Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has been commended for his leadership in improving child health. Mrs. Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), gave this assessment when she visited Kaduna on Wednesday, 18th January 2017.
New Year message from Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State.
I felicitate with the people of Kaduna State as we welcome a new year. We invoke the blessings of the Almighty on all our people, that harmony will prevail in our land and that the apostles of violence and division will be shamed. We have high hopes for 2017; that it will be a year of peace and growth for our state, and our country, Nigeria.
For us in Kaduna State, 2016 was a year of attainments and challenges. We made tangible progress in implementing our governance agenda. Much has been done, but much more remains to accomplish. Through it all, we have confronted our difficulties with the same decisiveness that has produced results across sectors. We have imposed discipline on the finances of our state, increased IGR and ensured that we pass our budget well before a new calendar year. More
Remarks by Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, at the signing of the 2017 State Budget at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna, on Tuesday, 13th December 2016
It is with utmost delight that I welcome you to Sir Kashim Ibrahim House this morning. Our purpose today is to sign the 2017 Budget that was passed by the Kaduna State House of Assembly on 1st December 2016. It is worth noting that our legislature is the first to pass an appropriation bill into law for the next fiscal year.
Students in boarding secondary schools in Kaduna State will now each be fed at a cost of N300 per day. This follows approval by the Kaduna State Executive Council that the allocation per student be increased from N180 to N300 per day. This will cost the government N2.25bn every school year to feed 27,501 students. More
[05 December 2016. Kaduna, Nigeria]
The Kaduna State Government today released the White Paper on the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Zaria clashes of December 2015. The Judicial Commission of Inquiry which examined, among other issues, the immediate and remote causes of the clashes between the Nigerian Army and the outlawed IMN, submitted its report in July 2016. Following the receipt of the report, the Kaduna State Government made the report public within 10 days, and set up a committee of senior public servants to prepare a draft White Paper.
Kaduna State’s 2017 Budget has been approved. The Kaduna State House of Assembly today passed the 2017 Appropriation Bill, three weeks earlier than it did last year.
The lawmakers approved a total 2017 Budget size of N214.921 billion, up from the N172bn approved for 2016. This is made up of Recurrent expenditure of N83.46bn and capital spending of N131.45 bn. The budget ratio is 61:39 in favour of capital.
Kaduna State and global corporate giant General Electric today flagged-off a programme to equip 278 health care facilities in Kaduna State. This is the biggest ever refit of the public healthcare infrastructure in the state. It represents the Kaduna State Government’s effort to provide a comprehensive solution to the healthcare challenges in the state, including maternal and infant mortality, communicable illnesses and the problems caused by the growth of chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Malam Nasir El-Rufai today announced that the Kaduna State Government will donate N100m to support the rebuilding of churches and mosques damaged during violent conflict in southern Kaduna.
The governor made the pledge today in Samaru-Kataf where 29 communities from southern Kaduna unveiled a billboard to say sorry to each other for the violence they have contributed to or suffered.
Malam El-Rufai praised the efforts of the communities to work for peace, under the auspices of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) that has also assisted peace building in Plateau State.
Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai, today urged all leaders to assume their responsibility to uphold peace and harmony in the state. The Governor was speaking in Samaru-Kataf where he presented the staff of office to the new Agwatyap, His Highness, Dominic Gambo Yahaya.
While congratulating the Agwatyap, El-Rufai implored him to sustain the bridge-building legacy of the late Agwatyap, Dr. Harrison Yusuf Bungon. The governor asked for a united response to those promoting violence and division.
Remarks by Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, at the Second Interactive Dinner with the Organised Private Sector; Murtala Square, Kaduna, 08 November 2016
It is my pleasure to welcome you to this interactive dinner. We welcome the opportunity to listen to you and share ideas on how to promote economic development in our state. At this stage, there can be no doubt that this government regards the private sector as a vital partner in achieving its governance agenda of job creation, poverty reduction, economic empowerment and security.
With optimism that we are embarked on the right path to move our people out of poverty, it is my pleasure to launch the BLR programme
Remarks by Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, at the launch of the Business Licensing Reforms; Murtala Square, Kaduna, 08 November 2016
I welcome you with utmost delight to this milestone event. Anyone who has been following the activities and policies of the Kaduna State Government cannot be in any doubt that it is government policy that business must succeed in this state. If we are to create the jobs that our teeming youths require and to foster the regeneration of our state, then we must fashion the conditions that will encourage private investments to thrive in our state. More
As part of its drive to attract and retain private sector investments, Kaduna State has launched a Business Licensing Reform programme. The BLR programme is designed to boost the economy of the state by reducing the time and cost investors incur to secure business permits and to ensure that legislations and regulations promote competition and a conducive business climate.
