Masari Restates Commitment To Agriculture, Commissions Rice Farming Centres

 

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has restated the commitment of his administration to improve agriculture and other sectors of the economy in the State.

This, he said, is part of measures taken by the government to ensure food security and sustainable means of livelihood for the people as the state remains an agric-based economy.

Masari disclosed this on Friday when he commissioned two rice farming centres at Makera and Raddawa villages in Matazu and Dutsinma Local Government Areas of the state.

The commissioning of the two centres is coming under a project undertaken by the State Government in partnership with a South Korean Company geared towards improving the rice-cultivating skills of the farmers.

The project, he explained, also intends to discourage rice importation and improve the social and economic status of people living in rural areas thereby bringing them out of abject poverty.

According to Masari, the project had since its inception last year, transformed the way local farmers produce rice from one point five tonnes per hectare to six tonnes per hectare with the skills they have acquired.

“They gave a history of how they started because in 1960 they were poor.  They cannot even feed themselves. And by 1970, they adopted this method and today they are among the first world

“So, if we apply the knowledge they have given to us and use agriculture as the foundation for our development, the sky is the limit for our people and our country.

“50 years back, South Korea introduced this foundation to strengthen agriculture across all villages and communities in the country.

“Through their struggle to feed themselves and by extension exporting the rice to other countries, God assisted them to have their economy improved and now they are among the first world economy,” Masari disclosed.

In his remarks, the Dutsinma Local Government Area Chairman, Hon. Suleiman Muhammad Namadi projected that at the end of the project which he said will last for three years, over a million farmers will benefit.

On his part, the Director General of the Katsina Investment Promotion Agency (KIPA), Alhaji Ibrahim Tukur Jikamshi, assured of the agency’s readiness to continue to promote micro, small and medium enterprises in the state in order to attract local and foreign investors into the state.

Earlier in his keynote address, the Country Representative of the South Korean company, Mr. Keith Kyungbok Lee, observed that Nigeria has great potential for increasing rice productivity, especially in Katsina State where there is an abundance of land to cultivate by local farmers.

He recalled that the company had on arrival to Katsina State shared its wealth of knowledge and experience and so far successfully tested its philosophy in the Dutsinma research centre.

Channels Television recalled that in June last year, the State Government in collaboration with the South Korean company began training 230,000 rural local farmers on local rice farming.

The South Korean way of rice cultivation is aimed at not only improving the rice cultivating skills of the farmers but also discouraging rice importation and improving the social and economic status of people living in rural areas thereby bringing them out of abject poverty.

Katsina Teaching Hospital Recommissions Pediatric Surgical, Amenity Wards

 

The Federal Teaching Hospital, Katsina on Monday recommissioned its amenity wards and pediatric surgical wards renovated by the management of the hospital using its 2022 capital appropriation.

This is part of measures taken by the hospital to provide qualitative healthcare service delivery and address medical tourism among wealthy Nigerians that always rush out of the country for medical treatment.

This project according to the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital Dr. Suleiman Bello will apart from uplifting the image of the hospital also improve its revenue base for better service delivery to the teeming patients patronizing the hospital.

He further expressed optimism that, with this project, the well-to-do Nigerians will start patronizing the homegrown hospitals for care rather than traveling abroad.

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The four buildings comprising Sarki Abdulmumini Pediatric Surgical Ward, Sarki Kabir Usman Amenity Complex, Alhaji Bara’u Mangal Amenity Ward, and Abdul-Azeez Maigoro Amenity Ward have been in existence for ten years with the management of the hospital deemed it necessary to renovate them.

Channels Television gathered that the first pediatric surgical ward is a twenty-four (24) bedded ward and is used for managing pediatric surgical cases. It was donated by His Royal Highness the Emir of Katsina HRH Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman.

 

The second building which was the first amenity ward is a ten (10) bedded and was donated to the hospital by the late Emir of Katsina HRH Alhaji Kabir Usman.

The third building which was the second amenity ward is also a ten (10) bedded ward that was donated by a renowned Katsina businessman and philanthropist Dahiru Barau Mangal.

The fourth building is as well a ten (10) bedded amenity ward that was donated by Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Maigoro.

Katsina Youths Begin Door-To-Door Mobilisation, Pledges One Million Votes For Tinubu

 

Youths in Katsina State on Saturday embarked on a door-to-door mobilisation campaign to harvest over one million votes for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.

