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Stop playing politics of deceit over workers’ walaries



– Osun APC spokesman Tells Adeleke

The embattled Governor Ademola Adeleke has been told to stop playing politics of deceit to hoodwink the innocent inhabitants of the state and the outside world on the issue of payment of backlog of salaries inherited from the penultimate administration of former Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

Chief Kola Olabisi who is the Director of Media and Information of the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a statement today stated that the employment of lies, fabrications and conjectures could only be injurious to the Adeleke administration which fate is hanging in the balance.

The Osun State APC Media Director said that it was satanic, cacodemonic and wicked for Adeleke to be misinforming the whole world that he is clearing the backlog of half-salaries owed by the Aregbesola administration when in actual fact it was only an approval that he gave for the payment of one month half salaries out of the backlog of the 30 months’.

Olabisi observed that Adeleke’s approval for the payment of the backlog of the half salaries is only a political pronouncement devised to curry the sympathy of the civil servants and members of the public in his current pitiable ordeal as a sacked governor in line with the verdict of the state governorship election petition tribunal of last Friday in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

The Osun State APC Director of Media stated further that the staggered nature of the payment of the backlog of the half salaries of the state workers as contained in the government memo smacks of lack of sincerity and good intention on the part of Adeleke as such is to be paid four times in a year.

Olabisi querried Adeleke on how plausible and truthful could a government which is yet to finish the payment of the salaries of all the government workers for the month of November 2022 which had been appropriated by Adeleke’s predecessor be?

The APC Media Director wants to know why Adeleke refused to pay some public servants their last November salaries but shouting to the roof tops for a mere approval of one half salary out of 30?

Olabisi is keen to know why the embattled Governor Adeleke is reneging in his campaign promise that he would clear all the backlog of the half salaries of the state workers within 100 days of his administration?

He reminded the sacked governor that a gentleman’s words is his bond as he has broken one of his campaign promises with his approval of the payment of staggered half salaries of four times a year?

In Olabisi’s words: “Where are the foreign currencies that Adeleke boasted that he was having in abundance during his electioneering campaigns?

“One would have thought that Adeleke was having more than enough sufficient money in his family bank account to run the affairs of the state based on his constant boasting postures then?

“You can see now that you are in the saddle that running the affairs of a state is not a tea party but requires more than a dancing craft to make a positive impact on the governed?

“Adeleke should tell the whole world why he is still withholding the November 2022 salaries of all the political functionaries who were legitimately employed by his predecessor.

“Adeleke should know that paying one month of the 30 months owed workers is inconsequential considering the fact that his government in the last 60 days has earned over N60 billion allocation and other statutory incomes”, Olabisi explained.


Tinubu directs education officials to conduct census of all schools, teachers



President Bola Tinubu has ordered the conduct of an extensive census to ascertain the fault lines and aid proper planning.

The presidential directive handed down on Thursday, is expected to produce data on all schools in Nigeria from primary to tertiary level, their present conditions and live-in facilities, proximity to one another and infrastructure.

It will also ascertain the number of teachers in the country, their qualifications, training support received, number of pupils and students in primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions, gender, and exam grades, among others.

The Federal Ministry of Education, currently under Mamman Tahir’s purview, will partly spearhead the process by hosting a portal or dashboard where the critical information will be dropped.

A statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity noted that the policy DOTS, an acronym for Data Repository, Out-of-School Children Education, Teacher Training and Development, and Skill Development and Acquisition will comprehensively overhaul the education sector to improve learning and skill development, increase enrolment, and ensure the academic security of the nation’s children.

The presidency said the information that will be derived from the exercise will guide federal and state interventions for teachers’ training and development as well as overall support.

“It will also provide data on gender ratio (boys and girls), their specific learning needs, and who is in school or who has dropped out based on daily monitoring with year-by-year reporting.

“There will be a dedicated portal/dashboard in the Federal Ministry of Education, offices of state governors, and local government chairpersons, which will host and disseminate this information for the federal government, states, and local governments to monitor in real time.

“This new data tracking architecture will enable the government to track the progress of students, thus having a clear data-driven mechanism for interventions, especially concerning out-of-school children, [especially] girls, and those with specific learning disabilities, among others,” the presidential spokesman added.

On the challenges of out-of-school children’s education and training, the Federal Ministry of Education said it is already implementing the government’s policy through the activities of four of its agencies, with about two million beneficiaries already recorded.

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Enugu Govt cautions NERC, EEDC against overcharging electricity consumers



The Enugu State Government says it will not condone any act of overcharge or extortion of electricity consumers in the state by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC).

Gov. Peter Mbah gave the warning on Thursday while declaring open a three-day Customer Complaints Resolution Meeting organised by the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) in Enugu.

Mbah, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Chidiebere Onyia, identified electricity as a product, adding that it should have cost implications which should be fair and reflective of economic realities to all stakeholders.

“I urge NERC not to derail on the steady and quality power supply according to the band classifications,”

According to him, the state government is committed to ensuring that people have access to electricity services in the state.

The governor said that the government was currently studying underserved and unserved communities and would soon constitute the management of the newly established Enugu State Electrification Agency.

“Enugu State is poised to catalyze the economic growth of the South-East through a cost effective and efficient power supply to grow our Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and industries among others,”.

While commending NERC for organising this event, the governor charged the regulatory body to endeavour to resolve most of the challenges faced by customers as complained by them.

He said that the government had started engaging with developers and investors interested in setting up power generation plants under the willing-buyer and willing-seller commercial agreement.

Mbah said that when completed, it would catalyze economic and industrial growth of the state and South-East.

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FG will require N3.2trn to subsidise electricity in 2024 – Official



The Federal Government says it will require about N3.2 trillion to subsidise electricity in 2024, if the current tarrif increase has to be reversed.
Mr Sanusi Garba, the Chairman, Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), said this at a stakeholders’ meeting organised by the House of Representatives committee on Power in Abuja on Thursday.

He said that the investments in the sector was not enough to guarantee steady power supply nationwide.

He added that if nothing was done to address foreign exchange fluctuation and non payment for gas, the sector would collapse.

He said that prior to the tarrif review, Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) were only obligated to pay 10 per cent of their energy invoices, adding that lack of cash backing for subsidy had created liquidity challenge for the sector.

He added that as a result of the non payment of subsidy, gas supply and power generation had continued to dip.

He said that the continued decline in the generation and system collapse were largely linked to liquidity challenge.

He said from January 2020 to 2023, the tariff was increased from 55 per cent to 94 per cent of cost recovery.

He added that “the unification of FX and current inflatinary pressurws were pushing cost reflective tarrif to N184/kwh”

“If seating back and doing nothing is the way to go, it will mean that the National Assembly and the Executive would have to provide about N3.2 trillion to pay for subsidy in 2024,” he said.

Garba said that only N185 billion out of the N645 billion subsidy in 2023 was cash backed, leaving a funding gap of N459. 5 billion.
The Vice-Chairman of NERC, Mr Musiliu Oseni also justified the recent tarrif increase, saying the increment was needed to save the sector from total collapse.

Rep. Victor Nwokolo, the Chairman of the Committee said the essence of the meeting was to address the increase in tarrif and the issue of band A and others.

Nwokolo said the officials of NERC and DISCOS had provided useful Information to the committee.

“We have not concluded with them because the Transmission Company of Nigeria is not here and the Generation Companies too.

“From what they have said which is true, is that without the change in tarrif, which was due since 2022, the industry lacks the capital to bring the needed change.

“Of course, the population explosion in Nigeria, is beyond what they have estimated in the past and because they need to expand their own network, they also needed more money, ” he said.

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