Friday, 28th January, 2022 was a historic day in Jukun race especially those that have never witnessed the (PANKAN), that is, the selection and crowning of a new Paramount Ruler of the Kwararrafa Kingdom, the Aku Uka which was done last in 1976.
The event, that has not been witnessed again for 45 years untill that Friday after the immediate past Aku Uka of Wukari, His Majesty, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi Kuvyu II who joined his Ancestors on the 8th October, 2021.
Dr. Shakarau who was the 24th Aku Uka, ascended to the throne in 1976 in succession to the 23th Aku Uka, Mal. Ada Ali who is the father of the new coronated 25th Aku Uka, HRH. Ishaku Manu Ada Ali whose dream became fulfilled as Prince.
Recalled that at the time when Dr. Shakarau Angyu Masa-Ibi Kuvyu II, ascended the throne, Wukari was in the defunct Gongola State and with the creation of Taraba State in 1991 by the former military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Aku became the highest ranking traditional ruler.
However, on that faithful Friday 28th January, 2022, the Kunvyi of Wukari, Manu Irimiya installed Manu Ishaku Ada Ali as the 25th Aku-Uka of the Kwararrafa Kingdom, following his selection by the four Kingmakers guided by the Supreme Oracle.
The ceremony that look place at “Puje” a reserved area where all traditional and spiritual activities of the Jukunoid take place, was well attended by sons and daughters of Yukon land, as well as well-wishers.
Our Correspondent Sani Yarima who was among many that we’re privileged to witness the occasion for the first time reports that “Pankan” is the selection, Crowning, and Oath-taking of the new Aku-Uka.
It could also be recalled that the Wukari Traditional Council had on Friday 14th, January 2022 held ‘Pankya’ the official transition of former Aku Uka, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi Kuvyu 11 who joined his ancestors in October last year.
Upon that, hence the selection and Crowning of his successor in the person of Manu Ishaku Ada Ali within fourteen days (2 weeks) exactly.
Our Correspondent also reports that the two days program commenced with the arrival of Princes who were all in ‘White Attire’ tied to their waists, Waziris as well as well-wishers and at Pankya’, only men were present.
However, the new Aku-Uka took Oath of allegiance at 1.30 pm at Kuntsa, a land believed to be the Land of the Immortals reason why women are deprived of entering and Nando where only men with traditional titles matched in a long procession from Bye-vyi to Kuntsa where he took the oath.
The Aku arrived at Puje on a White Horse with a procession of “Akye” led by Princes and some tittle holders known as the red necks at 4.30 pm.
The current Aku Uka addressed his subjects by saying, “I appreciate you all my subjects for your resilience and show of love, I solicit your support and cooperation to enable me to succeed on this Throne.
“let me also use this opportunity to call on my fellow contestants who contested this position with me to please join hands in moving this Kingdom to the greater heights because all of us cannot ascend this Throne at the same time”. Said Aku.
HRH. Ishaku Manu Ada Ali thanked Governor Darius Ishaku for going by the lay down traditional rules to see that the event was successful.
Adamawa: CDD Joins Awareness Campaign Against Gender-based Violence
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.
Adamawa Govt Approves 42km NYSC Camp – Borong Road Project
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.
Bauchi SEC Approves Construction of 2 Flyovers , 200KM Roads
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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