Osinbajo Engages APC Delegates In Jigawa, Says Nigeria Deserves The Best

A file photo of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on Saturday interacted with stakeholders and delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Jigawa State in Dutse, the state capital.

Prof. Osinbajo’s visit was in continuation of his nationwide consultations with APC stakeholders and delegates and his main message was that for the 2023 elections, decisions should be based on what is in Nigeria’s best interest.

On arrival, the Vice President was received by a crowd of supporters at the airport and on the streets, APC Chieftains and senior state government officials led by the Secretary to the State Government Abdulkadir Fanini Adamu, who represented Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, who was out of town at the time of the visit.

At the townhall style interaction with the delegates, which also featured a question and answers session, the Vice President restated his view that decisions about the 2023 elections be based on what is best for the country, its destiny, and future as a nation.

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Osinbajo said “we should make a decision based on the future of our children… We can make progress; we can move on. All I ask you to do is what is in the best interest of Nigeria; vote in the interest of our children”.

He restated how his training and experience in governance, serving as VP under President Muhammadu Buhari, would help him to lead the country effectively if given the ticket and elected under the APC platform.

“As Vice President, the President has given me an opportunity that I do not think any other vice president has been given,” he said.

Later while speaking during a brief chat with the media after the meeting, Prof. Osinbajo noted that he was happy with the interactions with the Jigawa delegates.

“Obviously, all the issues that we discussed are issues that concern the country very significantly. We talked about agriculture, we talked about youth empowerment, education, technology, and a wide variety of issues,” the VP added.

“I think it was extremely fruitful, and at least we all understand where we are coming from and where we ought to be in the few years ahead. All of us are very happy that we were able to have this engagement.”

Delegates who spoke during the interactive session included members of the State House of Assembly, local government officials, grassroots leaders and women leaders.

Many of the delegates spoke about the successes of the Social Investment Programmes (SIP), especially the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme, which the delegates recalled offered first-time jobs for several women.

They also commended the VP’s contributions in that respect while praising other achievements of the Buhari administration including efforts to make fertilizer available and affordable, a benefit much enjoyed in Jigawa State.

Others at the interaction highlighted the reputation of the VP as “a man of proven integrity and fear of God,” and his “excellent track record, loyalty, and support of Mr. President”.

Generally, several delegates believe that if the VP becomes elected as President he should expand the SIP, and ensure youth and women engagements in government while providing federal support to Jigawa State agrarian economy.

The Vice President described as very fruitful the conversations he had with the people, noting that their recommendations were valid.

13 Dead, 32 Injured In Jigawa Road Accident

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of the map of Jigawa, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

No fewer than 13 people have been confirmed dead in a road accident involving a trailer truck in Jigawa State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Lawan Adam, who disclosed in a statement on Friday said the incident left 32 others injured.

He explained that the truck marked ‘TAR 357 XA; Jigawa State’ was loaded with about 53 passengers, as well as scores of cows and goats.

The vehicle driven by a 28-year-old man identified as Babangida Mohammed was on its way to Lagos from Maigatari Local Government Area (LGA) of Jigawa before the incident occurred.

“The unfortunate incident happened when the said driver lost control on reaching a point called Kwanar Shafar Ringim area and as a result, the vehicle fell and overturned,” said Adam who is an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).

Those who lost their lives were Sani Ado – 25yrs, Saleh Yusuf – 53yrs, Aminu Mohammed – 35yrs, Haruna Maigari –20yrs, Haruna Ubali – 25yrs, Abdurrazak Lauwali – 30yrs, Abdulmutallib Hamza –  20yrs, Anas Ibrahim – 35yrs, Naziru Khalid – 30yrs, and Nuraddeen Mohammed – 25yrs.

However, the police could not ascertain the identities of the remaining three victims.

Adam explained that a team of police personnel swiftly arrived at the scene to rescue the injured victims who were taken to the general hospital in Ringim.

