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Capitalisation: Stock Exchange Drags To N8Billion.

For the third consecutive trading session, Nigeria’s stock market continued its bearish run as price losses in the shares of heavyweight banking stocks left the market’s year-to-date(YTD) loss at -15.8 per cent.

At the close of transactions yesterday, the All Share Index (ASI) dipped by 0.06 per cent to close at 26,456.29 points while investors lost about N8 billion, dragging down market capitalisation to N12.878 trillion.

GT Bank was top on volume charts with the sale of 35.21 million shares worth N946.73 million. FBN Holdings traded about 24.33 million shares valued at N130.78 million while Fidelity Bank sold 13.96 million shares valued at N23.69 million. According to Analysts at Afrinvest, “we expect investors’ risk-off approach to persist, although there are opportunities for bargain hunting”.

Market breadth remained positive as 11 stocks appreciated in value while eight others depreciated. Wapic was top on the gainers’ chart with 9.38 per cent to close at 35 kobo, Chams followed with 9.09 per cent to close at 24 kobo, FCMB increased by 6.92 per cent to close at N1.70, Flourmill rose by 2.37 per cent to close at N15.10. while Law Union garnered 2.08 per cent to close at 0.49 kobo per share.

Minimum Wage: No More Fight As NLC, FG Reached An Agreement. (Details)

After three days of intense meetings, Organised Labour and Federal Government, yesterday, reached a truce on the consequential adjustment of the new N30,000 minimum wage.

The agreement signified that Organised Labour would no longer go ahead with the proposed strike.

The meeting of the committee, which was hurriedly organised by the Federal Government to forestall labour from proceeding with its planned strike after the expiration of the ultimatum, had been on since Tuesday October 15.

Labour had threatened a nationwide strike after October 16, should the Federal Government fail to reconvene the committee on the consequential adjustment and take a positive position on the implementation of the new wage.

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Ayuba Wabba in his message on October 7, at the Global Day for Decent Work, had warned that workers wanted payment to begin at the end of October.

However, at yesterday’s meeting, the Federal Government presented a new table of what it could offer as an increment for different cadre.

The government offered 23.2 percent for officers on level 7; 20 percent for level 8; 19 percent for level 9; 16 percent for levels 10 – 14 and 14 percent for levels 15 – 17.

One of the committee members told Daily Sun, last night that the figures had been proposed to the labour team since Wednesday, but was turned down by workers in the health sector.

“That was the reason we were given the table to go and deliberate on and return yesterday for further discussion.”

Health workers wage had earlier been adjusted, hence government was not ready to give them the same percentage as other workers.

He explained that the leadership have prevailed on health workers under the umbrella of Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU), hence the acceptance of the government offer.

“We believe that there’s no reason to go on strike and disrupt the economy as we are already making progress in our discussions. We started with 29 percent for level 7 – 14 and 24 for 15 – 17, when government offered 11 and 6.5 respectively. But later we came down to 25 and 20. So, we believe it’s a good bargain for our members.”

On Tuesday, the meeting which started at 3pm lasted for about six hours and adjourned till Wednesday as labour refused the offer from the government side.

Daily Sun gathered then that government had offered to pay level 07 – 14, 17 percent and 15 -17, 12 percent.

Also on Wednesday, the two sides could not come to terms on what should be the percentage increase to be added to the other cadre in relation to the consequential adjustment.

The meeting which commenced at 5 pm on Wednesday also dragged to 2am on Thursday before the two sides decided to adjourn till 7 pm yesterday.

Speaking in a telephone interview after Wednesday’s meeting, Mr. Lawrence Amaechi, president of the Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU), who is also a member of the National Joint Negotiation Council (NJIC) said members of the committee had been divided into groups for specific assignment.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, equally explained that the contentious issues then was about figure and wage adjustment.

On Wednesday, it was gathered that government came up with a new template creating three formula.

Before now, government had offered level 7-14, 11 percent and 15 -17, 6.5 percent, while labour wanted 29 percent for 7 – 14 and 24 percent for 15 -17.

The Organised Private Sector (OPS) has commended the two sides for reaching amicable solution and saving Nigerians and the economy from untold hardship.

The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) had earlier called on Organized Labour to exhaust all mechanisms of social dialogue and to allow the National Industrial Court to adjudicate if the tripartite dialogue failed.

Meanwhile, Chairperson of NLC in Lagos, Mrs Funmi Sessi, has said workers were anxious to receive the new minimum wage without any further delay.

She said payment of the new minimum wage would be a win-win situation not only for workers but also for the government as it would result in improved productivity and wealth creation.”

