Sokoto Customs Tackles Smugglers, Nets N90m in 20 Days


By Abdallah el-Kurebe 

The Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has repositioned its operational  strategies by making the operations of smugglers operating within the Area Command difficult. 

Speaking exclusively with Newsdiaryonline Monday evening, the Customs Area Comptroller (CAC), Alhaji Muhammadu Kankara said that all identified smuggling routes through which smugglers import goods, had been blocked.

“What we have done is identify smuggling routes and then blocking them. This resulted in the Command raking in N90 million in twenty days,” he said.

Kankara warned that smugglers who were not ready to comply with the requirements of importing goods through the borders‎, would soon be put out of business.

“We are determined to enforce all laws relating to importation of goods into this country. Those in the business of importation must either comply with the rules or seek other avenues. Sokoto must be free from all types of smuggling activities,” the Comptroller said.

He expressed the Command’s preparedness to work with traditional leaders ‎and other citizens to continue to block all routes, which smugglers use to import contraband goods.

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Press Statement

Passage of a Matriarch

The Nigeria Union of Journalists joins the Awolowo family and other well meaning Nigerians in mourning the death of Chief [Mrs] Hannah Dideolu Awolowo, the Matriarch of the Awolowo family, who passed on peacefully yesterday, only two months ahead of her 100th birthday.

Born, November 25, 1915, Mrs Awolowo was the publisher of Nigeria’s oldest surviving privately owned Newspaper, The Nigerian Tribune, founded in 1949. Indeed the survival of the newspaper despite the political and economic downturns clearly shows the tenacity, discipline and forthrightness of the publishers. 

That this famous newspaper continues to wax stronger is a testimony of the shrewdness and insight of the Awolowo family.

In the colonial era, the newspaper served as the mouthpiece for Awolowo’s populist welfare programmes. It also played an important role in defending the interest of the Yoruba people in a period when different ethnic groups were struggling for ascendency.

A successful business woman and astute politician, Mrs Awolowo played an active role in the politics of the defunct Western Nigeria and stood in for her husband in the then alliance formed between the NCNC and AG, called the United Progressive Grand Alliance when the late Sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo was in jail.

Nigeria will surely miss her wise counsel and we pray that the Almighty God will grant her eternal rest and the Awolowo family, the fortitude to continue without her.

Shuaibu Usman Leman
Walin Shadalafiya
National Secretary‎

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Gov. Tambuwal Mourns HID Awolowo


By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Tambuwal, has described the death of Mama HID Awolowo as a great loss whose impact will take generations to heal.

In a statement issued by his spokesman in Sokoto Sunday, Tambuwal described the matriarch of the Awolowo family as a unique human being whose virtuosity, influence and charisma will be sorely missed.

Tambuwal said all category of Nigerians have benefited from Mama HID’s wise counsels at different times, and urged the Federal Government to immortalise her.

While expressing the condolence of the people and government of Sokoto State over the sad loss, Tambuwal prayed to God to give her immediate family the fortitude to bear the loss.

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Sokoto Farmers To Enjoy Continued Fertilizer Subsidy


By Agbmadamyiloh Shekwoduza

In considering the importance of agricultural value-chain, governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has assured that his administration would continue with providing fertiliser subsidy to farmers across the state.

According to the governor, this was aimed at boosting food production, as well as increasing farmers’ purchasing power, thereby resulting in an ultimately  improved farm yield in the state.

Tambuwal who spoke at an informal meeting with members of commodity associations in Sokoto, said that the ultimate goal was to stimulate economic growth and ensure reduction in poverty level among rural populace.

He said all over the world, governments come in to assist farmers with various subsidies, as such “Sokoto government will not allow market forces to determine price of such an important commodity.”‎

The governor disclosed that his administration had procured about 9, 000 metric tonnes of assorted fertilisers, which comprised of NPK and Urea at the cost of N1.2 billion for distribution to farmers for this year’s farming season.

He also revealed that the NPK would be sold at a subsidised rate of N1,700 per bag while Urea cost N1,800.  

Tambuwal added that this year’s supply had doubled the amount against last year and urged the people, especially the youth, to avail themselves of those opportunities and embrace farming.

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China, Sokoto Signs MoU To Boost Mining, Agro-Allied Industries


Sokoto state government is to collaborate with the Peoples Republic of China to boost commerce and establish mining and agro-allied industries in the state.
In that regard, Sokoto government will provide land for the establishment of ‘China Town’ in the border-town of Illela to boost trade and investment in the West African region.

