President Buhari Commissions Baro Inland Water Port In Niger State

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday commissioned the Baro Inland Water Port in Niger State.

The Baro contract which cost N5.8billion was originally awarded in 2011/12, the port was built by CGCC Global Project Nigeria Ltd.

It has a quay length of 150 metres, cargo stacking yard of 7,000 square metres, a transit she’d of 3,600 square metres and an estimated capacity of 5,000 TEU at a time.

 

The Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora said the completion of the port which was abandoned by previous government’s will ensure the effective evacuation of farm produce and other commodities from Baro town.

Governor Abubakar Bello on his part believes the port is a stepping stone for Creating Baro International Port City that will give Niger State global visibility and an effective source of sustainable income.

 

He said plan is underway for the acquisition of 728 Square Kilometres of land for the Master Plan for the proposed Baro Smart International Port City and Regional Plan for Greater Baro Development Area, implementation of a rapid economic empowerment programme for the residents of Baro and its environs and the development of Baro International Port City.

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After the commission ceremony, President Buhari later held a campaign rally in Minna, the Niger State capital.

There the president addressed a mammoth crowd and revealed what he would do for the people if re-elected.

“From Baro to Minna I saw people there, I also saw your leaders, including the traditional leaders, the Governor, Commissioners, and lawmakers who came to receive me at the Airport.

“What I want to say, I have already told your leaders. But, I want you to hear from my mouth, so that you will understand that this government, since inception, is doing it’s best.

“The railway project from Lagos to Ibadan, which will pass through Minna to Kaduna is ongoing.

“Secondly, the Standard Rail gauge which will run from Minna to Abuja and they rehabilitation of the rail line from Minna to Baro are ongoing.

“In the area of road construction, we are dualizing the road from Suleja to Minna. The rehabilitation of Lambata to Bida road, Mokwa-Tegina-Kaduna road, Bokani-Kontagora road, New Busa-Kayama road are all ongoing.

“Also, the construction of Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Dam to boost power generation is also ongoing, in addition to the Auna Irrigation project.

“So, by the grace of God, this government will continue with those projects. Therefore, I want to assure you that we will continue to take care of your needs. We will keep to our promises, and we will carry out more projects for you.

“May Allah give us a bumper harvest. May God give us a bumper harvest.

“So, what I want during elections, as already said by the National Chairman and your Governor, from top to bottom vote for APC and from bottom to top, vote APC.

It’s only APC! It’s only APC!”President Buhari told the people.

In a similar vein, Oshiomhole said Nigerians must open their eyes to vote for APC because the ballot paper will be too long because of the political parties participating in the election.

Oshiomole expressed confidence in the victory of the APC.

He said although APC cannot claim it has made enough progress, there is no country that can experience transformation in a country which has been looted and enmeshed in so much decay.

Buhari Takes Presidential Campaign To Jos

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has taken his campaign to Jos, Plateau State, ahead of next month’s general elections.

The President was accompanied by the Director-General of his campaign team Rotimi Amaechi and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) among other top officials.

Earlier today, he made a stop in Niger State where he commissioned the Baro Inland Water Port after which he held a rally in Minna, the capital.

Saraki Visits Ibrahim Babangida In Minna

Senate President Bukola Saraki has paid a visit to the former military head, Ibrahim Babangida, in Minna, Niger State capital.

They are currently in a closed-door meeting at the residence of Babangida.

Journalists were however not allowed entry to the residence as security operatives mounted barriers at the gate entrance.

Security operatives at the residence of Ibrahim Babangida on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

 

Saraki had earlier landed at Minna Airport at 3:58 p.m and headed straight to Babangida’s residence.

At the end of the meeting which lasted for over one hour, the Senate President drove back to the airport but refused to brief journalists concerning details of the meeting with the former Head of state.

According to him, it was a ‘private meeting.’

Saraki was accompanied on the visit by Senator Shaba Lafiagi and Baba-Hakeem Ahmed among other aides.

Atiku, IBB In Closed Door Meeting

Former Vice President Abubakar Atiku is in Minna the Niger State Capital where he is meeting with former military president Ibrahim Babangida.

