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Bade LGA Left Out Of Seat On Yobe Executive Council, While Jakusko Has Three

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By; SALE ABDULLAHI DUMAI

The fear of an ethnic group or few states to dominate the political governance of the country was the reason behind the enclosure of the federal character’s principle in the 1999 constitution of the federal republic.

The nationalists who were the architects of the drafting of federal document tried to ensure that appointments to public service and institutions fairly reflect the linguistic, ethnic, religious and geographic diversity of the country, made sure that appointments and recruitment to military and paramilitary institutions are equally and evenly distributed.

This arrangement that has ensured relative peace in the federal setting, seems to be eluding Yobe State, the state governed by the ruling party’s national interim chairman, a state with almost one religion and culture. It is of cause the first since the return of democracy to the country in 1999 that this format is failing in the state.

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Governor Mai Mala Buni the fourth executive governor of the state, is no doubt an astute administrator. His ascension to the pinnacle of leadership of his ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) when the party was in crisis.

Also the enviable peace he has brought the party, attest to his dexterity in administration. Doubling the management of a ruling party affair with his statutory function as a sitting governor, is one thing that has surprised even tested technocrats in the country.

However, his ignoring the imbalance of distribution of commissionership appointment among all local government areas in the state, is an unexplainaeble oversight that even his admires and foes daily battle to fathom with.

Bade LGA Left Out Of Seat On Yobe Executive Council, While Jakusko Has Three

Yobe State has 17 local government areas and all these council areas are all represented in the state executive council as commissioner with a local government while one of the local government areas, enjoys three slots in the state executive council, Bade Local Government is either forgotten or something unexplainable happened that it is not represented in the state executive council with a commissioner.

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It maybe an oversight that one of the serving commissioners that resides in Bade may be believed to be from the local government but it’s not true.

For instance, the Honourable Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Alhaji Mohammed Gagiyo only resides in Bade Local Government but not an indigene of the local government.

Let the record be made clear that Abdullahi Bego, Jaba Ward, and Hajiya Mairo Amshi from Zabudum/Dachia Ward and the said Mohammed Gagiyo of Girgir/ Bayam Ward are all from Jakusko Local Government Area, all enjoying plum position of commissioners while Bade Local Government watches without a representative in state executive council.

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Some analysts are of the view that there’s either no qualified person in the local government for appointment as commissioner, or that the local government never voted for the governor hence the reason for the development.

If this views being peddled in some quarters is not the reason for Bade Local Government sin for denial for position of commissioner, then it’s time for the people’s governor to be a father of all in the state and remember Bade Local Government to be represented in the state executive council because as it is observed many years ago, “What is good for the goose, is good for the gander.”

Sale Abdullahi Dumai writes from Gashua Yobe state.

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Ibrahim Aliyu Becomes The New Emir Of Gaya After Hours Of Tussles

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After keeping journalists for almost 8 hours in the Ante Chamber of Government House in Kano to receive the briefings of appointment of a new Emir of Gaya, the Government, announced Ibrahim Aliyu as the 2nd Emir of Gaya at about 3am, Sunday Morning.

The appointment which follows tussles, misunderstandings, disagreement and alleged fight between the State Secretary to the Government, Usman Alhaji who happens to be one of the Kingmakers in Gaya, and some top persons from the area, was said to have been settled by Governor Ganduje.

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Usman Alhaji, who briefed the Media, said, “the Kano State Governor said by the power vested on him, he appointed Ibrahim Aliyu as the new Gaya Emirate, an appointment that follows the recommendation of the Gaya five Kingmakers.”

Alhaji said, until his appointment, Aliyu was the Ciroman Gaya and the eldest son of his late father, Emir Ibrahim Abdulkadir who died late last week.

“Gaya emirate was amongst the fourth emirates created by Governor Ganduje in 2020, and his appointment was based on the powers vested on Governor Ganduje on the Kano Emirates Council Laws 2020 as amended”.

Ibrahim Aliyu Becomes The New Emir Of Gaya After Hours Of Tussles

The Kingmakers are Alhaji Usman, the leader, Madakin Gaya Wada Aliyu, Makaman Gaya, Barr. Bashir Albasu AIG rtd, Turakin Gaya, Jafar Usman.

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He said they spent two days selecting the new Emir.

