22 traders die in horrifying road accident in Kebbi state

Twenty-two traders have died in a motor accident that occurred on the Tunga Giwa – Ruwa road in Shanga Local Government Area of Kebbi.

The accident occurred when a Toyota Canter vehicle that tried to avoid a pot-hole, hit a motorcyclist and somersaulted, killing the cyclist and 22 passengers in the van.

The Sole Administrator of Shanga, Garba Salihu, told Governor Atiku Bagudu that the traders were returning from Tungan Giwa market when the incident happened.

Mr. Salihu said the vehicle rolled into a ditch and caught fire.

He said 22 persons on board the vehicle died on the spot, while eight sustained injuries and were receiving treatment at the Yauri General Hospital.

Mr. Bagudu, who was on an official visit to the area, participated in the funeral prayer for the victims who were buried in a mass grave.

The governor sympathised with the survivors and pledged to settle their medical bills and render further assistance.


Source: NAN

SHOCKING: Kebbi government uncovers names of primary school pupils on pensioners’ register

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Umar Babale Yauri, who made the disclosure yesterday in Birnin Kebbi, said the pupils were among those claiming to collect pensions.

He pledged that government would weed out ghost pensioners and workers for genuine beneficiaries to get their entitlements.

He added that the government had set aside billions of naira for the payment of pensioners.

The SSG also stated that the current administration had strategised against infiltration, adding that the state had partnered with UNICEF to register Almajiri schools to expedite re-enrolment in conventional ones.

In another development, federal pensioners in Ogun State yesterday protested against their alleged unpaid 14-month gratuities and pensions.

They also accused the government of not paying the “desired and deserved” attention to their welfare. They called on the Labour movement and government at all levels to set “a day or a week for pensioners”.

The placard-carrying pensioners were those who retired from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Neuropsychiatric Hospital as well as other federal agencies and establishments.

Their leader, Mr. Kayode da-Silva, who spoke at a press conference at the state secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Iwe-Iroyin, Abeokuta, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on the situation.

Da-silva noted that the contributing pensions scheme stipulated that their gratuities should be paid three months after their retirement. But he lamented that the Federal Government and National Pensions Commission had not offered credible and satisfactory reasons for the protracted delay.

He said: “Only God knows how many of the pensioners have died on account of this undue and undeserved delay. A number of us suffer from age-related ailments and must be on drug daily.

“Pensioners should not be made scapegoats for all the shortcomings of Federal Government agencies and personnel.”

He, therefore, urged Buhari to order the immediate payment of their pensions by (PENCOM).

Buhari Commends Lagos, Kebbi over Lake Rice

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday commended Lagos and Kebbi States for the successful partnership that gave rise to the local production of LAKE Rice (Lagos-Kebbi Rice).

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President lauded the commitment of Governors Akinwunmi Ambode and Atiku Bagudu in bringing to fruition the Memorandum of Understanding signed in March 2016 on substantially meeting  the country’s rice requirement.

He also expressed delight at the relatively cheaper price of LAKE Rice especially at this period of recession.

“It  gladdens my heart to get reports of our citizens rushing to purchase this cheaper local rice to enable them and their families enjoy the Christmas and New Year celebrations,” the President said.

Buhari described what the two states have done as “evidence of a new base being laid for the Nigerian economy, founded and propelled by agriculture, away from substantial dependence on oil and gas for national revenue.”

He recalled that in his 2017 Budget presentation before the National Assembly, he said that “a new era is rising in which we must grow what we eat and consume what we make,” adding that the LAKE Rice achievement is in furtherance of the above goal.

He urged other state governments to replicate the laudable example of LAKE Rice in other staple crops and dairy products.

The President also pledged the Federal Government’s readiness to continue to support such initiatives by providing the enabling environment, policies and incentives for agriculture to thrive in order for the nation to achieve food security.

He said he remained optimistic that going forward, Nigeria will attain rice sufficiency by 2019.

Buhari: I’m happy Nigerians can buy cheap rice in this recession.

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is happy that Nigerians can buy relatively cheap Lake Rice (Lagos-Kebbi Rice) in this recession.