He was received at the Minna Airport by the Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Ketso, the Head of Service, Yabagi Sule and the State PDP Chairman, Barrister Tanko Beji and other party members.

Also on ground to receive him was a crowd of supporters.

He arrived the Uphill residence of the former military leader at about 12:40 PM and is currently holding a meeting with General Babangida.

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 While the purpose of Atiku’s visit is not yet clear, there are indications that it may not be unconnected with his political ambition ahead of the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party scheduled for December 9.

His visit comes less than two weeks after he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Abubakar contested against the president, Muhammed Buhari alongside three others for the ticket of the APC in 2014.

He lost out in the primary but collapsed his structure to support the president at the 2015 presidential campaign.

Atiku was the vice to former President Olusegun Obasanjo when Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999.

He left the PDP to join the APC in February 2014, after he lost the presidential election of 2007 on the platform of the then Action Congress.

While he was in the PDP, he also declared his intention to contest for the Presidency in 2011 but lost to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Gov. Bello Orders Contractor To Fix Minna Water Works

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,
Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello

The Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello, has ordered the management of the state Water Board and the contractor handling the repairs of Chanchaga Water Works, Minna, to fix it.

He gave the order after inspecting four electric motors imported from Germany to boost water supply to Minna, the state capital, at the premises of the water facility in Chanchaga.

The governor directed the water board and the contractor to double their efforts, work all round the clock and ensure taps are running with water without further delay.

“We have no time to waste. We must fix this water plant and I am not ready to take any excuse from anybody for further delay in fixing this place.

“We must ensure regular and adequate water supply in the state. With the delivery of these electric motors and the locally refurbished high and low lift pumps, the contractor and his men must work 24/7 and fix this place.

“I am taking this water issue personal and I will be coming here to inspect progress made, even at an odd time.

“So anybody that has a problem with fixing this place is permitted to go. We must fix this water plant”, the governor reassured.

He then assured residents of other major cities in the state that the government was committed to ensuring that all the water works are functional and are meeting the need of the people.

“We are moving to Bida, Kontagora and Suleja very soon. So we are going to expedite work on this Minna Water Works to enable us move to other towns”, the governor assured.

Earlier, the contractor handling the project, Mr. Outare Kokobissi, assured the governor that with the arrival of the electric motors and the refurbished pumps and residents of Minna will soon be relieved of lack of portable water.

He promised to work round the clock to ensure delivery.

Babangida: Two Party System Best For Nigerian Politics

Babangida: Two Party System Best For Nigerian PoliticsFormer Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), has said that the two party system remains the best option for Nigerian politics.

General Babangida said his long time suggestion about the practice of a two party system was gradually coming to fore in the nation’s politics.

He made the remarks when he received the Strategy and Inter-Party Affairs Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), chaired by Professor Jerry Gana at his residence in Minna, the Niger State capital.

“In 1999 when I was advocating for a two party system, some of my colleagues came to me asking why I am for a two party system and I told them the good thing about a two party system is that it provides a choice, which is the first essence of democracy,” the former Military President stated.

According to him, the PDP can rule for 60 years if they put their house in order, and it is the only political party whose presence has been felt, known and accepted by Nigerians.

“PDP’s presence is felt not only in Abuja or Lagos, but down to the lowest level, if you go to the grassroots, the ordinary man will talk about PDP.

“That is the asset the party has and can use to come back on board. Already it is accepted and known and all you have to do is to work on this,” he said.

In his remarks, Professor Gana described General Babangida as a leader who sees ahead of the politics of Nigeria by advocating for a two party system.

“If only Nigerians had accepted your move for a two party system, we would have gone far now because gradually the nation is moving towards a two party system,” he said.

The PDP chieftain challenged the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government on the need to allow a healthy opposition.

“In democracy, it is healthy to allow political parties to develop. PDP is not a nuisance to the people, we are not a threat, we are very essential partner to government.

“We offer alternatives that will allow the people the right to choose. We want to be allowed to play a formidable opposition,” he stated, adding that the PDP was ready and willing to take over government.

