Nasarawa State Govt. Assures LG Workers Of Increased Salaries

Nasarawa, World BankThe Nasarawa State Government has promised an increase in salaries of government workers, while assuring them that ongoing payment of the emoluments will soon be over.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Haruna Osegba, during a press briefing at the end of January Joint Account Committee of the Ministry.

The Commissioner, while fielding questions from journalists also hinted that the sum of 160 million Naira has been approved by the State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, which is to settle gratuity of deceased pensioners.

On the issue of percentage payment of emoluments to local government employees, Mr Osegba gave an assurance that it would be a thing of the past as the state government is looking to resolve it sooner than later.

“With the increase in January allocation, there was a marginal increase of 32 million Naira and I’m hopeful that the local government would continue to witness a marginal increase in salary.

“What we got in December 2016 was 864,563 million Niara but January allocation to be shared in February is 896,899 million Naira.

“With the 32 million Naira, any local government under the category of 70 percent will now collect 72 per cent, while those under 60 per cent will get 62 percent, 50 percent will get 52 percent and 40 percent will get 42 percent”, he said.

The commissioner assured that the ongoing construction of 625 bridges and culverts in all the local government and development areas will soon be completed.

UN Security Council Partners MNJTF On Fighting Terrorism

U.N. Warns Of Water Crisis In Nigeria's Megacity Lagos  The United Nations Security Council has visited the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force in N’Djamena, Chad.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Military Public Information Officer, Col. Mustapha Anka.

They were received by the Commander of the MNJTF, Major General Lamidi Adeosun and other top officials.

Head of the UN delegation, Ambassador Mathew Rycroft, offered partnership to the MNJTF saying the council is impressed with the achievements of the MNJTF.

Rycroft then assured the Commander MNJTF of the council’s “friendship and partnership”.

The delegation was given a detailed brief on the activities of the MNJTF, after which an interactive session followed.

The head of the team noted that with the role being played by the force, there is evidence that mandates would be achieved.

The Force Commander thereafter thanked the members of the Security Council for the honour accorded the MNJTF and their interest in the activities of the force to bring Boko Haram Terrorists to their knees in conjunction with the national operations of the member countries of Lake Chad Basin and Benin.

Those in attendance of the meeting were the Deputy Force Commander, Brigadier General Moussa Mahamat Djoui, the Chief of Staff, Colonel Major Sayed Badje, staff of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Chief of Cells, MNJTF.

CBN To Task Banks On 24hr FX Sale

CBN To Task Banks On 24hr FX SaleNigeria’s Central Bank says it will direct commercial banks to sell business and personal travel allowances to retail customers within 24 hours of filing a demand request.

This follows complaints that some banks are delaying the sale of fx to retail customers in contrast to the new forex policy issued by the CBN recently.

The apex bank also says that banks would be compelled to open forex transaction compartments in all branches across the country, to enhance the ease of forex transactions to Nigerians.

A source also told Channels Television that all commercial banks will be asked to have electronic fx rate display system in all their branches.

This is expected to promote transparency and disclosure of rate to retail customers of the banks.

National Assembly Commits To Transport Sector Reforms – Saraki

National Assembly Commits To Transport Sector Reforms - SarakiThe Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, says the National Assembly is committed to repositioning the transport sector to improve the nation’s economy.

Senator Saraki inaugurated a technical committee on the transport sector reform to provide technical input for the transport sector bills before the Senate.

He explained that the Senate wants to encourage private sector investment in the transport sector and the bills are critical to achieving that.

Recently, the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, revealed that negotiations were at advanced stage with General Electric, an American multinational conglomerate and the China Exim Bank on the revival of the rail system.

Mr Amaechi told reporters shortly after he visited the dry inland port in Jos, the Plateau State capital, that work would commence on the narrow and standard rail line gauge across Nigeria as soon as the negotiations were concluded.

He, however, stressed the need to develop facilities in the inland dry ports on a tripartite arrangement involving the Federal Government, the host state government and the private investor.

Obama Denies Tapping Trump’s Phone

Obama Denies Tapping Trump's Phone Former President, Barack Obama has denied allegations of tapping into President Donald Trump’ phones.

According to Obama’s Spokesman, Kelvin Lewis, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S citizen.

Trump had earlier tweeted that he found out that his predecessor had his ‘wires tapped’ at Trump’s tower just before his victory at the polls.

he tweeted saying: “How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”.

