Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Nnamdi Kanu Should Be Locked Up In A Cell With A Cow - Bashir El'Rufai


Bashir El-Rufai, one of the sons of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, has mocked Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), over his arrest.

He made these statements via Twitter.

There are those that will be upset this hooligan was arrested, but will be too cowardly to express it. Victory for the country. May we all continue to progress in unison.
"He should be locked in a cell with a cow, please Buhari," he wrote.
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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Notice To Beneficiaries Of Hon. Gabriel Saleh Zock Scholarship Scheme


This is to inform all qualified candidates of Hon.Gabriel Saleh Zock SCHOLARSHIP Scheme from UDU Sokoto,Sokoto state polytechnic,FCE Gusau, Federal university Gusau,ABDU Gusau Polytechnic  and Federal Polytechnic Zamfara, to kindly check their Account for acknowledgement of payment of the SCHOLARSHIP.Thank you.

Signed.

Media team
For

SCHOLARSHIP Committee.
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PHOTONEWS: Governor El-Rufai Joins Other All Progressives Congress Governors To Officially Receive Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, As He Decamp From The Peoples Democratic Party To The All Progressives Congress

Governor El-Rufai Joins Other All Progressives Congress Governors To Officially Receive Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, As He Decamp From The Peoples Democratic Party To The All Progressives Congress
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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

2023: Stakeholders Drum Support For Danjuma Laah’s Re-election Bid


Chieftains of the Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna South Senatorial District and other stakeholders in the area have thrown their weight behind the aspiration of the incumbent Senator representing the District at the National Assembly, Senator Danjuma Laah.

Former member of the House of Representatives who represented Kachia/Kagarko, Federal Constituency of Kaduna State, at the Green chamber of the 6th Assembly, Hon. Adams Jagaba Adams has also indicated interest to slug it out with the incumbent Senator at the PDP Senatorial primary billed for February 2022.

While expressing his support for Senator Danjuma Laah’s aspiration to seek re-election, a three-term member of Kaduna State House of Assembly Honourable Labari Tella said that the incumbent Senator is a formidable aspirant with a vision for his people.

He added that Sen. Laah is not only a political heavyweight in the entire Southern Kaduna but also a well-known politician and a businessman from Kaura LGA of Kaduna state.

Hon. Douglas Habu who served as special adviser to three different governors in the state said that senator Laah is a result-oriented politician with value and repute.

The Senator, he said, “isn’t contesting for the Senatorial slot in search of names, or is he hungry for power or position. For the very first term Laah broke the Political jinx in Southern Kaduna, which is notable for one term and returned twice given his hard work and legislative prowess”.

Comrade Victor Bobai Mathew, convener of SDL 100% Support Group said exactly what the PDP needs is a fearless leader and a good team player whose major interest is all about his people.

 “This is a very serious challenge for Southern Kaduna. We cannot compromise our political leadership for those players that want names and fame,” he told newsmen.

“As of now the change in returning senator Laah is on the open primary election for the PDP to ensure that only card carriers of PDP would be allowed to select their candidate. This is because the party needs to democratize all its electoral activities this time.

Senator Laah’s leadership style has united his supporters, as he has continued to support the fight against banditry and insurgents”, he said.

Another former member of the Senate, Senator Zego Aziz, a veteran politician, and founding member of the PDP in Kaduna and Nigeria, said  that the campaign for 2023 will be more about issues and not about how many times one is contesting.

A former Member State House of Assembly in Kaduna from Zonkwa constituency Hon Jeremiah Kantiok acknowledged how much it will mean for Southern Kaduna to have Senator Laah returned.

 “Laah has beautiful projects ahead of him to accomplish like establishment of the Federal University of Technology Manchoch, State creation, Local Government Autonomy and establishment of security network to reduce insurgency and kidnapping in Southern Kaduna,” he said.
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Rightsizing: El-Rufai Briefs Buhari, Says Rightsizing Is About Getting The Optimal Number Of Persons With The Requisite Skills To Staff The Public Service



Governor Nasir El-Rufai has disclosed that he has provided a comprehensive briefing to President Muhammadu Buhari on the rightsizing policy of the Kaduna State Government and the steps taken so far to implement it.
The governor said his administration would seek accountability for the Nigerian Labour Congress’ actions in the state by setting up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the events of May 2021.
He explained that the government is hiring over 10,000 staff because rightsizing obliges the government to continuous recruitment of teachers, doctors, nurses and other qualified staff to provide vital services.
A statement issued by Special Adviser on Media and Communication to the Kaduna Government, Muyiwa Adekeye, on Sunday, quoted Governor El-Rufai as having assured President Buhari that “KDSG is determined not to allow a repeat of the pains, economic losses and the restraints of freedom that the NLC inflicted on the people of Kaduna State.”
Alluding to the NLC’s renewed threat of strike action, the statement accused the NLC of demonstrating a lack of belief in equality among its own members by describing the transfer of one Kaduna employee to a place where other civil servants are serving as victimisation.
Mr Adekeye said the Kaduna government has jettisoned the MOU reached with labour in a meeting facilitated by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige.
He said the state’s representatives at the May 20 conciliation meeting had indicated clearly that whatever they signed required the approval of the Kaduna State Executive Council.
Mr Adekeye said the Kaduna State Government “has since informed the federal Minister of Labour that the State Executive Council is unable to approve the MoU.”
“It is trite that an MoU is not a legally binding document. The content of the MoU shows that there is no congruence between the progressive aspirations of the Kaduna State Government and the misguided sense of entitlement of the NLC which does not even believe in equality amongst its own members.

