IIlegal Connection in Popoyemoja Affected the Borehole We Donated- Minister of Communication’s Aide

Residents of Oyo state have continouosly lamented the difficulties, they experience, in accessing potable water, most especially in the dry season. With the condition of the state  Water Corporation in the state shrouded in secrecy, the construction of boreholes in now the trend. This prompted the Honourable Minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu to donate boreholes to a number of communities in Oyo state, including Popoyemoja in Ibadan. This the residents applaud but also express worries over the technical problems confronting the borehole. In this interview with Federationew2day, an aide to Barrister Shittu, Malik Aderogba gives an insight into what went wrong. Excerpts :

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Residents of Popoyemoja in Ibadan, have expressed their displeasure over the malfunction of the Borehole donated by the Honourable Minister of Communication to the community. What is wrong with it ?

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We thank God for everything, the particular Borehole is  located at Popoyemoja, we’ve  received series of complaints about it. Initially, before the construction of the Borehole, we had an agreement with the residents, that Barrister Abdulraheem Aebayo Shittu  will construct the Borehole, while they agreed to provide the source of power for the Borehole. But the residents of Popoyemoja went ahead to connect the Borehole to the National Grid, illegally. This damaged the pumping machine.  We had earlier directed the contractor to fix it, he has been there two or three times to fix the borehole, but  they wouldn’t listen, they still  connect to the National Gird, illegally. This has made the borehole not to function. Now, we’ve set up a committee to look into the situation and see how we can assuage the persisting problem.

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Major Importers of Agro-Inputs Are the Cause of Nigerian Farmers’ Problems-Secretary WAIDA

As the new planting season approaches, farmers in Nigeria are not happy with the activities of those who sell adulterated agricultural inputs. In this interview with Federationews2day, the Executive Secretary of West Agro Input Dealers Association(WAIDA), Gbade Agunbiade says Major importers are to blame for bypassing the distributors in the supply chain. Excerpts :

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Farmers are expressing worry over the activities of some individuals who deal in adulterated or fake agricultural inputs at the Ogunpa market. What is your association doing about this ?

Our association deals with agricultural inputs. Agricultural inputs such as seed, fertilizer, pesticide otherwise known as agrochemicals and farm implements. The association has received international interventions, particularly in the area of training and our members are well trained. Unarguably, Ogunpa market could be described as the hub of agro inputs in sub-Saharan Africa. My advice to farmers is that they should buy right. That is, they should buy at the right source. What I mean by the right source, is for them to buy from genuine WAIDA members. We have our internal mechanism to check erring members. But if people patronize non-members because of the lower prices, there is a possibility that they will buy wrong or adulterated or low quality or fake inputs. If farmers buy from our members, they should ensure that they collect receipts from such members. And if anything happens our office is open. The products are not made in Nigeria, so whatever happens to the exchange rate, will also affect the prices of the products. We also appeal to major importers to follow the conventional marketing practices. So, the idea of dumping products in the shops of every Tom, Dick and Harry, is a challenge. But if the product goes through the normal channel, from the major importer to the distributors, who are our members, from there to the retailers and to the consumers. This will be traceable. Not everyone who sells pesticide belong to our association. Our members are identified by our Identity cards.

Major importers are blaming the distributors for the proliferation of adulterated or fake products. What is your reaction ?

Our members don’t adulterate. We should ask the major importers whether they practice conventional marketing system. The problem is that major importers dump their products randomly, in such a situation, anything can be done with the products. If a litre is dumped with an individual, he can multiply it to five litres. But if such an individual belongs to our association we will punish such an individual. We have our code of conduct. Major importers are the ones that cause problems for farmers. They just decide to dump products on market days to Barbers, Hairdressers and people hawking minerals. At the end of the day they complain the these people adulterate their products. When an wholesaler sells directly to the end user, anything can happen. There should be legislation to curb this.

