Nigeria
Nigeria’s Human Rights Commission blocks workers’ strike with court order

Unionized workers of NHRC were set to embark on an indefinite strike to demand the implementation of national minimum wage and payment of missing wages

Nigeria COVID Nigeria third worst COVID-19-affected African country

According to official data, Nigeria has 6.3% of the COVID-19 cases on the African continent, while South Africa accounts for around 37%. However, Nigeria has conducted only 0.67 tests per 1,000 people, when the figure in South Africa stands at 27.48 tests every 1,000 people

Massive protests against gender-based violence in Nigeria force government to take measures

The cabinet has called on all state governments to implement Violence against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPPA), 2015, a key demand of protesters. The parliament’s upper house also pushed legislation for protection of victims from stigma.

Shell workers Nigeria IndustriALL questions violations of worker rights by Shell in Nigeria

82% of oil giant Shell’s workforce in Nigeria is sourced through labor contractors. As per IndustriALL, the workers “live in poverty with no job security, poor healthcare and little regard for health and safety.”

Nigeria COVID lockdown 3 Nigerian States are on lockdown amid suspicions of under-testing

With a population of over 200 million, Nigeria had only screened 846 people by March 26. In comparison, South Africa, which confirmed its first case a week after Nigeria, had tested a total of 20,471 people by the same time

Doctors strike Nigeria Ghana Healthcare workers in Ghana and Nigeria strike, demand tools to fight Coronavirus spread

Mortuary workers in Ghana complain that they have not received any training or safety tools in handling coronavirus infections. Doctors in Nigeria have also complained of insufficient infrastructure and non-payment of salaries since the end of 2019

Workers in Niger threaten strike action if revised minimum wages are not implemented

The Nigerian federal government passed a law in April 2019, mandating an increase in the minimum wage from N18,000 (USD 49.36) to N30,000 (USD 82.27), but employees of State governments are yet to receive their consequential pay hikes

Nigerian government and labor unions conclude agreement on wage hikes for civil servants

The agreement over the wage hike averted a major strike which was originally scheduled for October 16. The workers were represented by the the Nigerian Labor Congress, the Nigeria Union of Civil Service and the Trade Union Congress

Nigerian Court permits detention of political activist and journalist Omoyele Sowore

The court has permitted the DSS to hold the journalist and activist in custody for 45 days on the basis of the Terrorism Act.

Oil pipeline blast in Nigeria Nigeria: More than 50 reported missing after the oil pipeline explosion in Niger Delta

A layer of grease that has covered the river has affected fishing and navigation by local communities.

Nigerian presidential election 2019 Incumbent president Buhari wins election; opposition challenges result

The voter turnout of 35.7% is less than the 44% in 2015; incumbent president doubles his electoral support in five states in southeastern Nigeria

Atiku Abubakar & Muhammadu Buhari Nigeria decides: “The election doesn’t hold out much by way of alternatives to the neoliberal challenges”

To understand what this election means for labor rights, women rights and healthcare in the country, Peoples Dispatch interviewed Nnimmo Bassey, a Nigerian author, poet and environmental activist.

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