President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja Monday for Niamey, Niger Republic to participate in the Fifty-Seventh Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government. The one-day summit will deliberate on the Special Report on COVID-19 to be presented by President Buhari who was appointed the ECOWAS Champion on the Fight against COVID-19 during the Extraordinary Virtual Summit of ECOWAS on April 23, 2020. As a Champion, the Nigerian leader was expected to coordinate the sub-regional response against the pandemic. In furtherance of that objective, under the supervision of the Champion, Nigerian Ministers of Health, Aviation and Finance were appointed Chairpersons of the Ministerial Coordination Committees on Health; Transport, Logistics and Trade; and Finance respectively. The Summit will also receive a Special Report on the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme to be presented by President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone and Chair of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ), and President Alassane Ouattara, who is Chair of the West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU/UEMOA). The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean Claude Kassi Brou will present to the West African leaders, the 2020 Interim Report on activities of the sub-regional body including ECOWAS Vision 2050. The alarming rise in incidents of terrorism, insurgency, armed banditry and piracy will also come under focus, while the disruption of the democratic process by the military in Mali, will receive further attention. Similarly, in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Niger where parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled for this year, the imperative to strengthen democracy in the sub-region by respecting constitutional provisions, rule of law and outcomes of free and fair polls, will be emphasised. President Buhari, who will be accompanied to the Summit by ministers and other top government officials, will return to Abuja after the meeting.
The statement was made available yesterday by Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity.
President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja joined ECOWAS Heads of State and Governments in a virtual meeting, charging the military junta in Mali to set an acceptable time table for return to democratic government, since the country cannot afford to stand alone in the sub-region.
In his remarks at the third Extraordinary Summit of ECOWAS on the socio-political crisis in Mali, President Buhari said from the briefings presented by the Special Envoy, former President Goodluck Jonathan, it was clear that the regional body’s engagements with the new military leadership in Mali were yet to achieve the desired results in several key areas.
“I am, however, personally happy to hear of the release from detention of the former President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who is reported to be in good condition. The disposition of the new leadership to free the remaining senior officials is noted as this should contribute to the renewed sense of belonging to the Malian people.
“With regards to other areas being negotiated, Nigeria believes that the people of Mali and the military leaders need to appreciate the fragility of their country and the imminent danger which it poses to the citizens of Mali as well as the ECOWAS sub-region, “the President said.
He added that the military leadership should be flexible in negotiations by putting the interest of all Malians and the harmony of the sub-region into consideration.
“For the people of Mali, specifically the leadership, embracing Democracy and Good Governance is crucial to the country’s political stability. Mali cannot therefore afford to stand alone, hence the need to come to terms with the realities of an acceptable and workable transition compact that inspires the confidence of all Malians.
“Meanwhile, I urge the military leadership to consider: the immediate release of all the remaining senior Government officials in detention, without pre-conditions; a transition process, to be completed in not more than 12 months, and which shall include the representatives of Malian stakeholders.
“This is a critical consideration for the new government to enjoy the cooperation and collaboration of regional and international community, and to allow the easing of sanctions imposed on Mali.’’
President Buhari also emphasized the need for Mali’s Constitutional Court to work hand in hand with all the Malian stakeholders to ensure an early and hitch-free return to a democratic government through free, fair and inclusive election.
According to the President, “In this connection Nigeria will, alongside ECOWAS, provide necessary logistics support to facilitate the conduct of elections to re-establish democratic governance in Mali.
“As I conclude this intervention, let me thank once again, the Mediator, Dr Jonathan, as well as my colleagues in the sub-region, who have continued to demonstrate sincere commitment to the resolution of this crisis. Nigeria stands in solidarity with the good people of Mali.’’
President Buhari commended the Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic for convening the Extraordinary Summit.
The President also condoled with Alassane Ouattara, President of Cote D’ivoire, on the loss of a close aide, Mamadi Diane.
Among Declarations of the Summit adopted by ECOWAS leaders were that the transition government in Mali must be led by civilians, and that the return to constitutional order should be concluded within 12 months.
Malian military was also encouraged to focus on securing the country, faced with severe security threats from its northern part, instead of an incursion into governance.
The statement was made available by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, today August 28, 2020.
Najeeb Sani, a correspondent with the Blueprint newspapers and the Financial Secretary of the National Union of Journalists Bauchi State Chapter, has declared interest to contest for the Bauchi Local Government Chairmanship position under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the forthcoming polls in the state.
