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NASS Clerk constitutes panel to resolve workers demands against proposed strike

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In a bid to avert an impending strike action by workers, the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Ojo Olatunde Amos, has constituted a nine-man implementation committee to resolve  workers’ demands.

The option to have the committee in place was coming on the heels of a 21 days ultimatum given by the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), who threatened to embark on strike if their demands were not met.

At the inauguration of the Committee Amos assured that the management would continue to make staff’s condition of service and welfare a matter of priority.

The Special Adviser to the CNA on Media and Labour Matters, Austen Adesoro, who issued a statement in Abuja to that effect, indicated that the 9-man panel, chaired by the Secretary, Human Resources and Staff Development, Elder Felix Orunwese, was set up by management in order to attend to issues of welfare raised by staff.

The statement quoted the CNA to have said that the National Assembly’s management would do all within its powers to ensure that staff get what is due to them on a proactive basis.

He stressed the need for dialogue as a pragmatic panacea to the situation on ground instead of unnecessary agitations.

He noted that the management under his leadership, upon assumption of duty, had on its own volition and without threats, paid three separate allowances to staff, namely: leave bonus, legislative duty allowance (LDA) and end of the year bonus.

He said that the management also ensured the prompt release of its promotion list.

Olatunde added that the National Assembly management has concluded plans to provide staff buses to ease staff transportation, especially in the face of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CNA said: “You will agree with me that this historic meeting is actually called to demonstrate our commitment and passionate desire to make your Condition of Service (CoS) a continuous priority.

“I want to say it loud and clear that we shall never rest on our desire to make all staff of the National Assembly very important always, because of the high value management places on you.

“This proactive dimension we have tailored out informed the Inauguration of the Committee on the Implementation of the Condition of Service which shall continuously be used within the National Assembly under our watch.”

The CNA however tasked the committee to be committed to the terms of reference which include: “To work out modalities towards further sustainable implementation of the condition of service and other related welfare matters.

“To cost each of the allowances and present a feasible timetable for a staggered implementation.”

Olatunde also advised the staff not to allow themselves to be used to foment unnecessary trouble as this would not augur well for the stability and image of the National Assembly.

Chairman of PASAN, National Assembly Chapter, Mr. Sunday Sabiyi, in his remarks, said that the pending staff welfare issues that needed to be urgently addressed include non-payment of 22 months minimum wage arrears.

Sabiyi noted that other staff demands that need urgent implementation are rent subsidy at 40 per cent of consolidated annual salary, hazard allowance at five per cent of consolidated monthly salary, gratuity for every retiring staff and pending promotion arrears.”

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Ebubeagu: Igbo Journalists hail Southeast govs, demand immediate legislative backing

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Prominent media practitioners under the aegis of United Igbo Journalists Forum (UIJF), have applauded the recent move by Southeast governors to establish combined security outfit in the region.

In a statement issued on Tuesday and made available to newsmen in Abuja, the Journalist group led by its chairman Comrade Emeka Nze also described the idea and resolution of the five governors as “forward moving”.

The Igbo Journalists however, spoke of the need for the five Houses of Assembly in the zone to immediately follow up the decision with legislative backing in their various states.

The statement further enjoined the governors and other well-meaning stakeholders in Southeast not to relent in implementing drastic measures that will bring an end to the rising insecurity in the entire region.

“This is not the time to fold hands and watch while a faceless group emerge from nowhere to kill innocent citizens.

“It’s our firm believe that if the essence of the new security outfit known as Ebubeagu is well carried out, soon all forms of criminal activities ranging from kidnapping, killings and armed robbery will become issue of the past.

“We will also want to enjoin Southeast leaders at any level not to in anyway contemplate, talk more of politicise issues bothering on security as no one knows who will be affected at one point or the other.

“We call on well-to-do Igbo sons and daughters to join hands with the governors in a bid to secure our territory. More efforts should be injected in the area of job creation and empowerment as means of engaging our youths in whatever positive venture,” the statement said.

