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Nura Manu Soro: The Rise Of Nigeria’s Young And Courageous Philanthropist

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By Adamu Yalwa Gabi

There is no compromise that history and posterity would continue to remember as well as judge the northerners that were known to have made their hard earned money right from time immemorial.

This could be attributed to the period when cotton processing and groundnut pyramids were the major business activities that serve as the nation’s main economic booster which was less capital intensive.

Just as Kano State beeing the epicenter of commercial activities which had produced billionaires of the likes of Alh.Alhassan Dantata,the great grand Father of Alh.Aliko Dangote who was quoted to be the first person to open an account with the first bank branch in Kano in 1929,depositing twenty camels load of silver coins,making him the first business man to deposit money in Nigeria, Bauchi State is not an exception.

Bauchi State occupies a total land area of 49,119Km square (18,965sq mi) representing about 5.3 percent of Nigeria’s total Land mass which is located between latitude 9 degrees 3′ and 12 degrees 3′ and longitude 8 degrees 50′ and 11’degrees east was blessed with well to do individuals like late A.D Rufa’i from my LGA Misau, who was one of the cotton processing experts in the North eastern part of the country before venturing in to partisan politics to occupy the position of a Senator in Second Republic.

Late Alh.Manu Soro Sarkin Fulanin Madakin Bauchi, father of a young Philanthropist and business mogul Dr.Nura Manu Soro will also not be forgotten for his wealth accumulated from oil and kerosine ventures which started as a roadside marketer in the past.

The late Alh.Manu Soro dedicated part of his wealth in constructing a befeiting Mosque that is still standing the taste of time for almost three decades at his home town Soro,along Maiduguri road,settling of medical bills not to talk of providing daily meals to the poor among other things.

These equally gave him political recognition to hand pick any candidate he wishes to represent their constituency in the State Assembly or even serve as the Chairman of the Area, Ganjuwa LGC.Infact the Prestige and political power he achieved may not be unconnected with the fact that he has derived the sympathy of the fulanis whom were predominant in the area in getting all what he needed to unanimously anoint a leader that can justify the confidence reposed on him by the masses.

As those of us in the pen profession are backed with a slogan or maxims that says the pen is mightier than the sword,phylantrophy is a weapon that is universally accepted by everyone not only in the fight against hunger, social vices but envy among the surrounding communities where some people are endowed with their God given favour like Dr.Nura Manu Soro who use it to support the needy be it less privileged,orphans or vulnerable in putting smiles on their faces.

The under fourty years of age youngest Philanthropist in Northern Nigeria and a business mogul,Dr.Nura Manu Soro established the first and only charity foundation in Bauchi State with the name Nura Manu Foundation in 2016 with the sum of one hundred million naira in paying scholarship allowances to some selected individuals to prevent children from out of school syndrome in all the nook and cranies of the State out of his desire to support the future leaders.

Founder Soro Man Ltd and Action Energy ltd,companies that specialised in Marketing of Oil and Gas industry also built a micro finance bank to avail the low income earners with the opportunity to have a safe keep of their financial transactions with low interest and ease them with the difficulties faced in conventional banks.

Dr.Soro, a graduate of international and comparative politics from American university of Nigeria before he proceeded to University of Birmingham,UK for his MSC in Globalisation and Governance in addition to MSC in Business administration from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello university Zaria, as well as Nigeria Defence Academy for another MSC in leadership Studies.

In his quest to search for more knowledge, the Man I can describe as a person with the heart of providing succor to the lives of the people also obtained a PhD in political economy at Nigeria Nile University,Abuja served as finance commissioner for thirty six days only before his resignation due to alleged shaddy deal he refused to be part of in Governor Bala Abdulkadir’s administration.

At the Moment,the name Nura Manu Soro had became a household name in Bauchi State and the Country at large for his phylantrophy and honesty for vacating political office entrusted with a trust on all the public funds in the State.

Having known him in secondary school as a class mate, I am not amazed with all his habbitual philanthropic gesture since he was born, brought up and trained to be of that nature.

