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Lagos Island Suspends NURTW as Members Kicks Against MC Oluomo’s Emergence as State Chairman

The Lagos Chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) is currently not having it all good as some of the member of the union are kicking against the emergence of Musiliu Akinsanya popularly known as MC Oluomo as the Caretaker Chairman.

The members who took to the premises of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Wednesday evening in Ikeja demanded that they do not welcome imposition.

“We say yes to union constitution, we want the government to save our soul in Lagos” reads one of the placards while others reads: “We say no to thuggery in Lagos NURTW”.

The National President of the union, Alhaji Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa, had on Tuesday appointed MC Oluomo as the Caretaker Chairman despite contesting for the Lagos branch chairmanship position while dissolving the executive committee which had been headed by Tajudeen Agbede – the union’s current deputy.

Ademola Olanrewaju, the chairman of the Ojuwoye NURTW branch was of the opinion that MC Oluomo‘s emergence will lead to chaos and agitated that his tenure is not needed in Lagos.

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In a similar event, the Lagos Island Local Government had suspended the union in order to restore peace and forestall loss of lives and properties in the area.

The Executive Chairman of the local government had also directed the security operatives in a Press Release to deal decisively with members of the group or any who violates the directives.

The Oyo State Government had recently banned the union in the state due to violence and crisis within the union when the union threatened to force a change of the leadership of the union.

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Police Arrest Former Lagos Gubernatorial Candidate over Funke Akindele-Bello Party

Former gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State, Babatunde Gbadamosi, has been detained by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly contravening lockdown order declared by the State Government to curtail coronavirus spread.

Gbadamosi was detained after being spotted in a viral video attending a birthday party organised by Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele-Bello for her husband, Abdul-Rasheed Bello, held in Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki axis of the state.

A police source at the command headquarters revealed that Gbadamosi has been detained and may not be released by the law enforcement agency for engaging in an act that was at variance with the law.

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COVID-19: Buhari approves recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, says President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the engagement of 774,000 Nigerians on Special Public Works programme in the country to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.

Mrs Ahmed disclosed this at a press conference on fiscal stimulus measures in response to COVID-19 pandemic and oil prices fiscal shock, on Monday in Abuja.

She explained that 1, 000 people were expected to be recruited from each of the 774 local government areas in the country.

According to her, the sum of N60 billion for allowances and operational cost has been earmarked from the COVID-19 crisis intervention fund for the initiative.

She disclosed that President Buhari had previously approved a pilot special public works programme in eight states to be implemented by the National Directorate of Employment, NDE.

She added that Buhari had now approved that this programme be extended to all 36 States and the FCT from October to December 2020 and the selected time-frame was to ensure that it was implemented after the planting season.

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“The Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning is also evaluating how best to extend the Special Public Works Programme, to provide modest stipends for itinerant workers to undertake Roads Rehabilitation and Social Housing Construction.

Ahmed said: “And also Urban and Rural Sanitation, Health Extension and other critical services. This intervention will be undertaken in conjunction with the key federal ministries responsible for Agriculture, Environment, Health and Infrastructure, as well as the states, to financially empower individuals who lose their jobs due to the economic crisis.

“Mr. President has approved the establishment of a-N500 billion COVID-19 Crisis Intervention Fund. The establishment of the Fund will involve drawing much-needed cash resources from various Special Funds and Accounts, in consultation with and with the approval of the National Assembly.

“The N500 billion is proposed to be utilized to upgrade healthcare facilities as earlier identified by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and approved by Mr. President.

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“This will help to finance the Federal Government’s Interventions to support states in improving healthcare facilities, finance the creation of a Special Public Works programme and Fund any additional interventions that may be approved by Mr. President”.

The minister noted that although similar challenges were experienced in 2008/2009 as well as in 2015/2016, Nigeria had considerably lower fiscal buffers now than in previous economic downturns.

According to her, the decline in international oil prices and domestic production may be magnified if a severe outbreak of COVID-19 occurs, despite ongoing efforts to curtail the spread of the pandemic through compulsory lockdown of Lagos and Ogun States, as well as the FCT.

The minister said to directly address these health and economic challenges, the president approved the Fiscal Stimulus Package among others as part of an Integrated Policy Framework to ensure that Nigeria’s healthcare system, fiscal position and economy were sufficiently supported to weather these shocks.

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