“KDSG employees are serving with dedication in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area, amidst all the challenges. Yet, the NLC describes the transfer of one KDSG employee to Birnin-Gwari LGA as victimisation, as if other staff who have been loyally serving in the same area are lesser humans or permanent victims. KDSG rejects this unfair denigration of the very people that the transferred employee claims to lead.”

The statement added that “it is improper to describe the routine application of public service rules and labour regulations by a government as victimisation” and asked the Federal Ministry of Labour to reconsider permitting such slurs in documents prepared under its auspices.
“Union membership or accession to a leadership position in a union does not grant immunity to an employee for his/her actions and conduct or exempt them from compliance with the laws that govern everyone else.

“There are procedures that need to be followed to make a strike action legal, and the kind of conduct permissible during legitimate strike action is also bound by law. Lawful strike action still subjects strikers to the no-work, no-pay rule. How then can unlawful strike action be expected to be without consequences, as spelt out in the relevant laws and regulations?”
The statement said that the dominant theme in the KDSG statement at the conciliation meeting was the state government’s rejection of the criminal actions that defined the NLC’s actions. “It was notable that the NLC delegation was eager for the discourse not to dwell on their violations of laws prohibiting the disruption of essential services and their recourse to coercion and restraints to the freedom of citizens. But these are matters that cannot be ignored or swept under the carpet since unlawful actions that have come to be accepted as part and parcel of strike action remain unlawful.’’
The Special Adviser reiterated that “Kaduna State Government has not yet disengaged any state civil servant but has dispensed with the services of 99 political appointees so far.” Only the 23 local government councils and the agencies associated with the local government system such as SUBEB and the Primary Health Care Board have released staff.

Noting that “rightsizing is about getting the optimal number of persons with the requisite skills to staff the public service,” the statement added that as it is releasing lesser skilled staff, the KDSG is engaged in continuous recruitment of teachers, doctors, nurses and other health workers to provide vital services for citizens. “More than 10,000 such workers, including 7,600 secondary school teachers are being injected into the public service.”
The statement explained that its commitment to a fair assessment of the credentials of all officers shows in the painstaking approach to the rightsizing exercise for state civil servants. It said that it is only after the completion of the verification process that KDSG will “release any civil servant that is confirmed not to possess the minimum qualifications prescribed in 2017 as one of the outcomes of the state’s Public Service Revitalization and Renewal Programme.’’
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Political Party Condemns Killing Of Protesting Kaduna Students By Security Agents, Demands Immediate Arrest Of Killer-Cops


The African Action Congress (AAC) has condemned the killing of students by security agents for protesting against increased school fees in Kaduna State.
It also called for the immediate arrest of the gun-taunting security operatives that were behind the murder of the unspecified number of students.
The party said this in its reaction to the murder of the students of the Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, Jema’a Local Government Area, stressing that justice must prevail for the victims.
Scores of students that filed out, Monday, to protest the hike in their school fees were shot and others were arrested by the security agents.
A student of the school told reporters that, “We came out to protest over the increase of school fees when we met security operatives outside. They started shooting us, some of our colleagues are dead now.”
The AAC berated Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led government in Kaduna State, adding that it must stop its show of force against the residents of the state. 
The party said this in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Femi Adeyeye.
 
“It is another sad day for our supposed democracy as a student of the Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, has just been reported killed by armed security agents who were dispersing peaceful protesters forcefully, today 28th June 2021.  
“We condemn the use of brute force on protesters, call for the immediate arrest of the erring officers, and the total reversal of the hike in school fees that have made life unbearable for the students. 
 “The astronomical hike is not different from what is currently obtainable at the Kaduna State University (an increase from N27,000 to N100,000) where students and their parents have just been recently asked to sign off their rights to protest. This is nothing but barbaric. 
“One death too many. And we at the AAC are forced to ask the El-Rufai and (President Muhammadu) Buhari governments if Nigerians are regarded as humans at all? 
 “From the rise in food prices, rent, transportation cost, electricity tariff, fuel price, VAT/arbitrary taxes to the unreasonable rise in school fees, the welfare of Nigerians which is supposed to be the primary objective of government has been abandoned. The standard of living has dramatically dropped. 
“However, the things that have not suffered any downfall under this regime are the humongous salaries, allowances, and 'security votes' appropriated to government officials. 
“To then add to this suffering is the murderous act of the regime towards a people protesting their suffering. 
“We call on the Governor Nasir El-Rufai to halt all increments, anti-students’ and anti-workers’ policies. The Governor must also disembark on this journey of force and bring to justice the erring officers who killed the college student,” the statement read partly.
 
