NAN) Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has condoled with the Emir of Zuru, retired Maj.-Gen. Muhammed Sani-Sami, over the death of the District Head of Ribah, Alhaji Garba Musa and Sarkin Malaman Zuru, Sheik AbdulRahman Hamza-Balarabe.
Malam Yahaya Sarki, Special Adviser to the governor on Media, made this known in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Birnin Kebbi on Saturday.
He said Bagudu was in the Emir’s palace in Zuru to deliver his condolence message on behalf of the people and government of Kebbi State.
“We are here to offer our condolences over the sad death of Sarkin Malaman Zuru and the District Head of Ribah.
‘The demise of these important persons to the Emir is indeed a big loss not only to the emirate but also to the entire state.
May their gentle souls rest in peace.
“We pray Allah the Almighty to forgive them, admit them into Aljannatul Firdaus and give their families the strength to bear the loss,” he saidd.
Responding, the Emir expressed deep appreciation to the governor for the condolence visit, while describing the death of the cleric as a big loss to the Emirate.
‘The deceased, Sarkin Malamai was vastly educated, a significant scholar in the state and member of many committees in Zuru; he left a big vacuum in the Emirate,” he said.
While praying for the late district head, Sani-Sami thanked the governor for giving approval for the appointment of five district heads in the emirate.
The Emir also commended the governor for the various development, empowerment to people and increased socio-economic activities across the state.
“Poverty in Kebbi is fast disappearing because of many good tidings you brought to Kebbi.
It is all over the news that investors and many important people come into the state because of your steadfastness.
“A lot of developmental projects are going on in Kebbi State, security is also improving, courtesy of your good efforts.
“The Commanding Officer is hardworking, infact he is the best CO we have ever heard, I will be happy if he can be promoted, because he chased the bandits away,” the emir said.
The emir, who appreciated the governor for the construction of Gamji-Zaima road also appealed for the speedy completion of to the Koko- Zuru road.
Earlier, the governor and his entourage were at the palace of the late district head of Ribah and residence of cleric to offer condolences.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has released a 422-member Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) ahead of the commencement of the party’s 2023 presidential campaign to be headed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the list of members of the council released in Abuja on Saturday,Sen. Bola Tinubu, the party’s 2023 presidential candidate and Abdullahi Adamu, its National chairman, are to serve as deputy chairmen of the council .
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau is the Director General with James Faleke as secretary of the council.
Sen. Kashim Shettima, the party’s Vice-Presidential candidate is the vice chairman of the council and Adams Oshiomhole, former APC National Chairman is the deputy director-general (Operations) while Hadiza usman is the deputy director-general (Admin).
The 422-man campaign council has Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Chairman Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), as Vce Chairman and state Coordinator.
Godswill Akpabio, former Akwa-Ibom Governor, is vice chairmen (South-South and Uju Kennedy, the former female APC presidential aspirant is vice chairman South-East. Gov. Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa is the Regional Co-ordinator and Chairman for North and his state, Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi, regional co-ordinator South and Ebonyi; Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River is regional director South-south and Ebonyi.
Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu is zonal co-ordinator for South-West and Ondo State; Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello is the zonal co-ordinator for North-central and his state.
Gov. Muhammed Yahaha is zonal co-ordinator for the North-East and Gombe and Gov. Bello Matawalle is the zonal co-ordinator for the North-West and Zamfara.
The list showed that all APC governors are co-ordinators of the presidential council in their respective states and where there was no sitting governors of the party, its governorship candidates were the co-ordinators.
Others appointed were Gov. Yahaha Bello of Kogi as National Youth Co-ordinator, Felix Nicholas, Deputy National Youth Co-ordinator; Festus Keyamo, spokesperson, Chris Tarka, deputy secretary, Gov. Kayode Fayemi is the Co-ordinator for Ekiti State and Adviser Foreign Affairs.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan is made Senior Adviser on strategic planning, Femi Gbajabiamila, Adviser on Legal Matters, Aliyu Wamako, former Sokoto State Governor, Adviser on Special Duties.
Rotimi Amaechi, is adviser on infrastructure; Ibikunle Amosun, adviser on contacts and mobilisation; Dele Alake, Adviser on Media, Communications and Public Affairs.
Others are Abdullahi Ganduje, adviser politcal affairs and Kano coordinator; Nasir El-rufai, coordinator, Kaduna State and senior adviser, policy, strategy and enforcement and Abdulrahaman Danbazzau adviser, strategic engagement.
Faleke, Secretary to the council, advised all nominees to pick their appointment letters on Monday at the APC presidential campaign office.
The PCC with its many directorates would be inaugurated on Sept. 26 at the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Office in Abuja
Nigeria remains an attractive investment destination of West Africa and other parts of the world, Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi has said.
Bagudu made this known when the Chairman of WACOT Rice Company, Alhaji Faruk Gumel visited the governor at the Government House, Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday.
