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Anambara 2021; Capt Wada’s Appointment As Chairman Screening Committee Commendable, Alhaji Alhaji.

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The choice of Capt Idris Wada, immediate past Kogi Governor as the Chairman screning Committee for PDP in the forthcoming Governorship election in November, shows the party wants to get things right towards 2023 general elections.

A youth leader in PDP,Alhaji Alhaji dropped this commendation saying the former Kogi Governor is tested and trusted political leader, that will get things right towards the success of the party in Anambara and Nigeria at large.

He challenged the party to imbibe the culture of deployment of people of proven integraty like the former Kogi Governor,stating that winning an election in Nigeria is not the party,but the choice made by the people.

He assured the people of Anambara state that PDP will form the next goverrment in the state,with Capt Wada as the electoral screening Committee Chairman for the primary election.

‘We have alot of confidence in the choice of the former Governor heading the electoral screening Committee for Anambara state,it is an assurance that he will prove his mettle.’

‘The former is a protagonist and advocate of sane democratic practices,laced with transparency and fairness.’

‘I urged PDP once again to sustain this practice and tempo of politicians with proven records of high integrity like Capt Idris Wada,so as to guarantee the general acceptance by Nigerians towards 2023.’

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He congratulated the former Govenor on his choice as the Chairman screning electoral Committee to Anambara,saying no doubt he will deploy his distinct wealth of experience towards choosing a popular and acceptable candidate for PDP and the people of Anambara state.

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PHOTOS: PDP Nat’l Chaiman, Prince Secondus, Maibaisira, Col. Austin Stormed IBB, House Minna

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PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, the National Financial Secretary, Abdullahi Hussaini MaiBasira and Col.

Austin Akobundu National Organising Secretary when the National Chairman paid a consultative visit to Gen.Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida(IBB) at his Hilltop residence in Minna, Niger state.

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BREAKING: Workers To Earn More As FG Seeks Pay Parity, Says Finance Minister

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Contrary to reports by some media, the federal government is not thinking of cutting wages, rather mulling salary harmonisation.

This is against the backdrop of the fact that there are some government agencies paying much higher than others, for staff on the same grade level.

Therefore, the government, according to Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, is seeking more of pay parity. She disclosed at the ongoing ‘National Policy Dialogue on Corruption and Cost of Governance in Nigeria’ organised by the Independent Corrupt Practice Commission (ICPC) in Abuja on Tuesday that the President had directed the salaries committee to review payroll and also review the number of agencies.

“What government hopes to achieve is to redistribute wages equally across board.

Let us bring our salary structure within government agencies as close or as equitable and fair. “what we seek to achieve is to create fairness and equity and to reduce cost” With this readjustment, when finally done, workers in the public service will earn a fair and equitable wages,” she said.

“We still see government expenditure increase to a terrain twice higher than our revenue,” Ahmed said.
The government had approved a N13.88trillion budget with a deficit of over N5.6trillion, and projected a revenue of N7.98trillion to fund part of the 2021 budget.

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The Honourable Minister urged that all agencies must come together to trim their costs, given Nigeria’s dwindling revenue. According to her, the government would also remove some unnecessary items from the budget as a move to cut the cost of governance in the country.

She said, “We need to work together, all agencies of the government to cut down our cost. We need to cut down unnecessary expenditures. Expenditures that we can do without. Our budgets are filled year in year out with projects that we see over and over again, and also projects that are not necessary.”

“President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the salaries committee, which I chair, work together with the head of service (HOS) and other members of the committee to review the government pay rolls considering stepping down on cost.”

She revealed that the government would also review the number of government agencies in terms of their mandates. Ahmed disclosed that for agencies with the same mandate, the government would look at merging the two.

The Chairman of ICPC, Mr. Bolaji Owasanoye, noted during the stakeholders meeting, that the cost of governance is the “driver of corruption in Nigeria.” He said that the government had committed to improving the country’s revenue from new and existing sources.

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Owasanoye said that the government’s commitment to streamline payroll, removal of subsidies and reduction of the cost of contracts and procurement are all for the benefits of the poor and vulnerable. He also said that a critical area of concern was he called ‘payroll padding’ and the ‘phenomenon of ghost workers.’

The ICPC boss lamented the duplication of projects such as the constituency projects of lawmakers, and noted that funding for such projects was usually released without any mechanism for monitoring and evaluation and reconciliation of the funding. He then cited a project executed by the Redeemed Christian Church of God which was inadvertently diverted as an executive project.

Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi
Special Adviser, Media and Communications
To the Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning
5th May, 2021

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Three Kidnapers Lynched by the Men of Vigilatee in Sokoto State.

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Reported case of lynching of three suspected kidnappers in Goronyo, OBSERVERS TIMES report.

They were burned by the Vigilante group who apprehended them.

The three suspects are two male and a lady aged between 18 and 25. This looks like a jungle justice as there is no confirmation of their offences by the constituted authority.

It’s a first experience in Goronyo and surrounding villages that have becomes one of the highly risk and dangerous area for the reported attacks and kidnapping cases in Sokoto state.

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