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Blackcap movement celebrates achievers at maiden awards investiture



Blackcap movement celebrates achievers at maiden awards investiture

By Samaila Mohammed Yola

The Blackcap movement, a pressure group that seeks to enthrone good governance and human rights has on Sunday honoured sons and daughters of Adamawa for their immense contributions to the development of the society.

Speaking on the rationale for the award, leader of the movement, Mustapha Atiku Ribadu said the honour is done to recognise men and women of timber and calibre whose contributions led to seismic growth of democracy, human rights and the society.

He noted that contrary to the widely held belief that the movement is only pursuing political goals, Ribadu said the movement is actually a good governance group with interests in human rights, education and philanthropy.

” Although on the surface, the movement appears to be politically skewed, in truth, it is a movement that has been making robust contributions to the development of humanity and society in the areas of education, human rights and philanthropy and has achieved very sterling and momentous records.

” Ladies and gentlemen, at this juncture, I will say without hedging or the fear of being disputed that the Blackcap has fought many battles devoid of politics and has championed the rights of many individuals in the society.

” The movement in its few years of existence has stoutly fought societal ills, injustice and all manner of vices such as human rights abuse, child abuse and police brutality.

” It has also rendered a number of community services, and became popular for bringing succour to the less privileged members of the society.

“It has also attended to those with complicated and serious medical challenges while also fighting to ensure good governance,” Ribadu said.

Promising to sustain the tempo of the movement’s strides toward good governance and fair play in the society, Ribadu said the group will institutionalize the award and will in due course organize a peace and security summit aimed at bringing back sanity and calm to the society as the nation marched towards another election cycle.

“In our move to further enthrone the spirit of politics without bitterness, we will in due course hold a summit where we will preach the spirit of tolerance and politics without bitterness as we believe that enhancing such areas of mutual cooperation will go a long way in bridging the gap between various stakeholders and political parties. It will also go a long way in addressing thuggery and other related blights especially as we march towards another electioneering period,” he said.

In his welcome address, the chairman of the occasion and former Deputy Vice Chancellor of Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTech), Professor Bashir Aliyu lauded the Blackcap for such awards adding that it will energize others to work for the good of the society.

He noted that the fact that the event recognized people from various constituencies shows that it is completely apolitical noting that such altruistic and patriotic purpose made him to agree to chair the event.

In his remarks, the guest of honour and former vice chancellor of Adamawa State University, Professor Alkasum Abba who spoke on corruption and governance noted that for the society to regain its lost glory, concerted efforts must be made to fight corruption head on.

Alkasum who was represented by Professor Buba Aliyu, a university don with MAUTech noted that the fortunes of Nigeria kept nosediving as a result of massive corruption and deceit noting that unless we address those issues, Nigeria’s woes will only multiply.

He noted that what makes corruption to thrive in Nigeria has to do with our collective failure to ensure that those who still public assets are punished unlike what obtains in other climes.

Alkasum noted that the massive injustice, corruption and lack of opportunities facing the country portends more harbingers of woes for Nigeria, noting that unless Nigerians key into the calls of the Blackappers total annihilation of corruption, Nigeria will only witness more doom.

In its maiden awards and honours, the Blackcap revolution movement pencilled down 18 men and women for the awards.

They include the immediate past governor of Adamawa State, Senator Muhammad Umaru Jibrilla Bindow, Alh. Abdullahi Ahmed (Dollar), Alh. Musa Adamu (Jarman Jimeta), Mal. Ahmed Lawan, Mr. Lazarus Daniel (Founder Adamawa Hikers Group) and Hon. Abdullahi Prambe among others.

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Security: Governor Mai Mala Buni chairs stakeholders meeting



Security: Governor Mai Mala Buni Chairs Stakeholders Meeting

By Madu Mohammed, Damaturu

His excellency, Honourable Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state has commended the determination and commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari, the military as well as other security operatives towards ending insurgency among other security challenges bedevilling the country.

