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FG removes VAT on diesel for six months



The Federal Government, in an effort to cushion the effects of the recent removal of the fuel subsidy, has declared the removal of the value-added tax (VAT) on diesel for the coming six months.


This announcement was made public by Femi Gbajabiamila, the Chief of Staff to President Bola Tinubu, after the conclusive discussions with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).


Key resolutions from the meeting include:
The approval of a N25,000 provisional wage increment for all treasury-paid federal government workers over a period of six months.

The commitment of the Federal Government to expedite the delivery of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses to mitigate public transportation challenges that have risen from the removal of the PMS subsidy.

A pledge to allocate funds specifically for micro and small-scale enterprises.
An acknowledgment of the 8.57% spike in diesel prices, as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics, with consumers now paying an average of N854.32 per litre, a significant rise from N786.88 per litre from the previous year.

The commencement of payments, by the Federal Government, of N75,000 to 15 million households at N25,000 monthly from October to December 2023.

The National Bureau of Statistics had highlighted a worrying trend in diesel prices which, spurred by a 7.5% VAT and forex challenges, catapulted from N650 per litre to nearly N950. In light of these developments, Bennett Korie, the President of the Natural Oil and Gas Suppliers Association of Nigeria, had emphasized the severe impact of the VAT on diesel, which had propelled pump prices to staggering heights across the nation.

The meeting, which saw the participation of prominent figures including Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor Abdulrazak Abdulrahman of Kwara State, and Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, also touched upon the longstanding issues between the Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos State.

Both NLC and TUC are currently deliberating the propositions made by the Federal Government with the aim of potentially halting their planned industrial action, allowing further discussions on the actualization of the aforementioned resolutions.

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mallam Mohammed Idris, emphasized the Federal Government’s dedication to addressing these pressing concerns, urging that solutions are more feasible with workers at their stations rather than on strike. The labor delegation, which was headed by NLC President Joe Ajaero and included notable leaders from both NLC and TUC, seemed hopeful for the forthcoming consultations.


Breaking news: Minimum Wage: Labour rejects FG’s N54,000 offer



The organised labour has rejected the Federal Government N54,000 new minimum wage proposal.


According to reliable source, the meeting on the ongoing negotiations on new minimum wage has been adjourned till Wednesday after the organised labour.


Media report has it that the Federal Government upped its offer from its earlier proposed N48,000 to N54,000.

Tuesday’s meeting came as a result of the walkout staged by members of the organised labour following the proposal of N48,000 as minimum wage by the Federal Government during last week’s meeting.

During that meeting, the OPS had also proposed N54,000 while labour insisted on its N615,000 living wage demand.

Our correspondent who spoke to sources who attended the follow-up meeting on Tuesday learnt that the Federal Government upped its offer from N48,000 to N54,000.

“Well, during the meeting, the government increased its offer from N48,000 to N54,000. However, labour rejected that offer and the meeting has been adjourned till Wednesday,” a source who asked not to be named said.

When asked if the government’s side was showing any sign of seriousness, the labour leader said, “No seriousness at all. Even state governors did not show up. Those who represented them, like Bauchi and Niger states, did not have the mandates to speak on their behalf.

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Real Madrid’s goalkeeper shares recovery insights after two injuries



Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has opened up about his recovery journey following two serious knee injuries.


Courtois said, “In August, I cried because the worst thing that can happen to you in football is a cruciate ligament injury. When I returned home, I said that I was going to work hard and come back stronger. That was my idea from the beginning: to stay positive, fight, never give up, and push my limits.


“Many thought my season was over, but I knew it wasn’t,” Courtois told Marca.

Recall that for most of the current season, Courtois missed out due to two injuries: a cruciate ligament tear and a meniscus injury. In his absence, first-choice goalkeeper was Chelsea’s loanee Kepa Arrizabalaga, and later, he faced competition from Andriy Lunin.

Upon his return, Courtois played in 3 La Liga matches, keeping clean sheets in all of them. In the last game against Alaves, the Belgian made 10 saves.

Earlier, it was reported that Courtois’ recovery from injury will be featured in a documentary series.

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