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Delta abducted NLC chairman regain freedom

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Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hafiz Inuwa confirmed the released of kidnapped Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Delta State, Comrade Goodluck Ofobruku.

The state’s NLC boss was abducted around 8pm on Saturday while driving out of his house behind Immigration office along Ibusa/Asaba road, Asaba, the Delta State capital, was set free on Monday by his abductors.

Although Inuwas said that he was not aware of any payment of ransom, sources close to the NLC says otherwise.

The Secretary of the NLC in the State, Comrade Innocent Ofoyade, noted that Ofobruku was released on Monday night

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He said, “Yes, we thank God that our chairman was released yesterday night, we are grateful to the state government, the police, vigilante group and all those who show concerned.

Ofoyade said, “ransom was paid but it is an undisclosed amount, and as I speak to you now, he is receiving treatment because he was injured at the process”

Commissioner of Police in Cross River state, Hafiz Inuwa

Inuwa, however, said, “We give glory to God for his released, to the best of my knowledge, no amount was paid.”

The police boss stressed that the command was intensifying efforts to arrest the suspects.


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Delta NLC chairman kidnapped – Police confirm

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The police have confirmed the abduction of Mr Goodluck Ofobruku, Chairman of Delta chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Saturday night in Asaba.

The spokesperson of the state Police Command, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, who confirmed the incident to newsmen on Sunday in Asaba, said that Ofobruku was a victim of armed robbery before he was kidnapped at gunpoint.

“The incident was a case of armed robbery and abduction. The gunmen were robbing in the street when the labour leader was driving out of his home.

NLC Chairman, Delta State Chapter – Mr. Goodluck Ofobruku

“They intercepted his car and forcefully abducted him and took him to the nearby bush,” Onovwakpoyeya said.

The police spokesperson, however, said that the command had dispatched its operatives to comb the bushes and rescue the NLC chairman.

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Ofobruku was abducted at about 8 pm. on Saturday while driving out of his house behind the Immigration office on the Ibusa/Asaba road.

The Secretary of NLC in the state, Mr Innocent Ofoyade, told journalists on Sunday that Ofobruku was driving in the congress’s official Toyota Sienna space bus before he was abducted.

“The chairman was on his way out that night to get some drugs when the incident occurred. He was intercepted by the hoodlums along his street and taken away.

“We learnt this morning (Sunday) that the abductors have yet to establish contact with the victim’s family,” Ofoyade said.


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Suspensions followed due process – Ngige

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The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, insisted on Saturday the suspension of the Managing Director of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Adebayo Somefun, and other top management staff of the organisation followed due process.

The minister was reacting to the claim by the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) that the NSITF management staff’s suspension violated the disciplinary procedure approved by the president.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday ordered the indefinite suspension of Shomefun, three Executive Directors and eight other management staff of NSITF over alleged financial infractions.

The Federal Government also set up an investigative panel to look into the financial dealings by the affected officers.

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige

In a statement issued by the Deputy Director, Press and Publicity in the Ministry of Labour, Charles Akpan, the minister dismissed NECA’s claim on the matter.

He said the removal of the NSITF management staff followed due process, adding that it was in line with the Constitution, Public Service Rules and NSITF Act.

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Ngige said: “Some of the infractions uncovered include N3.4 billion squandered on non- existent staff training split into about 196 different consultancy contracts in order to evade the Ministerial Tenders Board and Federal Executive Council (FEC) approval.

“Non-existent unexecuted N2.3 billion was documented and paid while N1.1 billion is awaiting payment without any job done, all totalling N3.4 billion.

“Same goes for projects of construction of 14 Zonal/Regional offices in 14 states running into billions of naira- a policy issue being done without board or ministerial knowledge not to talk of approval.

“This was done in 2019 by the MD and his three-man Executive. Some of the projects are duplications and hence waste of funds, yet you are in the Board supposedly supervising!”


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NLC calls for Educational stakeholders meeting amid school reopening

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the Federal Government to bring all stakeholders in the education sector together to deliberate on the way forward before re-opening of schools across the country.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, said this in a communique he signed on Friday in Abuja at the end of a joint meeting of the congress affiliates union in the education sector and the NLC Education Committee.

Wabba said the meeting was to brainstorm on measures to be put in place before schools in Nigeria could re-open given the prevalence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to him, the congress is of the view that the schools should provide adequate infrastructure to ensure effective enforcement of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocols and guidelines on COVID-19.

