Shehu Sani Attacks El-Rufai Over Demolition Of Factional APC Secretariat

 

The Senator Representing Kaduna Central at the Red Chambers, Shehu Sani, on Tuesday took a swipe at the state Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator condemned the demolition of the new APC faction secretariat, a building belonging to Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi.

The group opened the secretariat at 11B Sambo close in the state capital last week Thursday due to irreconcilable differences with the main party leadership.

Coming under a point of order, Senator Sani said he wonders why Governor El-Rufai a democratically elected governor would demolish a building without notice.

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He said further that the demolition is coming a year after the residence of the Vice Chairman of APC, North West Zone was allegedly demolished by Governor El-Rufai.

The Senate during the plenary also condemned the demolition of the building which was reportedly demolished in the early hours of today under the supervision of soldiers.

Explaining the reasons behind the demolition, the State Urban Planning and Development Agency (KAPSUDA) said the building was removed for “flagrant violations of land use and non-payment of ground rent since 2010.”

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KAPSUDA’s Director-General, Ibrahim Husseini said the move was facilitated with assistance from sister agencies aimed at restoring “order” across the state.

“This morning a building on 11B Sambo Close was removed for flagrant violations of land use and non-payment of ground rent since 2010.

The Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency (KAPSUDA is currently undertaking operations across Kaduna metropolis in compliance with its mandate,” he said.

Senator Hunkuyi however pointed accusing finger at Governor El-Rufai. He alleged that the Governor El Rufai personally led the demolition of the property.

NPC Proposes 222bn Naira For Census In 2018

Census, NPCThe National Population Commission (NPC) has proposed a budget of 222 billion Naira to conduct a fresh national census in 2018.

The Chairman of the commission, Mr Eze Duruiheoma, announced the budget proposal at a meeting with the Senate Committee on Population and Identity Card.

The lawmakers on Monday made an oversight visit to the NPC Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Duruiheoma noted that the proposed sum would be used to enhance the conduct of a technology-based census using the Direct Data Capture machine.

On his part, the Chairman of the committee, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, acknowledged that 2018 was the most ideal year to conduct a census before the general elections.

He, however, said that President Muhammadu Buhari would have to give a proclamation first.

The legislator also noted that the budget was huge in the face of Nigeria’s recession and urged the commission to employ other sources of funding once the President assents the budget.

The committee equally probed the application of the NPC’s 4.4 billion Naira 2016 budgetary allocation and its uncompleted permanent site, ten years after the contract was awarded.

Senate Asks Buhari To Conduct Census In 2018

Senate, Legislature, Aliyu Abdullahi,The Nigerian Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to issue a proclamation for a population and housing census to be held in 2018.

Moving the motion on the floor of the Senate, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi expressed displeasure with the inability to conduct the exercise this year due to inadequate funding.

The lawmakers directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the National Population Commission and other relevant agencies to make adequate provision in the 2018 budget as a critical prerequisite towards the proposed 2018 population census.

The last time Nigeria held a census was in 2006 and that exercise was steeped in controversy with allegations of fraud.

Many Nigerians complained of being left out of the exercise as well as boycotts, protests and enumerators complaining of not being paid for their work.

Regardless of these complaints, federal lawmakers are mindful of the importance of census to national planning and have asked the executive to abide by the recommendation of the United Nations that census be conducted every 10 years.

Some of the lawmakers also stressed the need for the provision of funds in the 2017 budget to aid planning for the census.

To address concerns of irregularities, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, asked relevant agencies to take advantage of the development in technology to conduct a credible census exercise.

The Senate also asked relevant committees to join the Federal Government in the planning towards the forthcoming population census to achieve a credible exercise.