Starving Staffs Of Failed Northern Nigerian Newspaper Cry Out For Help!
….Say Hunger, Starvation Over Nonpayment of Entitlements Killing Members
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Workers of failed New Nigerian Newspapers (NNN) have cried out to the Chairman Northern States Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Simon Lalong over nonpayment of their accumulated salaries and other benefits.
In a press statement jointly signed by Comrade Friday Idoko, Funmi Aderinto, Usman Nasidi and Emmanuel Bello, Chairmen and Secretaries of the in-house unions on behalf of hundreds of workers, decried the slow pace of the process for the payment of backlog of their benefits since 20l17.
They lamented the initiative made since 2017 to sell the assets of the company to pay off salary arrears and other benefits of the staffs, many of whom have died awaiting their unpaid wages of over 100 months owed by the Northern States Governors.
The Union noted that some huge amount of money have already been realized from the sales of the company’s property overtime, urging the plateau state governor to promptly order disbursement of the sum to workers of the company to alleviate their hardship.
The statement, however commended efforts of the Northern Governors for ensuring the payment of the company’s pensioners who had worked in the company under the federal government control.
“The Joint Workers’ Union of NNN, in its Congress held October 25th, 2022 is appealing to the Chairman of Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF), His Excellency, Simon Bako Lalong to expedite action on the settlement of workers entitlements.
“The Joint Union comprising members of Nigeria Union Of Journalists (NUJ), National Union of Printing, Publishing and Paper Products Union Workers (NUPPPROW) and New Nigerian Chapel expressed serious worried over workers plights due to non-payment of salaries for many years, resulting to depression and deaths of over 103 staff awaiting their entitlements.
“We are appealing to Governor Simon Lalong as a compassionate leader and head of Northern Governors to use his good office to put smiles on our faces and those of our families by ordering prompt payment of the benefits from the available resources realized out of the sales of the company’s property.
“We have gone through a lot of hardship; many of our compatriots have been ejected by their landlords, many could no longer pay their children’s school fees, many died of one form of ailment or the other as a result of current economic downturn.
“We have so much confidence in your effective leadership built on selflessness, passion to serve and commitment to welfare of your subjects.
“It is our collective conviction that our appeal will receive the attention it deserves,” the statement said.
PDP Crisis: Ortom, Fayose, Anyim, Others Get Soft Landing
…..Party Rescinds Sanctions
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rescinded sanctions slammed on former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and ex-Senate President, Pius Anyim, over alleged anti-party activities.
Benue Governor Samuel Ortom, Ibrahim Shema of Kastina state and other party Chieftains also sanctioned got soft landings after a crucial meeting of the national working committee of the party yesterday in Abuja
Recall that the party top shots were suspended by the embattled Iyorchia Ayu leadership over alleged anti party activities
But in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, yesterday Thursday, March 30, the party announced that its National Working Committee,NWC, has reversed the suspension of the party’s chieftains.
Ologunagba noted that the PDP NWC also reversed Governor Ortom’s referral to the party’s disciplinary committee.
He said: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its meeting today, Thursday, March 30, 2023, extensively discussed recent developments in the party.
“The NWC recognised the imperativeness of a total reconciliation among party leaders and critical stakeholders for a more cohesive Party in the overall interest of our teeming members and Nigerians in general.
“Consequent upon the above, the NWC reverses the referral of the Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Dr. Samuel Ortom to the National Disciplinary Committee.
“The NWC in the same vein reverses the suspension of the following members of our great party: H.E Ibrahim Shema (Katsina State); Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti State); Sen. Pius Anyim (Ebonyi State); Prof. Dennis Ityavyar (Benue State); Dr. Aslam Aliyu (Zamfara State).
“This decision is without prejudice to the powers of the NWC to take necessary disciplinary action against any member of the party at any time pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017).
“The NWC charges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to be guided by the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017) as well as the new spirit and necessity of reconciliation, unity, and harmony in our party at this critical time.
“The PDP must remain focused as we continue to take every necessary action to recover the stolen mandate freely given by Nigerians to our party and presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal,” the PDP spokesperson stated.
DSS ING Alarm:Legal Means Can Be Deployed To Stop Tinubu’s Inauguration- HURIWA
Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), yesterday said there was nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop the inauguration of the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu on May 29, 2023 because the February 25, 2023 election that produced him is still being actively challenged in court by leading candidates in the poll.
HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the so-called alarm raised by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday that some politicians are plotting an interim government should not be used as an obstacle to stop the petitions filed by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) challenging Tinubu’s Victory
The DSS warning followed a petition by the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo that the DSS should invite Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, over their rejection of Tinubu as the President-Elect.
Similarly, Atiku had earlier in March led a protest to the Abuja office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reject the result of the February 25 poll declared by the electoral umpire.
Both Atiku and Obi alleged electoral malpractices in the poll and are in court to challenge the declaration of Tinubu as President-Elect by INEC.
HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “The Department of State Services should not rope in powerful opposition forces such as Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar with a view to finding some frivolous charges to hang on their necks to frustrate their formidable petitions against the outcome of the February 25 presidential poll.
“The DSS must work for all of Nigeria and not work as errand boys of Tinubu and his allies who only recently made claims that some persons want to stop his swearing in. By the way, there is nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop his inauguration because the election is being actively challenged. Nothing should be used as obstacles to obstruct Obi and Atiku’s petitions.
He advised that ,“The DSS should go after arm smugglers, kidnappers, bandits and terrorists and leave politicking for politicians.”
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In a statement signed by the union Chairman, Comrade Festus Alenkhe, the union described the appointment as well deserved.
The union expressed optimism that Arase will bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new assignment to his father land.
The union prayed God Almighty to grant him the knowledge and wisdom to reposition the Police Service Commission for better service delivery.
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