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ANEEJ Director Tasks Journalists, CSOs On Budget Monitoring.

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The Executive Director of the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), Rev. David Ugolor has appealed to journalists and members of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), to assist in the mobilisation of community stakeholders to make presentation to government on their needs at the level of budget preparation and during consideration by the state House of Assembly.

Rev. Ugolor gave the charge in his welcome address at the opening session of a two-day workshop organised by ANEEJ for CSOs and journalists in Benin City from 13th- 14th August, 2020, in its implementation of the Civil Society Advocacy to Anti-corruption and the Rule of Law in Nigeria (CASARN) project.

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The project is part of the implementation of the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (ROLAC) programme which is funded by the European Union and implemented by the British Council.

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Ugolor who noted that the CSOs, journalists and the citizens have critical roles to play during the monitoring and evaluation of the budget, appealed to participants whom he said have participated one way or the other in the budget process to sustain the process to hold government accountable to the people.

“This workshop on budget monitoring has been designed to improve stakeholders’ participation in the budget process in Edo State.

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“CSOs and citizens in general have the right to participate in the different stages of the budgeting process. At the planning stage, CSOs can assist to organise community stakeholders to make presentation to government on their needs, during consideration at the State House of Assembly.

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” CSOs can participate during budget defense. When the budget is being implemented and during M & E, CSOs and citizens in general have a big role to play in monitoring the budget implementation and providing feedback to government.

“We encourage all participants to take it upon themselves to keep a close watch on how government spends public funds, follow up and report on projects being executed in your areas. Where CSOs are docile, a lot of things will go wrong”, he said.

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While noting that Edo State was the first state in the South South geo-political zone to join the Open Governance Partnership (OGP) in 2018, Rev. Ugolor disclosed that the State Action Plan (SAP), has been developed and awaiting the governor’s signature.

He added that government’s commitment for implementation across five thematic areas of fiscal transparency, anti-corruption, service delivery and inclusion, access to information and citizen engagement have been proposed.

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While thanking the donors for the opportunity to be part of the implementation of the Anti-Corruption Rule of Law implementation programme, Ugolor said, “we appreciate the support from ROLAC team who have made it possible for ANEEJ to receive this funding. We particularly thank the European Union and British Council for funding ANEEJ work”.

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PAP Admin Head Visits Edo/Delta Liaison Office, Harps On Commitment

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Members of staff of the Delta/Edo Liaison Office of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, have been charged to be more committed to the discharge of their statutory duties.

The head of administration, PAP, Mr. Zorab Monday gave the charge when he paid an official visit to the liaison officer in Warri recently.

The head of administration who emphasized the need for the members of staff the liaison office to work in unison, also urged them to establish a mutual working relationship with one another,which, according to him would move the office forward.

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He stressed on the significance of learning from one another, which he said would further enhance the overall productivity and workplace harmony amongst members of staff.

Earlier, the manager of the liaison office, Captain Presley Prebo, while using the opportunity of the visit to appeal to the head of administration for the provision of a larger office space, said due to the increasing number of employees.

He also used the visit to inform the head of administration some of the needs of the liaison office.

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Why We Accepted Tinubu’s New Minimum Wage – Labour

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The leaders of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) announced that they have accepted the N70,000 minimum wage approved for Nigerian workers by President Bola Tinubu.

A statement by Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, indicated that President Tinubu also pledged to find ways to help the private sector and sub-national entities meet the minimum wage requirement.

Following the meeting, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joe Ajaero, briefed the media and confirmed that the unions had accepted the offer.

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Ajaero, accompanied by Comrade Festus Usifo, President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and other representatives of Nigerian workers, stated that the unions had accepted the offer because there were other incentives attached.

He said that the president’s pledge of a review every three years, as opposed to what had previously been received, was another factor in his decision to accept the offer.

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BREAKING: Tinubu Approves New Minimum Wage

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President Tinubu has finally approved a N70,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers with a promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) are at the Presidential Villa, Abuja for a scheduled meeting with President Bola Tinubu.

A statement by Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, said: “President Tinubu also promised to find ways to assist the private sector and the sub-nationals to pay the minimum wage.

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“President Tinubu announced the decisions at the meeting held with leaders of TUC and NLC on Thursday in Abuja, the second time the parties met in 7 days.

“The Labour leaders applauded President Tinubu for the fatherly gesture as the President also promised to use his discretionary powers meet the demands of university unions demanding unpaid 4 months salaries.”

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