By Muhammad B Muhammad
The Executive Chairman Adamawa State Pension Board, Yola Estate Surveyor and Valuer Thomas T. Madi has bagged Distinguish Leadership Award twenty twenty one by The Finder Newspaper.
The award presented to the chairman at the conference hall of the Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT House was in recognition of his tireless and immense contribution in growth and development of Pension Administration in the state.
The former deputy Governor in the defunct Gongola State, Barr David Barau while congratulating the awardee, lauded Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for offsetting baglock of gratuity arrears of pensioners in the state.
While citing example with himself among those who have for long been deprived of their pension until the coming of the present administration, the former deputy governor urged the Governor to do his best and clear the remaining outstanding arrears of retirees.
He opined that Governor Umaru Fintiri is in charge today because of the way he appreciates the people and the aged in the state and assured him of their unflinching support and loyalty in twenty twenty three elections.
In his remarks before presenting the award on behalf of The Finder, the Director General Media and Communications Government House, Yola Mr Solomon Kumangar said the award is the first of its kind in the State from the newspaper
He added that the selection of the recipient shows the prudence the present administration is steering the affairs of the state and extolled the exemplary leadership of Thomas Madi which is inline with the policy of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
In his acceptance speech the awardee who is the State Chairman Pension Board said he dedicates the award to Governor Umaru Fintiri, without whose confidence and appointment he wouldn’t have received the distinguished award.
He further stated that the award will spur him to redouble his efforts in servicing the state by ensuring that no pensioner is shortchanged of his rightful entiltelment and stressed that the board under his watch will continue to remain open to the retirees.
The Permanent Secretary of The board Hajiya Zainab Umar Adamu while speaking congratulated the Chairman of the board for the award bestowed on him and thanked the management of The Finder Newspaper for the honour done her boss
In their separate contributions, Alhaji Salihu Aliyu Kabillo and Mr Obadiah Solomon member one and two of the State Pension Board as well as Alhaji Sahabo Garta congratulated the recipient of the award.
Bandits Chase Residents Out Of Kaduna Village For Failing To Pay Tax
Residents of Kidandan community in Giwa Local Government area of Kaduna State were chased out of their ancestral homes in their hundreds over the weekend for failing to pay tax to bandits.
The bandits had raided their community for hours, shooting indiscriminately, resulting in the killing of many residents and abduction of many others.
Some survivors told reporters that the bandits, who had previously terrorized the community, increased their aggression after some farmers failed to pay the levies imposed on them.
The Kaduna State Police Command did not respond to the inquiries made about the incident, as the Command’s spokesman, ASP Mansur Hassan, promised to call our correspondent back but had not done so at press time.
A resident, who preferred anonymity, said: “For the past six days, bandits have been frequenting Kidandan. But this attack was particularly devastating. They instilled terror, stole belongings, and abducted our people.
“Every resident of Kidandan lives in extreme fear. Our women and children are leaving in large numbers. The sudden and unplanned exodus is striking. They seek safety, heading to Zaria and other seemingly secured areas to stay with friends and relatives.”
It was alleged that instead of a permanent security presence, patrols were the only form of occasional security in the community.
This, it was alleged, allowed the bandits to strike whenever they sensed the absence of security operatives.
The Kaduna Bombing Incident Will Not Be Swept Under The Carpet – Ribadu
The National Security Adviser (NSA) Nuhu Ribadu has visited the Tudun Biri village of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State to commiserate with the people over bombing incident.
While 85 persons were confirmed dead in the strike and scores were injured in the most recent military mishap, Ribadu and the lawmakers are commending the commitment of security agencies to reducing the security challenges in the region.
The NSA who was in the village on a fact-finding mission, assured that the bombing incident will not be swept under the carpet. He promised that a holistic investigation would soon commence to avert the recurrence of such an incident.
“We are here to physically see and also talk directly to the people, victims, and families and make an assessment for the Federal Government. It is a tragedy and misfortune. But it has happened. What matters is: how we move forward, what we going to learn from here, and what exactly we need to do,” Ribadu added.
He commended Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State for his display of maturity and leadership in handling of the unfortunate incident, particularly in providing relief materials and other logistics to the victims.
Kaduna Bombing: Northern Lawyers Vow To Sue FG
Lawyers, under the auspices of the Concerned Northern Forum, have vowed to institute legal action against the Federal Government, demanding the payment of adequate compensation for the victims of Tudun Biri bombed by the military airstrikes in Kaduna State.
Recall that over 120 villagers were killed while celebrating Maulud last Sunday night.
Speaking for the Northern Lawyers Forum, Barrister Nafi’u Abubakar, noted that the forum would ensure that the families that suffered irreparable loss as a result of this unfortunate incident get justice.
Nafi’u, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday, urged the Federal Government to take immediate and decisive action to ensure a thorough and independent investigation into this incident.
“It is imperative that those responsible are held accountable for their actions, and measures are put in place to prevent any recurrence of such incidents in the future.
“We also urge the Nigerian Army to reevaluate its rules of engagement and training procedures to prevent the loss of innocent lives during military operations. It is vital that the Nigerian Army, as a defender of the nation, exercises utmost caution to avoid any further instances of collateral damage and civilian casualties,” he said.
The forum, with over 600 members, extended their deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the tragic incident.
“We stand united with them in their grief and pledge our unwavering support in ensuring justice is served.
“The Concerned Northern Lawyers Forum will work tirelessly to pursue legal means to claim the compensation that is owed to the victims,” he said. Vanguard.
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