The youth under the auspices of Katsina One Million Youth Initiative For Tinubu/ Shettima also promised to vote for all APC candidates from head to toe in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

In an event to present the youth statement to the Katsina State Governor, the Convener and Director of Youth Mobilisation for Tinubu/Shettima APC Presidential Campaign Council, Abdurrahman Danja, announced that the Katsina APC youths are convinced with the party’s manifesto as well as the realistic working plan of Tinubu hence the readiness to support the party from top to bottom.

Danja told the youths that the mantle of the country’s leadership is in their hands hence the need for them to become more educative, vigilante, supervising, and become good ambassadors of the country.

He maintained that about 80-90 percent of the total number of registered voters in the INEC register shows that youths, mostly women, dominated it.

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“Over one million youth converged today to express their mandate that, Katsina State is ready to vote for APC from head to toe,” he said.

“We, the Katsina APC Youth are convinced with the APC manifesto and ready to support APC from top to bottom; and to stress and emphasize the hardworking of the Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari.

“We understand the challenges of insecurity and other problems in the state but we still believe in the APC because its manifesto and the system working plan of Tinubu are more convincing and realistic.

“Apart from issuing a statement of one million youth today, we are starting aggressive youth mobilisation in the state in which we are going to engage both men and women to do door to door campaign, bring out all initiatives and ideas that will support all in campaigning for APC manifesto.

“Actually, our youths are being manipulated in the circle of politics. We cannot deny that there are good and bad ones in the leaders and among the youth.

“So, we are enlightening the youth to know that the mantle of the country’s leadership is in their hands because 80-90 percent of the total number of registered voters in the INEC register is filled by the youth mostly women and they are being neglected behind

“So, we are enlightening them to be more educative, more vigilante, and more supervising and become good ambassadors to justify that we are ready to take the mantle of leadership of the country.”

While receiving the statement on behalf of the Katsina governor, the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Bishir Gambo Saulawa reminded the youths to understand that Katsina State and Nigeria as a whole need people to take them to the next level mostly those with vision and mission who can work their talks and those with the policy statements.

Police Arrest 10 Suspects Including Ex-Step Mother That Killed Her Step Son In Katsina

The suspects.

 

An 18-year-old ex-stepmother, Maryam Habibu, of Leko village in Danja Local Government Area of Katsina State has been arrested and paraded by the police for killing her stepson Jamilu Rabi’u, ‘M’, aged 4yrs of Illallawa village in Kafur Local Government Area of the State.

Habibu was arrested on November 9th, 2022 at about 2200hrs, after she threw the boy into a well after the suspect went to the house of her ex-husband and lured the little boy into a nearby area and threw the deceased into a Well.

The police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, while parading the suspects before the command headquarters in Katsina on Friday explained that the suspect during the police interrogation confessed to the commission of the crime. stating that her action was destined by God and not borne out of jealousy.

The police also arrested a 25-year-old classroom teacher, Umar Isah, ‘M’, of a private primary school in Mashi Local Government Area of the State for luring his students into the school’s toilet and inserting his finger into their private parts.

Isah was arrested on November 10th 2022 at about 1000hrs after four persons namely (1) Hussaina Rabe ‘f’ (2) Basira Umar ‘f’ (3) Khalid Ibrahim ‘f’ and (4) Zainab Ibrahim ‘f’ all of Shargalle village, Dutsi LGA of Katsina State, jointly reported at Dutsi Division against the suspect alleging that on different dates and time, the suspect took advantage of the age of their daughters (names withheld) and lured them into the school’s toilet and inserted his finger into their private parts.

In the course of the investigation, the suspect confessed to the commission of the offence as an investigation is ongoing.

In the meantime, the command has arrested a 50-year-old ward head identified as Mallam Surajo Madawaki, ‘M’, of Gobirawa village in Faskari LGA of the state who conspired with terrorists and killed a farmer.

“On 19/10/2022 at about 0900hrs, a distress call was received that one Yahaya Danbai, ‘M’, aged 35yrs of Gobirawa village, Faskari LGA of Katsina state, was attacked by a suspected terrorist with AK 47 rifle while working in his farmland at the outskirt of the village.

“The farmer summoned courage and overpowered his assailant, disarmed him and killed the terrorist. He took the recovered AK 47 rifle and went to the house of his Ward Head, (Maiunguwa), One Mallam Surajo Madawaki, ‘M’, aged 50yrs of Gobirawa village, Faskari.

“Subsequently, the Ward Head, instead of reporting the matter to the Police, he then called one Hamisu, a notorious terrorist and leader of the killed terrorist, reported the incident to him and handed over the recovered AK 47 rifle to him.

