Buhari’s Government Not Responsible For Nigerians’ Woes – Udoma

Buhari's Government Not Responsible For Nigerians' Woes - UdomaNigeria’s Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr Udoma Udo Udoma, says President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is not responsible for Nigerians’ woes.

He was answering questions from State House correspondents after the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting where the Vice President, governors of the 36 states of the federation and key ministers in the cabinet gathered for what looked like a presentation of their scorecard for the last one year.

Mr. Udoma said that the present government was on a rescue mission to correct the damage done by previous governments.

He blamed the current economic crisis on the financial mismanagement of the last regime for failing to save despite the free flow of resources from the sales of crude oil.

The Minister also explained the plan period of 2017 and 2020 and the efforts to grow the economy.

Corroborating the Minister’s position, Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, said that those heaping the blames on the Buhari government are uncharitable and therefore should be ignored.

According to him, the NEC also identified some of the areas where the administration has performed despite the difficult times, and what they need to do, going forward.

NEC took examples from the revolution going on in Lagos and Anambra states, but most of all applauded the Vice President for the way and manner he has integrated the state governments into the economic policies of the administration.

This integration, they noted was lacking before.

Council then said that there will be greater collaboration between the state and federal government in the new year.

Residents Protest Proposed Demolition Of Buildings By Kaduna Govt.

kaduna protestSome aggrieved residents of Lokoja, Gwari and Muri roads in Kaduna metropolis have held a peaceful protest against plan by the Kaduna State Government to demolish their buildings.

The residents, mostly artisans, said they were served notice of eviction through the Chairman of Kaduna North Local Government Council, to vacate their shops and residential buildings within two weeks, after which they will be demolished.

Spokesman for the aggrieved residents, Mr Abiola Eneja, said the two-weeks ultimatum given to them to vacate their shops was too short, and more-so they had all valid papers for their shops.

He appealed to the State government to provide them with an alternative land where they could build new shops, or at least give them sufficient time to relocate.

Reports says the area is home to majority of the commercial printing houses in the state capital, with over 300 shops being marked for demolition.

Carrying placards and singing protest songs, the shop owners marched along the roads to show their anger over the proposed demolition.

In the copy of the eviction notice obtained by Channels Television’s correspondent, dated August 5, 2015, the council based its action on the state’s 1958 township building rules and Environmental Protection Law of 2010.

The notice, however, warned that any violator of the eviction order would be dealt with.

In reaction to this, the printers said their opinions were not sought on the planned demolition and they were only presented with a fait accompli.

They also explained that the land was allocated to them by the government to build their shops more than 25 years ago, wondering why the government wants to evict them from the same land.

The Senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, described the ongoing demolition exercise by the State government as harsh and anti-people.

Mr Sani advised the government to trade with caution, in order not to plunge the citizens into severe hardship.

While addressing a coalition of youth groups and Civil Society Organisations, who marched to his office to support the ongoing demolition exercise, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said his administration would continue to resist any attempt by land grabbers to take over schools and hospital lands in the state.

He added that those with genuine papers and had obtained valid building permits would be adequately compensated.

Two weeks ago, about 93 private buildings illegally erected within a government secondary school premises in Zaria were demolished by the Kaduna State Urban Development Authority (KAPSUDA), while over 700 others including shops, hotels and worship centres have been marked for demolition in Zaria and the state capital for being illegally erected on government lands.

Kaduna Demolishes Illegal Structures On Govt. Lands

Nasir-El-RufaiThe Kaduna State Government has  demolished some private houses built within the premises of public institutions in an effort to recover all government’s lands that were illegally taken over by individuals.

The exercise commenced on Wednesday at Alhudahuda College in Zaria where over 93 buildings were completely pulled down.

The demolition of the structures started after a three-week notice served on the occupants of such buildings by the state government expired. The notice was served on June 14.

The General Manager of the agency handling the demolition, Mrs Saratu Haruna, who supervised the demolition exercise, said that the action was carried out on erring house owners who did not comply with directive of the State Government through her Agency.

She explained that the three weeks notice served to them was enough for them to remove their structures and relinquish the land to the state government.

The State Governor, Mr Nasir El-Rufai, reiterated that his administration would not stop its bid to recover all public lands that were illegally occupied or acquired by individuals at government owned schools, hospitals and other public institutions.

In a statement by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, the Governor said the action was to ensure that public institutions had their lands back for further expansion.

While owners of the demolished structures in Zaria are still nursing their pains , those with similar issue at  Sarduana Memorial College, Rimi College and other public schools  in the state capital, are already apprehensive, as some of the buildings there have also been marked for demolition in the days ahead.

But some of the property owners  insist they had genuine papers for the land.

The demolition is  the first among the several other ones that would be carried out in several public institutions across Kaduna.

The state government is hopeful that the lands when fully recovered from the illegal occupants, would be handed over to the original owners for future developmental purposes.

