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Bauchi governor orders release N200m for pensioners

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Governor Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir of Bauchi has directed the Accountant General of the State to immediately release the outstanding sum of N200m for the month of December 2019 and January 2020 for immediate payment to all affected retired civil servants by Tuesday 4th February 2020.

The directive according to a press release signed and issued by Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Governor, Mukhtar Gidado was to prove that the payment of pension to both state and local government pensioners has not stopped as is being insinuated and circulated in the social media.

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Bala Mohammed according to the statement assured that he will not betray the good people of Bauchi State who have entrusted him with the enormous responsibility of governing the affairs of the state reiterating the commitment of his administration is doing the needful within the available resources to ensure the comfort and welfare of civil servants and retirees in the State.

The statement further contained that,

“attention of the Bauchi State Government has been drawn to what it considers as an unfounded rumour by some mischief makers who alleged that the state government has stopped the monthly mandatory payment of N100 Million outstanding gratuities for retired State Civil Servants in the last three months.”

“For the avoidance of doubt and in order to put the records straight, the Bauchi state government under the leadership of Governor Bala Mohammed has settled the monthly mandatory payment of N100 million for state retirees up to the month of November 2019”, the statement explains.

It added that

“Although it is only the payment for the month of December 2019 that is still pending due to the shortfall in revenue allocation for the month from the Federation Account. However, it should also be noted that the government is up to date in the monthly mandatory payment of the N100 million for the Local Government retirees.”

 

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Happenings in Edo threat to constitutional order – Atiku

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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says the unfolding political developments in Edo are a threat to constitutional order.

Abubakar, in his verified tweeter handle on Thursday, urged the forces behind the developments to reign in their proxies, and abide by the rule of law to allow the people elect who they wanted to govern them.

“Nigeria has been on the edge due to the brinkmanship of those charged with the constitutional leadership.

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“We must, as a nation, not escalate the already tense atmosphere in our polity.

“What is happening in Edo is a threat to constitutional order nationwide.

“I strongly urge belligerent forces to reign in their proxies, and abide by the rule of law.

“As I have previously said, without the rule of law, there will be no rule at all.

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The current goings-on portend grave danger, not only to law and order in that state, but to the coming Edo elections.

“The people of Edo should be allowed to choose who they wish to govern them, and that choice is to be made on Sept. 19.

“Pending then, everything legally possible must be done to preserve the status quo,” Atiku said
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Gov Ikpeazu calls for Federal Secretariat in Abia

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Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia on Thursday appealed to the Federal Government to establish a Federal Secretariat in the state to promote sustainable development.
Ikpeazu made the appeal while receiving Mr. Henry Ogbulogu, the Commissioner, representing Abia in the Federal Character Commission (FCC) in Umuahia.
He said that the initiative would facilitate effective implementation of the Federal Character principles in the state, and as well promote sustainable development.
Ikpeazu said: “The mere absence of a Federal Secretariat shows that Abia can hardly boast of any federal presence.
“Also, there is nothing to show that Abia is an oil-producing state because companies that drill oil here have their secretariats in Rivers. Their staff live and pay taxes in Rivers.
“Similarly, a good proportion of the gas supplied to the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) comes from Abia, and we started making our contributions to the nation’s economy over 60 years ago.
“I urge you to join us in the clarion call to the Federal Government, that Abia is ripe for a Federal Secretariat,” Ikpeazu said.
The governor directed the state Ministries and parastatal Agencies to provide the commission with the information required to enable it to do its job.
Ikpeazu noted that the state government was poised to give its support to the commission for it to achieve success in its programs in Abia.
Earlier, Ogbulogu said that the commission has the mandate to monitor the state’s compliance with the guidelines for “employment provision associated with economic activities”.
He expressed the commission’s readiness to collaborate with the state government to achieve effective implementation of federal character principles in Abia.
“I appeal to the state government to compel all ministries and parastatal agencies in Abia to avail the commission with a nominal role to enable the commission to do its monthly reports,” Ogbulogu said
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APC appoints acting state chairman in Akwa Ibom

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), has appointed Dr. Ita Udosen, as the acting state chairman following the passage of the state chairman, Mr. Ini Okopido, on Aug. 5.
The appointment of Udosen is contained in a statement issued by the State Publicity Secretary of APC,  Mr. Nkereuwem Enyongekere, in Uyo on Thursday.
 
The statement said the appointment was made at an emergency meeting of the State Working Committee of the party at its secretariat in Uyo.
 
“Following the sudden, sad and devastating transition of our Chairman, Late Ini Okopido on Aug. 5, 2020, the State Working Committee (SWC), of our party met in an emergency session at the state party secretariat and resolved as follows:
“That based on Article 14.2 Section iii of the Party’s Constitution, the Deputy Chairman of the Party, Dr. Ita Udosen, should hereby assume the position of the Acting Chairman henceforth.
“With the said resolution of the SWC today, Aug. 6, 2020, Dr. Ita Udosen, the State Deputy Chairman is hereby appointed the Acting State Chairman effective Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020,” it said.
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