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Finally, Buhari Breaks Silence On New Minimum Wage

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The N30,000 minimum wage recommended by the committee on minimum wage has been endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

This he said while receiving the report of the tripartite committee on the review of the minimum wage, at the presidential villa in Abuja.

Buhari said he was keen on having a new national minimum wage within the shortest time

We will continue to engage you all in closing any open areas presented in this report. I therefore would like to ask for your patience and understanding in the coming weeks,” Buhari said.

He pleaded with wprkers to ensure they are not used as “political weapons”.

The president said in the last three years, his administration has focused on correcting this deficiency.

“We are working to create a diversified and inclusive economy. We are pushing to clear pension arrears owed to our retired workers with the limited resources available to us,” he said.

We supported state governments to pay workers salary. And of course, we set up a committee in order to review the minimum wage of workers.

“In constituting this committee, we took into account the need for all stakeholders to be adequately represented – the government, the private sector and most importantly the workers. Our goal was to get an outcome that was consensual.

“From the onset, we knew the committee had a difficult task ahead of it. But at the same time, we were also confident that the patriotic and professional background of its members would produce realistic, fair and implementable recommendations that will be considered by both the executive and legislative arms of government.

“I am not surprised that the committee has worked for close to one year. I am also not surprised that on a few occasions, the debates got heated and sometimes, these differences came out.

“What is truly inspiring is that, in almost all instances of disagreements, the committee members always came back to the negotiating table with a common goal of improving the welfare of Nigerian workers. On behalf of all Nigerians today, I want to thank you for your commitment and sacrifice in getting us to where we are today.

“In the past few days, I have been receiving regular updates on your deliberations. And today, I am pleased that you have completed your work in a peaceful and non-confrontational manner. The entire nation is grateful to you all.

“The Committee Chairman highlighted some of the challenges encountered during your deliberations, especially as it relates to having a consensus position acceptable by all parties.

“I understand, on the government side, the concerns raised were around affordability – that today many states struggle to meet their existing salary requirements.

“On the side of labour, the points raised focused on the need for any increase to be meaningful.

“In a way, both arguments are valid. I want to assure you all that we will immediately put in place the necessary machinery that will close out these open areas. Our plan is to transmit the Executive Bill to the National Assembly for passage within the shortest possible time.

“I am fully committed to having a new National Minimum Wage Act in the very near future.

“Let me use this opportunity to recognise the leadership of the organized labour and private sector as well as representatives of State and Federal Governments for all your hard work. The fact that we are here today, is a notable achievement.”



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PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar To Kick-start Campaign With ‘People’s Policy Launch’ On Monday

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The Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar will begin his campaign for president in the 2019 election with an address to the Nigerian people on Facebook at 12 noon on Monday where he will launch his policy document.

This development was made known by the Spokesperson of the Former Vice President’s campaign organization, Paul Ibe, on Saturday in Abuja.

In his address the PDP presidential candidate will present his vision for Nigeria and his action plan to achieve it as encapsulated in his policy document. The document will promptly be uploaded on his website (www.atiku.org) for all Nigerians to access at no cost.

The emphasis of the document, according to the the campaign organization spokesman was to tell Nigerians that they must work to ensure that Nigeria works.

The Statement reads further : “Our campaign offers a simple message: united, the people of Nigeria can begin anew, creating a prosperous and secure future and a better life for every Nigerian.

“On the first working day of the campaign, the PDP and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar will put forward his plan to get Nigeria working again.

“We have chosen to do this by having the PDP Presidential candidate speaking directly to the Nigerian people on Facebook. This medium came about as part of the telecommunications revolution that he helped start as Vice President in 1999-2007.

“We have also chosen to have our candidate speak online as it facilitates the ability for anyone to download a copy of his policy document at no cost, as we intend this to be the policy of every Nigerian.

“Our policy document focuses on creating jobs, ensuring security, growing business, developing power and water infrastructure, agriculture and education and how we will empower women.

“Our policies outline the goals and methods for developing and revitalising Nigeria as the foundation of our campaign.

“This policy document is being launched to encourage a dialogue with the people of Nigeria, inviting everyone to join us in helping to get Nigeria working again.