The governor expressed optimism that Nigerian Rice Farmers could double their production with the application of scientific methods which he described as necessary in the modern time.
He thanked WACOT for supporting farmers with improved rice seeds, and expressed happiness that the company has demonstrated that Nigeria is an investment destination.
Bagudu pointed out that the second rice mill established by WACOT in Argungu was a testimony to this objective which has also facilitated self sufficiency in rice production attained by the country.
“WACOT has really demonstrated that this is real and we can feed our immediate neighbours and other parts of the world especially with rice.
“The farmers are now doubling their capacity and work is in progress.
They have promised to commission the project before May 29, 2023 and from what I saw, it will be real.
“Nigeria is a big market for rice and that efforts of WACOT in the state had boosted financial inclusion,” he said.
He recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari assumed leadership of Nigeria in 2015 when the world economy was in crisis and we don’t have money to import food that we were used to importing.
“Buhari decided that Nigerians will eat what they grow and grow what they eat and he launched Anchor Borrowers Programme in 2015.“Alhaji Gumel was instrumental to that happy development and WACOT immediately took-off in Kebbi state,” he said.
He recalled the robust partnership between Kebbi State and Lagos State that gave birth to Lake Rice, saying, “it really worked well.
”Responding, Gumel briefed the governor on the purpose of their visit which according to him is on ensuring enhanced agricultural production with possible support from financial institutions.
Gumel who is also the Chairman Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority said the firm was expanding its rice mill and doubling its capacity.
He said that the visit was part of activities to mark WACOT’s partnership with USAID, tagged: “Rice Enhancement and Financial Inclusion Programme.
”The chairman said WACOT will inaugurate the financial inclusion programme towards capturing the non-banking farmers in the state, and also to highlight the progress made and assess the impact of the activities of the company.
“In the last two years, it has really been difficult to get people to be banked and we are here to change the narrative,” Gumel said.
An official from Lagos State and Director, Rice Value Chain, Mr Balogun Wakilu Olabode commended Bagudu for laying the foundation of agricultural revival in Nigeria especially rice production, saying that the brain-child of the governor, “Lakerice”, is the most popular choice among Lagosians.
An official of WACOT, Mrs Habiba Suleiman presented a progress report of the company.
The Kebbi State Government says it has concluded arrangements to distribute 2.8 million Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) to households in the state.
The nets would be distributed in collaboration with the United States President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI-US).
The Permanent Secretary, Kebbi State Ministry of Health, Alhaji Hassan Ibrahim stated this at a media engagement forum in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday.
He said the state government in partnership with the PMI-US had procured 2.8 million treated nets for distribution to deserving households.
“The government is resolute at expanding investment opportunities in other malaria interventions and innovative programmes such as indoor residual spray, vector control and surveillance measures.
“While strengthening drug-based malaria preventive and treatment mechanisms,” he said.
Ibrahim said the state government would continue to work with relevant stakeholders to review mechanisms towards reducing the disease burden.
He said the last National Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) indicated that malaria prevalence dropped from 64 per cent in 2015 to 52.2 per cent in 2018 in the state.
The Permanent Secretary disclosed that another survey was in the offing towards 2023, and attributed the feat achieved in the fight against the disease to the visionary leadership of Gov. Atiku Bagudu, and support of the stakeholders.
“Kebbi government launched ‘Operation Stop Malaria’ amongst other laudable interventions to reverse the trend of malaria and reduce the negative impact of the disease in the state,” he said.
Earlier, Alhaji Yusuf Sani-Kamba, Chairman, Directors’ Forum Primary Healthcare Development Agency (PHCDA), said that over 12,000 personnel would be deployed for the distribution exercise in 225 wards across 21 local government areas of the state.
According to him, household mobilisation and registration will hold from Oct. 1 to Oct. 9, while distribution exercise would run between Oct. 21 and Oct. 29. He, therefore, advised the people to spread the nets under shade before use.
Also, Mr Sami Olaniru, State Coordinator, Breakthrough Action Nigeria, said that USAID was playing prominent role towards ensuring total eradication of the disease.
He said the media engagement was designed to expose practitioners to the objectives of the campaign and encourage use of ITNs at the grassroots.
“We want to re-orientate journalists on malaria prevention and control with special emphasis on ITNs, and also motivate them to develop interest in reporting the campaign,” he said.
He lauded the state government and other partners for their contributions towards combating malaria.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kebbi State, on Monday, received prominent politicians who defected from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to its fold.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the defected persons included former Auditor-General of the party, Alhaji Rabiu Sa’idu, former Secretary, Caretaker Committee of the party, Alhaji Sirajo Ibrahim and 15 other PDP executive members from Bubuce ward in Augie Local Government Area.Others included Umaru Wakkala, Vice Chairman, Bubuche Ward; Salihu Shayi, Youth Leader; Alhaji Idi Bubuche, Treasurer and Hamza Kilu, Auditor.
