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Abdullahi Wuse emerges Niger Assembly Speaker

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Minna, June 11, 2019 The Niger House of Assembly on Tuesday elected Alhaji Abdullahi Wuse (APC), member representing Tafa Constituency, as the speaker of the 9th Assembly in the state.

Wuse was declared speaker following his nomination by member representing Chachanga, Ahmed Marafa (APC),  the immediate past speaker of the assembly.

NAN reports that Bako Alfa (APC), representing Bida I, was declared deputy speaker following his nomination by Ndagi Baba, (APC) member representing Lavun.

Wuse and Alfa were the only officials nominated for their respective positions after which they were declared speaker and deputy speaker respectively by the Clerk of the House, Abdullahi Kagara.

In his acceptance speech, the new speaker pledged to work with his colleagues to move the state forward.

“I want to thank my colleagues for finding me worthy to occupy this exalted position.

“My colleagues and we will do our best to churn out bills and motions that will move the state forward,” he added.

NAN reports that 22 out of 27 members of the state assembly took oath of office.

NAN reports that Wuse, who was born in 1963, is a first term member in the House of Assembly and a former chairman of Tafa Local Government Area.

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Palm oil industry in Nigeria non-functional, says Sen.Abdullahi

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The Chairman Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, said that the palm oil industry in most states was non-functional in spite of the huge potential of the sector.

He said this on Tuesday, at a one-day public hearing organised by the committee on three bills and one motion.

Nigeria News Agency reports that bills include Nigeria Oil Palm Industrial Park, National Rice Development Council of Nigeria, Food Security and the Urgent Need to Revive the Palm Oil Industry of Nigeria.

Abdullahi said that the Senate was worried over the deplorable state of a sector that once fed the country through its oil palm in the 1950s to the 1970s.

He said: “From being an exporter of palm products, the country is now embarrassingly an importer of 400, 000 to 600, 000 MT of palm oil to meet local demands.

“There is no explanation for things to continue this way as we have the right climatic conditions to grow our palm oil industry.’’

He listed some of the industries to include RISONPALM in Rivers, ADAPALM Plantation and Oil Mills.

Abdullahi said that the hearing would investigate the challenges of developing the palm oil industry and draw conclusions from inputs from stakeholders on how to fully harness the potentials of the industry.

“We will also see how the Federal Government, through research and development can revive the moribund Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) Benin.

“NIFOR has the mandate to conduct research into improved varieties for improved yields. We will continue to make all necessary efforts until we get it right’’,  he said.

According to Abdullahi, the bills when passed, would ensure food security, promote agriculture, create jobs and develop the sector through various value chains.

He further said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was sensitive to the desire for transforming agriculture from being merely a means of attaining food self-sufficiency into a powerful engine of growth and prosperity.

Declaring the hearing open, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said that efforts at diversifying the economy  would be sustained because of the increasingly unpredictable nature of oil production and revenue generation.

Lawan, represented by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, said “the desire to expand the economy beyond dependence on oil would also have to go further than solid materials to include not just the broader description of products as agricultural, but also specific yields like palm oil.

“Happily, we have a rich history of oil palm production. The challenge before us is to revive this history to complement our many efforts in solid materials, rice among others.”

He said that just as the appropriate legislation could be very helpful in bringing about the oil palm industrial park, it could also help Nigeria’s drive to ensure food security.

Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture, Abdulkadir Mu’azu, commended the Senate for contemplating the national food security bill.

He, however, cautioned that over fragmentation of agencies, policies and structures were likely not going to achieve good governance.

“This will lead to duplication and inefficient utilisation of natural resources,’’ he added.

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Presidency condemns NEF’s verdict on Buhari, describes Ango Abdullahi, ‘a General without troops’

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The Presidency has dismissed the assessment of the Buhari administration by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), describing the forum as a quasi-organisation that boast of no credible membership, and its leader akin to a General without troops.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the forum had on Sunday scored the All Progressives Congress led Federal Government low, saying the Buhari -led government appeared helpless in finding solutions to nation’s security challenges as well as poverty in the country.

