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Tuesday Twists: Lawmakers Kick Against Pay-cut Campaign

A member of the House of Representatives, Chief Joe Edionwele, on Monday, protested against the debate for pay cut for legislators, describing the proponents of the crusade as ignorant. Edionwele, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party representing Esan West, Esan Central and Igueben federal constituency of Edo State, said some lecturers, bankers and oil workers were earning more than federal lawmakers. While speaking to journalists in Abuja, the lawmakers said, “I think people are speaking out of ignorance. Even before now, I was one of those who believed the same thing. The records will be made public. We will ensure that the National Assembly does that, Nigerians need to know. The salaries we earn are not in any way close to what people speculate. People in the oil and gas sectors, banking and even lecturers earn more than us and the President. Please read today’s KH special for my view on this – Senators, Reps get N9bn next week, will Ben Bruce reject his?

LUTH DOCTORS BEGIN STRIKE, THREATEN TOTAL SHUTDOWN
The Association of Resident Doctors, Lagos University Teaching Hospital chapter, Idi-Araba, Lagos has begun a three-day warning strike over the non- reversal of the skipping policy for doctors working at the hospital. The LUTH ARD Chairman, Dr. Moronkola Ramon, who declared the three-day warning strike during a protest on the hospital premises on Monday, warned that resident doctors might commence a full scale action if their demand was not met. Ramon said the hospital management had stopped skipping, a policy whereby doctors were given double promotion, adding that the management granted same privilege to other health workers in the hospital. He said, “We gave the management a seven-day ultimatum to implement skipping for doctors as it used to.” We hope the Buhari government would handle strikes like this in a more positive and permanent manner.

OPC PULLS OUT OF PIPELINE PROTECTION RACKET
The Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, said it would pull out its men from guarding all Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, pipelines nationwide from yesterday. Yinka Oguntimehin, spokesman for Gani Adams faction of the congress, said this in Lagos yesterday. Oguntimehin said it became necessary because the corporation had yet to start paying for the work its men were doing. He said the corporation was expected to start payment as part of the contractual agreement entered into three months ago. Hopefully, an abrupt end would soon be announced to the infamous contract granted to Mr. Tompolo to protect Nigeria’s waterways. However these extra-legal militants have tasted blood, who would cure them of their rabid rage against Nigeria?

SUPER FALCONS TO GET N12M IF THEY BEAT USA
To give the Super Falcons the motivation they need to excel in today’s game against the U.S., the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), yesterday reminded the girls that the $60,000 offered them is not a mere promise. “I have made it clear to them that the $60,000, which our President (Amaju Pinnick) promised them will be handed over to them immediately if they can beat U.S.A on Tuesday, NFF board member and Chairperson, Women Football Committee, Mrs. Dilichukwu Onyeadima, told The Guardian. Also, morale of the Super Falcons was boosted upon seeing House of Representatives member, Ayo Omidiran, in Vancouver. Omidiran, an ex-board member of the NFF and one of the pioneer financiers of women football in Nigeria (Proprietress of Omidiran Babes), arrived Vancouver Sunday afternoon. Omidiran met with the players and their officials yesterday, where she urged them to go all out and beat USA today.

Sources: THISDAY|PUNCH|VANGUARD|GUARDIAN

Welcome to Tuesday June 16, 2015 and enjoy our other news and views of today – HAMILTONSTYLE.

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