Fayose Reports To EFCC As Fayemi Takes Over As Ekiti Governor

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Fayose Reports To EFCC As Fayemi Takes Over As Ekiti Governor

A former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has been sworn-in as the state’s supreme leader on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in Ado-Ekiti.

 Dr. Fayemi, who won the July 14 governorship election held in the state on the platform of All Progressives Congress, defeated the then Deputy Governor of the state and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Professor Kolapo Olusola, and other candidates to emerge the winner of the election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission declared that Fayemi polled 197,459 votes, while, his closest rival, Olusola got 178,121 votes.

Meanwhile, scores of supporters have arrived at the Wuse 2 office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to support former Governor Ayodele Fayose.

The ex-Ekiti State Governor, whose tenure expired midnight on Monday, said earlier in the day that he would visit the ant graft agency on Tuesday with his bedclothes and pillowcase.

It was gathered that Fayose entered into the EFCC office in Wuse 2 in the company of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode.

Fayose, who wore a customised T-shirt emblazoned with “EFCC I’m Here” over a pair of jeans and a face cap, went into the Commission with a bag pack.

Speaking with newsmen at the Commission, Fayose alleged that the EFCC deployed its men in his home, even when he had shown willingness to honour the Commission’s invitation.

Fayose’s immunity ends along with his tenure and he has been invited to the headquarters of the EFCC where he will answer to allegations that he received about N1.3bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser through the then Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.

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2019: Saraki Appointed As Atiku Campaign Director

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2019: Saraki Appointed As Atiku Campaign Director

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced the Senate President Bukola Saraki as the director-general of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation

Mr Saraki’s official position was made known on Tuesday morning by Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s spokesperson.

While Mr Abubakar was elected the presidential candidate of the main opposition party at its national convention in Port Harcourt earlier this month, Mr Saraki was amongst the 11 other aspirants who challenged Mr Abubakar for the ticket. All the aspirants have pledged support to Mr Abubakar, after deeming the exercise peaceful and transparent.

Following his appointment, the senate president is expected to work with six others who would coordinate the six geopolitical zones, including three other former contenders for the presidential ticket.

The zonal coordinators were announced as follows: Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal (North-west); Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi (South-East); Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo (North-east); Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike (South-south); Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom (North-central) and former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose would lead South-west push.

Kabiru Turaki, a senior lawyer and former minister, would chair legal matters; while Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel would chair fund-raising committee.

Messrs Turaki, Dankwambo and Tambuwal all unsuccessfully vied for the presidential ticket against Mr Atiku.

Other key appointments into the campaign structure would be disclosed soon, Mr Ologbondiyan said.

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ASUP: Polytechnic Lecturers Set Date For Industrial Action

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ASUP: Polytechnic Lecturers Threaten Industrial Action

Lecturers under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) have threatened to embark on an indefinite industrial action if the federal government fails to address the problems highlighted by the union after the 21-day ultimatum issued.

The polytechnic lecturers issued a 21 day ultimatum, starting from October 2, for the government to proffer solutions to the lingering challenges faced by the workers.

Confirming the development, the president of ASUP, Usman Dutse, in a statement issued on Sunday said the decision of the union to withdraw its services was made following the National Executive Council meeting aimed at the implementation of the agreement reached with the union by the federal government.

In November last year, the union had gone on strike to draw the attention of the government to the neglect of the technical education sector.

Mr Dutse noted that despite the fact that the union suspended the 2017 industrial action, the government has failed to implement the agreement signed by the two parties.

He further said that issues that were not addressed include the non-implementation of the NEEDS Assessment report of 2014; non-release of promotion arrears of members and persistent shortfalls in the personnel releases to federal polytechnics since 2016.

Among others are the non-payment of negotiated allowances in polytechnics and other staff entitlements in many state-owned institutions; non passage of the amendment bill of the Polytechnics Act and the victimisation of union officers.

He explained that the Memorandum of Settlement (MOS) signed in 2017, which led to the suspension of the industrial action, prescribed a monitoring mechanism in the form of a rapid response team led by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education.

“In August, 2017 the committee for the renegotiation of the FGN/ASUP 2010 Agreement was inaugurated by the Minister for Education.

“The committee was saddled with the responsibility of renegotiating the last agreement signed between the government and the union since 2010 was due for renegotiation by 2015 according to the prescriptions of the agreement and in line with ILO conventions.

“Our union met on the 2nd of October, 2018 in Abuja to appraise the extent of execution of these activities as well as discuss other pressing issues in the sector.”