Najeeb made the declaration on Tuesday when he picked the Chairmanship nomination form for Bauchi Local Government Council.
In a press statement issued to reporters in Bauchi, the young journalist said his decision to contest for the chairmanship position is to carry the not too young to run cross. Where he said: “I wish to inform you that I have purchased a form to run for Bauchi Local Government Chairmanship in the forthcoming 17th October, 2020 Election.”
Where he pointed rightly that it is high time for the youth to take their destiny into their own hands.
“We should not only advocate youth involvement in governance but should be bold enough to run for elective offices. And I decided to join one of the major parties. I am contesting under the platform of the APC. I solicit your support and prayers”, the statement read in part.
According to him, many people who contest for local governments offices in the country are not well enlightened and do not know what leadership is all about emphasizing that local governments are important tiers of government that need people with ideas to lead them.
He commended governor Bala Mohammed for deeming it fit to conduct local governments elections considering that the last LG Elections in Bauchi State was conducted in 2008.
Sani, condemned the practice of appointing caretakers to rule over the Local Government and urged Governor Bala to insure that the polls is not to rigged in favour of his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The Plateau State House of Assembly Suspended the local Government Chairmen of Kanam and Quaanpan LGA for the Period of three months.
Daily Watch Press, gathered that the suspension of the two Chairmen, Alh. Abbas Wakdung and Hon. Chief Isaac Kyale Kwallu is connected with a perceived insubordination to the Governor of Plateau State, Barr. Simon Bako Lalong.
As the case of Qua’an-pan Local Government Council Chairman, Mr. Isaac is remotely connected to the Plateau Southern Senatorial By-Election, in which the Chairman is one of the leading aspirant and not the anointed candidate of the State Governor.
As for Hon. Wokdung, our source said, it is clearly connected to two major issues, the issue of Clerk of the Kanam Local Government Council and the issue of the 5% deduction with respect of the Plateau State University, Bokkos, for which the Chairman has not been cooperating.
All attempt by Daily Watch Press to speak with the two Chairmen has not yielded any result so far.
Daily Watch Press gathered that an aspirant in the just-ended New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary primaries at Assin North constituency has gone back for all the bicycles he donated to delegates after an embarrassing defeat.
Mr. Eric Amankwa Blay had shared 250 bicycles to delegates prior to the election to each of the polling stations in the constituency.
Although he campaigned vigorously across the length and breadth of the constituency, his performance was abysmal when the final results were announced on Saturday.
He secured 44 votes as against the incumbent MP Abena Duruwa Mensah who polled 389 votes.
Obviously disappointed, the results made Mr Blay and his supporters stormed into various houses of delegates across the constituency to retrieve the bicycles shared among party members to cast the ballots in his favour.
The defeated aspirant who spoke to Adom News’ Alfred Amoh said the motive behind the distribution of the bicycles was for campaign purposes.
According to him, the unit cost of the bicycle is ¢300. Apart from the bicycles, Mr Blay claims to have shared ¢200 and ¢500 to each delegate and constituency executives to endorse his candidature but failed to do so.
“I’m not taking back the money but as for the bicycles, I need them back,” he said.
Some party delegates and polling station executives who have their bicycles taken back said they were very disappointed.
It is indeed with great pleasure and sincere intention I have decided to put these notes. Let’s not throw the baby with a bath water, we also shouldn’t get carried away by the mere fact that the APC led government of M. A Abubakar failed administration were chased out of the coat simply because they’ve lost focus to such an extent that it took the administration one term (one chance) due to grossed inability without accomplishing a 4KM Bauchi township road project, from Railway to CBN Roundabout. Despite, huge amounts of taxpayers money squandered.
Another knocked on the skull is the inability of the administration to fulfilled a singular electioneering promise out of the myriad of promises it made to the people, such as LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION, JOB CREATION, etc. An occasion that led majority of the state citizens into an abject poverty, enormous hunger, and unquenchable thirst for common democratic dividends like, township road projects.
Need less to say therefore, that any serendipitous bulldozed effort and move by the successor, Governor Sen. Bala Muhammed to complete and accomplished those projects within it’s one year period is conspicuously a matter of captivating attention of the state electorates, who are in a dear and desperate thirst and hunger of township road projects as said earlier.
