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SOKAPU Felicitates with Emir Of Zazzau

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SOKAPU Felicitates with Emir Of Zazzau

The Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) youth wing has felicitated with the Zazzau Emirate Council and the Government of Kaduna State on the emergence of His Royal Highness, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as the new Emir of Zazzau.

A statement issued by the National youth leader, Comrade John Isaac Sir Jay, SOKAPU said while it share in the joy of the Zazzau people over the appointment of a new monarch, it is however enmeshed in deep sorrow over the abduction and subsequent gruesome murder of the revered paramount ruler of the Adara Nation who was a 1st class monarch, Dr Raphael Maiwada Galadima (JP).

“We recall that at the death of the Emir of Zazzau, His Royal Highness Dr Shehu Idris, Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai declared a 3-day mourning in the state, with the third day declared as holiday for the state citizens.

Sadly, when the Agwom Adara was murdered on October 19, 2018, nearly two years ago, Governor el-Rufai neither declared any day for mourning nor a holiday in his honour.

“Painfully, neither the governor nor his then deputy, Arch. Bala Barnabas Bantex, attended the funeral of the slain traditional ruler that took place in Kachia.

“The disposition of el-Rufai in according respect and honour to the late Emir of Zazzau shows that the Kaduna State Governor has different rules for people of the North and South,” the statement said.

SOKAPU youth wing said it commends the speed with which the entire process of appointing a new monarch for the Zazzau Emirate Council was carried out by the governor, but added that they are unhappy that nearly two years after the assassination of the Adara first class monarch, Governor el-Rufai is yet to appoint a new paramount ruler for the Adara people.

“As if the disdain displayed by the el-Rufai was not enough, the illegal balkanisation of the Adara Chiefdom to provide for the creation of Kajuru Emirate remains the greatest insult unleashed on Southern Kaduna people.

“To add salt to injury, the illegal scrapping of the Adara Chiefdom to pave way for the creation of Kajuru Emirate was made known by the Kaduna State Government few days after the murder of the Adara monarch.

“While investigation and the prosecution of the alleged killers of the Adara paramount ruler remains shoddy, the refusal by the Kaduna State Government to appoint a new Agwom Adara shows the existence of two rules for two monarchs said to share equal status.

“We make bold to declare that the handling of processes leading to the appointment of a new Emir of Zazzau has finally unmasked Governor El-Rufai as governor whose penchant to enthrone a segregationist system is never in doubt. For several years now, the people of Southern Kaduna have continued to speak out against the glaring injustices unleashed by the governor as reflected in his deliberate policy of ensuring political domination, unfriendly policies, skewed appointments and project execution, judicial bullying, economic deprivation and impoverishment, among others.

“With 51% and 56% of the entire state population and land area respectively belonging to Southern Kaduna, there is no reason why our people should not be equal partners in running the affairs of the state. It is, however, unfortunate that Governor el-Rufai seems to be so fanatical about his tribe, religion and political leanings, as truth and justice no longer matter in the state.

“SOKAPU Youth Wing is calling on el-Rufai to rethink his disposition and policies in the interest of democracy in order to achieve social harmony, genuine peace and development for the state to immediately appoint a new Agwom Adara and rescind his government’s decision to balkanize the Adara Chiefdom,” the statement added.

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President Buhari reappoints prof Yakubu as INEC boss for another 5 years

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President Buhari reappoints prof Yakubu as INEC boss for another 5 years

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Prof. Mahmood Yakubu for reappointment as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
His reappointment is, however, subject to senate ratification.
Yakubu was first appointed INEC chairman in November 2015 when he took over from Professor Attahiru Jega.
His first tenure of five years would elapae on November 9.
Yakubu superitended over the 2019 general election and aome off-cycle elections in states.
His nomination for reappointment was contained in a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan by President Buhari.
The letter reads ” In accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I am pleased to present for confirmation by the Senate, the nomination of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second and final term”

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FG empowers 2, 800 Zamfara women with Rural Women Grant of N20, 000 each

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FG empowers 2, 800 Zamfara women with Rural Women Grant of N20, 000 each

The Federal government has empowered 2,800 Women in Zamfara with N20,000 each being part of its Grant Project for Rural Women.