Security Operatives Recover 2,000 Cows, Kill Three Rustlers In Kaduna

rustlersA combined team of security operatives have recovered at least 2,000 cattles from rustlers in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria.

On Tuesday, the security operatives killed three and arrested eight suspected cattle rustlers during a routine operation at a forest, which served as their hideout in the area.

Speaking to reporters after visiting sites of the assembled rescued cows in Birnin Gwari, the State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, commended the security operatives for the successful operation that led to the arrest of the hoodlums and rescue of the stolen cows.

While stating that the problem of cattle rustling and other criminal vices had lingered in the area for too long, Governor El-Rufai said that similar joint security operations were ongoing in neighbouring states like Niger, Katsina, Zamfara and Kebbi.

He, however, called on the people of Kaduna State to assist and pray for the security agencies towards ending the activities of bandits in the state.

Parading the arrested hoodlums at the operational base in Damari, a town in Birnin Gwari, the leader of the Joint Task Force, Captain Ujah, gave an assurance that the days of the remaining criminals terrorising the area were numbered.

In 2013, armed robbers attacked Birnin Gwari, killing 13 people, including two soldiers and some vigilante members.

As a result of the spate of killings and cattle rustling by gunmen in the community and environs, a combined team of soldiers and other security operatives were deployed to the forest bordering the community to flush out the bandits.

Gov El-Rufai Retires 20 Permanent Secretaries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Osinbajo Expresses Hope In Africa’s Socio-Economic, Political Development

Yemi-OsinbajoNigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says he has high hopes in Africa’s socioeconomic and political development despite the many challenges facing the continent.

Professor Osinbajo spoke at a boot-camp organized by the Tony Elumelu Foundation on entrepreneurship which was held at the Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria.

The Vice President stressed the need for African leaders to provide the much needed political will through flexible and coherent policy framework that would transform the continent.

Professor Osinbajo also asked beneficiaries of the programme to always maintain a high degree of integrity, discipline and respect for the rule of law‎.

The first batch of beneficiaries drawn from across 51 African countries including Nigeria by the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, were 1000 young, determined and budding entrepreneurs.

The initiative aims at discovering and supporting 10,000 African entrepreneurs over the next decade with the mandate of creating one million jobs which would eventually remove the continent from the stereotype of a continent of famine, disease, unemployment and wars.

Also addressing the beneficiaries on what government at all levels must do to encourage budding entrepreneurs, the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, challenged business and political leaders to be more responsible and responsive towards the development of the sociopolitical and economic needs of the continent.

The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme launched last December. It is a $100million initiative aimed at discovering and supporting 10,000 indigenous entrepreneurs with a focus on agriculture, education, commerce, ICT and health-care.

The event was attended by the Prime Minister of Benin Republic, Lionel Zinsou, the Founder of the Elumelu Foundation, Mr Tony Elumelu, among other dignitaries.

Governor El-Rufai Seeks Dissolution Of NNPC

KadunaThe Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has suggested the dissolution of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

He made the call at the 7th edition of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism lecture series on Monday.

“The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) must die and if you don’t kill it, it will kill Nigeria,” he said.

Mallam El-Rufai called for the establishment of a new national oil company that would ensure transparency in the nation’s oil industry.

The Kaduna State Governor and former FCT Minister recalled how trillions of Naira was dubiously paid as oil subsidy and no one was prosecuted for the scam.

One of the participants at the event, however, kicked against the scrapping of the oil company.

In an ensuing debate, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Zainab Ahmad, admitted that the country’s oil and gas sector indeed still faces challenges.

At the end of the event, all the participants agreed that the NNPC needs a total reform.

El-Rufai Has Potential Of Transforming Kaduna – Tunde Bakare

pastor bakare expresses confidence in el-rufaiThe Pastor and founder of Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has described the new Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, as a blessing to the people of the state and Nigeria, saying he is someone that has the potentials of transforming the state.

Speaking to Channels Television when he visited the Governor on his first day in office in Kaduna, Pastor Bakare expressed confidence that El-Rufai will deliver on his campaign promises to the people.

He therefore called on citizens of the state to support the governor in his bid to make Kaduna ”great again”.

On his first day in office, the Governor dedicated the whole day to meeting with Heads of ministries, departments and agencies of government, for a brief on the state of affairs in their respective offices, especially the financial status of the state.

El-Rufai met with the Head of Service, the Permanent Secretaries and principal officers of Ministries of Agriculture, Rural and Community Development, Ministry of Works and Transport, Ministry of Economic Planing and Ministry of Water Resources.

The former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufai was on Friday sworn in as the democratically elected Governor of Kaduna State.

Christian Group Tasks Kaduna Governor-elect, Deputy On Campaign Promises

el-rufai Kaduna Governor The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has admonished the Kaduna State Governor-elect, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and his Deputy, Barnabas Bantex, to deliver on their campaign promises to the electorates.

