Niger State Governor Wades Into Pandogari Crisis

Niger State, Abubakar Bello, Beji ElectrificationThe Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, has asked the people of Pandogori in Rafi Local government Area of Niger State to exercise restrain over the crisis that erupted in the community.

This call was contained in a statement by the spokesman for the Governor, Jibrin Baba Ndace.

The Governor advised residents of the community, the state and indeed the country to abstain from giving the incidence a religious or tribal coloration.

“It will be a disservice and an attempt to overheat the polity if the incidence in Pandogari is given religious or tribal colouration. We must exercise restraint in our actions as well as comments on traditional and online media. It is neither a religious or tribal crisis,” he stressed.

The Governor also expressed displeasure over the outcome of the incident, insisting that it was always better for various stakeholders to pursue the path of dialogue, consultation and peaceful resolution of any conflict, than resulting to violence.

“Pursuing the path of peace, dialogue is cheaper and safer than violence. Violence is a distraction and costly path in any society. That is why I always sue for peace in our communities across the state,” he stated.

Mr Bello emphasised that the State was known for peace and that the incidence in Pandogari was an isolated case of breakdown of law and order which security agencies had been directed to maintain law and order and to ensure protection of lives and property in line with their constitutional role.

“I have directed the security agencies to ensure that law and order is maintained within Pandogari and its environs. Any one person or group of persons found to be involved in any act capable of causing further crisis will be dealt with according to law,” he told reporters.

He said that the Niger State government had set up an investigative panel to establish immediate and remote causes of the crisis.

The Governor also directed top government officials to visit Pandogari for on the spot assessment of the crisis.

“I have directed Deputy Governor, Mr Mohammed Ahmed Ketso, Secretary to State Government, SSG, Alhaji Umar Shehu Danyaya, Commissioner of Finance, Mr Ibrahim Balarabe, Commissioner for Local Government, Mr Kabir Abbas, member , Niger State House of Assembly, representing the area, Danlami Bako to visit Pandogari today (Wednesday).

“Also to be part of the visit are Special Adviser Security, Brigadier General Imam rtd, Director General Niger State Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA, Mr Ibrahim Inga, Chairman Rafi Local government, Mr Gambo Abubakar Bojo, representative of Emir of Kagara, Galadima Kagara, Mr Abubakar Katako, representative of Brigade Commander, representative of Police Commissioner and other security agencies.

Governor Bello then assured Niger residents of his determination to ensure peace and security in the state and urged all stakeholders to support government’s resolve in that direction.

Don’t Militarise Our Youth – Governor Bello Tells Volunteer Groups

sani belloNiger State Governor, Mr Sani Bello, has cautioned Youth Volunteer groups, especially those affiliated with religious bodies not to militarise their members but to operate within the confines of the law.

He frowned at the display of military simulation exercise by a youth volunteer group in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Jibrin Baba Ndace in Minna.

He observed that volunteer groups are deviating from their primary function of ensuring orderliness at gatherings especially during Sunday services and the Friday Juma’at prayers to acquiring military training and practice.

“Volunteer groups are to operate within the letters and the intent of the law. These groups to the best of my knowledge are to help ensure orderliness during congregational prayers, direct and ensure free flow of human and vehicular traffic before, during and after Juma’at prayers on Fridays and Church services on Sundays.

“The growing and disturbing trend that I have noticed across the divide is the militarisation of these groups. They are now being drilled in the act of using arms and carrying guns.

“Instead of indoctrinating them into the use of arms, we have to inculcate the values and virtues of peace into the psyche of our youth. Let them embrace peace and live it.

“The use of wood as gun for parade is uncalled for. All these military simulation should be discouraged.

“These are young boys and in some cases girls are engaged too. Their minds are tender, we should build them up to embrace peace and orderliness as a way of life. This will help guarantee a more united and peaceful society,” the governor advised.

Governor Bello also assured Niger State residents of his determination to ensuring peace and security in the state and urged all stakeholders to support government’s resolve in that direction.

Ogun Government Restates Commitment To Workers’ Welfare

Ogun-WorkersAs workers get ready to celebrate May Day, the Ogun State government has reassured civil servants of its commitment to their welfare.

This was revealed on Friday in a statement by the state Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr Dayo Adeneye.

In fulfillment of its promise to labour leaders, the state government said it was proud to state that in spite of the current financial crunch, it was not owing workers’ salaries.

This followed the announcement of the payment of April salary to all categories of the Ogun State civil servants and pensioners.

Both labour and government in the state had been in continuous negotiations over the issue of outstanding deductions.

In reaction to this, the Ogun State government also announced the payment of part of the outstanding deductions.

In Niger State, the government debunked rumours making the rounds that it was among the Nigerian states owing workers’ salaries.

The government noted that the state was not only up to date in its obligations to workers, it had also ensured that salaries were paid regularly since the inception of the Governor Abubakar Bello led administration.

We Are Not Owing Workers’ Salaries – Niger State

Niger StateThe Niger State government has debunked rumours making the round that it is among Nigerian states that are owing workers’ salaries.

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor of Niger, Jibrin Baba Ndace, said in a press statement on Friday that the rumour making round in the public and published in some section of the media classifying Niger State as one of the states owing workers’ salaries is not true.

He stated that the state is not only up to date in its obligations to workers, it has also ensured that salaries are paid regularly since the assumption of office of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.

“To set the record straight, on assumption of office on the 29th of May 2015, Governor Bello placed priority attention to the welfare of the entire work force in the state by placing payment of workers’ salaries on the first line charge and by ensuring prompt and regular payment to the civil servants.

“It is on record that despite the lean purse of the state and the dwindling national economy, Niger State Government has not defaulted in her statutory responsibility to its workers.

