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JUST IN: Tearfund Launches ‘Trash To Cash Project’ In Adamawa



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By Muhammad B Muhammad

Tearfund, a United Kingdom based Christian Relief and Development Agency in collaboration with other partners has launched ‘Trash to Cash Project’ in Adamawa state.

The 3 year project anchored by Yola Renewal Foundation is aimed at collecting and recycling plastic waste to stop it entering the river Benue and turn it into economic benefits for people living in poverty.

The community-based social enterprise at the first instance will directly benefit five communities in Yola North local government area that include Anguwan Tana, Bwarranji, Doubeli, Jambutu and Rumde.

Speaking at the launch, Tearfund Country Director, Paul Mershak said the agency works with more than 300 local partner organisations in over fifty countries globally.

He added that Tearfund focal areas in Nigeria are northeast, northcentral and northwest where it is providing technical assistance on economic and environmental sustainability.

“It is actively involved in providing technical assistance on sexual and gender based violence, peace building and humanitarian response for several years.

“This event is unique and historic for several reasons Chief among which are (a) the public presentation of the ‘Trash to Cash Project’ and the introduction of our implementing partner Yola Renewal Foundation.

“That in putting forth this path to recovery and transformation Yola Renewal Foundation is holding out a light of hope, recovery, healing and transformation for not only Adamawa state but also for Northeast Nigeria.

“We wish to thank the Adamawa State Government for receiving this project with so much enthusiasm. Tearfund is duly informed of how the Adamawa state ministry of environment through her personnel have been very helpful,” he said.

In his presentation christened ‘Trash to Cash: Turning Plastic Pollution into Economic Opportunity,’ Mr Mbila said there are 95000 waste generated in terms of plastics.

He added that the project which aimed at building the capacity of youths, targets collection of 377.5 tones of plastic waste at the end of the period thereby providing income to 3000 households among others.

There were goodwill messages from representatives of the state ministries of environment and education, Poverty Alleviation and Wealth Creation Agency, National Orientation Agency, and UNHCR, among others.

The Chairman Yola Renewal Foundation, Professor Samuel Musa was optimistic that the programme will impact positively on the lives of the people adding that his team will not relent in the task ahead.

The district head of Jimeta Alhaji Inuwa Baba Paris who was represented at the event said 208 ward heads in the area will wholeheartedly support the initiative to achieve the purpose for which it was established.

Highlight of the event was documentary display on overview of plastic pollution in Yola and Jimeta as well as a ten minute playlet depicting the effects of plastic pollution in Yola.

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Atiku Calls For Speedy Declaration Of Adamawa Guber Election Result




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Former Vice President, Alh Atiku Abubakar has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to release Adamawa State Governorship election results unfailingly today.

Atiku who is the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in this February Presidential election made the call during a press conference in Yola Monday.

He calls on Nigerians and International community to mount pressure on the INEC to announce what he described as the mandate expressed by the people Adamawa people.

“I’m reaching out to Nigerians and international community to put pressure on INEC to release our results in Adamawa State today unfailingly because as the more the delay, the more the tension.

“I personally spoke with the INEC Chairman last night couple of times and pleaded with him to allow the result to be announced as stipulated by law,” Atiku added.

He observed that the actions of INEC has caused serious tension in the state that has been peaceful, saying “we don’t know any violence and yet the attitude of INEC in the state least much to be desired.”

Alh Abubakar said Adamawa is a multi ethnic and multi religious state but the action of INEC was trying to destabilize the stability that has long been existed in the state.

“We thought that the processes are improving by every election but unfortunately with this election, we have not seen improvement that we expect from INEC,” he said.

He maintained that 20 out the 21 local government results were so far collated and it was only Fufore that they tried to alter the results.

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2023 Polls: Taraba Deputy Governor, Manu Commends INEC, Calls For Peace




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Taraba State Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu on Saturday commended the INEC for swiftly testifying the lapses discovered during the 25th February 2023 Presidential and National Assembly election in the state.

Manu who is also the Senator-elect representing Taraba Central, made the commendation while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after casting his vote for the governorship and state house of assembly election alongside his wife at Isa II Kofar Manu polling unit in Mutum Biyu, Gassol local government area of the state.

He said by rectifying the mistakes made during the first phase of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state, Tarabans will exercise their franchise without hitches.

According to him, from the information reached him, the election generally was going on peacefully, adding that people were allowed to vote for candidates of their choice without any threat.

The Senator-elect assured his constituents of quality representation at the Red Chamber and promised to ensure that the needs they highlighted for him would be achieved during his tenure.

Engr. Haruna Manu also expressed confidence that his party the PDP will win the governorship election and the majority of the state house of assembly seats in the state.

He appealed to the people of the state to remain calm, law-abiding, and embrace one another, as well as urged them to accept the outcome of the election in good faith when INEC finally declared the winners of the governorship and state assembly seats.

Our Correspondent gathered that the elections were conducted smoothly across the sixteen LGAs of the state besides Donga LGA where hoodlums destroyed ballot boxes.

He, however, observed a low turnout of voters in some areas, while in some polling units, the turnout was higher than in the Presidential and National Assembly election that took place last month.

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2023 Polls: You Are A Liar, Taraba CAN Chairman Tells Senator Bwacha 




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Hammed Abubakar, Jalingo 

The Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Taraba State Chapter, has faulted claims by the Governorship Candidate of the APC, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, that the Chairman of the association, Rev Dr. Isaiah Magaji Jirapye apologized to him over the endorsement of Col. Agbu Kefas, PDP Governorship candidate by CAN.

Jirapye said, “it was very unfortunate for the personality of Senator Bwacha to have lied on Channels Television that I, the CAN Chairman visited him secretly and apologized over the endorsement of Col Agbu Kefas by the CAN”.

He said that all that Senator Emmanuel Bwacha said about CAN during his interview with Channels TV should be regarded as baseless, adding that the embattled APC governorship candidate is busy chasing a white goose. 

According to the CAN Chairman, “the meeting between myself and Senator Bwacha after the endorsement of Col. Agbu Kefas was for him to take the endorsement in good fate since it was a  unanimous decision by CAN, but I am surprised to hear the Senator on Channels Television lying that I went to apologize to him over the endorsement. 

Jirapye urged Senator Emmanuel Bwacha to desist from dragging CAN in his desperation to govern the State for his selfish reasons. 

“CAN position on endorsement was a unanimous decision and not that of myself the Chairman alone so I  advise desperate politicians to desist from using my name for their selfish interests”.

CAN warns desperate politicians such as Senator Bwacha whom he said lack manners but called themselves Christians, and at the same time insult their spiritual leaders at will to trade with caution. 

CAN is shocked by the kind of outburst of cancerous anger from the Senator and pray God to deliver him from such a problem, saying People of Bwacha’s character should be watched carefully and never be entrusted with Leadership positions to govern the people. 

The Chairman noted that the endorsement of the PDP governorship candidate Col. Agbu Kefas by CAN was in the best interest of the people of the State. 

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