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Imo Govt Proposes Merger Of Parastals For Productivity

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Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma has said that he will set up a Committee that will look into the viability of Parastatals and Agencies in the State.

He said those found to be unviable and unproductive will be merged with those that are efficient and effective so as to maximize productivity for increased development.

He however assured that no worker will lose his or her job because of the merger.

Governor Uzodimma spoke at the Executive Council Chambers Government House Owerri when he met with all the Commissioners in charge of ministries, heads of Departments and Agencies of the State, Permanent Secretaries, Directors of Accounts, Directors of Administration and Parastatals.

The Governor reiterated that it is not the intention of his government to owe salaries and pensions, noting that the delay noticed a few months ago was because of what he met on the ground in the payroll system when he assumed office. He said the situation was so bad that it compelled him to embark on the sanitizing of the payroll system so as to have accurate data of all civil servants and pensioners.

He insisted that the payment of salaries is not an achievement for any government but rather the right of workers.

He appealed to Imo workers not to politicize the issue of salaries and pensions, noting that by their position civil servants are not politicians.   

The governor assured that as soon as the clearing of the mess surrounding salaries and pensions is over the State will move to the next level of productivity and appealed to all finance officers, mostly the Heads of Account in the MDAs, to be prepared to do the right thing always or face the music

He also used the forum to say that new Digital Identification cards will soon be issued to all Civil Servants through the office of the Head of Service which will serve as their Social Benefit Number. “It will require you to put your password to access the automated salary vouchers, enter the staff mass transit bus and other benefits from the State Government,” the governor said.

The Governor who emphasized the need for E-Governance in the Civil Service informed that for Imo State to be at par with her counterparts all over the world in a digital age, the Government is taking the issue of training and re-training of Civil Servants in the areas of ICT seriously, adding that, “to achieve the sustenance of the knowledge and productivity expected of the said program, every Civil Servants from Grade level 10 and above will be given a Laptop in the nearest future.”

He appealed to all Revenue Generating Agencies in Imo to assist the government to improve the monthly revenue of the State by ensuring that all monies collected are paid into the Treasury Single Account (TSA), warning that “any MDA or individual found to be doing otherwise will not find it funny with the government.”

The Governor promised that all genuine claims by any civil servant in Imo State in terms of salaries and pensions will be paid no matter how long it takes for such a claim to be cleared from the office of the Head of Service.

 He seized the opportunity of the meeting to distribute authentic staff Nominal Roll of the MDAs and Parastatals and requested their heads to go back and make the necessary input that will help government operate an accountable and productive system.

Appreciating the Governor’s efforts towards sanitizing the Civil Service system and ensuring that only those that work for the government are paid, the Head of Service, Dr. Camillus Iwuagwu thanked him on behalf of the Imo State workforce and pledged their continued loyalty, support and dedication to his administration.

Present at the parley were the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, the Chief of Staff, Barr. Nnamdi Anyaehie, all Commissioners and their Permanent Secretaries, and political appointees.

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Farmers/Herders clash: “pass anti-grazing bill”, SDP advises state government.

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The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has advised State governments to pass the Anti-Grazing Bill into Law to tackle the constant farmers/herders conflicts across Nigeria.

The Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Alfa Mohammed, gave the advice in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Also he urged the state governors to set up Ministries of Internal Security and Conflict Resolution to deal with the activities of aliens in states.

In his words, “It is high time the [governors] start taking bold steps toward securing the lives of their citizens who are being kidnapped, raped, maimed or killed on a daily basis by marauding Fulani herdsmen who are mostly foreigners.

“The governors must remind themselves that the 1999 Constitution makes security and welfare of the people the primary purpose of their governments and confers upon them Chief security officers of their various states.

“This makes them accountable for security lapses suffered by their subjects in their various states.”

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Mohammed also added, “The Governors’ Forum should set up an investigative panel to investigate, among other things those who are responsible for the unrestrained influx of foreign bandits and herdsmen into Nigeria in the last 6 years.

“So that any ethnic leader who’s found to be aiding criminality among his people can be replaced and prosecuted.”

Mohammed also lauded state governments who have taken bold steps to establish their local security outfits and pass the Anti-Open Grazing Bill.

Recall that some states, for instance Oyo and Benue, have passed the Bill into law already.

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CBN lending rate still at 11.5%

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has disclosed that CBN will retain her Monetary Policy Rate at 11.5 per cent.

This was disclosed in Abuja, after a two-day meeting held by the Monetary Policy Committee on Tuesday.

It also retained the Cash Reserve Ratio – CRR and Liquidity Ratio – LR at 27.5 percent and 30 percent respectively.

These rates are the rates the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) maintained at its last meeting in November, 2020

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Buhari appoints new Service Chief – Femi Adesina

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Following the clamour to replace the Service chiefs that had been appointed by the president since 2015, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has responded by accepting the resignation of the service chiefs.

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This was disclosed in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari appoints new service chiefs, read by the Special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service“.

Those involved are:

  1. Chief of Defence  –  Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin
  2. Chief of Army Staff – Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai
  3. Chief of Naval Staff – Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas
  4. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

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The new Service chiefs are:

  1. Major-General Leo Irabor –  Chief of Defence Staff
  2. Major-General I. Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff
  3. Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff
  4. Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao –  Chief of Air Staff.

“President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their ‘overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,’ wishing them well in their future endeavours

“The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”

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