The Organised Labour in Nasarawa State has commenced an indefinite strike, today, 15th June 2021, over the partial implementation of N30, 000 minimum wage and other welfare-related issues.
The strike was declared in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, after the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting with the labour movement in the state.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, Nasarawa State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Yusuf Iya, said the action became imperative due to the failure of the government to meet their demands after two months ultimatum was served on it.
Accountant General of the State, Zakka Yakubu, had recently announced that the state had started the payment of the N30,000 minimum wage to workers on Levels 1 to 6.
The NLC Chairman mentioned other demands as reasons for the strike. These include the partial implementation of minimum wage without recourse to due process of collective bargaining, lack of implementation of promotions since 2008, lack of annual increments, lack of training, lack of confirmation of appointments of casual workers, many of whom have been working for more than 10 years, as well as other demands.
He further said the government had failed to give priority in addressing most of the problems, even though most of these problems had lingered for a long time. “We have given the present administration more than two years of grace to address our challenges, but the government has been paying lip service to the issue”.
According to him, the strike was originally planned to commence on the 7th of June 2021, had been suspended for two weeks with the intervention of traditional rulers. However, the government still did not show any seriousness with meeting their demands, even with the intervention. He said they were therefore left with no other option than to commence the strike.
The NLC Chairman described the implications of minimum wage for workers on grade levels 1 to 6 in the state as a mirage.
The State Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mohammed Doma, also said it was unfortunate that the State government could not respect the traditional rulers, despite their intervention by doing the needful to meet their demands.
23-year-old Leicester City Women’s defender, Ashleigh Plumptre, has expressed her desire of playing for the Nigerian Senior Female Team, the Super Falcon, and get the opportunity to meet with Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, of the Nigerian Senior Men’s Team, the Super Eagles, whom she described as her role models.
“Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho have been good role models for me,” she told the BBC. It’s funny we haven’t met but that’s all because of Covid but at some point hopefully, we’ll be able to meet each other.”
The 23-year-old is currently having her second spell with the Foxes and in the 2020-21 season, she helped the club to win the FA Women’s Championship title, earning a two-year contract for her fine showings in the campaign.
Since her return to the Foxes in 2019, she has been unable to link up with Super Eagles stars Iheanacho and Ndidi. “With Leicester, Plumptre has featured for various England youth teams but she is still eligible to represent since her father is a Nigerian. She hopes to get a chance to play for the Super Falcons in the future.
“The idea of me being able to play for Nigeria, I would happily grab that with both hands,”. “Representing something that really means to somebody is very important. Obviously, there’s a lot of things I can openly say that I don’t know about Nigerian culture but I want to learn because I know that it’s in me, and it’s in my sister and in my dad.
“We can only get it from my granddad, he’s the only thing that we know in terms of Nigeria. I’ve obviously visited Nigerian relatives in America and in England. “Seeing this little journey my sister and I have been on, and the understanding of our family heritage, not just that but watching Nigerian documentaries and learning about the past is incredible.”
Plumptre also hailed the quality in the Super Falcons squad and praised Asisat Oshoala for her exploits abroad. “When you look around there are several Nigerian players playing at the top level of the women’s game,” she pointed out.
The Federal Government of Nigeria summoned the ambassadors of the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), Canada, and the European Union (EU) in Nigeriaover their comments on the suspension of themicroblogging site, Twitter, in Nigeria, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that were capable of undermining the country’s corporate existence.
This was disclosed on Monday,7th June, 2021 in an invitation to journalists by Kimiebi Ebienfa of the Crisis Monitoring and Public Communications Division of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The invite read: “I am directed to inform that following the recent ban on Twitter by the Federal Government and Press Statement issued by some Heads of Diplomatic Missions Accredited to Nigeria on the subject matter, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency, Geoffrey Onyeama has invited the affected Ambassadors to a meeting today at 12 noon.
During the meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama. the US, UK, Canada, Republic of Ireland as well as the European Union government representatives reiterated their stance, stating that they are against the decision of the federal government to suspend Twitter operations in Nigeria. They further said the Twitter ban is a violation of the citizens’ freedom of expression.
It can be recalled that the federal government suspended Twitter in Nigeria on the 5th of June, 2021, after the social media giant deleted a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari’s handle.
The government’s directive on the suspension of Twitter was met with a massive outcry from Nigerians and the international community. Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, in order to clarify the rationale behind the action, held the meeting with the envoys, where he revealed that the decision will only be rescinded if Twitter can commit to ‘responsible’ usage‘.
He said: “The condition would be responsible use of the social media and that really has to be it.” “We are not saying that Twitter is threatening the country or any such thing; why we have taken this measure is to stop them to be used as platforms for destabilization and facilitation of criminality or encouragement of criminalities,” he added.
