The new Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) has been signed into law by the Niger State Governor, Gov. Abubakar Bello for employees in the state civil service.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports in Minna on Wednesday that the bill was passed by the state House of Assembly in 2015, after it was presented to the state legislative arm.
Bello after signing the bill, said that the bill would provide a better welfare package for civil servants in the state civil service after retirement.
He said the present administration was committed to ensuring that the welfare of its workforce was given priority and prompt payment of salaries of workers.
According to him, the state government will from time to time make necessary adjustment that will improve the living standard of civil servants under the state civil service.
“ Our retiring civil servants had given 35 years of their lives to the service of the state; government must reduce their hardship by ensuring payment of their pension.
“We have to ensure that everyone is paid as and when due,” he said.
The governor said that machinery had been put in place to restructure the payment of gratuity for prompt payment of pension of retirees under the old pension scheme.
He commended the legislature for working earnestly to ensure that the bill scaled the legislative hurdles.
NAN reports that the signing of the bill was witnessed by Alhaji Ahmed Marafa, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly and members of the legislature.
Others were members of the state Executive Council and Alhaji Idris Ndako, Chairman of the state Nigeria Labour Congress.
Source: ( PM News )
WTO: Launch Diplomatic Offensive Against Trump, Obiano Tells Buhari
Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy all diplomatic moves to ensure Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emerge as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.
Obiano urged President Buhari not to allow US President Donald Trump to frustrate Okonjo-Iweala’s emergence.
Obiano said this in a statement titled, ‘WTO DG: A Call on President Buhari and African leaders to step up diplomatic offensive’, signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, in Awka, on Thursday.
He asked Buhari to mobilise African and European Union leaders to back Okonjo-Iweala.
“All that is needed is a great diplomatic offensive before the formal announcement of the winner on November 9,” he said.
“The people and government of Anambra State, therefore, call upon President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders to immediately set in motion the machinery to get the United States to do the right thing by supporting the most qualified and the most popular candidate,” p[art of the statement read.
BREAKING: Lagos Panel Of Enquiry Visits Lekki Toll Gate
As the hearing of cases of police brutality in the State continues, the Lagos State judicial panel of inquiry is currently at the Lekki Tollgate.
The panel’s visit is believed to be aimed at understanding the Lekki Toll Gate shooting that left some protesters dead and injured on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
The panel is reportedly led by the Chairman, Retired Justice Doris Okuwobi.
According to reports, the panel is interrogating Lekki Tollgate officials about the condition of their cameras and other equipment.
The Managing Director of Lekki Concession Company, Mr. Yomi Omomuwansa reportedly took the panel round the facilities.
Mr. Omomuuwansa stated that most of their equipment were damaged as they were set ablaze by hoodlums following the shooting of EndSARS protesters at the toll gate.
Also with the panel during the inspection of Lekki Tollgate is Rinu Odulala and Temitope Majekodunmi, the youth representatives on the judicial panel.
BREAKING: IGP Replies Amnesty, Says Policemen Didn’t Shoot #EndSARS Protesters
The Police chief expressed that Amnesty’s report of October 21, 2020, that police personnel shot at peaceful protesters as “untrue, misleading and contrary to all available empirical evidence.”
This was contained in a statement on Friday titled, ‘EndSARS Protests: Police Personnel Were Professional And Exercised Maximum Restraints – IGP Tells Amnesty Int’l’.
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Adamu explained that contrary to reports, police officers “acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and some paid the supreme price for peace during the recent protests and ensuing violence in some parts of the country.”
He revealed that 22 police officers died during the protests, while 205 police stations and formations were damaged by a section of the protesters.
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