8 minutes ago Young people, yesterday, stormed the palace of the Emir of Yamaltu-Deba in the state of Gombe demanding his dethronement for allegedly supporting the candidate for governor of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP), Jubreel Barde.
It was then that Governor Muhammad Yahaya's re-election campaign train was at the palace to promote his candidacy on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The young people, who,… 8 minutes ago Indigenous people from the Akokwa Community and the entire Ideato Council of Imo State, have lamented the continued silence of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba, about the alleged assassination attempt on the Spokesperson of the Coalition of Political Party States (CUPP), Ikenga Ugochinyere.
Remember that CUPP had threatened to request foreign missions to secure a visa ban for.
of Permanent Voters (PVC), as it promises to carry out free and fair elections in 2023.
The national commissioner of information and voter education, Festus Okoye, said that the commission had to take its turn at the carnival to.
8 ago minutes Some Christian supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro local councils of Bauchi State have explained the reasons for their support for Tinubu/Shettima's presidential candidacy.
They said they do not view the former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, as a complete Muslim; hence the joint ticket of him with the former governor of Borno state,.
9 minutes ago Novak Djokovic says that his deportation from Australia will stay with him for the rest of his life.
Djokovic, 35, was detained and sent home in January due to his covid-19 vaccine status after trying to enter the country to compete at the Australian Open. But he overturned a three-year ban on applying for a visa.
Alhaji Ahmed Gombe, External Consultant of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Nigeria, has called for a partnership between the Nigerian News Agency and the Moroccan news agency, MAP, in the areas of exchange, capacity building and review by pairs.
The consultant made the call during a courtesy visit to the Director General of , Mr. Buki Ponle, on Thursday in Abuja.
Gombe, who is also special adviser on strategy and information management to Governor Muhammad Yahaya of Gombe State, was praised for the quality of his services and workmanship.
He said that Morocco's own news agency, Maghreb Arabe Press (MAP), can benefit from Morocco's vast experience, capacity and reach through a strategic partnership.
“I would like to make a proposal with , so that whenever we have events in Morocco, you can actively participate in MAP activities.
“Last time, I was tasked with the responsibility of getting a representative accredited for a MAP event, and the quality of their representation was greatly appreciated,” he said.MD, Mr. Buki Ponle and Ahmed Gombe, Special Advisor on Information Management and Strategy to Gombe State Governor Muhammad Yahaya on Thursday in Abuja
Gombe also said that Africa has become the centerpiece of Morocco's foreign policy and Nigeria and Morocco enjoy a very cordial bilateral relationship.
"Nigeria and Morocco have 22 bilateral agreements, the highest in the continent, many of which were signed during the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari," he said.
He cited OCP Africa's investment in developing fertilizer solutions in Nigeria and the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline project as evidence of Nigerian and Moroccan diplomatic and economic cooperation.
Therefore, he made a call to further consolidate that mutually beneficial relationship with MAP.
Gombe promised to broker a meeting between the Moroccan ambassador and MD "to have a compromise on how to further strengthen the relationship between the agencies."
Responding, Ponle said partnering with MAP would be in line with MAP's focus as a world-class media organization.
“We have signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Turkish and Belgian news agencies, as well as other international media organizations.
"We had tried to have a meeting with the MAP in the past, but with you we are optimistic that our relationship will be consolidated," he said.
Ponle, who said that Africa has always been the centerpiece of , said that the continent should start telling its own stories through its own lens.
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Mr. Buki Ponle, Managing Director of the Nigerian News Agency has said that better media engagement leads to better recognition of programs and projects by citizens.
Ponle was responding to a comment made by Gombe State Governor Muhammad Yahaya's Special Adviser on Information Strategy and Management, during a courtesy visit to the headquarters Thursday in Abuja.
Gombe had told MD that the Gombe government and people were surprised that Governor Yahaya was not recognized with a national honor during the recent award to notable Nigerians.
“Much has been achieved in Gombe State under Your Excellency. Education, health, infrastructure, income generation and other sectors have received important boosts under his administration.
“That is why we were surprised that the national honor was not conferred on him. But then, we saw it as an opportunity to overhaul our information management system,” she said.Mr. Buki Ponle, MD, and Ahmed Gombe, Special Advisor on Information Management and Strategy to Gombe State Governor Muhammad Yahaya on Thursday in Abuja
Ponle said that Yahaya and other hard-working governors who missed out on national honors was the lack of proper information management and strategic communication.
