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Nationwide Strike Begins Monday Midnight – NLC, TUC

The Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria have directed its members to commence a nationwide strike over the assault on NLC President, Joe Ajaero, starting from midnight, Tuesday 14, November.

The Organised Labour said all affiliate unions of the two labour centres have been directed to implement the resolutions of the joint National Executive Council of TUC and NLC.

President of TUC, Festus Osifo, who addressed reporters on Monday, said the strike would remain until “governments at all levels wake up to their responsibility.”
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MTN clears all customers’ debt in Nigeria

The telecommunication giant, MTN has started debts for many customers in Nigeria.

This was observed early hours of today, Saturday, November 11, 2023, as users shared experiences of having their debts, such as N5000 debt, cleared by MTN.

The details of the act are yet to be known as of the time of writing this report, but it is said to be a strategic business move by MTN, aiming to encourage users.

MTN users who are owing can check if their debt is cleared by dialing *310#.

Meanwhile, the decision of MTN has generated discussions on various social media platforms while many are thanking the telecom giant others are calling for an explanation.

@wdaniel420 on Twitter said; “MTN Nigeria, waking up to clearing my 10k debts… E remain Palmpay😂😭😅.. For Here dem never see anything.”

@rexchazy wrote; “MTN teach FG how to give palliative. I hope it deliberate not that their account was hacked.”

Alex Smith, a Facebook user said; “I still dey shock me like this🤣🤣🤣
I feel like it’s a set up.”

@Heroesworths said; “They probably think the are going to lose there customers to Glo network.”

@Utd_vegas wrote; “So mtn no credit people way no dey owe true true this life no dey favor good people.”

Canada Probes Embassy Explosion In Nigeria, Issues Travel Alert

Canada also joined the United States and the United Kingdom in issuing a warning against nonessential travel to Nigeria.

On Monday, the High Commission witnessed a fire outbreak that killed two persons and injured two others.

Shortly after the incident, the Canadian Foreign Minister, Melanie Joly, issued a terse statement on X, mourning the victims of the explosion.

“We can confirm there was an explosion at our High Commission in Nigeria. The fire is out and we are working to shed light on what caused this situation. I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of the 2 people killed in this tragedy,” she said.

Also, Canada’s High Commission in Nigeria, said on social media that it had “temporarily suspended operations until further notice”.

However, the Commission was silent on Monday’s explosion, issuing a travel advisory and warning against non-essential travel to Nigeria, including the capital Abuja.

It blamed the decision on “the unpredictable security situation throughout the country and the significant risk of terrorism, crime, inter-communal clashes, armed attacks and kidnappings”.

Earlier, President Bola Tinubu sympathised with the Canadian Government and the victims of the fire incident which occurred at the Canadian High Commission in Abuja.

The President’s sympathy was conveyed in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, on Monday.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu sympathises with the Canadian government, the diplomatic community, and all persons affected by a fire incident which occurred on Monday at the Canadian High Commission in Abuja.

“The President assures the Canadian authorities of the full support of the Nigerian government in the aid of diplomatic and local staff of the High Commission who were particularly affected by the incident.

“President Tinubu prays for the repose of the departed souls and wishes all injured persons a rapid and full recovery,” the statement read.

Rt. Hon. Orok Duke Appointed to Governing Board of Niger Delta Development Commission

In a significant development, Rt. Hon. Orok Duke has been appointed as a Member of the Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). This appointment comes after his confirmation by the Senate and approval by His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR.

Rt. Hon. Orok Duke, a seasoned and accomplished figure in Nigerian politics, is set to play a pivotal role in the NDDC. His appointment aligns with the provisions of Section 2 (2)(a) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (Establishment) Act, 2000. It marks a new chapter in the commission’s efforts to promote development and progress in the Niger Delta region.

The appointment, which is on a part-time basis, as stipulated in Section 2(3) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (Establishment) Act, 2000, officially took effect on Thursday, October 25, 2023. Rt. Hon. Orok Duke will serve an initial term of four (4) years, during which his expertise and vision will be invaluable in shaping the NDDC’s strategic initiatives.

This development holds particular significance as it coincides with ongoing efforts to revitalize and address the unique challenges facing the Niger Delta region. Rt. Hon. Orok Duke’s appointment is a testament to his dedication to public service and his commitment to the betterment of Nigeria as a whole.