“Consequently, the terrorists’ gang leader Hamisu, mobilized his gang, surrounded the village, brought out the gallant farmer and killed him instantly. Furthermore, the terrorists then placed a ten million naira (N10,000,000:00K) ransom on the community for killing one of their members by the late farmer Yahaya Danbai or they will come back and kill everybody in the village.

“Since then, the said Ward Head, Surajo Madawaki, went into hiding, until when he was eventually arrested by a team of policemen. In the course of the investigation, the suspect confessed to the commission of the offence. An investigation is ongoing.

“On 05/11/2022 at about 1700hrs, the Command succeeded in arresting one Kamala Bishir, ‘M’, aged 19yrs of Yartsaku village, Tsafe LGA of Zamfara State, a suspected notorious informant and errand boy of a syndicate of terrorists, terrorizing Faskari LGA of Katsina state.

“Nemesis caught up with the suspect when he was accosted ridding on a Boxer motorcycle, red in colour, while on his way into the forest to deliver a message to terrorists.

“In the course of an investigation, the suspect confessed to be an informant and errand boy of a notorious terrorist, one Hamisu, ‘M’, of Munhayen Daji, Zamfara state. He further confessed that the said motorcycle was bought for him by the said terrorists’ leader, for the purpose of running errands for him.

“On 08/11/2022 at about 0800hrs, the command succeeded in arresting one Harisu Adamu, ‘M’ aged 35yrs of Gobirawa Jiba village, Danja LGA, a notorious suspected kidnapper and informant to bandits.

“The following victims; one (1) Falalu Dauda (2) Suleiman Ibrahim (3) Alh Mustapha Dauda (4) Ghali Halliru (5) Usman Hassan and (6) Alh Mustapha Dauda, jointly reported that about four (4) months ago, armed terrorists trespassed into their residences and kidnapped them to an unknown destination. In the course of the investigation, the suspect was arrested.

“He confessed to the commission of the offences and stated that, has been receiving his own share of the proceeds of the kidnappings the recent one was the one hundred thousand (100,000.00) naira that he received as a result of the information he gave leading to the kidnapping of one of the victims. The investigation is ongoing.

“On the 13/11/2022 at about 1600hrs, based on a tip-off, the command succeeded in arresting the trio of (1) Suleiman Haruna, ‘M’, aged 20yrs of Unguwar Ali Kere village, Faskari LGA (2) Musa Ibrahim, ‘M,’ aged 19yrs of Dungu village, Faskari LGA and (3) Abubakar Iliyasu, ‘M’, aged 19yrs of Unguwar Jirgi village, Tsafe LGA of Zamfara state.

“Nemesis caught up with the suspects when they were accosted at Yankara village by Police Patrol Team attached to Faskari Division. In the course of the investigation, suspects confessed to being armed terrorists-bandits, under the camp of notorious terrorist gang leaders, Kachalla Bazamfare and Kachalla Ibrahim Na Bako camps operating in Katsina and Zamfara states.

“They further confessed to having participated in a series of attacks leading to culpable homicides, kidnappings, cattle rustlings and armed robberies in villages such as Unguwar Goga, and Unguwar Maijego among others within Faskari LGA and its environs. The investigation is ongoing.

“On the 2/11/2022 at about 2130hrs, the command succeeded in arresting one Mustapha Lawal alias “CHASKALE”, ‘M’, aged 27yrs of Dangaladima road, Daura town, Daura LGA, a suspected notorious armed robber/motor vehicle snatcher. Nemesis caught up with the suspect when he was accosted by men of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit at Maimujiya village, Niger Republic.

“In the course of the investigation, the suspect confessed to being a member of a notorious car snatching ring, headed by one Muhammed Lawal Ibrahim, alias “Abba Kala”, they specialize in breaking into dwelling houses, attacking and robbing them off of their motor vehicles.

“The suspect relocated to the Niger Republic to evade arrest when he learnt that their syndicate was busted by the Police in the month of August 2022, where about thirteen (13) motor vehicles were recovered.

“The suspect confessed to having participated in several armed robberies in the Katsina metropolis. An investigation is ongoing.

“On 05/11/2022 at about 1300hrs, the Command succeeded in arresting Auwalu Tasi’u, aged 25yrs of Kadisau village, Faskari LGA, a suspected notorious terrorist bandit, in possession of one Bull suspected to be rustled one.

“In the course of the investigation, the suspect confessed to having conspired with his gang and rustled animals from the neighborhood.

He further stated that it was his own share of the loot. An investigation is ongoing,” he added.

