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MNJTF Commander restates commitment to restoring peace in Lake Chad region

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Last Updated on July 26, 2023 by Fellow Press

The new Force Commander, Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali has said that the force has requisite capacity to restore peace and stability in the Lake Chad region.

Ali stated this in a statement by Lt.-Col. Abubakar Abdullahi, Military Public Relations Officer, MNJTF, on Wednesday in Maiduguri.

The statement said the Commader stated this during his maiden visit to the headquarters of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), N’djamena, Chad.

The commander maintained that to restore law and order in the region, all hands must be on deck for the Force to achieve its mandate.

While calling for more support from the LCBC to enable him to deliver his tasks of commanding the Force, Ali appreciated the Commission for leading the political angle of the mission.

The statement also quoted the Executive Secretary, LCBC, Amb. Mamman Nuhu as acknowledging the new Commander’s enthusiastic and inclusive leadership qualities.

This, he said, sets a positive precedent for the MNJTF, reflecting a clear commitment to the Force’s mandate.

He said the Commander’s encompassing leadership approach has been seen to boost morale within the ranks, promoting a unity of purpose towards achieving set objectives.

Nuhu, who is also the Head of Mission, MNJTF, highlighted the unwavering commitment exhibited by the Troops Contributing Countries (TCCs).

“Their continued support is a testament of the collective will to establish and maintain security in the region.

“Also, their dedication is a pivotal factor in the progression and success of the MNJTF’s operations,” Nuhu was quoted as saying in the statement.

It will be recalled that Ali took over recently as the 10th Force Commander of the MNJTF.

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Minimum wage: Archbishop urges compromise

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Last Updated on June 9, 2024 by Fellow Press

Archbishop Joseph Ojo, General Overseer of the Calvary Kingdom Church, Okokomaiko, Lagos State, on Saturday urged labour leaders and the Federal Government to reach a compromise as regards a new minimum wage.

Ojo made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The archbishop described wage negotiation as a social contract that should be approached with empathy by parties.

According to him compromise is needed in the matter to save the country from anxiety.

“They should consider the fact that the unemployed are much more than the few that are in government employment.

“The federal, states and local governments only employed some workers.

“Others are in firms owned and operated by individuals that might not be able to pay higher wage.

“The higher they push it, the higher the inability of the unemployed to survive, because firms, which struggle to pay staff, may not talk of hiring new ones,” he said.

The cleric said that lack of employment might result in increase in crimes.

“There are private sector employers, who cannot cope with what the federal or states will offer,” he added.

The cleric said that high wage bill might compel private schools to increase school bills to meet up with overhead costs.

“Some parents will not meet up, and their children would be forced to drop out of school,” he said.

He also advised governments to consider subsisting social-economic variables, such as cost of food items, transport and medical bills, and offer a sustainable minimum wage.

“The parties ought to put all these into consideration to achieve progress in their negotiation,” the cleric said.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress are now demanding N250, 000 as a new minimum wage.

The Federal Government has offered to pay N62,000.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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Over 200 intending pilgrims protest in Ilorin over faulty aircraft

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Last Updated on June 7, 2024 by Fellow Press

No fewer than 200 intending pilgrims from Kwara on Friday protested at llorin international Airport over the inability of an aircraft to transport them to Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrims, officials of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board and the 2024 state Amirul Hajj had boarded the aircraft since Thursday.

The aircraft was, however, said to have developed a technical fault.

Some engineers with the Federal Airport Authority had been making frantic efforts to repair the faulty aircraft since Thursday without success.

Consequently, some of the intending pilgrims staged a protest over the development.

The intending pilgrims, alongside their relations, took the protest to the highway linking the airport with other communities to express their displeasure over the situation.

Some of the protesters were seen singing solidarity songs condemning the situation, especially since they are the tenth and last batch from the state.

Sen. lbrahim Oloriegbe, the state’s 2024 Amirul Hajj, while speaking with NAN, attributed the failure to transport the last batch of the pilgrims to faulty aircraft.

Oloriegbe said the intending pilgrims had boarded the aircraft since Thursday but were unable to be transported following the development.

The Amirul hajj said that they are expecting another aircraft from Medinnah to transport the intending pilgrims and the officials.

He appealed to them to exercise patience, as the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria was on top of the situation.

He said that the board would continue to cater for the feeding of the intending pilgrims pending when they would be transported to the holy land.

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