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Pay your debt, Kwara Hotel workers beg COVID-19 committee

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Workers of the Kwara Hotel Limited have appealed to all its debtors, including the state Technical Committee on COVID-19 and the state audit office to pay their outstanding debts to enable the management of the hotel to pay over six month salary currently owed them.

The appeal is coming as indication has emerged that the state government has reached out to some investors to take up a huge chunk of shares in the hotel in order to take over the running of the firm.

The workers who spoke with a NewsTrend correspondent in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, said life had become unbearable for them and their dependants as they could not meet their basic needs due to the inability of the hotel to pay their salaries for over six months.

A manager in the hotel, who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity, gave the wage bill of the company as N4m monthly for about 80 staff left after about 50 workers were laid off during the COVID-19 lockdown.

He said the Kwara technical committee of COVID-19 led by the State Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi currently owed the hotel over N12m for the period it had used its facility for meetings and other related engagements.

He said the state audit group also owed the hotel several millions of naira for using the hotel facilities for its functions.

He said, “Our appeal to the state COVID-19 technical committee and audit office and our other clients of ours that owe us to pay all their debts so that we can pay the workers.

“The hotel workers are being owed six-month salary. How do you think these workers and their family members are faring now having not be paid a dime for six months?”

Efforts to get the deputy governor for reactions on the issue proved abortive.

But the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Rafiu Ajakaiye, confirmed in a message sent to NewsTrends, “Kwara Hoel is an autonomous body under Harmony Holdings that is responsible for its own salary. The state government is not responsible for its salary.”

Meanwhile, the state government is currently shopping for a reputable investor that would plough its resources into it and effectively manage the hotel.

Already, the state governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, is said to have spotted an investor and currently discussing with the state government on the investment details.

The over 30-year-old hotel with a Conference Center is situated in the heart of Ilorin GRA.

The hotel has 32 standard classic rooms, 106 superior rooms, 17 junior suites, 15 luxurious suites, one treble suite and a standard presidential suite.

It also has an olympic standard swimming pool, gymnasium with indoor and outdoor games facilities.

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Breaking: Nigeria’s inflation rises to 33.2%, says NBS

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Breaking: Nigeria’s inflation rises to 33.2%, says NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says the nation’s inflation rate rose to 33.2 per cent for the month of March 2024.

This represents a 1.5 per cent increase over 32.7 per cent recorded in February 2024.

The NBS disclosed this in a new report released on Monday.

It explained that the rise was primarily due to higher costs of food, beverages, energy, and housing. Compared to February 2024, the inflation rate in March increased at a slower pace, with food inflation reaching 40.01% year-on-year.

NBS attributed the spike in food prices to the rising costs of items like garri, millet, yam tubers, and others. On a month-on-month basis, food inflation slightly decreased to 3.62% in March 2024.

Urban inflation also increased to 35.18% year-on-year in March 2024, while rural inflation stood at 31.45%.

Core inflation, which excludes volatile agricultural products and energy, was 25.90% year-on-year in March 2024.

Overall, the rising cost of living in Nigeria is evident in the significant increase in inflation rates across different categories.

It is crucial for policymakers to address these challenges to alleviate the financial burden on the population.

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Nigeria’s oil production drops by 2.8 million barrels in one month 

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Nigeria’s oil production drops by 2.8 million barrels in one month 

The Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) has confirmed the data released by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), indicating a consecutive decline in Nigeria’s oil production for the second month in a row.

According to NUPRC reports, crude drilling operations in March saw a notable decrease, with production dropping from 1.42 million barrels per day (bpd) in January to 1.23 million bpd in March, marking a significant loss of approximately 2.8 million barrels over the month.

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, acknowledged the declining trend, attributing it to issues on the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) and maintenance activities by oil companies in Nigeria during the period.

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However, beyond crude oil, condensate production, which typically falls outside OPEC’s quota calculation, also experienced a decline in March, further exacerbating Nigeria’s overall production slump.

Despite efforts to address the situation and restore production levels, challenges such as oil theft and dwindling investments continue to hinder Nigeria’s ability to meet its OPEC quota consistently.

The repercussions of Nigeria’s reduced production are compounded by surging global oil prices, fueled by escalating geopolitical tensions, notably the looming threat of conflict between Israel and Iran.

Nigeria’s oil production drops by 2.8 million barrels in one month

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Ore extols ex-NURTW President Yasin’s virtues at 68

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Ore extols ex-NURTW President Yasin’s virtues at 68

Acting President of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Aliyu Issa Ore, has described the former president of the union, Alhaji Najeem Usman Yasin, as a trade unionist per excellence with worthy administrative experience.
He stated this in his goodwill message on the 68th birthday of Alhaji Yasin
Ore, a former chairman of the Kwara State council of the union, said the achievements he recorded while in Kwara were as a result of quality advice and guidance from Yasin.
Ore explained that Yasin’s tenure as president of the union witnessed tremendous development and growth of the NURTW.
“His tenure as president of the union recorded first-class growth.
“He took the union to the global stage. For the first time, our union became a strong member of International Transport Federation (ITF).
“Apart from getting international recognition, he also built zonal council offices for all the zones. Before he came in, our zonal councils usually operated from rented apartment but his administration acquired land and built befitting zonal offices for all our zonal councils.
“Again, Alhaji Yasin ensured that the national headquarters of the union assisted many state councils to build their own councils secretariat. Through his guidance, most state councils now operate from their own state councils.”
He recalled the peace enjoyed by members of the union under Yasin, saying this ensured that the body had perfect transition arrangements devoid of thuggery and shedding of blood.
“Before he came into office, our election or change of leadership was usually bloody. But he put a system in place that put an end to thuggery and other violence in the union,” he said.
Ore also said Yasin’s tenure boosted the education of members and workers by ensuring that the union secured partnership with National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) which enabled members to acquire university education.
“Members of staff also enjoyed opportunities to go for training and workshops to boost their knowledge,” Ore stated.
He prayed that Almighty Allah would continue to preserve him to witness more years in good health.

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