A former Governor of Kano State, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, says the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) will achieve great success in 2023 general elections.
Kwankwaso gave the assured the party supporters at its National Executive Committee Meeting on Saturday in Abuja.
Kwankwaso, who said that more Nigerians were embracing and joining the party, advised others to register their membership and pursue their political ambition for 2023 on the platform of the party.
“Let me remind Nigerians that our forms are on sale for state assembly positions and other positions here in the national secretariat for those who want to contest elections.
“I want to encourage everybody to be like all of us here; to be people with the foresight of men and women in this country. This party is all nationalists who believe in this country.
“We want everybody to go and register in their wards. Forms are very cheap. Certainly not N100 million for presidential candidates and so on and so forth, ” he said.
Also in his remarks, the NNPP National Chairman, Rufa’i Alkali, said the party was deeply rooted in the commitment to save democracy and rescue the nation.
Alkali said that the challenges before Nigeria though daunting, but not insurmountable.
He said NNPP was offering a”new Nigeria, a country of equal opportunities, love and care, peace and stability, robust productivity and prosperity where no man or woman is oppressed under law”.
“This party is committed to the emancipation of the Youth and Women who, over the years, have been taken for granted.
“ This party is determined to bring and sustain lasting and enduring peace and tranquility in the nation.
“ Party is deeply committed to rebuilding bridges of friendship and fraternity among all Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora.
“ This party believes in equal opportunities for every Nigerian, irrespective of age, gender, tribe or religion.
“Together, we shall all salvage our nation and bring back its glory, honour and status in the comity of Nations.”
Alkali urged Nigerians to join the train in NNPP journey, to save democracy and rescue the nation.
“We believe a New Nigeria of our vision and dream is possible. And the time is now. “
A group, Movement for the Sustenance of Buhari Legacies (MSBL), says Dr Rabiu Kwankaso, a former governor of Kano State will meet the expectations of Nigerians if given the opportunity to lead the country in 2023. Mr Muftau Hassan, the National Coordinator of the movement, told newsmen in Lagos on Saturday that Kwankaso was the most competent of all the presidential aspirants to move the country forward. He described the former governor as an impactful leader, who gave a good account of himself while he was governor of Kano state and Minister of Defence. Hassan said Kwankaso, who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) was the answer to the country’s challenges. The coordinator said that though, members of the group belong to the APC, the group believed that competence, and not party affiliation, should determine the next president of Nigeria, hence its endorsement of Kwankaso. He noted that all other presidential aspirants both in APC and PDP do not have Kwankwaso’s sterling qualities. “Where do we look for redemption? After pondering for a long time, it is clear that the only option is Dr Musa Kwankaso from NNPP, a retired civil servant, a former governor of Kano State, a former Defence Minister, and a one-time member of the Senate. “We realised that he is the only presidential aspirant that possesses the qualities to steer the affairs of the country at this trying period,” he said. Hassan, who noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had tried his best to fulfill his campaign promises, said Kwankwaso would actualise the Nigeria of everyone’s dream if elected president. He said Kwankwaso had the experience and the capacity to tackle the security challenges facing the country and would restore peace to Nigeria if elected. According to the coordinator, the country needs someone like Kwankwaso to put the economy in shape. “Kwankwaso did well as the governor of Kano. The state fared well when he was governor. “He gave scholarships to students to study overseas, he did so much to ensure the state was secure and grew the state’s economy exponentially”, he said. He described Kwankwaso as a patriotic Nigerian, committed to the progress of the country. “Kwankwaso is faithful, loyal, and honest; he serves Nigeria with all his strengths, and defends her honour and glory. “With these and many more, we hereby resolve to assiduously work towards the emergence of Dr Rabiu Kwankwaso as the next president of Nigeria,” he said. (NAN) Source Credit: NAN
The opposition People's Democratic Party, PDP, has scheduled its prominent Zonal Congress of its Northwest Zone with the purpose of electing the Zonal Labor and National Trade Commission of the zone for Saturday, February 12.
A statement by the party's national organizing secretary, Umaru Bature, on Thursday in Abuja, said the decision was part of the resolution of the PDP's National Labor Committee, NWC, at its meeting on Wednesday.
He said the Northwest Zonal Congress was scheduled to be held at the party's zonal headquarters in Kaduna state.
"All critical stakeholders and the many members of our great party in the Northwest Zone are informed and guided accordingly," the party said.
The two contenders for the position of president, both from Kano, are Bello Hayatu Gwarzo and Mohammed Jamu. While the former has the support of some governors in the Northwest, the latter is backed almost exclusively by former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Chief Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co. Ltd emerged winner of the `Car Maker of the Year’ 2020 Igbere TV Leadership Excellence Awards.
The award is endorsed by the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC).
