BUHARI-CHATHAM-HOUSEAs part of the federal government’s cost measures, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that nine of the VIP transport aircraft under the presidential fleet should be sold.

 
The presidential fleet, which are registered as Nigerian Air Force aircraft, is one of the largest in Africa and the third largest in Nigeria after Arik Air and Aero contractors.

 
According to an aviation source, who is aware of the directive to sell the aircraft, the presidency has a number of serviceable and unserviceable aircraft that need to be disposed of in order to reduce the amount spent by the federal government for aircraft maintenance annually.

 
“Nine, which still have market value, are to be sold immediately to reduce maintenance costs,” he said.
For years, the federal government has spent over N12 billion annually for the maintenance of the presidential fleet.

 
Although information on the exact size of the fleet is treated as classified information, the fleet, according to aviation sources, is believed to comprise about 16 aircraft, chief of which is the Boeing 738 BBJ, NAF 001 or Eagle One, used by the president for his travels.

 
With its luxury configuration comprising a master bedroom, washrooms and showers, a conference and dinning area, and a living area, the plane seats 25 to 50 passengers and would cost at least $100 million to replace today.

 
Eagle One can spend 12 hours in the air, covering 11,489 kilomtres or 6,200 nautical miles.
In addition to the Boeing 733 reserved for the president, the fleet boasts two Gulfstream 550 jets. The Gulfstream 550 can seat eight to 18 passengers, depending on the configuration, and has a cruiser range of 12,501 kilometres or 6,750 nautical miles. A new luxury Gulfstream 550 would cost an estimated $53.5 million.

 
According to Wikipedia, other planes in the Nigerian Air Force VIP transport fleet include two Dassault Falcon 7X jets, one Hawker Siddeley 125-800 and one Cessna 550 Citation II.

 
Information from a Nigerian web portal and Nigerian Air Force sources further revealed that the fleet also boasts two Dassault Falcon 900 jets, a Gulfstream IVSP, a Gulfstream V, a Dornier Do 228, which can carry 19 passengers, one Beechcraft King Air B200, and three AugustaWestland AW139 helicopters.

 

Sources said each of the two Dassault Falcon 7X jets were purchased for $51.1 million in 2010 while the Gulfstream 550 cost $53.3 million.

 

Aviation experts also put the average price of the Falcon 900 at $35 million; Gulfstream IVSP at $40 million; Gulfstream V at $45 million; Cessna Citation at $7 million; and the Hawker Siddeley at $15 million.

 

It was also discovered that though all the aircraft are under the presidential fleet, about eight of the planes are reserved strictly for the president.

 
These are the Boeing 737, the two Gulfstream 550 jets, the Gulfstream V jet, two Falcon 7X planes, the Hawker Siddeley aircraft and one AugustaWestland chopper.

 
Others are reserved for executive airlift. Aircraft used for this function include the two Falcon 900 planes, the Dornier, the Cessna Citation, the Beechracft King Air, and two AugustaWestland choppers.

 
Aircraft reserved for executive airlift are used by the Vice-President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and could be used to convey African heads of states visiting or departing Nigeria.

 

 

-Thisday


saraki asThe Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has cleared the air on the ward-robe allowance for the members of the National Assembly, saying each senator is entitled to N506,600 annually and not N8.64 billion as reported in the media.

“Chairman of Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission was in my office to clarify wardrobe allowance,” Mr. Saraki wrote on twitter Wednesday. “Amount is N506,600 per Senator.”

Mr. Saraki, in response to the media reports that the N460 senators and members of the House of Representatives would receive a whopping N8.64 billion, quoted his interview with BBC in his tweeter handle that “a body responsible for setting up the salaries and allowances was looking into the matter and would publish details of the remuneration on its website.”

Stating that the legislature would be accountable to the people, the senate president said it was not true that each senator would be paid N8.64billion as reported by two Nigerian newspapers.

Speaking earlier while receiving the Chairman of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Elias Mbam and his team in his office, Mr. Saraki said the Commission is charged with fixing of remunerations to public office holders and advise the media to be more accurate in their reporting.

He warned government agencies failing in remitting Federal Government revenue to the Federation account saying government will no longer condone such mismanagement act.

According to him, non-compliance by agencies of government had brought major setback in the processes of governance.

