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Subsidy removal: FCT residents urge FG to provide buses, rail transportation



FG to provide buses, rail transportation

Last Updated on August 6, 2023 by Fellow Press

Some FCT residents on Sunday appealed to the Federal Government to provide buses and rail transportation in Abuja to ease the high cost of transportation for workers.

The residents, in an interviews said the removal of fuel subsidy had led to an increase in the prices of goods and services.

They, however, said this had brought untold hardship to Nigerians.

Mr Sunday Amos, a civil servant, said he found it difficult to go to work since the increase of fuel from N537 to N617.

“I have been forced to drop my car due to the high cost of fuel.

“Before the removal of fuel subsidy, I used to fill my tank confidently with 10,000. When fuel was increased from N190 to N537, it costed me N35,000 to fill my tank.

”Now that the fuel had increased again to N617, I am not sure I will fill the tank again till further notice.

“A lot of public car users have dropped their cars because the passengers they carry cannot make them to break even with the current market price,” he said.

According to Ngozi Eze, a civil servant and a business woman said that she had resorted to trekking to cut down the high transport fare.

” I trek even under the sun and rain to reduce transport fare because if I remove the transport fare from my salary, I will be left with nothing,” she said.

Mrs Joy Imuzeze, a resident of Dutse, said that it was now difficult for her to go to work because of the increase in transport fares without a commensurate increase in salary.

“Many workers are voluntarily resigning from their job because if they remove the transport fare from their salaries, they will have nothing to hold on to,” Imuzeze said.

Mr Emmanuel Odey, a public servant, said that there had been a behavioural adjustment in the company where he works, adding,” because the situation is telling on everybody including the employers.

”This situation may increase the already high rate of unemployment because employers are laying off staffers.

”If the government provides buses that can convey a lot of people from various areas of Abuja into the city centres, I think the situation will be better,” he said.


Gunmen kidnap another Catholic priest in Anambra



Last Updated on June 18, 2024 by Fellow Press

Anambra State based Catholic priest, Reverend Father Christian Ike, has been abducted by assailants.

The clergyman was reportedly taken away by the assailants on Sunday, along Amagu junction, Ndiokpaleke, in Ajali community in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

An eyewitness in the area, who narrated the incident our correspondents, said the priest was returning alongside two other persons from an early morning Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church when the assailants double-crossed his vehicle.

The source said unknown gunmen kidnapped the priest and took some personal belongings in the vehicle, but the reason for the incident has yet to be ascertained.

The eyewitness said, “The priest and two other persons were returning from St. Micheal Catholic Church, where they attended morning service.

“On getting to Amagu Junction, their vehicle was double-crossed by armed men operating in three vehicles, while the other two other persons escaped the scene, the criminals took away the priest and some personal belongings of the occupants in the vehicle.”

Confirming the incident, the Anambra State police spokesman, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, said the command had deployed its intelligence and operational assets for the priest’s possible rescue unhurt.

He added that further development will be communicated as it unfolds.

Ikenga said, “Anambra State Police Command received the information of the abduction of Rev Father Christian Ike and has deployed its intelligence and operational assets of the Command for possible rescue unhurt.

“Eyewitness account revealed by 10:30 am on 16/6/2024, the priest and two others were returning from St. Micheal Catholic Church Ndiokpaleke where they attended morning service, along Amagu Junction, they were double-crossed by armed men operating in three vehicles, while the other two escaped the scene, the criminals took away the priest and some personal belongings of the occupants in the vehicle.

“To this end, the Command has activated its intelligence and operational assets for possible arrest of the assailants and rescue unhurt of the priest.”

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Minimum wage: Archbishop urges compromise



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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