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FG commences e-registration of migrants



The Federal government on Thursday, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital flagged off the e-registration of migrants in the country.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola who flagged off the project as well as commissioned the newly constructed Nigeria Immigration Service command building in Atan Ofot, Akwa Ibom State said the essence of the e-registration was to keep track of foreigners in the country.

The Minister also disclosed that Federal government had approved N52 billion for the e-border project in the country for only this year, 2019 saying this among others were deliberate policies by them to secure the borders.

According to him, “you need to keep track of foreigners in our midst. This is the essence of the e-registration of migrants. We need to know their number, where they live and what they do, though in an unobtrusive manner that will not infringe on their liberty and fundamental rights.

“Those that are peaceful and law abiding should be given the best cooperation possible while those who are abusing our hospitality and violating our laws should be made to face the music. This is the practice worldwide. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”

Aregbesola who described borders as theatre of undeclared economic and social warfare where smuggling and economic sabotage take place and international boundaries where ‘illegal immigration and swamping of the population thrive’ disclosed that the reforms being introduced into NIS is to make its services seamless and more efficient, especially the issuance of Nigerian Passport within 48 hours.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitments in strengthening internal security.

He also commended the Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel for paying for the land where the NIS command is built as well as the host community for providing a conducive environment.

Earlier, the comptroller General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede in his speech said the commission was poised to infrastructural and human capital development.

He noted that NIS under his watch has commissioned various office complexes in states like, Abia, Jigawa, Kano, Plateau adding that before the end of 2019 at least five command office complexes will be commissioned.

He added, “We are currently constructing our technology building, which after completion, will enable the Service have a data-sharing ecosystem where relevant agencies can access data of citizens and migrants real time.”

In his welcome address The NIS command Comptroller, Livingstone Amadi, said that Akwa Ibom command headquarters has been in the federal secretariat for the past thirty two years of operation, thanking the state government, federal government and all the stakeholders for making the vision of a secretariat a reality.

“for thirty two years of Nigeria Immigration Service, Akwa Ibom State command Headquarters carried out her operations inside the federal secretariat complex until when the Comptroller-General visited Uyo and promised to build a befitting command headquarters, this, he has done today.”

Also, the village head of Atan Ofot, Etteidung Idongesit Ekong, promised a cordial working environment to the command and urged them to uphold the tenets of the Memorandum of Understanding reached.

He added that 10 percent of the command’s workforce should be the people of Atan offot as the host community.

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NECO dismisses over 70 staff over certificate forgery



The National Examinations Council (NECO) has fired no fewer than 70 staff for alleged certificate forgery.

The approval for the sack of the affected staff was made at NECO’s 17th extra-ordinary meeting of the Governing Board after vetting a report by a verification committee set up by the management.

The decision was part of a statement signed by the Head of Information and Public Relations Division, Azeez Sani in Minna.

The exam body said that the dismissal of the staff was as a result of a report submitted by a committee constituted to verify the certificates of staff by the management of NECO.

“The certificate Verification Committee carried out its assignment diligently by inviting all staff with questionable credentials to appear before it, during which some staff actually attested that their certificates were fake,” the statement said.

“The Committee also contacted the Schools and Institutions the affected staff claimed to have attended and the Schools and Institutions denied having certificated them.”

It added that the sack is the first phase in the series of the on-going staff certificate verification exercise in the Council.

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JUST IN: New minimum wage: Sanwo-Olu begins payment of N35, 000 to Lagos workers



The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has disclosed that his administration would commence payment of N35, 000 minimum wage from November.

The decision was taken after series of meetings and discussions between the Lagos State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JNC), Lagos State Government, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Friday.

Disclosing this, Comrade Rasaq Adio Falade, State Chairman of JNC, said necessary terms of settlement and agreement were reached at the meeting.

The National Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (NJPSNC) and the Federal Government’s Negotiations and Consequential Adjustment of Salaries had produced the following figures on Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS): GL. 01-06=N30,000; GL. 07=23.2%; GL. 08=20%; GL. 09=19%; GL. 10-14=16% and GL. 15-17=14%.

But, Falade said the government agreed to pay N35,000 as minimum wage.

Falade stated that the state government had agreed to pay GL. 01-06=N35,000.09;. GL. 07=30%; GL. 08-10=25%; GL. 12-14=22.5% and GL. 15-17=20%.

He stressed that payment of allowances peculiar to certain professions/sectors such as health workers, medical personnel, teachers, and so on, embedded in their respective Consolidated Salary Structures (e.g. CONHESS, CONMESS, CONTISS, etc) shall be paid for those stated items (e.g. Hazard, Call, Shift, etc) at such rates as provided in the various salaries of government approved in 2011.

According to Falade, the payment of the New Minimum Wage at the consequential adjustment rates shall commence in Lagos State in the November, 2019 salary cycle.

“The New Minimum Wage Act came into effect on the 18th April, 2019 as such, it was agreed that payment of the six and half months arrears shall be be made and concluded by the first quarter of year 2020,” he said.

Below is the breakdown:

a. GL. 01-06=N35,000.09
b. GL. 07=30%
c. GL. 08-10=25%
d. GL. 12-14=22.5%
e. GL. 15-17=20%


a. GL. 01-06=N30,000
b. GL. 07=23.2%
c. GL. 08=20%
d. GL. 09=19%
e. GL. 10-14=16%
f. GL. 15-17=14%

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Anambra govt declares Monday, Nov 18 public holiday



Anambra State Government has declared Monday, November 18, 2019 a work-free day.

This is in Commemoration of the posthumous birthday of the first President of Nigeria, Dr Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe.

A release by the Head of Service, Barr Harry Uduh, stated that the day will be work free in the state, and that workers are expected to stay at home to observe the holiday.

He said, “This is to inform the public that Anambra state government has declared Monday, 18th November, 2019 as work free day for everyone in Anambra state.

“This is in commemoration of the birthday of Late Hon. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe (Owelle of Onitsha), former President of Nigeria.”

Recall that Willie Obiano, Anambra State governor has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare November 16th, which is the birthday of Azikiwe a public holiday.

Meanwhile, Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka will on Saturday hold a lecture to commemorate his posthumous birthday.

The lecture is an annual event in honour of Azikiwe, who the institution was named after.

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