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“Re-opening of schools need to be done with due diligence and utmost precaution given the overcrowded nature of schools at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

“Government should bring all stakeholders together the primary and secondary education sub-sector comprising the unions, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Parent Teachers Association (PTA), Committee of Vice-Chancellors/Provosts of Polytechnics and Colleges of Educations.

“All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCPSS) should deliberate on the way forward on re-opening of schools,” the labour leader said.

He said there was need to create a post COVID-19 re-opening plans and strategies based on the NCDC protocol and guidelines.

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”There is need to re-adjust the federal budget for education and implement measures to assist institutions with financial burden of managing COVID-19,’” Wabba said.

The NLC president also said that staff of health centres in universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, secondary and primary schools teaching and non teaching staff should be trained on handling of pupils and students.

NLC President Ayuba Wabba

He noted that it was important to adopt phased/structured education activities, adjust exams and lecture or teaching time.

He called for a National Safe School policies to assist education institutions in conducting risk assessment audit of schools in the country.

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He said that the outsourcing policy of security personnel and cleaners should be revisited, especially in institutions of higher learning to enable them have full control of the workers.

He added that this was very important as the private cleaners and security personnel could not guarantee the health and safety of staff and students.

“There is need to provide Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers and other essential workers for their safety and protection.

“We call for the immediate release of intervention funds to all institutions to enable them provide needed safety measures.

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“Apparently, there is need for expansion of classrooms to ensure observance of the social distancing protocol,” he said.

On crisis, Wabba appealed to the federal government to address the lingering industrial crisis in the higher institutions posed by the Integrated Payroll Personnel System (IPPIS).

He noted that the IPPIS issue has the potential of affecting any attempt at re-opening of schools.

”There is need for an elaborate plan to determine the duration of classes, and sitting arrangements to avoid infection.

“There is also need to ensure general decontamination or fumigation of entire premises and buildings, including student’s hostels, classrooms, staff offices, business premises, lecture halls/theatre, health centres and clinics.

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“Additional employment of teachers to enable effective teacher student ratio based on the social distancing protocol and provision of out-door learning environment for kids,” Wabba said.

The NLC president also called for the strengthening of e-learning facilities in primary and tertiary institutions through provision of customised electronic devices to all staff and students.

”This is in order to complement traditional class settings and achieve physical distancing,” the labour leader said.

He said that internet bandwidth should be provided in all institutions and to be deployed free to members of staff and students within and around the school premises.

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Wabba noted that COVID-19 committee should be put in place in schools to ensure strict compliance with protocol and guildlines of reopening schools.

“This committee will be charged with the responsibilities of ensuring strict compliance with the safety measures and enforcement of regular hand washing with water and soap and hand sanitizer.

” The committee will also enforce daily disinfection and cleaning of school surfaces and compulsory use of face masks by staff, students and visitors,” he said.

The NLC president added that the schools should put in place transparent post COVID-19 plans, including isolation of staff and student who manifest the symptoms of the disease or who have tested positive, without creating stigma around them.


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Cross Rivers: NLC begins indefinite strike.

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Government activities were paralysed in offices in Cross River State Monday following the indefinite strike embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress.

The state chapter of the NLC led by Comrade Benedict Ukpepi had declared an indefinite strike over nonpayment of pension, gratuities, removal of names of civil servants from payroll implementation of promotion, among others.

Some agencies and offices rendered skeletal services and their workers closed early.

At the new secretariat on Murtala Mohammed Highway in Calabar, a team of NLC officials, policemen, and other security agencies were seen enforcing compliance.

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The NLC chairman said, “The strike is successful. The few staff at the New Secretariat are mostly members of Trade Union Congress who cannot work without our members.”

Some offices were also shut at the Old Secretariat when newsmen visited the place in the morning.

There was confusion initially over the strike as the TUC pulled out of the industrial action, citing wrong timing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Minimum wage: NLC suspend planned strike in Kebbi after agreement


The Organised Labour in Kebbi has announced the immediate suspension of its strike notice, which was to take effect on Tuesday over delay in the implementation of the national minimum wage. The strike notice was issued on February 27, 2020.

The State Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Umar Alhassan, said the strike notice had been withdrawn as the state government had agreed to the workers’ demands.

Alhassan made the announcement while briefing newsmen after the union’s Executive Council meeting in Birnin Kebbi on Monday.


