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Kogi Governor Bello Splashes N98 Million On Mercedes Benz Amidst 40% Pay For LG Workers

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Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has taken delivery of 2019 Model S Class Mercedes Benz amidst percentage salary payments to all categories of workers in the state.

In a viral video at the weekend, the governor was seen examining the car, and about to test drive the latest addition to the collection of his array of cars which includes BMW, sports car, Bulletproof Mercedes jeep, and many more.

His latest addition was coming at a time when all categories of workers on the state were being subjected to percentage salary payments with Local government workers the worst hit.

While the state workers have been going home with 80 percent for the past five months, local government workers have consistently been on a maximum of 40 percent.

READ ALSO: Looted Kogi COVID-19 Palliatives: Many Lies of Yahaya Bello

Some of the local government workers who spoke on condition of anonymity said his take-home after deduction has stagnated at N4,000 per month for the past seven months!

Recall that last month Local government workers in Kogi state under the aegis of Joint Action Union, JAU threatened to call out its members for a strike following their insistence on 60 percent salaries against the Government’s offer of 40 percent for November salary.

JAU is made up of the various Union Leadership heading Labour Union’s working at the Local Government levels, is presently engaging the Kogi State Government on the payment of October Salary.

The Joint Action Union is made up of the Leadership of NUP, NUT, NULGE, NASU, and MHWUN has In the last couple of days been engaging the State Government to return them to 50% even though the Joint Action Union is insisting on 60% salaries for their members, with Monday’s meeting ending in a deadlock.

A source close to the meeting told our correspondent that members of the Union have lost confidence in their Leadership as JAU has not protected their interest.

Workers under JAU said they have consistently been on percentage payment of salaries ranging from 30% to 35%, with the Joint Action Union in yesterday’s meeting calling for a jack-up to 60% for October Salary.

The source said asides, before the November 2019 governorship election when the various workers at the LGAs received 50% salaries, ever since then, the salaries for workers either as pensioners, teachers, health workers, primary school teachers, local government staff have ranged between 30% to 35%.

The demands by JAU members that have put the Leadership in a tight corner are coming up after many years of sacrifices, with the October salary likely to be the last to be paid centrally by the government before it is handed over to likely elected councils after the December 12 Election.

READ ALSO: Yahaya Bello: #EndSARS Protest Is Not Genuine

While the majority of JAU members at the local government level say they look forward to the return of the salaries account to the various local government areas to be handling, lamented that it has been challenging making ends meet with percentage payment.

Lamenting Bello’s ineptitude to govern, another resident who preferred anonymity said

Our governor must be the worst in the country, and it’s more heartbreaking that he’s a youth. How can a governor be that selfish?.. such that the welfare and security of his people don’t bother him. 

To even think he displayed a luxurious car he recently bought, shows how shameless he is, and it’s sad.”

Expressing dismay over the dearth of infrastructural amenities in the North Central State under Bello’s watch, Kogi State Youth Renaissance (KSYR) said while the governor continues to display arrogance and his expensive lifestyle, he’s fond of depriving the Kogi people of basic needs.

“Under Governor Yahaya Bello, healthcare has completely gone moribund with the Federal Medical Centre under lock and key after the attack by hoodlums suspected to be agents of the Bello administration. 

“This administration has continued to pay lip service to health challenges in the state including the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to unexplained deaths.

“Kogi State is now ranked among the highest in the demography of states with people living in abject poverty, with the high unemployment rate, infant mortality, low life expectancy, and increased crime rate,” the group stated.

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Buhari Projects Growth Of Nigeria’s GDP With Adoption Of e-Naira

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Buhari Projects Growth Of Nigeria's GDP With Adoption Of e-Naira

President Muhammadu Buhari says the adoption of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) ‘e-Naira’ can increase Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product(GDP) by 29 billion dollars over the next 10 years.

Buhari made this submission on Monday while performing the formal Unveiling of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Digital Currency, e-Naira at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said that, by the introduction of the e-Naira, Nigeria had become the first country in Africa, and one of the first in the world to introduce a digital currency to its citizens.

