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I was invited to deliver an opening remarks at an induction course organized by the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) for Civil Society Organizations that are working on extractive industries governance, held on March 1, 2017 in Kano.

The choice of Kano as venue of the programme was not a surprise to me considering that Kano, apart from being the commercial hub of Northern Nigeria, but also rich in solid minerals, and therefore, of great interest to the NETI’s mandate. What however astounded me was the NEITI findings that it had conducted its Fiscal Allocation and Statutory Disbursement (FASD) audit which covered Kano State, part of which identified among nine states that were covered in the audit exercise, as the best in term of investment in the social sector, which comprises of education, health, agriculture etc. Kano state government has since used the recommendations of the NEITI report to support the ongoing reforms in the state.

The basis for alluding to this case in point is that the strategy under which the administration of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje approached governance was predicated on principles openness, transparency and accountability which, accordingly, blocked all avenues for leakages and wastage of public funds through strict fiscal discipline and a robust financial management in all public institutions of the state as well as zero tolerance for corruption.

Kano State Information Commissioner, Hon Muhammad Garba.

 

This measure generated savings which contributed tremendously in achieving the set targets of initiating and executing various policies and programmes that have impacted positively on various facets of lives of the people. This include construction of underpass/flyover bridges, various empowerment programmes, remodeling of markets, provision of health facilities and construction of various roads, in addition to completion of long abandoned projects.

During his inauguration in May 2015, Ganduje clearly spelt out the driving policies of his government, part of which is zero tolerance to corruption. Since then, it has not veered off, but remained firm and committed in fulfilling the pledges it made. It remained consistently focused on promoting the culture of transparency and accountability.

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No doubt, corruption undermines economic development, political stability, rule of law, social development, disrupts social order and destroys public trust in the governance system. It is virtually found in the citizens everyday life; on the streets, in schools, homes, offices, markets, mosques, churches, traditional and cultural organisations, agencies and departments of governments, by the youths, students, parents, teachers, politicians, security agencies and the list is unending to our mention and damning.

As part of its bold and noble initiative, the Ganduje administration has also established the Anti-Corruption Institute, Goron Dutse which is capable of transforming the governance landscape in the state.

The measure is part of effort to provide a useful training arena for all arms of government and other stakeholders to research and learn towards evolving a home ground anti-corruption approach that reflects the peculiarities of the Nigerian context especially Kano state. Already, the government of Kano state had sponsored the training of many of the commission’s staff to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) training institute.

Kano state remained the only state that has a functional anti-corruption agency, the Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC), formerly a directorate, which is fully provided with its requisite without any interference in order to operate in line with its federal sister agencies. The establishment of the commission gave a clear indication that the fight against corruption was gaining momentum not only in the state but also in the country.

While the commission had placed the state in a leading role in the country in terms of the fight against corruption, protection and promotion of human rights, the Ganduje administration’s intervention also earned the public acceptance of the institution as an unbiased umpire, which had also established offices in all the 44 local government areas in the state to enlarge the scope of its operation and to bring it closer to the people.

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The administration, as part of its effort to ensuring transparency and accountability in governance, has also approved the establishment of Transparency and Accountability Units (ACTU) in all Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) jointly supervised by the commission and the Office of the Head of Civil Service with support from development partners such as Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC).

The Ganduje administration equally subscribed to Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2017 to ensure openness and transparency in government business which has proven to be one of the best sub-national example in terms of implementation and adherence to co-creation principles.

And with the signing of the state’s anti-corruption document, Kano State Anti-Corruption Strategy (KANSACS) 2019-2023, which public presentation was held during this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day December 9, to strengthen state institutions in their fight against corruption, the strategy would usher in an anti-corruption crusade in the state and also go a long way in showcasing more commitment of the present administration towards the fight in all its ramifications.

The document is aimed at designing a corruption prevention strategy, encouraging public engagement, ethical re-orientation, enforcement and sanctions, recovery and management of the proceeds of corruption as well as allied offences.

