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DOCUMENT: Abia NLC Threatens Indefinite Strike Over Unendorsed MoU, Unpaid Wage Award | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   Abia State NLC Threatens Strike Over Unendorsed MoU and Wage Award Payment | #NwokeukwuMascot  File Image Umuahia, July 13, 2024 - The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Abia State Council has expressed dissatisfaction with the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Abia State Government, citing improper endorsement by key government officials.  The NLC has issued a stern warning that it will commence an indefinite strike if the agreed three-month wage award of N15,000 is not paid by July 28, 2024. Recall we had earlier reported that Abia State Government recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Organized Labor in the state, addressing several critical labor issues. This agreement was reached following the threat of a strike set to commence on July 15th. In contrast, a press statement addressed to the Chief of Staff to the Governor highlighted several critical concerns raised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) following a State Executive Council

Court Orders Lai Mohammed to Disclose FG’s Agreement with X (Formerly Known as Twitter) | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   Court Orders Disclosure of Agreement Between Nigerian Government and Twitter | #NwokeukwuMascot File Image LAGOS, Nigeria — Justice Nnamdi Okwy Dimgba of the Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered former Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to disclose the details of the agreement between the Federal Government and X, formerly known as Twitter. This judgment, deemed a landmark verdict, was delivered in May 2024 following a Freedom of Information (FOI) suit filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP). The certified true copy of the judgment was obtained last Friday. In a statement released on Sunday, SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, explained that the court's order aimed to assess whether the agreement complies with the exercise of Nigerians’ human rights online. Justice Dimgba directed the former minister and the Ministry of Information to provide a copy of the agreement to SERAP. He emphasized that disclosing the detail

The Hidden Battle: Crickets' Undereported Bravery and Strength Over Scorpions | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  Gists   The Hidden Battle: Crickets vs. Scorpions | #NwokeukwuMascot Photo: Cricket | Scorpion Did you know that two insects, both commonly found within our surroundings, have a surprising dynamic? While most people would readily point to the scorpion as the more dangerous of the two, crickets are often overlooked and underestimated.  We hear their chirping in grassy areas and even within our own compounds, their nightly songs a familiar background noise. However, what many do not realize is that crickets possess a remarkable strength and bravery. Contrary to their benign reputation, crickets can actually prey on scorpions. Yes, you read that correctly. Crickets have developed the audacity and skill to dismantle a scorpion’s tail, rendering it defenseless before consuming it completely. This fascinating revelation challenges our assumptions about these two insects, showcasing the surprising capabilities of the seemingly inconspicuous cricket. So, next time you hear their nocturnal sy

US Election: Moment Law Enforcement Officers Evacuated ‘Shooter Neutralized at Trump Pennsylvania Rally’(Video) | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   File Image Pennsylvania  – Law enforcement officers swiftly neutralized a shooter at a rally for former President Donald Trump in Butler, Pennsylvania, following an apparent assassination attempt. The incident unfolded amid Trump’s speech, causing a chaotic scene as Secret Service agents rushed to protect the former president. Video footage from the event shows the critical moment when law enforcement officers evacuated the shooter from the scene. According to initial reports, the suspect is believed to be dead. Earlier, Trump had been addressing his supporters when multiple bangs, presumed to be gunshots, interrupted the rally. Secret Service agents quickly surrounded Trump and escorted him off stage to a waiting vehicle. Trump’s campaign later confirmed that he was unharmed and being checked at a local medical facility. "President Trump thanks law enforcement and first responders for their quick action during this heinous act," said campaign spokesman Steven Cheung

Real Threat or Staged Incident? Former President Trump Rushed Off Stage Amid Apparent Gunshots at Pennsylvania Rally(Video) | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   Trump Rushed Off Stage at Pennsylvania Rally Amid Apparent Gunfire | #NwokeukwuMascot Photo: Donald Trump Bleeding While Taking Offstage Pennsylvania - Former President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted off stage by Secret Service agents after what sounded like gunshots erupted during a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania. The incident has sparked intense debate about whether the event was a genuine threat or potentially staged. Footage from the rally shows Trump grimacing and raising a hand to his ear before quickly ducking as sharp cracks, which appeared to be gunshots, were heard. Secret Service agents swiftly surrounded him and rushed him to a waiting vehicle. In a subsequent statement, Trump’s campaign assured the public that he was "fine" and was being "checked out" at a local medical facility. “President Trump thanks law enforcement and first responders for their quick action during this heinous act,” said campaign spokesman Steven Cheung. Notably, Trump

