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Organized Labour in Kogi accuses FG of playing politics with N30.8B bailout balance

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Organized Labour in Kogi accuses FG of playing politics with N30.8B bailout balance

By John Akubo

The organised labour in Kogi State is challenging the Federal Government to urgently release the sum of N30.8 billion balance of N50.8 billion it approved as bailout for workers in the public service in 2015 in the State or be percieve to be playing politics with their lives.
The immediate past administration of Former Governor Idris Wada deligently computed the outstanding backlog of unpaid salaries of State and Local Government amounting to N50.8B which was the amount approved as bailout.
However due to political exigencies at the time with PDP Government at the State and APC at the Federal level workers demand for the bailout to be released was truncated on the excuse that the incumbent then would deploy the money for the November 21st, 2015 Governorship election.
Speaking at a press confrence recently the Kogi NLC chairman comrade Onu Edoka said history was playing itself back,
“Ysterday when they were in opposition and the money aught to be released to settle Kogi workers they took a stand against it, that it was going to be used for political exigency.
“History is going to play itself out now because it is still the same period we are making the demand but I am very convinced that if the money is released it will be utilised the way the Paris Club refund was utilised adding that it will not be pushed into politics.
“We are begging politicians to stop playing politics with the lives of Kogi workers because they are making it very difficult for us.”

He said the fund is meant for Kogi workers and it should be released to Kogi workers.
“Labour does not subscribe to that type of politics they are playing. Our pressure for the money to be released is between now and the 16th of February because we are sure that the life span of this government extends beyond 16th of February, 2019.”

He reckoned that the present government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello was only able to access N20 billion of the fund leaving the balance of N30.8 billion.
According to him, “The non-release of the fund has put the workers of Kogi State most especially local government workers and primary school teachers at a very perilous state where they cannot meet their basic needs as human beings.
“As at today, majority of state workers are down with five months salary arrears while those who got late clearance from the Screening exercise have various months of backlog of arrears.
“The worst case scenario is that of primary school teachers and local government workers who have continued to recieve ridiculous percentages of their salaries.
“As it stands today, primary school teachers and local government workers are being owed salary arrears of well over 30 months by the time you calculate the percentages of their salaries not paid over the years.
“Life has indeed become unbearable for these categories of workers as many could not afford the school fees of their children and other basic family needs.
“It is in the light of this that the organised labour in Kogi State passionately appeals to the Federal Government to release the sum of N30.8 billion being the balance of the approved N50.8 billion to enable the state government settle the backlog of arrears owed to the teachers and local government workers.
The organised labour also appealled to the state government to give necessary priority to salary payment because of the ripple effects it has on the economy of the state generally.

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Humanitarian ministry insists States hoarded palliatives

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The minister of Humanitathas denied having any link with hoarded palliatives meant for distribution to the needy during the COVID-19 pandemic by many states as she restated that all palliatives donated to the ministry were distributed accordingly.
The minister made the disclosure on Monday during a national Press conference in Abuja on the activities of the ministry since inception.
She said, “Recently, the world witnessed the unfortunate incidence of looting of palliatives and relief materials stashed away in warehouses in some states of the country during the #EndSars protest.

“As the Minister of
Humanitarian Affairs, I want to categorically state that the Palliatives
donated to the Ministry by the Nigerian Customs Services, National
Strategic Grain Reserve, and many good willing donors were handed to
State officials for onward distribution to the poor and vulnerable in thier
states.

“The Ministry identifies its strategic role and impact in the everyday lives of the Nigerian. We want to assure the public that we are on ground working every day for Nigerians.”

She expressed satisfaction with the success story of one of the Federal Government’s Investment programs, the N-POWER as 109, 823 benefitiaries have successfully started their own businesses

According to her, “After the two-year period, facts and reports show that some of the
beneficiaries of Batch A and Batch B of the programme have established
businesses in their communities, with no fewer than 109,823
beneficiaries of the N-Power Programme who have identified themselves
as business owners.

