3,000 Workers Lose Jobs In Steel Sector– Union

The National Union of Iron and Steel Workers on Wednesday said 3,000 of its members lost their jobs in the last quarter of 2015 following closure of steel companies.

Mr Kasimu Kadiri, General Secretary of the union said in Lagos that the current economic recession had increased the number of unemployed people.

Kadiri was reacting to plans to shut the biggest pipe factory, SCC Nigeria Limited, due to the economic recession. The pipe factory inaugurated a 280,000- ton ultra modern steel pipe manufacturing in Oct, 2015 in Ushafa, Abuja.

However, after several months of staying idle, the government announced plan to close it due to low patronage. The union leader said continuous closure of steel companies had negatively affected the steel sector, especially its workers. He appealed to the government to stop importation of finished steel products to allow local production thrive.

“Government should also create an enabling environment for local producers to grow to reduce the number of unemployed people.

“We are equally appealing to the government to revisit the Ajaokuta agreement and restructure it to absorb people in the labour market”, he said.

Kadiri explained that the 7th Senate cancelled the agreement with Global Infrastructure on Ajaokuta Steel which later opted for litigation. He said the federal government should take advantage of the recent directive of the court that parties used



APC Won’t Lose Senate Leadership To PDP- Oyegun

The national chairman of All Progressives Congress, John Oyegun, on Wednesday said the ruling party would never allow opposition Peoples Democratic Party to take over the Senate leadership should Bukola Saraki be removed as a consequence of his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

In an interview, Mr. Oyegun hinted that the APC did not mind losing the seat of the senate president should Mr. Saraki be removed from office.

“Well, I don’t think we will lose that position,” Mr. Oyegun had said, “But sometimes, for change to take place, there is price you have to pay. So losing the position may be sacrifice for change.”

Apparently amid criticisms from party leaders, Mr. Oyegun told journalists at the party’s secretariat on Wednesday that he was misunderstood.

“That misunderstanding is still on?” he rhetorically ask the journalists.

He said, “Let me put it simply. There were basically two points that I was making. Number one, as a party of change even as a party, we cannot interfere in a judicial process that is ongoing. That was clear. And when they asked about the senate, I said under no circumstance can we compromise on the leadership of the senate.

“We are the majority party and the issue doesn’t even really arise but unfortunately the way it was put, the misinterpretation has been a little bit too intense and that is clear. It just doesn’t arise at all. The issue, the argument and the rest doesn’t arise. If somebody wants to theorise and postulate, that’s a different matter. It doesn’t arise.”


Boko Haram: Troops Kill 58 Terrorists, Lose A Soldier

The Nigerian Army said, yesterday, that it lost one of its soldiers and killed no fewer than 58 terrorists, following a clearance operation to rid insurgents from their hideout at Musari.

The Army in statement signed by Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said: “In continuation with the clearance of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists, troops of 153 Task Force Brigade, 5 Brigade, Monday, had an encounter with terrorists at Musari village.

“During the clearance operations, a soldier paid the supreme price, while the troops killed 58 terrorists and recovered two hand grenades, 52 motorcycles, and several bags of foodstuffs such as beans, onions, sweet potatoes and guinea corn, as well as cartons of fish.”

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The Real Power Couple: 800-Pound Couple Vows To Lose Weight So They Can Have Sex For The First Time

Lin Yue and Deng Yang, both 30, haven’t had sex in the five years they’ve been married, Central European News reports. The couple says their weight (which combined is more than 800 pounds) has prevented them from doing so.

They recently made the decision to prepare themselves for gastric bypass surgeries, not so much for the sake of their sex lives, but because they want to start a family. A doctor in Changchun, China, told them they’d have to begin working on their fitness before the surgery in order to do so.

According to Central European News, Lin and Deng also made the gastric bypass decision because Qian Qian, who at 538 pounds is currently the heaviest person in China, announced earlier this month she was going to undergo the operation.

Best of luck to the couple!

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How Airline Operators Lose Millions Of Naira To Presidential Movements

Many times passengers on inbound flights to Lagos, Abuja and major cities that sometimes play host to Mr President are told by the pilots that in another five minutes the plane will begin descent to the city to land, only to be informed minutes later that they have to hover round the airports and stay longer in the sky as there is “presidential passenger or movement”.

Presidential passage or movement, is a situation where the airspace is shut to commercial and other aircraft when presidents, vice presidents and their families are flying in or out of an airport. Government officials often cite security reasons as the underlining rationale behind the action.

Passengers most times rain curses on the airline involved and resort to prayers for them to land safely.

Presidential movement

They do not ask what is this presidential movement that endangers their lives; what is the economic cost of hovering round the airport for more than Thirty minutes when the plane was supposed to have landed in Five minutes; and is this how presidential movement in other countries disrupts flight operations?

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Fayose, Deputy, Others Lose Bid To Stop Impeachment

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose and his deputy, Olusola Kolapo, yesterday lost the bid to stop moves for their impeachment. A Federal High Court in Abuja rejected their prayers for interim orders restraining House of Assembly Speaker Adewale Omirin and other All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers, the Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola and others from proceeding with the impeachment plot.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in a ruling on their motion ex-parte, granted them leave for substituted services of all processes in relation to the suit, on the defendants.

The judge ordered Omirin and other defendants in the suit to appear before the court on April 16 to show why the restraining orders sought against them by the plaintiffs should not be granted. The plaintiffs include Joseph Dele Olugbemi (who claimed to be Speaker), the  House of Assembly, Fayose and Kolapo. Listed as defendants are Omirin, the inspector general of Police (IGP), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the chief judge.

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