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Foundation Intensifies Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence In Mubi

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An Adamawa-based NGO, Royal Heritage Health Foundation (RHHF), has intensified campaign against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Mubi.

Mr Elijah Sogunro, the Coordinator of the NGO, led the campaign awareness as part of commemoration of
16-day of activism against GBV held on Tuesday in Mubi.

Sogunro commended Adamawa Government for enacting law on Violence against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) in the state.

He said that the programme was with technical support from UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

He explained that the core objective of the campaign was to educate people at the grassroots and communities to end the ugly act of gender based violence, especially, on women and girls.

He noted that the Violence against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law would go a long way in bringing an end of violence against women and girls in the state.

According to the coordinator, the theme of this year campaign awareness is: End Violence Against Women and Girls Now.’’

He said that the foundation team met with community ward heads from Mubi North and Mubi South, with the intention to sensitise them to end GBV in their respective domains.

“The sensitisation is aim to educate community leaders on the danger of GBV and to find a lasting solutions to end the ugly act.

“Also, to educate them on how to prevent GBV as a means to end Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and the penalties in the enacted law.

“Equally, the VAPP Law enacted by the state government is a milestone in the fight against menace of gender based violence in the state”. Songuro said.

He said that the advocacy campaign include marching, town hall meetings, Symposium and cross fertilisation of ideas between various related gender based Civil Society Organisations.

In his address, Abdullahi Buba, representative of Mubi town village Head, expressed happiness with the activity of the foundation and promised maximum support and cooperation of traditional rulers to end the violence.

“I m going to mobilise all my Ward Heads to join hands with the foundation to bring an end to GBV and to ensure the perpetrators are brought to the book,’’ Buba said.

In his remarks, Rev. Nathaniel Bare, the CAN Chairman, Mubi South, said that the campaign came at a right time when the community were experiencing and suffering from GBV challenges.

Bare said that the religious body would collaborate with the foundation to sensitise their followers about the danger of the menace.

“Now that you have sensitised us and with this knowledge you impacted on us. I believe it will help us as community to sanitise the community and make it difficult to the perpetrators to breathe fresh air,’’ Bare said.

Malam Jibrin Umar, Admin Secretary, Muslim Council, Mubi, said that the council had a standing committee dealing with such ungodly acts.

Umar said that Islam had prohibited any form of violence against women and that the council would not rest until all forms of GBV were eradicated.

“The council has already established a committee to work hand in hand with similar NGOs to tackle and bring to an end GBV in Mubi,’’ Umar said.

He said that the council had gained a lot from the foundation’s campaign and that it would implement some key points to add value in its committee’s activities to end GBV.

Also, Madam Saude Kasimu, the Coordinator, Mubi Zone Development Foundation, said that a part of the organisation’s mandate and objective was to protect and support Widows and orphans.

“We are ever ready as organisation to partner with the Foundation to fight against GBV, especially, on women and children.

“We are going to redouble our efforts to end early marriage and teenage pregnancy in our communities as well as to ensure girl child gets proper education and equal opportunity in the society.

“From today, we are going to report any GBV, especially, those that affected women and girls to appropriate authority,’’ Kasimu said.

On their parts, Mrs Lydia Daniel and Laraba Lawan, representatives of Zumuntan Mata and Adamawa Northern Senatorial Youths Development Association, respectively, said that the era of keeping silent concerning VAWG issues was over.

“We thank the Foundation for organising such important campaign. GBV on women and girls for long time is among the major issue of concern in this part of the country.

“Now that the state government has signed into law the VAPP Act. We are going to sensitise our members to make use of the law to dealt with all perpetrators,’’ the duo said.

It’s reports that more than 20 different Women and CSOs participated in the campaign awareness.

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Insurgents Are Again Responsible For Michika Blackout – Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Boko Haram insurgents have again vandalised the lines that generated power from Danboa substation in Borno State to Michika and environs in Adamawa State.

The State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri had in July, 2020 commissioned the rehabilitated power sub-station for Michika and Madagali local government areas at the cost of N283.8m.

Before the rehabilitation, it was Boko Haram insurgents that damaged the power lines and installations which cut off power supply from the national grid subjecting the people to a total blackout for over 6 years.

As if that damage was not enough, after the rehabilitation, the insurgents have again destroyed the power lines from Danboa substation.

Fintiri disclosed this at Madzi Development Area in Michika while canvassing votes for the PDP candidates ahead of the forthcoming February and March elections in the country.

