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UMCN Church Elects New Conference Secretary



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The Southern Conference of the United Methodist Church in Nigeria has elected Dr. Aliyu Mbiko as its new Conference Secretary at the on going 40th Annual Conference sessions holding in Mc Bride Church Jalingo, the capital city of Taraba, North East Nigeria.

Dr. Aliyu Mbiko who was unanimously voted for by all the delegates at the conference will replace Rev. Ande Emmanuel who’s tenure end at quadrennium calendar of the church.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Aliyu Mbiko said the task of a secretary is an herculean one as the Job is very demanding but stressed that he is a servant of God who is ready to work.

Speaking on the crisis of same sex marriage which has rocked the church in the recent times, Dr. Mbiko noted that agitating on the issue now is untimely because the Church at the global level has not taken a decision on the issue as such it is unhealthy for any part of the church to be fighting over the issue since a decision has not been taken at the General Conference of the Church.

“The crisis we got ourselves into just maneuvered because it is not yet time for us to bring those issues we are agitating for and moreso even if we feel it is important we bring such issues now, there are ways in which we can table these issues at the conference, for instance if one is talking about remaining in the United Methodist Church or changing to a new Denomination, this is not an individual decision to be made but a collective decision that we will all come together as a family to discuss,

“and if the issue is on appointment that the Bishop made and one is not happy about it the person can bring the issue to the conference which is the highest decision making body in the church, and there are other petition which were written about Bishop John wesley Yohanna which were not necessary because they were issues that can be tabled for discussion at the Annual Conference”

He noted that as the newly elected secretary of the Conference he will push for the reconcilation of the aggrieved members to come back together and work as a family.

The Conference Secretary, however, called on members and clergies to see their service to God as a sacrificial work which attracts heavily rewards.

“My call for every member is that our focus should be heaven minded and not our personal gains, I discovered that some members and clergymen are money conscious, looking for profit for themselves to the extent that anything they think they will not benefit from they don’t want to participate in it and this is like selling our reward from God for earthly gains, we must be more heavenly conscious than earthly conscious,” He said.

The Annual Conference which started on the 10th of November 2021 and is attended by lay and clergy delegates of the United Methodist Church under the Southern Conference is expected to end on the 14th November 2021.

Sani Sulaiman

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Former Perm Sec Commissions 4.6km Damare Road, Lauds Fintiri’s Achievements




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A retired federal permanent secretary and elder statesman Alhaji Ahidjo Bamanga has lauded Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his outstanding achievements in 3 years which have uplifted the status of the state

He was speaking during the commissioning of 4.6km ATV Damare road in Girei local government area.

Speaking shortly before the commissioning Alhaji Bamanga applauded the Governor for his commitment towards changing the fortunes of the state.

The elder statesman described Governor Fintiri as a committed, result oriented and great achiever who has salvaged the state from the shackles of underdevelopment urging all Adamawa people to support him for continuity.

Earlier Governor Fintiri said the 4.6km road is part of the landmark achievements in the deliveries of the urban renewal campaign of his administration.

The Governor said government has developed a two way approach to infrastructural strides which is urban renewal and rural infrastructure and community development and it will not rest on its oars till it achieves that.

He proudly noted that Adamawa is wearing a beautiful look and has fast become an investment hub for investors.

While pledging to continue to flag off and commission projects till the end of his tenure he reiterated his resolve to ensure that no one is left behind and nothing is left untouched.

Commissioner of works and energy development, Adamu Atiku
said the 4.6km ATV Damare road is strategic and important as it has ameliorated the plight of commuters and opened up the area for development.

There were goodwill messages from the District Head of Girei, Dr Ibrahim Ahmed Mustapha, and chairman Girei Local Government Council Judah Amisa and Baba Salam.

High points of the event was a display of three hearty cheers from corp members who are major beneficiaries of the road which leads to the NYSC orientation camp Damare.

The Governor while inspecting the road had a stopover at the NYSC camp and was cheerfully welcomed by the corp members.

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Accountability: Nat’l Lottery Trust Fund Emerges 2nd Best Compliant Agency In Nigeria




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Dr Bello Maigari, the Executive Secretary , National Lottery Trust Fund, has said that the Agency emerged the second best accountability compliant in Federal Government Agency’s Anti Corruption and Transparency Units ( ACTU) in 2021.

Dr Bello Maigari made the agency’s stand clear in a statement issued on Monday and signed by Muhammad Auwal Adam, Media and Puɓlications unit of the Trust Fund.

Dr. Maigari equally stated that the agency was the fourth best compliant among the government MDA in efficiency and transparency in the workplace.

“In less than Three years of the constitution of the Unit, the agency scored 84.45% to emerge the second best compliant in agency category in Nigeria and the fourth best compliant MDA with systems and processes put in place to promote efficiency and transparency in the workplace”. Maigari said.

According to Dr. Maigari, the success is attributed to the efforts put by the agency’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU).

The Executive Secretary stated that the development equally followed the high standards of transparency and accountability collectively exhibited by the management and staff of the agency.

Similarly, Federal Government has lauded the National Lottery Trust Fund for gigantic intervention in National Sports Development and urged other government MDAs to emulate.

According to Dr Bello Maigari, the commendation followed the giant intervention so far made by the agency in promoting nation’s sport.

He said that over N574m worth of sports equipment procured by the National Lottery Trust Fund and distributed to over 2000 selected public primary schools across the country.

He noted that the significance of the intervention would go along way in promoting good causes and sport Development among Nigerian Youths.//

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Ishaka Dedan Reelected As Adamawa NUJ Chair




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The Adamawa state Council of the Nigeria union of Journalists, NUJ Saturday held its election which saw the emergence of Ishaka Donald Dedan as the Chairman for the second term.

This was announced by the Chairman, Electoral Committee of the twenty twenty two election, Comrade Bashir Liman at the N UJ’s Secretariat, Press Centre Yola.

The returned Chairman, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan polled one hundred and ten votes to defeat his rival Comrade Kate Aliyuda who polled seventy two votes.

Meanwhile, Comrade Fidelis Jockthan polled one hundred and twenty votes to clinch the position of Secretary defeating his closest rival Jonathan Filibus who polled seventy three votes.

The office of the treasurer was won by Joy Diamond Leka with one hundred and sixteen votes beating her rival Felicia Amos who polled thirty seven.

Other positions of Auditor and Assistant Secretary were unopposed.

The newly elected leaders were administered oath of office by Barrister Sunday Wugira.

In an inaugural speech, the Vice Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalist, North East zone, Comrade Zare Baba charged the new executive to carry every body along and eschew bigotry and favoritism.

In an acceptance and victory speech, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan who thanked God for the victory pledged to play an open door policy.

Comrade Dedan who solicited prayers and support of the members urged them to advise them where necessary.

Speaking, the Permanent Secretary ministry of information, Barrister Isuwa Misali who congratulated the new executives to work together towards forging the union forward.

Other speakers at the event who presented their good will messages include NUT state Chairman, Comrade Rodney Nathan, representative of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN Adamawa state Chapter and Radio Television Theatre and Art Workers Union, RATTAWU.

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