PENGASSAN begins strike Monday as FG fails to meet demands.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has directed its members to withdraw nationwide services effective 12 midnight on Sunday, November 8 2020 as the Federal government fails to meet their demand. The Association had earlier announced its plans to shut down oil and gas facilities and distribution of petroleum products across the country over the breach of agreement on the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System to their members by the Federal Government. Also, the association had vowed to withdraw its services over government’s failure to pay arrears of 22 months owed their members working with Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority. The association had issued a 7-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to urgently address the situation among others. “The association has taken to picketing the facilities of the company after locking out 64 of their members in total disregard to all the directives of Ministry of Labour and DPR while agreement on the redundancy has is yet to be reached by parties involved. “We were informed that the Department of Petroleum Resources has threatened to withdraw all the operating licenses it has issued to the BakerHughes due to the company’s non-compliance to regulatory standards in releasing oil and gas workers in Nigeria.” The association which noted in a letter signed by its general Secretary, Lumumba Ighotemu Okugbawa, said that upon the expiration of the ultimatum, nothing concrete has been done with regard the outstanding issues as enumerated in the letter has advised its members to withdraw nationwide service. “With view of the above and with the expiration of the ultimatum and with subsequent extension, you are hereby advised to withdraw your services effective 12 midnight on sunday, November 8 2020. “Please ensure that your Branch member fully comply With this directive while you await further directive”. “All zonal offices are to monitor compliance and report same to the National Secretariat.”

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Biafra: Nigerian govt given 90 days to conduct referendum, asked to withdraw police, army

OEAS is an international governmental organization that promotes self-determination and the end to colonial era boundaries in Africa. The Organization of Emerging African States (OEAS), has renewed its call for the Nigerian government to meet the demands for the actualization of Biafra. In a statement to DAILY POST on Sunday by its General Secretary, Ebenezer Derek Mbongo Akwanga, Jr., and Jonathan Levy, Chief Administrative Officer, the group noted that, “today, the people of Biafra fear the brutality of the Nigeria police who are slaughtering their own citizens and arming herdsman as pro-government militias. “The situation will surely escalate unless immediate action is taken,” it said. The OEAS went further to make the following demands to the Nigerian government: “All federal military and police forces in Biafra to stand down and return to their barracks. “A snap referendum on Biafran self-determination to be held within 90 days with OEAS, UNPO, and nonaligned observers supervising the balloting process. “The situation in Nigeria is fast spiraling out of control,” the organization said.

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#EndSARS: Youths minister briefs Buhari

Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, on Monday, briefed the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on the ongoing protests going on in the country. Speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the minister said the President again appealed to protesters to give the Federal Government time to address their demands. Sunday Dare also quoted Buhari as urging the protesters not to allow hoodlums to hijack the protests.

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#EndSARS: Governors call for judicial panel, end to protests

On Monday, the Nigeria Governors Forum called for a judicial commission of inquiry to review cases of police brutality, especially by operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad across the country, SARS. In the communique, which was signed by the NGF Chairman, Kayode Fayemi, said the governors deliberated extensively on the nationwide protests, riots, and demonstrations. He said the “Governors thereafter Resolved to: Activate a Judicial Panel of Enquiry to receive all cases of police brutality by officers of the disbanded SARS Unit. Each State is also expected to kickstart a compensation mechanism for all victims. “Endorse the call by demonstrators for improved governance predicated on an enforcement regime that takes into cognisance the fundamental human rights and liberties of all citizens in the country; “Act on all the Demands made by the EndSARS protesters raising some concerns with the shifting nature of the demands which creates uncertainty on the exact expectations and ultimate goal; “Finally, appeal for the call off of protests as a continuation grossly exposes the fragile economic fundamentals of the country; particularly as criminal elements and hoodlums have hijacked the protests by maiming innocent citizens, looting and destroying properties.” The governors appealed to #EndSARS protesters to end the protests to prevent hoodlums from hijacking it.

