Re: Nasiru El-Rufai’s Lockdown And The Spoilers At The Door, By Salihu Tanko Yakasai

I was highly surprised when I came across a piece with the above caption that appeared in the online edition of the Vanguard newspaper of Wednesday 3rd June 2020 pseudonymously penned by Rotimi Fasan.

Apart from the blatant misrepresentation and misinformation contained therein, the article is pregnant with sheer blame-game, opprobrium and aspersions against Kano State, its government and its good people aimed solely at hoodwinking the unsuspecting reading public.

What is more painful is that in all intents and purposes, the 19-paragraph article is an exercise in futility aimed at politicizing a serious health issue, it also shows lack of in-depth factual knowledge of the realities on the ground.

The “writer’s” politicization of the already uncoordinated fight against the Covid-19 pandemic is a clear disservice to the nation.

While Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has been making efforts to contain the pandemic without making any public fuss and is averse to apportioning any blame to others, others have resorted to using the pandemic to cast Kano State and his person in poor light in order to score a cheap political goal as if their future political success hinges on this. To say the least, this is unjustifiable, indefensible and arrantly unjust!

Why the “writer” has singled out Kano State out of the other 34 states and the FCT as a spoiler has baffled every discerning and unbiased reader to the core. In short, this article is a public relations stunt that has clearly failed to hit the target and this rejoinder is not aimed at paying the “writer” in the same coin but to clear his misrepresentation and misinformation for the sake of the present and posterity.

Before I address some of the issues raised in the article, it is very apropos to highlight that the Covid-19 virus surfaced in Kaduna State on 28th March 2020 before the index case was recorded in Kano State on 11th April 2020, an interval of two weeks, and the state government did not blame any state or individual for the spread of the virus.

Just as the index case in Kaduna contracted the disease elsewhere, so also the index case of Kano, along with the majority of the cases in Kano. As Muslims, we consign our affairs to the Almighty Allah Who decrees whatever will happen to His servants.

The “writer” should have been dispassionate enough to have consulted his friends in Kano (if he has any) in order to get firsthand information on the numerous measures taken by the state government to curtail the spread of the virus even before the first index case was recorded in the state after the patient had visited Lagos State and Abuja.

In Kano State, the government had taken all necessary measures to prevent the spread of the disease in the state even before the index case was recorded which included the closure of all public schools, establishment of a Taskforce Committee on Covid-19 under the chairmanship of the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, the Appeal Fund Committee (the first State to do so) headed by the Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano to assist the victims and provide relief to the poor, the closure of all public offices, closure of all schools, the banning of passenger buses coming to the state even before the federal government banned inter-state travels, the 1-week lock-down of the state which was subsequently extended many a time, the provision of isolation centres for the quarantine and treatment of the patients, the closure of markets and banning of religious congregations in mosques and churches, the setting up of several mobile courts to prosecute violators, among others.

Even before the federal government took additional strict measures including the banning of inter-state travels, Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje personally spearheaded the interception of some vehicles with passengers coming into the state including, from Kaduna State.

How did these vehicles pass through the state in broad daylight or did they emanated from the skies to land at the borders of Kano? Do they expect Gov. Ganduje to go to Kaduna or any neighbouring State to enforce the ban?

In fact, tens of vehicles laden with passengers were intercepted at Kano State borders and many were turned back or later fined by the many mobile courts established by the state government to prosecute the violators of the lockdown order. Is Ganduje expected to police all the borders of other neighbouring States as well? If as the ‘writer’ claims that Ganduje has failed to enforce the lockdown in Kano preventing people from going out or coming in, is Ganduje also expected to go to Kaduna and other neighbouring States to prevent people from going in or coming out of those States?

The “writer” should have done his homework well to have realized that the violation of the lockdown order is a nation-wide phenomenon in view of the nature of our society and interstate borders. I have seen many crowds of people in Lagos, Abuja and other states in violation of the lockdown, but they were not castigated by the “writer.” It seems what is good for the goose is not good for the gander! The football match in Kano state mentioned by the “writer” was a one-time thing, neither organized nor sanctioned by the state government but by some youth and security agents promptly arrested some people for the violation of the lockdown.

