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The Chicken Republic Janitors got what they deserved; Sack, Scholarship!

“For me, they got what they deserved; a sack for a mistake in the line of duty and a scholarship, as a miracle that they will “sin” no more in the line of duty.”

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By Tife Owolabi

Nigeria is a place where the English language has come to die simply because we reinvent meaning order than what the native speaker taught us.

A gateman or gatekeeper whose duties and meaning is an attendant employed to control who goes through a gate is seen as a security guard while a man who bears an arm to protect lives and property is an assistant for personal house chores. We saw recently how a policeman carried food collected at a buffet while the principal walked majestically in his before.

The same is the trajectory of the sacked janitors of the Chicken Republic, a popular fast-food eatery. They are called security guards but their jobs are to open and close doors for customers and perhaps report suspicious moves within the premises of where they work which is about five percent of what security guard entails.

The “Happy boys” as they are called simply understand that their employers are ignorant of what security guard entails and played a fast one by reinventing the job descriptions as entertainers rather than being janitors. They saw an opportunity and lashed at it but emotion aside, every business is guided by rules also is a job by rules.

A job description is a formal account of an employee’s responsibilities. It can be single or multiple. A lecturer can’t do the job of a non-academic staff while a cash teller can’t be seen doing security in a bank.

I am a multi-media journalist whose duties are to shoot videos, pictures, and write reports for my employer(s), not an accountant to keep records of inflow and outflow for Reuters and so, any time I choose the difference I expect Reuters to fire me.

A janitor whose job is to open and close doors at the eatery chose to dance instead crossed the line of the job description, hence firing or dismal is just by the corner. Meanwhile, the Chicken Republic, where the “Happy Boys” worked has denied sacking them in a statement on Friday.

A statement thus read: “We’d like to thank our loyal followers and customers for the feedback received on the various social media threads.

“As a company, Chicken Republic encourages all staff to have fun at work, and this is evident in the multiple songs, dances, and “Nice, Nice!” chants that you will often hear in our stores, whilst you are patronizing them.

“It is disappointing that some people may have the impression that the Chicken Republic fired these security guards for dancing in our stores, this is not true, and hence we need to set the record straight. We take the safety and security of our customers, staff, and assets very seriously and as such, we outsource our security to various private security companies that specialize in these services.

“When the management of the private security company saw the two security guards dancing in the video, they had concerns that the security officers, whilst dancing, were not necessarily conducting their duties responsibly and as such, were probably not fully focused on their core responsibility, which is, your safety and your security.

“There are always multiple sides to every story, and as a company, we have taken your feedback very seriously. We have followed up with the security company, and they have assured us that the security guards have not been fired, have been paid their dues, and have been offered some retraining.

“We value your opinions and have heard you! We can assure you that we are in close communication with the security company and will ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.”

However, I am glad to hear that a Port-Harcourt-based clergyman has offered these two janitors scholarships to further their education which is exactly what they need but to support their dancing on duties as right is a capital WRONG and No. They were wrong dancing rather than manning the door except their jobs description entails dancing, and manning the doors hence the sledgehammer!

Well, fine and good as some may say that they are adding colors to the janitor’s job but it consisted nothing but a distraction from the employer’s viewpoint! They are not traffic controllers that entertain commuters and car owners.

They should utilize the opportunity accorded them as they got what they deserved which is a Scholarship to further their education because as the clergyman said, they are too young for “security guards“ job as they can now enroll in a Performing Arts or Theatre Art course to thrill the world with dance steps since they wanna chill with the big boys, dey wanna run kiti kiti, and wanna dey run kata kata. No fit drink water drop cup!

For me, they got what they deserved; a sack for a mistake in the line of duty and a scholarship, as a miracle that they will “sin” no more in the line of duty.

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NSA Inaugurates Ndiomu as Chairman of panel to probe oil theft

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Abuja—The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), on Tuesday, inaugurated an 11-man special investigative panel to probe oil theft in the Niger Delta region of the country, Daily Trust reports.

The panel, comprised of retired top military brass and police officers as well as some administrators, has the Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Major General Barry Ndiomu, as its chairman and Mr. David Attah as Secretary.

Inaugurating the panel in Abuja, Monguno said that Nigeria was facing a monumental loss of revenue that ought to have accrued from the sale of crude oil.

