Fashola Inaugurates Mobile Transformer In Kaduna, Kastina

Two mobile power transformers in Kaduna and Katsina states has been commissioned by Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola,

Fashola, who was represented by the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, explained that the installation and commissioning of the 40MVA Mobile

The transformer in Zaria, Kaduna Substation, and 60MVA Power Transformer in Funtua, Katsina Substation, was part of the effort by the present government to ameliorate the challenges encountered in generation and distribution of power across the country.

Speaking in Funtua, Katsina State, he said his ministry had empowered TCN to procure and install 60MVA power transformers in order to replace faulty ones in the system, adding that the ongoing upgrade and reinforcement of the generating stations would increase the capacity of substations to distribute energy throughout the country.

Kaduna Teachers Fail Primary Four Exam

About 21,780 out of 33,000 teachers failed the primary four test administered to test their competence by the Kaduna State government.

The state is therefore shopping for 25,000 new teachers as one of the plans to restore dignity and quality to education.

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State unveiled the planned recruitment when he received a World Bank’s delegation in Kaduna on Monday.

“We tested our 33,000 primary school teachers, we gave them primary four examination and required they must get at least 75 per cent but I am sad to announce that 66 per cent of them failed to get the requirements.

“The hiring of teachers in the past was politicized and we intend to change that by bringing in young and qualified primary school teachers to restore the dignity of education in the state,” the governor said.

He stressed that teachers would be redeployed across the state to balance the issue of teacher-pupil ratio.

“We have a challenge with the teacher-pupil ratio in the urban schools; there is concentration of teachers that are not needed.

‘’In some local government areas, it’s a teacher pupil ratio of 1-9 while in some places it’s 1-100,” he said.

The governor said that in a bid to improve the education sector, the school Directors decided to enrol their children in public schools starting from this academic session.

Speaking earlier, the World Bank representative, Dr Kunle Adekola, expressed appreciation to the state for investing in education and for the priority given to the girl child.

“This state has demonstrated and supported us to achieve our goals,” he said.

Adekola said the Bank would invest N30 million in Rigasa Primary School, which has a population of about 22,000 pupils, as part of its support for the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Education Intervention Fund by the World Bank and other collaborative development partners, is rendering support to about 13 Northern states and a state from each of the other four geopolitical zones of the country.

NAN

Why We Postponed Kaduna LG Elections – Electoral Commission

Chairman, Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission, SIECOM, Dr. Saratu Dikko, said the postponement of the Chairman and Councillors local government elections was done to amend some portions of the electoral law to allow e-voting.

She stated this at a meeting with political parties and civil societies at the commission’s head office on Monday in Kaduna.

Dikko said, “It is impossible for local government election to hold in Kaduna State this year, but hopefully by next year.”

She explained that the need to conduct a free, fair and credible election necessitated the introduction of the e-voting, which if achieved, would be a model to emulate in the country.

“For now we would do the sensitization at wards and local government areas with materials that will teach the electorate how e-voting works. We apologize to Kaduna people for the postponement.

“It was not intentional but they should rest assured that their votes will count under the e-voting system,” she said.

Dikko-Audu explained that before announcing the date for the election, they had anticipated the amendment of the law would have been done and assented to by Governor Nasir el-Rufai.

“SIECOM is independent of interference, but we operate within the laws of the land. The existing law doesn’t allow us to use e-voting, unless there is an amendment of existing law and assented to,” she added.

On when the elections would hold, she explained that it solely lies on the state House of Assembly.

Representatives of political parties who spoke separately, queried the commission’s decision to postpone the elections, wondering why it hastily announced the date for the elections.

Ex-Kaduna Governor Muhammed Dies In London Hospital

Mouktar Muhammed, one time governor of Kaduna state and retired senior military officer is dead.

The retired air vice marshal, died Sunday, October 1.

His death was announced through a Facebook post by his younger brother, Faruk Dalhatu.

According to him, my brother died in a London hospital.

The former governor was said to have died of cancer.

He was the first governor of Kaduna state after its creation in 1977 by the military administration of Olusegun Obasanjo.

