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  •  The Federal Government says the planned lifting of 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 is attainable if stakeholders play their expected roles effectively Ms Kachollum Daju the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Labour and Employment said this when she addressed newsmen on Sunday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had unveiled government s plans to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 Daju said the role of key players in the private sector including development partners remained indispensable and that government would not rest on its oars until the goal was achieved She said that government Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs were working hard to actualise the mandate of lifting the 100 million people out of the circle of poverty She said that the Ministry of Labour and Employment has inaugurated a data bank known as Labour Market Information System LMIS to guide those who have been employed and those wishing to secure employment According to her with the new National Development Plan 2021 to 2025 I m sure you are aware that there are many thematic areas It is not just the Ministry of Labour and Employment or the federal Ggvernment as it were it is multi sectoral and different sectors will come together to ensure that this is achieved The private sector is supposed to play a huge role because we cannot all be dependent on government So we will work together and for Ministry of Labour we have different agencies and departments that have to do with employment skills Alongside the LMIS we are also going to improve on job matching known as the National Electronic Labour Exchange NELEX she said It is where you match jobseekers with the job It has been going on but apparently many Nigerians are not aware of it The ministry is upgrading that and we also trying to construct more job centers across the nation Daju also said that the Ministry of Labour has created about 16 job centres across the country saying that the goal was to establish a centre in all the 36 states of the country and the FCT She said that there were plans to enhance the number of job centers in the nation in order to serve all 774 local government areas She added that the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF was actually brought to ensure that the informal sector was well taken care of and that was a problem for the government A large per cent of people are in the informal sector such as artisans are not insure but with the National Health Insurance Act which was just passed the insurance would cover the informal sector too she said Daju added that the National Directorate of Employment NDE has different schemes that cut across board to ensure that unemployment was reduced through empowerment vocation skills among others Yes I will say that the government policy to reduce poverty by 2030 is real the plans to cut down youth unemployment is real she added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Plans to lift 100m Nigerians out of poverty attainable –FG
     The Federal Government says the planned lifting of 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 is attainable if stakeholders play their expected roles effectively Ms Kachollum Daju the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Labour and Employment said this when she addressed newsmen on Sunday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had unveiled government s plans to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 Daju said the role of key players in the private sector including development partners remained indispensable and that government would not rest on its oars until the goal was achieved She said that government Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs were working hard to actualise the mandate of lifting the 100 million people out of the circle of poverty She said that the Ministry of Labour and Employment has inaugurated a data bank known as Labour Market Information System LMIS to guide those who have been employed and those wishing to secure employment According to her with the new National Development Plan 2021 to 2025 I m sure you are aware that there are many thematic areas It is not just the Ministry of Labour and Employment or the federal Ggvernment as it were it is multi sectoral and different sectors will come together to ensure that this is achieved The private sector is supposed to play a huge role because we cannot all be dependent on government So we will work together and for Ministry of Labour we have different agencies and departments that have to do with employment skills Alongside the LMIS we are also going to improve on job matching known as the National Electronic Labour Exchange NELEX she said It is where you match jobseekers with the job It has been going on but apparently many Nigerians are not aware of it The ministry is upgrading that and we also trying to construct more job centers across the nation Daju also said that the Ministry of Labour has created about 16 job centres across the country saying that the goal was to establish a centre in all the 36 states of the country and the FCT She said that there were plans to enhance the number of job centers in the nation in order to serve all 774 local government areas She added that the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF was actually brought to ensure that the informal sector was well taken care of and that was a problem for the government A large per cent of people are in the informal sector such as artisans are not insure but with the National Health Insurance Act which was just passed the insurance would cover the informal sector too she said Daju added that the National Directorate of Employment NDE has different schemes that cut across board to ensure that unemployment was reduced through empowerment vocation skills among others Yes I will say that the government policy to reduce poverty by 2030 is real the plans to cut down youth unemployment is real she added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Plans to lift 100m Nigerians out of poverty attainable –FG
    General news2 weeks ago

    Plans to lift 100m Nigerians out of poverty attainable –FG

    The Federal Government says the planned lifting of 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 is attainable, if stakeholders play their expected roles effectively.

    Ms Kachollum Daju, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, said this when she addressed newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had unveiled government’s plans to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030. Daju said the role of key players in the private sector, including development partners remained indispensable and that government would not rest on its oars until the goal was achieved.

    She said that government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) were working hard to actualise the mandate of lifting the 100 million people out of the circle of poverty.

    She said that the Ministry of Labour and Employment has inaugurated a data bank, known as Labour Market Information System(LMIS) to guide those who have been employed and those wishing to secure employment.

    According to her, with the new National Development Plan 2021 to 2025, I’m sure you are aware that there are many thematic areas.

    “It is not just the Ministry of Labour and Employment or the federal Ggvernment as it were, it is multi sectoral and different sectors will come together to ensure that this is achieved.

    “The private sector is supposed to play a huge role because we cannot all be dependent on government.

    “So we will work together and for Ministry of Labour, we have different agencies and departments that have to do with employment skills.

    “Alongside the LMIS, we are also going to improve on job matching, known as the National Electronic Labour Exchange (NELEX),” she said.

    “It is where you match jobseekers with the job.

    It has been going on but apparently many Nigerians are not aware of it.

    “The ministry is upgrading that and we also trying to construct more job centers across the nation.

    ” Daju also said that the Ministry of Labour has created about 16 job centres across the country, saying that the goal was to establish a centre in all the 36 states of the country and the FCT.

    She said that there were plans to enhance the number of job centers in the nation in order to serve all 774 local government areas.

    She added that the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) was actually brought to ensure that the informal sector was well taken care of and that was a problem for the government.

    “A large per cent of people are in the informal sector, such as artisans are not insure but  with the National Health Insurance Act which was just passed, the insurance would cover the informal sector too, ’’she said.

    Daju  added that the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has different schemes that cut across board to ensure that unemployment was reduced through empowerment, vocation skills, among others.

