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Kano bureau for land issued 648 certificates in 6 months

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The Kano State Bureau for Land Management, says it has issued 648  Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) in the past six months in the state.


Murtala Shehu, the Public Relations Officer of the Bureau, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Kano.

Shehu said that the certificate were issued to those who want to register and formalised their lands ownership in the state.

He said: “We have issued 684 Certificate of Occupancy to applicants between January to July.

“The issuing of certificate is an ongoing process, another 240 C of O will be issued soon.

“The management will produce more than 1,000 certificate of occupancy to applicants before the end year,” he said.

Shehu disclosed that the management also introduced Systematic Land Tilting Registration (SLTR), to fast track certification for customary plots and non-layout plots.

He added that the agency was working to provide enabling environment to enable the people to own their lands, to fast track rapid social and economic development of the state.

The spokesman said the agency had so far  conducted SLTR exercise at Dala, Faggae, Gwale, Kumbotso, Tarauni and Ungogo Local Government Areas of the state.

Shehu said that similar exercise would be conducted in Kano Municipal and Nassarawa LGAs before the end of the year.

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Politics

22 parties allege exclusion in Bauchi polls, commission denies

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Some 22 Political Parties in Bauchi State say their  names and logos  are omitted by the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC) to participate in the state’s upcoming council poll.


However, the electoral umpire says it is untrue.

Alhaji Ahmed Aminu,  Leader of the political parties Chairmen and  state Chairman of the Young Democratic Party (YDP), levelled the allegation on Sunday in Bauchi.

He said that omission of their names and the logo would  deny them the opportunity to participate in the  forthcoming local government election and the by-election of the Dass constituency in the state Assembly.

Aminu lamented that in spite of frantic efforts to ensure the names and logos of their various political parties were captured in the ballot papers meant for the LGA election, none had yielded  result.

He said that after the receipt of the order of the court of appeal that gave them victory, they approached BASIEC and submitted the court order for its attention. According to him, we also expressed our interest to participate in the forthcoming local council elections and the by-election for Dass constituency seat  in the state Assembly.Aminu said that they were directed by BASIEC to furnish INEC and other channels with their requests, which they complied with.

“But neither INEC nor BASIEC has given us any feedback ahead of the Oct. 17, LGA election in the state,” he said. Aminu said that the council poll was fast approaching, adding that if  the names and logos were not included, they would seek redress in court.

He commended  the national leadership of the aggrieved 22 political parties for demanding that justice was served to the political parties.

They also lauded  the appeal court judges led by their president, noting that the judgment that rekindled the hope of their parties,  showed  the judiciary was indeed the last hope of the  common man.

Responding, the State Executive Chairman of  BASIEC,  Alhaji Dahiru Tata, said that the commission did not have the power to register political parties but  only INEC had the mandate.

“When we requested for names of political parties from INEC, they gave only 18 political parties that are registered with them and they are all participating in the local government area poll.

”So, the parties  should approach INEC and sort it out with them. Once INEC  registers  them, we will also include them despite the schedule,” Tata said.

 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Late Emir of Zazzau laid to rest in his palace

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The remains of the late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaj Shehu Idris has been laid to rest at his palace in Zaria besides some past emirs of the emirate.


The funeral prayers was led by the Chief Imam of Zazzau Emirate, Alhaji Dalhatu Kasimu in the palace at about 5:35pm, attended by thousands of people.

Among those in attendance were Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufa’i, Secretary to the state government, Balarabe Lawal-Abbas, Speaker of the State Assembly, Yusuf Zailani and other top government functionaries.

The Chief of Staff to the President, Amb. Ibrahim Gambari led the federal government delegation, consisted of Aviation Minister, Sen. Hadi Sirika, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu.

Also at the palace was the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, and heads of military and paramilitary formations in Kaduna state.

News Agency of Nigeri recalls that the Waziri of Zazzau, Malam Ibrahim Muhammad, confirmed the death of Alhaji Shehu Idris, the 18th Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman, Kaduna State Council of Chiefs to NAN in Zaria.

The Emir died at the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna in the early hours of Sunday at the age of 84.

Shehu Idris was coronated the Emir of Zazzau on February 15, 1975, and has ruled Zazzau emirate for 45 years, before his death.

NAN observed that the death of emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris has thrown the entire people of the emirate into tears and mourning.

The corpse of the late Paramount ruler arrived the Palace from Kaduna at about 2.45pm.

The palace that was filled to capacity by friends, relatives and well wishers patiently waiting to pay their last respect to the late emir, bursted into tears when the corpse arrived the palace.

The 18th Fulani Emir of Zazzau, late Idris, ascended the throne on February 8, 1975 following the demise of Alhaji Muhammadu Aminu, the 17th Emir of Zazzau.

In 1958, he was a teacher at a school in Hunkuyi and then taught at a few other schools in Zaria. Thereafter, he left the teaching profession.

In the 1960s, he was a private secretary to Sarkin Zazzau, Muhammadu Aminu, and was also appointed as the Secretary to Zaria Native Authority council in 1965.

