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One-Year-In-Office: Excitement As Kagarko LG Boss Delivers People-Oriented Projects

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One-Year-In-Office: Excitement As Kagarko LG Boss Delivers People-Oriented Projects

 

By Israel Bulus, Kaduna

 

The Executive Chairman of Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Hon. Nasara Rabo, reiterated that one thing that has remained constant in his administration was the desire to make a difference in the lives of his people who freely gave him their mandate through driven-oriented projects.


The Council Chairman stated this on Tuesday in an Exclusive interview with THE PUNCH to mark his 100-days in office at the Local Government Secretariat.

According to him, ” his mandate and vision of grassroot development Will be completely fulfilled at the end of his administration.

“As a government, we acknowledge that it is our responsibility to add value to the lives of the people. Our administration is focused in making investment in human capital development.

” No doubt, the challenges at this level are enormous, considering the fact that it is the closest government to the people.

Nasara however, posited that kidnapping and the covid-19 pandemic has affected the economy, but he had remained courageous and resolute in the quest to ensure that the story in his Council change for good.

He ascribed the success recorded so far to the unity of purpose and total support shown by all concerned stakeholders in the local government Area.

” When you carry everybody along, and open up the democratic open door policy, you will give everybody the opportunity to contribute to the progress of the administration.

” Since I assumed office I was able to put smiles in the faces of the serving workers in the local government, adding adequate and regular attention was given to their urgent needs thereby fostering a good harmonious working relationship with the workers to achieve their quest.

The Council Chairman added that his regime had installed maximum security gurantee in the local government by putting all security agencies on red alert as the Chief Security Officer of the Council Area. The issue of security has been taken seriously by me because safety for one is safety for all.” Nasara said.

He further said that he had succeeded in commissioning the following life touching projects since he assume office;

Constructed about 19 Cell box culverts, construction of blocks of classrooms, grading of kilometer roads, Drainages and purchase of school furnitures.

We also embark on renovation of the chairman’s office/chamber, Renovation of vice chairman office/Secretary, Rural Electrification, Rural Electrification phase one and two, Purchase of Toyota sienna, Renovation of D.A.F House, Construction of Kagarko township road, Purchase of Toyota PARADO Jeep, Renovation of SUBEB Office and renovations/Finishing of INEC Office.

Adding,” The sum of 600 million was paid as death and retirement benefits of LGA staff ( sinking funds) inherited from the PDP administration.

The primary health care sector was not left behind as the impact is felt in the Purchase of hospital bed and other social amenities.

The Chairman while concluding, thank the people of Kagarko local government for their unflinching support and implore them to continue to support and consider Senator Uba Sani as their APC Gubernatorial choice in the forthcoming general elections come 2023.

HURIWA slams Northern Governors over 100months unpaid salaries, entitlements of New Nigerian Newspapers

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HURIWA slams Northern Governors over 100months unpaid salaries, entitlements of New Nigerian Newspapers
A civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), on Thursday, slammed Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, Simon Lalong, and his colleagues, for withholding the over 100 months entitlements of The New Nigerian Newspapers workers.
National Coordinator of HURIWA, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement,  blamed the death of 100 workers of the company on the non-payment of their salary arrears and other benefits by Northern Governors.
The group said it was unfortunate that the Governors were enriching themselves with public funds, driving bulletproof cars with billions budgeted for their feeding allowance in the 2023 budget estimates that they are all submitting before their various Houses nof Assembly, yet they won’t pay workers their entitlement.
At a press briefing this week, leaders of the in-house Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists and National Union of Printing, Publishing and Paper Products Union Workers, on behalf of hundreds of the denied workers, said over 100 members have lost their lives to sicknesses while awaiting their withheld salaries as their children could no longer attend schools.
They lamented the slow pace of the process initiated in 2017 to sell assets of the company to pay off salary arrears of staff and other benefits and wondered why some company’s assets had been sold, but there was no move to pay workers’ entitlement.
They called on Lalong, to as a matter of urgency, to intervene and order disbursement of the fund to workers of the company to alleviate their hardships.
Onwubiko, while reacting to the disclosure, said: “The development is a sordid menace and embarrassing to Northern Governors who have no iota of shame in the first place. It is condemnable that the Northern Governors are enriching themselves at the expense of the masses and neglecting pensioners and journalists owed accumulated wages to be dying.
“Governor Simon Lalong, who incidentally is an All Progressives Congress Governor and the Director-General of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, should as a matter of alacrity, ensure the payment of these entitlements as the Nigerian electorate are watching the maltreatment of workers by the APC. A labourer is worthy of his wages.”