She spoke on the sidelines of the 10th Quadrennial State Delegates Conference of the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Lagos State Chapter, in Lagos, yesterday.

36 states, FG shares N693.529bn in September. (Details).

The Federal Government, 36 states, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and 774 Local Government Areas shared N693.529 billion as September allocation disbursed by the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).

The Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, who chaired the FAAC meeting, said the figure comprised revenue from Value Added Tax (VAT), exchange gain and gross statutory revenue.

He revealed that the balance in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) was $323.692 million.

A breakdown of the shared revenue shows that the Federal Government received N293.801 billion, while the states got N186.816 billion, and the local government councils received N140.864 billion. The oil producing states got N51.532 billion as 13 per cent derivation revenue, while the revenue generating agencies received N20.517 billion as cost of revenue collection.

The gross statutory revenue for September was N599.701billion. It was less than the N631.796billion received in the previous month by N32.095 billion. For September, gross revenue of N92.874 billion was available from the VAT as against N88.082 billion distributed in the preceding month, resulting in an increase of N4.792 billion. Exchange gain yielded total revenue of N0.954 billion.

A further breakdown of the distribution showed that, from the gross statutory revenue of N599.701 billion, the Federal Government received N279.985 billion, the states received N142.012 billion, while the local government councils received N109.485 billion. The oil producing states received N51.417 billion as 13 per cent derivation revenue and the revenue collecting agencies got N16.802 billion as cost of collection.

The N92.874 billion gotten from Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue was shared accordingly in which the Federal Government received N13.374billion, the states received N44.58 billion, and local government councils received N31.206 billion and the revenue generating agencies received N3.715 billion.

The communique also stated that in September 2019, revenue from Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) and Company Income Tax (CIT) decreased while Royalties, Import and excise duties and VAT increased considerably.

Fight against populated virus HIV/AIDS renewed – Kebbi, PLWHA.

Kebbi State has its fair share of People Living With HIV/AIDs (PLWHA). Out of an estimated population of 4,781,074, 23,834 of them are believed to be living with the virus.

Statistics recently released by the International Research and Exchange Board (IREB), also revealed that about 30 new born and a 100 children under the age of five die daily as a result of the virus or because of complications related to it.

It is largely against this backdrop that health stakeholders from United State of America and medical doctors as well as nurses in the North West zone converged to first brainstorm and subsequently seek ways of improving on maternal, neo-natal and child health indices in the state.

The convener of the meeting, Dr Obinna Orjingene, said the programme was initiated by Reciprocal Exchange Project and implemented by Professor Patricia Whitley Williams, a Division Chief, Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Disease Department at the Robert Johnson Wood Medical School, New Jersey, USA.

Orjingene, a maternal, new born, child health and nutrition consultant, said the purpose of meeting was to, “develop an advocacy document validated by healthcare providers and managers that can be widely shared for improved healthcare system funding, both from government at all levels and partners agencies.

“It is also designed to address the barriers affecting the health building blocks with the aim of providing sustainable solutions, leveraging on available resources and integrating maternal and child health programming for better results.”

Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Mohammed Abdullahi Bubuche, identified the factors undermining the efforts aimed at preventing the disease in the state to include weak prevention intervention, weak TB/HIV collaboration, lack of ownership and sustainability of the response, low uptake of services by the general public and also a low dispensation of paediatric viral suppression among others:

“Due to these challenges, the rate of HIV/AIDS in Kebbi State cannot be suppressed. We have prevalence of 0.6 per cent, 23,834 people living with the virus. About 10, 000 are PLWHAs are placed on ART. The disease is caused by high risk of multiple sexual partners, low risk of perception, drugs misuses and abuse, early marriage, seasonal migrations of infected persons to neighbouring countries, which prevents the necessary follow up as well as risky traditional harmful practices.”

He acknowledged the support of government and traditional rulers towards stabilising the primary health sector of the state and urged all of these institutions to redouble their efforts to rid the state of these health issues. He sought increased domestic funding in the fight against the disease.

He stressed the need to strengthen HIV coordination structures at the wards, local government councils and state levels. He also tasked stakeholders to ensure that HIV service delivery is in line with the global trend of 90-90-90 targets.

Dr Aisha Nana Adamu, Head, Department of OBGYN, Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Birnin-Kebbi, said: “Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV or PMTCT is a package of care consisting of strategies whose goal is to prevent the transmission of HIV infection from the infected mother to her unborn child during pregnancy, labour, delivery, and breastfeeding.

