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Friday, October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021

Unpaid Salaries: "Go & Ask What C'River Get As FAAC Before You Talk About Gratuity & Salaries, Are We The First To Owe"? - Ayade's Chief of Staff Queries


Hon. Orim

The Cross River State government has justified the non-payment of over six months salary of road sweepers, pensions to retired civil servants and other salaries in the state.


Recall that road sweepers recently staged a peaceful protest in Calabar, the state capital, to demand for the payment of their monthly five thousand naira (N5,000) salary, which has not been paid for over six months.


Also, on the 12th of October, 2021, the Organized Labour in the State embarked on strike over the nonpayment of gratuities to retirees of both state and local government councils’ workers for the past six years.


Other grievances of the Unions are non-remittances of deductions from workers’ salaries and the full implementation of the minimum wage to both state and local government workers.

Also listed are non implementation of promotions arrears to workers of both state and local government councils’ workers and reinstatement of pensioners wrongfully removed from payroll.


Reacting to a post on Facebook by Dr. Joseph Odok, an All Progressives Congress (APC) member, appealing to the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade to listen to the cry of the workers, the Chief of Staff to the governor, Hon. Martin Orim, said the state would not be the first to owe salaries.

Dr. Odok had written:

"Dear Governor Sir Benedict Ayade please look into the issue of unpaid salaries and gratuity. It is making negative headlines. I know those who don't love you will blackmail me before you for raising it"



Hon. Orim wrote:

"Go find out what Cross River State get from FAAC as monthly allocation before you come to social media to talk about gratuity  and salaries. Besides is the state owing salaries? Even if they do, will it be the first administration or state to owe salaries? . I don’t know why you’re always looking for cheap popularity"



October 22, 2021

Nnamdi Kanu Ordered For The Murder of Akunyili’s Husband, Gulak, 184 Others


 


Eniola Akinkuotu (Punch)


The Federal Government has blamed the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, for the murder of Chike Akunyili, the wife of the late Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Prof. Dora Akunyili.


The government further accused Kanu of being responsible for the murder of a former Presidential Aide, Ahmad Gulak, and over 184 others in the South-East.


This is according to a committee set up by the President. Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to investigate Kanu, who is standing trial for terrorism.


The 24-member committee comprised members of the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Federal Ministry of Information, the Nigeria Police Force, the Department of State Services, the National Intelligence Agency and the Defence Intelligence Agency.


The committee, which was headed by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), said consequent upon the instigating directives of Kanu, members of IPOB and the Eastern Security Network, carried out massive attacks on democratic institutions especially facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission with a view to hampering democratic process in Nigeria.


It said the attacks that were carried out between October 2020 and June 2021 led to the killing of 175 security personnel.


The report read in part, “Acting on the instigating directives of Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB members and #EndSARS protesters attacked and killed many security agents, destroyed several public and private properties, including police stations, public transport buses and other facilities across the country.


“That on October 21, 2020, Nnamdi Kanu through an online call-in radio programme(Radio Biafra), further instigated IPOB members to burn down all police stations and kill government security forces, which was carried out, and security personnel (especially police officers) were killed and public and private properties destroyed.


“That 175 security personnel were killed by IPOB/ESN, comprising 128 policemen, 37 military personnel and 10 other security operatives. Killing of prominent Nigerians: Recently there were gruesome killings of traditional leaders: Obi 1 of Okwudor autonomous community, Eze E. AnayochukwuDurueburuo and Eze Sampson Osunwa of Ihebineowerre autonomous community as well as the killings of Dr. Chike Akunyili and eight others as well as the killing of Alhaji Ahmed Gulak on May 30, 2021.”


The committee found that as a consequence of Nnamdi Kanu’s broadcasts, there were 19 attacks on INEC facilities that resulted in the destruction of offices as well as burning of 18 INEC logistical vehicles, several election materials, equipment and ICT gadgets in Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Cross River, Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo states.


The Presidential committee stated that 164 police stations and formations, including police Headquarters, Owerri, Imo State were attacked by IPOB/ESN leading to the death of 128 policemen while 144 were injured and 628 vehicles were destroyed.


It said 396 firearms and 17,738 ammunition were carted away during the IPOB/ESN attacks.


