Kaduna Traditional Rulers Pledges To Support El-Rufai’s Administration

Traditional rulers in Kaduna state have pledged to give all the necessary support to the state governor Malam Nasiru Elrufai to continue discharging his duty diligently while running the affairs of the state to achieve the desired objective.

The Emir of Zazzau, who is also the Chairman of Kaduna State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Shehu Idris stated this when he led traditional rulers to government house Kaduna to congratulate governor Elrufai for his reelection.

“On behalf of Kaduna state Council of chiefs, we expressed our gratitude to Almighty Allah for given you and your Deputy victory at the just concluded governorship election”

Alhaji Shehu Idris explained that, in the last four years, people of Kaduna state were aware with the developmental projects executed by Elrufai administration which according to him they gave him another mandate to serve.

The Emir also expressed satisfaction on how the election was conducted peacefully in most parts of the country, saying that it was a clear indication that Nigerians understand the process and knowledge of democracy without any violence.

Responding, Governor Elrufai commended the traditional rulers for their tremendous effort toward ensuring peaceful elections.

Malam Elrufai told the traditional rulers that all the policies implemented by his administration were executed with good intention with a view to engendering development in the state and  not to witch hunt any one.

He gave an assurance that; his administration would continue to work assiduously to better the lives of people of the state.

“We are ready to work and move the state forward,” he said.

Elrufai called on the people of the state not to allow religious sentiment to cause division among them and promised to carry everyone along towards the development and progress of Kaduna.

“We should be united, tolerate one another and be at peace with one another,” he said

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El-Rufai: Atiku Could Only Win Kaduna In His Dreams

Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai on Friday said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar’s claim that he won the presidential election in Kaduna State, could only happen in his dreams.

He spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa to show that he was alive against the rumour of his involvement in car accident.

Reacting to the PDP’s claims of winning election in his state, he said: “Well, I heard about that. Initially, I thought it was a joke and when I checked I saw clearly that he said he won Kaduna. It must be in his dreams.

“Let me say this without any fear of contradiction, since President Buhari started contesting for the presidency since 2003, he has never lost Kaduna.

“So, PDP has never won elections in Kaduna from 2003, even with a sitting governor in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.

“It has never happened. I don’t know what will happen that Atiku will win Kaduna in this election this time.

“He lost Kaduna, he lost very badly, even though about 100,000 votes he claimed to have got were added because elections conducted without card reader in some parts of the state, that’s how he even got up to the 400,000 that he got.

“He has lost Kaduna, he will always lose Kaduna. He will lose Kaduna 10 more times because he has never won Kaduna in any presidential elections.”

When reminded the results were said to have come from the INEC server, he said: “Well, I don’t know about INEC server, it must be Atiku’s server.

“I don’t know about INEC server, we don’t know how they had access to it. They will tell us during the tribunal proceedings what is this server and how they got access to it and how they got their numbers.

“You do not go to court in an election petition by quoting INEC server or any other server. Anyone can create a server, I can go and buy it, it is a piece of equipment and call it INEC server.

“But that does not mean that it amounts to anything, we are guided by the electoral act and the evidence act and other enabling legislation and he has to proof his case.

“But anyone can make claims, we live in the age of fake news and fake claims. Anyone can make claims but you have to proof it,” he said

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FG Expresses Satisfaction Over Concession Of 30mw Gurara Hydropower Plant

The federal government has expressed satisfaction with the concessioning of the 30 megawatts (MW) Gurara hydropower plant located in Kaduna State.

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, disclosed this when he received the Full Business Case compliance (FBC) certificate from the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), in Abuja.

Adamu said that as soon the project concessioning gets the nod of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), it would be made public.

According to the minister: “With the experience that has been garnered from the concessioning of the Gurara hydropower plant, we are now set to accelerate the pace of engagement with the private partners for other available facilities.

“This issue of developing our hydropower is one of the key components of the broad map we developed in 2015. At that time, we realised that the potential of hydro power had not been exploited,” he said.