For Inquiries contact : The Executive Secretary West Agro Input Dealers Association(WAIDA)1st Floor, Ance Building, Magazine road, Jericho, Ibadan, Nigeria. 07054010737(WhatsApp)/08032499800

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Appoint An Health Worker As Minister For Peace To Reign In Health Sector-National President NUAHP

Health workers in Nigeria blame the reluctance of the Federal Government to meet their demands on the dominant status of Medical Doctors in the Federal Ministry of  Health. In this interview with Federationews2day, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Allied  Health Professionals, who also doubles as the  Vice Chairman of the Joint Health Sector Union(JOHESU),Comrade(Dr) Ogbonna Obinna Chimela says this has been the major challenge for health  workers in Nigeria. Excerpts :

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How has it been for your union in the past two and half years ?

If something is reoccurring and you are using the same method in solving the same problem and expecting a different answer, then you are just deceiving yourself. So far so good, we have not  had it any good with the Federal Ministry of Health. And we have noticed and it seems to us that the  drivers of the system are predominantly form one  professional group alone, that has not allowed for justice, equity and fairness to take place, in the demands that we are making, because the Minister of Health is a Medical Practitioner, the Minister of state of Health is also a Medical Practitioner, then when policies and decisions are to be taken, most of the time , they don’t look favorably to our own direction.  And that is why we have been having this running battle, it has been on severally, because our demands are not judiciously met, so what we look at as a solution to this, number one, we would want to suggest, maybe in the next dispensation or when the President wants to embark on cabinet reshuffle, in order for peace to reign in the health sector, if the senior Minister is a Medical   Practitioner, the Minister for state, should be from the Allied  Health Profession or from the JOHESU caucus and vice versa, so, it will allow for balancing, it will allow for all inclusive  policy generation and administration. Nobody will be crying foul, because  we know that all of us are in the team, our views would be represented in the planning and execution of the policies.

How would you assess the performance  of the Minster of Health, viz – a viz you demands ?

Really, if we want to score him, viz-a viz, our demands, he has  not performed  well,   because all the issues we’ve being taking to the Government through him, have not been really  looked into, pragmatically, some of the demands are met  haphazardly and not holistically and not total, some of them are half way done,  some are not  even met at all. For instance , the issue of promotion of our members, we have had cause  to tell the Ministry that whenever they conduct  promotions, promotion is an elevation  from an existing cadre or position to a higher one, for instance, someone who is on CONHESS 11, who is promoted to CONHESS 12, they would say that they have conducted promotion interview and that the person has passed, and when they would bring out  promotion letter, they would still place that person  on CONHESS  11, is that promotion ? That is not promotion. And there are other issues that have to do with the headship of Departments, in our various clinical areas, we  still see some other  professionals, like the Pathologists, who are full time employees of the Federal Ministry of Education,  they are in the University, they are just on part-time appointment in hospitals, they still bring them and make them Heads of  Departments of the Clinical areas, when we  have competent and qualified professionals there, as permanent staff. Is that correct ?  So, these are some of the  things that we’ve been presenting to the Government and we are expecting them to implement accordingly. But up till this moment, some of these things have not been implemented. And when you see  us go on strike, strike is a means of calling the Government attention to a prevailing obnoxious situation. When they call us for dialogue, they will agree with us,they would say, we would do this and this, suspend your strike, after a period of time we would settle this matter. But when that time lapses, what do we expect ?  There would be another agitation, the strike would resume again. For instance, the strike that was just suspended a few weeks ago,  the  agreement is that within five weeks, especially one issue that cuts across, the adjustment of CONHESS salary, the way it  was done for Medical Practitioners on CONMESS, should have been done and completed and approved and got from Mr. President. By next tomorrow been Thursday(2nd November) we would have clocked five weeks, we have not got any update. The union leaders would now group to begin agitation, who has failed ? Government of course. Through who ? Through the Federal Ministry of Health, Through who ? Through  the leader, who is the Minster of Health. So, by the time we want to score him, if he has not met our  demands, I think perhaps, we will say that he has failed. It is when he meets our demands and makes us happy, we will give him pass mark, but if he does not meet our demands, he has  failed. So we are calling on him, personally, as an individual, he is an achiever, but we want him to bring that achievement to bear in this matter, it is when has done this, to our own benefit, then we will call him an achiever, if not, he has failed. I pray that he will succeed by meeting our demands.

