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Insecurity: Bauchi Govt Donates N10m To Nigerian Army



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.

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.

“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.

“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.

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.



Foundation Trains 50 Women Farmers In Bauchi




A Bauchi based Non Governmental Organisation known as Al-Muhibah Foundation, has conducted a three-day training for 50 women farmers on fonio farming in the state.

The founder of the foundation, Hajiya Aisha Mohammed who is also the wife of Gov. Bala Mohammed, stated this at the end of the training for the women on Sunday.

According to her, the project was funded by the Islamic Development Bank (ISDB) and aimed at empowering women in the area of farming fonio locally called acher.

She explained that 25 women were selected from Alkaleri and 25 from Tafawa Balewa local government areas of the state respectively.

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She said the decision to settle for fonio acher farming training was as a result of its nutritional value, adding that Bauchi state was among the states facing malnutrition problems due to the lack of adequate nutrition diet for children.

“It is on this basis that looking at the nutritional value of Acha fonio, are the opportunities in helping to reduce the cases of or curb severe malnutrition.

“We also key into the Islamic Development Bank policy to learn how to empower women through interventions that improve health, food security, economic opportunities, education, access to technology which would enhance women’s financial literacy and business skills.

“Today, the 50 women farmers have received farming tools, insecticide, fertilisers, farmland, seedlings, capacity building training as well as 20 water pumping machines to each of the two LGAs,” she said.

The governor’s wife further explained that the project was to also ensure that the productivity, sustainability and profitability of the Fonio-Acha value chains were sustained, developed and expanded in the two benefiting LGAs by empowering women groups in the local production of the crop.

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Earlier, the Finance and Administration Officer of the Foundation, Mr Stephen Goyit, explained that ISDB sponsored 70 per cent and Al-Muhibah Foundation sponsored 30 per cent of the project.

He said based on the project design, the 40 water pumping machines and accessories were distributed to the women farmers in a cluster for easy monitoring.

Goyit added that a total sum of N30,000 was given to each of the beneficiaries for feeding and transportation allowances.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Grace Yohana who expressed happiness to have received the training, appreciated Al-Muhibah Foundation for the ‘kind gesture’.

I’m very happy about this intervention. They gave us N30,000, we learned many things about fonio farming and the state Ministry of Agriculture has also promised to give each of us one bag of fertilizer,” she said.

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Pastor Adeboye Reveals How God Will Call Him To Glory




The General overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E. A Adeboye has said if rapture fails to take place soon, he would die on a Sunday after eating pounded yam.

The Man of God, who made the assertion at the ongoing Holy Ghost Congress of the church in Ogun State, said he would die the way one of his uncles died after church service.

Recounting how the uncle died, Adeboye said he was in the house after dancing during a church service and gave up the ghost without being sick.

He said the uncle died inside a toilet while the wife was preparing his meal.

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“After she finished pounding the yam, she knocked at the door of the toilet, when they opened the door, my uncle was gone; no sickness, no ache, no pain.

“I know somebody will say if we are never sick, how are we going to die and go to heaven? You don’t need to be sick to go to heaven”.

“If the Lord tarries His coming, I will go on a Sunday after a good meal of pounded yam,” he said.

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Company To Pay Nigeria £20m In Compensation Over Judgement Debt Suit




A Court in the United Kingdom has ordered Process & Industrial Developments (P&ID) Limited to pay Nigeria £20 million in damages and compensation following its victory in a $11 billion judgment debt heard in October, 2023.

The court ordered that the money be given to Nigeria within the next 28 days.

The award of £20 million in damages was revealed during a subsequent ruling on the subject in London to determine what happened after the October ruling.

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Reports said the hearing was also held to determine whether P&ID would be granted permission to appeal the decision, however, the court denied P&ID’s request to remand the case to arbitration.

It contended that the company’s conduct during the process was heinous, thus the judgment.

Nigeria had sued P&ID for at least £20 million in damages and legal fees but obtained significant relief in October when the UK court released it from entanglement in the $11 billion judgment debt previously issued in favour of P&ID Limited.

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In the lawsuit between the Federal Government of Nigeria and P&ID, Justice Robin Knowles of the Commercial Courts of England and Wales affirmed Nigeria’s claim that the gas processing contract was obtained by fraud.

In the judgment delivered after five years of legal battle, Judge Knowles said: “In the circumstances and the reasons I have sought to describe and explain, Nigeria succeeds on its challenge under section 68. I have not accepted all of Nigeria’s allegations. But the awards were obtained by fraud and the way they were procured was contrary to public policy.”

Recall that P&ID was contracted by Nigeria in 2010 to build a gas processing plant in Calabar, Cross River State, in the country’s south but the deal fell through because the Nigerian government did not keep its half of the bargain.

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