    “Yes, I will say that the government policy to reduce poverty by 2030 is real, the plans to cut down youth unemployment is real,’ ’she added.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Government says it will no longer be business as usual for unproductive civil servants as there are sanctions for incompetence Minister of State Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo disclosed this at the 2022 Ministerial Service Award for Labour Sector on Thursday in Abuja The award was organised to mark the 2022 Africa Day for Civil Service and also in recognition of outstanding performances of staffers of both the Ministry and the Agencies under its supervision Keyamo said it was heart warming that the ministry was recognising the outstanding performances of officers who have tirelessly worked to help it achieve its mandate in the course of the year He said this is an opportunity to inform you all that enhanced performances for productivity must be encouraged and so this platform is to celebrate and recognise excellence in service delivery by some carefully selected officers of the ministry With the performance Management process in place it will not be business as usual for unproductive civil servants There are sanctions for incompetence The ministry will provide the enabling environment for competitive performance in rendering quality services thereby staff aspiring to put in their best in the discharge of their duties will be encouraged Quite a number of these staff has been able to discharge their duties under unfriendly and challenging environment yet these officers demonstrated zeal and passion in attending to their schedules The courage and bravery displayed by these officers are what had recommended them for these awards that would be conferred on them today he said Keyamo said that the different categories of awardees were drawn from different departments and agencies of the ministry ranging through different grade levels Also speaking Ms Kachallom Daju Permanent Secretary in the ministry said the Office of Head of Civil Service had taken the lead in ensuring that civil servants were duly compensated for their contributions to the service in general Daju said that the importance of performance management cannot be over emphasised as it would improve organisational performance employee retention and loyalty as well as improve productivity She added this is thereby overcoming the barriers to communication clear accountability and cost advantages The issues resolved by management would bridge the communication gap between management and staff This will also save time and reduce conflicts generated with labour unions while it will also ensure efficiency and consistency in performance Indeed recognition of hard work and performance is all about giving positive feedback based on results Award a bonus a promotion etc are means to demonstrate appreciation of contributions to achieving goals she said The Permanent Secretary said that the ministry had carefully and genuinely selected deserving officers through a credible process with inputs from all the departments to come up with the list of officers that were awarded She also said that the agencies under the ministry s supervision constituted Award Committees to further strengthen a trustworthy process for selecting awardees This occasion is seen as motivating and exciting for everyone because we all desire that our good work be applauded Therefore today s Ministerial Service Award is to celebrate some of the ministry s staff and selected staff of the Agencies who have exhibited exceptional commitment and dedication to service she said In his remarks Dr Michael Akabogu Managing Director Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF commended the ministry for recognising officers for their productivity and adherence to the core values of the service Responding on behalf of the awardees Mrs Martina Nwodu Director of Special Projects commended the minister and the ministry for the recognition excellence in service delivery This award is a motivation for us to continue to do our very best as it will also encourage the younger officers to do more she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 15 staff were rewarded with cash prizes and awards for excellent performances NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG to sanction unproductive civil servants for incompetence
     The Federal Government says it will no longer be business as usual for unproductive civil servants as there are sanctions for incompetence Minister of State Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo disclosed this at the 2022 Ministerial Service Award for Labour Sector on Thursday in Abuja The award was organised to mark the 2022 Africa Day for Civil Service and also in recognition of outstanding performances of staffers of both the Ministry and the Agencies under its supervision Keyamo said it was heart warming that the ministry was recognising the outstanding performances of officers who have tirelessly worked to help it achieve its mandate in the course of the year He said this is an opportunity to inform you all that enhanced performances for productivity must be encouraged and so this platform is to celebrate and recognise excellence in service delivery by some carefully selected officers of the ministry With the performance Management process in place it will not be business as usual for unproductive civil servants There are sanctions for incompetence The ministry will provide the enabling environment for competitive performance in rendering quality services thereby staff aspiring to put in their best in the discharge of their duties will be encouraged Quite a number of these staff has been able to discharge their duties under unfriendly and challenging environment yet these officers demonstrated zeal and passion in attending to their schedules The courage and bravery displayed by these officers are what had recommended them for these awards that would be conferred on them today he said Keyamo said that the different categories of awardees were drawn from different departments and agencies of the ministry ranging through different grade levels Also speaking Ms Kachallom Daju Permanent Secretary in the ministry said the Office of Head of Civil Service had taken the lead in ensuring that civil servants were duly compensated for their contributions to the service in general Daju said that the importance of performance management cannot be over emphasised as it would improve organisational performance employee retention and loyalty as well as improve productivity She added this is thereby overcoming the barriers to communication clear accountability and cost advantages The issues resolved by management would bridge the communication gap between management and staff This will also save time and reduce conflicts generated with labour unions while it will also ensure efficiency and consistency in performance Indeed recognition of hard work and performance is all about giving positive feedback based on results Award a bonus a promotion etc are means to demonstrate appreciation of contributions to achieving goals she said The Permanent Secretary said that the ministry had carefully and genuinely selected deserving officers through a credible process with inputs from all the departments to come up with the list of officers that were awarded She also said that the agencies under the ministry s supervision constituted Award Committees to further strengthen a trustworthy process for selecting awardees This occasion is seen as motivating and exciting for everyone because we all desire that our good work be applauded Therefore today s Ministerial Service Award is to celebrate some of the ministry s staff and selected staff of the Agencies who have exhibited exceptional commitment and dedication to service she said In his remarks Dr Michael Akabogu Managing Director Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF commended the ministry for recognising officers for their productivity and adherence to the core values of the service Responding on behalf of the awardees Mrs Martina Nwodu Director of Special Projects commended the minister and the ministry for the recognition excellence in service delivery This award is a motivation for us to continue to do our very best as it will also encourage the younger officers to do more she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 15 staff were rewarded with cash prizes and awards for excellent performances NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG to sanction unproductive civil servants for incompetence
    General news3 weeks ago

    FG to sanction unproductive civil servants for incompetence

    The Federal Government says it will no longer be business as usual for unproductive civil servants as there are sanctions for incompetence.

    Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Labour and  Employment, Festus Keyamo disclosed this at the 2022  Ministerial Service Award for Labour Sector on Thursday in Abuja.

    The award was organised to mark the 2022 Africa Day for Civil Service and also in recognition of outstanding performances of staffers of both the Ministry and the Agencies under its supervision.

    Keyamo said it was heart-warming that the ministry was recognising the outstanding performances of officers who have tirelessly worked to help it achieve its mandate in the course of the year.

    He said, ”this is an opportunity to inform you all that enhanced performances for productivity must be encouraged and so this platform is to celebrate and recognise excellence in service delivery by some carefully selected officers of the ministry.  

    “With the performance Management process in place, it will not be business as usual for unproductive civil servants.

    There are sanctions for incompetence.

    “The ministry will provide the enabling environment for competitive performance in rendering quality services, thereby staff aspiring to put in their best in the discharge of their duties, will be encouraged.

    “Quite a number of these staff has been able to discharge their duties under unfriendly and challenging environment yet these officers demonstrated zeal and passion in attending to their schedules.

    “The courage and bravery displayed by these officers are what had recommended them for these awards, that would be conferred on them today, ’’he said.

    Keyamo said that the different categories of awardees were drawn from different departments and agencies of the ministry, ranging through different grade levels.

    Also speaking, Ms Kachallom Daju, Permanent Secretary in the ministry said the Office of Head of Civil Service had taken the lead in ensuring that civil servants were duly compensated for their contributions to the service in general.    

    Daju said that the importance of performance management cannot be over emphasised as it would improve organisational performance, employee retention and loyalty, as well as improve productivity.  

    She added, ”this is thereby overcoming the barriers to communication, clear accountability, and cost advantages.

    ”The issues resolved by management would  bridge the communication gap between management and staff.

    “This will also save time and reduce conflicts generated with labour unions while it will also ensure efficiency and consistency in performance.  

    “Indeed, recognition of hard work and performance is all about giving positive feedback based on results.  

    “Award, a bonus, a promotion etc are means to demonstrate appreciation of contributions to achieving goals, ’’she said.  

    The Permanent Secretary said that the ministry had carefully and genuinely selected deserving officers through a credible process with inputs from all the departments to come up with the list of officers that were awarded.  

    She also said that the agencies under the ministry’s supervision constituted Award Committees to further strengthen a trustworthy process for selecting awardees.

    “This occasion is seen as motivating and exciting for everyone, because we all desire that our good work be applauded.

    “Therefore, today’s Ministerial Service Award is to celebrate some of the ministry’s staff and selected staff of the Agencies who have exhibited exceptional commitment and dedication to service,’’she said.

    In his remarks, Dr Michael Akabogu, Managing Director, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), commended the ministry for recognising officers for their “productivity and adherence to the core values of the service.

    ”   Responding on behalf of the awardees, Mrs Martina Nwodu, Director of Special Projects commended the minister and the ministry for the recognition excellence in service delivery.  

