APC State Congress: Ganduje Calls For Unity

Ganduje Speaks About Rift With Kwankwaso
Kano State Governor Abdullahi-Ganduje

 

Kano State governor Abdullahi Ganduje has called on aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to shelve their differences.

The governor urged the Kwankwasiyya Faction to join the leadership of the new Party Chairman Abdullahi Abbas and other newly elected members of the party for the development of the state.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner of Information Muhammad Garba, Ganduje said the successful party congress held on Saturday is a clear testimony that the APC is a party not union.

“It is my pleasure to announce to all Kwankwasiyya faction that Abdullahi Abbas has won the state party congress with 2,982 votes while Ibrahim Zakari Sarina emerged as the new party secretary with 2,817 votes. Habibba ‘Yar’dada became woman leader with 2,876 votes,” he said.

Ganduje welcomed those who returned to the new leadership fold. He added that was ready to accept other members from Kwankwasiyya faction.

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“We all belong to the same state and the same country, that we are all proud of. They should come to us so that we forge ahead collectively for nation-building.”

The governor further assured that no member of the party would be discriminated against under the new leadership of the APC in the state.

He stressed that with this newly inaugurated leadership in place, there will be no imposition of candidates.

Governor Ganduje had earlier sued for peace after he intervened in the crisis affecting the state House of Assembly. This was after heavily armed policemen sealed the complex of the Assembly on Monday, May 14.

He held a reconciliation meeting with the feuding factions on Tuesday at the Government House.

Police Advise Kwankwaso To Suspend Visit To Kano

The Police in Kano State has advised Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso to suspend his visit to the state.

Kwankwaso, a former governor of the state, who is now the Senator representing Kano central at the Red Chambers was scheduled to visit Kano on Tuesday, January 30.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Rabiu Yusuf gave the warning to Kwankwaso on Friday, January 26, based on the grounds of maintaining ‘peace and security.’

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Kwankwaso and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) under the leadership of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of the state were set to hold parallel political rallies on January 30.

The two separate events are centred on the February 10 local government election in the state and the 2019 general election.

The police said Kwankwaso only sent a letter to the command on January 25 which was dated January 16, 2018.

The command said based on intelligence report, it believed that Kwankwaso’s visit clashes with some other activities of the other faction of the APC and that the rally by the Kwankwaso group could be hijacked by “miscreants”.

He advised Kwankwaso to consider postponing his trip “until the tension generated by the planned visit is doused.”

Buhari Calls Kano Governor During Prayers

Buhari Calls Kano Governor During PrayersNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday reportedly spoke with the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, during a prayer session in the state government house.

The prayer was said to have been organised by the state government officials for the quick recovery of the president.

Speaking to the governor, Buhari confirmed that the status of his health was improving.

“I’m much better now and I thank you for the prayers and indeed the entire Nigerians”.

The brief conversation was believed to have been heard by the people in the hall, having been placed on speakerphone.

This is coming after several calls by citizens recently, for President Buhari to speak directly to Nigerians who are eager to know the true state of his health.

On Tuesday, he sent a second letter to the senate, stating his intention to extend his stay again in the United Kingdom where he is currently on vacation and receiving treatment.

Kano Govt. Supports Fire Outbreak Victims With 500 Million Naira

kano, Ganduje, Youth empowerment,Kano State government has donated 500 million naira to victims of the fire outbreak that occurred in early 2016 at Sabon Gari market in the state capital.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje disclosed this in a speech during the signing of an agreement between the state government and an indigenous company, Brian and Hammers Ltd., for the construction of Kanawa Economic City.

The Governor, who revealed that the money was sourced from Internally Generated Revenue, said that because of the humanitarian disposition of his administration, the government had since set up a committee under Mr Aliko Dangote to launch an appeal fund to harness money to assist the victims.

He also said the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up to look into the immediate and remote causes of the fire had since submitted its report and a White Paper has been issued.

Governor Ganduje added that a committee to ensure implementation of the recommendations has also been established and has commenced work in earnest.

He said that the state government was paying serious attention to the development of markets as a result of which structural and road project execution had commenced at Kantin Kwari market, giving assurance of commencing other markets in 2017, especially the Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi Market.

On the proposed Kano light rail project which is expected to gulp about $1.85 billion, Governor Ganduje described it as a creditable legacy for future generations and a worthwhile investment.

“Those saying we are obtaining a loan to finance the project hence, leaving a debt burden for our children and grandchildren are indeed economically blind, politically naïve and morally mischievous,” he stated.