The special adviser to the minister Nneka Ikem Anibeze issued the statement on behalf of the minister.

The one-off program was launched on Tuesday in Gusau by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq.
The Minister said that Cash distribution in Gusau was part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to sustain the social inclusion agenda of the present administration.

She explained further that the Grant for Rural Women programme was introduced to sustain the social inclusion agenda of the Buhari Administration, with the aim of realizing the national aspiration of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.

“It is designed to provide a one-off grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural Nigeria. A grant of N20,000.00 will be disbursed to over 150,000 poor rural women across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The grant is expected to increase access to financial capital required for economic activities. It is our hope that the beneficiaries of this programme will make good use of the opportunity to increase their income, enhance their food security, and generally contribute towards improving their living standard”.

One of the recipients of the N20,000 grant, 80 year- old Malama A’isha expressed delight in the disbursement and thanked President Buhari for remembering the vulnerable at difficult times like this.

200 women from each of the 14 local government councils in Zamfara state will receive a one-off cash grant of N20,000 each.

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Sirika raises hope for an airport in Lokoja as alternative to NAIA

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Sirika raises hope for an airport in Lokoja as alternative to NAIA

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has reiterated the necessity for an airport in Lokoja, Kogi State as alternate to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
He spoke in the same vein with the chairman, senate committee on Aviation, Senator Smart Adeyemi who had earlier based his call for an airport in Lokoja on its proximity to FCT and its advantage of being a gateway to more than Nine States.
The minister while fielding questions from journalists after he defended the budget of the ministry and its agencies said, “Lokoja is an important northern town. It is a cosmopolitan town, it’s a mini Nigeria and it is extremely very important in growth and development of our country.” 
“We have a lot of agricultural activities around there. There is fishery, there is perishable item production and so on. So citing an airport there is quite apt.
He said for him, it is is something that Government should have done long ago based on its importance.
The minister also announced 10 new airports were being constructed across the country to boost civil aviation as aviation has become a national security asset.
These were coming even as the Senate Committee on Aviation bemoaned the state of dilapidated facilities at Minna airport, Zuru and Ajaokuta airstrips.

Sirika said both the executive arm of government and the National Assembly have done justice to the civil Aviation sector since 2015 when the current administration came on board through the development of a roadmap, which is being implemented.

The Minister added that the Aviation sector was the fastest growing sector of the economy, hence the Federal Government’s decision to build new seven airports in Anambra, Benue, Ekiti, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Gombe, among other states. 
He also noted that Kebbi, Osubi, Dutse airports have been taken over by the Federal Government while the Gombe State government had also written the federal authorities, asking it to take over the Gombe Airport.

“Consequent upon that roadmap, we have seen aviation grow in 2018 to become the second fastest growing sector of the economy and by 2019, it became the fastest growing sector of the economy and increased its GDP contribution.
“During the tenure of this administration from 2015 till now, we’ve seen a lot of growth in civil aviation, number of airports is increasing. So far, about seven airports have been added to the map, some of them completed, some of them under construction.

“There are airports coming up in Benue, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Lafia, Damaturu, Anambra and so forth. All of these show that civil aviation is growing during this administration. 

“So, we have about 10 new airports coming up, that is almost half the number of airports we used to have in Nigeria. So we are adding 50 per cent of the number of airports,” Sirika said.
The Minister also hinted that the much-talked-about national carrier, Nigeria Air, was part of the Aviation sector roadmap, which will be delivered before 2023.
“We are on it. The transaction adviser has brought in the outline business case. It is being reviewed by ICRC. Soon after it finishes, it will go to FEC and it will be approved. We will not leave this government without having it in place,” Sirika said.

On the issues of dilapidated equipment at some airports across the country, Sirika said it is a work in progress as the airports are being attended to one after the other based on priorities.

“We have been improving these airports one airport after another. We don’t have the resources to take them all at once. We are attending to them, we look at an airport and find which is that safety item and which is that item of security that needs attention first before we now turn to other matters. Certainly we are making Ilorin one of the best airports because in the first place it was an alternate for Lagos,” Sirika revealed.

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