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NUT Commends FCT Minister On Minimum Wage Implementation.

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NUT Commends FCT Minister On Minimum Wage Implementation.
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NUT Commends FCT Minister On Minimum Wage Implementation.

By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

The FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has commended Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Muhammad Musa Bello, for his efforts towards ensuring successful implementation of minimum wage for primary school teachers in the territory.

Chairman of NUT in the FCT, Comrade Stephen Knabayi, made the commendation shortly after he met with branch chairmen of the union across the six area councils at the teachers house in Gwagwalada, on Tuesday.

The FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and State FCT Minister, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

The FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and State FCT Minister, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

He said the union was impressed with report it received from the branches chairmen across the six area councils over the implementation of the new minimum wage, even though he said Abaji, was the only council that was faced with some hitches.

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According to him, the successful implementation of the minimum wage was because of the dropping of tax and pension funds, after complaints of shortfalls by the area councils.

“But as it concerns the teachers, we are happy that the FCT minister ensured that the implementation was successful, while we as a union will ensure that the issue of the shortfalls are addressed,” he said.

Chairman of the FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Stephen Knabayi

Chairman of the FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Stephen Knabayi

The NUT chairman, who also commended the minister of state for FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, for her efforts for the struggle over the implementation of the minimum wage, said the next task ahead of the union the payment of arrears.

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Nasarawa Assembly Pledge to give Gov. Sule legal backing on transparency,  accountability.

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Nasarawa Assembly Pledge to give Gov. Sule legal backing on transparency,  accountability.

Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has moved to give Gov. Abdullahi Sule legal backing in order to enhance transparency, accountability and probity for good governance in the state.

To this end, the House has deliberated on three different executive bills to that effect and slated Monday, June 28th, 2021 for the third reading of the bills.

Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi,  the Speaker of the House stated this after the House deliberated on the executive bills report during the House proceedings today in Lafia.

Governor Abdullahi A. Sule, Executive Governor of Nasarawa State

Governor Abdullahi A. Sule, Executive Governor of Nasarawa State

The reports are, Joint Committee on Finance and Appropriation/ Public Account on a bill for a Law to Enact the Nasarawa State Public Audit Law 2021 and for Other Matters Connected Therewith presented  by Hon Abdullahi Angibi, the Co- Chairman of the committee.

The second report is, the Joint Committee on Finance and Appropriation/ Public Account on A  Bill for a Law to Provide for the Establishment of Office of the Auditor General for Local Governments and Other Matters Incidental Thereto presented by Hon Mohammed Okpoku, the Acting Chairman of the committee.

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The third report is, the Joint Committee on Finance and Appropriation/ Public Account on A Bill for a Law for the Establishment of the Nasarawa State Debt Management Office and for Other Matters Connected Therewith presented by Hon .Mohammed Okpoku, the Acting Chairman of the committee.

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For the Nasarawa State Public Audit Law 2021, the  committee recommends that the Audit Service Board shall be the designated body to recommend to the Executive Governor the person to be appointed as Auditor General of the State.

” The committee recommends renewable tenure for Auditor General. When he completes a term of four years,  renewable once for another four years , if appointed on the service, provided is not more than the age of 60 years.

” Upon vacation of office, the retiring Auditor General shall be entitled to pension as a rate equivalent to the Annual Salary of the incumbent Auditor General.

” The Committee recommended 0.2 % of all payment on project executed  by the State Government for project auditing.

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” The Committee further recommends 2% as professional fees to External Auditors.

Rt. Hon. Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim Balarabe

Rt. Hon. Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim Balarabe

” The Board shall comprises of a chairman and six other members which shall be appointed two from each of the senatorial zone.

” The Auditor General shall be the Chairman of the  Board and an officer not below the rank of director shall serve as the Secretary, ” he said.

The House also recommended that a person with cognate experience of not less than 15 years in Account and Auditing practice with either B.Sc or HND as the case may be , be appointed as the chairman of the Board of age limit not above 60 years.

The House also deliberated on report of the Joint Committee on Finance and Appropriation/ Public Account on A  Bill for a Law to Provide for the Establishment of the Office of the Auditor General for Local Governments and Other Matters Incidental Thereto.

