Governors has no reason not to clear outstanding salaries with apologies – Shehu


The Chief Executive Officer of Dialogue Groups Alhaji Mahdi Shehu has lauded the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration for fighting corruption and blocking leakages which has boosted the Federal Allocation for States.
Shehu maintained that the State Governors have no reasons not to pay outstanding salaries with apologies to civil servants.
Shehu spoke at the opening ceremony for Training Workshop for media practitioners at Dialogue Computers in Kawo Kaduna.
The ICT mogul stated that “people have being returning public looted funds in billions, returned over 33 Billion and others even more than 33 billion and blockage in the Nigerian Port Authority and others that was why all the Governors left with billions, some with 32 billion, others 30 billion as Allocation. So every state Governor should seize the opportunity to clear all outstanding arears”.
He further lamented that greed is Nigeria’s biggest problem and prayed for better days while applauding President Muhammadu Buhari for his renewed fight against graft which has resulted in the return of loots.
In his Welcome Address, Kaduna State Council Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Garba Muhammad stressed that the training was first of its kind to be sponsored by a private corporate organization and appreciated the Chairman/CEO, Dialogue Group and other members of the management and staff of the Institute.
“This training is aimed at empowering members of the media to achieve the most needed objectivity, qualitative, and the most balanced reporting, which will lead to peaceful coexistence and development of Kaduna State and Nigeria.
“ICT training will no doubt play a greater role, especially now that the traditional media is being threatened by the advent of new media, what is today known as online and other social media platforms. You may also wish to note that, payment of salary by most media organizations in the country particularly the privately owned has become a problem, we are optimistic that this training on Entrepreneurship will provide alternative means of livelihood for our members” he emphasised.
He called on Government and Non-Governmental Organizations to emulate the Dialogue Computer Institute by sponsoring similar training as well as providing ICT working tools that will improve the capacity of the council members.
He applauded the Kaduna State Government for Sponsoring training of members on ICT and modern reporting techniques as well as reporting Health issues, the management of Kaduna Refining and Petrochemicals (KRPC) for sustaining the annual Capacity Building Workshop for Energy Reporters.
He also used the opportunity to congratulate the new Director General of SMEDAN and appealled to him to implement the earlier arrangement of training of members on various entrepreneurial skills.
“This kind of collaboration will in the long run, help our members to be self reliant and employers of labour” he stressed.
There were goodwill messages from Chief Executives of National Board for technical Education (NBTE), Department of State Securities (DSS), Kaduna Electric, Directorate of Kaduna State Information Services, KSMC, National Ear Care Hospital, KRPC, Nigerian Custom, Trade Union Congress (TUC), New Nigerian Newspapers (NNN), Liberty Radio/Television and SMEDAN among others.
The training workshop declared open by the Chief Medical Director of National Ear Care Hospital for fourty journalists is to last two weeks.


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