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Labour Unions In Dilemma Over Tariff Hikes

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The Nigeria labour movement appears to have finally lost the battle to stop tariff hikes in the two critical sectors of downstream petroleum and electricity.

Niger-Delta Youth Council (NDYC), yesterday, threatened to shut down oil production over increase in pump price of premium motor spirit (PMS).

NDYC Convener, General Ebi Tamuno, in a statement, said there was no justification for worsening the plight of Nigerians through persistent hikes in price of fuel. It said, given the existing economic realities, COVID-19 and #EndSARS issues that put the country out of productivity in various forms, it would be a policy aberration to allow any form of price increase in electricity tariff or fuel pump price because it would impact negatively on Nigerians.

“We make bold to state that it is an affront on the survival of Nigerians, who are already finding it hard to feed on daily basis, to be made to suffer from years of bad governance. We will not hesitate to stand for the rights of Niger Deltans in particular and Nigerians in general.”

The group demanded immediate reduction of pump price of PMS to N120 per litre within 11 days. It also enjoined the authorities to fix the nation’s refineries and immediately put them to use, to forestall incessant price increment.

Calling for a more robust policy to reposition the petroleum industry, NDYC threatened that oil workers would be forced to leave the Niger Delta region within 14 days if government fails to live up to their expectation.

“Let it be noted that their safety cannot be guaranteed if government fails to revert the pump price to N120. We will not hesitate to declare a national day of action for a nationwide protest as the economy is biting hard on citizens,” NDYC noted.

THE Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Monday, decried increment in pump price to about N160 but failed to state if it was going to embark on protests or nationwide strike to force a reduction. Its Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart also condemned the hike but failed to state whether, or not, it would embark on any action.

The Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) has, in the last three months, been conveying the price of PMS to Nigerians through issuance of memos to its depot managers. Before now, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) was in charge of announcing monthly price guide, which stakeholders in the sector and in the transportation sub-sector used in determining the price of its services.

In the meantime, there is confusion regarding which agency is in charge of the downstream sector as the PPMC has assumed the core responsibilities of the PPPRA.

The PPMC, as marketer like any other, is in charge of price announcements. This has resulted in arbitrary pricing by marketers, with no clear-cut agency monitoring compliance in the sector. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, has since disbanded the Price Review Committee (PRC), which was set up by the Federal Government to review price of PMS.

Even before the disbandment, the NNPC had declined to attend the meeting for two consecutive months.

The PRC drew its membership from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Ministry of Finance and Budget, DPR, PPPRA, among others.

WITH the COVID-19 foisting a decline in foreign exchange earnings, the Federal Government had a ready alibi to push through its deregulation of the downstream down the throats of Nigerians.

The Guardian gathered in Abuja last night that Labour’s failure to obtain the commitment of the Federal Government to refrain from increasing price beyond N160 per litre has put the NLC into a difficult situation.

In agreeing to accept deregulation, labour pushed for immediate gains for workers that belong to its affiliate unions and not the generality of Nigerians.

In the hurried deal, the Federal Government agreed to make available to Organized Labour 133 CNG/LPG-driven mass transit buses immediately and provide to the major cities across the country on a scale-up basis, thereafter to all states and local governments before December 2021.

About two months down the line, no single bus has been provided by the Federal Government.

Part of the agreement entailed that the Federal Government would make 10 per cent of it housing project outputs available to workers through the NLC and TUC.

Both government and labour resolved to set up a technical committee, which had two weeks to examine the justifications for the new policy in view of the need for the validation of the basis for the new cost reflective electricity tariff. This was as a result of the conflicting information from the fields that appeared different from data presented to justify the new policy by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), metering deployment, challenges and timeline for massive rollout.

Nigerians have since started paying the new tariff without labour achieving any tangible result.

Following the suspension of the two week ultimatum against the increase in tariff, the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) has said that the NLC and TUC acted responsibly to avoid heating the polity and disrupting economic activities.

THE Director General, Timothy Olawale said the major challenges confronting the nation were the new price of electricity tariff and hike in petrol.

However, he maintained that NECA believed that, with the economic instability, one would understand why labour took the line of suspending the strike.

On the electricity tariff, he urged that government should ensure issue of metering was not abandoned, maintaining that consumers must be metered to avoid paying outrageous bills.

He urged the distribution companies to expedite action on distributing pre-paid meters to all consumers.

