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Group appeals to New NNPC, GMD to intensify oil exploration in the north

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GROUP APPEALS TO NEW NNPC GMD TO INTENSIFY OIL EXPLORATION IN THE NORTH

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

A group under the umbrella of the Northeast Development Association (NEDA) has commended President Muhammad Buhari for appointing Alhai Kyari Kolo Mele as Groups Managing Director (GMD) Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation’s (NNPC).

While addressing newsmen at a Press briefing in Maiduguri on Monday, the Coalition Chairman of of group, Alhaji Abbas Gambo said ” Mr kyari Kolo Mele is a technocrat and a manager er execellebce with 27 years experienced in the oil and gas industry and widely known for in verity, accountability and transperancy in governance particularly within the context of his exampary and patriotic activities and contributions in the direct sales of direct purchase programme of the NNOC, as a Group General Manager Crude oil Marketing Division of the cooperation “.

The group called in all Nigerians to support the new GMD in repositioning if the Nigeria’s oil and gas sector to the next level, stressing that his 27 years if experienced and integrity will brought to bear in the quest to improve the oil and gas industry, more especially with his experience in the OPEC as Nigerian representative.

” we urge the GMD to redouble efforts for continuous service to the Nation and come up with unique, effective and efficient initiatives and ideas that will ensure increased energy sufficiency “, Gambi added.

They urged Mr. Mele to redouble his efforts in the oil exploration of oil in the Make Chad Basin, , Bids basin, Benue through and all other part if oil exploration interests.

 

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Aisha Buhari’s Wake-up call to Adamawa Aisha Buhari’s wakeup call to Adamawa stakeholders By Yakubu Uba Aisha Buhari, the glowing Nigerian First Lady is known as someone who doesn’t hide her feelings on issues and that’s exactly what she did on the issue of unity and development facing her home state- Adamawa, known as the Land of Beauty. Adamawa, known as mini Nigeria with over 70 tribes have a lot of prominent personalities who always avoid it numerous challenges like a plague, they saw the challenges as to big to confront, but Aisha in her usual fearless character feel it’s to big to miss. Many are dampened by the obstacles on the way to reaching a united and prosperous Adamawa, while the First Lady is gingered by the greatness to be attained by a prosperous Adamawa state. Just after the general election, the First Lady mobilized some concerned indigenes of the blessed state and summoned a successful Town Hall meeting that brought together the diverse people of the state irrespective of political parties, tribe and religion to discuss on how best to set the state on the part of accelerated socio economic development and prosperity. That meeting showed the motherly touch in the First Lady, and for the first time since inception of the present democracy we saw politicians of different political parties in the state hugging and chatting happily with each other on the way forward. At that historic meeting, the First Lady noted that election had come and gone while the state appears to be at a cross road necessitating the need for the people of Adamawa to use their brains to move the state out of its years of stunted growth despite its abundant human and material resources. “The recent political developments in the state before and after election have left people in a state of uncertainty about the future. While the prevailing security challenges continue to pose a serious threat to peace and the very existence of our people, the declining rate in terms of educational school enrollment and performance, coupled with the growing number of unemployed youth also spell gloomy future for our dear state. “As we will all recall, the beautiful state of Adamawa evolved more than 40 years ago from the then Gongola state. It was a peaceful state, with relatively good infrastructure, well established civil service, functional educational and health institutions, with the people coexisting as brothers and sisters keepers regardless of their ethnicity and religion. “Today we have a state that has over the years witnessed some development in some areas and retrogression in areas that used to be our strong hold. For instance, education used to be our hall mark feature as a state,” she observed. The First Lady noted that rampant security challenges, inter-ethnic conflicts, poor educational enrollment of children, failed healthcare system, annual flooding, and continuous influx of displaced among others were adversely affecting development in the state and the only hope and solution lies in the people ability to join hands and form a coalition towards uplifting the state from its present predicament. She called for the setting up of Adamawa Development Trust Fund through which prioritized development projects can be financed and implemented to complement government as a useful starting point. She urged the newly elected state government under Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of PDP to set up an all inclusive government that would serve as a unifying factor. She also stressed the need to develop the culture of accommodating the views and needs of the people in planning interventions. The First Lady further advocated for such regular town hall meeting at various levels across the state to serve as platforms for engagement and exchange of ideas between government and the people as well as improving social cohesion and serving as accountability mechanism to be used by the people to hold government accountable. To March her words with action since the convening of the town hall meeting in April, the First Lady has set the ball rolling by attracting support from Qatar Foundation in area of water supply to the state and had also brought some First Ladies from African countries to Adamawa to commissioned her foundation maternity complex at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, to address issues of maternal healthcare in the state. Indeed, the people of Adamawa have every cause to love such a mother and pick up the challenge for a greater Adamawa. There is this saying that a mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can. For Adamawa, it’s time to love this mother by taking her advise seriously for we may not have another chance. ##

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Gov. Buni Mourns Emir of Zazzau

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Yobe state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker/Extraordinary National convention committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has commiserated with the government and people of Kaduna state over the death of the Emir of Zaria, Alhaji Shehu Idris.

Governor Buni described the death as a loss of a  nationalist who dedicated his life to the service of Nigerians.

The late Emir was a bridge builder who threw the doors of his domain open, accommodating all Nigerians irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious differences.

“Late Shehu Idris built a mini Nigeria in Zaria where everyone lived and freely pursued their legitimate means of livelihood.”

He will be remembered for providing conducive environment to host numerous educational institutions and, making Zaria a citadel of learning in Nigeria.

Governor Buni prayed Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and to grant him Aljannatur Firdaus.

The Governor also prayed Allah to give his family, Zaria emirate, government and people of Kaduna state and, Nigerians the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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Mamman Mohammed
DG Press and Media Affairs to Gov. Buni.