Mouktar Muhammed earlier served as the minister of Housing, Urban Development and Environment from 1976 to 1977, following the coup that brought Murtala Mohammed to power.

He was the head of one of the military tribunals that tried and sentenced second republic politicians suspected of corruption under the military administration of Muhammadu Buhari, from 1983 to 1985 to decades in prison.

He spearheaded activities of The Buhari Organisation (TBO) from 2002.

Last year, he was named as chairman of the governing council of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

He held the title of Wazirin Dutse until his death and was deputy chairman of the Board of Trustees of Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF.

He was also chairman of Kano-based Freedom Radio.

Boy Who Lost Eyes To Ritualist Gets Airtel Training Support

Airtel Nigeria has provided special equipment tool for the training of five years old Sàdiq Usman whose two eyes were plucked by suspected ritualists in Zaria last year.

Little Sadiq who was at the commissioning of the Yahaya Hamza primary School in Zaria, which was refurbished by telecommunications giant, Airtel is being trained by staff of Airtel under Staff Volunteer Scheme.

He has been enrolled at the Ango Abdullahi International School where Airtel provided special equipment for his training.

However, Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai who was guest of honour at the event was moved to tears seeing the condition of the little boy.

Governor El Rufai who was moved by the sight of the little Sadiq brought out a handkerchief to wipe his tears as he held the little boy on his laps.

El-Rufai And Governance In Kaduna

By Muhammad Lawal Shehu Molash

I have been inundated with calls from most parts of the country, in connection with my present stand on El-Rufai’s government. On a personal note, I have been El-Rufai’s fan for almost two decades, to the extent that I read his “Accidental Public Servant” more than 50 times.

But in developed democracies, vibrant oppositions are welcomed to put the people in power under check. Eight months ago, I was an unrepentant supporter of El-Rufai. But not anymore. My position is hinged on the fact that certain things are wrong with the way governance has been reduced to. How come the official houses of the state House of Assembly members were sold cheaply and secretly without the Open Bidding System, as it was done in the case of the civil servants?

How come a government that was massively voted for to ensure that the rule of law prevails, will allow Sole Administrators as local government chairmen, when the constitution declared them Illegal? Is

it constitutionally right to refuse to conduct the local government elections on the vague excuse of waiting for some super machines from China? It seems the governor does not even trust the card reader that ushered him into the government. Why collect taxes on behalf of the local councils?

Why do you have to abolish the indigene-ship in Kaduna State and embark upon a “White Elephant ” venture called “Residency Card? Is Kaduna State more cosmopolitan than Lagos and Kano? The civil servants have had to contend with endless verification for about 18 times!

Perhaps, someone, somewhere is benefiting from this verification that has left over 20,000 workers without salaries for several months. In addition, no person that retired after 2015 has collected his gratuity. Another angle that I premised my opposition to Malam Nasiru El-Rufai, is the much hyped educational “Revolution” in Kaduna State, where the manpower aspect, arguably the most important, in any genuine “revolution ” has been neglected. It is a fact that a good teacher can impact knowledge to his students, even under tree shades.

But El-Rufai ignored all that and concentrated on painting classrooms that have 34,000 “deficits” of teachers. Meanwhile the teachers are daily being demoralized, debased, demotivated and rendered dysfunctional to carry out their functions.

The use of consultants in almost every sector in Kaduna State is one area I am not comfortable with. In any case, they mostly help in making a state governor to misapply public funds.

Furthermore, our party, the APC, is facing extinction owing to its non-conformity with the internal democracy mechanism, set in place by our revered leader, President Buhari. Pointer to this fact, emerged from the Kangaroo delegates elections and the recent charade, called endorsement. We should also be mindful of the fact that it is only in Kaduna State in whole of the North West that we have a former vice president, PDP national chairman and the only PDP Senator from the zone. The so-called achievements in employment is laced with fallacies.

Some VIOs, who are trained in vehicle administration, accident inspection etc, were dissolved to pave way to a revenue inspired agency, Kastelia.

Kaduna State has about 1500 health centres. But of the much celebrated 255 health centres, only six are completed after 2 years! The N10 billion spent on school feeding within eight months, should have been channelled into providing decent healthcare centres or complete the 300 bed specialist hospital started by Namadi Sambo. Kaduna State, with about 5 million people, has less than 200 Medical Doctors and the governor is celebrating the repainting of some PHCs that even fall below the minimum requirements of a standard primary health care centre.

