Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Minimum wage, not salary increment, junior staff should get more – Okowa

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta said on Tuesday the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers was long overdue and urged state governors to implement the N30,000 minimum wage recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Okowa, who spoke with State House correspondents after a private meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, said that he would pay the N30,000 new minimum wage.
He however said that the minimum wage increment should not be seen as salary increment across-board, stressing that the junior staff earning below the new wage would be the major beneficiaries.
He said that the previous minimum wage of N18, 000 was not sustainable.
“We are actually going to pay the N30,000; we had made our statement long before the new minimum wage was even approved.
“ I actually believe that it is long overdue because N18, 000 is definitely not sustainable.
“But I also do believe as I have told my colleagues and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President that this time we must understand what minimum wage is.
“Minimum wage is not supposed to be a general salary increment; those at the bottom of the rung should actually benefit much more than those at the top and it ought to be so.’’
The Governor also said that education was free at the primary and secondary levels in Delta State, hence the recent treatment given to little Success Adegor was unfortunate.
He said the matter was being investigated and many people involved would soon be punished.
“We are doing well in terms of our education but people were quick to talk about the matter but there were two issues that came out from there.
“Corruption was there because asking the child not to take exams except fee were paid was wrong.
“ I know that education at that level is free in Delta State. Disciplinary actions are being taken and a lot of persons are obviously going to be caught up in that trap.
“I know that we run a free education up to secondary school level; so that was wrong.
“People were quick to talk about the picture of the school and I told them, we have 1124 public schools; that’s the primary school; then we have 465 secondary schools.
“If you believe that in just three years we can impact on all the structures then it will be magical but I do know that the schools in delta have a new face.
“We have so many of them that have been rehabilitated and have been put in proper shape and we are continuing with that.’’
The governor said that the state was also doing a lot in the health sector as its health sector reform was addressing issues concerning public health.
He said that the state’s healthcare was driven by the Primary Healthcare Development Agency along with the Local Government Primary Healthcare Authority.
According to Okowa at present Delta is the leading state when it came to the issue of the Health Insurance Policy.
He said that upon his assumption of office, the law on Delta State Contributory Health Commission was made in the first six months.
“Within that law which is already operational starting from January 2017, we are now providing free maternal healthcare services and free under-five healthcare services.
“Not only in our 64 general hospitals but also in 167 primary healthcare centres; we intend to upscale to about 270 functional primary healthcare centres for the purpose of the health insurance.
“The former administration did operate a free maternal and free under-five healthcare because it is in under-five healthcare that you have a lot of malaria and a lot of mortality.
“But what we are doing right now is to ensure that we pay the premiums of these set of vulnerables and they will access healthcare services,’’ he said.
According to him, the state has over 550,000 persons already enrolled in its Health Insurance Policy in two years.
He said he was looking to providing 30 per cent to 40 per cent of Delta indigenes with health insurance in the next four years.

Davido gives girlfriend surprise birthday gift, calls her “wifey”

There are indications that Nigerian singer Davido could finally end up marrying his girlfriend Chioma Rowland, after he wished her happy on his Instagram page on Tuesday, calling her “wifey”.

Davido who maybe planning to spend the rest of his life with Chioma used the occasion to share series of videos and pictures to mark the special day for the birthday girl.
He also shared lovely messages like “Happy Birthday Wifey”, “I’m Not Lucky, I’m Blessed”, “Happy Birthday To the Love of My Life (LOML)”,
“Happy Birthday TO THE LOML ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ @thechefchi It’s your Birthday All week !!?? WHERE WE GOING ??!!✈️✈️🏝🏝🏝🏝🌍🌍🌍🌍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️😝😝 💰 God bless you for me ! Can never Imagine Spending the Rest of life With any one ELSE !! I love you BABY !! GREAT THINGS AHEAD !!’
Davido went further to share a video where he was seen kissing Chioma.

Japanese emperor Akihito ends three-decade reign

Japanese emperor Akihito will end his three-decade reign on Tuesday, voluntarily stepping down due to health concerns to make way for his son in the country’s first abdication of the Chrysanthemum Throne since 1817.

