By Funmi Komolafe
The Nigeria Labour Congress has paid tribute late president, Umar Musa Yarâ€™Adua describing him as a leader who consulted widely and did not increase the economic burden of the people through increase in the prices of petroleum products.
The late President also put a stop the retrenchment of public servants initiated by his predecessor, President Olusegun Obasanjo. NLC in a statement signed by its president, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar said the late President Yarâ€™ Adua, â€œ did not only establish himself as a listening leader, he cultivated the habit of consulting widely before he embarked on sensitive economic policies. Unlike his predecessor, Yarâ€™â€™adua throughout his two active years in power did not at any time increase the prices of petroleum products. He instead did the opposite by reversing some of the increases done by President Obasanjo on the eve of his leaving power and when international prices of crude oil plummeted, Yarâ€™â€™adua did not hesitate to further reduce domestic prices of products when pressured by labour.â€.
The NLC stated that â€œYarâ€™â€™aduaâ€™â€™s civility manifested most when he chose the path of dialogue and consultation as his administration contemplated to embark on the deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry. This was against the past tradition when such policies were unilaterally embarked upon with all its consequencesâ€.
Private Job Centre takes off
A job creation centre, Ace Sheperd Of Agency established by Mr. Femi Folorunsho is to be established in the three senatorial districts in Lagos. The first of which will be located in Ajeromi- Ifelodun local government area.
The job centre which will focus on skill acquisition will hold its first programme on Catfish hatchery in June.
NIC: TUC wants FG to determine status
The president of the Trade Union Congress ( TUC), Comrade Peter Esele has called on the national assembly to use the opportunity of the on-going review of the Constitution to resolve â€œ the unnecessary controversy on the status of the National Industrial Court ( NIC) as a superior court of record once and for allâ€.
Comrade Esele said, â€œ it is important to note that if other courts are allowed to start handling Trade Union disputes, the country will retreat to pre-1992 judicial anarchy in the trade union movement where all manners of cases were filed in many courts on the same issue at the same time creating tension in the industrial relations arena and by extension in the polityâ€.
NLC asks FG to stop gas flaring
NLC president , Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar has appealed to the federal government to put an end to gas flaring .
Omar saidâ€ Acid rains are frequent in the Niger Delta as are cases of oil spills. Gas flaring continues unabated in the Niger Delta despite decades of promises that it will end. All these negatively impact upon global climate change. We urge the Nigerian government to end gas flaring NOWâ€.
Union kicks against regionalisation of electricity
THE National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, has kicked against moves to regionalise the control and distribution of electricity in the country, warning that it portends great danger to national integration and unity.
The union in a statement by its General Secretary, Comrade Joe Ajaero, called on the National Assembly to urgently organize a special session for the allocation of Distribution, Transmission and Generation to various states, since the Governors are itching for the sharing of our assets.
According to the statement: â€œWe are constrained to respond to the new dimension introduced by State Governors in the agitation for resource control in electricity distribution.
The new quest for PHCN facilities by sectional governors gives course for concern. One would have expected these governors to have geared their efforts towards improving power generation instead of turning themselves to traders.
If their desire to turn things around in the sector is based on genuine intension, they should rather get involved in power generation and transmission and not power marketing. It should be pointed out that regionalizing electricity industry portends great danger to our national cohesion, integration and unity.
It will undoubtedly create a forum for States like Niger to also show interest in buying the three (3) and only hydro power stations in the country. What therefore becomes of other regions that do not have any?â€