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Labour briefs: Minister briefs press today

The minister for labour and productivity, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode will today in Abuja     brief the press on the activities of his ministry and its parastatals. The  briefing will focus  on events in the last one year as well as the ministry’s projections.

A statement by Assistant Director (Press), Samuel Olowookere, said the briefing is “In line with the policy of the present administration to enlighten the public on the activities and achievements of every Ministry and Extra- Ministerial Department through National Ministerial Press Briefing in order to showcase the developments taking  place within their sectors.”

… UNILAG alumni  honours  minister

THE University of Lagos (UNILAG) alumni  association is to honour the minister of   Labour and Productivity, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode ( SAN ), as 2009 Distinguished Alumni.

The president of the Association,  Professor Olaide Abass, OON  made  this when he led the delegation of the association to the minister in his office.

TUC mourns Gani

THE Trade Union Congress of NigerHe left a vacuum difficult to fill, laments Oshiomhole ia (TUC), yesterday in Lagos said Nigeria had lost icon in the death of Chief Gani Fwahenmi, describing him as  “the lion of Nigerian law,  an indisputable colossus of humanism whose deeds and contributions to the struggle against oppression and for the emancipation of the masses are indelible.”

TUC in a statement by its President-General and Secretary-General, Comrade Peter Esele and Chief John Kolawole, respectively,  said : “The death of Chief Fawehinmi our irrepressible friend and defender of the masses means that we have lost an icon who even with great pains still had the courage and zeal to fight unpopular policies of government and other social vices.

We remember how he represented the rejected, dejected, suppressed, oppressed and dehumanized underclass everywhere in the world and how he was imprisoned and detained severally for his uncompromising stance.
…Textile union too
National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria(NUTGTWN), yesterday in Kaduna, Kaduna state, said the late Gani Fawehimi, had a left vacuum in the anal of Nigeria’s socio-economic and political development that would be very difficult to fill and declared that at the height of military dictatorship in Nigeria, Gani frontally and almost single-handedly confronted the military  with enormous sacrifices including torture and detentions.

The union in a statement by its General Secretary, Comrade Issa Aremu, said: “Very few took so much risk and mobilised all they had including their lives for the sake of others. He once said he often packed his luggage every ready for detention and operated as if there was no tomorrow. That was at the height of pointed military dictatorship which Gani frontally and almost single-handedly confronted with enormous sacrifices including torture and detentions.

For Gani the methods and strategies might vary, but the objective is the same: get justice for the oppressed. Nobody in Nigeria’s history has made effective use of instrumentality of the law to push for respect for human rights and good governance as Gani did.

He left a big vacuum, laments Oshiomhole
GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state, said he is particularly pained by the death of  of the legal icon and civil rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, saying that the big shoes he left would be difficult to fill.

In a statement personally signed Comrade  Oshiomhole, described the death as a great loss to the country and humanity. Governor Oshiomhole lamented that the deceased fought to preserve Nigeria as “as a just and decent entity with so much passion, saying that his revolutionary contribution to the development of the legal profession through his famous weekly publication of Law reports which he said eased access of lawyers to “legal precedents and decided cases”.

He also commended the late legal icon on his dogged fight that enabled Nigerians to form political parties without encumbrances and the right to private prosecution as established in fight to find out the killers of late Dele Giwa.


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