His 31-year imperial era known as Heisei, which can be translated as “achieving peace”, will come to an end with a ceremony attended by about 300 political leaders and dignitaries starting at about 5pm local time at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
The next morning, his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, 59, will ascend the throne in ceremonies also at the palace.
Akihito, 85, helped modernise the world’s oldest hereditary monarchy. He was the first Japanese emperor to marry a commoner – empress Michiko – and the first to reign entirely under the US-drafted postwar, pacifist constitution that made the role strictly symbolic.
His unprecedented apologies for the wartime aggression launched in the name of his father, Hirohito – posthumously named the emperor Showa – helped ease often fraught relations with neighbours China and South Korea, which bore heavy blows from Japan’s militarism. Akihito spoke in ordinary Japanese, rather than the formal grammar employed by his father, the last emperor regarded by prevailing custom to be a living deity.
His Heisei era started in 1989 when Japan was an economic juggernaut, its companies seemed unstoppable and its products flooded global markets. But the asset-inflated bubble economy came crashing down from 1991 and about 20 years after that, Japan’s once-impoverished neighbour China overtook it as the world’s second-largest economy.
Japan became the developed world’s fastest-aging country during his reign and it managed disasters that included the 1995 earthquake that devastated the Kobe area and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast coast, leaving about 20,000 people dead or missing. Akihito and his wife Michiko visited survivors at shelters and were seen by many in Japan as helping a battered nation recover through their compassion.
With public criticism of the emperor seen as a taboo and his public words often restricted to carefully prepared texts, Akihito has largely been shielded from scandal.
Television footage Tuesday morning in Tokyo showed Akihito, dressed in a traditional imperial outfit, walking in a palace hallway to conduct a religious ceremony. He his slated to deliver a speech in the evening.
President Donald Trump offered “heartfelt appreciation” to the imperial couple, saying in a statement that Akihito welcomed five US presidents to Japan. Trump is scheduled to meet the new emperor during a state visit later in May.
Japan has set aside some 16.6 billion yen (€130 million) for months of ceremonies related to the change of emperor, the Nikkei newspaper reported in December, and extended its “Golden Week” spring holiday to 10 days. There’s been a flood of TV programming taking sentimental journeys through the Heisei years, counting down its best songs and recapping its history.
The nattily dressed Akihito has spent the last few weeks of his reign touring the country with Michiko, waving to crowds and performing rituals at shrines to symbolically inform his ancestors that he is stepping down. His health concerns included prostate surgery in 2003 and heart bypass surgery in 2012.
In 2016, Akihito told the public he may no longer be physically fit enough to carry out his duties. This set the stage for parliament to pass a one-time law about a year later allowing abdication, with a special panel then setting 30 April 2019 as the end of his imperial era. The last emperor to abdicate was Kokaku, who stepped two centuries ago down to make way for his son.
In retirement, Akihito will take the title emperor emeritus and move into a smaller imperial residence with Michiko, who he first met on a tennis court more than 60 years ago.
But there will be no parade, for now, to welcome the new emperor. That will come on 22 October, which will also be a national holiday.

U.S., China trade talk to begin in Beijing

The US and China are due to begin a fresh round of talks in Beijing on Tuesday as they edge closer to resolving their damaging trade dispute.

The discussions will be led by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.
Talks have dragged on for months, with both sides struggling to agree on key issues.
The trade war has hurt the economy and challenged the multilateral system that has governed world trade for decades.
There has been cautious optimism surrounding the talks in recent months but also a sense that both sides remain divided on some points.

Easter attacks: Sri Lanka Lifts social media ban

On 21 April, the government of Sri Lanka imposed a nationwide curfew and decided to temporarily shut down all social media platforms, including Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber, “in order to prevent incorrect and wrong information being spread” in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings.

The government of Sri Lanka has lifted a ban on social media that was imposed immediately after multiple bombings hit several churches and high-end hotels in the South Asian country on Easter Sunday, Reuters reported.
The development comes just a few days after Sri Lanka’s President Mathripala Sirisena threatened to put a complete ban on social media if the heads of social media platforms in question fail to control misinformation and rumours that have been circulating since the blasts that killed at least 253 people rocked the country and causing panic in society.

Yazidis Divided Over Children Born of IS Rape

Days after declaring it would accept "all survivors," the Supreme Yazidi Spiritual Council in Iraq said this weekend it will not take in the children of women raped by Islamic State (IS) militants.

