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Minimum Wage: Governors Will Pay 9% – Fayemi

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The Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi, has opened up on the plans of Nigerian governor on the issue of the controversial N30,000 new minimum wage.

Fayemi who is also the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum said on Sunday, October 6, that governors will pay 9% of the approved minimum wage.

The Nation reports that the governor also denied reports that his colleagues were divided on the issue of minimum wage implementation across the nation. He said Nigerian governors do not view the issue of the N30,000 new national minimum wage increase as a general wage review.

“We are not divided. We have agreed to the national minimum wage and we are paying. Even if we do not agree, the National Minimum Wage is already a law which is binding,” Fayemi said.

He also said that the forum had proposed N24,500 as Nigeria’s minimum wage bu N30,000 was approved by the federal government. Nothing that the members of the forum will abide by the new approved figure which he said is now a law.

“Whilst we know that there may be a need for a minimal consequential adjustment, we (governors) are together with the Federal Government that this should not exceed 9%.

“We think nine per cent is too much for those who are already earning above the minimum wage,” Fayemi added. The governor also said the payment of the new minimum wage will improve the standard of living household members in the state.

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Oshiomhole vs Obaseki: APC Sends Ganduje, Others To Edo

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed a team to bring the crisis rocking the Edo State chapter of the party to an end.

National chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, have been at loggerheads,and this crisis has split the ruling party leaders and members.

Last week, Obaseki, his deputy governor, Philip Shuaibu, and Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, were suspended for alleged anti-party activities.

The suspension was an apparent retaliation by another faction loyal to national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who was suspended 24 hours earlier.

On Wednesday, the party announced that the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje will head the party’s five-member fact-finding committee to the state.

Other members of the committee are: Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari; former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi; former governor of Borno State and serving senator, Kashim Shettima and Honourable Ahmed Wadada (Secretary).

The Committee is expected to meet with all disputing interests and present its findings to the party, APC spokesman, Lanre Issa Onilu, said in a statement.

It recalled that “that the party took a decision earlier in the week to constitute a committee of prominent party leaders on the lingering crisis in our party in Edo State.

“This marks another step in our party’s effort to find a lasting solution to the crisis and ensure our party comes out of it even stronger.”

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NASS Constituency Projects Gulf 1tn In 10-Years Without Results – Buhari

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President Buhari has said that the over N1 trillion spent on the constituency projects of National Assembly members in the last 10 years has produced no results.

He said data collected from Nigerians in rural communities showed that they had not felt the impact of such projects. President Buhari spoke at the National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in Public Sector, which opened at the State House Conference Centre on Tuesday, November 19th in Abuja.

The event was organised by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, in collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission.

“N1tn has been appropriated in the last 10 years for constituency projects, but the impact can hardly be seen,” he stated.

The President directed the ICPC to go after the contractors who collected funds for such projects and their collaborators in government

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Bayelsa Guber: PDP’s Loss Poses Serious Threat To Rivers – Wike

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Governor Nyesom Wike yesterday expressed concern that the capitulation of the Peoples Democratic Party in neighbouring Bayelsa by the All Progressives Congress (APC) portends danger for Rivers State.

He said with the defeat of the Governor Seriake Dickson-led PDP in Bayelsa, it was apparent that the “next onslaught of the APC would be to capture Rivers State at all cost.”

He relived the fears when the new Amayanabo of Wakrike kingdom and prominent chiefs of Okrika visited him at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

“Unfortunately, one of our states is gone to the enemies. But God will help us. For us who are from Rivers State, we should know that there will be attack on us because the enemy has entered our territory. They will attack us, but with your prayer, Rivers State will prevail,” Wike stated.

The governor said while he tarries in office, anything that would promote the interest of Rivers State would remain his drive.

According to him, “you can be my sister state, if you want to take what belongs to Rivers State, I will not agree. I will not sell Rivers State for any cost. Let us be our brother’s keeper.”

Wike stated that his government belongs to all Rivers people and not for any particular group in the state, lauding the Okrika people for the role they played during the last elections

“The role you played during the last elections showed that when you give your support, you give your support. People should be known for something. If you give your word, you give your word. In my entire political career, I have seen that when Okrika people say they want to do something, they will do it. You are different and I commend you, “ he added.

The governor warned the people against bearing arms, saying that it negates the principle of peace.

To him, the only reason why people get arms was because the “Nigerian Army is now part of elections in Nigeria.”

He charged the monarch to use his position to promote peace and development in Okrika and appealed to him to carry all interest groups along.

Wike explained that the state government would approach the House of Assembly for the amendment of the name of the stool to read: “the Amanyanabo of Okrika “ as requested by the traditional ruler.

Responding, King Alfred Sementari Abam congratulated the governor on his re-election and confirmation of his victory by the Supreme Court.

He said his return was on account of his outstanding performance and projects’ delivery.

The monarch also thanked the governor for the recognition granted his stool after the court judgment.

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