Baobab, Kuka, Adansonia

Baobab Tree (Kuka in Hausa)


A Tree you may not know much about

 

Ever heard of this name? Baobab Tree. Many probable have heard the name and still many haven’t. You may be surprised that the tree with this name might be standing behind your house or on the way to your farm but simply did not know the name.Read More »

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Numan Local Government – Throw back


I found this piece of document and I feel it  is important to share with you. I know it will be very very helpful because many have been asking me a lot of questions. In this  post, we shall be talking about the old Numan Local Government Area. This piece was written during the defunct Gongola State. Obviously there is no need to edit the work so I thought to share it as it is. Thanks to those that compiled this piece of Work!

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SUGAR CANE AND ITS MANY USES


 

Having worked in a sugar industry for about seven years I felt the need to write a piece on sugar cane, its benefits and what we can produce with it.

Sugar Cane, according to Wikipedia is several pieces of tall perennial true grasses of the genus saccharum. Sugar cane is called by many different names depending on the local language. But above all, it has a scientific name which is: – Saccharum Officianarum from the family of Poaceae.

This piece of crop is easy to grow in almost everywhere; it is very affordable and very much available in abundance. I thought I should write on this plant because of its amazing uniqueness, its usefulness and how it is being under-utilized especially in a country like Nigeria.Read More »

Mallam Audu and the King Cobra


Mallam Audu and The King Cobra

 

 

 

(Based on true life story)


Mallam Audu love to take cow milk which is popularly known as Kindirmo or Nono sold by the Fulani women.  A lovely drink you can hardly resist. Because of his love for this drink, he made it a habit to always take: If you are used to the Fulani women you will know that the moment you constantly buy milk from them, they make you a customer and can even bring it for you money or not. One day, he bought the milk (Kindirmo) as usual but did not take immediately; he decided to keep it in his private room till evening because that is what he loves doing i.e. taking the milk as the last thing before going to bed.  Having done that, one evening he returned home and went straight to his room without talking to his family. While he entered, his first point of call was where he kept his milk but noticed something unusual. The milk has been tempered with! This is not usual as no one enters his room without his permission not even his wife. Not only was the milk tempered with but he had suspicion due to the way he saw the place he knew neither the wife nor the children would have done this. Something must be wrong! He said, with much amazement in his eyes. He could not help it but call out to his wife, Amina, Amina! Maman Zara (Calling her by the name of their daughter), while she responded faintly as she was a bit distant from him: She suddenly rushed in. Look! Pointing to the direction of where he kept his milk, did anybody enter this room in my absence? No Mallam was her reply, what happened? She queried! I just walked in and found out that my milk has been tempered with. She looked closely and said this is quite strange. I suggest that we throw away the remaining milk since this is abnormal. Yes I agree with you he responded; and do it yourself don’t give to children lest they get tempted and have a taste of it. Okay, I will do that right away as she picks the container and went outside to throw away the remaining milk and then washed the container while Mallam Audu was still standing there pondering on what happened. She then returned and reported to him that she has done that.Read More »

VOTER REGISTRATION COMMENCES NATIONWIDE


VOTER REGISTRATION COMMENCES NATIONWIDE

This is good news to those who have a lot of questions in respect to voter registration that The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will commence registration nationwide. It’s been a while that this exercise was conducted and in preparation to 2019 general elections. This is done to enable those that have attained the age of eighteen to register; it will also enable those that have not had the opportunity to collect their PVCs (Permanent Voter’s Card).

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will commence a nationwide continuous voter registration on April 27 – The registration exercise would take place across the 774 local government areas of the federation – The commission in a statement said the exercise would take place from 9 a.m to 3 p.m on weekdays
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will commence a nationwide continuous voter registration on April 27 across the 774 local government areas of the federation. The commission disclosed this in a statement signed by Mrs. Amina Zakari, INEC National Commissioner, after a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECS) and Administrative Secretaries from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.  It stated that the exercise would take place from 9 am to 3 pm on weekdays (Mondays to Fridays), excluding public holidays.
The registration centres, according to the statement, shall be the local government offices of the commission or such other suitable locations as would be made public by the State Offices of lNEC. It stated that the decision was taken at the meeting following INEC consultations with stakeholders including political parties, civil society organizations and the media.
”The exercise is intended to enable citizens who have turned 18 years of age since the last registration as well as those who did not register during the last exercise to register as voters. It will allow those seeking transfer of their registration from one State to another or within a State from polling unit to another to do so. The exercise also intends to enable the distribution of uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to those who could not collect them before or since the last general elections. It will also enable citizens who have the Temporary Voter Cards (TVCs) but whose names are on the register to collect their PVCs,’’ it said.
However, the commission advised those who were already registered not to do so again as it is an offence to register more than once. He said, “The commission wishes to reiterate its commitment to consolidating our democracy. This we are going to do by ensuring that citizens are given the opportunity to register as voters on a continuous basis as enshrined in the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) well before elections.’’
It therefore appealed to all citizens to cooperate with the commission to ensure the success of the exercise. The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had earlier said the registration exercise would continue to be a routine exercise once it commenced.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it would kick-start preparations for the 2019 general election with the continuous voters’ registration and distribution of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) in April.
Also the commission gave an update on the growing number of political associations seeking registration as political parties ahead of the 2019 general election, saying it has now reached 85.
In a communiqué issued after the quarterly meeting with leaders of political parties held at INEC headquarters in Abuja, yesterday the parties endorsed the 2019 general election timetable and agreed to cooperate with the commission in all the processes leading to  the smooth conduct of the election.
The communiqué was jointly signed by the Deputy Chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Dr. Bredforth Onwubuya, for other political parties and a National Commissioner, May Agbamuche-Mbu, on behalf of INEC.
Earlier, while speaking during the opening ceremony of the quarterly meeting, the chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said, as at last Monday, the number of applications from new associations for registration as political parties had reached 86.
INEC had last Thursday put the figure of the associations seeking registration at 84 Yakubu also said the political parties which were previously de-registered by the commission after the 2015 general election, had regained their registration.
The political parties according to him are Better Nigeria Peoples Party (BNPP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), Democratic Alternative (DA), national Action Council (NAC) and National Democratic Liberty Party (NDLP).
Others are Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN), National Conscience Party (NCP), Nigeria Element Progressives Party (NEPP) and the National Unity Party (NUP). The INEC boss, who described political parties as an important vehicle for the sustenance of the country’s democracy, urged the party leaders to always have confidence on the electoral system as a way of promoting stability in the polity.
In his words he said, “The names of these political parties have already been uploaded on our website. But I will like to appeal to those of them, out of the 10 that are yet to open their offices to do so and immediately notify the commission.”
While responding the IPAC Chairman, Mohammed Nalado, expressed displeasure over the inability of INEC to consult properly with political parties before fixing dates for the 2019 general election. Nalado said though INEC Chairman informed them of the decision but they did not know whether the information he gave them as official or not until they read the report on the pages of newspapers.
He said, “We had meeting with INEC Chairman, unfortunately, we did not understand him whether he was just giving us information on how our elections should be done. I hope this issue will be discussed thoroughly here.”
He averred IPAC’s commitment to work with INEC in deepening the country’s democracy, he however counseled INEC to seek alternative to deregistration of political parties. Urged also that the commission’s newly appointed National Commissioners make relevant inputs to the development of the electoral system in the country.
The National Chairman of the United Democratic Party (UDP) Mr. Godson Okoye, responding to journalists said it was disrespect for INEC to fix date for elections without duly consulting political parties.