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State Assembly urges govt support for Nasarawa market fire victims

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State Assembly urges govt support for Nasarawa market fire victims

Last Updated on August 25, 2023 by Fellow Press

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has urged the state government to provide relief materials for victims of the Aug. 20, fire disaster at Nasarawa market in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.

Speaker of the Assembly, Alh. Ibrahim Abdullahi, made the call while reading the House resolution on a matter of public importance raised by Hajara Danyaro
(APC-Nasarawa Central) during plenary on Friday in Lafia.

The speaker said that providing relief materials to the victims would go a long way to cushion the effects of the fire disaster on them.

He appreciated Danyaro for bringing the matter and other members for their positive contributions on the issue.

“It is, indeed, sad that the fire disaster destroyed shops and properties worth millions of Naira in Nasarawa market.

“This is happening when Nigerians are facing severe hardship because of the removal of the fuel subsidy in the country,’’ he said

The speaker sympathised with the victims of the inferno and urged them to remain calm.

“Apart from sympathising with the victims, we call on the state government to immediately send delegation to the scene of the fire disaster to ascertain the level of damage.

“We also call on the state government to provide relief materials to cushion the effects of the fire disaster on the victims,’’the speaker said.

The speaker directed the Clerk to communicate the resolution of the House to the state government for action.

Earlier, Danyaro, who raised the matter under matter of urgent public importance, urged the speaker and members to support her to enable the state government come to the aid of the victims of fire disaster in her constituency.

“Mr Speaker and honourable colleagues, the early hours of Aug. 20, 2023, was a sad moment for the people of my constituency as there was fire outbreak in Nasarawa market which destroyed shops and properties worth millions of Naira.

“It was very sympathetic that the victims of the fire disaster lost everything in their shops and are suffering as a result of the incident.

“This happened at this time of hardship occasioned by the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as fuel in the country,” she said.

In their various contributions, Solomon Akwashiki ( SDP- Lafia Central), Peter Akwe( PDP-Obi 1), Onarigu Kana
(SDP-Udege/Loko) and Musa Ibrahim Abubakar (NNPP- Doma South) all sympathised with the victims and urged state government support for the victims.

Others who also appealed for the state government support include Larry Ven-Bawa (APC- Akwanga North) and Suleiman Azara (APC-Awe South).

The lawmakers also called for the provision of functional vehicles and other equipment to the fire service stations in order to promptly response to fire outbreaks.

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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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