The Government has said that it would begin the implementation of the  rule ‘No Work, No Pay’, what is your reaction to this ?

It is with mixed feelings we receive this, number one there are procedures, according to the Trade Dispute Act, if you look at part 6, sub-section 41 of it, there are procedural ways of calling a strike, before  we  embark on any strike action, we should give the Government 15 days to look at our demands and now fashion out solutions or methods on how to handle or solve the problem.  If  we  are law abiding and we follow due process, and give Government 15 days to meet  our demands and aspirations,  and within that 15 days Government  fails, and mind you, there is also a provision of the law, the labour law,, that gives us  backing, to show our grievances by withdrawing our services, through strike action. So, if Government is now coming out bold to say, if we go on strike, they will implement ‘No Work, No Pay’, I think they don’t have the right, because they are culprits in the matter, because if they have done their own part, would there be strike ? It is the court that should adjudicate over the matter to know who is right or wrong. Whether the Government is right, let the ‘No Work, No Pay’ take its course, but if the Government is wrong, then we should not be  cowed, by saying that they would implement ‘No Work, No Pay’, that means they want to take us into slavery. There is Fundamental Human Rights in the Nigerian constitution. We have our have our  Fundamental Human Rights to pursue our legal obligations. Number two, there is the Freedom of Information Act, should we not talk ?  They want to cow us, it is against the  law, we will not accept that. It is against our Fundamental Human Rights. If the Government is serious about this matter, it should go to court, we will  go to court. Let the court be  the  final arbiter in this matter. You cannot be a Judge in your own case. We are calling on the Generality of Nigerians that they should stop the Government from taking this action, because if they do it, they will aggravate the situation. We are going to continue with strike action, until this obnoxious rule, they want to bring in, is quashed. We are not in a Banana Republic, we are in a Democratic setting, they must be ready to listen to us, no draconian laws, we are not slaves, we are rightful owners of this  country together. So, that is our position.

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Sharp Practices in Private Hospitals in Oyo : Erring Doctors will be Dealt with -Scribe AGPMPN

As residents of Oyo state  continue to express worries over the increasing rate of sharp practices in private hospitals in the state, the Secretary of the Association of   General  and Private  Medical Practitioners of Nigeria(AGPMPN), D.r Olumuyiwa Ajanaku, in this interview with Federationews2day,  warns that erring Medical Doctors would be punished in  accordance of the Medical and Dental Council laws. Excerpts :

Residents of Oyo state, particularly in Ibadan, are expressing reservations over the sharp practices going on in private hospitals, what measures have your Association taken, to correct the situation ?

Our association in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health, the Association of Nurses, the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists and even the Pharmaceutical Association we came together, sometime last year,  and a Task Force was inaugurated by the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan, he initially anchored the visit to various hospitals, for about three to four times, thereafter, the Director of Secondary Health Services is now in charge  of the Task Force. We move round because we have  heard a lot from the people in society. There is a Task Force in place and the Task Force goes out once a week. Sincerely, it is an appalling situation, and the is why the Oyo state Governor and the Honourable Commissioner for Health, are not relenting in their efforts to make sure that something is done concerning the health of the citizenry of the state.

So, how do you think these sharp practices,   could be brought under control ?

We have what we call regular Continuing Medical Education(CME), we invite Consultants, Specialists and Professors to meeting, to educate  our members on the latest trends in terms of treating patients. We even go to the extent of inviting entrepreneurs, people in the business world, to know how to go about  the administration  of the hospital, so that there won’t be any problem. Also, we have programmes in the media. In addition, we have the council that regulates everyone of us, all Doctors in the state.

The council has its own representative in the state that liaises with  the association, so that if there is any form of quackery or even malpractices, if we know about it, we will take it up with the Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health, who is actually the representative of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. We have divided Ibadan into zones and each  has a zonal head. It is not going to be funny, just to walk into health facilities, unless we hear from the people. You don’t need to put your name, we will go in there,  and I can assure you that such persons will be dealt with in accordance with the law of the Medical and Dental Council law.

