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LGs autonomy: Governor Badaru sets new guidelines for local government councils in Jigawa

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Governor Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa State has directed all the local government councils to start paying to the contributory pension scheme when ever they received their federal allocation before any other issue.

Governor Badaru disclosed this while commenting on the local government autonomy at a press conference in Dutse.

He explained that state government had mandated all the local governments councils chairmen to start with payment of approved amount to the state and local government contributory pension scheme then follows by teachers salaries and local governments workers.

He said pension and salaries were some of the few issues the state government remained strong on, to guarantee the survival of the scheme and continue to support the workers and retirees that have served the state for their livelihood to continue.

“The moment their money hits the accounts, they must transfer to the pension scheme what is due for the pensioners; then whether it is enough to pay salaries or not, then follows by teachers and local government workers salaries before any other things thing,” he noted.

Badaru said the new guidelines is aimed at ensuring the welfare of workers and pensioners and to keep government promises on the prompt payments salaries and pensions in the state on or before the 25th of every month.

He said some local governments in the state where only be able to pay salaries after state government supported them from contingency funds.

Governor Badaru said the local government autonomy is blessing to the Jigawa State Government as it bring out what state government is doing towards the development of the state.

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Govt reacts as flood displaces 500 families in Jigawa

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No fewer than 500 families have been rendered homeless by different flood disasters in three local government areas of Jigawa state.

Governor Badaru Abubakar, represented by his Deputy Alhaji Umar Namadi, stated this during a sympathy visit to the Internally Displaced Person (IDPs) camps in the affected areas.

DAILY POST reported that three local governments including Guri, Miga and Kaugama local government areas were recently hit by flood disaster destroying hundreds of houses, farmlands and property worth millions of Naira.

The Deputy Governor said the state government is doing its best to bring emergency assistance to the victims and provide lasting solution to problems.

He stated that state government is looking at the possibilities of relocating some of the entire communities to areas that are not prone to flooding, to prevent the yearly occurrence of the disaster.

Namadi however directed the state emergency relief management agency to provides relief materials to those in IDPs camps and those living with their relatives.

He added that the state government would consider sending a supplementary budget to the State House of Assembly if the needs arises to support floods victims across the state.

In his remarks, the executive secretary Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency, Yusuf Sani said the agency is now working to assess the level of the damage for government intervention.

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Operation Lafiya Dole: I Will Take The Fight To Boko Haram, Says New Commander, Adeniyi

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Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, the new theatre commander, Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno state, has vowed to turn on the heat on Boko Haram insurgents and take the fight to them in their hideouts.

Adeniyi made the declaration while taking over from the former theatre commander, Major General Benson Akinroluyo in Maimalanri Cantonment in Maiduguri on Saturday.

He said: “I am going to turn on the heat on the Boko Haram insurgents. I am going to take the fight to them until Boko Haram disappears from the Northeast.

“I am proud and happy that I am today taking over from General Akinroluyo, my commander. He has mentored me and we are going to continue from where he stopped and even do more until we finish the task of wiping out insurgents from the theatre and the nation at large.”

He also vowed to fight to the end and close the chapter of Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria.

“I want to thank the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai for appointing me as Theatre Commander. I assure him and Nigerians that I will not let you down. We will fight everything to see that the works finish on time.”

In his remarks, the immediate past Theatre Commander, Major General Benson Akiroluyo said that he was leaving the theatre calm and better than what he met when assumed duty.

“I came when there is tension in the theatre, a few days after metal attacked and the Metele was always on the media. And thank God I am leaving the theatre today calm and better than when I met it.

“I am happy whenever I am In Borno because I was in Maimalanri as a captain in 1997 and got my promotion to Major and 20 years after, in 2017 I was also decorated with the rank of Major General here in Maiduguri; Maiduguri is my second home. I was also the second longest-serving theatre commander since the commander was created, second to General lucky Irabor.

“I am happy that I am today still alive that I am handing over to my deputy’s. I have gone round the theatre and today thank God He has spared my life and I am leaving the command to my deputy who also knows the terrain and the operation of the theatre. I hope he will continue from where I stopped. It is just like a moving vehicle and today I am leaving to my spare driver, who will keep the vehicle moving until we reached the destination.”

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Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Sunday morning

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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, was on Saturday beaten by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The incident happened at an event in Germany.

2. The immediate past Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Enweremadu confirmed a physical assault on him by some members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, in Nuremberg, Germany, on Saturday, but said he was fine.

3. The camp of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, on Saturday, accused Buhari administration of trying to make a case against former President, Goodluck Jonathan by claiming that he is responsible for the $9 billion judgment against Nigeria in the United Kingdom in a case brought against the nation by Messrs P & ID.

4. The Department of State Services (DSS) and the London Metropolitan Police Service, yesterday, received petitions to investigate the documents of President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential election tribunal.

5. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Saturday, closed his case in the suit instituted by Emmanuel Jime and the All Progressives Congress challenging his re-election.

6. President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, charged the military to be more spontaneous in restoring peace to the country, particularly states troubled by bandits, ordering them “not to spare bandits’’ that have been killing, maiming and extorting innocent citizens.

7. Former president, Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said he had been promoting peace and supporting efforts towards consolidating democracy in Africa since he left office as Nigeria’s leader.

8. Femi Falana (SAN), the lawyer to Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, has called the Federal Government to provide an alternative and adequate treatment for the couple in Nigeria.

9. A bloody clash was averted on Saturday by the police following failed attempts by a former militant leader and Niger Delta activist, Asari Dokubo, to hold an expanded inaugural meeting in support of Biafra.

10. The Nigerian Government on Saturday condemned the attack on the former deputy senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu by members of the IPOB.

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