SEN. GEORGE AKUME BACK GEMADE FOR 2015.

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Senate minority leader Sen. George Akume, has thrown his weight behind the re-election of Sen. Barnabas Gemade, describing him as an asset to Nigerian politics.
Sen. Akume who said this yesterday in Korinja, Konshsisha local government area, home country of Sen. Gemade during the thanksgiving service for his 66th birthday held at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, said in spite of different party affiliations, he has always held Gemade in high esteem and maintained cordial relationship with him, stressing the need for Benue people to uphold peace and unity. He decried the neglect of the state by the present administration of Goodluck Jonathan, noting that past governments had accorded due recognition to Benue people in terms of appointments and infrastructural developments.
“We recall that under Shehu Shagari, Benue had two ministers and a Senate President, under late Gen. Sani Abacha, Benue had three ministers in Gemade who was then minister for Works, Dr. Iorwuese Hagher and Prof. Iyorchia Ayu.
In late Yar’Adua’s administration, we had Attorney–General and Minster for Justice, Mike Aondoakaa, SAN, Director-General, NAFDAC as well as Managing director NEXIM bank. Under Jonathan, we only have one full fledged minister and one assistant minister” Akume frowned. The senate leader seized the opportunity to debunk claims made by Governor Gabriel Suswam that he persuaded the president to intervene in the rehabilitation of federal road from Makurdi-Gboko and further, intimating that it is part of his constituency project.
“Why must he lie that he is the one
rehabilitating the road when he knows very well that I am the one doing it as part of my constituency project? Suswam claims to be close to the President but if he cannot attract anything for the state from Jonathan no one will crucify him. When I was governor, I attracted so much from the presidency for the state. My legacies are there to be seen. As Governor I met a debt of over 242 million pounds and another 92 million pounds from the Paris club which were tied to projects and I cleared it up to 65% and later it was completely waved off by the Paris club.
“People continue to criticize me but as Governor I ensured that there was general hospitals in all the 23 local government areas of the state and built one of the biggest teaching hospitals which was 95 % completed before I exited office these structures are there for people to see”, Akume boasted.
He urged the people to support Gemade to return to the Senate and offer quality representation to them.

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SEN. GEORGE AKUME BACK GEMADE FOR 2015.

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Senate minority leader Sen. George Akume, has thrown his weight behind the re-election of Sen. Barnabas Gemade, describing him as an asset to Nigerian politics.
Sen. Akume who said this yesterday in Korinja, Konshsisha local government area, home country of Sen. Gemade during the thanksgiving service for his 66th birthday held at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, said in spite of different party affiliations, he has always held Gemade in high esteem and maintained cordial relationship with him, stressing the need for Benue people to uphold peace and unity. He decried the neglect of the state by the present administration of Goodluck Jonathan, noting that past governments had accorded due recognition to Benue people in terms of appointments and infrastructural developments.
“We recall that under Shehu Shagari, Benue had two ministers and a Senate President, under late Gen. Sani Abacha, Benue had three ministers in Gemade who was then minister for Works, Dr. Iorwuese Hagher and Prof. Iyorchia Ayu.
In late Yar’Adua’s administration, we had Attorney–General and Minster for Justice, Mike Aondoakaa, SAN, Director-General, NAFDAC as well as Managing director NEXIM bank. Under Jonathan, we only have one full fledged minister and one assistant minister” Akume frowned. The senate leader seized the opportunity to debunk claims made by Governor Gabriel Suswam that he persuaded the president to intervene in the rehabilitation of federal road from Makurdi-Gboko and further, intimating that it is part of his constituency project.
“Why must he lie that he is the one
rehabilitating the road when he knows very well that I am the one doing it as part of my constituency project? Suswam claims to be close to the President but if he cannot attract anything for the state from Jonathan no one will crucify him. When I was governor, I attracted so much from the presidency for the state. My legacies are there to be seen. As Governor I met a debt of over 242 million pounds and another 92 million pounds from the Paris club which were tied to projects and I cleared it up to 65% and later it was completely waved off by the Paris club.
“People continue to criticize me but as Governor I ensured that there was general hospitals in all the 23 local government areas of the state and built one of the biggest teaching hospitals which was 95 % completed before I exited office these structures are there for people to see”, Akume boasted.
He urged the people to support Gemade to return to the Senate and offer quality representation to them.

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THE MAN BARNABAS GEMADE

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Chief, Senator, ENGR. B. A. I. GEMADE. hails from mbajov, Mbawar in Iwarev District of Gaav in Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State. He was born on the 4th day of September, 1948. He started his elementary education in 1957 at mkar demonstration School where he got his 1st school leaving certificate in 1963.
In 1964, chief (Dr) Gemade entered W. M Bristow secondary school Gboko and passed out with flying colours in 1968. He gained admission into Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1971 to study civil engineering and graduated in 1974 with B. Sc (Hons)
Engr Gemade completed his NYSC at Western Nigeria housing corporation Ibadan in 1975 as pupil engineer. Between 1975-1977, he worked as Residents Engineer /manager with Etteh-Aro and partners consulting Engineering, Jos. Engr Gemade gained admission into city university London in 1977 and graduated in 1978.
He rose to the position of senior manager in 1978 and joined Carl Ploetner Nig. Ltd a multi national firm the following year 1979 in the same capacity. He left in 1980 to co found Sam-Barns and Partners (Consulting Engineers) serving as the managing partner.
It was from there that he was appointed the honorable Secretary of works and housing in 1993 by the then military president General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida’s regime.
Chief Gemade belongs to many professional bodies among which are as follows.
1. Associate member institute of civil engineering UK.
2. Member institute of highway and transport MIHT. UK
3. fellow Nigerian society of engineering
4. Fellow Nigerian institute of science and technology
5. Fellow Nigeria institute of public relations
In addition to this membership of prestigious professional bodies, Gemade had received many other institutional awards and honours. These include:
1. Doctor of science, Hanaris causa, university of calabar, 1996
2. Doctor of science, University of agriculture makurdi, 2006
3. National productivity merit award, 1993
4. Fellowship award, Benue polytechnic ugbokolo, 1993. Among others.

Chief B. A. I. GEMADE is sufficiently grounded in the act of governance and politics. He has at various times been;
1. Elected member, national constitutional conference, 1994
2. National treasurer, Congress for national concensus, CNC, 1996
3. national chairman, Congress for national concensus. CNC. 1997-1998
4. founding member /national trustee, people’s democratic party, PDP. 1998-date
5 . National chairman, people’s Democratic Party, PDP. 1999-2001
6. chairman sub committee on infrastructure, presidential policy advisory committee.

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2015: Suswam is my political godson, -Gemade

May 25, 2014
Senator Barnabas Gemade(Benue North East)has described Governor Gabriel Suswam as his political godson. As a young man, Gemade said the governor cannot decide how a piece

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of meat will be shared. He spoke with newsmen yesterday in his Makurdi residence after presenting N50m scholarship to students of higher institutions. Gemade, who is the former chairman of the People’s Democratic Party( PDP), said he has helped Suswam grow politically over the years. On the ambition of the governor to snatch the senatorial ticket from him, Gemade said: “If elders are eating food with young people, it’s not for the young to decide how a piece of meat will be shared but the elders.” Apparently dismissing the threat of Suswam to his reelection bid, Gemade stated that there is nothing to worry about. He simply said: “When we get to the bridge, we will know how to cross it.”