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Bill to end age discrimination against job seekers passes second reading

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Bill to end age discrimination against job seekers passes second reading.

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A bill seeking to stop age discrimination/restrictions against job seekers in the Federal Government agencies has successfully passed its second reading at the House of Representatives.

The bill, which was sponsored by Reps member, Sergius Ogun, seeks to put an end to the practice of disqualifying job seekers on account of their age, who are ordinarily qualified for positions in the Federal Government agencies.

“The rationale for this bill is to ensure that no artificial barrier is allowed to preponderate over merit, which rarely has anything to do with age,” he said.

He further explained that it is common to see job adverts, requesting for applications for employment and pegging the age between 25 and 28 years for entry level.

According to him, that system only helps to widen the unemployment gap in the country and must be reviewed.

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Treasury Single Account saves Nigeria N24.7b monthly

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said about N24.7 billion was being saved monthly as a result of the implementation of Treasury Single Accounts (TSA) scheme, the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and the Bank Verification Number (BVN), among other measures.

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He said the administration was serious about the fight against corruption, considering the giant strides it had recorded and the huge sums of money recovered and saved for investment in infrastructure and other sectors of the economy.

Buhari, who spoke while declaring open the 2018 edition of the e-Nigerian Conference at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, said recently about N1.6 billion was recovered from one single account through the TSA.

“These policy initiatives reinforce this administration’s fight against corruption by ensuring transparency and accountability in government business transactions,” Buhari said on the occasion which was attended by the Ministers of FCT, Justice, Sports, Communications, Works, Housing and Power as well as Service Chiefs and other top government officials.

He described the theme of the conference: Promoting Digital Economy in an Era of Disruptive Technologies Through Effective Regulations as apt, noting that it would build on the previous year’s conference anchored on fostering the digital economy through local content development.

The conference was organized by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), headed by Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.

Buhari said he issued Executive Order 003 and 005 to ensure that government agencies patronized locally manufactured ICT products and ensure strong commitment at strengthening the role of science and technological innovations in the development of the country.

Buhari commended NITDA for chatting the road-map for economic diversification from oil and gas to a knowledge-based economy through information and communication technology (ICT).

He said NITDA is expected to work with all relevant government agencies to ensure full compliance with the directive which is expected to strengthen the regulatory roles of NITDA and ensure compliance, stating that defaulters of IT Clearance among the public establishments are to be reported to the government.

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NLC wants govt to prioritize welfare of workers

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The Bayelsa State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Federal and state governments to make workers’welfare top priority in their efforts to promote good governance across the country.

Speaking with reporters in Yenagoa, the state capital, NLC Chairman, Mr John Ndiomu, reiterated the importance of workers to nation-building.

Ndiomu, who described workers as the “engine room of the economy” of a nation, said regular improvement of workers’ welfare packages was necessary to enable them to overcome economic hardship.

On the recent protest by workers for the new minimum wage, he said: “We, however, call on the governments at all levels to listen to the cries of workers.

“Imagine a situation in 2011, when workers were receiving N18,000 and look at the imbalance between 2011 and 2018, where workers still earn the same.

“So, let us compare it. What was the cost of a bag of rice in 2011 and what is obtainable in the market?’’

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President Buhari taking steps to end NLC strike

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Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Friday met with the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Ayuba Wabba, as part of efforts to convince organised labour to call off their industrial action.

NLC Chairman, Ayuba Wabba

Shehu was at headquarters of the NLC in Abuja where he urged the labour unions to see reasons and call off the strike.

The presidential aide, who issued a statement after the visit, assured that the federal government was taking steps to get the unions to call off the strike.

According to him, the federal government has already accepted labour’s demands to reconvene the tripartite meeting on the proposed new national minimum wage.

“The Presidency on Friday stepped up efforts to convince labour unions in the country to call off their strike following the earlier meeting at which the government accepted their demand to reconvene the tripartite meeting on the proposed new national minimum wage.”

The presidential aide revealed that the meeting between the labour leaders and the representatives of the employers of labour had been scheduled to reconvene on Oct. 4.

He said: “By its tripartite nature, the committee is made up of persons from the public sector, (Federal and State Governments) and the private sector made up of the largest private employer group and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA).

“Other members include the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES).’’

Shehu stated that invitation letters had since been dispatched to all the participants.

“At the moment, the Presidency understands that the combined leadership of the unions, having met and deliberated on the position of the government had now set in motion a process of consultations with their constituent members to determine their next line of action.

“The Presidency wishes to assure that the federal government is taking every step necessary to get the unions to call off the strike,’’ he maintained.

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Lagos: Read the story behind Tinubu – Ambode rift

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The current rift between the Governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode and the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress and Former Lagos Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu reportedly started after alteration of the state’s major policies by Ambode.

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The APC leader refused to endorse his political godson for re-election yesterday, ascribing it to Ambode’s decision to alter, modify and scrap some state’s policies initiated under the Tinubu administration between 1999 and 2007.

One of the sources mentioned the affected policies to include Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) and Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), which the Ambode administration scrapped and modified to serve the residents more effectively.

According to Thisday, While KAI was replaced with the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), the source said LAWMA gave way for Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), which he said, designed for effective management of the state’s residential wastes.

However, according to him, the CLI later created grievous waste management challenges in the state. When scrapped, Asiwaju believed Ambode just wanted to rubbish his legacies. He was indeed displeased.

Apart from KAI and LAWMA, another source cited the case of Lagos Bus Reform Initiative, which the Ambode administration invested over N30 billion Paris Club refunds the state received from the federal government between 2016 and 2017.

Specifically, the source disclosed that Tinubu’s idea of public transportation “is completely different from the Bus Reform Initiative, which Ambode introduced in 2017. Asiwaju believes public transportation should be driven by the private sector

“Ambode’s decision to invest such huge amount on the construction of bus terminals and procurement of about 6,000 air-conditioned high occupancy vehicles is at variance with Asiwaju’s position. Asiwaju never bought into this initiative.”

Besides policy alteration, an entirely different source said Asiwaju was displeased with his godson because he set up a political group of his own called Akinwunmi Ambode Campaign Organisation (AAMCO) with networks across all LGAs and LCDAs.

According to the source, all political groups in the state have been collapsed into Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organisation (BATCO). Asiwaju felt the creation of AAMCO was a violation of his directive. But the truth is Ambode created the group because he won the APC governorship ticket in December 2014.

Ambode had expressed interest to run for a second term as governor of the state on the platform of the APC.

The governor made the official declaration on Monday, September 10, in Alausa. Ambode recalled how he was called upon by Lagosians to come and serve the state four years ago and thanked them for their support.

He said: “In the last three and a half years, I have fulfilled my promises to you to make Lagos work for all. With your support, we have made Lagos a better place and changed the face of our State. I did not do it alone; we did it together, because you believed.

“Our state has remained steadily prosperous because of your positive outlook. I urge you to always stay positive in your personal and communal lives and continue to aspire to great things.

But recent developments might mar his Second term ambition as some APC chieftains including former APC Deputy Chairman, Cardinal James Odumbaku and former Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mr. Kaoli Olusanya, allegedly directed him(Ambode) to return his nomination form or face impeachment at a meeting held at Watercress Hotel, Ikeja Monday night.

At the meeting, all Chairmen of 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 37 Local Council Development Area (LCDAs) signed the governorship nomination form of Tinubu’s anointed candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announcing him as the next governor of Lagos state.

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