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Poor Planning Bane Of Nigeria’s Socioeconomic Problems, Says Obaseki

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…rallies stakeholders in Afuze, Auchi on Regional Devt, Benin City Masterplans

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has attributed the many socioeconomic challenges bewildering the nation to poor planning.

Obaseki spoke during an engagement with stakeholders in Afuze, Owan West Local Governments Area and Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area, respectively on the State’s Regional Development Plan and the Benin City Master Plan.

The engagement session rallied together various stakeholders in the LGAs to deliberate, share insights, and seek their input in the development of the 30-year development plans.

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Present at the stakeholders meeting were the Local Government Council Chairmen of Owan West, Akoko-Edo, Etsako Central and Etasko West, as well as members of the State’s chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), traders, women unions, civic society groups, youths, traditional and religious leaders, among others.

Obaseki said, “The problem we face as a nation is that of improper planning. We didn’t plan properly and today; we are facing various degrees of challenges hindering our progress. Even when we plan, we fail to implement our plans. We should stop complaining about our situation but plan a way out of it.”

He added, “The master plan is for all Edo people and it doesn’t have political affiliations but is aimed to chart a course for the betterment of the entire Edo people. The people must collaborate with the government as we can’t do it alone. The plan will help and enable us to create a peaceful and friendly environment for investors to come into the State to invest.”

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Obaseki continued: “If Nigeria is going to survive, we must restructure the security apparatus in this Country. We have started this here in Edo. We have trained our vigilante security network to collaborate with other sister agencies to fight insecurity in the State. We must have State police and local police that are independent in fighting crime and criminality in the country.

“The time to save ourselves is now as we are already planning for community policing. It will happen. We should secure ourselves not waiting for the Federal Government to secure us.”

In his response, High Chief David George from Ora Kingdom commended the governor for his developmental strides in the State and for his vision for the 30-year development plan which he said will transform the State and set it on growth and development.

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A traditional ruler from Uzairue, Momodu Abdulraman, who reiterated the need to prioritize security in the master plans, commended the governor for his visionary leadership.

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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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