Businesses Resume After Kaduna Crisis

Business activities resumed on Thursday in Kaduna metropolis after the relaxation of a 24-hour curfew imposed since Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the curfew was imposed on the state metropolis and environs following outbreak of violence in which 23 people were killed, 17 injured and properties burnt.

Shops have been fully opened at the Abubakar Gumi main market, while banks and schools were also opened for normal businesses.

However, at the popular Ahmadu Bello way, Lagos street, Ibadan Street, Abeakuta street, and Katsina Road where most of the electronics and spare parts shops were located, have remained locked.

One of the traders on Lagos street, Mr Sunday Emeka said most Igbo traders were still not comfortable with the situation and would not want to endanger their lives.

Emeka said: “You know how Kaduna crisis is, those who create the crisis don’t have anything to lose, its always the Igbo that are at the receiving end.”

He commend the Kaduna State government for taking immediate action on the crisis that helped to douse the tension.

“We need peace in Kaduna state, the government should take a drastic measures against those who are fomenting the crisis,” he added.

A shop owner, Aminu Isa commended the state government for relaxing the curfew, saying it would enable residents “get what we will use to feed our families.

” We depend on our daily income for the survival of our family, so this curfew has really affected us and our family negatively, it was not easy for us in the past three days.”

Aminu called on citizen of the state to live in peace with one another irrespective of religion or ethnic differences.

“Violence has created a lot of negative impact in our society, without peace there is not going to be any meaningful development in the state,” he said.

NAN report that security operatives have been deployed to strategic places including banks and other businesses across the city.

NAN

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APC Finalise Strategy To Win Southern Kaduna, By Adamu Hayatu Kagarko {@AHayatu}

The recent declaration by Kaduna’s Deputy Governor, Architect Barnabas Yusuf Bala popularly known as Bantex to contest the Southern Kaduna senatorial seat under the All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2019 has been viewed by political strategists as a masterstroke of the Kaduna APC to bring on board a man with vast legislative and executive experience to fill the void in Southern Kaduna Senatorial District.
A first-class graduate of Architecture from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, his first foray was in the private sector where he established Bantex Consortium which contributed to numerous engineering projects including the Medical Centre at the Nigerian Institute for Policy & Strategic Studies (NIPSS), as well as a pavilion at the Kaduna Trade Fair Centre. He successfully ran for Chairman of Kaura Local Government where he was credited with the implementation of numerous developmental projects one of which was a hospital commissioned by President
Olusegun Obasanjo in 2001, the only LG project ever commissioned by a sitting President at the time.
Bantex delved into politics as a member of the opposition in a zone that was totally controlled by the then ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) where he won a seat to serve in the House of Representatives under the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) representing Kaura Federal Constituency. This feat made Hon. Barnabas Bala the only ACN legislator in the entire North West geo-political zone of Nigeria. He played a vital role in the merger of defunct CPC, ACN and ANPP in Kaduna State. In 2014, he successfully ran for the Chairman of APC in Kaduna State and led the party commendably with fairness, transparency and openness. These qualities endeared him to party faithful’s and the flagbearer, Nasir el-Rufai, chose him as his running mate after consulting party elders, stakeholders and then candidate General Muhammadu Buhari. He continues to have the complete trust of his governor and is identified as probably most influential deputy governor in the 36 states of the nation as he chairs numerous strategic committees and is in full acting whenever the Governor is out of office.
The recent local government elections in Kaduna State is a big pointer to the rising popularity of APC Government in Southern Kaduna where the dominant party PDP lost two important local governments; Sanga and Kagarko LGs and the APC made in-roads into other Local Governments. It is clear that an increasing number of voters in the Zone are appreciative of the developmental efforts of the APC government which has made huge and unprecedented capital investments worth over 30 Billion Naira in Southern Kaduna from 2015 to date.
The inclusion of Bantex in the cabinet and his strong voice towards Southern Kaduna influenced the siting of projects worth over 30 Billion Naira in the zone including Kauru N8bn, Kagarko N5.7BN, Kachia N6.3BN and Zangon Kataf N6.8bn respectively.
Bantex as Deputy Governor to el-Rufai must be the envy of his colleagues- who operates freely with so much influence and contributed immensely towards the progress of Southern Kaduna and Kaduna State at large, having played a prominent role in the Peace efforts in Southern Kaduna and ensured the completion of Late Yakowa’s projects in Southern Kaduna which were abandoned by his successor-Mukhtar Ramalan Yero and also influenced the citing of several projects in the zone notably – the Vicampro Potatoes Farm and the Manchok Solar Power project etc.
In the words of former Kaduna State Governor, former National Chairman of PDP and current PDP Presidential Aspirant, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi “ Bantex has proved to be unbiased, somebody that believes in justice, equity and honesty to all and not beclouded by religious or ethnic sentiments, he is one of those who really helped me and my administration to come through the troubles that my administration went through in the year 2000-2002 because of the ethno-religious conflicts in Kaduna State”.
Arc. Barnabas Bala Bantex will be running against the incumbent PDP Senator Danjuma La’ah (if he eventually get the PDP ticket, which looks highly unlikely). Danjuma La’ah who has performed woefully in the senate having been ranked as the worst of all the past southern Kaduna senators will have an uphill task confronting the quintessential Bantex.
Adamu Hayatu
Writes in from Jere, Kagarko LGA
Can be reached: adjere517@gmail.com
On twitter: @AHayatu
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Kaduna Govt Generates N14.2bn IGR In 5 Months

The Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KDIRS) says it has generated N14.2 billion as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) between January and end of May 2018.

The KDIRS Executive Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmed, who made this known in Kaduna on Friday said that the state has increased its IGR from an average of N8000 million a month in 2015 to between N2.7 billion and N3.0 billion monthly in 2018.

According to him, the N14.2 billion generated in five months is far above N11.5 billion generated in the whole of 2015 and more than  half of the N23 billion generated in 2016.

“Our target is to generate N4.0 billion a month and with the ongoing reform in tax administration and revenue collection in the state, I am very confident that we shall get there. Already we are around N3.0 billion and the ongoing integration of all 63 revenue generating agencies in the state via an electronic platform will take us there and beyond,” he explained.

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NAF Student Pilot Force Lands Aircraft In Kaduna

A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) student pilot yesterday force landed a Diamond 40 Trainer Aircraft on the outskirts of Kaduna, while on a solo mission.

NAF’s Director, Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, disclosed this in a statement, on Monday. 

The solo mission, according to Adesanya, was part of flying training at the 401 Flying Training School, Kaduna.

Adesanya said the incident was as a result of an airborne emergency that could not enable the pilot fly the aircraft back to base. “The student pilot, therefore, force landed the aircraft but with minimal damage to it” and added that “the student pilot, who was the only one on board, suffered minor injuries. He is receiving treatment at the 461 Nigerian Air Force Hospital, Kaduna.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has immediately directed the constitution of a board of inquiry to determine the exact cause of the incident while efforts are ongoing to recover the aircraft,” he said. 

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President Buhari Commissions UAV In Kaduna

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday , arrived Kaduna to commission the ‘TSAIGUMI’ Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) innovation of the Nigerian Air Force.

The President was received into the state by Governor Nasir el-Rufai and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sodique Abubakar, among other senior federal and state goverment functionaries.