The forum addressed Journalists at the end of the meeting convened by its chairman, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, where it alleged that ”poverty, particularly in the North and massive social security have worsened under Buhari’s administration.”

Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, however, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, expressed reservations over the NEF verdict on the Buhari administration, saying Abdullahi had again shown his antipathy against the president.

”Prof. Ango Abdullahi on Sunday signed a long-winding statement on many issues relating to the North, and purportedly to the country.

”The former vice chancellor signed the statement under the banner of Northern Elders Forum (NEF). Hearing that title, you would think the body was a conglomeration of true elders.

”But the truth is that NEF is just Ango Abdullahi, and Ango Abdullahi is NEF. It is a quasi-organisation that boasts of no credible membership, and its leader is akin to a General without troops.

”Before the 2019 presidential election, the one-man army called NEF had shown its antipathy against President Muhammadu Buhari, and its preference for another candidate. They all got beaten together.

”NEF is merely waving a flag that is at half-mast. Buhari steadily and steadfastly focuses on the task of retooling Nigeria, and discerning Nigerians know the true state of the nation.

”They don’t need a paper tiger to tell them anything,” he said.

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Breaking: Supreme Court upholds election of Abdullahi Ganduje as Governor of Kano State

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State

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Abuja, Jan. 20, 2020The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the election of

Abdullahi Ganduje as duly elected Governor of Kano State.

The Five-Member panel, dismissed the appeals and cross appeals filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Abba Yusuf.

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Buhari mourns Nephew, Abdullahi Dauda

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the admirable life lived by Abdullahi Dauda, his nephew, and prayed to Allah to shower his blessings on the soul of the deceased.

According to a statement by one of his spokesmen, Malam Garba Shehu in Abuja, the president made his feelings known through a delegation he sent to the family of the late nephew, in Kaduna on Wednesday.

The President said the late Abdullahi lived a life of service to fellow citizens and the nation, worthy of emulation.

The delegation, led by Jalal Arabi, Permanent Secretary, State House, prayed that the goodness that marked the life of the deceased would follow him to the grave, reflecting at the same time, on the family that survived him.

The delegation, which was received by the older brothers of the deceased, Abdul-Mudallab Dauda and Malam Mamman Daura, included the Senior Special Assistants to the President, Sarki Abba and Garba Shehu.

Others were the State Chief of Protocol, Amb. Lawal Kazaure; Chief Personal Security Officer, (CPSO), Abdulkarim Dauda and the Special Assistant in the President’s office, Sabi’u Yusuf Tunde.

A Member, House of Representatives, Sha’aban Sharada; and the Technical Assistant to the Minister of State, Petroleum, Engr. Nuhu Sani were also among the delegation.

The President’s larger family members thanked him for sending the delegation, and consoled him in turn for the loss of the nephew.

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Senate may amend death penalty clause in Hate Speech Bill, Sen. Abdullahi

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The Nigerian Senate may amend the proposed death penalty clause in the Hate Speech Bill before it.

Sen. Sabi Abdullahi, who is the sponsor of the bill, made this known in a statement he signed on Sunday in Abuja.

Abdullahi, who is the Deputy Chief Whip in the Senate, assured that the death penalty proposed in the bill would be amended by the Senate “when it is subjected to legislative input at the National Assembly.”

Nigeria News Agency reports that the controversial bill had, on Nov. 12, passed first reading.

Abdullahi, who represents Niger North Senatorial District, said that the bill would undergo some fine-tunings to ensure that the clauses contained in its provisions to be passed into law reflected Nigerians’ views.

He added that the Senate welcomed contributions and inputs by critics and supporters of the bill, as these would go a long way towards giving Nigerians the much awaited law that would address the disturbing trend of hate speech.

According to him, hate speech has led to the death of many and is a major factor behind depression and suicide in Nigeria.

“We have followed closely arguments for and against the hate speech bill, and seen the reason why some kicked against it.

“Given the high respect which we have for Nigerians, we will make amendment to the death penalty aspect that most Nigerians objected to, so that a bill that meets their expectations is passed into law.

