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Why pensioners salary was delayed by Kogi state Government

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The Secretary to the Kogi State Government Mrs. Ayoade Arike Folashade has described the can of worms being uncovered in the workers screening and the screening review committee as the reason some pensioners were yet to be paid.
The secretary who spoke at the Odokoro day when the ALGON Chairman launches the skill acquisition, training center to empower youths of Odokoro Geese said they have cases of pensioners that have died and are still collecting their pensions.
Inner words, “We have cases of pensioners that retired as director who eight years after retirement as a director was promoted as permanent secretary and ten days later retired as permanent secretary now taking pension as permanent secretary after collecting pension as director for eight years.
“He was permanent secretary for 10 days, that is why we are also reforming Pensions board. We are reforming the civil service as well as reforming the pension scheme. We have cases of pensioners that have retired and still collecting pension and regular salary.”

According to her, There are cleared and uncleared list, those on the cleared list have collected their salaries till December.
“Those on uncleared list have different reasons why their accounts are not being cleared ranging from falsification of age, forged certificates, teenage workers, coming into the service through fraudulent means, like replacement of the siblings with late parents.”
He said Civil servants who have been away for five years claiming to be on study were some of those affected.
She said the maximum years for study leave is two years and there were workers who left for the past five years.
“There are some of them who after their Ordinary National Diploma went for Industrial Attachment and return for HND and also went for the NYSC while collecting salary in the State.”
She said these were some of the anomalies we want to correct to have a civil service reform.
“These are some of the anomalies that we want to correct. If there are pensioners that have not been paid it is because we are in the process of getting to know the right pensioners.
“The people should also know that the review committee is not made up of people from Kogi State alone as we invited forensic auditors from outside the State.”
According to her, any civil servant’s name that appear on the uncleared list and is sure of himself that he is genuine worker there is room for them to come forward and claim their rights.
However she warned that when it is discovered otherwise they would face the wrath of the law.
Other findings as presented by the screening preview committee indicated that there was falsification of records in breach of Civil Service Rule.
“These were exemplified in alterations in declaration of age, discrepancies in APA files, multiple birth certificates with different dates. 1193 cases in all in MDAs. While total case is 2968 in LGAs. LGEA teachers 1843. LGEA offices are 292.
It also indicated that there were Presentation of forged or questionable academic certificates including First School Leaving Certificates, WASCs, Diplomas, First Degrees and in some cases Masters Degree totalling 874 across the state.
It disclosed that there were abuse of study leave whereby 4 out of every 10 civil servant screened were either on study leave or were just returning.
“Meaning at every point in time 25% of civil servants were in schools studying courses not related to their jobs.”
She said Civil servants got approvals applications, nor approvals, approval of back to back study leave without recourse to civil service rules.
Other areas it indicates involved violation of study leave conditions, like failure of staff to resume at work during holidays, etc. “Incessant promotions of staff who have gone on unapproved study leaves.
“Diaspora employees who live outside Kogi State who claim they’re staff of LGA or State.”

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#ENDSARS: Senate President asks Nigerian youths to embrace dialogue, peace at Eid-el-Maulud

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#ENDSARS Senate President asks Nigerian youths to embrace dialogue, peace at Eid-el-Maulud

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has cautioned the Nigerian youths who recently protested demanding for better policing and political governance, to embrace peace at this years Eid-el-Maulud celebration especially as the Government has acceded to their demands.
This was contained in a statement by his special aviser(Media) Ola Awoniyi that was issued in Abuja on Wednesday.
In the statement Lawan
felicitated with Nigerians, particularly the Muslim Ummah, on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Maulud, which is the celebration of the birth of Prophet Mohammed.
According to Lawan, the youths, having made their points, in the spirit of the occasion should embrace peace and engage government through dialogue, as the corrections they seek can only manifest under a peaceful atmosphere.
Lawan noted that this year’s celebration comes at a time that Nigeria is striving to restore law and order in the chastening aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.

“Our harrowing experience over the past few weeks underscores the need for us as a people of faith to imbibe and demonstrate in our every conduct the virtues of love, peace and tolerance which Prophet Mohammed personifies.

“This trying time requires our prayers and supplications to Allah to intervene to restore peace and love of neighbours to our land. “However, it also requires of us introspection as to the roles we are playing as leaders and individual citizens in building the nation that we desire.”

The Senate President reiterated the commitment of the ninth National Assembly to “the entrenchment of processes that will encourage our youths to tap their talents and pursue their dreams for the elevation of our great country.”

Lawan expresses confidence that “the trials we are going through will ultimately strengthen our bonds as citizens of the same nation and propel Nigeria to its great destiny.”



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Hoarding of Palliatives: Niger APC chieftain accuses Govs of crime against humanity

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Hoarding of Palliatives: Niger APC chieftain accuses Govs of crime against humanity

Former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism and a Chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa has berated state governors in the country for stockpilling COVID-19 palliatives in warehouses, which were looted by angry youths across the country.
He indicated that governors are the real problems of Nigerians.
Vatsa was however quick to exonerate President Mohammadu Buhari from any blame over the nationwide looting of palliatives, resulting in the loss of lives of “desperate and hungry Nigerians”.
“Buhari can not go to states to share palliatives. It has been entrusted to the governors for onward distribution to the people, so I think Nigerians should excuse Buhari from this unfortunate development”.
Vatsa who is the Coordinator, public affairs to governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state gave the indication in Minna on Tuesday while reacting to the nationwide looting of palliatives by Nigerians.
“The Governors are making governance very difficult for the President. In fact they are part of Buhari’s problems if not how can someone explain the hoarding of palliatives meant to cushion the effect of Coronavirus Lockdown”.
The former publicity secretary of APC in the state believed that Governors who hoarded palliatives away from Nigerians can never provide dividends of democracy to their people.
He added that “governance is all about the welfare of the people so if you can not give the people what was given to you to give them, what else would they expect from you”, he queried
He pointed out that the governors know quite well that Nigerians are hungry and desperately need these things, so they want to make them very hungry so that they can buy them during election very cheaply with those items.
According to him “with this Singular act, they have deliberately de-marketed this government, and Nigerians have lost confidence in this administration. It is very unfortunate”, he submitted.
Vatsa therefore cautioned the security agents using force on these Nigerians who are merely looting what was meant for them, adding that “what is happening is re-looting the looted”.
Vatsa who argued that the looting of the palliatives does not amount to any crime also believed that “what these governors have done is nothing but a crime against humaninity, that is my opinion on this and its quite unfortunate”.
He also appealed to the youths to stop attacking individuals and private companies, saying that “that does not portray the qualities of future leaders in them.

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Lekki massacre: Senator Ubah asks Buhari to prosecute erring soldiers

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Lekki massacre: Senator Ubah asks Buhari to prosecute erring soldiers

Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has urged
President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately commence prosecution of all soldiers found culpable in the deadly Lekki Toll Gate shooting.

In a statement, he issued in Abuja on Monday, he described the shooting as a gross violation of the fundamental right of the #EndSARS protesters.

Describing the shooting as barbaric, Ubah said, “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.”
According to him, “these unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”
He said the prosecution would go a long way in serving justice to the deceased and their loved ones.
According to him “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.

“These unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

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