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NUT expresses apprehension over imminent collapse of basic education

By Confluence Update

The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in Kogi State has raised alarm that the basic education system in the State may soon collapse if teachers continue to go through the needless hazzles to get their salary.
The chairman of the Union ‎Alhaji Suleiman Abdullahi who spoke to Confluence Update said the decision of Government to open account for teachers in Access Bank is the main reason for the hardship.
Abdullah explained that the union viewed with regret and sadness the unfortunate situation and the hardship in which Government has put teachers and the entire workers through.
The chairman noted that the basic education system has collapsed because teachers whose names were cleared that received their alerts for their salary could not access their salaries.
He said it was unfortunate that Access Bank do not have the capacity and capability to accommodate the number of teachers in this State.
“As at today if you go to the premises of the Bank our people are going through a hell of punishment because those who have alerts from the bank cannot even access their salary.”
He explained further that, for those who want to formalize and regularize their accounts with the bank, there were no forms available.
According to him, the bank is not having the spread within all the nooks and crannies of the State.
He said following the screening exercise two lists had been sent to the Local Governments; the cleared list and exception list.
According to him, those on the exception list are who must ensure they clear what ever issues against their names while those on the cleared list are those going to the banks from the various nooks and crannies of the State to ensure that they get their salary.
He said, “There was the pathetic case of one of the teachers who was in the Access Bank that got the alert of the three months salary but he could not access it from the Bank.
“He tried to transfer the money to the First Bank it did not move there. The whole thing look like a fluke Again the alert they received are not real.”
He explained further that those on the exception list have issues with either their BVN, their certificate or their bank statement and once they can prove it they would now be returned to cleared list.
The chairman indicated that‎ there‎ is a contradiction because as ‎teachers are crisscrossing the State to access their salary‎ the Government has directed administrators at the local Government councils to go round the schools and take census of teachers who are at work.
In his words, “You are paying them, they cannot access their salary and they are suffering in the banks and those yet to be cleared are suffering to ensure they are cleared, which teacher would stay back in the school to teach?
“Why we are emphasizing this is that it is not affecting only teachers but the entire State. If you don’t have a friend that is a teacher you will have a brother or son, or mother/ father who is a teacher or you have children in these schools.
“Teachers who are faced with these predicaments cannot remain in the school hence the system of the school is being collapsed. We are already facing the complete death and burial of basic education in this State.”
Abdullah indicated that it is why the NUT is not happy with the trend of what is happening, as it aligns itself with whatever the organized labour is going to take action on.
In his words, “Both Zenith and access bank do not have the capability to undertake the payment of the salary of teachers, Local Government and the entire workers in this State.
“It is just that some people are not making the Government to get it right. Whoever is concerned, this is the Holy month of fasting for Muslims and of course the Holy books said that the worked deserves his wages at the end of the day.”
The chairman said the members have suffered for this wages several months and now they are passing through this suffering again and yet they did not get our wages and the whole thing comes to nothing.
He appealed to whoever was concerned to retrace their steps for sanity to come back.
“This is a government that has entered into a gentleman agreement with NLC and organized labour in the State to say those who don’t have accounts in Zenith bank or Access Bank should pay through their Bank.
“For crying out allowed we are saying Access Bank have domicile the account of Government but there is e-payment today which makes everything less cumbersome.
He explained further that the State Government opened the unsolicited accounts with Access and Zenith Bank for the workers where they started receiving the accounts.
The chairman said the union rejects it adding that they have made it clear from the outset.
Following such queries and concerns raised that new salary accounts have been opened for Kogi State civil servants in Access and Zenith Banks Governor Yahaya Bello offered some insights.

At a forum recently where the issue came up, the governor explained that the bailout fund received by state governments was actually the end product of the federal government standing surety for state governments, that enable them to approach deposit money banks for facilities.
In other words, as against the generally held impression that the federal government has always doled out these funds from its coffers, he indicated that the federal government essentially provided a guarantee for the loan facility to would-be lenders, in favour of the state government.
According to him, “Due to the prevailing economic situation, cash reserves of commercial banks domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria were currently competing for so many pressing needs simultaneously, making it increasingly difficult for the commercial banks to finance loan facilities, especially long-term ones.
“Access and Zenith Banks were however able to step up to the plate when Kogi State approached them. They made the first tranche of the state’s bailout funds available, but on one small condition. That the funds remain domiciled in their banks.”
He said fir him without giving it too much thought, it does make perfect business sense.
He explained that the banks offer essentially homogeneous services, especially in this case of salary accounts.
Bello said it would have been odd were Access and Zenith to be so liberal as to allow other banks benefit from an exclusive market they have basically created.
“So, rather than make these funds available to the state government to pay workers through other banks, why not internalise the entire process and start reaping accruable benefits from the get go?

