Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has announced the appointment of Bariatu Mohammed as the new Head of Service in the state.
Mrs Mohammed succeeded Alisabatu Dada-Onazi who retired from service on December 31, 2016.
Governor El-Rufai commended the retired Head of Service for her hard work and foresight in driving ongoing reforms in the Kaduna State Civil Service.
He said the government was indebted to her for her resilience towards the success of the staff verification exercise, which he said laid the foundation for the reforms of the service.
Meanwhile, Mrs Mohammed’s appointment was announced in a statement issued on Friday by the governor’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan.
The new Head of Service, who hails from Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area, joined the state civil service on August 7, 1984.
She rose to the rank of Permanent Secretary on April 1, 2012.
Until her elevation, Mrs Mohammed was at various times permanent secretary at the Public Service Office, Bureau of Establishments, Management Services and Training, as well as office of the Head of Service.
About 31 people have been killed and several others injured, as gunmen attacked four communities in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
The fresh attacks came just a day after the launching of public apology billboard by the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai signaling the return of peace and an end to the frequent conflicts between Fulani Herdsmen and natives of Southern part of the state.
Eyewitness account reports that the gunmen invaded the four communities, Ungwan Rimi, Kitakum, Ungwan Magaji and Kigam all in Kauru LGA, on Sunday night, shooting people and burning down houses And farmlands. An indigene of the area told our correspondent on telephone that the entire communities have been deserted as people flee from their homes for fear of being caught up in the attack.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government has confirmed the incident, describing it as barbaric and unfortunate. A statement issued by spokesman for the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, Mr Samuel Aruwan maintains that the attacks in the four communities will not derail or disrupt the ongoing peace-building effort of the state government in the area.
The statement while condemning the latest attacks that have claimed lives of innocent citizens, also condoles with the families of those that have been affected, assuring them that government will not give up in its effort to secure lives and property of the citizens.
The state government described the killings as barbaric conduct by people who are opposed to peaceful and harmonious living by communities.
According to the statement, “These sad events and the terrible toll in lives taken only reinforces the urgent need for peace-building and enhancing security in the area”.
The government assures that as it continues to work on security enhancements, it will also keep pursuing peace-building, resolving conflicts through dialogue between communities as a panacea for sustainable peace and development in the affected areas.
Mr Aruwan assures that emergency relief for survivors has been ordered along with enhanced security.
“The government sympathizes with families that lost their loved ones and properties. The Governor prays for the repose of their souls and wishes those that sustained injuries speedy recovery.
“The Kaduna State Security Council has received preliminary reports of the attacks and ordered full scale investigation in to the matter. It has taken further measures to curtail threats to peace in the area.
“However, the government has directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to provide with immediate effect relief materials to the displaced persons in the communities.’’
Residents of Gbagyi Villa Community in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State are protesting against a plan by the State government to demolish their buildings.
The government claims the buildings were illegally erected on a parcel of land belonging to Kaduna polytechnic.
The residents, comprising of men, women and even children embarked on a peaceful demonstration on Thursday morning, demanding that the planned demolition should be suspended.
With placards they sang anti-government songs, as they marched along the roads to show their anger.
They claimed to be in possession of all relevant documents that gave them the right to occupy the land, insisting that the planned demolition was illegal and inhuman.
According to them, the land in question had been a source of dispute between them and the polytechnic due to the fact that the native owners were not duly settled to enable them transfer complete ownership to the institution.
The Chairman Gbagyi Community, Chris Obodumu, claimed that late Governor Patrick Yahowa in 2011 resolved the dispute and amicably demarcated the boundary between the two parties.
Reacting to the protest, spokesman for the state governor, Mr Samuel Aruwan, explained that the planned demolition was “to restore the land back to the rightful owner – the Kaduna Polytechnic”.
He stated that some people deliberately encroached into the portion of land belonging to the polytechnic even when they knew where the boundary was.
According to him, as the municipal authority in which all land in the state is vested upon, the government was again approached in 2015 by the Kaduna Polytechnic requesting action to preserve their title.
Although none of the residents have presented their land titles to the relevant government agency, Aruwan said the government was ready to recognise and protect every proven title to land.
Gbagyi Villa Community shares boundaries with Kaduna Polytechnic and Ungwar Romi, along the eastern bye-pass.
Both the Gbagyi Villa land and that of the polytechnic were formally one piece of land before a part of it was acquired by the latter many years ago.
In recent time, some people were said to have encroached into the land and erected their structures there without approval from either the state government or the polytechnic management.
The owners of the houses have been served a notice of eviction through KASUPDA, after which they will be demolished.
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.
Pending when the bulldozers will move in, the residents demand that a committee be set up by the state governor to investigate all issues and transactions relating to the land.
They also called on Governor Nasir El-Rufai to consider the recommendation of the white paper of the Yakowa’s administration not to demolish lands belonging to the Gbayi people.
They said that the polytechnic community was not laying claim to the same land and wondered what the interest of the Kaduna State government on the matter was.
According to them, the plan to demolish their buildings rubbishes all efforts and procedures that had sustained the peace and unity in their community over the years.