2 May 2016

Education Ain’t Cheap! Says Akintokunbo Adejumo

The decline in government funding of higher education, the economic downturn, the long decades of unforgivable neglect, along with rapidly rising costs of the different services and products that universities have to provide, have led to steady increases in student and parents outlays over the last two or three decades. There are no


Yoruba actress, Moyo lawal wrote a heartfelt message to her Sugar daddy as he becomes a year older today.
Though many might not really understand her choice of words used in message, but the actress’s word depicts the strong bond between her and her sugar daddy.


Curvy Ghollywood and Nollywood actress, Juliet Ibrahim, has been linked with different men in the industry.
The last person she was recently linked with is model and actor, Brain Okpara.
The duo was alleged to be dating, as they were often seen at functions together, and also sharing passionate posts about each other on their pages.



The height at which celebrities marriages are crashing is becoming alarming.
Fame and marriage seems not to be synchronizing with these celebrities, and their marriage suffers it all.

OMG – See How this Man lost his Manhood during fight in Lagos

A young man, Abbey Ahmed, whose Pen. Is was fractured during a fight has broken down and wept bitterly at the police station after he realized that he might not be able to perform his sexual duties anymore.

Actor Babatunde Owokoniran releases his pre-wedding photos

Actor Babatunde Owokoniran proposed to his girlfriend, Akinwinsola Oluwatunmise, at the Murtala International Airport in Lagos on January 19th & they had the introduction between their families onJanuary 24th. Babatunde has now shared their pre wedding photos via Instagram today. See more after the cut.


Yoruba actor, Bigval Jokotoye was recently in the news when he secretly married his love in the US.
According to Yoruba gist, the actor revealed he met his US based wife here in Nigeria, when she came to the country for a visit.
About his secret wedding, the actor described it as a dream he has nurtured since he was a child, as he has always looked forward to a low key wedding.

Soldier Kills Islamic Cleric in Lagos for Taking Over His Woman

Violence will land you in a mess! An Islamic scholar, Muhammed Ambali Obadina, has allegedly been killed by a soldier, who accused him of snatching his wife in Iberekodo area of Badagry, Lagos State.


On the May 1, 2016, Asa held her Asa Live in Concert just like the Olamide 'Live in concert'' which held last December. There were difference in these concerts. Asa ‘s concert looked like the Ajebutter version of what we saw in December when Olamide the country in suspense with his crowd filled concert.


Olu maintain is one of the artistes that entertained with lovely hit songs years back. After a while, he came back with a single, which didn’t do too well in the industry.
Even though he has not been able to release hit songs after his come back to the industry, the singer would surely be remembered for his songs.

Woman narrates her horror at finding her mother was sleeping with her boyfriend

A mother had a secret affair with her daughter’s violent boyfriend despite hearing that he had subjected her to brutal domestic abuse.

Former London Based Pastor Odulele Who Was Jailed In London For Homosexual Act Opens Church In Nigeria

imageThe bible said when the end time is near For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. This words from the bible is surely coming to pass fast with rates of shenanigans going on in


imageThough the 2015 general elections has come and gone but the echoes and after event of the history making elections is yet to be abated. While many supported President Buhari out of their deep

Married Irish father 'feels stupid' after Ivory Coast Facebook scammers post nude pictures online

The 42-year-old said he refused to pay €3,400 (£2,700) to an Ivory Coast gang (stock)
A married Irish father has spoken out after a gang of cybercrime blackmailers published intimate pictures of him online when he refused to hand over money.

How I became Buhari’s running mate-Osinbajo

Three weeks to first anniversary of the present government, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has revealed that how be became the running mate to President Mohammadu Buhari, saying his disposition to fight corruption in Nigeria was the motivating factor.

See what happened to 7 policemen who tried to arrest former Olympic wrestling champion

Incredible footage shows the moment a former Olympic wrestling champion took on SEVEN police officers trying to arrest him after being bloodied and pepper-sprayed.
Vyacheslav Oliynyk, who took home the gold for Ukraine in Atlanta’s 1996 Summer Olympics, was reportedly pulled over on suspicion of drink-driving in Kiev but argued with the officers.

