This Is Not Part Of Our Culture” – Filmmaker, Ugezu Ugezu, Knocks Nigerians Who Organize Parties And Compel Guest To Pay For What They Eat -
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This Is Not Part Of Our Culture” – Filmmaker, Ugezu Ugezu, Knocks Nigerians Who Organize Parties And Compel Guest To Pay For What They Eat

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Filmmaker, Ugezu Ugezu, has knocked Nigerians who now organize parties and compel their guests to pay for what they eat.

The actor in a video shared on Instagram said his friend attended a party in Onitsha, Anambra state recently and was shocked when the hosts told the adults to pay for their food while food was free for the children in attendance.

Ugezu said he knew that this act was prevalent in Lagos but never knew it would get to places like the South East. He went on to say that this is not our culture and that it is not everything people should copy.

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‘’I have been hearing that this thing was happening in Lagos gradually but I wouldn’t know the reason why anybody will bring that into this area. It is not part of our culture. We must have to understand that when we do certain things or calling people to come and eat, that is what the Hausas call Saraka, the Yorubas have a name for it. The Igbos too…When you call people to come and eat off you because you are happy. Nobody is expected to pay…READ FULL ARTICLE

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Governors scuttled Tinubu’s approval of N100,000 minimum wage – Lagos NLC Chair

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In a mixed reaction, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Lagos Council has described the newly upward reviewed National minimum wage of N70,000 for civil servants in the country as approved by the Federal Government as unsustainable for its workers considering the prevailing economic situations in the state….READ FULL ARTICLE

The state council through its Chairman, , however, accused the Governors’ Forum of being responsible for the meager new minimum wage approval following their insistence on paying N50,000 as minimum wage during the negotiating period.

President Bola Tinubu had on Thursday, approved N70,000 new minimum wage during a meeting with the leadership of the organized labour in Abuja.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly is expected to receive an Executive Bill for the approval of a new national minimum wage next Tuesday, July 23, following an agreement between President Tinubu and labour leaders.

The agreement reached at the Aso Presidential Villa, Abuja, establishes a new minimum wage of N70,000 to replace the expired N30,000 minimum wage.

Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to President Tinubu on Information and Strategy, confirmed that the bill would be delivered to lawmakers to give legal effect to the agreement before implementation.

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Reacting to the development, comrade Funmi Sessi, NLC, Lagos council, expressed mixed feelings on the wage, and stressed the need for Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to give special consideration to workers in the state when implementing the new minimum wage.

According to Sessi, “I would like to express a mixed reaction to the newly approved N70,000 minimum wage by the Federal Government in the sense that we believed, and we know that President Bola Tinubu would have done better than the approved N70,000.

“If not for the reactions of the Governors Forum, where the Governors insisted on N50,000, we believed President Tinubu’s approval would have been in the range of N100,000.

“But we still thank God that at the end of the day, we were able to move a little bit forward and achieve. There is an adage that says “he who fights and runs away, leave to fight another day.”

She continued, “Though, the N70,000 falls short of our expectations but we still thank God, at least we were able to push a little further than the N62,000 the government was proposing to pay because of the reactions of the governors and private employers as well.

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“However, we hope with the N70,000 as a minimum we will still be able to live with living demands.

“We want to use this medium to appeal to government and all the agencies to monitor effectively the market forces because those rendering services and goods, this is the time they will be calculating how to increase the services and goods that they have already increased since last year.

“So, we already have triple of prices of goods and services since last year what we are earning now is the wage to catch up with inflation with the rising costs of goods and services.

“We also appreciate the fact that retirees will also have some added percentage to their stipend, monthly pensions.

“At least 20 per cent from level 1 to 16 and from level 17 to 28 per cent. While, in some instances from level 1 to 14 is 20 per cent and other instances from 15 and above is 28 per cent.

“We in Lagos State, rightly as we know that Lagos is a city, we need to negotiate further with the state government with the state government. Like the rates of transportation, feeding, and others.

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“However, Lagos State Government needs to look critically into our own and add Lagos factor to our wages. If Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti, Edo, Kogi, Imo, states agreed to pay N70,000 as stipulated by law,

“Lagos, Kano, Rivers and Abuja, there will always be that special factor on the allowances received. On the rent allowances, we know how much we pay for a two-bedroom flat or three-bedroom flat in Lagos, annually. For a two-bedroom the minimum you can get is N1 million.

“Even in the suburb of Lagos, you can not get it. If you are looking for a bedroom apartment with N500, 000 you are not ready to live anywhere in Lagos State. So, there should be a Lagos factor.

“Therefore, we are using this medium to appeal to our good and loving Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu, who is always willing to appreciate the good work of workers, alleviating our plights, to consider Lagos factor for workers in the state. N70,000 is definitely not sustainable for Lagos workers. We will continue to negotiate, and dialogue with the government until what we feel is the best is achieved.”…READ FULL ARTICLE

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Fuel Price Hits N1,117 Per Litre

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The Major Energy Marketers Association of Nigeria (MEMAN) announced on Wednesday that the landing cost of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, was N1,117 per litre as of July 16, 2024….READ FULL ARTICLE

This was disclosed during a webinar with journalists. MEMAN also revealed that the landing cost of diesel was N1,157 per litre, while aviation fuel was N1,127 per litre.

The N1,117 landing cost of petrol significantly exceeds the current pump prices in Nigeria, where filling stations operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) and major marketers sell PMS for between N617 and N660 per litre, and independent marketers sell it for N700 per litre or more.

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NNPC, the sole importer of petrol in Nigeria, has consistently denied subsidising PMS costs but has not disclosed the landing cost. MEMAN’s revelation marks one of the first public disclosures from industry marketers, with Executive Secretary Clement Isong stating that the costs were sourced from independent energy price benchmark providers and that such information would be released regularly.

Recently, independent oil marketers accused private depot owners of increasing the ex-depot price of petrol from N630 to N720 per litre.

Energy sector expert Prof. Wumi Iledare noted the disparity between the cost of diesel and petrol in Nigeria, suggesting an underlying issue. He questioned whether NNPC was absorbing the cost difference, implying an implicit subsidy or under-recovery since the petrol price does not reflect market production costs.

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Similarly, Prof. Adeola Adenikinju, President of the Nigerian Economic Society, asserted that the current PMS price is subsidised by the government, which buys at higher rates and sells at subsidised rates.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently urged Nigeria to remove implicit fuel and electricity subsidies, warning that these subsidies would consume three percent of the nation’s GDP in 2024, up from one percent the previous year. Although President Bola Tinubu declared the removal of fuel subsidies during his inauguration on May 29, 2023, the IMF noted that implicit subsidies had been reintroduced to help Nigerians cope with high inflation and exchange rate depreciation.

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Despite these concerns, the NNPC and the Federal Government have vehemently denied subsidising the current price of PMS….READ FULL ARTICLE

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BREAKING: Impeached Edo Deputy Governor, Shaibu Decamps To APC

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THE embattled impeached deputy governor of Edo State, Mr. Philip Shaibu has announced that he has joined the All Progressive Congress, APC.

Shaibu made this declaration on Friday while fielding questions from Arise News crew of Reuben Abati, Rufai Oseni and Ayo Menron.

According to Shaibu,

“I already have my two legs in the APC it’s just that I have not officially declared”.

He made this assertion while defending his support for the APC gubernatorial candidate, Mr. Monday Okpebholo.

Shaibu has earlier told Abati that he was involved in anti party activities supporting Okpebholo while in the PDP because he was following the “footsteps of his mentor, Governor Godwin Obaseki”, but within a minutes changed his words to say he had actually joined the APC….READ FULL ARTICLE

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