“Governor Bello has been alive to his responsibilities and is religiously and compassionately keeping his part of the social contract he entered to with the people of the state.”

The CPS further claimed that no administration in the 40-year-old state has enjoyed the high level of industrial harmony, peace and cordiality like that of Governor Bello.

He assured the civil servants that regular and prompt payment of workers’ salaries will continue to be on first line charge, as the state government is committed to ensuring a civil service that is well-motivated for the challenges of the 21st Century.

Nigeria’s Prosperity Lies In Her Unity – Governor Bello

Niger-governor belloNiger State Governor, Mr Abubakar Sani Bello, on Friday said Nigeria’s prosperity in the years ahead is uncompromisingly dependent on ‎the unity and peaceful co-existence of all the federating units.

This was contained in his New Year message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Jibrin Baba Ndace in Minna, the Niger State capital.

Governor Bello called on the people to pray for the sustenance of peace and unity in the country stressing that “our collective prosperity as a nation and as a people is uncompromisingly dependent on the unity and peaceful co-existence of the people”.

He called on all Nigerians to shun mischief and unproductive activities that were capable of causing disaffection among the people and jeopardising the existing cordial and relatively peaceful atmosphere enjoyed in the country.

The governor also assured the people of the state that the policies and programmes of his administration in the New Year would be people oriented, with a promise to stay focused and committed to service delivery that will improve their condition and standard of living.

Governor Bello acknowledged that last year was tough, in terms of security and other economic challenges, he however expressed optimism that the situations would surmounted in the New Year.

He then urged Nigerlites to be tolerant and committed to the collective ideals that would make the New Year a promising and fulfilled one.

“As I wish Nigerlites a blissful New Year, I want to reiterate that my administration is going to work hard in the coming years to bring developmental projects towards the rapid socio-economic well-being of the people”.

While assuring of synergy and harmonious working relationship among the three Arms of Government, Governor Bello also enlisted the support of traditional rulers and other relevant stakeholders in the collective desire to move the state forward.

Niger State Governor Tells Nigerians To Be Hopeful

nigerThe Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has urged Nigerians to remain hopeful for a better tomorrow as the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) is poised to re-position the country to the path of glory in the comity of nations.

Governor Bello, in a message to mark this year’s Christmas celebration, prayed for a brighter future for the nation.

“Though the country maybe going through hard times, we should not be despair. We should not be despondent. This hard time will soon be over.

“All we need do as a people is to be hopeful, united, support the government and be committed to the change mantra of the All Progressives Congress to move the country forward,” Governor Bello advised.

He recalled that Jesus Christ was given birth to at a critical moment of human history and noted that his birth which is being celebrated worldwide today brought hope, reconciliation and restoration of man to his creator.

“It is in the light of this that I want to advise all Nigerlites and indeed all Nigerians, irrespective of our religious differences to remain focused and hopeful for a better tomorrow.

“We have a government both at state and national levels that are poised to make the difference and put the nation on the path of glory.”

The Governor also congratulated Christians in the state and wished them a peaceful celebration but called for moderation and caution during the yuletide season.

He assured the people of the state of his resolve to pursue the restoration agenda of the ruling party in the state in the New Year and called for patience and understanding.

Niger State Government To Pay Students’ NECO/WAEC Fees

NigerThe Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has announced the continued payment of Senior Secondary School Certificate examination fees for students in public schools in the state.

This is in fulfilment of the social contract of salvaging and restoring the education sector in the state.

Governor Abubakar Bello directed principals of public secondary schools to maintain government’s policy on payment of examination fee for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE).

The directive was contained in a press statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Jibrin Baba Ndace in Minna.

According to the statement, parents of Basic 12 (SS3) students are to pay for either West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or National Examination Councils (NECO), while the state government will be responsible for the other.

With this directive, school principals are permitted to collect the fee for only one of the two examinations.

The Governor directed that school principals should adhere strictly to the policy, warning that any principal that flouts the directive would be dealt with.

The statement concluded by saying that parents are to report any principal that may want to force them to pay for the two examinations.

Governor Bello Condemns Illegal Blockage Of Suleja-Minna Highway

Governor Bello Condemns Illegal Blockage Of Suleja-Minna HighwayNiger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has condemned the illegal blockage of Suleja-Minna highway by some youth at Izom, in Gurara Local Government Area of the state.

The Governor, on Tuesday, said that his government would not tolerate any act of lawlessness by anybody or group who resort to illegality in an attempt to express their grievances.

Governor Bello, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Jibrin Baba Ndace, warned that the state government would deal decisively with anybody found fomenting trouble, aiding or causing breach of public peace in any community in the state.

The statement observed that the blockage of the road in Izom for hours, was an act of disrespect to the Governor who had personally waded into the issue.

“One wonders why some people will not respect the intervention of the Governor, but chose to take laws into their hands and made innocent motorists and travellers to suffer untold hardship.

“It is pertinent at this point to clearly state that government will not tolerate any act of lawlessness.

“People cannot take laws into their hands and think that government will fold its arms for impunity to thrive.

“Government will not hesitate to bring to book anybody found aiding or abetting violence or engaged in activities that tend to breach the peace of the state”, the statement read.

The statement further read that in a democratic setting, people have the right to express their views or grievances but this should be done within the confines of the law.

“Nobody is allowed to hold anyone to ransom. I condemn the road blockage at Izom. If the youths were not satisfied with the solution proffered, rather than resorting to violence, they should use other constituted channels available to them to express their grievances.

“Security agencies have been directed to ensure the maintenance of law and order in the state and I assure all law abiding citizens of protection,” the Governor stated.

Governor Bello also appealed to the innocent stranded travellers, assuring every citizens of the state of government’s prompt response to any act of violence or breach of public peace.

The youths were said to be protesting against the relocation of the Lambata market by the state government.