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27 Apr
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Special Report: President Muhammadu Buhari 2 – Day working visit to Bauchi State

President Buhari was in the state for a two-day working visit. While here, he commissioned various projects bordering on agriculture, infrastructure and security.

The President arrived yesterday morning and was received by Governor M. A. Abubakar. The first port of call was the Nigerian Air Force Base where he commissioned the Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital Bauchi. The Hospital is ultra-modern and can cater for various medical needs.

Mr. President then proceeded to Awala roundabout to commission the Giwo Academy-Awala Roundabout-Gidan mai roads. The road was rehabilitated and dualised by Gov. M. A. Abubakar in fulfilment of his campaign promises to the Bauchi people.

The Presidential entourage then moved to the Emir’s palace to pay a courtesy call to HRH Suleimanu Adamu, Emir of Bauchi. The Emir welcomed President Buhari to the state. He thanked him for his efforts especially in terms of security, tackling corruption and social welfare for the poor. He presented the President with a gift of the Holy Quran.

President Muhammadu Buhari and his team, led by Governor Abubakar then progressed to Gombe road o commission the rehabilitation of the road. The Gombe Gate-House of Assembly axis was carried out by the Governor M. A. Abubakar-led administration.

The highlight of the visit was at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, were agricultural equipment was distributed to aid the Agro sector in the state. Governor Abubakar welcomed the President to the state. He reiterated that his administration has continued to key into the policies of the Buhari-APC led Federal Government, to ensure the dividends of democracy is felt in the state. He maintained that Bauchi has benefitted from the Anchor Borrowers Scheme, the School Feeding programme, the Conditional Cash Transfer to the poor to mention a few.

Governor Abubakar stated that the President’s visit is to commission some road and infrastructural projects as well as give the agro sector in the state a boost. He thanked the President on behalf of the good people of Bauchi.

In response, President Buhari said Bauchi was his second home and the reception was warm and rousing. He thanked Governor Abubakar and commended him for the development strides in the state.

The President said he remained resolute to tackle corruption and punish those who steal from the public purse. He urged the youths to embrace education and seek knowledge. He also asked that agriculture be taken serious as both Bauchi and the Federal Government has given the sector priority.

President Buhari concluded by saying desperation should be eschewed in politics.  He applauded Governor Abubakar for doing well and prayed for more wisdom to lead the people.  The President also lauded the Governor’s prudence in managing the state resources, saying the Governor has proved to be a trustworthy companion. He also commended him for prompt payment of salaries while many states couldn’t.

Attending the event was Governor of Adamawa state, Deputy Governor of Plateau state, Political leaders, top civil servants and the masses who thronged the stadium to greet Mr. President. The people broke out in a song after the President was done with his speech.

Governor M. A. Abubakar later hosted President Buhari to a dinner event later in the day.

The President left the state this morning after a successful working visit.

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25 Apr
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Bauchi donates Over N19m to fire victims

The Bauchi State Government has donated over N19 million to 24 affected victims of fire disaster at Muda Lawal Market in Bauchi.

Alhaji Bala MaiKaji, the Chairman of the market, told newsmen on Sunday in Bauchi that the donation was given as succour to the affected victims. MaiKaji said that over N50 million worth of properties were lost in the inferno which occurred twice in the last two years.

He said that the disaster had crippled business activities in the market.  MaiKanji thanked Governor Muhammad Abubakar for sympathising with the affected victims and pledged their support to his administration.

Chizoba Umendu, one of the beneficiaries, said he lost properties worth over five million naira, saying that the three million naira support he got would help to resuscitate his business.

Umendu, while appreciating the governor’s kindness, urged the Igbo community residing in the state to live in peace with others.

Another beneficiary, Alhaji Shagari Usman, who was given four million naira, said he lost properties worth over N10 million to the disaster.

He also commended the governor for the assistance and pledged that the affected traders would contribute more positively to the economic development of the state.

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25 Apr
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Our Projects ‘ll be completed – Bauchi Finance Commissioner

Bauchi state government has assured that all ongoing projects it initiated will be completed in the 2018 fiscal year to pave way for sustainable development in the state.

Bauchi state commissioner of Finance and Economic Development Mr. Garba Sarki Akuyam, gave the assurance in Bauchi while speaking to reporters on the recent assent of the 2018 Appropriation Bill by state Governor,Muhammad Abubakar.

Akuyam opined that “with the signing of the budget, Bauchi people should expect the execution of more development projects and programmes in all parts of the state”.

He also said”the state government plans to embark on massive construction of rural roads across the state, and to begin mechanization of agriculture to enhance food security in the state”.

Bauchi has earmarked N167,899,220,800 Billion in 2018.

Of this N99,936,650,43 for capital projects,N67,962,570,757 Billion for recurrent expenditure, N23.3 billion allocated to for general administration.

While over N61.4 has been assigned to the economic sector, N5 billion for law and justice sector.regional development sector got over N5.2 billion, social development took N59.5 billion of consolidated revenue charges at N12.7 billion.

According to the commissioner” state government projects total of N132,478,369 as internally generated revenue”.

Commenting on priority areas of the budget, Akuyam said Ministry of Education has taken 19 percent of the budget, while Health got 16 percent, Ministry of Works and Agriculture and Natural Resources is given 15 percent.

In addition, the state government will diversify its revenue sources to reduce to reduce much reliance on allocation from the federal And appealed to Bauchi people to support and cooperate with the state government to deliver dividends of democracy to them.

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25 Apr
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Vanguard 2017 Personality Of The Year Awards: Gov. Abubakar Bags Best Governor

For continuous sterling performance and consistent development strides, Governor M. A. Abubakar of Bauchi State was on Saturday awarded the Vanguard Governor of the Year 2017 Award.

Abubakar said he accepted the award on behalf of the great people of Bauchi State.   He said Vanguard was a credible organisation whose award cannot be trivialised.

He said the award is a testament that when one is motivated to work for the people, the unbiased will appreciate the effort made and even political detractors cannot deny the wave of development happening in the state.

This award is coming at a time when Bauchi State in less than four years has made giant strides in areas such as Education, Infrastructural Development, Health, Youth and Women, Tourism and Agriculture.

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