Late Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Abdulkadir who died late last week was the oldest Emir having and oldest Emirates in northern Nigeria.

Late Alhaji Abdulkadir, who had been on the throne of Sarkin Gaya since 1990 held several traditional positions to include district head of Kunchi and that of Minjibir, among others. He was one of the four emirs elevated to first class emirs by the Ganduje administration after the creation of Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye emirates in 2019.

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Zamfara Extends Network Shutdown By Two Weeks As Insecurity Worsens

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Zamfara state has extended the shutdown of all telecommunications sites in the state, as directed by the Nigerian Communications by two more weeks Chrysora Media reports

Chrysora Media had exclusively reported on September 4 that a leaked memo signed by the Executive Vice-Chairman of the NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, which was addressed to one of the telecom operators on Friday, stated that the immediate shutdown of all telecommunications services had become necessary due to the insecurity in the state.

In the letter titled, ‘Re: Shutdown of all telecom sites in Zamfara State’, the NCC boss stated that the shutdown, which was to last from September 3 to September 17 in the first instance, was to enable relevant security agencies to carry out required activities towards addressing the security challenge in the state.

The memo partly read, “In line with the requirement, you are hereby directed to shut down all sites in Zamfara State and any site(s) in neighbouring states that could provide telecommunications service in Zamfara State. The site shutdown is for two weeks (September 3 – 17, 2021) in the first instance. Your urgent action in this regard is required.”

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According to PUNCH report on September 5 reported the action taken by the NCC was its response to a request letter from the Office of the Governor of Zamfara State to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

Sunday PUNCH had subsequently reported that over 240 base stations were shut down in Zamfara State.

Prior to the network shutdown, Zamfara State and some other states in the North-West, including Kaduna, Katsina and Sokoto as well as Niger State in the North Central had come under heavy attacks from the bandits. Apart from invading schools to kidnap schoolchildren coupled with the abduction of women and men for ransoms, the bandits had also killed several residents and security agents.

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Zamfara Extends Network Shutdown By Two Weeks As Insecurity Worsens

The bandits have also become more brazen as they shot down a fighter jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force on July 18. Even though the pilot of the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, was able to escape, the bandits continued their attacks on him until he was able to escape.

NAF spokesperson, Edward Gabkwet, said in a statement, “On 18 July 2021, at about 12.45 pm, a Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet aircraft, returning from a successful air interdiction mission between the boundaries of Zamfara and Kaduna State, came under intense enemy fire which led to its crash in Zamfara State.

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“Luckily, the gallant pilot of the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, successfully ejected from the aircraft. Using his survival instincts, the pilot, who came under intense ground fire from the bandits, was able to evade them and sought refuge in nearby settlements awaiting sunset.

“Using the cover of darkness and his phone set for navigation, Flight Lieutenant Dairo was able to elude several bandits’ strongholds and manoeuvred his way to a Nigerian Army Unit, where he was finally rescued.”

The activities of the bandits reached their crescendo on August 24 when the armed criminals in the early hours of the day assaulted the country’s military college, Nigerian Defence Academy, in Kaduna and killed two officers while they kidnapped one senior officer, Major Christopher Datong.

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Emefiele: What Buhari Govt Needs To Address Nigeria’s Infrastructure Deficit

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Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on Saturday, disclosed what the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government needs to address the country’s infrastructural deficit.

Emefiele disclosed that the Buhari-led Federal Government needs US$100 billion annually to address the nation’s infrastructure deficit.

The CBN governor disclosed this at the 30th Anniversary Conference and Awards of the Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) in Lagos, NAN reports.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two-day conference has “Financing Infrastructure and SMEs for Inclusive Growth in Post-COVID-19 Economy”, as theme.

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Represented by the Director of Corporate Communications Department of CBN, Mr Osita Nwanisobi, Emefiele said: ”In Nigeria, the current level of infrastructure deficit is a major constraint to economic development and attainment of growth average rate of at least five to seven per cent required to boost productivity and sustainable growth for businesses.

”According to the World Development Indicators (2019), 56.20 per cent of Nigerians have access to electricity, while electric power consumption stood at 144.52 kWh per capita as of 2018.

”While infrastructure deficit in Nigeria is estimated to be about 1.2 per cent of GDP, it is projected that the Federal Government needs to commit about US$100 billion annually to address the nation’s infrastructural deficit.”

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