“Pregnancy is an absolute indication for ARV Use. ARVs are recommended for use in pregnancy regardless of disease stage or CD4 count. Proper use in pregnancy for at least 4 weeks in the index pregnancy significantly reduces the risk of ante and intrapartum transmission of infection to infants. ARVs are continued for life, even after delivery.

“PMTCT is a package of care whose goal is to reduce new paediatric HIV infection and give the mother a longer good quality life. So far, it has led to significant reduction in the paediatric infection rate in countries with proper implementation.” She, however, regretted that in Nigeria, “ARV use among pregnant women is still low, ss a result of this paediatric HIV is still high in the country.”

Dr Teslim Lawal, Head, Clinical Services, FMC, spoke on HIV/AIDS and Pediatric Care in the Tropics: “HIV is major global health emergency and affects all parts of the world. South Saharan African accounts for over 70 per cent of cases, compounded by poverty, social inequity and armed conflict.

“Complex social, medical, psychological, cultural, individual and family factors surround paediatric HIV/AIDS cases. The affected children have the same needs as other children – love and affection, good nutrition, exercise, education, security etc. Development is dependent on all these needs, Legal support may be required.”

Williams said the health challenges in the region are surmountable, if all stakeholders continuously worked as a team to confront and tame the challenge: “Cumulatively, 81,437 cases of HIV/ AIDS have been reported in New Jersey. As of 12/31/17, 37,411 individuals are living in New Jersey. In 2015, there were 1,170 new diagnoses with HIV/ AIDS in New Jersey with the three most affected subpopulations. New Jersey was ranked 8th nationally in the rate of adults and adolescent female living with HIV/AIDS infection through 2016.”

Despite all these, the Professor of Immunology and Infectious Disease noted that they were able to curb the prevalence of the disease through consistent outreach activities in various communities, provision of support groups to patients, youth advisory board, provisions of division of child protection and screening, provision of adult patient HIV clinical programmes and provisions of HIV testing and pre- exposure prophylaxis among others.

She advised states in Nigeria to continue to ensure adequate provisions and create conducive environment for health workers, asking researchers to discharge their services as expected while insisting that they must continue to awake the public attention to the benefits of yielding to the health workers counselling.”

We need explanations on funding of first lady’s office – PDP.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged the Presidency to explain the source of funding for the office of the First Lady.

The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari on assumption of office in 2015 had promised not to run the office of the First Lady.

It said there was need for President Buhari to lead by example by ending alleged profligacy in the Presidency to give validity to his directives to ministers and other government functionaries.

Besides, the party noted that the failure of the Presidency to make details of its budget public placed a huge burden on it, especially in the face of allegations of budgetary corruption and financial sleaze.

It said unless the Presidency makes its budget public, any directive on cutting cost of governance was cosmetic.

“The PDP holds that Mr. President remains responsible and answerable for his presidential assurances and Nigerians expect an explanation on the violation of such sensitive undertaking.

“While the PDP is still monitoring the implementation of directive to government functionaries on cost cut, the party tasks President Buhari to take the first step by immediately fulfilling his promise to reduce the Presidential fleet as well as cut his over-bloated entourages and curtail the opulent lifestyle in the Presidency, which is daily flaunted before suffering and impoverished Nigerians.

Plateau: Declare Health Data Emergency – UNICEF Urges Lalong.

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has urged Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State to declare an health data emergency given the challenges to healthcare delivery.

UNICEF Chief of Field Office, Mr. Bhanu Pathak made the appeal during a visit to the Government House, Rayfield, Jos.

He said there were numerous challenges facing the health sector and that access to data was a militating factor.

“There is weak data management with more than 10 per cent of the health facilities gross under reporting to the National DHIS2 platform and using data for results. So, there is need to declare a health data emergency, as well as direct the the development of the human resource for health plan with its immediate implementation to address the maldistribution of human resource for health across the state.”

The UNICEF Chief said his visit was meant to build on the strong partnership between the organisation and the state. He said a lot needed to be done to enable achieve the goal of realizing the rights of children under the Sustainable Development Goals.

Governor Lalong, who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, assured of the state’s support to UNICEF programs, especially where the lives and health of children are involved.

Tyoden said government would also release its counterpart funds to enable UNICEF continue with their projects in the state.

Samuel Chukwueze, Villarreal To Play Athletico Madrid in Miami.

Super Eagles player, Samuel Chukwueze’s club Villarreal may play their match against Atletico Madrid in Miami.

La Liga yesterday sought the permission of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to hold December match in the United States of America.

Villarreal and Atletico Madrid have agreed to the proposal to hold the 6 December fixture at the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium.

