Governor Muhammad Abubakar
Governor Muhammad Abubakar of Jigawa has promised to support the new leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (S).
Abubakar also said his fellow state governors were working with the federal government to pay members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) their back wages.
He said this at the inauguration of the National Executive Council of the National Association of Nigerian Students (S) for 2022/2023 in Abuja on Thursday.
He said governors were considering using legal ways to resolve ASUU's challenges so academic activities could continue smoothly at the nation's universities.
He congratulated current S President Usman Barambu and his executives on a well-deserved victory and called on them to build on the successes of their predecessors.
He promised to support the welfare of the association for the betterment of Nigerian students.
“We have already started and we are going to get to the bottom of it and we pray that this is resolved and we pray that there is not another strike because the students have suffered enough and I am sure that the president knows it.
“So, we are looking for legal ways to finalize the salary payment. I assure you that together with the 36 governors we will support you and make sure things get better for the betterment of students.
“The election is a difficult task and we must do it with the fear of God and I know that Barambu will lead this organization with the fear of God and I know that with his Exco he will have a wonderful future.
"I will be with you in difficult times, I will guide you, I will support you and I will open other doors for you and I will do everything possible to grow this partnership that will continue to be the solid foundation for development," he said. she said.
Abubakar praised the former president, Sunday Asefon, for his leadership role in unifying the association and called on the new president to build on his successes.
He also thanked the factional leader of the association for coming to support the new president as well as for believing in the unity of the association.
For his part, the president of the association, Usman Barambu, promised to ensure the strengthening of students so that they have sufficient leadership skills.
Barambu also gave the assurance of an inclusive government saying that the interest of students will continue to be a priority during his term.
“What I have today is a responsibility, to lead and build on what my predecessors have done, and I have accepted it with the promise to continue the course of Nigerian students in general with full commitment to higher heights.
” With a level of support and solidarity, I was grateful from students, senior comrades and stakeholders, not only in my emergence as the leader of the new executives, but also in making our inauguration a great success.
“I have no choice but to declare my loyalty and absolute commitment without compromise to the hopes, aspirations, interests and vision of our students.
"It is in this light that I accept the challenges of leadership and with our collective effort, we will lead our beloved organization back to its past and lost glories," he said.
He, therefore, announced some members of his cabinet while running the affairs of the association.
He mentioned Usman Ayuba as his Chief of Staff, Jonah Danladi as his General Director, Administration and Fice and Pedro Obi as President of his Advisory Council.
Likewise, the president of Natives and Promotion of Peace among S, Olalekan Smart, thanked the interested parties for their role in resolving the gap in the association S was not lost.
He said that all the dispute resolution mechanisms were activated and, to the glory of God, all the aggrieved parties came to the table and a new cause was defended.
He said the association is committed to running an all-inclusive government of S, in which the full well-being of all Nigerian students, both at home and in the diaspora, is of paramount concern.
The highlight of the event was the inauguration of the position of the association. (
Source Credit: NAN
The Galaxy Backbone (GBB), says it is open to partnership with its foreign counterparts to foster ICT development and boost the nation’s connectivity, transversal and other technological activities.
The Managing Director of GBB, Prof. Muhammad Abubakar, made this known when he received the Gambian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr Ousman Bah with his entourage on Friday in Abuja.
Abubakar said as a pathway to exploring ways, GBB can partner with the Gambian Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, adding that collaboration with institutions like is the core of evolution as an organisation.
He said that the GBB was as a public enterprise of the Federal Government of Nigeria incorporated in 2006 with the sole aim of operating a unified ICT infrastructure.
“We can gain more advanced technology knowledge from other foreign ICT organisations,” he said.
Bah appreciated the management of the organisation for hosting him, saying:” Nigeria is one of the fast growing ICT nations that attracts developers without invitation.
” He said he came with his team to seek for partnership and also have a fair terms that would be of benefits for both countries.
Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, a former Minister of Defence, on Saturday restated his call on Nigerians to defend themselves against armed foreign bandits terrorising the country.
Danjuma made the call at the official presentation of Staff of Office to the new Aku Uka of Wukari, Manu Ali, in Wukari.
Ali was appointed the new Aku Uka in 2021 by Gov Darius Ishaku of Taraba, following the demise of Dr Shekarau Angyu who ruled for 45 years.
According to Danjuma, his earlier call on Nigerians to defend their land against armed foreign bandits was taken for granted and the result was clear for everyone to see.
“My appeal to you the new Aku Uka is for you to unite us to be able to effectively defend ourselves against the enemies of the country.
