Jigawa Governor Presents 2021 Budget Of N156bn To Assembly

File photo of Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar

 

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar has presented the 2021 budget of N156 billion to the State House of Assembly.

The budget which is titled “Budget of Sustained Economic Growth and Social Transformation – Meeting the Next Level Agenda II,” is 2.4% and 29% higher than the original and revised 2020.

According to the governor, N78.241 billion which is an almost a 50:50 ratio is for capital investment and N78.34bn was earmarked for recurrent expenditure which creates room for contingency and stabilization.

In the budget, Education got N36.4% while Health received 13.5% of the said translating to N78.25bn.

Roads and electricity consisting of critical infrastructure got N14.6bn with all ongoing roads and rural electrification to be completed and commissioned.

The governor proposed N6, 040,000,000 for water supply and sanitation which will cover components of water sanitation sectors comprising of urban, small towns, and rural supply.

“Emphasis will be given to Greater Dutse water supply, scheme, and improvement of water supply scheme in local governments’ headquarters of the state,” he said.

He also explained that the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development earmarked N12.1bn in addition to counterpart funding for the Agricultural Development Projects of about N6.5billion, Ministry of Women Affairs got N1.7bn and Ministry of Information N1.9bn respectively.

On his part, the Speaker of the House, Idris Garba Jahun, said that the budget would be given the inputs it deserves for easy passage, adding that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the state government has achieved a lot in the implementation of the 2020 budget.

While assuring that the parliament will pass the budget into law within the stipulated time, he commended his colleagues for the cordial working relationship with the executive arm of government.

Angry Crowd Attack Jigawa Governor’s Aide, Others

File Photo of Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar

 

An angry mob on Tuesday attacked an aide to Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, and other officials.

Channels Television learned that the victims were the Special Adviser to the Governor on Community Development and Social Inclusion, Mr. Hamza Mohammed together, and officials of the State Emergency Management Authority (SEMA).

They were said to have embarked on a flood assessment of the Ganuwar Kuka area of the state before being attacked.

The attackers purportedly wielded sticks, matchets, and other dangerous weapons to register their displeasure against the state government over alleged lackluster attitude towards the flood, which to them, has affected eight local government areas under the Hadejia emirate.

The Special Adviser who confirmed the attack to Channels Television, adding that they were to inspect the extent of damages in the community before the mob attacked them.

Also, Governor Abubakar condemned the attack on his aide, describing it as being politically motivated.

“This is politically motivated. How can one attack someone who is trying to provide you with support? Nobody is responsible for this disaster.

“It is God’s will and we cannot prevent it from happening. Even in the United States, they experience disasters. Who are we to prevent what God has ordained?” he said.

Jigawa Governor Signs Revised 2020 Budget

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, while signing the revised 2020 Budget into law on July 28, 2020.

 

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, has signed into law the revised 2020 budget of N124.357 billion which was recently passed by the State House of Assembly.

He assented to the revised budget on Tuesday at the Government House in Dutse, the state capital.

While signing the budget, the governor said the 2020 budget size was reduced by 19 percent from N153.920 to N124.357 billion.

He explained that this represented a decrease of N28.56 billion, noting that the review became necessary due to the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy.

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, at his office in Dutse on July 28, 2020.

 

The governor added that the 2020 local government budget has also been reduced from N72.5 billion to N56.2 billion, representing a drop of N16.300 billion.

According to him, COVID-19 has come with many challenges ranging from revenue declining, additional spending on healthcare, and drop of oil prices which necessitated the review of the 2020 Appropriation Bill in the state.

Governor Abubakar thanked the speaker and members of the Jigawa State House of Assembly, as well as his technical team for their dedication and hard work which led to the passage of the revised 2020 budget into law within a short period of time.

He also commended the people of Jigawa for their prayers and support to the government of the state.

COVID-19 Palliative: Jigawa Announces Tax Holiday For Small Businesses

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar

 

The Jigawa State Government has given a one year tax holiday to Small and Medium-scale Enterprises whose businesses suffered as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Commissioner of Finance, Babangida Umar, confirmed this to newsmen in Duste, the Jigawa state capital.

According to him, only those business owners with a registered business name will benefit from the gesture.

Umar explained that new businesses and those that would commence in the post-COVID-19 era would benefit from an 18-month period without paying tax.

The Commissioner noted that all existing enterprises and individual taxpayers in the state have an extension date of filling their returns until 30th September 2020.

“We have reduced penalty and interest fee from 10% to 5% and from 21% to 9% respectively and 50% waivers on business premises license, informal sector taxpayer and warehouse rent tax,” he said.

Presidential Committee Arrests Three Fertiliser Adulterators

In this photo taken on April 15, 2020, Jigawa State Governor and Chairman of the Committee on Presidential Fertiliser Initiative, Badaru Abubakar, announces the Federal Government’s plan to reduce the price of fertiliser at the Government House in Dutse.