“The NEEDS Assessment report of 2014 remains unimplemented while the government’s excuse of “searching for sources of funding” increasingly becoming watery in the face of reports of recent releases to a sister sector as revitalization fund, amplifying the echoes of discrimination.”

“Shortfalls in personnel releases still persist in some Federal Polytechnics while arrears of same shortfalls are still owed; allowances of our members are still owed in arrears and unpaid in many institutions without any effort at properly situating the responsibility of paying these negotiated allowances.”

“Salaries are still owed in many state owned institutions with some owed up to ten months arrears,” he said.

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Obasanjo Licks His Vomit

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Obasanjo Licks His Vomit – Anthony Akinola

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Sir: Politics is one interesting game in which one’s allegiance shifts along with one’s interests.

Hence, it is said that in politics there are “no permanent enemies only permanent interests.”

This piece was written by Anthony Akinola. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

It is also in a similar vein that the great Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 19th century, is quoted as having said that “Finality is not the language of politics.”

The one reason we must not talk like God is because we are not God.

Our beloved Chief Olusegun Obasanjo professes to be God-fearing, and it is his avowed love for the Christian religion that informed his decision to pursue a doctoral degree in religious studies.

He was alleged to have said that God would not forgive him if he were to support Atiku Abubakar, his erstwhile deputy between 1999 and 2007, to become President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In a most scurrilous assessment of Atiku Abubakar, our erstwhile President has this to say; 

“…What I did not know about Atiku which came out glaringly later was his parental background which was somewhat shadowy, his belief and reliance on marabouts, his lack of transparency, his trust in money to buy his way out on all issues and his readiness to sacrifice morality, integrity, propriety, truth and national interest for self and selfish  interests…” Just imagine a boss one has worked with writing what Obasanjo has written about Atiku on a former subordinate seeking employment elsewhere!

Would it not have been a waste of precious time inviting such a person, even for an interview?

If all what Obasanjo wrote about Atiku are true, any knowledgeable individual will take them to be intrinsic to the essence of the subject.

They are blemishes that can only be exorcised by means that are beyond the powers of ordinary human beings.

A mere visit to Ota to seek the endorsement of Obasanjo and apologise for personal disagreements could not suddenly have erased blemishes that are traceable to a “shadowy” parental background-some kind of genetic attribute.

Those attributes of Atiku, presented as they were by Obasanjo, could not have made the former that great President the nation is now rooting for.

In very sane societies, someone of that kind of character would have been quarantined in some kind of “political leper colony.”

I know of societies where merely getting drunk or frolicking with a prostitute, even at a relatively young age, could mean some otherwise great political career is ruined forever.

Obasanjo, in now endorsing Atiku for President, could be said to be licking his own vomit.

what could be construed or misconstrued as an over-exaggeration of self-importance, Obasanjo has even promised that he would help in resolving issues, even if they were legal issues, that our “President-to-be” might be having with foreign nations.

Indeed, there are no permanent enemies in politics only permanent interests.

The fact that you may one day need someone to protect you from crimes you may have committed could be one reason why intemperate words should never be uttered or given a permanent berth in a book.

The 2019 presidential election should be quite interesting.

With due respect to other aspirants, this contest is between President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress and Atiku of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Ours is a two-party state; being able to speak great grammar, or being in possession of a chain of degrees from some exotic universities, cannot be a substitute to being candidate to a political party whose networks penetrate the various divides.

The election promises to be exciting, not least because of the fact that both Buhari and Atiku share the same identity.

This will minimise the influence of religion and ethnicity in our electoral considerations. May the better candidate win.

Anthony Akinola, Oxford, United Kingdom.

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‘150,000 Runners To Participate At 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon’

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‘150,000 Runners To Participate At 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon’

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has predicted that more than 150,000 runners will participate in the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, which he described as a dream that will never die.

Speaking on Monday, the governor assured that he will invest more in the event, which he sees as an avenue to empower the youths.

He said: “We will continue to push more money into the event, especially towards the local athletes and the physically challenged ones.”

The governor further predicted that the 2019 edition would surpass all previous editions of the marathon race.

Ambode said: “Over 120,000 athletes participated in last year’s edition, but I expect that the 2019 edition should attract over 150,000 participants. We will continue to make history with the Access Bank Lagos City marathon.”

He praised the organisers of the event, particularly the chairman of Nilayo Sports Management Company, Bukola Olopade, whose initiative gave birth to the Access Bank Lagos City marathon in 2015.