It also showcased the administration’s zero tolerance for corruption, through various initiatives and fulfilling the administration’s promise of providing a vibrant leadership with people of proven integrity, and of legal and civil society backgrounds, to ensure credibility in all government affairs.

The espousal of the document is an important breakthrough for the government of Kano state in its dogged effort to tackle the multi-faceted problem of corruption at different levels of governance. The strategy will be fully integrated with the OGP principles, which Kano state government is already committed to and implementing the first co-created OGP State Action Plan (SAP) 2020-2022.

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In the SAP, the state is stanch to a total of 11 reform initiatives across six thematic areas including fiscal transparency, access to justice, access to information, citizens’ engagement, service delivery and anti-corruption.

However, despite the effort of fighting corruption by the state government, the corruption is fighting back, nonetheless this has not shift its focus in maintaining the attitude of zero tolerance for corruption which led to prosecution of some high ranking officials and some are still under investigation and when completed the matter will be taken to court for adjudication.

And considering the fact that the state chief executive has given the chairman of the commission, Barr. Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado a free hand to operate without interference, the PCACC has been able deal with high profile corruption cases and amicable resolution of many disputes involving the citizenry.

The anti-corruption czar has been very active in prosecuting embezzlers of public resources, promoting the amicable settlement of disputes and recovery of misappropriated funds. And in dealing with the menace of corruption in Kano, there is no scared cow since not even members of the state Executive Council have past the worst.

Kano State Information Commissiomer Muhammad Garba and Governor of the State, Ganduje

No doubt, corruption is not an easy one to fight, because it affects so many different branches of our lives, so much that some people do not even consider breaking trust is anymore a crime. The goal of the Ganduje administration is to ensure the protection of public trust. It has never been the intention to witch-hunt, but determined within the laws to call people to account.

Interestingly, from what we have seen so far, Ganduje still has the courage to continue with the fight as we observed that it’s one of his priorities.

Garba is the commissioner, for information, Kano state

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BELLO: PIONEERING POLITICAL INCLUSIVENESS AND MODERN NATIONALISM ll

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Governor Yahaya Bello’s passion to bequeath, a legacy of political inclusiveness on the political terrain in Kogi State and by extension in Nigeria was concisely encapsulated in the previous article.

It was submitted that GYB’s exerted efforts in repositioning the politics for betterment of all political stakeholders are yielding positive results; this he achieved through the culture of recognition of the disadvantaged political stakeholders, political fairness, justice and equity amongst all.

The political observers and opinion molders will without any hesitation agree that Governor Yahaya Bello has become a trailblazer of Nigerian modern nationalism. There is no gainsay that GYB’s political quest has unraveled him as a pioneer of modern nationalism in Nigeria.

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The nationalism movement in Nigeria started a few decades ago when the likes of Sir Herbert Macaulay kickstarted the liberation of Nigeria from the colonial administrators and by necessary implication, birthed the idea and perception of unification, separation and nation building. It is however submitted on a sad note that the objective reality of the nationalism is yet to come to fruition.

Nationalism, which is supposedly a quest for the identification with one’s own nation and support for its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations appears unrealistic in Nigeria. Nationalism in Nigeria; like any other political pursuit has been treated with levity and greatly misconstrued.

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There is however a ray of hope when one look at how Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has demonstrated his interest and support for the betterment of Nigeria. It must be said without mincing words that few Governors in Nigeria has shown interest and support for Nigeria in recent time and Governor Yahaya Bello top them all.

Nigerians have seen how GYB gets involved in advocacy for the unity, togetherness and peace in Nigeria. He has openly and secretly brokered peace in Nigeria and put the first responsibility of securing life and property of any legitimate government in practice.

He is able to see all Nigerians through a telescope of unity, love, fairness, equity, justice and equality. He can never be found or seen amongst those who promote or incite political polarization. He is all out for building a new Nigeria where everyone are safe, secure, love, and where peace and justice reign.

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GYB represents a true modern nationalist in Nigeria.