He added that four others – Adamu Gagare, Ado Habu, Rabiu Ibrahim, and Arma Idris – were referred to Rashid Shekoni Teaching Hospital in Dutse for further treatment.

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Jigawa, Aliyu Tafida, condoled with the families of the deceased and pray for the recovery of the Injured victims.

He urged motorists to avoid over-speeding, overtaking, overloading and receiving phone calls while driving.

Tafida stressed the need for them to check their tyres, brake, and other essential parts of the vehicle, as well as ensure to get enough sleep before embarking on any journey.

Suspected Killers Of Two Policemen Arrested In Jigawa

A photo combination of a police station and someone carrying a gun

 

Some suspected killers of two policemen have been arrested in Jigawa State, authorities said on Thursday.

During an attack on Kwalam village in Taura Local Government Area of the state, two policemen were killed with another abducted.

Four days after the incident, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Aliyu Tafida told journalists at the headquarters of the State Police Command in Dutse that 10 male and four female suspects were arrested in a raid at Sule Tankarkar Local Government Area of the state.

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“The operation was carried out in Sule-Tankarkar LGA with the officers and men from Department of Operations, Police Mobile Force, Criminal Investigation Department, State Intelligence Bureau, Medical Department, and three Area Commands, of Gumel, Ringim, and K/Hausa Area Commands as well as members of the hunters,” the commissioner explained.

Exhibits recovered from the suspects include three AK-47 rifles, nine magazines and 308 live ammunition of 7.6mm, one burnt General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) with its two empty chains, one Toyota Hummer Bus, nine motorcycles, the sum of ₦2.07 million cash, one cutlass, six different handsets with nine batteries, 12 sim cards.

Others included five SD memory cards, and charms.

Gunmen Kill Two Officers, Abduct Policeman In Jigawa

File photo of gunmen used to illustrate the story.

 

Two police officers have been confirmed dead after gunmen attacked Kwalam village in Taura Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

Another police officer was abducted by the gunmen during the attack which occurred in the north-western region of the country.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Lawal Shisu, confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday.

He explained that the incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday, adding that the assailants set one of the improvised police vehicles ablaze.

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“Upon receipt of the report, we mobilised a team of policemen and headed to the scene and upon arrival, we engaged them in a gun duel and they fled away,” Shisu said.

“ASP Anas Usaini and Insp. Sunusi Alasan were dead close to an improvised patrol vehicle which was set ablaze.”

Preliminary investigation, he stated, showed that the hoodlums invaded the residence of a 60-year-old man identified as Alhaji Ma’aru Abubakar in Kwalam town, and abducted him.

The command’s spokesman, however, assured residents that the police were intensifying efforts to arrest the attackers and bring them to justice.

Jigawa Govt Approves Death Penalty For Child Rapists

File photo of people protesting against rape.

 

The Jigawa State Government has enacted the child protection law that prescribes the death penalty for rapists without the option of life imprisonment.

Dr. Musa Adamu, the Commissioner for Justice and the Attorney General, disclosed this on Wednesday during an end-of-the-year press briefing in Dutse, the state capital of Jigawa.

According to him, anyone convicted of raping a child below the age of ten shall be sentenced to death with no other option.

File photo taken of Jigawa State Governor Badaru Abubakar.

 

“Earlier this year the Jigawa state Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar has signed the Violence Against Prohibition Bill which prescribed the death penalty for rapists but with the option of life imprisonment. But recently the government has also signed the child protection law which prescribed the death penalty for anyone that raped a child below the age of 10,” Dr. Musa said.

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He explained that the ministry had received “a total number of 196 case diaries while 178 pieces of legal advice were prepared in respect of the case diaries, received.

Out of the total number of the case diaries, 90 were rape cases; 27 culpable homicides; sodomy has 31; kidnapping and abduction have a total number of 18 cases; incest two; two 2 acts of gross indecency; 20 armed robberies while road traffic offenses have two cases.”