In his remarks, the ICRC Director General, Chidi Izuwah, noted that the Full Business Certificate compliance indicated that the ministry had completed all technical and financial transactions for the hydropower component of the dam to be concessioned.

Izuwah asserted that ICRC chose the North South Power Company as preferred bidder and Mainstream Energy Solutions as the reserved bidder, adding that it was in line with international best practices.

“The private sector has chosen capacity. Look at what the private sector has done in Shiroro and Jebba hydropower plants. When Shiriro was concessioned, it was doing barely 200 megawatts, today, it is doing 600 megawatts. The private sector has demonstrated capability in being able to unleash these facilities for the benefit of Nigerians. We need power; the concessionaire himself has shown commitment to see that this project commenced pledging to bring his own funds,” he said.

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House Urges Security Agents To End Kaduna Killings

The House of Representatives has called on the Security Agents to urgently bring to an end the spate of Killings and attacks in Kajuru Local Government of Kaduna State.

This resolution followed a motion on incessant Attacks and killings by armed bandits in Kajuru Local Government of Kaduna State.

In the motion by the Minority Whip of the House, Mr.Yakubu Garde, the House mandated its Committees on Security matters to carry out a thorough investigation on these crises with a view to unravelling the fundamental issues responsible for the unrest and proffer solutions for lasting peace in the area.

The House urged the National Emergency Management Agency to urgently move to the Communities with relief materials in order to alleviate the sufferings of the displaced families.

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Resign Now, El-Rufai Tells CJN Onnoghen

The Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai has urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen to step down from office.

El-Rufai, who made his views known on a Channels Television Programme, “Sunrise”, said:  ”All the arguments being made that the allegations against the CJN should first go to the National Judicial Council (NJC) are wrong.

“I presented a paper at the Bisi Akande Colloquium on restructuring. I believe that we should look at our federation. Constitutional restructuring is one thing, restructuring our minds to be objective about what is right is another.

“I am extremely sad about this Chief Justice matter; if I am the Chief Justice, and write and say, ‘yes I have these bank accounts but I did not declare them’, I will not even allow the CCB to file charges, I will resign there and then to protect the institution.

“The admission that I did not declare my assets, that infraction alone, is enough for him to step down and protect the institution. All these court orders and lawyers are not helping the judiciary or the legal practice and are not helping Nigeria.”

The governor said it was not obligatory for the President to know about the prosecution of any Nigerian, including the CJN.

He said: “Why should the President know about the prosecution of anyone? Let us please stop personalising institutions. Won’t you be worried if the President is worried about prosecution? Institutions should be allowed to function.

“I am the governor of Kaduna State. The constitution requires that I declare my assets before being sworn in. Also, the constitution states this specifically, in plain language. This is not law; we don’t need law to tell us this.

“I don’t have to know if the Attorney-General of Kaduna State goes and murder or rape someone, and the police arrest him; I don’t need to know. They should charge him to court. Institutions should be allowed to work, and we should stand up to protect the integrity of institutions.

“Saying that the President doesn’t know, I think it is a compliment to the president; it shows that he does not interfere with institutions and doesn’t get involved in it.

“What is right is right, and what is wrong is wrong; I think we should stand up for that, we should seize being ethnic and religious, otherwise this country will not go anywhere.

”The man has admitted that ‘I did not declare my asset, I forgot’. If the matter was simply that the Code of Conduct Bureau has made an allegation and filed charges in the tribunal, I will presume innocence, but I have seen a written statement by the Chief Justice saying that ‘…yes I have these accounts, yes I did not declare them, but I forgot’. Forgetting is not a defence in law.

“The constitution is very clear; if the matter has to do with Code of Conduct of public officers, the only court, the only tribunal vested with the power to consider the violations of that code is the Code of Conduct Tribunal. It can try anyone, including the President.

“The NJC is supposed to take petitions on the professional misconduct of Judges; if a Judge kills or steals, it is not NJC, it is the regular court. You cannot say the NJC is a self-appointed court, a special court that will first have to clear judges before they go to regular court.

