Bayelsa Govt Wages War Against Absentee Workers

Bayelsa Signs MOU For Management of HospitalThe Bayelsa State Government has announced a number of stern measures, including outright dismissal of any of its workers who would be found culpable of absenteeism, truancy, payroll fraud and other sharp practices that are inimical to the public service rules.

While issuing the stern measure, the government said it had made efforts to enhance the productivity and welfare of the workers.

The government has approved the reinstatement of monthly imprest, otherwise known as overhead cost to enable all Ministries Department and Agencies and parastatals cater for some of their basic needs.

Spelling out the various sanctions while briefing reporters shortly after an interactive meeting between Governor Seriake Dickson and members of the State Executive Council, heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Yenagoa, the Secretary to State Government, Mr Serena Dokubo-Spiff, reiterated the present administration’s commitment to bequeathing a robust and result-oriented civil service.

Mr Dokubo-Spiff, who briefed the press alongside the state Information Commissioner, Mr Jonathan Obuebite and Chief of Staff, Government House, Mr Talford Ongolo, said “a full-proof system has already been put in place to identify and weed out unrepentant absentee workers, stressing that, the days where public servants stay at home to receive salaries were over”.

He pointed out that, though, the move was not aimed at witch-hunting any worker, the new monitoring system requires every worker to report for duty on a daily basis and sign the attendance register already provided by the government, as failure to do so would attract severe penalties, including summary dismissal.

According to the chief scribe, Governor Dickson lamented that the lean resources accruing to the state government were being negatively impacted by its over bloated wage bill, and therefore, expressed determination to continue the ongoing fight against those he described as unpatriotic elements in the service, who are hell-bent on fleecing the state dry through the use of ghost workers and other fraudulent activities.

On his part, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Jonathan Obuebite said “the meeting we just finished also mandated government to commence implementation of full payment of all relevant taxes and levies including education levy by workers and other taxable adults as well as corporate entities to boost the revenue base of the state”.

Giving further explanation on the education levy, Honourable Obuebite stressed that its introduction did not mean a reversal of the present administration’s free education policy at the basic and post-primary school levels, but rather, it is targeted at promoting efficient delivery of quality education in the state.

Also speaking, the Chief of Staff expressed confidence in the efficacy of the current monitoring system, which he noted, would be a continuous process, as against the one-off-verification exercises of the past.

While calling for cooperation, Honourable Ongolo urged all public servants to take the state government’s warning seriously by putting up physical appearance at their various duty posts to avoid any unpleasant consequences.

He added that arrangements had been concluded for the administration to launch its new policy of “No Work, No Pay” next week.

Rivers Govt. Set To Rehabilitate Health Sector In State

Wike, RoadsThe State Executive Council has approved the immediate rehabilitation of all general hospitals, as part of efforts to improve the Health Sector in Rivers State.

This was stated at the 13th State Executive Council meeting presided over by the Executive Governor, Nyesom Wike at Government House, Port Harcourt, the state capital.

According to the Commissioner of Information, Austin Tam-George who spoke on behalf of the government, he said the Council has also approved the rehabilitation of the Government Secondary School in Ogu, Ogu Bolo Local Government Area.

He also stated that the governor has instructed that work should be done within a stipulated time.

The Commissioner said, “There is an immediate order for rehabilitation work to begin in all General Hospitals in the state.

“You will remember that at the celebration of the first year in office of this government, the governor promised that there will be massive investment in the health and educational sectors. Today, the Council has approved the immediate rehabilitation of all general hospitals in the state”.

“Some of them include, General Hospital Omoku, General Hospital Ija, General Hospital Abua Oduah, General Hospital Isiokpo, Abonema, Okrika, Bodo including the Government Secondary School in Ogu”

Kaduna Govt. Orders Arrest of Shiites’ Spokesman

Shiites, Islamic Movement Nigeria, Ibrahim-MusaThe Kaduna State Government has ordered the arrest and subsequent prosecution of one Ibrahim Musa who has owned up to being the spokesperson of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

An order declaring the IMN as an unlawful society in Kaduna State went into effect on Friday, October 7, 2016. Violation of this order attracts penalty of imprisonment for seven years or a fine or both, according to sections 97a and 97b of the Penal Code.

A statement released on Sunday by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Kaduna state, Samuel Aruwan, says that Musa, a few hours after the commencement of the Order, admitted to being a member of the outlawed group, and subsequently identified himself as its spokesman in widely publicized statements.

According to the statement, Musa’s utterances are deemed as a deliberate and determined affront to the government order, hence the law has to take its course.

