The Jigawa State Pilgrims Welfare Board (JSPWB) says it would close the sale of seats for the 2019 Hajj exercise on Tuesday, June 18.
NAN recalls that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) had approved N1, 513,789.10 as the 2019 Hajj fare for the state’s intending pilgrims.
Hashim, therefore, urged all intending pilgrims who had earlier paid N1 million as initial deposit, to settle the balance of N518,789.10 before the closing date to enable the board process their visas on time.
NAN also recalls that the board had on May 23 closed the collection of the N1 million deposit, saying that anyone wishing to go for the hajj will have to pay the approved fare, as deposits will no longer be collected.
The NAHCON had allocated 1,472 seats to the state for the 2019 Hajj.
Alhaji Sani Alhassan, Executive Secretary of the board, had, on May 13, announced that over 500 intending pilgrims from the state had paid the deposit of N1 million each for the 2019 pilgrimage.
Osun Assembly puts on hold budget consideration of 2 ministries till…
The Osun House of Assembly, on Thursday, put on hold the consideration of the 2020 budget estimates of two ministries pending the status of the Rural Water and Environmental Sanitation Agency (RUWESA) is determined.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the affected ministries are the Ministry of Water Resources and Energy and the Ministry of Rural Development and Community Affairs.
The Chairman, House Committee on Finance, Mr Taiwo Adebayo, gave the order when the two ministries appeared before the House to present their budgets.
This is sequel to the argument which ensued between the commissioners for the two ministries in respect of which ministry the agency belongs.
RUWESA, after its establishment, was under the state Ministry of Environment and Sanitation before it was later moved to the Ministry of Rural and Water Resources.
Adebayo said the commissioners should go and resolve the issue at the executive level.
He maintained that the House would not accept estimates of any agencies having controversial issues with their ministries.
Earlier, the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, had presented an estimate of N2.9 million naira as proposed revenue and N244.8 as total expenditure for the 2020 fiscal year.
The House also urged the Osun State Water Corporation to increase its revenue generation in 2020.
Erosion: Establish Soil Remediation Fund, Soil Society tells FG
To tackle soil erosion, the Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) on Thursday called on the Federal Government to establish a Soil Remediation Fund which should attract 30 percent of the country’s ecological funds.
The body also urged the Federal Government to keep faith with the action plans under the Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting Programme (LDN TSP) which stipulated that over N194 billion be deployed to restore degraded lands in the country.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of the 2019 World Soil Day is “Stop Soil Erosion, Save Our Future.’’
Raji, who noted that soil erosion and desertification were the two well-known causative factors of land degradation, added that their effects on landscape were devastating.
He said: “The danger posed by soil erosion is real and presents the greatest threat to food security, poverty eradication and environment health and yet, there is no community in Nigeria that is spared of one form of soil erosion or the other.
“Soil erosion though a natural phenomenon is accelerated through anthropogenic causes like overgrazing, removal of vegetation cover due to farming activities or deforestation and construction activities among others.
“However, it is important to note that soil erosion affects food security by general decrease in soil fertility and diminution of cultivable land as a result of the occurrence and expansion of gullies.
‘’ Soil erosion also reduces the capacity of the soil in its provisioning services of fibre, raw materials and support for infrastructure.”
The society, he pledged, would work with the Nigerian Institute of Soil Science to evolve a National Soil Policy for the sustainable exploitation of the country’s soil resources.
Raji, however, stressed the need to continuously build human capacity and infrastructure in the agricultural sector through adequate funding of Colleges of Agriculture and other agricultural institutions dedicating a substantial percentage of TETFund to the sector.
He also commended the Federal Government for its ” giant and visible strides and gains in the agricultural sector in the last four and half years.”
Raji pledged the society’s readiness to partner with NGOs and CBOs to continue to create awareness on the effects of unsustainable use and misuse of the fragile ecosystem as they affect the capacity of the soil to render valuable services.
(Edited & Vetted By: Mufutau Ojo)
Zamfara Assembly confirms 19 commissioner-nominees
The Assembly also confirmed 28 nominees as Special Advisers to the
Governor at a screening exercise during plenary.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the Gov. Matawalle had on Tuesday sent the list of the Commissioner-nominees and Special Advisers to the state’s House of Assembly for screening and confirmation.
NAN further reports that the lawmakers unanimously considered and approved the nominees as members of the state executive council.
The Speaker of the House, Alhaji Nasiru Magarya, who presided over the exercise, said the lawmakers confirmed the nominees as they were impressed at the screening.
NAN also reports that one of the Commissioners-nominee, Alhaji Jamilu Aliyu and a Special Adviser-nominee, Lukman Bisalla Majidadi were conspicuously absent during the screening exercise.
