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FCTA Labour Unions Call Off Strike

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The one-day old strike action embarked upon by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Labour Unions has been called-off.

This follows an emergency meeting by the FCT Minister, Senator Muhammad Adamu Aliero and Coalition of Industrial Unions led by the National Chairman of the Radio, Television, Theatre Workers Union (RATTAWU) as well as the representatives of the FCT Labour Unions at the FCT Minister’s Conference Room in Garki District, Abuja.

During the meeting it was agreed that the FCT Administration would within three weeks make effort to address the lingering problem.

According to him, the funds would be sourced either from the Federal Government or through virement of the FCT Statutory budget by the National Assembly as the arrears had not been captured in the 2009 budget.

The minister assured the workers that the FCT Administration would do everything within its powers to pay the monetisation arrears; insisting that it is their entitlement not a privileged and therefore must be paid.

He reiterated that whatever the workers of the Federal Government have been paid, the FCT Administration workers would enjoy the same or even more.

The minister revealed that the worker would soon have a sigh of relief as the much publicised Abuja Light Rail would become operational within the next two to three years.

Senator Aliero emphasised that the nature of the Abuja Light Rail would be the first in West Africa.

Earlier, the National President of RATTAWU, Mr. Yemisi Bamgbose appreciated the honour to them and praised the non-confrontational posture of the FCT Minister.

He therefore, directed the workers to go back to work forthwith.

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Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov

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Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.

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LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN

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Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.

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Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities

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The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.

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