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RE: Wugira- Disregard of court order – The goofing rejoinder of Gov. Fintiri’s aide



Re: Wugira-Disregard Of Court Order… The goofing rejoinder of Gov. Fintiri’s aide

By Tom Garba

The unfortunate rejoinder of Barr Sunday Wugira,the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the executive Governor of Adamawa State,Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri to TGNEWS and its publisher,Tom Garba has placed and weighed him down to a mere goofer. This made him a little above a dancing cybalist and a trumpeter of the Governor as a supposed Learned fellow (Esq) who should know better how the media works.

Sunday on his attempt to reply a story published by TGNEWS thus:”IN DISREGARD TO COURT ORDER, ADAMAWA GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO REINSTATE SACKED CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION MEMBERS.” has blundered around facts,attacking the personality of the publisher than responding to the real Crux of the matter of why the said sacked commission members should or should not be reinstated.

Sunday Wugira the suppose public affairs aide was too emotional lacking the dexterity of addressing the issues squarely. TGNEWS only published a news report not an opinion article. To an aide that knows his job and ready to defend his Boss at any time,if need be he was to give a simple response but went on vituperation that it was not a disregard of Court Order but the silence was owing to the right of appeal.

If I should ask my Brother,Barr Sunday Wugira either the report carried by TGNEWS it was gotten from a recorded source and remains a sacral part of the organization can still prove that the Attorney General of Adamawa State was not interview?

It was the same response TGNEWS sought from the Attorney General of Adamawa state in a telephone conversation, which Wugira has however reported his colleague to have denied granting; where he argued that the aggrieved should go to anywhere they liked.

There was no malignity or malign intended. TGnews or Tom Garba isn’t in inyway being mischievous and it isn’t in any slightest way unprofessional as Wugira would concieve, perceiving unfortunately that it was a paid advertorial.

Is it a paid advertorial reporting government activities in TGnews? May be my aide friend is over zealous with the work of a public affairs forgetting that the story of the Government published by TGNEWS are uncountable and are not advertorial. Or Has Wugira paid for his rejoinder to be published TGNEWS? You can see how narrowed your rejoinder can be.

TGnews isn’t beggerly, but aimed at holding government accountable while serving as a medium for the aggrieved to have their grievances passed across.

Wugira you are a special adviser to the governor. Do not misadvised. I see you having the high tendencies of messing up this Government with your musculated comments, doing harm than good to the Governor who is expecting a good and a thorough job from you.

Mr Public affairs commentator of the Governor,I think Your’s is to build not to destroy relationship. Governor Fintiri once said he’s tolerant to constructive criticism and would love investigative journalism. The bottom line is that do not misinform both your master and the public as the messenger has never been in any legitimate frame of mind, criminal of the message.

May I emphatically stress that, your perceived view of TGNEWS medium is dancing the tune of the Piper has totally reduced you to a confused aide of the Government you are eating fat on and a known enemy of TGNEWS. The story published on the 6th May,2020 it was not only on TGNEWS, to mention only but few, media organizations like;

Sacked Adamawa commissioners demand reinstatement

Sacked Adamawa commissioners demand reinstatement

Sacked Adamawa commissioners demand reinstatement

Sacked Adamawa Commissioners Demand Reinstatement

ADAMAWA GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO REINSTATE SACKED CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION MEMBERS Why should it be only TGNEWS you will lay claim of your skewed rejoinder? Your enemity disposition to TGNEWS will only fuel us with the gears of investigative journalism in holding any public office holder accountable.

TGNEWS consider your views less of value that has needless attention if not the office of SSA you occupied and working to butter your bread,the morsel you live,eat and defending to survive.

It is quite laughable for an aide of a sitting Governor who is a Lawyer by Profession ought to have known that the case in question is a trite position of the law that a successful litigant ought not be denied the fruits of his judgment.

Wugira should know better as an institution created by the constitution, all authorities including the Governor and the State Government ought to have respected and obeyed the judgment of the court while exercising their right of appeal to the court of appeal. And there is any compelling reason not to obey the judgment while on appeal, they ought to have sought leave of the court staying the execution of the judgment pending their appeal. It is therefore wrong as suggested by a supposed lawyer in his write up that complying with the judgment while on appeal entails conceding to the judgment is not the correct position as there is no order sought staying the execution of the judgment.

Let me recall back your memory Mr Sunday Wugira, don’t forget that the court declared their appointments as validly made by the then Governor; that the suspension and dissolution was unlawful and therefore null and void; an injunction restraining the Governor from interfering with the functioning of their office. The Court also gave an order directing the payment of all their entitlement. Then why are you so naive on this?

