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Gombe begins preparation of minimum wage implementation.

…Some state even agreed to pay more

The government of Gombe state has called on workers in the state to be calm and patient as the governor is working to setup a team that will engage labor leaders on the implementation of the signed national minimum wage.

According to the state’s head of civil service (HOS), Bappayo Yahaya, the matter will be concluded within the shortest possible time.

He assured the workers that their welfare will be top in the priorities of governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s administration in state.

Speaking at the 2019 third triennial delegate conference of the Gombe state branch of Trade Union Congress (TUC), the HOS who represented by Alhaji Jibrin Seyoji, the permanent secretary (PS) general duties disclosed that the government is aware of confidence of the citizens on the administration and that the government is committed to ensuring peace and harmony is maintained across the state.

“I called for the cooperation of all workers so that the civil service can deliver on its objective. The government will ensure training and retraining of civil servant to meet up with global changes in the work place,” the HOS said.

Speaking earlier the chairman of TUC in the state, Ahmed Ture, had appealed to the state government to hasten the implementation process for the new national minimum wage to avoid accumulation of arrears in the state.

He said: “We wish to inform the government that some state have started enjoying the N30, 000 new national minimum wage as enshrine by law. Some state even agreed to pay more than the agreed amount.

In view of that we appealed to the governor to direct the negotiating team to be constituted to speedily start and conclude the negotiation for immediate implementation,” Ture said.

He added saying: “this will be part of fulfilling your campaign promises. We also appreciate the government for prompt payment of workers salaries and starting of the payment of the 2014 retirees benefit in the state”.

However, the government further disclosed that the increment in the new minimum wage has been considered in the 2020 budget of the state and that once the modalities are worked out the implementation would follow suit, as revealed by Alhaji Ahmed Abubakar, the PS ministry of finance and economic development.


Benue police command arrested 16 suspected cult members over killings.

The Benue Police Command on Friday said it arrested 16 suspected cults members in connection with several killings in the state.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Catherine Anene, in Makurdi said that the mode of the homicide has links with cult killings.

Anene said that the arrests of the suspected cultists was over a period of three weeks, adding that the command had deployed officers in strategic areas to forestall further killings in the state.

According to her, the command had also held a roundtable discussion with stakeholders concerning the sudden rise of cult activities in the state and solicited information to execute arrests of those behind it.

“In the past three weeks, there were killings that our investigation reviewed were cult-related.

“Our investigation revealed that there was a clash between cults groups and even the modus operandi of those killings communicated to us that they were cult killings.

“12 cultists were arrested and they had confessed to the crime though some denied. We later got four from Gboko in connection with the killings,” she said

The PPRO explained that there were other deaths recorded that appeared more of accidents than homicide and the command had initiated full investigations into such deaths.

She said the command was waiting for autopsy reports of a man, his wife and son found dead in Northbank, Makurdi, to determine the next line of action.

Anene also said that Operation Puff Adder had curtailed kidnap activities in Gboko and parts of Katsina-Ala.

She said that the security operation had foiled two kidnap attempts in Katsina-Ala and Gboko Local Government Areas.

The PPRO appealed to members of the public to take security business seriously to prevent criminals from having their way in the society.

“The Police are doing their best but if people become careless because the Police are working, criminals will take advantage of their carelessness to commit crimes.

“Sometime in August some young men were arrested they claimed that they were hosting a party but behind that party was a cult initiation that was going on.

“So they assembled as if they were doing something legitimate to deceive the general public but behind the assembly, they go behind to do what they want to do”