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Labour Seeks Buhari’s Intervention on Minimum Wage

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Organised labour has sought President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention to resolve the dispute over the N30,000 new minimum wage.

At a meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, the FG and labour again failed to reach an agreement over payment of the new minimum wage.

While the FG is offering a 10 per cent salary increase for workers on grade level 07 to 14 and 5.5 per cent for those on grade level 15 to 17, labour is insistent on 29 per cent for workers on grade level 07 to 14 and 24 per cent for those on grade level 15 to 17.

However, both parties will resume negotiations in Abuja next week.

A source told our correspondent that labour was insistent on its demand while government negotiators refused to improve on their proposals.

The source said a meeting that was scheduled for today had been called off.

The source said, “We maintained our earlier position and demand at the meeting. Government negotiators were not ready to move from their position also. We have told to package our position and their own proposals and send to their principal (President Muhammadu Buhari) to look at the difference.

“We want him to look at it hoping that the FG will come up with better proposals. Whatever they come up with will be the subject of our meeting next week. Tomorrow’s meeting has been called off.”

Labour was not happy after FG on Monday attributed the delay in the implementation of the consequential adjustment of the new minimum wage to labour’s unrealistic demands.

The Chairman of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Richard Egbule, said labour’s demands would significantly increase the total wage bill, hence the government would not accept labour’s proposed salary adjustments.

Responding to the claim, Secretary of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, Alade Lawal, in an interview with our correspondent said the government was trying to force labour to accept its proposal, adding that such would only make workers poorer.

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Office Of The Accountant General Of The Federation On Fire In Abuja

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Treasury House, the multistorey building housing the offices of the Attorney-Genral of the Federation in Abuja is on fire.

There is no confirmation about the cause of the fire.

Firefighters have responded to the scene.

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Governor Ben Ayade Keeps Vigil At Cross River, Akwa Ibom Boundary, Enforces Ban On Entry Into State

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Cross River State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade, Tuesday kept vigil at th boundary between his state and Akwa Ibom State, personally taking part in enforcing his government’s order banning human and vehicular movements into the state.

The governor, who arrived the Calabar-Itu head bridge before mid-night on Tuesday, spent several hours with members of the State Covid-19 task force, departing at about 9am on Wednesday.

As a consequence, they were long lines of vehicles on both sides of the boundary, as the taskforce prevented movement across the boundary.

Speaking to news men, the governor said he was denying himself sleep so that the people of the state can themselves sleep.

According to him, leading the enforcement himself was to ensure that the boundary was totally locked down in line with his directive to ensure the state remains Covid19 free.

He said the strict enforcement of the order was necessitated by the reality that all of the neighbouring states have recorded incidences of coronavirus infections.

“We will know no sleep so that our people can sleep. It is for the sake of their own security and safety that we are all out here.”

At about 8am the following morning, the Governor personally screened trapped vehicles, allowing only those on essential services, including newspaper distributors to make it through the boundary, after being tested by medical personnel.

Those considered to be on non-essential services, were turned back.

The governor announced that he will be embarking on a similar exercise at the border between Cameroon and the state.
He said he needed to feel the pulse of the team enforcing the lockdown by taking part in the exercise himself.

“Our ambition is to have zero incidence of Coronavirus in the state. While other states are locking down, we are locking out. We are locking out because inside our state, we are safe and free.

“Those who locked down, locked down with the virus but for Cross River, we are locking out, not locking down. That way we are staying safe.”

On his part, the state commissioner of police, Anozia Uche, who accompanied the governor, commended him for the preventive measures being adopted to keep the state free from the virus.

“The Governor and the rest of us have come here at this particular time to ensure that the measures put in place are actually obeyed and enforced.
He said he was impressed with what he had seen.

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We’ll Consider Traditional Medicine for COVID-19 Treatment, Says Health Minister

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Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, says the federal government will consider “serious” stakeholders in traditional medicine in the treatment of COVID-19.

The minister spoke at a press conference the presidential task force on COVID-19 held in Lagos on Tuesday.

He said those who are serious with the use of local herbs and concoctions would be considered.

“We will look into every assertion. Some people say they have herbs and some others say they have concoctions. Only for those that are serious, the department of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine in the ministry of health will look into their claims and we will not throw away any suggestion,” he said.

“The efficacy and efficiency of these medicines have to be proven first before it is recommended for people to take.”

He added that different trials are taking place such as “the use of convalescent plasma, which is taken from people that had coronavirus that have been treated successfully”, and these trials are being reviewed and a confirmation will be passed as time goes on.

“The same goes for hydroxychloroquine. It had been found in some tests to work outside the body, that is ‘in vitro testing’, but the chloroquine that people can swallow needs to be tested to see if it works the same way with the one taken outside the body,” he said.

The minister said the federal government is also depending on the World Health Organisation (WHO) like other countries for recommendations on the use of proper medicines to treat coronavirus.

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