”It is saying that Judges have immunity that the constitution has not contemplated. It is only the President and the governors that have immunity in the constitution.

“For me, that is not even the issue, the issue is this, the Code of Conduct for public office requires you to declare your assets – all of us, have you declared your assets? Yes! Have you declared all your assets? No, I have not! The Chief Justice has admitted it; his defence is ‘I have forgotten’, that is not a defence in law.”

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Kaduna APC Leaders Assure Buhari Of Over 90% Votes

Yusuf Bala, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, says the Southern Kaduna Senatorial District will give President Muhammadu Buhari over 90 per cent of their votes in the forthcoming presidential election.

Bala disclosed this after a delegation of All Progressives Congress (APC) had a closed door meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

He said that the delegation felicitated with the Federal Government and acknowledged the work it had done for the nation in the last three and a half years.

“Particularly as it affects the poor people who are 80 per cent voter-based and to assure the vice president that because of the much work that has been done; the next election is as good as delivered.

“We are here to say that by over 90 per cent, we will deliver the president and vice president in the next election as well as the governor and his deputy among others including myself the senatorial candidate for the zone.’’

The deputy governor said that Osinbajo had warmed himself into the hearts of many Nigerians through various grassroots programmes he championed.

The Southern Kaduna APC Senatorial candidate added that part of the reason for the visit was also to invite the vice president to the zone.

“We have also come to request kindly to be part of these efforts; he has endeared himself to Nigerians through so many programmes that have led him through the poor people of this country; the creeks; the roads; the markets; the farmers and so on.

“So I want him to come to the zone to flag off our door to door campaign and hopefully carry out one of these programmes within the zone,’’ he said.

A notable member of the delegation was Dr Hadiza Balarabe, the running mate to Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna in the forthcoming governorship election.

Others were members of the state assembly and party leaders and candidates for various elective positions. (NAN)

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El-rufai Increases Allowances Of Traditional Rulers

Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai has directed the Ministry for Local Government and chieftaincy affairs to increase allowances of traditional rulers in the state.

The Governor stated this at a meeting with a cross section of Religious, Traditional, Community and Youth leaders in Sanga local government area of the state.

Alhaji Elrufai said the interaction with the stakeholders was  to engender lasting peace in the state

He urged people to embrace one another and to live in peace especially during the forthcoming election.

The governor vowed to dissolve any community Development Association, engaged on the activities that would divide or cause hate among the people of the state.

He explained that the increase in allowances of traditional rulers was aimed at encouraging them to justify the responsibility reposed on them in ensuring peace and security.

The governor maintained that, no meaningful development could be achieve without peace.

The traditional rulers in the area appealed to the governor to introduce a programme of mopping up arms from individuals.

They also called on parents to ensure that they inculcate good morals in their children as a solution to the current misconduct in the society.

The Royal fathers reaffirmed their commitment to continue working with the state government to ensure peace.

Representative of Various groups spoke during the meeting on how to achieve lasting peace in the council and the entire state.

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Ex President Obasanjo Urges FG To Address Insecurity

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says insensitivity and insecurity must be addressed to make Nigeria a peaceful nation for all.

He stated this on Saturday at the eightieth birthday celebration of former Vice chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Ango Abdullahi held in Zaria, Kaduna state.

He noted that insensitivity was the cause of the nation’s civil war and expressed displeasure that currently Nigeria is being thrown into both insensitivity and insecurity.

He urged all Nigerians irrespective of age to work together to make Nigeria a peaceful nation where development and progress thrives.

Obasanjo also expressed dissatisfaction with the level of violence, kidnapping and the resurfacing of Boko Haram in some part of the country, appealing to the Federal government to intensify effort to curb the menace.

Earlier, the celebrant, prof. Ango Abdullahi thank God for sparing his life to witness this movement and thanked Nigerians for their prayers and encouragement.

 

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Kaduna Gov El-Rufai Signs 2019 Budget Of N157bn Into Law

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Friday, signed the 2019 budget of N157.44 billion into law.

