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Filling up lakes contributed to the flooding in Kano-Construcshop 

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One of the Kano Ancient city Lakes

 

A  construction company based in Kano Construcshop Global Company has described the Poor urban planning, urban implosion, climate change, landfills of water bodies that act as collectors of rainwater as main factors leading to incessant flooding in Kano.

Chief Executive Officer of Construcshop Global Company Arc. Khalifa Rabiu Tahir, stated this during an interview with newsmen on the recent flooding that occurred in Kano, Jigawa, and some parts of northern Nigeria.

Khalifa Rabi’u Tahir, who is also an environmental activist and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, said It is quite an unfortunate incident that has resulted in the loss of lives and destruction of properties, most of which could have been avoided.

“We all believe in acts of God. Also, global warming for example is a global phenomenon so the Kano state Government can’t be fully blamed for the floods”, he said.

He added that the sale and subsequent filling up of lakes like the Dan Agundi water ways and many more shows the negligence of Kano state government in urban planning.

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He corroborated that these lakes act as reservoirs for the surplus waters from rainfall which provide much-needed relief from intense heat and act as a consistent supply for underground lakes, and also aid in erosion control.

Khalifa Rabiu says that this indication shows that in the coming years cities like Kano, Jigawa, Lokoja, and the northern part of the region will experience the worst flooding.

“Because the cities are only getting more crowded, the space that is supposed to be for the water to runoff is being eaten up by more buildings and our drainages don’t link to anywhere, so there is no proper central sewage system in place.

“For example, imagine that you have a plate on a table that can contain exactly one cup of water. When You fill the plate with sand and then pour the same cup of water into the plate, won’t most of the water flow unto the table? This is exactly the case with the backfilled lakes,” the environmental activist said.”

Khalifa further stated that, despite the fact that the flooding never affected anyone from his family, it doesn’t stop him from being a concerned citizen, adding that it is imperative that the advisers to the Kano state Government must advise for the betterment of the city.

He also said that “sites that the flooding affected has impacted greatly on lives and properties not to talk of the economic impact which is going to be brutal.”

“Some families have lost their homes, some have lost their breadwinners, and some people have lost their hard-earned livelihoods overnight. Do you know what happens to an honest man when he loses all hope? These people may turn to criminal acts to ease their hardships, May God never put us in such a situation,” he explained.

When asked whether there could have been less flooding or if it could have been completely prevented, Arc. Khalifa Rabiu answered in the affirmative detailing that If there was a less congested city, with proper drainage systems, natural reservoirs, afforestation, the effect could be minimized.

Arc. Khalifa Rabiu also advised the stakeholders of the affected states to put together a committee of advisors on issues concerning climate change, sustainability, environment, and environmental protection to ensure that certain decisions taken are not at the detriment of the State.

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Breaking:Emir of Dutse Nuhu Muhammad Sunusi Passes On

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Late Emir Of Dutse Nuhu Muhammad Sunusi

 

The Emir of Dutse  in Jigawa state North West Nigeria Alhaji Nuhu Muhammadu Sunusi is Dead.

In his verified Facebook handle a traditional title holder Santurakin Dutse  and PDP Gubernatorial Candidate of Jigawa state Mustafa Sule Lamido made the statement.

 

Another credible source from the Capital of Jigawa state told NIGERIAN TRACKER that Emir Nuhu Sunusi died today in Abuja but did not disclose the place where he died.

NIGERIAN TRACKER recalls that Alhaji Nuhu Muhammadu Sunusi was appointed Emir of Dutse by the military administration of Late Colonel Ibrahim Aliyu in 1995 after the passing away of his father Muhammadu Sunusi.

 

He reigned as the Emir for 28 years

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Naira Controversy: Emefiele Appears Before Reps. Committee

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Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) Godwin Emefiele on Tuesday appeared before the ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives on the cashless policy and deadline for the replacement of old currency notes.

Emefiele, who was supposed to appear before the Committee last week, failed to do stating he was out of the country with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The House threatenedto invoke the provisions of section 89(1)(d) of the Constitution by issuing a warrant of arrest today to compel him to appear.

The CBN Governor, who appeared with some of his assistants, went into a brief Executive session with members of the committee.

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Cashless system helps in tracking election financing — Osinbajo

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By Chijioke Okoronkwo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says a cashless policy, when effectively operated in Nigeria, can help stem the surge of illicit election financing by making it possible to track funds.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the vice president received a delegation of the EU Election Observation Mission led by Mr Barry Andrews.

The EU Chief Observer is also a member of the European Parliament.

“I think that what we should be looking at is to provide more infrastructures.

“ The cashless thing has been really advantageous and helps with tracking.

“That sort of infrastructure is useful for more financial inclusion and the more financial inclusion you have, the easier it is to track.

“So much money can be spent without it being tracked under the current election financing practices in the country.’’

Osinbajo acknowledged the serious difficulty in controlling election financing because of cash transactions.

According to him, there are still infrastructure issues required to be in place to ensure an efficient cashless system in the country.

“With cash transactions, it is still difficult to seriously control election financing.’’

On electoral offences, the vice president said the Electoral Offences Commission Bill was at the National Assembly.

He said he hoped that it would begin a new regime of dealing with electoral offences which would be helpful.

“By and large, one shouldn’t expect INEC to be the investigator of electoral offences.

“I think that law enforcement agencies should be responsible for arresting and prosecuting offenders, state by state.

“Electoral offences are always seen through a political prism; people will always feel that they are being prosecuted because they belong to a certain party.

“What is more important is that we have to find a system where the police could have a special unit for offences during the course of elections.

“The Federal High Courts could also have a special jurisdiction to deal with offences and not extend beyond the Federal High Courts.”

On the role of the judicial system, Osinbajo said that more attention should be paid to the monitoring of tribunals and their outcomes, calling for more scrutiny from the National Judicial Council.

He disclosed that discussions had been had in the past concerning malfeasance on the part of some judges and those found guilty should be brought to the fore.

“There should be sanctions and that way, we would be able to clean up and correct some of the problems,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Andrews said that the mission would be monitoring the elections coming up next month and hope for a peaceful and fair electoral process.

According to him, it is the 7th time the INEC is inviting the EU Mission to monitor the elections, adding that the team had been in the country since Jan 11 and will be around until the end of March, 2023.

Other members of the delegation include Ms Samuela Isopi, Ambassador, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS and Mr Thomas Boserup, Deputy Chief Observer, EU Election Observation Mission. (NAN)

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