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I Copied Aregbesola’s Work And I Have No Regrets – El-Rufai

The Kaduna state governor, Mal. Nasiru el-Rufai, has revealed that he replicated the social programmes implemented by Rauf Aregbesola as Osun state governor in his state.

El-Rufai made this submission during a virtual colloquium to mark Aregbesola’s 63rd birthday anniversary. He said the the the programmes struck him and helped him connect with Aregbesola.

Commending the impact of Aregbesola’s programmes in Osun, El-Rufai said he was moved to replicate the programmes in Kaduna when he was elected governor.

“He did many innovative things to create prosperity in Osun and the results are clear.

“By the time I got elected as governor, I sent a team to Osun state to look at some of these policies and adjust them for implementation in Kaduna.

He further stated that Aregbesola did so many innovative things in Osun, that’s why when he became governor, he sent a team to see how things are been done. He concluded that if something works, he would be shameless to copy it.

The governor however sighted the fall in oil price as the cog which hindered the implementations of some of the programmes while Aregbesola was Osun governor.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is the current Minister of Interior.

Other panelists that participated in the colloquium were Abubakar Bagudu, Kebbi state governor; Yemi Kale, the statistician general of the federation; Yemi Cardoso, the chairman of Citibank; Bismarck Rewane, CEO, Financial Derivatives Company; Hajara Adeola, Lotus Capital CEO; and Joe Abah, DAI country director.

El’rufai To Enroll 218 Almajirai Into Primary Schools

Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El – Rufai on Monday said all the 218 Almajirai repatriated from neighbouring states and tested negative for COVID – 19 will be enrolled in primary schools in the state .

No fewer than 680 Almajirai were repatriated from Kano, Plateau , Bauchi , Gombe and Niger States into Kaduna , according to the state Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development, Hafsat Baba.

The Commissioner had said over 200 Almajirai out of the 680 were discharged after completion of the 14 days quarantine period.

The governor while expressing his joy in a post on his Facebook page on Monday said the Almajirai were being restored full human rights as children and added that every child in Kaduna has equal opportunity and access to 12 years of Free and Compulsory Education.

The governor said he was pleased to see “ our Almajirai children the batch of 218 from Kano, Nassarawa , Plateau & Gombe States looking well & free of COVID- 19 ”.

According to the governor , the next step is for the Commissioner of Human Services and Social Development , Hajiya Hafsat Baba and her team to return the Almajirai to their parents in collaboration with Local Government Chairmen and Traditional Rulers .

El – Rufai said , “ With the support of @ UNICEF _ Nigeria , AMA Foundation, other NGOs & philanthropists, they are being restored full human rights as children , dignity & hope !

“ Every child in Kaduna has equal opportunity and access to 12 years of Free and Compulsory Education in our public schools .

“ All the children are to be compulsorily enrolled in the primary school nearest to them so they have modern education and life skills in the morning , and continue their Quranic or Islamic education in the afternoon and over the weekend.

“ That is how many of us got our education . That is what the Northern States Governors ’ Forum decided . These children may the future of Northern Nigeria . ”

Four Killed, 2 Injured As Bandits Attack Kaduna Village

Four local vigilantes has been reportedly killed while two other vigilantes were seriously wounded by suspected armed bandits at Dande village of Kaduna State.

It was gathered that the vigilantes were on their way to retrieve the body of a driver that was shot to death by the bandits, along with his vehicle, when the incident occurred.

A community leader, Malam Umaru told newsmen that it was a sad day for the people of Buruku because the vigilantes were doing their best to protect villages around the area from the bandits who often launch attacks at will.

“We are in mourning because the bandits have killed four of our vigilantes on Friday.” he said.

Contacted, the State Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige said he will call back after getting the details of the incident, but no response was received up to the time of filing this report.

I Was Kaduna’s Covid-19 Index Case – El-Rufai

The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el – Rufai , on Saturday, said he was the first person to be tasted positive for COVID- 19 case and was as well the one who infected four others in the state.

El – Rufai , who was a guest speaker on
The Platform , an annual event of the Covenant Christian Centre in Lagos , also noted that the state government took steps to get personal protective equipment for health workers.

“ Each and every case of COVID- 19 we ’ ve had in the state was imported. I was the index case , fortunately , I would say , because it served to scare everyone in the state to come to the reality that COVID- 19 is real ; it’ s not a joke”. He said.

