By Zahradeen Mohammed
Ordinarily, one Mikai’lu Nicodemus, the author of a piece published on Desert Herald Newspaper titled ‘Adamawa German Medical Centre: NO HOPE FOR ‘COMMON’ STAFF on October 6, 2020 edition doesn’t need any reply.
This is simply, his pen-choreography demonstrated that he is a blooper that always feeds on malicious hoaxes. In other words, Nicodemus’s news parody or spoof on sensitive issues like that if not immediately tackled, can humbug or become misinformation if the unwary judge it to be credible.
In simple words, scholars in the new neologism called his type of reportage as ‘fake news’ and by implication, such kind of quack journalist need to face the laws of the land.
It is disheartening that the ‘quack journalist’ like Mikai’lu Nicodemus can not differentiate between a driver, cleaner, security and a nurse in a hospital. Then how can he know their remuneration in the civil service?
In his write-up, Nicodemus said, ” currently, AGMC embroiled in gross financial malfeasance as some staffs lament maltreatment of staff, particularly through illegal deductions of salaries and non-payment of new minimum wage without concretes reasons”
Let’s pardon Nicodemus’s grammatical deficiency here and face the subject, the staff of Adamawa German Medical Centre Yola he was referring to here, were those captured in the year 2013, during former Governor Murtala Nyako regime.
They include; drivers, cleaners, security and those axillary ones under maintenance.
After the Governor’s approval of payment of salary arrears of five months, the Accountant General’s office mistakenly paid them ten months and was immediately asked to refund the money straight into Government coffers via sky Bank account.
Only one of them refunded the money having advised by her father who is also a Staff of AG’s office and Nicodemus can obtain the receipt from the state treasury.
The payment made to them was erroneous as nurses they are admin staff and any employee of Adamawa civil service can believe that such a mistake do occur at times.
A circular or notice was issued to that effect on re-variation. By the way, how can a level 3 officer collect fifty-seven thousand naira a month?
All hospitals across Adamawa State paid level 3 officer eighteen thousand naira unless it is being reviewed now with the issue of implementation of a new minimum wage.
How much a graduate is receiving 8/2 in the state civil service and an ordinary auxiliary staff in German should collect fifty-seven thousand and Nicodemus is reporting that is not an overpayment.
All the said Staff were captured as nurses mistakenly in the salary scale and have to be reverted to CONHESS Admin staff.
He can go to AG’s office and request for staff payroll from 2013 to 2016 to see the said Staff on the nurse salary scale.
If those that complained could not go to school, why not Nicodemus that studied journalism could not go to Accountant General’s office to verify issues?
If the writer had a deficiency in Journalistic skills, he should use his common sense in concocting that any aggrieved worker who feels shortchanged should go to industrial court for redress.
Did the said Staff of AGMC Yola shown him an official letter of complaint regarding their deductions either to their management or AG’s office? What legal means is the said Nicodemus even talking about that the faceless staff really exhausted?
My take is that the writer of the report is a quack journalist or panhandler and perhaps, he had some ‘bad days’ during his outing to Adamawa German Medical Centre Yola.
Zahradeen Mohammed, is a member of CIVIL SOCIETY WATCH.
The Untold story of ‘ No- Sweat ‘ By Yakubu Abdullahi Yakubu
By Yakubu Abdullahi Yakubu
Simply known as No Sweat, he was a man of many parts. This is him in India performing in a film cast. He told me many stories of his globetrotting in the 1970s and 1980s. He could count only the few countries he didn’t see in this world. He spoke many Nigerian and foreign languages, at least twelve. I don’t have the exact number.
He was a darling of the media when he came back to Nigeria in 1982. He said my father was in the presidential entourage of Shehu Shagari when he was in Pakistan and his ADC Col Usman Isa Garkida forced his return home. He even wrote a book in advanced age.
A few weeks to his death he called me :”Kai, yaron nan. Ba ka jin magana har yanzu ko?” I replied, “e mana”. He said he wanted me to edit and complete his book. Sahabo Mahdi who was doing it had died. He said he knew I was busy with my own book on Fombina Emirate but he would still ask.
