Kaduna Govt. Begins Recertification of Land Titles

Nasir-El-RufaiThe Kaduna State government has commenced the recertification of Certificates of Occupancy (C-of-O) for all titled landed property in the state.

The land recertification exercise being handled by the Kaduna Geographic Information System (KAGIS), is mandatory for land owners with valid statutory land titles and could be acquired within 30 working days.

At the launching of the exercise, Governor El-Rufai who presented the C-of -O of his land for recertification, said that the policy would ensure that all land owners in Kaduna State receive a new digital Certificate of Occupancy that will give their property absolute legitimacy.

According to the state governor, the new C-of-O is computerized and bears several security features including the photograph of the land owner, all of which ensures a secure, “bankable” land title document that will be readily accepted by any financial institution as security or collateral for bank facilities and other transactions.

In addition to modernizing and computerizing land administration in Kaduna State, Governor El-Rufai also explained that the idea of establishing KAGIS is to create ‘bankable’ land title documents for urban and rural land in the state.

Furthermore, the KAGIS project would eliminate sharp practices and other fraudulent activities with respect to land administration and transactions in the state.

Internal Security: FG To Set Up Committee On Prison Reform

DanbazzauThe Minister of Interior, Abdulrahaman Danbazau, on Monday said that a committee on the reformation of prisons will be soon inaugurated.

This according to him, is part of efforts by the federal government to decongest and secure such facilities across the country.

Mr Danbazzau disclosed this at Kaduna Government House during a meeting with the state governor, Mr Nasir El-Rufai.

He explained that the committee will come up with ways of rehabilitating the prisons in line with global best practices.

He also disclosed that the ministry will collaborate with Kaduna State Government on the decongestion and rehabilitation of the Convict Prison that was built more than 100 years ago.

On security, Danbazau said the Ministry of Interior under his leadership, will partner with the state government to tackle the menace of cattle rustling, kidnapping and herdsmen attacks.

On his part, Governor El-Rufai, while commending the support and contribution of para-military agencies in the fight against crime in the state, requested for the relocation of the Kaduna Convict Prison from its present locationto a more suitable place in the outskirts of town.

He also disclosed that his administration has been conducting periodic jail delivery and granting of amnesty to prisoners with minor offenses as part of efforts to decongest the prisons in the state.

El-Rufai Promises To Fulfil Campaign Promises

El-Rufai, Campaign PromisesGovernor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has assured citizens of the state that he would not renege in fulfilling all his electioneering campaign promises aimed at bringing development and giving a new lease of life to all residents of the state.

He gave the assurance that his administration’s restoration agenda of making the state great again remained on course.

In a state-wide broadcast to mark his one year in office, Governor El-Rufai explained that his administration since it came to power, has embarked on massive construction of urban and rural roads, introduced free education and free feeding of 1.2 million primary school pupils.

He has also renovated classrooms and hospitals, created jobs for the unemployed youths and fished out ghost workers in the civil service.

He also explained that in spite of the lean resources the state has been getting, coupled with the heavy debt burden it inherited, his administration has recruited over 2,000 secondary school teachers, and retrained those in service to improve their skills.

He said that he has also accelerated the completion of the Zaria Water project as well as rehabilitated 12 other water works across the state to improve water supply.

Governor El-Rufai, while explaining how his government cut the cost of governance and stopped distributing state resources to a vocal minority, urged the citizens of Kaduna State to join hands with his administration to move the state forward.


El-Rufai Plans To Improve Standard Of Education In Kaduna

Nasir-El-RufaiThe Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has disclosed that about forty per cent of public school teachers in the state are not qualified to teach.

The governor noted that it has affected the academic performance of pupils and students in primary and secondary schools across the state, an investigation by Channels Television revealed that over one million children attend these schools.

He revealed his plans to train teachers in public school, ongoing renovation of public and secondary school and introduction of free feeding during school hours, among other measures

Over 5, 000 illegal private schools are operating in Kaduna, a state known as the Centre of Learning.

Many of them operate in makeshift structures such as residential homes and religious institutions.

Majority of these institutions are neighbourhood ‘nursery-primary’ schools operated illegally by sole proprietors with little or no regulation from the State Ministry of Education.

Governor El-Rufai, while receiving a $21 million education grant from the World Bank recently, said that the state of infrastructure and manpower in public schools are in total disrepair.

The government will provide substantial school development plan for teachers to access high quality professional development.

It is expected that as public schools improve, there will undoubtedly be a measure of school shifting.

El-Rufai Launches Electronic Land Registration In Kaduna

Nasir El-Rufai-Kaduna-Elctronic Land Registration-KADGISGovernor Nasir El-Rufai has launched the Electronic Land Registration System in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

This is aimed at eradicating all forms of sharp practices by land speculators and to make land procurement very easy and fast in the state.