Most of these centres do not even have common Malaria testing equipment.

In any democratic clime, human capital development is one of the major indicators of the success or failure of governance. But in a situation where a government is marketing poverty to its electorate and declaring them unfit to participate in rendering even the most elementary service like waste collection, is most unfortunate. A certain Yoruba lady has to be “imported” for that purpose.

Based on campaign promises, he’s performing below expectations, which is why I am disappointed with the quality of roads being churned out in the name of “infrastructural developments.” The roads cannot withstand two rainy seasons. In two years, not a single primary school teacher was employed.

Hundreds have either been sacked or frustrated into retirement. No provision of materials: Chalk, Registers, Broom, Cutlass and he is “committed to revamping education.”

In Kaduna, the running of a close circuit leadership which negates the tenets of democracy seems to be the order of the day. Of the six top appointments, the minister from Kaduna State is El-Rufai’s cousin, ambassador is his cousin, SSG is his close friend, Chief of staff is his close friend. Political Adviser is his very close friend. And they all come from Zaria, in addition to two commissioners, head of service and several Special Assistants, (SAs) and heads of parastatals. If anyone thinks that the above detailed explanation does not “ring a bell” then I rest my case.

– Molash is a member of the Kaduna Restoration Group and wrote in from Kaduna

Security Agents Averts Voilence In Kaduna

Security agents in Kaduna on Monday averted what would have led to a bloody clash in the Kabala West area of the city following the alleged killing of a suspected house burglar last Sunday.

Angry mob was said to have lynched to death the suspected burglar and his corpse was found by his friends and relatives on Monday morning.

The incident which was said to have happened along Kaje Street, Kabala West, according to eyewitness account, led to fracas on Monday morning between two groups suspected to be for and against the alleged thief that was lynched to death by angry mob.

The development caused panic among residents as the news of the clash spread around the city with many whose shops are located in Kabala West area closing the shops for their safety.
Motorists plying the busy Nnamdi Azikiwe bypass had to follow alternative routes as the two warring groups were seen throwing sharp objects at each other and passersby.

Another version of the report was that fighting broke out as a result of an argument between two friends over football match betting.
The argument was said to have led to exchange of blows at a local viewing centre in the area, causing fear and tension among the residents of the area.

Unconfirmed sources said several people were said to have sustained injuries during the fracas, forcing some residents to abandoned their homes for other locations for safety.
Residents of Kaduna had witnessed several bloody ethno-religious clashes in the past and any slight skirmishes always cause fear and apprehension among residents.

The state government however responded swiftly to the clashes by deploying the police and soldiers to the area to avoid any break down of law and order.
Governor Nasir el-Fufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said the situation in the area had been brought under control as security operatives had been deployed to there.

The state police command has however declared a manhunt for the perpetrators.
Spokesman of the command, Aliyu Usman, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) said the situation was under control and “we are working towards arresting the offenders.”
Meanwhile, some residents of the area said they cannot go back to their homes as the police and soldiers have blocked the way leading to the community.

One of the residents who pleaded anonymity said: “Some of us cannot go back home since we managed to escape from the area in the morning because soldiers and police have blocked the roads leading to our houses.

“Those residents that left for work in the morning have to call back home to their families to remain indoors while those that have left the house are asked to look for a safer place within the city centre and stay.

“It is unfortunate that people are linking the fracas to religion, but I want to tell you that it has nothing to do with religion at all, a thief was lychned to death and his so called friends decided to take law into their hands.
“We are however happy that security people intervened immediately, and the situation is returning to normalcy as I speak to you.”

3 Killed As Religious Crisis Breakout At Kabala Junction, Kaduna

Trouble reportedly started when three Muslims were murdered and the reprisal attack was foiled by security agencies in Kabala, Kaduna state.

According to an eyewitness: “It started the day before yesterday, (Saturday May 6) when some Gwari people murdered 3 Muslims inside Kabala and one mosque was demolished yesterday.