In a statement issued by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, on Friday, Buhari commended Lagos and Kebbi states for the successful partnership that gave rise to the local production of the commodity.

He saluted the commitment of Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos governor, and Atiku Bagudu, Kebbi governor, in bringing to fruition the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in March 2016 on substantially meeting the country’s rice requirement.

He also expressed delight “at the relatively cheaper price of Lake Rice especially at this period of recession”.

“It gladdens my heart to get reports of our citizens rushing to purchase this cheaper local rice to enable them and their families enjoy the Christmas and New Year celebrations,” the president said.

According to him, what the two states have done is “evidence of a new base being laid for the Nigerian economy, founded and propelled by agriculture, away from substantial dependence on oil and gas for national revenue”.

He recalled that in his 2017 budget presentation before the national assembly, he said that “a new era is rising in which we must grow what we eat and consume what we make”, adding that the Lake Rice achievement was in furtherance of the above goal.

While urging other state governments to replicate the laudable example of Lake Rice in other staple crops and dairy products, Buhari pledged the federal government’s readiness to continue to support such initiatives by providing the enabling environment, policies and incentives for agriculture to thrive in order for the nation to achieve food security.

He added that he remained optimistic that Nigeria would attain rice sufficiency by 2019.

LAKE Rice Unveiling: The Focus of my Government is to make Life easier for people – Ambode

The Lagos State Government will start rolling out Lake Rice for sale to Lagosians towards the Yuletide celebrations. The sale came as succour for millions of Lagosians who like their counterparts in most parts of the country have had to pay over N20,000 for a bag of rice, mostly imported.



The Lagos State Governor at the official unveiling of LAKE Rice today, stated that; “The focus of our government has been to make life easier for our people. With this in mind, we entered into a collaboration with Kebbi State. Also to ensure food security. Today we officially unveiled the first product of this collaboration – the Lake Rice.”


Our aim is to deliver rice at reduced prices to Lagosians. Sales of Lake Rice will commence tomorrow in 15 centres across the State.”



The rice, however will be on sale as from the 22nd of December and will be sold at the 57 LGAs and LCDAs for easy accessibility and to guard against unwanted persons diverting the product.


Check the List of Designated Locations to procure LAKE Rice.

Update: Kebbi varsity joins one-week ASUU strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Kebbi State University of Science and Technology chapter on Wednesday joined the nationwide one-week warning strike declared by the national secretariat of the union.


The Branch Chairman of the union, Dr. Sa’adu Umar, announced this in a statement he signed and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Aliero on Wednesday.


According to Umar, the union has joined the industrial action in in compliance with the directive of the national secretariat of the union.


The statement identified reasons for the industrial action as non provision of funding for revitalisation of Federal Universities based on the Memorandum of Understanding between the union and the Federal Government as earlier agreed in November 2013.

He said the union also embarked on the strike because of the lingering issue of inadequate subvention by visitors of state universities and failure to enroll universities into the National Universities Pension Company.


Other issues are: shortfall in salaries leading to payment of a fraction of staff salaries and deliberate nonpayment of Earned Academic Allowance, among others.


Umar emphasised that comprehensive teaching and learning would not take place in the universities until the expiration of the period of the strike.

Kebbi Gets 7 More Commissioners

Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, on Wednesday urged commissioners in the state to ensure discipline, prudence and accountability in the discharge of their duties.

The governor said in Birnin Kebbi, after the swearing-in of seven new members of the state executive council, that they must also avoid sentiment in handling their responsibilities.

He said that henceforth, all appointments in the state civil service would be based on merit, in order to fast track the development of the state.

Bagudu stressed that the appointees must justify their selection by working selflessly to implement government policies targeted at ensuring the rapid development of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the seven commissioners were sworn-in by Justice Ibrahim Kangiwa, on behalf of the state Chief Judge, Justice Bala Mairiga.

The commissioners are Umar Kambazza, Maigari Dakingari, Zailani Muhammad, Abubakar Besse, Muhammad Suleiman, Musa Kalgo and Garba Karaye.

