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Nigeria Has Rescinded Under Buhari – NLC President, Ajaero




Joseph Ajaero, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said on Monday, that the country has badly retrogressed under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari in the last eight years.

He lamented the situation of things in the various sectors of the country, and expressed hopes that the incoming government will not toe the line of the current one.

Ajaero spoke during his visit to the secretariat of the Almagamated Union of Piblic Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) in Abuja.

According to him, “We want a government that Nigerians will enjoy and this level of under-development will stop, because Nigeria is under developing. We are rescinding everywhere. At the point that Buhari took over government, in the power sector for instance, they were hovering between 4,000 to 5,000 megawatts averagely but in the past eight years, we have reduce to about 3,000. That is moving back from where we were. ASUU strike used to be three to four months, under his watch we started recording eight months of ASUU strike. We are rescinding.

“If you check infrastructure, it is still the same thing. If we were paying for air ticket 50,000 Naira before, we are paying about 80,000 thousand Naira today. “

On his expectations of the new administration, the Labour leader said “We are still waiting to get their own agenda, because if we follow from the manifesto of the APC, they will sustain what Buhari has done and if it is underdevelopment that they are sustaining, then there is a problem. So the NLC will wait for the agenda of the new government before we comment. You can see that parties no longer implement their manifesto. So that is why we are worried. We can’t talk about the agenda of any government. We can only wait for them to state their own agenda.
But I am saying that this is an APC government and ordinarily, parties sustain their ideology. If you check the US, Democrats and others.

“Nigerian politics is berate of ideology. If you check the issue of privatisation of electricity, it was an agenda and policy forced on us by the PDP government. The APC government, after eight years did not own up to it to say “we are sustaining it or we will jettisoning it” so what was their policy during this eight years? So there is a problem, and we should be able to hold them accountable, especially the forth estate of the realm, if their manifesto is not in line with what they are doing.

“Currently, we can’t judge them when they have not entered into office but we can equally look at their grand father, which is their party and predict that if they should behave like their grandfather, these are the likely outcome. Unless they decide to equally do change of name that they have now discovered that their father is not that man that gave birth to them.”

The NLC president charged unions leaders to be more daring in their fight for workers’ rights, stating that, “One good thing we want to do under our watch, is to make NLC a proactive labour centre, a fighting machine. With no apology to any human being. Whether you are a governor who whoever, if you step on our toes, within twenty four hours, we start a fight with you. You can go ahead and say Ajaero is a mad man. It doesn’t matter. That is our commitment and that is how we want to go about it. Some people may decide to be gentle men, but that is not why we are going to do about this job.

“I fear of late that the unions no longer fight. State councils no longer fight. I have experimented one or two things since we came onboard. If you stop fighting, unions will go into extinction. You don’t beg your oppressors. Begging will only worsen your situation.”

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Anambra Govt. Arrests Two Fake Doctors, Shuts Down Hospitals



The Anambra state government has arrested two fake medical doctors and sealed off their health facilities at Alor in Idemili South Local Government Area and Adazi-Enu in Anaocha Local Government Area of the state.

Dr Afam Obidike, the state’s commissioner for health, accompanied by some security operatives and members of the Anambra Joint Enforcement Team (ANJET), raided the areas on Friday night and arrested the suspects.

Speaking to newsmen on Saturday, the commissioner identified the suspects as Anayo Okwara, owner of Bright Land Hospital and Maternity Ltd in Alor and Igwe Ogbonna, owner of Favour of God Hospital and Maternity, Adazi-Enu.

He said that the suspects were operating the hospitals illegally in the state.

“Following investigation, it was discovered that Ogbonna is not even a medical doctor and does not have any medical knowledge.

“He also used his hospital as a nursing school, where students pay as much as N70,000 to N100,000 to study nursing. Some of the student nurses we met at the facility confirmed this.

