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Galaxy Backbone Ltd: Prof. M. B. Abubakar Makes Gombe People Proud By Tasiu Pantami



In life, a lot of people find themselves in positions of leadership but only the few excel. Professor Muhammed Bello Abubakar is unarguably among the few that excel and rewrite history in an impressive fashion.

Professor Muhammed Bello Abubakar, popularly known as Prof. M. B. Abubakar, is currently the Managing Director of Galaxy Backbone Limited, a public enterprise of the Federal Government of Nigeria incorporated in 2006 with the primary mandate of setting up and operating a unified Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure platform that addresses the connectivity, transversal and other technology imperatives for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government. The organization was also charged with operating a nationwide network backbone to help facilitate the digital inclusion of underserved areas and rural communities towards the realization of the MDG goals.

Prof. Muhammed Abubakar was appointed as the Managing Director of the Galaxy Backbone Limited by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 23rd December, 2019. He took over the management of the organization on 2nd January, 2020.

Before delving into the oceans of achievements recorded by Professor Muhammed Abubakar, it is important to shed some light on the person of Muhammed Abubakar for the benefits of our readers particularly those that do not know him personally.

Prof. Muhammed Bello Abubakar was born on 3rd October, 1970 in Gombe. He attended numerous schools at home and abroad including Jankai Primary School Gombe from1977 to 1983, Pilot Junior Secondary School Gombe from 1983 to 1986, Government Science Secondary School Billiri from 1986 to 1987, and Government Science Secondary School Gombe from 1987 to 1988. He also attended Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi and Eberhardkahls Universität Tübingen in Germany.

Prior to his ascension to the position of Managing Director of Galaxy Backbone Limited, Prof. Abubakar held various positions. He has been a member of several professional bodies. He is also a recipient of numerous awards and accolades.

In terms of achievements in his current capacity, Prof. Abubakar leads a transformative crusade that gives birth to laudable improvements in all areas of operation of the Galaxy Backbone Limited.

As a visionary leader and adminstrator, Professor Abubakar headed the organization to come up with a five-year Strategic Business Plan.

As part of his efforts and strategies to improve service delivery, Professor Abubakar also established functional units and departments that ginormously help in actualizing the Federal Government’s vision towards advancement of Digital Economy.

Professor Abubakar also brought the Galaxy Backbone Limited to limelight at a time when the services of the organization were needed most due to the advent of COVID-19 that almost shut down activities particularly the official ones. Professor Abubakar led his organization to provide virtual interaction platforms to ease communication and collaboration in government at all levels. This effort has tremendously provided flawless interaction during the lockdowns imposed by the government to curtail the spread of the pandemic.

Also, Professor Abubakar came up with numerous innovative policies and initiatives that generally elevated the prestige of the Galaxy Backbone Limited and holistically improved its operations.

To boost the performance of his staff and collaborate with other relevant stakeholders, Professor Abubakar organized a management retreat titled ‘Galaxy Backbone Retreat’ which took place on January 29th, 2021 in Gombe. This goes in line with what Orrin Woodward said, “average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.” Therefore, Professor Muhammad Abubakar has proven to be a good leader.

As said by John C. Maxwell, “a leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” Considering the massive achievements and successes of Professor Muhammad Bello Abubakar which are numerous to mention, it is obvious that Professor Muhammad Bello Abubakar knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.

To conclude, it is pertinent to appreciate the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy in person of Dr. Isah Ali Pantami for recommending the appointment of cerebral and iconic Professor Muhammed Bello Abubakar as the Managing Director of the Galaxy Backbone Limited.

In reality, the super achievements and successes of Professor Muhammad Bello Abubakar have made all of us from Gombe proud. Your hard work do surely pay off. We wish you continued success, indefatigable MD.

By Tasiu Muhammad Pantami

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PRP launches membership drive, organizes summits across six geopolitical zones




The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has rolled out membership drive summits that held across the six geopolitical zones and the 36 states of the federation recently.

A statement by its acting Assistant National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Muhammed Ishaq indicated that the summits which were chaired by Zonal National Vice Chairmen of the party have been organized in Abuja for North Central, Bauchi for North East, Kano for North West, Akwa Ibom for South South, Abia for South East and Ogun State for South West.