Speaking during the signing of the first set of digital Certificates of Occupancy produced by the agency, Governor El-Rufai, asked the state residents to always approach the agency for all land related issues.

He also warned that his administration would deal with anyone or community that engages in land speculation or illegal selling of land without proper documentation.

The Governor said that the government has made the process of securing land titles easier and more user-friendly for citizens through the establishment of the electronic registration system.

He explained that by digitalising land titles, it would be difficult for speculators to swindle members of the public during such transactions.

Governor El-Rufai advised residents of the state to make use of the services of KADGIS, to obtain land title documents that are valid and secure.

The development is coming as part of efforts to improve Kaduna State’s revenue profile.

With the launch of the registry, all issues relating to land transactions would now be handled by an agency known as Kaduna Geographic Information Service (KADGIS), to replace the former Ministry of Lands, Survey and Country Planning.

Kaduna Government To Relocate Burnt Food Market

Kaduna fireKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has announced plans by the state government to relocate the Station food stuff market that was gutted by fire on Tuesday.

He said this is in order to ensure their security and comfort.

The Governor made the statement during his visit to the burnt market to commiserate with the traders and also access the level of destruction.

Governor El-Rufai accompanied by his Deputy and other top government functionaries, expressed shock by the level of destruction by the fire outbreak at the market.

He also promised to build a modern neighbourhood market in the state capital.

Addressing  reporters after inspecting the burnt market, Governor El-Rufai blamed the incident on the nature of the market design that prevented fire-fighters from gaining access into the scene to put out the fire.

He also directed the State Emergency Management Agency to liaise with the leadership of the market to assess the level of damage and see how the government could assist the victims.

Two people were said to have died and about 700 shops destroyed during the fire outbreak claimed to have been caused by an electrical fault.

The fire incident, which was attributed to a power surge, occurred at about 12 midnight when the traders had retired from the day’s business.

The market is known for selling cheap food items such as rice, Yams, beans, life birds, fruits among other consumables. It also inhabits cold room operators and artisans.

One of the traders, whose shop was affected, told Channels Television’s correspondent that the fire incident could have been averted if the previous government had listened to their demand for permanent blocks of shops to be constructed in the market, instead of the make-shift shops.


Governor El-Rufai Presents 2016 Budget

el-rufaiKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has presented the budget of the state for 2016. 

El-Rufai presented the budget during a town hall meeting with indigenes of the state. The budget is 166 billion Naira.

According to the Governor, the aim of the meeting was to subject the budget to public scrutiny, whereby the people would make their inputs before the bill is finally presented to the House of Assembly for consideration in December.

The budget, which has 104 billion Naira for capital expenditure and 62 billion Naira recurrent, was presented to the stakeholders drawn from the three senatorial zones of the state.

Addressing the gathering, Governor El-Rufai decried a situation where huge annual budgets were approved in the past without being implemented, leaving a legacy of abandoned projects.

The Governor, while promising to put the citizens first in all his actions, said that the present administration remained determined to make the state great again by initiating projects and policies that would impact positively on their lives.

Governor El-Rufai said that the proposed budget would give special attention to programmes that would in turn create more jobs for the citizens, improve social infrastructure and ensure adequate security in the state.

Some of the programmes include; interventions in school feeding, planting of economic trees and waste collection, which are expected to create no fewer than 200,000 jobs.

The Governor also maintained that 2016 will have a significant shift from spending much resources on government officials, to providing infrastructure and services to citizens.

Consequently, he explained that the budget would restore the 60:40 ratio in favour of capital expenditure, as against the former system whereby recurrent expenditure got the higher allocation.

El-Rufai Threatens To Arrest Parents Whose Children Are Out Of School

el-rufaiKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has vowed to arrest parents who refuse to send their children to school. He also threatened to sanction any religious leader that preaches against western education.

Speaking during a town hall meeting with the people of Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone on Saturday, Governor El-Rufai noted that the north was educationally backward, because most parents had refused to allow their children to go to school and acquire western education.

The Governor stated that, with the measures being put in place by his administration to provide free tuition fees, free meals, free uniforms and qualitative infrastructure in public schools, parents have no excuse not to educate their children.

Governor El-Rufai also announced plans by his administration to build 225 primary health centres, 23 hospitals and six general hospitals across the state.

He further said that the security situation in the state had improved in the last four months due to the collaborative efforts of the state government and security agencies.

In separate interviews, however, the Leader of the State Chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Adamu Ango and that of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state, Audu Amba, appealed to the Governor to clear the over four months salary being owed primary school teachers and other civil servants, who are yet to be paid after their verification.

They also assured their unflinching support to the government and asked for similar treatment for their members.

