KWSG To Workers: No BVN, No Salaries

The Kwara State government has directed state and local government workers and pensioners that are yet to provide their Bank Verification Number (BVN) for the ongoing staff verification exercise to do so within seven days or risk nonpayment.

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, who gave the directive on Tuesday during a meeting of the Committee on Personnel Database Development, said government has no intention of withholding any worker’s salary without justification.  He said the affected workers and pensioners will still be credited with their salaries and pensions but will not be able to access the money until they obtain BVN.

Governor Ahmed, who is also chairman of the Committee, explained that the unique bank numbers were necessary for preliminary verification of workers and pensioners on the state and local government councils’ payroll, noting that at this stage of the verification those without valid BVN could not yet be designated as ghost workers.

Governor Ahmed said the intention behind the Personnel Database System is to give the government an accurate picture of the state and Local Government Councils’ payroll and ensure that only those properly employed receive salaries and pensions.

In his remarks, the Alternate Chairman of the Committee, Alhaji Isiaka Gold disclosed that of the 82, 642 workers so far verified by the committee, only 49, 579 have valid BVN while 124 were discovered to have fake BVN. He said that the first level verification also revealed 324 individuals who were linked to 659 multiple accounts.

Alhaji Gold, who is also the Secretary to the State Government, therefore, urged workers and pensioners that are yet to submit their BVN to do so within 7 days or risk having their payments withheld. He called on workers who were properly recruited by the state and local governments to remain calm, while assuring them that the ongoing verification exercise will not affect their salaries and jobs.

Gov Ahmed Seeks FG’s Intervention On Federal Roads In Kwara

The Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has called for more support from the Federal Government in the area of infrastructural development, especially federal roads, in the state.

Governor Ahmed made the call when he received the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, at Government House, Ilorin, on Monday. According to the Governor, the call became expedient as a result of sustained pressure on the state government on federal, state and local government roads across the state.

Governor Ahmed added that, the intervention of the Federal Government on federal roads would ensure cost savings for the state government in addressing other projects left untouched.

The Governor urged the Federal Government to hasten work on the completion of Ilorin-Ogbomosho-Oyo-Ibadan road as well as Jebba-Ilorin road to ease the movement of people and goods from the Northern part of the country to the Southern part.

“The issue of road, the issue of energy are very germane to our growth and development. We’ve come thus far with very poor levels of maintenance, that is why as a country we are faced with a huge challenge in infrastructure which has impeded the much desired economic growth that Nigeria should have witnessed”, he said.

Governor Ahmed expressed the readiness of the state government in allocating lands in urban and developing environment for the Federal Government’s Housing scheme.

Earlier, the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola said the Federal Government had commenced verification of Federal roads constructed by the Kwara State Government for reimbursement assuring that the Federal Government would reimburse the state and other states of the federation once their claims were verified.

Mr. Fashola said already there is an Inter-Ministerial committee put in place by President Muhammadu Buhari to verify claims on money spent on Federal roads by the various state governments.

Mr Fashola who said the Federal Government has identified Jebba – Ilorin road as one of the most strategic economic corridors in Nigeria that require urgent attention added that frantic efforts was been made to restore normalcy to the road in view of its strategic economic nature.

Trade Unions Suspend 2-Month Old Strike In Kwara

Industrial unions in Kwara on Monday in Ilorin suspended the two-month old strike embarked upon to press for payment of workers’ salaries.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the strike commenced in December 2015.

The suspension is contained in a communiqué issued after an emergency meeting of NLC, TUC and the Joint Negotiation Committee (JNC) on Friday, Feb. 5.

The communiqué made available to newsmen on Monday was signed by representatives of the unions which include the NLC, the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU).
Others are Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The unions said that they have observed a decline in the monthly Federal Allocations to states.
They said this had grossly affected effective and prompt payment of salaries to workers in the local governments.

They said that they are mindful of the fact that children had stayed out of school for a very long time, which has affected negatively their academic and even social life.

The unions said they have also scrutinised the effort of the Kwara Government and realised that “it has put machineries in place to ensure that workers’ salaries and arrears in the local government system were paid.’’

The unions also suspended the strike based on the promise made by Senate President
Bukola Saraki.

“ We considered the promise made by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, to facilitate the release of the bail-out fund to local government councils.’’

The unions called on the state government to reciprocate the gesture by ensuring that no staff of local government was victimised or intimidated as a result of the strike.

They expressed appreciation to Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and other stakeholders for their unflinching support during the cause of the struggle