Kogi State says it has offset payment of N2.9b pensions and gratuity
The Kogi state government has indicated that it has spent N2.9 billion in offsetting the payment of pensions and gratuity of pensioners in 2021.
This was made known by the state Commissioner of Finance, Budget and Economic planning, Mukadam Asiwaju Asiru Idris, while presenting the 2021 1st quarter Pensioners and Gratuity payment infortmation of the state.
He pointed out that the payment which was expended in the first quarter of the year is in line with the New Direction government of Governor Yahaya Bello that has vowed not to neglect any section of the state.
According to him, “Kogi state New Direction Government as led by His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello had shown and emphasised convincingly that no section of the state will be neglected, especially those who have served the state meritoriously through the instrumentality of the civil service.
“To further validate the intention of Governor Yahaya Bello and his purposeful administration, Public service and Pension Reforms forms the crux of the 9 thematic areas through which progressive change would be engendered in the state.
“The inclusion of reforms in the pension and public service is a deliberate approach to bringing back sanity and dignity to the service, for both active and retired, as they have all immensely contributed to the development of the state.
“For the month of January, 10, 260 retirees received the total amount of N868,361,865.99, for the month of February and March 10,307 and 10,356 retirees received a commensurate amount of N876,739,452.13 and 883,182,523.36 respectively.
“The total amount received by the retirees for the first quarter of the foregoing year is N2, 628,283,841.48.”
He also indicated that inspite of the scarce financial resources accrued to the state, N100 million in each month of January, February and March was spent as gradual repayment of gratuity, which amounted to N300,000,000 for the quarter.
“The amount paid for Pension, which is N2,628,283,841.48 and Gratuity N300,000,000 in the first quarter, amounts to a total of N2, 928,283,841.48.”
Asiru said the state has and will continue to show transparency and accountability in the utilization of state resources, as government has great respect for the people in its decision making.
“The New direction government has reinforced her quest to continually provide a people oriented services and an exemplary democratic system that works for all”, he said.
Don’t pay lip service to resolution, South-South Study Group (3SG), urges Southern Governors
** demands for a referendum
The South-South Study Group, (3SG) has charged the Southern States Governors not to pay lip service to their resolution but ensure that it does not stop with the communique but backed with action to lift the lot of their people from the present servitude and disadvantages that they have been subjected to.
They therefore called for a national referendum to give political action to their resolution on restructuring and their common position against open grazing among others.
The group challenged the Governors not to allow themselves to be weighed down by politics of their party affiliations as they commended them for the far reaching resolution.
The 3SG, which is a network of some of the South-South’s leading professionals in the public and private arena, gave the indication in a statement they issued on Sunday.
The statement which was signed for the group by Otoks Dan Princewill further challenged the Southern governors against shying away from articulating the desires of their people in the competive environment between the large majority of progressively minded Nigerians and the few persons determined to foster regression.
Endorsing the intervention of the Southern governors, 3SG said:
“The timely intervention by the Southern Governors presents a watershed moment as the nation becomes a contested arena between the progressive will of the people and the regressive whims and caprices of a few.
“It is for this reason that the commendable display of astutely effective diplomatic effort by the Southern Governors across party lines emphasizes the urgency and need for relief as demanded by Southerners of all affiliation.
“On this note, the Southern Governors must realise that now more than ever, regardless of party affiliation, the citizens of Southern Nigeria look up to this collective body of Southern Governors to protect them from rampaging marauders and bandits, to push forward their collective interests and hold many more positive Conferences also involving other Southern stakeholders in the immediate future for the sake of the rapidly deteriorating national state of affairs.
“Nigerians at home and in diaspora are waiting on edge with baited breath in expectation that this presents hope for a new beginning.”
Affirming that the resolution of the governors on restructuring was explicit, the group said:
“The Communiqué of the Southern Governors explicitly explains what Restructuring entails; review of resource control, revenue allocation formula, strict adherence to federal character principles in appointments and the shared interests of the Federating States.
“It is pertinent to acknowledge that our festering national ills have been dramatically amplified by a current approach of gross insensitivity to the diversity and the multicultural nature of Nigeria. This complete neglect of the most primary characteristic of Federalism by the current Federal Government worsened the already festering national malaise.
“The solutions to our national problems arising from diversity and multiculturalism were clearly stated only with slight differences and variations in the national conferences of 1995, 2005, and 2014. Interestingly, the ruling party in its review of the National Question reaffirmed these same solutions based on the imperative of Restructuring.”
Open grazing ban by southern Governors a welcome development, says Aisha
A renowned activist, Aisha Yesufu has lauded the Southern governors for taking a bold decision in ending the menace of the herders in their region through the ban on open grazing.
The activist added her voice to the reactions that has trailed the resolution of the southern Governors through her twitter handle.
She said it is clear prove that the country does not belong to one tribe but that every tribe/region has a right to make decisions.
The Southern governors after a meeting in Delta State on Tuesday, banned open grazing in their domains.
This was coming just as Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state also made it clear that there is no going back on the implementation of the ban on open grazing as resolved by Southern governors.
He said he will implement ut to the later in Rivers Stater.
Aisha in a video on her Twitter page said: “ Dear Southern Governors, Una do well! For every North there is a South and no region has monopoly of being self centered and intolerant!
“We all can be crazy and everyone has a bed in a psychiatric hospital. Na who wan occupy am dey go there!
“I’m so proud of southern governors, let them keep making such decisions and having meetings and sending communiques.
“They think it’s only Northern governors that have a day in this country . There’s so much insolence and disrespect in this country.
“I see some people coming out to say the southern governors don’t have the right to make such decisions but yet hail northern governors for making decisions for their states.
Buhari leaves for Paris on a four-day African finance summit
The President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to depart Abuja for Paris, France, on a four-day official visit starting today Suday
A statement issued on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, indicated that the President will be attending the African Finance Summit.
The sumit the statemnt said will focus on reviewing African economy, following shocks from the Coronavirus pandemic, and getting relief, especially from increased debt burden on countries.
The statement was titled ‘President Buhari to participate in African Finance Summit in Paris, meet with Emmanuel Macron on security.’
Shehu said the smmit, to be hosted by French President, Emmanuel Macron, would draw major stakeholders in the global finance institutions and some Heads of Government, who will, collectively, discuss external funding and debt treatment for Africa, and private sector reforms.
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