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Union demands unified conditions of service

By Victor Ahiuma-Young
MEMBERS of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), have decried state nonchalant attitude of state governments towards the welfare of workers in the nation’s schools and colleges.

Deputy President/Chairman, Schools and Colleges Trade Group Council of NASU, Comrade Sunday Esho called on the Head of Service of the Federation to intervene to forestall industrial unrest. According to Comrade Esho: “It is worrisome that 17 years struggle for special increase in salary package by the Nigeria Union of Teachers, still suffers lack of implementation amongst more than fifty percent of the state governments in Nigeria.

In deed, the development is not a good signal to extension of true dividend of democracy to workers as often claimed by government. Similarly, NASU presented proposed scheme and condition of service as well salary table to state governments for consideration at the level of states or the Governor’s forum since July 2008. Unfortunately, the Chairman of the Governors’ forum has not till date in his capacity, afforded us the privileged of acknowledging receipt of the documents.

This speaks volumes of the problems we are passing through I am therefore, appealing to the Head of Service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Steve Orosanye, to kindly intervene in this matter to forestall possible industrial crisis the seeming inaction from state governments id propelling in the interest of civilised labour practices”.

LAWAN gets new executive

LABOUR Writers Association of Nigeria (LAWAN), has appointed a four-man committee to run its affairs till February 2010.

The four-man Committee headed by Mr. Victor Ahiuma-Young  was put in place by members last Thursday, October 8, during the association’s monthly meeting.

Other members of the Committee are Mohogbone Wikkey, Linda Eroke and Enoghase Sylvester.

The committee is tasked with among other things, to organise election to usher in a new substantive executive.

LAWAN in a statement implored Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), industrial unions, labour leaders and other stakeholders to give the committee necessary cooperation in the discharge of their mandate.

FG seeks  collaboration with UNIDO

THE Federal government of Nigeria is seeking the collaboration  United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to ensure strong relationship in the area of productivity.

Minister of Minister of Labour and Productivity, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode SAN, who spoke in Abuja while the Regional Director of UNIDO for West Africa Mr. Masayoshi Matsushita who paid him a courtesy call, stressed the need for Nigeria Nigeria to partner with UNIDO in order to improve on the productivity project to be able to effectively compete with international Market.

In a statement by Samuel Olowookere Assistant Director (Press), quoted the Minister of Labour

as calling on “United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to collaborate with Nigeria Government to ensure strong relationship in the area of productivity. Prince Adetokunbo Kayode SAN, made the remarks in Abuja today while receiving in audience the Regional Director of UNIDO for West Africa Mr.

Masayoshi Matsushita who paid him a courtesy call. Prince Kayode stressed the need for Nigeria to partner with UNIDO in order to improve on the productivity project to be able to effectively compete with international Market.”

Oshiomhole mourns Otegbeye

EDO State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has expressed shock over the death of Dr. Tunji Otegbeye, a member of Zikist Movement. and one of the last patriots that fought for the nation’s independent.

Comrade Oshiomhole said the late Dr. Otegbeye’s contribution to the struggle for Independence was most marked in the pioneering roles he played in the Nigeria Socialist Movement and the labour Movement.

The governor in a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Hon. Abdul Oroh, said “Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Governor of Edo State, has expressed shock over the death of Dr. Tunji Otegbeye.  In his tribute, Comrade Oshiomhole recalled Dr. Otegbeye’s contribution to the struggle for Nigeria’s Independence.

He was critical to organizing the Nigeria students’ movement as a formidable platform for combating colonial rule.  He was also very active in the Zikist Movement. However, his contribution to the struggle for Independence was most marked in the pioneering roles he played in the Nigeria Socialist Movement and the labour Movement.”

“Dr. Otegbeye demonstrated great ideological depth and courage in combating colonial and post-colonial injustices. Indeed, he earned his stripes as a Nationalist and fighter in the league of Alao Aka-Bashorun, Wahab Goodluck, Ola Oni, Gani Fawehinmi, Bala Usman, Raji Abdallah, Aminu Kano, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, and Gambo Sawaba.”

FG seeks  collaboration with UNIDO

THE Federal government of Nigeria is seeking the collaboration  United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to ensure strong relationship in the area of productivity.

Minister of Minister of Labour and Productivity, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode SAN, who spoke in Abuja while the Regional Director of UNIDO for West Africa Mr. Masayoshi Matsushita who paid him a courtesy call, stressed the need for Nigeria Nigeria to partner with UNIDO in order to improve on the productivity project to be able to effectively compete with international Market.

In a statement by Samuel Olowookere Assistant Director (Press), quoted the Minister of Labour

as calling on “United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to collaborate with Nigeria Government to ensure strong relationship in the area of productivity. Prince Adetokunbo Kayode SAN, made the remarks in Abuja today while receiving in audience the Regional Director of UNIDO for West Africa Mr. Masayoshi Matsushita who paid him a courtesy call. Prince Kayode stressed the need for Nigeria to partner with UNIDO in order to improve on the productivity project to be able to effectively compete with international Market.”

Prince Kayode  stated that the National Productivity Centre (NPC) in Nigeria should adopt the India Productivity Programmes and seek for the assistance of UNIDO to meet the challenges of the present economic meltdown. The Minister solicits for cooperation of UNIDO for the National Productivity Centre (NPC) to be able to adequately address the global crisis.

Earlier, in his address the UNIDO Regional Director, West Africa Mr. Masayoshi Matsushita commended the effort of Honourable Minister of Labour and Productivity for ensuring industrial peace and harmony in the country and assure the Federal Government that UNIDO will cooperate and support the NPC in all its programmes to ensure that Nigeria becomes one of the twenty most developed economy of the world come year 2020.

Veterans demand old people’s home in 774 LGAs

NATIONAL Association of Trade Union Veterans (NATUV) has called on the Federal Government to set up old peoples’ homes in the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the federation in order to take care of senior citizens when they become weak and unable to take care of themselves. Researcher for the union, Professor Sola Fajana made the demand yesterday at a press conference to announce the forth coming two-day international conference on welfare of senior citizens in Nigeria

He said it is unfortunate that Nigeria with a population of over 140 million people can only boast of two old peoples’ home located in Lagos and Port Harcourt .

Fajana described situations in the homes as deplorable, adding that some put on one cloth for close to a week, lack of logistic support and dearth of facilities, noting that the situation in the homes is pathetic. He said that old peoples homes  in advanced countries are well catered for unlike the general neglect in Nigeria , which he said encourages corruption.

“The neglect could be found in the government posture with respect to the absence of social security benefits for senior citizens in Nigeria having utilized their youthful  years to the service and development of the country”,  Fajana said.

In his opening remarks, President of the Union , Mr. Stephen Shodipe said the association has assembled speakers in their various areas of specialization to present a paper which will form the basis for a bill to be forwarded to the National Assembly for the purpose of reversing the current trend of neglect across the federation.


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