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Failure of Junaidu Muhammed versus Success story of Sadiya Umar-Farouk’s NSIP

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Failure of Junaidu Muhammed versus Success story of Sadiya Umar-Farouk’s NSIP

Abubakar Yusuf

Dr Junaid Mohammed was former aide to President Olusegun Obasanjo during his stint as Nigerian President between 1999-2007,whose sole responsibility was to handle the failed social investment programs of that administration.

Unfortunately for a highly vocal public figure who was saddled with people oriented program, who tend to criticise successive government on issues, but could not withstand an assignment similar to his preachings and doctorines. .
Dr Junaid Mohammed a public speaker, unrepentant critic of successive goverrments in Nigeria, was tactically sent on break by President Obasanjo after his failed sojourn to rescue the massess, his preachings against Governments decisions.

Little did Nigerians know that some public commentators only rely on their volition to gurgitate their personal views, that does not represent the generalty of the massess, but likened to ‘Do as I say, but not as I do’.

The recent aspersions of Dr Junaid Mohammed against the robust management of Social Investement Program (SIP), of the present administration frugally managed by the Ministry of Humanitatian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Developement under the leadership of Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouk, through a press interview was obviously that of a drowning public speaker, who had failed in a giving responsibility, during President Obasanjo’s administration against what he sternly preach to Nigerians.

Suffice to say from the recent developments and efforts of the new Ministry of Humanitatian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Developement through a transparent management of the existing scheme, has encourage Nigerians who have confidence in the scheme, to embrace the new Batch C of the program.

In less than 3 days over I Million Nigerians applied for a placement of 400,00 unemployment opportunity created by the Ministry, some days later, more than 4.4Million, applied with more still going through the process of registration.

The recent activities of the Minister had added impetus, making the SIP programs to be fully entrenched and working seamlessly, from the recent digitization of tradermoni template, to ongoing availement in six states being used as pilot scheme.

No doubt, the school feeding program articulated by the handlers helped the pupils in no small measure before and during the Nationwide lockdown, to mitigate the effects of the situation.

Tradermoni program after it’s positive effects on the lives of our petty traders all through 2019, will be redesign to meet the yearnings and aspirations of many traders in Nigeria, so as to serve the noble ideas of palliatives to the massess and petty traders.

This is in addition to an already planned transition program for about 500,000 beneficiaries of N-Power program engaged since 2016,by engaging both the public and private sectors for possible placement depending on the available job opportunities.

How perfect could a program of government works with the provision for transition and trasnparent management of the program.

If successive goverment strides was geared towards such positive and laudable project of SIP, succesfully managed by the Minister,Sadiya Umar-Farouk,the growing and alarming unemployment rates would have been reduced to the barest minimum.

Apart from the transition program of the current N -Power beneficiaries,another 400,000 are expected to come on board to deflect the labour and growing unemployment rates, to give way to gainful engagements.

This is also in addition to efforts of the
current administration to create 774,000 jobs across the 774 local government in Nigeria,with each local government producing 10,000 participants span for three months.

Therefore, the success recorded by the current SIP programs and engagment program of the current administration is far from the outcry of Dr Junaid Mohammed.

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NUJ Zamfara chair debunks change of baton news, says he remains in charge

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The Nigerian Union of Journalists, Zanfara State  Chapter, has drawn the attention of the general public to a fake letter allegedly being circulated on social media that the NUJ Chairman Abdulrazak Bello Kaura from Pride FM Gusau has been transfered to Royal FM Sokoto.

The purported statement which was signed by the chapter’s Assistant secretary Nasiru Shehu Aula Dabbakal and was made available to the NationalUpdate in Abuja, earlier, had announced a change of Baton in the leadership of the State council of the union.
The statement had indicated that by the announcement the vice chairman Comrade Bello Muhammad Boko would serve as acting chairman pending a by-election that will bring in a new and substantive chairman.

The NIJ chairman Abdulrazak Bello Kaura
in his rebuttal of the statement  that was also made available to the NationalUpdate on Sunday in Abuja indicated that, “In the first instance the transfer is fake or a failed attempt by saboteurs and enemies of the profession and not political Union.
“During an illegal and deceptive meeting called by Assistant Secretary of the Union, members of the Union were threatened that the state government has directed them to address them and informed them about the purported transfer and decision to pick my vice, who I have had a good working relationship with to act as chairman.

“The arranged transfer by some elements who feel my position as the state Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Zamfara State Council was blocking their chances to use the Union for their selfish interests to achieve their agenda has failed.

He said the fake letter being circulated by his secretary attracted the attention of concerned personalities and his humble self.

He therefore decided to set the record straight saying,
“I’m a staff of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Radio Nigeria Kaduna National Station, posted to Radio Nigeria Pride FM Gusau, a dedicated staff and peace-loving with appetite and curiosity to improving the journalism profession.

“It should be noted that the management of the FRCN has realized that it was orchestrated.

“It also should be noted that nobody served me with any transfer letter, not even verbally till this moment.

