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RANDOM MUSINGS ON MY LIFE @58

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WHY I STICK TO SHETTiMA DESPITE MUSLIM/MUSLIM TICKET-Bwala

RANDOM MUSINGS ON MY LIFE @58
By: Inuwa Bwala
Life is a stage upon which one plays one’s roles and departs. In it, God could provide one the opportunity to play multiple roles at different stages, in different robes, but no mortal ever gets to play the same role twice in the same life episode.
My father used to tell that I was born on 14th August. My older siblings quoted 10th August, but my elderly brother officially declared me as having been born on 10th September: and this is the one I adopted.
I am 58 years old today, and God has been merciful in granting me the rare privilege to act in different scenes, wearing different robes at different times.
I have seen the bright and the dark sides of life. I have survived too many hard tackles and have had many brushes with death. I have every reason to thank God that I am amongst the living: and healthy at that.
When I look back and reflect upon my life, I often wonder how I am still a living mortal. But as a Christian: though not a very good one, I take consolation in the fact that God has a purpose for me in life, and that is why He has spared me thus far.
On the dark side, I have known death: having lost all my elderly siblings to death and tender ages. I have known hunger, poverty, and deprivation, having grown up in them.
I have laid sick on several hospital beds: often with slim chances of survival and I have experienced detentions in military, Police and DSS dungeons. I have been to the four walls of a prison, as inmate. I have experienced the worst betrayals, denials, and humilations from people I trusted.
And on the brighter side, I have built on my family heritage, and I am today a successful farmer. I have struggled and acquired education beyond what everybody thought my family should ever attain. I have made fame and wealth beyond what everybody thought my family could see. I have attained the zenith of my chosen career: rising from a cub reporter to a publisher. I have ventured into other businesses and have made relative success.

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I have traversed many other fields, including politics, in which I had the opportunity to work closely with four State Governors and had connections to President’s, Vice President’s, Senators and other key political actors in Nigeria.
I have been the pioneer Senior Special Assistant on media twice, even outside my own State of origin. I have been Commissioner of Infornation twice under two different Governors and I have been Local Government Chairnan twice.
Under normal circumstances, I should be planning my exit at 58, just even, so that the younger generation could grow.
When oeople approached me with the offer, that, I should further contest to return as the Local Government chairman in Hawul, I politely declined. I did so, not because I no longer want to serve humanity, but rather in obeying the logic that the older generation should give way at that level. Also because, I feel, that, whatever plans one has to execute, one year should be enough: depending on how one utilises it. Even if no one wishes, I am happy on my birthday. Happy birthday to all those born on the same day with me.

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Governor Buni suspends the chairman of Machina LG in Yobe

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Governor Buni suspends the chairman of Machina LG in Yobe

By: Yahaya Wakili

The Governor of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, has approved the suspension of the Chairman of Machina local government council, Hon. Idrissa Mai Bukar Machina, with immediate effect due to the act of misconduct and insubordination.

This was contained in a release issued by Alhaji Shuaibu Abdullahi, Press Secretary to the Secretary to the State Government, which was shared with newsmen in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital,.

His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni, has, in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 2 of the local government law (as amended) of 2019, approved the suspension with immediate effect.

The statement further revealed that, subsequent to the above, His Excellency has also directed the suspended chairman to hand over the affairs of the local government council to the vice chairman pending further directives.

Governor Buni suspends the chairman of Machina LG in Yobe

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2027: Chairman UMAPO tips Senator Lawan as Buni’s successor in Yobe

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2027: Chairman UMAPO tips Senator Lawan as Buni’s successor in Yobe

By: Yahaya Wakili

The Chairman of the of the United Marketers Association Potiskum local government and its environs (UMAPO), Alhaji Nasiru Mato, has said that Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, Ph.D., GCON, Sardaunan Bade, is supposed to be the governor of Yobe State in 2027.

Alhaji Mato said Sardaunan Bade is unparalleled in Yobe history, so if he becomes the governor of Yobe State in 2027, I believe he would approach so many things in the state.

The chairman disclosed this to reporters in his office. He said now is the time to develop Yobe State,  to empower the people of Yobe, to empower businessmen, farmers, pastoralists, and even transporters, as well as to upgrade the dignity of our state.

He pointed out that now is the time for Yobe State to need people like Sardaunan Bade who will bring development to the state, and he has all the requirements and is also capable of governing the state because he did a lot of things in his zone and we saw it.

“Since Nigerian democracy was restored in 1999, no federally elected politician in the whole Northeast region, not even Yobe State, has ever had the wealth, expertise, connections, or experience that Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan possesses.” Mato said.

According to him, the exceptional work of the distinguished President of the 9th Senate, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, is unmatched in Yobe state history, so if he becomes the governor of Yobe state in 2027, inshallah, he will develop the whole Yobe state within the shortest time.

Speaking on the allegations, Senator Ahmed Lawan didn’t extend his empowerment to other zones in the state. Mato said first of all, people should know the position of the Senate President. The Senate President seat is not for Yobe State; it is a seat for all Nigerians. 

“Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, come there under his constituency; nobody from zone A or zone B come and vote for him; only the people from his constituency, which is zone C, come and vote for him and take him to the National Assembly.

The position of the Senate President is for the whole country, not Yobe State; he is just the leader of all senators who come from various constituencies across the country.

“It has become evident that Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, Ph.D., GCON, Sardaunan Bade, is devoted to significant empowerment, not just lip service. So if given the chance, I am confident he will duplicate this exceptional accomplishment throughout the state by the grace of God,” he added.

According to Mato, the people of Yobe state should go back and think, since the creation of the state, just like preaching to people who hear the preaching he understands, and who didn’t hear the preaching, let him go and meet Ulamas and translate to him.

“Since the creation of the state, if we get development, people know; if we don’t get development, people know; and now everybody knows the situation we are in and the cost of living. Therefore, it is time to look for a good leader who can deliver, who can rescue the state from its present situation, and who can help the people and revive the economy of the state.” The UMAPO chairman said.

2027: Chairman UMAPO tips Senator Lawan as Buni’s successor in Yobe

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NESREA Shuts Down 46 Facilities in 10 States for Environmental Violations

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NESREA Shuts Down 46 Facilities in 10 States for Environmental Violations

By: Michael Mike

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has sealed 46 Facilities in 10 states of the Federation for various forms of environmental violations.

The enforcement exercise was carried out in Borno, Gombe, Ogun, Enugu, Edo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Nasarawa and Taraba States.

According to a statement on Friday by the spokesperson of the agency, Amaka Ejiofor, the facilities were shut down for refusing to comply with the provisions of the National Environmental Regulations. Their offences include Violation of the Environmental Impact Assessment Act, lack of Environmental Audit Report, and failure to develop and implement an Environmental Management Plan.

Some facilities were also sanctioned for not installing an Effluent Treatment Plant, non-availability of the necessary permits relevant to their operations, and poor housekeeping, among others.

The Director General of NESREA, Dr. Innocent Barikor while expressing displeasure over the non-compliance status of many facilities, warned that the trend was unhealthy for the health of the citizens and the environment.

He said: “It is disheartening these errant facilities carried on their operations in a manner that endangered the environment despite Notices of Compliance Concerns served on them as required by law. The Agency would continue to enforce the provisions of the 35 National Environmental Regulations and would not fail at any time to impose appropriate penalties on violators.”

He added that: “Laws are made for the smooth running of the society and compliance with the laws enhances wholesome development. I encourage Nigerians to be true environmental vanguards by obeying the laws and reporting any environmental violations.”

NESREA Shuts Down 46 Facilities in 10 States for Environmental Violations

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