*NLC threatens showdown if states reduce wage *Sokoto to declare state of emergency in education sector

*NLC threatens showdown if states reduce wage *Sokoto to declare state of emergency in education sector


NLC threatens showdown if states reduce wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress has called on state councils and industrial union affiliates to be prepared for a showdown with any state government that attempts to reduce the national minimum wage.

The call is contained in a statement issued by NLC President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, in Abuja on Sunday. The statement said the Chairman Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, had insinuated plans by state governors to reduce the N18,000 national minimum wage. Read more

Sokoto to declare state of emergency in education sector

Sokoto State government said it had resolved to declare a state of emergency in the education sector.

The state took the decision in order to ” effectively tackle the problems bedeviling education in the state.” Read more

Atiku congratulates people of Kogi, says Nigeria’s democracy enriched

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), congratulates the entire people and government of Kogi State, as well as the political and opinion leaders of the state, on the successful conclusion of the supplementary governorship election in the state. Read more

1.5 m Lekki residents want alternative routes ahead of mall operations

The 1.5 million residents of the 10 estates around Jakande Roundabout in Lekki, Lagos State, said RMB West Port, owners of Circle Mall, must provide them alternative routes before it opened its mall on Dec. 17.

The residents from the 10 estates from the area, with each of them having no less than 150 residential buildings, said that this would enhance effective traffic control. Read more

NEMA, UN, Others to Provide Temporary Shelter to Over 2m IDPs in N’East

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is collaborating with states in the north east, United Nations Systems, the Red Cross and faith-based organisations ‎to provide temporary shelters and care for about 2,233,5061‎ people displaced by the Boko Haram terrorists as at June 2015.

The Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Sani Sidi disclosed this at the weekend while receiving an award for community service by the Rotary Club of Kakuri‎, Kaduna. Read more

Sokoto to Declare State of Emergency in Education Sector

To effectively tackle the problems bedevilling education in Sokoto, the state government said it has resolved to declare a state of emergency in the sector.
The move becomes imperative not just because standards have fallen, but because education holds the key to tackling virtually all challenges of governance in Sokoto state in particular, and Nigeria in general. Read more

Two DSS, One Soldier Arrested Over Bureau De Change Robbery

The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested two of its operatives,  while the Nigerian Army has equally nabbed one soldier in connection with a robbery that took place in a bureau de change.

According to a release signed on behalf of the DSS by one Tony Opuiyo, the Service arrested two out of five of its staff involved in the robbery and sharing, on 20th November, 2015, of the sum of N310m belonging to a bureau de change operator in Abuja. Read more

Saraki lobbies French parliament on B’Haram, Lake Chad project

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has called on the French government to be more decisive in supporting war against terrorism, particularly the  Boko Haram insurgency in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria and the neighbouring  West African countries, colonised by France.

Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Adviser ( Media and Publicity ), Yusuph Olaniyonu, made the appeal during a two-hour bilateral meeting with the President of the French Senate, Senator  Gerard Larcher at the on-going COP 21Globe Parliamentary  meeting in Paris. Read more

Boko Haram: Medical Association donates relief materials to widows in Borno

The Borno chapter of the Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN) on Sunday donated relief materials worth millions of Naira to 40 widows of Boko Haram insurgency in the state capital.

The Chairman of the association, Malam Abba Babagana, stated this during the presentation of the items at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. Babagana said that the gesture was to assist the vulnerable victims of the insurgncy who were in dare need of assistance. Read more

Partner FG for economic prosperity, Aisha Buhari tells private sector

The wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, on Sunday in Lagos, urged the private sector to partner with the Federal Government to build a strong and viable economy.

She made the call at the investiture programme of Mrs Nike Akande as President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). Represented by Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, the president’s wife said the Federal Government was taking steps that would make the country more investment-friendly both for foreign and local investors. Read more

NBS plans to map data to track achievement of SDGs

The Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr Yemi Kale, said the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) was strategising to map out data to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Kale told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Saminaka, Kaduna State, that NBS needed adequate and timely release of funds to map out data to monitor progress in the goals. Read more

$6 billion arms scandal: Suspects detention is legal – Falana

Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) did not commit any illegality for detaining suspects arrested in connection with the $6 billion arms scandal.

