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Group Commends Jigawa Govt for approving N47.07b Projects chosen by citizens

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By Ahmed Rufa’i Dutse

The Exceptional Leadership and Integrity Promotion (ELIP) Initiative has commended the Jigawa state government for reflecting 548 citizens’ inputs in the 2024 approved budget with N47.07 billion cost of improvement of the projects.

This report on comparative analysis of citizens’ inputs in to 2024 approved budget conducted by ELIP-Initiative which was obtained by the National Update indicated that there are more citizens’ inputs in 2024 budget than ever before.

The National Update checks indicated that there is consistent reflection of citizens’ inputs in the Jigawa state annual budget where people in the state through Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) had submitted a total of 1105 inputs to the state government during the 2024 budget preparations.

The documents obtained by the this online newspaper in the state indicated that “Iut of the of 1105 inputs submitted 548 inputs reflected representing 49.6 percent of total inputs submitted”.

According to the ELIP-Intiative “the number of citizens’ inputs reflected in the budget is amounting to over N47.O7 billion representing 26.8 percent ot the total budget of N175.4 billion for 2024”.

“Citizens gave more inputs in the Education, Agricultural, Water Resources, Health, Women Affairs, Economic Employment and Works sectors.

The comparative analysis indicated that number of citizens’ inputs reflected in 2024 is higher than that of 2023 and subsequent previous years.

Our reporter in the state gathered that in there was online 543 inputs by citizens in 2022 in which only 37.0 percent reflected with only 20.0 percent implementation and in 2023 the number of inputs by citizens were 945 and government entertained 341, “but in 2024, there were 1105 inputs and over 562 were accepted and reflected”.

The group said transparent process in Jigawa begins with when an individual citizen’s inputs are harvested, pushed forward to the government to be included in annual budget for better lives of the citizens.

ELIP-Initiative is an organization that has dedicated it’s resources to collating and analyzing the inputs and it’s eventual submission to the affected MDAs for onward application.

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Jigawa gov Suspends Commissoner over alleged Financial Scandal

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By: Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

Jigawa State governor, Malam Umar A Namadi, has suspended the commissoner for commerce, Alhaji Aminu Kanta over alleged financial scandal from Ramadan free Feeding bankrollrd by the state government.

The suspension was contained in a letter signed by the Secretary to the State Government Malam Bala Ibrahim.

The statement indicated that a member of the state executive council Alhaji Aminu Kanta has been suspended following his alleged mishandling of iftar feeding programme fund for his home local government.

According to the statement “Alhaji Aminu Kanta who is the Commissoner, Ministry of Commerce and member of the State Executive Council has been suspended pending investigation into the Iftar feeding programme in Babura Local Government Area”.

The statement explained further that the action is part of the Malam Umar Namadi’s led government’s commitment to ensure financial accountability and prudent management of public funds.

According to the statement, the “Governor directed his suspension in a letter, conveyed by the Secretary to the Jigawa State Government, Malam Bala Ibrahim. The suspension is with immediate effect.”

National Update in the state gathered that the suspended commissoner is a childhood friend to immediate past governor of the and now minister of defense, Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar.

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Stampede: Foundation redesigns palliatives distribution, decentralizes collection centers

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By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

In its bid to prevent the ugly incidence of overcrowding leading to stampede during distribution of palliatives, the Dangote Foundation Coordinator in charge of the northern states, Alhaji Sunusi Ahmed Abudulkadir has announced the new strategy for it’s distribution.

The coordinator disclosed this while speaking to our reporter at Birninkudu, headquarter of Birninkudu local government Area in Jigawa state during supervision of the 40,000 bags of 10kg Rice being given to vulnerable people in the state.

Alhaji Abudulkadir pointed out that the measure is to ensure safety and hitch free distribution as the foundation has directed the decentralization of Dangote foundation palliative distribution

The coordinator pointed out the decision is instructive and expedient to protect the health and lives of the people that will come to collect the palliatives at all the designated centres in all the northern region.

According to him “Alhaji Aliko Dangote through Aliko Dangote Foundation has distributed over one million bags of Rice across the country. And presently the distribution is happening in most of the northern and Lagos”.

He added that it is one of the many gestures by chairman of Dangote group of companies to ease the present suffering and high cost of food items in this holy month of Ramadan”.

Alhaji Abudulkadir maintained that “people should exercise patience and be orderly while collecting, as a very good plan and proper arregnment had been made to ensure all deserving and targeted people benefited”.

The chairman Jigawa state Dangote palliative distribution committee, Dr Abubakar Sani Birninkudu commended the chairman of Dangote group of companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote for the support.

Dr Birninkudu said the food assistance came at a very good time when the are hard pressed searching for what to break their fasting.

In his words, “We really appreciate Dangote foundation for additional 10,000 bags of Rice. earlier the foundation allocated 30,000 bags, but later announced additional 10,000 bags for the state”.

“We distributed the rice by allocating equal number to each of the 287 political wards and down to poling units to avoid over crowding with special consideration given to orphanage homes, correctional centers and widows, orphans and people living with disability.

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How N2.8b Ramadan Feeding plan fails in Jigawa, as govt tenders apology

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By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

The earlier plan by the Jigawa state government to commut N2.8 billion for Ramadan feeding programme may have been put at hold by government following its insistence on due process in the procurement of food items and other materials needed for the project.

Reports from the state indicated that the state governor, Malam Umar Namadi had on the 8th of March, few days to the commencement of the Ramadan fast for Muslims launched the feeding programme at the Aminu Kano Triangle in Dutse the state capital.

Checks by our reporter in the state revealed that the feeding programme was billed to start on the first or second day of the commencement of Ramadan fast where over 200,000 vulnerables were expected to be fed on daily basis at over 570 designated centres across the state.

Despite the whooping amount and the said good arrangement made for the success of the exercise, two weeks into the Ramadan, the said programme is yet to takeoff while the vulnerables keep waiting expectantly with no respite in sight.

The state government through the commissioner for special duties, Mr Auwal Danladi Sankara, however tendered apology on behalf of the government to the people of the state and would be beneficiaries over what ge described as delay in the commencement of the exercise.

The letter which was obtained by our reporter in the state indicated that the state government has since apologized to the people of the state over the failure to commenced with the exercise as scheduled.

According to the statement, “This is to sincerely apologize for the slight delay in the kick-off of the Ramadan Iftar Feeding Program. The delay was due to necessary procurement processes and ensuring that all due processes were followed accordingly. “However, I am pleased to inform you that all is now set for the Feeding Program to commence on Friday, 12th of Ramadan, 1445AH, which is equivalent to 22nd March, 2024”.

The Iftar feeding programme is targeted at providing traditional Iftar meals, including Kunu, Kosai, and Jollof Rice, for the last 21 days of the fasting period to at least 300 people in each of the 609 Iftar feeding centers across the State.

According to the initiative the project will cover all 287 wards as well as ten Tertiary Educational Institutions in the State.

The implementation plan includes the appointment of main vendors/contractors for each of the 27 LGAs, as well as sub-vendors for the 609 Iftar Centers.

The statement added that “The vendors will be responsible for the preparation and distribution of meals, with strict monitoring and supervision by ward-level committees. Payments will be made directly to the main vendors, who will then disburse funds to the sub-vendors and supervisors across the state”.

Sankara maintained that “To ensure transparency and accountability, the contact numbers of main vendors/contractors for each local government have been provided for any inquiries or complaints regarding the programme.

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