The Nigerian Governor’s Forum Have Opted For A Minimum Wage Of #22,500, As The Battle For A New Minimum Wage In Nigeria Rages On.

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum have opted for a minimum (poverty) wage of N22,500:00, about $70 per month for their workers, as the battle for a new minimum wage in Nigeria, rages on.

While one remain strongly committed to the inevitable need for an upward review of the very ridiculous wages, being paid the working people of this country, we cannot but remind ourselves, that the ongoing struggle by the Labour centre, may amount to an exercise in futility, if the actual needed steps are not taken, in order to ensure, that not only should government agree, on a reasonable amount to be paid to Nigerian workers, but also should they be ready, to meet up with the obligation of paying Nigerian workers as at when due. As at today, several states such as Osun, are grossly indebted and are owing several months of salaries, due to the inability to meet up with the existing N18,000 minimum wage.

Without putting an end to the cap-in-hand practice of waiting on Abuja, before being able to meet up with the basic financial responsibilities of States, including payment of salaries, this whole struggle may end up as an exercise in futility.

One would have expected the labour center, to take advantage of the present situation, to throw its weight behind the urgent demand for RESTRUCTURING of the country, which will inevitably ensure a devolution of powers, resource control among other benefits, that will automatically empower the various States, and even the centre, to meet up with its financial obligations, without waiting for any monthly ‘stipends’ from the Federal government.

Is it not ridiculous, that many States with abundant mineral and economic potentials, are also struggling to pay such ridiculous wages, to its workers? How can a State like Ondo, with the second largest bitumen deposit in the World, or States like Zamfara, Nasarawa, Kogi, Plateau etc, be wasting precious times negotiating how to pay this very ridiculous poverty wage to the workers?

Is it not ripe enough, for us to put on our thinking caps?

Can the Labour Unions also use their heads, once and for all, instead of this perenial resort to demanding for increase in wages, from the over-burdened Federal government?

There is only a viable way to our prosperity and taking the working people out of this mess, at least, in the mean time. That is, RESTRUCTURE NIGERIA!!!

October, 31, 2018

Ibrahim Tumsah Resumes Work Despite President Buhari’s Suspension

Ibrahim Tumsah Resumes Work Despite Buhari’s Suspension.
-‘President not in-charge anymore. We voted for Buhari, but the mandate is now with the cabal, ruling Nigeria.’ Presidency source.

Even as Aso Rock bulges under the weight of allegations of shielding corrupt officials, another report has emerged suggesting that President Muhammadu Buhari may have totally lost control at the seat of power. This time, a Director of Finance and Administration at the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Ibrahim Tumsah, who was petitioned few months ago by a group of ministry’s contractors and ordered to be suspended by President Buhari, have resumed work.

The Director, Ibrahim Tumsah, was accused of several corrupt acts including ownership of several properties in Nigeria and in Dubai, forcing out kickbacks from contractors before payment can be made, over-age and gross impunity. Tumsah was being investigated and prosecuted by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property until the panel ran into troubled waters with Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami who didn’t like the activities of the Okoi Obono-Obla panel.

Following the petition, President Buhari got attracted to the reports through the media and directed the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris to suspend the Director indefinitely. Immediately after the circular was delivered to him, the Director proceeded on suspension but resumed three days later, making the staff of the ministry to swallow their joy. “Since he resumed, he has boasted so much about his prowess,” said a source.

Investigation revealed that Ibrahim Tumsah was actually very close to the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris long before now. He was like a godfather to Idris, helping him grow in his career to become Accountant General of the Federation.

A source said the Accountant General of the Federation has benefitted largely from the Director including receiving a gift of mansion in choice part of Abuja. As if it was payback time, Ahmed Idris, after issuing the suspension letter, took Tumsah to the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

Malami does not hide his worries about Okoi Obono-Obla committee. They quickly connected and Malami barked his authority; Tumsah resumed work. Very informed source added that the gesture was appreciated with $2 million cash from Director Tumsah.

“They know President Buhari is not in-charge. They all connived to take decisions and perhaps use legal implications to blackmail him to scamper off. They have brought Tumsah back despite Buhari’s order. Tumsah is very desperate and has been in the news for wrong reasons,” said the source.

This is not the first time report of abuse of powers by those in Presidency is being reported. What is however worrisome is the way the president’s men carry on; everybody cutting his own side of the cakes without monitoring. Wife of the President has raised alarm over the power-drunk aides around President Buhari.

Last year, the NHIS Boss was suspended by the Minister of health and last month by the Governing board. Buhari’s aides at the Presidency quashed both suspensions.

The actions and inactions have made critics doubt the readiness of Buhari to fight corruption.