“Olopade is a good marketer. He can sell anything. He came to my office holding a piece of paper, and after he spoke for just five minutes, I was totally convinced, and that was the beginning of the journey in 2015. I must commend his effort.”

While assuring that the Lagos City marathon had come to stay, the Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank, Herbert Onyewumbu Wigwe, urged the organisers to do everything possible to make sure that the 2019 edition of the marathon gets the IAAF silver label.

The marathon is expected to hold on February 2, 2019.

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Fresh Trouble Hits Nigeria’s New Minimum Wage

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Fresh Trouble Hits Nigeria’s New Minimum Wage

On September 30, when the organized labour decided to call off its nationwide industrial action over declaration of negotiation of Nigeria’s new minimum wage, it was on the back of hopes that a new figure for workers would soon be announced.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), also assured on October 8, that the country’s new minimum wage will be announced within “this week – that was last week – as the Tripartite Committee completes its assignment.”

“I want to assure workers that all has been concluded and will be passed for signing within the week.

“I also want to appreciate the Organised Private Sector, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and Nigeria Employers Consultative Association for their resolve to pay the new minimum wage when it is signed into law,” he had said.

However, an announcement by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, that negotiation was inconclusive and that no agreement had been reached over a definite figure even after the tripartite negotiation committee rounded off its deliberations, has thrown up fresh agitation in the labour circle.

Bear in mind that during the October 4th and 5th meeting, both the organised private sector and organised labour agreed on N30, 000 while the Federal Government team led by Ngige pressed for N25, 000.

The conclusion was that since the organised labour and organised private sector are in agreement and in the spirit of tripartism, two against one was a done deal.

The meeting then adjourned to await the date for presentation to the Federal Government.

Nigerian Guardian reports that the agreement on N30, 000 by both labour and the organised private sector indeed signalled that majority (labour and employer body) had their way while minority (government) had its say.

Labour also said the Minister did not oppose the N30, 000 figure at the meeting and that the committee on figure that made the submission was chaired by Ngige himself.

But an argument emerged, during the course of negotiations, as labour is of the opinion that N30, 000 monthly (which is less than 100 dollars) is grossly inadequate to take care of a man, his wife and four children as stated in one of the strands of the Convention 131 of International Labour Organisation (ILO), which states that a minimum wage must take into account the needs of workers and their families.

The present scenario seems to lend credence to insinuations within labour movement that the present government is not committed to implementing a new minimum wage.

Meanwhile, the organised labour noted that it would not hesitate to declare yet another strike action that would be debilitating to the nation’s economy should the Federal Government delays the promulgation of a new minimum wage within the shortest period of time.

Reacting to this, Ngige on Monday assured that the federal government will of improve the welfare of workers at all times, insisting that the new minimum wage impasse will soon be resolved.

He said this in Enugu at the kick-off of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) national affordable housing project at Edeoballa–Nsukka, Enugu State.

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Fresh Trouble Hits Nigeria’s New Minimum Wage

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Fresh Trouble Hits Nigeria’s New Minimum Wage

On September 30, when the organized labour decided to call off its nationwide industrial action over declaration of negotiation of Nigeria’s new minimum wage, it was on the back of hopes that a new figure for workers would soon be announced.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), also assured on October 8, that the country’s new minimum wage will be announced within “this week – that was last week – as the Tripartite Committee completes its assignment.”

“I want to assure workers that all has been concluded and will be passed for signing within the week.

“I also want to appreciate the Organised Private Sector, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and Nigeria Employers Consultative Association for their resolve to pay the new minimum wage when it is signed into law,” he had said.

However, an announcement by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, that negotiation was inconclusive and that no agreement had been reached over a definite figure even after the tripartite negotiation committee rounded off its deliberations, has thrown up fresh agitation in the labour circle.

Bear in mind that during the October 4th and 5th meeting, both the organised private sector and organised labour agreed on N30, 000 while the Federal Government team led by Ngige pressed for N25, 000.

The conclusion was that since the organised labour and organised private sector are in agreement and in the spirit of tripartism, two against one was a done deal.

The meeting then adjourned to await the date for presentation to the Federal Government.

Nigerian Guardian reports that the agreement on N30, 000 by both labour and the organised private sector indeed signalled that majority (labour and employer body) had their way while minority (government) had its say.

Labour also said the Minister did not oppose the N30, 000 figure at the meeting and that the committee on figure that made the submission was chaired by Ngige himself.

