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1,624 Msc, PhD Scholars Trained By TETFUND Across Yobe State Public Tertiary Institutions



1,624 Msc, Phd scholars trained by TETFUND Across Yobe State Public Tertiary institutions

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), under its tertiary institution Academic staff training and development scholarship have trained total of 1,624 academic staff across six tertiary institutions in Yobe state at the cost of about N4 billon

The Chairman Board of Trustees (BOT), of the TETFund,Alh. Kashim Imam while on assessment tour to tertiary institutions in Yobe state on Thursday said from 2008 to date, the Fund has expended N150 billion on the training and development of 30,000 academic staff of over 230 public tertiary institutions across the nation.

“.This is the first time in the history of TETFund that the Fund is embarking on nationwide tour, assessment and monitoring of tertiary institution academic staff training and development programme. We are here to interact with the management of the institutions and the benefiting scholars”, he added.

The BOT chairman further said ” I have embarked on the monitoring exercise of tertiary institutions in the Northeast starting with Borno and Yobe states, i am expected to tour 6 to 7 States, while my other board members are also going to the other tertiary institutions in other parts of the country. ‘

” From the inception of the Fund in 2008 to 2019 we have expended N120 billion on Academic Staff training and development , where we trained over 30,000 scholars and sponsored 68,000 academic and non academic staff to conferences and workshops abroad. the outstanding balance of 2020 is about N5 billion and 2021 budget is N26 billion making a total of N150 billion “, he further explained

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the Yobe state university , Prof Mala Daura said ” what TETfund is doing in the area of training and development is commendable. The objectives of the training and development of academic staff to study abroad are of two major reasons, timely completion of studies and also to expose scholars to sophisticated laboratory equipments”.

He said ” I urge you to transfer your knowledge of these equipments to our tertiary institutions, when return back from your studies. The TETFund is currently investing heavily on procurement of laboratory equipments to make our universities compete with their foreign counterparts”

Also speaking, the Director Academic Staff training and Development of the TETfund, Alh. Mohmmed Suleiman said ” the department of Academic staff training and development was established mainly to perform three functions of scholarship training, conference and Workshop training and Teaching practice interventions.

He said going by the record available to the fund, a total of 1,624 academic staff were trained across 6 tertiary institutions which includes Federal University Gashua, Yobe state University Damaturu, Federal College of Education Potiskum, Federal polytechnics Damaturu and Idris Aloma state Polytechnics Geidam all in Yobe state at the cost of about N4 billion .

In their separate remarks, some of the beneficiaries urged the fund to increase their funding to address the fluctuating rates exchange to avoid the cases of stranded scholars that our scholars usually faced while studying abroad.

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Vote of Confidence And Gov. Buni’s Sustainable Democracy And Good Governance




By Mamman Mohammed

He works round the clock like a machine. He is always busy attending to files, government officials and politicians alike. He meticulously studies recommendations made to him to take decisions on the fate of the over two million people of Yobe State. He also squeezes out time to attend political meetings at various levels and rounds off the day by proffering practical solutions to the problems confronting the All Progressives Congress (APC), Africa’s largest political party.

This has become the daily schedule of His Excellency, Yobe State governor and chairman, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC, Hon. Mai Mala Buni. The quantum of work and the speed required to deliver are both challenging and cumbersome, but he is up to the task in admirable fashion.

The long hours His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni devotes to work, work and more work, giving his personal welfare less time at a time became a matter of concern to his personal staff until they keyed into his style and got used to his momentum. They found out soon enough that they needed to shake off their own usual government work-style lethargy in order to catch up with the governor’s business-like approach to tasks.

No doubt, it confers a sense of fulfilment that this commitment has now manifested in the passing of a vote of confidence on the leadership qualities, style and results achieved by Governor Mai Mala Buni.

In Yobe State, more than any of his predecessors, Governor Mai Mala Buni has received endorsements, awards and vote of confidence from the people of the state and non-governmental organisations for executing people-oriented projects in education, healthcare delivery, agriculture, housing, road construction and economic recovery, among others. These projects and policies have direct bearing on the lives of the people.

