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NLC Plans Nationwide Strike Over Sacked Kaduna Workers

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike over what it described as unlawful dismissal of civil servants by the Kaduna State Governor, Mr Nasir El-Rufai.

The warning was made by the president of the NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, in Abuja, after a meeting of the Central Working Committee.

He said all members of the NLC will down tools nationwide for five days in the first instance and when nothing is done by relevant government agencies, the workers union will think of the next line of action.

Mr Wabba explained that the union’s plan for a nationwide strike over Mr El-Rufai’s action was predicated on the assumption that the Governor is having support from other states and the federal government.

In his words, “CWC has decided and has also recommended to the National Executive Council that labour will withdraw all services from either public or private from all sectors of the economy for five days in the first instance.”

“And where there is no remorse, there is going to be a total action because we believe that El-Rufai is not alone in this action that neoliberal forces and also some government are also part of it.

“This action is going to be total and unconditional and therefore, all unions will be issuing statements and directives to their members to take this directive seriously and that the action will go ahead,” he added.

Speaking further, the NLC President said the action was taken as a last resort due to all the communications that were written on the issue to the Kaduna State Government and were yet to receive any attention.

According to him, the CWC, therefore, thought that workers should not be allowed to die in silence as thousands of workers who had been sacked were yet to be paid in line with the provisions of the law.

Background to the Issue 

The move by NLC comes a week after Governor El-Rufai announced the plan to disengage civil servants in the state, citing fiscal reasons.

Mr El-Rufai said a significant amount of the statutory federal allocations to the state is being spent on the wages of public servants.

According to the Governor, the decision was one of the necessary moves to salvage the state’s finances and that the measures which the government took to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic have shown clearly that the public service requires much fewer persons than it currently employs.

“Therefore, the state government has no choice but to shed some weight and reduce the size of the public service. It is a painful but necessary step to take, for the sake of the majority of the people of this state,” the governor was quoted in a statement.

“The public service of the state with less than 100,000 employees and their families cannot be consuming more than 90% of government resources, with little left to positively impact the lives of the more than 9 million that are not political appointees or civil servants.

“It is gross injustice for such a micro minority to consume the majority of the resources of the State,” Mr El-Rufai said.

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.

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NW Tech Capital Appoints Stella Damasus to Help Boost African Expansion

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Nigerian veteran actor and singer, Stella Damasus, has been appointed as the lead Consultant for talent acquisition of Las Vegas-based company, NW Tech Capital (NWTT) Beauty and Wellness division in its African expedition.

In a statement, the company said, “NW Tech Capital and TROPICSLAB is pleased to announce that award-winning Nollywood celebrity Stella Damasus, has joined us, as lead Consultant for talent acquisition of the company’s Beauty and Wellness division in its African expedition.”

It was disclosed that she will be tasked with the responsibility to expand the company’s tentacles by acquiring the best talents to fulfil the vision of establishing a flurry of high-end celebrity cosmetic brands across Africa.

NW Tech Capital, a publicly traded diversified holding company that was founded in 1996, is actively involved in the acquisition and investment of small, mid-size, and development-stage private businesses in varied industries.

Based on Tropicslab’s clinically tested formula, over the next five years, NWTT projects to invest at least $100,000,000 in Africa, in Skincare research and development, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing, to generate substantial revenue for our shareholders and to help combat skin cancer for people of colour.

Speaking on the projection, NWTT CEO Mr Cedric Yengo said – “Stella brings with her a wealth of experience and refined skill in talent acquisition that is almost unparalleled in today’s market.

“With her extensive connections in the industry and her acumen for strategic alliances, we believe that Stella will help us to position ourselves as the premier Beauty and Wellness Company, in the nearest future”.

According to Ms Edith Delight CEO of Tropicslab, “The Task Force led by Stella Damasus will begin accepting applications from celebrities immediately, for the creation of high-end celebrity cosmetic brands”.

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Orazulike Joins Ecobank Nigeria Board as Non-Executive Director

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A seasoned business magnate, corporate administrator and philanthropist, Mr Nnaeto Orazulike, has been appointed to the board of Ecobank Nigeria Limited as a non-executive director.

A statement from the financial institution disclosed that the appointment of the founder and Group Managing Director of Genesis Group took effect from April 2022.

Genesis Group is a Nigerian conglomerate with interests in restaurants, cinemas, hotels, food production and oil & gas services and production.

The businessman would be expected to the board his wealth of experience from similar positions in the past as he had previously served on the board of Fidelity Bank Plc between 2008 and 2017.

He is the National Chairman of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture Trade Group on Tourism and Hospitality. He also currently sits on the boards of various companies and organizations including Shelf Drilling Nigeria, West African Metal Processing Co. Ltd., Fate Foundation, and Spiritan University, Nnochi Imo State.

Mr Orazulike is a graduate of the University of Nigeria with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree and an alumnus of Harvard Business School, Executive Training Program. He was also awarded the prestigious Honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University of Port Harcourt in 2015

It was stated that he was picked for this position because he has distinguished himself as a leader in his various endeavours, pioneering and promoting professions through the growth of indigenous talents in Nigeria and beyond.

It was said that the appointee embodies the pan-African vision of the bank and brings with him the wealth of experience, professionalism, and integrity which has earned him national and international acclaim.

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Adewale Oyerinde Takes Over as New NECA DG

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has appointed Mr Adewale Oyerinde as the Director-General of the association, effective on Monday, August 1, 2022.

NECA’s President, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

The position of Director-General became vacant following the demise of late Dr Timothy Olawale in September 2021.

Mr Adeniyi said that Mr Oyerinde was expected to build on the legacies of professionalism and excellent service that the association was known for and take it to greater heights.

Prior to his ascension, Mr Oyerinde was the Deputy Director and Head of Membership Services of the association.

Mr Oyerinde joined NECA in 2010 and has worked in various capacities in the Social, Economic and Labour Affairs Department and also the Learning and Development Department of the association.

He has over 16 years of experience in Industrial and Human Resources (HR), Business Development, Stakeholders Management and key areas of Employers’ Federation/Business Membership Organisation Management.

Mr Oyerinde, according to the statement, is an HR thought-leader and International Labour Organisation (ILO) trained Master Trainer

He is also a United Nations Industrial Development Organisation-trained ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System), ISO 1400:2015 Lead Auditor.

Mr Oyerinde holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the University of Lagos. He is an alumnus of the International Training Centre of the ILO and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), among others.

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