In a seven-day voting by Nigerians via online platforms monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria , Innoson defeated five other nominees.
NAN reports that the other nominees are Parvir Singh (Nissan), Tokumbo Aromolaran (Hyundai), Jacky Hathiramani (Kia), and Mohammed Munir Jaafaru (Peugeot).
The awards presentations slated for December recognise and honour outstanding impacts of leaders across several sectors and industries in Nigeria.
The award also applauds excellence, achievements, performance, humanitarian activities and philanthropic gestures.
Some of the awardees indifferent categories are Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, Apostle Chinyere Chibuzor, Olakunle Churchill, Dr Betta Edu among others.
NAN reports that some of the award categories include: Man of the Year, Best Performing Governor of the Year, Businessman of the Year, Best Performing Minister of the Year and Best Performing LGA Chairman of the Year, among others.
NAN also reports that in the 2019 edition, while President Muhammadu Buhari was recognised with the “2019 man of Integrity (in government)” award, Las Vegas-based Nigerian billionaire Medical Doctor, Godwin Maduka was honoured and unveiled as the “2019 man of the year”.
The “Best Performing Governor of the Year” award was presented to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State while the “Best performing Senator” award went to President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan.
The prestigious award ceremony which was well attended by influential leaders in public and private sectors, public service officers, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, captains of industry, legislators and stakeholders in every sector of national development, also recognised former President Goodluck Jonathan with the “Award for Peace and Democracy”.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, has described radio as a veritable tool for the growth of democratic culture and good governance in the society.
Kwankwaso stated this at the inauguration of the Nasara FM 98.5 station on Thursday in Kano.
The former governor of the Kano State said that radio, as an important instrument for awareness creation, has contributed to the social and economic advancement in the country.
He said that the Nasara radio station was established to enhance access to free media and give voices to the people.
Kwankwaso noted that the station would be non-partisan and bear no allegiance to anybody.
He added that professionals were appointed to manage the station for effective service delivery.
The radio station was inaugurated as part of activities lined up to celebrate his 64th birthday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kwankwaso had on Tuesday inaugurated a nomadic school at Gangaren Gayya pastoral settlement in Munture Ward of Rano Local Government Area of the state.
The school was designed with 300 pupils’ capacity, to fast track integration into the formal school system and enhance enrolment and retention of pupils in the school.
Kwankwaso also announced special bursary award to indigent nomadic children in the area from basic school to tertiary levels.
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The Independent Hajj Reporters (IHR) a Civil Society Organisation has commended Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo for building a befitting Hajj Camp to serve pilgrims from the state.
The IHR monitors and reports Hajj activities
The commendation is contained in a statement jointly signed by the CSOs National Coordinator, Ibrahim Muhammed and Publicity Secretary, Abubakar Mahmoud, on Tuesday in Abuja.
The CSO urged governors from the South-South region to accord the same priority to religious activities of both divide to further entrench a sense of unity as demonstrated by Gov. Obaseki.
“This is to express our appreciation and commendation to Obaseki for building a Hajj Camp for Muslim faithful in Edo.
“ IHR acknowledges the efforts of the Chairman of Edo State Muslim Pilgrims Board, Sheikh Ibrahim Oyarekhua, in building a bridge of unity among Edo citizens and the support of Obaseki in seeing to the completion of the laudable project.
“As a civil society group with interests in the Hajj and Umrah affairs in the country, we shall continue to encourage and support individuals, groups or public officials that contributed to services or projects that will enhance the welfare of pilgrims,” it said.
The group stressed the need for the governors to build permanent offices and Hajj camps for Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards in their various states.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso recently commissioned the newly constructed Muslim Pilgrim’s Board office and Hajj Camp by Obaseki in Benin City.
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The Kwankwasiyya Foundation in Kano State on Thursday offered scholarships to nine indigenous students to study second degrees in selected universities Sudan and Dubai.
Addressing the students shortly before their departure in Kano, a former governor of the state, Dr Rabiu Kwankwaso, said the beneficiaries were the last batch of the 370 students sponsored by the Foundation to study masters degrees in selected universities in India and other countries across the globe.
“This is a historic day for us because it is in fullfilment of our promises to continue to sponsor women and youths to further their studies, ” Kwankwaso said.
He charged the beneficiaries to be serious with their studies, and to be good ambassadors of the state and the country, while in Sudan and Dubai.
According to him, the Foundation had already paid their school fees, accommodation, feeding and pocket money, in order to make them comfortable to enable them to face their studies.
Also speaking, the PDP Governorship candidate in the 2019 general election, Alhaji Abba Kabir-Yusuf, urged the students to be good ambassadors of the Kwankwasiyya movement, Kano State and Nigeria, adding that any one of them who did anything bad would not go scot-free.
“Foundation will monitor your performances in the schools, ” he said.
