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In This Government, Transparency Or Corruption, is Zero Level- Bindow

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In This Government, Transparency Or Corruption, Is Zero Level – Bindow

* No Transparency, No Corruption In Governance! – Political Analyst

By Adamu Muhammad Dodo Adamawa 17/10/2018

Someone I could not tell who but certainly, one who conceived that Bindow was the best Adamawa could ever be blessed to have as a governor, even though the principal could be championing a move to weed the intellectuals “‘yan Boko” away from governance by paradoxically, deploying the services of some of the ‘yan bokos for a scheme to eventually turn against them, shared a ATV Yola’s 2,6 news report, more of a PR, aimed however, at marketing, to bring back Bindow in 2019.

“No doubt, Adamawa has every reason to once again support the governor to continue with the good work,” the news report concluded.

The lad or lady could be interpreting the Periscope Global Publishers reports as tough, without prior consideration of whether or not the criticisms of the government were constructive.

I however promised a deconstruction, a kind of non romantic view, while having the somewhat political report, rather romantic news review, published free of charge.

The Periscope global publishers – both the mainstream weekly and online publication – has never requested the government of Adamawa for payment of any kind of publication of its activities because, the latter is either yet to come out of financial recession or there has been misappropriation of public funds, such that public workers with LGAs, those with the primary healthcare centres, the medical doctors recently said to be employed by the health service management board of the state, the pensioners, the list could go on an on, are yet to be paid their outstanding salaries and other entitlements arrears, in spite of the bailouts and the Paris Club refund funds.

The counterpart fund, as was insinuated, could not get to be generated, even with the improved revenue drive, to be able to access the UBEC fund.

Therefore, the Periscope Global Publishers, generously resolved to cover by exposing, to report and reveal by capturing the government’s mood of the moment, without any prompting, as gratification is ethically criminal, without also any anticipation of commendation because, fair reportage, for the most part, seems to be displeasing to the subject of inquiry “thingified” by its inadequacies and imprisoned by ineptitude.

Lest I forget, last year, Adamawa Television Corporation ATV Yola, celebrated a 30th anniversary with its establishment. The television station that excelled with its exhaled rather, inexhaustible slogan of excellence.

I was part of the ATV Yola’s success story, having worked with the station as a volunteer professional for over two years without any allowance, from 2000 to 2003.

However, the most salient highlight of the anniversary, in my opinion, that earned governor Bindow a somewhat invisible ovation and comments of commendation was the recommendation of employment waiver, granted to the management of ATV Yola to regularise, convert by means of employing the artists and the volunteer staff whose contributions were certified by the public and the management of the television station, as worthy of commendation and employment.

However, the employment waiver, the Periscope Global Publishers would investigate, was yet to take effect one year after,

ABC Yola that was blessed with the similar employment waiver, was said to have received the signal for the waiver to take effect. It simply did employ new staff.

The question that is remained to be asked is, what went afoul with the ATV Yola’s employment waiver?

Employing the committed youth in ATV Yola, is in my judgement, worthier than employing SAs for the undefined allowances.

It would be of great benefit for the SAs, if they should be introduced into the technical skills acquisition schemes.

The news report below, would not blow the balloon leading to that angle for a slightest clue either.

It could be a human angle reminding the principal about the presumed forgotten obligation, as much as it could be declared a taboo, taking a political angle, marketing Emmanuel Bello or Ahmadu Fintiri or Abdulaziz Nyako or Nuhu Ribadu and/or Dr. Mahmood Halilu Ahmad Modi, at whatever amount, on ATV Yola, for a new beginning as could be free from any fee, relating to the political news for marketing “continuity” as that sent to me via WhatsApp below.

The following is the 2, 6 news:

It has been three years, the Muhammadu Jibrilla Administration continues to follow strictly, to the implementation of plan to improve on the various faced of developments, ranging infrastructure, agriculture, health, education and economic reform.

The state has now changed away from its bondage of underdevelopment.

For instance, it’s approach to health issues, which sought the renovations and constructions like Mubi general hospital, Ganye, Maiha, Numan as well as the specialist hospital in Yola as added to the rapt attention, primary healthcare agencies across the 22 wards of the state, which function 24 hours.