Edited & Vetted By: Buhari Bolaji/ Tukur Muntari.
Adamawa Govt. to pay WAEC, NECO exam fees
The campaign rally was organised for the forthcoming Local Government poll slated for Dec. 7, 2019.
The governor said his administration declared free primary and secondary education, as both levels of education remained compulsory for every child in the state.
“I have directed the Commissioner for Education to meet with the coordinators of the examination bodies in the state for the modalities of registration and payment of the fees.
“Also, we have resumed fully for our boarding secondary schools feeding programme, ” Fintiri said.
He told the party supporters that the PDP-led administration in the state had granted full autonomy to all the 21 Local Government Areas as well as improved security provisions.
The governor said the state government had recently awarded the construction of 280 kilometres f roads in seven council areas and renovated many primary and secondary schools across the state.
Fintiri, however, called on the opposition to join hands with the PDP-led administration to develop the state.
Edited & Vetted By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Yemi Idris-Aduloju
Akeredolu promises continued patronage of surveyors in Ondo
Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, on Thursday, assured the Nigeria Institution of Surveyors (NIS) that his administration would continue to patronise its members in the state.
He gave the assurance in Akure at the opening of the maiden edition of Surveyor’s Week, with the theme, “Geospatial Technologies for National Security”.
Akeredolu, represented by his Deputy, Mr Agboola Ajayi, noted that since the inception of his administration, concerted and deliberate efforts had been made to engender robust relationship and collaboration between the government and NIS.
“Our administration has, since inception, put necessary machinery in place to ensure speedy approval of survey plan produced by private surveyors for processing of Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) and building drawings.
“I want to assure you that our government will not rest on its oars in ensuring the sustenance of this development.
“Our administration will continue to do its best in creating conducive environment for the profession to thrive in the state, while surveyors are also expected to play their roles effectively.
“Let me use this medium to implore our people to pay their taxes as and when due. They should also effect correct payments of their beacons fees into government coffers and ensure that all levies due to government are promptly paid.
“When these are accomplished, government will be buoyant enough to execute more development projects for the well-being of all.
“Government will equally be better placed to upgrade the Department of Survey and Mapping in the Ministry of Lands and Housing, in accordance with the yearnings of some stakeholders in the state,” he said.
In his address, the state NIS Chairman, Mr Johnson Olofinte, appreciated the government for partnering with its members on various projects.
“We appreciate the government for allowing us to partner with it in the Irese road land regularisation. We appeal to the government to assist in the areas of publicity, sensitisation and mobilisation.
“We also want to appeal to the state government to upgrade the Survey and Mapping Department in the Ministry of Land and Housing into extra- ministerial status, as obtained in Ekiti, Lagos, Oyo, Osun and several other states in the country.
“The benefits accruable from this are numerous,” Olofinte said.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
Kano State Assembly approves creation of 4 additional emirates
The Kano State House of Assembly, on Thursday, approved the creation of four additional First Class Emirate Councils in the state, thereby bringing the number to five.
The court nullified the emirates on the ground that the petition that led to the creation of the Emirates was presented to the assembly by a private person instead of a member of the Assembly.
After the court verdict, Ganduje immediately sent a letter to the assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Emirate Council bill 2019 .
Reading the bill for the second time during plenary on Wednesday, the Majority leader of the House, Alhaji Labaran Abdul-Madari, said the creation of the Emirates was aimed at bringing more development to the areas.
According to him, the decision to amend the Kano Emirate Council Bill 2019 was in public interest as it will bring the people closer to their traditional rulers.
He said that the move would pave way for more developmental projects in those areas, especially the issue of infrastructure and security.
“The law will also provide the presence of Council of Chiefs, which its Chairmanship will be a two year rotation among the now five emirs, including the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II.
“And the emirs will work hand in hand with the state government and the council of chiefs aimed at ensuring the development of the state and also coordination among them,” Abdul-Madari said.
He explained that with the recent creation of the Emirates, before the court verdict, a lot of developments were recorded in the areas, especially in the areas of security and infrastructure.
“The creation of the Emirates has also brought about job creation, and it has also boosted the business activities of these areas. Therefore, more of such should be expected when the Emirates are fully effective”, he said.
Abdul-Madari added that the creation of the Emirates would make their respective areas to become big cities like the present Kano city.
NAN reports that after series of deliberation by the legislators during the plenary presided over by the speaker, Alhaji Abdulazeez Garba-Gafasa, the members went into a committee of the whole House meeting.
After the meeting, the legislators adjourned the session to Thursday and they continued from where they stopped on Wednesday.
Shortly after the meeting of the committee of the whole, the lawmakers reconvened and adopted the bill for the creation of the four additional First Class emirate councils.
Edited & Vetted By: Bayo Sekoni/Tukur Muntari.
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