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Muhd Jabdo: A Liberator To Ordinary Citizens



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By Usman Abdullahi Koli

Bauchi State is one of the 36 States of the Federation; it was created in 1976 by the Military rule and has 20 Local Government Areas.

The State is blessed with both human and natural resources, It was one of the pioneering States where Nigeria’s politics started, Bauchi is a home to the first and last Prime Minister of Nigeria Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.

Majority of people there are hardworking and dedicative especially at work; one of the blessed-brains is Alhaji Muhammad Zulkarnaini Jabdo. He is a policy maker, a thirst quencher, voice of the voiceless and agent of tranquility at moments of chaos.

From the day Almighty created this world up to today, some are destined to rely on others for their wellbeing and survival while others are always giving out even if what they had would end on that cause.

In life, one would come across people that are behaviorically upright, philanthropically worthwhile and totally selfless when it comes to financial issue; all these afore-mentioned qualities are stocked in Muqaddam of Misau. Children are singing his name, the old rever him and the youths emulate him.

One peculiar quality of Jabdo that made him unique is that he is aversed to sycophancy which many would do almost anything to be praised, but whenever Jabdo philanthropizes he prefer not to be mentioned.

Other amazing attributes of this humble man is that, he did not allow his level of knowledge to disconnect him from his people and tradition. It would give one ecstacy to know that Muhd Jabdo holds a traditional title of ” Muqaddam” in Misau Emirate Council. It is amazing to know that Jabdo is a man of great courage who serves humanity.

He often travels far and near just to offer financial support to the poor, sponsoring their education and at the same time pay their medical bills. If societies could get someone like Muhammad Zulkarnaini Jabdo most of their bedevilment would gradually come to an end.

The charitable acts of Muqaddam are like a cold breeze and soothing shadow to the masses under a scorching sun in desert.

It is unfortunate, most of our leaders are on their mantles because of benefits attached to those positions, the Mukaddam is different because he can serve any position free of charge in-so-far it could bring relief to the lives of ordinary citizens.

To make the long story short, Mukaddam of Misau takes risks especially if doing so would turn things around that is from sorrow to joy.

It is true that a person like Jabdo who always sleeps and wakes up with the plight of ordinary citizens in his heart, God opens new ways that double his income.

He transforms the lives of others while Almighty grant him more on daily basis; it is therefore pertinent that the best way for success is emulating the performance of Zulkarnaini of assisting humanity irrespective of their differences.

He is outspoken to issues of public concern, friendly to young and old, discerner of lies no matter what it’s trivial gravity and he often embraces people’s predicament as his own.

It is hard to find someone who is not in government but still giving back to society that once fed him like Alhaji Muhammad Jabdo.

These philanthropic activities are clarion call to rich individuals in societies not to just amass wealth for themselves and their families to the detriment of the common man. It is said, givers never lack.

Alhaji Muhammad Jabdo’s dedication to work, donations to orphans and service to humanity would save the entire human race from life calamities. As a married man, Muhammad Jabdo is blessed with beautiful children.

May the Almighty continue to grant him more strength to be firm in this righteousness, protect him, keep guiding and guarding him.

Koli, a graduate of mass communication, Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi

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Refineries Not Created To Reduce Petrol Price, Kyari Tells Senate




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Forty eight hours after being summoned by the Senate, the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, has now appeared before the joint committee on appropriations.

The Senate had issued a 24-hour ultimatum on Wednesday to the NNPCL boss after an observations that he had in previous occasions, shunned summons by the Senate to appear before its ad-committee probing over 11 trillion naira expenditure on turn around maintenance of refineries in the country between 2010 and 2023.

Responding to questions by the senate committee on appropriations on the potential drop in pump price of petroleum owing to the expected functionality of refineries, Kyari clarified his comment after he was interrogated again. He explained that it might be possible to have a reduction, but it is not the main objective of the refineries.

He buttressed that maintaining the energy security target has fostered the confidence that in 2024, Nigeria will become a net exporter of petroleum products.

The NNPCL boss affirmed that no subsidy is charged to the federation, adding that the NNPC has contributed 4.45 trillion naira as direct revenue into the federation in a combination of taxes, royalties and dividends and paid 406 billion naira as dividend to Federal Government’s account from July 2023.

According to him, Nigeria does not have credible data for PMS consumption in the country because of the absence of the instrument to measure.

The Chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee, Senator Adeola Olamilekan, had on Wednesday, directed Kyari to appear before the committee in 24 hours.

