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Kogi poly Asup embarks on indefinite strike as Labour gives one week ultimatum

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The Academic staff Union of polytechnics (ASUP) Kogi state polytechnic Lokoja chapter has ordered its members to proceed on an indefinite strike beginning from today (Monday) over non payment of salaries.

The chairman of ASUP Gboloromi Samuel Sunday gave the directives yesterday in Lokoja as the only option left to compel the government to heed to their demand for arrears of salaries.

The organized Labour in Kogi State has issued a one week ultimatum to the State Government within which to effect the full payment of salary for the month of July to its members or be faced with industrial action.
This was contained in a bulletin dated September 5th, 2017 which was signed by all chairmen of the Union chairmen and issued to newsmen in Lokoja yesterday.
The organised labor is made up of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) and Public Sector Joint Negotiation Council (PSJNC).
This is happening as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Kogi State University chapter had been at loggerhead with the Government leading to the proscription of the union in the State varsity by Governor Yahaya Bello.
New lecturers have been employed to replace those that refused to resume at the State varsity even as academic programs have a caricature of what it used to be.
It would be recalled that in February this year, six kogi state owned tertiary institutions had embarked on an indefinite strike which paralyzed the academic programmes across the instructions in the state for five months however, the polytechnics had in July suspended their strike but the recent development of government’s failure to pay their july salaries is once again taking them to the trenches.
Sunday stated that although, the 21 days ultimatum earlier given to government to meet with the negotiated demands before suspending the strike was not over, the need for his members to collect their salaries cannot be swept under the carpet, stressing that the impending strike can be averted if the government pays their salaries before Monday.

“Early in the year, Six state owned tertiary institutions embarked on indefinite strike, Kogi state Polytechnic acceded Government plea to suspended the strike and resumed academic programmes which they complied while others refused to bulge.

“Even when reminded that they had not kept their promise on the agreement we had with them before suspending the strike, we still continue with our work, until when things got to a head that we recently issued 21 days ultimatum to resume the strike or they should hasten the process to meet the agreement.

“We were surprised , when July salaries were being paid to our colleagues in other tertiary institutions across the state ,our members were being left out. When we enquire, we were told that the state has no money to pay us, even when all the civil servants in the state have collected theirs.

” As I speak, my members have exhausted all sources from where they used to borrow money. Right now, our members are starving, we dont have transport money to come to work, no tools to work with even primary things like stencils are not provided.
“We urged the governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to immediately commence the payment of July salaries to our members, as what is good for the goose is good for the gander” to abort the impending strike that will once again paralyzed the academic progression of our students. “He warned .
The Chairman , however called on the governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello and all well meaning Nigerians to press on the administration to immediately commence the payment of july salaries to the members to avert further disruptions to the academic programmes of the school.
Kogi State government last week paid 50% salary to workers against the demand of Labour for full salaries to its members.
Labour has also demand that the State government account for the money collected from the federation account, bailout and the Paris Club refund.
According to Labour Majority of its workers are still being owed salaries ranging from ten to twenty months, which it said has led to the death of some of them and mass withdrawal of their children from school.
They called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently call Governor Bello to order to avoid mass death of his workers.
But the state government had said that its inability to pay salaries was due to dwindling revenue from the federation account, saying that the arrears will be paid as soon as funds are available.
Governor Yahaya Bello had embarked on workers verification which lasted for over fifteen months to sanitize the Civil service, an exercise described by Labour as largely a huge failure.
A Civil servant who in confidence, noted that if what the government claimed to have saved through the exercise was anything to go by, the state should be in position to pay salaries with ease.
“They claimed to have saved over one billion Naira from the screening exercise. Where is the money. If actually the saved that much, they should be able to pay salaries.
Continuing the organized labour accused the State Government of shady dealings and double standards in its presentation where it admitted having inherited a wage bill of N2.7 billion before the screening exercise and yet arrived at N3.1B as its current wage bill even when many workers are not being paid.
The bulletin indicated that it amounted to double speak and gross irregularity on the part of Government to later changed its earlier figure of N3.1B as wage bill to the N2.6B as presented by labour.
“We wish to bring to your notice that Government in response to our correspondence on this matter has now brought down monthly wage bill of the State from their earlier N3.1B to N2.6B.”
“Comrades, if the N2.6B being quoted now by Government as July wage bill is sacrosanct, and if the monthly allocation that accrued to the State from Federation account without Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) shared in the month of August 2017 stands at N2.6B as presented to the organised labour, we then wish to ask, why the percentage payment.
It explained that government could further access some funds from its IGR for other government expenditure(s)?.
According to the bulletin, “Comrades, it is no longer news that government has made good her threat of reducing our salaries to 50% and 40% for state workers and local government workers/teachers respectively.
The union also challenge the government to come out and tell the public what happened to the allocation Kogi State received in the month of June 2017 without mentioning the previous months.
The union however maintained its stance of not settling for percentage/half salary payment adding that the 50% salary payment to State workers and 40% to Local Government workers and teachers is considered as Sallah gift as earlier stated.
It urged Government to pay July salary in full on or before 12th September, 2017 to sustain the industrial peace and harmony in the State currently enjoyed.