 

The Committee on Presidential Fertiliser Initiative (PFI) has arrested three suspects who specialise in adulteration of fertiliser and selling such to farmers in the north-west region of the country.

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Committee disclosed this on Monday.

He made the disclosure during an inspection visit to some fertiliser blending plants in Kano State.

Governor Abubakar said the suspects who have since been detained in police custody were arrested in Kano, Kaduna, and Zamfara States.

He explained that they were nabbed for selling adulterated fertiliser and packaging them just like that of the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative.

A map of Kano state in northern Nigeria.-Kanooooo
A map of Kano State in north-west Nigeria.

 

The PFI chairman decried that the action of the suspects was capable of tarnishing the hard-earned reputation of the Federal Government of providing the Nigerian farmers with qualitative fertiliser.

He, however, stated that his committee would make sure that the quality of fertiliser under PFI watch was not compromised and, in an event, where such happens, the culprits would be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.

Governor Abubakar also faulted the rumours that PFI fertiliser was sold beyond N5,000 per bag – the approved price by the Federal Government.

He, therefore, appealed to farmers in the country to make use of the whistle-blowing number printed on the fertiliser bag and report persons involved in such acts for prosecution.

During the visit to Kano, the PFI chairman inspected the Alu Fertiliser plant in Birninkudu, Kasco Fertiliser blending plant at Bompai, and Nagari Fertiliser blending plant in Madobi town.

He was satisfied with the quality and quantity of fertiliser produced daily at the various plants visited.

Governor Abubakar believes the quantity of fertilizer produced daily is more than enough for farmers in the three states of Kano, Jigawa, and Katsina under the jurisdiction of the plants.

Jigawa Discharges 222 COVID-19 Patients

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar

 

The Jigawa State Government has discharged 222 COVID-19 patients in the state.

Governor Badaru Abubakar disclosed this on Monday during a press briefing in Dutse, the state capital.

Abubakar noted that the state government released the 222 out of 283 patients because they have recovered from the coronavirus disease.

The governor also revealed that his administration lifted all lockdowns and ban on weekly markets in the state.

According to him, 120 almajirai are among those discharged, thus leaving only two patients in the isolation centre.

Governor Abubakar believes the success recorded was as a result of government efforts in ramping up testing capacity and increase in surveillance.

COVID-19: Jigawa Discharges 1,322 Almajirai From Isolation

File photo of Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar.

 

The Jigawa State Government has discharged 1,322 out of 1345 Almajirai repatriated from different northern states from the isolation centre.

Governor Badaru Abubakar disclosed this on Thursday during a press briefing in Dutse, the state capital.

According to him, the remaining 23 are part of the 122 that tested positive for the virus but are yet to recover.

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“We received 1,345 Almajirai from different states. We isolated them and took good care of them. Now we only have 23 left with us that are still receiving treatment in our COVID 19 isolation centre.

“We intend to enrol all of them in school to learn western education and also we will employ the services of Quranin teachers so that they will not have to leave their homes,” he said.

The governor explained that the state government plans to enrol them in conventional schools in their various communities.

Alleged Rape: Jigawa Govt Vows To Prosecute 11 Suspects

Jigawa Governor, Badaru Abubakar gives an update on the alleged rape of a minor during a press conference in Dutse, the State capital on June 3, 2020.

 

The Jigawa State Government has vowed to prosecute all the 11 suspects involved in the alleged rape of a 12-year-old minor.

Speaking during a press conference on Wednesday in Dutse, the state capital, Governor Badaru Abubakar said his administration will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that justice is served.

“My Attorney General is always the lead counsel in prosecuting rape charges. In this case, he is actively aware, the police are aware.

“We will leave no stone unturned until we bring those people to justice. It is bad and it is bad,” the governor said.

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Governor Abubakar explained that information at his disposal revealed that the minor was not gang-raped, stressing that she rather had intercourse with different people at different times.

“I was made to understand that it was not gang rape at the same time. It was an incident of sexual intercourse with a minor at different times with different people.

“It was not like they raped her at once, 12 or 14 people. No, I think she has been going around different people who are molesting and taking advantage of under-aged (girls),” he said.

Jigawa Reports Two New COVID-19 Cases, Extends Lockdown

A file photo of Jigawa state Governor, Badaru Abubakar

 

Jigawa has reported two new cases of the deadly COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to four.

Governor Badaru Abubakar announced this in a press briefing at the State Government house in the capital, Dutse, on Tuesday.

The Governor then announced a lockdown in three additional local governments.

According to the Governor, one of the new cases is from Gujungu town in Taura local government, while the other is from Birninkudu local government but works in Gumel local government

Meanwhile, the index case that was transferred from the state to Kano has tested negative but will only be discharged after testing negative for the second time.

“On the positive note, the two patients on admission are doing well and indeed the result of the index case transferred from Kano returned negative which is an encouraging sign of progress,” the Governor said.

“Once the second test becomes negative, the patient would be discharged.