“In 2017 when I called on the people to defend themselves, a kangaroo commission of enquiry was set up to investigate and they said I was lying because there was no evidence.
“Today in the country, there is evidence everywhere; the foreign bandits are killing and taking over lands in all the places.
“I will not give you arms, you have to find out how the bandits got and find yours too,” he said.
Gov Ishaku, while presenting the Staff of Office to the Aku Uka, urged him to unite his subjects for a peaceful prosperous kingdom and state.
Ishaku, who congratulated Ali on his elevation as the supreme leader of the Kwararafa Kingdom, urged him to use his wealth of experience to attract peace and develop the state.
Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, urged the youth of Wukari to listen to the Aku Uka for a peaceful election in 2023 and beyond.
Earlier, Alhaji Bello Yerro, the Permanent Secretary, Bureau for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs, urged Ali to work with the other traditional rulers in the state to promote peace.
In his response, the Aku Uka and Chairman, Taraba Traditional Council, pledged to work hard to ensure peace, unity and progress of the state and Nigeria.
NAN reports the corronation was witnessed by a large crowd, including Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau, traditional rulers from all over the country, government officials among others.
The Federal Government says it has trained more extension workers on modern service delivery in the country to achieve food sufficiency.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Muhammad Abubakar, said this while declaring open a training programme for more extension workers on Tuesday in Abeokuta.
Abubakar said the training was done in collaboration with the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services.
Abubakar, who was represented by Mr Ganiyu Oseni, a Director in the ministry, said similar training was ongoing in all the 36 states of the country, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The minister observed that extension services had declined over the years and should be revived to boost the nation’s economy.
Abubakar said that the training was the third in the series aimed at empowering extension officers with the knowledge that would help the local farmers and make the youth interested in agricultural entrepreneurship, He said the Federal Government desired adequate food supply such as rice, palm oil, goat and sheep for the people to aid foreign earnings.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina lauded FMARD for putting measures in place to bridge the gap between extension workers’ services and the local farmers.
Odedina, who was represented by Dr Dotun Sorunke, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said it was high time the state employed over 100 extension officers to augment the existing ones.
Odedina charged the participants to imbibe the ongoing reforms in the state, which included the Farmers’ Digital Registration and Agricultural Land Allocation Management Portal.
The commissioner said the reform would enable an electronic database of farmers in the state, as well as the electronic application and allocation of farmlands.
“Knowledge they say is power.
You can’t impart others if you don’t have the skill.
“Some of you will be co-opted to be part of it as you are closest to the farmers and know the terrain,” Odedina said.
One of the participants, Mr Fayomi Kolawole, who represented Ikenne and Remo-North local governments, expressed delight for the training.
He promised to extend the knowledge gained during the training to farmers in his community.
The third batch of the nationwide training for agricultural extension workers kicked off in Abia on Wednesday with 55 registered participants.
The exercise was organised by the Federal Dept. of Agricultural Extension (FDAE), in collaboration with the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services.
In a speech to declare the event open, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Prof. Ikechi Mgbeoji, charged Nigerians to take agriculture seriously to overcome the dwindling revenue from oil.
Mgbeoji, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, said that with the challenges currently rocking the oil sector, agriculture remains the country’s most viable revenue earner.
He said that apart from the fear of imminent dry up of crude, the sector was highly threatened by the nefarious activities of oil thieves.
The commissioner said that many states were already struggling to pay salaries because of the irregular allocation from the Federation Account.
“Nigeria’s crude is being siphoned on a daily basis by oil thieves and we have been told that it will soon dry up.
“These challenges explain why Nigerians should prepare their minds to embrace agriculture in order to survive the post-oil era,” he said.
He charged the extension officers to take the training seriously and make most of the opportunity to prepare themselves for the challenges ahead.
“This is the advantage you have,” Mgbeoji said, adding that the training would help to enrich their knowledge in agricultural extension services.
The Programme Manager of Abia Agricultural Development Programme, Chief Israel Amanze, thanked the Federal Government for organising the training to equip the extension workers.
Amanze expressed the hope that the participants would become veritable agents between the ADP and the National Root Crop Research Institute, Umudike and farmers in the various communities.
He urged them to always make themselves available and accessible to the farmers to be able to know their needs and challenges, which they should in turn report to ADP.
“You should also be handy to disseminate government’s policies and research findings to the farmers,” he said.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Muhammad Abubakar, described agricultural extension delivery as “the driver of all agricultural policies and research, without which all efforts in the agricultural ecosystem may not realise its intended goals”.
