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Islamic New Year: Bauchi Declares Monday a Public Holiday

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– Bauchi State Government declares Monday a work-free day
– To commemorate Al-Muharram, the first day of the Islamic calendar
– Encourages reflection, prayer, and celebration among Muslim community

The Bauchi State Government has declared Monday, July 8, 2024, a work-free day to mark the beginning of the Islamic New Year.

Accordingly, government offices, schools, and banks will remain closed on Monday, resuming normal activities on Tuesday.

Governor Bala Mohammed extended his best wishes to all citizens observing this important day, promoting peace, unity, and understanding.

The governor’s media aide, Muktar Gidado, stated that the gesture demonstrates the administration’s respect for the religious and cultural values of the Muslim community.

“The Bauchi State Government acknowledges the importance of Al-Muharram as a time of renewal and spiritual growth for our Muslim brothers and sisters,” Gidado said.

Governor Mohammed prayed for a prosperous, healthy, harmonious, and peaceful coexistence in the New Year.

 

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ABUTH Resident Doctors Embark on Warning Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

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– Non-payment of salaries owed to some resident doctors
– Five-day warning strike commenced on Monday
– Demands include repayment of withheld salaries and implementation of CONMESS upward review

The National Association of Resident Doctors at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) has begun a five-day warning strike, effective Monday, to protest the non-payment of salaries owed to some of its members.

The strike follows the expiration of a one-week ultimatum given to the hospital management on July 15.

The affected doctors, who were paid in percentage in June, are being owed salary arrears for 2021, amounting to N58,000 to N60,000 each.

The association is demanding the repayment of these withheld salaries, as well as the implementation of the 25% CONMESS upward review of salaries for members on the GIFMIS platform.

The hospital management had proposed to pay N2 million monthly from the overhead cost to offset the arrears of accoutrement allowance, which translates to N5,000 per member monthly.

However, the association is seeking N25,000 per member, as is the practice in over 60% of Federal Tertiary Health institutions in the North West zone.

The association is also demanding the payment of accrued allowances, including the arrears of accoutrement allowance, which has been pending since 2021.

The strike is expected to affect medical services at the hospital, with the association warning of further industrial action if their demands are not met.

 

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FCT Police Commissioner Urges Residents to Shun Nationwide Protest

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– Nationwide protest scheduled for August 1
– FCT CP Bennett Igweh warns against participation
– Police efforts to ensure security in FCT may be jeopardized

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Bennett Igweh, has appealed to residents and indigenes to refrain from participating in the upcoming nationwide protest.

He emphasized the potential risks to the security efforts made by the police in the FCT.

Igweh highlighted the sacrifices made by the police to ensure safety in the FCT, citing the loss of officers in recent operations. He urged residents to appreciate these efforts by shunning the protest.

The CP acknowledged the government’s efforts to provide infrastructure, such as good roads, and urged residents to act maturely. He emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and security in the FCT.

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