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Christmas: Usman Bello Kumo Distributes Wrappers, Yards And Cash To Constituents



By Yunusa Isa, Gombe

Christian Communities in Akko Federal Constituency went home smiling as the member representing them in the National Assembly Hon. Usman Bello Kumo presented them with items and cash worth millions of Naira to celebrate Christmas with ease.

Speaking during the flagg off of the distribution of the items at Government Science Technical College Kumo, Honourable Usman Bello Kumo told thousand of women beneficiaries who gathered to witness the event that the gesture was borne out of his desire to give them a sense of belonging, and to appreciate their the confidence they reposed in him.

According to him, the gesture is one of his efforts in supporting the electorate in appreciation of their support to him during election.

Usman Bello Kumo told the gathering that it is the responsibility of the elected members to develop a listen ear to the electorates and forward their needs and demands to the National Assembly for legislation.

He urged the beneficiaries to judiciously utilize the items for the purpose meant.

The national assembly member who is the Chief Whip of the green chamber, called on those who are yet to benefit from the gesture to be patients as it will be a continuous process.

Honourable Usman Bello Kumo equally urged religious groups in the state and the country to live in peace with one another being that the constituency has long history of harmonious relationship among the residents, who are of different faith and backgrounds.

He wished them a peaceful and prosperous Christmas Celebration, urging them to pray for peace and prosperity of the constituency, the state and Nigeria in general.

In his remark the Akko Local Government Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman Reverend Isa Uba, who expressed happiness for the gesture, said it come on a right time when the citizens are battling to survive as a result of hike in the price of the essential commodities.

The vicar said the palliative will bring succour to the widows and the less privileged in the area especially in this yuletide period.

The cleric therefore prayed for success of Honourable Usman Bello Kumo for remembering the people of the constituency despite his tide schedule.

In their separate remarks, DCC women leaders Lydia Ayo, Mama Rifkatu Simon and Madam Difan appreciated Honourable Usman Kumo for bringing the items which according to them will immensely help to carter for their families in celebrating Christmas with ease, and assured of their support and cooperation to the member calling on other politicians to emulate him.

They also thank the member for providing employment opportunities to their children into military and para military services which according to them give them a sense of belonging.

Two thousand five hundred men and constituents benefitted from the gesture, as women take the lion share.

Items distributed include wrappers, yards, ₦10,000 cash amongst others in Akko, Pindiga and Gona emirates.

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



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



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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UNICEF Engages Journalists On Ending Child Poverty In Three North Eastern States



By Vasty Bala Jonah, Gombe

The need for government at all level to improve access to quality education, healthcare services and strengthen social safety policies as well as empower marginalized households has been stressed so as to tackle child poverty.

This was stressed at a two day media dialogue on Child Poverty for journalists drawn from Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe at Evolution Hotel Tumfure which was put together by UNICEF Bauchi Field Office.

Presenting their papers, a lecturer from Federal University Kashere Ali Madina Dankumo and Dr. Yusuf Auta a social policy specialist UNICEF Bauchi Field Office described child poverty as the inability of a child to have the basic necessities of life.

While enumerating the drivers of child poverty which includes corruption, unemployment, violence and insurgency, inadequate investment in social sectors, bad governance among others, Dankumo called on governments at all level to emulate the steps and measures taken to address child poverty by countries of the world so as give the large number of Nigerian children the opportunity to have a better life.

At the end of the two day engagement, UNICEF called for more attention to social safety policies, employment opportunities for the poor, economic and institutional reforms, provision of farming inputs for rural settlements among others, while urging the media to advocate for child friendly policies in order to tackle the menace.

In an interview, a participant from Adamawa Dr. Solomon Z. Kyagya; the director planning and Research Adamawa State Planning Commission described the engagement as timely and hoped that child poverty can be tackled within the shortage period of time while calling on journalists to be proactive in following through government budget, policies and programmes towards addressing the issue.

Another journalist from Voice of Nigeria Rebecca Muazu said the media dialogue was impactful, stressing the need for government to put things in place to increase consumption levels of families, so it can translate to having enough for children’s developmental growth, while pledging to educate the public on child poverty and also hammer on agriculture for more food production and security.

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