“The state government has agreed with our demands on minimum wage and consequential adjustment, payment of 2019 leave grant, annual increment and payment of retirement benefits.

“The government has agreed to set up a committee on minimum wage and consequential adjustments and will be inaugurated today.


“On 2019 leave grant, the state government workers from GL 1 – 6 are going to receive their grant today.

“On annual increment, by the end of this month, our members are going to receive their payment while on retirement benefits a standing committee will commence sorting out of genuine members and process their payment soon,” he said.


Alhassan appealed to civil servants on Grade Level 7 and above to exercise patience, saying the payment of their leave grant would commence soon.

“In as much as we want our members to have a conducive working environment and atmosphere, we will not be unmindful with the present reality of the situation.

“The civil servants on GL. 7 and above will not be getting their leave grant today, due to paucity of funds, as said by the government representatives in the discussion.

“We have agreed that civil servants on those grade levels will get their own later,” the chairman said.


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VAT: BEDC improve power supply


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday said it would mobilise Nigerians to resist any form of increment in the electricity tariff, be it in form of Value Added Tax (VAT) or others.

This is even as it said it has nothing to do with the ongoing public hearing on the proposed increase in the electricity tariff across the country.

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, who spoke in Lagos yesterday warned that the labour centre would not support any increase in the electricity tariff as it would further impoverish Nigerians.

Continue reading VAT: BEDC improve power supply

Kogi: NLC assure workers minimum wage payment


The Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Kogi chapter Comrade Onuh Edokah charges workers in the state to remain resolute as the state government has set up machinery to tackle all issues surrounding the payment of minimum wage in the state.


Edokah gave the charge on Wednesday during the 7th Quadrennial state delegates conference of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) , Kogi state chapter.

The NLC boss while speaking to newsmen at the venue of the congress urged civil servants in the state to expect a better deal from government, saying the union was still negotiating with government and hopeful of getting desired result at the end of negotiations.


“The state government has set up a committee to look into the payment of 30,000 naira minimum wage to workers of the state.

“We are hoping that by the end of the thirty days government gave the committee, they will come out with a chat that will be the true position of the minimum wage in Kogi state and we are expecting a win-win situation”, he assured.


Edokah who handed over the leadership of MHWUN to the newly elected Exco, said his ten years in the saddle of the union as chairman witnessed a lot of transformation , stressing that he was leaving the union better than he met it.

He therefore urged the new Exco to take the welfare of members as paramount , saying any union executive that failed in providing adequate welfare of its members would end up throwing the union into unbearable situation.


“I am leaving the union with a lot of legacies. The workers which I led in health worker’s union enjoyed the benefit of various structures of their salaries . I was the Chairman of the union through out the transformation of various salary structures and I ensure that the government pay workers their salaries” he noted.

At the end of the congress that lasted three hours, Comrade Amari Gabriel emerged as Chairman through consensus while Alilu Adejoh was elected as Vice Chairman, Kashim Abonika as Treasurer, Salaudeen Yakubu, State Trustee, Badams Kadiri, Auditor and Ajisafe Oluwatoyin as the Public Relations Officer.

Comrade Gabriel in his acceptance speech promised that his administration would not relent in moving the union to a greater height.

While commending the immediate past leadership of the union for laying a worthy legacy for the incoming executive, the new chairman solicited the cooperation and support of members to achieve success.


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Government don’t give job, don’t rely on Nigerian government – Ngige Chris


Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has asked Nigerian youths to seek other means of employment as the government cannot provide everyone with jobs.

Chris Ngige reveals

A statement released by the Deputy Director/Head of Press of the ministry, Charles Akpan, said the minister stated this during a Town hall Meeting on Popularization of blue/green collar jobs among graduates of tertiary institutions in Nigeria, which was held in Edo State.

Ngige who was represented at the event by the Director, Special Duties and Projects Department in the ministry, Martina Nwordu, said told the young graduates that the wealthiest youths in the world at present were not government employees.

The minister also urged Nigerian youths to invest their talent in other job sectors, as the richest youth of the world, aged between 21 and 31 years, are not employees of government but smart entrepreneurs who distinguished themselves in creative skills in various areas.

The minister disclosed that the purpose of the meeting, which held concurrently in four other geo-political zones of the federation, was to sensitise representatives of key stakeholders in graduate employment on the benefits of blue/green-collar jobs as an alternative response to the challenges of graduate unemployment.


