Over N1 billion, with a personal pledge of N25 Million from Governor Badaru Abubakar, was realised at the launch of the Jigawa State Flood Appeal fund in Dutse yesterday.
The highest donations of N200 million came from two prominent Kano business magnates, Abdulsamad Isyaka Rabiu, and Aminu Dantata at the event, which took place at Ahmadu Bello Hall of the Jigawa State Secretariat, Dutse.
Other donors included the Jigawa State government (N250m), and the chief launcher, Alh. Isa Gerawa (N10m), CGC Construction Firm (N50m), Alren Construction Firm (N10m), 11 federal Legislative members from Jigawa State (N11m) and Zenith Bank (N10m), among other donors.
The Islamic Development Initiative pledged to offer foodstuffs and medication in most of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps of the flood victims, among other things.
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Abubakar said the government was ready to partner with anyone or corporate bodies willing to support the state in reducing the damages made by the flood, assuring that the government was committed to finding a solution to any problem bedevilling the state, including flooding.
Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion, who is also the Waziri of Dutse, Bashir Dalhatu, a lawyer, described the current Jigawa flooding as one of the worst and most devastating ever, with 108 lives lost, destroying 22 state roads, and breaking down seven bridges, hence our resolve to float this appeal fund to rehabilitate and provide shelter to over 75,000 household communities displaced and scattered in 25 different IDP camps.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate in 2023 polls, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has donated N100 million to flood victims in Kano. Tinubu announced the donation during a dinner organized in his honour by Kano business community council on Saturday in Kano. The presidential candidate called for sustained prayers to end flood disasters in the state and the nation in general.
Tinubu said the donation was aimed at alleviating the sufferings of the victims in the affected Local Government Areas.
The APC candidate said if elected, he would ensure that Nigeria’s diversity served as a source of prosperity for all.
“Unity in diversity, peace and prosperity are the fulcrum of my mission in this contest,” he said Mr Tinubu noted that the Federal Government had taken several measures to build infrastructure and improve the ease of doing business across the country.
The APC presidential candidate pledged to reposition existing industries and make them a competitive source of industrialisation and growth, not just for the North or Kano but the entire country.
He also commended Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje for his stride in Infrastructure development in the state.
Tinubu, who described Ganduje as a “friend and a reliable partner”, said that the relationship between Kano and Lagos dated back to years due to the similarities between the two economic giants.
The APC presidential candidate also promised the business community that he would provide enabling environment for business to thrive in the state.
He thanked the business community for the honour and promised to look into their blue print, if elected.
“If we win the election, we will call your representatives and see how we can move the nation forward,” he said.
Earlier, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje said that Tinubu has the capacity to provide the needed leadership that would consolidate and continue to ensure the country’s democratic gains.
Kano is APC and APC is Kano. So, our people are on board and we are soliciting for their support as usual,” he explained.
Ganduje said that Tinubu was a leader who would unite and move the nation forward.
Ganduje equally charged all party members to remain united and focused as the party moved with Nigerians to victory in 2023. The APC National Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, commended the business community council for organizing the dinner for the presidential hopeful.
Adamu described the gesture as endorsement, said that their demands would be met if Tinubu was elected as president.
Some of the members of the business community council spoke and presented their blue print to Tinubu, appealing to him to provide enabling environment for businesses to grow and flourish if elected.
They also urged him to focus on power as many industries were closed due to lack of steady power supply.
They also commended president Muhammad Buhari for building largest rail way project in the state, AKK gas pipe line and Dala Inland Dry Port. The APC presidential candidate was accompanied to the dinner by the Governors of Kano, Jigawa, Yobe and Zamfara States, Abdullahi Ganduje, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, Alhaji Bello Matawalle and Alhaji Mai Mala-Buni. Others included members of National Assembly, state executive council and other party stalwarts.
Sen. Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, has inaugurated APC governorship and presidential campaign office in Kano metropolis.
Inaugurating the office on Saturday in Kano, Tunubu said that he was overwhelmed with the campaign structure, and expressed optimism that APC would emerge victorious at all levels in the forthcoming 2023 General Elections.
“I’m really impressed with what I saw in terms of preparations and organisations of the campaign structure here,” he said.
Tinubu said that he was not in Kano for campaign but for the commissioning of campaign office and inspection.
The APC candidate assured that if he is voted into power, he would move the country in the right direction and Nigerians would not regret voting for him.
“We will use our broom to clean the country and give joy to all Nigerians,” he said.
Tinubu, who stressed the importance of women in the society, said that they have important roles to play in the success of the party in the general elections.
Earlier, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje assured that people of the state would vote massively for APC as usual.
