Customs Generates N829.5m In 6 months In Sokoto

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Command in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara says it has generated N829.5 million between May and October.

The command’s Comptroller, Nasiru Ahmad, who said this at a news conference in Sokoto on Wednesday, added that it also seized 39 vehicles worth N83.6 million paid duty value.

Mr. Ahmad, who assumed duty in April, said “the command made 103 seizures with combined duty paid value of N161.3 million, including the 39 vehicles intercepted.

He said that 23 arrests were made in October alone.

The other seizures, he said, were 552 bags of 50kg rice, 129 bags of 25Kg rice, 976 Jerry cans of cooking oil, 209 bales of second hand clothes in addition to two pieces of elephant tusk valued at N14.4million.

Mr. Ahmad said N829.6 million was realised within the period against N1.1 billion received last year with 22.9 per cent deficit.

He attributed the deficit to government ban on importation of rice and vehicle through land borders.

He added that the command collected export duties from Dangote and Sokoto Cement that were transporting the commodity to neighbouring countries.

The comptroller said the command had 11 approved borders with about 600 kilometres stretching from Sabon-Birni in Sokoto State to Maje and Lolo in Kebbi which allowed smugglers to use porous areas, especially during dry season.

He expressed the command’s commitment to ensure continued success in anti-smuggling activities, revenue generation and trade facilitation.

He cautioned smugglers and the people against engaging in any form of smuggling.

He said smuggling of food items and textile materials was detrimental to national growth as the federal government facilitated establishment of indigenous industries producing the commodities.

According to him, people should complement government efforts to rejuvenate industries that promote employment generation among Nigerians to boost nation’s revenue.

Mr. Ahmad said that ban on importation of vehicles and others still existed.

He said smuggled food items were dangerous to health because they were not certified by relevant government agencies.

He added that the elephant tusk seizure was part of Customs efforts to fight poaching on endangered species in Africa where trade in elephant tusk constituted part of illegal ivory trade.

The controller said smugglers’ tactics of using animals, number plates with traditional rulers’ names and others were being tracked by various patrol teams on routine bases.

He said Customs partnered with security agencies, NAFDAC and others, noting that a strike-force led by one DSC Yahaya made major seizures.

(NAN)

Nigerian Army Establishes New Division In Sokoto

The newly-established 8 Division of Nigerian Army, with headquarters in Sokoto, has formally taken off with the posting of Brigadier-General S. O. Olabanji as the pioneer General Officer Commanding (GOC).

Revealing this when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal at the Government House, the new GOC said all necessary arrangements have been put in place to ensure to ensure a smooth take off.

He said the bulk of the men and officers of the division were hitherto involved in internal safety operations in the North, but have now been mobilised to ensure the proper take off of the new division.

L-R: Secretary to Sokoto State Government (SSG), Prof Bashir Garba, Commandant of Nigerian Army’s 1 Brigade, Sokoto, Brig-Gen Nwosu, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and GOC, 8 Div, Sokoto, Brig-Gen SO Olabanji when the army team visited Sokoto Government House…Wednesday 18/10/17

“As you may recall, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Yusuf Burutai announced the establishment of this division when he visited Sokoto earlier this year. I am to inform you that we have taken off and to solicit the support and cooperation of the people and governments under our jurisdiction,” the new GOC stated.

In his remarks, Governor Tambuwal assured the army authorities of total support to enable them achieve their objectives.

L-R: GOC of Nigerian Army’s 8 Div, Sokoto, Brig-Gen SO Olabanji presenting a plaque to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to commemorate the take off of the new division during a visit to Sokoto Government House…Wednesday 18/10/17

“We welcome you with open hearts. To us, the military are our friends. We will give you all the necessary support to achieve success. We owe you that much having given everything you have to protect us at all times.

“We will do everything we can to make your stay comfortable. As for the new GOC, we assure you that Sokoto is your home. Feel free to go to any part of the state anytime the need arises. We cherish our position of being the most peaceful state in the federation, and your arrival will make us strengthen that position,” he added.

4 Police Officers Die In Fatal Accident

Four police officers died while 30 others were severely injured in a fatal motor accident that occurred along Unguwar Rogo Area in Sokoto Metropolis, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Mr Ibrahim Abaras, The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Sokoto State Command, who confirmed this to NAN on Tuesday, said that the accident occurred at about 7.30 p.m on Monday.

Abaras said that the victims were all newly recruited officers who were participating in a training at the Police College, Sokoto.

According to him, they were returning from a shooting range exercise at Kware Local Government Area when the incident occurred near the State History Bureau.

The PPRO said that the dead bodies were handed over to their respective families and were buried accordingly.

