The Taraba State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) Friday gave the Taraba State government a twenty one days ultimatum to as a matter of urgency to holistically address all the issues of pension and gratuities in the state.
The state Chairman of the union, Comrade Kefas Katan who stated this during a press briefing in Jalingo threatend that if by the end of the dateline nothing is done, all retirees both at State and Local Government Services from the sixteen LGAs will converge in the state capital for a mammoth protest against the state government to press home their demands for prompt payment of their entitlements.
“The NUP in the state deemed it necessary to break its silence to address the teething and lingering problems affecting its members which defied and kind of solution on the part of State Government particularly on pension and gratuity of retirees in the state.
” It is indeed a known fact that many retirees in Taraba State from the services of the sixteen LGAs are facing untold hardships due to their none-enrollment for pension many years after retirement and completion of all procedures for enrolment for pension.” Katan said.
He explained that at the moment, there are over eight hundred (800) retirees from the local governments who retired from service ten years ago but are yet to start enjoying their pension.
Katan maintained that these retirees, their names are in what is called “A waiting list” waiting for someone in the pension payroll from their local government on the same status to die before their names could replace that of the deceased.
He informed that the retirees cannot fend for their families, pay the school fees of their children and settle their rents, adding that their children were sent out of schools and their families ejected from their rented houses resulting into various ailments and sometimes even untimely deaths and all efforts by the state NUP to get them enrolled failed.
“Late last year, the Taraba State Local Government Pension Board claimed that these retirees have been captured in the 2021 budget promising that they will start enjoying their pension in January this year but we are now in June and the affected retirees are still facing the same predicament.”
According to him, even the LG Pensioners who were lucky to be enjoying their pension in the state have an outstanding unpaid one month pension for June 2015 and all efforts by the union in the sate to get them the one month outstanding paid proved abortive.
” When the present administration came on board in 2015, the government started the payment of gratuity in 2016 in batches but sooner than later the payment became epileptic and finally stopped, it is now over right months since the last batch payment was made to few pensioners after about six months of nonpayment.
“More worrisome that, while some States in the North East are releasing Billions of naira monthly to upset accumulated gratuities, Sate Government is giving out a paltry one hundred million naira (N100m) in six to eight months period for payment of gratuity to both state and LG Pensioners which has also stopped for a long time now”. Katan lament.
The state NUP Chairman, however, revealed that the officials of the union had made several attempts to have audience with the state Governor, Darius Ishaku to forward the predicaments of its members but they always meet stumbling block.
Kefas Katan therefore, enjoined the state government to give emphasis on the development of human capital, noting that it is the backbone of all development particularly the prompt payment of Pension and Gratuity to all retirees who supposed to be enjoying the fruits of their Labour after diligently serving their fatherland exerting and degenerating their energies for several years.
Meanwhile when contacted for comment, the Permanent Secretary, Taraba state Bureau for Local Government, the Chairman and Secretary of both state and local government pension board found that all their phones were not going through.
Former Perm Sec Commissions 4.6km Damare Road, Lauds Fintiri’s Achievements
A retired federal permanent secretary and elder statesman Alhaji Ahidjo Bamanga has lauded Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his outstanding achievements in 3 years which have uplifted the status of the state
He was speaking during the commissioning of 4.6km ATV Damare road in Girei local government area.
Speaking shortly before the commissioning Alhaji Bamanga applauded the Governor for his commitment towards changing the fortunes of the state.
The elder statesman described Governor Fintiri as a committed, result oriented and great achiever who has salvaged the state from the shackles of underdevelopment urging all Adamawa people to support him for continuity.
Earlier Governor Fintiri said the 4.6km road is part of the landmark achievements in the deliveries of the urban renewal campaign of his administration.
The Governor said government has developed a two way approach to infrastructural strides which is urban renewal and rural infrastructure and community development and it will not rest on its oars till it achieves that.
He proudly noted that Adamawa is wearing a beautiful look and has fast become an investment hub for investors.
