‘We’ll Reward Performance’, Nasarawa Governor Sule Tells Civil Servants

 

Governor Abdullahi Sule has assured civil servants in Nasarawa State thathis administration will reward outstanding performance as he plans to reform the service.

He stated this on Thursday at a meeting with permanent secretaries, Heads of Boards, departments and agencies at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

“We will reward performance and we set some system in place for retraining lack of performance and if possible, also punitive measures for people who just refuse to perform.

“The idea is not to look at punishing anyone, the most important aspect is to reward performance, but where we are not able to get the performance, we investigate what is happening and then we take appropriate action in order to do that, he said.

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According to the governor, competent hands will be assigned roles to perform as adequate training will be given and work tools provided in that regard to lay the foundation for actualising the set goals of his administration.

He also promised to apply some punitive measures on those who deliberately exhibit a lackadaisical attitude towards work.

Speaking on the training of the workers, Governor Sule said, “the state government will provide them with the proper training, and provide them with the tools that they require, then we set goals for them and then set up a reward performance appraisal system.”

Wike Calls For Hygienic Living As Rivers Renovates Houses For Civil Servants

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, speaks during the inauguration of 24 three-bedroom houses constructed by the stated government in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

 

Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, has called on residents of the state to adopt a hygienic lifestyle and protect their environment.

The governor made the call on Monday during the commissioning of 24 three-bedroom houses constructed by the state government in Port Harcourt, the capital.

According to him, the renovation of the civil servants quarters had become necessary to improve the overall welfare and in turn, the productivity of workers.

He said in order for workers to put in their best, maintaining a healthy environment is key.

“We are not animals, we are human beings. I can’t see myself working morning till night to ensure I live in a conducive environment and some other persons will come and take over the whole place.

“We must do things right. But living in an environment like this, how can you put in your best? It is not possible,” he asserted.

Speaking further, the governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensuring the welfare of workers in the state, who he described as the “engine room of the government”.

He also noted that the state government is working hard to complete the Labour House in the state before the year runs out.

“Workers we are interested in your welfare. That is why come 29th of this month, we are laying the foundation of the Labour House in the state.

“During the last Workers Day, we told you we would do that. Any promise we make, we would keep to that promise. And by the grace of God that Labour House will be commissioned latest by December,” he said.

French Civil Servants To Protest Against President Macron 

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron looks on during a reception at the French School of Athens on September 8, 2017, in Athens, as part of a two-day official visit of the French president to Greece. LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP

 

French railways workers were on Friday urged to join civil servants in a nationwide day of protest next month against President Emmanuel Macron’s reform agenda in what will be a major test of strength.

The leader of the country’s biggest public-sector trade union, the CGT, called the rail protests on March 22 over plans by the government to remove some of the privileges enjoyed by workers on the train network.

The trigger was a major report recommending an overhaul of the debt-laden and loss-making SNCF rail system which was submitted to Macron’s centrist government on Thursday.

“Rail workers will organise a national protest day on March 22 and of course rail workers will defend public services, their jobs and their status,” the head of the CGT Philippe Martinez told France Inter radio.

Civil servants are also set to demonstrate the same day over a proposed shake-up that will see some workers offered redundancy packages and higher use of short-term contracts.

Macron wants to cut 120,000 public sector jobs over the course of his five-year term.

– Previous protests –

The 40-year-old leader faced the first series of demonstrations led by the CGT in September and October last year over his reforms to the labour code, which were unsuccessful in preventing the changes becoming law.

The victory for the government led to questions about whether the once fearsome French trade unions are still able to mobilise large crowds and cripple public services.

The demonstrations on March 22 coincide with the 50th anniversary of a major student protest at a university near Paris in 1968, a precursor to the nationwide strikes that roiled the country in May of the same year.

Large demonstrations and strikes are a common feature of French democracy and have repeatedly forced governments into policy U-turns in the past, but Macron has vowed to press ahead.

The most sensitive part of the rail report submitted on Thursday suggests that new railway workers should not be given the same historic employment privileges as their colleagues, such as early retirement and life-long job security.

“It’s not illogical to say that if in the future you take on new employees they should have a pension that is the same as for other French people,” the head of Macron’s Republic on the Move party, Christophe Castaner, said Friday.

Castaner said that on average France’s 140,000 rail workers retire aged 57.5 years, compared with 62 in the private sector. Train drivers retire in their early 50s.

The rail reform report, prepared by the former head of Air France Jean-Cyril Spinetta, proposed 43 changes including the shutting of smaller loss-making rail links in rural areas.

He said that the state of the railways was “worrying” and highlighted annual losses of 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion).

The rail network’s ever-rising debt will reach 50 billion euros in 2018, the report said.

AFP

Thousands Of Suspended Delta Govt Workers Beg For Recall

Over 2,000 civil servants suspended by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State in April 2015 are pleading for recall and reinstatement.