“The ministry has prosecuted and defended a total number of 25 appeals before Court of Appeal, Kano Division, and has also completed the prosecution of 83 criminal trials before eight High Courts at Birnin Kudu, Dutse, Gumel Hadejia, Kazaure and Ringim. 34 convictions and Forty-Nine 49 defendants were discharged and acquitted,” he added.

The commissioner also lamented the delay in criminal litigation as one of the major challenges of the ministry, which he said is not peculiar to Jigawa State.

Adamu noted that the problems associated with the delay in criminal litigation can be reduced by the proper use of technology.

Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa Governors Sign Budget Into Law

     Nasir El-Rufai                     Abdullahi Ganduje               Aminu Masari               Badaru Abubakar

 

The governors of Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa have signed the budget for the 2022 fiscal year in their respective states.

While signing a budget of N278.58 billion for Kaduna, Governor Nasir El-Rufai assured residents that the budget would be faithfully implemented to advance public welfare, as well as develop human capital and infrastructure.

The signed budget allocates N184.53 billion to capital expenditure and N94.05 billion to recurrent, a ratio of 66%:37%. The signing ceremony, held at the Government House, was attended by the Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Yusuf Zailani, and principal officers of the legislature, commissioners, and other aides of the governor.

Governor El-Rufai was pleased that for the seventh consecutive year, Kaduna has continued to sign its appropriation bill into law well ahead of the first day of January.

He attributed the trend to the active collaboration between the House of Assembly and the executive for the benefit of the people of the state.

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The governor described the budget as a budget of the people, as well as a budget of sustainable growth, and commended the lawmakers for their thorough work on the draft budget estimates.

In neighbouring Kano, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje signed the 2022 budget of over N212 billion into law during a State Executive Council meeting attended by principal officers in Government House.

He commended the public hearing held in October at the State House of Assembly which allowed for public contributions as it was all-inclusive for participation at all levels.

The governor promised to ensure that capital projects would be completed at the end of his tenure, saying the bill tagged Budget for Consolidation and Prosperity was meant for that purpose.

On his part, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State signed a budget of over N340 billion into law, a figure less than N17 billion from the initial N340 billion earlier proposed and presented to the State House of Assembly in November.

Speaker of the House, Tasi’u Zango, while presenting the appropriation bill to the governor, explained that the budget witnessed modest adjustment after careful study by the lawmakers.

The capital expenditure now stands at N223 billion, representing 68 per cent while recurrent expenditure is now over N100 billion, representing 30 per cent of the total budget.

Just as his Katsina counterpart, Governor Badaru Abubakar signed a total of N177.7 billion as the budget for Jigawa State for the 2022 fiscal year.

The bill, presented by the Speaker of the House accompanied by some principal officers, has the education and health sectors engulfing almost half of the entire budget.

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.

Gbajabiamila Reiterates Reps’ Determination To Promote Education In Nigeria

Sarkin Kudu of Birnin Kudu and the Speaker of the House of Reps.

 

 

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has reiterated the determination of the House of Representatives to support the development of education in Nigeria.

Gbajabiamila, while receiving the Sarkin Kudu of Birnin Kudu, Jigawa State, HRH. Garba Hassan Jbrin, at his office on Thursday, noted that education ranked topmost on the Legislative Agenda of the 9th House of Representatives because it remained the foundation of development in any society.

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The Sarkin Kudu of Birnin Kudu, Gbajabiamila, and others pose for a photo after the meeting.

 

He said: “We believe in education as the foundation of civilisation and development and that’s why many members try as much as possible to get tertiary institutions to their locality.

“Education remains our priority and we will do everything we need to do to bring this to fruition.”

The Speaker says education is key to national development.

 

Earlier in his remarks, the Sarkin Kudu informed the Speaker that the delegation was on an appreciation visit for the roles played by the Speaker in the successful passage into law, the establishment of a Federal College of Education in Birnin Kudu, Jigawa State.

He said the roles played by the Speaker did not go unnoticed to the entire sons and daughters of the town.