The government’s statement also directs the state Commissioner of Police to ensure the arrest of Ibrahim Musa to enable his prompt prosecution by the Kaduna State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice.

All security agencies in the state have been directed to vigorously enforce the law, and demonstrate clear resolve by arresting the said Ibrahim Musa, who is further advised to report himself to the nearest police station or any of the security agencies.

Kaduna State Bans Islamic Movement In Nigeria Group

Shiites-protestThe Kaduna State Government has issued an Order declaring the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) as an unlawful association.

A statement issued on Friday by the spokesman for the state governor, Samuel Aruwan, says the government secured an order from the State Executive Council to ban the Islamic Movement from either existing or operating in the state with immediate effect.

In proscribing the group, the government invoked Section 45 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution which empowers the state Governor to take such measures and actions for the promotion and protection of public safety, public order, public morality or public health, or the rights and freedom of all persons in the State.

The statement further explained that the action was to ensure that all persons and organisations were guided by lawful conduct and with due allegiance to the Nigerian state and its Constitution.

With the ban, the statement warns that any citizen of the state, who under any appellation or mutation with the propensity of causing the breakdown of law and order, or operates in a manner dangerous to the good governance of the State, shall be prosecuted in accordance with the Laws of Kaduna State.

The statement reaffirms the commitment of the state government to upholding the right of citizens to practice the religion of their choice as enshrined in Sections 38 and 40 of the Constitution.

Danger To Peace

The statement noted that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Zaria Clashes of 12 December, 2015 indicted the movement as an illegal organisation, operating an illegal paramilitary outfit and having total disregard to the laws of the country and constituted authorities that have the responsibility to secure and administer the country.

The Declaration Order noted that since the clash between members of the movement and soldiers in Zaria in which at 347 persons were alleged to have been killed, the IMN “has overtly continued with unlawful processions, obstruction of public highways, unauthorised occupation of public facilities including schools without regard to the rights of other citizens and the public peace and order of the State”.

The Order noted that “these acts, if allowed to go unchecked would constitute danger to the peace, tranquillity, harmonious coexistence and good governance of Kaduna State”.

In a reaction to the ban, the group said it ‘totally rejects’ the state government’s decision.

A spokesman for the groups, also referred to as Shiites, Ibrahim Musa, said that the group would “give an appropriate response at the appropriate time in appropriate ways” to what he called an affront on their rights”.

After the December 12 clash between the group members also referred to as Shiites and the Army, the leader of the group, Mr Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, was taken into custody.

Since his arrest, he filed a case against the Department of State Service (DSS) that had held him since December 2015.

On Wednesday, a Federal High Court in Abuja hearing Mr El-Zakzaky’s Fundamental Human Rights suit advised parties in a suit to explore the option of resolving the issue through alternative dispute resolution.

Ibraheem Zakzaky, court, Shiites
Ibraheem Zakzaky was arrested in December 2015 after his group clashed with officials of the Army

Mr El-Zakzaky is challenging his arrest and continued detention by the DSS.

At the resumed hearing of the suit, lawyer to El-Zakzaky, Mr Femi Falana, told the court that his client was being held against his wish without trial since December 14, 2015.

He further claimed that El-Zakzaky was not at the scene of the clash between members of the Islamic Movement and the Nigerian Army on the December 12, 2015.

Lawyer to the DSS, Mr Tijani Ghazali, however, told the court that Mr El-Zakzaky was being held under protective custody due to intelligence report which revealed that his life was under threat.

Since his arrest, members of the Islamic group have continued to call for the release of their leader, holding several protests since he was taken into custody.

The Shiites had held protests in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, Kaduna and kano among other states.

On september 10 in Kaduna, members of the group, comprising of women, youths and children, gathered at the popular Leventis roundabout in the state capital, demanding for the unconditional release of their leader and other members.

Chanting songs and blocking major roads, the Shiites feared that the health condition of Zakzaky is deteriorating due to gunshot wounds he sustained.

They vow never to rest until their leader and others are freed.

Amosun Flags Off Campaign For Ogun LG Polls

re-run election in abia state. Amosun- Ogun electionOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has flagged off the campaign tour of Local Governments (LG) in preparation for the LG poll into the 20 LGs and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the state.

Leading other members of the State Executive Council, party official and supporters, Governor Amosun thanked supporters of the All Progressives Congress for their support for his administration’s policies and programmes.

He also assured the residents of more developments, saying that all ongoing projects will be completed before the end of his administration.