Source:- Guardian ng

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Funmi Iyanda Discusses Healthcare And Religion In Episode 4 of Public Eye

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On Sunday, November 22, 2020, Funmi Iyanda had conversations about what should comprise primary healthcare in Nigeria, and the implications of a fusion of traditional and modern medicine with the founder of Pax Herbals Clinic and Research Laboratories, Father Anselm Adodo, The CEO of Quincy Herbals, Mrs Tobi Ayodele-Keeney, and The Head of the Centre for Research Complimentary Traditions & Alternative Medicine (CRTCAM), Dr O.O. Aina.


We were taken on a journey to Ibadan – the traditional medicine markets, Bode and Oopo-yeosa precisely. The bustle of the markets implied that many have begun to favour traditional medicine over synthetic medicine. At the markets, the Public Eye team interviewed three women who have practised traditional pharmacology and healing for decades.


Father Anslem Adodo, a Benedictine monk with a passion for pharmacology, in a discussion about why traditional medicine has been painted black by Nigerians stated, “The confusion comes from religion, Christianity in particular. Religion makes us throw away everything in our culture.”

He also criticised the current system of medicine practised in the country. “The current high-tech medical system is focused on waiting for people to fall sick so they can use high-tech machines to diagnose and treat them.”

Funmi Iyanda agreed wholeheartedly. “We live in a world that has to have an answer for COVID-19 and needs to develop alternative systems for these complex situations going on in the world.”

Tobi Ayodele-Keeney and Dr O.O. Aina dropped their two cents on the current COVID-19 pandemic. According to Mrs Ayodele-Keeney, “Drug-resistant malaria is more of a problem than COVID-19.” Dr Aina believes that a majority of Nigerians have the coronavirus but are asymptomatic.

In a follow-up conversation about the challenges of integrating traditional and modern medicine, Mrs Ayodele-Keeney revealed, “There needs to be research and development of African traditional medicine. We need to standardize the process and the people in the practice.”

Public Eye airs every Sunday at 5 pm on TVC News. You can catch them on any of these television channels: DSTV (channel 418), Startimes (channel 307), GOTV (channel 45), or channel 572 on Sky.

Public Eye is supported by the MacArthur Foundation.

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‘Divorced’ is nothing to shame anyone for – Toke Makinwa drags Reno Omokri

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Media personality, Toke Makinwa has slammed controversial author, Reno Omokri for shaming women who are divorced with surgically enhanced bodies.


The OAP cum enterpreuer via her Twitter handle called out Reno Omokri after he shared a photo of Maryam Babangida who he claimed projected natural beauties and insisting that the madia should put out more of that then divorcee women with enhanced bodies.


He wrote;

”Maryam Babangida was one of the world’s most beautiful women ever. We need the media to project more natural beauties like Maryam, instead of force-feeding youths stunning photos of bleached divorcee slay queens with surgically enhanced bodies!”

Angered by the tweet; Toke lambasted him with this reply;

“Wow, at your age? Your wife and kids must be cringing for you, such an embarrassment. “Divorced” is nothing to shame anyone for, life happens. People like you are the reasons why a lot of people stay in unhealthy situations and lose their dignity and In some cases their lives,

You can celebrate a version of beauty without putting another down, you don’t have to meddle in women’s business too. If you have a daughter I hope she gets the courage to never deal with a man as uncouth as you, stop with the misogyny. 

@renoomokri

I don’t care about shots intended my way, what I do care about is the group of women you singlehandedly insulted with your “Divorcee” comment, to divorce is not a crime, every divorced person has survived something and sometimes getting a divorce is the only option they have

Enough with the divorce shaming of Anyone, I don’t see a divorced man being shamed for living his life after his failed marriage, people like that clown are probably in unhealthy marriages too. God forbid I marry a man who tweets that kind of garbage, sighhh.

Everyone has a divorced person that they know, it can happen to anyone, that we divorced and alive should be encouraged, people are dying each day living in unhealthy situations and while I’m not advocating for divorce, if leaving is what you need to do, do it in peace.

You cannot survive a bad marriage, survive a mental breakdown and then now have to deal with judgement from people who have not walked a mile in your shoes, it should not be encouraged. Someone’s journey does not have to be your cup of tea, that’s ok but you must respect it.”

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I don’t have the courage to undergo cosmetic surgery – Linda Ikeji

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Popular Blogger and Socialite, Linda Ikeji, recently flirted with the idea of ‘going under the knife’ and she said she doesn’t have the courage to see it through.


The beautiful mother-of-one made this revelation in a post she shared via her verified Instagram page on Sunday, November 22.


In her post, Linda asked her fans what they think she would look like if she goes under the knife for beauty enhancements.

The 40-year-old didn’t wait for answers from her followers as sge went ahead and provided answer to her question, stating that she would definitely look HOT.

See her post below ;

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