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National leaders of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday shut down Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna State, to protest the 36,000 civil servants recently dismissed from serviceby the state government.

There has been controversy over the mass sack of civil servants, especially the 21,780 primary school teachers who, allegedly, failed the competency test conducted by the state government in 2017.

President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, and other union leaders, shortly before they led their members to the streets on a peaceful protest, expressed worry over the threats issued to workers by Governor Nasir El-Rufai and Commissioner of Police Agyole Abbey, restraining them from embarking on the planned protest. According to Wabba, in 2012, Governor El-rufai joined the struggle and wore labour T-shirt and cap; “after using protest to achieve his ambition, he cannot come and deny citizens. If we don’t respect the rule of law, then, we are working towards anarchy.”

“We’re here today, to stand by Kaduna workers. I’ve also seen presidents and general secretaries of all our industrial unions here to support Kaduna workers. Let me, once again, salute Kaduna workers who have come out in large numbers despite the intimidation and the use of maximum force, including bullets, to stop us from the entering into Kaduna.

“I’m aware about 8,000 forces, including the military, police and civil defence were deployed this morning to intimidate us and use maximum force against us. I’m also aware that a lot of workers were intimidated and others shot.

“Our leader in ASUU movement, Dipo Fashina, who is leading the intellectual angle of our discuss, on his entry into Kaduna, was manhandled. This is not the democracy we bargained for. Democracy is about the rule of law and respecting human beings. In the history of our movement, this is the only time that maximum force has been used to intimidate workers for fighting for their rights.

National leaders of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday shut down Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna State, to protest the 36,000 civil servants recently dismissed from serviceby the state government.

There has been controversy over the mass sack of civil servants, especially the 21,780 primary school teachers who, allegedly, failed the competency test conducted by the state government in 2017.

President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, and other union leaders, shortly before they led their members to the streets on a peaceful protest, expressed worry over the threats issued to workers by Governor Nasir El-Rufai and Commissioner of Police Agyole Abbey, restraining them from embarking on the planned protest. According to Wabba, in 2012, Governor El-rufai joined the struggle and wore labour T-shirt and cap; “after using protest to achieve his ambition, he cannot come and deny citizens. If we don’t respect the rule of law, then, we are working towards anarchy.”

“We’re here today, to stand by Kaduna workers. I’ve also seen presidents and general secretaries of all our industrial unions here to support Kaduna workers. Let me, once again, salute Kaduna workers who have come out in large numbers despite the intimidation and the use of maximum force, including bullets, to stop us from the entering into Kaduna.

“I’m aware about 8,000 forces, including the military, police and civil defence were deployed this morning to intimidate us and use maximum force against us. I’m also aware that a lot of workers were intimidated and others shot.

“Our leader in ASUU movement, Dipo Fashina, who is leading the intellectual angle of our discuss, on his entry into Kaduna, was manhandled. This is not the democracy we bargained for. Democracy is about the rule of law and respecting human beings. In the history of our movement, this is the only time that maximum force has been used to intimidate workers for fighting for their rights.

“We will continue to strategize even if we have to come here every month. We will not be tired until the right thing is done. Evil cannot succeed over goodness and truth. Nigerians must know and hear the story of Kaduna workers.

“The competency test is false because government had a predetermined number of workers they wanted to sack. So, we know it is work in progress, and no worker in Kaduna is safe. But we are confident that we cannot be defeated, they can use force, but we can use our number. Injury to one must be injury to all,” he stressed.

At the Government House Kaduna, the union leaders could not submit their protest as Governor El-Rufai was said to be out of the state.

They even refused to submit the letter to one of Governor El-Rufai’s aides, Saidu Adamu, who was willing to receive on behalf of the governor.

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N65,000 Minimum Wage: Labour Begins Nationwide Strike Thursday

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The organised labour has served to warn of an imminent nationwide strike which will kick off on Thursday over Federal Government delay in the implementation of a new National Minimum Wage.

Mr Joe Ajaero, President, United Labour Congress (ULC) gave the warning in a communique issued after its meeting on Monday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the organised labour, made up of the NLC, TUC and ULC had on Sept. 12 issued a 14-day ultimatum to the government to state an amount to enable the minimum wage committee to conclude its sitting.

Labour had collectively demanded for N65,000 per month as the new National Minimum wage for all Nigerian workers as harmonised by organised Labour.

Ajaero said that if the government failed to meet their demand on the expiration of the ultimatum, it would collaborate with other labour centres and Civil Society Organisations to embark on a nation-wide strike.

”We shall no longer be obliged by this time to give any further notice to the government before embarking on the action.

”By this communiqué, we order all our affiliates and state councils nation-wide to move to the final level of alert in their preparation for the proposed nationwide strike,” he said.

The labour leader said that a new national minimum wage was desirable and possible, adding that lack of patriotism, greed and corruption was the bane of a reasonable wage.

Meanwhile, the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has empowered the National Administrative Council (NAC) and its leadership to carry out all necessary actions in conjunction with other stakeholders to ensure the achievement of the minimum wage. (NAN)

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FRSC Screens 300,000 Applicants For 4,000 Jobs

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About 324,000 job applicants nationwide have commenced screening exercise for a slot of 4,000 positions in the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Speaking on Monday during an assessment tour to the screening centres in Abuja, its Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, said only 400 vacancies are made available for the officer cadre but have about 105,000 applicants were jostling for the job.

He said 3,200 vacancies were made available for Road Marshal assistants while 1000 vacancies were made available for Marshal Inspectorate cadre.

Oyeyemi said that they would go through different levels of screwing exercise ranging from credentials screening which has commenced, aptitude test to be conducted by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB), interview screening and drug test.

He noted some irregularities ranging from the presence of married women who were not supposed to participate in the recruitment exercise.

He also frowned at the presence of pregnant women and applicants below the height limit required for the job.

Oyeyemi appreciated the military and the Department of State Security Services (DSS) for their support in ensuring the smooth conduct of the screening exercise.

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You Can Now Apply For A Free Retail Stall At The 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend [DETAILS HERE]

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Do you make or sell fabulous fashion apparels and accessories? Can your fashion brand stand out at the biggest fashion event in Africa? Then, the 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend is calling for you!

Now in its third year, the GTBank Fashion Weekend has become the premier consumer-focused event that places African fashion on the global stage and helps small businesses in the local fashion industry thrive. The first and second editions of the event, which held in November 2016 and 2017 respectively, brought together over 250,000 people to interact with some of the best minds in the global fashion space and directly patronize more than 200 indigenous small businesses in the local fashion industry.

Organized with an overall vision of Promoting Enterprise, the 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend will provide more than 130 small businesses with free stalls to showcase and sell the finest ensemble of apparels and fashion accessories. Applications for free stalls at the event are now open and will close on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

To apply for a free Retail Space at the GTBank Fashion Weekend, kindly visit; https://fashionweekend.gtbank.com/apply

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