Hardship: Nigerian Organised Labour, NLC, TUC Insist On Nationwide Strike
Leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have told the President Bola Tinubu-led Nigerian government that the 14-day nationwide strike notice remained sacrosanct.
At a meeting between the labour leaders and officials of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, headed by the Minister of State for Labour, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, on Monday, the labour leaders said only the government could stop the planned strike by addressing the 15-point agreement reached on October 2, 2023.
One of the labor leaders at the meeting said that though the minister pleaded with the labor leaders to shelve the planned strike, stressing that the federal government was already addressing labor demands, the labor leaders were adamant.
Brentford hail Onyeka
Premier League club, Brentford has heaped praises on their Nigerian midfielder Frank Onyeka after he made history by becoming the club’s first-ever player to feature in a major tournament final like the Africa Cup of Nations, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
Onyeka was one of the Eagles standout players at the tournament where he started all seven games en route to the AFCON final the team lost 2-1 to host Ivory Coast. “Frank Onyeka – the first Brentford player ever to feature in a major tournament final. Proud,” Brentford wrote on X.
Onyeka joined Brentford in July 2021 from anish club FC Midtjylland, Onyeka has become a crucial player in Thomas Frank’s side, making 41 Premier League appearances. In 2023, the 26-year-old who was linked with a loan move to Everton, Fulham and several clubs overseas signed a new four-year contract at Brentford, with an option for an additional year.
We Won’t Release President Bazoum, Won’t Return To ECOWAS – Niger Republic Coup Leader
General Abdourahamane Tchiani of the Niger Republic has declared that the decision of the three Sahel countries to leave the 15-member nations of the West African bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is sovereign.
General Tchiani, who toppled a democratically elected government in a military coup in July 2023, said that none of the three countries would rejoin the regional bloc, ECOWAS. Sahara Reporters reported that Mali, Burkina Faso, and the Republic of Niger had on January 28, 2024 announced their withdrawal from ECOWAS “with immediate effect.”
They made the decision in a joint communiqué signed by representatives of the three countries and subsequently followed by separate official notifications on January 29, to the ECOWAS on their decision. According to them, “Just because we are members of the bloc, food and medicine supply was cut off. Power was also cut off and our own funds have been frozen. So, we consulted our friends in the Sahel on exiting the bloc to better the lives of our citizens.
Mama Boko Haram, two others jailed for N40m fraud
Justice Umaru Fadawu of the Borno State High Court, sitting in Maiduguri, on Monday, February 12, 2024, convicted and sentenced Aisha Wakil (otherwise known as Mama Boko Haram), Tahiru Daura and Lawal Soyade to 10 years imprisonment.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Dele Oyewale, late on Monday night.
The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the EFCC had earlier secured a conviction against Wakil and her accomplices for falsely obtaining N15m from one Bukar Kachalla of Hamiza Global Resources Limited under the guise of supplying three units of Chemistry Analyser Solar Energy Brand Model 1800 (UK version).