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NYSC swears in 999 corps members, seeks Abia camp renovation

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Last Updated on August 18, 2023 by Fellow Press

The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) on Friday swore in 999 corps members of the 2023 Batch ‘B’ Stream 2 set, deployed to Abia for the one-year mandatory national service.

The State Coordinator, NYSC, Mrs Ufuoma Dickson-Iruenabere, made this known during the swearing-in ceremony at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Umunna, Bende Local Government Area.

She said that the corps members comprised 396 males and 603 females, adding that registration was still ongoing.

The state coordinator told the corps members that the orientation programme provided a veritable platform and opportunity for them to promote and sustain national unity and integration.

Dickson-Iruenabere appealed to the state government for an urgent intervention in renovating and upgrading the facilities in the camp, secretariat and the State Coordinator’s residence.
She said: “The orientation camp which was constructed in 2006 and handed over to NYSC in 2007 has been severely affected by gully erosion.

“This has damaged some of the camp’s facilities, including the parade ground, male hostel, and staff quarters.

“The resultant effect is the loss of valuable camp space, cracks in some of the walls of the buildings, and also presents a huge risk to the safety and well-being of corps members during orientation programmes.”

Declaring the orientation programme open, Gov. Alex Otti urged the corps members to use the opportunity of their deployment to the state to improve on themselves.

Otti, represented by Dr Temple Nwosu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, commended the NYSC management for the reinvigoration of the skills acquisition training for corps members.

The governor also lauded the scheme for the introduction of martial art for self defence in the orientation course amongst others.

The oath of allegiance was administered by Chief Judge of Abia, Justice Lilian Abai, represented by Justice Eleazer Enwereji.

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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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