Yes as you are trying to paint it white,it is true that the Governor upon assumption into office on the 6/6/2019 made a maiden broadcast and therein, suspended the claimants at one breathe and at another, dissolved them.
Claimants approached the Court the following day 7/6/2019 and judgment was entered in their favour.

The Governor has appealed the judgment to the court of Appeal Yola. As at date, they’re out of time to file and served their brief of argument to their lawyer to enable him respond appropriately.It is a trite position of the law that judgment of court takes effect upon delivery and that an appeal does not operate as a stay of such a judgment. The losing party who intends to suspend the immediate effect of a valid judgment of court will apart from the appeal, seek specific order of either the court that gave the judgment or the Court of appeal staying the execution or enforcement or coming into effect of the judgment. This is because appeal itself does not operate as a stay of judgment.

SSA Sir it might still interest you to know that the Governor has not sought an order staying the enforcement of the judgment delivered against them and as such, he ought to have complied with the judgment pending the outcome of the decision of the court of appeal.

Barr Sunday, your goofing rejoinder would push one to ask that wether if it means the judgment in the matter on appeal goes against them, they would still not comply with the judgment until a final appeal to the Supreme Court is determined in maybe 5-10 years?

Haba Dan’uwa we are practicing constitutional democracy and it behoves on all entities, the Governor inclusive to play the game in accordance with the rule of law.

Please I advice you stay put,be a good ambassador to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri,don’t reduced yourself to an attack Dog of the Governor. All I know your Principal encourage us to engage him in constructive criticism that will make him work for the betterment of all people in Adamawa State. Don’t frustrate his efforts.

Build bridges for him not Walls.


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Again Boko Haram Attacks Babbangida, Yobe State



Again Boko Haram Attacks Babbangida, Yobe State

By Mohammed Usman Damaturu

Armed men suspected to be members of the dreaded Boko Haram, on Saturday attacked Babbangida community in Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe.

The State Police Public Relation Officer, Dungus Abdulkareem, who spoke to newsmen in Damaturu, said the incident occurred around 4 pm and the insurgents came in four Hilux vans, disrupting the market with sporadic gunshots forcing the Divisional Police Officer and his men to make a strategic withdrawal from the area.

The PPRO also disclosed that he later lost contact with his DPO in the area, who he suspected ran for safety where there was no telephone network.

“The preliminary report I got from our DPO in Babbangida was that Boko Haram came into the town loaded with four Hilux vehicles and opened fire causing pandemonium in the village market.

“My DPO was later unreachable and I suspected he had to look for safety. I later got him and he told me that he saw the town in smoke from where he was and therefore could not give me the extent of damage in the area,” Mr Abdulkareem said.

Mr Abdulkareem also said that “I gathered that an air force jet came around 5.30 pm but the boys rather hibernated inside the town and refused to leave. I don’t have details of the exploits of the jet but I will furnish you with every necessary information as soon as I have it,” Mr Abdulkareem said.

Adamu, a driver who was transporting bread to Babbangida, also confirmed the incident saying that he abandoned his vehicle loaded with bread and ran for safety.

I heard the gunshots and later saw the insurgents approaching us as I was approaching Babangida from Damaturu. I immediately stopped and left my car full of bread and ran into the bush,” he narrated.

Babbangida is 50 km northeast from Damaturu, the state capital and has come under attack by the insurgents, many times.

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Medical Association Urges Full Implementation of Medical Residency Training Act to Address Challenges in the Health Sector in Borno



Medical Association urges full implementation of Medical Residency Training Act to address challenges in the health sector in Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Borno state chapter has urged for the full implementation of Medical Residency Training Act in addressing numerous challenges in the health sector in the state.

The President of the NMA in the Borno state chapter, Dr. Ali Mohammad-Ramat who disclosed this at the 2020 Annual Physician’s Week on Tuesday in Maiduguri said that the call was imperative to address the challenges bedevilling the health sector especially in getting skilled human resources.

Dr Ramat said that the physician week was an annual long week events of the Nigerian Medical Association(NMA), to celebrate medical personnels contribution to effective healthcare services delivery and research in Nigeria.

Mohammad-Ramat explained that it also provided an opportunity for medical personnels to review events of the health sector during the past twelve months and identify areas of possible improvement.

He said that the NMA in this year’s Physicians week celebration was deeply concerned with the increasing trend of suicide among Nigerians and the mortality ravaged by the COVID-19 pandamic.

“It is for this reason that the 2020 physician week celebration themed Strategies for Health System Recovery During COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, while the Sub-theme is Dental caries,”, Dr Ramat added.

He lamented that the COVID-19 pandamic has been spreading rapidly globally, with a considerable impact on the global morbidity, mortality and healthcare utilisation as well as social and economic dislocation of families, communities, state and country’, stressing that the implementation of the medical residency training in the state teaching hospital would go along way in mitigating the impact pose by the challenges.

