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NLC Vows To Resist Attempts to Sabotage LP

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it will resist any attempt from any quota to sabotage the Labour Party (LP) in the country.

The NLC President, Mr. Joe Ajaero said this while addressing newsmen during a solidarity visit to the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

It would be recalled that a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, had ordered Mr. Julius Abure, to stop parading himself as the National Chairman of the party.

Also, the court ordered that the party’s National Vice Chairman, Mr. Lamido Apapa, should take over the party in acting capacity.

However, in a twist of event, a High Court in Benin, Edo, also gave an order, restraining anybody or group from removing the embattled party chairman from office.

Ajaero said “Today, we say enough is enough! Never again will any human being enter here, under any guise, under any order.

“Even if we lose our leadership, we have to meet as trustees of this LP to decide the next line of action.

“For anybody to illegally declare himself either as chairman, secretary or whatever, we urge all workers in the country to arrest such impostors.

“We have come to take our party. As the fastest-growing party, you can see that envy and jealousy is creeping in.

“For anybody, or group of people, to think that they will sabotage or derail our ideological movement, we will resist any attempt to sabotage the party with everything within our powers,” he said.

The NLC president, however, noted that the LP was a child of circumstances and the party was formed when all confidence was lost in the existing political parties.

He stressed that “this is our party. Nobody can come from the blues and declare himself as the chairman or secretary of our party without our consent. It is not done”.

Responding, Mr. Julius Abure, suspended national chairman of the party said that he was not opposed to peace in the party.

Abure said that no amount of intimidation or deceit would stop him from pursuing and reclaiming the party’s mandate, which was given to them at the presidential elections.

“I want to state here clearly that I remain committed to the struggle for a new Nigeria. I want to say that no man can stop an idea whose time has come.

“The time has come for Nigerians to take back their country. A new Nigeria I believe is possible and no amount of harassment, intimidation that will slow us down or make us lose track.

“No amount of falsehoods or falsified stories will derail us from our pursuit. We refuse to be distracted. We will continue to pursue the course of reclaiming our mandate in the court.

“We will remain in court till that mandate is recovered. We will not rest on our oars until we reposition Nigeria for greatness,” he said.

Abure commended the NLC leadership for the solidarity visit.

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NAGAFF Tackles Customs, APMT Over Abandoned Bonded Terminal

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Freight forwarders, under the aegis of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) 100% Compliance Team, have queried the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and AP Moller Terminal Apapa for depriving bonded terminals of requisite cargoes.

This was one of the conclusions from the inspection of bonded terminals around the Abuleosun area in Lagos by the National Coordinator, of the NAGAFF Compliance Team, Alhaji Ibrahim Tanko, yesterday.

During the tour, the Task Team engaged the leadership of GMT Terminal which has a spacious facility to handle about 5,000 containers, multiple Reach Stackers, and cranes, among other equipment lying fallow without any container received in over five months.

Speaking with journalists on the sidelines, Tanko said; “Despite the pressure at Apapa port and complaints about congestion, we have discovered that some terminals are abandoned like the GMT Terminal. There is no single container at the terminal because according to the managers of the bonded terminal, APMT refused to send containers to the bonded terminal.”

“Another concern is that the investor was encouraged to spend monies in setting up such a huge facility that can take over 5,000 containers yet there is no activity going on there. Since they were licensed by Customs, why are they being deprived of containers whereas in Apapa the problem is about congestion.”

Tanko, however, noted that his team would discuss with the Customs Area Controller, Apapa Command and equally engage the managers of APMT Apapa to find out if there are other covert issues preventing the use of bonded terminals like GMT.

Also speaking, the General Manager, of GMT Bonded and Offdock Terminals, Mr. Waseem Rasheed affirmed that the bonded terminal is truly under the Apapa Customs Command, which has the APMT as its major terminal operator.

“It’s about the import volumes in Nigeria, which are currently running low and impacting the bonded terminals that have invested a lot of money on the infrastructure. 

“Since the ports are not congested due to the reduction in import volumes, thus ports are not transferring containers to Bonded terminals.

“However, we anticipate an increase in volumes in the country in the near future and we are ready to join hands in serving the importers with our fully equipped terminal for timely transfers, clearance and delivery.

Meanwhile, he expressed genuine optimism that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) which encouraged investments in bonded terminal operations years ago will create a business environment that would see bonded terminal operations thrive.

At the SAPID, another bonded terminal, also at Abuleosun, Tanko lamented the unhealthy work environment characterized by intense heat as freight forwarders are kept under heat-absorbing roofing sheets, leading to extremely hot conditions.

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“We are going to officially send a letter to SAPID on this issue of unpalatable work environment. During our engagement with the Deputy Controller at the facility, he claimed that even among the Customs offices only his office has a functional air conditioner. I want to believe that SAPID is ready for bonded terminal operations and if that is the case, they should have an environment conducive for business,” Tanko said.

According to him, the letter to SAPID on its unacceptable work environment will be sent to the terminal today and will specify a timeline to address the issue or face strike actions and protests from freight agents.

The task team also visited the Classic bonded terminal where the operators lamented that activities of Area Boys affiliated with the Local Government have limited the patronage of the facility as trucks exiting the bonded terminal are being forced to pay unreceipted levies.

