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May Day Celebration : PERESSA called on her members and all workers in Nigeria to prepare for struggles



May Day Celebration : PERESSA called on her members and all workers in Nigeria to prepare for struggles

……. to defend their rights and win decent conditions for the working and poor masses of Nigeria By Ifeoma Ikem

Globally workers celebrate May 1st as workers day which presents an opportunity to celebrate the commitment and dedication of all workers across the world .


Comrade Rufus Olusesan,the National President, Precision Electrical and Related Equipment Senior Staff Association (PERESSA),an Affiliation of Trade Union Congress made this known in press statement.


As the group join others, he advised workers to prepare for struggles to defend their rights and win decent conditions for the working and poor masses of Nigeria.

The statement reads, ” Precision , Electrical and Related Equipment Senior Staff Association (PERESSA) joins workers in Nigeria and across the world in celebrating this year’s May Day, which is also known as International Workers’ Day. May Day, which dates back to the 1880s and was created as a result of the global struggle of workers for regular working hours, is even more significant today as we better understand the value of solidarity. This day also provides a special opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of workers and to demand greater rights and protections for every single worker.

” As a trade union that has been involved in the struggles to advance the interest of her members and other workers and the Nigerian masses, we recognize the power and potential of workers’ unions, and we say this is the time for unions to take more prominent place at the forefront of the struggle for workers’ rights.

” On this day, we remember the many sacrifices that have been made and that many continue to make to secure the rights of everyone who labour. We remember that it has taken rigorous struggles to win the rights that we enjoy today. Workers have struggled for better working conditions, pay, and protections since the early labor movement’s battles for the eight-hour workday to the current battles for collective bargaining, decent working conditions and workplace safety.

” We note that the rights and dignity of workers are currently in danger on national and international levels. Workers’ well-being is seriously threatened by the ever-increasing casualization of workers, and growing privatization of basic services like healthcare, and education, and the dismantling of labor laws, and the growing concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a few people.

” It is important to reflect on the current crises facing our society and the impact it has on the working class. The poor implementation of the currency redesign and cashless policies of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has had a devastating impact on our economy, undermining small businesses, affecting workers’ salaries and purchasing power, and making it difficult for many to meet basic needs.

” We are concerned about the violence and voter suppression that characterized the last general elections, and this for us further reflects the bankruptcy of bourgeois politics and the desperation of the capitalists class to continue to hold on to power by any means possible in their quest to continue to appropriate to themselves the collective wealth of the country and oppress the working people.

” The emergence of the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other capitalist political parties at the last general elections means a continuation and consolidation of anti-people policies. So, workers have to be on the alert in the coming period to resist these imminent attacks. The planned fuel subsidy removal and other anti-poor, anti-people policies that Buhari government or the incoming Tinubu administration are likely to unleash in the coming period will further worsen the already dire situation of workers in our country.

” As members of PERESSA and as trade unionists and working people, we must stand together in solidarity and fight against any policies that seek to erode our rights and threaten our wellbeing. We also want to remind the government that our members will not watch passively while anti-poor and anti-worker policies are unleashed on the workers and poor masses of our country. Rather we will organize and fight back through peaceful protests and strikes until we win.

” For us in PERESSA, Nigeria is too rich and endowed for the working people and the youth to continue to wallow in the state of abject poverty, unemployment, homelessness, insecurity and destitution that is prevailing at the moment. This is why side-by-side with our mandate to defend our members’ workplace rights, we are prepared to collaborate with all democratic, progressive, Socialist, pro-worker and pro-people forces to fight for a new, democratic and egalitarian Nigeria free of oppression, repression and inequality.

” On this May Day, let us renew our commitment to the struggle for a better future for ourselves, our families, and all workers. We stand in solidarity with workers across the globe and reiterate our belief in the power of collective action to bring about positive change.” he said


Kwara herbalist, accomplice Remanded over rape, arson



Kwara herbalist, accomplice Remanded over rape, arson

Kwara herbalist, accomplice Remanded over rape, arson





A Kwara State Magistrate Court sitting in Ilorin has ordered the remand of an Ibadan-based herbalist, Sultan Ojuwoni, also known as Atakoro, and one Olaitan Ibrahim Olalekan at the Federal Correctional Service Centre, Oke-Kura, Ilorin till January 17, 2024.





