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UNESC Restates Commitment To Peace On World Humanitarian Day



UNESC Restates Commitment To Peace On World Humanitarian Day

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESC), Office of the Special Adviser/Representative on Community Peace and Development (CPD) for Africa, Nigeria has reiterated her commitment to strengthening relationship in order to achieve sustainable peace building and development in Nigeria and Africa at large.

The UNESC stated this position during this year’s Humanitarian Day.

The UN General Assembly declared every August 19 as World Humanitarian Day to pay tribute to humanitarian workers killed and injured in the course of their work
to provide life-saving support and protection to people most in need.

During a press conference to commemorate this year’s Humanitarian Day, the Special Adviser and Representative to UNESC on Community Peace and Development (CPD), Prof. Babalola Muyiwa , emphasized that the CPD Office had been transformed into a national and international think tank to formulate policies on issues of communal peace, social cohension, development, political participation and leadership.

It also promotes an active citizenry by providing support for inclusive dialogue and advocacy initiatives through the members of the Community Peace and Development Committee.

The committee appointed Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President’Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity as the chairman and has the following as advisers: Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sen. Abdullahi Gobir, Chairman, Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligent, Gen.Charles Okoro (rtd), Sen. Iyabo Anisulowo, former Minister of State for Education, Northern/Southern Governors Forum and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The committee also has Prof. Muyiwa Babalola as the National Coodinator and Special Adviser on Community Peace and Development. Others are: Barr. Danladi Ismail, Apostle Dr. Chuks Alozie, Prof.(Mrs) Anosike Celine, Abdullahi Bulama, Dr.Tokunbo Akeredolu, Hassana Alhassan, Zainab Misa, Hon.Felix Idowu and Musa Salisu, Hon. Oliver Suleiman and Hajiya Binta Edet Saeed.

According to Babalola, peace is a concept of societal friendship and harmony in the absence of hostility and violence, and it is commonly used to mean a lack of conflict and freedom from fear violence between individuals and groups. He also said that part of the recommendation for national government is to incorporate and harness the potential of youths for peace and sustainable development.

Babalola said that the Community Peace and Development Office of UNESC had designed national programmes to prevent conflict, most especially in the northern part of Nigeria, and collaborated with the government of Nigeria and other African countries, United Nations Inter-Pacific Association (UNIPA), International Diplomatic Cooperation Organization (IDCO), United Nations Interchange Development Association (UNIDA), Globastorm Safety Foundation, United Nation Global Compact, European Transparency, European Road Safety Charter (ERSC), International Road Victims Partnership (IRVP), World International Economic Group, The World People’s Forum and more.


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BREAKING: NLC, TUC Suspend Planned Strike As Govt, Labour Leaders Meet



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President Bola Tinubu

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Monday night suspended their strike scheduled for Wednesday.

This development is sequel to a meeting by the representatives of the Federal Government and the Organised Labour at the Presidential Villa on Monday night over fuel subsidy removal.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives and newly appointed Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, who disclosed the outcome of the meeting to State House correspondents, read a communique stating the agreement struck between the NLC, TUC and the team set up by President Bola Tinubu to discuss the issues arising from the subsidy removal.

According to him, the Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC would establish a joint committee to review the proposal for any wage increase or award and establish a framework and timeline for implementation.

“The Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC would review World Bank Financed Cash transfer scheme and propose inclusion of low-income earners in the programme.

“The Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC to revive the CNG conversion programme earlier agreed with Labour centres in 2021 and work out detailed implementation and timing.

“The Labour centres and the Federal Government to review issues hindering effective delivery in the education sector and propose solutions for implementation.

“The Labour centres and the Federal Government to review and establish the framework for completion of the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries.

“The Federal Government to provide a framework for the maintenance of roads and expansion of rail networks across the country.

“All other demands submitted by the TUC to the Federal Government will be assessed by the joint committee.

“Consequently, the parties agreed follows:

“The NLC to suspend the notice of strike forthwith to enable further consultations

“The TUC and the NLC to continue the ongoing engagements with the Federal Government and secure closure on the resolutions above

“The Labour Centres and the Federal Government to meet on June 19, 2023, to agree on an implementation framework.”

Earlier on Monday, the National Industrial Court restrained the Organised Labour from embarking on any form of strike.

Ruling on an exparte application filed before the court, Justice O.Y. Anuwe restrained the defendants (the TUC and the NLC) from embarking on the planned nationwide strike on Wednesday pending the hearing and determination of the motion of notice dated June 5, 2023.

The judge also ordered that the defendants be immediately served with the originating processes, the motion on notice and the order of the court.

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BREAKING:Court Bars NLC, TUC From Strike Over Petrol Subsidy Removal



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The National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Abuja division, on Monday restrained the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from embarking on strike over the removal of petrol subsidy.

The federal government had asked the court for an interim injunction preventing the labour unions from proceeding on the strike scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Delivering the ruling on Monday, Olufunke Anuwe, the presiding judge, said the unions should halt the planned strike pending the hearing and determination of the ex parte motion filed by the federal government.

On June 2, NLC issued a five-day ultimatum to the federal government to revert to the old price of petrol or face a nationwide strike.

Worker unions, including the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), and Nigeria Union of Journalists, have asked their members to join the planned strike.

Owing to the development, the federal government approached the court for an interim injunction.

The presiding judge said the federal government was able to show that the planned strike is capable of disrupting activities in the health and education sectors.

“The defendants/respondents are hereby restrained from embarking on the planned industrial action/or strike of any nature, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice dated 5th June 2023,” the judge said.

“It is ordered that the defendant/respondents be immediately served with the originating processes in this suit, the motion on notice and the order of this court hereby made.

“The motion on notice is hereby fixed for hearing for 19th June 2023. Hearing notices to that effect shall be served on the defendants/respondents along with the other processes.”

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BREAKING: Kwara Govt Reduces Workdays To Three Over Fare Rise



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Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak.

As fares have risen following the removal of fuel subsidy, the Kwara State government has directed that work days be reduced from five days to three per week for every worker in the state.

The state government said on Monday that the reduction of working days had become necessary following the astronomical hike in fares.

This is contained in a statement in Ilorin, by Murtala Atoyebi, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazak.

The State Head of Service, Mrs Susan Oluwole, therefore directed all Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to immediately work out a format indicating the alternating work days for each worker under them.

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