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Shadrach Emmanuel, FICMC.

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BY: Janet Samuel

As the 2023 General Elections draw near with Political parties, Aspirants and Support Groups already putting plans in place ahead of the election, the House of Representative Member Representing Kwewum, Donga,/Takum/Ussa/Yangtu Federal Constituency, Taraba State, Hon. Rimamnde Shawulu has aired his view about the People’s Democratic Party PDP and other fundamental issues inn the Country.

Hon. Rimamnde Shawulu, in an Exclusive Interview with Newsmen in Abuja, took time to touch light on critical issues that one should ponder upon.

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CRISIS IN THE PDP

In my opinion, I don’t think there is any crisis in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. What we have is that some members such as the Governor of Rivers State and some people in the national Assembly, in fact I think a greater majority of members of the party think that the national chairman has done enough.

Even though his tenure will not elapse till November, we think that it is expedient for him to leave the scene for some other people to try, so that we can have time to reorganise the party, do genuine reconciliation of party members, because as you know the party has some challenges in some states, where there are cases in court, where you have some state congresses that have not been concluded.

We think it is better to have somebody that is not part of the crisis to manage the process of reconciliation and the process of reorganising the party to be able to fight effectively during the 2023 General elections.

Some people may feel offended that such a call is coming, but I am of the view that this call should have come even before now.

Normally, when a party leader leads a party to defeat, the party Chairmanship and the leadership resigns to make way for new people to lead. That has been the standard around the world.

In the case of PDP, in 2015, the House of Reps. PDP caucus championed the call for the Adamu Muazu, the former chairman, who led us to a disastrous loss of the 2015 elections to leave, and he actually did leave. So, Prince Uche Secondus was given the chance to continue. He has continued up till now, but it is clearly observable that there are frictions and some challenges that it would be better for new leadership to resolve.

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Not that there are other crisis, PDP has no factions. There isn’t any crisis. It’s just that in preparation for the 2023 elections, there is a growing majority opinion that the leadership of the party should step aside so that the party can prepare for the elections.

CLAMOUR TO ZONE PRESIDENCY TO SOUTH

I believe that as Nigeria works today, any section that calls for power shift is justified. The majority of the opinion from 2015 up to date, is that Jonathan should not have contested, that it was the turn of the North.

Former Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu and several former Governors, even of PDP have made those claims. If you did say, six years ago, that it was the turn of the North, why are you now saying that it should be about the quality of leadership and not power going to a different constituent part?

Why do we have the federal character written in the constitution in the first place? Anywhere in the world, there are principles of affirmative action and federal character to ensure that every part of the Country or society are included in governmental affairs. We are implementing it in JAMB, we are implementing it in every level of admission, we are implementing it even in serious matters like sports.

Why are some people now saying certain sections should be excluded from politics or from political positions? It is not fair. So, I think that the Southern Governors have a right that they should be included. There is no part of the Country that you won’t have competent people.

INSECURITY

I don’t think there is any part of the Country that is not affected by insecurity. The Country is pretty unsafe with the kidnappings, banditry and Fulani militia. Nigeria is becoming a failed State. Presently, Nigeria fulfills all the requirements of fragile state, and we are moving from fragility into failure.

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The definition of a failed state, is simply a state that, one, among others, a large section of the people in the country do not have loyalty to the state. We have the IPOB, the BOKO Haram and some Yoruba groups.

The second part of fragility of a failed state that intellectuals talked about is, that some of those territories are not in the hands of government. It is very evident that large parts of Niger State, parts of Borno, Yobe and several parts of the country are not in the hands of security forces.

You also have another evidence of large amount of weapons being in the hands of non-stakeholders, that is, being in the hands of citizens, rather than in the hands of people who are authorized to hold them. Evidence abounds to show that the arms, according to some governors, that are in the hands of bandits and Fulani herdsmen, are more than the arms that are in the hands of security agencies.

