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I have no problem with minimum wage implementation – Gov. Masari



Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State, says his administration has no problem with implementation of the new national minimum wage for workers.

Masari gave the assurance on Friday, when he received the new leadership of the state chapter of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

He said that the government would look into the guidelines when released and work with the state allocation to ensure implementation.

The governor, however, called for upward review of states’ revenue from the Federation Account to accommodate the new N30, 000 minimum wage.

“When the guidelines are ready, the NLC leadership in the state will be invited to ascertain the new salary structure for the workforce.

“Sincerely, I do not have problem with the new minimum wage, you know how much is being given to the states and local government councils,” he said.

Also unveiling further plans aimed at citizens’ welfare, the governor said the administration would revamp the state Water Board to tackle water scarcity confronting residents.

“The government had upgraded Ajiwa Dam, we are now working on the treatment plant and we have changed two new pumps.

“We are building another treatment plant so that we can have adequate water supply for residents.’’

Earlier, the NLC Chairman, Mr Hussaini Hamisu, told Masari that they were in Government House to introduce themselves as the newly elected officials of the union.

Hamisu spoke on the need for urgent implementation of the new national minimum wage by the state government.

He urged the government to centralise payment of salary of Katsina State Water Board employees.

He also urged the governor to consider appointing one of the union members as Special Adviser on Labor Matters.

Edited by Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

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Why we are partnering Niger govt. on ranch- CBN



The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says its partnership with the Niger state government for a ranch at the Bobi grazing reserve is to ensure local production of milk.

Mr Anthony Ifechukwu, Special Adviser on Development Finance to the CBN governor Godwin Emefiele, stated this during an inspection of work at the Bobi grazing reserve with the state Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger.

He noted that the local production of milk had become necessary to create jobs, adding that Nigeria was spending 1.5billion dollars a year on milk importation.

“What we are saying is that what we can produce in Nigeria we don’t have to import because by continuous importation we are not allowing our people to maximize their full potentials.

”For every litre of milk we import, you have 14 jobs created there and that means those jobs are lacking in Nigeria.

“Nigeria is spending about 1.5billion dollars per annum on milk importation and we felt with the resources Nigeria has there should be a reversal.

”So we are partnering with the Niger state government to ensure the facility and the environment for this initiative to run is there.”

He revealed that four firms had already indicated interest to invest in the grazing reserve which sits on 30000 hectares of land.

”WAMCO is already on ground here and there is an Irish firm that wants to come here as well.

“Wamco is going to do 10,000 hectares and you can see their tractors working and the same time they are building infrastructure like milk collection center, boreholes and a hydroponics unit.”

On how much the CBN was committing to the project, he said the figures were not yet available but noted that Niger is the pioneer state for such CBN intervention.

Also speaking, Gov. Bello maintained that he was satisfied with the level of work at the grazing reserve, saying the state government would do its best to make the place ready.

“I have seen the need to bring electricity here, provide security, do more roads, boreholes and more sensitisation for the locals to take ownership of what we are doing here.

“In the coming weeks, you will see more development here and hopefully in the next few years we would have a full fledged functional grazing reserve.”

He reiterated his administration’s resolve to transform the livestock industry towards creating jobs for the teeming populace.


Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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NEMA seeks synergy among disaster management stakeholders



The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called for synergy among disaster management stakeholders for easy coordination during emergencies.

Ugo urged disaster management agencies to be alert at all times, adding that members of the public should also adhere strictly to early warning on flooding and other disasters in order to reduce their effects on lives and property.

“The only way to manage disaster effectively is through collaboration among disaster agencies.

Imo residents, who are in flood prone areas, should always monitor the sea level,” he said, adding that disaster management stakeholders were proposing the establishment of a trauma centre where disaster victims would be rehabilitated.

The NEMA coordinator urged the state government to ensure that the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) was properly equipped for efficient and effective service delivery.

Edited by Ifeyinwa Okonkwo and ‘Wale Sadeeq



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RTEAN wants Amaechi, Fashola to complete ongoing road, rail projects



The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) on Friday pleaded with the reappointed Ministers of Works and Housing and Transportation, Mr Babatunde Fashola and Mr Rotimi Amaechi respectively, to ensure  speedy completion of ongoing projects by their ministries.

The Chairman of RTEAN in Lagos State, Alhaji Mohammed Musa, made the plea while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.

NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Wednesday reappointed Mr Rotimi Amaechi as the Minister of Transportation and Mr Babatunde Fashola as the Minister of Works and Housing.

NAN also reports that Amaechi and Fashola supervised those ministries as ministers during the first tenure of the Buhari-led administration.

Musa said: “ Mr Rotimi Amaechi as the Minister of Transportation started several jobs during his first term in the ministry. Now, the President of Nigeria wants him to come and complete them; that is why he was reappointed.

“He must not disappoint Nigerians and the Buhari-led government who have given him the opportunity. All rail and road projects the ministry had embarked upon should be completed.

“We also want Fashola to complete all the road projects the ministry started under his leadership as former minister to reduce carnage on the highways.”

The RTEAN boss said that both ministries remained cardinal to the economy of the nation, hence, the need to pay adequate attention to them.

According to him, all Nigerians, not only the commercial transport operators, are looking forward to them completing the ongoing road and rail projects across the country and start new ones.

“What we are expecting from all the 43 ministers is that they should work for the good of Nigerians.

“All of them should have the fear of God because they swore with the Bible and the Quran to serve Nigerians.

“Let them be serious with their jobs and not divert the funds allocated to their ministries for public good into their personal purses,” Musa added.

The union leader also advised the newly reappointed Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, to prioritise the welfare of Nigerian workers and work toward the creation of new jobs.

“That is the reason why they had been chosen to head the various ministries they had been assigned by President Buhari.’’

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Truck crushes Army officer to death in Ogun



A truck loaded with granite on Friday crushed an Army officer identified as R. A. Nata’ala to death in Iyana Mortuary area of Abeokuta.

The accident was said to have occurred around 10:30 a.m.

According to an eyewitness, the victim was on his motorcycle with number plate: PKA 567 QD when a truck with registration number JJJ 833 XW had brake failure.


The eyewitness said that the truck swerved off from its lane and crushed the soldier who was riding his motorcycle to death.

The truck was said to be coming from Ajebo-Idi-Aba road, and heading toward Ijaye when the incident occurred.

The eyewitness explained that the traffic light had stopped some vehicles going toward Idi-Aba including the victim’s motorcycle when the truck rammed into his soldier’s motorcycle and killed him.

Also, the spokesperson of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident to Nigeria News Agency in Abeokuta.

Akinbiyi said that the truck after losing control hit a Mazda car marked APP 272 DH before hitting the motorcycle marked PKA 567 QD.

He said that the corpse of the deceased had been deposited at the mortuary of the State Hospital, Ijaye.


Akinbiyi, however, said that the truck driver ran away.

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Indiscipline, political interference bane of effective administration of legislature – Clerk



The Clerk of Ekiti House of Assembly, Mr Tola Esan, has identified indiscipline among staffers and political interference in staff management as part of the factors militating against effective administration of Houses of Assembly in the country.

Esan said this in a paper he presented at a one-day training programme for members of the Assembly on Friday in Ado-Ekiti.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the clerk spoke on the topic “Challenges of Managing Political Bosses: A Study of State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria.”

He also identified high turnover rate of members in the legislature as another major challenge in the management of political bosses.

The clerk said that in such scenario, Assembly workers were expected to always apply maturity, experience and tactics in the discharge of their duties.

“Between 1999 and 2019, more than 90 per cent of sitting members of parliament failed to return at every new Assembly.

“The bureaucracy is that one is usually confronted with the task of preparing large numbers of new members on the rudiments of parliamentary practices and procedures,” he said

He said one way of addressing the trend was to strengthen the legislature as an arm of government to achieve good and effective governance in the country.

The clerk added that strict adherence to service rules and the rule of law could also help to tackle the anomalies in state Houses of Assembly.

In his opening address, the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Funminiyi Afuye, identified regular training and retraining as panacea for achieving workers’ efficiency and effectiveness.

Afuye, who was represented by his deputy, Alh. Hammed Jamiu, advised civil servants in the state to take advantage of the Gov. Kayode Fayemi-led administration’s vision and policy on human capital development.

He urged legislative members of staff to avail themselves of the opportunity offered by the present administration in training and retraining of the workforce to boost their skills.

NAN reports that the programme was attended by Chief Taiwo Olatubosun, Chairman, state House of Assembly Service Commission and other top government functionaries.

Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa and ‘Wale Sadeeq


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