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Kaduna SWAN Week: Go For Gold, New Nigerian Newspapers MD Tells Team

The Managing Director of New Nigerian Newspapers Ltd, Alhaji Tukur Abdulrahman has charged the company’s representatives at the 2017 Kaduna Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) WEEK to go for gold.
The MD expressed this in a goodwill message to the team, handed down to the Chairman of New Nigerian NUJ chapel, Mr. Benedict Sunday on Wednesday.
“Despite losing your last football game, I believe you have learnt from your loss and would resolve to win your remaining two matches and win gold,” he said.
The MD who was represented by the Online Editor of the foremost newspaper publishing house in Nigeria, Jacob Onjewu Dickson, said he was proud of the team and assured of his support.
He also wished the company’s representatives in other events success.
“I learnt our table tennis team led by Mohammad Ibrahim would be playing today (Wednesday December 6, 2017) I am wishing them the best, believing they would make us proud,” he added.
Alhaji Abdulrahman also wished those competing Scrabble luck.
In his comments, the New Nigerian Chapel Chairman, thanked the MD for his support.
He assured that they would put in their best in all the events and be good ambassadors of the company.
The New Nigerian Newspapers soccer team nicknamed Scoopers would file out against a talented FRCN team on Thursday for a shot to play in the final billed for Friday.
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Reconstructing Government College Kaduna, An Old Student’s Opinion, By Jubril Abdullahi

When Governor Nasir El-Rufai recently disclosed that his government would spend over N45 billion on education in his efforts to raise the standard of the sector in Kaduna state, it took little or no time for the people to witness the seriousness of intent behind that statement.
Beyond the fact that the sum is one of the highest in the country designated for state education and the wave of state-wide developments of several educational establishments, the general consensus among the people and narratives of social commentators have begun to find succor in a totally positive direction. This was not always the case.
Regarding the systemic demise of education which had proven to be a worrisome national issue, citing Government College, Kaduna, a social commentator once wrote “…perhaps it would have served better to allow Government College, Kaduna remain the military camp it was at the very beginning. On the other hand, it is better to have educational rather than military institutions. And, the fading glory of Government College, Kaduna is only reflective of the unceasing difficulties, which the entire educational sector is facing in Nigeria.”
If the past conditions in Government College, Kaduna could have been touted as a point of inference to the state of the entire educational sector in Nigeria, then it will be fair to admit that the newly reconstructed Government College, Kaduna during this present administration is indicative of commitment to growth as the school presently boasts decent classrooms, furniture, water and toilet facilities.
This is particularly symbolic as this spate of developments is not restricted to upgrading facilities only and certainly not Government College, Kaduna. Alhudahuda College Zaria and a few others have been beneficiaries of these investments; with more establishments also lined up for subsequent interventions.
Beyond facilities, the government has begun to utilise part of the fund to improve the capacity of teachers engaging in direct recruitment of 2,200 teachers to teach English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and ICT in secondary schools.
Coupled with the introduction of free feeding in primary schools that raised enrolment from 1.5 million pupils in June 2015 to 2.1 million pupils in September 2016, and from the data available at Kaduna State, enrollment should be hitting 3 million by December 2017.
The school feeding programme was aimed at enhancing the nutrition of primary school pupils and reducing the burden on parents. The governor has also kept his promise of expanded access to education by making the first nine years of basic schooling free.
“Our youth need quality education, accessible health care, good governance and jobs.” Governor El Rufai aptly captures the essence of these strides and is committed to doing more.
With well motivated and equipped teachers, then Kaduna might just be the yardstick for education in the North.
Jubril Abdullahi an old student writes from Abuja
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Senator Shehu Sani Is A Blatant Liar, Group Alleges

A group, Kaduna Solidarity Forum, Saturday, advised Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central  Zone, to stop dissipating energy on fighting Governor Nasir El-Rufai, because of his 2019 ambition, urging him  to  focus on his  legislative duties.

The Senator had few days ago,  reportedly berated the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission for, according to him, inviting characters who do not qualify or tally with what the agency stands and fights for, saying, “I honoured the invitation to launch the zonal office of the EFCC and to participate in a stakeholder’s forum.

“I don’t think someone invited in this event fits into the philosophy and principles of the EFCC. I  don’t know how the EFCC can squarely investigate corruption cases in Kaduna with some of this characters cutting the tape of their new abode,” Mr. Sani said.

