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Jigawa APC crisis deepens as stakeholders petition Buni’s CECPC



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From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Jigawa State chapter, under the aegis of APC Stakeholders Forum, Jigawa, have petitioned the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), demanding an outright cancellation of the conducted State Congresses.

The stakeholders who are also the founding members of the party equally accused the state governor, Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar, of ‘terrorising them’.

Although the first petition addressed to the Chairman of the CECPC, Governor Mai Mala Buni, was dated October 30, 2021, they however sent a reminder obtained by newsmen on Monday in Abuja dated December 23, 2021.

The stakeholders had, in the petition, signed by six leaders of the group, comprising Sani Ibrahim Taura, Barrister Hafizu Abubakar, Bala Idi Kazaure, Mutari Garba Garki and Saifullahi Muhammad Mudasshir, accused governor Badaru Abubakar of “singlehandedly championing the congresses that produced consensus nomination of Aminu Sani Gumel as chairman of APC in Jigawa state, alongside 35 other executive council members.

“Reference to the petition written dated 30th of October, 2021 and submitted to your good office; as stakeholders that participated actively in building APC in Jigawa state, we write to remind and bring the attention of your good office, the need to do justice to the crises bedevilling the APC in the state.

“The leadership of APC in Jigawa state has been terrorized by Governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar Badaru who singlehandedly championed the congresses that produced consensus nomination of Sani Gumel as chairman APC Jigawa State alongside 35 other Executive Council (EXCO) members,” the petition read partly.

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The Jigawa APC stakeholders equally noted, in the petition, that due process and provisions of the constitution of APC was strangled on October 16, 2021 in the name of party state congress Jigawa state chapter.

“We, the undersigned and card carrying members of APC been critical stakeholders of the party in Jigawa state observed with concern how due process and provisions of the constitution of our great party was strangled on 16th October, 2021 in the name of party state congress Jigawa state chapter.

“We are aggrieved with what was termed as state congress that produce Sani Gumel as chairman alongside 35 other Executive Council (EXCO) members in the state on the following grounds:

“There was no genuine consensus that produced the current leadership of the state Executive council because not all stakeholders were carried along or contacted, no nomination forms were offered for sales to any member apart from those installed for consideration by Governor of the state Badaru Abubakar.

“There was no balanced consideration of interest groups that make up the party architecture in the state in sharing the leadership positions. In particular interest groups from defined ANPP, CPC, and AC were not considered, the Governor hand picked the EXCO and handed over the party affairs in the state to a crop of people who are not known our grass-root members.

“There was deliberate denial of access to the venue of the congress, the petitioners and other members eligible to contest or attend the meeting were disallowed entrance to the venue by the order of the governor and was done deiiberately in order to deny aggrieved members from expressing their positions in a voice vote during the Congress as provided by article 20 of the APC Constitution 2014 (as amended),” the stakeholders noted in the petition.



Kebbi to partner with ‘Doctors without Borders’ on health services



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From Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi

Doctors without Borders has declared its readiness to partner with the Kebbi State Government to deliver health services to the people of the state.

Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu received the team, led by their Head of Mission, Dr Shaukat Muttaqi, at Government House, Birnin Kebbi.

While receiving the team, at the Government House Birnin Kebbi on behalf of the Governor, the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Sulaiman Muhammad Argungu, welcomed the Doctors and expressed happiness about the readiness of the mission to sign an MOU and partnership with the government.

He assured the team that Kebbi State Government would provide an enabling environment for the mission to operate accordingly for optimal performance.

Head of Mission Dr Shaukat Muttaqi explained that their visit was to discuss medical services related to nutritional program and Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) in a local government area of Kebbi state MSF.

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Muttaqi said that the Doctors without Borders intends to start a ten-bed Inpatient therapeutic feeding centre (ITFC)/stabilisation unit with two Ambulatory Therapeutic feeding centres (ATFCs) in Maiyama local government with ICCM services and also provision for IDPs in other LGAs related to environmental health.

According to him, Doctors without Borders are committed to providing free cost medical services to the people of Kebbi state in its initial six-month programme and looking forward to an agreement with the Ministry of Health and Kebbi State to start activities as soon as possible.

He disclosed that their team, which is an International Medical Humanitarian Organization are operating in eight states of Nigeria provides primary, secondary and tertiary health care with quick response to outbreaks.

He added: “Already the team has visited Augie, Maiyama, Shanga, Bagudo, Zuru and Dank Wasagu local government areas during the initial assessment. We are in over 70 countries of the world and we have been in Nigeria for more than 20 years providing support and health services free of charge to Nigerians.

“The team also visited the Commissioner for Health Alhaji Jafar Muhammad Zuru and the Executive Secretary Kebbi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Abubakar Abdullahi Ka’oje, Director Public Health Mr Abubakar Bagudo,” he said.


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Indonesia moves capital from Jakarta to Nusantara



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Indonesian lawmakers have passed a law, moving the nation’s capital from Jakarta in Java to Nusantara in the island of Kalimantan.

Kalimantan shares borders with Malaysia and Brunei.

The move is a step forward in one of the most ambitious projects initiated by the country’s President Joko Widodo.

Some former presidents have floated ideas of relocating the capital city in the past.

The president, widely known as Jokowi, three years ago vowed to relocate the capital city to the province of East Kalimantan.

Among the reasons are high population density and land subsidence in Jakarta, home to more than 10 million people.

Nusantara, which the new capital is called, will be built in two districts in East Kalimantan — Penajam Paser Utara and Kutai Kartanegara. It is set to occupy about 256,000 hectares of land.

The name of Nusantara, which can be translated as an archipelago in English, was chosen by President Jokowi, Minister for National Development Planning Suharso Monoarfa has said.

Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, is home to some 270 million people, consisting of about 17,000 islands.

“The national capital has a central function and serves as a symbol of a country to show the identity of the nation and state,” Minister Monoarfa explained during a meeting with lawmakers at the House of Representatives building on Tuesday.

The ground-breaking of the construction project that is slated to cost $32 billion was initially expected to be conducted in August 2020.

But the COVID-19 pandemic forced the government to put it on hold.

Some of the projects on the construction of the new capital will be carried out by public-private partnerships, and the early stage of the relocation will begin this year and is expected to end in 2024.

At this stage, the government will build a presidential palace, parliament buildings, and a housing complex in the primary zone.

The move of civil servants at the early stage must be completed before Aug. 16, 2024.

Nusantara will serve as the centre of government, while Jakarta would remain the business and economic centre of Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.

A day before the lawmakers passed the bill, President Jokowi stressed that that new capital is not only about physically relocating the offices of government institutions, but also “building a new smart city.”

It is reported that Nusantara will be headed by an authority chief appointed by the president and its level of position is equal to a minister.

Several former government officials which will likely become the chief include Jakarta’s former governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama and former minister for research and technology Bambang Brodjonegoro.


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BREAKING: Court grants Nnamdi Kanu N1 billion damages against FG



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From Okey Sampson, Umuahia

An Abia High Court sitting in Umuahia and presided by Justice Benson Anya has awarded N1bn to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, against the Federal Government over the infringement of his Fundamental Human Rights by the military.

In a judgment delivered Wednesday morning that last for an hour, Justice Anya said it was wrong for the military to have invaded his home in Afaraukwu, Umuahia on September 10, 2017, which made him flee the country.

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The court while delivering judgment, urged the Federal Government to apply a political solution to resolve the Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB problem.


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