As a young journalist in the early 90s, I reported for The Democrat newspaper and No Sweat was with the The Reporter, both based in Kaduna. I was his younger brother, friend and foe. We were always together laughing and fighting.
When his sight began to fail him, he would ask me to identify any person greeting him. But on the contrary, whenever I met him at NTA Yola under that tree, I wouldn’t speak but just give him a handshake. He would ask those around, “wa ye ne?” I would beg them to keep quiet. Then I will extend my hand again. He would again ask who was it. Give him a minute, he would say, “Yakubu Yakubu, kaniyan ka. Yaron nan ba ka jin magana”. Everybody would burst out in laughter. He usually dozed off in his favorite seat in the press gallery of the old Government House, Yola, for at least two hours every day. I would gather his papers and hide them. When he woke up and didn’t see them, he would shout my name.
We attended many press conferences together and I learned to be fearless from many of his encounters with people in power, be you a governor, deputy governor, commissioner, permanent secretary, etc. He talked to power. I also talked to power. More stories for another day.
Abdullahi Isa No Sweat died but his stories are still as amazing as four decades ago. I wish the book is still alive and will be born soon.
Adieu, Pappy. May Allah forgive you and reward you with paradise.
Yakubu Abdullahi Yakubu was the former General Manager and Editor- In- Chief of The Scope newspaper owned by Adamawa State government.
Like El-Rufa’i, like Adamawa SSG, Bashiru Ahmad
By Aminu Kwalli Jimeta
Mallam Nasiru El-Rufa’i, the governor of Kaduna state is one of the most maligned public officers in the country. He is hated for the wrong reasons by those who feed fat on public till and the governor has yanked their sticky fingers from the kooky jar.
Ironically, El-Rufa’i is doing a wonderful job in Kaduna according to stories I read everyday. The man may be arrogant, egoistic and brash, but hate him to your heart’s content, one thing you cannot take away from him is his performance as a public officer – accidental or otherwise.
Wherever he served, he left indelible marks that no matter how negative he is portrayed by those who felt they didn’t get their “dues”. Performers are by nature arrogant and distant but only to those whose sense of right and wrong are inverted. Performers are always considered to be arrogant and snobs by those who feel threatened by the actions of these solution-driven men.
Mallam Nasiru El-Rufa’i is a performer and so is the Adamawa state Secretary to the State Government, Bashiru Ahmad.
There is a recent upsurge by people who couldn’t get their way in the government with Bashiru Ahmad as the Secretary to the Government.
The SSG has proved to be a bulwark for the government and governor against political jobbers and rent seeking civil and public servants. This has irked many, particularly those who believe they are closer to the governor than his SSG.
The recent media lynching by this mob, in my view lacks any factual basis beyond venting pent-up frustrations by very few individuals hiding behind a masquerade with access to yellow journalism. We have seen them use the Desert Herald in the past with no success.
After this failed project, they have now turned The Finder, a barely known online news platform to pour their poisonous tales about the unsuitability of the SSG to hold the office. But they only succeeded in poisoning themselves because the wind has blown, and we have seen the fowl’s nyash.
I want to make crystal clear that Bashiru Ahmad is no political orphan in Adamawa politics therefore, much as we won’t like to join issues with crowds for rent, we are compelled to please beg the men behind the masquerades to come out, if they truly have the courage of their conviction. Toothless men hiding behind pseudonyms have the gumption to give the governor fourteen days to replace the SSG or face their wrath? Isn’t that laughable. This is the tragic scenario we are faced with as a people.
I am not asking the group to like Bashiru Ahmad as a man – far from it. But credit must be given where it is due. I have been among those lucky to be associated with him during this political dispensation. We have gone to all the nooks and crannies of Adamawa state with Bashiru Ahmad during the campaigns and I got close to him since then.