The Chairman of the Kaduna State Chapter of CAN, Bishop George Dodo, gave the admonition on Sunday at a Thanksgiving Service ahead of the May 29 handover. The Service was held at the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) in Kaduna.

He also urged the elected representatives to be fair to all and also run an open-door policy if they must make progress as leaders.

Bishop Dodo told the elected officials that the people would hold them accountable for their actions and inaction while in office and, therefore, urged them to do what was right before God and man.

The church service was part of the inauguration programme lined up for the May 29 handover.

‘Tough Decisions’

Although the incumbent Governor, Mukhtar Yero, lost the April 11 governorship election to the former Federal Capital Territory Minister, Mallam El-Rufai, both men had continued to work closely for a smooth transition.

Addressing the congregation, the Deputy Governor-elect, Barnabas Bantex assured them that the incoming administration would take some tough decisions for the interest of the people.

He also explained that the incoming government would take all decisions in-line with the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution, and however assured the Christian community of equity and fairness.

Mr Bantex also told the Youth that the El-Rufai Government would provide massive jobs for them, and solicited for prayer from the Church to enable them succeed.

On his part, the outgoing Deputy Governor, Nuhu Bajoga, who represented Governor Yero, thanked the people for their support to the outgoing administration and urged them to extend similar support to the incoming government.

Muslims, Christians In Kaduna Call For NNPC Probe

APC-members organise prayer in kadunaMuslim and Christian members of the APC have called on the incoming President, General Buhari to probe the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and also ensure that all sectors of the economy are properly overhauled.

The APC members held a joint prayer session and thanksgiving for the incoming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari and the Kaduna State Governor-Elect, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.

During the prayer session which held at Rigasa area in Igabi Local Government Area (LGA), they  prayed for divine protection for all incoming leaders, to enable them discharge their new roles for the benefit of the people.

Party members also prayed that the elected leaders would lead them with the fear of God and also tackle corruption to the barest minimum.

While lamenting the poor state of the nation’s economy, the APC members expressed hope that the incoming APC administration would address the challenges confronting the state and the nation.

They expressed confidence in the capability of all elected APC leaders to deliver on their campaign promises, with the view that only fervent prayers is what the leaders need.

APC Supporters Embark On Road Show In Kaduna

apcAhead of next Saturday’s presidential election, supporters of the All Progressives Congress  (APC) in Kaduna State, on Tuesday, embarked on a road show to drum support for the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari and the state governorship flag bearer, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.

During the road show rally, the APC members expressed confidence that their party would be victorious in the coming elections and however vowed to occupy all over Nigeria if the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attempts to rig the elections.

They described the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buahri and Mallam Nasir El-Rufai as credible candidates adding that they are the”choice of Nigerians in the elections given their incorruptible stance”.

The road show, tagged ‘Walking for Change’, witnessed a large crowd of APC members in Kaduna State and the party’s governorship candidate, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, trekking from the Command junction in the southern part of the State capital to Kawo, in the northern zone.

Women, children and youth all trooped in large numbers, singing and dancing.

Walking slowly and patiently, the surging crowd passed through the popular Ahmadu Bello Stadium to Ali Akilu road, where they appealed to residents of the areas to vote for APC in next Saturday’s election and subsequent ones on April 11.

For the supporters, their decision to participate in the over ten kilometers walk was borne out of their desire for a positive change, which they claimed APC stands for.

The supporters however, said that their power is their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).

Give Account Of 136bn Naira SURE-P Largesse, PDP Tells Fashola

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The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the State Governor to account for over 136 billion Naira SURE-P largesse allocated to Lagos State.

The party claims the money was collected by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola.

In a statement issued by the Lagos State PDP spokesman, Taofik Gani, the party noted that the amount was enough to build at least 100,000 low cost accommodation and adequate hostels on all the state’s tertiary campuses.

“In spite of the huge state internally generated revenue (IGR) and the over 136 billion Naira SURE-P largesse over the years, Lagos residents are still lacking many ordinary social services.

“Where they are available, Lagosians (Lagos residents) pay exorbitant to enjoy such,” the party stated.

According to the statement: “even the APC governorship Candidate’s campaign jingles, posters and other messages are clear vote of no confidence in the services rendered by Governor Fashola.

“This is because Mr Ambode has himself declared emergency in virtually all the sectors of governance in the state by proposing trust and emergency funds in the sectors.”

The Akinwunmi Ambode is the Lagos State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PPD re-emphasised its confidence in defeating the APC in the coming general elections.

“We are good to go and defeat APC in the coming elections. Fashola was able to cajole Lagos residents for some years with pseudo and momentary projects, while neglecting areas of governance that affect the masses most,” the party said.

The PDP, describing the Governor as a mediocre in governance, said it would capitalise on the flaws of Governor Fashola’s administration to defeat of the APC in the state.