Bauchi Governor Lauds FG’s Social Investment Programme

The Executive Governor of Bauchi State, Sen. Bala Mohammed, Wednesday, defied partisan politics to laud the social Investment Programmes of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Governor Mohammed, who was elected under the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), acknowledged that the SIPs are meeting the needs of the ordinary Nigerians.

The Governor stated this while appearing as a guest on Channels Television ‘Sunrise Daily.’

In his words, he said, “The social investment programme is working and I am very happy with it because the N-Power is working. That is the only solace to the graduates where they find some form of employment.”

The Governor who hinted on implementing same programme in his state stressed that with the support of World Bank and multilateral agencies in carefully implementing the schemes in Bauchi State, thousands of young people will be taken out of poverty.

Recall that the President Buhari’s administration established the National Social Investments Programmes (NSIP) in 2016, to tackle poverty and hunger across the country. Since its implementation, the scheme has benefited over 42 million Nigerians – that is, over 12 million direct beneficiaries and about 30 million indirect beneficiaries, comprising family members, employees of beneficiaries, cooks and farmers.

On many occasions, President Muhammadu Buhari, commended the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, for his work in driving the impactful National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP) of this administration. The N-SIP has been described as the largest social investment programme in sub-Saharan Africa and the largest social welfare scheme in the history of this country.

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Bauchi Agog As Osinbajo Commissions Projects, MSME Centre

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday was in Bauchi, Northern Nigeria to commission projects built and completed by Governor Mohammed Abubakar.

Amongst other projects commissioned, the Vice President visited Barra, in Ningi Local Government Area of the state where he commissioned an electrification project that will power 22 villages in the environs.

He was accompanied by Governor Abubakar who stated that the contract for the project was awarded at the cost of N589.79 million.
Also present was Federal Inland Revenue Chairman, Mr. Babtunde Fowler.

Giving the vote of thanks, the Emir of Ningi, Alh Yunusa Danyaya, commended the federal and state governments for citing various projects in the area.
Danyaya called for the creation of Burra Local Government Area out of the present Ningi Local Government Area of the state.
He also called on the Federal Government to allocate more projects to the area, considering its high population.

The Vice President who was overwhelmed by the outpouring of joy and support from the Emir and people of Bauchi also commissioned a shared facility for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) and the Bauchi State Health Contributory scheme.

He also had his unique Family Chat in the home of Muhammed Musa Usman, one of the outstanding MSMEs entrepreneurs identified during the MSME Clinic organized in Bauchi State in October 2018.

During his chat, he lauded Mr. Usman who previously was a scrap collector, now makes Suya grilling machines from scrap metals.

He also makes belts and shoes using abandoned tires. He currently employs seven people on his books and is looking to expand his business to further support his community.

The Vice President assured the people of Bauchi that President Muhammadu Buhari will make good his promise on making Nigeria a better place for all.

He said the Federal Government will continue its people-oriented policies and will ensure that Nigeria works for Nigerians.

The visit coincides with a dusk to dawn curfew imposed on four communities located on the outskirts of Bauchi metropolis following breach of the peace in those areas.

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Bauchi Gov Accepts Defeat, Congratulates Bala Mohammed

Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, has accepted defeat and congratulatrd Sen. Bala Mohammed, winner of the governorship election in the state.

A congratulatory message signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Strategy , Mallam Ali M. Ali, and made available to newsmen in Bauchi Monday night, the governor said, “I congratulate my brother, Sen Bala on this victory at the polls”.

According to him, “I am delighted to note that in-spite of the intensity of the campaigns in our dear state, a peaceful election took place without bloodshed.”

He invited the governor-elect to join him in working out the process of a smooth transition.

Governor Abubakar added that “I sincerely thank the entire people of Bauchi state for their support to my administration and urge them to extend the same to the incoming administration.

“I also urge governor-elect to caution his supporters to be law abiding while celebrating since the period of campaign is now over”, he said.

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INEC To Conclude Collation In Bauchi State

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it has approved the resumption and conclusion of the collation of results of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area in relation to the governorship and state constituency elections in Bauchi State.

The Commission in a statement said after due consideration of the report submitted by the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Bauchi State on the disruption of the collation process at the Tafawa Balewa collation centre which led to the cancelation of results for the entire local government, a committee was set up.

