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Insecurity: Bauchi Govt Donates N10m To Nigerian Army

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Governor Bala Mohammad of Bauchi State on Saturday, February 29 donated the sum of N10 million naira to the Nigeria Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), Shadawanka Barracks, Bauchi.

Mohammad made the pledge during the ‘End of Year 2019 West Africa Social Activities’ (WASA) of 33 Artillery Brigade, Shadawanka Barracks, Bauchi.

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The governor who appreciated the efforts of the Nigeria Army and other security agencies toward ensuring peace and making Bauchi a non threat state, said the donation was to encourage soldiers to fight insurgencies knowing that their women folks would continue to support their course.

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“In order to add support to our women folks and children in the barrack, on behalf of myself and the government of Bauchi State, appreciate the role played by NAOWA and all the barrack Community.

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“We are therefore intending with our empowerment programme, donating the sum of N10 million to NAOWA, so that the barrack community will be empowered to make sure that our soldiers are going to fight the insurgents outside with their eyes closed and knowing that their women folks would continue to support them,” Mohammad said.

The governor further pledged to give the required logistic support to the force in the state so as to enable them perform optimally in the discharge of their duties.

Earlier speaking, Commander, 33 Brigade Artillery, Brig Gen:- Michael Durowaiye, Said the event was to mark the end of 2019 training year and to usher the troops into the new training year of 2020.

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He said it was also for the officers to celebrate with their families and friends in the larger society, having succeeded in achieving the goals of the previous year.

He added that the social event was also to energize the troops and give them morale to accomplish the training goals of the current year.

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“The event is also aimed at appreciating the rich and diverse culture of Nigeria among the troops and our families within the Barracks.

“It is equally designed to bring families of officers and soldiers and our friends from larger society together in an informal setting to mark the end of the training year,” he said.

Also speaking, Gen. Officer Commanding, 3 Division, Jos, Maj Gen:- Nuhu Ambazo, said the approach for the year 2020 would be pragmatic and operation oriented.

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He also said that despite the numerous security challenges, the Nigeria Army would continue to strive and live up to its expectations.

“Our troops had been trained and admonished and are ready to remain law abiding and professional in the discharge of our constitutional role,” he assured.

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Other activities that graced the occasion included: Cultural dancing performed by Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Tiv cultural groups.

Others include; Thug of War competition between the female Nigeria Army, Bauchi and National Youth Service Corps members serving in the barrack and also between the male Nigeria Army Officers and officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Bauchi.

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Ex-CAN President Onaiyekan, Cleric Bag Honorary Degrees

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A former national president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Cardinal John Onaiyekan and the Archbishop of Abuja catholic diocese, Ignatius Kaigama, will be honored with honorary doctorate degrees by an Abuja-based Catholic institution, Veritas University, on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Rev. Fr. Professor Hyacinth Ichoku, made this known in a briefing with selected journalists in Abuja.

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Speaking on Thursday ahead of the convocation ceremony of the university, the don also noted that four countries had indicated interest to send their students to Nigeria to study pontifical degrees in the theology of philosophy.

The development follows approval by the Congregation for Catholic Education in the Vertical City Rome, Italy, to Veritas University Abuja to establish Pontifical Faculty.

The countries are Burkina Faso, Mali, Ivory Coast and India.

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Professor Ichoku said only two countries including Nigeria and Nairobi run the pontifical degree which necessitated the influx of foreign students to Nigeria.

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“For the first time, the university will be honoring prominent Nigerians such as the former CAN president, cardinal John Onaiyekan and the archbishop of Abuja diocese, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama.

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‘’Veritas University has been granted the faculty to run Pontification degrees in theology and philosophy by the Congregation of Catholic Education in the Vertical City, Rome. That is in addition to National Universities Commission-approved programmes in theology and philosophy. As a Catholic University to be granted the power of the faculty to run these programmes is the height of our development and in Africa; there are just two granted such faculty, which are, the Catholic University of East Africa, Nairobi and Veritas University in Abuja. It is an exceptional privilege for us,’’ Professor Ichoku stated.

