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Borno HoS pledges to entrench discipline in civil service



Gov. Babagana Zulum

Last Updated on July 28, 2023 by Fellow Press

(Photo: Gov. Babagana Zulum)

The new Borno Head of Service (HoS), Alhaji Mallam Fannami, on Friday said he would inculcate and entrench discipline in the state civil service.

Fannami said this in Maiduguri shortly after he was sworn-in as the state substantive Head of Service.

He said that this would be achieved through re-orientation awareness campaign, reward and punishment system in the civil service.

According to him, this can be achieved by rewarding outstanding performances to motivate others and punishing erring members of staff to serve as deterrence to others.

Fannami, who thanked Gov. Babagana Zulum over his appointment, also pledged that he would invigorate the service.

“Your Excellency, I humbly wish to state here that I fully recognise the daunting challenges ahead, especially the depletion in the number of employees on daily basis due to massive compulsory retirements on grounds of age and service year.

“Also, the complete absent of some critical class and generation of civil servants due to retirements confounded by the long break in recruitment of civil servants in the state.

“We shall pay greater attention to training and retraining of all categories of civil servants including computer training to improve on our human capital for quality service delivery.

“We shall identify genuine vacancies especially in the administrative and some technical areas and refer same to the Civil Service Commission and the government for possible recruitment,” Fannami said.

Also sworn-in at the ceremony by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Kashim Zannah, were Malam Isa Gusau and Retired Brig. Gen. Abdullahi Ishaq as the Special Adviser to Gov. Zulum on Media/Strategy and Security respectively.

Others are Mr Haruna Hassan as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Governor of Borno and the newly appointed Caretaker Committee chairmen for the 27 LGAs of Borno.

The governor, who was represented by Deputy Governor of Borno, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, tasked all the new appointees to reciprocate the gesture by living up to expectations.


Minimum wage: Archbishop urges compromise



Last Updated on June 9, 2024 by Fellow Press

Archbishop Joseph Ojo, General Overseer of the Calvary Kingdom Church, Okokomaiko, Lagos State, on Saturday urged labour leaders and the Federal Government to reach a compromise as regards a new minimum wage.

Ojo made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The archbishop described wage negotiation as a social contract that should be approached with empathy by parties.

According to him compromise is needed in the matter to save the country from anxiety.

“They should consider the fact that the unemployed are much more than the few that are in government employment.

“The federal, states and local governments only employed some workers.

“Others are in firms owned and operated by individuals that might not be able to pay higher wage.

“The higher they push it, the higher the inability of the unemployed to survive, because firms, which struggle to pay staff, may not talk of hiring new ones,” he said.

The cleric said that lack of employment might result in increase in crimes.

“There are private sector employers, who cannot cope with what the federal or states will offer,” he added.

The cleric said that high wage bill might compel private schools to increase school bills to meet up with overhead costs.

“Some parents will not meet up, and their children would be forced to drop out of school,” he said.

He also advised governments to consider subsisting social-economic variables, such as cost of food items, transport and medical bills, and offer a sustainable minimum wage.

“The parties ought to put all these into consideration to achieve progress in their negotiation,” the cleric said.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress are now demanding N250, 000 as a new minimum wage.

The Federal Government has offered to pay N62,000.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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Over 200 intending pilgrims protest in Ilorin over faulty aircraft



Last Updated on June 7, 2024 by Fellow Press

No fewer than 200 intending pilgrims from Kwara on Friday protested at llorin international Airport over the inability of an aircraft to transport them to Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrims, officials of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board and the 2024 state Amirul Hajj had boarded the aircraft since Thursday.

The aircraft was, however, said to have developed a technical fault.

Some engineers with the Federal Airport Authority had been making frantic efforts to repair the faulty aircraft since Thursday without success.

Consequently, some of the intending pilgrims staged a protest over the development.

The intending pilgrims, alongside their relations, took the protest to the highway linking the airport with other communities to express their displeasure over the situation.

Some of the protesters were seen singing solidarity songs condemning the situation, especially since they are the tenth and last batch from the state.

Sen. lbrahim Oloriegbe, the state’s 2024 Amirul Hajj, while speaking with NAN, attributed the failure to transport the last batch of the pilgrims to faulty aircraft.

Oloriegbe said the intending pilgrims had boarded the aircraft since Thursday but were unable to be transported following the development.

The Amirul hajj said that they are expecting another aircraft from Medinnah to transport the intending pilgrims and the officials.

He appealed to them to exercise patience, as the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria was on top of the situation.

He said that the board would continue to cater for the feeding of the intending pilgrims pending when they would be transported to the holy land.

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