Similarly, the budget discipline and implementation adopted by the Buni administration has earned the state the award of the second best state in Nigeria in Capital Budget Expenditure performance by BudgIT, a civil society organisation that focuses on budget monitoring in Nigeria.

On the political front, the political-cum-architectural wizardry of Governor Buni in re-arranging the blocks that built APC within such a short period of time, which saved the party from anarchy, disintegration and what seemed like an imminent extinction, was quite miraculous and heartwarming for all lovers of democracy and, in particular, members of APC.

Little wonder President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on behalf of the National Executive Committee last year eulogised Governor Buni for the success in repositioning the party. The President said, “I am pleased with the chairman (Governor Mai Mala Buni) and the work of the committee. He is highly mobile in the efforts to coordinate and strengthen the party. I am happy with his personal efforts.”

The vote of confidence by President Buhari was reaffirmed by the APC Caretaker Committee of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory who were also effusive in expressing confidence in the Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary convention planning committee.

The Non-National Working Committee members of the National Executive Committee was not left out; they also identified with the position of Mr President and the 36 state chairmen of the party, saying their position was borne out of “our collective desire for a more viable and prosperous APC.
“We wish to reaffirm our confidence in your ability to contribute meaningfully in salvaging our beloved party and returning it to the fast lane of electoral victories.”

And now, the vote of confidence passed by his colleagues in the Progressives Governors Forum for outstanding performance in providing excellent leadership to the party at the most challenging times, has further stamped the authority that the Buni Caretaker has achieved the set goal.

These endorsements and confidence votes are evidently justified by the normalcy that has returned to the party through genuine reconciliation and giving ownership of the party to the members through the bottom-up approach he and his team adopted towards entrenching viable and sustainable internal democracy in the party.

At the home front, Buni has, with passion and empathy, worked on result-oriented programmes to improve the standard and quality of education in the state through his famous declaration of emergency on education.

He started the new advancement for education with the first ever education summit in the state by assembling seasoned educationists under a committee headed by a suitably groomed scholar and education administrator, Prof. Malah Daura, former Vice Chancellor University of Maiduguri and current Vice Chancellor Yobe State University, to chart a more rewarding course for the sector.

The recommendations by the committee on the provision of adequate and appropriate infrastructure and instructional materials, qualified teachers, and other necessary incentives to propel the development of education in the state was matched with a strong political will and adequate financing by the Buni administration.

In no distant time, the results started manifesting with an unprecedented performance by Yobe students in West African Examination Council (WAEC). For the first time, the state set a record: 725 candidates passed WAEC with distinctions and credits in all the nine subjects; 2,530 candidates passed with distinctions and five credits and above, including mathematics and English; 8,042 candidates passed with credits and passes in English, while 7,008 others passed with credits and passes in Mathematics.

At the inception of his administration, Governor Buni pledged to establish a functional primary healthcare facility in each of the 178 political wards in the state. Two years after, 94 of the 178 had been completed, equipped and provided with manpower.

The administration also upgraded four comprehensive health centres to General Hospitals, and four General Hospitals to Specialists Hospitals while the state’s Teaching Hospital was provided with state-of-the-art equipment.

His policy of division of labour and teamwork, both in governance and politics, made the work much easier and successful. In the governance of the state, Governor Buni gave his appointees, especially the commissioners, the free hand to operate and contribute their skills, training and experience to the development of the state.

Similarly, on the political scene, Governor Buni constituted various committees to handle various assignments irrespective of local factional politics of who belongs to what team in the state chapters. He is convinced that fairness and accommodation of all members will promote unity and cohesion within the party, and that is undoubtedly a winning approach: everyone feels a sense of belonging.

The new face of APC under Mai Mala Buni has not only presented a more united party but also a prosperous one looking forward to a strong and unrivaled political party.

Again, this explains the mass influx of returnees and new members into the party. At the last count, APC parades Cross River State governor, Prof. Ben Ayade who joined the party in May this year, six months after his Ebonyi State counterpart, Dave Umahi, joined the APC in November 2020.