“Clearly from the conversations, Nigerians agree that we have a problem in the society today as a result of hate speech, which has fuelled so many killings and violence, and is responsible for cases of depression and suicides,” he said.

Citing a World Health Organisation (WHO)’s report, Abdullahi disclosed that Nigeria, which was the seventh-largest country in the world, “has Africa’s highest rate of depression and ranks fifth in the world’s frequency of suicide rate.”

The lawmaker explained that the Independent National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speech to be established would guard against every act of discrimination against Nigerians by way of victimisation.

The commission, according to Abdullahi, will have an executive chairperson, a secretary and twelve commissioners appointed through rigorous process involving the National Council of State, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the National Assembly.

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Abdullahi assumes duty as NYSC North Central zonal coordinator in Niger

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Mr Yusuf Abdullahi has assumed duty as the new Coordinator for the North Central Zonal Area Office of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) established for north central states in Niger.

Nigeria News Agency recalls that the Director General of NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, had disclosed during his visit to Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger on August of the approval given to the scheme to establish zonal area office in the state.

The office would oversee the activities of the NYSC operations in Niger, Kogi, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kwara and the FCT to enhance the achievements of the scheme’s lofty ideals.

Yusuf, in an interactive session with the management and staff of NYSC at the scheme secretariat in the Niger, said that NYSC was poised for greater productivity and effective service delivery and called for maximum cooperation.

He disclosed that the office would enable the scheme monitor, coordinate and supervise staff and corps members in the north central geo-political zone.

He solicited the support of the management and staff for the full take-off of the area office.

In her remarks, Mrs Funmilayo Ajayi, NYSC Coordinator in Niger, assured the area coordinator of the support of the staff and management of the state secretariat.

She described the establishment of the office in Minna as a welcome development, adding that the office would improve the effective implementation of the scheme’s policies.


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Abdullahi wins 20th edition of IBB Ladies Closed Golf Championship

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Jummai Abdullahi has emerged the overall winner of the 20th edition of the IBB Ladies Closed Golf Championship, after carding a gross score of 185 and nett score of 149.

The handicap 18 player won ahead of defending champion Grace Ihonvbere who had to settle for the first runner-up position after a gross score of 175.

The handicap 11 Ihonvbere did not only win the best gross prize among the players in the handicap 0 to 18 category, she also won two auxillary prizes.

The former Lady Captain shot the nearest to the pin on hole 8, with a shot of 4.8 metres, while she also had the longest drive of 187 metres on hole 7.

In the competition held at the IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja from Thursday to Saturday, S.E. Haruna also finished as second runner-up with a gross score of 216.

Faridah Wada scored 202 gross and 176 nett to win the runner-up best nett prize, as well as shooting 5.0 metres for the nearest to the pin prize on hole 16.

Adebimpe Usman won the best nett prize with 150 nett, after scoring a gross of 186.

In the handicap 19 to 36 players, W.N. Abubakar won the best nett priz with 150, while S. Nkwariza emerged runner-up with 162 and P. Katchy second runner-up with 165.

D. Mamza was fourth with 167, J. Ikwue fifth with 168 and M. Edozie with 169.

In the ladies’ veterans category, M. Nwoye won with a best nett score of 77, while H. Wada emerged runner-up with 90 and Josephine Nwaeze second runner-up with 91.

M.F. Mmakwe won the Super Veteran prize with a best nett score of 83, while L. Asomugha returned home with the prize for the longest drive on hole 10 with a shot over 204 metres.

Speaking after receiving her prize as overall winner, Abdullahi who is also the club’s Social and Welfare Officer described her victory as unexpected and a happy moment.

“From the beginning I had kept on telling myself it was anybody’s game to win, even when it looked bad and had a double bogey, I still kept on.

“But, in spite of this and the setback on hole 14, it was clear that it was destined to be my game. It shows that once God has decided something is yours, nothing can stop you from getting it,’’ she said.

Abdullahi however advised fellow lady golfers not to give up on the game, and on pursuing their dreams when playing.

“Let’s keep playing and giving ourselves targets, so as to give ourselves good exercise and a good time,’’ she added.