Katsina NNPP Guber Candidate Promises Free Education, Tackle Insecurity

Engineer Muhammad Nura Khalil
A file photo of Engineer Muhammad Nura Khalil

 

The Katsina State candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Engr. Mohammed Nura Khalil, has promised to deliver climate change projects, ensure the protection of lives and property as well as qualitative free education if elected.

The existing solar power project in the state, he said, has the capacity to produce at least 6,000 megawatts which if generated will be supplied not only to Katsina but also to some neighboring countries.

He said that investors from Canada and Europe have already indicated interest to come and invest in the state under this particular project.

Khalil was speaking on Sunday in an interactive session with local government party officials drawn from the 34 LGAs of the state as part of efforts to strategize for the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

He described the situation as bankruptcy and attributed it to “mismanagement of resources and misplacement of priorities” by the current state administration.

The NNPP candidate, therefore, pledged to bring investors to partake in various endeavors that will provide new avenues for the state’s internally generated revenue.

Khalil while addressing the gathering earlier in a local language, described PDP and APC as birds of the same feathers urging Nigerians to try NNPP this time around to rescue and restore the country’s lost glory.

A cross section of the participants.

 

“Katsina had never come across worse leadership than this with the government artificially creating hardship for the masses.

“As a civil engineer and development specialist, I have a lot to offer to the state in the aspects of security, education, health, agricultural sector, road, and transportation sector, and other economic activities.

“I choose to buy for the office of Katsina State governor to contribute my quota as an indigene of the State. This is because our state is typically bankrupt due to mismanagement of resources by the current state administration and various loans taken by the government to execute projects that cannot pay back those monies.

“We have a role to play by bringing investors to partake in various endeavors that will provide new avenues for the state internally. generated revenue,” he added.

In the meantime, the deputy governorship candidate of the NNPP in the state, Dr. Muttaqa Rabe Darma, appealed to the party’s teeming supporters never to take arms or law-prohibited items while canvassing support from the electorates.

He said the party has competent and qualified candidates at all levels and that their good characters will speak for them.

“None of the political parties in the country has the caliber of our candidates. Our governorship candidate, Engineer Nura Khalil, and our presidential candidate, Engineer Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso have people in their minds, the same thing happens to all our candidates across the country,” he noted.

 

Earlier in his address at the occasion, the Chairman of the State chapter of the party, Sani Liti Yan-Kwani, impressed with the turnout of the party officials in answering the party’s call, encouraged members and supporters not to retreat or surrender in the journey to rescue the state.

Katsina SDP Guber Candidate Vows To Rescue Residents, Unveils Agenda

The SDP guber candidate for Katsina Zakari Ibrahim Talba

 

The Katsina State governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Zakari Talba has pledged to rescue residents of the State if elected in the forthcoming 2023 General Elections.

Talba made the promise on Friday when he unveiled his seven-point agenda at his campaign office in the state capital.

Part of the seven-point agenda he said includes peace and education restoration, rural development, youths and women empowerment, and agriculture among other important aspects of development.

He promised them the dividends of democracy, maintaining that he would win the forthcoming governorship election with God by his side.

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“We are here to give our quota as indigenes of Katsina State. We are not only rescuing the power from the ruling party but also the people of Katsina State,” he said.

“Everyone knows the situation the country has found itself not only Katsina State. I am not saying I am not confident because everything belongs to Almighty Allah. He knows who will become the governor of the state and the president of Nigeria.”

He, however, appealed to electorates to vote wisely because they will receive their commission for anything good or otherwise they have committed or contributed on earth in the hereafter.

Channels Television recalled that on June 6th, 2022, Talba announced his withdrawal from the NNPP governorship primaries, citing some irregularities and conspiracy. His opponent Engineer Muhammad Nura Khalil was eventually declared the winner of the exercise.

During the primaries, Khalil secured 950 votes to defeat Talba who got 29 votes.

The Chairman of the Electoral Committee Dr. Yusuf Ibrahim announced the result on Monday after almost a two-hour voting process in which 1,154 delegates participated. He said out of 981 votes cast, two were invalid.

The exercise which took place at the Katsina NYSC Camp located at Mani Road Katsina commenced at about 4:45 pm and ended at around 7:00 pm

Katsina LG Leaders Promise To Deliver 100% Vote For APC

Governor Masari addressed the delegation during the visit.

 

Leaders of Mai’adua Local Government Area of Katsina State have promised to deliver 100% votes for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

The residents comprising community and religious leaders as well as traditional title holders among other stakeholders gave this assurance on Wednesday when they paid a courtesy visit to Governor Aminu Masari of the State at the Council Chamber of General Muhammadu Buhari Government House, Katsina.