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this Friday when the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Gu Xiaojie paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Sokoto.

He said already, some Chinese companies have carried out feasibility studies on the projects, adding that the state government is awaiting their reports to determine the next line of action.

Tambuwal said apart from mining and agriculture, the two governments will explore other areas of cooperation that will be beneficial to their citizens. Such areas include education, agriculture, health and youth and women empowerment.

The Governor appealed to the Chinese government to support Nigeria’s fight against corruption and help the present administration with its security and job-creation efforts.

Earlier in his remarks, the Ambassador said he was in the state to straighten the cordial working relationship between his government and the Sokoto government.

He commended Tambuwal for the achievements so far recorded and assured that China will continue to work closely with the state government in order to achieve the desired objectives.


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Tambuwal Signs Primary Healthcare Bill Into Law


Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Friday signed the Primary Healthcare Development Agency (amendment) bill 2015 into law, with a vow to reposition the agency for better service delivery.

A statement by Tambuwal’s spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, said the new bill incooperates all dispensaries and health clinics hitherto under the local government councils but will now be under the state primary healthcare development agency.

The amended bill, according to the statement, also promotes the participation of women in the planning, management and implementation of the provisions of the bill especially at the grassroots level.

“With the signing of the bill, Sokoto State will now fully benefit from various interventions from various development agencies who made recommendations to the government on the need for such amendments.

“We look forward to fully implementing all the provisions of the bill in order to revolutionise health care delivery at the grassroots level in all parts of the state,” the statement added.

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Election Tribunal Dismisses Petition Against Hon. Dasuki


‎By Abdallah el-Kurebe 

‎‎The National Assembly Election Petition T‎ribunal in Sokoto on Tuesday dismissed a petition brought b‎efore it by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives candidate, Alhaji Aminu Abubakar against the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Hon. Abdussamad  Dasuki.‎

The petition was filed on April 17, 2015 against the declaration of the Independent National Electoral (‎INEC) that Abdussamad, son of the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, ‎Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, won the House of R‎epresentatives election for Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal constituency with 70,653 votes.

Abubakar, who is son of Nigeria’s former Finance M‎inister and former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Abubakar Alhaji Abubakar, polled 1‎3,350 votes in the election, which petition was dismissed for lack of merit by ‎the tribunal chairman, Justice Anselem Nwaige. ‎

The petitioner cited cases of‎
irregularities and non compliance with the Electoral Act, 2010, as a‎mended.

In his judgment however, Anselem declared that “the election o‎f the first respondent, Dasuki, was conducted in substantial ‎compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended, ‎as well as the INEC manual for the 2015 general elections. ‎The petition has failed and it is hereby accordingly dismissed.”

Th‎e two other members of the
Tribunal are Justices Elijah Ogbogu and Mohammed Abdullahi.‎

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DSS Parades Kidnapper of 8-Year Old in Sokoto


By Abdallah el-Kurebe 

The Sokoto State Command of the Department of Security Service (DSS) on Monday paraded an 18-year old kidnapper, Idris Umar who, along with Mu’azu hassan (now at large), kidnapped an eight-year Abdul-Azeez Abubakar.

According to the Assistant Director (Security), Mr. Francis Okpo, who briefed news men on behalf the State Director of the Service, Tijjani Kaffa, the duo kidnapped master Abubakar on August 14, 2015 from Arkilla of Wamakko local government  of Sokoto state to Minanata area ‎of Sokoto South local government area where he was kept hostage.

Kaffa disclosed that the victim was released the following day on August 15th “after the payment of N300,000 as ransom by the father, Alhaji Abubakar.”

He explained that the case was reported to the Command only after the ransom had been paid and “prompt investigation was initiated with a view to arresting the suspects. 

“Consequently, Idris Umar (king pin) was arrested on September 11, 2015 while adequate security measures have been put in place to arrest the remaining accomplice.”

The Service called on the general public to be more security conscious and at alert “as the trend of kidnapping is becoming more alarming in the state.

“Parents are particularly advised to monitor and safeguard their children to avoid them being victims,” Kaffa stated stressing that the Command would not relent in its efforts in addressing security challenges in liaison with other security agencies in the state.

While appealing to all members of the communities to report all suspicious activities in their domains, Kaffa added that “the Command will deal ruthlessly with identified criminal minds within the tenet of the law.”‎

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I’ll Name My Cabinet This Month – President Buhari Assures


State House Press Release -President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Aburi, Ghana reassured Nigerians and the international community that he will name his cabinet before the end of the month.

