NATIONAL Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employees, NUFBTE, has commended four state governors, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, and Dr. Olusegun Mimko of Ondo state, for delivering the dividends of democracy to the people.
At its National Executive Council, NEC meeting in Asaba, the union called on President Goodluck Jonathan, to concentrate solely on Power and electoral reforms and impressed it on the President and the National Assembly, notÂ to only adopt Justice Uwais Electoral Reform Committee, ERC reports, but to also go back to Option A4 that produced the freest and fairest election ever known in the history of Nigeria.
Addressing the NEC, President of NUFBTE, Comrade Lateef Oyelekan, said: â€œIf President Jonathan and his team are able to give Nigerians free and fair election, he will certainly write his name in gold. We call on politicians and our leaders to do the right thing and inspire hope in our people.Â Never the less, we are proud of the Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole led- government in Edo State,Â Â Dr. Segun Mimiko government of Ondo State, Babatunde Raji Fashiola (SAN) of Lagos and Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta state. We are of the opinion that the four states are setting the pace in Nigeria.â€
Registrar tasks unions on organising
REGISTRAR of Trade Unions, Mr. Idowu Fagbemi, has advised trade unions in the country to pay special attention to organising to bring more members into their fold.
While lauding the democratic culture of leaders of the National Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employees, NUFBTE, at the unionâ€™s National Executive Council, NEC meeting held in Asaba, Delta state, Mr. Fagbemi, said the strength of unions in the face of modern day reality was organising. According to him, no union gets strengthened by negotiating redundancies of members. Make sure you bring more members into your fold. The food union is one unionÂ that is expanding. Make sure that you bring them into your fold.â€
He however advised members of NUFBTEÂ â€œ not toÂ be carried away be the achievement of the current leadership. Set agenda for further development .â€
NLC urges Govt to address security issues
The president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar has called on the federal and state governments to address security issues .
He was specific about Jos, Ebonyi state and some parts of the Niger- Delta. Omar who spoke in Asaba in his capacity as president of the Nigeria Union of Teachers said of the Jos crisis, â€œ the crisis has adversely affected education delivery in the affected area as teachers and learners were among the victims.
He noted that the crisis in Ebonyi also recorded several casualties.Â He did not leave out the bomb explosion in Warri during the post-amnesty summit organised by Vanguard newspaper.
Comrade Omar said, â€œ All these clearly bring to fore the worrisome security failure in the country.Â Â The primary responsibility of government is to protect the lives and properties of her citizenry.Â I therefore , use this occasion to call on the federal and state governments to be alive to their responsibility of providing adequate security for all Nigerians as this alone will ensure our peaceful co existence as a people and the progress of education in the landâ€.
NURW petitions Jonathan over retrenchment
WORKERS of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, have petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan, seeking his intervention over the managementâ€™s plan to retrench workers, saying retrenchment was not the solution to the problems of the corporation. Writing under the aegis of Nigeria Union of Railway Workers, NURW, they argued that previous retrenchment exercises did not change the fortune of NRC. They asked the NRC management to be more creative and avoid using workers as scapegoat.
In a Save Our Soul, SOS petition to the President, they wondered why the management was implementing a 2006 retrenchment exercise in 2010. The workers recalled the series of retrenchment, and â€˜staff rationalization exercises in the NRC, stretching from 1984Â to 2005 during which about 39,000 railway workers had been retrenched, thereby reducing the corporationâ€™s staff strength from about 55,000 in 1984 to about 13,000 in 1993. ItÂ was further cut down to 6,350 in September, 2005. â€œThe figure excludes normal retirement and others. But still the paradox of it all remains the fact that even those deemed lucky to remain in service, â€˜are in no way sure of their jobs. This is largely informed by the fact that, everyday that passes by, they are confronted by reports of, â€˜further retrenchments in the NRCâ€™â€
NLC urges NUT to broaden membership base
Deputy president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Peters Adeyemi has challenged the Nigeria Union of Teachers ( NUT) to unionise teachers in private schools and missionary schools.
He noted that though the NUT remains the most populous affiliate of the NLC, it still needs to recruit more members.
Comrade Adeyemi commended the immediate past president of the union, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar for sustaining internal unity and cohesionÂ in the union.
Delta Governor tasks teachers on education rot
The Governor of Delta state, Dr. Emmanuel UduaghanÂ Â has called on teachers to show greater dedication in carrying out their duties.
He described as apt, the theme of the teachers conference, â€œ The future of a nation depends on todayâ€™s investment on the teacherâ€ and added that â€œ there is a pressing need for more investments to be made on the teacher since it is the quality of knowledge that he/she has that he/she passes to the childrenâ€. Therefore he said, â€œ there is also a dire need for returns on investment made on the teacherâ€.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Professor Amos Utuama said, â€œ while the welfare of teachers and in fact, all workers are of paramount importance, I appeal to stakeholdersÂ at this conference , to dwell more on proffering solutions, which are capable of sorting out the serious challenges facing the education sectorâ€.
Construction union urges states to pay TSS
The president of the National Union of Civil Engineering , Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers, Comrade Samuel Adeoye has called on state governors who defaulting in the payment of the Teachers Salaries Structure pay without further delay.
Adeoye in a message to the NUT national delegates conference held in Asaba said â€œ the more the teachers are invested on, the more efforts they put on their jobs and the better for the nationâ€.
He said education is the foundation block on which â€œ developing or developed nations standâ€.
Adeoye said his union has observed with dismay and â€œ gross disappointment, infra structural decay in the industryâ€.
He noted that â€œ this has contributed to the declining standard of educationâ€ and urged governments to pay more attention to the education sector.