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Kogi LG workers rally for autonomy, as speaker promise to support amendment

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Kogi LG workers rally for autonomy, as speaker promise to support amendment

By John Akubo

Local government workers in Kogi state under the auspices of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), and the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria yesterday marched for local government autonomy in Lokoja the State capital.

The workers, who gathered at the office of Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria as early as 8am, also submitted their demands to the speaker of the state house of assembly, Matthew Kolawole.

Addressing the people before the commencement of the peaceful rally, the NLC chairman in the state, Onuh Edoka, tasked the 36 state houses of assembly to support the struggle for local government autonomy.

He also stated that while implementing the policy, teachers’ salaries should be on first line charge and that of other workers given priority.

Edoka said, “Local government is one tier of government that had not been allowed to exist on its own, am happy that NLC has thrown its weight to autonomy for local government, today we have come under one umbrella to ensure that the struggle for local government autonomy is achieved.

“Now that local government autonomy had been entrenched in the constitutional amendment, it is now left for the 36 state houses of assembly to complete what the national assembly has done, it is now clear that the national assembly has supported autonomy, any shortchanging will make it clear that our own brothers and sisters who are from our various local governments that have shortchanged us.

“It is not just voting for autonomy alone, they should vote for autonomy to give us political emancipation, financial autonomy at the local government level.
We like it or not, we are politically stocked, we like it or not we financially shortchanged, we like it or nor we are financially handicapped, what we are asking for liberty, not the kind you give with one hand and take from the other hand”.

The NLC chairman appealed to members of the state house of assembly to give the amendment accelerated passage whenever it is brought before them.
He challenged them not to bring down the standard of the 5th legislative assembly in the state who voted for the autonomy even though on the overall two-third requirement was not achieved.
He said, “We are only begging our elder brothers in the assembly in Kogi state to toe the line of the national assembly and vote for autonomy, we are not unaware of a situation where such is passed to the state assembly and the governor will shortchange us and go behind and order them not to vote”.

Edoka also tasked the state government to pay the salary if local government workers that were still being owed, noting that many of them were suffering as they had not been paid for many months.

The state president of NULGE, Tade Adeyemi, said the state chapter was in support of the steps taken by the national secretariat of the union.

He also lauded the national assembly over the decision to vote for autonomy at the local government level, saying that the move would engender development at the third tLokojforovernment.

The speaker of the assembly however expressed the commitment of the house to the proposal, adding that the house would support the struggle to free the local government as a tier of government.
“Your message is straight forward, I want to say you are not going to pressurise us going by the NLC chairman’s statement that you are pressurising us.
“You cannot pressurise us but to lobby us for support. We in the House of Assembly are glad that you took the pains to file out for this rally in the interest of the good people of Kogi State especially as the third tier of Government.
“The issue of autonomy for local Government is a national issue that is already being handled by the national assemble which has gone to an advanced stage of passage.
“All 36 States of the federation are awaiting the bill from the national assembly to the various houses of State Assemblies. As soon as it comes to this house be rest assured that we shall do the needful. I want to assure you that the Kogi State house of Assembly my colleagues and I would not do any thing that would not be in the interest of the people that elected us.”

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Senator Jibril distributes 13 tractors to nine local government areas in Kogi East

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Senator Jibril distributes 13 tractors to nine local government areas in Kogi East

By Janet samuel

Senator representing Kogi east senatorial district, Alhaji Isah Jibril has distributed thirteen tractors to the nine local Government areas in the district to ease their agricultural activities.
One tractor each was given to 7 local Governments, while Ankpa and Dekina local government areas got two apiece respectfully.

Receiving the equipments, at the residence of the Senator in Anyigba, the chairman of Olamaboro local Government Area, Adejo Nicodemus who commended the senator for his recent distribution to his constituency, said Kogi East has felt the impact of the federal government through him.
“We thank God almighty for having senator jibril Echocho for his good representation in the Senate, and we thank Governor yahaya Bello for using him to help kogi East, he said”
“When you have a good leader, good things come to you. No any senator is performing like senator jibril Echocho, good things advertise itself, it is the first time we are experiencing this he added.”
The Chairman of Omala local government Area, Agbo Yakubu referred to senator jibril as a man of his word for fulfilling his promises to his people and urged him to do more for more gains of democracy.

“About three weeks ago the nine local government of Kogi East gathered here to receive some agricultural implements and today we are here to receive another, since I was born into politics, things of this nature hasve never happened to us if not when Senator Jibril assumed office. We need to thank him and encourage him to do more. he said”

“I want to charge our people to use the equipment judiciously he added”
Zonal Apc caretaker chairman in Kogi East, Ahmed Attah commeded the Senator for providing good representation to the people of Kogi East. He described him as an exceptional leader.
Also speaking, the chairman, APC forum Kogi East, Abubakar Agada who described the lawmaker as an exceptional leader, prayed God for more wisdom to higher heights.
Ealier, the lawmaker who was represented by his special Adviser on media and publicity, prosper Elijah-Salifu said it is no secret that the agricultural sector is the backbone of almost all economies in the world as it provides the basic ingredients needed by man and the raw materials necessary for industrialization.

