The National Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employee led thugs numbering over hundreds to MABISCO premises in Agbara, Ogun State and disrupt operation leading to loss of over N30 million.
MABISCO is a fully fledge Nigerian biscuits company. During this attack, activities within the company was momentarily halted as members of staff scampered for safety, said an eyewitness, who declined giving his name.
The reign of terror within the MABISCO premises lasted over 6 hours as the Union members and its thugs attacked factory workers in the name of enforcing unionism.
A reliable source, who pleaded anonymity said, the Union gestapo approach to enforcing unionism in every establishment is becoming unbearable and embarrassing.
“In as much as this body has the right to demand for unionism in these corporate establishments, they should avoid combative approach and embrace dialogue” he said.
While speaking to Mr. Adeola Alao, the factory manager at MABISCO, he explained that the company and the Union had an extended discussion on the matter yesterday. The Union presented a four point agenda to the company, in which MABISCO agreed on three and half points with further discussion scheduled for another day.”
The factory manager however said, “I was surprised to see a truck load of Union members and their thugs in our premises this morning unleashing terror and anguish on our staff.”
According to a staff, who was on duty during this attack stated that “The only fully owned Nigerian biscuits company , MABISCO was attacked today by labour union . Tens of hundreds of thugs invaded the premises, chased production staff out of production lines leading to a loss of over N30 million . It is so sad that labour union had to take laws into their hands by terrorizing and intimidating our workers, who were on their legitimate duty,” he said.
He further stated that “We are not against unionism in the company but labour should stop this act of intimidation and harassment”.
Alao said, labour unions in Nigeria do not treat the Indian and Labanese companies in the country that do not have little or no respect to Nigerians but they continued to treat locally owned businesses with disdain.
According to him, “perhaps, this may be chief reason why some Nigerians are afraid to invest in the country but prefer to take their money abroad.”
Speaking on the effort of the Nigerian Police to restore order within the premises, he said, if not for the timely intervention of Agbara division of the Nigerian Police, the Union thugs would have set the factory ablaze. Alao added, “As it stands now , the police has restored order and everythingbeen is under control.”.
Experts have continued to question President Mohammadu Buhari’s government quest to create 100 million jobs particularly with Union organisations attitude towards corporate organizations.
“Today, close to 1000 people ear. Their living from MABISCO. Today, most states government struggle to pay salary with some owing up to 6 months but at MABISCO, we owe workers zero Kobo. Why is labour not sending thugs to harass the states”, he queried.
He added that to action of labour today has set our company back with ovet N30 million. Is this how President Buhari will provide 100 million jobs,” he queried further.
The 2019 edTech Challenge is now open for entries!!
Do you have an innovative, technology-driven solution with the potential to solve education challenges in Nigeria? Are you a student, teacher, developer, designer, fintech or a player in the tech space? Then keep reading because this is for you!
From July 30 to August 23, 2019, entries will be received from anyone with cutting-edge technological solutions that demonstrate a strong potential to transform the education system in Nigeria. By ‘anyone’, we mean ‘anyone’, including but not limited to students, teachers, developers, designers, fintechs, tech companies etc.
Union Bank acknowledges that innovation is important if we are to achieve the prosperous Nigeria we all dream about. That’s why each year since 2017, we have organised annual editions of The Innovation Challenge with the aim of discovering and supporting innovative ideas and solutions that solve social and business issues. This year, the competition which is being organised in partnership with VHA Services, will focus on unearthing education technology solutions, emphasising Union Bank’s focus on supporting the Nigerian education sector.
At the end of the entry period, up to 10 shortlisted entries will be unveiled and the successful applicants invited to participate in an accelerator programme providing them with access to coach-mentors, and a community of education stakeholders and strategic partnerships.
Following a pitch, the top three winners will be announced during edu360, Union Bank’s annual flagship education event scheduled to hold in October this year.
These top three winning entries will receive total funding support of 5 Million Naira towards scaling their solutions, and venture support including provision of specialised support based on their specific project needs. They will also receive advisory regarding the deployment and management of funding received.
So if you’re as passionate as we are about developing the education sector, click here to read more information and submit your entry.
Last weekend, it was ‘Spring’ time in the city of Lagos, as members of the TED and TEDx communities, entrepreneurs, social advocates, innovators and others converged at the TEDxLagos event – Spring’, co-sponsored by Union Bank.
The event was a celebration of brilliant ideas and inspiring talks organised by members of the local and international TEDx communities, including Michael James Ryan from TEDx partnerships international and Mercy Akamo, organiser/ licensee of TEDxLagos.
The day-long event featured an interesting line-up of speakers including the founder of Slum-to-School, Otto Orondaam; renowned actress, Nse Ikpe-Etim; TV show director, Victor Sanchez Aghahowa and corrective skin-care expert, Dr. Vivian Oputa.
In between the talks, top On-Air-Personalities Do2dtun and BellaRose were on hand to entertain the audience in their role as event comperes. There was also a performance by Afrocentric music band, The Cavemen.