The document tagged: “Budget of Continuity” is made up of N94.47bn in capital expenditure and N62.97bn in recurrent expenditure.

According to the governor, his administration will focus more on human capital and infrastructural development.

He said, “We are delighted that a new tradition has now been established to pass and sign our state budget in the preceding year.

“This is the outcome of the collaborative partnership between the Kaduna State House of Assembly and the Executive Branch. Each of the budgets prepared by this government has become law by 1st January of the budget year.”

According to the governor, the state government would recruit over 3000 health professionals to strengthen the primary health care sector in 2019.

“Following the passage of the law establishing the Contributory Health Management Authority, the contributory health insurance scheme will take off in Kaduna State early in 2019,” he added.

On security, he said that the state and local governments would cooperate to expand the presence of security agencies in the state with more offices and facilities for the police, the Department of State Security (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to be provided across the state.

On his part, the Deputy Speaker of the state assembly, Nuhu Shadalafiya, assured the governor of the legislature’s commitment to work with him in propelling the state to the next level of growth and development.

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El-rufai Calls For Legislation To Contain Fake News

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, on Thursday, urged the Federal Government to enact legislation that would grant jurisdiction to state judiciaries to handle cases of fake news and hate speeches.

El-rufai, while receiving the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in his office noted that the current law in the country only grant the Federal High Courts jurisdiction to handle cases of fake news.

The governor who said he had a personal share of fake news; saying his Wikipedia was altered to change his nationality and was also alleged to have been clone and from Bamako, Mali.

He also cited the negative impact fake news have had on the state in recent times, assuring that the state will spear no effort in bringing to book all those invloved in spreading hate speech in the state, including an Abuja based Pastor and the Lagos based journalist.

The governor stressed that conveyors of fake news should not be allowed to go free as they should be made to bear the consequences of their actions.

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2019: No Amount Of Fake News Will Save PDP From Imminent Defeat – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that no amount of fake news will save the opposition parties from total defeat come 16th February and 2nd March 2019 general elections.

Mr. Mohammed stated this on Thursday in Kaduna when he paid the State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-rufai a courtesy visit.

The minister is in Kaduna for the 47th meeting of the National Council on Information, with the theme “Tackling fake news and hate speech to enhance peace and National unity”.

According to the Information Minister, fake news has become the most difficult challenge confronting the country today as it is the most potent weapon in the hands of the opposition party in the run off to the 2019 general elections.

The Minister also warned that the country will begin to witness more of it, especially now that the election is at hand because the opposition have nothing to debase the ruling party with giving the numerous achievement of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration within the short time.

 

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Kaduna APC Names Members Of Campaign Council And Directorates

The Kaduna State APC has released the list of members of its Campaign Council and Directorates. Ben Kure, who was Director-General of the campaign in 2015, returns to the role at the head of the 1,342 persons who constitute the 14 Directorates of the campaign.

 

The inclusive list has many heavyweight politicians and distinguished professionals as Directors, campaign officials and members. The Director of Organisation is Dr Muhammad Sani Bello (Mainan Zazzau), Alhaji Umar Gana is in charge of Contact and Mobilisation, where he will be assisted by the likes of Sadiq Mamman Lagos and Comrade Cecilia Musa. Veteran journalist Shuaibu Lili is Director of Strategic Communications, while General Mohammed Sani Saleh leads the Security Directorate.

 

Samuel Aruwan, who was campaign spokesman in 2015, retains the role as Director, Media and Publicity. The Youth Directorate will be led by Aminu Anti, with Sabo Douglas and Joy Akut as Secretary and Assistant Secretary, respectively.

 

Hajiya Zainab Shehu leads the Women’s Directorate. The Support Groups for the Campaign will be coordinated by Ali Bature and Lawal Samaila Abdullahi (Yakawada). Mohammed Jamal is head of the Social Media Directorate. Alhaji Idris Othman is in charge of Fund Raising. Suleiman Garba Gora is the Director of Stakeholders while Prof. Kabir Mato leads Election Planning and Monitoring.