    “This award is a motivation for us to continue to do our very best as it will also encourage the younger officers to do more,’’she said.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 15 staff were rewarded with cash prizes and awards for excellent performances.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Senate and quest for good governance accountability The Senate and quest for good governance accountability By Kingsley Okoye News Agency of Nigeria Since the return to civil rule in 1999 Nigeria s journey to good governance has continued to evolve with positive and sometimes not very palatable legislative narratives The legislature which is one of the pillars of democracy not only makes laws but also ensures accountability in public spending Although the parliament has received commendation for its strides in the delivery of dividends of democracy observers say that the two chambers of the National Assembly the Senate and House of Representatives can do better given some incidents that have taken place over the years With particular reference to the Senate some political analysts say they are uncomfortable with some of the unpleasant narratives that have emanated from the red chamber over the years Since the latest democratic experience the Senate has produced numerous legislations that testify to its contributions as a bastion of democracy in the nation Some observers of developments in the nation s political scene disagree and point out that for instance several probes of government Ministries Agencies and Departments MDAs through the Senate Public Accounts Committee have not produced expected results Some of the recent high profile probes are that of the N1 05 billion Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron Akwa Ibom and the N61 1 billion Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF For instance Mr Imohimi Onogie an Abuja based criminal expert and law lecturer said the Senate probes have not been effective because they often give culprits opportunity for unnecessary defence Imagine the Senate committee on the Oron probe asking the rector to go and bring details The fact that the rector and others parties appeared before the probe panel with little details make them culpable he said Similarly a recent media report quoted Mr Seun Lawal a political analyst as saying that the Senate should demonstrate that it is capable of ensuring that those entrusted with public resources are held accountable Having virtually eliminated Legislature Executive friction which has hampered governance in the past the Senate insists that it has the created the environment to effectively discharge its duties Senate President Ahmad Lawan said that the 9th Senate has fared well in promoting accountability and transparency in public spending adding that probes remain only one of the numerous functions of the Senate At its second anniversary session in June 2021 Lawan in a speech entitled Beholding the Silver Lining in Nigeria said the Senate has shown exceptional patriotism in seeking solutions to challenges facing Nigeria The 9th Senate has also aligned with the executive in the fight against corruption because the malaise has been a bane in our development efforts The achievements we made in transparency and accountability are reflected in our dutiful oversight functions the exposure of inordinate practices during public hearings and budget defenses and in seeking clarifications for hazy expenditures and procurements are feats that we have to sustain to harness the longer term benefits Lawan said The cumulative effect of these interventions according to Lawan is that Nigeria moved out of recession in the last quarter of 2020 with a Gross Domestic Product GDP growth rate of 0 51 per cent in real terms in the first quarter of 2021 and improved job opportunities for youths The Senate President said through national assembly legislative duties jobs have been created citing the N Power approval which produced over 500 000 employment opportunities for Nigerians in the last two years alone According to him 742 bills were introduced into the 9th Senate in the last two years out of which 58 have been passed while 355 bills have sailed through first reading He said 175 bills have also gone through second reading and are before relevant committees for further legislative actions Notable among the bills are deep offshore and inland basin production sharing contracts act 2004 amendment bill 2009 the finance bill 2019 Nigeria Tax and Fiscal Law SB 140 The latter saw the amendment of seven existing tax laws and the Companies and Allied Matters Act Cap C20 LFN 2004 Repeal and Reenactment Bill 2019 SB 270 have also been passed He said the deep offshore and inland basin production sharing contract act amendment bill 2019 passed by the Senate and had since received presidential assent would increase revenue accruing from International Oil Companies IOCs operating in the country from 150 million dollars to 1 5 billion dollars annually Other bills recently passed by the Senate to drive and accelerate national development are the Petroleum Industry Act PIA the Electoral Act Electricity Bill 2022 National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022 to ensure universal health coverage for 83 million Nigerians among other bills Lawan s position is supported by the Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs Sen Ajibola Basiru in a recent statement said the 9th Senate has been proactive in discharging its duties Basiru said the Red Chamber had helped to provide a window for the Federal Government to realise at least N320 billion by amending a relevant oil sector Bills He said the Senate took deliberate steps towards improving revenues from other sources notably Value Added Tax VAT Accordingly it passed an Executive Bill which proposed an increase in VAT from 5 per cent to 7 5 per cent in record time by invoking its powers under Order 79 1 of the Senate Standing Rules Another laudable and progressive intervention was the extensive work done on the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Amendment Act 2019 to repeal and replace Section 16 of the Act he said According to him the agenda entitled A National Assembly that Works for Nigeria significantly serves as the guide for both Chambers of the National Assembly He said the passing of the Petroleum Industry Bill PIB now Petroleum Industry Act PIA has given a definitive legal framework for the oil and gas sector According to the Convener Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room and Country Director Acton Aid Nigeria Mrs Ene Obi said the Senate has done well in the discharge of its responsibilities especially in promoting electoral reforms through the Electoral Act Amendment Bill She said that Civil Society Organisations were committed to working with the National Assembly in promoting good governance and accountability Dr Romanus Okoro a Financial Analyst and an anti corruption crusader urged the Senate through its Public Account Committee to re introduce and pass the Federal Audit Bill Okoro said the passage of the bill would further engender national development as recurring issues of financial impropriety in expenditure of MDAs and other forms of corruption would be checked According to him the bill will empower the office of Auditor General for the Federation to independently check financial corruption in MDAs deepen transparency and block financial leakages Okoro believes the law would help address cases of recurring inability of MDAs to provide factual responses to queries on their expenditures raised by the audit reports at public hearings of the Public Account Committee of the Senate Ahead of their Sept 22 resumption date and less than one year to the inauguration of a new Senate observers say the 9th Senate has performed well though there is still enough time to contribute more to the development of the nation If used please credit the author and News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    The Senate and quest for good governance, accountability
      The Senate and quest for good governance accountability The Senate and quest for good governance accountability By Kingsley Okoye News Agency of Nigeria Since the return to civil rule in 1999 Nigeria s journey to good governance has continued to evolve with positive and sometimes not very palatable legislative narratives The legislature which is one of the pillars of democracy not only makes laws but also ensures accountability in public spending Although the parliament has received commendation for its strides in the delivery of dividends of democracy observers say that the two chambers of the National Assembly the Senate and House of Representatives can do better given some incidents that have taken place over the years With particular reference to the Senate some political analysts say they are uncomfortable with some of the unpleasant narratives that have emanated from the red chamber over the years Since the latest democratic experience the Senate has produced numerous legislations that testify to its contributions as a bastion of democracy in the nation Some observers of developments in the nation s political scene disagree and point out that for instance several probes of government Ministries Agencies and Departments MDAs through the Senate Public Accounts Committee have not produced expected results Some of the recent high profile probes are that of the N1 05 billion Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron Akwa Ibom and the N61 1 billion Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF For instance Mr Imohimi Onogie an Abuja based criminal expert and law lecturer said the Senate probes have not been effective because they often give culprits opportunity for unnecessary defence Imagine the Senate committee on the Oron probe asking the rector to go and bring details The fact that the rector and others parties appeared before the probe panel with little details make them culpable he said Similarly a recent media report quoted Mr Seun Lawal a political analyst as saying that the Senate should demonstrate that it is capable of ensuring that those entrusted with public resources are held accountable Having virtually eliminated Legislature Executive friction which has hampered governance in the past the Senate insists that it has the created the environment to effectively discharge its duties Senate President Ahmad Lawan said that the 9th Senate has fared well in promoting accountability and transparency in public spending adding that probes remain only one of the numerous functions of the Senate At its second anniversary session in June 2021 Lawan in a speech entitled Beholding the Silver Lining in Nigeria said the Senate has shown exceptional patriotism in seeking solutions to challenges facing Nigeria The 9th Senate has also aligned with the executive in the fight against corruption because the malaise has been a bane in our development efforts The achievements we made in transparency and accountability are reflected in our dutiful oversight functions the exposure of inordinate practices during public hearings and budget defenses and in seeking clarifications for hazy expenditures and procurements are feats that we have to sustain to harness the longer term benefits Lawan said The cumulative effect of these interventions according to Lawan is that Nigeria moved out of recession in the last quarter of 2020 with a Gross Domestic Product GDP growth rate of 0 51 per cent in real terms in the first quarter of 2021 and improved job opportunities for youths The Senate President said through national assembly legislative duties jobs have been created citing the N Power approval which produced over 500 000 employment opportunities for Nigerians in the last two years alone According to him 742 bills were introduced into the 9th Senate in the last two years out of which 58 have been passed while 355 bills have sailed through first reading He said 175 bills have also gone through second reading and are before relevant committees for further legislative actions Notable among the bills are deep offshore and inland basin production sharing contracts act 2004 amendment bill 2009 the finance bill 2019 Nigeria Tax and Fiscal Law SB 140 The latter saw the amendment of seven existing tax laws and the Companies and Allied Matters Act Cap C20 LFN 2004 Repeal and Reenactment Bill 2019 SB 270 have also been passed He said the deep offshore and inland basin production sharing contract act amendment bill 2019 passed by the Senate and had since received presidential assent would increase revenue accruing from International Oil Companies IOCs operating in the country from 150 million dollars to 1 5 billion dollars annually Other bills recently passed by the Senate to drive and accelerate national development are the Petroleum Industry Act PIA the Electoral Act Electricity Bill 2022 National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022 to ensure universal health coverage for 83 million Nigerians among other bills Lawan s position is supported by the Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs Sen Ajibola Basiru in a recent statement said the 9th Senate has been proactive in discharging its duties Basiru said the Red Chamber had helped to provide a window for the Federal Government to realise at least N320 billion by amending a relevant oil sector Bills He said the Senate took deliberate steps towards improving revenues from other sources notably Value Added Tax VAT Accordingly it passed an Executive Bill which proposed an increase in VAT from 5 per cent to 7 5 per cent in record time by invoking its powers under Order 79 1 of the Senate Standing Rules Another laudable and progressive intervention was the extensive work done on the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Amendment Act 2019 to repeal and replace Section 16 of the Act he said According to him the agenda entitled A National Assembly that Works for Nigeria significantly serves as the guide for both Chambers of the National Assembly He said the passing of the Petroleum Industry Bill PIB now Petroleum Industry Act PIA has given a definitive legal framework for the oil and gas sector According to the Convener Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room and Country Director Acton Aid Nigeria Mrs Ene Obi said the Senate has done well in the discharge of its responsibilities especially in promoting electoral reforms through the Electoral Act Amendment Bill She said that Civil Society Organisations were committed to working with the National Assembly in promoting good governance and accountability Dr Romanus Okoro a Financial Analyst and an anti corruption crusader urged the Senate through its Public Account Committee to re introduce and pass the Federal Audit Bill Okoro said the passage of the bill would further engender national development as recurring issues of financial impropriety in expenditure of MDAs and other forms of corruption would be checked According to him the bill will empower the office of Auditor General for the Federation to independently check financial corruption in MDAs deepen transparency and block financial leakages Okoro believes the law would help address cases of recurring inability of MDAs to provide factual responses to queries on their expenditures raised by the audit reports at public hearings of the Public Account Committee of the Senate Ahead of their Sept 22 resumption date and less than one year to the inauguration of a new Senate observers say the 9th Senate has performed well though there is still enough time to contribute more to the development of the nation If used please credit the author and News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    The Senate and quest for good governance, accountability
    General news4 weeks ago

    The Senate and quest for good governance, accountability

    The Senate and quest for good governance, accountabilityThe Senate and quest for good governance, accountability By Kingsley Okoye, News Agency of Nigeria Since the return to civil rule in 1999, Nigeria’s journey to good governance has continued to evolve with positive and sometimes, not very palatable legislative narratives.

