A socio-cultural group, Arewa Solidarity Group (ASG) has offered special prayers for the presidential flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and the Kaduna state gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Uba Sani. Abdullahi Jika, National Coordinator of the Group, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Kaduna on Monday.
Jika said the joint Muslim and Christian prayers, observed at members’ various places of worship, was to seek spiritual intervention for the duo’s political ambition.
“We believe that Tinubu’s presidential ambition and Uba San’si gubernatorial ambition will become a reality by seeking the blessings of God. “The duo are trusted and tested leaders who have touched lives and redefined leadership in and out of political positions,” he said.
He also said that prayers were equally made for the security, peace and stability of the country, “We also prayed for the nation to come out of the insecurity that has caused great and continual trouble to the country.
“As patrotic citizens, it has become important to offer special prayers for the economic and political stability of the country, especially now that the nation is moving towards the electioneering campaign period.
“This is the period that the country needs more prayers than before, and all hands must be on deck to ensure that we have successful elections come 2023.” The National Coordinator enjoined politicians to observe the rules of the game by ensuring that their campaigns were issue-based in the interest of the nation and citizens He also urged Nigerians to be wise in their political decisions.
Some residents of Narayi community, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, on Saturday commended Connected Development (CODE), an NGO, for mobilising citizens in the state to monitor government projects.
The residents gave the commendation in Kaduna, at a one-day Town Hall Meeting organised by CODE, to address issues emanating from delivery of constituency projects in the state.
The Village Head of the community, Mr Sale Sule, said that mobilising the residents to get involved in the design and implementation of constituency projects was very crucial.
According to him, citizens’ involvement in the design and execution of constituency and other development projects will ensure that government spending meets the people’s development yearning.
Sale, who was represented by a Ward Head, Mr Joseph Wyorkson, stated that most times government projects were executed without consultation for the inputs of the benefitting communities.
“For example, there is a sports facility that was constructed in Government Secondary School, Narayi.
“We were not consulted, and we did not know what the project was for or who was implementing the project.
“We did not even know that the facility was being constructed in our school until the day of the inauguration.
“That was when we knew it was facilitated by Sen. Uba Sani, representing Kaduna Central.
Another resident, Mrs Esther Peter, a nursing mother, said government should consult them to get their buy-in before siting a project in the community.
She said that this would ensure such projects met their needs.
Peter explained that the meeting had opened their eyes to the need to pay attention to government spending in their communities to ensure value for money.
Also, a youth in the community, Aliyu Abduljabbi, said that the youths would no longer stand on the sideline but would take steps to engage the constituency project nomination and implementation processes.
Earlier, CODE’s Community Monitoring Team in the Area, Ms Fatima Auta, explained that the meeting was organised to address issues regarding constituency project implementation.
Auta added that the gathering was also to build synergy between the community members and government officials, and promote gender-responsive service delivery on constituency project implementation.
“The meeting was equally organised to sensitise community members to the adopted project nomination and monitoring tools, and how to engage the right authority with the collated information.
“We also want to enlighten community members on how to engage government officials and how to write a request for information, using the Freedom of Information Act,” she said.
Ms Zaraphat Haruna, Project Assistant, CODE, explained that the town hall was under the “Deepening Citizens Interest in Government Spending and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices” project.
Haruna explained that the project was being implemented in the state with support from MacArthur Foundation, to empower citizens with the necessary data needed to address institutional corruption crippling various sectors in Nigeria.
“The project seeks to also address ineffective delivery of constituency projects with a view to improving the quality of service delivery in Kaduna State,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that similar meetings were held in 15 communities across the 23 LGAs in Kaduna State.
A volunteer group, supporting the ambition of Sen. Uba Sani, the 2023 APC governorship candidate in Kaduna, has distributed utensils to 47 tea and noodles joint operators popularly known as ‘Mai Shayi’ in the state.
Distributing the utensils on Friday in Kaduna, Chairman of the group, Dr. Bashir Ibrahim, said tea and noodles joints were widely available across many areas in Kaduna for many years.
He noted that the joints were important because they provided places where most bachelors and less privileged took their refreshments, especially tea, bread or noodles and breakfast and sometimes for dinner.
Ibrahim also noted the importance of such gatherings as a a place where people converged to discuss national issues and listen to each others as families and friends, keeping a bond of frienship.
