Buhari lauds Gov Umahi on quality projects in Ebonyi

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi on the quality of projects in the State.

Buhari expressed satisfaction with his performance saying he that was not surprised at the standard of work because the two-time governor is an engineer of repute.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the president began his two-day visit to the State with the inauguration of projects at the state-owned King David University of Medical Sciences, Uburu.

The projects included a twin flyover, 12-kilometre dualised Federal Road, from Mbu, Enugu State to Uburu, the University Building and the University Medical Hospital, Facilities and Equipment.

At his first stop in the State for the inauguration of the 700-metre length twin-flyover (also called King David’s University flyover), constructed at the cost of N2 billion by the State government, President Buhari said:

”I am not an Engineer by discipline but my eyes are very clear, even through my eyeglasses.

”I am impressed with this performance and I know the projects will last. I congratulate the Governor on this feat and I am pleased to be associated with it.”

While in Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area of the State, the president also inaugurated the Cancer Centre at the King David University of Medical Sciences, built and equipped by the Federal Government under TETFUND.

Umahi, who thanked the president for approving the funding of the Centre, said the facility could rank with other centres around the world.

”It is in the same standard as Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and the State government also contributed to the project to bring it to completion,” he said.

At the inauguration of the hospital section of the university, the governor thanked the president for acceding to the request of the State government on the Federal Government to take over the running of the teaching hospital.

”This hospital is beyond the scope of any State government to run and we have been celebrating your approval of our request and are very proud that you are here to commission it yourself.

”You have left a lot of indelible marks in the development of this centre of excellence and it will never be forgotten,” he said.

At the inauguration of the Presidential Lodge at the Muhammadu Buhari International Airport, Onueke, the governor announced that the tarmac and runway of the airport, built with concrete, had attained over 70 per cent completion, and would be ready by the end of next month.

The president also inaugurated the five kilometres dualised airport road in Onueke, built by the State government as well as the reconstructed St Margaret Umahi International Market complex and a 750-metre length twin-flyover near the market.

The Muhammadu Buhari Presidential Lodge, Abakaliki, was also inaugurated by the president on Thursday.

President Buhari signs Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the re-worked Electoral Act Amendment Bill at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The President signed the piece of legislation into law shortly after he returned from a two-day working visit to Nasarawa State.

The ceremony held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Present at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa for the ceremony were the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan.

Also present were Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, among others.

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Buhari Receives Ganduje, Delegation From Tijjaniya Movement

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, received the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and a delegation of Tijjaniya movement (worldwide) led by the Grand Khalifah, Tidjani Ali Bin Arabi at the State House, Abuja.

During the meeting, the PreBuhari sident touched on security, among other issues, noting that he is confident that the nation will overcome the prevailing situation of insecurity.

He noted that his administration is well aware of its responsibility with regards to security and will continue to do its best.

The President urged Nigerians to be fair to his government in assessing the security issue in the country by reflecting on what obtained at the time he took over in 2015, and the successes as well as performance which mark a decisive break from the past, particularly in the Northeast and the South-South, adding that the Northwest which had given the nation some “headache” will experience a turnaround for the better.

He also urged citizens to take responsibility and show interest in the affairs of their own security and complement what the government is doing, saying that “we have done our best and we will continue to do more by pursuing coherent and consistent policies to deal with terrorism. I hope God will listen to our prayers.”

Turning to Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Governor of Kano State who brought the Grand Khalifa to Nigeria, President Buhari said: “We thank you for inviting them to come to pray for peace and stability in our country. We are grateful that they agreed to come.”

He joined them in praying that God will give guidance and strength to leaders to be accountable and do right in all things that they do.

While introducing the Khalifa and his delegation, which included the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero and Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, the leader of the Tijjaniyya Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Governor Ganduje said the government of Kano State invited the Tijjaniyya World Leader to the country to lead the faithful in prayer considering the complexities around security in particular.

He said the visit of the Grand Khalifa had also rekindled the old ties between the Tijjaniya and the many cultural and educational institutions in Nigeria.

The Tijjaniyya leader in the country, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi and the Grand Khalifa, Tidjani Ali Bin Arabi extolled the existing cordial relations between Nigeria and Algeria and prayed for guidance and blessings for the country and its leaders.

