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Bauchi: Foundation Trains 50 Rural Women On VSLA



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By Sani Adamu Hassan

A non governmental organisation (NGO) Attah Sisters Helping Hand Foundation (ASHHF) trained 50 Rural women and Survivors of Sexual Gender Based Violence SGBV on Village Savings Loan Association (VSLA) to promote financial inclusion in Gamawa and Dambam local government areas of Bauchi State.

The programme officer of the Foundation Mr Kingsley Yalling said at the training session in Dambam on Saturday that the training was for the women to improve rural enterprise in the two LGAs.

He said the 50 women would be trained on VSLA methodology in Dambam and Gamawa local Government areas of Bauchi State.

“25 women from Dambam LGA and 25 From Gamawa LGA would also be trained on the methods of operations and management of group activities.

“The training features sessions such as group Constitution, where they were taught to develop for themselves what is best suitable for group discipline and members conduct during meetings,

“Leadership, the type of leaders to elect and their functions, including the process of the election, VSLA Box and key holders, the responsibilities of key holders and election process and contents of the box and its use, cards and share purchase amongst others,” he said.

Meanwhile Women Association which formed 9 months ago has shared among their groups the sum of N879,980 of the Village Saving loan (VSL) scheme in Gamawa LGA.

The women commended Attah Sisters Helping Hands Foundations (ASHHF ) and ActionAid Nigeria for initiating them in the scheme in their Community Gamawa on Saturday.

Some of the beneficiaries of the loan said the impact of savings groups was very effective on the lives of the poor in the rural areas.

Mrs Saratu Aliyu said contrary to reports of negative impact of village savings and loans schemes (VSLs), women in Gamawa have testified that their lives have been transformed through the initiative.

According to her, some of the women used the gains from group activities to buy rams, some Goats, some Sewing machines, and some fridges among other things for business activities.

Aliyu said the VSL scheme has enhanced their living conditions and that they are financially empowered.

“Among the groups some collected N15,000, some collected N31,000 some more from the contribution to start a business.

Malama Fadimatu Bello said since she joined the VSL group 9 months ago she has bought goats and is financially independent.

“I have also managed to buy furniture in my room on top of having chickens that I rear at home,” she stated.

Mrs Aishatu Abdullahi, a beneficiary in the share-out, said during the meeting days, she took a loan of 15,000 naira and used it to buy a goat.

She noted that it was one of her dreams for a long time but there was no hope since the money was not available.

She explained that the group shared N487,500 amongst themselves, saying I just collected N31,050 naira as my contribution.

Hajiya Lami Gamawa and Hannatu Gidado in the same area, are also full of praise for the VSL groups.

They pointed out that VSL scheme
play a critical role in bringing financial services to rural areas where access to formal financial services is typically very limited.

“The scheme promotes the groups that led to an improvement in financial inclusion, household business outcomes, and women’s empowerment,” they said.

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Insurgents Are Again Responsible For Michika Blackout – Fintiri




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Boko Haram insurgents have again vandalised the lines that generated power from Danboa substation in Borno State to Michika and environs in Adamawa State.

The State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri had in July, 2020 commissioned the rehabilitated power sub-station for Michika and Madagali local government areas at the cost of N283.8m.

Before the rehabilitation, it was Boko Haram insurgents that damaged the power lines and installations which cut off power supply from the national grid subjecting the people to a total blackout for over 6 years.

As if that damage was not enough, after the rehabilitation, the insurgents have again destroyed the power lines from Danboa substation.

Fintiri disclosed this at Madzi Development Area in Michika while canvassing votes for the PDP candidates ahead of the forthcoming February and March elections in the country.

Governor Fintiri told the residents that the military has assured him that normalcy has been restored in that area and has given go ahead to the Government to recconect the power lines, promising to act in that regard.

“We have rehabilitated electricity in Michika and Madagali. 2 years ago, Boko Haram insurgents have again destroyed the power lines, coming from Danboa.

“I spoke with Brigade Commander, he told me that they have taken over the bushes around Danboa from Boko Haram and we should send personnel to reconnect the lines,” he said.

