El-Rufai Swears In New Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries

Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna,The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has sworn-in four new commissioners and eight permanent secretaries.

The new commissioners sworn in included: Barrister Umma Hikima, Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Jafaru Ibrahim Sani, Commissioner for Local Government, Professor Kabir Mohammed Mato, Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry and Hafsat Mohammed Baba, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development.

The governor also appointed two caretaker chairmen for Giwa and Zangon-Kataf Local Government Areas.

In his address at the inauguration of the appointees, El-Rufai said his government decided to bring new commissioners to energize the administration for better performance.

While commending the former commissioners for their service rendered to the people of Kaduna state, he explained that none of them were dropped or sacked but were deployed to handle other government assignments.

He reminded the appointees that they were joining the cabinet at a time the state and country as a whole is facing economic challenges, hence they must work harder to deliver on their mandate.

“I thank the former commissioners for their service in our state. I want to make it clear that we didn’t drop any commissioner.

“None of our commissioners was dropped. Some former commissioners have been deployed to other functions of government. So, our team is intact and we are all together.

“We carefully selected our team members. We decided to bring new commissioners to energize the administration and to inject new blood.

“You are joining a ‘wahala’ team and I sympathise with you because we work with little earnings.

“The permanent secretaries were chosen based on their competence, integrity and all the directors chosen to be permanent secretaries sat for exams and faced oral interview so, we have the best of permanent secretaries,” he explained.

Some of the appointees thanked the governor for deeming them fit to serve in his administration, hence, promised to contribute their quota towards making Kaduna state great again.

Gov El-Rufai Reshuffles Cabinet, Drops Four Commissioners

Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna, Commissioners, CabinetKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Tuesday, sacked four commissioners from his cabinet.

In a minor change of cabinet, Governor El-Rufai nominated replacements for the sacked commissioner for confirmation by the Kaduna State House of Assembly (KSHA).

The Clerk of the House of Assembly, Umma Hikima, was appointed as the Commissioner of Justice and Attorney-General of the state, while Professor Kabiru Mato was nominated as the Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry.

Hafsat Baba was also appointed as the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development and Jafaru Sani as the Commissioner for Local Government.

The governor also redeployed the Commissioner of Justice to environment, the Commissioner for Agriculture to Commerce and the Commissioner for Environment to the newly created Ministry of Stakeholders Relations.

“The commissioners swapping portfolios include Amina Sijuwade, moved from Ministry of Justice to Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, while Maigari Manzo moved from Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

“Shehu Balarabe moves from Ministry of Environment to become Commissioner, Stakeholder Relations, while Mohammed Bashir Saidu who is now Chief of Staff, relinquishes the office of Commissioner for Local Government.

“Rabi Abdulsalam, former Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, becomes Special Adviser on Social Development, while Shehu Adamu, former Commissioner of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, returns to academia,” said a statement released by the governor’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan.

Governor El-Rufai also reassigned three special advisers namely: Uba Sani as Special Adviser, Political Matters and Intergovernmental Relations; Chris Umar, Deputy Chief of Staff is to become Solicitor-General, while Murtala Dabo, Special Adviser, Economic Matters, is appointed Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport.

He further announced the appointment of eight new permanent secretaries.

They include Mohammed Shuaibu, Ministry of Health and Human Services; Chris Umar, Ministry of Justice; Rabilu Ibrahim, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources; and Joseph Steven, Ministry of Local Government.

Also appointed as permanent secretaries were Habiba Shekarau, General Services, Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG); Lawrence Shemang, Ministry of Water Resources, Murtala Dabo, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport; and Abdullahi Sani, Cabinet Affairs and Special Services, Office of the SSG.

Mr El-Rufai stated that five permanent secretaries have been redeployed as follows: Hauwa Umar, Ministry of Women and Social Development; Ibrahim Jere, Bureau of Establishments, Management and Training; Ibrahim Sambo, Ministry of Rural and Community Development; Nuhu Buzun, Public Service Office, Office of the Head of Service; and Aishatu Mohammed, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

However, five other permanent secretaries have retired.

The governor thanked all members of the team for the successes the State Government has recorded so far and wished them good luck in their future endeavours.

Governor Ahmed Urges Support For Fallen Soldiers’ Families

Kwara, Abdulfatah Ahmed, Fallen SoldiersKwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called on wealthy Nigerians not to forget the supreme sacrifice offered by dead soldiers, in a bid to maintain Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

Governor Ahmed appealed to Nigerians to contribute their widow’s mite to the upbringing of those left behind by the fallen heroes.

The Kwara Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Ayinke Saka, made the call on behalf of the governor at the formal launch of the Armed Forces emblem in Ilorin, the state’s capital.

Mrs Saka stressed the need to take care of the families of the deceased soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in order for the citizens to sleep in peace.

She expressed the gratitude of the State government to the security agencies for sustaining the peaceful atmosphere in the state.

The commissioner said that their resilient efforts have led to Kwara State becoming one of the safest states in Nigeria.

