Connect with us

Business

We’ll Not Increase Prices of Goods -MOMTA Boss

Published

on

The fear being expressed in certain quarters in the country that the #18,000 minimum wage approved by the Federal Government would led to increase in prices of  goods has been described as emotionally wrong and logically faulty.

Chairman, Mile One Market Traders Association (MOMTA), Rumuwoji Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Chief  Georgewill  who made the assertion in an exclusive interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt on Wednesday said that wage increase was long over due inview of the harsh economic situation in the country.

Chief Georgewill emphatically told The Tide that traders in Port Harcourt particularly mile one market in Diobu Metropolis of the State capital have no plan to increase price of essential commodities following the new minimum wage.

Rather, he explained that the benefit of the new minimum wage would be enjoyed by the traders through large scale of turn –over scale because the buying capacity of workers would be improved as a result of the wage increase in the country.

Dismissing the fear of price rise of goods in the market, Chief Georgewill assured the people of Rivers State and residents of Port Harcourt in particular that his association would put measure in place to ensure that workers were not exploited by any trader in mile one market because of the wage increase.

On his reaction over the Federal government gesture, the traders boss pointed out that the approveald of wage increase by the present administration has further testified president Goodluck Jonathan’s determination to develop human and infrastructure in the country.

Chief Georgewill who used the opportunity to canvass for massive votes for president Jonathan ahead of the 2011 presidential election told workers not to mortgage their votes for money if they desire good welfare package and fight against corruption in the country.

Similarly, the MOMTA boss lauded Rivers State Governor, Rt Hon Chibiuke Rotimi Amaechi for being the first Governor in the 36 States of the Federation to accept to pay the new minimum wage without negotiation with Nigeria Labour Congress.                                                                                           Although he acknowledged that the State is in a better position to take the lead in such obligation but criticised late payment of workers salaries in Rivers State in recent times.

He advised the State Government to evolve strategies aimed at ensuring that workers in Rivers State receive salaries on or before 26th of every month insisting that Government should not spare any accountant who would sabotage the policy in the State.

Isaac Nwakwo

Continue Reading
Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Business

Sanwo-Olu Assures On Reduction Of Food Prices

Published

on

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured residents of the state that the various interventions by his administration in the agriculture sector would soon put an end to the astronomic rise in food prices in the market.
The governor gave the assurance on Friday at the flag-off of distribution of agricultural productive assets and inputs under the 2021 Agricultural Value Chains Enterprise Activation Programme, with over 3000 agripreneurs empowered.
Sanwo-Olu said that breaking the shackle of dependency on foreign countries and states for food supplies was in line with his administration’s THEMES agenda for job and wealth creation as well as food sufficiency.
He stated that the empowerment scheme was a demonstration to the development, expansion and growth of agriculture in Lagos by providing tools, deploying innovation and creativity that would make it easier for all farmers to grow high quality crops, thereby raising their inputs to feed Lagosians and Nigerians.
The governor said that his administration was putting in place various interventions which included wholesale agriculture hub, urging farmers, youths and beneficiaries to work hard to nurture their businesses to maturity by building a sustainable wealth.
“We have emerged wiser and more determined to succeed in creating and nurturing a viable agribusiness sector in Lagos State. We may be Nigeria’s smallest state by land mass, lacking the large tracts of land available to others, but we will not allow that to stand in the way of our vision.
“We will maximise the little we have, while also deploying the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit we are known for, to create new opportunities to feed ourselves and feed Nigeria, and create economic growth and prosperity through agriculture”, he said.
 The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, said that 70 per cent of the beneficiaries of the programme were youths and women chosen from the Lagos Agripreneurship programme (LAP), Agric YES programme, and value chain associations.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

Continue Reading

Business

Monorail Project, A Waste Of Rivers Resources – GDI

Published

on

The Monorail Project that was abandoned by the Chibuike Amaechi-led administration in Rivers State has been described as a complete waste of state resources.
President-General of the Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI), worldwide, Bright Amehule, in an interaction with journalists at the weekend, alleged that the former state governor used the monorail project to squander Rivers money.
He said that the monorail was not desirable as at when it was embarked upon, adding that the money sunk into the project would have been used for more people oriented projects. 
According to the GDI boss, the state has not reached the stage where the monorail is necessary.
“We have not reached the stage of development where we will need monorail. Where is the power to run it ? We have not grown to the stage to run it, as we have observed in other developed countries.
“We need power to run the monorail, but even the power project former governor Peter Odilli executed was sold by Amaechi. He squandered the money he sold the power project built by Odili without giving account of it.
“There is just little to show for the huge amount of money spent on the monorail and the Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority”, he said.
On account of his stewardship as the coordinator of taskforce on Street Trading and Illegal Parking, Amehule said that he performed his duties well, but pointed out  that no individual can satisfy everybody, irrespective of how the person tries.
He said that the state government engaged over 600 youths as task force men, adding that the state government is doing its best to ensure youths employment in the state. 
According to him, the state government has taken steps to provide employment through numerous projects such as the Cassava Plant at Oyigbo, the recent partnership with South Korea, numerous construction works being handled by Julius Berger, and the expansion of the Rivers State University, among others.

By: Corlins Walter

Continue Reading

Business

SON Procures Warehouse For Goods’ Testing

Published

on

In a bid to stop the practice of arresting containers released at the seaports on the highways by its officials, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has procured a warehouse around the port where suspicious goods will be taken to for testing.
The Director General, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim who disclosed this at a one day capacity building workshop for journalists organized by SON in Lagos, recently, said that rather than blocking suspicious goods at the port and delay other legitimate businesses coming through, they would just take those containers to their warehouse and conduct their test.
Salim explained that after testing, if the goods were found to be okay, they would release them but if the goods were found not to be okay, they (SON officials) would show those individuals how to fix the products if the products were fixable, adding that where they were not fixable; the SON would destroy them in line with their mandate.
Salim explained that the idea was to encourage ease of doing business at the seaport, saying the organisation does not want bottlenecks and bureaucracy that would stop people from achieving their legitimate goals.
He assured that the SON management would continue to rejig the system to make it more efficient.
According to him: “We have done so many changes over the years. For example, we have our own warehouse right by the port where goods that are suspicious, instead of blocking them in the port and delay other legitimate businesses coming through, we just take those containers to our warehouse which are nearby and because we have a very high professional and efficient lab in this country, we do our test, if the goods are okay, we release them. If the goods are not okay, we show those individuals how to fix those products if they are fixable, if they are not fixable; we destroy them which is our legitimate mandate by the government and by the National Assembly”.
He emphasised that it was the SON’s responsibility to make sure that every goods that enter the country are up to standard.  
He said: “We make sure there are consequences to any product and that any person producing substandard products will have to pay one way or the other. We will have to make sure that there are consequences for individuals buying fake products and injuring our people. We are to make sure manufacturers of goods; building materials are up to standards because collapsing buildings are not discriminatory. 
“We, as an organisation, are committed to improving our responsibility. If we expect standards from people, we have to three times inspect how we handle ourselves. So, over the years, we have collaborated with market associations, we have collaborated with importers’ associations even though our responsibility is primarily to help our local producers but Nigeria has importers and they are legitimate businessmen and they are importing things that are needed in Nigeria. So, our responsibility is to make sure that whatever comes to this country is standard, is good, is not going to harm our people and our local industry”.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

Continue Reading

Trending