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2020 IDPWD: Humanitarian Ministry Presents Palliative to the Vulnerable in the Mosque

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The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development on Friday made a symbolic presentation of gifts to the vulnerable at the FCDA Central Mosque Abuja to commemorate the 2020 International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

Representative of the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Sadiya Umar Farouk, Deputy Director of Humanitarian Affairs Department, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman said” the presentation is on behalf of the Honourable Minister and the Permanent Secretary.

The Imam of the FCDA Central Mosque, Mallam Abdallah Ahmad Karshi, appreciated the gesture of the Ministry as he lauded the ministry for the good reports on its activities.

He said, “when somebody meets the needs of others, God will also meet theirs.

He promised to ensure the distribution of the items is done transparently to reach the targeted persons within the Mosque as he prayed for the Progress of the Ministry.

The items include 5 bags of Rice,5 Cartons of milk, 20 wrappers, bail of clothes and cash donation.

The Jumat Prayers will be followed by a Church Service on Sunday, 29th November, 2020 at St. Matthews Anglican Church Gwarinpa and other activities lined up for the commemoration.

The annual global commemoration of the International Day for PWDS is aimed at promoting the rights and well being of the Persons With Disabilities in all aspects of society and development.

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party has said it lacked authentic membership registration of its members nationwide.

Speaking at a meeting of APC Senate Caucus wednesday the party’s caretaker committee chairman Maimala Buni said since the membership registration exercise of 2013, the party has no authentic register in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Buni said some members who left the party in 2018 and joined the opposition party still have their names on the party’s register. 

He added that many others who joined the party from 2014 to date do not have their names in the register.

Buni said the revalidation of the party’s membership register has become imperative to expunge names of those who had left the party and include those who have joined the party from 2014 to date in compliance with Article 9:4 of the Party Constitution. 

He also disclosed that the caretaker committee has set up a high powered committee made up of eminent party leaders, legal practitioners and experts to study the reviewed Constitution and to make recommendations to the effect of the necessary amendments.

Tthe Chairman, APC caretaker committee, Governor Maimala Buni said the party’s reconciliation effort to settle aggrieved persons and factions has paid off, noting that the conflicts in most of the state chapters of the party have been settled.

Speaking at a meeting of APC Senate Caucus, Buni said the party now proudly paraded political heavy weights in various states who have either returned back to the party or freshly joined the party. 

He said the defection of Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi and several legislators of the state assembly was great milestones in the party’s restoration process.

“Many others have indicated interests to either return or join the party. In fact, I want to assure you all that APC will soon shock Nigeria’s political space with massive and unprecedented defections ever witnessed in the political history of our great country, and by the grace of God, APC will undoubtedly remain Nigeria’s leading political party,” he added. 

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