    The legislature which is one of the pillars of democracy not only makes laws but also ensures accountability in public spending.

    Although the parliament has received commendation for its strides in the delivery of dividends of democracy, observers say that the two chambers of the National Assembly, the Senate and House of Representatives, can do better given some incidents that have taken place over the years.

    With particular reference to the Senate, some political analysts say they are uncomfortable with some of the unpleasant narratives that have emanated from the red chamber over the years.

    Since the latest democratic experience, the Senate has produced numerous legislations that testify to its contributions as a bastion of democracy in the nation.

    Some observers of developments in the nation’s political scene disagree and point out that, for instance, several probes of government Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs) through the Senate Public Accounts Committee have not produced expected results.

    Some of the recent high profile probes are that of the N1.05 billion Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom and the N61.1 billion Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).

    For instance, Mr Imohimi Onogie, an Abuja-based criminal expert and law lecturer, said the Senate probes have not been effective because they often give culprits opportunity for unnecessary defence.

    “Imagine, the Senate committee on the Oron probe asking the rector to go and bring details.

    The fact that the rector and others parties appeared before the probe panel with little details make them culpable,” he said.

    Similarly, a recent media report quoted Mr Seun Lawal, a political analyst, as saying that the Senate should demonstrate that it is capable of ensuring that those entrusted with public resources are held accountable.

    Having virtually eliminated Legislature-Executive friction which has hampered governance in the past, the Senate insists that it has the created the environment to effectively discharge its duties.

    Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said that the 9th Senate has fared well in promoting accountability and transparency in public spending, adding that probes remain only one of the numerous functions of the Senate.

    At its second anniversary session in June 2021, Lawan in a speech entitled “Beholding the Silver Lining in Nigeria”, said the Senate has shown exceptional patriotism in seeking solutions to challenges facing Nigeria.

    “The 9th Senate has also aligned with the executive in the fight against corruption, because the malaise has been a bane in our development efforts.

    “The achievements we made in transparency and accountability are reflected in our dutiful oversight functions, the exposure of inordinate practices during public hearings, and budget defenses and in seeking clarifications for hazy expenditures and procurements, are feats that we have to sustain, to harness the longer-term benefits,” Lawan said.

    The cumulative effect of these interventions, according to Lawan, is that Nigeria moved out of recession in the last quarter of 2020 with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate of 0.51 per cent in real terms in the first quarter of 2021; and improved job opportunities for youths.

    The Senate President said through national assembly legislative duties, jobs have been created, citing the N-Power approval which produced over 500,000 employment opportunities for Nigerians in the last two years alone.

    According to him, 742 bills were introduced into the 9th Senate in the last two years, out of which 58 have been passed, while 355 bills have sailed through first reading.

    He said 175 bills have also gone through second reading and are before relevant committees for further legislative actions.

    Notable among the bills are deep offshore and inland basin production sharing contracts act 2004 (amendment bill, 2009); the finance bill 2019 (Nigeria Tax and Fiscal Law) (SB.

    140).

    The latter saw the amendment of seven existing tax laws and the Companies and Allied Matters Act, Cap C20 LFN 2004 (Repeal and Reenactment) Bill 2019 (SB.

    270), have also been passed.

    He said the deep offshore and inland basin production sharing contract act amendment bill, 2019, passed by the Senate and had since received presidential assent would increase revenue accruing from International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in the country from 150 million dollars to 1.5 billion dollars annually.

    Other bills recently passed by the Senate to drive and accelerate national development are the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), the Electoral Act, Electricity Bill 2022, National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022 to ensure universal health coverage for 83 million Nigerians among other bills.

    Lawan’s position is supported by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs; Sen. Ajibola Basiru in a recent statement said the 9th Senate has been proactive in discharging its duties.

    Basiru said the Red Chamber had helped to provide a window for the Federal Government to realise at least N320 billion by amending a relevant oil sector Bills.

    He said the Senate took deliberate steps towards improving revenues from other sources notably Value Added Tax (VAT).

    “Accordingly, it passed an Executive Bill which proposed an increase in VAT from 5 per cent to 7.5 per cent in record time by invoking its powers under Order 79(1) of the Senate Standing Rules.

    “Another laudable and progressive intervention was the extensive work done on the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract (Amendment) Act 2019, to repeal and replace Section 16 of the Act,” he said.

    According to him, the agenda entitled: “A National Assembly that Works for Nigeria” significantly serves as the guide for both Chambers of the National Assembly.

    He said the passing of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), now Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) has given a definitive legal framework for the oil and gas sector.

    According to the Convener, Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room and Country Director, Acton Aid Nigeria, Mrs Ene Obi, said the Senate has done well in the discharge of its responsibilities, especially in promoting electoral reforms through the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. She said that Civil Society Organisations were committed to working with the National Assembly in promoting good governance and accountability.

    Dr Romanus Okoro, a Financial Analyst and an anti-corruption crusader urged the Senate, through its Public Account Committee, to re-introduce and pass the Federal Audit Bill. Okoro said the passage of the bill would further engender national development as recurring issues of financial impropriety in expenditure of MDAs and other forms of corruption would be checked.

    According to him the bill will empower the office of Auditor General for the Federation to independently check financial corruption in MDAs, deepen  transparency and block financial leakages.

    Okoro believes the law would help address cases of recurring inability of MDAs to provide factual responses to queries on their expenditures  raised  by  the audit reports at public hearings of the Public Account Committee of the Senate.

    Ahead of their Sept. 22 resumption date and less than one year to the inauguration of a new Senate, observers say the 9th Senate has performed well though there is still enough time to contribute more to the development of the nation.

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  •   2018 Audit Report over misappropriation not on current NSITF management Okoronkwo lt Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF says the 2018 Audit Report by the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation over misappropriation has nothing to do with the current management of the fund Mrs Ijeoma Okoronkwo General Manager Corporate Affairs said this in a statement made available in Abuja Okoronkwo said that the clarification had become necessary to forestall further wrong finger pointing and mischief directed at the current management According to her the report which raised 50 queries on misappropriation of N17 158bn had nothing to do with the current management which came into office on June 1 2021 She said that the probe by the Senate Committee on Public Accounts was in exercise of its statutory oversight functions It is important to inform the general public that what is under investigation are not new infractions but a cumulative financial violations under the management that ran the agency between 2012 and 2017 These infractions are not new They have in fact been subject of probe since the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation first raised the red flag in 2015 We make it clear therefore that the negative trails of these breaches have nothing to do with the present management beyond assisting the Senate Committee to carry out its oversight functions she said Okoronkwo said on record the EFCC had probed and taken the former Chairman of the Board and five other senior officials including the Managing Director and three Directors to court over some of the issues She further said that huge sums of money as well as property were also recovered while some of the indicted staff members were equally removed from the office Indeed the Senate Committee initiated the current probe the Managing Director Dr Michael Akabogu set up an internal committee to retrieve from First Bank and Skye Bank detailed transactions involving the fund under the period in probe Documents were subsequently submitted to the Senate Committee and when they called for the vouchers backing up the transactions Dr Akabogu requested that the former Managing Directors should be invited to provide further answers she said Okoronkwo added that the current management was not in possession of the vouchers She informed the committee that the contents of the container in the premises of the fund where the former Managing Directors allegedly left the vouchers had succumbed to the elements She further said that this would be substantiated from memos hitherto written by the fund s General Services Department on the state of the facility in question Okoronkwo therefore said that the current management of the NSITF had charted a new course with strategic reforms strongly anchored on transparency and was producing positive results www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2018 Audit Report over misappropriation, not on current NSITF management – Okoronkwo
      2018 Audit Report over misappropriation not on current NSITF management Okoronkwo lt Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF says the 2018 Audit Report by the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation over misappropriation has nothing to do with the current management of the fund Mrs Ijeoma Okoronkwo General Manager Corporate Affairs said this in a statement made available in Abuja Okoronkwo said that the clarification had become necessary to forestall further wrong finger pointing and mischief directed at the current management According to her the report which raised 50 queries on misappropriation of N17 158bn had nothing to do with the current management which came into office on June 1 2021 She said that the probe by the Senate Committee on Public Accounts was in exercise of its statutory oversight functions It is important to inform the general public that what is under investigation are not new infractions but a cumulative financial violations under the management that ran the agency between 2012 and 2017 These infractions are not new They have in fact been subject of probe since the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation first raised the red flag in 2015 We make it clear therefore that the negative trails of these breaches have nothing to do with the present management beyond assisting the Senate Committee to carry out its oversight functions she said Okoronkwo said on record the EFCC had probed and taken the former Chairman of the Board and five other senior officials including the Managing Director and three Directors to court over some of the issues She further said that huge sums of money as well as property were also recovered while some of the indicted staff members were equally removed from the office Indeed the Senate Committee initiated the current probe the Managing Director Dr Michael Akabogu set up an internal committee to retrieve from First Bank and Skye Bank detailed transactions involving the fund under the period in probe Documents were subsequently submitted to the Senate Committee and when they called for the vouchers backing up the transactions Dr Akabogu requested that the former Managing Directors should be invited to provide further answers she said Okoronkwo added that the current management was not in possession of the vouchers She informed the committee that the contents of the container in the premises of the fund where the former Managing Directors allegedly left the vouchers had succumbed to the elements She further said that this would be substantiated from memos hitherto written by the fund s General Services Department on the state of the facility in question Okoronkwo therefore said that the current management of the NSITF had charted a new course with strategic reforms strongly anchored on transparency and was producing positive results www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2018 Audit Report over misappropriation, not on current NSITF management – Okoronkwo
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    2018 Audit Report over misappropriation, not on current NSITF management – Okoronkwo

