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Kano approves N1.2bn Warawa, Ungogo 5km dual carriage way roads



Kano state Executive Council has approved an upward review of contract sum for the completion of five kilometre dual carriageway roads in Warawa and Ungogo local government areas to the sum of N1, 280, 557, 088.41 billion.

Contracts for the completion of the five kilometre dual carriageway roads in Warawa and Ungogo local government area were awarded in January, 2019 at the cost of N598, 570, 324.45 million and N880, 900, 623.74 million respectively.

The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba who briefed newsmen on the outcome of the council meeting held at Africa House, Government House, Kano, said the increase was as result of unprecedented rise in the general process of construction materials over the last four years.

He stated that new contract sum for the completion of Warawa and Ungogo dual carriageway roads stand at N997, 240, 689.54 million and N398, 670, 365.08 million respectively.

Malam Garba explained further that the council has also given approval for the payment of differences of N238, 851, 229.62 million to   incorporate all adjustments and additional works for the construction of 100 new houses and upgrading of 50 others at the Model Village in Ganduje town of Dawakin Tofa iocal government.

The project, he said, which was awarded in January, 2019 at the cost of N241, 765, 412.45 million, has now been reviewed to N480, 616, 641.55 million.

He said approval has also been given by the council for the payment of N95, 363, 450.00 million for the payment of compensation for properties affected in the construction of Muhammadu Buhari Interchange at NNPC Mega Station Rotary Intersection, Hotoro along Maiduguri Road.

The commissioner announced that the council has also approved the sum of N40, 000, 000.00 million for the production of 1443 AH Islamic Calendar by the state Shari’a Commission.

He said the project includes the production and printing of the calendar, where the services of some Islamic scholars that have vast knowledge on astronomy and other vital issues pertaining to the assessment of Islamic compensation would be involved.

Malam Garba disclosed that approval of N136, 5482, 009.93 has been given for the provision of potable water supply Gaya town and environs to eradicate cases of reported gastroenteritis that involves the rehabilitation of Wudil Regional Water Scheme to Gaya town and its environs, as well as the sum of N96, 991, 239.33 million for the construction six solar mechanized boreholes and 30 hand pump borehole, as well as sensitization programme on triggering hygiene promotion.

He added that the sum of N82, 452, 000.00 has been approved by the council for the provision of high capacity electricity generators to two premier health facilities-Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital and Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital in the state.

The commissioner revealed that the sum of N23, 899, 905.80 million has been approved for the general renovation of physical structures at Science and Technical Schools Board secretariat/headquarters.

 Malam Garba further stated that the council has okayed the release of N24, 850, 000.00 million and N18, 770, 000.00 million for the conduct of 2021 IJMB at RMK College of Arts and Remedial Studies, T/Wada and Kano state College of Education and Remedial Studies respectively.
Approval, he said, has also been given by the council for the release of N17, 600, 000.00 million for the training by Industrial Training Fund (ITF) of 220 youth to be selected from the 44 local governments across the state.

Other approvals by the council include ratifications for projects that included contract determination for the rehabilitation/asphalt overlay of Kwanar Zira-Dungurawa Road awarded in January, 2016 at the cost of N671, 647, 455.14 million now reviewed to N1, 195, 990, 619.88 billion; construction of diversion road connecting Eastern Bypass Road to Maiduguri Road for the construction of Muhammadu Buhari Interchange at NNPC Mega Station Rotary Intersection, Hotoro along Maiduguri Road.

He said other approvals ratified by the council are repair of eroded/washed out section at Kiru town along Yako-Kiru-Karaye Road in Kiru local government area at the cost of N202, 643, 311.03 million; phase II renovation works at History and Culture Bureau, Gidan Dan Hausa, which is necessitated by the creation of a new ministry of tourism and culture. The contract was initially awarded at the cost of N104, 624, 621.58 million now reviewed to N124, 585, 228.93 million.

The commissioner also stated that the council has ratified approval for the contract awarded for general renovation works at the Kano Emir’s Palace at the cost of N33, 880, 213.81 million.

