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Constitution Review: Burra Community Requests Creation Of Burra Local Govt

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Burra Community in Ningi Local Government of Bauchi State has presented a memorandum to the Nigeria’s Senate requesting the creation of Burra Local Government Area out of the present Ningi Local Government Area.

Presenting the memo on behalf of the Community during the Northeast Zonal Public Hearing conducted by the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution in Bauchi, today, member representing Ningi/Warji Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Abdullahi Sa’ad Abdulkadir (Baba Iyali) said that the community had consistently been
presenting the request to various governments since 1981.

He explained that the request for the creation of Burra Local Government Area is born out of the genuine belief that it is the creation of the Local Government that would bring about the rapid economic and social transformation of the area because if the District is curved into a Local Government Area, the rich and abundant resources in the area will be more efficiently tapped and utilized for the benefit of the people of the area in particular and Bauchi State and Nigeria in general.

“The proposed Burra Local Government Area, is to be made up of the present Burra District which consists of five Village Head Areas; Burra, Kurmi, Sama, Kyata and Bashe. Under these village head areas there are more than two hundred and fifty (250) villages and hamlets.

“The district is one of the oldest with a long history dating back to the 18th Century. In fact it was only with the establishment of colonial rule that the independent district was merged in 1902 with two other
districts, Ningi and Warji, to constitute the then Ningi Native Authority
which waslater re-named Ningi Local Government Area, under the 1976
Local Government Reform.

“This is the only oldest district as way back as 1902 that is the farthest
from the local government headquarters, with a distance of over 100
km away and borders 6 Local Government Areas; Takai, Sumaila,
Tudun Wada, Ningi, Doguwa and Toro and 2 states Kano and
Jigawa. This comes along with serious security and administrative
consequences and general development of the people.

“With a land mass of 2,348 square kilometres the proposed Local Government has adequate land to take care of all of its developmental needs like population growth,
expansion of both arable and animal farming and the increase and
expansion of other economic activities.” He further explained.

Hon. Abdullahi Sa’ad also disclosed that the population of the proposed Burra Local Government Area was 220,000 based on the 2006 census figures, which gives a total of 324,750 people based on 3.4% growth rate projections as at 2020 and the area is well known in Bauchi State for its vast rich and fertile agricultural land wilith abundant rainfall, good weather and, above all hard working and enterprising people who are very famous in the production of various agricultural produce such as guinea corn, maize, millet beans, wheat, rice, cassava, yams, soya beans, cotton, groundnuts, pepper and livestock production.

According to Hon. Baba Iyali, the area is also blessed with deposits of various minerals such as tin ore, gypsum, columbite, tantalite, wolfram or tungsten and various germ stones and Lame-Burra Game Reserve which is second to Yankari Game Reserve is significantly located in Burra District, which when fully developed as centre of tourist attraction would greatly improve the commercial and revenue base of the proposed Local Government Area.

In term of manpower requirement, he said that the area is blessed with many sons and daughters who are capable and experienced civil servants of various cadres working at different levels of civil service across the country and any one of them whose services are
needed will be willing to come and help develop the new Local
Government.

The Member therefore appealed to the Senate Committee to consider and approve the request so that people of Burra who have for long been locked out from the centre of governance because of inaccessibility of their area, could really feel the impact of the government.

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Adamawa Govt Approves 16.6km Roads Network At 1,000 Housing Estate Malkohi

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Adamawa State Executive Council at its first 2023 meeting has approved 16.6km roads network at the 1,000 Housing Units Malkohi in Yola South Local Government Area at the cost N3.744b.

According to the resolution of the council meeting presided over by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the project was awarded to Messrs Jodas Salamu Global Nigeria Limited.

State Commissioner of Works and Energy, Alh Adamu Atiku Abubakar revealed this to newsmen after the council meeting that held in the Council Chambers, Government House, Yola Monday.

Abubakar added that the road network project which is to be completed in 12 months, is inline with the policies of the present administration to ensuring rural and urban renewal.

The Commissioner further said the Council after deliberations has approved construction and renovation of 12 lots of classroom blocks, laboratories and library in Government Secondary School Fufore.

He said the project awarded at N151m is being spread across 12 independent contractors adding that work will soon commence.

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Gov Fintiri Mourns Apostle Hinjari, Calls For Arrest Of His Killers

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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has expressed sadness over the gruesome murder of Apostle Jerry Hinjari at his residence recently, describing it as a colossal loss. “I am heartbroken and devastated by this senseless loss.”

Governor Fintiri in a statement by his Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou noted that , “Apostle Hinjari while on earth led a purposeful and impactful life. He was an ardent preacher of the word, a passionate soul winner, a transformational leader and a builder of men.”

