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Kaduna FA Inaugurates Committee to conduct election on June 7




BY Stella Kabruk

Kaduna, May 19,2019 The Kaduna State Football Association (FA) on Sunday inaugurated a 9-man committee to conduct its election on June 7, in Kafanchan.

The FA also inaugurated a 5-man appeal committee to entertain complaints that might arise after the election.

The electoral committee has Habib Bello-Dembo as Chairman, with Sabo Babayaro as Vice Chairman while Ahmed Maude, Kaduna State Director of Sports, Ibrahim Yakubu and Isaiah Benjamin, the Chairman, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, will serve as members.

Other members include, Dr. Bitiyong Yakubu-Nkom of the State House of Assembly, Aliyu Adamu and Iliyasu Musa while the FA Secretary, Abdulsalam Jere, will serve as Secretary.

Meanwhile, the five members of the appeal committee are Dr Tijjani Yusuf, Abdulkareem Ibrahim, Prof. Rabiu S. Adamu, Abubakar Balarabe and Nasir Chiji.

The State Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Culture, Daniel Danauta, urged the committee members to discharge their duties without fear or favour.

On his part, the incumbent FA Chairman, Kasim Sherreef, advised the committee members to abide strictly by the statutes of the association without any form of compromise.

In his response, Bello-Dembo, the chairman of the electoral committee, gave the assurances of conducting a free, fair, credible and transparent election.

He therefore called for the support of all the stakeholders to make the election a success.



NAF trains 435 specialists to man its platforms



The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, on Monday said that 435 specialits have been trained by the Nigerian Air Force to man its platforms.

The personnel were trained at the Nigerian Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Kaduna.

Abubakar disclosed this during the graduation ceremony of participants of Initial Officers and Basic Airmen/Airwomen Sundry Courses at AFIT, NAF base in Kaduna.

He said that it was time for the institution to reflect on how well it has delivered on its mandate while the students reflect on the enormity of the challenges that lie ahead in building a successful professional career in the NAF.

He noted that for over 40 years, AFIT has consistently trained officers and airmen/airwomen who have performed creditably in supporting NAF operations as specialists in aircraft and armament engineering.

Also in works and services, supply management, communication as well as Information and Communication Technology.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 435 students where trained on engineering, armament maintenance, logistics and procurement management.

Others include, electrical/electronics/radar/Information technology, aircraft maintenance, Air Frame and Power Plant Option and avionics.

NAN also reports that among the 435 graduating students, 75 are officers and 360 are airmen and airwomen.

Abubakar said the vision of the current NAF administration was anchored on human capacity development for enhanced professional performance.

“Ensuring NAF personnel have the requisite knowledge and skills to effectively support Nigerian Air Force operations which remains the prime focus of my administration

”For this year, despite the COVID-19 Pandemic, AFIT has successfully completed the training of 760 NAF personnel including the 435 students who are graduating today.

“In the area of pilots training, two officers including the first female fighter pilot have concluded their tactical training on the A-Jet aircraft.

“Only last week, we witnessed the graduation of 29 officers of Super Mushk Pcourse and 46 who have successfully completed their ab initio pilot training on the Supermushak and the DA-40 aircraft.

”Similarly, last Friday, 24 special forces personnel passed out as instructors at the RTC Annex in Bauchi and the unit also commenced the training of 219 SF personnel.

“Later in the week, we shall witness the graduation of four student pilots that have completed their Basic Fighter Training course in Kano.”

According to Abubakar, these courses that have been concluded successfully despite enormous challenges including the COVID–19 pandemic.

”It will no doubt have positive impact not only on our operations but will go a long way towards ensuring that the Service is positioned into a highly professional and disciplined force.”

He also noted that the technical and logistics management courses conducted by the Air Force Institute have helped tremendously to reduce dependence on foreign expatriates and save huge foreign exchange for the nation.

“The execution of air operations in theatres across Nigeria using solely Nigerian crews, engineers, technicians, and controllers is a testament of the success story of our capacity building initiative.

”I congratulate the students for their steadfastness, tenacity of purpose and grit to complete your course work.

”However, let me remind you that the initial and basic courses you have just completed is the beginning of your journey as professionals in the NAF.

“You still have a lot to learn particularly from your superiors in the field.

“It is my sincere expectation that as you go to the field, you will be good and worthy ambassador of AFIT as you join a long line of outstanding graduates of this prestigious citadel who through excellence, hard work and commitment have continue to contribute to the success of the Nigerian Air Force.”

