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Crisis Looms As NURTW Passes Vote Of No Confidence On Ex-president Baruwa



The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has passed votes of no confidence on Alh. Tajudeen Baruwa, former president of the union.

Alh. Tajudeen Agbede, National Chairman Caretaker Committee of the NURTW said this while speaking at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja.

It would be recalled that Baruwa on the tenure as the president of NURTW expired on Aug. 28.

According to him, we the undersigned, having the mandate of our members in the various states and zones unanimously passed a vote of no confidence on Alh. Tajudeen BaruwaCrisis looms as NURTW passes vote of no confidence on Baruwa.

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He alleged that Baruwa had committed many atrocities while he served as president of the union from Aug. 2019 to Aug. 2023.

He alleged that Baruwa had reduced membership of the union in the International Transport Federation (ITF) from 400,000 members to a paltry 160,000 members.

Agbede, also noted the former president failed or neglected to pay affiliation dues as and when due, thus causing the union to be deregistered from ITF.

“In a letter referenced NLC/NS/A.16 dated 27th August, 2019, the NLC wrote to NURTW commending the union for showing “good example to other affiliate unions of the NLC.

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“That is by continuing to be financially up to date” and for “being financially up to date as at the end of July 2019,” he did.

He however, noted that sundry letters received from NLC during Baruwa’s administration were various demands for payment of affiliation dues.

He added that the dues at one point, were owed for as long as 18months (April – December 2021) and January — September 2022.

Agbede said that Baruwa failed or neglected to account for Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) moneys paid during his administration for the 2023 general election.

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He also noted that during the four years administration of the former president of the union, the National Executive Council (NEC) only held four times.

He said that this was against the constitutional provisions of Article 10 (2) of the union’s constitution.

Agbede also said Baruwa had arbitrarily mandated the posting of union staff without concomitant relocation allowances or transfer claims, among others.

He added that, thus causing unnecessary hardship and adversity to staff.

He failed to abide by constitutional provisions in respect to succession, by refusing and/or neglecting to conduct a credible Zonal Delegates Elections for the continuity of the union.

“Thus putting the union into unnecessary drama before right-thinking members of the public,”  he added.

NAN reports that a unanimous decision Baruwa was elected president for a second four-year term on Aug. 25.



Tears As 26-yr-old NYSC Member, Passengers, Driver Die In Imo Road Accident




A 26-year-old female National Youth Service Corps, NYSC member, Sanni Mariam, of 2023 Batch C Stream 2, was among those who died in an accident in Imo State on Thursday.

Other passengers and the driver were also reported dead when their vehicle had an accident en route to Lagos.

It was gathered that Mariam was returning from her state of deployment, Benue State, and boarded a commercial bus heading to Lagos through Imo.

According to information gathered by Vanguard, Mariam took a camp exit from Benue State. She was undergoing the three-week compulsory orientation. And camping was expected to end by Thursday next week.

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Mariam, a Computer Science graduate from Universite Protestante de Lafrique de l’Ouest, Benin Republic, was said to have won many awards for her platoon, including the Scrabble platoon game.

Efforts to contact the Benue State NYSC State Coordinator proved unsuccessful. He was neither taking calls nor responding to messages at press time.

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FG To Shut Buildings Violating Accessibility Laws For PWDs




The Federal Government has announced plans to shut down public buildings that do not comply with the minimum standards of accessibility for Persons with Disabilities from January 17.

The Executive Secretary, National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Dr James Lalu, disclosed on Thursday while briefing newsmen in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that, the news conference was organised as part of the sixteenth day’s activism to commemorate the 2023 International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Lalu said the commission would swing into action immediately after the expiration of the five-year ultimatum given to organizations by the Federal Government, which is expected to elapse on January 16, 2024.

”This commission was established with full responsibility for the enforcement of its laws, and it has been stated in the commission’s establishment laws.

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”Five years was given to organisations to comply with accessibility laws and now the five years will expire in January 16 next year, we are now transiting from the era of advocacy to enforcement.

“By January, we would go out in full force to make sure that the provisions of the law are properly enforced,” he said.

He said the commission would engage all relevant stakeholders to constitute a special task force to ensure the implementation of the accessibility law.

“We would start meeting with own partners to constitute a taskforce immediately before this Christmas, everything will be on ground before the end of this year.

”So that as we come in early next year, the task force will swung into action immediately by January 17 at 12 am, the enforcement of accessibility laws will take effect.

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”The commission’s task force will move out in full force and will start visiting key offices for physical assessment of facilities in the key offices,” he said.

The NCPWD Boss also said the commission would ensure that organisations not only comply with their accessibility requirements but the five percent employment opportunities for Persons with Disabilities.

”Our assessment may not only end on the physical facilities but the composition of the staff in these institutions.

”We want to know how many they have as persons with disabilities, the total number of staffing decisions, and then the maintenance of the five people in these institutions.

”So we have to find out all of these, so they will come to know whether they comply with the provisions of the law,” he said.

On her part, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, said the commission received the full backing of President Bola Tinubu’s Administration in the implementation of their accessibility laws.

Edu assured the Executive Secretary of her support to ensure the enforcement of accessibility laws.

According to her, the effective implementation and enforcement of the relevant Disability laws is a collective responsibility of all Nigerians.

She, therefore, assured all stakeholders of their determination to support the commission in its quest to protect the rights and privileges of its members.



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Canada Hikes Proof Of Funds For Nigerians, Others By 100%




The Canadian Government has raised its “cost-of-living financial requirement for study permit applicants,” basically for international students, to $20,000 from $10,000 starting from January 1, 2024.

This was made known by the country’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marc Miller, in a statement on Thursday.

According to him, from 2024, a single applicant will need to show they have $20,635, representing 75% of LICO, in addition to their first year of tuition and travel costs, adding, “This change will apply to new study permit applications received on or after January 1, 2024.”

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“Starting January 1, 2024, the cost-of-living financial requirement for study permit applicants will be raised so that international students are financially prepared for life in Canada.

“For close to two decades, study permit applicants for international students have remained at $10,000. This review, which takes effect from January 1, ‘will help prevent student vulnerability and exploitation,’” the statement added.

This development is coming a few days after the United Kingdom introduced a new set of rules that would make it more difficult for Nigerians and other applicants to obtain a visa.

Home Secretary James Cleverly announced the changes in the House of Commons on Monday.

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