The Governor warned against any form of violence before, during and after the polls, urging residents of the state to come out and vote.

The Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) announced October 8 for the conduct of the elections in the state.

The Chairperson of the OGSIEC, Mrs Risikat Ogunfemi, also admonished politicians to play by the rules of the game, just as she asked youths in the state not to allow themselves to be used as instrument of violence by politicians.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Zone 2, which comprises of Lagos and Ogun States, Mr. Abdulmajid Ali said that the Police would not condone any forms of irregularities and indiscipline during and after the polls.

Representing the Inspector General of Police (IGP) at the stakeholders meeting held with members of political parties and security chiefs in Abeokuta, the state capital,the AIG also warned men and officers against all forms of indiscipline and unprofessional conducts.

The State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, expressed the readiness of the Police for the Saturday polls, saying that about 5,000 Police officers would be deployed for the exercise.

Enugu Governor Blames Security Operatives For Nimbo Carnage

Ifeanyi-UguwanyiFive days after suspected herdsmen attacked Nimbo community in Enugu State, leaving many people dead, the Governor of the State, Mr Ifeanyi Uguwanyi, is blaming security operatives for the carnage.

In an emergency meeting held on Friday to postmortem the attack, the Governor alleged that he had mobilised the security operatives, having received intelligence report on the attack.

Governor Uguwanyi said the officers failed the state and the nation and must explain to Nigerians why their action should not be seen as sabotage.

Those present at the meeting were the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, some members of the National Assembly, members of the State Executive Council and members of the security operatives themselves.

After the Governor accused the security agencies, efforts were made to get the comments of the security operatives on the issues.

They refused to respond to the Governor’s accusation, claiming that their office was regimented, which meant they were very strictly controlled and that they take instructions from higher authorities.

Others present at Friday’s emergency meeting, were the State Director of Department for State Services, Mr Abdul Malik, the Garrison Commander, Brigadier General Olufemi Akinjobi and the Commissioner of Police, Mr Eke-Chukwu Nwodibo.

On the day of the incident, the Commissioner of Police had claimed that the attack was carried out by hoodlums and not herdsmen.

The Security Chiefs, according to the Governor, failed to act in the interest of the community despite having prior intelligence on the herdsmen invasion.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Nigeria Police Force said it had started the construction of a new Divisional Police Station in Nkpologu, near Nimbo community in Enugu State attacked by suspected herdsmen on Monday.

According to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, the station would increase security presence in the area and help prevent further attacks.

Mr Arase has further ordered the detention of a policeman, identified as Corporal Chukwu, who allegedly collaborated with herdsmen during the killing of residents in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Mr Arase has also directed that the policeman be detained and properly investigated.

Nimbo community, a once happy community, is now a ghost town.

In plain sight are deserted homes empty market stands and domestic animals, abandoned by their owners, taking their time to stray.

The police have confirmed seven dead, but the community search parties claimed more people were slain.

Nasarawa Assembly Fracas: Lawmaker Vows To File Suit

Nasarawa house of assemblyOne of the suspended lawmakers at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr Makpa Malla, has vowed that they would not take the issue of their suspension lightly, as they plan to file a suit on the matter to seek redress.

Mr Makpa spoke with Channels Television in Abuja on Thursday.

He described their suspension as illegitimate.

Few days ago, some members of the Nasarawa state house of assembly engaged in fisticuffs following the appointment of caretaker committee chairmen without due consultation with the state house of assembly.

After a two-year tenure of the chairmen of 11 local government areas in the state ended on March 24, the Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, appointed and inaugurated sole administrators to man the affairs of their local government councils pending when elections would be conducted.

During the inauguration ceremony, Governor Al-Makura gave the assurance that elections would be conducted as soon as possible.

The swearing in ceremony of the administrators held at the Conference Hall of the Government House was graced by traditional rulers security personnel, members of State Executive Council.

Ambode Signs 2016 Appropriation Bill Into Law

AmbodeLagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday signed the 2016 Appropriation Bill of 662.6 billion Naira into law.

While signing the bill into law, the Governor promised that the budget would be faithfully implemented.

It was presented to him by Rotimi Olowo, Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Economic Planning and Budget.

Governor Ambode said that the 2016 budget would enable his administration to focus on present challenges of security, transport and traffic management, physical and social infrastructural development, as well as job creation.

The ceremony, which took place at the Banquet Hall of the State House in Ikeja, was witnessed by members of the State Executive Council, as well as members of the House of Assembly and lawmakers representing the state at the federal level.