In a statement signed by its Coordinator, Ashiru Abdullah, decried the way and manner Sani had wasted his time attacking the government rather than striving hard to provide dividend of democracy to the people that gave him the mandate to represent them at the National Assembly.

The statement noted that the Kaduna state government invited the EFCC to set up office in Kaduna in a bid to ensure transparency and probity in governance.

It described the reports alluding that the legislator  walked out in protest due to the attendance of the state governor, as false and laughable.

The group insisted that Senator Sani was not there during the inauguration of the Kaduna office and wondered how he could have walked out of the governor in an event that he was not present.

“Senator Sani is a blatant liar who is after cheap publicity in order to gain public sympathy for his 2019 political aspiration.

“He knows definitely El- Rufai that provided the office space for the EFCC will be there to commission it.

“In fact, as at the time the event was going on,  he was relaxing at Asaa Pyramid Hotel. So how can one just wake up and say Senator Sani walked out on the governor? This is a blatant lie.

“Let him show evidence with pictures that he was at the event otherwise he should keep quiet. This is just a mischief.

The statement, therefore advised the lawmaker to stop overheating the polity and focus on providing dividends of democracy just like the two other Senators from the state have been doing.

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Kaduna Releases 2016 Audited Accounts

The Kaduna State Government has today published its 2016 audited accounts. The accounts are published in national newspapers, as well as on the state website, www.kdsg.gov.ng

The Audited Accounts show that during the year under review, the combined revenue of Government grew from N65 billion in 2015 to N74 billion in 2016 representing an increase of 13%.  Federal Allocation (Statutory and VAT Allocation) plummeted by 1.8% from N51.7 billion in 2015 to N50.8 billion in 2016.

In the period under review, the state strengthened its capacity to raise revenues. As a result, Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) spiked by 69.8%, from N13.6 billion in 2015 to N23 billion in 2016.  In absolute terms, the aggregate decline in Federal Allocation (N0.94 billion) is ten percent of the growth in IGR (N9.5 billion). Put in another way, the absolute increase in IGR is over one thousand per-cent of the decline in Federal Allocation. 

Finance Commissioner Suleiman Abdu Kwari said that the growth in IGR “isan impressive and commendable streak in performance over just a 12month budget year! The total IGR collected is the highest in the history of the state. It is a significant advance towards the government’s ultimate target of being able to fund all its recurrent costs and wages solely from IGR.

Factors responsible for the decline in Federal Allocation ranged from the drop in the hydrocarbon-dollars to the unrest in the Niger Delta.  2016 was a peculiar year compared with similar periods in the past.  For example, there were months, April and May 2016, when the Federal Allocation stood at N2.4b, a sum that could barely cover the wage bill of Kaduna State Work Force.  

2016 is the first year to reflect the full impact of policies adopted in 2015including the TSA and no-cash-collection policy.  KADIRS, the state’s revenue service, was inaugurated in 2016, and it centralized collection of all revenues across all channels. This strategy infused efficiency into the revenue collection process, plugging loopholes while avoiding harassment of taxpayers.  

Tax revenue alone stood consistently above N1.2 billion monthly, averagingN1.3 billion in the year with a peak of N1.6 billion in June 2016. The year closed with a record N2.3 billion generated in December 2016 alone.

The Capital Development Fund shows a total investment of N62.2 billion (2015: N27.6 billion), a 125% increase. This is the highest ever in the history of democratic Kaduna State. In 2016, state government continued with the renovation and reconstruction of primary schools and some selected secondary schools, under the Education Emergency Programme.

The Primary School Feeding (PSF) programme was another major Education intervention in the year 2016, implemented from January to July 2016. There was a massive investment in construction and rehabilitation of Township Roads, and other selected roads under an innovative retainership programme. All these are in addition to the over N10 billion investment in the Mass Rail Transit Programme.