But an argument emerged, during the course of negotiations, as labour is of the opinion that N30, 000 monthly (which is less than 100 dollars) is grossly inadequate to take care of a man, his wife and four children as stated in one of the strands of the Convention 131 of International Labour Organisation (ILO), which states that a minimum wage must take into account the needs of workers and their families.

The present scenario seems to lend credence to insinuations within labour movement that the present government is not committed to implementing a new minimum wage.

Meanwhile, the organised labour noted that it would not hesitate to declare yet another strike action that would be debilitating to the nation’s economy should the Federal Government delays the promulgation of a new minimum wage within the shortest period of time.

Reacting to this, Ngige on Monday assured that the federal government will of improve the welfare of workers at all times, insisting that the new minimum wage impasse will soon be resolved.

He said this in Enugu at the kick-off of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) national affordable housing project at Edeoballa–Nsukka, Enugu State.

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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ITALY

Chelsea are battling with Internazionale, Roma and Sampdoria for Brescia midfielder, Sandro Tonali, dubbed “the new Pirlo” due to his playmaking skills and shabby haircut. Brescia rejected two bids from Roma and Sampdoria worth around €12m (£10.5m) in the summer with Chelsea prepared to go as high as €20m (£17.5m) for the 18-year-old. But Inter plan to make an approach in January and then loan the midfielder back to Brescia for 18 months. (Calciomercato)

Kryzstof Piatek’s form in front of goal for Genoa has attracted a host of potential suitors across Europe with Juventus leading the way. Genoa value their prized asset at around €60m (£53m) with Juve, Internazionale, Bayern Munich, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund among the other clubs who have shown an interest in the 23-year-old. Genoa sporting director Giorgio Perinetti has also accepted the club are only likely to keep him for one season. (Tuttosport)

Bayern Munich are keeping a close eye on Roma winger Cengiz Under, according to the Turkish international’s former chairman. Roma signed Under from Altinordu in 2017 and his performances for the Serie A side have attracted interest from Bayern, who are searching for replacements for Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. Mehmet Ozkan said: “Bayern Munich are keeping a close eye on Cengiz. All I can say is he could move for a lot of money.” (Gazzetta dello Sport)

AC Milan are considering cutting short Tiemoue Bakayoko’s loan and sending him back to Chelsea in January. Bakayoko joined the Rossoneri in the summer on a season-long agreement but the France midfielder has struggled in Serie A and made just four substitute appearances. Gennaro Gattuso has declared he wants more experienced players as the 24-year-old is too raw for Serie A. (Corriere dello Sport)

SPAIN

Barcelona plan to sign both Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs De Ligt from Ajax and have established the best strategy to bring the Dutch duo to the Camp Nou. Barca have a strong relationship with De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola and believe he will edge the teenage defender to Catalonia while they are negotiating directly with De Jong and Ajax as they do not trust his representative, Ali Dursan, who has tried to create a “public auction” around the midfielder due to strong interest from within the Premier League. (Sport)

Barcelona are also admirers of Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek, but want to watch the Poland international more before committing to any transfer. Barca director Ariedo Braida has already seen the 23-year-old in action but plans to “study him closer”. Piatek has scored 13 goals in eight appearances for Genoa since arriving from Cracovia in the summer for just €4m (£3.5m) and Barca are keen to add another striker to help ease Luis Suarez’s workload. (Mundo Deportivo)

Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata has revealed the problems he’s experienced under the pressures of fame and the “false happiness” of being in the public eye. Morata admits he deliberately posted “happy” images on social media to mask his disappointment and difficulties in his first season in Chelsea. The Spain striker has also claimed his money and fame has affected some of his personal relationships with friends and family. (El Mundo)

GERMANY

Joachim Low’s job remains safe, even if Germany lose to France on Tuesday. Low is under severe pressure following Die Mannschaft’s 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands but insists he has no plans to resign. DFB president Reinhardt Grindel remains behind the national team coach, who is under contract until 2022, and because there is no obvious plan B, the German FA don’t want to leave the team without a head coach for a long period of time. (Sport1)

FRANCE

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has no plans to follow former Arsenal teammate Laurent Koscielny into international retirement. Defender Koscielny confirmed he won’t play again for France over the weekend but Giroud, who is his country’s fourth all-time leading goalscorer, wants to play on declaring, “I know what I bring”. At 32, Giroud is the oldest outfield player in Didier Deschamps current squad. (L’Equipe)

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