38 — Vanguard, THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018 CHIEF AYO ADEBANJO AT 90 A church service to mark the 90th birthday of Chief Samuel Ayodele Adebanjo was held at St Philips Anglican Church, Isanya, Ogbo-Ijebu and the reception for guests held at the celebrant's residence at Isanya, Ogbo-Ijebu, Ogun State on Tuesday. From left; Chief Edwin Clark, elder stateman; Bala Takaya, President, Middle Belt Forum; Chief John Nwodo, President General, Ohaneze Ndigbo and Senator Femi Ojudu at the church service. PHOTOS BY LAMIDI BAMIDELE. From left; Otunba Gbolade Osunkoya; Lt. Gen. Alani Akinrinade (retd) and Prof. Ladipo Adamolekun. From left; Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi; Dr Magnus Lawson and Mrs Gloria Lawson. Are Gani Adams, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland (left) and Oba Adesesan Oguntayo, the Ajalorun of Ijebu-Ife. MINIMUM WAGE: Tripartite c'ttee begins nationwide public hearing April 23 A B By Johnbosco Agbakwuru U J A — THE Federal Tripartite Committee on the new National Minimum Wage will commence public hearing across the country from 23rd April, 2018, in all the six geopolitical zones of the country. President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the end of the Central Working Committee, CWC, meeting yesterday in Abuja. Wabba said the public hearing which would also take place in Lagos and Abuja would consider memoranda from organised Labour, governors and employers of Labour especially as the organised Labour was said to have presented a new demand of over N66,500 to government. Wabba while confirming the upward review of the demand of organised Labour, however, refused to confirm the new figure presented to the tripartite committee for consideration. He said: “I will not be drawn to mention figures because it is not relevant at the moment as organised Labour considered the current realities in the country. “Certain variables and current inflation in the country has made us to make an upward review of the demand. “The new submission from Labour is not different from the initial submission. We made a demand almost two years ago and that demand was the beginning of the process. “So , the demand of Labour was based on the agreement we had on the five year circle which we believe was due and also considering the level off inflation, we made a demand of N56,000.” He said the tripartite committee after its constitution by President Muhammad Buhari, requested state governors and employers, private sector and organised labour to resubmit their memoranda to the committee for discussion to commence. The NLC President said in furtherance to the requests, states, federal government, NECA and Labour have submitted their memos. He said, “But what we did was to look at the dynamics of the times because the discussion will be evidence based. “So, we undertook a study and made a submission. This is the logic and not that we have submitted a new position. “It was the same memo that we submitted, but what we did was to look at the indices because a lot have changed between 2015 and 2018. “So that cannot be regarded as a change of position because the process of arriving at a minimum wage in line with convention 121 is evidence based. “Everybody submitting memo or document will have to back it up with logic and not just quote figures from the air. “Clearly, what I want to inform you about is that we are committed to what we have.” He said the next Tripatite Committee meeting would be held on April 17, to discuss procedure for the public hearing. Oil marketers using NNPC to defraud Nigerians — DPR By Michael Eboh A BUJA—THE Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, yesterday, raised the alarm that some unscrupulous marketers were using some NNPC retail outlets to defraud unsuspecting motorists through under-dispensing of petrol. Addressing newsmen in Abuja, DPR’s Zonal Operations Controller in charge of Abuja Zone, Mr. Abdu Misau Abba, said the agency was aware of efforts by the NNPC to ensure products availability at the right prices, but noted that some unscrupulous marketers were sabotaging the efforts of the NNPC. He called on the corporation to check the activities of its marketers and ensure that those found wanting were called to order. Abba was speaking on the backdrop of an NNPC Retail station in Wuse II, Abuja, operated by Iluobe Petroleum Limited, which was sealed by the DPR for the fourth time yesterday, for under-dispensing of petrol to motorists. He said, “I want to appeal to NNPC, because they are using its name to cheat the public. We know NNPC is doing everything possible to make this product available at government controlled price. “I want to appeal to NNPC not to allow a businessman that does not have conscience to continue using their names and logo to cheat the public. NNPC has to look into this issue and see how they can solve the problem, because we cannot continue to allow such marketers to operate.” He explained that out every 10 litres purchased in the retail outlet, motorists are being cheated by two litres, translating to motorists purchasing the products at N181 per litre.
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