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Nigerian Govt Pledges Continued Wage Payment, Addresses Labor Concerns


The Federal Government has assured the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) of resuming the payment of wage awards to workers this week.

Mrs Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Minister of State, Labour and Employment, gave the assurance at a meeting with the leadership of NLC and TUC on Tuesday in Abuja.

The meeting was called by the minister on account of the 14-day ultimatum issued to the government on the non-implementation of the 16-point agreement reached with them on 2 October 2023.

Onyejeocha appealed to the labour organisations to withdraw their 14-day ultimatum, as the government had stepped up efforts to complete the implementation of that agreement.

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According to her, it is true we agreed, but the government has shown good faith, considering the urgency of the issue at hand.

“I called this meeting because dialogue has always been the best way out, and we are all for the well-being of our people. I am here to show good cause on why some agreement has not been met,”she said.



Tinubu Approves N12bn To Clear Sports Debts To Nigerian Players, Coaches – Lifestyle Nigeria

President Bola Tinubu has taken a significant step towards resolving Nigeria’s sports debts by approving the payment of N12 billion, which includes outstanding dues owed to the national teams, notably the Super Eagles.

The financial burden and sports debts inherited by President Tinubu, had long troubled the Nigerian sports community, sparking concerns about the welfare and stability of the national teams.

Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, announced the approval, lauding President Tinubu’s leadership and commitment to supporting the national teams.

The allocated funds are intended to clear various debts, spanning unpaid salaries for senior national team coaches, outstanding allowances, entitlements, and promised payments owed to senior national teams, female teams, and the Under-20 national team.

This move signifies a positive shift in addressing the financial challenges plaguing Nigeria’s sports sector, instilling hope for improved conditions and renewed support for the country’s athletes and teams.

. reports that the approval by the president is expected to be a moral booster for the sports community given the history of embarrassment caused by the indebtedness of Nigeria to both coaches and players.

Many coaches have walked out on Nigeria and in some cases, some who otherwise would have come have declined because of the history of debts owed coaches by Nigeria, an eyesore that the step taken by President Tinubu is expected to erase from the face of sports.

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Focus Africa Magazine @ 5: A Night Of Glitz, Glamour, & Unforgettable Celebrations.

The 5th-year anniversary celebration of Focus Africa Magazine was an evening to remember, filled with glitz, glamour, and an infectious energy that reverberated throughout the event. 

Delegates attended from the breathtaking landscapes of Marakkesh, Morocco to the rich biodiversity of South Sudan, men and women from across the African continent came together to honor the remarkable storytelling that has been woven into the fabric of the magazine.

The Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja served as the perfect backdrop for this momentous occasion, where esteemed guests, including His Excellency Hon Puot Kang Chol Minister of Petroleum South Sudan, the revered Eminent King Promise Onyenche Obinna, Senator Magnus Abe, Dr Emeka Ogbuju and many other high profield Africans joined in the festivities. Their presence added an extra layer of significance to the evening, as they shared profound insights and re-ignited the ancestral spirit within every attendee.

The event was not just a celebration of the magazine’s five-year journey; it was a testament to the unwavering support and love that has been extended by friends and strangers alike. The connections made, the conversations had, and the beautiful memories created resonated deeply with everyone present, leaving a lasting impression that will be cherished for years to come.

Eminent King Promise Onyenche Obinna’s captivating storytelling held the audience spellbound, dismantling the walls of Western beliefs and awakening a sense of pride in their ancestral heritage. His words resonated with a compelling force, encapsulating the true essence of the night and leaving everyone enriched and enthralled.

As the evening unfolded, it became evident that this celebration was more than just a milestone; it was a testament to the magazine’s impact on the African narrative and its ability to bring people together in joyous camaraderie. The overwhelming response from the attendees, who left the event fulfilled and yearning for more, spoke volumes about the success of the evening and the anticipation for future engagements.

In conclusion, the 5th-year anniversary of Focus Africa Magazine was an unequivocal success, symbolizing the magazine’s unwavering dedication to storytelling and its pivotal role in shaping the African narrative. As the event drew to a close, there was a collective sense of gratitude and excitement as everyone looked forward to the next chapter in the magazine’s remarkable.

Focus Africa 2024 Awards were given to a few selected accomplished Africans such as Prof Doko Ibrahim Hussaini DG RMRDC, Emir of Gombe, King of Akkol Ghana, Chief Alex Nwankwo, Her Excellency Mrs Alanyingi Uduak Sylva, Dr Jumai Muhamed aminsgy others.

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ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Niger And Other Junta-led Nations

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has removed the economic sanctions imposed on Niger Republic, Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea.

Lifestyle Nigeria reports that the Chairman of ECOWAS and Nigerian President, Bola Tinubu, on Saturday, said the decision was based on humanitarian considerations, especially because of the Lenten period and the approaching month of Ramadan.

Tinub spoke at the extraordinary summit of ECOWAS on the political, security, and peace conditions held in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The regional bloc, however, said the political and targeted sanctions remain.

The West African bloc had in a swift response to the military coup in Niger, enforced a no-flight zone over the country.

The Nigerian government also cut off the power supply to the military-ruled country to persuade the juntas to restore democracy in the country.

Tinubu, according to a statement by his Spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, said: “Everything we did was in hopes of persuading our brothers that there existed a better path, a path that would lead to genuine improvement of their people’s welfare through democratic good governance. And this was a path each of our nations had solemnly agreed with one another pursuant to formal regional treaty and protocol.

“However, the sanctions that we contemplated might help lead our brothers to the negotiating table have become a harsh stumbling block. In my mind and heart, that which is hurtful yet ineffective serves no good purpose and should be abandoned.