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Day: April 20, 2019


Ready to pay #30,000 as minimum wage: Kano, Edo, Kwara, Zamfara Rivers, Kogi state governments are set to pay their workers this long awaited minimum wage.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said in Kano his administration has given priority to the welfare of civil servants in the state, and that is why it is not owning its workers.

“We are ready to pay N30,000 monthly salary, because the welfare of our workers is paramount to anything and we will always give it. We will pay the N30,000,” he said.

Governor Abdul Aziz Yari Abubakar said in Gusau that Zamfara State under his watch would do everything possible to ensure the welfare of workers in the state does not suffer.

Yari who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Publicity and Public Enlightenment, Malam Ibrahim Dosara said that any state government with the interest of workers at heart will ensure the quick implementation of the new minimum wage.

The Osun State government said it will await guidelines on payment of the N30,000 minimum wage.

The Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Mr. Adesina Adeniyi, in a telephone chat, said since it is already a law the state will only wait for the implementation guidelines of the minimum wage.

According to him, when the guidelines are released the state will study, understand and eventually go into its implementation.

He said the state governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, is concerned about the welfare of people of the state, including the civil servants, and therefore, will have no difficulty in ensuring that “what is necessary is done at all times.”

The Kwara State government is also prepared for the payment of the new minimum wage, according to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications Dr Muyideen Akorede.

Akorede recalled how the state government set up a committee headed by the Head of Service Modupe Susan to work out the modalities and sources of revenue for payment months before the president signed the new into law.

“The committee is expected to submit its report to Governor Ahmed in the next two weeks,” he said.

A similar committee was set up by the Kogi State government and the government says “laws are made to be obeyed and we are sure the Federal Government will make it convenient for states to pay the new minimum wage.”

It welcomed the signing of the bill into law adding: “a committee was set up to look into the modalities of making compliance easy. Kogi State will work with whatever is agreed by the Governors’ Forum.

“As a government, we will also look inwards to ensure we put smiles on the faces of our civil servants who have shown unprecedented cooperation with our administration.”

The Niger State government disposed to paying the new minimum wage

Kogi State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello will pay the new minimum wage of N30,000.

Mr.Jide Orintunsin, the Media and Publicity Coordinator to Governor Abubakar Bello said:”It will be recalled that the state workforce had a 25 per cent salary increase recently. This has placed the state higher than the former minimum wage.

“Governor Sani Bello, early this year, had assured the state workforce of the new minimum wage at a special session he had with organised labour recently. He is committed to ensuring the welfare of the state workforce.”

The Delta State government said yesterday it was looking at the law to enable it take an appropriate action.

“We have not read the details of the new law since it was only signed yesterday by Mr. President. When we do we will look at our processes and of course Delta State is not going to be an outcast. We will look at it and take a decision, ” Mr. Charles Aniagwu, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said in Asaba.

He said focus should be on the ability of the organised private sector to pay the new wage structure, while expressing doubts over the ability of many businesses to cope.

“In my opinion, media outfits should be interested in the private sector. How many companies can afford the new minimum wage as the law also binds them,” he said, and expressed fears that the new law might force many in the organised private sector to lay off workers which may be detrimental to the economy.

The Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike said he would comply with the provisions of the new minimum wage law.

Wike who spoke through the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Emma Okah, a lawyer in Port Harcourt, the state capital yesterday, said “Rivers state Government will pay whatever is prescribed as the new minimum wage bill.”

The Edo State Government will also pay

The Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said that the new minimum wage would be paid to Edo workers.

Osagie was however silent on when the state government would commence payment.

He said the state government is labour friendly.

Although none of the Cross River State Governor’s aides could be reached yesterday to comment on the issue, Governor Ben Ayade had in January agreed pay the then proposed N30, 000 minimum wage demanded by workers in the country.

The governor had at various times expressed his commitment to the welfare of workers in the state, which many believe is exemplified in the fact that he does not owe workers and pays promptly.

While addressing workers who had embarked on a state wide protest to call for the implementation of the new minimum wage law in the country, Ayade who was represented by the State Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Hon John Ulafor, had said it was the right step to take.

“This is the right step to take and I wish to thank workers in the state for embarking on a peaceful protest. The new wage is workers right and as a workers friendly government we have always ensured that you get your salaries on time.

“N30, 000 is all right and the state government will stand with labour in this regard and I wish to assure you that government will ensure that the new wage sails through because it is not beyond the state government to pay.

“Whatever we need to do extra to ensure that the federal government implements the new minimum wage bill for workers will be done,” Ayade had assured then.

A Father celebrates her daughter in colourful wedding. It is the joy of parents to witness their children’s wedding. Babatunde Fowler, the debonair chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, has a weakness for finest luxury and good life. The chubby man of panache loves his work and also his family. So, he works so hard to make sure everything concerning his private life is top notch.

