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NUP sends SOS to Buhari over alleged 6 years deduction, non increment of arrears by NSITF

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NUP sends SOS to Buhari over alleged 6 years deduction, non increment of arrears by NSITF

The Nigeria Union of  Pensioners (NUP) has cried out to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the various neglects they have suffered and untold hardships it’s members are facing in the hands of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Funds (NSITF) through deduction l increase their arrears from 6 to 12 years now.

This was coming as the Union has resolved to take necessary lawful action against the NSITF Management if it failed to address the Pensioners plight raised in their letters.

It was gathered that NUP had written over 10 letters to NISTF, which its negotiation team always tacitly waived aside with a statement of attending to it later but never did, especially on the 2013 increment in their arrears.

This followed a petition written by the pensioners to the Minister of
with Ref; FMLE/2019/001, dated 7th February 2019 titled “Save
our souls”.
Another petition was also sent the Managing Director of NISTF dated August 2018 for which the President, the Minister of labour, the National Chairman of Salaries, Income and Wages Commission and the General Secretary National Union of Pensioners were copied
and made available to our reporter.

The petition which was respectively signed by the Chairman of NUP Aham P. Mbazigwe -Akonye and the Secretary, Ayo F. Olutekunbi shows that NSITF did not pay the increases in pension arising from August 2013 increases in the wages and salaries of workers.

Further investigation by our reporter showed that the Managing
Director of NISTF summoned a meeting and constituted a committee after threats by the NUP to picket NISTF.
However, nothing was done as the Executive Director (Finance and investment) as well as General Managers (GM) Administration, investment and Risk of the Scheme told the Pensioner Executive that the figure contained in the report were above the financial approval Capacity.

Part of the petitions read, “The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) NSITF Branch wishes to draw of the attention of the NSITF Management once again to the following letters addressed to the management and refusal to give responses to the correspondences, (a )our letter ref: 2017/001 dated Ist March 2017, (b) our letter ref; 2017/003 dated 21th June 2017.
Others are, (c) ref:2017/004 dated 11th June 2017, (d) Nigeria Union of Pensioners National Headquarters ref: NUP/NHQ/SB/21/VOL. 1 dated 26th Sept 2017 (e) NUP National Head Quarters red: NUP/NHQ/SB/21/VOL.1 Dated 20th Oct.2017. (F) Our letter ref; 2017/007 dated 22th Nov. 2017 (g) our letter ref: 2017)008 dated 16th March 2018 (h) our letter date 29th March 2018 (I) our letter dated 27th April 2018 (J) our letter dated 5th July 2018.

“The National Union of Pensioners (NUP) NSITF Branch, a prominent stakeholder in the NSITF Scheme considered non response to our letters majority of which centered on various neglects suffered and untold hardship by members of our union in the hands of NSITF management as a flagrant disrespect and disregards to the plight of the Pensioners of the Scheme.

“It must be said that never in the history of NSITF that Pensioners have been treated in a shabby way as witnessed by the present set of NSITF Management.

“Having considered the untold disregards and neglecs of the NSITF Pensioners by the management, the Pensioners have been pushed to the wall in seeking redress to the point raised in the aforementioned letters

“The Union has therefore resolved to take the bull by the horns by giving the management two weeks to address the Pensioners plight raised in our letters, failing which we would be force by your inaction to take a stand.”

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NUJ worries that it has become soft targed for Govt, protesters

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The Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ) has expressed concern that the Union as journalists and media organisations have become soft targets of attack by both Government and even protesters.
This was contained in a statement issued by the National President of the Union Chris Isiguzor in Abuja on Monday where he condemned the unending assault on the Media.
He said, “The decision by industry regulator, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to penalise Arise Television, Channels Television and AIT over what it alleges as unprofessional coverage of the #EndSARS protests across the country further exposes the nation’s anti-democratic tendencies.
“Rather than trying to muzzle the media, we suggest that the NBC should applaud media coverage of the protests and the professionalism of Journalists who despite the enormous risks to their lives ensured a comprehensive coverage of the protests.”
He observed that despite all its perceived short comings, the media remains the most viable tool for good governance and democracy and should be jealously guarded and protected.
“Actions like this only bring back unpleasant memories of the long tenure of Military rule and the established culture of intolerance against the media when Nigeria recorded her most grievous crimes against the industry. “Sadly, we are once more witnessing actions that seek to undermine the profession by both State and non-State actors.”
He called for an end to the open contempt and disrespect for the Media by NBC.
The president noted that the fines imposed on the media houses are unnecessary, discriminatory and an attempt to discourage a free, independent media, hence it should be withdrawn immediately.