Gov Otti Bows to Pressure, Agrees to Pay N15k Wage Award for Three Months Amidst Abia NLC Strike Threat(Document) | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   Abia State Government Agrees to Labor Demands Amid Strike Threat | #NwokeukwuMascot File Image Umuehim, Nvosi - In a significant development, the Abia State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Organized Labor in the state, addressing several critical labor issues. This agreement comes in the wake of mounting pressure and the imminent threat of a strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Abia State. Despite over a 70% increase in FAAC monthly allocations, Governor Alex Otti stated during a meeting with labor leaders that the State Government has not received funds from the Federal Government for the implementation of the N35,000 wage award. His words, “There have been misleading stories circulating that the Federal Government provided funds to state governments for the implementation of the wage award. “As of my last check, no such funds have been received. This state has not received a dime from the Federal Government to implement any wage award

Local Government Autonomy: Abia PDP Applauds Supreme Court Ruling, Calls for Constitutional Amendments Reflecting LG’s Financial Independence | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   …Abia PDP Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Local Government Financial Autonomy |  #NwokeukwuMascot Photo: Abia PDP members on a road campaign along Ururuka Road . In a press statement signed by Hon. Elder Abraham Amah, Vice Chairman and Acting State Publicity Secretary, the Abia State chapter of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed profound satisfaction with the Supreme Court's judgment affirming the financial autonomy of local governments. The statement, titled “Removing the Bottlenecks of Local Government Financial Autonomy,” commends the Supreme Court for resolving the long-standing issue of local government autonomy. According to the Abia PDP, this decision will strengthen the independence of local governments, freeing them from undue political influence. The party urged the Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led administration to swiftly submit an executive bill to the National Assembly for a constitutional amendment that reflects the autonomy of local governments. Th

Local Government Autonomy: How Much Should Governors Be Blamed? The Underlying Challenges in the Wake of LG Independence | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  Opinion   LG Autonomy: How Much Blame Should The Governors Accept? By John Okiyi Kalu | #NwokeukwuMascot Photo: Abia Workers Jubilating Over LG Autonomy  Let me start this intervention by disclosing that I have never operated within the local government structure and system, directly or indirectly. Most of what I know come from reading and/hearing from operators and non operators alike.  Furthermore, it should be noted that I fully support Local Government Autonomy to the full extent the law permits and as recently affirmed by the Supreme Court of Nigeria. After the ruling of the Supreme Court was made public, I saw multiple videos of workers in at least 4 LGAs of Abia State celebrating the judgement jubilantly. What that suggests to me is that they must have been unhappy with the former state of affairs in their LGAs and believed that the recent judgement would engender relief. It also points to what they must have been made to believe by the managers of the concerned LGAs: that th

South-East Lawmakers Join Calls To Tinubu To Immediately Release Nnamdi Kanu | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   Mazi Nnamdi Kanu Members of the Labour Party (LP) caucus in the South-East Houses of Assembly have called for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Kanu has been in DSS detention since 2021 following his extradition from Kenya. The lawmakers in a statement released to journalists in Awka on Saturday, said the release of Kanu would separate genuine agitators from criminals and kidnappers as well as douse insecurity in the South-East. The lawmakers stated that Kanu's prolonged detention was emboldening criminal elements posing as agitators to engage in unlawful activities. The communique was jointly signed by the 11 lawmakers from South-East, Jude Umennajiego, Kingsley Udemezue, Chidimma Mbachu, Nkechi Ogbuefi, Justice Azuka, Harrison Ogara, Eze Gabriel, Malachy Onyechi, Raymond Ugwu, Fred Ezenwa and Osita Okoh. The communique was issued after their meeting of members of the caucus on July 10 2024. The statement read, “We,

Nigeria Police to Commence Digital Vehicle Registration Enforcement from July 29 | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   Police to Enforce e-Central Motor Registry from July 29 | #NwokeukwuMascot File Image Abuja, Nigeria - The Nigeria Police Force has announced the commencement of the enforcement of the e-Central Motor Registry (e-CMR) on July 29. This transition to a digitalized system aims to streamline the documentation and verification processes for vehicle ownership and related transactions, enhancing the security framework across the country. In a statement released on Saturday in Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, emphasized the importance of compliance, urging vehicle owners to register their vehicles under the new system. The e-CMR is designed as an advanced, real-time online repository of motor vehicle data, crucial for supporting police investigations, operational activities, and combating vehicle-related crimes, including terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, and armed robbery. "The e-CMR will make services such as change of ownership, change of licens