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Minimum Wage: Anambra Workers Give Gov 14-Day Ultimatum

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Civil servants in Anambra State have given Governor, Willie Obiano, a14-day ultimatum to implement the agreed template on new minimum wage or face industrial action.
In a communique issued yesterday at the end of the State Executive Council meeting of the organised labour on the implementation of the new minimum wage and its consequential adjustment in Awka, the workers accused the governor of reneging on the agreed template it reached with the organised labour.
They expressed disappointment over the non implementation and disregard to the agreement government reached with organised labour .
The communique was jointly signed by the Chairman of Joint Negotiations Council (JNC), Comrade Benson Jibike, Chairman of Anambra State chapter of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Jerry Nnubia; Chairman of Anambra State Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Ifeanyi Okechukwu; Acting Secretary of JNC/Secretary of Anambra State Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Mr Alex Ebi and Secretary of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Netufo Segun.
The workers said they were not happy with the government’s implementation of the minimum wage and may proceed on industrial action after the expiration of 14-day ultimatum, to press home implemention of the agreed template.
According to the workers, government started implementing what it called new minimum wage without issuance of circular on what was agreed between it and organised labour.
The chairman of JNC, Jibike, said that they noticed some pitfalls in the agreed template they had with the government.
According to him: “On 24th of January 2020, we finalised agreement with government on the new minimum wage increment, but surprisingly, workers received their January salaries without the reflection of the agreed scale increment,” he said.
Likewise, the chairman of the state NLC,Nnubia, said what the state government paid in January cannot be taken as the new minimum wage.
He said, the normal way of implementing the new wage was to issue circular to workers before payment, saying in this case, government just added what it liked to workers’ salaries.
“Before any new salary adjustment, there must be circular and we did not see any, government just added two and five thousand naira on the salary, and it called it new minimum wage without telling us how it came by the increment. We still believe what government added in the January salary was bonus and not new minimum wage implementation,” he said.

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Lockdown: NNPC Begs Security Agencies To Allow Tanker Drivers Operate

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has appealed to law enforcements agencies across the country to allow petroleum products tanker drivers free movement during the lockdown order in parts of the country by President Muhammadu Buhari and some state governments.
This was contained in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr Kennie Obateru. The NNPC boss said the exemption granted by President Muhammadu Buhari in his broadcast to certain categories of essential workers covers the operations of petroleum products tanker drivers.
The President has on Sunday ordered total lockdown of Lagos State, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and Ogun State.
The release said the Federal Government counts on the support of the law enforcement agencies across the country to ensure smooth distribution of petroleum products across the nook and cranny of the country during the period of the restriction.
The corporation said that NNPC has over 2.6 billion litres of petrol, enough to last the period of the lockdown and beyond, advising that motorists should not engage in panic buying.

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SEC Urges Firms To Publish Impact Of COVID-19 On Businesses 

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has called on public companies to publish the impact of coronavirus on their business operations.
SEC in a circular dated March 31, and released in Abuja yesterday, advised the companies to publish the information on their websites and or other relevant media.
“All public companies are required to continue to make material disclosures to investors on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on their business operations,” the commission stated.
According to SEC, they should also continue to disclose the trend and outlook of the company as well as updates on implementation of business continuity plans.
The commission said it would continue to engage and collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure that the capital market remained resilient, adding that the move was part of its business continuity process.
“In compliance with the Federal Government’s directives on the cessation of movement in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, SEC has activated its business continuity process.
“In light of the global pandemic of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19), the commission wishes to provide additional guidance to the capital market as follows:
“Public companies who plan to conduct Annual General Meetings are required to ensure that the conduct of the meetings comply with the provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, the Investments and Securities Act, the SEC Rules and Regulations, among others.
“Debt issuers are also expected to continue to engage trustees to ensure that relevant disclosures are provided,’’ the commission said.
The commission enjoined all Capital Market Operators (CMOs) to continue to monitor the real and potential risks COVID-19 might have had on their business operations and the discharge of services to investors and clients.

SEC called on all issuers and trustees who might require further guidance to contact it through the following email addresses: quotedcoyreturns@sec.gov.ng,offerapplications@sec.gov.ng, and dhpostoffer@sec.gov.ng.

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MAN Tasks Govs On Smooth Movement Of Essential Items

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The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has appealed to state governors to give necessary directives to security agencies to allow smooth passage of essential products across states of the federation.
In a statement to newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos, MAN President, Mr Mansur Ahmed, said that better sensitisation of such officers became necessary following the actions of some of them, which were hampering the chain of distribution.
Ahmed said, “Since the decision to lock down economic activities by different states and the eventual national declaration by the Federal Government, MAN has maintained consistent talks with relevant governmental authorities.
“The talk is on the survival and sustenance of livelihood of Nigerians, via the operation of critical manufacturing sector and has indeed yielded positive results.
“One of the numerous results is the letter addressed by the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) to my humble self for manufacturers.
“The food, beverage, pharmaceutical and other complementing sector that makes the value chain of essential products available are very critical.
“The Association is glad that government recognised this critical role in its directive for 14-day lockdown.
“Let me add that the directive of the NGF has yielded good outcomes in some states as our members have testified to unhindered operations in the face of the lockdown.
“Notwithstanding, some security operatives in other states are not yielding, particularly, the rank and file officers on the field.”
Ahmed said, in order to address this setback, MAN has been in talks with the NGF to give the necessary directives for adequate sensitisation of officers to give manufacturers of essential products easy movement.
He commended the Federal Government’s response to manufacturers as it tackles Coronavirus pandemic.

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