Speaking on behalf of other envoys, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, told the Minister that the ban on Twitter by the Nigerian government violates the freedom of expression of Nigerians, adding that they understand what government means by responsible use of social media, but citizens’ rights to access information and express themselves must be protected.
She said: “We recognize the official position of the Nigerian government on the responsible use of social media but we remain firm in our position that free access to information is very important and perhaps more important during troubled times,”.
She further explained that they are here as partners and would like to see Nigeria succeed. “It’s very clear that we are Nigeria’s strongest partners on issues of security and we recognize the daunting times in the way of the security challenges that confront Nigeria. While they are daunting, they are not insurmountable and part of the way to surmount them is the partnership of the people you see represented here,” Leonard added.
They called on the government to reverse its position on the ban of Twitter operations in Nigeria.
Onyeama, on his part, assured the envoys that the government has begun talks with Twitter over the suspensions of its operations in Nigeria.
He said, “We know the power of words, and when you have that kind of power to manage and facilitate communication to billions of people; it has to come with responsibility. So, we are taking this measure to see to what extent we can rebalance this media as forces of good and stop them being used as a platform for destabilization and facilitation of criminality.”
The diplomatic missions had, in a joint statement issued earlier, condemned Nigeria’s suspension of Twitter, saying the action does not support the freedom of expression.
In a statement, the diplomatic community had said, “The diplomatic missions of Canada, the European Union (Delegation to Nigeria), the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America convey our disappointment over the Government of Nigeria’s announcement suspending Twitter and proposing registration requirements for other social media.”
“We strongly support the fundamental human right of free expression and access to information as a pillar of democracy in Nigeria as around the world and these rights apply online as well as offline.”
The question coming from many Nigerians who use social media, is what the definition of ‘responsible use’, as put by the federal government, would be?
As at the time of writing this report, the ban on the use of Twitter in Nigeria is yet to be lifted by the government.
Not less than 68 players are expected to feature in the maiden North Central one-day Invitational Cricket Tournament scheduled to hold on Sunday at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
Emeka Onyeama, Chairman of FCT Cricket Association said this at a press conference on Thursday 10th June 2021, in Abuja. Onyeama said the event, which will feature only male players, would serve as pilot a scheme for the development of cricket in the zone.
“In a bid to develop the game of cricket in FCT and North Central as a whole, we have earmarked this event as a means to promote the game at the grassroots.
“One team each from Plateau and Kwara as well as two teams from FCT will be competing for honors at the event. “Three matches will be played at the event on Sunday. The four teams will be grouped into two and play against each other in a 10-overs game and the winners of both matches will feature in the finals, which is a 20-overs game.
“This event would foster unity among the North Central States and encourage the youths to stay off the streets and participate in sports, especially cricket,” he said.
Onyeama, who is also former president of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), added that the association would cater for the teams’ accommodation, transportation and feeding. The cricket administrator also assured that all COVID-19 guidelines would be strictly adhered to at the competition.
The German tactician and coach of the Nigerian Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, says he is confident the Super Eagles will be ready for September’s World Cup qualifier against Liberia despite seeing his men hold the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to a 0-0 draw during the second leg of the friendly played.
Despite relying on makeshift defenders, the three-time African champions ended the encounter at the Wiener Neustadt Stadium on a no-winner, no vanquished note.
Although Rohr rued the chances missed by his team which he attributed to the absence of key players – he is upbeat that his team would be set when their quest to qualify for Qatar 2022 commences against their West African foes.
“The result is not the most important thing in these friendlies,” he said on Super Eagles’ Instagram handles. “The most important thing is to test some players, to see some of these new faces. That was the case today, we didn’t want to concede.
We wanted to score but we could not, but when you are missing players like Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Joe Aribo, Samuel Kalu, and Henry Onyekuru, it’s not easy. “These players came in the middle of their holidays to work hard for ten days with us.
“The fruit of the work will come. I think we will be ready in September for our World Cup qualifier against Liberia. Rohr also reserved special accolades for Valentine Ozornwafor who held sway in Nigeria’s backline.
In the absence of William Troost-Ekong, the Galatasaray man provided cover for goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, while Nantes forward Moses Simon was drafted to play the left-back role.
According to Rohr, “we wanted to score but we could not, but when you are missing players like Osimhen, Chukwueze, Aribo, Kalu, and Henry, it’s not easy.” “These players came in the middle of their holidays to work hard for ten days with us. “These players came in the middle of their holidays to work hard for ten days with us.
In the absence of William Troost-Ekong, the Galatasaray man provided cover for goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, while Nantes forward Moses Simon was drafted to play the left-back role.
“The fruit of the work will come. I think we will be ready in September for our World Cup qualifier against Liberia. ”Rohr also reserved special accolades for Valentine Ozornwafor who held sway in Nigeria’s backline.
The Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), has announced that from July 2021, Nigerians will have to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number of their phones to the Commission. The Commission made this known in its Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration, published on the 11th May 2021, stating that the directive was given by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to NCC, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the Device Management System (DMS) should be implemented in three months. In the DMS, the IMEI numbers on the phones of all Nigerians will be collated in a database for use when necessary.
The Commission also said the aim of the exercise is to cut back on counterfeit mobile phone market, discourage mobile phone theft, enhance National security, reduce rate of kidnapping, protect consumer interest, increase revenue generation for the government, quell the use of stolen phones for crime, and facilitate blocking or tracing of stolen mobile phones and other devices, and this can be achieved through the deployment of Device Management System (DMS). The implementation of a Device Management System will enable keeping records of IMEI of all registered phones, and so IMEI’s that have been reprted stolen or illegal will be shared through the DMS to all the operators and service providers.
The IMEI of a phone is also referred to as the fingerprint of the phone. Each phone has it embedded on it from production. It is made up of 15 digits and is unique, and this makes it possible for a missing phone to be tracked and located, irrespective of the cellular number on it.
JAMB stated this in its Weekly Bulletin, published by the office of the Registrar and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)on Monday, 31st May, 2021, in Abuja.
The board had earlier extended the exercise from the initial closing date of 15th May 2021 to 29th May 2021, to enable candidates who were unable to register within this time to carry out a seamless registration exercise. The new closing date, which ended on Saturday 29th May 2021, however, will not be further extended.
According to JAMB, in spite of the two-week date extension, complaints of candidates’ inability to register persisted.
The complaints received, the board stated, include lateness or non-delivery of National Identity Number (NIN) verification code; inability to obtain NIN; and mismatch or wrong names originally submitted to National Identity Management Commission ( NIMC).
The board said while few of such excuses have been found to be genuine, a large number were traceable to fraudsters, whom, it alleged, intend to sabotage the workings of the system.
JAMB said, however, that it will give another opportunity to those who have genuinely tried to register but failed, due to some of the challenges mentioned.
The Board has said any prospective candidates, with genuine proof of failed efforts to register before the closing date should visit any JAMB office for reconciliation with their evidence between Monday, 31st May 2021 and June 15th, 2021. Also, Candidates with genuine reasons for missing the registration are to obtain and complete a form, at no cost.
The board added that any candidate who submits another application after having successfully registered during the earlier registration period will have the two attempts disqualified.
It warned: “Any false claim will attract severe sanctions, including forfeiture of the deposited Bank Draft, cancellation of application(s) and prosecution.
“Due to the fact that some parents and school proprietors have been found to mislead candidates for illicit gains and personal aggrandizement, the board advises all to allow each candidate to personally go through the process.
Considering his age at the time he shot into the limelight, fans thought “WizKid” was an ideal name for the young singer, but as years rolled by, his fans started to suggest a name change, as he was said to have grown past being called a “kid”.
Without any formal announcement, Wizkid has however, changed his name to “Big Wiz” in the bio section of his Instagram handle, leaving his fans wondering; could it be a clue as to a future change in his name?
A few reactions have trailed this change:
Rebekah.black_ Nigeria to UAR, Wizkid toBig Wiz next one is Burna Boy to Burna Man
SamNavy(m) Na now your day break? Now you will be reason like man not kid Because that name has follow you to be behave like kid. Name follow person.
Dopybadass(m) People will just be Killinthier selves over nothing Dude has already made name and money for himself,so u all haters can go to hell and burn to ashes
Reactions on Instagram
Some fans were critical and sarcastic about his move, while some others felt it didn’t matter, as they thought he has made his money already regardless of his name.
Pastor Eze has since welcomed them to church in a post on his personal Instagram page @realjerryeze, saying “Nice seeing you. What a heart for Jesus’, further stating that he is glad they would be seeing more of him. In response. D’Banj wrote: “Awesome service fellowshipping with you and the brethren. What God cannot do does not exist”.
During the declaration, the music star recounted how he lost his first son three years ago, and how God restored him, blessing him with two children between then and now. According to the Koko Master, whenever he says Jesus is the conqueror, he means it.
Dbanj further said he always gives honour to God in all his music albums. He cited some of his songs such as “Olorun Maje”, “Mobo lowo wan”, to back his claims.
D’Banj posted pictures of him with Pastor Jerry Eze on his Instagram page @iambangalee which he captioned “What a great service! WHAT GOD CANNOT DO DOES NOT EXIST!!! and various reactions have trailed this post with a follower, @Segun__Omot saying: “Imagine Dbanj turning into a pastor”.
