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Rivers Workers Hungry, Wike Donates Money Like Father Christmas –NLC

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Two years after signing the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has yet to meet the demands of workers and pensioners in his state, the Nigeria Labour Congress has said.

The congress noted that Wike, who is vying to be President in 2023 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Congress, had failed to pay arrears of February and March 2016 salaries due to the aborted biometric verification.

The congress observed that the gale of donations to different causes by the governor had not escaped the attention of hungry workers and pensioners in Rivers State “who watch as their state adorns the robe of Father Christmas to other states while their salaries and pensions are withheld.”

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The union stated this in a letter to the governor dated May 5, 2023, titled, ‘RE: Complaint by Rivers State Workers Against the Inhumane Disposition of the Rivers State Government to the Plight of Public Workers and Pensioners in Rivers State.’

The letter signed by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, read in part, “Your Excellency, it is regrettable that nearly two years after reaching a Collective Bargaining Agreement with Rivers State workers and pensioners, the state government has reneged on the following commitments: Non-promotion of civil servants eligible for promotion since 2012; non-payment of salaries arrears to civil servants not paid February and March 2016 salaries due to the aborted 2016 biometric verification and non-harmonisation of pension for state retirees; non-payment of pension arrears, gratuities and death benefits to retirees in Rivers, thus exposing them to unimaginable pains and trauma; non-implementation of pension incremental rates; and non-implementation of annual salary increment for state workers.”

The NLC expressed misgivings over River’s continued failure to pay the terminal benefits of retirees for the past seven years “despite the viability of Rivers State, which is at par with Lagos State as Nigeria’s most financially solvent state.”

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The congress added, “Many in Rivers State now believe that the maxim ‘Charity begins at home’ means nothing in Rivers State. We learnt that workers in the state now go about in black mourning robes and the children of retirees now protest naked in the public. Those are all ominous signs.

“Your Excellency, we appeal to the milk of your human kindness and your vows as a revered Life Bencher to respect our labour laws and the agreement you signed with organised labour and implement the resolutions in the Tripartite Committee Report so as to restore industrial peace in Rivers State.”

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Rivers PDP: Dagogo Brought To Court On Wheelchair, Pleads Not Guilty, Returned To Hospital

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A governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State, Farah Dagogo, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony and attempted disruption of screening exercise of PDP in the state, preferred against him by Rivers State government.

In the charges read before the court, Dagogo and others who are now at large are alleged to have on the 27th of April, 2022 invaded PDP party secretariat on Aba Road Port Harcourt with firearms causing panic with intent to disrupt screening exercise of the party.

When the charges were read out, the accused who was brought to court on a wheelchair, pleaded not guilty and his Counsel informed the court of his bail application.

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The counsel cited sections of the Rivers State law, which authorized the court to grant bail to his client after withdrawing a motion for preliminary objection on the jurisdiction of the court.

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But prosecution counsel, Zacchaeus Adango, who is Attorney General of the state, in his response, objected to the application saying the bail application cannot be tendered in the court before plea.

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He argued further that there are other pending motions for preliminary objection of jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter and therefore asked the court to dismiss the bail application.

Trial Judge, Justice Chinwendu Nworgu before adjourning till 20th of May, 2022 for consideration of bail application and possible commencement of trial, directed that Dagogo should be taken back to hospital where he is receiving medical attention.

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BREAKING: EFCC Arrests Nigeria’s Accountant General For N80bn Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Nigeria’s Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.

EFCC Head of Media, Wilson Uwujaren announced this in a statement on Monday.

The spokesman said EFCC operatives took Idris into custody for alleged massive fraud.

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The top official is accused of diversion of funds and money laundering to the tune of N80billion.

Uwujaren noted that the commission acted on verified intelligence against Idris.

He is said to have “raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates”.

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The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja, the EFCC added.

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Idris was nabbed after failing to honour invitations to respond to issues connected to the alleged fraudulent acts.

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Blasphemy: What Christians Should Do Over Deborah’s Death – Mbaka

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The Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev Father Ejike Mbaka has called on Christians to defend their faith.

Mbaka made the call while condemning the killing of Deborah Samuel, a student in Sokoto accused of alleged blasphemy.

The cleric who stated that the killing of Deborah was a challenge to Christians, urged those fighting him to go and defend Christian’s in Sokoto.

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Speaking at the Adoration ground on Sunday Mbaka said. “They have killed this child. They accused her of insulting Mohammed and killed her.

“This is what I have been saying. Christians are facing lots of battles. Christians should not begin to fight among themselves.

READ ALSO: Deborah: CAN Directs All churches To Hold Nationwide Peaceful Protest, Says Enough Is Enough

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“Inter religious and intra-religious war should stop. Inter and Intra denominational war should stop. I am pleading with those who are fighting against Fr Mbaka and Adoration Ministry to go to Sokoto and fight those who killed one of our daughters.

“Should that girl be killed? Every Christian should rise and defend our faith. The hour has come. It’s a challenge of faith. How many of them that insulted Jesus have been killed?

“Is it still one country? If Nigeria is going to be one country let it be, but if this is what we are going to be experiencing let everybody go home. I said it last Sunday and I am repeating it again.”

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