That was put to the test when in 2011 his sweet-faced daughter, Olufunke Leila got married, the first time, to fellow silver spoon kid, Abiodun Kuku, one of the sons of the late Ogbeni Oja of Ijebu land and billionaire mogul, Chief Bayo Kuku, Lagos was practically shut down for her engagement/traditional wedding. The party which held at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, was considered one of the most hyped wedding ceremonies in Lagos at that time, due to the sheer opulence and extravagance that were on display. The white wedding that followed in November 2011 was a lavish destination ceremony held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and real wealth was on display as well. Sadly, the marriage was troubled from the onset and was shortlived. But seven years after the crash of that first marriage, grapevine buzzed again with the gist of romance between fashion entrepreneur, Funke and Aigbovbise Aig-Imoukhuede, one of the hottest bachelors in town then and younger brother of former Access Bank Plc founding CEO, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede. The big news first filtered out in 2017 and it excited many of their friends and associates, as the two lovers, aside their aristocratic backgrounds, were super singles then. But shortly after, the news fizzled out and many forgot about them until last week when many were jolted with the sudden news of their marriage. As coded as the whole arrangement, many expected another enchanted moment from the Fowlers and Imoukhuedes and that’s what happened on Saturday April 13, when Funke took another step tying the knot with Aigbovbioise at a very exclusive 3-day ceremony in Lagos. The engagement/traditional wedding was held on Thursday, April 11, at the Fowler’s family residence in Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos. Her maternal grandmother, the iconic Chief (Mrs) Leila Apinke Fowler, played the chief hostess. The proper wedding was held on Saturday, April 13, at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, and the strictly-by-invitation Saturday’s ceremony was a gathering of who-is-who in the Nigeria’s high society with Fowler, the tax czar, bringing her panache, influence and wealth to bear.

On Sunday, the wedding was wrapped with a lavish groom’s party at a fancy spot in Ikoyi, Lagos. The Sunday party, an epic, by all standards, was sponsored by the groom’s elder brother, Aigboje. With the King of World Beat, King Sunny Ade, on the bandstand, Aigboje added class to the evening by importing American boy band, 112 to serenade the new couple and their high net worth guests. The Quartet, (rap mogul, P Diddy’s protégés) were dazzling in their white Buba and Sokoto ensemble as they performed a medley of their hits.

Also around to perform at the party was the fast-rising sensation, Teni Makanaki, who thrilled guests that included Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ogun State Governor-elect Dapo Abiodun; Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote and oil tycoon, Wale Tinubu.

Until last weekend, Aigbovbiose, at 48, was one of the ultimate bachelors who must have taken his time, like a good wine, to mature over time for a perfect union with his delectable Funke. However, Funke’s close friends believe that the love that exists between her and Aigbovbiose who is having his first adventure in marriage, would be enduring. They believe she would have learnt now from the experience of her first matrimonial odyssey. While the new Mrs. Aig-Imoukhuede runs a fashion outfit, Heritage with Love, alongside her clothing boutique, the groom, Aigbovbioise is head of Coronation Capital Markets at Coronation Group.

Wonderful. She bargained for one but got five babies at once. This is the story of a 42-year-old woman has given birth to five babies (quintuplets) at Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, Kogi, after 18 years of barrenness.

Mrs Uchenna Okeigbo and her kids are in good condition, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Okeigbo, a native of Olokoro Amangbo Community, Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia State , gave birth to three boys and two girls on Wednesday, April 17 through Caesarean Section.

She was full of praises to God for the rare gift of five babies at a go after waiting for 18 years.

”It is not easy to have five children at once,” Okeigbo said.

She showered praises on her husband for standing by her. The quintuplets, three boys and two girls, weighed 1.3kg ,1.6kg, 1.7kg, 1.8kg and 1.9kg respectively.

However, the first baby, who weighed 1.3kg was still inside the incubator as at the time this reporter visited the place.

The father of the quintuplets, Mr James Okeigbo, 47, an employee of a private establishment, who was overwhelmed with joy, described the coming of the babies as the happiest moment of his life and his wife as well.

His words: “I thank my wife for retaining her respect for me these 18 years of childlessness without quarrelling with me.

“I am also grateful to her family for standing by us.”

He solicited assistance from government and members of the public to ensure adequate care for the five children.

Dr Grace Ogoke, consultant, obstetrician and gynaecologist at FMC, Lokoja, who handled the delivery of the quintuplets, said the couple approached FMC when they were seeking for the fruit of the womb with a lot of investigations.

“After going through all their investigations, I saw that they would need to be assisted, that spontaneous pregnancy medically speaking might not be achievable, and I advised them to be assisted.

“The procedure for the assisted reproductive technology through In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) was successful, and the doctor referred them back to her for management of the pregnancy.

“I feel very happy and I give glory to God for seeing us through because it was like all of us were pregnant during the pregnancy.

”This is my first time of taking delivery of quintuplets; the highest I had taken was three.

“It is a relief and achievement for all of us and I thank God for that,” Ogoke said.

The Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Dr Olatunde Alabi, said that experienced gynaecologists and paediatricians were deployed to manage the woman from pregnancy to delivery.

Alabi said it was the first time quintuplets were delivered at the hospital, saying that the management of the pregnancy and successful delivery of the babies underscored the quality of staff at the hospital and their dedication to duty. The Chief Medical Director pleaded for more support for the centre from the government and corporate organisations, especially in the areas of equipment and funding.

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