Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah donates 2 Ambulances, Passenger Boats to Coastal Communities in Kebbi

Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Na’Allah, representing Kebbi South Senatorial District, has donated two ambulances and 20-sitter boats to riverine communities in Yauri, Shanga and Ngaski local government areas of the state.

Na’Allah donated the boats to representatives of the communities in Yauri on Saturday.

He said the aim of gesture was to ease passengers and  for patients, including pregnant women and children to hospitals.

“The boats are to serve the transport needs of passengers and patients , including pregnant women and children of riverine communities across Yauri Emirate in Kebbi South and neighbouring communities of Niger State.”

The deputy leader, who was represented by Alhaji Jabir Abubakar, said 60 live jackets were already provided for the use of passengers due to incessant boat mishap that claimed many lives in the areas.

He also called on the communities to ensure proper care and use of the boats and live jackets.

Alhaji Aliyu Gado, Secretary of Yauri Emirate Council, said since 1999, the emirate had not witnessed any legislator that brought development to the emirate like the Senator.

“Not only ambulance and , Senator Na’Allah has also renovated and equipped all eight general hospitals across the seven local hovernment areas that make up his constituency.

” He has provided portable water, built schools , town hall, provided a bus, ambulances, international fish market as well as jettiess across four riverine communities in Yauri emirate.

” We are, however, appealing for provision of additional water reticulation units to cover areas that are still suffering from acute shortage of portable water as well as more safer water transport for our people,” the secretary added.

Gado commended the senator for the donation while calling on well-to-do individuals in the emirate to emulate the lawmaker in his concern for the plight of the communities in riverine areas.

(NAN)

 

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Hajiya Adama Mohammed Dankwambo: Rose of the Savannah!

 

Greatness is eventually judged not by the length of days, but how one has been able to use his time on earth to make meaningful contribution to the life of others around him. If Hajiya Adama Dankwambo is named the most influential among her contemporaries in the country one might not be wrong. If she is regarded as amazing amazon, silent achiever or hope of hopeless or architect of development why is it so? What did she do that was different or what were others doing that she had done differently to create a niche for herself in the chronicles of this life.

The eloquent and energetic was born with the desire of selfless service through her parents from whom she imbibed the culture of assisting the needy since her childhood days to date; this informs her success in not only championing the cause of women and children most especially in the areas of curbing the menaces facing them but in the crusade of making them self-reliant in the society. Having grown up watching her parents piloting the affairs of less privilege most especially orphans, she was nurtured from a young age to understand the value of service to humanity. She has since taken up the reins and is determined to take the good legacy to stardom through her pet project called Hajiya Adama Women Empowerment programme [HAWEP].

Since the inception of the programme; over 1500 women have been trained in small scale sustainable micro- enterprises, beneficiaries were given Fifty Thousand Naira as take up capital to enable them commence business with effective monitoring mechanism put in place.

Considering the success achieved under this programme, the First lady deemed it fit and imperative to review the programme upward. In this regard, two thousand five hundred women (2500) were engaged across the state. In addition to this, Hajiya Adama Dankwambo launched another scheme tagged micro Grand scheme for petty traders in which five hundred women (500) were given twenty thousand naira each (N 20,000) to boast their petty businesses.

Adama is a complete human being, a woman with good character, helpful, very courageous, obedient, very resourceful in fact there are no adjectives to qualify her, she was very patient, very tolerant and she had a good foresight, very wonderful, one who had the desire of transforming the life of rural dwellers through her ability of taking them to greater height.

 

In the Health care, she provided free medical services to women and children considered to be the vulnerable in the society. It is also in record that through her pet project HAWEP she championed the cause of VVF patients where she provided free surgery to affected women and people with eye problems and diabetic patients undertaken by expert from London. She however prior to the coming of the medical experts from London, re-think her earlier decision and therefore went ahead to sponsored the treatment of over 50 VVF victims at the Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe including those referred to abroad.

A quintessential diva of every magnitude. A diva is a woman who can take care of business, successfully run her home and still be available to friends and family that needs her. Such a woman is faithful and loyal and not afraid of letting others into her world. In short a real diva is divine, inspired, victorious, and anointed for a special purpose, because there is that special thing that sets some people glowing apart from others. That certain special difference, that quality is always hard to define because it is a tantalizing mixture of so many things. My observation on Adama Mohammed Dankwambo is that she is a woman who knows who she is and is not afraid to let the world know it through her self-service to down trodden in the society.

Hajiya Adama makes hay while the sunshine by providing fifty (50) tricycles, wheel chairs, crotches and working sticks to the physically challenged in the state, provided free teaching and other learning materials to schools and supported Girl child education in such a way that the state now become ahead of its peers in northern Nigeria in having good number of nurses in all the government hospitals to look after the pregnant women during delivery and other related issues that has to do with womenfolk in the state.

