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DG NPC, Dr Kashim Akor, Hilary Amodu others Inaugurated into National Productivity Award Committee



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Director General National Productivity Center, Dr Kashim Akor, the organizer of Who is Who in Igala land, Chief Hillary Amodu, Hon.

 Jatau Kunda others inaugurated by Hon. minister of labor and employment Dr Chris Ngige  into the committee that will nominate, screen and approve those consider worthy of the award.

The NPOM Award was instituted by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Labour and Employment to honour deserving Nigerians in recognition of their hard work and efficient public service delivery and selfless service to the nation,

National Productivity Award is one of the flagship points of government to reward excellence in the service, with the aim of promoting healthy competition among workers.

Speaking after the inauguration, Director-general of National Productivity Centre, Dr Kashim Akor harped on the need for Nigerians to cultivate the productivity mindset that would steer the nation to greatness, saying “sustainable development can only be achieved if the economy becomes more efficient and effectively operated.

Dr Kashim Akor DG National Productivity Center at the inauguration ceremony of the committee membersThe award is often conferred on its recipient by the Federal Government of Nigeria following a nomination and approval of the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Merit Award.

Its recipient is often decorated by the President of Nigeria. Recipients of the award have the legal right to use the postnominal title:

Hon Minister of labour, Dr Chris Ngige, and committee members

The Unedited Hon. Minister of Labour speech.


  1. The reconstitution of this Committee and its inaugurationtoday demonstrate government commitment to issues ofproductivity and its enhancement in Nigeria.

  2. The Committee has the onerous responsibility of selectingand recommending individuals and organizations for confermentof the National Productivity Order of Merit Award (NPOM) by Mr.President.

  3. The National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award wasinstituted by Government to recognize and honour productiveindividuals and organizations in Nigeria in the year of the award for achievements made in the three preceding years.The speci’c objectives of the award are to:

(i) Institutionalize productivity consciousness andexcellence in service among workers and organizationsin both the public and private sectors in Nigeria;

ii) Recognize and highlight the contributions of theindividual workers as well as organizations to higherproductivity;

) Accord workers and organizations proper and duerecognition and reward the most productive workersand organizations in both public and private sectors for
diligence, high performance, high productivity andresearch achievements;

(iv) Encourage and foster the spirit of healthy competition inproduction amongst workers, ‘rms and companies inNigeria;(v) Encourage promptness, thoroughness, courtesy,responsibility dependability and service delivery;

(vi) Build and encourage the spirit of self-reliance.5. This award is one of the highest recognition given by anappreciative nation. It is against this backdrop that Governmenthas carefully selected these distinguished Nigerians from diversebackground as members of the National Productivity Order ofmerit Committee.The members of the Committee as follows:

i) Barr. Ikechi Uko – Rep the Productive Sector – Chairman

(ii) Alhaji Habu Adamu Jajere – Rep. Nigerian Association of Chamber of Commerce,Industry, Mines & Agriculture (NACCIMA)- Member

iii) Mr. Uche Nwokedi SAN – Rep. Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) – Member(iv) Sen. Adawari Pepple – Rep. Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) -Member

v) Mr. Jamiu A. Abdulkareem – Rep. O9ce of the Secretary to theGovernment of the Federation (OSGF) -Member

(vi) Mr. Victor Eburajojo mni – Rep. Nigeria Employer’s Consultative Association (NECA) -Member
(vii) Mr. Jatau Kunda – Rep. Senate Committee on Labour,Employment & Productivity -Member

(viii) Hon. Adamu Ali Wudil – Rep. House Committee on Labour, Employment & Productivity -Member

ix) Chief Hilary Edime Amodu – Rep. the Creative Sector- Member

x) Dr. Yerima Peter Tarfa – Perm. Sec. FML&E -Member

xi) Dr. Kashim Akor – (DG NPC) -Member

(xii) Ms. A.O. Adenugba – Director/NPC -Member/Secretary

  1. I want to congratulate the Chairman and all members of thisCommittee for the well-deserved appointment which were mainlyinformed by your past track records. You should therefore see thisappointment as another avenue to once again contribute to the socio-economic development of the nation, and as a challenging one thatwill task your knowledge, skills, experience and competence. Youmust endeavor to contribute your best to the work of this Committee.I have no doubt in your abilities and I believe you will live up toexpectation.