“That there were three IPOB/ESN attacks on Nigerian Correctional Service, including the Headquarters of NCoS, Owerri, Imo State where 1,841 inmates escaped. That the Headquarters of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Umuahia, Abia State was also attacked by IPOB/ESN leading to the death of one officer,” the report read.


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

October 20, 2021

Court Orders Suspension Of Ongoing Strike By Organized Labour In C'River, No Court Can Stop Us, Labour Insists


 



Justice Sanusi Kardo of the Industrial Court of Nigeria in Calabar, has given an order suspending the ongoing strike and sit at home action embarked upon by the Cross River State Branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress and other affiliate unions in the state.

The unions went on strike on Tuesday, October 12, citing the Cross River State government's failure to meet its demands.


It listed 14 issues in contention which included nonpayment of gratuities to retirees of both state and local government councils’ workers for the past six years.

Others are the non remittances of deductions from workers’ salaries and the full implementation of the minimum wage to both state and local government workers.

Also listed are non implementation of promotions arrears to workers of both state and local government councils’ workers and reinstatement of pensioners wrongfully removed from payroll.



But on Wednesday, Justice Sanusi Kardo of  the Industrial Court of Nigeria in Calabar, gave an order ordering the suspension with immediate effect, the ongoing strike and sit at home action embarked upon by the Cross River State Branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress and other affiliate unions in the state.

Honorable Justice Kardo gave the order on Wednesday, October 19, 2021 in Calabar restraining Labour and other affiliate Labour groups from further holding rallies pursuant to the strike and locking up government premises.


The Industrial Court Justice ruled that the strike action embarked upon by the Nigeria labour Congress (NLC) in the state did not comply with S.18 of the trade dispute Act. 

Justice Sanusi Kardo further urged parties to negotiate on any issues if there are any to be negotiated to arrive at amicable resolution. 

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Cross River State had instituted legal action against NLC in the state for embarking on strike since last week and locking up government offices. 

He contended that labour did not comply with the requirements of the law before embarking on the current industrial action.


No Court Can Stop Us - Labour

Meanwhile, the Organized Labour has said that no court can suspend its ongoing action.

The Union in a memo on Wednesday, said: “A government with no Conscience” they stated that the Ayade led adminstration was shopping for a court order to truncate the ongoing strike.

“Instead of settling our demands, the government of Prof. Ben Ayade is rather shopping for a court order to truncate the ongoing strike action.


“Comrades, discountenance any directives from any person from the state government, not even a court order can break our determination to get justice from the government.


“We cannot be slaves in our state, don’t pay attention to any directives from anyone in government continue to stay at home until you hear from us,” they stated.



Friday, October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

71-year-old Man Dies During Sex Romp With Prostitute



By Daud Olatunji


Tragedy struck in Sagamu when a 71-year-old man, identified as Ajibola Olufemi Adeniyi, reportedly died during a sex romp with a commercial sex worker inside a hotel in Ogun State.


Our correspondent gathered that the incident happened on Monday at 50/50 hotel Ogijo, Sagamu Local Government Area of the State.


The deceased, a resident of 22, Akilo Street, Bariga, Lagos State, had visited the brothel to ‘relax’ with one of the prostitutes therein, who was simply identified as Joy.


A hotelier in the area who pleaded anonymity confirmed the incident, saying, “In the course of the sexual intercourse, the man slumped and died immediately.”


According to the source, the police from Ogijo Division had visited the scene to evacuate the lifeless body of Adeniyi, where they also recovered his ATM card and driver’s license.


“As police try to locate the family of the man, his body was deposited at the morgue of Sagamu General Hospital, Ogun State.


“The sexual worker has also been arrested by the police to unravel the cause of the man’s death,” our correspondent was told.



The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, could not be reached as of the time of filing this report.


Our correspondent gathered that the incident happened on Monday at 50/50 hotel Ogijo, Sagamu Local Government Area of the State.


The deceased, a resident of 22, Akilo Street, Bariga, Lagos State, had visited the brothel to ‘relax’ with one of the prostitutes therein, who was simply identified as Joy.


A hotelier in the area who pleaded anonymity confirmed the incident, saying, “In the course of the sexual intercourse, the man slumped and died immediately.”


According to the source, the police from Ogijo Division had visited the scene to evacuate the lifeless body of Adeniyi, where they also recovered his ATM card and driver’s license.


