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04 Jul
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Continuity: Audu Katagum takes oath of office as Bauchi Deputy Governor

His Excellency Arch. Abdu Sule Katagum has been sworn-in as the new Deputy Governor of Bauchi State at a ceremony in the state capital. It may be recalled that the post of the Deputy Governor became vacant after the resignation of the erstwhile Deputy Governor Engr. Nuhu Gidado.

His appointment is in conformity with the provisions of Section 191 sub-section 3 (a&c) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

Until his appointment, Arch. Katagum was the Chief of Staff to His Excellency the Governor.

The new Deputy Governor His Excellency Arch. Audu Sule Katagum thanked His Excellency the Governor for finding him worthy of appointment as his deputy, promising to discharge his duties as the No. 2 citizen of the state diligently with the fear of Allah.

He assured that he would support the administration in ensuring the delivery of dividends of democracy to the people of the state in the remaining period of the tenure.

Finally, Katagum added that he would ensure the re-election of Governor Abubakar for a second term come 2019.

In his remarks, His Excellency Governor Mohammed A. Abubakar congratulated his new Deputy, describing his appointment as a well-deserved one.

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20 Jun
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20/06/2018 – PRESS RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE

His Excellency, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar Esq, Governor of Bauchi State has approved the appointments of three Executive Secretaries and a Director General in four parastatals.

Their names and the agencies are as follows :-

(i) Dr. Mansur Dada – Executive Secretary of Bauchi State Contributory Health Management Agency (BSHCMA)

(ii) Dr. Bako Mohammed – Executive Secretary of Bauchi State Health Trust Fund (BHETFUND)

(iii) Mrs Lois Danladi – Executive Secretary, Bauchi State Agency for Mass Education (BASAME)

(iv) Alh. Aminu Umar Ilelah – Director General, Bauchi State Environmental Protection and Conservation Agency (BASEPA)

 

2. All the appointments are with immediate effect, please.
Signed

MUHAMMADU NADADA UMAR OON
SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT

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20 Jun
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President Buhari dispatches Delegation to Bauchi State.

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE:

PRESIDENT BUHARI DISPATCHES DELEGATION TO BAUCHI STATE

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to lead a Federal Government delegation immediately to Bauchi State in the aftermath of the windstorm which destroyed an estimated 1505 houses mainly in the state capital. Eight persons are now confirmed dead while 120 others have reported various degrees of injury.

Azare, another major town was struck by a major fire disaster that destroyed the market in the town a few days after.

The delegation which also includes the Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engineer Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja is to undertake an assessment of the extent of damage occasioned by the natural disaster.

Already, NEMA has started mobilising relief items from its warehouses located in Damaturu and Yola for onward distribution to those displaced by the windstorm. The aid materials are expected to reach Bauchi today, Tuesday evening while assessment is being conducted on the fire incident in Azare.

In an earlier message on Monday, President Buhari extended his deepest sympathies to the victims and families of devastating windstorm and the fire incidents. The President said that the “nation stands in solidarity with their fellow countrymen in this difficult time as they face the devastation with courage and fortitude.”

 

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
Media and Publicity
June 19, 2018

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19 Jun
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Gov MA Abubakar assessing the extent of losses and damage caused by the Azare market inferno today, 18/6/201

Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar the Executive Governor of Bauchi State embark on tour to some selected local governments across the state.

He started with Darazo, Misau and now Azare to sympathize with the victims of the windstorm and the fire disaster that consumed about 800 shops in Azare town. While speaking at the Katagum Emirate Palace, the executive governor pledged to redouble his efforts to rescue those that have their shops burnt down. The Emir of Katagum Royal Highness Baba Umaru thanked the governor and appealed to relocate or decongest the main Azare market.

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18 Jun
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Bauchi Rainstorm: Photo News

Bauchi Rainstorm:

Governor Mohammed Abubakar has directed the Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency to assess the level of damage and aid those affected.  This latest natural disaster is coming less than 48 hours after windstorm wreaked havoc in 11 villages in Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state, destroying properties.

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18 Jun
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Bauchi State Government, Red Cross lament Bauchi Rainstorm

Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, has described the rainstorm which killed two people and rendered several others homeless as an act of God.

Governor Abubakar, who stated this on Sunday when he went round the Bauchi  Metropolises to ascertain the level of destruction caused by the windstorm sympathized with the people who lost their relatives, homes, and properties as a result of the disaster.    The Governor said the aim of his visit was to see for himself the level of damages as a result of the disaster.

Governor Abubakar also said his administration would do its best to assist those affected by the incident.  The areas visited by the state governor included Miri, BATV, and Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic.

