Just In: Telecom Services Back in Kaduna

By: Austine Agbo Emmanuel, Kaduna

Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

Following the shut dowwn of Telecommunication services in some part of Kaduna state due to the ravaging insecurity challenges, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has ordered for the immediate restoration in all affected areas.

The Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan disclosed this on Friday during a press conference in Kaduna, said security agencies has notified the government that the services can be restored.

In his Statement, “I am here to inform you that the Kaduna state government has contacted the relevant federal agencies to effect the immediate restoration of telecommunication services which were suspended in some local government areas.

“Security agencies had requested the shutdown in October 2021, among other measures, to assist ongoing operations against armed bandits and other criminals. The security agencies have now notified the government that telecoms services can be restored”.

“Along with the other measures in the security containment order, the telecoms shutdown had helped the security agencies to achieve some results, which the security forces will reel out soon. The prolonged application of this measure was always out of the question, due to its impact on the legitimate activities of citizens and businesses”.

“Residents are advised that the restoration of full services in the affected areas may unfold over a few days, as the service providers mobilise to power and boost their transmission systems accordingly”.

“The Kaduna State Government regrets the inconveniences residents of the affected LGAs may have encountered as a result of the shutdown. The state government wishes to commend the sacrifices made by residents while this temporary measure lasted”.

“Notwithstanding, the government wishes to reiterate that the other measures announced as part of the security containment orders remain in force. These include the prohibition of motorcycles all over the state, the ban on weekly markets, transportation of cattle, and the prohibition of sale of fuel in jerrycans in specified local government areas”.

Recall, that telecommunications services were shutdown in some part of Kaduna state in October, 2021, following a security advice to help curtail the incessant attacks in some parts of the state.

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UNICEF Holds Two-Day Review, Analysis In Kaduna, Promises More Support For Women, Children

By: Austine Agbo Emmanuel, Kaduna

UNICEF File Logo

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, (UNICEF) said the organization will continue to support Kaduna State Government to improve the lives of Women and Children in the State.

The Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Kaduna, Dr. Zakari Adam, made this known to Journalists on Tuesday during the two days end of the year review program, held in Kaduna, said the meeting is to check out their SWOT analysis so as to be able to plan ahead for the coming year.

File photo from the review meetings’group work

“We are here to make review for the year, 2021 and then plan ahead for 2022. Last year we had a two-year plan. So we decided to come together to analyze our successes and challenges, how to cope with those challenges and how to sort them out so we can be able to plan for the coming year, 2022. ” He said

Dr. Zakari, said despite the numerous challenges, ranging from insecurity and the novel Covid-19 pandemic that slowed down activities across the world, the agency was able to record tremendous successes in 2021.

Presentations and analysis from group members

He stressed that the Covid-19 pandemic did not only hamper already formulated plans but also brought about the inability to plan additional programs that are of important to the general public.

Speaking further, the agency according to him has been in partnership with Kaduna State Government in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency, NOA and other agencies with good track records.

Cross Section of participants photographs

Some of the achievements of UNICEF identified by Dr. Zakari includes: the area of sanitation and hygiene, child protection, education, nutrition, health, personal hygiene, reduction in open defication, among others.

Recall, that UNICEF in 2020, said they are ready to support Kaduna State in the area of water, among other sectors, promised to support and respond to the needs of the citizenry.

Group work

According to UNICEF, the organization had expended over N853.4 million in different sectors in the state from January to October, last year, noted that the support would amount to more than a billion naira by end of the year, 2020.

It is in view of this that the Agency re-convene at Hotel Seventeen on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively to review and chattye ways forward.

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Insecurity: Borno Gov, Senators Meet Defence Chief In Abuja

Borno Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum and Defence Chief during the visit

The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum, has led the state’s senators to meet Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor at the Defence headquarters in Abuja.

The Governor led senators Kashim Shettima (Borno Central), Muhammad Ali Ndume (Borno South) and Abubakar Kyari (Borno North) on Monday, for a closed door meeting, which focused on renewed attacks and abductions by the ISWAP, particularly in the southern part of Borno.

During the one hour meeting, Zulum and the senators bluntly raised key issues bothering on security challenges facing Borno and the urgent need to contain any further attacks and abductions of citizens in all parts of the state.

The meeting resolved to take undisclosed measures to improve security situation across the state.

