About 634,132 trees have been planted by the European Union (EU) in Maiadua Local Government Area of Katsina State to prevent desertification and promote the concept of greenhouse in the last five years.
This was disclosed by EU Project Manager, Dr Chris Udokang, in Maiadua on Tuesday. Udokang said 538,994 of the trees, representing 87.3 percent survived.
He noted that the project was executed under the EU Fuel Wood Balance Programme (FUWOBA) and implemented by the Oxfam and the International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development, in collaboration with the National Planning Commission.
Udokang added that no fewer than 1,000 farmers were provided with agricultural implements which included fertilisers, insecticides and modernised cooking stove free of charge, to promote farming in the area.
He urged the people to continue to maintain the trees as well as make judicious use of the farming implements for a better environment and a secured future free from desertification and lack of food.
The EU FUWOBA projects commenced in October 2014 across some seven selected local government areas in Katsina State to promote agriculture and prevent desertification.
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.
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.
The Border Community Development Agency BCDA has handed over a Veterinary Clinic worth N25 million it constructed at Hui community of Baure Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Mrs Atarhe Akpohwaye-Abu, an official of the agency who handed over the facility to the officials of Katsina State Government on Wednesday, said the project was part of the efforts of the agency to bring development to rural communities.
Akpohwaye-Abu said the project was strategically located especially considering the fact that the area was predominantly an animal rearing community.
She said and the clinic would immensely promote livestock production as well as consumption of hygienic meat in the area.
She said the agency considered Katsina State very important and strategic due to the large international border markets and economic activities in the area.
She said the agency had in the 2017 budget proposed many projects for the border communities in the state.
The official said the proposed projects included the establishment of a functional skills acquisition centre each in Baure and Ingawa local government areas and building schools in Musawa and Zango local government areas.
According to her, the agency will also provide solar-powered street lights at the border crossings of Yardaje, Babban Mutum, Burdudu and Zango, and a functional skills acquisition centre in Zango Local Government Area.
She urged the benefiting communities to maintain the facilities.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Agriculture, Alhaji Idris Usman commended the agency for the gesture.
Mannir said the project was brought to the area by the member representing Baure and Zango Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Alhaji Nasiru Zango, as part of his constituency outreach projects.
He called on other politicians in the state to emulate the legislator, bedevilling saying, “we would not hesitate to throw our support to such innovative politicians”.He said the clinic would soon be equipped with drugs and other relevant items to enable it to commence operation immediately.
The deputy governor said the State Government would partner with the Baure local government to equip the clinic.
The Administrator of the Local Government, Alhaji Umar Mai’adua, who was represented by the Director, Agricultural Services of the council, Alhaji Dada Yahaya lauded the lawmaker for bringing the project to the community.
Mai’adua said the facility would benefit the community as well as neighbouring local government areas of Kazaure and Babura in Jigawa, and that the local government would ensure regular maintenance of the facility.
He said animal bedevilling the area were: Contagious Brovine Pluro Pneumonia (CBPP),Pests Despes Ruminants (PPR),Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD),and other parasitic diseases such as Worms and Tick.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Katsina State, on Thursday said it would investigate the circumstances that led to the suspension of a member of the House of Representatives, Babangida Ibrahim from the party.
Alhaji Bala Abubakar, Zonal Vice Chairman of the party in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Funtua that since the member was not expelled from the party, “there are windows still open for reconciliation according party guidelines.”
NAN reports that Ibrahim, who is the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Finance, was suspended on Tuesday by the APC local chapters in Malumfashi and Kafur Local Government Areas.
The vice chairman said the party would investigate the grounds of complaints and resolve the issues, where possible.
Abubakar assured that the suspended member would be given fair hearing and “justice will be done on the issue.”
He therefore appealed to party loyalists in the area to remain calm and refrain from any act capable of breeding disharmony among members.
According to him, misunderstandings are normal in politics and when satisfactorily resolved, help strengthen the party.
NAN recalls that, Ibrahim, who represents Malumfashi/Kafur Federal Constituency was suspended over alleged unsavoury comments against the party leadership, poor representation and failure to attend party meetings.
He had since denied the allegations, claiming that he was not given the chance to defend himself.
A Nigerian blogger, Jamil Mabai, who was detained by the Police for a post on his blog, has been granted bail in the sum of N60,000, 22 days after.
Mr Mabai was picked up on September 19 after he criticised the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, for buying coffins with public funds despite owing workers salaries.
Governor Masari had allegedly bought about 3000 coffins at the cost of N40,000 each, an issue that had attracted public discuss.
Two other bloggers, Bashir Dauda and Umar Faruq, allegedly for writing about the story with the intent to cause civil disturbance and expose Mr. Masari to public ridicule.
The duo were, however, released after about a week in detention.
