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NLC, TUC urge workers to resume at Oyo governor’s office July 31



Oyo State workers have been directed to resume at the state secretariat on Monday, July 31, 2023, by 7.00 a.m. to press home their demands from the state government.

The state’s Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Olatunbosun Olabiyi, who disclosed this to The Guardian, yesterday, said the directive was given during a joint general meeting of representatives of workers and pensioners in Oyo State chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and TUC held, yesterday, at the NLC House, Yidi, Ibadan, in preparation for the seven-day ultimatum issued by the NLC national headquarters.

“We are resuming at the Secretariat by 7.30 a.m. on Monday. All Oyo State workers are resuming there,” the TUC chairman said.

The meeting, which was presided over by Oyo State Chairperson of the NLC, Kayode Martins and his TUC counterpart, Olabiyi, had in attendance representatives of pro-labour organisations.

The labour leaders said the workers and residents needed urgent palliatives to cushion the effects of the removal of fuel subsidy.

Meanwhile, Oyo State government, yesterday, appealed to labour leaders in the state not to embark on strike that might destroy peace and paralyse economy of the state.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Labour Matters, Adebayo Titilola-Sodo, made the appeal while reacting to the proposed industrial action by the state labour leaders scheduled to begin on Monday.

Titilola-Sodo, while admitting that there is a friction between the state government and the labour leaders, said both parties had been partners in progress, adding that they would manage their differences and solve the issues as soon as possible.

He also said that efforts were in top gear to ensure that the outstanding allowances owed the state workers are paid.

The labour leaders said:”A clear mood of anger and determination was displayed throughout the meeting. The workers asked the leaderships of the NLC and TUC in the state to vow never to betray the workers and the leaders did.

“Similarly, the leadership also took undertakings from the workers who pledged never to abandon the leaderships in the course of the struggle.

“As a starting point of action, it was unanimously agreed that on Monday, July 31, 2023, all Oyo State workers and pensioners would converge on the Oyo State Government Secretariat to have a mass dialogue with Governor Seyi Makinde over their deprivations.”

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British Airways Flight Grounded in Lagos Due to Technical Fault



– British Airways flight delayed due to technical fault
– Passengers stranded at Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos
– Airline apologizes and re-accommodates passengers on other flights

A British Airways flight scheduled to depart for London from Lagos was delayed due to a technical fault, causing confusion and frustration among passengers.

The flight, which was scheduled to depart at 10:50 pm on Wednesday, June 19, was eventually canceled after 1:00 am, leaving many stranded.

However, most passengers have been re-accommodated on other flights, while the remaining affected passengers have been lodged in a hotel with their meals catered for since Wednesday.

According to a passenger, the airline is working hard to book the remaining customers on a flight as soon as possible.

The Regional Commercial Manager for Nigeria and Ghana, Mrs. Tutu Otuyalo, confirmed the development and apologized for the delay.

“We have been in contact with our customers to apologize for the delay to their flight, caused by a technical issue with the aircraft,” she said. “The safety of our customers is our top priority, and we would never operate a flight unless it is safe to do.”

In addition, Mrs. Otuyalo assured that the majority of customers have been re-accommodated on other flights, and the team is working hard to book the remaining customers on a flight as soon as possible.

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Federal Govt Puts Three Presidential Aircraft Up For Sale



– FG puts three presidential jets up for sale
– Move aimed at reducing maintenance costs
– Proceeds to fund purchase of new aircraft

The Federal Government has decided to sell three ageing aircraft from the presidential fleet to reduce maintenance costs.

The aircraft, including a Boeing 737 BBJ, Gulfstream, and Falcon 7x, will be sold through a US-based airline marketer, JetHQ. The sale is expected to generate funds for the purchase of new aircraft.

Meanwhile, the presidential fleet has come under scrutiny due to its poor condition, with at least half of the aircraft deemed unserviceable or failing.

Legislators have called for the modernization of the fleet, citing safety concerns after several incidents involving the current aircraft. The government has received preliminary offers for the aircraft and is seeking optimal deals.

The sale of the aircraft is a controversial move, with some lawmakers arguing that it is insensitive to the economic hardships faced by the populace.

However, officials insist that the sale is necessary to ensure the safety of national leaders.

“We must press for a better deal instead of rushing to have a bad deal for the government,” an official involved in the process said.

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