Speaking during the championship’s closing ceremony, Paullen Tallen, the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, advised women and other Nigerians to embrace the game of golf.

“Since I started playing, I have really felt the benefits and they are good. I will now make sure I come around to play.

“It is a awesome game, and I am inspired with it and even this championship where we have all truly enjoyed ourselves.

“I urge all Nigerian women, and even others, to golf. It is good and exhilarating, not only as a form of exercise, but as a sport and to have fun.

“I will even say people should play it for the fun and exercise, play it from the heart as a way of enjoying yourself,’’ she said.

Also speaking, Nanfe Audu, the Lady Captain of the IBB International Golf and Country Club, had thanked all participants as well as members of the club for the success the competition recorded.

“I must not fail to say that determination by the players and dedication by all members, especially the organising committee members, ensured that we recorded a huge success.

“We did have a little challenge of funding, but our members rallied round to contribute financially. This was really good,’’ she said.

Audu then announced that, as part of her administration’s tradition, the Ladies Section of the club was donating money totalling N200,000, as well as food items and others to charity.

The donation was made to an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp at a village in the Kuje Area Council of the FCT.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that more than 170 players took part in the three-day championship, with about 70 of them female and about 100 female.


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Buhari salutes Yerima Abdullahi at 80, describes him as man of shining virtues

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President Muhammadu Buhari has described the former Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Amb. Ibrahim Yerima Abdullahi, as “one of our greatest, selfless, dedicated and patriotic public officials I have known.”

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said the President stated this in a warm tribute he wrote on the elder statesman, who is celebrating his 80th birthday.

According to him, Yerima, who is also the bearing then traditional title of ‘Sarkin Bai of Gombe’, is an outstanding gentleman who is fired by the passion to serve his country selflessly.

President Buhari noted that “in a society battling greed, selfless and dedicated public officials like Yerima are rare because they put good name before personal advantages.”

The President praised the Sarkin Bai as “a man of shining virtues who belongs to the golden age of our public service”,

“I am proud of his unblemished record in public life.

“As an APC elder who contributed immensely to the successes of the party in elections, Yerima is a quality party leader whose achievements, as well as his integrity, we will continue to cherish,” he said.

He prayed God to continue ”to bless the Sarkin Bai with good health and longer life to serve Nigeria and his people even more”.

recalls that Abdullahi served as Minister of Education during the tenure of Buhari as the military Head of State in 1984

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President Buhari mourns classmate, Dr Tukur Abdullahi

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President Muhammadu Buhari said he was “devastated’’ by the passing of his classmate, Dr. Tukur Abdullahi, a Kaduna based medical doctor, who died at the National Hospital, Abuja.

The President made his feelings known in a condolence message by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Thursday.

He said Tukur, who established and operated Jinya Specialist Hospital, was an “epitome of kindness, warmth and care which he brought into medical practice’’.

He said: “As one of those who schooled with the deceased, I was always delighted to be associated with the gentleman, who was so nice.

“The late Dr Tukur was not only a gentleman, but also a compassionate and dedicated professional who chose medicine out of his sheer passion to serve humanity.

“I am deeply touched by the demise of Dr Tukur, one of the finest medical doctors you can ever meet. May Allah bless his gentle soul, and reward his good deeds with paradise.

“May God comfort his family and give them the fortitude to overcome this irreparable loss.’’

President Buhari also condoled with Tukur’s family, Katsina Emirate, government and people of Katsina over the sad loss, urging them to find solace in his good works.
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Rohr picks Azeez, Olayinka for Brazil game, as Omeruo, Abdullahi, Awaziem return

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Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has invited midfielder Ramon Azeez and forward Peter Olayinka into Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the Oct. 13 friendly with five-times world champions Brazil in Singapore on Sunday.

Ademola Olajire, Director of Communications, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), disclosed in a statement on Thursday that Rohr is also having defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awaziem back from injury.

“Otherwise, the squad is largely unchanged from the side that was forced to a 2-2 draw by Ukraine in Dnipro on Sept. 10,’’ he said.

Olajire said goalkeepers Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Maduka Okoye were also retained in the squad.