HABA Funke Akindele Blast A Follower Who Accused Dr. Sid Of Being The Cause Of Tiwa’s Marital Woes

The popular actress shared a photo of Dr. SID on her Instagram page wishing him happy birthday, only for one of her follow to pour insults on Dr. SID for being the cause of Tiwa’s marriage issues.

Five People Beheaded & Their Heads Displayed On The Road In Rivers State (Graphic Photos)

Five People Beheaded 
Horrible news coming out of Rivers state. According to unconfirmed reports, 5 people were yesterday May 1st beheaded by unknown gunmen in Edeoha in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State around 1am Sunday morning.

Tiwa Savage still Loves Her Husband, She Spoke with Respect [FRESH DETAILS]

I guess you all remember that OAP Freeze had written an open letter to Tiwa Savage, where he expressed his disappointment in her, with the way she rubbished her husband? Well, hours later Freeze got a phone call from Tiwa Savage herself and they had an interesting conversation:

Why Is Fayose Doing This To Goodluck Jonathan Now?

How can Governor Ayo Fayose come out to say Goodluck Jonathan made a mistake by contesting the 2015 presidential election, when he was one of those who openly boasted that they were behind the man?

Ayo Fayose, on March 2015, said:

Woman Seriously fights husband who abandoned her and married another woman in Lagos (Photos + Video)

According to the Vizavi media who posted the story on YouTube, this happened in his compound in Lagos yesterday.
His neighbour married one of the women (the one in striped white top above) but abandoned her and their 7-year old son in Owerri to come hustle in Lagos. He cut off communication and all form of support from the beautiful wife who is just about 28 years old and simply married another woman and has been flexing.

Woman Kidnaps Little Boy On His Way To School

3-year-old DAMIETE ISAAC was abducted by an unidentified woman on his way to school along Akokwa street in the Mile 2 Diobu area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Wednesday 27th April, 2016.


Stella Damasus explains why she’s not a husband snatcher
Nollywood actress and singer Stella Damasus has been an outcast of sort among some of her colleagues who have labelled her ‘husband-snatcher’ after she started living as a couple with Doris Simeon’s ex husband, Daniel Ademinokan.

Ekiti shuts seven Catholic schools, church sues govt

 Ekiti State Government has shut seven schools run by the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti for failure to pay the Education Development Levy.
Under a new tax regime in the state, pupils in primary and secondary schools are to pay N500 and N1,000, respectively.

SAD! Four children die after locking themselves in car

Tragedy struck in Dattawa, in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, as four children suffocated after mistakenly locking themselves in a car.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the children – Umar Mansir (male, 9); Maryam Salisu (female, 12); Sadiyya Bashir (female, 7); and Fatima Ibrahim (female, 3) – lived with their parents in Rigasa Quarters and always played together.
However, their parents were said to have gone out on Thursday and one of them left his Honda Civic car unlocked in the compound.
The children were reported to have entered into the car and later closed the door.
It was said that one of them pressed the lock button and as the car got heated, the children became trapped.
A resident said the kids suffocated, adding that their parents did not know they were dead until they came back home in the evening.
He said, “The incident happened on Thursday, but the police did not get to know until the following day.
“The children lived in the same compound. Their parents went out on a visit that day and they started playing on the premises of their building.
“Later, they got into the car and locked the doors. When the heat became too much, they made efforts to get out to no avail.  We saw scratches on the vehicles upholstery and the marks of their hands on the windows.
“However, they could neither get out nor find help and they died in the car. When their parents returned, they started searching for them. When the search was futile, somebody decided to check the car, and the children were there, dead.”
Our correspondent gathered that the incident threw the whole neighbourhood into mourning.
PUNCH Metro was told that the corpses were kept till the following morning, after which they were buried.
  A police source said the police in the Rigasa area got wind of the incident on Friday and stormed the area.
He said, “The families did not report to the police for reasons best known to them. By the time the police got to the place on Friday, the residents had already prepared the corpses for burial. The whole community was in tears. The children were buried that day in accordance with Islamic rites.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna State, Zubairu Abubakar, confirmed the incident, adding that the police had started investigations.
 He said, “The incident happened on Thursday, but we learnt about it on Friday, April 29, 2016. The lifeless bodies of the four children were traced to a Honda Civic car parked in the compound. Investigation is in progress.”

