​Kaduna Electric, KadSEMA Partners on Safety  

The Management of Kaduna Electric has re- iterated its commitment to the safety of lives, public and private properties in all its area of operations.

The assertion was made today in Kaduna by the Chief Technical Officer of the Company, Engr Bello Musa when he received the Executive Secretary, Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency, KADSEMA, Alhaji Abubakar Hassan in his office.
Engr Musa, who stood in for the Managing Director/CEO of Kaduna Electric, Eng Garba Haruna, stated that Kaduna Electric attaches serious importance to safety of lives and properties of the people and shall always uphold this as an abiding philosophy.”

He called for more synergy and cooperation between the two organizations to guarantee the safe usage of electricity in the state.
He lamented the continued patronage of unprofessional electricity installers by some individuals which according to him exposed some property owners and power supply installations to serious dangers.
He also called on KADSEMA to ensure that the rights of way of the Company are observed when granting permission for erection of permanent or temporary structures.
Earlier in his speech, the KADSEMA Executive Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Hassan pledged the readiness of the Emergency Agency to work with Kaduna Electric to ensure safety of lives and properties in Kaduna State as well as avert the occurrence of any disaster.
He called for formation of inter-phase committee between the two organizations for constant engagement and exchange of valuable information that will help in ensuring safety of lives and properties of citizens of the State.

​Balarabe Musa’s Death ,Colossal Loss – NUJ Kaduna State Council

Nigeria Union of Journalists ,Kaduna State Council described the death of the first civilian Governor of defunct Kaduna State Alhaji  Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa as a colossal loss to the media,Kaduna State and Nigeria.

In a statement signed by its Secretary, Comrade Femi Adi, the council said Balarabe was a Nigerian patriot in the traditional  late Chief Obafemi  Awolowo, Late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Late Aminu Kano ,who was passionate about the liberation of the Talakawa(masses) from the doldrums of operation to freedom.
According to the statement: “The late Balarabe Musa was not only a true friend ,who never missed any opportunity to engage the media, but also one personality whose doors were widely opened to journalists anytime for  interviews”.

“The second Republic governor would be remembered for his invaluable contributions to National discourse ,development and passion for the liberation as well as  empowerment of the Talakawa(Masses)”.
“He would also be remembered for his consistent  conviction and strong believe in the socialist ideology for an egalitarian society, where the masses enjoy equal opportunity and social justice “.
“He was fearless and selfless even ,when he was faced with threat of impeachment by retrogressive forces” .

“The entire members of NUJ, Kaduna State Council condole the family of the visionary leader ,whose 16-point agenda midwived the path for development of Kaduna State as a modern society.
May his soul rest in peace “, they said.

The news of his death hit the air waves in the early hours of Wednesday ,11th November ,2020 .

El-Rufai mourns Alh. Balarabe Musa, pays tribute to his service

By Habila Victor, Kaduna.

The Kaduna State Government regrets to announce the death of Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, the first elected governor of Kaduna State. He served as governor from October 1979 to June 1981.

This was contained in a statement signed by Special Adviser to the Governor on Media & Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye on Wednesday.

The State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, in his condolence message to the family, said that Kaduna State is proud of the public service Alhaji Musa rendered to the state and its people.

“Alhaji Balarabe Musa will be remembered as a progressive politician who tried in his time as governor to expand the horizons of opportunity for ordinary people.

“He made notable contributions to industrializing the state. As a leader, he demonstrated at the ballot box, the capacity of a political party devoted to the protection of the interest of ordinary people to acquire power democratically.

“As a private citizen, he projected the qualities of principled politics, decency, integrity, consistency and commitment to improving the lives of our ‘talakawa’ in Kaduna State and Nigeria.

“Despite the setback of his unwarranted impeachment from the office of Governor, Alh. Balarabe Musa remained steadfast to his principles and spoke his mind often, helping to project a radical voice in public discourse in defense of democracy, and to advance social justice.

“As we pay tribute to his life of unblemished public service, we pray Allah to forgive his shortcomings, grant him al-Jannar Firdaus and to comfort his family” he said.

​Breaking: Former Kaduna governor, Balarabe Musa, is dead

Former Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa is dead.
Alhaji Balarabe Musa was the leader of the Peoples Redemption Party, PRP.

Meanwhile, Senator Shehu Sani who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th Senate has described Alhaji Musa as an exemplar for prudence, dignify and honour.

A statement made on Wednesday by Senator Shehu Sani reads, “Alhaji Balarabe Musa, the former Governor of Kaduna State and the leader of the PRP has died.

“Nigeria has lost a patriot, a revolutionary, a nationalist, an honest man and a man of principles and conviction.

“Balarabe Musa lived an accomplished life of Honesty, simplicity and service to humanity.

