Mahmuda Hassan Tabla: Unwavered Leader Impacting On The Lives Of All
By Usman Abdullahi Koli
Local governments in democratic settings are universally known as the tier closer to the people especially at the grassroot levels. For candidates contesting various positions ranging from councillorship, chairmanship, state and national assembly representatives, governorship as well as president to win elections, they must secure highest votes from local governments. After the creation of Bauchi State in 1976, Ningi was amongst the ‘A’ listed local governments because it had leaders that cared for the welfarism of the people not themselves. In a democracy, passive leaders are easily forgotten but those that carried-out life-touching projects are like writings on stones that never vanishe. Honorable Mahmuda Hassan Tabla is the current Chairman of Ningi local government who deserved national awards because of his philanthropic activities, selfless attribute, impactful works but low publicity made many not aware of them.
Growing up amidst inescapable challenges are what inspire those that found themselves on mantles of leadership to reverse and do everything in their powers to change the narrative by benefiting all and sundary. Honorable Mahmuda believed that the rich and the poor are the same that is why there is no variation in most of his projects. From the time he assumed office in this year, through his skill acquisition programmes thousands of people have broken the shackles of vicious circle of poverty into daily income earners. If other local government Chairmen could imbibe Mahmuda’s style of leadership, rate of criminal activities would reduce, youths would have something relevant doing, both married and single women would no longer be idle at homes and level of meandering in offices seeking for helps would be mitigated.
Early this year, when rumors circulated about kidnappers and criminals trooping to Bauchi from where they were been chased, Honorable Tabla in conjunction with police and local securities swung in to action by beefing check-points, encouraging people to secretly report unwholesome activities or persons in their domains and use community radio in re-orienting them on dangers of harboring criminals, etc. Also, Honorable Mahmuda Tabla intervened and put a stop to flinching deforestation in surrounding forests and those caught were legally punished. Individual and groups of people use their monies by travelling down to Bauchi city, pay for the airtime just to appreciate Tabla and inform the general public in radio on his record-breaking laudable achievements.
People in local areas are majorly known for rearing domestic animals and cultivating crops, Honorable Mahmuda without waiting for grants from State government on several times uses his own money to purchase fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides and sold them out to farmers at subsidize and affordable prices. Uncountable numbers of graduated students that are yet to be employed have ventured into agriculture because of the efforts made by amiable Mahmuda, he made it attractive by giving them land, seeds and other items necessary for farming free of charge. This years’ raining season came with unexpected damages, Tabla’s rigorous efforts led to the renovation of drainages, built new bridges, also he informed the Governor on the collapsed of a bridge that link Bauchi to Kano State and it yielded positive results as commuters are now passingby easily.
Water as wise men say is life, without which nothing could survive, in view of that Honorable Mahmuda has installed boreholes and digged numerous wells in communities that have been suffering from water shortages. He built ponds for headers’ animals to be drinking clean water without intruding into streams and rivers where people fetch for domestic use. For the enduring peace to reign, Tabla has cordial relationship with community and religious leaders, he often seek for their advises and consent before making any decision. In the area of empowerment, recently he distributed items worth more than 6 million naira, ha gave out capital to prospective and well-deserving people to boost their businesses, paid educational scholarships aimed at sponsoring students from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions and he dashed out sawing machines along with local spaghetti making device to less privileged women.
Factually, many could attest that getting a true leader at local government level who is doing similar works like those of Honorable Muhmuda Hassan Tabla is like looking for a needle in a darkest room, he superseded his contemporaries in almost all areas. The secret behind his successes are the caliber of people he has, as one Hausa proverb says ‘Ba a mugun Sarki sai mugun bafade’, therefore it is pertinent upon him to continue maintaining such personalities because they are after the developments of Ningi and its good people not interest of their pockets. Despite the fact that what local governments are getting from State governments has reduced, the Ningi council Chairman has came up with other means of generating income which are assisting him to carry out lots of projects and other Chairmen should follow suit. Lastly, Honorable Mahmud Tabla is joyfully married and endowed with blessful children.