Nigerian British Immigration Officer, Jailed For Visa Fraud in UK

An official for the UK Border Agency faces a lengthy jail sentence after admitting he issued indefinite visas to people who should not have been allowed to stay in the country. Prosecutors said Samuel Shoyeju gave scores of people indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Driver impersonates air force officer, extorts money

A fake Nigerian Air Force officer, Muhammed Abdullahi, has been arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court, Lagos State, for allegedly using the force uniform to extort money from unsuspecting members of the public.
He was brought before Chief Magistrate O.A. Olayinka on three counts bordering on impersonation and fraud.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Abdullahi, who was arrested in the Agege area, had confessed to the police that he bought the uniform from a soldier friend for N5,000.
The 32-year-old suspect said he used the uniform to escort traders and their goods to markets around the state, adding that he collected N3,000 for a trip.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Abdullahi, who studied Computer Engineering at a polytechnic in Katsina State, had gone for three outings before luck ran out on him on February 2, when he was arrested.
He said, “I got the uniform from one of my friends, Ali. He is a soldier with the rank of lance corporal. He is serving in Lagos, but I don’t know the division he is attached to. We met at Agege. He told me that he got the uniform from a friend in the Nigerian Air Force and gave me to keep it.
“He said he wanted to give his brother, who is an Air Force officer. He gave me the uniform on January 17. Later, he said he wanted to sell it and told me to pay N5,000. I have not paid him the money yet. I used the unform to escort truck carrying goods to Berger, Mile 12 and Ile-Epo markets so that the security agents would not stop the drivers.  I did it three times before I was arrestedý. I normally collected between N2,500 and N3,000 per trip.”
The indigene of Manufashi Local Government, Katsina State, said he resorted to the act to cater to his family after he lost his driving job in December.
“I was a commercial driver. I shuttled between Lagos and Abuja. But the owner of the bus, my elder brother, collected it from me in December and sold it when he wanted to travel abroad.
“I have a National Diploma in Computer Science. I have applied for the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force three times, but I did not succeed. I engaged in this act to feed my family. I have three children and my wife is pregnant. I regret my action.”
A police prosecutor, Inspector Donjor Perezi, told the court that Abdullahi’s offences contravened sections 77 (a) (b), 78 (a) (b) and 328 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The charges read in part, “That you, Mohammed Abdullahi, on February 2, 2016, at about 8.45am on Markaz Road, Agege, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, with intent to defraud, did unlawfully represent yourself as a member of the Nigerian Air Force of the rank of Air Craftsman, a representation you knew to be false, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 78 (a) (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges before the magistrate and was granted bail in the sum of N100,000, with two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned till May 5, 2016.

Panama Papers: $2.6m penthouses traced to ex-minister

A former Minister for National Planning, Rasheed Gbadamosi, bought two luxury penthouses worth $2.6m in Panama in 2008 while serving as the Chairman of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, according to leaked data from Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca.
According to a documents sighted by Nigerian online newspaper, Premium Times, Gbadamosi who was recently appointed co-chairman of the Lagos at 50 planning committee, bought the two houses in the most opulent areas of Panama.
Under Nigerian law, acquiring assets abroad is not illegal, but according to the Fifth Schedule of the constitution, chairmen and members of government boards or other governing bodies and staff of statutory corporations and of companies owned by the federal, state or local governments must declare their assets on assumption of duty and on leaving office.
Apart from declaring their assets, appointees are also expected to justify their sources of income for whatever additional assets are acquired in-between the commencement of duties and departure from office.
It could not be verified as of press time if Gbadamosi declared his interest in the two penthouses to the Code of Conduct Bureau.
According to documents sighted by Premium Times, sometime in early 2008, the former minister approached Gilberto Aleman, a Panamanian real estate broker, to help him secure two posh penthouses owned by Nicolas Corcione, owner of Ciclones Corporation Inc and Cosmopolitan Corp, the companies under which the properties were registered.
Valued at $1,365,000, the first penthouse Gbadamosi bought, is located in Ocean Park Tower 2, and consists of a surface area of 537.33 square meters, on floors 35 and 36 of the tower.
The property is registered under the ownership of Ciclones Corporation Inc.
The second penthouse is located in the same building as the first, Ocean Park Tower 2. It consists of a surface area of 479.88 square meters, on the 39th floor of the building. It was registered under the ownership of Cosmopolitan Corp.
All attempts to speak with the ex-minister prove abortive as his telephone line did not connect while a text message was not responded to by of 7pm on Sunday.