Abaras added that the injured were being hospitalized at Usman Danfodio Teaching Hospital, Police Clinic and Kware Nueropsychiatric Hospital, all in Sokoto.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Muhammad Abdulkadir, Deputy Gov. Ahmad Aliyu, Commissioners, some government officials as well as community members participated in evacuating the victims to hospitals and funerals.

He added that state government had offered to provide the necessary logistical support to the victims, describing the incident as the first of its kind in Sokoto State.

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NYSC Deploys 2,300 Corps Members To Sokoto – Coordinator

The National ‎Youth Service Corps(NYSC) Coordinator in Sokoto state, Alhaji Musa Abubakar has confirmed the deployment of 2,300 corps members under the 2017 Batch ”A” Stream II to the state.

Abubakar made the disclosure Tuesday at the Wamakko Permanent Orientation camp while adding that the orientation exercise for the newly deployed corps members to the state opens Wednesday 26th July 2017.

According to the Coordinator, registration exercise commences on the same day, while it closes by midnight on Thursday, July 27.

Similarly, Abubakar said corps members who may successfully register will be sworn in on Friday, July 28, while the camp closes on Tuesday, August, 15.

” We have concluded all the necessary arrangements to ensure the security and welfare of the corps members, both during and after the orientation exercise”, he stated.

 

Source: The Nations

Avoid Provocative Statements, Tambuwal Tells Nigerians

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has urged Nigerians to avoid inflammatory remarks that can bring disunity among the people.

He made the plea on Friday evening when he invited the members of the resident communities in the state to break fasting with him.

He spoke against the backdrop of the ultimatum given to the Igbo to leave the northern part of the country by some youths in Kaduna.

The governor said Nigerians must feel free to stay in any part of the country without fear of molestation.

In a statement issued on Saturday by the Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to the governor, Malam Imam Imam after the event, he assured the citizens of his readiness to provide adequate security for them.

“I align myself fully with the position of the Northern Governors as enunciated by our chairman, Gov. Kashim Shattima of Borno.

“We have enjoyed a robust relationship with all members of the resident communities; you have no reason to fear. Sokoto is your home and it will continue to remain as such,’’ Tambuwal said.

“Nigerians now need to team up as a people and find lasting solutions to the myriad of challenges confronting the nation.

“We are a blessed nation and we should continue to develop our strengths so as to provide the needed leadership for Africa and the black world.

“So, as far as your stay is in the northern part of the country and in Sokoto, do not feel threatened by anyone,’’ the governor assured Nigerians.

During the event, the representative of the Igbo community in Sokoto, Mr Steven Okoro, commended the state government for making Nigerians living in Sokoto to feel at home.

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Sokoto Spends N9.2bn on Agriculture in Two Years

The Sokoto State Government has committed N9.2 billion towards improving the agricultural sector in the states.
Speaking at a press briefing in Sokoto Monday, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Umar Nagwari Tambuwal, said the huge funds were spent in the provision of farm inputs to farmers across the 23 local government areas of the state.
According to him, these include provision of certified rice and wheat seeds, protective nets, 15,000 litres of pesticides, 20,000 water pumps and over 15,000 tube wells.
Others were the provision of 1,100 trucks of fertiliser, Quelea birds aerial control as well as distribution of five Toyota Hilux vans and 37 motorcycles for value chain projects supervision, among others.
He said the huge intervention made in the agricultural sector has gone a long way in boosting farming and attracted the needed investment for its growth and development.

Tambuwal To Nigerians: Don’t Get Tired Of Praying For The President

Sokoto Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has urged Nigerians, especially the Christian faithful, not to relent in their prayers for total healing for President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Governor spoke in Sokoto Tuesday when the Forum of Directors of Social Communication of the Catholic Church paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Sokoto.

“The nation will remain grateful for the fervent prayers you have embarked upon while the President was away receiving medical attention. Along with our Muslim brothers, we all prayed and it is gratifying to note that our prayers have been answered. We should not relent on that,” he said.

Tambuwal urged the communication directors, who were led in the visit by the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese of the Catholic Church, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, urged them to deploy their knowledge and experiences to promote religious harmony and peaceful coexistence in the country.

He said Sokoto has a history of religious tolerance, and has been open to diverse ethnic and religious groups since the time of reformist scholar, Usman Danfodio.

“We believe the whole country can learn from our rich history of tolerance and moderation. I’m happy you have chosen Sokoto for your meeting. From what you have seen yourselves, you can take the positive message of peace to your dioceses and your homes,” the Governor added.

While wising the delegates a fruitful deliberation, Tambuwal urged them to explore the many historical and tourism sites available in the state.

