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Bilal, Adamawa APC Chair leading with chances of Winning 2023 Elections



Bilal, Adamawa APC Chair leading with chances of winning 2023 elections

The Adamawa All Progressives Congress, APC, under the leadership of Alhaji Ibrahim Bilal can be seen a purposeful one, focused on a mandate to deliver the party unto victory in the coming 2023 general elections.

This is because the man on the saddle of the party’s affairs is a leader per excellence, a peerless individual whose meritorious service to the grassroots people has made him a rooted politician who knows well the nitty-gritty of Adamawa political terrain.

As the saying is commonly said, ” all politics are local, a superior politician is a local politician”. This is the simple description of the number one party Man of APC, Ibrahim,is a man who is seen the joker chairman leading well,and building high hopes of all APC members that there is going to be light at the end of the tunnel in 2023.

Ibrahim’s brilliant records of achievements started while a business Man shuttling around, Michika, Madagali, Mubi and Yola, and the Maiduguri Northern axis. In his routine buying and selling business, he became a tycoon, and helping the less privileged was one of his hubby in Michika, serving people and rallying around them in all situations.

Suffice it to say that his business rising star of helping people began when a man with a political foresight, Umar Jiji beckoned on him to contest the councilor seat of Michika one ward,Michika Local Government, an office he did well which later gave him the opportunity and became the Vice-Chairman. It was this office that Bilal has the political roots, played significant roles in making sure that people like Sen Mana, Sen Muhammadu Umar Jibrilla, Sen Binta Masi, Hon Adamu Kamale, Hon Jafar, Hon Joseph Ayuba Kawada (Depolice), and many who became Local Government chairmen and wards councilors were respectively elected into political offices.

Ibrahim before his final abode to APC, its formation and merger he was the Chairman, ACN party of Michika Local Government and after the merger, he became the APC local government party Chairman. His prowess in handling party affairs and his measure contributions in making sure that the former Governor of Adamawa State, Sen Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow won the 2015 governorship election, the twenty-one local government party chairmen endorsed him to be their ALGON chairman, representing them at the state and national levels over party affairs.

It was in 2016, January to be precise that Destiny called on him again to serve the party at the state level that a vacuum was created through the demise of Ibrahim Yamusa, the then State’s APC Chairman on acting capacity. It’s was then through a tough clash of interest decision critical stakeholders like Babachir David Lawal considered him the most qualified and rooted him to be the State Chairman of the party who will serve for only two months and replaced him after the National working committee take a decision.

The summary of the whole thing since then, the story has been being Bilal, still going to be Bilal, the APC Chairman in Adamawa State. Maybe because it’s his time to shine or is there by chance, but my view has been that the Man Bilal is a silent gold getter, a political grassroots mobilizer, and a party stabilizer who believes in the stability of the party in a pillar of unity.

His political Wisdom in 2019 has been toward the unity of the party which was facing a glaring defeat, it was because of the internal fisticuffs of the party’s sons and daughters over the governorship seat under Bindow’s administration. Ibrahim in many fora told party men that they can’t make it to victory if the squabbles were not abated and reconciliation taken among major sharp differences. The fight against the then Governor and the irreconcilable dogfight of senior party bigwigs still couldn’t deter Ibrahim to gave up the struggle of winning the election. He makes sure there were no defections of party loyalists to another part, he steadfastly being in constant touch with the party leadership at all levels. To APC supporters and political pundits, that the difference of a little above thirty thousand votes which made PDP to be declared a wining party was because of the unresolved internal party fight. A fight that polarized APC to have a rivalry sister party of ADC who were all members of the APC with Sen Aziz Murtala Nyako, a fight that was having stakeholders like Babachir, Modi, Aisha, Gunduri, and many others were hell bend to remove the then Sitting Governor (Bindow). Even then, Ibrahim gave a good fight as the result was contested, protested and the power that be at the central consented against APC and left it to fate. Many house of Representatives in the national assembly, A Senator, many house of Assembly members were returned elected under the leadership of Bilal. This is because he believes in the party’s agenda.

