Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has decried the payment of local government pensioners in percentages, stressing that it was not necessary because LG pensioners earn little amounts.
Engineer Sule made this known while addressing officials of the joint union of labour, marking this year’s Labour Day, at the Presidential Lodge, on Friday.
The Governor, who said he doesn’t believe in paying salaries in percentages, said he had cause to direct council officials not to pay pensioners in percentages because must of them don’t earn much.
Though Engineer Sule agreed that the councils, for the past three months, have been facing financial constraints, as a result of the downfall in revenue occasioned by the outbreak of the coronavirus, he however appealed to the unions to work together with the councils to find solutions to the challenges confronting the councils.
“I don’t believe in payment of salaries in percentages. I tried as much as possible to see how we can find ways to compensate people for what they deserve.
“At the LG level, I told them they can’t pay 75 percent of salaries and pensioners, who are earning peanuts, and you pay them 75 percent again. That’s why the DG Pensions paid them one hundred percent,” he explained.
While noting that the LG are owing pensioners one month outstanding pension, the Governor said this was because the councils lack sufficient funds.
The Governor expressed satisfaction with calls by the unions for a workable resolution of percentage payment of salaries at the LG level, describing as ‘unbelievable’ their suggestion that in case allocation is not enough to pay full salaries, it should be kept until the following month.
“For me, the carry home today, is that even the labour unions are kind enough to say, you know what, if it is not enough, keep it and pay us full salary next month, I mean, there is no better understanding than that,” Engineer Sule stated.
He pointed out that even though his administration has continued to keep its promise, paying salaries and pensions in full, the Governor however urged workers in the state to braze up for tough times ahead following the global economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“You don’t need any magician to tell you the economic challenges of the future are going to be enormous.
“So for a state that relies over 90 percent on FG allocation, once the FG allocation coughs, Nasarawa state catches cold,” Engineer Sule said.
He used the opportunity to stressed the need to maintain peace in the state, as according to him, peace is what is going to bring progress and development to the state.
Nigeria At 60: Chief Amade Edime Lauds Gov Bello, Deputy Onoja On Their Tireless Efforts In Making Kogi A Working State
…… Urge those who are older than the nation to retire as to pave way for the younger ones.
High Chief Amade G. Edime.
CEO G-Techno Engineering/Chairman G21.
A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Ex-Governorship aspirant in the 2019 election, High Chief Amade G. Edime, in his independent message joined millions of Nigerians and Kogites to celebrates with the Executive governor of Kogi state Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello & his deputy Chief Edward D. Onoja on this occasion of the 60th anniversary of a great country.
“I use this medium to congratulate everyone that got the ticket to run as the flag bearer of our party in the coming LGA councils election and I therefore plead with all those that are aggrieved for not getting the ticket to run in this election to be calm, patient and persevere as heaven & the various political authorities in our state knows that we all worked and certainly will bless the work of our hands as i believe that God is still saying something”.
“I also want to call on all those who are older than the country Nigeria to kindly retire from the various positions of power and authority as I call upon your excellency governor Yahaya Adoza Bello to support & encourage all those who are like the children, younger brothers & sisters of Nigeria in terms of age to rescue our nation from been destroyed & bastardized by those that are over the class of the OCTOGENARIANS and make this country great in this next phase of the nation’s journey sir”.
In a statement he personally released on his verified Facebook account said “i wish to reiterate that politics of power, benefits & good governance is like the elephant’s meat that is enough & available to reach everyone no matter how long the queue might seems in our eyes”.
“I wish every country men & women a wonderful celebration & a great country in our next phase of this journey & project Nigeria”.
~ High Chief Amade G. Edime.
CEO G-Techno Engineering/Chairman G21.
Nasarawa Assembly Assures Executive Arm Of Effective Partnership, Enhance Economy, Security, Development
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has reiterated its commitment towards collaborating with the executive arm of government for an effective working relationship with aimed of boosting economy, protect the lives and property of the people, as well enhance development in the state.
Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House gave the assurance on Wednesday in Lafia while making a remark during The summit of Arms with the theme ” Examining the role of the Arms of Government on the Security and Economy of Nasarawa State” organised by the state government.
He said that good working relationship between the arms of government would not only boost economy but would also ensure peace and security of the state.
” I am indeed grateful to His Excellency for his kind invitation to me and other members.
” As the primary objective of government is to protect the lives and property as well as the welfare of its citizens.
” We will partner and collaborate with the executive arm in order to boost economy and security of the state,” he said.
He said that the House would continue to make good laws for the peace, security and order for the development of the state.
” The House has been mandated by the constitution to embark on oversight function as this current Assembly was inaugurated on 10th of June, 2019.
” I want to clarify some issues, the first issue is the issue of the former SSG, the issue came up as a result of the oversight function embarked upon by the Education Committee. The former SSG was invited, he appeared and the House took its decision after thorough investigation on the allegation levelled against him.
” The second issue is that of the Chairman of Nasarawa Local Government, he was invited and we took our position. The Chairman apologised and we pardoned him.
” The third issue is the issue of the SSA to His Excellency on Development Control where documents have been signed by him but when he appeared before the House, he denied it and we ask him to step aside for thorough investigation.
“I deem it fit to make some of these clarifications because people misconstrued what the assembly is doing.
” What we are doing is within the constitution and we are exercising our constitutional rights,” he said.
The speaker also disclosed that chairmen of the various House Committees would in the next two weeks embark on an oversight function to Ministries, Agencies and Departments( MDAs) in order to assess the level of the 2020 budget performance.
Nigeria @ 60: Kogi Speaker Charges Nigerians To Be Patriotic On Nation Building
The Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Prince Matthew Kolawole has congratulated Nigerians in general and Kogites in particular on the 60th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria as a Sovereign state and tasked Nigerians to be patriotic in building a nation that will can truly called our own
In a press statement signed and released by Chief Press Secretary, Femi Olugbemi, said the Speaker commended the efforts of the founding fathers, urged those in positions of authority to endeavour to build on the solid foundation to work in unity and have love for the nation for the country to take its rightful position among the comity of nations.
He emphasized on the need for Nigerians to truly defend the unity and uphold the sanctity of the nation in line with their pledge of allegiance to the country by being patriotic in all their dealings.
He appealed to Nigerians to keep hope alive despite the numerous challenges that are confronting the nation at the moment especially in the area of security, infrastructure deficit and the current global pandemic of coronavirus, stressing that, with unity of purpose those challenges will be overcome.
Speaker Kolawole enjoined the younger generation who are the leaders of tomorrow to shun every negative tendencies and cultivate virtues of patriotism, commitment and dedication in serving the country diligently.
He congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Yahaya Bello, for their purposeful leadership at improving the living standards of Nigerians despite numerous challenges facing the nation.
He noted that despite the dwindling resources occasioned by the fall of the nation major sources of revenue, coupled with outbreak of coronavirus early this year the administrations at both the national and state still have some credit in the area of Education, health, security, infrastructures like the rail, roads and many transformation in critical sectors of the nation economy.
The Speaker assured that the 7th Assembly of the Kogi State House of Assembly would continue to work in collaboration with other arms of government for the common good of the state and advised citizens to remain steadfast and courageous to overcome adversity as a People.
He called on all and sundry to continue to support the current administrations at both the national and state level as that is the only way we can encourage to be steadfast in providing good leadership.
Once again, Happy Diamond Anniversary to Nigeria.
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