The allowances attached to his appointment are in accordance with the provisions outlined in Circular Ref. No. SWC/S/04/S.310/T/65 of 8th April, 2016, for special category federal government agencies and statutory corporations.

Sen. George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, conveyed the President’s approval and extended his congratulations and best wishes to Hon. Orok Duke on his appointment.

This appointment is a matter of national interest, coinciding with the NDDC’s ongoing efforts to address the unique challenges facing the Niger Delta region. Rt. Hon. Orok Duke’s extensive experience and dedication to public service make him well-suited to contribute positively to the NDDC’s mission of fostering growth and development in the region.

Veteran Nollywood actor, Amaechi Muonagor now paralysed; cries out for help from hospital bed (video)

Nollywood actor Amaechi Muonagor, 61, is currently paralysed and has cried out for help from his hospital bed.

The veteran actor, who starred in many Nigerian movies, revealed that he suffered a stroke which led to paralysis.

Pleading for help from a hospital bed, the actor disclosed that he cannot move without assistance.

Veteran Nollywood actor, Amaechi Muonagor now paralysed; cries out for help from hospital bed (video)

He explained that he suffered a stroke just as he was about to get into his car while leaving a movie set.

He said he was on the movie set about seven months ago with some of his colleagues, Patience Ozokwo, Rita Edochie, Emeka Ani, Ebele Okaro, and more. He was about to enter his car when the stroke happened and it has been getting worse.

He expressed gratitude that it didn’t happen when he was driving as it could have been fatal.

Muonagor noted that he was first rushed to a hospital in Nnewi and he was there for two months before he was taken to the teaching hospital, where he has been for three months now.

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Veteran Nollywood actor, Amaechi Muonagor now paralysed; cries out for help from hospital bed (video)

He said he needs financial assistance because he has exhausted himself paying for hospital bed and medicine.

This comes just a week after his colleague, Mr Ibu, who is currently hospitalized, appealed to the public for assistance as he battles an ailment that could result in the amputation of a part of his leg.

Swipe to watch Amaechi speak in the video below.

Doctor and crew members killed in air ambulance crash

All four people on board were killed when an air ambulance crashed in the central Mexico state of Morelos.

The small plane was traveling from Iguala, a city in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, and was moments from landing at Mariano Matamoros Airport in Cuernavaca when in plummeted in a wooded, mountainous area near the municipality of Tetlama on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Images on social media showed the aircraft, a Learjet 35, in flames and smoke billowing from it.

 

Doctor and crew members killed in air ambulance crash

 

The crash killed the pilot, Gerardo Álvarez; the co-pilot, Roberto Manzano; Dr. Lilian Reséndiz; and paramedic, Mario León.

 

Doctor and crew members killed in air ambulance crash
Doctor and crew members killed in air ambulance crash

 

A witness told Mexican news outlet Proceso that she spotted the plane making “one turn in the air” before it crashed.

 

“Then I heard three explosions,” she said. “When we approached the plane it was already on fire. About 20 minutes later the rescue teams arrived.”

The plane was part of a fleet operated by XÉ Médica Ambulancias.

 

“We deeply regret the deaths of our colleagues (and) aeromedical crew,” the company said in a statement posted on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

 

“Your family and friends, please accept our condolences.”

 

The Morelos State Attorney General’s Office is leading the cause of the investigation.

NYCN Cross River South Exco pays courtesy call on the Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs

The executives of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Cross River South Chapter paid a courtesy visit to the Honorable Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Dr Helen Isamoh – Egodo in her office earlier today.

The visit,was part of their efforts to engage with key stakeholders and foster a constructive dialogue on pressing issues affecting the youths while exploring potential collaborations and support for their fourth coming Youth Leadership Conference.

Comr Benjamin Edet, Chairman Organizing Committee for the 2023 Southern Youth Leadership Conference stated that the Conference seeks to create awareness and bring to limelight the responsibilities of Youths, Youth Councils and Youth Leadership in advancing Personal/ societal development with focus on Politics & Public Service, Wildlife Conservation & Forest Preservation, Community Poly, Conflict Resolution & Peace Building, Climate Action/ Environmental Management & protection, Gender Mainstreaming, Girl Child Education / Empowerment, Youths & Youth Leadership/ Civic Responsibilities, etc.