Bilal is very much around, alive and kicking as the APC state Chairman, caretaker committee, the spirit of winning, agility, and ability to win 2023 is possible. This is what I discovered in him and the party is overseeing. Ibrahim despite the political attacks against him, is more of a floating calabash, attacks him down hundreds of times he will hovers above the waters of enemies’ attacks hundreds times. Knock him again, he will surface up for a good fight. The nonsubmersible nature in him is making him become a leader that may bring success to APC come 2023.

It was Bilal since the loss of the 2019 election by APC, the man was said to have greased up his elbows and began to warm up for the 2023 election by making sure that all aggrieved party members are contacted. The man has been on a reconciliation campaign, directly and indirectly, making sure he avoid the repeat of 2019 political mishaps as a party Man.

By doing this, a good political analyst will agree with me that, the pains of losing election have hired Bilal to have a creative ability, haven wooed former Governor Bala James Ngilari to APC, he worked and brought to party a Serving Senator, Mr. Ishaku Abbo, from Northern zone. The leadership of Bilal is also working tirelessly to bring people like Senator Grace Jackson Bent. these and many more people I guess will be joining the APC family to wrestle the gubernatorial seat in 2023. These are all notable PDP members and APC in the opposition loses none of its members.

The way Bilal is warming, the high spirit in him, his wherewithal, and his readiness to oust the PDP government in 2023 are more realistic possibilities. His gallantry attitude in moving from pillar to post, from villages to all towns of Adamawa is a good spirit that he is a leader and will do all he can to unite his party and the people in it.

This is however can be worthy of consideration by the APC, if they are not united to have a consensus candidate, If their scheduled congresses are well-conducted and all party members accept the outcome of the Congress in good fate, all aggrieved members also consulted and agreed to work for the party. If the Congress will not bring back people like Bilal, Mayas, Ahmad Lawan, Barr Pwaddi, and other party officials to chat the way to victory because they are familiar with the terrain. They have been doing it, they have the shock observers, they have seen it all and they have sown seed growing to victory. Changing Bilal’s cabinet is catastrophic and a whirlwind tsunami that will make the victory of APC in 2023 a far-fetched reality, a mirage of impossibility to the party that is gasping for a changeover.

On the other hand, PDP, a party with all the government apparatus should never relax, they should not be at ease in Zion, the political game in Adamawa is “what is good for the goose is equally good for the gander. APC was there, with little crime of theirs the table turned upside down against them relatively in peace.

I see the party as a disarrayed political family building to 2023, many have defected to APC, Dr. Umar Ardo who formed a splitter factional and rivalry group under the aegis of Reformed people’s Democratic Party (PDP) is an eye-opener that the internal party fight that consumed APC in 2023 may likely consume PDP in 2023 if they do not put their house in order. Many party members and loyalists are not happy the government is being run without good stomach infrastructure to party members.

Tom Garba, FIMC, FBDFM
Opinion writer wrote
this piece From Fombina House
Yola-Jimeta Adamawa state

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Educational development in Yobe And Fika old students Association



Educational Development in Yobe and Fika old students association

By Abba Dukawa

YOBE state had its own bitter taste of the Boko Haram insurgency, which practically destroyed many schools in the state, immediately on the day Governor Mai Mala Buni took over the affairs of the state, he had unveiled his administration’s commitments in improving primary and secondary education in the state. During his inauguration speech on May 29, declared a state of emergency on primary and secondary education in the state. Its apt to quote him , I Hereby Declare A State Of Emergency On Primary And Secondary Education In The State, To Build A Solid, Vibrant And Robust Foundation For The Development Of Education. Government Would As A Matter Of Deliberate Policy Continue To Provide The Necessary Support To Move Education In The State To Greater Heights.”

This declaration declare a state of emergency on state education is an admission that things are not where they are supposed to be. It means that the familiar perception of the problems that confront the state and must be creatively challenged.

To be fair government cannot be completely blame for poor educational facilities; but the communities and Old Students association, in they own right, has a vital role to play in the supporting alma mater while communities also nedd to support government efforts in , delivery and improvement of education.