Speaking shortly after making their declaration to join the ruling party, the former Auditor-General of the party, Saidu attributed his defection to the “sterling leadership qualities of Gov. Atiku Bagudu”.
He also said that he denounced his membership of PDP due to alleged injustice and infringement on their rights in the party.
Saidu appreciated Magajin Rafin Kabi, Alhaji Bello Dantani for being instrumental to his defection to APC alongside his followers.
Sirajo Ibrahim Augie, a one time PDP Caretaker Secretary said: “I am impressed with the roads infrastructure development in Augie Local Government Area under the leadership of Sen. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.
“This road constructed by the present administration under Sen. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu is one of the most important.
”In attendance were Augie Local Government APC Chairman, Alhaji Bashir Isah-Mera; Lawal Muhammad-Yola, Chairman Augie Local Government Area; Alhaji Haruna Maitandu, Chairman Pilgrims Welfare Agency and the former Chairman, Direct Labour Agency, Alhaji Bello Dantani.
Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi has intervened in the face-off between commercial motorcyclists and FRSC personnel, which led to blockage of highways in Birnin Kebbi.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commercial motorcyclists on Friday blocked roads in the state capital to protest alleged arbitrary arrests and consistent confiscation of their motorcycles by road marshals.
The governor had to intervene before the motorcyclists moved away from the roads to allow free flow of traffic.
He pledged to investigate the matter and find lasting solution to the lingering problem.
Bagudu mandated relevant government agencies to hold consultations with the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Commissioner of Police to find amicable resolution of the matter.
The governor, however, said even though the commercial motorcyclists were important to the state economy, they must learn to dialogue instead of engaging in illegal activities.
Bagudu, who said that the government would not ban commercial motorcycle operation as done in other states, cautioned them to always obey traffic rules and regulations.
The governor donated N1 million to the motorcyclists to cater for their wellfare.
A cross section of commercial motocyclists listening to address by Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State at Government House on FridayThe Special Adviser to the governor on Power, Alhaji Yusuf Haruna-Rasheed, advised them to always channel their grievances through the leadership of their association, for amicable resolution.
Earlier, the state Chairman, Commercial Motorcyclists Association of Nigeria, Malam Nafi’u Zakari, told the governor that the protest was over alleged arbitrary arrest and confiscation of their motorcycles by the FRSC without violating any law.
He appreciated the governor for playing a fatherly role in the matter.
Kebbi Government has donated N100 million to the state Hisbah Committee, which was set up 20 years ago to promote moral values and tackle social ills in the society.
The donation was announced on Sunday in Birnin Kebbi by Gov. Atiku Bagudu during a fund raising for the committee as part of activities to mark its 20 years anniversary.
The Hisbah committee was hoping to raise N120 million for its services.
Bagudu said that the money was jointly contributed by the state government, House of Assembly and the 21 local government councils in the state.
“We have to acknowledge the immense contribution of Hisbah to instilling moral values into the citizenry.
“The contributions include partaking in social welfare services and fighting societal ills such as alcohol consumption and prostitution, resolving marital disputes, among others.
“The group has been in the forefront of preventing crime and criminality in the society.
“In view of its proactive approach to the prevention of social vices and crime, the incumbent administration has co-opted Hisbah into the security machinery of the state,” he said.
The governor commended previous administrations for establishing and sustaining the Hisbah committee, and praised its leaders and members for their perseverance in the discharge of their duties.
The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Babale Umar-Yauri, whose office supervise the Hisbah committee, said that the committee had performed meritoriously in the last 20 years.
“These achievements include closure of beer parlours, abodes of prostitutes, rescuing abandoned children and newly born babies as well as other activities of charity,which are the hallmark of the operations of Hisbah in the state,” he said.
Umar-Yauri thanked the governor for sustaining financial support to the committee and shouldering the cost of organizing the 20th anniversary celebration.
Earlier, the Acting Grand Khadi of the state, Dr Muhammad Argungu, described the celebration of the achievements of hisbah in the 20 years of its existence, as a moment of pride.
“The hisbah has made significant contribution to sanitizing the society and removing things inimical to the health and wellbeing of the people,” he said.
Argungu thanked Bagudu for his fatherly care to orphans in the state.
In his remarks, the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Bashar, reaffirmed the commitment of Gwandu Emirate Council to support and cooperate with the Hisbah committee in its societal reformation, in consonance with Islamic values.
The Emir, represented by Walin Gwandu, Sheikh Mukhtar Abdullahi, advised the populace to support the Hisbah committee to effectively discharge its duty of cleansing the society of all vices.
Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) acknowledged the performance of the committee, saying it had helped to reduce alcoholism and prostitution in the state.
