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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that the organized labour is dead in Nigeria.

Wike attacked the workers’ union on Friday in reaction to the confusion the ‘greeted’ the increase in petrol price.

On Thursday, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulation Agency (PPPRA) released a template which revealed that a litre would cost between N209 to N212 for March.

But the agency and the federal government said it was only an update on latest market trends and would have no effect on pump price.

On Twitter, Wike said labour movement in the country “is dead because it has lost its force of engagement with government and can hardly achieve anything good”.

The governor stated that the leadership has left the substance to pursue shadows.

Wike said they hardly speak in a manner that can change the “many anti-people policies being implemented by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government”.

Wike accused the leadership of the union of chasing things that are personal to them.

He noted that all over the world, when government is not going the right way, “it is labour that comes out to say we cannot allow it”.

“Majority of our people are civil servants and have others to cater for. But since the inception of this government, labour has died.”

Wike further mocked the unions, recalling that they were alive during Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

“They said the country must come down because he is from a minority area. But look at what is happening.

“There’s increase in fuel pump price, insecurity, and increase of electricity tariff. Where is labour? Where is TUC, where is NLC? The only thing I hear is minimum wage,” he said.

Gunmen on Thursday night broke the perimeter fence of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State and abducted 39 students, sparking outrage among parents and relatives.

The Kaduna State Government yesterday confirmed that 39 students were missing after the incident.

The state Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan stated that checks have confirmed that 39 students are currently unaccounted for among which are 23 females and 16 males.

A non-academic staff of the college told our correspondent that four students: three females and a male, were injured during the invasion and had been moved to one of the military facilities for treatment.

He said the male student was one of those who were forced to lead the bandits to the female hostel, explaining that, “He broke free from the kidnappers and was injured in the process, but nevertheless escaped.”

In an interview with the Channels Television last night, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said they got a security report that bandits were planning to attack a private school which was not far from the college where yesterday’s abduction took place.

He said  security operatives were deployed to the private school and suspected that some informants must have alerted the bandits, hence their decision to go to the federal college.

The governor assured that they would do everything possible to secure the release of the students, and also ruled out the possibility of paying ransom or negotiating with the bandits.

Daily Trust Saturday gathered from sources within the college that the school’s management had contemplated shutting down the school after last week when gunmen invaded the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) quarters and abducted 12 persons.

Both the FAAN quarters and the college are situated along the Kaduna Airport Road with the college opposite the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).

Sources, however, said commotion at the college on Thursday night alerted security agents from the NDA who responded.

A source said, “The soldiers came through the gate but unknown to them the bandits had escaped with some of the students through the back fence.”

Aruwan said his ministry after receiving a distress call alerted the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army and the Air Training Command of the Nigerian Air Force which engaged the gunmen and rescued 180 citizens.

Aruwan explained that, “The troops successfully rescued 180 citizens; 42 female students, eight staff and 130 male students. However, about 30 students, a mix of males and females, are yet to be accounted for.”

He confirmed that some of the rescued students were injured and presently receiving medical attention at a military facility.

A parent, Angelina Babale who lives around Lema-Mando said she has not heard from her daughter, Blessing Babale, a final year student since the incident.

“I was praying around 11:30pm when I heard the gunshot. When I heard people rushing outside, I also rushed outside to our Mai Unguwa who told us that gunmen had entered the college and I tried to call Blessing’s number and it has been ringing but no one has answered

She said the school had referred them to Ribadu Cantonment where the rescued students were kept but said Blessing was not found among them.

“Government should do something because we were hearing these incidents far away and now it has come here. We are not safe in our homes and our children are not safe in school; may be government doesn’t want our children to go to school,” she said.

Other parents and relatives who spoke in the same vein, urged the authorities to secure the release of their children.

A member of the House of Representatives, Rep Taiwo Olukemi Oluga, has said it is unacceptable that women constitute only 20 out of 469 seats of both chambers of the National Assembly.

She further expressed displeasure that there were only 44 women as members of state assemblies nationwide.

Speaking at a round-table dialogue on legal barriers that inhibit women’s political participation in Nigeria, Oluga, who is Chairman House Committee on Women in Parliament, said they were working to ensure more women get into the National Assembly as well as participate more in politics generally.

