By Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
The Director of Local Government (DLG) in charge of Lokoja Local government, Engineer Yahaya M D Farouk has debunked the widespread rumours of imminent retrenchment of local government workers across the state.
An interview with Daily Times Correspondent in Lokoja on Tuesday, Engineer Farouk explained that the state government was only interested in the level of compliance with the conditions given to persons granted clemency after the outcome of the state wide civil service screening exercise.
According to the DLG, the government wants all people indicted due to ignorance or deliberately flouted civil service rules uplifted themselves to revert to their status they were occupying, citing example of workers who went on study leave without permission,whose absence from duty was regarded as absconding from duty.
Other culprits that are expected to revert their positions include age falsifiers and illegal promotions contrary to the civil rules.
He however said nobody is being targeted or witch hunted for retrenchment as being wildly speculated by those wishing the government bad, explaining further that the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, is committed to ensuring not only employment, engaging youths in self reliance so as to minimise dependence on government is his concern.
Engineer Farouk therefore urged local government staff not to panic as the state Governor is not targeting anybody or group of persons to be retrenched as rumoured by opponents of the administration.
While advising the people of Lokoja local government area to endure the global hardship, assured that they will benefit abundantly when all the measures put in place by government for recovery begins to manifest.
Fire Guts PeeLinks Electronic Mall In Lokoja
Popular electronic shop in Lokoja named PeeLinks has been gutted by fire.
The incident which was confirmed by reliable source to Globaltimesnigeria happened at about 10:47pm.
BREAKING: FG Obtains Fresh Order To Stop Planned Labour Strike
The Global Times Nigeria reports that the Federal Government has obtained a fresh order stopping the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress from embarking on their planned strike which is to start on Monday.
According to the reports, the restraining order was issued on Friday by Justice Ibrahim Galadima of the National Industrial Court in Abuja, following an ex parte application by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
This came barely 24 hours after the same judge made a similar restraining ex parte order in favour of a group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association, on Thursday.
The duo of Acting Director of the Department Civil Litigation of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs Maimuna Shiru, and Mr Tijjani Gazali, led the Federal Government’s team, who moved the ex parte application that was later granted by Justice Galadima on Friday.
The NLC and TUC had jointly declared to embark on a nationwide strike on Monday to press for the reversal of the recent hike in electricity tariff and petrol pump price.
Kogi Inferno: We Are Making Frantic Efforts To Avert Future Occurrence – KSG
With the sad development that erupted Felele area of Lokoja Local Government of the State, Kogi State Government lead by Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello is currently making frantic efforts to forestall future fire disaster in the state.
The State Security Adviser, Retired Commander Jerry Omodara has visited the Controller General, Federal Fire Service in Abuja on behalf of Governor Yahaya Bello to seek for possible ways of Collaboration.
The move is a conscious bid by the Government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello led administration to prevent the unfortunate fire incident that claimed tens of lives at Felele, Lokoja on Wednesday 23rd September, 2020.
Commander Omodara conveyed the message of the Governor at the meeting on the immediate need to deploy Fire Fighting Equipment to the major Federal Highways in Kogi, even as the State is making frantic efforts in getting some equipment because of the strategic location of the State.
He said government is also considering recruitment of Staff for the State Fire Service towards getting more manpower to combat fire disaster in the state.
The State Security Adviser appealed to the Federal Fire Service to deploy more fire fighting equipment to its State Command.
The Controller General, Dr Liman Ibrahim while responding, commiserated with the government of Kogi State and the family of the victims, and prayed God to grant the family fortitude to bear the loss.
He promised to swift into immediate action of getting back the fire truck to the State and also help in training of more firefighters for the State.
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