Strick: Delta State public school teachers embark on indefinite strick

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), the
umbrella body of the teachers, which made
the announcement on Thursday, grounded
activities in all public primary and secondary
schools in the state.
Chairman of NUT in the state, Comrade
Jonathan Jemirieyigbe, accused Governor
Ifeanyi Okowa of insensitivity and
indifference to the plight and welfare of its
members in the state.
Jemirieyigbe, who spoke to journalists in
Asaba, said the strike would be indefinite
pending when government would address the
issue and pay up the backlog of their
entitlements and salaries.
“We are on indefinite strike commencing
from today (Thursday).
Our Primary school teachers’ salaries from
December, January and February have not
been paid till date”.
We also have the issue of non-
implementation of promotion released for
Primary and Secondary schools since
October 2016.
“Others include non-implementation of JAC’s
decision to pay primary school teachers,
non-payment of minimum wage for several
years as well as illegal deductions of
teachers’ salaries on the excuse of infotech
biometric data report, among others,” he
narrated.
Reacting to the industrial action, the Delta
State Commissioner for Secondary and Basic
Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, said that the
government was already in talk with the
union.
The state government, he reiterated, has
made concerted efforts to address the
issues, but blamed the dwindling Federal
Allocation to the state as the reason the
government has not been able to meet some
of its obligations.
He added that he had already scheduled a
meeting between NUT and the Head of
Service to tackle the issues.
It will be recalled that an earlier meeting
was rebuffed by the unionists on
Wednesday, at the instance of the Ministry
of Education.
Meanwhile, several pupils from various
primary and secondary schools in Warri and
environs were seen returning home or milling
around Warri-Sapele road even as
of 5:00p.m on Thursday, as they could not
make entry into their schools’ premises.

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FG to raise N213.75billion Treasury bills on March 15

The Federal Government
plans to raise N213.75bn
($681m) from short-dated
Treasury bills at an auction
on March 15, the Central
Bank of Nigeria said on
Wednesday.
It plans to raise N39bn in three-
month debt, N48.45bn in six-month
bills and N126.30bn in one-year
notes, using a Dutch auction
system. Payment will be due the
day after the auction, according to
Reuters.
The CBN issues Treasury bills twice a month
to finance the government’s budget deficit,
help manage commercial lenders’ liquidity
and curb rising inflation.
The country’s inflation had climbed to 18.72
per cent in January, its 12th straight monthly
rise. The trend was worsened by dollar
shortages, which had crippled the country’s
import-dependent economy and triggered the
first recession in 25 years.
The Federal Government is also facing
funding challenges due to the drop in the
price of oil, which the nation depends largely
on for revenue. It expects the budget deficit
to widen to N2.36tn this year as it tries to
spend its way out of the recession.
More than half of the deficit will be funded
through local borrowing, the government has
said.
The government said on Tuesday that it
planned to sell N1.13tn ($3.70bn) worth of
Treasury bills in the second quarter of the
year, according to the CBN’s debt calendar.
The central bank aims to auction N243bn in
91-day bills, N198bn in 182-day and N689bn
in 364-day debt.
The Federal Government is planning to raise
$300m via Diaspora Bond this month,
according to the Minister of Finance, Mrs.
Kemi Adeosun.

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Presidency advice Nigerian not to travel to USA

The Presidency has advised Nigerians against traveling to the United States of America because of the lack of clarity on new immigration rules expected to be signed by President Donald Trump on Monday.

This was disclosed in a statement signed and issued by the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

She said that Nigerians without any compelling or essential reasons to be in the US should consider delaying their trip, noting that for no reason, Nigerians with valid multiple-entry US visas were being denied entry and sent back to Nigeria in the past few weeks.

Dabiri-Erewa stated: “In the last few weeks, the office has received a few cases of Nigerians with valid multiple-entry US visas being denied entry and sent back to Nigeria,” she said.

“In such cases reported to the office, such affected persons were sent back immediately on the next available flight and their visas were cancelled and no reasons were given for the decision by the US immigration authorities”.