The Governor explained that the government acquired the loan to bridge the infrastructure deficit in Kano State.

FG Promises More Support For Farmers, Small Business Owners

Osinbajo Tasks Nigerians On Water Sanitation And HygieneThe Nigerian government has promised more support for farmers and small business owners to aid growth of their farms and businesses.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo gave the assurance on Tuesday at a one-day economic empowerment programme organised for youths and women in Kano State.

He told the gathering that the economic recession the nation was facing was a fallout of so much dependency on foreign goods including food items.

Professor Osinbajo said that the Federal Government was working tirelessly to reverse in no distant time what he called “ugly trend, threatening the future of the nation’s economy”.

According to Professor Osinbajo, with the current global recession, Nigeria’s economy has continued to be threatened.

He says of policy formulation is one aspect the government is exploring to support farmers and small business owners to boost the economy.

The Naira has continued to weaken against the dollar and prices of food items and other commodities are skyrocketing partly because of over reliance on imported goods.

“Let us grow what we eat. You should not import rice when we can grow rice. We should not be importing tomato puree or paste when we can manufacture it. We should not import wheat when we can grow it. We must grow what we eat. If we don’t grow what we eat we will end up in trouble and that is one of the major things the president has been re-emphasising.

“From now on, we are going to make sure that we promote policies that encourage those who are growing – farmers and small scale industrialists who are processing what we grow here in Nigeria,” Professor Osinbajo pointed out.

The programme was organised in conjunction with Kano State government to educate farmers and small business owners on how best they can access and utilise the Federal Government’s intervention fund.

With an estimated population of over 15 million people most of whom are small, medium and micro traders, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, said he had so far empowered over 6,000 women and youths.

Governor Ganduje told the Vice President that preparations for the establishment of Kanawa Economic City had reached advance stage in addition with various programmes to revive the state agricultural sector.

“Your excellency, because our markets are so congested, we have succeeded in establishing a Public, Private Partnership arrangement to develop the Kanawa Economic City estimated to cost over 500 billion Naira and your excellency we will soon sign an agreement with a Dubai based construction company and by January next year we hope to begin with construction work,” the Governor said.

Although Kano State government has initiated various women and youth intervention programmes, drop in revenue generated from crude oil sales has continued to pose a threat to the nation’s social investment programme.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investment Programme, Mrs Maryam Uwais, “the challenges have been that there are over 58 million Nigerians who are considered extremely poor and we have a very wide disparity between the rich and the poor”.

She highlighted the need to spread resources across all the different disparities, saying there were at least 28 social programmes in the past ran by the government, but lack of proper synergy between Federal and States government has been a major challenge.

Kano Youths Kick Against Pension For Former Governors

Kano Youths on pensionSome youths have called on the Kano State House of Assembly to repeal the pension benefits for former governors and their deputies in the state.

The Voice of Progressive Youth in Kano State alleged that the benefit had given more attention to the governors and deputies to the detriment of the citizens.

The Chairman of the group, Hamisu Sharifai, presented the letter of protest to the Clerk of the Assembly on Friday in Kano, northwest Nigeria.

He noted that the law would destroy the state’s economy, considering what the beneficiaries of the law were getting from the state’s lean treasury.

In line with the current Nigeria’s economic crisis, Mr Sharifai insisted that the said law be repealed in the interest of justice, equity, fairness, public decency and morality.

The youths noted that the law depleted the lean treasury of the state as well as made the governors and their deputies the landlords, rather than the servants of the good people of Kano State.

In his response, the Clerk of the Assembly, Mr Lawan Badamasi, assured the youths that their message would be delivered to the leadership of the House.

He promised that the lawmakers would act in accordance with the law.

In 2007, a former Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, signed the Pension Rights of Governor and Deputy Governor, a law that entitles former governors and their deputies to pension rights for life.

Section 3 (1) of the law provides the governors and deputy governors with pension at the rate equivalent to annual total emolument of the incumbent governor.

This includes two personal staff, two brand new vehicle, free medical treatment and 30 days annual vacation within or outside Nigeria.

Governor Ganduje Urges Kano Residents To Pay Tax

Abdullahi-Ganduje-Kano-StateKano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has appealed to residents to ensure prompt payment of tax in order to achieve a timely completion of the ongoing projects in the state.

The Governor stated this during a working visit to Tiga independent power project site.

Mr Ganduje said that his government is determined to complete all ongoing projects provided that residents exercise their civic duty to the government.