“Tea joints contribute so much in passing information to people very fast and assists many in providing fast and cheap food.
“Almost every person, especially youths in Kaduna starts their day with hot beverage, and most often it is tea in the morning and evening, sometimes depending on one’s mood during the day.
“Youths in Kaduna State consume tea and noodles very much, almost on daily basis and it may exceed, depending on the weather and one’s mood, which makes them very important especially in our local settings,” brahim said.
He noted that the importance of the operators in the Kaduna local settings prompted the idea to assist them as being small and medium scale enterprises.
“This forms part of our stakeholders grassroots engagement and support towards creating awareness of our candidate, Sen Uba Sani who will surely take Kaduna State to the Zenith of achievements.
“Our volunteer group’s mandate is to create an impact on voters life and Kaduna State in general; we will continue sharing our surveniers house-to-house in Kaduna.
” One of the beneficiaries, Malam Salisu Abubakar, a road side tea seller at Bashama road, Tudun Wada, expressed joy, saying that customers sometimes misplaced his cups or spoons.
“The support with this utensils will go along way in taking out the financial burden of buying new ones for a reasonable period of time,” he said.
He thanked the group and wished Sen. Uba Sani good luck in his quest for Kaduna governorship seat in 2023. Another beneficiary, Malam Ya’u Kabir, at Tudun Wada, Zaria LGA of the state, said this was the first time as tea and bread sellers, that they were remembered by politicians.
“We thank Senator Uba Sani and wish him success and pray he becomes our next Governor,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the utensils distributed were tea cups, plates and spoons, including T shirts and caps, where subsequently the group said they would provide the tea sellers with tables, chairs, and pots.
Kaduna State not renamed, says govt The Kaduna State Government has dismissed the media report claiming that the state has been renamed as Zazzau State.
Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser Media and Communications to the state governor,in statement said that the state had not been renamed as claimed by report.
Adeleke, who described the news as fake, called on citizens of the state to ignore the elaborate piece of fiction that made the claim of renaming the state”Please ignore the elaborate piece of fiction that made the claim.
It is fake news,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the news making the rounds on some online platforms claimed that the National Assembly had passed the a Bill renaming Kaduna State, which was subsequently sent Senate President Ahmad Lawan to President Buhari for ascent.
It also claimed that the bill which was jointly sponsored by Senator Suleiman Abdu Kwari and Senator Uba Sani of Kaduna central got the approval of 13 members out of 15 of the lower chamber representing different parts of Kaduna State ”The bill was deliberated in the Red Chamber and got 23 support of the Senate.
It quoted also the clerk of the National Assembly, Ojo Amos, as saying that ”123 Civil Organizations from different parts of Kaduna State who supported the name change of the state to Zazzau said the new name was in tandem with the history of culture of the people of the state ”Now that the President Buhari has signed the name change it into law, it will be reflected in the amendment of the 1999 constitution,” it stated.
While reacting to the report, the Senator, representing Kaduna Central, Sen. Uba Sani, told NAN that the report was nothing but pure lie from the pit of hell.
Sani expressed dismay at what he described as a concocted, subversive, malicious and false information circulating in the social media claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari had even signed the bill for the creation of Zazzau State.
He said that the claim that the Bill was allegedly co-sponsored by him in the Senate with Senator Sulaiman Abdu Kwari, was false and had no iota of truth.
“My immediate reaction to this outrageous and patently false piece of information is to wonder how mischievous elements can allow their imaginations to run riot, all in a bid to undermine their political opponent.
“How can people go to the extent of planning to destabilise their own state and worsen the insecurity situation because,” he said.
Sen. Uba Sani Volunteer Group on Friday provided medical support to patients at Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial Hospital Kaduna.
The News Agency of Nigeria , report that, some of the items donated included rolls of satchet milk and Milo, cubes of sugar, and cash assistance as medical support.
The leader of the group, Dr Bashir Ibrahim, said the donation was a continuous assistance of the group to Kaduna people for their welfare.
The items where given to male and female wards of the hospital.
“We will support those in need as part o of our contributions toward Sen. Uba Sani’s success in 2023 elections.
According to him, Sani is the most competent candidate with people’s interest at heart and will surely operate a system of empathy and honesty.
“He will carry everybody along in his leadership towards a new Kaduna State with much more improvement on what the present governor has achieved so far.