INEC said from the findings of the committee, it was observed that the results of seven out of 11 registration areas for the governorship and six out of 11 for state assembly elections were affected.

The statement said the investigation committee in its report established that the result in polling units and registration areas are available and in safe custody, noting that the number of cancelled votes for the four polling units in Ningi Local Government Area which was recorded as 25,330 in form EC40g (1) was incorrect, bringing the actual figure to 2,533.

INEC, therefore, decided that the error in the total number of cancelled votes in four polling units in Ningi Local Government Area should be corrected from 25,330 to 2,533 and consequently appealed to all stakeholders for continuous support and understanding.

The Commission also announced the appointment of a new collation and returning officer for Tafawa Balewa Local Government to continue and conclude the collation process in place of the original collation officer who withdrew from the exercise citing threats to her life and those of her family members, adding the collation process for the local government will resume on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

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APC’s Victory In Katsina, Kwara And Bauchi By-elections, A Divine Instruction To PDP – Eze

Last Saturday’s Federal House of Representatives by-elections held in Katsina, Kwara and Bauchi States have been described as an indicator to the popular acceptance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the rejection of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by Nigerians.

Making the analogy in a statement issued and circulated in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital on Thursday, a chieftain of the APC in the State, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, also pointed out that the outcome of the by-elections was a parable to the duo of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, that their political reign had come to an end.

Eze, who is also a former ally of the duo National Assembly leaders, noted that the by-elections, held on the eve of the upcoming general elections, was a divine instruction, intended to emphasize that the APC had come to change Nigeria for good, also to stamp the fact that those who used to determine the destinies of millions of Nigerians negatively will no longer have access to public offices as the people are now free to reject them without consequences.

It would be recalled that the by-elections were held on Saturday, November 17, 2018, in Katsina, Kwara and Bauchi; the home states of President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon Yakubu Dogara respectively and the polls were all cleared by the APC. It would also be recalled that Senator Saraki and Hon Dogara had defected from the APC to the PDP earlier in the year.

“Most importantly the APC success in these states signifies the general acceptance of President Muhammadu Buhari as the true leader of our present generation and eclipse of the political careers of some political heavyweights like the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Barr Yakubu Dogara who recently decamped from the ruling APC to PDP whose notoriety and looting of our common patrimony with impunity led to most of the economic challenges currently facing Nigeria.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) convincingly won the by-election into the Kankiya/Kusada/Ingawa federal constituency seat of Katsina State; Toro Federal Constituency of Bauchi State and that of /lrepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero federal constituency of Kwara State while in Katsina, the APC candidate Abubakar Kusada polled  48,518 votes beating his closest rival, the PDP candidate, Abdussamad Abdullah, who polled 20, 193 votes. APC also through Alhaji Yusuf Nuhu, won the by-election in Toro Federal Constituency of Bauchi having scored a total vote of 22,317 to lead his close rival of the PDP candidate, Alhaji Shehu Buba who polled 18,235 votes to come second. In  Kwara the APC’s candidate Olawuyi scored 21,236 votes to beat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Saheed Alatise who polled 18,095 votes.

“This demonstrates, not minding all the PDP propaganda, that the electorate was still enthusiastic about APC and the President Buhar’s administration. What the people of Bauchi and Kwara have done to both Barr Dogara and Dr Saraki respectively is that they are going to be politically buried come February 2019 and I am sure that both Saraki and Dogara would be politically retired by the good people of Kwara and Bauchi for having poorly represented their people and frustrated most of the good programs of the APC administration”, he said.

He, however, congratulated the people of Katsina, Bauchi and Kwara states for once again demonstrating that there are truly patriotic Nigerians, saying “kudos to the Minster of Information and the current political leader of Kwara State, Lai Mohammed and the entire Kwara people for freeing themselves from Saraki who have enslaved them all these years, mis-mismanaged their economic and political rights over the years.

“I urge Nigerians to continue to support and keep faith with the administration of President Buhari as he is on a divine mission to make Nigeria the great nation that God has destined her to be”.

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Vice President Osinbajo Launches Trader Moni, Holds Msmes Clinic In Bauchi

The focus of the Buhari administration, from the outset, was to empower young people, and ensure that the resources of the country are used for the benefit of all Nigerians instead of a few individuals, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

The Vice President stated this today at the launch of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Clinics in Bauchi.