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Subsidy Removal: Ibadan Deserts Stations, Lagos Shocked, P-Harcourt Watches, NLC-FG Talk Deadlocked

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…Nigerians Express Concerns Over Immediate Implementation***

The fuel queue which had created motley crowds of rowdy buyers on Tuesday and the early part of Wednesday in the few dispensing petrol stations, suddenly disappeared in Ibadan, as filling stations changed prices and hiked it to N500 per litre.

A petrol station on the old Ife Road, near the Loyola College, had dispensed fuel earlier at slightly above N200 per litre to grudging customers, until the Station managers received new directives, mandating them to hike their price.

They complied, and momentarily, the queue disappeared, as buyers fled the petrol station. Even those who had claimed that they came into the station with their vehicles on red light, suddenly had enough to drive home.

A correspondent who drove through the city, from Alakia, through Total Garden to the University of Ibadan, observed that more stations hitherto closed for business opened stations, immediately. Only the Bovas had little patronage because buyers could vouchsafe their integrity.

In the meantime, Nigerians have expressed concern over the sudden implementation of subsidy removal in spite of President Bola Tinubu’s assurance that it would not take effect immediately.

In Lagos, it was a matter of shock for buyers as the new price came up. 

On the Ogudu – Toll Gate- Berger axis, Commuters, particularly those on the Inter-State trips, expressed bewilderment, and started slashing whatever litres they had planned to buy.

Some drivers threatened to go back to their Parks, even as several passengers cough out additional fares.

The story from Port Harcourt, was however that shocked buyers simply watched, helplessly. (See video).

A cross section of residents of Ibadan, Oyo State, however expressed their feelings on Wednesday in separate interviews in Ibadan. 

An Entredepreneur, Mr Tobi Adeyemi, said the development was not a good one.

According to Adeyemi, the new administration should have provided some sort of respite for Nigerians considering the enormous hardship being faced by Nigerians.

“This will definitely affect prices of goods and services; from tomatoes sellers to foodstuffs; transportation, increase in fuel price and so on.

“We will all bear the brunt of it together. I only pity salary earners who are on a fixed income. Besides, I don’t believe this is the right timing,” Adeyemi said.

Also, a sales representative, Dr Adeyinka Adekunle, said the previous administration had budgeted for subsidy till the end of June.

“So, to me it was shocking to learn that the removal had taken effect from May 31 based on what the previous administration had done.

“Everything is sort of confusing now because of the budgetary provision for subsidy till June end,” Adekunle said.

He however, said a nation that was going to be great has to go through some teething periods.

In his remarks, an artisan, Mr Akinola Akinkunmi, said he has yet to comprehend the situation, because things were hard already and buying fuel at N500 per litre now would worsen the situation.

Akinkunmi said: “I cannot yet wrap my mind around how my business will survive; we are already struggling to make ends meet.

“With this development and absence of power supply from the distributing company, we are definitely going further down the poverty line.

“We need support from the government; we need help to survive this time,” Akinkunmi said.

Another entrepreneur, Mr Demola Adedeji, said the timing was not right as the economy had been in bad shape for some time now.

“At least, some things should have been put in place before the total removal of subsidy,” Adedeji said.

In his contributions, Mr Yinka Ajadi, a businessman, said that many people would go into depression as blood pressure of many Nigerians struggling to survive the situation would rise.

Ajadi said, “We can only hope for critical intervention at this time such as solving the problem of power and production inputs.”

Meanwhile, the orchestrated meeting between the Federal Government and the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over subsidy removal has reportedly ended in a stalemate.

The Maritime First learnt that the meeting which was held at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday failed to attract any reasonable conclusion, as parties across the divide stuck to their guns.

It was further gathered that while the Organised Labour was represented by NLC National President, Joe Ajaero, and the President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Festus Osifo, and other top labour party notchers.

The Federal Government was however represented by people who included the former labour leader and former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, President Bola Tinubu’s spokesman, Dele Alake, the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited Mele Kyari, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele.

Specifically, the National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero reportedly criticised the Federal Government, stressing the need to revert to the status quo ante,  because the government failed to either negotiate or protect the Nigerian workers’ interest, before yanking off the subsidy.

The Federal Government on the other hand had argued that the labour had all the time in the world to negotiate with the Buhari government and therefore lacked the moral rights to talk of negotiations now.

The Organised labour therefore said it was going to throw the inconclusive results of their meeting to the Congress whose decision would be final, a euphemism for a nationwide strike.

Consequently, Government representatives called for a rescheduled meeting in a bid to enable further discussions or negotiations.

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NAPTIP Sacks Deputy Director, 4 Officers For Alleged Misconduct

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has dismissed five of its personnel, including a Deputy Director, allegedly, over misconduct.

This is contained in a statement issued by. the agency’s Press Officer, Mr. Vincent Adekoye, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Adekoye said the misconduct offence ranged from corruption; demanding and receiving bribes from suspects and relatives and leaking confidential information to suspects.

Others are alleged violation of oath of secrecy; stealing and alteration of official records and absent from duty without Official leave.

He said that these offences are all contrary to provisions of the Public Service Rules and other extant laws and regulations.

He said that two other officers were demoted by two ranks for soliciting for bribe from a suspect of human trafficking, while one officer was demoted by one rank for negligence of duty.

He said that the disciplinary actions followed the approval of the Governing Board of the agency at its meeting on May 25.

Adekoye said that at the meeting, the board considered and ratified the decision of the agency’s Senior Staff Committee (SSC) which earlier sat on the disciplinary matters in accordance with the Public Service Rules and other extant laws and regulations.

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