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Reps to deliberate on Bill permitting hijab among military personnel

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The House of Representatives will deliberate on a bill seeking to enforce the Armed Forces and para-military organisations to allow female officers to wear the Islamic veil, commonly known as hijab.

Ripples Nigeria gathered that the bill is known as the Religious Discrimination (Prohibition, Prevention) Bill, 2020.

It had passed second reading at the House and was sponsored by the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Member representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Saidu Abdullahi.

Article 13 of the bill titled, ‘Discrimination in employment in security and other sectors,’ prohibits the military from discriminating against anyone wearing a hijab .

It reads, “Any person employed in the security sector, whether within the military or paramilitary or otherwise, shall not be discriminated against on the ground of the exercise of his right to the manifestation of his religion in worship, teaching, practice and observance such as wearing religious emblem, head cover, or hijab in concomitant with the common uniform code or code of conduct in relation to the choice of colour, type, or design of such religious emblem, religious headcover or hijab.”

Furthermore, the bill states that anyone who contravenes the section would have committed an offence.

Also, the High Court will have original jurisdiction on such matters while the National Human Rights Commission shall have the power either on its own motion or upon a petition presented by an aggrieved person to investigate allegations of any violation of the provisions of the Bill within a reasonable time or not more than 30 days.

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NPC advocates adoption of green productivity

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There is an urgent need for Nigeria to adopt a green productivity approach to boost the production sector of the economy, the Director-General of the National Productivity Centre, Dr.

Kashim Akor, has said.

Presenting a paper titled ‘Post-COVID-19 Nigerian Economy: The Productivity Imperatives’ at the inauguration of the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) in Owerri, the Imo State capital, Akor explained that coronavirus had inflicted monumental economic and social challenges on the world, and requires innovativeness and craftiness of economic managers to avert economic implosion of countries.

The NPC helmsman said a green productivity approach is an idea that is suitable for economic growth and sustainable development for Nigeria given the desire to grow her non-oil sector as a matter of necessity.


Green Productivity was launched in 1994 in line with the 1992 Earth Summit recommendations that both economic development and environmental protection would be key strategies for sustainable development.

Green Productivity is a new paradigm in sustainable manufacturing where resource conservation and waste minimization constitute the strategy in simultaneously enhancing environmental performance and productivity.

 

His explanation: “The knowledge and practice of green productivity are therefore very crucial to the diversification drive of the Nigerian government. The basic characteristics of green productivity include environmental compliance by the production system, application of environment-friendly production management system, use of total quality management and continuous improvement techniques as well.”

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Akor stressed that the need for productivity movement and economic diversification should be a top government agenda, saying, “productivity imperatives provide a promising future for Nigeria with a knowledge-based economy. As bad as the COVID-19 has been, it is a wake-up call that has challenged us as a people to look closely at agriculture and the manufacturing industry to reduce the total dependence on other countries for all our needs, technology inclusive. The new world order is fast emerging. The way we see the world, work, and interact has changed and Nigeria must not be left behind in the new scheme of things. The current reality and challenges are consequently redefining the way things are done across the globe thereby ushering in the new world order.”

Though the concept of productivity has evolved through time and remains the same irrespective of the type of production, economic or political systems, Akor maintained that the basic concept remains the relationship between output and inputs.

He added: “As a social concept, productivity is seen as an attitude of mind that seeks to continuously improve what already exists. It is based on the conviction that one can do things better today than yesterday and better tomorrow than today. It is a mindset that seeks to continually improve what already exists. It is the will to improve on the present situation, no matter how good it may seem. It aims for a better quality of life for everyone, hence, it is everybody’s business.

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As a management concept, productivity improvement is a managed process. It does not happen by accident. A productive organization is efficient in converting the inputs to outputs (products/services) and effective in fulfilling its mission of satisfying expectations of customers and other stakeholders.”

He further stated that as an integrated concept, productivity is the efficiency and effectiveness with which input resources are combined and utilized in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner to produce quality goods and services for the satisfaction of human needs. This is a definition that holistically looks at productivity with keen attention to green productivity and quality in appreciating total productivity.

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“The Whole Success Of The Monarchy Is Built On Slavery, Prince Philip Will Not Rest In Peace” -Shade Ladipo

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Following the demise of Prince Philip, TV personality, Shade Ladipo, has stated that he will never know peace for destroying generations.

The Duke of Edinburgh died on Friday April 9 at the age of 99.

Reacting to the news of his demise on her Instastories this afternoon, Shade said the whole British monarch is” built on slavery and colonization of Black people” and for this reason, late Prince Phillip and the whole monarch ”can never rest in peace.”

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House of Representatives, Praises NASC for breaking 22 Years of Stalled Development, Promises More Funding

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Chairman House of Representatives committee on Establishment and Public service,Engr. Sani Umar Bala Kunchi has reassured that more funds will be allocated in the subsequent years to ensure early completion and the problems of accomodation bedevilling the commission becomes a thing of the past.

The Committee Chairman made the observation when he led the members the committee on oversight function and inspection of the location of it’s proposed office after meeting with the management of the commission.

Chairman NASC Engineer Ahmed Kadi Amshi FNSE presenting a gift to the Chairman House of Representatives committee on Establishment and Public service,Engr.Sani Umar Bala Kunchi during the committee visit today

He praised the Executive Chairman of the Commission for breaking the jinx of over 22 years, that led to the allocation of 3 Billion in this year’s budget. ‘We made efforts with the determination of the Chairman and appropriated initial 3 Billion for the commission’s headquarters, in the 2021 fiscal year.’ ‘We are part of arrangements by the commission to come up with a ground breaking ceremony arrangement due for June 11, inview of preparations and processes of commencement of the project being put in place.’

NASC chairman, NASC Secretary, and other principal officers in a group photograph with Members, House committee on Establishment and Public Service

‘We are assuring Nigerians that yearly appropriation of budget will be a recurring decimal,untill the proposed commission edifice is put in place.’ ‘It is not our intention to concede abandoned projects, as the new commision’s headquarters will not be among such projects.’   ‘We need to imbibe prudence, accountability and dilligence in the public service, just like the commission is dispensing in the last one year.’

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NASC Chairman, Engineer Ahmed Kadi Amshi FNSE addressing the House of Representatives Committee members today at the commission office, Abuja

 

‘We delibeated that payment of such a huge amount yearly as rent for the current office is no longer feasible,and uneconomical,hence the huge allocation in this year’s budget for the new building.’ Engineer kunchi also commended the choice and site of the proposed edifice,saying proximity to the National Assembly will enhance productivity on the commision’s staffers. Earlier in her remarks,a member of the Committee, Mrs Taiwo Iluga asked the commission to hasten the process of reviewing the engagement of more legislative aides from 5 to 10,saying it is telling on the lawmakers the few allocated to each member. She said funds meant for salaries and allowances of the five aides attached to each lawmakers is used for payment of many constituents.

NASC officials and House Committee during a round table discussion today

‘We are constrained to share among our retinue of aides salaries meant for five statutorily legislative aides alloted to lawmakers.’ ‘The review upward from 5 to 10 as proposed by the commission will be the best thing that will happen to the current lawmakers,’ Mrs Taiwo exclaimed. The commission’s Chairman, Engineer Ahmed Kadi Amshi FNSE says the commission has approached the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation’s and Fiscal Commission RMAFC with an assuramce of a review upward of legislative aides to each Lawmaker to at least 8 if not 10. ‘We are not only proposing the increase in the numbers of legislative aides,but to enhance both their remunerations, conditions of service,grade levels to attract more quality service to their paymasters.’

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