He said the council has also been given by the council for the constituted committee on Distribution of Palliatives to indigent Households to cushion the current economic hardship.

The committee’s composition include some members of the state Executive Council; Special adviser; inter-party representation; security agents; representatives from the Emirate Council; SEMA; Hisbah Board; Chairman, Forum of Chief Imams of Jumu’at Mosques; CAN,  Red Cross Society; NUJ; NLC; CSOs; NGOs; Business Community; among others.

Approval, he said, has been given by the council for the release of N493, 518, 000.00 being cost of foodstuff and other materials to be distributed as support to the most vulnerable indigent households/families acreoss the five Emirates Councils in the state.


Council Chairman commends Gov Lalong for strengthening Democratic system



By Tongnaan Dada Bawa, Jos

Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong have been commended for strengthening democracy in the state by ensuring smooth transition from one elected representatives to another at the grass-root level.

Chairman Qua’an-Pan Local Government Council, Hon. Ernest Da’a who gave this applause at the swearing-in ceremony of the Council’s Deputy Chairman at the Local Government Secretariat noted that history has been made by this uncommon disposition which has ushered in new elected leaders to replicate the Rescue Administration’s policies and programmes at the third tier of government.

In a statement Signed by
Opiah O. Valentine
Assistant Chief Information Officer of the council on Friday, disclosed that the Council Chairman, while thanking the electorate in Qua’an-Pan Local Government Area for voting overwhelmingly for all candidates of the All Progressive Congress APC, in the just concluded elections promised that, they will discharge their duties with the fear of God.

He added that his administration will give priority to staff salaries and welfare as well as on-going projects with a view to ascertaining their viability and possibly complete those that will be beneficial to the people and government.

Da’a who challenged the elected leaders to be upright in their dealings with all and sundries also said that they will be judged by their actions and inactions and advised that they must work assiduously to take the APC to all nooks and crannies of their communities.

On her part, the newly sworn-in Deputy Chairman Qua’an-Pan Local Government Council, Hon. Helen Wapmuk pledged to be dedicated and committed in the discharge of her duties adding that with God on their side, they will not disappoint the people.

In his remark, the Long Pan and President Qua’an-Pan Local Government Traditional Council, Nda Emmanuel Dabang who was represented by the Long Jan, Miskoom Safiyanu Allanana speaking through the Long Kwo, Miskoom Fidelis Attahiru appealed to the citizens to be law-abiding and support government policies so as to attract dividends of good governance to their communities.

There were Goodwill messages from the Honourable Member representing Qua’an-Pan North Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Eric Dakogol, Commissioner for Secondary and Higher Education, Mrs. Elizabeth Wapmuk and APC Chairman Qua’an-Pan Local Government Area, Kangmi Jibrin Haruna.

In another development, Hon. Damar Yaksun representing Doemak Goechim Ward and Yakubu Sarki representing Kurgwi East Ward have emerged as Leader and Deputy Leader respectively in the Qua’an-Pan Local Government Legislative Arm.

While Congratulating them on a successful election, Director General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari called for qualitative representation from the lawmakers for developed and progressive society.

Ari advised the people to always respect constituted authorities irrespective of age and academic qualifications, adding that the emergence of the two principal officers in the Legislative Arm is divine as God can give leadership to whom He pleases.

In their separate remarks, the Leader Legislative Arm, Damar Yaksun and the Deputy Leader, Yakubu Sarki promised to adopt open door policies in overseeing the affairs of the Legislative Arm and thanked other Lawmakers for finding them worthy to serve these capacities.

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EFCC Detains Ex- Kano Governor, Kwankwaso Over Alleged Fraud



A former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Saturday, turned himself in for interrogation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

This came weeks after this newspaper reported how the top member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shunned previous invitations by the anti-corruption agency.

His decision to turn himself in could have been made to avert possible arrest which our reporter learnt was being planned by the commission.