“It is our collective responsibility to protect the environment.” – Remarks made by Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State
“It is our collective responsibility to protect the environment.” – Remarks made by Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, at the screening of Yar’adua Foundation’s “Nowhere To Run” at Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna on the 3rd of November, 2016.
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to the screening of this documentary film; Nowhere To Run. I was at the viewing with some of you yesterday in Abuja, and I must say that the revelations were quite depressing shocking. More
El-Rufai resolves Sultan Bello Mosque leadership tussle, says govt. will not tolerate breakdown of law and order
Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has resolved the Sultan Bello Mosque’s leadership tussle.
Governor El-Rufai’s spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan disclosed this in a statement following a meeting with stakeholders held at the instance of the Governor.
According to the statement, the Governor’s intervention was purely on security ground, affirming that the Kaduna State Government will not tolerate the breakdown of law and order in the name of religion. More
“It is time for Nigeria to incentivize our latent ICT talent to create jobs and prosperity for our youths”
“It is time for Nigeria to incentivize our latent ICT talent to create jobs and prosperity for our youths” – Address by Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, at the opening of the Fourth Annual General Meeting of the National Council of Communication Technology (NCCT), held in Kaduna, on 28th October, 2016. More
The Kaduna Start-up and Entrepreneurship Programme (KADSTEP) was established by the Kaduna State Government to equip young, aspiring entrepreneurs with requisite business skills. Through ten weeks of training, the participants are given the know-how to prepare business plans that are sound enough to attract funding. KADSTEP is a practical intervention to ensure that Kaduna youths are able to access the N1bn intervention funds jointly held by the Kaduna State government and the Bank of Industry (BOI). Such successful entrepreneurs could then create jobs and stimulate economic activity in the state. More
Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has presented the draft 2017 budget to the state House of Assembly. The governor said the budget size is set at N215bn because the tough economic times call for an expansionary budget to drive recovery and end the recession.
In his remarks to at the budget presentation, El-Rufai explained that the budget is split in a 60:40 ratio in favour of capital expenditure. “The size of the proposed 2017 Budget is N215,921,110,176.68, including N85,572,039,923.82 of Recurrent Expenditure and N130,349,070,252.86 in Capital Expenditure.
Malam Nasir El-Rufai has said that Kaduna State needs a public service that is competent, confident and is committed to delivering social services to the people.
Speaking today (Monday, 10th October 2016) at the official launch of the Kaduna State Public Service Revitilsation and Renewal Programme, Governor El-Rufai described public service as the vehicle through which government delivers its policies and programmes to the people.
Remarks by Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, at the launch of the Public Service Revitalisation and Renewal Programme; Murtala Square, Kaduna, 10 October 2016.
I welcome you all to the launch of the Kaduna State Public Service Renewal Programme. The current government of Kaduna State was elected on a platform of change that recognises the central role of the public service in delivering public goods and in promoting good governance. It is now time to implement our manifesto commitment to reform the public service, to restore it to the high standards of its founding and to enable it to live up to the substantive meaning of the phrase, ‘public service’.
The Kaduna State Government has issued an Order declaring the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) an unlawful society. This action is taken in the exercise of the government’s duty to preserve peace and security in the state, and to ensure that all persons and organisations are guided by lawful conduct and with due allegiance to the Nigerian state and its Constitution. The Kaduna state executive council approved the making of this order following deliberations at its meeting of Thursday, 06 October 2016.
The Kaduna State Executive Council has approved the draft estimates of the 2017 Budget. At its meeting on Thursday, 6th October 2016, the Council further directed that the N189.9bn draft budget be submitted for public debate at a special town hall meeting, whose recommendations would be factored in before the amended draft budget is presented to the Kaduna State House of Assembly.
Kaduna state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has made the 2016 Independence Day celebration another to remember for three convicts who were granted amnesty and were released. Malam El-Rufai announced the pardons in his address to the residents of Kaduna State to mark the country’s 56th Independence anniversary. This follows recommendations from the Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy.
2016 Independence Day address by Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State
Fellow citizens of Kaduna State,
I salute you on the occasion of our country’s 56th independence anniversary. We have been bequeathed a country of diverse peoples, faiths and tongues and we have a collective duty to make it work. We face many challenges, but it is not beyond us to build a system that moves our peoples into the 21st Century with functioning governance systems, equality of all persons before the law and the right to security and happiness.