“So today some Muslim youth from Tudun Wada gathered to enter Kabala and take revenge but they were quickly intercepted by the security operatives stationed at Kabala junction,” he said.

All shops in Kabala road and Kabala junction are closed. Kabala is known to be a busy road with a lot of businesses going on day and night.

Source: Naija News

Kaduna Rice Farmers Want Early Loans Provision

The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Kaduna State chapter, through the Secretary Mr Ishaya Audu, has called for the early provision of loans to its members to enhance rice production during the 2017 cropping season.

Audu said that inadequate farm inputs, implements, as well as loans, had hampered rice production in the previous seasons in the state.

“Our farmers produce at a loss due to lack of access to fertilisers, agro-chemicals, high yield seeds and tractors as well as loan facilities to boost rice production,” Audu said.

He also said that members of the association did not participate in both the 2016 Federal and State Governments Anchor Borrower Programmes as it was late for wetland rice producers.

He said RIFAN members could not produce more than three tonnes of rice in a hectare in the previous years.

“With the number of rice farmers in the state, the production will yield higher if we get access to inputs needed to commence production early in the 2017 season,” Audu said.

He, however, said that the farmers were now ready to access the loan facility under the CBN Anchor borrowers programme with 7,000 members already registered.

“The implementation of the programme began in August 2016, and that time was late for wet season farmers to engage in rice production, but now we are ready,” he said.

The RIFAN secretary appealed to governments to partner with the private sector to establish milling centres in the state to process rice.

 

Customs’ Vehicles Set Ablaze By Angry Car Dealers In Kaduna

Following a clash between officials of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS and car dealers in Kaduna, about two NCS vehicles were set ablaze.

It was reported that the officials had gone to a car mart on Rabah Road, Kaduna North Local Government Area, at about 3p.m., to impound vehicles without import duties from car dealers, when the clash occurred. However, a swift intervention by the Kaduna State security outfit, code-named Operation Yaki, saved the situation from degenerating further. An eyewitness explained that the officials had gone to a car dealer’s showroom, identified six luxury cars that they said have no valid papers and towed four of them away. However, before they came back for the other two, the dealers had whisked them out of the

An eyewitness explained that the officials had gone to a car dealer’s showroom, identified six luxury cars that they said have no valid papers and towed four of them away. However, before they came back for the other two, the dealers had whisked them out of the mart and mobilised their members to confront the officers.

According to the witness, “the Customs officials had gone to Issa Kaita Road, to impound vehicles that have no import duties from a showroom. They succeeded in impounding six and took two away. “But when they came back for the remaining two, the car dealers mobilised and went after them. Luck ran against the Customs driver as the dealers caught up with him, dragged him down and set the patrol vehicle on fire.”

Kaduna Ends Firewood Use In Schools

Kaduna state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Andrew Nok, has said that the state government would phase out the use of firewood in its 29 boarding schools across the state.

Nok said that already contract had been awarded for the supply of cooking gas, burners, tanks, pots, boilers and other cooking equipment for distribution to the schools.

He made this known while receiving the second phase of the supplies at Queen Amina College Kaduna on Saturday.

Nok, who was represented by the ministry’s Director of Higher Education, Mr John Gorah, said that using gas was cheaper, more hygienic, healthy and safe with minimal health risk compared with firewood.

“Using gas ensures clean environment, clean kitchen, clean cooking equipment, clean food and, of course, clean and healthy cooks.

“This is the second phase of the supplies. We have received the first consignment some time ago, and remaining the third phase which would be in two to three months’ time.

“So in the next two to three months, all boarding schools in the state would not be using firewood to cook. They would be using gas, which is cheaper and healthier,” the commissioner said.

On his part, the contractor, Mr Maiwada Buhari, assured the state government that the third phase of the supplies would be ready in three months.

Buhari said that the delay was because the equipment was coming from the United States and Turkey.

Queen Amina Vice Principal Academy, Malam Abdulsalam Abubakar, thanked the state government for the efforts, saying it would ensure hygienic food and healthy environment.

Abubakar told our reports that the new cooking system would boost the morale of the cooks who are mostly aged women and improve the quality of feeding of students.