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Senior civil servants pleaded for new wage before year end

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The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria has pleaded with the Federal Government to fast-track the processes of ensuring that Nigerian workers received a new minimum wage before the end of this year.

The National President of the association, Mr Bobboi Kaigama, made the call at a two-day National Executive Council meeting of the association on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to Kaigama, there is need to fast-track the implementation of the newly agreed National Minimum Wage to re-assure Nigerians on the issue.

“I strongly want to appeal to the Federal Government to fast-track the processes of enacting the new national minimum wage into law.

“Our expectation is that the government should be able to complete the entire process before the end of this year so that workers who have waited for so long can begin to enjoy a new lease of life.

“The Federal Government is advised to avoid any action that can delay or truncate the process of enacting the new Minimum Wage Act as the consequences of allowing that to happen can be very devastating.’’

Kaigama said, however, that there was need for an upward wage review for the core civil service because of its place as the engine room of the government.

The unionist noted that it was regrettably that civil servants had been receiving the least pay among public sector workers, a development he described as bad for the country.

He said that although civil servants possessed the same qualifications and experience as their counterparts in other government agencies, the salaries of non-civil servant employees were often double that of the civil servants.

“This situation has been made worse since 2010 when salary relatively was carried out in the core civil service.

“No salary increment has been granted to civil servants expect for N900 monthly that was added to the emoluments of senior officers across board after the N18,000 was approved as the National Minimum Wage in 2011.’’.

Kaigama said that to redress the situation, the union had presented a Memorandum on Demand for Upward Wage Review in the Civil Service to the Federal Government.

He called on government to commence negotiation on the memorandum to ensure that civil servants were adequately catered for and compensated for the strategic role they were playing in nation building.

Kaigama also lamented what he described as the delay in the payment of pension and gratuity to retirees in the country.

He noted that one of the fundamental reasons for amending the 2004 Pension Act was to ensure that retirees got their entitlements on time.

The activist noted, however, that almost 14 years after the 2004 Pension Act became operational, the obstacles faced by retires in respect of not getting their entitlements on time had persisted.

“It is, indeed, worrisome that patriotic citizens, who served their fatherland meritoriously for 35 years or attained the retirement age of 60 years while in service cannot be paid their entitlements.

“It must be emphasised that if this trend of subjecting retirees to untold hardship continues, the union will be compelled to begin to consider other trade union actions to seek redress,’’ Kaigama said.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, while opening the meeting, said that government relied on senior civil servants for the formulation and implementation of public policies.

The minister, who was represented by Mr Christian Oha, the Permanent Secretary in the FCT, said the programme came at an auspicious time when government and the Joint Negotiating Council of Trade Unions just concluded discussions on the new minimum wage.

“As we stand on the threshold of a major wage review, perhaps now offers us a great opportunity to consider issues bordering on the productivity level of the public service.

“I will like to urge you all, to also consider ways we could inspire a revolution in the performance level. As we prepare to receive more, we should also prepare to give more,’’ he said.

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FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

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Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
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SAD… Taraba INEC REC is dead

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The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf, is dead.
INEC Secretary, Rose Oriarian-Anthony, said the REC died on Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he had been on admission.
She said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission regrets to announce the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf.
“He died last (Saturday) night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission for sometime.
He was buried today (Sunday) September 29 2019 at 4pm in Maiduguri.
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Transgender: Sade Adu’s daughter finally becomes a man (PHOTOS)

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Izaak and Mum

Sade’s transgender son has shared a heartfelt message of thanks to the soul singer, as he completes his transition from female to male.

Izaak Theo Adu, born Mickailia ‘Ila’ Adu, has spent the past six months in recovery after undergoing phalloplasty surgery, the reconstructive procedure typically undergone by transgender and non-binary people.

After returning home to his family, Izaak shared a sweet photo of himself hugging Sade, 60, along with a message praising the iconic singer for her unwavering support. In the Instagram post, Izaak wrote: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! ‘Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. ‘Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou.’

Izaak is Sade’s only child from her former relationship with reggae music producer Bob Morgan.

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