Professor Ichoku said the university would be awarding first-class degrees to 28 students who had distinguished themselves in character and learning.

He noted that the minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola would be delivering the convocation lecture.

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NACCIMA, Nigeria’s Road To Prosperity – SDP Presidential Candidate, Adebayo

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The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Prince Adewole Adebayo, has said that the road to prosperity in Nigeria is through The Nigeria Association of Chambers and Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).

Adebayo who spoke at the 4th quarterly meeting of NACCIMA in Enugu assured that the SDP, if elected into power, would not be a lawbreaker government but a law abiding.

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He added that one of the difficulties facing the industry is that government does not respect contracts.

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He posited that times have changed because in the past before government presents the country’s budget, captains of industries are always consulted, and the government doesn’t take decisions without considering the effects.

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Adebayo driving his point and acknowledging the importance of NACCIMA said ‘In the past when you see presidential candidate, governorship candidate, senatorial candidate, you in NACCIMA will say he’s my boy, he use to work for me, he’s a good boy.

He added that Nigeria must return to such lifestyle, because the road to prosperity in Nigeria is through NACCIMA.

 

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True Federalism: Expert Wants NULGE Join CSOs, Others For Constitutional Amendment

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Professor Festus Imuetinyan, federal Commissioner, Federal Character Commission, Abuja has called on the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) to join hands with other unions and civil society organizations working for the amendment of the nation’s constitution to make the constitution truly federal.

Imuetinyan made the call on Wednesday in Benin City at the Edo State chapter of NULGE 2022 week celebration with the theme,”Sustaining an autonomous local government as a catalyst for national development: The role of NULGE”.

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The university don opined that local governments will only become catalyst for national development when they are put in firm control over local affairs as well as encourage the emergency of local solutions to local problems.

He advocated that the local government matters must be removed from the national constitution and placed within the purview of the states to save them from the challenge of forced uniformity in the face of endemic diversity of local problems.

He added that NULGE, as the major trade union in the local government system in Nigeria, has a duty to ensure that the present unified local government system which is unwieldy is jettisoned.

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“Unfortunately, many local government staff are beneficiaries of the present system and do not see any urgent need for changes.

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“Your members are the ones that are made sole administrators when elected council heads are illegally sacked by state governments. Many enjoy posting to areas that they are not conversant with the custom and tradition of the people whose problems they are called upon to solve.

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“Others are promoted in the face of inadequate utilization of available resources to manage waste and protect public utilities within their jurisdictions.

“It is often alleged that many of your members extort money from members of the public and that they enrich themselves at the expense of the development of the communities”, he said.

He further opined that the present local government system is not patterned to achieve any developmental goal rather than a smooth vehicle for the transfer of centrally collected funds to the pockets of States’ political elites.

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Imuetinyan emphasized that the 1999 Constitution makes it possible for state governments to cripple Local Government Councils financially by routing the amount of money standing to the credit of Local governments in the Federation Account (FA) through a joint State Local Government Account rather than directly to local councils.

He asserted that the arrangement adversely affects the fiscal autonomy and viability of most local governments.

According to him, some state governors make inexplicable deductions or unduly delay the release of funds from the joint accounts to local government chief executives.

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“Local government chairmen are bullied by state governors to surrender much of their statutory allocations under duress. When they fail; they find other ways to replace them with caretaker committees of selected loyalists.

“Expenditure and project discretion had become a thing of the past. Most states expect their Local governments to seek and obtain permission to embark on projects. Local government projects are inspected periodically by officials of state governments.

“More financial load has been placed on Local governments’ share of the Federation Account. For example, funds for primary school teachers’ salaries and pension charges are now charged centrally to the Local governments.

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“The central deductions at source of these charges and several other unfunded mandates in environmental and social spending by the State Governments tend to leave many Local Governments with little funds.

“And unfortunately, many Local governments especially those in the rural areas have limited access to productive tax bases”, he added.

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