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Published On: Wed, Mar 21st, 2018

Sacked Benue LG workers protest, seek assembly’s intervention

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From Uche Nnorom Makurdi

Local government employees in Benue State whose names were expunged from the local government pay vouchers yesterday staged a protest to the State House of Assembly.
The protesters who numbered over 100 carried placards some of which read, ‘We are not ghost workers, ‘we were genuinely employed, ‘pay us our due’.
Addressing the Speaker and other House members, leader of the group, Emmanuel Iorlumum said they were duly employed in various local governments following approval given by the Benue State Government in 2011, adding that appointment letters were given to them and they signed acceptance forms and submitted same to Director General Service and Administration of their areas.
According to Iorlumum, the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affair staff verification also, captured them in its biometric verification in 2014.
“We have gone through series of screening throughout our stay in the local governments with good records in the service.
“We started receiving our monthly salaries from 2011. Even this present administration continued with the payment right from its inception without complaints. Our bank statement and local government vouchers can attest to that. The Benson Abounu Emergency Committee on Salary Issues even captured the staff employed in 2011”,he stated.
They lamented over the manner the Special Adviser to Governor Samuel Ortom on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affair Hon. Titus Zam on the 13th March, 2018 issued directive to the 23 local government chairmen to expunge their names on the various pay vouchers without staying their offence The protesters appealed to the Speaker to prevail on the Special Adviser for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affair as well as the Benue State Government from deleting their names on the local government pay vouchers.
Responding to their grievance, the Speaker Hon. Terkimbir Ikyange frowned at the ambiguity that has shrouded payment of salary in the state, averring that the House was carrying out verification to ascertain the true position of the issue with an view to correcting the anomalies.
It should be noted that local government staff in the state are owed over 11 salaries.
Borno: Tricycle operator pours acid on female undergraduate Fatima Usman, a 26 years old final year student of the Department of Nursing at the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), is battling for her life after acid was poured on her by two unknown tricycle operators in Borno State.
Ibrahim Yusuf, her relative who confirmed the incident to PRNigeria, said Ms. Usman was kidnapped on Friday, when she entered a tricycle in front of First Bank where she had gone to deposit some cash.
“She boarded a commercial tricycle popularly called Keke NAPEP to Baga Road, but unknown to her, one of the men in the tricycle brought out a white handkerchief and pretended as though he was having cough.
“As soon as he touched her face with the handkerchief, she passed out, only to find herself dumped at the Railway Bayan Quarters area, bathed with a substance suspected to be acid around 1 p.m. “It’s sad that an innocent young lady like Fatima, who is already in her final year at the university and looked forward to a brighter future could be subjected to such cruel and inhumane treatment by criminal-minded Keke NAPEP operators in the state,” Mr. Yusuf said.
The UMTH Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Bashir Tahir, said Ms. Usman is recuperating.
Mr. Tahir said medical teams were still conducting relevant examinations on her to determine whether she would undergo surgical operations.
In his response, the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damien Chukwu, who confirmed the incident, said investigation was currently ongoing to unravel the culprits behind the attack.

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