The civil servants who claimed they were employed by the immediate past Uduaghan administration have faulted the manner in which they were suspended calling it “illegal” and “unfair.”

Addressing journalists on Sunday, Chairman of the sacked civil servants, Mr Obukowho Regha revealed they were employed on merit.

He also pleaded with the governor to attend to their plight as they were passing through tough times following the action of the state government.

“We have written to the House of Assembly that is supposed to be the mouthpiece for the oppressed and also to check the excesses of the executive arm of government, but to our greatest surprise, nobody dared see anything wrong with the executive, if you dare, you will be suspended, our petition to the house was never read,” he lamented.

Also one of them, Mrs. Josephine Edumor, regretted that some of her colleagues had to resign from their former jobs to pick up an employment offered them by the previous administration only to be kicked out a month later.

“For the past nine years I have been seeking and searching for this job and as God will have it about two years ago, I was given a job, only for the sitting governor to suspend our job with the hope of him recalling us back,” she said.

Imo Civil Servants Enjoy Prolonged Holiday As Private Workers Resume

FILE PHOTO: Imo State Secretariat, Owerri.

As workers across the country resumed work today, December 27, after three days public holiday to mark the Christmas celebration, their counterparts in Imo state are still enjoying the holiday.

Thi is due to the prolonged holiday given by the state Governor Rochas Okorocha.

A visit to the State Secretariat in Owerri, the state capital showed that the secretariat was quiet as all doors were under lock and key since they closed on Friday, December 22, 2017, and expected to resume on Monday, January 8, 2018.

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Workers on essential duties are exempted are however exempted from the prolonged Holiday.

However, for other private offices work started in earnest as people were seen trooping in and out of banks and other private offices within the city.

Federal Pensioners Protest Non-payment Of Arrears

Federal Pensioners Protest Non-payment Of ArrearsRetired federal civil servants have protested the non-payment of 15 months pension arrears allegedly held back by the Federal Ministry of Finance.

The senior citizens besieged the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria;s capital on Thursday to register their displeasure over the non-payment of their pension arrears.

They bemoaned the death of fellow members due to their inability to pay for medication and other necessities, owing to the non-payment of pension benefits under the Contributory Pension Scheme.

The aggrieved pensioners consequently issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to pay the outstanding pension arrears.

And failure to meet up with the deadline, the Federal Ministry of Finance will be occupied by the group of elderly Nigerians.

Bayelsa Civil Servants To Receive Salaries Before Month Ends

Bayelsa Civil Servants To Receive Salaries Before Month EndsDespite the economic situation in the country, Bayelsa State Governor, Mr Seriake Dickson, has assured civil servants in the state of prompt payment of their salaries in 2017.

The Governor gave the assurance during a meeting with the leadership of the organized labour‎ inside the Government House Yenagoa.

He explained that his administration is not interested in owing civil servants and pensioners, and promised that their salaries woulkd hit their accounts before the end of each month.

He, however, informed the labour leaders that should there be any development that will hamper the payment of the full salaries, he would communicate to them with necessary details, praying that such unpleasant situation does not arise.

Dickson thanked the labour leaders for their support and understanding during the period the government paid only 50% of salaries and noted that their refusal to be used by desperate politicians was the hallmark of their patriotism and loyalty to the state.

“I want to thank you, I appreciate the commitment and understanding you have shown. I am very grateful; the government is very happy with our workforce.

Let us all work together so we reposition the service for greater service delivery for people of our state”.

In his remark, the chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) John Ndiomu lauded the Governor for informing them on the latest reforms he is introducing in the civil service and expressed labour’s readiness to always collaborate with the government.

Kwara Govt. Warns Civil Servants Against Corruption

Kwara Govt. Warns Civil Servants Against CorruptionThe Kwara state government says it has put in place measures to ensure that corruption does not thrive in the administration especially among civil servants.

The State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, disclosed this at a seminar organised by the Passion for Peace Initiatives in partnership with the Kwara State Government Independent Corrupt Practices to enlighten civil servants about the dangers inherent in being corrupt.

Governor Ahmed, who was represented by the state’s Head of Service, Zarah Omar, explained that the distribution of projects, appointments and other dividends of democratic governance among the people of the state had been based on equity and merit, while the state civil service had become more efficient in service delivery

The measures put in place to ensure this include the establishment of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) to block all leakages in the revenue collection system and increase the state’s internally generated revenue.

He also highlighted merit-based recruitment and promotion procedures to ensure the integrity of the state civil service.

According to him, the present administration regularly provides the public with information on FAAC allocation receipts and holds town hall meetings to get feedback from the public on government policies and decisions in order to ensure transparency and accountability in governance.

Governor Ahmed enjoined all political office holders and public servants to fight corruption by working for the common good of all.

