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Uduaghan Frowns At Demand For Wage Increase

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Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has described as worrisome the demand for wage increase by different professional bodies, warning that such increase will stifle state governments.

Dr. Uduaghan, who gave the warning when the Chairman and members of National Committee of Experts on Parameters for wage fixing in the public service paid him a courtesy call in Asaba, said wages should be fixed in such a way that states could carry the burden.

He charged the committee to streamline wage demand and set a platform on which wage increase for different professions could spring from.

Stressing that state Governments are not as financially strong as the Federal government, the governor advised the committee to involve states in the negotiation of any wage increase.

Dr. Uduaghan explained that state governments should not be bound to implement federal circulars conveying wage increase instructions as such circulars create more burden for states.

“Everybody should come under a regimented wage arrangement and wage negotiation should not neglect the strengths of states,” he said.

He said his administration was already operating under a heavy wage bill even as he explained that the heavy wage bill was encroaching seriously on capital development.

The governor, therefore, called on those threatening to go on strike to tread softly as the issue of wage increase is very sensitive.

On the payment of selective allowance to those in special areas, the governor frowned on the blanket cover in implementation, arguing that such allowances should only be paid to those who actually performed such duties.

He specifically directed the states Head of Service to lead the committee to DESOPADEC to critically examine the salary structure in the organization.

The Governor said the wage structure in DESOPADEC was alien to the civil service and urges the committee to bring it to realistic level.

The chairman of the committee, Prof. Vremudia Diejomoah explained that the committee was on tour of the country to gather information to develop a wage policy for the Federal Civil Service that would provide a mechanism for periodic adjustment of salaries and wages.

Prof. Diejomoah said the committee also have the mandate to determine the proportion of revenue that will be allocated for personal emoluments as well as identify and propose parameter for deterring pay relativities among various categories of personnel.

According to him, the committee will also critically examine the salaries and wages of certain political, judiciary and public office holders and advice on any matters related to the assignment.

The chairman disclosed that the committee has a time frame of six months to do its work.

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Wike Approves Recognition Of New Monarchs

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The Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers now has new entrants, following Governor Nyesom Wike’s approval and the recognition of two monarchs, yesterday.
The two new government-recognised traditional rulers are, Okan-Ama of Ataba in Andoni Local Government Area, King Benson Mgbowiyi Egwenre, Orak XVII; and Amanyanabo of Opukula/Singiama in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, King Hope Daminabo Dan-Odopusingi, Odopusingi (V); both in Rivers State.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Felix Odumgweru who presided over a brief but colourful ceremony at the Ministry’s Conference Room, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, said the event was in fulfilment of the governor’s promise to recognize and upgrade more deserving monarchs.
Odumgweru said, “On September 13, 2019, there was an elaborate ceremony to give recognition to 84 government-recognized traditional rulers. His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike made mention that the windows and the doors for more recognitions, more upgrading will still be open to well-deserving traditional rulers as recommended by their various people and communities.
“To put effect to that, he (the governor) mentioned that some have also been recognized but could not take part in that ceremony. At this point, we want to inform you that His Excellency has graciously given approval to the recognition of the following persons as I would read out and you would sign off your papers of recognition.
“I humbly write to inform you that His Excellency, Chief Nyesom Wike, we welcome and inform “HRH, King Benson Mgbowiyi Egwenre, Orak XVII, Okan-Ama of Ataba, Andoni LGA and HRH, King Hope Daminabo Dan-Odopusingi, Odopusingi (V), Amayanabo of Opukula/Singiama in Akoko/Toru LGA, both in Rivers State.

 

Dennis Naku

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CMD Lauds Wike Over Rivers Teaching Hospital Facelift

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Management of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH), has said that the facility has experienced increased patronage following massive renovation and reequipping of facilities by the Governor Nyesom Wike-led government.
Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Dr. Friday Aaron, who disclosed this during an exclusive interview with The Tide in his office in Port Harcourt, stated that Governor Wike had last year upgraded the hospital to a teaching hospital for the College of Medical Sciences of the Rivers State University.
“It was in totality, a change that is in line with New Vision for quality health for Rivers people. What is happening here is phenomenal because there are so many ongoing projects in the hospital premises being carried out by the current administration.
“So, what it means is that the upgrade has brought a lot of changes in the hospital. What is happening here, we, the management and staff, doctors owe the government and people of                                                                                  Rivers State to offer quality services bearing in mind the enormous investment here because a lot is expected now from us.
“We’re very grateful to the Governor. That is why you see what is happening because the people have also responded. It is not just the change in the look, there is a change  in the attitude of our people because they have seen government commitment to change the place and they can see the commitment. The processes also have to change for better. We have new management, new team, and new focus,” he said, noting that the hospital now has a clearer vision and mission.
“I must tell you we are having more patronage amidst work that is ongoing here because you will see that the number of functional beds that we here have reduced due largely to the quality of service we offer.
“The hospital used to be 375 to 380 bed capacity hospital, but now, with renovation, the number of beds went down to 200 to 240 depending on where they are renovating per time.”, he said.

 

Dennis Nku

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RSHA Passes Road Maintenance, Rehabilitation Agency Amendment Bill

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After intense debate, last Monday, the Rivers State House of Assembly finally passed the state Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Agency Amendment Bill 2019 into law.
The bill, which scaled through the first and second readings before it was passed into law, witnessed robust debate on the floor of the House.
Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Martin Amaewhule, who presented the bill, said it seeks to increase the number of members of the board.
He suggested that the board should have 15 persons as against the nine persons in the principal law.
The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Edison Ehie; Chief Whip, Hon. Evans Bipi; and Hon. Michael Chinda of Obio/Akpor Constituency II and  other legislators, aligned themselves by supporting the expansion of the board from nine to 15 members.
Meanwhile, the state House of Assembly has screened and confirmed 11 nominees of members of the Governing Board of Rivers State Road Maintenance Agency.
This follows a letter from the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike for the screening and confirmation of the nominees.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, urged the nominees to serve towards effective delivery.
The nominees include, Prince Timothy Nsirim and 10 others, who were screened and confirmed on the floor of the House, last Monday during plenary.

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