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Benue Denies Owing Primary School Teachers Salaries

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The Benue Government on Friday denied owing primary school teachers any salaries.

The Special Adviser to Governor on Political and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Solomon Wombo made this known when he spoke with newsmen in Makurdi.

Primary school teachers in the state are on strike to press for the payment of the new minimum wage approved by the Federal Government.

The teachers had blamed the government for reneging on an earlier agreement with the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) that it would commence the payment of the new minimum wage in August.

Wombo, however, said the government commenced the payment of the new salary since August.

“Benue does not owe primary school teachers. The government started the implementation of the new minimum wage for the primary school teachers in August 2013.

“Before the August implementation of the minimum wage, the state had been paying teachers slightly above the present new minimum wage that was approved by the Federal Government.

“Their problem is not the implementation of the new minimum wage, but rather to be upgraded to meet state workers status, and it is not possible,’’ he said.

Wombo blamed the Federal Government for sealing the agreement with the NUT without consultation with other tiers of government.

“What is happening now is not because the government is insensitive, but rather our monthly allocation is not enough for our monthly requirements.

“We do not pay salaries based on the needs of the workers, but rather on the available resources within our disposal,’’ he said.

The NUT Chairman, Mr Godwin Anya, had earlier told NAN that what the government was paying was not the new minimum wage.

Anya had accused the government of preparing its own chart which showed that all eligible primary school teachers in the state would be excluded from the payment.

Reacting to Wombo’s claim, Anya said the agitations were not about increase in salary, but the implementation of the minimum wage as directed by the Federal Government.

He debunked the claims and said what the government was paying was the state salary and not minimum wage. [NAN]

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwor, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

According to reports, Shekwor was abducted on Saturday night at his residence along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.

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Confirming the incident, Police Commissioner Bola Longe said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11 pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

According to him, security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations to ensure the safe release of the APC chieftain.

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