Supreme Court Judgment: Saraki Expresses Disappointment

sarakiThe Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has expressed disappointment over the judgment of the Apex Court, on the six grounds of his appeal.

This comes after listening to the ruling of the Supreme Court in the appeal he filed to challenge the process of arraigning him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President said that he would like to put it on record that “the facts of the substantial matter are not before the Supreme Court since the apex court was only invited to rule on some preliminary issues in the process of commencing the trial”.

The Senate President believes he will have his day in the court to prove his innocence of the charges preferred against him during the trial proper.

Dr. Saraki also thanked everyone who supported him from the beginning of the case. He assured everyone that at the end of the day, truth will prevail and justice will be served.

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the appeal of Dr Bukola Saraki against the judgment of the Appeal Court on his trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal on charges of false asset declaration.

A seven-man bench, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, gave the judgment that the CCT was properly constituted to exercise jurisdiction over Saraki’s trial and has jurisdiction to try criminal matters.
With this judgment by the Supreme Court, the trial of the Senate President before the CCT for alleged false asset declaration is set to continue.

Code Of Conduct Tribunal Adjourns Sitting Till 21st October

Bukola-Saraki-Senate-president-president-in-NigeriaThe Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) hearing the trial of Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, over alleged false declaration of assets during his tenure as Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011 has been adjourned till the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of October, 2015.

Senator Saraki was docked earlier on Tuesday at the CCT after a short argument between the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) and the defence counsel, Joseph Daudu (SAN), who was insisting that the day’s sitting was not for the taking pleas.

After Dr. Saraki took the dock, the 13-count charge was read to him and he pleaded not guilty.

The Senate President told the tribunal, in his opening remarks that he is a firm believer in the rule of law.

Before today, Dr Saraki had given the assurance of his appearance after protracted arguments between his lawyers and the prosecution counsel over the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting over allegations of false asset declaration.

His spokesman, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, had said in a statement attributed his absence from the tribunal to the legal advice he received from his counsel, that it is not necessary for him to appear before the tribunal at this stage.

Ogun State Government Announces Payment Of Deducted Salary

Ogun-StateThe Ogun State Government has announced the payment of salary deductions and cooperative dues, with 1.5 billion Naira released on Friday.

The payment covers deductions of salaries affecting both State and Local Government workers.

In a statement by the State  Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the state government said the payment was in fulfillment of the agreement reached between the Governor of Ogun State, Sen Ibikunle Amosun and the workers during an interactive session held last month in Abeokuta, the State’s capital.

Prior to the downturn in Federal Allocation and the general economy, the State Government had been remitting salary deductions as and when due and had also cleared arrears inherited from the past administration.

However, the suddenness of downturn adversely affected both the Federal Allocation and Internally Generated Revenue, thereby creating fresh arrears.

The State Government said that the release of salary reduction demonstrates that it has successfully adjusted to the new financial reality and was confident that it would be able to clear the balance of arrears expediently.

Ogun State Government further assured the workers that the government would always protect their interests at all times and restated the fact that it had no plan to sack any worker.

The financial adjustment, the State Government stated, was achieved through increased spending inefficiencies and enhanced focus on Internally Generated Revenue.

The State Government further expressed gratitude to the workers for their patience, understanding and co-operation since the administration assumed office, particularly when the economic downturn led to delay in the remittance of the deductions and co-operative dues.

Ogun State Government Refute Plans To Sack Workers

ogunThe Ogun State Government has refuted the allegations by the Presidential Campaign Organisation (PCO) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it was planning to reduce the size of its work force, if Governor Ibikunle Amosun is re-elected next month.

In a press statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the government described the allegations as false.

It further stated that, not only was there any plan to retrench workers, but a fresh recruitment exercise was at an advanced stage.

“We have no reason to reduce the size of the work force because the workers remain an integral part of the successful pursuit of our mission to rebuild Ogun State. Indeed, our assessments have indicated need for additional personnel in key areas. They have contributed to the visible developments in our state.”

“That is why despite the fact that the immediate past government defaulted on its salary wage bill which was about 4billion naira just before the advent of our administration, we have successfully coped with  increase in total public sector wage bill to N6.2 billion a month and we have paid the workers up to date”

“Again, we have not only cleared the backlog of salaries and deductions inherited from the last PDP administration, we have also paid 42 months deductions without any hitch. We now have an arrangement with workers on how to pay the outstanding ones and that was one of the agreements we reached with the workers during our last interactive session with them”, the Government stated.

It was also stated that the present administration in Ogun State is worker friendly, and that is why it has recruited over 20,000 workers into various sections of the public service in the last three and half years.

The government however assured the workers that the Amosun administration will continue to protect their interests by giving them their dues and the size of service that would continue to grow, so that the state can cope with the challenges from its emerging modern economy.

The Government further advised the people to ignore the falsehood being dished out by the opposition party.

Ogun State Releases N1.5Bn Pensioners’ Money

PensionersThe Ogun State Government on Monday said that it had released N1.5 billion for the payment of gratuities to pensioners and severance package of former political office holders.

According to a statement sent to Channels Television, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, disclosed that the money would be paid to 561 ex-civil servants and former political office holders who had served the State in different capacities.

Mr Olaniyonu also said “the gratuities will cover the civil servants who retired between May 2011 and November 2012 who have filed their papers with the State Bureau of Pensions, while ex- political office holders who served between 2007 and 2011 but were not paid their severance package by the last administration will benefit from the fund.”

The statement further read that “the fresh release of N1.5 billion will further clear the arrears of pensions which dated back to 2008 inherited by the Amosun Administration.

The commissioner noted that “the payment of gratuity and severance package is a further fulfilment of the promise by Governor Ibikunle Amosun to ensure that everybody who served the state in various capacities and contributed to its development will be paid their dues since the current office holders will one day leave office to become ex- office holders.”