With the recent payment of one-month subvention to the state judiciary, Kogi State government has said that it is ready to pay outstanding subventions through pay parade.
Secretary to Kogi State Government (SSG), Dr (Mrs) Ayoade Folshade Arike stated this at the weekend in Lokoja after a meeting between the Committee On Pay Parade and leaders of the organised labour.
According to her, the leadership of the Judiciary Staff Union had earlier agreed to avail government of its payroll as well as directing its members to present themselves for the exercise, but expressed dismay on the sudden twist in the agreement following a court order.
She pointed out that Governor Yahaya Bello is a true democrat, with deep understanding and respect for the rule of law, noting that the verification of the judiciary’s payroll should not be misconstrued as an attempt to arm twist it, but a decision meant for the overall good of the government.
While assuring government’s readiness to study the judgement in details so as not to be found guilty of contempt of court, Dr. Ayoade reassured the judiciary staff that government is in a hurry to clear their outstanding salaries.
On his part, a member of the pay parade committee and the state commissioner of Finance, Mr. Asiwaju Idris restated the commitment of the state government to settle all outstanding subventions for the judiciary.
He appealed for the cooperation and understanding of the judiciary union, noting that government does not intend to see the staff go through any form of hardship.
The state chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Ranti Ojo, urged for calm, saying that the parties involved would study the court judgement so as to avoid a situation that would amount to contempt of court.
SGF Seat Not Vacant, Says Coalition
By Ernest Nzor, Abuja
Coalition of Nigerian Youths has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reappoint Boss Mustapha as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) insisting that the position is not vacant.
This is contained in a statement signed by the organisation’s national coordinator, Comrade Nuhu Sani Lere. Lere said, Boss Mustapha, who gave in so much for national development, irrespective of religious and cultural differences deserves reappointment.
He said Mustapha has the competence to be recalled to his position. “We in the Coalition Of Nigerian Youths believe that President Muhammadu Buhari will see the light of our yearnings and give Boss Mustapha the chance to continue with his laudable achievements as the Secretary to the Government of the Federal Government (SGF). It is our conviction that everyone in the country sees the capacity of the SGF over time.
“We therefore remain hopeful that our yearnings will see the light of the day,” said Comrade Lere.
The group further called on all Nigerians, most especially the youths to remain resolute in their respective endeavours.
“Boss Mustapha has exhibited professionalism, commitment and sense of patriotism in his affairs, therefore, we have given him vote of confidence and pray that our dear president can see to our plight,” the national coordinator added.
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