ADAMAWA: N5b Loan For Campaign Or For Settling Salaries? Students Cry N25m Extortion
By Adamu Muhammad Dodo Yola 10/12/2018
The salary arrears and other entitlements of the health workers and public servants with local government authorities in Adamawa state Nigeria, are yet to be paid by the Bindow led government, weeks after having granted a loan of five billion naira requested, primarily intended for for that purpose, the Periscope Global Investigate would reveal.
It could be recalled that the unanimous voice vote approval of the N5b loan by the Adamawa lawmakers, followed a request for such window, sent to the state house of assembly by Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibirilla Bindow and read on the floor of the House by the Speaker Kabiru Mijinyawa during plenary session, because the LGA went fallow as workers wallow in abject poverty, a sorrowful devastation, lacking any strength to think about any meaning in democracy rather than demeaning the public service and destroying any confidence in governance.
The inability on the part of Bindow led government to fulfill the promise of bringing back the long gone happiness on the faces and to the families of the public servants by settling their salaries and other arrears of entitlements, gave room for rumour and information from yet to be verified sources that the money would be meant for campaign rather than for payment of workers’ entitlements.
“Bindow would forever fail to settle the workers’ salary, for once declaring that he couldn’t source for loan simply to settle salaries of the public servants,” a critic argued.
“In spite of the bailouts, the repeated Paris Club refund funds, the monthly allocation, other sharing formula and the improved internally generated revenues, governor Bindow could not bring succour to the civil servants, especially, with primary health and local government authorities. What makes you think it’ll be any different with the N5b sourced loan?” A public servant lamented.
“It’ll be money politics in Adamawa this 2019 elections than ever before. The governor has to provide means to be able to blend. Loan is probably one alternative among other possibilities. The point however is that the public servants will not be required for any mediation with a view to getting the loan sourced. So, why should they be seen, heard or be pleased in the sharing formula, lacking the capacity to impeach or implement any favourable action?” A political analyst would say.
“You see, the trade unions leadership could not react to such unfortunate treatment because, as was strongly insinuated, union dues have been paid upfront and up-to-date, with no arrears of any entitlement. Union members are betrayed, left alone to sail the ocean of wave rather unguided,” a public servants analysing the weakness of trade union in the state, would say.
However, the silent voices of elders in rural areas who are directly affected by the economic decay in their various communities owing to the inconsistencies associated with payments of salaries, revealed to the Periscope Investigate that the “markets are barren with no buyers for a brilliant selling. Children remain playing at home because parents can’t pay school fees. We only pray that we don’t fall sick.
“Politicians should remember us not only during the time of campaigns when must of us would have been claimed by insecurity of poverty as a result of misrule.
“The other day some of our children in tertiary institutions of learning, whom we have to sell our farm produce, even before harvest, to be able to raise their school fees, sent some of them to get them N500 each for scholarship form.
“Some parents were able to raise the amount, while some parents from among us could not secure even a loan, sent message to their children to be patient and commit the condition to prayers.
“Our children who paid the N500 for scholarship form, are eventually, left lamenting that it was a hoax for extortion, a kind of senior indigenes exploiting indigent students, while their children are better favoured as students. This is a reincarnation of apartheid in the state.
“That’s how best we know how we can tell a story, calling for redress,” the famished looking elders would lament.
Adamawa state students lamented that they were robbed of over twenty five million naira by the government that ought to have sponsored their education in an ideal situation.
“We suddenly fail victims of deception, exposed to exploitation.
“We were asked to purchase scholarship forms at an exorbitant amount of N500. Over fifty thousand students paid for the forms and amount raised was a whopping some of over N25,000, 000.
“It summarily went down the drain. Come to think of it, why must students have to pay any fee for scholarship form?
“We’re actually advised to institute the case before EFCC or the court of law. We’re working on a superior alternative against betrayal of trust, extortion, exploitation, deception and financial oppression, suggestive of financial crime.
“The most unfortunate, a near inhumanity, is that the parents or guardians of some of us are primary health workers and public servants with local government authorities, who are yet to be paid arrears of their earned salaries and other entitlements,” some of the students’ union leaders lamented.
Covid -19; BOSACA advises general public on preventive measures
COVID 19 BOSACA advises general public on preventives measures
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Executive Secretary and Project Manager Borno State Agency for the Control Against AIDS (BOSACA), Alhaji Muhammad Barkindo has advised general public, more especially those with ailment that lower the immune system in the bidy such as diabetic, hypertension, sickle cell among other to take extra precaution and adhered strickly to preventive measures against Corona Virus.
