Today the FG will meet again with the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress on the threat by organised labour to proceed on an indefinite strike and protest over the hike in electricity tariffs and fuel pump price. The FG is expected to unfold its palliative plans during the parley which will be held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The FG and the unions had met penultimate Tuesday but the dialogue ended in a deadlock following the failure of the government to reverse the price increase or offer palliatives to cushion the effects on the workers. The NLC and TUC subsequently declared strike and protest scheduled to commence from Tuesday. Both unions said they would collaborate to execute the industrial action for maximum effect. The CWC had earlier handed down a two-week ultimatum to the FG to reverse the price hike or face industrial action.
The dissident group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, has declared 1 October, Nigeria’s Independence Day, as a sit-at-home day across the South-East, in order to avert what it called “wild killing” in the area. The group said it got credible intelligence stating that terrorist groups planned to attack the people of the region, who would intend to celebrate Independence Day. IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, said the group’s members would join those agitating for the Oduduwa Republic in public protests to mark the day. He asked “Biafrans” and Nigerians to boycott every government organised ceremony designed to eulogise the country. “We, the global movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra, wish to announce to all Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom all over the world that Biafrans across the globe shall observe a sit-at-home in Biafraland, and were permissible in the diaspora, join our Yoruba brethren agitating for the Oduduwa Republic, in public protests to mark October 1, 2020,” Powerful said.
The FG on Wednesday approved $1.96 billion for the construction of a rail line that will link Nigeria to the Niger Republic. The approval was given at a meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Buhari. Transportation minister, Rotimi Amaechi, said that the sum approved for the development of the proposed rail line linking Kano-Dutse-Katsina-Jibia and to Maradi in the Niger Republic is inclusive of VAT. Mr Amaechi said the council also approved the award of a ₦3.049 billion contract for the design, manufacture, supply, testing, and commissioning of a railway crane for the purposes of clearing rail tracks in situations of accidents.
High-ranking politicians and bureaucrats in South Sudan have siphoned off at least $36 million in public funds, sometimes with the connivance of international corporations and banks, a United Nations commission has said. Wednesday’s report by the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan came six days after President Salva Kiir fired the country’s finance minister, the head of the tax-gathering National Revenue Authority, as well as the director of the state-owned oil company. “Our Commission has uncovered brazen embezzlement by senior politicians and government officials, together with a number of entities linked to the government,” the panel’s chairperson, Yasmin Sooka, said. Sooka added that the figure relates to illegal financial movements from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and the National Revenue Authority. The 17 September reshuffle at the finance ministry, revenue authority and Nile Petroleum Corporation (NilePet) came after South Sudan’s reserves of foreign currency crashed, prompting a 37 percent slump in the value of the South Sudanese pound against the US dollar.