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2023: Zamfara Youth Donates N50m For Emefeile’s Presidential Campaign

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The Unified Northern Nigeria Youth Forum for Emefiele, Zamfara State chapter has promised to mobilize 50 million nairas and donate to fund his campaign if he accepts calls by Nigerians including them to contest for President comes 2023.

In a statement signed by the State Coordinator of the Forum, Ibrahim Aliyu said that any movement calling or supporting the aspiration of Dr. Godwin Emefiele is highly welcome in Zamfara.

According to him, Emefeile’s excellent and well-designed policies benefitted the people of Zamfara state, as farming is the employer of more than 90% of the people of the state, and Emefiele’s policies favored agriculture more than any other sector in Nigeria.

The statement revealed that some of the beneficiaries of Emefeile’s policies in Zamfara state include 1,000 dry season farmers empowered with N250,000 each by the CBN anchor borrowers program through Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), CBN approval to finance 60,000 cotton and rice farmers to cultivate 130,000 hectares of farmlands located across the 17 emirate councils of the State.

To reduce the suffering of the downtrodden, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under the able leadership of Dr. Godwin Emefiele had released 50,000 metric tonnes of Maize into the Nigerian market reducing the cost of bags from N24,000 to N18,000 in 2021.

The statement noted that thousands of Zamfara Youth and small business owners enjoyed various direct funding through COVID-19 loan, RRI, AGSMEIS, and other initiatives of Dr. Emefiele, saying that this has improved the livelihood of many, created wealth and employment.

CBN support 150,000 wheat farmers in 15 states including Zamfara State.

These economic and life-saving interventions have benefited many and uplifted millions of Zamfara people out of poverty. If such an intellectual is allowed to be the President, Nigeria will surely reach its desired destination. I am therefore joining the call on Dr. Godwin Emefiele to as matter of urgency declares to contest for President come 2023.

Under the commercial agricultural scheme, the sum of N672.9 billion was disbursed as loans to fund 636 commercial farming projects, 657 large-scale agricultural projects, to the tune of N708.39 billion, and also supported MSMEs across the country by disbursing N134.57 billion to 38,140 beneficiaries under the Agribusiness/Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS). In terms of employment also, there was a net job increase of 24,457.

Meanwhile, in another statement issued and made available to journalists by the Spokesperson of the Unified Northern Nigeria forum, Aliyu Muhammad Sani said the Anchor Borrowers Programme through various schemes, the farmers have cultivated 4.9 million hectares of land across the country.

It noted that the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme kicked off with loans to small-holder farmers engaged in the production of identified agricultural commodities in which the country has a comparative advantage.

Sani explained that the commodities include Rice, Maize, Wheat, Cotton, Cassava, Potatoes, Yam, Ginger, Soyabean, Sesame seed, Tomato, and Livestock, and lately milk and cassava were added among many other developmental programs that have impacted the lives of Nigerians including the people of Zamfara State.

In Nigeria, Dr. Godwin Emefiele is the key to Nigeria’s Agricultural revolution, the green icon, the brain behind all the initiatives and success of the Nigerian economy particularly, Agriculture.

“To the stakeholders and teeming population of Zamfara State, please join us in calling on this seasoned, versatile, diverse economist and a technocrat per excellence to contest for the president of Nigeria, in the 2023 elections.” The statement concluded.

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Hon. Gidado Of ADC, Laud Gov Kefas Over Payments Of Gratuity, Revival Of Festival 

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By Sarah Manya

Hon. Abdulrazaq Gidado (JAWAR), the candidate for the last Jalingo, Yerro, and Zing Federal Constituency by-election under the African Democratic Congress (ADC) platform in Taraba State, has commended Governor Agbu Kefas for reviving the Nwonyo International Fishing Festival in the State. 

In a press statement released on Saturday via his Media Adviser, Sulaiman Sani, Gidado praised the governor’s commitment to promoting cultural heritage and improving the internally generated revenue of the state, exemplified by his recent inspection of the ongoing projects at the festival site.

Gidado also expressed appreciation for the recent approval of N1bn for the payment of gratuity to retired civil servants in the state, as well as a monthly allocation of N200m for its sustainability. 