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Biu Emirate loses Kuthi at the age of 80

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By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Kuthi (Emir) of Biu, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu has died at the age of 80 .

Confirming the death, the Borno state government through the commissioner of Information, Home Affairs and Culture, Hon. Babakura Abba Jatau said “Inna Lillahi wa innah ilayhi rajiun his royal highness the emir of Biu Mai Umar Mustapha Aliyu has answered the call of Allah Subuhanahu wa Taa La””

“Appointed June 1989 the late emir died this morning at the age of 80. He will be laid to rest in Biu by 2pm today Tuesday, 15 September, 2020 according to palace source may his soul rest in perfect peace.,” The statement added.

An emirate source told our correspondent that the Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu died at the Federal Medical Centre Gombe at about 8;45 pm on Monday night after a protracted illness.

“As I am talking now (10;35am) we just received the corpse of the Late Kuthi and the funeral prayer is scheduled to take place by 2;00pm today”, the source added.

The Late Emir who succeeded his father Alhaji Mustapha Aliyu was appointed in June 1989 and has spent 31 years as the Kuthi of Biu.

Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu was the 28th Emir of Biu and started his career as vetinery officer in Biu with Borno state government and was appointed the District head of Biu in 1975 and later appointed Emir of Biu in June 1989.

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FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods gets to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast

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FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods get to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Worried by the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in inaccessible areas, the Federal Government through the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee has adopted an air drop strategy to ensure that foods get to the IDPs in the hard to reached communities in the Northeast

While speaking to newsmen shortly after the ascimilation exercise demonstrated by troops of the Nigerian Air Force the Air drop strategy at the Maiduguri International Airport during the weekend, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk said “we are adopting this strategy to ensure that our IDPs in hard to reached areas are benefited. The Air drops strategy which in collaboration with the troops of the Nigerian Air force is not a new strategy, it has been used in 2018 in Kala- Balge local government” and we adopting to ensure effective and efficient delivery”.

“the issues around inaccessible areas, areas where humanitarian aid workers cannot access. We are collaborating with the Nigerian Airforce to support us with air drop of food items to communities and areas that are not accessible. We have identified four areas which includes Rann, Mary’s, Damboa omang other communities, we are here to see the ascilmilation exercise of the air drop with a view to see how it will work and If there is any challenges, we will go back to the drawing board and correct it “, the minister added.

The Minister further said “the Air drop distribution is targeted at 26,067 households, totaling 156,402 individuals.. We are going sit-down with the Borno state government this night with a view to see how best all the hard to reach areas can be reached.”.

Hajiya faruk said “the government has.put in place measures to.ensure that the food items doesn’t get into the hards of insurgents through air surveillance and identification of real beneficiaries. The foods to distributed I Clyde’s 26*067 22.5kg of rice, 26,067 2.5 kg of beans, 26,067 12.5kg of maize and Millet, 4,394 packets of 20 grammes iiofizef salt, 2,604 of 29 litres vegetables oil, 4,345 cartons if superghetti and 2,173 cartons of seasoning cubes “

Earlier, the Air Taskforce Commander, Air commodore Precious Amadi said “the purpose is in case for any reason the foods cannot transported by road,, we will use air drop strategy to take food to the people by ayur. The Nigerian Aurforrce has the capacity to drop foods to people in inaccessible areas. We will do it whenever we are call to do so”

While on a courtesy call to the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, the Minister said ” we are here on behalf of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the National Humanitarian Coordination.committee to see how we can ensure no one is starve by ensuring food get to those in.hsrd to reach areas.”

Hajiya Faruk said “at a meeting held with the Vice President on 4th September 2020, it was discussed that accessibility issues faced by INGOs operating in
the NorthEast due to insecurity, floods or terrain, could be mitigated with the support of the security services and as outlined in the joint CiSEC Communique signed at the end of the 3 day Civil Security Cooperation Workshop held in Maiduguri from 6th–8th November 2019.The Communique highlights the need for Civil Security Cooperation to ensure the conduct of seamless humanitarian
activities.”

” Your Excellency, the CiSEC structures provide the relevant platform for the essential dialogue and interaction required between humanitarian\civilian and security actors that it is necessary to pursue common goals which protect and support persons of concern affected by emergencies created by wars, armed conflicts,and terrorism;
natural and secondary catastrophes; and technological and environmental disasters.”. She further stressed.

She stressed that “however,to ensure that we are able to provide adequate support, I wish to request that the State Government provide the
necessary information required to enable collaboration with the
Nigerian Airforce to drop food and non-food items in locations that
have been made inaccessible due to insecurity or the recent floods.”

She said ,the Managing Directoror NorthEast Development Commission NED and the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA will work with the Borno state team to ascertain and provide the NHCC with the required information to
ensure that the interventions provided are prioritise,and the needs and are
sufficient for the identified vulnerable communities”

Responding the Borno state Governor Professor Babagana Zulum represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said “we are working hard to see that we resettle all IFPs in the state volunteraliy , because they eager to go back to their communities. We have even commenced resettlement of our IDPs with the returned of the IDPs from.Auno, Ajiri, Kawuri and very soon we are going to resstlle the people of Baga, Ashigashiya and Ngoshe”.

Whe thanking the Federal Government for the support that have rendering to the IDPs in the Northeast, Governor Zulum assured that the Borno state government will work closely and support the Federal government to ensure all the food items get to the beneficiaries and no IDPs is starved.

The minister accompanied by the Borno state Deputy Governor, Alh Umar Kadafur, the Managing Director, NEDC Alhaji Goni Alkali, the DG NEMA Alh. Mohammed T Mohammed and others dignitaries inspects the food items at the NEMA store in Maiduguri.

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