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Dunamis @25: Bishop Oyedepo, To Minister Tuesday … Abioye, Wale Oke, Others On List

By: Austine Agbo Emmanuel, Kaduna

Presiding Bishop, Winners Chapel, Worldwide. Bishop David Oyedepo

The Presiding Bishop and Founder, Living Faith Church, A.K.A Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo will be ministering at the Dunamis Glory Dome, today Tuesday, 23rd November, 2021.

Senior Pastor, DIGC Worldwide, Dr. Pastor Paul Enenche made this known yesterday during the opening ceremony of the ongoing World Kingdom Power and Glory Conference in Abuja.

The program according to the Senior Pastor doubles the yearly annual convention as well as to mark the Dunamis Church 25th anniversary celebration.

The General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Worldwide Pastor Enoch Adeboye had earlier ministered.

Others who will be ministering at the program include Bishop Abioye of the Living Faith Church, Pastor Wale Oke, among others.

The program runs through the week with a World Worship and Wonders night on Friday, while on Sunday is for the convention celebration.

Believers outside Abuja can connect online

@Dr. Paul Enenche | Facebook
@Dunamis Tv- YouTube
@www.dunamisgospel.org

or hook up with the various television channels for live broadcast
@DSTV Channel 197
@Startimes on DTT Channel 453& DTH channel 363
@Dunamis TV App, among others.

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Ado Ekiti: Zulum honoured with Doctorate by Afe Babalola University

Borno Gov, Prof. Zulum

… His performance exceptional, says varsity

Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum was on Sunday conferred with Honorary Doctorate of Letters (LLD), honoris causa by Afe Babalola University in Ado Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State.

The University said Zulum was honoured for his “exceptional” performance since becoming Governor in 2019.

The conferment was done during the University’s ninth convocation ceremony attended by Governor Zulum in Ado-Ekiti.

Host Governor Kayode Fayemi attended the convocation.

Proprietor and chancellor of the University, Afe Babalola, SAN, paid tribute to Governor Zulum’s unwavering commitment and dedication in serving his people.

He said,m the award was in recognition of Zulum’s courage and resilience, as well as honesty in the face of daunting challenges facing his state.

The University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Smaranda Olarinde had at a press conference on Monday, November, 15, 2021 announced that Zulum was to be honoured for his “proven integrity, character and exceptional contributions to the development of the society”.

The VC also disclosed that The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Sulu Gambari and Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe were to be honoured as well with honourary doctorates to appreciate their services.

Governor Zulum was accompanied to Ado Ekoti by Senator Abubakar Kyari of Borno North, Senator Ali Ndume of Borno South, Deputy Speaker of Borno State Assembly, Engr Abdullahi Askira, Chief of Staff Prof. Isa Hussaini Marte, Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Babagana Mallumbe Mustapha, and the Vice Chancellor of Borno state University, Prof. Kyari Sandabe.

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Nationwide: DMO Ranks Borno Lowest in Foreign Debt

Borno Gov. Prof. Babagana Zulum

In its last reports, Nigeria’s Debt Management Office (DMO) released debt profiles of all the 36 states and the federal capital territory (Abuja), with Borno emerging the state with lowest amount of debt nationwide.

According to the DMO report released at the end of June, 2021, Borno was followed by Taraba, Yobe and the FCT in owing the least amount of foreign debts.

Borno owes $16.70 million, Taraba- $20. 59 million, Yobe- $25.81 million and the FCT- $29.45 million, the DMO reports (see table below).

On the other hand, the report showed Lagos, Kaduna and Edo in that order, with the highest external debt profiles.

Lagos owes $1.38 billion, Kaduna- $559.50 million, and Edo-$ 281.47 million, Cross River- $184.60 million, Bauchi-$133.69 million, Enugu-$124.22 million and Adamawa- $116.49 million. Remaining states owe ranges of around $100m to $29 million each.

The DMO report indicated that Nigeria has an external debt stock of $33.46b equivalent to N13.8tr, where federal government owes $28.91b while the 36 states and the FCT owe a combine amount of $4.55b as external debt.

