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SPW Participants Lament Non-payment By FG

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Participants in the Federal Government’s Special Public Works programme have complained about the non-payment of their stipends three months after the initiative took off.

Many of them took to Twitter to tackle the Minister of Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo (SAN) for the delay in payment of their N20,000 monthly stipend.

The SPW is an ad hoc programme meant to provide public works for 477,000 artisans from the 477 council areas in the country for three months.

The programme was inaugurated on January 5 and the first batch of beneficiaries have completed their assignment without being paid.

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) had on March 20 directed the release of funds to pay the stipends but this directive has not        been implemented.

Some of the participants harrassed Keyamo on Twitter, questioning the delays.

One Dubagari Jnr, tweeted: “What is happening with the SPW? Up till now, we have not been paid and have successfully finished our work. Please Hon. minister we need explanations on why we have not been paid and you have to start the disbursement before fasting (Ramadan). Abdoul Baqee tweeted: “People are hungry regarding the payment of stipends. Please fast track the payment of these people. 774, 000 people waiting anxiously for their payment with hunger and they don’t even have phone to come to your timeline. When you get hungry just remember those people that work with hunger without their entitlement.”

Yusuf Mohammed Olawuyi asked: “Mr. Honourable minister, what happened to our SPW stipends? You already published that we will start receiving alert from the beginning of April.”

But the acting Director-General, National Directorate of Employment, Abubakar Fikpo, said, “We are still in the process; we have identified some loopholes here and there. We want to verify the BVN of the participants. That is why we are working with the banks.

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Ten More Kidnapped Bethel Baptist School Students Regain Freedom

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Ten More Kidnapped Bethel Baptist School Students Regain Freedom

Ten more abducted students of Bethel Baptist Secondary school in Kaduna State have regained their freedom.

This is the fourth batch of the students released so far by their abductors.

The police are yet to confirm the development, but a top official of the school told Channels Television that the 10 students were released on Sunday afternoon, after an unspecified amount of money was paid as ransom to the kidnappers.

He also expressed optimism that the bandits will release the remaining eleven kidnapped students still in captivity in no distant time.

A total of 121 students of Bethel Baptist Secondary school in Chikun Local Government Area of the state were abducted by bandits from their hostels on July 5, 2021.

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The students were later released in batches after their parents reportedly paid ransoms to their abductors.

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COVID-19 interventions cost 3.5% of Nigeria’s GDP – CBN

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COVID-19 interventions cost 3.5% of Nigeria’s GDP – CBN

The implemented initiative of the Central bank of Nigeria to mitigate COVID-19’s economic impact accounted for about 3.5% of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product.
Godwin Emefiele, the CBN Governor stated this during his presentation at the 30th annual conference of financial reporters.
Emefiele was represented at the event by the apex bank’s spokesperson, Osita Nwanisobi.
Cumulatively, the bank’s intervention efforts represented about 3.5% of the GDP.”
He explained that the policy measures included a cumulative reduction of the monetary policy rate from 13.5% to 11.5% between May and September 2021 in order to spur lending to the economy and support the current recovery of output growth; Reduction of the interest rate on CBN intervention loans from nine to 5%; and a one-year extension of the moratorium on principal repayments for CBN intervention facilities.
The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveals that as of 23rd of September, 203,514 cases have been confirmed, 191,950 cases have been discharged and 2,668 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

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A total of 2.99 million tests have been carried out as of 23rd September 2021.

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FG Sets Up Committee on Recovery of Illegally Refined Crude Oil

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FG Sets Up Committee on Recovery of Illegally Refined Crude Oil

In a bid to block revenue leakages, the federal government, on Thursday, inaugurated an inter-ministerial committee to tackle illegal refinery of crude oil in the niger delta region of the country.

 

Members of the committee, who took their oath at the office of the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, abubakar malami, san, were drawn from the ministry of defense, the Nigerian army, the navy, defense headquarters, the Nigerian security and civil defense corps, the Nigerian national petroleum corporation, NNPC.

 

As well as from the federal ministry of justice, the ministry of environment, the department of petroleum resources, and the national oil spill detection and response agency.

 

The solicitor-general of the federation and permanent secretary of the federal ministry of justice, umar mohammed, who represented the AGF at the event, said the major mandate of the committee, was the recovery of illegally refined petroleum products in the dug-up pits found around the creeks of the niger delta.

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According to him, in line with the policy of the current administration on security and economy, as well as the preservation of the environment from negative hazards. The office of the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, in collaboration with all stakeholders, have put in place a mechanism for effective and efficient management of illegally refined products recovered from dug-up pits found around the creeks of the niger delta.

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