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El-Rufai Appoints Media Aide As Commissioner of Security

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has appointed his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan as commissioner of the newly created Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs.

Aruwan’s name is among the first batch of 11 Commissioner nominees that were sent to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.

A statement released by the governor’s office on Wednesday, says three more nominees will be subsequently forwarded to the Assembly for screening and, thereby bringing the number of commissioners that will constitute the Kaduna State Executive Council to 14.

The statement further said that upon confirmation by the legislature, the commissioners will run the 14 ministries created in the June 2019 Executive Order.

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“Malam Nasir El-Rufai nominated 11 persons for appointment as commissioners. The names of this first batch of 11 nominees have been forwarded to the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

The second batch of the nominees will subsequently be forwarded for the consideration of the legislature. All the 11 nominees served in various positions in the first term of the government,” the statement read in part.

The statement added that the action of picking insiders for the appointments is a deliberate decision to enable the nominees to hit the ground running and assist the government to achieve its targets for the second term.

It added that every appointee will be subjected to stronger monitoring based on clear terms of reference and key performance indicators.

The first batch of 11 nominees for and their proposed portfolios include Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani, Ministry of Local Government Affairs; Idris Samaila Nyam, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Technology; Shehu Usman Makarfi, Ministry of Education; Ibrahim Garba Hussaini, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

Kabir Muhammad Mato, Ministry of Sports Development; Balaraba Aliyu-Inuwa, Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure; Samuel Peter Aruwan, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs; Fausat Adebola Ibikunle, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

Mohammed Bashir Saidu, Ministry of Finance; Hafsat Mohammed Baba, Ministry of Human Services and Social Development; Aisha Dikko, Ministry of Justice

Nominations for the commissioners of Agriculture, Health and Planning and Budget will be forwarded in the second batch.

Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani served as a commissioner in the ministries of Local Government and Education in the first-term. Prior to joining the Kaduna State Executive Council, he was Permanent Secretary Cabinet Affairs.

“Idris Samaila Nyam is the current Accountant-General of the State. He has served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.

“Shehu Usman Makarfi is the current Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health.

“Ibrahim Garba Hussaini is the pioneer Director-General of the Kaduna State Geographic Information Service (KADGIS).

“Kabir Muhammad Mato, a professor of Political Science, has served as commissioner of Agriculture and Local Government. He joined the government as Special Adviser, Inter-Governmental Relations.”

Buhari bows to pressure, suspends Ruga settlement project

President Muhammadu Buhari has bowed to the pressure to suspend the establishment of Ruga settlements across the country.

The suspension is coming on the heels of the public outcry against the project which the Federal Government said would stem the tide of herdsmen/farmers clashes across the country.

Sources told THISDAY that President Buhari has suspended the idea pending further notice.

The president, after consultations with stakeholders, resolved to put away the idea for a thorough review and well-accepted approach to the menace constituted to national security by the constant clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

A presidency source hinted that an announcement would be made any moment from now with detailed explanations on the way forward.

Source: PM News

El-Rufai appoints Yoruba architect as commissioner

Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has broken ethnic and gender barriers once again by nominating Fausat Adebola Ibikunle, a Yoruba woman, but Kaduna born architect as a commissioner.

The governor had broken convention in the run up to his re-election in March by running with a muslim woman, a medical doctor.

Fausat Ibikunle is proposed in the governor’s letter to the House of Assembly, as commissioner Ministry of Housing & Urban Development.

She was nominated along with 10 others, including spokesman Samuel Aruwan, who El-Rufai has upgraded as commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs.

From her CV, Fausat Adebola Ibikunle is cut for the post being proposed for her.

She was born in Doka district of Kaduna.

She studied Architecture at the Ahmadu Belo University, Zaria, and graduated in 1983. She worked with the Ministry of Defence from 1984, until she moved to the Federal Capital Development Authority as Assistant Director in 2005 in the Public Buildings Department. In 2007, she rose to become Deputy Director in Health & Human Services Secretariat in the Federal Capital Territory Administration.

She joined the Kaduna state government in 2016. She is at present the General Manager of the Kaduna State Urban Planning & Development Authority (KASUPDA).

Also appointed as commissioner is government’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan.

The governor will subsequently forward the three more nominees to to make up the 14 commissioners that will constitute the Kaduna State Executive Council.

Samuel Aruwan said that, upon confirmation by the legislature, the commissioners will run the 14 ministries created in the June 2019 Executive Order.

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai nominated 11 persons for appointment as commissioners. The names of this first batch of 11 nominees have been forwarded to the Kaduna State House of Assembly. The second batch of nominees will subsequently be forwarded for the consideration of the legislature.

“All the 11 nominees served in various positions in the first-term of the government. Picking insiders is a deliberate decision to enable the nominees hit the ground running and assist the government to achieve its targets for the second term. Every appointee will be subjected to stronger monitoring based on clear terms of reference and key performance indicators.

“The first batch of 11 nominees for and their proposed portfolios are as follows: Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani, Ministry of Local Government Affairs; Idris Samaila Nyam, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Technology; Shehu Usman Makarfi, Ministry of Education; Ibrahim Garba Hussaini, Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources; Kabir Muhammad Mato, Ministry of Sports Development; Balaraba Aliyu-Inuwa, Ministry of Public Works & Infrastructure; Samuel Peter Aruwan, Ministry of Internal Security & Home Affairs;
Mohammed Bashir Saidu, Ministry of Finance; Hafsat Mohammed Baba, Ministry of Human Services & Social Development; Aisha Dikko, Ministry of Justice

“Nominations for the commissioners of Agriculture, Health and Planning & Budget will be forwarded in the second batch.

“Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani served as commissioner in the ministries of Local Government and Education in the first-term. Prior to joining the Kaduna State Executive Council, he was Permanent Secretary Cabinet Affairs.

