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MBF grieves over demise of former Gov of old Gongola State, ambassador Juta

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The middle Belt Forum (MBF) has expressed shock and disbelief over the sad event of the demise of former governor of old Gongola State, Ambassador Wilberforce Bafte Juta.

The former Governor died on Saturday,August 15, 2020 at the age of 76, in Yola, the Adamawa State capital,


This was contained in a statement that was signed by the national President of the forum Dr. Pogu Bitrus and was made availlable to the NationaUpdate jn Abuja Sunday
He said the death of the former Governor was not only shocking but also heralded the end of a life dedicated for the development and emancipation of Nigerian people.

“Considering the footprints left by the late elder statesman, Ambassador Juta’s death is not only a loss to Adamawa State but also all the ethnic nationalities for which Juta gave his last full measure of devotion for their emancipation. 
“As a politician, he joined other like minds to push for the development of old Gongola State when he served as deputy to then Governor Abubakar Barde from 1979-1983 on the platform of the defunct Great Nigeria People Party (GNPP).”
He said, Ambassador Juta was later appointed as governor when Barde resigned his position in January 1983.
“Within the short period he served as governor, he deployed unrivalled leadership qualities to unify various ethnic nationalities by embarking on policies aimed at promoting economic empowerment through industrialisation and provision of basic health for the people of old Gongola State.
According to him, Ambassador Juta also elevated traditional monarchs and created a conducive atmosphere for mutual understanding amongst the diverse people of the defunct state.
“As someone who was never weary of rallying forces for the common good, he continued to remain an influential leader that galvanised political support as a foundation member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 1998. 
“His appointment as Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Zimbabwe by President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2000 served to unveil his diplomatic qualities as he worked assiduously to resolve the white farmers’ crisis that almost threatened the security of that country.”
Dr. Bitrus explained further that while serving as an ambassador in the midst of white farmers’ crisis that rocked Zimbabwe, the late Juta visited areas torn by strife and appealed to the Zimbabwean authorities to resolve the problems quickly so as to douse tension and create a conducive atmosphere for early return of peace.
“As a frontline leader and strong voice of ethnic nationalities in the North, Amb. Juta remained unwavering in calling for true Federalism where states were allowed to control their resources in a bid to ensure that federating units develop their resources effectively, thereby promoting healthy competition for increased economic prosperity.
“As an umbrella body for all the ethnic nationalities in the North, The MBF views the death of Ambassador Juta as a great loss to all ethnic nationalities struggling for the restructuring of the nation as a necessary condition for ensuring justice and fair play for Nigerians.
“We are inspired by his life which was focused on promoting inclusiveness for all Nigerians across ethnic and religious divides.”
He said the Forum is saddened by the death of the distinguished son of the Middle Belt Region accirding to him, considering the present challenges confronting ethnic nationalities and the Nigeria in general, his death has created a vacuum that will be too difficult to fill.
The forum commiserated with the people and government of Adamawa State.
“We send our condolences to the immediate family members of our departed leader on the occasion of this painful demise.  Our prayers are with Ambassador Juta’s family during this period of mourning.”

He prayed Almighty God to grant fortitude to all in order to bear the pains of this irreparable loss.
 
  

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Senate receives Buhari’s request to confirm Space Research DG, NPC Commissioner

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By Joseph Sunday


The Senate yesterday received President Muhammadu Buhari request for the  confirmation Mr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba as Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency. 

The request was contained in a letter dated 25th February, 2021, and read during plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. 

The letter reads in part: “Pursuant to Sections 14(1) and (2) of the National Space Research & Development Agency Act, 2010, I present for confirmation by the Senate the appointment of Mr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba as Director General of the National Space Research & Development Agency”. 

In another letter also dated 25th February, 2021, President Buhari requested the Upper Chamber to confirm the appointment of Muhammed Dattijo Usman as Federal Commissioner representing Niger State in the National Polulation Commission.

According to the President, Usman’s nomination was made “in accordance with the provision of Section 154(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republican of Nigeria (as amended).”

