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Army organized seminar for media influencers in Yobe

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By: Yahaya Wakili

The Army Headquarters Department of Civil Military Affairs organized the 32nd edition of the Social Media Influencers Seminar on behalf of the Nigerian Army on March 7 and 24 at Land Mark Hall, CEDARS Shopping and Recreational Hub, Damaturu, Yobe State.

The seminar was designed to offer a conducive environment for all social media influencers, bloggers, media practitioners, and the general public to freely interact with members of the Nigerian Army towards promoting national security.

The 32nd edition of the seminar was themed “Emerging Trends on Social Media Impact on National Security.”

During the seminar, two lectures were presented to the participants titled “The Responsibility of Social Media Influencers and Bloggers in Promoting National Cohesion and Security” and “Responsible Behavior on Social Media and Implications for National Security.”

In his remarks, the Threatre Commander Joint Task Force North East Operation Hadin Kai, who is the special guest of honor, Major General W. Shaibu, said that the Nigerian Army will always be grateful for the contributions and support of young people, especially those of Yobe and other states within the North East of Nigeria, who have been of immense value in the fight against insurgency.

Able to be represented by Commander Sector 2 Operation Hadin Kai, Major General MLD Saraso expressed his sincere appreciation to the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General TA Lagbaja, for his exceptional and strategic leadership in piloting the affairs of the Nigerian Army and conducting all its activities for the benefit of humanity.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chief of Civil Military Affairs, Majo-General NC Ugbo, reiterated that the security of our dear nation is a collective responsibility; therefore, the Nigerian Army and other security agencies cannot do it alone.

He pointed out that the members of any community need to pay attention to their environment and support the activities of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies geared towards ensuring a peaceful and viable economic environment in Yobe State and Nigeria.

In his keynote address, the representative from Yobe state government, the Hon. Commissioner for Information and Culture, Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, who was represented by the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Information and Culture, Alhaji Modu, appreciated and commended the commitments and sacrifices of the Nigerian Army in the fight against insurgency in the North East, most especially the troops of Sector 2 Operation Hadin Kai in Damaturu, Yobe state.

He further reiterated that social media influencers should always exercise caution in the content they create and share on their platforms. Adding to that, all must be vigilant against the propagation of fake news and misinformation that can harm national security interests and jeopardize the safety of their own communities.

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Governor Buni speaks on trade fairs and opportunities in Yobe

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By: Yahaya Wakili

Yobe State Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, has revealed that trade fairs are widely believed to provide access to research findings, new technologies, and ideas towards actualizing scientific and economic advancement for industrialists and policymakers through face-to-face interactions.

He highlighted some abundant and yet untapped resources in terms of solid mineral resources, deposits of oil, vast arable land suitable for both irrigation and rain-fed agricultural activities, and the highest livestock population in the country.

Governor Mai Mala Buni disclosed this at the Yobe State Special Day at the 15th North East joint domestic trade fair held at Bauchi, the Bauchi state capital.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Idi Barde Gubana, was impressed with the theme for this year’s event, “Combating security challenges and the way forward for Nigerian economic transformation.”

He pointed out that the diverse people of the state showcased their cultural heritage at the festival from all seventeen local government areas of the state.

Buni commended the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism contingent and state officials for showcasing the cultural heritage of the state.

Governor Buni expressed gratitude and appreciation to the Bauchi state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, for hosting the event.

The North East Colliation of Chambers of Commerce Industry, Mine, and Agriculture presents an award to Governor Mai Mala Buni CON in appreciation of government support for the chamber of commerce.

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Gov. Buni Assures Yobe State University of More Funding

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Gov. Buni Assures Yobe State University of More Funding

By: Mamman Mohammed

The Executive Governor of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, today, assured the State University of additional funding from the state and local governments to meet the realities of the current economic challenges.

He gave the assurance when the governing council of the university paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Damaturu.

The governor said his government is mindful of the economic challenges facing all sectors of society, and the university is no exception.

He expressed the readiness of his administration to provide the university with more resources to continue with the pursuance of academic excellence.

“The future of the state and our people rely on the university to produce the manpower needed for good governance and quality services to the state.”

He charged the governing council to reach out to agencies like the Tetfund and development partners to source for more funds.

“Other tertiary institutions are benefitting from these agencies. You should also take this advantage and scout for additional funds for the university,” he advised.

The governor noted that the northeast states are working to establish 10 megawatts solar power electricity project to improve power supply in the region.

“We are also working on the North East Development Commission to consider another 10 megawatts solar power project to further improve power supply in the sub-region,” he added.

Gov. Buni expressed optimism that the two projects, when completed, would stabilise electricity supply in the Northeast region.

Meanwhile, the state government is converting 170 boreholes connected to the national grid to hybrid solar powered supply, with 10 boreholes in each of the 17 local government areas.

Earlier, the Chairman of the council, Barrister Ahmed Mustapha Goniri, said the funds allocated to the university have become unrealistic with the increasing rate of inflation.

Goniri said more funds are needed to meet the basic and other requirements of the university.

“More funding is required to meet the needs of the University for it to excell as a Centre of academic excellence” the council chairman said.

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I am Primed to Rule Botswana -Butale

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I am Primed to Rule Botswana -Butale

By: Michael Mike

The presidential candidate of Botswana Republican Party, Biggie Butale has given reasons why he is contesting for presidency.

Botswana is expected to go to the polls in October. According to the Africa Centre for Strategic Studies, Botswana is long regarded as one of Africa’s most stable and enduring multiparty democracies.

The current president, Mokgweitsi Masisi of the Botswana ruling party Democratic Party, was elected April 2018 and he will be standing for re-election .

But Butale believes he can upstage him at the polls, insisting he was primed to take-over from president Masisi to end what he termed hereditary tendency in the country.

He promised that his presidency will improve the welfare of his people by diversifying the economy to attract more investments into the economy.

The Botswana Republican Party presidential candidate in the coming election who spoke to journalists in Abuja called for democratic reforms in his home country.

He said: “For a democracy to be true, there should be a rotation of government because if you have one-party rule for 60 years, one would wonder if it is a mature democracy.

“But I believe that Batswana are in a position to change that and solidify our democratic culture.”

Butale also stressed the importance of unity across the continent.

He said the whole of Africa is waiting for Nigeria to wake up to its responsibility as the country holds the key to Africa prosperity.

According to him, “I am here in Nigeria; not only am I aspiring to be the President of Botswana but I am also a pan-Africanist. I believe that if we all hold hands together and walk together, we will all go far.

“I believe that Nigeria holds the key to Africa’s prosperity because it has a critical mass of educated citizens,” he said.

He therefore challenged Nigeria to awaken its vast potential to lead Africa into a prosperous future.

Butale explained, “Nigeria is a sleeping giant and until the potentials of the critical mass are harnessed and utilised, it is a sleeping giant and Africa will also sleep along with Nigeria. I believe it takes one person to wake up a sleeping giant.

“For Nigeria to rise, it needs one person and I am coming with this seed to plant it. We need Nigeria to be a modern seed,” he added.

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