Governor El-Rufai Presents 2016 Budget

el-rufaiKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has presented the budget of the state for 2016. 

El-Rufai presented the budget during a town hall meeting with indigenes of the state. The budget is 166 billion Naira.

According to the Governor, the aim of the meeting was to subject the budget to public scrutiny, whereby the people would make their inputs before the bill is finally presented to the House of Assembly for consideration in December.

The budget, which has 104 billion Naira for capital expenditure and 62 billion Naira recurrent, was presented to the stakeholders drawn from the three senatorial zones of the state.

Addressing the gathering, Governor El-Rufai decried a situation where huge annual budgets were approved in the past without being implemented, leaving a legacy of abandoned projects.

The Governor, while promising to put the citizens first in all his actions, said that the present administration remained determined to make the state great again by initiating projects and policies that would impact positively on their lives.

Governor El-Rufai said that the proposed budget would give special attention to programmes that would in turn create more jobs for the citizens, improve social infrastructure and ensure adequate security in the state.

Some of the programmes include; interventions in school feeding, planting of economic trees and waste collection, which are expected to create no fewer than 200,000 jobs.

The Governor also maintained that 2016 will have a significant shift from spending much resources on government officials, to providing infrastructure and services to citizens.

Consequently, he explained that the budget would restore the 60:40 ratio in favour of capital expenditure, as against the former system whereby recurrent expenditure got the higher allocation.

Obiano Unveils New Empowerment Scheme, Court Building

governor obianoAnambra state governor, Willie Obiano, has inaugurated the State’s Skill Acquisition and Empowerment Scheme, at the Technology Incubation Center, Nnewi.

For the first batch of the programme, 500 youths selected from the 21 local government areas of the state have been engaged to take part in trainings.

The trainees who will be spending between three weeks and two months will receive training in Information Communication Technology, spare parts fabrication, fishery, production of beverages, cosmetics and various types of detergents among other things.

Governor Obiano, in a similar development commissioned the customary court in Nnewi where he said that he had already perfected plans for the construction of world standard High Courts in the three senatorial zones of the state.

At the Technology Incubation Center, Nnewi, North Local Government Area of Anambra state, 500 trainees took the oath of allegiance towards total commitment to the training they will receive in various fields of endeavour.

In his address, Obiano recalled that another batch of 500 youths were being trained on automobile manufacturing, at Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing company.

While commending the state governor for donating a 300 KVA transformer for the institute, the manager of the center enjoined the beneficiaries to take full advantage of the rare opportunity offered them by the state to improve their economic self reliance.

School children brightened up the day with cultural dance, and the impressive state anthem rendition performed by Master Onyebuchi Osuma attracted a scholarship award from the governor to cater for his primary to tertiary education.

After the empowerment programme, the governor and his entourage moved over to the court premises at Ugwuochi Amichi in Nnewi South Local Government Area, for the commissioning of the new Customary Court Complex built by the state government.

The President of the Customary Court of Appeal in Anambra, Mr. Samuel Okoye, said the commissioning of the customary court was the beginning of infrastructural transformation for customary courts in the entire state.

Yobe Residents Ask Reconciliation Cmte’ To Unveil Sponsors Of Boko Haram

Residents in Yobe state at an interactive session with the presidential committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of security challenges in the north have asked the committee to identify and unveil sponsors of Boko Haram.

An elder statesman, Khalifa Hassan Yusuf, who made the call for unveiling sponsors of the group asked why Nigerians “are still in the dark” on sponsors of the group.

According to him, apart from revealing who the sponsors are, Nigerians and the whole world are keen to know where and how sophisticated firearms are in circulation or in use by various hoodlums for their various operations across the country.

“Several arrests have been made since the commencement of the insurgency, lots of revelations have been uncovered, caches of arms have been recovered, yet Nigerians and the whole world are yet to know those behind the Boko Haram insurgency” he lamented.

The elder statesman also challenged the committee to verify and tell Nigerians which countries, groups or individuals are supplying AK47, Rapid Propel Grenade (RPG) among other weapons to the group.

Another Damaturu elder, Alhaji Mohammadu Gombe, lamented on the colossal loss of lives and property since the attacks on people in Damaturu and Maiduguri.

He process solicited assistance for groups and individuals who suffered losses as a result of the attack, while urging the federal government to bring culprits to book. He also alleged that some highly placed individuals must be involved in the dastard act.

Other speakers called on parents, religious groups and organisations to preach and inculcate good morals in the minds of their followers, warning that without it religious tolerance will continue to deteriorate and have adverse effects on the peace and progress of the country.

While commending the President for constituting the committee, participants at the session also called on the committee to be objective and to ensure that lasting peace is achieved at the end of their assignment.

The Committee Chairman and Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs; Kabiru Tanimu Turaki assured participants that the committee will be fair and diligent in the course of its assignment pointing out that tremendous progress is being made in the quest for peace.

Stakeholders and participants were drawn from the Jamatul Nasir Islam (JNI) the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) traditional rulers, various political, tribal, religious and social groups as well as trade unions among other interest groups.


Three PDP Senatorial Zones Protest The Return Of Orji Kalu

The entire PDP from the three senatorial zones of Abia State has staged a protest march to the government house in Umuahia against the reported return of former Governor Orji Kalu, to the party.

The protesters numbering over thousands marched round the government house in Umuahia, in protest against any move to re-admit the former governor into the party.

Carrying Placards with inscriptions that read ‘’OUK means confusion “Abia grassroots say no to the return of Orji Uzor Kalu to PDP’’,’’PDP Igbere ward A: Orji Uzor Kalu is not our member’’ among others.

According to Emma Ukwu-Rocks (Abia north), the peace and unity in Abia should be sustained as it has provided infrastructural development and cordial relationship with the Federal Government stating that the wishes of the party faithful in the state should be the priority of the national party secretariat.

Receiving the protesters on behalf of Governor Theodore Orji, the Deputy Governor Emeka Ananaba thanked them for the peaceful manner they conducted themselves and promised to convey their message to the governor.