“He was an exemplar for prudence, dignify and Honour.

“Balarabe Musa was the best Governor that has ever presided over the affairs of Kaduna State. He was one of the few Governors and politicians released after the collapse of the second republic and declared innocent of any wrongdoing.

“Balarabe died in active service in the command of his conscience.”

​CBN intervention in cassava production

The Anchor Borrowers financial intervention of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has continued to provide interventions for agricultural revival in the country. Through the intervention, the apex bank is carrying out its five-year policy to grow the real economy from 2019 to 2024.
CBN acting Director, Corporate Affairs Communications, Mr. Nwanisobi Osita, who disclosed this in Lokoja, Kogi state, recently indicated that the policy which centres around establishing a firm and stable micro economic environment would pave room for low inflation, financial stability, exchange rate stability and efficient payment system.

The acting director’s opinion, however, is that the country cannot continue to import items and consumables which it has the capacity to produce.

As a result, he said the Anchor Borrowers financial intervention of the CBN, will lead to the production of a minimum of ten commodities that would make food to become readily available to Nigerians.

Osita remarks: “There must be a limit to importation of goods. We can grow tomatoes, rice, wheat, cotton and other consumables and CBN will continue to provide finance for farmers to grow those commodities and create jobs for Nigerians.” 

He explains that only a positive result from the Central Bank’s intervention can lead to reduction in the youths unemployment and underemployment of the country standing presently at a frightening 60 percent.

As a stakeholder in the agriculture sector in the country, one other commodity that the CBN has shown noticeable interest in is cassava production. Though Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of cassava tubers with 53 million metric tonnes per annum, the country imports cassava derivatives worth over $600 million each year.

Emefiele said the CBN places a high premium on cassava because the commodity can generally be used for different uses along several value chains. The value chains have enormous potential for employing over two million people in Nigeria if well harnessed. This is because of the diverse secondary products that it offers.

But the cassava industry suffers as a result of low yield varieties, poor farm practices, lack of good quality farm inputs, non-utilisation of available cultivable lands, manual system of production, inadequate funding for smallholder out-grower schemes and low processing capacity.

To rectify this, the Central Bank of Nigeria has sponsored about 15,000 farmers to cultivate over 15,000 hectares of cassava farmland in 19 states as part of its efforts to use cultivation of 10 crops to create 10 million jobs in five years.

The big question, however, is how far has the intervention helped cassava farmers and processors in maximising profitability, creating employment opportunities and in diversifying the economy?

Most cassava farmers commended the intervention of the apex bank through collaboration with the Nigeria Cassava Growers Association to boost production.

They said the intervention has made it possible for cassava farmers to have ready markets for their produce, but they add that as good as the intervention by the apex bank is, the implementation has not been too good.

Some of the farmers want the apex bank to be more involved in the implementation of the Anchor Borrowers financial intervention in the commodity. They are asking the Central Bank of Nigeria to deploy its personnel to monitor the farms of beneficiaries.

They assert that the involvement of the apex bank’s personnel from land preparation to harvesting will boost cassava production in the country as it will afford the bank the opportunity to understand the challenges being faced by the beneficiaries first hand.

One of the challenges identified is the complaint about imposition of input suppliers on beneficiaries by those in charge. The farmers cited the issue of fertilisers supplied to them, which they commended, but said the packaging were poor.

They also note that most of the inputs like root cuttings, herbicides and fertilisers are more expensive from the accredited suppliers compared to what they are sold in the open market.

One of the farmers said: “Herbicides that we can get for N1,300 per litre in the open market are sold to us for N1,600. This is enriching the input suppliers to the detriment of we the farmers. Farmers should be allowed to buy inputs from anywhere they like and not be forced to buy from the accredited suppliers.”

Another challenge the CBN should address urgently is the non release of funds as at when needed. A farmer said land preparation fund was just released some weeks ago since last year with other funds still being awaited. “Why are they stopping farmers from withdrawing money from their accounts?” he queried.

If the CBN intervention is well implemented, the farmers believe that cassava cultivation has the power to create the necessary employment. By paying more attention to the implementation of the Anchor Borrowers financial intervention by the Central Bank of Nigeria in cassava the country can harnessed the economic benefits of the commodity.

Centre laments scarcity of condoms in Bauchi community

Some married men in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of Bauchi State have lamented the inadequate supply of condoms in the area which would be of help to them in childbirth spacing .

The Chairman of Ward Development Committee of Kafin Madaki Primary Health Care Centre, Mustapha Ibrahim , revealed this while briefing journalists.

“We , as a committee , have embarked on serious awareness creation among the people and the programme has been well accepted .

“Men now come out publicly to demand supply of condoms to support their wives , but unfortunately for now , we have run out of stock of the commodity here ,” he stated .

