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Chairman of Kogi State civil service commission, Barrister Mohammed Musa Tanko Osuku, sign his letter of conferrement of a traditional title after he was turbaned as Gwarzo (Daudu) of Gegu-Beki chiefdom, by the Onyiwo of Gegu-Beki, HRH Alhaji Mohammed Abba Alhassan on Sunday.
Chairman of Kogi State civil service commission, Barrister Mohammed Musa Tanko Osuku, sign his letter of conferrement of a traditional title after he was turbaned as Gwarzo (Daudu) of Gegu-Beki chiefdom, by the Onyiwo of Gegu-Beki, HRH Alhaji Mohammed Abba Alhassan on Sunday.
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Kogi Civil Service Commission Chair, 12 Others Turbaned With Traditional Title

Chairman of Kogi State civil service commission, Barrister Mohammed Musa Tanko Osuku, sign his letter of conferrement of a traditional title after he was turbaned as Gwarzo (Daudu) of Gegu-Beki chiefdom, by the Onyiwo of Gegu-Beki, HRH Alhaji Mohammed Abba Alhassan on Sunday.

Chairman of Kogi State civil service commission, Barrister Mohammed Musa Tanko Osuku, sign his letter of conferment of a traditional title after he was turbaned as Gwarzo (Daudu) of Gegu-Beki chiefdom, by the Onyiwo of Gegu-Beki, HRH Alhaji Mohammed Abba Alhassan on Sunday.

By Sadiq Abubakar, Kogi.

The Onyiwo of Gegu-Beki chiefdom, in Kogi-Kotonkarfe Local Government Council of Kogi state, His Royal Highness (HRH) Alhaji Mohammed Abba Alhassan, has turbaned the chairman of Kogi state civil service commission, Barrister MohammedTanko Musa Osuku, with a traditional title as Gwarzo (Daudu) of Gegu-Beki chiefdom.

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Among other personalities that were turbaned with traditional title, were Alhaji Abdullahi Yusuf Ohikura, as Mai Nasara (Daudu) Abdullahi Umar Gadafi, as Sarkin Yaki (Daudu) Alhaji Abubakar Ohikwo Zakari, as Asumehe – Owei (Daudu), Usman Abdullahi as Asamozie Owei (Kpakpataku) and others.

The Managing Director/ Chief Executive of Baka Oil, Alhaji Abdulrahman Muhammed, who was the chairman of the occasion, congratulated the Onyiwo of Gegu-Beki chiefdom for marking his second year anniversary on the throne.

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He said the two years of monarch on throne has brought more unity, understanding, peaceful coexistence among not only the Egbira people, but all the ethnic groups across the chiefdom.

He called for sons and daughters of the chiefdom both at home and diaspora as well as top government and politicians to use their good various offices to provide employment for the youth of the area as for the chiefdom to move forward.

Barrister Musa Tanko Osuku

Barrister Musa Tanko Osuku

Alhaji Abdulrahman, also stressed on the need for both youth and women to go into business as well as learning hands/skills acquisition so that they become self reliance.

He appreciated the dignitaries that graced the event and recipients of the posthumous award, while calling all sons and daughters of the chiefdom to join hands together for the development of Gegu-Beki chiefdom and entire Igu-Kotonkarfe kingdom.

In his welcome address, the President of Gegu-Beki Youth Development Association, Alhaji Abubakar Musa, said the inception of the association 8 years ago, the association has impacted positively on the community in various endeavors.

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He said the association has acted as pressure group and settlement of political crises between APC and PDP through the Onyiwo of Gegu-Beki palace, adding that the pressure group commended the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello for the appointment of their own as commissioner of Solid Minerals, Hon. High Chief Engineer Mohammed Abubakar Bashir Gegu.

According to him, the association, through a philanthropist, late Alhaji AG Usman and others constructed new block of classroom and provided some learning materials such as desks, chairs for both primary and secondary schools in the area.

“And economically, having recognised the importance of economic empowerment of the people, the association has deemed it fit to encourage the youth on a skill acquisition especially in the area of hand work,” he said.