Tumsah was being investigated for possessing over 40 houses in Abuja and about 80 exotic cars even though he was a serving Director. He has been Director of Finance and Administration at the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing since 2009. In a petition against him, he was alleged to have “used his influence at the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, to prolong his stay in civil service, changing his personal information at will, when he was supposed to have been retired many years ago. All his mates in the civil service have retired to give room to the younger ones,” said a ministry source.

South South Governors Meet President Over Subsidy’s Effect On Derivation

SOUTH-SOUTH GOVS MEET PRESIDENT OVER SUBSIDY’S EFFECT ON DERIVATION
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in the Presidential Villa held a closed-door meeting with four of the six South-south governors.
The meeting which held between 3 and 4p.m., was attended by Governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) and Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta).
After the meeting, Dickson who spoke on behalf of the governors, failed to disclose the purpose of the meeting. He also failed to give insight into discussions in the meeting.
Instead, the governor said they only came to see the president over what he described as pertinent issues about Nigeria and the Niger Delta.
He was, however, swift to add that the meeting had nothing to do with party matters.
He said: “My colleagues and I came to have a meeting with the president on issues that are pertinent to Nigeria and South-south states and we had a robust discussion. Thank you. It’s not about APC or PDP.”
However, The Campaigner Online sources that were privy to the meeting said it was to discuss the debilitating effect of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) huge spending on petrol subsidy on the derivation that should accrue to the oil-producing states.
According to the sources, huge subsidy payment, which were being made before oil proceeds are remitted to the Federation Account, were adversely affecting the 13 per cent derivation that should accrue to the oil-bearing states.
“The states are suffering because their derivation allocation had reduced substantially, and they felt that this had to stop, particularly because the practice is essentially unconstitutional, therefore, illegal,” a source told THISDAY, adding, “They felt they could return to the Supreme Court to test the legality of the practice, they felt it was better to discuss it with the president first.”
The sources said Buhari told the governors that he would look into the matter, pointing out that it was a sensitive matter that needed a careful consideration.
As at August this year, the national oil corporation’s subsidy had risen to N3billion daily.
Another The Campaigner Online source said a recent Supreme Court landmark judgment, which had ordered the federal government to adjust its share of proceeds from the sale of crude oil whenever the price exceeds $20 per barrel might have also been discussed.
This belief was spurred by the invitation of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, to the meeting after it had taken off.
The Supreme Court had on October 18, ruled on a suit brought by the Attorneys-General of Rivers, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom States on the terms of settlement between AGF and the plaintiffs.
The seven-man panel of the Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen, had in a unanimous judgment, ruled that 13 per cent derivation accruable to oil producing states should be paid upon recovery as provided for in Section 162 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
The plaintiffs, that is, the Attorneys-General of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Uwemedimo Nwoko; Bayelsa State, Mr. Wodu Kemasukde; and the Rivers State, Emmanuel Aguma (SAN), now deceased, had in November 2017 sought the apex court’s interpretation of Section 16(1) of the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Act in suit number SC964/2016 filed on their behalf by Mr. Lucius Nwosu (SAN).
This section places an obligation on the federal government to adjust the shares of crude oil revenue accruable to the federation whenever the price exceeds $20 per barrel.
The plaintiffs had asked the court to determine if the federal government was not obliged to abide by the provision of the constitution as the grund norm of the land.
Accordingly, the matter was resolved in their favour as the eminent jurists asked the federal government to accordingly adjust the sharing formula once the price of crude oil exceeds $20 per barrel.
In a swift reaction to the judgment, Dickson had through his media aide, Fidelis Soriwei, praised the apex court for its courage to uphold the tenets of the constitution, saying it had further rekindled the confidence of the people of the Niger Delta whom he said had been deprived of their rights, in the judiciary.
He said, “We commend the Supreme Court of Nigeria for upholding the rule of law. The courageous intervention of the court in this case and other cases is what is needed to bring confidence to the long suffering people and communities of the Niger Delta and the country at large.
“This judgment shows clearly that the judiciary is ready and has the courage in deciding cases to uphold the rights of oppressed people. We call on other courts in the judicial system to rise to the occasion in order to give the assurance that oil majors and oil block owners operating in our communities will respect the laws of the land.”
It was therefore believed that the meeting was meant to work out the modalities for the new sharing agreement.

Saraki Lifts Ex SA, SSA’s With #12Million

Saraki Lifts Ex- SA, SSAs With N12 Million

In furtherance of his kind gestures to individuals and groups, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has donated N12 million to the forum of former Special Assistants and Senior Special Assistants in Kwara state.

The Director General of ABS Constituency Office, Ilorin, Alh Musa Abdullahi presented a cheque of N12 million to the representatives of the forum in his office on behalf of the Senate President.

