Customs Won’t Succeed Without the Media, Compt. Madugu

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By ‎Abdallah el-Kurebe 

The new Comptroller of the Nigeria Customs ‎Service in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara, Alhaji Sani Madugu has said that without the support of the Media in the pursuit of the service’s mandate, no success would be achieved.

He said this when he paid courtesy visit to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) at the Press Centre in Sokoto on Thursday.

According to Madugu, without collaborative enlightenment programmes with the NUJ‎ on the activities of the Service, the clear goals could not be achieved.

‎”To succeed in our mandate, we need Journalists at all times. It is with with your cooperation that success will be at our doorstep; without your cooperation, our failure will be at our doorstep,” he emphasised.

The Comptroller added that as a Journalist himself, he knew that Journalists had better understanding of government policies, which they “simplify for ‎better understanding by the populace.”

He assured that he would make optimal use of the media throughout his stay in the Area Command.

Responding, Chairman of NUJ, Isa Abubakar assured the Comptroller that members of the NUJ would continue to support the service, adding that there had been cordial relationship between the two organisations and hoped for its sustenance. ‎ ‎

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Sokoto SIEC Fixes March 12 For LG Elections

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By ‎Abdallah el-Kurebe 

‎The Sokoto state Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) has fixed March 12, 2016 for the conduct of local government elections.

This was made known by the Chairman of the Commission, Usman Abubakar‎ in a Press release signed and issued on Thursday.

According to him, the new date was arrived at after all arrangements for the conduct of the elections had been concluded. 

“Having completed all arrangements on the conditions given by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), our Commission resolved to, having met with all political parties, ‎slate 12th March 2016 to conduct the local government elections,” the state read in parts.

He explained that the new date was arrived at in order “to give us ample opportunity to train ‎our adhoc staff thoroughly for a hitch-free and smooth running of the elections.”

Abubakar appealed to all political parties, stakeholders and civil society organisations “to accord the Commission the necessary support and cooperation in order to conduct a free, fair and credible elections ‎that will be acceptable to all.”

It would be recalled that the elections, earlier scheduled to hold on January 9, 2016 was postponed to an indefinite‎ date “due to non-availability of Card Readers.”

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Sokoto Intensifies Surveillance For Lasa Fever

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L-R: Sokoto State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Balarabe Shehu Kakale, taking Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and other officials round State Specialists Hospital to assess Sokoto’s readiness to handle possible outbreak of lassa fever.

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Sokoto government said it has intensified surveillance across the state in efforts to contain the spread of lassa fever.

Despite initial apprehension of a possible case of the deadly disease in the state, the government said three suspected cases earlier taken to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Laboratory Centre for blood sample analysis have all come out negative, reaffirming the zero case submission in Sokoto.  

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this Wednesday when he went round hospitals in Sokoto town as part of efforts to intensify awareness on the dangers of the disease.

Speaking at the State Specialist Hospital, Tambuwal said all necessary precaution has been put in place while technology has been deployed to help with surveillance in all the 23 local government areas of the state.

He said the monthly environmental sanitation introduced by the government has helped in the cleaning of environment, but residents need to do more to maintain high hygiene standards.

Conducting the Governor round the hospitals, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Balarabe Shehu Kakale said government has trained enough personnel to handle any possible outbreak of the ailment. 

Tambuwal Requests For Deployment of Low-ranking Police Officers To Their States Of Origin

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

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Governor AminuWaziri Tambuwal, with the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 10, Tambari Muhammad Yabo at the Government House in Sokoto.‎ Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, with the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 10, Tambari Muhammad Yabo at the Government House in Sokoto.

In order to boost intelligence gathering and make effective use of local knowledge to enhance policing, Sokoto Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has urged the Nigeria Police to deploy lower ranking officers to their states of origin.

He said move will not only boost community relations, it will also help in reducing crimes in the society.

Speaking when he received the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 10, Tambari Muhammad Yabo at the Government House in Sokoto, Tambuwal said the officers will use their familiarity with the norms and values of their states to tackle criminal activities.

He said the state government has enjoyed a cordial relationship with the police and expressed confidence the gesture will continue.

Tambuwal said efforts are on course to revive the state internal security outfit, known as ‘Operation Mesa’, to complement the efforts of other security agencies serving in Sokoto state.

In his remarks, AIG Yabo said the zone has embarked on sensitisation tour to educate officers on the new direction the force is heading to ensure success of its operations. 