The Patron of Gegu-Beki Development Association, Dr. Yunusa S. Labaran, while presenting a paper at the occasion with the theme “People in Politics And Dividends of Democracy” ( A case study of Gegu-Beki And It’s Environs) said it may appeared mind boggling to some people since the occasion was not a political gathering.

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He said he decided to choose the topic because of what people of the chiefdom has benefitted, saying politics also involved give and take.

He said people participating in politics must have such principles and proceses at the back of their minds, adding that those who have choosen to play and participate in politics in Gegu-Beki community and its environs required to be saluted from r their courage.

The Kogi state commissioner for Solid Minerals, Engineer Abubakar Bashir Gegu, described the two years of Onyiwo of Gegu-Beki chiefdom as a purposeful leadership, saying the two years of Onyiwo of Gegu-Beki has brought development, peace and unity across board.

On his part, the Onyiwo of Gegu-Beki chiefdom, Alhaji Mohammed Abba Alhassan, said the palace conferred some of the personalities who are sons daughters of the chiefdom with traditional title because of their immense contribution to development of the chiefdom.

Alhaji Yusuf Abudllahi Ohikura, shortly after he was turbaned as Mai Nasara (Daudu) of Gegu-Beki chiefdom by the Onyiwo of Gegu-Beki, HRH Alhaji Mohammed Abba Alhassan on Sunday.

Alhaji Yusuf Abdullahi Ohikura, shortly after he was turbaned as Mai Nasara (Daudu) of Gegu-Beki chiefdom by the Onyiwo of Gegu-Beki, HRH Alhaji Mohammed Abba Alhassan on Sunday.

He, therefore, urged the recipients of the title to continue supporting the chiefdom for more development, peace and unity of the chiefdom and its environs.

The occasion witnessed display of traditional songs /dancing alongside masquerade.

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Celebrating A Silent Philanthropist Touching the Lives of the Less-Privileged in the Month of Ramadan

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Abba Dukawa, Kano.

It is an honour well deserved for a man who has built a reputation for quiet philanthropy, especially in the much-neglected social sector in the country. Despite all his wealth, Abdul Samad Rabiu, lives a simple life and cares for less-privileged in the society whereas his silent philanthropist touching the lives of the needy in the Month of Ramadan

Alhaji AbdulSamad Rabiu (ASR) Initiative

Alhaji AbdulSamad Rabiu (ASR) Initiative

Unknown to many, he does it as Islam seeks one doing thing for the sake of Allah devoid of seeking public attention, from his home front Kano state and other part of the country. As the Covid 19 pandemic ravaged the world and the country at large, Abdul Samad dug into the depth of his humanity to support every effort of the federal government to combat the virus, particularly, through the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN’s private sector Coalition against COVID-19, donating heavily. He donated generously to the Kano and Lagos governments, various bodies, and institutions.

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Concerned with the increased surged deaths which affected elderly people last year in Kano, being proud son of the state, donations from BUA have gone a long way in helping Kano state fight the COVID-19 pandemic. At the heat of pandemic, BUA made another donation of N2 billion to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) to help Kano fight the disease.

Moreover, his impact are being felt as his Foundation donated 20 vehicles and 5 ambulances to Kano state government at the heat of Covid 19 pandemic as part of its contribution towards the battle against the Coronavirus disease in the state.

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In addition to these donations, the foundation ordered medical supplies and equipment to the two most populated states, the foundation also selected 7 states across all geopolitical regions in Nigeria where significant members of the BUA workforce and their families are situated to help preparedness and response to the challenges posed by the pandemic. Sometimes in 2018, BUA Group pledged to construct N7.5billion 220-bed specialist hospital in the state.

There seems to be a consensus of opinions that the BUA boss has created phenomenally successful businesses and changed the country and Africa significantly. The chairman achieves this with unequalled grace. He also epitomises merit and affluence with indescribable allure. He has got a heart of gold too. His forays into the business sector are richly layered and iconic. He is a peerless patriot whose commitment to national and economic stability is beyond doubt. Having recorded a series of remarkable achievements in the highly competitive businesses.

