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Kaduna govt to issue quit notice to illegal occupants of markets

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The Managing Director, Kaduna Market and Development Company, Hafiz Bayero, says the company will issue notice to owners of illegal structures within markets in the state.

He said that the state government would also stop people from hawking within Kaduna metropolis.

Bayero made the disclosure in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency shortly after officials of Abuja Markets Management Ltd. paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai on Wednesday in Kaduna.

The Managing Director disclosed that the company was already building new markets for people to rent and that in a few months, selling and hawking around Kaduna metropolis would no longer be allowed, except in shops.

“We have been working assiduously with the Abuja Markets Management Ltd. to improve on the markets.

“This is by developing a sustainable facility management system that will provide a stream of value added services aimed at benefitting the government, traders, shoppers and other market users,’’ he said.

Earlier, Managing Director, Abuja Markets Management Ltd., Abubakar Faruk said they were in Kaduna for a robust engagement with the government.

He said they would also provide advisory services in speeding the actualisation of set goals of the state market company.

According to Faruk, the Abuja company was established by Gov. El-Rufai while he was the Minister of FCT 14 years ago.

“It has grown and spread from Wuse Market to 13 other markets, shopping complexes and neighborhood centers in the FCT, extending to Nasarawa State owned markets.

“The  Abuja market management has introduced a technology driven service delivery system, especially in the area of access control toll collection, which has been automated, as well as in other revenue generating sectors.

“We have also optimised the revenue generating capacity of the market environment especially through outdoor advertising, sales promotion and branding.’’

The managing director said the company had recently added to its portfolio, an e-commerce platform called Kassuwa.com. to provide online presence for ignored small business owners to position them to become global players and share from the derivable benefits.

“At the moment, in collaboration with our parent company and other service providers, we are working at providing alternative uninterrupted power supply to the markets.

“With the markets properly lit and more secured, shopping hours can be extended to enable the market compete more favourably with other privately owned shopping malls in the city,’’ he said.

In his response, Governor El-Rufai said he was delighted at the prospects of the Abuja market management being able to extend their services to other states.

He hope they would engage more robustly and support the markets company in the state to get to the level they have attained.

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ICPC ex-chair takes over Salaries and Wages Commission

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Mr Ekpo Nta, the former Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission (ICPC), has taken over the leadership of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC).

The Chief Press Secretary of the Commission, Mr Emma Njoku made this known in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

According to Njoku, the Chairman of the Commission, Chief Richard Egbule handed over to Nta, who is also the Commissioner for Compensation at the NSIWC, after the completion of his statutory 10 years tenure.

Egbule, while handing over to Ekpo Nta, described his tenure as historic, being the first to complete two terms and the first Chairman as the pioneer staff of the Commission from inception in 1992.

He called on staff of the Commission to get acquainted with the Act establishing the Commission.

This, according to him, will enable them know the enormous contributions and importance of the Commission to the development of the Civil Service and overall welfare of Public Service.

Nta, in his response, commended Egbule for his achievements in streamlining the nation’s salary administration.

The Nigeria News Agency recalls that Egbule started his working career as an Administrative Officer on grade level 08 in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and rose to the post of Chief Management Consultant in the same office in 1992.

He became a pioneer staff of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission in 1992 and worked to structure and builds the Commission with the best professional practice.

In 2006, he was appointed the Secretary to the Commission and on Aug. 17, 2009, former President Umaru Yar’Adua made him the Executive Chairman of the Commission.

He attained 10 years as the Executive Chairman on Aug. 17.

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Kaduna Govt. to prioritise uncompleted project in 2020 –Commissioner

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The Kaduna State Government says it will give priority to projects that were unlikely to be completed and paid for in its 2020 budget.

Mr Thomas Gyang, Commissioner, Planning and Budget Commissioner, made this know in the 2020-2022 Multi-Year Budget Call Circular, obtained by the Nigeria News Agency in Kaduna on Saturday.

“Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are advised to ensure that all ongoing projects that are unlikely to be completed and paid for in 2019 are captured in their 2020 Budget.

“Where ongoing projects exceed budget ceilings, they should be spread into 2021 and 2022 columns of the Multi-Year Budget.

“New projects are not to be integrated into the 2020 budget except priority projects of utmost importance,” Gyang said.

He also requested all MDAs to be guided by the state Development Plan 2016 to 2020 in coming up with programmes and projects to ensure coherent development across the state.

According to him, the administration will continue to focus on economic development, social welfare, security and justice and good governance.

“In preparing the budget, financial resources will be strictly dedicated to meet the objectives outlined in the State Development Plan as it relates to each sector.

“Therefore, MDAs will focus on delivering the outputs and strategies that will deliver the outcomes specified in the development plan.

“Resources should be allocated starting from the highest priority activities and continuing in sequence down to lower priority activities until the budget ceiling is reached.”

To give room for community participation in the budget process, the commissioner advised the MDAs to engage civil society organisations, community-based organisations and relevant stakeholders in drawing up their budgets.

He, however, stressed that inputs from such engagement should be in line with the aspirations of the state government as contained in the state’s development plan.

He also advised the MDAs against presenting over-ambitious budgets, adding that previous budget implementation rates have provided ample evidence of absorptive capacity issues across MDAs and the revenue generating capacity of the state.

“The government wants to facilitate service delivery which cannot be achieved without appreciable funding due to consistent dependence on statutory allocation from the Federation Account that has been dwindling over the years.

“This underscores the need for the Revenue Generating Agencies to perform maximally for the state to meet the challenging and obviously increasing demands of its citizens.

“To improve revenue generation, Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service is being repositioned alongside the review of revenue laws that governs revenue generation in the state.

“MDAs are, therefore, required to submit realistic and implementable multi-year budget estimates for the 2020 budget, based on the state revenue potentials outlined in the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework 2020 to 2022.”

Gyang directed all MDAs to submit detailed budget proposals to the Planning and Budget Commission by Sept. 17, while budget defence would be held between Sept. 24 and Sept. 29.

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Gov. Akeredolu lauds CBN ‘s  various intervention programmes

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Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has commended the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for various intervention programmes that lifted the country out of recession.

Akeredolu stated this on Friday in Akure when he received some  officials of the bank who visited him in his office.

The governor, represented by his Deputy, Mr Agboola Ajayi, said as the manager of the nation’s economy, the apex bank should continue to be steadfast and play active roles in  growing  and rebuilding  the nation’s  economy towards sustainablity.

Akeredolu said the meeting was important because it provided a veritable platform for interaction between the state government and the CBN.

“It offers us the opportunity of gaining first hand information and useful insights on the abounding opportunities within the bank, which the state can explore to better the lots of her citizens,” he said.

Akeredolu noted that the state government would key into the numerous opportunities provided by the CBN such as  the School Feeding programme, which provided employment for food vendors and income for farmers.

He expressed the determination of his government to improve on the already established relationship to open up  the rural economy in the state.

Earlier, the leader of the CBN ‘s delegation, Mr Olumide Aina, urged the state government to improve on the level of its participation in the various intervention programmes of the bank.

Aina later made presentation on various intervention opportunities available in the bank.

 

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Ekiti targets 3rd spot on ease of doing business index – Fayemi

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Forex restriction on food importation requires clarity – MAN

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