Chairman of Skipper Nigeria Limited, Mr Gitendra Sakhdim, told the Governor that the electro-mechanical installation of the draft tube and other necessary equipment will commence very soon but identified port clearance of some equipment as a major setback.

According to Gitendra, about 11 containers of major components were still at the port because the duty concession had expired.

In 2012, the administration of the former governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, initiated the construction of independent power plants using Tiga and Chalawa water treatment plants.

The construction was stopped towards the end of Kwankwaso’s tenure and was reinvigorated by the current Ganduje administration.

So far, the power house has reached 70% completion as the government intensified efforts to pay contractors on site.

In a related development, Governor Ganduje, while inspecting the construction of Rano-Rurum-Tiga road, appealed to the contractors to ensure speedy completion of the project as promised.

Governor Ganduje disclosed that all outstanding monies have already been paid to the contractors in questions.

Contractors on site assured the Governor that the project would be handed over to the state ministry of works as agreed on the stipulated time.

Kano Infrastructure: Ganduje Calls On Residents To Pay Tax

Abdullahi-Ganduje-Kano-StateKano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has appealed to residents to ensure prompt payment of tax in other to achieve a timely completion of the ongoing projects in the state.

The Governor stated this during a working visit to Tiga Independent Power Project site.

Mr. Ganduje said his Government is determined to complete all ongoing projects provided that residents exercise their civic duty to the Government.

Chairman, Skipper Nigeria Limited Mr. Gitendra Sakhdim told the Governor that the electro-mechanical installation of the draft tube and other necessary equipment will commence soon but identified port clearance of some equipment as a major setback.

According to Gitendra, About 11 containers of major components are still at the port because the duty concession has expired.

In 2012, the Administration of former governor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, initiated the construction of independent power plants using Tiga and Chalawa water treatment plants.

The Construction was stopped towards the end of Kwankwaso’s tenure and was reinvigorated by the current administration.

So far, the power house has reached 70% completion as government intensifies efforts to pay contractors on site.

In a related development, Governor Ganduje while inspecting the Construction of Rano-Rurum-Tiga Road, appealed the contractors to ensure speedy completion of the project as promised.

Governor Ganduje Disclosed that all outstanding payments have already been maid to the contractors.

Meanwhile, contractors on site assured the Governor that the project will be handed over to the state Ministry of Works as agreed on the stipulated time.

Kano LG Rerun: Ganduje Lauds APC Victory, Commends Electoral Conduct

Abdullahi-Ganduje-Kano-APCKano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has commended the State Independent Electoral Commission for conducting a successful rerun election for the chairmanship seat in Minjibir Local Government Area of the state.

Receiving the result of the election in Kano State in northwest Nigeria, Governor Ganduje says that he is particularly happy that no violence was reported during the election held on Saturday.

Hundreds of party supporters, politicians, top government officials as well as independent and government observers were present at the Government House in Kano, to attend the official presentation of the result to the Governor.

The APC candidate, Tasi’u Ibrahim, scored 21, 970 votes to defeat his opponent from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Auwalu Minjibir.

The Chief Whip of the House of Representative, Representative Alhassan Doguwa, also expressed delight at the election result.

He told reporters that despite the internal crisis of the party involving the Kwankwaso-led faction, Governor Ganduje is still the leader of APC in the state and would continue to execute the party’s manifesto.

New Revenue Generation Focus Will Not Burden Nigerians, Finance Minister Assures

Finance MinistryThe Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has assured Nigerians that the Federal Government’s drive for enhanced revenue generation would not be a burden to Nigerians.

The Minister, who spoke at the opening of the two-day National Revenue Retreat 2016 in Kano, on Thursday, said the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari is firmly committed to turning this economy around by mobilising capital for investment in the essential infrastructure which will drive our economic growth.

The retreat titled “Enhancing Revenue Generation for Sustainable National Development”; according to the Minister was a very important gathering, which came up at a pivotal period in our nation’s economic history.

The Minister said the revenue focus will not burden Nigerians but will ensure that all revenue due to Nigeria’s government, irrespective of the source, is collected with a high degree of efficiency, fully receipted and properly accounted for.

The Kano State Governor, Mr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, had in his speech disclosed that the state government had identified about 106 dormant revenue lines, which it was working assiduously to activate.

However, Adeosun, in her remarks, said the Federal Government has also identified over 1000 dormant revenue lines, assuring however, that such revenue opportunities will be maximised.