The recent decision has caused controversy and confusion in the Yazidi community, with some siding with the Yazidi Spiritual Council's reversal, while others blame the clerical leadership for not being flexible in addressing the issue.
Yazidis, a Kurdish-speaking religious minority, are viewed as heretics by the IS terror group. At its peak in 2014, IS fighters seized the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, where tens of thousands of Yazidis lived.
IS fighters killed scores of Yazidi men and enslaved several thousand women and girls in atrocities that amounted to genocide, according to the U.N.
Yazidi women were taken as slaves, many of whom now have children by the IS men who raped them.
'Media distortion'
The Spiritual Council, which is the highest religious authority among Yazidis, said it encourages Yazidi women survivors to return with their children, but added, "We don't mean those born of rape."
"What was published by media outlets is a distortion, misrepresentation of facts, and is totally against the principles and tenets of the Yazidi religion and social norms," said a statement signed by Hazim Tahseen Said, head of the Supreme Yazidi Spiritual Council.
The Yazidi faith does not recognize marriage between Yazidis and non-Yazidis. It does not allow conversion either.
The weekend clarification came after an initial statement issued last week by the Supreme Yazidi Council itself, which was widely interpreted as an official acceptance of children born to IS fathers.
Mothers' decisions
Nobel laureate and former IS captive Nadia Murad has weighed in on the debate by proposing a more moderate solution.
"I know that this is a difficult decision. This is something new and hard for our people," Murad said Sunday in a video posted on Facebook.
"I was in contact with many women. They told me they have been rescued, but are living in camps, mountains and other countries. They are afraid to return as they have been told that their children will not be accepted," the Yazidi activist said.
Murad added, "I believe this should be determined by the mothers of the children and their families, rather than the fact that some of us say [these women] should not bring their kids, while others say they should."
Some activists say it's unjustified to attack the Yazidi religious authorities for reversing their decision about the children.
"The Yazidi Spiritual Council reversed its decision because it came without a study and after knowing the consequences that might occur if it was implemented," said Dawood Saleh, a Yazidi survivor who wrote a book on his experience during the IS onslaught on Yazidis in Sinjar.
Iraqi law
Experts said in addition to religious and social restrictions, another reason behind the official Yazidi refusal to take in these children is a national law in Iraq that requires children born to at least one Muslim parent to be identified as Muslims.
According to Article (26) of the Iraqi national identity card law, which was adopted in 2015, a child born to one Muslim parent must be registered as a Muslim.
The article, however, does not mention rape as an exemption, and so far Iraqi authorities have made no exemption or amendment to the law.
Western pressure
Some experts believe world powers could use their leverage over the Iraqi government to make amendments to this law.
"Only U.S. and Western pressure on the Iraqi authorities might produce results," said Jonathan Spyer, executive director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis.
But "there seems little interest from the Western media in this" issue, he told VOA.
Activist Saleh told VOA that it is necessary for the Yazidi community "to find a solution for those children who have become victims of the ISIS crimes." ISIS is an acronym for the terror group.
Last month, U.S.-backed Kurdish forces declared victory over IS after defeating the group in its last stronghold in eastern Syria. But there are nearly 3,100 Yazidi women and children still missing, according to rights groups.

Culled from VOA

Gombe extends curfew ‘until normalcy returns’

The Gombe State Government on Monday announced an extension of the curfew imposed in Gombe metropolis, to ensure full return to normalcy.
This is contained in a statement by Mr James Pisagih, Secretary to State Government, in Gombe.

The statement said the newly pronounced curfew would last between 6 pm and 6a.m daily until normalcy was fully returned.
It would be recalled that the government had approved the imposition of curfew in Gombe metropolis for between Saturday 3 pm and Sunday 6 am following the eruption of violence in the city.
Meanwhile, the statement said the government’s decision to extend the curfew was as a result of security intelligence report.
It said that security reports indicate that some hoodlums took advantage of the lapse of the earlier curfew to perpetrate crime and violence.
“In order to ensure relative peace in the state metropolis, Gov, Ibrahim Dankwambo, has directed that the curfew be extended from 6p.m to 6a.m daily until normalcy is fully returned,” the statement said.
The statement called on security operatives to ensure strict compliance to the directive and ensure improved surveillance within the metropolis.
It also urged traditional and religious leaders in the state to create more awareness on the need for peace in the state.(NAN)

U.S. to deploy full scale sanctions against Mudaro, cautions Russia – Pompeo

The U.S will use all economic and political tools at its disposal to hold Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accountable for his country’s crisis and will make clear to Cuba and Russia they will pay a price for supporting him, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.