For Complaints, contact : Association of   General  and Private  Medical Practitioners of Nigeria(AGPMPN) Oyo state : Phone : 08034103748/ E-mail: muyis2112@gmail.com

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Govt. Should Release Paris Club Refunds Only If It would Be Used To Offset Salary Arrears- Labour Leader

The Federal Government has been called upon to release 50 per cent of the remainder of the Paris Club Refund to State Governors on the condition that same would be used to pay the salary arrears of workers.

This was call was made by the immediate past Chairman of  Trade Union Congress(TUC), who is also the state Chairman, who is also

the state Chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servants((ASCN), Comrade Andrew Emelieze, in a chat with Federationews2day.

‘’The state Governors’ demands are right, they are making legitimate demands and the Federal Government has no option but to concede. When this balance is given to the states, the workers welfare to some extent should be met, because part of the money will also be used to offset their salary arrears, pensions and gratuities ’’.

‘’The Federal Government should insist that it should be used strictly to offset workers’ salary arrears, gratuities and pensions, the rest can be used for infrastructural development. So, the Federal Government should not hesitate to release the money, with a proviso, that since the states are owing workers, salaries, they should forget any other project and clear the salary arrears of the workers, pensions and gratuities, because as it is now, the situation is alarming, in Oyo state, where we are now, the state Government is owing over N52 billion, in terms of gratuities and pension arrears. All these arrears should be a priority, they should clear the arrears and whatever that is left should be used for infrastructure’’, Comrade Emelieze concluded.

 

No Work No Pay :The Lives of Workers and Their Dependents In Danger-Founder Shafaudeen Worldwide

As Nigerians continue to express displeasure  over the Federal Government’s  decision to enforce the ‘No Work No Pay’ rule, when workers embark on industrial action, the Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen world wide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke , in this interview with Federationews2day, advises the Federal Government to, in the first instance, clear the backlog of salary arrears, gratuities and pensions, owed workers, before it introduces a policy that is not worker friendly. Excerpts :

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What is your reaction to the Federal Government’s decision to enforce the ”No Work No Pay Rule, when workers go on strike ?

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The International Labour Organization(ILO)2007 states that workers’ agitation is expected, when they are not paid within  the stipulated time, they are due for payment.  If we are to go by the ILO law, which is universal and applies to workers all over the world, of which Nigeria should not be an exception, one will derisively rethink Government’s proclamation of ‘No Work No Pay’, in this period, when workers in Nigeria are owed  more than eight months salaries and pensioners are yet to receive their gratuities in several states, as well as pensions. It is high time, we advise the Federal Government not to be unnecessarily rhetorical on issue concerning the rights of Nigerian workers, most especially when ti comes to the issue of mounting agitations to press home their demands, which takes the form of prompt payment of salaries, facility update of their working environment,  and the need for Government to create an enabling and conducive  environment to work, enhanced productivity and higher efficiency. When the yearnings of workers are not attended to, the lives  of workers and their dependents are in danger, medical danger, safety danger, security danger and comfort-ability danger. This is because  their dependents rest solely on the  meagre amount or token received by Nigerian workers, for sustenance.

One should therefor, naturally expect, that workers through their labour unions should agitate for their rights, because without been paid as and when due, rights of accessibility to materials that will sustain them are trampled upon. It is unfortunate that in Nigeria we over politicize issue to the extent that the right to good living is been slashed into triviality, with the attendant death toll and lack of credible development, expected from  Government. For example, when you go out  to vote, you voted for those who will hold  i the peoples’ mandate, for anybody who comes out victorious, through these votes, into positions of power, the expectations of the people, of the voters, is that those people in power, will be able to render stewardship and service which will transform into, provision of basic amenities and promotion of functional infrastructure, which in the Nigerian context is lacking. I will advise Government to be proactive on the issue of productivity and efficiency of workers through prompt payment of their dues including those that have  served this nation during their prime ages, to the level of getting into retirement. It is only by this, that we can graciously roll out some rules of law, like ‘No Work No Pay’, based on truancy, sabotage and even what we can term  as rebellious intentions.

