Electricity workers in the country have issued a 14-day strike notice to the management of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) over unresolved labour issues, threatening to down tools if the management fails to address their grievances.
Under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), the workers, among others, decried the management refusal to address complaints arising from 2021 promotion exercise.
In a petition to the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of TCN, dated May 18, 2022, General Secretary of NUEE, Comrade Joe Ajaero, lamented that “67 managers going to Senior Managers and are holders of NEPA training certificates (K1-K5) were unjustifiably not invited for the 2021 promotion exercise, 196 system operators going from Senior Managers (SM), to Principal Manager (PM) who passed the interview but yet to be promoted out of the 262 and TCN’s implementation of strange Memo HCSF/SPSO/R&WP/649373 dated 29th May,2020 on the re-engagement of severed defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) staff in the public service after payment of severance packages which has become an instrument for victimisation and disenfranchisement.”
The petition recalled that at the last National Joint Consultative meeting held on March 4, 2022 between the union and TCN Management, the issue of complaints arising from the year 2021 promotion exercise was discussed, among others.
According to the petition, “You will be recall also that management informed the meeting that no position/decision has been taken since the committee set-up to review the complaints completed its assignment in November, 2021.
“At the said National Joint Consultative meeting, management promised to explore all avenues towards addressing the issue within two weeks. Sadly, two months after the union/management meeting, we are still in the dark with regards to management’s decision/action (if any) taken to holistically address the complaints; while the pressure from the field subsist.
“For the records, the following issues have not been addressed: 67 managers to senior managers who are holders of NEPA training certificates (K1-K5) that were unjustifiably not invited for the year 2021 promotion exercise, 196 system operators going from SM to PM who passed the interview but yet to be promoted out of the 262 and TCN’s implementation of strange Memo HCSF/SPSO/R&WP/649373 dated May29,2020 on the re-engagement of severed defunct PHCN staff in the public service after payment of severance packages which has become an instrument for victimisation and disenfranchisement.
“Reneging on implementation of collective agreements reached at consultative meetings and lack of robust industrial relations engagements are panacea for industrial disharmony.
“Premised on the foregoing, you are advised to address the above mentioned issues within 14 days or we shall not guarantee industrial peace in TCN.”
Buhari Identifies Two Options To Avoid Civil War
President Muhammadu Buhari has identified two things Nigerians should do to prevent another civil war.
Buhari urged Nigerians to be tolerant of one another to avoid another civil war.
The president spoke during his visit in Kigali, Rwanda, where he attended the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, yesterday.
In his verified Facebook, Buhari wrote: “I visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial this afternoon. I took two lessons from this sobering tour: One, Nigerians must continue to be tolerant of one another, and two, we have a responsibility to preserve our own history from the Nigeria civil war.
“Nigeria is strongly committed to the prevention of mass atrocity anywhere in the world and believes that perpetrators of such crimes; and their enablers, anywhere in the world must be held accountable.”
Obi Explains Visit To Wike ….As Bauchi Gov, Senators, Others Storm PH
The private residence of the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has turned to a Mecca of sort as political heavyweights from all spectrums of the isles have continued to throng the state to consult with the governor.
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP),Peter Obi, has given reason why he paid a private visit to Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, in his residence at Rumuepirikom, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
Obi visited the former presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at his private residence in Port Harcourt, last Wednesday.
While details of the meeting remains sketchy, the former Anambra State governor, hours later, took to his official Twitter handle to give hint on why he held closed door meeting with Wike.
He disclosed that he met with Wike to discuss vital national issues.
His tweet read: “Earlier, I visited Port Harcourt, to confer with H.E. @GovWike on vital issues of national interest.”
Obi’s visit came amid speculations making the rounds that Wike, former presidential hopeful on the platform of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), may in a showdown, defect to the Labour Party.
However, the Rivers State governor, has repeatedly said that he would not leave the party he has sacrificed so much to help build over the years.
Also on Wednesday, another team of PDP leaders visited the Rivers State governor in his private residence in Port Harcourt.
The leaders included the Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, South-South Zone, Chief Dan Orbih; Bauchi State Governor and former PDP Presidential aspirant, Senator Bala Mohammed; and a former minister during the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, and staunch supporter of Wike’s presidential ambition, Mohammed Adoke, among others.
Similarly, two days after assuming leadership, Senate Minority Leader, Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda, yesterday, led the PDP leadership of the Senate on a meeting with Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.
The meeting, which was held at the Rumuepirikom country home of the governor, also had the Senate Minority Whip, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Shuaibu Lau, Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Danjuma La’ah, and Senator Barry Mpigi in attendance.
The senators, who arrived at the governor’s residence by 3:10pm, immediately went into a closed door meeting with the governor and left by about 6pm without giving an inkling of the nature of their meeting.
Earlier at the weekend, the Ebonyi State Governor, Engr Dave Umahi had visited the governor in his private residence in Port Harcourt.
Details of the closed door meeting were also not made public.
RSG Assures On Delivery Of Democratic Dividends …Says ‘We Cannot Be Distracted’
The Rivers State Government has insisted that its commitment to providing top-notch sustainable infrastructural facilities for the benefit of the Rivers people remains firm.
The state Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo stated this in her keynote address during the 16th Annual Scientific Conference of Nigerian Association of Dermatologists and 3rd Scientific Meeting of the African Society of Dermatology and Venereology at Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Banigo, who said that the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration had resolved not to be distracted in delivering dividends of democracy to the Rivers people, disclosed that at inception in 2015, the state government ensured that all dilapidated health facilities it met on ground were renovated, equipped and positioned to provide the needed health care delivery services.
“To further boost the manpower needs of the health sector in the state, this administration has established the Faculty of Medicine at the Rivers State University with a view to producing adequate manpower for our health system in the state.
“The state government also offer scholarships to students at the Rivers State University and PAMO University of Medical Sciences to study medicine and other paramedical disciplines”, Banigo stressed.
According to her, the Governor Wike-led administration has also reconstructed zonal hospitals for effective referral services, a state-of-the-art Mother and Child Hospital, adding that it was constructing the Dr. Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, which would address radiotherapy and cancer treatment.
The deputy governor, who urged the Nigerian Association of Dermatologists, to commence mentoring outreaches to medical schools across the country, to encourage young doctors to embrace dermatology as an area of specialisation, added that it should be replicated across Africa to boost the numerical strength of dermatologists and dermatological services in Nigeria and Africa in the near future.
In his remarks, the President of the African Society of Dermatology and Venereology, Prof. Abel Nze Onunu, said the ASDV was formed in 2015 with the goal to improve the practice of dermatology and venereology in the African continent, through improved training, collaboration and research.
Also speaking, the National President of the Nigerian Association of Dermatology, Dr. Tahir Mohammed, said over the years the association had maintained steady progress in achieving its aim of ensuring progress in the practice of dermatology in Nigeria, adding that the association intended to maintain and strengthen its partnership with government and non-governmental organisations to advance skin health.
Welcoming the participants, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Dr. Dasetima Dandeson Altride, said the conference offers an opportunity for dermatologists in Nigeria and Africa to share best practices and experience in the practice of dermatology.
Highlights of the occasion were the presentation of a Certificate of Excellence to Governor Nyesom Wike, for his Outstanding Performance and Lasting Contributions in the Development of Public Health Sector in Rivers State, while his Deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, was conferred with a Life Time Achievement Award for Dermatology, Public Health and Political Leadership.
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