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Kogi NLC says its members are now beggars on the streets

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Kogi State Civil servants are now begging to feed their families, due to non payment of their monthly emoluments running to between 7 and 30 months, the Nigeria Labour Congress, Kogi State council lamented yesterday.

The state chairman of the Congress, Comrade Onuh Edoka stated this during the 7th Quadrennial delegates conference in Lokoja yesterday.
He appealed to the state government to do something urgently to reverse the negative trend.

Edoka maintained that workers in the state civil service are being owed between seven to thirty months Salaries, a situation he said has made it impossible for them to pay their bills.

He however regretted that workers are being owed their leave bonuses, while promotion carried out by the government are not being cash backed, saying that such promotions only existed on papers.

The chairman said worse still are the local government workers who are being paid ridiculous percentage salaries spanning several years, adding that the Ministry of Local Government has become a Government of its own.

Edoka painted a gloomy picture of Pensioners in the state, saying that despite the fact that these retirees do not collect their Pensions regularly, some of them are not even placed on Pension months and in some cases over one year after retirement.

He appealed to the state government to pay more attention to the welfare of workers in the state, adding that the screening exercise though, desirable, was responsible for the accumulation of backlogs of salary.

Edoka therefore called on the Federal Government to release the balance of 30.8 billion bailout fund to enable the government to defray the salary arrears owed to workers in the state.

In his response, the Governor promised to continue to prioritize the welfare of workers in the state, even as he said that the balance of the bailout fund would be used for payment of salaries only, when released by the federal government.

The governor who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Edward Onoja, commended the workers for their support to his administration in the trying period.

According to the Governor, the screening exercise, though painful, has recorded positive results as unintended beneficiaries have been eliminated from pay rolls of the state, saying that as painful as surgical operations are, they have to be carried out in order to save the life of patients.

He listed other achievements of his administration to include : improved security of lives and property, saying that kidnapping and other Violent crimes have been reduced to the barest minimum.

Other achievements according to the Governor includes, robust healthcare delivery, qualitative education, huge investments in critical infrastructural development across the three senatorial districts of Kogi state.

Highlights of the occasion was the election of officials to run the affairs of the union for the next four years.

Comrade Onuh Edoka and his team were returned unopposed for another four year term of office, even as the workers passed a vote of confidence on them for purposeful leadership.

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How two Police inspectors lost their lives in autocrash while helping to bury colleague

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Two policemen attach to the Kogi State police command, who were helping to convey the remains of their colleague to his family for burial, have also lost their lives in an autocrash.

NationalUpdate gathered that the two inspectors of police along with a civilian driver died on Thursday in a fatal auto crash on Itobe-Ojodu-Anyigba road.

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, Mr Solomon Aghure, confirmed the incident.
He told newsmen in Lokoja that the victims were travelling in an ambulance van to Anyigba with emppty casket when the accident happened.

Aghure added that the two deceased policemen were only offering their helping hands to pick the corpse of a police sergeant from a mortuary in Anyigba, adding that their vehicle and a Mercedes Benz truck, coming from the opposite direction had a Headon collissio at a spot in Ojodu community.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the police command in the state, DSP William Aya, who also confirmed the incident, said the two policemen were detailed to pick the corpse of the deceased sergeant at Anyigba and accompany it to Adamawa for burial.

Aya said the family of the deceased sergeant policeman requested that his remains be brought home for burial.

The police spokesperson said that the driver of the truck and his conductor disappeared immediately the incident happened to evade beingarrested.

He said that the corpses of the two police inspectors had been deposited at a morgue in Lokoja, adding that the civilian driver of the ambulance had been released to his family.

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AIG passes on to the great beyond 14 days to retirement

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AIG passes on to the great beyond 14 days to retirement

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 8,Lokoja, Kogi state, Mr Yunana Yukubu Babas has passed on to the great beynd barely 14 days to his retirement.
The Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), for the zone, Inspector Ruth Awi, made the disclosure to newsmwn in Lokoja on Friday.

She indicated that Babas was hail and hearty on Wednesday when he reported in Office and was preparing for his retirement which would have come up in two weeks.
Awi explained further that on getting home, he took ill, adding that when the ailment did not abate, Babas was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre,(FMC), Lokoja for proper medical attention where he gave up the ghost at about 10.30 a.m on Thursday.
It would be recalled that two other police officers attach to the police command in the state, who were on a mission to convey the body of their late colleague from the state to Adamawa state lost their lives in an auto crash.

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Niger Government debunks report of plan to recruit 4,000 Youths to fight insecurity

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The Niger state government has described as baseless and untrue reports in some online media that the state government has concluded plans to recruit about 4,000 youths across the 25 local government areas of the state to fight the security challenge bedeviling the state.

The purported report was credited to the Commissioner for local government, community development and Chieftaincy affairs, Mallam Abdulmalik Sarkin Daji.
However, while dissociating himself from the story through a statement in Minna on Friday, Sarkin Daji said, the report trending in some social media is nothing but fake news adding that it is the imagination of the reporter.
The commissioner said the publication was the creation of the reporter, pointing out that he has not granted any interview or made any public statement to that effect in any forum.
He wondered where the reporter got his facts from.
Sarkin Daji who admitted that the state is faced with serious security challenges, occasioned by the activities of the armed bandits, said the government has no any immediate plan to engage the youths in the fight against armed bandits.
According to Sarkin Daji, while the state government welcomes the idea of the state policing to compliment the efforts of security agencies who have remained committed to the fight against armed bandits and other criminal elements across the state, the government has not approved the engagement of youths to fight insecurity.
The commissioner who expressed the commitment of the government to ending the activities of the armed bandits in the state, disclosed that over 2,000 local vigilantes have been mobilized across the state to compliment the efforts of the security joint TaskForce combating armed Banditry in the state.
He therefore urged the public to disregard the said publication, stressing that the state government will continue to give the necessary support to security agencies in the state to enable them win the war against armed bandits and other form of criminalities in the state.

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