READ ALSO: e-Naira: Buhari Set To Launch CBN’s Digital Currency

The president said there were Nigeria-specific benefits of the digital currency that cut across different sectors of the economy.

“In recent times, the use of physical cash in conducting business and making payments has been on the decline; this trend has been exacerbated by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resurgence of a new Digital Economy.

“Alongside these developments, businesses, households, and other economic agents have sought for new means of making payments in the new circumstances.

“The absence of a swift and effective solution to these requirements, as well as fears that central banks’ actions sometimes lead to hyperinflation created the space for non-government entities to establish new forms of private currencies that seemed to have gained popularity and acceptance across the world, including here in Nigeria.

“In response to these developments, an overwhelming majority of central banks across the world have started to consider issuing digital currencies in order to cater for businesses and households seeking faster, safer, easier and cheaper means of payments.’’

According to the president, a handful of countries including China, Bahamas, and Cambodia have already issued their own  CBDCs.

Buhari said that a 2021 survey of central banks around the world by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) found that almost 90 percent were actively researching the potential for CBDCs.

He said that the survey also found that 60 percent were experimenting with the technology while 14 percent were deploying pilot projects.

“Needless to add, close monitoring and close supervision will be necessary for the early stages of implementation to study the effect of e-Naira on the economy as a whole.

“It is on the basis of this that the CBN sought and received my approval to explore issuing Nigeria’s own CBDC,  named the e-Naira.

“This move was underpinned by the fact that the CBN has been a leading innovator in the form of money they produce, and in the payment services, they deploy for efficient transactions.

“They have invested heavily in creating a payment system that is ranked in the top ten in the world and certainly the best in Africa.

This payment system now provides high‐value and time‐critical payment services to financial institutions, and ultimately serves as the backbone for every electronic payment in Nigeria.’’

President Buhari said the apex bank had also supported several private‐sector initiatives to improve the existing payments landscape, and in turn, had created some of the world’s leading payment service providers.

He said that the efforts to create Nigeria’s digital currency began in 2017.

“While the journey to create a digital currency for Nigeria began sometime in 2017, work intensified over the past several months with several brainstorming exercises, deployment of technical partners and advisers.

“Collaboration with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy and its sister agencies like the Nigerian Communications Commission, integration of banking software across the country, and painstaking tests to ensure the robustness, safety, and scalability of the CBDC System.

“Let me note that aside from the global trend to create digital currencies, we believe that there are Nigeria-specific benefits that cut across different sectors of and concerns of the economy.

“The use of CBDCs can help move many more people and businesses from the informal into the formal sector, thereby increasing the tax base of the country.

“Alongside digital innovations, CBDCs can foster economic growth through better economic activities. Indeed, some estimates indicate that the adoption of CBDC and its underlying technology, called blockchain, can increase Nigeria’s GDP by 29 billion dollars over the next 10 years.’’

He said that CBDCs could also help increase remittances, foster cross-border trade, improve financial inclusion, make monetary policy more effective, and enable the government to send direct payments to citizens eligible for specific welfare programs.

“It is on this basis that I am delighted to officially launch the CBN  Digital Currency, called the e-Naira, and in so doing, we have become the first country in Africa, and one of the first in the world to introduce a Digital Currency to her citizens.’’

Buhari commended CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele,  his deputies, and the entire members of staff who worked tirelessly to make the day a reality.

In his remarks, Emefiele said that the e-Naira was Nigeria’s CBDC and the digital equivalent of the physical Naira.

According to the CBN governor, the e-Naira – like the physical Naira – is a legal tender in Nigeria and a liability of the CBN.

“The e-Naira and Naira will have the same value and will always be exchanged at 1 naira to 1 e-Naira,” he said.

The highlight of the event was the symbolic unveiling of e-Naira by President Buhari, assisted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the CBN governor. 

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Sit-at-home: Transport Workers Seek Palliatives From IPOB

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Sit-at-home: Transport Workers Seek Palliative From IPOB

Transport workers in Abia State, have appealed to the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to give them palliatives.

