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Southern Kaduna attacks: Coalition tasks locals on credible information to military



A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), the Southern Kaduna Indigenous Peace  Practitioners (SOKIPEP),   has tasked locals  in the area to always provide  genuine and credible information to  troops deployed  there  to assist them in stopping the attacks and crisis.

The group said that the security personnel were finding it difficult to determine between genuine and false alarms.

The group stated  this in a statement signed by Dr Dauda Fadia, its National Coordinator, and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.

Fadia said that  giving false information about  attacks on Southern Kaduna area was not helpful to the security outfits.

According to him, the military can  bring the pockets of attacks in the area to an end if the locals could provide them credible information promptly.

He said  that it was time for the people to rise to the occasion and support the military and  the security agencies in general in bringing an end to the crisis in the area.

Fadia advised  the military to continue to work toward the restoration of law and order in Southern Kaduna.

He said that that they should not be discouraged by  the many false and noncredible information they had received in the past.

He said such false information led to the troops’ inability  to respond on time to some of the attacks that happened  in recent past in the area.

He noted that this had made the troops to dissipate their efforts in different directions as well as delayed the response to some actual attacks.

“We observed with dismay that sometimes, the military promptly respond to information given them by our people only to realise the information was fake.

“This is counter productive and not healthy for a people that want the security agencies to nib the crisis in their domain in the bud,” he said.

He also condemned the remarks by some women protesters allegedly linking the military to the unfortunate and protracted situation.

“We as SOKIPEP, note with sadness the remarks made by some women protesters recently where they reportedly linked military personnel working in the area to the crisis.

“While we are not holding brief for the military, we wish to strongly state that contrary to the position of these few, Southern Kaduna is today enjoying some relative peace because of the relentless and ceaseless efforts of the military in securing our lives.

” The troops are usually seen in our villages at night on patrols  working with the vigilance groups.

” These unfortunate remarks by the women to say the least, is premature and capable of weakening the morale of the military and also derailing their efforts to restore peace in Southern Kaduna,” he said.

He explained that his members who are mostly Southern Kaduna vigilante members, were working closely with  security outfits on patrol and intelligence gathering in the area.

“Our members constitute most of the  vigilante members  and cut across the entire Southern Kaduna.

” We have been working closely with the military on patrol and sharing intelligence reports  which have greatly reduced the number of attacks and even casualties.

“We are also aware that they have prevented some attacks.

The military men are really cooperating with us and I think we should support them to succeed instead of demoralising them through our negative statements and false allegations,” he said.

He also called on the Southern Kaduna people to cooperate with security personnel so that together, the crisis in the area would come to an end.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Peter Dada (NAN)


Kaduna proposed NOK University to prioritise sciences



Founder of the proposed NOK University, Kachia, Mr Anthony Hassan has said the institution, when established, will prioritise science related courses in order to equip graduates with requisite skill for self employment.

Hassan disclosed this on Monday when the newly inaugurated officials of the Kaduna Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) paid him a courtesy visit in Kachia.

He said the University when approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) would have faculties of engineering, medicine and environmental sciences.

According to him, the initiative was to supplement government’s efforts in boosting the educational sector in the country.

“The University intends to give science related courses priority so as to equip graduates with self employment rather than have them depend on white-collar jobs.

“If you train a lab technician for instance, such a graduate could be self reliant to start operation without having to wait or depend on employment from the government,” he added.

Hassan said, considering the number of people who seek admission yearly, the public tertiary institutions cannot accommodate them all, hence, the idea to establish a private University.

He urged the media to report the ongoing peaceful initiatives in southern Kaduna, which he said will have positive impact on the residents.

On her part, Asma’u Halilu, Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel, commended the state of the art project, saying, the University will  boost  the education sector in the state and the nation at large.

She sought the support of the founder in the various activities mapped out for the chapel especially in the area of capacity building.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the proposed NOK University, situated at Kachia, is the first in southern Kaduna and the fourth private university in Northwest Nigeria.

Edited By: Franca Ofili/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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Peace Day: Foundation urges Nigerians to contribute to peaceful coexistence 




The Global Peace Foundation (GPF) of Nigeria on Monday, appealed to all Nigerians to contribute to peaceful coexistence in the country, to engender national growth and development.

Rev. John  Hayab, Country Director of the Foundation, made the appeal in a statement isuued in Kaduna to mark the International Day of Peace, which has the theme: “Shaping Peace Together,”

“The Global Peace Foundation (GPF), Nigeria, wishes to appeal to all Nigerians and humanity, in general, to come together to continue to support, shape and maintain the peace and stability that we so need to thrive.

“This year’s theme is apt given the challenge of COVID-19 which has made us rediscover our common humanity and the need to work, struggle and build the community.”

He said collective action by all Nigerians would greatly help to ending current security challenges in the country.

“We, at GPF, preach that all human beings are members of One Family Under God, we wish to appeal to all the Nigerian family, be they Christians or Muslims, men or women, young or old, educated or uneducated, and everyone, to accept diversity as a human attribute.