“On Okwara, the second suspect, the president-general of Alor community, Chief Emmanuel Ojukwu, wrote to the ministry complaining about incessant deaths recorded at Bright Land Hospital.

“Okwara, first claimed that he was a homeopathic doctor, but later admitted that his medical certificates and license were forged when he was being questioned,” he said.

Mr Obidike said that five illegal health facilities had been shut down so far, saying that Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s administration would not relent in its effort to flush out fake doctors operating across the state.

He said that the objective of the exercise was not to witch-hunt anyone but to ensure standards both in government and private hospitals in the state.

“It is unfortunate that death is an irreversible course and I do not understand why people who are not medical practitioners will continue to waste people’s lives because of greed and quest to make money through illegal means.

“We are sending out this warning to those operating illegally and parading themselves as medical doctors to close down their hospitals or face the full wrath of the law.

“Anambra is not a place for quacks to practice,” he said.

The commissioner thanked the community leaders and vigilante groups for the tip-off and urged residents to be vigilant and report such illegality in their areas.

He commended Mr Soludo for giving them the necessary support to execute the raid.

Mr Obidike said that the suspects would be charged to court.

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Abia LP Commends NLC For Calling Off Strike



The Abia State Chapter of the Labour Party, led by Ceekay Igara, on Sunday, commended the organised labour in the state for showing solidarity with the incoming government of Alex Otti by calling off her two-week old strike.

Igara, in a statement signed by Njoku Jerry Ajike, the state publicity secretary of the party, said it was a sign of the great change that is about to happen among the Abia state workforce.

He stated, “We, as the political arm of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, consider this decision to call off the strike by the leadership of the TUC and NLC as a great act of patriotism and evidence of loyalty and support to the incoming Labour Party-led government of Dr Alex Otti.”

He explained that the leadership of the Congress arrived at the decision on May 27 after visiting the governor-elect, Alex Otti, at his residence.

“The incoming Executive Governor of Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, had reassured the workers of his commitment to improving workers’ welfare without wavering,” the party assured Abians.

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Rivers Police Seal Ex- Lawmaker’s  Hotel, Entertainment Centre




Two entertainment centres, the CSKR Hotels and Priscy’s Bar and Suites both in Elekahia, Port Harcourt, Rivers State were early on Monday morning sealed by armed policemen.

Staff and lodgers at the two sealed facilities were forcefully ordered out of the premises by the security operatives who stormed there in a commando style.

The businesses are owned by a former member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Jones Ogbonda.

Ogbonda is said to be a staunch supporter of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.

It was gathered that the heavily armed operatives, all dressed in black, are said to be from the C4i Intelligence unit of the state police command.

Our correspondent who visited one of the sealed premises (Priscy’s Bar and Suites) at about 6:55 am on Monday reports that heavily armed, stern-looking policemen occupied the entrance, while two white Hilux patrol vans were stationed there.

In a voice note sent to our correspondent, Ogbonda confirmed the incident, saying the managers of the facilities put calls across to him in the wee hours of Monday to break the news.

He stated,” On the early hours of 29th May 2023 at about 2:55 am, my phone rand and my manager informed me that men of the C4i tactical team of the Nigeria Police Force in about five patrol vans drive into the premises of  Priscy’s Bar and suites in Elekahia.

“They ordered guests in the rooms, customers in the club and staff in the outer bar out, that they have orders from the governor to seal the place.

“As I speak, they are still occupying the premises.

“I also received a call from the manager of CSKR hotels at Elekahia Housing Estate to the effect that men of the C4i of the Nigeria Police were at the hotel searching from room to room, ordering guests and staff out of the premises.

“That they have taken occupation under the orders of His Excellency. This is sad.”

Our correspondent reports that on 19th August 2022,  the Priscy’s Bar and Suites was sealed and some staff and customers were arrested and detained by security operatives.

The bar was sealed off for 11 days before it was allowed to reopen.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, said she will contact the Elekahia Police Division and get back to our reporter.

She has yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.


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