Abdullahi said the donation was done to make life more comfortable for the former public officers and their families.
He said Saraki, as the state’s political leader and national leader of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) is concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of the generality of the people of the state.
This, the DG said explains why Saraki has relentlessly providing succour to those in need, including students, women, artisans, groups and associations across the state.
He urged the people of the state to continue supporting the Senate President to enable him dish out more dividends of democracy to them.

Ends

Don’t Be Foolish NIGERIA

In 2018, China is planning an artificial moon to replace street lights in the night come 2020.

In 2018, Dubai plans to create an helium balloon that can take people around Dubai in minutes. To push more reasons for people to come to Dubai.

In 2018, Malaysia has one of the most fascinating scenery in terms of structures and buildings.

In 2018, Rwanda is making $400m from Gorilla tourism alone. That is money realized from people coming to see Gorillas has hit $400m.

In 2018, Ethiopia bought their 100th national aircraft, making them the biggest country with a National carrier.

In 2018, Nigerians are searching for the WAEC certificate of a failed President that has the intention of running a second term.

Prayers didn’t take these other countries to where they are presently. Competent leadership did. Don’t be foolish Nigeria.

Reasons Why Anioma Youths Will Support Ned Nwoko For Senate And Why Nwaoboshi Must Take A Bow – Okonkwo Collins

MUCH REASONS WHY ANIOMA YOUTHS WILL SUPPORT HON. NED NWOKO FOR SENATE 2019 AND WHY SENATOR NWOBOSHI MUST TAKE A BOW

One thing I know that is more conversant in the Star Prince of Anioma Land, Hon. Ned Nwoko is his open door policy and love for his people, irrespective of the class of persons you represent in the society, he gives listening ears to every issues and complains,

He has the ability to absorb every challenges or complains brought to his attention, this is the first quality of a true and passionate leader.

This alone and many more of this has qualified him to be our right choice of candidate for senate 2019, it therefore means that Hon. Ned Nwoko is a progressive, a socialist and true Democrat.

The qualities you can find in Senator Peter Nwoboshi is characterized with stealing and looting of our commonwealth.

He is always avoiding to relate with his constituents on issues that borders on the people’s welfare, junketing from one court to another on EFCC, ICPC, PIP, and CCB on corrupt charges, it is therefore to say that he has poorly recognized integrity and as such he is not fit to be a senator to represent Anioma people in National Assembly or anywhere in the world.

This is why Hon. Ned Nwoko is needed to step in and salvage Anioma with a rescue mission to redeem the battered image of Anioma people.

#IamForNedNwoko

Comrade Okonkwo Collins

Hon Ned Nwoko Has A Listening Ear – Okonkwo Collins

One thing I know that is more conversant in the Star Prince of Anioma Land, Hon. Ned Nwoko is his open door policy and love for his people, irrespective of the class of persons you represent in the society, he gives listening ears to every issues and complains,

He has the ability to absorb every challenges or complains brought to his attention, this is the first quality of a true and passionate leader.

This alone and many more of this has qualified him to be our right choice of candidate for senate 2019, it therefore means that Hon. Ned Nwoko is a progressive, a socialist and true Democrat.

The qualities you can find in Senator Peter Nwoboshi is characterized with stealing and looting of our commonwealth.

He is always avoiding to relate with people his constituents on issues that borders on the people’s welfare, junketing from one court to another on EFCC, ICPC, PIP, and CCB, it is therefore to say that he has poorly recognized integrity and as such can not be fit to be a senator for the Anioma people.

This is why Hon. Ned Nwoko is needed to step in and salvage Anioma with a rescue mission to redeem the battered image of Anioma people.

#IamForNedNwoko

Okonkwo Collins

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Patrick Obahiagbon The Grammarian Has Released A Fitting Elegy On Chief Tony Anenih.

Patrick Obahiagbon has released a fitting elegy on Chief Tony Anenih.

My sincere condolences goes to the family, filial or conjugal, of late Chief Tony Anenih who has gloriously transited to empyrean ensconcement.

Chief Tony Anenih’s transition is indeed a colossal loss to all, as he was a great personage not just to us in Edo but the nation in caboodle.

This gangatuan and Olympian eche homo of Nostrademus vivendi will be greatly missed for constantly promoting and cascading the good people of Edo state in highly exalted positions in Nigeria’s political atmospherics.

He was of elephant brain and an iconoclastic artful dodger like the Arabian monkey or cat with nine lives.

In fact, his solid political interventions in the corpus of our pax Nigeriana shall remain coruscatingly etched in the Nations encephalon and non pareil.

He truly emblematized a savoir-faire predilection in his political peregrination.

Even as we mourn his transition to the utopian oblivion, let us also be consoled because he lived a very productive life.

His Bougainvillea presence was felt as the Iyasele of Esan land and uncommon cosmopolitan bridge builder for Edo State and fuselage Nigeria.

I pray that the Great Geometrician of the Universe grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Igodomigodo.