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Auchi monarch urges Muslims to pray Eid-el-fitr at home



Ahead of the Eid-El-Fitri celebration, which marks the end of the Ramadan fasting, the Otaru of Auchi has called on Muslims to observe the Eid prayer in their respective homes.

Otaru Aliru Momoh (Ikelebe lll), who is also the Vice-President- General Supreme Council for Islamic Affair, (NSCA), gave the advice on Friday in Auchi.

He said this was in view of the ravaging corona virus (COVID-19), which he described as a new phenomenon mankind that must be contained to prevent spread.

He added that it was the first time the world was experiencing the pandemic, noting that the event was a reminder to all to return to God.

The traditional ruler also advised Nigerians to continue to respect and adhere to the lockdown guidelines as well as the prophetic guidance of Prophet Muhammad in containing any pandemic.

He noted that Eid-El-Fitri, the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting with intense prayers.

He added that in spite of this
the usual congregational prayer would not hold at the various Eid prayer grounds across the state.

He stressed that there was the need for people to obey constituted authorities as such persons were placed in such positions by the Almighty Allah.

He also said that Sallat was an obligation, adding that wherever one does prayers what mattered was the person’s heart and sincererity to God.

The Otaru urged the Muslims to continue to show love to all creatures of A God as enjoined during the Ramadan period.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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I am battling a gang-up, says Bauchi governor



Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state on Saturday said  he was battling a gang-up by people he had worked with before clinching the governorship position.

Mohammed made the revelation in Bauchi during a chat with journalists as part of activities marking his first year anniversary in office.

”We are doing our best and we are not doing it to be praised; we are doing it because we have to do it so as to free resources.

“My commissioners are complaining but we have to make sacrifices because we are bogged down by a feeling of gratitude to God and the people of Bauchi for what they have done for me.

“I’m the most investigated and denigrated person but the people have faith in me. I’ve faced opposition; even now I’m suffering from a gang-up.

“A gang-up by even people that I have worked with to come to this level,” said Mohammed.

The governor further stressed that he had no ‘god-father’ and no liability on his head to service anybody.

Mohammed, who said he had no partisan consideration in discharging his duties, revealed that most of the projects embarked upon by his administration were kickstarted by N11 billion  recovered by EFCC and handed over to his government .


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Bauchi Gov. mourns ex-NNPC GMD, Baru



Gov. Bala Mohammad of Bauchi State has condoled the people of the state over the death of a former Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Baru died late Friday night in Abuja and had since been buried according to Islamic rites.
The governor’s condolence message was contained in a statement made available to newsmen by his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media, Mr Muktar Gidado, in Bauchi on Saturday.
He described Baru’s demise as a great loss, not only to Bauchi state and Nigeria, but the world at large.
“The entire people of Bauchi expressed shock over the death of Baru.
“He was a great and patriotic son of Bauchi State, who contributed immensely in exploring oil in the North-East zone of Nigeria.
“We will never forget his landmarks in building and renovation of schools in some parts of the state, in addition to the many empowerment programmes and projects he initiated,” he said.
Mohammed further stressed that the late NNPC boss was instrumental to the reforms that helped in making the oil sector in Nigeria more viable, particularly in ending the long queues hitherto, occasioned by fuel scarcity in the country.
“On behalf of my family and the good people of Bauchi state, I commiserate with Baru’s family and Nigeria for his demise. I pray for the repose of his soul and the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” the governor added.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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APC accuses Bauchi State Govt of starving Assembly of funds 



The All Progressives Congress (APC), has accused the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) led Bauchi State Government of starving the State House Assembly of funds thereby hindering its operations.
Alhaji Sabo Mohammed the spokesman for the party in the state said this at a news briefing on Friday in Bauchi.
Mohammed said that the house had been financially strangulated by the executive.
“Why is the house financially strangulated against effective legislative functions and its leadership always under threat?
“The honourable house deserves every support to function effectively for the good for the state,” he said.
Mohammed also appealed to the lawmakers to block the ongoing attempt by the state government to privatise some public property in the state adding that the property were put in place by successive governments and patriotically sustained.
The PDP led administration is making efforts to hijack the property and we will not agree to that,” he said.
He also urged the lawmakers not to support the administration’s plan to secure 200 million dollars foreign loan.
“Although, already APC has instructed its lawyers to reach the courts to stop both corruption infested privatisation and loan issue,” he said.
Responding, the state PDP Chairman Alhaj Hamza Akuyam said the accusations were baseless and unfounded.
He said that 21 out of the 31 members of the house were from the APC.
“How can the executive manipulate things under this circumstance, it is not possible, ” he said.
Mohammed said the party was only acting on a script of other people to distract the lawmakers from doing their job effectively.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Bauchi Commissioner urges follow-up on Child Birth Spacing



The Bauchi State  Commissioner for Health, Dr Aliyu Maigoro, has recommended  that follow-up appointments be introduced to all clients of Child Birth Spacing(CBS) units  to save the lives of mothers and babies due to unwanted pregnancies.