In over decades he has contributed immensely as a businessman and an industrialist to the growth and development of our economy. He worked hard to established BUA which provides means of livelihood to thousands of Nigerians. Virtues, according to him, should be, in the popular estimate, the rule guiding human conduct in business, social and circuits rather than the exception.

A man is nothing without his virtues”, he argues. Thus he endeavours to do good. But his deeds are done not as an apology or extenuation of his fortune. While many rich men propagate virtues as penances for the inaction of the world’s privileged divide, Samad imbibes and perpetuates the culture of goodness out of an intrinsic part of his manliness.

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It’s no longer news that Abdul Samad Rabiu had launched the ASR Africa Initiative for Education, Health and Social Development in Africa which focuses mainly on equipping facilities, researchers, healthcare practitioners and community-level service providers and also supporting the efforts of various Governments in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa in Education, Healthcare and Social Development.

The Initiative came at the right time when the nation’s educational and health sectors witness serious turmoil, this simple act of support would surely help our Education, Health and Social Development in the country and Africa at large.

While the Initiative focuses mainly on equipping facilities, researchers, healthcare practitioners and community-level service providers and also supporting the efforts of various Governments in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa Social Development. Ahmadu Bello University, University of Nigeria, Nsukka; University of Maiduguri; University of Ilorin; University of Ibadan, and University of Benin as beneficiaries in the first cohort of the intervention grant. In fact, Initiative will go a long way in bridging the infrastructure deficit in education within Nigeria and other African Countries.

It is remarkable that Abdul Samad Rabiu, has within the past years supporting educational and health development in the country through BUA foundation.

On part of the government there is need for such encouragement of this noble act of supporting public institutions by corporate bodies and individual, there is also need a structure that will encourage more goodwill. That will necessitate putting in place fiscal measures in that direction by the government at all level.

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That is what other countries have done. In the Western Countries and United States individuals and corporate bodies rendered such assistance.

Another area the less privileged felt his impact most is at this holy month of Ramadan, through BUA foundation, thousands of needy have decent iftar breakfast distributed at major Masjid across the states packed in disposal containers. The Foundation assigned selected peoples with responsibilities of going to high density area to give out foodstuffs to poor peoples. Paid million of naira to set free hundred of inmate with minor offences. patients and their bedsitters are not left out at various hospitals in the state; they are receiving monetary assistance which runs into several hundred millions as the patients and their bedsitters received N10000 each.

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Clears medical bills for those that cannot affor and have no way of ever repaying him in any way while silently funding the education of thousands of people. He is among the few men that can knead the tripartite traits of genius, modesty, and character into that moral and human centaur that remains unattainable to generations of Nigerian multibillionaires and other tycoons

Dukawa wrote in from Kano state.
can be reached at abbahydukawa@gmail.com

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Nasarawa Lawmaker, Angibi Names Son After Former Governor Of the State

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Hon Abdullahi Dahiru Angibi,  member representing Lafia Central constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly 
Nasarawa Lawmaker, Angibi Names Son After Former Governor Of the State
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Hon Abdullahi Dahiru Angibi,  member representing Lafia Central constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly 

Hon Abdullahi Dahiru Angibi,  member representing Lafia Central constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly

Hon Abdullahi Dahiru Angibi,  member representing Lafia Central constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly  has named his new born baby boy, Umaru, reflecting the immediate past Governor of the state and now Senator representing Nasarawa South, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.

Hon. Dahiru Angibi, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Public Account while naming his son in Agyaragyu, Lafia today has promised to ensure proper upbringing of the little Umaru Al-Makura in a Godly way.

The lawmaker said that he named his son after Al-Makura to appreciated mentorship the former governor,  senator of the federal republic for his support and love he has shown and given to him when he contested election in 2015 and the support Al-Makura is still giving to him up to date.