Usman Abdullahi Koli,
How Politically Wise Is Governor Fintiri ?
By Mubarak Shuaybu Shelleng
There was hate outburst from the opposition party in the state about Governor Fintiri’s decision to denying them access to Ribadu Square for their campaign flag off. The governor expectedly stopped the ongoing renovation and grant them access to the place for peace to reign.Though, the opposition felt dishonored and considered another venue for the occasion.
As a result, all of the forms of insults, crooked lies, and stories were circulated against the governor but to our greatest surprise, the governor despite his long-time political experience didn’t utter a word and singlehandedly dealt with the political noisemakers. Indeed, Governor Fintiri is good at using silence and treat issues in the more salient way by showing a high sense of responsibility.
Though, the opposition All Progressives Congress campaign team was also super clever to have located a venue for the campaign in the heart of Jimeta-Yola metropolis. This helps stop many visitors from seeing the wonders the current administration has done especially in transforming Jimeta-Yola into a developed modern metropolis.
Honestly, Adamawa people are politically educated and know better how to go with the game of politics. Many were seen today trooping into the Jimeta-Yola metropolis to showing solidarity and unflinching support to the APC governorship candidate, Hajiya Aishatu Dahiru Ahmad Binani. A very strong woman that is known for her untiring support for women and children. This group of people has more than enough reason to support and campaign for her. Can she be able to win the election due to clear driving forces that the executive Governor has underground?
After the physical developmental projects laid down in the state and the excellent job done in the areas of education, health and civil servants’ welfare, and the security need of the state. And also the most honorable dealing of political matters. Did Binani stand a chance?
Unlike what we have seen in Maiduguri during Atiku’s visit, clear enmity was shown by those in authority. The executive Governor of Adamawa has maintained the tempo and made sure that the APC campaign Flag-off rally was free from political thugs even though, Adamawa was Atiku’s hometown and a People’s Democratic Party in the State.
Fintiri can now handle not only local champion politicians in Adamawa alone but the whole Nigerian politicians very well. His sense of honesty and hospitality has paid and every like-minded politician in Adamawa regardless of the political party must applaud his doggedness and extraordinary political approach.
Despite the immense and intense political pressure on him, the incumbent governor is seen leading the President’s entourage to the Lamido’s Palace with due respect and dignity. Without showing an iota or any kind of political differences. Something difficult for many to do and least expected from the governor himself.
Fintiri may perhaps win or lose the forthcoming election but his true loyalty, respect for almost all the politicians around including the opposition, and commitment to the masses show his clear quality as a competent true gentleman man that has the required leadership qualities.
Besides, the political rivalry in Adamawa is productive and lays some level of playing ground for every politician to be mindful of his words, and actions. Thus, leading to development in terms of infrastructure, society, and economy.
Mubarak shuaybu shelleng Writes From Yola.
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Youth And The Wayward Lifestyle
By Mubarak Shuaybu Shelleng
It is becoming the norm in society how youth to embrace a wayward lifestyle thereby deviating from cultural and religious teachings toward uprightness. Youth is considered an important asset to any society or country but the continuous growth of wayward lifestyles is bringing a doubtful mind over the future of the masses in hands of those unambitious youth.
Nowadays, youth fall into a questionable lifestyle from different means where the modernization of social media platforms encourages to take a complex part in influencing the youth to get involved in something usually unacceptable in their places, some of the youth were enforced by poor educational backgrounds or negligence of parent control during upbringing. By whatever means, the act of witnessing youth in such a way can be threatening.
Social media platforms are oftentimes opened with no strict and guided rules or regulations against any form of misbehaving. This, pave way for the display of nudity and other uncensored content leading to moral bankruptcy.
Those involved in this unfortunate act should keep it at the back of their minds that the internet doesn’t forget and should get ready for the consequences associated with their actions.
More often than not, womanizing has become cheap and affordable as many young men no longer see it as a habit that need not to be involved in due to its catastrophic consequences on the life of individuals. This particular act also makes them superfluously spend their money.
