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Another Kogi civil servant slumps, dies, over non payment of salaries

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The industrial dispute between judiciary staff of Kogi state and kogi state government has recorded one casualty in the sudden but untimely death of Mrs Fatimah Noah staff of Magistrate court 11 who was snatched away by the cold hands of death.
Guardian checks indicated that Mrs Noah, a widow, popularly known as Mama Danlandi in her working place slumped and died around 8.pm on Thursday in her residence in Lokoja, over a yet to be established illness.

It was happening barely five days after the staff of judiciary called off their over four months strike andd resumed duty.
It was gathered that Many civil servants have lost their lives in similar mysterious circumstances on account of the non payment of their salaries.
An account said she resumed work on Monday with her colleagues, as JUSUN called off 5-month old strike, after National Judicial Council (NJC) resolved the trade disputes between the judiciary and kogi state government; and have been punctual without any complain of medical complication.

According to a colleague of hers,late Mama Danladi was seen on duty on Thursday without betraying any emotion of a sickness or any form of discomfort in or around her, until she closed and left for home.

A family source said since her husband died years ago, the burden of family upkeep lies on hershoulder, but that the situation became compounded when her salary was not paid to her, for almost a year now.

“Mama Danladi who had not taken salaries for the past one year, and a widow with children in tertiary institutions, was said to have scouted for just N20,000 three days earlier to address pressing need of one of her sons in the school without success”, the source stressed.

While speaking to journalists, most of her colleagues at her working place extolled her virtues of humour, and said they have lost a rare gem whose dedication to work endeared her to the high and the low at her place of work.

The remains of late mama Danladi who was born on November 18, 1973 and died may 2019 has been taken to Idah, her country home on Friday, where she was qburied according to Islamic rites.

A source at the judiciary department posited that nothing has been seen to be done by the state government, apart from a meeting with its agents this week, adding lion challant attitude of Government towards the payment of salaries of the workers since resumption from strike is causing uneasiness among the concerned workers.
There are fears that the said money which has been kept in the bank may not be availlable for payment as it may have been tampered with.

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Zamfara government debunks reports that abducted students have regained freedom

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Zamfara State Government has indicated that the over 300 Students kidnapped by Bandits are still in the den of their abductors.

Press Secretary to the Governor, Jamilu Magaji, debunked some online media reports that claimed the female students of Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe have regained freedom.
He stated: “Governor Bello Matawalle and his aides have been been having sleepless nights since Friday when the girls were abducted by gunmen.

He said they have been working round the clock, making frantic efforts that will lead to the safe release of the victims.
He expressed dismay that that some persons, who do not know the details of the situation, will try to further hurt the victims’ parents, government and security by ridiculing the effort with falsehood.
“The state government will come immediately and happily inform the world as soon as the girls are released.”

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New fuel price regime in the offing

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A new fuel price regime between N170 and N175 may be approved by the federal government this week, Daily Trust has learnt.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the sole importer of refined petroleum products was selling at the old landing cost of N158.33 as of Saturday but government officials and some marketers have confirmed to Daily Trust that a new fuel price band is imminent this week.
The Minister of Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva had two weeks ago said Nigerians should prepare for fuel price increase as oil price climbed above $60 per barrel.
The rise in crude oil price has taken the landing cost of petrol in Nigeria above N180 per litre.
“Even though the organised labour is still adamant on their stance against fuel price hike, we have told paying for the differential is not sustainable… This week a new price band will likely come into effect”, an oil agency official said yesterday.
The source said the Nigerian Petroleum Marketing Company (NPMC), a marketing arm of the NNPC, would notify depot owners and marketers of the new price by Monday.
However, NNPC said there would not be fuel price increase any time soon in an earlier statement. NNPC spokesman, Dr. Kennie had Obateru explained that the decision was to allow ongoing engagements with organized labour and other stakeholders on an acceptable framework that will not expose the ordinary Nigerian to any hardship, to be concluded.
The Coalition of Nigerian Civil Society Organisations for Petroleum and Energy Security (CONCSOPES) has said the organised labour’s refusal to allow fuel price hike and its agitation for the rollback of oil sector’s deregulation will lead to the product scarcity.
CONCSOPES’ convener Timothy Ademola told newsmen in Abuja on Saturday said market forces should be allowed to determine fuel prices.

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Marketers allay fears over fuel scarcity, ask Nigerians to stop panic buying

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has allayed apprehension among Nigerians who may be planning to hoard the Premium Motor Spirit.

The Public Relations Officer, Suleiman Yakubu
on Sunday spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as long fuel queues were noticed at filling stations in many states and Abuja.

It was observed that some filling stations are reluctant dispense the PMS they have in stock to motorists while some have run out of supply.

Yakubu said the price of crude oil has gone up and affected the price of products.

The spokesman assured that PMS would soon be available in excess as loading had already commenced at depots.

“The government and marketers are doing everything possible to ensure that the products are available in every filling station within a few days starting from today,” he said

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