May Allah continue to give you long life and prosperity to keep on with the good work so as to get an automatic ticket to Jannatul firdaus in the here after.

Gabi,a journalist wrote from Bauchi and can be reached on:adamumgabi@gmail.com

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Gov Fintiri Meets CAN Leadership, Reels Out Scorecard

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—I’ll Definitely Take You To The Adamawa Of Your Dream – Gov Fintiri

By Muhammad B Muhammad

Ahead of the forthcoming elections, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State who is seeking for re-election under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has met with leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state.

He was at the CAN State Secretariate in Yola Monday at the instance of the leadership where the officials asked him what he intends to do for the state if re-elected for a second tenue in office.

He started with the security sector where he narrated how his administration has redefined the security architecture that was hitherto in the state of shamble.

He said the government has injected thinking and funds that changed the narratives, enabling the citizens sleep with their two eyes close across the state.

On education, Fintiri said his administration has inherited a comatose system but injected a lot of commitment and resources to revive the sector.

According to him, the successes recorded has helped the government to renovating 5,000 classrooms, announcing that arrangements are in the pipeline to upgrade ten legacy schools in the state.

He added that the government has provided free education and relieved parents burden of payment of WAEC and NECO adding however that UNICEF has also built eighty schools in Fufore and Guyuk and it is set to construct more.

Governor Fintiri has made clarifications over some unwarranted rumours on the workforce, saying his administration has never sacked 10,000 workers as being speculated in some quarters.

He said the Government has only stopped the last minute biased recruitment of 1,500 teachers by then outgoing administration and employed 2,000 competent teachers through a clean process.

Speaking on the Health sector, Fintiri said over 100 primary healthcare centres were built and renovated, eight new cottage hospitals with staff quarters were built and equipped with modern facilities while health workers were also employed.

The Governor said his administration is also reforming the infrastructural sector, as the government has constructed 347km rural roads, built many urban roads in the state capital and some towns.

Governor Fintiri said his administration has initiated Adamawa Agribusiness Support Programme to tap the potentiality in the agric sector for youth employment, improve revenue generation and welfare of the citizens.

He said the Government has also cleared backlog of gratuity of retired workers to the tune of N5b, improved payment of monthly pensions and welfare of retirees across the state.

The Governor has also spoke on environment, housing, Internally Generated Revenue among other sectors and sought for support of the Chiristian Leaders, promising to redouble efforts if reelected.

Earlier, the State Chairman of CAN, Bishop Dami Mamza said Christians in the state are committed to Adamawa unity as according to him, God has endowed the state with all the potentialities to achieve greatness for the citizens.

Hightlight of the meeting was questions and answers session.

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Adamawa: Primary Sch Teachers, Health Workers, LG Staff To Enjoy National Minimum Wage

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

It appears that the incessant calls by Primary School Teachers, Primary Health Care and Local Government Workers in Adamawa State on salary increment have come to an end as henceforth they will start enjoying the national minimum wage.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri revealed this while addressing Primary Health Care Workers who were on a one thousand man march solidarity visit in the Government House, Yola, Monday.

He said arrangements have been concluded for the payment, assuring them however that the government will also address the issues of their leave grant allowances and promotions.

The Governor further told the workers that the government is working on some structural reforms to enable primary Health Care Workers’ remuneration go intune with Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS).

The Executive Secretary Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Suleiman Saidu said the visit was to show solidarity for Governor Fintiri for his numerous achievements not only in the health sector but the entire state as a whole.

Speaking separately, Malam Yahaya Sa’idu, Lawan Abubakar Umar and Emanuel Cartwell commended Governor Fintiri for providing them motivation that enabled them to achieve excellence and vowed as grassroot workers to mobilize massive votes for his re-election.

The State Chairman of Medical Health Care Workers Union of Nigeria, Comrade Usman Babbada thanked Governor Fintiri for implementing promotion benefits at the hospital services management board up to 95%.

The one thousand man march solidarity to Governor Umaru Fintiri by the primary school health workers was commenced from Women Development Centre, Yola and terminated at Banquet Hall Government House, Yola.

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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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