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Tangale-Waja forum sets agenda for federal lawmakers



The Forum of Tangale-Waja Indigenes in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) Abuja has tasked its members newly inaugurated into the ninth National Assembly to promote unity and development.

The forum made the call at a reception organised in honour of Sen. Bulus Amos, Rep. Simon Karu and Rep. Victor Danzaria, all from Gombe South Senatorial Didtrict, which was held in Abuja.

While Amos is representing Gombe South Senatorial District, Karu is representing Kaltungo Shomgom Federal Constituency and Danzaria, Balanga Billiri Federal Constituency respectively.

The Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Manasseh Jatau, in his address said it would be profitable for the lawmakers to listen to those who approach them for advice and assistance.

“If people come to you, give them what they want, and if you don’t have it all, give them part of it; but if you don’t have at all, explain to them. Do not drive them away by tricks.

“Also, never make a promise that you will not be able to redeem or never send a representative to an event and make a promise you cannot fulfill. It can destroy your credibility,’’ Jatua said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Jatau was represented at the event by Mr Sagy Sule.

However, Chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Sai’idu Mohammed said it was regrettable that those who represented the zone during the 8th and before then in the National Assembly did not do enough for their people.

According to him, the zone still suffers lack of infrastructure and impoverishment.

“with this 9th Assembly, we want a complete change so that the lawmakers we elected will work for us in their various constituencies.

“We want our representatives to unit our people and facilitate peaceful coexistence among the different ethnic groups in the zone.

“We don’t want them to be absent or be sleeping in the house when serious matters of national importance are being discussed. They should avoid pursuing personal interest at the expense of their people.

“I don’t want us to suffer again what we suffered to get you through into the National Assembly. Don’t always sit in your offices, go out to lobby for the state to gain dividend of democracy.

“If you fail us, we will not re-elect you again in 2023,’’ Mohammed stressed.

Also speaking, Mr Ladan Babakodong, Chairman Organising Committee of event said the aim of the event was to welcome the legislators representing Gombe South to Abuja; and to have conversation with their people.

Babakodong stressed that there was need for Tangale-Waje people to have a unique identity.

“However, it is not too much to demand from you to intervene in the areas of education, economy development, youths and effective representation.’’

Mr Ahaziah Suleiman, Executive Director News, Voice of Nigeria (VON) in his goodwill message tasked the legislators to always seek for counsel to excel in their duties.

“Always consult them and know what they need and not what you think they want when considering your constituency projects.

“You know what awaits you when you come and hide yourselves in Abuja and think that your people will not reach you only to wait for the next election before showing yourselves to them.

“You will be shocked with what will happen in 2023, God forbid; whenever you are in doubt please always consult your predecessors in the National Assembly from Tangale-Waja for guidance.

“Be courageous, work for the unity of our people no matter what it will cost you. We have suffered neglect in the past. You are our arrow heads, unite and bring us together for the betterment of Tangale-Waja.

“And to our people, let us stop over expectations from our representatives. Unnecessary demands and selfish request should be avoided. Let us come to them with requests and advice that will help our people,’’ Suleiman said.

He queried why Tangale-Waja could not produce governor or minister, adding that they have the qualification and what it takes.

“I challenge our elders and elites to remove religious politics, unite our people; let us have respectable voices from Tangale-Waja speak for us in unity.

“The time has come for us to close ranks and support one candidate no matter his or her religion or tribe to either become minister or governor in the future,’’ Suleiman said.

Responding, Sen. Amos appreciated the speakers and pledged to engage royal fathers, women and youths to move the zone forward.

He promised to work and ensure that peace reigns in the zone for all-round development.

“I urge us to come together and work as a team; it is not going to be easy but we will be fair to every community in the zone.

“I and the two members of the Federal House of Representatives from the zone will work together; I am a good listener and will listen to all.

“We will try as much as possible to do the best we can; we will also want you to pray for us to succeed in our duties,’’ he said.

Danzaria in his response also pledged that as a member in the Federal House of Representatives, he would work for the entire Gombe South, and not only for Balanga Billiri Constituency.

“I have no reason not to work with Amos and Karu. We are talking about next level which is forgetting the past and providing for the people, both women and youths.

“With our input in the two houses, we will bring infrastructure development to Gombe South; we will refuse to sleep until we give the best to Gombe South.

“It is time for a change, there is going to be peace and unity in the zone; we cannot shy away from our challenges, we need to talk about it and move forward.

“I am going to do my best. We have tested hardship, but we are not selfish; tell us what you want because we are representing you,’’ Danzaria said.

Similarly, Karu in his own response said that he would ensure adequate representation in the National Assembly and deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.

“I look forward to seeing that this forum continues and not end as reception after election.

“I will set aside time in the constituency at least three times in a year to get feedbacks from the people. We need your support to succeed.

“We have Muslims and Christians in one family and we also have other minorities, but be rest assure that we will represent everyone from the zone,’’ Karu said.

