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KACRAN Commends NEDC on Contributions Towards Prosperity of North East

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KACRAN Commends NEDC on Contributions Towards Prosperity of North East

By: Michael Mike

The Kulen Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria (KACRAN) has acknowledged the North East Development Commission (NEDC) as a pivotal force for progress and prosperity in the Northeast region.

KACRAN noted that since its inception, the NEDC has operated under the stewardship of distinguished leadership, with a singular focus on driving the Commission’s success, insisting that it has put out unprecedented contributions towards augmenting the policies and programmes initiated by the Federal Government, which have been vital to the region’s advancement over the past four decades.

The National President of the association, Khalil Bello said: “KACRAN wishes to highlight the multifaceted role of the Commission across various sectors of human and social development. The NEDC’s commitment is evident in its support for security operations through the provision of utility vehicles and essential materials, which have significantly bolstered the fight against insurgency. This support has led to marked improvements in regional security, with the North East no longer being characterized as the epicenter of insecurity in the Northern part of Nigeria.

“The Commission’s proactive stance on matters critical to regional security and the welfare of its inhabitants is a testament to its potential as a transformative entity for the North East and its people.”

He said: “KACRAN is pleased to report on the NEDC’s openness to consider submissions from a diverse range of stakeholders, including state governors, local government councils, educational institutions, media, and various organizations committed to enhancing regional security and development. This inclusive approach has catalyzed the reconstruction of schools and healthcare facilities, as well as the establishment of new ones.”

He added that: “Recently, governors from the six states of the region requested the NEDC’s assistance in renovating and rebuilding educational institutions, aiming to alleviate the financial burden on state governance.

“KACRAN itself has benefited from the NEDC’s assistance through the provision of relief materials, water sources, and livestock feed, as well as support for members affected by cattle rustling or insurgency.”

The association commended the Commission for its equitable policy implementation, which has addressed initial concerns of potential marginalization, ensuring that the pastoralist community — a significant demographic in the region — receives its fair share of benefits from the Commission’s extensive development programmes.

He said: “KACRAN firmly believes that the NEDC’s dedication to integrity, justice, and unwavering commitment to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s vision will herald a new era of revitalization for the North East. The Commission’s inclusive approach promises to honor the diversity of the region’s populace, encompassing residents in urban, rural, and remote areas.

“In light of these developments, KACRAN calls upon His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to consider increasing the NEDC’s annual budget. This will empower the Commission’s esteemed governing board to continue its vital work in reconstruction, development, and support for internally displaced persons who have suffered immensely due to insurgency.”

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Potiskum market: Gadodomasun Fika seeks Governor Buni’s intervention

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Potiskum market: Gadodomasun Fika seeks Governor Buni’s intervention

By: Yahaya Wakili

Gadodomasun Fika Emirate Council in Yobe State, Alhaji Abdullahi Garba Alele, has appealed to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, to intervene in the construction of the Potiskum modern market.

“I will not forget the first tenure of His Excellency. During his campaign, we went round all of Yobe State, rural and urban, and he made promises to the people of Potiskum town, a modern market, because Potiskum is a center of commercial business in Yobe State. And by the grace of God, His Excellency has fulfilled his campaign promises.

Alhaji Abdullahi Garba Alele, who is also the former chairman of the NARTO Potiskum local government chapter, made the call in Potiskum while speaking to Newsmen on the one year of the second tenure of His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni CON.

Abdullahi Garba Alele further said that His Excellency Governor Buni laid the foundation stone for the construction of modern markets in Damaturu, Potiskum, Gashu’a, Nguru, Geidam, and Buni Yadi, and by the grace of God, all these modern markets have been completed and commissioning, and people have occupied them and businesses have raked off inside.

“But our own for Potiskum town, which has the longest history in business with a high population of people, businessmen, and farmers, but up to now this modern market has not been completed, the work has stopped as a result of what we don’t know, the contractor has abandoned the work. Therefore, we use this opportunity to appeal to His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni CON, to intervene and call on contractors to resume work on site.” Alele said.