I am sure you would recall that a former Governor of Borno state said Boko Haram had more arms and more modern arms than the Nigerian Army. So, we are running into serious problems. And all these problems boil down to failure of governance, that the people who should be holding this country together for us have failed. That is the challenge that we have.

So, security challenge is not just in any particular state, not just in Taraba state, it is in virtually all the states. Even states like Nasarawa there were times that farmers could not go to farm. And even around Abuja we are hearing that persons of strange element are locking around.

It is a problem that, in my opinion, will not be solved urgently. There is no way you can resolve this problem within a short time. So, we need to have long time strategy that is not just kinetic (force), but that also involves the use of soft powers, which the government is seriously lacking.

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THE TIV-JUKUN CRISIS

It boils down to the issue of governance and the refusal of people to include every person in what they want to do. If you have a system that predisposes itself to exclusion, you will have people fighting to be included. And that is happening in all parts of the country.

DECAMPING OF PDP MEMBERS TO APC

Again, it has to do with the governance of the PDP. Some of us believe that the current Chairman should give way for genuine reconciliation.

People like Yakubu Dogara, the former speaker (of the House of Representatives), ought not to decamp, but they have to decamp because of the system where the party chairman handed over the party to governors instead of allowing a system where leadership of the party is from the ward and local government. Unfortunately, many of the governors he handed over the party to in the states have decamped, creating more issues in the party.

I am of the strong view that, for PDP to be competitive in the next election, there has to be a change now, not later, in the leadership of the party. Some people are saying let us wait till November. No. Uche Secondus should sacrifice and leave. He doesn’t need to be forced out. People should beg him to leave the party so that the party can reorganise.

If Secondus does not leave the party by the end of September, PDP will not win, and will not do well in the 2023 elections. Secondus needs to leave latest by September to allow reconciliation within this year, so that by early next year the party can start the process of rebuilding.

So, for those who don’t know, if Secondus does not leave by September, PDP will not win 2023 elections.

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2023: Read House of Representative Member Representing Kwewum, Donga,/Takum/Ussa/Yangtu Federal Constituency, Taraba State, Hon. Rimamnde Shawulu’s Opinion About PDP, Other National Issues

 

 

BY: Janet Samuel

As the 2023 General Elections draw near with Political parties, Aspirants and Support Groups already putting plans in place ahead of the election, the House of Representative Member Representing Kwewum, Donga,/Takum/Ussa/Yangtu Federal Constituency, Taraba State, Hon. Rimamnde Shawulu has aired his view about the People’s Democratic Party PDP and other fundamental issues inn the Country.

Hon. Rimamnde Shawulu, in an Exclusive Interview with Newsmen in Abuja, took time to touch light on critical issues that one should ponder upon.

Read Below

CRISIS IN THE PDP

In my opinion, I don’t think there is any crisis in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. What we have is that some members such as the Governor of Rivers State and some people in the national Assembly, in fact I think a greater majority of members of the party think that the national chairman has done enough.

Even though his tenure will not elapse till November, we think that it is expedient for him to leave the scene for some other people to try, so that we can have time to reorganise the party, do genuine reconciliation of party members, because as you know the party has some challenges in some states, where there are cases in court, where you have some state congresses that have not been concluded.

We think it is better to have somebody that is not part of the crisis to manage the process of reconciliation and the process of reorganising the party to be able to fight effectively during the 2023 General elections.

Some people may feel offended that such a call is coming, but I am of the view that this call should have come even before now.

Normally, when a party leader leads a party to defeat, the party Chairmanship and the leadership resigns to make way for new people to lead. That has been the standard around the world.

In the case of PDP, in 2015, the House of Reps. PDP caucus championed the call for the Adamu Muazu, the former chairman, who led us to a disastrous loss of the 2015 elections to leave, and he actually did leave. So, Prince Uche Secondus was given the chance to continue. He has continued up till now, but it is clearly observable that there are frictions and some challenges that it would be better for new leadership to resolve.