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Non-Inclusion of Igbos In NNPC Board : The World is Watching-Igbo Leader

The cries of marginalization continues across Nigeria, as the Federal Government intensifies efforts to have a firm grip of Governance. In this interview with Federationews2day, an Igbo leader, who is also the Onyendu Ndigbo of Ibadan and Oyo state, High Chief Alloy Obi, says that the South Eats Geo-Political zone of the country has not been treated fairly, in appointments into the board of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC). Excerpts :

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What is t your reaction to the suit filed by Dr. Olisa Agbakoba against the Federal Government on non inclusion of Igbos in appointments made into the board of the NNPC ?

The issue is very clear, how can there be 15  appointments on the board of the NNPC and no single person from the South East was appointed, 10 are from the North, three from the South West, two from the South-South, it is very bad. This is marginalization. The  whole world is watching, do we really belong to this country ? Why can’t they give us our own share of appointments ? Out of 15 appointments, they do not deem it fit to give us just one or  two slots.  It is very bad, so, I support Dr. Olisa Abakoba for instituting a suit against the Federal Government.

Are you of the belief, that the rule of law and due process exists in Nigeria ?

There is no rule of law i Nigeria.  There is nothing like that as far as I am concerned and there is nothing like due process Those at the top don’t respect the law.

What is your position on restructuring ?

Call it whatever name, the fact remains that we have to sit down and talk. Agitations will not stop unless Government does the right thing. People are not having what they are  entitled  to. I am an apostle of one Nigeria, but the issue of marginalization must be addressed.

Are you comfortable with  governance in Nigeria ?

Come 2019,  Nigerians should vote out the old brigade, the future of the young one is under threat, if one should go by all that is happening. There a lot of young people, who are competent enough to steer the mantle of leadership. My view is that come 2019, the old  people in governance should be voted out. We are blessed in this country, but the problem is bad leadership. Politicians are holding this country to ransom. I commend the wife of the President, Hadjia Aisha Buhari, for exposing the poor state of the Aso rock Villa clinic, Look at what is happening inside the villa clinic, I sorry for this country.

What are your views on the crisis rocking the traditional institution in Ibadan ?

I don’t like what is going on in the Ibadan traditional institution presently.  I will appeal to His Imperial Majesty and the Oyo state Government to resolve their differences amicably. We are also part of this state, I have been here for the past 45 years and anything that is going to affect the peace of the state, we must speak out. Everybody must make concerted efforts in sustaining the prevailing peace in the state. The traditional institution should not be desecrated.

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Blame State Governors and Other Political Office Holders for the Crises In Nigeria Today-Spiritual Head Shafaudeen

Insurgency, armed agitations, kidnapping for ritual and ransom, armed  robbery, car snatching and other crimes have taken over the Nigerian landscape. With this  as a background, the Nigerian Military launched Operations Python Dance One and Two, in the South East Geo-Political zone, and also  Operation Crocodile smile in the South South and  some parts of the South West, to reverse the ugly trend. In this interview with Federationews2day, the Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen Worldwide, Wakajaye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke, says state Governors are part of the problem. Excerpts :

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Military operations in those parts of Nigeria that are in crises are underway, what is your assessment of the situation ?

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The operation wouldn’t have been necessary if the intention had not gone to the level of breaking the country to pieces, besides that, the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) and the South South militants, they are armed with arsenal and other weapons of destruction and most of them are been sponsored by foreign interests.

It is unfortunate that Nigeria has been plunged into this abysmally regrettably stimulation. Unfortunately, a lot of things are not really working in Nigeria. For example the Nigeria Police Force is supposed to be efficient to quell all agitations, but how adequately equipped are the police ? So, in an environment of abnormalities, it would  continue to be a matter of surprise to see things been done accordingly. Take for example, restructuring, through having state Police would have  been the best , because we have some nations which are operating through this principle, but in Nigeria, the politicians would just  use  the opportunity to strangle the necks of their enemies, through the state police.

So, a lot of things that are working else where, favorably, are really not working here.

Also, another example, the civil war, we thought it would end in three months, but it lasted for three solid years, with  more than three million Igbos dead and also millions of those on the Federal side affected. Unfortunately,  the actors then, who are  gladiators from the North, are now our elder statesmen, controlling the affairs of the country.