    2018 Audit Report over misappropriation, not on current NSITF management – Okoronkwo < Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) says the 2018 Audit Report by the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation over misappropriation has nothing to do with the current management of the fund.

    Mrs Ijeoma Okoronkwo, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, said this in a statement made available in Abuja.

    Okoronkwo said that the clarification had become necessary to forestall further wrong finger-pointing and mischief directed at the current management.

    According to her, the report which raised 50 queries on misappropriation of N17.158bn had nothing to do with the current management, which came into office on June 1, 2021. She said that the probe by the Senate  Committee on Public Accounts was  in exercise of its statutory oversight functions.

    “It is important to inform the general public that what is under investigation, are not new infractions but a cumulative financial violations under the management that ran the agency between 2012 and 2017 .  

    “These infractions are not new.

    They  have in fact been subject of probe  since the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation first raised the red flag in 2015.     “We make it clear therefore that the negative trails of these breaches, have nothing to do with the present management beyond assisting the Senate Committee to carry out its oversight functions, ’’ she said.  

    Okoronkwo said on record, the EFCC had probed and taken the former Chairman of the Board and  five other senior officials, including the Managing Director and three Directors to court over some of the issues.

    She further said that huge sums of money as well as property were also recovered, while some of the indicted staff members were equally removed from the office.

    “Indeed, the Senate Committee initiated the current probe;  the Managing Director, Dr Michael Akabogu, set up an internal committee to retrieve from First Bank and Skye Bank detailed transactions involving the fund under the period in probe.

    “Documents were subsequently submitted to the Senate Committee and when they called for the vouchers backing up the transactions, Dr Akabogu requested that the former Managing Directors should be invited to provide further answers, ’’ she said.

    Okoronkwo  added that the current management was not in possession of the vouchers.

    She informed the committee that the contents of the container in the premises of the fund, where the former Managing Directors allegedly left the vouchers had succumbed to the elements.

    She further said that this would be substantiated from memos, hitherto written by the fund’s General Services Department on the state of the facility in question.

    Okoronkwo therefore, said that the current management of the NSITF   had charted a new course with strategic reforms, strongly anchored on transparency and was  producing positive results.

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  •  Stakeholders in the automobile industry have appealed for the speedy passage of the Automobile Policy to engender growth in the industry At the Maiden Auto CEOs Forum held in Abuja on Thursday they also decried lack of an Auto Purchase Credit Scheme for Nigerians purchase vehicles on a staggered payment scheme They argued that if such scheme was made available people would be able to buy new vehicles and the business of local assemblers in the country would thrive Mr Remi Olaife Executive Director Nigeria Automobile Manufacturers Association NAMA said that lack of political will was the main constraint of the industry We are not ready as a country to move How long are we going to wait The Auto policy was approved during President Goodluck Jonathan administration and till date they are still trying to make it a law All what is said today has already been said If we do not have the political will nothing gets done The funds are there it is for us to decide what we want to do Representing the Director General of BPP the Director of Procurement Mr Eze Obasi urged the automobile companies to upgrade their status to enable them benefit from the bureau s policy Federal Government have a policy aimed at enabling indeginious firms to grow We recommend agencies to patronise upgraded companies who have met all the requirements of tax clearance CAC registration PENCOM certifications ITF and NSITF However there is need for a deliberate collaboration among you You also need to collaborate with smaller firms that can provide the necessary components you need to thrive If you are not registered with the bureau you cannot do business with the government Obasi said Earlier the former Acting Director General National Automotive Design and Development Council NADDC Lukman Mamood urged the NAMA to come together in one voice He said they should form a formidable force that would engage the government and relevant stakeholders on the way forward for the industry He said the objective of the policy was to establish a dynamic fiscal policy to attract and sustain investments It is aimed to one million automobiles for transport mining and agriculture attract FDI and renew Nigerian vehicle stock and reverse pressure on balance of payment and strengthen the naira It is also aimed at establishing automotive manufacturing infrastructure and increase industry employment among other things Mamood said He said the requirements for the industry s development however entailed incentives and supportive measures legislation market and skills development among other things The Controller of Customs Musa Baba said that the industry had to be private driven for effective and efficient growth On purchase of vehicles he said We have to look into financing of the industry that is the purchase of vehicles Also let us identify people who have true passion to push through the objectives of the forum Meanwhile the Chief Executive Officer Nord Automobiles Ltd Oluwatobi Atayi decried the non financing of automobile business in Nigeria due to high interest rate He urged that the National Automotive Council NAC levy on importation of vehicles to the country should be channeled as supposed to the automobile industry The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the forum was attended by stakeholders and players in the industry NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders clamour speedy passage of automobile policy 
     Stakeholders in the automobile industry have appealed for the speedy passage of the Automobile Policy to engender growth in the industry At the Maiden Auto CEOs Forum held in Abuja on Thursday they also decried lack of an Auto Purchase Credit Scheme for Nigerians purchase vehicles on a staggered payment scheme They argued that if such scheme was made available people would be able to buy new vehicles and the business of local assemblers in the country would thrive Mr Remi Olaife Executive Director Nigeria Automobile Manufacturers Association NAMA said that lack of political will was the main constraint of the industry We are not ready as a country to move How long are we going to wait The Auto policy was approved during President Goodluck Jonathan administration and till date they are still trying to make it a law All what is said today has already been said If we do not have the political will nothing gets done The funds are there it is for us to decide what we want to do Representing the Director General of BPP the Director of Procurement Mr Eze Obasi urged the automobile companies to upgrade their status to enable them benefit from the bureau s policy Federal Government have a policy aimed at enabling indeginious firms to grow We recommend agencies to patronise upgraded companies who have met all the requirements of tax clearance CAC registration PENCOM certifications ITF and NSITF However there is need for a deliberate collaboration among you You also need to collaborate with smaller firms that can provide the necessary components you need to thrive If you are not registered with the bureau you cannot do business with the government Obasi said Earlier the former Acting Director General National Automotive Design and Development Council NADDC Lukman Mamood urged the NAMA to come together in one voice He said they should form a formidable force that would engage the government and relevant stakeholders on the way forward for the industry He said the objective of the policy was to establish a dynamic fiscal policy to attract and sustain investments It is aimed to one million automobiles for transport mining and agriculture attract FDI and renew Nigerian vehicle stock and reverse pressure on balance of payment and strengthen the naira It is also aimed at establishing automotive manufacturing infrastructure and increase industry employment among other things Mamood said He said the requirements for the industry s development however entailed incentives and supportive measures legislation market and skills development among other things The Controller of Customs Musa Baba said that the industry had to be private driven for effective and efficient growth On purchase of vehicles he said We have to look into financing of the industry that is the purchase of vehicles Also let us identify people who have true passion to push through the objectives of the forum Meanwhile the Chief Executive Officer Nord Automobiles Ltd Oluwatobi Atayi decried the non financing of automobile business in Nigeria due to high interest rate He urged that the National Automotive Council NAC levy on importation of vehicles to the country should be channeled as supposed to the automobile industry The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the forum was attended by stakeholders and players in the industry NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders clamour speedy passage of automobile policy 
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    Stakeholders clamour speedy passage of automobile policy 

    Stakeholders in the automobile industry have appealed for the speedy passage of the Automobile Policy to engender growth in the industry.

