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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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Senator Gaya grieves over Hajia Fanta’s demise

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Senator Gaya grieves over Hajia Fanta’s demise

The Senator representing Kano South Senatorial District, Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya (APC), has expressed deep sorrow over the death of Hajiya Fatima Mohammed (Fanta).
Hajia Muhammed is the younger sister of late head of state, General Sani Abacha and the mother of Senator Basheer Mohammed (Lado), a federal commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Senator Gaya in his message of condolence, expressed deep sorrow and sympathies with the bereaved family and entire Kano people over the death.
The former Kano State governor described the late Fatima as a philanthropist, a mother and a community leader that touched the lives of many in different ways over times.
He said that the late Fatima has died at a time that her wisdom is most needed in the global epidemic ravaged time and other challenges in the country.
Senator Gaya enjoined Senator Basheer to take solace in the Almighty Allah at this trying times, adding that death is a garment of all mortals, explaining that all will taste it when the time is due.
The former Kano State governor explained that the late Fatima lived an exemplary life that has impacted on all that was closed to her in her life time.

The Kano South Senator further calls on the family and entire Kano people to pray for the repose of the soul of late mother, Kano State and Nigeria at large for peace and development at the unending threat of insecurity in the country. He prayed Almighty Allah to grant the late philanthropist AljanatulFirdausi.

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Kogi first lady commends husband on gender sensitivity

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Kogi first lady commends husband on gender sensitivity

By Aisha Audu

Wife of Kogi State governor, Mrs Rashida has commended her husband, Alh Yahaya Bello for being the most gender sensitive governor in Nigeria.
Mrs. Bello made the statement on the occasion of conferment of an award of ” the most gender sensitive governor in Nigeria and as a goodwill ambassador of Nigerian women” to Governor Yahaya Bello by the national council of women societies (NCWS) at glass house Lokoja.
According to her (NCWS) is a reputable umbrella body of notable women of integrity, from across Nigeria and the choice of my husband for this award is very well deserved.
She said she is not surprised because her husband right from the inception of his administration has demonstrated strong commitment towards active involvement and participation of women in leadership positions, governance as well as politics.
She noted that under the administration of her husband, key government positions such as SSG, Head of service, Kogi pension Board, Teaching Service Commission, Vice chairmen of the 21 Local government of the state as well as female councillors among others.
Mrs. Rashida Bello indicated that Governor Bello has maintained a clear lead in the implementation of the 35 percent women affirmative action policy of the Federal Government.
She saluted the courage of the leadership and members of National Council of Women societies while praying that their courageous efforts continue to uplift the voices and standard of women across the country.

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Spare Old Okene Sec. School, Alumni Association begs Bello

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Spare Old Okene Sec. School, Alumni Association begs Bello

By Friday Idachaba

The Okene Secondary School Old Students Association has appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to spare the school as one of the legacy colleges of old Northern Nigerian Government rather than cede it to the military for use as Barracks.

The Alumni association made the appeal in a statement issued by its national President, Abubakar Abdulsalam to newsmen on Thursday in Lokoja.

The association said the school, formerly known as Okene Teachers College before it transmuted to a secondary school in 1970 had produced a lot of great Nigerians in all fields of human endeavour.

“There is no doubt that the institution has produced a lot of alumni and former employees, who are doing it proud in several areas both at home and abroad” the statement said.

“One of such was the late Alhaji Bello Ipemida Ochi (the father of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello) may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

“Many God reward him for his love for the children of other parents he laboured to cater for while in the school as an employee, Amen.

“The school where Pa Bello’s humane attributes were exhibited and remembered might no longer exist as it is currently being proposed to be a military barracks.

“We wish to use this medium to appeal to you to use your good offices to ensure that the school is spared and retained so that it can continue to turn out quality products with legacies as an institution of repute.”, the alumni added.

The association used the occasion to thank Gov. Bello for the appointment of Prof. Salawu Sadiku, an old student of the school, as pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH), Osara in the Central Senatorial District of Kogi.

“We, the entire old students of OSS, Okene worldwide, wish to express our profound gratitude and appreciation to the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello for appointing one of us, Prof. Salawu Sadiku as the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of CUSTECH, Osara.”

The alumni described the appointment as a good one saying that the appointee was eminently qualified academically and had over the years, garnered the necessary cognate experience for the task ahead.

“We thank you for providing us the opportunity to showcase the stuff the products of the great Iresu-pogo College are made of through the appointment of Prof. Sadiku.

“We the old students pledge to collaborate with the government to turn around the fortunes of the school and continue to make it a centre of excellence that it has always been known for”, the alumni pledged. (NAN)

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