I cannot remember seeing any Fintiri Supporters’ Group in all the communities we visited, so it is fraudulent for such a group to emerge from the blues. Everyone who campaigned for Fintiri is his supporter, so nobody has any patent or trademark to “Fintiri Supporter”. I have interacted with him in his capacity as the SSG on several occasions and I am therefore qualified to talk about the little I know of him. I feel degraded writing this response to such a “group” but allowing it to pass will be worse. Responding to unequal is injustice and I pride myself for standing for justice whatever situation I find myself.
Any supporter of his excellency, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri will not denigrate his appointee, particularly a high ranking one on the pages of newspapers or airwaves. Whatever the appointee’s shortcomings, a sincere critic may rather take him/ her on, no matter the “arrogance” of the public official. They will be well advised to sheath their swords or risk being disrobed in public. We are yet to expose them because of the benevolence of the SSG and our moral rectitude and not because we do not know them. But they seem to be forcing our hands. If the chips are down, we will surely do so. As the old cliché goes, a word is enough for the wise.
Aminu Kwalli Jimeta is a Jimeta based public commentator .
Adamawa SSG, Mal. Bashiru Ahmad, pillar of Adamawa Govt
By Phillip Ishaya
Greatness is achieved not through selfish promotion of oneself or cheap publicity but through selfless services that benefits mankind especially the down trodden, Mal. Bashiru Ahmad epitomizes greatness in all ramifications. Never has Adamawa State been blessed with a philanthropist like the Secretary to the Adamawa State Government, a man that genuinely cares for the well-being of Adamawa Masses
For the benefit of the people that do not know Mal. Bashiru Ahmad is a political iroko, over qualified on his own rights. God has given Adamawa a man of outstanding quality, vision and class, God so much love Adamawa State, otherwise how could we have discovered the talents, energy, kindness, passion and selflessness endowed in one person.
I was involved in a discussion with some of our people and everyone has the same view, Mal. Bashiru Ahmad is a God sent first class brain, mentor and determined man that is passionate about his people. He is well prepared to make a difference in the lives of Adamawa people.
I saw diamond in the heart of this gentleman this man posses and the passion he has in making sure that he supports his people to achieve maximally.
Adamawa SSG is a great intellect that holds his ground in terms of quality and logical discussions, he spends time researching into any subject of his interest, he realises that being informed puts one ahead of others and gives him benefits especially when he is in such a position where some people may want to take advantage of him.
This his attitude to work is not an overnight wonder but an attitude and approach that has been well established over the years due to his professional background and exposure. In all that he is involved in, he has proper understanding of the process and expected end results. His ability to understand issues that catch his interest puts him on a different operational pedestal than others.
Mal. Bashiru Ahmad understands that he is the beacon of HOPE for the hopeless, it is the reason why anytime he is out there, he is packaging and presenting one project or the other for the common good of Adamawa people.
He is educating the children of the widows, he is feeding them and providing them with lifelong opportunities enabling them to turn out good for self and the society.
In so many ways, he has laid down his life for others not as a fool but simply to demonstrate his acquired qualities of a good leader and by extension, acting upon the old adage which says “teach one how to fish rather than giving out a fish for free all the time.”
Mal. Ahmad is a man that does not have the word impossible in his books, he is always restless, searching for opportunities that can enable him do more, has never relented in seeking opportunities locally and internationally that would enable him do more.
He has out of his volition committed himself to humanity project by propagating the gospel of kindness within and outside his domain through the veritable tools of love, peace and unity to mentioned but a few.
Mal. Bashiru Ahmad is a rare gift to Adamawa People, history that you have started will be very kind to you as your good deeds will always speak for you, the journey is far, yet you have done so much, we are excited about the possibilities ahead, you are truly a leader.
Adamawa SSG belongs to me, He belongs to you, and he belongs to everyone. His ideology, belief and Association can be publicly identified. He is an open book as far as leadership is concerned. Yet, he is independent chapter of a voluminous epistle of life.
Ishaya sent in the piece from Yola