Auditor general blames Kogi LG staff for salary delays

The auditor general for local governments in Kogi State, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo, has placed the blame for the delay in payment of salaries at the local government areas in the state on the questionable activities of certain staff. The auditor said the refusal of the local government staff to furnish his office with certain documents is the key reason for the delay in effecting the three months back pay for the civil servants at that level. He said this while speaking about the issues militating against the state’s civil service restructuring. “We, the citizens, are the real problem of this state, not the leaders,” Mr. Ododo said. “It took them a long time to release to us the information we requested for in the approved format. As we speak, some are yet to send us what we need to prepare their salaries. “Two weeks ago, we asked all the staff at the...

House of Reps orders IG to seal Kogi Assembly again

The House of Representatives has again directed the Inspector-General of Police to seal the Kogi State House of Assembly complex until the crisis rocking it is resolved. The legislators have also declared the directive given by the Attorney General of the Federation to the IGP to re-open the Assembly premises as a contravention of the Nigerian Constitution They have subsequently directed that the Justice Minister, Abubakar Danlami be reprimanded for standing against the law. Danlami was advised to withdraw his advice to the IGP with immediate effect. These resolutions were taken after the House adopted the four recommendations of its ad-hoc committee which investigated reasons behind the non compliance with its directive to the Police Chief to shut the Assembly complex in the wake of the crisis between two factions of the state legislators....

Burial rites for late Ocholis to hold next week

TVC E, NEWS - Burial rites for the late Minister of state for Labour, James Ocholi, his wife and son, will be held through Wednesday and Friday next week. Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babacir Lawal announced the date, after a valedictory meeting of the Federal Executive Council, held in honour of the late Minister. Lawal said a 13-man committee set up by the government, had met with the late minister's family and picked those dates for the funeral rites, which will hold both in Abuja and Kogi state....

INEC fix dates for rerun elections into N’ASS, state assemblies

TVC E. Following the nullification of about 80 elections in 16 states of the federation by the Court of Appeal, the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) on Tuesday announced dates for the conduct of rerun elections into federal and state constituencies and senatorial districts across the country, in a statement issued and signed by the Secretary of the Commission, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu. Then the affected elections, according to the commission, are to hold between February 13 and March 19, 2016. The states where the rerun polls will hold include Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Abia, Imo, Anambra, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Rivers. According to the statement, “stakeholders in the electoral process and public interests in the subject, INEC at its meeting held on Monday, February 1, 2016 considered and approved dates for the conduct of elections as ordered by the Court of Appeal.” The commission however, said there...

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