NLC, TUC suspend strike

Ayuba Wabba

Following agreement to discontinue the electricity tariff hike, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have suspended the strike scheduled to commence Monday, September 28.

Labour leaders and the Federal Government reached an agreement at a meeting which started at 8.30pm on Sunday and ended at 2:50am on Monday.

It was agreed that the planned increase in electricity tariff would be suspended for two weeks.

Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige read the five-page communique signed by the representatives of the government and labour.

NLC President Ayuba Wabba and his TUC counterpart Quadri Olaleye among others signed on behalf of labour.

Ngige; Minister of State for Petroleum Timipre Silva; Minister of State for Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo; Minister of Information Lai Mohammed; and the Secretary to Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha and others, signed on behalf of the government.

The parties agreed to set up a technical committee comprising ministries, departments, agencies, NLC and TUC.

It would work for a duration of two weeks effective September 28, to examine the justifications for the new policy “in view of the need for the validation of the basis for the new cost-reflective tariff as a result of the conflicting information from the fields which appeared different from the data presented to justify the new policy by NERC; metering deployment, challenges, timeline for massive rollout.”

“During the two weeks, the DISCOs shall suspend the application of the cost-reflective electricity tariff adjustments,” the communique noted.

It also noted that the FG has fashioned out palliatives that would ameliorate the sufferings that Nigerian workers may experience as a result of the hike in cost electricity tariffs and the deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.

The palliatives will be in the areas of transport, power, housing, agriculture and humanitarian support.

Access Bank In Partnership With LASG Commissions Oniru Road Project

As part of efforts to ensure a hitch-free movement around the Victoria Island – Lekki Axis, Access Bank PLC on Thursday, 24 September, commissioned its Oniru road project with the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in attendance.

Having moved its corporate Head Office from in Danmole Street, Victoria island to Oniru, Access Bank undertook a feasibility study on how to best to make for ease of movement. In line with this, the Bank has created new concrete-based road networks in the Oniruarea, improving and expanding the existing roads, thereby leading to a reduction in commute and travel time by easing movement and decongesting traffic in the area.

Commenting on the project, Herbert Wigwe, Access Bank’s Group Managing Director said: “At the heart of Access Bank’s business operations is our commitment to offering ‘More’ to our customers and more extensively, positively affecting the communities in which we operate.  Our track record speaks for itself as we have successfully executed similar projects in Oyinjolayemi street, Danmole Street and other areas. Indeed, community and social impact have become enshrined parts of our DNA as a Bank.

We appreciate the Lagos State Government, led by MrBabajide Sanwo-Olu, for the incredible support received during the execution of this project. Our commitment to facilitating a greater Lagos will not end here and I am truly excited about the infrastructural, technological and social advancements that our partnership will foster.” 

The Victoria Island and Lekki axis are two of the most commercial areas in Lagos State, witnessing a huge daily exchange of economic activities and as a result, commuters.  About 40% of the employed population in the formal sector in Lagos work in Victoria Island, and a good percentage of these workers have their offices situated around the Oniru axis.

Expressing optimism about how the new and expanded road network will impact the lives of workers and commuters in the region, the Lagos State Governor, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu stated that “I am glad that we achieved more than just creating a world-class road network. We have improved the drainage system of the community, reduced traffic and this has shown our drive to make the life of Lagosians easier.

I am absolutely delighted with Access Bank as they have continued to support Lagos State Government and working with us on numerous projects across the State. Herbert Wigwe and his team have worked really hard to bring this project to life and have supported us on other projects like this. We appreciate the Bank for its contribution to public infrastructure improvement”

The project was executed by renowned engineering firms, Craneburg Construction Company, and Planet Projects Limited (PPL)

30 Injured, 23 Houses, 15 Vehicles Burnt At Ajuwon Explosion (Video)

A gas explosion caused panic in Lagos and Ogun border communities on Thursday, September 24

The incident was said to have been caused by a gas tanker

LASEMA said the inferno is being battled by the combined efforts of its responders and fire team

No fewer than 30 persons have been injured in the inferno that occurred in Ajuwon boarder community areas of Lagos and Ogun on Thursday, September 24.

A statement issued by the head pulic affairs of the Lagos State Emergency Authority, (LASEMA), Nosa Okunbor, hours after the incident revealed that a total number of casualties were 30, consisting of 20 adult males and 10 adult females were seriously injured.

In its post post-disaster assessment conducted, LASEMA said the disaster losses included two residential buildings, one church, one event centre, four commercial buildings, one market consisting of 15 shanty shops, 11 cars, two mini trucks, one bus and one heavy duty truck.

Okubor said a total number of 23 buildings and 15 vehicles were destroyed by the fire incident.

