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KOGI STATE GOVERNMENT STATEMENT AGAINST THE PROPOSED STRIKE ACTION BY ORGANIZED LABOUR. 

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Kogi State Commissioner of information Awwal Muhammed Imam

Kogi State Commissioner of information Awwal Muhammed Imam

The attention of Kogi State Government has been drawn to a statement contained in the bulletin 8 of the State branch of NLC/ TUC, directing Civil Servants to commence strike action with effect from Monday, 27th June 2016.

This development is viewed with sabotage, considering the fact that payment of arrears of salaries commenced two weeks ago. 48 MDAs  out of the total 55 MDAs have been paid, 7 MDAs are yet to be paid because the correct grade levels of the workers are being verified. Salary variations were received from many MDAs for the month of February to April 2016. 14 Local Government Areas with correct information has been paid, while work is in advance stage for the payment of both Local Government Areas and State Pensioners.

The patience Kogi State workers have endured, should not be thrown away by accepting the strike action. Please note that the action will truncate the ongoing efforts of payment of remaining 7 MDAs, LGAs, and Pensioners.

Government has the best interest of the State Civil Servants and the entire Kogi State at heart.  The Screening Exercise, which is the main cause delay in the payments of salaries is being carried out in order to eliminate the deep rot we have within the civil service. Those behind the proposed strike action may be those benefitting from the series of illegal salary payment in the past that has crippled the State. I assure you that Government is working round the clock to ensure that the remaining civil servant are paid within the coming days.

I wish to state categorically that His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State remains committed to the general wellbeing of all Kogi State indigenes, which include the Civil Servants, and ever prepared to weed out ghost workers from the State, with a view to allow workers get paid as at when due.

For the love and passion that we have for the younger ones in school particularly in Kogi State University, Government wishes to use this medium to plead with the Academic Staff Union of the university to return to their classrooms. The ASUU strike affects not just the psyche of the student, but also causes further stress to the parents and ultimately tarnishes the reputation of our great State. ASUU is reminded that they were the first to be paid even when Government could assess only 40% of the bailout funds requested.

We should all remain focused on the prize and remind ourselves that the screening exercise will create a lot of savings for the state. The money saved will be used in the prompt and complete payments of the genuine civil servants and also assist in the critical developmental areas identified by His Excellency. These include the creation of world class public model schools, health institutions, development of small and medium enterprises and also rapid rural infrastructural development.

Civil servants should think deep and join forces with the Government in order to develop our dear State. His Excellency implores you all to disregard falsehoods from persons trying to hinder the development of the State for their personal and other reasons.

To this end, I hereby enjoined all genuine Civil Servants in the State to go about their normal work schedule and let us all build a new Kogi State in the NEW DIRECTION of the Administration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

 

GOD BLESS THE ENTIRE WORKERS IN KOGI STATE!

GOD BLESS THE ENTIRE KOGITES!

 

UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL!

 

THANK YOU.

Signed: Hon. Mohammed Awwal Imam
Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism

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Buhari returns to Nigeria after weeks of medical trip to the UK

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Buhari returns to Nigeria after weeks of medical trip to the UK

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buharihas returned to Abuja after weeks on medical trip in London.
This was according to a statement from the presidency on Thursday.
The president had been heavily criticized for his perchance for medical expedition inspite huge budgetary allocation to the Presdential Villa clinic.
His critics also blamed him for embarking on such trip even when resident doctors in his country were on industrial action.
The presidential aircraft that brought Buhari and some of his aides touched down at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 4.45 p.m.
Dignitaries at the airport to welcome the president included the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammed Bello, and the National Security Adviser to the President, Babagana Monguno.
Others were the service chiefs, acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali, the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufa’i, the Director General of the State Securitt Services, Yusuf Bichi and other presidential aides.
President Buhari, after a brief welcoming ceremony at the airport, boarded a presidentrtial helicopter that conveyed him to the Presidential Villa.

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Participants urge Kogi to key into Open Government Partnership

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Participants urge Kogi to key into Open Government Partnership

By Friday Idachaba

Participants at a one-day stakeholders strategic meeting on Open Governance Partnership have called on Kogi government to urgently key into the global concept to promote transparency, accountability and good governance.

