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The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to release earned allowances of Non-Teaching Staff of Nigerian Universities from 2009 to 2016.
This followed a motion of Urgent Public Importance by Hon. Aisha Dukku at plenary on Thursday.
The call was aimed at averting the impending strike by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union.
Moving the motion, Dukku said that the unions had directed their branches to mobilise members for a nationwide protest before embarking on strike.
She said the action was as a result of refusal of the federal government to recall sacked workers of University Staff Schools as well as alleged discriminatory attitude of government towards members of the unions.
Dukku expressed concern that the unions decried exclusion of their members from being part of National University Pension Company soly operated by Academic Staff Association of University.
She said: “The alleged preferential treatment extended to ASUU by the Federal Government is seen in recent allocation of money by the Ministry of Education.
“The ministry allocated 80 per cent of the money to ASUU and only 29 per cent for non-teaching staff unions.”
According to Dukku, the way and manner the money is being shared is contrary to any known accounting procedure.
She said that if the concerns of the unions were not addressed on time, they would go ahead and shut down the universities in the country.
Hon. Tajudeen Yussuf applauded Dukku for bringing up the motion on the floor of the house.
He blamed the incessant strike in the universities to the inability of parties to keep to the terms of agreement already made.
Yussuf said that to address the matter, the agreement reached by the parties must be implemented.
The legislator said that the incessant strained action had resulted to the emergence of “mushroom universities” in the country.
The legislators also resolved to set up a committee to interface with the federal government and the unions with a view to resolving the matter.
In his ruling, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, mandated the committee to ensure compliance with the

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House leadership to meet electricity workers union, power minister over imminent strike

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The House of Representatives has resolved to intervene in the ongoing impasse between the Federal government and the National Union of Electricity Employees, (NUEE) to forestall power outage.

The Union on the November 7th petitioned the Ministry of Power, Distribution Companies of Nigeria (DISCOs)and Generation Companies of Nigeria (GENCOs) over unpaid pensions of 2000 disengaged staff of the defunct Power Holding Company (PHCN) since 2013.

The Union subsequently issued a 21days ultimatum to the federal government with a threat to embark on strike.

The House on Wednesday resolved to wade into the crisis following a motion of urgent public importance moved by the Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu (PDP, Enugu).

The motion prayed for the intervention of the leadership of the House, to avoid the shutdown of the power sector.

Speaking on the motion. the Minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu condemned those responsible for fulfilling agreements with the Unions.

“Even the meagre 4,000Megawatts, Nigerians are still without power, then imagine it now shut down. Those managing to survive, they will have issues. Let us restrict it to this chamber, look at cameramen, they will have to iron their clothes. Imagine the calamity of a shutdown, because someone due to ignorance, ignored the 21days ultimatum given,” Elumelu said.

The Acting majority leader and former President of The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Peter Akpatason in his contribution blamed government for industrial actions by Labour.

“Over the years, we have always complained that the reason for industrial action is that a lot of agreements are not fulfilled. Public officers given responsibilities wait till things get out of hand. If the House had not intervened, the people would have gone on strike with the intended and unintended consequences. Many of NEPA workers were forces out of work as a result of privatization. These people did not prepare for pension but were laid off and their pensions are not paid. These workers today will become pensioners tomorrow,” he stated.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila in his reaction worried that 21days will elapse today by 12 midnight.

He, therefore, directed the Clerk to invite the Union, Minister of power, Saleh Mamman, minister of Labour, employment and productivity, Chris Ngige and the Director-General of Pension Commission, Aisha Dahir Umar for an interface with the leadership of the House on Thursday by 2 pm.

He added that the House leadership in the meantime will reach out to the union through a backchannel to appeal to the union to “ceasefire.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday declared that the resolution of conflict situations in African countries remains a key component in the overall development of the continent.

He spoke during the opening session of the ongoing Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa in Egypt and was contained in a statement signed and forwarded to DAILY POST by his spokesman, Femi Adesina.

According to Buhari: “As Africans, it is important to focus on the issues of conflict prevention and resolution. Conflicts have devastating effects on our societies and they militate against our progress. In this regard, the need to silence the guns cannot be overemphasized.”

Buhari equally emphasized that massive investment in transportation infrastructure was necessary for African economic resurgence as this would facilitate the African Free Trade Area Agreement recently signed on by the continental leaders.

“Africa should embark on the provision of transport connectivity by enhancing the development of roads, rail, and air links which will ease the free movement of persons, goods and services within the continent. In this regard, we in Nigeria have already commenced an aggressive drive to upgrade our rail transport system and road networks across the country.

“We should furthermore promote free trade within and amongst Africa and Africans especially now that we have launched the African Free Trade Area Agreement,” he said.

In order to realize its Pan-African vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena, President Buhari declared: “We in Nigeria have already taken the strategic decision to bring down barriers that have hindered the free movement of our people within the continent by introducing the issuance of visa at the point of entry into Nigeria to all persons holding passports of African countries with effect from January 2020.”

The Nigerian leader also stated that Africa must take its destiny in its own hands by minimizing reliance on donor funding for the execution of its vital peace, security and development agenda.

According to him, “Nigeria is not only a host to our sub-regional body ECOWAS but has also been supporting substantially the ECOWAS budget up to about 60 per cent.

“Nigeria has been funding by almost at 100 per cent the operations of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) fighting Boko Haram Terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin.”

President Buhari also harped on the fight against corruption and inclusive growth: “The menace of corruption undermines our efforts to achieve sustainable development and realize the goals of the AU Agenda 2063. It is also important to attach great priority to the promotion of good and inclusive governance as we equally strive to empower our women and youth.”

The President once again used the opportunity to draw global attention to the recession of the Lake Chad and its attendant economic consequences for the region.

“The issue of climate change should be given the due attention that it deserves. The effects of Climate Change are at the root of some of the conflicts in parts of the continent. This is why we must focus on the issue of recharging the Lake Chad which used to provide a livelihood to over forty million people in the region. It is difficult to expect durable stability in the region without restoration of the shrinking lake.

He urged African leaders to see education as a key tool for the transformation and repositioning of our continent, saying, “Africa would need to heavily invest in education and capacity building. Education creates opportunities and holds the key for a better and prosperous future of our people.”

The President added that his administration was, “ pursuing the diversification of our economy through the development of agriculture and mineral resources, the promotion of manufacturing sector and the creation of job opportunities for our teeming youths. By so doing, we will also discourage the irregular migration of our youth out of the continent through dangerous journeys.”

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