Residents of the area scampered for safety following an explosion and massive fire that rocked the area.

The explosion, which was heard as far as Harmony Estate and Obawole, Ogba, Iju in Lagos as well as Akute Ogun state, was said to have occurred around 3:30 pm in Balogun Bus stop in Ishaga.

It was gathered the loud bang, which many residents reported across social media platforms was a result of a gas tanker about to enter a newly built plant in a residential neighbourhood.

A Twitter user, Naija @Naija_PR, who was among those who raised the alarm, said there was an explosion at Iju Ajuwon Lagos.

The Nation reported that a lawyer who is a resident of the area said:

“Gas explosion nearly brought my house down! The explosion didn’t even happen very close to my house but it shook the whole house and almost shattered my windows. The light from the explosion came very close to my building. Thank you God o.
The residents appealed for emergency responders to be alerted, claiming that the fire was already entering nearby homes.

The incident was said to have been confirmed by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), urging residents to stay away from the area.

NEMA’s southwest coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye said that the agency’s officials were on the ground and fire service has been contacted.

He said:
“Yes, a tanker exploded at Balogun Bus stop, Iju Ishaga. Our people are already there and fire service has been informed. The tanker was trying to enter a gas plant when it exploded. There were domestic cylinders there and so, those ones also started exploding.
“The fire has not extended to any building. It is still within the gas plant. People sustained burn injuries but no deaths reported yet. We have contacted fire service. We appeal to people to stay away from the area.

I Am Igbo By Ancestry, DNA Proves It- Bishop TD Jakes.

Popular American preacher, Bishop T.D Jakes of the Potter’s House, has revealed how he discovered that his ancestors are from the Igbo tribe of Nigeria.

Jakes, who is a renowned author, in an interview with BBC Igbo said his Igbo ancestry was discovered after DNA test.

It all started when Henry Lewis Gates, who was at Harvard, decided to this DNA testing to see where my ancestry came from. It was me, it was Oprah Winfrey. It was Quincy Jones and others,” he said.

The clergyman further stated that the test revealed his ancestors were from Nigeria.

“Mine was traced back to West Africa, to Nigeria and particularly Igbo. My ancestors were Igbos. It’s indescribable. It gives something that we the African-Americans don’t have, which is roots.

“It gave me an understanding of my roots. It was interesting to see how similar my personality is to how Igbo people are described. They’re described as hardworking, industrious and innovative.

“They have strong business acumen. I deeply relate to that. It explained to me; it’s odd that I was never born there, yet, see so many traces. I’ve always had strong business acumen.

“I’ve been aggressive in business. Although I’ve been known for the faith aspect, I have several companies and I’ve owned my own resources. My children all started studying ancestry about Igbos, and even more about Africa. I’ll like to reconnect with our brothers and sisters over there,” he said.

Jakes who has often visited Lagos said that he enjoys eating fufu and the jollof rice.

“When I’m in Nigeria, I eat fufu and jollof rice. I have those kinds of experience. I’ve had more than I can name. I go to Accra in Ghana and Lagos quite often.

“What I know about the food is that it’s almost always hot and spicy. I ate it before but the food over there is so hot it makes your head sweat. And I like it,” he said.

The preacher continued, “One of the tragedies of the slave trade is not just that we were taken from our home, culture, people, and food. We lost our history. African-American history is taught over here from boat landings.

“And we assumed a name that does not define us. Jakes is a German name that only signified who owned my ancestors. To reach beyond the boats in chains to touch a soil where I’m from.

“To understand that my ancestors were something before they were a slave is extremely gratifying. It really confirms why I have such fascination about the continent of Africa.”

TRAGIC: 23 Killed in Lokoja Tanker Explosion

At least 23 persons have been confirmed dead and many others injured following a tanker explosion on Wednesday morning at the Felele axis of Lokoja the Kogi State capital.

Over five vehicles were completely burnt in the road crash and eyewitnesses say some of the victims include students of Kogi Polytechnic.

Confirming the casualty figure to Channels Television, the sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kogi State, Idris Fika says at least 23 bodies have been pulled from the wreckage.

The accident occurred after a truck laden with Premium Motor Spirit lost control following a brake failure and rammed into five other oncoming vehicles.

BREAKING: His Highness Emir of Zazzau, Alh (Dr.) Shehu Idris CFR Is Dead!

The sad incidence was made public through the official Facebook page of the governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.

VERY SAD: It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of the father of our state, His Highness Emir of Zazzau, Alh (Dr.) Shehu Idris CFR. He died at the 44 Military Hospital Kaduna today after a brief illness. Janazah prayer in Zaria is scheduled for 5pm in Sha Allah. All Covid-19 protocols to be complied with as much as possible during the funeral prayers and condolences.

