Sex Workers Kick, As France Bans Paying For Sex

French MPs have passed a law that makes it illegal to pay for sex and imposes fines of up to €3,750 (£3,027, $4,274) for those buying sexual acts, reports the BBC. Those convicted would also have to attend classes to learn about the conditions faced by prostitutes. It has taken more than two years to pass the controversial legislation because of differences between the two houses of parliament over the issue. Some sex workers protested against the law during the final debate.

The demonstrators outside parliament in Paris, numbering about 60, carried banners and placards one of which read: “Don’t liberate me, I’ll take care of myself”, the AFP news agency reports. Members of the Strass sex workers’ union say it will affect the livelihoods of prostitutes, estimated to number between 30,000 and 40,000. But supporters of the law have said it will help fight trafficking networks.

It will also make it easier for foreign prostitutes to get a temporary residence permit in France if they agree to find jobs outside prostitution. “The most important aspect of this law is to accompany prostitutes, give them identity papers because we know that 85% of prostitutes here are victims of trafficking,” Socialist MP Maud Olivier, who sponsored the legislation, told the Associated Press news agency.

The law was passed in the final vote on the bill in the lower house of parliament by 64 to 12 with 11 abstentions, France’s Le Monde newspaper reports.

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Why There Are Delays In Paying Federal Retirees- PenCom

Pension and related issues had received significant attention over the recent past with the aim of solving the myriad of challenges bedevilling the retirement benefit system in Nigeria.  The public sector scheme became unsustainable due to lack of adequate and timely budgetary provisions and increases in salaries and pensions.

There were demographic shifts due to rising life expectancies, which was a phenomenon that affected the family support ratio. In addition, Pension Administration had been largely weak, inefficient, less transparent and cumbersome.

The private sector schemes, which were largely akin to the Provident Fund Schemes, had been characterised by very low coverage and compliance ratio due to lack of effective regulation and supervision.  This resulted in complete paradigm shift from the Defined Benefits Schemes as operated by both the public and private sectors to the Contributory Pension Scheme.

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Devise Ways Of Paying Workers, Buhari To Governors

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on state governors to consider, as a matter of urgency, exploring efficient means of gradually liquidating all unpaid salaries of staff, which have brought untold hardship to thousands of families.

Inaugurating the national economic council  at the presidential villa Monday morning, ?President Buhari also called on the states to also devise ways of increasing their revenue base in order to cushion the effect s of dwindling revenue from the federation account.
The national economic Council  is made up of the 36 state governors, minister?s of Finance and National as well as the Attorney General of the Federation.

FG Paying $800 Million To Oil Suppliers To End Crisis

Oil suppliers say Nigeria’s outgoing government has agreed to pay $800 million to end a fuel crisis crippling the economy just days before the inauguration of a new president Friday in Africa’s biggest oil producer.

Chaos reigned Tuesday at Nigerian airports, where most flights were cancelled due to the shortages. Cars and other vehicles formed queues of more than 2 kilometers (1 mile) outside of gas stations.

Banks closed at lunchtime and cellphone companies warned they would be forced to shut down service countrywide for a lack of diesel to fuel generators.

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria said the finance minister agreed Monday to pay a debt of $800 million to oil suppliers. It said companies started pumping oil again Tuesday and unpaid tanker drivers stopped striking.

Credit:  AP