The leader of the delegation who is also the Garkuwan Daura and State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs  Hon. Ya’u Umar Gwajo-Gwajo told the governor that the visit was to thank him for the gigantic projects undertaken across the State and to remind him of the need to implement several developmental projects for Mai’adua Local Government Area.

The projects he said include reconstruction of deteriorated roads, moving the Daura General Hospital to Mai’adua LGA, and filling the empty quarter seat of Permanent Secretary for the Mai’adua LGA which he said are the remaining campaign promises the governor had undertaken in 2015.

Gwajo-Gwajo further reacted to the recent defections of some APC members to the PDP in Mai’adua Local Government Area, describing it as ceremonial.

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“We politicians know that is ceremonial, that’s why we didn’t mine them. By the time our campaign train moves to Mai’adua, you will see wonders by yourself,” he said.

“We want to assure you that, Maiadua local government is 100% APC. That’s why since the beginning of this administration, Mai’adua local government is attached to this administration. We are working to deliver Mai’adua for APC.

“We thank you for your recent visit to Mai’adua LGA to grace the Qur’anic graduation ceremony in one of our Islamiyya schools.

“You are all aware that, the Federal Government has relocated the Katsina Federal Medical Centre to Daura LGA following the establishment of a Federal Teaching Hospital in the State.

“During the 2015 electioneering campaign, the governor made some promises including moving the Daura General Hospital to Mai’adua LGA. We also have deteriorated roads, we asked His Excellency to reconstruct the damaged roads if time permits.

“We are also requesting the seat of Permanent Secretary because our quarter of Permanent Secretary is empty now.  We are happy that, the governor answered all the request that before he leaves the office, he will make sure that request become reality.”

Katsina CP Rolls Out Measures To Contain Terrorism, Other Crimes

Katsina is one of the states worst affected by banditry.

 

The newly posted Katsina State Police Commissioner, CP Shehu Umar Nadada rolled out his eight (8) to contain terrorism and other related crimes in all parts of the State.

He also pledged to work closely with sister security agencies, vigilante groups, and traditional title holders as well as community leaders due to the inadequate number of police personnel in the State.

CP Nadada was speaking in a media chat with some journalists at the Command Headquarters, Katsina on Thursday as he assumed duty after taking over from the outgoing Police Commissioner, CP Idrisu Dauda Dabban.

Before his posting to Katsina State, Nadada was CP Communications, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

Part of his “policing goals” include among others; working with all critical stakeholders in order to provide a well-knitted and comprehensive security for the conduct of a peaceful 2023 general elections.

Others are frontally and decisively dealing with the scourge of any form of heinous crimes such as banditry, cattle rustling, cybercrime, kidnapping/abduction, armed robbery, and any other form of low-intensity crime; to emplace an impregnable security architecture that will neutralize the aggression of criminal elements in the state.

He listed more as to constructing operational latitude that will create a secure, flourishing, and conducive climate for the self-actualization of every law-abiding citizenry in the state; To work within the ambit of rule of law and respect for human rights of the citizenry in our day-to-day policing.

To create a mechanism for robust and well-formalized community policing in the state.

To cooperate and collaborate with other security agencies in our efforts to make the entire state safe for all the law-abiding citizenry.

And to ensure the safety of all persons, including security personnel, wherever possible.

The Police Commissioner, however, appealed to members of the general public to partner with the Nigeria Police Force in tackling the present security challenges affecting the state by giving out useful information, that will assist the Police in dealing with recalcitrant terrorists, bandits, and their collaborators and other forms of crime and criminality in the state.

He also assured that all information given by the general public will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

In the meantime, the new AIG deployed Zone 14 Headquarters, Katsina, AIG Edward Egbuka had on Wednesday reported to Katsina State looking forward to guiding, coordinating, and directing the Police Commissioners within the Zone.

In a courtesy visit to the state governor, Aminu Masari, AIG Edward Egbuka noted that the essence is to fine-tune previous strategies available in their possession and come up with new strategies to combat banditry, kidnapping, terrorism, and other heinous crimes in the zone.

He, however, warned politicians to avoid utterances and actions that will overhit the polity and create violent outcomes before, during, or after the general elections.

“I am basically here to coordinate them and make an input on their strategies and see what to do though I am reporting at a critical time when the general election is approaching,” he said.

“I want to assure your Excellency that, I will do everything possible to nib insecurity in the bud to ensure that the integrity of the forthcoming elections is not affected.”

He further pledged not to allow hoodlums and miscreants to overrun the country.

