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Taraba State: Governor Darius and the Travails of Leadership – By A. A. Mshelia




It is in my nature to write articles that differentiates facts from fictions, in an effort to correct roguish authors and protect the people, which I feel is the sole role of every right thinking citizen. Its never in my nature to debate or exchange words with such on-the-dole writers roaring around seeking who they can devour and begging for a plate of stew on their tables by the highest bidders, at the expense of their conscience and the sanity of their pens.

I wrote an article Gov. Darius: Finishing The Year Stronger Against All Odds, and hell got loosed. My message was clear and the target audience was defined. My attention has been called by folks both within and outside Nigeria, when certain people started attacking me and the Rescue Captain, and from all the conversations, both from the known and the unknown, it became very clear that certain people will leave no stone unturned until Taraba is pull down to its knee. The painful part though is, sons of the soil have made themselves available for a plate of stew to destroy their state by themselves. Looking at the puzzle, Governor Darius Ishaku happen to just be the bone in their neck that wont allow them break the state and systems he is working hard to rescue and restore. Thus, he must take certain heat and punches for the lads.

I came across this reflection Governor Darius Ishaku posted on his page this morning and necessity was laid on me to write and respond to few things and appeal to the conscience of the good people of Taraba, looking at the sincerity of the man despite all the attacks on his person. He has proved, and its true, his focus is his people! It reads:
“It is my strong resolve that, if Governance feels easy and good for a leader, it then means he has not understood the burden of service.

We knew the journey will be tough looking at the decades wasted before us; we knew the sacrifices we will make daily to Rescue Taraba “might” be attacked and debated upon, because we are out to break the status quo. But, we also knew against all odds, we must be tougher than these forces and be determined to rescue our people and land at all cost.

I remain committed to my people and the Rescue Mission, and together we can, together is easier! Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku.

I have seen all kinds of attacks from the locals, state and even international figures, especially when I saw an Ambassador ranting a couple of mundane fables, to whether Governor Darius was elected by the people or not? among others. The truth is, if the beating DDI gave the opposition in 2015, and 2019, which along the line brushes even the central government didnt humble them, then we can say Allah ya kaddara for them to be utterly destroyed by their own calamities and pigheadedness.

I wrote an article, January 30, 2020, Southern Taraba: Strive Like Flowers of the Same Divine Garden to Live Together in Harmony, At this point I refer not only the Southern Tarabans to that aricle but the entire state to read and be informed.

Two of the most laughable texts I have seen among many was the writings of Mr. Jibrin who is struggling hard to impose himself on the public as Public Affair Analysts without knowing what it takes to occupy such position and the decency that earns folks that honorable path. I also saw a wretched post on another portal from Taraba. I make bold to say, for the handlers of that portal which I cannot even remember the name, I want to personally offer them a scholarship so they can return to school and build themselves first. Such bunkum I saw; I am not sure if they can teach my son that is a year older a home lesson. How can a budget that received the ascent of the governor and was signed into law, have a problem of implementation because the Governor is on a Christmas holiday? These guys are hopeless indeed.

For Mr Jibrin who after I was called upon I decided to check him out and discovered he is a brother I know very well. Thus, I will say Jibrin is free to explore his luck, as he rightly said lately: “Oppose anything and anyone that limits your ability to think freely”. This statement summarized the state of the man a free thinker indeed.

The paragraph I spoke about Federal roads in Taraba State in my previous article, the paragraph started with the phrase “Most of the roads”. But, one won’t be surprised if Jibrin have no patience to understand context. What does one expect of someone that’s “possibly equipped to run”, will he use his wits?

I advise my brother to note, there are better ways to seek relevance to becoming whatever he’s trying to metamorphose into as a public affairs analyst. Such depth of responsibility is not gotten by siting in your cubicle, it comes with great responsibility; standing for the truth in the interest of the said public, not a struggle for personal interest.

Every professional writer is conversant with the patterns of writings and the rules of engagement, which one of it is to know the audience you want to reach out to with your text. Reading through the article by Jibrin I was laughing to a knee fall in the aircraft for his use of words. Yes, we know of poetic license in journalism, but I cant remember that permitting a writer to abuse the use of words. I advise Jibrin to invest more in studying and research for now and stop right clicking his mouse on words, using MS Word to get synonyms to words so he can sound big. He should study words and know what they mean in context.

With the babbling by Jibrin, he was just running in circles; gasping forth and back without a single point to his rants. I hope he doesn’t become what he’s wrongly trying to correct and fight. I hope he doesn’t become the opposite reflection of one of his article: “Taraba: we come to hate, hatred persist”.