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NCPC explores Holy Sites in Jordan for 2021 pilgrimage

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The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, (NCPC) Rev Yakubu Pam said that the Commission is ready to explore New Holy Sites around the world.

He disclosed this recently during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities in Jordan.

Rev. Pam explained that the Commission has come to Jordan on a state of readiness and exploration visit.
In his words “We came to explore holy sites and we will need your maximum corporation to make it a reality”.

The secretary hinted that the President of Nigeria, President Mohammed Buhari has given the Commission approval to explore the holy sites in Jordan.

Rev. Pam described the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission is a body that is saddled with the responsibility of taking intending pilgrims to Holy Lands around the world.
According to him, “The Commission coordinates the activities of intending pilgrims from Nigeria to any holy site around the world, Israel, Greece and Rome including Jordan.”

He added that the Commission is mandated to ensure the safety of every Nigeria pilgrim as it is of paramount importance.

He therefore solicited for the support of the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities to facilitate the procurement of visas for Intending pilgrims because it is of utmost importance to the commencement of the 2021 pilgrimage.

He thanked the Minister of Tourism for his warm reception.
In his words “I want to appreciate you since we came here we have been receiving lots of cooperation from your people, we have not had any difficulties”.
In his response the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nayef Hmeidi Al-Fayez who was represented by the Maanaging Director, Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat thanked the Executive Secretary and members of his team for coming to explore holy sites in Jordan.

He assured the Executive Secretary that the people of Jordan are peaceful and hospitable. According to him “In terms of security, I want to assure you that Jordan is very safe for visitors.”

He promised to ensure that the issue of visa is looked into as the outcome will be both favourable to Nigeria and Jordan.

Arabiyat assured that they would give the Commission the necessary cooporation as both countries have a good relationship with each other.

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Synergos Nigeria urges Kogi to implement Agric. Investment Plan, woo Investors

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By Friday Idachaba
Country Director of Synergos Nigeria, Mr Victor Adejoh, has called on Kogi government to implement its Agricultural Investment Plan to woo Investors and boost agriculture development in the state.

Synergos Nigeria is an international Non-Governmental Organisation

Adejoh who made the call in interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lokoja said Synergos worked in the state between 2016 and 2019 alongside critical stakeholders to develop the plan.

He said that under the the aegis of the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA) collaboration produced the document which now resides in the state Agriculture Ministry to woo private investments in the Agriculture sector to the state.

The Country Director said it would be great to see the current administration in the state display the political will to work on the foundations laid in the past to revamp the state agriculture sector.

“When Synergos got into the state, one thing we did was to identify the strategic leaders from the non-state actors and the state actors and we brought them under a platform called the Agricultural Vision Group (AVG).

That platform helped build collaboration in the state in a way that the efforts and investments of government in that sector saw people working together to address a common issue which was how to increase farmers income and improve their livelihood.

He said that the organisation also supported government to set up a Core Delivery Team (CDT) which was able to organise all those critical to policy development and implementation.

Adejoh therefore, advised the state to revitalise the Core Delivery Team (CDT) and strengthen the Agricultural Vision Group (AVG) which was made up of government and non-government actors including the Civil Society, financial institutions, private sector investors and input providers.

The Country Director said that by reactivating and revitalising the initiatives, government stood to benefit a lot from the revenue that would accrue from their engagements and bridging of gaps.

“At a point in time in the history of Nigeria and in the history of the world, Kogi State ranked the highest producer of cassava and sometime between 2015 and 2019, Kogi State also accounted for the highest production of cashew nuts in the country.

“If you understand Kogi State very well, stakeholders both state and non-state actors had been working in different directions until 2016.

“So, when Synergos got into the state, one thing we did was to identify the strategic leaders from the non-state actors and the state actors and we brought them under the AVG platform.

He urged Kogi government to return the state back to its place of recognition especially with crops of comparative advantage especially, Cassava and Cashew. (NAN)

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