The round-table was sponsored by the Legal Defence and Assistance Project with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

Oluga, who represents Ayedaade/Irewole/Isokan Federal Constituency in Osun State, said power is responsibility and would not just come to anyone sitting back and talking, rather, she urged women to come out, work hard and do what is necessary to get things right.

“We have just 12 female representatives and at the Senate, we have eight. We have a total of 20 this is unacceptable. But we would not just sit down and say it is not acceptable. We have to work hard to ensure more women participation,” she said.

She said a Bill sponsored by herself seeking to alter the constitution to favour women in elective and appointive positions is slated for second reading.

The Bill among others seeks to make it compulsory that at least one Senator from each state must be a woman.

She expressed optimism about the Bill as the leadership of the House under Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, has been attentive to them and would ensure it is considered in the constitutional review that is ongoing.

Oluga said the 9th Assembly had demonstrated its commitment by bringing every female legislator on board the constitution review committee.

“We are going to use the legislative instrument to ensure more women participation in politics. We urge you to intensify your efforts as we would follow this struggle to a logical conclusion, while we bring on board more women, come 2023 into the National Assembly and even at the state houses of Assembly,” she said.

She said there was no way the problems facing the country would be resolved unless women are adequately involved, not just because they are women, but because they have the capacity to deliver.

Senior Program Manager, Legal Defense and Assistance Project (LEDAP), Pamela Okoroigwe, said the discourse given that women are grossly underrepresented in political positions, especially electives and appointments, in Nigeria.

“So it is very important for us to have this discourse, especially now that there is an attempt to review the constitution. We strongly believe that this affords us a very good opportunity for all of us to work together as a team to ensure that we enhance women’s political representation,” she said.

Program Manager, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Okeke Anya, said the Supporting Advancement on Gender Equality (SAGE) is a USAID-supported project with technical support from NDI.

Anya, who said the low representation of women cuts across all political levels, said the objective of the project is to increase women’s representation in public office in Nigeria by advocating for political and legal reforms at the highest levels so that this would enable women to effectively participate in politics.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has cautioned the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, against taking on Rivers State.

His comment followed Akpabio’s reaction to the criticism by South-South governors over the way the Federal Government was handling the Niger Delta Development Commission.

The South-South Governors’ Forum led by its Chairman and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, after a recent meeting in Port Harcourt, said they were not happy with the continued running of the NDDC by an interim administrator, as they called for a substantive board to be constituted for the commission.

Okowa said, “We are urging Mr President to ensure that if the board is not going to be immediately constituted, then funds for the NDDC beyond the payment of salaries should be put on hold until he constitutes the board and the board can then run the finances of the NDDC as per the law creating the NDDC.”

But Akpabio, while in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, said the governors could not give directives to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on inaugurating a substantive board for NDDC.

While accusing them of appointing caretaker committees to run their local governments, he queried what they were doing with the 13 per cent oil derivation accruing to them.

However, Wike, who spoke at the launch of the newly built secretariat for the Trade Union Congress in Ozuoba, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state on Friday, asked Akpabio not to dare the Rivers governor.

He said, “We will tell him that when he was the governor, he was acting like a king. There was money that time. The exchange rate was N150 per dollar. Today, it is N500 for a dollar. Akpabio had money but he had the temerity to ask South-South governors what they were doing with 13 per cent derivation.

“Akpabio should not talk to Rivers State at all. He has no such authority. He is not qualified to talk to Rivers State. If he wants to talk, he should concentrate on Akwa Ibom State, or else, we teach him a lesson here. Akpabio should know that enough is enough.”

Wike added, “If he (Akpabio) should talk here, I will teach him a lesson. I am not a sycophant and I am not an inconsistent person. I don’t give a damn. He cannot say he sees me in the Villa. If he does it again, he will regret it. I am not one of those governors he can turn around.

“I will show you a video where the President said they should come and learn from me what we are doing here. He (Akpabio) went and asked so-called South-South militants that we should render an account of N55tn. Where did he get the N55tn from?