“It is on this note that the lawmaker while fulfilling his campaign promises , donated the agricultural implements to improve farming condition, increase food production and provide jobs for the teeming youths in Kogi East.”

He noted that the distribution of the tractors was geared towards moving Igala kingdom from it’s conventional subsistence farming to mechanized farming.
Senator jibril Isah explained that the donation of the tractors is to complement the effort of the farmers in the local governments. He urged the people to maximize the usage of the equipments as he assured them of more projects that are yet to be unveiled.

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Lawmaker Extends Electrification Project to Katcha LG

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Lawmaker Extends Electrification Project to Katcha LG

Member representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Honorable Saidu Musa Abdul, has given marching orders to contractors for the installation of new transformer at Sheshi-Dama in Badeggi Ward, Katcha Local Government, Niger State.

This he said is in continuation of his electrication project across the Federal Constituency which is aimed at giving residents affordable power supply to strengthen their small and medium scale enterprises.
This was contained in a statement issued by his senior legislative aide Engr. Dodo Almustapha in Abuja on Friday

Sheshi Dama has been in blackout for over three years now as a result of total breakdown of the transformer serving the community.

The transformer at Sheshi-Dama also powers the bi-water plant feeding six communities of Ekpangi, Kansanagi, Doko-Bokun and Zhimale under Baddegi Ward.

Similarly, Gubagi under Sidisaba Ward is to be Connected to the National Grid. It is about three(3) Kilometer stretch from the source of power supply.

The benefiting communties through their Leaders appreciated the lawmaker who is also the Gorozon Nupe for his gestures and prayed Allah to guide and protect him at all times.

The electrification project by SMA in Katcha LG was deliberate attempt at ensuring fair and equitable spread of dividends of democracy among the three(3) LGAs that constituted his Federal Constituency.

In a related development, after several years of being in darkness, Honorable Abdullahi also commenced connection of Zanagi, Guye, Gbangba, Manmagi, Ndarubu, and adjoining communities in Gbako Local Government to the national grid.

Flagging-off the multimillion Naira project earlier at Batako Ward in Gbako LG, Honorable Abdullahi represented by his team restated his resolve to delivering projects that will add value and ensure rapid development of his constituency and raise the standard of living of his constituents.

The Community leaders expressed their appreciation to the lawmaker for always having them at heart and for giving them life-impacting projects that will improve social and economic activities in their places.

The electrification project will guarantee rural dwellers an unhindered access to social amenities resulting in the reduction of rural-urban migration.

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LG workers live below poverty level in Kogi says NULGE President

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LG workers live below poverty level in Kogi says NULGE President

The Kogi State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, has indicated that their members live below poverty level in the State because of poor payment of salaries.

Comrade Tade Adeyemi, Kogi State President of NULGE made the disclosure in a position paper he presented at a meeting of Local Government Stakeholders NULGE, MHWUN and the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, held in Lokoja.
He lamented that a situation where less than 50% of workers are receiving salaries at the local government and at ridiculous percentages is affecting the living standard of workers in the local government service.

Com. Tade observed that it is heartbraking to note that arrears of outstanding salaries owed workers at the local government areas ranges between 18 to 34 months.
He called on the ministry to ensure that the backlog of salaries are paid to ameliorate the plight of the workers in the local government service.

The NULGE President also advocated for a more transparent mode of payment of salaries that will make officers of the local government rise up to their family and other responsibilities.

In his prayers, Com. Tade Adeyemi called for the payment of salaries as at when due, and to ensure that full salaries are paid soon as allocation is received to uplift workers from their current sufferings.

NULGE equally appealed for the implementation of promotion exercise that took place between 2015 to 2017 so as to boost the morale of workers.

NULGE also prayed for the ministry to liaise with the Local Government Commission to ensure that promotion interview is carried out to cover from 2017 till date.

The NULGE President solicited for the compliance for the appointment of Head of Local Government Administration and Treasurer to be in line with statutory requirements and scheme of service.
On salary disparity, NULGE called on the ministry to liaise with the Union to correct issues of salary disparity, as well as make the office of Head of Service to fasttrack the review of the screening report, and return of cooperative society scheme to the local government system.

NULGE further appealed to the Ministry to look into the issues of suspended former Heads of Local Government Administration and Treasurers, saying that those found not to be guilty after investigation should be made to return back to work.

The NULGE President also appealed to the Ministry to allow for workers in the Local Government to prepare workers salaries, as this would enable them correct noticeable anomalies.

The Union equally called for the full implementation of full salary structure CONHESS for health workers, pointing out that it is shocking to note that some health workers at the local government are currently being remunerated on grade levels, which ought not to be so.

The NULGE President noted too that the issue of two grade level backward for health workers at the local government be put on hold pending the implementation of 100% CONHESS.

In conclusion, the leadership of NULGE and MHWUN called on President Mohammadu Buhari to as a matter of Urgency release the bailout funds of N30.8billion to Kogi State for the purpose of liquidating the backlogs of salaries at the local government levels.

Also speaking, Com. Onuh Edoka, Kogi state NLC Chairman and Chairman of MHWUN, lamented the poor salary payment in the local government sector and the issues of CONHESS to health workers.
The NLC Chairman called on the Ministry on the need to improve on the welfare of local government workers, noting that workers in that sector have long been neglected.

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