He called on Kaduna state people to come out and support credible leaders for a better future of the state.
The Secretary of the Hospital, Malam Ladan iliyasu, and other members of the hospital management, appreciated the donation .
Ladan Iliyasu said the gesture was a welcome development because many of the patients were in critical need of assistance.
Sen. Uba Sani is the 2023 governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC ) in Kaduna State.
Thirteen different groups came together in Kaduna on Friday to mobilise support for the election of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The groups also mobilised support for the 2023 gubernatorial candidate of the APC in Kaduna State, Sen. Uba Sani. The groups are the “ Sani Grassroots Mobilisation’’, “We 2gether’’, “Kaduna Association of Nupe’’, “Kaduna Youth Mobilisation Group’’ and “Kaduna Traders’’.
Others are “Farmers Association’’, “Tinubu Coalition Group’’, “Focus for Jagaban’’, “Kinkinau Development Association’’, “Kaduna Igbo Community’’, “Kaduna Yoruba Community’’, “Kawo Grassroots’’ and “Association of Katsina Indigenes living in Kaduna’’.
The groups expressed their commitment to support Tinubu and Sani at the 2023 general elections.
Convener of the mobilisation, Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammad, said the groups came together under one umbrella to canvass for voters for the candidates at various levels.
He said it was important for the groups to join hands to achieve a common goal of mobilising supporters at all levels considering the credibility and popularity of the candidates.
In his remarks, chairman of the coalition, Dr Bashir Ibrahim, said the APC-led administration in Kaduna State had brought tremendous development to the state in particular and to Nigeria in general.
“We need proper awareness to enlighten people of this great achievement with the hope for the future,’’ he said.
Ibrahim noted that the various social security interventions by Sen. Sani had reduced youth unemployment in Kaduna State and also reduced poverty among women.
He said the group would take the mobilisation to the grassroots, especially to women, who do not have access to the internet but turn out in large numbers to vote on election days.
“The coalition commends Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i for the achievements his APC administration has recorded in the last seven-and-a-half years.
“The administration has done well in the areas of infrastructure, education, health, agriculture, empowerment, job creation and security,’’ Ibrahim said.
He added that an ICT firm, DotNet, had expressed willingness to provide Information Technology support to the coalition and also committed itself to support Tinubu and Sani at all levels.
In another contribution, Alhaji Magaji Nalele, chairman, “Katsina Indigenes living in Kaduna State’’, noted that the level of mobilisation had been tremendous.
Another member of the coalition, Malam Abdulhamid Chawai, noted that the APC meant well for the electorates, the reason why the groups came together to declare unreserved support to Tinubu and Sani. Leader of the “We 2gether’’ group, Hajia Halima Liman, stated that its main interest is to vote for competent candidates at the 2023 general elections.
The APC Governorship candidate in Kaduna State, Sen. Uba Sani, has picked Gov. Nasir El-Rufai’s deputy, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, as his running mate for the 2023 gubernatorial elections.
Sani made this known on Monday in Kaduna after consultations with critical stakeholders from across the state.
In a statement made available to newsmen, Sani said Balarabe had contributed immensely to the giant strides recorded by the El-Rufai administration in infrastructure and human capital development.
“Dr Balarabe has demonstrated hard work, punctuality, dedication and team spirit in the discharge of her responsibility as deputy governor which has endeared her to the critical stakeholders in the state.
“I wish to therefore call on the good people of Kaduna State to support the choice of Dr Hadiza Balarabe as my running mate.
“I also enjoin them coming out en-masse to vote for our ticket during the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
“Your mandate in 2023 will enable us to build a peaceful, prosperous and greater Kaduna State.
“Together, we are determined to make the state a reference point for good and responsive governance,” Sani declared.
A group, Kaduna Response Team, has appealed to the state residents to vote for Sen. Uba Sani, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the 2023 poll.
The group’s chairman, Mr Mohammed Jalal, stated this in Kafanchan when he inaugurated zonal and local government coordinators for the group.
According to him, Sani’s exploit at the senate stands him out from the crowded field of governorship candidates.
“Sani is currently representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly.
”It is a well-known fact that he is one of the most outstanding senators in the 9th Assembly.
“He has pushed about 25 bills and his activities have touched all the three senatorial zones of the state and so he is the right man for the job,” he said.
Mohammed said that Sani was the most prepared candidate for the election having worked closely with Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai for many years.