Other areas visited are: Kobi Street, Railway Road, Tirwun and Bakin Kura Streets all in the Bauchi.  The Governor was accompanied by the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, other top government officials.

Meanwhile, the Bauchi State Communication Coordinator of Red Cross Hajia Asma’u Tijjani Umar, said the level of devastation in the disaster was alarming.

Speaking with journalists on the incident, Hajia Asma’u Umar said immediately after the occurrence of the incidence, the society swung into action to give first aid to the affected people and communities in the state capital.

She called on the affected people to give out information to relevant organizations to enable them to compile the losses incurred in the disaster.

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24 May
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25/5/2018 – Press Statement

The Executive State Governor of Bauchi state Mohammed A. Abubakar (Esq) has accepted the resignation of Engr. Nuhu Gidado as Deputy Governor and wish him well in his future endeavours.

He described his tenure and service to the state as meritorious and therefore, deserving commendation. The governor particularly commended the former Number 2 citizen of the state for the remarkable manner of his resignation.

He expressed optimism that he will avail his vast wealth of experience to the state anytime he is called upon in the future. “We received the resignation of our Deputy Governor, Engr. Nuhu Gidado.

On behalf of the people of Bauchi state, “I want to thank him for his meritorious service while in office. He remains vital to our administration and party.  I wish him well in his future endeavours, and he can count on me for support. I am also optimistic he will avail the state his service when called upon in the future”

Signed:

Ali M Ali,
Special Adviser, Media and Strategy,
25/5/2018

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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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Baru Underscores Potentials Of Girl-Child For Engineering Stard

Baru Underscores Potentials Of Girl-Child For Engineering Stard . . . . As NNPC Partners APWEN on Science, Technology Courses

The Nigerian girl-child possesses the ability to realise her full potential in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, has stated. Dr. Baru declared this weekend during the flag-off of “Invent It, Build It” Programme, a flagship project of the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN), in Misau, Bauchi State.

The GMD, who expressed delight at the kick-off of the project in his alma mater, Central Primary School, Misau, Bauchi State, noted that no nation had ever achieved any meaningful development without the key subjects of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). The “Invent It, Build It” programme by APWEN is to inspire the girl-child (aged 8-10 in the upper primary school) to take up the sciences with a view to pursuing a career in engineering.

“The study of Science, Technology and Engineering requires an eye for details, diligence and multi-tasking ability for which women and, by extension girls, are well known. “I would like to call on teachers and parents all over the country to encourage the study of Science, Technology & Engineering among the girl-child,” Dr. Baru stated at the ceremony.

Describing engineers as the gears of progress who help accelerate development all over the world, the GMD stressed that the engineering profession held the key to Nigeria’s technological advancement and in turn, economic prosperity. He lauded APWEN for initiating the “Invent It, Build It” project, saying when the association recently intimated him of its desire to unveil the project, he could not resist the mentoring opportunities which the programme presents.

He said as an NNPC staff, he was very proud of the role played by engineering professionals in the corporation, among whom are engineers, scientists as well as technologists in most of its operations. He emphasized that the corporation would continue to partner professional bodies towards promoting science, technology and engineering studies, even as he called on well-meaning Nigerians to support APWEN in its laudable initiatives.

He said the APWEN’s initiative would not only encourage young girls nationwide to study engineering but would also spur other stakeholders across the country to invest in promoting engineering education – especially among the girl-child – for the benefit of the nation.

Speaking earlier, APWEN President, Engr. (Mrs.) Felicia Nnenna Agubata, noted that the “Invent It, Build It” programme was aimed at igniting the passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics among young girls in the country. This, she explained, was to assist them to showcase the economic value and application of engineering in everyday life right from their primary school days up to tertiary institutions. Agubata, who announced APWEN’s scholarship for 10 girls from Misau community from the primary school up to university level, also revealed plans to build and equip a model science laboratory for children at the Central Primary School, Misau, to the jubilation of the students.

She observed that later in the year, the “Invent It, Build It” project would continue in Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Benue, Borno, Ebonyi, Edo, Kano, Kebbi and Ogun States while in 2019, it will spread to other states in the country.

She expressed APWEN’s confidence that early contact with the target group would spark off a desire and an ambition of the girl-child to study the sciences and ultimately pursue engineering as a career in the future. “We are here to mentor these girls. And it is our belief that as they begin to imagine great careers in engineering and diligently demonstrate passion and with the right guidance, the sky will be their limit,” she noted.

Also speaking during the event, the Emir of Misau. Alh. Ahmed Suleiman (II), thanked APWEN for choosing some of Misau’s primary schools among the beneficiaries of their projects. He charged parents in his community to assist their wards towards studying science, technology and engineering subjects, which he said were pivotal to the industrial development of any nation.

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