“This explanation is very necessary as I have come across many wild allegations and insinuations that accounts being opened are for unethical purposes.
“Given the foregoing, any insinuations and speculations about shady, underhand dealings with regards to the disbursement of these bailout funds are completely unfounded.”
He admitted that the situation where erroneous notions are already making the rounds was not surprising.
However, he it was not too late to correct the wrong impression some person have held on the issue.
“Another persistent misconception that also needs correcting concerns the actual nature of the bailout funds itself, as not a few of us still wrongly assume it is a largesse.
“Permit me to quickly reiterate that these bailout funds are loan facilities. They are debts structured to be paid back over an extended period, and which will certainly be inherited by the generation coming after us.”

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RCCG throne Room Parish observes Prayer walk in Abuja to heal Nigeria

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RCCG throne Room Parish observes Prayer walk in Abuja to heal Nigeria

By John Danjuma

The Reedemed Christain Church of God (RCCG) Throne Room Parish,  Transcorp Hilton Abuja yesterday joined its counterparts in over 190 countries to mark the global prayer work in Abuja.
Members of the church led by the pastor in charge of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Transcorp Hilton Congress Hall, Tunde Benjamin’s-Laniyi marched from the hotel to the Federal secretariat while supplicating for Nigeria in he perilous times the country found itself.
The members who were holding different bill boards with inscriptions such as ‘God heal Nigeria’ were all in prayer mood as they trudged in the procession.
Pastor Benjamin’s-Laniyi who is also the pastor in charge of youth Province 11 that cover this Abuja, Nassarawa, Kogi, Kwara and Niger and Benue State said the country needs divine intervention.

“We need divine intervention, it is a mandate that God gave to us and God Says everywhere RCCG is in over 190 nations of the earth.
“What we are doing right here now is being done everywhere that on the 21st of this month our pastor declared that we walk round and pray.
“We pray these powerful prayer points, firstly we are praying for revival in the land that will usher in a great harvest to the Kingdom.
“We are praying for our nation that God almighty will help Nigeria, that God will help the President, the ministers,  Governors and all our leaders and even the populace so that Nigeria will be great again, we are trusting that God almighy will back them up we are crying out saying Almighty have mercy upon the country. “Lord do something, we are asking for divine intervention, we are asking for divine interuption to the benefit of the country. We asking saying Lord, it is high time that Nigeria should be mentioned in the comity of nations not a country that is in glorious but a country that carries the Glory of God.
“We are saying that Nigeria is a good Land, Nigeria is good, we are saying in the precious name of Jesus God intervene in our country and Lord Syrenghten our leaders, enable them, empower to bring this nation to a place of your glorious expression of your power because Nigeria is a country that is destined to be great.” “”We are saying God, Lord over our nation, let theatre fly again that is what we are praying for and we are trusting God that in the name of Jesus the supernatural, we are praying that the father of Jesus Christ, the God of all creation, the one who made the stars, the moon, the cloud, he is the God of all ages, the Alfa and Omega, the ancient of days, he is known as the God of all creation and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. “We are saying Lord God of humanity, you are the one that has the power, you can still do things that you do most. So we are coming here and involving God in our nation
When asked about whether God has turned his back on Nigeria after so much prayers the problems are still there, he said, “Faith without work is dead we thank God for what we have seen, if it was not for God the situation would have been worse but we are also prayering but it is not only prayer  we must couple our prayers with the right action that delivers the work, faith is justified by the works. “Faith without works is dead, it is not just praying. What about he governing principles behind our action all these things will have to be addressed and that is why we are saying Lord we are declaring this, we are advocating for this, we are standing for this, that all of us as a people will begin to agree with God we begin to cooperate with God in bringing  his will to come to pass in our lives because it takes two to tango.”


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HOSTCOM insists on a definite commitment to ending gas flaring by operating companies

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HOSTCOM insists on a definite commitment to ending gas flaring by operating companies

The Host Communities Producing Oil and Gas in Nigeria (HOSTCOM) have brought to the front burner once again the consequential effect and impacts of gas flaring on the environment, ecosystem, climate change, agriculture, cultural heritage, livelihood and health of the Oil and Gas producing States and Communities.
The National President of HOSTCOM HOSTCOM
High Chief (Dr) Benjamin Style Tamanarebi enumerated the consequences of gas flaring raised the issues when he appeared before the House of Representatives ad-hoc Committee on ending gas flaring.
This was contained in a press statement he signed personally and was issued in Abuja on Sunday.
He said there was need for being proactive in ensuring that an early date for ending gas flaring is not jeopardised by the the Operating Companies who evade the effective compliance of regulatory laws and policies towards ending gas flaring without recourse to the Host Communities.
“More worrisome is
the inconsistency in the dates to end gas flaring, which has just been
shifted to 2025.
“This is despicable and unacceptable in the way and manner Host Communities are given little on no regard in the petroleum investment
without recourse to their livelihood and Sustainable Development.
This he said is expedient in the light of Ending Gas flaring, Environmental degradation, Climate
Change, Gas Recovery & Utilization, Gas Resources, Regulatory Compliance
and the Host Communities Producing Oil and Gas Sustainable Development
and Development Sustainability.
HOSTCOM recommended,
“That a Special Technical regulatory compliance monitoring unit be
set-up and shall be made-up of the Representatives of the
Ministry of Petroleum, DPR, Federal Ministry of Environment
NOSDRA, Representative of the House Committee on Environment/Habitat and the Host Communities of Nigeria
Producing Oil and Gas. “The terms of reference amongst others according him
should include, That the local regulatory laws and policies be reviewed in line with the UNFCCC CDM criteria and other international laws and
regulations to enhance the sustainable development of HostCom.
“That the penalty funds be remitted to the Host Communities and gas utilization nodes be provided for the Host Communities
Producing Oil and Gas to enhance their livelihood and social
advancement.
He also pointed out that a cryogenic plant model be installed on all the fields to end
gas flare and recover/optimize flared and natural gas.
However, he expressed satisfaction with the acknowledgement of the Ad -hoc Committee Chairman, Rt. Hon. Nicholas Mutu, the Minister of State Petroleum, Minister of Environment, NNPC GMD, Director DPR on the Operating Companies remarks l on the consequential effect and impacts of gas flaring on the environment, ecosystem, climate change, agriculture, cultural heritage, livelihood and health of the Oil and Gas producing States and Communities.