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Unemployment: Over 3,500 Nigerians To Benefit From Kaduna Mine Project, 2022

By: Austine Agbo Emmanuel, Kaduna

Hon. Minister, Dr. Uchechuku, granting interview

The Group Managing Director, African Natural Resources Mining Ltd, (ANRML) Mr Alok Gupta, said the ongoing steel plant project in Kaduna State will boost Nigeria’s economy and help reduce the level of unemployment in the country.
The GMD made this known in Kaduna on Tuesday during the official visit of the Honourable Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Nigeria Dr. Uchechuku Ogah, to the construction site, said the project have multipliers effect on the people.

Project working site

According to him, the company will process 5.4million tonnes of Iron Ore and produce DRI for both domestic consumption and export markets, noted that when commissioned, Nigeria will become a crude steel producer in the world which will make the country a lesser dependence on oil revenue generation as steel sector also hold the key for thesame due to their export yearning potentials.
“At this site, we plan to process 5.4m tonnes of iron ore and produce DRI for both domestic consumption and export markets. Our site is expected to provide employment to over 3500 people. while this year marks 50years of our operations in Nigeria, next year the the first phase of this project is expected to be commissioned. When commissioned, it will be a moment of great pride for all of us that Nigeria will become a crude steel producer of the world.

“A lesser dependence on oil revenue is a key to sustainable development and the mining and steel sector hold the key for thesame due to their export yearning potential. Steel has played an important role in the development of many West European economies during industrial revolution as it provides a huge employment and also provide raw materials to key industries such as construction, industrial machinery, automobile, domestic appliances and transportation.”

Speaking at the event, the Honourable Minister, Dr. Uchechuku Ogah, laud the efforts of Gupta Group Company, expressed that the project has transformed the community into a city.

He said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will continue to support the project with every incentive needed for the completion of the project.

Project inspection

He further stated that the ministry has given Gupta a maximum of six months to complete the project as every necessary approval to their demand will be urgently met so that the President can commissioned it during his lifespan in office.

The minister also make boast, stated that such project has never happened in the history of Nigeria.

“Am happy to see this happening here. This is one of the fulfilment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s promises and we will continue to support Gupta because the project has given employment to a lot of Youths.

” This project is not meant for just local consumption but a direct investment in the world sector. This project upon completion will help the Government earn foreign reserve. Steel covers every human endeavor as the multipliers effect of the project is going to be massive on the people.

Part of the Working site project

“We are giving you six months to complete the project so that President Buhari can come down himself to commission it as this kind of project has never happened in the history of Nigeria. He added.

In a world of appreciation, the Chief District Head of Jere, Yusuf Suleiman, expressed gratitude to God and to all the key actors in the project, said the youths have been engaged since the beginning of the project.

He urged Youths in the community and Kaduna state at large to team up and cease the opportunity as their means of livelihood.

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Breaking: NUT Rejects E-lrufa’s Competency Test For Primary School Teachers

By: Austine Agbo Emmanuel, Kaduna

L-R is Kaduna State Chairman, NUT , Deputy National President, NUT and other comrades seated during the program

The Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT said they will not present their members to SUPEB for another competency test in Kaduna state.

The Union arrived at the resolution after a congress meeting held at the State’s Teachers House, Kabala Constain, Kaduna on Wednesday, said the motive behind the test is to reduce the workforce same way it was done three years ago.

Addressing the members and National officers of the Union, the State Chairman, Comrade Ibrahim Dalhatu, said the meeting is important so as to brief the people on the steps taken so far by the leadership of NUT.

Members of NUT

Comrade Ibrahim, said NUT has set up a five-man Committee to look into the matter and have come to a conclusion that they will not write because the Government has no legal ground to conduct such assessment as it is only the Teachers Registration Council, (TRC) that has the legal backup to conduct such exercise.

“What informed the meeting is that the Governor want to conduct another competency test for our Primary School Teachers. The National head office has Constituted a five man committee to speak with the people. We have written to them to confirm whether the information we saw on social media is true or not but we did not get any response from them, only for them to send us timetable scheduled for the exam. He said.

Speaking at the meeting, the National President, NUT, Comrade Nasir Idris, said it is not only teachers that are working in Kaduna State, noted that the move is another deliberate attempt to intimidate teachers in the State, therefore the union will not be so foolish to submit herself to fall victim again.

Comrade Idris who was represented by the Deputy National Vice President, NUT Comrade Nwankwo Kelvin, further explained that it was thesame Kaduna State Government three years ago that said they have recruited competent teachers, expressed that the move to conduct another competency test for same people whom the Government tagged competent three years ago is absurd; a crime not only against humanity but also against God.

