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The New life in APC

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The New Life in APC

By Mamman Mohammed

Saturday 5th September will remain a date in history with the All Progressives Congress in Ondo state as the reconciliation between factions, the support by the various governorship aspirants and the unity in the party was genuinely brought to bear at the launch of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s reelection campaign.

Few months ago, it was a troubled water for the party as various aspirants indicated interests to vie for the governorship of the state, this was compounded by factionalization and loyalty of the various factions to various leaderships. But thanks to the party’s Caretaker Committee which constituted reconciliation committee to reconcile the aggrieved groups.

Interestingly, the Chairman caretaker/extraordinary national convention committee and Yobe state Governor Mai Mala Buni’s assurance that the party will be fair and just to all was genuinely welcomed, trusted and accepted by the party faithful in Ondo state.

The constitution of Ondo state reconciliation committee by the Buni Caretaker regime headed by Niger state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello was charged with the responsibility of identifying the major contending stakeholders and groups in Ondo state APC, to conduct appropriate engagement between the identified groups with a view to bringing about genuine reconciliation and establishing lasting peace and unity among stakeholders of the party in the state.

Lastly, the committee was charged to make other useful recommendations based on their findings which they may consider appropriate towards achieving lasting peace and electoral victory in the forthcoming Governorship election in the state and beyond.

The meeting between the Sani Bello led committee and the various factions achieved so much and projected unity among stakeholders just as the primary election got closer.

At the on set, there were about 20 aspirants looking forward to contest the APC governorship ticket. However, the wisdom by the Buni committee in constituting the reconciliation committee brought down the aspirants to 12. Then, the trouble regarding the mode of conducting the election came on board with 11 oppossing the indirect mode of primary election.

However, the Buni led APC caretaker administration successfully tamed the 11 opposing aspirants and convinced them to conduct the primary election via the indirect mode and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu finally emerged as the party’s candidate in the election conducted by the Kogi state Governor Yahaya Bello led committee. Even when one aspirant contested the outcome of the primary, he was given the opportunity to fair hearing through the Chris Ibe led appeal committee.

The history of APC will be incomplete without mention of Chief Bisi Akande. He was a strong founding member and interim chairman of the party. He has had great faith in APC, seeing the party as a tool to salvage Nigeria and to build a prosperous country that will be the pride of all. His fears for the party started when the party leadership failed to unify aggrieved stakeholders and was heading towards an imminent disintegration.

In the wisdom of the chairman  Governor Mai Mala Buni, the first visit was to Bisi Akande at his Ila Orangun  country home in Osun state. Buni was  accompanied to the visit by Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state, Abubakar S. Bello of Niger state and their Osun state counterpart, Boyega Oyetola.

According to Akande, “With Mai Mala Buni chairing the committee and the calibre of  members of the committee, my hope for a new APC has been renewed, there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Chief Bisi Akande generously added “there is a great hope in what l have seen today in this committee, the party will certainly bounce back to life and much stronger. I will continue to leave myself open to the committee and, also call on other stakeholders to support the  committee in the effort to rescue the party.”

For Buni, the reception accorded the committee by Akande, was a tonic for the committee to work more to achieve the set goal of reinventing the party.

Buni said “With such support and encouragement from founding members like Chief Bisi Akande, we are strengthened and confident that all stakeholders would extend the required support for the party to emerge more stronger”.

It was therefore not surprising that the efforts of the Caretaker committee had really paid to have Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and 11 state governors in attendance at the flag-off of the Ondo state governorship election campaign on Saturday in Akure.

Addressing the people of Ondo state, the party  Chairman/ Governor Buni and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at different fora, both charged the people to renew their mandate with the party and re-elect Rotimi Akeredolu to ensure sustainability and consolidation of the projects and programmes of the last four years for the betterment of Ondo state.

“I know you the good people of Ondo state can not afford to waste the previous achievements to uncertainty and political jobbers” Buni emphasized.

It is evidently clear that, the party under the Caretaker committee has in just a little over two months succeeded in bringing back the likes of Former Speaker House of Representatives Hon. Yakubu Dogara and thousands of his supporters. The defection of Jimoh Ibrahim from PDP to APC has finally buried PDP in Ondo state, just as the strong moves by the committee has solidly prepared ground for the return of notable politicians in Adamawa, Kano, Benue, Bauchi, Kwara, Ogun, Oyo, Lagos and a host of others across the country.

It is an indisputable fact that the efforts of the Buni led committee in repositioning APC is paying with fruitful results and the party is fast recovering with a new vigour and has redefined its status as Nigeria’s leading political party.

Mamman is the Director-General Press and Media Affairs to H.E Gov. Mai Mala Buni

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Yobe shifts LG election to February next year

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Yobe shifts LG election to February next year

By Baba Saleh Damaturu

Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) says it shifted the Local government chairmanship and councillorship elections earlier slated for 5th December 2020.

The new date for the election was fixed for 27 February 2021 and new schedule of election activities is currently under reviewed and will be release soon.

The SIEC Executive Chairman Dr Mamman Mohammed stated this in a press conference in Damaturu.

Mohammed said on 4th of September, 2020 the commission released the schedule of activities for the Local Government council elections fixed for the 5th December, 2020 as the date of election.

“On that day, I stated our preparedness to conduct the elections in substantial compliance with the COVID -19 protocols and guidelines as prescribed by WHO

He added that “Regrettably, our State has recently recorded a slight resurgence of the COVID-19 with the two cases confirmed”

“According to him Yobe state government was on top of the situation and the State Ministry of Health has taken positive steps to identify and isolate persons who have been in contact with the incidence cases.

