Commissioner, MD Suspended Indefinitely For Lateness In Cross River

Cross River, Ben AyadeCross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, on Tuesday suspended two top government officials indefinitely for reporting late to work.

Those suspended are the state’s Commissioner for Water Resources, Ntufam Ojie and the Managing Director of Water Board Limited, Dr. Oju Igile.

The Governor announced their suspension during an unscheduled tour of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that civil and public servants comply strictly with basic work ethics in Cross River, a state in southern Nigeria.

He told reporters at the premises of the ministry in Calabar, the capital of the state, that it was an act of indiscipline for appointees not to be at their duty post before 9.00am.

Governor Ayade stressed that the suspension would serve as a deterrent to other government employees.

In another development, he also supervised a roll call of staff who signed the time book as of the time of his visit, to check truancy in the MDAs

The Governor subsequently directed that all erring staff be disciplined in line with the civil service rules.

Payroll Has Gone Down By 6.6bn Naira – Adeosun

Minister-of-Finance-Mrs-Kemi-Adeosun-PayrollThe Federal Government says it has saved 6.6 billion Naira on its payroll since November 2015.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, made the claim on Monday while giving a brief on the activities of the Efficiency Unit (E-UNIT) approved by President Muhammadu Buhari last November.

“On salaries, we’ve cleaned our payroll. As at last week, we had reduced our payroll amount by 6.6 billion Naira between when I started work in November and today.”

Cutting Cost

Speaking on Sunrise Daily, Mrs Adeosun told Nigerians to expect more civil servant protests, saying that the workers were reacting to government’s unpopular decisions.

She restated the government’s commitment to cutting cost of running the affairs of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

“By the nature of the job at the moment, I am cutting cost, I am taking people off the payroll (and) I am reviewing projects.”

The Finance Minister added that the implementation of the policy was across board (at both lower and higher cadre of the public sector), saying it would be unfair if it affects the junior workers only.

FG To Pay MDAs’ 78.7bn Naira Electricity Debts

Babatunde Fashola, FG, ElectricityThe Federal Government has promised to pay the 78.7 billion Naira electricity debts owed distribution companies by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government before the end of the year.

In what appeared to be leading by example to ensure transformation of the power sector, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, announced that the military was already making plans to pay its debts.

He made the promise on Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital at a town hall forum organised by the Kukah Centre, to create dialogue between policy makers and Nigerians for greater citizens’ participation in governance.

National Housing Policy
The Minister also spoke on mass housing across the country, which he said would only be possible through the standardisation of mass housing projects.

He disclosed that government was developing a ‘National Housing Policy’ that would address all issues across states.

In his remarks, the Patron of the centre, Bishop Matthew Kukah, stressed the need for such dialogues, considering the magnitude of issues that needed to be resolved in many sectors of the economy.

Other components of the forum, which is expected to hold monthly, include policy round table and discussions from both sides of the government aimed at fixing Nigeria in the long term.

Benue Govt. Tasks MDAs On Budget Implementation

Benue, Samuel OrtomThe Benue State government has directed its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure 100 per cent implementation of the 2016 budget.

The State Governor, Samuel Ortom, gave the directive on Monday, with the executive oversight power vested on the Director of Budget in the Ministry of Finance.

He signed the 2016 Appropriation Bill of 150 billion Naira into law at the Government House in Makurdi, the Benue State’s capital.

The Governor warned his executive committee members to avoid plundering state resources set aside for government projects, so as to deliver its campaign promises to the people.

In his reaction, the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Honourable Terkimbi Ikyange, asked the executive arm of government to ensure proper construction of massive roads across the state as captured in the budget.

“This is to enable movement of agricultural produce from the farms and increase the campaign on improved value chain in the sector,” he said.

Nigeria Will Look Inwards To Overcome Economic Challenges – Buhari

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will look inwards and enforce regulations to stop financial leakages in order to overcome the current economic challenges facing Nigeria.

The President said this while receiving the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ms Christine Lagarde, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He said his government would adopt global best practices in generating more revenue to mitigate the effect of dwindling oil prices on the Nigerian economy.

President Buhari added that his administration would implement greater discipline, probity and accountability in all revenue generating agencies of the Federal Government.

“We have just come out of budget discussions after many weeks of taking into consideration, the many needs of the country and the downturn of the economy with falling oil prices and the negative economic forecasts. We are working very hard and with the budget as our way forward, we will do our best to ensure that our country survives the current economic downturn.

“We have also told all heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government that on our watch, they will fully account for all funds that get into their coffers,” President Buhari told Ms Lagarde.

The President revealed that the Federal Government was reviewing its operational costs and had directed all the MDAs to cut down on their overhead costs.

He said that the government would welcome the technical support and expertise of the IMF for its plans to diversify the Nigerian economy and further unleash its growth potentials.

In her remarks, Ms Lagarde said that the IMF would be willing to assist the Federal Government in plugging revenue leakages, tracing stolen funds and restructuring its tax system.

She said that Nigeria has all the potentials to overcome the current economic challenge of falling commodity prices without resorting to the IMF for financial support.

Fayose Approves 119 Million Naira Car Loan For Ekiti Workers

FayoseGovernor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has approved the disbursement of a sum of 119 million naira as car loans to 623 workers in the state public service.

The state’s Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo, disclosed this in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, at the weekend.

Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) got 82,120,000 naira while Parastatals and Agencies got 36.80 million naira.

Mr Ojo, according to a statement by the Ministry of Information on Monday, said that the loans, which ranged from 800,000 naira to 1.5 million naira, was “approved depending on the salary grade level of the benefiting officers”.

The government’s statement said that the Commissioner “stressed the commitment of the Fayose administration to the welfare of workers in the state civil service” and explained that “the loan is to be disbursed in one single tranche to the benefiting officers”.

He had “also promised that another batch of beneficiaries of the workers’ car loans will be announced before the end of this year”.