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New minimum wage: What will happen to Governors, political party that refuses to pay N30,000 – NLC

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The president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has said that Governors who feel they cannot pay the N30,000 minimum wage should resign.

He said such Governors are not worthy of holding public offices, adding that the consequences of workers retrenchment will be too grievous for any political office holder.

Speaking in an interview with Tribune, Wabba stated that Governors should also subject their humongous salaries and allowances since they want to enslave Nigerian workers.

The Labour leader said that workers have been educated to vote out any individual or political party that refuses to pay the new minimum wage.

He said, ‘Since a few of them are bent on enslaving Nigerian workers with peanuts as salaries, they must subject their humongous salaries and allowances, which available facts and figures have shown are among the highest in the world, pro rata with the minimum wage they want to force down the throats of Nigerian workers.

“Yes, we have insisted that the governors should go to their respective states and inform workers and their families of their individual positions on the new national minimum wage of N30,000.

“They should tell their workers and their families that they cannot afford N30,000 as their monthly salaries.

“Alhaji Yari should desist from using the platform of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to seek political relevance.

“His tactics of blackmail against workers are already timeworn and the stench is already offensive.

“The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Organised Labour urge workers to remain steadfast and firm on our rights to decent wages and improved living conditions. To the oppressors, we have only one answer for you – we will never sleep on our rights.

“We are now reiterating our directive to Nigerian workers to vote out any politician or political party that refuses to pay the new national minimum wage of N30,000.

“We shall continue to consolidate our efforts to strengthen already existing platforms and structures to give teeth to our resolve to vote out anti-labour governors and other politicians in the forthcoming 2019 general election.

“This is why as Organised Labour and Nigerian workers, we have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to be wary of some people, especially in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, who, because for their selfish and personal reasons, are presenting him as an anti-worker president and orchestrating anti-Buhari sentiments in the populace.

“We have also called on him to speedily transmit the bill on the National Minimum Wage to the National Assembly for appropriate amendment and implementation.

“Even after the submission of the report, you heard people like [Governor Nasir] el-Rufai saying that states should pay what they could afford.

“But he has forgotten that in the case of the political elites, it is not what they can afford that they are paying to themselves.

“In fact, they are paying higher than what is prescribed by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

“Most of them are paying higher than what the commission prescribed for political officeholders. Their severance package is so humongous; it is not contained in the provision of the commission.

“We will also follow up on this argument. It is a national minimum wage, not a state minimum wage. It is under the Exclusive List of the constitution and as such, no state can go outside of it to pay ridiculous a salary.

“It will be a violation of the constitution and we will be ready to take them up. Any governor that cannot abide by the constitution should step aside.

“If you can’t conform to the constitution, you should not hold a public office. Holding a public office suggests that you have sworn to uphold the constitution, so if you violate the constitution, you are not worthy to hold that public office.

“The threat by the governor of Zamfara State that the governors would sack workers before they can pay N30,000 national minimum wage cannot be used to intimidate labour. Threat to sack workers is not new in the struggle for a review of the national minimum wage in Nigeria.

“However, they must know that the consequences of workers retrenchment are too grievous for any political officeholder truly elected by the people to contemplate.

“In any case, we have made it known that the Governors Forum is illegal. The 1999 Constitution (as amended) only recognises individual states in the Collective Bargaining Process and not Nigeria Governors Forum.”

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Pastor Charis, Reverend Emem Jacob, others for Restoration Congress 2019

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Senior Pastor and Founder, Restoration Grace Assembly, Pastor Charis Essienobong is to speak at the Restoration Congress 2019, with the theme: “Arise and Shine”.

Other ministers of the gospel expected at the event include Pastor (Mrs). Idy Charis and the General Overseer of Christian Fellowship, Nigeria, Reverend Emem Jacob.

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According to the organiser of the congress, Pastor Charis Essienobong, “this year’s theme is targeted at uprooting every occupation of stagnation in the lives of believers and God is ready to release fresh light for the rising of Kingdom giants.”

