- Police Pensioners to Get N1.2bn From PTAD
The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate on Wednesday said it would release a total sum of N1.2bn between now and December 15 to offset arrears of the Nigeria Police Force pensioners.
The Director-General, PTAD, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, stated this when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Pensions visited the agency.
The committee, headed by Mr. Adamu Shekarau, was at the headquarters of PTAD in Abuja as part of its oversight functions.
Ikeazor said the payment of the 33 per cent arrears to the police officers would cover nine months and would bring the retired officers at par with other pensioners.
About 4,061 police pensioners, who retired under the PTAD arrangement, have yet to receive their pensions.
Ikeazor said, “Adequate arrangement is being made for additional payment of the 33 per cent arrears to bring the police pension department at par with some of the other pensions departments.
“We are doing this in collaboration with all concerned parties and hope to conclude before December 15. The liabilities for police pensioners is about N1.2bn for nine months, and we are working to pay them before December 15.”
When asked by the lawmakers what was delaying the planned recruitment of personnel to strengthen the operations of PTAD, the DG said the agency was currently working with the Bureau of Public Service Reforms to carry out a staff audit.
The staff audit, she noted, became imperative so as to determine the quality of manpower to be recruited as well as assist the agency to better place the current personnel in the right positions.
Ikeazor added that PTAD would continue to address the plight of pensioners who were unjustly removed from the payroll by carrying out verification exercises in the North-East, South-South and South-West geo political zones.
She added, “We are determined to bring redress to these pensioners even as we continue the civil service verification.
“We have reviewed over 9,700 complaints from the North-West and South-East civil service verification exercises and 4,137 of these pensioners will be put on the payroll this November, and (payment of) all outstanding benefits and arrears to these 4,137 pensioners will commence next week.”
Responding, Shekarau said the National Assembly would continue to provide legislative support on pension related matters.
MTN Nigeria, Gameloft Partner to Increase Access to Variety of Exciting Games
MTN Nigeria announced it has partnered with Gameloft, a leader in the development and publishing of games, to increase access to a variety of fun and exciting games online.
The telecommunications giant in collaboration with its new partner, Gameloft announced the launch of MTN Gameworld, a new gaming platform for its subscribers.
According to MTN, the new platform will allow the Nigerian growing gaming community access to a lot of unique games online through an extensive premium catalogue from Gameloft and other renowned publishers.
Commenting on the partnership, Srinivas Rao, the Chief Digital Officer, MTN Nigeria, said, “We are constantly seeking to deliver innovative products that support the aspirations of our customers, whilst delivering superior user experience. This partnership allows us to provide our customers with access to a variety of exhilarating games from Gameloft and other leading publishers at an affordable rate.”
MTN Gameworld will allow subscribed customers access to a variety of games, which they can play at subsidised data rates through the MTN Gameworld app. Android, iOS and Windows phone users can subscribe via SMS, app, web, USSD menu (*447#), 131 USSD menu and any other MTN customer channel.
President Buhari Commissions 5,000bpd Modular Refinery Built in Imo State
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commissioned the 5,000 barrels per day modular refinery built by Waltersmith Group in Imo State.
President Buhari, who commissioned the new modular refinery virtually, said the refinery will enable Nigeria to export petroleum products to neighbouring countries and other markets.
The 5,000 barrels per day Waltersmith Modular Refinery is the first phase of 50,000 barrels per day combined capacity plant planned for Imo State, according to the Group.
Buhari commended Waltersmith Group, an indigenous oil firm, and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board for the collaboration that led to the actualisation of the modular refinery.
President Buhari, therefore, directed the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Department of Petroleum Resources and all other relevant government agencies to provide Waltersmith all the necessary support in terms of access to crude oil and condensate feedstock.
Buhari said, “We rolled out our refining roadmap in 2018, to address challenges in the downstream sector. After many years of government giving out modular refining licences without any coming on-stream, we are today seeing a commissioning within two years.
“The plan to commence the expansion of this refinery to 50,000bpd capacity, to refine crude oil and condensate, is a demonstration of the economic reform Nigeria is undergoing.
“The realisation of the refinery roadmap will ultimately lead us to becoming a net exporter of petroleum products, not only to our neighbouring countries but to other wide markets,” he said.
Elon Musk Net Worth Jumps by $100 Billion this Year to Topple Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Others
Elon Musk, the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Tesla, is now the world’s second-richest person following another surge in the price of Tesla share.
Musk total net worth jumped by $7.6 billion to $110 billion between November 16 and 17 to dethrone Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, from the third position.
Since then, Tesla stock has been on a bullish run and in the last 24 hours added $7.24 billion to Elon Musk’s total net worth, according to Bloomberg Billionaire Index. Bringing the billionaire’s total net worth to $128 billion.
Elon Musk’s net worth rose from just $28 billion in January 2020 to $128 billion on November 24, 2020, representing an increase of $100 billion, the highest by any billionaire.
Musk has finally toppled Bill Gates as the second richest person and for the first time, Bill Gates is the third richest man in the world. This is the first time in almost 40 years that Gates will be in the third position.
Billionaires listed on Bloomberg Index have collectively gained $1.3 trillion this year.
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