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Court Orders FG To Recover Pension Paid To Fmr. Governors Now Senators Or Ministers

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Court Orders FG To Recover Pension Paid To Fmr. Governors Now Senators Or Ministers

A federal high court in Lagos has asked the federal government to recover pensions and allowances received as ex-governors by former and serving senators.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) disclosed what it calls a “landmark judgement” in a tweet on Wednesday.

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The group sued the federal government two years ago over its “failure to stop former governors from receiving double pay and life pensions.”

Individuals named by SERAP as beneficiaries of this policy include Bukola Saraki, Godswill Akpabio, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Theodore Orji, Abdullahi Adamu, Sam Egwu, Shaaba Lafiagi, Joshua Dariye, Jonah Jang, and others.

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The court also ordered attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami to institute appropriate legal action to challenge the legality of states’ laws permitting former governors, who are now senators and ministers to enjoy governors’ emoluments while drawing normal salaries and allowances in their new political offices.

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The court adjourned till February the third, next year, for a report on compliance with the judgement.

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More Than 600 Ekiti Varsity Workers Protest Sacking

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Over 600 Ekiti Varsity Workers Protest Sacking

More than 600 workers at the Ekiti State University in Ado Ekiti are protesting against their disengagement by the institution’s governing council.

The sacked workers were let go over alleged irregular appointments, discrepancies in certificates, failure to possess requisite certificates from the primary level, and falsification of age, among other offences.

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The protesting workers were said to have disrupted activities in the university.  They were acting under the joint action committee, comprising the senior staff association of Nigerian universities, the non-academic staff unions of educational and allied institutions, and the national association of academic technologists.

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They, and leaders of other labor unions, say the basis of their termination was flimsy.

Vice chancellor, Prof Edward Olanipekun has advised leaders of the labor unions to maintain a reasonable level of decorum while expressing their grievances.

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Sowore Planned Court Drama To Embarrass Nigeria – Coalition

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Sowore Planned Court Drama To Embarrass Nigeria - Coalition

A coalition of civil society organizations has advised the Directorate of State Security (DSS) and other security agencies not to compromise internal security of the country in the face of cheap blackmail.

The coalition alleges that co-convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-hort, masterminded the drama witnessed at the premises of the federal high court in Abuja, to embarrass Nigeria before the international community.

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Convener of the guidance for democracy initiative, Prince Danesi Mohmoh who spoke on behalf of the coalition says “there is no place for revolution in the Nigerian constitution. The ballot box is the only way for transition.”

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Mohmoh says the drama was plotted to mislead the media and misinform Nigerians.

The coalition further asked the judiciary to uphold only the constitution and jettison pressure from any political and tribal sentiment.

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Buhari Inaugurates Open Treasury Portal To Allow Nigerians Monitor Government Spending

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Buhari Inaugurates Open Treasury Portal To Allow Nigerians Monitor Government Spending

The federal government has launched the Open Treasury Portal which it says would give Nigerians access to information on the flow of monies into and out of government coffers.

The government has mandated all ministries, departments and agencies to publish daily reports of payments that are more than five million naira.  They are also to publish monthly budget performance and other official financial dealings.

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Minister of state for Niger Delta, Tayo Alasoadura who represented the president, gave the directives at the official launch of the financial transparency policy and implementation guidelines.

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Accountant general of the federation has also been directed to publish monthly fiscal accounts within two weeks after the end of the month, a quarterly consolidated unaudited financial statement of the federal government within a month of the end of the quarter with an annual general purpose financial report.

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Nigerians can go to www.opentreasury.gov.ng. To view the information.

President Buhari emphasized the publications must be in line with the international public sector accounting standards.

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