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Senator Uba Sani proclaims his candidacy for governor of Kaduna, donates 59 cars

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Representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly on Tuesday, Senator Uba Sani, declared his intention to run for the 2023 governorship on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

Declaring at the state Secretariat along the Ali Akilu road in the state capital, Uba said he was out to consolidate the legacy of his boss and governor of the state, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.

While stressing the need to sustain the legacy of the incumbent governor, Uba insisted that the “high standards he (el-Rufai) has set are both a source of pride and a challenge to his associates and loyalists.”

The lawmaker also made an on-the-spot donation of 59 cars in appreciation of the work of the State APC executives and local government chairmen, noting that “I donate 59 cars to them to help facilitate their work and motivate them to prepare for the 2023 electoral battle.”

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The event was attended by party bigwigs including the state chairman, deputy chairman, secretary, and other members of the State Executive Committee.

Sani noted that under El Rufa’i, the state has undergone a major revolution, adding that the huge challenge before the state is how to sustain and build on the governor’s legacy of outstanding public service and impact.

“The State has been totally reworked; and this is evidenced in the remarkable milestones the State has recorded in policies, infrastructure, health, education, water resources, agriculture, agribusiness, to list but a few. It is truly new dawn in Kaduna State,” he said.

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“This is because a reversal of these gains in the post-2023 era will be a huge tragedy. Our people have witnessed selfless and impactful leadership and cannot settle for anything less,” he explained.

Against this background, Senator Sani while offering himself as a successor to Elrufai, said he stepped forward to carry the banner of continuity after understudying the incumbent governor.

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“I have worked closely with him. I understand his vision and mission. I stand in good stead to sustain his vision and mission. I am conversant with the developmental challenges of Kaduna State. I understand its complexities and possibilities,” he added.

According to the lawmaker, I have worked very closely with El Rufa’i for over 20 years – spanning his days at the Bureau of Public Enterprise, the period he served as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory

“And when President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed me Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, I benefitted immensely from wise counsels from El Rufa’i, who was at the time, a key and highly respected member of the Obasanjo administration.

“I have remained a key ally of the Governor since he assumed office as the Governor of Kaduna State.

Uba, who’s the Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, said from his vantage position, he had in the last seven years, seen Elrufai doggedly and sacrificially pilot the affairs of Kaduna.

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“Watching, listening, and learning from him, I now have a deeper understanding of what it takes to be a transformational leader,” he said,

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“And like the popular saying goes, you can not coach football if you were not a footballer yourself. It is only fair and natural that we have someone who understands the El – Rufai philosophy; one who has carefully understudied him; a person who has been in the trenches with him, to continue from where he will stop on May 29, 2023.

“It is on this score, Mr. Chairman, that I, Senator Uba Sani, is formally declaring today, my intention to seek to contest the gubernatorial primaries of our great party, the APC and indeed the main election in 2023 to succeed my leader and mentor, Mallam Nasir el Rufa’i as the next Governor of Kaduna State.

“I make this bid and declaration with the greatest sense of responsibility, intense love for this great state and our wonderful people, and of course with the fear of Almighty Allah,” he said

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Army donates palliatives to widows, orphans in Rivers

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The Nigerian Army, 29 Battalion under the 6 Division, Port Harcourt, has distributed 10,000 exercise books to students at the Community Secondary School, Ebubu, in the Eleme Local Government Area of the Rivers State.

Also, the Army distributed palliatives to widows and orphans in Ebubu and Aleto communities, as well as in Eleme LGA.

The Army said the gesture was aimed at building goodwill between the military and communities in Rivers State in the fight against criminal activities.

The 29 Battalion under the leadership of the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Jamal Abdussalam, handed the materials to the two communities in Eleme on Friday.

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Distributing the items, the Commanding Officer, of 29 Battalion, Nigerian Army, Lt. Cpl. Ishaya Manga, said the non-kinetic approach to tackling criminality in the state was in tandem with the people-oriented philosophy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja.

Manga stated, “It would be recalled that on the 13th of October, 2023, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, flagged off an exercise known as Operation Still Water Three here in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

“Part of the exercise is designed to get rid of criminal activities within Rivers State, the exercise is not only conducted by the military alone, other security agencies are also involved in the exercise.

“The community leaders, traditional rulers and other critical stakeholders in Rivers State are also part of the operation.

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“We have seen that using the kinetic approach alone would not guarantee the successful conduct of this exercise and that was why the non-kinetic approach was also adopted in line with the kinetic approach so that we can actualise the vision of the Chief of Army Staff.”

