By Michael Oche, Abuja The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said the current economic challenges facing the country has caused untold hardship to workers across the country NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba blamed what he described as “recklessness” of the political class for the current economic challenges. Speaking during a familiarization visit to the Nigerian Union of Public Service Reportorial Secretarial, Data Processors and Allied Workers (NUPSRAW), he said it is obviously not the best of times for workers, citing cases of unpaid salaries and pension. He accused political class of relegating the welfare of the workers and the people to the background, stressing that politicians see running for office as an investment. He said, “They go into politics as business. And they try to recoup the investment and make profit. The welfare of the people has been relegated. The primary aim of government is the welfare of the people. But this welfare has...
By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja The House of Representatives passed for second reading a bill to amend the National Minimum Wage Act to allow for periodic review of the National minimum wage. The bill which seeks to codify and make mandatory, the review of the National minimum wage every five years is titled: "a bill for an Act to mend the national minimum wage Act, cap N.61 laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004 and for other related matters". Sponsor of the bill, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila in his debate said that the bill which was coming on the heels of democracy day celebration, seeks to provide for periodic review of the national minimum wage every five years. Gbajabiamila who noted that salary is the major component of people's welfare, regretted that the review of national minimum wage is at the whims and caprice of the government as there is currently no law compelling the...
BY Abubakar Bello Abu Nmodu in his mid-term assessment of governance in Niger State, gives Governor Abubakar Bello thumbs up for doing what is remarkable in the educational and health sectors. When Governor Abubukar Sani Bello popularly called Abu Lolo started in Niger State in May 29, 2015, most of his adversaries never gave him a chance; but as time rolled by, his steps towards the people’s heart gradually won him a great deal of support. He took giant steps amidst paucity of funds to make a mark in the areas of schools renovation, road construction, provision of health facilities, youth empowerment and robust approach to boost agriculture. Those who were doubtful of his ability to deliver because he is indeed slow began to understand that the governor only wanted to be prudent with public resources. He has been able to within two years make desired changes in the state through his Restoration Agenda. The...
BY ACHOR ABIMAJE,jos   It has been so good for Plateau State workforce under Governor Simon Lalong: The governor owes nobody in the state’s workforce, even pensioners. Peace which once eluded the state has also returned, yet it is desired by watchers in the state that the governor should buckle up the more. On  May 29, 2017, the administration of Governor Simon Lalong will clock two years in office. Although not much is seen to have been achieved during this period, analyst believe that there is need for improvement and to consolidate on already what is on ground. Among some of Lalong’s successes is that Plateau has witness a relative peace both in Jos metropolis and in the 17 local government council that make up the state. He has succeeded in silencing the state civil service with payment of salaries and pensions including gratuity that have been cleared and paid up to date....
The issue of unemployment and job creation is one that worries every Nigerian. Every Nigerian agrees that there is an unemployment crisis in the country. In the words of the Chairman, House Committee on Labour, Hon.  Ezenwa Francis Onyewuchi during an oversight visit to the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in December 2016, “We know we have unemployment crisis in Nigeria and this agency should lead the federal government’s agenda to ensure that Nigerians are employed.  When we talk of employment, we are taking about Nigerians becoming self reliant. Getting required skills because we have moved from provision of white collar jobs” Dr. Nasiru L. Mohammed is taking over at the National Directorate of Employment (NDE),  at a period when the performance of the President Mohammadu Buhari in the area of job creation is being greeted with mixed feelings. Job creation is a cardinal part of the APC-led administration and with another...
The organised labour has threatened a nationwide strike if the government fails to begin process of reviewing the workers minimum wage, saying that Nigerian workers are hungry and legitimately angry. The National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), an affiliate body of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), issued the threat in Kaduna yesterday. Addressing newsmen alongside NUTGTWN National President, Comrade John Adaji, General Secretary of the union and Vice President, IndustriALL Global Union, Comrade Issa Aremu called on the Federal Government to urgently constitute a committee on the review of the current national minimum wage. The labour union equally called on NLC and TUC to make urgent case for workers’ control of the country’s pension industry, saying pension fund is workers’ capital and should not be a play-ground to reward failed politicians. According to Comrade Aremu, "As demonstrated by workers during the May Day in Abuja, Nigeria risks national industrial...
By Michael Oche, Abuja The minister of labour and employment, Sen. Chris Nwabueze Ngige, has saluted the resilience of the Nigerian workers and hope for a better future in the face of the current economic challenges facing the country. The minister, in a message to the workers on the occasion marking the 2017 May Day celebrations, fraternized with Nigerian workers as they celebrate the Workers’ Day, a day that has its origin in the historical struggles of workers and trade unions in their efforts to win fair employment standards and more importantly, establish a culture of human and workers’ rights. According to him, “The federal government is not unaware of the economic challenges facing Nigerian workers in the public, the private and informal sector of the economy. We appreciate your resilience and hope for better days ahead.” While acknowledging the contributions of the Nigerian workers to national development, Ngige emphasised the commitment of...