According to him, “Our focus from the beginning of the administration is that there must be jobs, enough resources for young men and women to be able to do their work and to contribute their quota to Nigeria’s growth.

“That is why the President started the N-Power programme, the Market Moni programme and TraderMoni; that is the reason why the President said that we must have Home-Grown School Feeding programme, to provide opportunities for people.

“President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to Nigeria is that he will not steal Nigeria’s resources, he will use Nigeria’s money for the benefit of Nigerians, that is the pledge he made the day he became President and he has maintained that pledge till now. The determination of our government is to see to it that Nigeria’s resources are used for the benefit of Nigerians.”

Prof. Osinbajo who spoke about several efforts made by the present administration to improve the lot of the people despite earning less said, ” this country can afford to provide for our people that is why we are determined and committed by making sure that we provide for our people everywhere they are, especially the young men and women.”

He said: “For the first time in the history of Nigeria, we are spending 30% of our income on infrastructure. That is why we are able to build the Lagos-Kano railway, the Mambila Hydro project and all of the several roads that we have started building.

“We are spending Nigeria’s money in the right places and we make sure that nobody steals Nigeria’s money.”

He enjoined the people of the state to be committed to the objectives of the Federal Government, which according to him, “is to make sure that we give our people the best possible.”

Aside from the launch of MSMEs clinics, the Vice President also launched the Trader Moni Scheme (the collateral and Interest-free loan scheme for petty traders in Bauchi) and also commissioned the One-Stop Shop for MSMEs in Bauchi and environs.

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Governor Abubakar Wins Bauchi APC Ticket

Governor Muhammed Abdullahi Abubakar has been declared the winner in the just concluded primaries held in Bauchi.

Governor Abdullahi defeated his rivals by a landslide margin after results were collated from all the twenty local governments areas of the state.

The returning officer and chairman of the election committee Bauchi state, Professor Ahmed Bakori Mohammed declared Muhammed Abubakar as the winner of the primaries with a total votes of seventy five thousand and eighty six to beat his closest rival, Dr. Yakubu Lame who polled three thousand nine hundred and eighty eight vote.

Other aspirants, Dr. Ali Pate polled two thousand eight hundred and eighty six while  Captain Bala Jibrin retired got two thousand five hundred and thirty nine.

According to professor Ahmed Bakori Mohammed the total votes cast stood at eighty seven thousand three hundred and twelve while invalid votes stood at one thousand and four  and unused ballot papers also stood at one thousand six hundred and eighty six.

He said Muhammed Abubakar has fulfilled all requirements and is hereby returned elected.

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Bauchi Governor Decries Increase In Drug Abuse

Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar has described drug and substance abuse as worrisome ?considering the criminal dangers it poses to the society.

Governor Abubakar stated this on Wednesday at the official flag-off of Bauchi State Drug Control and Intervention Programme held in Multi Purpose Indoor Sports Hall Bauchi.
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The Governor represented by his Deputy Architect Audu? Sule Katagum, said the present administration has taken the fight against drug abuse is of utmost priority.

He commended the Wife of the Governor for her foresigh?t of coming up with such an initiative.

?The Wife of the state Governor Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed Abubakar said the initiative was being championed by Wives of Northern Governors Forum which she happened to be the Chairperson.
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Chairman of the occasion, also the Vice Chancellor Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Professor Sanminu Abdurrahman represented by Professor Muhammad Ahmad Abdul-Azeez? emphasised the need for all stakeholders to join hand to minimise drug abuse in the state.

State Commander NDLEA, Dr. Ibrahim Abdul? called on philanthropic organisations, NGOs, CSOs, Religious and traditional leaders, to contribute their quarter to fight the menace.

The event was organised by Office of the Wife of the Bauchi State Governor in collaboration with the State Ministry of Social Welfare, Youth and Sports.  ?

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PCNI Commence Free Medical Intervention In Bauchi

Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative?, PCNI, has commenced a five-day free medical intervention in Bauchi State, targeting about five thousand people with different ailments to benefit.
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The free medical outreach ?is being rendered in collaboration with Pro-Health International, West African College of Surgeons and the Bauchi State Government.

Flagging-off the programme at Azare, the Headquarters of Katagum Local Government Area, the State Commissioner for Hea?lth, Dr. Zuwaira Ibrahim Hassan? said the medical outreach was aimed?ed at improving the health care status of people in the state.?

