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Adamawa: Govs Office Gets the Lion share in the 2018 Budget Than Education, Agric And Water Ministries put together- Investigation Reveals

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Adamawa: Govs Office Gets the Lion Share in the 2018 Budget Than Education, Agric, Water Ministries Put Together – Investigation Reveals

By  Sunday Pius Adamawa 22/8/2018

In what may pass as the greatest paradox in the contemporary history of Adamawa state administration, the office of the governor of Adamawa state has received more allocation than the all important education, agriculture and water ministries put together in the last three years, NewsHawk reveals.

The governor’s office got the priority allocation despite the Boko Haram insurgency that led to the destruction of educational and health infrastructures and also prevented farmers from accessing their farmlands across the northern axis of the state where governor Bindow himself hails from.

The insurgency, also made thousands of school children to abandon schools as most of them became internally displaced as a result of the diabolic insurrection that crippled socio-economic activities across the senatorial zone.

Governor Muhammadu Ummar Jibrilla Bindow has during his inaugural speech in 2015 promised to use the meagre resources of the state at his disposal to turn around the fortunes of the state and to address the myriads of challenges wrought on the state in the wake of the violent incursion of Boko Haram extremists.

To that effect, the governor promised to collect only half of his salary and to ensure the frugal use of the state’s resources in order to bring rapid socio-economic development, adding that despite the economic challenges dogging the nation, he has no reason to fail the people.

But from our findings, the governor may have succeeded in doing the obverse, following hefty budgetary allocations made to his office which many analysts say was incredulous, considering Adamawa’s state of finances and the serious attention that other important but neglected sectors deserve.

Nigerian governors have been found wanton of making huge budgetary allocations in the name of “security votes” to their offices which are usually unaccounted for. These funds usually find their ways to offshore accounts where they are usually laundered.

The indictment of late governor Alameyeshigha, ex-governor Nyame and his Plateau state counterpart, Dariye by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over mismanagement of funds entrusted to them among sundry infractions, leading to their conviction by various Nigerian courts, are some few cases in point.

Our findings have shown that the governor’s office got a whopping recurrent budgetary allocation of N8,592,765,400 in 2016 and N9,137,738,940 in 2017 while it got N10,051,512,834 in 2018 which means that, in the last three years, the office of the governor alone, has received a whopping sum of N27.8 billion without the governor explaining how such extortionate amount was expended, since from all intents and purposes, the money was the governor’s exclusive preserve.

In sharp contrast, the education sub-sector which ought to receive the government utmost priority because of the Boko Haram insurgency, has been wallowing in abject neglect and only allocated paltry sums in juxtaposition to what the governor’s office got.

In 2016, the ministry of education received N3,342,137,076 as capital budget while the sum of N328,640,400 was allocated to it as recurrent expenditure. The sum of N7,018,300,868 was allocated to it for capital projects in 2017 with a recurrent budget of N332, 625,040 just as N629,353,403 was earmarked as capital budget for the ministry in 2018 as N365,887,544 was allocated to it as recurrent budget. In cumulation, the sector got N12,016,944,331 between 2016 and 2018.

The ministry of agriculture was not as lucky as the ministry of education as it got N1,201,000,000 as capital budget in 2016 and recurrent budget of N326,640,400 in 2016. It received N4,359,498,209 as capital budget in 2017 and N315,578,817 as recurrent budget while it received N407,898,625 as capital budget in 2018 and got N356,950,000 as recurrent budget for the same year.

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Service Chiefs Arrived Maiduguri in Preparation to President Buhari Visit to Borno

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Service chiefs arrived Maiduguri in preparation to President Buhar’ visit to Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Chief of Defense Staff (CDS),General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Arny Staff ( COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya,, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal, Isiaka Anao Chief of Naval , (CNS), Auwal Gambo Staff, Rear Admiral and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba Alkali were in Maiduguri to discuss security situation in the Northeast. in preparation to the President Muhammadu Buhari visit to Borno

On arrrival of the service Chiefs they proceeded straight to the headquarters Joint Tasks force Operation Hadin Kai where they went into closed door meeting that lasted for over 2 hours.

The President during the visit is expected to address the troops of Northeast Joint Task Force, Operation Hadin Kai at the Maimalari Cantonment

Speaking in an interview with newsmen shortly after the close door meeting, the Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor said assured Nigerians that the military is determined to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

The reason why we are here to re-strategize and address the problems facing the troops

Chief of Defence Staff led Service Chiefs and Inspector General of Police to headquarters Theatre Command ahead of President Buhari’s visit.

The CDS said their visit to the Theatre is to strategize and address the security problems facing the people of the Northeast and the entire country, adding that ,the greatest challenge before the military and other security agencies is how to restore peace in the entire region, and stressed the need for collaborative effort to end the crisis.

In welcome address, before the close door session,, the acting Theatre Commander Joint Taskforce Operation Hadin Kai Major General Felix Omoigui said that the Theatre had recorded numerous success which led to economic activities to thrive in many liberated areas of the northeast.

The Chief of Defence Staff was accompanied on the visit by Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouq Yahaya, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Auwal Gambo, Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali, Chief of Defence Intelligence, Principal Staff Officers from Defence and Service Headquarters.

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Just in: Former Special Adviser to president Jonathan, Ali Gulak Assassinated

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Just in: Former special adviser to president Jonathan, Ali Gulak assassinated

By Daily Hint News

Former special adviser to president Goodluck Jonathan on politics, Ali Gulak has reportedly been assassinated by unknown gunmen in Owerri, the capital of IMO State.

Confirming the sad incident to our reporter, a former classmate of the slain politician who is also a PDP stalwart in Adamawa State, Dr. Umar Ardo said, “I just confirmed the sad and gruesome murder of my friend and classmate, the former special adviser political to president Goodluck Jonathan.”

According to Ardo, Gulak was assassinated in the night by yet to be identified gunmen in Owerri.

Gulak was a one time speaker of Adamawa State house of assembly and former special assistant to the vice president.

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Army Confirms Death of COAS, General Attahiru in Kaduna Plane Crash

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Army confirms death of COAS, General Attaihiru in Kaduna plane crash

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army has on Fruday confirmed the death of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Ibrahim Atahiru who died in a plane crash in Kaduna .

The Army in a statement signed by its Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, said.

Army Confirms death of COAS, Lt. Gen Attahiru in Plane Crash,he said ” the Nigerian Army regrets to announce the passing away of its Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru . The sad event occurred following an air crash in Kaduna which also claimed the lives of 10 other officers including the crew”

The statement said “the COAS was en-route Kaduna from Abuja on Friday, 21 May, 2021 when the unfortunate incident happened.”

“Details of the sad incident and burial arrangements will be communicated soon”, General yerima added.

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