The statement entitled, ‘AAC Condemns the Violent Acts of the El-Rufai Regime as Security Forces Attack Students, Kill Peaceful Protester, Protesting Hike In School Fees,’ also urged the Nigerian students to unite against all forms of oppression.
 “In the face of irrefutable evidence and facts, we maintain unapologetically that this regime has lost legitimacy and must be sent packing by the generality of our people.  
“The African Action Congress, positioned as a vanguard of struggle, call on Nigerian students all over to organise themselves as a force of resistance against the numerous attacks on their rights to freely assemble, associate, express themselves and to be educated in environments that are safe and conducive for learning.  
“Also, the need has risen now more than before, that students organise outside the wretched leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) as it is presently constituted. Students’ freedom cannot be tied to the hustling aprons of hustlers,” AAC added.
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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Adara Kicks Against El-rufai's Planned Traditional Institutions ‘Reform


In a Press Statement issued in Kaduna on Sunday after its congress, and signed by the National President of Adara Development Association (ADA), Mr. Dio Awemi Maisamari, the ADA accused Gov. Nasiru E-Rufai of harbouring a hidden agenda against the Adara nation and majority Christian domains of Kaduna state under the guise of reforms in the bill.
The Adara people, the second largest ethnic nationality in Kaduna State, who claim a population of one million and occupy Kachia and Kajuru Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Southern part of the state, yesterday rejected a proposed legislation by Kaduna State government which seeks to make drastic changes in the traditional institutions of  state.
The Adara people who are the second largest ethnic nationality in Kaduna State, who claim a population of one million and occupy Kachia and Kajuru Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Southern part of the state, yesterday rejected a proposed legislation by Kaduna State government which seeks to make drastic changes in the traditional institutions of the state.
According to the statement issued by Adara: “The Kaduna State Government circulated a draft bill with a covering letter dated 19th March, 2021 signed by the Commissioner of Local Government Affairs marked ‘top secret.’
“The bill is titled ‘A bill  for a law for the traditional institution in Kaduna State, 2021,” the ADA said.
“The state government claims that the bill is intended to ‘restore the fading glory of traditional institutions’ and to make them serve the people better,” the ADA said.
The statement further stated that the ADA totally rejects the law for the following reasons:
“It is a continuation and intensification of the unjust and unpopular restructuring of traditional institutions which started in 2017 and targeted traditional institutions in Southern Kaduna.
“Going by previous experience, government will not listen to the opinions and wishes of non-Muslim communities in this process as it did in the past. “We cannot find any provisions in the law that will restore the glory of traditional institutions or make them serve the people better. Rather, there are sections that will alienate, cage and stifle them. They will be exposed to excessive politicization, manipulation and intimidation,” the ADA claimed.
“The appointment of traditional rulers will virtually be taken over by politicians as customary due processes are not recognized and respected in the bill,” the ADA further observed.
“The law is seeking to enforce uniformity in Muslim and non-Muslim traditional institutions which are fundamentally different,” adding that “the law will also subordinate, suppress and relegate non-Muslim traditional rulers to a permanent weak and inferior position,” the ADA maintained.
“Finally, we oppose the new law because it has finally revealed Governor el-rufai’s special hidden agenda against Adara nation and Adara land. The new law will legalize the unjust scrapping of our 1st Class Traditional Institution, legalize the balkanization of our community, legalize the suppression of our identity, history, culture and religion and also legalize the degrading, humiliation and marginalization of Adara being the second largest nationality in the state. Furthermore, it will  facilitate the implanting of other peoples to rule over Adara people and take over Adara land,” the ADA added.
“In view of the above, we are totally opposed to the draft bill as it will heighten social injustice, communal frictions, social disharmony retarded development. We also fear that present democratic structures will be compromised to rubber stamp the new law,|” the ADA insisted.
The ADA then called on Kaduna state government to widen consultation with all relevant stakeholders in that state with the view of seeking for acceptable  reforms in the traditional institutions in the state not via an executive bill which it says serves the interest of only one section of the state.
The ADA and el-Rufai have been at loggerhead for years now.

Recall that the slain  paramount ruler of Adara Land, the Agom Adara, Dr. Maiwada Galadima, was ambushed in October, 2018 on the Kaduna-Kachia expressway, abducted and killed after a ransom was paid for his release.  Shortly after his death, the Adara Traditional Council and the
Adara  Chiefdom were abolished and, instead, a Kajuru Emirate created, even when Muslims make less than 5% of the population of  Kajuru LGA, as the ADA claimed.
In December, 2018, the ADA addressed a press conference and rejected the new developments. The ADA also insisted that Kaduna State government could
not be absolved from complicity in the murder of their royal father, an ellegation that Kaduna State government refutted.
In 2019, the Wazirin Adara, Engr. Bawa Magaji who the Adara officially regard as the acting traditional leader of Adara nation, the President of ADA, Mr Awemi Dio Maisamari and seven other most respectable leaders of Adara land  were arrested and detained in Kaduna Prison for 120 days. Police investigation later cleared them against allegations of any wrongdoing.
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APC Chieftain Wants State Of Emergency In Kaduna Over Insecurity


Following worsening insecurity in Kaduna State and alleged repressive policies of Governor Nasir El-rufai, All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Alhaji Yusuf Ali has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately impose a state of emergency to save the State.
In an open letter to President Buhari, Ali urged him to do everything possible to rescue the State from looming anarchy.