Though young at heart, the Governor said “He stood tall and had never wavered in continuously delivering messages of hope, talking about boisterous relationship issues and good Christian conduct that found ready expression with the youths. Adamawa community has lost a true soldier in the army of Christ.’’

The Governor who described as wicked the act of his assailants assured that on no account will Government allow enemies of progress have their way and directed security agencies to rise to the occasion and unearthed the killers of the popular preacher.

“Going into elections, we as a Government will do everything humanly possible to ensure criminals have no hiding place. We have worked hard to restore the peace of the State and will not allow hoodlums turn the wheel of progress of Adamawa State.”

He stated that the Preacher will be remembered for his life-changing messages and that the church and indeed the Christian community is elated that he left a worthy legacy behind.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has also expressed sadness over the death of Abdullahi Duda a former Chairman of Madagali Local Government, describing as shocking the news of his passage.

“Honestly, I lack words; I got confused when I got the message and could not recover, but I had to sum up my courage and strength.”

Abdullahi Duda who was the Interim Chairman before the present leadership in Local Government Councils of the State died on Saturday at the age of 55.

“Abdullahi’s contribution to the development of the state will not be forgotten in a hurry. He was an astute politician who was very loyal. He continued to contribute his quota to the development of the state.”

“On behalf of the government and good people of Adamawa State, I want to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and Madagali community on this great and irreparable loss. He surely paid his dues and the State and Madagali community will always remember him.”

“The State Government under my administration will continue to ensure that the ideals he propagated while alive will continue to be upheld and improved upon,” the Governor said.

The deceased who returned from treatment in India on Thursday died Saturday night.

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Work On Gyawana-Opalo-Hoki Electricity Project Will Begin Soon – Gov Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has announced that work on Gyawana-Opalo-Hoki electricity project in Lamurde Local government area will commence soon.

The Governor who revealed this when he led the campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to canvassing for votes in Gyawana, Lamurde Local Government Area ahead of the forthcoming elections said Government will begin connection of the remaining communities without light to the national grid.

He told the people of Gyawana, Opalo Ngbakowo and Dubwangun wards that his administration has constructed 4km in Lamurde town, 11km of rural road and built 60-bed capacity hospital among others in the local government area.

Governor Umaru Fintiri while noting how his administration turned around the education sector, said he has given local government council chairmen approval to employ more qualified teachers into primary schools to enhance teaching and learning in the state.

On the tussle between host community/workers and management of Dangote Sugar Refinary Numan, Governor Fintiri told the electorates how he asked Alhaji Aliko Dangote to pay compensation among other things to the victims.

He called on the people to support his re-election bid and vote for all PDP candidates in the forthcoming general elections from top to bottom for better Adamawa and Nigeria as a whole.

After the Gyawana rally, Governor Umaru Fintiri alongside top government officials has commissioned Lecture Hall at College of Agriculture Ganye Satelitte Campus Gyawana in Lamurde Local government area.

Meanwhile, Governor Umaru Fintiri in Suwa, Lamurde LGA for the campaign has reassured his commitment to maintain the diversity of Adamawa people and provide equity and fairness to all tribes in the state for peace and tranquility.

Governor Fintiri told the people of Suwa, Sabon Layi and Waduku Wards that the government would continue to protect their lives and property to the best of its ability urging them to vote for PDP candidates in the forthcoming elections.

According to the Governor, It is only quality and affordable education that will bridge the gap between the rich and the poor and therefore reiterates his continued commitment to provide free education in the state.

He promised to drill borehole in Suwa and directed the State Ministry of Rural Infrastructure and Community Development to connect the area and Waduku to the national grid with immediate effect.

Governor Fintiri has during the rally sympathized with the people over the death of PDP Youth Leader in Suwa Ward, Hon. Mairiga Yohannah who was being laid to rest today (Saturday) in Lamurde and prayed to God to grant him eternal rest.

An elder statesman in Suwa, Mr Gabriel Yakubu commended Governor Fintiri for his free education Programme among other giant strides of his administration and assured him and other PDP candidates massive votes of the community.

While on a stop over in Timnu in the Local Government Area, Governor Umaru Fintiri has promised to procure brand new additional transformer for the community for improved electricity as requested by leaders of the community.

The Governor asked the electorates to continue to maintain peace among them as according to him government on its part will not relent until the citizens sleep with their two eyes close across the state.

The State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu while presenting flag to Hon. Pawikai Bauna as the party’s Candidate for State Assembly Member Lamurde Constituency in Gyawana urged the people to maintain their support for the party.

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