Olamilekan, who asked Kyari to appear in company of the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), warned that failure to appear undermines the legislature and sabotages the process.

They are required to present the list of all individual companies operating with OML licenses in Nigeria as well as total production output approved on a daily basis.

The lawmaker expressed concerns that some of the revenues required to drive the 2024 budget was attributed to the NNPCL, which according to him, was owned by the Federal Government and responsible to it, and by extension the three arms of government. Channels TV.

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Labour Leaders Meet To Work Out Living Wages




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Ahead of the expected resumption of negotiation between the Federal Government and the organised labour on the new Minimum Wage, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, is meeting in Abuja to brainstorm so as to arrive at a living wage that is commensurate with the prevailing cost of living.

This came as the NLC has vowed not to be deterred by the recent assault on workers and their leaders in Imo State, which it said poses a grave threat to freedom of association and collective bargaining as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining.

These were contained in the welcome address by the NLC President, Mr. Joe Ajaero, at the Opening Session of the NLC 2023 Harmattan School with the theme: “Building Workers’ Skills for Policy Engagement” in Abuja.

Ajaero, represented by the Congress Deputy President, Benjamin Anthony said: “In the face of adversity and brutality encountered while advocating for the rights of workers to earn their legitimate income and benefits, our resolve remains unwavering. We are motivated to continue our efforts towards achieving decent work and improving working conditions in the formal and informal sectors of the economy.

“The recent assault on workers and their leaders in Imo State poses a grave threat to freedom of association and collective bargaining as enshrined in Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, and should unequivocally be condemned by all people of goodwill.

“The only thing that can assuage our pains is for the Imo State Government to address all labour issues and return the so called ‘ghost workers’ to their jobs, pay all outstanding salaries and pensions and call back all victimized workers to their jobs.

“It has become very necessary for governments at all levels to recognize that life and living conditions are exceedingly difficult, especially for working people in both the formal and informal sectors of the economy.”

“The removal of subsidy on petroleum products has further exacerbated the challenges faced by working people, unleashing severe pain and contributing to galloping inflation and increasing inequality and poverty.

“We must reckon that a well-motivated and well-remunerated workforce has a positive impact on productivity and national development,” he added.

He implored participants to approach the training programme with a quest and thirst for knowledge through asking of questions and sharing of experiences with the facilitators and with one another.

He thanked the representative of the Minister of Labour and Employment, the Country Director of the ILO for the English Speaking, West African Countries, the Director General of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, the Resident Representative of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, FES, Country Director of the Solidarity Centre, members of the NAC, CWC and NEC of the NLC for finding time to attend the Opening Session of the 2023 School.

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Operatives Of NDLEA Uncover Illicit Drugs Concealed In Dolls, Local Soap, Milo Tins




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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have uncovered illicit substances bound for Europe, United Arab Emirates and Asia.

Disclosing this in a statement on Sunday, NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said the illicit substances intercepted included various quantities of methamphetamine and opioids concealed in hems of new jeans trousers, dolls, buttons, local soap and tins of milo beverage.

Noting that the operation was carried out by operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation (DOGI) at courier houses in Lagos, he said some of the items seized included tramadol 225mg concealed in hems of new jeans trousers heading to Cyprus; shipment of cannabis sativa hidden in heads of dolls going to Dubai; sachets of tramadol 225mg buried in tins of milo beverage going to UAE; and another set of same drug hidden in local soap also going to UAE.

Others were a consignment of methamphetamine concealed in buttons heading to Hong Kong; and a shipment of another illicit substance coming from Florida, USA.

“Operatives in Lagos on Friday 1st December also arrested a drug kingpin, Okechukwu Ogala, 56, who specialises in exploiting and recruiting young citizens to export meth to Asian countries.

“He was arrested at Blue Moon Hotel in Okota area of Lagos with 60 wraps of methamphetamine weighing 1.009 kilograms.

“In another operation in Lagos, operatives on Friday 1st December recovered 393kgs of cannabis in a shop at Akala, Mushin while a suspect, Justin Enuonye, who deals in Canadian Loud was arrested by the police at Victoria Island and transferred to Lagos Command of NDLEA on Friday 1st December with 154 parcels weighing 92kgs.

“A team of NDLEA operatives also intercepted a vehicle at Oyingbo area of Lagos and recovered 108kgs of cannabis from it, while 675 kilograms of the same substance were recovered from the store of a wanted dealer, Wahab Olota at Adedoja area of Mushin, Lagos,” Babafemi said. Channels TV.

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