Jibrin is someone I know very well and I am certain he knows too much and so much about the facts and reality in Taraba State over the decades, and most importantly the impacts of Governor Darius Ishaku’s led administration. But, building such resolve over the years to boldly sell his conscience against all facts is something that gets me thinking all through. If defending the truth in the interest of Taraba State and the Rescue Captain Arc. Darius Ishaku is what made him called me with the name the Wizard of Oz and all the public insults, let him imagine me taking a bow and accepting it all gladly.

One thing is certain, and that is: Taraba shall be rescued under Governor Darius Ishaku. This is not just a positive confession, BUT A REALITY CHECK.

My fellow Tarabans, I want to remind us all of these facts: Every nation or state that has reached its peak for massive developmental strides (delivery), is more likely to face the challenges/pangs like that of a pregnant woman in a labour ward. Every political leader of worth in the world, according to history has once, if not many times, at a point faced challenges of all kinds as we see happen with the Rescue Captain. The challenges leaders face around the world are more similar than different. This goes to show that no matter where you are in the world, every nation or state has an inherent political challenges, either the once that affect the state or their leaders directly. The encouraging part though is when the citizens are courageous enough to stand up for their state and leaders through these trying epochs.

The experience we have had in Taraba State of late and the massive attacks on our Governor, Arc Darius Ishaku is nothing far from the fact that, before the delivery of life or anything of significance, there must be a stage of throbbing and travails. The reactions on the leadership of DDI these few months were such that it can be liken to the outbreak of the present contagion that is eating our world Covid-19. The attacks were copious, the accusations were colossal from the people that refused to see the truths and impacts made by the Governor.

It has been proven lately, that, exceptional leaders in the class of Governor Darius, has the will power to overcome leadership challenges, and through that create value for their people by focusing on the unique contributions they can make in state building. Governor Darius has proven beyond doubt, that he had the understanding of those unique values to him, and delegating everything else (or as close to everything else as he can), which has allowed him maximized the value he created in the state. Such is the testimony and lessons weve learnt from Darius style of leadership.

As a result, it cant be over emphasized that Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has been on a mission from inception to change the socio-economic environment of Taraba State into one of the fastest, mostly developed states in the federation and he has achieved that to a large extend. The seriousness and total commitment with which he approached the governance of Taraba State has reached its high point. He has transformed Taraba State within his first tenure into that level of social awareness that is too improbable, astonishing and extraordinary to be believed, and he has not relaxed on that mission. Going by the waves of revolutionary policy initiatives and project implementation under his leadership as the Governor of Taraba State, the focus on the minds of people should be on Darius brilliance, ingenuity and versatility in the way he conducts government dealings.
Like he once stated on his official Facebook page on one of his reflections:
“To me political powers acquire meaning and usefulness only in the context of institutional framework of the economy and provision of the basic needs of my people, i.e. Infrastructural Development; Skill Acquisition Programmes bordering on Job and Wealth Creation; Water and Power Generation, Industrialization; Health and Information Technological Knowledge etc.”

Tarabans must, in response, never let an internal or external force break the bridged we have rebuilt with our Governor since 2015 to date. The Governor has shown high level of maturity and has proved to us that he is indeed a father of modern democracy in Taraba State. The normal expectations as we see in other state is, everyone was expecting the governor to rain curses on his haters. The biggest challenge in leadership is to listen to everyones opinions of all sorts and come to a mutually beneficial standpoint. Not every leader has the quality of being fair towards people, especially those that triggered him pain on purpose, but Governor Darius has chosen to go with what is right. From his show of statesmanship, through his speech on arrival, we have learnt that leadership isn’t just about the hard stuff, but it is a big part of shouldering responsibilities against all odds; the fact that one has accepted a leadership role is a change all to itself, knowing every day is filled with possibilities for change.

I came across a portion of a text by a youngster, Suleiman Usman Nyaja, who is said to be eighteen years old. Next time anyone tries to lure you into hating the leader we voted for, as our Executive Governor in Taraba State, just get a printout of this questions and answers by young Nyaja, you can add to the list and watch them answer them.