Buni lauds Buhari for establishing North-East Development Commission

Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for establishing the North East Development Commission (NEDC).

Buni made the commendation in Gujba on Friday, while inspecting the ongoing Gujba-Mutai-Ngalda road project.

He noted that the commission was taking the lead in tackling numerous humanitarian crises triggered by the decades-old insurgency in the zone.

The governor, who charged the contractor to hasten the completion of the road, which would fast track commercial activities in the area, expressed his satisfaction with the level of work on site and assured the contractor of his total support to deliver the project in good time.

In his remarks, The NEDC Managing Director, Mohammed Alkali, said infrastructure development was critical to the overall achievement of the commission’s mandate.

He said the on-going construction of the 40 km Gujba-Mutai section of the road was undertaken by the North-East Recovery and Stabilization Programme (NERSP)/Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP),under NEDC’s supervision.

“ Your Excellency may recall requesting the Commission to construct the remainder 54km – from Mutai to Ngalda section.

“ We have thoroughly reviewed the design and working details provided by the state and the immense economic benefits the road will create not only to Yobe but the entire North-East Region.

“ We are now ready to commence work,” Alkali said.

He noted that the state was also a beneficiary of other projects under the MCRP, including the establishment of a stand-alone Trauma Service Centre, Community Town Halls, among others.

PRESIDENT BUHARI CONDEMNS KILLING OF SEN. BALA NA’ALLAH’S SON, AGAIN SEEKS PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR SECURITY AGENCIES.

From Abdullahi Suleja, Kaduna
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed “deep sorrow”following the killing of Captain Abudulkareem, the first son of Senator Bala Na’Allha in Kaduna.
“The dead of Abudulkareem is another tragic chapter in our current security challenges, but I reassure Nigerians that my commitment to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians remains unwavering, “the President stated.
“I’m saddened by the tragic loss of Abudulkareem and other victims of voilence and I wish to appeal to Nigerians to help our security agencies with intelligence in order to track down and bring these terrorist gangs to justice “, he further stressed.
According to President Buhari,
“human intelligence is essential to the efforts to defeat these criminals,’those who work as informants for criminals are destroying their own communities for the sake of pitiful financial gratification,”
According to the press release available to National Train by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu.
The President prayed to Almighty Allah to repose the soul of the late Abudulkareem and give Senator Bala Na’Allah and his family as well as their friends the strength to bear the “very painful loss.”

Buhari signs N982.7 Billion supplementary budget into Law

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday signed the N982.7 billion supplementary budget for 2021 into law.

The Presidency presented the budget to the National Assembly to address urgent security and COVID-19 needs of the nation.

Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, who confirmed this in a statement, said the president commended the National Assembly for speedy passage of the Bill for the supplementary budget.

According to the presidential aide, N123.3 million of the budget will go for recurrent (non-debt) expenditure, while N859.3 billion is for contribution to the Development Fund for capital expenditure for the year ending on the Dec. 31.

He said the president assured that the executive arm of government would ensure the timely delivery of capital projects to achieve the laudable objectives of the budget.

Those who witnessed the signing of the supplementary budget included Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

Others were the Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze and Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House), Hon. Umar el-Yakub.

Meanwhile, the president has also, at an earlier date, signed the Orthopaedic Hospitals Management Board (Amendment) Act, 2021.

The Act amends the Orthopaedic Hospitals Management Board Act Cap. 010 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The law, according to Shehu, provides for the establishment of the Orthopaedic Hospital Jos, under the control of the Orthopaedic Hospitals Management Board affiliated to the University of Jos Teaching Hospital to provide specialised orthopaedic treatment and medical services.

2023: Buhari has no third term ambition -APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC), has reaffirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari, has no third term ambition or a succession plan as being alleged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), said this in a statement issued in Abuja, on Thursday.

Akpanudoedehe, had earlier said that the party would come up with a consensus and agreeable presidential candidate to fly its flag for the 2023 Presidential Election, while reacting to allegation by the PDP that Buhari had a succession plan.

He said it was unfortunate that the APC’s earlier statement, countering the PDP false allegation, was being twisted and given unintended interpretations in some sections of the media.

