondent gathered from a reliable source at the council that the letters were dispatched on Wednesday to all state governors. A copy of the letter sent to one of the state governors, which was obtained by our correspondent, stated that the entire negotiation should be concluded on or before December 31, 2019.

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The letter, dated November 6, 2019 with reference number JNPSNC/TUS/VOL.VI/686, was signed by the acting chairman of JNPSNC, Anchaver Simon, and the secretary, Lawal.

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It was titled, ‘Urgent need for commencement of negotiation of consequential adjustment of salaries arising from the new national minimum wage of N30,000 per month in the states of the federation.’

JNPSNC wrote, “The national leadership of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council presents its compliments to the Executive Governor and wishes to inform you that negotiation of consequential adjustment arising from the new national minimum wage of N30,000 per month has just been concluded at the federal level and an agreement signed to that effect by all parties.

“It is necessary to inform you that the negotiation of consequential adjustment is expected to commence at the state level immediately. The negotiation will be handled by organised labour in the state to be led by the JNPSNC.

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“We are hereby demanding that Your Excellency open up negotiation with the joint council in your state so that the entire exercise can be concluded on or before December 31, 2019.”

Apart from the letter, a copy of the signed agreement reached between labour and the Federal Government was also attached to the letter sent to the state governors. Lawal said the copy of the agreement was included in the letter to the governors to guide them on the minimum percentage of consequential adjustment that must be reached before the set date

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1st Anniversary: My Comfort Not A Priority, Says Kwara Gov

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Friday said the administration is not in a rush to purchase official vehicles or make the Government House overtly cozy when the state is littered with unbefitting infrastructure that has kept it down the ladder of socioeconomic development over the years.

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In a live broadcast and media chat to commemorate the first year of his administration, AbdulRazaq said his conducts, prudent handling of public funds, and prioritisation of people’s welfare were in agreement with the spirit of Otoge — the campaign slogan of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

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“What Kwarans voted for was change. They were tired of how things were being done before. They needed a new beginning to chart a new course. That’s the task we are charged with. The question they are asking us is how we are funding our (numerous) projects? The answer is because we are prudent in the management of public resources,” he said.

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“I thank members of the state house of assembly. All the lawmakers are entitled to a vehicle each. So far, they have sacrificed that. That possibly runs to over a billion. Our commissioners are also entitled to vehicles. That also runs to over a billion. The Governor and the deputy Governor and their aides are also entitled to vehicles which also run to over a billion. We all have sacrificed such in order to invest in critical infrastructure for the state.”

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In a strong pushback against a culture of spending public funds to shore up political standing, AbdulRazaq said the people had not voted him to lavish public funds on acolytes or entrenched interests and said his priority has been to “share projects” across the state to deepen development in the grassroots.

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“We abandon the renovation of Government House which is also over N100m. That’s not important to us now. We need to focus on the essential things. We believe that there should be a change in the way things are done,” he added.

“Let us make sure that we start delivering now with the right trajectory because our people voted for change and change has come to stay. People will continue to see the change. Yes, some (persons) will complain that we’re not sharing money. We’re not doing this, we’re not doing that. We are not here to share money; we are here to share projects and infrastructure. We expect people to stay with us and stay focused.”

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He commended the people of the state for their support over the last one year, calling on them to remain steadfast as the administration commits public funds to serve them.

“We are doing a lot of jobs. This morning I looked at the social media and I saw that Kwara is trending number one because we are doing the right things, we are taking the right steps, and taking the right decisions. The resources are scarce but the little we have we are spending prudently and judiciously,” the Governor added.

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Commenting on the plummeting oil prices and the COVID-19 pandemic that have slowed down global economy, AbdulRazaq said the government would slash the (N162bn) 2020 budget by roughly N40bn with huge emphasis placed on cutting cost of governance and some infrastructural projects that do not immediately impact on the lives of the people.

He said more money would now go into social investments to shore up the purchasing power of the masses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

AbdulRazaq said the state government had nearly finalised debates on the national minimum wage until the pandemic struck, adding however that the recent presidential order granting autonomy to local governments has justified his position that the third tier of government must be allowed to manage its own resources and take its own decisions.

He commended the workers in the state, including the leadership of the unions, for their understanding while the debate lasted, saying the government remains committed to the welfare of the workers.

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Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
May 29, 2020.

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Why Court Frees Senator Adeleke Over Alleged Exam Malpractice

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has discharged former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke in the alleged examination malpractices trial involving him and four others.

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Adeleke, who was arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja in October 2018 along with Sikiru Adeleke (who is said to be the senator’s relative), Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (the school principal), Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (registrar) and Dare Samuel Olutope (teacher).

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Ademola and Sikiru were accused of fraudulently, through personation, registering as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Ojo-Aro, Osun State to enable them sit for the National Examinations Council (NECO) examination of June/July 2017.

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The other three defendants were accused of aiding the commission of the alleged offence.

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At the resumed hearing on Thursday, prosecution lawyer, Simon Lough said the state has amended the charge to exclude Adeleke, in view of his continued absence in court.

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Adeleke has failed to attend court since last year when he was granted permission, by the trial judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, to travel to the United States on medical grounds.

Lawyers to the defendants, led by Alex Izinyon (SAN) did not object to the prosecution’s decision to amend its charge.

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Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a ruling on Friday, said he was minded to discharge Adeleke in view of the prosecution’s decision to withdraw charges against him.

‎Justice Ekwo elected to continue with the trial of the other four co-defendants in the case, who were re-arraigned on Thursday on a seven-count amended charge filed in the name of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

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Pilot Wife Exposes Departure Of 15-Man Chinese Medics From Nigeria

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The 15-man medical team from China who arrived Nigeria on April 9 to support Nigerian medical doctors with their experiences in containing the Coronavirus pandemic have been secretly flown out of the country.

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The secret departure was disclosed by Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, whose husband, Matthew Ekeinde is a pilot.

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According to a report from an online medium, State Press “She took to her Instagram page to announce that her husband was embarking on his first flight in two months due to the shut down of the nation’s airspace.

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“Sharing a picture of her husband and his co-pilot fulled kitted in a face shield and a mask, she wondered if it was the new normal.

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“The Nollywood diva eventually added that he was flying the Chinese doctors who arrived Nigeria in April back to their base.

She wrote, “Is this the new normal? #TheCaptain went on his first flight today in two months! Those are the Chinese pple that flew in some time ago! Not sure how to feel”.

Recall that Nigerians opposed their coming to the country, while the Federal Government assured that they will be quarantined for 14 days on arrived.

The Nigeria Medical Association also kicked against the decision of the FG to invite the Chinese doctors to help the country curtail and contain the spread of the deadly virus.

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But the Federal Government last two weeks denied knowing the whereabouts of the team, claiming that they were guests of the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

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