Dr. Zuwaira Hassan explained that people from the neighbouring states of Jigawa, Gombe and Yobe were also benefiting from the intervention.
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She said that the state had provided a conducive working environment and qualified medical workers to support to the medical team for the smooth conduct of the exercise.?

The Executive Director, Pro Health International, Dr. Iko Ibanga said the services being rendered include general consultations, surgeries, gynaecology, paediatric, eye care services among others.

Dr. Ibanga said about 150 Cataract patients were targeted to undergo surgery with a view to correcting their eyesight challenges.

The Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative, PCNI?, had in February 2018 offered the same intervention at Bayara in the Bauchi State capital where more than three thousand people benefited.i

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Bauchi PDP Rejects Result Of Bauchi South Senatorial By-Election

The Bauchi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the outcome of the Bauchi South senatorial district by-election held last Saturday due to what it described as electoral malpractices before, during and after the conduct of the exercise.

The state Chairman of the party, Alhaji Hamza Koshe Akuyam, who made the allegations yesterday at a press conference held at the secretariat of the party in Bauchi, said the party was heading for the tribunal to challenge the result of the election.

He further alleged that the state government connived with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security operatives to perpetrate the electoral malpractices.

While describing the exercise as a “mere charade which must not be allowed to hold,” he  added that “the elections as conducted were the most scandalous ever in the history of Bauchi State in general and Bauchi South in particular.”

He also alleged that the state government perfected a script on the art and science of electoral rigging, which was carefully rehearsed and executed with active connivance of law enforcement agencies and officials of INEC.”

The PDP chairman also alleged that “vote-buying was not only widespread, but was conducted in the open. The APC-led government in the state openly lured citizens with cash for their votes, which were sold for anything between N100, N200, N500, N1, 000 and some cases, N5, 000 per vote.”

He alleged further that “in Bauchi council area for instance, 15,000 votes were cancelled due to the so-called over voting. A card reader malfunctioned after tracking a little over 100 PVCs, the card reader stopped working or is topped up by a few votes and would then be seen as over voting as was the case in Birshi and Mun-Munsal where more than 8, 000 votes were needlessly cancelled.”

While citing other electoral malpractices in four other LGA, the PDP chairman lamented that, “this is the first time in our Democratic history that over 80,000 votes were cancelled in an election where only 256,763 votes were cast. We condemn this charade in strongest terms because it was the hatchet job by INEC and the Bauchi state government to deny PDP victory “.

The PDP also alleged that prior to the by-election, officials of the state government distributed forms to unsuspecting citizens, collected their data including PVC numbers stating that, “we believe in some areas the PVCs were preloaded in the card readers. This explains the massive number of votes recorded especially in Toro local government in spite of the low turnout”.

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Bauchi Bye-Election: Women kiss Ballot Paper, Shout ‘Sai Baba’ Before Casting Vote

Some female voters at a polling unit in Bauchi State caused a stir when each of them kissed ballot papers and shouted “Sai Baba” before casting their vote.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the drama, involving four women, occurred at the veterinary polling unit of Dawaki Ward in Bauchi metropolis.

Their action raised suspicions that the women might have mistaken the Bauchi South Senatorial by-election for the forthcoming general election, which will feature President Muhammadu Buhari as a contestant.

“Sai Baba” is the common phrase used by supporters of President Buhari while campaigning for him.

The women declined to comment when contacted by NAN.

Presiding Officer in charge of the polling unit, Miss Faiza Mohammed, however, told NAN that turnout of women was impressive, with some of them, over-enthusiastic.

“The women are very excited and eager to cast their votes; some of them were kissing their ballot papers and shouting ‘sai Baba’ before casting their votes.

“I do not know which ‘Baba’ they are referring to,” she said.

NAN

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Bauchi Senatorial By- Election: The Rebirth Of Sak And The Game Players, By Abdulmajid Waziri

It is evidently clear that many Nigerians are unhappy with the school of thought that preaches  for voting strictly based on party identification popularly known as SAK  and rubbished all other candidates outside the annoited party no matter how credible they are . Many believed that effective change can only be successful if electorates  shun homogeneous voting since politicians are not attracted to political parties based on established principles or remarkable achievement made by the parties.  It is a quest for comfort zone and where I can easily get what I want.