Visionary and highly intelligent woman, she was full of ideas, very caring person with a pleasant disposition, and full of kindness, amiable, hospitable and ever vivacious. She come across as detached and straight faced Amazon of high magnitude; she combines the rare attributes of beauty, brains, charm and elegance. She is friendly, warm and appears on top for her brief. Even now her hazel eyes still mesmerized, her charm is enchanting and her grasp and articulation of issues impressive, she is indeed Nigerian’s Diamond of inestimable value when it comes to rendering service to humanity through her pet project which makes impact to less privilege in her country home Gombe state and in North-Eastern part of the country in general.

Adama Mohammed belongs to the type of people that cannot give up so easily once they start a course or an initiative no matter the difficulties they find themselves in achieving their desire, they must get to the conclusion, this according to people interview by this blogger informs her tremendous success in her quest of arresting problems militating against the women and children in Gombe state.

A strong advocate of rural women empowerment, maternal/child health and participation of women in politics she is a patron of many associations. A precious mother and virtuous wife, who transverse the earth like a colossus, not only was she is inestimable to Dr Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, the Executive Governor of Gombe State and her adorable children, she was invaluable to humanity, more especially to Nigerians who shall forever relish the enduring legacy she bequeathed to us in all the places she work to date.

Though she is a devoted Muslimah of every magnitude who believes in Allah in everything she does but at the same time she is unbiased Nigerian who loves all and sundry, this made her to become very rare among her contemporaries; she carve a niche for herself through her contribution immensely in the propagation of peaceful co-existence in Nigeria it was also on record that she is among the list of dynamic women who had championed the cause of womenfolk through using their positions to bring good atmosphere of not only having good numbers of women expertise in different professions but having them working in various Government and Non-Governmental organizations across the country and beyond. With these wonderful efforts one is right to say that she is indeed the type of mother Nigerians are yearning for come 2019.

Hajiya Adama’s humane posture and welfarism began right from her days at the primary school where she associated herself with poor children. She assisted them and interacted with the lowly place in the society in spite of her privileged position and by so doing she was loved by all and sundry since her childhood. This, according to investigations conducted by this blogger, informed her direct access to people and how she handled issues affecting them.

One is therefore right to say that Adama’s giant strides as First Lady of Gombe State was instantaneous, was not because there were enough resources thrown into it, but because the vision was clear, the need was obvious, the reason was cogent and the hour was ripe.

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Dankwambo supports Buhari’s Government not his re-election bid-Hon. Jika

The Chairman of Arewa Youth Coalition, Hon. Abdullahi Mohammed Jika has express dismay on how Nigerian Media is being use by unsophisticated elements within the country to cause confusion in the political arena of the country. In a chat this morning with Word Press, Hon. Jika said Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State is not supporting the re-election of government of desperation under Buhari. The chairman of Arewa Youth Coalition is reacting to report carried out by some national dailies that the governor is supporting the present administration continuity which is not true, because according to him, the said called by the Dankwambo was reported to be made on 27 August 2015 during a courtesy visit of Deputy Minority Whip of the National Assembly, Hajiya Fatima Bello where he urged the members of the National Assembly to support President Buhari irrespective of party differences for him to succeed in transforming the country.

He added that what the governor had told Hajiya Bello “We should not underrate the complex system of Nigeria; we are in a very complex society, which he needs to understand before executing the dividends he had promised. “Period of politicking has finished and all of us should rally round the President because today, God has ordained him as our leader, our president”, said Dankwambo.

Nigeria according to him is too big to be entrusted in the hands of a leadership that has been engaging in trial and error and who sadly, has since elevated grand standing to an art of governance. He challenges Buharists to name just one project initiated and completed by President Buhari. He said we Nigerians are getting more and more worried about the fact that the country is really tottering on the brinks; more damage is being inflicted on our national psyche.

A core desire of Governor Dankwambo is to lift as many of his country men and women as possible from wallowing into object and perpetual poverty of no reason, and his strategy towards ensuring such visionary move is open to every good citizens of Nigeria through his physical transformation projects he executed since his inception as governor to date. Governor Dankwambo according to Hon. Abdullahi Jika is rather reclusive. He is one governor who has received perhaps the least publicity in the country because he does not go about beating his chest. He prefers working quietly and discharging the mandate that ensured his people defied the Buhari hurricane of 2015.

