- Aisha Buhari’s wakeup call to Adamawa stakeholders
By Yakubu Uba
Aisha Buhari, the glowing Nigerian First Lady is known as someone who doesn’t hide her feelings on issues and that’s exactly what she did on the issue of unity and development facing her home state- Adamawa, known as the Land of Beauty.
Adamawa, known as mini Nigeria with over 70 tribes have a lot of prominent personalities who always avoid it numerous challenges like a plague, they saw the challenges as to big to confront, but Aisha in her usual fearless character feel it’s to big to miss. Many are dampened by the obstacles on the way to reaching a united and prosperous Adamawa, while the First Lady is gingered by the greatness to be attained by a prosperous Adamawa state.
Just after the general election, the First Lady mobilized some concerned indigenes of the blessed state and summoned a successful Town Hall meeting that brought together the diverse people of the state irrespective of political parties, tribe and religion to discuss on how best to set the state on the part of accelerated socio economic development and prosperity.
That meeting showed the motherly touch in the First Lady, and for the first time since inception of the present democracy we saw politicians of different political parties in the state hugging and chatting happily with each other on the way forward.
At that historic meeting, the First Lady noted that election had come and gone while the state appears to be at a cross road necessitating the need for the people of Adamawa to use their brains to move the state out of its years of stunted growth despite its abundant human and material resources.
“The recent political developments in the state before and after election have left people in a state of uncertainty about the future. While the prevailing security challenges continue to pose a serious threat to peace and the very existence of our people, the declining rate in terms of educational school enrollment and performance, coupled with the growing number of unemployed youth also spell gloomy future for our dear state.
“As we will all recall, the beautiful state of Adamawa evolved more than 40 years ago from the then Gongola state. It was a peaceful state, with relatively good infrastructure, well established civil service, functional educational and health institutions, with the people coexisting as brothers and sisters keepers regardless of their ethnicity and religion.
“Today we have a state that has over the years witnessed some development in some areas and retrogression in areas that used to be our strong hold. For instance, education used to be our hall mark feature as a state,” she observed.
The First Lady noted that rampant security challenges, inter-ethnic conflicts, poor educational enrollment of children, failed healthcare system, annual flooding, and continuous influx of displaced among others were adversely affecting development in the state and the only hope and solution lies in the people ability to join hands and form a coalition towards uplifting the state from its present predicament.
She called for the setting up of Adamawa Development Trust Fund through which prioritized development projects can be financed and implemented to complement government as a useful starting point.
She urged the newly elected state government under Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of PDP to set up an all inclusive government that would serve as a unifying factor. She also stressed the need to develop the culture of accommodating the views and needs of the people in planning interventions.
The First Lady further advocated for such regular town hall meeting at various levels across the state to serve as platforms for engagement and exchange of ideas between government and the people as well as improving social cohesion and serving as accountability mechanism to be used by the people to hold government accountable.
To March her words with action since the convening of the town hall meeting in April, the First Lady has set the ball rolling by attracting support from Qatar Foundation in area of water supply to the state and had also brought some First Ladies from African countries to Adamawa to commissioned her foundation maternity complex at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, to address issues of maternal healthcare in the state.
Indeed, the people of Adamawa have every cause to love such a mother and pick up the challenge for a greater Adamawa. There is this saying that a mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can.
For Adamawa, it’s time to love this mother by taking her advise seriously for we may not have another chance.
Gov. Buni commends UN, others for humanitarian support in the state
Gov. Buni Commends UN, Others for Humanitarian Support In The State.
By Umar Aina – Damaturu
His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Yobe state, Hon. Mai Mala Buni ( Chiroman Gujba) has commended the united Nations organizations for helping to address the Humanitarian crisis in the state.
The governor spoke this morning in a special session with UN and members of the state executive council at the council chamber government House Damaturu.
Represented by his Deputy Hon. Idi Barde Gubana ( wazirin Fune) who appreciates the upsurge of Sympharty by local, National and international organizations, Agencies such as UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, WHO,UNHCR, and others for the support, concerns and kind gesture to the state and vulnerable groups.
The governor, appealed for the UN and other international organizations and development partners to scale up their activities to address humanitarian situation in the state.
During the special session with UN and members of the state executive council at the council chamber of government house Damaturu, the house leader, and commissioners of higher education, environment, Agriculture and natural resources, water resources, women Affairs, Basic and secondary education, Humanitarian affairs and disaster management as well as Home affairs information and culture had a useful discussion,.
In their separate contributions appealed for more fund to rehabilitated and reconstruct basic amenities and health care delivery to help them resume normal life.
