Author: National Record

THE GOVERNMENT felt so sorry for the Nigerian worker that it decided to lighten his burden. After all, the welfare of the citizenry is a major reason why we have government. Even the heart of former President Muhammad Buhari – said to be stone-hearted – melted on seeing the pitiful condition of the worker. So much that he made an award of N12,000 for federal public workers. The actions of the government and the employers was a written script acted to the letter. In my experience in negotiations, when employers do not want negotiations or solutions because they fear the…

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HERE are some key facts about Mohammad Mokhber, 68, Iran’s first vice president who became interim president following the death of Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash. * As interim president, Mokhber is part of a three-person council, along with the speaker of parliament and the head of the judiciary, that will organise a new presidential election within 50 days of the president’s death. * Born on Sept. 1, 1955, Mokhber, like Raisi, is seen as close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has the last say in all matters of state. Mokhber became first vice president in 2021 when Raisi was elected…

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IRANIAN President Ebrahim Raisi, a hardliner long seen as a potential successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was killed in a helicopter crash in mountainous terrain near the Azerbaijan border, officials and state media said on Monday. The helicopter was also carrying Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and six other passengers and crew, all of whom perished. Here are reactions to the news: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz & Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman They offered condolences to the acting head of the executive authority, Mohammad Mokhber, on the death of Ibrahim Raisi, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and his…

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IRANIAN President Ebrahim Raisi, a hardliner seen as a potential successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was killed after his helicopter crashed in poor weather in mountains near the Azerbaijan border, officials and state media said on Monday. The charred wreckage of the helicopter which crashed on Sunday carrying Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, and six other passengers and crew, was found early on Monday after an overnight search in blizzard conditions. Turkish Transport Minister, Abdulkadir Uraloglu, said on Monday that the crashed did not have its signal system turned on or did not possess such a system. File Photo: The…

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CURRENTLY, the two Labour Centres – the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), the federal and state governments as well as employers in the organised private sector are engaged in negotiations to review the National Minimum Wage Act 2019. To fully understand the complexities of these negotiations, it is essential to grasp the broader issues surrounding a National Minimum Wage. When the last review of the National Minimum Wage was carried out in 2019, the inflation rate in Nigeria stood at 11.40%. Currently, the inflation rate has surged significantly reaching 33.69%. This stark increase…

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THIS WRITING was first published on July 6, 2020, then May 16, 2023. With changes of leadership soon at the federal and state levels, I see it as relevant. The first part in particular. However, do we forget the lessons in the second part? The world is changed by your example not by your opinion – Paulo Coelho, Brazilian Lyricist and author of The Alchemist. Sheikh Usman Dan Fodio had two lamps, one bought by the state and the other from his salary. After finishing state work with a state lamp in the night, he blew it out and lit…

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THE POLICE Command in Nasarawa state has confirmed the arrest of a 400-level student of Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), for allegedly raping a 100-level student of the same institution. The command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ramhan Nansel, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Keffi on Friday. Nansel said that the suspect was arrested by police operatives attached to Agwan Lambu Division, close to the university, on May 9 for allegedly committing the act. “Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect travelled to the village where he and the victim come from. ALSO READ:…

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AN AKURE Magistrates’ Court on Friday fined a herder, Abdulkadir Shehu N50,000 for grazing without permit from the Ondo State Government. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Ondo State Security Network Agency codenamed: Amotekun accused Shehu of conspiracy, breach of peace, unlawful grazing and wilful damage of farmland of one Alhaji Salau. Amotekun alleged that the defendant committed the offence on June 7,2023 at Oke Agbe in Akoko North West Local Government Area of the state. Magistrate Damilola Sekoni, held that that the prosecution could not give convincing and material evidence on all the three-count charge. ALSO…

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THE PEOPLES Democratic Party (PDP) says the 27 lawmakers at the Rivers State House of Assembly who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) has lost their seats forever. The party said this in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba in Abuja. Ologunagba said that the clarification was necessary following a mischievous report in the social media claiming that there were plots to compromise the party’s position to return the defected lawmakers to their seats. “Our party therefore stands by its position that the affected members have since lost their seats in the Rivers State…

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PRESIDENT Bola Tinubu has approved May 27 to June 6 as Federal Capital Territory Week for the commissioning of various projects executed under his administration. The Minister of FCT, Mr Nyesom Wike, stated this while inspecting some of the projects in preparation for inauguration to celebrate Tinubu’s one year in office. “By the approval of Mr President, we believe that from May 27, we shall begin the inauguration of various projects and will end on June 6. “Particularly on May 27, President Tinubu will inaugurate commercial operations of the Abuja Light Rail also known as Abuja Metro Line, and we…

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