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Lagos State Increases Salary of Civil Servants Due to Current Economic Challenges

The Lagos state government has announced an increase in the salary of workers in the state public service.

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The Lagos state government has announced an increase in the salary of workers in the state public service.

The Governor of the state Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this on Tuesday when he met with civil servants during his working visit to the State Secretariat, Alausa.

He, however, did not discuss the percentage of the increase but he assured the workers that the ground plan was being worked out.

In his words, “You have not asked for this one. I have looked around and I know that as a country, there is pressure, I know that as a country there is a high level of inflation.

“I know that as a country there is a high cost of living. Last month, at a cabinet meeting, I instructed the Head of Service Office and the Ministry of Establishment, Training, and Pension to start work on how we would increase the entire salary of the public service.

”I don’t want us to be a Lagos of ‘Buga,’ we want to reflect it in our salary. I am aware of the pressure on all of you and the pressure of inflation in the country, we are not going to wait for the Federal government. This is Lagos. We are Lagos.

”We are going to review it. We’re going to ensure that we can indeed take care of our public service. Once we do that, not only will we expect a lot more from you, but the citizens will see the benefit of doing the right thing.

”We don’t want to wait for a union to hold us to ransom, we want a government that is proactive, that will need to reflect on the yearnings of the people and make that happen.”

On the other hand, the federal government of Nigeria had earlier stated that there were plans to increase the N30,000 minimum wage in light of inflation and a hike in the price of food and commodities currently ravaging the country.

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FG to Sanction NNPC, FIRS, and Others For Backdoor Recruitment

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The federal government has disclosed that it will sanction the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) among other MDA involved in backdoor recruitment. 

Investors King learnt that other big agencies alleged to have engaged in backdoor recruitment include the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). 

The numerous recruitments are done despite the embargo put in place by the office of the head of civil service.

Investigations showed that while some agencies issued employment letters to jobseekers without recourse to the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and the Federal Civil Service Commission, others simply replaced retired or dead officials with friends and family members.

It could be recalled that in 2019, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was reported to have employed many individuals without following the due recruitment process. This secret recruitment received condemnation from far and wide including from pressure and regional groups. 

One of the pressure groups, the Niger Delta Youth Consort of Nigeria protested against the NNPC for excluding the region and southerners in the secret recruitment.

Although NNPC denied the secret recruitment claiming that what the company did was fill the vacancies with personnel who were already in the system and were qualified rather than recruiting fresh ones from outside the system.

In the same vein, the Federal Inland Revenue Service was also enmeshed in a recruitment scandal in 2021 after it emerged that it secretly engaged 2,000 workers, a development that put a strain on its budget.

This was made known through a petition written to the Chairman of FIRS, Muhammed Namu by the Nigerian Civil Service Union.

On its part, the Nigeria Customs Service denied engaging in secret recruitment, stating that all its recruitment are often published, however, there has been an issue of lopsidedness in many of the recruitment made by the service with a significant advantage to the northern part of the country. 

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Aviation Workers Kick Against the Concession of Murtala Muhammed Airport, Others

Aviation Unions have vowed to resist any attempt to concession any of the Nigerian International Airports amid a series of labour issues left unresolved. 

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Aviation Unions have vowed to resist any attempt to concession any of the Nigerian International Airports amid a series of labour issues left unresolved. 

Rising from an emergency congress at the headquarters of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), aviation unions noted that since the decision to concession the four most important airports in Nigeria was taken, the unions have vigorously opposed the idea.

The unions which attended the emergence congress include the Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, the National Union of Air Transport Employees, and the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals.

Investors King could recall that the Federal Government is planning to concession four major international airports in Nigeria which include the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airports, Lagos, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, and Port Harcourt International Airport. 

According to the government, the concessions which are currently ongoing will usher more investment into the country’s aviation industry. 

Following the successful concession of the four major international airports, the government also intends to concession at least 17 other airports which are under the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). 

Meanwhile, the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sikira has announced the preferred bidders for three of the four international airports up for grabs. 

The minister announced Corporation America Airports Consortium as the preferred bidder for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja while the preferred bidder for Murtala Mohammed International Airports was TAV/NAHCO Project Planet Limited. 

He added further that Corporation America Airports Consortium also emerged as the preferred bidder for Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano. 

In preparation for the concession, the minister of aviation has issued a directive for the demolition of the office of FAAN, the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority in Lagos.

This directive however did not go down well with aviation unions who alleged a lack of trust and transparency on the part of the minister. 

The unions observed that the rush to deliver the project at all costs showed some suspicion which could create a disaster for the country’s aviation industry. 

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Twitter to End Remote Work, Staff to Work 40 Hours a Week

Elon Musk has suspended remote work for the social media staff while he also noted that employees will now work 40 hours a week, an email sent to staff stated. 

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Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk has suspended remote work for the social media staff while he also noted that employees will now work 40 hours a week, an email sent to staff stated. 

Investors King understands that the new work policy is coming after the company sacked 3,700 workers last week, about half of Twitter’s workforce. The cut in the workforce will subsequently require more working hours from the unaffected staff. 

In addition, Musk also stated in the email message that the “road ahead is arduous and will require intense work to succeed”. He added that “difficult times” lie ahead. 

In contrast to this, the microblogging platform informed its staff in May 2020, that the company would allow staff to work from home “forever”, if they wish because it recorded huge success during the pandemic lockdown. 

However, Musk who is also the CEO of Tesla and Word richest man noted that there could be exceptions in special conditions after such a case has been personally vetted by himself. 

“Remote work is no longer allowed, unless you have a specific exception. Managers will send the exception lists to me for review and approval,” Musk wrote in the email. 

Meanwhile, Elon Musk has revealed that Twitter is having a massive drop in revenue due to the suspension of paid advertisements on the platform by some notable brands.

It will be recalled that high-spending brands such as Volkswagen, Ford, and General Motors have suspended paid advertisements on Twitter. 

The brands had raised concerns with the new policy which the social media policy will adopt. 

Elon Musk had hinted that a number of banned accounts which includes Donald Trump’s will be reinstated while the platform will be open to “free speech”. 

Therefore, a handful of brands that are concerned that the platform will eventually open its floor for hate speech and divisive content are worried about what might be the effects of it. 

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