BCO Gives FG 7-day Ultimatum Over IDPs

A non-governmental organisation under the auspices of TheChangeOrganisation otherwise known as the Buharian Cultural Organisation (BCO) has given the federal government a week’s ultimatum to address the myriads of challenges bedevilling IDPs in Nigeria or face mass action.

The group which made its position known yesterday in Abuja noted that the teeming Nigerian IDPs are in double whammy due to the merciless attack they suffered in the hands of the Boko Haram insurgents as well as the lackluster treatment mated to them by the government.

Addressing a press conference, the convener of the group Miriam Yakubu Ikunaiye noted that the Presidential Initiative Committee North Initiative (PCNI) could not be commissioned due to the procrastination of the Secretary to the Federal Government David Lawal Babachir who condescendingly refused to allow it to sail through leading to consequential humanitarian crisis as espoused by the report of doctors without borders.

“BCO is worried that the unfortunate and worrisome condition of IDPs could have been avoided if only the SGF releases the file of the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative to give them the mandate to get to work immediately.

“Therefore, we are calling on the SGF to please see the need to free us from this unnecessary administrative bottleneck and stop stalling the take off of PCNI because we can’t play politics with lives and most of all, we can’t allow the IDPs faith to fade,” she said.



Oyo State Workers Issue 7-Day Ultimatum Over Five Months Unpaid Salaries

Organised labour in Oyo State has issued a 7-day ultimatum to Oyo State Government to settle over five months arrears of salaries owed workers.


The ultimatum was issued on Tuesday in Ibadan by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiation Council (JNC).
Mr Waheed Olojede, the State NLC Chairman, who spoke at a news conference, said that the 7-day ultimatum would commence on Wednesday, March 30 and lapse on Thursday, April 7.


He said that the unions had considered the prevailing condition of workers and pensioners with five months unpaid salaries and the failure of government to accede to previous requests.


The government and the unions in 2015 signed a memorandum of understanding on how the salaries would be paid.


Olojede said that the unions had written to the state government requesting for a meeting, which he claimed the government failed to accept.
Olojede said that the situation had reduced workers to state of poverty, adding that their productivity, diligence and absolute commitment would be hinged on how the workers were treated.


“If government fails to meet the leadership of the labour movement in the state, we may not be able to guarantee continued industrial peace beyond the stipulated time,” he said.



FAAN Issues 7-day Ultimatum To Debtor Airlines, Concessionaires

Taking a cue from the two weeks ultimatum issued debtor airlines recently by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN also issued a seven-day ultimatum to all its debtors.

The agency stated that the ultimatum was the Final Demand Notice, which would expire on Monday, August 24, 2015.

A statement by the spokesman of FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati stated that all affected debtors had earlier been communicated with details of their respective indebtedness to the agency.

Information gathered revealed that among the debtors were airlines, concessionaires and other service providers, at all airports across the country.

Dati did not however mention the amount involved, but a source close to FAAN said that the total debts may be around N22bn.

The source said the management had exhausted the entire avenues to recover the debts, adding that after the seven days ultimatum, the management might be forced to involve anti-graft agencies.

Dati emphasised that if the affected debtors where in doubt, they should liaise with the authority’s Credit Control Department at its headquarters in Lagos for reconciliation of their accounts within the period of the notice.

The statement added: “At the expiration of this notice, the authority would, pursuant to a Presidential directive, be compelled to take necessary measures to recover these debts. FAAN is self-sustaining and cannot meet its responsibilities within the burden of these huge debts.”

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