“But England-based Leon Balogun and Russia-based Bryan Idowu are however left out of those called up for the defence.’’

The NFF spokesman said Azeez, a former under-20 national team captain now with Spanish La Liga side Granada was called up just as English side Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho was left out.

“Girondins Bordeaux’s Joshua Maja will sit this one out, with his place taken by another new boy, Olayinka,’’ he said.

Olajire disclosed further that England-based midfielder Wilfred Ndidi also returns after missing the Ukraine encounter with injury.

“Alex Iwobi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Scotland-based Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, who scored on his debut against Ukraine, are all back in midfield, with Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu, Paul Onuachu and Emmanuel Dennis all back in the frontline.

“Substantive captain Ahmed Musa is still down with injury,’’ he added.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that all invited players are expected to arrive in Singapore on Oct. 9.

Nigeria and Brazil will face each other at the Singapore National Stadium at Kallang in Singapore on Oct. 13.

The clash is coming 23 years after Nigeria, on their way to winning Africa’s first Olympic football gold medal, spanked Brazil 4-3 after extra time in the Atlanta Games’ semi-finals.

The match was played at the Athens Stadium in the State of Georgia, U.S.

THE INVITED PLAYERS

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Omonia FC, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Emil Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England)

Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Anderson Esiti (PAOK Salonica, Greece); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain)

Forwards: Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)

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Tribunal affirms election Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa

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The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lafia on Saturday affirmed the election of Gov. Abdullahi Sule of the APC.

Delivering judgment Justice Abba Mohammed, Chairman of the Tribunal, dismissed the petition filed by Mr David Ombugadu, candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the election of Gov. Sule in the March 9 Governorship poll.

In a unanimous judgment, Mohammed, held that the PDP petition lacked merit.

The tribunal held that the petitioner failed to prove the allegation of over voting, non voting and non compliance with the electoral act.

The tribunal also held that the petitioner failed to prove how collation of results was disrupted.

“The burden of prove lay with the petitioner and he has failed to prove the allegations.

“The petitioner has failed to produce two sets of results (original and fake) to prove that the outcome was falsified in favour of APC candidate.

“Hence he failed to prove that, we therefore, uphold the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).” the tribunal held.

Ombugadu, a two term House of Representative Member is challenging the election on account of alleged unlawful declaration of Sule as winner of the poll.

The PDP candidate had also claimed that the polls did not comply with provisions of the Electoral Act 2010.

He had also alleged intimidation of voters, unlawful cancellation of votes and malpractice during the election.

reports that Gov. Sule of APC polled 327, 229 votes to defeat Ombugadu of PDP who scored 184, 281 votes in the March 9, governorship elections.

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Global IT hails Buhari for appointing Abdullahi as new NITDA DG

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Mr Rasheed Bakare, the Country Director of the firm, gave the commendation in a letter addressed to the president and made available to the Nigeria News Agency , on Wednesday, in Ibadan.

Bakare, in the letter, applauded the appointment of the 39 year-old Abdullahi, describing him as a “digital guru and industry key player”, with potential to surpass his predecessors’ achievements.

He said: “Abdullahi, for a couple of years, has shown and proven to be a world class professional who will use his wide network to take NITDA to the next level, in line with the president’s vision.

“He will also ensure that the agency is more efficient and effective in its role as the clearing house for all IT projects and infrastructural development in the country.”

Bakare, while congratulating Abdullahi on his appointment, which it described as well-deserved, charged him to leave above board and justify the confidence reposed in him by the president.

NAN reports that the new NITDA boss was born on Feb. 21, 1980 in Hadejia, Jigawa State.

He is a graduate of Computer Science from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT-Sloan), with 15 years experience in IT operations, business transformation and solution architecture in both the private and public sectors.

He attended leadership and management courses at Harvard University, USA, University of Cambridge, UK and IMD Business School in Switzerland.

The new NITDA boss is the first Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) in Nigeria’s public sector and certified project manager as well as solution architect.

He worked at Galaxy Backbone as Network Engineer, IP Network Field Engineer, Senior Network & Lead, IP Operations Team, and Senior Solution Architect & Lead, Technical Solution Design Team from 2004 to 2013.