Mr. Saraki reiterated the support of the Senate in bringing back justice to any erring agency that indulges in diverting government revenue to illegal channel adding, “Monetary revenue and allocation is a serious challenge to our economy. Though, diversification of economy is very important but is not an overnight issue. We must block every leakage in government revenue.

“We made campaign promises to Nigerians and we must fulfill all our pledges. It cannot be business as usual. We will do everything within our capacity to elevate the living standard of Nigerians.”

Earlier, Mr. Mbam said the agency have always enjoyed cordial relationship with the National Assembly while calling for continued working partnership with the view to enhance their effectiveness.

Mr. Mbam condemned the recent media report that exaggerated the wardrobe allowances of Senators and members of the House of Representatives saying, that wardrobe allowance is 25 percent of the basic salary which when broken down amounts to N506, 600 per legislator, per annum.

He advised that the agency operates a functional website where information concerning the day-to-day activities of the agency is published.

 

-Premium Times

house-of-reps22-702x336A fresh battle between the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara and former Minority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has started.

Gbajabiamila was defeated last Tuesday by Dogara in the pulsating contest for the Speakership.

However, the two sides are now locked in a new war over chairmanships of committees, appointment of principal officers and headship of the Committee on Public Accounts (PAC).

Although Gbajabiamila had last week pledged loyalty to the leadership of Dogara, it was gathered that he, with the backing of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have made some demands that must be fulfilled if the Dogara’s leadership is to enjoy the support of lawmakers loyal to him(Gbajabiamila ).

The former Minority Leader and his supporters met with members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC last weekend. Prior to the election, he was the candidate adopted by APC for Speaker.

The meeting was fashioned to bridge the crack in the House occasioned by the outcome of the speakership contest.

A source at the meeting revealed that Gbajabiamila’s group gave stringent conditions for accepting to work with the new leadership of the House.

Among the conditions, according to the source, include granting Gbajabiamila’s supporters more committees chairmanship slots. Standing Committees in the House are 89. He said such committees must be Grade ‘A’.

The source said, “yes, there was a meeting between a group of House members who supported Gbajabiamila in the recent contest for Speaker and our party leaders. I can also tell you that talks are  going on right now to reconcile all members in the House because all the people involved are APC members . Gbajabiamila wants a special concession to be given to him in form of giving his group more chairmanship slots”.

Apart from that, he disclosed that the former Minority Leader wants to be the one to appoint three out of the four principal officers. Also, Gbajabiamila has requested to be given the opportunity to name a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker who will chair the PAC. A lawmaker from Delta State is being penciled down for the job.

“Our brother, Gbajabiamila wants to appoint three of the four principal officers. He is also asking Dogara to allow him chose a PDP lawmaker that will head PAC”.

The source disclosed that the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, is disposed to all the demands by Gbajabiamila and is asking Dogara to concede.

He said the party has penciled down Gbajabiamila as the House Majority Leader, noting that everything was being done to appease his camp.

However, the Speaker is said to have rejected all the demands.  As a result of this hardline stance, the APC leadership, the source said, may take the matter before President Muhammadu Buhari this week.

He said, “there are plans to present the matter before the President and the leader of our party. He is in a position to broker an amicable resolution between the two camps”.

The source noted that there are fears that poor handling of the matter may cause instability in the chamber, claiming that Dogara’s camp believes that Gbajabiamila’s demands were subtle trap for the leadership.

According to him, the thinking in the Speaker’s camp was that allowing the other group to have incredible number of chairmanship slots will infuriate the PDP caucus in the House, forcing it to align with opponents of the Speaker against him.

Meanwhile, responding to the allegation that his boss made such demands, Gbajabiamila’s aide, Smart Olanrewaju, said he was not aware his boss gave any condition for accepting the leadership of Dogara.

He, however, said members of Gbajabiamila group met with the leadership of APC recently, contending that there was nothing wrong if the group made any demand(s).

“I am not aware of such demands. However, there is nothing wrong if the group made any demand during its meeting with the party”, he said.

 

-The Sun

Bukola-Saraki-660x330 senateThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on Friday said the party had accepted Senator Bukola Saraki as the President of the Senate.

He said the reality was that Saraki’s colleagues had duly elected him and the party was ready to live with the reality.