The Executive Secreatry, Muhammad Barkindo Saidu while speaking in an interview with journalists in office in Monday said both Corona and HIV, AIDS are virusus but CORONA is much more deadly, even HIV/AIDS weakens body immunity and renders its victims to fall easy prey to diseases.. So also those with diabetics, blood pressure, sickle cell are all crime to the corona Virus, as such they take extra preventive measures by strictly adhering to all measures.
He commended Governor Babagana Umara Zulum for assisting the Borno State Agency for The Control of HIV (AIDS) in terms of supporting in mentenance thrur office infrastructure to ease theur work.
Muhammad Barkindo said the Aagency is able to contain the spread of the HIV AIDS in the state more especially among the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
We were able to contain the spread of the HIV Virus through sensitizing the public on the availability of essential drugs to be given to people living with the virus and removing the stigmatization. Confidence building on the part of those living with the virus has helped tremendously in making people to come for testing and to also receive treatment”, the Executive Secretary added.
He furthet ststed that his agency has been working closely with managers of IDP Camps in the identification of patients, adding that they also use the support and assistance to those identified to remove stigmatization with the assurance that using the drugs will ensure that patients can live normal lives so those hiding are now encouraged to come out.
The project Manger also commended the military for their cooperation and synergy that has assistied the agency conducting test and provide care to those people who have been rescued from captivity of Boko Haram through given them medicatiin.
Accirding to him, as for the pregnant rescued victims, they are made to undergo antenatal clinics which makes it easy for their status to be determined and followed up.
While lamenting the pathetic story of five Ladies abducted, infected with HIV virus and impregnated by insurgents, Barkindo said the agency were able yo identitied them counseled them and provide them with medication and livihood assistance through the Wife of Executive Governor of Borno state, Dr Falmata Babagsna Zulum.
Covid -19; Gov. Fintiri direct public, private workers to work from home
Covid-19: Gov. Fintiri direct public, private workers to work from home
By Baba Yakubu Yola
Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa has directed all workers from level 01 to 14 in public and private sectors in the state to work from home.
A statement signed by the Press Secretary to the Governor, Humwashi Wonosikou, said the directive is part of measures to ensure the safety of the people against the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.
“This category of staff are to work from home for a period of two weeks in the first instance subject to review, but with exception of those on essential services such as health workers, water board, fire service, board of internal revenue, security men, abbatoir and media workers.”
He said that the Governor regretted the decision which became necessary based on the fact that 51 cases and one death had been recorded in the country.
“Governor Ahmadu Fintiri reassured people of the state of his administration’s resolve to protect them against any form of challenges, and urged them to cooperate with government towards better service delivery.
“The Governor reiterated the need for all concerned to observe basic hygiene practices like ensuring hand washing and social distancing,” Wonosikou said.
Effects of COVID -19 ; Governor Zulum sets up team to increase Borno’s IG
Effects of Covid-19, Governor: Zulum sets up team to increase Borno’s IG
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum has on Tuesday set up economic response team to braced up for impending economic downturn as a result of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic as well as dwindling Nigeria’s oil revenue,.
The committee led by Governor Zulum’s Special Adviser on Economy, Alhaji Mustapha Bunuw were tasked to increase the state’s internally generated revenue (IGR).
Governor Babagana Zulum while announcing the team at the Government House, Maiduguri, mandated them to increase Borno’s internally generated revenue through innovations, fiscal discipline, blocking of leakages and priority funding.
Members of the team includes the Permanent Secretaries in ministries of finance, trade and investment, environment, transport, health, water resources as well as the general managers of the state’s housing and water cooperation, with the Chairman of the state’s Board of internal revenue, serving as the Secretary.
The governor urged them to block all leakages in revenues accruing to the state and to harness all avenues to increase internal revenue.
He further disclosed that the state executive council will review the 2020 budget given the fall in oil price which could make projected revenue from the federation account potentially impossible as a result of drop from more than $50 bench mark to less than $30 being the price at the moment.
” A revised budget will be sent to the Borno state House of Assembly, in which less revenue will be projected from the federation account, while some projects will be set aside with government to focus on funding priority projects”, Prof. Zulum added.
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