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Jega Appointed Co-Chairman of Presidential Livestock Reform Committee

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– President Tinubu appoints Jega as co-chairman
– Committee to implement livestock reforms for agricultural productivity
– Reforms aim to benefit farmers, herders, processors, and distributors

President Bola Tinubu has inaugurated a committee to coordinate the implementation of livestock reforms in the country, appointing Professor Attahiru Jega as co-chairman.

The committee aims to address obstacles to agricultural productivity and open up new opportunities in the livestock-farming value chain.

Tinubu emphasized the need for collective efforts from members of the committee, drawn from the public and private sectors, state governors, and all Nigerians. He urged the removal of partisan politics, emphasizing that the reforms are about opportunities and the nation’s growth.

The President highlighted the need to review and reposition traditional livestock farming methods with stakeholders’ support. He also announced the establishment of a Ministry of Livestock Development to promote research and cross-breeding.

Tinubu tasked the Attorney-General to remove legal obstacles, while the Minister of Communication will provide support with automation. He urged the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning to create a budget for the reforms’ growth.

The President emphasized the comprehensive and collective nature of the reforms, urging stakeholders’ support. He believed that prosperity lies in the hands of the committee members.

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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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