Never in our national history has the country become more divided than at this point in our history said Jika. He went to further to said that even before Father Mbaka made his famous declaration for Nigerians to go for Dankwambo as president come 2019, there are discerning Nigerians-encompassing the young and the old, the rich and the poor, individuals and groups, who worried about the sad state of things, decided to take it upon themselves to look for one person who is soundly educated, with deep knowledge of national and international economy, who has literally squeezed water out of stone by utilising meagre resources to achieve much, in general who has a record of unprecedented achievements wherever he works more especially in his present capacity as helmsman of his country home Gombe state. The quantum of those achievements is so many that literally speaking, not even the blind could fail to recognize them. Hon. Jika said, whether an enemy or foe cannot go to the state and fail to benefit or utilize a project executed by Dankwambo administration. He therefore called on Nigerians irrespective of religion or ethnic to support the candidature of Dankwambo as president come 2019 to help save the Nigerian ship from total wreckage.

“We must get it right in 2019, and that translates to replacing the present leadership that has woefully failed to live to the expectations of Nigerians”. Said Jika

 

Buhari declares June 12 Democracy Day

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that effective 2019 Nigeria’s Democracy Day, marked every May 29 for the past 18 years, be shifted to June 12 to honour Moshood Abiola, the winner of the 1993 presidential election.

Election data showed Mr Abiola won the polls but he was never formally declared winner and was not sworn into office by the military government of Ibrahim Babangida.

Mr Abiola was later imprisoned by the Sani Abacha’s military regime as he struggled to actualise his mandate. He died in prison in 1998.

Successive governments have brushed aside calls for Mr Abiola to be honoured and for the federal government to recognise June 12 as democracy day.

The Buhari government said Mr Abiola will now be conferred with nation’s highest honour, the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR. The honour is exclusively conferred only on presidents and former presidents.

The government also said Mr Abiola’s running mate in that election, Babagana Kingibe, is to be conferred with the second highest honour of the Grand Commander of the Niger, GCON.

Also to receive a GCON is the late Nigeria’s foremost pro-democracy activist, Gani Fawehinmi.

“For the past 18 years, Nigerians have been celebrating May 29th, as Democracy Day. That was the date when for the second time in our history, an elected civilian administration took over from a military government. The first time this happened was on October 21st, 1979. But in the view of Nigerians, as shared by this Administration, June 12th, 1993, was far more symbolic of Democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29th or even the October 1st,” a statement by the presidency said Wednesday.

“June 12th, 1993 was the day when Nigerians in millions expressed their democratic will in what was undisputedly the freest, fairest and most peaceful election since our Independence. The fact that the outcome of that election was not upheld by the then military Government does not distract from the democratic credentials of that process.

“Accordingly, after due consultations, the Federal government has decided that henceforth, June 12th will be celebrated as Democracy Day. Therefore, Government has decided to award posthumously the highest honour of the land, GCFR, to late Chief MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12th 1993 cancelled elections. His running mate as Vice President, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, is also to be invested with a GCON. Furthermore, the tireless fighter for human rights and the actualization of the June 12th elections and indeed for Democracy in general, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAN is to be awarded the GCON. “The investiture will take place on Tuesday June 12th, 2018, a date which in future years will replace May 29th as a National Public Holiday in celebration of Nigeria Democracy Day.”

To celebrate the important event, Mrs Hafsat Abiola Costello wrote a poem after President Muhammadu declared June 12 as Nigeria’s new Democracy Day on Wednesday.

President Buhari also conferred Nigeria’s highest national honour, the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), on Abiola posthumously.

Abiola’s death in custody on July 7, 1998 forced the military government to engineer a transition to a civilian administration which saw Obasanjo sworn in as civilian president on May 29, 1999.

“I had expected that the handover from military rule to democracy would be held on the 12th of June,” Abiola-Costello began.

“That would have signalled the completion of a circle that began with a dream deferred.

“But I waited in vain.

“The handover was set for May 29, a date pulled out of thin air, signifying nothing. “

Obasanjo is widely regarded as the chief beneficiary of Abiola’s struggle and death.

“Then I thought the chief beneficiary would ask the country to observe a minute of silence in memory of MKO, Kudirat, Alfred Rewane, Umaru Yar’Adua, Bagauda Kaltho, the thousands of students, the tens of thousands of journalists, traders and politicians who lost their lives fighting to actualise an unjustly annulled election.

“Again, I waited in vain for he started his inauguration speech…

“And nothing was said.

“The first four years passed and it became clear that the goal was to erase the name of the man whose sacrifice paved the way for our democracy.

“Those four years set the tone.

“And I got tired of waiting.

“As it slowly became clear that to wait was to wait in vain.

“I stopped expecting my country to do the right thing by my father and instead began to understand why Nigeria struggles to find patriots among its leaders.

“Until today.”

She thanked Buhari for the honour, writing: There are no words that can capture the depth of my gratitude not the breadth of my joy.

“I thank God that I am alive to witness this day.”