Villarreal president Fernando Roig confirmed in a radio interview disclosed that the two clubs were hoping to reach an agreement on the request.

Roig insisted such an event would be beneficial and important for Spanish football’s growth, and the three parties have now lodged an official proposal to play the match on December 6 at Hard Rock Stadium.

A statement posted to Villarreal’s website read: “La Liga, alongside Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, [on Thursday] presented an official request to the RFEF to play the match between Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, corresponding to La Liga matchday 16, on December 6, 2019, at 10pm Spanish time (4pm local time) at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami (Florida, United States).

Delta: NLC Suspends Old Days Stike. (Minimum Wage).

The strike embarked on by workers in Delta State over nonimplementation of the new minimum wage by the federal government has been suspended.The state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had on Wednesday enforced the strike by shutting public offices including the federal secretariat and state institutions, while sending students back home from schools.Confirming the suspension of the day old strike on Thursday in Asaba, the state chairman of NLC, Goodluck Ofobruku said the latest action was a directive from the national leadership of the NLC.Ofobruku spoke to Daily Sun on the sidelines of the 5th Quadrennial State Delegates’ Conference of the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN).According to him, “the strike has been suspended in Delta State following the intervention and directive from the national headquarter of NLC that we should suspend it.“The initial directive we got was that if negotiation is not concluded by Tuesday, we should commence strike by Wednesday which we complied with.“That is why you saw that we went out yesterday (Wednesday) to enforce the strike. Based on the directive from the national headquarter, we have equally advised workers to go back to work.”Ofobruku denied insinuations that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa prevailed on the union in the state to suspend the strike, insisting that “we are in contact with other states and the national leadership. We were told that significant progress has been made in negotiation, and that we should soft pedal for now.”The labour leader stated that he has no regret enforcing the strike action as earlier directed, adding that they have been placed on red alert while awaiting the outcome of the negotiations.

Syria: U.S House of rep overwhelmingly condemns Donald Trump. (Details)

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to condemn Donald Trump’s pullback of US troops from northern Syria, a formal manifestation of the fierce bipartisan backlash against the president’s controversial policy.

The joint resolution is the first congressional denunciation of Trump’s move, which critics have savaged as essentially providing a green light for Turkish forces to invade northern Syria and attack Kurdish militias.

The House “opposes the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria,” the resolution states.

It calls on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to “immediately cease unilateral military action” in the area and urges continued US humanitarian support in Syrian Kurdish communities.

Shortly before lawmakers voted 354 to 60 to pass the non-binding measure, Trump disparaged the Kurdish allies he abandoned in the face of the Turkish offensive, saying they were “not angels,” along with Republicans at home critical of his abrupt withdrawal.


Explosion: Governor Obiano Of Anambra Sympathises with affected.

The Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has sympathised the family of a woman and her child who was burnt to death in a truck accident in Onitsha, the state capital.

Governor Obiano has directed owners of properties affected by the tragic accident, including shop owners, to report at the Conference Room of the Secretary to the State Government on Monday, October 21, 2019, see how the Anambra State Government can assist them.

The accident occurred on Wednesday when a tanker laden with premium motor spirit, popularly known as petrol, fell into a ditch and began to spill its contents. A ball of fire resulted from this incident and quickly spread.

Men of the Anambra State Fire Service arrived at the scene with their equipment but were unable to quench the inferno as the angry mob on the scene prevented other fire trucks, including one from neighbouring Asaba in Delta State, from getting to the scene.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment Don Adinuba, said that a panel will be set up immediately to determine the cause of the accident, why the firemen could not put out the fire and how the condition of the victims can be ameliorated.

The governor also prayed for the repose of the souls of the woman and child who died in the accident. The Anambra State Government will assist their families in their burials.

Anambra: Petrol tanker exploded, kills family. (Photos)

A petrol tanker has exploded in the upper Iweka axis of Onitsha in Anambra state after falling off its lane, killing a woman and her child in the process.

No fewer than 40 buildings, ranging from two- storey to four- storey buildings were also razed in the explosion.

Over 500 lock-up shops were also gutted by the fire along the Iweka street leading to Ochanja and menax market.

The tanker’s head reportedly fell off and went up in flames after spilling its content within the area.

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Syria: Third-rate Politician – Trump Insults Pelosi. (Check)

US President Donald Trump attacked his top congressional rival, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as a “third-rate politician” during a fractious meeting on Syria policy, Democrats said.

“He was insulting, particularly to the Speaker…. He called her a third-rate politician,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, with Pelosi at his side, after they stormed out of the White House meeting on Trump’s controversial troop pullout from northern Syria.

