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1. Minimum Wage: TUC To Shut Down Defaulting States After Jan 31 [SUN]

  • Why implementation may be delayed in Enugu – NLC

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has given states yet to commence implementation of the N30,000 Minimum Wage January 31 deadline to comply or would  be shut down without notice.

Addressing the media after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Lagos, President of TUC, Quadri Olaleye, yesterday, warned that the Congress will no longer guarantee industrial peace and harmony in states which are yet to  commence the implementation of N30,000 New  Minimum Wage/ consequential adjustments  by January 31.

2. Fresh Crisis Brews In South Africa As Nigerians Get Eviction Threat [SUN]

Nigerians and other foreign national, were yesterday, handed a 12-hour ultimatum Some by indigenes of Keimoes and Upington areas of northern cape province South Africa, to move out.

Adetola Olubajo, president of Nigeria Union in South Africa, said in a statement that the development was as a result of an “ugly incident” that took place between a police officer and a Nigerian on Wednesday.

He said the Nigerian, an indigene of Abakaliki in Ebonyi state, allegedly stabbed to death the police officer, Nico Visagie, during a disagreement.

3. Operation Amotekun Not To Destabilise Nigeria –Gov, Yoruba Leaders [SUN]

South West governors, yesterday, recorded a giant stride in their regional integration efforts as they formally launched the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), codenamed: ‘Operation Amotekun’, which is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

Governors Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, personally graced the ceremony, while governors Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State were represented by their deputies, Gboyega Alabi and Noimot Salako-Oyedele, respectively.

Cloudy weather was said to have prevented Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, from attending the ceremony.

4. ASUU Loses IPPIS Battle As PMB Directs Union To Enrol [LEADERSHIP]

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja told members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to comply with the administration’s  anti-corruption policy by enrolling in the Integrated Payment and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

This was the outcome of his meeting the lecturers’ union’s  leadership yesterday at the State House, Abuja, yesterday.

LEADERSHIP Friday  reports that ASUU had been vehemently opposed to having its members enrol on the IPPIS system, saying it does not cater for peculiarities of remuneration in the university system.

ASUU president, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, yesterday described IPPIS as “disruptive intrusion’’ which violates university statutes and agreements earlier reached between the union and government .

But President Buhari, in a statement by his special adviser on media, Femi Adesina,  said the federal government would  give more attention to improving personnel and infrastructure of universities to enable them produce quality graduates, just as he assured  that education will, henceforth, be a top priority in development goals of the country.

5. TUC Gives Govs 21-Day Ultimatum On Minimum Wage [LEADERSHIP]

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has issued a 21-day ultimatum state governors to commence the implementation of the new minimum wage or be ready to take responsibility for the consequences.

The Congress however advised all state governments who had not complied with the implementation and immediate payment of the N30, 000.00 new National Minimum Wage to commence negotiations and implementation on or before 31st January, 2020, otherwise the State Government should be responsible for the consequences of their failure.

It stated that state councils had been directed to commence the mobilisation of their members immediately.

6. BUA Lists N1.18trn Shares To Emerge 3rd Largest Company On NSE [LEADERSHIP]

BUA Cement Plc yesterday listed a total value of N1.18 trillion shares on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) to emerge the third largest quoted company on the bourse.

NSE admitted 33.864 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each of BUA Cement at N35 per share on its daily official list, thereby adding N1.18 trillion to the capitalisation of the exchange.

Speaking on the listing, the chief executive officer of NSE, Mr. Oscar Onyema said it is exciting for the exchange to record such a major listing  at the beginning of the year, noting that it is another opportunity  for investors to have access to a company with good track record.

7. Amotekun Starts On Shaky Ground, Three Govs Absent From Launch [PUNCH]

The South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun, started on shaky ground on Thursday with the absence of three governors of the zone from the launch of the event.

Governors, who were not present at the event, were  Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State and their Osun State counterpart, Gboyega Oyetola.

But the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, explained that Abiodun and Sanwo-Olu did not attend the event because of bad weather.

8. Embrace IPPIS, Buhari Urges ASUU, Promises Better Funding [PUNCH]

The Federal Government defended its Integrated Personnel and Information System on Thursday, insisting that the policy had come to stay.

This came as the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), met with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and urged the lecturers to embrace IPPIS with a promise to increase university funding.

This, he said, would complement efforts being made to resolve the union’s face-off with the government over the IPPIS.

The government said at the meeting that up to 70 per cent of university lecturers had already enrolled in the system, arguing that it was an indication of its acceptance by the majority of the teachers.

9. Bribery Thrives In NIMC, Officials Fleece UTME Candidates, Others [PUNCH]

The National Identity Management Commission officials across the country   on Thursday cashed in  on the rush to obtain the National Identification Number to fleece candidates, investigations by The PUNCH have  shown.

Many candidates thronged registration centres on Wednesday and Thursday as the registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination would start on Monday.

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board  had on October 17, 2019, said only candidates with the NIN would  be registered for the 2020 UTME.

The JAMB spokesman, Dr Benjamin Fabian,  in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents on Wednesday, insisted that there was no going back on the board’s policy on the NIN.

10. ‘PDP is Nigeria’s Obstacle To Good Governance’ [NATION]

The Presidency took a swipe on Thursday at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing the opposition party as Nigeria’s single biggest obstacle to good governance.

It was a response to the remark credited to the PDP that there was disconnect between President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the Presidency urged the PDP to critically examine itself.

11. ASUU Insists On No To Payroll Enrollment [NATION]

Disagreement persists between the Federal Government and University lecturers over the enrolment in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel and Information System (IPPIS).

On Thursday, government official appeal to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to back down on it opposition to the IPPIS. But the union declined.

It was during the union visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

However, Minister for Finance Zainab Ahmed, said  96,090 out of the 137,016 academic and non-academic staff members of the universities have been enrolled in the IPPIS.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, quoted the minister as urging the  ASUU leadership to encourage the remaining 40,926 members to comply with the process.


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