Kaduna Fuel Scarcity: DPR Enforces N86.50k, Seals Five Stations

DPR - Kaduna - Fuel ScarcityThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed five petrol stations in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

The closure of the stations in the Kaduna metropolis was as a result of hoarding and selling petrol above the official pump price of N86.50K per litre.

The DPR officials took the operators of the petrol stations unawares on Monday following complaints by motorists that they were selling a litre of petrol between 180 to 200 Naira per litre.

In other places visited by the officials of the agency, they forced the petrol station operators to revert to the government approved price.

The Assistant Controller of DPR, Kaduna Zone, Musa Tambawal, who led the operation, said that the agency had begun daily monitoring of petrol stations across the state in order to ensure that they sell at the official pump price.

He added that many retail outlets have complied with the directive, stressing that the agency has also directed its surveillance team to go round and enforce compliance.

The DPR official also announced that daily delivery of trucks loaded with petrol into Kaduna State has improved from 10 trucks to about 20 trucks per day, believing that the long queues would disappear within a short period as soon as more trucks arrive.

However, in spite of the assurances by DPR, the petrol scarcity is still affecting socio-economic activities in Kaduna State.

Residents complained that the cost of transportation as a result of the situation has deterred them from moving around for their daily businesses either with public transportation or their private vehicles.

They called on the DPR and other relevant agencies in the oil and gas sector to intensify their surveillance on the sales of petrol across Kaduna State.

Some motorists complained that black marketers have also taken over the major roads and streets to sell the product at exorbitant prices.

They lamented that a four-litre gallon of petrol now sells at 1,200 Naira, but unfortunately they have no choice but to buy from them to sustain their businesses.

Kaduna: El-Rufai Tasks Council Chairmen On Good Governance

Nasir El-Rufai - Kaduna StateGovernor Nasir El-Rufai has asked the interim council chairmen in Kaduna State to be good ambassadors of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) in their respective areas.

The Kaduna State Governor gave the advice during the inauguration of the interim council chairmen of 23 Local Government Councils at the Government House Kaduna, northwest Nigeria.

He urged the newly sworn-in council chairmen to work for the grassroots in line with their party manifestos.

While cautioning them not to engage in religious or ethnic sentiments in performing their duties, Governor El-Rufai admonished them to use their new positions to unite the people of the state, and also provide good leadership for the residents.

He also warned them to be wary of the elements of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who he said would only want to pull them down, asking them to work only with change elements who are committed to making Kaduna State great again.

Congratulating the new chairmen on their appointments, the Governor reminded them of the difficult tasks ahead of them, since they are coming on board at the time when the resources of government is dwindling, asking them to perform and change the face of their council areas in spite of that.

He also warned them not to impose any kind of tax on the residents in their respective councils, saying that only officials of the Kaduna State Internal Revenue Services are expected to collect taxes and remit what is due to each local government.

Governor El-Rufai added that anyone caught collecting revenue in cash would be prosecuted.

Speaking on behalf of the newly sworn-in council chairmen, the Chairman of Giwa LGA, Abdullahi Garba, promised that they would deliver the APC campaign promises in the grassroots.

Meanwhile, the PDP has criticised the inauguration of the new caretaker chairmen which faults the appointment instead of conducting election into the 23 council areas in Kaduna State.

President of Kaduna PDP Youth Patriotic Front, Danjuma Seriki, lamented that the governor had failed to keep the promise he made during the 2015 governorship campaigns to conduct local government election within the first three months of his administration.

He maintained that by failing to conduct the local government election since assuming office, both Governor El-Rufai and the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission have violated Section 1(2), Section 7(1) and Section 8 of the 1999 Constitution which provides: “The system of Local Government by democratically elected Local Government Councils”.

The appointment of the new interim chairmen is sequel to the expiration of the previous ones who were appointed on July 6, 2015 by the Kaduna State Governor.

