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Tambuwal charges Sokoto Utd. FC to strive harder in winning

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Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state on Wednesday charged the New Branded Sokoto United Football Club to always strive harder in winning laurels for the state.

Tambuwal, who spoke while inaugurating the new club restated his administration’s commitment toward providing an enabling environment for the sports men and women in the state to display their talents.

“As we all witness today Sokoto state has branded, formidable football team that is capable of competing with other clubs in the national football league.

“As such I implore on the club that is to start the Nigerian football league season to work hard to ensure victory in the league matches,” he said.

The Governor commended sports managers in the state for their efforts aimed at taking the game of football and other sporting activities to a greater level.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Sokoto United Football Club will start the Nigerian football league season with Niger Tornadoes Football Club of Minna on Nov. 22.

Edited by Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Tambuwal urges Northern stakeholders to inject more resources, capacity to rescue education

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Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has called on stakeholders in the Northern Region of the country to pool more resources and capacity in order to rescue education in the area from its backwardness.

Tambuwal made the call when a delegation of the Committee of the Pro-Chancellors of Nigerian States Universities (CPCNSU) paid him a visit in Sokoto on Tuesday.

A statement by Malam Muhammad Bello, the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Publicity revealed that the visit was to condole with him over the death of the erstwhile Pro-Chancellor of the Sokoto State University, late Inuwa Abdulkadir.

The governor, commended the initiative to set up the CPCNSU, while observing that the northern part of the country is still “lagging behind in terms of education.”

“The forum which was set up in the year 2015 have occupied themselves with the business of contributing to the development of education in our states and Nigeria in general.

“This is our collective responsibility to see that our younger ones are educated, particularly those children that are out of school.

“We as leaders should provide them with basic education by creating the enabling environment and making provisions for necessary infrastructure, learning materials and personnel for the education of our younger ones,” he said.

Earlier the leader of the delegation Gen. Muhammad Magoro (rtd), told the governor that they were in the state to condole with him and the people over the death of their member, late Abdulkadir.

Magoro noted that the deceased was a patriot who was vast in many fields of human endeavor and proactive as their member when he was alive.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

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NUJ Chapel commiserates with Gov. Tambuwal over Abdulkadir’s death

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The Correspondents Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Sokoto State Council, on Sunday commiserated with Gov. Aminu Tambuwal over the death of his childhood friend and political ally, Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir.

The council conveyed its sympathy to the governor in a statement by its Chairman, Malam Habibu Harisu, and Secretary, Mr Ankeli Emmanuel.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Abdulkadir died on Monday July 6, in Sokoto at the age of 54 after a brief illness.

The deceased was a former commissioner in Sokoto state, a former minister for Youth and Sports Development, erstwhile National Vice Chairman (North-West)of All Progressives Congress (APC), among others.

The Chapel described the death as a great loss to Sokoto State and the entire Nigeria.

It said Abdulkadir was a courageous and hardworking person who lived an exemplary life.

The union prayed to Allah to grant him Aljanna and his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

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Tambuwal advises politicians to focus on people’s interests in governance

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Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has called on politicians to focus on people’s interests while in governance and eschew political differences after electioneering campaigns.

Malam Muhammad Bello, Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to the Governor, disclosed this in a statement issued to newsmen on Thursday.

Bello said Tambuwal made the statements during a prayer session organised for late former Minister and National Vice Chairman (North-West)of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir.

“Politicians should sheathe their swords of discord in the interest of the overall development of the nation through putting aside all political differences that emanated during politicking .

“We should surrender all our affairs to Allah. It is only Allah that is capable of taking care of the affairs of men. It is not proper for us to be having disagreements between us all the time, especially on the issue of politics.

“We should be circumspect. After electioneering campaigns, we should focus on working for the people. This is why I often say my administration in Sokoto state isn’t that of politics, but that of the people of the state.

“This is because the people have entrusted us with their lives and property. So, anything that concerns the government should be that which concerns the people and not politicians,” he quoted the governor as saying.

Tambuwal urged all residents of Sokoto State to see one another as brothers and sisters, who should not allow politics to cause division among them.

The governor also called on all citizens of the state to cultivate the culture of forgiveness.

“It is imperative for us as Muslims to forgive the deceased (Inuwa Abdulkadir) for any wrong he may have done to any one of us”, he said.

The governor said he had  forgiven all who did wrong to him at whatever level and situation.

He enjoined people to follow suit in order to have a peaceful society devoid of hate and acrimony.

According to the statement, the prayer was attended by Zamfara state Governor, Alhaji Bello Mutawalle, his deputy,  Mr Mahdi Aliyu-Gusau and some members of the state executive council.

It said series of prayers were offered for the soul of late Abdulkadir by different scholars from within and outside the state.

Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Gov. Tambuwal decries politicisation of public service

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Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Wednesday expressed concern over the rising cases of politicisation in the operations of government  agencies by public office holders in the county.

Tambuwal made the observation when he received the National Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Prof. Muhammad Isah, at Government House in Sokoto.

