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Oyo Transport Coy workers decry AUPCTRE’s petition against management



Oyo Transport Coy workers decry AUPCTRE’s petition against management

Workers of the Pacesetter Transport Company, Oyo State Government-owned transport services, on Tuesday said they were not part of the call on the state government to take over the company over alleged management’s incompetence and maladministration.

This is contained in a communique issued and signed by Morakinyo Lateef, the Acting Administration Manager and Damilare Adekanmbi, Head Intracity Operation, at the end of an emergency meeting attended by staff members of the company across all departments and units on Tuesday in Ibadan.

It was reported that the state chapter of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) had on Oct. 17, petitioned the state government over some allegations against the board and management of the company.

In the petition signed by the AUPCTRE’s Secretary, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim, the union had on Oct.17 called on the state government to take over the company to save it from total collapse.

The petition was addressed to the office of the Secretary to the State Government, demanding among others, “immediate payment of minimum wage/enhanced salary structure to the staffers of the company and also pension and gratuity to those who have retired.”

The union had also demanded that the employees who worked more than eight hours should be compensated according to the condition of service.

However, the workers, at the end of the emergency meeting, while responding to the petition, resolved that AUPCTRE does not represent all members of staff of the company.

They also resolved that Mohammed Ibrahim, the State Secretary of AUPCTRE, who is the originator of the letter, had been “playing politics of division among the company staff, with the aim of causing disharmony”.

According to them, it is true that employers and employees do have issues among themselves, which is the same as to what the company and staff of the Pacesetter Transport Services have, as regards improved working conditions.

“But, at no time did the staff hold any meeting with Ibrahim, and that his acts can bring the company and staff into disrepute.

“Also, that the action of the union’s representative who has dabbled into partisan politics doesn’t promote the interest, nor welfare of members of staff,” the workers said in the communique.

The staff members further resolved that the company should stop deducting union dues from their salaries until the union was reformed, “especially the attitude of the company’s representative in the union.”

In addition, they said that the company’s drivers, as represented by the chief driver, were not members of any union for that matter and could not have been represented by AUPCTRE.

They, however, called on the company’s board and management to look into the issue of implementation of minimum wage as promised by them.



Sanitary Pads: Reps Query Minister Over N65m Spent On New Year Party, Others



 The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye has drawn the ire of the House of Representatives following the unguarded manner she allegedly spent monies which included expenditures of N45 million for a New Year party and, N20 million for sanitary pads.

The House of Representatives which has now queried the minister, also frowned on her other unrelated expenditure which includes N1.5 million for vehicle fuel.

Rep. Kafilat Ogbara, Chairman, House Committee on Women Affairs, led the interrogation of the Minister, over the non-payment of N1.5 billion to contractors despite the fund release in Abuja.

She said that the investigative hearing was aimed at uncovering the truth and not witch-hunting the Minister and the officials of the ministry.

The committee also investigated the alleged diversion of funds meant for contractor payments, following a petition from contractors.

The committee also sought clarification on funds appropriated for the African First Lady’s mission and the whereabouts of the N1.5 billion meant for contractor payments.

The minister however denied the allegations of misappropriation, overspending, and non-payment to contractors.

The procurement officer confirmed contractors’ claims, and the Director of Finance and Administration acknowledged only paying approved contracts.

It would be recalled that the committee had at its last sitting summoned the minister to appear before it to explain the rationale behind the non-payment.

The committee also ordered the stoppage of all 2024 contract processes by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs until the whereabouts of the money for the said contracts are determined

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LASU: Town, Meets Gown Next Tuesday, To Make Rails Transportation More Meaningful



LASU: Town, Meets Gown Next Tuesday, To Make Rails Transportation More Meaning

…NRC Boss, Engr. Okhiria is Pointman

The Town and the Gown will on Tuesday converge at the Lagos State University (LASU), in a mutual fusion of quality and sustainable ideas, as the Managing Director, Nigeria Railways Corporation speaks on where the eggheads necessarily need to intervene, for the overall benefit of the nation.

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Engr. Fidet-Okhiria

Prof. Bamidele Badejo who is now back in LASU, confirmed this to the Maritime First, highlighting that Engr. Freeborn Okhiria would meticulously dissect a critical issue, titled: ‘From Exclusive Clause To Concurrent List: Potency for sustainable rail infrastructure development in Nigeria and the Lagos State example.

Oluwaseun Osiyemi, the Lagos State Commissioner of Transport, will be in attendance; at an event which will flag off by noon prompt, Tuesday 16th, July 2024, at the Femi Gbajabiamila Conference Centre.

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Reps Probe Cbn’s N1.12trn Anchor Borrowers Scheme, NIRSAL’s N215b Loan



Reps Probe Cbn’s N1.12trn Anchor Borrowers Scheme, NIRSAL’s N215b Loan

The House of Representatives has ordered probes into the N1.12 trillion anchor borrowers scheme, an initiative of the Federal Government’s interventions and agricultural funding through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Also included in the probe are the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), the Bank of Industry (BoI) and other agencies.

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Chike Okafor (APC-Imo) on the floor of the House in Abuja on Tuesday.

Presenting his motion, Okafor linked the growing food scarcity and malnutrition in Nigeria to the alleged mismanagement of agricultural funds intended for agricultural development in the country.

He said the Federal Government had expended N8 trillion in 8 years on various schemes and interventions in the last eight years with the view of making food available for millions of Nigerians.

He added that the alleged mismanagement, misapplication of funds and abuse of the programmes had left Nigeria with the twin challenges of food scarcity and malnutrition.

Okafor said that funds advanced to end users of the various Federal Government interventions had also been allegedly misused, misapplied and channelled to non-farming and non-agricultural purposes.

This, he said, was responsible for the current acute scarcity of food in the country.

Adopting the motion, the House mandated the Committee on Nutrition and Food Security as well as the Committee on Agricultural Production and Services; Agricultural Colleges and Institutions and Finance, to probe

The Committees were mandated to thoroughly investigate CBN’s alleged mismanagement of the Anchor Borrowers Program (ABP) for which ₦1.12 trillion was to be disbursed to 4.67 million farmers.

The farmers were said to be involved in either maize, rice or wheat farming through 563 anchors.

The committees are to look into NIRSAL’s disbursement of ₦215,066,980,274.52, to facilitate agriculture and agribusinesses.

The House gave the committees four weeks to report back to the House.

The house also mandated the committees to equally assess how the Bank of Industry (BOI) disbursed N3 billion to 22,120 smallholder farmers through the Agriculture Value Chain Financing (AVCF) Programme.

The committee is also to investigate the handling of the N5 billion loan facility to the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) for livestock farmers across the country.

This will include the management of the National Agricultural Development N1.6 billion Recovery Fund for the Ginger Blight Epidemics Central Taskforce (GBECT).

This is for the control of Blight disease in Ginger, among other interventions. 

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