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Breaking: Labour suspends nationwide strike

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The organised labour has suspended the industrial action planned to commence today (Monday).

The suspension order was announced at 2:50am this morning after reaching an agreement with the Federal Government at a meeting which started at 8.30pm on Sunday.
Both labour and the FG confirmed the suspension of the strike.
The Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, on his Twitter handle, wrote, ”FG & LABOUR reached agreement at 2:53am. Deregulation to stay as Govt rolls out palliatives for labour (details in 2 weeks); Electricity tariffs suspended by Govt for 2 weeks with a joint Committee headed by @fkeyamo to examine the justification for the new policy. Strike suspended.”
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, read a five-page communique signed by the representatives of the government and labour in which they specifically agreed to suspend the increase in electricity tariff for two weeks.

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba; and his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Quadri Olaleye, and other labour leaders signed the communiqué while Ngige; Minister of State Petroleum, Timipre Silva; Keyamo (SAN); Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; and the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, signed on behalf of the government.

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Dangote Foundation launches €7m youth skill programme

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The President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has launched a £7 million technical training programme to empower young people with skills in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering.

Known as the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF)-VDMA, the programme is collaboration between ADF and VDMA, the German Association for Mechanical and Plant Engineering and its Foundation for Young Talent in Mechanical Engineering (NWS).

In his keynote address at the launch of the programme, Dangote identified vocational and technical skills as key levers for growth, specifically in the manufacturing sector and vital to the well-being of any economy.

He said, “Unfortunately, significant skills gaps exist in Nigeria, which is what this program is seeking to address.”

He said a large percentage of the 7 million euros investment will be for the specialised, leading-edge equipment that has been shipped from Germany and installed in five workshops purposely built for the programme at Dangote Academy in Obajana.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in his address at the event, said that the motto of the partnership: ‘Nigerian Industry meets German Engineering’, is apt, saying, the output of such a partnership cannot be anything other than transformational, for the young people of Nigeria and for the country’s economy.

He commended Dangote for wielding his influence positively to improve the lives and livelihood of Nigerians.

“No business person has single-handedly invested more in the Nigerian economy than Alhaji Dangote, with an extensive footprint that cuts across multiple sectors and regions of the country,” he said.

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Ramadan: Kano Hisbah arrests three men, eight ladies for not fasting

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The Kano State Hisbah Board says it has arrested some youths in the state for eating in the daytime during the Ramadan.
The Director General of the Hisbah board, Dr. Aliyu Musa Kibiya, said those arrested in different parts of the state included three males and eight females.
“We will investigate and if they have cogent reasons we will release them. Those found wanting will however be enlightened and even prosecuted if need be,” Dr. Kibiya said.
He said a woman should not be seen eating in public during fasting, “for whatever reason,” adding that the board will arrest anyone found to be eating during the day.
“Fasting is compulsory for healthy, adult Muslims in the month of Ramadan except for the travellers, menstruating women or old people.”
Hisbah has been notorious lately for making controversial arrests in the state.
SaharaReporters had on March 25 reported how Hisbah invaded some off-campus hostels of the Bayero University in Kano, arresting students of the opposite sex found in the same room.
It was gathered that the incident happened at Danbare, a small community directly opposite the university’s gate.
The agency has continued to enforce Sharia law by going after stylish haircuts, sagging of trousers, playing of music at social events by disk jockeys and tricycle riders from adorning their vehicles with pictures considered to be obscene and against the tenets of Islam.
This was in addition to other unusual directives reeled out by the Islamic police.
Hisbah recently made headlines for shaving stylish haircuts of young men in Kano and arresting people for improper dressing.
A barber and his customers were arrested recently for giving and having haircuts respectively, which were said to be offensive to Islam.
They are also notorious for destroying truckloads of alcoholic drinks.
Also in March, the Hisbah operatives arrested two men suspected of sending pornographic materials to a married woman.
The suspects were traced and arrested after the woman complained to the board.
-SaharaReporters

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BREAKING: Senate confirms Yakubu as INEC chairman

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The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission for a second term of five years.

Yakubu had on November 9 handed over the chairmanship of the commission to Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Mu’azu (retd.), a national commissioner of the electoral body from the North-East, when his first term ended.

President Muhammadu Buhari in October reappointed Prof. Yakubu as INEC chairman for a second and final term.

Yakubu was first appointed by President Buhari in October 2015 and assumed office on November 9, 2015, where he has been overseeing the activities of the commission.

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