@josiah_ndi wrote: “My incredible dbanj I had a feelin’ that I’d later dance to your song later in the future buh now that you don’t sing anymore hurts me…how can you make it up to me?
Many other followers went ahead to agree with his post caption, writing “What God Cannot do does not exist”
From generations to generations, the world has evolved and so have several items used from by people. As global civilization progresses, some things gradually fades from homes. Some household gadgets that used to be in vogue have been replaced with more simpler ones and are no longer in use. If you were born or grew up in Nigeria, some of these household items would definitely give you the nostalgic feeling. Some of such items that come tops on the list include:
The Black and White TV
In the 90’s, the black and white television was a great possession for families who owned one, but with time, it gradually became old-fashioned as the flat screen TV and plasma took over. The evolution of the black and white television moved very fast, from the regular box-shape with antenna that sometimes needed to be hit several time to get signals to the flat-screen colored LCD TV’s. Life moved pretty fast without any notice. In recent times, the black and white TV became a most sought for item especially in the south west region of Nigeria, where electronic contractors began searching the market and offering the sum of 200 ,000 naira per TV. A lot of youngsters have since searched their grandparents home to see if they can find one to sell.
According to some electronic dealers, there was a special way of confirming the authenticity of the television. A shaving blade was placed on the screen of the television, If the shaving blade magnetizes with the television screen that means it is genuine, If it doesn’t, the electronic contractor will not buy it.
2. Video Home System VHS Cassette
This was definitely the main item to enjoy a nice film as it was fondly called in the olden days. It always starts playing from where you stopped. This extremely old piece of item once contained favorite movies that could help you start a mini cinema back in the day. Unfortunately, almost every home have completely remove this black rectangular box of joy that used to be a very reliable method of watching movies, due to the advent of VCD players. Currently the VCD player is just an option to watch movies on your screen. Several alternatives like Cable TV and movie streaming services could set your cinema experience rolling as no one cares anymore about owning a physical copy of a movie, especially with the vast library of streaming services available.
3. Land Phones
The Land phone is an ancient medium of communication that once used to be a great asset in homes especially for the rich and even in offices and public work places. With the Land phones, time was adhered to, as people who had family and friends overseas would stay close to the telephone whenever they were given a specific time to call or to receive a call. The Land phones have since been replaced by mobile devices that evolved over the years with more applications and functions.
4. Radio Cassette Player
Looking at this piece of item may bring memories to people born in the 70’s and 80’s. In Nigeria, the pure pleasure of listening to the sound from this device brought memories of old radio dramas. The radio cassette player had a specific location in the home. One fun thing about this device is that it allowed you to record on a cassette player while listening to an interesting piece, the sad thing is that it had no noise proof, so if you recorded your favorite music from the radio in a noisy environment, you were sure to hear every bit of that noise alongside your favorite music during a playback. In modern society, technology has moved the radio has moved from a static household item to mobile devices and cars.
5. Kerosene Lantern
Hardly will any person born in the 80’s and 90’s in Nigeria, not recognize this lamp. This lamp was a must have for most homes in the olden days because electricity supply was unstable. Even those who were wealthy enough to buy a generator had this lamp in their homes. The globe of this lamp was traditionally feared by kids born in the 80’s and 90’s when asked to wash it as it was very delicate and could break at the slightest hit or fall. The Kerosene lantern was a convenient form of light that served then until the era of rechargeable lamps.
6. Double Burner Stove
This was the surest way to get a meal prepared in the olden days. This stove was surely a great help to mothers and wives back in the day especially to cater a larger family. The size and weight of this stove made it extremely stable in use, and the two burners allowed meals to be easily cooked with preference to cooking with one burner or using both.This vintage stove is lit on a saturated wick where kerosene from the valve controls the flow and fuels the fire. Sometimes you had to cut the burnt wick after prolonged use to achieve a blue flame. Currently, the gas cooker has taken over with variety of different designs.
7. Grandfather’s clock
The old fashioned grandfather’s clock is known for its free standing and weighty look with the pendulum held inside the tower swinging from left to right and vice versa. The tall case clock is also know to make a loud sound at the top of every hour causing you to be aware of the time at that moment. In the early 2000s, the vintage clock gained prominence and became a sourced for item as it is made up of a metal with strong magnetic properties that can impair x-rays or other scanning rays. It is believed that anything concealed within the covering made from the pendulum of the grandfather clock cannot be seen by scanners because the magnetic property of the metal will block penetrating rays.
8. Grinding Stone
Before the advent of blenders and electric grinders, the grinding stone was a major tool in crushing tomatoes, beans and other foodstuff. New brides were given this item as a wedding gift. There was an old adage that you never grind an empty grinding stone, as it was believed to bring problems to the home of a person. However, many Nigerians believe that the stone also gave the food a special taste and flavour, different from those done with blenders today.