The Yobe State Medical Consumables and Drugs Administration Agency (YODMA) says it has built six zonal medical warehouses to reduce the costs of moving logistics across the state. State Health Commissioner Dr Lawan Gana revealed this while commissioning one of the warehouses in Potiskum on Friday. Gana said that the zonal warehouses were established to ensure high-quality, affordable medicines and to reduce the costs associated with the logistics of movement. “It is not economically sensible to say that all people will have to travel to Damaturu, the state capital, to get their medicines and consumables,” he said. He explained that the law establishing the agency had provided for the establishment of the six zonal facilities throughout the state. “While we are talking, we have established that from Potiskum, Gashua, Nguru and Damaturu, we will soon have two more warehouses,” Gana added. He added that the agency has upgraded the warehouse in Damaturu in partnership with the Multi-Sector Crisis Project. The commissioner said the ministry is looking up to YODMA and its partners in ensuring health care facilities are adequately available with all medicines. The commissioner, on behalf of the Yobe government, commended the entire YODMA team for improving and upgrading health care services across the state. Speaking on the occasion, Abdulaziz Muhammed, Executive Secretary of YODMA, praised “Saving a Million Lives” for their support. He also praised Governor Mai Mala Buni for his efforts to reform the entire health system in the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) rejected a letter inviting her to an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
INEC's response, dated March 9, signed by Rose Anthony, was titled "Re: Invitation to the emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee."
It was addressed to the National President, APC Watchman and Extraordinary Conventions Planning Committee (CECPC).
The commission drew the attention of APC CECPC to the fact that the invitation letter was not signed by Governor Mai Mala Buni, the national president of APC CECPC and his secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe.
This, he said, was contrary to the provisions of Article 1.1.3 of the Commission's Regulations and Guidelines for the Operation of Political Parties (2018).
INEC also reminded those who wrote and signed the letter of the provision in Section 82 (1) of the Electoral Act 2022.
It said the section required 'at least 21 days' notice of any convention, congress, conference or meeting called for the purpose of amalgamating and electing members of its executive committees, other governing bodies or nominating candidates for any elective office.
He urged the APC to take note of the key issues raised for compliance.
The INEC letter stated: “See your letter Ref.APC/NHDQ/INEC/019/022/32, dated March 8, 2022.
“The commission draws your attention to the fact that the call for the meeting was not signed by the president and national secretary of the CECPC.
“This is contrary to the provisions of Article 1.1.3 of the Commission's Regulations and Guidelines for the Operation of Political Parties (2018).
“In addition, the APC is reminded of the provision in Section 82(1) of the Elections Act 2022, which requires 'at least 21 days' notice of any convention, congress, conference or meeting called for the purpose of ' fusion'.
“And elect the members of its executive committees, other governing bodies or propose candidates for any elective office.
"While we hope these issues will be reported for compliance, please accept the assurance of the commission's warm regards," he said.
Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe praised the federal government for initiating the "Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA)" program in the state.
Buni delivered the eulogy Monday when he received the Minister of State for Education, Chukuemeka Nwajiuba, in Damaturu.
Buni represented Alhaji Idi Gubana, also commending the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for including Yobe among the 17 beneficiary states.
He also praised the World Bank for providing credit support to strengthen the universal basic education sector in the state.
In particular, he thanked the minister for taking the time to visit Yobe for the program review.
Earlier in his remarks, Nwajiuba emphasized the need for accountability in the implementation of the program to reduce the challenge of out-of-school children in the country.
The minister said that his visit to Yobe was part of his review tour of the BESDA program in the beneficiary states.
He added that the program sought to support designated federal and state agencies in line with the specific goals of increasing equitable access to education for children who do not attend school.
He also said the program was meant to improve literacy in targeted states.
Nwajiuba noted that BESDA's intervention focuses on states with the largest number of out-of-school children in the country.
The Progressive Youth Movement (PYM), said it would resist the imposition of party candidates at the next national convention of the Congress of All Progressives (APC).
This is contained in a statement signed by PYM leader Alhaji Mustapha Audu on Saturday in Abuja.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Extraordinary Caregiver Convention Planning Committee led by Governor Mai Mala Buni has set February 26 for the APC national convention.
“We implore the committee not to bring in any elders with a clear disconnection from the majority of party members.
“We will resist the imposition of any candidate who is simply too old for the post of party chairman,” he said.
Audu said that as the party enters an election year, it was imperative that it have an individual capable of withstanding the vigor of the campaign.
"We also implore our leaders to ensure there are seats set aside for interested young people within the party," he said.
Audu also implored the committee to involve all stakeholders in the selection process to avoid rancor in the party.
"As majority shareholders in the party, we expect the committee to take certain factors into account if it decides to select a candidate by consensus," he said.
Audu urged the committee to make good on its promise to hold the convention on the scheduled date, as stakeholders had patiently waited.
