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Zaar Community In Bauchi Calls For T/Balewa Council Headquarters Relocation



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By Idris Khalid

The Zaar/Sayawa Community in Bauchi state has noted with concern that the relocation of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Headquarters from Bununu back to its constitutional place in Tafawa Balewa Town was long overdue.

The President of the Zaar Development Association (ZDA), Engineer Isua Galla made the assertion during the 2021 annual cultural festival known as ‘Leemp Zaar’ held weekend at the Central Primary school, Tafawa Balewa.

Galla recalled that since his assumption of office as the president of the association, a lot of positive changes have taken place, particularly, with regard to peaceful coexistence of Zaar people with other tribes within his domain.

He said, “The issue of the Zaar chiefdom and relocation of the headquarters of Tafawa Balewa local government is a cry long overdue. Our struggle and aspiration as peo have to be recognize and every bzaar son and daughter must have a sense of belonging and justice. We are not in a slavery for crying out loud. Let uphold the rule of law, right to life, freedom of movement and religion.
“ZDA under my leadership has been able to bring in new ideas, innovations and development that have simplified the operations of ZDA and fully open the association for development on the bedrock of fairness, transparency, accountability, action and results oriented.”

“We have succeeded in restructuring the ZDA which has in turn led to further cementing the relationship between Zaar people and other Communities living in Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Local government areas of Bauchi state”, he said.

He commended Governor Bala Mohammed for executing meaningful projects that have direct bearing in the lives of his people, describing him as the most Zaar friendly Governor the state ever had

Declaring the festival opened, the Gung Zaar select, Air Commodore Komo urged Za’ar sons and daughters to always love and support one another in order to succeed in life.

The monarch also challenged Zaar Community to always engage in legitimate businesses and avoid engaging in questionable ventures.

While stating that Zaar Community have no anointed candidate in the nation’s politics, Komo urged his people to always vote for candidates that have their interest at heart.

He commiserated Governor Bala Mohammed over the recent demise of his mother in-law.

Also speaking, Governor Bala Mohammed represented the deputy speaker of the State House of Assembly, Danlami Ahmed Kawule, said his administration would reconsider the relocation of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Headquarters from its present position with a view tomake amend for peaceful co-existence of the various communities in the area.

He urged the people to continue to live in peace with one another for the socio-economic and political development of the area in particular and the state at large, and assured them of democracy dividends.

In her remarks, a former member of the State House of Assembly who represented Bogoro state constituency in the legislature, Rifkatu Samson Danna stressed that the unity of Sayawa nation is unnegotiable for development and progress to take place.

According to her, the unity of purpose and working together is un-negotiable if Sayawa nation must progress politically and developmentally.

Danna, also a one-time commissioner in the state, “We in Zaar nation are united and working as one indivisible nation. We know ourselves, we have come together as one nation and so we shall remain in spite of our ethno-religious differences”.

Rifkatu Samson who once represented Bogoro Constituency in the State House of Assembly lamented that, “it was outsiders who are trying everything possible to use religion and politics to divide us, but nothing can separate us because we are of one root”.

When asked by journalists on why she had been silent on the political scene for sometimes now, Danna responded, “I am on political sabbatical, I am watching and studying the political happenings, at the appropriate time, you will hear from me. I am a very staunch member of the ruling All Progressives Congress”.

On the politics of 2023, she said, “By the grace of God, when we get to the bridge, we will know how to cross it. That will not be a problem at all, it is what we are used to and we will do it at the appropriate time”.

Rifkatu Samson described the annual ‘Lepm Zaar’ ceremony as an avenue for all Sayawa people home and abroad to come together to celebrate peace and unity in the Zaar nation, stressing that it is used for sober reflections and plan ahead of the next year.

She therefore called on all sons and daughters of Zaar nation to ensure that they contributed to the growth and development of the Chiefdom to enable it stand firm on its feet saying, “By the grace of God, very soon we will attain the status of well status Zaar Chiefdom”.

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Gov Fintiri Swears In New LG Auditor General




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has presided over the swearing in of the new Auditor General for Local Government with a charge on him to deploy policies that will cut waste and corruption.

The Governor at an event in the Council Chamber Government House, Yola said the appointment was made after a rigorous examination.

The Governor while charging the new AG for LG to be guided by the oath sworn urged him to do justice to all manner of people cautioning him against victimization.

While expressing confidence in his capability and integrity as exhibited in the rigorous process that led to his emergence, the Governor encouraged him to live up to expectation.

He challenged the new Auditor General for LG to bring his experience to bare and make the Local Government transparent and accountable.

Government according to him will continue to ensure the best is achieved without cutting corners stressing that he will not open the state treasuries for looting but will continue to work for the overall development of the state.

Responding the newly sworn in Auditor General for Local Government, Bashir Ijamulu Yusuf expressed appreciation to the Governor for finding him worthy of the exalted position assuring that all policies and programs of government will be pursued rigorously without victimizing anybody.

The oath of office and allegiance was administered by the State Solicitor General.

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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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