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COVID-19: Group Commends Bauchi Gov’s Reversal On Salary Deductions To Fight Virus

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From Our Correspondent, Bauchi

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Arewa Online Publishers’ Association (AOPA), Bauchi State chapter, has commended Gov. Bala Mohammed over his decision to reverse the planned deductions of workers’ salary to fight COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen in Bauchi on Wednesday by Malam Mohammad Haruna, Bauchi State Coordinator of the association.

The state government, on April 8, had said workers in the state had agreed to contribute part of their salaries to support the fight against Coronavirus in the state.

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It said Permanent Secretaries and their equivalents will contribute 10 per cent of their salaries for the months of April, May and June 2020.

Directors on Grade Levels 16 to 17 both in the state and local governments will contribute five per cent of their salaries for the period of aforementioned months and workers on Grade Levels 1 to 15 in the state and local governments will contribute one per cent from their salaries for the same months.

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However, the state governor on Tuesday, directed the State Accountant-General and other stakeholders in the payment of salaries to with immediate effect, stop deduction of some percentage from salaries of workers as contributions to the fight against coronavirus as earlier mentioned.

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He said that the order became necessary after receiving a series of complaints by some categories of workers.

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While appreciating Mohammad for listening to the yearnings of workers in the state, AOPA in the statement, said, the governor has demonstrated stewardship in ceding with Bauchi workers by ‘avoiding the mistakes of the past’.

Malam Mohammad Haruna, Bauchi State Coordinator of Arewa Online Publishers’ Association (AOPA)

“We have always argued that Gov. Bala Mohammed is not a passive governor, he listens to voices of wisdom and has zero tolerance for indolence and mediocrity and that is what he has demonstrated once again.”

“The reversal of the planned deductions has rejuvenated the hope and confidence the people of Bauchi State have on your administration and its visionary strides that cede with the masses”.

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“This decision has reiterated how sensitive and responsive your administration could be on the plight of the masses.

“You have demonstrated to the labour union in the state that even where it fails to do its statutory responsibility, you are not going to be hoodwinked into doing what will earn you the wrath of the masses”, the statement read in part.

The association further expressed shock on how
Bauchi state had not received any palliative from the Federal Government as regard COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

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JUST IN: OPEC Secretary-General, Barkindo, Is Dead

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The Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Muhammad Barkindo, is dead.

Barkindo died late Tuesday.

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The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, announced Barkindo’s death in a tweeted posted to his verified Twitter handle, @MKKyari, in the early hours of Wednesday.

“We lost our esteemed Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo. He died at about 11pm yesterday 5th July 2022. Certainly a great loss to his immediate family, the NNPC, our country Nigeria, the OPEC and the global energy community. Burial arrangements will be announced shortly,” Kyari tweeted.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had, on Tuesday, honoured Barkindo, describing him as a worthy ambassador of the country, at the State House, Abuja.

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Reacting to Barkindo’s death, a former lawmaker in the eighth Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, tweeted to his Twitter page, “Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo, former GMD NNPC and until recently, @OPECSecretariat scribe, was honoured yesterday. He died 11pm yesternight. May Allah grant him Aljanna firdausi. Amin. That is the ephemerality and transience of life.”

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‘Go Spiritual,’ Army Chief Tasks Troops To Complement Kinetic Efforts

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya, has asked troops to complement the Nigerian Army’s kinetic engagements with spiritual efforts.

He advised them to seek counselling, guidance, and divine supplications in ongoing military operations across the nation.

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The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Yahaya gave the charge during an interdenominational church service to commemorate the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2022, held at Saint Mark Military Church (Protestant), 34 Brigade Obinze Barracks in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The army chief who was represented by Major General Victor Ezugwu, according to Nwachukwu, noted that the theme of the interdenominational service “Promoting National Unity through Religious Tolerance and Peaceful Coexistence” was apt.

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He urged the Christian faithful across the nation to continually promote peace and unity in complementing the efforts of the army to surmount contemporary security challenges bedevilling the nation.

Yahaya also appealed to all to desist from the use of misinformation, deceit, and issues capable of disintegrating the nation, stressing the unity in Nigeria’s unique diversity.

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The interdenominational service was held in all formations and units of the army across the nation.

The church service had in attendance representatives of the President, Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), principal staff officers from Defence and Army Headquarters, corps commanders, general officers commanding, commandants of Nigerian Army training institutions, soldiers, and their families.

 

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Man Docked For Alleged Intimidation, Falsehood Against High Court Judge

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A Minna, Niger State-based land speculator, Ibrahim Tukura, has been remanded in correctional custody till July, 7 on the orders of a Chief Magistrate, Hauwa Kulu Isah over alleged intimidation and injurious falsehood against a High court judge, Justice Bilkisu Yusuf Gambo in the state.

Tukura had allegedly filed a case before the Niger State Acting Chief Judge, Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik, and requested that his case over a parcel of land presided by Justice Gambo of High Court No 6 be transferred from her court.

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The defendant claimed that the disputed parcel of land of which, he is claiming ownership with suit No: NSHC/MN/173/2021 was pending in High court No. 6 presided by Justice Gambo.

He alleged that the plaintiff in the disputed land, Malam Isah Nagoji, had given the said land to the presiding judge handling the case, hence his petition to the acting chief judge, demanding that the case be transferred from her court.

Justice Bilkisu Yusuf Gambo in her reaction filed a Direct Criminal Complaint against the defendant to the Chief Magistrate Court No., Hauwa Kulu Isah, requesting a police investigation into the allegations levelled against her by the defendant.

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Chief Magistrate, Hauwa Kulu Isah, forwarded the complaint to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligent Department (SCIID), for discreet investigation and afterwards, arraigned the defendant in court for prosecution.

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The defendant was consequently, booked on a four-count charge of injurious falsehood, use of abusive or insulting language, criminal intimidation as well as inciting disturbance.

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According to the head of the prosecution unit of the SCIID, Abdullahi Mayaki ASP, the charges contravened sections 393, 399, 397 (b), and 114 of the penal code.

However, when the presiding Chief Magistrate, Hauwa Kulu Isah read the charges to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered to be remanded in Correctional custody.

Magistrate Isah then adjourned the case to July, 7 for further mention

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