He lauded Governor Kefas for ending the era of gratuity being owed in the state and pledged to continue ensuring good governance thrives by constructively criticizing where necessary.

Additionally, Hon. Abdulrazaq Gidado thanked Governor Agbu Kefas for the appointment of board chairmen and Special advisers in the state.

Lastly, he congratulated all appointees and wished them success in assisting the governor in achieving his Moving Forward Agenda.

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Dr Bunovolki, The Rising Political Figure Fit To Lead The Masses

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A Coalition of Adamawa Youth Movement under the leadership of Mr. Mohammed has observed that Dr Mourice Bunovolki is no doubt the rising political icon in the state fit to lead in the masses.

Mr Mohammed who revealed this to Sahel Reporter said their group will no doubt rally round Dr Bunovolki in whatever leadership position, he may contest in the future political contest.

He expressed confidence in Bunovolki’s capacity to address some of the obstacles bedeviling the people, considering his vast experience and knowledge in various sectors of human development.

The youth group, according to Mr Mohammed observed Dr Bunovolki’s competence, commitment, and dedication towards positive development of Adamawa State.

He explained that “Bunovolki has immensely contributed towards the development of the old Numan Federation and Adamawa State as a whole” hence the need to give him political office to do more.

He described Dr Bunovolki as a leader with vision and listening ears to all and therefore, getting him leadership position will benefit people tremendously.

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Feasibility Of Elections In Fostering Democracy In SADC

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By Favour Wali Ezra, Victorino De Almeida Gracia

Elections are widely regarded as a fundamental component in promoting democracy in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

However, the success of elections in advancing this objective is subject to several factors. One of the primary considerations is the level of impartiality and transparency in the electoral process. 

Free, fair, and credible elections must be held to ensure a peaceful transfer of power and reflect the public’s will in the administration.

Several SADC countries have raised concerns about electoral anomalies, such as voter intimidation and the lack of independence in electoral authorities.

These factors have the potential to undermine the integrity of the election results and weaken the public trust in the democratic process. 

Another crucial element in the efficiency of elections in promoting democracy is the level of political rivalry and participation. In some SADC countries, dominant ruling parties have retained power for extended periods, making it difficult for opposition parties to compete on an equal footing.

Additionally, voter turnout in some countries indicates a lack of engagement and trust in the election process.

The media and civil society’s role in monitoring and reporting on the election process is another critical factor to consider. Free and independent media can help hold the government and electoral institutions accountable by informing the public and raising awareness about potential anomalies or abuses during the election. 

Similarly, civil society organizations can play a significant role in increasing voter education, monitoring election results, and advocating for electoral reform.

Socioeconomic gaps and inequality in the SADC area can also limit marginalized groups’ ability to participate in elections and have their voices heard. 

Limited access to knowledge, information, and resources can make it challenging for vulnerable populations, including women, youth, and rural areas, to participate in the political process and make informed decisions.

Despite these limitations, there have been several encouraging examples of SADC elections successfully promoting democratic consolidation. 

For instance, South Africa’s 2019 elections were universally regarded as free and fair, resulting in a peaceful transfer of power and reinforcing the country’s commitment to democratic governance.

While elections can be a powerful tool for fostering democracy in the SADC region, their feasibility and effectiveness depend on several factors. 

These factors include the transparency and fairness of the electoral process, the level of political competition and participation, and the role of the media and civil society in promoting free and fair elections. 

It is also imperative to emphasize that elections alone cannot guarantee democracy. Other critical components include an independent judiciary, a free press, and respect for human rights.

To ensure that elections remain an effective tool for promoting democracy in the SADC region, it is crucial to safeguard democratic values and institutions continually. 

Efforts to reform electoral processes, promote openness and accountability, and empower marginalized people are critical to furthering democratic principles and creating political transformation in the region.

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Favour Wali Ezra  (ezraf@africau.edu

Africa University –Department of International Relations and Diplomacy, and Victorino De Almeida Garcia (garciav@africau.edu) Africa University-Department of International Relations and Diplomacy. 

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