Corps member slumps, dies on duty at LASG Secretariat

Corps member slumps, dies on duty at LASG Secretariat

Corps members during parade

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

A corps member, serving with the Lagos State Government has died after he slumped at the government secretariat on Thursday.

PM News gathered that the corps member, identified as Ibukun Arowolo was serving with the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget before he died.

He was said to have slumped and died five days to his completion of his youth service with the government.

Government sources told PM News that Arowolo had just finished eating a meal before the incident occurred as he was said to have slumped after standing up.

Another government source said the late Arowolo was supposed to have gone for his marriage introduction few days before his death.

He was said to have schooled abroad and only came to Nigeria to engage in the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC scheme when he met his unfortunate fate.

An unconfirmed source said the late Arowolo suffered heart attack which made him to slump.

A government source said when Arowolo slumped, he was rushed to the Lagos State Government staff clinic from where he was referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, and was confirmed dead.

Those close to him said he was a lively corps member as he was loved at the ministry where he was simply called ‘IBK.’

Source: PM News

Oil marketers blame govt for massive retrenchment in sector

Oil marketers blame govt for massive retrenchment in sector

Dr Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources

Oil marketers have appealed to the Federal Government to pay them over N650 billion subsidy arrears to reverse the gale of retrenchment sweeping across the sector and sustain their operations.

The marketers under the aegis of Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) made the appeal in separate interviews in Lagos on Saturday.

Members of the association are: Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN); Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) and Independent Petroleum Products Importers (IPPIs).

The Executive Secretary of DAPPMA, Mr Olufemi Adewole, said the failure of the Federal Government to pay the money had a negative effect on the operations of oil marketers.

He said while many marketers were forced out of business, others were struggling to survive.

Adewole also said the delay in settling the subsidy arrears was threatening investment in the downstream sector.

The DAPPMA scribe said although the federal government had earmarked money to clear the debts, the marketers were yet to be paid.

“We have written many letters to the government on the need to salvage the downstream sector from total collapse by paying marketers’ the huge debts owed them but nothing has been done as I speak with you.

“We are told that both the legislature and executive are working on the payment which government had for long promised.

“In 2017, the government told marketers that the money had been approved for payment. Up till now, marketers have not received a dime,” he said.

According to him, oil marketers, faced with increasing burden of borrowing to pay salaries had no option than to embark on retrenchment.

Other marketers who spoke on conditions of anonymity, said majority of the marketers were indebted to banks because they had to borrow to pay workers’ salaries.

“Retrenchment became necessary as some marketers have already closed their depots, while others have reduced workers’ salaries by 75 per cent due to their inability to sustain the payments.

“It is a difficult time for the oil marketers because we are currently facing the headwinds in the oil market,’’ one of the marketers who pleaded anonymity said.

The marketers, therefore, urged the Federal Government to expedite action on the payment of the subsidy arrears to sustain investments in the sector.

The Chairman of South-West Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Mr Tayo Aboyeji, confirmed that oil marketers had been disengaging workers due to non-payment of their subsidy arrears and other factors.

Aboyeji said the situation had made some depots to convert workers into contract staff.

“Government should find a way to pay the marketers as all parties had reconciled the accounts and agreed on the payment model,” he said.

A source at the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) who declined to be mentioned disclosed on phone that the agency had prepared and sent what was due to marketers to the Debt Management Office (DMO).

“We have long prepared and submitted their outstanding claims to the DMO office. The DMO should be in a better position to to give an update to the payment,” the source said.

Mrs Patience Oniha, Director General, DMO, said that President Muhammadu Buhari had last month requested approval from the National Assembly to issue promissory notes to pay all areas to contractors, including oil marketers.

“The President has approached the National Assembly to give approval to issue promissory notes to oil marketers and others owed arrears by government but it has not been approved,” she said.

Source: PM News

Buhari Meets With Governors’ Wives, Pledges Support For Them

Buhari Meets With Governors’ Wives, Pledges Support For Them
President Muhammadu Buhari (File photo)

 

President Muhammadu Buhari met with the wives of state governors of the 36 states of the federation on Saturday.

