The Sokoto State Head of Service, Alhaji Sani Shuni, has sought for the state assembly’s intervention on the uncompleted expansion of Usman Faruk Secretariat in the state.
Shuni spoke when he received the members of the state Assembly Committee on Public Service Matters on an oversight function to the state Local Government Service Commission in Sokoto on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the expansion project was awarded by the state government in 2013 at the cost of over N5 billion with a completion period of 14 months.
The project was later revoked by the state executive council in 2014 due to alleged slow performance of the contractor.
It was later, in the same year, awarded to another contractor in which a court order stopped the continuation of the work.
According to the Head of Service, the project, if completed will promote the service of the state and provide sufficient office accommodation for civil servants.
“The visit of the lawmakers is apt being one of the main constitutional function of the assembly.
“However, we are working for the same goal; to promote government activities.
“As such, I appeal on the state assembly for an urgent intervention to ensure the completion of the expansion in the Usman Faruk Secretariat and the project at the Local Government Service Commission.
“This projects when completed will provide sufficient office accommodation for the state Civil servants and enhance service delivery,” he said.
The Committee Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Randa (PDP- Tureta), restated that the state assembly would continue to work closely with all relevant government agencies in ensuring the success of the state.
The committee visited the Sokoto State Primary Staff Pension Board, Local Government Staff Pension Board, Local Government Service Commission and Civil Service Commission.
Edited By: Kayode Olaitan (NAN)
Sokoto: BESDA pledges to enrol 300,000 out-of-school children in 4 years
The Committee on Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) in Sokoto State says it will enrol no fewer than 300,000 out-of-school children in the state in the next four years.
Alhaji Shu’aibu Gwanda-Gobir, Executive Chairman, Sokoto State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), gave the assurance while briefing newsmen on Tuesday after the committee’s meeting with the State House of Assembly Committee on Education.
Gwanda-Gobir said that the committee had achieved a lot in training the children, using the Tsangaya learning centres and the employment of qualified facilitators as teachers.
“We have been able to enrol no fewer than 71,000 out-of- school children back in school in our various centres.
“However, our target is to ensure that before the end of the four-year programme of the committee, no fewer than 300,000 out-of-school children are fully enrolled back in school,” he said.
The BESDA Chairman, Alhaji Bello Guiwa, noted that the committee was committed to ensuring the success of the programme in the state.
“In Sokoto State, we have over one million children that are out-of-school.
“However, with the initiative of the BESDA programme, we have been able to enrol no fewer than 71,000 children in our various centres.
“Moreover, we have already planned under the BESDA programme to establish over 100,000 centres across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state, to enhance our training programme,” he said.
The Chairman House Committee on Education, Alhaji Buhari Haliru (PDP– Sokoto North I) said that the meeting was part of the assembly’s commitment to ensure proper protection of the people’s mandate.
He said that the assembly would continue to support the programme generously, to enable the state government excel in its commitment to education.
The Bank approved a credit of $611 million for BESDA Programme aimed at bringing out-of-school children into classrooms, improve literacy, and strengthen accountability for results in basic education in Nigeria.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Senator calls for deployment of more policemen to areas under bandits attacks
Sen. Ibrahim Gobir, Chairman, Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence, has urged the Federal Government to deploy more policemen to areas under bandits attacks in the country.
Gobir made the call when the members of Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), Sokoto State chapter paid him a Sallah homage at his resident in Sokoto on Tuesday.
The lawmaker said that deployment of more security personnel would give residents of such areas more courage and confidence to resume normal activities.
“The issues of banditry and kidnapping are challenges that involve the whole society which requires very urgent intervention.
“It is very unfortunate that things are getting out of hand, because some years back if somebody said such things would happen it would be very difficult to agree.
“Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah), so far so good, as security agencies have succeeded a lot toward restoring peace in some affected areas of the country.
“Things are actively becoming under control in most of the areas, as such we appeal for more commitment to enhance the success.
“This could be achieved by ensuring more police personnel are deployed to the effected areas to give more courage to the people in order to return back to their normal activities,” he said.
Gobir further said that there was no reason for any government to consider negotiations with bandits as an alternative to ending banditry in the country.