At the same time, successes in moderating the cost of governance arehighlighted as the recurrent expenditures showed a N5 billion reduction in personnel cost of N21.8billion (2015: N26.8billion). This reduction was recorded despite the implementation of a number of government policies that saw to the increase in staff strength.

For example, 2016 was the full year of KASTELLEA operations which were enabled by the hiring of 2,550 marshals.  In the same 2016, about 2,000 Science Teachers were recruited and about 50 health workers recruited by the last administration were paid their two-yearsalary arrears

Kaduna State has also announced the conversion of its financial information processing facilities to IPSAS accrual basis of reporting, with 2016 as the year of adoption. The 2016 audited accounts are presented in IPSAS Cash Basis.  However, processes have started with the aim of converting same to the IPSAS accrual.  This is in line with the Road Map on the implementation of IPSAS as per the relevant International Standards and the recommendations of the FAAC sub-Committee on IPSAS implementation.

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18 Arrested As Security Agencies Stop Unrest In Two Kaduna Communities

Security agencies in Kaduna have arrested 18 persons suspected to have been involved in the unrest in Kabala West and Ungwan Muazu.
A Kaduna State Government statement said that security agencies arrested the hoodlums around the two communities following reports of threats to law and order. Security patrols in the areas continue.
Samuel Aruwan, spokesperson to Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai confirmed the arrests. He disclosed that the suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigations are concluded.
The government also dismissed stories making the round on social media that the crisis has escalated to other parts of Kaduna town leading to the killing of a few person and others injured. The government further warned those peddling false stories to desist.
Similarly, the state government has sent a high powered delegation to mediate between Kabala West and Ungwan Mu’azu communities. The delegation was led by Acting Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim Sani, the Special Adviser on Internal Security and Samuel Aruwan, Special Assistant Media and Publicity.
The delegation met with the leaderships of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), youth leaders, security agencies and traditional rulers of the two communities.
At the end of the meeting, the two sides unanimously agreed that all those responsible for the unrest should be fished out and brought to justice. The delegation also commended all residents of the communities that collaborated with security agencies in containing the unrest that could have degenerated beyond the two communities.
The meeting resolved that all communities will be proactive in reporting any suspicious movements or activities to security agencies, and that it is illegal to resort to self-help or any act that amounts to taking the law into their hands.
Signed
Samuel Aruwan
Governor El-Rufai’s Spokesperson
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Car Dealers Attack Customs Officials In Kaduna, Set Vehicle Ablaze

Another crisis was averted yesterday in Kaduna as car dealers and Customs officials clashed along the Rabah Road, in Kaduna North Local Government.

Customs officials had gone on patrol to impound vehicles without import duties from car dealers in the city.

An eyewitness said that the Customs officials had gone to an unnamed car dealer’s showroom around  the Isa Kaita road area and impounded about six luxury vehicles which they claimed had no import duties.

However, according to the eyewitness, on getting to the showroom, the Customs officials  who were few in numbers, sensed there  could be danger and decided to go back for reinforcement.

The car dealer, it was learnt, used the opportunity “to quickly hide some of the vehicles.”

“But the Customs officials were able to tow away four of the luxury vehicles,” he added.

Not done,  the Custom officials came back to impound more vehicles, it was at this point, the car dealers mobilised and gave the officials a hot chase.

They (car dealers) caught up with the patrol vehicle and set it ablaze while onlookers cheered the efforts of the car dealers.

He said, “The Customs officials had gone to Issa Kaita Road to impound vehicles without import duties from an auto mart. They succeeded in impounding four of the vehicles but came back to tow the remaining two.

“As they took the remaining two, the car dealers mobilised and gave them a hot chase. Luck ran against the Customs’ driver as the dealers caught up with him, dragged him down and set the patrol vehicle on fire.”

When contacted, the spokesman for the Nigerian Customs Headquarters, Abuja, Joseph Attah, confirmed the incident, adding that the owner of  the seized vehicles was  already in their custody, noting that the law must take its cause.