Odigie-Oyegun spoke with State House correspondents shortly after joining members of the transition committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to present their report to the President at the Defence House, Abuja.

Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, both of the APC, emerged as leaders of the National Assembly on Tuesday against the directives of the party which had earlier asked its members to vote for Senator Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila.

Since their emergence, the party had insisted that Saraki, Dogara and their supporters would be sanctioned.

When asked specifically whether the party would accept Saraki as the President of the Senate, Odigie-Oyegun said, “Of course! He has been duly elected by his colleagues. We have a reality and we must live with it.”

On Saraki’s aborted visit to the APC secretariat on Thursday, the party chairman said there were a lot of consultations going on at that time and he could not have been in two places at the same time.

He however said party chiefs were already talking with Saraki and would not want to make noise about it.

“Nothing went wrong (on Saraki’s aborted visit), there were a lot of consultations and you can’t be in two places at the same time.

“So, it was not comfortable for us, but we have been talking. We don’t want to make a song and dance of it, everything is being put in proper perspective,” he said.

On the crisis that erupted in the party after the elections in the National Assembly, Odigie-Oyegun said the APC had faced greater challenges before and the latest one too would pass away.

“It is not the first or second time we have passed through this kind of scenario and we came out strong. This may not even be the last time, we come out every time stronger and more determined,” he said.

The party chairman said what happened was within the APC family and they were sorting it out within the family.

He added that aggrieved persons who threatened to go to court were doing so within their rights.

“People say they are going to court which is their right, but as a party, we are looking at everything and we are coming out strong,” he concluded.

 

-Nigerianeye

lawan-n-saraki-702x336A ranking senator yesterday revealed how his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) colleagues and those of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who supported the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as the Senate President were threatened the week preceding the inauguration of the National Assembly.

He also revealed how senators-elect in APC from the North backed out of the Ahmed Lawan-for-Senate President project when they learnt that the intention was to cage President Muhammadu Buhari as plotted by some Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) elements in APC, who nominated the vice president.

The senator from the South-East, who doesn’t want to be named, told Daily Sun that elements who wanted Senator Lawan to emerge as Senate President, essentially from the ACN bloc of the APC did everything possible to ensure they arm-twisted the senators sympathetic to Saraki.

He stated: “Sometime last week, it got so bad that their men stormed the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, where most of us stayed and had our meeting to attack members. The attack came as the last effort after we resisted their inducement.

“Yes, we were all approached to vote the people they wanted in the two chambers of the National Assembly, but we said no. We resisted them because we were on a mission to salvage our party, and we were bent on voting the person that would serve our interest. Now PDP is in the opposition and we have to teach APC a lesson in positive opposition.”

He revealed that if the PDP National Assembly plot had been carried through to conclusion, there are indications that the APC would also have suffered another bad outing in the House of Representatives.

Prior to the elections, there were plans already kept ready for the House of Representatives to also elect a PDP member as the deputy speaker from the South-South.

Daily Sun gathered that the PDP caucus had got into a pact with the Yakubu Dogara camp for Hon. Leo Ogor, a PDP member from Delta State, to be the deputy speaker. But shortly after the election that returned Hon. Dogara as Speaker, the defeated contestant, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, acted fast and approached the new Speaker and pleaded with him that the South-West, with much membership of the House on the APC platform should not be left empty-handed. This point sounded valid to Dogara who immediately approached Ogor for his understanding, and the latter was said to have conceded, stating that if dropping his interest would foster smooth working in the House, he would not mind.

The senator also noted that after they defied several efforts to woo them over, “the same people that had been persuading us resorted to force and had to get security agents to intimidate us and make us yield. It was at that point that we all vacated our suites in Hilton and relocated to the Sandralia Hotel in Abuja to conclude our plans and held to the decision we had taken.”

The lawmaker said although they had facts of the plot as coming from the ACN arm of the APC, “it was the mild drama where some senators walked out of the chamber while in session on Wednesday, a day after the inauguration, that we got the message very clear. As those senators filed out of the chambers, we all noticed that the northern APC members who were among them, from the beginning, remained in chamber. All those that walked out were South-West APC senators.”

