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“Pankya” Traditional Rites Of Aku-Uka, Held In Taraba



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The second Friday of the year 2022, 14th January was a unique day in the history of Jukuns, and indeed the entire Kwararrafa descendants as their supreme Leader, His Majesty, Dr.
Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi Kuvyu II CON was formally accompanied to join his ancestors at the Aku-uka designated Burial ground “Nando” in Wukari LGA of Taraba State.

Our Correspondent who was at the occasion reports that Wukari the head Quarters of the Kwararrafa Kingdom stood still as there was no vehicular movement, both private and public Schools as well as business places were closed to honour the Aku-uka who joined his ancestors in October 2021.

Investigation by our Correspondent reveled that the event of such magnitude took place over 50 years ago, as those who had never seen the “Pankya” which is the final traditional rite of His Majesty were dazzled to their bones.

According to the Chairman of Ibi local government council, Hon. Bala Bako who is also the Taraba state ALGON Chairman, said he is witnessing “Pankya” for the second time in his life.

“This is my second time of witnessing such an occasion, the last one took place in 1972, so the generation behind us are in high spirit to see for themselves and to be part of this event, if there is no event, there won’t be history, so this event has equally added colour to our reach culture because our culture is unique in the whole of this country.

“I believe that God after creating Adam and Eve, the next set of people He created were the “Apajukun” and all Kwararrafa descendants, so we are here to pay our last respect to our Supreme Leader who served us for 45 years, I said He served us because he has brought peace and development to us as a people, he was a leader with exceptional virtue that cannot be described in a sentence or a word” said Bako.

Also speaking in an interview, the Fagachin Keffi and District Head of Keffi who represented the Emir of Keffi, Nasarawa State, Alhaji Shamsuddeen Abubakar Maikasuwa, said the Aku-uka His Majesty, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi was a great Pillar that holds the Kwararrafa People together, describing him as a father who led the Kingdom to greatness, saying that they came to Wukari to pay their last respect to the Monarch.

The Royal father, enjoyed the next Aku-uka to emulate his predecessor who against all odds ensured that peace reign supreme and has uplifted the status of the Kwararrafa kingdom, reiterating that he was a role model.

Our Correspondent also gathered that the procession known as “Akye” kicked-off at 7:30 am from the Aku-Uka Palace where all the male Children of Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi in their numbers matched barefooted with his official belongings to Puje, where mourners all converged and paid their last respects before they matched further to “Nando” his final place of abode.

Present at the “Pankya” ceremony was Traditional rulers from across the nation in the likes of Gara of Donga, Longomai of Shandam, representatives of Attah Igala, Ochi Idoma, Emir of Keffi, Chief Mark Elayo Turaki of Kiana.

Also, politicians from both local, state, and the National Assembly members, Tourists, citizens and residents of Taraba state, and a mix of persons from diverse walks of life attended the “Pankya” traditional ceremony, while Governor Darius Ishaku was represented by the Chief of staff, Government House, Hon. Istifanus Gbana.

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Adamawa: CDD Joins Awareness Campaign Against Gender-based Violence




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As part of activities commemorating 2023 16 days activism, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has sensitized Adamawa people on Violence Against Women and Girls VAWG.

The sensitization exercise begins with road walk from Bekaji roundabout to Jimeta modern market, Yola-North Local Government Area on Wednesday.

Mrs Amina Auwal, the team lead who spoke on this year’s theme: Unite, “invest to prevent violence against women and girls” described the commitment of stakeholders as the symbol of unity against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the state.

She urged stakeholders to unite and reduce the rate of GBV in the state.

“This VAWG is like a cancer, it is eating up the community gradually but when it has been cut off completely we will have society free of GBV.

“We appreciated the CDD for sponsoring the programme of being able to sensitize the public to bring to an end the menace of VAWG”, she said.

Mrs Rose Zinas, Desk officer GBV, National Orientation Agency (NOA) urged parents, guardians and stakeholders to take advantage of the theme of the year and to invest on women and girls-child.

She said these would help them to have something doing to reduce over dependent on husband’s and parents as well as end violence against them.

Zinas called on the women to also be proactive in looking for something doing and not to be a liability.

In her remarks, Lubna Dodo, representing Federation of Women Lawyers Association, FIDA appreciated the contribution of CDD in the fight against GBV in the state.

She explained that the mission of the road walk is to create awareness on the theme of this year activism.

“This means invest by educating the girls-child and empower them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in future.

“These will go along way by reducing their vulnerability to violence anywhere they find themselves “, she said.

Dodo further said that the passage of Violence Against Person Prohibition (VAPP) law and Child Protection law as well as ongoing sensitization for implementation have also help in reducing the rate of GBV in the state . News Hunter.

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Adamawa Govt Approves 42km NYSC Camp – Borong Road Project




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

The Adamawa State Executive Council Wednesday approved reconstruction of 42km road stretching from National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp in Damare to Borong community.

The feeder road project which covers the 2 LGAs of Girei and Demsa will cost over N836m.

The State Commissioner of Education, Dr Umar Garba Pella disclosed this while briefing newsmen shortly after the council meeting that held in the Government House, Yola.

Dr Pella said the project was awarded to Hydro Source and Resource Nigeria Limited and has the completion of period of 12 Months.

The Commissioner further disclosed that the council has approved over N117m variation for the construction of modern laboratory at Specialist Hospital, Yola.

Pella explained that the project was initially awarded at over N578m adding that the variation was to cover the cost of increased price of building materials.

The Wednesday’s 8th 2023 Council Meeting was presided over by the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.


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Bauchi SEC Approves Construction of 2 Flyovers , 200KM Roads




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Bauchi State Government has unveiled a plan for the construction of sixteen strategic roads worth about one hundred billion naira across the state.

The project also comprises two flyovers at the busiest areas of Wunti and Central Market to beautify and decongest the city centre.

These among some other rural roads construction project across the state’s three senatorial zones were part of the resolutions made during State Executive Council Meeting presided over by Governor Bala Mohammed.

Some of the project that make a total of two hundred kilometers include two point six kilometers Sabon Kaura Birshi Gandu road, four point five kilometers Zango-Gwallagan Mayaka access road, one point seven kilometers Bayara township road, rehabilitation of Disina-Adamami road in Jama’are local government area and Dualization of A.D Rufa’i College to Misau town road among others.

Briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, the commissioners of Works and Transport Ibrahim Galadima and his counterpart of Special Duties and Rural Development Faruq Mustapha said the projects have been awarded to confitent contractors in line with developmental initiative of Governor Bala Mohammed led administration.

Also during the meeting, the Council has ratified and approved for upgrading of four palaces of Emirs of Bauchi, Ningi, Jama’are and Dass at sum of two point two Billion naira under the State Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

The commissioner of the ministry Ahmed Sarki Jalam said the move was to creat a conducive environment for the traditional institutions to discharge their duties.

The council has also approved a memo for the 2024 Medium Term Expenditure presented by the commissioner ministry of Budget and Economic Planning Aminu Hammayo as well as a memo presented by the commissioner of Commerce, Trade and Investment Mahmud Baba Ma’aji on the preparation for the forthcoming Northeast Joint Trade Fair in Bauchi State.

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