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In line with the philosophy of the Chief of Army Staff, under the leadership of Major General J H Abdussalam, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Nigerian Army, has directed us to select some of those less privileged homes and vulnerable communities to express our hands of non-kinetic activities.”

Manga, further said the initiative started a month ago, pointing out that other communities have earlier benefited.

He added, “We have started this exercise since last month, especially, we have visited four orphanage homes and distributed palliatives.

“We have also given palliatives to Obele and Ebubu communities, apart from giving out palliatives, we have distributed 10,000 exercise books of 40 leaves to about seven secondary schools within Rivers State.

“Some of those secondary schools are Ebubu community junior and senior secondary schools, Township Model Primary Schools 1 and 2, World Book Capital City Model Primary Schools and St Cyprian Primary School, Port Harcourt.

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“Others are Community Secondary School Egberu, Ndoki, Community Secondary School, Anyama and Community Secondary School Okoloma in Oyigbo Local Government Area.”
Exercise books presented to students of Community Secondary School, Ebubu, by the 29 battalion, 6 DIV, Nigerian Army

Taking delivery of the donated items, the Sister-in-charge of Love Crucified Orphanage home, Aleto, Reverend Sister, Chika Maria expressed happiness, saying it was the first time such a large group of military personnel was visiting them.

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On her part, a widow in the Ebubu community, Aken Charity, who received the palliatives, thanked the Army for the gesture.

Speaking, the Principal of Community Secondary School Ebubu, Mr Nkara Barine, who received the notebooks, assured that the items will be judiciously utilised.

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Naira falls by 16%, closes week at N927/$

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The naira closed the week at N927.19/$ on the official Investor and Exporter forex window.

This was a 16.64 per cent decline from the N794.89/$ it closed the week that ended November 24, 2023, according to data from the FMDQ Securities Exchange. Also, the turnover of dollars traded in the market improved from $75.82m to $110.14m in the period under review.

On Friday, the naira began trading at N815.00/$ for the day before hitting a high of N1160/$ and a low N701/$ within the day. It eventually closed trading at N927.19/$.

Last week Friday, the naira traded at a high of N1136/$ and a low of N700.00/$. The naira has continued to fall despite the Central Bank of Nigeria’s attempt to clear a backlog of foreign exchange forward contracts.

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Recently, the apex bank’s governor, Olayemi Cardoso, stated that fiscal deficits and public debt increases are adding pressure to the external reserves and contributing to exchange rate instability.

While commenting at the recent Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria 58th Annual Bankers’ Dinner and Grand Finale of the Institute’s 60th Anniversary, the governor said, “We have already witnessed improvements in FX market liquidity in recent weeks, as the market responded positively to tranche payments which have been made to 31 banks to clear the backlog of FX forward obligations.

“We have been subjecting these payments to detailed verification to ensure only valid transactions are honored. In a properly functioning market, it is reasonable to expect significant FX liquidity, with daily trade potentially exceeding $1.0bn. We envision that, with discipline and focused commitment, foreign exchange reserves can be rebuilt to comparable levels with similar economies.”

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He added that one of the bank’s monetary policies aims is to achieve price stability and the stabilization of the exchange rate of the naira. Cardoso highlighted that the proper functioning of domestic and foreign currency markets, clear, transparent, and harmonised rules governing market operations are essential.

He declared, “New foreign exchange guidelines and legislation will be developed, and extensive consultations will be conducted with banks and FX market operators before implementing any new requirements.”

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However, the Economic Intelligence Unit, the research and analysis division of the Economist Group, does not believe the CBN has the required firepower to clear the backlog of foreign exchange orders.

In a recent report, it said, “In Nigeria, an unsupportive monetary policy implies that the naira will remain under pressure, while the central bank lacks the firepower to adequately supply the market or clear a backlog of foreign exchange orders, which will keep foreign investors unnerved. High inflation and a continued spread with the parallel market will leave the exchange rate regime unstable and result in periodic devaluations.”

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For the urgent attention of all special district parishes

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in line with the ongoing update of records in the Pastor’s Office, be informed that all SPECIAL DISTRICT PARISHES of the Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide are to send their representatives to the Pastor’s Office to update their status in order to remain relevant in the scheme of things.

This has become necessary in view of the disturbing apathy towards obligations observed amongst parishes that fall into this category.

Representatives of SPECIAL DISTRICT PARISHES must therefore appear at the Pastor’s Office on the dates stated below:

KETU OFFICE: Monday, 4th to Friday 15th December, 2023.

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IMEKO OFFICE: Tuesday, 19th to Friday 29th December, 2023.

TIME: 10 am to 4.00 pm daily.

Thank you.

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