Pelosi said Trump appeared “very shaken up” by an overwhelming bipartisan vote in the House earlier Wednesday condemning his Syria move, and that the president had “a meltdown” during the meeting with lawmakers.


The government will do all in its powers to look after the bereaved – PMB.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Federal Government will do everything in its powers to look after the families of officers who lost their lives while fighting the war against insurgency.

The President said that it is the duty of the government to ensure that the loss of these officers does not relegate the families to a life of want and deprivation.

“The unfortunate cost of the war against insurgency and other Internal Security Operations is the loss of lives of some of our officers and men in the Armed Forces.

“These very sad occurrences create deep wounds to loved ones. It is, therefore, our duty to ensure that the loss of these breadwinners does not relegate the spouses and dependents to a life of want and deprivation.

“The government will do all in its powers to look after the bereaved”.

He stated this on Wednesday while launching 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem and Appeal Fund in Abuja.

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I heartily welcome you all to the formal launch of the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration Emblem and Appeal Fund. Today, we are once again gathered to acknowledge and commend the sacrifices of our fallen heroes and veterans of First and Second World Wars, Nigerian Civil War and Peace Support Operations around the world.

2. We must not forget those currently engaged in Internal Security Operations, particularly the on-going war against insurgency in some parts of the country. It is indeed befitting to honour the memory of the gallant officers and men who paid the supreme sacrifice to keep the country united. For those who survived with varying degrees of incapacitation, they require our attention and care and we will continue to provide and cater for them.

3. The Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration was intentionally fixed for 15th of January, annually, to commemorate the end of our civil war. It reminds us of the need to guard jealously the unity of our country which was won at a great cost.

4. This day calls to mind the negative impact of strife and conflicts and demands that as responsible citizens, we must at all times avoid actions that emphasize our differences. There is no doubt that the strength of Nigeria lies in her diversity. It behoves us therefore, to engage in activities and endeavours that feed our diversity as a source of strength not weakness.

5. The nation is appreciative of the gallantry and sacrifices of Officers and Men of our Armed Forces in the campaign against insurgency and other Internal Security Operations. This has led to the return of normalcy in affected parts of the nation. The Boko Haram terrorists have been substantially defeated and degraded to the extent that they are only daring soft targets.

6. However, all hands must be on deck to check the attacks on soft targets, mostly innocent Nigerians. The peace and security of Nigeria is non-negotiable and the security agencies must continue to do their work diligently. As a government, we will continue to provide necessary logistical support to ensure that our Armed Forces operate with the best modern warfare equipment, while at the same time adequately addressing the issues of their welfare.

7. Likewise, government will remain steadfast in developing our alliances with neighbours and friends in the international community for the total defeat of the insurgents. The task of resettling and rehabilitating our citizens as well as the reconstruction of territories affected by the war will continue to be one of the priorities of this Administration.

8. We shall not rest until all our displaced persons are safely resettled into their communities without fear of further attacks. It is for this reason that the North East Development Commission and Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development were established. The Executive Arm of Government hereby commends the National Assembly for the passage of the Bill establishing the Commission.

9. It is our hope that with prudent management of limited resources and support from well-meaning Nigerians and Corporate bodies, the Commission working in close collaboration with the Ministry and friends abroad will be able to deliver on their mandate.

10. We are aware that it is the business of Government to provide the enabling environment for businesses to thrive. We will not fail to provide our citizens with an atmosphere that is devoid of security threats and criminality, where life is stable and progress is certain.

11. Government is also well aware that an insecure environment stifles businesses and undermines growth and prosperity. For this reason, we will like to commend and reinforce our gratitude to our men and women in the Armed Forces who have risen to the challenge of securing our nation and providing enabling environment for national progress.

12. It is on this note that we acknowledge and commend the rising trend, where business concerns offer discounted services to our men and women in the Armed Forces in appreciation of their selfless sacrifices to the fatherland. We commend these laudable initiatives and urge more of our business concerns to do likewise. Such gestures would no doubt encourage them in defence of our country and its people.

13. The unfortunate cost of the war against insurgency and other Internal Security Operations, is the loss of lives of some of our officers and men in the Armed Forces. These very sad occurrences create deep wounds to loved ones. It is, therefore, our duty to ensure that the loss of these bread winners does not relegate the spouses and dependents to a life of want and deprivation. Government will do all in its powers to look after the bereaved.

14. Service leaders must take urgent steps to settle the entitlements of these affected citizens as well as the welfare packages designed for their dependants. It is the responsibility of government to ensure that the families of our fallen heroes do not suffer the loss of their loved ones and at the same time be deprived of their due benefits.