Her sisters, Wura Abiola and Rinsola Abiola, in messages posted on Twitter, also expressed gratitude at the honour coming 25 years after Nigeria’s freest and fairest election ever.

In his view Alhaji Balarabe Musa, National Chairman of Peoples Redemption Party and former governor of old Kaduna State, said Buhari’s action had given Nigerians renewed hope.

“President Buhari’s action with regards to declaration of June 12 as democracy day and award of the highest honour to late Chief MKO Abiola are relevant, just, courageous and patriotic.

 

“The actions give hope that President Buhari can do the right thing and correct wrongs before it’s too late for him and for the nation,” Musa said.

 

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Kokori said the news of the proclamation by President Muhammadu Buhari and the posthumous honours conferred of the icon of the struggle, the late Chief Moshood Abiola, made him the happiest living man.

 

“I am the happiest man in this country today because I now realize that the struggle we made, especially my union; NUPENG and PENGASSAN, was not in vain and most of us who suffered terrible deprivation at that time. I am happy to be alive this day. They even said it is above October 1 because that was the day that we really fought for freedom and I have always said it everywhere. I am one of the happiest people on earth today and I appreciate this government because it is this government to come to realize the importance of that day.

 

“Before it used to be only Lagos and some Yoruba state that were recognizing it, but now it is a national holiday. What good news for me and those of us who are still alive, who fought in that struggle in the civil society and labour. I give a special tribute to my union; NUPENG and PENGASSAN. We suffered deprivation, just as people must suffer deprivation in struggle and some will pay the supreme sacrifice.

 

“This is to say that no matter how long injustice lasts, at the end of the day goodness and truth will triumph. That is what has happened to us today. The significance for Nigerians is that it tells us that when you struggle for your country, such struggles are never in vain. Many have mocked us that we have been forgotten, they say those who never struggled for democracy are the ones enjoying our democracy today.

 

“Today we have been recognized and though I’m no more in the union, I will want NUPENG to get involved in this from now on; all June 12, NUPENG can come out and flaunt their muscles that they were the heroes and the arrowhead of that struggle”, he said.

His daughter Wura Abiola write this short message on her page on twitter:

Wura Abiola‏ @wura_abiola 11 hours ago

Dearest Daddy, Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale #Abiola GCFR. Wonderful to finally be able to write this, 20 years on! Thank you President #Buhari.

 

 

Princess Bilkisu Shibah a Rising Star!

 

The Kingdom of Zazzau is renown to be home of learned people since the ancient time. This informed the decision of Sheikh Usman Dan Fodio to name one of his flag bearers from the kingdom. The area is blessed with Islamic revered scholars of a high magnitude since the ancient time to date, and Christians who have now become stars among the list of states blessed with people of high integrity and excellent degree of western education in Nigeria.

The kingdom is blessed with men and women of every magnitude. One of them is Princess Bilkisu Shibah, direct descendants of Alu Dan Sidi one of the pious Emirs of Zazzau Kingdom, a devout Moslem who had learn Qur’an at younger age having brought from Islamic background, born from Limancin Kona area of Zaria city, professional nurse of every magnitude, who has attended national and international courses in United State of America. She Holds Masters of social work (M.S.W.), political science and government. Mother; before, only those in the Nigeria can attest to her service to humanity but today her name has become a household name across the world. She has vast experience in anything has to do with health through her working career with famous Baylor Scott & White Health which is the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the state of Texas. With total assets of $10.8 billion, Baylor Scott & White Health has the vision and resources to provide its patients and members continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing healthcare environment. Baylor Scott & White Health includes 50 hospitals, 5,397 licensed beds, more than 1,000 patient care sites, close to 7,800 affiliated physicians, 48,000 employees, $9.1B total net operating revenue and the Baylor Scott & White Health Plan.

One will be more interested if he comes across her wonderful contributions in taking women and their children, most especially the needy, to greater heights through her pet project Gidauniyar Arewa Women and Children Support Foundation. The foundation even before it was formally commission last year have given succor to many less privileged in Northern Nigeria, it also made giant strides in the areas of arresting the menace of drug abuse among the youth as well as rape cases and empowerment of women into different skills among other programs line up by the foundation to free Nigerians from becoming slaves in their country home Nigeria.

Bilkisu’s humane posture and welfarism began right from her days at the primary school where she associated herself with poor children. She assisted them and interacted with the lowly place in the society in spite of her privileged position and by so doing she was loved by all and sundry since her childhood.

This, according to investigations conducted by this writer, informed her direct access to people and how she handled issues affecting them. Her humility and simplicity has further endeared her to the people and guided her brand of leadership and politics in the society. Similarly, her contributions to the people coupled with her desire of making life meaningful to the society had confirmed beyond reasonable doubt that women leadership could spread development, love and care to all and sundry that could move our nation to greater heights. This has further entrenched many Nigerians to belief in women leadership as the way out to various menaces facing the society today.

