PDP Convention: Lamido Canvasses Free, Credible Process

A former governor of Jigawa, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has called the leadership of Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) to ensure that the party’s December national convention would be free and fair.

Lamido made the call when he met with ex-PDP Speakers of States Houses of Assembly forum on Thursday in Abuja.

He said that anybody that emerged as PDP chairman would enjoy the required support from all party’s members.

Commenting on Gov. Ayo Fayose’s declaration for presidency in 2018, Lamido said that it was the constitutional right of the governor to contest like every other Nigerians.

He said that Fayose had the right to contest even though, the party had zone the 2019 presidential ticket to the North.

He also advised PDP members to be courageous in the face of what he described as “persecution”.

“We need people to be courageous.”

He reiterated his determination to remain in PDP, saying “no matter how hard I try, if I move to All Progressive Congress ( APC ), my soul will not follow me.”

Lamido added that without the party members who joined the APC, the party would not have defeated the Peoples Democratic Party in the last general elections.

The former Minister of Foreign Affairs said that 2019 would be a defining moment for Nigeria.

The former Ogun State Governor, Mr Gbenga Daniel also met with the forum.


Kano, Katsina, Jigawa Reject Restructuring, Devolution of Power

Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States have expressed support for a strong and united nation, even as they rejected the growing clamour for the restructuring of the country.

Kano and Katsina also rejected demands for the devolution of power. However, Jigawa went against the grain of its neighbours in the North-west zone by advocating the removal of education and agriculture from the Exclusive List to the Concurrent List in the constitution.

The states declared their position yesterday at a public hearing organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) on true federalism in Kano.

The governments were also unanimous on the balance of economic development and spread of social growth across the country.

But, the position of Kaduna State government was not known, as the governor neither attended the meeting, nor sent a representative. He also did not submit memoranda on behalf of the state.

The governors, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State and Aminu Bello Masari of Kastina State, affirmed the country’s unity in diversity.

They said true federalism should not be misconstrued for a weak central government, but rather a Federal Government that should be seen as a strong coordinating unit.

They canvassed the equitable distribution of common resources among the federating units.

The states also rejected the creation of additional states.

Lalong, who is the Chairman of the APC true federalism committee explained that devolution of power, fiscal federalism, local government autonomy and resource control were among the items on its agenda. A former governor of Enugu State, Sylvia Chime, represented him.

Jigawa Council Earmarks N27m For Projects

On Tuesday, Alhaji Yusif Kirikasamma, Acting Chairman, Jahun Local Government Council of Jigawa said they have earmarked over N27million for the provision of water and construction of drains.

He said that the council would provide water in 11 wards at the cost of N4.2 million, while N6 million would be spent for the rehabilitation of Idanduna boreholes.

The chairman said that N2.7 million would be spent on the construction of drains at Harbo Tsohuwa, while the construction of one block of Islamiyya School at Chiromawar Kanwa would gulp N2.7 million.

18 universities to participate in NUGA preliminaries – Official

The Federal University Dutse in Jigawa, says it would host the Zone ‘A’ Preliminaries for the 2017 Nigeria University Games Association (NUGA).

The university’s Sports Director, Alhaji Iliyasu Hussain, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Friday.

Hussain said 18 universities from the zone would participate in the event billed to take place between April 2 and April 8.

He explained that the participating universities would compete for a slot in football, basketball, volleyball, handball, hockey, badminton, lawn tennis and table tennis.

Others, the director said are; swimming, athletic chess and Taekwondo.

According to him, all facilities to be used for the game have been renovated to ensure its smooth and successful conduct.

Hussain lauded the efforts of the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Fatima Muktar for her support and cooperation in ongoing preparations for the games.

The director further told NAN that a team of experts from the Zone A NUGA Council would visit the university on April 14 to inspect facilities to be used for the games.

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Jigawa Cluster Farmers Wants Govt To Support Agriculture

Chairman of Cluster Farmers Group in Miga Local Government of Jigawa State, Malam Muhammad Yunusa, says over-reliance on oil will be reduced if only government will be sincere and supports agriculture.

Yunusa stated this in an interview, in Dutse, on Friday.

He said that in the early 70s agriculture was the mainstay of the economy but it was later neglected.

The chairman commended the present administration of Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar for introducing cluster farming in the state.

According to him, the gesture is a right step in the right direction toward revamping agriculture, generate employment and boost the economic.

Farmers, he pointed out, had seen the difference between the modern and tradition farming introduced by the state government in the cluster programme

Yunusa said that they were able to get a lot of yield and they got a lot of money through the sales of their produce.

He stated that if government support people living in the grassroots in agriculture, there would be no need for rural/urban migration.

“Through agriculture, people will gainfully get something doing without moving to cities looking for white collar jobs,” he said.


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Jigawa Government To Distribute 300 Mini-harvesters To Farmers, Youths

The Jigawa Government has concluded plans to distribute 300 mini-harvesters to farmers and youths under its Cluster Farming Scheme.

The Special Adviser to Gov. Muhammad Badaru, on Rice Production Alhaji Jamilu Usaman-Danmalam, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Wednesday.

Jamilu-Danmalam said that the gesture was to encourage dry season wheat and rice production under the state’s government cluster farming initiative.

He explained that the other 150 harvesters would be distributed to youths as part of the plans to empower and encourage them to go into farming.

The special adviser pointed out that the youth would use the harvesters to harvest rice or wheat in the farming cluster in the state on commercial basis.

According to him, the gesture is to enable the youth become self reliant.

“It is also to make agriculture attractive and acceptable to youths in the state”.

NAN recalls that the Jigawa Government had on Jan. 24, taken delivery of four containers with several agriculture implements from China.

NAN also recalls that Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa had on Feb. 3, pledged to link wheat farmers in the state with buyers in order to boost their production.

Badaru gave the pledge while assessing a 50 hectares wheat farm in Warwade village of Dutse Local Government Area of the state.

The tour was part of an assessment tour embarked on by the governor to some farms under the Cluster Farming Scheme, introduced by his administration.

The governor visited farms in Gidan Ari, Yan-Dutse, Gabarin Sintilmawa and Tsidir villages in Ringim and Auyo Local Government Areas.

Badaru said that threshers and harvesters would be provided to the farmers at affordable prices.

According to him, the farmers are expected to produce 125,000 metric tonnes of wheat in 2017 dry season farming period.


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Lamido Discloses Plan To Run For Presidency Under PDP In 2019

Former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, on Monday, said he would contest for presidency on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019.

Lamido made this known to newsmen in his village – Bamaina – in Birnin-kudu Local Government Area of the State.

He, however, said a party’s ticket was not given to anybody on the platter of gold, adding that a candidate must earn it.

“If my party finds me worthy of the party’s presidential ticket to serve Nigeria, I will thank God and oblige.

“Although there are issues in the party that we are all working to resolve, we hope to have success soon and come out united.

“As I’m talking to you now, we are working silently to resolve our differences and bring back to our fold those that left the party for APC”, he said.

The former governor held that the internal crisis in PDP was the reason for its defeat in 2015 general elections.

He said that the party had the capacity to rule the country again but the members must work hard to achieve that.

Lamido denied any rift between him and his successor, Gov. Muhammad Badaru of APC.

He stated that both of them had mutual respect for each other and he had no differences with him other than political ideologies. (NAN)