Abubakar expressed NAF appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari, for his continuous support.

“The invaluable support the NAF has enjoyed over the years has placed us in a position to tackle the challenges of insurgency and myriad of other forms of insecurity across the nation.

“We hereby reaffirm our commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all Nigerians and indeed all the people who reside in our great country,” he said.

Earlier, the Commandant of AFIT, AVM Abdulganiyyu Olabisi, said that the basic courses were aimed at introducing the officers and men to their various trades in preparation for deployment to the field.

Olabisi said having recognized that the officers and men of the NAF can only give as good as they are equipped to, reiterated the need to train and re-train them to handle all the operational needs of the Nigerian Air Force.

This he said will deemphasize dependence on foreign nationals and non-military actors.

The Commandant appealed to NAF Headquarters to assist in the funding of the training initiatives.

NAN report that the Chief of Air Staff also inaugurated two block of hostels of 24 rooms each built by the Nigerian Airforce Investments Limited and handed to the AFIT.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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Niger governor calls for collaboration on maintenance of state roads



Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has urged articulated vehicle owners to cooperate with the state government on the issue of the state roads in order to safeguard the socio-economic activities of the Nation.

The state roads serves as a major link between the Northern part of the country and the South-West part through its Bida to Minna axis which is a state road.

Bello, who spoke on the background of the re-opening of the closed Bida-Minna road, said the weight of the vehicles was heavily affecting the state of roads in the state.

He added that currently the Bida-Minna road has finally given way and motorists especially the truck drivers are going through another state road; the Bida-Lapai-Paiko road.

The governor said articulated vehicle should stick to the agreed tonnes of 40,000 litres of those carrying petroleum products and 35 tonnes dry weight for other goods.

“One of the causes of the deplorable state of the roads is that overtime, no one has paid attention to trucks and trailers. So, tanker owners decided to increase the carrying capacity of their tankers from between 45,000 to about 90,000 litres. For dry cargoes, they carry 60 to 70 tons. I don’t think any of our Nigerian roads have been designed to carry such weight.

“So, within two to three years, we realised that most of the roads, especially in Minna town, from Chachanga Bridge to Kpakungu roundabout, have been destroyed by these trucks, not because of the volume of the trucks but the weight. The number of trucks that ply that road does not really matter, as long as they carry specified tonnage.

“Recently, we awarded the contract to Dantata Construction Company for the reconstruction of Minna-Bida road. Unfortunately, the contractors are complaining that the pace of work is so slow because of the volume of trailers that ply the route,” he said.

He explained that the re-opening of the state roads was to mitigate the negative economic hardship faced by people in the northern region due to shortage of petroleum products and food.

He added that since inception, the administration has been carrying out intervention works on some of the federal roads in the state, mainly to ameliorate the sufferings of its citizens in spite of lean resources.

The governor, however, said that the Federal and state government were taking remedial measures to forestall hardship and resolve the issue of bad road network in the state.

“The decision led to shortage of petroleum products up Northern Nigeria, as Niger State, particularly Minna-Bida road became the transit route for tankers moving premium motor spirit (PMS). Other heavy duty vehicles between the South to the North suffered similar fate and food shortages stared all in the face.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a stakeholders meeting was convened in Abuja at the weekend, chaired by the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, with the Inspector General of Police, the Director General of the Department of State Services, the Managing Director of the NNPC and the Minister of Works in attendance.

Briefing the press after the meeting, Bello explained that the meeting looked at the shortage of the supply of petroleum products up north.

“We also looked at causes of why we are having problems today.

“Overtime, most of our highways have been ignored. We all know that the main road most people travel from the South-west to the northern part of this country is the Jebba-Mokwa-Tegina-Kagara-Birnin Gwari-Kaduna. That is a trunk ‘A’ road that has been abandoned and neglected for many years. It is not motorable at the moment.

“The option was to take Mokwa-Bida-Agaie-Lapai-Lambata, which also is very bad.

“I am glad today, in the meeting, we discussed this and agreed on 45,000 litres for PMS, which I believe is still too much but we can work with it, or 35 tons for dry cargo.

“The idea is, if we control the weight, the road will probably survive the rainy season. We will do some remedial works, meaning, the failed section will be maintained and the bridges, whose integrity test is questionable or show signs of weakness will be fortified just to survive the rainy season.