SDP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, ADEWOLE ADEBAYO OUTLINES PLANS FOR NIGERIAN WOMEN

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SDP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, ADEWOLE ADEBAYO OUTLINES PLANS FOR NIGERIAN WOMEN
The SDP presidential candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo has called on political actors to allow women make their contributions in politics by amending what needs to be amended, enforcing the electoral law and allowing the rule of law to prevail.
He made this known on Tuesday in Abuja, during the Voice of Women (VOW) 2022 Conference and Awards where presidential candidates were invited to speak on their plans and commitment to Nigerian women.
Adebayo said, in order to address the issue of low participation of women in politics, two things must be removed – violence and cheating.
“Two things have dominated our politics, violence, and obscene use of money. Women don’t do well in those two vices. So if we want to address participation of women in politics, and participation in decision making, we must remove violence from politics and cheating. Women are not good cheats”, he said.
“When we seek advice, when we seek trust, we go to the women, but when we seek power, we don’t give power to the women. So I believe that if we amend our ways, and enforce the electoral law and have rule of law, women will naturally dominate”.
The SDP presidential candidate, while outlining his plans concerning women if he is elected into power, noted that there are structural issues that needed to be taken care of.
He said the right, privileges and prospects of women in the society should not depend on which government is in power, nor on which politician signs an undertaking because the Nigerian constitution guarantee rights for women.
He also noted that the objective condition that is created in a country will determine whether women are going to live to their full potential.
“If we approach women as citizens and we do that very well most of ours problems will be solved. If we approach women as humans and we do that very well, most of our problems will be solved”, he said.
He said the society has been structured in a way that men create problems and destruction and the women are left to build; but this should be stopped.
He said, “I was a United Nations and ECOWAS appointed Commissioner in Liberia after the war, and I noticed one thing very clearly, all the people who caused the war, none was a woman.
 The generals who commanded the war none was a woman, but most victims of the war, were women; and when we came to rebuild that country, most of those who came to contribute to the development and rebuilding of that country were women”.
Adebayo promised to enforce the rule of law so that women will be given a voice in the grand scheme of things, which will in turn ensure progress for the nation.
“I will enforce the law, and I will ensure that rule of law prevails; and when that happens, women will be the beneficiary and the country will progress”.
Prince Adebayo attended the conference in company of his entourage – Sen. Ugochukwu Uba, Hon. Richard Oriri, Pastor Ade Alabi, Chief Godwin Osigbeme and Mr Patrick.
Other presidential candidates present, were, Al-Mustapha of AAC, Kashim Shettima of APC representing Bola Tinubu , Peter Obi of LP, Malik Ado-Ibrahim of YPP, Dumebi Kachikwu of ADC.
A copy of the Womanifesto was handed over to each candidate

Taraba FRSC kicks  off stakeholders forum, ember month campaign for road users.

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Taraba FRSC kicks  off stakeholders forum, ember month campaign for road users.

 

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Taraba command on Thursday kicked off a stakeholders forum and ember month road safety sensitization campaign for road users to avoid road crashes during the period.

Corps Commander Selina Williams, the state Sector Commander noted at the occasion which was  held at Awoniyi motor park Jalingo that, the ember month 2022 Campaign with the Theme, “AVOID SPEEDING, OVER LOADING AND UNSAFE TYRES TO ARRIVE ALIVE”, was to enlighten the road users through various awareness and patrol operations.

According to her, the campaign was aimed at curtailing the  infractions like, speeding, over loading, use of fake tyres, use of phone while driving and many others that have impacted negatively on road transportation and road users.

Williams commended the State and Local Governments in Taraba, NURTW, Fleet Operators, NATO, hospitals, ministries/agencies, all Security operatives , professional bodies and other Stakeholders for their commitment in Road Safety administration in the state  which has led to a positive  Score Card

on Road Traffic Crash reduction from January 2022 till date.

“we have recorded 64 number of Crashes in 2022 as against 98 in 2021, 88 vehiclelar incidents in 2022 as against 150 in 2021, 345 people involved in accident in 2022 as against 573 in 2021, 163  injured in 2022 as against 362 in 2021 and  16 dead in 2022 as against 22 in 2021.

“The ember months which run from September to December of every year is usually known with high volume of human and vehicular movements including other several activities to mark the end of the year.

“FRSC being the lead Agency in Road Traffic Management in Nigeria,  has taken the lead

in ensuring that the Campaign is sustained yearly and had also shown the willingness to

collaborate with the State government and other stakeholders in the State to ensure the safety of road users during the period.

