By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja Minister of defence,Mansur Dan-Ali,  has said  acting president Yemi Osinbajo peace moves in the Niger Delta has halted pipeline bombings and oil theft in the region . Osinbajo yesterday met behind closed doors with some top security Chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting was mainly to review a memorandum for maritime security in the country. The memorandum will be presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for consideration and approval on Wednesday. Among those at the meeting included the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), Gabriel Olonishaki ,National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno and  the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. Speaking with state house correspondents after the meeting, the Minister of Defence said issues around maritime surveillance were discussed. He said “It’s a pending issue of the federal executive council (FEC) meeting that we wanted to resolve on maritime surveillance and it has been resolved. “Acting president has been meeting...
By OMONU YAX-NELSON, Abuja The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and All China Journalists Association (ACJA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on exchange programme. The agreement which was first signed in 2000/2001, went moribund due to what Mr Odusile, NUJ President, regarded as teething problems. The latest MoU, which is expected , in the first instance, to last for four years, is subject to review on mutually benefiting terms. Also, in the spirit of the new  agreement, the leadership of NUJ is also expected to pay a reciprocal visit to China next year. The MoU was signed on behalf of NUJ by its President, Waheed Odusile, while Zhang Mingxin, President of ACJA and head of ‘five man’ Chinese delegation, signed on behalf of ACJA. The signing ceremony took place over the Weekend at the LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPERS complex in Abuja. Speaking on the relevance of the epoch agreement, NU’Js  helmsman said the MoU is the...
BY BODE GBADEBO, Abuja The authorities of the Nigerian Army (NA) has refused to recall 30 officers it wrongly dismissed from service two months after a resolution of the House of Representatives to that effect was convened to the Minister of Defence, Brigadier-General Mannir Dan Ali (rtd) and the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai. Thirty officers, out of which some are now deceased, had petitioned the House of Representatives in 2015 over alleged wrongful retirement from service by the Nigerian Army sometime in January, 2015. However, the House of Representatives on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, after the adoption of the report of its Committee on Public Petitions at plenary presided over by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, which investigated the matter, passed a resolution calling on the Minister of Defence and the Chief of Army Staff to recall the retired Army officers with immediate effect for “lack of credible reason” to retire...
Cattle breeders association, otherwise known as Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Katsina State chapter, has approved micro-chip inplants for their livestock to increase the security of their animals. The Katsina  State chairman of the association, Mannir Atiku Lamido, made this known at the launch of the animals identification and management solution at Dayi in Malumfashi local government area. Lamido called on the Fulani herdsmen to take advantage of the arrangement, adding that the association is working to ensure that all herdsmen could protect their animals through the device with relative ease. He also commended the various arrangements being put in place by the state government to enhance the welfare and and security of Fulani herdsmen. In his address, the Galadiman Katsina and District Head of Malumfashi, Justice Mamman Nasir, promised to compliments efforts at enlightening Fulani herdsmen on the innovation being powered by one of the telecommunications giants in the country. The...
Amid controversy trailing N11 billion stolen oil, Petroleum Tanker Drivers yesterday denied rumour making the rounds alleging that they were part of the economic sabotage,In a statement signed by the national PTD chairman, Comrade Salimon Oladiti, they insisted that the claim is baseless and untrue. According to the statement, leadership of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers wishes to categorically deny the allegation of Ifeanyi Uba or any other individual, inciting the tanker Drivers to cause any economic sabotage.  The allegation is baseless, unfounded and totally untrue. “Our responsibility as a Trade Union is solely to promote, project and protect the job security and welfare of workers most especially the petroleum tanker drivers in Nigeria. “We have no further relationship with any capitalist/employer beyond the precinct of promoting, projecting and protecting the security of jobs and welfare of our members,” it added. The union stressed that it unequivocally support the on -going war against...
By Michael Oche, By Midat Joseph President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured workers that his administration will expedite action on the proposed minimum wage. This is even as the federal government hinted that the minimum wage negotiating committee will start functioning within the next 3 months. The president made the assurance at the 2017 May Day celebration at the eagle square, Abuja where aggrieved workers  disrupted the event, while insisting on the immediate implementation of the N56, 000 new minimum wage. In this address to the nation, President Mohammadu Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, also assured the workers that the backlog of promotion arrears and repatriation allowances, relocations allowances and other allowances that are due to them as emolument will be paid soon. The president’s speech could not be read as a result of protest by the workers who started chanting various solidarity songs at about 12:15pm,...
As organised labour in the country joins its counterparts around the world to celebrate this year’s May Day, Nigerian workers have decried what they described as the harsh economic condition. They called on the federal government to speed up the review of the minimum wage from N18,000 to N56,000. During last year’s May Day celebration, the organised Labour represented by the Nigeria Lab our Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) had  made a presentation of N56,000 new minimum wage. But one year after, the federal government is yet to set up a tripartite committee to begin negotiation on the proposed minimum wage. The workers are also celebrating this year’s workers’ day at a time most state governments are owing their workers backlog of salaries. They lamented that the nonpayment of salaries has further impoverished them as well as worsen their economic condition. According to the Secretary General of Association of Senior Civil Servants of...