(Copied and Unedited)
Gather all the haters of Darius Dickson Ishaku in one place and ask them the following questions..
By Suleiman Usman Nyaja.
Is Darius Dickson Ishaku not a progressive leader? They will tell you he is.
Is Darius Dickson Ishaku not a man of his words? They will tell you he is.
Is Darius Dickson Ishaku not a developmental Guru? They will tell you he is.
Is Darius Dickson Ishaku not having the Nigeria and the North at heart?
They will tell you he is having the Nigeria and the North at heart.
They might even cite examples for you on the role he played around north East Region of the country.
If you ask them, Which Governor made the largest contribution to Education in Taraba?
Their answer is Darius Dickson Ishaku.
Who used his power to touched and changed the lives of the masses directly?
The answer is Darius Dickson Ishaku.
If you ask them, who completed Nursing and Midwifery building Jalingo?
Their answer is Darius Dickson Ishaku.
Who electrified rural areas?
Their answer is Darius Dickson Ishaku.
Is there any Governor that his administration prioritized Basic Education by Building new class rooms, office, sending teachers to bag NCE, Feed the pupils?
A policy which the federal government is emulating some.
Their answer is no, only Darius Dickson Ishaku made that history.
If you ask them who resuscitated Kakara Highland Tea In Gembu from coma that was thrown by the past administration.
Their answer is Darius Dickson Ishaku


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Jalingo City Flyover: The Lies Imported By Hungry Social Media Influencers – By A. A. Mshelia




It has become obviously clear that the politics played in Taraba State by the said opposition and the enemies of State has reached it highest peak.

Those familiar with the trends of polity being played in the State should by now come to the know, the intensity and how determined certain folks are in ensuring they pull down everything good happening in the State.

It is true that fake news trends faster than those said to be the facts, but, it amazes me and those that have common sense how some people are falling for the said collapsed picture of the flyer over in Taraba State, which is under construction by the Darius’ administration.

As much as Governor Darius appreciates creative critism, and most times swallows the trash pushed on him by certain folks,it is becoming expedient that some people needs to be dealt with, so it can serve as an example that the government have the powers to protect the good of the land.

Below is the laughable, yet stupid and foolish pictures spread around on social media. Not only is it circulated by some hungry opposition, but also by some sponsored peanuts-seekers called online TV stations, and social media influencers.


Since common sense is never common, let’s make some analysis and show some facts about the said collapsed bridge.

  1. The said bridge is an old bridge, looking at the texture of it surface..
  2. The people working on the bridge, to those standing around it to take a look and passer by are Indians
  3. The present bridges under construction in Taraba are within the City centre, in the State capital Jalingo, while the said picture is one that’s completely in a bush in a village in India.
  4. The bridge in Jalingo is thicker, wider, longer and Stronger than the one making rounds in the picture.
  5. The current stage of the bridge in Jalingo has not yet reached the level of the top layer as it is seen on the said picture.

Though it seems the work in Jalingo is taking longer than other States that copied such from Governor Darius, one needs to know the bridge in Jalingo is thrice in size, length, strength etc. Compared to anyone seen in the Northeast.

Governor Darius is an Architect, thus, at no cost will he allow quality to be compromised.

Jalingo city flyover under construction
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Construction on going
Taraba flyover bridge under construction

According to the report captured by The times of India, it States:

“KAITHAL: An under-construction flyover near Dulyani village of Pundri town in Haryana’s Kaithal district collapsed on Saturday evening minutes after it was laid. However, no one was injured in the accident.”

“According to the villagers, the structure came crashing down about 30 minutes after concrete material was laid atop pillars. As two pillars supporting the flyover collapsed, the newlylaid structure also came tumbling down, they said.”

“Sources said that soon after the incident, the project officials attempted a coverup and covered the broken pillars with cement mixture from the top and spoil at the base.”

“National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) project director K M Sharma said, “Prima facie, it appears to be an outcome of mechanical fault. I have initiated a probe into the matter to fix responsibility.”

The flyover was coming up on National Highway 152D, known as Trans Haryana Greenfield Expressway and Ambala-Narnaul Expressway, on the stretch between Gangheri in Pehowa town of Kurukshetra district and Narnaul. Foundation stone. The foundation stone of the flyover stretching 227km was laid last year by Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari. The structure is slated to have 122 bridges and underpasses.”

“Kaithal deputy commissioner Sujan Singh said, “The project director has been called to explain the reasons of the collapse of the structure.”

For further research and prove to every well meaning Taraban, click on the link to read the total storyline and watch videos. Click on this link:

I call on all Tarabans to understand that it’s high time we stand with the facts and realities on ground, we must also fight such fake news and those that propagate them through propagandas. One thing is obvious, God, and even nature will deal with such inventors of evil against Taraba State and it Leader.

