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Southern Kaduna and Fulani leaders sign a peace agreement towards ending hostilities in the area
- Published on 08 April 2014
- Written by Rakiya Saminu Daura
Leaders of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union-SOKAPU, and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, have signed a peace agreement toward ending months of hostilities in the area on Tuesday in Kaduna.
The two groups had been embroiled in violence characterised by night attacks that had led to several deaths
The peace pact, which followed several meetings under the supervision of senior police officials, was signed for the Fulanis by the Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Kaduna State, Alhaji Ahmadu Suleiman and Chairman, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Socio-Cultural Association, Dr Ibrahim Abdullahi.
Other signatories for the Fulanis include the State Secretary, Mobgal Fulbe Development Association, Ahmad Yandeh.
The Southern Kaduna team was represented by the SOKAPU National President, Dr Ephraim Goje, National Chairman, Moroa Development Association, Mr Musa Sheyin and Member of SOKAPU executive committee, Bitrus Gwadah.
In a communiqué that followed the peace pact, the two groups stressed the need for a ceasefire, continued dialogue and return of peace and unity in the state.
They called for the close monitoring of people's movement, and suggested more involvement of traditional rulers in that respect.
The meeting also called for a return to the traditional intelligence gathering mechanisms, while mobile police and military units should be established in Kafanchan and Birnin Gwari for quick response to security challenges.
It also urged governments at all levels to improve on security agencies' capacities to handle crisis by providing adequate logistics.
The Leaders also advised the government to create a Ministry of Animal Resources out of the present Ministry of Agriculture, and the need to gazette of all existing reserves and cattle routes.
It added that the pastoralists should be encouraged to adopt modern animal husbandry techniques in place of roaming with their livestock, while all grazing reserves that have been encroached should be reclaimed while compensation should be paid to the original landowners where this has not been done.
The communiqué also recommended the implementation of recommendations of all previous committees established by the state government on peace and reconciliation, and emphasised the need to resolve all outstanding issues on boundary disputes with neighbouring states.
It also called for the establishment of a Peace and Reconciliation Commission by the state government and urged the media to desist from sensational reports on crisis in the area.
The leaders also appealed to the entire people in the state to embrace peace, unity and mutual tolerance among each other.
Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna has directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies-MDAs to commence implementation of the 2014 budget in the State.
- Published on 04 April 2014
- Written by Rakiya Saminu Daura
Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna has directed various state Ministries, Departments and Agencies-MDAs to commence implementation of the 2014 budget.
Governor Yero gave the order during a one-day retreat on the implementation of the approved 2014 budget that has a total revenue projection of about two hundred billion naira.
According to him, the budget estimates could only be achieved when projected revenue is realised.
The Governor urged members of the State House of Assembly to intensify action on their oversight function in order to ensure efficient budget implementation in the state.
He said government officials should not regard oversight functions as witch-hunting, but rather as necessary legislative activity that ensure probity and accountability in public sector expenditures.
Also, the representative of the Speaker of the House, the Deputy Speaker, Mr Peter Adamu, said the house would support the executive to implement the budget as passed by the legislature.
ZEMDA Chair decries Divisive Reporting by some Media Organizations
- Published on 03 April 2014
- Written by Haruna Shehu Maraban Jos
Chairman of Zazzau Emirate Development Association-ZEMDA, Mallam Yahya Saleh Ibrahim has appealed to media organizations not to allow unscrupulous elements to use them as platforms to cause division in the country
Mallam Ibrahim while making the appeal during on a courtesy call on Freedom Radio Kaduna, said the proliferation of radio stations in the country which was seen as a good omen could lead to violence in the society if poorly managed.
He said the flagrant display of professional laxity by some radio stations especially in handling sensitive programmes was disastrous and need to be checked.
Mallam Ibrahim, a lecturer at the Kaduna Polytechnic advised broadcast media organizations to put in place mechanism for checking the excesses of people in expressing their opinion to avoid being used to cause more harm than remedy in the society.
He stressed that it was imperative for broadcast media organizations to strive to balance their reports, and to discharge their watch-dog role to the best of their ability.
The Chairman of the group also said their visit to Freedom Radio Kaduna was to extend hand of friendship in a bid to promote peaceful co-existence in the State.
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