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Center Trains Media and CSOs on Fostering Accountability in Constituency Projects

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The Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED), a non-governmental organization, has organized a one-day training in Kano for Kano-based journalists and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to enhance their capacity to promote transparency and accountability in constituency project service delivery.

In his opening remarks on Monday, Dr Zikrullah Ibrahim emphasized that the aim of the training was to equip relevant stakeholders with information on constituency projects to ensure effective delivery of critical social services, especially in relation to constituency projects.

“Journalists and CSOs need to work closely by shining a spotlight on the activities of the government, especially programs on which the government expends public funds,” he explained.

The Director, represented by the Programs and Communication Manager of the NGO, Mr Armsfree Ajanaku, solicited for a synergy between the media and other stakeholders, emphasizing that this will result in mass coverage and information dissemination to reduce corruption.

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Ibrahim added that the accountability skills and capacities of media and CSOs must be enhanced to face serious challenges posed by the lack of transparent and accountable governance.

The Executive Director commended the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for its consistent efforts to track constituency projects, empowering citizens by publishing project details on its website, and empaneling a team of expert trackers to archive the set goals.

In their separate presentations, two female journalists, Bilkisu Zango and Khadija Bawas, highlighted the need for the media to change strategies in advocating for transparency and accountability. Bawas called on media and CSOs to leverage convergence in the media ecosystem for constituency project reporting.

Zango also tasked stakeholders on best practices for promoting gender and social inclusion in constituency project reporting.

Some of the participants pledged to promote accountability in constituency projects through reportage.

The training, which took place at Mambayya House in Kano, was attended by about 35 journalists and civil society organizations. It was tagged “Fostering Transparency and Accountability in Constituency Project Delivery in Kano State

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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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Breaking Gov. Yusuf Re-instates Emir Of Gaya ,Appoints New Ones For Rano and Karaye

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Gov. Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has approved the appointment of three second class Emirs of Rano, Gaya and Karaye Emirates.

According to a statement issued by Mr. Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the Spokesperson to the Governor and made available to journalists in Kano, the new emirates are to serve as second with Kano as first class emirate.

The newly appointed Emirs are:
1. Alhaji Muhammad Mahraz Karaye, as Emir of Karaye (who until his appointment was the District Head of Rogo)

2. Alhaji Muhammad Isa Umar, as Emir of Rano (who until his appointment, was the District Head of Bunkure)

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3. Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Abdulkadir Gaya, as Emir of Gaya (who was the emir of the defunct Gaya emirate)

While congratulating the newly appointed Emirs, Governor Abba K. Yusuf enjoined them to be custodians of culture, peace and unity of the people in thier respective emirates.

You may recall that the Governor had yesterday the 16th of July, 2024 signed into law three second class emirates in the state with Rano covering only Rano, Kibiya and Bunkure Local Government areas. Gaya covering only Gaya, Ajingi and Albasu Local Government areas. Karaye covers only Karaye and Rogo Local Government areas.

The appointments are with immediate effect.

 

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