Tiv/Jukun Crises: Benue, Taraba States Assemble Peace Committee
The Benue State acting governor, Benson Abounu, inaugurated the committee alongside the Taraba State deputy governor, Haruna Manu at the Federal University at Wukari.
Abounu urged them to be fair and do their job by revealing the causes and solutions to the problems.
The committee will tour all affected areas to sensitise the people on the need for peaceful co-existence and to also determine the extent of damage done.
Ekiti, Ondo, Kwara, Benue Ready For N30,000 Minimum Wage
Fayemi said the welfare of the workers had always been his concern, stressing that his government would pay the minimum wage for effective and efficient service delivery.
The governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Biodun Omoleye, spoke in Ado-Ekiti at the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) delegates’ conference, where Olatunde Kolapo was elected as the new chairman of the state NLC.
He said the newly elected leadership of the trade unions would be invited soon for a meeting on the modalities to ensure the payment.
He announced that facilities at government offices would be upgraded and conducive environment would be provided to ensure the optimal performance of workers.
At the event, NLC National President Ayuba Wabba, who was represented by an ex-officio, Maureen Onyia-Ekwuazi, stated that the workers would not accept any minimum wage that is less than N30,000 from the governors.
Wabba said the new minimum wage has become binding, having been signed into law by the President, stressing that the excuses by some governors that they would not be able to pay was not tenable.
But, Akeredolu pleaded with the Federal Government to review the present revenue sharing formula to enable states to cope with the new increment.
He spoke through the Head of Service (HoS) Toyin Akinkuotu during the election of Mr. Sunday Adeleye as the state NLC Chairman.
The governor said: “We are not against the new minimum wage and if we are not against it, we are in support. Our prayer is that the Federal Government should look into the revenue allocation sharing formula, by giving more money to states and local governments to enable them to implement the new minimum wage”.
Congratulating the new NLC executives, the governor, who hailed the peaceful conduct of the election, advised workers to cooperate with the new executives.
To Ortom, workers deserved more than N30,000 minimum wage if funds were available to pay.
The governor said consultations would soon begin towards successful implementation of the new wage.
The governor, however, called on the Federal Government to review the Revenue Allocation Formula in favour of states to facilitate the smooth implementation of the new wage.
He spoke at the JS Tarka Foundation, Makurdi while opening the Benue State NLC Council delegates’ conference.
Ortom urged those that would be elected at the conference to brace and provide selfless service to the organised labour, stressing that they should be servant leaders.
Ahmed said his administration was also committed to paying the new minimum wage.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Communications Dr. Muyideen Akorede said “in this regard, the government set up a committee headed by the Head of Service, Mrs. Modupe Susan, to work out the modalities and sources of revenue for the payment months before the President signed the new minimum wage into law”.
“The committee is expected to submit its report to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed next two weeks,” the media aide said.
Ahmed said the state government did not owe core civil servants any salary arrears.
But, he stated that the state government is owing junior secondary school teachers and local government workers some months’ salaries.
The state is claiming that the junior teachers and council workers are in the payroll of Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
Teachers under the aegis of Kwara State Concerned Teachers have blamed their predicament on the Nigerian Union of Teachers’ (NUT) leaders.
The group said the NUT leaders had mortgaged the welfare and interest of its members.
Benue commissioner Accuses Kinsmen of Frustrating N400bn Agro Mill Project
Benue state Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Hon. Bernard Unenger, has raised alarm over alleged plots by his kinsmen to truncate the planned establishment of an agro milling plant in Gwer West Local Government of the state, Orient Daily reports.
A frustrated Unenger told Orient Weekend reporter in Makurdi, the Benue state capital city that since some investors from the Netherlands indicated their readiness to establish agro miller plant worth N400 billion in Gwer, some community leaders have embarked on sinister moves to foil the project’s take off.
He disclosed that some of his kinsmen are kicking against the establishment of the projects for selfish reasons and enjoined them to put the interest of the community ahead of theirs. According to him, the agro miller plant when completed would generate employment opportunities for thousands of local residents in the area and across the state.
The commissioner disclosed that the project which comprised of diary, hydro tech as well as rice milling, is an initiative between the Benue state government and investors from the Netherlands which, according to him, has been unable to take off since 2015 that the agreement was signed.
According to Unenger, the investors are not demanding for any counterpart funding from the state government as they have pledged to utilize their funds and invest on the firm with a time frame of 25 years after which they would return the company to the people whose land the project was cited in the state. He, therefore, dissuades the people to shift grounds so as to allow peace to reign for an amicable resolution of the impasse.
Why farmers no longer go to farms in Benue – Lawmaker
At Senate plenary, Thursday some lawmakers disclosed that certain intelligence sources have accused some Police and military operatives of having a direct link with the prowling bandits and kidnappers across the country.
Idoma Voice reported that it was also emphasised that criminal activity has fast become a ‘booming business’.
These disclosures were made following an adopted motion sponsored by Senator Shehu Sani and co-sponsored by 108 other senators titled, ‘Senseless Killing of a Briton and the abduction of three others in a Holiday Resort in Kaduna State by Armed Bandits’.
As lawmakers took turns to make their contributions, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha representing Taraba south said some intelligence reports he gathered have pointed accusing fingers at some police and military operatives, saying kidnappers have direct link with some security officials.
In his words, “I was told at one instance of the kidnapping incidents that kidnappers have a direct link with some security agents.
“A victim had revealed to me that in the payment of ransom, one of the kidnappers said they need a certain amount of money to enable them to settle all interest groups in the ‘business’ among which are the police and army.
“We must be out of blame game but the government must know that its primary responsibility is the protection of life and property.
“Creation of State Police is important. This is because the kidnap colony is in the hinterland. It is only the locals that can find out the hideouts.
“With state Police, vigilantes can be recruited to complement the efforts of the police in smoking out these criminals. Kidnap victims can only be easily traced out by the locals.
“Farmers no longer go to their farms particularly in Taraba, Zamfara and Benue states for fear of uncertainty.
“One day, we may wake up with the money to buy food without seeing foodstuffs to buy.”
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