Falana, in a statement titled, “$6 billion arms gate: suspects’ rights not violated” issued Sunday contended that “the detention of the suspects is in strict compliance with the rule of law”. Read more

APC plot to rig Bayelsa election – PDP

NATIONAL leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has raised alarm that the All Progressives Congress, APC and the military have connived to rig the elections in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa state.

In a statement signed by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the PDP said, “This rigging is being coordinated by the same Army Major who supervised the killings yesterday. The Major has handed most of the sensitive materials to APC agents to fill and return as results in the evening. Read more

Aisha Buhari urges private sector to partner FG in building strong, viable economy

The wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, on Sunday in Lagos, urged the private sector to partner with the Federal Government to build a strong and viable economy.

She made the call at the investiture programme of Mrs Nike Akande as President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). Read more

Nigeria needs N23bn annually to develop its infrastructure – TIB boss

Nigeria needs N23 billion annually to meet its infrastructure financing needs.

Mr Adekunle Oyinloye, the Chief Executive of The Infrastructure Bank (TIB) who disclosed this at a press conference in Lagos at the weekend, said that infrastructure decay in the country was massive and required huge funding. Read more

4,600 migrants rescued off Libyan coast in three days

More than 4,600 people have been plucked to safety from unseaworthy boats off the Libyan coast over the past three days, the Italian coastguard said Sunday, as migrants took advantage of calmer waters to attempt the perilous journey across the Mediterranean.

On Saturday alone, the coastguard operations centre in Rome coordinated nine rescues, pulling 1,123 people to safety from two boats and seven inflatable dinghies. Read more

NSCDC deploys more men, sniffer dogs for Bayelsa election

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps deployed three deputy commandants; five assistant commandants, 1,000 operatives; sniffer dogs and mobile surveillance vehicles for the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area election.

The Commandant General of the corps, Abdullahi Muhammadu, said in Yenagoa that the decision to deploy more troops was reached in the aftermath of cancellation of Southern Ijaw election due to the late arrival of election materials and the calculated attempt by hoodlums to disrupt the processes in order to deny the electorate opportunity to vote. Read more

FG doing well in fight against corruption, terrorism – Minister

Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed says the Federal Government has done “very” well in the fight against corruption and terrorism in the country.

Mohammed said this at the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja at the weekend. Read more

Central Africa slams rebel leader as ‘public enemy no.1’ after vote move

Bangui, Central African Republic: The Central African Republic’s interim government on Sunday branded senior rebel figure Nourredine Adam “public enemy No. 1” after he threatened to block elections later this month in areas under his control.

His Patriotic Front for the Renaissance of Central Africa (FPRC), a splinter faction of the former Seleka rebel group that staged a coup in 2013, is staging an armed revolt in the north and east of the country. Read more

Egypt signs $2.3 million energy efficiency project with IFC

Egypt has signed Sunday a $2.3 million deal with the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, aimed at making its industry more energy-efficient and less polluting.

The three-year project is part of a wider strategy by the government to cut down on energy waste to achieve sustainable development and boost the competitiveness of local industry in local and international markets, Minister of Trade Tarek Qabil said according to a ministry statement. Read more

New York Times uses first front page editorial in 95 years to compare US ‘gun epidemic’ with UK’s response to Dunblane massacre

A LEADING US newspaper which used its first front page editorial in almost a century to call for tightening gun laws has contrasted the UK’s decisive response to the Dunblane massacre with the “gun epidemic” that persists in the US.

The New York Times devoted its front page to opinion for the first time since 1920 yesterday “to deliver a strong and visible statement of frustration and anguish about our country’s inability to come to terms with the scourge of guns” and the nation’s “failure to protect its citizens”. Read more


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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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