Top EFCC officials, who asked not to be named because they had no permission to speak on the matter, told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr Kwankwaso arrived at the headquarters of the commission in Abuja before noon on Saturday.

“This was after repeated invitations not honoured by him,” one of the sources said.

Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s spokesperson, could not be immediately reached for comments.

A close aide, who sometimes speaks for Mr Kwankwaso, said he would get back to our reporter, but had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.

The former governor is being investigated over a 2015 petition by Concerned Kano State Workers and Pensioners, who alleged that he violated the Kano State Pension and Gratuity Law of 2007 in the management of pension remittances amounting to about N10 billion contributed between 2011 and 2015.

Mr Kwankwaso, earlier governed Kano State between 1999 and 2003, before he returned for his second term from 2011 to 2015.

The 64-year-old also served as the senator representing Kano Central between 2015 and 2019.

According to the petitioners, Mr Kwankwaso had directed that pension remittances be used for housing development, largely to favour the pensioners.

A tripartite deal was later reached between Kano State Pension Trust Funds as the investors and Kano State Investment and Property Limited and Kano State Housing Corporation Limited as developers on a 60:40 sharing ratio.

However, after contracts for the construction of 1,579 houses were awarded for the development of ” Kwankwasiya, Amana, and Bandarawa Cities”, the petitioners alleged, Mr Kwankwaso “manipulated” the process to terminate the term of the agreement and made outright allocations in favour of his aide and cronies.

The alleged manipulation happened in May 2015, the month Mr Kwankwaso left office as Kano’s governor.

Mr Kwankwaso is not the only politically exposed person who shunned an invitation by the EFCC last week, findings by this newspaper show.

As of the time of filing this report, Mr Kwankwaso had been grilled for hours by EFCC operatives.

It is not clear yet if he will be released on bail or pass the night in custody.


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Agric sector lifts 4.2m Nigerians out of poverty in 2 years –Minister



The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammed Abubakar, on Friday, said that 4.2 million Nigerians had been lifted out of poverty, through the agriculture sector in two years.

The minister disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja, to commemorate the 2021 World Food Day under the theme: “Our Actions are our Future. Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life’’.

“As part of our effort to ensure food security, a total of 446 potable water points were provided to rural communities nation-wide with 286,500 households having access.

“We have also installed 11,952 electrical facilities, as well as the provision of 5Nos, 500KVA transformers to the rural areas, to facilitate access to electricity for food processing activities.

“In addition, through our various empowerment initiatives along production, processing and marketing of agricultural commodities, we have lifted a total of 4,205,576 Nigerians out of poverty in the last two years.

“This is going to continue as part of Mr President’s promise to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within the next 10 years.

“It is on record that agriculture was the only sector in Nigeria that recorded marginal growth during the COVID-19 lock-down period, spanning through the 4th quarter of 2019 to the first and second quarters of year 2020 with an average contribution of 24.23 per cent to the country’s GDP,” he said.

“The impressive 2021 second quarter growth rate of 5.01 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product released on Aug. 19 by the National Bureau of Statistics has crop production and food manufacturing as major contributors.

“The Green Imperative programme, which is expected to address the long standing problem of agricultural mechanisation is underway.

“The programme would ensure adequate supply of tractors and other implements to farmers on a public-private partnership arrangement.

“The model adopted is sustainable and would ameliorate the challenge of low production, due to lack of sufficient machinery,” he said.

He also disclosed that the Agricultural Trust Fund Bill had passed second reading at the National Assembly which, if passed into law, would address emergency funding for agricultural activities in the country.

However, the minister acknowledged the challenges bedeviling the sector’s productivity.

“The insecurity bedeviling many farming communities in the North has greatly affected food production in the last three to four years, and the farmer/herder clashes, banditry, cattle rustling all posed serious setbacks to our food systems,” he said.

He expressed optimism that the National Livestock Transformation Plan, would address all the problems associated with the country’s livestock production activities and guarantees adequate supply of quality meat for domestic consumption and for export. (NAN)

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