Buhari, in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, said that he joined all family members, friends and business associates of the ‘consummate businessman’ in celebrating the auspicious moment, which, he said, had fallen within the Sallah season.
While congratulating Indimi for a life of purpose, sacrifice and love for humanity, the president prayed for more grace of good health and strength for the renowned entrepreneur.
Buhari also commended his patriotism for investing heavily in human capacity and promoting the Nigerian brand to the global business community.
According to the president, Indimi’s greatest impact on the economy has been his philanthropy.
He said it included donations to the building and renovation of schools and hospitals, provision of scholarships and medical assistance to the less-privileged
”Most remarkably is the businessman’s contributions to the Federal Government’s Victims’ Support Fund (VSF) in the North-East to enable the casualties of Boko Haram insurgency regain their livelihood,” he noted.
MAX Air resumes fights after hours of delay
Max Air, one of the local operators, resumed its regular flights on Friday while attributing its Thursday flight delays at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja to scarcity of aviation fuel.
A top official of the airline told the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Abuja that the airline had put in place logistics to take care of the affected air travellers that were disappointed on Thursday.
“We get our aviation fuel from directly from Conoil, Total, Sahara and Oando, among others. However, supply is not just enough at Abuja station to take care of our present needs.
“The passengers, who were meant to be on the 12: 45 p.m., were delayed and protested the protracted delay of their flights on Thursday and the delay really affected our other flight schedules on Thursday.
The official told NAN that the situation was now normal as three of their aircraft had left to their various destinations as at 12 noon on Friday.
He apologised to their customers for the delay and promised that they would be proactive henceforth.
Mr Caleb Adeoye, one of the Max Air passengers on the Thursday’s scheduled flight, told NAN that he returned to catch the airline re-scheduled flight on Friday.
“As at yesterday, there was nothing much I could do although that was my first experience of flight cancellation by the airline, but today everything is alright as you can see.
“However, airlines should endevour to inform their customers of changes earlier.”
FG, Labour meet to end minimum wage logjam
The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) and the representatives of the Federal Government are currently meeting to put an end to delays in the implementation of the new national minimum wage.
The meeting, holding at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, is expected to bring to an end continued disagreements in the percentage of consequential adjustments.
At a meeting between the government and labour in July, the former had proposed a 10 percent increment for workers on GL. 7 to 14 and 5.5 percent for those on GL. 15 to 17.
Mr Richard Egbule, the immediate past Chairman, National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, had attributed the delay in the implementation of the “consequential adjustment” of the N30,000 new minimum wage to the unrealistic demands by labour unions.
Egbule explained that the current demand of the labour unions would raise the total wage bill too high, and that was why government could not accept their proposed salary adjustments.
Labour, on its own part, had also turned down government’s offer, proposing, instead, 30 percent increase for workers on GL. 7 to 14 and 25 percent for those on GL. 15 to 17.
The JNPSNC had initially demanded for 66 per cent increment across board for all workers, basing it on the fact that the increase in wage from N18, 000 to N30, 000 was 66 per cent.
Mr Lawrence Amaechi, an executive member of the labour group in the negotiating council, told NAN that public service workers were expecting government to finally agree with them on reasonable adjustments to the salaries for immediate implementation of the minimum wage.
Amaechi, who is also the National President, Nigerian Civil Service Union, said that the payment of the new minimum wage was long overdue.
He urged government to be proactive in order not to accumulate arrears which, he said, might result in another round of agitations by employees.
Amaechi said although the two labour unions – NLC and Trade Union Congress – were not part of the eight unions that made up the JNPSNC, their representatives had been invited as observers, should negotiations break down.
Both parties are expected to either agree with government’s proposed additions of 10 percent for GL. 7 to 14 workers and 5.5 percent for those on GL. 15 to 17 or come to a middle point away from labour’s demands for 30 and 25 per cent increase respectively.
Edited by Folorunso Poroye and ‘Wale Sadeeq
Institute, COREN move to curb corruption in engineering projects
The Nigerian Institute of Civil Engineers (NICE) and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), have pledged to eliminate corruption and other vices ranging from contract inflation and over designing in the execution of engineering projects.
Mrs Aishatu Umar, National Chairman of NICE made the this known she led a delegation of the National Executive on a courtesy visit to the President of COREN Mr Ali Rabiu.
Umar said that corruption in the Civil Engineering projects had remained a major challenge to the practicing civil engineers in Nigeria.
She said that getting jobs in Nigeria in spite of evidence of competence had become a herculean task.
The chairperson of NICE urged COREN to take advantage of its MOU with the Independent Corrupt Practice and other related Offences Commission to take aggressive action on corruption in the Civil Engineering Projects to sustain quality project delivery.
She said quackery was also another area that the institute was desirous of cooperation with COREN.
Umar also expressed worry over the fact that the job of Nigerian Civil Engineers had been high jacked by politicians and people who have nothing to do with the profession resulting in building collapses and other infrastructure in Nigeria.
She, therefore, appealed to COREN to aggressively fight against quackery in civil engineering domain in Nigeria as it would create jobs for the teaming population of civil engineers in Nigeria.
Other areas they sought partnership with COREN was Engineering Regulation Monitoring.
She appealed to the president to strengthen and properly fund the Engineering Regulation Monitoring programme of COREN in order to effectively checkmate those who had invaded the engineering profession especially in the civil engineering profession.
The National Chairman expressed joy over the released official Gazette no 51, volume 105 concerning COREN Regulation on the Construction Industry through an Executive Order endorsed by the President Muhammadu Buhari with the following highlights.
”Designs of all major engineering works are to be carried out in Nigeria; all contracts up to N2.5B are to be reserved exclusively for Nigerian Engineering Firms.
”Copies of all stamped working drawings are to be kept on site for inspection purposes; all major engineering contracts shall have a training component for training of engineering personnel.
”All drawings for the works shall be duly cross checked and endorsed by duly registered engineer.
”Regulation Compliance Committee – Division of COREN to be established to ensure compliance with Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) laws, local content laws, among others,’’ she said.
She urged COREN to aggressively drive toward the implementation of the gazette.
The delegation thanked the President of COREN for receiving them and pledged to give him the necessary support to enable him succeed in his tenure.
She invited Rabiu to the 17th International Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineering (NICE).
Responding, Rabiu, said he was honoured and delighted to have his own institute visit him and thanked them for their support.
He assured the delegation that he would critically look at all their proposals and collaborate with the institute where necessary.
Buhari meets Northern Traditional Rulers at Aso Rock
By Ismaila Chafe
Abuja, Aug. 23, 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed door with traditional rulers from the Northern part of the country at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
NAN reports that the agenda of the meeting between the president and the traditional rulers was unknown while leadership of the Monarchs also declined comment on the outcome of their deliberation.
President Buhari had on July 31 in Abuja met with traditional rulers from the Southwestern part of the country and assured that his administration was doing everything possible to tackle security challenges in the country.
The Oba and Chiefss were led by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
edited by Sadiya Hamza
Kano State to integrate Almajiri system into modern education
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State says the state government will integrate the Almajiri education system into the modern academic curriculum of the state.
Ganduje made the promise on Friday in Abuja while speaking to newsmen during a working visit to the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.
The governor advised that education should be made free from basic to secondary levels in the interest of the Nigerian child.
“As a government, we have said that basic education and secondary education will be free; we have also made it compulsory to ensure sustainability.
“We have also resolved to hold a stakeholders’ summit to this effect; the summit will brainstorm on how to take care of out-of-school children which include Almajiri,” he said.
Ganduje said the state’s plan was to modify the curriculum in such a way that would tally with the national curriculum.