Moreover, we shouldn’t be carried away by the mere fact that one year good record is all enough to take us home and dry! No, many more is still expected from the government that made lot more electioneering campaign promises which among them are:
SKY ROCKETED SALARY FIGURE: Sen. Bala Muhammad during the 2019 campaigns period accused his predecessor, the chased away M. A Abubakar (One Chance) of inflating the figure of the actual state payroll from N3.6 Billion to well accrued N5.7 Billion, but, surprisingly, in his (Kaura) interview with CHANNELS TV on the occasion of his hundred days into the government of Bauchi State, the incumbent was reported to have said that the amount was shot overzealously from what he has disputed in the past to an outrageous N7.5 Billion, the revelation left many right thinking citizens of Bauchi State into a doll drums.
Your Excellency, we need a critically and proper explanation as to what happened. How do we come about an additional N2.5 Billion? Is there crack’s? How do we get out of this cracks? Did you inherit an organised arrangements/employment from the previous administration?
Accretion to such an accrued figure sincerely speaking we can’t holds on to that till 2023.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION: I would be correct to say that Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammad promised during campaigns to conduct a credible local government election every quarter as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
Your Excellency, where are we in respect of the said Local Government Councils Elections in Bauchi State at the moment?
Now that there is assented Presidential order which gave a special recognition to States Legislature and Judiciary. Where do we stand on Local government autonomy?
As we have it in reports that the almighty Governor’s Forum have strongly condemned the autonomy of the legislature and judiciary in its entirety, my governor do you also share their views on that?
The President Executive Order No 10 is highly celebrated by many progressive minded individuals and I hope your stands on the matter is best on the question of public interest.
SETTLEMENT OF BACKLOG OF GRATUITIES AND OTHER ENTITLEMENT:
It is with candor, strong disapproval and revulsion that I want to address the plethora of publications, advertorials and exchanges that have been going on in respect of settlement of pension and gratuities and other.
ENTITLEMENTS: Looking at approved monthly amount of N100 Million, one would be forced to ask how many people are going to benefit from these figure?
We are not saying anything here, as the key to success in leadership include, but are not limited to, the ability of leaders to open communication channels and rally support among stakeholders.
Character is a cocktail in the success drive of leaders by keeping promises to the electorate, stakeholders and political interest groups.
Remember we would hold you rightly into your words come what may in 2023.
Just a tip of an iced bag!!!
By: ALIYU SHEHU, State Organizing Secretary, PRP Bauchi State Chapter.
Can be reached through, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 15/06/2020.
The People Who Shared The Money Abacha Left Are Still Alive And Untouchable – Major Al-Mustapha – Daily Watch Press
The former Chief Security Officer to late Gen. Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha had claimed in an interview he granted to the Hausa service of the BBC, that the people who shared the Money Abacha left are still alive but they are now untouchable, while he (Abacha) is being ridiculed.
In his word the Major said:
“I am surprised by the way Abacha is being blackmailed. I am surprised because when he assumed leadership, Nigeria had less than $2 Billion in the Foreign Reserve, He Said
But within four years and eight months, he raised it to over $9 Billion. After his death, all the Billions vanished in nine months. “
“The person that raised Nigeria’s image and enhanced security is now the subject of insult. But those who shared the money he left are still alive and untouchable,” Al-Mustapha concluded.
The June 12 And The 21 Years of Uninterrupted Democracy In Nigeria
Today we are privilege to mark the longest period of unbroken democracy and peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected government to another in Nigeria.
We are all involved in close quarters in struggle to keep one Nigeria, we therefore can do no more than dedicate the rest of our life for the unity of Nigeria and upliftment of Nigeria. Thus far we Nigerians can be proud of our history since independence in 1960.
Admittedly, the challenges of Covid-19, kidnappings and banditry still remain in some rural areas.
As a people, we are and have to be determine and focused to the numerous overlapping approaches, processes to community development and engagement centered on relationship at the core of facilitating understanding and evaluation, involvement, exchange of information and opinions, about a concept, issue or project with the aim of building social capital and enhancing social outcomes through decision making.
Community capacity building and women self help focusing on helping communities obtain strength and maintain the ability to set and achieve their own development objective.
We will enhance asset-base community development, community base participatory research to find out their problems.
Community organizing and participatory planning including community planning as a rural development researcher.
Happy democracy day Dengi constituency, plateau and Nigeria.
By: Comrade N. D Shehu Kanam, Senior Legislative Aide to Senator Hezekiah Dimka (APC), Plateau Central.