The union representing workers of the defunct Nigerian Airways has threatened to picket eight banks including Union Bank, First Bank, Diamond Bank, Fidelity Bank, Polaris Bank, Zenith Bank, Stanbic IBTC Bank and Ecobank. This is following the alleged discovery of ₦700 million that was overpaid into accounts of former workers of the airline. However, the banks re alleged to have refused to refund the money back to the Accountant General’s office, and instead proceeded to trade with the funds. The refusal of the banks to refund the money is said to be slowing down the ongoing payment of the last batch of the former workers entitlements.
The Nigerian Judicial Council has given both the two justices at the centre of the suspension row, Walter Onnogben and Ibrahim Mohammed, seven days to respond to the various petitions against them. It has also ordered the Federal Judicial Service Commission to treat a petition against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar. Both Justices Onnoghen and Mohammed elected to recuse themselves from the meeting. Therefore, the Council elected Hon. Mr. Justice Umaru Abdullahi, CON, former President of the Court of Appeal as Interim Chairman to preside over the meeting. The Council will reconvene on 11 February 2019.
A day after holding a public hearing, the House of Representatives has passed the new National Minimum Wage Bill. This Bill amended the 2011 National Minimum Wage Bill to raise the minimum wage to ₦30,000 for all workers across the country as recommended by the tripartite committee and insisted upon by the unions. However, companies with fewer than 25 workers are excluded from the provisions of the bill. The Senate is expected to align with the House of Representatives before transmitting it to the Presidency for assent.
The FG has hinted at a plan by individuals and groups to undermine the upcoming general elections. Following this allegation, it has ordered security and law enforcement agencies, to isolate and deal with individuals or groups bent on sabotaging the process. The allegation was made by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, a retired lieutenant-general, in a press statement from his office on Tuesday.