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Bishop Obinna Hails Uzodinma On Payment of Arrears, Blames Civil Servants For Causing Delay

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The Catholic Arch Bishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical province, Dr. A. J. V Obinna has commended governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State for keeping his promise to clear the areas of pensions and salaries delayed by the automation process of the state’s payroll system, even as the governor vowed  not to disappoint either the church or Imo people in the discharge of his duties

Both of them spoke yesterday at the Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri, Imo State, during a Thanksgiving service to mark the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence

Arch Bishop Obinna’s comments came in his homily where he disclosed that some pensioners called him to tell him that they have received six months areas of their pension just as some government workers confirmed the same thing to him, adding that it was a confirmation that the governor was keeping to his promise of clearing delayed outstanding pension and salaries caused by the automation of the payroll system.

But he blamed some civil servants who he said he learned were responsible for the fraud in the payroll system ” I learned that some civil servants, the accounts people, are those penetrating fraud in the payroll. I advice them to repent and turn a new leaf”

He urged governor Uzodinma to stand up to the challenge and ensure that the right thing is done and that the best interest of Imo people is always be protected, adding, “We should pray for this governor because I think he means well”.

The Catholic Bishop further said he was happy to hear that every issue about salaries and pensions would be  permanently cleared soon and urged the governor to ensure that that was done.

In his remarks after the church service, governor Uzodinma assured the Bishop that he has come to serve the Imo people and that he will do his very best to right the wrongs of the past.

The governor added ” As a Catholic  I can assure you that I will not disappoint the church or Imo people. I know that if I do well, it will rub off well on the church and if I don’t do well the church will bear part catholic of the blame, after all, I am a product of the church. So I can neither disappoint the church nor Imo people”

On the payroll fraud and delay in the payment of salaries and pensions of some people, the governor assured that the automation process has been completed and that Imo State now has one of the best datacenters in the country.

He admitted there were still a few pensioners and workers whose pension or salaries have not been paid because of wrong documentation and advised such people to go to the office of the head of service where they could log into the data center and resolve any outstanding documentation issue.

“Let anyone who has not been paid go there and the matter will be resolved and no matter the outstanding payment,  it will be paid immediately. Besides, even if the person has been earning a double salary or pension, let him not be afraid of being arrested because in the spirit of independence anniversary I  am granting them amnesty” the governor declared.

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Boko Haram Releases Bride Abducted In Borno

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The bride, who was abducted along Maiduguri/Damaturu Highway, on Thursday, has been released.

She was kidnapped alongside her friends and some persons who were plying that route when the insurgents struck.

It gathered that the insurgents dropped the victims off at a village near Damaturu, Yobe State capital, around midnight.

It is not known yet if any ransom was paid.

Babagana Kashim, a family member of the victim, said that the bride and her friends are currently being treated at an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu.

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“It is confirmed that they have been released. The insurgents dropped them off at a village close to Damaturu.

“As we speak, they are currently receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital in Damaturu. We are happy they are finally back home.” Babagana said.

The wedding held successfully in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, but the victims were kidnapped on their way to Damturu.

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Freed Kagara Victims Now In Minna

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The kidnapped students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger, have arrived in Minna, the State capital.

A total of 27 students, three staff and 12 members of their family were abducted in the attack on the school.

In a video, the students were seen filing out from the bush. The footage was said to have been shot around Attahiru Secondary School, Madaka, Niger State.

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Jibrin Usman, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education in Niger, said the commissioner has been contacted to receive the boys ahead of their meeting with the governor.

One of the parents of the students told our correspondent that they were released near Madaka in Raffi Local government area of Niger.

The father said he would withdraw his child from the school immediately, describing that as the only reasonable thing to do as a concerned father.

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‘Your Words Mean Nothing’ – Aisha Yesufu Slams Buhari

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Aisha Yesufu, a human rights activist, says the words of President Muhammadu Buhari “mean nothing”.

Reacting to the abduction of the students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State, Yesufu said the primary responsibility of government is to protect lives.

In a strongly worded statement on Friday night, Buhari had warned bandits that he would not fall for threats and blackmail.

He had also said that his government had the capacity to deal with them but has not taken drastic action to prevent a situation where captives are used as shields.

Yesufu said Nigerians are used to a president “whose words are meaningless”.

“What I make of the statement is absolutely nothing. We are used to a president whose words mean nothing. He says one thing, and another thing happens.”

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“The body language of President Muhammadu Buhari enables the terrorists. They know that we have an ineffective President and Commander-In-Chief, we have an incompetent one a clueless one, who does not even bother about what is happening in the nation.

“Yesterday we buried seven military officers, the best that we have, the nation was in mourning and the President was a few minutes away from the location of the burial and didn’t even turn up, what does that signify? It Is high time we began to make serious demands on the president.

“It is not in our place to give the way forward. His salaries are being paid for it; his needs are being taken care of. He was voted to give the way forward,” she said.

Yesufu was a strong member of the #Bring Back Our Girls Movement, which was on the frontline of the campaign for the release of students abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in 2014.

Up till dates, some of the students are still in captivity.

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