“Involving the media is crucial to giving your director's achievements the necessary boost.
“With his appointment and the kind of machinery he has put in place, Governor Yahaya is now clapping with both hands and we will do our part to see him succeed in this new role,” the MD said.
Ponle said Gombe State would explore meaningful collaboration that would help showcase the state's activities and achievements.
To achieve this, he said, a Memorandum of Understanding with deliverables, inputs, schedules and evaluation will be signed with the Gombe State Government.MD, Mr. Buki Ponle and Ahmed Gombe, Special Advisor on Information Management and Strategy to Gombe State Governor Muhammad Yahaya on Thursday in Abuja
Earlier, Gombe thanked the CEO for welcoming him with open arms, saying his visit was an acknowledgment of the role he plays as an information powerhouse.
“My insistence on making this visit is deliberate for two reasons. is a news clearinghouse in Nigeria and I cannot fully fulfill my new mandate without your involvement.
“Furthermore, I have a justified sense of belonging because I have other links with other capacities. I believe that once you have it, you have it all”, she said.
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NAN) The North-East Coordinator of the Tinubu Support Organization, Gov. Muhammad Yahaya of Gombe, says the chances of APC Presidential Candidate, Bola Tinubu in the region in the 2023 General Elections are very high.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that Yahaya said this on Saturday in Minna when he visited ex-Nigerian leaders, retired Generals, Abdulsalam Abubakar and Ibrahim Babangida.
“Our chances in the north-east are very high indeed.
”We are strong in our resolve to win the 2023 General Elections and we shall succeed.
“It does not matter that the PDP presidential candidate is from North-East. Both Tinubu and Atiku are all my brothers.
”Nigeria is one and we are struggling to maintain it as a united and indivisible country.
“It doesn’t matter where they come from, what we need is the best for Nigeria,” Yahaya said.
Speaking about his visot to Minna to pay a visit to the elder statesmen and check on their health especially Abdulsalami who is just recuperating.
Yahaya said: “Abdulsalam is our father and elder statesman.
”Knowing him has been a blessing to us.
I came to greet him as he recovers from his recent ailment.
” I pray that God will continue to see him through his life.
“ He said that the two former leaders were carrying out their duties in guiding and advising the people on how to live together as one, saying that their efforts should be applauded.
Speaking about the state of insecurity across the country, Yahaya, said that the state has been able to maintain its peace amidst diversity.
This, he said, was because the people had realized their differences early and worked to address them.
“In Gombe, you will find that some families have both Christians and Muslims, ” it is a cosmopolitan settlement and a small Nigeria.
“We realized our differences early on and seek to address them.
” We have tried to maintain peace and understanding in the spirit of nationhood and brotherhood”, Yahaya said.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) has denied reports that it has endorsed Senate President Ahmad Lawan, as its concensus candidate for 2023 election. Alhaji Sulaiman Arugugun, APC National Organising Secretary said this when he spoke with newsmen after an NWC meeting in Abuja on Monday. He acknowledged that Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the APC National Chairman briefed the committee on the issue, saying however, that it was not delibrated at the meeting. “You can see that we are all just coming out of the NWC meeting and we were fully briefed by our national chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu. “And he did briefed us that Sen. Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate is our concensus candidate for the APC national convention. “That is the information he gave us, but it not an issue that was delibrated on the floors of the NWC. “It was just an information he gave us and all of us are entitled to our opinions as democrats,” Argungu said. The APC National Organising Secretary added that the decision was not from the party’s NWC, stressing that it was an individual decision that was never delibrated by the committee. Arugugun said that the APC NWC was in agreement with Saturday’s resolution of the 11 Northern governors that the presidency must shift to the South in 2023 after the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 11 governors from the North had in a statement, announced their support for power shift to the South at the end of the tenure of Buhari. The governors while urging APC presidential aspirants from the region to step down from the 2023 presidential race, said, ”the decision to support power shift to the South is in the best interest of the country”. The Northern APC governors also commended their Jigawa counterpart, Gov. Abubakar Badaru, for withdrawing from the race ahead of the presidential primaries slated from June 6 to June 8. The governors who signed the communique at the end of the meeting included Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State, Gov. Sani Bello, Niger; Gov.Abdullahi Sule, Nasarawa and Gov. Umara Zulum, Borno.