Politics aside there is need for Old students association need to pay back what the government offered them during the good days instead of politicize alleged lack of decent educational facilities in some schools in the state.

HMB’s administration recorded tremendous achievements greatly in health care delivery to schools, roads, agriculture in spite of the security challenges in Yobe state. Yobe State is home to about a third of Nigeria’s 13.2 million out-of-school children. In order to improve and encourage pupil’s enrolment in schools in the state HMB’s administration partner with the Federal Government for the implementation of the Home Grown Feeding Programme.

The administration has made a significant landmark in revolutionising the educational sector in the state Buni convened the state’s first education summit to proffered solutions to the sector past track his administration goal in the development of the state education sectors.

Like it or not the administration has increased school enrolment in the state, Some structures burnt down by the Boko Haram insurgents renovated, establish two model primary schools and two model junior secondary schools in each of the state three senatorial districts to expand access to education by the school age.

Hundreds of schools have so far been rehabilitate, new ones in the local government councils affected by the insurgency and other local government area of the state have been constructed in line with the state of emergency declared by the administration on education. Also new Model schools were constructed in Damaturu, Gashua, Potiskum, Geidam, Nguru and Buni Yadi all Buni’s administration effort to provide conducive atmosphere for teaching and learning.

Thousands teachers have been trained and retrained to enhance manpower requirements of the schools and thousands fresh teachers has been employed despite state with lean financial resources. administration procured and distributed over N1billion text books, laboratory equipment and chemicals. Classroom and office furniture were procured and distributed to schools across the state. State higher institutions also not left out in spite mountainous challenges facing the state, the administration has greatly support the state owned tertiary institutions to be centres of academic excellence, and also to produce adequate, trained and qualified manpower to serve the state and beyond.

In view of the great loss suffered by the education sector from insurgency, the administration is determined to move the State away from an educationally disadvantaged to an educationally prosperous one. Buni’s administration already partner and seek for special intervention from the Federal Ministry of Education, the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TET Fund), International Organizations to support Yobe state government in its commitment to rebuilding education in the State.

In my view, on recent video posted on social media by Fika Government Secondary Old Boy on School facilities; is nothing but looking for cheap popularity. In deal society, communities and Old Students Association are complementing govenment’s efforts, in providing educational facilities in their immediate environment like what peoples seeing in the southern part of the country. It should be a good for Fika Old Students Associations to be bipartisan not to be critical to government efforts. It would be a great insensitivity for them to blame the state government on decay of school facilities. What support they offered to their alma Mater in they capacities as Old Boy of Fika Governor Buni’s deserve commendation for his concern on education, especially at the all levels.

To be fair without Government alone cannot provide educational facilities to all state own schools as there is need for total support of School Based Management Committees (SBMCs) and Old Students association, in every communities. Fika Old Students Associations and other alike Old Boys forgot even before HMB secession to power in May 29/2019, the insurgents has destroyed many educational facilities in the state making many pupils to abandon schools for their safety. In spite of this challange Governor Buni has displaying his political will toward the educational development across the state.

Undeniably Buni’s administration take proactive steps to rehabilitate and equip to standard at least one Science Secondary School in each senatorial zone in the State. Community and old students association has a vital role to play in the provision, educational facilities and improvement of education, peasants, government, traditional and religious leaders everyone has a stake in it.

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APC Congress: Why There is No Descending Voice in Borno



APC Congress: Why there is no descending voice in Borno

By: Yusuf Adamu

The All Progressive Congress, APC in Borno state has shone that unity among party members following the meeting held today at the multipurpose hall of the Maiduguri government house is a clear indication that the leadership under governor Babagana Umara Zulum is carrying everyone along on the decisions taking to shaping the future of the party in the state and to have others emulate the good example from Borno state.

The examplary demonstration of the stewardship of the governor Zulum administration and advices from party leaders like the former governor Senator Kashim Shettima, senators representing northern Borno – Abubakar Kyari and Senator Muhammed Ali Ndume of southern Borno as well as members of the house of representatives and stakeholders have spoken well of the party as it prepares for the coming Congress.

