“I was elected to develop Kaduna, not to pay salaries” – el-Rufa’i

Kaduna State governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i, has said he was elected to develop the State, not just to pay salaries of civil servants. The governor disclosed this in a statement signed by Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye yesterday, in a reaction to the outrage of sacking over 4,000 workers in the State. He said the State’s public finances have been severely stretched by the higher wage bills at a time when revenues from the Federation Account Allocations Committee, (FAAC), have not increased. The governor said he “’was…

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“I’ll never pay ransom to bandits even if they kidnap my family members” – el-Rufa’i vows

Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufa’i, has said he will never pay ransom to bandits even if they kidnap his family members. The governor said this in a radio chat on Friday in Kaduna to corroborate his government’s policy of not negotiating with bandits. Mr El-Rufai had said bandits are at war with Nigeria and there is no other way to approach the current insurgency but for security forces to take the war to the bandits and recover forests where they are occupying. In his remarks yesterday, el-Rufa’i said he had…

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‘Boko Haram terrorists, bandits must be wiped out’ – el-Rufa’i

…Lists things Nigeria needs to do urgently Kaduna State governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i, has advocated for the clampdown on Boko Haram insurgents and bandits terrorising the North and the country in general. Speaking at the Town Hall meeting on National Security hosted by the Ministry of Information and Culture in Kaduna yesterday, the governor asked security agencies to wipe the criminals. El-Rufa’i stressed the current security situation calls for the restructuring of the country, adding that the move will curb the rising insecurity in the nation. He also listed seven…

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82 Kaduna LG workers receive letters of disengagement

Tears flowed freely yesterday at the Jema’a local government area Secretariat, in Kafanchan, Kaduna state, as about 82 staff of the council received letters of disengagement from the Kaduna State government. The disengagement follows weeks of speculations that the State government was planning to downsize its workforce across its 23 local government areas in the State. Some newsmen who visited the secretariat said some of the affected members of staff were seen holding their letters as they struggled to fight back tears. According to one of the letters, the move…

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Kaduna: el-Rufa’i denies appointing intermediaries to negotiate with bandits

Kaduna State governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i, has said he did not appoint anybody to negotiate with bandits on his or the government’s behalf. This was made known in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, yesterday debunking a report in the media suggesting that the government had appointed representatives to interface with the bandits on its behalf. To this end, the State government said there was nothing like that, saying “the position of the Kaduna State government remains the same”, adding that anyone…

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Insecurity: Gov. el-Rufa’i secretly withdraws son from public school in Kaduna

The seven-year-old son of Kaduna State governor,  Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i, Abubakar el-Rufa’i, who was enrolled in 2019 at the Kaduna Capital School, has been absent from school for several weeks till now, according to a  finding published by SaharaReporters. It was learned that the boy’s absence from the school is strongly linked to the rising abduction of school children in northern Nigerian schools by ravaging bandits, of which Kaduna State has had an ugly share, and still has yet-to-be-released abducted pupils.  After visiting the school premises on Monday, it was…

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New Kaduna: Making the Journey to Utopia Shorter Than Forecasted

By Mustapha Ramalan The scale of infrastructural development projects executed so far under the Mal. Nasir El-Rufai-led administration in Kaduna State is undoubtedly unprecedented. Expansive road projects, audacious remodelling of markets and public places, deliberate and unambiguous urbanization is taking place in the northern powerhouse is at a rate never seen before. This was the kind of change Kaduna residents wanted going into the 2015 election. It is not just the magnitude of these projects which is very impressive, but the outsized quality as well; we are witnessing jaw-dropping bridges…

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Kaduna: “Bandits won’t dictate our children’s education”, says el-Rufa’i

Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i has said his administration will not allow bandits and other criminal elements to dictate the education of children in the State.  El-Rufa’i stated this yesterday, when the Chief of the Air Staff, Air-Marshal Oladayo Amao, paid him a courtesy visit. The governor said he won’t pay any ransom to bandits despite threats of attacking and kidnapping school students, adding that schools in the State would remain open.  He said “for a long time, Nigerians have taken peace and security for granted until the current spate of insecurity…

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Nigeria has highest number of poor people globally, says el-Rufa-i

Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i, has stated that Nigeria has the highest number of poor people among the countries of the world. The governor made this statement while launching the State’s Social Protection Policy, on Tuesday. According to him, “Nigeria is going through trying times. We have the largest number of poor people than any country in the world. Yet, whenever a programme is designed to help the poor and vulnerable, we resort to a slot mentality in which important people are allocated slots instead of targeting those poor and…

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Insecurity: “Give us State Police, decentralise Judiciary now” – El-Rufa’i

Kaduna State governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i  has lent his voice with national analysts calling for devolution of power between the Federal Government and 36 States in the country. The governor, who was one of the speakers at a television programme, which aired on Thursday, said State Police and decentralisation of the Judiciary is important to save Nigeria from the brink of collapse. According to el-Rufa’i, “It is imperative for Federal, State, and community policing. We do not have enough police. One centralised police for the country just has not worked. “Secondly,…

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