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Taraba: WIM Urges Women To Contribute To State Development

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The President of Women in Media (WIM), Taraba State chapter, Mrs. Queen Kunde Enoch has implored the women in the state to engage and contribute to the development of the state while Balloting during the 2023 general elections.

Mrs. Enoch made the call at the 2nd stream of the monthly Town Hall Meeting organized by WIM and partners held at the NUT conference hall in Jalingo, the state capital.

The President said that the town hall concept is a vehicle for change and a platform for discussions for women and other stakeholders in the process.

Taraba State WIM President

She maintained that the idea was borne out of the fact that Women in Taraba State have been largely underrepresented in the political and governance pace of the state.

“As we currently have now in Nigeria, women, and youth in Taraba are only used as pawns for power bargain and ascendance by political power seekers,” she alleged.

According to her, the objectives were also geared towards setting agenda for the development of the state as well as the role of women in the political process.

Mrs. Queen Kunde Enoch, while appreciated members of WIM for their commitment, and all partners especially individuals with a philanthropic spirit who desired to see women development championed, and their political voices heard.

“As women and more so nation molders, whose profession is the media, we are expected to exhibit the highest sense of professional calling in shaping our next leaders in the country and Taraba State,”. Mrs. Enoch emphasized.

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The Wife of the Taraba State Governor, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku who was represented by the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba, Mrs. Sarah David Ibi said that the foundation had recorded success in Gender-Based Violence intervention, and the reportage cases have risen beyond target by 12,980 people.

She disclosed that out of the intended targeted population of 185,180, 198,160 were reached by the foundation, i.e 52% has been achieved which was above the target.

Also speaking at the event, Taraba State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Child Development, Hon. Bridget Twar said her ministry is working towards eliminating GBV and encouraged the women to always say something when they see something.

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On his part, Taraba State Commissioner of Police, CP Abimbola Sokoya who was represented by DSP Agatha Usman, Sokoya described Taraba as one of the peaceful states in Nigeria and assured the people of the state that police are well prepared to ensure violence-free during the 2023 general elections in the state.

In a keynote address, the Chairman of the Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), Dr. Phillip Duwe who was represented by the Secretary of the Commission, identified cultural and religious influence as the major factors that have greatly affected the participation of women in politics.

Representative of SIEC Chairman (Standing)

Dr. Duwe who described women as good and better managers that should be at the forefront of elective positions also encouraged them to take up the challenge by vying for elective offices as provided by the law rather than restricting themselves to appointing positions. 

In her remark, the FIDA Chairperson, Taraba State branch, Barr. Fyafa Hosea Ibi said the association has done a lot in sensitizing the public on GBV across the state including schools, markets, churches, traditional institutions among others.

She added that FIDA is working closely with the police in ensuring that justice takes its cause where the perpetrators plead guilty at the court of law.

Barr. Fyafa Hosea Ibi (2nd L- Seated)

In a goodwill message, a representative of the Taraba State Coordinator of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Ruth Garba who is also the Gender Desk Officer at the Agency commended WIM for assisting the agency in carrying out one of its mandates of educating the public and advised them to always use the second stanza in the opening and closing ceremonies for the unity of the nation.

The Taraba State Coordinator of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Madam Agnes Ukpo described Radio and Television as very powerful mediums for the dissemination of information to the public.

She assured the people of the state that all hands are on deck towards ensuring adherence and compliance with the rules and regulations of the game, as it monitors the content and conduct of stations in discharging their day-to-day schedules with particular attention to political reportage. 

There were goodwill messages from the representatives of INEC, and the people leaving with disability among others.

However, the former Taraba State Chairman of both NLC and NUT, Hon. JJ Katabs, and Hon. Tanko Bobbo Andeme, an SDP House of Assembly candidate from Karim Lamido LGA of the state for the 2023 election, as well as the Press Secretary to the Wife of the Taraba State Governor were among those that graced the occasion. 

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You Can Only Give What You Have Got

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One Year Of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu Security And Defense Policy Costodians

By Awwal Abdullahi Aliyu

The Minister for Defense Alh. Badaru Abubakar fits this adage. During his tenure as the Executive Governor of Jigawa State and the Chief Security Officer, his domain witnessed and enjoyed maximum peace, security and adjoining growth.

This experience he brought to bear as the Minister for Defense. At the State level he coordinated all security organs, harmonized them, gave each organ the terms of reference of Operations while webbing them all together as a unit for the desired results. There were no overlapping references but overlapping corporation and coordination.

“You can only give what you have” is what Alh Badaru Abubakar is exuding within the Ministry of Defense.
Presentation Bola Ahmed Tinubu made the right choice of “the right peg in the right hole”. The Minister Mr. Badaru Abubakar in return reciprocated by coordinating the Chief of Defence Staff, the Service Chiefs (Land, Air and Sea) and not leaving behind the Minister of State Defence Alh Bello Matawalle with the respective roles to play so as to achieve the results that our sovereign nation is witnessing today.

One cannot shy away from mentioning some oversight responsibilities that have seen either tremendous achievements, overhaul or complete make-over to be in tandem with world best practices.

To mention just a few that have gone through any of the above are:
1, Defense Industries Corporation (DICON)Kaduna.

2, Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji.

3, The Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna.

4, National Defense College, Abuja.

5, Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Center Oshodi.

6, Defense Health Maintenance Abuja.

7, Defense Intelligence Agency Abuja.

8, Defense Space Administration, Abuja.

9, National Hydrographic Agency.
To mention just a few.

In return, the resultant consequences to the tenacious oversight functions, the following results were achieved:

(A), Special Operations Force was empowered, improved and expanded.