Her gestures of assisting the needy, couple with her strong desire of join hands with organizations in finding solutions to the problems militating against the life of women folk in the country, inform her engagement into different fora. Her quest is to see Nigerian women (more especially those from Kaduna North District) been empowered through skill acquisitions to enable them become self-reliant in the society, this will give them room to contribute their quota in building new Nigeria where everybody is happy to live with one another. She also dreamt of a country that can give out loans to our teeming youth who was idle at home as result of unemployment syndrome facing them as well as renovation of schools and empowering of youths in order for them to have a sense of belonging by becoming free from drugs in order to become useful and patriotic citizens rather than becoming thugs to politicians.

She said during one of her electioneering campaign that: “Until when you used your weapon, that is your votes, and voted out those who deny you access to stability, boosting food production, sound economy, health as well as empowerment that will bring solution to the perpetual poverty facing us in the country.” She informed the crowd that if she was elected as senator to represent the district under the platform of PDP, she is not only going to improve the living standard of her people through her foundation but she is going to give them proper representation at red chamber come 2019.

Visionary and highly intelligent woman, she was full of ideas, very caring person with a pleasant disposition, and full of kindness, amiable, hospitable and ever vivacious. She come across as detached and straight faced Amazon of high magnitude; she combines the rare attributes of beauty, brains, charm and elegance. She is friendly, warm and appears on top of her brief. Even now her almond eyes still mesmerize, her charm is enchanting and her grasp and articulation of issues impressive, she is indeed Nigeria’s Diamond of inestimable value.

It is amazing how she successfully managed power, influence and perhaps wealth and still related so well with people all over the country through using her vast experience and her human relation which many believe was in her blood. Like all divas, Bilkisu may not be perfect but she had a perfect purpose, she is indeed a comfort in sorrow and companion in joy.

 

President Buhari’s Speech on May 29

ADDRESS BY MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 2018 DEMOCRACY DAY CELEBRATION TUESDAY, 29TH MAY, 2018.

My Dear Nigerians

Today marks the 19th year of our nascent democracy and the 3rd Anniversary of this administration. I am thankful to Almighty God for bringing us thus far. This administration came at a time that Nigerians needed Change, the Change we promised and the Change we continue to deliver. We have faced a lot of challenges on this journey and Nigerians have stood by us in achieving the three cardinal points of this administration namely; Security, Corruption and the Economy.

2. The commemoration of this year’s Democracy Day is a celebration of freedom, a salute to the resilience and determination of Nigerians and a recommitment by Government to keep its promise to lead Nigeria into a new era of justice and prosperity.

3. Public safety and security remain the primary duty of this Government. Before this Administration came into being 3 years ago, Boko Haram held large areas of land spanning several Local Governments in the North East.

4. Today, the capacity of the insurgents has been degraded leading to the re-establishment of the authority of government and the release of captives including, happily, 106 Chibok and 104 Dapchi girls, and over 16,000 other persons held by the Boko Haram.

5. In order to minimize the impact of the insurgency on Internally Displaced Persons, Government has established secure IDP Camps and has improved the mechanism for the distribution of basic aid, foods and essential commodities using various strategies in collaboration with local and international Organizations.

6. Efforts are in process for resettlement of IDPs in their home communities by providing schools, hospitals, clinics, water and sanitation to facilitate a quick return to economic activities. Government is similarly implementing de-radicalization and rehabilitation programmes to facilitate sustainable peace and development.

7. The unfortunate incidences of kidnappings, herdsmen and farmers clashes in several communities which have led to a high number of fatalities and loss of properties across the country is being addressed and the identified culprits and their sponsors shall be made to face the full wrath of the law. All the three tiers of Government are presently engaged with communities and religious organizations to restore peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.

8. I want to commend members of the Multinational Joint Task Force drawn from Niger, Benin, Chad, Cameroon and our own country in collaboration with the International Community who are assisting in the fight against insurgency in the North East. I also commend the gallantry of members of our Armed Forces and other security agencies that have continued to provide security for lives and properties across the country. State and Local traditional authorities are helping with much-needed intelligence in this fight against insurgency.

9. This administration is pained over the grievous loss of lives and properties occasioned by the carnage of insurgency and other forms of criminality in the country. I wish to assure Nigerians that we will not rest until all criminal elements and their sponsors are brought to justice. Government is boosting the capacity of our security agencies through recruitment of more personnel, training and procurement of modern equipment, enhancement of intelligence gathering as well as boosting their morale in the face of daunting challenges.

