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Taraba: Nigerian Red Cross Holds Its 2022 Executive Governance Election

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The Nigerian Red Cross Society, Taraba State branch on Saturday 2 April 2022 held its Executive Governance Election to run the affairs of the voluntary service to humanity for four years.

The election that took place at the branch office of the organization in Jalingo, had 13 delegates from 13 LGAs out of the 16 Local Government Areas of the state.

In an address shortly after the election, the Organizational Development Officer, Nigerian Red Cross National Head Office Abuja, Mr. Manasseh Panpe appreciated all the delegates that were present and cast their votes that produced the new Exco who will serve for four years for the sacrifices they have made.

He explained that in some branches elections of such used to end in rancor, but Taraba State Branch has proven to be one state united, brotherhood in Red Cross by producing candidates unopposed.

“But to fulfill the Democratic demands, we had to put it into votes, and all of the contestants, out of 13 nobody got less than 11 votes which are very excellent marks,” Pape said.

He urged the new Exco to justify the trust that the members have reposed in them by doing their best to render voluntary service to the needy in society.

Mr. Manasseh Panpe, however, appealed to the general public especially the spirited individuals and philanthropists to join hands with the organization in assisting the less privileged in society.

He revealed that hopefully by next month, the Secretary-General of the Red Cross and other officials from the Head Quarters will come and swear in the elected Exco.

In his vote of thanks, the Taraba State Branch Secretary, Mr. Martins Manja appreciated the committee members, the former Exco, all delegates, and the volunteers as well as the media for their support.

“Other organizations, the government sponsor their delegate conferences but our’s we give a lot to the government but no reciprocal to show appreciation but that will never deter us from doing our voluntary service, we will continue to do from our lean pockets like we did to hold this program,” Manja said.

In an interview, one of the local government’s Coordinators, Mr. Ibrahim Idris who has been in the organization since the 1970s advised the younger generation to join the Red Cross to render their assistance to the less privileged ones as it is not a money-making organization but service to humanity.

The Galadiman Muri and District Head of Jalingo, Alhaji Lamido Abba Tukur emerged as Taraba State Red Cross Branch Chairman with 13 votes unopposed, Elizabeth John as Vice Chairperson, Barr. Ibrahim Sani, Legal Adviser, Arc. Hadiza Bello Yero, Finance and Property Management Adviser, Mr. Apolos Madaki, Disaster Management Adviser, and Fatima Sani who was elected as the branch Program Planning Adviser.

Others are Dr. Daniel Bitrus returned as a branch Health and Care Adviser, Christopher Peter, Financial Resources Mobilization Adviser, Dr. Joseph Gimba, Youth Gender, and Volunteer Adviser, Aminu Bashir, Divisional Development Adviser, Pharm. Ekoja Mathew, Capacity Development Adviser as well as Joseph Dan’azumi who got 11 votes was returned as branch Communication and Advocacy Adviser.

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Insurgents Are Again Responsible For Michika Blackout – Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Boko Haram insurgents have again vandalised the lines that generated power from Danboa substation in Borno State to Michika and environs in Adamawa State.

The State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri had in July, 2020 commissioned the rehabilitated power sub-station for Michika and Madagali local government areas at the cost of N283.8m.

Before the rehabilitation, it was Boko Haram insurgents that damaged the power lines and installations which cut off power supply from the national grid subjecting the people to a total blackout for over 6 years.

As if that damage was not enough, after the rehabilitation, the insurgents have again destroyed the power lines from Danboa substation.

Fintiri disclosed this at Madzi Development Area in Michika while canvassing votes for the PDP candidates ahead of the forthcoming February and March elections in the country.

Governor Fintiri told the residents that the military has assured him that normalcy has been restored in that area and has given go ahead to the Government to recconect the power lines, promising to act in that regard.

“We have rehabilitated electricity in Michika and Madagali. 2 years ago, Boko Haram insurgents have again destroyed the power lines, coming from Danboa.

“I spoke with Brigade Commander, he told me that they have taken over the bushes around Danboa from Boko Haram and we should send personnel to reconnect the lines,” he said.