I have informed the President Muhammdu Buhari, GCFR of the great loss and offered our condolences. The Chief of Staff to PMB, Prof Ibrahim Gambari will lead a Federal Government delegation to Zaria to condole with the family of His Royal Highness, Zazzau Emirate Council and the people of Zazzau Emirate and Kaduna State.

We have lost a rare gem, a source of wisdom and guidance and a true father of all. May Allah Grant his soul abode in Aljanna Firdaus. Amin. – Nasir El-Rufai

The Emir Wil be buried according to the Islamic rights.

Obaseki takes lead in 7 LGAs, with results

Godwin Obaseki, Edo governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Godwin Obaseki has taken an early lead in the election held on Saturday as results trickle in.

Results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) show the PDP candidate is leading his main challenger, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress, with over 20,000 votes.

As of 3:45am on Sunday, the commission had declared results in seven local government areas.

The LGAs are:

PDP: 7,870
APC: 5,199

Esan central
PDP: 10,964
APC: 6,719

Esan north-east
PDP: 13,579
APC: 6,559

Esan south-east
PDP: 10,565
APC: 9,237

Ikpoba Okha
PDP: 41,030
APC: 18,218

Owan east
PDP: 14,762
APC: 19,295

Etsako west
PDP 17,959
APC 26,140

PDP: 116,459
APC: 95,961

Margin: 20,498

Worship Centres Can Resume Fully – LASG

Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has permitted churches and mosques in the state to resume full services.

He said mosques can hold their prayers five times daily while churches can also commence weekly services.

Worship centres were restricted to one gathering weekly after they were allowed to reopen following lockdown to check corona virus in the nation.

The Governor also said public and private schools can resume fully on Monday, September 21, 2020.

More details soon…

Babalakin Quits As UNILAG Pro-chancellor, Says Panel Is Bias

Pro-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Wale Babalakin has resigned from his position.

His letter of resignation to the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu which was dated September 15 was only made public following the submission of the report on UNILAG crisis by the visitation panel.

Babalakin claimed the visitation panel was raised to exonerate the vice-chancellor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe whom he led the governing council to remove on various allegations.

He said his resignation was necessitated because his employers had lost faith in him.

“I would like to thank the President of the Federal of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for giving me the opportunity to serve as the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (the “University”) from May 2017 till date,” part of the letter read.

“I am also grateful that I was considered fit to be the Chairman of the Federal Government Negotiation Team on the Agreement reached with university unions in 2009, from 6th January 2017 till date. I equally want to thank you sir, for your role in recommending me to the President.”

Babalakin said he would not be continuing as chairman of the Federal Government negotiation team on the agreement reached with university unions in 2009.

He has been the chairman of the negotiating team since January 6, 2017.

The businessman and lawyer further said: “I find it difficult to understand how a non-executive Chairman of a Governing Council could be requested to recuse himself during the visitation.

“The Vice-Chancellor could only recuse himself if he were still in office. Implicit in this position is that the Vice-Chancellor was acknowledged as still being in office despite his removal.”

Babalakin also alleged that the composition of the panel was awkward.

“Unfortunately, I must stand by principle. In a situation where my employers believe that the actions I took may not be right, the appropriate thing to do is bow out in honour. Sir, may the Almighty Allah continue to bless you,” he concluded.

Ijesaland Foundation Webinar: Aganga To Speak On Entreprenueral, Leadership.

Former Finance Minister, Mr. Olusegun Aganga has been scheduled as Lecturer at the third Ijesaland Foundation for Entrepreneurial and Leadership organized Dr. Lawrence Omole Annual Lecture Series webinar.

Aganga, currently Chairman, Marina Express Services also a former Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment will speak on “Entrepreneurship As A Tool for Community and National Development.’

Speaking on his expectations, the Chairman of the Planning Committee of the Foundation, Mr. Tony Igbaroola said:

“It is expected the lecture will endear many Ijesa youths to embrace the enterprising exploits of their ancestors as well as address constraints limiting entrepreneurs such as unemployment, capital and profer solutions that will accelerate the development of the community and the nation.”

The initiative to host a webinar due to the pandemic Covid-19 will hold on Saturday, October 10, 2020 between 1PM-3PM via Zoom, is dedicated to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, a respected cleric, accomplished Mathematician and a prominent son of Ijesaland.

The previous annual lectures have had eminent scholars- Prof Foluso Okumadewa and Prof. Siyan Malomo, respectively as lecturers at the prestigious Sambeatz Hotel n Suites, Ilesa, Osun State.

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