    At the Maiden Auto CEOs Forum held in Abuja on Thursday, they also decried lack of an Auto Purchase Credit Scheme for Nigerians purchase vehicles on a staggered payment scheme.

    They argued that if such scheme was made available, people would be able to buy new vehicles and the business of local assemblers in the country would thrive.

    Mr Remi Olaife, Executive Director, Nigeria Automobile Manufacturers Association (NAMA)  said that lack of political will was the main constraint of the industry.

    ”We are not ready as a country to move.

    How long are we going to wait.

    ”The Auto policy was approved  during President Goodluck Jonathan administration and till date they are still trying to make it a law.

    ”All what is said today has already been said.

    If we do not have the political will, nothing gets done.

    The funds are there, it is for us to decide what we want to do.

    Representing the Director-General of BPP, the Director of Procurement, Mr Eze Obasi,  urged the automobile companies to upgrade their status to enable them benefit from the bureau’s policy.

    ”Federal Government have a policy aimed at enabling indeginious firms to grow.

    ”We recommend agencies to patronise upgraded companies who have met all the requirements of tax clearance, CAC registration, PENCOM certifications, ITF and NSITF.

    ”However, there is need for a deliberate collaboration among you.

    You also need to collaborate with smaller firms that can provide  the necessary components  you need to thrive.

    ”If you are not registered with the bureau, you cannot do business with the government,”Obasi said.

    Earlier, the former Acting Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council(NADDC), Lukman Mamood, urged the NAMA to come together in one voice.

    He said they should form a formidable force that would engage the government and relevant stakeholders on the way forward for the industry.

    He said the objective of the policy was to establish a dynamic fiscal policy to attract and sustain investments.

    ”It is aimed to one million automobiles for transport, mining and agriculture, attract FDI and renew Nigerian vehicle stock and reverse pressure  on balance of payment and strengthen the naira.

    ”It is also aimed at establishing automotive manufacturing infrastructure and increase industry employment among other things,” Mamood said.

    He said the requirements for the industry’s development, however, entailed incentives and supportive measures, legislation, market and skills development among other things.

    The Controller of Customs, Musa Baba, said that the industry had to be private driven for effective and efficient growth.

    On purchase of vehicles, he said: ”We have to look into financing of the industry, that is the purchase of vehicles.

    ”Also, let us identify people who have true passion to push through the objectives of the forum.

    ”Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer, Nord Automobiles Ltd., Oluwatobi Atayi, decried the non financing of automobile business in Nigeria due to high interest rate.

    He urged that the National Automotive Council (NAC) levy on importation of vehicles to the country should be channeled as supposed to the automobile industry.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the forum was attended by stakeholders and players in the industry.


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  •   Aisha BThe first lady Aisha Buhari has expressed her deepest sadness over the demise of her associate and ex deputy national woman leader of the APC Mrs Kemi Nelson Late Nelson a former executive director of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF died at the age of 66 after a protracted illness Mrs Buhari who expressed sadness through her social media handles on Thursday in Abuja prayed that Almighty God would repose the soul of the deceased I received with sadness the news of passing away of Mrs Kemi Nelson late Kemi was my associate a pioneer women Leader of APC in South West Zone She was a dogged fighter for women participation in politics I recall with nostalgia how we toured most of the states in Nigeria during campaigns for the 2015 general elections The deceased made enormous contribution to the stability of our political party and its victory in the elections The first lady therefore used the opportunity to condole the party s Presidential Candidate Sen Bola Tinubu and prayed to almighty God to grant the deceased eternal rest I offer my condolences to her family Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and to the people of Lagos State over this huge loss and pray that her soul finds eternal rest The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Nelson a former commissioner in Lagos state was appointed to NSITF by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 a position she held until May 2021 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Aisha Buhari mourns ex-APC Woman Leader, Kemi Nelson, Condoles Tinubu
      Aisha BThe first lady Aisha Buhari has expressed her deepest sadness over the demise of her associate and ex deputy national woman leader of the APC Mrs Kemi Nelson Late Nelson a former executive director of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF died at the age of 66 after a protracted illness Mrs Buhari who expressed sadness through her social media handles on Thursday in Abuja prayed that Almighty God would repose the soul of the deceased I received with sadness the news of passing away of Mrs Kemi Nelson late Kemi was my associate a pioneer women Leader of APC in South West Zone She was a dogged fighter for women participation in politics I recall with nostalgia how we toured most of the states in Nigeria during campaigns for the 2015 general elections The deceased made enormous contribution to the stability of our political party and its victory in the elections The first lady therefore used the opportunity to condole the party s Presidential Candidate Sen Bola Tinubu and prayed to almighty God to grant the deceased eternal rest I offer my condolences to her family Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and to the people of Lagos State over this huge loss and pray that her soul finds eternal rest The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Nelson a former commissioner in Lagos state was appointed to NSITF by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 a position she held until May 2021 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Aisha Buhari mourns ex-APC Woman Leader, Kemi Nelson, Condoles Tinubu
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    Aisha Buhari mourns ex-APC Woman Leader, Kemi Nelson, Condoles Tinubu

    Aisha BThe first lady Aisha Buhari has expressed her deepest sadness over the demise of her associate and ex deputy national woman leader of the APC,  Mrs Kemi Nelson.

    Late Nelson, a former executive director of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) died at the age of 66 after a protracted illness.

    Mrs Buhari who expressed  sadness through her social media handles on Thursday in Abuja, prayed that  Almighty God would repose the soul of the deceased.

    “ I received with sadness,  the news of passing away of Mrs Kemi Nelson, late Kemi was my associate, a pioneer women Leader of APC in South-West Zone.

    “She was a dogged fighter for women participation in politics; I recall with nostalgia how we toured most of the states in Nigeria during campaigns for the 2015 general elections.

    “ The deceased made enormous contribution to the stability of our political party and its victory in the elections.

    The first lady, therefore,  used the opportunity to condole the party`s Presidential Candidate, Sen.

    Bola Tinubu and prayed to almighty God to grant the deceased eternal rest.

    “ I offer my condolences to her family, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and to the people of Lagos State over this huge loss and pray that her soul finds eternal rest.

    The News Agency of Nigeria , recalls that Nelson, a former commissioner in Lagos state  was appointed to NSITF by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, a position she held until May 2021..

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  •  Rep James Faleke member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency has expressed sadness and shock over the death of Chief Kemi Nelson a former deputy national women leader of the All Progressives Congress APC Faleke in a condolence message on Sunday in Lagos said the death of Nelson was not only a big loss to Ikeja Local Government Area and Lagos State but to the entire progressives family and the nation The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nelson an apex leader of Ikeja LGA and member Governor s Advisory Council was also a former commissioner in Lagos State She passed on after a prolonged illness at the age of 66 Faleke who is also the Chairman House Committee on Finance condoled with the people of Ikeja Federal Constituency the government and people of Lagos State on the loss of the frontline politician He said Very sad day for me and the political family The loss of Osun election is compounded by the unfortunate loss of our very dear mother and leader Chief Mrs Kemi Nelson She will be greatly missed and may her soul rest in peace NAN reports that Nelson was also a former executive director of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF She was appointed to NSITF by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 a position she held until May 2021 She was born on Feb 9 1956 and schooled in Ijebu Lagos and Ibadan and was survived by three children Before her death Nelson was the Yeye Oge of Lagos state and one of the right hand loyalists of the APC presidential candidate Sen Bola Tinubu NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Faleke mourns former APC women leader, Kemi Nelson
     Rep James Faleke member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency has expressed sadness and shock over the death of Chief Kemi Nelson a former deputy national women leader of the All Progressives Congress APC Faleke in a condolence message on Sunday in Lagos said the death of Nelson was not only a big loss to Ikeja Local Government Area and Lagos State but to the entire progressives family and the nation The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nelson an apex leader of Ikeja LGA and member Governor s Advisory Council was also a former commissioner in Lagos State She passed on after a prolonged illness at the age of 66 Faleke who is also the Chairman House Committee on Finance condoled with the people of Ikeja Federal Constituency the government and people of Lagos State on the loss of the frontline politician He said Very sad day for me and the political family The loss of Osun election is compounded by the unfortunate loss of our very dear mother and leader Chief Mrs Kemi Nelson She will be greatly missed and may her soul rest in peace NAN reports that Nelson was also a former executive director of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF She was appointed to NSITF by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 a position she held until May 2021 She was born on Feb 9 1956 and schooled in Ijebu Lagos and Ibadan and was survived by three children Before her death Nelson was the Yeye Oge of Lagos state and one of the right hand loyalists of the APC presidential candidate Sen Bola Tinubu NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Faleke mourns former APC women leader, Kemi Nelson
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    Faleke mourns former APC women leader, Kemi Nelson

    Rep.

