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ACReSAL Dispels Rumours, Says Payment Of Compensation Sole Responsibility Of State Govt

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By Yunusa Isa, Gombe

Gombe State Government has cleared the air on the recent public misconception on payment of more than 389 million Naira compensation to persons whose properties were affected by the World Bank assisted FCE to railway line gully erosion control project in Gombe Metropolis.

Rumours are making the round, that the compensation was supposed to be paid by the World Bank, but appeared recently that arrangements were in top gear for the compensation to be paid by the state government.

Speaking to newsmen on the development, the State Project Coordinator Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSaL) project, Comrade Sani Adamu Jauro, said based on the contract agreement signed between the World Bank and the state government, Gombe State Government will shoulder the payment of the compensation under World Bank’s compensation standards.

Sani Jauro said the amount was arrived at, following value assessment of the affected properties carried out by the bank’s consultant, and subsequently forwarded same to the state government for onward payment.

The project coordinator while declaring that the payment will commence from the third week of January, 2024, assured that the payment is solely the state government responsibility, and affected persons will be compensated according to the World Bank standards.

He said “So I’m happy to inform all the citizens of Gombe State, we appreciate the love and concern they have for His Excellency, that they are even thinking that this responsibility he is keeping closer to his chest is not fundamentally his own, but that of the World Bank to pay this compensation. So I want to assure them, this type of responsibility is solely his, as the number one citizen of Gombe State to pay this compensation, and a lot of other compensations are coming. The governor will remain consistent in addressing this kind of responsibility that is solely his, I’m assuring the citizens that this responsibility is fundamentally that of the governor.”

He urged people of the state to disregard any unsubstantiated information, or at least seek further clarification from relevant authorities whenever they come across such rumour.

Comrade Sani Adamu Jauro added that out of the state governor’s magnanimity, elderly persons in the affected areas would equally be paid some stippends apart from the compensation, to encourage them live a smooth life after relocation.

It could be recalled that Gombe State Government under the ACReSaL project had recently signed the over 12 billion Naira erosion control project from the Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe through various communities of Gombe Metropolis down to Liji hill.

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Gombe NNPP Exco Holds Emergency Meeting Over Mailantarki’s Exit

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By Yunusa Isa, Gombe

 

The State Executive Council of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Gombe State has held an emergency meeting following Hon Khamisu Ahmed Mailantarki’s resignation from the party.

 

Speaking during the meeting in Gombe, the state party chairman, Hon. Barrister Rambi Ibrahim Ayala, expressed dismay over the new development. He maintained that the state party stakeholders did everything possible to retain the party leader, but he personally decided to leave.

While reading through Mailantarki’s letter of resignation, Barrister Rambi appreciated the former NNPP leader for his immense contributions during his stay in the party.

 

The state party chair, however, said, “Our doors are always wide open for our former leader whenever he decides to rejoin the NNPP. We are very much ready to welcome him back to our fold.”

While encouraging members and officials on the party ideals, Barrister Rambi maintained, “We remain confident and determined to continue our struggle to emancipate and bring about positive change to our people.”

 

He appealed to all NNPP members in the state not to demoralize, insult, or speak badly of the former leader. He said, “Though he is no longer with us, we still respect him. As responsible comrades, let’s not spread negativity about him, please. In his letter, he didn’t accuse us of any wrongdoing. Rather, he commended and appreciated the opportunity and support we accorded him during his stay in the NNPP.”

Barrister Rambi charged the party executive at all levels to brace up and woo more members for the party. He noted that their commitment would make NNPP the most active party in Gombe State, ready to seize power come 2027.

 

Other members who spoke during the emergency meeting, including the party’s Financial Secretary Ibrahim Umar Babangida, Zonal Vice Chairman Gombe North Hon Sa’idu Baba Gombe, and Welfare Secretary Kabiru Muhammad Puma among others, all renewed their commitment to NNPP. They assured everyone that the new development would not discourage them but inspire them more for success.

They emphasized unity, commitment, and perseverance to keep Gombe NNPP flying on the trajectories of its national leader, Engineer Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

 

While appealing to the state party chairman to carry everyone along, the stakeholders commended his moral and financial commitment to NNPP in Gombe State.

 

They also advised on early scouting and identification of responsible candidates at various levels to make NNPP more vibrant and inclusive before 2027.

 

Mailantarki was the NNPP gubernatorial flag bearer in the 2023 General Elections in Gombe State.

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Tekan Peace Desk Encourages Gombe Citizens On Religious Tolerance, Human Rights Protection

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By Yunusa Isa, Gombe

The need for Gombe People to respect one another’s belief, strengthen human rights and remain brothers keepers has been stressed.

The encouragement was given by the lead resource person Dr Obadiah Samuel from University of Jos, during a stakeholder consultative meeting on human rights and religious tolerance, organized by Tekan Peace Desk in Gombe.

Presenting a paper titled “Understanding Religious Intolerance and Its Effects on Human Rights Protection” and another on “Strategies for Creating Safe Space for Human Rights Protection”, Obadiah said religious tolerance has to do with respecting other people’s beliefs and avoiding anything that could make them intimidated.

While encouraging people of the state to remain brothers keepers, the resource person maintained that religious tolerance bring about peace, social cohesion and national development.

On human rights, Dr Obadiah said national, regional and international treaties recognized right to life and right to religious belief amongst others for every human being, maintaining that it is a duty on individuals and states to recognize and safeguard same.

He urged participants to become advocates of peace by reaching the unreached, to step down the knowledge acquired during the meeting.

Some participants at the meeting Lami Andrew and Ali Alola Alfinti, identified ignorance, poverty, political sentiments and extremism as major factors responsible for religious intolerance in the state.

They however highlighted love, education, awareness creation, understanding for one another and fight against poverty as panacea to religious intolerance and human rights violations.

They assured to step down the knowledge to grassroots.

Tekan Peace Desk with support from Brot and European Union is implementing a project ‘Faith for Peace’ in six communities; two each in Kwami, Yamaltu Deba and Ɓillliri local government areas of Gombe State.

The project focuses on empowering local actors to promote peace building, human rights, democracy and religious tolerance in Nigeria.

Participants at the meeting cut across community, religious and civil society organizations, media outfits, government & security agencies as well as human rights activists.

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DZ Rice Rekindles Hope Amidst Economic Challenges

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By Auwal Muhammad Adamu, Gombe

In a beacon of hope amidst soaring food prices and unemployment, the newly established rice mill industry ‘DZ Ventures’ has pledged to alleviate some burden by subsidizing the cost of processed rice and fostering employment opportunities in Gombe.

During the grand opening ceremony at Ajiya Nasarawo in Gombe metropolis, Alhaji Salisu DZ, the Managing Director of DZ Ventures, revealed the company’s commitment to gender and age-inclusive job creation, aiming to complement Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s efforts in tackling economic hardships.

In his remark, the Chairman Northeast Cooperative Stakeholders Forum, Barrister Abdullahi Jalo, commended the inclusivity efforts of the Gombe State Rice Processors Association, urging them to support DZ Ventures to excel.

Also the chairman Gombe State Rice Processors Association, Alhaji Lawan Yusuf, praised Alhaji Muhammadu Dan Zaria DZ for his dedication in turning the rice mill vision into reality. He emphasized the commitment to producing high-quality and affordable rice for the people of Gombe State and the nation at large.

The event, attended by top government officials, industry stakeholders, cooperative society representatives, and community members, marks a significant step towards economic resilience and prosperity in the state.

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