NAN reports that eight commissioners were earlier sworn-in a month ago, thus bringing the total to 15 commissioners in the state.

The new commissioners are yet go be assigned portfolio.



Police Nab 34 Cattle Rustlers In Kebbi

Kebbi State Police command has apprehended 34 suspected cattle rustlers  and recovered 27 fire arms and impounded  24 motorcycles belonging to the suspects.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zone 10, Tambari Yabo Muhammad, who addressed newsman during his official visit to the State command in Birnin Kebbi,  said the suspects were specialists in Cattle rustling and robbery, stressing that they would be charge to court for prosecution.

“1,000 Cattle had also been recovered from cattle rustlers in Bena town,Danko-Wasagu local government of Kebbi state last week by the anti cattle rustlers team.

“Assorted arms and ammunitions  and a rocket propelled grenade were recovered during a raid operation by anti cattle rustlers  team in Bena Forest in  Danko-Wasagu local government area.

“The Kebbi Police command has intensified patrol of Yauri and  Zuru local government areas  in the southern part  to curtail the rampant of Cattle rustling and kidnapping in the dense forest and mountain terrain”, he added.

The AIG applauded the efforts of the  Police command in crime control and assured  that support to the command would be enhanced.

He,  however, warned the officers and men of the command against interfering in civil cases,adding,”we cannot condone illegal detention,extortion from general public,harassment,intimidation and  human rights violation. ”

He challenged policemen to re dedicate themselves to their duties by shunning corruption and called on citizens to always be security conscious by reporting suspicious attempts of  wrong-doing.

Credit: dailytrust


Protest In Kebbi As Government Removes Monarch For Abusing Governor

The village head of Babban Dutsi in Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area of Kebbi State, Alhaji Umau Marafa, was yesterday removed for abusing Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, of the state, NewTelegragh reports. His removal was sequel to his involvement in active politics and for accusing Governor Bagudu of incapable of providing the right leadership in the state.

The village head was removed on the directive of the Deputy Governor, Ismail Yombe, who instructed the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs that the monarch should be removed.

Reacting to the sack of the monarch, supporters of the deposed village head and the villagers resorted to violent demonstration in protest against the decision which led to the burning of over 12 houses and a thatched food store.

But reacting to the allegation leveled against him while briefing newsmen yesterday, the deposed village head, Alhaji Umar Marafa, denied the allegation, saying that he neither abused Governor Bagudu nor was he involved in politics.

He said before the governor was elected, he was one of his ardent supporters. “I never abused Governor Bagudu, even when he was a senator; I supported him, talk less of now. I also don’t engage myself in politics.

My deposition was hatched by some politicians, but as you can see, my people love me,” he added.

Aisha Buhari Launches Maternal, Child Healthcare Week In Kebbi

The wife of the President Hajiya Aisha Buhari, on Thursday flagged-off the Maternal and New- Born Child Health(MNCH) week in Jega Local Government Area in Kebbi state.



She also inaugurated a new 80-Bed capacity general hospital named after her.



Speaking at the occasion Buhari, commended the state government for giving priority to maternal and child health.


She also pledged to ensure that maternal and child health centres were provided in communities across the country.



She also expressed her commitment to promote and support maternal and child health care especially the reduction in maternal mortality.



Hajiya Buhari, called on other wives of political leaders to emulate the timely efforts by the Kebbi government in tackling maternal and child health care.



The President’s wife also donated assorted foodstuff, textile materials and blankets to Internally Displaced Persons.



Speaking at the ceremony the wife of the state governor, Hajiya Zainab, said activities for the week would involve promotion of health and well being of mothers and children.



She commended donor agencies for supporting the health care sector of the state and pledged to expand the scope of impact especially in rural areas.


In his speech the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, said the Federal Government would boost healthcare delivery in the country.




River Basin, Legislators Collaborate To Construct 70 Boreholes In Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara

Alhaji Ahmed Anka, Managing Director of Sokoto Rima Basin Development Authority (SRRBDA) said on Thursday about N1.2 billion would be spent to construct over 70 boreholes in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara.


