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Governor Yusuf Launches N5 Billion Second Phase of Pension and Death Benefits

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Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf delivering his address during the launch

 

The Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has launched N5 billion second phase of retirement and death benefits.

The benefits cover entitlement of about 4,000 state and local government retirees.

In a statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, Governor Yusuf highlighted the administration’s continuous commitment to addressing the needs of pensioners.

Recall that Governor Yusuf had unveiled initial disbursement of N6 billion in November 2023 to offset backlog of entitlement incurred by immediate past administration.

Upon assuming office in May 2023, Governor Yusuf inherited a pension system plagued by disorder and corruption, where illegal deductions and systemic irregularities left many pensioners without their entitled benefits.

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Governor Yusuf while unfolding the second trenche disclosed that his government was compelled by the mercy condition of the retiress who have been denied their dues by Ganduje’s administration.

He said the NNPP government is poised to rectify the injustices meted against the innocent pensioners who were not paid gratuity for the eight years of Ganjude’s administration (2015-2023).

“The initial phase saw the successful allocation of N6 billion to settle the retirement gratuity and death benefits of 5,333 pensioners, including state and local government retirees and families of deceased civil servants.

” This second phase of N5 billion, dedicated and aimed to settling pension arrears for approximately 4,000 retirees.

“The administration has established stringent criteria to ensure equitable and transparent disbursement, benefiting individuals with gratuities and death gratuities ranging from N1.6 million to N6.9 million.

“To guarantee the implementation process’s integrity, a distinguished committee comprising representatives from the Pension Fund Trustees, the Sharia Court of Appeal, the Office of the Head of Civil Service, and other pivotal agencies has been formed”. He said.

Governor Yusuf reiterated the administration’s unwavering commitment to championing the interests of pensioners, emphasizing that pension and gratuity are fundamental rights, not privileges.

He underscored the state’s obligation to promptly fulfill its commitments to elderly retirees as promised during the election campaigns.

Illustrating this steadfast commitment, Governor Yusuf announced that monthly pensions are now disbursed on or before the 25th of each month, free from arbitrary deductions—a significant departure from past practices, highlighting transparency and accountability.

The National Union of Pensioners Recently recognized Governor Yusuf as the most Pensioners-Friendly Governor of the 2024 due to his commitment to the plight of pensioners.

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I Am Not Aware of Any Protest – Dayyabu

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Alhaji Abdulkarim Dayyabu

Renowned social critic and head of the Movement for the Restoration of Justice, Alhaji Abdulkarim Dayyabu, said he is not aware of any protest being organized across the country. As someone who has been fighting for justice and the rights of the common man, Dayyabu made this statement in an interview with Freedom Radio in Kano.

According to the politician, the groups planning the protest seem faceless. However, he also called on the people to exercise patience and avoid anarchy.

Abdulkarim Dayyabu is an advocate of justice and a veteran politician who has been very critical of many governments in Nigeria for their dictatorial tendencies.

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Before the death of former Head of State General Sani Abacha on June 8, 1998, Alhaji Abdulkarim Dayyabu was arrested and detained for criticizing the government. He was released alongside several political detainees when General Abdulsalami Abubakar took over the mantle of leadership after General Sani Abacha’s death.

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Ado Bayero congratulates Danagundi on appointment as DG NPC

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The 15th Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero has congratulated Baffa Babba Danagundi on his appointment as Director General of National Productivity Centre.

The Emir, in a phone conversation with Danagundi, congratulated him and wished him a successful tenure.

“Your appointment is putting a peg in a round hole, we have seen your performance as Acting Director of Kano Consumer Protection Council. You work diligently against expired food stuffs and illegal drugs in Kano

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You’ve also proven your capacity while at Kano Roads and Traffic Agency, you generated revenue for the government and sanitise our roads.

I wish to thank Mr. President for this appointment, you will deliver good results. ” The Emir said

He also calls on the DG to exercise patience and run the affairs of his office with fear of God.

Danagundi has on Wednesday assumed office as the new Director General of the Centre. He has pledged his total commitment to the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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World Youth Skills Day: AHIP Urges Youth To Shun Drug Abuse Acquire Education & Skills

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The executive director of ED Adolescent Health and Information Projects AHIP Hajiya Mairo Bello has called on youths to shun drug abuse and acquire Education and skills to make them self-reliant.

In a statement to commemorate World Youth Skills Day made available to newsmen in Kano.

She described drug peddling and abuse as major catalysts to societal vices and criminal activities among others.

Hajiya Mairo pointed out that, education and skills would empower youth, give them leadership opportunities increase their resilience and build their self confidence.

The executive director asserted that youths have a vital role to play and emphasizes the importance of developing the skills of youth in various fields to benefit society.

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“ Information technology (ICT), entrepreneurship and vocational training for youth is very important as the world is turning into a global village”

She maintained that, as a youth-focused non-governmental organization NGO AHIP trained thousands of youths in sports, vocational, and livelihood skills.

“We can be at peace if we think positively, build our skills life skills, soft skills, problem-solving skills, the ability to work in a team, a strong work ethic, analytical and quantitative

“Developing strong skills in communication, leadership, and productivity is essential for young people. The United Nations General Assembly designated July 15th as World Ysouth Skills Day in 2014 to recognize the importance of equipping youth with skills for employment, decent work, and entrepreneurship”

The theme for World Youth Skills Day 2024 is “Youth Skills for Peace and Development,” intending to promote peace and stability in Kano and Nigeria overall.

The statement also urges the government, philanthropists, and the private sector to prioritize youth by offering leadership opportunities and essential skills to address issues such as unemployment and drug abuse.

Hajiya Mairo Bello
Executive director AHIP

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