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Bank of Transportation will Reduce Crime Rate– RTEAN

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Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) has vowed to reduce all sorts of crimes, especially thuggery and robbery, to the barest minimum, if the Federal Government creates a Bank of Transportation.

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The National chairman of RTEAN, Musa Muhammed made the promise while marking the 42nd anniversary of the establishment of the Association.

The chairman also said  that with such innovation, there will be Creation of massive employment for youths who have gone into crime due to the rate of unemployment in the country and securing of loans would be easier for those in the industry. This, he said, will ease the rate of crime.

National chairman of RTEAN, Mr. Musa Muhammed, said: “To fight crime is to create massive employment for the teeming population of idle youths who have gone into crime because they are hopeless as there are no jobs. Our universities are turning out thousands of graduates and sending them to the streets in search of jobs. But if we have Bank of Transportation, like we have Bank of Industry and Cooperative Bank, we, in the transportation business, will be able to secure loans, buy aircraft, trucks, cars, buses and tricycles and give to jobless youths, especially graduates.

“Think of how many people that will work in an aircraft, how many people will work in buses, trucks and tricycles. We are in the business, so we understand how it works. For example, if we are able to access loans in our union and get 100,000 buses and distribute to our members, three persons will be working in each bus, two drivers and one conductor.

The first driver works from 5am to noon, another person works from 12noon to 8pm. The same thing is applicable to tricycles’ operation and trucks. If we do this consistently for years, we would have employed millions of people, especially graduates, who will be earning up to N80,000 monthly.

“Second, we would have also created more jobs for mechanics, panel beaters, vulcanizers, car washers and spare parts sellers. With such innovation, tell me if a serious youth who has a job would still go and be collecting N3,000 to go and fight as a thug for politicians. With Bank of Transportation, police and other security agencies will have little jobs.

“With the bank, there will be massive employment and the government will become popular, because we would have created enough employment for the youths. We are one of the strongest and most reliable job-creating organizations.

“ We are employers of drivers. We are employers, we own the vehicle and we employ the drivers who are members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).”

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Maritime Workers Union Threatens to Embark On Strike Action

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Maritime Workers Union Threatens to Embark On Strike Action

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria has identified four shipping companies responsible for the gridlock caused by heavy duty trucks on Oshodi-Apapa expressway.

The union specifically accused the companies of deliberately keeping their trucks and their containers as means of attracting demurrage payment daily from their already overburdened members, truck owners and their drivers.

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A statement on Sunday evening by the President-General of the Union, Adewale Adeyanju, the union issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal government and Lagos state government within which they should call the companies to order.

The Union threatened to embark on industrial action to protect its members, should the government fail to address their demands.

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Buhari Commissions Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri Rail Line

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Buhari Commissions Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri Rail Line

President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned the 326-kilometre Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail line and Railway Ancillary Facility Yard at Goodluck Jonathan Railway Complex, in Owa-Oyibu, Ika North East Local Government Area, Delta State.

President Buhari  In a virtual inauguration of the rail line On Tuesday, directed the Federal Ministry of Transportation to link all the nation’s seaports of origin and destination to the rail network in order to significantly improve the nation’s overall transportation capacities.

He added that his administration recognizes the importance of the railway mode of transportation as a an important support for industrialization and economic development.

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“I have approved the prioritization of viable railway routes for either new rail lines or the reconstruction and rehabilitation of some, to achieve effective and efficient train services supporting the country’s trade and commerce.

“The railway infrastructure that I have the honour to commission today is the rail line from Itakpe via the steel town complex of Ajaokuta to Warri, and it is an important link for the country’s economy as the central rail line.

“We have also approved linking this line further from Itakpe to Abuja, thereby connecting the Northern zones of the country and also extending southwards to link the Warri Ports,” Buhari said.

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NLC Gives FG 14 Day Ultimatum to Review Electricity and Petrol Price Hike

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has given the Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum to reverse the recent hike in electricity tariff and fuel price.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has given the Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum to reverse the recent hike in electricity tariff and fuel price.

The President of the Nigeria Labour congress, Ayuba Wabba, while addressing the press at the end of the body’s Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, noted that Nigerians were disappointed in the increment of both items by the government.

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Wabba said that the CWC meeting focused on the two challenges and solutions to them while assuring Nigerians that it would also mobilize its members, civil society allies and other social partners to try to resist the policies.

“We are surprised that at a time other countries across the world are giving palliatives to their citizens to cushion the effect of COVID-19, Nigerians are asked to pay more for fuel and electricity.

“In furtherance to this, the CWC also resolved to convene a meeting of the NEC in line with our constitution, on Sept. 22, 2020.

“This is to also give effect to the decision because the proposed action will commence on Monday, September 28, 2020 `if the issues are not addressed,’’ he said.

He added that the declining economic power was evident among many as the N30,000 minimum wage could is not sufficient for many workers and their families hence the ultimatum.

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