The development has greatly reduced spread of ailments, thus reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, placing Adamawa on the list across the country.

It is no longer news that Muhammad Umar Jubrilla has made its impact felt at 17 out of 21 LGAs who witnessed robust infrastructural drive, with over 379 new roads as well as several bridges constructed.

In Yola north and south alone, 117 kilometers roads were either constructed, reconstructed or rehabilitated, while rural areas like… Kiri-Shelleng road is gradually coming to an end.

“I just managed, prudently, with what I have.

“In this government, in terms of transparency or corruption, is zero level

“God has given me the opportunity that is very rare. I’m managing four million people.

“Is not because of my knowledge or anything that I have extra than any human being.

“Is just God has ordained me to be in this position. So is an opportunity to serve, “Bindow said.

Farmers and farming activities had also received a boost.

The procurement of over 150 tractors, distributed across Adamawa with prompt procurement of fertilizer every farming season. This has greatly improved yield.

On education, selected secondary schools were renovated to make learning process conducive for students, while relevant books and teaching materials were purchased and distributed to all the schools.

“You can see and can report… over 3000 bedding materials and other implements for the school,” Bindow said at a selected school the procured educational materials were presented.

And with the systematic approach to block leakages, which hitherto existing among those managing state finances, the revenue drives of Adamawa has now improved from from less than three hundred million naira a month to one billion naira.

“In this government, in terms of transparency or corruption, zero level,” Bindow said.

No doubt, Adamawa has every reason to once again support the governor to continue with the good work.

the news story concluded.

In another vein, an official in Adamawa government, argued that governor Bindow constructed 397 roads in 16 LGAs of the state. Reconstructed and rehabilitated 7 general hospital two of which were hitherto burnt down completely by Boko Haram. Revived 403 primary healthcare centres and over 400 hundred schools.

The achievements ought to have earned Bindow either the PMB like unopposed ticket for continuity with the change or a work over during the APC gubernatorial primaries.

However, governor Bindow has had tough challenge such that the party primaries would have to go rough as was alleged, that the contenders; Modi and Ribadu, would have to appeal to the national leadership of the APC, to nullify the election and to disqualify the purported winner, due to the way and manner in which the primary election was conducted. Alleging that the whole exercise has grossly violated the genuine guidelines. Therefore, it should be cancelled in the interest of justice, internal democracy and the progress of APC.

“If the process was genuine, we’ll be left with not option but to receive the outcome of the gubernatorial primaries in Adamawa.

“However, the process was fraudulent. The electoral committee comprised irregularities in a manner that results were announced where either a kind of kangaroo elections were nocturnally conducted or elections were never conducted at all,” a political analyst observed.

“The fraudulent manner in which the governor tolerated the conduct of the gubernatorial primaries to his favour, is metaphoric of the way he conducts his leadership; zero tolerance to transparency and corruption lacks any definition, other than zero.

“You talk of zero corruption when due process by contract and procurement standards, were not taken into consideration in awarding any of the said executed projects in Adamawa state.

“But for The initiatives of Dr. Abdullahi Dauda Belel the chairman Adamawa state healthcare development agency and the intervention of the World Health Organisation, primary healthcare in the state would have been in sorry state.

“Do you know that the money that accompanied the second best award in the federation won by the Adamawa state primary healthcare agency would have been used to offset some of the outstanding salaries of the primary healthcare workers? Don’t ask me where the money was diverted. Do you job to find out.

“Adamawa is indeed in financial quagmire with the alleged unaccounted for loan and there’s very little to show of how the loan was utilised,” a political analyst argued.

A reader asked why the Periscope Global Publishers hate Bindow?

Hate! Well, the following response concluded the piece.

We record activities. We don’t hate anybody.

Like Obama would say, he’s for everybody and for nobody.

We can’t say leadership is effective when it’s actually clueless.

We can’t say there’s quality education, when in reality, there’s rot about it.
We can’t commend the healthcare, when in reality, it is dysfunctional.

Skills acquisition, aged, youth and women empowerments at zero level.

