* Workers Day : The worst over for Nigeria- Buhari (Vanguard) * Nigerian workers threaten to trade votes for minimum wage in 2019 (PremiumTimes)

* Workers Day : The worst over for Nigeria- Buhari (Vanguard)                 *  Nigerian workers threaten to trade votes for minimum wage in 2019 (PremiumTimes)



Workers Day : The worst over for Nigeria- Buhari (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday gave the assurance that the economic and social problems plaguing the country had had their turn declaring that the worst was over for the country. He made the declaration in his address at the May Day rally in Abuja where he was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. “”We believe that the worst is over for Nigeria. Accordingly we will do everything within our powers to sustain the current economic recovery efforts. “”We will continue to reinforce our macro-economic policies to achieve sustainable economic stability and growth. “”We will also continue to ensure that growth comes along with jobs and there is a just distribution of the national wealth. Read more

Nigerian workers threaten to trade votes for minimum wage in 2019 (PremiumTimes)

Nigerian workers on May Day threatened to use their electoral power come 2019 against any government that refuses to pay the new minimum wage currently being negotiated in the country. The workers also warned against any attempt to renegotiate their demand for N66,500 as the national minimum wage in the country. The existing minimum wage is N18,000. The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, issued the threat on Tuesday in Abuja in his message to the Nigerian workers to celebrate May Day 2018. “We are battle ready against public and private organisations that would refuse to conform to the new minimum wage,” Mr Wabba threatened. Read more

Buhari leaves Blair House to Joint Base Andrews airport (Vanguard)

President Muhammadu Buhari about 9 am (2 pm Nigeria time) left the Blair House, White House, which is the seat of power of the United States of America, USA, government to Joint Base Andrews airport to return to Nigeria. The President will fly back with the Nigeria Air Force aircraft, NAF 001 stationed at the Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. President Buhari had arrived Washington DC early hours of Sunday on the invitation of the USA President, Donald Trump. The two leaders had special session on Monday and afterwards jointly addressed journalists on some of their bilateral agreement. Read more

Workers deserve at least N50,000 minimum wage, says Ekweremadu (Punch)

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has reiterated his support for Nigerian workers’ demand for an upward review of the monthly national minimum wage. Ekweremadu stated this in his goodwill message on the occasion of the 2018 edition of International Workers’ Day, issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Uche Anichukwu. He said, “I salute the Nigerian workers for their immense sacrifice, labour, resilience and patriotism, which have kept Nigeria going. They have also not relented even in the face of untold challenges and hardship. “However, we must take the necessary steps to lighten their burdens, especially in the face of excruciating economic realities and in line with the anti-corruption crusade. Read more

Bauchi cannot pay N66,500 minimum wage – Abubakar (Nation)

Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar on Tuesday declared that the state will not afford to pay the proposed monthly minimum wage of sixty-six thousand and five hundred Naira (N66, 500) to its workers. But was quick to add “unless the federal allocation to state increases, as demanded by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on behalf of the state workers. Abubakar disclosed this at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi where workers from all segments of the economy in the state gathered to mark the 2018 Workers’ Day, a global event celebrated yearly. Read more

May Day: Plateau workers boo NLC Chairman, exchange blows (Punch)

The celebration of 2018 workers’ Day in Plateau State was almost disrupted by the exchange of blows between loyalists of the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Jibrin Banchir, and his opponents. After the closing ceremony, he was escorted out of the Rwang Pam Stadium, venue of the event by armed operatives of the Department of State Services. Before trouble started for the NLC chairman, members of the Plateau State Council of the Nigeria Union of Teachers and National Union of Local Government Employees, had during their march parade, raised three fingers each, which was a euphemism for three months salaries arrears. Read more

EKITI 2018- APC Primary: I haven’t stepped down for anybody, Bamidele Insists (Vanguard)

Ado-Ekiti-A former federal lawmaker and All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, has dismissed the rumour making rounds that he has backed out of the  governorship race. Bamidele, who clarified that he’s still very much in the race, described the rumour that he has stepped down for the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi , as laughable, saying there is no reason for him to quit when he was convinced that he has a good chance of clinching the party”s ticket. Bamidele stated that with the assurances given by the APC National leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the southwest bigwigs at a meeting held in Lagos last Friday, that he has no reason to doubt the credibility of the process leading to the primary. Read more

N45m Porsche gift: ‘Davido bought Miracle for Chioma’ (Punch)