Mohammad-Ramat also explained that another neglected public health diseases in Nigeria was the burden of dental services, despite advances in the practices, adding that the number of workforce of health personnel’s in the state was a clear indications that they are inadequate to achieve the Universal Health Coverage in the state.

The NMA therefore, urged the federal government to redeemed it pledge of allocation 15 percent of it budget allocations to the health in order to address challenges in the sectors.

Also speaking, Dr. Joseph Jatau, a former Chief Medical Director, said that the residency training when fully implemented in the state would produce a great number of Specialist in various fields which would go along way to alleviate the problems militating against the provision of modern and sound healthcare services to the people.

He explained that the residency training would also save the state government alots of funds used to sponsor doctors for specialised in various fields abroad which had brought huge financial burden to the state, stressing that the huge resources saved in the trainings could be use to further improve the health institutions or re-channeled to other people’s oriented projects thereby making healthcare available to all.

“The residency training will also open room for research activities, especially in collaboration with the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, where postgraduate students will be trooping into the institution for knowledge oriented programmes.”, he added.

He lamented that mal-distribituon, poor skills-mix, and limited capacity were other challenges faced across the different health workers categories and cardres in addition to gross urban and rural disparities existing in the distribution of available human resources between LGAs, adding that the worsened security challenges and lack of requisite manpower, particularly doctors, worst of which was the unavailability of the required specialist and consultants.

“Borno has a projected population of 5,860, 200, million, according to the 2006 National Population Commission’s census. More than half of this population are women (50.8 percent), 20 percent are under 5, 22 percent are women of child bearing age (15-49) and five percent are pregnant women.. The state has also total fertility rate of 6.1 percent while frequent unplanned pregnancies pose high risk of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality due to a weak health system and protracted crises situation in the state”, he further pointed out.

He said “People of the state over the past decade have surffered serious security challenges culminating in Humanitarian crises ranging from displacement, economic hardship unemployment which has imposed public health issues on the population.. These problems have led to increased demand on health needs of the people and this requires concerted efforts toward rebuilding and sustaining the health resources of the stage.”

“Luckily, sound healthcare service to the citizenry is on the very top priority of the Borno Government to ensure that no citizen is left out of the sound health care services, through the establishment of the Contributory Healthcare Scheme,”he said.

Jatau said that Borno state has been among the leading states in terms of meeting the existing health facilities but it’s efforts were compromised by inadequate staffing, adding that Based on the RAMS 2018 report, the state has about 810 facilities, comprising of about 85 Primary Health Care Hospitals, 317 health clinics, 294 health posts, 57 IDPs clinics, 3 Tertiary Hospitals and 53 Secondary Health Facilities but lamented that only 424 of the Health facilities were fully functional, nothing that 64 percent hospitals were damaged by the insurgents.

While listing four dimension of achieving a sustainable health care workforce which included availability of competence, responsiveness and productivity, he said “Looking at the health indices in Borno state, there is a need for delibrate policy for achieving both number and quality of Specialist for qualitative and affordable healthcare to the growing population of the stage.

He commended Gov. Babagana Zulum for constituting a high powered Committee to develop a blue print for an establishment of a State University Teaching Hospital with a view toward providing effective, qualitative and affordable healthcare to the people of the state.

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Taimako, CDI, Engages 150 Youths On Peace Building



Taimako,_CDI, Engages 150 Youths On Peace Building

By Baba Saleh, Damaturu

Taimako Community Development Initiative in conjunction with European Union, British Council Managing Conflict programme in the Northeast have engaged 150 youths in lesson sharing workshop on peace building.

Speaking at the workshop in Damaturu the Executive Director Taimako_CDI Gambo Garba Muhammad disclosed that the training was aimed at increasing the knowledge of the youths on conflict management and peace promotion.

He said the project was to support implementation of initiatives that will address local drivers of conflict such as drug abuse, sexual and gender based violence and other form of anti social behaviour.

Under same project, he said about 7 dialogue sessions were earlier held in the three targeted LGA’s of Bade, Damaturu and Geidam all aimed at shaping the minds of the youths to shun any form violence and avoid been recruited by the insurgents.

In their separate remarks at the occasion the Emir of Damaturu, Alhaji Shehu Hashimi II represented by the village head of Gwange, Alhaji Muhammad Ramat and The state commissioner of police Yahaya Sahabo Abubakar thanked Taimako_CDI for carrying the youths from both genders on peace building inititives.

The commissioner of women affairs represented by the Deputy Director Human resource, Zanna Bura Aji Baitu has charged the participants to keep to the lessons learnt and continue to strive for peaceful coexistance in all their dealings.

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