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Bauchi State pensioners appeal for settlement of outstanding entitlements

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The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Bauchi State chapter, has appealed to the state government to settle the backlog of eleven months’ pension arrears owed some of its members.

Reports state that the pensioners were affected by the ongoing cleansing of the state pay and nominal rolls of pensioners and civil servants.

Malam Aliyu Dogoro, the Chairman of the union, made the appeal in an interview with the Newsmen in Bauchi on Friday.

He said the inability of government to settle the entitlements of the affected pensioners had further exposed them to untold hardship.

Dogoro said some of them were at present suffering from age related diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, among others.

He added that some of the pensioners were currently experiencing indiscriminate underpayment which covered between six and eight months.

The chairman promised to continue to push for the welfare his members.

He advised the state government to revert to the table payment method of settling pensioners’ entitlements, with a view to solving the problems in payment of their pensions and gratuities.

Dogoro said that this would enable government to have a clear assessment of the entire process for efficiency and transparency.

He called for the review of the existing state pension law to reflect and accommodate the N30, 000 minimum wages, in accordance with the existing national law on pension.

“Sections 173 and 210 of the nation’s constitution have been very explicit and clear on the laws regarding pension” he said.

He explained that the extant pension law stipulated that pension ought to be reviewed at the interval of five years.

The chairman said that the state pension was last reviewed in 2013 and ought to have been reviewed in 2018.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Mukhtar Gidado, the Senior Special Assistant on Media to Gov. Bala Mohammed, has said that government is doing everything possible to begin the settlement of pensioners’ entitlements.

He said the present administration had prioritised the welfare of retired civil servants as well as the serving ones, through training and retraining.

Gidado explained that the state government would conduct promotion examination for no fewer than 1,800 civil servants next week.

He said that only civil servants who were qualified were shortlisted for the examination.

It was recalled that the state government has set aside N27 billion in the 2021 budget for the settlement of outstanding gratuities of retired civil servants.

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Lagos APC women leader dies after performing Hajj in Saudi

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The leader in the Lagos Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ramota Bankole, has been pronounced dead after performing her Hajj rites in Saudi Arabia.

Bankole, who was Lagos APC former Welfare Secretary, was said to be among the pilgrims that dropped dead following excessive heat recorded in the holy land.

The former politician death was confirmed on Thursday by the council chairmen of Epe Local Governments, Eredo and Ikosi-Ejirin Local Council Development Area (LCDA), amid ongoing search by friends and family members for missing hajj pilgrims in Saudi after death toll at the annual rituals, which were carried out in scorching heat, surged past 900.

They described the demise of the Lagos APC for Executive member, who celebrated her 60th birthday last month, as a rude shock to them, considering her role within the party.

Leading the trio, the Chairman Epe Local Government, Surah Animashaun, in her statement, added that the deceased was hale and hearty before leaving the country for pilgrimage.

According to the statement, “It’s with a heavy heart, and a deep sense of grief that I received the news of the death of Alhaja Ramota Bankole.

“It is a sad day indeed as I received the news that she died in the holy land of Mecca while on holy pilgrim.

“I extend my condolences to the Bankole family, Apc member and entire people of Epe on the unfortunate demise of our dear Sister and Mummy”.

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East-West Road: FG orders construction company to remobilize to site

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The Nigerian Federal Government has issued Reynolds Construction Company, RCC, a seven-day ultimatum to return to the site after failing to complete 1 kilometer of the 15km East-West Road section from Eleme Junction to Onne Port Junction in Rivers State, despite receiving over N40 billion in mobilization funds.

Minister of Works, David Umahi issued the ultimatum on Wednesday during an inspection tour of ongoing road projects in the South-South zone.

“We are very sad with the manners and behaviors of this contractor, RCC. The federal government has paid over 40 billion on this project, and not even one kilometer has been completed,” Umahi said, according to a statement released by the Federal Ministry of Works.

The statement posted on the Ministry’s official website indicated that the contractor’s delay was attributed to importation of necessary machinery, an excuse deemed unacceptable by the Federal Government.

Additionally, Umahi stressed that no requests for price variation from the contractor would be entertained, as the project does not warrant any price adjustments.

The minister threatened to terminate the contract if the company failed to return to site.

He expressed concern over the hardship faced by road users and emphasized the Federal Government’s commitment to securing interim funds for road maintenance until the company resumes work on the site.

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Nigeria’s diesel price drops by 0.78 percent in May – NBS

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The average retail price of Automotive Gas Oil, known as Diesel in Nigeria dropped slightly to N1403.96 per liter in May 2024 from N1415.06 in April.

The National Bureau of Statistics disclosed this in its recently released May 2024 Diesel Price Watch.

The drop in price on a month-on-month basis represents 0.78 percent.

However, on a year-on-year basis, the report said diesel prices increased by 66.29 percent compared to N844.28 per litre recorded in May 2023.

On a state-by-state analysis, Adamawa State (N1709.00), Sokoto State (N1675.00) and Bauchi (N1657.92) recorded the highest prices of Diesel in Nigeria.

Conversely, the top three lowest prices were recorded in Niger State at N1140.20, Kano State at N1153.33 and Oyo State at N1236.92.

Meanwhile, the Zonal representation of the average price of Automotive Gas Oil (Diesel) showed that the North-East Zone has the highest price of N1605.91 per litre while the South West Zone has the lowest price of N1303.60 per litre when compared with other Zones.

The diesel price drop in May comes after Dangote Refinery commenced the supply of Diesel and Aviation fuel to the Nigerian market in April 2024.

Recall that Dangote Refinery announced a diesel price reduction on two different occasions for oil marketers.

 

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