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Rivers NUJ Backs N30,000 Minimum Wage

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As organised labour in the country is set for a major industrial strike over the N30,000 minimum wage, the Rivers State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has called on both the federal and state governments to avert the strike by acceding to workers’ demand.
The NUJ warned of the dire consequences of the strike on the nation’s economy, saying “the country cannot afford to witness another round of industrial action at this period”.
The Council, in a statement signed by its Secretary, Ike Wigodo, said the N30,000 minimum wage “ is payable by all the states if they indeed prioritise the welfare of workers and cut down on cost of running government”.
The NUJ said the issue of minimum wage is constitutional and reviewable every five years, wondering why the state governors are foot dragging on it.
According to the statement, “the N30,000 requested by the organised labour is not even a living wage in a country where inflation is taking its debilitating tolls on workers.
“We challenge any governor in the country to name any member of his immediate family who can survive on N30,000 per month let alone N22,500 the governors are offering.
“It is only in Nigeria where a federal legislator goes home with a humongous amount of between N22million and N33million per month and yet, the governors are saying they can not pay a pittance of N30,000 to their workers. What a nauseating paradox”!
Meanwhile, the union has appealed to the State Government to consider the plight of civil servants in the state and approve the release of their promotions and fringe benefits.
The state council said it was unfortunate that members of the union who work in the state Ministry of Information and state-owned media houses had been stagnated for over three years without promotion,  increment and other fringe benefits.
The council also called on the state government to upgrade all the state-owned media houses to enable them operate maximally and effectively.
The statement noted that the Rivers State Television (RSTV) and Rivers State Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Rivers) were still not digitalised,  and therefore, called on the state government to ensure that the two stations were digitalised for efficient broadcasting.
The NUJ also called on the public, particularly politicians and security agencies, to always accord journalists due respect in the discharge of their duties.
The statement, however, advised journalists in the state to be security conscious at all times in view of the incessant attacks on members of the Press.

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Rivers Begins Fruit Garden Market Allocation, Today

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The Rivers State Government will today kick-off the process for the allocation of shops at the newly completed and commissioned ultra-modern Fruit Garden Market in the D/Line area of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of the state.
This indication was contained in a statement signed by the Chairman, Committee on Allocation of New Ogbum-na-Abali Fruit Garden Market, Dr Bariere Thomas in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
According to the statement, “The committee on allocation of stalls/stores at the new Ogbum-Abali Fruit Garden Market has rolled out its time table as follows: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 10am prompt is for the distribution of forms to original 205 traders of the market. They are to come to the meeting with their proper identification”.
It also added that the distribution of forms to the other fruit/vegetable sellers who were not part of the original 203 to collect expression of interest forms would begin, tomorrow.
The statement further explained that on “Monday, March 2, 2020 is for the return of completed application forms by all applicants preceding the balloting exercise the same day”.
The committee emphasised that it would continue with the process on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, with the allocation and collection of certificates by the established original 205 and those who were successful in the balloting.
It, therefore, advised all affected persons to comply with the scheduled timeline for the allocation of the stalls to enable government complete the process without hitches in orer to achieve set goals.

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Association Tasks Old Boys On Alma Mater

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The Okrika Grammar School Old Boys Association (OGSOBA), has called on members of the association to work towards the development of the school.
Speaking at a dinner night organised by the association at Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt, recently, as part of events marking the 80th anniversary celebration of the body, the National President of OGSOBA, Sam Nwakohu, appealed to members to take matters concerning the school seriously.
He stated that the school has assisted many of the old boys to be what they are in the society, in terms of discipline and otherwise.
“I implore all of us to take matters pertaining to the development of the school as seriously as we take our personal progress.
In this age, our students need to be educated in an improved environment and with better facilities for learning in terms of academics and extra curricula activities “ Nwakohu said.
The National President noted with dismay that the association could not finish a building project for over 15 years.
“We should try and improve infrastructure of the school. It is not pleasant to note that we could not complete one building for over 15years. While most of us have houses in UK, US and some living in mansions”, he stated.
Also speaking, the chairman of the anniversary committee, Engr. Daso Derefaka, appealed to members to consider the school’s progress.
While noting that the school was currently in need of major repairs, especially auditorium, he thanked members that attended the anniversary and reunion celebration.

 

By: Tonye Orabere

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Oversight Functions Take Centre Stage

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Oversight functions dominated activities in the Rivers State House of Assembly in the week under review though there had been other programmes by the various legislators.
Last Monday, Deputy Speaker, Hon. Edison Ogerenye Ehie unveiled some projects he personally built to appreciate his constituents at Idoke and Edoha in Upata kingdom of Ahoada East Local Government Area.
The projects includes classrooms at Idoke and lock up shops at Edoha. He noted that they were not constituency projects but his own personal donation to the people.
Calling on the people to utilise the projects, Chairman of the Council, Barrister Benjamin Eke commended the lawmaker for his love for the people.
Tuesday last week, member representing Asari Toru ll in the House and Committee Chairman on Information and Training, Hon. Enemi George Alabo met with members of the Assembly correspondents corps.
The lawmaker said the Assembly planned to reorganise its information management policy towards improving public enlightenment and to consolidate some of the achievements of the House.
He sought for synergy between the Assembly and the press corps as a way to further inform the citizenry on what the legislature was doing.
Henceforth, he hinted that a central information structure would be set up for a unified dissemination system.
Earlier, Chairperson of the Assembly Press Corps, Ijeoma Tubosia congratulated and at the same time commiserated with Enemi George on his victory at the polls and death of his father respectively.
She said the meeting was part of steps to intimate the House authorities of a new press corp management executive.
Tubosia sought for the incorporation of the press corps in activities of  the House and to ensure that the public is fully updated of its programmes.
Last Thursday, House Chairman on Community and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Matthew Dike and that of Employment and Local Content, Hon. Dumle Maol met with Community Liaison Officers(CLOs) in South East Senatorial District.
Dike and Maol urged the CLOs to ensure they champion the interest of their communities and that of the companies to foster peace and conducive operations for development of the state.
They stressed the need to implement Memorandum of Understanding and Local Content policy for fairness and equity for host communities of these companies.

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