For Governor Darius Ishakus, he remains focused to delivering the Rescue Mandate against all odds.

God bless Governor Darius, God bless Taraba State, and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Alkali’s Answers To The North -East Humanitarian Question – By Raphael Odoh




Apparently, Boko Haram insurgents and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have gravely injured and shackled the North East Development Commission (NEDC), a baby created out of necessity to cater for humanitarian crisis incited by Boko Haram. The NEDC’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, (MD-CEO), Alhaji Mohammed Goni Alkali experiences grippingly retells the story of managing the near post-insurgency gores with a nauseating taste.

In his heart of hearts, Alkali wishes to relinquish the job to someone else because the burden is damn too much. But what are the real alternatives at his disposal? Virtually none! Those affected are directly his kith and kin. Someday, questions would be asked from the countryside on why he shirked from coming to their assistance in the hour of need. So, Alkali grudgingly trudges on.

Established in 2017 by the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari, the NEDC has had a tortuous path attending to the multifaceted infrastructural and humanitarian crises created by the over 10 years Boko Haram insurgency in the region. In his solemn moments, he seats and reflects on how the NEDC’s efforts in rebuilding the devastated region are again sabotaged by same Boko Haram and its local conspirators. It pierces the heart with pain. But he is determined never to give up.

NEDC’s main responsibilities includes, to receive and administer funds from the federation account, international donors and other humanitarian organizations for the settlement, rehabilitation and reconstruction of roads, houses and destroyed business premises of victims of insurgency. NEDC also has the mandate to intervene in ameliorating pervasive poverty, mass illiteracy, ecological problems and any other such linked social problems that would make life more meaningful to the suffering populations living in insurgency ravaged Northeast states of Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba.

At the inauguration of the NEDC Board, President Muhammadu Buhari gave it a limitless gamut of operations. Mr. President was emphatic that the commission should superintend on the development activities and structures at all levels of government-funded agencies legitimized to work in the region.

NEDC daily sees an internally displaced or deprived population of over 2.6 million Nigerians or more in dire need of rehabilitation and succor under its responsibility. It’s a frightening statistic. It’s precisely the cause of Alkali’s nightmare.

Whether the MD/CEO accepts its or not, the NEDC appears bowed under the weight of sheer destructions by these terrorists’ gangs in the Northeast region of Nigeria. The job is very tasking, strenuous and energy-sapping.

The NEDC’s Managing Director, Alhaji Mohammed Goni Alkali is clearly dazzled by the magnitude of work on his hands. His admirers and acolytes are asking everyday whether he has enough capacity to solve the humanitarian crises of varying proportions exacerbated by subsisting and continuing destructions of public infrastructures perpetrated by Boko Haram insurgency. And his fever is understandable because the NEDC is the fulcrum of the peace-building, reconciliation and de-radicalization agenda of the Buhari Presidency.

Encouragingly enough, Alhaji Mohammed Alkali is a uniquely talented administrator, widely acclaimed for his defiant battles with obstinate challenges. His consociates’ mouth that the MD/CEO does not shudder or contemplate surrender on any challenge until he conquers the obstacle and snatches success.

Ab initio, Alkali knew that a savior in the neighborhood would not be noticed until he announces his presence. Therefore, the NEDC -MD’s first area of concentration was the engagement of the various communities in the Northeast on sensitization of indigenes on the prevalence of fleeing remnants of Boko Haram insurgents in their midst and how to dismantle unexploded landmines in their communities after the Military’s complete subjugation of the cursed jihadist campaigners’.

Selected persons across communities in the Northeast region in the Boko Haram worse hit states were selected and trained to lead the battle of disabling unexploded landmines. The idea captured the mindset of an administrator perfectly conversant with the preliminary rudiments of his job

The NEDC boss has launched and progressively pursued the agenda of Education Endowment Fund , which has engaged over 20,000 beneficiaries annually to enable them access academic and professional capacity training and development in diverse fields of human endeavors. It has further sparked the anger of Boko Haramists, a sect stridently opposed to western education. Alkali has courageously dared their gods!

Therefore, the commission disburses N6 billion yearly on scholarship for students in the region, which is more than the annual education budgets of most states in the federation. The drag net of the scholarship scheme covers over thousands of students from bachelor’s degree to doctor of philosophy degrees.

Added to it, the NEDC has implemented the rehabilitation of drinking water and sanitation facilities in states of the Northeast Nigeria pinned down by insurgency. It is part of NEDC’s Multisectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP) with the support of the World Bank. The MD/CEO, Alkali is steadily surmounting these challenges because for every kobo into the commission’s coffers, there are human upliftment projects to justify it.