The state Police Command arraigned Atakoro and Olalekan before the court for the alleged rape and arson of a 21-year-old girl identified as Firdaus Jimoh.






According to the Police First Information Report, Atakoro allegedly serially raped and set ablaze the 21-year-old Jimoh in his shrine, in Ibadan, Oyo State, conniving with Olalekan and one Omowumi and her children who are currently at large.






The suspects were arraigned on offences of criminal conspiracy, unlawful trial by ordeal, rape, causing grievous bodily hurt by dangerous means and attempt to commit culpable homicide, contrary to Sections 97, 214, 283 and 229 of the Penal Code Law.”




Magistrate Kolawole Aluko who also did not take the plea of the suspects when the FIR was read to them, said the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the offences for which they were charged.

He, however, listened to the submissions of the prosecution and counsel for the second defendant after which he ordered the remand of the suspects and adjourned the case till January 17, 2024, for mention.

The magistrate said the offenses for which the suspects were charged were not ordinarily bailable.




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Kaduna airstrike: DHQ apologizes, insists terrorists were killed in Ligarma



Kaduna airstrike: DHQ apologizes, insists terrorists were killed in Ligarma



THE Defence Headquarters, yesterday, said that the Nigerian Army’s aerial bombardment of Ligarma village in Kaduna State in which some innocent civilians were killed, actually took out several terrorists, who embedded themselves in the community while fleeing.


Kaduna airstrike: DHQ apologizes, insists terrorists were killed in Ligarma

Speaking on a day that President Bola Tinubu sued for calm and ordered thorough investigation of the disaster, the DHQ apologised for the killing of civilians, saying, “the military views every civilian death in the cause of operations as a tragedy.”’




The tragedy elicited reactions yesterday, from Kaduna State Government officials and the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, who visited Tudun Biri community in Igabi LGA; the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF; Apex Muslim Organisation led by the Sultan of Sokoto, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; and former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi.




Village infested with terrorists, civilians’ death tragic — DHQ

Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, who made this known in a statement said this is why communities are to always alert troops of terrorists’ activities particularly when such a community is known to be infested with terrorists and their sympathisers.

DHQ said: “Such tragedies are needless and unwanted, which causes the armed forces to take extensive measures to avoid them.”

“It noted that terrorists often deliberately embed themselves within civilian population centres in order for the civilian population to bear the consequences of their atrocities.

The statement titled: “On Air Strike On Ligarma Village in Kaduna State,” read in part: “On 3 Dec 2023, at about 2200hrs and based on untoward activities by terrorists, The NA UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) detachment observed movement of terrorists at Ligarma, a terrorist-infested area of Kaduna State.

“Aerial surveillance captured movement of groups of persons synonymous with the terrorists’ tactics and modus operandi. The observed advance of the terrorists that were gathered posted a threat to key infrastructure within reach of the on-toward activities.

“Accordingly, the threat was eliminated to prevent the terrorists from unleashing terror on innocent civilians.

“The armed forces will continue to operate consistent with international law as it always has done.

“It will also continue its determined and cautious progress in eradicating terrorists from our land.

“These terrorists as part of their tactics disguise themselves as civilians to perpetrate terror.

“Accordingly, we will continue to find innovative solutions to the challenges faced in the conduct of operations.”

Tinubu orders thorough investigation, calls for calm

Disturbed by the incident, President Tinubu, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, directed all relevant security agencies to carry out a thorough and full-fledged investigation on the bomb mishap, and also called for calm while the authorities look diligently into the mishap.





Tinubu sympathized with the families of victims, the people and government of Kaduna State over the airstrike mishap, which he described as “very unfortunate, disturbing, and painful, expressing indignation and grief over the tragic loss of Nigerian lives.”

“The President also directed swift and comprehensive medical attention for surviving victims while praying for the repose of the souls of the deceased.”

Army Chief visits Tudun Biri, commiserates, tenders apology

During his visit to Tudun Biri community, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, accompanied by Principal Staff Officers from the Army Headquarters and the General Officer Commanding 1 Division, met with the Dangaladima Zazau, the District Head of Rigasa, Architect Aminu Idris, other leaders and members of the community.

