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Summit Calls For Electoral Accountability, Democratic Stability In Nigeria 

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By Shindong Bala, Kaduna

There was a consensus by participants in a Kaduna Summit on the need for strict adherence to the rule of law and Democratic principles to achieve Electoral Accountability and Democratic stability in Nigeria.

These were some of the submissions by the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Dr. Mathew Hassan Kukah, Former Military Governor of Rivers State, General Zamani Lekwot, Senator Shehu Sani, and Gloria Ballason, Chief Executive Officer House of Justice while speaking at the Eighth House of Justice Summit held in Kaduna State.

In his presentation, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah argued that Nigeria should be focused on the present political and economic situation of things to shape the future.

He observed that there was a new consciousness that was emerging in the country which the Federal Government must build on, by ensuring dispensation of justice without fear or favour.

Also in a Presentation, General Zamani Lekwot (Rtd) called on President Ahmed Bola Tinubu to initiate an electoral reform program that will correct the mistakes that were made in the past and also chat ways forward for the nation.

He emphasized that democratic stability cannot be achieved without equity, justice, and respect for the votes of the people.

Ms. Gloria Ballason of the House of Justice Kaduna said the organization will always consider contemporary issues in the country and the continent as a whole.

She added that it will also create platforms not just for the problems to be discussed but for solutions to be found.

Ballason expressed disappointment in the last election where she alleged that INEC failed to respect its own rules when the commission promised to ensure credible elections through the use of the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) to reveal results in real-time on the IREV portal.

Ms. Gloria Ballason whose speech focused more on the judiciary, noted that Nigeria’s laws must be allowed to speak a consistent language to enable it to work for everyone rather than the danger of treating the Constitution as a list of suggestions.

She, however, expressed appreciation to all who graced the event especially the Keynote Speaker, Most Reverend Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Chairman, Senator Shehu Sani, the Special Guest of Honour, Hon. Justice K.B. Akaahs.

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Kushi Hosts Media Parley, Reaffirms Fintiri’s Commitment To Achieving Sets Target

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A media parley which bought about stakeholders and press men in the media industry was held in Yola, the capital city of Adamawa State.

The event which took place at command guest house was organized by the Principal Special Assistant to the Governor of Adamawa State on media and communications, Mr George Kushi.

Kushi while delivering his speech informed that the idea of the parley was a way to keeping the press and the populace abreast with current activities of government.

He stresses that contrary to the assumed notion that governors who have won elections for the second time renege on promises of embarking on projects, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has proved them wrong by continuing with the implementation of numerous like impacting project to achieve the set target.

Kushi enumerated construction of the super highway, the road links at Bajabure, payment of gratuities, empowerment programmes, remodelling of the shopping complex, payment of Senior Secondary School final year exams fees amongst many projects that have direct bearing on the common man

In his remarks at the event, the Chief of Staff Government House, Yola, Dr Edgar Amos who was represented by Dr Adamu Babikoi, special adviser to the governor on good governance enumerated more achievements recorded by the Fintiri led administration.

On her part, the state commissioner for information and strategy, Hon Neido Geoffrey gave the assurance of open doors on the part of government to always provide answers to any questions the media and the public might need to know.

The special adviser to the governor on communications and strategy, Dr John Ngamsa explained government’s role in tackling issues of climate change and the drive towards tackling insecurity as well as the efforts of the Fintiri led administration toward sustainable wealth creation and good governance.

Contributing, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor. Mr Humwashi Wonosikou highlighted more of the government’s poise to achieve its 8 points agenda, he further reveal the intention of governor Fintiri to maintain the pace in developing until every sector is touched where everyone in the state will benefit.

The parley which broke into an interactive session saw journalists asking relevant question and seeking clarifications on so many aspect regarding the administration.

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Flooding: JDPC Yola Diocese Distributes Relief Items To 1,500 Victims In Adamawa

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No fewer than 1,500 victims affected by flooding got assorted items including wash kits, soaps, Jerry cans and other items meant to promote hygiene were distributed by Justice Development Peace Commission (JDPC) Yola Diocese.

Speaking during the distribution of the relief package, on Thursday in the state capital, the director of JDPC Yola diocese, Rev father Morris Kwairanga noted that the items were provided by USAID through IOM.

He said the essence of sharing the package is to ensure that the victims maintain good hygiene to prevent them from contaminating diseases.

He told newsmen that the beneficiaries were drawn from four local governments of Yola South, Yola North, Girei and Numan.

The cleric added that in addition to the items distributed, another component of the project which involved cash transfers will be implemented in the course of time.

“There will be another component of the intervention which is cash transfer. All the beneficiaries here will be disbursed some cash through their banks,” he said.

He said the items are being distributed under strick supervision and control to avoid shortchanging the beneficiaries adding that all the items have been brought forward for onward distribution directly to the beneficiaries.

Kwairanga called on anyone who observed any act of dishonesty during the process or felt shortchanged to report directly to his office so that the complaints will be looked into.

Appreciating the gesture, one of the beneficiaries, Felicia Monday expressed happiness with the intervention saying it will go a long way at ensuring development of hygiene.

She promised to utilize the items for the purpose they were brought urging other beneficiaries to also utilize the items judiciously.

Also speaking, the village head of Gwadabawa, Inuwa Hamman thanked the donors for the unparalleled gesture.

Hamman who vouched for the integrity of process involved in screening the beneficiaries said all the critical stakeholders were carried along to ensure only victims were selected.

He called on the beneficiaries to utilize the items judiciously to promote health and hygiene in their communities.

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Eid-el-Fitr: Adamawa Revenue Board Chair, Njabari Felicitates With Gov Fintiri, Muslims

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The chairman Adamawa State Revenue Board, Hamman Adama Njabari has congratulated Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and Muslim faithful in the state on the occasion of the 2024 Eid-el-Fitr, marking the end of the Ramadan fast.

Njabari, in his Sallah message made available to this platform, urged Adamawa people, especially Muslim faithful, to continue devoting themselves to prayers for unity, peaceful coexistence, and the progress of the state.

“I congratulate all Muslim Ummah for the successful completion of the fast in the holy month of Ramadan and Eid-el-Fitr celebration, ” he said

He called on people to continue keeping faith with the leadership of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, assuring that the state would continue to witness the type of greatness desired by citizens.

Njabari acknowledged that the efforts of the Governor Umaru Fintiri led administration to improving the revenue are yielding results, and advised people to pay taxes as and when due for the progrees of Adamawa.

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