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Minimum wage: NLC gives Anambra a 14-Day Ultimatum


The organized labour in Anambra State on Monday gave the state government a 14- day ultimatum to implement the new minimum wage or be prepared to face industrial action.

At an emergency meeting of the state executive council of the organised labour in Awka, the unionists expressed dissatisfaction with the implementation of the January 24 agreement with the government on the issue.

The state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), Jerry Nnubia said what is being implemented fell short of what the labour negotiated with the government.

He said ..

“The SEC decided to meet on the issue and took the necessary decision. We are dissatisfied and we frown at the decision of the government to renege on the agreement.

“We hereby give the government a 14- day ultimatum from today, after which the organized labour would not guarantee industrial harmony in the state.

“The state government did not follow the agreed chart with the organized labour in the state and as far as we are concerned, the difference we saw in the salaries of workers in January was just a bonus which government decided to give to workers.”


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Minimum wage: NLC not to sign agreement that will lead to retrenchment


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Ondo State says the organised labour will not sign any new minimum wage agreement the will impoverish or lead to retrenchment of the workforce.

The state NLC Chairman, Mr Sunday Adeleye-Oluwole, said this in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Akure.


Adeleye-Oluwole explained that negotiations over the new minimum wage, which had hitherto been suspended, had now resumed and that it was 85 percent concluded, saying “the process may be concluded before the end of this week.”

According to him, the delay in minimum wage approval and implementation in the state is due to the insistence of the organised labour, led by JNC, NLC and TUC, to get better package for the workers and pensioners.


The NLC chairman noted that the new salary tables presented by the state government were being critically studied to ensure that the agreed new salaries would be sustainable and not lead to irregular payment and mass retrenchment.

Adeleye-Oluwole assured that the new minimum wage would capture special allowances for the media, judiciary, parliamentary and health workers.


He appealed to the state workforce to exercise more patience, as negotiation was now at a final stage.

“The negotiation is not led by NLC but by the Joint Negotiating Council (NJC) as directed by the national headquarters of NLC and TUC.


“We are just supporting the JNC, and that was what we had been doing. I want to say that in the last two months, the JNC, in its wisdom, had set up negotiation committee and ever since then, we have met more than seven times.

“So, JNC has the final say concerning this minimum wage issue. But as at now, going by what happened yesterday (Tuesday), we have got to 85 percent completion.


“Also, pensioners are being carried along, because we believe that all of us will become pensioners one day.

“From what I have been following, I can say that before this week runs out, we should be able to come out with specific tables and we are working on five different tables for the judiciary, the parliament and media workers.


“For our counterparts in the health sector and the services, they have their own peculiar allowances. So we are working now on five structures, and when we include pensioners, it becomes six.

“In the spirit of negotiation, what we really need is to know the data; how much is coming from Ondo State, which we have got, and we also look at the present salary wage bill,” he said.

On payment of arrears to workers by the state government, the NLC chairman explained that it would be discussed after the conclusion of the minimum wage negotiation.

“My advice to JNC, as NLC leader, is that it should not sign what can lead to retrenchment of our members, because I don’t have the final position; it’s JNC that has the final position on the new minimum wage,” he said.


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Implementation of minimum wage cannot be negotiated – NLC

…draws battle line with unwilling states


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned three states yet to make any concrete moves to open discussion on the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage of N30,000.

NLC President, Ayuba Wabba issued the warning, yesterday, when he appeared on a national television.


The affected states are Kogi, Cross River and Taraba which he said should be ready for a showdown with the labour movement.

He announced that 23 states have taken considerable steps to resolve the issues of consequential adjustment of the minimum wage through negotiation with their respective labour leaders.


He commended 10 states that had started paying the minimum wage with its consequential adjustment, insisting that the law, which fixed the minimum wage must be respected by all the state governments.

Wabba said it was gratifying that the Federal Government had started paying the arrears of the new wage from April last year when the law was enacted.


He added that the leadership of labour decided to monitor developments at state levels to avoid situations whereby workers will be offered peanuts.

The NLC president stated that it was the reason the state chapters were encouraged to go into negotiations where facts on revenue profile of the state would be laid on the table for the tripartite committee to deliberate on and arrive at a conclusion.


Wabba said as at yesterday, no state had come to say it could not pay the minimum wage.

He said that the leadership of the two trade unions, the NLC and TUC (Trade Union Congress) would be meeting with the joint-negotiation team to review development in all the states this week.


