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Labour Leaders Meet To Work Out Living Wages

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Ahead of the expected resumption of negotiation between the Federal Government and the organised labour on the new Minimum Wage, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, is meeting in Abuja to brainstorm so as to arrive at a living wage that is commensurate with the prevailing cost of living.

This came as the NLC has vowed not to be deterred by the recent assault on workers and their leaders in Imo State, which it said poses a grave threat to freedom of association and collective bargaining as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining.

These were contained in the welcome address by the NLC President, Mr. Joe Ajaero, at the Opening Session of the NLC 2023 Harmattan School with the theme: “Building Workers’ Skills for Policy Engagement” in Abuja.

Ajaero, represented by the Congress Deputy President, Benjamin Anthony said: “In the face of adversity and brutality encountered while advocating for the rights of workers to earn their legitimate income and benefits, our resolve remains unwavering. We are motivated to continue our efforts towards achieving decent work and improving working conditions in the formal and informal sectors of the economy.

“The recent assault on workers and their leaders in Imo State poses a grave threat to freedom of association and collective bargaining as enshrined in Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, and should unequivocally be condemned by all people of goodwill.

“The only thing that can assuage our pains is for the Imo State Government to address all labour issues and return the so called ‘ghost workers’ to their jobs, pay all outstanding salaries and pensions and call back all victimized workers to their jobs.

“It has become very necessary for governments at all levels to recognize that life and living conditions are exceedingly difficult, especially for working people in both the formal and informal sectors of the economy.”

“The removal of subsidy on petroleum products has further exacerbated the challenges faced by working people, unleashing severe pain and contributing to galloping inflation and increasing inequality and poverty.

“We must reckon that a well-motivated and well-remunerated workforce has a positive impact on productivity and national development,” he added.

He implored participants to approach the training programme with a quest and thirst for knowledge through asking of questions and sharing of experiences with the facilitators and with one another.

He thanked the representative of the Minister of Labour and Employment, the Country Director of the ILO for the English Speaking, West African Countries, the Director General of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, the Resident Representative of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, FES, Country Director of the Solidarity Centre, members of the NAC, CWC and NEC of the NLC for finding time to attend the Opening Session of the 2023 School.

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Sallah: Kaduna Church Leaders Visit Imams At Eid Praying Ground

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……To Promote Peace Love, and Religious Tolerance

By Abdullahi Alhassan, Kaduna

In a remarkable demonstration of interfaith harmony, Pastor (Dr.) Yohanna Buru, a Christian leader from Kaduna, delivered a peace lecture to thousands of Muslims gathered at the Eid-il-Kabir praying ground in Kaduna on June 16, 2024.

The event, held at Murtala Mohammed Square, highlighted the importance of unity, love, and religious tolerance in Nigeria.

Pastor Buru, the General Overseer of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry, led a delegation of Christians to join the Muslim community in their prayers.

This visit marked the third time he and his team have participated in the Eid-il-Kabir celebration at the central mosque, reflecting a deep commitment to fostering peace and stability in the country.

He emphasized that such interfaith gatherings provide valuable opportunities for dialogue and mutual understanding. “We felicitate with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, Sheikh Ibrahim Yakubu El-Zakzaky, Sheikh Ahmed Mahmud Gumi, and all Islamic scholars around the world on this occasion,” Pastor Buru remarked.

He noted that during Christmas, thousands of Muslims from various sects, including Sunni, Shia, and Tijaniyya, join Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, further promoting peace and unity. The mosque committee had invited Pastor Buru once again to speak at the Eid-il-Kabir event, an invitation he gladly accepted to reinforce peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance.

Addressing the congregation after the prayers, Pastor Buru highlighted the shared values of Islam and Christianity. “We must remember that we are one family under God, worshipping the same God. Both the Qur’an and the Bible are holy books sent from one God. We are all descendants of Adam and Eve and must live in peace and harmony regardless of our differences,” he said.

He urged all Nigerians, both at home and abroad, to embrace peace, unity, and love. “Nigeria can achieve its full potential if we put aside our differences and work together to build a stronger, more united nation through peacebuilding,” he added. “Once again, we wish our Muslim brothers and sisters a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration and pray that Almighty God continues to bless our nation with peace, unity, and prosperity.”

Similarly, Reverend Mikah James Chori from the Lutheran Church of Christ in Kano State, Nigeria, also attended the Eid-il-Kabir praying ground with other clergy members.