Also, the menace of drug use abuse has immeasurable effects and continues to threaten the life and the future of the younger generation. In most of our higher institutions, one must come across groups of students at various locations abusing drugs making them became academically unproductive and worthless. This has also greatly affected their physical, mental, health, and general well-being.
Political thuggery is yet another ugly act that youth involved themselves in, those youth are been sponsored by insincere political demagogues who usually see them as miscreant elements ready to kill and wound anybody against a particular political will, for chicken change rather than the future of the society.
Note that, the sons and daughters of those politicians sponsoring you were abroad studying perhaps in the world most prestigious universities and their employment also is guaranteed regardless of grade or qualifications.
Unfortunately, the youth’s recalcitrant attitude and the highest level of moral decadence in our climes is leading many to make posts on social media and attacking, traditional leaders, political leaders, and even religious clerics, disrespecting their persons because of differences in religious sects or other thoughts and controversial religious ideologies.
However, there are many ways to present your thought and ideas about burning issues in society without necessarily making pejorative statements against protected and respected individuals. One can criticize constructively going along with facts to sell ideas, opinions, or thoughts about contemporary and controversial societal issues.
For the children of the poor, It’s obvious that the labour market is jam-packed with graduates from various higher institutions of learning looking left, right and center for employment opportunities. And the government of the day out carelessness and strategic thinking kept on announcing to those poor youth that there were no jobs available. A situation that coacced many youth in to social vices and other juvenile delinquency.
Above all, it’s imperative for youth to utilize their youthful exuberance and maintain highest level of Decorum. Government on the other hand, should continue to create policies and programs that will help reduce the number of hundreds of thousands unemployed youth roaming the street to the barest minimum. Also, parents, traditional leaders and religious clerics should not relent in their efforts in preaching good morals making sure that those younger people are distinctively guided on religious beliefs, cultures, norms and values of our dear societies.
Mubarak shuaybu shelleng Writes from Yola.
Opinion: On Kolmani Oil Well Controversy
Since the announcement of the success of oil discovery by the Muhammad Buhari-led administration, through Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC limited, people from different parts of the country, jubilate over the milestone achievement.
However, the development came with a lot of controversies by the citizens who are in one way or another other have a direct or indirect connection to the development that is from some groups of people and individuals from the host community.
Immediately after the groundbreaking ceremony which was attended by his Excellency President Muhammad Buhari, Bauchi State Governor Sent. Bala Muhammed, the Group Managing Director NNP, and Mele Kyari among other dignitaries in Nigeria argue breaks between the neighboring states, Gombe and its mother state Bauchi, about who owns the Kolmani oil well.
Besides, Bauchi may be right to claim the ownership of Kolmani oil because the oil well is located in Barambu, a village under Alkaleri local government area of Bauchi state, Bauchi’s cites the presence of their governor at the breaking ceremony as one of the reasons that they own the oil well.
Gombe state, on the other hand, has more than a reason to claim the ownership because of their closeness to the point where the oil was drilled. Therefore oil as liquid stuff can not just be for Bauchi alone.
Unfortunately, farmers operating within the host community of MaiMadi, kwaimawa among the other 7 communities complained that they were not paid for the damage done to their farmlands in course of the oil drill.
Among them, one claimed the ownership of the kolmani oil well which according to him was inherited from his father and yet to be compensated. Also, the report indicates that workers who served during the seismic operation were not properly paid but only promise to be paid on unspecified dates.
Farmers and other people from the host community should be well informed about the operation of that kind, to be able to seek entitlement associated with the oil drill operation in their localities.
With the aforementioned allegations, one must note with dismay challenging the Public Relations section of that particular for failing the Social responsibility service expected to render to those communities.
Above all, what Nigerians need to know is how much we need to poster national development above our interest to build Nigeria of our dream. We should also learn from the experience of our people down the south, there is a need for corporation and mutual understanding between the two states, the farmers, and of course the entire host community to benefit from such a remarkable achievement.
Ibrahim Garba writes from Bauchi.
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