(B), Policy Framework on reducing dependency on foreign equipment and developing local content and adaptable technology was achieved.

(C,) Welfare of personnel at all strata both at the Frontline and home base was improved, hence boosting the morale of officers.

(D), Capacity building of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the point where other Foreign Forces are eager and seeking collaboration with ours.

(E).General Stability in the Ecowas sub region to a point where insurgency is gainfully contained.

(F), Nigeria’s territorial waters and the protection of Nigeria’s oil installations On and Off shore has been a positive impact on security when it comes to piracy, improved drilling/ production and accountability of crude oil.

(G), Electronic Content management system is being developed and deployed for effective content and personnel management, which will help in the implementation of personnel performance records and promote accountability, promotion and career satisfaction in public service.

(H), Arsenal, equipment and training cuts across the Army, Navy and Air Force.

(I)Armed forces Veterans Welfare have been taken seriously by the Honorable Minister Badaru Abubakar first he started with a meeting with the leadership of various bodies afterwards two Ministerial Committee’s were set up to look into the Welfare and well-being of the Retired Military Veterans.

This is not a medium to list all, it would be counter productive to do so. However, we are witnessing the achievements so far.
To mention just a few.

The ” Defense” business can and should not be seen as an ‘ instant coffee” affair. Good healthy coffee comes from carefully selected coffee beans from an optimum climatic producing zone, roasted, ground and percolated….it’s a long process, but the best is got. Alh Badaru Abubakar personifies just that and with a support of a “Formidable” team.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu did not make a mistake to make him Team Leader.
This is “Renewed Hope” in it’s purest form, achievement and Glory.

Cmrd Awwal Abdullahi Aliyu National president NSNCM.
Nineteen Seventeen Northern Consensus Movement For Peace Unity Empowerment and Development initiative an amalgamation of 596 affiliated Registered Community base Socio Cultural and Economic inclined grassroot Northern Associations.

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The Essence Of Political Loyalty: A Pathway To Development

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By Usman Abdullahi Koli, ANIPR

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” This proverb aptly captures the essence of political loyalty and its potential to foster development. Democracy has granted citizens the freedom to express themselves and share their opinions regarding the activities of the government and its leaders. Such freedoms are not only for citizens but for leaders as well, who are entitled to enjoy these rights. Therefore, there is nothing wrong if a leader supports another leader whom he regards as his political role model.

Recently, the Speaker of the Bauchi State Assembly expressed his loyalty to the State Governor, a gesture that is both normal and beneficial. The mutual understanding between the legislative and executive arms of government will result in significant developments for the masses. If these arms are antagonistic towards each other, progress would be impeded. People and leaders should be allowed to express their minds and appreciate whoever they like, as long as it doesn’t prevent them from fulfilling their official responsibilities.

Honorable Abubakar Y. Sulaiman, despite being a leader in the State House of Assembly, has consistently delivered on the mandates he swore to uphold. The Speaker is gradually fulfilling the promises made during his political campaigns, with the people in his constituency attesting to this through the immense benefits they receive. His loyalty to the state’s foremost citizen, who shares the same political party, translates to driving developmental projects to his people. Ningi and its environs enjoy power and water supply, access to qualified health practitioners, standard schools, and a host of other amenities.

Being from the constituency of the Speaker, I can personally testify to the positive impact of his leadership. The improvements in infrastructure and public services have significantly enhanced the quality of life for residents. The alignment between the Speaker and the Governor has resulted in a seamless execution of policies and projects that cater to the needs of the populace.

Moreover, the collaborative relationship between the legislative and executive branches fosters a stable and progressive political environment. This unity not only accelerates development but also strengthens the trust and confidence of the citizens in their leaders. As a citizen of this state, it is reassuring to see our representatives working in harmony to achieve common goals that benefit us all.

The Speaker’s commitment to his constituents extends beyond infrastructure. He has initiated various social programs aimed at empowering youth and women, providing scholarships, and supporting small businesses. These initiatives not only improve the socio-economic status of the people but also create opportunities for sustainable development. His actions demonstrate that political loyalty, when aligned with public service, can be a powerful tool for transformative change.

Furthermore, the Speaker’s efforts in promoting transparency and accountability have set a high standard for governance. His dedication to open communication with his constituents ensures that their voices are heard and their needs addressed. This approach not only builds a stronger community but also reinforces the democratic values upon which our society is built.

Usman Abdullahi Koli,
mernoukoli@gmail.com

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Gov Fintiri Charges ANAN On Transparency, Accountability In Resource Management

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has charged members of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) in Adamawa to exhibiting transparency and accountability in the management of public resources.

The Governor who gave the charge when he granted audience to the state leadership of the association in the Government House, Yola Tuesday, appreciates the conducts of ANAN in the state.

Governor Umaru Fintiri noted with happiness that the members of ANAN in Adamawa stand for excellence and integrity which he described as the foundational cornerstones of his administration.

He promised continued support to ANAN in the state, asking the members to maintain the spirit of prudence, eschew corrupt tendencies and ensure effective management of resources at their disposal.

Earlier in his remarks, the State Chairman of ANAN, Mr Titus Obadia congratulated Governor Fintiri on his recent well deserved victory at the supreme Court, affirming the trust of the electorate bestowed on him.

As an association, the Chairman said the members of ANAN in the state will remain committed to contribute to the advancement of Adamawa and saluted Governor Fintiri for his considerable developmental strides.

He informed that Adamawa is set to host this year’s Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) of ANAN from first to third July in Yola and appeals for Governor Fintiri’s support towards holding a successful event.

SAHEL REPORTERS.

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