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TUC President Reveals FG’s Plan For Minimum Wage

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Festus Osifo, the President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC),on Tuesday disclosed the outcome of the union’s meeting with Federal Government representatives.

According to Osifo, TUC discussed the issue of minimum wage with the Minister of Labour, Simon Lalong.

Osifo disclosed that Lalong told them that he had met with President Bola Tinubu and the Minister of Finance, Wale Edun on minimum wage.

He further stated that the former governor of Plateau State assured them that the issue of minimum wage is being reviewed.

Speaking on Channels TV on Tuesday, Osifo said, The minister of labour told us that he had an audience with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the minister of finance and had reviewed the issue of wage award. But the president asked them to fine-tune the issues before he makes the announcement.”

The TUC President added that the union has given the Federal Government a two-week ultimatum to address workers’ issues or risk industrial action.

Osifo noted that the union had engaged the federal government on the palliatives released to states.

He said, “We are going to monitor distribution of palliatives in states to make sure the scheme is implemented appropriately. We want to see the template of the implementation that is why we engaged the federal government on this issue. We also raised issues around taxation and CNG (Compressed Natural Gas).

“The minister told us all these issues would be streamlined but because the president has travelled we should give him an extra two weeks. We said no. We don’t have an extra two weeks to give. After more discussions, he said the president would make a proper announcement next week.”

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News Central TV Honored with Prestigious Award at International Association of Women Police Conference

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News Central TV has received a distinguished award for its outstanding support and commitment to empowering women across Nigeria.

 

The award was presented at the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) Conference in Abuja, recognizing News Central’s dedication to promoting gender equality, empowering women in law enforcement, and community engagement.

 

The IAWP Conference renowned for its dedication to celebrating the achievements of women in law enforcement and their allies, presented Mr Akintemi with the award in acknowledgment of News Central TV’s impactful contributions to society.

 

The conference brought together influential leaders, policymakers, and advocates from around the globe to discuss and address critical issues facing women in law enforcement and beyond.

Across Nigeria, News Central is renowned for championing initiatives that empower women and promote diversity within the media industry. The station has been instrumental in providing a platform for women’s voices, addressing social issues, and fostering a culture of inclusivity. The award further highlights News Central’s dedication and commitment to the cause.

Commenting on the award, the Managing Director expressed gratitude and emphasized the importance of continued efforts towards gender equality and social justice. “It is an honor to receive this recognition on behalf of News Central TV. Our mission has always been to create a media landscape that is reflective of our diverse society and to empower women to tell their stories. This award motivates us to continue our work with even greater passion and determination,” Mr Akintemi said.

News Central TV remains committed to its core values of integrity, innovation, and inclusivity. The station will continue to leverage its platform to advocate for positive change, support women in the media, and contribute to the overall betterment of society.

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Ex-Accountant General begs for time to refund looted funds

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A former acting Accountant-General of the Federation, Anamekwe Nwabuoku, on Wednesday, pleaded with Justice James Omotoso of the Federal High Court in Abuja to give him more time to conclude the refund of the public funds allegedly looted by him and his co-defendant.

Nwabuoku and his co-defendant, Felix Nweke, are facing 11 counts of money laundering to the tune of N1.6bn.

They are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The defendants were accused of committing to the act while Nwabuoku served as the Director of Finance and Accounts in the Ministry of Defence between 2019 and 2021.

While Nwabuoku is the first defendant, Nweke is the second defendant in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/240/24 dated May 20 and filed on May 27 by EFCC counsel, Ekele Iheanacho.

Nwabuoku was appointed acting AGoF on May 20, 2022, under ex-President Muhammadu Buhari after Ahmed Idris was suspended as AGF over alleged N80bn fraud.

He was, however, removed in July 2022, a few weeks after assuming office.

When the matter was called on Wednesday, the defendants prayed the court to halt their arraignment until another date to perfect the refund.

Nweke’s lawyer, Emeka Onyeaka, informed the court that there was a new development in the case.

He told the court that his client had taken steps towards settling the matter.

The lawyer said Nweke had made substantial refunds of the money traced to him by the anti-graft agency.

“The second defendant has taken steps, as there is a communication to the commission via-a-vs the alleged offences on making a refund.

“The commission is in receipt of the money and promised to communicate to us,” he said.

The defence counsel said upon being served with the charge, “We communicated with the commission and we were asked to tarry for their administrative procedure.”

He said since a substantial amount had been refunded, if his client was arraigned, such action would affect the trial.

He, therefore, prayed the court to grant them an adjournment to take further steps on the administrative procedure.

Maduakolam Igwe, who appeared for Nwabuoku, aligned with Onyeaka’s submission.

Igwe said his client had equally taken the same steps and that a substantial amount had been refunded.

“We have written to the commission on this. The first defendant has also made some refunds.

“May I adopt the submission of my learner friend to tidy up the administrative procedure,” he corroborated.

Responding, counsel who appeared for the EFCC, Ogechi Ujam, acknowledged that though the commission was in receipt of a proposal letter, she said, “No negotiation has been made, no settlement has been done and no agreement has been reached by parties.

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Ondo Governor Aiyedatiwa Boosts Security with 25 Operational Vehicles

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Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has handed over 25 Hilux vehicles to various security agencies in the state to enhance their operational efficiency.

 

It was the first batch of the provision of operational vehicles to boost security by the administration.

Speaking during the presentation ceremony, held at the Governor’s office car park, in Akure, the Governor emphasized the vital role that the security agencies play in safeguarding the lives and properties of the people of the State.

The Governor said: “As an integral part of government functionaries, it is no gainsaying that security agencies are pivotal to the overall security architecture of any society. This daunting task often requires patrolling from one location to another. To ease this important yet herculean function, we are providing these high-grade Toyota Hilux vehicles to enhance performance in the discharge of their security mandate.”

Reflecting on the legacy of his predecessor, the late Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, who was instrumental in establishing the South West Security Network, also known as the Amotekun Corps, Governor Aiyedatiwa reaffirmed his commitment to prioritizing the security and safety of residents.

“I remain steadfastly committed to putting the security and safety of our people first. Since I assumed office, I have consistently emphasized the need for all security stakeholders and state actors to work as one to secure lives and property,” he added.

 

The Governor also highlighted the increased need for security during election periods, acknowledging the surge in criminal activities during such times. He noted that the new vehicles would motivate and assist security agencies in their critical duties.

 

He assured that his administration would continue to support security agencies, promising that those who did not benefit from this batch would receive their vehicles in due course.

 

Governor Aiyedatiwa also promised continued logistic support and urged the security agencies to make good use of the vehicles to maintain law and order in the state.

 

“It should be noted that these vehicles are in addition to the regular logistic support we have been providing for all our security outfits.

 

“While assuring you that this kind of intervention shall continue subject to availability of funds, I charge you to make good use of these vehicles and continue to work tirelessly to keep our State safe. To the good people of the Sunshine State, we assure you that we will not relent in creating a secure and prosperous environment for all”, the Governor said.

 

Earlier in his welcome address, the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Tayo Oluwatuyi, emphasized the current administration’s commitment to enhancing the efficiency of security agencies within Ondo State.

 

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, Mr. Gbenga Atiba, and the Ondo Stats Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abayomi Oladipo, thanked the governor for providing the vehicles despite the high exchange rates, assuring that they will be used strictly for security purposes.

Those present at the event included the Deputy Governor, Dr. Olayide Adelami, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olamide Oladiji, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Prince Segun Omojuwa, State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Engr. Ade Adetimehin, members of the State Executive Council, representatives of the security agencies, traditional rulers and religious leaders.

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