Pompeo made the comments in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, the final stop of a three-day trip to Chile, Paraguay and Peru, a clutch of fast-growing countries in a region where Washington’s concerns are focused on the Venezuelan crisis and China’s growing presence.
Maduro blames U.S. sanctions for the country’s economic problems and dismisses opposition leader Juan Guaido as a U.S. puppet.
Guaido had in January invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing the socialist leader’s 2018 re-election was illegitimate.
No fewer than three million Venezuelans have fled hyperinflation, food and medicine shortages and political crisis.
“The U.S. will continue to utilise every economic and political means at our disposal to help the Venezuelan people,” Pompeo said after visiting with migrants at a Cucuta shelter and touring border bridges and a warehouse storing humanitarian aid.
“Using sanctions, visa revocations and other means, we pledge to hold the regime and those propping it up accountable for their corruption and their repression of democracy.”
Cucuta receives a significant portion of Venezuelan migrants arriving in Colombia, many of whom come with only what they can carry.
Although most Western nations, including the U.S., have recognised Guaido as interim head of state, Russia, China and Cuba have stood by Maduro.
“You watch the political and diplomatic noose tighten around Maduro’s neck,” Pompeo told reporters accompanying him on the trip before taking off for the U.S.
“Cubans must understand too that there will be cost associated with continued support of Nicolas Maduro,” he said. “And we’re going to have that same conversation with the Russians as well.”
Washington has imposed a raft of sanctions against Maduro’s government in an attempt to dislodge him from power, but he retains the backing of the country’s military.
On Friday, the U.S. Treasury Department added four firms and nine ships to its blacklist, some of which it said carried oil to Cuba.
President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, said on Friday he would deliver a speech in Miami to Cuban exiles on Wednesday about actions the White House is taking on Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, countries he has called a “troika of tyranny.”
While no final decision has been made on punitive measures Bolton is expected to announce, the Trump administration has been considering a range of options.
It includes new targeted sanctions and further tightening of business restrictions on the Communist-ruled island that had been eased by former President Barack Obama, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Critics have warned that heavy sanctions on Venezuela could hurt ordinary Venezuelans.
Pompeo urged Maduro to leave his post and Venezuela so the country can return to normalcy.
“I hope that you will care now, when you see the horror, when you see the tragedy, to change your ways and to leave your country,” Pompeo said.
During his trip, Pompeo echoed previous U.S. criticism of China’s growing presence in Latin America, warning of “predatory” lending practices and “malign or nefarious” actions.
China, whose booming economy over the past two decades has driven up demand for raw materials, is already the top trade partner for nations from tiny Uruguay to Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy and the world’s top soybean exporter.

Historical events that occurred on April 30

Today in history

On April 30, 0313, Licinius unifies the whole of the eastern Roman Empire under his own rule.

On April 30, 1250, King Louis IX of France is ransomed.

On April 30, 1563, all Jews are expelled from France by order of Charles VI.

On April 30, 1725, Spain withdraws from the Quadruple Alliance.

On April 30, 1789, Goerge Washington is inaugurated as the first U.S. president.

On April 30, 1930, The Soviet Union proposes a military alliance with France and Great Britain.

On April 30, 1931, The George Washington Bridge, linking New York City and New Jersey, opens.

On April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler commits suicide in his bunker. Karl Donitz becomes his successor.

On April 30, 1970, U.S. troops invade Cambodia to disrupt North Vietnamese Army base areas.

On April 30, 1972, The North Vietnamese launch an invasion of the South.

On April 30, 1980, terrorists seize the Iranian Embassy in London.


UTME results out this week:JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Monday said that it has yet to release results of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) but would do so within the week.

JAMB’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dr Fabian Benjamin in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja insists that the results would be officially released “anytime” within the week.
This, he explained was because candidates would expect the results from the first two days of the week but might be disappointed as the board has yet to conclude the process of the exercise.
Benjamin said, “We will not release it today, Monday and will not release it tomorrow, Tuesday.
“What we said was anytime within this week. By implication, we are concluding the screening exercise this week and results can be released anytime within the week.”
Benjamin urged the public to fully comprehend media reports to avoid misconception as the board was committed to ensuring sanity in the system.
Benjamin, earlier said that the 2019 UTME results would be ready anytime from Monday, April 29, after a rigorous process.
He had noted that the board was still screening the results but hopefully, the results would be ready soonest.
The board had earlier stated that it would only release the 2019 UTME results after undergoing thorough screening to identify and apprehend examination cheats.