“Kano is APC and APC is Kano. So our people are on board and we are soliciting for their support as usual,” he explained.
Ganduje said that Tinubu was a leader who would unite and move the nation forward.
Also speaking, the national chairman of APC, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, said that the party has no excuse to fail considering its popularity and number of governors.
He urged all Nigerians, regardless of tribe or religion, to support Tinubu and all APC candidates for the overall development of the country.
The APC presidential candidate was received by the Governors of Kano, Jigawa and Zamfara States, Abdullahi Ganduje, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar and Alhaji Bello Matawalle respectively.
Tinubu who was accorded a rousing welcome by the people, of Kano, also inspected APC coordinating committee office at Audu Bako way and Zaria road respectively.
The APC presidential candidate would also pay a courtesy visit on the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado, and hold an audience with the Emirs of Gaya, Rano, Bichi and Karaye on Sunday.
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
Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has been conferred with a national award on security by the President Mohammed Bazoum of NigerRepublic.
Bazoum, who presented the award to Matawalle at a ceremony on Wednesday in Niamey, said the governor was recognised for his immense contribution to the fight against trans-border crimes and terrorism.
According to a statement issued by Zailani Bappa, the governor’s media aide, other Nigerians honoured at the ceremony were Gov. Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa, his Kebbi counterpart, Atiku Bagudu, Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote and the Chairman of BUA, Abdussamd Rabiu.
Bazoum also said that Matawalle was recognised by the Republic of Niger for his immense contribution towards checking trans-border crimes and terrorism.
He noted that Matawalle’s effort had significantly tackled trans-border crimes and helped in securing Zamfara and neighbouring North-Western states of NigeriaThe Nigerien president also said Matawalle is the first Governor in Nigeria to express worry to the Nigerien government over the free movement of light arms and small weapons through that Niger into parts of the North-Western states of Nigeria, including Zamfara.
”Matawalle equally demonstrated much concerns through repeated visits to Niger to share intelligence support with Niger.
”Matawalle also donated five Toyota Hilux vans to the Nigerien Government to enhance border patrol.
”Matawalle’s efforts led to the arrest of more than 40 notorious arms and ammunition dealers in Niger Republic whose destination was mostly Nigeria,” Bazoum was quoted as saying.
The ceremony which took place at Tillaperi, a town of about 120 km away from the Capital, Niamey, witnessed the attendance of dignitaries from the Niger Republic and a large attendance of well wishers from across the Country.
It was attended by some dignitaries from the Niger Republic and a large attendance of well wishers from across Nigeria.
Niger Republic honoured six Nigerians with national honours on Wednesday as part of activities to mark the country’s Independence Day on Aug. 3. They are two presidential aides, two businessmen and two state governors.
Those honoured from the Presidency were Sarki Abba, Senior Special Assistant (Household and Domestic Affairs) to President Muhammadu Buhari, and the State Chief of Protocol, Amb. Lawal Kazaure.
Businessmen honoured are Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group and Abdulsamad Rabi’u, President, BUA Group.
The two governors honoured are Alhaji Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa and Mohammed Bello Matawalle of Zamfara.
They were awarded the “Order of Merit of Niger’’ and “Great Master of National Awards’’.
Presenting the awards, President Mohammed Bazoum said his country cherished Nigeria as one of its closest neighbours and friends.
In various citations he read, Bazoum praised the efforts of “Brother Nigerians’’ who had made great strides in increasing understanding between the two nations and for acting as agents of social and economic development.
Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu, was one of those who graced the occasion.
Malam Garba Shehu, spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari stated in Abuja on Wednesday that the awards were in recognition of the recipients’ roles in the promotion of better relations between the two countries.
Aug. 3 is day is set aside to mark Niger’s independence from France in 1960. The Francophone country also marks the day as “Tree Planting Day’’ as its nationals have been planting trees on the anniversary since 1975 to fight desertification.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) says only 13 aspirants, out of 23 have been cleared to contest for the party’s ticket in the upcoming Presidential Primary Election.
Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Chairman of the seven-man 2023 APC Presidential Screening Committee, announced this on Friday in Abuja, while submitting the report of the committee to the party’s leadership.
Odigie-Oyegun, however, did not mention the names of the aspirants that were cleared or those that were not cleared by the committee.
Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the APC National Chairman while receiving the report, said it would be looked into by the party’s leadership.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 23 presidential aspirants appeared before the Odegie-Oyegun-led committee that sat for two days.
Some of the aspirants include; Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the party, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and Mr Rotimi Amaechi, who until recently was, the Minister of Transportation.
Others are; ex-governor of Akwa Ibom and former Minister of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Sen. Godswill Akpabio, former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu and former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.