He also narrated how he got infected with the Pandemic. “ I got it in Abuja and I infected four other people . Happily, all of us are okay now . We are all back to our normal lives. We didn ’ t want to expose any of our frontline workers to any risk, so we have a lot of PPEs for all our health workers . ”

He stated that the state government had provided N5 million in life insurance coverage for each health worker who dies of COVID- 19 in the line of duty.

El – Rufai said , “ We also insured their ( health workers ) lives to the tune of N5 million. Anyone that dies in this process , his family will get N5 m and we have an additional disability insurance for those that get sick and cannot walk but are not dead.

“ We are also giving a special allowance to all health workers , as well as extraordinary allowances for those on the frontlines . This is the broad strategy that we ’ ve adopted in Kaduna State and we are implementing it with all energy and focus. ”

Tension in Zaria over electricity bills

Thousands of Zaria residents at the weekend, protested against what they called `fraud, intimidation and over billing of consumers by Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC) and threatened legal action against the company.

Addressing newsmen in Zaria, Dr. Ibrahim Mustafa, said the protest and court action became necessary following issuance of notice letter recently issued to the consumers by the company within Zaria metropolis.

According to Mustafa, “We have received a notice from the company titled: Demand Letter and Notice of withdrawal of electricity supply to your Premises which is intimidating, and an attempt to defraud the consumers’’.

Mustafa who quoted the notice letter said the notice was part of the continuous exploitation and intimidating attitude of the company to the teaming consumers in Zaria.

He read the said notice as; “Notice is hereby given that in accordance with provisions of regulations 5(1), (a)-(f) of National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Order on connection and disconnection procedure of 2007, the supply of electricity to your premises at A/C/-shall be withdrawn within 10 days from date of services of this notice. This is following your failure and refusal to pay the outstaying arrears’’.

The letter added that, “Furthermore, take notice that failure to pay the outstanding amount as quoted above within this period of this notice shall not only result in the withdrawal of electricity services but as well as entitled the company to commence recovery proceedings against you in a Court of Competent jurisdiction without further notice or warning to you’’.

The Company notice was signed by an employee on behalf of the management and copied to Police DPOs, Community leaders and local government chairpersons.

Mustafa argued that, there has never been a reliable measurement of electricity consumption by the customers as the company only charged by over estimation sometimes writes with biro the amount they want a consumer to pay.

“No meter to measure our consumption, we have requested severelly for a Pre –paid Meter yet we could not get, but the company is asking us pay millions of Naira outstanding debt. This is a clear case of fraud, and cheating which cannot be found anywhere in the world except in Nigeria’’.

According to him, Zaria’s experience is worst supply of electricity more than other cities in Nigeria which makes other business impossible to yield any positive profits.

“In fact some places in Zaria spend two to three days without electricity, yet the company brings a bill to you, which means we are paying for a product not consumed? It is a fraud indeed.’’ He said.

The spokesman however said, the residents have concluded arrangement with team of lawyers to sue the company for defrauding and intimidation, as well resolved not make any further payment of any outstanding debt until the company produces meters for them.

He expressed disappointment with the President Muhammadu Buhari for his inability to reverse the privatization of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) by Jonnathan administrations before clinching power in 2015.

He therefore appealed to Nigerians to continue protesting against the attitude of electricity Distribution Companies who make life difficult for Nigerian citizens.

Reacting, the Company’s Commercial Manager in Zaria, Alhaji Kabiru Abdulsalam, said the company was not out to punish any customer with the notice, but to spur them to pay their outstanding bills.
According to him, “let me tell those that are complaining about the notice letter we issued that the notice was meant to ginger customers to pay all outstanding bill, not to punish anybody, despite the NERC law on connection and disconnection of electricity Supply’’.

He said recent investigations by the company in Zaria revealed that only 40 per cent of consumers are trying to pay their outstanding debt while remaining 60 are still reluctant. Therefore, we must find ways to recover our money. Most of the debts are owed by customers on estimation bill which we inherited from former PHCN.’’

On meter, the Commercial Manager said, the federal government had recently made a position on it by promising to provide the meters to the customers soon.

“It is also important to note that, we are in the business of distributing electricity receive from suppliers, so we cannot speak on why we are not getting electricity in Zaria. I think it is a general problem’’. He explained.

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