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We’re dying, marriages are crashing – Ondo workers rue 20 months unpaid salary



Workers in the Ondo State Football Agency (ODSFA) on Thursday narrated how unpaid 20 months salaries has led to the death of some of their colleagues.

They also said some marriages had crashed owing to the development.

The workers narrated the ordeals during a protest at the gate of the governor’s office, Alagbaka, Akure.

Some of the inscriptions on the placards they carried read: “Due to unpaid salaries, workers’ marriages have broken up’’, ODSFA pay our 20 months unpaid salaries’’, “Our past leaders in ODSFA have put our lives in danger due to unpaid salaries’’, Arakunrin (governor) save our soul’’, “Two workers have died due to 20 months unpaid salaries’’.

Leader of the protesters, Samuel Patani, said that monies being sent to the agency were only being used to cater for Sunshine Stars while other workers were neglected.

“We have workers lying in the hospital that needed to be operated on, but they don’t have money to pay, one of them is having enlarged prostate, we don’t want him to die.

“Our children are dropping out of school, we want government to help us and look into our situation,’’ he said.

Patani noted that the last government owed the workers 14 months, while the current government is owing six months salaries.

The Commissioner for Youth Development and Sports, Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, later addressed the protesting workers.

He promised to relocate his office to the agency on Monday and look into the issues raised by the workers which he said were caused the by the past managements of the agency.

The commissioner said the present administration had begun moves to ensure that the monthly subvention of the agency was increased to address present problems.

“The governor has directed the commissioner for finance to look at it and I have met the finance commissioner today, and as soon as the finances increases, the monthly subvention for ODSFA will be increased.

“We will meet with you by Monday to find a lasting solution. We are not here to deceive you, most of the reasons you are here was part of last administration’s fault.

“Immediately they lost elections, the salaries of players were increased, creating problems for the incoming administration,’’ he said.

Source – Dailypost

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Court Orders Reps Member To Produce Fleeing Maina’s Son Within Nine Days



JUST IN: Court Orders Reps Member To Produce Fleeing Maina’s Son Within Nine Days

Abdulrasheed Maina’s son

House of Representatives member, Umar Sani Dan Galadima has been asked to produce Faisal, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, who is believed to have jumped bail on or before December 4.

Faisal is being prosecuted before the court on money laundering related offences and was granted bail in 2019.

Honorable Galadima who is representing Kaura Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State is standing surety for Faisal after signing a N60 million bond.

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Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on Wednesday ordered Dan Galadima, who was present in court, to show cause by December 4 why he should either not forfeit the N60 million he pledged while taking Faisal on bail, or be sent to prison until he is able to produce the defendant.

Recall that on Monday, Justice Abang sentenced Senator Ali Ndume who is a surety for the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team who has also jumped bail.

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Lawyer Dumps Maina, Applies To Quit Case



Lawyer Dumps Abdulrasheed Maina, Applies To Quit Case

UpAbdulrasheed Maina

Adeola Adedipe, a lawyer hired by Abulrasheed Maina, ex-Chairman of defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), in his ongoing trial for money laundering, has applied to quit the case.

Maina’s lawyer who is also representing the company of the former PRTT Chairman – Common Input Property and Investment Ltd, informed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja at the resumption of proceedings in the case on Wednesday, that he has filed a notice, indicating his intention to withdraw from further representing his client.

Also Read: Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial

Adedipe revealed that his brief has not been perfected due to the failure of his client to pay.

He apologised to the federal court presided over Justice Okon Abang for being absent from proceedings during some of the recent adjournments.


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Those Against Restructuring Not Speaking For North, Says El-Rufai



Those Against Restructuring Not Speaking For North, Says El-Rufai

Governor El-rufai

Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has stated that northerners who are negating restructuring do not represent the interest of the region.

This he made known while speaking at a panel session at the 26th Nigerian Economic Summit (#NES 26) in Abuja.

The governor had earlier stated that the biggest beneficiaries of the restructuring, should it happen are the northerners.

According to him, all the governors in the region agree to restructure, adding that those who aren’t in support only speak for themselves.

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“People think that northerners are against restructuring. There is a difference between some from Northern Elders Forum shouting against restructuring and northerners,” el-Rufai said.

“And whatever advantages that person is getting for himself does not accrue to the rest of the region. We have the highest number of out-of-school children and poverty rate.

“As the governor of Kaduna state, I am trying to see how I can get my people up on the ladder, but the current system of government puts a constraint on it. So I think we need to differentiate the noise of the few and the voice of the silent majority.

“We don’t have any advantage not to restructure the country. All my colleague governors in the 19 states agree on restructuring. So who are the northerners against restructuring? Who are they speaking for? They are speaking for themselves.”

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