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Breaking: Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris Dies At The Age of 84

The Emir of Zazzau, Alh. Shehu Idris passed on today 20th September, 2020 after a brief illness.

The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai confirmed the death in his statement

“VERY SAD: It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of the father of our state, His Highness Emir of Zazzau, Alh (Dr.) Shehu Idris CFR. He died at the 44 Military Hospital Kaduna today after a brief illness. Janazah prayer in Zaria is scheduled for 5pm in Sha Allah. All Covid-19 protocols to be complied with as much as possible during the funeral prayers and condolences.

I have informed the President Muhammdu Buhari, GCFR of the great loss and offered our condolences. The Chief of Staff to PMB, Prof Ibrahim Gambari will lead a Federal Government delegation to Zaria to condole with the family of His Royal Highness, Zazzau Emirate Council and the people of Zazzau Emirate and Kaduna State.

We have lost a rare gem, a source of wisdom and guidance and a true father of all. May Allah Grant his soul abode in Aljanna Firdaus. Amin. – Nasir El-Rufai.”

Shehu Idris  was born on the 20th February, 1936. He was the 18th Fulani Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman of Zazzau Emirate Council and Kaduna State Emirate Council. He ascended the throne on 8th February, 1975 following the demise of Alhaji Muhammadu Aminu, the 17th Emir of Zazzau.

Idris was born to the family of Malam Idrisu Auta who was sometimes called Auta Sambo and Hajiya Aminatu. Idrisu Auta’s father was Sarkin Zazzau Muhammadu Sambo who reigned from 1879 to 1888 and Auta’s grandfather was Sarkin Zazzau Abdulkarimi who reigned from 1834 – 1846.

Idris started his education being tutored by two Islamic scholars in Zaria and then continued with formal studies at the Zaria Elementary School. He was at the elementary school from 1947 till 1950, during this period, the young Idris lost his father when he was 12 years old. Idris continued both his qur’anic and formal education and enrolled in the Zaria Middle School in 1950 and finished studies in 1955. He then attended Katsina Training College to become a teacher.

In 1958, he was a teacher at a school in Hunkuyi and then taught at a few other schools in Zaria. Thereafter, he left teaching. In the 1960s, he was a private secretary to Sarkin Zazzau, Muhammadu Aminu, he was also appointed as the secretary to the Zaria Native Authority council in 1965. In 1973, he was bestowed the title of Dan Madamin Zaria and was appointed the district head of Zaria and Kewaye.

Idris succeeded Sarki Aminu in 1975. On the 10th January, 2015 he celebrated his 40 years coronation anniversary, and on 8th February, 2020, he celebrated his 45 years coronation anniversary.

Idris who celebrated his 45 years on throne in February 2020 died on Sunday morning 20th September, 2020 at the age of 84 at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference hospital in Kaduna around 11am.

Kaduna State IGR Increases From N13BN To N44bn In 4 years ― El-rufai

Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir El-rufai has said the state has steadily increased its internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from N13bn in 2015 to N44bn in 2019 without hiking tax rates as part of efforts to be less dependent on the federal allocation.

El-Rufai made the disclosure at the opening ceremony of the 25th Annual conference of the Auditors General Conference of Local governments holding in Kaduna on Tuesday.

According to the Governor, we are faced with enormous challenges and leaner resources than ever in history since the creation of Nigeria.

The governor stated that the world is facing the twin challenges of a global health pandemic and an economic slowdown, saying such a crisis has not been faced in the last one hundred years.

He noted that there cannot be a better time and a greater need for fiscal transparency and accountability than now.

According to the governor, the Kaduna State Government is working to retain its ranking as number one place for doing business in Nigeria and its position as the state that has so far attracted the highest levels of foreign direct investment this year.

“That is why we implemented the Treasury Single Account(TSA) in September 2015, and have automated our procurement process, began digitising the land registry and prohibited cash collection of government revenues.

“We are the first state to sign up to the Open Government Partnership and we have real-time monitoring of our projects all around the state.

The governor explained: “The Kaduna State government is also a keen participant in the World Bank assisted State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) programme.