“Whatever our origin, Fulani, Hausa, Ibo, Yoruba, Tiv, Ibibio, and all the ethnic groups in this beautiful country, North, South, East, West or the Middle Belt, let us remember that we all come from one esteem human family and, therefore, must shape the peace of our home, communities, institutions and nation together.

GPF calls on the Nigerian leadership from the Local, States to the Federal to assert that we can only build true peace when we work with others.

“No society can attain any meaningful development without true peace and inclusiveness. Given that true peace comes from all-inclusive efforts, where everybody plays his or her role well, Nigeria must double its effort towards oneness.

“Accordingly, GPF  wishes to employ this special occasion of the International Peace Day to congratulate the United Nations, the government of our country, all peace workers and peace promoters, and everyone working to keep the peace not to be discouraged by the violence around us.

“Your effort could support to prevent the spread of violence and together we can shape our today and the future,” Hayab said. 

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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Gov. Mala-Buni mourns emir of Zazzau



Gov. Mai Mala-Buni of Yobe on Monday condoled with the government and people of Kaduna State over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.

In a  condolence message signed  by Alhaji Mamman Mohammed the Director-General, Press and Media Affairs, Government House, Damaturu, the governor described the emir’s death as huge loss.

He said that the emir was a nationalist who dedicated his life to the service of Nigerians.

“The late emir was a bridge builder who threw the doors of his domain open, accommodating all Nigerians irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious differences.

“The late Idris built a mini Nigeria in Zaria where everyone lived and freely pursued their legitimate means of livelihoods,” he said.

Mala-Buni noted that late the late emir  would be remembered for making the emirate a citadel of learning in Nigeria, by providing a conducive environment to host numerous educational and research institutions.

He prayed the Almighty God  to forgive the deceased’s shortcomings, grant him rest  and give the Zazzau Emirate and the people of Kaduna the fortitude to bear the  loss.

The emir died at the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, on Sunday at the age of 84.

Shehu Idris was coronated the Emir of Zazzau on Feb. 15, 1975.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ijeoma Popoola
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Again, Buhari challenges Kaduna indigenes on peace, harmony



President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja urged Kaduna State indigenes to cooperate with government and security agencies to secure peace and harmony in the state.

The president made the call at the virtual opening of the Fifth Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit, with the theme KADInvest 5.0, Infrastructure, Industrialisation and Innovation.

According to him, development will only take place when energies are collectively channelled to building, instead of destruction of lives and property.

He said: “We must live together as brothers and sisters because without peace, development cannot take place.

“I wish to commend the efforts of the Kaduna State Government to establish its credentials as one of the new investment destinations of choice in Nigeria.

“These efforts have received just recognition in the response of the business community which has put in new investments in the state.

“This is a further affirmation of the ranking of the state as Number One for Ease of Doing Business by the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2018.

“I call on the Kaduna State Government to keep up these laudable efforts and surpass the impressive results already attained.’’

He noted that the success of state governments in attracting investments, creating jobs and increasing their internally generated revenues would be critical to the development of the entire country.

“Therefore, I am impressed that the Kaduna State Government has from inception used KADInvest as a serious platform for showcasing its investment potentials.

“The state’s commitment to consistent implementation of the Ease of Doing Business Charter is exemplary, including its ability to increase its Internally Generated Revenue to N44bn in 2019 from N13bn in 2015 without hiking tax rates. This is very laudable.’’

The president congratulated the Kaduna State government for making KADInvest a regular fixture on the investment calendar, held annually since 2016.

“It is a fitting statement of the resilience of the Kaduna State Government that it is able to host the 2020 edition amidst the severe disruptions to the normal order caused by Covid-19.

“This is the sort of determined focus that can help the country to navigate the challenging consequences of the pandemic.

“It was my pleasure to commission the Olam Hatchery and Feed Mill project in 2017, about 18 months after the ground-breaking was done at the first edition of KADInvest in 2016.

“It is commendable that investors like Tomato Jos are creating jobs in the agribusiness sector, taking advantage of Kaduna State’s prioritisation of agriculture.

“I also note with delight the success of new investments in renewable energy like Blue Camel and tractor assembly and the revitalisation of poultry farms across the state.’’

Buhari commended the ongoing development of iron mining and steel processing capacity in the state through investments by African Natural Resources and Mines Limited.

He said the federal government would continue to support efforts to attract job-creating investments.

“We believe that much can be done at the sub-national level to drive human capital development and expand economic opportunity.

“I note with delight the massive investments in infrastructure upgrade Kaduna State is executing through the urban renewal programmes in Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria.

“Given the track record since 2015, I have no doubt that the Kaduna State Government and its private sector partners will take full advantage of the economic windows that are being opened by Federal Government investments such as the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline.

“The state government should afford full cooperation and support to cross-border federal projects such as the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipeline and the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Highway,’’ he added.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
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