On the issue of almajirai, the “writer” was also off the mark by a wide margin. It should be recalled that the 19 northern state governors agreed to ban street begging especially by almajirai and to repatriate them to their respective states of origin.

It may interest the “writer” to know that Kaduna State is the first to repatriate 30,000 almajirai to their states of origin and it did so without adherence to protocol, neither were they tested for Covid-19. For example, Kaduna State did not officially hand over any almajirai to Kano State government officials but dumped them at motor parks and out of the almajirai dumped in Kano State some later tested positive of the coronavirus.

However, Kano State government did not publicly blame Kaduna State government over this which shows the maturity, decorum and foresight of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Unlike Kaduna State, Kano State officially hands over all repatriated almajirai to the officials of their states of origin after making sure that they do not have any Covid-19 symptoms. In fact, the would-be repatriated almajiris are usually camped, fed and treated for any diagnosed ailment before they are repatriated to their states of origin. So the argument that Kano State government intentionally or knowingly repatriates almajirai infected with Covid-19 virus does not hold water a bit.

Why should Kano State play the role of a spoiler as alluded by the “writer” still beats my imagination for in what way will we profit from this.

Harming any fellow human being especially a neighbour is against the injunctions of all divine religions and His Excellency, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje will be the last person to intentionally sanction the spread of a debilitating disease like Covid-19.

It is pathetic that despite all the measures taken by the federal and 36 state governments, the Covid-19 cases have increased to about 11,166 cases as at 4th June 2020 with Lagos State, Kano State and FCT Abuja having 5,440, 970 and 763 cases respectively while Kaduna State occupies 7th position with 297 cases.

If Kano State or any other state for that matter had been a spoiler as wrongly alleged by the “writer”, the Kaduna State figure might have been much higher. In this respect, His Excellency, Malam Nasir El Rufai deserves our commendation for his efforts to curtail the spread of the virus in Kaduna State.

Lifting of the ban by Kano State government on religious gatherings was not arbitrary but after due consultations with stakeholders and the state was not the first in the country to lift the ban. Even in countries like the US, Italy, Spain, Britain and Brazil, to mention but a few, where the highest number of cases and mortalities due to coronavirus are being recorded, the strict lockdown and banning of social gatherings, the authorities in these countries have to relax these restrictions.

So, to blame Kano state for not enforcing full restrictions on religious or social gatherings is not only mischievous but unfounded, because for the duration of the lockdown in the State, almost all the mosques and churches suspended holding religious gatherings.

What the country needs at this trying period is not passing the buck and politicization of serious issues like the current pandemic but concerted and coordinated efforts to save humanity from this serious health challenge.

If we did not blame the Italian citizen who was the first to bring the virus to our shores or Ogun State, does not blame its neighbourly sister, Lagos State, for the spread of the disease, then there is no basis to accuse anybody or government of being a spoiler for this is an unnecessary diversion which will not augur well for the country. This unwarranted and unnecessary blame-game needs to cease forthwith for the sake of humanity. Let me end this piece with a quote by George Washington Carver who says “Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.”

Salihu Tanko Yakasai is the Special Adviser on Media to the Governor of Kano State.

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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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On Governor El-Rufai’s Running Mate, By Adams Lawal Magaji

One of the features of General Ibrahim Babangida’s endless transition programme was the insertion of religion as a factor in political configurations. It was couched as balance, promoting the concept that if a Christian is at the top of a ticket, then he must have a Muslim deputy and vice versa.

Babangida went on to appoint Pamela Sadauki as Deputy Governor to Colonel Tanko Ayuba, then military governor of Kaduna State. This forced the politicians who were seeming the office of governor of Kaduna to ‘balance’. Dabo Lere, who won election as governor of Kaduna State in 1991, had a young James Bawa Magaji as deputy governor. That was the first time religion became an issue in the guber line-up.

Since then Kaduna State has had several Christian deputy governors: Stephen Shekari, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa. Nuhu Bajoga and Barnabas Yusuf Bala, the incumbent. When circumstances propelled Yakowa to the governorship, he named a Muslim. Ramalan Yero as deputy. In December 2014,Nasir El-Rufai named Barnabas Yusuf Bala as his running mate.