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In order to boost intelligence gathering and make effective use of local knowledge to enhance policing, Sokoto Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has urged the Nigeria Police to deploy lower ranking officers to their states of origin.

He said move will not only boost community relations, it will also help in reducing crimes in the society.

Speaking when he received the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 10, Tambari Muhammad Yabo at the Government House in Sokoto, Tambuwal said the officers will use their familiarity with the norms and values of their states to tackle criminal activities.

He said the state government has enjoyed a cordial relationship with the police and expressed confidence the gesture will continue.

Tambuwal said efforts are on course to revive the state internal security outfit, known as ‘Operation Mesa’, to complement the efforts of other security agencies serving in Sokoto state.

In his remarks, AIG Yabo said the zone has embarked on sensitisation tour to educate officers on the new direction the force is heading to ensure success of its operations. 

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Sokoto Police Launches FSARS

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

The Sokoto state Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has launched the newly transformed Federal Special Anti-rubbery Squad (FSARS).

At the launch, which took place at the headquarters of the Mobile Police, 23 officers demonstrated the newly acquired skills as SARS.

‎Commissioner of Police, Salihu Fagge said that the trained squad was trained to “produce a rebranded SARS to rhyme with the new security challenges.

“They have been trained in use of firearms, human rights, counter discharge operations, etc to contribute in the fight against crime, not only in Sokoto alone but also in the country.”

He added that with the development, bad elements had no place to continue to live in Sokoto. “I advise those with criminal intent to, in their own interests, relocate to other places because, Sokoto is no longer a safe haven for them.”

In demonstrating their acquired skills after the training, the officers dismantled and coupled their riffles in less than fifteen seconds.

In a related development, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara (Zone 10), Muhammadu Tambari Yabo has said the officers and men of the zone had geared up for zero tolerance against corruption and terrorism.

During a familiarization tour ‎of the newly posted AIG, who is the first indegineous and 18th AIG to the Police Headquarters, said that officers and men of the zone must contribute to make the zone corruption-free.

“You must all be ready to queue in to the change mantra of the Federal Government, especially as it affects the fight against corruption and indiscipline,” he said.

While warning against the return of road blocks in Sokoto state, Yabo also warned against “undue detention” and instructed that “accused persons must be charged to court without delay.”

He further warned that any officer found wanting would not be spared.  

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Poverty Eradication: 4000 Benefit From Sokoto Govt’s Intervention

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

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Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Tamuwal presenting a cheque of N40,000 to a widow, Hajiya Inno Nagoda, in Illela, Sokoto State.

After a six months intensive training on poultry, animal breeding and fish farming, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has presented a cheque of N40,000 each as start up capital to 575 beneficiaries as part of massive intervention to tackle poverty at the grassroots levels in the state.

The beneficiaries are part of the 4000 trained in similar endeavour as part of a joint-project by the state and local government areas of Sokoto state.

In addition to the N40,000 start up capital, each of the final 575 beneficiaries, drawn from Illela Local Government, also received chickens, cattle, cage, feeds, among others. 

Gov. Tambuwal, who disbursed the fund at Illela, said it was under the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme of Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs). 

He said that the aim was to tap from the rural dwellers’ area of competitive advantage by making them productive and self reliant. 

He said funding for the project was provided by the SDGs office, the state and local government councils.

The governor said that the beneficiaries were made to enroll their children in school as part of condition for the grant. He said the measure was to press the fact that poverty should not inhibit access to education for children. 

”The beneficiaries are largely widows, aged, orphans and other indigent residents of the rural areas,” he explained. 

In their separate remarks, the Commissioners for Budget and Economic Development, Alhaji Bala Kokani, and that of Local Government, Alhaji Mannir Dan-Iya, said that the scheme was aimed at addressing some of the development challenges of the state. 

Two beneficiaries, Hajiya Hajjo Nagoda and Alhaji Aliyu Hamidu commended the state government for the gesture and promised to utilise the opportunity to reduce their level of poverty.

Gov. Tambuwal To Unearth Ghost Workers

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe 

In order to fish-out ghost from genuine workers, governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has disclosed that his administration would carry out verification of staff to ascertain the true number of workers on public payroll at the state and local government levels.

The governor disclosed this when he hosted the National President of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel at Government House in Sokoto on Monday. 

“In order to reposition the civil service, we will carry out full verification to ascertain the number of workers we have at the state and local government levels and to end the culture of truancy especially at LGAs where workers go to work late and in some instances, they don’t go at all,”

According to him, the government will aim to achieve the objectives of establishing the local government as third tier of government which was to bring government closer to the people and ensure massive development at the grassroots level.

