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Minimum wage: FG and labour to meet on Sept. 16

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Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige

Negotiation between the Federal Government and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) on the new minimum wage has again rescheduled for Sept. 16.

The last negotiation between the government and the JNPSNC was to hold on Sept. 4 but was suspended.

Mr Alade Lawal, JNPSN Secretary-General, on Tuesday in Lagos said that the meeting was rescheduled at the instance of the officials.

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The organised labour and the Federal Government have been in conflict over the implementation of the new minimum wage which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on April 18.

Negotiation between the government and the JNPSNC, representing labour in the technical committee set up to negotiate the consequential adjustment of workers’ salaries as a result of the new minimum wage, had broken down due to unresolved differences in their proposals.

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While the Federal Government proposed 9.5 per cent salary increase for employees on grade levels 07 to 14 and five per cent for those on grade levels 15 to 17, labour is demanding 30 per cent increase for officers on grade levels 07 to 14 and 25 per cent increase for grade levels 15 to 17.

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President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, had told journalists that the congress would support any position taken by the JNPSN on the new national minimum wage.

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COVID-19: Aisha Buhari renovates 15-bed capacity facility in Nasarawa

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First Lady Aisha Buhari has renovated and equipped a 15-bed capacity ward in Mararaba Gurku Medical Centre in Nasarawa State to provide a conducive atmosphere for COVID-19 patients.

Buhari also built two sanitary and administrative block in the facility.

Buhari, who was represented by Dr Haji Sani, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Women Affairs and Administration, said the facility was part of her effort towards supporting the state in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

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She urged the management of the centre to ensure proper maintenance of the facility.

The first lady also distributed personal protective equipment (PPEs), food items and other medical equipment.

Buhari enjoined residents of the state to sustain prayers against the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the country.

In his response, the Nasarawa State deputy governor and Chairman, State Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, thanked the first lady for the gesture and promised to make judicious use of the facility.

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Akabe said the state government was making frantic efforts towards containing the spread of the pandemic in the state.

He said the facility would be used as one of the isolation centres to cater to the COVID-19 patients in the state.
Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director, Nasarawa State Hospitals Management Board, Dr Usman George, expressed appreciation to the first lady for the gesture.

George said that the facility was one of the sites identified by the state government to treat COVID-19 patients.

”We want to make proper use of this place to have a unilateral flow where you have donning areas where you have personal protective equipment and areas where you remove the personal protective equipment.

”We also intend to put cardiac monitors and one or two ventilators as part of the state government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

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JUST IN: FG reviews nationwide curfew

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Motorists spend the night at Osborne Road in Ikoyi for violating curfew order

The Federal Government has reviewed the curfew dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed to curtail the spread of the coronavirus disease.

The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, stated this during a briefing in Abuja on Monday.

He said the PTF has reviewed the 8 pm-6 am curfew earlier announced by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) during his address on April 27.

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Aliyu said the curfew would now be between 10 pm and 4 am daily.

He said:

“Effective from Tuesday, June 2, the easing of the lockdown will be characterised by the following:

“The nationwide curfew will remain in place but the timing will be reduced to 10pm to 4am.

“Just to clarify, the purpose of the curfew is to limit social interaction and therefore reduce the spread of the virus.

“Persons that are on essential duty including but not limited to those involved in the provision of health services, media services and critical infrastructure are exempted.”

The national coordinator stressed that the goal of the review is to allow the full restoration of the Nigerian economy.

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After years of racism, white community kneel, beg Blacks for forgiveness (Video)

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A video shared online shows the moment White people went on their knees to beg Black people for forgiveness for all the years of racism they have suffered.

Houstonians gathered Sunday, May 31, at Cuney Homes in the Third Ward to pray for the family of George Floyd following his murder.

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During the prayer, the White people in attendance knelt down and asked for forgiveness for years of racism.

The Black community accepted the apology and joined them in prayer.

Watch the heartwarming video below:

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