Has this configuration of Muslim and Christian stemmed violence, united the state and drawn people together towards a respect for individual rights and a sense of common purpose? Let us present the evidence so that the reader can judge.

James Bawa Magaji was Deputy Governor when the 1992 crises in Zangon-Kataf happened. That crisis was triggered by the “indigenous” Kataf attacking and murdering the Hausa/Fulani “settlers” of Zango town who have been there for centuries.The report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry noted the disrespect with which James Bawa Magaji was treated by the Katafs when he intervened to try to resolve the differences.

Stephen Shekari was Deputy Governor when the Sharia riots of 2000 took so many lives. Zamfara, which started the Sharia matter, stayed calm as Kaduna burnt.

Patrick Yakowa was Governor when the 2011 riots happened. He was still in office when brutal attacks and massacres were visited on several communities in southern Kaduna afterwards. Yakowa acted to stem the killings. But his successor did not follow up. So Nuhu Bajoga’s Christian identity did not save communities in Attakad and other places from murderous violence.

Barnabas Yusuf Bala (Bantex) has the misfortune of being labelled a traitor, but he has sometimes been embraced as a southern Kaduna Christian. The tale was woven that he beat up El-Rufai in defence of southern Kaduna interests. He was a tagged a traitor for not resigning or denouncing the government during the violent conflict that raged in parts of southern Kaduna in late 2016 and early 2017. When Bantex had to go for urgent medical attention abroad, the same people said falsely that El-Rufai did not allow him to attend the hospital of his choice.

It is clear that having a Christian as Deputy Governor has not advanced peace or stability in Kaduna State. Rather it has produced the perverse phenomenon of people using religion as a bargaining chip. It is freezing people in identity politics rather than moving the state towards one wbere it is the quality and character of a person that counts.

There are Christians in every part of Kaduna State, and there are Muslims everywhere too. Pamela Sadauki is Hausa-Fulani and Christian from the northern axis of the state. Hadiza Balarabe is a Muslim from the southern axis of the state. Why can’t she be Deputy Governor?

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El-Rufai Competent Than All Governorship Aspirants Struggling To Succeed Him, Says Aide

Ahead of the 2019 gubernatorial election in Kaduna state, Governor Nasir el-Rufai is competent than all the aspirants jostling to succeed him across the political parties, his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan has said.
The battle for Sir Kashim Ibrahim House has been rife with the likes of ex-governor Mukhtar Yero, Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi, Sen. Shehu Sani, Hon. Isa Ashiru, Alhaji Sani Sidi, Dr. Muhammad Sani Bello among others jostling for the number one political position in Kaduna state.
But Aruwan speaking in an interactive session with reporters yesterday in Kaduna, noted that none of them can match Malam el-Rufai in terms of vision, governance, development programmes, clout, commitment to serve and move the state forward, focus on the job.
Aruwan said, “none of the current aspirants for the position of governor of Kaduna state can beat Malam (el-Rufai). They only want power but they don’t have clear cut vision for development, clear cut policy to move the state forward and statesmanship among others.
“Malam el-Rufai has empowered young men and women, he has ensured emergence of young leaders, he has shown discipline in public service, development of the education sector, development of the health sector, significant reduction in maternal and child mortality.
“Since they cannot beat him in policy formulation and development, they decided to go with divisive politics, blackmail, pettiness, manipulation of religion and demonizing him as a path to be succeed him. “
Aruwan noted that the Governor underwent tutelage both in public and private sector to be readied for leadership position, “he was advisor to Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar in 1998, he was the Director General of the Bureau for Public Enterprise, he was FCT Minister where he achieved so much and so many firsts, he went to study law and obtained masters degree in public policy management from Harvard University as an Edward A. Mason Fellow. Also study his rich and astute contributions the political development of the country.”
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El-Rufai Visits Birnin Gwari, Assures Communities That Terrorists Will Be Defeated

The Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai on Monday visited communities in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area where armed hoodlums had killed several persons.
The Governor who arrived Birnin Gwari around 12 noon proceeded to the palace of the emir, Malam Jibril Zubair II where he met with the emir and community leaders. From the palace. Malam El-Rufai proceeded to Gwaska, the scene of the latest fatal attack.
Governor El-Rufai expressed his sorrow and offered condolences to the people.
“I came here to share the pain and anguish of our people, the predicament of innocent citizens whose lives were cut short due to the terrorism of bandits and criminals who have been tormenting us.
“I and my team will be proceeding to Gwaska and other communities to see for ourselves and talk directly to the people. But I want to say again, that we are not sleeping and by the grace of God we will overcome this evil act and the terrorism being unleashed on our people.
In his response, the Emir, Malam Jibril Zubair II praised the Federal and state governments for demonstrating commitment to the plight of his people.
“We are grateful for your deep condolences and empathy. We are grateful for all your commitment to resolving the plight of Birnin Gwari people. As a member of the State Security Council, I am in the know of Federal and State Government commitment.
“The IGP and the GOC were here and have confirmed the establishment of a Battalion of the army and Police Area Command. I am happy that you are going to Gwaska and other communities to see for yourself.”
After prayers for the souls of those killed in the attacks, the Governor and his entourage departed the palace at 1:14 pm for Gwaska.
Governor El-Rufai, who arrived Gwaska at exactly 2:10 pm, was taken round and briefed by Malam Isa Musa, the leader of the community, who narrated how the bandits carried out the heinous attack.
Musa said that the attackers “were heavily armed with sophisticated weapons and are not ordinary gunmen. They came from different directions and circled us shooting and burning our houses with impunity.
“We appreciate all your commitment but we wish to let you know that only full military action on both land and air can match these terrorists. They are mercenaries and marksmen. As you can see it’s about seven kilometers to Dansadau in Zamfara State and other boundaries with Katsina and Niger with us here in Birnin Gwari Local Government.”
Governor El-Rufai who left the community assured them that both the state and federal governments will intensify action to address the lingering problem of rural banditry. He told the people that government will assist in rebuilding the affected communities and he urged them to continue to be law-abiding.
Before departing Birnin Gwari for Kaduna, the Governor, in the company of the member representing Birnin Gwari/Giwa Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Hassan Adamu Shekarau, addressed the people of the area who had fled from communities that had been devastated by the attacks.
The Governor briefed them on all the measures being taken by the state and federal governments to improve the security situation in their communities.
The governor was accompanied by officials,  including the Secretary to the Kaduna State Government, Malam Balarabe Abbas Lawal. the Garrison Commander, 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen O.J. Akpor, ACP Ahmad Tijjani Abdullahi, Political Adviser, Uba Sani, Security Adviser, Col. Yakubu Yusuf (Rtd), Maryam Abubakar and Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity.
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El-Rufai Introduces Electronic Voting To Nigeria, Says APC Deserves To Win Kaduna LG Elections

In a record-setting move, the local government elections in Kaduna State are to be conducted using Electronic Voting Machines. Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai said his government has invested considerable sums in electronic voting because the APC believes that votes must count.

El-Rufai was speaking at the flag-off of the APC’s campaign for the local government elections in the state. The ceremony, which held at the Kaduna Township Stadium, had in attendance Chief John Oyegun, national chairman of the APC, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, and senior officials of the Kaduna APC.

“We have made the most significant investment ever to promote electoral integrity and transparency in Nigeria. Our local government elections will be the first ever in Nigeria conducted by electronic voting.

“By introducing electronic voting machines, this government is affirming its democratic credentials, a firm belief that people’s vote must count.”

Acknowledging that INEC’s introduction of the card reader for the 2015 elections helped promote electoral integrity, El-Rufai said Kaduna is now taking it a step further to bring full electronic voting.

El-Rufai disclosed that the APC is making life better in Kaduna State. He said the APC government in Kaduna State has in three years worked hard to overcome the legacy of sorrow that PDP left. He reminded the people that 16 years of PDP rule left most public schools without furniture and other amenities. To move the forward, the APC has 1293 projects at various stages of completion across the state. This is being funded by unprecedented levels of capital spending in the state. “In each of the two full budget years we have had, 2016 and 2017, this government has spent more than N60bn on schools, hospitals, roads and water projects.”