EFCC arrests Yoruba oil baron over N23bn bribery scam

In a continuation of the probe into how the Peoples Democratic Party allegedly bribed some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission before the 2015 presidential election, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested an oil tycoon, Mr. Laitan Adesanya, for his alleged role in the $115m (N23bn) bribe funds.
It was learnt on Sunday that Adesanya, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Lenoil Nigeria Limited, was arrested by the EFCC in Lagos on Friday.
The anti-graft agency had, last week, arrested the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr. Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo and the bank’s Head of Operations, Mr. Martin Izuogbe.
Adesanya was alleged to have handed $1.85m to the bank based on the instruction of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Other companies, which allegedly handed over money to the bank MD, included Northern Belt Gas Company Limited ($60m); Auctus Integrated ($17.8m); and Midwestern Oil and Gas ($9.5m).
Diezani was also alleged to have given the bank MD $26m in cash which was ultimately disbursed to officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission ahead of the 2015 presidential election as bribes.
A reliable source at the EFCC said Adesanya was in the custody of the commission in Lagos and was being grilled as of Friday.
He said, “We are asking him about the $1.85m he dropped and what purpose it was supposed to serve.”
According to the United Kingdom Financial Times, Adesanya is an international oil businessman, who has been in the business for decades.
The newspaper states that Adesanya made huge profits during the military administrations of the 1980s and 1990s.
Also, sources within the EFCC have denied claims by Fidelity Bank Plc that it reported all its financial dealings to the appropriate authorities
The bank had, in a statement last week, stated that “transactions were duly reported as required by the regulators and the bank is cooperating fully with the authorities on the investigation.”
However, the source said the $26m, which the MD allegedly collected directly from Diezani, was neither reported to the Central Bank of Nigeria nor the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, which is domiciled in the EFCC.
The source added, “The $26m cash that was collected from Diezani was not deposited into any account. So, how could they say they reported it? They didn’t report anything because the money was given to the bank for safekeeping and there was no intention for it to be used to open an account.
“If it was put in the system, then, there must be records. Who brought the money? They don’t know. They were supposed to have reported the transaction to the CBN and NFIU, which is domiciled in the EFCC but there is no such report.
“The money was meant for distribution to INEC officials. When the bank MD was collecting $26m cash from a serving minister, why didn’t he ask her where she got the money from?”

