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We won’t tolerate indolence, laziness – NIWA MD

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Dr George Moghalu, the Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), has warned that the authority will not tolerate indolence and laziness from staff members of the authority.

He gave the warning during the authority’s end of year celebration held at the authority’s headquarters in Lokoja.

Moghalu said “the authority intends to introduce better incentives/welfare to our staff in the new year 2023.

“The, there should be a positive response with dedication and commitment to hard work and not indolence and laziness.”

“I want to assure you that I will improve on what I have done as your head.

“Be rest assured that we are in this together and the management will see to it that our salaries are increased next year by God’s grace.

“For better retirement life, I have approved a training programme for NIWA staff retiring to prepare them for live after service”.

Moghalu presented to each of the eight retirees of the authority a cash reward of N100, 000 and a picture each.

On award presentation, Mr. Oregbes David from Administration Do of the authority, emerged the Best staff of the year, while award of the Best Performing Area office for 2022 went to Jalingo Area Office.

The Most Improved Area Office Award went to Sokoto Area Office while Moghalu and Alhaji Mua’zu Jaji, Minister of Transportation, won the best performing Managing Director and Minister Award respectively.

The Marine Department of the authority won the Best Football Team Award with a trophy.

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Disabled persons in Kebbi APC, demand employment

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Persons living with disabilities in Kebbi State APC have alleged poor representation in the state’s civil service, demanding more employment opportunities.

Agitating under the aegis of the APC Awareness organization, the group explained that its members remain unemployed even after graduating from Tertiary Institutions, appealing to the State government to address the issues.

The group led by its state coordinator, Anas Malami Gwandu also demanded that the government patronize their handicrafts and other commercial ventures to improve their socio-economic status.

Gwandu who has a BSc in Computer science from the Federal University, Bimini Kebbi said his members were studying in various Tertiary Institutions across the country through scholarships provided by the state government.

He explained that the visit was to thank the governor and the State government for their kind gesture to people with disability in the state

“These have enabled some of us finish our degrees, HNDs, ONDs and other professional certificates majoring in various professions”

Gwandu acclaimed that the Governor has backed his actions up by always visiting some institutions to keep abreast of the situation on ground.

The group also acknowledged the provision of tricycles, kneepads, eye visual aids, walking sticks, and rehabilitation of dormitories, classrooms, health facilities and other learning materials by the state government.

Responding, the State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu who spoke through the Permanent Secretary, Kebbi State Government House, Aliyu Mustapha Gwandu reassured the group of the State government’s commitment towards the socio-economic improvement of the persons with disabilities.

The Governor said his administration will not stop at assisting persons with disabilities but also those with special needs to pursue their academic endeavours.

This was contained in a press statement signed and issued to newsmen by the chief press secretary to the Governor, Abubakar Mu’azu Dakingari and made available to newsmen in Gusau, Zamfara State capital.

Governor Bagudu advised them to enrol their children in schools while at the same time to sustain their academic pursuits, soliciting support for APC,s triumph in the 2023 general elections.

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Kwara Gov hails Labour for industrial harmony, national development

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Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara on Monday commended labour unions in the country for their contributions to national growth and policies of dialogue.

The Governor said this Iin Ilorin at the Harmattan School of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) held at the Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies (MINILS).

He called on labour unions to always exploit dialogue and mutual understanding in pressing home their demands from governments.

According to AbdulRazaq, this would foster industrial harmony and hasten national development.

“I use this platform to call for constant engagements, dialogue and mutual understanding to resolve all issues between stakeholders in the labour industry.

“This will foster industrial harmony, improve productivity, and hasten national development,” the Governor said.

The governor later declared open the 18th edition of the Harmattan School of the NLC in Ilorin with the theme; “Expanding Nigeria’s Democratic Space for Trade Union Organising in the World of Work”.

He expressed hope that the gathering will evaluate the inner workings of labour organisations and foster understanding between employers and employees in formal and informal sectors alike.

AbdulRazaq commended the Director General of the Institute, Comrade Issa Aremu and his team for sustaining the age-long initiative to bridge existing gaps in labour-government relations.

The Governor reaffirmed his government’s commitment to the welfare of workers in the State as part of the measures to promote industrial harmony.

“I congratulate the leadership of this great Institute and the NLC leadership for this creative initiative. It is a smart way to bridge existing gaps in labour government relations.

“Our administration is always committed to industrial harmony. We are committed to workers’ welfare and mutual respect at all times.

“I commend the labour unions in Kwara State for always reciprocating our good faith thus far. I believe we can do a lot more together in the coming years,” he said.

AbdulRazaq urged participants to extend the knowledge from the event to others who were not present, noting “that was the way our society can reap the full benefits of this laudable programme”.

In his opening remarks, the DG of the Institute Comrade Issa Aremu described the theme for this year’s Harmattan School as well thought-out.

He said the forthcoming elections in Nigeria will largely be determined by labour issues like employment, wages, security of jobs and good governance, asking who among the presidential candidates are capable and ready to re-industrialise the Country, create jobs and pay workers a living wage.

He commended AbdulRazaq for doing so much to promote comfort and dignity of the State workforce.

Aremu also commended the governor on his commitment to the implementation of the new minimum wage and regular payment of salaries, among other pro-labour programmes.

“Comrades, let us shine our face; don’t judge anybody by the claims or covers. Look at their contents (manifestos).

“What are their antecedents? What are they up to? And I am happy that we have a governor here (AbdulRazaq), my host Governor, who has been tested and trusted,” he said.

“I listened to Comrade Issa (State NLC Chairman) who confirmed that the Governor has paid the new minimum wage, including the consequential adjustment,” he said.

NLC President Ayuba Wabba, in his keynote address, called on all employers of labour to prioritise the welfare of workers and recognise their pivotal roles towards achieving economic growth and national development.

He tasked the participants, who are labour leaders from across the country and beyond, to study well and make good use of what they might have learnt to better their leadership structures and struggles in their places of work.

Wabba specifically commended Governor AbdulRazaq for his well-known love for workers in the state.

In attendance were the Special Adviser on Special Duties Alhaji AbdulRazhaq Jiddah; and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Labour Matters Abdulmumin Onagun.

Others were NLC President Comrade Ayuba Wabba; Deputy National President of NLC Alhaji Najeem Yasin; State Chairman for NLC Comrade Issa Ore, and representative of the Country Director for International Labour Organization (ILO) Mrs Inviolata Chinyangarara.

Delegates of the various Trade Union Congress from Ghana, Seira-Leone and Liberia were also in attendance.

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FG begins paternity leave for civil servants

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The Federal Government has approved the commencement of a 14-day paternity leave for federal civil servants.

The paternity leave, which is for serving male officers whose spouse delivers a baby, is said not to be for more than once within two years and for a maximum of four children.

Dr Folasade Esan, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), on Monday, in a circular tittle ‘Computation of Leave Based on Working Days and Approval of Paternity Leave in the Public Service’, explained that it’s in line with the provision of the Public Service Rules, 2021 Edition, that the computation of all leaves shall be based on working days.

“Where the family of a male officer adopt a child under four months old, the officer will similarly enjoy Paternity Leave.

”The request for such leave should be accompanied by the Expected Date of Delivery’s (EDD) report of the officer’s wife or evidence of approval of the adoption of the child by the relevant government bodies.”

Recall that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had in September approved paternity leave for men to make them properly bond with their newborn baby or adopted one.

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