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Nigerian Institute seeks collaboration with Ghana Parliamentary Service Board

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The Director-General, National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman, says that the institute will collaborate with Ghana Parliamentary Service Board on democratic consolidation.

Sulaiman made this known when Hon. Johnson Nketiah, Chairman, Committee on Administration and Human Resources of the Board, led members of the committee on a study tour to Nigeria.

While noting the long-standing relationship between the Institute and the Ghana Parliament, Sulaiman said the institute would collaborate with other parliaments and parliamentary bodies on capacity building and democratic consolidation.

“I am indeed gratified that this relationship between the two countries and sister parliaments has continued to flourish,’’ he said.

The director-general said that the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged the globe since 2019, halted the capacity building activities of the institute.

“But as the pandemic wound down, I wish to

assure the delegation of our commitment to sharing our experience and expertise with the institute,’’ he said.

This, Sulaiman said, was especially in the area of providing continuing education for Members of Parliaments and parliamentary staff even as “we strive to enhance professionalism of staff, clerks of committees and legislative aides”.

Additionally, he said, the institute and the Ghana Parliament could collaborate and share experience and expertise in Legislative Drafting training programmes of the institute and relevant staff development.

Responding, the head of the Ghana delegation, Nketiah, said the study tour is an exchange of ideas and best practices between the Parliament of Ghana and parliaments of sister countries.

“We are here to interact with the human resource here with an objective of also strengthening our institution back home.

“We are of the Parliamentary Service Board of Ghana, the equivalent of the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) of Nigeria.

“We are about to embark on some reforms in our parliamentary service. We’ve heard about the good stories about Nigeria. And we think that there are very good lessons that we can learn from here.

“We are interested in the functions of the NILDS of Nigeria. We also have a similar institution even though very young, called the Parliamentary Training Institute in Ghana.” (NAN)

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Labour Rejects FG’s Fresh ₦54,000 Minimum Wage Proposal

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The Federal Government has proposed to pay N54,000 as minimum wage, as the Tripartite Committee on the New Minimum Wage returned to the negotiation table after the Organised Labour pulled out of the negotiations last week.

At the reconvened meeting this week, the Federal Government made a fresh proposal to pay N54,000 as against the initial N48,000 it proposed during the last sitting.

However, a reliable source at the meeting said that the Organised Labour refused the new proposal, as it is a far cry from the N615,000 proposed by both the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

According to the source, the meeting which held behind closed doors at the Nicon luxury hotel in Abuja on Tuesday has been adjourned to Wednesday, May 22 to continue with negotiations.

The Organised Labour comprising the NLC and the TUC had on Tuesday given the Federal Government up till the end of May to conclude negotiations for a new minimum wage.

The unions also directed their members in states that are owing the N30,000 minimum wage to gear up for industrial action.

May 31 Deadline
The Federal Government had failed to present a nationally acceptable minimum wage to Nigerians before the May 1 Labour Day.

The situation has forced labour to be at loggerheads with the government. In the wake of the tussle, NLC President Joe Ajaero insisted on the N615,000 minimum wage, arguing that the amount was arrived at after an analysis of the economic situation worsened by the hike in the cost of living and the needs of an average Nigerian family of six.

With the cost of living rising following the removal of fuel subsidy, calls for a new minimum wage have continued to make headlines in Nigeria.

Ajaero and labour leaders gave the Federal Government a May 31 deadline to meet their demands.

 

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EFCC Arrests 78 Internet Fraudsters In Enugu, Imo

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The operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested 78 suspected internet fraudsters in Enugu and Imo States.

EFCC spokesman Dele Oyewale disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday, May 20, 2024.

Oyewale noted that 29 suspected internet fraudsters were arrested in Enugu metropolis on May 15, while 49 others were nabbed in Imo State on May 17.

He said the suspects were arrested following actionable intelligence about their suspected involvement in online criminal activities.

The EFCC spokesperson listed items recovered from the suspects to include 13 cars, mobile phones, and laptops.

Oyewale added that the suspected internet fraudsters would be charged to court upon the conclusion of investigations.

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Lady Abandons Husband One Month After Wedding For Deceiving Her That He Lives Abroad

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A Nigerian Lady by name Nancy has left her husband after barely one month of the traditional marriage and church wedding ceremonies which took place in Isuochi Umunneochi LGA of Abia State this last Easter Sunday 2024.

She said she discovered he has no money but was sponsored by his family to come marry her.

“He lied to me that he came back from the US and would be returning after our marriage ceremonies, but I didn’t know he was brought back to the village to live permanently by his family” she said.

“I can only go back to that nonsense marriage only if he would go back to the US as he told me earlier, if not no marriage, I no come this world to come suffer” she added.

Though, rumours in Amunda community has it that the heart broken husband a.k.a. ‘Mentor’ has been threatening the runaway wife and her family with Juju Shrine summons.

According to the rumours, Mr. Mentor’ said it’s either her family refunds him back all his expenses or return the lady to him before seven days or she will run mad and kpai.

 

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