The outward demonstration of maturity and agreement that gives birth to peaceful meeting of party members is an indication that APC in Borno state has come of aged and standing as a true democracy. It also shows that, the governor has been leading the right way of leaders who are selfless in the discharge of their responsibilities.

The fact that there was no descending voice true out the cause of the meeting and even after is a positive indications that all those who are representing the party in leadership position both at the state and national levels has the stake of charismatic leadership that speaks volumes on the delivery of people trust and confidence repose on them.

The meeting has brought light to the cravings for equality among members and understanding among followership that makes APC thick under this democratic experience. The respect and total commitment exercise by members has gone steps further to bring out the best that any democratic governance can offer. This also has brought the fact that the consensus which was agreed upon today is heart warming and politically energizing is the making of a greater APC in Borno state.

  • Yusuf Adamu writes from Maiduguri

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The Rot in Education Predated Governor Buni, By Hassan Gimba



The Rot In Education Predated Governor Buni, by Hassan Gimba

I recently watched a video clip made by an old student of Fika Government Secondary School in which he showed how dilapidated the school is. It was first sent to me by a retired federal permanent secretary and later by a former minister of the federal republic. Among many others who sent the same clip to me is a friend who is a professor and a dean in Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi and another who is a state commander of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency. That means the video clip has gone viral.

Many of those who sent me the clip asked whether it was true. Some suggested I bring it to the notice of the Governor, His Excellency Mai Mala Buni. I appreciated all of them and thanked them for their belief and confidence that I would bring it to the governor’s notice.

I have not met and discussed it with the governor–yet–but I am sure he must have seen it by now. I am sure because I know he has his ears to the ground and has one of the best feedback mechanisms among the governors of the nation.

My take on the video is deep, as I explained to some of them who expected me to say something. Their unuttered query was like “being a journalist who knows the governor for ages and reports his activities, you must know something”. Therefore, tell them something without holding brief for those really responsible, I have to.

The rot in education in Yobe State has eaten deep over the years. Perhaps right from its creation. Anyone who listened to the video would attest to that. The videographer’s first sentence gave him out as someone who was unfortunate to go to a Yobe school in the 1990s, as he said, when education imparted was half-baked. Throughout his lamentations, his rendition suggested someone who needed further teaching to redo the WAEC in English, at least.

But people believe that once a message is conveyed, then language can be blown to smithereens. Well, his message was loud and clear, but our concern here is the quality of education he got in the 1990s. Meaning the poor quality of education in Yobe predated the emergence of Honourable Mai Mala Buni as the governor of the state.

Therefore, aware of the decay in the state of education, Governor Buni’s first act as governor, pronounced before he came down from the podium on the day of his inauguration, was the declaration of the State of Emergency on primary and secondary education. He followed that up by hosting an Education Summit on the 1st of July, after which he set up a Technical Committee under the chairmanship of Professor Malah Daura, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri.

To prove that it was not mere propaganda, that year he allocated to the education sector the largest share of N22.853b or 21.08%. In previous years education had very low allocations.

See attached graphs.

Reversing decomposition is not an effortless task. There are worse schools than Fika, in Yobe, unfortunately. Almost all the schools had not only dilapidated structures, but the absence of such when he took over. Typical examples are schools with structures meant for about 2000 but harbouring over 20,000 pupils.

However, from 2019 to date, he has rehabilitated and expanded many of the schools in the state. Fika and others in a similar state of disrepair are on the agenda and I am privileged to know that already the process for their rehabilitation has been kick-started. Meanwhile, he has built from scratch 14 new schools comprising seven mega and seven standard model schools, with each having 24 classrooms.

While the video clip is an eye-opener, it is also an indicator of how intense the atrophy in education in the state is and for how long.

But if we should be fair, the rot predated Governor Mai Mala Buni’s ascension. Again, to be truthful, he came intending to better education in the state and he has started.

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