Hon Mohammed Okpoku, the Acting Chairman of the committee said that the committee recommended that every Local Government Council shall submit its approved budget before the end of first quarter of the year.

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” Render an annual financial statement to the Office of the Auditor General before the end of last quarter of the financial year.

” The Auditor General shall be entitled to provision for life at a rate equivalent to the annual salary of the incumbent Auditor General,” he said.

Furthermore, the House also deliberated on report of the Joint Committee on Finance and Appropriation/ Public Account on A Bill for a Law for the Establishment of the Nasarawa State Debt Management Office and for Other Matters Connected Therewith which was presented by Hon .Mohammed Okpoku, the Acting Chairman of the committee.

The committee recommended that the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Local Government should be a member of the Debt Management Committee representing the Local Government Council.

The speaker slated Monday, June 28th, 2021 for the third reading of all the three bills after the House deliberated on the reports.

Earlier, Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader of the House moved a motion for adoption of the reports of the three bills after deliberation by the House.

Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba, the Deputy Minority Leader of the House seconded the motions.

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“The Zonal Technical Workshop Was Timely And Profitable” – Hajia Hassisat

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“The Zonal Technical Workshop Was Timely And Profitable” – Hajia Hassisat

 

The recently concluded Two Days Zonal Technical Workshop on Medium Term National Development Plan 2021/2025, have been described as a good step in the Right Direction.

The Chairman, Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO) Federal, Hajia Hassisat Ozavize Suleiman, stated this while speaking with Newsmen at the end of the event which was organized by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning at the Glass House, Lokoja.

She said the Confluence State was blessed to have been picked for the all important Workshop, stressing that a lot have been achieved already through various delibrations in the course of the event.

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Hajia Ozavize Suleiman, who is also the Executive Chairman, Kogi State Mineral Resources Development Agency, noted that there was need for adequate attention to be accorded to the Solid Minerals and Agricultural sector, following the need for diversification of the Country’s economy, while calling on the Federal Government to allow States exercise a level of control over the Solid Minerals sector.

She also commended Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, for his doggedness and unwavering commitment at giving the solid Minerals and natural Resources sector in the State a facelift, and promised to continue to live up to expectations in the two offices she occupies.

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Scholar Raises Concern Over Igbo Exclusive Residential Community in Kano

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A Kano based scholar, Dr. Abdallah Gadon Kaya have raised concern over highbrow residential areas occupied exclusively by Igbos in Kano State noting that such allowance creates a vacuum for disunity.

A Kano based scholar, Dr. Abdallah Gadon Kaya

A Kano based scholar, Dr. Abdallah Gadon Kaya

In a video obtained by Arewa Agenda, the scholar who noted that the community located in Zungeru Road, behind Kano Airport said, “they have their massive gates, security and other facilities that prevent other people, especially indigenes from accessing. Government should not allow such to be happening when we can’t go to Onitsha, Aba or Enugu an create an exclusive place for Northerners or Muslims like that.”

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Dr. Abdallah, known for his clear stance on topical issues, called on the state Government to promote policies that will harmonize the Hausas and Igbos in the area and bring about peaceful coexistence.

“We should not have such exclusive places, government should ensure there are mosques there and Kano indigenes should be given access to build houses too in such highbrow area,” Gadon Kaya insisted.

A Kano based scholar, Dr. Abdallah Gadon Kaya

A Kano based scholar, Dr. Abdallah Gadon Kaya

Arewa Agenda learnt that many people are heeding the call.

Speaking on the matter, a Political Commentator and Secretary Arewa Youths Council (AYC), Bello Shehu States that, “It dangerous, especially when some ethnic groups are clamouring for separation from the rest of the country to now allow one tribe to exclusively occupy an highbrow. Even though Arewa people are denied such privileges of owning business premises and estates in Igboland, we need to mix up to promote national unity, tolerance and brotherhood. That way, we can appreciate each other more and live peacefully together.”

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Also, a security analyst who would not like to be mentioned states that, “let those from Kano be allowed to buy land and build houses there. Allowing this to continue will create another Igbo land within Kano and this is not good for security reasons otherwise anything can happen, especially with IPOB’s agitations by Nnamdi Kanu for Biafra Republic and other secessionists

“Once there is a crisis for example, such place can become a direct target, but with the coexistence, it will be difficult to target one tribe.

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