The reported cold war between the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Ameachi and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva may have come to an end as both men disclosed their peace deal to journalists after a closed-door meeting with the Chairman, APC Caretaker Committee at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja on Monday.
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni on Monday met with the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva at the Party’s National Secretariat where he charged the ministers to work together and lead the Party’s efforts to reconcile aggrieved party members and reposition the Party, particularly in the South South region.
Ahead of the Governorship elections in Niger Delta states of Edo and Ondo as well as legislative By-Elections in Bayelsa and Cross River states, Governor Mai Mala Buni charged the Ministers to play lead roles in bringing together party members and stakeholders to ensure that the APC is victorious.
“We have agreed that both of us will work together”, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi told journalists while accompanied by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva after the meeting with Governor Mai Mala Buni.
A statement signed by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena said :
“This indeed is another solid milestone in the achievement of the mandate given to the Governor Buni-led Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee to reconcile party members and reposition the party.”
We gathered that Amaechi arrived at the APC Secretariat around 1:15 pm and left after a few minutes only to return with Governor Buni to join Sylva at about 2 pm for the closed-door meeting that lasted almost an hour.
FG Reopens NYSC Camp
The Federal Government has announced the re-opening of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camps across the country.
The announcement was made on Thursday by the Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare.
“The Resumption of the NYSC Orientation Camp for prospective Youth Corpers has been approved and opens on November 10th, 2020. Full COVID-19 Protocols will be enforced,” Dare posted on his official Twitter handle.
CHEVRON: NUPENG Threatens Nationwide Strike Over Workers’ Sack
Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has condemned “the recurring anti-labour posture” of Chevron Nigeria Limited and its service contractors.
According to a report by Daily Post, NUPENG accused Chevron of sacking 175 contract workers in YKISH lntegrated Services, Delog Nigeria Ltd, EUROFLOW Services, and others because they joined the union.
Williams Akporeha, the President, and Olawale Afolabi, the Secretary, in a statement on Friday, said the union was disturbed and pained about the flagrant disrespect for labour laws.
“The employment of these workers were terminated via WhatApp messages into workers respective mobile telephone. lt was such an appalling, callous and very heart rendering approach to industrial relations practice at this age and time.
“We wish to emphasize that this lack of respect and sensitivity to Nigerian extant labour law, international conventions and global best practices is gradually becoming the stock in trade for Chevron Nigeria Limited and its contractors.
“There are several other lingering issues against hapless workers yet to be addressed by Chevron and its contractors even after several regulatory institutions like Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Department of Petroleum Resources and NAPIMS severally ruled on the matters,”
NUPENG listed the pending issues as “illegal deduction of workers’ benefits in since 2012 and flagrant refusal to refund the terminated workers”.
Discrimination against contract workers “as evident by the refusal Chevron Management to pay quarantine allowances to contract workers as it was done for all permanent workers”.
Alleged incitement of host communities against NUPENG members in locations of operations.
Alleged connivance with Pyrammidt Nigeria Limited to deny recognition to workers right to belong to an industrial union; and refusal to pay for the 2O18 annual vacation.
NUPENG urged the Nigerian government, relevant agencies and the United States of America to call Chveron and its contractors to order.
It requested that the sacked workers be recalled immediately, status quo maintained, while Chevron and its contractors properly engage NUPENG on all contentious matters.
“In the interest of peace and harmony, our demands must be met within seven days, otherwise we may be forced to call out all our members on a nationwide industrial action”, the statement warned.
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