One should not expect such people to look away, when there is about to be  a resurgence  of the  ugly past. I think that those we are supposed to blame in Nigeria, for all the chaos confronting us, are primarily the state Governors and those  who are holding political offices such as the Ministers and other appointees of Government. For instance, in the South East, the Governors were late in intervening, one feels very sad , when the break down of rules and laws are considered, as  that  of our core values. In this situation,  we expect the people to have a hold on the elites and the youths. But in the present circumstance,  the youths are been marginalized and denied  access to all the good  things of life in the country and as a result  one should not expect any respect for the so called elderly people, who are  in control of power. To this extent, things have fallen apart and the centre, is finding it so difficult to be in control. State Governors  are the Security  Chiefs of their states and they are closer to the agitators and at the same time working very closely with the Federal Government, if there is synergy in governance, things  will be well at the  centre, they are not supposed to   have  this kind of problem in quelling insurgency, militancy and proffering solution to the root cause of youth restiveness.

The root of all these problems  is the mismanagement of the nation’s resources, inequality, denial of access to life’s basic needs and the high rate of unemployment among the youths. Poverty will always make any system to be ungovernable.

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Govt. Has Not Fulfilled Its Promise To Workers-Labour Leader

Nigerian workers discuss their pitiable state on a daily basis, and conclude that Government is not ready to make life bearable for them. In this interview with Federationews2day, the immediate past Chairman of the Trade Union Congress(TUC)Oyo state council, who is also an ex-official of the TUC, the state Chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria(ASCN)Oyo state chapter and South west coordinator of the Socialist Workers league, Comrade Andrew Emelieze,  says government is insensitive to the plight of Nigerian workers.

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How have your members fared under the economic recession ?

As regards the issue of the recession, in the first place, those who claim to have announced that Nigeria is in recession are the same people who put the country in recession, the ruling class, they are the same people that have now come out to say that Nigeria is out of recession.

We might to some extent agree with them, looking at the increase in the price of crude oil in the international market, and the rise in the GDP, we might want to say that, technically, Nigeria is out of recession. The question we will now ask thereafter, is how will it impact on the people of Nigeria, especially the workers and the senior civil servants, which I represent.

It is too early to judge, but then, looking at the history of Government and governance in Nigeria, especially this government, which we all know that it is a multi government, they talk so much, even based on so many things that they cannot achieve, one might begin to also think  that it might still be the same old story and that Nigerians might not feel any impact. On the issue of recession, especially now that the ruling class has started the struggle for 2019 elections and so one might not eventually, get anything that will benefit  the Nigerian working class, on the issue of Nigeria getting out of recession. Also, looking at the struggle for the minimum wage, now that the Government says we are out of recession, one will also expect the Nigerian Government to say that there is hope for a new national minimum wage. The workers have endured for over two years in very harsh conditions. And the Government has been able to manoeuvre us within this period and they have not been able to achieve a new minimum wage for workers.