US President Donald Trump had signed an executive order on January 27 to bar people from seven, Muslim-majority countries from travelling to the United States for 90 days.

It also stopped all refugees for 120 days and Syrian refugees permanently. The ban caused global outrage, as well as chaos across the United States, before it was frozen by a legal ruling.

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Kaduna International Airport is ready for international operation

Abuja – The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) say the Kaduna International Airport is now set for international operations. The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma, in an interview in Abuja, said the organisation has installed all safety equipment needed for the operation. “All the things we need for international operations are on ground. What is important actually is the safety equipment for the landing of the aircraft. “We have seen the runway is good, the Instrument Landing System (ILS) has been installed and the terminal building is ready. “The contractor has been directed by the Acting President to redouble his effort so that the remaining items of work that are remaining should be completed before the commencement of the international operations in Kaduna. “I think this is one of the luckiest airports; they have five generators as standby power supply. So we have more than enough,’’ he said. Similarly, Mr Fola Akinkuotu, Managing Director of NAMA, told NAN that once the Abuja Airport was closed, NAMA would deploy the mobile tower from the airport to Kaduna to complement what is already on ground. He said that NAMA management had certified the capability of Kaduna Airport, adding that its engineers have done a good job on it. “As far as this (Kaduna) airport is concerned, NAMA management, we are very satisfied that we have done a good job. “At the inception of the project, the ILS (Instrument Landing System) was not accessible but as of today, I can tell you that not only have we installed a brand new ILS, we have also calibrated it. “We have a calibration certificate from a UK concern. “On the facilities for landing, like I said, the ILS which comprises the glide scope and localizer have been calibrated and they have been found satisfactory like 10 on 10. “Apart from that, we also have the approach light that actually complement and make sure that they have the ILS.’’ The Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, announced the use of the Kaduna airport as alternative for the Abuja airport that would be closed for six weeks for repairs of its runway.

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Federal government laugh asset tracking platform

The Federal Government has launched an
Asset Tracking and Management Project
(ATM Project) to locate, identify, assess
and evaluate all its moveable and
immoveable assets domiciled at various
ministries, departments and agencies
(MDAs).
Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun,
who made the disclosure in Abuja at the
weekend, said the initiative would be
backed by a Central Asset Register
(CAR) to be kept at the ministry for
recording the actual quantity, value,
condition and location of all the capital
assets belonging to the Federal
Government.
According to her, under the International
Public Sector reporting Standard (IPSAS),
the Federal Government is expected to
record both its assets and liabilities.
“For the first time, a central and unified
national database of assets (Asset
Register) would be generated and
maintained for the purpose of recording,
tracking and managing the huge
investments in capital assets owned by
government.
“These are new initiatives of the Federal
Ministry of Finance designed to enhance
accountability, promote transparency and
deepen efficiency in line with the change
agenda of the administration of President
Muhammadu Buhari.
“The asset tracking exercise and register
will make planning and control easier
and improve accountability for assets.
With the increased allocation to capital
expenditure to 30 per cent, it is
important that all assets are recorded
and accounted for. Where disposals
occur, they must be in line with the laid
down procedures and must be
transparent,” she said.
The minister added that the CAR would
afford the government to know and
monitor in real time online information on
the inventory of government assets.
A project coordinator, Adeosun said, has
been appointed for the immediate take-
off of the ATM Project and the creation
of the first CAR for the Federal
Government.
Meanwhile, a circular by the minister has
been sent to all MDAs requesting their
accounting officers to prepare an
inventory of all fixed assets held as at
December 31, 2016, to facilitate physical
verification by the project team.
The circular requested all heads of MDAs
“to ensure that any assets held by
current and former staff are fully
accounted for. In this regard, you may
find it necessary to contact any former
staff and/or political office holders to
avail them the opportunity to return
relevant assets in their possession: “All
inventory records submitted will be cross-
checked to capital releases and project
account purchases to ensure
completeness. Where assets have been
sold or otherwise disposed of, they must
be recorded with supporting authorisation
for sale and evidence of payment, where
applicable.”

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