The social media has been agog since the ace Nigerian musician, Davido, presented his girlfriend, Avril Chioma Rowland, a Porsche worth N45m as birthday gift on Tuesday. Someone took to Twitter to compare Chioma’s expensive gift with the N45m total prize won by the just-concluded BBNaija housemate, Miracle Igbokwe, simply known as Miracle. The twitterer, one Mac Nels, rationalised that “If Miracle’s net worth is N45m, and Davido just bought Chioma a N45m Porsche, does that mean that Davido bought miracle for Chioma?” Read more

Gunmen kill Dickson’s aide in Bayelsa  (Nation)

An aide to Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has been killed by suspected assassins. Ebikimi Okoringa, who was recently appointed a Special Adviser to Dickson, was shot dead at his hometown in Kolokuma-Opokuma local government area of the state. The victim, a two-time councillor and former Acting Chairman of the LGA, was killed at about 10:00 p.m. on Monday. A community source, who spoke in confidence, said the assailant laid ambush close to the victim’s house and shot him immediately he alighted from his car. Read more

Riot police used teargas against anarchists at Paris May Day rally (Reuters)

French riot police used water cannon and teargas on Tuesday against hundreds of hooded protesters after they smashed shop windows and hurled petrol bombs at the start of an annual May Day rally in Paris. Police had warned on Monday of possible clashes with far-left anarchist groups, known as Black Blocs, after a call on social media to make Tuesday a “Revolutionary Day”. Authorities said some 1,200 hooded and masked protesters dressed in black had turned up on the sidelines of the annual planned demonstration by labour unions. Read more

Bill Gates reveals he turned down Trump’s offer of a White House science job (Independent)

Bill Gates once refused a job offer from President Donald Trump to serve as the White House science advisor. The billionaire Microsoft founder was speaking with health and medicine news site stat and he characterised his 15 March conversation with the president as “the longest conversation about universal flu vaccine that the president’s ever had”. Mr Gates recalled asking Mr Trump: “You should associate yourself with American innovation. Wouldn’t you love to have the universal flu vaccine be something that really got kicked off and energized by you?” Read more

Donald Trump says ‘leak’ of Robert Mueller’s Russia probe questions is ‘disgraceful’ (Independent)

Donald Trump has said it is “disgraceful” a list of questions from the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the US election was “leaked” to the media. The New York Times published nearly four dozen questions given to the US president’s attorneys. They include questions on Mr Trump’s ties to Russia, his motivations for firing James Comey from his post as FBI director, and contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russians. Mr Mueller is probing Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, whether Moscow colluded with the Trump campaign and if the president has unlawfully tried to obstruct the investigation. Read more

Trump Remark Sets Off DMZ Summit Fever in South Korea (DailyBeast)

No sooner had U.S. President Donald Trump hinted that, yes indeed, he’d like to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in the same truce village of Panmunjom where Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in hobknobbed on Friday than Moon’s people responded with barely concealed ecstasy. “Wouldn’t Panmunjom be the most symbolic place?” was the rhetorical question of a top South Korean official after Trump had called Moon and Moon in turn had gotten word from Pyongyang—maybe from Kim himself—that Panmunjom would be just fine. Read more

I marched with a migrant caravan, Donald Trump has it all wrong (Guardian)

Picture this: A migrant caravan hundreds of people strong is gaining steam in southern Mexico. They have been travelling for weeks, marching up to 16 hours a day in the sweltering heat and charging through Mexican immigration checkpoints despite orders to stop. The marchers claim to be fleeing gang violence and collapsing governments in Central America, and they hope to find refuge in Mexico and the US. If you’re Donald Trump, you might think I’m describing the migrant caravan that has dominated conservative news coverage in recent days. But actually I could be describing any of the 20-odd caravans that have passed through Mexico in the last decade. That Trump is just discovering these Central American caravans now demonstrates just how little he understands a refugee crisis that has been years in the making. Read more

Twin blasts at mosque in northern Nigeria kill at least 24 (Washingtonpost)

Police say at least 24 worshippers have been killed in an attack on a mosque in northern Nigeria. Adamawa State police spokesman Othman Abubakar says an explosion occurred during prayers Tuesday afternoon and many people died as they fled and were caught by a second blast. Abubakar says the scene in Mubi has been cordoned off by anti-bomb squads and security personnel. Local residents say they saw a young man wearing a suicide vest entering the mosque with the worshippers. One resident says the mosque’s roof was blown off. Many are blaming the Nigeria-based Boko Haram extremist group for the attack. Read more




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