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Borno Government Releases N12 Billion For the settlement of outstanding gratuities of 4,862 state, LG retirees



Borno government releases N12 billion for the settlement of outstanding gratuities of 4,862 state, LG retirees

By Madu Mohammed , Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Professor, Babagana Zulum has on Tuesday flagged off the disbursement of the sum of N12 billion for the settlement of the outstanding gratuities of 4,862 retired civil servants who retired from 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, while the junior staff from 2013 to 2019 among whom are the families of 478 deceased retirees.

Flagging off the payment and presentation of Cheques to the retired beneficiaries at the Government House, Maiduguri, Governor Zulum said “I am immensely grateful to Allah for preserving us to witness this unique occasion of the flagging off of the presentation of payment of outstanding gratuities to retired civil servants in Borno state which was made possible through a loan of N12 billion secured from the Zenith Bank of Nigeria PLC” All those retired from 2013, 2014,2015, 2016 and 2017 will benefit today, all junior staff from 2013 to 2019 will benefit. Today N985 million will be presented as death benefit to next of kin of 478 deceased civil servants retired and those died in active service”.

” At the inception of this administration on 29th, May 2019, the total gratuity liability was N19. 1 billion, consequently, Government has so far paid the outstanding gratuity to the tune of N1.861 billion to about 3,000 retirees within the period under review. Thus the outstanding unpaid gratuity to date is N17,295 billion, in the same vein, outstanding gratuity for local government pensioners as at May 29, 2019 stood at N4.475 billion and the sum of N570 million has been released recently to kick start the payment of their gratuities, thus current backlog of gratuity and pension arrears of local government retirees amount to N3.9 making the total of outstanding gratuities of both state and local government retirees to about N28 Billion”, the governor added.

He said the accumulation of backlog of gratuities over the years has become worrisome to all and that government is making frantic effort to settle all outstanding gratuities and pension arrears to retired civil servants, adding that the payment of gratuities to retired civil servants in the state and the local government pensioners will go a long way in reducing their sufferings and also reduce poverty, as well as stimulate the economy.

He stated that though the N12 billion loan secured cannot settle the total backlog of gratuity but a appreciable number of retirees will benefit from the amount and urged those that are not part of this batch to be patient as Government is working hard to settle them, as soon as possible.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Borno state Head of Service, Barrister Simon Malgwi said ” today, We are again witnessing the released of whooping sum of N12 bullion for the payment of the benefits of our retirees both live and late and this will further bring more soccer to their families so that they will enjoy the fruits of their labour for better fulfilled lives”,

The governor also assured the civil servants that from May 29th, 2020 that government has commenced automatic migration of retirees from Salary to pension, adding that a total of 900 retirees have so far benefited from the process.

He said ” on assumption of office, Governor Zulum immediately swung into action, approved and released the sum of N1.861 billion for the payment of 3,000 retirees. Another N570 million was released out of N4,4 billion local government pension arrears for immediate payment to retired local government staff. These immediately eased the hardship of a great number our retired civil servants who had spent most and better part of their lives serving the state and indeed humanity”.

Barrister Malgwi said ” in this batch 4,384 live retirees and 478 families of deceased retirees and those who died in active service will benefit.. Let me use this opportunity to commend the foresight, wisdom, concern, commitment , courage and compassion of Governor Zulum in the matter of staff welfare and staff verification, as he personally supervised the first phase of verification of pensioners and directed automatic migration from salaries to pension at the point of retirement.”

He assured those with pending biometric or pension issues that the government is assiduously working on their problems,, as the governor directed the conclusion of the exercise in no distance future save for new employees.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Salmamza Bwala thanked the governor for releasing their benefits, adding that the gesture will put smile on their faces.

” On behalf of beneficiaries those present here and those that are at home. We really appreciate, this exercise will not only put smile on our faces but also put hope to the civil servants that are about to retire'”, he added.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen, the state chairman of Pensioners Association, Borno state chapter, Mohammed Abdullahi thanked the governor for putting smile in the faces of their members.

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Member PDP Board of Trustees, Sen. Joy Emordi, Joins APC




By Rilwan Tanko, Abuja

A member, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Joy Emordi, today defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.

Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe state Governor, Mai Mala Buni, formally received the senator in a brief ceremony in Abuja.

Sen. Emordi, said she was convinced that the future of a prosperous and united Nigeria lies in the APC.

She described the APC leadership as sincerely and genuinely committed to a united Nigeria that has plans for the future generation.

The legislator assured the party of her loyalty and her supporters to the party “l assure the party of my loyalty and support and to work for the success of the party.”

Sen. Emordi said “the APC led federal government is working for the South East and this is attracting more PDP members into APC.”

The Chairman CECPC Mai Mala Buni, expressed delight with the decision taken by the board member to contribute to the unity of the country.

“There is need for us to join hands for the political stability and national unity of our dear country” he said.

Governor Buni said the coming of Sen. Emordi and other prominent politicians from the South East into the APC will promote national unity.

“The South east is a strong political block and very crucial to the unity of the country, this will mo doubt add to national cohesion ” the Chairman added.

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APC holds peaceful ward congresses in Borno



APC holds peaceful ward congresses in Borno

By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri

The All Progressive Congress ( APC) in Borno state has peacefully held its ward congresses, as Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state joined others members of his ward , Mafa Central ward of Mafa local government area of Borno state where they elected 27 member ward executives of the party inline with the ongoing ward, local government and state congresses of the party

Addressing the delegates befoe throwing the question, the chairman of the APC Congress committee in Borno state, who is also former Deputy Governor of Taraba state, Alhaji Uba Amadu said ” we are here in Mafa on behalf of APC national headquarters, Abuja to witnessed and monitor the ward congress of our party. We are here to ensure that the congress were conducted in accordance with our party constitution”.

” Our party constitution has allow that the congresses should be done in 3 ways that is, through direct and indirect process, as well as consensus, It could be recalled that the state statutory delegates had last Wednesday agreed that Borno state has opted for consensus.. Today we are here to ensure that what you agreed on is implemented to the later.” Alhaji Anadu added

Those unanimously affirmed through voice votes, as the 27 man Executive of the Mafa central ward of the Mafa local government area were, Alhaji Ali chori, as chairman, Alh Gado Ka’ana as Vice chairman, Alhaji Gada sarki as secretary, Alhaji Babagana Kachalla, treasurer among others executives of the ward.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen in Mafa, shorty after the exercise , Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state called on the APC members in the state to conduct themselves peacefully and be united for the progress of the party, state and the country at large..

“I want to use this opportunity to thank you for conducting yourselves peacefully, we want to also thank the national , state and local government committee for ensuring peaceful congress in Mafa central my ward”, Zulum.

He said ” I want to assure you that APC administration in Borno state under my leadership will continue to provide more dividends of democracy to our people. We are going to establish additional secondary school here in Mafa for our children to go to school, we are also going to train our youths across all wards of the local government, so that they will be engaged “.

As at the time of filing in this reports the ward congresses were going on simultaneously and peacefully in Biu and Hawul local government, as well as other wards across the state

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APC Congress: Buni Calls For Peaceful Exercise, Warns Against Sabotage



APC Congress: Buni calls for peaceful exercise, warns against sabotage

By Fannami Modu, Damaturu

As the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, warms up for its ward Congress on Saturday, the Chairman Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe State Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has enjoined party stakeholders and members to conduct the exercise peacefully.

In a statement signed Friday night by his Director-General on media and publicity, Mamman Mohammed, Governor Buni called on officials conducting the Congress to be fair and objective to all candidates contesting the election.

“As stakeholders of the party, we have a great responsibility to make the ward Congress in all the participating states successful.

“We should endeavour to place the party and members interest above personal interests,” Buni charged.

The chairman warned that the party would not hesitate to take decisive measures against anyone who deliberately sabotaged the Congress.

“We have come a long way repositioning the party, we have reconciled many groups and individuals, we must not allow personal interests in this election to divide us and draw us back,” he advised.

He expressed the commitment of the committee to entrench internal democracy and respect for the People’s choice.

Governor Buni further said adequate arrangements had been made by the party to conduct successful and acceptable congresses across the country.

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