10. The Niger Delta Region has enjoyed relative peace through social inclusiveness and cooperation of the Elders and the good people of the region. Government is committed to implementing the comprehensive peace, security and development plan for the region. The environmental clean-up of the region which commenced with the launch in Bodo, Ogoni in June 2016 is progressing satisfactorily. Furthermore, farming assets are being revived and investors in cocoa and palm oil plantations are showing serious interest.

11. The second primary object of this Administration is to fight corruption headlong. Like I have always said, if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will destroy the country. Three years into this Administration, Nigerians and the international community have begun to applaud our policies and determination to fight corruption. We are more than ever before determined to win this war, however hard the road is. I, therefore, appeal to all well-meaning Nigerians to continue to support us in this fight.

12. Various policy measures already put in place to stem the tide of corrupt practices are yielding remarkable results. Some of these key reform policies include:

a. The Treasury Single Account (TSA) has realized Billions of Naira being saved from maintenance fee payable to banks. N200 Billion has also been saved from elimination of ghost workers in public service.

b. The Whistle-Blowing Policy has helped to recover over N500 Billion;

c. The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit set up with a mandate to validate controls, assess risks, prune personnel costs, ensure compliance with Public Financial Management reforms has helped to identify and remove over 52,000 ghost workers from the Federal Government MDAs Payroll.

d. The Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) aimed at expanding tax education and awareness has offered the opportunity for tax defaulters to regularise their status in order to enjoy the amnesty of forgiveness on overdue interest, penalties and the assurance of non-prosecution or subject to tax investigations.

e. The Sovereign Wealth Fund project portfolio has been expanded with an injection of US$650 million so as to strengthen its investment in local infrastructure, power, health, re-construction of Abuja-Kano road, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, East-West Road (Section V) and the Mambilla Hydro-electric Power project as well as the construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge.

13. The fight against corruption through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has resulted in recoveries of Billions of Naira, as well as forfeiture of various forms of assets. This alongside other efforts has improved Nigeria’s international image and regional cooperation.

14. We have retained the services of one of the world’s leading assets tracing firms to investigate and trace assets globally. This is in addition to the exploitation of provisions of existing Treaties, Conventions as well as Bilateral Agreements with Multilateral bodies and Nations. Nigeria has also signed Mutual Legal Assistance Agreements to ensure that there is no hiding place for fugitives.

15. This Administration has therefore focused on revamping the ailing economy it inherited in 2015. In 2016, Government executed an expansionary budget and developed the Strategic Implementation Plan. For the first time, 30% of the budget was earmarked for capital expenditure which represents an upward review when compared with the 2015 budget. The SIP was followed by the development of a comprehensive medium-term plan – the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017 – 2020.

16. The broad strategic objectives of the ERGP were to; Restore and sustain economic growth; Build a globally competitive economy, and Invest in our people. The implementation of the ERGP has started yielding results. The National Bureau of Statistics reports that the economy grew by 1.95% in 1st quarter 2018, which is a good performance when viewed against -0.91 in 1st quarter 2017 and -0.67% in 1st quarter 2016 respectively.

17. Our foreign reserve has improved significantly to 47.5 billion USD as of May 2018 as against 29.6 billion USD in 2015. The inflationary rate has consistently declined every month since January 2017.

18. Recently, Government conducted Focus Labs in three key sectors of the Economy namely, Agriculture & Transport, Manufacturing and Processing as well as Power and Gas. These have yielded significant prospects for investments and Job creation to the tune of US$ 22.5 billion with a potential for creating more than 500,000 jobs by 2020. These investment generation initiatives are expected to increase capital inflows in the form of foreign direct investment. There is a high prospect that the cumulative investments from this first phase of the Labs will hit US$39.2 billion by 2025.

19. Under agriculture, Nigeria continues to pursue a strategic food security programme built around self-sufficiency and minimization of import dependency. As a result, rice importation from other countries has been cut down by 90% which has a direct impact on foreign reserves.

20. The Social Investment Programmes (SIP) has been created as a means to graduating our citizens from poverty through capacity building, investment and direct support. The major strategic objective is to restore livelihood, economic opportunities and sustenance for the poor across the country. The SIP programmes and projects include:

a. Home Grown School Feeding Programme – About 8.2 million pupils are currently being fed from 24 States of the Federation with over 75,000 Catering Staff engaged under the programme.

b. The Conditional Cash Transfer has so far recorded over 297,000 caregivers and being trained by 2,495 Community Facilitators in 21 states. Less privileged Nigerians are now being paid N5,000 monthly stipend in 9 pilot States of Bauchi, Borno, Cross River, Ekiti, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Osun and Oyo. Eventually, the scheme will cover all the 36 states of the federation including the FCT.

c. Under the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme – About 264,269 loans had been disbursed to 4,822 societies in the 36 States and FCT, while another 370,635 are awaiting the release of funds.

d. N-Power Job creation Scheme – is targeted at providing jobs for unemployed young graduates and has so far recruited 200,000 youths while the next batch of 300,000 have been selected, verified and would soon be deployed across the 36 States and the FCT. Furthermore, 20,000 non-graduate volunteers have also been selected to kick off the N-Build programme in collaboration with the National Automotive Design and Development Council and the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria.

