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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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Lagos Announces Traffic Diversion At Yaba Area

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Author: Eunice Johnson, Abuja

The Lagos State Government said it would be diverting traffic from Yaba as it continues the First Phase of the construction of the Red Line railways covering Oyingbo to Agbado from midnight February 1, to February 16, 2022.

In a statement, the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, said the diversion was in line with the Lagos Rail Mass Transit project.

 

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Oladeinde stated that the two weeks long site activity would necessitate a diversion to protect road users during the installation of precast beams.

He also stated that signage’s would be placed on the access roads with the State’s Traffic Management Authority to manage traffic flow and minimize inconveniences.

The State Government reiterated its continuous commitment towards the development of transport infrastructure within the metropolis, maintaining that it is vital for the Multi-Modal Transportation System of the State Government which would in turn boost the economic prowess of the citizenry.

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NLC Backs Bill on Rent Regulation in FCT

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NLC Backs Bill on Rent Regulation in FCT

Author : Eunice Johnson, Abuja

The Nigeria Labour Congress has endorsed the planned bill on monthly house rent in the Federal Capital Territory introduced by the Senator representing Kogi West District, Smart Adeyemi.

The bill titled, ‘Advanced Rent (Residential Apartments, Office Spaces, etc.) Regulation Bill 2022,’ has gone through first reading at the Senate. It provides for a maximum of three months’ advance rent payment in the first instance and subsequent monthly payment for the rest of any tenancy lease in the FCT.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, in a statement on Thursday, said the bill was in tandem with the rent regime in most parts of the world, including South Africa and Kenya.

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The statement was titled, ‘The Nigeria Labour Congress throws its full weight behind the bill on monthly house rent in the FCT.

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Benue State Imposes Fine for Confiscated Animals

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Benue State Imposes Fine for Confiscated Animals

Author : Eunice Johnson, Abuja

The Benue State government has raised the fine for impounded animals from N2,000 to N50,000, with an additional N20,000 daily quarantine fee in the amended Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of 2022.

Governor of the state, Samuel Ortom made the disclosure Thursday while signing the amended law.

Ortom maintained that failure to claim the animals after seven days empowers the state Ministry of Agriculture to auction the animals, in line with the law.

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Benue State Government is the first to enact a law prohibiting open grazing in 2017.

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