The governor reacted on some revelation made by Prof. Isa on the number of persons benefiting from the state in the conditional cash transfer, which is not much.

He said contrary to what the Chairman disclosed, the state government has been giving all necessary support to the programme.

According to him, some highly placed personnel in Abuja were, however, sabotaging its efforts and shortchanging the people of Sokoto State.

” Nonetheless, the state government has established a high profile team under the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Saidu Umar.

“This is in collaboration with the leaders handling the programme in order to ensure that significant improvement is recorded on the matter.

” I am appealing to the federal government to properly fund the CCB to enable it perform its duties effectively,” Tambuwal said.

On COVID-19 palliatives received from the federal government, Tambuwal explained that items were handed over to the state’s Zakkat and Waqaf Commission (SOZECOM), which distributed same judiciously to the needy.

He called on the public service to give maximum cooperation to the CCB to encourage it in conducting its duty without any hitch.

Earlier in his address, the national chairman of CCB, Prof. Isah said they were in the state to monitor the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives provided by the federal government to different states.

He expressed satisfaction with the method used by sokoto State Government in the distribution exercise of the palliatives.

Isa also challenged the state government to intensify efforts to ensure that the number conditional cash transfer beneficiaries registered increases.

He stressed on the need fot the state government to intensify the effort on public enlightenment and training of officers that are suppose to handle the programme.

The CCB Chairman had earlier condoled the governor, his family and people of Sokoto state over the death of Inuwa Abdulkadir, former Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).  NAN

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

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Tambuwal decries politicisation of public service

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Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, on Wednesday, expressed concern over what he called the rising politicisation of public service by public office holders in the county.

Tambuwal made the observation when he received the National Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Prof. Muhammad Isah, at the Government House in Sokoto.

The governor also reacted to some revelations made by Isah on the number of beneficiaries from state on the conditional cash transfer.

He said contrary to what the CCB chairman said, the state government had been giving all necessary support to the programme.

The governor, however, said that ‘some highly-placed personnel’ in Abuja were sabotaging his administration’s efforts and shortchanging the people of the state.

“Nonetheless, the state government has established a high profile team under the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Saidu Umar.

“This is in collaboration with the leaders handling the programme in order to ensure that significant improvement is recorded on the matter.

”I am appealing to the Federal Government to properly fund the CCB to enable it perform its duties effectively,” Tambuwal said.

On the COVID-19 palliatives received from the Federal Government, Tambuwal explained that the items were handed over to the state’s Zakkat and Waqaf Commission (SOZECOM) for onward distribution to the needy immediately.

Earlier in his address, the CCB chairman said that he and his team were in the state to monitor the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives provided by the Federal Government to various states.

He expressed satisfaction with the method used by the state government in the distribution of the palliatives.

Isa also urged the state government to intensify efforts to ensure an increase in the number of conditional cash transfer beneficiaries.

He also stressed the need for the state government to intensify efforts on public enlightenment and training of officers who were supposed to handle the programme.

The CCB chairman had earlier commiserated the governor and people of the state over the death of Inuwa Abdulkadir, a former National Vice Chairman (North-West)of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and (NAN)

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APC, Masari condole Tambuwal over Abdulkadir’s death

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The National leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Tuesday condoled Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal  and the people of the state over the demise of the party’s erstwhile National Vice Chairman (North-West)Mr Inuwa Abdulkadir.

The APC’s condolence message was delivered by the Governor of Kebbi, Alhaji Abubakar Bagudu, who represented the national leadership of the party at the residence of the deceased in Sokoto.

Similarly, Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina state also condoled with Gov. Tambuwal, family of the deceased ànd the people of Sokoto state over the passage of Abdulkadir.

The party described  the death of its national officer as a huge and irreplaceable loss not only to his family, but also to the people of Sokoto state and the country in general.

The party also described late Abdulkadir as a courageous and hardworking person who lived an exemplary life.

They prayed to Allah to grant him Aljanna and his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Responding, Governor Tambuwal thanked the governors for the visit and prayed Allah to reward them abundantly.

Late Abdulkadir died Monday in Sokoto at the age of 54 following a brief illness.

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Sokoto, not one of poorest state in Nigeria, says Gov Tambuwal

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Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State says his state is not one of the poorest in Nigeria, contrary to a current report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

Tambuwal made this clarification in a statement in Sokoto on Monday by Malam Muhammad Bello, his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs.

The governor spoke while receiving a report entitled: “Sokoto Development Plan: 2020-2025”.

The April 2020 Nigerian Living Standards Survey (NLSS) report released by the NBS covering the year 2019, indicated that nine of top 10 poorest states in Nigeria are from the northern region, listing Sokoto, Taraba and Jigawa as among the poorest.

“I do not intend to join issues with the NBS, but I appeal to them to come clear on their variables and how they do their assessments of poor states in Nigeria.

“We also want to know how NBS arrived at Sokoto being the poorest.

“We know that, as a matter of fact, something must be fundamentally defective and wrong with their processes and the outcome of those processes.

“The fact of the matter is when you look at the programmes we are implementing in Sokoto State, they are people-friendly.

