A civil society group under the aegis of Plateau Concerned Local Government Staff Forum (PLALOCAF) has appealed to local government workers in Plateau State to suspend their street protests against the state government’s non-implementation of the new minimum wage at the council level.
PLALOCAF alleged that the protest meant to draw attention of the state government to the deplorable plight of workers at the LGA level and push for implementation of the new minimum wage had been hijacked adding that the movement had been turned into campaigns for the 2023 elections by desperate politicians
The forum made the appeal in a statement signed by representatives from the three senatorial districts of the state: Mr Pam Bot for Northern Zone, Nde Patrick Gomos for Central Zone and Sir Birtrus Nanven for Southern Zone.
It called on the government to sustain negotiations with stakeholders and addressed the aggrieved workers.
The protest council workers over the non implementation of the new minimum wage at the LGA level in Plateau State has lasted for over one month now.
“We observe with regret that protesters have continuously blocked the entrance to the Plateau State Secretariat for over three weeks, thereby preventing civil servants and other legitimate income earners access to the secretariat for their legitimate business,” the statement added.
The forum warned that the situation was degenerating into a worrisome state and a threat to peace and stability, accusing some self-seeking and desperate politicians in the state of sponsoring the hijack of the protest.
PLALOCAF admitted LGA workers have absolute rights to protest over their grievances, but said that this must be done without violence, which, according to the group, some failed politicians are now bringing into it.
Based on this claim, the group called on the protesting working to immediately call off the action and allow the umbrella body NULGE, to enter to negotiations with the state government and other stakeholders.
PLALOCAF said:”Our message has been passed to the government at all levels and from the engagement held between government and our leadership, we, the concerned members are satisfied with the feedback from our leadership and we hereby withdraw from protest immediately.”
It added:” We appeal to our all colleagues to stand down the protest and allow our leadership engage with the government and other stakeholders for an amicable solution.”
Twitter announces its African Headquarters will open in Ghana, gives reasons why the West Africa nation was picked ahead of Nigeria and other countries
Twitter announces its African Headquarters will open in Ghana – Microblogging and social networking service, Twitter is establishing a presence in Africa, with its Headquarters to be located in Ghana.
Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey made the announcement in a tweet on Monday, April 12.
He said “Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo”
Twitter announces its African Headquarters will open in Ghana: See Twit Below
🇬🇭 Twitter is now present on the continent.
— jack (@jack) April 12, 2021
Twitter announces its African Headquarters will open in Ghana – President Nana Akufo- Addo in his response, welcomed the news and revealed that he held a virtual meeting with Jack on April 7,
“The choice of Ghana as HQ for Twitter’s Africa operations is EXCELLENT news. Gov’t and Ghanaians welcome very much this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country. 1#TwitterInGhana#TwitterGhana.”
“As I indicated to @Jack in our virtual meeting of 7th April 2021, this is the start of a beautiful partnership between Twitter and Ghana, which is critical for the dev’t of Ghana’s hugely important tech sector. #TwitterInGhana#TwitterGhana.”
“These are exciting times to be in, and to do business in Ghana. “
The choice of Ghana as HQ for Twitter’s Africa operations is EXCELLENT news. Gov’t and Ghanaians welcome very much this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country. 1/3 #TwitterInGhana #TwitterGhana https://t.co/HdCqFgXK0x
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) April 12, 2021
In a statement, Twitter gave its reasons why it chose Ghana to host Africa’s Head Quarters.
“As a champion for democracy, Ghana is a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate. Furthermore, Ghana’s recent appointment to host The Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with our overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support our efforts to improve and tailor our service across Africa.”
“Whenever we enter new markets, we work hard to ensure that we are not just investing in the talent that we hire, but also investing in local communities and the social fabric that supports them. We have already laid foundations through partnerships with Amref Health Africa in Kenya, Afrochella in Ghana, Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) in Nigeria, and The HackLab Foundation in Ghana. As part of our long-term commitment to the region, we’ll continue to explore compelling ways we can use the positive power of Twitter to strengthen our communities through employee engagement, platform activation, and corporate giving,” it added
Historical photos of the life and times of Prince Philip as the world continues to mourn the late Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh and husband to Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip died on Friday morning, April 9, aged 99.
His death comes weeks after he was discharged following surgery on a heart condition last month .
He was respected for his deep wisdom, sense of humour and was the Queen’s companion as she toured the UK and the globe. The Duke of Edinburgh, who was married to Queen Elizabeth for 73 years, was said to be the monarch’s rock during her 69-year reign.
Below is a compilation of some pictures of the Duke of Edinburgh.
He told Obasanjo when he was dressed in traditional Yoruba attire: “You look like you’re ready for bed.”
Malala Yousafzai survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban after campaigning for the right of girls to go to school without fear.
The Queen and Prince Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh on the Great Wall of China during a royal visit in October 1986
Princess Anne and Prince Philip at her wedding to Lieutenant Mark Philips at Westminster Abbey in 1973
Prince Philip walking with his daughter Princess Anne to a Christmas Day service at Sandringham in 2005
The Duke of Edinburgh pictured talking with Aboriginal men in Queensland, Australia in 2002.
When visiting an Aboriginal culture park in Australia, he asked an Aboriginal businessman: “Do you still throw spears at each other?”
Prince Philip with Queen Elizabeth and German President Johannes Rau
The Queen and Prince Philip watching a Concorde fly over Buckingham Palace
The Queen and Prince Philip marking their diamond wedding anniversary in 2007
The first colour photograph of Princess Anne in 1951, in the arms of her mother the Queen with Prince Philip and a young Prince Charles
Prince Philip poses at the RAF Club to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Fresh Auchi Polytechnic graduates drives over a man while spraying cash in celebration of graduation (Video)
Video footage has captured the moment fresh graduates of Auchi Polytechnic accidentally ran into an excited man who seemed to be leaping for joy as they (graduates) threw out some cash to mark their celebration.
The students could be seen in a car convoy as they randomly threw cash into the air as a way of expressing how excited they were to have successfully graduated from school.
As expected, a whole lot of people followed immediately as they hailed the students and struggled to pick as much cash as they could lay their hands on.
Things seem to have gone the other way round when a man got hit by the car while struggling to get his share.
Watch the video below:
What's actually happening here?😂😂 pic.twitter.com/BGRUvCJBzF
— Naija (@Naija_PR) March 27, 2021