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National Minimum Wage: El-Rufai Is Blazing Trail – Eze

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…Hails Gov for unique education, water scheme projects

 

The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has been commended for being the first Nigerian State Governor to implement the N30, 000 Federal minimum wage scheme, described as a trail-blazer.

 

Giving the commendation after consideration that 95 percent of the State Executives have indicated that they can’t implement the National Minimum Wage in a statement circulated in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP) and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, also described Governor El-Rufai’s action as not just historic particularly now that report had it that about 95 Per Cent Of States Can’t Pay the N30,000 Minimum Wage but one that has placed him on a whole new higher pedestal in Nigeria’s governance chart.

 

Eze challenged other State Governors across the country to borrow a leaf from the welfarist approach of the Kaduna State Governor by understudying how El-Rufai managed to implement this in a State that is not an Oil producing State.

 

He also charged the labour and trade unions in Kaduna to mobilise the state’s work-force to support the Governor in his quest to transform their State and to make it leading light of development governance in Nigeria.

 

The party chieftain, who described the Governor as “a man of the people and lover of the welfare of his people”, also said he was overwhelmed by his bold approach to leadership and tasked him to reason with his other 35 colleague-state governors to organise a seminar, which will address how he has managed to achieve this feat and learn how to replicate same implementation across the other states of the federation.

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“I must confess that I am motivated and encouraged by Governor El-Rufai’s boldness and urge him, for the benefit, development and emancipation of our people, to organise a seminar on behalf of the remaining 35 state governors of the federation, which if approved I, Eze, am ready to contribute to enable the ‘Peoples’ Governor’ to lecture them on the possible implementation of this policy, even while most of them are owing several months of salaries to their civil servants under the 18,000 minimum salary scale.

 

“I learnt that this was possible following the approval by the State Executive Council sometime in August. I therefore rejoice with the employees of Kaduna state government who have begun receiving salary alerts for the month of September already, thereby making the state the first to begin implementation in the country”, he said.

 

Quoting a beneficiary-civil servant of Kaduna state by the name Zubairu Bello, a Grade Level 10 officer, Eze depicted the delight now being expressed by employees of the state government. According to him, Bello said he received the alert of N65,500, representing a N25,500 increase from the N40,000 he receives monthly as salary.

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“I am so happy with this development, because now I can comfortably feed my family, pay school fees and make some savings. I want to thank El-Rufa’i for the gesture. This is a proof of his administration’s commitment on putting people first”, Bello had said.

 

In the same vein, the party chieftain joined former Vice President Namadi Sambo to commend El-Rufai for completing the Zaria water expansion project, which has not been upgraded for 42 years, saying “this is another great feat and an important milestone, which will go a long way to address the perennial potable water shortage in the ancient city and improved social and economic life of the people”.

 

He, however, expressed his intention to visit Kaduna State in the nearest future to study more about the 300 bed specialist hospital under construction, Governor El-Rufai’s industrial and development plans blueprint, with the hope of selling such blueprints to Governor Wike of Rivers State, “who not only have more revenue accruing to his state, but without anything to show for it.

 

“Certainly Governor El-Rufai has shown that improving the lives of his people matters the most to him and I will like to assure him of my unflinching and unalloyed support in any way possible in his noble objective in improving and uplifting the economic status of his state”, Eze said.

 

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I Was Treated Like A Common Criminal, Says Ex-Kogi Deputy Governor, Achuba

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Simon Achuba, the recently impeached Deputy Governor of Kogi State, has revealed that in the wake of his impeachment, he was placed under house arrest and treated like a common criminal by the powers that be in the state.

Recall that Achuba was impeached by the Kogi State House of Assembly over charges of misconduct brought against him.

Speaking with journalists in on Sunday, October 20, in Lokoja, the state capital, Achuba described his impeachment as an act of lawlessness, adding that lawlessness reigns supreme in Kogi state at the moment.

He said Kogi State was fast degenerating into what he called a ‘Banana Republic.’

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Achuba said he was treated like common criminal moments after the State House of Assembly made its pronouncement on Friday, October 19.

According to him, security details attached to him as the state’s number two citizen were withdrawn and others thereafter barricaded his official residence, placing him under “house arrest.”

He revealed that the power supply to his official residence was disconnected and when the technician tried, he was stopped by the newly deployed security agents.

“As I address you, my personal belongings are still there in my official residence. I don’t have access to them,” he told journalists.

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Achuba insisted he remains the deputy governor of Kogi, adding that any judge who presides over the swearing-in of another deputy governor in the state would be sanctioning illegality. He there called on the federal government to stop the “lawlessness playing out in Kogi,” saying what is playing out is not good for democracy and rule of law, while expressing optimism of getting justice in the court soon.

Recall that Achuba had been having a running battle with the governor of the state, Yahaya Bello.

 

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Yahaya Bello Nominates Onoja As Deputy Governor

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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has nominated Edward Onoja as his Deputy Governor.

This follows the impeachment of his former Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba, by the Kogi state House of Assembly over an alleged gross misconduct.

Onoja’s nomination as Deputy Governor comes two days after he resigned from his position as Govenor Yahaya Bello’s Chief of Staff with Abdulkareem Jamiu appointed to replace him.

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Onoja who is the most influential member of the governor’s cabinet is likely to be sworn-in today.

The 44-year-old indigene of Emonyoku Ogugu in Olamaboro local government area of Kogi state, had sought the ticket of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) for a house of assembly seat in 2011. He was also the chief strategist of “Yahaya Bello Campaign Organization” in 2015.

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Kogi Deputy Governor Remains Impeached-House Majority Leader, Hassan Abdulahi

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The Majority Leader of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hassan Bello Abdulahi, has stated that the state’s Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba remains impeached.

Abdullahi stated this while speaking with journalists on Friday, after Achuba’s impeachment.

Achuba was impeached by the state house of assembly following the submission of a report by a committee set up in August by the state Chief Judge, Justice Nadir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct brought against him.

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Achuba had accused Governor Yahaya Bello of withholding his salaries and allowances running into N800m since 2017.

He had also alleged that the state governor was also after his life, adding that he sent gunmen to kill him.

According to the House of Assembly, the claims, allegations, actions, and utterances of the deputy governor amounted to gross misconduct

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