Nigeria’s population now 201 million: UNFPA

With an average population growth of 2.6 per cent between 2010 and 2019, Nigeria now has a population of about 201 million.

The United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) unveiled this estimate in its 2019 State of the World Population report.
The report said that Nigeria’s population grew by about 5 million people from 2018 when the country’s population was 195.9 million.
The country has witnessed a population growth from 54.7 million in 1969 to 105.4 million in 1994 and 201.0 million in 2019.
According to UNFPA, the age distribution of 15-64 years is the highest population composition in the country with 54% of Nigerians falling between the age range.
Forty four per cent of Nigerians are within the age distribution 0-14 while 32% of the population is between 10 and 24 years and a paltry 3% are 65 and above.
The low percentage of those within the 65 and above age distribution is not entirely surprising with the life expectancy of Nigeria at a worrying 55 years old, one of the lowest across the world.
There was a slight drop in the fertility rate from 2018’s 5.4 births per woman to 5.3 births per woman. It continues the trend of dropping fertility rate over the years from 6.3 in 1994 to 5.3 in 2019.
The World population grew to 7.7 billion in 2019 while the life expectancy rate is 72 years.
UNFPA supports reproductive health care for women and youth across the world.
The report also indicated that 51% of women aged 15-49 years who are married (or in union) make decisions on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.
UNFPA has also committed to its agenda 2030. The bold agenda of UNFPA seeks to protect and promote human rights.
“Leave no one behind and reach the furthest behind first; strengthen link between development, humanitarian action & sustaining peace; reduce risks and vulnerabilities and build resilience.
“Ensure gender-responsive approaches at all levels of programming and Improve accountability, transparency and efficiency.’’
According to UNFPA, “it is important that we act now. A bold agenda requires bold action. To achieve these objectives, we must work together to leave no one behind.’’

Monday, April 29, 2019

Relationship ends in Bloodbath as man cuts off lover’s head, stuffs it in fridge

A South African man was arrested and charged with the murder of his girlfriend on Friday.


As if killing her wasn’t enough,The man allegedly cut off her head and stuffed it into a fridge.
Ekurhuleni Metro cops spokesman Wilfred Kgasago said:
The tip-off was apparently supplied by street kids.
Kgasago said the head was found in the refrigerator.
The gruesome discovery of the headless body was around midday at Flat 19 No 6 on West Street.
He said one of the offices could not gain entry into the flat as it was locked.
According to police, a neighbour and the street kids heard a commotion and screams the previous night and suspected something horribly wrong might have happened.
The 34-year-old man, who was often accompanied by his lover every morning to their shop, was seen walking out of the flat alone on Friday morning.
The suspect was detained at Kempton Park cop shop and charged with murder.
He’s expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court soon.

Iran says US sanctions on its oil industry will damage market stability

US sanctions against Iran’s oil industry will damage the stability of global oil markets, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying on Monday.

“These sanctions are an example of America’s bullying reaction in trying to change the balance of power in the world,” Amir Hossein Zamaninia, a deputy oil minister, said in a report carried by the oil ministry’s news website SHANA.

Oil prices hit their highest level since November last week after Washington announced all waivers on imports of sanctions-hit Iranian oil would end this week, pressuring importers to stop buying from Tehran and further tightening global supply.

The United States demanded last Monday that buyers of Iranian oil stop purchases by May 1 or face sanctions, ending six months of waivers which allowed Iran’s eight biggest buyers, most of them in Asia, to continue importing limited volumes.
The White House said after its Iran move it was working with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to ensure oil markets were “adequately supplied” but traders worried about tight supplies.

Other countries cannot fill Iran’s place in the oil market, Zamaninia said, according to SHANA.

“This idea that some countries can fill the empty place of Iran’s oil in the market is incorrect from different aspects, including a technical and political view,” Zamaninia said.

Separately, Zamaninia said the Gulf can only remain an international route for transferring oil if all countries are able to use it.

The commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ navy said last week that Iran would close the strategic Straits of Hormuz.

