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Oyo State Pensioners Get a Major Boost

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Oyo State Governor
– Oyo State Governor increases monthly pension payment to N1 billion
– Payment increase effective from July 25, 2024
– Governor promises to clear backlog of unpaid pensions and gratuities

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has announced a significant increase in the monthly payment of pensions and gratuities to retirees in the state.

The payment has been increased from N456 million to N1 billion, effective from July 25, 2024.

This development is a welcome relief for pensioners in the state, who have been struggling to survive on meager pensions. Governor Makinde made the announcement at the 70th birthday celebration of the state Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Segun Abatan.

Governor Makinde praised Abatan for his commitment to the welfare of pensioners, describing him as a “great man” who has never asked for personal favors. He also commended Abatan’s dedication to the development of the state.

Abatan expressed his gratitude to the governor for the payment increase, describing it as the best birthday gift he could get. He also thanked the governor for clearing part of the inherited unpaid pensions and gratuities.

“The Makinde administration is the best the state has ever had concerning pensioners’ welfare,” Abatan said. “The administration has not witnessed pensioners’ grievance and will never witness it because of the governor’s good deeds to us.”

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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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