Civil servants in Rivers State have appealed to the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike to graciously approve the payment of Christmas bonus to them in order to boost their morale and increase productivity.
The workers, who made the appeal under the aegis of the Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU), Rivers State council during the union’s 46th State Executive Council (SEC) meeting in Port Harcourt last Friday appreciated the Governor for the encouragement given to them at this year’s May Day celebration in the State.
The union noted in a communiqué signed by its State Chairman, Comrade Opuoyibo Lilly-West and the Principal State Secretary, Comrade Dan Otakpo, that the workers thanked the Governor for keeping faith with the entire workforce by prompt payment of salaries and allowances.
The civil servants expressed happiness over the sustained payment of pensioners in the state but regretted that retirees from year 2015 and above were yet to benefit from pensions and gratuities and urged the government to put in place the necessary legislation that would guarantee and facilitate the payment of monthly pensions to all retired civil servants in the state.
While cautioning against the excessive use of military personnel during the 2019 general elections, the union called on the Federal Government to ensure the elections were free, fair and credible and urged all workers in the state to ensure that they exercise their franchise by casting their votes on election days.
The union condemned in strong terms the selective prosecution of the war against corruption, noting that the issue of corruption was yet to be seriously addressed, “ as corruption was one of the reasons for the downward slide of the economy which government has approached with levity, wherefore some of the high profile cases are being frustrated inspite of the evidences against the culprits owing to party affiliation.”
It, therefore, called on government to diligently prosecute any suspect and ensure that nobody was above the law.
By: Donatus Ebi.
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The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), says it is yet to establish any link between oil leaks and death fishes that float and litter the Atlantic coastline across the Niger Delta region.
The agency said it was coordinating a multi-agency investigation, aimed at unraveling the cause of the reported massive death of fishes within the nation’s territorial waters and was looking beyond the oil industry.
Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, told newsmen in a telephone chat on Wednesday in Yenagoa, that investigation was already ongoing in spite the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to Musa, officials of NOSDRA deployed from Warri, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt have conducted site visits to the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers to collect water and fish samples for tests.
”NOSDRA carried out a reconnaissance of the area in Delta where we first got the report through a member of a non- governmental organisation.
“There is no incident of oil spill within the area of reported dead fishes, notwithstanding that a few dead fishes were seen along the shoreline.
“The event of recent days where the death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause of death of fishes in such large numbers,” he said.
Musa said that the agency collected samples of water, sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing, and in doing so, brought on board other relevant government agencies that have mandate on the territorial waters, in particularly the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) and the Federal Institute of Fisheries Research.
“Also, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for all hands on deck assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers,” Musa said.
The NOSDRA chief executive said that the results of ongoing laboratory analysis would be compared with results from the participating agencies to profer an effective solution and ensures a more stringent regulation in future.
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