“As police try to locate the family of the man, his body was deposited at the morgue of Sagamu General Hospital, Ogun State.


“The sexual worker has also been arrested by the police to unravel the cause of the man’s death,” our correspondent was told.



The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, could not be reached as of the time of filing this report.

October 15, 2021

Bomb Explosion Rock Calabar, Army Reacts

File photo for illustration


By Obio Monday

There was pandemonium in and around Eburutu Army Barracks area of Calabar Municipality in Cross River State, as deafening sounds rocked the area on Friday afternoon.

GRASSROOT REPORTERS reports that the bomb explosion shattered roofs and walls of buildings close to the barracks while some of the buildings were pulled down by the heavy explosion.

Reacting, the Nigerian Army claimed responsibility for the explosion, explaining that the  exercise is a routine one carried out by the military "to detonate expired explosives."


A statement signed by Capt. Dorcas Oluwatope Aluko, Assistant Army Public Relation Officer, 13 Brigade, reads:

"The 13 Brigade Nigerian Army would be conducting a disposal of expired explosives at the Shooting Range Calabar from 14 to 17 October 2021.

 "The exercise is a routine military exercised aimed to detonate expired explosives. Members of Ikot Effangha, Ikot Ansa,and Lemina communities are advised to stay off range area during the exercise.

 "The general public are equally urged not to panic from sound of explosives but go about their lawful daily activities."




October 15, 2021

Eid Ul Mawlid: FG Declares Tuesday, October 19 Public Holiday


 



PRESS RELEASE


FG DECLARES TUESDAY OCTOBER 19TH, 2021 PUBLIC HOLIDAY TO MARK EIDUL-MAWLID CELEBRATION

 

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday  October 19th, 2021  as Public Holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid Celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).


Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made this declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulates all Muslim faithful both at home and in the Diaspora for witnessing this year’s occasion.


He admonishes all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which are the virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country.


Ogbeni Aregbesola enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to refrain from violence, lawlessness and other acts of criminality. As the indisputable leader of our race, we must show responsible leadership in Africa.


While calling for a stop to all divisive tendencies across the country, the Minister urges all Nigerians and the youth in particular, to embrace the virtues of hard work and peaceful disposition to fellow humans, irrespective of faith, ideology, social class and ethnicity and cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari’s led-Administration in its effort to build a progressive and enviable nation that all citizens would be proud of.

 

Dr. Shuaib Belgore

Permanent Secretary

 

15th October, 2021


Thursday, October 14, 2021

October 14, 2021

Strike: "We Have Met Your Demands", C'River Govt Insists, Chides Labour For Failing To Attend Meeting

Prof. Ivara Esu

 


The Cross River state government has faulted Organised Labour's insistence on industrial action despite meeting their demands.


The labour union listed their demands to include “payment of gratuities to our retirees of both state and local government, pending since 2014 and 2012 for state and local government retirees, respectively, remittance of deductions from workers’ salaries, full implementation of the minimum wage, implementation of promotion arrears, and reinstatement of pensioners wrongfully removed from payroll”.



The Deputy Governor of the state, Professor Ivara Esu who spoke at a scheduled meeting with labour leaders, which they failed to show up,  decried their belligerant posture, wondering why they failed to keep to their part of the agreement with government.


The Deputy Governor also condemned labour's failure to turn up for the meeting and their resort to locking up government offices.


"We called those who signed this document to come for a meeting with us. Not necessarily for negotiations but at least let us hear who they represent, and perhaps what they are about.


"Though organized labour is not known to law in terms of issues between employer and employee, they signed this document and we invited them for a meeting and we have been waiting here not even one of them has shown up", the evidently upset Processor Esu said.


Enumerating governmet's efforts at fulfiling its agreement with labour, the Deputy Governor disclosed  that "the implementation of promotion of workers has just been approved by His Excellency, the Governor to commence in phases and even as we speak in the last salary payment, this was implemented.


"In terms of remittances from workers salaries, the Governor has also approved four months and that three months be made ready in the first instance and these things are verifiable and these guys are not aware, they don't ask questions, they just wake up to declare a strike"


Continuing, Professor Ejemut said: "I must say the practice of locking government offices and preventing people who want to work in having access is unacceptable.”