According to him , men have come to understand that child birth spacing is important considering the economic situation of the country .

Ibrahim pleaded with the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency to urgently supply the childbirth spacing commodities , including condoms to the facility so that residents could access them .

The deputy chairman of the Centre, Kafin Madaki , Sani Usman, while giving an update on the services of the health centre , said that no fewer than 58 childbirth spacing clients were recorded in the month of October 2020 .

He , however , lamented that the facilities in the month under review recorded out of stock situation of childbirth spacing commodities .

​17, 602 teachers to sit for professional qualifying examination Saturday, says TRCN

The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, has said a total of 17, 602 teachers from across 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, would participate in its Professional Qualifying Examination, PQE, slated for Saturday.
The Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of TRCN, Prof Josiah Ajiboye , speaking at a press conference, Tuesday in Abuja, disclosed that out of the number, Osun state has the highest candidates with 1, 727 teachers followed by Adamawa with 1, 623 candidates, just as Lagos State trailed behind with 934 candidates.

According to him, the FCT has 850 candidates expected to sit for the examinations. In a similar circumstance, Ebonyi has the least number of registered teachers with 119 candidates after Bayelsa which has 128 candidates.

Ajiboye who said the examinations would not hold in Jigawa and Ekiti states for this particular digest explained that they were unable to meet up with the 100 benchmarks for candidates registration per state.
“We are going ahead with our examination. In the last examination, we had over 46, 000 candidates that registered. But because of the pandemic, we couldn’t register many teachers for this diet. We cannot stop that is why we still have to go ahead,” he said.

He added: “This time around we are having about 17, 602 teachers that are going to take this examination in this October diet. We have an examination in about 34 states and the FCT. Only two states – Jigawa and Ekiti are not going to be involved.

“The examination will take place from 12th to 14th of this month. Why we have arranged it that way is to give latitude to make sure that we are Covid -19 compliant. We will be able to batch the candidate and they will be able to come base on the time allotted for their examination not that everybody will be at the venue of the exam.

“They are going to be given a specific time for their examination and that is the time we expect them to come to the venue of the examination. We are going to batch them and we are going to make sure we comply with all the Covid-19 protocols in terms of physical distancing, hand washing, and sanitizing.

“We are going to make sure that all these protocols are complied with as stated by the Presidential Task Force on Covid -19.”

Speaking on the deadline for teachers registration with the TRCN, the Registrar maintained that the Federal Government would not go back on its stance on regulating the teaching profession, adding that only qualified teachers will be allowed in the classrooms

“We are not going back on that deadline. It is just because of the Covid -19 that we have slowed down. The first report that was written by our monitors in February and March has already been submitted. We are looking at it now. There is no going back.

“Countries that have been able to get their education right have been able to do two things; they have been able to place the learners at the center of their education and the second is the quality of their teachers.”

​Senate charges governments to ensure safety of judges, courts

The Senate has asked the Federal and State governments to ensure adequate security measures around judges and courts in the country as part of moves to provide adequate safety for them from spontaneous or premeditated attacks.

Speaking on Tuesday in Abuja when its Committee engaged Chief Registrars of all the courts on their 2021 budgetary proposals, Chairman, Senate  Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, APC Ekiti Central stressed that the recent attacks visited on the courts in the land by hoodlums was worrisome and must be condemned in all its ramifications.

Senator Bamidele who noted that such attacks, either spontaneous or premeditated are more or less potential assaults on Judges and Justices which must be nipped in the bud, said, “Worthy of note, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, is the unfortunate and unwarranted recent attack and vandalisation of the Court of Appeal archive office in the Lagos Division, as well as the Lagos State High Court Complex, located at Igbosere, which was set ablaze by hoodlums.

“This action is highly condemnable and a clarion call for the provision of adequate security mechanisms, for the safety of Judges and the Courts, generally.

“Aside safety of Judges and the courts, welfare of Judges as well as electronic fittings and automation of the courts, are also very critical areas requiring urgent attention that must be given.”

Meanwhile, the Committee has described as grossly inadequate, the N110 billion budgetary estimates projected for the Judiciary in 2021 as given in the 2020 fiscal year.

Speaking further, Senator Bamidele who noted that N110 billion earmarked for the arm of government in the coming fiscal year, is grossly inadequate to bring about the needed turnaround, said, “This committee, will do all within its legislative powers to ensure that the funding of the Judiciary is improved upon for dispensation of justice in the country efficiently and appropriately.”

All those who spoke which include the Secretary, National Judicial Council (NJC), Ahmed Gambo Saleh, Registrars of the various courts, issue of underfunding of the Judiciary was the major complaints made to the Committee which it promised to look into.