The Speaker, however, noted that appreciation should go to the member, Rep. Aliyu Magaji Dau, who sponsored the establishment bill for the efforts he put into it and other members of the House for their support for the eventual signing of the bill into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Speaker presenting a gift to the traditional ruler

 

The Speaker later presented a gift to the traditional ruler.

Seven Girls Die In Jigawa Boat Accident

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of the map of Jigawa, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

At least seven girls have died after a boat capsized in Jigawa on Friday.

According to the police, three other girls were also rescued.

The girls were all aged between 10 to 12 years of age.

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“Subjects reportedly came from Gafasa village via K/Hausa LGA to Gasanya village in Auyo LGA for Maulud Celebratration,” the police said.

“In a haste and anxiety to reach home considering the time, they deliberately decided to drive a boat parked at River Gasanya by themselves in the absence of Craftman.

“They were all evacuated and referred to General Hospital Kafin Hausa F.N.A and confirmed dead by Medical Doctor.

“Investigation is on going.”

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 Govt Sues NBA President For Meddling In State Affairs

File photo of the NBA President, Mr Olumide Akpata,

 

The Jigawa State Government has dragged the president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Okpata to court for meddling in the state’s affairs.

The Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Dr. Musa Adamu filed the suit against the NBA President along with others at a high court in Dutse the state capital.

In the summons obtained exclusively by channels television, the Attorney General accused the NBA President of interfering with the constitutional functions of the Commissioner for Justice in Jigawa State enshrined under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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The summons seeks to establish whether NBA President “has the power to direct the Jigawa State Attorney General to reverse or review a decision made within the ministry of Justice?”

In the summons, the Attorney General explained how the Nigerian Bar Association illegally assigned a fact-finding committee to investigate the suspension of one Nuhu Tafida Esq., who was suspended from the Ministry of Justice for allegedly violating COVID-19 protocols by participating in a gathering despite the state’s government ban on public gatherings.

Based on the recommendation of the fact-finding committee, a letter was served to the office of the Jigawa State Attorney General by the National Executive Council of the Nigerian Bar Association dated 1st October 2021 directing him to immediately reverse the decision of the ministry and reinstate him and other staff that were suspended.

Jigawa Cholera Outbreak: Over 500 Persons Dead In Four Months

A screenshot from a video showing patients and relatives at the entrance of the General Hospital, Birnin Kudu, Jigawa State.

 

Over 500 people have been confirmed dead within four months, following the outbreak of Cholera in Jigawa State, Northwest Nigeria.

Despite this, authorities say the state has continued to record a spike in the number of cases with over 20,000 cases confirmed so far.

Twenty-two of the 27 local government areas in Jigawa are said to be battling cases of cholera.

The state capital Dutse, as well as Birninkudu and Hadejia, are the worst hit by the outbreak.

The Executive Secretary of the Primary Health Care Agency in the state, Kabir Ibrahim, assured residents that the government was already making efforts to curb the disturbing number of infections.

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He gave the assurance on Friday while addressing journalists in Dutse, saying the state has rolled out vaccines for 720 people in three of the most affected local councils.

“We have received over 1.4 million doses (of vaccine) from the Federal Government through the World Health Organisation (WHO),” said Ibrahim. “Everyone from the age of one to adulthood are qualified to take this vaccine.

“For now, we are targeting the three local governments that are worst hit. Each recipient is entitled to two doses separated by four weeks.

“We are targeting 720 persons for the first dose and another 720 persons for the second dose which will be separated by four weeks.”

He urged residents to cooperate with the government’s effort in curtailing the disease and to maintain proper hygiene.

According to the World Health Organisation, researchers have estimated that each year, there are 1.3 to four million cases of cholera and 21,000 to 143,000 deaths are recorded.

WHO also said most of those infected had no or mild symptoms and can be successfully treated with oral rehydration solution.

The provision of safe water and sanitation is critical to prevent and control the transmission of cholera and other waterborne diseases, experts say.