The Conference theme: “ Empowering Tomorrow through Strategic Leadership, Good Governance and Sustainable Development: The Role of Youths / Youth Councils” will be gathering over 2,000 Youths for reformation and mentorship from well informed experts, International Agencies and organizations.

Comr Elvis Enyam the Vice Chairman NYCN Cross River South revealed that in connection with the professional experience of the Honorable Commissioner on Gender Issues haven been a Special Adviser on Gender in the last administration, her vast knowledge in politics as the Cross River South Women Leader of the All Progress Congress (APC) and her current appointment as the Commissioner for Humanitarian which saddles her with critical responsibilities, she has been invited to participate in the Conference as one of the Key note speakers.

He,went further to specifically invite the Commissioner as one of the recipients of the Role Model Awards which will be conferred on worthy role models at the Dinner and Celebration Convergence in Honour of the illustrious Sons and Daughters of Cross River South.

Comr Happiness U. Ogban, Member, Organizing Committee Poured admiration on the Commissioner and appreciated her for setting the pace and being a role model to young women in Politics, Leadership and Cross River State at large.

Dr Egodo,appreciated the team for the visit and obliged to their invitation, promising to share her invaluable knowledge and wealth of experience as an inspiration and motivation to every young person who wish to thrive in their chosen endeavors and career paths.

NLC President, Joe Ajaero, arrested in Imo State

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero, has been arrested in Owerri, the Imo State capital. Ajaero was picked up from the NLC State Council Secretariat today November 1 by heavily armed policemen in Owerri and taken to an unknown destination.

The NLC is leading a statewide protest and strike in Owerri over what it described as lack of respect for workers, unpaid salaries, amongst others.

Cross River State Governor Suspends SEMA DG Following Controversial Appointments

In a swift and unprecedented move, His Excellency, Senator (Prince) Bassey Edet Otu, the Governor of Cross River State, has ordered the immediate suspension of Chief (Mrs.) Angela Ogeyi Odey, the Director General of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). The suspension comes barely 24 hours after a controversial wave of appointments made by Mrs. Odey, which many have criticized as lopsided.

The Governor’s directive, issued on Monday, October 30, 2023, has sent shockwaves through the state’s political landscape. Mrs. Odey is instructed to hand over her duties to the most senior director within the agency before the close of business today.

While no official reason has been given for the suspension, it is widely believed to be a direct response to the contentious appointments that raised concerns about regional representation. The Director General had, in a move that raised eyebrows, appointed over 14 individuals from the northern Cross River extraction to various positions within SEMA.

In a statement released by Emmanuel Ogbeche, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, it was made clear that during her suspension, Mrs. Odey is prohibited from any involvement in the administration of SEMA, unless otherwise directed by the Governor himself.

The controversy surrounding the appointments and subsequent suspension has ignited a debate within the state’s political circles and among the general public. Critics argue that such appointments should be based on merit and inclusivity, rather than perceived Senatorial biases.

Governor Bassey Edet Otu, known for his commitment to unity and fairness, seems to have taken a decisive stance to address the issue swiftly. It remains to be seen how this suspension will impact SEMA’s future leadership and the agency’s efforts in addressing emergencies and disaster management in Cross River State.

As the dust settles, the people of Cross River State eagerly await further developments, hoping for a resolution that will promote unity, transparency, and effective disaster management in the State.

Anambra woman becomes viral sensation after welcoming Nonuplets

A woman from Anambra State is going viral after welcoming nonuplets – nine babies.

Obianuju Anthonia Ibeanu, from Neni in Anambra state, welcomed the baby back in August 2023, but she is just now going viral after she edited her Facebook bio.

Her bio reads: “Mum of nonuplets, 9 babies.”


Another Facebook user said, “The woman people were calling barren woman is now a mother of nine babies.”

Though many claim she didn’t have any kids for years, her Facebook profile shows her and her husband, Chief Madubugwu Anthony Okwuchukwu, posing with three older kids in numerous photos.


Obianuju has continued to post her nonuplets, all of whom are healthy and growing.

She recently shared a video showing how many tins of baby foods the babies have consumed in just two months.

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