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The Nigerian Labour Congress has expressed lack of confidence in the new Kogi State’s pension scheme which is about being implemented for workers in the State.
Speaking at an interactive session organised by the State Government for the organised labour union yesterday the NLC chairman Comrade Onuh Edoka their position is very clear as they want Government and the contributors who are the workers to spell out the statutory rules of the game not where somebody would be shortchanged on the long run.
“Secondly Government should set the pace by paying their counterpart into a specific account where everyone is sure the money is safely kept then the workers can key in.
“It is a scheme that has failed in other States and we don’t want to go into a scheme of that nature whereby at the end of the day workers money would be collected in to an account and government would divert it for other uses and they would come around to offer excuses, we would not take that type of rubbish this time around.”
He said they don’t have any issue at the moment because it is already anchored by law and is a compulsory scheme for every civil servant.
“This scheme must be done with trustworthiness so that Government would not turn around to divert the money. If they dare us we will apply the necessary measures.
“We are going into a scheme that has failed in other States because we believe it can succeed in Kogi State, we must not be pessimistic that because it failed in other States it would also fail here.”
The chairman of the technical committee for the implementation of the pensions scheme in the State Yakubu Okala indicated that the essence of the interactive session with organised labor is to sensitize them on the new pension scheme that is about to come on board in the State.
He said the State pension reform law in the State started since 2007 but the political will to commence it was not there.
Okala said pensioners were not getting their gratuity and pensions and people were sick and dying.
He said with the scheme in place the pensioners would be able to make savings and have money waiting for you to retire and this is the way.
“That is the objective of the contributory pension scheme. Governor Yahaya Bello has taken the bull by the horn and the desire to implement this scheme.
“This will help to make adequate provision for the pensioners before their retirement.
According to him, the law makes it possible for an employee to contribute 8% while the employer will contribute 10%. “This is based on the 2014 pension reform act by the national assembly as amended and it has been replicated in the State by the State Assembly which is already in the House of Assembly for passage.”
He expressed the hope that the scheme would kickoff in January 2018.
He said they are aware of the challenges from many States having visited many States, like Plateau, Kwara, Abuja at the Federal level and Kaduna in order to compare notes
“That is why we have the best law today, based on the PENCOM recommendations that we received. The one of Kogi will be better off than all the other States. We cannot back out of this scheme because the Pension reform act of 2014 is mandatory there is no option both for private and public sector. ”

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Finally Biden arrives at the White House

By AFP

US President Joe Biden arrived at the White House on Wednesday, walking the last block with members of his family through streets that were eerily empty because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under tight security, military bands and an escort of police motorcycles led the presidential motorcade to the White House down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Biden was riding in a limousine with the license plate “46” — he is the 46th US president — flanked by six mask-wearing Secret Service agents before emerging to walk the final steps to the White House.

“It feels like I’m going home,” he told a reporter from NBC News along the route.

Biden’s arrival was followed shortly afterward by that of Kamala Harris, the first woman vice president of the United States.

The 78-year-old Biden was sworn in at the Capitol about four hours earlier, calling for “unity” in his inauguration speech.

Instead of going straight to the White House, Biden and Harris visited Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects to US military war dead at a ceremony attended by former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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FG to provide Solar home systems for 5m households

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FG to provide Solar home systems for 5m households 

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power Jedy-Agba has disclosed that the country is set for a ‘bounce back’ programme in its green recovery initiative that will provide solar home systems to 5 million households

He spoke at a UK hosted Climate Change Conference Roundtable on Clean Power Transition on 11 January during a virtual visit to the UK on 10–12 January by United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres which he attended. 

The Minister added that off-grid power sources have become more competitive since the removal of fuel subsidies.

He stressed that Nigeria was taking steps to merge its energy access and energy transition plan. 
He acknowledged that the largest population without electricity globally resides within its borders, and identified financing as a major constraint to Nigeria’s clean and renewable energy transition plans. 
According to him, 

“With the help of the international community, we can improve the decentralized renewable energy market to create jobs, provide energy more quickly to those without access, and ensure that we maintain and eventually reduce our emission levels to achieve our net-zero objectives.

“As the COP26 Presidency, the UK Government is committed to supporting the Nigerian government to develop ambitious evidence-based plans to deliver on Nigeria’s own commitments ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November 2021. 
“The UK supported the solar sector in Nigeria with a £66m programme between 2014 and 2020 which  helped provide energy access to   5.5 million Nigerians since 2015.
He said the UK is delivering ongoing programmes to develop quality standards, financing and manufacturing arrangements for solar home systems.
“Many UK companies are also active in the solar home system market in Nigeria.
“The UK considers the licensing of mobile money to facilitate Pay As You Go arrangements for solar home systems a positive development.”

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres at the event challenged developed nations to fulfil their pledges to provide $100 billion annually for developing countries’ clean energy transition.
During the roundtable, the Foreign Secretary announced that the UK will pledge up to £38 million to the Climate Compatible Growth programme, supporting developing countries to accelerate their transition to clean energy while growing their economies.
“The UK is already moving to clean power faster than any major economy, and last year committed to protect at least 30 per cent of its land and ocean by 2030.
“Together these announcements address the two leading sources of global emissions – electricity generation and land use – and demonstrate the UK’s leadership in fighting climate change ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.”

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

By Aliyu Abubakar

As part of the activities to Mark the just concluded Nigeria Army Day celebration, Kogi State Security Trust Fund, has donated consumable items to families of the fallen heroes at Command Army Record, Lokoja.
Presenting the food items, the Executive Chairman Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Hon Samari Teina Abdulmalik, who was represented by the Acting Board Secretary, Mrs Ajayi Grace, said, the gesture was to put smiles on the faces of widows of the fallen heroes as their husbands colleagues celebrate the Nigeria Army Day.
Samari, urged the fallen heroes’ wives to be strong and courageous, “I want to urge you wives of our fallen heroes to be courageous and engage in positive ventures that will create better life for you and your children in future.”
” Please accept the token presentation of various items and use them judiciously as we hope to come up with more programmes of mutual benefits.” He said.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Commander, Command Army Record, Maj- Gen. O. O Sholaye, who was represented by the Personal Assistant to the Commander, Staff Sergeant, Konto Ibrahim, thanked the State Government, for the gesture.
He prayed for the Governor, the families of fallen heroes and the fallen heroes, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for peace and unity of our dear country Nigeria.

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