“This injection of at least N120bn of budgetary investments into our state comes at a difficult period of national economic challenges. But we have been able to this because we have overthrown the corrupt legacy of the PDP; because the purpose of government has been rightly adjusted to making life better for our people through a commitment to their Education, Health, Jobs and Security.”

Speaking on the imminent LG elections in the state, El-Rufai disclosed that the APC is confident that the people will entrust the 23 local governments in the party that has given them life. “As firm believers in democracy at the local level, we have invested considerable time in making our local governments fit for purpose.

“It is no exaggeration to affirm that we have reinvented the local government system.

“We inherited a system where many of our local government councils were so over-bloated that at least eight of them could not pay salaries without state government support. That system was so perverse that funds were illegally squeezed from solvent councils to pay bankrupt councils.

“By changing the laws, and removing their excess personnel burdens, all of our 23 local government councils are now solvent, able to pay their own staff and still have enough funds left to delivers services and projects. We have set our local government councils free from years of bankruptcy!”

It will be recalled that the offices of the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission were recently gutted by fire. But the government has resolutely supported SIECOM’s determination to hold the election as scheduled.

APC national chairman Chief John Oyegun, who handed flags to the party’s chairman candidates, said he is proud to be present on the day electronic voting was introduced in Nigeria. Chief Oyegun received into the APC prominent politicians and their supporters who have decamped from the PDP.

El-Rufai said the local government elections present an opportunity for Kaduna State voters to permanently retire the politicians of deceit and selfishness who are blocking the progress of the state, and impeding service delivery to ordinary people.



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You Cannot Intimidate Me, Shehu Sani Tells El-Rufai

Following the N2bn defamation suit filed against Senator Shehu Sani by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, the lawmaker has said he cannot be intimated by such move as he has ‘endured’ and ‘overcame’ several of such actions by the governor.

Abusidiqu recalls that Governor El-Rufai filed the suit on Friday at the Kaduna State High Court, demanding N2 billion from the lawmaker for four charges, one of which is defamation of character.

In a statement by his Special Adviser (Political) on Friday, Senator Sani said nothing can stop him from expressing his opinion.

The statement reads, “The attention of the distinguished Senator Shehu Sani has been drawn to a report that the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasiru El-Rufai, has filed a civil defamation suit in the Kaduna State High court demanding N2 billion.

“The distinguished senator is yet to be served but our team of lawyers are ready and well prepared.

“The distinguished senator wishes to assure all his supporters and well-wishers that nothing and absolutely nothing can stop him from expressing his opinion on either Kaduna State or national issues.”

Senator Sani also vowed to forge ahead in the fight against the governor, saying he had gone through worse battles.

“The distinguished senator is a dogged fighter who has been through many courts and even prisons in his life of struggle and can never be stopped or intimidated to silence by any means.

“Those who are allergic to heat should not be in the kitchen. The distinguished senator will never falter or waiver in speaking truth to power whether at local or national level.

“The senator will continue to beam the light in the dark and grey areas of our democracy. Those who are irritated by the truth simply need to get a cotton bud.

“Those who voluntarily offer themselves for public service have also chosen to offer themselves for public scrutiny.

“The distinguished senator has in the last two years endured and overcame sponsored violence and campaign of calumny by the aides of the state governor and will overcome this.”

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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 Begins Recruitment Process For Local Govt Areas

The Kaduna State Government, has announced the recruitment of 200 persons to fill vacant positions in different local government areas of the state.

This was contained in a statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

He noted that the recruitment to fill vacant positions is to enhance the capacity of local governments to deliver services.

Those penned down to be hired are 86 lawyers, comprising legislative officers and legal draughtsmen. Others are Architects, Engineers, Veterinary Doctors, Agricultural Officers, StatisticiansTown Planners and Quantity Surveyors.

In a state broadcast in December 2017, Governor Nasir El-Rufai had explained that the implementation of the Public Service Reform and Revitalisation requires the recruitment of professional and skilled staff to perform important functions in the 23 local government councilsDuring the broadcast Malam El-Rufai assured that the Local Government Commission would soon issue a recruitment notice in this regard

Prior to the broadcast, the 23 local government councils had successfully implemented the restructuring and staffing order which prescribed maximum staff strengths and deployments for each of them. Following that exercise, the Local Government Service Commission has identified vacant positions in 46 professional fields that need to be filled to enhance capacity in the local councils. 

