Published On: Wed, May 15th, 2019

Rural devt: Niger gets N1.2bn from $142m W/Bank grant to Nigeria

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From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.

The Niger State Government through the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) is to access N1.2 billion from the $142 million World Bank’s poverty reduction grant to Nigeria.
The General Manager CSDP, Malam Ahmed Yusuf Usman made the disclosure yesterday at a news briefing on the activities of his office.
Usman stated that no fewer than twenty nine States and the Federal Capital Territory are drawing from the fund for infrastructural development across rural areas.
He hinted that Niger has accessed N778 million out of the fund in addition to counter funding the project with N150m in the last three years.
Usman further said that 120 micro projects had been executed in 20 local governments participating in the scheme.
According to him, some of the projects executed, include sinking of boreholes, provision of electricity, construction of schools and empowerment of women and building the capacities of junior and senior staff of local governments.
The General Manager said the execution of additional 48 micro projects approved by his office for the first quarter would start before the end of the year.
He said the first phase of the programme was expected to end next year but that the World Bank had given assurance that the scheme would be extended for another 5 years “ because of its positive impact on the participating communities and its ability to reduce poverty among the people”.
Malam Usman said the major challenge the office is facing is “how to meet the huge number of requests from communities, adding that more than 1,000 requests have been received which are been treated on first come first served basis.”
N30,000 minimum wage: FG inaugurates implementation c’ttee Tuesday
The Federal Government will on Tuesday in Abuja inaugurate the N30,000 new national minimum wage implementation committee, almost one month after President Muhammadu Buhari signed the bill into law.
Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment said this while fielding questions on television concerning the time for payment of the new wage.
Ngige did not state when the government would start payment but said that arrears would be paid anytime implementation of the new wage began.
He said there were still processes and procedures the new wage would undergo before the commencement of its implementation, even though it had been passed and signed into law. (NAN)

”It is a whole process and the salary and wages commission will do its job before implementation,” the minister said.
He said that the committee was made of seven ministers with the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita as Chairman.
The minister said that those at the lowest cadre of employment whether in the public or private sector would earn N30,000 as the law provided.
He said however for the cadre of workers already earning above the minimum wage, there would be a consequential adjustment from the top.
Ngige added that the relevant agency of government would soon issue a circular on the expected adjustments.
Meanwhile, Mr Ayuba Wabba, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, has expressed worry over the delay in the commencement of the implementation of the new wage.

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