“They are promoting and supporting the vulnerable, the poorest of the poor.

“Even, what we are doing through Zakkat and Waq Commission (SOZECOM) alone, I am not aware that there is any state that is doing as much,” Tambuwal said.

He said that his administration had spent N4 billion to uplift the businesses of over 200 small scale traders across the 23 local government areas of the state.

“This is in addition to the N258.8 million spent this year on the provision of relief materials for orphans and the needy by SOZECOM.

“The preceding year, we spent N237.9 million on the same venture.

“Not only that, the increase in ease of doing business and a lot of things that this administration had done to actually improve the lives and wellbeing of the citizens of the state,” he said.

The governor added that time would tell the true position of things, saying the state government would monitor the NBS and see what it would come up with in its next report.

“Whether they will actually reflect the true position of Sokoto State in Nigeria, in terms of rating of poor states.

“We believe that we are not poor and in due course it would unfold,” Tambuwal said.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Tambuwal assures NGF’s commitment to financial autonomy of legislature, judiciary

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Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state says Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) is fully committed to ensure that financial autonomy of the nation’s legislature and judiciary becomes a reality.

Tambuwal, who is also the Vice-Chairman of the NGF, said this on Monday when he swore in the new Grand Khadi of the state Sharia Court of Appeal, Khadi Tambari Usman, in Sokoto.

He explained that in his capacity as the chairman of the NGF’s committee that is mandated to interface with stakeholders, including the Speakers’ Conference on the matter, the governors were unanimous in supporting the autonomy.

“I assure you and the rest of Nigerians, who are having some concerns that governors are opposed to the financial autonomy of these institutions, that I am yet to see that governor that is opposed to the independence of either the legislature or the judiciary.

“As a former legislator, I am personally in support of the process.

“It is only a question of working on the framework, because the ‘Order 10 of Mr President’ came up with a framework for the Judiciary, which excludes all the state legislature.

“And there are some states that are already having different frameworks.

“So, we need to harmonise and come up with a common framework that will work in the interest of these institutions,’’ he stated.

Tambuwal charged the new Grand Khadi to be upright and just in discharging his duty.

The governor said that since the inception of his administration, there had been a cordial working relationship with all arms of government in the state.

While congratulating the new Grad Khadi, Tambuwal assured him of the same gesture.

He also reiterated his administration’s commitment to providing an enabling environment and welfare for judicial officers in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Khadi Usman was born on July 31, 1955 in Binjin Muza town of Yabo Local Government Area of the state.

He started his working career with the judiciary on Aug. 1, 1988.

He rose through the cadre from the rank of Court Judge II to that of Upper Area Court Judge II in 1996.

He held the position of Khadi of the Shariah Court of Appeal from Nov. 18, 1998 to Dec. 31, 2019.

He was afterwards appointed as the Acting Grand Khadi.

Edited By: JaneFrances Oraka/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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We are committed to ending Banditry/other crimes — Tambuwal

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Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, has restated his administration commitment toward ending Banditry and other criminal activities across the state.

According to him, the gesture is beyond political.

Tambuwal who spoke at the distribution of the state relief materials to victims of Sabon Birni Banditry attack in Sabon Birni local government area, said the security challenge in the country was  above personal interest.

The governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Malam Sa’idu Umar, said that there was the need for all hands to be on deck to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for regular activities to succeed.

“When it comes to security, we keep politics aside and concentrate to ensure we provide all that is needed to support and protect our people.

“However, people should not join politics with security, as we are all aware that the Banditry or kidnapping doesn’t affect people from one political party or the other but the entire society.

“Therefore, we should keep away politics and concentrate on how we will together as brothers and sisters fight our common enemies.

“Moreover,  the relief materials brought by the government were meant for the victims of the Banditry attack not for political parties,” he said.

Tambuwal further urged the people to intensify prayers for the government as well as security agencies and call for more support to enable them succeed.

Earlier, the Special Adviser to the governor on State Emergency and Disaster Management Agency, Alhaji Zubairu Albadau, said that more than 3,600 bags of grains and thousands of other relief materials would be distributed to the victims.

Albadau said that the materials include 1,200 bags of Rice, 600 bags each of Millet, Guinea Corn, Maize and Gari, 2,000 sets each of mosquito net, mats and mattresses, 200 cartons of soap, textile materials and vegetable oil.

He added that about 9,775 victims were attacked, with 1,207  presently at the Internally Displaced Camp (IDP).

Also speaking, the state Assembly member representing Sabon Birni South Constituency, Alhaji Sa’idu Ibrahim (APC- Sabon Birni South), thanked the state government for the gesture.

Ibrahim commended the security agencies for restoring peace in the area, saying that their dedication would remain unforgettable in the minds of the people and prayed for more peaceful environment to ensure constant development in the area.

The local government Sole Administrator, Alhaji Jelani Danbuga, commended the state government for the gesture and promised to ensure the items were given to those it was meant for.

Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria , thanked the state government for helping them and prayed that God would guide our leaders in the discharging their responsibility.

Edited By: Ese E. Ekama (NAN)

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