“We commend Gov Darius Ishaku, whose administration had shown much support in making Taraba roads conducive and safe for road users through the construction and dualization of new roads, donation of operational vehicles, inauguration of the state Road Safety Advisory Council (SARSAC) Chaired by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Haruna Mannu.

“I wish to also appeal to all road users to strictly adhere to traffic laws and avoid all forms of traffic infractions and patronizing illegal parks.

Mr Patrick Davou, the FRSC  Zonal Head of Operations zone 3 Yola, explained at the occasion that the FRSC  ember month tradition was introduced due to the high number of celebration that were normally involved within the period stimulate  traveling from one point of the country to the end.

Davou noted that it was thoughtful of the corps  to ensure that drivers apply all the safety rules to save lives.

Also, Taraba state Director of state security service (DSS), Mallam Ibrahim Salisu MNI, appealed to state government to improve the road conditions of the state to help reduce the rate of road crashes.

Earlier, Dr. Grace Ahams Akor, the Director Aalina vision Eye clinic, encouraged road users to always check their eyes to improve their sight for safer driving.

Reports said  the Ember month flag off  campaign witnessed by  the National union of road transport workers NURTW Taraba state, Taraba state Transport Cooperation TSTC, A.J Danpulo Transport and other related unions.

2023:  52 Deregistered Political Parties Drum Support for Prince Adewole Adebayo, other  SDP Candidates

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2023:  52 Deregistered Political Parties Drum Support for Prince Adewole Adebayo, other  SDP Candidates

Social Democratic Party Candidate (SDP), Prince Adewole Adebayo gets backing of 52 deregistered political parties in Nigeria on Tuesday raked support for him and endorsed all the White Horse candidates cuts across the 36 states in Nigeria, ahead of the country’s general elections in 2023.

The leader of the defunct parties, Dr. Odion Cedrack, spoke to journalists during a visit to the SDP Presidential Candidate at his residence in Abuja.

He said that their members would register with the SDP and work for all of the party’s candidates in all positions, from the units to the wards and the national level.

Speaking on behalf of the umbrella organization mobilizing All Nigerians for Good Governance (MAN), Cedrack stated that the movement’s goal is to ensure that it supports credible candidates who will improve the lives of Nigerians and promote unity in diversity.

MAN was established in March 2019, immediately following the most recent general election , and it is made up of 52 deregistered political parties, civil societies, NGOs, youths, women, and other community members.

When pressed to identify the parties, the Coordinator declined and responded, “In addition to ensuring that leaders are accountable and capable of carrying out their responsibility to Nigerians.

According to him: “We are engaging various political entities and liaising with the different stakeholders through effective communication and leadership prowess. In our subsequent meetings and consultations with various political parties and their candidates we are resolved with the following:
“That the SDP and her presidential candidate, the impeccable persona of Barrister Prince Adewole Adebayo Mr. Adequate is our preferred candidate for the forthcoming 2023 elections.
“All members from the National level to the Ward level should be a Card Carrying member of the Social Democratic Party.
“That some of our members (MAN) should be incorporated into the campaign council, workforce from ward level to national level.

“That in the event of the emergence of the victory of the party (SDP) in the Presidential, legislative both federal and state elections, State governorship election, local government elections, our members should be planted, rooted and incorporated in unity as part of the system from the ward to the National level.

“In Furtherance to this merger and understanding by both parties, I Amb Dr Odion Cedrack Okpebholo the Founder/President of this great workforce, on behalf of all members of MAN home and abroad, I hereby announce the declaration of the entire members of this great movement into the Social Democratic Party (SDP) workforce of our indéfectible candidate.

“Barrister Prince Adewole Adebayo Mr Adequate, the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) and all other approved bodies and candidates of the Social Democratic Party.

“In this light, I urge all our patriotic members from the national level to draw up and exert ourselves in ensuring that by the grace of God all candidates of the Social Democratic Party shall be victorious in all her elections 2023.”

Responding, the Presidential candidate of the SDP, Prince Adewole Adebayo said that the party was suspending its Presidential campaigns following the demise of the son of former Minister of sports and Director- General of the SDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Solomon Dalung who is also a House of Representatives candidate in Plateau State.

