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Offset outstandong salaries of LG staff, Gov Sule tasks DPMs

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From Abel Daniel, Lafia

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has urged Directors of Personnel Management (DPMs), across the 13 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Nasarawa State to prioritize payment of staff.

The governor stated this on Monday in Lafia during his maiden meeting with the DPMs since they took over from elected Chairman whose three years tenure elapsed on May 28, 2021.

The Chairman of 13 LGAs and overseers of 18 Development Areas had handed over to the DPMs of their respective areas on Friday 28, 2021 after their successful tenure.

Governor Sule told them to save money especially now that they are in charge at their respective council areas with a view to offsetting outstanding salaries of LG workers and pensioners.

He urged them to see their new positions, as an opportunity to contribute their quota towards the development of the third tier of government.

He appealed to them to imbibe the culture of savings, to be able to pay outstanding salaries and pension owed workers and pensioners.

He said they are an integral part of the local government system hence they should be aware of the developments within the system.

He urged them to pay the immediate past LG officials their one month outstanding salaries as he warned them against victimization

“Those of you owing two months, as well as 22 percent of last month’s salary, should be able to offset the 22 percent from your first savings.

“Those owing only one month can offset from first savings and carryout some projects that will have direct impact on the community,” Governor Sule added.

The governor therefore promised to put machinery in place to check abuse of office by the DPMs.

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Bello boosts the morale of combined security operatives in Niger

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**as he pays solidarity visit to parents of kidnapped  Islamiyyah School children

Combined security agencies, comprising of the Military, Police, Civil Defense, and Vigilante Corps have been mandated to comb the forests to rescue the abducted Tegina Islamiyyah School children.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello gave the charge when he visited the team of the combined security force to boost their morale in Kagara, the headquarters of Rafi local government.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor Mary Noel-Berje, quoted her principal as saying that it was time for government to take decisive action towards ending the bandits activities that is forcefully changing the lives of the people especially in the rural areas.

“We have to try our best not to make the bandits succeed in forcing us to change our normal lives, they started by displacing farmers from their farmlands, next moved to burning farms, then kidnappings and forcing us to close our schools, now they have started attacking Islamic schools, only God knows what is next”, he said.

He told the special the squad that logistic materials have been provided for them, promising that their allowances and other financial benefits will always be provided as at when due.

The Governor, who commended the security personnel for their efforts in fighting the bandits in the last few weeks, however, lamented over the killing of 20 Vigilante Corps Members by the bandits in Magama Local Government.

He enjoined the Federal government to intensify efforts at ensuring that adequate measures are taken through border synergy with neigbouring countries, noting that from all indications, the bandits are foreigners.

Earlier, the Governor had met with parents of the abducted school children at the palace of the Emir of Kagara, Alh Ahmed Gunna, where he urged them to exercise patience as government is exploring all avenues to ensure their children rescued

Expressing their gratitude, the Emir of Kagara, HRH, Alh. Ahmad Garba, Attahiru I thanked the Governor for all the support, especially in the area of security to the emirate and the support given to the families of the kidnapped school children.

On his own part, the Headmaster of Salihu Tanko Islamiyyah School Tegina, Mallam Abubakar Alhassan said the action of the government to go into full combat is a welcome development provided that their children will be brought back safely.

Alh. Alhassan disclosed that 15 of the teachers have escaped from the hands of their abductors in Zamfara state and are in military facility in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State where they will be handed over to the Niger State Government soon.

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Governors are the major problems of Nigeria – Ned Nwoko

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**advocates abrogation of State INECs

Former member of the House of Representatives between 1999 and 2003 Ned Nwoko has identified the lack of autonomy for Local Government as the root cause of every other challenge facing Nigeria today.
Speaking as a guest lecturer on June 12, Democracy Day lecture titled ‘Getting it right ahead of 2023’ organised by the Federal Capital Territory NUJ Correspondent Chapel, he also blamed Nigerian Governors for not allowing the autonomy for Local Government to see the light of day.
According to him, Local Government autonomy is the beginning and end of all Nigeria’s problems

He said he was happy and sad when President Buhari talked about the mess in the Local Government system.
He said he was happy because at least the President knows what is happening but he is sad because he has failed to do anything.
“If N300m is earmarked for the Local Government N100m does not get to them the president said it, he knows about it. Then what is stopping him from working with the National Assembly to ensure there is autonomy?
Nwoko said the President can issue an executive order on the matter, especially as the Local Government workers have been pushing for the autonomy
“The idea of sending the money meant for the Local Governments to States in the name of joint account gives room for pilfering
He said every crime is Local and if the 744 Local Government are empowered, no Local Government would be occupied by insurgency.
“The State Governors cannot deal with the issue because they don’t believe it is their obligation. You can imagine if each Local Government chairmen and the councillors are empowered to do it working with traditional rulers

He said even at the Local Government level the chairmen and councilors can not be trusted but he said the EFCC, ICPC, DSS and the CCT are there to do the monitoring on how they manage the funds.
The former lawmaker said the allocation would not be a windfall going forward as Nigeria prepares for the next Local Government that would become autonomous that will give comfort to every citizen.
According to him, youth restfulness is also Local hence with Local Government autonomy that is well funded, chairmen and councilors must work hand in hand with the traditional institution to ensure there is security, that would be the way to go .
To rescue the Local Government system he advocated for something like the doctrine of necessity as the processes that are required to make any major ammendment may take time

“We should not be bogged down by certain constitutional matters if we believe that some steps ought to be taken for the interest of Nigerians, they should be taken.

