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BREAKING: NLC, TUC Order Workers Not To Go To Work After NLC President Was Beaten To Stupor

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BREAKING: NLC, TUC Order Worker Not To Go To Work After NLC President Was Beaten To Stupor

In a joint press release issued and signed by Comrade Kayode Martins (NLC Chairperson) and Comrade Bosun Olabiyi Agoro (TUC Chairman) on Friday, the Oyo State chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have issued a directive urging workers to abstain from work on Monday.

News ToGo reports that the unions have called upon all employees in the state to refrain from attending their workplaces on Monday and instead assemble at the NLC secretariat for a congress. The statement stressed that in light of the state government’s failure to offer a lasting solution to their grievances within the specified timeframe, workers should clear their personal belongings from their offices on Friday and gather at the NLC secretariat, located at Agodi Gate, in Ibadan on Monday. Additionally, the unions extended an invitation to pensioners in the state to participate in the assembly.

Strongly condemning the recent assault on NLC President Comrade Joe Ajaero in Imo State, the statement denounced it as a violation of the fundamental rights and liberties of the Nigerian labor force. It highlighted the incident as an alarming demonstration of tyrannical tendencies displayed by some state governments towards the labor movement. The unions reiterated their steadfast dedication to safeguarding the rights and welfare of workers in Oyo State and across Nigeria.

The unions statement partly read, “We, the Oyo State Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), stand united and strongly condemn in totality the recent attack on the National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress by the Nigerian Police in Imo State on Wednesday 2nd November 2023 by the hopeless Government of Hope Uzodinma and police Force.

“We view this egregious incident as an affront to the fundamental rights and liberties of the Nigerian labour force and an alarming manifestation of the tyrannical tendencies displayed by some State Governments towards the labour movement.”

 

“In conclusion, we, the Oyo State NLC and TUC, wish to make it clear that we will not take this attack on the National President of the NLC or any Labour Leader lightly. We stand resolute in our commitment to defending the rights and welfare of workers in Oyo State and throughout Nigeria.”

“After the expiration of the ultimatum served on the State Government who are yet to proffer lasting solution to our grievances, all workers should pick all their personal belongings from office on Friday 3rd November 2023 and pensioners in the state are to resume at NLC Secretariat Agodi Gate on Monday 6th November 2023 for the largest congress in the history of Oyo state for further directive,”

 

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Peter May To Dump Labour Party As Fresh Twist Emerges

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Peter May To Dump Labour Party As Fresh Twist Emerges

Fresh indication has emerged that the 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi, may dump the party.

News ToGo reports that the is as the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, asserted that Obi is at liberty to leave the party if he desires.

NLC spokesperson Benson Upah reiterated this stance on Sunday, affirming the union’s disavowal of Julius Abure’s leadership despite what they view as an ‘illegal’ national convention that reinstated Abure as the national chairman of the Labour Party.

“Our position on this matter is clear and has not changed. Abure remains unknown to us. It is not a question of removal. As far as we know, he does not exist,” Upah stated.

In a parallel development, the Lagos Assembly of Labour Veterans and Trade Unionists, a group of retired workers, called for the resignation of Julius Abure and NLC President Joe Ajaero due to their contentious leadership struggle.

Peter Obi’s disagreement with the Labour Party’s leadership arose from the conduct of the convention in Nnewi, Anambra State.

During a session on X, Obi voiced his frustrations, citing his absence from the national convention due to the party leadership’s failure to heed his appeal for broader consultation with stakeholders beforehand.

Speculations regarding Obi’s potential switch to another political platform have been fueled by his recent comments, despite being assured the 2027 ticket at the convention.

However, Upah clarified that the decision regarding Obi’s party affiliation rests solely with him, emphasizing that he is free to chart his political course.

“The right of choice is available to Mr. Obi. If he chooses to leave the party, that is his preference.

“We can’t sit in judgment over him on that. But if he chooses to remain, of course, Peter Obi is an asset any day. I rest my case on that,” Upah concluded.

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Niger, Mali, Burkina-Faso Dare ECOAS, Announce Plan To Form Confederation

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Niger, Mali, Burkina-Faso Dare ECOAS, Announce Plan To Form Confederation

The governments of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, all led by military regimes, are moving forward with plans to establish a confederation, according to an announcement from the Malian foreign ministry on Thursday.

News ToGo reports that this move deepens ties among the three countries through an alliance that challenges broader West African integration efforts.

On January 28, the military administrations of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger declared their withdrawal from the West African bloc ECOWAS. They emphasized that this decision was a “sovereign” one and stated their intent to leave the Economic Community of West African States “without delay.”

Further solidifying their stance, the leader of Niger’s military junta, Abdourahamane Tchiani, reiterated on Monday that none of the three Sahel nations would seek to rejoin the regional bloc.

At a gathering in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, the ministers from the three countries confirmed their joint commitment to depart from ECOWAS promptly and continue their collaboration under the Alliance of Sahel States (AES). The Malian foreign ministry shared that they “reaffirmed their commitment to advancing resolutely in the process of implementing the AES and creating the Tri-State Confederation.”

Details regarding the functioning of the proposed confederation have not yet been disclosed, including plans for alignment in political, economic, and security matters. These countries are grappling with a decade-long battle against Islamist insurgents that has caused instability in the subregion.

In November, their finance ministers mentioned considering the establishment of a monetary union, and officials from all three nations have expressed varying levels of support for moving away from the West African CFA franc common currency.

These military-led governments have severed longstanding military ties with France, their former colonial ruler. This move has diminished France’s influence in the Sahel region and complicated international efforts to combat militants associated with al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

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A Major Edo Gov’ship Contender Quits Race

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A Major Edo Gov'ship Contender Quits Race

A prominent contender in Edo State, Dr. Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe, has opted out of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election.

News ToGo reports that he promptly announced his endorsement of Dennis Idahosa, the youthful representative of Ovia constituency in the House of Representatives, whom he hailed as “the choice of the party.”

Umakhihe, a retired federal Permanent Secretary from Edo North Senatorial District, made his withdrawal from the race official on Saturday morning.

In his statement, Umakhihe expressed gratitude to his supporters and declared, “Let us give our support to Hon. Dennis Idahosa, who is the choice of the party. There are greater days ahead.”

With the withdrawals of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Chief Lucky Imasuen, nine out of the 12 cleared aspirants remain in the race.

The governorship direct primary election is currently underway across Edo State, with collation slated for Benin later today.

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