New Nigerian Newspaper workers beg Tinubu’s Campaign DG, Gov. Lalong over 100months unpaid salaries

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New Nigerian Newspaper workers begs Tinubu’s Campaign DG, Gov. Lalong over 100months unpaid salaries
Workers Of New Nigerian Newspapers have cried out to Chairman Northern Governors, Simon Lalong to pay staff of the company  their accumulated salaries and other benefits.
In a press statement jointly signed by Comrade Friday Idoko,  Funmi Aderinto, Usman Nasidi and Emmanuel Bello as Chairmen and Secretaries of the in-house unions on behalf of hundreds of workers decried the slow pace of a process they noted was initiated in  2017 to sell assets of the company to pay off salary arrears of staff and other benefits, many of whom had died  awaiting their unpaid wages of over 100 months owed by Northern State Governors.
The statement  revealed that some huge amount of money had been realized from sales of the company’s property, urging the plateau state governor to promptly order disbursement of the sum to workers of the company to alleviate their hardship.
The statement however commended efforts of the Northern Governors for ensuring the payment of the company’s pensioners who had worked under the federal government.
” The Joint Workers’ Union of New Nigerian Newspapers in its Congress held October 25 , 2022 is appealing to the Chairman of  Northern State Governors Forum (NSGF), His Excellency, Simon Bako Lalong to expedite action on settlement of workers entitlements.
” The Joint Union comprising of members of Nigeria Union Of Journalists (NUJ) and National Union Of Printing, Publishing and Paper Products Union Workers (NUPPPROW) New Nigerian Chapel expressed worries over workers plights due to non-payment of salaries for many years, resulting to depression and deaths of over 103 staff awaiting their entitlements.
” We are appealing to Governor Simon Lalong as a compassionate leader and head of  Northern Governors to use his good office to put smiles on our faces and those of our families by ordering a prompt payment from the available resources realized from sales of the company’s property.
” We have been through a lot of hardship; many of our compatriots have been ejected by their landlords, many could no longer pay their childrens’ school fees,  many have died due to one form of ailment or the other as a result of economic bottlenecks.
” We have so much confidence in your effective leadership built on selflessness, passion to serve and commitment to welfare of your subjects.
” It is our collective conviction that our appeal will receive the attention it deserves,” the statement said.

QUEEN LILLIAN VISITS JKS ORPHANAGE HOME AND AUTISM CENTER, DONATES ITEMS. 

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QUEEN LILLIAN VISITS JKS ORPHANAGE HOME AND AUTISM CENTER, DONATES ITEMS.
The wife of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Presidential candidate, Queen Lillian Adebayo, on Saturday 22nd October, paid a visit to JKS Orphanage Home and Autism Center for Children with Special Needs in Abuja.
She was accompanied by SDP FCT women leaders and supporters.
Speaking during the visit, Queen Lillian commended the owners and management of the place on the good job of creating a beautiful environment for the children to feel comfortable and happy.
She said, “I want to say a big, big well-done to you and to your staff. You have done a really good job. I’m so proud of you”.
 “On behalf of my foundation, the queen Lillian Adebayo Foundation and on behalf of my husband, the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, the people and these women here, on behalf of every one of us, we’ve come to give you these gifts.
“Please continue this good work, don’t relent because the God who called you to do this would not allow your foot to be moved as the Bible says, and you would see the favor of God upon your life. Nobody who comes out to do work like this goes unrewarded; you will be rewarded in the ways that you never, ever imagined possible for you”.
The Founder of the orphanage explained what the home does to help children with special needs.
“Our work on this side is only for children with special needs and to cater for children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other intellectual disabilities who are orphans some were abandoned by their parents and the ones from low income homes”.
They also expressed gratitude for the donation by the Queen Lillian Foundation.
The items donated by Queen Lillian and her team were, bags of rice, beans, gallons of red and groundnut oil, cartons of bournvita, milk, noodles
of different flavors snacks, packs of drinks, water, spaghetti, toiletries and diapers of different sizes, lots of cooked food, bags of semo, clothes, shoes and cash.

SDP Presidential Candidate Vows To Ensure Women Inclusive Government

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SDP Presidential Candidate Vows To Ensure Women Inclusive Government

Presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Adewale Adebayo has said that when the Nigerian electorate enthroned the party in 2023, it would explore the asset of Nigerian women to manage national resources for a better Nigeria.

He said this at the three days conference with Presidential candidates organized by the Nigerian Women Search for Good Governance in Abuja.

He said the managerial asset if the Nigerian woman has been experienced by him and an employer of labour and he believes that such asset would turn the fortunes of Nigeria around when deployed for national growth and development.

His words: “If you want to empower families, you have to empower women. I’m also an employer of labour. I became an employer of labour when I was 22 years old. I have been employing people overtime. Overtime, I have employed women and men.

“If you find out from organisations that I’ve been running for many years before I thought I will be in politics, 80-85 per cent of my managers are women.

“It is not because they know how to dress elegantly, it’s because they know how to manage and care. The truth of the matter is that Nigerian society and the Nigerian government don’t look alike.

“In Nigerian society, the women carry the verdict and the women run the show but in the Nigerian government, the men take everything. This has to change. If we can listen to women, we will know the problem of Nigeria and solve them.”