Ogun Govt. Engages 150 Youths Through Vocational Programmes

ogun-youthsNo fewer than 150 youths in Ogun State are currently undergoing training in various vocations towards making them self-reliant and productive in order to contribute to the economic growth of the state.

The beneficiaries in fourth batch of the training are undergoing vocational and skill development programmes of the State Government through the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Abiola Okonjie, said the trainees were being trained in hairdressing, catering, barbing, costuming and tailoring.

Kufile revealed that the duration of the trainees’ apprenticeship ranges from three months to one and half years, depending on the scope of the training.

She said that the government was determined to sustain the scheme until joblessness and unemployment among youths in the State were reduced to the barest minimum.

“Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led administration is determined to tackle unemployment head long and one of the strategies put in place is to ensure that any youth interested in learning any particular skill will be encouraged to be self-reliant and productive to the society,” she said.

The Commissioner further urged the trainees to seize the opportunity of the training to translate the skills they have acquired into veritable means of livelihood that would be worthwhile.

She solicited the partnership of individuals, philanthropists, government and non-governmental organisations, especially the existing partners in the micro credit scheme to get actively involved in the socio-economic development of citizens by complementing the efforts of the State government through the empowerment of the trainees after graduation.

Some of the trainees commended the State government for the programme which they described as “all inclusive” as not only indigenes of the State had benefited from the programme.

They said the effort was a springboard for participants to earn a living for themselves.

Increase In Violence Against Children In Plateau Worries Agency

child_abuseConcerns are rising over the increasing rate of violence against children in Plateau State, with officials of the state and UN agency saying it is becoming worrisome.

Cases of molestation of children ranging from sexual, physical, emotional and child labour are being reported frequently across the state.

UNICEF Child Protection Specialist, Ladi Alabi, warned that the high prevalence rate of violence against children had negative effect.

Ladi stressed the need for collaboration in raising awareness through campaigns to end violence against children.

According to a national survey by UNICEF, six out of every 10 children in Nigeria suffer from one form of violence or another which has negative effect on the lives of the children involved and requires attention particularly at the home front where child abuse is prevalent.

As part of efforts to increase awareness on ending violence against children, UNICEF field office in Bauchi in collaboration with Plateau State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development is launching the campaign to end violence against children, following the increasing rate of assault on minors across the state.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Rufina Gurumyem, said the culture of silence in cases involving violence against children is a challenge.

Security agencies have been battling to curb the spread of such violence, even as some culprits have been convicted and others are facing charges in different courts.

With the high rate of violence against children on the increase, it is time to take action together from the home front, at schools and communities to end the act that could affect the future generation.

Hajj Stampede: Ondo Govt. Calls For Intensified Action On Missing Victims

hajj stampede-ondoThe Ondo State Government has called on the Nigeria Pilgrims Commission to take appropriate steps toward finding the missing victims of the Hajj pilgrimage stampede which happened in Mina, Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2015.

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Yemi Mahmud-Fasominu, made the demand on Monday while briefing reporters in Akure, the State Capital.

According to her, four pilgrims from Ondo State have been found dead as a result of suffocation of the stampede. She equally lamented that six of the pilgrims were still missing, over one month after the unfortunate incident.

Mrs Fasominu said that special prayers would be said on Friday for the victims of the disaster and their relatives in all Mosques in Ondo State.

The Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, also gave assurance that the relatives of the victims of the stampede would be adequately compensated, as it was an international disaster.

Over 2,000 pilgrims from 42 countries all over the world, including Nigeria, lost their lives in the stampede.‎ A total of about 222 Nigerians have been confirmed dead while 150 are still missing.

The stampede took place on Street 204 of the camp city at Mina, a few kilometers east of Mecca, where pilgrims stay for several days during the climax of the Hajj.

Recently, President Buhari ordered the National Hajj Commission and the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to urgently account for all Nigerian pilgrims in the aftermath of the disaster.

Some of the states that lost pilgrims to the stampede are Bauchi, Borno, Zamfara, Cross River, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Sokoto and Taraba.

Obi Donates Materials Worth N10 Million To Disabled Persons

The Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has distributed empowerment materials valued at about N10 million to over 500 physically challenged persons at a ceremony marking the 2013 International Day for Persons with Disabilities at the Women Development Center in Awka.

At the event with the theme, “Breaking Barriers and Opening Doors to Realise an Inclusive Society for All,” items donated to the individuals included wheel chairs, grinding machines, hair dryers, sewing machines, braille machines and papers, hair clippers and others.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, led by Henrietta Agbata, thanked the governor and noted that his administration had shown commitment to the cause of persons with disabilities and had empowered them several times.

However, the Chairman of the Association of Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Lawrence Nwanolue, faulted the ministry for not carrying them along in policies, decisions and activities involving them. He however thanked the governor for the donation.

Governor Obi, who noted the complaints, promised to make up for lapses by the ministry in ensuring their welfare and happiness.

He also assured the people that he would ensure the availability of a micro credit scheme as well as the provision of a bus to the disabled before the end of November.

He added that their welfare would remain a top priority of his administration.