But organised labour in Nasarawa State, yesterday, threatened to boycott the inauguration of the committee set up to negotiate the new minimum wage, unless arrears of promotion, salaries and pension owed workers were cleared.

Daily Sun learnt that the government suspended the inauguration of the committee.


Nasarawa NLC Chairman, Yusuf Sarki Iya, told Daily Sun that government was still negotiating the issue of minimum wage with workers.

He said labour in the state had made it clear that if the backlog of arrears were not cleared, it would not honor invitations to discuss the minimum wage with government.


“We were invited for the inauguration of the minimum wage committee only to be told by the Head of Service that the inauguration has been put on hold. Our concern is the implementation of the pending promotion, salary arrears and pension before discussing the minimum wage

“We have been waiting patiently for the government, the NLC will not see industrial action as an option, but will not hesitate to engage the government when it becomes imperative,” Iya said.


Nasarawa Head of service, Nicholas Aboki, denied knowledge of the wage committee’s inauguration. He said he was surprised when labour stormed his office for the ceremony.

However, Plateau government said significant progress has been made in its negotiations with labour unions.


Commissioner of Information and Communication, Mr. Dan Manjang, described the current stage of negotiations as peaceful and encouraging.

“We first began the process by setting up a committee led by Mr. Luka Fwangyil, a former Head of Service, to negotiate with labour on the consequential adjustments as directed by the Federal Government based on the peculiarity, sustainability and capacity of each state. Today, I will be proud to tell you that that a singular step we took is paying, as things are going smoothly towards agreeing on what to pay our most cherished workers. I want to put the record straight to the citizens of Plateau that this government is committed to the welfare of its workers and will do all it could to achieve that at all costs.”

He appealed to workers and the unions to “remain calm while negotiations are ongoing, pending the recommendation of same.”

He said that any attempt to distract the government from discharging its constitutional responsibilities to the people of the state would fail.


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Minimum wage: Labour Congress set to tackle state Governor that failed Dec.31 deadline.

…Ogun finalises talks with union

…Osun inaugurates committee on implementation

…Minister assures of commitments to workers’ welfare


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is set to tackle governors who failed to meet the December 31 deadline for the implementation of the New Minimum Wage.

In his New Year message, NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, asked state councils to await directive on the next line of action.


“In tandem with our position as adopted and communicated after a stakeholders’ meeting on Dec.ember 11, 2019, organised labour will not guarantee industrial harmony in states that fail to implement the new national minimum wage by December 31, 2019.

“We direct our state councils to be on the standby to robustly engage state governments that fail to obey our laws. We wish to remind state governors that no excuse would be good enough for failure to pay.


“The ongoing revelations on the monumental looting perpetrated by former governors prove that only an intent to loot and deadened conscience, not availability of resources, would be the reason any Governor would hesitate to pay workers the N30,000 new national minimum wage and the consequential adjustment in salaries.

“The new national minimum wage is now a law and State Governors do not have the luxury to choose whether to pay or not.”


He commend states already paying the new national minimum wage and consequential adjustment in salaries for assuming the pacesetter status.

Wabba said in 2020, the NLC would mount a robust campaign for the generation of mass jobs and for already existing jobs to be decent.


He disclosed that NLC was perfecting plans for a National Job Summit in 2020 where it will get stakeholders, experts, policymakers, concerned demographics and workers on a roundtable to find answers and solutions to Nigeria’s burgeoning unemployment crisis.

The NLC president said the congress have resolved to protect, promote and prioritise workers’ and pensioners welfare.


He also said the congress would continue to be the voice for the oppressed and downtrodden.

“We will dare the enemies of Nigerian workers and people and we will triumph by the grace of God. Nigerian workers under the leadership of the NLC will continue to work assiduously towards the promotion of national security, peace and unity.


“We will continue to put the needed weight on the things that unite us and hold in contempt the things that seek to divide us.”

To avert industrial crisis, Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun has inaugurated a committee to work out modalities for the implementation.


Spokesman for the governor, Ismail Omipidan, in a statement in Osogbo said Oyetola inaugurated the committee on Tuesday.

The governor urged members of the committee to ensure they arrived at a reasonable amount of increment that would ensure government continued to pay salaries as and when due.


Oyetola, who said his administration would work through the committee to arrive at a soft landing that would be pleasing to both workers and government, commended labour leaders and the entire workforce for their cooperation and sense of understanding in the last one year.

“I thank the leadership of labour for their level of cooperation in the last one year. You made my transition from Chief of Staff to governor very simple. The welfare of workers is very important to me. That’s why we pay their salaries promptly and in full.


