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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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The Cyber Embassy Of Christ Debut Worship Without Walls Global Concert, Features Over 50 Gospel Artistes

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Leading online church, The Cyber Embassy Of Christ, is set to debut a global concert tagged “Worship Without Walls” which will feature over fifty gospel artistes.

A 12-hour worship session, it will hold from 9: AM on Saturday, May 31, via http://www.WorshipWithoutWalls.online.

The concert will see worship leaders from over forty countries taking part in the praise and worship showdown.

Headlining artistes for the worship programme include Mike Abdul, Monique, Mike Aremu, Essence, KSB and Righteousman.

Others are Tosin Bee, Folake Umosen, Evang Chucks Praise Channel, A’Dam, Nene Olayide, Bola Udom, Jerry K, Adam, Minister Ighosa,TY Classical, Minister Anny, lIbitayo Jeje, Noble G and Ayo Vincent,   Joseph Emmanuel, Sameodagospel, Fred Maha, TY Phoebe, Frank Jonah, Debby Ugochinyere, Igwe Sax, Yomi Ikuesan, Latoya Okunbor.

During the show, artistes will worship God on an international stage in their unique style.

Sermonettes and Interviews of top gospel artistes and Pastors from across the world will also be available, while up and coming acts can be assured of global exposure to more than 100,000,000 million people on different social media globally.

There will also be a promotion of the musical performance for one month to a global audience of over 10 million people over 30 days through paid adverts before, during, and after the concert.

The top ten performing artistes in the concert will win cash prizes based on the decision reached via voting from worshippers all over the world through voting after the event.

Gospo Digital, the exclusively online distribution company of the organizers will help in promoting the album of performing artistes on 100s of digital sites for online streaming, downloading, and ongoing royalties without an upfront payment for the service.

“Worship Without Walls” is an initiative of The Cyber Embassy Of Christ http://www.thecyberembassy.org/, a
full-fledged 100 percent online church flowing in all five purposes of the church exclusively online.

Founded by Dr. Ope Banwo, The Cyber Embassy Of Christ is the most successful internet church with over 35,000 members of which over 800 have actually attended a one-week full members’ class and joined our private church Cybertorium group on Facebook.

Some of the church services are streamed by over 600,000 people each week with some little adverts.

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COVID-19: Kwara Govt. Approves N25,000 Daily Allowance For Doctors

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The Kwara State Government has approved the payment of a daily N25,000 allowance for doctors in its employ, saying that the stipend is in appreciation for the sacrifices and efforts of frontline health workers in the state’s fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

It said that the allowance payment would cut across all healthcare workers who were involved in the state’s Covid-19 response and that the amount payable to each cader would be determined according to the available categories.

The State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, confirmed the approval through a post on his social media page on Tuesday and expressed appreciation for the efforts of healthcare workers in the frontline of the state’s battle against coronavirus.

Abdulrazaq stated that no allowance could pay for the sacrifices being made by medical doctors and other healthcare workers in the state, but added that the daily disbursements would, however, acknowledge the esteem with which the government viewed its frontline respondents.

“We have approved N25,000 as daily allowance for medical doctors and varying daily allowance for other categories of health workers involved in our fight against COVID-19. This is to show appreciation to health workers as it’s impossible to pay them for their priceless sacrifices”, he said.

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COVID-19: Share Facts, Not Panic

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When the times are uncertain and filled with fears and worry, it is normal to want to share as much information with loved ones as you receive.

It is important, however, to be wary of sharing information that can be misleading or otherwise increase the fear and panic already being experienced by so many people connected to you.

Before you share information, ask yourself the following questions:

1) Where did this message originate from?

2) Does the information tally with information from the World Health Organisation or the NCDC?

3) How will this information affect the person I send this to psychologically?

Some messages can do more harm than good. Please, share only verified information from the NCDC and WHO, to stop the spread of fear, panic, and misinformation.

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