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Fireworks Between Taraba Govt, Wukari Traditional Palace Over Aku’s Burial Rites



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There is crossfire between the Taraba State government, the Aku Uka’s Palace and some aggrieved indigenes of Wukari over the final burial rites of the late Aku Uka of Wukari, Dr Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi II who died in October last year.

Sources in the Palace told our correspondent on Wednesday that the final burial rites of the late Aku Uka which was billed to commence on January 14 2022 were being threatened to owe to poor funding of the burial committee.

“The Committee had last year approached the State government through the Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for funding, but got no response.

“Constrained by the development, the committee wrote a letter soliciting for funds among Kwararafa sons and daughters which did not down well with the state government,” the source said.

Reacting to the purported letter soliciting for funds, Governor Darius Ishaku through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, said he finds step purportedly taken by the Planning Committee not only distasteful but highly embarrassing to the entire Kwararafa Race.

According to him, the Kwararafa people do not need to publicly solicit funds to bury their traditional leader, a man who occupied one of Nigeria’s foremost traditional stools for 45 years and provided the most dedicated and patriotic service for which the nation remains eternally grateful to him.

The statement read, “the Late Aku Uka could and would be honoured with one of the most outstanding rights of passage at the appropriate time with the state government playing a leading role.

“Those behind the so-called letter soliciting for donations for this burial programmes should withdraw it immediately and stop any further step that could further embarrass the state government and the entire Kwararafa people.”

Mr. Bala Useni, Secretary to the Wukari Traditional Council had on Wednesday morning issued a statement urging the public to disregard the letter.

“The council further regrets any inconvenience and embarrassment the letter might have caused,” said Useni.

But in a swift reaction in support of the letter soliciting for funds, Mr. Apaji Ezekiel from Wukari in a statement made available to our correspondent said, if the state government had responded to the committee’s request, they would not have gone public soliciting for funds.

“For the record, our traditional rulers have never been hungry and ruled with an empty stomach in the history of our land as when our son becomes a Governor.

“During the tenure of former Governor Rev Jolly Nyame, we got a befitting Palace with outstanding allowances that made the traditional council enviable of all sons and daughters of the land late Pharm. Danbaba D. Suntai maintained the status quo, but for the past 6 years, we know how these councils have been left unfunded and abandoned with months of outstanding salaries.

“We are more disappointed in the Taraba state government for abandoning our fathers to the point of them going public seeking help against the Jukun tradition.

“We, therefore, stand with the Wukari Traditional Council even though it’s against our culture to go begging, but it’s better to beg than to steal or covet people’s properties,” Ezekiel said.

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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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