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Adamawa state pensioners cry over unpaid pension

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The Adamawa branch of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) has expressed their grievances over the delay in payment of their accumulated gratuity owed its members by the state government.

Addressing a news conference on Thursday in Yola, the state Chairman of NUP, Mr Samson Almuru, said that the union was disturbed by the government’s continued refusal to attend to the problem.

“The expectation of any civil servant is that soon on retirement from service, he or she is paid fully accrueable gratuity and such other benefits with minimum delay to start a post-retirement life happily without any difficulty.

“Sadly, however, this is not tenable in Adamawa State, as retirees who completed all retirement formalities far back 2009 to date are yet to get their gratuity paid, and no date fixed to effect the payments.”

“We consider this act as an unwholesome and does not augur well for the well being of retired civil servants battling to settle down and assume a post-retirement life for good.”

Almuru explained that the accumulated unpaid gratuity in the state was about N19 billion in addition to severance gratuity of about N200 million.

He lamented that even the one billion naira approved for pension arrears by the state government from the first tranche of Paris Club refund was yet to be paid.

He the government plan to pay only pension arrears without gratuity from the Paris club refund was unacceptable to the union, adding that pension and gratuity could not be separated.

While lauding President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the release of the second tranche of the refund, Almuru said the state government should do the needful by ensuring that the problem of pensioners was addressed.

“Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria to hastily facilitate the payment of the second tranche of the London/Paris club refund to ease financial hardship of the state.

“With this development, it is our sincere hope that Adamawa State will, this time around, do justice by paying the accumulated gratuity or substantial part thereof to its retirees.”

Efforts to get the acting Secretary of Adamawa State Pension Board, Mr Talmon Fwa, to comment on the matter was abortive, but the Chairman of the Committee for the Payment of Outstanding Salary Liabilities, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abba-Jimeta, said the government had approved one billion Naira for the payment of arrears of pension.

Abba-Jimeta said the committee’s mandate was to pay just arrears of salaries and pension as the funds available from the Paris club refund could not cover gratuity.

He explained that the Memorandum of Understanding signed between states and Federal Government on the Paris club refund was that 50 per cent would go for arrears of salaries and pension while remaining would go for projects.

Abba-Jimeta said that following the approval of one billion naira for pension arrears, the committee was waiting for the list of beneficiaries from the state and local government pension boards to commence payment.

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BREAKING: Court Fixes Date For Ndume’s Bail Application

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BREAKING: Court Fixes Date For Ndume’s Bail Application

Ali Ndume

A Federal High Court in Abuja will on Thursday hear the bail application of Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume.

Ndume has been in prison custody since Monday for standing as surety for a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, believed to have jumped bail.

Maina is facing charges of money laundering involving N2bn before he was granted bail.

On November 18, 2020, Justice Okon Abang, revoked the bail granted Maina, ordered his arrest, and directed his trial would proceed in absentia.

The judge also on Monday remanded Ndume in prison until he produced Maina or paid the sum of N500m bail bond to the Federation Account.

Also Read: Court Remands Nigerian Senator, Ali Ndume, In Prison

The judge, in the course of the trial in the absence of Maina, on Wednesday, acknowledged the bail application filed by Ndume’s lawyer.

He said the bail application was brought to his attention at about 8.58 am on Wednesday, disclosing that he had immediately directed that the matter be fixed for hearing on Thursday.

He also said he had directed that hearing notice for Thursday’s proceedings be issued and served on the parties.

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Low UTME Cut-off Mark Makes Northern Youth Lazy – El-Rufai

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Low UTME Cut-off Mark Makes Northern Youth Lazy – El-Rufai

Governor El-rufai

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has expressed that the low cut-off mark in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME for Northern students admission into universities makes them lazy.

He expressed that the North has not taken advantage of the educational benefits the country has provided to the region.

El-Rufai made this remark during a plenary session on “Rethinking Sub-National Competitiveness” at the ongoing Nigerian Economic Summit.

Also Read: El-Rufai Drags Omokri, Others To Court, Demands N1.5bn For Defamation

“The northerners are at advantage. The low JAMB cut-off mark is making northern youth lazy rather than encouraging them. Despite the advantage of education in Nigeria, we have the highest number of children out of school,” he said.

According to the United Nations, the huge number of out-of-school children in northern Nigeria poses an enormous challenge.

“For example, Joint Admissions Matriculation Board, (JAMB), gives different cut-off marks for different states and you say you are building a nation, no you are dividing it.

“I am from the north but we have suffered educational disadvantage and the JAMB has given us a lower cut-off mark to catch up, have we caught up?

“It is making people lazy,” the governor said.

 

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Family Of Slain Vendor Demands N500m Compensation From Gbajabiamila, Threatens Legal Action

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Family Of Slain Vendor Demands N500m Compensation From Gbajabiamila, Threatens Legal Action

Femi Gbajabiamila

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has been asked to pay N500 million in compensation by the family of Ifeanyi Okereke, the newspaper vendor shot dead last week by a State Security Service (SSS) officer in the convoy of the Speaker.

This was contained in a letter written to Gbajabiamila by their lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN).

The family gave the speaker seven days to fulfill their demand or face legal action.

In the letter dated November 23, Ozekhome, revealed that he has the mandate of the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke, and his younger brother, Destiny Okereke, to make the demand.

The demand is coming a few days after Gbajabiamila visited the immediate family and pledged to support his children’s education until they become adults.

Also Read: Gbajabiamila’s Security Aide In Detention – DSS

“Our clients have instructed us to make from your good self, the following modest demands: That you use your good offices to ensure the immediate prosecution of your security aide (Abdullahi Hassan), who went on a frolic of his own, clearly acted outside the purview of his duty and responsibility by shooting to death an innocent, harmless and armless citizen.

“That you adequately compensate the Okereke family with a modest sum of N500m only.

“This monetary demand can never adequately replace or take the place of their son, husband, brother, and breadwinner’s life.

“But it will at least mitigate the obvious trauma and hardship the premature demise of their irreplaceable breadwinner has placed on them.

“Take note therefore that it is our clients’ firm instruction that in the event that you fail, refuse and/or neglect to accede to or proffer reasonable compensatory terms to our above modest demands within seven days from the date of this letter, we shall without any further correspondences from us, take appropriate legal steps to enforce our clients’ constitutional rights,” the letter read.

 

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