He identified poor funding and policy changes as some of the factors that affected the fortunes of agricultural extension system over the years.
Abubakar, represented by the Abia Coordinator, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Aloysious Mba, also said that the system was hampered by the dearth of personnel and lack of interest by young Nigerians in agricultural entrepreneurship.
“This situation has affected food production, exposing the country to the dangers of unemployment, youth restiveness and economic instability,” he said.
He said that the training was one of the strategies by the ministry to halt the drift in the agricultural extension with the aim of pursuing the economic revitalisation agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The Director of FDEA, Mr Frank Kudla, said the training was an intitiative of the minister “to develop a workable framework and actionable programme for the immediate training of 75,000 extension workers together with state ADPs”.
He also said that the training was designed to empower the participants with skills in the use of extension delivery methodologies and tools as well as the best global practices in the agricultural value chains.
Kudla, represented by a senior official in the department, Ms Chinyere Ihedioha, said that at the end of the training, the ministry would provide the participants with the necessary tools to work with.
Yobe State Educational Trust Fund on Monday paid an inspection visit to its new mega and model schools in the state.
Mr Muhammad Abubakar, the Chairman of the trust fund, was in Potiskum to lead the visit.
He said that the visit was to examine the state’s education facilities and prepare the basis for interventions based on the stakeholders’ requisitions.
Abubakar said after examining the facilities, they would meet the officials of the Ministry of Education and Yobe State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) to outline critical issues that needed intervention.
He said the intervention would commence as soon as possible.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov. Mai Mala Buni on Nov. 9, 2021 inaugurated a 21-member committee to raise funds for the revitalisation of the education sector in the state.
Mr Musa Yarima, the Project Site Engineer of the schools, said each secondary school had 30 classrooms, administrative block that had the principal and vice principal’s offices, toilets, male and female staff rooms.
Yarima said that in the primary section, there were head teacher and assistant head teacher’s offices, males and females staff rooms and toilets.
He added that the model school had clinic, library, ICT block, technical workshop and two-bedroom staff quarters in each of five model schools in the state.
Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, Wife of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has called for a collective advocacy and action towards zero tolerance for Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and harmful practices.
Osinbajo made the call on Wednesday while unveiling the Landscape Analysis report on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Harmful Traditional Practices and Obstetrics Fistula at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja.
The report was presented by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in partnership with Nigeria, Canada and development partners.
“Looking around in the hall today, it is clear that there are other stakeholders and key groups working tirelessly in this field of endeavor.
“We have key policy makers in government and within the communities, advocacy groups, NGOs and concerned individuals, working with the government agencies to end gender based violence and harmful practices which affect our women and girls particularly; they also deserve applause.
“The aim of this gathering today is to provide a report by the UNFPA; the video report and other statistics provided indicate a great need for intervention.
“This data is key as it enables all who chose to speak up and act towards a zero tolerance for harmful practices can target the specific areas of need as revealed, thereby achieving greater successes and having a higher impact.
’’ Osinbajo, who was the Special Guest of Honour, said available statistics indicated that GBV was a global pandemic that affected many women in their lifetime.
She said that the statistics meant that 35 per cent of women worldwide had experienced either physical or sexual violence involving a known or unknown person.
The Wife of the Vice President said that concerted efforts were needed to address the ugly trend and save the girl child.
Save her before she becomes a victim; speak to him so he is not counted amongst the perpetrators.
“Enlighten on the result of bad choices, sexual harassment at work, school or home.
“Stand up for the girl that is chased around the office table by her superior, at work.
Advocate for punishment for the crimes, not only for help for the survivors.
’’ According to her, women and girls die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth daily.
“Obstetrics fistula is an unfortunate result of early and child marriage.
“According to a 2015 report on maternal mortality by the UN, Nigeria accounts for a significant percentage of all global maternal deaths.
“For a moment can we consider not only the figures of the statistics but the individuals that make up the figures.
“As I said earlier, LETS DO THIS: the childhood of play, laughter and warmth of loved ones replaced with the harsh reality of forced or early marriage, VVF, smelling, rejected, dejected, broken, torn in need of repair.
So, LETS DO THIS.
’’ Osinbajo said that the importance of the key report by UNFPA could not be overemphasised.
She said the report would help to guide interventions, provoke effective programmes, improve ongoing programs to curb and eventually wipe out GBV and harmful practices in the communities.
“For three years, programmes and projects of the UNFPA in Nigeria have targeted addressing these issues with the help of their donor, the Global Affairs Canada and other development partners.