Saraki’s bizarre pre-emptiveness

Saraki’s bizarre pre-emptiveness
Since the state inquisition of Senate President Bukola Saraki began, I decided not to comment because I had thought that it was a straightforward legal case that did not need any subjudicial inter­vention. Alas, it has degenerated to a free for all and a kamikaze kind of dance.
Dr. Saraki goes to court and the next thing you see are some of his colleagues clowning about on the court premises and in the room in childish solidarity like Nollywood jesters! If it was a students’ union leader under trial and his mates behave so funnily, I could understand the boyishness. How do you rationalize such a reprehensible and kindergartener display by a bunch of lawmakers, who should illuminate our political and judi­cial trajectories? I had expected Dr. Sara­ki to civilize the audacious senators and other brazen supporters by telling them that his trial was not a circus show or a variant of Zee World.
The next tragedy: Dr. Saraki, who is facing criminal charges, arrives at the Ilo­rin Airport for a weekend to a tumultuous reception by different groups! This is con­firmatory of the fact that our value propo­sitions and moral chemistry have experi­enced erosion over time. Otherwise, how can anyone explain the heroic welcome for a man in the current circumstance of Dr. Saraki? So, what happens if he wins the case? Kwara State, if not Nigeria, would revel for three days in celebration of his pyrrhic victory! Come on, we sure need re-orientation in this country.
On the heels of the foregoing, Dr. Saraki accuses the judge handling his case of overt personalization of the matter. He affirms that the law officer has irrational interest in the legal acrobatics! As far as I am con­cerned, this is hasty and prejudicial. Per­haps, we should get a judge from Kwara State to adjudicate over this sensational case. By the way, this untoward suspicion reminds me of Olisa Metuh, who alleged that because the judge presiding over his own case, Justice Abang Okon, was his classmate at the Nigerian Law School, he could be biased! The way we trivialize is­sues is amazing.
Yet another comic interjection by Oloye Saraki: That the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, allegedly has a pending criminal charge on his neck and as such should not be the one handling his case! A question of the pot calling the kettle black it seems. I understand that the federal government swiftly exonerated the chair. From all indications, Dr. Saraki is just buying time, hoping that this “perse­cution cup”, according to his backers, will pass over him even if it takes from now to the end of his embattled tenure.
Beyond crowd renting, making provoca­tive statements and incendiary comments generally amid insinuations of political witch-hunt, Dr. Saraki should be a states­man in his behaviour and utterances as the case subsists. Vituperative allusions, spineless intimidation, lachrymose alarms of justice miscarriage and wildcat castiga­tions by the number three citizen will not win the case for him.
The best option for Dr. Saraki is to al­low justice flow uninhibited. After all, the Appeal and Supreme courts are there, ul­timately.
James Okpara, not Opara
One of my readers called me last week and informed me that the right spelling of the sadist’s surname, who coordinated my abduction two years ago, is Barrister James Okpara, not Opara, as I had inadver­tently mis-spelt in my recent serialization on the monster. I hope he has not disposed of his rickety Nissan Pathfinder, LSD 205 BL, which he used to crate me around La­gos before my consignment to Umuahia on the barbaric, illegal and unconstitutional directive of the immediate-past governor of Abia State, T. A. Orji. Okpara was Com­missioner for Special Services, Legal Mat­ters and Due Process in Orji’s office. (Due Process my foot!)
The retaliatory battle has just begun as I close in more on James OKPARA. I be­lieve that his younger brother, Christian Ifeanyi Okpara, one of the sports editors in The Guardian, recollects all the transpi­rations before and during my kidnap. The etymological nuance in OKPARA does not mitigate or vitiate the criminality commit­ted by Barrister James OKPARA and T. A. Orji.
B. Apugo on T. A. Orji (3)
Perhaps T. A. has forgotten that while he was in prison custody, his boss, the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, came to my residence in Umuahia-Ibeku, at about 9.45 p.m. and in the course of our discussion he called T. A. on his mobile phone, whereby T. A. begged to speak with me.
During my discussion with T. A., he begged me to help bring him out of pris­on, saying that he is no longer interested in becoming governor.
Can T. A. tell the world how much he paid me to help bring him out of prison, and subsequently help make him gover­nor? During my discussion with T. A., he begged me to help bring him out of pris­on, saying that he is no longer interested in becoming governor.
Can T. A. tell the world how much he paid me to help bring him out of prison, and subsequently help make him gover­nor?
A. should remember how the late Isaac Onwuchekwa of Umuagom Ugba Ibeku, who was then director-general of PIB, World Bank, brought him to my house by 10.30 p.m., and he (T. A.) plead­ed with me to make him Executive Secre­tary of INEC in Abia State, complaining that he had nobody to help him, which I did. How much money did T. A. pay me?
Lastly, I will like to remind T. A. that the spirit of pensioners and other civil ser­vants who died during his tenure follow­ing his failure to pay their entitlements will continue to haunt him throughout his lifetime.