In his remarks, Honourable Zira Wampa who spoke on behalf of the communities, assured Governor Fintiri their readiness to deliver him, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and other PDP candidates in next elections.

Meanwhile, Governor Fintiri has assured the people of Bazza Development Area that his administration will build roads in the area having constructed many in Michika town and environs.

Governor Fintiri who disclosed this when he takes campaign train of the PDP to canvassing for votes, reminded the people the giant strides of his administration in the areas of education, security, health and Infrastructure among others.

He asked especially the women folk to take advantage of the Government’s Health Insurance Programme and register for free medical services to pregnant ones among them, children from five years and below, the aged and displaced persons.

“I will continue to protect your lives and property. We achieve much in all sectors. We improve payment of pension and gratuity. We have commenced salary payment with minimum wage for workers at the local government level alongside gratuity,” he said.

Former Deputy Governor of the Defunct Gongola State, Barrister David Barau said the people of Bazza will no doubt support Governor Umaru Fintiri in the March election, because of his excellence performance and character worthiness.

“The reasons for our promise to support you are one; excellent performance, two;
Numerous dividends of democracy in the areas of security and health as well as your competence, capacity, knowledge and reliability,” said Barau.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Michael Zirra, Ayuba Fari and Captain Altine Inuwa among other speakers vowed to deliver Governor Fintiri and all PDP Candidates describing Bazza as a stronghold of the party.

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We’ll Soon Flag Off Michika-Kamale Road Project – Gov Fintiri




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Friday announced readiness of the State government to award contract for road project from Michika to Kamale.

The Governor disclosed this in Garta, Michika local government area when he led campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to canvass for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.

The Governor said arrangements are in the pipeline to execute the road project with three bridges as according to him survey has already been conducted by the government.

“I want to assure you the people of Garta, we have commenced plans to award contract of this road. By the Grace of God, we will begin the work in the next one or two months,” said Fintiri.

On the request by the community for lifting of ban on the use of mortocycle in Garta and environs, Governor Fintiri promised to make consultations and see the possibility or otherwise of the issue.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Yakubu Tsala, former Managing Director Nigeria Sugar Council and former federal lawmaker, Adamu Kamale assured block votes of the people to Governor Fintiri and other PDP candidates.

Highlight of the rally was handing over of 18 seater bus to Governor Fintiri to help the PDP campaign train by Dr Williams Kamale among other gifts presented as well as various cultural dance.

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Michika Agog As Crowd Storms PDP Rally To Welcome Gov Fintiri




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

In what many residents of Michika described as mother of all rallies, supporters of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday afternoon stormed the campaign gathering at the centre of the town.

Upon his arrival to Michika town from Garta, Governor Umaru Fintiri was received by the people who came out en masse from all conners and proceeded to accompany him in droves to the venue of the campaign rally.

Speaking at the event, Governor Fintiri appreciated the people for the show of love and solidarity, promising to continue to make them proud by working for their welfare and development of Michika.

“I will continue to work for you and make you proud. My administration has restored security and today we sleep with our two eyes close. We will continue to fight these miscreants,” said Governor Fintiri.

Fintiri added that, “we will continue to make education free. We’ll make sure that the children of the poor get quality and affordable education across the state.”

He called on the people to vote for Atiku Abubakar as next Nigeria’s President to end the current hardships brought upon on the citizens by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government.

“Let’s continue to fast and pray so that we will get a leader that will bring socour to us. Let’s pray and fast so that we’ll get a leader that will end killings of our brothers and sisters. We will never elect APC again,” he said.

The State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu has presented flag to Zakari Dauda Nyampa, and Moses Yarima as PDP candidates for House of Representatives and State Assembly respectively.

PDP Chairman in Michika, Emmanuel Simbus lauded Fintiri for executing road projects in the area and appointed their sons and daughters into key positions of government.

The Commissioner of Finance and Budget, Dr Ishaya Dabari, and Peter Salihu Gogura both said Governor Fintiri does not need to campaign in Michika as they are set to pay him back by voting him massively.

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