Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Wednesday inaugurated the state Economic Planning Board (EPB) as part of efforts to spur development in rural areas. El-Rufai said at the inauguration in Kaduna that the board would ensure effective coordination and preparation of local government development plans and budget to improve the people’s livelihood. Represented by the Deputy Governor, Barnabas Bantex, the governor said the state had already developed Local Government Planning and Budgeting Manual to guide local government officials in planning and budgeting process. He explained that the goal of reforming local government system was to maximise the potential of local councils to deliver qualitative public service at the community level. According to him, the step is taken to promote development at the grassroots by creating an autonomous, adequately funded, transparent and responsible local government system capable of delivering services to the people. “Kaduna State Local Government Reform Law 2017 has mandated the LGAs...
By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja Authorities of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and that of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) have put in place machinery to further deepen their relationship so as to sustain an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and other allied collaborations in the areas of engineering, meteorology and digital sciences. The MoU, part of which include maintenance and repairs of (NAF) Aircrafts signed about five years ago, allowed  Engineers from FUTA to be deployed to join a team that successfully repair some  NAF aircrafts that developed problems in Port-Harcourt. Leading a team from the Air Force High Command to explore ways of deepening the collaboration, Chief of Air Staff, NAF, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, represented by Chief of Standard and Evaluation, NAF, Air Vice Marshall Kingsley Lar reiterated the readiness of NAF to tap into the expertise of FUTA in areas of the University’s core competence in cutting edge...
‎Some residents of Kubwa, Abuja's largest sub-urban town are currently groaning over the sudden cut in water supply to their homes for four days running. Areas worst hit are Arab Road, PW and Phase Three where residents have resorted to several unhygienic sources of water for sustenance. The development has increased "open defecation" particularly around some parts of PW which lay along the Murtala Mohammed expressway. A Building Engineer, Tom Ipinnaiye told Vanguard on Tuesday morning that his workers at a building site in PW have had difficulty continuing with the renovation work he was supervising because it has become difficult to get water supply. "The terrain is a bit difficult and it's not every tanker driver that would agree to go to the site. There's no borehole in the compound because they are connected to the public water supply but we never expected the disruption in supply to last this long....
Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has decried the nonchalant attitude of many Nigerians at road traffic accident scenes, describing it as `worrisome’. Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, Obaseki called for more public enlightenment on the need for members of the public to take action to save lives whenever they witnessed accidents. The governor spoke at the commencement of activities to mark the 2017 African Union Road Safety Day/ World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Traffic Crashes. “When road crashes occur, prompt response of various relevant agencies should be required to rescue and evacuate the victims for optimal medical care. “But there is a trend we are observing: I ran into a road crash, very fatal one, a couple of months ago. “Rather than people rushing to aid victims, you had people standing by and using their cell phones to record those crashes. “I found that worrisome and it is something we the agencies...
BY MSUE AZA, Kaduna The Kaduna State Government has welcomed the firm statement by President Muhammadu Buhari recognizing the necessity of the education reforms the state is pursuing. In a statement issued by Governor Nasir El-Rufai's spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said the national conversation over the last week reflects a growing consensus that quality public education should be available for all citizens. Recall that, 33,000 teachers sat for primary four examination but only 11,280 passed, while 21,780 teachers failed the test. However, government had began the recruitment of 25,000 new teachers. According to the statement: "We thank the President and many Nigerians for supporting the tough choice we have made in the interest of the future of our children" Qualified teachers who are competent in their subject areas and equipped with the skills to teach and inspire pupils are crucial to delivering decent education" "We are witnessing the triumph of reason over sentiment. We owe our...
By Ejike Ejike, Abuja The Nigeria Police has paraded eight suspected kidnappers, armed robbers, who specialises in terrorising innocent citizens along Kaduna-Abuja express way. The suspects, Umaru Ibrahim, Leader; Jibril Adamu, Ibrahim Mohammed, Umar Idris, Iliya Adamu, Sumaila Haruna, Silas Chukwuemeka, who confessed to sell drugs to the suspects and Ifeanyi Linus, who serves as informant to the suspects. The exhibits recovered from them include one AK 47 rifle, three locally made guns, one live cartridge and one Toyota Corolla blue colour and one Toyota Corolla ‎silver colour with registration number: ABJ 893 NV. Addressing the media at the parade, Force PRO, CSP Jimoh Moshood said "after a sustained surveillance and raid of the criminal hideouts and kidnappers den by the men of Operation Absolute Sanity comprising the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Police Mobile Force (PMF), Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) raided and arrested suspected kidnappers while on duty. "All the suspects arrested confessed to the crime...
By Blessing Bature The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), under the leadership of Comrade Murtala Muhammad Garba, (GAMJI) has congratulated Prof Moji Christiana Adeyeye, on her recent appointment as the Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) by President Muhammadu Buhari. In a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, NYCN directorate of Health, Dr Ezekoye Pascal commended the federal government for taking the right step in the right direction and putting a square peg in a square hole by appointing a technocrat, a renowned and seasoned Professor of Pharmacy to head NAFDAC. "We plead that the services of technocrats and young professionals should also be employed in other sectors. It's time to give youths the chance to make a difference and carve a niche. "Though, this is a long awaited actualization and fulfillment of desires and yearnings of Nigerians, it will not only help to ensure...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI, Abuja One of the authorised dealers of Toyota Motors in Nigeria, Elizade Motors, has allegedly defrauded the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) of the sum of over N7.6 million under the pretext of refurbishing a 32-seater Model T Coaster bus and 18-seater Model T Hiace bus attached to the media unit of the FCT minister’s office. LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that the contract was awarded since July 2017, but Elizade has failed to deliver, after promising to hand over the buses to the FCT Administration, long after payment had been made. However, the manager of the Abuja branch of Elizade Motors Nigeria Limited, Mr. Ayorinde Ojo, told LEADERSHIP Weekend that the delay was due to “scarcity of spare parts in the branch office,” stressing that the company does not source for spare parts in the local market. The contractual documents obtained by our reporter showed that it cost the administration the...
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says the “Nigeria media is acknowledged as one of the freest in the world’’. The Minister stated this at the 39th Session of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Paris on Tuesday. Contributing to a debate on “UN Plan of Action on Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity’’, the minister said the “Nigerian Government does not engage in impunities against journalists and will never tolerate such’’. Mohammed said that the freedom of the media had been further enhanced through the Freedom of Information Act, adding that government would continue to make efforts to further enable the media to serve the people better. “This effort is intended not only to produce a robust and healthy media, but for the journalism profession to continue to thrive under a conducive environment. “The right to Freedom of Information, commonly understood...
By Ejike Ejike, Abuja ‎‎ A civil society organisation, Citizens of Impact Foundation has called for severe punishment against treasure looters in order to effectively tackle corruption. ‎The foundation, which made the call in Abuja yesterday, noted that the fight against corruption would be effective when those who embezzled public funds are meant to face severe punishment that will discourage other ones. Speaking at the press briefing, ‎the Executive Director, of the foundation, Daniel Olatunde alleged that the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment are colluding with Skye Bank Plc to violate the Treasury Single Account policy of the Federal Government.‎ According to him, the ministry has been maintaining account 1770393883 in the name of Federal Ministry of Commerce and  sharing the accruing revenue from trademarks and patents with a contractor, Einao Ltd. on a 80/20 per cent basis. Olatunde stated that the ministry officials were using an expired contract awarded in 2010 to Novalsys Ltd....