The representatives of parents of the beneficiaries in their separate remarks, Alhaji Tahir Abdullahi and Hajiya Salamatu Aliya commended the Foundation for the kind gesture.
Also speaking, a renowned Islamic scholar in the state, Sheik Ibrahim Daurawa, cautioned the students against acts capable of denting the image of the state.
NAN reports that of the nine beneficiaries, seven are going to study a second degree in Islamic Studies and the Arabic language in Sudan, while the remaining two would study Business administration in Dubai.
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Nigerians from all walks of life on Thursday evening, converged on Nigeria House, New York, for a conversation about various issues affecting Nigeria and the future of the country.The event tagged: “170 Million People – Better Days Ahead’ was organised by The Nigeria Conversation, a project to engage Nigerians at home and diaspora to fashion a better future for the country.
Speakers at the event acknowledged the peculiar challenges facing the country and noted that there were more positive happenings and attributes that defined Nigeria and Nigerians.
The Guest Speaker, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, in his remarks, said “the future of Nigeria is quite bright”.
“Our government in Nigeria has done a lot in terms of economic growth, especially the recent efforts of governments to bring the economy out of recession.
“These and many other achievements showcase the new direction of government in diversifying the economy from solely single commodity to other sectors of the economy,” he said.
Kwankwaso, represented by Nasiru Garo, member representing Gwarzo/Ikabo Federal Constituency, also highlighted the government’s social intervention programmes.
“Other programmes like the promotion of the micro, small and medium enterprises, the N-Power and many others were designed to empower the citizenry, encourage private enterprises and change the way government does business.”
The former Governor of Kano State added that “in a time like this, we need farsightedness and courage. We also have to be strategic and innovative in our thinking and creative in our approach”.
According to him, Nigeria’s new economic framework – the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan – aims to strengthen government response to the economic slowdown and lay solid foundation for sustainable development.
He added that the collective commitment of Nigerian leaders in the task of nation building was non-negotiable and required the support of Nigerians at home and in the diaspora.
Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande commended the conversation, saying “Nigeria is a vibrant country that is welcoming, exciting and never boring”.
“In the conversation, let’s us talk about Boko Haram. First of all, that Boko Haram represents no religion. It is just a bunch of people that misread everything and know nothing.
“Terror is unconnected to any religion but the conversation must be heard about Boko Haram and that when Nigeria decided that ‘enough is enough’, Boko Haram is on the run.”
The Nigerian envoy also said focus should also be on how to restore normalcy and rebuild the Northeast ravaged by huge humanitarian crisis.
“Nigeria unfortunately has fought a civil war and decided it did not want any more war. Institutions were created to strengthen the union and this is an ongoing project and we have a duty.
“This is a platform to rededicate ourselves to task. We must work to create a strong, just and free country called Nigeria.
“We must never give up this push to create and to make our country better. This is the conversation that I think we should have,” Bande said.
The Deputy Permanent Representative, Amb. Samson Itegboje, said the Nigeria of today is one where impunity is a thing of the past and the rule of law is upheld.
“There are a lot of good things that are happening in Nigeria and about Nigeria. This should be our conversation. We have to stop talking ills about the country.”
The Acting Consul-General of the Consulate General of Nigeria, New York, Mr Nicholas Ella, said the ‘Nigeria Conversation’ aimed to sensitise Nigerians in the diaspora of the progress at home.
“The whole essence of our gathering is to brainstorm, cross-fertilise ideas and exchange views on what is best for our country.
“Nigeria has all it takes, Nigeria has very reknowned professionals and experts you may think of and Nigeria needs us now.”
Ella said starting from Oct. 2, a new executive order would simplify visa and business application processes in the country.
“In the coming months, more good news will be coming from Nigeria and we can continue to hold meaningful Nigeria Conversation on the progress being made in Nigeria,” he said.
Former Chairperson, Board of Governors of Commonwealth Secretariat, Amb. Chris Nonis, in his goodwill message, commended the initiative to promote constructive dialogue between the government and the people of Nigeria.
“I am sure this will have significant impact towards the progress of Nigeria whilst concomitantly providing an opportunity for all of you in the Nigerian diaspora to unite and assist your motherland.”
The Chairman, Nigeria Conversation, Mr Blackson Bayewumi, said the event was a citizenship mainstreaming initiative, to positively and productively engage Nigerians at home and abroad on nation-building processes.
Bayewumi said the findings from the previous events of the conversation envisaged a better country that would meet the dreams of all.
He said since the Nigeria Conversation kicked off in June 2010 in Abuja, it had been held in many cities and countries across the world.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that most participants from Nigeria and the diaspora cautioned against negative narratives like corruption and other vices by Nigerian officials, saying it discouraged investors.
Edited by: Maharazu Ahmed