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Northeast Will Prosper With Lawan As The Senate President — Buni

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N/East states will prosper with Lawan as senate president — Buni

Published By Daily Hint  May 23, 2019

Honourable Mai Mala Buni is the Governor-elect of Yobe State. He recently resigned as the National Secretary of the APC. In this interview, he X-rays the role of the ruling party and its leaders ahead of the elections of leaders of the National Assembly and his plans for Yobe as he prepares to assume the leadership of the state on May 29.

Sir, you are the elected Governor of Yobe State in the North East, and your party, the APC, has zoned the seat of the senate president to the zone. However, Senators Ahmad Lawan, Ali Ndume and Danjuma Goje have indicated interests to vie for the office. Do you not think some will say there is no cooperation among your party’s leaders in the region?

As you are aware, the party has already endorsed the Senate Leader, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, as its preferred candidate. What is expected of every loyal party member is to support the position of the party in this regard.

However, we have seen Sen. Ali Ndume who has also declared his ambition; and there are speculations surrounding the ambition of Sen. Danjuma Goje who is yet to formally declare his ambition to contest for the office. That party had been magnanimous to zone the office to the North East and went further to endorse Sen. Lawan; there is obviously wisdom in the party’s decision and choice of Ahmad Lawan, so the two other senators are expected to accept and reason along the party’s decision in the interest of unity, democracy, the North East and party supremacy.

The reason is simple: apart from the party, other key stakeholders, including governors, returning and newly elected senators, party chieftains, youth and women groups across Nigeria have equally endorsed the decision of the party in supporting Sen. Lawan for President of the 9th Senate. When you receive such support from these stakeholders, it demonstrates the strength of the party and the popularity of its decisions. As a stakeholder myself, I want to personally appreciate the governors, members of the National Assembly, party chieftains and other organisations for their respect for the party structure and leadership. This gives us hope that our democracy is growing.

Most importantly, the North East had in the last 10 years suffered unprecedented onslaught by insurgency; this is the time for us to recover by coming together to get Sen. Lawan to the saddle. Borno and Yobe are one and the same thing, and what goes to Yobe is as good as going to Borno. It is the same for Gombe where Sen. Goje comes from. The benefit will also accrue to Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa, the whole of the North and Nigeria at large.

Looking at our experience in the last four years, the frosty executive-legislative relationship did not help the APC-led Federal Government. It was a disaster characterised by deliberate sabotage to see President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration failing to execute its policies and programmes. Budgets, bills and confirmation of appointees were deliberately delayed and withheld to make the government incapacitated. With this in mind, no reasonable party would want a repeat of such disaster; it has to take a position to ensure the election of credible and competent officers for the National Assembly to support the executive to execute the party’s campaign promises to Nigerians.

The opposition PDP, including some APC members, see the decision as an attempt to impose leadership on the National Assembly. What is your reaction to this?

It is natural that the opposition party will make such baseless allegation because they benefit from any possible division within APC; just like they did in 2015. They are hoping for another crack in the ruling party for them to take advantage of it.

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Zulum, Dantata, Adadevoh Get Fellowship From National Post Graduate Medical College

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Zulum, Dantata, Adadevoh get fellowship from National Post Graduate Medical College

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, foremost businessman and elder statesman, Alhaji Aminu Alhassan Dantata and late Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh (who died in August 2014, fighting Ebola spread) have been conferred honorary fellowship by the National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria located in Lagos.

The fellowships, presented at the 39th Convocation Ceremony of the College, held on Wednesday with physical and virtual attendance, were in recognition of contributions made by the recipients to societies in Nigeria.

Zulum’s fellowship was received by Borno’s Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, who led a small delegation to the convocation while Zulum addressed participants virtually. The Governor was one of the five recipients of the Fellowship from northern Nigeria.

The Governor, speaking on behalf of Dantata and Adadevoh, appreciated the National Post Graduate Medical College for huge contributions to the Nigerian health sector and for recognition to the recipients of the College’s fellowship.

The Governor said Borno State government will partner with the college to enhance healthcare service in the state and appealed to the Resident Doctors to call off there strike for the sake of humanity.

The Governor assured to work closely with the National Postgraduate Medical College with a desire to sustain the quality of the health sector.

Minister of State for Health, Adeleke O. Mamora, lauded the College for its training programmes aimed at repositioning the health sector with skill and quality of doctors.

