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The 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 (DISCOs)and Generation Companies of (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 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 of The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Peter Akpatason in his contribution blamed government for industrial actions by .

“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 as a 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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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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COVID-19: Nigeria Records 182 New Cases, Total Rises To 8,915

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The Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Thursday, announced that the country has recorded 182 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in to 8,915.

The NCDC disclosed this on its verified Twitter handle on Thursday night.

“On the 28th of May 2020, 182 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria. No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

“Till date, 8915 cases have been confirmed, 2592 cases have been discharged and 259 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 182 new cases are reported from 16 states; Lagos-111, FCT-16, Akwa Ibom-10, Oyo-8, Kaduna-6, Delta-6, Rivers-5, Ogun-4, Ebonyi-4, Kano-3, Plateau-2, Gombe-2, Kebbi-1, Kwara-2, Bauchi-1, Borno-1,” it said.

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Ahead of May 29, the Presidency on Thursday, gave a factsheet of Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in the last five years.

Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said had recorded significant improvement in the area of security under the current administration.

Adesina insisted that Buhari’s administration was closed to extinguishing terrorism and criminality from Nigeria.

He stressed that from May 29, 2015, till date, the Buhari administration has made much impact in every sector, thereby touching the lives of Nigerians.

The presidential spokesman, while affirming that the Change promised by Buhari was a in progress, however, assured that the administration wouldn’t be distracted.

According to Adesina: “May 29, 2020, marks the end of the first year of the second four-year term of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, and the fifth year of the government in .

“The government swept into office on the wings of Change, and that Change has been wrought in nearly all phases of national life. Where the lofty goals are yet to be attained, it is work in progress, and eyes are firmly fixed on the ball. No distraction.

“The three umbrella areas on which the government based its interventionist agenda are: security, reviving the economy (with particular emphasis on job creation, especially for youths), and fighting corruption. In these three areas, where we are today cannot be compared with where we used to be.

“By May 2015, insecurity had badly fractured the fabric of the nation. No one could wager that the country would survive the next month, not to talk of another year. Bombs went off like firecrackers, insurgents ran riot round the country, other forms of crime and criminality held sway. Life was nasty, brutish and short.

“Over five years, the battle has been taken to insurgents and criminals. And they are being extinguished by the day, and very close to complete extirpation.”

In the area of economy, Adesina insisted that Buhari has retooled Nigeria’s economy through diversification from petroleum.

He said manufacturing, Agricultural, and solid minerals sectors now contribute to the countries Gross Domestic Products, GDP, under Buhari’s administration.

Adesina insisted that Nigerians now eat what they plant due to the high level food security.

He said: “The economy, long dependent on a mono product – petroleum, is being retooled, refocused, with diversification as a task that must be accomplished. Agriculture has been given a fillip, manufacturing has got a shot in the arm, and solid minerals are contributing a large chunk to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“The country is very close to food security, with rice, beans, maize, millet, and all sorts of grain no longer imported. We now eat what we grow.”

He boasted that the federal government was committed to the fight against corruption

“On the war against corruption, no quarter is asked, and none is given. Commit the crime, do the term. No retreat, no surrender.

“Facts speak for themselves. And that is what we present at this auspicious season of the fifth anniversary of the Buhari administration. Facts are stubborn things, no matter how anybody tries to deny, distort or deride them,” he added.

Meanwhile, a lawyer, who wished not to be named, in a chat with DAILY POST, rubbished Adesina’s fact sheet.

He insisted that Buhari has not little since assuming power in 2015.

“I have not read the fact sheets but based on what is on ground that everybody is seeing, this administration has not poorly in the past five years of being in power.”

When informed that Buhari claims to have done well in security, economy and fighting corruption, he said: “Is it the poorly equipped military fighting insurgents or the economy that keeps depreciating daily that they want us to clap for them for?

“The corruption they claim they are fighting, how many APC members have been convicted, are they telling us that APC are saints? You see that the opposition are being harassed daily.”

Just few days ago, a Northern elder, Tanko Yakassai had described Buhari as an incompetent leader who has failed to fix the problems for which he was elected.

Yakassai insisted that the past five years had exposed Buhari as a president who can’t fix the problems of Nigeria.

Recall that the senate in January had passed a vote of no confidence on the Military, police and other security structures in Nigeria.

This followed the spate of crime witnessed across the country.

Nigerians, specifically in the North have been victims of Boko Haram, herdsmen, armed bandits and kidnappers, despite security.

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