Demolition Of Kaduna APC Factional Secretariat Not Political, Govt Insists

Kaduna State Commissioner of Finance, Suleimon Kwali

 

The Kaduna State Government has once again defended the demolition of a factional secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

The Commissioner of Finance in the State, Mr Suleiman Kwari, dismissed the claim in some quarters that Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s administration simply clamped down on the building out of political motives.

“It is not to say that politics is what has led to this situation,” he said having appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.

Kwali, however, reiterated the vision of the state government in getting rid of substandard structures that could attract street hawking among several other activities in the state.

He explained that the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency (KASUPDA) is vested with the powers to ensure that the purpose for which land is allocated to someone is being served rather than an entirely different purpose.

“This is actually a way of executing the mandate of the agency,” the commissioner said.

“It is towards this that whatever land is allocated, the allottee develops such land within the allowed limits of development and all lands allocations are tied to specifics.

“Specific ways of executing the construction, specific requirements in terms of what one should be doing to ensure that land that is allotted to him remains his own which includes the payment of ground rent or the land use charge,” he added.

The state government has come under heavy criticism following the pulling down of the building located at 11B Sambo close in the state capital on Tuesday.

APC’s factional secretariat was opened after the suspension of the Senator representing Kaduna north district, Suleiman Hunkuyi and expulsion of 28 other members for anti-party activities.

In its reaction, the faction described the demolition as ‘a deliberate act of terror,’ saying it showed the intolerance against the opposition by Governor El-rufai.

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.

Kaduna Govt. Awards 1.7 Billion Naira For Expansion of Zaria Water Project

kaduna stateThe Kaduna State Government has awarded 1.7 billion naira contract for the rehabilitation and expansion of Zaria water distribution network.

The Commissioner for Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman Lere, who disclosed this to journalists after the weekly State Executive Council (SEC) meeting, said the project was awarded to two construction firms.

He stated that the contracts include rehabilitation and replacement of some of the old pipes, construction of 7.3 kilometre transmission lines, construction of 10 reservoirs of six million litres each, construction of three bolster stations, among other projects.

He further explained that the water project, when completed, is expected to deliver about 150 million litres of water daily to Zaria and neighboring semi-urban areas.

According to him, the project is intended to alleviate and address the issue of perennial shortage of water for domestic, commercial and industrial purposes within the area.

The Zaria water project which commenced in 1999, has gulped more than 15 billion Naira so far, but the present administration says it is determined to complete the project within the shortest possible time.

Also during the meeting, the Council approved the sum of 900 million Naira for the procurement of 109 Toyota patrol vehicles for the various security agencies in the state.

The Commissioner for Finance, Suleiman Kwari, disclosed that the money was sourced from Zenith Bank as loan, and will be repaid within 42 months with an interest rate of 30 million naira.

The Commissioner explained that the procurement of the vehicles is to support security agencies in the fight against crime in the state.