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Updated: NLC planned strike politically motivated, says MURIC 

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MURIC Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola

NLC planned strike politically motivated, says MURIC 

The Muslim Rights Concern has said the planned strike of the Nigeria Labour Congress over the removal of fuel subsidy is politically motivated.

The Islamic human rights organisation spoke on the development in a statement it issued on Sunday in Lagos.

MURIC therefore called on NLC to change its stance on the issue.

In the statement by its Executive Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, MURIC said, “We are in possession of the video clip of a press conference addressed by the National Publicity Secretary of a faction of the Labour Party (LP), Abayomi Arabambi, in which he revealed that the same NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had supported the party’s presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, when he pledged to remove oil subsidy if elected president.

“It amounts to double standard for the same Peter Obi and his party to support the workers’ union in its planned strike over oil subsidy. It smirks of high level immorality, undisguised deceit and hypocrisy of the highest order. Peter Obi had described oil subsidy as organised crime during the campaigns. It has to remain so. Obi’s sudden volte-face on oil subsidy is illogical. It is inexplicable.

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“Nigerians must open their eyes very wide to be able to understand what is happening. The difference between LP as a political party and the NLC which is a workers’ union is like the difference between six and half a dozen. Peter Obi is trying to get through the bends what it could not achieve through the straights. It is an attempt to hijack the workers’ union for a personal ambition.

“NLC has lost its credibility by opposing the withdrawal of oil subsidy. We advise its president, Joe Ajaero, to retrace his steps before it is too late. Nigerians know where the shoe pinches them.

“Oil subsidy is a cancerous tumour in the nation’s anatomy which must be removed before it destroys all parts of its body. No competent surgeon will hesitate to amputate a rotten limb in order to save the rest of the body. That rotten limb in the body of the Nigerian economy is oil subsidy. It must go if the economy has to survive.

“We cannot continue like this. We cannot allow the wolves among us who masquerade as oil marketers to come under the guise of oil subsidy to arrogate all the milk and honey in the land to themselves. The time to stop oil subsidy is now.

“We charge Nigerians of all political divides to join hands with the new administration in ensuring that oil subsidy is killed permanently. It must not be allowed to rise again.

“All other sectors are suffering because of oil subsidy. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) revealed in February 2023 that oil subsidy now consumes N400 billion monthly (https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/582724-fuel-subsidy-now-above-n400bn-monthly-nnpcl.html). That is a humongous amount of money that should have gone to education, health, security, etc.

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“Because of oil subsidy, 7,256 nurses trained by Nigeria left for Britain in one year alone (https://punchng.com/7256-nigerian-nurses-left-for-uk-in-one-year-report/). 5,000 medical doctors also took the brain drain train to Britain within eight years (https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/560511-brain-drain-over-5000-nigerian-doctors-move-to-uk-in-eight-years.html?tztc=1).

“As a result of this oil-subsidy-induced neglect of the health sector, one million Nigerians are blind, 300,000 Nigerians die of malaria annually, 30 million are hypertensive, four million suffer from diabetes, 400,000 have tuberculosis, 32 million have river blindness, 130,000 die of pneumonia and 4,500 pregnant women die every year. Yet the calamities are avoidable if we drop oil subsidy.

“Because of oil subsidy, power and education sectors are in comatose and the subsidy cabal smiles to the bank. 55 million Nigerians have no access to education. It is on record that the education sector received a meagre N4.6 trillion in seven years from 2016 to 2022.

“The percentages of budgetary allocations to education from 2016 to 2022 were 7.6%, 6.1%, 7.1%, 8.4%, 6.5%, 5.7% and 5.4% in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 respectively. This was in spite of the recommendation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) of 26% budgetary allocation to education.

“Nigerians must summon the courage to give subsidy thieves the fight of their lives. We cannot wait for tomorrow to begin the struggle. Tomorrow will definitely be too late. We must frontally confront the monster now. Oil subsidy must go and, like a frightened dog, NLC must put its tail between its legs and run back to the drawing board. This politically motivated plan to go on strike has failed.”

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Fire guts Emir of Kano Sanusi’s palace

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Fire guts Emir of Kano Sanusi’s palace

Fire has gutted a section of the palace of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, at Gidan Rumfa.

A statement by Munir Bayero (Danburam Kano), the Chief of Staff to the Emir, said the incident occurred Saturday morning.

The chief of staff said there was no casualty.

The statement read in part, “It is hereby notified that on Saturday July 13, 2024, in the morning, a fire incident occurred at the Outer Court of His Royal Highness’s Palace, Kofar Kudu.

“Fortunately, there were no casualties, and the damage was minimal. The palace is taking all necessary measures to ensure the security and safety of the palace and its occupants.

“We are also investigating the cause of the fire and taking steps to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.” NAN)

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Plateau declares three-day mourning for victims of Jos school building collapse

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Plateau declares three-day mourning for victims of Jos school building collapse

The Plateau State government has declared three days of mourning for pupils and teachers who lost their lives in the Saint Academy School building collapse on Friday.

A total of 22 lives were lost and 132 others sustained injuries in the incident that occurred in the school located at Busa Buji, Jos North Local Government Area of the state.

The state government has ordered that all flags within the state be flown at half-mast during the three-day mourning, starting from July 13 to July 15 in honour of the victims.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Plateau State Commissioner for Information, Musa Ashoms, on Saturday.

Governor Caleb Mutfwang, who visited the school on Saturday, extended his condolences to families affected by the incident and urged citizens to strictly follow building codes and ethics to prevent such tragedies.

“We offer our deepest sympathies and unwavering support to those affected during this incredibly difficult time. We are dedicated to providing the best possible medical care for the injured and will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the collapse,” Muftwang said.

“The safety and well-being of our citizens, especially our children, is our top priority. We urge all schools to comply with safety regulations and secure the necessary approvals from the JMDB before beginning any construction projects.”

Muftwang has also announced immediate closure of Saint Academy School and ordered full investigation into the building collapse.

“It is unfortunate what has happened but of course what it means is that this school is closed down immediately. We can’t take any further chances and we need to send this message particularly to owners of private schools.

“The motive for profit must not overshadow the safety of lives. And so we are going to take steps immediately to do a technical audit of all the schools, we are going to test their structural integrity to ensure that human beings can inhabit such buildings,” the governor said.

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Updated: Four persons rescued from Abuja collapsed building

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Updated: Four persons rescued from Abuja collapsed building 

Four persons were immediately rescued after a section of a two-storey residential apartment collapsed in Abuja on Saturday morning.
Many other people are still reportedly trapped in the rubble even as search and rescue operations were ongoing as of 4pm on Saturday.

The building is beside Cupid Hotel, Sultan Dansuki Road, Phase 2, Site 2, Kubwa, Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory.

The Saturday incident occurred barely 24 hours after a school building collapsed on pupils in Jos, Plateau State, killing 22 and injuring 132 others.

Two of the rescued victims have been taken to the Kubwa General hospital while search efforts for other persons possibly trapped in the collapsed building were being intensified.

The collapsed building, which contained 45 self-contained rooms, was previously used as a hotel before it was converted for residential purposes.

The FCT Emergency Management Department (FEMD) was reportedly notified of the incident by passers-by and received a distress call on emergency toll free number at about 6.45am.

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