Nigeria’s Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki has sued workers of the National Assembly for embarking on an industrial action over unpaid allowances.
In a an ex-parte motion issued by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Abuja, and which was signed by the Assistant Chief Registrar, Hauwa Yakubu, Esq., the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara sought a restraining order stopping the workers under the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) from proceeding on strike.
The “order of interim injunction”, issued through suit No. NICN/ABJ/360/2018 dated 18th December, 2018, directed the leadership of PASAN and their agents to refrain from proceeding on strike.
It states inter alia:
“An order of interim injunction restraining all the defendants /respondents, particularly their agents, provides, servants, however called from taking steps to proceed or proceeding on strike, pending the determination of the motion. ”
“An interim injunction restraining PASAN, their agents, privies, servants from giving directives to their members to proceed or proceeding on strike.”
The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria in the National Assembly on Monday embarked on a four-day warning strike over unpaid allowances to the tune of N2.7 billion.
Oliver Gist Media reports also that PASAN members were stopped from gaining access to the National Assembly on Wednesday when President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2019 appropriation bill.
Federal Government Declares Public Holiday
In line with the enactment into law of June 12 annually as Democracy Day in Nigeria, the Federal Government has declared Wednesday, June 12, 2019, as Public Holiday to commemorate the maiden National Democracy Day.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Barr. Georgina Ekeoma Ehuriah, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government congratulated all Nigerians at home and abroad for the entrenchment of democratic rule in the country.
According to a statement issued on Monday by the Director (Press & Public Relations), Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Manga, the Permanent Secretary called on Nigerians to continue to cherish the sacrifice made by heroes of democracy, particularly those who lost their lives in the struggle for the actualization of Democratic Governance in Nigeria in order to make the country a better place for all.
She further called for the collaboration and cooperation of all Nigerians with the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari towards achieving our collective aspiration for the unity, peace and socio-economic development of Nigeria and wished all Nigerians at home and abroad a happy Democracy Day Celebration.
PDP are yet to Come Up with their Candidate for Senate Presidency
Senators under the flag of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have dumped their plans to support a friendly senator from the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the position of senate president in the 9th National Assembly.
Punch reports that, members of the PDP are determined to field a candidate against the APC for the position of the head of the red chamber despite APC having the majority in the house.
A South-East senator under PDP hinted that his colleagues were planning to exploit a crack in the APC caucus ahead of June 9 when the 9th National Assembly would be inaugurated. He said:
It is glaring that Senator Ali Ndume will contest the Senate president seat on the day of inauguration because he is obviously dissatisfied with the position of the party.
Rather than pacify him, the APC leadership seems not to care about the trauma and emotional pains they have subjected Ndume to by saying that the decision to pick Ahmad Lawan was final.
Meanwhile, a senator from the South-South has identified Ike Ekeremadu, Enyinnaya Abaribe, and James Manager as possible PDP candidates for the position of head of Senate.
Osinbajo once again blames past administration for wasting Nigeria’s resources
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has once again blamed the past administration for wasting Nigeria’s resources while in office.
The Vice President who spoke today during the 11th Bola Ahmed Colloquium said that Nigeria’s main problem is not lack of ideas or projects but lack of integrity in leadership.
“Nigeria’s main problem is not the lack of ideas, project or programmes, it was most of the time especially with the leadership in the past was lack of integrity in leadership and corruption, in particular, was the reason why we were finding it difficult to make any progress”.
He explained that over the last four years Nigeria has earned $383bn which he said is the highest that the country has attained in its history.
“We earned $383bn in four years, 2010-2014, the highest ever in the history of our country. And yet Lagos-Ibadan expressway not done, Lagos-Kano rail not done.
“We cannot point to a single infrastructure project that was completed in that duration, despite the high earnings including power. A government coming after so many years of waste must be a government that emphasises fiscal prudent, integrity in public finance so that we manage the little resources we have to achieve the maximum that can be achieved.
“And that is what President Muhammadu Buhari is set out to do”, he added.