In 2014, he joined the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as a Technology Architect, where he dedicated his time to developing Technology Architecture Repository that gives total view of the bank’s IT infrastructure and easy decision on new IT investment.

Abdullahi was part of the team that executed software license rationalisation, which has increased cost savings for the bank in license annual subscriptions.

As a technology architect at the apex bank, he produced seven Solution Architectures for critical IT initiatives that helped in achieving cashless policy in Nigeria.

The new NITDA boss also overhauled the agency’s IT clearance process and encouraged shared services among agencies which helped the federal government saved over N16 billion from IT projects.

Abdullahi is a member of both the British Computer Society (BCS) and Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), and he is a recipient of 100 Leading Telecom and ICT Personalities award in Nigeria.

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FG appoints Kashifu Abdullahi as new NITDA boss

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The Federal Government on Tuesday appointed Mr Kashifu Abdullahi as the new Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Mrs Hadiza Umar, Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations of NITDA confirmed the appointment to the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja.

Umar quoted a statement signed by Mr Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, on the new NITDA boss appointment and others.

The appointment of Abdullahi was sequel to the nomination of Dr Isa Pantami, the outgoing director general of the agency as a minister designate by the President.

Abdullahi until his appointment was a principal officer at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) who was on secondment to NITDA as a Technical Assistant to Pantami.

Born on Feb. 21, 1980, Abdullahi is a graduate from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi state and the fifth director general of NITDA.

He, in the past worked with the Galaxy Backbone Limited and has a number of professional certifications.

Other appointments by the government according to Shehu, included Sen. Basheer Mohammed who replaced Mrs Sadiya Farouk as Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees,Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.

Dr Chioma Ejikeme was appointed to replace Mrs Sharon Ikeazor as the Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.

Mr Adeleke Adewolu’s name had also been forwarded to the Senate to replace Mr Sunday Dare as Executive Commissioner, Nigerian Communications Commission.

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Buhari congratulates Imam Abdullahi on U.S. Award

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed delight over the International Religious Freedom Award conferred on Imam Abubakar Abdullahi of Nigeria by the U.S. Department of State.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Thursday, said Buhari felicitated with Imam Abudllahi on the well-deserved honour by no less a credible and formidable government agency of the United States.

According to him, the recognition bestowed on the 83-year old Muslim cleric is towering and befitting for the patriot who risked his own life and that of his family on June 23, 2018, to save the lives of hundreds of Christians.

The affected persons were fleeing from attacks by suspected bandits in Yelwan Gindin Akwati, Swei and Nghar villages in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau.

The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo had on May 30, 2019, at the State House, Abuja, received the Imam, the Village Head, Damafulul Mangai; community leaders and a delegation from the U.S., UK and European Union.

Osinbajo said the cleric “has done so much to promote peace by his singular act than most politicians could do and deserve all the commendation and high honour’’.

An elated Buhari said that “a Nigerian national has written his name in gold in the international arena and his deeds will resonate wherever and whenever there are discussions on religious tolerance, cordiality between Christians and Muslims in the country and around the world’’.

The president recommended the sterling virtues of Imam Abdullahi to all clerics, in particular, and Nigerians in general.

He also affirmed the commitment of his administration to freedom of religion and worship for all Nigerians, as guaranteed by the constitution.

Buhari stressed that under no circumstance would any religion or faith be imposed on the nation.

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Okowa mourns as ex-Bendel Milad, Husaini Abdullahi dies at 80

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has condoled with the government and people of Nassarawa State and Nigerian Navy over the demise of former military governor of defunct Bendel State, Rtd. Vice Admiral Husaini Abdullahi.

Okowa’s condolence was conveyed in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu, on Thursday in Asaba.

He said that late Abdullahi would be remembered for his sacrifices and good-heartedness; most remarkably in his contributions to the growth and development of the present-day Delta.

The governor said that Abdullahi dedicated his life to the service of the nation which was exemplified by his exceptional career in the military and business world which culminated in his emergence as Chairman of defunct Inland Bank upon retirement.

