Idris Ahmed, Lafia.
Nasarawa state Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has put in place all necessary arrangement to pay local government pensioners in fulfilment of his earlier promise to support local government areas settle at least, one month pension arrears.
Engineer Abdullahi Sule made this known during a meeting involving all the chairmen of 13 LGAs, Director General, Nasarawa State Pension Board, Alhaji Sani Abdullahi Oseze, as well as leaders of the local government pension union, held at the Government House, Lafia, on Monday.
The agenda of the meeting were the return of Covid-19 infection, which the state recorded about 50 cases of the dreaded virus as at Sunday, which is the highest since the outbreak of the pandemic, the issue of non payment of pension to retired LG workers and the forthcoming local government election.
Worried by the inability for the councils in the state to pay local government pensioners their monthly pensions, for about three or four months, Engineer Sule announced that he is ready to redeem his earlier pledge to assist the LGAs from the second tranch of SIFTAS funds, so that they can pay at least one month.
The meeting, according to the Governor, will map out modalities for the payment of the one month arrears to the pensioners.
While showing appreciation to the council chairmen, for working hard to sustain not only peace in the state, but also according maximum cooperation and support to the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, while Engineer Sule was away on vacation to the United States, the Governor explained that the meeting with the council chairmen has become necessary in order for the participants to deliberate on the way forward regarding the scheduled council election.
Engineer Sule used the opportunity to assure the council chairmen that he has nothing against any one of them, stressing that his call for the ruling party to ensure that only competent persons secure the ticket of the party in the forthcoming council poll, is only predicated on his sincere desire to move the state ahead and to be less dependent on monthly subvention.
According to the Governor, the LG election is expected to hold February 2021 but there is need for him to meet with the council chairmen regarding the issue of funds to be used in conducting the election.
Engineer Sule equally used the opportunity to call on the people of the state to renew their commitment at observing all protocols put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.
He warned that the pandemic is still active, with even more people testing positive across the state.
“Blessing Okoro CEO Claims She Surged Into Marriage Thinking Will Be The Shortcut To End Her Sufferings”.
Nigerian relationship counselor, Blessing Okoro Nkiruka also known as CEO has says that she got married at the age of 19 to a man who was 10 years older than her. This may have been possible, citing where she came from, that is, coming from a poor background who struggled to make ends meet.
Therefore, she may have been married off to reduce the family’s cost and gain financial support from the groom’s family as practiced in many African and especially Nigerian middle-class homes.
She disclosed that her love life started at the age of 14, and the marriage didn’t work out as they separated in less than two years.
Marriage is one of the Unions that has being instrumental in making some people showcase their best and applaudable versions, and to some people, it has only brought back some challenging memories.
There are diverse reasons why some people venture into marriage, some later reap their positive and reasonable intents, while some regret rushing into marriage, and that is the sad story of a Relationship therapist, Blessing CEO as she shared on her Instagram account.
The Relationship expert in her words gotten from Instagram said, “I remember when my mum used to struggle while I was a young girl, and at some point, all that she had got burnt and vanished away and I vowed as a young girl that I won’t struggle like my mom, which made me rush into marriage because I thought it was the only short cut I had to end the sufferings I have gone through.”
Blessing CEO (born on 23 May 1989) as Blessing Okoro Nkiruka is a 32 years old Nigerian relationship counsellor, social media personality and influencer.
She is prominently known for advising young Nigerians on relationships, dating, sex, and divorce.
She achieves this through various platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and her blog Break or make-up relationship.
FCT Teachers Strike: Senator Aduda Meets FCT NUT Executives.
By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.
Following ongoing strike by the primary school teachers if the Local Education Authority (LEA) over non payment of their promotion arrears and other entitlements, Senator Philip Aduda, on Saturday, met with the state executives of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Abuja.
Aduda, while addressing the NUT executives, described the warning strike as unfortunate, in which he assured the union that he will meet with the relevant stakeholders in order to find a common ground for the benefit of the parents and pupils.
“And it was on this premise that I want to assure the union that I shall meet with the stakeholders across the area councils level in order to ensure that your demands are met so that our children can go back to school,”he said.
Responding, the chairman of the NUT in FCT, Comrade Stephen Knabayi, appreciated Senator Aduda for his intervention, saying the union will be eager to get positive response from the stakeholders so that primary school teachers can return to their classes.
Our correspondent had reported that, the NUT FCT had embarked on a five days warning strike, which elapsed last Wednesday, but the union had asked the secondary school teachers to return to classes and directed the primary school teachers to continue with the strike until their promotion arrears are paid by the council chairmen.
Alleged N19.3bn Bailout: Northern youths demand independent investigation, chide EFCC over media trial
The Northern Youths Movement (NYM) has demanded for an independent probe of the controversies over the N19. 33 billion Kogi salary bailout funds the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, claimed it recovered to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
Rising from its meeting in Abuja on Saturday, the NYM also chided the EFCC over what they called unending regime of media trial and unconstitutional actions.
It said it was imperative for a panel comprising representatives of the CBN, Sterling Bank, Federal Ministry of Finance, Accountant General of the Federation, Kogi State Government, EFCC, Police Special Fraud Unit, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and Civil Society Organizations to be set up to investigate the matter.
EFCC had said that it returned the N19. 33 billion Kogi State Government kept N19.33 billion bailout fund meant to pay salaries in Sterling Bank meant to yield interest and that the money was recovered to the CBN.
However, the Kogi State Government, which insisted that it did not open or create the said account with Sterling Bank, demanded from the EFCC, an apology and retraction of the commission’s statement.
In a release issued in Abuja on Saturday, which was signed by its Chairman, Mallam Ishaya Jato, the NYM also carpeted the EFCC for placing Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State under watchlist, saying that the commission’s action constitutes a clear affront on the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The youths said it was time the EFCC begins to act within the ambit of the laws of Nigeria and stop jumping to the media space, acting like a political tool.
The NYM wondered why no one has been put on trial if truly the EFCC claim on the alleged N19.33 billion fund was true.
They asked if in saner climes, a whooping sum of N19.33 billion bailout fund meant to pay workers salaries will be discovered to have been kept in a commercial bank account meant to yield interest and no one will be prosecuted.
The youths said questions as to where is the mandate letter from the Kogi State Government to open account number 0073572696 with Sterling Bank and who operated the account need to be answered.
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