According to him, “We have watched helplessly in Kaduna State where the President’s efforts are not being replicated. Rather, we have a situation whereby deliberate acts of commission or omission and anarchy have taken over.”
He said: “Mr. President is no doubt aware that no single day passes without massive killings, kidnappings, arson and wanton destruction of property in Kaduna State. The citizens and residents of are becoming numb to serial publications of death and destruction every day.”
Ali lamented that “farming activities are being negatively impacted on a scale that will herald famine throughout the state. Trading and other normal activities of life are equally affected. Even performing religious obligations is becoming difficult as places of worship are routinely targeted, burnt and destroyed with attendant loss of lives.
“The Kaduna–Abuja Road, Kaduna–Kachia Road, Kaduna–Zaria Road, Kaduna–BirninGwari Road are all under siege of bandits and kidnappers. Businesses are daily relocating from Kaduna. Residents are helpless and go about their lives with trepidation.”
Ali noted that in all of these, there is the virtual absence of governance as the whole Government in the State is a one-man affair. “Regrettably, the Governor who carries himself like an Emperor and has stiffed normal discourse that can lead to constructive ideas and suggestions to tackle the myriad of security issues bedeviling the state.
People have been threatened, arrested, prosecuted and targeted simply for raising their voices against the wanton destruction of lives and property.
“The Governor often considers such voices as attacks on him and the people raising such concerns become enemies or are declared enemies to be dealt with by the Governor. As I write this, Mr. President, Kaduna State University has been closed down following an unconscionable increase of School fees from around N50,000.00 to N500,000.00 even for students who are already studying in the institution.”
“Land grabbing from peasants by the State Government and its agents and reallocation to family members and cronies is the order of the day. The people of the state are being cowed into silence, frustration is building up palpable anger that may blow up into open revolt and violence.”
Ali continued: “Mr. President, there is today in Kaduna State such break down of public order and public safety to such extent that requires extraordinary measures to restore peace and security. There is, in addition, a clear and present danger of further and total breakdown of public safety in the state, which requires extraordinary measures to prevent such eventuality.
“The President has power under Section 305 of the Constitution to declare a state of emergency where the above situation and circumstances exist in the Federation or any part thereof.”
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Saturday, June 26, 2021

Bandits Kidnap Dozens Of Travellers Along Kaduna–Kachia Road


Gun-wielding bandits on Friday abducted scores of travellers along Kachia Road in Kaduna State, in a broad daylight operation.
SaharaReporters learnt that the victims were taken away from the vehicles they boarded and escorted at gunpoint into the forests.
Photographs seen by SaharaReporters show several empty vehicles by the roadside as other motorists who got to the scene wondered and expressed shock at the whereabouts of the victims.
Kaduna has in recent months become synonymous with kidnappings, ranging from abductions of school students to villagers and motorists.
The security agencies have also not been spared in the onslaughts.
SaharaReporters had on Tuesday reported how gunmen suspected to be bandits invaded the military barracks of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State, and taken away a herd of cattle in the early hours of Thursday.
The incident happened around 2:00 am as the gunmen arrived at the barracks and started shooting sporadically in the air to cause panic in the Army community.
Though the exact number of the cattle stolen could not be determined, an eyewitness had told SaharaReporters on Thursday evening that the cows would not be less than a hundred in number based on previous experience.
According to the source who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons, the cattle were owned by Army officers. 
He, therefore, expressed shock that the barracks could be so porous for bandits to attack without any form of resistance.
The source told SaharaReporters the first time it happened was last year and that about 400 cows were taken away by the bandits in what he described as a bloodless attack on the barracks. 
He, however, said some of the animals found their way back to their ranch.
The Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji in Kaduna State is a training facility for the Nigerian Armed Forces, including the army, air force, and navy.
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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Notice To Recipients Of Honourable Gabriel Saleh Zock Scholarship Scheme


This is to inform all recipients of Hon. Gabriel Saleh Zock scholarship Scheme from the Federal College of Education, Zaria (F.C.E Zaria) and Shehu Idris College of Health, Makarfi to kindly check their accounts for acknowledgement of payment of the scholarship.

Thank you.

Signed,
Scholarship Committee.
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Thursday, June 24, 2021

KASU Resumes Academic Activities, Asks Parents To Sign Undertaking

The Kaduna State University, KASU, has directed new and returning students to resume for the 2020/2021 academic session on June 22.
The institution also said that parents and guardians of all new and returning students must sign an undertaking that their children would be of good behavior.
The Registrar, Samuel Manshop, gave the directive in a statement on Tuesday, in Kaduna.

“The Management of Kaduna State University wishes to notify staff, students and the public that academic activities for the 2020/2021 Academic Session have commenced with effect from Tuesday.
“Furthermore, the parents and guardians of all fresh and returning students are expected to sign an undertaking at the respective departments of their children and wards.
“The undertaking shall indicate that the children will be of good behavior,” the statement explained.