 

At the apex of the campaign is the Campaign Council, which includes all the campaign directors and several special members. The Campaign Council will supervise and guide the work of the directorates as the APC campaigns for the 2019 general elections.

 

The Campaign Council is chaired by Malam Nasir El-Rufai, the party’s candidate for the governorship election, with his running mate Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe as deputy chairman. The vice-chairmen are the party’s three senatorial candidates: Deputy Governor Barnabas Yusuf Bala (South), Uba Sani (Central) and Suleiman Abdu Kwari (North).

 

Other members include the state party chairman Air Commodore Emmanuel Jekada, Finance Minister Hajiya Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Deputy National Organising Secretary of the APC Mohammed Sani Ibrahim, and former SSG Charles Bonat. Other members include serving members of the National Assembly and the State House of Assembly, party candidates, commissioners and other officials of the government. Party secretary Muhammed Shuaib is the secretary of the Campaign Council.

 

The Campaign Council and Directorates will be inaugurated at 11am on Tuesday, 4th December 2018 at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Hall, Kaduna.

Kaduna State APC Campaign Council

S/N NAME DESIGNATION
1 His Excellency, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufa’i Chairman
2 Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe Deputy Chairman
3 His Excellency, Architect Barnabas Yusuf Bala Vice Chairman – South
4 Uba Sani Vice Chairman – Central
5 Suleiman Abdu Kwari Vice Chairman – South
6 Ben Kure Director – General
7 Air Cdre Emmanuel Jekada (rtd.) Deputy Secretary
8 Zainab Shamsuna Ahmad Secretary
9 Hadiza Bala-Usman  
10 Idris Othman  
11 Arc. Hadiza Isma El-Rufai  
12 Balarabe Abbas Lawal  
13 Mohammad Bashir Saidu  
14 Hon. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali  
15 Ambassador Deborah Iliyah  
16 Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli (Magajin Garin Zazzau)  
17 Hon. Nuhu Goroh Shadalafiya  
18 Hon. Haruna Inuwa  
19 Hon. Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani  
20 Prof. A. K. Usman  
21 Mrs. Ruth G. Alkali  
22 Hafsat Muhammad Baba  
23 Shu’aibu Idris  
24 Hamza Musa Makarfi  
25 Hadiza Yahuza  
26 Hon. Hassan Adamu Shekarau  
27 Dr. Muhammad Abdullahi Mukhtar  
28 Sani Nuhu  
29 Bashir Jaman  
30 Hon. Muhammad Garba Datti  
31 Hon. Tajuddeen Abbas  
32 Hon. Mukhtar Ahmed Monrovia  
33 Dr. Abdulkadir Muazu Mayere  
34 Dr. Ishaku Shekarau  
35 Murtala Kawo  
36 Dr. Yushau Ango  
37 Hajiya Halima Idris  
38 Ali Haruna  
39 Charles Bonat  
40 Hadiza Usman Muazu  
41 Dr. Nasirdeen Usman, mni.  
42 Prof. Salisu Dadari  
43 Engr. Yusuf Matashi  
44 Saminu Adamu  
45 MB Shehu  
46 Musa Yola  
47 Hon. Muhammed Sani Ibrahim  
48 Musa Tugga Karam  
49 Jimi Lawal  
50 Muyiwa Adekeye  
51 Salisu Suleiman  
52 Dr. Muhammad Sani Bello  
53 Samuel Aruwan  
54 Shuaibu Lili  
55 Umar Gana  
56 Muhammad Sani Abdullahi  
57 Prof. Kabir Mato  
58 Gen Sani Saleh  
59 Barr. Suleiman Shuaibu  
60 Aminu Anti  
61 Zainab Shehu  
62 Ali Bature (Wazirin Gusau)  
63 Suleiman Gora  
64 Mohammed Jalal  
65 Yahaya Baba Pate Deputy Secretary
66 Muhammad Bello Shuaibu Secretary

 

Signed

Muhammed B. Shuaib

Secretary

2nd December 2018

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