Pictorial during the program

In his word, “SUPEB does not have the the legality to conduct competency test for Teachers.We won’t be so foolish to submit ourselves to fall victim again. Once beaten Once shy. We won’t be so foolish to submit ourselves to fall victim again.

“Is it only teachers that are working in Kaduna State??? What happened to Hospitals???, buildings are collapsing too among other sectors. Why only teachers all the time??? This act of intimidation against teachers in Kaduna State is not only a crime against Humanity but also against God.” Kelvin said.

Nwanchukwu further disclosed that the union is not afraid of exams because they are competent but only a competent organ is legally allowed to conduct such assessment.

He also assured teachers in Kaduna State that the national headquarter will not leave them to their fate, reinstated that “We are solidly behind you. No more repression, intimidation, victimization of teachers in kaduna state;” urged Secondary School teachers to stand by their colleagues because it may be them tomorrow.

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Corruption Saga: Sack NSCDC Boss Now – UNYF Tells Buhari

By: Austine Agbo Emmanuel, Kaduna

Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) Mr. Ahmed Audi

Following the alledged corruption case against the Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) Mr. Ahmed Audi, the leadership of Unified Nigerian Youth Forum (UNYF) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Mr. Audi with immediate effect, otherwise the group will have no choice than to stage a heavy protest against the Government.

UNYF stated this in a Press Statement signed by its President, Comrade Abdulsalam Moh’d Kazeem on Wednesday in Kaduna.

According to the group, the current administration of President Mohammadu Buhari has zero tolerance for all forms of corruptions at all levels of Governance, but the NSCDC have become a corruption hub of Nigeria under the leadership of Mr Ahmed Audi, in less than a year of his headship.

The forum also alledged that, he has transferred many professional, patriotic, committed and brave commanders of the corps out of strategic position/commands and replacess them with his puppet, who lacks all the required professional qualities to occupied such sensitive position, considering the country recent experience against banditry, cattle rustling and all other forms of insecurity confronting the Nation.

“We have been following with keen interest on the allegations raised against the current commandant General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), where contractors and other stakeholders from within where left with no option than to come out publicly and voice out on the current happening, which includes; unprofessional conduct, contract/job racketeering, favourism, adminstrative bribe and others forms of bad leadership.

“Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps are expected to support our armedforces, the Nigerian police and other sisters security outfit in tackling crime rate, terrorism and fight against theft of our crude oils/National asset’s, considering there budgetary allocation year in year out, yet the only good thing the current administration could get from Mr Audi is the deployment of officer’s loyal to him and not the nation, this is a scandal and it’s unacceptable.

“The current administration of President Mohammadu Buhari has zero tolerance for all forms of corruptions at all levels of Governance, but to our greatest suprise, the Nigerian Security and Civil defence corps is the corruption hub of Nigeria under the leadership of Mr Audi, in less than a year of his headship.

“He has transferred many professional, patriotic, committed and brave commanders of the corps out of strategic position/commands and replacess them with his puppet, who lacks all the required professional qualities to occupied such sensitive position considering the country recent experience against banditry, cattle rustling and all other forms of insecurity confronting us as a nation.

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps are expected to support our armedforces, the Nigerian police and other sisters security outfit in tackling crime rate, terrorism and fight against theft of our crude oils/National asset’s, considering there budgetary allocation year in year out, yet the only good thing the current administration could get from Mr Audi is the deployment of officer’s loyal to him and not the nation, this is a scandal and it’s unacceptable at any rate. The group added.

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Sustainable Peace: CLEEN Foundation launches EWER, says peace in Kaduna; major priority

By: Austine Agbo Emmanuel, Kaduna

Relevant stakeholders during the event

News-Port Nigeria<<<<<<<<<< Centre for Law Enforcement in Nigeria, (CLEEN) has launched a new initiative, “Early Warning, Early Response,” (EWER) to curb the incessant attacks in Kaduna and other neighbouring States.

In a welcome address by the Acting Executive Director CLEEN, Mrs. Ruth Olofin, in Kaduna on Monday, said the foundation is elated to see relevant stakeholders gathering together with the mindset of calling one another to peace, expressed that the program is a recommitment to work towards the mitigation of violent conflict in Nigeria.