In his remarks, Honourable Zira Wampa who spoke on behalf of the communities, assured Governor Fintiri their readiness to deliver him, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and other PDP candidates in next elections.

Meanwhile, Governor Fintiri has assured the people of Bazza Development Area that his administration will build roads in the area having constructed many in Michika town and environs.

Governor Fintiri who disclosed this when he takes campaign train of the PDP to canvassing for votes, reminded the people the giant strides of his administration in the areas of education, security, health and Infrastructure among others.

He asked especially the women folk to take advantage of the Government’s Health Insurance Programme and register for free medical services to pregnant ones among them, children from five years and below, the aged and displaced persons.

“I will continue to protect your lives and property. We achieve much in all sectors. We improve payment of pension and gratuity. We have commenced salary payment with minimum wage for workers at the local government level alongside gratuity,” he said.

Former Deputy Governor of the Defunct Gongola State, Barrister David Barau said the people of Bazza will no doubt support Governor Umaru Fintiri in the March election, because of his excellence performance and character worthiness.

“The reasons for our promise to support you are one; excellent performance, two;
Numerous dividends of democracy in the areas of security and health as well as your competence, capacity, knowledge and reliability,” said Barau.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Michael Zirra, Ayuba Fari and Captain Altine Inuwa among other speakers vowed to deliver Governor Fintiri and all PDP Candidates describing Bazza as a stronghold of the party.

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We’ll Soon Flag Off Michika-Kamale Road Project – Gov Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Friday announced readiness of the State government to award contract for road project from Michika to Kamale.

The Governor disclosed this in Garta, Michika local government area when he led campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to canvass for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.

The Governor said arrangements are in the pipeline to execute the road project with three bridges as according to him survey has already been conducted by the government.

“I want to assure you the people of Garta, we have commenced plans to award contract of this road. By the Grace of God, we will begin the work in the next one or two months,” said Fintiri.

On the request by the community for lifting of ban on the use of mortocycle in Garta and environs, Governor Fintiri promised to make consultations and see the possibility or otherwise of the issue.

In their separate remarks, Hon. Yakubu Tsala, former Managing Director Nigeria Sugar Council and former federal lawmaker, Adamu Kamale assured block votes of the people to Governor Fintiri and other PDP candidates.

Highlight of the rally was handing over of 18 seater bus to Governor Fintiri to help the PDP campaign train by Dr Williams Kamale among other gifts presented as well as various cultural dance.

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Michika Agog As Crowd Storms PDP Rally To Welcome Gov Fintiri

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In what many residents of Michika described as mother of all rallies, supporters of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday afternoon stormed the campaign gathering at the centre of the town.

Upon his arrival to Michika town from Garta, Governor Umaru Fintiri was received by the people who came out en masse from all conners and proceeded to accompany him in droves to the venue of the campaign rally.

Speaking at the event, Governor Fintiri appreciated the people for the show of love and solidarity, promising to continue to make them proud by working for their welfare and development of Michika.

“I will continue to work for you and make you proud. My administration has restored security and today we sleep with our two eyes close. We will continue to fight these miscreants,” said Governor Fintiri.

Fintiri added that, “we will continue to make education free. We’ll make sure that the children of the poor get quality and affordable education across the state.”

He called on the people to vote for Atiku Abubakar as next Nigeria’s President to end the current hardships brought upon on the citizens by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government.

“Let’s continue to fast and pray so that we will get a leader that will bring socour to us. Let’s pray and fast so that we’ll get a leader that will end killings of our brothers and sisters. We will never elect APC again,” he said.

The State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu has presented flag to Zakari Dauda Nyampa, and Moses Yarima as PDP candidates for House of Representatives and State Assembly respectively.

PDP Chairman in Michika, Emmanuel Simbus lauded Fintiri for executing road projects in the area and appointed their sons and daughters into key positions of government.

The Commissioner of Finance and Budget, Dr Ishaya Dabari, and Peter Salihu Gogura both said Governor Fintiri does not need to campaign in Michika as they are set to pay him back by voting him massively.

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