“Our statement is simple and straight forward. President Buhari has no third term ambition, a position he has personally reiterated.

“In adherence to internal democracy, when the time comes to elect the APC 2023 presidential flag bearer and other party candidates, the process will be in full compliance with the provisions of the 1999 amended Nigerian Constitution, the APC Constitution and the approved party guidelines.

“For clarity, the APC Constitution provides that party candidates in all elections emerge through democratically conducted primary elections or where possible, consensus,” he said.

He added that the misleading interpretations given to the party’s earlier statement was a conspiracy targeting senior APC leaders and their perceived 2023 presidential ambitions.

Akpanudoedehe said this was unnecessary and misplaced, stressing that the APC leadership would not impose any candidate in the lead up to congresses, National Convention and the 2023 General Elections.

Buhari strides putting N’Delta on path of trade, tourism hub -NYCN

National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has said the attention being given to the Niger Delta region by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has restored peace in the area.

In this vein, the NYCN believes that the country can leverage on availability of skilled labour in the region to promote investments from both government and private sectors with a view to making the region trade and tourism hub in Africa.

NYCN President, Solomon Adodo made the remarks when youth groups from the Niger Delta region paid him a thank you visit on the ocassion of the world youth skills day 2021 to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari and intimate the NYCN President on the benefits of the various skills training programs offered by the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

Adodo, while commending the Buhari administration for the many empowerment programmes ongoing for the youths in the region expressed satisfaction that the trainings were yielding positive results as witnessed by the peace being enjoyed in the region.

“Greater percentage of the youths in the region now have requisite skills in ICT, Agriculture, amongst other fields of entrepreneurship. This feat undoubtedly has lifted a huge number of our youths off the streets and crime. Militancy has become a thing of the past since the youth are now productively engaged. It should be noted that the Forensic Audit of NDDC also ensured that these skilled youth of the region have been engaged in several projects of government in the region,” he said.

According to the youth leader, as many youth acquire skills, government and private businesses will be motivated to establish more industries and the end result will invariably boost economic development.

Therefore, there is need to sustain the training for more youths to acquire relevant skills to contribute to the economic and social development of the region and Nigeria in general, Adodo stated.

Earlier, Joey Ovie Abrukwe, convener, Coalition of Niger Delta Youth Leaders
who spoke on behalf of the groups intimated of the resolve of the youths in the region to embrace peace.

He explained that the various youth groups were actively engaging their members of the need for all embrace education and the various skill acquisition trainings at their disposal.

Buhari unveils 7 of Zulum’s 556 projects

… Expresses Delight Calls, For support To Borno’s varsity


By: Ali Musa Biu- Maiduguri.

President Muhammadu Buhari could not hide his joy in Maiduguri on Thursday, after commissioning seven, out of 556 capital projects delivered by Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum in just two years in office.

“I am highly impressed by the very dynamic leadership that His Excellency Governor Babagana Umaru Zulum has been providing in Borno State in the last two years. He is very selfless and has been taking a lot of personal risks in order to guarantee the safety and welfare of his people. I wish that every other person who has responsibility for the people at various levels will emulate Governor Zullum, instead of squandering so much time on unhelpful buck-passing and blame games. I have gone round to commission some of the capital projects executed by the Zulum Administration in two years. I am very happy with what I saw” Buhari said during his remark at a gathering to mark the end of his state visit.

The President singled out a Vocational Training Institute, he commissioned at Muna, describing it as “a very dynamic answer to skills acquisition and job creation efforts” with potentials of drastically reducing youths unemployment in Borno to make economic induced recruitment harder for terrorists.

The institute, designed for annual training of 1,500 persons, has 14 workshops for Automobile and mechatronics, Electrical Installation, Solar Installation, Air conditioning and refrigeration, Leather works, Barbing and cosmetology, Plumbing and pipe fitting, GSM Repairs, Welding and fabrication, Mercenary and Building, Carpentry and Joinery; Tie and Die, ICT, as well as Tailoring and Fashion design. The institute has six hostels of about 200 rooms, a kitchen and common room, as well as an Auditorium, administrative building, and sporting facilities.