In 1973, he was bestowed the title of Dan Madamin Zaria and appointed the district head of Zaria and Kewaye.

Idris succeeded Sarki Aminu in 1975. On January 10, 2015 he celebrated his 40 years coronation anniversary, and marked his 45th anniversary on February 8, 2020.

Edited By: Benson Iziama/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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More troops, police deployed to Kaduna Airport Road, other strategic locations

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At the instance of Governor Nasir  El-Rufai,  troops of the Nigerian Army and police operatives have been deployed to Kaduna Airport Road on Sunday in Kaduna.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the deployment also covers some strategic locations, where aggressive operations by troops and police are in progress.

The deployment was aimed at beefing up security around the Kaduna Airport Road, Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road Roundabout and the Nigerian Defence Academy Road.

 The Nigerian Air Force will retain the duty of securing the immediate premises of the Kaduna Airport, its staff quarters and other critical aviation assets in the airport.

A meeting was held between the state government, the Army, Police, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and community leaders at Kutungare village, Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

At the meeting, Gov. El-Rufai, represented by Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, challenged the community leaders to cooperate with the newly deployed troops and operatives.

“We are here to see for ourselves the ongoing aggressive fighting patrols by the newly deployed troops and police operatives in these locations.

“This will complement the Nigerian Air Force, who are working in the immediate airport environment, while the troops and operatives cover the general area,” the governor said.

In his remarks, the Garrison Commander, 1  Division Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen Olusegun Abai, said communities have roles to play in enhancing security through information sharing and working harmoniously with security agencies.

He added that the army will be open to the communities in line with the principles of civil-military relations.

El-Rufia commended the Army for deploying troops to Juji village in Chikun LGA, following security challenges in the village and adjoining communities on the Kaduna Eastern Bypass.

The governor also praised the community leaders for their support to security agencies and the government.

He charged them to sustain the security information sharing mechanism in place, and also urged recourse to the law by aggrieved individuals and groups.

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Why FG is investing massively in railways, seaports — Amaechi

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The Federal Government’s focus on railway and seaport development is a necessity to drive the nation’s economy, according to the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi.


Amaechi stated this at the virtual 15th Annual Kaleidoscope Global Business Conference hosted by the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York on Sunday.

“Many Nigerians have asked why the construction of railways.

“Eighty per cent of the cargoes we have in Nigeria are mostly imported, because the Nigerian economy is yet to generate enough production.

“However, the president is of the view that if we must produce, we must have infrastructure that enables that production, hence the focus on transportation, power and works,” he said.

The minister said although the railway project had started before the President Muhammadu Buhari, the nation’s seaports were not included in the design.

He stated that one of the first things the administration did was to rework the plan to link the rail network to seaports across the country.

“So, we started with the Apapa seaport. We are working there now and I believe by December, we should conclude the Lagos-Ibadan rail line extension into the port.

“We then added the Warri Seaport, the Calabar seaport and Tin Can Island. We are making sure that all of them include seaports,” Amaechi said.

According to him, contract for the 386km rail line from Kano to Maradi in the Republic of Niger will be awarded on Wednesday.

He added contract award for the 1,500km eastern rail line from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri would follow on Sept. 30.

The minister highlighted other rail line projects in the country, including Abuja to Itakpe, and Itakpe to Warri, which he said had been completed

He said the Warri line would also be extended to the Warri seaport being developed by the federal government.

Amaechi also highlighted the government’s seaport digitalisation programme, which he said would be completed in 2021.

Mr Gurjit Singh, former Indian Ambassador to Germany, Indonesia and the African, described Nigeria as the giant of Africa.

Singh, who is the Chairman of the CII Task Force on Asia-Africa Growth Corridor, said the Nigerian rail sector had the potential to drive the nation’s development as was the case in India.

He urged Nigeria to take advantage of the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor initiative to access public private partnership funding for its infrastructure projects.

Organised by United States-based Kaleidoscope Business Project, the event brought together Nigerian state governors, ministers, business executives and prospective foreign investors.

The participants included Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, Douye Diri of Bayelsa, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Samuel Ortom of Benue and AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara,

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Mr Isa Pantami, and the Minister of State for of Mines and Steel Development, Mr Uchechukwu Ogah, also participated.

They took turns to highlight the investment opportunities that abound in their respective states and sectors in addition to the invest facilitation and security measures in place.

Welcoming the participants, the Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, said the conference was part of the government’s efforts to open more windows of business opportunities in Nigeria to the world.

“With the opportunities that abound in Nigeria, this Conference aims at identifying those investors that are able, willing and committed to long term direct investment into the Nigerian economy.

“And it goes without saying that those from the Nigerian side are as desirous to meet investors in order to establish mutually beneficial relationships.

“Let me emphasise the need for us to jointly work together to enhance NIgeria economic growth and industrialization on our shared values and sound principles of mutually beneficial partnership and on a win-win business matrix,” Okoyen said.

 

Edited By: Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

 

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