Monthly Archives: October 2019

Again: Gunshots in Abuja as police disperse protesting Shi’ites

The police have dispersed a procession of members of the banned Islamic Movement of Nigeria who trooped out to call for the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The protest started on Sultan Abubakar Road at about 1:55 p.m. Friday.

The protesters in their numbers hoisted two flags, one red and the another black, with the chant: “Labaika yah Hussein. Free Zakzaky”, loosely translated as “Welcome you Hussein. Free Zakzaky”.

Hussein is seen by the Shi’ites as their first imam.

As the protesters marched, a team of police officers followed behind, shooting in the air and firing tear gas canisters.

Soon, the procession of protesters thinned out, with members blending with other Muslim worshipers returning from Friday jummat prayer.

Details later…

Source: Premium Times

FG & Labour reach agreement on Minimum wage

The Federal Government and organised labour on Thursday finally agreed on the percentage increase on the consequential adjustment in workers’ salaries as a result of the new minimum wage of N30,000.

As the meeting reached an advanced stage, the Minister of State for
Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, tweeted from the venue that both
parties had reached an agreement, but he did not give details.

“After some delicate negotiations (with both ministers as conciliators), the government and labour have finally reached an agreement on the consequential adjustment of other wages following the implementation of the enhanced minimum wage of N30,000. We are working on the communiqué,” Keyamo had tweeted.

In a statement, the President of the Trade Union Congress, Quadri Olaleye; and the Secretary General, Musa-Lawal Ozigi, confirmed the peace pact, commending the Federal Government and Labour for their patience while the negotiations lasted.

The statement reads, “We commend the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, and her team for their sincerity.

“Though they argued that the government could not afford to meet our earlier demand
of N30,000 minimum wage across board because of the economic situation in the country, we made them understand that some people could not be more Nigerian than others.

“If we are tightening our belts, government should also do so.”

The secretary of the Joint National Civil Service Negotiating Council, Alade Lawal, also confirmed the figure to our Correspondent through a text message after confirmation on what was agreed with the FG was sought from him.

Lawal had earlier told our Correspondent that the parties had reached an agreement on the wage crisis.

He said both parties agreed on 23.2 percentage increase for workers at grade level 07; 20 per cent for those at grade level 08; 19 per cent for workers at grade level 09; 16 per cent for those on levels 10 to 14; and 14 per cent for workers at grade levels 15 to 17.

The agreement came 182 days after President Muhammadu Buhari signed
the new minimum wage into law.

Source: Punch

BREXIT: There would be “no further delay” – EU’s Juncker

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker congratulated Prime Minister Boris Johnson on their Brexit withdrawal deal on Thursday and said it meant there would be “no further delay”.

“We have a deal, and this deal means there is no need for any kind of prolongation,” Juncker told reporters as he welcomed the British leader to EU headquarters ahead of summit talks.

British MPs are expected to vote on the deal on Saturday.  Pro-EU parliamentarians hope they can defeat it and Brexit can still be delayed to allow a general election or a new referendum on whether to leave the EU at all.

Arriving later at an EU summit of leaders expected to endorse the new withdrawal plan, Juncker said he hoped British MPs would pass the plan as agreed so that Britain can leave on October 31.

“There will be no prolongation. There is not an argument for further delay — it has to be done now,” he said.

“We have a deal. The British prime minister has to make sure it passes the hurdles of the British parliament. I was ruling out any sort of prolongation. We have a deal.

“I’m satisfied that we were able to find a deal. I’m sad that Britain will be leaving the European Union,” he said, adding that Johnson agreed that there should be no more delay.

(AFP)

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