He said the stated aims can only be achieved if the local governments enjoy autonomy in sourcing for finances and in their expenditure.

“My position on local government autonomy is well-known. I am in full support of it. Your union should intensify lobby especially at the National Assembly to see to the realisation of the objective. As you do that, know that in Sokoto you have a friend in struggle,” the Governor added.

Earlier in his remarks, the NULGE President appealed to Tambuwal to reconstruct the state Local Government Service Commission and ensure dues meant to the union are released on time.

He commended Tambuwal for his efforts to revive the fortunes of local government administrations in the state.

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TSA: Sokoto Uncovers N1.5bn In 100 Idle Accounts

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By ‎Abdallah el-Kurebe 

‎Within two weeks after the formal introduction of the Treasury Single Accounting (TSA) system in Sokoto, the state government said it has uncovered a whooping sum of N1.5 billion lying idle in 100 dormant accounts belonging to it in various commercial banks in the country.

The state Commissioner of Finance, Alhaji Umar Saidu stated this in Sokoto on Sunday while giving an update on the system’s implementation, promising that government was determined to trace and close down all dormant and inactive accounts operated by it.

He added that since the introduction of the TSA, there has been massive improvement in the reconciliation of public finance figures between the government and commercial banks. This according to him, “has reduced risk of errors in reconciliation processes and has enhanced timeliness and quality of the fiscal figures from such accounts.”‎

Saidu explained that the introduction of the TSA had now enabled government to regularly monitor public cash balances, at the same time ensured higher quality cash analysis from all accounts hitherto operated by the state government and its agencies. 

He added that more analysis are being undertaken efficiently and at regular intervals.

He said the full benefit of the new accounting system would be felt when the implementation of the 2016 budget starts. The document is currently undergoing legislative action at state House of Assembly. 

Meanwhile, Sokoto Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on Sunday, approved the posting and redeployment of new permanent secretaries and directors-general in the state civil service.

A statement issued by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, showed that 23 Permanent Secretaries were redeployed while 11 DGs have been sent to various departments and agencies in the state.

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We’ll Reposition Immigration Service To World Standard, Says Interior Minister, Dambazau

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe 

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau has said that the Federal Government was poised ‎to reposition the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to compete with its global counterparts.

He spoke at the occasion of the graduation ceremony of the 7th Staff Course at the Immigration Command ‎and staff College in Sokoto on Tuesday.

Dambazau identified modern migration as a major area of focus for reforms in the Ministry of Interior and NIS‎ in view of “associated socio-economic and security challenges, including mass cross-cultural migration, human trafficking, terrorism and financial fraud, among others.

“This effort is in consonance ‎with the noble objective of repositioning the Nigeria Immigration Service into a world class migration management agency that favourably competes with its counterparts anywhere in the world,” the Minister stated.‎

‎Dambazau viewed the training as a critical component of Federal Government ‘s “commitment to achieving the overarching goal of entrenching seamless service delivery, which can only be successfully implemented through a well trained and motivated work-force with high sense of professionalism.”

While promising to be more proactive in addressing issues that affect the NIS in a more holistic manner, the Minister told the graduands that ‎the training was aimed at better performance. “Needless to remind you that you are essentially the drivers of the Service and this is why you were brought together to share knowledge and experiences as well as to update you on policy direction of the Federal Government. ”

Earlier speaking, the Commandant of the College, Assistant Controller of ‎Immigration (ACI), Audu Gambo stated that 43 graduands participated in the 7th Staff Course undertaken by the Immigration Command and Staff College Sokoto‎.

According to him, 29 of the graduands were Chief Superintendent of Immigration (CSI) and 14 Superintendent (SI), which‎ cadres were the middle operational level officers ‎that has high professional competence and staff duties for the Service.

“These graduands ‎are not just leaving this College with certificates but also with great deal of knowledge to enhance the proficiency of their performance in the Service in modern migration management and it’s accompanying challenges,” he said.

‎Acknowledging that since the challenges of modern migration and national security was the collective responsibility of all security agencies, the Commandant explained that it behooved the Service “to raise a compact world class security outfit that is experienced and knowledgeable in all field of security and migration management.”

Gambo called for the need to train more officers twice in a year. “This will address the inability of officers in Superintendent and Comptroller cadres to attend the two levels of course offered by the College before elevation to the next ranks.”‎

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