“I know for instance that the issue of the Joint Account for the payments to Local Government is a constitutional matter but if you listen to the President literary cry about the collapse of the Local Government system, do you now say that we should just wait until such laws are amended and continue to allow the stealings? No.
“What we want is a solution and the solution should be introduced as soon as possible while steps are taken to deal with the issues of ammendment. “We cannot say we will not do anything until the ammendments because
Many Governors oppose Local Government autonomy vehemently, they don’t want to hear about Local Government autonomy because that is the only way they can win elections by planting the chairmen who are their boys to various local Governments but “I am glad that the President has identified this as a major problem and if he does not take the steps to address the issue now as he might do because he is saying that the National Assembly is there.
“National Assembly is also made up of people who were supported by their Governors do you think that senators and House of Representatives members would go against their Governors?
“Most of them are not independent minded, they are not thinking about the people but how they will win election again. So their loyalty is to their Governors.
“So I can say Governors are the biggest problem we have in Nigeria now. They are, you can quote me.”
“Every month they come to Abuja and share the monthly allocations go back to their States we know what they do with that, some of them squander it while some utilise it in the payment of salaries but the circle continues they are not creative on how to develop the economy, how to broaden .
This our basic problem. If the economy of Nigeria were to be good and every one is engaged, all the cries of bandits, Bokoharam, yahoo boys would be less.
“I want to assure you that all those people who do those things did not chose them it is because of the economy, the hopelessness of their situation.
“If a young graduate gets a good job, a mudgage to buy house and a car and some comfort to go on holiday with his family why would that person be agitating for another nation or to become a kidnapper.”

Nwoko who is also a Nigerian Lawyer identified the State Independent Electoral Commissions as another major contraption that needs to be addressed as most of the problems in Nigeria starts from there.
“Abrogate state INEC and put in place a truly independent INEC run by independent body not by any elected person
Nwoko said the State INECs can not work because they are bogus arrangement that give power to any party that control the states.
“There should be only one truly independent central INEC that would be devoid of the influence of the Federal Government, that will have direct funding from the Federation account on statutory basis

He advocated for an Umbdsman, an independent Body that will manage INEC, composed of 20 most popular pressure groups to form the board like the NBA, NANS, NUJ, NURTW, NMA, and so on.
“They should be put together as the board and the presidency rotated every two years
“We must get INEC working, INEC is not working because as it is now Federal Government can control INEC.”

He expressed the hope that there would be election in 2023 and that some credible leaders would be elected otherwise the same scenario would continue to play

He said there is urgent need for the Government of the day to convene a National Conference
“We have seen a flurry of activities across all over seeking to advise the President, let there be a central turning point. Six months Conference to listen to all Nigerians. If that is done all killings would stop, whether it is Bokoharam, Bandits, they should be invited to state their grievances and be forgiven.
“Let them send their representatives, they have their own grievances as reason for what they do.”
He also canvassed for a referendum to determine regional demands
“Most of those clamoring for country of their own is because the economy is not working. He said the economy for a long time does not make provision for the youth, and any economy that does not provide employment for the people is not a good economy.”
He said Government has to address the issue of mudgage banks, finance companies, survival of the fittest, cash and carry , people can not own houses cars through mudgage,
“The Government has a long way to go to fix the economy. Where banks are not lending money to people, where banks determine interest rates. It is unacceptable, Government has to be hard on this.
“Government can make policy that bank can not lend with more than 2% interest rate. Government should look at the economy and look at the lending, it should give them targets.

He said Buhari Must do what is needful for the next election to be credible

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Gov Sule is set to commission massive projects to mark 2nd year in office

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From Abel Daniel, Lafia

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state is set to embark on state wide tour to commission completed projects to mark his second year in office.

Commissioner for information Culture and Tourism Comrade Dogo Shama disclosed this in a press briefing in Lafia on Tuesday.

Dogo said that the governor will commence the tour on Tuesday May 18 to inspect and commission projects he has executed in the past two years with the presentation of vehicles to first class traditional rulers.

According to the commissioner, Wednesday May 19, governor Sule will be in Umaisha, Toto local council area to commission the Flood Early Warning System Equipments and also hold a town hall meeting in Toto at the Senator Abdullahi Adamu youth centre.

Subsequently the governor he said, would proceed on Thursday May 20, to Karu and Nasarawa local council and on Friday, 21, he would move to Keffi, Kokona and Akwanga local council .

The tour would be concluded on day 12 being Saturday 29, with a statewide Radio/Television broadcast by 10am in Lafia the state capital

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