It is illogical to advocate for anything SAK in a system where party ideology is absent and no standard is present to recruit incoming members of political parties, especially when other factors ; past record,competency, communication and credibility are not properly understood by the propagator.

Since the demise of the finest Bauchi Senator on the 17 March,2018 – Sen Ali Wakili (Allah Yajikan Malam Ali) many politicians have indicated interest to contest for the Bauchi South Senatorial district which comprises of 1944 poling unit across Seven(7) local government of the state. The forerunners in this contest are; Ex-governor Isa Yuguda (GPN), Lawal Yahaya Gumau (APC), Ladan Salihu (PDP), Maryam Begel(SDP) and Hussaini Umar (NNPP).

President Muhammadu Buhari was in Bauchi on Thursday to campaign for his party’s candidate – Lawal Yahaya Gumau. There, the president appealed to the mammoth crowd that graced the campaign rally to vote for Gumau and APC candidates in all  other elections. Many have received the President’s appeal for SAK with shock even though the expectations were not for the President to campaign for the other party but the present nightmare in governance was believed by many Nigerians to have gain grounds due to the president call for SAK voting during the 2015 elections. Many expected a shift from call for SAK voting or even silent on the issue until when the President relaunched this ideology in Bauchi which is likely going to be extended in other campaign rallies for 2019 general elections.

The president was recently reported to have endorsed voting based on credibility and past records, this was however not unconnected with the poor reletionship between the National Assembly and the presidency. Even with the majority, the APC remains voiceless in getting exactly what it wants in the National Assembly. Can voting for SAK make it easy for the president this time around?

Gumau is the present member representing Toro federal constituency in the House of Representative and right man to governor Abubabakar. Many have known him as a silent legislator who hardly talk on the floor of the house though this popular insinuation could hardly influence vote especially  considering  the support he received from the governor and Baba Buhari on last week. The number of votes Mr Gumau will get on August 11th By- election will in extension determined the strength and or weakness of President Buhari’s SAK appeal especially in a state believed to be one of his biggest stronghold.

Ex-governor Yuguda was also screened and cleared by INEC for the senate race, he will be contesting under a new Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), many believed that the party is an underdog party with few members across the state. Malam Isa’s popularity and the human development projects he championed  when he was governor will add value to his contest, he has written his name in gold by executing  many visible project especially in the area of educational development in the state. The performance of a said underdog  party in this contest is important in forecasting the faith of many new parties come 2019 general election. This is also important especially when an important figure identifies with one them.

A veteran journalist com politician and former DG Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria FRCN, Malam Ladan Salihu is another contestant for the Bauchi South Senatorial seat under the PDP. Mr Ladan is to contest under the biggest opposition party in a state with one of the largest supporters of the President. The most interesting part of Malam Ladan Salihu’s contest is that he is the most talk about candidate though from a popular but poorly accepted party in the state. He is the owner of  Alheri Radio and helds from Bauchi central city. Even with the many calls and appeals for electorate not to allow party difference alter  their voting pattern, I don’t think that will help the PDP to regain its momentum especially in the North. The support  for Buhari cannot be easily wiped away from the heart of many Northerners; it’s  for better and for worse and I don’t expect any miracle that could change this ideology in a short time. Many people who have identified with Ladan are not comfortable with his party platform even with his high sense of credibility and popularity.

Barr Hussaini Umar is contesting under the New Nigerian Peoples Party, the fastest growing opposition party in Bauchi. NNPP might be an underdog party elsewhere but never in Bauchi.Hussaini helds from Toro LGA same local government with Gumau- The President’s candidate.  The leadership of NNPP in Bauchi have sufficiently labored and took the party to all the nooks and crannies of the state, it has strong momentum and popularity to win an election. Nevertheless, how Hussaini will generate votes under a baby party they brought, nursed and labored for in a state where the president has many supporters is a moment one can wait to see.

Hon Maryam Begel is the only female contestant in the race, a member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly and a close ally to speaker Dogara. Mrs Maryam pitch tent with the SDP and subsequently became the partys candidate against DR Aliyu Tilde, Begel enjoys huge support from the women electorate. Until her decamp to the SDP she belongs to the camp of  Speaker Dogara and always in brouhaha with the state government. With the growing popularity of her party many will expect to see how far the party can go in a tight contest like this one.

Abdulmajid Lawan Sani Waziri is a Political Analyst based in Jos.

abdulmajidlawan@gmail.com

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