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Workers Shut Down ABSUTH Indefinitely Over 22 Months Salary Arrears

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Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH) Aba, has shut down operations at the state’s apex health institution.

The action followed expiration of warning strike issued by JAC to Abia Government via a letter dated Oct. 20, and acknowledged by the government.

Mr Samuel Kalu, the Chairman of JAC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Wednesday in Aba, that organised labour in ABSUTH resolved to embark on the strike as government did not meet their demands.

The letter made available to NAN was signed by representatives of the unions.

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The unions are: Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Senior Staff Association of Universities’ Teaching Hospitals Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI).

The letter states inter alia: “We the Joint Unions of ABSUTH under the Joint Action Committee (JAC) wish to inform the government that we have exhausted our patience and can no longer watch our members and their families die in penury due to non-payment of 22 months salary arrears.

“This has been made known to the government through previous notices especially the notice of April 15, 2021 and the subsequent suspension on April 16, 2021.

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“Equally, we wish to inform the government that for the past seven years, no pensioner in ABSUTH had been paid a dime and this cannot be allowed to continue.

“Consequently, the JAC gives the government seven days ultimatum to address these grievances or face an indefinite strike action from midnight of Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, to press home our demands.”

Kalu told NAN that the unions could no longer endure the treatment the state government was meting out to them.

“We waited until now to announce this because we had been hoping that after everything, Abia Government will change its minds and obey an earlier agreement we entered to be paying us consistently and gradually.

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“But the state government still remained adamant and reneged on its own promise.

“We waited to this time because of the weekend and the sit-at-home in the South East and now, it is official that ABSUTH workers have resumed an indefinite strike because government had not responded as expected.

“We have told them that if they are considerate to pay us five months arrears at once, we will consider the patients that need the services of the hospital and return but if not, the strike continues,” he said.

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NYSC To Corps Members: Be Vaccinated, It Will Keep You Safe

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Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, Director General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has advised the Batch C, Stream 2 Corps members yet to take COVID-19 vaccination to do so without further delay.

Ibrahim gave the directive at the Bauchi State permanent orientation camp, Wailo, in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday, during the swearing-in ceremony of Batch C, Stream 2 Corps members.

The NYSC chief, represented by the state Coordinator of the scheme, Alhaji Namadi Abubakar, said the vaccine would go a long way in keeping the corps members safe from COVID-19.

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The Federal Government has made the presentation of evidence of the vaccination a prerequisite for civil servants to access public offices from December 1.

“I therefore, encourage those of you, who are yet to take the vaccine, to do so without further delay as the rule could apply to corps members in their places of primary assignment.

NYSC To Corps Members: Be Vaccinated, It Will Keep You Safe

“Of greater significance is the fact that the vaccine will keep you safe.

“We are already in touch with relevant authorities to ensure that the vaccines are made available to you in the course of this programme”, he said.

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He expressed gratitude to the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for support and facilitating the safe and efficient conduct of the NYSC orientation camps.

“Our appreciation also goes to other stakeholders, including the National Agency for the Control of AIDS and the TY Danjuma Foundation who both donated tens of thousands of Rapid Test Kits to the Scheme.

“In the same vein, I thank the State Ministries of Health as well as Federal and State tertiary health institutions for their support in the areas of COVID-19 prevention and general health services,” he said.

He added that the deployment policies of the scheme were aimed at placing Corps members them in good stead for effective contribution to the promotion of national unity and integration, advising them to always be security conscious during and after their service year.

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The D-G also urged the corps members to ensure healthy interactions and build lasting friendships with a view to advancing a united Nigeria.

Justice Rabi Talatu, the Chief Judge of Bauchi State, represented by Justice Sa’ad Zadawa administered the oath of allegiance to the 1,600 corps members.

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Ayatu Momoh: Federal Poly Offa Lecturer Slumps And Dies In Kwara (Photo)

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Ayatu Momoh, a Mass Communication lecturer who works with the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, is dead.

He slumped at a community meeting on Sunday, Nov. 28, in Offa, Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State.

He was saying the closing prayers to bring the community meeting to an end when he slumped.

Efforts to revive him proved abortive and he was later pronounced dead.

Momoh, an Igala man from Kogi State, was the secretary of the Igala community in Offa and its environs.

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has reportedly vowed to shutdown the country, if the federal government remove the fuel subsidies in 2022, Newspremises reports.

Recall that the National Labour Congress(NLC) had earlier rejected the alleged plans by the federal to remove the fuel subsidies, NANS on Friday, also kicked against the fuel subsidies removal.

Malam Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), had announced that petrol could increase to N340 from February 2022.

NANS threatened that Nigeria will be shut down if the federal government attempts the removal of fuel subsidy and an increase in the price of fuel.

NANS in a statement signed by its President, Asefon Sunday noted that Nigerians are presently suffering; therefore any attempt to aggravate the social woes and economic manacles that are already faced will not only be reckless but amount to testing the patience of Nigerians too far.

The statement read, “Let’s first of all categorically state that on behalf of the suffering millions of Nigerian Students; and on behalf of the millions of the frustrated masses of the Nigerian people who are our parents; brothers and sisters; uncles and aunts; friends and neighbours, we reject this socioeconomic evil proposal and we shall resist it. Nigerians are really suffering. We are in dire socioeconomic straits. We are weeping in our hearts and souls. We are dying in silence. We feel the agony and anguish because we are practically involved.

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“We wish to warn against it. The country is very stretched and tense. In case the government is not aware, we are passing them this intelligence free of charge now. Again we advise, let the government not stretch it further. The consequences will be dire. The people are already flamed. Mendacity will beget mendacity.”

“NANS is happy that the organised labour and civil society groups have all rejected the proposal. We shall ensure that the entire country is shut down and paralysed should the Federal Government proceed with its insensitive plan of deregulation or even any further increase in the pump price of fuel. We have had enough.”

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NANS noted that deregulation cannot change anything in the country except the practical reality of the socio-economic condition of Nigerians changes.

“No deregulation can happen on the basis of import-driven deregulation. We are aware of our reality with all the ones already deregulated, including Kerosene, diesel and cooking gas (which price has gone totally out of control).

“May we remind the Federal Government that NANS is not totally against deregulation. But they were conditions already agreed upon before any talk about deregulation can start. And none of those conditions are in place at the moment.”

They described the intending plan by the government as very strange especially at a time when no refinery is functioning in the country insinuating that the sinister plan is outright the quest of the government to get money at all costs to squander and finance the ostentatious lifestyles of public officers and senior civil servants.

“The four (4) refineries are not functioning, and if they are functioning at all, it is at a near-zero level. There is zero consultation with stakeholders to even consider issues around deregulation and why it should or should not be. The survival of Nigerian workers and their wards is yet to be discussed, yet a date that may take lives out of them has been fixed.

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“It’s really sad that the government can contemplate something as critical as deregulating the petroleum sector without thinking it through, without consultation and without a robust debate.”

NANS demanded that the Federal Government rescind the plan to remove fuel subsidy till adequate arrangements like refining at home and utilising our petrochemical by-products are made.

“Then, after that, there will be a robust discussion by all stakeholders to deal with associated socioeconomic issues and discuss the details of the new regime. It is only on this condition that there can be a corresponding social equilibrium, economic prosperity, job and wealth creation for Nigerians,” the statement read.

NANS in conclusion admonished all comrades, allies, and structures of NANS to be on the alert and not be swayed or distracted.

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