Now that we are out of recession and they have announce it, we should expect them to also announce that, even without  negotiating with the labour movement, that Government should be able to pay a particular amount of money as new minimum wage, then let labour come out to say that Government has announced is too small. In fact our earlier position  was that the new national min mum wage should be anchored on the President’s salary. And what we are saying here, is that if equity and justice must prevail i Nigeria, whatever our  President is earning as the Chief Executive of the country, he should be able to give part of it as minimum wage and what is it we are  demanding, at our own local level here, we have been able to do our arithmetic and we have  said that the President should graciously give the Nigerian working class one per cent of his own salary, we are not talking about allowances. Just one per cent of his own salary as new national minimum wage. And if he is able to do that, I think everything is anchored around him, then now begin to believe that the President has  a sense of justice. Besides, coming out of recession, we also expect that government, will fulfill its promise to pay workers all  it owes them at the local, state and federal levels. Before now, at the federal level, lots of allowances are  been owed workers, especially promotion allowances, transfer allowances and Basic Travel Allowances. It should be noted that there have been attempts by the labour movement especially our association, Association of Senior Civil Servants to put pressure on government to see how it can pay this money. What we’ve been hearing is that they’ve released so, so and so amount of money, N20 billion, N40 billion, they are compiling, they are yet to pay and people are just too tired of  hearing these excuses. Money that they have been owing for the past 7, 8, 9, 10 years. And with this government coming on board, they promised that they will pay these allowances, two years after, they have not paid these allowances owed federal workers. In fact, if you look at the allowances owed federal workers, the money owed them is even more than what  states which have not been able to pay salaries to their workers in the past 7 to 8 months owed them.  Those in a particular level are not receiving salaries for that level. Tkae for instance, someone  in grade level 12 is still receiving salary  of someone in grade level 9. And that is the predicament we find ourselves. If you go the Federal secretariat, all over the federation,  you see workers who are not happy, they are confused, in fact, even their condition of service is such that most times, they lament and regret that they took up jobs to work for their country. Apart from the fact that the pay is too poor, N18,000 minimum wage, all the allowances owed them has not been paid. they are no longer motivated to work. If you go to most offices now at the federal level, it is zero allocation. Money is not coming from Abuja. They don’t have money to operate. The various  Directors are just in the offices, almost  made redundant by the Federal Government. Probably the money has been budgeted for, but  it is not leaving Abuja. It is our strong belief that now that they have announced the end of recession, they should explore way through which the state Governors can have enough funds to clear the arrears of  workers’ salaries, gratuities  of pensioners, including the issue of social security for the unemployed. Unfortunately, nothing is  been done in this regard, based on what we’ve bee hearing  at the Federal level and even from the Governors.

Coronation of 21 Obas : Oyo Govt. is very Fraudulent- Sen. Rashidi Ladoja

As the controversy over the recent installation of 21 Traditional rulers in Ibadanland by the Oyo state Governor rages, a former Governor of the state, who is also the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja, in this interview with Journalists at his Ondo street, Bodija, Ibadan, residence says  the state Government acted fraudulently. Federationews2day was there. Excerpts :

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 The bone of contention today in Ibadanland , is the  interference of Government in the Traditional institution ? What is your position on this ?

Where do We start from ? It is not the responsibility of Government to tamper with the 1959 declaration, because they tried to mislead the people, they are now saying it is not the 1959 declaration, it is the 1957 declaration. The 1957 law was the chief’s law, it was under the chief’s law that the 1959 declaration was  gotten. It stated clearly that it was not the responsibility of anybody to do embark on amendment. We are not having the Olubadan of Oyo state, we are having the Olubadan of Ibadanland, so why do you have to bring somebody from Ibarapa, somebody from Oyo, and some people from Oke-Ogun to amend our own declaration. It is not the responsibility of the Oyo state Government to tamper with the Olubadan Chieftaincy  declaration, the case is still in court. And from what we are seeing the Government seems not to respect the courts again. Why did they start after work on Friday and ended on Sunday ? What is the cause ? Are those people going to, die ? They distributed the letters under floodlights, I see what happened in Mapo as a theatre.  If you want to amend the law, you know the procedure. The procedure is that when you amend the law you take it to the House, anyway we expect that he is going to bribe the legislators in the House. I only want to warn them, the legislators, that they should go back to their constituencies to know what their constituencies want. They should not think that because it is an Ibadan issue, the other zones in the state don’t have interest in it, because the Governor has said that when he finishes with Ibadan, the next place is Ogbomosho, all those Baales will become Obas and after Ogbomosho, he will end it up in Oyo. The implication is that since the Ibadan High chiefs, kingmakers are now Obas, the Oyomesis, kingmakers in Oyo, and all associated villages heads Obas can also become Obas. If he does not do that then our point  that he does not have the right to tamper with the declaration is right. He just wants to destroy the institution of traditional rulers. The question now is that what time does he have to reflect on issues pertaining to governance ?

The  state Government  alleges that during your tenure, you attempted same  ?