Buni made the commendation while declaring open a one-day stakeholders meeting on security held at the Government House in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

The governor stated that people in Yobe State and the North-East region generally have in the past found it difficult to pursue daily economic and social activities, expressing happiness that due to the efforts of the military among other security operatives, the region is now enjoying relative peace.

“Therefore, when we compare then and now, we definitely have every reason to say ‘Alhamdulillah’ to appreciate our present situation so that Allah (SWT) may further improve the situation for us.

“I would like to seize this opportunity to specially appreciate His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR for his continuous determination and commitment to end insurgency in Nigeria.

“We must also appreciate members of the Nigeria armed forces, the para military organizations and members of the Vigilante organizations for the sacrifices made to ensure we have peace and security in our state and country,” Buni said.

The governor equally commended the resilience of the people of the area for withstanding the obnoxious criminal activities of the insurgents for the last 10 years.

“This indicates that, collectively we can always succeed and triumph over evil. It is just a matter of time, Insha Allah.

“Let me once again appreciate you the good people of Yobe state for demonstrating uncommon statesmanship and patriotism in last year’s ENDSARS nationwide protest when you collectively and unanimously refused to join the protest despite mouth-watering enticements,” Buni added.

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Governor zulum approves N624M for payment of scholarship of 23,776 Borno tertiary students



Governor Zulum approves N624m for payment of scholarship of 23, 776 Borno tertiary students

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has released the sum of N624.3m for payment of scholarship to 23,776 citizens of Borno State in 49 tertiary schools across Nigeria.

The Borno state Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation,Dr Babagana Mustapha Mallambe who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, said that payments to students have already began with N320m paid to students in nine institutions, under the first batch while second batch of students will start getting payment on Monday, January 18, with the sum of N304.3m to be disbursed

Dr. Mallambe said “from a total of N624,370,000 approved and released by His Excellency, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, for scholarship to 23,776 Borno students, the ministry has disbursed N320m under the first batch, to students in nine tertiary schools located in Borno State”

“Those paid include part 4 and 5 students of University of Maiduguri, students in Borno State University, Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri, Sir Kashim Ibrahim College, College of Education Waka – Biu, Mohammed Goni College of Legal and Islamic Studies, College of Business Administration Konduga, Umar Ibn Ibrahim College of Education, Science and Technology-Bama and those in Mohammet Lawan College of Agriculture” , the commissioner added.

He further explained , that from Monday, January 18, 2021, the ministry will begin the disbursement of another N304,370,000 to Borno students in 40 higher institutions across Nigeria.

Dr Mallambe also said that Governor Zulum had approved financial support to resident doctors of Borno origin located in different parts of the country, to enable them fund capacity development programmes that would be potentially beneficial to Borno people in the long run.

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Yobe Governor sworn-in 2 female high court judges, grand khadi



Yobe Governor sworn-in 2 female high court judges, grand khadi 

By Ajikolo lawan Musa Damaturu 

His excellency, Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state, has on Saturday the 16/1/2021 sworn-in acting grand khadi Babagana Mahdi and 2 high court judges and 2 khadis of sharia courts in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital. 
Buni described the occasion as a milestone in repositioning the integrity of the judiciary and promoting speedy dispensation of justice in the state, saying that the appointments were strictly on merit.
The appointments of their lordships, the acting grand khadi, the high court judges and khadis of sharia courts were strictly done on merit and in conformity with the powers conferred on me. 
All, he said were in accordance to the section 174 subsection 2, section 27 subsection 2 and section 276 subsection 2 of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as amended, he said.
Others sworn in were the 2 female high court judges Hadiza Musa and Amina shehu along 2 khadis of the sharia court, khadi Bashir inuwa and khadi Abba like

The Governor called on the new appointees to justify the confidence reposed on them, stressing as we celebrate your new appointments, let’s quickly remind you that so much is expected of you, to justify this new appointments.
Discharging your civic duties with utmost transparency and in fairness to all persons, irrespective of tribe, religious status or political differences, for the judiciary to truly remain the last hope of a common man in the society. 

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