Labour demands for implementation of N30,000 minimum wage in Kogi
By Friday Idachaba
The Organised Labour in Kogi, on Saturday, appealed to Gov. Yahaya Bello to implement the N30,000 minimum wage in the state.
The unions also urged the governor to address the issue of salary percentage payment to local government workers and teachers.
Chairman of the state chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Onu Edoka, made the appeal in his address at a rally commemorating the 2021 Workers’ Day at Confluence Stadium, Lokoja.
Edoka said that workers in the state could no longer cope with the prevailing economic situation in the country.
He said that two years after President Muhammadu Buhari had signed the N30,000 minimum wage bill into law, some states, including Kogi, had yet to commence implementation.
Edoka described the development as “worrisome and a great disservice” to Nigerian workers, adding that implementation of the new minimum wage would help ameliorate the suffering of workers under the current economic reality.
He also urged the state government to urgently address the issue of salary percentage payment to council workers and primary schools teachers in the state.
“Our local government workers are not finding things easy, as we are all aware that the prices of food in the market today have gone up. They have children’s school fees to pay and other bills.
“What will percentage salary do in this regard. I am using this medium to appeal to our governor to do the needful, as we are very optimistic that he will listen to our cry.
“It didn’t start with the current administration, as we won’t shy away from the fact that there was improvement when Bello came on board,” he said.
The labour leader, however, admonished those agitating for the removal of minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list to concurrent legislative list to stop such agitation, as Nigerian workers would always oppose and reject it.
The state Head of Service (HOS), Mrs Hannah Odiyo, in her address, commended the organised labour for the industrial peace in the state, in spite of the non- implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage.
She said that the Workers’ Day was set aside to celebrate and appreciate workers for their roles in nation-building.
Odiyo, who said that the Gov. Bello-led administration was committed to workers’ welfare, solicited for the support of workers for government policies and programmes geared towards improving the lives of the people of the state. (NAN)
2021 Eid-el-Fitr: Gov Sule preaches peace, love, reiterates observance of COVID-19 protocols
From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia
Nasarawa state governor Abdullahi Sule has called on security agencies across the state to
continue to be vigilant by intensifing their efforts in safeguarding lives and property of the citizens in the state at the Eid-El-Fitr celebrations.
In a statement signed by the acting governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe which was made available to our to the NationalUpdate on Thursday, he called on the Federal Road Safety Commission and other security agencies to ensure traffic is properly maintained to safe guard the lives and property of the citizens of the state.
The governor used the medium to call on motorists and other road users to obey traffic regulations.
He said: “As we come to the end of this year’s Ramadan Fast, on behalf of the Government and People of Nasarawa State, I felicitate with all Muslim faithful in the State as we join millions of Nigerians and other brethren across the globe to mark the 2021 Eid-el-Fitr (Sallah) celebration.”
The statement reads in part, “I implore all Muslims to remain steadfast in applying the virtues of Ramadan through sustained supplication, hospitality and good neighbourliness, as well as imbibing the spirit of sharing in our daily lives.”
He admonished the citizens of the State to continue to pray for the peace, security and economic prosperity of the State.
“My dear brethren, perhaps, I should take the liberty of this festive period to warn on the danger of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. I need to state that we have received the first dose of Astra Zeneca Vaccine and distributed same across the Primary Healthcare Centres in the State,” the statement added.
The governor, however, called on religious and opinion leaders to continue to sensitize the public on the need to accept the vaccine and get vaccinated for the well-being of the society.
He added that the protection of lives of the people during this trying times remain sacrosanct, hence the need to continue to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols.
The statement further urged the people of the state to continue to preach peace, show love, understanding, tolerance and good neighbourliness among theirselves and humanity at large.
Eid-el-Fitr: Gov Matawalle calls for prayers to end banditry
Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, has called on Muslim Ummah to unite in prayer towards ending insecurity bedevilling the state during the Eid el- fitr celebration.
In a statement marking the Eid el-fitr celebration, the governor said consistent prayers would greatly assist in easing the tension in the state.
In a statement signed by Yusuf Idris Gusau, the Director General Media, Public Enlightenment and Communication, the governor assured the state’s civil servants that in spite of dwindling resources characterized by impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on global economy and banditry activities in the state, his administration will not take decisions that will be detrimental to their welfare.
The governor gave the assurance in his Eid-el-fitr Sallah goodwill message to the people of the state.
While observing that many states having suffered from the current trying times causing such state government to consider reducing their workforce, Matawalle maintained that such will not happen under his leadership.
He said, intead, his administration has continued to evolve ways of meeting the demands of the people through the purchase of a range of food products, which were distributed across all the State’s 2,516 polling units, provision of assistance to a number of Islamic centres throughout the State in order to sustain the government’s food distribution efforts during the Holy Month.
Similar gesture was also extended to the state’s Council of Chiefs, Remand Home, Orphanages, and Civil Servants, 40,000 pieces of shadda and atamfa clothing materials were purchased and distributed to orphans and other less privileged individuals to enable them celebrate the Eid el- fitri in a happy state of mind.
In order to give a sense of belonging to those in prison custody, the state government also donated 400 bags of assorted grains to the inmates of Gusau Correctional Facility in the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan.
He said despite the threats posed by banditry and its repercussions, in addition to the cash crunch, his administration is leaving its mark on the sands of time by mobilising resources to execute a number of public projects across the State.
The governor wished the people of the state a happy and memorable Sallah celebration and urged the good people of the state to continue to pray for peace and tranquility as well as continue to uphold the good morals and lessons learnt in the Holy and blessed month of Ramadan to better the society calling for more prayers to end banditry in the state and the country at large
Eid-El-Fitr: Police in Kogi to ensure adequate protection of lives, properties
The Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, CP Ede Ayuba Ekpeji has reiterated the Commands’ readiness to synergise with other security agencies in the State to ensure adequate protection of lives and properties during and after the Eid-El-Fitr celebrations.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the command DSP William Aya in a statement issued on Wednesday assured members of the public that the Command has made adequate deployment of its personnel across the State to secure public places and guarantee a safe and secure environment for all.
Explaining further, Aya noted that the Area Commanders, Tactical and operational Commanders as well as the Divisional Police Officers have been charged to ensure a hitch free celebrations in their Area of Responsibilities.
He urged law abiding citizens to go about their lawful activities as he warned those planning to firment trouble to desist from any act capable of disrupting the existing peace the State is enjoying.
According to him, the Command will not hesitate to deal with any one caught committing any act of lawlessness in the State.
The Commissioner of Police called on the members of the public to sharpen their power of observation and report any suspicious objects, movements and activities around their neighborhood to the Police or any other security agencies in the State to enable prompt response to mitigate the act.
The CP commended the heads of Security agencies in the State on the effective synergy in the fight against criminality. Also to members of the Police Command’s management team for their continue support to making the Command achieved a relative peace we are enjoying.
To this end, the Commissioner of Police assures that the command’s tempo in the fight against crime and criminality and to reclaim public spaces remain unequivocal and unwavering.
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