The Presidency has condemned the decision of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to initiate a nationwide strike beginning from midnight of November 13, 2023, labelling the decision as an “ego tripping move” and an act of unwarranted blackmail against the government.
The special adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, in a statement on Monday night, asserted that calling workers to a national strike over an individual issue violates a subsisting court order and amounts to an abuse of privilege by the labour leadership.
Highlighting the government’s commitment to investigating the assault on the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, Onanuga emphasized that power at any level should not be wielded to settle personal scores but rather used to promote collective progress and national interest.
The Presidential aide criticised the labour leaders for what he perceived as a disregard for the judiciary and an erosion of the traditional championing of the rule of law by the labour movement.
He said, “we notice with dismay the decision by the Nigerian Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress to call out workers to commence a strike action from midnight, despite a restraining order issued last week by Justice Benedict Backwash Kanyip of the National Industrial Court.
“This decision by the NLC and TUC other than being an ego tripping move is clearly unwarranted. It is an attempt to blackmail the government by the leadership of the NLC.
“We are still at a loss as to why the NLC and TUC decided to punish a whole country of over 200million people over a personal matter involving the NLC President, Mr. Joe Ajaero, whose error of judgment led to assault on him in Owerri while he was planning to incite the workers in Imo State into a needless strike.
“While the Federal government does not condone any form of violence and assault on any citizen of Nigeria regardless of his or her social and economic status, it is on record that the Inspector General of Police has ordered investigation into what happened to Mr. Ajaero while the Commissioner of Police in Imo State under whose watch the incident happened has been transferred out of the state.
“Calling out workers on a national strike over a personal issue of a labour leader despite a clear court order against any industrial action amounts to an abuse of privilege. Power at any level should never be used to settle personal scores. Rather, it should be used to promote collective progress and advance national interest.
“Our national economy and social activities should not suffer because of the personal interest of any labour leader.
“This flagrant disobedience to court order and lack of respect for the judiciary should not be what the organised Labour would champion.
“The labour movement has always been a champion of rule of law and respect for the judiciary. It is a sad irony that the current labour leaders have shown disdain and utter disregard for court order.
“We reiterate that this strike action is illegal, immoral, unjustifiable and irresponsible.What the strike notice issued Monday night after official hours suggests is it’s designed for a sinister and hidden agenda to cause undue hardship and cause civil disturbance in our country. This is unacceptable.”
JAMB RELEASES DATES FOR 2024 UTME
“Meanwhile, 7th March 2024, has been slated for the 2024 MOCK-UTME, while the main UTME will hold from 19th to 29th April 2024.
“Candidates are expected to print their examination slips as from 10th April 2024.
Candidates are enjoined to take note of these dates and other advisories issued by the Board in relation to the administration of the examination.
“They are also to visit the Board’s website www.jamb gov.ng for any other information.”
OSUN STATE UNIVERSITY ALERTS JOB SEEKERS ON FAKE JOB VACANCIES
A statement issued by the University’s Public Relations Officer, Ademola Adesoji, stated that the University’s advertisements are not placed on social media but placed in the National dailies. The statement reads, “The attention of the Management of Osun State University has been drawn to the message circulating in various social media platforms that the University is embarking on massive job recruitment into the academic and nonacademic positions.
“We hereby state categorically that the University is not currently recruiting and the general public should disregard and ignore the advertisement as it is likely to be an old advertisement. “The fraudulent advertisement is just another means to defraud the unsuspecting public. “Furthermore, it presupposes that whoever brings such old advertisement back to circulation has a motive of misleading and misinforming the public for his/her selfish interests.
“To this end, the Management of Osun State University wishes to reiterate that there is currently no massive recruitment into the University. “The advertisement is Fake in its entirety and should be ignored by the general public,” Adesoji added.
AFIT TO COMMENCE DEGREE PROGRAMMES IN AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE
AVM Rabe stated this during the collaborative visit of the China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC) to AFIT. CATIC, a Chinese state-owned defence company involved in aviation technology came to seek areas of collaboration with the Institute. According to AVM Rabe, AFIT had plans to provide infrastructure which would be fully equipped before the next academic session beginning in September, 2024.
He added that AFIT was highly suitable and capable of entering into a staff exchange programme for the benefit of both entities. He however remarked that it was imperative for AFIT staff to first assess the quality of aircraft and mechatronic equipment available in China to know if what was available fits into the needs of the Institute. Earlier, the leader of the Chinese delegation and Chief Representative of CATIC Nigeria, Mr Lioa Xun had stated that the visit was to assess the facilities in AFIT in order to establish a vocational technical centre where aircraft maintenance would be domesticated for the benefit of both countries.
He added that among the members of the Chinese entourage were Professor Ma Chao and Professor Wang Cheng Hao from Chendu Aeronautic Polytechnic which was the best Polytechnic in China in the area of aircraft research. The visit afforded both parties the opportunity to assess the course curricula of each school with a view to finding areas of collaboration and possible signing of Memorandum of Understanding. It would be recalled that AFIT is the only accredited institution of higher learning in Nigeria that offers degrees under the National Universities Commission and diplomas under the National Board for Technical Education.
Prominent among the Commandant’s team were the Deputy Commandant, AVM AO Shoghanmu; Provost, Professor Mahmoud Dauda; Registrar, Air Cdre MS Lawal; Dean, Centre for Technical and Vocational Training, Gp Capt OG Alabi; Liaison Officer, Gp Capt MH Akpan; and Director of Administration, Gp Capt JG Mudutgap. Others in CATIC team were Zhao Lue, Luo Xiao and Mr Wu Si.
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