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Labour To FG On Minimum Wage: It’s N30,000 Or Strike

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Organised Labour on Wednesday reacted to the position of the Presidency and the Federal Government that President Muhammadu Buhari was yet to accede to the proposal of a N30,000 National Minimum Wage for Nigerian workers.

Labour’s position is coming against the backdrop of the information from the Presidency and the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, that President Buhari, contrary to media reports, was yet to approve the proposal of the Ama Pepple-led tripartite committee for the least paid worker to earn N30,000.

Reacting to the development, the General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress, Musa Lawal, said Organised Labour shelved its planned strike because the government had expressed its willingness to accept the report of the tripartite committee.

Lawal said failure to fully implement the report of the committee would be resisted.

He said: “They can say anything they want to say.

“Why were they panicky before?

“Why did they agree to the N30,000?

“They can call it a mere recommendation or whatever they want to call it, but the important thing is that at the end of the day, if we do not get the N30,000, they know what we will do.”

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Orange Drugs CEO Builds Luxury Home, Rivals Tinubu’s Mansion On Bourdillon [PHOTOS]

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The home of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is certainly the most known on Bourdillon Road in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Now a new mansion on the road will henceforth be competing for attention with that of Asiwaju Tinubu.

The house is owned by Sir Tony Ezenna, the 61-year-old Chairman of Orange Drugs Limited, a pharmaceutical company in Lagos.

Ezenna did the housewarming at the weekend and opened the even more luxurious interior for his guests to rejoice with him.

Many politicians were there, including Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige; Senators Andy Ubah, Dino Melaye and Hope Uzodinma.

The pictures of the house have been trending in the social media ever since.

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FG Serves Roadside Ladipo Market Auto Parts Dealers Eviction Notice

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The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Adedamola Kuti, on Tuesday issued final eviction warning to auto spare parts dealers at the popular Ladipo Market in Lagos, trading on its Right of Way.

Kuti also served final notices on car dealers on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway during a RoW recovery tour by the ministry.

While inspecting the Ladipo Market, he warned spare parts dealers who displayed their wares on the road set back to desist from the act and trade only inside the market.

He also warned auto mechanics using the highway in front of the market as workshops to vacate immediately to avoid being victims of government action.

Kuti said that the traders usually used their wares to block the highway and engaged in street trading, thereby creating an obstruction and causing gridlock.

He said: “We are just recovering our RoW. We are not here to disturb anybody’s business but individual businesses should not disturb other road users.

“The road is not part of the market. The market is right inside; go inside and transact business.’’

Kuti said that the ministry had served earlier notices on the traders to vacate the RoW and was giving them a final warning before the government would move in to enforce sanctions.

He said: “We are not here to disturb anybody’s business. The road is not for trading; they should go into the market to do transactions.’’

Jude Nwankwo, President-General, Ladipo Central Executive Auto Dealers Association, promised that the association was going to ensure total compliance by its members.

He said: “We have promised to comply and there must be a free flow of traffic here.”

Nwankwo said that the association was going to shut down the market on Friday till noon to clean it in order to address sanitation concerns raised by the controller’s team.

He appealed to the Lagos State Government to construct a pedestrian bridge and car park for the market operators to save lives and reduce hardship on road users and customers to the market.

During the tour of car dealers’ shops on both carriageways of the Lagos Ibadan-Expressway, Kuti appealed to the various companies to comply with the directive and remove cars parked on road setbacks for sale.

He said: “We have warned you that you should leave the highway. We are already expanding this road and we do not want this obstruction on our highway.
“Please leave before we come and evacuate the cars.”

The controller said that “Federal Government RoW is 150ft, about 50 meters from the center of the highway’’.

Kuti said that the contract for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway was ongoing and the ministry did not want obstruction to the project.

He said: “We have warned them; they have been issued letters and now, this is going to be a final warning.

“The next time we come, we are coming to enforce the law.

“They cannot continue to do business on a busy highway, it is unacceptable.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Lagos State Ministry of Environment had marked all the auto shops after the Otedola Bridge on Ibadan-bound carriageway on the expressway for demolition.

NAN reports that some of the car dealers were remorseful, rendered apologies and promised to move their cars from the highway, while others insisted that they did not get previous notices served.

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EFCC Intercepts N211m Gold At Lagos Airport

Peter Okunoren

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have intercepted gold worth about N211 million being illegally transported through Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.

EFCC’s Acting Head, Media, and Publicity, Tony Orilade, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Orilade said the consignment was en route Dubai.

He said: “Following intelligence reports, the operatives on November 9, 2018 uncovered the gold weighing about 35kg just at the point of departure of a suspect currently in the EFCC’s custody.”

He said investigations were currently ongoing to unravel the accomplice behind the illegal movement of the item.

He added: “Meanwhile, the suspect is cooperating with operatives.

“It will be recalled that the EFCC also in March 2017, intercepted bags containing a total of N49 million cash being illegally transported out of the country through the Kaduna International Airport.”

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