“It was a senior colleague on the 3rd of February, 2021 that drew my attention to a letter being circulated on New Media platforms, addressed to me but not served, that I have been transferred to Royal FM Sokoto.
“I quickly called my General Manager to confirm and he said he was unaware of such a transfer. 
“The Council Secretary, Malam Abubakar Ahmed, also called him for confirmation but the answer from my GM was also a ‘No.’
“I later realized that it was a contract by a former DG Press Affairs, who was seen lobbying NUJ members to support his move to unseat me.
“He was seen sharing money and pleading with them to do the “needful.” This was reported to me by some good Samaritans.

“Let me make it clear that I’m still a staff of FRCN Pride FM, Gusau and the substantive Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Zamfara State Council who was elected in March, 2019 for a tenure of 3 years or 2 tenures of six years if reelected in the next election coming up in the next 13 months.
“Even if the transfer is true, the NUJ Constitution is clear about it in Article 6 (8)(9) and I quote: “If any officer retires or becomes unemployed, he shall be allowed to continue in office for six months after which if he is still unemployed and his case is not of such that the Union is fighting for his re-instatement, he shall cease to hold office and the post shall be filled through a bye-election.” However, he indicated that the rule does not apply in cases of acts of misconduct and criminal offences.’l
“An elected officer of the union who may have to be away for a period of two years, shall resign his office.
“The vacant office shall be filled in accordance with Article 6(8) of this Constitution.
10. No member of the union shall hold any particular office.”

With all the aforementioned provisions of the NUJ Constitution, he said the desperation blinds those behind the charade from seeing the truth and justice.

“I have never been faulted either by the SWC, SEC nor the Congress for any irregularity which made them to lose focus on where to start the contract they signed with politicians to unseat me as the elected Chairman of the NUJ Zamfara state Council.

For more clarifications, our Zonal Office sent a letter to the General Manager, Pride FM Gusau suspending the earlier transfer letter circulated on Social Media platforms by some unscrupulous elements (copy attached)

Another unfortunate disgrace to the NUJ and indeed its members he said was an unethical shameful announcement of the purported transfer on Zamfara Radio for two Days despite the notice debunking the transfer that was made availlable to the Chairman and the Manager News of the Radio Station.
“Their frequent live announcements misinforming the public that I have been transferred to Sokoto and my Vice was nominated in acting capacity was unethical.
He called on the National Broadcasting Commission; Nigeria Press Council; Civil Society Organisations and other relevant stakeholders as well as all well wishers of the NUJ and Journalism profession to intervene.

The National Leadership of our professional Union is at present working on the issue and I believe they will do justice to the matter as guided by the constitution and subsequently will met iutdeal sanctions on those working to mar the unity and integrity of the Union.

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Zamfara NUJ State Council announces change of baton in its leadership

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Zamfara State chaper has announced a change of Baton in the leadership of the State council of the union.
By the announcement the vice chairman Comrade Bello Muhammad Boko will serve as acting chairman pending a by-election that will bring in a new and substantive chairman.
The announcement was contained in a statement that was signed by the chapter’s Assistant secretary Nasiru Shehu Aula Dabbakal which was made available to the NationalUpdate in Abuja on Monday.
The statement indicated that
following the recent transfer of the council chairman, Comrade Abdulrazak Bello Kaura from Pride FM, Gusau, Zamfara state to Royal FM, Sokoto in Sokoto state, it became necessary to effect constitutional adjustments to avoid any vacuum.

The union assured the good people of Zamfara of a cordial working relationship .

The union also expressed its appreciation to the Governor of the State, Bello Matawallen, the Maradun Shatiman Sokoto for his support to members of the union.
The statement stressed that the union will continue to support the Matawalle-led administration especially in the fight against armed banditry through his peace accord and dialogue initiative.

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Commissioner advocates media practitioners’ involvement in farming

By Friday Idachaba

Akwa-Ibom State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Glory Edet, has appealed to Solidaridad West Africa, an international solution-oriented Civil Society Organisation (CSO), to train Media practitioners in the art of farming and investment in agriculture.

Edet made the call at a wrap-up workshop for CSOs and Media practitioners from Akwa-Ibom, Cross-Rivers, Enugu and Kogi States working on Oil Palm production interventions of Solidaridad West Africa on Thursday in Uyo.

The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Mary Bassey, implored Solidaridad to involve media practitioners not only as participants but stakeholders in the Agriculture sector.

“Please, take the media people as stakeholders and also train them to become farmers. Make them go into agriculture and make millionaires out of them. Agriculture is the fastest way to become millionaires.

“Farming, aside producing the food we eat and guaranteeing food security, is now a highly lucrative business which everyone must embrace to break the shackles of poverty,’’ she said.

Edet explained that Akwa-Ibom had taken Agriculture production very seriously and was producing pepper, tomatoes and onions from its greenhouse adding, that “very soon, we would begin to export our onions”.

Speaking earlier, Dr Sam Ogallah, Senior Climate Specialist, Africa and County Technical Lead, Solidaridad Network, West Africa said the media were drawn in as participants as part and parcel of the Solidaridad interventions.

“They are stakeholders in our work and if we want to transform the Agriculture sector in Nigeria, all hands must be on deck and the media have a very crucial role to play in transforming the Agriculture sector.

“We have seen the enormous task ahead and Solidaridad alone cannot do it.

“So,we need every person on board from the CSOs, the government, the media, the Private Sector and the likes for us to bring the change that really matters in the agricultural sector in Nigeria,” Ogallah stated. (NAN)

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