Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called on
wealthy indigenes of Adamawa State to come and invest in the State.
Atiku made the call during the inauguration of Madugu Rockview Hotel in Yola.
According to the former vice president, the only way to develop the state is for the well-to-do citizens to invest in it.
“It is unwise for the wealthy citizens of Adamawa to go somewhere and invest while the state is lacking. “I, therefore, advise and challenge any well meaning citizen of Adamawa to come back home and invest in order to move our state forward”, Atiku said.
Governor Muhammadu Bindo of Adamawa expressed concern over poor investment attitude of people of the state.
The National Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA) said last Saturday that it planned to collaborate with the Borno Government to enhance the welfare of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.
Our correspondent that about 120, 000 IDPs, drawn from 22 out of the 27 local government areas of the state are taking shelter in 22 camps in Maiduguri.
NEMA Director of Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Charles Otegbade, made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen shortly after a meeting with officials of the state government in Maiduguri.
Otegbade said that the essence was to enhance hygiene at the IDPs camps as well as ensure improvement in theír living condition.
“What we have agreed upon is more like sharing responsibilities on how to continue to maintain the camps in a very hygienic manner.
The immediate past Speaker of Ekiti State House of
Assembly, Mr Dele Olugbemi, has urged the newly inaugurated legislators to support the administration of Governor Ayo Fayose to bring about meaningful development.
Olugbemi gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti.
He urged the legislators to cooperate with the Executive to ensure the delivery of more dividends of democracy to the people.
The former speaker said meaningful development could only be achieved when there is cooperation among the three arms of government.
“I want to charge the newly inaugurated legislators that they must cooperate with the administration Gov. Fayose to bring about meaningful development.
The Federal Ministry of Environment says it will imple
ment relevant actions to achieve sustainable development and environmental protection in the country.
The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs Fatima Mede, gave the assurance in Abuja last a symposium organised to mark the 2015 World Environment Day (WED).
Mede said that the government had established various institutions and mechanisms to address specific issues to ensure environmental protection.
She said that the ministry had also fashioned out relevant policies and action plans to address some environmental challenges such as drought and desertification, erosion and climate change, among others.
According to her, the government has also, through the ministry and her agencies, developed relevant environmental laws and regulations to address some of these challenges.
Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State has
approved the appointment of Mr James Phisagi as Acting Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
This is contained in statement signed by Alhaji Ahmed Usman, the state’s Head of Civil Service, and made available to newsmen in Gombe.
The statement said Phisagi’s appointment was with effect from June 4.
According the statement, Phisagi, 56, was the Permanent Secretary, General Duties at the SSG’s Office.
The acting SSG graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, in 1980 with BSC in Political Science.
The Kiyawa Local Government Council of Jigawa State
last Friday said it is targeting more than 80,000 children for vaccination against polio in the ongoing immunisation.
The Manager, National Programme on Immunisation (NPI), in the area, Alhaji Ashiru Mu’azu, said this through the council’s Information Officer, Malam Abdullahi Yakubu, in Kiyawa.
Yakubu said that, according to the NPI Manager, the state government has supplied 78,000 doses of Oral Polio Vaccines (OPVs) for the smooth conduct of the exercise.
The official said the exercise would be conducted under the supervision of the council chairman and his councillors.
According to him, the council had provided 135 cartons of sweets to woo children to participate in the exercise.
The former Director, Research and Documentation Unit,
Ado Bayero Foundation, Alhaji Ado Kurawa has described the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, as the most influential monarch in the history of Kano Emirate Council.
Kurawa made the remark at the first memorial lecture of the revered traditional ruler in Kano on Sunday.
The lecture, titled “The Contribution of the late Emir Ado Bayero to the Development of Islam in Kano”, was organised by the Bayero University Kano.
According to him, the late monarch was an important asset in promoting mutual understanding and resolving conflicts between different ethnic and religious groups.
“Bayero who reigned for 50 years contributed immensely to the development of Islam in the state through donation to Islamic organisations.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has advo
cated making of history as a compulsory subject in schools to enable young Nigerians to understand the society better.
The sultan made the call at the 10th Anniversary of the Coronation of the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Bashar.
He urged the youths to study the history of their traditional institutions and values, stressing that facts of history will guide their attitude towards the promotion of peace, love and education.
