MARITIME Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, has assured Tally Clerks and Onboard security members of the Dockworkers branch of MWUN, that their three years arrears of minimum wageÂ would be paid within the next two weeks.
President-General of MWUN, Comrade Nted Anthony Emmanuel, who gave the assurance in Lagos, said the board of Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, had approved the payment of the arrears.
Addressing journalists in Lagos, Comrade Emmanuel said the money should have been paid earlier, but the committee appointed to work out the details, didÂ notÂ include the total amount needed to settle the arrears.
He said the board of NPA hasÂ approved the payment after receiving the amount needed from the committee.
The President-General had earlier given the management of NPA , two weeks to ensure that Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, Chevron/Texaco, Agip Energy & Natural Resources and 18 other films pay dockworkers for tonnage handled in off-shore operations for the past three years.
He said the union was shelving its threat to shut down ports operations across the country from last last week over the issue, since . the management of NPA has intervened andÂ the affected companies had agreed to pay.
The union had onÂ June 7,Â issued a two-week ultimatum to the Management of NPA to impress it on the affected companies toÂ settleÂ their indebtedness to the workers or the entire ports across the country would be shut in solidarity with the dockworkers, lamenting that the aggrieved workers had been passing through untold hardship and suffering.
PENGASSAN tasks Jonathan on credible polls
PETROLEUM and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that he delivers to Nigerians his promise of a free and fair election in 2011.
PENGASSAN President, Comrade Babatunde Ogun, who spoke at the Associationâ€™s Special Delegates Conference in Lagos, called onÂ governments at all levels and politicians to respect the tenets of democracy by ensuring that peopleâ€™s votes count and posited that the issue of one man, one vote should be taken seriously and implemented in order to eliminate election rigging while urging government not to spare anyone found to be involved in election malpractices in order to serve as deterrent to others.
The special delegatesÂ conference was conveyed by the union to discuss the associationâ€™s constitution and other established norms that regulate labour and industrial relations issues.
According to him: â€œThough we believe in the new leadership of INEC but to achieve a free and fair election either in 2011 or any other future elections, there is need for change in the orientation of the political class and the Nigerian people. While the political class should know that rigging or offering money to the electorateÂ is not good; the electorateÂ should also know that they should not because of their situation mortgage their future and that of their children to the unborn generations.â€
NDE tasks importers on local content, jobs
The Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, Mallam Abubakar Mohammed,Â has challenged importers of tricycles in Nigeria to look inwards by venturing into local fabrication of the product to meet our peculiar needs and create jobs in the country. Mallam Abubakar Mohammed made the remarks in his office in Abuja during a business meeting with a delegation of Nigerian businessmen seeking collaboration with the Directorate. He challenged importers operating as Authentic Sourcing Knowledge (ASK) Limited to designÂ such motorized machines to locally fabricate carts and trucks for water trucking and other related businesses.
The Director General said that this approach would grow the local content of imported goods, establish more industries and put more Nigerians to work through job creation. He said that the NDE was aware of the challenges of running tricycles business, haven pioneered a similar scheme in the past.
Earlier, the spokesman of the delegation Mr. George G. Gontor told the NDE management that the company was introducing three models of the tricycles into the Nigerian market. He said that apart from improving transportation in the suburbs of the Federal Capital, jobs would be created for the operators of the machines.