Gov. Tambuwal Swears In Four New Judges

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Wednesday swore in four new judges that would serve in the state High Court and the Sharia Court of Appeal.

Tambuwal, at the ceremony, said that the judges’ appointments followed due process, and all those appointed were qualified legal representatives who merited their positions on the bench.

He said that judicial officers in the state have shown great determination to ensure effective service delivery.

The governor said that since the inception of the present administration, he has not received any complaint against judicial officers directly or indirectly from the National Judicial Council or the state Judicial Service Commission.

“For about a decade now, there was no appointment of judges in Sokoto State.

“So for us, today’s event is a milestone which will help in strengthening the judiciary.

“I want to assure you and indeed the legislative arm of government of our continued support and cooperation.

“This is essential if we hope to ensure rapid development of democracy in the country,” he said.

While congratulating them, Tambuwal expressed confidence that they would handle their new position of responsibilities with due dignity, integrity, and commitment.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the High Court Judges were: Kabiru Ahmad and Isah Bargaja, while Kasimu Yusuf and Umar Liman Sifawa were sworn in as Khadis of the state Sharia Court of Appeal.

The event was witnessed by Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Salihu Maidaji, Chief Judge, Justice Bello Abass and the Grand Khadi, Abdulkadir Saidu among other dignitaries.


Sokoto’s IGR Increases By 98% In 1 Year

The Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Wednesdaysaid the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state has increased by 98 per cent in the last one year.
A statement issued in Sokoto by the governor’s spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, said Tambuwal spoke after a meeting with officials of the Interim Management Committee of the state Board of Internal Revenue.
According to him, the modest achievement recorded was sequel to the appointment of new officers to head the revenue generating agency in the state last year.
He stressed that the data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that Sokoto achieved a 98.40 per cent increase in its 2017 IGR, netting a total of N9.02 billion into its coffer.
“We have recorded modest achievements in revenue generation in the last year but I have to admit that we have our sights set on far higher targets.
“In 2017, we achieved 98.40% annual growth on our IGR compared to previous year. This followed the intervention we put in place by appointing new officers to head the revenue generating agency in the state. We will continue to support your work by giving you all the necessary tools to succeed,” he said.

Sokoto Introduces Tractor Hire Scheme

The Sokoto state government said it will start a tractor hire scheme to boost mechanization in farms and assist farmers to enhance their production capacity.

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this in Kware LGA when he inspected agricultural processing machines to be distributed to farmers under the state’s FADAMA III additional funding scheme.

“We are starting with 30 tractors, with each of the three senatorial districts to have 10 tractors each. This initiative will be implemented with the collaboration of the FADAMA III coordinating office, the state ministry of agriculture and the state investment company which will provide the tractors,” the Governor stated.
He said a strict vetting process will be implemented for those to benefit from the gesture.
“We want to ensure that both the small and large scale farmers have access to the tractors and other machinaries.

“We hope to expand the scheme to ensure we have enough tractors to help our farmers have access to modern farm tools at affordable prices,” he added.

Tambuwal said 127 farmer Processing Groups, made up of 1,385 small-holder farmers, have benefitted from the agricultural processing machines and equipment distributed to farmers across the state by the FADAMA III office in Sokoto.

According to him, in addition to the creation of two agricultural produce aggregation centres in the state, eleven tomato production net houses have been established at various locations in the state.

“This gesture is part of our collective efforts towards modernizing our farming techniques so as to improve yield and income of our farmers,” he stated.

The Governor further revealed that 243 unemployed youths have been trained to embrace agriculture, saying this was done with a view to exploring the agribusiness sector and instilling in the youths and women the technical and practical skills that could enhance their competitiveness in agri-prenueship.

Sokoto Introduces Ambulance Services With 300 Vehicles

The Sokoto state government has said it has introduced specialised ambulances to deepen access to medical care and improve emergency service delivery across the 23 local government areas of the state.

The state commissioner of health, Dr. Balarabe Shehu Kakale, told journalists in Sokoto on Tuesday that already, 300 vehicles equipped with necessary health gadgets and equipment, have been provided in the pilot phase of the scheme.

“We’re upping the ante in medical care provision for our people. By this, we plan to provide both emergency response and patient transfer when the need arises.

“We are placing ambulances in all our hospitals, across major roads and highways and other areas. Basically, we are ensuring that all the 244 political wards in the state have one functional ambulance to aid patients in need.

“For the ones to be stationed on our highways,  they will serve as primary providers of a 24/7 response to medical and trauma related emergencies. They will provide a disciplined and organised system, allowing a timely response of appropriately qualified health care workers,” he added.

The commissioner said a central communication unit has been set up at the State Specialist Hospital to coordinate the ambulances services for easy interface and direction.

He said the entire aim of the ambulance service is to ensure coordinated response in the health sector and to ensure that the right clinical/medical resources are provided to the right patient within the right time-frame for their medical needs.

While commending Governor Aminu Tambuwal for approving the establishment of the new service, Kakale said even though limited aspect of the service has been rolled out, the full benefit will be felt after the specialised training of para-medical workers is concluded.

Sokoto Govt, Navy Team To Build Eco-Friendly Classrooms

The Sokoto State government will partner with the Nigerian navy to construct blocks of classrooms using the affordable burnt brick technique in all the 36 districts in the state, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has stated.

The project, according to the Governor, will be executed under the State Consultative Committee on the Development of Education headed by Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.

Tambuwal spoke at the flag off of an intensive advocacy campaign to boost school enrolment for the eastern part of the state in Durbawa village of Wurno LGA.

“We initiated this advocacy committee, under the leadership of the Sultan, with the aim of sensitizing parents on the importance of sending their children to school. Any parent who refuses to heed the call will be sanctioned in accordance with the laws of Sokoto State.

“These classrooms are important because they’re eco-friendly and cost effective to build.

“To encourage our traditional leaders to take active part in the promotion of education, let me announce here that each block of classroom constructed will be named after the District Head of the area it was sited,” Tambuwal stated.

While adding that the measure will also ensure that the schools are properly taken care of by the communities, the Governor urged parents to compliment government’s efforts by enrolling their children into schools and ensuring they attend classes on schedule.

In his remarks, Sultan Sa’ad said the committee’s assignments include raising awareness on the importance of both Western and Islamic education, and ensuring children are properly educated especially at the foundation level.

He assured that the committee will ensure all eligible children will benefit from the state government’s education policy.

“I am reminding traditional rulers to brace up to the challenges ahead of us,” he added.

On his part, the state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Jabbi Kilgori, said the new enrolment push will be conducted in the three senatorial zones of the state.

He said the programmes to enhance quality of teaching will target both traditional tsangaya schools in which 4000 out of 30,000 will benefit in the first phase, and conventional schools.

The occasion features presentation of school uniforms, bags and writing materials to less privileged children in the localities.