According to him, study of history will enable students to ascertain facts about past and appreciate roles of traditional rulers in maintaining peace, unity and coexistence of diverse people of Nigeria.
He also called on community leaders and to promote both Islamic and western education for the rapid development of society.
A member of the 7th Federal Assembly from Lagos State,
Dr. Samuel Adejare, has called for regular summits between past and serving lawmakers where they could share experiences.
Adejare, who represented the Agege Federal Constituency I under the All Progressives congress (APC), told our correspondent last Friday that such summits would help to deepen Nigeria’s democratic culture.
He urged the Institute for Legislative Studies to regularly organise meetings between past and serving lawmakers at all levels for them to exchange ideas and share views on law making.
The Catholic Bishop of Lafia, Dr Mathew Ishaya, has
called on Nigerians to give the much-needed support for President Muhamadu Buhari’s administration.
He said such support to the new government and political leaders would ensure its success.
Ishaya, who made the call in an interview with newsmen in Lafia, said no government could achieve any meaningful development and progress without the support and prayers of its citizenry.
He said: “Our role is to preach peace, unity and to advise our members and other Nigerians to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliations.
Ishaya also called on the people not to relent in their prayers for the success of the new government and reminded them that “prayer is key to the success of every individual or government.”
The Programme Manager, Rural Water and Environ
mental Sanitation Agency in Osun, Alhaji Olaposi Adiatu, has described provision of potable water in a dirty environment as invitation to water-borne diseases.
Adiatu made this assertion in an interview with newsmen in Osogbo recently.
He said the provision of potable water in an unhealthy environment is automatically inviting diseases.
According to him, in as much as provision of potable water is essential, it would be counter- productive to have it in a dirty environment, as this could lead to contraction of various kinds of water-borne diseases.
”We have made it clear to our people that one of the major prerequisite to provision of water in their communities is their commitment to environmental sanitation, ” he said.
On the Millennium Development Goals’ projection of water for all by the year 2015, the RUWESA boss expressed his reservation about the attainment of this goal by the stipulated period.
The National Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA), Donga, has donated N5million worth of relief materials to 2,926 victims of gun attacks in Donga Local Government Area of Taraba.
Alhaji Muhammed Sidi, Director General of the agency, presented the items to the three camps of Tor Damisa, Model Primary School and Dozomga.
Sidi told the internally displaced persons (IDPs) that the relief materials were meant to alleviate their sufferings and not compensation to what they have lost.
“I want to make it clear that this relief materials we have brought to you is to alleviate your sufferings while the government is trying to restore peace in your communities.
“You must, therefore, try on your part to tolerate one another and assist government in finding lasting solutions to the unfortunate attacks in your communities,” he said.
‘MKO Most Acceptable Nigerian Democrat’
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has described the late Chief Moshood Abiola, widely believed to have won the June 12, 1993 presidential poll, as “the most acceptable democrat cherished by Nigerians”.
Mohammed said this in Gamawa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state during the distribution of empowerment items to youths and women under the Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme (KEEP).
He said the empowerment scheme historic as it coincided with Democracy Day which he described as an unforgettable day in the history of Nigeria.
The governor, who was full of praises for the late business mogul, said Abiola provided the country with a lot of empowerment programmes without considering the tribe, language and geographical location of the beneficiaries.
“Our launching of this empowerment programne today is historic and passionate; we remember today is democracy day and we decided to do it on this day.
“This is because Chief Moshood Abiola, who we are celebrating, empowered several people.
“He did that across board without considering the religion, language and origin of those that benefited from the gestures.
“Abiola will remain in our memory as the most acceptable democrat or politician in Nigeria.
“We all voted for him and that is why myself, my deputy and the government decided honour to him this day by coming to Gamawa and Zaki to empower the people,” he said.
Mohammed noted that democracy day meant remembering people who had empowered the masses, adding that the late Abiola was in that category.
The gesture, he said, was also to show appreciation to the people who brought his administration to power, adding that his government had a lot to offer to the people.
Buhari, Bello Greet Abubakar At 79
President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on his 79th birthday, joining family members and friends to celebrate with the iconic leader.
The president’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja yesterday.
Buhari noted that Abubakar’s legacy of setting the country on the path of democracy and good governance, and passionate pursuit of peace had continued to yield results.