However, from what he said, the other major factor that turned the table in favour Saraki was the notion that the plot to ensure that Lawan emerged Senate President was for the ACN bloc to cage Buhari.

“There is this feeling that the ACN bloc had already taken the vice president’s slot, and allowing them determine who manages the National Assembly was like simply taking too much and making sure they manipulate the President with their men around the number one man. That is not politically sound and when the northern senators of the APC were aware of that plot, they had to beat a retreat and align with Saraki.

Also, people who are very close to the President must have revealed to him why the agitation over the National Assembly leadership as targeting him, reason he changed his mind about  attending the party’s caucus meeting in the morning, prior to the election of the National Assembly leaders, he explained.

From the disclosure of the senator, the development in the APC over the outcome of the selection of the National Assembly leadership might have caused an early and major crack in the party.

The fear, according to watchers, is that the party might experience early crack that might lead to a split along the lines of the blocs from which the ruling party was formed.

 

-The Sun

 

imageThe leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has decided to collaborate with President Muhammadu Buhari in finding a peaceful solution to the crisis that rocked the National Assembly over election of its principal officers.

The reconciliatory move by the party comes on the heels of the insistence by its loyal members in the National Assembly that the party must take measures to sanction all those involved in thwarting its decision on the choice of leadership of the legislative chambers.

It also came just as one of the key actors, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila said he has accepted the outcome of the election at the lower chamber of the federal legislature and will work with the new leadership.

Under the planned peace accord, termed, “Triangular Peace Template”, the party hopes to consult with the Presidency and National Assembly to fashion out acceptable measures to be implemented so as to enable peace to reign in the legislative chamber.

Speaking to journalists shortly after a meeting with the party leadership on Thursday, a member of House of Representatives, Sani Zoro, said the party does not want anything that will rock the boat or bring about rancour between the executive and the legislature in this dispensation and as such has asked its loyal members not to take any retaliatory action for now.

He said the party leadership has capacity to manage the crisis and that it has assured that it would work with the presidency and members in the National Assembly to come up with an acceptable peace template in a few days time.

-ThisDay

femi gbajabiamilaHouse of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara has assured that his leadership will not be vindictive against those that contested against him for the coveted position.

Dogara, while receiving former leadership of the House yesterday in his office promised to reach out to and mend walls with his opponents.

He said a rancour – free House is needed to compliment the Executive on the delivery of electoral promises that brought the All Progressives Congress (APC) to power.

Former Speakers and Deputy Speakers in attendance include Agunwa Anakwe; Ghali Umar Na’aba; Patricia Olubunmi Etteh; Aminu Tambuwal; Babangida Nguruje; and Emeka Ihedioha.

Others are immediate past Leader of the House, Mulikat Akande-Adeola, her Deputy, Leo Okuweh Ogor, immediate past Chief Whip, Mohammed Ishaka Bawa, his Deputy, Muhammed Mukhtar and the immediate past Deputy Minority Leader, Suleiman Abdulrahman Kawu.

“We are committed to the peace and stability of the House with a view to attaining our legislative agenda that will compliment the efforts of the Executive in trying the bring about the change Nigerians voted for.

“Talking about healing the wounds and division that has been caused by yesterdays (Tuesday) event, I assure you that we have been together and we know ourselves.

“We will come together and mend walls because some people may feel that they have lost.
“I want to tell them that they have not lost anything, as this remains a leadership that is for all”.
He also assured the former leadership that his emergence as Speaker was for no other purpose than for the delivery of dividends of democracy to Nigerians.

“Electoral victory was delivered to the APC because Nigerians were tired of excuses.

“They can’t wait any longer, and that is why we must as responsible leaders compliment the efforts of government.

“Because as legislature, we must work with the Executive to achieve the needed change that Nigerians voted for which is why we can’t begin to engage the executive in unnecessary bickering that does no good to the general wellbeing of Nigerians,” he said.

The group urged the leadership of APC to view the process that produced Dogara as victory for the independence of the legislature.

Na’aba spoke on behalf of the gruop saying, “Lawmakers yesterday (Tuesday) achieved another democratic revolution against a conventional wisdom of imposition of leaders by political parties.
“This has happened not to spite our party but that the legislature under a democratic setting must be independent.

“What happened yesterday was an effort by lawmakers of both the APC and the PDP to ensure their independence as lawmakers.

