For about five hours yesterday, the Senate debated the rising insecurity in the country. But an uproar was triggered when the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, advised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to quit for failing to provide a solution to the menace. The motion, which sparked the debate that was intended to proffer legislative solutions to the security problems facing the country, has the name of all the senators attacked as sponsors. Issues of state police, lack of coordination and lack of synergy among the security agencies, lack of political will, and the expiration of the tenure of the service chiefs formed the thrust of the debate. When the debate was thrown open, Abaribe, who was the first senator to speak, went straight to the issue when he said that “he who lives by propaganda will die by propaganda.” He lamented that instead of taking practical steps to address the security issues, government officials kept deceiving the people that the Buhari administration had defeated insecurity. Abaribe’s position attracted intermittent interventions from the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who preached against what he called the use of hate speeches during the debate. On the submission that the government had failed, Lawan said: “This government was re-elected because it had done well.”
Electricity Workers Threaten Strike Over Failed Agreement With Fed Govt
Electricity workers have threatened to go on strike if the Federal Government fails to implement the December 11, 2019 agreement it reached with them. They gave the government 14 days to do the needful or face an industrial action. Seven weeks ago, the Federal Government reached an agreement with workers in the electricity sector, who are claiming that the government had reneged in its promise. They have threated to resume the suspended strike. The workers, under the aegis of National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), threatened to ground power supply nationwide, if government fails to implement last year’s agreement with them. The union’s grievances include unpaid benefits to over 2,000 disengaged workers of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) since 2013; underpayment of over 50,000 ex-PHCN staff; payment of half salaries to workers by the power distribution companies (DisCos), among other perceived unfair labour practices. Addressing reporters yesterday in Lagos at the NUEE headquarters in Yaba, NUEE General Secretary Joe Ajaero accused the Minister of State for Power, Goddy Agba, of harassment and intimidation during the union’s negotiation on challenges affecting workers in the sector.
Government Warns Against Travelling To China As Coronavirus Spreads
Aviation regulatory agencies yesterday stepped up surveillance across operating airlines and international airports nationwide in a bid to contain any case of the Coronavirus pandemic.The Federal Government went further to urge Nigerians nursing travel plans to China to jettison them now until further notice, except under an extremely essential circumstance. The government also advised all persons arriving from China or any country that has a major disease outbreak to self-isolate by staying indoors in their homes for at least two weeks.The government’s position was made known after the resumed Federal Executive Council Council (FEC) meeting. Earlier, the Federal Government assured Nigerians of its readiness to strengthen surveillance at five international airports in the country to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. The five international airports are in Enugu, Lagos, Rivers, Kano and the FCT.Addressing State House correspondents after nine hours of council deliberations presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire urged Nigerians to delay their travel plans to that China until all issues relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus are adequately addressed.