Labour, CSOs float pressure group to protect vulnerable Nigerians
•Group faults northern govs over the deportation of Almajirai
•IPC flays detention of A’Ibom journalist by DSS
The labour movement and over 70 civil society organisations have floated a pressure group to protect the interest of workers, the poor and the vulnerable from the pangs of the economic and socio-cultural impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria
Named Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), the body was yesterday inaugurated in Abuja with Femi Falana (SAN) as its interim chairman.
Other pro tem officers include deputy chairman, Hauwa Mustapha; secretary, Ade Atambi; and publicity secretary, Adewale Adeoye.
According to Adeoye, the coalition has an extensive network of participating organisations drawn from all of the nation six-geo political zones.
Some of the affiliate members include the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC); Nigerian Trade Union Congress (TUC); United Action for Democracy (UAD); Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARD-C); and Journalists for Democratic Rights (JODER).
However, a rights group, Concerned Nigerians, has condemned the deportation of Almajirai by northern governors over the widespread of the pestilence.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja by its convener, Deji Adeyanju, the activists described the exercise as “ill-thought-out, inhumane, callous and gross abuse of the fundamental rights of the children.”
Meanwhile, the International Press Centre (IPC) has called for the release of a radio sports presenter in Akwa Ibom State by the Department of State Services (DSS).
In a statement, its Director, Lanre Arogundade, who condemned the arrest of Kufre Carter of XL 106.9 FM in Uyo, added that the clampdown was a violation on the Constitution and democratic tenets.