“We’re committed to paying the new minimum wage. But we need to now double up our IGR. It is very important to collectively drive the IGR because it is the only source for payment of the minimum wage.

“Thank God we’ve spent one year without rancour, no strike. We’ll work together to have a safe landing that will be acceptable to the two parties. I’m delighted to see this committee being inaugurated.”


Oyetola also gave an assurance that nothing would stop him from payment of full salaries as and when due.

Chairman, Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), Bayo Adejumo, gave an assurance that labour leaders would cooperate with government in the negotiation.


On his part, Ogun Governor, Dapo Abiodun, said his administration was in the final stage of discussion with abour on the implementation of the new minimum wage.

Abiodun made the disclosure in his New Year message, yesterday.


He noted that the state’s public service remained the engine room of government and a critical stakeholder, pointing out that the recent appointment of eight permanent secretaries in the state civil service would strengthen the bureaucracy to effectively and efficiently perform its function as the engine room of government.

Meanwhile, Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has demanded from workers honesty and diligence in service, while assuring of government’s commitments to their welfare.

Ngige said the understanding showed by workers over the challenges the Federal Government faced in repositioning the economy and sanitising the polity since 2015 was commendable, adding that the Federal Government has in appreciation made enormous sacrifices to protect the workers and secure their future.

“The workforce we inherited in 2015 was one seriously demoralised by decade long unpaid salaries and allowances; a restive workforce with simmering agitations and perennial threats of strike. It was a workforce challenged down by private sector retrenchments and varying unfair labour practices.


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Ebonyi government to begin minimum wage payment in January.

…plead with NLC

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, has said he will pay the N30,000 minimum wage agreed with organised labour from January 2020.

He made this known during the signing of the state’s 2020 budget in Abakaliki, the state capital, on Friday.

He however, pleaded with labour unions to accept the inability of the state to pay the backlog of salaries, which had accumulated since the wage increase was reached.

In the absence of the arrears, he noted that the state had set aside N500m to help workers earn some income from agriculture.

“We have the N500m approved by the state House of Assembly to assist workers and other segments of the society, engage in alternative means of livelihood which is agriculture.”

Speaker of the state’s legislature, Francis Nwifuru, said the lawmakers were impressed with the implementation of budgets it had signed under Umahi’s administration.

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Just in – NLC prepares payment of minimum wage with state governors as Dec 31st arrives.

…implementation and payment of the new minimum wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it cannot guarantee industrial peace and harmony, if state governors refuse to conclude negotiations and payment of the National Minimum Wage by December 31.

In a communique issued at the end of its meeting with state council chairmen on implementation of the National Minimum Wage, the union said there were currently three implementation categories in which all states fell into.

The communique was jointly signed by NLC President; Dr Ayuba Wabba, NLC General Secretary; Emmanuel Ugboaja and Abdulrafiu Adeniji; National Chairperson, Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (Trade Union Side).

The communique noted that Kaduna, Kebbi, Lagos and Adamawa have commenced implementation and payment of the new minimum wage, while Jigawa had concluded negotiations but yet to make its first payment to workers.

It also noted that Borno, Abia, Kano, Bayelsa, Sokoto, Niger, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Katsina and Zamfara States, have constituted a negotiating committee between their state government and Labour, following consequential adjustments of salaries.

“States which have not put in place a Negotiating Committee between the State Government and Labour on the consequential adjustment of salaries, include Bauchi, Yobe, Rivers, Benue, Gombe, Kwara, Imo, Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, Anambra, Taraba, Cross River, Ogun, Enugu, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kogi and Delta States.”

The communique noted that Organised Labour in the states comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (Trade Union Side) would work in harmony to ensure that all workers enjoy the full benefit of the new National Minimum Wage.

The union urged state chairmen to immediately convoke an emergency State Executive Council meeting and State Congress of all workers to brief them of the outcome of the stakeholders’ meeting on the new national minimum wage implementation.

“States that are still on the discussion table (Category 2) should expedite discussions to conclude the negotiations on or before the 31st of December, 2019.

“States which have not commenced discussion should quickly constitute a Negotiating Committee and expeditiously conclude discussions on salary adjustment consequent on the new national minimum wage on or before 31st December, 2019.

“In the event that any state fails to comply with these resolutions on or before 31st December, 2019, organised labour would not guarantee industrial harmony in such states,” it added.