“The PDP presidential candidate looks forward to conducting vital discussions as he travels across the length and breadth of Nigeria, meeting and talking with stakeholders: famers, small business people, workers, students, mothers, and children.

“We recognise that this will be a vigorous and hard fought election. We are completely confident that with peaceful, free and fair elections, we will be victorious.”

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Police Locked Me Up In The Toilet When Falana Visited – Evans

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Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, the suspected billionaire kidnapper, has maintained that he was tortured by police to make his confessional statement.

He countered the claim by the police that his statement was obtained under a fair atmosphere and that the statement could have been taken in the presence of a lawyer, if Evans had hired one.

Evans made this known before Justice Adedayo Akintoye, during the Friday proceedings in his trial at the Lagos High Court.

He further alleged that the Police locked him up in the toilet to prevent him from been seen by human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN)

Evans said immediately after he was arrested by the police in 2017, his wife, Uchenna, contacted the human rights lawyer, but upon the lawyer’s visit to the police station, he was told that he (Evans) had been taken out for investigation.

Falana warned, however that the police should not come up with claims that the suspect had been shot while trying to escape.

Led in evidence by his lawyer, Mr Olanrewaju Ajanaku, Evans insisted that he was threatened to put his signature to an already prepared confessional statement by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad who he accused of murdering several suspects in his presence “in Saddam Hussein style.”

He said, “Immediately after my arrest, my wife called Mr Femi Falana and he came to SARS. But CSP Phillip told two armed policemen to hide me inside the office toilet and to tell the lawyer that I was not around.

“I heard Phillip greet him, and Mr Falana said he wanted to see me. CSP Phillip told him that I had been taken out for investigation.

“Mr Falana warned him that he did not want to hear that I was trying to escape and then I was shot dead. He told them that if I had committed any offence, I should be charged to court.”

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I Married Atiku For His Integrity, I Know Him – Titi Abubakar

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The wife of the Presidential candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, Hajiya Titi Atiku Abubakar, has revealed that her marriage to Abubakar was instigated by his integrity and patriotism.

Mrs Abubakar made this known went she received a campaign group, Women for Atiku, that no one knew Atiku better than she does, having been married to him for 47 years.

According to her, contrary to the vague allegation of corruption by political detractors, Atiku was actually a man whose integrity, honesty and sincerity earned him her love.

Titi Abubakar with the Women For Atiku says her husband a man of integrity

I usually got confuse Whenever i read the false allegations of corruption being spread by mischief makers against my husband in the media.

“Most times i ask myself if they were referring to my husband whom I have been married to for 47 years or a different person.

“Their descriptions only befits the opposite of Atiku Abubakar, because he is not corrupt as alleged,” Titi Said.

She insisted that the Presidential hopeful have not been found wanting in the area of honesty, sincerity, integrity and patriotism to his fatherland since she got married to him 47 years ago.

She asserted that her encounter and eventual marriage to her husband was initiated by God.

I was on my way back to Nigeria from Benin Republic wher I went to visit my aunt at the idioroko boarder and was accosted by ofifcers of the Customs Service.

They had demanded that I pay duty for a pair of brocade material which was a gift from my aunt, an argument ensued between us and i told them to have the brocade material for a keep because i couldn’t comprehend why i should pay duty for a pair of brocade.

“Suddenly an officer by name Atiku Abubakar who heard our argument summoned the officers to come along with me to his office.

“He was the head of the command at the time. After listening to both sides, Atiku demanded for the duty charge, dipped his hand into his pocket and paid the duty and handed me the receipt smiling and saying that ‘I will pay him back’.

“As the head of the command he could have simply commanded them to let me go if he chose to, but his patriotism to fatherland would never allow him do so, and that singular act swept me off my feet and i eventually fell in love,” she said.

The National Coordinator of Women for Atiku Mrs Blessing Egbara thanked Mrs Titi Abubakar for the warm reception accorded to her group.

Egbara assured Mrs. Abubakar that the group will continue to mobilize support for the candidature of her husband.

Egbara said that the group would embark on voters mobilisation and education adding that the group would also mobilise all registered voters to collect their Permanent Voters Cards PVCs

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