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Kano Assembly to consider citizens input in budgets



The Kano State House of Assembly has pledged to consider citizens input in the 2023 Supplementary Budget and 2024 Appropriation Bill.

House Speaker Isma’il Falgore made the disclosure on Wednesday while receiving a coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) at the assembly complex in Kano.

Represented by his deputy, Alhaji Muhammad Butu-Butu, the speaker said that capturing and including citizens demand was a global practice that would go a long way in meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the society.

He said the Kano House of Assembly was committed to passing laws aimed at uplifting the standards of living of the residents.

The speaker described civil society organisations as major catalysts in the development of the society and as such there was the urgent need to support them to achieve the desired objectives.

The lawmaker advised the coalition to include other committee chairmen on their engagements such as in the interactive session held between the lawmakers and citizen groups.

“I assure you that we are always ready to honour your invitations to show our commitment to ensuring that your recommendations scale through,” he explained.

The Acting Clerk of the House, Alhaji Ali Maje, described CSO’s as partners-in-progress that had gone a long way in supporting Kano State.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Dr Abdulsalam Kani, said they were in the assembly to submit a communique from a two-day interactive session.

He stressed that the communique highlighted key resolutions unanimously adopted.

He said that the quarterly legislative citizens engagement would go a long way in giving the CSOs the opportunity to amplify their voices on education, health and other viable sectors.

The coalition supported by PERL (ECP), consists of members from FIDAC, Hasken Kano/Kano Tracker CSACEFA, Equal Access International, Kano Budget working Group, Coalition of Kano Community-based organisations, among others.


Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment



The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website,, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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