“ As each person and organisation plays their part, together we can do a lot; for the good of our people,’’ she said.
Presenting an overview of the report, Prof. Olabisi Aina, Report Consultant, recommended the empowering of women and girls through promoting and supporting gender education.
“Engaging boys and girls for promoting positive masculinity; this is important; it is not just about helping women; we cannot leave the men out of this process.
“We must navigate with our boys and our men so that they start to understand masculinity,’’ she said.
On his part, the Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman, National Traditional Rulers Council, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar, thanked Osinbajo for standing firm on the programme.
He also commended her for taking three states as the pilot project in the report.
Abubakar said that the event was of great significance in the lives of women and girls.
“Today is a great day for us because we are here to talk about what really is disturbing us.
“I am not in any way knowledgeable in medical or whatever it is but I am a father; and I am also a spiritual leader who is so much bothered about what is happening to our women and girls in our community.
“And that is I believe I should be here personally to lend my strength, my voice to what is going and what we are about to do today and launch this document which will by God’s Grace, take it higher up,’’ he said.
On her part, the UNFPA Resident in Nigeria, Ulla Mueller, commended Nigeria for the programmes and policies initiated to tackle gender-based violence and harmful practices in the country.
She called on Federal Government to prioritise ending sexual and gender-based violence in Nigeria.
The event attracted wives of Oyo, Sokoto and Bauchi states’ governors, members of the Federal Executive Council, traditional rulers, members of the diplomatic corps, senior government officials, development partners and representatives of the UN stakeholders.
Galaxy Backbone Ltd (GBB) has called on all relevant stakeholders to partner with the government to drive the country’s digital economy forward.
Prof. Muhammad Abubakar, Managing Director,, Galaxy Backbone (GBB), said this at the Information, Communication, Technology, and Telecommunications (ICTEL) Expo in Lagos.
The Exhibition and Expo were organised by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in Muson Centre, Lagos.
The two-day largest tech.
2022 Expo and Exhibition has its theme: “Ensuring Efficient Digital Infrastructure in Nigeria”.
Abubakar, represented by Mr Dauda Oyeleye, Group Head, Business Development , said the organisation was aware of the need to establish robust partnership to work in line with her vision.
He said:”GBB believed in the development and growth of any economy being the leading enabler of Digital Inclusion in Africa.
” The D-G emphasised the importance of working together towards creating effective and productive Digital Infrastructure that would power and propel the nation’s Digital Economy.
“This is because we believe that this is what drives the development and growth of any economy.
“We are very clear in mind that we cannot succeed on our own, hence, we are determined to collaborate with organisations and platforms like yours in advancing the goals and objectives of our respective organisations.
“We are poised to reposition ourselves and advance the growth and prosperity of our nation.
And what better way to do this, than to support what the Lagos Chamber of Commerce is doing.
“We are hopeful that in a short time, we will be listed as one of the most advanced digital economies operating out of Africa,” he said.
Abubakar thanked the chamber for partnering with GBB and he pledged to increase the agency’s support towards the advancement of trade and industry in Nigeria.
He also seized the opportunity to educate attendees on the world class Tier III Data Centre and soon to be launched Tier IV Data Centre operated by GBB for Cloud and Disaster Recovery purposes.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the GBB will soon launch a World-class Tier IV data centre built by the Federal Government.
It also houses GBB’s North West Regional Office and Network Operating Centre in Kano.
Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism, Insurgency and Terrorism (BRAVEIT), a counterterrorism and lobbying group, has expressed confidence in the efforts of the military and other security agencies to end insecurity. BRAVEIT National Coordinator, Dr. Muhammad Abubakar, made this statement in a statement titled: "The Nigerian Armed Forces' Gains Against Terrorists and Other Criminal Elements: Indeed, the End of Insecurity Is Near" on Tuesday in Abuja . Abubakar said the group had continued to condemn attacks by terrorists, bandits, hijackers, pirates, ritualists, oil vandals and State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) militia groups, among other criminal elements. He said the gruesome attacks, coupled with vicious acts of staged criminality, had resulted in loss of life, emotional and psychological trauma, physical injury and loss of valuable property. According to him, it is as a result of the endless wave of these security challenges that the country has been under the yoke of widespread insecurity in recent years. “However, our BRAVEIT, as a lobby group, is tremendously proud of the efforts of the country's security agencies to permanently confront insecurity on earth. “Devoid of sentiment, our BRAVEIT, wishes to applaud immensely the remarkable advances of the Nigerian Army troops, in particular. “It is generally not part of their statutory and constitutional mandates. However, the Nigerian Army, first under the leadership of Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin; and now, under the direction of Lt. Gen. Faruq Yahaya has greatly assisted other sister security agencies in stemming the tide of internal unrest. “Under the current Army Chief of Staff, COAS, General Yahaya, no less than 36,000 ISWAP-Boko Haram insurgents and their families, between July of last year and March of this year, renounced terrorism. “Similarly, the Nigerian Army troops deserve our applause for the 'brutal war' they have continued to wage against ISWAP and Boko Haram in recent times. “In the last three months, Joint Task Force Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) troops neutralized 126 Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists in the Northeast. "It is an open secret that not only fighters, but also top commanders/leaders of ISWAP and Boko Haram, such as Sani Shuwaram and Al-Barnawi, were recently eliminated in 'deadly' military operations in the northeast," he said. . Abubakar said troops had thinned the ranks of bandit groups in Sokoto, Zamfara, Niger, Katsina, Kebbi and Kaduna states, where wanted bandit leaders had met their waterloo during combat operations. He also said that Nigeria's recent ranking in the 2022 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) from fourth to sixth was a clear indication of the stubborn achievements of the Nigerian military. “Given the aforementioned historic efforts of the Nigerian military, we at BRAVEIT, summarily conclude that the days of monstrous insecurity are numbered, while its end is near. “However, we call on the leaders of the Nigerian Army and their troops not to rest on their oars. “They must not let their guard down as they continue to hit ISWAP-Boko Haram fighters and especially the rampaging armed bandits. "They must, in fact, continue to devise innovative and powerful combat strategies that will permanently defeat all criminal elements holding the country to ransom, in the not too distant future," he said. The BRAVEIT coordinator warned politicians and opponents not to politicize security issues. He also called on all patriotic citizens to continue to support the Nigerian Army and its troops in the ongoing operations across the country.
The Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone (GBB), Prof. Muhammad Abubakar, has said that the agency saved over N3 billion for the Federal Government from championing video conferencing.
Abubakar disclosed this at the Galaxy Backbone Maiden Customer Appreciation Day, on Thursday, in Abuja, where customers were updated on its services and acknowledged for their constant support towards the growth of the organisation.
He noted that the video conferencing had assisted in the issue of security, transportation accommodation, feeding and money spent in terms of entertainment, among others.
“You realise money for government in two ways, whether in the liquid cash that is the revenue coming or in saving the government some spendings that they are supposed to make with the fact that you have now provided a platform where everything is collated and then put together.
“You can look at Galaxy from that perspective. Our vision is to enable the private sector to also strive. For example the video conferencing, we have been championing now, we have been able to save over N3 billion for the government.
“Trying to join a meeting from your own house, will save you the issue of security, will save you the issue of the transportation, will save you money you will spend in terms of entertainment.
“So there are so many components that are being saved for the government because of the provision of that platform,” he said.
On the progress made for the data centre, Abubakar said that the GBB was working assiduously to execute the delpoyment of phase 2 National Information Communications Technology Infrastructure Backbone (NICTIB) Project in the first quota of 2022.
He appreciated customers for their support and cooperation in the development of digital technology in Nigeria and urged them to keep exercising patience for things to take proper shape.
“Our customers mean everything to us as an organisation and as Individuals working for the greater good and technological development of our nation Nigeria.
“We are doing all that needs to be done to see that we deliver the required services customers.
“It is usually an opportunity to take stock on how well we have performed in the delivery of our services and how well we have improved.
“Today we will be doing all of that and more. So it is an interactive session to interact with the customers, and also hear from them some feedbacks as to how much we are doing in terms of delivering these services so that we can improve,” Abubakar said.
Mr Efosa Peter, Asst. Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission, (FRSC), said that the commission had 350 locations being controlled terms of Internet connectivity.
Peter said that even with some challenges of connectivity possibility as a result of activities around where GBB provide services, it tries to provide the services and resolve issues concerning breaking.
“When we talk about 350 locations, we talk about drivers license centres and believe some of you are drivers. They are able to provide such services and generally, they are doing fine, though there are challenges,” he said.
Mr Ahmad Abdulkadir, Head of Information Technology (IT), who represented Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), commended GBB in terms of customer support.
“From the group head of customer support services, they have been doing an amazing job. I personally started my relationship with them about seven years ago and through out that period there was no single time that I called and they don’t respond.
“In fact to the extent that at a time some of their management staff come to visit the sight to make sure that the problem has been resolved,” he said.