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Gov Obaseki Commences Payment Of N30,000 Minimum Wage

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The Edo State Government has commenced the payment of the new N30,000 minimum wage to workers in the state with the adjustment of the government’s payroll, among other modalities concluded for workers to receive the new wage starting from January 2020.

Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, disclosed this in a statement, in Benin City, on Tuesday, noting that Governor Godwin Obaseki reiterated the commencement of the new wage in his new year broadcast.

Osagie said though modalities for the payment of the new minimum wage was finalised during the preparation of the 2020 budget, the governor in his new year message made it clear that the payment would commence in January 2020.

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According to him, “The Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration has commenced the payment of the new minimum wage. The payment kicked off officially from January 2020 and workers are expected to notice adjustment in their salaries and wages starting from this month.

“We have made necessary adjustment to our payroll to ensure the full commencement of the new minimum wage. This is in line with our determination for a robust welfare scheme for workers in the state.”

He explained that workers welfare in the state remains priority for the Governor Obaseki-led administration as part of efforts to motivate public servants for optimal service delivery.

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He noted, “Beginning from January, workers are sure to get their salaries and they should expect to see the adjustments brought about with the implementation of the new minimum wage in the state.”

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We’ve Excellent Working Relationship With Judiciary, Legislature – Says Gov Sule

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Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has said that his administration enjoys excellent working relationship with the judiciary, as well as the legislature. Engineer Sule stated this while hosting the President and members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), at the Government House, on Tuesday. According to the Governor, as a further means to foster cordial relationship between the three arms of government in Nasarawa State, the executive, judiciary and legislature will parley together next week, with a view to appraising how well to serve the state and the people. Engineer Sule explained that even though Nasarawa State was able to resolve many of her security challenges, there are still grey areas that required further clarification so that people who do not mean well for the state, can be effectively prosecuted. “We believe it is necessary for us to sit down together to be able to prosecute and send the people who don’t mean well to jail where they belong,” the Governor stated. He used the opportunity of the visit to highlight inroads by his administration in the judiciary, stressing that government will always provide necessary tools to ensure efficient discharge of responsibilities. “On assumption of office, I realised that some of our magistrates are going to work on motorcycles. “Within a short time, we were able to provide each magistrate with a vehicle to facilitate the discharge of their responsibility,” he said. While commenting on the effort of his administration to provide affordable housing for the people of the state, Engineer Sule disclosed that his administration will be more than willing to allocate 50 houses to lawyers in the state. “As I am talking to you, we have Family Homes, as well as various other developers that are building homes and they are going to be giving to the various people living in Nasarawa state at subsidized rates. “I will be more than happy if you select, like say you have 50 lawyers now you want them to be giving houses, we will be more than happy to give them 50 houses so that they can start with that,” the Governor said. Earlier, in his opening speech, the NBA President, Olumide Akpata, said he was in Nasarawa State to meet with members of the bar, with a view to understanding the issues affecting the members.

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NDDC: Niger Delta Youths Back Akpabio, NDDC Interim Management Committee, Warn Detractors

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Youths in the Niger Delta region on Tuesday extolled the sterling qualities of the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio, describing him as a man of honour.

Besides, the youths, under the aegis of Niger Delta Youth Movement (NDYM) praised the National Assembly for working with the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs towards the realization of its objectives.

At a gathering in Calabar, the youths expressed delight and satisfaction with the high degree of determination so far exhibited by Senator Akpabio to move the Niger Delta region forward.

‘Senator Godswill Akpabio is a shining example, a model to all of us, of what service is all about. He has so far demonstrated an admirable commitment to doing everything possible to develop the Niger Delta region the youths said.

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Addressing newsmen after their one day conference in Cross River State, Secretary General of NDYM, Dr. Raymond Umanah said the youths praised Akpabio for embracing the challenge of developing the region with a missionary zeal, restructuring the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and reintroducing public accountability for the use of public resources.

‘’Senator Godswill Akpabio, a man of great organizational ability, has continued to carry himself with grace and dignity without compromising his integrity’’

The youths commended the growing unity and understanding among stakeholders in the region.

They youths emphasized national development, patriotism, transparency and accountability.

The youths also praised the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs for tackling effectively impediments in the way of improving development in the region, pulling the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) back from the state of retrogression and giving the region the desired sense of purpose and direction.

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Remaining kidnapped FRSC Officials Regain Freedom- Gov Sule

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Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has revealed that all the remaining kidnapped officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), out of the initial 26 recently kidnapped along Maraban-Udege, have regained their freedom.

Engineer Sule disclosed this while playing host to the Market Enterprise Development Advisor, Fatima Mukthar Buhari, on Monday, at the Government House.

While congratulating the state Police Commissioner, Bola Longe, for the wonderful job of securing the release of the remaining kidnapped FRSC operatives, the Governor further thanked all the security agencies, as well as all those who worked hard to achieve the feat.

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“I am happy to announce that all the 26 members of the FRSC that were recently kidnapped have been released yesterday.

“I want to thank all the security agencies and all those who worked very hard to ensure that we achieved that feat. I want to thank them for all the efforts they are making in order to ensure that Nasarawa remains safe,” Engineer Sule stated.

Recall that 26 FRSC officials travelling for a training programme in at the FRSC Academy in Udi, Enugu State, were abducted by suspected bandits, with three of the kidnapped operatives earlier rescued.

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