The former NARTO chairman said that in the history of Potiskum, God blessed Potiskum with transports, because in the 774 local government councils that we have in the country, there is no local government that has transporters like Potiskum. We thank God, and we thank His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni for considering this thing critically. He constructed us a trailer park in Potiskum, and we thank him a lot.

“But I am assured to His Excellency that this project has stopped. Therefore, we appeal to His Excellency to intervene in this matter to complete these two projects before the end of his three years in office, so that people can benefit from this development. He prayed to Almighty Allah, and as His Excellency completed his five years successfully, we also prayed to Almighty Allah to guide and help him complete the remaining three years successfully.

Gadodomasun also commands His Royal Highness, the Emir of Fika, and Chairman Yobe State Chiefs, Alhaji (Dr) Muhammadu Abali Ibn Idrissa CFR, in his efforts to unite the people and the traditional rulers in Yobe State, and also prays to Almighty Allah (SWT) to give him health. He also prays to Almighty Allah to long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria, long live Yobe State, and long live Potiskum local government.

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Defense industries: Senator Lawan meets Minister of state

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By: Yahaya Wakili

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Defense, and President of the 9th Senate, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, Ph.D., GCON, Yobe North Senatorial District, has today met with the Minister of State for Defense, Dr. Bello Matawalle, MON, and his team to discuss the implementation of the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) Act 2023.

In a statement issued and signed by him on his official page, which was made available to newsmen in Damaturu,.

The DICON Act, which was signed into law by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in November 2023, is a major step towards enhancing the capacity of the Nigerian Armed Forces to produce their own equipment and reduce dependence on imports.

During the meeting, the minister of state for defense briefed me on the progress made so far on the implementation of the DICON Act.

“I commended the minister, members of his team, and other stakeholders present for the swift action taken to implement the DICON Act. I emphasized the urgent need to make DICON a catalyst for the industrialization of the defense sector in Nigeria.

The President of the 9th Senate pledged that the Senate Committee on Defense, which I chair, will continue to provide legislative support and oversight to ensure the successful implementation of the DICON Act. We believe that a vibrant and self-sustaining defense industry is essential for the security and prosperity of our nation.

Senator Ahmed Lawan also seized the opportunity to inform the minister and his team that the Senate Committee on Defense will embark on a familiarization tour of the ministry next week.

He urged the minister to leverage the expertise of Nigerian engineers, scientists, and manufacturers in the development of indigenous weapons and equipment. This will not only boost our national pride but also create jobs and stimulate economic growth.

The DICON Act has the potential to transform the defense sector in Nigeria. By working together—the Senate, the Ministry of Defense, and other stakeholders—we can make this transformation a reality.

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FG intervenes in Travails of Nigerian students in UK Teeside University

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FG intervenes in Travails of Nigerian students in UK Teeside University

By: Michael Mike

A delegation, to be led by a representative of the Nigerian Embassy in the UK, Amb. Christian Okeke, leaders of the Nigerian Students Union in UK, will visit the Management of Teesside University to intervene on the allegations of unfair and unjust deportation order served on some Nigerian students, in the middle of their studies .

The decision was taken at the end of a virtual meeting held between Chairman/ CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Representative of the Nigerian High Commission UK, Amb. Christian Okeke, President, Nigerian Students Union UK, Mr Yemi Soile, and many of the affected students at the meeting on Sunday.

The affected students passionately narrated their ordeal and were optimistic of a positive intervention.

During the meeting , Chairman NIDCOM appealed to the students to remain calm and not to take laws into their hands while appealing to the University to treat the students with justice and fairness. Ambassador Okeke spoke in the same vein.

On May 22, some students of Teesside University from Nigeria staged a protest following the directives by the University authorities for them to leave UK on the allegations that some of the students defaulted in paying their school fees.

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