Other projects commissioned by the President include the Borno State University, in which the Zulum administration completed the senate building, constructed two large hostels with 150 rooms for 1,200 students; constructed 34 units of duplexes and bungalows for Professors, senior and intermediate staff; constructed seven kilometers of road and drainage network and undertook landscaping works across the University. Major infrastructural works were earlier done by the Kashim Shettima administration, which established the university.

The President also commissioned two mega-size Government Day Technical Secondary Schools in, Njimtilo and Goni Kachallari and a higher Islamic School, near the Shehu’s palace, all of which have 60 air-conditioned classrooms for at least 2,400 students; vocational workshops, laboratories for sciences and ICT, auditoriums and sporting facilities.
Zulum has built 16 of such schools across Borno.

Also commissioned were Abbaganaram Maternal Healthcare Centre, which has 50-bed spaces, theatres, diagnostic equipment, blood banks and laboratories. It was one replicated in Gwange.

The President also commissioned roads and drainages constructed in Jiddari polo and first phase of 10,000 resettlement houses he had approved for Borno State, from which 4,000 have been completed.

… Directs support for Borno University

Meanwhile, President Buhari has directed the Federal Ministry of Health to work with Borno Government in identifying areas through which the FG can support ongoing construction of Borno State University Teaching Hospital through interventions equipment and manpower. The support is compliment the state government which, in two years, executed 58 capital projects on health, which include establishment of 74 primary healthcare centres, new doctors quarters, and overhaul of 8 hospitals.

Zulum has also delivered 10 capital projects on security; 13 capital projects on Agriculture; 15 capital projects on commerce and industry and 28 capital projects on Jobs creation, Youths Empowerment and Humanitarian support.

53 capital projects were executed on Reconstruction Rehabilitation and Resettlement which involve more than 6,000 resettlement houses for IDPs and Refugees in 15 towns.

59 capital projects were delivered on water and environment; 63 capital projects on governance, and another 63 capital projects on roads, transport, rural and urban development.

Education had the highest number of 194 capital projects, combining rehabilitation, completion and fresh construction of Mega-size government technical colleges and primary schools in different communities.

The lists makes 556, the number of capital projects in Zulum’s two years as Borno’s Governor.

TERRORISM: TAKE THE FIGHT TO THEIR ENCLAVES- Buhari Charges Military

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Maiduguri, Borno State, said the nation owes inestimable gratitude to the military, and other security agencies currently fighting Boko Haram/ISWAP and other forms if criminality scross the country.
The President particularly paid special tribute to those who paid the supreme price, in the course if the fights, even as he assured that their families will be adequately catered for by the government promising continued support to all their loved ones.

The President, who was on official visit to personnel of the Armed Forces and security agencies in Operation HADIN KAI at the Maimalari Cantonment, in the state capital charged the military and security agencies not to give breathing space to terrorists and criminals in various parts of the country, but to take the fight to their ENCLAVES.
According to him, the war must be concluded with total restoration of peace and reconstruction of all the affected areas.

“I am delighted to be with you this afternoon, to address you on this special occasion of my official visit to Borno State. I want to seize this opportunity to put it on record that our nation will forever be indebted to you, for your patriotic commitment to the defence of our fatherland against insurgency and criminality.

“I therefore commend you and remember all the personnel who have paid the supreme sacrifice in ensuring that Nigeria remains an indivisible and secure entity.

“As I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of our fallen heroes and pray for the souls of the departed, I want to assure you that my administration will spare no effort or resources to ensure that the widows and children of our fallen heroes who paid the supreme price in defence of our beloved country, are well cared for,” he said.
The President said wounded comrades will get the best medical attention towards their full recovery.

“While acknowledging your collective efforts at decimating and degrading the terrorists and reaffirming the inviolable sovereignty of our nation, I also wish to extol your steadfastness and untiring efforts in the face of the difficulties you experience in the Theatres of Operation.

“Your collective efforts have resulted in the relative peace being enjoyed in the region today. Under my watch, the Armed Forces of Nigeria have been provided a firm strategy and clear sense of direction to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.

“We should not allow our adversaries the opportunity or breathing space to challenge or undermine our national interests and core values. The defence and security agencies should rest assured of the Federal Government’s unalloyed commitment to winning the battle against terror and criminality,” he added.