He noted that pipeline vandalism and theft of crude oil had led to a significant decline in production.
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The Terms of Reference (ToRs), according to NSA, are to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the illegal insertion into the Trans-Escravos Pipeline (TEP) around Yokri area in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State

On his part, the Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Aliyu Yerro, said the menace of crude oil theft had greatly impacted the nation’s revenue growth.

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Senate seeks clarifications on new cash withdrawal policy, set to grill CBN chiefs

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Abuja—The Senate will on Friday grill two deputy governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over the cash withdrawal limit policy unveiled by the apex bank on Tuesday, according to the Punch newspaper.

The red chamber planned to seek clarifications on the new directive which restricts over-the-counter cash withdrawal by individuals and organisations to N100,000 and N500,000, respectively, per week.

It also limits cash withdrawals via point-of-sale machines and automated teller machines to N20,000 daily and N100,000 weekly, respectively.

According to a memo signed Tuesday by the CBN’s Director of Banking Supervision, Haruna Mustafa, withdrawals above the thresholds would attract processing fees of five per cent and 10 per cent, respectively, for individuals and corporate entities going forward.

In addition, third-party cheques above N50,000 shall not be eligible for OTC payment while extant limits of N10m on clearing cheques still remain.

The circular also directed banks to load only N200 and lower denominations into their ATMs and restricted withdrawal to N20, 000 per day from ATMs.

The policy which will become effective on January 9, 2023, had generated criticisms but the CBN clarified on Wednesday that PoS operators could apply for waivers.

Deliberating on the policy on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, senators said there was a need to debate the policy on the floor of the red chamber.

However, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, directed the Senate Committee on Banking to grill the two re-appointed deputy governors of the CBN, Aisha Ahmad, and Edward Adamu, who will be screened on Friday, on the new cash withdrawal policy.

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2022 Flooding: Bayelsa govt directs fresh distribution of items to communities, acknowledges donors

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Yenagoa—Bayelsa State government has acknowledged donations from international agencies, state governments, political parties and their presidential candidates, individuals and corporate organisations in the wake of the 2022 flooding that ravaged the state.

Governor Douye Diri in his opening remarks at the weekly state executive council meeting in Government House, Yenagoa, on Wednesday disclosed that the government received donations in form of cash, foodstuff and other materials from well-meaningful individuals and corporate organisations during and after the floods.

According to a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, Diri restated his administration’s commitment to transparency and assured the people that they would not be left in the dark as regards the flood donations.

He listed the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, the Akwa Ibom and Lagos state governments, which donated N100m and N50m respectively, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar (N55m), and his counterpart in the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Adewole Adebayo (N10m) as some of the donors.

Other donors are Dr. Azibapu Eruani of the Azikel Group, who he said has started redeeming his pledge of N350million worth of items, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Century Energy Group, Chief Ken Etete (N50m).

The governor also disclosed that the South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria donated $100,000, Access Bank N100m, Zenith Bank N20m, Linkage Assurance N20m, Sterling Oil N15m, Paache Construction N10m and AITEO N50m.

According to Diri, organisations that donated items include the Tompolo Foundation 440 cartons of noodles, 595 bags of 50kg rice, 35 jerrycans of 25kg palm oil, groundnut oil 180 cartons, garri 40 50kg bags, beans 20 100kg bags as well as 500 tubers of yam.

Others are Globus Bank 70 bags of 50kg rice and 100 cartons of noodles, Stanbic Bank 146 4×6’ mattresses, 148 pillows and 150 plastic buckets.

The rest are Julius Berger 100 bags of 50kg rice, Redeemed Christian Church of God 100 bags of 50kg rice, Brass Petrochemical and Fertiliser Company 100 bags of 50kg rice, 100 bags of 50kg garri and 100 bags of 100kg beans.

Diri directed the task force on flood mitigation and management and the Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency (BYSEMA) to immediately resume distribution of items in the warehouse to all affected communities in the state.

He also assured that the donations will be prudently used and urged people of the state to exercise patience with the process of distributing the relief materials to victims.

He further stated that the process will be devoid of political colouration.

His words: “We never played politics with the flood and the relief items for victims. The whole world saw it. Those who came to play politics, the whole world equally saw them.

“In all that we did, we never discriminated against any political party. And we commend particularly our people that bore the brunt of the flood.

“As a government, we will take decisions in the best interest of our people. Everything should not be politicised.“

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