Governor Fintiri told the residents that the military has assured him that normalcy has been restored in that area and has given go ahead to the Government to recconect the power lines, promising to act in that regard.

“We have rehabilitated electricity in Michika and Madagali. 2 years ago, Boko Haram insurgents have again destroyed the power lines, coming from Danboa.

“I spoke with Brigade Commander, he told me that they have taken over the bushes around Danboa from Boko Haram and we should send personnel to reconnect the lines,” he said.

In his remarks, Honourable Zira Wampa who spoke on behalf of the communities, assured Governor Fintiri their readiness to deliver him, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and other PDP candidates in next elections.

Meanwhile, Governor Fintiri has assured the people of Bazza Development Area that his administration will build roads in the area having constructed many in Michika town and environs.

Governor Fintiri who disclosed this when he takes campaign train of the PDP to canvassing for votes, reminded the people the giant strides of his administration in the areas of education, security, health and Infrastructure among others.

He asked especially the women folk to take advantage of the Government’s Health Insurance Programme and register for free medical services to pregnant ones among them, children from five years and below, the aged and displaced persons.

“I will continue to protect your lives and property. We achieve much in all sectors. We improve payment of pension and gratuity. We have commenced salary payment with minimum wage for workers at the local government level alongside gratuity,” he said.

Former Deputy Governor of the Defunct Gongola State, Barrister David Barau said the people of Bazza will no doubt support Governor Umaru Fintiri in the March election, because of his excellence performance and character worthiness.

“The reasons for our promise to support you are one; excellent performance, two;
Numerous dividends of democracy in the areas of security and health as well as your competence, capacity, knowledge and reliability,” said Barau.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Michael Zirra, Ayuba Fari and Captain Altine Inuwa among other speakers vowed to deliver Governor Fintiri and all PDP Candidates describing Bazza as a stronghold of the party.

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We’ll Soon Flag Off Michika-Kamale Road Project – Gov Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Friday announced readiness of the State government to award contract for road project from Michika to Kamale.

The Governor disclosed this in Garta, Michika local government area when he led campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to canvass for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.

The Governor said arrangements are in the pipeline to execute the road project with three bridges as according to him survey has already been conducted by the government.

“I want to assure you the people of Garta, we have commenced plans to award contract of this road. By the Grace of God, we will begin the work in the next one or two months,” said Fintiri.

On the request by the community for lifting of ban on the use of mortocycle in Garta and environs, Governor Fintiri promised to make consultations and see the possibility or otherwise of the issue.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Yakubu Tsala, former Managing Director Nigeria Sugar Council and former federal lawmaker, Adamu Kamale assured block votes of the people to Governor Fintiri and other PDP candidates.

Highlight of the rally was handing over of 18 seater bus to Governor Fintiri to help the PDP campaign train by Dr Williams Kamale among other gifts presented as well as various cultural dance.

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Michika Agog As Crowd Storms PDP Rally To Welcome Gov Fintiri

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In what many residents of Michika described as mother of all rallies, supporters of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday afternoon stormed the campaign gathering at the centre of the town.

Upon his arrival to Michika town from Garta, Governor Umaru Fintiri was received by the people who came out en masse from all conners and proceeded to accompany him in droves to the venue of the campaign rally.

Speaking at the event, Governor Fintiri appreciated the people for the show of love and solidarity, promising to continue to make them proud by working for their welfare and development of Michika.

“I will continue to work for you and make you proud. My administration has restored security and today we sleep with our two eyes close. We will continue to fight these miscreants,” said Governor Fintiri.

Fintiri added that, “we will continue to make education free. We’ll make sure that the children of the poor get quality and affordable education across the state.”

He called on the people to vote for Atiku Abubakar as next Nigeria’s President to end the current hardships brought upon on the citizens by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government.

“Let’s continue to fast and pray so that we will get a leader that will bring socour to us. Let’s pray and fast so that we’ll get a leader that will end killings of our brothers and sisters. We will never elect APC again,” he said.

The State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu has presented flag to Zakari Dauda Nyampa, and Moses Yarima as PDP candidates for House of Representatives and State Assembly respectively.

PDP Chairman in Michika, Emmanuel Simbus lauded Fintiri for executing road projects in the area and appointed their sons and daughters into key positions of government.

The Commissioner of Finance and Budget, Dr Ishaya Dabari, and Peter Salihu Gogura both said Governor Fintiri does not need to campaign in Michika as they are set to pay him back by voting him massively.

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