Historical events that occurred on April 29

On April 29, 1289, Qalawun, the Sultan of Egypt, captures Tripoli.

On April 29, 1661, the Chinese Ming dynasty occupies Taiwan.

On April 29, 1672, King Louis XIV of France invades the Netherlands.

On April 29, 1813, Rubber is patented.


Friday, April 19, 2019

2 die, vehicles destroyed in Ibadan fuel tanker fire

A tanker laden with petrol on Thursday fell and caught fire claiming two lives and burning four vehicles at Iwo road area of Ibadan around 3:00 p.m.

An eye witness, AbdulAzeez Hammed, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the tanker which fell and spilled its content, razed no fewer than four vehicles.
Hammed said he saw a man in one of the affected vehicles removing his child from the back of his wife when they saw the fire approaching  their vehicle.
The witness said the husband and the child escaped while the fire caught the wife in the car and burnt her to death.
Confirming the incident, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), told NAN that two people lost their lives in the incident.
Fadeyi said four vehicles and two motorcycles were also burnt.

Buhari signs N30,000 Minimum Wage

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the new 30,000 minimum wage bill into law.

Buhari signed the new bill into law at the State House in Abuja.
The National Assembly passed the National Minimum Wage Bill, approving N30,000 minimum monthly wage for Federal and State workers.
The proposed new National Minimum Wage was presented to the National Council of State on Jan. 22 after which it was sent to the National Assembly.
The Federal Executive Council meeting also deliberated and approved the minimum wage after which it was transmitted to the National Assembly and subsequently passed by both chambers of the legislative arm.
Senator Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters(Senate) told State House correspondents that the Senate had on March 19, approved N30, 000 as the new national minimum wage with an appeal to the Federal Government to expedite action on assent and implementation.

“This makes it compulsory for all employers of labour in Nigeria to pay their workers the sum of N30,000 and this excludes persons who are employing less than 25 workers; persons who work in a ship which sail out of jurisdiction; persons who are in other kinds of regulated employments are excepted by the Act.

“It also gives the workers the right if you are compelled by any circumstance to accept salary that is less than 30,000 for you to sue your employers to recover the balance.

“It authorises the minister of labour and any person nominated by the minister of labour or any person designated by the minister of labour in any ministry, department or agency to on your behalf take action in your name against such employer to recover the balance of wages.

“It also ensures  and mandates the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission and the minister of labour to be the chief and principal enforcers of the provisions of this law; and this law applies to all agencies and persons and bodies throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The effective date is April 18, 2019 as Mr President has assented to; it has been assented to and it takes effect today except  such other provision as are contained in the Act.”

Enang said that the enforcement and the right to start the implementation of the provisions commenced immediately including such steps that  would to be taken gradually under the provisions of the Act.

He urged Nigerian workers to celebrate President Buhari and support his administration and  policies.

The senior special assistant said that the administration would come out and march together with Nigerian workers and Workers Day.

‘’Mr President will celebrate Workers Day and this government will celebrate.
“This is Mr President action showing the love he has for Nigerian workers,’’ he said. 

Mali: Prime Minister and entire government resigns

The entire government of Mali has resigned following a massacre of 160 villagers by a militia in March. Huge protests earlier this month called for the government to do more to stop fighting between rival ethnic groups, which has displaced tens of thousands of people.

Prime Minister, Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, and his cabinet were facing a potential vote of no confidence over their ability to disarm militias and deal with Islamist militants.

Professor Susanna Wing - an expert on African politics and democracy in Mali - from Haverford College explains why the government was under so much pressure.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Historical events that occurred on April 18

Today in history: April 18

On April 18, 1521, Martin Luther confronts the emperor Charles V, refusing to retract the views which led to his excommunication.

On April 18, 1853, The first train in Asia begins running from Bombay to Tanna.

On April 18, 1895, The First Sino-Japanese War ends.

On April 18, 1937, Leon Trotsky calls for the overthrow of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

On April 18, 1949, The Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth.

On April 18, 1954, Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser seizes power in Egypt.

On April 18, 1978, The U.S. Senate approves the transfer of the Panama Canal to Panama.

On April 18, 1980, Zimbabwe's (Rhodesia) formal independence from Britain is proclaimed.

On April 18, 1983, a suicide bomber kills U.S. Marines at the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon.

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