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Bugaje Advocates Action To Harness Energy Sector In Adamawa



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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Adamawa State Government has been called upon to harness its energy sector to generate electricity in order to grow industries for development of the state.

Dr Usman Bugaje, made the call at the Pre Inuaguration Lecture that held on Thursday in the Government House, Yola on the theme: ‘Adamawa and the Challenges of Governance and Development.’

The event was organised as part of activities lined up for inauguration of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for second tenure of four years in office on Monday next week.

Bugaje who was the guest speaker at the event said since the energy is now in the concurrent list, Adamawa and other states in the northeast should organise to provide the zone electricity.

He further explained that no country has ever been rich through revenue, as all developed nations create wealth thorough production which he said invariably requires energy.

Lack of ability to generate the energy needed for Adamawa, he emphasized will deteriorate and create a whole set of other problems that decay development of the state.

“With the lifting of some of the legal constraints, we should be able to navigate our energy path better and resolve the issues, even if gradually,” said Bugaje.

He urged government to facilitate the private sector to establish industries especially pharmaceutical, lamenting how the northeast being the only zone in the country doesn’t have drugs manufacturing firm.

Bugaje noted with concern that in the 21st century, Adamawa and other states in the north still carry live cattle to the southern part of the country, “literally taking jobs and revenue to the South.”

He added that the modern meat factory is based on zero wastage as all parts of the cattle are important to drive the economy around better and urged the government to prioritize the sector.

Dr Bugaje stressed that real and sustainable development cannot happen without a change in mind set and therefore called on Adamawa people to learn how to get things better.

He enumerated capacity deficit in government personnel, capital to drive investments, energy to fire the industries, security and political culture are factors need to be addressed to improve good governance.

The Pre Inuaguration Lecture was attended by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Deputy Governor Chief Crowther Seth and Deputy Governor-elect Professor Kaletapwa Farauta.

Others were Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Malam Bashiru Ahmad, Co-chairman of Inauguration Committee Barrister Auwal Tukur and State Chairman of PDP Barrister Tahir Shehu among others.

Highlight of the event was question and answer session.

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June 12: ALGON Chairman, Jauro Appreciates Gov Kefas For Transparent Governance 




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By Our Reporter

The Executive Chairman of Jalingo Local Government Council and ALGON Chairman in Taraba State, Animu Jauro Hassan on behalf of the council extended their heartfelt congratulations to Governor Agbu Kefas on the occasion of Democracy Day.

In a statement signed and released to newsmen in Jalingo on Wednesday, Hassan said the leadership of Governor Kefas has been a beacon of hope and progress for the people of the state.

He maintained that Kefas’s commitment to democracy and the well-being of his people has brought about significant advancements in various sectors, fostering growth and development across the state.

The statement continues to say “As we celebrate Democracy Day, we reflect on the values of freedom, justice, and equality that underpin our society.

“Your dedication to upholding these values through transparent governance, inclusive policies, and community-driven initiatives is commendable and inspiring,” it praised Kefas.

According to the statement, under Governor Kefas’s stewardship, Taraba State has witnessed remarkable achievements in education, healthcare, infrastructure, and economic development. 

Additionally, the statement noted that Kefas’s vision for a prosperous and harmonious state has galvanized efforts toward sustainable development and improved the quality of life for all citizens.

“On this day, we honor not only the spirit of democracy but also visionary leaders like you who work tirelessly to ensure that democracy thrives in our beloved state. 

“May your tenure continue to bring peace, prosperity, and progress to Taraba State, and may your leadership serve as a model for democratic governance across Nigeria,” it prayed for the Governor.

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CCNE Congratulates President Tinubu, Urges Him To Improve On Security, Economy 




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By Sani Yarima 

The Concerned Citizens of the North East (CCNE) has extended its warm congratulations to President Bola Tinubu on his first anniversary in office. 

This milestone marks a significant point in Nigeria’s democratic journey, and the CCNE commends the President for his leadership thus far.

In a statement issued by Lawrence Bilal Audu, Director of Corporate Communications, the CCNE urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) government to intensify efforts in addressing the pressing issues of bad governance in local government areas.

The organization emphasized the need for the government to prioritize the welfare and well-being of citizens at the grassroots level, ensuring that the dividends of democracy are equitably distributed.

The CCNE also called on the government to redouble its efforts in tackling the challenges of security and economic development. 

The organization stressed that the nation’s progress is contingent upon the safety and prosperity of its citizens and implored the government to implement policies and programs that promote sustainable economic growth and ensure the security of lives and properties.

Expressing optimism in the Tinubu-led APC government’s ability to overcome current challenges, the CCNE believes that with renewed commitment and dedication, Nigeria can be propelled towards a brighter future. 

The organization once again congratulated President Tinubu on this milestone and looks forward to seeing more progress in the years ahead.

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Kurmi LGC Boss Urges Ethnic Groups To Embrace Peace, Assures Ending Conflict In Taraba




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By Alexander Akumaior

The two warring tribes, Ichen and Chamba Dakka in Bissaula, Kurmi Local Government Area of Taraba State, have been advised to let go of bitterness and embrace each other for the sake of peace and development.

The Chairman of Kurmi Local Government Council, Moses Maihankali advised in an interview in Jalingo. 

He said the reconciliation process is ongoing to bring the two warring parties together to foster permanent peace and stability in the community. 

Maihankali stated that his administration is committed to supporting Governor Agbu Kefes’s five-point agenda to ensure the peace and security of the citizens.

The chairman said that even though he inherited the long-standing communal crises, he assured that he would explore all necessary strategies to establish lasting peace and stability between the two tribes. 

He revealed that he had already held separate reconciliatory meetings with the Chamba Dakka and the Ichen communities to discuss the need to reconcile the two ethnic groups for peace and unity. 

Moses Maihankali explained that these discussions have yielded positive results and plans are underway to invite the groups to Baissa to bring both parties together for reconciliation. 

This will be followed by warm receptions and celebrations before facilitating their official relocation to the Bissaula community for the final settlement in their homes.

He noted that following the displacement of people from the community, bandits took advantage of the area to carry out nefarious activities, but said the situation had been brought under control. 

The chairman called on the warring residents to forgive one another and forget the past to complement Governor Agbu Kefes’s peace initiative and allow development to thrive.

It should be recalled that the prolonged crises in Bissaula, which displaced the entire community for about three years, started as a result of the chieftaincy tussle between Ichen and the Chamba Dakka.

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