“We are all aware of the transformation that is taking place in Kaduna state under the watch of El-Rufai.
“El-Rufai cannot finish everything in his eight-year tenure, so we need someone who will key into his vision and Sani is that person.
“Sani has been El-Rufai’s friend and confidant in terms of work and will build on his developmental programmes,” he added.
In his remarks, the group’s secretary, who doubled as its spokesperson, Mr Abdulsamad Amadi, described Sani as a grassroots politician who had the interest of the people at heart.
Amadi stated that in spite of representing only Kaduna Central at the national assembly, Sani’s impact had been felt throughout the state.
He said going by the last local councils election where APC won five out of the eight LGs of Southern Kaduna, a PDP strong hold, the APC was confident of clinching the zone in 2023.
Also speaking, Mr Ibrahim Koli, the Jema’a Local Government Area (LGA) APC chairman called for unity, saying that the party could not afford to go into the election as a divided house.
He expressed confidence that the party’s governorship candidate would emerge victorious in the 2023 general elections.
The Sen. Uba Sani Grassroots Mobilisation Group is sensitizing potential voters in all the 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kaduna State to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) ahead of the 2023 general elections.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the group is meeting various grassroots groups in the state and mobilizing support for Sani, the gubernatorial flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in next year’s elections.The convener of the meeting, Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammad, said that it was important for all members to get their PVCs in order to vote for Sani, currently representing Kaduna Central in the Senate.The State Coordinator of the Sani Group, Dr. Bashir Ibrahim, described the senator as competent, credible, and honest.He said public opinion favored the APC candidate to win the gubernatorial election.“Surveys have shown clearly that Sani can unite Kaduna State and solve all the security challenges facing the state.“On the development of infrastructure, he will do a lot for the benefit of the poor.“Today, Sani is about the only politician who works without talking and that is why he has never abused or blackmailed anybody in his political life,“ he said.Ibrahim disclosed that ward and unit coordinators would be picked to coordinate the group’s activities and voter registration in the 23 LGAs.The State Secretary of the group, Alhaji Gambo Inuwa in his remarks, stressed the importance of grassroots support and encouraged the mobilization of members in every ward and street.The group’s State Vice Chairman, Alhaji Ashiru Kudan, called for house-to-house mobilization and appealed to the people to be patient and await the dividends of democracy under Sani.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
Mr Bello Hassan, Managing Director, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), said the corporation would continue to monitor the banking sector to address challenges it might be facing.
Hassan said this at a retreat for members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions with the NDIC, at Eko Hotel, on Saturday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the retreat had “Deposit Insurance In Nigeria-Re-Strategising for Tomorrow,” as theme.
Hassan, represented by the Executive Director (Operations) NDIC, Mustapha Ibrahim, said effective risk based management remained central to safe and sound banking system.
“The NDIC and the Central Bank of Nigeria have a very robust supervisory framework under the risk based supervisory format the risk based approach is actually proactive.
“For the most part, we try to anticipate all these risks – Macro, micro, domestically and globally – to address them continuously.
“So, it is so dynamic that we also are constantly on a real time basis, monitoring the industry continuously and fine-tuning our supervisory tools, both onsite and offsite, to mitigate some of the challenges the banks may be facing,” said Hassan.
He added that he was happy that the Nigerian banking industry was at the moment quite resilient to most of these challenges, particularly, external shocks which the Corporation could not do anything about.
“We have tried to immunise the system to withstand shocks that may be impacting on the economy and the financial system,” Hassan said.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Baking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, Senator Uba Sani, said the retreat demonstrated the progress made in forging sustainable and workable relationship in the overall interest of the nation.
“The National Assembly and NDIC are key institutions critical to the growth and development of the Nigerian economy.
“While we provide the legal and institutional frameworks, NDIC carries out its regulatory or supervisory responsibilities in order to safeguard the banking sector.
“Engagement of this nature gives us the platform to deeply look into our activities and responsibilities and also examine how far we have gone in carrying out our mandate as required.
“It helps in injecting fresh ideas into our operations which will materialise into an improved, effective and efficient service delivery to Nigerians,” he said.
Sani, represented by Sen. Olubunmi Adetunbi, believed that the outcome would help in strengthening the financial and banking sectors, and in particular the supervisory and regulatory role of the corporation. (