So, within three years, the NEDC has implemented humanitarian reliefs projects totaling 1, 310 under the ambitious scheme of “Rapid Response Intervention” (RRI) in all the 112 local governments of the Northeast region. Humanity survives on food and it is the basic traditional occupation of people of the Northeast. But Boko Haram insurgency pierced it badly resulting in the massive hunger and starvation in the land.

A sensitive Alkali’s focal agenda as NEDC boss has restored it. The commission has funded the implementation of an “Integrated Agriculture Programme,’ (IAP) under the broad umbrella of RRI, which yearly provides agricultural machinery and equipment, seeds, fertilizers, agrochemicals and extension services logistics vehicles from NEDC’s funds.

It has bolstered the production capacity of small-holder farmers in Northeast region, and boosted economies of families, which are currently regaining their lost farming treasures and domestic food sustenance. The NEDC sees it as a sacred obligation of the holistic rebuilding agenda of the Northeast region. Annually, the NEDC funds the IAP scheme in each of the 112 LGAs in the Northeast with N50 million.

NEDC has also has also directed its attention to skills acquisition, training and provision of starter packs to over 5, 000 Information Communication Technology (ICT), knowledge seekers. About 5, 000 women and youths in the region are trained annually on entrepreneurship, and another 2, 000 on vocational skills in each of the 1,028 wards of the region ravaged by Boko Haram. And Alkali deems it a faithful a yearly ritual. For the people of the Northeast, it is a narrative of a steady regaining of lost grounds under NEDC’s boss, Alhaji Mohammad Alkali.

The NEDC has also prominently and actively registered its shadows at the De-radicalization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) Programme of the Nigerian Military otherwise known as “Operation Safe Corridor” (OSC) at Malam-Sidi, in Gombe State in the same region. After the initial work tour to the camp and assessment of intervention areas, the NEDC boss has continued to financially assist the programme with needy facilities.

Alkali’s humanitarian focus on rebuilding the Northeast resounds more in the ambitious housing projects for the IDPs in Borno state, the epicenter of Boko Haram terrorism. Its Mr. President’s consolatory initiative or the FGN to these displaced persons, which is worth N20 billion, but routed through the NEDC.

At the moment, the construction of 10,000 housing units spread across 10 Borno LGAs for the resettlement of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) are aggressively pursued. Through the supervision of Alkali, these housing units have reached advanced stages of completion.

The outbreak of the global coronavirus in early 2020 really shook Alkali’s heart. The NEDC boss was sensitive enough to understand that various Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps were potent vectors of the spread of the epidemic. He personally went round the IDPs camps in the Northeast and supplied essential disinfectant products worth millions of Naira in the collective national struggle to combat the transmission of Coronavirus.

He kick-started the exercise at Bakkassi, Stadium and Muna IDPs camps in Maiduguri. It is reason Nigerians have not heard of COVID-19 related deaths in any of the IDPs camps in the Northeast region.

Hard work is noticed and acknowledged by Nigerians. Alhaji Mohammed Alkali’s leadership of the NEDC is rated high both by the Senate and the civil society. An unpersuaded and uninfluenced body known as the National Accountability Watch Group (NAWG) though its Executive Director, Dr Okpe Joseph Okpe applauded NEDC’s boss for holding the mandate of the Commission evidently sacrosanct by impacting on the economy, social wellbeing and infrastructural development of peoples of the Northeast region.

Under the supervision of another compassionate woman, the Minister of Humanitarian affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk, the NEDC boss has replicated her posture of delivering services to Nigerians with a human face. Alkali is sincerely working for the people on whose back he got the mandate to lead the NEDC.

Alkali has dispensed himself as a selfless gentleman by every detail of his assignment today as always. He is doing all within his powers to ensure that citizens in the Northeast forget the sorrows that Boko Haram insurgents and ISWAP terrorists have wrought on the populations. For conscionably comforting the downtrodden and traumatic peoples of the Northeast through various intervention programs, Alkali looks ripe for a reward in heaven. #

Odoh, a humanitarian worker wrote from Maiduguri.

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NPHCDA, COVID -19 And The Fall Of Anti-Vaxxers- By Pine Oralu




The coronavirus pandemic indeed brought the world to its knees, with various countries imposing lockdown in the bid to stop the further spread of the virus. Consequently, efforts were deployed towards developing a vaccine that would halt the further spread of the novel coronavirus.