Gov. Ambode Inspects Ongoing Road Projects In Lagos

AmbodeLagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday embarked on an inspection of ongoing projects across the state.

Governor Ambode also commissioned the Ipaja-Ayobo and Ikotun-Ejigbo roads where he assured residents that street lights would be installed on the road within three months.

The Governor was accompanied on the tour by some members of the State Executive Council and the inspection began from the Ebute Metta axis of the third mainland bridge.

While speaking, Governor Ambode gave the assurance that the gesture would be extended to neighbouring communities.

Governor Ambode said that his administration is committed to reforming the rural areas by ensuring that the necessary infrastructure are delivered to make life comfortable for residents.

From Ikotun, the Governor visited an ongoing construction work on the popular Brown Street in Oshodi.

Niger Govt. Renovates Deputy Governor’s Residence With 16m Naira

niger-stateNiger State Government says it has spent 16 million Naira in renovation of the Deputy Governor’s residence to a befitting level.

The state government also earmarked 100 million Naira for the completion of the Sani Bello Housing Estate in Kontagora.

The state Commissioner for Works, Lands and Housing, Haliru Jikantoro, gave the figures while briefing reporters after the State Executive Council meeting in Minna.

He claimed the Deputy Governor’s residence was in total shambles and total overhauling was done during the renovation.

More Houses For People

Jikantoro said the developer for the Sani Bello Kontagora Housing Estate was supported to complete the estate because he was the only developer who continued working on the site when other developers left their sites at the cessation of the former administration and absence of fund.

The Commissioner also said that the present administration was looking into some projects by the former administration that were viable and people oriented, with the view to completing them.

He added that though the new administration intended to provide more houses for the people, there was no need to build more houses when there were houses that were yet to be completed.

Jikantoro further stated that the state government intends to take one project at a time to enable them deliver well.

“Whatever project we intend to undertake, we will face it one at a time so that we can do a good job in order to leave a legacy.

We will not dabble into all projects at the same time. We will pick one and complete it before moving into another project. The fact that Sani Kontagora Housing Estate is picked, does not mean that other housing projects in the state would be abandoned,” he said.

The Sani Bello Kontagora Housing Estate is currently at 85 per cent completion and the 100 million Naira advanced to the developer would complete the project in few months.

Kaduna Govt. Awards 1.7 Billion Naira For Expansion of Zaria Water Project

kaduna stateThe Kaduna State Government has awarded 1.7 billion naira contract for the rehabilitation and expansion of Zaria water distribution network.

The Commissioner for Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman Lere, who disclosed this to journalists after the weekly State Executive Council (SEC) meeting, said the project was awarded to two construction firms.

He stated that the contracts include rehabilitation and replacement of some of the old pipes, construction of 7.3 kilometre transmission lines, construction of 10 reservoirs of six million litres each, construction of three bolster stations, among other projects.

He further explained that the water project, when completed, is expected to deliver about 150 million litres of water daily to Zaria and neighboring semi-urban areas.

According to him, the project is intended to alleviate and address the issue of perennial shortage of water for domestic, commercial and industrial purposes within the area.

The Zaria water project which commenced in 1999, has gulped more than 15 billion Naira so far, but the present administration says it is determined to complete the project within the shortest possible time.

Also during the meeting, the Council approved the sum of 900 million Naira for the procurement of 109 Toyota patrol vehicles for the various security agencies in the state.

The Commissioner for Finance, Suleiman Kwari, disclosed that the money was sourced from Zenith Bank as loan, and will be repaid within 42 months with an interest rate of 30 million naira.

The Commissioner explained that the procurement of the vehicles is to support security agencies in the fight against crime in the state.

El-Rufai Bans Fertilizer Allocation To Traditional Rulers, Others

El-RufaiKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has banned the allocation of fertilizers to traditional rulers, politicians and other elites in the state.

The Governor also directed that fertilizer stocks should be sold directly to local farmers from designated sales points.

In a statement issued by the Governor’s Spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, on Saturday, Governor El-Rufai gave the directive shortly after he paid an unscheduled visit to the fertilizer warehouse of Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture at Dankande village along Kaduna-Zaria Express Way.

El-Rufai made it clear that his administration will not condone injustice and acts of discrimination that would be a disadvantage to ordinary citizens.

During a meeting with the leadership of the Northern Christian Elders Forum on Friday, Governor El-Rufai had said that the Kaduna State Government has concluded plans to merge some of the state ministries, and also cut down the number of Commissioners into the State Executive Council in order to cut down the cost of governance.