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Not that there are other crisis, PDP has no factions. There isn’t any crisis. It’s just that in preparation for the 2023 elections, there is a growing majority opinion that the leadership of the party should step aside so that the party can prepare for the elections.

CLAMOUR TO ZONE PRESIDENCY TO SOUTH

I believe that as Nigeria works today, any section that calls for power shift is justified. The majority of the opinion from 2015 up to date, is that Jonathan should not have contested, that it was the turn of the North.

Former Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu and several former Governors, even of PDP have made those claims. If you did say, six years ago, that it was the turn of the North, why are you now saying that it should be about the quality of leadership and not power going to a different constituent part?

Why do we have the federal character written in the constitution in the first place? Anywhere in the world, there are principles of affirmative action and federal character to ensure that every part of the Country or society are included in governmental affairs. We are implementing it in JAMB, we are implementing it in every level of admission, we are implementing it even in serious matters like sports.

Why are some people now saying certain sections should be excluded from politics or from political positions? It is not fair. So, I think that the Southern Governors have a right that they should be included. There is no part of the Country that you won’t have competent people.

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INSECURITY

I don’t think there is any part of the Country that is not affected by insecurity. The Country is pretty unsafe with the kidnappings, banditry and Fulani militia. Nigeria is becoming a failed State. Presently, Nigeria fulfills all the requirements of fragile state, and we are moving from fragility into failure.

The definition of a failed state, is simply a state that, one, among others, a large section of the people in the country do not have loyalty to the state. We have the IPOB, the BOKO Haram and some Yoruba groups.

The second part of fragility of a failed state that intellectuals talked about is, that some of those territories are not in the hands of government. It is very evident that large parts of Niger State, parts of Borno, Yobe and several parts of the country are not in the hands of security forces.

You also have another evidence of large amount of weapons being in the hands of non-stakeholders, that is, being in the hands of citizens, rather than in the hands of people who are authorized to hold them. Evidence abounds to show that the arms, according to some governors, that are in the hands of bandits and Fulani herdsmen, are more than the arms that are in the hands of security agencies.

I am sure you would recall that a former Governor of Borno state said Boko Haram had more arms and more modern arms than the Nigerian Army. So, we are running into serious problems. And all these problems boil down to failure of governance, that the people who should be holding this country together for us have failed. That is the challenge that we have.

So, security challenge is not just in any particular state, not just in Taraba state, it is in virtually all the states. Even states like Nasarawa there were times that farmers could not go to farm. And even around Abuja we are hearing that persons of strange element are locking around.

It is a problem that, in my opinion, will not be solved urgently. There is no way you can resolve this problem within a short time. So, we need to have long time strategy that is not just kinetic (force), but that also involves the use of soft powers, which the government is seriously lacking.

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THE TIV-JUKUN CRISIS

It boils down to the issue of governance and the refusal of people to include every person in what they want to do. If you have a system that predisposes itself to exclusion, you will have people fighting to be included. And that is happening in all parts of the country.

DECAMPING OF PDP MEMBERS TO APC

Again, it has to do with the governance of the PDP. Some of us believe that the current Chairman should give way for genuine reconciliation.

People like Yakubu Dogara, the former speaker (of the House of Representatives), ought not to decamp, but they have to decamp because of the system where the party chairman handed over the party to governors instead of allowing a system where leadership of the party is from the ward and local government. Unfortunately, many of the governors he handed over the party to in the states have decamped, creating more issues in the party.

I am of the strong view that, for PDP to be competitive in the next election, there has to be a change now, not later, in the leadership of the party. Some people are saying let us wait till November. No. Uche Secondus should sacrifice and leave. He doesn’t need to be forced out. People should beg him to leave the party so that the party can reorganise.

If Secondus does not leave the party by the end of September, PDP will not win, and will not do well in the 2023 elections. Secondus needs to leave latest by September to allow reconciliation within this year, so that by early next year the party can start the process of rebuilding.

So, for those who don’t know, if Secondus does not leave by September, PDP will not win 2023 elections.

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