“Many state governments have also keyed into the programme by implementing fiscal sustainability plans. I am particularly proud to say that Kaduna State was adjudged the best in implementing SFTAS, having completed nine (9) out of eleven (11) key performance indicators”

This follows our steady strides to increase our capacity to collect IGR. We have raised IGR from N13bn in 2015 to N44bn in 2019 without hiking tax rates”

At this juncture, let me inform you all that in the bid to devolve our accountability and transparency, we promised and ensured that Local Government areas had full control of their funds.

Afterwards, we conducted local government elections using electronic voting to take democracy to the grassroots.

‘So, when you look at the fact that we empowered Local Government Councils to have full control of their funds and conducted elections, we can rightly say we have democratised accountability and transparency”

” For not only are the elected local government officials accountable to the laws and institutions of the land, but they are also accountable to the people, whose mandate they exercise in the first place. We believe that those elected to run affairs at the local level must be empowered to do so.”

NBA Update: Nasir El-Rufai Has Never Been Associated With Bigotry – HRH Sanusi

The former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sunusi II has also lent his voice to the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai’s saga with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), where he was quoted to have said:

“If you have an opinion, people will either agree or disagree with you. But a man who has an opinion that can be agreed with or disagreed with is always better than a man who has no opinion at all.

“Nasir has always had opinions. He knows what his position is on things. He says that position very clearly. People will like it, some people will not like it. And that is what people call being controversial, being controversial is actually having an opinion. If you don’t want to be controversial, you just behave like these teflons, flexible, just flow with the wind and nobody knows where you stand…

“I think the case of the crisis in Kaduna, first of all is something that predates this government. It has been on for a long time. And the governor is doing something about it. The North as a whole suffers because we have people who profit from division. We have divided ourselves against each other, whether it is ethnicity of religion.

“And when you have someone who says I am simply going to stand for justice, for the rights of human beings and doing what is right, some people who are not used to things being done in that way are going to object. I am sure that His Excellency knows that with every single issue, there will be people who will object.

“I read the petition. I was looking for the specific allegation. You said somebody does not respect the rule of law, what is the specific instance of disrespect for the rule of law. You say somebody has mishandled a crisis. What is the specific manner in which he mishandled the crisis?

“If you going to take action on people based on allegations, the President of the NBA himself has allegations against him that have not been proven, but nobody has said anything about him because it this is a matter that is before a court of law, and people will wait for the court to decide because everybody has a right to fair hearing.

“More important for me, if you feel that the governor of Kaduna State is not doing well, you should invite him to your conference and ask him and let him explain what he is doing and tell him what you think he is doing wrong. You will learn something from him, he will learn something from him. Disinviting him is not the path of people who actually want progress. Because if you disagree with someone , having him in your hall where you can tell him your view is the best way and he can defend himself. And if there are things he needs to improve he will take them on board. And if there are things that you don’t know that he is doing, you can be better informed. That is the best way to handle issues like this.

“I hope that this matter will not be turned into a religious and ethnic matter. It should be a matter of principle. I think it is their loss because if he was there he would add value to the conference and they would learn something about what he is doing.

“It is sad for the NBA itself and it is sad for freedom of speech, and also fair

“I have known Nasir since we were 16/17. He is a nationalist. He has never been associated with any ethnic or religious bigotry. All our friends are Nigerians. People don’t even think of us as northerners because really we are just Nigerians.

“Anybody who knows him will tell you that he is just a Nigerian. Look at the people that he works with, look at the people around him, look at his friends. He has not surrounded himself with people from a particular ethnic group or a particular religious persuasion. He has friends all over, pastors, reverends, imams. It is is sad that anybody can accuse him in any way of being partisan in the matter.

One of the lawyers made a comment and I think it is something that we should bear in mind. He is a governor in charge of lives and property in the state. He is the number one person concerned with peace in Kaduna because if there is no peace, he is responsible. You can’t have people crying more than the bereaved. If we do not assist him, the least we can do is pray for him, and give him a chance and advice him.”

“Needless to say, this is a sad thing. I am his friend, but His Excellency is wrong, I will say it. If I am wrong, he will say it and we would still be friends. But on this matter, it does more to the discredit of the NBA. This is one less speaking engagement.

