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Gov Al-Makura postpones cash payment of staff salaries

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Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa has ordered the postponement of cash payment of workers’ salaries to September.

The Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Ahmed Tukur, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lafia that government’s decision followed a meeting with organised labour.

He said government took the position to shift the cash payment from August to September after considering the timing and the processes involved to have a hitch-free exercise.

The governor, he said, had directed the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, and the Accountant General to commence payment of August salaries immediately.

He also said that government and labour agreed that the process of documentation for cash payment would commence early with effect from September salary.

The meeting also agreed that the exercise would be done in collaboration with labour while all state and local government staff were advised to comply with the requirements for the exercise.

He added that organised labour had Mr Abdullahi Adeka, state Chairman, NLC, Danladi Namo, Chairman TUC, and Sule Usman, Chairman Joint Negotiating Council, in attendance.

NAN reports that the state government had last week announced that it would pay workers by cash with effect from August.

The state’s Head of Service, Dr Dominic Bako, said the exercise was part of government’s efforts to tackle the incidence of ghost workers.

He said the exercise would also help ascertain the veracity of the biometric exercise recently conducted by Skye Bank which served as the state government’s consultants.

“It is expected to complement the biometric data capture of civil servants in the state carried out by Skye Bank.

“The Head of Service stressed that the new payment method would ensure transparency and instil sanity in the system,’’ he said.

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BREAKING: ASUU meeting with FG end in deadlock, strike to continue

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The meeting between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday ended without an agreement.

As a result of this, the six-month-old strike embarked on by public university lecturers is set to continue.

The lecturers met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee at the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja with high hopes of resolving the impasse.

A senior member of ASUU said that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee didn’t come with any new offer on the table.

According to him, the committee pleaded with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 budget.

The meeting started at about 12pm and lasted for about three hours.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14.

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Suspected thugs destroy Tinubu’s Emilokan billboard in Lagos (PHOTO)

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Some persons suspected to be political thugs have vandalized a billboard of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos.

The billboard located on the close to the third mainland bridge was destroyed on Tuesday morning.

The action sparked tension online as some APC members have accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

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EFCC recovers another 1.4bn naira for NHIS

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EFCC writes INEC, demands APC, PDP, other aspirants’ bank details

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered an additional sum of one billion, four hundred million naira (N1.4 Billion) for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

In a statement via its official Twitter handle, the money, according to the commission, was part of the funds which some commercial banks ‘fraudulently’ refused to transmit to the Treasury Single Account, TSA, since 2015.

The statement further said the money had been released to the NHIS since August 5, 2022.

It also revealed that the Commission had in similar fashion on February 10, 2022, released a sum of N1.5bn to the scheme.

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