Maigoro stated this during a round table meeting with members of the Bauchi Public Health Media Network (BPHMN) and stakeholders  held in Bauchi on Friday.

He said that the follow-up would create a channel for feedback on the use of the various CBS commodities.

“Follow-up appointments to clients of CBS will monitor and generate  feedback.

“Some women using the long term method tend to forget to visit facilities for further healthcare,”he observed.

Maigoro said the state would also  engage men across the communities as Village Community Mobilizers (VCMs) to create demand on accessing CBS.

He acknowledged the effort of journalists reporting public health issues for developing messages through news bulleting and facilities to ensure that CBS and other healthcare services, were  provided and accessed.

Similarly, the Executive Secretary, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency(BSPHDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed that out of the 1,108 primary healthcare centers in the state, over 600 provided CBS services.

He said that the agency would scale up male engagement  on mobilization across the state.

“We have male participating in CBS activities but will do more as heads of the families,”he said.

Mohammed commended the role of journalists in educating the Public on CBS, which is geared at saving the lives of mothers and babies. 

Earlier, the Bauchi State Focal Person, BPHMN, Ms Elizebeth Carr, said that the network was geared towards saving the lives of mothers and babies in Bauchi.

She said that CBS was key to women of reproductive age towards attaining healthy lifestyle.


Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo (NAN)



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Bauchi Gov’s wife drums support for domesticating child’s right act



The wife of the Bauchi State governor, Dr Aisha Mohammed, has called for the support of members of the House of Assembly (BAHA) and stakeholders on the domestication of child’s right act in the state.

The governor’s wife made this call while briefing newsmen to commemorate the International Children’s Day celebration in Bauchi on Thursday.

She said that every child has a right to basic education, healthcare and decent accommodation among others.

The governor’s wife noted that the child’s right act if domesticated, would take care of the high number of out of school children in the state.

According to her, parents must also strive hard to end all forms of social vices.

“As the future leaders, parents must ensure proper upbringing for better tomorrow.

“Under the office of the first lady, we have met with stakeholders and the intention is for our religious and community leaders to have a comprehensive knowledge of the content of the child right act document and advice.

“We will partner with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the media to embark on rigorous sensitisation on child rape and all forms of violence.

“As a mother, the child’s voice must be heard and welfare improved,” she said.

She advised youths to shun drug abuse and uphold the integrity and honour of their fatherland.

Speaking on early marriage, the governor’s wife suggested that parents should adopt the method of counselling couples before contracting marriages.

“Once we set the marriage institution right, it will take care of almost all problems in the society.

“Ignorance on marriage is the lead cause of domestic violence,” she said.

She congratulated the Nigerian children and prayed for their success as well as wished them luck in their endevours.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)


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15 die in Bauchi canoe mishap – SEMA



The Permanent Secretary, Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Shehu Ningi, on Thursday said about 15 people were killed in an overcrowded canoe mishap at Gwaskaram village, Bauchi Local Governmane Area.

Ningi confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi.

He said the canoe was carrying passengers from Gwaskaram village area heading to the next village, Yola Doka, on a market day.

Ningi said that the accident happened over the weekend on the Gwaskaram river in Bauchi local government area of the state.

He said they had confirmed 15 deaths in the mishap while three persons were rescued, adding that rescue operation was still ongoing.

The SEMA permanent secretary assured that efforts were on to recover the remaining bodies.

Ningi said the canoe capsized due to overload, lack of maintenance and a hole that allowed water to weight it down.

He said the canoe had more than 21 people on board, noting that there were too many people and goods on the canoe.

The Ward Head of Gwaskwam, Alhaji Abdullahi Maikano, also told NAN on phone that there were over 20 passengers on the wooden canoe that capsized.

“Five were rescued while out of the others, only five dead bodies had been discovered so far,” he said.

He added that they were already engaged in searching for other people missing in the  river.

He enjoined the deceased families to consider the incident as an act of God.


Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Childrens’ Day: NGO distributes diapers to pregnant mothers in Bauchi



A Bauchi-based Non Governmental Organization ‘Child is Gold’ Foundation on Wednesday  distributed diapers to some pregnant women in the state to mark this year’s  International Children’s Day.

The Field Officer of the foundation,Mr Ishiaya Nuhu,  said the gesture was to remind women of the health rights of the children.

According to him,mothers were selected as targeted beneficiaries in appreciation of  their commitment to child development in the state.

Nuhu said that the during the distribution of the items, which took place at the Yelwa Domicilliary PHC, women were sensitised on how to take proper care of their children. 

The NGO gave out diapers to over 50 pregnant  women and we also sensitized them on the health rights of  children.

“This includes personal hygiene, proper use of diapers and discipline to our leaders of tomorrow,” he said.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria after the occasion, some beneficiaries, Mrs Fatima Ismail and Mrs Hajara Maiwada, thanked the organisation for the assistance.

They said the  information provided on regular changing of diapers, hygiene and exclusive breastfeeding, would help them immensely.



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Bauchi winning war against COVID-19, says official



Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, Chairman, Bauchi State Primary HealthCare Development Agency (PHCDA), says the state government is rapidly winning the war against COVID-19 in the state.


Mohammed, also Chairman of the State’s Contact Tracing COVID-19, made the assertion in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi on Tuesday.


 He said that the successes recorded so far was as a result of the marching order given by Gov. Bala Mohammad that all avenues must be exhausted to ensure the treatment of patients and their recovery from the virus.


“Because our governor is a governor of the people and who makes the well-being of the citizens his top priority, he gave us a directive to use everything in our power to ensure that COVID-19 patients are treated to recover as soon as possible.


“He had been in their shoes and he knows how traumatic the experience could be, he gave us all the support we needed to do the job and we are now winning the war against the virus in the state.


“You can see that our cases are coming down very rapidly, we are now having more discharge than new cases.


“Initially, we were having over two hundred and twenty people on admission, now we are having only sixty three, obviously, we are winning the war,” he  said.


The PHCDA boss, however, said that the agency would be forced to implore the state government to initiate a lockdown if there were more rising cases of the virus.


He added that the agency might be forced to do so owing to non adherence to all the preventive measures by some some residents, as advised by the government and health experts.


“If people don’t follow the rules and regulations set to contain the spread of the virus and there are rising cases as a result of that, we’ll implore the government to initiate lockdown again, whether partial or total lockdown depending on the rising cases.


“The government of Bauchi state initially suspended the partial lockdown and complete lockdown in Azare, Giade and Zaki Local Governments for two weeks to test the work we have done, whether people are adhering to all the preventive measures put in place,” he said.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bauchi state had recorded 232 confirmed cases of COVID-19; 164 had been discharged so far, five deaths, with 63 active cases.

Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Felix Ajide (NAN)



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NAF trains 94 Special Forces, 35 personnel in RTC Bauchi – Air Chief



Katsina, 25, May 2020 The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal (AM) Sadique Abubakar said that 94 Special Forces (SF) and 35 personnel had been trained at the Air Force Regimental Training Centre (RTC) Annex, Bauchi.

Abubakar said this over Eid el-Fitr lunch with troops of the Air Component, “Operation Hadarin Daji” at the 213 forward operation base in Katsina on Monday.

He explained that the gesture was in line with his vision to build capacity for the service with a view to tackling the present security challenges as well as the emerging ones in the country.

“In the past four and the half years, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken giant strides by inducting new platforms and reactivating grounded ones.

“The service has also trained many pilots, engineers, technicians, more especially the Regiment Specialty and SF personnel,” he said.

The Air Chief said that he was happy to be in Katsina to wine and dine with the troops on the occasion of Eid el Fitr in the mission area.

Abubakar said that the gesture had become the tradition since he assumed office as Air Chief in order to further strengthen the affinity and oneness in the NAF family.

He charged officers and men of the service to take responsibility against COVID-19,  advising that face masks should be worn at all times while personnel should maintain physical distancing at public gatherings.

The Air Chief thanked Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari and the people of the state for their support to NAF since the establishment of the 213 Forward Operating Base in the state.

In a remark, Wing Commander Bashir Abubakar, the Commander of the base, thanked the chief of air staff, the state’s governor, and people of the state for their tremendous support to the unit and troops deployed to fight bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers, and armed robbers in the area.

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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