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Nassarawa: Governor Sule set up committee to implement minimum wage.

Ogbole, while giving a breakdown of the 2020 budget of N100.51 billion, said that government was engaging the organised labour on the modalities for the implementation of the minimum wage.

NobleReporters culled that the Commissioner, who did not name members of the committee, said, however, that he was a member.

When contacted, Mr Yusuf Iya, Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Nasarawa State Council, said that the union was aware that the government had set up its side of the negotiating committee for the implementation of the minimum wage.

The NLC Chairman added that the union’s committee was ready and was waiting for the government to commence the process.

“We have already written to the government and submitted a template of the new minimum wage through the Public Service Joint Negotiating Council.

“As soon as we receive communication on this regard from the government, negotiations will commence,” Iya added.

He, therefore, called on workers in the state to remain calm and be law abiding as their welfare was being given the priority it deserved.

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NLC frowns at dismissal of 1,000 bankers.

As controversy rages over plans by management of First Bank Plc to sack over 1000 of its core staff, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called for an immediate suspension of the exercise.

In a letter dated November 25, 2019 to the bank’s managing director, Labour urged the management to open genuine engagement with its affiliate, the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) for amicable resolution of the matter. Failure to resolve the matter by giving due consideration to its demands, the NLC stated that it would be left with no other option than to adopt time tested trade union measures to protect the interest and welfare of workers in bank.

The letter reads in parts: It has been brought to our attention by one of our affiliate unions, NUBIFIE that First Bank of Nigeria PLC plans to embark on a mass retrenchment of over one thousand members of its staff.

“We write to draw your attention to the fact that any such exercise must be done in line with the provisions of the Labour Act guiding Redundancy Exercise.

“It is disheartening that the mass retrenchment billed for the end of November 2019 targets workers whose ages range between 35 and 55 years and who have put in an average of 5 years in the services of First Bank Nigeria PLC. We also understand that the workers being listed for this unjust, and inhumane treatment by your bank have been categorised as “outsourced workers.

“Dear MD, apart from the non-recognition of “outsourced” labour by Nigeria’s labour laws, it is extremely tortuous to imagine that First Bank with an enabling banking license could boldly assert that its workers are the responsibility of an entity not licensed to operate as a bank.

“As a matter of fact, what our laws recognise and what is extensively provided in Section 7 and 11 of Nigeria’s Labour Act is that employers are required within three (3) months of engagement of an employee to give the employee a written contract of employment which must specify among other things a description of the parties to the contract of employment, the nature of the services (s) to be rendered, the tenure of the contract, remunerations which must be paid, hours of work, the period of notice to be served before the contract can be terminated and possible grounds for the termination of an employee’s contract.

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Update – NLC may sanction union over failure to comply with directives…

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Despite the directives of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, and the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the Agriculture and Allied Employees Union of Nigeria (AAEUN) and the Agriculture and Allied Workers Union (AAWUN) are yet to resolve it differences.

Due to loggerheads between the two factional groups in agriculture sector, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige declined to recognize both AAEUN and AAWUN as unions in the sector
The position of the ministry was stated in a letter signed by Mrs. O.U. Akpan, the Director of Trade Union Services and Industrial Relations Department of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, on behalf of the minister, Dr. Ngige, and issued on January 31, 2019,
Consequent upon this, the ministry withdrew the certificate of registration earlier issued to AAEUN and directed the two unions to meet and come up with a registrable name in compliance with Section 27 of the Trade Union’s Act, CAP: T14 Laws of the Federation (LFN), 2004.
It also directed that all parties to the terms of settlement which formed the basis of the consent judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal , must be part of the process as provided by the Trade Union Act.