“On the flip side of the coin, however, the results from Abuja returned two samples positive, one from Gujungu in Taura Local Government, and the other in Birninkudu but working in Gumel.

“As it was applied in Kazaure, it has become imperative to also lockdown Gujungu, Birninkudu and Gumel for one from Thursday 30 April at 12 midnight to allow for contact tracing and sample collections in the areas.”

Jigawa Not Taking Threat Of COVID-19 Lightly, Says Govt

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar.

 

The Jigawa State Government has said it is not taking the threat of COVID-19 pandemic lightly  and has vowed to safeguard citizens of the state.

In a statement issued on Friday by the Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Auwal Sankara, Governor Badaru Abubakar swung into action with various containment strategies to prevent the outbreak of the disease in the state.

According to Sankara, part of these strategies include inaugurating task forces to combat the possible spread and prepare for eventuality, policy pronouncements, restriction of movements and fumigation.

“It is a well-known fact, acknowledged by all and sundry that the Executive Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar is not taking the threat of this ravaging pandemic lightly, as he swung into action with various containment strategies ranging from the inauguration of task forces to combat the possible spread and prepare for eventuality, policy pronouncements, restriction of movements and fumigation,” the statement partly read.

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Of the 36 state governors in the country, Sankara explained that Governor Badaru along with his North-West Counterparts were the first to take proactive measures by closing down schools for 30 days from 23 March, which is crucial to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The governor’s aide also reacted to the purported case of COVID-19 in the state that is circulating in the social media.

While admitting that the said victim is an indigene of the state, the government noted that his sample was not taken neither was he confirmed positive in Jigawa.

“The said victim is a passenger who was coming back from Lagos, passing through Kano en route Jigawa, where he and one other were intercepted and isolated by the officials of the Kano State Covid-19 Task Force at the Kano State Border. One of the intercepted passengers later tested positive to the virus.

“Regrettably, the bone of contention here is that the Kano State Government insisted on bringing the said victim to Jigawa State,” the statement added.

Stressing further, the state government noted that there is no confirmed case of coronavirus in the state.

To the governor’s aide therefore asked residents of the state “to disregard this information as no case of coronavirus disease has been recorded in Jigawa state, nor any suspected case is currently being investigated.”

He explained that Governor Badaru “assured the good people of Jigawa State of his continued commitment towards preventing the pandemic in the state, saying that all measures of safety are being put in place to prevent its occurrence.”

COVID-19: FG Subsidises Fertiliser For Farmers As Palliative Measures

Committee on Presidential Fertilizer Initiative and the Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, announces Federal Government's plan to reduce the price of fertiliser at the Government House in Dutse on April 15, 2020. 
Committee on Presidential Fertilizer Initiative and the Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, announces Federal Government’s plan to reduce the price of fertiliser at the Government House in Dutse on April 15, 2020.

 

The Federal Government says it has subsidised the price of fertilizer from N5,500 to N5,000 as part of palliatives for farmers in the country as the nation battles with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Committee on Presidential Fertilizer Initiative and the Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, disclosed this on Wednesday at the Government House in Dutse, the state capital.

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The governor noted that the Federal Government has concluded plans to produce 12 million of 50kg bags of the Fertilizer in order to make it available for the farmers.

“As part of the palliative measures introduced by Mr President to help the Nigerians farmers on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, the market price for the sale of NPK fertilisers and other end users has been reduced from N5, 500 to N5, 000 per 50 kilo bag,” he said.

According to him, famers will be allowed to go to their farms despite the lockdown in the country.

He however advised farmers, especially those in the rural areas to maintain social distancing and hygiene to prevent further spread of coronavirus.

The governor noted that although the lockdown affects few states in Nigeria, he is however optimistic that farmers will be considered to go on with their activities in due course.

Jigawa Workers To Receive N30,000 Minimum Wage Next Year, Says Badaru

Jigawa Governor Badaru Abubakar Re-Elected By A Landslide
(File) Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar.

 

 

The Jigawa State government will commence the payment of the new minimum wage of N30,000 in 2020, Governor Badaru Abubakar has announced.

He made the announcement on Tuesday at the legislative chamber of the State House of Assembly in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital.

The governor made the disclosure to the lawmakers while presenting a budget proposal of N152.92 billion for their approval for the 2020 fiscal year.

He explained that the state government has earmarked the sum of N77 billion for recurrent expenditure out of the budget estimate.

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Governor Abubakar informed the Assembly that the entire budget was reduced by about 4.5 per cent as against the preceding year.

He added that the funds allocated to the agricultural sector in the 2020 Appropriation Bill surpassed the preceding year by about N3 billion, representing an increase of 38 per cent.

The governor, however, noted that a total of N36 billion was earmarked for the social services sector, with education getting the highest share of 37 per cent while health got 11 per cent.

Shortly after Governor Abubakar concluded his presentation, the Speaker of the House, Mr Idris Garba, spoke on behalf of the lawmakers.

The speaker gave assurance that the Assembly would pass the bill within three weeks.