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Army Reiterates Commitment For Adequate Security



By Babangida Dajin

The Nigerian Army has reiterated its commitment to synergising with other security agencies in order to continue to provide peace and security in the country.

The newly posted General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division Jos, Brigadier General Musa Danmadami stated this when he visited Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state at the government house on Tuesday.

The Goc said he was at the government house to familiarise himself with the governor who is the Chief security officer of the state and the people of Bauchi.

He said that, 33 brigade in Bauchi which is under 3 Division Jos, Plateau state has been in Bauchi for quite some time and have been doing their best in conjunction with other security agencies to guarantee peace and security.

“Security generally, is supposed to be a collective effort. Everybody know that the army can not do it alone, and we know that to a large extent, the governor has been providing enormous support, both moral and logistic to our troops here”, the GOC said.

Brigadier General Danmadami while thanking the governor for his support to the Army, said that the security challenges bedevilling the country cannot be surmounted without the political will.

The GOC who noted with delight, the political zeal in governor Bala towards addressing security challenges in the state emphasized that the political solution can only work when there is the political will,

“We have seen in him that political will in addressing all security challenges within the state and that is why, to a large extent, we have seen a breathing space in Bauchi state”, he pointed out.

Brigadier General Danmadami commended the governor for carrying everybody along in his government irrespective of whichever divide they are including all the security apparatus in the state.

While responding, Governor Bala Mohammed assured the GOC of his administration’s support to the Nigeria Army as well as other security agencies in Bauchi state.

Bala said, “we understand that you were recently posted as the 39th GOC to one of the most historic divisions in the country where the current UN president supretended when we were young and we know that it has the spirit and value of the military tradition of confronting every challenge so far that has come along our way as a nation”.

Governor Bala who said he is pleased that the GOC had worked in Bauchi before, expressed optimism that he is very conversant with all the terrains and that will help him carry out his duties successfully.

“You know the terrain very well, you are part and portion of this country, and you know that we are really bombarded with insecurity”, the governor said.

Governor Bala noted that the Nigerian Army under the Chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai whom he said has done so much since inception of the present administration to make Bauchi safe and secured.

“The army has done so much in conjunction with other security agencies to make us safe and secured, and I must commend the brigade commander of the army and other security agencies in Bauchi for making us safe and secured despite insecurity all over, surrounding us”, he added.

He noted that, “Bauchi is surrounded by about seven states and we are the gate way like I said, to the Northeast itself and North central and the north west. So, all these security challenges that are coming from all these places were really coming here but at the end of the day, we have become the safest place to stay in the northeast because there is peace”.

He said that the peaceful coexistence been enjoyed in Bauchi state has not been possible without the full support and engagement of all stakeholders in the peace process.

He advised the GOC to request for vehicles from the North East Development Commission (NEDC) to further boost his division’s capacity to carry out adequate surveillance.
[22/09, 19:46] Amina Yahaya: Bagudu commissions 2 world class blocks at Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital

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Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Tuesday, commissioned two newly constructed storey buildings comprising a World Class paediatric Medical Ward at the Premier Specialist Hospital, Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital Birnin Kebbi, which was established since 1954.

Bagudu, who was represented at the epoch-making event by the Health Commissioner, Jafar Mohammed, said that, the project was part of the ongoing rehabilitation of all hospitals across the twenty one local governments in the state .

According to Bagudu, the project was executed by the state government,with a view to increase the capacity of intake of patients, saying: ” That was why it was upgraded to a 350-bed capacity, from the previous 200 beds.

” In the same vein, the project will optimize the service delivery capabilities of the hospital, just as it has been provided with an array of world class facilities, adequate and highly trained manpower.

” This is borne out of our unwavering commitment to provide reliable and accessible healthcare services to the people of the state .

” I can ununequivocally state that, this is the most masses friendly hospital in the state . It has been fully equipped with the state of the art facilities ,the best , anywhere in the world .

” The hospital also boasts of the best Paedetriac Ward in the country which is child friendly and certainly , the efficiency of the health personnel in the state will be bolstered.”

The governor added that, similar gesture was ongoing in hospitals around the state, explaining that, more diagnostics machines like X-rays, were being installed , while test running was already in progress.

According to Bagudu, medical students were also being recruited and placed on the state’s payroll, with a view to commence the provision of the direly needed health services as soon as they graduated from their various schools.

He enumerated them to include Medical Doctors, Pharmacists, Laboratory Techologists, Nurses and other health professionals.

Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, also a Permanent Secretary, Dr. Aminu Haliru Bunza said that, the health facility has never had it so good like it was doing now .

The CMD, who was full of praises for governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and his wife, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu stated that, the hospital was equipped with the best child-friendly and life savings facilities .

He said,” The hospital has an Emergency Paedetriac Unit, the best in Nigeria , staffed with well trained, high caliber health personnel, while all its services are free.

” This is a common man’s hospital.The governor has ensured that, Sir Yahaya Hospital is the most masses-friendly health facility in the whole of Kebbi State.”

Bunza extended his heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu on behalf of the management and staff of the hospital for making it possible for the commissioning of the wards.

He averred ” I wish to Personally extend my heartfelt appreciation on behalf of management and staff of the hospital to Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, the wife of the governor for making this a reality.

” May the Almighty Allah in his own ways continue to guide and protect her, we are really grateful to her effort and we don’t want her to relent , we are like Oliver Twist always asking for more.

” Now we want to see what happens with the Maternity Complex, where she also has passion for, on behalf of all patients and management, I want to thank and say we remain grateful ” , he said.

