I Can’t Use All State Resources To Pay Salaries – Aregbesola

Rauf Aregbesola on workers' salariesThe Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, on Tuesday said he cannot use all of the state’s federal allocation to pay workers and pensioners.

Governor Aregbesola speaking at the commissioning of the Osun Job Centre in Osogbo, the State capital, stressed that the development of any state depended on the ingenuity of the leadership to ensure even distribution ‎of resources available.

He added that with a population of over four million people in the state, it is only logical for the civil servants and pensioners to show some understanding with the government.

The Governor made it clear that the inability of the State government to meet its obligation to public servants and pensioners was because the government wanted to meet the development need of the state.

He said that the state’s resources could not sustain the payment of workers’ salaries.

“Some people keep on harping on the fact that we are not paying salaries and I ask them; ‘if we are to use every kobo we have to pay salaries, how horrible will this state be?

“Salary earners and pension earners are 60,000. Osun at the last count has four million people. So, if all we do is pay salary and disregard the needs of over three million people, where are we going to be? It will be a horrible state indeed. It will be a state where life will be difficult and tough,” the Governor stated.

Spread The Revenue

According to him, the only way out would be to spread the revenue of the state affect as many people as possible.

“That is what is known as development.

“So when they tell you that he is not paying salaries, tell them to mind their business. Should we leave it to their very very limited and myopic view, we will have an obnoxious state where life will be brutish and unliveable,”

On his plans for the workers, Governor Aregbesola said: “To make life ‎liveable, we must do what we are doing and that is why we keep on encouraging our workers that we know it is tough with you, but it is not only you. We are all affected. If we can mobilise our citizens, this will be history and by the grace of God, it will be history very very soon”.

Federal Government To Distribute One Million Smart Meters

smart meters

The Federal Government had said it will soon commence the distribution of one million smart meters to consumers across the country.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Dr Godknows Boladei Igali, made this known at a forum to proffer solutions to effective billing System in Lagos.

Dr Godknows said at the forum that the Federal Government was also seeking other ways at reducing technical and commercial losses in a view to satisfy the electricity needs of its people and boosting power supply.

Prior to this, the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, had said that the private sector owners of the electricity distribution companies inherited a lot of customers who had no meters.

This was in response to the complaints of power consumers across the country.

Prof. Chinedu said, “The private sector inherited a customer base in which 50 per cent do not have meters. Nigeria has the highest per capital electricity theft in the world.

“That is why we are now doing smart meters and we are moving to a place where the meters will be mounted on poles, because something has got to be done fast.

“As a result of the burden on the DISCOs due to meter issues, the President has provided funding to give over one million meters to Nigerians to reduce the gap and then allow the DISCOs ensure that all customers are given meters.”

On when Nigerians would start getting the meters, Nebo said, “The fact is that the funding has been approved by Mr. President and the funds would be released very soon.

“These meters are being procured and I do think that in the next couple of months, you will begin to see them because the mechanism still needs to be developed on how they would be shared to the Distribution Companies.

“They (DISCOs) will distribute and install these meters and these are all being worked out. Some people may not be happy to give you meters, but we think we should continue to insist that every consumer must be given a meter because the only way to stop estimated billing is to provide these meters.”


Willie Obiano Inaugurates Petroleum Products Task Force

Willie ObianoAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has inaugurated the Committee on Procurement, Pricing, Regulation and Distribution of Petroleum Products in the state, with a mandate to maintain sanity and stability in the activities of the sector.

Inaugurating the 32-member committee at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, the Governor noted that the committee was an important organ in his administration that demands commitment, dedication and integrity.

He charged them, among other things, to monitor and fish out smugglers in unwholesome materials used in adulterating petroleum products and monitor the allocation of products meant for the state at the NNPC depot in Enugu and forestall their diversion.

Governor Obiano warned that government would not hesitate to arrest and prosecute any member of the committee who uses the avenue to extort money from petroleum dealers or people.

Having inaugurated the committee, the members filed out and received a handshake of commitment to duty which was followed by a pledge of credible service by the Chairman of the committee, Nnamso Nwafor-Orizu.

He gave assurances of using his wealth of experience garnered in the field of oil and gas to carry out his responsibilities in the areas of limiting all forms of corrupt practices including adulteration, adjustment of pump measures and diversion of products.

Governor Willie Obiano noted that the committee’s assignment is renewable after three months.

Distribution Is A Major Problem In The Movie Industry — Ramsey Noah

ramsey noahNollywood actor, Ramsey Noah, has said one of the major challenges in the movie industry in Nigeria is distribution.

He said that there is no distribution structure in the system which is preventing the circulation of the movies.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Saturday Sunrise, Ramsey Noah called on the Federal Government to increase the tax on DVDs to reduce the rate of piracy.

He revealed that he grow up in Lagos but has a mixture of Jewish and Lebanese blood.

Ramsey has appeared in several movies and soap operas including a popular TV soap, Fortunes.