Mrs. Ruth who was represented by Theresa Chigozirim Odinkalu, lamented over the spate of insecurity in Nigeria, disclosed that the situation has no sign of coming to an end despite the efforts from Peace lovers.

Group Photographs

Ruth further disclosed that the Foundation with other development Partners launched the Early Warning and Early Response project in four states of the north: Kaduna, Plateau, Taraba, and Zamfara, because historical precedence of the targeted states suggest that they are bedeviled with numerous violent conflicts and therefore requires concerted effort of government, development agencies, and even members of the community themselves to stop these reprehensible actions that keep decimating Nigerians and making several thousands homeless.

She said through a careful maping exercise in selected Local Government Areas with history of communual violent conflicts in Kaduna State, Kajuru LGA, Kujama & Maraban Rido (Chikun LGA) met the project’s selection criterias.

“The current spate of insecurity in Nigeria is devastating and unfortunately has kept increasing with little or no sign of abating. From the south to the far north, Nigeria is faced with several insecurities ravaging the entire the country. The myriad of security threats in the country affects the potential for not just economic development but also human development. One of the perennial security challenges in Nigeria is the issue of violent conflict especially in the northern part of the country.

Photos speak

“It is important to reiterate that violent conflict is often engineered by weak/absent governance, historical animosities, exclusionary politics, contested legitimacy, resource scarcity/competition, external factors, globalized conflicts, and extremist ideologies(Gilpin, 2016).”

She further explained that violent conflict in Nigeria has led to internal displacement, economic stagnation, and most unfortunately loss of lives and properties in all the affected states, said the challenges like insurgency, ethno-religious conflict, kidnapping, etc., have labelled Nigeria as one of the most unsafe and conflict prone countries in the West Africa region.

“We have seen government at different level come up with several strategies and policies intended to address the multiple layers of insecurity in the country but unfortunately all these strategies seem not to work.

Group pictures galore

Speaking at the event, the Permanent Commissioner, Kaduna Peace Commission, Mrs. Ruth Sako John, also said the peaceful coexistence of Kaduna people regardless of tribe, religion, and other differences, remain a priority.

She said, Kaduna peace commission was established in 2017 by the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai, to foster unity among residents of the State especially in those areas where violent attack has divided the people based on personal interest.

She also added the Commission will continue to partner with relevant stakeholders such as CLEEN to promote sustainable peace anywhere people work or lives, noted that peace is a collective effort.

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BREAKING: APGA Retains Anambra As INEC Declares Soludo Winner Of Governorship Election

By: Austine Agbo Emmanuel, Kaduna

APGA governorship candidate, Prof Charles Soludo

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has declared Former Governor of Central Bank and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA) Professor Chukwuma Soludo, as the winner of the Anambra State Gubernortorial election held in the State on Saturday and Tuesday respectively.

The result was announced earlier this morning by the Returning Officer of the election, Florence Obi, at the Anambra INEC office in Awka.

According to the results announced, the former CBN Boss, Soludo won with 112,229 votes to beat his major contender, Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) who polled 53,807 votes, and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who got 43,285 votes.

Candidate of the Young Progressive Party, (YPP) Ifeanyi Ubah, also polled 21,261 votes to came fourth.

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Just In: Retired Air Vice-Marshal Gunned Down With Grandchild In Kaduna

retired Air Vice Marshal, Mohammed Maisaka

A retired Air Vice Marshal, Mohammed Maisaka, and his grandchild, have been shot at Rigasa, a community in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

News-Port Nigeria gathered that the 27-year-old grandchild, Mohammed Musa, who is a serving Airman, is his grandfather’s orderly.

It was gathered that gunmen stormed their residence located around Markarfi Road in Rigasa around 8:30 pm on Monday and shot the two at closed range.

Daily Trust reported that the deceased’s wife, Hajiya Fatima Maisaka, said the gunmen did not take anything from the house.

“They only came into the parlour and killed them both without taking any of our belongings. In fact, they left our phones with us.”

Our reporter, who was at the residence, met a crowd of sympathisers.

The deceased, who before his death was the MD of MSK specialist Hospital Makarfi Road Rigasa, left behind his wife, children and aged mother.

State police Command Public Relations Officer ASP Jalige Mohammed, did not pick his calls.

Credit: Daily Trust

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