“We believe that holding the convention on that date will showcase the sincerity and integrity of the Buni-led committee.
"We believe in APC and its ability to hold a free and peaceful convention where the majority of its members will be happy with the outcome," he said.
He said that the group would continue to support and be loyal to the party to restore its original values that won the hearts of Nigerians in 2015.
Audu advised the committee to be transparent to ensure the party's success in the 2023 General Election.
reports that PYM is a political grouping within APC.
Damaturu, February 18, 2022 A former Defense Minister, retired General Theophilus Danjuma, has donated food to 8,621 households in Yobe.
Danujuma made the donation, under the auspices of the Victim Support Fund (VSF), on Friday at the opening of the distribution exercise in the Kukareta community in the Damaturu local government area of Yobe.
The former Minister of Defense, representing Tanko, recalled that after the insurgents' attacks on Geidam LGA and some other parts of Yobe in 2021, the state government requested the support of VSF.
“We are exceptionally delighted to have received a letter from the Yobe State Government requesting VSF's assistance.
"Especially in the year 2021 when the Yobe state government wrote, after the attack in Geidam and other parts of the state," Danjuma said.
Danjuma said the fund conducted a collaborative assessment and list of recipients with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
“After that, we have discovered up to 8,621 affected households in Geidam, Tarmuwa, Damaturu, Gashua and Yunusari LGAs.
“We have brought food that will be shared with these families.
“Some of the families are IDPs who have moved since last year and have not been able to return.
“So today we are here to give each of them a package consisting of a 50kg bag containing 15kg of corn grits, 15kg of millet grits.
"Other items are vegetable oil, two packages of Maggi, 10 kg of beans, 15 sachets of tomato paste, 15 sachets of bell pepper and onion," he said.
Danjuma said the food was expected to last the beneficiaries at least a month or more.
"The food is to feed more than 60,000 people with the assumption that in each of these 8,621 households there will be an average of 7 people," he added.
While praising the resilience and effort of the recipients to take care of their families, Danjuma encouraged them to take advantage of the assistance and send their children back to school.
In his comments, Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni described the gesture as timely.
Buni, representing Iliya, Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, also said the gesture would complement the efforts of the state government.
One of the beneficiaries, Malam Ibrahim Modu, expressed his thanks on behalf of other beneficiaries, saying that the support would go a long way in alleviating the suffering.
The Chairman, All Progressives Congress Congress, United Kingdom Chapter, APC-UK, Dr. Phillip Idaewor, has denied a recent report that he called for a postponement of the party’s national convention. He denied the story published through a letter written by his lawyer, Manni Ochugboju, Esq. This news medium had published a story the now controversial story which was actually filed by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN with the title: “APC UK calls for postponement of party’s February convention.” In the letter, Barrister Ochugboju, Principal Partner, Ochugboju & Co said “Our client clearly and unambiguously denies each and every assertion of fact as contained in your said vile spurious propaganda writeup, and as highlighted above, as same are utterly false, reckless, malicious, and deliberately calculated to damage (and did actually damage) our client’s hard-earned image, reputation, and integrity built up over the decades as a visionary patriot and a diligent professional.” The letter reads in full: “We act as Solicitors for Dr Philip Idaewor, (“our client”), on whose instructions we write you this letter. Our client has informed us of your grossly misleading, malicious, and false write-up concerning him, which you published and circulated globally on your verified website page and your other social media page and handles (with links to other numerous online and social media platforms across the world, and the print and electronic media). “In your said malicious falsehood write up, you wrote, published and circulated, extremely misleading and damaging materials against the person, character and status of our client. The said write up in its entirety is misleading, misconceived, malicious, mendacious, politically motivated and done in utmost bad faith and grand apostasy. “Apostasy in this case is that your media organisation, by peddling malicious, misleading, falsehood, to cause political confusion and defame our client, derogates from its impartial, objective, balanced and fair populist pretentions, and plunge into the cesspit of tabloid yellow journalism, as a petty hireling, or thug, deployed to do dirty hatchet jobs for the highest bidder. The lawyer asserted that, “In the said write-up, you falsely, recklessly and maliciously stated that: “Our client “has advised the party‘s National Executive Council (NEC) to postpone the party’s national convention, scheduled for February 26.” “Our client “in a statement issued on Wednesday by Idaewor, chairman of APC UK. Idaewor stated that the postponement became necessary to allow the Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) led by Governor Mai Mala Buni to gain more ground in reconciling aggrieved members.”. “The APC UK “chairman also stated that postponing the convention, while he focuses on much-needed fence repairs, would ensure the party retains power in 2023.”