The participants made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting organised by Conscience For Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) in partnership with African Centre For Leadership Strategies And Development (Centre LSD) on Tuesday in Lokoja.

The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the Communiqué was signed by Mr Idris Miliki, Executive Director of Kogi-based CHRCR and made available to newsmen in Lokoja.

The Communiqué said that in view of the importance of the global OGP concept with potentials to check corruption and enhance good governance, 16 states in Nigeria had presently signed up.

It however revealed that Kogi State was yet to key into the global concept and urged the state to, as a matter of urgency, sign up for the state to derive inherent benefits of the partnership.

Objective of the meeting in line with the OGP concept, according to the Communiqué, is to encourage accountability, transparency and reduce corruption in Kogi State.

It is also to build on the existing Networks on Anti-Corruption, Transparency and Accountability (NATA), to mobilize Media institutions and professionals in reporting activities on OGP in Kogi State.

The participants however, urged multi-lateral financial institutions particular the World Bank to begin to hold State Governments accountable by verifying the situations of implementations on ground before rating them on financed projects.

The Communiqué reiterated that there should be no rivalry but rather, a broad based relationship and partnerships between the state government and the Civil Society Organizations as both work for and in the interest of the citizens.

The Communiqué said there was need for the current House of Assembly members to live up to their constitutional responsibilities by performing their oversight functions on all institutions of the state, “particularly the local government councils.”

It also called on Media Professionals to take more interest in OGP issues and partner more with the Civil Society Organisations in particular and other relevant institutions to drive the OGP Concept.

“The Civil Society Organizations needs to do more in raising awareness and sensitization of the general public on the OGP and with the Government to get the OGP.

“There is need for the development partners to continue to work with the Civil Society Organizations in the state to promote the OGP process”, the Communiqué added. (NAN)

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Again Presidecy tackles Bishop Kukah over damning sermon

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Again Presidecy tackles Bishop Kukah over damning sermon

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, of Sokoto Catholic diocese, has come under attack again from the Presidency for describing Nigeria as a killing field under the Buhari administration.
Kukah in his Easter homily on Sunday, said both the government and the citizens have become helpless as criminals continue to cause havoc in parts of the country.
The battle over insecurity in Nigeria has continued unabated especially in the northern parts of the country where bandits and insurgents have turned to a killing field.
Kukah said the security situation has frustrated many citizens making them to believe the government has gone AWOL (absent without official leave).

“Taunted by Boko Haram, ravaged by bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, and other merchants of death across the nation, there is collective fear as to whether Nigeria’s glory is about to depart” the bishop said.
“Retired military and intelligence officers lament over what has become of their glorious profession, as they watch the humiliation of our military personnel. Traumatised citizens are tortured daily by bandits.
“The nation has since become a massive killing field, as both government and the governed look on helplessly. A thick and suffocating cloud of desperation, despondency, desolation, gloom, and misery hangs in the hot air. We have no message and have no idea how long this will last.”

However in a statement issued in Abuja Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman said Kukah’s “bashing” of President Muhammadu Buhari is “ungodly.”
“All citizens have their individual ideologies, even their own versions of truth. But if you profess to being a man of God, as Father Mathew Hassan Kukah does, ideology should not stand in the way of facts and fairness,” he said.
“Father Kukah has said some things that are inexplicable in his Easter message. But, in saying that the Boko Haram terrorism is worse than it was in 2015, he did not speak like a man of God. 

“Kukah should go to Borno or Adamawa to ask the citizens there the difference between 2014 and 2021.”
Shehu also faulted the bishop for saying Buhari is not concerned about those displaced because of the security crisis, citing the creation of the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development as part of the president’s efforts in that regard.
“Some of the comments are no more than a sample of the unrestrained rhetoric Fr. Kukah trades in, which he often does in the guise of a homily,” the presidential spokesman said.
“We urge well-meaning citizens to continue to support the ongoing efforts by the administration to secure the country and move it forward.”

With additional reports from Cable

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