Month: October 2019

NASS slashes legislative aides’ salaries

The National Assembly has drastically reduced the salaries and allowances of over 3,000 Legislative Aides serving in the Ninth National Assembly. The aides, who are hired by the 109 senators and 360 members in the House of Representatives, started receiving letters of appointments from June 2019 while some are still expecting theirs. Findings by our reporter showed that several aides that received appointment letters from the National Assembly Service Commission between June and August have now been directed to return the letters and collect fresh ones reflecting sharp reduction in their salaries. The fresh letters being issued to the...

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Erdogan, Turkish president ‘threw Trump’s Syria letter in bin’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan put US President Donald Trump’s letter “in the bin”, the BBC has been told. In the letter dated 9 October, and sent after US troops were pulled out of Syria, Mr Trump told Mr Erdogan: “Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!” Turkish presidential sources told the BBC that the letter was “thoroughly rejected” by Mr Erdogan. On the day the letter was received, Turkey launched a cross-border offensive against Kurdish-led forces. President Trump has faced intense criticism for the withdrawal of troops, which some say effectively gave Turkey the green light...

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AISHA, MAMMAN DAURA SAGA: Take leave of absence to resolve your family crisis – HURIWA Tells Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to take a leave of absence to enable him resolve his family crisis, which is now being freely discussed in public spaces. The advise was given on Tuesday by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) which noted that it is pertinent for Buhari to go on leave to resolve whatever issues he may have before returning to duty to avoid undue distractions. In a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the national Media Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA described as an avoidable political scandal, the “heated verbal exchanges between...

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Benue Gives Reason For Sacking 44 workers

The Benue Investment and Property Company (BIPC), on Tuesday announced the sack of 44 workers it claimed were redundant. Mr Alex Adum, its Managing Director, who announced this at his first accountability press briefing in Makurdi, said that their employment followed due processes, but “lacked business needs”. According to him, the reduction in the workforce is part of an ongoing restructuring in the company, NAN reports “All the affected staff have been redundant; I inherited a total of 204 workers, among those sacked were three Executive Directors and four General Managers. “In 2016, BIPC had 66 staff; between 2016...

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New minimum wage: Details of meeting between labour, FG Revealed

The meeting between the organised labour and representatives of the Federal Government has been moved till Wednesday, Oct. 16, to allow for sorting out of all grey areas of contention. A top labour official, who pleaded anonymity, hinted that the organised labour had shifted its earlier position from 29 per cent to 25 per cent for grade levels seven to 14, while for levels 15 to 17 now 20 per cent, which was earlier 24 per cent. The Federal Government has made its earlier position to shift from levels seven to nine to 17 per cent and levels 10...

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