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Delta saves N95bn after worker’s verification exercise


The Delta State Government says it has saved a whopping of N95 billion after the worker’s verification exercise in the state.

The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, and the Senior Policy Adviser to the governor and member Pension Harmonization Committee, Prof Sylvester Monye, made this known shortly after post-Executive Council meeting held on Tuesday in Asaba.

“After verification exercise ranging from date of first latter of appointment, date of birth and others irregularities, the committee was able a to detect the discrepancy and irregularities from worker’s files.

“We go through different MDAs and go through their files to ascertain their first appointment and date birth, we find out that number of workers are been overpaid while some were surcharge.

“After all the exercise, we were able to save the state government about N95bn. When we started this verification, some workers including state NLC executive were not happy with us but today, I can tell you that the NLC officials are happy.

“I am glad to say that the leadership of the organised labour, Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), who were at the Exco are also here to brief you on the issue of pension,” they explained.

The State NLC Chairman, Comrade Goodluck Oforbruku and his TUC counterpart, Comrade Martins Bolum, who expressed gratitude to Okowa for being workers-friendly, saying that the governor had earned a position in workers Hall of Fame.

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They said,

“To address the issue of accrued rights of pensioners, Governor Okowa set up a committee and the committee commenced work as far back as October 2015.

“At a point, we lost hope and thought the issue will not be dealt with during this administration, but today, the State Executive Council has approved the harmonization of accrued rights of pensioners In this state.

“It means that the Delta State Government will use the N18,000 minimum wage to calculate the pension entitlement of retirees in the state.

“This means that those who retired as far back as 2011, instead of the N7,500 minimum wage that was used to calculate their entitlement, government has approved that the N18,000 minimum wage be used.

“This approval has been Labour’s cry; that has been our struggle and that is what the state Executive Council just approved today” they added.

The duo noted that the Contributory Pension Law in the state says that when an officer retires, he should go home with at least 50 per cent of his last salary, but, when the N7,500 minimum wage was being used, officers were going home with 15 to 20 per cent of their last salary, saying the approval will cost the state government a whopping N37 billion from March 2011 to December 2019.

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Buhari approves new board members for NLNG, BGT



President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the boards of Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) and Bonny Gas Transport Limited (BGT).

A statement on Monday by Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, made the announcement.

The new board of the NLNG will now be chaired by Edmund Daukoru.

Members are Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Bitrus Nabasu, Henry lkem-Obih and Rabiu Sulaiman.

Daukoru was also named President of the Board of BGT.

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Members are Doyin Akinyanju, Abdul Abba as well as Kyari and Nabasu.

Sylva told the appointees to discharge their responsibilities in line with Buhari’s progressive agenda.

According to Sylvia, the current board members have been on the respective boards since 2005 and it became imperative to inject fresh ideas into the governance of the companies

He applauded the chairman and other outgoing board members of NLNG and BGT for steering the companies to record successes, particularly the Train 7 FID.

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He wished them good health and more successes in their future endeavours.

“To the incoming members of the Board, I congratulate you on this appointment and your selection is based on your experience, integrity and expertise. I, therefore, urge you to bring all these to bear in the discharge of your responsibilities in line with the progressive agenda of Mr President,” he said.

President Olusegun Obasanjo, in 2003, appointed Daukoru as Presidential Advisor on Petroleum and Energy.

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In 2005, Obasanjo elevated him to Minister of State for Energy.

Daukoru was Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in 2006

In 2018, he became the Amayanabo (traditional ruler) of Nembe Kingdom.

However, Ikem-Obih was a former NNPC Chief Operating Officer, Downstream.

Similarly, Sulaiman was a one-time NNPC Group Executive Director.

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Tinubu commiserates with Lagos Speaker over Braimoh’s death



The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has commiserated with the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, over the death of the member representing Kosofe Constituency II, Tunde Braimoh.

Tinubu conveyed his sympathy to the speaker in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Tunde Rahman.

The APC leader also extended his condolences to the Chairman of the party in the state, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, over the loss.

The Newsmen reports that Braimoh died on Friday, July 10, at the age of 57 after a brief illness, and his remains were buried the same day in accordance with Muslim rites.

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The deceased was Chairman, Committee on Information, Strategy, and Security of the House.

Tinubu expressed his sadness, adding that he was shocked and distressed by the news of Braimoh’s death.

He described the late Braimoh as “dyed-in-the-wool progressive”.

The former Lagos governor said: “Hon. Braimoh was not just a political ally, he was a dyed-in-the-wool progressive.

“Indeed, it was one piece of news that rendered me and certainly all those who knew him and what he stood for, momentarily numb and speechless.

“This is one death too many in such a short space of time and as mortals, we can only submit to the sovereignty of Almighty Allah,” he said.

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Tinubu noted that Braimoh played a significant role in the fight for the enthronement and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.

“He played his part in ensuring good governance in Lagos State and brought panache to the political space in Nigeria.

“He devoted his talents, resources, and life to the service and wellbeing of not only the people of Kosofe but Lagosians at large.

“He was an intelligent lawmaker, an astute local government chairman, resourceful, and a loyal party man.

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“He will be sorely missed.”

Tinubu said the best epitaph to write on his grave is to continue to pursue the welfare and wellbeing of the majority of the people irrespective of status, ethnicity, and religion.

He urged Nigerian leaders to continue their best to free the people from poverty, disease, and danger.

Tinubu gave gratitude to God that the deceased lived a purposeful life.

“My prayer is that the Munificent Allah shower mercy upon him, reward his good deeds, and admit him to Aljanna Firdaus,” he said.

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Nasarawa Assembly assures good working relationship with executive



The Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, says the Legislature is focused and determined to maintain a good working relationship with the Executive.

Abdullahi gave the assurance during the House’s first sitting of its second Legislative Year in Lafia on Monday.

He also assured the Gov. Abdullahi Sule led administration of the assembly’s full support and cooperation in order to enhance speedy development across the state.

This, he said, was to improve on the socio-economic activities and standard of living of the people.

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The speaker commended members of the House for their commitment and hard work in oversight the activities of Ministries, Agencies, and Departments (MDAs) across the state and called for the sustenance of the feat.

” When we were about to go on recess last time, I pleaded with members to oversight MDAs as the constitution has empowered us to do so.

” I must commend members for your commitment, respect for my leadership and show of understanding as well as sense of love for the state. Thank you sincerely for that assignment of effectively oversighting the MDAs.

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” I have received calls and text messages on your wonderful performances.

” I also want to appreciate some MDAs for their cooperation during your oversight functions, ” he said.

Abdullahi also advised Heads of MDAs to continue to give their maximum cooperation to the assembly for the overall development of the state.

” I want to say that nobody, no matter how highly placed he or she is, will stop members from their oversights or other legislative duties as enshrined in the constitution. We can never be distracted.

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” The constitution has empowered us to do so and we are doing this to ensure that the right things are done for development to thrive in the state, ” he said.

He thanked the staff of the assembly for being committed to their duties and urged them to maintain the tempo.

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