Jigawa Governor Signs N177bn Budget, Child Protection Bill Into Law

File photo of Jigawa State Governor at the Government House in Dutse.


Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, has signed the state’s 2022 Appropriation Bill, as well as the Child’s Protection Bill into law.

The governor signed the two bills into law on Wednesday at the Government House in Dutse, after the Speaker and other principal officers of the State House of Assembly presented the bills to him.

The 2022 Appropriation Bill was presented to the State House of Assembly last month with the education and health sectors gulping almost half of the entire N177.7bn budget.

Meanwhile, the Child’s Protection Law which seeks to protect children’s rights, has now proscribed the death penalty for sexual offenders on children below the age of 10.

The law comes without the option of life imprisonment or any alternate punishment.

In his remarks, the House Chairman Committee on Judiciary, Muhammad Jallo, explained that the lawmakers invited stakeholders before the passage of the bill.

The move, he noted, was to ensure that the law did not contradict the religion and culture of the people of Jigawa.

“Because of the misconception people have on the bill, we invited religious leaders and we deliberated on the bill and where there’s need for amendment, we did,” Jallo said.

The law also criminalised traditional marks for children and sets aside community service as punishment for offenders.

However, the law is silent on underage marriage, which according to the lawmaker, will contradict Islamic culture that permits marriages before the age of 18.

Jigawa Govt Allots Almost Half Of 2022 Budget To Education, Health

Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Badaru speaks during the presentation of the 2022 budget to the State House of Assembly in Dutse on November 10, 2021.


The Jigawa State Government has allotted 32% and 16% of its 2022 budget of N177.7bn to the education and health sectors.

Governor Badaru Abubakar confirmed this on Wednesday while presenting the 2022 appropriation bill to the State House of Assembly in Dutse.

“It would be important to point out that almost N85.88 billion goes to the two key Human Development Sectors of Education and Health Sectors thus accounting for over 48% of the total proposed budget,” the governor said.

“The Education Sector as a whole is allocated almost N57.18 billion, representing about 32% of the total budget which exceeds UNESCO’s Education for All prescription of 26% allocation to Education.

“On the other hand, the Health Sector is earmarked N28.7bn equivalent to slightly over 16% of the total proposed budget. This also surpassed the 15% prescription of the Abuja Declaration.”

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Governor Abubakar said the recurrent expenditure of N83.18bn which for the first time since his inception is lower than the capital expenditure of N91bn, accounting for 49% and 51% respectively.

“Honorable Speaker, let me now provide the highlights of the proposed expenditure estimates which, as mentioned, amounted to exactly N177,795,588,000.

“On the whole, recurrent expenditure to capital investments ratio stands at 49:51 percent respectively.

“That is N86,653,588,000 for recurrent expenditure and N91,142,000,000 for capital investments. It is noteworthy that almost 2% of the total expected incomes amounting to N3.54 billion were set aside for stabilization and contingency funds,” the governor added.

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.”