The COAS expressed regrets on the unfortunate mishap, describing it as a very disheartening occurrence.

Lagbaja noted that in the recent past, the general area of Tudun Biri and adjoining villages were infested with armed bandits, who terrorised the communities, until troops of the Nigerian Army started conducting operations to sanitize the area and make it habitable.




He pointed out that the troops were carrying out aerial patrols when they observed a group of people and wrongly analyzed and misinterpreted their pattern of activities to be similar to those of the bandits, before the drone strike.

The COAS stated that he was in Tudun Biri to personally witness the site of the mishap and to convey sincere regrets and unreserved apologies on behalf of the Nigerian Army to the District Head and people of the community, as well as the Government and entire people of Kaduna State.

Furthermore, Lagbaja disclosed that he has ordered a thorough inquiry into the incident to ascertain and identify areas of deficiency that led to the inadvertent disaster.

He disclosed that the findings and overarching outcome of the investigation will guide the NA in meticulously and professionally seeking and applying lasting solutions to identified lapses and deficiencies in both the human and Artificial Intelligence variables that will forestall future recurrence.

District Head of Rigasa, Architect Aminu Idris, in his remarks said despite the enormity of the incident, the Nigerian Army showed integrity in accepting responsibility for the drone strike and urged its leadership to intervene in bringing succour to hospitalized victims and the community for their losses.



He maintained that the community is a mixed community of both Muslims and Christians and that the victims are of both faith, contrary to earlier insinuation that the community is solely Muslim.

General Lagbaja also commiserated with the Chairman Jamaa’ atu Nasru Islam, Kaduna State Prof Shafiu Abdullahi and other clerics.

The Chief of Army Staff equally visited affected victims at the Barua Dikko Teaching Hospital Anguwan Rimi, Kaduna, where he expressed concern for their speedy recuperation and made an immediate donation of several provisions for their upkeep.

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Why UK Banned Healthcare Workers From Bringing Families



Why UK Banned Healthcare Workers From Bringing Families

Why UK Banned Healthcare Workers From Bringing Families





Britain’s government has unveiled a raft of measures aimed at reducing “unprecedented” and “unsustainable” levels of legal migration to the United Kingdom (UK), including banning healthcare workers from bringing their families and dependants to the UK.



Why UK Banned Healthcare Workers From Bringing Families


On Monday, a statement issued by the Home Office said the new plan to slash migration levels and curb abuse of the immigration system would deliver the biggest-ever reduction in the country’s net migration.





According to the Home Office, the revision will encourage “businesses to look to British talent first and invest in their workforce”, helping UK to deter employers from over-relying on migration, whilst bringing salaries in line with the average full-time salary for these types of jobs.






Interior Secretary, James Cleverly, said his plan would result in 300,000 fewer people coming to the UK in the coming years.





Under plans set out by Cleverly, workers would need to earn at least £38,700 to obtain a visa, up from £26,200, while care workers would be barred from bringing in dependants from next April.





He said, “The first of our five points will be to end the abuse of the care visa. We will stop overseas care workers from bringing family, dependants and we will require firms in England to be regulated by the Health Care Quality Commission in order for them to sponsor visas.






“Approximately, £120,000 dependants accompanied £100,000 care workers in the year ending September 2023, but only 25% of the dependants are estimated to be in work, meaning that a significant number are joining public services rather than helping to grow the economy.







“We recognize that healthcare workers do great work in our NHIS and health sector, but it’s also important that immigrants make a big enough financial contribution. Therefore, it will increase annual immigration healthcare charge by 66% from £624 to £1035 to raise, on average, £1.3 billion for the country’s health services every year.







“Second, we will stop immigration undercutting the salary of British workers. We will increase skilled workers’ earning threshold by a third to £38,000 from next spring in line with the medium, full-term wage for those kinds of jobs.





“Those coming on social and health visas will be exempt, so we will continue to bring healthcare workers.






“Finally, having already banned overseas masters students’ from bringing family members to the UK, I have asked the Immigration Advisory Committee to revise the graduates’ rate to prevent abuse, to protect the integrity and quality of the UK’s outstanding higher education sector. It needs to work in the best interest of the UK, supporting the pathway into high-quality jobs in the global talent pool and reducing opportunities for abuse.”

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