The Chairman of Ikara Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Mr Ibrahim Sadiq has said that his council has effectively begun the payment of N30,000 minimum wage to its workers from October 4.
Sadiq announced this in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Abdulmajid Hussain in Abuja on Tuesday.
The statement quoted the chairman as saying that the LG’s decision was as a result of the need to support Governor Nasiru El-Rufa’i’ s effort at strengthening the public service.
The chairman said, “I must confess that I was encouraged and motivated by the bold step taken by El-Rufa’i to fulfil the promise made to workers in the state, which is for the benefit and development of the common man in the state.”
The chairman assured the people of the council that principles of equity, justice and transparency would be the watchwords of his administration.
He also implored the workers to reciprocate the gesture by demonstrating a high level of commitment, steadfastness, and persistence in the discharge of their duties.
Sadiq further promised to improve the general welfare of the entire workers of the council.
Nigerian governor promises to pay workers above N30,000 minimum wage
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has assured workers in the state that his government will pay above the mandatory N30,000 national minimum wage signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on April 24, 2019.
The Federal Government and organised labour are still embroiled in negotiation of the consequential adjustment of salaries of workers from grade level 07 to 17. The implementation of the minimum wage has, however, began in some states for workers on grade level 01 to 06.
Sanwo-Olu addressing the labour leaders said the implementation of the new wage would begin in Lagos when the Federal Government and labour unions conclude their ongoing negotiations. The state, he said, was drawing up its finances and creating additional revenue sources that would enable it sustain the new minimum wage payment.
Sanwo-Olu said his government understood the day-by-day challenges being faced by workers in the State to do their tasks, which informed the decision by his administration to pay more than the N30,000 minimum wage benchmark.
“As a government, we take the issue of minimum wage seriously. We know how important and germane it is to the wellbeing of our people. We are technically ready to implement the new minimum wage. I made commitment during my previous interactions with the labour unions before my assumption of office and I am still keeping to the promise made. However little it is, we will certainly pay more than N30,000 minimum wage.
Sanwo-Olu also said that the government would works with the the labour unions to float a post-retirement housing scheme that would enable workers of all cadres to apply and acquire permanent homes after leaving the service.
Meanwhile, the unions have demanded the payment of arrears of medical allowance, introduction of premium insurance for the workforce, timely pension payment for retired workers, mortgage scheme for housing, befitting labour secretariat and representation of workers’ unions in MDA boards’ appointments.
Gbenga Ekundayo, chairman, TUC Lagos council said that the labour unions had been meeting to develop a framework that would make the government capture traders in informal sector in the tax net. He assured that the labour unions’ recommendations would be submitted to the office of Head of Service in the weeks ahead.
Tenure: Court Strikes Out Suit Seeking Fowler’s Sack as FIRS Boss
A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has struck out a suit seeking the sack of Dr. Babatunde Fowler as the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
The suit instituted by a legal practitioner Mr Stanley Okwara was thrown out by the court on the ground that the lawyer has no locus standi to institute it.
Okwara had dragged Fowler before the court praying among others, an order of court restraining him from further functioning as FIRS Chief Executive Officer.
He predicted his action on the claim that the tenure of office of the defendant had expired since August 20 and has not been renewed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The plaintiff also prayed the court to declare that the tenure of Fowler expired since August and that he should be made to refund all monies and allowances to the national treasury.
Okwara further demanded that the defendant be ordered to swear to an affidavit to confirm refund of public funds unlawfully collected from August till date.
However Fowler through his counsel Paul Erokoro SAN raised preliminary objection to the suit on the ground that the plaintiff has no locus standi to file the case.
Among others., Fowler contended that the suit did not disclose any cause of action and that the plaintiff did not also disclose any injury or damages he personally lost.
Justice Lewis-Allagoa in his ruling on the objection upheld the submission of of the defendant counsel.
The judge agreed that the plaintiff did not show how the disputed issue affected him more than any other Nigerians.
Justice Allagoa faulted the plaintiff suit due to the failure to show prre-action notice as required by law.
The Judge therefore held that the suit is incompetent, frivolous, lacking in merit and substance and struck it out.
The arguments of counsel to the plaintiff Mr Johnmary Jideobi was rejected and thrown out.
The Court had last week ordered Fowler to appear before it to show cause why he should not be sacked for overstaying his tenure which expired on August 18, 2019.
In the originating summon obtained by PRNigeria with Suit No FHC/KN/CS/141/2019, the FIRS Boss was dragged to Court over his continued stay in office after the expiration of tenure.
The plaintiff in the suit filed on September 18, 2019 also joined the Attorney General of the Federation as the second defendant.
The two defendants were given 30 days to explain why Fowler who was appointed on the 20th August, 2015, has not ceased to hold office as the Chairman of FIRS after the 20th August, 2019 in accordance with the “decision of the Supreme Court…and having regard to the combined provisions of Sections 3(2) (a), Section 4(a) and Section 11 (a)” of the agency.
The plaintiffs also sought to know whether the continuous stay of Fowler in the office “is not illegal in view of the decision of the Supreme Court in Ogbuinyinya & Ors. vs. Obi Okudo & Ors. (1979) All N.L.R. 105 and having regard to the combined provisions of Sections of the FIRS [Establishment] Act, 2007.
In the same vein, Okwara sought other reliefs including: “A declaration that the 1st Defendant has ceased to hold office as the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service after the 20th of August, 2019”; and that his continuous stay in the office is illegal.
He further sought “an order barring the 1st Defendant from further holding himself out as, laying claim to or exercising the powers and functions of, the Executive Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service unless he is re-appointed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“An order directing the 1st Defendant to return forthwith to the Treasury Single Account of the Federation all the salaries, emoluments and such other kindred monetary benefits he has been drawing on the purse of the Federal Inland Revenue Service and file an affidavit of compliance within 14 days after the delivery of judgment in this suit.”
The Plaintiff also asked that Fowler be caused to obey any other decision that the Court may deem fit to make in the entire circumstances of the case.
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