Earlier, president of the College, Dr. Musa Muhammad Borodo, said the 39th edition of the Convocation is being held both physically and virtually due to COVID-19 safety protocols.

The College has, since its establishment in 1979, produced 7000 fellowships by examination in various specialties in Medicine and Dentistry, while 309 are graduating at the 39th Convocation ceremony.

There were goodwill messages from Medical Colleges in Ghana, Liberia, the National Medical and Dentist Council among others.

Borno Deputy Governor attended the Convocation alongside Senator Abubakar Kyari, the Speaker Borno State House of Assembly, the Chief of Staff, Commissioners of Health and Information, Vice Chancellors of University of Maiduguri and Borno State University.

Chief Medical Directors of UMTH, the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital and Borno’s Hospital Management Board, Special Adviser Liaison Services and Senior Special Assistant on Media also accompanied the Deputy Governor.

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Borno Federal Lawmaker, MT Monguno Again Disburses N20 Million to Empower Local Farmers, Traders

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Borno Federal Lawmaker, MT Monguno again disburses N20 million to empower local farmers,traders

By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri

Member representing Marte, Monguno and Nganzai federal constituency, who is the Chief Whip, Rt. Hon Mohammed Tahir Monguno, in collaboration with the Centre for Management Development (CMD) donated the sum of N20 million and sponsored 3-Day Agricultural Workshop for 400 beneficiaries in Faulty Goat and Fish Farming as well as Soap Making.

Just early last month August, 2021, a total of N10 million was donated by the Lawmaker to improve seed varieties to over 200 farmers across the constituency.

In his opening remarks yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, Monguno disclosed that, 400 participants are to receive traning in different categories, and cash donations ranging from N50,000 to N60,000 each as starter kits.

Represented by Hon Gadau Ali Gadai, the Chief Whip said, agriculture remained the mainstay and occupation of the people in his constituency, adding that, this is not the first time gesture,  as he periodically gave them incentives for over a decade by supporting the people with fertilizers, improved seed varieties, free tractors, trainings and retrainings to enable them cope with modern and easy methods of farming.

“These initiative, as you can see, have greatly assisted and will lift my people out of poverty, even as we would not relent”. Monguno stated.

In his goodwill message, Special Assistant to governor Babagana Umara Zulum, Hon Abatcha Ma’aji hailed the Lawmaker for his foresight and commitment towards uplifting vulnerable groups in the society earn a good means of livelihood. 

While enumerating some of the projects executed by MT Monguno, Hon Ma’aji said “the Monguno Water Project executed by the Lawmaker, which is worth more than 560 Million Naira has been completed and awaiting commissioning, while similar project has commenced a couple of days in Gajiram in Nganzai Local Government Council, with another same project which is in the pipeline to the good people of Marte Council area.

He noted that, this is in addition to 196 all-in-one solar system streetlights that were conveyed to Monguno, 200 streetlights installed in Nganzai last two months ago, as well as 111 streetlights that were handed over to Marte resettlement committee for installation. 

The workshop was attended by the ruling APC stakeholders from the constituency including the Chairmen and secretaries of the three councils.

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APC Releases Timetable For October 2 State Congresses

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APC Releases Timetable for October 2 State Congresses

By Chikode Owerum, Abuja

The nationwide State Congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to elect Party executives has been fixed for Saturday, 2nd October, 2021.

According to the approved schedule of activities for the Party’s state Congresses, sale of forms will commence from Wednesday, 15th September to Monday 27th September, 2021.

Screening of aspirants for State executive positions will take place from Wednesday 29th to Thursday 30th September, 2021. Appeals arising from State Congresses is scheduled from 9th to 16th October, 2021.

On the cost of nomination forms, aspirants for the position of State Chairman will purchase forms at the cost of N100,000. Deputy State Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer aspirants will pay N50,000. Aspirants for the position of Senatorial Chairmen are to purchase forms at N50,000; Senatorial Youth Leader N30,000 and other offices N30,000.

Female aspirants and physically challenged aspirants are to pay 50% of the prescribed fees for each position.

Equally, the party congratulates members on the just concluded Local Government Area (LGA) Congresses and urges those who may have been dissatisfied with the exercise to approach the Appeal Committees that have been detailed to resume sittings in various states. The Appeal Committees have been charged to ensure fair hearing as they attend to complaints.

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