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Federal Government owes N150billion judgement debts – AGF Malami
Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, on Wednesday revealed that judgement debts incurred by the Federal Government have risen to a whooping N150billion.
“As it stands, the sum of over N150bn remains unpaid, prompting beneficiaries of this sum to keep mounting pressures on the ministry,” Malami said. Read his complete statement
I think if we don’t take care, Nigeria might breakup as predicted by the CIA – Jega
Prof. Attahiru Jega, a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday in Abuja said that the prediction of Nigeria’s breakup might happen if preventive measures were not taken.
“The CIA thought that 2015 was the do-or-die period for Nigeria, that there would not be a Nigeria in the way you know after the 2015 General Elections. That has come and passed but I think if we do not take care, a lot of these predictions will come to pass. That is why we need to do quite a lot, much more than we have ever done in order to protect the integrity of the electoral process before 2023”, Jega said on Wednesday in Abuja while delivering a keynote address at a conference organised by Tell Magazine on 20 Years of Democracy in Nigeria.
Over 20 Governors ready to pay N30,000 minimum wage
The Nigeria Governors Forum has expressed readiness to comply with the new N30,000 minimum wage payment.
According to Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, the Media and Publicity Head of the NGF, over 20 states are already set to pay.
“As of the time the matter was discussed, more than 20 states were ready to pay. Definitely, solvent states will pay while insolvent states will strive,” he told Punch.
NYSC members to start receiving N30,000 minimum wage
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has revealed that necessary arrangements is ongoing for members of the National Youth Service Corps to start receiving the N30,000 minimum wage.
“New Minimum Wage: NYSC members to enjoy new minimum wage/ allowee Details coming …,” the minister said on twitter.
FEC says minimum wage payment begins before December 31
Meanwhile, the Federal Executive Council has directed the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, to start payment of the N30,000 new minimum wage before December 31, 2019.
“Council also approved for us that the financial implication be worked out and the payment should be completed on or before December 2019. Council further directed that the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning through the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation should effect all these payments before December 31, 2019,” Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, told State House correspondents after the Wednesday FEC meeting.
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