15. To ensure that our veterans continue to share the comradeship that existed while in Service and adequately cater for their welfare at exit, the Federal Government established the Nigerian Legion. It is delightful to note that the Legion is carrying out initiatives in transportation, agriculture, housing and other ventures in partnership with the private sector.

16. I am happy to note that the Legion has continued to be a rallying point of veterans and has done its part in catering for the welfare of their ailing members. I enjoin the leadership of the Legion to continue in this spirit. I also urge Nigerians to accord them the needed support, friendship and patronage.

17. As the Grand Patron of the Nigerian Legion, I wish to pledge my continued support and that of the Federal Government to the organisation. My appreciation goes to the State Governors who are patrons in their respective States for the support they are providing to the Legion.

18. Government agencies at the Federal and State levels should continue to patronise services of Nigerian Legion Corps of Commissionaires in the provision of security services. The potentials of our ex-servicemen are enormous and the economy can tap into this for national development.

19. As I launch the emblem shortly, I wish to call on all Nigerians and others resident in Nigeria to procure and wear the emblems with pride to identify with those who laid down their lives for the peace and security of our fatherland. I encourage all to donate generously in support of our veterans and dependants of fallen heroes.

20. Esteemed veterans, ladies and gentlemen, it is now my honour and privilege to launch the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration Emblem and Appeal Fund.

Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Senate: Lawmakers Furious As Their Leaders Secretly Recruit and share 100 slots.

Crisis is allegedly brewing in the Senate over the employment slots allocated to the lawmakers by some federal agencies.

Some aggrieved senators have vowed to resist the sharing method allegedly adopted by the leadership of the Senate to allocate the slots.

Investigations by our correspondent revealed that the agencies gave the legislators the slots through their leaders.

But the slots were allegedly shared among the 10-member body of principal officers.

According to sources, many of the lawmakers are particularly bitter that their leaders allegedly shared the 100 slots allegedly given the Senate by the Federal Inland Revenue Service among themselves.

An aggrieved senator from the South-West, said on condition of anonymity, “We were given 100 slots by the FIRS but our leaders shared the slots among themselves.”

A ranking senator from the North-West said, “We have information that one of the leaders gave 26 slots to people in his senatorial district. There is a problem in the Senate already, because the leadership has cornered jobs meant for the entire Nigerians.

“Does it mean that you must know a senator before you get a job? Nothing is being done on merit. How will you get the best brains?

“The implication of this is that many people are being offered employment without undergoing any interview.

“They give them appointment letters because they know the leaders of the Senate. How can a single senatorial district get 26 slots when others have nothing?”

But a Senator from the South-East, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that he expected every legislator to have been given a slot.

A member of the Senate Committee on Federal Character, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, also confirmed that there was a crisis in the Senate following the development.

30 Catalonia Arrested During Protest. (Details)

Police in Spain said Wednesday they arrested 30 people overnight across Catalonia for their roles in clashes with police during protests over the jailing of nine separatist leader over a failed 2017 independence bid.

Pro-independence groups staged sit-ins outside Spanish government offices in a number of Catalan cities late Tuesday, with around 40,000 people taking part in Barcelona and 9,000 in the separatist stronghold of Girona, according to municipal and regional police.

The protests ended in clashes with police in many cities.

In Barcelona, police charged hundreds of masked demonstrators who threw projectiles at officers and set garbage containers and cardboard boxes on fire.

Catalonia’s regional police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, said 14 people were arrested in the port of Tarragona, six in Barcelona and ten others in other Catalan cities for disobeying authority and causing a disturbance.

Monday’s ruling unleashed a wave of protests, with Catalan separatists enraged by the Supreme Court’s decision to hand heavy prison sentences of between nine and 13 years to leaders convicted of sedition over the 2017 separatist push.

That culminated in a banned independence referendum and short-lived declaration of independence in October of the same year.

ULC – Nationwide Strike May Fail. (Reasons).

The United Labour Congress (ULC) has described the proposed industrial action planned by organised labour following the ultimatum issued for the full implementation of the new minimum wage, and the consequential adjustments of salaries for civil servants as a failure.

The ULC in a statement issued by its President, Joe Ajaero, added that the labour centre will not be a part of the exercise that ‘makes a mockery of the genuine struggle by Nigerian workers’.

In series of meetings this week, representatives of the organised labour made up of the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and the Federal Government have failed to reach an agreement on percentage increase in salary for civil servants from levels 7 to 17.