“Akpabio, be careful. Don’t go and pay money to people to type propaganda against governors. You will suffer for it at the end of the day. We know what Akpabio was doing as a governor. Now, he has the temerity to insult South-South governors. We will meet one day. If he did well, why did he fail his senatorial election? You will finish from Abuja and you will come here.”

Meanwhile, the Rivers governor also urged the organised labour in the country to rise and salvage the country from bad leadership, saying labour had lost its voice under the Buhari regime.

“Under former President Goodluck Jonathan, labour was alive. They said the country must come down because he is from a minority area. But look at what is happening. There is an increase in fuel pump price, insecurity, and increase in electricity tariff.

 “Where is labour? Where is TUC (Trade Union Congress)?  Where is NLC (Nigeria Labour Congress)? The only thing I hear is minimum wage. Let the world hear it, labour has died,” the governor added, saying labour had forgotten its role and was currently chasing shadows.

Inaugurating the secretariat, TUC President, Quadri Olaleye, lauded Wike for completing the project and not abandoning it after starting the project.

Olaleye argued that Wike’s achievements had made him controversial, saying that was why he was one of those who also castigated the governor for his contributions to the judiciary, but that he “understands it better now.”

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, says it has not received any official communication on the purported fuel price increase, directing its members to ignore the price hike.

The Kano State Branch Chairman of IPMAN, Bashir Dan-Malam, while addressing a press conference in Kano on Friday, directed his members to continue selling the litre at the same N163.

According to him, whenever there is fuel increment in the country, critical stakeholders will always inform the IPMAN leadership.

He, therefore, urged the general public not to panic as the association has no intention to inflict hardship on the people.

Mr Dan-Malam said the leadership of IPMAN has consulted critical stakeholders in the petroleum sector and informed them that there is no such decision.

The IPMAN chair further stressed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has enough fuel for distribution across the country, urging the public to avoid panic buying.

The Federal Government has assured the tripartite labour community of the organised labour, organised private sector and indeed all Nigerians that there is currently no increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

A statement in Abuja by the Honourable Minister of labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige says there will be no increase in the price of PMS for now, as discussions are still ongoing between government and the organised labour as well as other stakeholders on the matter.

“I have made contact with the relevant authorities, the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the NNPC and wish to assure members of the public, especially the organised labour and workers that there is no such increase for now.”

“We have an ongoing discussions and standing committees comprising labour and government on one hand and another, comprising the office of the Vice President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation , Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Group Managing Director of (NNPC) and the Ministers of Labour, Petroleum and Finance.”

He explained that these two discussions are ongoing concurrently and that the next meeting between the Federal government and the organised labour will hold immediately after the Easter break.

According to Ngige, the present attempt to hoist a fait accompli on the government and all its efforts runs against the ongoing discussions. We hence wish to warn the insidious harbingers of such information not to portray government as cruel , irresponsible and unamenable to social dialogue and Collective Bargaining

“Government will at the right time do an appropriate pricing for petroleum products but not without taking other issues into consideration. This is to ensure that Nigerians don’t suffer the pangs of any price increase in petroleum products.”

“Government has deregulated petroleum products and market forces have to dictate pricing. That notwithstanding, government has decided to give it a human face by agreeing to some palliative measures that will make the price realistic and affordable to the ordinary Nigerians.

“We therefore wish to re-assure our partners in the organised labour, the NLC, TUC and affiliate unions that there will be no increase in the price of PMS for now. They should therefore continue to cooperate with government side to have a fruitful outcome from the discussions.”


The family of George Floyd, the Black man who died while being arrested by a white police officer in Minneapolis, has reached a $27 million “wrongful death” settlement with the Minnesota city, lawyers for the family announced Friday.

The settlement is the “largest pre-trial settlement in a civil rights wrongful death case in US history,” the lawyers said in a statement.

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is currently on trial facing murder and manslaughter charges in connection with Floyd’s May 25, 2020 death, which was captured on video by bystanders and seen around the globe.

Three other police officers also face charges.

“George Floyd’s horrific death, witnessed by millions of people around the world, unleashed a deep longing and undeniable demand for justice and change,” said Ben Crump, a Floyd family lawyer.

