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Strike: Radio, television, others to shut down



Radio, television, theatre and arts workers will all shut down activities during the proposed nationwide industrial action starting from October 3, 2023.


This was contained in a notice of indefinite nationwide strike from Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria, RATTAWU, signed by its General Secretary, Comrade A. Akpausoh.


The union said the decision was a follow up to the just concluded meeting of the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, which was held on Tuesday 26 September 2023.

The meeting had resolved that all affiliates of the congresses should embark on a nationwide indefinite strike action which should be total, with effect from Tuesday October 3, 2023.

“In other words, there shall be no operations in our sectors throughout the period of the action.

“Consequently, all our state councils and chapters across the nation are hereby directed to mobilize our members for effective implementation of the strike action.

“Also, all Vice Presidents in their various zones are being requested to monitor full compliance of the directive.

“Remember, ‘He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it’,” the Union said.


Bandits shoot 40 dead, sack Plateau community



Bandits in their numbers reportedly attacked Zurak village in Bashar District of Wase local government area of Plateau State, killing more than 40 persons, including vigilantes.


According to residents of the community, the incident occurred around 5: pm, on Monday, when people were going about their normal activities.


The residents said but they could not immediately report the incident due to the poor communication network in the area.

According to Sahpi’i Sambo, a youth leader in the area, who also confirmed the incident to Daily Trust, the bandits arrived at the community on motorcycles – two on a bike – with sophisticated weapons and started shooting sporadically.

He said “More than 40 people were killed while many injured. Residents of the village have fled to neighbouring communities for cover. As of yesterday, security personnel had not yet arrived at the community. It was deadly,” Sambo said.

Spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Alabo Alfred, had not responded to inquiry by our correspondent as of the time of filing this report.

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Ex-Sports Minister laments after hospital neglected him for hours over N80000 deposit



A former Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has recounted how a hospital in Plateau State did not attend to him because of the non-payment of the admission deposit.


Dalung said he fell ill on Wednesday, May 8, and went to the unnamed hospital for treatment but that the hospital refused to give him treatment because he had yet to make an admission deposit despite holding his medical records. The former minister said he regained partial consciousness later and transferred the deposit before he was attended to.


“I took ill on Wednesday, arrived at the hospital & shortly became unconscious after doctor’s interviews. Was ferried into emergency ward but abandoned for over 4 hrs due to non payments of admission deposits. Regained partial consciousness later did the transfer of deposit.

After that, I fell into unconsciousness again for about 7 hours. To God be the glory, I have been discharged after 3 days & recovering. Were it not for partial consciousness to pay the deposits, I would have been Mr. late. Many Nigerians have gone this way. Where is our humanity?

I was then admitted into the ward and given medical attention. This is the hospital that has my medical records. The last medical checkup I did about 2 months ago was there, but suddenly, I became a stranger because of non payments of deposits even with the so-called name. Hmmmm”

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