In Nigeria, it was not any different as the country was also in lockdown. The government introduced measures that would mitigate some of the adverse effects the coronavirus has had on our socio-economic life.

There was also a challenge, which was essentially how to convince the populace of the coronavirus’s existence and why all must observe known safety protocols such as wearing of facemasks, observing social distancing and ensuring proper hygiene through the washing of hands frequently and avoiding crowded places.

By and large, there was some level of compliance when the number of deaths increased, and the reality dawned on us. I think credit must be given to the government in its sensitization efforts, and the rest they say is history.

However, we must all be glad that the vaccines are here. There seems to be some glimmer of hope towards the world returning to normalcy if the vaccination process goes as planned. This is indeed the crux of this piece regarding the various conspiracy theories that have come out since the vaccines’ rollout, especially in Nigeria. I must add that it has been such a daunting task for the National Primary Health Care Development Agency officials to ensure that Nigerians are vaccinated.

The NPHCDA has stated that close to 400,000 Nigerians have been vaccinated so far since the vaccination programme began. This is quite commendable given the various conspiracies across the country that condemned the vaccine, so much so that stakeholders in the health sector doubted if Nigeria’s vaccination programme would be successful. They were wrong.

This is where I would commend the NPHCDA for its sensitization efforts and the orderly manner it has gone about in ensuring that the administration of the vaccines across the country was seamless. The registration portal created before the commencement of the exercise was ingenious because it was a departure from the past where such programmes were marred by poor planning, execution and other logistics impediments.

If truth be told, Nigeria has fared better than most countries in administering the vaccines to the populace. And this further reinforces the role of leadership in our daily lives. The Dr Shaibu Faisal led NPHCDA has once again demonstrated that indeed what is needed in Nigeria is purposeful leadership that is anchored on transparency, accountability and a sense of direction.

The NPCHDA knew what was at stake if the conspiracies against the vaccine thrived. Consequently, their efforts paid off handsomely with the reception the administration of the vaccine has received, even from the most critical individuals and groups across the country. Suffice I add that the vaccine administration’s success in the country didn’t come on a platter of gold. The sensitization was top-notch. The distribution of vaccines across the states was seamless. And the results have been outstanding.

If not for anything, I am particularly joyous that one of the most critical fellows against the vaccine, Femi Fani-Kayode, has taken to the social media to flaunt and inform Nigerians that the vaccines are safe and encouraged Nigerians to go for the jab. This is indeed a great victory for all and a sign to tell that the NPHCDA has done well in ensuring the success of the vaccination campaign in the country.

If this is not victory, I don’t know what else to call it. This is not just victory for the NPHCDA, but a victory for all Nigerians that are desirous of the progress of the country through the demonstration of a burning desire to see to the fact that coronavirus impediment is quickly put behind us so that we can resume our everyday lives in the quest for sustainable growth and development.

It is not yet Uhuru as the journey is just beginning in the vaccination journey. However, if the NPHCDA sustains the current tempo, we should be sure of timely vaccination of the entire population in the country.
For us to achieve this, two things are of utmost importance.

One is for the NPCHDA to continue to sensitize the populace on the vaccines’ safety and effectiveness in line with the position of the World Health Organization. And in the words of the WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus “Every new, safe and effective tool against COVID-19 is another step closer to controlling the pandemic,”

In my opinion, this message must be sustained by the NPHCDA towards ensuring the vaccination programme is not jeopardized by conspiracy theorists who want to capitalize on any given opportunity to cause disaffection in the polity.
Secondly, we must continue to give credit to encourage the leadership of the NPHCDA for their invaluable role it has played so far in ensuring the success story of the vaccination programme in Nigeria, not just for COVID 19, but other immunization and other vaccination programmes in the country.

Dr Shaibu Faisal remains a leader with eyes on the ball and matches words with action since his assumption of office as the head of the critical National Primary Health Care Development Agency in Nigeria. His ideas and thoughts with regards to delivering on the mandate are concise and effective. His leadership acumen is also infectious. And a true definition of what leadership entails and what it should be in the critical point of our existence.

At this point, I would say that indeed those against the success of the coronavirus vaccine in the country have fallen flat on their faces. And like I said earlier, it would be too early to roll out the drums, but we must admit that we are on that steady and desirable path.

And for Dr Shaibu Faisal, your efforts are noble and commendable; I encourage you to continue to devout energy and time to sustain the tempo in service to Nigeria.

Oralu is a public affairs analyst based in Makurdi.

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