Recall that the university had on June 8 suspended academic activities for its undergraduate students indefinitely. 
The registrar, who did not give reasons for the suspension, however, said academic activities would continue for postgraduate programmes, college of medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, and part-time programmes.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Kaduna Bye-Election: PDP Savours Victory, Mocks El-Rufai, APC


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its victory in Saturday’s Kaduna bye-election despite the bragging, intimidation and rigging machinations of the Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led APC administration, is a further signal that the people of Kaduna state have since rejected Governor El-Rufai and his APC.

The PDP says its clean victory in Kaduna, particularly in the political melting point like Sabon Gari Constituency, is a foretaste of the crushing defeat that awaits the APC in Kaduna and other states of the federation in the 2023 general elections.

The PDP's resounding victory in the Kaduna election is a reaffirmation that Kaduna state is home to PDP, in spite of the APC administration, which is now being shown the way out.

The outcome of the Saturday’s bye-election also reinforces the popularity of the PDP as well as our candidate, Alhaji Usman Baba, while serving as an unmistaken expression of the people’s rejection of the high-handedness, oppression, executive recklessness and arrogance, divisiveness, vindictiveness, economic repression, infrastructural decay and general misrule that have characterised governance in Kaduna state under the APC.

Since it is clear that the APC administration in Kaduna state has nothing to offer the people other than imposing a siege mentality and arrogant power intoxication, our party counsels the APC to read the hand writing on the wall on the fate that awaits it in 2023.

The PDP congratulates the member-elect, Alhaji Usman Baba, as well as the people of Kaduna state and urges him to hit the ground running, in line with the commitment of the PDP to provide the dividends of democracy, which have eluded the people of Kaduna State in the last six years of APC’s misrule.
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Give Bandits Contract To Guard Forests, Farmlands— Sheikh Gumi Tells Nigerian Government


Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has alleged that security operatives are working with bandits who are wreaking havoc across the country.

Speaking on Arise TV on Wednesday, Gumi accused some security personnel of giving armed gangs a soft landing.

He also urged farmers across the country to allow Fulani herdsmen to protect their forests.

The Islamic scholar, while admitting that bandits are committing all sorts of crimes, also said atrocities had been committed against them by various tribes across Nigeria.

Insisting on his call for amnesty for the bandits, Gumi said they are ready to surrender if the government will provide them with a means of livelihood.

He said, “The Niger Delta example, I think we can take an example from that. When they were vandalising pipelines, they were given the pipelines to guard.

"Now, the herdsmen are controlling a big chunk of land whereby they are preventing farmers from farming. As the Niger Delta is important to the economy, these herdsmen now are becoming important to the Nigerian economy.

“They can be our guards, they can guard the forests. They have qualities that we can tap from,” Gumi said.

He dismissed the amnesty granted to bandits by Katsina State Governor Bello Masari, describing it as “political amnesty” without any package.

“When you grant a political amnesty, I mean amnesty in the front of the press and the media but in the real sense, there was no amnesty.

“Amnesty comes with a package. The package is you rehabilitate these criminals, you provide for them social amenities.

“You entice them to leave the forests by providing them with skills. But there is no project put forward.”
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PHOTONEWS: Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki Pays Condolence Visit To Danjuma Laah, Over The Death Of His Brother

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki Pays Condolence Visit To Danjuma Laah, Over The Death Of His Brother
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Jaba Local Government Council, Flags Off Maternal Newborn Child Health Week

The Executive Chairman of Jaba Local Government Council, Honourable Benjamin Jock has flagged off the Maternal Newborn Child Health Week (MNCHW) at the Primary Health Care Centre, Fai.
Delivering his key note address at the event, the Honourable Chairman admonished the nursing mothers to take maternal health issues seriously as the Kaduna State Government under the leadership of His Excellency, Mallam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai has set out mechanisms in place to address issues related to child birth in the state. He therefore urged the women to avail themselves of this opportunity by ensuring that they access adequate health care at the facilities right from the moment of  conception up to the post natal stage in order to ensure their wellbeing. 
Owning to the efforts of the government at both levels in addressing maternal related health issues, the Honourable Chairman also tasked the health workers for due diligence and efficient service delivery in order to reciprocate government efforts. 
The flag off exercise was marked with the Honourable Chairman and his wife, Mrs. Lydia Benjamin vaccinating the new born babies against maternal related diseases.
The event was witnessed  by the State Technical Facilitator, Mr. Samuel Monday, the  State Supervisor, Mr  Adams Ango, and  Mrs. Sarah Y.S Dadai, the Director of Health-Jaba LGC.  Others in attendance include Mrs. Ladi Simon, Monitor, the UNICEF representative, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Okafor and the representatives of the traditional council.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

NLC To Resume Mass Action In Kaduna As Negotiation With El-Rufai Suffers Setback


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it is set to resume mass action in Kaduna State.
President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, disclosed this to journalists in Abuja shortly after an emergency National Executive Council meeting on Tuesday.
He said the congress was forced to take the decision after exhausting all avenues to resolve the issue amicably.
Wabba said part of their efforts was writing letters to President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, but the actions failed to yield any positive results.
He said union members across the country have been mobilised to resume the suspended mass action.
Wabba said the action was taken after Governor Nasir El-Rufai refused to honour the last Memorandum of Action.
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I’ve been fighting bandits in my dreams since my father died in Southern Kaduna – Joe El


Almost a year after the death of his father, singer Joel Amadi, popularly known as Joe El, has revealed that he still battles with the trauma.