Edited by Julius Toba-Jegede

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72-yr.-old Gombe State monarch recovers from COVID-19



Dr Abdu Buba-Maisheru II, the 72-year-old monarch in Gombe State who tested positive to coronavirus 12 days ago, has recovered from the virus and been discharged.

The Chairman, Gombe State Task Force on COVID-19, Prof. Idris Mohammed, made the announcement during the daily press briefing on COVID-19 in Gombe on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buba-Maisheru II, is a first class monarch presiding over the Tangale chiefdom in Billiri community of Billiri Local Government Area of the state.

“It is a fact that Mai Tangale had COVID-19 infection and was admitted. Mercifully he has fully recovered and has been discharged.

“It is now 12 days since he was diagnosed,” the chairman of the task force said.

Mohammed debunked the rumour that the task force was not transparent in handling the royal father’s COVID-19 infection case.

He said that there was nothing fishy about the handling of the case, adding “we have never told you anything that is not true or transparent.

“I am able to tell you now that he had COVID-19, and yesterday he gave us permission to reveal the information. We didn’t have a press conference yesterday and that’s why we are saying it now.

“We just protected the personal information of the subject according to medical ethics and his fundamental human right,” he said.

He also said that so far, out of 1,088 results of COVID-19 tests so far conducted in the state, 960 turned out negative while 127 tested positive to the virus.

The chairman however said that 125 more results were still being awaited.

According to him 91 patients have so far been discharged while seven were on admission at the Kwadon isolation centre and the state’s specialist hospital.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Gombe monarch, 72, recovers from COVID-19 disease, says Taskforce



The Gombe State Task Force on COVID-19 said on Monday that Dr Abdu Buba-Maisheru II, the First Class ruler of  Tangale chiefdom in Gombe, who tested positive for Coronavirus 12 days ago, had recovered.

The Chairman of the Taskforce, Prof. Idris Mohammed disclosed this in Gombe during a daily press briefing on COVID-19 cases in the state.

“It is a fact that Mai Tangale had COVID-19 infection and he was admitted and mercifully, he has fully recovered and had been discharged,” he said.

He refuted criticisms that the taskforce was not transparent in handling the royal father’s COVID-19 case, saying there was nothing fishy, adding “we have never told you anything that is not true or transparent.

“We just protected the personal information of the subject according to medical ethics and his fundamental human rights,” he added.

The chairman also stated that so far, out of 1,088 results received, 960 turned out negative while 127 results were positive for the virus.

He added that while 125 results were still being awaited, 91 cases had so far been discharged and seven cases were on admission at the Kwadon isolation centre and the state’s specialist hospital.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dr Abdu Buba-Maisheru II presides over Tangale chiefdom in Billiri community of Billiri Local Government Area of the state.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu (NAN)


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2018 Gombe Christian intending pilgrims depart for Israel






By Uwumarogie Peter

Gombe, Dec. 30, 2018 (NNN) The Gombe State Pilgrims Welfare Board (CPWB) says 237 Christian Intending Pilgrims are ready to depart for Israel.
The Executive Secretary of the board, Mr Joseph Bega disclosed this to newsmen in Gombe on Sunday during the farewell programme for the 2018 Intending Christian Pilgrims to the Holy Land of Israel.

According to him, the list of 237 intending pilgrims was submitted for approval, but 25 had visa problems.
He added that the 25 Intending pilgrims would have to substitute their names with relatives or friends below age 40, stressing that they had between Dec. 31 and Jan 4, 2019 to do so.

He also stated that the board was working towards establishing Jerusalem Pilgrims Association (JPA), Gombe State chapter in 2019.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the board and Mai Tangale, Dr Abdu-Buba Maisheru II, thanked Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo for providing the enabling environment for successful pilgrimage activities in the state.

Maisheru, represented by Rev. Isa Uba, said that Gov. Dankwambo had demonstrated inspirational leadership through the principle of equity, justice and fairness with divergent religious groups in the state.

Rev. Adamu Dauda, in his exhortation charged the intending pilgrims to pray for Gombe State and Nigeria, adding that the country needs prayers ahead of the 2019 general elections.

In his address, Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe, charged the intending pilgrims to steer clear of acts that could dent the image of the country, saying that the state enjoys good image outside the country.

Represented by his deputy, Mr Charles Iliya, the governor assured the intending pilgrims of their accommodation, feeding, medical care, security and Pilgrims Travelling Allowance (PTA).

Dankwambo commended eight intending pilgrims who sponsored themselves, adding that such should be sustained as a way of partnering to ensure more intending pilgrims for Gombe.

NNN reports that the theme of the 2018 Intending Christian Pilgrims is: ‘Pilgrimage As a Tool for Divine Encounter with God and State Development ‘s.

NNN also reports that the intending pilgrims will be air-lifted by 9:00 pm.(NNN)


Edited by Kamal Tayo Oropo/Tukur Muntari.

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