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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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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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