NNPC Advises Tanker Drivers To Shelve Planned Strike

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Sunday in Abuja called on petroleum tanker drivers to call off its planned strike in the interest and welfare of Nigerians. “The strike is about the condition of roads in various parts of Nigeria used for the distribution of goods and services including petroleum products. “While it is not the responsibility of the NNPC to build or rehabilitate roads, any disruption in the distribution of petroleum products will adversely affect the business of the NNPC. “It will also endanger energy security, which the…

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ILO: COVID-19 worsens child labour

…as 152 million children affected JUSTINA EMMANUEL OKPARA The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has disclosed that the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic has worsened the rate of child labour even though it had decreased by 38 per cent in the last decade with 152 million children still affected. In a statement signed by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, COVID-19 pandemic has considerably worsened the situation, adding that joint and decisive action can reverse this trend. Similarly, the ILO, in collaboration with the Alliance 8.7 global partnership, is launching the International Year for…

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Group hunts unqualified teachers In Nigerian schools

Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), said the council will be going after unqualified teachers in public and private schools, across the country, as soon as schools fully reopen. The council further explained that grace periods have been given to the unqualified teachers to try and meet up with demands, yet there are still records of many unqualified teachers teaching in various schools. This was made known by the Registrar/CEO, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye. He stated that out of four million teachers in the various institutions in Nigeria, only over two…

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Okomu Oil employs 1,250 smallholder farmers

Foremost Nigerian palm oil processing firm, Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc., has concluded plans to add not less than 1, 250 new jobs to its operation.   Specifically, the arrangement involves the firm rolling out a smallholder farmers’ scheme in collaboration with 2SCALE.   It involves cooperatives, spanning four local government areas in the state, on the back of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s agricultural reforms.   According to a news report, a cross section of stakeholders on the project disclosed this in Benin City, at the company’s Diagnostic and Design Workshop…

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Unemployment: NUFBTE president cautions FG over technology influx

  ***says NLC’ll act appropriately on electricity, fuel price hike The National President of National Union of Food Beverage & Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE), Comrade Lateef Oyelekan, has called on the Federal Government to be wary of modern technology that has the capacity to deepen unemployment in the country. Addressing the media during the week, Oyelekan, also faulted reports of factionalisation in the union. Expressing worries over the power of Artificial Intelligence on employment, he reminded the Federal Government that Nigeria was still a developing country where more people still need…

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Covid-19: FG Pleads with health workers to suspend warning strike

  The Federal Government has appealed to the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) to suspend the one-week warning strike nationwide. The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire made the appeal on Monday during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja. “I use this opportunity to appeal to JOHESU to suspend their strike and go into negotiation. “The position of the Ministry of Health is that strikes by healthcare workers jeopardise the lives of citizens, especially at such times of global health emergencies as now. “Nigeria…

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TUC seeks reversal of hike in petrol, electricity tariff***gives 7-day ultimatum

Trade Union Congress (TUC) has given the Federal Government 7-day ultimatum to reverse the hike in prices of electricity, petrol and all other social services in the country to status quo ante (prior to increase). In a statement signed by Comrade Quadri Olaleye, President of TUC and Comrade (Barr) Musa Lawal Ozigi, Secretary General of TUC, and made available to Borderless News on Monday, the union said the federal government should provide adequate and quality healthcare and education for all (Nigerians) to save the poor and the vulnerable at all…

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Group: Importation dampening our morale

  Nigeria Young Farmers Network (NYFN) has described the Federal Government’s decision to partially import maize and other banned crops as capable of dampening the efforts of mobilizing young people to engage in the agricultural sector in a rapidly dwindling economy.     It said that youth apathy towards agriculture was a major challenge the body is working hard to reverse, adding that anything short of full support to achieve that will be counter productive for the nation.     Director General/ National Coordinator of (NYFN), Promise Amahah, expressed the…

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COVID-19: Firm rewards frontline workers for essential services

In appreciation of frontline workers, who have been committed to the overall well-being of Nigerians during the COVID 19, the La Casera Company (TLCC) has disclosed plans to reward front line workers with the ‘La Casera Heroes.’ This initiative, the company said, was to celebrate and recognise frontline heroes that have been providing essential services since the first index case was reported in Nigeria early this year. Speaking at the gift presentation and the unveiling of the La Casera Heroes Campaign, the Managing Director, The La Casera Company, Chinedum Okereke,…

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Labour faults irregular appointment into civil service

Organised labour under the umbrella of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has deplored upsurge in irregular appointments in the federal public service. In a statement made available to Newsfieldglobal, the immediate past President of the association, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama, recalled that recruitment in the service had always been guided by the Public Service Rules (PSR) 020201-020412 with specific guidelines documented without  being open ended. He, however, lamented that despite such rules tgere were still cases of irregular appointments/recruitments into the Federal Public Service including indiscriminate transfer of…

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