May Day: FG ignores N56, 000 minimum wage proposal

The Federal Government on Sunday kept mum over the recent demand by the organised labour for a new minimum wage of N56,000.
The issue of the minimum wage was not mentioned by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, at the May Day rally in Abuja.
Officials of the Nigeria Labour Congress expressed disappointment at the failure of the President to personally attend the annual event which would have given him the opportunity to address some of the issues raised by the workers.
For instance, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, Alhaji Ibrahim Khaleel, who doubles as the National Treasurer of the NLC, said that the President’s absence was a minus as he missed the opportunity to hear directly from the workers.
He said that Buhari would have had the opportunity to directly respond to the workers who believed in his cause as President.
The last time the President openly identified with labour unions was at the 11th delegates’ conference of the NLC in February, 2015, shortly before his election.
When asked that both the President did not mention the issue of the new proposed minimum wage, he said that the President’s absence caused it.
“That is one of the bad feelings we have as workers representatives on May Day. We believe that it was as a result of the absence of Mr. President. There is no way the President of the country would grace an occasion and salient issues like that would be raised, without Mr. President at least responding to them.”
Khaleel said that while the organised labour did not have the exact reasons for the government’s refusal to comment on the issues, it was a fact that labour had always achieved welfare demands for its members through sustained struggle.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris NgigeMinister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige
“We cannot say sincerely or talk about the reasons behind the government side not to say anything about it. But we believe that nothing, absolutely nothing, comes to the working class in the history of struggle free of charge, so we are determined and we are ready to pursue our agenda because we believe in our cause,” he said.
There were high expectations that the Federal Government would comment on the issue of the minimum wage during the event.
The expectations of the President’s personal presence at the even reflected in the address read by the President of the NLC, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, who expressed gratitude to the “President for accepting our invitation to personally grace this May Day celebrations.”
NLC’s Deputy Director in charge of Press, Mr. Samuel Olowookere, had told our correspondent in a telephone conversation on Saturday to wait for the response of the Federal Government on the issue of the proposed new minimum wage on May Day.
In an address read on his behalf by Ngige, the President called on the workers to collaborate with the government in the fight against corruption in the public service.
He said, “In this fight against corruption, I need you all to be very willing partners. Fighting corruption in the public service in particular requires the workers to play major roles by cooperating with the government.
Ekiti workers query Fayose’s wage bill
Meanwhile, the organised labour in Ekiti State has queried the workers wage bill by the Governor Ayodele Fayose-led administration which currently stands at N2.6bn.
The state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Raymond Adesanmi, who called for a review of the wage bill, said the same figure was claimed by ex-governor Kayode Fayemi’s administration.
“The current wage bill quoted was inherited from the immediate past administration. After one year of this administration, we expect that the bill would have reduced.
“This is because no employment was done and civil servants are retiring every day. If this is looked into, more resources will be available for the payment of salaries and perform other government functions,” he said.
Speaking on Sunday during a low-key 2016 Workers’ Day held in Ado Ekiti, Adesanmi said workers were being owed four-month salary arrears by the state government even as he lamented the death of six doctors and a driver from Ekiti, who died in an auto crash along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway last  Sunday.
The workers, who gathered at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, prayed God to grant their families the fortitude to bear the monumental loss.
Akwa Ibom workers
Workers in Akwa Ibom have asked the state government to review the ongoing free education programme with a view to making it sustainable.
The state chairman of the NLC, Mr. Etim Ukpong, said this on Sunday at 2016 May Day in Uyo Township Stadium.
The theme of this year’s labour celebration is, “The Working Class and the Quest for Socio-Economic Revival.”
Ukpong explained that the free education in the state seemed unsustainable as head teachers were made to bear the costs of providing most teaching aids for pupils.
“There is the need to redefine the sponsorship of the free and compulsory education policy.
“For almost five school terms, heads of public schools have been running schools without subvention. For the free and compulsory education to be meaningful, many things have to be done. One of them, sir, is to employ teachers,” Ukpong added.
Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress at the 2016 International Workers’ Day celebration in Lagos...on Sunday. Photos: Saheed OlugbonMembers of the Nigeria Labour Congress at the 2016 International Workers’ Day celebration in Lagos…on Sunday. Photos: Saheed Olugbon
Edo increases workers’ minimum wage to N25,000
The Edo State Government has increased the minimum wage of civil servants in the state from N18,000 to N25, 000, with immediate effect.
 The State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, announced the new wage on Sunday, during the 2016 May Day celebration held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.
 “When the going gets tough, that is when the tough gets going and my movement, which is your movement, which is our movement has toughen me to stand when others are limping.