The U.S President has however given no details to back up the claim.

Ajimobi Lauds Obasanjo As Quintessential Leader, Passionate Lover Of Nigeria

Ajimobi Lauds Obasanjo As Quintessential Leader, Passionate Lover Of NigeriaThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi has felicitated with a former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, describing him as a quintessential leader and a passionate lover of his fatherland.

The governor’s remark was contained in a statement issued in Ibadan by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka.

According to Ajimobi, attaining the enviable age of 80 is a special grace and remarkable feat which indeed calls for celebration.

“Chief Obasanjo deserves all the celebrations. He is not only a rare breed but also, a symbol of divine grace whose life is worthy of emulation by every Nigerian,” he said.

The governor further commended Obasanjo for his strong belief in the indivisibility of Nigeria, saying this had informed his active participation in the 30-month civil war to ensure that the country remained together, under whatever circumstance.

Ajimobi also noted that since leaving office in 2007 as President and Commander-in-Chief, Obasanjo had never wavered in participating in activities capable of promoting the socio-political and economic well-being of the country.

“Besides, as a father of the nation, he has been engaging in constructive criticism of successive administrations, all in an attempt to ensure good governance and better life for all Nigerians,” he said.

The governor prayed God to grant the former president long life and sound health so that he would continue to serve Nigeria, his fatherland.

Court Declares Free Compulsory Primary And Junior Secondary Education

Court Orders Forfeiture Of Malabu Oil To FGA Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has declared that every Nigerian child has the constitutional right to free and compulsory primary education, and free junior secondary education.

The court, presided over by Justice John Tsoho, also declared that the federal and state governments have constitutional duties to provide adequate funds for it.

The court held that failure by any government to fund free primary and junior secondary education will constitute a breach of the constitution.

The judgment was delivered in a suit filed by a non-governmental organisation, Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), against the Federal Ministry of Education and the Attorney General of the Federation.

LEDAP had asked the court to determine whether by the combined effect of section 18(3)(a) of the 1999 Constitution and section 2 (1) of the Compulsory, Free Universal Basic Education Act, (UBE) 2004, the right to free and compulsory primary education and free junior secondary education for all qualified Nigerian citizens are enforceable rights in Nigeria.

Justice Tsoho who relied on a 2002 decision of the Supreme Court, held that by enacting the UBE Act, the National Assembly has made the right to free and compulsory primary and free junior secondary education contained in Chapter 2 an enforceable or justiciable right.

Reacting to the judgment, the lead counsel to LEDAP, Mr Chino Obiagwu, said that the court has now given life and hope to over 28 million Nigerian children who are currently out of primary and Junior Secondary School or who are at risk of being withdrawn from school.

This according to him, is because of the inability of many parents or guardians to pay the tuition fees and school expenses. Some on the other hand, he believes are withdrawn from school so that they can be given out in early marriage or be sent to the streets to hawk or beg for alms.

By this judgment however, any child not enrolled in school or who is withdrawn from school can exercise his or her constitutional rights against the parent or guardian or against the government.

Falana Condemns Arrest Of Peace Corps Commandant

Falana Condemns Arrest Of Peace Corps Commandant Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, has condemned the recent arrest and subsequent parade of the National Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Mr Dickson Akor, by the Nigerian Police.

After securing the release of Mr Akor, Mr Falana told journalists that the police invasion of the headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria was illegal and unconstitutional.

The human rights activist said he was also negotiating for the re-opening of the office of the Peace Corps of Nigeria.

“They must be allowed to operate under the law and we will get to that state where the police will appreciate that Nigeria is under-policed.

“We need volunteers, young men and women who should be organised by the state to handle those duties that will not require the intervention of the police,” he added.

Furthermore, he emphasised that acts of terrorism, herdsmen attack, armed robbery and kidnapping, have remained because the nation has been under-policed.

“As at 2011, the Federal Government of Nigeria decided to engage the services of 380,000 police personnel, between then and now, only 10, 000 are being employed.

“There is no way you can police about 180 million people with barely 380, 000 police personnel out of which about 120, 000 are guarding the elite and corporate bodies in the country.

“I thought the police should have embraced a body like the Peace Corps of Nigeria to make their job easier because the Nigerian Police operate under very difficult situations.

“Most communities are not policed, so herdsmen move into farms and kill people.

“Nigerians have not developed a litigation culture of challenging the killing of every citizen either directly or indirectly for which the government can be blamed,” the lawyer stressed.

