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FG committed to implementing policies, programmes in tackling low productivity

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The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ms Kachollom Daju, has said that government would continue to enforce implementation of established institutional and legal frameworks.

This is contained in a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Mr Olajide Oshundun, on Wednesday following the 2023 Meeting of the National Council on Productivity.

Newsmen, reports that the meeting which commenced on Wednesday in Lagos would end on Thursday.

Daju sad that the enforcing the implementation of established institutional and legal frameworks would help anchor policies and programmes targeted at embedding productivity consciousness in society.

She added that government was prioritising enhancement of national productivity as low productivity in most sectors of the nation had become ‘a clog in the wheel’ to realising the objectives of the nation’s developmental goals and aspirations.

She also said that government was lamenting that the manufacturing sector had taken a beating.

A situation she said was evident in foreign exchange earnings, limited number of jobs created and an import bill that could hardly be sustained by current earnings.

“According to the National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria’s GDP growth averaged 1.1 per cent in the last seven years, between 2015 and 2021, even as the country experienced two recessions.

“This caused unemployment and underemployment rates to increase to an all-time high of 56.1 percent in 2020, pushing at least 133 million Nigerians into multidimensional poverty,” she said.

The PS said that the ministry, through its Productivity Measurement and Labour Standards Department (PLMS), in collaboration with the National Productivity Centre, was at the forefront of the government’s intervention.

According to her, the interventions include monitoring trends, conducting surveys, and continuous strategic implementation of initiatives aimed at improving Nigeria’s global productivity ranking.

“The National Council on Productivity is one of the structures provided for in the National Policy on Productivity.

“This is along with the state council on productivity and Local Government Committees to give full effect to the implementation of the policy.

“The inauguration of this council in January 2022 is evident of government’s recognition of the role of productivity improvement and unflinching commitment towards mainstreaming productivity consciousness into the national plan,” she added.

Similarly, Director, PMLS, Mrs Juliana Adebambo, reiterated the importance of productivity to any economy, noting that it played pivotal role in the sustenance of the global economy.

Adebambo noted that Nigeria was not an exception as it was the bedrock for economic growth and development.

“The country’s productivity is dependent on how successfully the economy transforms land, labour capital and other inputs into goods and services,” she said.

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FA Cup: All you need to know about quarter-final draw

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The quarter-final draw for this season’s FA Cup will be conducted on Wednesday night.

It will be completed before Chelsea’s fifth-round clash with Leeds United at Stamford.

The host for the draw is Seema Jaswal and he will be assisted by former Arsenal goalkeeper, David Seaman.

The teams that have confirmed their spots in the last eight already are Coventry City, Manchester City, Leicester City and Newcastle United.

There are still four fixtures to be decided including Chelsea vs Leeds, Liverpool vs Southampton, Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United and Wolves vs Brighton.

The numbers for the draw are:

1 Newcastle United

2 Chelsea or Leeds United

3 Leicester City

4 Liverpool or Southampton

5 Nottingham Forest or Manchester United

6 Wolverhampton Wanderers or Brighton & Hove Albion

7 Coventry City

8 Manchester City

 

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FA Cup: You deserves Ballon d’Or – Man City star to De Bruyne

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Manchester City midfielder, Mateo Kovacic has said that teammate, Kevin De Bruyne deserved a Ballon d’Or in his career.

Kovacic said this following De Bruyne’s impressive display in Man City’s FA Cup 6-2 win over Luton Town on Tuesday.

Recall that De Bruyne gave Erling Haaland four assists during the encounter as the Norway international scored five goals.

Speaking after the game, Kovacic, who was also on the score sheet, said (via City Report):

“Kevin’s career is amazing; a player that deserves to have a Ballon d’Or.”

 

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Security guards arraigned for allegedly stealing property worth N685,000

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Two men, Gabriel Godwin and John Julius, were, on Wednesday, arraigned before a Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing property valued at N685,000 from a house.

The defendants of no fixed residential addresses are facing a two-count charge of break-in and stealing, to which they, however, pleaded not guilty.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Chidi Leo, informed the court that the defendants committed the offences on February 16 at No. 3, Doka Street, Narayi, Kaduna.

Leo said the defendants and two others at large broke into the house of the complainant, Mr Aaron Okoro, and stole his property.

He said the defendants and their accomplices stole some clothes, valued at N240,000, jewellery, worth N195,000 and two TV sets, valued at N250,000.

The prosecutor stated that they also damaged the complainant’s door, worth N50,000 while trying to enter the house.

According to him, the offences contravene the Penal Code of Kaduna State, 2017.

The Magistrate, Ibrahim Emmanuel, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N100,000 each and two sureties each in like sum.

Emmanuel ordered that the sureties must be civil servants on salary Grade Level 09 and reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

He adjourned the case till March 18 for hearing.

 

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