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Ishaku Ada Ali Coronated As The 25th Aku Uka Of Wukari



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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.

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Gov Fintiri Performs Groundbreaking Of 2 Flyovers In Bauchi




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Adamawa State Governor, the Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri on Sunday performant the ground breaking off the construction of two Flyover bridges in the heart of Bauchi by the State Government.

Performing the flag off on behalf of the Bauchi State Government, Governor Fintiri declared that Senator Bala Mohammad has developed a legacy of promises kept.

“With the projects I have seen in Bauchi State and the ones in the offing including the overhead bridges, we are about to flag off now, I am left with no other option than to congratulate the good people of Bauchi State for having a visionary and courageous leader like Senator Bala.

“The true definition of leadership often times, is not rooted in the quantum of resources at the disposal of a leader. It is more measured by the vision and courage such a leader brings to the fore in the decision of how such resource are deployed and the craft of what project are prioritized.” He said.

Governor Fintiri while commending Senator Bala for the design and prioritization of projects, noted that only few leaders have the courage to rise above lazy routes and brace up to gigantic projects.

He said that overerhead bridges referred to as Flyovers are not just symbols of municipal ecstasies but solutions to vehicular traffic which eases movement. “Having them in Bauchi is therefore a good decision that would continue to define the vision of Senator Bala Mohammed in solving the problem of not only the present-day Bauchi but the Bauchi of tomorrow.”

Speaking earlier, the Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammad noted that population growth informed the idea behind constructing the flyover, adding that it will redefining urban transportation.

Governor Bala said as gateway to the North East it will give a first visitor to the region a good impression.

He noted that the choice of Governor Fintiri to break the ground is deliberate, describing him as one of the best that has changed the landscape of the region through the execution of viable projects.

The Governor of Borno. Prof Babgana Zulum and that of Gombe Mohammad Inuwa Yahaya were present at the event.

Humwashi Wonosikou
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

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Adamawa Poly Matriculates 2,818 New Students For 2023/2024 Academic Session




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By Atanga Philip

A total of 2,818 student have been matriculated into various discipline of studies at the Adamawa State Polytechnic Yola for the 2023/2024 academic session.

Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof Mohammed Dahiru Toungos gave the revelation at the weekend in his welcome address at the school’s matriculation ceremony Polytechnic.

Breaking down the admission category, the Rector explained that Yola and Jambutu campus have two thousand four hundred and twelve, two hundred and fourteen at Numan campus while it’s National Skill Qualification, NSQF has one hundred and two.

Professor Toungos pointed out that though the institution recorded low enrollment it however poised to delivering quality service to the students.

He enjoined the matriculants to commit to their studies with tenacity and focus.

The Rector urged the learners to be regular and consistent in attendance at lecture and eschew all forms of deviant behaviours.

While assuring them of maximum security and safety, Dahiru Toungos congratulated and them successful and prosperous studies.

Earlier in a remark, the students representative of the Polytechnic, Mr. Kingsley Johanna appreciated the school’s management for the privilege to study.

He counselled the matriculating students to widen their horizon and positively impact the society during and after their stay at the Polytechnic.

Yohanna who expressed their readiness to be law abiding charged his colleagues to seek and embrace wisdom, honesty and integrity among other noble virtues.

It is now left for the students to delve into studies in earnest and all tenacity to justify the oath they took and get their parents to pride in them.


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Bauchi Lawmaker Pledges To Expedite Passage Of Bill On Reduction Of Out-Of-School Children




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Honourable Nasiru Ala, the Chairman, House Committee on Education in the Bauchi State House of Assembly has pledged to expedite the passage of the state framework Bill to reduce Out-Of-School in the state.

He made the pledge during a two-day regional stakeholders meeting on out-of-school children and retention, transition as well as completion models in Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa states.

According to him, any moment the bill is sent to the state House of Assembly from the Executive, the lawmakers would expedite actions to ensure that the bill is passed within three to four weeks.

He said “based on the law making, we are going to enact this particular law on the domestication of the Bauchi state framework to reduce Out-of-School children bill within three to four weeks from the day of reception from the Executive Arm.

“Our governor has been very cooperative and supportive on this particular issue of out of school children because it is a serious menace.

“As an academic, I’m not always happy anytime I hear the word Out-of-School children.

“That is why it’s not going to be a big deal in the Bauchi state House of Assembly to enact the state framework to reduce Out-of-School children in the state.

“In three weeks time In-Sha-Allah, we are going to pass into Bill this State Framework to reduce Out-of-School children in the state”.

Also speaking, Mr Raphael Aiyedipe, Education Officer, UNICEF Bauchi Field Office, said that the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) had developed a National Framework of Action to Reduce Out-of-School Children and drive access to education in the country.

According to him, the framework commits to substantially and systematically decrease the number of Out-of-School children in Nigeria by 2030.

He highlighted some of the objectives of the framework to include; improve access and quality of education for all Nigerian children, drive improvement in learning and relevant skills development.

Others, he said, were to accelerate the social and economic development of communities and the country at large.

“The Framework has 5 thematic areas that includes; political actors and this means gaining the political will and government commitment.

“Best practices and alternative pathways and this translates to defeating learning poverty, Community accountability, that is engaging stakeholders to build ownership.

“Technology and ICT which means improving access through innovative solutions and Financing mechanisms, that is, reaching the most vulnerable,” he explained.

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