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#EndInsecurityNow# Northern Coalition Begins Protest In 19 States.

Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), yesterday, said it would commence an indefinite protest today in the 19 northern states over rising insecurity, economic hardship and prolonged closure of universities in the region. The group accused the Federal Government, President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and other northern leaders of abandoning the region, as opposed to southern leaders who they claimed were always there for their people and even stood up against the operations of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). CNG spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, at a press conference in Abuja, yesterday, said the protest would be tagged #Endinsecuritynow, and would be sustained until the Federal Government met their demand for the declaration of a state of emergency on security in the north, among others. “It is contradictory that despite several protests and pleas by northerners, the authorities never deemed it fit to extend the swift spirit deployed against FSARS into securing the North, or addressing the myriad distresses faced by northerners. “The authorities appear bent on sustaining the harsh, unacceptable regime of exploitative hikes in electricity tariffs for which the North shall bear the brunt more than other parts of the country. “The Federal Government appears not keen on resolving the lingering dispute with the Academic Staff Union to enable the recommencement of university education. “The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has followed developments around the globe and necessary steps taken by Nigerian citizens in some parts of the country including some northern states to call attention to the deteriorating national security and other pressing concerns around the dwindling economy, prohibitive commodity prices, rising inflation amidst mounting poverty and prolonged stay at home by university students. “The CNG notes the appreciative progression of the citizens’ action that climaxed with government’s swift response to one of the concerns raised with the scrapping of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police, and its immediate replacement with Special Weapon And Tactics Team (SWAT). “CNG notes also the reassuring cooperation[…]

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#EndSARS: Kanye West Urges Federal Government To Answer Nigerians’ Cries.

In a tweet, Kanye West, a US rapper and a Presidential candidate, has urged the Federal Government to listen to the and grant the demands of the youths protesting against police brutality in the country. Kanye West said, he stood with Nigerians, and urges the brutality of the police to end in Nigeria. In his tweet, he said, “I stand with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to end police brutality, the government must answer to the peoples’ cries #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria.” The Protesters who have no intentions of backing off, blocked the highways in Lagos, and has equally demanded that, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the President addressed them. Though, Adamu Muhammed, the Inspector General of Police had on Sunday declared the dissolution of the FSARS in after widespread protest. The declaration of the dissolution of the FSARS by the Inspector of Police was not honored by the protesters especially those in Lagos and Abuja, as they have vowed to continue with the protest until something meaningful is done concerning the matter at hand.

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Breaking! #EndSARS: Presidential Panel Approves Protesters’ Demand.

The Presidential Panel on the Reform of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad has approved the five-point demands put forward by youths that have been protesting across the country, this was said on Tuesday, by the Presidency. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘Presidential panel on police reforms swings into action, plays 5-point demand of protesters.’ Femi Adesina said following directives by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on the dissolution of SARS, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, convened a meeting with stakeholders, agreeing to meet demands. He said the demands agreed to included halting use of force against protesters and unconditional release of arrested citizens. The meeting, organised by the Office of the Inspector General of Police and National Human Rights Commission, was a multi-stakeholders’ forum attended by leaders and representatives of civil society organisations in Nigeria, activists from the entertainment industry and the #EndSARS movement and development partners, according to the Presidential spokesman. He said the Ministry of Police Affairs and Police Service Commission were also present at the meeting that affirmed that the five-point demands of the protesters and the #EndSARS movement are genuine concerns and will be addressed by the government. He quoted a communiqué of the meeting signed by the Inspector General of Police and Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu, as, “Following the public protests regarding various forms of human rights violations by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and the consequent disbandment of the unit by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, there arose the need for stakeholder engagement to build trust and restore public confidence in law enforcement. “The agitations also brought to the fore, the need to implement the recommendations of the Presidential Panel on the Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. “The Forum was addressed by the Inspector General of Police and the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission. “The Forum collectively:[…]

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