“Nigerian workers cannot be forced to negotiate from a position of weakness as in this case? Why would we want to go into a nation-wide strike without mobilizing all the national stakeholders and Civil Society organisations such as Market women, Students, faith-based organisations, Community Associations etc? Why the concerted effort to ensure that the critical sectors that would make for a successful strike are consciously sidelined?

“Obviously, the proposed nation-wide strike is designed to fail or at best watered down to achieve nothing but to bring few Nigerian workers on the street to dance and wave flags without shutting down the economy which is the effect a nation-wide strike ought to have. Markets will be open, Road, Maritime and Air transports will work, Filling stations and Depots will operate, banks will work and generally, the economy will go about its business as if nothing has happened so, where is the effect of such action? he asked.

According to Ajaero, the minimum wage increase which the ULC was a part of at the initial stage has been subjected to ‘abuse and battering’, and Nigerian workers should not be forced to negotiate from a position of weakness.

“We were part of the 16-Man Technical Committee that gave birth to the Tripartite Committee on the Review of the National Minimum Wage and in which we participated vigorously in all the processes leading to its negotiation and the various struggles to deliver it for the benefit of Nigerian workers and peoples.

“Unfortunately, this strike will not have the desired impact and would not achieve the intentions Nigerian workers would want as it is seemingly; dead on arrival as programmed by the hidden interests pushing the agenda.

“ULC will not, therefore, be part of an exercise designed to hoodwink Nigerian workers and masses into believing that their interests were being championed while the contrary may be the case. We will not be part of this ruse neither will we partake in a complete jamboree that makes a mockery of the genuine struggle by Nigerian workers to begin to enjoy the new national minimum wage,” the statement added.

FG Fails To Reach Agreement With NLC Over N30,000 Minimum Wage.

The Federal Government and representatives of organised labour have failed to reach an agreement on the full implementation of the new minimum wage, which includes the consequential adjustments of salaries for civil servants from grade level 7 to 17.Members of both parties will also meet tomorrow (Wednesday) to finalise and possibly reach an agreement.According to Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Amaechi Asugwuni, the meeting will help to address issues that remain critical.“We actually thought the meeting will be concluded today but that prediction was unsuccessful, and therefore adjournment became necessary. To the best of our knowledge, the struggle we say continue applies.“Tomorrow (Wednesday) we meet at 2 pm and that meeting also determine the fate of parties. We expect that we close that meeting positively. So far, commitments have been shown, but we believe the areas that are still in context are critical,” he added.The rescheduled meeting which is the deadline of the ultimatum issued by labour is also expected to iron out grey areas, and the Acting Head of Service who represented the Federal Government, Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan stated that a final agreement will be reached after the meeting.“Both sides have made a lot of concessions but we discovered that there are some grey areas that need to be ironed out, so some documents and information are being sourced, which we are providing and by tomorrow discussions will continue and we believe that we will be able to get everything resolved by tomorrow.”The labour unions are demanding for a 29 percent salary increase for officers on grade 7 to 14, and 24 percent for grade 15 to 17, but the Federal Government is proposing 11 percent for officers on grade level 7 to 14, and 6.5 percent for officers on grade level 15 to 17.Both the government and the workers’ unions are however keeping sealed lips on who is ready to shift grounds on the demands and proposals already made.

Nollywood Actress Kemi Afolabi Fights Lady Over An Actor Despite Being Married. (Details).

Nollywood actress Kemi Afolabi is reportedly enmeshed in a ‘love fight’ with a lady identified as Gloria Johnson over her colleague Dauda Sulaimon a.k.a Gida.

Kemi Afolabi who took their fight to Instagram, alleged that Gloria Johnson threatened her several times and she had to report to relevant authorities. The actress also shared the number used to issue the death threat.

She wrote;

“Her name is gloria johnson. She threatened me severally. Took it up with the right authority
Will be back with more vital nformation.”

However reacting to Kemi’s allegation, Nollywood actress Amarachi Igwe accused her “married” colleague of fighting with her friend, Gloria over actor Gida. She further revealed that Kemi Afolabi who picked up Gida’s call issued the first threat, warning Gloria to stay away from the actor.

She wrote;

Kemi you’re claiming to be innocent, why are u so useless ? A married woman for that matter, posting cos of someone you’re far older,,,, I bet u don’t want to see the other side of me ,what will you gain from all of this, calling my gf out on social media, I bet they don’t know you’re doing all this cos of gida …. you better grow up, she called her friend which is gida…

the next u picked and started telling her that she should stay away from your man, and she asked you to stop the nonsense and grow up,,,, why are you so shameless? I pitied the man that made you a mother,,,, you’re a shame to womanhood,,,,,, blocking me won’t stop me from calling you out same way u are calling my friend out, old fool

Why did PMB want to refund N10.9 billion sooner to election – Reno Omokri tweet.