Kaduna Govt. Introduces Comprehensive Free Education Policy

Free EducationThe Kaduna State Government has unveiled a comprehensive free education policy for public primary and secondary schools across the state.

The policy is aimed at improving the fallen standard of education in the state and also to make basic education affordable and compulsory for children.

The State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, disclosed this at the end of a 3-day policy retreat for commissioners and other top government appointees.

Addressing reporters at the end of the retreat, held at the Fifth Chucker Polo Club in Igabi Local Government Area of the state, Governor El-Rufai said that the free basic education policy has taken away the burden of tuition fees, school uniforms, feeding at the state boarding schools and primary schools as well as other sundry charges from parents every year.

He stated that the programme would cost the state government not less than 13.7billion naira annually to sustain.

Governor El-Rufai, who warned that he would deal with any school head who collects any form of fees from parents, described as fraudulent, the 3.7 billion naira allegedly spent on school fees by the immediate past PDP government in the state.

The issue of collapse in the education sector, especially in the northern part of the country has become a thing of worry to every well-meaning Nigerian and northerner in particular.

Bomb Blast: Kaduna Govt Bans Street Hawking, Begging

bomb attack in kadunaFollowing Tuesday’s bomb blast at Sabon Gari Local Government Secretariat in Kaduna state that killed 25 people and left 32 others injured, Kaduna State Government has banned all forms of street begging and hawking with immediate effect.       

A suspected female suicide bomber sneaked into the secretariat and detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to her body on Tuesday morning while civil servants were undergoing staff verification.

Eyewitness accounts said the female suicide bomber had joined the queue of workers, pretending to be part of those undergoing the verification exercise before detonating the explosive device that sent the entire secretariat into a pandemonium.

In a statement issued by spokesman for the Kaduna State Governor,  shortly after the blast, said the ban is to enhance security in the state.

The statement warned all beggars and hawkers to stay off the streets until further notice, warning that any of them found on the streets would be arrested, until these measures are relaxed.

In addition, the government reiterates that the ban on commercial motorcycles popularly known as ‘Achaba’ remains in force.

The government also urged the citizens to report all suspicious persons and movements to the security agencies for prompt action.

The 32 injured persons are being treated at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, while the remains of the 25 dead bodies have been deposited at the hospital’s mortuary.

Governor El-Rufai also said that the state government is working with Federal Security Agencies that are taking proactive measures to frustrate such terrorists.

Kaduna Killings: Agwai Appointed Chairman Of Security Committee

kaduna governorKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has appointed the former Chief of Defence Staff, LT General Martin Luther Agwai, as Chairman of a security committee set up by the state government to recommend ways to stamp out attacks on communities in the southern part of the state.

According to a statement issued on Saturday by the Governor’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, the committee is part of the government’s multidimensional approach in finding lasting solutions to the killings in the area, which have continued since the post-election violence of 2011.

The committee’s terms of reference are to identify the socio-political and economic factors that promote existing conflicts in Southern Kaduna and advise on measures to be taken by the government to address them,

The committee will also explore ways of finding mutual solutions that engender reconciliation between communities in Southern Kaduna and also advise the government on how the villages and communities of Southern Kaduna would be free from attacks bedevilling it.

It has 30 days to complete its assignment and submit its report.

The chairman of the committee, Mr Agwai, is presently serving as a United Nations envoy in Sudan.

On Thursday, 13 people were killed and 15 others critically wounded in separate attacks at two local government areas of the state.

The governor had earlier disclosed that a security committee which would include traditional rulers and other critical stakeholders would soon be established by the state government in order to work out the specific roles for traditional rulers towards the maintenance of peace and security in the state.

Gunmen Kill 13 In Kaduna Villages

kadunaUnknown gunmen have killed at least ten people at Katsak Village in Jema’a Local Government Area (LGA) and three others at Ungwan Danborno in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The men also injured about 15 persons who are presently receiving treatment at different hospitals.

According to an eyewitness account, the gunmen stormed Katsat Village when they were celebrating an annual cultural festival at about 9pm on Thursday night and opened fire on them, thereby disrupting the event.

Channels Television Correspondent reports that although the identity and mission of the gunmen is yet to be ascertained by the villagers, the latest attacks have created tension in the villages as indigenes have remained indoors for fear of further attack.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned the attacks in the two LGAs.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, Governor El-Rufai expressed his sympathy to the victims, giving them the assurance that the state government would adopt a comprehensive measure designed to tackle the problem and ensure sustainable peace and security across the state.

The statement also restated Governor El-Rufai’s determination to work with the security agencies and the judiciary towards ending the “epidemic of killings and the impunity that feeds it”.

No fewer than 500 people have been killed and property worth millions destroyed in similar attacks in the southern part of the state within the last two years.