Other prominent attendees included the Chief Digital and Innovation Officer of Union Bank, Lola Cardoso, the Bank’s Head of Corporate Communication and Marketing, Ogochukwu Ekezie–Ekaidem and other Senior Executives of the Bank. Also in attendance was Claire Wathen, Community Manager at Skoll Foundation, co-sponsors of the event.
A major highlight of the day was the session The Springboard – Enabling Conversations for the Common Good, hosted by Union Bank. This was an interactive panel discussion that highlighted the importance of innovation, creativity, community development, and sustainable practices in shaping a better future for Nigeria. Panelists included Funto Boroffice, Founder/ CEO of Chanja Datti Limited; Bankole Williams, Founder, LYD Consulting; Nkem Okocha, Founder MamaMoni Empowerment Foundation, and award-winning performing actress, Bikiya Graham Douglas.
As the inspiring day of talks was brought to a close, attendees were treated to a cocktail and networking session.
Union Bank’s partnership with TEDxLagos reiterates its continued commitment to social innovation, creativity and support for Nigeria’s growth.
On Saturday, August 3, 2019, all roads will lead to the MUSON Centre, Onikan for this year’s TEDxLagos event co-sponsored by Union Bank.
Tagged ‘Spring’, the event will attract entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, innovators and reformers for talks that will inspire decisive action in our society. Members of the International TED and various TEDx communities will also be present for the ‘Day of Talks’.
Registered attendees can look forward to a day of inspiration and passion with the excitingly diverse lineup of speakers which includes award-winning actress, Nse Ikpe-Etim; TV show runner and director, Victor Sanchez Aghahowa and corrective skin-care expert, Dr. Vivian Oputa.
A major highlight of the day will be an interactive panel session hosted by Union Bank. This session tagged “The Springboard – Enabling Conversations for the Common Good”; will spotlight the importance of innovation, creativity, community development, and sustainable practices in shaping a better future for Nigeria.
Panelists for this session include Funto Boroffice, Founder/ CEO of Chanja Datti Limited and Bankole Williams, Founder, LYD Consulting. Also slated to sit on the panel are Nkem Okocha, Founder MamaMoni Empowerment Foundation and award-winning performing actress, Bikiya Graham Douglas.
Union Bank is a proud co-sponsor of TEDxLagos for the second consecutive year. As a financial institution committed to enabling success in its host communities, this partnership amplifies Union Bank’s support for innovation and impactful social causes that encourage societal growth.
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade named their first daughter Kaavia James Union Wade and the actress has explained the idea behind the child’s name.
The popular actress wrote on her Instagram page;
Just greazzzy and happy. That is all. @kaaviajames pronounced Kah-Vee-Uh James. She has 102 nicknames including but not limited to Kaav, Kaavi, Kaavi Baby, Kaavi J, Jamie, KJ, Nugget, Nug, Pooters.
We wanted to include my family in her name so the “James” is from my uncle James Francis Glass who is also my godfather. Union is her middle name. I’ve waited this long so fo sho I was gonna get in there ???????
The Mortuary Staff Union in Ghana who will soon embark on a strike over their poor working conditions and demand of improved services including the salaries they say is not good enough, have told Ghanaians to postpone their deaths till the strike is over.
Speaking ahead of the strike which will come off on November 20, 2018, Richard Kofi Jordan, General Secretary of mortuary workers Union has told Ghanaians who wish to die to wait until they resume work after their strike action.
“Those who intend to die during that period should wait when mortuary men are back to work they die. Simple” he sounded a word of caution indicating that their planned strike action will come off as planned unless government heeds to their concerns.
The aggrieved members of the Mortuary Staff Union had alleged that their sufferings go unnoticed by authorities of the various public health facilities in Ghana, even though they they are exposed to several diseases in view of the dead bodies and chemicals.they come into contact with. According to them, each time they raise concerns, the government appears to be dragging its feet.
Actress, Gabrielle Union and Miami Heat basketball player, Dwyane Wade have welcomed their first child together via surrogate.
This is Gabrielle’s first child and Dwyane’s fourth. Their sweet little girl will join half-brothers Zaire, Xavier and Zion, two of which Dwyane shares with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches.
The news comes after the pair struggled to conceive for many years. Last year, Union revealed in her book that she suffered over eight miscarriages in recent years as she and Dwyane attempted to welcome a child with the help of IVF.
Sharing the news, Gabrielle Union wrote on her Instagram page;
When I wake up in the mornin’ love And the sunlight hurts my eyes And there’s something without warning, love Bears heavy on my mind
Then I look at you And the world’s alright with me Just one look at you And I know its gonna be A lovely day A lovely day
A LOVELY DAY We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that our miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days. Welcome to the party sweet girl!
Statement from the Missions of the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States on Osun Election:
The Missions of the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States observed the voting in Osun State September 22.
We commend the people of Osun for voting peacefully, the Independent National Electoral Commission for the improved organisation of the election, and security services for their conduct.
We urge that all continue to support a peaceful, free, fair, and credible completion of the process as INEC re-runs the election in seven polling units where — through no fault of their own — voters were not able to cast their votes and have them counted last Saturday. We stress the importance that the re-run should take place without any violence, intimidation, or vote buying.
Whoever wins the election after Thursday’s vote should be magnanimous in victory, and whoever loses should be gracious in defeat