The newly constructed modern children’s ward is named after the wife of the governor, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu.



Gov. Emmanuel Announces Commencement Of MEGP Training For Batch III



-Paul Sylvester

As part of efforts to address some concerns of youth in Akwa Ibom State and forestall unrest, Gov. Udom Emmanuel has announced the commencement of the third batch of capacity building initiative, My Entrepreneurship Goal Programme (MEGP).

Gov. Emmanuel in a State wide broadcast, Friday October 23, 2020, in reaction to the violence that erupted in Uyo a day earlier, caused by hoodlums acting as #EndSARS protesters, announced that MEGP will resume for the third batch, to train another set of start ups and young entrepreneurs on basic business skills.

“My‭ ‬Entrepreneurship‭ ‬Goals‭ ‬ ‭ ‬Programme‭ (MEGP) will start next week, which is another bold and decisive step taken by Government to provide needed education and skills ‬in entrepreneurship, so‭ ‬our ‭ ‬youths may‭ ‬use‭ the ‭skills acquired to create job for themselves”, he said.

The Governor through the Directorate of Marketing & Brand Management (Office of the Governor) had since 2018, initiated the programme to provide a free platform for budding entrepreneurs in the State to acquire needed business education and exposed to opportunities for business support, strategic partnership, mentoring and market linkages. The programme has so far churned out two batches of beneficiaries.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Marketing & Brand Management, Mr. Ime Uwah, MEGP is a typology of a business school that runs every quarter of the year. He stated that the batch III of the programme, was slated to commence by March this year, but was regrettably stalled by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. However the participants that will be attending the programme by next week, are those qualified after the pre-qualification interview carried out early this year.

The MEGP has exposed young Akwa Ibom entrepreneurs to avenues for business financing like grants and loans, as well as create an ecosystem of like-minded teams to share ideas and build mutual support system, Uwah stated.

He pointed out that with key partners like Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), the over two hundred young entrepreneurs in the State that have been fully trained and certified, are well equipped to grow businesses and function in many capacities relating to entrepreneurship.

The SSA further noted that the programme is an interpretation of Gov. Emmanuel’s vision to grow a productive population of young people who will hold economic pillars of the State, this is in line with the State Government completion Agenda on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. (MSMEs)

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Gombe Keys Into Federal Government’s Appeals Programme



The State Deputy Governor, Manassah Daniel Jatau has again stressed that the state is blessed with vast agricultural resources that is capable of transforming the lives of the people.
The Deputy Governor gave the indication when he hosted the Chairman and Members of Agro Processing, Productivity, Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support( APPEALS) Project, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Abuja on a courtesy visit in his office.

The Deputy Governor, noted that the rich agricultural endowments, if put to use, can transform the Lives of the citizenry, and give them a better livelihood.
He commended President Muhammadu Buharis initiative of APPEALS project, describing it as a welcome development, pointing out that the state government has already keyed in to the program, as the Governor has already signed the letter of commitment.
Manassah Daniel Jatau explained to the APPEALS Officials that the administration of Governor Muhammad Inuwa has deliberately prioritize health, education, and agriculture sectors, in view of their roles as basic components of human needs and development.
He further explained that, the state has three dams in Dadinkowa, Balance and Cham, an expanse of rich agricultural land,adding that, the administration has embarked on network eleven hundred and the industrial park all in an effort to make maximum use of the inherent potentials for the betterment of the lives of the people.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman, APPEALS, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, FCT, Abuja, Alh. Mohammed Njobdi, said their visit was at the instance of the Federal Minister of Agriculture, as a follow-up to the expression of interest shown by Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya for Gombe to participate in the APPEALS Program.
He said, part of the requirements was for the officials to visit and interact with state officials as well as make field visits to processing sites, among others, which, according to him, is the reason why, the committee is in the state.
The Chairman, further explained that APPEALS is an acronym for Agro Processing, Productivity, Enhancement, And Livelihood Improvement Support, a program that aims at enhancing agricultural Productivity and ensuring value addition.
He also explained that the project has already started in six states in the country and Gombe State has been included in the next twelve states that shall benefit from the project.
In his remarks, the Commissioner of Agriculture, Alh. Mohammed Magaji Gettado stressed that the prospect of the project in the state is very high, viable and bright towards enhanced and sustainable agricultural growth.
The Commissioner outlined the derivable benefits to include among others, boosting small and medium scale industries,and provision of employment to the teeming youths for socioeconomic development.
Alh. Gettado said Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya has already signed the document of commitment in demonstration of his resoluteness to take the state to greater heights.


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Gov. AUF Receives FCT Minister on Visit, Commends Level of Peace in Adamawa



Mallam Musa Bello, Hon Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, has visited Governor Ahamadu Umaru Fintiri,AUF, of Adamawa State.

During the visit, Mallam Musa Bello who hailed from Adamawa State, Commended Governor Fintiri for the prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the state despite the spread of the #EndSARS protests in the country.

Muhammad Bakari Tukur, Senior Special Assistant to AUF on New Media, in a statement on Friday said “the minister commended Governor Fintiri’s handling of the protest in a thorough manner unlike other states.”

Responding, Governor Fintiri commended the Minister and his team for the visit saying “my administration has outlined alot of measures through which the excesses of the #EndSARS protesters will be checked.”

The Governor saluted Adamawa youths for holding a peaceful protest in the state.

He frowned at the protest and how it resulted to violence and destructions of lives and property in some states.

He encouraged youths in Adamawa to learn how to channel their grievances through proper channels for appropriate actions to be taken.

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