. “It is better to move the national convention to a later date and consolidate the successes achieved by the planning committee in uniting various factions than to lose everything it has achieved. “The Chapter urged the APC National Executive Committee (NEC) to immediately postpone the National Convention from Saturday 26 February to allow outstanding critical issues to be addressed.” “The postponement is important, especially now that the reconciliation committee, headed by Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has requested a one-week extension to complete its work.” “APC in the UK previously weighed in on the matter some months ago, where it urged the party to align with best practice in deciding the date of the convention which should go along with the election of the party’s presidential standard bearer.” Our client is also allegedly quoted as, “saying that the proposal would ensure the greatest participation of diaspora members as they would not dissipate the logistics of traveling to Nigeria twice for the same event.” “Therefore, he urged the party’s NEC to take courage and postpone the convention in the general interest of all parties concerned to promote unity, harmony and cohesion within the party.” “According to the diaspora group APC, rushing to a convention in the space of the next three weeks will further fracture the party.” “The APC UK chapter lamented that the rise of multiple factions in many of its state chapters does not project confidence that the party will navigate next year’s general election smoothly.” “The logical thing is to let the reconciliation committee finish its mission since nothing is gained by advancing by mistake. “APC stakeholders will simply slave for others to enjoy, if the party holds the convention in February, as it will simply solidify the bad blood situation that is present at the state level. “ Idaewor was quoted as saying in the statement.” The lawyer added that “Our client clearly and unambiguously denies each and every assertion of fact as contained in your said vile spurious propaganda writeup, and as highlighted above, as same are utterly false, reckless, malicious, and deliberately calculated to damage (and did actually damage) our client’s hard-earned image, reputation and integrity built up over the decades as a visionary patriot and a diligent professional. Our client has thereby suffered huge damage, public embarrassment, mental agony and trauma. Describing his client, the lawyer said, “He is an internationally acclaimed medical doctor, practising in the United Kingdom, with over thirty years experience. “As you rightly noted in your publication, our client is the duly elected and recognised Chairman of the APC in the United Kingdom. “He is also the Chairman forum of APC Diaspora Chairmen, worldwide. “Importantly, our client has declared his intention to run for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the 2023 election. “Following the said declaration, all sorts of defamatory and malicious falsehoods are being ascribed to our client, either by political opponents, hired thugs, propaganda pedlars and various nefarious hatchet men. “It is against the background of this recurrent orchestrated misinformation, attempts to defame, and even derail an agreed APC policy on holding convention on the 26th February 2022, that your publication is particularly false and offensive. Outlining the client’s specific denial, the barrister said, “Specifically, our client: “Have never authored or published the statement attributed to him. “Have never authorised anybody, agent or representative to issue the said statement on his behalf. “Will never issue a statement to contradict the agreed or settled party policy of the APC. “Will never knowingly advise the APC on a course of conduct that will delay, derail or defeat an agreed party policy like holding a National Convention on the 26th February 2022. Thus,the lawyer said, “We have our client’s instructions to demand and we hereby demand for the following: “That you publish or cause to be published, a full retraction of the above utterly false, reckless and malicious write-up complained about. “That you tender an unreserved public apology to our client on your same official social media platforms and all other channels, platforms or links through which the highly mischievous and malicious publications were published and circulated. “TAKE NOTICE that if you fail, refuse and or/neglect to carry out the above modest and very friendly demands within 7 days from the date of this letter, we shall, without any further correspondence from us, institute legal proceedings against you and any other culprit, involved in this dirty campaign of calumny. “FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that in the event that our client is thus compelled to approach the court for redress, we shall be claiming from you and the above mentioned entity and persons, reliefs that will, in addition to the above accommodating demands, include aggravated, punitive and exemplary damages in the sum of N50 Million. “This letter is a clear warning letter to give you an opportunity to accept the olive branch extended to you by our client, whose feelings, name, character, dignity and reputation have been gravely and deeply injured by your reckless and ill-intentioned publications. A word is a enough for the wise.”
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Gantuve has rejected the Kano APC reconciliation meeting by the National Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee/Party Caretaker and Yobe State Executive Governor Mai Mala Buni.
On Tuesday last week, the reconciliation meeting was held for the first time to reconcile two factions of the party in Kano, led by Gantuve and Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, respectively.
The meeting was postponed to allow the two factions to come up with a formula for sharing the party structure in Kano.
In the resumed session held on Tuesday at the Yobe Governor's Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja, Mr. Shekarau led the meeting with Senator Barau Jibrin, Representatives Shaaban Sharada, Abdulkadir Jobe, Haruna Dederi, among other members of the camp.
But Senator Kabiru Gaya; House Leader, Alhassan Doguwa and; Labor, Employment and Productivity Committee Chairman Ali Wudil, who sides with Mr. Gantuve, said they attended the meeting in their personal capacity and not on behalf of the governor.
DAILY NIGERIANO concluded that the absence of the governor and the inability to propose a distribution formula or send a representation forced the meeting to end in a deadlock.