At the meeting, held inside the Presidential Villa in Abuja, President Buhari assured the governors’ wives of his support and assured them that he would canvass more moral and financial support for them.

He made the promise after the wives of the governors played video clips of projects they had executed in their various states and called on him to help them canvass more funds for projects when next he meets the governors.

The President praised the women for the projects they had executed and those they were executing the states, especially those in support of the fight against drug abuse.

He challenged the women who had come under the aegis of the Northern and Southern Governors’ Wives Forum from the northern and southern states.

President Buhari also challenged members of the forum to interface with central bank and ministry of agriculture with a view accessing soft loans.

The wife of the President, Aisha, also attended the meeting.

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I Will Not Castigate Buhari, He Is My Boss – Ebonyi Governor

I Will Not Castigate Buhari, He Is My Boss – Ebonyi Governor
Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State

 

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State says despite being a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he will not want to castigate President Muhammadu Buhari.

The governor said this in Abakiliki, the Ebonyi State capital on Saturday during a media chat, aired live, to mark the 2018 Democracy Day Media.

“For those that believe that the only way they will know I am in PDP is to castigate Mr President, he is the only boss I have, I will not (castigate him),” the governor said.

Umahi, who is also the Chairman of the South East Governors Forum, maintained that his state is in support of the Federal Government.

“Ebonyi State is at home with this government and for those pretending to be supporting the President, they just want to come and loot this state again.”

The governor vowed never to be distracted by people he described as looters of the state, insisting that his government is open to anti-corruption agencies for probe.

This is even as he assured the people of the state to be prudent with the meagre resources at his disposal.

“We cannot be distracted as our books are very ready and open. I will continue to assure that the little meager resources of the state, we will continue to exercise with the fear of God.

“Let me emphasise, it doesn’t matter the searchlight you point at leaders. Any leader that doesn’t have the fear of God will be corrupt,” Umahi stated.

The governor further reiterated the commitment of his administration to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

Umahi also used the opportunity to thank the people of the state for their support, three years after assuming office.

On Buhari’s scorecard, three years after he swept into power, the governor believes the President is “not God to do everything 100 percent right.”

According to Umahi, his administration gives subvention of N200 million to teachers monthly, construction of major roads, delivery of healthcare system, agricultural grants to farmers, improvements of security among other sectors in the state.

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Al-Makura Commends LG Polls, Describes Process As Peaceful

Al-Makura Commends LG Polls, Describes Process As Peaceful
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The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura has described the ongoing election holding in 13 Local Government Area as orderly and peaceful.

The governor stated this to journalists after casting his vote at the Lungun Wambai polling unit in Lafia, the state capital.

This is the second local government elections in the Governor Tanko Al-Makura’s administration.

The election has 22 political parties participating.

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Boat Collision: LASWA Hails Use Of Life Jackets As 24 Persons Escape Death

Boat Collision: LASWA Hails Use Of Life Jackets As 24 Persons Escape Death
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The Lagos State Waterways Authority has praised passengers aboard two boats which collided on Friday for wearing life jackets.

According to LASWA’s Managing Director, Mr Damilola Emmanuel, the fact that those involved in the incident were wearing life jackets prevented the loss of lives.

A boat fully loaded with 22 persons aboard and another with just the captain and deckhand had collided and capsized in the Ojo area of Lagos around 7:45pm.

One boat was heading to Ojo from Liverpool, while the other was making a return trip from the same location.

But no life was lost as a patrol team at the Ojo Terminal was able to move swiftly to rescue the passengers.

“All passengers on both boats were all putting on their life jackets. This is what we have been encouraging,” the LASWA MD said.

“Our agency has been on the forefront of leading the campaign that for no reason should anyone embark on a journey on water without putting on a life jacket. We have also gone a step further to distribute life jackets to encourage boat operators to enforce it.”

The LASWA boss added that as part of efforts to protect passengers on the waterways, the authority distributed 1,500 life jackets in 2017 and January 2018.

He promised that more lifejackets will be distributed this year and appealed to passengers to insist on lifejackets before embarking on any journey on the water.

Meanwhile, the boats involved in the collision are now in the custody of LASWA pending when the investigation into the incident is concluded.

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