Gov Bello moves to avert planned industrial action by labour with legal backup
In what seems like a proactive measure to stop the organized labor in Kogi State from carrying out their threat of embarking on another round of industrial dispute with his Government, Governor Yahaya Bello has promised do all within its capacity to ensure workers remain at their duty post.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Director General on Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo and was made available to the Guardian in Lokoja yesterday while reacting to the threats by Organized labour.
In another breadth the Director General said government will “Explore every means known to law to avert the strike in the interest of Kogi people”.
“The two main demands of labor are the repudiation of the clock-in-clock-out system to stem the menace of truancy and ghost workers. At the last meeting with the Governor, labor agreed with government on the need to put the system in place in order to ensure effective and efficient service delivery to the people.
He said the feedback they are getting from the system is quite impressive adding that truancy is gradually becoming a thing of the past in the state.
However he said they observed that to their chagrin rather than hail the introduction of the system; ‘labor’ had come out to clearly backtrack on their earlier agreement.
Fanwo said labor leaders should not tie the destiny of the civil servants to the “reluctance of some of them” to return to their places of work.
“Labor leaders must show deep patriotism and responsibility to the people they are employed to serve. They must not kill a system because they feel it will expose their unwillingness to report to their duty posts. Leaders must lead by example at all times.
“An average civil servant in Kogi State wants to work and earn a living. We urge labor leaders to support this great aspiration”.
He called on labor to consider “contributory pension” as the solution to the challenges facing pension administration in the state.
“Strike should be seen as the last resort in industrial disputes resolution. It is unfair to the people of Kogi State to pollute the atmosphere of peace pervading the state since the inception of this administration”.
He said the state paid half salary to some categories of workers due to the low allocation to the state from the Federation Account.
“We had no choice than to pay half salary for the month of July due to the low allocation received last month. We invited labor and placed everything on the table. We are running a transparent government. As soon as things improve, we shall pay the balance of the July and August salaries.
We are effectively owing half of July and August in full as acclaimed by labor itself to silence those who are staging campaigns of calumny against the state.
“Labor should beware of politicians who are trying to use them to distabilize the state. A politicized labor is dangerous to the welfare of workers”.
Fanwo urged labor leaders to withdraw their threat to unsettle the state and engage the “listening government in peaceful dialogue”.
PSC suspends DCP Abba Kyari, asks IGP to keep Commission updated on findings
Following the recommendation of the Inspector General of police, the Police Service Commission has suspended Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and Head, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force from the exercise of the Powers and functions of his office.
Abba Kyari’s suspension took effect from Saturday, July 31st 2021 and would subsist pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States .
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, had written a letter to the Police Service Commission recommending for the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari.
The Commission thereafter, also directed the Inspector General of Police to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for necessary further action.
The Commission’s decision which was conveyed in a letter with reference, PSC/POL/D/153/vol/V/138 to the Inspector General of Police today, Sunday, August 1st, 2021, was signed by Hon. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Honourable Commissioner 1 in the Commission for the Commission’s Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police who is currently on leave.
Major crisis looms in the health sector as Nigerian doctors down tools
A major crises in the health sector is about to happen as the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD), have concluded plans to embark on an indefinite strike starting from Monday.
This is happening at a very critical period when the nation is currently experiencing a rise in COVID-19 infections amid the third wave of the pandemic.
The doctors after their National Executive Council (NEC) meeting attended by over 50 members across the country announced the decision
They explained that the Federal Government have reneged on the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it signed with them after over 100 days.
President of the NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, who gave the indication in a statement at the weekend, demanded immediate withdrawal of the circular removing House Officers from the scheme of service, which was not implemented.
The statement reads in part, “We are embarking on a total and indefinite strike on August 2, 2021 [Monday]. You can recall we had a memorandum of action on March 31, 2021, and had an addendum to it on April 9, and since then, we still have had irregularities in the payment of salaries to the house officers.
“We had issues with them being non-regular payment and as part of the memorandum of action, it was said that they should be captured back into the IPPS platform.”
Kaigama says high cost of foodstuff also taking its toll on his home
**Advises Nigerians not to abandon grandparents, elderly cos of COVID – 19
***Condemns lavish funerals by Nigerians
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Ignatius Kaigama has said that the escalation in the prices of foodstuff was also biting hard in his home.
He also called on Nigerians not to distance themselves from grandparents and the elderly due to social distancing over COVID – 19 because they are a source of wisdom.
The cleric also described as sad the fact that Nigerians throw “lavish funerals organised for departed ones after they were allowed to live a life of loneliness, misery and neglect.”
Kaigama stated these in his Homily delivered at St. Luke’s Parish, Kubwa in honour of grandparents and the elderly with readings taken from the Old Testament including 2 Kings 4:42-44 and John 6:1-15.
According to him, the N12.3 billion agricultural subsidy from the Federal Government meant form2.2 million farmers should not be diverted like other interventions or palliative measures.
He said, “The escalation in the prices of foodstuff today has made it difficult for the poor among us to feed. My cook, Sunday Emola, showed me some current food prices from Garki market in Abuja: one measure each of garri costs N500, beans – N1,000, rice – N1,000, 1 bag (10kg) of semovita – N5,500, one bottle of groundnut oil – N1,600, one bottle of palm oil – N1,300, one tuber of yam – N1,300, a medium basket of tomatoes – N3,500, 1 gallon of kerosene – N2,000, Alebo – N500, etc.
“The problem in Nigeria is not whether we have resources to share, but the willingness to share them fairly, honestly and charitably. Both first reading and the gospel emphasised the fact that the power to end the hunger and suffering of other people lies in our ability to share the little we have.
“We often forget how far-reaching the little we each possess shared generously can satisfy the needs of other people. Often, we assume that it is the task for the government or the United Nations or NGOs.
“But a lot can be done with our little if we focus on the person in need and the intention rather than the quantity of what is available. I understand that 2.2 million farmers will soon receive N12.3 billion as agricultural subsidy from the Federal Government.
“We hope that the money of this laudable initiative will get directly into the hands of the farmers and not to be diverted like other interventions or palliative measures.
“The elderly are assured of the abiding presence of God who continues to accompany them on the journey of life, despite the difficulties and challenges associated with old age. They are reminded to tenaciously hold on to the faith and to pass it on to the young.
“Grandparents and the elderly are a source of wisdom. By passing on their knowledge, morals and values, they play a great role in the formation of a decent society. They are a strong link between the past, the present and the future.
“We must respect them and pray always for those of them who are sick and weak or suffering conditions associated with aging. Our practice of social distancing due to COVID – 19 should not distance us from them. It is sad today to see lavish funerals organized for departed ones after they were allowed to live a life of loneliness, misery and neglect.
“In these times of moral and social decay, grandparents and the elderly can teach us how to heal our wounded humanity; the spirit of sharing, in a nation where selfishness, corruption and the spate of crime and insecurity deprive many of the basic necessities of life; a nation that continues to take mind boggling financial loans without any corresponding impact on our quality of life; only to leave a fragile and perilous future for generations of our youths.
“As grandparents and the elderly continue their earthly pilgrimage, we expect the government to provide good social security for them even as we entrust them to the intercession of Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and grandparents of Jesus.”
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