“I am aware, the minister of works is making arrangement to fund those contracts. His ministry has already awarded but at the moment, our major concern and challenge is to survive the rainy season. Once we are able to survive the rainy season, the contractors will go back to site.

“We did not close the Minna-Bida road to inconvenience people but to save and protect the only road that connects the South-western and northern parts of the country.

“My understanding is, while the state government is doing some remedial works on Farin-Doki up to Chachanga, City Gate to Minna town, then Pakungu to Bida road, the Federal Ministry of Works will concentrate on Lambata-Bida

“Hopefully, they will also concentrate on Mokwa-Kagara-Tegina-Birnin Gwari road. Once those roads are fixed, people in Minna will begin to see reduction in the volume of trailers passing through Minna town”.

On the measures put in place to ensure compliance with the new directive, the governor said: “First of all, we expect the depots not to load any truck that is more than 45,000 litres of petroleum products. We also expect, especially the cement companies not to load any trailer that is more than 35 tonnes”.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
Source: NAN
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Okowa mourns Emir of Zazzau



Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has condoled with the the government and people of Kaduna State on the death of Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.

The governor’s condolence message was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Monday in Asaba.

He also commiserated with the royal family and the Zazzau Emirate Council on the death of the traditional ruler.

Okowa said for 45 years, the late emir had the rare privilege of leading the people of Zazzau Emirate with utmost diligence and unassuming dedication.

He stressed that the deceased, who was one of the longest serving traditional rulers in the country, was a strong proponent of peace, progress and development in the country and exemplified this in his 45 years on the throne.

According to the governor, Nigerians across political and religious beliefs will miss the leadership and warm disposition of the emir.

He said that the emir’s good works and leadership qualities would long be remembered and cherished in his emirate and the entire nation.

He described the late Idris as a great patriot, whose honest and peace loving leadership was commendable.

“The late emir was an iconic leader and exemplary peacemaker whose influence and commitment to good leadership traversed beyond his emirate.

“In the last 45 years of his reign, the Zazzau Emirate developed further in the areas of infrastructure, especially education and peaceful co-existence among the people of the emirate and their neighbours.

“He played a fatherly role in his regular call for peace among farmers and herdsmen in the state and the nation at large.

“The late Shehu Idris was a man who feared Allah in his leadership and was always ready to assist and support the needy as well as the development of the Zazzau Emirate.

“Since he was appointed Emir of Zazzau on February 8, 1975, the deceased served under 20 governors, and was never found wanting in his leadership disposition,” he said.

The governor assured the government and people of Kaduna State and Zazzau Emirate in particular, of the prayers and thoughts of the government and people of Delta in this moment of grief.

He prayed Allah to forgive him his sins and grant him Aljanah firdaus and comfort the people of Zazzau Emirate on the demise of the royal father..

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni and Isaac Ukpoju
Source: NAN
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Emir of Zazzau’s demise, big loss to Nigeria – Kalu



A former Governor of Abia, Sen. Orji Kalu, has described the passing away of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, as a big loss to Nigeria.

In a condolence message made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja, he described the late monarch as `a selfless statesman and rare gem’.

Kalu, who is also the Chief Whip in the Senate, called on the family of the late royal father to uphold his remarkable legacies.

Kalu added that the late traditional ruler was passionate about development at all levels, noting that he would be remembered for serving his people selflessly.

While commiserating with the government and people of Kaduna State and the Zazzau Emirate Council, the former governor prayed Allah to grant the late emir aljannah firdaus and the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

He said: “The demise of the Emir of Zazzau and Chairman, Kaduna State Emirate Council, Alhaji Shehu Idris, is a huge loss to Nigeria.

“The late monarch was known to be upright, patriotic, selfless and charismatic. His 45-year reign as Emir of Zazzau was remarkable and historic.

“During his reign, Zaria and Kaduna state at large witnessed robust development. His legacies will remain evergreen in the minds of the people.

“The late monarch will surely be missed by all and sundry, as he was a highly detrabilised Nigerian,’’ he said.

Kalu extended his heartfelt condolences to members of the Idris family and urged them to take solace in the fact that their late patriarch lived a purposeful life, dedicated to service to humanity.

NAN reports that Idris, who died on Sunday at the age of 84, was the 18th Emir of Zazzau and Chairman of Zazzau Emirate Council and the Kaduna State Council of Chiefs.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo and
Source: NAN‘Wale Sadeeq
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