President Buhari gave the assurance at a joint press conference with President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana. 

“After I was sworn-in,  I said I will have my cabinet in September. I expect that Nigerians should ask me questions after the 30th of September if I do not do so,” President Buhari said while responding to a question on the appointment of ministers. 

President Buhari also told reporters that the Nigerian military, in close collaboration with the Multi-National Joint Task Force, has recorded remarkable progress in the fight against Boko Haram since he assumed office as President.

“The first thing I did after I came into office was to reorganize the military and clear orders were given to them in terms of retraining, re-equipping and redeployment of troops.

“In the northeast, the military is gaining ground and Boko Haram has been limited to the Sambisa forest.

“Internally Displaced Persons are gradually moving back home and they are being reintegrated into their respective communities,” President Buhari said.

On the declaration of assets, the President affirmed that it was a constitutional requirement that all public office holders in Nigeria should declare their assets before and after their term in office.

“I recall that in 1975 when late Murtala Mohammed became the Head of State, we were lined up – governors, ministers, members of the Supreme Military Council.  Officials of Ministry of Justice were brought and every individual was made to declare his assets.    

“All Heads of States and Government, governors, ministers, permanent secretaries have to declare their assets because it is a constitutional requirement.  

“I have declared my assets four times. When I was governor in 1975, I declared. After being Minister of Petroleum and as a member of Supreme Military Council, I declared. When I was Head of State and now as a President, I have also declared. 

Earlier, President Mahama said both leaders had fruitful discussions on how to enhance bilateral relations and improve regional security. 

President Mahama said that Nigeria and Ghana will soon begin the process of reviving their joint commission for cooperation. 

The Ghanaian President added that both leaders also agreed to encourage closer cooperation between the intelligence and anti-graft agencies of both countries.

He thanked President Buhari for his visit and assured him of Ghana’s support and cooperation with Nigeria in the fight against terrorism. 

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

September 7, 2015

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How Sokoto can secure FDI, by US, UK, French investors


‎By Imam Imam ‎

‎Investment-favourable legislation, commitment to transparency and good governance and unveiling of bold vision backed by timeline for implementation are some of the key requirements needed to boost investments in states of the country.

Similarly, states like Sokoto must actively engage in data mapping because success of public institutions depend not only on the possession of resources, but on the efficient application of sound management principles based on accurate data utilisation.

These and more, were the position of local and international investment and development agencies who attended a two-day business opportunity forum organised by the Sokoto State government which ended yesterday.

Speaking at the opening of the summit, Sokoto Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said the dwindling resources in the country has made it imperative for states to look to private investment to survive.

He said Sokoto cannot afford to allow its income determined by hydro-carbon prices which he said from forecasts, will likely remain low for the foreseeable future.

While disclosing that Sokoto is open to foreign investment because all necessary incentive are been put in place, Tambuwal said the state has comparative advantage in sectors like agriculture, tourism, mining and power generation.

In his remarks, Olivier Dellefosse, Mission Director of the French investment agency AFD, said they are ready to provide loans to the proposed micro-finance banks which Sokoto government is about to set up.

The main areas of concern for AFD, according to the Director, is power generation, transmission and distribution, urban development, support for SMEs and agriculture. He said the agency will explore areas of cooperation with the Sokoto government for the mutual benefit of the two entities.

On their parts, both the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) spoke of their readiness to partner with the Sokoto government for development of key sectors.

They promised to provide technical assistance and expertise where necessary, adding that where their is transparency and good governance, foreign investors will be willing to look.

In his presentation, CEO of Aso Savings and Loans Ltd, Malam Hassan Usman, said they are willing to build 4,000 housing units in Sokoto in the next four years if the government will provide land and guarantee buyers. 

On his part, the Managing Director of Nigeria’s Sovereign Investment Authority, Mr. Uche Orji, said Sokoto must leverage on the peace it is presently enjoying to sell its credentials to the outside world.

Other speakers at the confrence, which was attended by government officials and members of the state House of Assembly, include Keith Hammond, DFID’s Senior Infrastructure Advisor, Michael Harvey, USAID’s Country Director, malam Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq of the Private Sector Alliance of Nigeria and Malam Kabiru Rabiu, Executive Director at BUA Group.‎

Imam is Special Adviser to Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal ‎

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