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JUST IN: At Last, FG Approves Salary Increment For Nigerian Workers

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The Federal Government has approved the increment of salary for the staff of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) as part of efforts to enhance proficiency and effectiveness in the agency.

The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo stated this at the 2022 Long Service/Merit Award organised by the management of the NPA at the weekend.

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Sambo commended the management of the agency for their commitment to staff welfare and the Managing Director of the agency, Muhammed Bello-Koko for initiating and follow up implementation of the increase in salary.

He also pledged support of the Ministry of Transportation to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on its initiatives on staff welfare.

According to the Minister of Transportation, “In my maiden visit to the Authority upon appointment as Minister of Transportation, I commended the Managing Director for the unprecedented performance in revenue generation and remittance.

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“He had solicited my backing and support to fast track the processes and procedures necessary for the implementation of staff salary increase which I immediately acceded to, and today I am delighted it has been achieved,” he said.

The Minister further congratulated awardees and the entire workers of the NPA for their teamwork and contributions to the successes being recorded.

“Let me pledge to you all that the Ministry under my watch will continue to provide unflinching support for all initiatives of the Authority’s management geared towards the promotion of staff welfare.

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“As someone that loves to identify with human virtues, I was highly elated when I received the invitation from the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority to be part of this noble effort.

“Today, we celebrate employees who have dedicated twenty years of their lives to the service of Nigeria through the Authority for twenty years and those in the merit category who have accomplished exceptional feats through uncommon dutifulness,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha noted that the testimonies of the present government would not have been complete without recognition of the inputs of the NPA staff.

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“It is a great honour to be invited to grace this historic occasion of those who have dedicated two decades of their lifetime to the service of their fatherland through the NPA and those who have taken excellence a much higher, through exceptional feat and superlative performance in the merit category.

“I want to therefore cease this moment to congratulate the board and management of the NPA for sustaining this high impact culture of open recognition, commendation and reward of excellence.Commendation and rewards means a lot when they are publicly communicated,” he said.

Speaking earlier the Managing Director of NPA, Mohammed Bello Koko commended the minister of Transportation for his unflinching support towards the delivery of salary increment for the staff of the NPA.

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He also thanked the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) for keeping faith with the union throughout the daunting process of seeking for the approval.

He added that equipping the human resource asset of the NPA to be the best in the agency is the overriding objectives of his management while assuring that the authority will remain unwavering to the noble cause.

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Oyo Gov suspends campaign as protests rock Ibadan over new naira notes, fuel crisis

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Kayode Sanni Arewa

Protest in Ibadan over fuel, Naira scarcity
Some aggrieved residents of Ibadan, Oyo State capital, on Friday trooped to major roads protesting over the hardship imposed on them by the new naira notes and persistent fuel scarcity.

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The protesters, in their hundreds, blocked the Iwo Road Interchange, frontage of the State Secretariat at Agodi and other major roads in the city.

At the state secretariat, the fierce looking youths forcefully opened the gate and moved into the complex, heading straight to the Governor’s office situated within the complex.

At Iwo Road Interchange, suspected hoodlums have hijacked the protest.
They were, however, prevented from gaining entrance into the governor’s office due to quick response from the security personnel manning the gates.

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In the town, the protesters obstructed the major roads, thereby hindering free vehicular movement, which left many commuters stranded.

They were seen blocking all the adjoining roads, burning tyres and harassing motorists and the commuters.

At the Gate/Bus Stop and Idi- Ape axis, the protesters blocked the roads, diverting vehicles from the direction.

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A cross section of the protesters attributed their actions to the frustrations being faced in the banks and filling stations.

As at the time of filling this report, the protest was spreading to other parts of the city.

The patrol vehicles of security agencies, particularly the police were seen moving toward Iwo Road and Idiape areas of the city to restore normalcy.

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Commenting, Mr Olu Akindele, an Artisan, said he spent the whole day at the Automated Teller Machine point in one of the banks at Iwo Road on Thursday and was unable to get cash.

According to him, the ATM was not dispensing, but I waited for hours, hoping that the bank officials would load it.

“We Nigerians have been contending with fuel and new naira notes scarcity for weeks across the country.

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“I believe it is time for the government to take positive step to address the twins challenges we are battling with,” he said.

A POS operator, Miss Funmi Irewole, also expressed frustration as she could not withdraw either the old or new notes from her deposit before extension of the deadline.

Ojewole called on the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, review its policy on the new naira notes to alleviate the sufferings of the citizens.

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Meanwhile, Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has suspended his campaign activities until further notice over unending fuel and new naira-note crisis in the state.

Makinde, whose campaign trail had visited some parts of the state, announced the suspension of his campaign activities at the flag off of the Omi-Adio-Ido Road on Friday.

This is contained in a statement by Dr Wasiu Olatubosun, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism.

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The governor said that the suspension was in solidarity with the people over the harrowing experiences in recent time over unending fuel and new naira note crisis in the state.

Makinde, who was in Ido to continue his campaign, directed that all campaign activities be suspended, noting that the people’s suffering was too much.

The governor said that the decision was taken because, he was elected to protect the interests and well beings of citizens of the state.(NAN)

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TRENDING! Watch moment protesters chased away Tinubu’s campaign train in Ijesha land

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A viral clip has emerged online showing protesters chasing away APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu campaign team when he visited the King of Ijesaland.

Echoes of go away we don’t want any party here and echoes of unprintable graffiti rented the air.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Rules In Favour Of Kefas Agbu as Taraba PDP governorship candidate

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By Gloria Ikibah

The Supreme Court has affirmed the candidature of Agbu Kefas as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Taraba state.

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Justice Emmanuel Agim on Friday
dismissed the appeal brought before it by Prof. Jerome Nyameh challenging the May 25, 2022 Taraba governorship primary election that produced Kefas as the flagbearer of the PDP.

The apex court dismissed the appeal by Nyameh on the grounds that he failed to explore the internal mechanism for peaceful resolution of primary election before rushing to court to institute the suit.

Justice Agim, while reading the unanimous judgment of the court held that Nyameh also failed to join other aspirants that participated in the primary election as defendants as required by law.

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The apex court also said that the law was clear on conditions precedent to be complied with before any aggrieved governorship aspirant can rush to court.

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