President Buhari commended the military and security agencies for the synergy that translated into successes in restoring peace and order.
“I am particularly happy to note the increasing understanding and cooperation within the military, as well as the inter-agency cooperation in the fight against the terrorists and other criminal elements in the North East.

“The outcome of this synergy is evidenced by the successes recorded in the ongoing Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO which has so far degraded the insurgents’ capabilities in the Timbuktu Triangle, Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad Region. I am therefore pleased to acknowledge that the military and other security agencies including civilian stakeholders are adhering to the true spirit of Operation HADIN KAI which implies “jointness, synergy and cooperation.”

“By pooling together the collective resources and comparative advantages of the Armed Forces and other security agencies, we hope the enemy will now feel the ferocity of our firepower and the weight of our resolve,” the President said.

Side by side with the efforts of the Armed Forces and security agencies, President Buhari assured that his administration is developing a strategy for post-war reconstruction and peace building.

“Concerted efforts are being made to fast-track reconstruction and development programmes in the affected communities in the North East.
“I am hopeful that this will lead to the speedy resettlement of displaced persons, as well as the restoration of bubbling community life as people return to their homes.

“Alongside investment in development and reconstruction, we will sustain our investment in the Armed Forces in a manner that balances the carrot and stick,” he said.

The President said several interventions by the Federal Government had led to the procurement and delivery of large consignments of critical combat enablers, including high calibre weapons and ammunition:

“Many have been injected into the Theatre and soon other equipment that have just arrived in the country would also be deployed to the Theatre of operations. Much more equipment will be procured for the Armed Forces to cater for both the short and long-term requirements.

“I would like, at this point, to also commend the hierarchy of our Armed Forces for their strategic foresight in ensuring that some of our critical military equipment are fabricated locally.”

President Buhari also noted that repairs and maintenance of some of the vital weapons were now being carried out in the country thereby saving the nation a lot of foreign exchange and also creating jobs for our teeming population.

“As personnel of our Armed Forces and security agencies, you must understand that these items of equipment must be put to good use against the terrorists and other criminal elements. There is no room for complacency, and no need to be less than 100 per cent alert at all times.

“As your Commander-in-Chief, I want to assure you that my government will continue to work towards the provision of timely funding and procurement of equipment for the Armed Forces and other security agencies. This is intended to boost the prosecution of the ongoing war to a logical conclusion and also to serve our collective interests and well-being.

“In addition, your welfare is of utmost importance and concern to this government. I am glad that the gradual rotation of the troops in the field has commenced, as I directed. I am sure that this will minimize and possibly eliminate battle fatigue, as well as enhance troops’ morale,” he added.

The President thanked the military and security agencies for unalloyed loyalty and selfless sacrifices towards the defence of our country, adding: “Your courage and gallantry will continue to inspire others, as they echo into the future.”

“While I commend your resilience, let me remind you that there is still a lot of work to be done, to completely restore peace to the North East, stem the activities of armed bandits in the North West and North Central, as well as deal with other security challenges across the country.

“You must therefore remain steadfast and see this war to a conclusive end. In doing so, you must rely on inter-agency cooperation, and strengthen your cohesion with the troops of neighbouring Republics of Cameroon, Chad and Niger in our collective fight against the terrorists, under the auspices of the Multinational Joint Task Force. This will consolidate our efforts and facilitate the speedy return of peace and stability to the region,” the President said.
He urged the military and security agencies to continue to make Nigeria proud.

President Buhari also interacted with some of the wounded soldiers assuring them that the government was fully committed to their recovery and welfare.

In his remarks, the Commander of Theatre Operations HADIN KAI, Maj Gen. Felix Omoigui, assured troops of the President’s confidence and commitment to their welfare, especially in bringing the war to a conclusive end.

The Commander thanked the President for the visit to the troops, which he said will greatly boost the morale of all those fighting to keep the country in peace.

Governors of Borno and Yobe State, Babagana Zulum and Mai Buni respectively, Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Leo Irabor, Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen Farouk Yahaya, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo, Chief of Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao and National Security Adviser, Maj Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), were also at the event.