“I am deeply saddened to hear the news of his death.

“He was a remarkable officer and a man with strong will and character whose wise counsel will be sorely missed by those his life influenced tremendously.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I mourn the exit of a fine officer and elder statesman, Vice Admiral Husaini Abdullahi (rtd).

“My profound condolences to the family, the government and people of Nassarawa state as well as the Nigerian Navy where he had a brilliant career.

“I pray Almighty God to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and comfort all who mourn his demise,” Okowa said.

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2015 senate rule illegal, not fit for 9th assembly -Sen. Abdullahi

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Abuja, June 10, 2019 The Chairman,  Sen. Ahmad Lawan Campaign Group, Sen. Yahaya Abdullahi says,  amendments done to 2015 Senate Rule is illegal and not fit to be used in the 9th National Assembly.

Abdullahi made this known at the News Agency of Nigeria Forum on Monday in Abuja.

He said the process of the amendment was against the rules of the senate and should not be allowed to be used in the next assembly.

The senator-elect noted that those opposed to the illegality did not push further to allow peace to reign in the life of the 8th assembly.

According to him, the Bukola Saraki group then, rushed to amend the rules to suit them without recourse to laid down procedure.

“They were afraid of our number so they rushed and unilaterally amended the rules of the senate.

“In our bid to keep peace in the senate, some of us withdrew the case from  court.

“The amendment to the rules of the senate then was illegal and the police investigation that was done showed it was done without the consent of the senate.

“This is because the senate rules are very clear. Before you amend the riles you have to bring it to plenary for senators to vote.

“In this case,  they never at any point brought it  to senate for ratification.

“That is why we are saying that particular change they made to the rules of the senate should not be acceptable,” he said.

The chairman, however, noted that they were not afraid of a secret ballot system, should the national assembly management choose to go for it as against open ballot system.

“If the bureaucracy of the National Assembly insists that, that illegality stands we have no fear that even if they vote secretly,  Lawan will win.

“We prefer open ballot system not because it will benefit us or be to our advantage but because we think that is the normal parliamentary practice everywhere in the world.

“Legislators everywhere in the world are accountable to the people who elected them.

“The only way the people who elect legislators are sure they are keeping to the mandate is to check the voters’ record.

“It is good for those who elected us to know our voting pattern on major issues,” he said.

He noted that same thing obtained in other climes and should be adopted in Nigerian parliament.

He stressed that, “In the British or American parliaments, the voting records are the ones taken into account when it comes to election. So we think it is important for people who elect us to know how we vote on major issues of national concern.

“That is why we are insisting on this. We all know what happened to the 2015 rule,” he added.

Edited by Chioma Ugboma

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6th Nasarawa State House of Assembly re-elects Balarabe-Abdullahi as Speaker

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Lafia, June 10, 2019 The 6th Nasarawa State House of Assembly has re-elected

Balarabe-Abdullahi, the Speaker of the 5th Assembly, emerged unopposed on Monday, during

inauguration of the 6th Assembly in Lafia.

He was sworn in by the Clerk of the State Assembly, Mr Ego Maikeffi Abashe.

by Alhaji Aliyu Dogara (APC-Wamba).

Okpoku said the nomination of Balarabe-Abdullahi was based on his leadership qualities and track records.

of deputy speaker.

Mr Danladi Jatau (PDP-Kokona West) seconded the nomination of Dandaura for deputy speaker.

The House unanimously elected Balarabe-Abdullahi and  Dandaura as speaker and deputy speaker of the assembly.

The speaker in his acceptance speech, appreciated his colleagues for the rare privilege to serve them again.

He said “I accept my nomination and election as speaker of the 6th Nasarawa State House of Assembly.

“I consider my nomination as affirmation of my leadership in the 5th assembly.

“It was anchored on team work, sincerity, transparency, respect for one another and indeed the fear of God.”

He promised to enhance working relationship with members, saying the 6th Assembly would consolidate on

the gains of the previous assembly for the benefit of the people of the state.

