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Crisis In Borno ApC As Loyalists to Gov Kashim Shettima, Modu Sheriff Clash

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Crisus in Borno APC as loyalists of Gov. Shettima, Modu Sheriff clash

By Modu Usman Borno  3/9!2018

All is not well with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Borno State as Governor Kashim Shettima and his erstwhile political godfather-turned arch-enemy, Ali Modu Sheriff, appear ready to fight dirty ahead the party’s primaries.

The party has of late demonstrated that the peace accord it signed to usher in founding members who defected but returned to the party, was a cosmetic arrangement.

State officials of the party on Sunday accused the former governor, Sen Sheriff, of carrying out “illegal registration” and issuance of membership cards across the state.

The APC state secretary, Bello Ayuba, described the alleged action as an insult to the party and the person of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Top amongst those the party welcomed back in Maiduguri early this year was the former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen Sheriff, who is also a former governor of the state.

Sen Ali Modu Sheriff left the newly formed APC in 2014 as a fallout of the acrimonious relationship he had with Gov Kashim Shettima, whom he brought to power in 2011.

On April 4, Sen Ali modu Sheriff made a grand return to the APC when he led some former members of the PDP back to his former party and was received by the governor and other party supporters at Government House, Maiduguri.

At the reception, Sen Ali Modu Sheriff said he was returning to the party for good and urged his supporters to queue behind the state government led by his successor, Shettima.

Soon after, the former PDP national chairman picked up the job of campaign coordinator for President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 reelection bid – a job on which he has since rolled out all his political arsenal to deliver at all cost.

Two weeks ago, the state governor had during a luncheon to mark the last Eid-el-Kabir celebration, delivered a speech that revealed a division within the ruling party. He accused those he called Abuja politicians of trying to undermine his authority especially as it concerns who would succeed him come 2019.

The governor urged the party stakeholders that are loyal to him to forge a more united rank in order to quash the plots of the so-called Abuja politicians whom he accused of trying to bring “political insurgency” to the state.

While the state is grappling with the governor’s new war path with the Abuja politicians, amongst whom is Modu Sheriff, the party on Sunday came up with the accusation of illegal registration of party members.

Those familiar with the budding conflict within the APC said the former governor was promoting the registration of new members ahead of the APC congress. He is being accused of trying to orchestrate the emergence through direct primaries of a governorship candidate not supported by the governor.

The party’s officers in the state insisted that the registration was illegal and capable of throwing the state into chaos and even undermine the reelection bid of Mr Buhari.

“The All Progressives Congress, APC, has uncovered an illegal registration of APC members and prospective voters by a suspicious group of persons in Borno State who are acting a hidden agenda that aims to undermine President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection bid,” the statement signed by the party secretary said.

“The APC is calling on all its members across the 27 local government areas to disregard any registration exercise for now because the exercise has nothing to do with the APC national headquarters and the state level.

“When the APC is ready to carry out a legitimate registration of members, the party will under normal circumstance.

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Yobe shifts LG election to February next year

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Yobe shifts LG election to February next year

By Baba Saleh Damaturu

Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) says it shifted the Local government chairmanship and councillorship elections earlier slated for 5th December 2020.

The new date for the election was fixed for 27 February 2021 and new schedule of election activities is currently under reviewed and will be release soon.

The SIEC Executive Chairman Dr Mamman Mohammed stated this in a press conference in Damaturu.

Mohammed said on 4th of September, 2020 the commission released the schedule of activities for the Local Government council elections fixed for the 5th December, 2020 as the date of election.

“On that day, I stated our preparedness to conduct the elections in substantial compliance with the COVID -19 protocols and guidelines as prescribed by WHO

He added that “Regrettably, our State has recently recorded a slight resurgence of the COVID-19 with the two cases confirmed”

“According to him Yobe state government was on top of the situation and the State Ministry of Health has taken positive steps to identify and isolate persons who have been in contact with the incidence cases.

“We are confident that the resurgence of the virus will be contained as it was contained earlier by the committed administration of His Excellency. Hon Mai Mala Buni, and the executive Governor of Yobe State”

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Desertification; Borno Government Flags Off Planting Of 1 Million Tree Seedlings

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Desertification: Borno Government
Flags off planting of 1 million tree seedlings

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri he

To fight desert and desertification and others the environmental challenges, the Borno state Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, has flagged off 1 million Tree planting campaign for the planting of 1 million seedlings.

While flagging off the 2020 Tree planting Campaign at the Borno state University, Maiduguri on Wednesday with a Theme “Tree for Restoration” Governor Zulum said “this year tree planting campaign which is first of it’s kind in the last 10 years . Today’s event as the theme implies ” Tree for Restoration” is very much necessary as the bilateral pressure from desertification, deforestation, soil erosion coupled with poverty and insecurity have destroyed most trees.”.

