The pains, anguish of Niger State communities displaced by bandits

It was dusk and raining heavily in March 2019 in Madaka, a village in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, when familiar sounds of gunshots again seized the air. Dust and gun smoke rose over the village above the heavy downpour as everyone fled to the bush. Zulaiha Isah, 27, was pregnant but ran too, as hard as other villagers. Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES, Mrs Isah said she had lost two brothers and two in-laws in a previous raid by bandits on the village two weeks earlier. In that latest…

Gov Sani Bello mourns Ex CJ, Jibrin Ndajiwo

Niger stste Governor and Chairman, North Central Governors’ Forum, Governor Abubakar Sani has  commiserated with the Government and people of Niger State, the judiciary and immediate family of the former Chief Judge of the State, Justice Jibrin Ndatsu Ndajiwo over his demise. Governor Sani Bello in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary,  described the death as a loss not only to Niger State, but to the country as a whole. The Governor while sympathizing with his family and the legal luminaries in the state, urged all to take…

CACOVID-19 PALLIATIVES :Niger to distribute donated items on completion of supplies 

Niger State Coordinator for the Coalition of Private Sector Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad has said donation of food items to the State to cushion the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic on the vulnerable people in the state still ongoing, hence the items can not be distributed for now. Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad announced that out of the 88 trucks of the items expected to be delivered to the State, only 73 trucks have so far been received while 15 of such trucks are being awaited. The State Coordinator said…

Gov Sani-Bello commiserates with Minna Emirate over demise of Peter Sarki

Niger state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has sent his heartfelt sympathy to the Emir of Minna, HRH Alhaji Umar Faruq Bahago and the entire Minna Emirate over the death of one of their illustrious Son, Dr Peter Saleh Sarki. This was contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje. Governor Sani Bello who described the deceased as an astute Educationist and Administrator whom he had closely worked with, said the State has indeed lost a rare gem. He said the State will surely miss the vast…

TRIBUTE TO A FORTUITOUS  FLOURISHING ‘AMAZONIAN’ WOMAN By M.K. DADA

The Press Gallery had been deserted. For nearly three months it was devoid of the regular noise and bustles. Indeed, visits by our colleagues to the gallery had become irregular and infrequent because of the temporary absence of a head. It was an agonizing period filled with anxiety as Journalists await the appointment and announcement of a new Chief Press Secretary by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State. Governor Sani Bello had been a meticulous person when it comes to issues of selecting and or appointing political office holders.…

Resumption of Contributory Pension Scheme in Niger State: lessons for state governments by Yunusa Abugi 

BRIEF BACKGROUND The National Provident Fund (NPF) was the first formal Pension scheme in Nigeria established in 1961 for the non-pensionable private sector employees. The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) was established in 1993 to take over the NPF Scheme to provide enhanced Pension system for the private sector employees. The Public Service operated an unfunded Defined Benefits Scheme and the payment of retirement benefits were budgeted by governments at the various levels annually. As the narratives are, both system were not workable hence the Obasanjo led federal government thought it wise to find a…

GOVERNOR ABUBAKAR SANI BELLO AND NIGER STATE LOCAL GOVT ELECTION 2019 By Barr. Suleman Abubakar SULEJA

The just concluded Niger State local govt election held on 30th/12/2019 was a litmus test of exemplary leadership. I have waited for the outcome of the election to write this foreword. Firstly, it is on public records at least on the social media platforms that very lately I have vehemently disagree with the policy of HE, Mr. Governor in respect of the administration of the state and particularly my local govt SULEJA LGA. My criticism are calculative and constructive because all the points I have raised are facts within my…

SECURITY REMAINS TOP AGENDA IN NIGER STATE- GOV SANI-BELLO  …Commends Security Agencies In the State

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has reassured the people of the state of his administration’s commitment towards ensuring that the state remain a safe haven for all peace loving and obedient citizens. The governor who gave this assurance on Monday in Minna, the state capital when  he received people from Muyan and Shiroro Local Government Areas of the state in his office, said security of lives and property was paramount on his agenda. The Governor who said he remain committed to ensuring peace and security in the state also…

GOV SANI-BELLO REITERATES HIS COMMITMENT TO PEOPLE ORIENTED PROJECTS

Niger State Governor,  Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has reitrated  his administration commitment to support projects geared towards improving the socioeconomic life of the people in the state. Governor Sani-Bello stated this yesterday in Bida during the foundation laying ceremony of an Information Communication Technology Center initiated by the Senator representing Niger South,  Senator Mustapha Sani Mohammed. The Governor who said  his administration would not relent in its effort to improve the standard of living of the people especially at the grassroots level also said  the ICT center if completed will assist…

GOV SANI-BELLO DONATES N20M TO BIDA MARKET INFERNO VICTIMS …Charges Nigerlites on law and order in Markets

Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has donated the sum N 20million to the victims of last Thursday’s fire outbreak that engulfed the Etsu Musa Market, Bida as part of efforts to ease the hardship of the victims Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello announced the donation on Thursday at the Estu Nupe Palace while commissirating with the traders and the people of Bida Emirate. He said the 20 million Naira donation was to enable the victim’s find ways to continue their businesses and earn their source of leaving as a committee will be…