On Wednesday, Mr. Mabai was granted bail by Justice Maikaita Bako of the Katsina State High Court, after spending time at the central prison in Katsina.
According to Mabai’s lawyer, Job Israel, the blogger was to be freed later on Wednesday having met the bail conditions.
“We are just trying to fulfil the bail condition now but it is a very light one. He just needs a single surety and the bail bond is sum of N60,000.
“That is if he jumps bail, the surety will have to pay N60,000,” he said.
He said his client still expects the state ministry of justice to file charges before a competent court after a magistrate court declined jurisdiction.
“It could be one or two weeks or even months because it is a High Court that just granted him bail based on the applications we filed.
“But for now he will be on bail that is the greatest relief,” Mr. Israel said.
Jamil Mabai is a known critic of the Katsina administration led by Aminu Masari on his blog, Cliqq Magazine. metal-coffins
The blogger had said that by purchasing the 3000 metal coffins and sharing same to Mosques in the state, Mr. Masari was simply saying “Katsina people deserve to die”.
He further questioned the rationale behind buying the coffins at N40,000 each at a time the government was unable to pay civil servants’ outstanding arrears of salaries.
Meanwhile, the police said they arrested the critic based on a complaint by the state government.
A combined armed security team on Friday, 1st April has prevented Shiites, who are members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN from conducting the usual post-khutba preaching session at the Central Juma’at Mosque in Katsina. They besieged the mosque from the early hours of the morning chanting “no more Shi’ah in Katsina! ”
Even though the Shiites took the decision to cancel the preaching session in order to avoid spilling of blood of innocent unarmed Muslims by the military and other security agents, the security agents dispersed worshippers from the mosque immediately after the Juma’at prayers.
Worship places are supposed to be held in high regard, but the team of Nigerian Army and other security agents chose to violate the sanctity of the mosque and right to religious freedom by their actions.
Thereafter, there was a heavy security patrol across the main streets of the town ostensibly to provoke and instill unnecessary fear in the residents. Such a horrendous situation continued throughout the night.
Also in Yauri town in Kebbi state, there were similar measures taken by the security agencies there. And just like in Katsina, members of the Islamic Movement in the town suspended their preaching session in order to foil the determined efforts by the authorities to kill innocent Muslims.
Also, the Divisional Police Officers, DPOs in various towns in Kebbi state gave written order to the Shiites in their domain that they should cease all their educational activities or they face the wrath of their might.
The statement released by the group’s spokesperson stated that, “the Islamic Movement is particularly worried with this unfortunate development, especially in Katsina, where the Governor is reported to have vowed not to trample on the rights of worship by citizens. If what happened in Katsina is not a denial of our right to worship, what then is it?” The group asked.
It continued, “We wish to state here categorically that we don’t usurp other people’s right to usage of any mosque where we conduct our educational programs because we hold our sessions on convenient times and nobody is forced to attend. Hence, since this has been going on peacefully for over the past two decades, those trying to stop it are the persecutors and perpetrators of breaching public peace.”
“It is now vividly clear that there are some people hiding under the auspices of security agencies of our great country to achieve a sectarian agenda of a particular religious group. They need to be reminded by all peace loving Nigerians that we are in a secular country, and any attempt to persecute some people because of their religion, will not augur well for the well-being and development of our dear country and its democratic ideals.”
The rest of the statement reads:
These people, who do not believe in what they are saying, who are busy professing that one’s right stops at the doorstep of another, are the same people using the security apparatus to persecute brothers of the Islamic Movement for their personal whims. Other Nigerians must be wary of them, especially the Christians, because if they ‘finish with the Shi’a,’ as they keep on echoing, who will be next?
We dismiss as blatant lies that the movement is intending to usurp the Friday mosques, the Islamic Movement has never and will never usurped any mosque for its usage alone. We believe mosques belong to Allah not to any particular sect, as it is enshrined in the holy Qur’an. In fact we don’t even build our own mosques, just to preserve the unity and oneness of the Islamic community.
We are forced to ask the government and its agencies, whose interest are they serving trying to stop us from going to the various mosques in our communities? We believe that true developmental progress of any nation results from peace, understanding and harmonious coexistence of the citizens. Hence, any attempt by the government to launch a genocide on a particular group in not in the interest of the nation.
We wish to call on the authorities, Katsina and Kebbi state governments in particular, to let peace reign in their states. Denying others of their constitutional rights is an open invitation to violence, which the Islamic Movement strongly opposes.
It is pertinent to state here that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is a peaceful movement that does not accept any form of violence in achieving any of its ideals. As a result of this we condemn the unnecessary instigations to violence perpetrated by the government.
We are still re-echoing our demand that our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and all other brothers and sisters of the Islamic Movement who are now languishing in different prisons and Army barracks across the country be released unconditionally.