Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Monday morning. Enjoy!
1. Dr. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, has revealed that payment of the new minimum wage which was recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari would take effect from April 18, 2019.
Ngige who spoke to journalists on Friday in Abuja noted that the implementation of the wage would be done in arrears, adding that all State Governors must comply.
“It is a national law and no governor can say he will not pay. Issue of the national minimum wage is item 34 on the exclusive legislative list of the third schedule of the Nigerian constitution. Every state government is now owing workers if they have not started paying N30,000. We are now in a committee working out a new template with which we will adjust upward,” the minister said.
2. Governor Tanko Al-Makura, the outgoing Governor of Nasarawa State, has revealed that he sold some of the state properties in Jos, Kaduna, and Lagos to build an ultra-modern Nasarawa State Liaison Office in Abuja.
According to him, the properties were no more useful, so he sold them to fund the project.
“When we came on board, we re-awarded the construction of the complex to KCC Construction Limited in 2018 with a completion period of 12 months at the sum of N1.1bn.
“The project would serve as an additional source of revenue for the state in view of its strategic location at the central business district of the FCT.
“The completion of this project was funded from the proceeds of the sale of Nasarawa State moribund assets lying waste in Lagos, Plateau and Kaduna states. Our administration took this measure because this edifice is more economically viable and will serve the interest of the state much better,” he revealed.
3. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blamed the President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC) led government for the increase in suicide in the country.
The former ruling party said that the country had been witnessing what it described as escalated despondency, depression and misery since the conclusion of the 2019 presidential poll.
The opposition party further noted that hunger and insecurity “under the incompetent, corrupt, divisive and manipulative All Progressives Congress administration,” as a national tragedy.
4. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Sunday said that the statement of former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Fulanisation and Islamisation of Nigeria echoes the position of its leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
“We say good morning to the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is only now merely echoing what our leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has been saying repeatedly for years,” Emma Power, IPOB spokesman, said.
The former president had in a statement alleged that the problem in the nation was no longer lack of employment for the youths, but now West African Fulanisation and Africa Islamisation.
5. Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has urged the National Judicial Council (NJC) to dismiss a petition written against Justice Taiwo Taiwo by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC had petitioned the judge, accusing him of professional misconduct over his ruling on Okorocha’s fundamental rights enforcement suit.
“Contrary to the impression being created by the EFCC through its chairman, the order granted by Honourable Justice Taiwo was made pursuant to two fundamental human rights suits that I filed before the court,” the outgoing governor said.
Okorocha recently raised an alarm over plot by some unnamed leaders in his party to instigate the EFCC, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Nigeria Police and other security agencies against him.