  2. I expect you to get down to work immediately and ensure wehave a list of awardees for 2019 and 2020 for approval for confermentof the 2021 NPOM Award by Mr. President.

  3. At this juncture, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, itis now my honour and privilege to inaugurate the National ProductivityOrder of Merit Award Committee to the glory of God and for theservice of our fatherland.


  1. I thank you all.



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El-Rufai Remains My Boss Forever, Says Suspended NPA MD, Hadiza Bala-Usman




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The suspended managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman, has described Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State as her “Forever Boss”.

She made her first public appearance on Thursday since after she was asked to step aside in order to allow for unfettered investigation of the management of the NPA.

OBSERVERS TIMES recall that Bala-Usman was last week Thursday, May 6, 2021 suspended from office over sundry allegations including remittance shortfalls by NPA to the tune of N165.3bn.

Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, had in a statement on May 6 announced the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari granted to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to set up a panel of enquiry on the activities of the NPA management and as well Hadiza Bala-Usman’s suspension while the investigation last.

Although she has denied the allegations but on Monday, May 10, 2021, Amaechi carried out the presidential directive by inaugurating a 10-man panel of enquiry, which will probe Bala-Usman and the NPA management.

Meanwhile Hadiza, who hails from Katsina State, showed up in Zaria, Kaduna State on Thursday as a member of the entourage of the state governor to the Emir of Zazzau’s palace for Eid-el-Fitr festivities.

She took to her social media handles afterwards to announce her presence with a photo of her seated beside Governor El-Rufai at the Sallah event, saying she was at the event with El-Rufai, her “Forever Boss”.

Hadiza Bala-Usman, apart from the traditional sallah prayer, also made a veiled reference to the ongoing probe of NPA activities, saying she was resolute with a belief that “truth always triumphs.”

Bala-Usman wrote: “Eid Mubarak….”Taqabbalallāhu minnā wa minkum”May Allah accept [good deeds] from you and us”.

“At the place of the Emir of Zazzau with my forever Boss @elrufai. We remain resolute in the believe that the truth always triumphs…Allah’s protection and guidance for alway

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Buhari’s regime has lost ideas, best known for blame game –Gov Mohammed




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The Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, has come out hard on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, saying it is full of blame game, nepotism and corruption.

Mohammed , who made this assertion in an interaction with journalists on Thursday at the Ramat House, Bauchi, after the Sallah parade at the palace of the Emir of Bauchi, said the deteriorating economy which has led to widespread insecurity and poverty in the country, was as a result of loss of ideas by the Federal Government.

Mohammed added that there was truth in the assertion by the Southern governors who recently said that the northern part of the country was favoured more than the south.

If you are not fair and equitable in your administration, in your management, if there is nepotism, only one section is given positions in government, then what the southern governors said is true.

Some people are given too much attention to the detriment of others.

“What we know in this country, as a federation, there is always a balance in terms of appointments of federal offices, in terms of appointments even at the local level because if you don’t practise fairness at the top, then you cannot get it at the lower level. And people will begin to think of self-actualisation, self-determination, and so on,” he said.

Mohammed insisted that the Buhari regime had no ideas on how to grow the economy, noting that it was best known for blame game, just as corruption was thriving in the regime more than previous administrations.

“I think the Federal Government has lost ideas on how to grow the economy. They are just involved in a blame game. What they are best known for is blame game, always saying this and that.”

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Four killed in Customs, smugglers gun fight in Oyo




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Four people have been reported dead after a crossfire between operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and suspected smugglers in Iseyin area of Oyo State.

The gun fight caused fear among residents celebrating the Eid-el-Fitr while fleeing for safety

Muftau Abilawon, the former Caretaker Chairman of Iseyin Local Government Council, confirmed the crossfire to Newsmen.

“I have been duly informed by a traditional chief, the Ikolaba of Iseyin, Chief Ismail Tikalosoro, who called me and narrated the incident to me on the phone.

He advised that I brief the special adviser to the governor on security about the matter, which I did immediately, and he has promised to intervene,” Mr Abilawon stated.

He added, “I understand that the four corpses were taken to the palace of the Aseyin of Iseyin, where the chiefs appealed for calm and asked the aggrieved residents to deposit the corpses at Fadoks hospital.

“The chiefs also begged them not to set the Customs base in Iseyin ablaze, which they yielded to, but it was too late for the Toyota Hilux van as it was on fire already before the appeal.”

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