Professor Gana was accompanied by Ambassador Aminu Wali, Dr. Raymond Dopesi, Mr Tom Ikimi, Mr Jide Adeniji and Mr Mohammed Imam.

Others are Honorable Emeka Ihedioha, Professor Rufai Alkali, Mr Abubakar Tanko, former Governor Babangida Aliyu and members of the Niger State PDP Executives.

The delegation presented a report of its recommendations of the committee to the former Military President.

Supreme Court Affirms Bello As Niger State Governor

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,The Supreme Court on Friday in Abuja upheld the election of Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello.

The court declared that the case by a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mustapha Babangida, lacked merit.

In the judgement delivered by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, the appellant did not participate in the election, even though he is an APC card-carrying member.

Mr Babangida had asked the apex court to nullify the election of Governor Bello and called for a fresh election.

He earlier dragged the APC to the Federal High Court in Minna, claiming among other reliefs that the party was biased and that the governor’s emergence as the APC flag bearer was null and void.

Ruling on the case with Suit No. FHC/Minna/255/2015 and dated February 3, 2016, Justice Onnoghen said after considering the issues, citing the case of Audu and Nyako and Section 87 sub-section 9 of the Electoral Act, 2010, the appellant did not participate, neither did he fail in the elections.

The CJN prepared the lead judgement and mandated the presiding judge, Justice Kumai Bayang Akaahs, to read the judgement, saying the appellant had no right to take the matter to court.

Counsel to the appellant, Mohammed Mohammed, called for an amendment of Section 87 of the Electoral Act which denied his client the right to sue, while counsel to the respondent, Yunus Usman, hailed the ruling of the apex court.

Briefing journalists on the judgement, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Nasara Danmallam, said the legal battle is over.

The commissioner further called on Mr Babangida to join Governor Bello in moving Niger State forward.

My Advice On Govt. Matters Will Be Confidential – Atiku

Atiku Abubakar, Ibrahim Babangida, Niger, GovernmentA Former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday said his advice on government matters will now be confidential and not for public consumption.

Mr Abubakar made the declaration after a closed door meeting with former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), which lasted for two hours in Minna, the Niger State capital.

He noted that any advice that needs to be given to the government would be given confidentially, describing the use of media to advice the government as a great disservice.

“If I have to advise (the) government, I will advise them in confidence because I was in government before. My advice will not be on the pages of newspapers,” he said.

The former vice president, however, noted on the state of the nation that was not the duty of an individual to restructure Nigeria, adding that “It is up to Nigerians to decide on the restructuring of Nigeria”.

On his mission to Minna, he explained that the purpose of his visit was to greet the former president on his return from his medical vacation abroad.

“I came to visit General Babangida and to wish him well since he returned from medical vacation abroad,” he said.

Mr Abubakar, who arrived at the Minna Airport in his private aircraft, was received by the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello.

He then proceeded to the Uphill residence of the former military leader where the meeting took place.

Governor Bello, Mourners Offer Prayers For Late Kure

Abdulkadir Kure, Governor Bello, Mourners Offer Prayers For Late KureNiger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, on Monday led a group of mourners in prayers at the residence of late Mr Abdulkadir Kure.

Mr Kure, who died on Sunday at a hospital in Germany, was a former governor of Niger State in north-central Nigeria.

Multitude of sympathisers stormed the deceased’s residence for series of prayers at the Government Reserved Area (GRA) in Minna, the state’s capital.

The prayers were kick started by a league of Islamic leaders led by the Chief Imam of Minna, Sheikh Ibrahim Abu Fari.

Governor Sani Bello led the entire State Executive Council while officers of the 31 Artillery Brigade and Training Doctrine Command (TRADOC) of the Nigerian Army in Minna were also there to pay tribute to the departed former governor.

The event was witnessed by former military president, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Niger State Deputy Governor, Mr Ahmed Ketso, as well as some lawmakers including Senator Philip Aduda, Senator Bala Ibn Na Allah and Honourable Abdullahi Mahmud.

Members of the State Executive Council during the eight-year administration of late Kure were also in attendance.

