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FG Issues 3-Month Ultimatum to Contractors

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Minister of Works
– FG gives contractors three-month ultimatum to complete emergency projects
– Contractors must mobilize to site by July 10 or face contract termination
– Era of delayed job delivery is over, says Permanent Secretary

The Federal Government has issued a three-month deadline to contractors handling its 260 emergency projects to complete and deliver the projects.

The Minister of Works, David Umahi, gave the ultimatum during a meeting with contractors and Federal Controllers of Works in Abuja.

Umahi warned that any contractor who fails to mobilize to the site by July 10 will have their contract terminated.

The Permanent Secretary, Yakubu Kofarmata, emphasized that the era of contractors delaying job delivery for years after collecting mobilization is over. “Let us consider the nation first, and things will move,” Kofarmata said.

The emergency projects aim to restore the serviceability level of critical federal roads nationwide, but about 37 contractors have achieved little or no milestones in project delivery.

The minister directed that any contractor whose job has stayed for more than three months without completion must seek approval for an extension of time.

 

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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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