    James Faleke, member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency, has expressed sadness and shock over the death of Chief Kemi Nelson, a former deputy national women leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

    Faleke in a condolence message on Sunday in Lagos, said the death of Nelson was not only a big loss to Ikeja Local Government Area and Lagos State but to the entire progressives family and the nation.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nelson, an apex leader of Ikeja LGA and member Governor’s Advisory Council, was also a former commissioner in Lagos State.

    She passed on after a prolonged illness at the age of 66.

    Faleke, who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Finance, condoled with the people of Ikeja Federal Constituency, the government and people of Lagos State, on the loss of the frontline politician.

    He said: “Very sad day for me and the political family.

    “The loss of Osun election is compounded by the unfortunate loss of our very dear mother and leader, Chief Mrs Kemi Nelson.

    She will be greatly missed and may her soul rest in peace.” NAN reports that Nelson was also a former executive director of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).

    She was appointed to NSITF by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, a position she held until May 2021.

    She was born on Feb.

    9, 1956, and schooled in Ijebu, Lagos and Ibadan; and was survived by three children.

    Before her death, Nelson was the Yeye Oge of Lagos state and one of the right-hand loyalists of the APC presidential candidate, Sen.

    Bola Tinubu.

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  •  Ms Kemi Nelson a former deputy national woman leader of the All Progressives Congress APC has died an authoritative source within Lagos APC disclosed on Sunday Nelson was also a former executive director of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nelson a former commissioner in Lagos State was reported to have passed on after a prolonged illness at the age of 66 The impeccable source in APC told NAN that it was true the party stalwart died after a prolonged illness It is true she has passed on he said The source however refused to respond to further questions on the demise of the APC leader Nelson is the only female member of the APC s Governance Advisory Council in Lagos state She was appointed to NSITF by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 a position she held until May 2021 She was born on Feb 9 1956 and schooled in Ijebu Lagos and Ibadan and was survived by three children Before her death Nelson was the Yeye Oge of Lagos state and one of the right hand loyalists of the APC presidential candidate Sen Bola Tinubu NewsSourceCredit NAN
    APC Women Leader, Kemi Nelson dies– Party source
     Ms Kemi Nelson a former deputy national woman leader of the All Progressives Congress APC has died an authoritative source within Lagos APC disclosed on Sunday Nelson was also a former executive director of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nelson a former commissioner in Lagos State was reported to have passed on after a prolonged illness at the age of 66 The impeccable source in APC told NAN that it was true the party stalwart died after a prolonged illness It is true she has passed on he said The source however refused to respond to further questions on the demise of the APC leader Nelson is the only female member of the APC s Governance Advisory Council in Lagos state She was appointed to NSITF by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 a position she held until May 2021 She was born on Feb 9 1956 and schooled in Ijebu Lagos and Ibadan and was survived by three children Before her death Nelson was the Yeye Oge of Lagos state and one of the right hand loyalists of the APC presidential candidate Sen Bola Tinubu NewsSourceCredit NAN
    APC Women Leader, Kemi Nelson dies– Party source
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    APC Women Leader, Kemi Nelson dies– Party source

    Ms Kemi Nelson, a former deputy national  woman leader of the  All Progressives Congress (APC) has died, an authoritative source within Lagos APC disclosed on Sunday.

    Nelson was also a former executive director of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).

    The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Nelson, a former  commissioner in Lagos State was reported to have passed on after a  prolonged illness at the age of 66.

    The impeccable source in APC told NAN  that  it was true the party stalwart died after a prolonged illness.

    “It is true she has passed on,” he said.

    The source, however, refused to respond to further questions on the demise of the APC leader.

    Nelson is the only female member of the APC ‘s Governance Advisory Council in Lagos state.

    She was appointed to NSITF by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, a position she held until May 2021.

    She was born on Feb.

    9, 1956, and schooled in Ijebu, Lagos and Ibadan; and was survived by  three children.

    Before her death, Nelson was the Yeye Oge of Lagos state and one of the right-hand loyalists of the APC presidential candidate, Sen.

    Bola Tinubu.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF says it will collaborate with the International Labour Organisation ILO on laws to regulate COVID 19 claims and compensations Mrs Nkiru Ogunnaike NSITF General Manager Claims and Compensation while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on Tuesday said that the regulation would be to registered employers employees and their dependents We all know about the COVID 19 which we are still trying to come out from and which has actually posed a lot of issues across the world and not just Nigeria alone This is in terms of processing claims and emanating claims from people who said they have COVID 19 We know that under the Employees Compensation Scheme if you get injured in the cause of work on your way to work way back from work or in the working place you will be covered under the scheme Also in terms of where you get injured disabled occupational diseases or if death occurred in the cause of work Now with COVID 19 it is difficult to establish where a worker has contracted the pandemic So in processing such a claim how will you ascertain whether it occurred in the cause of work or not she said Ogunnaike said that the NSITF was in touch with the ILO and also understudying other countries on ways to ascertain how it would be established that COVID 19 occurred in the cause of work She pointed out that another scenario was the new work life across the nation or even across the world which was work from home According to her NSITF has received number of cases from people who said they got injured while working from home This has been difficult because we are having many of such cases and we know that the world is going digital and work from home has come to stay So how can you establish that this person got injured while he or she is working from home and not a domestic accident We are talking to ILO to see if the other countries are having such challenges it is a new norm and it is here to stay and certainly we will come up with laws that will regulate this she said The general manager also further said that there were lots of claims that concerned road traffic accidents in the country Most of our claims are road traffic accident or death of people who are travelling on their way to work or on their way back from work Though they are covered when they get injured or die as a result of that We are collaborating the police and other para military agencies to help keep the road safe where people can travel to work and back I think more collaboration with those agencies can help curb these heavy claims she added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NSITF to collaborate ILO to regulate COVID-19 claims, compensations
     The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF says it will collaborate with the International Labour Organisation ILO on laws to regulate COVID 19 claims and compensations Mrs Nkiru Ogunnaike NSITF General Manager Claims and Compensation while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on Tuesday said that the regulation would be to registered employers employees and their dependents We all know about the COVID 19 which we are still trying to come out from and which has actually posed a lot of issues across the world and not just Nigeria alone This is in terms of processing claims and emanating claims from people who said they have COVID 19 We know that under the Employees Compensation Scheme if you get injured in the cause of work on your way to work way back from work or in the working place you will be covered under the scheme Also in terms of where you get injured disabled occupational diseases or if death occurred in the cause of work Now with COVID 19 it is difficult to establish where a worker has contracted the pandemic So in processing such a claim how will you ascertain whether it occurred in the cause of work or not she said Ogunnaike said that the NSITF was in touch with the ILO and also understudying other countries on ways to ascertain how it would be established that COVID 19 occurred in the cause of work She pointed out that another scenario was the new work life across the nation or even across the world which was work from home According to her NSITF has received number of cases from people who said they got injured while working from home This has been difficult because we are having many of such cases and we know that the world is going digital and work from home has come to stay So how can you establish that this person got injured while he or she is working from home and not a domestic accident We are talking to ILO to see if the other countries are having such challenges it is a new norm and it is here to stay and certainly we will come up with laws that will regulate this she said The general manager also further said that there were lots of claims that concerned road traffic accidents in the country Most of our claims are road traffic accident or death of people who are travelling on their way to work or on their way back from work Though they are covered when they get injured or die as a result of that We are collaborating the police and other para military agencies to help keep the road safe where people can travel to work and back I think more collaboration with those agencies can help curb these heavy claims she added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NSITF to collaborate ILO to regulate COVID-19 claims, compensations
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    NSITF to collaborate ILO to regulate COVID-19 claims, compensations

    The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) says it will collaborate with the International Labour Organisation(ILO) on laws to regulate COVID-19 claims and compensations.

    Mrs Nkiru Ogunnaike, NSITF General Manager, Claims and Compensation, while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, said that the regulation would be to registered employers, employees and their dependents.

    “We all know about the COVID-19, which we are still trying to come out from and which has actually posed a lot of issues across the world and not just Nigeria alone.