“Whatever must have happened, the new leadership must not be castigated and scorned but should be seen as a means of charting a new legislative course for the benefit of all Nigerians”.

The group also tasked the new House to be courageous in revisiting the constitution amendment while urging Dogara to be magnanimous in victory.

“We believe that the constitution needs to be amended, and this was done by the last Assembly but never saw the light of day.

“This Assembly must take up that responsibilty to revisit the issue of constitution amendment.
“What we need now is reconciliation, because the House as it is now is divided and i believe the process should not be difficult,” Na’aba added.

 

-Nigerianeye News

412x266xNasir-el-Rufai.jpg.pagespeed.ic.gJagPe8gCvEl-Rufai appeals with Kaduna lawmakers to cut salaries, allowances.

 
Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has begged members of the House of Assembly to review their salaries and allowances downward in order to generate more revenue for the development of the state.

“The Deputy Governor and I have signalled our intention in this regard by announcing that we are taking a pay cut of 50 per cent of our salary and allowances until the fiscal situation of the state improves,” El-Rufa’i said, yesterday, when he paid a visit to the House of Assembly.

“We appeal to all political office holders to embrace this example and attitude of sacrifice,” h said, adding that after paying salaries of civil servants, government was left with only 20 per cent of its revenue.

According to him, “Once done with paying salaries, allowances, overheads and pensions, the state is unable to do much by way of building infrastructure or providing services. The stark fact is that Kaduna State spends 80 per cent of its total revenues on its public servants and political office holders.

“Can we as elected leaders deliver any significant service or implement progressive actions or attain desirable outcomes for the majority of our people if we devote only 20 per cent of available resources to their needs? Would we not be undermining the very rationale of democracy if, after being elected by majority vote, we uphold a system that solely serves the pleasures of a servant-minority?

 

“How many good roads or decent hospitals can we build and maintain when we leave so little monies for the things that actually matter? The elections that have thrust the responsibility of governance on us reflect the yearning of our people for leaders that are competent, responsive and willing to offer dedicated service.

“As elected officials, we must view our massive mandates as instructions by our people for unrelenting work on their behalf. The change they voted for is for substantive improvements in the delivery of public goods, a new way of doing things and the prioritisation of their needs.

“As you are aware, the executive branch of this government has been taking briefings from the ministries, departments and agencies that constitute the public service of Kaduna State,” he added.

imageDespite riding on the support of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers to become president of the eighth Nigerian senate, Bukola Saraki, says there is no chance he would return to his former party in the aftermath of his party’s unfavourable disposition to his new office.

He also described President Muhammadu Buhari’s reaction to Tuesday’s election of national assembly leaders as a “great mark of leadership” and a demonstration of his commitment to democracy.

In a statement issued by his media office on Wednesday, Saraki commended Buhari for remaining steadfast in his commitment to the principle of non-interference in national assembly politics even in the face of great pressure on him to act otherwise.

“This shows that Mr President is a man of great conviction who, in his own words, belongs to everyone and to no one,” the statement read.

Describing insinuations that he would return to PDP as “absurd and laughable”, he said: “It is just cheap blackmail by political adversaries who want to call a dog a bad name in order to hang it. And those making such desperate allegations should remember that I willingly left the PDP on matters of principles when the party was in power.

“Is it now that the party is out of government and in opposition that I will now return, having worked so hard for my party in the last general election?”

He stated his commitment to the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying he remains a loyal and leading member of the party who is committed to contributing his quota to building the party and helping it deliver its promise of change to Nigerian people.

He urged all members of the national assembly to put politicking behind them and settle down for the proper business of legislating.

“Our country is going through very trying times. We have the challenge of insecurity in the northeast, the massive problem of youth unemployment and general economic challenges occasioned by fall in revenue.

“All these against the huge public expectation that propelled our party into office. We have pursued our legitimate aspirations appropriately. Now that the issues have been settled, we need to move on in the larger interest of our people, without whose mandate we would not have been in a position to aspire to these positions in the first place.”

He stated his readiness to embrace every member of the senate regardless of their political leanings in the leadership elections just concluded.

tinubuNational Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has responded to the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as President of the Senate.