Earlier, former PDP chairman, Chief Barnabas Gemade, two former Speakers of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole and Yakubu Dogara, former Ogun State governor and director-general to the PDP’s Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Senator Kabir Marafa had either rejoined or newly joined the party and paid loyalty to the leadership of the party.

The successful membership registration and revalidation exercise executed by the Buni-led committee has contributed to repositioning the party by way of ascertaining the numerical strength of the party for planning of congresses, convention and general election.

Certainly, these commendations are but a testimony to the excellent recovery and repositioning of the party by the caretaker committee. APC is no doubt now in good hands and shape.

Like the takeoff and landing of a plane, the Caretaker Committee has stablised the party and is now heading towards congresses and convention that can be likened to the landing of the plane. As usual, many have indicated their interests in the leadership of the party at the ward, local, state and national levels. There is the need for absolute caution in approaching the congresses and convention on a speed landing mode to avoid a mad rush that would take the party back to the woods and make it, once again, divided house.

It brooks no argument that there is the need to sustain the excellent work done by the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee. The way forward is to have a careful approach to a strong, reliable and nationalistic leadership that will steer the affairs of the party with wisdom, hardwork and unity of purpose in order for the APC to remain Nigeria’s leading party and Africa’s largest political party.

Mohammed is the DG Press and Media Affairs to Gov Buni.

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Deforestation: Borno urges citizens to desist, threatens to prosecute defaulters



Deforestation: Borno urges citizens to desist, threatens to prosecute defaulters

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state government has called on those engaged in tree falling to desist or face the full wrath of the law.

Governor Babagana Zulum disclosed this on Saturday at the launching of 2021 Tree planting in commemoration of ” World Environment Day”,with the theme ” Ecosystem Restoration” held at the Borno state University, Maiduguri

Represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, Governor Zulum said preserving our ecosystem for a clean and healthy environment is necessary for the development of the state, i therefore, warn all those engage in tree falling , indiscriminate disposal of refuge, to desist or be forced to face the full wrath of the law”.

” The Borno state government has already raised 500,000 assorted seedlings and another 500,000 seedlings are being raised for this year planting season, therefore, I urge all citizens to plant tree in your homes and offices to preserved the environment”, the governor added.

He also directed all local government chairmen to plant trees in their respective LGAs and also enforced the monthly sanitation exercise, stressing out that the state government will monitor and reward the most clean LGA.

Zulum said ” Government is making concerted efforts to preserve the environment for clean and healthy society in collaboration with clubs, associations, Non Governmental Organisations among other partners.”

Earlier, the Borno state commissioner for Environment, Barrister, Kakashehu Lawan said “we are here, as parts of activities to mark this year’s ” World Environment Day” with a theme ” Ecosystem Restoration which is been commemorated every, 5 day of June, a day set aside by the United Nations to remind the public and create awareness for the need to safeguard our environment .”

” This year, we are targeting to plant about one million seedlings and we are going to plant 2,000 Neem trees in these university. We are also going to deploy forest guard, Civilian JTF, and Agro rangers to look out for those engaged in deforestation with a view to punish them.”, Lawan added.

The commissioner also banned the sell of firewood and charcoal within the state capital, except in a dedicated market allocated to them along Maiduguri Damboa road.

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Gov. Dave Umahi Salutes Buni,Commends His Astuteness



Gov. Dave Umahi Salutes Buni, Commends His Astuteness

By Daily Hint Reporter

His Excellency, Dave Umahi the executive Governor of Ebonyi state has on Sunday visited Yobe state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni.

He said “you are doing well Your Excellency our Chairman.

“You have truly repositioned the party and APC is now very attractive. More people are coming ” he commended the Chairman.

If you remember before the appointment of Gov. Buni as the caretaker chairman the ruling All progressive Congress (APC) was suffering from internal crisis, but immediately Buni took over, he began wide consultant and canvassing for aggrieved faithful member who left for lack of fairness.

Buni before now, is known as mister fixer, All-inclusive leader and an astute manager of people in all ramifications, very consistent and a man with few words, his word is his bond and people attest to it. That’s the more reason people are defecting from other party to APC because of his exemplary leader.

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