Others were Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, Gov. Umar Ganduje, Kano State; Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and former Gov. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto; Gov. Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State; Gov. Muhammad Yahaya, Gombe state, and Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara.
Buhari had at a meeting with APC presidential aspirants on Saturday, approved power shift to the South in 2023 poll.
Prince Paul Ikonne, executive secretary of the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), says plans are being made to establish a vegetable market to avoid post-harvest losses.
Ikonne, in a statement issued Tuesday in Abuja, said the market was necessary due to the perishable nature of the vegetables.
He said the market would be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for farmers to store their vegetables.
“Having provided us with the enabling environment, NALDA will provide farmers with a 'NALDA market' for vegetables and a land. That project will be completed before the end of February 2022.
“NALDA will also locate the first integrated agricultural farm in the state of Gombe. We encourage you to make it available as well as we lay the groundwork for this month.
"We want to thank Governor Muhammad Yahaya of Gombe for his commitment to achieving President Muhammadu Buhari's vision of ensuring food security, engaging youth and reducing unemployment," he said.
The executive secretary thanked relevant stakeholders for their partnership and called on other states to partner with the Federal Government for the benefit of the people and the entire country.
“Your Excellency, I urge you to continue to create the enabling environment for federal projects and support for NALDA cannot go unnoticed.
"We are positioned to support the president's vision of lifting millions of people out of poverty and involving them throughout the agricultural production value chain.
"And NALDA will engage more youth among farmers if you provide more land as an agriculture-friendly governor," he said.
Yahaya praised NALDA for the project and promised to support all the agency's ongoing projects as they would benefit the people of Gombe and boost agriculture.
By Hajara leman
Gombe State is considering taking a World Bank loan to tackle erosion at the Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe.
The state’s Deputy Governor, Manassah Jatau, made the declaration in Gombe on Tuesday when a Presidential Visitation Panel, led by Prof. Kenneth Okiongbo, visited the school.
Jatau said notwithstanding the fact that the school belonged to the Federal Government, the state government was considering taking the loan because its people benefited the most from the school.
He said the state government had earlier intervened in erosion control in the school through the diversion of some major structures at the Mega Park located very close to the school.
He said the government was doubling its efforts to ensure speedy completion of work at the erosion sites.
Jatau stressed that the state government was very sensitive to educational development of the state.
He implored the panel and the college’s management to equally assist the state-owned College of Education, Billiri, still in its infancy.
Jatau received the panel on behalf of the Gov. Muhammad Yahaya.
Earlier, Prof. Okiongbo told the deputy governor that the panel was at the college to assess its performance in governance, academic standard, physical infrastructure, administration and finance.
He also called on the state government to do more interventions in the school in the areas of erosion control and road infrastructures.
Prof. Okiongbo noted that the school was well managed and commended its management.
The Federal Government inaugurated the panel on April12 in Abuja to assess the college in the aforementioned areas within the periods of 2011 to 2015 and 2016 – 2020. (NAN)(NAN)
Fear has enveloped residents of Kano metropolis as more people continue to succumb to a strange illness that has hit some parts of the city. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that scores of people, including elites and prominent sons of the state, have been lost to the yet-to-be identified disease, with Dala, Fagge, Tarauni, Nasarawa, Gwale and Kano Municipal worst hit. Among those already buried are academics, administrators, bankers, media practitioners and businessmen A source told NAN that one of the victims of the illness, Alhaji Aminu Yahaya, a former Commissioner of Education, died on Saturday night. “Aminu died last night. We have just buried him. He was diabetic and came down with a fever few hours before he passed on,” Alhaji Muhammad Yahaya, a brother to Aminu Yahaya, told NAN on Sunday. NAN sources, however, indicated that the deaths were not connected to the dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as none of the deceased had tested positive to the pandemic. Dr Isa Abubakar, the Director, Centre for Infectious Diseases, Bayero University Kano (BUK), told NAN that the disease resulting to the surge in deaths was not related to Coronavirus. According to him, none of the deceased was confirmed to have exhibited the symptoms of the pandemic. Meanwhile, the Kano State Government says it has begun investigation into the cause of the recent surge in deaths recorded in Kano metropolis. Dr Tijjani Husaini, the Executive Secretary, Kano State Primary Healthcare Board, told NAN that the investigation was to examine causes of the deaths and ascertain the number victims in the metropolis. Husaini said that the state government would brief members of the public on the outcome of the findings as soon as investigation was concluded. A worried Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje