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JUST IN: Top Breaking News In Nigeria This Afternoon, Saturday, 18 July, 2020

El-Rufai orders civil servants back to work on Monday.

The governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has ordered civil servants in the state to resume work on Monday, July 20, after more than four months.

The governor placed the state on quarantine after the outbreak of coronavirus in the state with a view to contain the spread of the pandemic.

Schools and public offices had remained closed even after the easing of the lockdown on religious gatherings and interstate travels.

The governor, on Saturday, via his official twitter handle, @GovKaduna announced that civil servants from grade levels 14 and above are expected to resume duty on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while level 7 to 13 staff would work on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm.

According to the post, “Public servants in Kaduna State will resume on Monday, 20 July 2020, with strict compliance to Covid-19 protocols. Grade Levels 14 and above will be in their offices Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while Grade Level 7 to 13 will resume on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9am-3pm.”

Senate President, Lawan speaks on running for presidency in 2023.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has denied he is planning for president in 2023.

This was contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi, on Saturday.

Lawan was reacting to speculations that he could run for the highest office in the land, after President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term elapses.

In the statement, he said it was too early for anyone to harbour ambitions for 2023.

“The report apparently has its source in beer parlour gossips and should be treated with the contempt which it and those who concocted it deserves.

“It is true that the Senate President was involved in the consultations that President Muhammadu Buhari held prior to the last emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress,” the statement read in part.

NDDC: Nigerian women calls on Buhari govt to protect Joy Nunieh.

The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), has called on the Federal Government to protect Joy Nunieh, a former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), from all forms of harassment and intimidation while she faces probe.

The National President of NCWS, Mrs Laraba Shoda, made the call in a statement in Abuja, NAN reports.

Newspot recalls that Nunieh is currently facing an investigation into an alleged financial recklessness of N22.6 billion said to have been perpetrated under her stewardship at the NDDC.

Shoda said that Nunieh should be allowed to face the Senate Committee handling the probe to defend herself without intimidation.

She said:” All forms of harassment and intimidations should stop.

“We are not against her being probed, but what we do not want is for her to be harassed in any way.

“The Senate Committee should be allowed to do proper investigations into the alleged misappropriation of funds, and if she is found guilty, the law should take its cause.”

Shoda also commended Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for rescuing Nunieh from “house arrest” on Thursday.

“We are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari, having constituted a committee to end all forms of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), to protect Nunieh and allow her to face the probe in peace.

“It’s bad enough that she is undergoing a probe, but harassment will be too much for her to bear.

“We should please understand that she is a woman and needs our protection,” she added.

Police arrest kidnap kingpin, rescue 14 female victims in Katsina.

The Divisional Police Officer, DPO, for Dutsinma, Katsina state, CSP Muhammad Makama, Friday night, led ”Operation Puff Adder” to Kwantawama village, Dutsinma LGA of Katsina state, to arrest a notorious Kidnap kingpin and rescue 14 of his victims.

The Spokesman of the Katsina state Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, told newsmen through a press release, that the operation was spurred by a report that bandits numbering about 40, riding on motorcycles and armed with AK 47 rifles, attacked the village, kidnapped 14 women including children and rustled large number of domestic animals.

He said ’’The team chased after the hoodlums into the fringes of Rugu forest and engaged them in a gun duel and succeeded and dislodged the bandits, rescued all the kidnapped fourteen women, 30 cows,60 sheep and arrested one of the bandits later identified as Amadu Yusuf, aged 30yrs of Tudun village, Kurfi LGA of Katsina state. Investigation is ongoing’’.

Ekiti labour union threatens strike, issue 14-day ultimatum.

The Ekiti State organised labour, has given a 14-day ultimatum to Governor Kayode Fayemi to pay all outstanding benefits to workers or face three days warning strike.

The union gave the ultimatum in a letter dated July 16, addressed to Fayemi and made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday.

The organised labour said the ultimatum commences from Monday, July 20 and lapses on August 3, within which the governor is expected to redeem his pledge or face mass action.

The letter was jointly signed by the Chairmen of Nigerian Labour Congress, Com. Kolapo Olatunde, his counterparts in the Trade Union Congress, Com. Sola Adigun and Joint Negotiating Council, Com. Kayode Fatomiluyi, as well as their Secretaries.

In a statement made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti, on Saturday, the labour demanded immediate payment of outstanding workers’ promotion arrears, deductions, salaries, allowances, bonuses and other benefits within the stipulated time, to avert industrial strife in Ekiti.

It regretted that they had written over five letters to the governor reminding him of the need to redeem his pledge , but without correspondence responses, which they branded as an act of “betrayal”.

“Arising from foregoing, we felt dazed and betrayed by the state government for not reciprocating our patriotic zeal and disposition to the state corporate governance by not acceding to any of workers’ demands since the beginning of the present administration which is now close to two years. This is painful .

“On the strength of the above, the state government is hereby called upon to implement all the above listed items within the next fourteen days with effect from Monday, 20th July, 2020 failure, workers shall embark on 3 days warning strike commencing in the mid-night of Monday, 3rd August, 2020”.

Reeling out the grey areas that needed to be resolved to avert impending strike, the organised labour said: “We considered it sacrilegious, the non-implementation of financial benefits arising from the letters of promotion given to all deserving workers from years 2015, 2016,2017,2018 and 2019 and advancement.

“Pay three months gross salaries arrears and five months deductions for State Workers and Secondary School teachers. Six months gross salaries and six months deductions for Local government workers and Primary School Teachers.”

The organized labour frowned at the attitude of the State Government for not injecting more funds into car and Housing loans to enable more workers have access .

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