Labour News in Nigeria: 30 July – 6 August 2022

TUC insists court cleared election of new leadership as Buhari greets Osifo

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) insisted its decision to proceed with the 12th Triennial National Delegates Conference was based on the orders of the National Industrial Court, Abuja.
The Congress urged the public to disregard rumours that the labour centre disregarded a court order that purportedly stopped the election that produced Festus Osifo as President.
It said the TUC is a well-known and respected labour centre that believes in the rule of law and will not willfully disregard an order of any court.
It stated that Congress hinged its decision on an order issued by Justice Obaseki Osaghae of NIC Abuja, based on the constitution of TUC.

Govs to Buhari: Sack workers aged 50yrs, levy anyone earning over N30,000

Labour Minister: Dr. Ngige

In a bid to prevent the nation from imminent economic collapse, the Nigerian governors have advised the federal government to retire all federal civil servants who are older than 50 years.
The governors also want the government to raise taxes across boars as well as levy anyone earning N30,000 and above monthly. The governors made the proposal at a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in July, an online publication, PREMIUM TIMES exclusively gathered from sources privy to details of the meeting.
The proposal also urged the government to begin implementation of the updated Stephen Oronsaye Report, which suggested merger and shutdown of agencies and parastatals with duplicated or contested functions as a way to address bureaucratic inefficiency and reduce the cost of governance.

Cable TV operator lauds FG for efforts to end monopoly by DSTV, others

Satellite TV operators

Metrodigital Limited, a pay television company, has lauded the federal government for ending the monopoly of cable television rights by major pay television companies in Nigeria.
The company’s Managing Director, Ifeanyi Nwafor, gave the commendation at a news conference in Port Harcourt on Friday.
Mr Nwafor said federal the government’s decision to outlaw the monopoly of television rights would promote competition, reduce the prices of subscriptions and create jobs for thousands of people in the country.
“So, we are delighted, considering that in the past the market of broadcasting was foreclosed, as premium contents were bought on exclusivity basis.

Varsity SUG presidents demand sack of Ngige, Adamu over ASUU strike

Dr. Ngige

STUDENTS Union Government, SUG presidents in all public universities in the country have demanded immediate sack of ministers of labour and employment, Chris Ngige and education, Malam Adamu Adamu.
The varsity SUG presidents operating under the aegis of Council of Students Union Presidents, CSUP, said their demands followed the inability of the minister to resolve the differences between Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, other university-based unions and the federal government, thereby ending the ongoing strike by the former, before now.

Strike: Parents should beg lecturers, Nigerian govt has no money to meet ASUU’s demands – Keyamo


The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has said the federal government has no money to meet the demands of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Mr Keyamo, newly appointed as the spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaigns, asked parents to beg ASUU members to return to classes because the federal government would not borrow money to meet the demands of the lecturers.
He said this on Friday during an interview on ‘Politics Today’, a programme on Channels Television.
Mr Keyamo said the meetings ASUU had with the Nimi Briggs committee were done without the input from the Ministry of Finance and other agencies with roles to play in the implementation of the recommendations.
The minister said the federal government could not meet the financial implications of the Briggs committee, hence the need for fresh negotiation.

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