Implementing the N30,000 minimum wage approved by the Federal Government has been a nightmare to State Governors across the Nation.
A report from the Nigerian Labour Congress revealed that only 5 out of the 36 Governors have begun the implementation of the minimum wages which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in April 2019.
The following are the lists of the Governors;
Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri – Adamawa
Babajide Sanwo-Olu – Lagos
Mallam Nasir El-Rufai – Kaduna
Mohammed Badaru Abubakar – Jigawa
Abubakar Atiku Bagudu – Kebbi
The NLC had hinted that it will disrupt activities in the 31 other States by 31 December 2019 if they fail to conclude all negotiations on its implementations.
The communiqué was signed by Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, Emmanuel Ugboaja, the general secretary and Abdulrafiu Adeniji, the national chairperson joint national public service negotiating council (trade union).
It said that the organized labour would not guarantee industrial harmony in the 31 states that are yet to implement the minimum wage.
The communiqué read in part “Each state should as a matter of urgency convoke an emergency executive council meeting and state congress of all workers to intimate them on the outcome of the stakeholders’ meeting on the new national minimum wage.
MVP Award For The NBA All-Star Now To Be Called The Kobe Bryant MVP Award
The NBA All-Star game has now to be called The Kobe Bryant MVP Award. NBA commissioner, Adam Silver made this announcement on Saturday 15th February.
The Kobe Bryant MVP Award will be given this Sunday at the closing of this year’s All-Star Game in Chicago. Both teams will be captained by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Lebron James respectively. Team Lebron will put on No 2 and team Giannis will put on No 24. These two numbers were worn by Gianna, Kobe’s daughter and Kobe Bryant.
Recall that Kobe won the All-Star Game MVP in 2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011. Also, he played as the youngest player to feature in the All-Star Game at 19 in 1998.
Buhari Suspends NBC Boss, Modibbo Kawu
Modibbo Kawu, the DG of the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has been put on suspension by President Buhari. This came following his corruption charges by the Independent Corrupt Practices, ICPC.
This development was confirmed by Armstrong Idachaba, NBC’s Director of Broadcast Monitoring. Further, the most senior director in the commission has been directed to take over from Modibbo Kawu.
Modibbo Kawu is currently facing a 12-count charge bordering on money laundering, abuse of office, and misleading a public officer with the intent of defrauding the government.
So, this contravenes Section 26 (1) (c) of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Act 2000 and punishable under Section 19 of the same Act.
Beisdes, Modibbo was first arraigned in May 2019 over the alleged misappropriation of N 2.5 billion for the digital switch-over (DSO) program of the government.
Coronavirus In Africa As Egypt Records The First Case
The Health Ministry in Egypt has confirmed the first case of the deadly Coronavirus. The authorities made this disclosure on Friday 14th February in a press release. They said the World Health Organization has been informed and the patient is in isolation for monitoring and treatment.
The patient’s nationality was not given. However, Egypt is the 28th country in the world to record Coronavirus and the first in Africa.
So, over 64,000 cases of the Coronavirus have been diagnosed around the world and 1,363 persons have been confirmed dead since its outbreak in Wuhan, China