President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the constitution of the Policies, Programmes and Projects Audit Committee. Chairman of the committee is the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo.
Members of the committee are Chief of Staff to the President, Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Minister of Finance.
Others are Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Hon. Attorney General & Minister of Justice, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development.
Also in the committee are Minister of Water Resources, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, National Security Adviser, Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs Office and Deputy Chief of Staff to the President is a member and secretary of the committee.
The Terms of Reference include “To audit and determine the status of implementation of policies, programmes and projects either inherited or commenced by the out-going Administration;
“Identify and highlight a residue of works and challenges that may militate against their successful implementation;
“Prepare and produce a detailed working document that would guide the incoming Cabinet Members on the direction of Government regarding policies, programmes and projects;
“Co-opt any organization(s)/person(s) relevant towards the successful execution of the exercise; and
“Make any other recommendation(s) as may be necessary.”
The date of Inauguration of the committee is Friday 15th March 2019 at the Vice President’s Conference Room.
Minimum wage: What will you gain by ‘cutting 3k from 30k’ – Sen. Shehu
Shehu Sani, the Senator representing Kaduna Central has criticised the approval of the sum of N27,000 as the new minimum wage by the National Council of State.
The national council approved the sum during its meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, presided by President Muhammadu Buharion Tuesday.
The N27,000 approved by the Council of State is N3,000 short of the N30,000 the Tripartite Committee on Review of National Minimum Wage recommended.
The National Council of State also approved the transmission of the National minimum wage bill to the National Assembly.
Reacting, Sani on his Twitter page criticised the decision of the National Council of State.
The Kaduna lawmaker wondered why N3000 was deducted from the N30,000 minimum wage proposed by the Labour union.
Sani wrote: “National Council of State what will you gain by ‘cutting 3k from 30k’ in a nation where even government agencies are declaring ‘record breaking’ billions and trillions in revenues and also states making claims of higher IGR?
Dankwabo praises APC’s Social Investment Programme
Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo has praised the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programme (SIP) in the state.
He gave the commendation during the presention of the state’s 2019 budget to the House of Assembly.
“I commend the Federal Government for funding youth empowerment and poverty alleviation programme in the state.
“The activities of Youth Empowerment and Social Support (YESSO), the social investment programmes and the contributions of international development partners have significantly contributed towards reducing youth unemployment, restiveness and poverty in Gombe,” he said.
Dankwambo said N1.3 billion had been earmarked in the 2019 fiscal year for youth empowerment and poverty alleviation programmes.
The governor praised President Muhammadu Buhari for the establishment of Northeast Development Commission (NEDC), adding that the commission would address the challenges of insurgency and underdevelopment of the region.
Dankwambo said as at October 31, 70.08 per cent of the 2018 budget had been expended as recurrent and 30.55 per cent represented capital expenditure. The performance of the budget was 49.77 per cent.
The proposed budget of N118.7 billion comprises N60.6 billion as recurrent and N58.1 billion as capital expenditure.
2019 Election: Minimum wage will determine workers voting pattern – NLC
The general secretary of the Nigerian labor congress, Dr peter Ozo-Eson has declared that the deliberate delay of the increase in minimum wage by the present administration will have ripple effects on the 2019 general elections.
The Nigeria Labor Congress has engaged in a lot of lobbying and meetings proposing to the ministry of labor the possibility of raising the minimum wage to 30,000 to further increase the standard of living of the public servant, but the executive arm has still not passed the bill to the national assembly for implementation.
The Ama Pepple-led Tripartite Committee submitted its recommendation to the president some weeks ago and it has ignored the urgency and importance of the issue considering its slow to action.
“Mr President had promised at the occasion that he will act quickly on it. We are disturbed that up till now he has not sent the bill to the National Assembly.” – Mr Ozo-Eson said.
“Therefore, our advice to workers is that those in government who have shown no inte
rest in the welfare of workers, or have unleashed terror on workers, should be voted out. “We urge our members to use their voting powers to vote such people out,” he said.
The NLC official also noted that this recommendation was supposed to have been implemented two years ago .
Mr Ozo-Eson expressed dissatisfaction about the “i don’t care” attitude practiced and shown by the government in power and he implored all workers who have been victims of the present situation to be careful of how they vote in the coming elections so as not to fall in the same.
He said that though, the political parties have started their campaign, the National Assembly has assured workers that legislators would attend to bills of national importance. He also said that the National Assembly members had specifically promised that they would give accelerated hearing if the bill on the minimum wage reached them. (NAN).
NLC kicks against privatisation
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said it is against the privatisation of public enterprises. It said attempts by the Federal Government to sell public assets, would deny ordinary Nigerians access to services such as power, health and education, as they would be out of reach of the citizenry.
Speaking at its 17th Harmattan School for members in Abuja, NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, urged the government to adhere to global best practices as these services are considered as the fundamental rights of all citizens.
“We still believe that these public institutions are established for the public good and to serve as a social service point for the forerunners. So, we say no to the privatisation of public institutions and this is the position of the Public Service International, where they said all these services are not for sale,’’ Wabba said.
While noting that no privatisation has ever worked in Nigeria, Wabba said privatisation under any guise, including Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), was not the solution to the poor performance of the public sector.
He said more than 70 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line. “In fact, a number of international economic reports forecast that despite the significant difference in our population size, Nigeria may soon overtake India as the poverty capital of the world,” Wabba added.
According to him, the reasons for endemic poverty in Nigeria are not far-fetched. “Our economic structure does not provide the enabling space for mass industrialisation imbued with the capacity for sustainable jobs. Our public policies and consumption pattern still encourage the export of jobs and the import of poverty,” he explained.
Wabba said the unemployment rate in Nigeria increased to 18.80 per cent in the third quarter of 2017, from 16.20 per cent in the second quarter.
According to him, unemployment has remained high with an alarming proportion of the youths jobless.
His words: “The few that have a semblance of employment operate under very precarious conditions denoted by job insecurity, poor work conditions and gender discrimination.
“The trend of factory closures has continued to spiral out of control, turning our once lively centres of economic productivity into worship and entertainment centres.
“The crisis of widening unemployment in Nigeria has been exacerbated by indiscriminate sack and retrenchment of workers by some public and private employers.
“Unfortunately, the different levels of government that should be more concerned about protecting our people are the ones leading the campaign to push more Nigerians into the unemployment market.”