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Labour Insists On ₦250,000 Minimum Wage, Rejects Lower Proposals, And Threatens Nationwide Strike Again.

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– Labour rejects ₦62,000 and ₦100,000 as “starvation wages”
– Demands ₦250,000 as living wage for Nigerian workers
– One-week grace period ends on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The Organised Labour has reaffirmed its stance on a living wage of ₦250,000 for Nigerian workers, rejecting lower proposals.

Following the last meeting of the Tripartite Committee on Minimum Wage, Labour reiterated its demand for a wage that reflects the country’s economic realities.

Assistant General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Chris Onyeka, emphasized that the one-week grace period extended to the Federal Government will expire on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

Onyeka clarified that if the government fails to address workers’ demands, the NLC and TUC organs will convene to determine the resumption of nationwide industrial action.

“The Federal Government and the National Assembly have the call now…our demand is there for them to look at,” Onyeka said.

Labour’s position remains unchanged, rejecting any proposal below ₦250,000 as a “starvation wage”.

“If after tomorrow, we have not seen any tangible response from the government, the organs of the Organised Labour will meet to decide on what next,” Onyeka warned.

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Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over trial

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– Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over ongoing trial
– Kanu’s lawyer moves two applications before the Federal High Court
– FG’s counsel says defendant should approach Attorney General for negotiation

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has expressed willingness to negotiate with the Federal Government over his ongoing trial.

Through his counsel, Alloy Ejimakor, Kanu informed the Federal High Court in Abuja of his intention to seek negotiation under Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

Ejimakor had earlier moved two applications before the court, including one objecting to the jurisdiction of the court. If the applications are denied, Kanu’s lawyer plans to invoke Section 17, which promotes reconciliation and amicable settlement among parties.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, stated that the defendant should approach the Attorney General of the Federation for negotiation.

Justice Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, clarified that the court’s role is to hear cases, not to solicit negotiations. Kanu has been in DSS custody since June 2021, facing terrorism-related charges levelled against him by the government.

His lawyer’s latest move may signal a potential shift in the case’s trajectory.

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30,000 Students to Benefit from FG’s Interest-Free Loan Scheme

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– Over 30,000 students selected for federal government’s student loan scheme
– Scheme aims to support underprivileged students in pursuing higher education
– Loan is interest-free and does not require a “godfather”

The federal government’s student loan scheme has selected over 30,000 students to benefit from the initiative.

This was announced by Senate President Godswill Akpabio during a visit to the Nigeria Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies in Abuja.

Akpabio praised the student loan bill, signed into law by President Bola Tinubu, for enabling vulnerable Nigerian students to access higher education without financial burdens.

He expressed his personal admiration for the bill, stating it is one of the most important bills passed by the 10th National Assembly.

The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has assured the public that every eligible Nigerian student will benefit from the interest-free loan program.

Thee application process will be open, fair, and transparent, without requiring a “godfather,” according to Dr. Fred Femi Akinfala, NELFUND’s Executive Director of Finance and Administration.

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