PEOPLES DAILY, FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013
FG begins implementation of LITFC, TBS recommendations By Stanley Onyekwere
he Federal Government is set to commence implementation of
Textile workers demand entitlements from northern governors From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
ational Union of Textile Garment & Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) has lauded Kaduna state Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, for his efforts towards restoring investment confidence in the state. Speaking yesterday at the public presentation of an open letter to Yero and Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF), Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, in Kaduna, the General-Secretary of the NUTGWN who is also Vice President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Issa Aremu, noted that Kaduna residents also bear witness to Yero’s commitment to peace and security. On the content of the letter, titled, “Save the Lives of KTL Workers” Aremu said that workers at the, “the Kaduna Textiles Limited are demanding the payment of their entitlements. According to him, the union sometime in September 2005 obtained a court judgment for settlement of entitlements of workers amounting to N687,073,346.00 but unfortunately, the management and owners of KTL (19 northern states) have remained insensitive to the plight of the workers in spite of repeated appeals. Aremu said, “in March 2013, the NGF set up a committee of five governors headed by Governor of Kwara state, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, with governors of Zamfara, Kano, Bauchi and Borno states as members. “The committee was mandated to look at KTL and proffer recommendations on the way forward. The report of the committee is yet to see the light of the day. “The union also visited the Chairman of the Board of KTL, Gen. Wushishi (rtd) in March 2013 on the way forward but he could not give a concrete response.” Aremu urged the northern states governors to note that sustainable development of any country or state lies in industrialization and mass job creation. “It is against this background that the union is disturbed by the continuous closure of the KTL since 2000. “Even more worrisome is the continuous delay in settlement of the entitlements of KTL workers by its owners, the 19 northern states.”
recommendations on disputes over concession of Lagos International Trade Fair Complex (LITFC) and Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), in order to sanitize and re-position the complex for efficiency and competiveness. This was disclosed yesterday by the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Samuel Ortom, during a meeting with the managements of LITFC and (TBS), on the decisions of National Council of Privatization (NCP), on lingering issues relating the concession agreement. He said the meeting with the
stakeholders involved was to intimate them that the committee will be going out to ensure that it implements the decisions of the NCP on the complex. According to the Minister, “gone are the days that committees were given responsibilities, and brought their recommendations and they were approved, and dumped somewhere; because today we are out for action, and we intend to see that we conclude this assignment. “The essence of concessionary was to give more power, energy and strength to
the complex, so that it becomes vibrant, and more useful , not just to our country but to the entire region and the whole world, because if the facilities there are upgraded to international standard to the level that we can hold international programmes in the place. “In view of the problems that emanated from the concession agreement, and what was on the ground, we are going to review the entire concession agreement to tarry with the reality on ground now, as we are also charged with the responsibility of implementing the recommendations.
“When all these are done, the issues of outstanding payment will require those who owe to pay up the debt. “Government believes in the participation of the organized private sector as key to the economic development of our country and that is what we are pursuing. He also assured the government will continue to support and work with the private sector within the available resources, to ensure that all stakeholders succeed and get out of all the challenges facing the nation.
L-R: Director Solicitors Department, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Olusola Moore; Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Yerima Lawan Ngama and Vice President Namadi Sambo, during the national Council on Privatization (NCP) meeting, at the presidential villa yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye From Ahmed Abubakar, Dutse
he Jigawa state Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC) yesterday paraded two suspected rapist who were caught defiling nine and 11 years old girls in BirninKudu local government area Also paraded was a deaf man whose house the suspects used to carry out the illegal activity. The NSCDC state
Defilement: NSDC parade two men in Jigawa Commandant, Muhammad Gidado, said his men were attracted to the scene when a mob attempted to lynch the two men. He said that medical tests
Kaduna pilgrims’ board Secretary solicits support From Mohammed Ibrahim, Kaduna
he new Kaduna State Pilgrim Welfare Board Executive Secretary, Alhaji Tahir Umar Tahir, yesterday solicited for the support and cooperation of stakeholders in Hajj operations in the state. Speaking during a familiarization tour to some Hajj stakeholders in the state, Tahir said the visit was necessary to seek support for a hitch free Hajj exercise in the state. At the Ministry for Local Governments, Tahir described its staff as critical to intending pilgrims because all pilgrims come from the 23 local
government areas of the state. “This is why we deemed it fit to pay you this very important visit so as to solicit for your support and cooperation for a better hajj exercise this year. “We know how supportive you have been to the board over the years but we still need more support from you,” he said. At the House of Assembly, Tahir said, “I believe in team work with all stakeholders because that is the only way to achieve our goals to improve Hajj exercise in the state. “We believe that all stakeholders must put hands on deck to make a difference in this very important religious journey.”
showed that the girls were raped adding that further tests were being carried out to determine if the victims if they were infected with diseases. One of the suspects Abdullahi Isa, 25, said he lured the girls with N80, explaining that, “one of the girls came to our achaba park crying that her money was
missing from her groundnut sale. “She told me to give her anything to go to bed with her and I gave her N80 but my friend slept with the other girl.” Tijjani Abdulhameed, 25, a married man with two children said the devil lured him into the act.
Research Institute vows to transform agricultural sector From David Hassan, Gombe
he Lake Chad Research Institute has promised to transform the agricultural sector in the north- east zone. This is contained in a communiqué at the end of its inhouse review meeting in Gombe yesterday, the Institute’s Chairman and Secretary, Prof. Mukhtari Mahmud and Mr. Bashir Alhaji Baba, respectively. According to the communiqué, the Institute has impacted positively on society through appropriate research development on the livelihood of
farmers in the zone. It further stated that due to insecurity and lack of adequate funding, in north- east zone, most of ADPs in the zone could not perform their statutory obligations. It also explained that the extension agents to farmers ratio is low throughout the zone, noting that most of the experienced extension officers are retire without being replaced. It further urged governments of states in the area to support th institute’s ADPs for effective research and extension service delivery.
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