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Minimum wage: Oyo Govt, Labour signs agreement ; least paid worker to receive above N30,000



Governor Seyi Makinde

…NLC, TUC express trust in Gov Makinde

Oyo State Government and the Organised Labour on Wednesday reached an agreement on the N30,000 minimum wage passed into law by the Federal Government in 2019.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, confirmed that the pact was reached following a meeting between the State government’s delegation and the organized Labour.

The new Minimum wage according to the agreement takes effect from January 2020.

Secretary to the Government of Oyo State (SSG), Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, who chaired the State’s Minimum Wage Implementation Committee, broke the news of the pact reached between Labour and Oyo State Government Wednesday evening.

She said: “We have just signed an agreement and the highlight of the agreement signed is that the least paid worker in Oyo State will earn over N30,000 monthly, in agreement with the minimum wage signed at the federal level.

“We also agreed with our colleagues all on the table here on the consequential adjustment required as a result of that minimum wage, which has also been agreed and reached.”

She added: “We just reached a landmark point in the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde today. In the past few weeks, you would probably have been aware that we have been negotiating based on the agreement reached at the federal level on the minimum wage and the consequential adjustment for the workers in Oyo State.

“It has been a long process because we have had to look deeply into the books and all the factors required to ensure that even as we sign this agreement today, we get an agreement that is sustainable, agreeable and affordable for the Government and the people of Oyo State.

“So, I am happy to let all of us know that an agreement has been reached. It has been a lot of discussions, suggestions and innovative ideas on how we can move Oyo State to truly become the Pacesetter State that it is meant to be in the last few weeks.”

In their joint response to the new agreement, the organized Labour expressed satisfaction with the new agreement, noting the details of the consequential adjustment appear a good starting point, given the resources available to the State.

The chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Oyo State, Comrade Bayo Titilola-Sodo, stated that the agreement reached, would see the least paid worker in the State earn N30,000 while the matter of consequential adjustment was agreed based on the financial strength of the State.

“We all looked at the books and what our State was generating monthly. The least paid worker in the State will earn N30,000 but what we regard as consequential adjustments, we cannot follow the model from the Federal Government, because we had to cut our coats according to our sizes,” he said.

He added that the agreement came after collective bargaining and due consideration for the resources available to the State to best of the workers’ knowledge, noting that the Government had also promised to meet with the organized Labour every three months to consider the State’s resources.

Titilola-Sodo, who noted that the organized Labour has trust in the Governor to keep his words unlike the previous administration, which he said made similar promise but reneged, said: “I will say that we finally arrived at an agreement after a series of meetings and collective bargaining. I will not say it is the best for the state but it is a good starting point, given the resources available to the state to the best of our knowledge.

“The implementation is immediate. The government has agreed to start the implementation even from January but it will be paid in full in February and the arrears for January will be paid with March salary.”

On whether the issue of consequential adjustment might cause disagreement among the workforce, Titilola-Sodo said: “But we also agreed that we would be looking at the books regarding the earnings of the State. There is another meeting coming up in the next three months and it is our belief that the Government of Governor Makinde will not be like the Government of some people, who promised that we would have this kind of meeting but reneged.

“So far, Governor Makinde has not made a promise to us and failed, so this gives us the confidence that we will all sit together with the government in the next three months to look at the situation of things. We will ensure that the agreement is not in vain.”

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8-month pregnant woman chops off her husband’s penis (PHOTO)




An 8 month pregnant wife has reportedly chops off her husband’s penis during a little quarrel.

A Twitter user, @Dr. Penking revealed that this happened on Wednesday morning the woman engaged with her husband in physical fight.

It was gathered that the woman grabbed a kitchen knife and amputated the man’s penis.

The Twitter user added: “When next you want to advocate against domestic violence, remember that it can be both ways”.

See original pictures and tweet here

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SARS officers shoot 17-year-old about to pray; Family demands justice





The family of a 17-year-old boy simply identified as Sadiq has called on the general public to help demand Justice for their son who was allegedly shot by operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad on Monday in Abuja

The incident which happened on Monday in Abuja happened when the SARS were chasing some suspected kidnappers.

A source said the SARS officials scaled the fence of her aunt’s house and opened fire on occupants, SaharaReporters said.

She explained that Sadiq, was performing his ablution when the incident occurred. He was fired in the arm as he tried to run upon sighting the gun-wielding officers whom he took for armed robbers, she added

She said, “One of the officers shot him in the hand. Sadiq was bleeding. He handcuffed Sadiq and one of the neighbour’s son and took them into their vehicle.

“Meanwhile, the remaining officers broke the doors into the house, brought out the remaining boys and her husband and started beating them up.”

The source said she was later informed that the boys were being detained at the SARS office in Guzape where the officers claimed that they were trailing a kidnapper who had demanded for ransom money.

The lady added, “After we narrated our own side of the story, the officer realised there were some hidden facts. After clearly listening to his step mum, a senior officer asked them to release everybody.

“After going back and forth, I insisted they give us Sadiq for treatment and seeing it’s a gunshot injury and none of the hospitals will accept us without a police officer attached to us. I demanded that one of the police officers should accompany us to the hospital.

“They took Sadiq into their Hilux vehicle and drove him to National Hospital and left. The doctors told them to wait behind and submit their statement but they refused and left us there. When the bandage on Sadiq’s hand was removed, it was a gunshot injury.”

The bullet was said to have damaged Sadiq’s radius and ulna bones as well as the tendons on his wrist.

At the time of this report, the police has not released any statement or comments in respect to the incident.

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Covid-19: NGO extends a hand to the Poor, Feeds 2,500 families in Ibadan



The emergence of the novel Corona Virus Disease has contributed to the increasing rate of poverty in Nigeria and the obvious hardship that has ravaged the nation.

Families especially the low/no income earners who have being forced to abandon their source of livelihoods just to stay alive, find it extremely difficult to put food on the table.

In a bid to alleviate the pains of the people especially those that can be referred to as the ‘poorest of the poor’, a not-for-profit organisation, MOL foundation (Maria Oladapo Foundation) founded and funded by Bukky Amos-Bello has extended a helping hand to those families that can’t afford a decent meal at this time.

The foundation gave out food packs to 2,500 indigent families across the city of Ibadan.


MOL foundation gifts out food packs to Ibadan residents

MOL Foundation on Operation Feed the Poorest of the Poor

This exercise tagged, “Operation feed the Poorest of the Poor” took place from Thursday, 9th of April 2020 to Saturday, 11th of April 2020.

The Chairman/CEO of the Foundation through the Managing Director, a veteran Nollywood director, Yemi Amodu while entertaining questions from journalists says “it is a way of giving back to the society especially at this trying times. This is why the focus is on the indigent and those that are extremely affected by the lockdown caused by the Pandemic.

“The government can’t do it all and this is why capable citizens have to stand in the gap”, Bukky Amos-Bello added.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Silifatu, appreciated the organization for reaching out to people at such a time when there is hunger in land. She noted that the current situation has made so many incapacitated, calling on the government to ensure a transparent distribution of the bail out materials donated by the Federal Government and private individuals.

Recall that on December 31, 2019, Corona Virus was first discovered in Wuhan, China and has since spread into every continent of the world. The first case in Nigeria was confirmed on 27 February, 2020 in Lagos and has gradually spread into states of the country.

As at today, Sunday April 12, there have been 318 confirmed coronavirus cases and 10 deaths in Nigeria, while 70 people in the country have recovered after contracting the deadly virus.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

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