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Justice Taiwo, Ochoga, Others To Chair Two Commission Of Enquiries In Benue

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Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, has inaugurated two judicial commissions of inquiries to promote accountability and transparency in the state.

The inauguration ceremony took place on Monday, February 26th, 2024, at the Old Banquet Hall, Government House, Makurdi.

Governor Alia, in his charge to the appointed members, emphasised the gravity of their duties and urged them to execute their responsibilities diligently, with the aim of fostering good governance and serving the best interests of the people of the state.

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He set a six-months timeline for the submission of their reports.

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Chaired by Hon. Justice Taiwo Taiwo (Rtd), the first commission, according to the Governor, is entrusted with the task of delving into the financial intricacies of the Benue State Government.

Their ambit spans from May 29th, 2015, to May 28th, 2023, encompassing an exhaustive examination of income, expenditure, bank transactions, loans, waivers, special interventions, internally generated revenue, cases of misappropriation, contracts, wage bills, and the identification of ghost workers who were enlisted on government payroll.

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The committee, comprising individuals of high integrity such as Chief John Ochoga; Henry Tor; Tom Uja; Odeh Igbabe Nicke; Iorpenda Tanguhwar; Terfa Gbande; Government Counsel; Barr. Ajinge Saa; and Dr. Abraham Gberindyer as Secretary, is poised to uncover any irregularities and recommend appropriate actions for the betterment of governance and the populace.

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Simultaneously, the second commission, led by the venerable Hon. Justice Apollos Idi (Rtd), is tasked with scrutinizing the sale/lease of government assets, companies, and markets, both at the state and local government levels, spanning the same timeframe.

Their responsibilities encompass identifying properties, companies, markets sold or leased, determining their correct value and status, assessing buyers/lessees, evaluating transaction values, ensuring compliance with due process, and identifying moribund state companies.

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With a team consisting of Clement Nenge Beetseh, John Oga, Hon. Terungwa Azende, Hon. Abraham Atotse, Victor Nyamtamen, Esq., and John Edigbo as Secretary, this commission is committed to shedding light on any discrepancies and providing recommendations for corrective measures.

Responding on behalf of their members, the chairmen of the commissions, Hon. Justice Taiwo Taiwo (Rrd) and Hon. Justice Apollos Paul Idi (Rtd), expressed gratitude to Governor Alia for entrusting them with these vital assignments.

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They pledged to uphold the oath of allegiance they sworn and assured their dedication to working for the general interest of the people of Benue State.

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The constitution of these judicial commissions underscores the commitment of Alia to transparency, accountability, and good governance.

It marks a significant step towards ensuring that public funds and assets are managed judiciously, with the welfare of the Benue people at the forefront.

As these commissions commence their investigations, the people of Benue State eagerly await their findings, anticipating a brighter future founded on integrity and probity in governance.

 

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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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