It is not true. I have said it several times that I did not set up any Adio  commission. Oyo state is in the number 29 position in the country, with all the private schools in the state. If you take away the private schools, it means maybe we would have come last, after Lagos the next place where there are private schools is Oyo state. This was not the case during my time. So the institution of Ibadan Obaship is so complex, that it is better to leave them and face the job of Oyo state. After you might have put Oyo state where it is supposed to be, then you can now go back and look at it. We are not like other places, Saki has not got an Oba now, even Fiditi hasn’t got an Oba now, So what I am saying is that I did not set up the Adio commission, it is either the Governor is been mischievous or the Governor decided to be a lair himself, either of the two, because  if they are say that they cannot find the report then is Adio alive ? then if he is alive they should call him.

You said that Government is no longer respecting the law, now what is the way forward ?

You don’t get the point, the Local Government elections have not been held because their case is in court, the Council of Chief was suspended in 2011 because the case is in court,   this time around there is no case in court ? Abi ? So that is what we are saying, it is not a question of selectively taking advantage of the court, if you want to take advantage of the court, then you take the disadvantage of the court as well. Democracy is Governing by the rule of law, if the rule of law breaks down, then everybody will resort to self help, God save all of us, that is what we are saying. So it is not the question of what is the way forward. The way forward is that at the end of it the court will prevail, the court will prevail, they may delay it, they may do everything, even if you influence the local court, are you going to influence the Appeal Court, are you going to influence the Supreme court ? We are not dead, we are not  dying yet, so why should I bother about how long the case lasts, because I know that some Obas, having spent 15 years on the throne were removed. So, that is the situation. The Governor has no right or the Government has no right to interfere in the Ibadan  declaration.

The impression, is that the High Chiefs, including yourself instituted the  law suit, what made the others back out ?

Well, I don’t know because I am not one of them.  The two of them came to see me, they came on the 22nd, because they went to Government on the 21st, they asked ”What is the quarrel between you and your brother, I asked who ? They said Isiaka Ajimobi , I said no I am not quarreling with Isiaka Ajimobi, I am quarreling with the Governor and if you go to the executive’s office you will see the Governors who  have been there. Starting from Sir John Ranking up to Akala, and on the 29th of May, 2019his own photograph will join us. So, it is the Governor I am having problems with, so many people do know know how to distinguish between the Governor and the holder. Maybe they think it is a solidarity with an Ibadan boy,  but I told them the danger there, the danger there is that when my brother Alao Akala said he wanted to create only six Obaship, the whole Ibadan rose in unity and said that he cannot do it and he did not do it. But now that an Ibadan boy wants to create 50 Obas, nobody is talking. I said that so, if you keep quiet in the face of tyranny, ………And I said, you people you say you want to become Obas, have you looked into the report ? Nobody has seen the report, even though  he is  giving you the sweet part of the report, and maybe the bitter parts are still hidden. Has anybody seen the white paper ? And the only thing they published, they say recommendations, this is recommendation four, where is recommendation one to three ? recommendation four, recommendation five, recommendation eight, where is six and seven ?  Recommendation nine, the High Chiefs will retain the titles of Otun Olubadan, Osi Olubadan, Balogun, Osi Balogun etc, and will not use the titles of Obas, this is what Government has published, as a prefix to their names, in order to avoid any confusion that would be caused by using the title ‘Oba ‘ in conjunction with their titles as Otun Olubadan, Osi Olubadan, Balogun and Osi Balogun etc. The Government now says, the Government rejects this recommendation. You can see that the Government had a plan before they started this, they just want to use the commission to bring out what they have in them. There is recommendation 10, there is no recommendation 11, there is recommendation 12,  so, where is  where is recommendation 13 to 98 and after 99, there is 100, there 101, I don’t know whether that is the end. But where is recommendation 13 to 98 ? So, this is Government print out, not so ? So you can see that the Government is very fraudulent. There is no report, the commission’s report is not there, they didn’t tell us what it is. Secondly, the white paper is not there. They are now talking of 1959 declaration, but when they started it, it was 1957 declaration, but now it is 1959 declaration, so, you can see that they are very inconsistent, so, as I said the Governor is most of the times too busy to look into details, he just allow these people to do whatever they want to do.