Dickson signs 2017 budget, education bill into law

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has signed the 2017 Appropriation Budget of N243.2 billion and the Educational Development Trust Fund Amendment bills into law. It will be recalled that the governor proposed an educational trust fund bill to help the less privileged in the state acquire education. Assenting to the bills at the Government House, Yenagoa, the governor said the budget, christened “Budget of Repositioning for Consolidation,” was aimed at completing various ongoing projects in the state. Dickson, who noted that the government appropriated N111 billion for capital projects alone,…

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Fawehinmi: Why Senate can’t compel FG to sack Magu

Mohammed Fawehinmi, scion of the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi law dynasty in this interview with AKEEM NAFIU, speaks on the Senate, Presidency’s face-off, rejection of the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, former Adamawa state’s governor, Bala Ngilari’s post-conviction bail, democratization of SAN award and sundry issues     There seems to be a crack in the Senate, Presidency relationship over the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu’s rejection as the agency’s czar by the Senate. What does this portend…

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Fear grips workers over non-payment of benefits

Civil Servants in Taraba State are scared of retiring from their jobs following the state government’s failure to meet its retirement benefit obligations. Lamenting the situation in Jalingo, the state Chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), James A. Ajoji, said it was sad that many civil servants who retired in the state had died without getting their retirement benefits. He therefore stressed the need for the state government to start paying pension and gratuity in order to reduce their suffering, adding that the state government…

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Pensioners restate need for harmonisation

The Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), Akwa Ibom chapter, has restated need for pension harmonisation in order to put all retirees on the same scale. Making the appeal to the state government, in Uyo, the Secretary of NUP in the state, Mr Cosmos Essien, noted that harmonisation had become necessary so that those that retired years back and others that retired recently could receive the same amount as pension. He said : “We still cry for harmonisation so that the very old people that retired earlier can get something reasonable…

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