Saraki Harps On Needed Investment In Nigeria’s Human Resources

Saraki Canvasses Review of Procurement Laws To Cushion RecessionNigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has called for greater investments in human resources, which he described as the greatest assets of the country regardless of the nation’s abundant mineral and material resources.

At a night of recognition and dinner in honour of 72 graduates of Kwara origin who bagged first class in their studies, tagged, ‘Kwara Class of Honours’, Dr Saraki said human resources in Nigeria had not received sufficient investments and encouragement.

Future Of Nigeria

The former Kwara State governor commended the beneficiaries for their determination, commitment, patience and academic exploits.

He reiterated that the youths were the future of Nigeria and urged Nigerian students to aim for excellence and be good ambassadors of their alma mater after graduation.

“We have a lot of resources. You talk about oil, solid minerals and others, but we spend less time on human resources which is the most important.

“What you have in front of us is worth more than many barrels of oils and worth more than many carats of gold,” the Senate president observed.

The 73 firstclass beneficiaries graduated from public and private universities across Nigeria which included, University of Lagos, University of Ilorin, University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ahmadu Bello University, Federal University, Minna, Kwara State University, Covenant University, Bowen University and Afe Babalola University.

 

Cattle Rustling: Police Deploy 500 Men To Shiroro LG, Niger State

Cattle Rustling: Police Deploy 500 Men To Shiroro LG, Niger StateThe Niger State Police Command on Thursday intensified its fight against cattle rustling in parts of the state with the deployment of additional 500 men in areas identified as dangerous points.

In a press briefing in Minna, the Commissioner of Police, Mu’azu Zubairu, said that the men would strengthen the joint task force team already on ground in Alawa, Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.

Cattle rustlers had re-launched what security agencies in the state referred to as “major offensive”, especially in Shiroro communities with 11 deaths from two attacks.

CP Muazu said that the bandits were fleeing military offensive in Zamafara state and are taking refuge in forests bordering Kaduna and Zamfara states.

He said the Police had decided to take the battle to the rustlers with the deployment of three units which include counter-terrorism, anti-cattle rustling and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Muazu said that the state was rid of cattle rustling, kidnapping and armed robbery following a major onslaught against them by men of the command in conjunction with the military, but that the bandits just recently started “finding their way into the state again”.

“Six people were killed in Kukoki community last Monday, while five lives were lost in Gbada, all of Shiroro Local Government Area with undisclosed number of cattle rustled,” he explained.

He said that following the development, residents of communities across the affected local government areas have fled their homes for fear of attack, with many residing in Pandogari town.

Addressing the troops at the command headquarters, the Commissioner of Police urged them to rid the affected forests of the criminals, while also observing the rule of engagement.

He said that men of the command were battle ready for the task at hand.

Niger State Govt. Declares Emergency On Health Sector

Niger State Govt. Declares Emergency On Health SectorWorried by the state of health facilities in the state, the Niger state government on Thursday declared a state of emergency on the health sector with a view to repositioning the sector for better service delivery.

To this end, it has earmarked the sum of two billion Naira to upgrade five out of the 16 general hospitals in the state which have been left unattended to for the past ten years in the first phase of the project.

Briefing journalists after the State Executive Council meeting in Minna, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mustapha Jibrin, said that the government inherited what he called “moribund” health facilities across the state from the immediate past administration in the state.

He disclosed that the immediate past government in the state expended well over N5billion to build three general hospital in Gulu, Nasko and Wuse areas of the state, but only the one in Wuse was functional.

Those that will benefit from the first phase of the hospital rehabilitation project include the Suleja, Kontagora, Mokwa, Kagara and Minna general hospitals, while all the remaining ones would be attended to in the second phase of the project.

The Commissioner further disclosed that following the inadequate health personnel in the state-owned hospitals, and to ensure quick service delivery, the state government has employed an additional 40 medical doctors, 70 nurses and 10 hospital workers since the inception of the present administration.

He described the current situation where one doctor attends to nine patients as unacceptable.

He said that the state government has approved the immediate payment of the 100% salary structure for all categories of all health workers being enjoyed by their counterpart in other states across the country.