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#Extortion of FCT motorists: AMAC boss tenders apology to residents

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Chairman Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Abdullahi Candido, has tendered unreserved apology to residents of the Council over the highhandedness of its Taskforce charged with the responsibility of enforcing compliance with safe road usage by motorists.
Candido tendered the apology yesterday to residents at a stakeholders Town Hall meeting convened by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Taskforce/Marshall: Security Implications and Challenges. 
The town hall meeting was convened to brainstorm on the concerns by members of the public, particularly motorists, over the high-handedness, extortion and harassment by the taskforce.
AMAC authorities had severally alleged that not all revenue collectors are genuine, however, the NUJ felt there was need to critically examine the character of the Taskforce and sift the wheat from the chaff.
Continuing AMAC chairman pointed out that truely, AMAC task force has over reached its bound with the way it went about its task of ensuring safe road usage by motorists.”Government comes Government goes, what is most important is the policy. Definitely some policies may be harsh not because of the law but because of the actors and implementors.”He said he was a victim of such embarrassment by officials of the task force even as Chairman of the Council, therefore he could connect with the concerns of the residents, stakeholders in the Municipal.He told the gathering that the complaints are not strange to him because he was accosted by the marshal while on the road and embarrassed for no just cause but endured it before revealing his identity to the officials.”I have encountered it myself, I have received series of complaints, I have had reasons to drive to places from where I received complaints to intervene.”The task force has gone to the extreme. The task force did what it was not supposed to do. Sincerely on this note, we are not military dictators, we are civilians , I wish to on behalf of the management of the Abuja Municipal Area Council apologise for the hardhship we have imposed on the people.”Chairman of AMAC said.
He announced that the management of AMAC has disbanded the taskforce and replaced them with the AMAC Marshall who will undergo one month training to provide them with the requisite skills to engage motorists with respect while discharging their duty.According to him: “We are very sorry and sincerely sorry.  Sorry is not enough, we took serious step and measure to ensure the sorry takes effect.”Sometime we see many of these people wearing some form of identity. Some are fake, not all are fake, just like the ENDSARS.”These bad ones we are expunging and disbanding them.”You will never again be confronted with any fake AMAC task force. You will be engaging only with our Marshalls,” Candido stated.

He told Abuja residents to arrest any fake AMAC marshal or task force not on uniform who conducts himself outside civil means to effect compliance to safe road usage.
Chairman of the Council, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche had in his remark said the Council as partner in the development of the FCT had to bring to the front burner nagging issues among the residents for an improved FCT.Ogbeche said the move by the Council is in accordance with the agenda setting of the fourth estate of the realm, thus the town hall meeting was meant to bring the political leadership and the citizens together to discuss and find a solution to the challenge for a harmonious AMAC and the federal capital city.He maintained that the town hall meeting was not to witchunt but a meeting for social re-engineering of the measures put in place for compliance by motorists to extant rules governing safe parking, and other guide to safe roads usage by motorists.
Olakunle Awoniyi who narrates his experience on two separate ocassions on the Lugbe Axis, told the Chairman, that he heard a strange sound while driving, and as it is usual gor fear of possible fault on his car, he pulled over to check.He said he was still in his car when men of the AMAC task force pounced on him and arrested him for parking by the road side.

He said they were not ready to listen to him to know the reason he had to stop as it took the intervention of the NUJ before his vehicke was released to him.

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Poly lecturer in dire need of 14M for Kidney surgery

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Poly lecturer in dire need of 14M for Kidney surgery

Dean of School of Engineering of the Federal Polytechnic Bida, Engr. Mohammad Maali(MNSE) is appealling to Nigerians to assist Dr. (Engr)Ahmed Saba (MNSE) with funds to enable him get a kidney transplant surgery worth fourteen million naira(N14).

A Chief Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Federal Polytechnic Bida, Dr. Saba, hails from Kutigi in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.
He has been battling for his life following a diagnosis of advanced kidney disease.

According to the School of Engineering Dean, the Lecturer has “on his own spent over four million naira(N4M) and another fourteen million naira(N14M) is requested for his kidney transplant”.

The following details were provided for any assistance for him from government, organizations and Nigerians.

“Engr. Mrs Alfa Amina Yawo (Ecobank 2111308795).
For more information Contact: 08036928124

Surely, every selfless donation in the cause of saving life shall enjoy the blessings of Almighty God.

Engr. Dodo Almustapha
Department of Electrical Engineering
The Federal Polytechnic, Bida.

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