Tinubu, while speaking on the development at the national secretariat of the party on Tuesday in Abuja, said, “I will never recognise such a kangaroo arrangement that produced Bukola as the Senate President. “Or how do you want me to recognise a man who deliberately defied his own party because of his personal interest? It is not done anywhere.

“Therefore, recognising Bukola as the Senate President after all he had done to our party today, having gone against the wish and pattern of our great party, honestly will amount to endorsing impunity, and which you should all know I will not ”,Tinubu said.

He added, “For me to recognise Senator Bukola as the Senate President, he must show remorse for today’s action. He had earlier promised to defy the party and the deed has been done. You don’t do that in politics.

“Personal interest must not override that of the party that beget you. It’s a spoken and silent rule of the game, which all and sundry must abide with. “I’m not God, but as far as this party is concerned, I’m a leader and I know what is good for the party at the appropriate time.

Speaking now is not for the party, but for myself. I cannot recognize Bukola as the Senate President.”

Bukola-Saraki-660x330 senateThe Presidency on Wednesday, said the Clerk of the National Assembly and Senate President, Bukola Saraki, snubbed President Muhammadu Buhari’s request and conducted the election that produced Saraki as Senate President.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said that there was a request for the National Assembly to move the time of the inauguration in other for the meeting with the All Progressives Congress lawmakers to hold.

Shehu, who spoke on Sunrise Daily, a morning programme on Channels TV, explained that Buhari declined to meet the 51 APC lawmakers at the International Conference Centre because election had already been completed by lawmakers who stayed back at the National Assembly complex.

According to him, the point of going to the ICC was lost once the process of election had begun.

He said: “Well, President Buhari had planned to be there to show support for the party and once the process had began, the point had been lost. Let me make this clear, I think somebody just wanted to bump into the President because the President had discussed what he wants. Governor Saraki directly or indirectly, the clerk of the National Assembly was reached directly or indirectly and they would have shown that respect to Mr. President, but the process went ahead. And that is it.

“I am talking about the clerk, governor Saraki, the key characters in all of these had sufficient information directly or indirectly coming to them that the President will be meeting the party members and the party chairman was present on the ground. Assumption would have been that every loyal and committed party member would have presented themselves to the party and to their President. That did not happen yesterday (Tuesday).

“I mean the information had been made available to people who would have decide this process. A respect for the President even if and for him to have made this point, even the outcome would have been the same. They chose to be absent. They chose to respect their party and the President. 51 APC Senators decided to answer the call of the party and the President and were present to this meeting. It was not as if it was a secret meeting.

“The party had begun a process and concluded it and some of these actors were part of that process. They knew what had happened. There was a shadow election of some sort. It is clear that there was nothing accidental in all of these things that happened. The process I meant, what I meant is that the APC as a party had began a process for choosing leaders. There was a shadow election in which leaders were chosen on the platform of the political party and it was complete. There was no doubt about it.

Shehu debunked claims that the meeting was made secret, adding that the invitation for the meeting was online and all efforts were made to notify the key people involved in the drama that played out on Tuesday.

He also denied that President Buhari deliberately kept the 51 APC lawmakers at the ICC in order for them not to partake in the election.

He, however, said that Buhari will work with whoever is the Senate President, adding that the President will support whatever decision the APC takes.

Shehu added that the President has not congratulated Saraki and Dogara over their victories.

AcElrufaicording to the statement, El-Rufai has repeatedly empahsiszed the need for Kaduna State government to direct its resources to deliver public services and that such a move requires a reduction in the proportion consumed by government.

Similarly, the Kaduna State government has announced the restructuring of its ministries from 19 to 13.

“This is intended to cut costs, spur efficiency and improve service delivery,” it stated.

It, therefore, stated that the machinery of government will now be driven by the following ministries: Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

Others are Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Health and Human Services, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Budget and Planning, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport.

It also said that the realignment of mandates has also resulted in the emergence of two new departments that is : The erstwhile Ministry of Lands, Survey and Country Planning is being moved to the Governor’s Office as a department and the former Ministry of Rural and Community Development becomes a department in the Deputy Governor’s Office.

Also affected by the restructuring is the Ministry of Information whose functions have now being decentralized , it stated that each ministry will henceforth have its own public relations unit attached to the office of its chief executive.