“This occasion demonstrates the government commitment in Pursuance of my 10 point agenda which entails tree planting to encourage Agro Forest
and environmental restoration ” It is very apparent that human activities like bush burning illegal tree felling has continuously put pressure on our already fragile ecosystem, thereby threatening food security”, the governor added.

He further stressed that “the geographical location of the state at (Lat 11 N of the equator ) which is among the Frontline states facing the desertification challenge in Nigeria. The government is seriously concerned and committed in reversing the scenario so as to save our people and Environment.”

He said to address the environmental challenges the state government has already commenced raising of some seedlings and the annual 1 Km desert reclamation programme which is handled by the Ministry of environment, saying that . “at this juncture, government has made it a policy henceforth made it a policy that all construction work should be accompanied by planting of trees to cushion the environmental impact of such developmental projects.”.

” The government has also provide alternative source of energy to firewood in form of gas cookers wood efficient stoves.. After this exercise. Install direct all local government area councils, clubs associations and individuals to liaise with the state ministry of environment to collect tree seedlings for planting at designated centres, he said.

The governor therefore solicited for a greater collaboration with Federal ministry of environment National Agency for Great Green wall . and NGOs to ensure sustainable and serene environment

Earlier, the State Commissioner of Environment, Hon. Modu Walama said one million species of trees including those with commercial values will be planted across the Nine Local Government Areas of the state.

“The last time tree planting campaign was carried out in the state was over a decade due to the insurgency and other factors . Commended the governor for giving the ministry the go ahead and approving the fund to raise 1 million seedling for planting across the state. I urge you your Excellency to make tree planting a condition for construction of all government constructions works,” he added.

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Borno government launches free maternal care services with over N80 million worth of drugs, delivery kits

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Borno government launches free maternal care services with over N80 million worth of drugs, delivery kits

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In it’s efforts to reduce maternal mortality rate and improve healthcare delivery, as well as transportation challenges the Borno state government has launched free maternal health services to pregnant women and nursing mothers across the state and distribution of ambulances to 71 Healthcare facilities across the state.

While Launching the Free Maternal scheme and presentation of free drugs to General Hospitals and health facilities in the state, which held at Medical stores in Maiduguri on Wednesday, Governor Baba gana Zulum said “this administration is today launching a free antenatal and maternal drugs and services in order to reduce maternal maternity rate in the state and also to see improve healthcare delivery in line with our 10 point agenda”.

“If you go to our hospital across the state, you will see women in their numbers attending antenatal and most of them does not have money to buy drugs. As from today women across the 71 health facilities across the state should receive free health services drugs and delivery kits”. The governor added.

Governor Zulum said ” I directed all Managing Directors, the Hospital Management Board and the ministry to ensure that pregnant women across the state get free delivery kits, drugs and services. I also call in the PMOs to furnish to my office with the analysis of the scheme for one months to enable us plan and ensure sustainability of the scheme”.

He said ” to ensure the sustainability of the scheme, the state government will therefore, set aside N1 billion in the 2021 budget and subsequent budgets, I therefore directed the ministry and , the Hospital Management Board to ensure the ambulances are maintained regularly”.The PMOs should ensure funds are made available to maintained these ambulances”

Earlier, the Borno state commissioner for Health , Dr Salihu Kwayabura said “according to the data from the 2018 National Demographic Health survey NDHS , 51 percent of all pregnant women in Borno state received quality antenatal care ,however only 26 percent deliver in the hospital under skilled attendance”

.Dr Kwayabura Represented by the Director Medical Services, Dr. Buba Mahalia said “furthermore, transportation to the health facility was recognizes as a major challenge. The government of Borno state , especially, this administration is ever committed to reversing this ugly trend and improving the health of the people generally. It is in recognition of this that a lot of investment has gone into Infrastructure, Human resources, equipment and technology and referral systems

“Before you here today are various drugs and medical consumables worth N80 Million for distribution free of charge to 51 major Primary Health care facilities and 24 functional secondary health care facilities across the state .They includes 5000 antenatal care registrational cards, 3000 tin of fersolate, folic acid and B complex each containing 1000 tablets, over 2500cartons of infusion drips and assocesties, magnesium sulphate, 5000 doses of misoprisol and 1000 doses of oxyyicin to address the challenges of excessive bleeding and obstructed labour ., The commissioner added.

Dr Kwayabura further said ” Your Excellency I present to you 16 ambulances and 33 tricycles ambulance to ease transportation and strengthen referrals . This singular major investment in the health sector is intended to compliment the investment in infrastructure, human resources for health and equipment that has been deployed a cross various parts of the state.”

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