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Salary Increase For Workers’ll Bring Inflation – Sylva

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The Bayelsa Government has launched a special scheme tagged, Child Account Development Scheme aimed at introducing students to money for their future endeavours.

Speaking during the occasion, the State Governor, Chief Timipre Sylva said that salary increase as being agitated for by the workers might cause hyper inflation, adding that it could not solve the problems confronting the economy of the nation.

He lamented the unemployment and poverty rates in Bayelsa state, attributing the situation to abnormality in behaviour experienced among the teeming youths.

According to Chief Sylva, launching of the Bayelsa Child Development Account is designed to address the issue by securing the future for Bayelsa youths.

Nigeria, according to him, was not a producing economy, and, until we change our mindset from consuming nation to a producing one, the nation’s economy would continue to suffer a setback. He stressed the need to inculcate saving habit among the younger generation, thus necessitating the introduction of Child Development Account among the students at the Basic Junior Secondary schools in the state.

In his own words, “ we have decided to introduce the mentality to save for the future of the children. There is need for the children to take their future seriously. As a government, we are ready to partner with you”. “Anyone that is ready, the government is ready to give him/her money. We are ready to expand the programme until we are able to capture every Bayelsa child”.

On the level of unemployment rate in the state, the governor called for active participation of the private sector, blaming the problem militating against Bayelsa growth to lack of management culture.

Earlier, the State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Josephine Izonbodor lauded the efforts of the present administration in the state at revamping the education sector most especially the introduction of the Child Development Account.

Speaking through the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dr. Victoria Tekene, the Commissioner said the programme aside inculcating saving habit in the children would make them to compete with their counterparts globally.

Also speaking the co-ordinator of the programme Mrs Tonbofa Ashimini said the programme first of its kind in the country, has a success story to tell in countries such Uganda and Mexico and pleaded for support of parents and teachers for it to succeed in Bayelsa State.

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Eastern Obolos, A’Ibom Bicker Over 56 Oil Wells

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At least 17 local communities of Eastern Obolo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have vowed to resist the state government over its alleged redesigning of the state map which completely denies them the host status of more than 56 oil wells situated in their lands and waters.
At a press conference by the apex socio-cultural and political organisation of the Eastern Obolo people, called Ilima Obolo, held in their common town hall, President and General Secretary, Uye-awaji Zephenaih and Dr Amah Williams, respectively said the purported alteration and adjustment of the original Akwa Ibom State map is a vain imagination of both the state legislature and executive that will never be allowed to hold sway.
They alleged that the state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, who hails from Onna LGA of the state, is the finger behind the state House of Assembly’s speedy move to redraw the map in order to also make Mkpat Enin, Ikot Abasi as well as his own Onna, littoral LGAs access to the Atlantic Ocean where these wells are situated.
President Muhammadu Buhari finally assented to the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) a few weeks ago. The Bill, now a law, allows oil-bearing communities in Nigeria to benefit from 3% oil derivations.
On 16 September 2021, a member of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly representing Eket State constituency sponsored a motion, which made the assembly direct the state surveyor-general to urgently redraw a ‘generally accepted’ map of the state.
The assembly also ordered that all other enactments relating to any old maps must be jettisoned and abrogated, urging the state governor to cause the new map so drawn by the state surveyor-general to gazette it.
Williams who addressed the press on behalf of the group said “The purported readjustment of the boundaries of Eastern Obolo and Ibeno LGAs which hitherto were the only two that had access to the Atlantic Ocean is a pointer and a further confirmation of the grand plot towards the extinction of their minority people in the state.”

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Organised Labour Resumes Indefinite Strike In C’River

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The organised labour under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, as well as the state Joint Public Negotiation Council in Cross River State have asked workers to begin an indefinite strike to press home their 14-point demands.
In a bulletin issued by the labour unions on Monday in Calabar, all state and local government workers were asked to “down tools to press home our demands.”
According to the bulletin titled ‘Commencement of strike action’, the workers’ union leaders stated, “Dear comrades, whereas an enlarged Congress of organised labour, met on Wednesday, 6th October, 2021 at Nigerian Civil Service Union (NCSU) Secretariat, to deliberate on the many issues troubling the workers of Cross River State; whereas the Congress, after extensive deliberation, resolved that all the workers in the state and local government should down tools to press home our grievances.
“Workers are hereby called upon to stay at home, from Tuesday 12th October, 2021. Comrades stay at home until you hear from us.”
At their October 7, 2021 Congress, the workers had summed up a total of 14-point demands as contained in a statement issued after the congress and jointly signed by the state Chairman of the NLC, Ben Ukpepi and the state Trade Union Congress Chairman, Monday Ogbodum, and four other officials.
The demands and grievances of the workers include implementation of promotions of both state and local government workers, non remittance of deductions from workers’ salaries, full implementation of minimum wage to both state and local government workers, and non implementation of full 27.5 per cent teachers’ enhancement allowance.
Others include, stoppage of tax exemption and allowance for teachers, payment of hazard allowances for medical and health workers, inclusion of all staff employed but not yet payrolled by the state, reinstatement of pensioners wrongly removed from payroll, nonpayment of gratuities to both state and local government workers, among other demands.

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Edo Warns Against ‘Fake’ Nursing Schools Admission

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The Edo State Government has alerted residents on the activities of fraudsters selling fake hard copy admission forms into Edo State College of Nursing Sciences.
Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Health, Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa, said there are no physical forms for admissions into the College, noting that all forms must be obtained from the official College’s portal.
Irowa reiterated the need for “applicants to avoid dealing with any person purportedly acting as an agent of Edo College of Nursing Sciences in respect of the sales of admission forms into the College, as anyone who elects to deal with such persons, does so at his/her own risk.”
The statement reads: “The attention of the Edo State Government has been drawn to the activities of some fraudsters, who in a bid to defraud unsuspecting members of the public, have resorted to the sales of fake hard copy admission forms into Edo State College of Nursing Sciences.
“We state unequivocally that there are no physical forms for admissions into the College. All forms must be bought from the official College’s portal.
“It is also imperative to inform members of the public that the state government has not appointed any agent, neither is it considering appointing an agent to liaise with applicants on its behalf.”
Irowa further stated that “the government has alerted security agencies to the nefarious activities of these fraudsters and will spare no resources in ensuring that they are fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law.”
“Applicants are however advised to visit the College’s portal or call 08104797237 and 0803 530 4611 for clarifications and further information, as those are the only official channels of communication for the sales of admission forms into the Edo College of Nursing Sciences,” he added.

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