He maintained that where the Nigeria government allowed the woman to deploy her housewife skills in managing public resources, Nigeria would be saved from many troubles.

He said, “A government should be like a housewife. If you want to have a government that will work in Nigeria, you have to fashion the government like a housewife. The government will wake up and think of how people will eat and go to school.

“With the way I approach governance, women have a major role to play because I grew up well taken care off. In fact, my attitude to governance arose from the fact that I grew up in innocence.

“The problems of government did not affect me that much because of the family from which I came.

Adebayo maintained that the empowerment of the Nigerian family through multiple opportunities affected by the enabling environment for all kinds of skills will make the country bloom again.

“And my aim, therefore, is to make sure that however long I stay in power or government, whether long or short, I will empower families. Because failure to empower families is the problem of Nigeria,” Adebayo stated

Gen Danjuma urges Nigerians to defend themselves against  armed foreign bandits

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Gen Danjuma urges Nigerians to defend themselves against  armed foreign bandits

Lt. Gen Theophilus  Danjuma retired, a former Minister of Defence on Saturday called on Nigerians to defend themselves  against armed foreign bandits terroring the country.

Danjuma disclosed this while speaking at the official presentation  of Staff of office to the new Aku Uka, His Majesty Manu Ali in Wukari.

Ali was  appointed the new Aku Uka 2021 by Gov Darius  Ishaku of Taraba following the demise of Dr Shekarau Angyu who ruled for 45 years.

According  to Danjuma, his earlier call on Nigerians to defend their land against armed foreign bandits was taken for granted and the result is clear for everyone to see.

“My appeal to you the new Aku Uka is for you to unit us to be able to effectively defend ourselves against the enemies of the country.

“In 2017 when I called on the people to defend themselves, a kangaroo commission od enquiry was set up to investigate and they said I was lying because there was no evidence.

“Today in the country, there is evidence everywhere, the foreign bandits are killing and taking over lands in all the place.

“I will not give you arms, you have find out how the bandits got and find yours too,” he said.

Gov  Ishaku while presenting the staff of office to the Aku Uka urged him to unite all his subjects for a peaceful prosperous kingdom and state.

Ishaku, who  congratulated Ali on his elevation as the supreme leader of the Kwararafa Kingdom urged him to use his worth of experience to attract  peace and  develop the state.

Alhaji Muhammed Abubakar, the Sutan of Sokoto urged the youths of Wukari to listen to the Aku Uka for a peaceful election come 2023 and beyond.

Earlier, Alhaji Bello Yerro, the Permanent Secretary Bureau for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs urged Ali to work with the other traditional rurals in the state to promote peace in the state.

In his response, Ali, the  new Aku Uka and Chairman, Taraba Traditional council  pledged to work hard to ensure peace, unity and progress of the state and Nigeria.

Reports say the corronation was witnessed by a large crowd including Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau state, traditional rurals from all over the country, government officials among others.

Empowerment: 1000 Kaduna youths, women gets N30M from lawmaker, Hon. Gabriel Saleh

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Empowerment: 1000 Kaduna youths, women gets N30M from lawmaker, Hon. Gabriel Saleh
Member representing Kachia/Kagarko federal constituency, Hon. Gabriel  Saleh Ha’ar, has empowered no fewer than 1000 youths and women with over N30 million for a better living.
The lawmaker said, it has become imperative to alleviate poverty in his constituency, in view of the hardship occassioned by the covid 19 pandemic in the last two years.
While presenting the cash to the beneficiaries in Kachia  local government on Friday, the member urged them to judiciously invest the resources given to them into the  nation economy for growth and development.
 ” I can assure all the beneficiaries that with judicious use of this money, it will in no small measure boost the economy of the nation and encourage economic stability,” the lawmaker emphasised.
He however, disclosed that the empowernment programme was the forth of it’s kind, which, according to him started in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 respectively.
While speaking, Ha’ar noted that with judicious use of the funds, it would spur him to do more by empowering the youths and women in his constituency.
In his opening remarks, member representing Kagarko, Kaduna state House of Assembly, Hon. Nuhu Goroh Shadalafia, applauded the federal lawmaker for the gesture, saying that the empowernment programme was coming at the right time that the people are in need of such empowernment.
Shadalafia who was the former Deputy Speaker, urged the beneficiaries to always support the lawmaker, himself and the Kaduna state government.
One of the benefiaries, Halima Ibrahim, thanked the lawmaker for the show of love to them, promising to properly make use of the funds.
The empowernment programme which was in collaboration with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution also had traditional rulers, politicians and other stakeholders in attendance.