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Governors Fail To Pay December Salaries, Punishing Nigerian Workers

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In spite of the billions paid to some states by the Federal Government as part of the Paris Club refund, some states have failed to pay their workers giving them a bleak Christmas.

Civil servants in some states of the federation may not be able to meet their obligations to their family members on Christmas Day (tomorrow) as their employers have failed to pay their December salary.
Investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH across the country revealed that most workers would not have enough money to celebrate because they either have not been paid for December at all, nor have their governors paid the full sum.
Some of those who shared their pains and agonies with our correspondents expressed disappointment in their various state governors who chose to deny them of their rights, despite the huge resources at their disposal.
They described as unfortunate a situation whereby governors, who, just last week, shared part of the N609bn federal allocation for November and N243bn Paris Club refund, would refuse to pay their salary.
In Ondo State, the civil servants who are currently being owed four months’ salary arrears had yet to receive their December pay as of Friday.
The Chairman of the state’s Trade Union Congress, Mr. Soladoye Ekundayo, who disclosed this to one of our correspondents in Akure, said, “The workers have yet to receive the salary but the government has promised to pay next week.”
Workers in Osun State may also experience a bleak Christmas celebration because they had yet to receive their December salary as of Friday evening.
Investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH in the state revealed that the workers had been paid the November salary but only those on grade level 01-07 were paid in full, while those from level 08 to 12 were paid 75 per cent of their earnings. Workers on grade level13 and above collected half of their salaries.
A civil servant on grade level 12 told one of our correspondents that many workers were not sure that they would be able to eat a decent meal on Christmas Day, much less buy things for their children.
Also in Ekiti State, workers are facing a bleak Christmas as they are now owed five months’ salary.
The workers were paid their July salary last week when the state government got its share of the October allocation from the Federation Account.
Governor Ayodele Fayose, however, promised the workers that they would get additional pay from the N4.7bn which is the state’s share of the Paris Club Refund.
Workers in Oyo State are also grumbling as one of our correspondents gathered that the state government had yet to pay their December salary as of Friday.
It was however gathered that the government had paid the September and October salary to civil servants and pensioners, earlier in the month.
The Chairman of the NLC in the state, Waheed Olojede, confirmed the payment. He said, “The government has paid September and October but we have yet to get our December salary.”
The state Commissioner for Finance in Kogi State, Idris Asiru, said workers in Kogi State, who are owed between five to 20 months’ salary, have received 60 per cent of one of their outstanding arrears on Thursday.
He said, “Regrettably, we are only able to pay 60 per cent of one month’s salary across the board. It is the sincere hope of government that through our aggressive drive to increase internally generated revenues, the fortunes of civil servants and all citizens will improve.”
In Anambra State, workers in the state judiciary said they had yet to be paid their December salary as of Friday, despite the fact that some of their colleagues in other ministries claimed to have received payment alerts.
A judicial worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said none of his colleagues in the state’s Ministry of Justice had received the December salary as of 3.30pm on Friday.
He said, “We were not paid. But the problem is not from the state government; it’s from our ministry (the judiciary). Our salaries have always been delayed by the judiciary accounting officers. We don’t really know what the problem is. It has always been like that.”

Source: Punch

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I don’t mind being a second wife to a rich man: Nigerian Actress

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I don’t mind being a second wife to a rich man: Nigerian Actress

Ruth Eze, Nigerian actress has revealed that due to family pressure, she doesn’t mind to be a second wife to a rich man.

Eze made this known in an exclusive interview with Inside Nollywood.

She expressed that due to her mother’s pressure on her to marry, she wouldn’t mind being a second wife as long as the man is rich and agrees to a white wedding.

“My mother is on my neck to get married but I can’t afford to marry a poor man, truth be told. So, I have been calming my mum down. I told her if I don’t look well and rush into marriage, I might rush out before she knows it.

For now, I’m here waiting for true love and without money, love can’t be true and sweet. I also don’t mind being a second wife as long as he agrees we have a white wedding,” she said.

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James Bond actor, Sean Connery dies at 90

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James Bond actor, Sean Connery dies at 90

Scottish actor, Sir Sean Connery, has died at the age of 90.

He was best known for his portrayal of James Bond, being the first to bring the role to the big screen and appearing in seven of the spy thrillers.

He was largely regarded as being the best actor to have played 007 in the long-running franchise, often being named as such in polls. His acting career spanned decades and his many awards including an Oscar, two Bafta awards and three Golden Globes.

Sir Sean’s other films included The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Rock.

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Ned Nwoko, Laycon sign partnership deal (Photos)

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Ned Nwoko, Laycon sign partnership deal (Photos)

Ned Nwoko, actress Regina Daniels husband has signed new partnership deal with winner of BBNaija 2020 winner, Laycon.

Ned Nwoko in partnership with Laycon

Nwoko made this known on Friday, October 30, via the official Twitter handle of his foundation, the Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation.

Ned Nwoko in partnership with Laycon

Ned Nwoko invited Laycon to share his dream for his anti-malaria project and the rapper cum reality TV star pledged support to join hands with the billionaire in his fight against malaria in Africa.

Ned Nwoko in partnership with Laycon

Ned Nwoko’s foundation tweeted, “Prince_NedNwoko hosts @itslaycon and share his dream for @Ned_malaria with the winner of Big Brother Naija (Lockdown) who in return pledged his support to put an end to the scourge of malaria in Africa.”

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