Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has officially approved the payment of N35,000 new minimum wage to workers under government’s employ beginning from this month.
A circular issued by the Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola on Wednesday, November 27th said Sanwo-Olu, in his determination to improve the welfare and wellbeing of public servants in Lagos State, had graciously approved the implementation of the new minimum wage with effect from 1st November, 2019.
The HOS said the salaries for the month of November was being delayed beyond the usual 23rd day cycle in order to adequately process payment of the new minimum wage. He said 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%.
According to Muri-Okunola, “kindly note that the payment of salaries for the month of November 2019 is delayed beyond the usual 23rd day cycle in order to adequately process payment of the new minimum wage.
The consequential increase of the new minimum wage in Lagos State for Senior and Management grade level is as follows: GL. 07=30%; GL. 08-10=25%; GL. 12-14=22.5% and GL. 15-17=20%.
“Accordingly, it should be noted that that approved minimum wage and consequential adjustments are more than the federal government’s approved recommendation, which further demonstrates this administration’s commitment to staff welfare.”
He, therefore, enjoined public servants to show more commitment, dedication and selflessness in the delivery of qualitative service to Lagosians.
“By this action, public servant are thus enjoined to show more commitment, dedication and selflessness in the delivery of qualitative service to the citizens of Lagos State, whose fulfillment of tax obligations largely contribute to payment of these salaries.
“In addition, public servants are expected to give unalloyed support to the state government’s agenda, as we collectively strive to actualise set goals,” he said.
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) stressing that Nigerians are complaining about inefficient services and visibly dilapidated state of its offices across the country.
The Honourable Minister made his position known while making his remarks as chairman of the steering committee of the postal sector, reform, restructuring and modernisation of NIPOST, during an official meeting which was held today at the Ministry’s Headquarters, Abuja. The meeting was part of a move for the partial commercialisation of NIPOST.
The Minister stated that daily, Nigerians on social media are lamenting about unprofessional services provided by NIPOST such as missing parcels, parcels tampered with or delivered to the wrong location which he finds worrisome because NIPOST falls under the supervision of the Ministry.
Dr Pantami further directed the project delivery team to provide him with a weekly update about its activities and currently focus on NIPOST retaining its name and also coming up with two non-postal subsidiary companies namely NIPOST Transport and Logistics Services Limited and NIPOST Properties and Development Company Limited.
The steering committee has the Honourable Minister as the Chairman, the Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr Alex A. Okoh, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Musa F. Istifanus, Chairperson of the NIPOST Board, Barr Maimuna Yahaya Abubakar as members, among others.
Union Bank has received the Best Company in Environmental Excellence award, and the SERAS Innovation Prize at this year’s Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards (SERAs).
The bank also emerged 2nd runner up in the Most Responsible Company award category at the formal ceremony, which took place recently in Lagos.
Following a rigorous vetting of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability projects and initiatives, premised upon the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards, Union Bank was nominated for 11 separate awards.
Commenting on the bank’s successful showing at the awards, Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem, Head, Corporate Communications and Marketing at Union Bank said: “We are committed to maintaining our position as a sustainability champion as we lead the charge to deliver a brighter future for Nigeria. Corporate citizenship remains a core pillar of our brand and business strategy, a reflection of its importance to us. We thank the SERAS team for recognising and honouring our efforts with these top awards.”
Now in its 13th year, SERAs is an annual project by TruContact CSR that promotes and raises awareness about the roles organisations play in their communities, with emphasis on their responsibility towards stakeholders and the social development of Africa.
Zamfara State Governor, Bello Muhammad Matawalle, on Wednesday signed into law a bill banning the payment of jumbo allowances to former governors, their Deputies, ex-Speakers and other past political office holders in the state.
Daily Trust reports that the Zamfara state House of Assembly had yesterday outrightly repealed the law that allows jumbo payment of pension and other allowances to former governors, their deputies, Speakers and their deputies in the state.
The abolishment of the law came barely 72 hours after a letter written by a former governor, Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, to Zamfara State Government demanding for the payment of his upkeep allowances running into millions of Naira leaked into the public. The letter generated heated debates within and outside the state.
According to the letter, the monthly upkeep allowances for an ex-governor in the state is N10million and backed by law which was amended and assented to on the 23rd of Marching, 2019. (Daily Trust)
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The Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday rescheduled till December 11, the re-arraignment of a former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and his aide, Oyebode Atoyebi, for alleged money laundering.
Ikuforiji and Atoyebi are facing a N673 million laundering charge filed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to the EFCC, the money belongs to the Lagos State Government.
The Federal High Court, Lagos, discharged both men of the same allegations in 2015 on the ground that they had no case to answer.
But the lower court’s decision was reversed by the Supreme Court, following which Ikuforiji and Atoyebi were charged afresh by the EFCC before Justice Mohammed Liman.
Ikuforiji and Oyebode were not in court yesterday when the case was called.
Their counsel, Mr Tunde Akinrinmisi, told the judge that the defendants have yet to be served.
Akinrinmisi said he received a hearing notice as one of the lawyers who represented the defendants during the initial trial and it was out of “utmost respect for the court” that he came to court on Wednesday.
He prayed the judge to grant an adjournment for him to get in touch with the defendants
But EFCC counsel Rotimi Oyedepo opposed him.
Oyedepo told the court that he would “grudgingly concede to adjournment” because the case had suffered series of adjournments at the instance of the defendants.
In addition, he said, the charge was served on the defendants when the trial started some years ago.
Thereafter, Justice Liman adjourned till December 11, for the defendants arraignment.
The former speaker and his aide were initially discharged and acquitted by a Federal High Court in Lagos of 54 counts of money laundering to the tune of N673 million.
However, when the case was pursued to the Supreme Court on appeal by the EFCC, the Apex court in January 2018 ordered for a retrial by the Federal High Court.
In the new charge dated June 4, 2013, the EFCC filed 56-counts against the former speaker and his aide.
It was filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos by Mary Onaja.
The charge alleges that Ikuforiji and Atoyebi between April 2010 and August 2011 conspired to commit an illegal act, to wit, accepting various cash payments amounting to the sum of N673m from the Lagos State House of
Assembly without going through a financial institution, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section18(a) of the Money Laundering Act 2011. (The Nation)
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