When parents can’t pay school fees of their children, can’t put the hospital bills and can’t feed their families because, they are recklessly been denied salaries and pensions for some months, in spite of the bailouts and the Paris Club refund funds.

We can’t say there’s water everywhere, which ought to be but it isn’t the case.

We can’t say rule of law is being adhered to, when court order isn’t honoured.

You could go on and on.

Unless otherwise, you want us to degenerate into sycophancy or any form of dementia.

Mind you. We only report, we do not make news.

We help in strengthening the truth, lest our community reduced into the republic of liars as creatively articulated by Wole Soyinka in his “InterInventions: Between Defective Memory and the Public Lie – A Personal Odyssey in the Republic of Liars.”

A most read, if you asked me. Peace!

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2023; Why Apc Must Revisit, Amend its Constitution – Yusuf Adamu

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The scenario that gave birth to the recent crises in the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC should not be cast with a wave of a hand at this time when the waves seemed to have calm down. There could be triggers that in the days ahead such event may rise again and therefore the need to revisit and amend the APC constitution by the new leadership of the party.

I am happy that our former Chairman, Adams Oshiomole and all the former party executives have withdrawn litigations and speak well of the party and leaders. This is a sign of good sportsmanship and shows that the party is on a good path to 2023 general elections.

In a place of corrections, issues of the past are sometimes brought to the fore in other to pick a lesson for the need of tomorrow. I have observed that, in the last five years of our party as the strong one, we have abandon the needful, which indeed was part of our crises as a party. This is the issues of holding regular meetings and sharing of information from the top to the bottom or avoid to take vital information from the bottom to the top.

Information management is very key in everyday life and especially in party affairs. The first mistake we made was to abrogate proprietorship leadership system in our party and that is now the brewing crises looking at comments coming from the southwest with the intervention of the President to hold strong our four walls from collapsing. This mistake should be the last and lessons for the new leadership to do the needful and not to allow an escalation along this wrong path.

Party meeting should be holding regularly and within the stipulated time and also not in a gangsteric style because everybody matters. We have seen the action of a ward Chairman against the National Chairman and the fruits it produces. This is very critical in a party with more than 20 million supporters. It is normal to agree and to disagree on issues and we should thank God that we have a listening President, who is quick to act on party matters. He is very quick and have saved the party from collapsing.

Agreement and disagreement is normal in a Democratic system because everyone has something to say and need someone to listen. There will be more of this as we move towards 2023. In APC like any other party, we have people of different background and ideas, as such, there must be a time for horse trading, maneuvering and scheming. But we have to do it in a good way. We thank our God that our party did not collapse.

The party now I believe is in the hands of people with higher level of integrity, experienced people to run the party for six months. Now, definitely a mechanism of check and balance has to be put in place. We should make sure that we do not trample on the opportunity God gave us to rule this great country, because the devastating effect will be greater in history judgements.

Although as a party we are dealing with oppositions that are not honest, let that not becloud our thinking that, we can play with God’s given opportunities. There are encroachment in our party to make sure the party did not stand, but did stand by the grace of God and this should make us to begin to look inward towards making sure that we do not give them room to put the last nail by their many attempts to brew new crises for the party.

My appeal is that, the new leadership of our party should use their experiences to ensure that the party is on a solid ground before talking about 2023. A mechanism for reconciliation has to be put in place and aggrieved persons must be reached out for immediately. The elections in Edo and Ondo is a litmus test for us. We do not have moral justification to loose these two elections. If we do, and I pray not – this is going to be bring a serious set back for us.

For me, I want a situation where the constitution of our party should be amended to spell clearly on issues of conflict from the wards to the National. We should take a study of the scenario that brought us to where we almost loose grip of the party. I want a situation whereby when there is a conflict in the ward, the ware Chairman has to form a committee to look into such conflict and write to the local government executives, who will look into the matter and also write to the state and the state writes to the National body before an execution order is given by the National body to suspend or expel an individual from the party.

We should make sure that wards have no jurisdiction to suspend or expel without following the due process and channels, otherwise the experience in the case of the former APC Chairman will be seen repeating like wild fire and that would not be a good thing for the image of the party.