He emphasized the need to strengthen good relationships during such periods. “I came from Kano State to visit my Muslim friends and Imams at the Kaduna mosque to wish them a happy Sallah.

We came from various churches to strengthen our relationship with our brothers,” he said. Reverend Chori prayed for peace and stability in the country, reiterating that “we are one family under God.”

Mallam Sunusi Surajo, a member of the Eid-il-Kabir ground preparatory committee, praised Kaduna State for leading the way in promoting peace and religious tolerance across Nigeria. “We pray for more peace and unity across all 36 states of Nigeria,” he said. Sunusi expressed his happiness over the Christian delegation’s visit from Kaduna and Kano. He prayed for continued peace and harmony between Muslims and Christians.

The event also saw the participation of notable figures such as former Governor of Kaduna Alhaji (Dr.) Ramalan Yero, top Islamic scholars, and traditional titleholders.

This year’s Eid-il-Kabir, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, was a significant occasion for promoting religious tolerance and harmony in a region often affected by sectarian tensions. The presence of Pastor Yohanna Buru, a respected Christian leader dedicated to fostering peace, further underscored the event’s importance in building a united and peaceful Nigeria.

In another development, a team of Christian clergy from Kasuwar Magani in Kajuru Local Government of Kaduna State, headed by Reverend Danjuma Mazadu Makama, visited their colleagues (Imams) at mosques to wish them a happy Sallah and to strengthen peace and unity among the residents in the area.

One of the Christian youth leaders in Kasuwan Magani, Mr. Peter Jonathan, during the visit to Chief Imam of Kasuwan Magani, Imam Abduljalal Imam, and Sheikh Akilu Mohammed, said they were there to boost good relationships in order to strengthen Christian and Muslim relations in the state. They both prayed for peace and stability in the country.

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Eid-El-Kabir: Provost COE Hong, Prof Baha Greets Gov Fintiri, Adamawa Citizens

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Provost of College of Education (COE) Hong, Professor Yusuf Benson Baha has extended special greetings to Governor of Adamawa State, Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for marking the 2024 Eid El Kabir.

Benson on behalf of the management, Staff and students of the college also extended his felicitations to other Adamawa illustrious Sons and Daughters.

Benson in his Sallah message greeted the Deputy Governor, Prof Keleptawa George Farauta, the Speaker Adamawa State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Bathiya Wesley, secretary to the State Government, Hon Barr Awwal D Tukur, the Lamido of Adamawa, HRH Barkindo Aliyu Mustapha, PhD, CFR and the good people of Adamawa State.

He described Governor Fintiri as a reformer and architect of a new Adamawa State who is working hard to bring another glory of the state.

In the spirit of the season Benson called on all citizens of the state to give Governor Fintiri the needed support to do more for the State.

According to him Fintiri is sacrifice a lot in the interest of the State, and asked Muslim Ummah to use this Sallah to deploy all the ideals of Eid El Kabir in praying for him.

While congratulating the Muslim Ummah, the Provost further made a passionate call to them to extend the love and brotherhood spirit to other non Muslims in the interest of Peaceful co-existence and Unity.

According to him Fintiri need peace and unity of purpose for him to do more work for the State that’s getting international attention because of his leadership giant strides in recent times.

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Gov Fintiri, Amna, Others Celebrate Eid-El-Kabir in Shelleng

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Sunday joined hundreds of Muslims at the Shelleng local government Eid ground to observe the two raka’at supererogatory prayers in commemoration of 2024 Eid-El-Kabir Sallah celebration.

In his sermon after leading the prayers, Chief Imam Mallam Lalwanu Dankaka dwelled extensively on the history and significance of the Eid-El-Kabir to Muslims Ummah.

While enumerating the categories of healthy animals for sacrifice, Mallam Lalwanu admonished Muslims to slaughter healthy animals while following suit the traditions of Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him.

The Chief Imam offered Special prayers for peace and tranquility in the country and thereafter slaughtered his ram, symbolizing that every Muslim who can afford a sacrificial animal can do the same according to Islamic injunction.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the prayer, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri urged Muslims to celebrate the day by creating peace and unity and following the exemplary virtues of Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him.

He believed that the current insecurity bedeviling the country among other issues would soon be over and urged the citizenry to continue to promote peaceful coexistence and tolerance in the society.

Worried by the bitting inflation across the country, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri is optimistic that things will get better, urging the citizens to continue to pray for the leaders and the nation at large.

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