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NUP Issues 21 Days Ultimatum to Taraba State Government



Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) in has issued 21 days ultimatum to the Taraba State government to address issues concerning the payment of pensions and gratuities across the state.

The chairman of the Union, Kefas Katan who said this during an interactive session with media practitioners in Jalingo, said the Union would be left with the option of taking over the streets of Jalingo, the state capital, if positive measures are not put in place to address their plights at the end of the 21 days.


He warned that retirees from both the state and the entire sixteen local government councils will converge in the state capital for a massive protest against the state government to press home their demands.

“Pensioners in the state deemed it necessary to break its silence to address the teething and lingering problems affecting its members which the government has failed to attend to .”

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Wondering why pensioners have been relegated to the background, he said “It is indeed a known fact that many retirees in Taraba State from the services of the sixteen councils are facing untold hardships due to their none-enrollment for pension many years after retirement and completion of all procedures for enrolment for pension.”

At the moment, over eight hundred (800) retirees from the local governments who retired from service ten years ago are yet to start enjoying their pension, he said.

Sad that the negative attitudes of the government to retirees have continued to herald untold hardship on them, the pensioners now find it difficult to fend for their families, pay their children’s schools and foot hospital bills among others, le lamented.

He said more devastating is the fact that some of the pensioners are now bedridden “to the extent that they are not able to access health facilities because they lacked the funds to do that. ”

Stressing that the government has not been able to keep to its promises, he said “late last year, the state local government pension board claimed that these retirees have been captured in the 2021 budget promising that they will start enjoying their pension in January this year but we are now in June and the affected retirees are still facing the same predicaments.

”When the present administration came on board in 2015, the government started the payment of gratuity in 2016 in batches but sooner than later the payment became epileptic and finally stopped. He lamented.

While some state governments in the northeast region are “busy spreading smiles on the faces of their pensioners”, he said felt sad that the reverse has been the case in Taraba.

Efforts by the leadership of the Union to have an audience with the state governor, he said, always met stumbling blocks, as he alleged that their plans are being frustrated by some top government functionaries.

He called on the media to help in using its platforms to draw the attention of the governor to come to their aides as “our situations have been moving from bad to worse”

”Pensioners, according to him “least expected the inhuman treatments from the government we solidly stood behind during elections”.

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NBA condemns attack on Delta court by thugs




The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA , Warri Branch has condemned the attack on the Delta State High Court 4 by thugs in Warri South Local Government Area.

The NBA in a statement signed by its Chairman, Emmanuel .O. Uti and Mr. Joseph A Omonoseh, Secretary respectively expressed shock and sadness over the unprovoked attack and invasion by the thugs.

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The NBA noted that the act led to the disruption of court proceedings in a suit challenging the succession to the stool of the Olu of Warri Kingdom which was ongoing peacefully.

The NBA said the hoodlums who were armed with dangerous weapons, chased away judicial staff, litigants, lawyers including a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN who was representing one of the parties and disrupted the proceedings.

The NBA condemned the act describing it as despicable and a desecration of the hallowed temple of Justice.

“The NBA Warri branch condemns in totality this unprovoked attack and barbaric behaviour by the hoodlums/thugs and therefore calls on the Inspector General of Police, the Commissioner of Police, Delta State and the Director of State Security Services to immediately set up a team of investigators to unmask the perpetrators of this reprehensible act.

“We also call on Security Operatives to immediately set in motion measures to nip in the bud this ugly trend by providing adequate security in and around the Court premises in Delta State to prevent a reoccurrence of this ugly trend.


“We advise the players in the ongoing succession tussle to sheath their swords and allow peace and the law to take its full course as we cannot afford to see our peaceful and loving Warri Kingdom engulfed by the flames of crisis.”

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Police In Kaduna Warns Protesters Against Violating Due Process




Kaduna State Commission of Police Umar Muri has warned all Interest Groups who want to protest in the state to consider following due process and avoid incessant high blockade, stressing that violators will be treated according to the extant statutory laws of the land.

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In a statement by the command’s public relations officer ASP Muhammad Jalige said the command acknowledged the flight of various communities affected by banditry and kidnapping

” The Command is using this medium to state that it is becoming very worrisome to the Command and other sister security agencies, the incessant blockade of the State’s connecting highways by various interest groups in the name of protest without vobserving due process,”NLC Sues For Security Agencies Intervention On El-Rufa’i’s Fresh Threat

” The Command is not unmindful of the security challenges faced by various communities in the State that is occasioned by risen cases of armed banditry and kidnapping which the top management and government are doing everything possible to restore normalcy to the affected areas. It is therefore necessary to be in the same page with all stakeholders and affected communities to ensure that the enemies of the State are defeated rather than working unilaterally by opposing one another, since particular challenges cannot be adequately tackled by creating additional challenge.” The statement stated,

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The statement said the Command is however, perturbed with the recent activities of some communities engaging in protest and the untoward blocking of highways with its attendant troubles for innocent commuters. emphasizing that such trend will not be tolerated and the acts will be viewed seriously according to extant laws of the land.

It added that the Command is working round the clock to ensure that normalcy is restored and would not fold it hands to be distracted in as much as protest cannot be seen as the solution to the current situation.

” The Command is therefore advising all interest groups and communities to always go through appropriate channel with their grievances as the Command’s door is always open to complaints and other security related issues from all quarters whereas insecurity is localized and the best approach to tackling it is by Police community engagement.

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Ensure Decorum, Civility in Your Engagement with Road Users, NUJ Urges Traffic Enforcement Agencies




The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kano State Council has urged officials of Traffic police, KAROTA, Federal Road Safety Corp to ensure decorum and civility in their engagement with road users.

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This was contained in a Communique jointly signed by Council Chairman Comrade Abbas Ibrahim and Secretary Comrade Abba Murtala respectively and issued to journalists at the end of Council’s periodic congress held at the press center kano

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In the congress the union also called on security agencies to intensify efforts in bringing to an end the lingering problems of phone snatching and other criminality.

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The congress enjoined relevant state government agencies to take necessary action against individuals and organizations involved in hiking prices of food items, calling on related authorities to redouble efforts in the fight against the sales of expired, sub-standard and poisonous food/beverages in the state.

The congress advised farmers to focus their attention on food crops production as against that of cash crops production with a view to ensuring availability of food.

The NUJ appreciates the state government for redeploying professional teachers to public schools, calling on the government to pay more attention to schools in the rural areas.

The congress called on the Kano emirate council to intervene by stopping the unnecessary horse riding (KILISA) that constitute threat to the society.

The congress also appealed to members of pen pushing profession to always work within the boundaries of the profession for better service delivery.

In the communique the congress condoles with Maryam Yakasai over the death of her mother.

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