    “This is in terms of processing claims and emanating claims from people who said they have COVID-19.

    “We know that under the Employees Compensation Scheme, if you get injured in the cause of work, on your way to work, way back from work or in the working place, you will be covered under the scheme.

    “Also, in terms of where you get injured, disabled, occupational diseases or if death occurred in the cause of work.

    “Now with COVID-19, it is difficult to establish where a worker has contracted the pandemic. So, in processing such a claim, how will you ascertain whether it occurred in the cause of work or not,” she said.

    Ogunnaike said that the NSITF was in touch with the ILO and also understudying other countries on ways to ascertain how it would be established that COVID-19 occurred in the cause of work.

    She pointed out that another scenario was the new work life across the nation or even across the world which was, ”work from home”.

    According to her, NSITF has received number of cases from people who said they got injured while working from home.

    “This has been difficult because we are having many of such cases and we know that the world is going digital and work from home has come to stay.

    “So, how can you establish that this person got injured while he or she is working from home and not a domestic accident.

    “We are talking to ILO, to see if the other countries are having such challenges, it is a new norm and it is here to stay and certainly we will come up with laws that will regulate this”, she said.

    The general manager also further said that there were lots of claims that concerned road traffic accidents in the country.

    “Most of our claims are road traffic accident or death of people who are travelling on their way to work; or on their way back from work. Though they are covered when they get injured or die as a result of that.

    “We are  collaborating the police and other para-military agencies to help keep the road safe, where people can travel to work and back.

    “I think more collaboration with those agencies can help curb these heavy claims ,’’she added.(

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  •  The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF says it has successfully paid a total of over N306 555 million as claims and compensation to registered employers employees and their dependents in the last four months The NSITF Managing Director Dr Michael Akabogu disclosed this at a media interactive session on Tuesday in Abuja Akabogu represented by Mrs Maureen Allagoa the Executive Director of Administration in the fund said the interactive session was to examine the Second Quarter Scorecard of the fund In the last four months we have paid a total of N306 554 896 23 as claims and compensations These claims and compensations cover Medical Expenses Refund MER Loss of Productivity LOP Disability Benefits to injured employees death benefits to next of kin of deceased and employers and retirement benefits to disabled employers he said The NSITF managing director said that the Fund had successfully processed a total of 23 455 Employees Compensation Scheme ECS applications across the 56 branches of the fund He said that the fund had issued 22 761 Employees Compensation Certificates in the last four months Akabogu said that the fund had commenced the automation of the NSITF operational processes through its E NSITF project This is in compliance with the Federal Government s directive for ease of business and our desire to make sure that our employers experience eases as they do business with us The E NSITF project will among other benefits block all financial and productivity leakages within the fund and measure staff productivity He said that in meeting its obligations under the Employees Compensation Act and the NSITF Act the Fund was committed to ideals of transparency accountability and prudence in the discharged its duties He added that the procurement processes of the NSITF were no longer executed by the management board of the fund but were now within the purview of the Ministry of Labour and Employment This management in its bid to permanently reposition the fund is not only ensuring probity in its financial management But it is also implementing strategic reforms such as increased utilisation of technology in its operation redeployment of staff and units where skills and competence are being harnessed and utilised for the good of the fund and better service delivery he said Akabogu said that the fund had been active in corporate social responsibility projects such as N1 million donation to Kpakando Foundation for physically challenged persons sponsorship of vocational skill training among others Mrs Ijeoma Oji Okoronkwo the NSITF General Corporate Secretary said the management of the fund had commenced the extension of ECS to the informal sector She said this was to ensure that no workers both formal informal and the organised private sector were left out from the social security safety net She noted that in repositioning of the fund for improved productivity management had conducted trainings for over 1 531 of its staff in the period under review in strategic areas relating to their competences and job roles www nanews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NSITF pays over N306. 5m as claims, compensation to employers, employees within 4 months
     The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund NSITF says it has successfully paid a total of over N306 555 million as claims and compensation to registered employers employees and their dependents in the last four months The NSITF Managing Director Dr Michael Akabogu disclosed this at a media interactive session on Tuesday in Abuja Akabogu represented by Mrs Maureen Allagoa the Executive Director of Administration in the fund said the interactive session was to examine the Second Quarter Scorecard of the fund In the last four months we have paid a total of N306 554 896 23 as claims and compensations These claims and compensations cover Medical Expenses Refund MER Loss of Productivity LOP Disability Benefits to injured employees death benefits to next of kin of deceased and employers and retirement benefits to disabled employers he said The NSITF managing director said that the Fund had successfully processed a total of 23 455 Employees Compensation Scheme ECS applications across the 56 branches of the fund He said that the fund had issued 22 761 Employees Compensation Certificates in the last four months Akabogu said that the fund had commenced the automation of the NSITF operational processes through its E NSITF project This is in compliance with the Federal Government s directive for ease of business and our desire to make sure that our employers experience eases as they do business with us The E NSITF project will among other benefits block all financial and productivity leakages within the fund and measure staff productivity He said that in meeting its obligations under the Employees Compensation Act and the NSITF Act the Fund was committed to ideals of transparency accountability and prudence in the discharged its duties He added that the procurement processes of the NSITF were no longer executed by the management board of the fund but were now within the purview of the Ministry of Labour and Employment This management in its bid to permanently reposition the fund is not only ensuring probity in its financial management But it is also implementing strategic reforms such as increased utilisation of technology in its operation redeployment of staff and units where skills and competence are being harnessed and utilised for the good of the fund and better service delivery he said Akabogu said that the fund had been active in corporate social responsibility projects such as N1 million donation to Kpakando Foundation for physically challenged persons sponsorship of vocational skill training among others Mrs Ijeoma Oji Okoronkwo the NSITF General Corporate Secretary said the management of the fund had commenced the extension of ECS to the informal sector She said this was to ensure that no workers both formal informal and the organised private sector were left out from the social security safety net She noted that in repositioning of the fund for improved productivity management had conducted trainings for over 1 531 of its staff in the period under review in strategic areas relating to their competences and job roles www nanews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NSITF pays over N306. 5m as claims, compensation to employers, employees within 4 months
    General news3 months ago

    NSITF pays over N306. 5m as claims, compensation to employers, employees within 4 months

    The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) says it has successfully paid a total of over N306. 555 million as claims and compensation to registered employers, employees and their dependents in the last four months.

    The NSITF Managing Director, Dr Michael Akabogu disclosed  this at a media interactive session on Tuesday in Abuja.

    Akabogu represented by Mrs Maureen Allagoa, the Executive Director of Administration in the fund, said the interactive session was to examine the Second Quarter Scorecard of the fund.

    “In the last four months, we have paid a total of N306, 554, 896, 23) as claims and compensations.

    “These claims and compensations cover Medical Expenses Refund (MER), Loss of Productivity(LOP), Disability Benefits to injured employees, death benefits to next of kin of deceased and employers and retirement benefits to disabled employers,’’ he said.

    The NSITF managing director said that the Fund had successfully processed a total of 23,455 Employees Compensation Scheme (ECS) applications across the 56 branches of the fund.

    He said that the fund had issued 22,761) Employees Compensation Certificates in the last four months.

    Akabogu said that the fund had commenced the automation of the NSITF operational processes through its E-NSITF project.

    “This is in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive for ease of business and our desire to make sure that our employers experience eases as they do business with us.

    “The E-NSITF project will among other benefits, block all financial and productivity leakages within the fund and measure staff productivity.

    He said that in meeting its obligations under the Employees Compensation Act, and the NSITF Act, the Fund was committed to ideals of transparency, accountability, and prudence in the discharged its duties.

    He added that the procurement processes of the NSITF were no longer executed by the management board of the fund but were now within the purview of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

    “This management in its bid to permanently reposition the fund is not only ensuring probity in its financial management.

    “But it is also implementing strategic reforms such as increased utilisation of technology in its operation, redeployment of staff and units where skills and competence are being harnessed and utilised for the good of the fund and better service delivery,‘’ he said.

    Akabogu said that the fund had been active in corporate social responsibility projects such as N1 million donation to Kpakando Foundation for physically challenged persons, sponsorship of vocational skill training among others.

    Mrs Ijeoma Oji-Okoronkwo, the NSITF General Corporate Secretary, said the management of the fund had commenced the extension of ECS to the informal sector.

    She said this was to ensure that no workers both formal, informal and the organised private sector were left out from the social security safety net.

    She noted that in repositioning of the fund for improved productivity, management had conducted trainings for over 1,531 of its staff in the period under review in strategic areas relating to their competences and job roles. (www.nanews.ng)

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