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Walin Kazaure Wins Jigawa North-West Senatorial Seat

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By Abdulkadir Haladu Kiyawa

The independent National Electoral Commission INEC has declared candidate of the All Progressive Congress APC Dr. Babangida Hussaini as the winner of the Just concluded 2023 general elections, in Jigawa North-West Senatorial District.

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The returning officer of the commission Professor Ahmad Baita Garko, announced this at the collation center in Gumel Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

Dr. Babangida Hussaini polled 187,049 to defeat his rival Alhaji Ibrahim Saminu Turaki of the People Democratic Party PDP who polled 134,199, while the ADC Candidate polled 2, 644 votes.

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Unidentified Persons in Kaduna Assault APC Chieftain for Allegedly Criticizing Governor

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Some unidentified persons, in a video footage going viral on social media platforms, have assaulted APC Chieftain Abdulmajeed Danbilki Kwamnada from Kano.

Danbilki, popularly known as Kwamnada, is notorious for criticizing politicians on radio in Kano and some northern states.

The yet-to-be-identified assailants were seen interrogating Danbilki while handcuffed, asking why he insulted the Kaduna governor. He replied, “I don’t insult the governor.” They further asked if he was from Kaduna, to which he responded, “I am not, but from Kano, a northern Nigerian and a Nigerian.”

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While giving them the answer, they started flogging him. During the assault, he complained, “I have sugar and heart problems,” then lay down and began begging them to stop.

Many people, even Danbilki’s detractors, condemned the assault and called on human rights organizations to intervene

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Imminent Fuel Increase as Petrol Landing Cost Rises to ₦1,117 Per Litre

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The landing cost of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, was N1,117/litre as of Tuesday, July 16, 2024, the Major Energies Marketers Association of Nigeria announced on Wednesday.

MEMAN disclosed this during a webinar with journalists on Wednesday.

The association revealed that the landing cost of diesel was N1,157/litre, while that of aviation fuel was N1,127/litre.

Reports indicate that the N1,117 landing cost of petrol is far above the pump price of the product in Nigeria.

At the moment, filling stations operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited and those of the major marketers sell PMS at between N617/litre and N660/litre, while independent marketers sell for N700/litre or more.

NNPC, the sole importer of petrol into Nigeria, has consistently denied subsidising the cost of PMS but refused to disclose the landing cost of the product.

Our correspondent reports that the revelation from MEMAN is almost the first from marketers in the industry as the landing cost appears to have been shrouded in secrecy by the importer of PMS.

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MEMAN’s Executive Secretary, Clement Isong, said the costs were obtained from independent energy price benchmark providers.

The association maintained that it would release similar information regularly to keep the masses informed.

Recently, independent oil marketers accused private depot owners of hiking the ex-depot price of petrol from N630 to N720/litre.

An expert in the energy sector, Prof Wumi Iledare, told our correspondent in an interview that the cost of PMS in Nigeria was far below the international price, considering the price of diesel.

“The gap between the cost of diesel and petrol in Nigeria is much. It is never like that all over the world. That means something is wrong.

“I don’t know if NNPC is paying subsidies or not, but somebody is absorbing the difference. You can call it under-recovery or subsidy, but the price of petrol today does not reflect the market cost of producing a litre of petrol,” he disclosed.

Iledare added that with the current exchange rate, the price of petrol should not be less than 80 per cent of the price of diesel.

Corroborating this, a Professor of Economics at the University of Ibadan and President of the Nigerian Economics Society, Adeola Adenikinju, said, “The current price of PMS is being subsidised by the government. The government buys at higher rates and sells to us at subsidised rates. That is what they call under-recovery.”

The International Monetary Fund recently warned the Nigerian government to remove what it called implicit fuel and electricity subsidies.

In a report published recently by the IMF, the organisation told Nigeria that the subsidies would guzzle three per cent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product in 2024 as against one per cent in the year before.

President Bola Tinubu declared the removal of fuel subsidies during his inauguration on May 29, 2023.

IMF noted, however, that “adequate compensatory measures for the poor were not scaled up promptly and subsequently paused over corruption concerns. Capping pump prices below cost reintroduced implicit subsidies by end-2023 to help Nigerians cope with high inflation and exchange rate depreciation.”

However, the NNPC and the Federal Government have vehemently denied subsidising the current price of PMS

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Kano Approves Over 7 Billion Naira For Procurement Of Electric Transformers

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Kano state government has approved release of total sum of N29,064,181,673.65 for commencement and completion of various capital projects to improve social and physical development in the state.

The approvals were issued at this week state Executive Council Meeting presided over by Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf at council chambers, government house, Kano.

A statement by Sanusi Bature Dawakin-Tofa, Director General, Media and Publicity, Government house, Wednesday, affirmed resolutions of the Tuesday’s council meeting covers interventions on agriculture, roads, payment of backlog allowances among others.

According to him, council approved the release of N7,761,681,223.22 for continuation of 5 kilometers dualize road projects across the 44 local government areas.

The approved amount being the 10 per cent rescue intervention will be jointly settled through the state joint state and local governments account, on 30:70 share respectively.

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The council similarly approved the sum of N239, 536, 859.21 for construction of three rural roads at Ja’en Makera-Salanta Gudduba- Unguwar Baizangon Guliya and Fagoje-Kwanar Zuwo in Gwale, Ajingi and Kiru/Madobi LGAs, the statement from Sanusi read.

“Approval for the procurement of 500 relief Transformers to be distributed to various communities across the 44 local government areas in the state at the sum of N7,123,750,000.00 billion were also given. Approval for the 2024 Constituency Projects in the State also gets council’s attention. The sum of N6,400,000,000.00 billion naira was approved for that.

“Part of the council’s resolutions include approval for Construction of 2-coat surface dressed road from Kwanar Gammawa in Gezawa LGA 343,363,068.78 million naira was approved. Approval for the procurement of Twenty (20) Nos. Toyota Hilux and One (1) No. Toyota Bus to the State Ministeries, Departments and Agencies (MDAS) were also given at the sum of 819,500,000.00 million was approved”.

The statement reads further: “Approval for the construction of Rural roads, intervention/counterpart funds under rural access and agricultural marketing project cost N5,345,343,190.98 billion granted. Council approval for renovation and conversion of offices for the Chairman Anti-Phone snatching Task Force Committee at Coronation Hall, Government House. N26,405,447.92 million was voted for that.

“Approval for the repair of failed section of Asphaltic surfacing within the premises of Tower at Kofar Nassarawa came with N29,619,918.23 million release. 30 per cent counterpart fund in respect of the construction/rehabilitation of Twelve Rural road across the 44 LGAs at the sum of 354,766,992.59 million was approved.

“Approval for additional expansion on scope of works on crash barriers and street curbs and painting were granted at the sum of 248,786,369.72 million while payment of harmonized allowances for 2,803 casual staff at Refuse Management and Sanitation Board. at the sum of N130,460,000.00 million were approved.

 

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