Nigerian Army Officer Kidnapped In Kaduna

nigerian armyA senior Army officer serving at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji in Kaduna State, Colonel Samaila Inusa, has been abducted by kidnappers.

The Deputy Director, Public Relations of the One Mechanised Division, Colonel Usman Abdul, disclosed this on Sunday in the Nigeria’s northwest state.

Colonel Abdul said that the Army officer was abducted from his car around Kamazo area, near refinery junction in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The abductors intercepted the officer’s personal car, and later dropped off his wife before leaving with him as they travelled along the Abuja-Kaduna road.

NLC, TUC Protest Verification Policy By Kaduna Govt.

NLC, TUC Protest Verification Policy By Kaduna Govt.Civil servants in Kaduna State have shunned their offices in protest against the new verification exercise introduced by the state government mandating them to indicate if they want to be part of a labour union or not.

In their hundreds, they converged on the state NLC secretariat on Wednesday with representatives of affiliate unions and civil society organisations to hold a mini rally in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

They condemned what they described as the deliberate attempt by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to enslave them and destabilise unionism in the state public service.

The workers under the umbrella of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) alleged that most of them had not been paid salaries for about eight months.

Speaking in company of the TUC President, Bobbi Kaigama, and a rights activist, Festus Okoye; the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, explained that one of the columns in the form required workers to indicate whether they wanted to belong to a union or not.

He added that the new directive was strange to them.

“It contravenes the labour laws concerning to employees/employers condition of service,” he said.

Also at the rally was the former NLC Vice President, Issa Aremu, who said that the organised labour would use all legal means at their disposal to ensure that the new policy does not stand, maintaining that the governor had no right to meddle into labour affairs.

Reacting to the protest, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Finance, Suleiman Kwari, said that the exercise was aimed at ascertaining the true number of its workforce and not targeted to destabilise the unions.

He explained that there was nothing wrong with the government asking the workers to indicate if they wanted to belong to a union or not since it was optional to do so.

The commissioner also disclosed that those who were being owed salaries had issues with their documentation.

The Kaduna State has given the workers till Monday, March 28, to fill and return the forms and has vowed to apply sanctions against defaulters.

Shiite Leader Debunks Human Rights Abuse Claims

kaduna-ShiiteOne of the leaders of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Abdulmumi Giwa, has denied allegations of human rights abuse levelled against their members by residents of Zaria.

Speaking in an interview on Tuesday, Mr Giwa described the allegation by the Gyullesu elders as a propaganda sponsored by government.

He said the government was using the claims to justify the killings of innocent members of the movement, popularly known as Shiite, and to distract the attention of the public over the recent incident.

The Shiite frontrunner also said the claims were mere lie.

The leader of the group, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, had lived with Gyallesu residents happily, despite attempts by security operatives to cause disharmony at various times.

Residents of Gyellesu Community in Zaria, Kaduna State in northwest Nigeria, had called on the Federal Government to ban the group, alleging that its members harass and intimidate innocent people in the area.

Citing alleged hardship caused by the sect in the last 20 years, the Zaria residents warned that the Shiite group, if allowed to continue to exist, could pose a security threat to the state and ultimately the nation.

Shiite Claims Military Killed At Least 500

Shiite Alleges Military Kills At Least 500Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly known as Shiite, have claimed that at least 500 of their colleagues have allegedly been killed by soldiers.

The group blamed the Army authorities for the loss of lives in Zaria, Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria and called on the international community and human rights groups to probe the killings.

The President of the Media Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibrahim Musa, told Channels Television that the soldiers also destroyed the house of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky, located in Gyellesu area in Zaria.

Describing the killings as unjustifiable, Musa said the soldiers had cordoned off the area and were laying siege within Zakzaky’s premises.

The Second-in-Command to the group’s leader, Sheik Muhammad Turi and the group’s spokesman, Ibrahim Usman, were said to have been shot by soldiers in front of Zakzaky’s residence on Sunday morning.

The latest development is said to have created apprehension in the ancient city, as most residents have remained indoors for fear of further violence.