“Idris Samaila Nyam is the current Accountant-General of the State. He has served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.

“Shehu Usman Makarfi is the current Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health.

“Ibrahim Garba Hussaini is the pioneer Director-General of the Kaduna State Geographic Information Service (KADGIS).

“Kabir Muhammad Mato, a professor of Political Science, has served as commissioner of Agriculture and Local Government. He joined he government as Special Adviser, Inter-Governmental Relations.

“Balaraba Aliyu-Inuwa is the immediate past Commissioner of Works, the first woman in Kaduna State to be appointed to that role. She has served as Special Adviser and subsequently Commissioner for Rural & Community Development.

“Samuel Peter Aruwan is Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity) and spokesperson for the state government. He was campaign spokesman in 2015 and 2019. He has been an active member of the Kaduna State Security Council since May 2015.

‘Mohammed Bashir Saidu served as Commissioner for Local Government before being appointed as Chief of Staff to the Governor. He was appointed Commissioner of Finance towards the end of the first-term.

“Hafsat Mohammed Baba is the immediate past Commissioner of Women Affairs & Social Development.

“Aisha Dikko is Special Adviser, Legal Matters, the role in which she served in the first-term. She will be the third woman to be appointed as Commissioner of Justice by Malam Nasir El-Rufai. She was called to the bar in 1988, and had worked in banking and private law practise before joining the government.”

Source: PM News

Ruga Settlement Controversy Is Needless, Distracting – Analysts

Isa Mafinda and Mark Jacob on Channels Television Breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

Analysts on Channels Television breakfast show have opined that the controversy surrounding the planned Ruga Settlement by the Federal government is needless and a distraction from the hardship confronting Nigerians.

The legal adviser of Middle Belt Forum, Mark Jacob during his interview on the programme said Nigerian politicians are enjoying the controversy which the planned Ruga settlement has raised because it has distracted many from questioning their contribution to the development of the nation.

“The controversy is needless. I see the entire thing as politics because when a government lacks what to say to its citizens on issues that are central to governance, this issue of Fulani is brought up.

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“It started with grazing reserves, then grazing route, cattle colony, then we went to the National Assembly with a certain bill that took all the time and after four years, we are now talking of Ruga. It’s revolving round a thing that has consumed this country’s unity and cohesion.

“I suspect that Nigerian politicians are enjoying this distraction. It is a distraction from the abysmal hunger and poverty that is eating up the land. When they throw up these things, our attention is diverted to that,” he said.

Jacob who is also a former attorney general of Kaduna State said Nigerians should rather ask questions on the policy drive of the government.

“What is the government going to do about poverty? What is the investment of government on roads and infrastructure?” He asked.

Power (sector) is dwindling to the barest minimum and we are here talking on Ruga,” Jacob added.

Isa Mafinda, a livestock farmer in his reaction blamed the Ruga settlement crisis on civil servants which he called ‘evil servants.’

He said the lack of continuity in policy triggered the controversy surrounding Ruga settlement. According to him, the policy dates back to the era of post-independence.

“It is needless because this thing did not come without precedent. Immediately after independence, two regions set up livestock developing units. One was established in Iseyin, Oyo (by the biggest Yoruba leader, late Obafemi Awolowo) and another at Gindawaya by the late Amadu Bello, the Sarduana of Sokoto.

“Both places still exists till date.”

“When Obasanjo launched the green revolution. There was a move to create the River Basins and the purpose of the River Basins was to make provision for last vast of land for livestock activities to thrive.”

The farmer who also owns one of the largest private abattoirs in Nigeria said Ruga settlement has been in existence in Nigeria since Independence.

“Just that Ruga by name is the only thing that is new but the activities that started during Adesina (Femi Adesina, former Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture) is still what is going to happen.”

IGP orders arrest of Senator Elisha Abbo who attacked woman in Abuja sex toy shop

Following the outrage generated by the video showing a senator of the Federal Republic, Elisha Abbo, assaulting a woman in a sex toy shop in Abuja, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the arrest of the senator and his orderly by an investigative team set up by the Police headquarters in Abuja.

Investigations are currently ongoing at the Federal Capital Territory Police Command into the alleged attack on a sales girl by a serving senator in Abuja.

The news of the attack went viral after a video recorded by the Close Circuit Television (CCTV), installed in the shop was shared on the social media, an act which is said to have embarrassed the police authorities.

The Police force says they are doing everything within their powers to restore dignity to the force, following the conduct of the police orderly attached to the senator.

According to Police sources, the incident actually happened in a sex-toy shop in Abuja, where the senator had gone to make purchases.

The video which has been circulating on the internet shows the angry senator beat up the sales girl and ordered his police orderly to take her away.

Source: PM News

IGP orders arrest of Senator Elijah Abbo who attacked woman in Abuja sex toy shop

Following the outrage generated by the video showing a senator of the Federal Republic, Elijah Abbo, assaulting a woman in a sex toy shop in Abuja, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the arrest of the senator and his orderly by an investigative team set up by the Police Force headquarters in Abuja.

Investigations are currently ongoing at the Federal Capital Territory Police Command into the alleged attack on a sales girl by a serving senator in Abuja.

The news of the attack went viral after a video recorded by the Close Circuit Television (CCTV), installed in the shop was shared on the social media, an act which is said to have embarrassed the police authorities.

The Police force says they are doing everything within their powers to restore dignity to the force, following the conduct of the police orderly attached to the senator.

According to Police sources, the incident actually happened in a sex-toy shop in Abuja, where the senator had gone to make purchases.

The video which has been circulating on the internet shows the angry senator beat up the sales girl and ordered his police orderly to take her away.

Source: PM News