Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has vowed that his administration will not rest on its oars, until local government areas in the state pay their workers full salaries before month end.
Engineer Sule made the vow while speaking at the grand finale of the Baraya Vanguard/Engineer A. A Sule Coordinators, awareness and sensitization campaign, for the Nasarawa West zone, which held at the Nasarawa State University (NSUK), on Saturday.
According to the Governor, even though the State Government has been able to pay its workers full salaries and before the 29 of every month, same cannot be said about workers at the local government level.
“Even though we have been able to pay our workers full salaries and always before the 29th of ach month, we will not rest until local government areas are able to pay their workers full salaries and before the end of the month,” he stated.
To this end, Engineer Sule said his administration is working hard towards addressing certain observed lapses in the financial activities of the councils, assuring that when the ongoing exercise is carried out to its logical conclusion, there will be sufficient funds available for local government areas to not only pay full salaries before month end but also pension and gratuity of their retirees.
The Governor described as unacceptable, a situation where the councils could not pay a pensioner whose monthly wage is a paltry N15, 000, having spent the better part of his or her life serving the state.
Engineer Sule urged the people of the state to support his administration in order to introduce sanity into the financial conduct of the local government areas.
“In 2012, there was an embargo against employment. Since then, some workers must have died, retired or resigned. Instead of the wage bill to reduce, like that of the state, the wage bill of the local government areas continue to increase,” the Governor lamented.
While attributing the fall in revenues at the councils to the negative effect of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Engineer Sule however warned local government chairmen that it’s no longer tenable for them to solely depend on monthly subvention from the Federal Government but that they must evolve means of generating internal revenue.
He added that even though the State Government directed the councils to pay one month salary to workers and pensioners, it was meant to cushion their suffering, pending the completion of the ongoing screening and verification exercise to ascertain the actual workforce in the councils.
The Governor further tasked officials of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the local government level , on the need to support the councils by ensuring that the right thing is done.
Engineer Sule thanked members of the Baraya Vanguard, as well as Engineer A.A. Sule Coordinators, for taking it upon themselves to go round the state in order to show appreciation to the people for electing him as Governor of the state.
Earlier, first civilian governor of the state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa West), commended the two political support groups, for coming out to propagate the activities of the Governor ahead the 2023 general election.
Senator Adamu restated his earlier pledge that no member of the APC from the Nasarawa West Senatorial zone, will contest against Engineer Sule come 2023.
The former governor announced his decision to lead the Baraya Vanguard as its grand patron.
State Secretary of Baraya Vanguard and Commissioner for Health, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba Yahaya, said the group has over 30, 000 members across the state, with the ongoing sensitization and awareness campaign aimed at showcasing the achievements of the Governor to the grassroots.
The event was grazed by top government officials, political bigwigs, as well as state and zonal officials of the Baraya Vanguard and the Engineer A. A Sule Coordinators, including the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, State Assembly members, Hon. Mohammed Okpoku (Udege/Loko) and Hon. Abdulaziz S. Danladi (Keffi East), Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Associate Professor Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana and Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Fati Jimeta Sabo.
Others are, Senior Advisers to the Governor, Hon. Murtala Alhassan Lamus, Hon. Samuel Egya, as well as SSA Engr Idris Mohammed, among others.
Kogi Lawmaker Calls On Gov Bello To Run For 2023 Presidency, Lauds His Effort On Security
Ahead of 2023 Presidential elections, Member representing Bassa constituency in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon Ranyi Daniya has called on Governor Yahaya Bello to heed the clarion call of well meaning Nigerians to contest for Nigeria’s Presidency in 2023.
Daniya made the call while addressing stakeholders and leaders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) of Bassa LGA extraction on Tuesday.
The lawmaker highlighted the achievements of the Governor in areas of security, unity, infrastructure and youth inclusiveness.
“It is high time we join the train of national politics. Governor Bello should be encouraged and supported by all well meaning Kogites in other to ensure we have purposeful leadership in our country,” he said. Daniya also called on the people of Bassa LGA to vote massively for all the candidates of the APC in the council elections scheduled for 12th December.
He thanked Bassa citizens for standing firm with the APC and the government led by Alhaji Yahaya Bello and prayed for sustained peace and development in the area.
INEC Seeks Amendments Of Constitution, Electoral Act To Shelve Bye Election
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it is proposing a bill to the National Assembly, seeking amendment of the constitution and electoral act to enable parties replace their elected representatives that die or vacate seat before end of tenure.
Resident Electoral Commissioner for Kogi state, Professor James Akpam, disclosed this at the stakeholders meeting preparatory to the Ibaji state constituency bye election held on Thursday at the INEC office in Lokoja.
He said the bill if considered and passed into law will go a long way to curb cost in the electoral processes of INEC and other untoward activities associated with election in Nigeria.
The Ibaji constituency seat is currently vacant following the demise of Hon. Abah early this year after a prolonged ailment, the Commission is preparing for his replacement through bye election.
According to the Commissioner, INEC has concluded arrangement to conduct a free, fair and credible election in Ibaji, despite the Covid 19 scare as all the pandemic protocols would be observed during the Saturday, December 5 election.
He explained that the constituency has 148 polling units,10 registration areas(RAs), 76,575 registered voters, 96% of which have collected permanent voters cards with 630 adhoc staff, one returning officer, 10 collaboration officers have been recruited and trained for the exercise.
Akpam who also revealed that non sensitive materials have been received from Abuja, added that smart card readers have been configured, the sensitive materials are expected on Thursday for on ward movement to the registration areas.
He explained that during the recent Governorship elections in Edo and Ondo State respectively INEC observed Covid-19 protocols , stressing that voters in next Saturday election in Ibaji must observe protocols to aviod crisis.
The REC pointed out that the social distancing, use of face masks , washing hand and Sanitizers would be strictly applied during the election.
Akpam added that all the INEC Staff would do the same, calling voters to come to various polling units with their face masks.
He stated that that card readers would be sanitized intermittently , saying that immediately a voter is allowed to vote the INEC officers will apply sanitizer on Card readers before the next voter will vote
Breaking: Senator Elisha Abbo Defects To APC, Says PDP Is Finished.
Globaltimesnigeria.com reports that Senator Elisha Abbo has formally defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.
According to the report, Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.
Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.
In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.
Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.
Abbo is a close ally of the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
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