The reconciliation panel, which includes Mai Mala Buni, former House Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Senator Abba Aji, called off the meeting sine die, then gave the governor Thursday to schedule another meeting at his date and time. convenient.
Why did Gantuve reject the meeting?
Inside sources told the NIGERIAN DAILY that the governor called an emergency meeting and chartered a private jet from Kano to Abuja on Saturday to decide whether to attend the reconciliation meeting.
Attending the crucial meeting at Aminu Kano House, Abuja, were the party's embattled factional chairman, Abdullahi Abbas; the Commissioner for Local Government, Murtala Garo and the party leader Nasir Aliko-Koki.
High on the meeting's agenda was the issue of sharing the party structure formula with Mr. Shekarau's faction. The second major topic discussed at the meeting was the status of the pending appeal.
The sources said the governor was advised not to attend or send representatives to the meeting "as they were optimistic about the court's victory."
They argued that it was absurd that a sitting governor be asked to share parts of the structure with others, while other APC governors control everything in their states.
The governor's spokesman, Abba Anwar, did not respond to our reporter's call or respond to a text message seeking his response.
NIGERIAN DAILY reports that the APC in Kano is in the throes of an internal crisis, with two factions holding parallel neighborhood, local government and state congresses.
An FCT high court chaired by Judge Hamza Muazu late last year upheld district and local government congresses held by the Shekarau-led faction.
Dissatisfied with the outcome, the Gantuve-led faction appealed the case, asking for the lower court's decision to be reversed. The case is still pending in the appeals court.
The Forum of the former All Progressives Congress, APC, Members of the House of Representatives will meet on Thursday in Abuja to discuss critical issues affecting the party and the 2023 general election.
This is contained in a statement co-signed by the forum's Protem Chairman Ibrahim Zailani and Protem Secretary Idris Yahuza.
The forum said the meeting would also discuss the challenges of the party and the National Convention on February 26.
“The meeting will also discuss the role of former APC National Assembly members and the road to 2023,” he said.
The forum urged all former members of the House of Representatives from the party to make an effort to attend the meeting to add opinions on various political issues.
The affairs of the party are currently being managed by the Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC, led by Governor Mai Mala Buni.
The Yobe government has dismissed as "false and misleading" the report of sectarian violence in parts of the state.
Mamman Mohammed, a spokesman for Governor Mai Mala Buni, gave the clarifications in a statement in Damaturu on Sunday.
Mohammed dismissed as "fake news" the social media report hinting at religious violence in parts of the state, adding that the post was the work of mischief makers and enemies of the state.
He said: “The attention of the Yobe government has been brought to the attention of a false, absolutely false and misleading post on social media which allegedly claims that Yobe is boiling hot.
“The post maliciously claimed: Yobe state in Nigeria is boiling now. They are burning churches, killing many Christians. Please pray for even 5 minutes and forward it to other people of faith for intercession."
Mamman said the misleading article was deliberately distributed to fan the embers of hatred and crisis among Nigerians of different religions.
“The misleading post is over five years old. As a practicing journalist, I received several calls from colleagues outside of Yobe, seeking details and clarification.
“I want to make it very clear, just as state law enforcement authorities have done before, that Yobe, by God's special grace, is calm and at peace.
“It is disheartening that pranksters and doom seekers have continued to share this false and misleading post with the intent to cause disharmony,” he said.
Therefore, he urged the general public to ignore the mischievous post, saying that Yobe is peaceful.
Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni has ordered an investigation into the suspected killing of a driver, Mohammed Toli, by a soldier in Garin Alkali, Bade Local Government Area of the state.
Toli was reportedly shot and killed Friday night at a gas station as he ran to safety.
Mr. Buni, in a statement by his Director General for Press and Media Affairs, Mamman Mohammed, on Saturday in Damaturu, described the incident as unfortunate after a long period of peace regaining in the area and the state.
“The government and security authorities will not tolerate any reckless act capable of disturbing our hard-won peace.
“Therefore, I assure you that the government will properly investigate the matter and deal with it decisively.
“I also call on our good people in the Bade local government area and across the state to stay calm and abide by the law.
“We must avoid anything that is detrimental to our peace. They are advised to be good Muslims and take it as the will of Allah and avoid roadside bonfires.
"May Allah (SWT) forgive the deceased for his shortcomings, grant Aljannatur Firdaus and his family the strength to bear the loss," the governor said.
NAN also reports that on Saturday morning, angry youths had barricaded the Filin Tanda area in Gashua city, protesting the arbitrary killing of Mr. Toli.
They set fire to tires and other property and demanded justice for the deceased, whom they described as a peaceful and law-abiding person.
When contacted, Yobe Police Command spokesman Dungus Abdulkarim confirmed the disturbance and said police had restored law and order in the area.
Abdulkarim, Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the matter was under investigation and anyone who failed to do so would face the full wrath of the law.