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GMMC Yola: A Tiddo Centenary Yo Daddo Anniversary, A Productive Celebration

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…celebrating generations of generated generals and generous gentlemen, marking the meeting of the made mafia, marchants, managers… congregating the company of comrades… concretising a convention of the made in, made of, worthy of credibility from Yola to beyond in GMMC Yola…

By Adamu Muhammad Dodo

GMMC Yola, Adamawa state, The only school bearing the name of a General and the General; a personification of leadership, justice, integrity, discipline, unity, sacrifice, peace and nationalism; a honoured detribalised Nigerian. Talking about General Murtala Mohammed of blessed leadership memory.

General Murtala Mohammed College, GMMC Yola has just had her Centenary, without sentiment, anniversary; a celebration that brought together alumni, some even long forgotten or hardly remembered from different works of life, within the country and across the sea.

GMMC Yola predates Nigerian independence. The one hundred years with the establishment however depends on the struggles of the citizenry to the country’s peace and unity in diversity.

The college has produced generals and gentlemen; there were and are the actors that man the executive, legislative and judiciary at the highest levels. There were and are the educationists, the men of letters, the medical doctors and other medical and health professionals, the university dons, the engineers, the philosophers, politicians, philanthropists, technocrats, entrepreneurs and media practitioners among other professions, lest I forget good husbands, good partners and good parents.

The most remarkable activity, prior to the centenary anniversary is the different projects in the school being initiated and executed by different classes of alumni. Projects that could take a government lacking political will another centenary to even talk the work than work the talk.

It is also remarkable the fundraising dinner because whatever is generated will still be invested in the oldest college in Adamawa state.

One of my senior college colleagues, currently in diaspora, wondered how the hall he knew used to be utilised for the only final examination; the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, would get to accommodate without suffocating the hundreds of thousands of alumni for a dinner.

“You can be sure that we’re more than a million times decades alumni, how could the hall get to accommodate all, for a dinner?” he would ask after having been sent the itinerary of the events.

The answer, I responded to him, lies on whether or not the college could get to accommodate the entire alumni for the centenary anniversary. “So many of you in diaspora aren’t participating, so many of us within the country aren’t also participating, due to obvious superior engagements, there are some who have given to the ghost to be remembered…”

The anniversary has indeed brought remarkable remembrance as much as has brought grandchildren, children and parents as colleagues together.

There’s no hero in the centenary anniversary, all are but alumni whose distinguished distinctions the piece deliberately distances itself from identifying, treating none with inequality in the celebration.

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Hon Zailani holds SDP ticket to go for Michika/Madagali HoR, urges electorates to vote out incompetence

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The Party leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Adamawa has considered Honourable Zailani Sunusi Michika as the best bet to win the federal constituency seat of Michika/Madagali House of Representatives (HoR).

The business tycoon Young politician has equally got the endorsement of his constituents, describing him as the man that will break the camel’s back in ousting out the People’s Democratic Party’s candidate.

Sunusi while appreciating SDP for considering him worthy of the noble task of service to humanity, he said both PDP and APC are popular parties that a common man does not feel the impact of democracy in a real sense.

Zailani in an interview with our Yola correspondent reiterated that he came up with a blueprint of the laws that will transform the entire Michika/Madagali constituency if voted to be in the national assembly.

He vowed to change the narratives sooner than expected of the ineptitude representation and give a most revamped stewardship to his people who are in dare need of one.

According to him, his wealth of experience as an international businessman and a grassroots politician whose passion is to serve humanity will no doubt give the federal Constituency an edge over others in the state.

Alhaji Aminu Abubakar who is an SDP card-carrying member has during a meeting strategizing a way forward to winning the 2023 election with the Michika/Madagali as the crux of the discussion, he extolled Sunusi’s good leadership qualities and said the party had this time around presented a sellable candidate.

He said the personality of Sunusi is already being seen as the right man who came with the mindset of serving the people in all honesty.

According to him, their paths were crossed when Zailani became succor to so many women and youth in an empowerment program organized by him to alleviate the harsh economy that is biting harder on so many people of Michika

He is hopeful that giving the ticket to him will no doubt bring winning for the SDP and is going to be a celebration galore to the people of the constituency.

He said the celebration is going to be an anticipation of good representation and hopeful, purposeful, and people-oriented leadership.

He called on the people of Michika/Madagali to look inward and never waste their votes on parties that are known to exist in the place of authority for many decades without adding value to humanity.

“If we want better representation we have no choice but to vote for Hon Zailani Sunusi Michika, the Young Man is after humanity and to uplift the standard of our people through laws that will benefit us in the area.