In an interview with Sunday Scoop, he said, “One of the traumas I still go through is that anytime any of my sisters or mum calls me, the first thing that pops up in my head is ‘Hope these people are safe’? That fear just comes.
“On the day that incident happened, it was my younger sister who called and when I answered the phone, she narrated everything to me. She told me how they hid under the bed, while gunshots were sounding everywhere.
“Since my dad’s demise, anytime I sleep, even if it’s a 30 minutes nap, I see myself in a dream battling with bandits or herdsmen. Now, I have even become used to it because it hit me so hard. I am the only son and have to take care of three grown women (sisters and mum). Anytime I look around and see that my dad is not around, it makes me feel very miserable. But, prayers have been keeping me strong. Anytime I feel ‘down’, I talk to God and I beg Him to give me strength because I have to stay alive and strong for my mother and sisters.”

Recall that Joe El's Dad was killed by bandits in one of the attacks that took place in Southern Kaduna. 
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Monday, June 21, 2021

Chief's Demise: Kaduna State Government, Condoles Ayu Chiefdom

 

On behalf of Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Honourable Wilson Iliya Yangye, Senior Special Assistant (Political Matters) to the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, paid a condolence visit to Ayu Chiefdom of Sanga Local Government, over the demise of Late HRH. Alh. Yahaya Mamuda (Chief of Fadan Ayu1).
Hon. Yangye expressed his deepest condolences to immediate family, the Ayu Chiefdom, Sanga Local Government, and the entire State for the demise of His Royal Highness Late Alhaji Yahaya Mamuda Chief of Fadan Ayu 1.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ayu Chiefdom in
this time of grief. 
His Royal Highness's dedication,
contributions, and service to Ayu Chiefdom and the entire Kaduna State will be remembered, he said. 
Lastly, he urged the Ayu Chiefdom, Sanga Local Government, and the people of Kaduna State in general to serve as peace envoys by enhancing peace and unity, maintaining law and order as good citizens.
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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Notice To Beneficiaries Of Hon. Gabriel Saleh Zock Scholarship Scheme

This is to inform all qualified candidates of Hon.Gabriel Saleh Zock SCHOLARSHIP Scheme from NUHU BAMALI Polytechnic and Ahmadu Bello University Zaria to kindly check their Account for acknowledgement of payment of the SCHOLARSHIP.Thank you.

Signed.

Kogi Ibrahim;
For

SCHOLARSHIP Committee.
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Sunday, June 20, 2021

El-Rufai Pays Confidence Building Visit To Communities Around Kaduna-Abuja Road, Warns Against Blocking Of Roads

Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Saturday paid a confidence-building visit to communities affected by bandit attacks around the Kaduna-Abuja Road in Chikun LGA.
The Governor who was accompanied by the Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani, was at Sabon Gayan and Kakkau areas where he interacted with citizens. 
The Governor was received at the Kaduna-Abuja Road by the Force Commander (Operation Thunder Strike), Lt. Col. MH Abdullahi, who briefed the Governor on the security situation in the general area, and specifically on the barricading of the road by citizens following the bandit attacks. 
After ensuring accelerated flow of traffic, the Governor held a meeting at Kakkau community which was attended by the village head, Mr. Iliya Garba Zarmai and members of the community. 
The Governor condoled communities across the state where citizens were killed within the last one week, and assured them of the state government's commitment to security of lives and property. He added that the government was aware of their plights, as conveyed in daily security reports from action agencies. 
The Governor further assured the residents that the government is working resolutely, round the clock, with security agencies, in addressing the menace.
He warned against blocking of roads, a practice he described as detrimental to the activities of innocent citizens whose movement is forced to a halt. He stressed that such actions would offer no solution, but only create panic and further breakdown of law and order. 
Furthermore, within the last one week, from Monday 14th to Friday 18th June 2021, security agencies reported to the Kaduna State Government several incidences of attacks by armed bandits which left some citizens dead in Kakkau, Damba-Kasaya, Kankomi, Kajuru town, Idasu, Karaukarau, and Sobawa villages in Chikun, Igabi, Giwa and Kajuru local government areas.
Governor El-Rufai has sent condolences to their families and prayed for the repose of their souls.
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Danjuma Laah, Gets Donation of 100 Laptops for Youth Empowerment In Southern Kaduna


The President of Africa Investors in Diaspora Association (AIDA), Dr. Philemon Ibrahim Gora who paid a private visit to Senator Danjuma Laah in his resident in Abuja on Friday to discuss ways in tackling socioeconomic issues and youth empowerment in Southern Kaduna Senatorial district, has moved to encourage the good works of the Senator by donating computer sets to enable digital empowerment for the constituents. This is believed not to be far away from the ongoing youth empowerment programme initiated by the Senator for his Constituents.

