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Wage bill protests: National Assembly, Labour meet Tuesday as sponsor knocks unions
The leadership of the National Assembly will on Tuesday next week meet labour leaders over a bill which seeks to remove the minimum wage negotiations from the exclusive legislative list.
The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing workers, who marched to the National Assembly Complex in Abuja to protest the bill.
But the sponsor of the bill, Mr Datti Muhammad, in an interview with one of our correspondents, took a swipe at the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, saying they should be civil in their opposition to the bill and stop attacking him.
Using Ibori loot for Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Abuja-Kano rail line unjust – Sagay
The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has advised the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to use the loot to fund projects in Delta State.
Sagay said this during an interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday. The PACAC chairman said using the latest £4.2m (N2.2bn) tranche of the Ibori loot to fund the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the Abuja-Kano railway, would be unjust since such projects would have no direct impact on the lives of the people of Delta.
The 80-year-old senior advocate argued that since the funds emanated from the Delta State treasury, it would only be proper for the money to be used for the development of the state.
OPC tags Fani-Kayode lying merchant, misinformation expert
The Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress in Oyo State, Mr Rotimi Olumo, has described a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, as a ‘lie merchant and an expert in misinformation.’
Olumo said this in a statement on Wednesday following a claim by Fani-Kayode that the Fulani warlord, Abdullah Iskilu-Wakili, captured by OPC members on Sunday was not the real Wakili tormenting the people of Ibarapaland in Oyo State. Olumo said Fani-Kayode ‘s claim was misinformation taken too far.
The statement read, “Fani- Kayode is one of the politicians that thrive in telling lies. He has a reputation for using his social media page to foment trouble and cause disunity in Yorubaland. He had once said that Yoruba language was Anago. How can you take such a person too serious?
UAE extends ban on Nigeria flights to March 20
The United Arab Emirates has extended its ban on Nigerian flights till March 20.
A statement from the public relations firm for Emirates made available to our correspondent said customers from both Abuja and Lagos would not be accepted for travel prior to or including this date.
The statement said, “In line with government directives, passenger services from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) to Dubai are temporarily suspended until 20 March 2021. Customers from both Abuja and Lagos will not be accepted for travel prior to or including this date. Passengers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days are not allowed entry into the UAE (whether terminating in or connecting through Dubai).”
Adamawa pastor arrested over hotel bills while working for Atiku
A pastor with the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, Jalingo, Taraba State, has been apprehended by the police for allegedly absconding with N.5m unsettled hotel bills.
Reverend Eli Dilli, the presiding priest of LCCN Majami’ar Ceto, Jeka da Fari parish, Jalingo, was said to have coordinated a network of pastors in the build up to the 2019 general elections.
It was alleged that Eli worked for the Peoples Democratic Party to emerge victorious and had cause to use one of the hotels in the state capital to boost the electoral chances of the party and its governorship candidate.
Osinbajo wades into Imo APC crisis, meets Okorocha
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, held a closed-door meeting with the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, in a bid to resolve the political crisis in Imo State.
Okorocha, a former governor of the state is embroiled in a political feud with his successor and fellow member of the All Progressives Congress, Governor Hope Uzodinma.
Speaking to State House correspondents shortly after the meeting, Okorocha said, “The whole thing to me sounds like a movie, a joke, a dream that does not reflect any practical reality, but I am a father, I’m a leader of that state and I am trying to make sure things don’t escalate beyond control. But for what has been done to me, I am human; I can bear it just for the purpose of peace to reign.
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