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August 14, 2018

Alleged Corruption: 50 NGOs protest in Abuja – Say arrested judges must step down

Forum of Non-Governmental Organizations in Nigeria (FONGON) protested in Abuja, on Wednesday and asked seven judges arrested by the Department of State Security Services (DSS) over alleged corruption and falsification of assets to step aside pending the outcome of their trial in court.  “Their duty is to interpret the law not to interpret hard currencies” An attempt by the group to enter the Supreme Court premises was blocked by security operatives at the gate of the Presidential Villa, from where the protesters would have gained access to the apex court. Undeterred, FONGON Chairman, Wole Badmus, addressed newsmen before making a…

Police to sew uniforms in Calabar garment factory, says IG

The Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, has expressed the intention of the Nigeria Police Force to partner the Cross River State Government on the Calabar Garment Factory by sewing uniforms for its officers and men. This is coming barely a week after the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) expressed similar intention to partner the state on the garment factory. Idris disclosed the intention when he received Governor Ben Ayade in his office at the Force Headquarters in Abuja. According to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Chief…

Imo workers’ salaries cut by 30 %

…NLC sets up committee to look into Govt. Revenue Imo workers may have won the battle to save 3,000 jobs axed by the State Government early in January, but the war over their salaries is not over. This time, all workers will be forced to take a 30 per cent pay cut every month, until the state’s revenue improves or labour wrestles Government down on the issue. The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Imo State Council, has advised workers to swallow the bitter pill and accept the cut while its financial watchdogs investigate Government’s revenue, especially those internally generated. Labour said…

About job cuts and employment scams

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

Our anger matches our Judgment. There is no doubt that there is a deepening despair in the land over the seemly lull in governance, and execution of government  projects  leading to liquidity squeeze in the backdrop of the electoral promises of Job! Job!! Job!! Factory!!Factory!!!Employment! Employment!! Employment!!! These familiar sound bites now sound increasingly like a cracked record and very annoying to some people especially those persons in need of jobs. There are no indicators months after reelection of the governor that the government would lift employment embargo but relatives and in-laws of government officials are smiling behind new desks….

Using the Bailout Fund from FG

  Recently President Muhammadu Buhari announced a bailout fund of N713.7 billion in response to the distress call from state governors who are now broke and unable to pay salaries. Since then several well-meaning individuals and groups have continued to warn governors against the diversion of the money to personal use and ‘elephant’ projects. Those who have insisted that the money should be entirely spent on the payment of arrears of salaries and pensions include: the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP). The General Secretary of NLC, Dr. Peter Ozon-Eson,…