Attah told our correspondent on the telephone that an innocent driver of the service was returning to the office from the zonal office at Kabala Coustain, in Kaduna when he was attacked by hoodlums who set the Customs patrol van ablaze.

PUNCH

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Who Is Afraid Of Kaduna Mafia? By Kaleni Abdulahi

So called pundits dominate the market place of ideas, pouring out invectives in the guise of distilled opinion, pontificating as though we lack sense of history. If there is Kaduna mafia, why not?

Every administration has a so called cabal or mafia behind it. What is even a cabal or mafia? Is it not a tactical team pushing for and working on making an idea a reality? Is there no mafia or cabal in American politics? What of the Bush/Clinton cabal? Is there no cabal or mafia in Europe?

Getting power itself demands a small clique of strategists. They schemed and battle to get to the Promised Land. How can you attain presidency if you don’t have your mafia or inner caucus? If you hate mafia or cabal, then quit politics.

From 1999 to date, every president has had his own inner caucus. Why should President Muhammadu Buhari not have his own men? President Obasanjo had his men. Late Yar’Adua had his men. Former President Goodluck Jonathan had his Ijaw clique .Why is Buhari different?

We all knew you cannot get anything done under Jonathan unless the ijaw clique approved it. The boss was Chief Clark. The memories should still be fresh. The Ijaw mafia, cabal ruled and explored and exploited the Presidency until Nigerians voted them out. If southerners could have cabal or mafia while in power, why not a northerner?

It is even annoying the way some idiots vilified Mallam Mamman Daura,a low profile Nigerian and a relative of the President .What crime has he committed by standing by his brother ? Is it a crime now to have your brother in the Presidency?

Daura has never appeared in any official functions of the president? He has never openly accompanied him on official events. He has never speak officially for the president .And he has remained off radar in most official activities of the president .Are we saying he has no right at all simply because his brother is the president?

Rumour mongers are busy falling over themselves to lie on how Daura determines everything Mr President does? They attributed every ill to the gentleman and painted the prolific journalist in all negative lights. Even those who had never met him have one negative words or the other to allege. Who is afraid of Mamman Daura?

And ignorantly too, people accuse Daura of being the godfather of the phantom Kaduna mafia. If there is Kaduna mafia, what law opposes its existence? Is there no Abeokuta mafia? Or Ogbia brotherhood? Who is afraid of Kaduna mafia? Or Enugu mafia?

Many analysts simply put up phantom assumptions and give it a life of its own. What mafia in an era dignity, honesty and anti-corruption are been enforced on the nation? If Kaduna mafia will bring infrastructure, developments and good governance, who cares about Kaduna or Abeokuta mafia?

We should leave Mamman Daura alone? Media propagandists should leave Mamman Daura alone. Looters of treasury, agents of corruption and parasites on state resources should leave Mamman Daura alone.

A man who has not responded to all allegations, a man who keep low profile despite attacks, a man who ignore abuse to support his brother underground should no longer be vilified. We did not elect him and he has never attempted to speak officially to us. Are we saying he has no right as a citizen to live his quiet life under the constitution?

Back to Kaduna mafia, those who are afraid should note that every section in a democracy has every right to scheme for advantage .As it is in Africa, so it is all over the world.

If Kaduna mafia exists, remember there are a powerful Yola mafia, Ilorin mafia and Lagos mafia. Why are we after only Kaduna mafia? Are we interested only in stripping Buhari naked? We want him barred from his own people? We want him to be hijacked by other mafia for their own selfish ends?

I don’t know what you think, but as for me, anything, any group that can bring good governance to the north and Nigeria, I support.

I am not afraid of Kaduna mafia when other mafias and cabals are flourishing in other parts of the country.

*Abdulahi, a retired journalist, sent this piece from Garki, Abuja. He can be reached on lionpostnigeria@gmail.com

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