According to him, it is expedient and instructive that a field to field basis gas recovery plant model such as the
cryogenic plant be installed and nodes for the creation of gas hub
centers be established in the Producing States and Communities.
“Establishment of the Gas trains should not be in Bonny alone, but be established in other major producing Oil and Gas States.
He pointed out that the upcoming trains 1-7 is concentrated in
Bonny alone; whereas the gas is gathered from various major
Producing Oil and Gas States.
He recommended that the bonny delivery point and nodes be modified to create a gas hub center to the Producing States and Communities.
The president also wish that the extant regulations on environment, the DPR
regulations and Local Content Act needed to be urgently reviewed to enhance the inherent sustainable development of Host States and Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas
to contain all the local and global indices for sustainable
development.
He also expressed the desire that every draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
copy by the Operating Companies be sent to the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas for their inputs
and evaluation to ensure that the draft demonstrates the
adequate compliance to all the indices of sustainable development
and evidence to end Gas flaring.
“The review should be done with the Federal Ministry of Environment, the Operating Company,
DPR, and the HOST Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gasas the major stakeholders and mouth piece of the grassroots in line with the UNFCCC CDM criteria.
He indicated that HOSTCOM position on 10% equity shareholding is not negotiable.
He demanded that the Gas Master Plant be reviewed to accommodate Gas hub
centers to stimulate industrialization of the Producing States and Communities.
“Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas be included in the regulatory Boards, Commissions, Authorities and Agencies to ensure effective implementation of the laws and policies.
“As direct recipients of Gas Flare negative effect, HostCom deserve to be a beneficiary in the investment of domestic gas utilization obligation therefore, recommend that the principle of the Rights to First Refusal be applied to Gas allocation and be made available to HostCom as part of their Sustainable Development.”
Tamanarebi at the beginning of his presentation rendered an unreserved apologies to the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on ending gas flaring regarding the incident that took place on the floor of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee public hearing on the PIB when he was attacked by a faceless person claiming to be HOSTCOM parallel leader.
He stated that the attack was a sponsored assault against the voice of the voiceless in the Producing Oil and Gas Communities regarding HostCom’s position of 10% equity shareholding; whereas the initial PIB presentation at the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on the PIB public hearing was peaceful evidenced in this recent presentation on ending gas flaring.

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Dangote Cement donates 10 tricycles to host communities

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By Friday Idachaba

Dangote Cement Plc, Obajana Plant in Kogi, has donated 10 tricycles, popularly known as Keke NAPEP, to host communities as part of its corporate social responsibility and enhance peaceful and harmonious relationship.

The Plant Director of the company, Mr J. V. Gungune, while presenting the items to the four plant and mining communities on Sunday, said the gesture was part of efforts to engender harmonious relationships between the company and the host communities.

Gungune, who was represented by Haruna Adinoyi, General Manager, Human Resources and Administration of the company, said that the firm was appreciative of the host communities’ supports for its operations.

He said that the donation was meant to provide livelihood support for some members of the benefitting plant and mining communities, including Obajana, Akpata, Iwaa and Oyo, all represented by their respective traditional rulers.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the Bajana of Obajana, Oba Idowu Isenibi, described the donation as timely, saying that it would support business and transportation in the communities.

The Oba of Iwaa community, Francis Migbole, also expressed the appreciation of his community to the company, while commending the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, for his efforts at transforming the economies of the host communities.

In his remarks, the Deputy General Manager, Community Relations and Special Duties, Mr Ademola Adeyemi, said that the tricycles would aid movement of members of the affected communities.

Adeyemi said that the effort was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) to enhance harmonious relationship, adding that while Obajana was a plant community, Akpata, Iwaa and Oyo were mining communities.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that only recently, the company funded cooperative societies in the communities, while it had just completed a multi-billion naira Obajana-Kabba concrete road, adjudged to be the longest concrete road in the country. (NAN)
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