Based on the directives of the ministry, NLC called a conciliatory meeting of all stakeholders in the agriculture trade union movement, where under the leadership of the president of NLC, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, it was resolved that a new name was to be created for the two unions; and that a transition committee of 33 members be set up to run the affairs of the unions for six months before an election can be held to elect officers under one umbrella.
At the conciliatory meeting, it was also agreed that a workable constitution to guide the union into a delegates’ conference that will be midwifed by the transition committee be put in place from the date of the agreement which was April 4, 2019.
The National Transition Committee (NTC), it was further endorsed, was to compose State Transition Committees, (STCs) of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja on the basis of 5:4 ratio between the parties; and that all parties in litigation matters should withdraw the suits forthwith.
After the agreement, the parties came up with a name: “Nigeria Union of Agriculture and Allied Employees”, (NUAAE), which was registered and issued with registration number 0112, in accordance with the Trade Unions Act, 2004 by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment on May 23, 2019.
However, the NTC is now in the seventh month of its six months tenure, without constituting the state committees and conducting any election for the substantive executives of the union because of a disagreement on sharing formular of producing chairmen and vice chairmen at the state chapters and how many state chapters including FCT are to be controlled by each feuding parties.
AAWUN members of the NTC are accusing their opponents in the AAEUN of foiling the agreements reached by parties by refusing to shift grounds on sharing formular of state chapters, even after they (AAWUN), have conceded several grounds for the sake of peace, AAEUN stuck to its guns, thereby stalling the composition of state councils and ending the tenure of the National Transitional Committee, (NTC), which supposed to put in place a substantive executive to conduct the affairs of the union before it is dissolved.

A prominent source in the NTC therefore, appealed to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment and NLC to intervene once again to stop the imbroglio to fester, for the benefit of peace and harmonious industrial relations of the hard working employers and employees of the agriculture sector of the Nigerian economy.

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Minimum Wage: It is going to be a bumper salary in December and we are happy about that.

There are clear indications now that workers at the Federal level and Lagos State will begin collecting the N30, 000 Minimum Wage by December this year.

The Association of the Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) Tuesday in Abeokuta at its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting confirmed that both the federal government and Lagos State workers will have a bumper salary in December.

This is even as it has warned that it would move to states in January to shut down the erring ones who fail to conclude the consequential negotiation by the December deadline issued by the two labour centres.

Recall that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) last month after the completion of the consequential adjustment at the federal level have charged the states to commence their negotiations and ensure that they wrapped it up by December.

The President of the union, Bobboi Bala Kaigama said the states that are yet to commence negotiations should take a clue from Kaduna state that has commenced payment even before the consequential adjustment was concluded at the federal level.

He said, “At the states level, we know the game they want to play and we are ready for them. Labour will take joint action against those states. The law of Minimum Wage is explicit, unlike before, now defaulting states can be prosecuted. This time around they have no escape route.”

The ASCSN President said Kaduna state government has played safe because it’s paying more than what was negotiated at the federal in spite that it commenced payment early.

He however warned that by January, the union will start taking stock to get the defaulting states and take appropriate action against them.

On the payment of the consequential adjustment at the federal and Lagos State, the Secretary General of the Association, Bashir Alade Lawal said the union has it on good authority that workers would be paid in December.

He noted that the table which had delayed the payment finally came out last week Monday, but it was too late for the November salary.

“By the time they issued circular, the porter has already been closed, but now it has been prepared and definitely by December the consequential adjustment will be paid,” he said.

The Secretary General said the payment will also take care of all the arrears from April when it was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said, “For the federal civil servants and the Lagos State workers, it is going to be a bumper salary and we are happy about that.”

He maintained that the union would ensure that all the workers be it federal and the states enjoy the new wage.

“The Secretariat is ready to support all the state council and we will move in by January to shut down the states that fail to commence payment in December,” he affirmed.

Meanwhile the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun represented at the meeting by his Deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele promised that the consequential adjustment negotiation at the state would be seamless.

The state has explained that the delay in the negotiation at the state was due to the Treasury meeting which has just been concluded.

According to the state, the Treasury meeting was important to enable the state knows the state of its finances before moving to the negotiation table.

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Minimum Wage: NLC Set To Resume Strike as FG delays authorisation.




It may be crunch time in Nigeria as the country’s workers square off with the President Muhammadu Buhari government today (Tuesday) to resolve their disagreement in the negotiation of consequential adjustment.

The take-off date for the implementation of the new minimum wage was put at April 18, 2019 when Buhari signed the bill into law.

Speaking ahead of a resumption of discussion today (Tuesday) in Abuja, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said the government wanted to end negotiation on the consequential adjustment before the end of November to allow for smooth implementation of the new minimum wage.

“Let us do everything we are doing quickly before the end of November so that people will enjoy this money effective from April,” he said.


Ngige added, “Tomorrow’s (today) meeting is a mix grill. It could be one hour, two hours or can be 12 hours depending on what we are able to achieve today (yesterday). Therefore, I want to appeal to everybody to show some understanding.

“We are going to discuss dispassionately, and nothing would be hidden from anybody. I have advised government side to come prepared and be ready to present their case meaningfully.”




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