The yearly event, which begins from Thursday, August 22 to Sunday, August 25, will also feature ministrations by Pastor Ity Charis, The Classical Choir and The Restored Voices Choir, among others. The event will be rounded off with Super Celebration Service on Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 8am at the Living Water House, 2 Nkpoette Effanga Crescent, Off Nsikak Eduok Avenue,  Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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Uyo Set to Host International Conference on Relationship and Marriage

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The capital city of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria is set to host an international conference on relationship and marriage on Saturday 17th, 2019 at the EMERALD EVENT CENTRE, Edet Akpan Avenue (four lanes) Uyo.

The conference theme: “Stepping Stone To A Successful Relationship and Marriage”. The event aims at bringing together people from different backgrounds and with various experiences to discuss pertinent issues affecting Nigerian families and the impact it has on the social and economic development.

The conference Host and Founder of BEMAMOL GRACEHEARTS, Lady Bernice Umoh said the one-day conference will bring together at least 1,000 participants from across the country and with a post television broadcast to over 10 million homes.

“The conference will enlighten participants on how to maintain happy and productive families as it addresses core challenges affecting modern relationships such as domestic violence, drug abuse, indiscriminate sex and the impact of social media on families,”.

Lady Bernice said the conference is been organised in the face of the rising number of divorce and sucide cases across the world and the negative impact it has on children and the society at large.

Briefing the press on the upcoming event at Walt Bridge Hotel in Uyo, Lady Bernice said participants will get an opportunity to interact with both national and international experts who will provide them with long lasting solutions to marital challenges.

She also expressed appreciation to well meaning prominent personalities who has committed their financial resources to ensure free admission of participant who largely cut across tertiary students, corpers and newly wedded couples.

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Tribunal Chides PDP Nat’l Legal Adviser, Emmanuel Enoidem Over Misconduct

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By AmanamHillary Umo-Udofia

A mild drama ensued on Thursday at the National/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, when People’s Democratic Party National Legal Adviser, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem was disgraced by the tribunal Chairman for gross misconduct and contempt of court.

The three-man panel led by Justice W. O. Akanbi at the resumed sitting of the tribunal dismissed an application brought by Assam Assam (SAN) counsel to Hon. David Lawrence for extension of time to reply the petition filed by Hon. Charles Sunday Ebongho and the All Progressives Congress against the declaration of Hon. David Lawrence as the winner of Eket State Constituency in the just concluded elections.

Shortly after the tribunal gave its ruling and struck out the first respondent from being a party to the petition, Enoidem who did not announce his appearance at the tribunal confronted the panel that the ruling was inappropriate. Angered over the development, the tribunal Chairman ordered him to sit down as he does not have the power to speak over the matter. “Who are you?” The Chairman queried. “This Honourable tribunal does not recognise you”, he further added.

Counsel to the first respondent Assam Assam (SAN), thereafter intervened and apologised for the actions of the PDP National scribe. Apparently embarrassed by his conduct, Enoidem apologised to the tribunal.

Drama started again when the tribunal called on the second petition filed by Hon. Kufre Akpabio and the All Progressives Congress against Hon. Pat Ifon, Peoples Democratic Party and INEC as first, second and third respondents respectively, Enoidem announced that he was holding brief for counsel to 1st Respondent, Solomon Umoh (SAN).

Enoidem immediately claimed that the petitioners were not interested in prosecuting the case to the amazement of the panel and other parties. Chairman of the Panel fumed and called on counsel to the second and third respondents to speak about the case, which they answered in the affirmative that the petitioners were diligent in their prosecution of the matter.

The chairman then queried Enoidem, that he should have consulted with other parties since he is appearing for the first time. “This tribunal is embarrassed with your behaviour, you should have consulted with your learned colleagues before making such contemptuous claims. It is totally unacceptable”, the chairman added.

Enoidem again apologised for the second gaffe before the tribunal adjourned the matter for the next sitting.

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Uniuyo bans Use of Wristwatches during Exams

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The Management of the University of Uyo has banned the use of wristwatches by students in examination.

In a statement released by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) Prof. Enoidem Usoro, students are now prohibited from wearing wristwatches to examination halls; and the ban takes effect from the 1st semester 2018/2019 Examinations.

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