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Ajimobi Tasks NPC on Error-free 2018 Census

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Ajimobi Tasks NPC on Error-free 2018 Census

Ajimobi Tasks NPC on Error-free 2018 Census

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Oyo State Governor, Mr Abiola Ajimobi, has enjoined the National Population Commission (NPC) to take note of the peculiar nature of the rural communities and ensure that necessary modalities are put in place to guarantee an objective and fair 2018 census, pointing out that any error will undermine the integrity of the exercise.

This declaration was made during the flag-off of the 3rd phase of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) for the 2018 population and housing census at Igbeti Town Hall, Olorunsogo Local Government.

The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matter, Mr Bimbo Kolade, emphasized that the issues of population and housing census are important tools in social and economic configuration, noting that they are important indices on the development chart that reveals the potency for economic activities as well as guide developmental initiatives.

It was stated that the census figures returned for Oyo State over the years, did not appear to give a fair reflection of the demography of the state, adding that Oyo State has a large expanse of land area with considerable population.

The NPC was then urged to guide against error of omission or commission.

“If a state is under-enumerated or the tools for demarcation processes are mismanaged to give wrongful indications, it would affect the integrity of the final census figures.

“It also has debilitating effects on the development planning and resources to be made available for the well-being and the development of the state.”

The Governor appealed to the stakeholders and people of the State to cooperate with the enumerators by allowing them to move freely, give them access to their buildings/housing units and respond to their inquiries during the demarcation to a fruitful exercise.

In his remark, the Chairman and Federal Commissioner for the NPC, Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji said that the Commission was ready to inform, enlighten, create awareness and sensitize various stakeholders and the general public in the state on the 3rd phase of the enumeration area demarcation of the 2018 population and housing census, which will commence from February 20 -March 12, 2017.

“EAD is the division of the country into small units that can be conveniently covered by a pair of enumerators during the census period.

“It is not real population census but preparatory activities for the census exercise and vehicle that drives the entire census process in the pre-census, actual enumeration and post-census period.

“The commission is deploying the use of Geographical Information System (GIS) compliance, high resolution satellite imagery and personal digital assistance (PDA) so that there won’t be room for un-demarcation and duplication,” he stressed.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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NLC, TUC Suspend Wednesday’s Nationwide Strike

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The planned nationwide strike action earlier fixed for Wednesday, June 7, 2023, by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has been suspended by the unions.

The labour unions suspended the industrial action on Monday night after a meeting with the federal government at the Presidential Villa.

Nigerian workers had planned to stay away from work to protest the announcement of the removal of fuel subsidy by President Bola Tinubu during his inaugural speech last Monday.

Recall that earlier yesterday, the central government obtained an interim order from the National Industrial Court to stop the industrial action by the labour organisations on the argument that the strike could paralyse the country.

Justice O.Y. Anuwe restrained the NLC and the TUC from the action pending the determination of the motion of notice, which was fixed for a hearing on June 19, 2023.

Later in the day, the labour unions and the federal government held a meeting, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who has been appointed as the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, informed newsmen last night that a committee would be set up to discuss ways to resolve the issues amicably.

“The federal government, the TUC and the NLC would review World Bank Financed Cash transfer scheme and propose the inclusion of low-income earners in the programme.

“The federal government, the TUC and the NLC to revive the CNG conversion programme earlier agreed with Labour centres in 2021 and work out detailed implementation and timing.

“The labour centres and the federal government to review issues hindering effective delivery in the education sector and propose solutions for implementation.

“The labour centres and the federal government to review and establish the framework for completion of the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries.

“The federal government to provide a framework for maintaining roads and expanding rail networks across the country.

“The joint committee will assess all other demands submitted by the TUC to the federal government,” a communique issued at the end of the meeting said.

Business Post reports that after the NLC and the TUC agreed to “suspend the notice of strike forthwith to enable further consultations,” they fixed June 19 to reconvene a meeting with the government “to agree on an implementation framework.”

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Subsidy Removal: Court Stops Proposed Nationwide Strike by NLC, TUC

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The proposed nationwide strike to kick against the removal of fuel subsidy by the federal government may suffer a setback as the National Industrial Court (NIC) has restrained the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from going on with the action.

In a ruling on an interim order sought by the federal government on Monday in Abuja, Justice O. Y. Anuwe ordered the unions to stop the strike pending the determination of a suit filed by the government.

The judge directed the government to serve the NLC and the TUC the interim order and the substantive suit marked NICN/ABJ/158/2023, fixing June 19, 2023, for hearing of the matter.

“The defendants/respondents are hereby restrained from embarking on the planned Industrial Action/or strike of any nature, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice dated 5th June 2023.

“It is ordered that the defendant/ respondents be immediately served with the originating processes in this suit, the motion on notice, and the order of this court hereby made.

“The motion on notice is hereby fixed for hearing on 19th June 2023. Hearing notices to that effect shall be served on the defendants/respondents along with the other processes,” Justice Anuwe ruled.

Business Post reports that the Federal Ministry of Justice filed an ex-parte motion to stop the planned industrial action by the labour unions, arguing that the strike was capable of disrupting economic activities, the health sector and the educational sector.

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Momentum Gathers for Second Adire Lagos Experience

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Stakeholders in the Nigerian textile industry are getting prepared for the second Adire Lagos Experience organised by Ecobank Nigeria Limited.

Momentum is gathering for this event slated for June 9 to 11, 2023, because the first edition, held at the ultra-modern Ecobank Pan African Centre (EPAC) complex in Victoria Island, was the talk of the town.

Participants used the occasion to network and get the latest designs in the local adire fabric.

Ecobank has assured that this year’s programme would be bigger as those expected are top government officials from  Lagos, Ogun and other neighbouring states, the CEO of Adire Oodua Textile Hub and wife of Ooni of Ife, Mrs Ronke Ogunwusi; the CEO of Dye Lab, Ms Joke Ladoja; the Creative Director, Afume Global Concepts, Mrs Funmi Sosanya; and the CEO, Aga Culture & Upbeat, Moyo Ogunseinde, among others.

The event is being partnered with the National Union Textile Garment Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (Adire Sector) and will involve the exhibition of new designs of the fabric.

The Head of Consumer Banking at Ecobank, Mrs Korede Demola-Adeniyi, said the exhibition is part of the bank’s contribution to boosting the nation’s tourism, culture and creative industry using Adire as a key driver, adding that, high profile exhibitors, vendors, dignitaries from different parts of the world have indicated interest to be part of the event.

“The bank was encouraged by the success of the maiden edition last year.  It is in line with our brand promise as a Pan-African Institution to promote culture and boost tourism on the continent.

“We expect topflight exhibitors, expatriates, influencers, dignitaries from all walks of life and members of the public at the three days event,” she said.

Mrs Demola-Adeniyi stated that the event would feature a series of masterclasses and exhibitions, as well as networking opportunities with entrepreneurs, shoppers and everyone interested in the making or trading of Adire, adding that the bank has provided a cosy ambience with utmost serenity to make participants feel comfortable and safe.

She added that, “Participation is free, and you are welcome to invite family and friends to come over to witness the beautiful event.

“This exhibition also presents an opportunity not only to sell and buy products but to experience the luxuriance in our culture.

“In addition to the wonderful display of Adire clothing and products, there will be masterclasses on Adire production, picture-perfect moments, and music to vibe.”

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