In their separate remarks, both Kukah and President of the Diocesan/Religious Directors of Communications, Father Pius Ukoh, said they were in Sokoto for their bi-annual retreat, and commended the Sokoto government and the Sultanate Council for their commitment to peaceful coexistence in the state.

PHOTOS: Acting President Osinbajo Visits Sokoto

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo with a young Fulani lady after he landed at the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto.

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L-R: Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal welcoming Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, at the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto

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Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal presenting a gift to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo during the latter’s visit to Sokoto

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Sultan Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar and Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal during the Acting President's visit to the palace of the Sultan in Sokoto
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal during the Acting President’s visit to the palace of the Sultan in Sokoto
 Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the opening of a two-day clinic for small and medium scale enterprises in Sokoto...
Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the opening of a two-day clinic for small and medium scale enterprises in Sokoto…
 Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, at the opening of a two-day clinic for small and medium scale enterprises in Sokoto
Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, at the opening of a two-day clinic for small and medium scale enterprises in Sokoto

 

FG To Support Sokoto On Grains Cultivation

Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chief Audu Ogbeh has commended Sokoto state government for giving necessary attention to cultivation of grains and improvement of farming techniques in the state.

Speaking when he received a team from Sokoto State Ministry of Agriculture, led by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal in Abuja, Ogbeh said paying special attention to crops like rice, sorghum, millet, wheat among others will boost local consumption and prepare grounds for export.

A statement issued Thursday by Tambuwal’s spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, quoted Ogbeh as saying that the Federal Government will support Sokoto farmers with modern harvesters so as to reduce hours wasted when applying manual method to harvest crops.

“In the next few days, we’re deploying modern machineries to you to help our farmers improve yield. We have also included Sokoto among states to benefit from the 600 insemination centres we are establishing to boost milk and meat production,” the minister said.

In his remarks, Tambuwal said agricultural activities have received a huge boost in Sokoto in the last two years, adding that yield have doubled in crops like cowpea, onion, tomato, sesame and rice.

He said the introduction of anchor borrowers’ scheme, in collaboration with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has helped farmers with finances and equipment.

“We are working round the clock to modernize farming activities in the country, and will welcome any support from the Federal Government in addition to the ones already extended to us so far,” the Governor added.

While commending Ogbeh for his concern for the advancement of small holder farmers, Tambuwal also appealed to the minister to revisit the list of farmers recently enumerated by the FG for its GPS scheme, saying due to lack of adequate enlightenment, majority were not captured.

APC Insists Tambuwal Validly Elected

In compliance with a Supreme Court order, the case challenging the emergence of Aminu Waziri Tambuwal as candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the April 2015 elections returned to the Federal High Court, with all parties making appearance before Justice F. Kolawole.

Senator Umaru Dahiru is challenging the emergence of Tambuwal as APC’s candidate in an election the defendant eventually won and was sworn in as Governor of Sokoto State in May 2015.

At the resumed hearing of the case Monday in Court Six of the Federal High Court, counsel to the APC, JS Okutepa SAN and Aare Muyiwa Akinboro SAN, picked hole in the Applicant’s amended motion which sought an order declaring Dahiru the Governor.

Dahiru, through his lawyer Abdulhamid Muhammed Esq, had brought an amended motion dated Januray 30, and filed on the 31st of January 2017, urging the court to declare his client Governor, a move objected to by the defendants.

In a counter affidavit, Tambuwal, represented by SI Ameh SAN, G Tetengi SAN and 23 others, raised objection to the amended motion, saying all parties are bound by law to commence trial of the originating summons as ruled by the Supreme Court.

Okutepa SAN further observed that allowing the motion to stand will be deviating from the original case.

Justice Kolawole adjourned the case to February 28 for hearing of the motion on notice.

Sokoto To Revoke C of O Of Gas Stations Hoarding Fuel – Tambuwal

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said the government will revoke the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) of any filling station that is found to be hoarding fuel in order to create artificial scarcity or is selling above official rate.

He said the government, along with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), will set up a joint task force to move round filling stations to ascertain their compliance with laid down rules and regulations guiding their operations.

The Governor’s threat followed the excruciating fuel scarcity bedeviling Sokoto town and environs which has been lingering for over two weeks.

Speaking when he inspected sale of fuel at some filling stations in Sokoto Sunday, Tambuwal said government will not fold its arms and watch unscrupulous marketers hold the people to ransom.

He said the supply of the commodity from the Nigeria national Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) has not altered, as such, no one should create artificial scarcity to burden the people.

The Governor, who was accompanied by the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Salihu Maidaji, urged all those hoarding the commodity to quickly open their stations.

“The committee will go round, and any filling station found hoarding fuel will face the full wrath of the law,” Tambuwal added.

 

The Governor commended the management of one of the filling stations visited, SAK Petroleum, for discharging the commodity promptly and at official price.