21. In the area of power generation, Nigerians from all parts of the country continue to report better power supply and less use of generators. This underscores the effectiveness of the methodical plan to deliver incremental and uninterrupted power supply to our homes, markets, offices and factories.

22. The country achieved 5, 222.3 MW representing the highest peak of power generated onto the national grid and delivered to customers in December 2017. With new facilities, repairs and rehabilitation by Government and private investors, generation capability now exceed 7,500 MW.

23. This Administration is committed to lawful interventions to ensure the operators of the distribution business live up to expectations especially in the areas of distribution capacity, service delivery, collection efficiency, and metering to eliminate contentious estimated billing.

24. The Transportation Sector continues to undergo a series of reforms in order to sustain the international best practices and ensure safety and security. The nation’s major airports have witnessed reconstruction of runways, installation of navigational equipment and new international terminals due for commissioning in Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Enugu. Bilateral Air Services Agreements between Nigeria and the Governments of other countries will significantly open up new flight routes.

25. As a result of strict regulatory and compliance policies, Nigeria retained her Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Category 1 status, after a routine international audit. Recently, a new Maintenance Repair and Overhaul facility with capacity for aircraft C-checks and other comprehensive levels of maintenance were established in Lagos. This would save the country an estimated $90m annually.

26. Giant strides have been recorded over the past three years to improve road transport infrastructure in all geopolitical zones of the country.

27. The Railway Sector has also received tremendous attention as this Administration is committed to the goal of linking all State capitals in the Federation by rail network to ease the movement of goods and passengers.

28. The Education Sector, especially at tertiary level, has continued to witness expansion in order to improve access to higher education by millions of youths in Nigeria. Over the last three years, Government has approved the establishment of 1 new Federal Polytechnic, granted licenses for the establishment of 4 State and 14 private-owned Universities as well as 12 private Polytechnics.

29. The government has also continued to support the implementation of various initiatives aimed at improving the quality of Basic Education delivery. Thus, it has ensured proper funding at the Basic Education level with the disbursement of N42.2 billion UBE Matching Grant to 26 States and the FCT, N851.5 million Special Education Grant disbursed to 23 States and private providers of Special Education and N2.2 billion Teachers Professional Development Fund to 33 States and the FCT.

30. The Federal Government has continued to support fiscal sustainability at the sub-national governments through the implementation of the Budget Support Facility which was accompanied by the 22- point Fiscal Sustainability Plan. Thus, bailouts funds were made available to States to ease their fiscal challenges and other obligations including payment of salaries.

31. In addition, a total of 73 Ecological Fund projects for the control of gully erosion in different communities across all geopolitical zones have been completed in the last three years and are undergoing commissioning while 53 other projects are ongoing. The execution of these projects has generated 357 skilled jobs and 1,350 unskilled jobs during this period.

32. It is pertinent to also make mention of the immeasurable contributions of the Nigerian woman to national development and advancement of democracy, over the last three years. The government and people appreciate you all as mothers of our great country.

33. My dear countrymen and women, as we all celebrate our democratic experience, let us resolve to avoid hatred and intolerance; we can only achieve our objectives in an atmosphere of harmony and peaceful co-existence.

34. Finally, the upcoming months will usher us into another season of general elections. Let me use this opportunity to urge us all to conduct ourselves, our wards and our constituencies with the utmost sense of fairness, justice and peaceful co-existence such that we will have not only hitch-free elections but also a credible and violence-free process.

35. In few days to come, I will be joined by many promising young Nigerians to sign into law the “Not Too Young to Run” Bill.

36. I thank you for your attention.

37. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Adama Mohammed: The Amazing Legal Guru of every Magnitude!

 

Barrister Adama Mohammed (LLB, Int. Law, B. L. MSc Energy Management, Certs in Int. Human Rights, Oil & Gas Economic/Finance; Int. Gas Business Management etc.) is not only an Associate Member and a Chartered Mediator & Conciliator in Nigeria but a Legal Counsel at Transmission Company of Nigeria TCN.

