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Civil servants in Benue are to enjoy work-free days on Thursday and Friday in the month of June and July 2021 to enable them to engage themselves in farming activities. Governor Samuel Ortom who approved the days in a circular issued by Sir, Samuel I Udeh, Permanent Secretary, for Head of Service title “Declaration Of Week-free Days For Public Servants In The State To Enhance Farming Activities To Develop The Agricultural Chain In Benue, ” ...

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Two-day training for 108 pension desk officers on online enrollment for retirement by prospective pensioners under the National Pension Commission (PenCom) has commenced in Gombe. Participants are drawn from the 54 Federal Government Ministries, Department, and Agencies (MDAs) in the North East. Declaring the workshop, Mr. Anyim Nyerere, Commissioner Technical, PenCom, said the workshop aimed at training the desk officers on how to guide the prospective retirees on the necessary procedures, including uploading their information....

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ABUJA — The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over the non-implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Kaduna State Government. The NLC also threatened a fresh nationwide strike in a letter addressed to President on Friday in Abuja. A copy of the petition made available to journalists showed that the NLC President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, signed the letter. “Your Excellency, Mr. President, may recall that the first conciliatory...

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KADUNA — No fewer than fifty graduates received training under the Start Your Own Business (SYOB) project of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Kaduna state. Sani Maiwada, NDE Kaduna State Coordinator said the SYOB is entrepreneurship development training for graduates of higher Institutions that obtained NYSC certificates. According to him, the government wants to see them being employers of labour at the end of the business training. “The essence of the training is...

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has reiterated its opposition to the proposal of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) that subsidy should be removed and petrol pump price would be sold between N380 and N408 per liter. The union described the governors’ recommendation as provocative, arbitrary and insensitive to the current economic realities in the country and the extreme hardship that Nigerians are going through, especially workers. The congress threatened that any increase by even one...

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AWKA — Workers in the Nigerian healthcare sector will begin to earn improved hazard allowance soon, according to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige. Ngige gave the assurance while speaking at the 41st Ordinary General Meeting of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) in Awka on Thursday. Ngige was represented by Dr. Emmanuel Azuike, the Acting Chairman of the Chief Medical Advisory Committee at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka....

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The Committee on the verification of health workers has uncovered 91 ghost workers operating in different health institutions in Borno state. Similarly, the committee also identified 21 health workers including nurses, operating with fake certificates. The 9-member committee was inaugurated in 2020 by Governor Babagana Zulum. Chairman of the committee, Dr Joseph Jatau revealed this on Monday while presenting the committee’s report to Governor Babagana Zulum at the governor’s office, Musa Usman Secretariat, Maiduguri. Jatau...

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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige says the Federal Government would by next week commence the implementation of financial autonomy for state legislature and judiciary. Ngige, disclosed this on Thursday after a conciliation meeting to resolve the strike of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN). In a statement by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan,...

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A joint World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labour Organization (ILO) report on Friday said long working hours led to 745,000 deaths from stroke and ischemic heart disease in 2016. According to the latest estimates by the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization, published in Environment International, this represents a 29 percent increase since 2000. In a first global analysis of the loss of life and health associated with working long hours, WHO...

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ABUJA — State governors and the leadership of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) have signed an agreement on the modalities and deadlines for the commencement of full financial autonomy for the state judiciary and legislative arms of government. The deal was orchestrated by the committee on the implementation of financial autonomy for the state legislature and judiciary arms of government led by the Minister of Labour...

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