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Another court order bars NLC, TUC from Monday strike

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The Federal Government on Friday obtained a fresh order barring the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress from embarking on their planned industrial action scheduled to commence on Monday.

Justice Ibrahim Galadima of the National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja again issued the restraining order following an ex-parte application by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the same judge made a similar restraining ex-parte order in favour of a civil society group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association, on Thursday.

The Acting Director of the Department of Civil Litigation of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs Maimuna Shiru, and Mr Tijjani Gazali, led the Federal Government’s team who moved the ex-parte application that was later granted by the judge.

The NLC and TUC had jointly declared a nationwide strike billed to start on Monday to press for the reversal of the recent hike in petrol pump price and electricity tariff.
The organised labour has said there is no going back on the strike and they have continued to mobilise their members across the country.

.Airspace may be shut on Monday

There are indications that Nigerian airspace may be shut on Monday if the aviation workers unions carry out their threat to back the nationwide strike.
According to the General Secretary of the National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, Mr Aba Ocheme , the aviation unions will implement the directives from the NLC that aviation workers should close the airspace to make the nationwide strike effective.
A statement from the unions on Friday reads ,“As you are aware, the NLC and TUC have declared an indefinite nationwide strike action with effect from Monday, September 28, 2020″.
”As such, all workers in the aviation sector are hereby directed to withdraw their services at all aerodromes nationwide as from 00hrs of 28th September 2020 until otherwise communicated by the NLC/TUC or our unions. All workers shall comply,” the statement added.

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No need to revalidate 2011 PVCs – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says all permanent voter cards (PVCs) it issued require no revalidation.
A message stating that PVCs issued in 2011 need to be revalidated has been circulating on social media platforms.
But in a statement on Friday, Rotimi Oyekanmi, chief press secretary to the INEC chairman, Mahmoud Yakub, said voter cards issued in 2011 could be used to vote in future elections.
“The Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) issued by INEC in 2011 and after can be still be used by their respective owners to vote in all elections, including the upcoming Federal Capital Territoy (FCT) Area Council Elections, the Ekiti and Osun Governorship elections, as well as the 2023 General Election.
“To be sure, PVCs issued in 2011 and after do not need any revalidation.
“It is also not true that the Commission will use the so-called ‘New Card Reader’ for the 2023 General Election.
“What the commission intends to use is a multi-purpose gadget, known as the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED). It is currently being used for the physical registration of voters. During an election, it will facilitate the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which provides for both fingerprint and facial authentication.
“The device will also be used to upload individual polling unit election results to the INEC Result Viewing portal (IReV) in real time on election day.
“The general public should therefore disregard the fake news making the rounds that the PVCs issued in 2011 need revalidation. There is no need to revalidate any PVC issued by INEC for election purposes.”
INEC’s clarification is coming after Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos and presidential aspirant, had had apologised for saying the PVCs in the possession of citizens had expired.

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Nigerians feeling very sorry for electing President Buhari, APC – Ortom

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Samuel Ortom
….says Abuja rice pyramid is fake ….Nigeria cannot display rice pyramid and masses are hungry …..signs amended Benue grazing law proving stiffer penalties for offenders

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, Thursday, said Nigerians are feeling very sorry for electing President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2015 considering the level of insecurity and biting economic hardship in the country.

The Governor who spoke shortly after signing the amended Benue State Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of 2017 in Makurdi said all was not well with the country and there was every need for the President to listen to the cries of Nigerians and come up with policies that would mitigate the economic hardship in the country.

The Governor lamented that Nigeria was in disarray while mediocre and sycophants had surrounded the President saying “corrupt people that are in the government are deceiving you the President. But I must tell you the truth that all is not well.

“You need to listen to us, you need to listen to the voice of the masses who elected you, because they may have been deceived, now we are sorry that we elected you as President of this country.”

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While describing the recent unveiling of rice pyramid in Abuja as a huge fraud by those deceiving the President, Governor Ortom wondered how the government could display a massive rice pyramid yet Nigerians are hungry and not able to feed themselves.

“Somebody explained to me that they got 5,000 sacks of rice and put them on a pyramidal and claimed you have achieved something, but you have not achieve anything. The people behind these things are deceitful, they are telling the President lies.

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You’re haunted by innocent blood spilled during your tenure, Imo govt tells Okorocha

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Imo State Government, yesterday, alleged that the blood of Somtochukwu, the 11-year old boy, murdered in the course of Rochas Okorocha’s government was haunting the former governor, hence his current manifestation of signs of early insanity.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy,  Declan Emelumba, in a statement, said the blood of the boy killed when security agents stormed Ekeukwu market, Owerri allegedly on the orders of Okorocha, and several unresolved assassinations that took place during his eight-year reign, were seeking vengeance.

He claimed that since the police arrested Uche Nwosu in connection with insecurity in the state, Okorocha has been behaving abnormally.

He said  the recent behaviour of the former governor depicted an early stage of insanity, which needs to be checked before it develops into full madness.

“Is it not worrisome that Okorocha has veered from psychotic paranoid to being a clown and now a choirmaster of an Area Boys choir? I think those who mean well for him should take a closer look at him. When he is not howling about persecution by Uzodimma, he is teaching the IG and the police how to do their work. This is a sign of an unstable mind.”

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He regretted that instead of atoning for all the atrocities he committed against Imo State people, including land grabbing, mindless looting and corruption, Okorocha was busy maligning the Uzodimma administration.

“The clownish display by Okorocha about a phantom shooting of God is the height of desperation by a man who wants to make his house boy, turned in-law, to be the governor of Imo State. It’s a pity that in spite of his indictment by a judicial commission of inquiry, Okorocha is still shamelessly insulting the sensibilities of Imo people.”

Emelumba said the performance of Uzodimma would determine his re-election and not a cursed song by “a discredited politician suffering from severe hallucination from the ghosts of the victims of his despotic rule.”

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