While complaining that the frequent sit-at-home is making life unbearable for them to live, the workers said the development is making things difficult for them.

Despite the suspension of the sit-at-home by IPOB, residents of the region still comply with the order over the fear of attacks.

The transporters complained that their sector was the worst hit by the directive as their vehicles are usually attacked or vandalised by IPOB enforcers while passengers hardly come out of their homes for fear of attacks.

They expressed worry that the weekly exercise would cripple socio-economic activities in the region.

Henry Okezie, chairman, Abia State Drivers’ Welfare Union, said the exercise had dealt “a deadly blow” to the transport sector.

“This frequent sit-at-home is really affecting us because we can’t operate if we don’t see passengers,” he said.

“Most of our members have their vehicles on hire purchase; which means that we must work every day to meet the target.

“We are appealing to the enforcers of this exercise to give us some palliatives in order to cushion the effect.

“We have over 200 members at this Isigate Park in Umuahia whose buses are operating on Umuahia-Ikwuano and Umuahia-Ubakala routes.

“Each of us makes a minimum of N10,000 daily. So any day we don’t work, we lose over N2 million on average.”

Okezie said they would continue to comply, in fear, with the directive because “some of our vehicles got damaged while some passengers were injured the other time we flouted it”.

Kingsley Chijindu, a driver on Umuahia-Aba route, said passengers are afraid to come out in spite of the suspension of the Monday exercise.

“Passengers are scarce on Mondays because they are afraid of being attacked on the road,” he said.

“The sit-at-home is even worse in Aba than Umuahia. So I have decided to take Monday as my day of rest till further notice.

“We really need help either from IPOB or the government, to cover up the monetary loss because we cannot continue like this.”

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Father Mbaka Receives N30m, Yam, And Rice Donations To Stop Criticising Buhari

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Father Mbaka Receives N30m, Yam, And Rice Donations To Stop Criticising Buhari

Father Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), has received N30 million, 200 tuber of yams, and bags of rice donations from Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi.

Umahi gave Mbaka the donations and advised him to stop criticising President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Ebonyi governor gave Mbaka the advise during the 2021 harvest, thanksgiving, and bazaar of the ministry, which was held in Enugu on Sunday, October 24, 2021.

Umahi also said that the Southeast governors, Ohaneze Ndigbo, and other important persons in the zone are making efforts for Nnamdi Kanu to be released from detention as soon as possible.

He similarly advised Nigerian leaders to provide good governance to the masses who elected them.

“Let me assure that every aspect of the concerns of our Youths, our elders, our women, we have articulated them and we will engage with the center to address those demands.

“We need peace in South East, we believe that this Adoration ground would provide solutions to all our problems in Jesus name.

“We have been making efforts together with Governors of the South East, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and Stakeholders to ensure that our brother Nnamdi Kanu is released as soon as possible,” the governor was quoted as saying.

Receiving the donations, Mbaka commended Umahi for the unprecedented infrastructural transformation of Ebonyi State under his watch.

“We welcome His Excellency and Her Excellency, Engineer and High Apostle Dave Umahi who has turned Ebonyi into a contemporary Dubai of Africa. Behind every successful man, there is a secret woman of virtue so I ask His Excellency to hold unto that beautiful woman,” he stated.

Mbaka also commended the governor for the donation of the King David University of Medical Sciences, Uburu to the Catholic Church and prayed to God to continue to bless him.

“Last few weeks ago, I heard that this Governor here, Apostle Umahi handed the key of a University to the Church, the Catholic Church. You have done something that heaven is shaking.

“I want to appreciate you, on-behalf of the Adoration Family and the Mother Church, we thank you, God bless you.

“Governor Umahi is a very secret sower, if you follow him without sowing, he will be succeeding and you will be decreasing.

“This is the best Governor Ebonyi ever had, if you doubt it goes to Ebonyi.

“The easiest and fastest way to connect with God is to invest in Virgin Ministries such as this,” he added.

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