According to Gora, "It's important that individuals with good will continues to encourage our distinguish Senator with regards to youth empowerment and other meaningful programmes. I have serious passion as well as interest for the future of the Southern Kaduna youths."

In his response, Senator Danjuma Laah who is the initiator of the ongoing two weeks training on social media and digital marketing programme for Southern Kaduna Youth said, "My dream is to train 10,000 graduates and undergraduates to become enterpreneuers before my second tenure ends. Southern Kaduna needs individuals with capacity to help create job opportunities and build a secure future for the generation yet unborn"
"I am grateful for the donations to support our youths and i also implore them to make efforts to participate fully and make judicious use of these laptops" Senator Laah added;
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Saturday, June 19, 2021

My Successor Will Demolish More Houses Than Me - El'Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said his successor will demolish more houses than he has done in the state.
He said some people were seeing him as a demolisher and seem eager for his tenure to end.
The governor, who made the comment at a media chat aired on radio stations on Thursday, said residents of the state now appreciate the urban development being executed across the state by his administration.
He also said his administration prefers to provide infrastructural development rather than sharing money with people in the name of empowerment or human development.

“When we started working on school construction they said we are not providing roads now we are working on roads they said we are not empowering people.
“If sharing money in the night is what they mean by empowering people, they should keep insulting us.
“The masses who we are working for appreciating what we are doing for them.
“You know the election is approaching and they see me as a demolisher “Mai rusau” so they think that maybe the next person that will come after me will not demolish but he will demolish more than I do, God willing,” he said.

He urged the people to continue supporting and praying for his administration to succeed.
Critics have accused the governor of plunging people into hardship by demolishing their houses but El-Rufai has defended his action, saying it is in public interest.
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INEC Declares PDP Winner Of Kaduna Assembly By-election


The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared Alhaji Usman Baba of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as winner of the bye-election for Sabon Gari Constituency in the Kaduna State House of Assembly.
The returning officer, Mohammed-Nuruddin Musa, who declared the result on Saturday in Zaria, said Mr Baba won the election with 9,113 votes.
He defeated his closest contender, Musa Musa of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who got 7,404 votes.
The returning officer also said that Anas Abdullahi of the ADC had 62 votes; Chindo Ibrahim of ADP, 61 votes while Musa Halilu of PRP secured 305 votes.
The bye-election followed the declaration of the seat as vacant by the state House Assembly in April.
This was due to the failure of the lawmaker representing the constituency, Aminu Shagali to participate in legislative activities for more than 360 days.
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Travelers Trapped As Angry Villagers Block Abuja-Kaduna Highway Over Attacks


Many travellers are currently trapped on the Abuja-Kaduna highway as angry residents have blocked the road over attacks, especially the killing of a 13-year-old girl by bandits.
 The tragic incident occurred at Anguwar Magaji in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.
Residents said bandits stormed the house of the village head and abducted his family as well as other persons in the community.
A resident of the area told Daily Trust that they were not safe at home and their farms.

“We cannot go to our farms and yet they will follow us to our homes to abduct us for ransom. They killed a 13-year-old girl, a security man in the village as well as abducted other residents including the family of the village head,” he said.
He explained that the residents only want security or to be allowed to protect themselves against the bandits.
A witness told Daily Trust that the protesters refused to listen to the plea of security personnel who approached them.
The witness, who did not want to be named, said the protesters have been out since 7:30am.
“The villagers are very angry. They blocked the road and insisted that no one will pass through. When security personnel came, the men withdrew and left their women on the road.”
“Some of the women are half-naked. The soldiers were just begging them to leave the road but the men cheered them on from the roadside.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna, ASP Jalige Mohammed, told Daily Trust that the State commissioner of police, Umar Muri, has directed the Area Commander to visit the scene of the protest and ensure orderliness.
He said the police are trying to ensure that the road is open to allow road users access as they meet with the community leaders and the protesting youths to discuss the problem.
“There is an incident along the highway but we are trying to control the situation,” he said.
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Sports An Option To End Banditry, Insecurity – Kaduna Speaker


The Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani has said that sports is a veritable tool Nigeria can explore in bringing an end to insurgency, banditry and other forms of insecurity bedeviling the country.
According to a statement signed by his SA Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani, he expressed this in his speech while declaring open a 3-day Workshop On Coaching Management, organised by his SSA Youth, Sports and Culture at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Thursday.
“To end the growing army of willing tools in the hands of bandits and insurgents, we need to put on our thinking caps.
“All available options must be explored, including the economic angle, which will put food on more tables of our citizens and youth,” Zailani said.
He said the workshop is another milestone achievement of the Malam Nasir el-Rufai-led present Kaduna State administration in job creation and empowerment of youth.
“I am highly delighted to be part of yet another historic moment.
“This is because sports besides ensuring that we remain healthy, is a huge income earner and has potentials of employing several youth,” he added.
Zailani said that when his SSA, Ekene Abubakar Adams came to him about the programme, he immediately approved it and gave him the go ahead in view of the impact it would have on the immediate society and NIgeria at large.
“This three-day workshop is one veritable tool that will not only train, but will serve as an avenue of training the trainer,” he said.
The Speaker therefore, urged all the participants to concentrate and learn all that the resource persons will be giving to them.
“I have full confidence on the resource persons, knowing that they are coming all the way from the National Institute of Sports (NIS) and the certificates the participants will be issued will be accepted anywhere in the world,” he added.
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Friday, June 18, 2021