On his part, Masari revealed that the type of banditry the state has been dealing with is locally made as all the bandits’ leaders he noticed were once living peacefully with people in various communities before things got out of hand.

“We were making efforts to amend our local government laws to give traditional institutions roles to play in community peacebuilding with thousands of vigilante members trained and attached to the police in order to complement the members of the police

“The police and the army have been doing their best so far,” he noted.

Customs Intercept Items, Vehicles Worth Over N77m In Katsina 

Some of the seized items.

 

The Katsina State Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted eight (8) assorted vehicles and general goods with a duty paid value of ₦77,803,825 between September and October 2022.

The total duty paid value of the seized vehicles stands at ₦59,575,000.00 whereas, that of the general goods stands at ₦18,228,825.00 respectively.

The Customs Comptroller in charge of Katsina State Command, Dalha Wada Chedi, displayed some of the items seized by the Command within the period under review at the Command Headquarters, Katsina earlier on Monday.

He noted that from September 1st-30th 2022, the sum of ₦75,600,991.00 was collected whereas, from October 1st-31st 2022, the sum of ₦121,800,478.00 was collected, thus the difference of ₦46,199,487.00 with an increase of 61% recorded.

According to Chedi, the Command has recorded over N500 million from the day the Jibia border was re-opened, adding that, over N5 billion worth value of exported items have all passed through the Jibia border so far.

He noted that duties are collected on food items coming to Nigeria through the Jibia border such as beans, tiger nuts, dates, and groundnuts among other lawful items.

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Customs Comptroller in charge of Katsina State Command, Dalha Wada Chedi

 

“We have the sample documents of those who have paid into the Federation Accounts on those products for you to verify. Any duty paid to Customs goes directly into the Federal Government Account called ‘TSA’.

“In our effort to facilitate trade, an agreement was reached with the Associations of Tiger Nuts and Palm Dates to issue their Union receipts to those that bought and load their goods from their markets to enable them present at any patrol checkpoints, they come across.

“So, the same agreement has been reached with the Associations of Beans, Groundnuts, and Sesame at Jibia, Dankama, Kaita, and Kagadama markets. You may wish to verify from them not the Groundnut Cake Retailer that was used to attract people’s sympathy.

“I assure the good people of Katsina State business community that we are professional and we will not relent in discharging our mandates, all those mischief makers should allow peace to reign or face prosecution when caught smuggling because we have intensified our strategies on arresting any smuggler.

“We are calling on those mischievous people to stop misleading the public or face the wrath of the law.

“The security heads in Katsina State have formed an ADHOC committee to go around the state to fish out all the bad eggs within the security agencies such as; illegal checkpoints, extortion, and use of camp boys in discharging official duties.

“You could remember for over a year now we have had a smooth Customs operations in Katsina; this is just a litmus test of our success.

“We are not unaware of this particular period we are in as the election is fast approaching and campaigns are on high momentum some politicians may try to
impress their voters through any means,” he said.

 

This is coming as residents of the state mostly importers and those living along the border communities reacted to a video that went viral with a narrative on alleged extortion by Customs officials from groundnuts and beans sellers along the Kaita-Dankama Road in Katsina State.

The residents believed that, Customs laws are very clear on import and export procedures and that they have a huge responsibility to block any illegal means of import and export.

Elsewhere, Mas’udu Badamasi, Nura Salisu, and Anas Salisu all of Dankama border towns in Katsina State import assorted food and non-food items from the Niger Republic. And they pledged to support the anti-smuggling campaign of the Nigeria Customs Service.

They unanimously described their relationship with Customs operatives as cordial since time immemorial.

Items seized by Customs.

 

On a visit to the Dankama border axis which is among the closed borders by the Federal Government on Tuesday, Channels Television observed that the border still remained closed with the movement of goods restricted.

It also observed that only the Jibia border is re-opened with every legitimate trader expected to import through the Jibia border alone.

The residents, however, urged the state government to lobby the Federal Government and other concerned authorities to open the Dankama border axis in order to enhance and facilitate trade thereby getting more revenue.

Terrorists Abduct 21 Children In Katsina, Demand N30m Ransom

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

No fewer than 21 children have been abducted by a terrorists gang at a farmland in Mairuwa community, Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The incident happened on Sunday at about 12:30 pm, the Katsina Police Command spokesman SP Gambo Isah told Channels Television on Wednesday.

The abductees, he said, are aged between 15 and 18 years. He added that the command has been making efforts to rescue them.

“Yes, we got the report and we are working to rescue them. The children among them are 21, between 15 and 18 years,” he added.

“The owner of the farm was not around when the incident happened.”