The statement explained further that the summits recorded massive attendance by the party stakeholders at all levels when issues of major importance to the parry were discussed which harped on the need for membership registration, documentation and delineation at the 176,846 Polling Units across the country.

It also reiterated the need for enlistment  of credible persons as Polling Agents, Ward Collation Agents, LGA Collation Agents and State Collation Agents  and the need for timely submission of their records to the National Secretariat for onward submission to INEC.

Another important issue discussed has to do with, “Correct recording of members’ details in Polling Units’ Membership Registers to be collated by States, according to Wards and LGAs and be submitted to the National Secretariat as States’ Membership Registers of party.

The need for States to ratify members into vacant and inactive State Executive Committee offices in line with the Circular on sharing of party offices at congresses was also at the front burner during the discussion

Also discussed was the need to have in place active State Bank Accounts to which the Chairmen, Secretaries and Treasurers of Chapters are signatories in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the PRP.

The meeting also deliberated on the urgent need to regularize the memberships of old party members as well as bringing new members into the party and for their records to be documented according to Polling Units with the aim of developing an updated national register of members for the party.

The statement challenged members at the State level to own the membership drive project by following it through with commitments that guarantee continuous growth of the party noting that chapters that flaunt constitutional provisions of the party can accordingly be disciplined.

It urged all registered members to collect their Voters Card (if they haven’t), and be ready to vote PRP candidates in the 2023 General Elections.

The statement pointed out that the summits will equally be held at State, Local Government and Ward chapters of the party across the federation for the realization of the aforementioned objectives.

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Blackout In Abuja, Others As Protesting Electricity Workers, NUEE Shuts Transmission Station In Kaduna




The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has shut down operations at the Kaduna Regional Headquarters of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), leading to blackout in the state, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and adjoining North-West states.

The electricity union is protesting the non-payment of outstanding arrears owed to former workers of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), suspension of conditions of service and career path for workers and the directive by the TCN board to conduct promotion interviews for acting principal managers who are moving to Assistant General Managers.

The development which also affected four northwestern states, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara, is said to be in line with the directive of the union’s national leadership.

NUEE officials were said to have forced workers out of the company’s premises before locking the gate with their own key after they picketed the Mando TCN Station in the Kaduna State capital on Wednesday.

They however, vowed not to resume work until all their demands were met by the Federal Government.

The NUEE had picketed the Abuja National Headquarters of the TCN on Tuesday.

According to a circular by the General Secretary of NUEE, Joe Ajaero, titled “Call for Action”, to the Senior Assistant General Secretaries and Zonal Organising Secretaries dated August 15, 2022, the union directed that the electricity workers should ensure total compliance with the directive.

This is coming amid erratic power supply being experienced across the nation and at least five National Power Grid failures already recorded this year.

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Court Sentences Famous Adamawa Wrestler To Death For Killing Wife With Pestle




A well-known traditional wrestler, Thankyou Grim, has been convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for cruelly murdering his wife in Adamawa State.

Super Reporters learnt that Grim, who hails from Sili village in the Guyuk Local Government Area of Adamawa State, hit his wife, Kwalla Grim, repeatedly with a pestle until she died for demanding divorce.

The Adamawa State Chief Judge, Justice Nathan Musa, sentenced the famous wrestler to death after he was tried and found guilty of killing his wife.

He was convicted on a one-count charge of culpable homicide punishable with death contrary to section 192(b) of the Adamawa State Penal Code Law 2018.

While delivering his verdict on Tuesday, Justice Musa held that the prosecution had proved with cogent evidence that the convict actually killed the deceased.

“As stated in my judgement, the convict is convicted for culpable homicide punishable with death; my hands are therefore tied, I cannot do otherwise. Therefore, the convict is accordingly sentenced to death by hanging as provided by section 192(b) of Penal Code Law”, Justice Musa ruled.

According to the prosecution, Grim caused the death of his wife on March 24, 2018.

The famous wrestler reportedly wrestled his wife to the ground and smashed her face with a pestle, hitting her several times until she became lifeless.

He was said to have fled the scene immediately, but later reported himself to the police after three days.

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