I recalled when we were in the ANPP, whenever there is an issue of concern as this, the national executives will form a committee after its meeting, who would look into the matter and proffer solution without having to go to court. Sometimes the Board of Trustees are called upon to give fatherly advice or verdict on party internal issues.

Now, our party should make sure that a board of trustees is inaugurated and give them a role to play in party matters. These individual should be carefully selected and should be people with high level of integrity. We should have a situation whereby our internal conflict are managed and solved withing the ambit of the party constitution so as to reduce litigations.

* Yusuf Admau is a former Political Adviser to Ex- Borno Governor Kashim Shettima
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Int’l Security Meeting; Maiha LG Chairman Invites Idi As District Head

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By Adamu Mohammed Yola

Maiha local government authority has in what she considered as international peace and security meeting, showcased Idi Usman Shehu as the district head of Jalingo-Maiha to the district heads and heads of security of seven districts of Cameroon republic that share border with Maiha local government area, northern senatorial district of Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria.

The meeting holding today has also in attendance the recognised district heads of four districts of Maiha LGA and the heads of security agencies.

Jalingo-Maiha at the moment, has no district head because the Adamawa state government is yet to act on the court order that directed the state governor to approve the appointment of Barr. Mahmud Abubakar Suleiman over a year after the judgement.

The court order has equally restrained Idi Usman Shehu from parading himself as district head of Jalingo-Maiha.

Although it was a declaratory judgment that does not give room for a stay of execution pending the determination of the court of appeal, the Periscope learned that Barr. Mahmud’s approval of appointed as district head is not granted because the case is before the appeal court.

Julia Kagani explained Declaratory Judgment as “a court-issued judgment that defines and outlines the rights and obligations of each party in a contract. Declaratory judgments have the same effect and force as final judgments and are legally binding. These judgments are also called a declaration or declaratory relief.”

So, why shouldn’t the legal court declared district head be appointed to end the prolonged scandal? I can not stop the governor from removing him if the appeal could should decided otherwise.

For over a year after a Yola high court judgement that restrained him from parading himself as district head, Idi Usman Shehu has taken to the contempt of court and executive orders with impunity, rather unchallenged by constituted authority.

The impostor is today seen to be supported by Maiha local government authority that has publicly rather before international traditional authorities from neighbouring Cameroon republic, decorated him with a participant tag as the district head of Jalingo-Maiha

Can a bridge be made constructive on a wrong foundation?

Will it be any surprising if it built on a corrupt foundation eventually collapse from the very foundation?

Can peace and security succeed when those championing it themselves are stained with the issue of peace and security for playing the impostor and accomplices to the contempt of court and executive orders?

To be continued.

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On Peace building and security strengthening for success

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On Peace Building And Security Strengthening For Success

By Adamu Muhammad Dodo

Peace is an uncompromising treasure. However, where peace loving and law abiding citizens are challenged unlawfully by being humiliated, exploited, oppressed and catastrophically catapulted with impunity under the watch of constituted rather uncritical, unconscious authority and a docile security outfit that would only lament by deciding to the citizenry a self-defence, there is that value worthy in reacting to and repelling the uncalled for assaults with a view to restore sanity, peace and security.

“A criminal will never give you back the stollen mandate and the robbed peace. You must take it back; reducing the renegade to on bended knees prodigal son, even if it will eventually involve the use of correctional facility.”

This a Sage would say, while contributing to the conversation on peace and security in a community where the notorious few would want to rewrite the history, coercing on others, their violent story, with swords as their pen and blood of the innocent citizens as the ink; considering the fact that “the pen is mightier than the sword.

However, sword will and never will it in anyway ever be used to serve as a pen, as much as a Yoruba translated proverb will make a reflection about a butterfly calling itself a bird; even though it could not fly higher and faster, among so numerous of its weaknesses for a worthy responsibility.

The beginning of wisdom in peace building and security strengthening is to remain apolitical, and defeat obnoxious sentiments to do the needful by crediting to every actor their deeds and misdeeds, before taking any action devoid of any air about hypocrisy, bearing in mind that insincerity is the insecurity that sabotages one’s success, the progress and development of a community.

Peace!

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