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No senator-elect has denied signing for Lawan’s Senate Presidency bid — Abdullahi

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Abuja, June 10, 2019 Sen. Yahaya Abdullahi, Chairman, Ahmad Lawan Campaign Group, says none of the  All Progressive Congress (APC)’s senator-elect, who signed the endorsement list for Sen. Ahmad Lawan’s Senate presidential bid, has denied his signature.

Abdullahi stated this on Monday when he appeared at the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja.

He said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s senators-elect were not expected to sign the list made up of  60 APC senators-elect but added that Lawan also enjoyed the support of members of the opposition party.

”The real issue was that we didn’t go to take the list of the signatures of the PDP lawmakers supporting Sen. Lawan because being an opposition party, they deserve some measures of cover.

”So, we did not want to include them but the ones we included on our list are purely APC members.

”And out of the 63 APC senators-elect, we had signatures of 60 of them who wrote their names and signed.

”And there is a senator-elect from Anambra South, Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah, a YPP member, who is caucusing with the APC.

”I think yesterday, immediately former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, received his certificate of return, he is also going to be our final signatory of members who signed.

”That will make our number to be 62.The list is there, it can be crosschecked. And since we published this, nobody has come out to say that his name or signature was forged. The list was published for more than three days,” he said

Abdullahi, who acknowledged that everyone had  the right to vie for any position, said the group was confident that majority of the PDP lawmakers-elect would vote in favour of Lawan as the group had already reached out to them.

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All set for Lawan to emerge Senate President — Sen. Abdullahi

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Abuja, June 10, 2019 With barely 24 hours to the convening of the 9th National Assembly, the Lawan Campaign Group has assured Nigerians that Sen. Ahmad Lawan will emerge President of the Senate.

The Chairman of the group, Sen. Yahaya Abdullahi, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday.

He said he was sure of Lawan’s victory because his team began making the necessary contact with members-elect, even before endorsement from President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“We are quite certain that we will succeed, by the grace of God.

“We have worked hard. We started immediately after the election to campaign for Sen. Ahmad Lawan.

“We started before we knew we were going to get the blessing of the party and President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Despite the endorsement we felt it was necessary to reach out to our colleagues in the APC and the opposition parties because the major opposition, PDP has 44 senators-elect which is not a small number out of 109 members expected to make the 9th assembly.

“We also met with them on one on one basis. We met with them as a caucus in Sen. Like Ekweremadu’s house and we were well received.

“In fact Ekweremadu said it was the first meeting of the senate because everybody was there exchanging banters,” he said.

Abdullahi said that the PDP was aware of Lawan’s capacity to deliver on the job and to do justice to all and so its members would vote for him.

On Sen. Ali Ndume, who is the only other contestant for the senate presidency, Abdullahi said he wished him well, adding that they were friends and not foes.

He said: “In fact I was exchanging banters with him when I went for accreditation this morning.

“We have been friends in spite of our political struggles and positions in the senate.

“We have cooperated on many other platforms. Besides, Ndume has the right to contest and he is exercising his inalienable right.”

The chairman said that while it was necessary to contest for positions in the national assembly, the most important thing to note was that at the end of the day they would all become the senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to represent Nigerians.

(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)

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Sen. Lawan is peace loving, deserves to be Senate President-Sen. Abdullahi

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Sen. Yahaya Abdullahi, Chairman, Lawan Campaign Group has described Sen. Ahmad Lawan as an astute politician that seeks peace with all men.

Abdullahi(APC-Kebbi), who said this at the News Agency of Nigeria flagship programme in Abuja, stressed that the virtue had endeared him to his colleagues in the National Assembly and other associates.

The lawmaker said Lawan, who is seeking to be President of the 9th Senate, is the best candidate for the job.

According to him, contrary to expectations, Lawan did not “make trouble when he was shortchanged from being president of the senate in 2015”, noting that his approach to the matter showed his sportsmanship.

He said “after the 2015 election, Sen. Lawan did not make trouble instead he was made the Chairman Senate Committee on Defence and he accepted willingly.

“He was later made the Leader of the Senate after the former leader fell out with his group.

“So you can see that he is man of peace and deserves to be the president of the senate.”

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