The recruitment notice stated that the deadline for the submission of applications is Tuesday, 13th February 2018.

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New Kaduna Teachers Resume February – El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, has said that the first batch of newly recruited teachers will be ready for deployment by the middle of February 2018.

El-Rufai said this on Monday, at a meeting with the chairmen of the 23 local government councils and their Education Secretaries.

In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity), the Governor noted that the new teachers  will get permanent and pensionable appointments.

The statement reads: “The meeting received reports from all the 23 councilson the conditions in the schools in their areas. The State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), also gave an update on the recruitment process for new teachers. SUBEB officials confirmed that the marking of scripts for new recruits has been concluded,  and they assured the governor that the first batch of newly recruited teachers should be ready for deployment by the middle of February 2018.

“The council officials reported that most teachers in Kaduna State are reporting to work, and ignoring the NUT strike. The field reports indicated that NUT officials are persisting in their harassment of teachers that are reporting for duty. This illegal action is being aggravated by the seizure of school attendance registers by some of the union officials.

“The meeting also heard that many teachers who did not apply anew, or were dissuaded by their union from taking the recruitment test are requesting a second chance. Responding to this plea from the Education Secretaries, Malam Nasir El-Rufai said that SUBEB has a programme of continuous recruitment, and as such will give every teacher that is willing a chance to apply and be considered for recruitment. 

“We are not interested in pushing any one away,” the governor said. We are pushing bad people away so that good ones can come in. That is why we are recruiting 25,000 to take the place of 21,780.”

“The governor said that the police and civil defence forces will provide protection for schools. He warned union officials to desist from impeding teachers that are reporting for work, or from seizing attendance registers. “The right to strike does not include the right to prevent others from working. Union officials are reminded that school registers are public property, and seizing them amounts to an illegal act.”

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Strike Will Not Stop Education Reforms – Kaduna Govt

The Kaduna State Government today commended the teachers who reported dutifully to their schools. A government statement noted that although NUT officials tried to unlawfully prevent teachers from working, many defied this intimidation. The statement said that strike action will not restore bad teachers.
The statement disclosed that the government is collating reports from its Education administrators. It reiterated that all teachers that have absented themselves from work will face the severest penalties applicable in the public service rules. Appropriate reminder of the potency of these rules has been issued in previous government statements.
Across the state, the illegality of the NUT’s strike action is being compounded by physical attempts to frustrate those teachers who wish to work. No law permits any worker to tamper with another’s right to work. The attention of the security agencies has been drawn to this dangerous pattern of conduct.
The Kaduna State Government is resolute in its determination to protect the future of the children of the poor. Ordinary citizens are entitled to expect public primary schools to deliver a decent standard of education. At least two million pupils are enrolled in public primary schools and their interests come first.
Government is delighted to inform the public that marking of scripts of the 43,000 applicants for teaching positions is now concluded. The recruitment process to inject 25,000 qualified teachers into our public schools will now move to the next phase.
Kaduna State government will not allow the selfishness of a tiny minority to ruin the future of two million children.
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Kaduna Gov Appoints Heads Of Agencies

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, approved the appointment of new heads of three government agencies in the state, a statement by his media aide, Samuel Aruwan, has said.

Among those appointed is Alhaji Sani Abbas as pioneer Chairman of Kaduna State Mortgage and Foreclosure Authority.

Abbas was the Chairman of the state Industrialisation and Micro Credit Management Board before the new appointment.

The statement added that Mr. Ben Kure has been appointed as Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency.

Kure was a former caretaker chairman of Jaba Local Government and Director-General of State APC Campaign Committee in 2015.

According to the statement, the governor has also appointed Mr Musa Usman as Director-General, Kaduna State Facility Management Agency.

Usman was until his appointment, the Executive Director, Operations of the agency and had served as maintenance engineer with Hilton Hotel, Abuja.


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