“And in consistency with my concept of non-lamentation, here this afternoon, beginning with effect from today, the least worker in Edo State, we will increase the salary from N18,000 to N25,000,” the governor said.
Oshiomhole explained that details of the increase would be the worked out in collaboration with the Nigeria Labour Congress in order to ensure that it is spread across all levels.
“We will make sure that it is spread up and graduate it down. We will work out the details with the NLC such that even a director will get a salary increase,” he added.
Ogun workers demand ‘stomach infrastructure’
The workers in Ogun State under aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, on Sunday asked Governor Ibikunle Amosun to improve the welfare of human capital components of the state and not only on infrastructural development.
They also called on the Federal Government to fix the economy, bad roads and the epileptic electricity supply, among others.
These were some of their demands at the 2016 May Day celebrations, held on Sunday at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta.
In his speech, the state Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Ogun chapter, Olubunmi Fajobi, who commended the governor for the huge success in the infrastructural development in the state, noted that there should be commensurate attention to the welfare of the workforce, because, according to him, “a hungry man is an angry man.”
Workers forfeit N3.8bn promotion arrears in C’ River
Civil Servants in Cross River State on Sunday said they have forfeited four-year promotion arrears amounting to N3.8bn to be used for the development of the state.
Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. John Ushie, disclosed this while presenting his speech during the 2016 May Day celebration in Calabar.
The arrears were accumulated between 2012 and 2016.
Ushie said that the decision to forfeit the arrears was taken following the observation by the NLC that the state government would not be able to pay the arrears as a result of the dwindling revenue.
According to him, demanding for the four years arrears will jeopardise the efforts of the government in promotion, hence the decision was taken to support the present administration.
“The labour leaders and workers have observed with kin interest the enormous responsibilities shouldered by Governor Ben Ayade of the state in the area of projects.
“Following this development, workers have decided to support this administration by sacrificing all monies accruing from arrears of promotion within 2012-2016 to the tune of about N3.8bn.
“The organised labour in the state are grateful to Governor Ayade for the prompt payment of workers’ salaries in the state,” he said.
Responding, Governor Ben Ayade gave an assurance that he would immediately address all the issues raised by the state NLC.
Parallel May Day rallies hold in Lagos
To commemorate the annual workers’ day celebration, two factions of the Nigeria Labour Congress held their rallies in two different locations in Lagos State.
While the state chapter of the Ayuba Wabba-led NLC held its rally at the Onikan stadium, Lagos Island, the Joseph Ajaero-led faction held its rally under the bridge in the front of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
The two factions of the labour union charged the government to find a lasting solution to the perennial fuel scarcity and the poor performance of the privatised power generating and distribution firms in the country.
The factional NLC president, Ajaero, lamented that Nigerian workers had become victims of illegal lay-offs in the guise of the poor run in the oil industry, whereas they were excluded when there was boom in the sector.
He condemned governors and private companies, who were championing the sacking and de-unionisation of workers, warning them to desist from such acts.
He said, “Be reminded that Rochas Okorocha sacked hundreds of workers in his state without recourse to procedures, Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company followed the same way while Indorama toed the same path in sacking hundreds in total disregard to our laws and statutes, Nigeria Liquefied Nigeria Gas Limited contractors have turned Nigerians into slaves in their respective places of operation.”
Speaking at the rally the Lagos State NLC Chairman, Idowu Adelakun, pointed out that the present economic challenges the country was facing was as a result of corruption and mismanagement of funds by the ruling class.
Saraki urges workers
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Sunday, urged Nigerian workers to be more committed in their service to the nation, especially at this time of economic strain.
He said the growth of the economy and overall development of the country depended on how much support workers gave to government’s policies, programmes and projects.
Bayelsa laments economic woes
 The Bayelsa State Government has joined Nigerians in congratulating the nation’s  workers on May Day, expressing the optimism that all will be well.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Jonathan Obuebite, said in a statement on Sunday thar workers remained the most critical component of Bayelsa.
He said workers act as vehicle to propagate policies of the government and give governance more meaning.
 According to him, the Workers’ Day is sadly coming at a time when the economic woes of the country and Bayelsa State are getting worse due to dwindling resources.
 ‘Unpaid salaries made us irresponsible at home’
Sequel to the non-payment of salaries, Ondo State workers have lamented that they the development had many of them irresponsible at their various homes as parents.
The civil servants in the state were being owed salaries of five months by the state government.
Speaking at the May Day celebration thanksgiving service held the C & S Church Movement,  Ijoka, Akure, on Sunday, the Chairman of the State Negotiating Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, Mr. Sunday Adeleye, said the situation of the workers in the state was getting worse on a daily basis due to the non-payment of their salaries.