We've Fired 99 Political Appointees - El'Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has fired 99 political appointees.
El-Rufai, who made the disclosure at a media chat with some Kaduna-based broadcast journalists, explained that the disengaged appointees constitute 30 percent of political office holders.
He said the state has started implementing its rightsizing policy but is yet to disengage any state civil servant.
The governor disclosed that only agencies connected to the local government system have disengaged staff and these include the 23 local government councils, SUBEB and the Primary Health Care Board.
“So far, 99 political appointees have lost their jobs but we have not commenced rightsizing civil servants. We want to be fair with regards to civil servants. We had earlier promised that before we reduce the size of the civil service, we will start with political appointees and we have done that,’’ he said.
The governor, who spoke in Hausa, said the rightsizing of civil servants will still go on as planned because of dwindling revenues that is accruing to the state government from the federation account.
‘’However, civil servants with question marks on the veracity of their data have to be given a chance to clear the doubts before any action is taken on them,’’ he clarified.
The governor said his government has employed 11,000 more workers in the health sector, Kaduna State University as well as primary and secondary schools across the state.
The governor disclosed that it is a fallacy to allege that the salaries of political appointees account for the bloated personnel cost of the State Government.
‘’In March 2021, the salaries of these political appointees amounted to N259 million , while civil servants were paid N3.13 billion, aside from costs related to state contributions to pension, accrued rights and other personnel costs. So, it is false to insinuate that political appointees are the ones that guzzle most of the state’s resources,’’ he said.
Justifying the rightsizing of the public service, he said that all states and the federal government are affected by the shortfall of revenue and some states have even reverted to paying the old monthly minimum wage of N18,000.
The governor, however, promised that Kaduna state will not reverse the N30,000 minimum wage that it has started paying.
“We are the first government, federal or state, to pay the minimum wage. We will retain the minimum wage of N30,000 and the consequential adjustments that gave most of our civil servants a 66% salary increase. We will also retain the minimum pension of N30,000 monthly.
“The unified Local Government Service continues to pay the minimum wage, even though they varied the consequential adjustments for their workers below the level for state civil servants,’’ he added.
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Nnamdi Kanu: Place Bounty On Your Leaders Heads Instead – Shehu Sani Tells Northern Groups

Senator Shehu Sani, who represented Kaduna Central at the 8th National Assembly, has slammed the Northern groups who placed a bounty on Kanu’s whereabouts.
It was reported that 17 Northern groups under the aegis of Northern Consensus Movement (NCM) on Thursday declared Kanu wanted over the killings and destruction of properties owned by Northerners in the Southeast.
The President of the group, Dr Auwal Abdullahi, while addressing a press conference, also placed a N100m bounty on Kanu.
Reacting, Senator Sani faulted the move, stating that the group should have channeled their efforts towards ending the terrorism and banditry currently ravaging their region.
The former lawmaker made the remark on Friday in a post on his official Facebook page.

“We have terrorists and bandits here up north, killing and kidnapping our people; why not the Northern groups place a price tag on the heads of their leaders instead of placing them on someone far abroad,” he said.
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INEC Announces Arrival Of Sensitive Materials For Kaduna By-election


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the arrival of sensitive materials for the by-election for the Sabon Gari Constituency seat in the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

Recall that the seat initially occupied by Aminu Shagali, a former Speaker of the assembly, was declared vacant in April, after he was accused of absconding from activities of the assembly for more than 360 days.

Following the development, INEC had announced June 19 as the slated date for the by-election to fill the vacant seat.

The acting Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Mr Awwal Mashi, who confirmed the development in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna, said the materials have been delivered to the electoral body at the local government where the election will take place.
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Uba Sani Institutes N1.8m Annual Grant For 20 Orphans


Twenty orphans of Daru Sigaril Huffaz Kaduna are to benefit from an annual N1.8 million support fund announced by the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Malam Uba Sani.
This is coming a couple of months after the lawmaker had in an event to mark his 50th birthday, feted and doled out cash to another 800 orphans in his Senatorial District.
The Senator spoke when he chaired the Quranic Graduation Ceremony at the Daru Sigaril Huffaz in Kaduna State,
He said he was extremely delighted to see our children memorizing the Holy Quran and learning the teachings that come with it.
“This is an important aspect of moral upbringing for our children in order to build a better and responsible society,” he said.
The Senator noted that Daru Sigaril Huffaz is making an important contribution and deserves to be supported.
“I therefore donate the sum of N1.5million to the school. I also pledge the sum of N1.8m yearly to cater for the tuition of 20 orphans in the institution until their graduation,” he said.
He regretted that some of the security challenges faced today are traceable to the relegation of moral values to the background.
“Without fear of God, the human person becomes susceptible to all sorts of manipulation. We must therefore encourage moral education and support institutions like Daru Sigaril Huffaz,” he said.
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