” He has been doing it, it’s just a matter of doing it much more in another way, especially in the area of making laws,” Aminu said

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Bauchi NUJ Frowns at Intimidation, Molestation of Journalists by Security Personnel

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Bauchi NUJ Frowns at Intimidation, Molestation of Journalists by Security Personnel

The Bauchi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists has expressed dismay at the way and manner in which some politicians connive with security operatives to intimidate and harass its members through various forms of threats and harassments.

This was contained in a press statement issued by the State Secretary, Isa Garba Gadau stressing that, “the union is particularly worried over the recent arrest and detention of the publisher of WikkiTimes, Haruna Mohammed and his reporter Kamal Idris based on a petition by a member of the National Assembly from the state, Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi”.

The council further pointed out that, “The union wishes to reiterate its determination to ensure that Journalists in the State work according to best practices and by adhering strictly to the Code of Ethics for Nigerian Journalists.

“However, the Union will not tolerate a situation where politicians who have issues to hide use security operatives to perpetrate acts of impunity against Journalists.

“It is in this respect that we condemn in the strongest of terms the arrest and detention of the two Journalists in question because of their professional work.

“The union is willing at all times to engage aggrieved individuals or groups in dialogue to resolve any perceived acts of professional breaches by members of the Union in a manner that will be acceptable to both parties.

“We therefore call for the immediate and unconditional release of the two journalists to enable them to continue their professional work without let or hindrance”, the statement said.

Source: Daily chronicle

 

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ADAMAWA 2023: Titsi Ganama, Leading Candidate As Binani’s Running Mate – Findings

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The selection of a befitting running mate to facilitate the victory in either the presidential or governorship election is what can be considered fundamental in a viable election.

The Adamawa All Progressives Congress, APC, gubernatorial flagbearer, Her Excellency, distinguished Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed a.k.a Binani is well aware of this as much as the leadership of the party, which defined what the amazing amazon could construe as accollective undertaking; carefully shopping for the able, capable and competent candidate with capacity to run a befitting cabinet, hence a selection committee was set for the screening of the nominees, to pick the most one, from the chosen ones.

The first consideration was the zoning, Binani coming from the central senatorial district and the ruling party to wrestle power from, having a deputy governor from the southern senatorial district, it takes critical thinking and strategic planning to zone the running mate to the northern senatorial district, effectively checkmating the incumbency.

It is said that more tens of capable candidates have indicated interest. The selection committee’s earlier screening settled for three, whose names are given as Titsi Ganama, Mr. Tapa Sirumtu and Mr. Vanje Bitrus.

The Periscope Global survey can reveal that of the three, Hon Titsi Ganama is the top most preferred running mate, based of his socioeconomic contributions, political participation and representational and leadership experiences, as the electorates’ poll in the northern zone and more particularly, in Michika local government, where he hails from can reveal.

Incidentally, the grassroots politician, electorates mobiliser and worthy ambassador, Ganama served with Binani as House of Representatives member in the 7th national assembly.

The made in Unimaid intellectual, Ganama holds a Bsc and Msc in Geography. Contributing in nation building through education, he served as a lecturer with the then College of Preliminary Studies, CPS Yola in the defunct Gongola state, the present State Polytechnic Yola, Adamawa state.

Ganama left government services to gain experience in private sector, particularly the commercial sector where he rose by ranks to a branch manager with Allied Bank Plc in Ibadan, Jos and Abuja. He was also a Branch Manager with the Loin Bank Plc Kano Branch and the Head of Human Resources in the Bank’s Headquarters Abuja.

Ganama also held the office of a Principal Manager, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, Abuja Area Office.

NSITF is a proactive and employee dedicated government institution committed to the welfare of employees in the event of work related accidents and injuries.

Ganama also served as S.A to Hon Minister of Labour and Productivity the Late Sen Uba Ahmed.

At the state executive level, Hon Ganama held the office of the Hon Commissioner with the Adamawa state ministry of Finance during the Boni Haruna led government.

Ganama as a Hon Member, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria 2011 to 2015, representing Madagali/Michika Federal Constituency, has served in several committees.

The list of contributions, experiences and achievements, which placed Ganama over and above other candidates for a running mate, in the opinion of the electorates from the northern senatorial district, would seem endless.

“The amazing amazon, Her Excellency Distinguished Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani, our governor to elect and the APC, will do us great, give us the confidence at the poll, having Hon Titsi Ganama as her Deputy Governor,” the electorates at the background, in more of participatory selection would say.

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