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Elsewhere, a source from the victims’ communities told Channels Television that the terrorists are demanding the sum of N30 million as ransom or direct discussion with the owner of the farm where the victims were working.

“The terrorists reached out to parents of some of the victims to bargain on the ransom, according to them, they will not collect any amount less than 30 million naira or a direct access to the owner of the farm,” he said.

“They further stated that, they had already made their investigations and found out that the owner of the farm is highly rich.”

Masari Reconciles Aggrieved APC Members, Says Katsina Needs More 23,700 Policemen

A file photo of the APC flag.

 

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State and a chieftain  of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Senator Abu Ibrahim on Tuesday reconciled aggrieved party members, elections losers and their teaming supporters of Funtua Senatorial District of the State.

Masari during the reconciliation meeting held in Musawa Local Government Area of the State advised electorates not to listen to the fake promises of the opposition party candidates on security.

According to the governor, banditry and other related crimes will be eliminated to the barest minimum before the end of this year from all indication despite the fact that human beings and crimes cannot be separated completely.

He urged residents to join forces with the security agencies and other relevant stakeholders to degrade the activities of all criminal elements perpetrating crimes in the state.

Katsina State, he said, requires additional 23,700 policemen with only 5,600 policeman on ground, hence residents to bridge the existing gap of over 17,000 personnel, insisting that, residents must raise up to defend themselves and their communities.

“The youths have huge important role to play in this regard to defend their territory which is just like jihad,” he said.

“Tinubu is committed to take the country out of the current situation it finds itself in. He is determined in human capital development and human capital development.”

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During the reconciliation meeting, an APC chieftain and Zonal Reconciliation Committee Chairman, Senator Abu Ibrahim, explained that, the meeting was to discuss, sort out and resolve issues emanated from the previous recent elections conducted across the State where some aspirants deemed either cheated or not fairly treated.

These include; the party elections, party primaries, party local government elections, state assembly elections, House of Reps elections and senatorial elections.

“We have set up committees based on the five parliamentary seats. The result of these committees were so far good and APC is becoming a united family in Katsina South following mutual discussions with all the contestants who lost, they also promised to work together to make APC victorious.

“I have submitted the report today, that’s why we have this meeting. All the contestants; Senators, House of Reps, State assemblies, Local Government party chairmen, Local Government Executive Council Chairmen, Councilors met in Musawa

“They pardoned each other and resolved to work together and work for APC from top to bottom.

“With this good news therefore, I am confident that Funtua zone will produce all the seats from the presidential candidate down to the state assembly members.

“Even during the previous elections, most of the votes in Katsina State almost 50 percent comes from Funtua zone.

“I hope that other two zones of Daura and Katsina will emulate the Funtua zone because we have obviously lost some members due to certain reasons but efforts are on top gear to bring them back to the party.

“APC has done its very best in the last eight years. Buhari’s government has been the best Government in terms of achievements such as railway, social investment, school feeding program among other human capital development projects,” he stated.

Earlier on Monday Governor Masari inaugurated the State APC Campaign Council and unveiled strategic document as well as action plan for the 2023 political activities.

The campaign council is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring victory for both the APC presidential and governorship candidates in the 2023 general elections.

While addressing the murmured crowd at the ceremony held at the Katsina Local Government Service Commission, Masari appealed to the aggrieved APC members who might have been offended in one way or the other to sheathe their swords and forgive one another.

In his address at the occasion, the APC governorship candidate in the state, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda expressed confidence in the ability and capacity of the inaugurated campaign council team to actualise the anticipated victory for the ruling party in the state.

The ceremony witnessed the attendance of four of the APC governorship aspirants who lost in the primary elections. They are; Deputy Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Yakubu Mannir; Katsina State Budget Commissioner, Hon Farouk Jobe, who is now Dikko’s running mate and Hon. Umar Tata as well as Architect Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, a former Managing Director of Federal Mortgage Bank Nigeria, appointed as the Director General of the Dikko/Jobe 2023.

