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FCTA investigates 13 years deductions from workers salaries



(Photo: The Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola (6th left) flanked by Managing Consultant, G.E Osagie and Co, Mr Godwin Osagie (7th left); Director of Treasury, FCTA, Alh. Zanna Hamza (5th left) and senior officials of the FCTA during the inauguration of the auditing of payroll remittance on statutory and non-statutory deductions of FCTA workers in Abuja on Tuesday)

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has begun the auditing of remittances of monies deducted from workers salaries from 2010 to 2022.

The Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, inaugurated the exercise on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said that the investigation would cover statutory and non-statutory deductions from the payroll of workers.

Adesola said that the action was necessary to ensure timely remittance of all deductions to third-party beneficiaries.

He added that the auditing was in line with the FCTA’s commitment to ensuring transparency, accountability, and responsible financial management.

The permanent secretary also said the investigation was to avoid the current situation in which FCTA retirees had been unable to claim their National Housing Funds (NHF) contributions from the Federal Mortgage Bank.

Adesola said that an auditing firm, M/S G.E. Osagie and Co., has been engaged to conduct the audit from 2010 to 2022.

The permanent secretary said that firm would investigate taxes, pension, and insurance deductions, as well as employee’s contributions to cooperative societies and other welfare programmes.

According to him, the goal is to establish the total liabilities of the unremitted statutory and non-statutory deductions, due to third party beneficiaries.

“It will also determine the payments made to the various receivers of the statutory and non-statutory payments on behalf of each staff of the FCTA for NHF, Health Insurance Scheme, Pay as You Earn (PAYE) and cooperatives.

“The exercise is to also determine outstanding obligations and ascertain individuals and officials responsible where deductions were not made, and make recommendations as appropriate.

“This will ensure that the amounts deducted from our employees’ salaries are promptly remitted to the rightful beneficiaries.”

Adesola said remittance of the payroll deductions play pivotal role in promoting the welfare of workers.

He told the firm to carry out the assignment in compliance with the terms, scope and responsibility as stipulated in the contract agreement.

The permanent secretary said the firm should make recommendations that would henceforth ensure seamless remittance of all deductions.

In his remarks, Mr Korede Matilukoro, Chairman, FCTA Joint Unions Action Committee, said that exercise would cover deductions from the salaries of about 40,000 workers.

Matilukoro noted that FCTA workers have been struggling with the delay in the remittance of deductions to third parties for a long time.

He said that the workers were particularly concerned that they have been unable to access loans from the Federal Mortgage Banks, despite being major contributors to the NHF.

He assured the consultant of the support and cooperation of FCTA workers to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

The Managing Consultant of the auditing firm, Mr Godwin Osagie pledged to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and transparency in carrying out the exercise.


LASTMA, others combat Ilupeju industrial fire outbreak



The operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and other emergency responders at early hour on Saturday combated an industrial fire outbreak at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass.

Mr Taofiq Adebayo, the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.

Adebayo stated that the industrial fire outbreak took place at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass beside Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ilupeju area of Lagos.

“The Traffic Officer of LASTMA, Mr Ayo Olaosebikan (Falcon) of Zone 21, confirmed that LASTMA rescue team arrived at the scene of the industrial fire outbreak around at 6:30a.m. before other emergency responders were contacted by LASTMA.

“Immediately we arrived at the scene of the industrial fire, we quickly informed other emergency responders particularly the Lagos State Fire, Rescue Services and the Nigerian Police.

“The causes of industrial fire could not be immediately ascertained, he said.
Olaosebikan noted that preliminary investigation revealed that the storage and factory section of the petrochemical company were seriously affected by the fire outbreak.

According to him, emergency responders on ground include Federal and State Fire Services, policemen and LASTMA Response Unit.

Olaosebikan said that neither injury nor death had been recorded.

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NGO takes free medical outreach to Plateau community



GDG Wellness Initiative, an NGO, on Saturday offered free medical services to no fewer than 400 indigent persons in Gyel community, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau.

Mr Gyang Dung-Gyang, founder of the initiative told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the exercise was his little way of giving back to the society that made him.

He said that he was spurred by the plight of the people and the urgent need to reach out to them, in view of the current economic realities and its implications on their health.

Dung-Gyang said that he had been organising such outreaches annually, adding that the current hardship occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy had made this year’s outing unique.

“It’s my heart desire and passion to reach out to the vulnerable and the needy in the society.

“And it’s not just this, we have been able to give scholarship to some students, with some already graduates.

“Today, we have planned to treat a minimum of 400 persons but from the way it is going, it may exceed that number,” he stated.

The outreach Team Lead, Mr Pam Chong, listed some of the medical services to include testing and treatment of patients for aliments such as malaria, hepatitis B & C, high blood pressure, diabetes among others.

Chong, a pharmacist, told NAN that the medical team comprised of doctors, nurses, lab scientists and pharmacists.
He said cases that they were unable to handle would be referred to hospitals that could handle them.

The team lead said that they have sufficient drugs to treat over 400 patients.

Mr Ishaya Pam, Vice President, Gyel Development Association of Jos South LGA, lauded GDG Wellness for the gesture, which he believed would improve the health and wellbeing of the people.
Pam prayed God to bless the organisers of the outreach to continue to impact the lives of the less privileged.

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