Reno Omokri has questioned the motive behind President Buhari’s letter to the Senate, seeking its approval for the payment of N10bn to Kogi State. Buhari, in the letter, addressed to Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said the money would be used by the state government to settle local debts it incurred as a result of the projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government. Reno Omokri however says, ‘why does General Buhari want to pay Kogi ?10.9 billion weeks to election? Why is Kogi special? Is it because they have an APC Governor? Why is he not paying the PDP state of Bayelsa? First Tradermoni, now this? Is this democracy?’.

Actress Huffman Began Serving Prison For 2 -Weeks. (Reasons).

Actress Felicity Huffman on Tuesday began serving a two-week prison term for her role in a college admissions scam in which she paid a bribe to help her daughter gain admission to a prestigious university.

The “Desperate Housewives” star turned herself in at the low-security Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) east of San Francisco, in the early morning.

“Ms. Huffman is prepared to serve the term of imprisonment Judge (Indira) Talwani ordered as one part of the punishment she imposed for Ms. Huffman’s actions,” a representative for the 56-year-old actress said in a statement to AFP.

“She will begin serving the remainder of the sentence Judge Talwani imposed — one year of supervised release, with conditions including 250 hours of community service — when she is released.”

The Oscar nominee, who is married to actor William H. Macy, was the first of more than 30 parents sentenced in an elaborate and wide-ranging scam to help children of the elite secure places in top US colleges.

Huffman, who was also fined $30,000, pleaded guilty in May during a tearful court appearance to paying $15,000 to boost her daughter’s SAT college entrance exam score.

The scandal erupted in March when the ringleader behind the scam, William “Rick” Singer, admitted running the elaborate fraud which ranged from cheating in entrance exams to bribing coaches to help non-athletic students get scholarships.

Authorities say he was paid about $25 million to bribe coaches and university administrators. He has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities.

In a statement read in court at her sentencing last month, the actress apologized to students and parents.

“I broke the law. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period,” she said.

“My hope now is that my family, my friends and my community will forgive me for my actions,” Huffman added.

Actress Lori Loughlin from 1980s-90s sitcom “Full House” and her husband are facing similar charges. The pair have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.


Affirmed! FG Doesn’t Play Politics In Terms Of Security – Lai Mohammed.

The Federal Government affirmed the commitment of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to tackling security challenges in the country without bias.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, stated this on Tuesday at a special town hall meeting on security in Katsina State.

According to him, the event is unique because it is the first time governors from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be panellists at such meeting since its commencement in 2016.

“This is first, a testimony to the fact that this Federal Government does not play politics with the security and welfare of citizens,” the minister said.

He added, “Secondly, (it is) a reflection of the patriotism, commitment, and nationalism of the governors, irrespective of their party affiliations. I congratulate all of us for being part of this historic outing.”

No Peace, No Development
Mr Mohammed noted that the government was not unaware of the recent criminal attacks on communities in the North-West.

According to him, cases of banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling seem to have worsened in the region until recently.

He reminded the meeting that one of the cardinal programmes of the present administration was to tackle insecurity across the country.

The minister said, “Whether it is Boko Haram, banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling or armed robbery, the administration has faced the challenges posed by insecurity with grit and determination.

“The Federal Government is unrelenting in tackling these challenges because without peace and security, there can be no development.”

“Here in the North-West, the security challenges – banditry, cattle rustling, and kidnapping – have been unique and daunting.

“The deadly attacks that claimed lives and destroyed property were daily making headline news all over the country,” he lamented.

Mr Mohammed decried that the situation became so bad in some of the states in the region that many felt they were intractable.

He was, however, thankful that the efforts of the Federal Government, as well as the determination and innovative efforts of the governments of the affected states, have been a remarkable improvement.

The minister said peace and security were gradually returning to the worst-hit states while progress that has been made in combating banditry, cattle rustling, and kidnapping.

He explained that it has become imperative for the government at the federal and state levels to provide a platform for the governors of the front-line states to highlight the successes they have achieved in their various states in tackling cases of insecurity.

Mr Mohammed was hopeful that at the end of the meeting, the efforts of the governors of the affected states of Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara, as well as the contributions of the Federal Government would be well-documented.

Those present included Governors Aminu Masari (Katsina), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), and Bello Matawalle (Zamfara), as well as the Ministers of Defence and Interior, Major General Bashir Magashi and Mr Rauf Aregbesola, respectively.