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” Sen. Umaru Tanko  Al-Makura is my role model, my mentor. He has supported me to be where I am today, hence the need for naming my son after him,” he said

” First and foremost, I want to thank God for the gift of a son and to thank my colleagues, the SSG, Barr Mohammed Aliyu, Alhaji Yusuf Agabi, Alhaji Aliyu Bello, the state APC Caretaker Committee Secretary and other well wishers for rejoicing with me.

” I pray God to protect, bless and give my son sound health who I named him after Sen. Umaru Al- Makura.

” I want to assure that I will ensure his proper upbringing in a Godly way for the development of my family and the societal at large ,” he said.

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Hon. Angibi has assured the people of his constituency of more dividends of democracy in order to improve on their standard of living.

 

” I will continue to key into positive  policies and programmes that will change the lives of my constituents and other people positively, ” he said.

He solicited for support from all and sundry to enable him succeed.

The lawmaker called on the people of his constituency and the state at large to support Gov.Abdullahi Sule’s administration and other leaders to succeed.

He urged the people of his constituency and the state at large to continue to live in peace, be law abiding and be their  brother’s keepers irrespective of their affiliations.

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He urged Muslims and other Nigerians to use the Ramadan period to pray for the unity, peace and development of the country.

Earlier, Mallam Jibrin Liman Tanko, the Chief Imam of Agyaragu Central Mosque, who led other clerics while presiding over the naming prayers urged parents  to inculcate moral values on their children for societal development.

He said that children are special  gift from God, hence the need for parents to train their children in a godly way.

The chief imam also prayed for the success of leaders as well as for the unity, peace, progress  and development of the state and the country at large.

It would be reported that Hon Tanko Tunga, Hon Mohammed Muluku, Hon Suleiman Yakubu, Hon Ismaeel Danbaba, SSG, Alhaji Yusuf Agabi, Alhaji Aliyu Bello, the state APC Caretaker Committee Secretary among other well wishers attended the naming ceremony.

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Elempe Dele, Benin.

I have struggled to shrug off the thoughts to write about one of our most distinguished leader in PDP, Hon. Paschal Ogbome, AKA Ominimi of Africa, as he adds one more year to his years here on earth, but the temptation to pour the befitting encomium to his worthy character took precedence.

Hon. Paschal Ogbome

Hon. Paschal Ogbome

I have known so many men in the course of my life and in the meantime foray into politics, not so many charm me as Ominimi does. Apart from being an asset to humanity, he happen to be available to many endearments to which even those who might be opposed to him in politics or otherwise will testify.

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He is first a family man, then a gentleman, a mentor, a friend, a father figure, an associate, a solicitor and a politically savvy detribalised cosmopolitan individual.

He cuts his teeth into the three senatorial districts in long term friendships that you would suspect he is from the trio. Oh yes, he is a veteran in making friends.

His style is suave and would always stand out as an iconic figure he is in any gathering. He is elegant, confident, pleasant, charming, and sophisticated without being arrogant.

He is blandly urbane. Oh, recently, he has added the bell-bottom pants to his collection that reminds one of the Renaissance revivalists.

Who has ever missed his simple bow ties, bowler hats and his 1940s German mustache? They are his trademarks in social gatherings when he is in attendance. You must know him or else.

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If we talk about Ominimi’s fashion sense, we must also be bold enough to talk about the content of his character. First, he is unassuming, then he is an avid listener to details, logic and agrees if what you are saying makes sense. And to me, that’s one of his greatest and finest virtues. And that makes him a smoothly agreeable person.

He is also very polite; he will never talk people like us who are newcomers into politics down. Even if he would want to disagree with us, he does so with equanimity because he has that following in most of us that need mentorship and guidance.

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Over the years, Ominimi has become somewhat an institution, and an embodiment of candour. He is elegant without necessarily being elititistic.

We can continue to essentuate  his personality without end. Of not for his birthday, Ominimi needs no introduction, he is worldwide. However, it is fitting and deserving to celebrate him in more than written Psalms, he must be wished well. As he grows older each passing day, may his divinity continue to add to his fountain of wisdom, his political acumen, his social sagacity and may his health continue to flourish. I wish him happiness today and always, for it’s the greatest desire of mankind.

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