He congratulated the General for another age, appreciating his patriotism and visionary leadership style of always advocating unity, projecting maturity and wisdom on national discourse, and providing a rallying point for the future of the country.
The president noted the goodwill that the former Head of State had continued to attract to the country, both at national and international levels.
He particularly lauded him for sacrificing his time and resources to reach out to individuals and institutions on the need to work for the growth of Nigeria.
Buhari prayed for increase in wisdom, strength and long life for the former military leader that midwifed return of democracy to the country in 1999.
Similarly, Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger has felicitated former Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd), on his 79th birthday.
Sani-Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs Mary Noel-Berje, last Saturday in Minna eulogised Abubakar and described him as a “complete gentleman”.
According to him, the former head of state is a patriot who has remained “consistent and significant” in the progress and development of the country.
He said Niger and the country were indeed lucky to have an outstanding leader and statesman who had consistently remained on the path of promoting national unity and integration, as well as pursuit of global peace.
“Undoubtedly, your resolve to rededicate yourself to the service of our fatherland and humanity in general is a clear testimony of your statesmanship and influence which cuts across the length and breadth of the country,” Sani-Bello said.
He noted that at 79 years, Abdulsalami had remained a reference point for good governance, diplomacy and conflict resolution.
He prayed Allah to grant him sound health, many more years of wisdom, courage and determination to continue to offer selfless service to the nation and humanity.
Nigeria ’ll Be Great In Spite Of Challenges -Al Mustapha
Retired Maj. Hamza Al Mustapha, has expressed optimism that Nigeria will be a great nation, in spite of the current challenges.
Al Mustapha, who was Chief Security Officer (CSO) to late military head of state, Gen. Sani Abacha, said this when he spoke with The Tide source yesterday in Abuja.
“It is wrong for us to narrow the current challenges confronting Nigeria to the issue of trying to stop the 2023 poll, because it is much bigger than that.
“You should sit down and look at what makes Nigeria, the potentialities of Nigeria in the eyes of the world, you should look at Nigeria’s leadership positions in Africa and the world in general.
“You should also look at the negligence from the leadership at all levels. There is also the issue of poor strategic planning in situating the country as a leader in Africa and the world.
“And then, you should look at foreign forces that have been there making sure that Nigeria is retarded because of its numerous potential in terms of human and material resources, “ he said.
Al Mustapha alleged that some foreign powers were responsible for Nigeria’s numerous problems.
“We are facing delibrate retardation which started in 1972, after some powerful countries decided to halt our development into an industrial economy.
“These foreign powers realised that Nigeria was blessed with large volume of oil and gas, they sat down, assessed Nigeria and discovered that from its abundant natural and human resources it was going to provide leadership in the world.
“It was then agreed that every mechanism from outside using collaborators from within must be applied to retard Nigeria’s development.
“They started with the power sector, ensuring that our industries were killed due to lack of adequate power supply,” he said.
Al Mustapha said the plan had negatively affected all sectors of the economy as well as every sphere of life.
“ Up till this moment electricity supply in Nigeria is still very very expensive compared to other countries in spite of the fact that we have all it takes to have one of the most stable and cheap power supply in the world.
“We have the resources in abundance, we have coal and gas, we have solar energy in abundance because we are near the equator, we don’t have any excuse for power failure in Nigeria.
“Many countries situated far from the equator are using solar for power, yet we are suffering in darkness.
“We have hydro and gas resources in abundance and yet electricity generation and transmission in Nigeria is one of the most expensive in the world,” he said.
Al Mustapha said leaders at all levels must strive to rectify the situation.
“Our leaders especially at the grassroots should strive toward taking care of the poor, in such a way that the last man in the village will feel the impact of government.
“When people are neglected what you have is revolt and that is nature.
“Take example of the energy sector alone, if our leaders can effectively tackle the problem in the shortest possible time, Nigeria will take shape in a shot while.
“If we are able to tackle power problem alone, you know where we will have been, because the problem is why we are where we are now,” he said.
Al Mustapha also advised Nigerians collaborating with foreign forces to retard the country’s growth to stop.
“Many Nigerians are helping foreign collaborators to destroy the country and most of these people have dual citizenship, immunity and great respect in those countries,” he said.
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