“I don’t believe in negotiation with bandits. There is no reason to go on negotiation with criminals that killed and destabilised the living standard of innocent citizens in this country.
“So, government should continue to fight such elements to the end. They have made a lot of damage to the society, instigate fear and trauma in the people of the effected areas,” he added.
Earlier, Vice-Chairman of the Chapel, Malam Ismail Umar, expressed appreciation to the senator for granting them audience, assuring him of their commitment towards restoring peace and unity among the people of the state.
Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Gov Tambuwal frees 17 inmates in Sokoto
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has granted pardon to 17 inmates in the Sokoto Central Custodial centre.
Malam Muhammad Bello, the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media And Public Affairs disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.
Bello said the gesture was part of government’s thrust as encapsulated in its committee on prerogative of mercy protocols.
He said three inmates out of the 17 were serving terms for federal offences while the remaining were held for state offences.
He added that the state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Suleiman Usman, SAN, facilitated the processes.
“The pardon takes cognisance of the executive powers vested in the governor to offer mercy to inmates by the 1999 Constitution as amended.
” The gesture is also aimed at enabling the ex-prisoners to reunite with their family members and become decent citizens.
He called on the pardoned inmates to shun vices and engage in viable ventures that would uplift their living standards.
He said: “This exercise is carried out on a routine basis to deserving inmates in order to offer mercy to them.”
He said the Attorney General also presented N50,000 cash assistance to each of the pardoned inmates from the state government during the exercise.
Bello noted that the cash is to enable them set up useful ventures as they start new life out of prison.
The governor’s spokesman explained that the state Controller of Correctional Service, Mr Sama Tsafe, who was represented by the Deputy Controller in charge of the Prison, Mallam Idris Muhammad, thanked the state government for its continued support and encouragement to the prison.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
NiMet predicts cloudy, thundery weather activities Monday to Wednesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy and thundery weather activities from Monday to Wednesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Sunday in Abuja predicted cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms over some parts of northern states.
The states are Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Sokoto, Taraba, Kebbi and Katsina.
According to the agency, the rest of the region will be under cloudy conditions during the time.
“Later in the day, cloudy skies with pockets of thunderstorms are anticipated over the region with the exception of Sokoto where cloudy condition is expected.
“Over the central region, cloudy skies with isolated rain showers are anticipated over Jos, Nasarawa, Makurdi, Niger and Abuja during the morning hours.
“As the day progresses, much cloudiness is expected to prevail over the region with prospects of thunderstorms over Benue, Abuja, Niger and Plateau States.’’
The agency predicted that southern coast and the inland would be cloudy with the exception of Ikom, Obudu, Calabar in Cross River and Eket in Akwa Ibom, where light rain showers were anticipated during the morning hours.
It further predicted that some southeast inland and coastal cities such as Enugu, Umuahia, Obudu, Uyo, Calabar, Eket, Port-Harcourt and Yenagoa are expected to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers later in the day.
The agency, however, envisaged cloudy skies over the inland and coastal areas of the Southwest.
According to NiMet, morning thunderstorms are likely over Katsina, Borno, Taraba and Katsina on Tuesday, while the rest of the northern region is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours.
“Places like Southern Borno, Bauchi, and Gombe will experience cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms in the evening while the rest of the region are expected to be cloudy.
“Cloudy skies with thunderstorms are expected over Niger axis, while other parts of the central cities will experience much cloudiness during the morning hours.
“Scattered thunderstorms are anticipated over Kaduna and Niger States in the afternoon with more prospects in the evening.
“Cloudy conditions are expected over inland and coast of the south during the morning and evening period.’’
NiMet forecast cloudy skies over the northern region with chances of thunderstorms over Borno, Gombe, and Adamawa during the morning hours of Wednesday.
It also predicted pockets of thunderstorms over Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Zamfara and Kebbi States.
“Cloudy skies are expected to prevail across the central region during the morning hours, while thunderstorms are expected over the high grounds of the central states during the afternoon and evening period.
“Cloudiness is expected to prevail over the inland and the coastal belt throughout the forecast period.’’
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Silas Nwoha (NAN)