Women are fierce. They are very powerful. No matter what language they speak how the dress or the work they choose to do. What matters is they have a choice, and the freedom to carve out a life for them. As long as we know women, who are strong and resilient, we must respect them, carry them forward, and lift them up. For they are the product of all our other selves, the women were the ones who strive to be collective strugglers of our mothers, our sisters, our daughters. Our salvation will only come if we stand together-Lang Lear

Adama is an embodiment of nation building through her desire of contributing her quota to the building of a sound Nigeria where everybody is happy to live. In all the places she worked, record has shown that her desire of taking her country to greater height is legendary. This informed her giant strides in her capacity as Legal Counsel at Transmission Company of Nigeria TCN since when she come on board in October 2004 to date. Therefore to call her an achiever is not far from truth. Besides her leadership prowess and qualities, Adama unlike others; is very friendly; humane, simple in driving desired goals, open and generous to all humanity without considering where you come from. She said “I am not an expert! Aside from Legal stuff: I love to learn-positive things at all times even from a child. I love to do the things I do with all.  My heart especially assisting indigent Orphans who love to study &also the elderly, at all times.

Visionary and highly intelligent woman, she was full of ideas, very caring person with a pleasant disposition, and full of kindness, amiable, hospitable and ever vivacious. She come across as detached and straight faced Amazon of high magnitude; she combines the rare attributes of beauty, brains, charm and elegance. She is friendly, warm and appears on top for her brief. Even now her hazel eyes still mesmerized, her charm is enchanting and her grasp and articulation of issues impressive, she is indeed Nigerian’s Diamond of inestimable value when it comes to rendering service to humanity through her expertize profession which many believes was in her blood.

She holds MSc in Oil and Gas Energy Management from Robert Gordon University London, LLB from University of Abuja Nigeria, BL from Nigerian Law School Bwari Abuja, International Certificate of Human Rights from Nigerian Institute of Legal Studies NAILS Lagos, International certificate in Gas Business Management, Associate Member Institute of Chartered Mediators & Conciliators as well as Certificate Oil and Gas Economy/Finance from London Corporate Training among others. She is member of various law organizations and hold different positions one of them is member of FIDA in the country. Adama Mohammed belongs to the type of people that cannot give up so easily once they start a course or an initiative no matter the difficulties they find themselves in achieving their desire. Her name rings the bell among the lawyers who excels worldwide. She is humble and courageous, highly intelligent professional who always on top of her job. A legal guru who expertise in the area of energy management, she is properly positioned to assume a higher level of responsibility. A devoted Muslimah of every magnitude who believes in Allah in everything she does is very rare among her contemporaries; she carve a niche for herself through her contribution immensely in the propagation of Islam in Nigeria it was also on record that she is among the list of dynamic sisters who made giant strides through seminars, symposium and conferences in the country that make impact of having good numbers of Muslims women not only expertise in different professions but are now working in various Government and Non-Governmental organizations across the country and beyond.

Highly skilled professional, ambitious, always ready to learn and has enormous knowledge especially on energy related field. She has excellent leadership qualities that make her a good manager and true team leader. Keen, with a vision and mission to provide a broad based distinction to the challenging energy problems inherent in Nigeria, with added feather to education. Adama’s sail is limitless. She plays important roles in curbing the menace of violence militating against the life of Nigerian woman and children.

She is one of the key actors who take TCN to stardom since her assumption to date, an erudite lawyer and reputable Nigerian, an epitome of law attended various national and international conferences to further enhance her profession. She respects every person that comes across her no matter his social status. She believes in excellent performance and recognizes such efforts in individuals who prove their hard work. Apart from rest of mind that she is proud to be born with, she is a peace loving woman since her childhood days, though sometimes she looks like a wounded lioness that is ready to step on toes in order to bring solution to problems affecting the society no matter their difficulties. She is the type of woman who loves challenges, because according her life it is very challenging.

Greatness is eventually judged not by the length of days, but how one has been able to use his time on earth to make meaningful contribution to the life of others around him. If Adama is named the most influential among her contemporaries in the country one might not be wrong. If she is regarded as sage, silent achiever or hope of hopeless or architect of development why is it so? What did she do that was different or what were others doing that she had done differently to create a niche for herself in the chronicles of this life.

The eloquent and energetic lawyer was born with the desire of selfless service through her parents from whom she imbibed the culture of assisting the needy since her childhood days to date; this informs her success in not only championing the cause of women and children most especially in the areas of curbing the menaces facing them but in advocating for their human rights. Her simplicity and humility couple with her vast experience inform her track records in all the places she had worked before now. Having grown up watching her parents piloting the affairs of less privilege most especially orphans, she was nurtured from a young age to understand the value of service to humanity. She has since taken up the reins and is determined to take the good legacy to stardom.

One is therefore right to say that Adama track records in all the places she has worked to date was instantaneous, was not because there were enough resources thrown into it, but because the vision was clear, the need was obvious, the reason was cogent and the hour was ripe.