Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines Thursdays 10th January 2019

Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines Thursdays 10th January 2019

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Buhari Hints at Realignment of Salaries of FG Workers with Jumbo Pay
Thu, 10 Jan 2019

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Inaugurating the Technical Advisory Committee on National Minimum Wage wednesday, President Muha-mmadu Buhari put smiles on the faces of workers, stating that wage increase had become inevitable and non-negotiable.

“I want to make it clear that there is no question about whether the National Minimum Wage will be reviewed upwards. I am committed to a review of the Minimum Wage,” Buhari told the advisors at the State House, Abuja.

But he might, however, have raised the red flag when he hinted at a review of the pay of federal government workers whose packages are already above the N30,000 new minimum pay being insisted upon by organised labour.

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Labour’s response to the hint was swift wednesday: it would be resisted.

The president spoke in measured tones as he said although the reality was that workers’ pay would have to move up, those who had crossed the new bar would have understand the federal government’s call for a review of the excess in view of its dwindling purse.

According to him, even though the minimum wage is on exclusive legislative list, state governors are being carried along because of the current prevalent economic challenges.

He said since the provisions for the payment of the new minimum wage had already been made in the 2019 budget, funding the increase would not be difficult.

However, the president said the new minimum wage would not be automatic for every federal government worker, pointing out that instead, salaries of civil servants already earning above the national minimum wage would be reviewed.

Those expected to be affected by this review are the staff of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), among others, who earn humongous salaries.

Buhari told the committee members, “It is important to explain that even though the subject of a National Minimum Wage is in the Exclusive Legislative List, we have been meeting with the state governors because it is imperative that the federal government carries the state governments along in determining any upward review of the minimum wage for workers.

“This is especially necessary considering the prevailing public sector revenue challenges, which have made it extremely difficult for some of the governments to pay workers as and when due.

“As you know we, at the federal level, have made adequate provision for the increase in the minimum wage in our 2019 budget proposals which we submitted to the National Assembly.

“Therefore, we will be able to meet the additional costs that will be incurred in moving up all personnel who are currently earning below the new minimum wage.

“However, we anticipate that after the new minimum wage has been passed into law, we will be going into negotiations for salary review for all the workers who are already earning above the new minimum wage. It is, therefore, important that we are properly prepared to meet these demands.”

The president added that the national minimum wage must be done in a way that it will have no adverse effects on the targets set by the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

According to him, it was against that background that the constitution of a technical committee to advise the government about the funding of additional wage bill ahead of implementation had become imperative.

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Gov. Ugwuanyi and the Rescue of Enugu Fire Victims
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
By Samson Ezea Governance is all about being responsible and responsive to the immediate needs of the people. It is about impacting directly on the lives of the people, by providing them with the much needed reliefs when it matters most. The above aphorism captured the quick and immediate response of the Enugu state governor, []The post Gov. Ugwuanyi and the Rescue of Enugu Fire Victims appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Act within Electoral Law, INEC Tells Security Agencies
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged the Nigerian Police and other security agencies in the country to adhere strictly to the provisions of the Electoral Act, and avoid giving Nigerians the impression that they have their separate security arrangements outside of those sanctioned by the commission. In his regular []The post Act within Electoral Law, INEC Tells Security Agencies appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Detention: Dasuki Seeks Intervention of Olanipekun, Agbakoba, Falana, Others
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Alex Enumah in Abuja Former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja, to invite legal giants to seek their views on the implications of his continued detention by the federal government. Dasuki, who is standing trial for alleged illegal possession of firearms and money laundering, has been []The post Detention: Dasuki Seeks Intervention of Olanipekun, Agbakoba, Falana, Others appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Gencos Accuse Discos of Inhibiting Higher Power Generation, Supply
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Chineme Okafor in Abuja The Power generation companies (Gencos) have accused the 11 electricity distribution companies (Discos) of being responsible for the low power supply in the country, saying the Discos arbitrarily determine the quantity of power to distribute to the consumers, without regards to the power the Gencos can generate and supply to the []The post Gencos Accuse Discos of Inhibiting Higher Power Generation, Supply appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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UN Expresses Worries over Resurgence of Boko Haram Attacks
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Army kills 17 bandits, arrests 67 in Nasarawa, Benue, Taraba Locks down Borno-Yobe highways Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri The United Nations (UN) wednesday expressed worries over the resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in the North-east. This is coming as the ‘Operation Wild Stroke’ of the Nigerian Army operating in Nasarawa, Benue and Taraba States has []The post UN Expresses Worries over Resurgence of Boko Haram Attacks appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Advocating Reforms for Accountability, Transparency
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Mary Nnah writes that the crux of the recent Nigeria Education Innovation Summit organised by The Education Partnership Centre, which attracted nearly 250 high-level delegates and key players in the education ecosystem, was a call for transparency and accountability in the sector Education world over is seen as the cornerstone of development. It forms the []The post Advocating Reforms for Accountability, Transparency appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Hope Rises for 2019 Budget, Oil Price Rebounds to $60
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Ejiofor Alike with agency reports Hope for the implementation of the 2019 budget was rekindled yesterday as crude oil price climbed around three per cent to rebound to $60 per barrel. This followed the extension of talks between the United States and China in Beijing, which raised hopes that the world’s two largest economies would []The post Hope Rises for 2019 Budget, Oil Price Rebounds to $60 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Credit to Private Sector Falls Marginally to N23.083tn
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Obinna Chima Banking sector credit to the private sector dropped slightly year-on-year by N55.7 billion to N23.083 trillion as of November 2018, from the N23.138 trillion it was at the end of October, 2018. Also, net credit to government fell to N2.980 trillion as at the end of November, lower than the N3.756 trillion it []The post Credit to Private Sector Falls Marginally to N23.083tn appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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I Won’t Use Govt Money for Campaigns, Buhari Promises
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari wednesday in Abuja said he was committed to eliminating corruption in campaign financing, vowing not to use any money from the treasury for his re-election campaign. The president, according to a statement by his media adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the president made the disclosure, while speaking at []The post I Won’t Use Govt Money for Campaigns, Buhari Promises appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Detention: Dasuki Seeks Intervention of Olanipekun, Agbakoba, Falana, Others
Thu, 10 Jan 2019
Alex Enumah in Abuja Former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja, to invite legal giants to seek their views on the implications of his continued detention by the federal government. Dasuki, who is standing trial for alleged illegal possession of firearms and money laundering, has been []The post Detention: Dasuki Seeks Intervention of Olanipekun, Agbakoba, Falana, Others appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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