While pledging to continue to flag off and commission projects till the end of his tenure he reiterated his resolve to ensure that no one is left behind and nothing is left untouched.
Commissioner of works and energy development, Adamu Atiku
said the 4.6km ATV Damare road is strategic and important as it has ameliorated the plight of commuters and opened up the area for development.
There were goodwill messages from the District Head of Girei, Dr Ibrahim Ahmed Mustapha, and chairman Girei Local Government Council Judah Amisa and Baba Salam.
High points of the event was a display of three hearty cheers from corp members who are major beneficiaries of the road which leads to the NYSC orientation camp Damare.
The Governor while inspecting the road had a stopover at the NYSC camp and was cheerfully welcomed by the corp members.
Accountability: Nat’l Lottery Trust Fund Emerges 2nd Best Compliant Agency In Nigeria
Dr Bello Maigari, the Executive Secretary , National Lottery Trust Fund, has said that the Agency emerged the second best accountability compliant in Federal Government Agency’s Anti Corruption and Transparency Units ( ACTU) in 2021.
Dr Bello Maigari made the agency’s stand clear in a statement issued on Monday and signed by Muhammad Auwal Adam, Media and Puɓlications unit of the Trust Fund.
Dr. Maigari equally stated that the agency was the fourth best compliant among the government MDA in efficiency and transparency in the workplace.
“In less than Three years of the constitution of the Unit, the agency scored 84.45% to emerge the second best compliant in agency category in Nigeria and the fourth best compliant MDA with systems and processes put in place to promote efficiency and transparency in the workplace”. Maigari said.
According to Dr. Maigari, the success is attributed to the efforts put by the agency’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU).
The Executive Secretary stated that the development equally followed the high standards of transparency and accountability collectively exhibited by the management and staff of the agency.
Similarly, Federal Government has lauded the National Lottery Trust Fund for gigantic intervention in National Sports Development and urged other government MDAs to emulate.
According to Dr Bello Maigari, the commendation followed the giant intervention so far made by the agency in promoting nation’s sport.
He said that over N574m worth of sports equipment procured by the National Lottery Trust Fund and distributed to over 2000 selected public primary schools across the country.
He noted that the significance of the intervention would go along way in promoting good causes and sport Development among Nigerian Youths.//
Ishaka Dedan Reelected As Adamawa NUJ Chair
The Adamawa state Council of the Nigeria union of Journalists, NUJ Saturday held its election which saw the emergence of Ishaka Donald Dedan as the Chairman for the second term.
This was announced by the Chairman, Electoral Committee of the twenty twenty two election, Comrade Bashir Liman at the N UJ’s Secretariat, Press Centre Yola.
The returned Chairman, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan polled one hundred and ten votes to defeat his rival Comrade Kate Aliyuda who polled seventy two votes.
Meanwhile, Comrade Fidelis Jockthan polled one hundred and twenty votes to clinch the position of Secretary defeating his closest rival Jonathan Filibus who polled seventy three votes.
The office of the treasurer was won by Joy Diamond Leka with one hundred and sixteen votes beating her rival Felicia Amos who polled thirty seven.
Other positions of Auditor and Assistant Secretary were unopposed.
The newly elected leaders were administered oath of office by Barrister Sunday Wugira.
In an inaugural speech, the Vice Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalist, North East zone, Comrade Zare Baba charged the new executive to carry every body along and eschew bigotry and favoritism.
In an acceptance and victory speech, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan who thanked God for the victory pledged to play an open door policy.
Comrade Dedan who solicited prayers and support of the members urged them to advise them where necessary.
Speaking, the Permanent Secretary ministry of information, Barrister Isuwa Misali who congratulated the new executives to work together towards forging the union forward.
Other speakers at the event who presented their good will messages include NUT state Chairman, Comrade Rodney Nathan, representative of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN Adamawa state Chapter and Radio Television Theatre and Art Workers Union, RATTAWU.
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