“We are confident that the resurgence of the virus will be contained as it was contained earlier by the committed administration of His Excellency. Hon Mai Mala Buni, and the executive Governor of Yobe State”

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Desertification; Borno Government Flags Off Planting Of 1 Million Tree Seedlings

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Flags off planting of 1 million tree seedlings

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri he

To fight desert and desertification and others the environmental challenges, the Borno state Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, has flagged off 1 million Tree planting campaign for the planting of 1 million seedlings.

While flagging off the 2020 Tree planting Campaign at the Borno state University, Maiduguri on Wednesday with a Theme “Tree for Restoration” Governor Zulum said “this year tree planting campaign which is first of it’s kind in the last 10 years . Today’s event as the theme implies ” Tree for Restoration” is very much necessary as the bilateral pressure from desertification, deforestation, soil erosion coupled with poverty and insecurity have destroyed most trees.”.

“This occasion demonstrates the government commitment in Pursuance of my 10 point agenda which entails tree planting to encourage Agro Forest
and environmental restoration ” It is very apparent that human activities like bush burning illegal tree felling has continuously put pressure on our already fragile ecosystem, thereby threatening food security”, the governor added.

He further stressed that “the geographical location of the state at (Lat 11 N of the equator ) which is among the Frontline states facing the desertification challenge in Nigeria. The government is seriously concerned and committed in reversing the scenario so as to save our people and Environment.”

He said to address the environmental challenges the state government has already commenced raising of some seedlings and the annual 1 Km desert reclamation programme which is handled by the Ministry of environment, saying that . “at this juncture, government has made it a policy henceforth made it a policy that all construction work should be accompanied by planting of trees to cushion the environmental impact of such developmental projects.”.

” The government has also provide alternative source of energy to firewood in form of gas cookers wood efficient stoves.. After this exercise. Install direct all local government area councils, clubs associations and individuals to liaise with the state ministry of environment to collect tree seedlings for planting at designated centres, he said.

The governor therefore solicited for a greater collaboration with Federal ministry of environment National Agency for Great Green wall . and NGOs to ensure sustainable and serene environment

Earlier, the State Commissioner of Environment, Hon. Modu Walama said one million species of trees including those with commercial values will be planted across the Nine Local Government Areas of the state.

“The last time tree planting campaign was carried out in the state was over a decade due to the insurgency and other factors . Commended the governor for giving the ministry the go ahead and approving the fund to raise 1 million seedling for planting across the state. I urge you your Excellency to make tree planting a condition for construction of all government constructions works,” he added.

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Borno government launches free maternal care services with over N80 million worth of drugs, delivery kits

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Borno government launches free maternal care services with over N80 million worth of drugs, delivery kits

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In it’s efforts to reduce maternal mortality rate and improve healthcare delivery, as well as transportation challenges the Borno state government has launched free maternal health services to pregnant women and nursing mothers across the state and distribution of ambulances to 71 Healthcare facilities across the state.

While Launching the Free Maternal scheme and presentation of free drugs to General Hospitals and health facilities in the state, which held at Medical stores in Maiduguri on Wednesday, Governor Baba gana Zulum said “this administration is today launching a free antenatal and maternal drugs and services in order to reduce maternal maternity rate in the state and also to see improve healthcare delivery in line with our 10 point agenda”.

“If you go to our hospital across the state, you will see women in their numbers attending antenatal and most of them does not have money to buy drugs. As from today women across the 71 health facilities across the state should receive free health services drugs and delivery kits”. The governor added.

Governor Zulum said ” I directed all Managing Directors, the Hospital Management Board and the ministry to ensure that pregnant women across the state get free delivery kits, drugs and services. I also call in the PMOs to furnish to my office with the analysis of the scheme for one months to enable us plan and ensure sustainability of the scheme”.

He said ” to ensure the sustainability of the scheme, the state government will therefore, set aside N1 billion in the 2021 budget and subsequent budgets, I therefore directed the ministry and , the Hospital Management Board to ensure the ambulances are maintained regularly”.The PMOs should ensure funds are made available to maintained these ambulances”

Earlier, the Borno state commissioner for Health , Dr Salihu Kwayabura said “according to the data from the 2018 National Demographic Health survey NDHS , 51 percent of all pregnant women in Borno state received quality antenatal care ,however only 26 percent deliver in the hospital under skilled attendance”

.Dr Kwayabura Represented by the Director Medical Services, Dr. Buba Mahalia said “furthermore, transportation to the health facility was recognizes as a major challenge. The government of Borno state , especially, this administration is ever committed to reversing this ugly trend and improving the health of the people generally. It is in recognition of this that a lot of investment has gone into Infrastructure, Human resources, equipment and technology and referral systems

“Before you here today are various drugs and medical consumables worth N80 Million for distribution free of charge to 51 major Primary Health care facilities and 24 functional secondary health care facilities across the state .They includes 5000 antenatal care registrational cards, 3000 tin of fersolate, folic acid and B complex each containing 1000 tablets, over 2500cartons of infusion drips and assocesties, magnesium sulphate, 5000 doses of misoprisol and 1000 doses of oxyyicin to address the challenges of excessive bleeding and obstructed labour ., The commissioner added.

Dr Kwayabura further said ” Your Excellency I present to you 16 ambulances and 33 tricycles ambulance to ease transportation and strengthen referrals . This singular major investment in the health sector is intended to compliment the investment in infrastructure, human resources for health and equipment that has been deployed a cross various parts of the state.”

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