Buhari Followed Due Process In Sacking Maina – Presidency

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The Presidency has said that contrary to some reports President Muhammadu Buhari followed due process in ordering the immediate disengagement of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina, from the civil service.

In reaction to the immediate disengagement of Maina by President Buhari, some opinion leaders had said the sack violated the laws of the Civil Service.

The presidency using the official Twitter Handle, @NGRPresident said these reports are not true and that President Buhari followed due process.

“Reports that due process not followed in disengagement of Mr Abdulrasheed Maina from Service are incorrect.

“The President DIRECTED the appropriate authorities to effect the disengagement, in compliance with due process.

“President Buhari will continue to ensure that due process is followed every step of the way,” it said.

Bill To Tackle Illegal Recruitment In Civil Service Passes Second Reading

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The Senate has passed through Second Reading, a Bill to make it an offense for vacant positions in the Federal Civil Service to be filled without being advertised.

The Bill is intended to curb illegal recruitment into Federal Government Agencies, parastatals and to give all qualified applicants an equal opportunity to secure Federal Government employment.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has referred the Bill to the Committee on Establishment and Public Services and asked the Committee to report back to the Senate plenary in 4 weeks.

Al-Makura Reveals Plan To Employ 2,000 Graduates


(File photo) Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura

The Nasarawa State government has said it will begin the employment of 2,000 graduates into its civil service.

Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura, made this announcement during a capacity building training for Nasarawa civil servants.

While declaring the programme opened, the governor said the employment of 2,000 graduates which will be drawn from all local government areas of the state will minimise youth restiveness in the state.

During the training, Nasarawa civil servants across all cadres gathered at the Ta’al conference hall for the capacity training programme, which was organised by the state government in collaboration with the industrial training fund.

Nasarawa state Head of Civil Service, Thomas Ogiri, at the event said the capacity development programme will enhance productivity and effective discharge of duties.

“The programme which is the first phase has its theme ‘Inclusive Governance: Key to Sustainable Development and the Role of Civil Service’ and the government believe it will enhance effective and efficient delivery of service,” he said.

Pensioners Verification Resumes In Bayelsa January 16

Pensioners Verification Resumes In Bayelsa January 16The federal government has revealed that it is set to kick-start the next phase of civil service Pensioners Verification and Biometric exercise in Bayelsa state.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, Barr Sharon Ikeazor.

The statement indicated that the verification exercise would take place in Yenagoa to cover pensioners for Bayelsa on January 16, 2017.

PTAD had earlier concluded verification of civil service pensioners from the North-West and South-East zones in the country in 2015.

As a follow up, pensioners in the North East states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states were recently verified between November 28 and December 6, 2016.

“Apart from identifying ghost pensioners and putting a stop to fraudulent payments, the exercise facilitated the restoration of monthly pension payments to genuine pensioners previously removed from the payroll, including those who had never been paid any pension or gratuity.

“A total of 4,438 pensioners who were verified in the North West and South East who were hitherto not receiving their pension were rolled into November, 2016, and their pension and arrears paid.”

The statement indicated that pensioners are expected to come along with the original and photocopies of their relevant retirement credentials for the upcoming exercise as will be published in national dailies and announced on television and radio.

Yobe Government Establishes Fiscal, Public Procurement Boards

Yobe, new boards, chief executivesIn providing support for reform initiatives by public institutions, the Yobe state government has set up the Fiscal responsibility and Bureau of Public Procurement Boards.

Inaugurating the heads and members of the boards in Damaturu the state capital, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam said the Board of Fiscal Responsibility will monitor and enforce the provision of the law, as well as disseminate standard practices that would result in greater efficiency and undertake fiscal and financial studies among others.

The Bureau of Public Procurement on the other hand, “will consider, approve and amend the monetary and prior review threshold, consider and approve policies on public procurement, approve the appointment of the directors of the bureau, as well as approve changes in the procurement process, to adopt in improvement of modern technology.

“The development has earned the state commendation from various national and international organizations, development partners, concerned with financial trends in addition to providing support to reform initiatives by public institutions”

“The two new boards will also institutionalize comprehensive monitoring and evaluation of systems by tracking budget performance, establishing institutional structures, drafting policy framework and building human resource capacity,” the Governor said.