Anka told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto that the projects would be executed with support by members of the House of Representatives from various constituencies in the states.


He said that 46 bore holes would be constructed in Sokoto State while Kebbi and Zamfara would have 12 each to boost irrigation farming.


He explained that 27 various contractors were handling the projects to ensure their speedy execution.


He said the legislators facilitated the projects to create job opportunities through irrigation farming system.


Anka explained that already, the Federal Government, in collaboration with the World Bank, had begun rehabilitation of Bakolori and Goronyo Dams in Zamfara and Sokoto states,respectively .


He said that the projects, if completed, would boost irrigation farming.


“Bakolori Dam will provide irrigation services for farmers in Sokoto and Zamfara states.”


He said the dam would provide irrigation services to cover 15,000 hectares while Goronyo Dam would offer similar services to cover 4,000 hectares.




(NAN )

NAFDAC Destroys N15m Fake Drugs In Kebbi

National Agency for Food, Drug Adminis­tration and Control, NAFDAC, has destroyed fake drugs worth over N15 million in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State.

Director General of NAF­DAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, repre­sented by Federal Capital Territory Coordinator of the agency, Mr. Abdulsal­lami Ozigis, while carrying out the destruction exercise in company of community leaders and other security agencies, said the exercise had become necessary to prevent the offensive prod­ucts from making re-entry into the market and raised public awareness on the dan­gers of counterfeit regulated products.

In a press statement signed the PR-Unit, Ephraim Anjembe said the essence of the destruction was to in­variably prevent the seized products from finding their way back to the market. This will eliminate the dangers associated with consump­tion of the dangerous prod­ucts coming back to the soci­ety for consumption.”

Speaking further, Ozigis said eliminating the unde­sired regulated products from circulation will assist medical practitioners.

Credit: NationalMirror

See Photos Of Buhari At CBN Loan Scheme For Rice Farmers In Kebbi

President Buhari launched an Anchor Borrowers Programme for rice and wheat farmers to advance their status from small holder farmers to commercial or large growers.

Buhari’s official photographer shares these photos from the event on Instagram. See posts below:



New Extremist Sect Emerges In Kebbi, Preaches Doctrines Similar To Boko Haram

A religious sect identified as “Yanlabaiku, which preaches doctrines similar to those of Boko Haram is currently in its infancy with 100 members at its base in Gwadangwaji, near Birnin Kebbi, the capital of Kebbi state.

While no violence has been associated with the activities of the group, it is reported to be against western education and is currently holding public preaching, meetings and processions to draw more converts to their cause.

According to the newspaper, members of the group are equally called “Yanlokoloko”, said to be one of the names of one of its leaders, Ismaila Lokoloko, who is assisted by one Bala Amadu. It was gathered that the group is opposed to one of the major teachings of the Islamic religion – the five daily prayers – as it allegedly preaches against offering them as Islam dictates.

With a slogan that identifies them as putting their belief in their Sheikh above God, Yanlokoloko are said to willingly surrender their wives to spend the night with their important visitors, especially scholars from the group.
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Meet 90 Year Old Woman Who Donated 1Million Naira to Support Buhari

Reports claim that a 90 year old woman named Hajia Mai Talle has donated a whooping 1 million Naira to Buhari’s campaign.

Source reports that Hajia Mai Talle waited for 9 hours for Buhari to come to Kebbi, where she resides, and donated the sum to support Buhari’s campaign.

Source: naijaloaded.com.ng

Thousands Dump APC For PDP in Niger, Kebbi…

Thousands of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kebbi and Niger States have dumped the party to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). While 2 000 members dumped the party for the PDP in Niger, 2 750 members joined the PDP in Kebbi .

Speaking on behalf of the defectors in Niger on Monday, Abdullahi Suleiman, who was a three-time Suleja Council chairman, ?said they had to leave the APC because the party had no direction. He said they were made to swear by the Qur’an to abide by rules and directives of the party.

Maikano Koko, spokesperson for the defectors in kebbi, said they decided to join the PDP following the numerous development projects sited in the area by the current administration.

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