The Pension Reform Law of Kaduna State, passed in 2016, will come into force on 1 January 2017. By that date, all public sector workers will migrate to the contributory pension scheme which replaces the defined benefits scheme. The current government inherited arrears of pensions and gratuity amounting to N14bn. The sheer size of this outstanding liability underlines the challenge with the defined benefits scheme which tends to subject the pensioner to hardship, and is prone to fraud.
Kaduna State is to pay N29m to staff of three moribund public enterprises. When Kachia Ginger, Ikara Food Processing and Zaria Pharmaceutical Companies went comatose, some of their employees were retained to provide skeletal services and secure the premises. Their unpaid salaries accumulated over upwards of five years. They are now to be paid and formally disengaged as the companies are being prepared for new investors.
A scheme to guarantee universal access to basic healthcare is to be introduced in Kaduna State. The state government is already providing free health services for pregnant women, children under five years and the elderly. The proposed scheme is designed to widen the net of coverage, and ensure that all residents of the state, including the poor and vulnerable, have access to healthcare without incurring out-of-pocket expenditure.
Remarks by Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, at the foundation laying ceremony of the potato processing plant of Vicampro Farms Company Limited; Manchok, Kaura local government area, Friday, 23rd September 2016
I am greatly delighted to witness the foundation laying ceremony of this promising project; the Potato processing Plant of Vicampro Farms Limited here in Manchok, Kaura Local Government Area. This is an important project for Kaduna State because it has the potential to generate thousands of jobs for our teeming youths. Additionally, this project will stimulate a chain of economic activities that will impact positively on the economic development of the state and the nation. Vicampro is not only going to process potato that will serve local demand; it is also primed for export of its products, thereby earning foreign exchange for the country.
Kaduna State is blessed with abundant natural resources. We have arable land, and a tradition of farming. Agriculture is a sphere of comparative advantage for us; and we are promoting agriculture in our drive to diversify the economy of the state. In our determination to generate jobs and reduce our reliance on the Federal Government for revenues, we have initiated investor-friendly policies in Kaduna State. We want businesses to feel safe bringing their investments to Kaduna state. That is why we organised the Kaduna Economic Summit (KADInvest) between 6th and 7th April, 2016, to showcase the numerous opportunities and potentials of the state and how ready Kaduna is for investment. More
Malam Nasir El-Rufai on Friday, 23 September 2016, performed the foundation laying for the $120m potato processing plant being established by Vicampro in Manchok, Kaura local government of Kaduna State. The Governor welcomed the Vicampro investment as another validation of the efforts to make Kaduna State the investment destination of choice. The event was attended by Deputy Governor Barnabas Yusuf Bala (Bantex), CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele and Hajiya Aisha Abubukar, the Minister of State for Trade and Investment.
The Kaduna State Government has approved the appointment of Taskforce Committee members for some of the state-owned tertiary institutions.
The State Executive Council recently approved the White Paper on the reports of the visitation panels to the Kaduna State University, Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic and the College of Education. The mandate of the task forces is to ensure that the decisions in the White Paper are rigorously implemented to strengthen the institutions.
The taskforce members are:
NUHU BAMALLI POLYTECHNIC, ZARIA
1. Mr. Stephen Kwaya Member
2. Nasiru Abdu Banki Member
3. Barr. Yohanna Nufi Member
4. Bitrus Ahuwai Member
5. Malam Idris Aliyu Secretary
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, GIDAN WAYA
1. Dr. A. A. Akume – Member
2. Alhaji Bello Mohammed Member
3. Henry Chukwuedo Young Member
4. Abdulmumini Ashafa Member
5. A.A. Gora Member
6. Malam Nasiru Ladan Secretary
KADUNA STATE UNIVERSITY, KADUNA
1. Bariatu Y. Mohammed Member
2. Prof. J. Kwaga Member
3. Engr. D. Daboh Member
4. Ibrahim Mohammed Member
5. Alhaji Yahaya Ado Member
6. Mrs. Elizabeth David Secretary
Special Assistant, Media and Publicity
24 September 2016
Malam Nasir El-Rufai has personally met with some employees of the state who were affected by the biometric verification exercise carried out to flush out ghost workers and authenticate genuine employees of the state. At the conclusion of the verification exercise, about 9000 names were struck off from the payroll. Any genuine worker who felt adversely affected was directed to contact the governor directly to establish their credentials.
The 21 persons the governor met on Wednesday, 21 September 2016, are amongst the officers that have written to seek a chance to confirm their status as genuine employees of the Kaduna State Government. All of them had issues based on having duplicate or multiple Personnel Sub-head Numbers (PSNs). That means two or more workers had been assigned the same PSN, and the payroll will recognise only one.