“That the largest pre-trial settlement in a wrongful death case ever would be for the life of a Black man sends a powerful message that Black lives do matter and police brutality against people of color must end,” Crump said.

The settlement results from a federal lawsuit the Floyd family filed in July against the city of Minneapolis.

Floyd’s brother Rodney said the agreement is “a necessary step for all of us to begin to get some closure.”

“George’s legacy for those who loved him will always be his spirit of optimism that things can get better, and we hope this agreement does just that,” he said.



The Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) has denied the reports on NSA Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtrd) saying funds meant for arms procurement were missing under the immediate past Service Chiefs.

According to a statement by the ONSA and made available to Daily Trust on Friday, Monguno said he was quoted out of context in the reports on the interview he had with BBC Hausa service.

The statement stressed that the NSA said he only reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to deal decisively with insecurity and President Buhari’s continued commitment to provide all necessary support to the Armed Forces, including the provision of arms and equipment.

The statement read, “The attention of the Office of the National Security Adviser has been drawn to some media reports regarding Armed Forces equipment during an interview with the BBC Hausa service.

“We would like to state that the NSA was quoted out of context as he did not categorically say that funds meant for arms procurement were missing under the Former Service Chiefs as reported or transcribed by some media outlets from the BBC interview.

“During the interview, the National Security Adviser only reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to deal decisively with insecurity and stated President Muhammadu Buhari’s continued commitment to provide all necessary support to the Armed Forces, including the provision of arms and equipment.

“In the interview the National Security Adviser clearly informed the BBC reporter that Mr President has provided enormous resources for arms procurement, but the orders were either inadequate or yet to be delivered and that did not imply that the funds were misappropriated under the former Service Chiefs.

“The NSA also informed the reporter that, Mr President is following up on the procurement process as is usual with contracts relating to military equipments, in most cases the process involves manufacturing, due diligence and tedious negotiations that may change delivery dates.”

It added that the NSA at the Aso Villa Media Briefing, said questions relating to Defence procurement should be channelled to the Ministry of Defence.

“All Security and Intelligence agencies are working together to bring an end to insecurity with the full support of Mr. President and Stakeholders including the media and civil society as part of a whole-of-government and a whole-of-society approach to address our security challenges,” the statement added.

Former House of Representatives Speaker, Dimeji Bankole, is on his way to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Ogun-born politician met with Yobe Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Committee, Mai Mala Buni, on Friday.

Also at the meeting was Jigawa Governor, Abubakar Badaru.

The trio discussed a wide range of political issues, including the entry of the former Speaker and his supporters into the party.

The APC is strengthening its grip in Ogun State. The ruling platform witnessed a split before the 2019 general elections.

During the grand rally for President Muhammadu Buhari’s in the state, Bola Tinubu, APC National Leader, spoke angrily to ex-Governor Amosun as the crowd became unruly.

Amosun openly supported the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Adekunle Akinlade against APC’s Dapo Abiodun. This caused tension at the venue.

Akinlade, his protégé, was the House of Representatives member for Egbado South and Ipokia Federal Constituency.

Amosun had directed supporters to ensure the success of the APM at the governorship election after Governor Abiodun beat Akinlade to win the APC ticket.

Abiodun reached out to prominent indigenes, including former Governor Gbenga Daniel. At the polls, he defeated Akinlade and late Buruji Kashamu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Last month, Daniel, who was the Deputy Director-General of the Atiku Abubakar 2019 presidential campaign, defected to the APC.

The Kaduna State Government has confirmed that 39 students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka in Igabi local government area of the state are missing.

Daily Trust had reported how gunmen invaded the school late Thursday.

Earlier, the state Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, had said  30 students could not be accounted for after the attack.

But in a statement on Friday evening, he said further checks have shown that 39 students are missing.

Earlier, the state government had stated that troops rescued 180 persons.

Daily Trust had reported how the remaining students were moved to an army cantonment in Kaduna.

Aruwan said the state government will continue to maintain close communication with the management of the college as efforts are sustained by security agencies towards the tracking the missing students.