El-Rufai Signs 171.7bn Naira Budget Into Law

el-rufaiKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has signed the 2016 Budget into law with a promise to fulfill all his campaign promises to the people of the state.

This comes as citizens of the state task the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government on ensuring that all the projects assigned and budgeted for in the 2016 Budget are completed.

The governor had on November 28, 2015, presented a budget of 171.7bn Naira to the State House of Assembly for approval, explaining that the budget was made up of 109.3b Naira capital and 62.4bn Naira recurrent expenditure.

The budget named, “Budget of Sacrifice, Restoration and Change” according to the Governor, is aimed at making Kaduna great again.

Speaking shortly after signing the appropriation bill into law, El-Rufai said the budget proposals restore the minimum of 60:40 ratio in favor of capital expenditure. He commended the State House of Assembly for the speedy passage of the budget and promised to implement it to the latter.

For some indigenes of the state, effective budget monitoring and implementation therefore, remains one sure route to the state’s economic and socio-infrastructural rejuvenation.

They pleaded with the government to revive the education, health and other critical sectors in the state, and also initiate programmes that would create more jobs for the teeming unemployed youths.

The people also urged the El-Rufai-led government to embark immediately on the diversification of the state’s economic framework by a way of strengthening its revenue base.

In the 2016 budget, Works, Housing and Transport got the largest share of 31,352,898,071.95 Naira with education coming behind with 27,548,679,874.2 Naira.

Kaduna Govt Disbands VIO Over Alleged Corruption

Kaduna Govt Disbands VIO Over Alleged CorruptionThe Kaduna State Government has dissolved the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) for alleged corrupt practices and gross misconduct across the state.

The government made the disclosure on Tuesday in a statement signed by the spokesman to Kaduna State Governor, Samuel Aruwan, at the end of the Kaduna State Security Council meeting.

According to the statement, “Following deliberations at the Executive Council and the Security Council, the government came to the conclusion that the VIO as currently constituted does not serve the public interest.

“The government has noted complaints from members of the public and the security agencies regarding widespread indiscipline, misconduct, alleged extortion and disrespect to citizens by VIO personnel.”

He added that the government would soon come up with a new agency that would perform the functions of the proscribed VIO for better and efficient road traffic maintenance.

The Kaduna State government ordered all personnel of the agency to thereafter, withdraw from the streets and major roads, warning that anyone found posing as a VIO official on the road from the day of the disbandment would be treated as an impostor and subsequently handed over to the Police for prosecution.

“While a replacement agency for the VIO is in the works, the Kaduna State Government wishes to reiterate that no staff or agency of the public service is allowed to collect or receive cash payments. State laws prohibit the collection of cash revenues by any person, authority or organization. All payments to the government must be made through a bank or via electronic channels,” the government said.

It also directed the permanent staff of the disbanded agency to report with their uniforms to the Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport with immediate effect, while the casual ones remain sacked.

According to Aruwan, an executive order giving immediate effect to the disbandment had been signed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

Gov El-Rufai Retires 20 Permanent Secretaries

Nasir-El-Rufai-Kaduna-GovernorThe Kaduna State Government has announced the retirement of 20 Permanent Secretaries from the State Civil Service, in line with plans to cut the cost of running government.

A statement by a spokesman for the Governor, Samuel Aruwan, said the retirement of the Permanent Secretaries was due to a decision to cut down ministries in the state from 19 to 13.

Mr Aruwan said the development was part of efforts by the current administration to save funds for the development of schools, hospitals, roads and other basic amenities.

According to the statement, some of the standing ministries are; the Ministries of Justice, Agriculture and Forestry Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

Others are Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Women Affairs and Social Development, Water Resources, Health and Human Services, Education, Science and Technology, Budget and Planning, Finance, Works, Housing and Transport.

The statement added that the State government also announced the creation of five departments which would be headed by Permanent Secretaries. They are; the Public Service Office; the Bureau of Establishments; Political and Economic Affairs; Cabinet and Security Services and General Services. This will bring the total number of Permanent Secretaries in the state civil service to 18.

Meanwhile, the State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has appointed Mr Ezekiel Baba Karik as the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency.

The appointment of Mr Ezekiel Baba Karik, as Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), has also been announced.

He was a former vice-chairman of Kaduna South Local Government and an organising secretary in the campaign organisation of All Progressives Congress’ governorship aspirant, Honourable Isah Ashiru, prior to serving as special assistant to Mr Barnabas Yusuf Bala after his emergence as the running mate to El-Rufai. Mr Karik holds Postgraduate Diplomas in Management Studies and Business Administration.