He also revealed that his administration had recorded various achievements in the area of public finance management, citing instances from 1999 to 2008, when the government was able to clear backlogs of its accounts.

Yobe, new boards, chief executivesWith the support of the United Kingdom, Mr Gaidam mentioned that the partnership had helped the state to succeed in the development of medium term sector strategies in many sectors.

He further stated that the partnership had also contributed in the development of medium term expenditure framework as well as medium term fiscal framework, which will enable the Ministry of Budget and Planning to undertake thorough analysis of all capital receipt, with a view to making the annual budget realistic.

With the 2003 bio-metric data capturing exercise carried out in Yobe, the Governor said his administration was able to eliminate the ghost workers in the state’s payroll.

Mr Gaidam urged members of the boards to build on existing structures that would ensure the achievement of objectives, while expressing optimism that with the caliber of the personalities that made up the boards, they would succeed.

The inauguration also witnessed the swearing-in of six new permanent secretaries assigned to different ministries in the state civil service.

Kogi Recovers Over One Billion Naira From Ghost Workers

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The governor says the exercise will save the state billions of naira

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has disclosed that the state has uncovered over one billion naira going to ghost workers through the ongoing civil service screening exercise.

Governor Bello disclosed this while receiving the religious leaders, council of Ulamahs and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) who paid him a courtesy visit at the government house.

Mr Bello appealed to the people in the state to be patient with the state government as his administration is determined to sanitize the corrupt system which he said has bedeviled the civil service.

He promised to probe the past administration which he said has brought the state backward.

The Governor listed five cardinal points that will guide his administration in the next three years and promised to bring about change from the previous system.

The chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kogi state chapter, Bishop John Ibenu, acknowledged that Yahaya Bello’s emergence as the governor of the state is divinely connected.

The two religious bodies prayed for the Governor to succeed throughout his tenure.

Panel Hands Over Obosi Crisis Report To Governor Obiano

willie obiano, anambra state, improved welfare for workersThe seven-man Administrative Panel of Enquiry set up by Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, to look into last year’s crisis in Obosi Community in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state has submitted its report.

According to the Chairman of the Panel, Justice Chike Nwizu (rtd), the panel carried out its sitting under intense pressure in 28 sittings, as against 17 sittings designated to it aside other private sittings.

He also said that 17 witnesses testified while 268 written evidences were tendered.

The Governor, satisfied with the performance of the Panel, gave them another assignment to look into Abanaga versus Ukpo and Enugwukwu crisis.

The Administrative Panel of Enquiry into Obosi Crisis commenced sitting immediately after the inauguration on October 26, 2015.

They were asked to determine the immediate and remote causes of the dispute, disturbances and discord within the community, determine the parties to the dispute, ascertain the causes of the problem between the Traditional ruler and the President General.

Part of their objective was also to determine the roles and impact of law enforcement and Security Agencies in addressing the issues and to make recommendations to the state government on remedial measures to the crisis.

It was a tensed period for the panel members drawn from the judiciary, civil service, security and the church to ensure credible and effective investigation.

During the 28 days sitting period, witnesses ranging from the traditional ruler of Obosi, to the President General and other prominent sons of Obosi were subjected to thorough grilling by various lawyers and the panel members.

The major issues bringing discord in the community are land disputes, contention in the traditional stool of Obosi kingdom and other leadership issues.

At the completion of the exercise, the panel came back to the Governor to submit their report which came in three volumes comprising the record of the proceedings, the number of exhibits tendered, the report and the recommendations of the panel.

The Governor, receiving the report, commended the panel members and expressed hopes that the recommendations would permanently address the crisis in the community.

Governor Obiano again re-commissioned the panel to immediately look into the raging land crisis between Abagana, Ukpo and Enugwukwu communities, having considered them competent.

Erdogan ‘Snatch Squad’ Fugitive Soldiers Captured

Turkey failed Coup, Erdogan, Turkey, SoldiersA source says that Turkish special forces have captured 11 fugitive soldiers involved in the planned seizure of President Tayyip Erdogan during a failed coup attempt in July.