Earlier in his presentation, the UN resident and Humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria Mr Edward Kallon, assured that united Nations organizations is poised to deepen its partnership with the state government and other stakeholders to help the state recover and rebuilt from devastation of Boko haram
The UN mission to yobe and other state in the north east is to support the state governments to address the Humanitarian crisis in the region.
We are visiting yobe state at a trying moment when our common Humanity has been severely affected by the COVID 19 pandemic with 56,017 total confirmed cases and 1,076 death in yobe state within the same period, he said.
Adding that between 2017 and 2019, the UN and partners mobilized over US$2.5 billion and provided Humanitarian assistance to 5.6 million people annually including food, water,sanitation, shelter, education and health assistance in northeast Nigeria.
In appreciation of UN Humanitarian support to yobe state, the governor has presented special gifts to the UN delegation.
Mai Mala Buni charge Edo Electorates against violence
Mai Mala Buni Charge Edo Electorates Against Violence
By Daily Hint Abuja
The Governor of Yobe state and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Caretaker/Extraordinary National convention committee Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has appealed to electorates in Edo state to support the conduct of peaceful election and avoid issues that are inimical to peace in the Saturday polls.
He said APC had earlier directed its supporters to shun violence and any activity that contravenes the provisions of the electoral law.
“I urge APC supporters including those from opposition parties to support the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fair, credible and acceptable election.
“The people of Edo state should be allowed to elect a leader of their choice and, the people’s wish should be respected.
“We are optimistic that the security agencies would check the excesses of trouble makers, protect the electorates and their votes” Buni said.
According to the chairman, INEC had in the last few years made remarkable achievements in organizing free, fair and credible elections.
“It should be supported and encouraged to improve on these achievements and that is how our democracy would grow, but not through violence.”
He urged party leaders to refrain from making inciting and inflammatory statements capable of breaching peace “as leaders, we should avoid statements capable of over heating the polity and creating tension. No responsible leadership should preach violence”.
Buni admonish the youth to resist those preaching violence, saying, “your future lies in a peaceful election and purposeful leadership, the advocates of violence do not wish you good and have no programmes for your future, you should therefore distance yourselves away from them”.
BOSG to Employ 84 Doctors, 510 pharmacist, Nurses, Midwives
BOSG to Employ 84 Doctors, 510 Pharmacists, Nurses, Midwives
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has approved the recruitment of 594 of Nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other supporting medical staff in his efforts to ensure affordable and quality healthcare delivery in line with 10 point pact to the people of the state.
Briefing journalists at the end of a meeting held with the health officials at the Government House, Maiduguri,, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state said ‘ in order to provide affordable and quality health care delivery to the citizens of Borno state, the government has approved the recruitment of 365 nurses and mudwives. 50 percent of them are to be recruited retired and are to be recruited on contract basis and the other 50 percent are fresh graduates from school of Nursing”
Governor Zulum said his approval contained the recruitment of 84 medical doctors, 365 nurses and midwives, 45 pharmacists and 100 health technicians and other supportive staff, making 594 personnel being added to Borno’s healthcare sector.
The meeting had in attendance, the chairman Borno Assembly’s Committee on Health, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Salihu Kwayabura, Chairman, National Association of Nurses and Midwives, Umar M. Shettima, and heads of the State’s Health Management Board, Contributory Health Scheme, and Primary Healthcare Development Agency amongst other stakeholders.
The governor said the 84 medical doctors, were to be recruited on permanent basis, while some are being engaged on contract and sabbatical services or leave if absent, adding that the 45 pharmacists and 100 technicians and supportive staff he approved, would work in laboratories and other diagnostic sections as key components of the health sector.
He said the far reaching decision was , aimed at drastically increase the number of healthcare professionals across Borno State so as to bridge existing gaps in citizens-doctors and nurses ratio, and to eventually match the increase of hospitals and primary healthcare centres in the state, 51 of which were established by the administration.
Zulum also stated that approval has been given to the State College of Nursing and Midwifery to begin annual foundation programmes that will aim to admit 200 student nurses and midwives annually, stressing that the foundation will commence with initial 135 student nurses, with five drawn from each of Borno’s 27 local government areas.
The Governor said the State will however enter agreement with all students who will enjoy steady payment of allowances, that on graduation from colleges, they will not leave the State, until after working in the State’s health sector over a period of time, for which they will be paid like other workers.
He said that the State will soon embark on aggressive construction of new staff quarters for doctors, nurses and midwives, to encourage productivity.
Earlier, the Borno state commissioner for Health, Dr. Kwayabura, pledged the commitment of all stakeholders in the health sector to improved access to quality and affordable medical services in line with Governor Zulum’s 10 point agenda.
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