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NLC VOWS TO RESIST INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY TARIFF

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NLC VOWS TO RESIST INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY TARIFF

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has vowed to mobilise Nigerian workers to protest against the increase in electricity tariffs by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).

The NLC said this in a statement signed by its President, Ayuba Wabba on Tuesday. He noted that the decision was taken despite the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly had ordered the distribution companies to suspend any increase in electricity tariffs till further notice.

” We wish to state that the NLC seriously frowns at, completely condemns and totally rejects any plan to inflict further pains on Nigerians at this very time of great economic distress.

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“The new dribble by the Abuja DISCO is dead on arrival as it will be resisted by the Nigerian working class and people. The other DISCOs should not bother putting their ships of exploitation to sail’’, it stated.

“This move is in spite of the resolution of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and even the direct orders of Mr. President that the plans by DISCOs to hike electricity tariff should be suspended until further notice.

Wabba lamented the fact that since the unbundling of the former Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to yield the DISCOS and GENCOs, electricity tariffs through the Multi Year Tariff Order have been increased a number of times without accompanying improvement in services.

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No Petrol Price Hike in June, Says FG

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No Petrol Price Hike in June, Says FG

The Federal Government on Friday said it would not increase petrol price in June despite the recommendation by the Nigeria Governors Forum that the cost of the commodity is increased.

A committee set up by the Nigeria Governor’s Forum had on Wednesday recommended a petrol price of between N408.5/litre and N380/litre, and also called for immediate removal of petrol subsidy.

However, in a statement issued and signed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, in Abuja on Friday, the government ruled out the possibility of a hike in petrol price any time soon.

The minister guaranteed Nigerians that the cost of the commodity would remain the same at between N162/litre and N165/litre.

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Sylva said, “Once again it has become necessary to assure Nigerians that despite the huge burden of under-recovery, the Federal Government is not in a hurry to increase the price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) to reflect current market realities.

“The current price of petrol will be retained in the month of June until the ongoing engagement with organised labour is concluded.”

“This clarification becomes necessary in the light of recent reports regarding the resolution of the Nigeria Governors Forum to increase the pump price of petrol.” He added.

The minister stated that he would like to strongly urge petroleum products marketers, not to engage in any activity that could jeopardise the supply and distribution system in place.

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NIMC Calls for Reduced Public Panic

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SIM CARDS NIMC

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Thursday said that there is no cause for panic regarding the two weeks deadline for deactivation of subscribers identity module (sim) cards that are not linked with users’ national identity number (NIN).

The Commission explained that adequate arrangements have been made to capture the data of 200 million Nigerians within the next five years.

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It added that the steps taken so far to ensure that all subscribers have NIN in their sim cards are meant to address the security challenges facing the country.

The Commission also said the telecommunications operators would be involved in the exercise.

The Spokesman of NIMC,  Kayode Adegoke said that government has approved licensing of over 200 institutions to carry out “enrolment of Nigerians and legal residents into the national identity database on behalf of the national identity management commission.”

Adegoke said the initiative was aimed at addressing the bottlenecks associated with the capturing of citizens data by NIMC.

He added that the method would increase the enrolment centres from the current 1,000 to 10,000 across the country.

He said the NIMC is desirous of scaling up its assignment to regulatory functions after the completion of the exercise.

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FCTA Set to Implement Minimum Wage for FCT Workers

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The Federal capital territory administration, says it will implement the national minimum wage for workers in the territory to avert another strike.

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Hajia Ramatu Aliyu, FCT minister of state, disclosed this in a statement issued by her special assistant on media, Austin Elemue, on Tuesday in Abuja.

She noted that immediately after the two unions threatened to embark on the strike, the administration engaged all stakeholders with a view to finding a solution to the problem.

According to her, this led to the constitution of a multi-stakeholder ministerial committee on the implementation of the new national minimum wage in area councils and local education authorities of the six area councils.

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