The Minister also expressed the determination of the Federal Government to work with the private sector, where required, in order to maximise the nation’s revenue potentials.

She said the days when revenue generating agencies acted as autonomous entities outside of the budget cannot be allowed to continue, saying whether the funds are from fees and fines, from taxes or from projects, the law is clear that every naira must be paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

“The administration has started the process of maximising our revenues with a number of initiatives.

“The most important change introduced is a reorientation in the thinking about public money. Discipline and accountability in the spending of public money is a trademark of the President Buhari-led administration. Making every naira count is a commitment and a policy focus and not a slogan. Citizens will not willingly pay revenues if the funds are seen to be leaking or being wasted.

“All spending must start with revenue and therefore we have commenced the work of plugging the leakages of government revenues. Such leakages can arise from a number of factors including inefficient collection systems, evasion of payments due, collusion and other malpractices, as well as obsolete tariffs”, she said.

Mrs Adeosun also stated that “the first step required is the preparation of a detailed revenue map, which identifies the specific lines of revenue and understands how such revenues are generated. Disaggregating revenue into line items is an important first step. The triggers in our various processes that result in a revenue transaction must be clearly understood and well documented.

“To maximise revenue collection, the task of plugging these leakages must be undertaken. It is also important to understand the costs of collection. That is the essential equipment, technology and resources that are required to support revenue. The administration is committed to ensuring budgetary provision for these costs.

“We currently hold daily bilateral revenue meetings with revenue generating agencies to define targets and agree strategies,” the minister stated.

She disclosed that the Federal Government has commenced the review and revision of the cost profiles of revenue generating agencies to ensure that maximum operating surpluses are declared and remitted in compliance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

“In this regard, we have recently commenced a number of audits of a range of agencies that will give us improved visibility into the revenue and cost profiles. This will enable us to generate an indicative cost profile that can be used to establish reasonable budget targets going forward.”

Revenue Mobilisation to complement borrowing for Investment in infrastructure

The Minister stated that need for investment in infrastructure is well documented as are the potential benefits from so doing.

“Given our low debt to GDP ratio, we could have succumbed to the temptation to fund our needs purely by raising debt. However our approach to debt is a prudent one and we are firm believers in the critical role that revenue plays in mobilising funds.

“Thus the importance of today’s gathering in planning and developing attainable strategies for revenue mobilisation”, she maintained.

She explained that revenue mobilisation provides a sustainable and predictable flow of funds that is not as vulnerable to external shocks as we have seen with the oil price.

She added that the Ministry of Finance has committed itself to a total revenue focus, which will reengineer revenue collection, explaining that the focus of the event will be around preparing for the enhanced government revenue opportunities that will arise as Nigeria begins to recover.

Revenue generation and accountability are patriotic responsibilities of every public servant.

The Minister said the responsibility for revenue generation must be vested at the highest level within every organisation, adding that revenue is not the responsibility of the Finance Team, but a collective and a patriotic responsibility of every public servant.

“The accounting officer must see themselves as the Chief Revenue Officers of the organisation. As we begin to streamline our public finances, we expect those organisations with high Revenue Generating Capacity to fulfil their responsibilities.

“We have observed that in other countries some agencies like Passport Offices and Vehicle Licencing Centres, Airport Authorities and Ports are cash cows whereas in Nigeria their historical contribution has been sub optimal. This is going to change,’ the Minister stated.

According to her, “the focus of this conference is on non-oil revenue generation. The role of most of us, represented here, in oil revenue generation is minimal. Oil represents only 13% of GDP but contributes over 70% of government revenue. This cannot continue and as we move toward exploiting our solid minerals and agricultural endowments we must build robust revenue platforms to ensure that we take full advantage of the value opportunities.

“We must begin to see revenue maximisation as ‘the Business of Government’ that is government operating commercially where required and this will require a new mind-set. Optimisation of revenue generation requires targets, incentives and penalties as part of the performance management framework. Thus in some cases partnership and risk sharing with private sector operators must and will be considered.”

“The ease of doing business has been cited as one of the key drivers of economic growth and Nigeria has already set targets for improvement in this regard”, she said.

She further noted that we must look for opportunities for co operations and synergy through the three tiers of government, insisting that single collection of multiple levies must be pursued where possible to maximise the convenience and efficiency of our collections.

She maintained that the responsibility for collection of revenue must reflect the fact that there is ‘one Nigeria’ and there are no Federal, State or Local Government Nigerians, adding that where there is a need to review and update obsolete laws, this must be embraced by our Legislators.

