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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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Hon Isa Appreciates Gov Fintiri For Observing Eid-El-Kabir Prayer In Shelleng

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Principal Special Assistant to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri on Water and Sanitation, Hon. Abubakar Isa has commended Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, CON for leading other top government functionaries in observing 1445 (2024) Eid El kabir in Shelleng.

The PSA who joins thousands of Muslim Ummah in observing the 2 Raka’at Prayer, appreciated the Governor, SSG, Speaker, Leadership of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and other top government functionaries for marking this year’s Sallah in the historic ancient city of Shelleng.

Marafa, in a message through his Shelleng media office to appreciate the Governor, further congratulated him and members of the State Executive Council, the speaker and other members of the 8th Assembly, leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at all levels and his teeming supporters on the occasion of the 2024 Eid-El-Kabir Sallah Celebration.

He also extended his sallah message to Amnah Shelleng Dr. Abdullahi Isa Dasong the II and other members of the Adamawa State Council of Emirs and Chiefs and the Entire Muslim Ummah

Marafa, said “a strict adherence to the teachings of Islam in the areas of love, peaceful coexistence as well as tolerance will contribute towards the development of the State and Nigeria as whole.”

“I want to wish the people of Shelleng local government, the State and the country as a whole a happy Eid Mubarak. May Allah strengthen us to submit to His wish and command at all times,” He added.

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NUC Approves 43 Academic Programmes For Federal University Kashere

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By Tom Garba, Yola

National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved all 43 academic programs presented for certification during the October/November 2023 accreditation exercise of Federal University Kashere.

This development was made known in a press release signed by the University’s public relations officer, Mrs Janet Ibrahim Ezekiel and presented to this medium today.

NUC approval document with the reference number NUC/ES/412/VOL.14/327, which was addressed to Prof. Umaru A. Pate, Vice Chancellor of the university with the caption, “Result of the October/November 2023 Accreditation of Academic Programmes in Nigerian Universities.

This indicated that in line with the provision of section 10 (1) of the Education (National Minimum Standard and Establishment of Institutions) Act CAP E3. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, the commission organized the Accreditation of academic programs at the Federal University of Kashere in October/November and accredited all 43 academic status

Among the programs listed were postgraduate programs presented for accreditation, as well as some existing undergraduate programs presented for re-accreditation, and others were newly established programs presented for initial accreditation, all of which were approved, with no programs denied accreditation.

According to the results, out of the 43 programs offered, all four (4) postgraduate programs received accreditation status, 32 undergraduate programs received full accreditation, and 7 other undergraduate programs received interim accreditation status.

” It is important to note that any Postgraduate Programme with Accredited Status and Undergraduate Programme with Full Accreditation will remain valid for five (5) years after which they will be presented for re-accreditation, whereas those with Interim Accreditation Status will be valid for two (2) years before being re-accredited.

“You may be aware that the Federal University of Kashere offers 98 academic programs, 49 at the postgraduate and undergraduate levels. It is also worth noting that all 49 Postgraduate Programmes have been authorized and recognized; 42 Undergraduate Programmes have Full Accreditation Status, while the remaining seven (7) Undergraduate Programmes have Interim Accreditation Status.” The statement said

In response to the latest development, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Umaru A. Pate, thanked Allah for the good conclusion and congratulated all staff participating in the accreditation process, calling it a communal achievement. While promising to work toward solidifying the achievement, the Vice Chancellor also requested additional cooperation from the entire University personnel in his efforts to convert the University into a true fortress of learning.

It should be noted that the Vice Chancellor, upon taking office on February 11, 2021, pledged to strengthen the University’s academic standards and quality assurance as one of his administration’s six priorities, as seen by the outcomes of this accrediting exercise.

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Cleric Advocates Educational Reform In Nigeria, Berates Change In National Anthem

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Reverend Father Maurice Kwairanga, the Parish Priest of Saint Charles Lwanga Catholic Church, Ngurore is emphasizing the need for educational reform in Nigeria, rather than just changing the national anthem.

He believes that the energy spent on changing the anthem could have been better spent addressing the issues in the education system, such as decay in public schools and institutions.

The priest said this during a mass to commemorate Saint Charles Lwanga Day and also unveiled a learning institute to address the decaying standard of education across the country.

He said it is worrisome that structures in public schools are now death traps, and unqualified teachers are now mentors of the younger generation.

He said the church has taken the initiative to establish a new school, Saint Charles Lwanga Nursery, primary school, and college, to contribute to improving education in the country.

“We will build a world-class school in this part of Nigeria. As a church, we might not have the funds at the moment, but we have the will to do it. The Saint Charles Lwanga Nursery and Primary will have all the modern teaching equipment and qualified teachers, unlike what is obtainable in the public schools”

His message highlights the importance of prioritizing education to drive meaningful change and development in Nigeria.

As a church leader, he lent his voice in calling for patriotic Nigerians to invest in education by supporting initiatives that will strengthen the sector and improve the standard of education.

Highlights of the Saint Charles Lwanga Day in Ngurore were traditional dances from different communities.

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