Former Imo governor, Sen. Rochas Okorocha, former Ogun governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Cross River’s Gov. Ben Ayade, and his Ebonyi counterpart, Gov. Dave Umahi, are also in the race.
Also in the race are former President of the Senate, Sen. Ken Nnamani, Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Jigawa’s Gov. Badaru Abubakar and President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan.
Others are; former Zamfara governor, Sen. Ahmed Yerima, Pastor Nicholas Nwagbo, and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Dimeji Bankole ,and the only female contender, Mrs Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye.
The cleared aspirants are to contest the party’s 2023 presidential ticket at its presidential primary scheduled to hold between June 6 and June 8, at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
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Nigeria deserves the best, Osinbajo tells APC delegates in Jigawa
By Chijioke Okoronkwo
Abuja, May 15, 2023 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has interacted with stakeholders and delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Jigawa, with the presidential aspirant insisting that the country deserves the best.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Osinbajo’s visit to Jigawa was in continuation of his nationwide consultations with APC stakeholders and delegates ahead of the party’s presidential primary.
NAN also reports that the thrust of the vice president’s message in Dutse, the Jigawa capital, was that decisions on the 2023 elections should be based on Nigeria’s best interest.
The vice president was received by a crowd of supporters at the airport and on the streets, APC chieftains and senior state government officials led by Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Abdulkadir Adamu, who represented Gov. Badaru Abubakar who was out of the state.
At the town hall style meeting with the delegates, the vice president restated his view that decisions about the 2023 elections should be based on what should be the best for the country.
” We should make a decision based on the future of our children… we can make progress; we can move on.
” All I ask you to do is what is in the best interest of Nigeria; vote in the interest of our children,” he said.
He also restated how his training and experience in governance serving as vice president under President Muhammadu Buhari would help him to lead the country effectively as president on the APC platform.
“As vice president, the president has given me an opportunity that I do not think any other vice president has been given,” he added.
Also speaking with journalists after the meeting, Osinbajo said that he was happy with the interactions with the Jigawa delegates.
“Obviously, all the issues that we discussed are issues that concern the country very significantly.
” We talked about agriculture, we talked about youth empowerment, education, technology and a wide variety of issues.
“I think it was extremely fruitful, and at least we all understand where we are coming from and where we ought to be in the few years ahead.
” All of us are very happy that we were able to have this engagement,” he said.
Delegates, who spoke during the interactive session, included members of the state House of Assembly, local government officials as well as grassroots politicians and women leaders.
NAN reports that many of the delegates spoke about the successes of the Social Investment Programme, especially the National Homegrown School Feeding programme, which the delegates recalled offered first time jobs for several women.
They also commended the contributions of the vice president to the initiative, while citing other achievements of the Buhari administration such as the efforts to make fertiliser available and affordable as witnessed in the state.
Others at the interactive session highlighted the reputation of the vice president as “a man of proven integrity and fear of God,” in addition to his “excellent track record, loyalty and support of Mr President.”
Several delegates also called for the expansion of the Social Investment Programme should Osinbajo emerge president in 2023 while providing federal support to the state’s agrarian economy.
President Muhammadu Buhari kicked off a two-day working visit to Ebonyi on Thursday with the inauguration of projects at the Uburu King David University of Medical Sciences.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the president's plane landed at Enugu's Akanu Ibiam International Airport at around 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
President Buhari was received by Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi and some governors of the ruling Congress of All Progressives, including the chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, at Enugu's Akanu Ibiam International Airport.
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo and his counterpart from Jigawa, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, as well as Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State also paid a solidarity visit to welcome the president to Ebonyi.
The President departed the airport for Uburu, where he inaugurated the Twin Flyover, a 12-kilometre dual federal highway from Mbu in Enugu State to Uburu in Ebonyi, as well as the University's facilities and equipment.
President Buhari then proceeded to Muhammadu Buhari International Airport, Onueke via Chopper.
In Onueke, the president inaugurated the five-kilometre double airport road and the airport's presidential hostel.
Other projects to be inaugurated by the President while in Abakaliki include the New Government House, Centenary City and the reconstructed St Margaret Umahi International Market complex, Abakaliki.
The president would also inaugurate the Aisha Buhari Wife Governor's Office Complex, Akanu Ibiam Lodge (Governor's New Lodge), Ebonyi House
Buhari, which will host the Ebonyi State Government State Dinner on Thursday night, will also inaugurate the Muhammadu Buhari Light Tunnel Flyover and the Ebonyi Mall.
The president will conclude his visit to Ebonyi with a closed-door meeting with southeastern leaders in Abakaliki before leaving for Abuja on Friday.