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CBN and NNPC Accepts Funding of Accommodation and Feeding of Returnees

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CBN and NNPC Accepts Funding of Accommodation and Feeding of Returnees

The Minister of Foreign Affairs ‘Geoffrey Onyeama’ on Monday May 18th , announced that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will take care of the hotel accommodation and feeding bills of Nigerians who were recently evacuated from countries they were stranded in.

It was reported earlier that the evacuees were directed by the federal government to pay N297,000 for their 14-day mandatory isolation.

Following the criticism which directive sparked off, Onyeama said he approached the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Group Managing Director of NNPC who both agreed to pick the bill.

He further revealed that the initial decision was taken due to paucity of funds even though they were not happy with it.

According to Onyema, on Friday night after getting all the barrage from around the world including saying that they were somehow conspiring with hotels to fleece Nigerians and make money for themselves and other form of accusation.

They continued never the less trying to find a way through—as rightfully said “two heads are better than one”. However, the honorable Minister of Environment, Dr. Mahmoud Abubakar suggested to Onyema to try NNPC and CBN since they have corporate social responsibility funding.

“I got in touch with Governor of the CBN and used as much persuasive channel as possible to get him over and told him I will do the same with GMD of NNPC and the Governor of the CBN, very generously and very kindly, agreed and said the amount that I was talking about was over N1 billion because we have over 4,000 Nigerians out there, and if over 3,000 or something of them come back the cost of accommodation and feeding and everything else is over a billion that we don’t have.” Said Onyema.

“He said he was ready to explore and share the cost with NNPC. I spoke to the GMD of NNPC and he said he was going to consult and we kept our fingers crossed.

“Thanks be to God, today he got back to me to say he was ready. he was going to meet up with the Governor of the CBN and together they would fund this portion. A very very important portion, the accommodation and feeding of evacuees. So we go forward in a better environment.”

The Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation have agreed to fund the cost of quarantine, accommodation and feeding for returnee-Nigerians from foreign countries. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this in Abuja yesterday at a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

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He said: “The governor of CBN, very generously and very kindly, agreed; he said the amount I was talking about, over N1bn because we have over 4,000 Nigerians out there… he said he was ready to explore and share the cost with NNPC. “And I spoke to the GMD of NNPC and he said he was going to consult. And thanks be to God, today, he got back to me to say he was ready, he was going to meet up with the CBN governor and together, they’ll fund this portion; a very important portion, the accommodation and feeding of evacuees”, the minister added.

The minister said the government ran out of funds and found itself in a situation where either it stopped evacuation for lack of funding or it passed the cost to the evacuees. He said the decision to seek support from the CBN and NNPC was taken in national interest

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Reality television star, Kim Kardashian has announced that she wants to send $500 each to a thousand people in recognition of a tough year caused by the covid-19 pandemic.

Kim, who was bashed last month for posting receipts of $1m she spent on holiday, said the monetary relief she’ll be sending will be disbursed on a first come, first served basis.

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She wrote on Twitter;

“Hey guys! 2020 has been hard and many are worried about paying rent or putting food on their table,” the reality star tweeted to her 68 million followers on Monday afternoon. “I want to spread the love by sending $500 to 1000 people.”

She followed with instructions on how to get their tweet noticed and the money paid.

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Arik Airline sacks 300 workers

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Arik Airline sacks 300 workers

Arik Airline sacks 300 workers

The management of the airline disclosed this in a statement released today Friday, December 4. The management hinged its decision to sack the workers on the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations.

The press statement titled, “Arik Air management declares 300 staff redundant”, reads in part

“Arising from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the constrained ability of the airline to complete heavy maintenance activities and return its planes to operations, stunted revenues against increasing operational costs, the management of Arik Air (In Receivership) has declared 300 staff members redundant to its current level of operations.

“The leadership of the impacted unions has been contacted to negotiate a redundancy package for the affected staff.”

Gistflash gathered that Passengers are already stranded the airport with the flight fully booked and no one to attend to them

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Gov. Sule Orders DPMs, DFS To Proceed on Compulsory 3-Month Suspension over Alleged Fraud of 600m

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Gov. Sule Orders DPMs, DFS to Proceed on Compulsory 3-Month Suspension over Alleged Fraud of 600m

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Sunday directed the Local Government Service Com­mission (LGSC) to send all the Directors of Personal Management (DPMs) and Directors of Finance and Supplies (DFS) in the 13 local governments and 18 development areas to go on compulsory suspension for three months.

Sule said the suspension was to monitor the pay­ment of salaries of local government workers by the state auditor general, which was lingering for three months.

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The directive was contained in a statement signed by Public Relations Officer in the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ibrahim Adamu Shigafar­ta, and made available to newsmen in Lafia, the state capital.

Gistflash gathered that the council officials were suspended because they refused to work with directive of the a committee set up by government to investigate the discrepancies and high wage bills incurred by local governments.

 

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