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One year after, Leah Sharibu family laments FG’s silence

One year after, Leah Sharibu family laments FG’s silence

2019-02-20 09:43:37

Exactly one year after her abduction by Boko Haram terrorists, the family of Leah Sharibu on Tuesday renewed their call on the Federal Government to be committed to its promise to facilitate her release. On many occasions, the mother of the victim, Rebecca Sharibu, had broken down in tears, demanding the release of her daughter. On Tuesday, her friend and senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Jos, Dr Gloria Puldu, in an interview, said the government should act on its promise to secure Leah’s freedom. She said, “We are not in a position to evaluate what… continue reading


We want varsities to re-open by weekend, says FG

We want varsities to re-open by weekend, says FG

2019-01-08 09:29:12

The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said the eight-week old strike embarked upon by the union would continue until an agreement was reached by the members on government proposals concerning their demands. Ogunyemi said this after the end of a three-hour meeting between the leadership of the union and government representatives, led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige. The minister said after the meeting that N20bn out of N105bn earned allowance would be released soon by the FG to offset outstanding arrears of 2009/2012 audit verified earnings in the university… continue reading


FG withdraws $1.6bn in three weeks, shrinks ECA to $631m

FG withdraws $1.6bn in three weeks, shrinks ECA to $631m

2018-12-20 08:09:19

Between November 25 and December 19, the amount in the Excess Crude Account declined by about $1.68bn, statistics obtained from the Federation Account Allocation Committee have revealed. As of November 25 when the FAAC committee meeting was held to allocate revenue for that month, the balance in the ECA was put at $2.319bn. However, at the resumed meeting on Wednesday at the headquarters of the ministry of finance, the balance, according to the Permanent Secretary in ministry, Mahmoud Dutse, had dropped to $631m. Dutse, who briefed journalists shortly after the meeting, said withdrawals were made by the Federal Government from… continue reading


We’re not losing sleep over FG’s no-work-no-pay policy – ASUU

We’re not losing sleep over FG’s no-work-no-pay policy – ASUU

2018-12-03 07:46:51

The Academic Staff Union of Universities said on Sunday that its members were not losing any sleep over the Federal Government’s decision to enforce no-work-no-pay policy against the striking lecturers, noting that the union would be rather surprised if such directive did not come. The ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, stated this in an interview with our correspondent, noting that the next meeting between the union leaders and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, and other government officials had been scheduled for Tuesday. Ogunyemi said lecturers were not concerned about “bread and butter but we are making sacrifices for the… continue reading


Strike: FG, ASUU hold another crucial meeting today

Strike: FG, ASUU hold another crucial meeting today

2018-11-26 08:22:34

The Federal Government is expected to hold another emergency meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday in a bid to end the ongoing strike in public universities. The last meeting between the two parties took place on November 15. Despite the meeting lasting for six hours, the strike was not called off because no agreement was reached. Our correspondent learnt on Sunday that today’s meeting would again focus on the issues in the 2017 Memorandum of Action, which the union claimed the Federal Government had neglected. Public universities lecturers began their strike on November 5, saying the… continue reading


‘Buhari didn’t mention figure after receiving minimum wage report’

‘Buhari didn’t mention figure after receiving minimum wage report’

2018-11-09 08:55:24

President Muhammadu Buhari never mentioned any figure after receiving the Amal Pepple-led minimum wage panel report on the contentious issue, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has stated. The clarification yesterday in Abuja followed claims that the president had reneged on his earlier acceptance of the N30,000 recommended by the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Committee.A statement by the spokesman read: “The presidency is concerned over recurring reports alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari has reneged on earlier acceptance of the N30,000 recommended as the new national minimum wage by the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Committee. “These reports are… continue reading


Minimum wage: Labour reacts as FG denies approving N30,000

Minimum wage: Labour reacts as FG denies approving N30,000

2018-11-08 08:22:05

The Federal Government said on Wednesday the N30,000 minimum wage proposal contained in the report of the tripartite committee set up by the Federal Government was still a recommendation and had not been approved. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who spoke with State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council, said President Muhammadu Buhari would still study the report presented to him on Tuesday by the Chairman of the committee, Amal Pepple, before taking a decision on it. Pepple had while presenting the report on Tuesday disclosed that the committee recommended that the national minimum wage… continue reading


Labour suspends strike, tripartite panel submits report to Buhari today

Labour suspends strike, tripartite panel submits report to Buhari today

2018-11-06 08:09:37

Organised labour has called off the nationwide industrial action scheduled to commence on Tuesday (today) to press home workers’ demand for a new national minimum wage. The National Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, announced the suspension at the end of the 10pm meeting of the tripartite committee set up to come up with the new minimum wage on Monday. Wabba said the decision to suspend the action was reached after agreements were reached and documents signed. “Having reached this position and agreements signed, the proposed strike action is hereby suspended,” the labour leader said. Wabba, however, refused… continue reading


Labour leaders shun meeting with Federal Government

Labour leaders shun meeting with Federal Government

2018-11-05 08:11:54

The Nigeria Labour Congress has said it will no longer enter into any negotiation with the government on a minimum wage for workers. NLC, which is one of the umbrella bodies for workers, made the position of labour known on Sunday, even as it declared that workers would commence a nationwide strike on Tuesday as scheduled. The General Secretary of the NLC, Peter Ozo-Eson, disclosed this during an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday. He said, “The strike is going on. Nothing has changed. The strike will begin on Tuesday. That is the directive that has been given. It will… continue reading


FG to limit number of children per mother

FG to limit number of children per mother

2018-10-24 09:09:14

The Federal Government on Tuesday declared that it was working hard to come out with a policy that would limit the number of children that a mother could have in Nigeria. It stated that traditional rulers and other leaders across the country were being engaged as regards this, adding that the move was aimed at addressing one of the “great challenges” in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of the Federal Government. The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, who disclosed this while responding to questions during a session at the 24th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, noted that the country’s… continue reading


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