The campaign Council which is chaired and co-chaired by Governor Aminu Masari and Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda has the following top members among others:

Governor Aminu Bello Masari –Chairman

Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda –Co-Chairman

Hon. Farouk Lawal Jobe –Co-Chairman

Arc. Mannir Yakubu –Deputy Chairman

Alhaji Sani Ali Daura –Deputy Chairman

Sen. Abu Ibrahim – Vice Chairman (Katsina South)

Sen. Kabir Abdullahi Barkiya – Vice Chairman (Katsina Central)

Abdulkarim Dauda – Vice Chairman (Katsina North)

Arc. Ahmad Musa Dangiwa – Director General

Jabiru Salisu Abdullahi – Deputy Director General (Operations)

Bala Abubakar Musawa – Deputy Director General (Admin)

Umar Abdullahi Tata –
Deputy Director General (Operations)

Haj. Hannatu Musawa – Secretary General

Mal. Shitu S. Shitu – Organising Secretary

Hon. Ya’u Umar Gojogojo – Zonal Director (Katsina North)

Prof. Badamasi Lawal Charanchi – Zonal Director (Katsina Central)

Hon. Musa Adamu – Zonal Director (Katsina North)

NASENI To Revive Collapsed Nigerian Ginneries, Trains Youths On Tailoring

 

The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, has assured willingness to partner with SMEs, governments, and individuals to revive the collapsed ginneries across the country.

In particular, the agency promised to revive the collapsed ginneries of Gusau, Funtua, Zaria, and Sokoto among other service provider factories as well as to give priority to facility maintenance in these industries.

The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of NASENI, Engr. Mohammed Sani Haruna, disclosed this on Monday during the opening ceremony of a five days intensive skills development training and youth empowerment program on Modern Methods of Tailoring and Fashion Design and its Applications in Daura, Katsina State.

According to Engr. Haruna, this particular program is the third phase of the North-West regional skill development in the implementation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives to the agency to ensure the development of skills of the teeming youths which is necessary for job creation and self-employment generation.

The training, he said, targets to improve the hands-on experience of the tailoring and design professionals in Katsina State with advanced training tools such as motorized straight sewing machines, computerized embroidery, weaving machine, pattern design, steam pressing among other occupational resources required to undertake all kinds of simple and advanced cloths design and home fabrics to satisfy tastes, customers and attracts patronage.

Some of the trainees

 

“The one hundred trainees in this exercise were carefully selected from those already in the field of fashion, tailoring, design, and garment services who have been earning their living through these professions.

“They are expected to learn and train others. It, therefore a train-the-trainer exercise. The start-up equipment to be distributed to participants at the end of this training and the ones yet to arrive are adequate to carry out multifunctional services and compete favourably with the foreign service providers.

“Tailoring and fashion design as a vocation in Katsina State or its environs had evolved over time and still evolving because it is a peculiar subsector which finds relevance in meeting the people’s cultural needs and also closely knitted with the day-to-day human affairs and tradition.

“To the rich and to the poor next to food is clothing even before shelter. To the privileged members of society, there is an unquenchable taste for fashion and ostentatious outings either during ceremonies or other functions.

“Fashion has distinct segments for men and for women and when compared to other trades and skills already acquired by Nigerian youths, tailoring, and fashion design vocation is among the top earning and profitable occupations.

“The missing link is essentially the application of modern tools, techniques, creativity, and capacity to deploy modern design techniques and use of advanced sewing machines and other working tools for growth and expansion.

“It is important to note however that the business is both lucrative and volatile; it is about style, trend, and human taste that are constantly changing into whatever is trending.

“Any tailor that is not updating his/her knowledge with modern system of patterns, trends, embroidery, and fashion will also be thrown out of the business.

“Of recent, some young men and women of northern Nigeria are outsourcing tailoring and garment making from Senegal, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, and even the United Arab Emirates due to non-utilization of appropriate new and emerging tools in the occupation in Nigeria.

“NASENI under the chairmanship of President Muhammadu Buhari will not allow further loss of gainful employment of Nigerians in this occupation.

“We urge the participants to utilize judiciously and guard jealously the
expensive machines to be given to them at the end of this training as their start-up packs,” he added.

The mandate of the NASENI includes nurturing an appropriate and dynamic science and engineering infrastructure base for achieving home-initiated and home-sustained industrialization for Nigeria.

In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion and member representing Zango/Baure Constituency at the National Assembly, Hon. Nasiru Sani Zangon Daura, advised the participants to take full advantage of the training in order to take good care of their families and become self-reliant thereby generating more employment opportunities for the incoming generation.

He also thanked President Buhari and NASENI for the priority and opportunity given Daura people.

The Chief Host and Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, represented by the State Commissioner of Land and Survey, TP Usman Nadada, announced that the current state administration has since inception in 2015 been focusing on human capital development almost 60 percent with a lot of skills projects ongoing.

He also called on the beneficiaries to maintain the equipment given to them and not to sell them out for their good.

One of the beneficiaries, Jamilu Lawal Dan Ghana, who claimed to have been in the tailoring business for close to three decades, believed that the equipment will positively impact his business.