By Leadership Newspapers on Apr 19, 2013Many electricity consumers in the Kaduna metropolis on Friday besieged offices of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) over what they described as crazy bills sent to them.
By Leadership Newspapers on Apr 18, 2013There was a palpable tension, yesterday, in Kaduna, following the killing of two policemen by unknown gunmen in Tudun Wada area of Kaduna metropolis. The gunmen had, Tuesday night, opened fire on the police patrol team along Musawa Road, killing two an...
By Leadership Newspapers on Mar 16, 2013
The 70-man Peace and Reconciliation Committee set up by late Gov. Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State in January 2012 on Friday failed to submit its report due to the inability of some members to sign it.
The Co-chairman of the committee, Rtd. AVM Ishaya Shekari, made the explanation while addressing newsmen after meeting Gov. Ramalan Yero.
Shekari said the failure of some members to sign the final report was not due to a major disagreement but because they did not receive the information in time.
`` We want to make sure that those that did not get chance to travel here today to sign the report should be given enough time to come and sign. We wanted to sign all the copies and there are many copies involved.
`` I am not aware of disagreement, these are speculations. Until we have the last day we cannot say somebody has refused to sign. We expect everybody to sign.
`` Not all members were able to get the message to come here (Government House) today.
And for that reason, it is not fair to present the report without letting everybody know that it was meant to be presented today.’’
On his part, the other Co-chairman, Alhaji Abbas Sambo, said that not all the members of the committee had signed the report, adding that the reasons were best known to them.
"I have signed the report but some members have not signed, they said they are waiting for the members who are yet to sign.
“We have done our work but whoever refuses to sign does not want peace for the state and God would not forgive them."
According to him, the committee has carried out its mandate and has brought the report to the governor.
He said that for some to refuse to sign the report showed that such members did not participate fully in the committee.
`` Anybody that does not sign, he did not participate well enough as a committee member,’’ he said.
When contacted, the Director-General of Media and Publicity to the Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Maiyaki, declined to make comment on the reason for the failure of the committee to submit its report as scheduled.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that late Gov. Patrick Yakowa inaugurated the committee in January 2012 .
Part of it terms of reference was to identify on issues that have fuelled the recurring ethnic-religious crises in the state and proffer solutions.
The committee is to continue with the process of pursuing full and genuine reconciliation in the state, irrespective of sectional, religious, ethnic or political affiliations.
It is also ``to advise government on issues of peace and unity with the aim of achieving full reconciliation and communal harmony in the state.
``To advise government on any issue that will assist to give lasting peace and enhance the unity and development of the state’’, late Yakowa added.
Members of the committee include the Wazirin Zazzau, Alhaji Ibrahim Aminu, the Wazirin Birnin Gwari, Alhaji Abdulkadir Jibril, the CAN chairman, Dr. Sam K. Kujiyet, Mr Nuhu Bajoga (now state Deputy Governor), Alhaji Sule Buba, Sen. Babale Maikarfi, Sen. Zego Azeez and rtd. Maj-Gen. Zamani Lekwot.(NAN)
By Leadership Newspapers on Mar 6, 2013The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has advised the 49 applicants that expressed interest in Afam Power Plc and Kaduna Distribution Company to comply with the terms of Request for Proposals.
By Leadership Newspapers on Feb 7, 2013The Kaduna State Government has denied engaging incompetent contractors for the ongoing 31 road projects across the state.
The Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Suleiman Richifa, also denied the rumour that some of the contractors had abandoned work on the roads.
Richifa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Kaduna that the government was meticulous in the selection of the contractors.
He said the contracts, awarded in November 2012, were given to tested contractors who had undertaken similar road projects in the state.
Richifa said no contractor had abandoned site, saying:``as at today (Feb. 7) contractors were all working on various sites and they have achieved various percentage of the projects.''
The commissioner said the state had only paid 25 per cent advance payment to the contractors.
Richifa blamed the recent protest by youth affected by the Romi- Karatudun road project, on misinformation.
``The consultant ordered the contractor on the Romi-Karatudun road project to stop work, but all rifts had been resolved and work is going on at the site,” he assured.
Meanwhile, Richifa has said that the state government was yet to conclude plans to ban the operations of commercial motorcyclists, also known as ‘Okada riders’ in the state.
The commissioner said the government had not presented the bill to ban their operation to the state House of Assembly for legislation.
He said, however, that the government had purchased 700 tricycles, which would be distributed to the commercial motorcyclists, once the issue was concluded.
Richifa also assured residents that the 50 buses purchased by the state government would soon be inaugurated, to reduce transportation difficulties in the state. (NAN)
By Leadership Newspapers on Jan 22, 2013
The Kaduna State Police Command has arrested 40 suspects, who were allegedly involved in armed robbery and other crimes, in an early morning raid on Tuesday in Kaduna.
The command's Public Relations Officer, DSP Aminu Lawal, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna that all the suspects were arrested along Danmaliki Street and Nnamdi Azikwe Express way, following a tip-off.
Lawal said the police had recovered two sets of Army camouflage uniforms, two laptop computers, four unregistered motor cycles and a Toyota Siena bus.
``Other items include house breaking instruments and a large quantity of dry leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp.``
He said the suspects were being interrogated and those found wanting would be arraigned in court.
`` We shall continue with the raid on the identified hot spots until we rid the city of criminals.
``We urge the good people of the state to report any suspicious persons or movement around their areas.`` (NAN)
By Leadership Newspapers on Jan 18, 2013
Kaduna State Government is to spend over N11 billion this year to improve health care services, the Commissioner for Health, Mr Turaki Kalik has said.
Kalik said while defending the budget at the State House of Assembly on Friday that, N4 billon of the amount would be spent on capital projects while N6.1 billion would be for recurrent expenditure.
Kalik said part of the amount would be used to upgrade some primary health centres, as well as the Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital being upgraded to a teaching hospital.
He said the recurrent budget size when compared to 2012, had risen from N5.5 billion to N6.7 billion, due to plans to recruit more doctors, nurses and other health workers.
He said the ministry had established a monitoring and evaluation department to supervise health workers and healthcare facilities.
He added that the state had provided N1 billion to fund the new free health services programme for children and pregnant women.
The Chairman, House Committee on Health, Alhaji Shehu Adamu expressed satisfaction with the ministry's presentation.
Adamu assured that the assemby would appropriate the funds requested in order to enhance healthcare delivery in the state.
In a related development, the state government said it would spend N5.6 billion on the digitisation of its broadcast stations, and an additional N341 million for other works on the state radio.
The Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Saidu Adamu said while defending the budget of the ministry at the assembly that the aim was to fully equip the stations to provide quality services to the people. (NAN)