Nigerian govt begs NLC over planned nationwide strike
The Minister of Labour and Employment Sen. Dr. Chris Ngige begged labour unions to shelve their planned shutdown of the economy because of the deregulated price regime of fuel pump prices in Nigeria. Ngige explained that the government action was influenced by the need to reposition the economy into a productive one.
Speaking when he paid a visit to the South East regional office of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, in Enugu, he explained that Nigeria was passing through painful structural reforms necessary for rebirth. “The Federal Government is not unaware of the hard times Nigerians are passing through as a result of the re-structuring of the economy. The President is genuinely concerned and personally feels the pains too. But this is a necessary phase we must all endure for the restoration of better days,” Ngige said.
Organized labour insisted it would shut down the economy from Wednesday, May 18, should the Federal Government fail to revert the pump price of petrol to the pre-May 11 price of N86.50, among other demands, by midnight of Tuesday, May 17.
France & Nigeria to Intensify Military Efforts Against Boko Haram
French President Francois Hollande and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari agreed to strengthen military cooperation and work with the West African country’s neighbors in a stepped-up effort to crush Boko Haram. Buhari said the EU and others had pledged 916 million euros ($1.035 billion) to help rebuild Nigeria from the impacts of the Islamic militant group.
Photo: Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, right, and French President Francois Hollande during a meeting at the presidential Palace in Abuja, Nigeria, May 14, 2016. Pic by Stephane de Sakutin.AFP via Getty Images.
Boko Haram menace has displaced more than 2 million people in the Nigeria’s northeast. The leaders spoke in the capital, Abuja, on Saturday following a summit also attended by the heads of state from Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin, and representatives of the U.S., U.K and European Union.
Nigerian Unions Threaten Shutdown Over Fuel-Price Increase
Nigeria’s two main union federations on Saturday threatened an indefinite strike to shut down offices and businesses by May 18 if previous gasoline prices aren’t restored after rejecting a government decision to raise them. “All sectors are going to be negatively affected by this mindless increase,” the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), which groups blue-collar unions, and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), for managerial employees, said in a joint statement in the capital, Abuja. The move was necessary to attract private importers, who will be able to recover their costs and help end fuel shortages that have persisted for months in the OPEC-member country, the government said.
Boko Haram Leader Kaou Captured by Nigeria-Cameroon Joint Task Force
58 militants die in raid by JTF
A joint military taskforce from Cameroon and Nigeria captured Boukar Kaou, a Boko Haram leader, during a raid in which 58 militants died, according to Cameroon’s government. Kaou and five of his aides were captured in fighting in the Madawaya forest in northeastern Nigeria near the border with Cameroon on May 10 and 11.
This was revealed by Issa Tchiroma Bakary, a spokesman for Cameroon’s government in a statement read on Cameroonian state radio. No soldiers died and 46 hostages were freed, including 18 women and 28 children, according to the statement. Three Boko Haram camps were destroyed and a consignment of weapons was found, he said.
EFCC seizes N860m mansion from former Air Force chief
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has sealed off a mansion allegedly belonging to a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Umar (retd). The house located on 1853 Deng Xiano Ping Street, off Mahathir Mohammed Street, Asokoro Extension, Abuja, now have stickers bearing the EFCC logo pasted on the gate. According to the EFCC, the house is worth about N860m.
The EFCC had alleged before an Abuja Federal High Court that, “while being the Chief of Air Staff, Nigerian Air Force, between March and April 2012, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the court did the accused (Umar) use the United States dollars equivalent of the sum of N860,000,000 (Eight hundred and sixty million naira) removed from the accounts of the Nigerian Air Force to purchase for yourself a property lying and situate at plot 1853 Deng Xiano Ping Street, off Mahathir Mohammed street, Asokoro extension Abuja.”
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