He also advised the civil servants to shun absenteeism, lateness to work and other unethical conducts, describing such acts as corruption in the civil service.

In his remarks, an entrepreneur, Tunji Oyedepo, emphasized adherence to the rule of law as panacea to curbing corruption in the country.

He also advocated the return of parliamentary system of government in order to reduce the cost of running government under the present presidential system of government.

Earlier, the Executive Director, Passion for Peace Initiatives, Mr Olalekan George, explained that the seminar was organised for civil servants whom he described as engine of the government.

He urged them to be morally upright in the interest of the state.

Governor Ahmed commended Passion for Peace Initiative for organizing the event and urged the organization to sustain the initiative by creating year round programmes to promote peace in the state.

Commissioner Charges Ogun State Workers On Diligence

Commissioner Charges Ogun State Workers On DiligenceThe Ogun state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Dayo Adeneye, has charged workers to put in their best to ensure successful implementation of government policies and programmes in its rebuilding mission.

He said this while welcoming the civil servants back to their various duty posts, after the Christmas holiday.

“As we say happy holidays, we say happy new year in advance, for some of us, we don’t really have any holiday, media doesn’t holidays but we are used to that. We do say welcome back to work, we thank God for his blessings and mercies, for giving us the opportunity to see another Christmas and another boxing day and by the grace of God the new year is going to be a prosperous one”.

“As our workers resumed to work after the long holiday, my charge is simply, let us continue from where we dropped off.

“We always pride ourselves as the best in the country, you can see the award held about two weeks ago.

“The governor rewarded five of them free houses for their diligence and dedication, that is to tell you that our workers are diligent and hardworking. So, my charge, let us continue to put in our best and continue to put Ogun state in its rightful position in the comity of states in Nigeria” he said.

A worker, sharing their experiences from the holiday, expressed that it has really reinvigorated them for maximum productivity.

“Sincerely speaking, the holiday has been so refreshing, interesting and exciting and relaxing.

As a matter of fact, it has been the tonic needed to really review, reform, and reinvigorate for the challenges at work. So, you can see that I am looking radiant, I am willing to get the ball rolling”. he concluded.

Kwara Gov. Approves Promotion Of Over 1,000 Civil Servants

Kwara Gov. Approves Promotion Of Over 1,000 Civil ServantsThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has approved the immediate release of promotion letters to 1,323 civil servants due for promotion in 2016.

The State Chairman, Civil Service Commission, Alhaji Salman Adelodun, disclosed this in Ilorin in a chat with newsmen.

He said over 1,400 of them submitted requests for the promotion exercise across ministries in the state.

“Out of over 1,400 civil servants between grade levels seven to 17 who submitted requests for the promotion exercise, 1,400 civil servants sat for the promotion examination which started in June, this year.’’

The chairman noted that the government would commit additional over 5.5 million naira on monthly basis to the payment of salaries with the development.

Adelodun explained that the government took the decision despite the current economic challenges adding that the state government has never been in arrears of promotion to core civil service employees in the state.

Ogun State Recalls Sacked, Suspended Workers

Ogun State Recalls Sacked, Suspended Workers The Ogun state government has recalled 12 out of the 16 dismissed workers who were sacked over their alleged unethical roles, during the 2016 World Teachers Day celebration, held on October 5, 2016.

This was contained in a statement signed by the State Head of Service, Elder Sola Adeyemi, and made available to journalists in Abeokuta.

The statement added that 19 other workers who were placed on suspension have also been recalled.

Those who were reinstated to the service of the state, were directed to resume duty on January 2, 2017, while the recalled officers were asked to return to work on Monday, December 12, 2016.

The Head of Service explained that the affected workers were recalled following interventions by the national and local leaderships of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), traditional rulers, religious leaders, elders and well-meaning personalities.

Adeyemi noted that the cases of the remaining four dismissed workers, including the State Chairman of the NLC, Akeem Ambali, the State Chairman NUT, Dare Ilekoya, Eniola Atiku and Nola Balogun, were still undergoing evaluation.

NHRC To Punish Killers Of 2 Nasarawa State Workers

NHRC, NASSARAWA, STATE WORKERSThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has assured Nigerians that anybody found culpable in the alleged killing of the two Nasarawa State Government workers will be prosecuted.

In a statement signed by the Chief Information officer of the Commission, Mrs Fatimah Mohammed, the Commission said it would also ensure that the families of the slain persons as well as the injured ones would be appropriately compensated.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by its president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba had filed a petition before the commission over the alleged killing of two Nasarawa State government workers by the police urging it to thoroughly investigate the matter and bring the culprits to book.

In the petition, the Labour Leader demanded a fair and just investigation of the tragedy, with a view to fishing out and giving the appropriate punishment to both the persons who gave the order for the shooting and those who did the shooting.