has also admitted that the health situation in Kano is “getting tougher and tougher by the day”. “Everything is becoming so serious now. But as the situation gets serious, we are surely on top of it. We require testing machines in Kano and want the Federal Government to bring them. “It is when we have the machines that we will be able to tackle whatever threat that facing us.” Ganduje said that all those that had tested positive to COVID-19 in the state were in stable condition, adding that none of them was critical to need ventilators. “Their (patients) conditions are still manageable,” he declared. He explained that due to the shut down of NCDC’s test centre, samples of suspected cases of COVID-19 are being transported to Abuja “despite the cumbersome processes and inconveniences in long distance traveling. “The Federal Government should hasten their support programme in Kano with adequate testing centres and all the necessary kits to help contain the spread of the disease,” he said. Ganduje, who commended Kano people for observing the total lockdown, said that the measure is the only remedy to stopping the movement of the pandemic. “We are appealing to the Federal Government to support Kano the way it supported Lagos and Ogun; we are doing everything within our power to contain the pandemic.” He explained that the isolation centre at Sani Abacha Stadium donated by Aliko Dangote Foundation, had a 210-bed capacity, while the other one is located at Kwanar-Dawaki where the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is active. Ganduje said that there are challenges of ventilators and other major facilities at Kwanar Dawaki Isolation centre, while the 100-bed Isolation Centre at Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital was being activated. But residents of the city have urged the state government to intensify awareness creation on the dangers of the dreaded COVID-19 and the need to comply with the stay-at-home order by government. They also called for more sample collection centres and urged the Kano State government to demonstrate similar commitment to the war against the pandemic as its counterparts in Lagos, Ogun and Edo. “Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has established two test centres and over 20 sample collection centres; Gov. Seyi Makinde has initiated a mobile sample collection strategy thereby extending the COVID-19 outreach to the grassroots, to enhance effective response and case management of the disease. “My view is that the Kano State Government should do same. We should not wait for the Federal Government’s intervention before responding to the pandemic,” Mahmoud Ismail, a medical practitioner, told NAN. He also decried the poor environmental sanitation and personal hygiene in the metropolis, urging government to step up efforts to rid the city of the dirt dotting all corners. “Poor personal hygiene and indiscriminate dumping of waste in residential areas expose the people to health risks and infections. Government must be proactive,” he said. Malam Isa Sharif, a health analyst, stressed the need for the state government to prioritise awareness creation to educate the people on the dangers and preventive measures of the pandemic. Sharif said that such campaign was necessary to contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the people.
Coordinators of Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN)
on Thursday commended state governments for supporting programmes toward promoting good nutrition among residents.
The coordinators of the coalition, a group of organisations with shared vision to transform the country into a country
where every citizen has food and is nutrition secured, gave the commendation
in separate interviews with Nigeria News Agency in Abuja at the end of a stakeholders meeting.
The theme of the meeting was “Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Pooled Fund Window 1 end of project report’’.
The CS-SUNN Coordinator in Kwara, Mr Francis Fatoye, thanked Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq “for prompt intervention
to the organisation’s activities in the state.”
According to him, Kwara is blessed to have a governor that is committed to the CS-SUNN project.
He said that the Kwara governor had released counterpart funding for the array of projects on nutrition and
promised to do more to enhance the wellbeing of residents.
He added that “there are line ministries in the state that work on nutrition, especially on budget issues. This is a huge development
that would turnaround nutrition interventions in the state.”
The CS-SUNN Coordinator in Gombe State, Mrs Comfort Mukolo, also commended Gov. Muhammad Yahaya,
“for helping to reduce malnutrition in the state.”
Mukolo said that before the governor’s intervention, Gombe State was grappling with the problem of malnutrition, a situation that claimed the
lives of many children.
She said CS-SUNN had sensitised residents on the need to imbibe good nutrition habits that would boost their health
Mr Adio Oluwasegun, the CS-SUNN Coordinator in Oyo State, also thanked the state government for supporting nutrition programmes.
He said “the Oyo State Government’s plan of action on nutrition had been completed.”
However, Mr Kenneth Amogu, the Imo CS-SUNN Coordinator, appealed to the state government to adequately fund nutrition programmes, saying
the government’s counterpart funding was insufficient.
Amogu added that “although there is budget for nutrition programmes, the amount is very low compared with the magnitude of nutrition-related
issues in the state.
“We are calling on the state government to release money from the federation allocation account for nutrition projects.”
Edited /Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu