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SERAP Demands Slash Of Politicians Allowances

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) is calling for a slash of politicians allowances.  SERAP has asked the federal government through the chairman of Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Elias Mbam to reduce the remuneration of president Muhammadu Buhari and other political office-holders in order to address the persistent poor treatment of judges, and improve access to justice for victims of corruption.

In a letter on Saturday, SERAP’s deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare called for an urgent upward review of the remuneration, allowances, and conditions of service for Nigerian judges.

SERAP said it is unfair, illegal, unconstitutional, and discriminatory to continue to treat judges as second-class people, while high-ranking political office holders enjoy lavish salaries and allowances.

Meanwhile, the federal government has appealed to the judicial staff union of Nigeria to suspend its week old nationwide industrial action that has paralyzed activities in courts across the country.

The judicial staff union workers are on strike because the federal government’s non-implementation of the financial autonomy of the nation’s judiciary.

SERAP expressed concern that the remuneration and allowances of judges have fallen substantially behind the average salaries and allowances of political office-holders such as president, vice-president, governors and their deputies, as well as members of the national assembly.

The letter read in part: “according to our information, the last review of the remuneration, allowances, and conditions of service for political, public and judicial office holders carried out by RMAFC in 2009 shows huge disparity between the remuneration and allowances of judges and those of political office holders.

“Judges’ work is very considerable but they cannot give their entire time to their judicial duties without the RMAFC reviewing upward their remuneration and allowances, and closing the gap and disparity between the salaries of judges and those of political office holders such as the president, vice-president, governors and their deputies, as well as lawmakers.

“We would therefore be grateful if the recommended measures are taken within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If we have not heard from you by then, the incorporated trustees of SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions to compel the RMAFC to comply with our requests.”

 

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Power Restored To National Grid After System Collapse

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Ghanaians Blames Power Firm For Nationwide Blackout

The Transmission Company of Nigeria says power has been restored to national grid after a system collapse left most of the nation in the dark on Wednesday.

The company said on Thursday electricity has been restored across the entire grid through which distribution companies offtake electricity they deliver to consumers nationwide.

TCN’s public affairs general manager Ndidi Mbah, says experts were already making efforts to fully restore electricity on the grid.

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Army Denies Boko Haram’s Eid Donations Report

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The Nigerian Army has denied reports that Boko Haram insurgents distributed Eid donations to communities in the northern states of Borno and Yobe.

Reports alleged the terrorist group had donated food and money to residents in attempts to woo them to support its activities.

The army says the reports were “propaganda,” and that it had conducted investigations and established the reports were untrue.

The army said in a statement “our team of eagle-eyed analysts went further to critically examine the pictures attached to this malicious publication and discovered that they were simply stage-managed in a typical terrorists-styled propaganda.

Nigeria continues to experience a wave of insecurity occasioned by attacks and kidnappings carried out by Boko Haram militants.

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Nigeria Seeks To Tap Into Digital Economy

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