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Salary Wahala: Imo Govt Meets With NLC Friday, As Natl. Takes Over Matter

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While the 14 days Ultimatum issued to Imo State Government by NLC Imo Chapter is still subsisting, the National Leadership of the NLC has waded into the problem between Imo State Government and workers in Imo.

This is even as Imo State Government has invited Imo NLC for a meeting next Friday.

The Nigeria Labour Congress, National Secretariat has taken over the Imo State protest against the government.

This was disclosed today 3rd Nov. by the Imo State chapter chairman of NLC comrade Austin Chilakpu during an emergency meeting of the State working committee of the union held at the Labour House New Owerri.

Comrade Chilakpu said he contacted the national secretariat of NLC on the development in Imo state between Government and organised Labour on the issue of salary payment of Imo workers and pensioners since the inception of governor Hope Uzodimma administration.

He said that many workers and pensioners in the state have not been paid their salaries and other entitlements.

The chairman also said that there are many other demands made by labour which the government refused to implement that led to the 14day ultimatum given to government to implement the workers demand or face Industrial strike by Imo workers.

The chairman said after going through his complaint which he sent to the national secretariat of NLC, the national took over the matter to handle the issue.

Meanwhile the state government has invited the organised Imo Labour for a meeting on Friday to discuss on the issues raised by organised Labour in the state.

In an invitation letter signed by the secretary to the Imo State government, Mr Cosmas Iwu said the meeting will take place at the office of the secretary to the government of Imo state by 2pm.

Confirming the invitationof the meeting, the chairman of Imo NLC, comrade Austin Chilakpu said that the offcials from the national secretariat of NLC will lead the delegation of the Imo NLC to the meeting.

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Boko Haram Releases Bride Abducted In Borno

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The bride, who was abducted along Maiduguri/Damaturu Highway, on Thursday, has been released.

She was kidnapped alongside her friends and some persons who were plying that route when the insurgents struck.

It gathered that the insurgents dropped the victims off at a village near Damaturu, Yobe State capital, around midnight.

It is not known yet if any ransom was paid.

Babagana Kashim, a family member of the victim, said that the bride and her friends are currently being treated at an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu.

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“It is confirmed that they have been released. The insurgents dropped them off at a village close to Damaturu.

“As we speak, they are currently receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu. We are happy they are finally back home.” Babagana said.

The wedding held successfully in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, but the victims were kidnapped on their way to Damturu.

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Freed Kagara Victims Now In Minna

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The kidnapped students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger, have arrived in Minna, the State capital.

A total of 27 students, three staff and 12 members of their family were abducted in the attack on the school.

In a video, the students were seen filing out from the bush. The footage was said to have been shot around Attahiru Secondary School, Madaka, Niger State.

Also Read: Bandits Return To Kagara, Shot Four Dead

Jibrin Usman, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education in Niger, said the commissioner has been contacted to receive the boys ahead of their meeting with the governor.

One of the parents of the students told our correspondent that they were released near Madaka in Raffi Local government area of Niger.

The father said he would withdraw his child from the school immediately, describing that as the only reasonable thing to do as a concerned father.

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‘Your Words Mean Nothing’ – Aisha Yesufu Slams Buhari

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Aisha Yesufu, a human rights activist, says the words of President Muhammadu Buhari “mean nothing”.

Reacting to the abduction of the students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State, Yesufu said the primary responsibility of government is to protect lives.

In a strongly worded statement on Friday night, Buhari had warned bandits that he would not fall for threats and blackmail.

He had also said that his government had the capacity to deal with them but has not taken drastic action to prevent a situation where captives are used as shields.

Yesufu said Nigerians are used to a president “whose words are meaningless”.

“What I make of the statement is absolutely nothing. We are used to a president whose words mean nothing. He says one thing, and another thing happens.”

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“The body language of President Muhammadu Buhari enables the terrorists. They know that we have an ineffective President and Commander-In-Chief, we have an incompetent one a clueless one, who does not even bother about what is happening in the nation.

“Yesterday we buried seven military officers, the best that we have, the nation was in mourning and the President was a few minutes away from the location of the burial and didn’t even turn up, what does that signify? It Is high time we began to make serious demands on the president.

“It is not in our place to give the way forward. His salaries are being paid for it; his needs are being taken care of. He was voted to give the way forward,” she said.

Yesufu was a strong member of the #Bring Back Our Girls Movement, which was on the frontline of the campaign for the release of students abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in 2014.

Up till dates, some of the students are still in captivity.

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