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Senate confirms Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs 

The Senate has confirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination of Major General Lucky Eluoye Onyenucheya Irabor as Chief of Defence Staff.

Other nominations also confirmed by the Senate includes that of Major General Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Agambi as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Alao as Chief of air Staff. 

The confirmation of the nominees was sequel to consideration of a report by the Senate Committee on Defence during plenary. 

The nominees were appointed by President Buhari to take-over the rein of leadership in the military from the former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Chairman of the Committee, Aliyu Margatakarda Wammako (APC, Sokoto North), in his presentation of the report said that the Joint Committee on Defence, Army, Navy and Airforce “screened the four nominees and was satisfied with their qualifications, exposures, conducts, characters, experiences and General performances. 

According to the lawmaker, “The nominees have displayed wide and in-depth knowledge on strategies, tactics and military operations.”

Contributing, Senator Jibrin Barau described the nominees as “capable” in tackling head-on the challenges presented by the spate of insecurity across the country. 

The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central) recalled that the appointment of the nominees were made by President Buhari following persistent agitations by the National Assembly and Nigerians demanding a change of the leadership of the military. 

According to him, the change in Military leadership became imperative in view of the heightening spate of insecurity and banditry in the North-east, North-west and North-central, respectively. 

“Mr. President, we are in very perilous times with insurgency in the north-east and banditry in the north-west and north-central most especially. 

“For so long, and indeed so many times on this floor, and on the floor of our sister chamber in the House of Representatives, there were serious agitations for changes to be effected in the military leadership of the security agencies. 

“Mr. President took his time and finally acceded to this request and agitation. In doing so, the President took his time to seek out the very best in the arms services. 

“Mr. President, the intellect, the achievement and the exploits of these nominees are very well documented in this report,” Omo-Agege said. 

The nominees were, thereafter, confirmed by the Senate in a Committee of the Whole.

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The Federal Government has charged the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to immediately develop a robust scheme for protecting schools from the incessant attacks by kidnappers and armed men across the country

This was contained in a statement that was signed and issued in Abuja Monday by the Director (Press & Public Relations) to the minister Mohammed Manga
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola gave the charge today in his Office in Abuja when he decorated Ahmed Abubakar Audi as the new Commandant- General of the NSCDC.
According to him, “Children are a specially protected social category. They are innocent and at the same time vulnerable. They are as vulnerable to external circumstances as to their own wiles”
Aregbesola who expressed sadness over the incessant spate of violations and kidnappings in schools urged the NSCDC to continue to work in synergy with other security agencies with a view to immediately restore peace and security in the country, particularly within the school environment.
In his speech titled “Your moment to be a Hero”, the Minister reminded the new Commandant-General that he is mounting the saddle of this great organization at a very critical time in our dear nation with challenging security situations.
He therefore informed him that it is going to be rough but as a motivational speaker once wrote, it is great challenges that produces heroes and men of history.
Hence advised him to navigate diligently and triumphantly taking cognisance of the rigorous selection process that brought him into office.
This he said is to ensure that he delivers on the mandate of the NSCDC in line with the policy thrust of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration.
Ogbeni Aregbeslola further charged the leadership of the corps to develop a robust scheme that would not only check the menace in the schools, but also ensure the protection of critical national assets, such as pipelines, electricity pylons, stations and cables, telecommunication mast, cables and installations.

“Another scheme, like the Agro Rangers, should also be developed to cover full agriculture and offer protection to all categories of farmers. Protecting crop farmers and pastoralists is a matter of national food security”, he said.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Shuaib Belgore assured that the Ministry will continue to support the agencies under it to ensure that they deliver on their respective mandates which is the provision of internal security and citizenship integrity.
In his response, the new Commandant-General, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Abubakar Audi assured that the Corps under his watch, will among others, improve on institutional wellness and also leverage on proactive intelligence gathering in its operations.
He said it is bring to a barest minimum the asymmetric war now going on in the country.

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