Malami, who chaired the occasion, advised the committee to focus more attention on tackling the consumption of other intoxicants among the youths.
Represented by a former Commissioner for Works and Transport, Abubakar Chika-Ladan, he warned that the rising consumption of illicit substances must be tackled with despatch to save the future of the youths and its negative consequences to the society.
The minister made a donation of N5 million to the Hisbah committee while the state APC gubernatorial candidate, Dr Nasir Idris, donated N500,000.
Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi on Sunday urged Nigerians to show greater resilience towards promoting national unity to end insecurity and achieve lasting peace in the country.
This is contained in a statement by Malam Yahaya Sarki, Special Adviser on Media, said the governor made the call during the just concluded 7th edition of the 2022 Argungu Polo Tournament and Cultural Festival held at Argungu town.
He said that if Nigerians bind together by unity on a genuine cause, they would triumph over evil minded people in spite of insecurity in parts of the country.
The governor said unity inspired people to be brave, resilient and not to be intimidated by perpetrators of evil, stressing that it also encouraged the bad elements to change their ways of life.
He said: ”Today, this is a manifestation of bravery and resilience, we are here thinking this is a small event that underlies or misrepresents the bravery and resilience of our people.
‘The celebration shows that we are not intimidated or afraid even in spite of pockets of insecurity, we will defeat the evil.
”The organisers of this event, the Emir of Argungu, people of Argungu, I am saying that we can defeat evil.
”We will go to our farms, we will go out to our fishing grounds, we will graze our animals and enjoy our festivals.
”He commended the people of the state, especially the Argungu Emirate Council for organising what he described as “blossoming and creative festival that brings people together.
”The governor lauded the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Muhammad-Mera for his leadership role, and Alhaji Nura Kangiwa, for his contribution to the successful hosting of the polo tournament.
“The Polo event in Argungu in the next few years will rival or surpass other events in the country,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NSK Farms Polo Team defeated H.
Hago Polo Team to emerged winner of the competition.
Other highlights of the event included horse racing, cultural festival, presentation of trophies and awards to outstanding players and teams as well as presentation of special award to the governor.
Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State on Saturday assured residents of Dutsin Fakara in Arewa Local Government Area of provision of portable water.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor, who was on his way to Bachaka town in the same local government, sighted a group of women trying to fetch water from a local well which attracted his attention.
After making inquiries about the water problem from the women, he promised to provide a borehole to supply portable drinking to the community.
According to him, this is part of his administration’s continuous effort to provide basic social amenities to people of the state, particularly rural dwellers.
The residents expressed immense joy and appreciation to the governor for his concern and kind gesture.
At the border town of Bachaka, in Arewa local government, the governor inspected a collapsed building as a result of gully erosion in a Model Primary School.
Earlier, the governor had inspected an ongoing construction work of Gulma township roads in Argungu Local Government Area as well as the encroaching gully erosion at Dukku in Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area.
Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi has hailed the bravery of Zuggu residents in Maiyama Local Government Area, for routing some bandits who attacked the community.
This is contained in a statement issued on Saturday in Birnin Kebbi by Bagudu’s Special Adviser on Media, Malam Yahaya Sarki.
The governor who visited the community on on Friday, commended residents for standing up to the bandits and defending themselves.
He said that their courageous response to the attack by the bandits was worthy of commendation and emulation by others.
Bagudu said that even though some members of the community had sadly lost their lives, the fact that they routed the bandits and killed some of them was heartwarming.
He urged them and other communities in the state to remain courageous and resilient in ensuring peace and security in their area.
The governor said those who lost their lives in defending the community did not die in vain, but died as martyrs.
“We are here to sympathise with you over the unfortunate incident and also to commend your extraordinary effort of defending yourselves.
“People of Zuggu, I commend you for displaying courage to defend yourselves,” he added.
Bagudu said there has been a spill into the state of bandits displaced by recent military onslaught in neighbouring states.
He warned that government would deal decisively with those spreading false information capable of scaring people away from their homes.
“We should be our brothers keepers in period of despair, not to pass false information that could instill fear,” he added.
He commended security agents for their efforts in sustaining peace across the state.
Special prayers were offered for the repose of those who lost their lives during the attack.
The village head of Zuggu, Alhaji Hamisu Magaji, appreciated the governor for the visit and provision of relief materials to the community.
Meanwhile, Bagudu was also at Yar Besse village in Shanga Local Government Area, to assess the level of damage caused by flooding.
He sympathised with those who lost their farms and houses, and urged them to regard the disaster as destined by God.He said that the government would offer more assistance to the victims and prayed Allah to guard against a recurrence of the disaster.
Responding, the District Head of Shanga, Alhaji Nasiru Jafaru expressed gratitude to the governor for the visit.
AlsoThe Vice Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Adamu Ladan thanked the governor for his compassion and provision of relief materials to the victims.