The soldiers were part of a group which launched an attack on a hotel where Erdogan was holidaying on the night of July 15 in the southwestern resort of Marmaris.

Their capture came after Turkey dismissed nearly 1,400 more members of its armed forces and stacked a top military council with government ministers on Sunday in moves to tighten control of the military after the coup.

Reuters said a source disclosed that the fugitives were caught in the Ula district of Mugla province after Gendarmerie special forces, supported by helicopters and drones, were sent to the area after a tip-off from a local.

“A total of 37 soldiers were reportedly involved in the operation to seize Erdogan in Marmaris and 25 of them had been caught earlier,” the source said.

Since the coup attempt, more than 60,000 people in the military, judiciary, civil service and schools have been either detained, suspended or placed under investigation.

Islamic preacher, Fethullah Gulen is accused by Turkey of orchestrating the failed putsch.

Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, has denied the charges and condemned the coup.

Governor Bello To Probe Kogi Civil Service

Yahaya Bello, Kogi State, Civil ServiceKogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, says his administration will not only stop the rotten system that has engulfed the state civil service, but will also probe the past when it all started.

The Governor made the vow during a gathering at the glass hall of the Government House in Lokoja, the state capital in north-central Nigeria.

He promised to restore the civil servants in the state that have been unjustly removed from the payroll.

Highlighting the reasons for the gathering, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Edward Onoja, said that the meeting would help move the state to the promise land.

The Commissioner for Finance, Ashiru Asiwaju, on his part gave a brief on how allocation was received and spent in Kogi State.

He recommended that the government should embark on financial re-engineering and block leakages in order to survive.

The Chairman of a screening committee, Mr Jerry Abagi, revealed that over 81,000 staff and pensioners were screened while about 5,000 state and local government workers did not show up for the screening.

The Kogi State Auditor-General, Yakubu Okaba and that of the local government, Usman Ododo, reacted to the shocking revelation.

Also expressing shock was Governor Bello who responded to all the issues raised one after the other, just as he implored the workers to go back to work, saying the government was doing its best.

Ogun Government Restates Commitment To Workers’ Welfare

Ogun-WorkersAs workers get ready to celebrate May Day, the Ogun State government has reassured civil servants of its commitment to their welfare.

This was revealed on Friday in a statement by the state Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr Dayo Adeneye.

In fulfillment of its promise to labour leaders, the state government said it was proud to state that in spite of the current financial crunch, it was not owing workers’ salaries.

This followed the announcement of the payment of April salary to all categories of the Ogun State civil servants and pensioners.

Both labour and government in the state had been in continuous negotiations over the issue of outstanding deductions.

In reaction to this, the Ogun State government also announced the payment of part of the outstanding deductions.

In Niger State, the government debunked rumours making the rounds that it was among the Nigerian states owing workers’ salaries.

The government noted that the state was not only up to date in its obligations to workers, it had also ensured that salaries were paid regularly since the inception of the Governor Abubakar Bello led administration.

We Are Not Owing Workers’ Salaries – Niger State

Niger StateThe Niger State government has debunked rumours making the round that it is among Nigerian states that are owing workers’ salaries.

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor of Niger, Jibrin Baba Ndace, said in a press statement on Friday that the rumour making round in the public and published in some section of the media classifying Niger State as one of the states owing workers’ salaries is not true.

He stated that the state is not only up to date in its obligations to workers, it has also ensured that salaries are paid regularly since the assumption of office of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.

“To set the record straight, on assumption of office on the 29th of May 2015, Governor Bello placed priority attention to the welfare of the entire work force in the state by placing payment of workers’ salaries on the first line charge and by ensuring prompt and regular payment to the civil servants.

“It is on record that despite the lean purse of the state and the dwindling national economy, Niger State Government has not defaulted in her statutory responsibility to its workers.

“Governor Bello has been alive to his responsibilities and is religiously and compassionately keeping his part of the social contract he entered to with the people of the state.”

The CPS further claimed that no administration in the 40-year-old state has enjoyed the high level of industrial harmony, peace and cordiality like that of Governor Bello.

He assured the civil servants that regular and prompt payment of workers’ salaries will continue to be on first line charge, as the state government is committed to ensuring a civil service that is well-motivated for the challenges of the 21st Century.