According to her, “Current Enrolment Status of beneficiaries for N-power Batch C closed in July 2020 and we have received over 5 Million applications since the portal opened.
“The application process will be concluded as soon as possible to provide additional Nigerian youths access to the programme.
“At this juncture, I want to officially announce that the Central Bank of
Nigeria in collaboration with the Ministry has developed a portal to
enable the exited N-Power beneficiaries to log on and apply for the
various economic empowerment and entrepreneurship options provided by the Central Bank such as the AGSMEIS loan and the AnchorBorrowers Program (ABP). “Interested N-Power exited beneficiaries
should log on to the CBN portal for more information.
The website portal is nexit-fmhds.cbn.gov.ng as displayed on the screen.

Farouq also refuted the claim that her ministry has been feeding the Internally Displaced persons with poor nutritious food saying the Ministry has been making different grains available and also allow other bodies who make donations of their choice which the Ministry cannot restrict or limit.

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2020 IDPWDs: Humanitarian Ministry also donates items to vulnerable In the Church

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The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has donated items to the vulnerable in the church to mark the 2020 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDS).
This was coming just as similar gesture was to the vulnerables in the Mosque earlier to mark the same celebration by the ministry.
The items were presented to the Church by the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, at the St Mathew Anglican Church, Gwarimpa Abuja.
The Minister through her Representative, Director Special Needs of the Ministry, Mrs. Onwukwue Nkechi Florence said IDPWDs is marked December 3rd every year and the Federal Government, stakeholders and the church are doing so much to remember Persons with Disabilities.
Continuing, the Minister said the church service was organised to pray for the vulnerable in the society and the Ministry and it’s Agencies for God’s grace to achieve the mandate of the Ministry.
The items include: 5 bags of 50kg of rice, 5 cartons of peak milk, clothes and 20 pieces of wrappers.
Earlier, the Vicar of Saint Mathew Anglican Church, Ven. Andrus Ukaejiofo, appreciated the Ministry for the items given to the vulnerable in the Church. He offered prayers for the vulnerable as well as the Management and staff of the Ministry.
The IDPWDs is an annual global event marked every December 3rd, to promote the rights and well-being of the Persons with Disabilities.
To commemorate the 2020 IDPWDs, the activities earmarked to celebrate the Day include Jumat Prayers and Sunday Service, Press Briefing by the Honourable Minister and the Grand Finale.
 
 

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#ENDSARS: Association appeals to FG, states to compensate affected traders

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#ENDSARS: Association appeals to FG, states to compensate affected traders

By Mustapha Sumaila

The Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) has appealed to Federal and State Governments to compensate traders whose businesses were affected during the EndSARS protest across the country.

The newly elected president of the association, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas made the appeal at the inauguration ceremony of the new executive in Abuja on Sunday.

Abbas said it was a tough time for his members over the unfortunate incident of EndSARS protest that was hijacked by hoodlums which caused destruction of properties of many traders.

He noted that paying them adequate compensation for the loss would help their businesses bounce back and in turn boost the economy of the country.

“I will like to reflect on the unfortunate incident which led to the loss of lives and properties of our members especially those in the southern part of the country.

“It is sad and so unfortunate for this kind of barbaric act to happen in this country for whatever reason. We do hope both Federal and State Governments will pay adequate compensation to the affected individuals.

“We also need to commend the effort of the Northern leaders and youth for their peaceful disposition as their conduct prevented reprisal attack in the region” he said.

Abbas commended the effort of President Muhammadu Buhar’s led administration for initiating various social economic intervention programmes.

He however decried that only few of his members could benefit and then appealed to Federal Government to provide more intervention for his members.

The president reiterated his commitment and determination to work with government agencies concern to ensure that more of his members benefit from intervention programmes.

He pledged to run an open door policy and work to justify the confidence reposed on him by members of the association across the country.

Abbas said in ensuring to make the association a data based, MATAN had commenced biometric registration of all its members.

The new executive officers inaugurated were, Alhaji Muhammad-Sani Kari as Deputy President North while Mrs Ebele Okafor would serve as Deputy President South and Mr Olakunle Johnson as National Secretary.

Others are Muhammad Labaran Abdulrahman as National Tresurer, Dr Sadiq Umar Awwal National Publicity Secretary  and  Alhaji Abubakar Sokoto was also inaugurated as Assistant National Secretary among others. NAN

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