The most important thing that Kaduna State should have peace. We should not complicate efforts at peace-building. I read today that the groups are meeting and I hope and pray that they will reach a compromise and we will see peace in the state. That is the most important thing, not speaking at NBA or what NBA says, but that there should be peace in Kaduna State and in this country.” He concluded.

Nigeria AirForce Loses Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile In Road Traffic Accident In Kaduna

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, announced the passing away of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, in a statement issued yesterday.

The statement reads:

“It is with great sorrow that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) regretfully announces the unfortunate demise of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, who died today, 14 July 2020, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.‬

Until her death, ‪Flying Officer Arotile, who was commissioned into the NAF in September 2017 as a member of Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64, was the first ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Service.‬ During her short but impactful stay in the Service, late Arotile, who hails from Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, contributed significantly to the efforts to rid the North Central States of armed bandits and other criminal elements by flying several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State.”

“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserates with the family of late ‪Flying Officer Arotile‬ over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.” He concluded.

Kaduna State: Water Everywhere But Still There Is No Water To Drink

The Role of KADRUWASSA In Response To Contain The Spread of COVID -19 Pandemic In Kaduna State.

Kadruwassa is Ensuring that water and sanitation systems are resilient and sustainable.

During COVID-19 and infectious disease outbreaks, Kadruwassa is assign to come up with an effective emergency response that can expand access to most basic public health interventions.

The agency provide sustainable WASH services by using renewable energy that is facilely to maintain at a time to increase water supply within communities.

This is both a short-term and a long-term requirement to save lives. Undisrupted community water supply chains, including production capacity that needs water, sanitation and hygiene services must be maintained at all costs.

Water, sanitation and hygiene works must also be regarded with sufficient protection to be able to provide us with such services without disruption.

In striving to protect people’s lives and strengthen the health of citizen’s community and support Kaduna State and national health systems in general amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kadruwassa provided water, sanitation and hygiene including utilities and sustainable facilities, i.e. facilities that operate continuously and fully for a long time (solar motorised bore hole and hand pump bore hole), are provided to safeguard the safety and health of individual and communities.

Also the agency is working closely with Washcom and other partners to ensure communities have access to fixed and portable water for drinking, handwashing facilities, soap or alcohol-based hand rubs, and reliable water supplies to enhance health of a community. We are also helping people understand the benefits of handwashing through educational and behavioral tools and tactics.

As we are now facing new, unforeseen challenges with COVID-19, Kadruwassa teams in the field are also providing direct support to the COVID-19 response in kaduna state communities, quickly adapting hygiene promotion to target a broader audience, moving campaigns online given the limitations on face-to-face social mobilization, and putting an emphasis on different transmission pathways of COVID.

Related by: Bilyaminu Abdullahi Snk

COVID-19: PRP Drags FG, Kaduna State GOV’t To Court Over Lockdown

The People’s Redemption Party (PRP) has instituted an action against the Federal Government and Kaduna State Government challenging the cruel handling of the COVID19 pandemic by the Nigerian Government as the pandemic rages on throughout the globe.

PRP National Chairman, Malam Falalu Bello, (Dan Masanin Zazzau) yesterday Monday, 22nd June, 2020 announced that the party had briefed lawyers to sue the Federal Government along with the Kaduna State Government.

In a statement signed by PRP National Chairman Malam Falalu Bello, which reads in part:

“Morning Ladies and Gentlemen, “You may please recall that in our last Press Release on Covid-19, we have said that we were going to sue the Government to test whether a Government can use the Quarantine Laws to lock people up day and night (which is practically imprisonment) without feeding them as the Federal and most State Governments did.

“I, on behalf of the Party briefed Barr. Jibril Dogo who has so far represented the Party on Kaduna matter (at first hearing and appeal) to file the Suit against the Federal and Kaduna State Governments as Defendants. The choice of Federal Government was because it locked up some States and the FCT and Kaduna State locked up Kaduna continuously for 2 months at great pain to the citizens.

“The Suit filled in the Federal High Court Abuja has been assigned to Court 11 and will come up next Friday 26th June, 2020”. Falalu Bello OON said.