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Northeast Will Prosper With Lawan As The Senate President — Buni

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N/East states will prosper with Lawan as senate president — Buni

Published By Daily Hint  May 23, 2019

Honourable Mai Mala Buni is the Governor-elect of Yobe State. He recently resigned as the National Secretary of the APC. In this interview, he X-rays the role of the ruling party and its leaders ahead of the elections of leaders of the National Assembly and his plans for Yobe as he prepares to assume the leadership of the state on May 29.

Sir, you are the elected Governor of Yobe State in the North East, and your party, the APC, has zoned the seat of the senate president to the zone. However, Senators Ahmad Lawan, Ali Ndume and Danjuma Goje have indicated interests to vie for the office. Do you not think some will say there is no cooperation among your party’s leaders in the region?

As you are aware, the party has already endorsed the Senate Leader, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, as its preferred candidate. What is expected of every loyal party member is to support the position of the party in this regard.

However, we have seen Sen. Ali Ndume who has also declared his ambition; and there are speculations surrounding the ambition of Sen. Danjuma Goje who is yet to formally declare his ambition to contest for the office. That party had been magnanimous to zone the office to the North East and went further to endorse Sen. Lawan; there is obviously wisdom in the party’s decision and choice of Ahmad Lawan, so the two other senators are expected to accept and reason along the party’s decision in the interest of unity, democracy, the North East and party supremacy.

The reason is simple: apart from the party, other key stakeholders, including governors, returning and newly elected senators, party chieftains, youth and women groups across Nigeria have equally endorsed the decision of the party in supporting Sen. Lawan for President of the 9th Senate. When you receive such support from these stakeholders, it demonstrates the strength of the party and the popularity of its decisions. As a stakeholder myself, I want to personally appreciate the governors, members of the National Assembly, party chieftains and other organisations for their respect for the party structure and leadership. This gives us hope that our democracy is growing.

Most importantly, the North East had in the last 10 years suffered unprecedented onslaught by insurgency; this is the time for us to recover by coming together to get Sen. Lawan to the saddle. Borno and Yobe are one and the same thing, and what goes to Yobe is as good as going to Borno. It is the same for Gombe where Sen. Goje comes from. The benefit will also accrue to Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa, the whole of the North and Nigeria at large.

Looking at our experience in the last four years, the frosty executive-legislative relationship did not help the APC-led Federal Government. It was a disaster characterised by deliberate sabotage to see President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration failing to execute its policies and programmes. Budgets, bills and confirmation of appointees were deliberately delayed and withheld to make the government incapacitated. With this in mind, no reasonable party would want a repeat of such disaster; it has to take a position to ensure the election of credible and competent officers for the National Assembly to support the executive to execute the party’s campaign promises to Nigerians.

The opposition PDP, including some APC members, see the decision as an attempt to impose leadership on the National Assembly. What is your reaction to this?

It is natural that the opposition party will make such baseless allegation because they benefit from any possible division within APC; just like they did in 2015. They are hoping for another crack in the ruling party for them to take advantage of it.

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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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