By Benjamin Bala Thoughts for this article arose from the reaction of Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President, to the “Return or Resign” protest group of 7th August, 2017. He asserted rightly that “Mr. President has complied 100% with the requirements of the constitution of this Country” because he, “has handed over power to the Vice President”. Garba Shehu stated that the Acting (Ag) President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo “was carrying out his responsibilities to the delight of the president”. He therefore insisted; “there was no power vacuum in governance even with Buhari’s absence” (tribuneonlineng.com, accessed on 08.08.2017). I have also listened curiously to some learned lawyers and political analysts with admiration arguing in favour of same position. No doubt, the Preside
DATE: 12TH JULY, 2017 DEPARTURE TIME: 9:25AM The journey started out at a good time and it was led by Mrs. Patience Dodo in company of 9 women, 2 camera men and 3 drivers. By the grace of God we were able to get a bus and two Hilux trucks from Mummy Shekari, Mummy Ambi (who also gave 5 bags of salt), and Rahilah Benedict respectively. We were able to carry a good number of food stuff - Palm oil , groundnut oil , Tom brown for children ,Sugar, tomatoe puree , matches , washing soap, kitchen utensils and clothings . God answered our prayers, there was no rain until every item was dropped at the last village visited. Godogodo Experience: We got there at a good time and we met with our contact persons . There was a massive turn out of women, men and children all around where ou
Rep Kantung Empowers 284 constituents The House of Representatives Member, Representing Zangon Kataf/Jaba Federal Constituency of Kaduna State, Barr. Sunday Marshall Katung has rolled out an empowerment scheme for over 284 trained entrepreneurs in Southern Kaduna. According to the Member, his desire is to liberate Women and Youth from poverty to wealth creation by providing them with the necessary skills and fund to enable them create wealth. Presenting certificates to 284 women and youths who benefited from the five-day skill acquisition training organized by his office in Zonkwa, Kaduna State, Katung said, the era of dishing out cash to individual people has gone. Representatives Katung added that empowering women and youth is the greatest investment a politician can make fo
By Benjamin Bala I choose this caption "After the Reggae Play the Blues" from a song by Nigerian artists to speak to my fellow young people in our language. For the purpose of this article, let us take the word "reggae" as a metaphor for "war" (apologies to lovers of reggae music) and "blues" for "peace". We have seen agitations for cessation characterized by printable and unprintable name calling. We have also seen recent ultimata in the country with 1st October, 2017 as a deadline; pending declaration of an independent republic on same date. The languages and tones of communication are also characterized by so much venom, threatening the peace and unity of this country. The reggae (war) drums are beating so loud and the only thing remaining is the corresponding reggae dance steps w...
PRESS STATEMENT BY THE SOUTHERN KADUNA YOUTH AND STUDENT FORUM (SKYSFOM) The Abuse And Infringement Of The Fundamental Human Right Of The Citizens Of Kaduna State, Through The Closure Of Tertiary Institutions In Southern Kaduna. 27/06/2017. Dear respectable members of the press; We wish to start by expressing our dissatisfaction and disappointment with the administration of Governor Nasir El- Rufai. It is a Government that has no regard for the freedom of expression as enshrined in our constitution. He has also no regard for the educational advancement of the people of Southern Kaduna and the institutions located within the zone. It all started on 12th June 2017, when we were supposed to address the world and plead with the Governor on the reopening of our tertiary schools t...
PROTOCOL I stand here in gratitude, first to God Almighty for the privilege and opportunity to be here and to represent the good people of Zango Kataf and Jaba local government area. And then to you the good people of my constituency, for your show of love and support to me and the numerous projects we have been embarking on in our constituency. I must say that the journey has been challenging, but then as it is often said, “where there is a will, there is always a way”. I pledged in the campaigns to provide you the dividends of democracy, and so whatever it takes to bring them to your door steps, I will expressly do. In line with our promise to you, we have embarked on several projects that we know will be of economic advantage to the people. We have embarked on rural electri
The Hon Member Representing Zongon Kataf /Jaba Local Government constituency of Kaduna State at the National Assembly, Hon Sunday Marshal Katung (SMK) on Monday 19th June 2017 at the Bajju Town Hall Zonkwa in Zangon Kataf Local Government Launched an Entrepreneurship and Skills Acquisition programme for some selected members of his Constituency primarily women and youth in collaboration With Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN). While declaring the programme opened, the chairman of the occasion,Dr John Marcus Ayuba a renowned Banker cum politician, who is a former Commissioner of finance in Kaduna state in his speech stated that this is the beginning of a new dawn in deviance to the obtainable norm where most politicians distribute items such as motor
07/06/2017, 21:29:02: J Freeman : THE IGBOS ARE MORE USEFUL TO THE NORTH THAN ANY OF THE UNDER LISTED AREWA YOUTHFUL FORA: BEING A REJOINDER TO THE KADUNA DECLARATION BEING A JOINT POSITION PAPER ISSUED BY THE AREWA CITIZENS ACTION FOR CHANGE, AREWA YOUTH CONSULTATIVE FORUM, AREWA YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION, AREWA STUDENTS FORUM AND NORTHERN EMANCIPATION NETWORK ON THE IGBO PERSISTENCE FOR SECESSION AS ISSUED ON TUESDAY 6 JUNE, 2017 BY JF. Dabo (A Social Development and Political Analyst) [email protected] Www.freemanjubal.blogspot.com.ng PREAMBLE The challenge of Nigeria today is not security challenges, it is not the Niger Delta militancy, it is not actually the corruption of Nigerians, it is not even a case of a failed democracy but a matter of immaturity and lack of w...
A member of the house of reps representing Jaba and Zango kataf constituency Hon Sunday Marshall Katung aka SMK has called on the management as well as the Kaduna state Government to re-open the 3 institutions of higher learning based in southern Kaduna namely ; 1.Kaduna State University kafanchan Campus 2.College of Education Gidan waya 3.College of Nursing Kafanchan. Hon SMK while responding to questions fielded by journalist in Zonkwa on friday 2nd June 2017 on the occassion where he distrubuted thousands of bags of fertilizers to farmers in his constituency (Jaba /Zangon Kataf ) reiterated the fact that the people of his constituency and southern Kaduna generally are farmers. Agriculture is the main stay of the economy and it is done both for subsistence as well as commerci
The Nehemiah IDP camp in Kafanchan,Southern Kaduna was set up by Pastor Gideon Mutum in the wake of the endless killings which rendered many homeless in the region. The camp currently caters to the needs of the following: 215 kids under the age of five 106 nursing mothers 67 widows 150 teenagers among others. A chat with Pastor Gideon revealed the immediate needs of the camp to be food,sanitary pads and cereal for the infants. I and a few friends have scheduled a visit to the camp for Saturday 27th of May 2017 (Children's day) and we'll be delighted to have you be a part of us in whatever way you can. Please call Tirnom on 07033400479 for enquiries. Thanks and God bless you.