“Nigeria can and must improve its revenue collection efforts. Our revenue to GDP ratio is far lower than that of our peers. Nigeria’s Tax to GDP is only 6% versus 26% in South Africa and 21% in Tunisia. This is actually good news as it reflects the opportunity for growth.”

The Minister charged participants “to take away concrete actions that you will begin to implement from Monday as part of the rebuilding of our public finances. Irrespective of your area of core responsibility, you must take full ownership of the need to maximise the revenue potential in your organisations, Treat government business as an enterprise to be operated with best practice and with the type of results that Nigeria needs and deserves at this critical time.”

Emir Of Kano Tasks Govt. On Environmental Hygiene

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has appealed to the government to pay much attention to environmental hygiene of the people of Kano State.

The monarch said this was to avoid the outbreak of any disease occurring mostly during rainy season.

He made the call on Friday shortly after he paid tributes to the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, to mark this year’s Traditional Nassarawa Horse Riding.

The Emir urged the government and other philanthropists to help the poor and needy, adding that they should continue to pay much attention to the security of lives and property of the citizens.

“We need to pray and remain patience with our government authorities, we should also observe closely the issue of our environmental hygiene to avoid any breakdown.

“I therefore call on our people to pay closer attention to marital responsibilities and refrain from unnecessary divorce, on behalf of Kano Emirate, I want to appreciate both states and Federal government for the current peace and stability we are enjoying in Nigeria today,” he stated.

Governor Ganduje on his part told the Emir that his government had made and was still making concerted efforts to ensure that the lives and property of the people were adequately protected.

Despite the economic crisis, he said his administration was able to pay both local and state government salaries up to date with various projects currently on-going.

The Governor further assured the monarch that that government would complete all inherited projects and had already commenced new ones.

Civil Servants In Northern Nigeria Celebrate Workers Day

Workers Day-Northern NigeriaState governments and civil servants in northern Nigeria have joined the rest of the world to mark the 2016 edition of the Workers Day.

In Kaduna State, the government called on both Federal and state governments to address some of the socio-economic challenges facing the nation.

The civil servants demanded for an upward review of the current minimum wage to at least 100,000 Naira in line with the present economic realities.

At separate rallies to mark the May Day, the workers called on the Federal Government to tackle the epileptic electricity supply, fuel scarcity, insecurity, unemployment and casualisation of workers among other challenges.

They also warned the Kaduna State government to shun any plan to retrench its workforce, threatening a showdown against government if any civil servant is sacked.

While a faction of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Kaduna State, led by Mr Adamu Ango, marked the Workers Day with a rally held at the Kaduna Township stadium, the other faction held a road procession near the Ahmadu Bello Stadium.

Kano

In Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, said that his government has recently established the salary and wages directorate as part of efforts to ensure transparent salary administration for the state’s civil servants.

Addressing workers to mark the 2016 Workers Day celebration, Governor Ganduje noted that the welfare of workers has been one of the major priority of his administration since inception.

Channels Television correspondent reports that hundreds of workers turned out during the colorful match pass held at the Sani Abacha indoor stadium.

While expressing happiness with the cordial relationships between his government and labour unions in the state, the Governor promised that his government would not leave a stone upturned in ensuring the state civil servants are catered for.

He added that various policy frameworks had been put in place to ensure that workers in Kano State benefit from his government’s welfare packages for the civil servants.

Although the NLC Chairman in Kano State, Dr. Kabiru Minjibir, commended the Governor’s civil service initiatives, he disagreed with some policies the workers considered injurious to them.

He stressed the need for government to fully study the report of the just concluded workers’ biometric data exercise, to avoid further complications that might result to confrontation between government and workers.

Other issues highlighted by the workers were the issue of labour casualisation and scarce job opportunities for teaming youths in Kano State.

Borno

In the northeast, civil servants in Borno State demanded a total implementation of the 18,000 Naira minimum wage.

Pensioners who joined in the celebration also called for an upward review of their pension, which is still on a minimum of 4,400 Naira.

The anniversary was marked with an elaborate rally under heavy security in the Ramat Square in Maiduguri, the first rally in five years, owing to the insurgency problem.

In line with the 2016 theme “The Working Class and the Quest for Economic Revival”, the civil servants lamented that their income was no longer sufficient, considering the economic reality of the country.

The Borno State NLC Chairman, Comrade Titus Abana, said that the theme was symbolic as people of the state were faced with two fundamental problems of insurgency and dwindling resources.