The Public Relations Officer of the Corp, Milicent Umaru, had earlier confirmed that the National Commandant and 47 other officers were arrested at exactly 11:59 pm on Tuesday, without a warrant of arrest and without providing any reason for the raid.

Members of Corp also alleged that the raid left three of their personnel critically injured.

The incident followed the commissioning of the Peace Corp headquaters, also on Tuesday, by the Minister of Youth and Sports.

OSUSTECH Labour Unions Suspend Industrial Action

OSUSTECH Labour Unions Suspend Industrial ActionLabour unions in the Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), have announced the suspension of their six-week-old strike as the new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sunday Ogunduyile assumes duty.

The unions which had directed their members to return to work include the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

They conveyed the suspension of the strike in a communiqué jointly signed by their leaders after a Joint Action Congress meeting.

The communiqué was signed by Peter Akindehinde for NASU, Temola Temisan for SSANU and Bobola Bamigbola for NAAT.

In the communiqué, the unions directed all staff of the institution to resume duties on Monday, March 6, 2017.

“Sequel to the strike embarked upon by the unions on January 25 to press home our demands, we hereby suspend the strike as staff and students are directed to resume on Monday.

“This is because some of our demands were met and to honour the new governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu and the new VC, Prof. Ogunduyile,” the communiqué stated.

The unions began an indefinite strike to press for the resignation of the former Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adegoke Adegbite.

They had also demanded adequate funding, urgent facelift of the institution and appointment of a substantive vice chancellor.

Obiano Inaugurates Committee On Onitsha Fire Disaster

Obiano Inaugurates Committee On Onitsha Fire Disaster Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, has inaugurated a committee that would look into the February 15 Petrol tanker fire disaster that destroyed property worth millions of Naira at DMGS Roundabout Onitsha.

The committee would be headed by the the Executive Secretary of Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA).

It is expected to find the immediate and remote causes, gather data on losses incurred and map out modalities to assuage affected persons as well as make recommendations on precautionary measures.

Inaugurating the committee at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, the governor charged its members to hasten their work and see that the affected persons receive the necessary help immediately.

Furthermore, the governor directed the Commissioner for Public Utilities to commence the process of hiring 100 youths to make up for the short fall in manpower in the state Fire Service.

This would be in addition to the state’s procurement of three state of the art fire trucks, to complement the existing 12 trucks to be able to combat fire challenges effectively.

Governor Ortom Urges Indigenes To Be Law-Abiding, Seeks Peace

ortomThe Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has appealed to citizens to go about their businesses with respect for the rule of law and due process.

He gave the advice while speaking in Gboko area of the state at the coronation ceremony of Professor James Ayatse as the 5th Tor Tiv and paramount ruler of Tiv kingdom worldwide.

Ortom also told the paramount ruler to work hand in hand with the people to ensure that peace is restored to the state.

The J.S Tarka stadium in Gboko, was filled to capacity with guests as well as dignitaries such as Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, former Vice President of Nigeria Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, traditional rulers, among others.

The Tor Tiv expressed that his tenure would witness an open door policy.

It is therefore expected that with his new leadership, the Tiv kingdom, should be looking forward to a new era of development.

Edo Police To Clamp Down On Persons Disguised As CDAs

Police Denies Reported Closure Of Ondo AssemblyThe Edo State Police Commissioner, Haliru Gwandu, has promised to clamp down on anyone who flaunts the template being proposed by the state government to replace the Community Development Associations (CDAs) in the state.

The Police Commissioner who said this during a meeting with Eminent Peoples Forum at the police officers mess in Benin City, noted that order had returned to the communities since the intervention of the state government and the Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare (II).

A bill is currently before the Edo State House of Assembly aimed at proscribing some of the activities of these Community Development Associations.

“The government has intervened and the paramount ruler has also spoken and we are beginning to see changes coming from various communities.

“In the past, we were always receiving cases of communal clashes, a situation where young chaps under the guise of CDAs will stockpile arms and they use those arms on the local administration and sack the local administration, they also sack the traditional administration and they constitute themselves as Kings in those particular communities.

“Those things will certainly be a thing of the past very soon – the government is coming with a template and police has already swung into action.

“We are not going to spare anybody under whatever guise. Whosever is coming out with type of identity other than the one which law permits, if he is trying to cause chaos, cause distraction in any society, that person will not be spared,” Mr Gwandu stressed.