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NSCDC Reiterates Protection of National Assets Amid Elections



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By Adedapo Adesanya

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has reiterated its commitment to protecting critical national assets in the country, including oil and gas facilities, power, telecommunications, and other national infrastructure.

The Rivers State Commandant of NSCDC, Michael Besong Ogar, said about 105 operational vehicles, four gunboats and special forces from the Intelligence Squad, Counter Terrorism Unit, Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Explosives Unit, Armed and Antivandal Unit of the Command had been fully briefed and deployed.

Mr Ogar, during a pre-election media briefing in Port Harcourt, said in line with the directive of the NSCDC Commandant General, Mr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, the Rivers State Command has deployed 5,255 officers and men drawn from the various 23 Local Government Areas, departments, and units of the Command.

For the anti-vandal unit, the NSCDC boss in Rivers State listed their job description to include “protection of all critical national assets in Rivers State, including public buildings, oil and gas pipelines, energy and power facility, transportation as well as telecommunication infrastructures; so they are on red alert so that hoodlums will not take any chances during this election.

“We are the lead agency when it comes to the protection of national assets.

“For the past six months, Rivers State Command has the highest number of arrests of vandals as well as the highest number of convictions and forfeiture to the federal government.

“We also arrest those including in Naira racketeering in Rivers State. We had them convicted last week for selling Naira. We collaborated with the CBN, and we were able to convict them.”

NSCDC, who assured of adequate security before, during, and after the 2023 general election, affirmed that the Command was fully prepared for the Saturday 25th and 11th March 2023, noting that the Corps’ preparedness was informed by the determination to remain apolitical, and neutral and highly professional while on election duty.

He further hinted that the training and re-training programs organized internally as well as in conjunction with the INEC and other Sister Security Agencies in the State have been very impactful; hence the NSCDC officers and men are well informed on the election operational guidelines, the provisions of the electoral Act 2022, the NSCDC Standard Operating Procedures amongst others.

“With the level of the training programs we have organized for our personnel coupled with the Election Security Personnel joint training, you can rest assured that there would be effective security coverage in the elections”.

The Command helmsman called on critical stakeholders such as party leaders, their supporters, traditional institutions, religious bodies, and the general public to consciously make concerted efforts in ensuring that the elections are free, fair, and credible in Rivers State.

He urged the voters to remain calm and cast their votes in a peaceful manner shunning all forms of electoral violence as the security agencies would not hesitate to arrest anyone who disrupts the peaceful conduct of the elections.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.


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



Adire Lagos Experience

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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