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Borno Government Holds First Executive Retreat in Once Insurgents Stronghold




By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

The Borno state government has held its maiden State Executive Council retreat in Damasak the former stronghold of Boko.Haram with a view to aquient them of the reality of post insurgency challenges of rebuilding process, reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement.

Speaking at the retreat which held at the Confetence Hall of the Mobar local government Secretariat, Damasak yesterday,the Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Umata Zulum said “you would be wandering why we brought this retreat to Damasak. This is to remind us of the enormous challenges of insurgency and governance in crisis “.

” retreat are usually carried out in Serene and comfort zone. We may hold this retreat in Obudu range but we are holding this retreat in Damasak which use to be a stronghold of Book.Haram insurgency, is to reminds us that governance is not about comfort “, the governor added.

He said ” we are here to stay for few days but our mothers, fathers. Sisters and brothers are permanent living here. Many decision are taken in serene environment, but I am of view that some time better decisions are even in crisis environment “.

” we are gathered here to bring us face to face with reality of the security challenge.WD found yourselves in On.ourr way coming we saw msny villages and towns that use to be bee hive of activities but are now deserted SNF shadows of themselves, ” Prof. Zulum lamented.

The governor said “we are also here to review and restrategize on how best to face the enormous challenges of post insurgency governance in line with my ten point pact “, he added.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usmsn Jidda Shuwa said ” it is indeed a global best practices for political leaders and business executives to go on retreat away from familiar working environment and routine social and domestic pressures to serene licstions to.brainstorm on policy issues and come up with pragmatic strategy for effective and efficient programme implimetation. This practice was abandoned for years even before the security challenges. We sincerely appreciate the ingenuity and foresightedness of Governor Zulum.for reintroducing this activity. ”

” the current political disposition, the momentum and style of leadership requites a serious reorientation of all of us.we need to understand the philosophy of the new leader., the goals and objectives before we can be effective members of transformation team, ” Slhsji Shuwa said.

He said ” the issues to be discussed ranges from governance in crisis situation, policy articulation, programme implementation, protocol and procurement, laws and accountability, most importantly, the discussion is triggered by the led pspper by his Excellency himself.. He is going to.make open his vission and aspiration for the people of Botno state through his well articulated 10 point pact”.

Also speaking, the Borneo state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Bsbskura Abba Jatau said ” the reason.of being here is for His Excellency to tell us how to go about implementing his ten point agenda “.


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Yobe SUBEB Constructing six model schools at N1.8 Billion



Yobe SUBEB Constructing six model schools at N1.8 Billion

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Yobe State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) is currently constructing six model schools in Potiskum, Damaturu, Nguru, Gashu’a local government areas and Buni-Yadi the headquarters of Gujba local government area at the cost of N1.8b.

The Executive Chairman Yobe State Universal Basic Education Prof. Musa Alabe while speaking on the projects said the model schools were designed to accommodate more pupils with a view to decongest schools in places like Potiskum and Damaturu among others.

Alabe said the model schools awarded at the cost of about N300m each is designed to house six classes of five upstairs making it 30 classrooms per model school in addition to administrative blocks as well as teaching and learning materials.

The professor said, “We prioritize projects based on the mission of his Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni’s of revitalizing basic education and as I am talking to you, some of the model schools under construction are completed with sets of classroom fully equipped with teaching and learning materials.

We have a lot of projects going on in all the primary schools across the state. In some primary schools we provide furniture because there are some that are lacking furniture so we supply. We also renovate classes in some primary schools while in other we are constructing classes.” Alabe added.

The SUBEB Boss disclosed that apart from the construction of model schools by the board, plans are on top gear to construct mega schools in the major towns of Potiskum, Damaturu, Buni-Yadi, Nguru and Gashu’a all geared towards providing the much needed infrastructure as well as conducive teaching and learning atmosphere in the state.

Algabe said, “The Mega schools were designed to be bigger than the model schools under construction and we hope to establish three to four of these mega schools in each local government area before the expiration of the tenure of His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni.”

The Prof. revealed that plans are also underway to recruit additional qualified teachers through a process designed to get capable hands that will impact knowledge to the pupils and students of junior schools in the state.

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Borno Governor Visits 28 displaced Communities



Borno Governor visits 28 displaced communities,

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state has on Sunday ferried across Lake Alau where he visited 28 communities displaced by the Boko Haram insurgents on the shores of the Lake.

The Governor was ferried by a combat boat provided by the Nigerian military which has Naval, Army and Air force components involved in fighting boko haram in Borno state.

Governor Zulum’s trip to the agrarian communities was to explore how irrigation activities can be restored in other to create livelihoods for settlers.

”We are purposely here to look into ways we can bring back irrigation activities along the shores of this lake Alau. As we know, 28 communities were displaced and we will look into the possibility of resettling our brothers and sisters. The military is very committed, we will laise with them to ensure sustained security of lives and property” the Governor said during the visit.

Before ferrying across the Lake, the Governor was at water pumping station at Alau to inspect maintenance works and equipment. He was also at Maiduguri water treatment plant to see turn around maintenance carried out by the Borno state ministry of water resources.

Zulum said he was delighted by the quality of work undertaken by the management and staff of the ministry of water resources.

Prof. Zulum said “I am happy with what I have seen here, you have done a very good job. Sustainable, portable water remains critical to our administration, we must do everything for our people to continually supply clean water to citizens. However, this can only happen when we keep working day and night and with all sense of commitment” .

Maintenance works in the pumping station and the water treatment plant were directed by Governor Zulum in June last year, during an assessment visit. He had ordered complete overhaul of the plant.

The governor was in Kawuri town of Konduga Local Government Area where he assessed ongoing construction of 750 houses towards the resettlement of displaced residents of the village.

The Governor had last year, promised the completion of the houses by mid this year.


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Gov. Zulum seeks forgiveness of Borno residents for his shortcomings, outbursts.



Gov. Zulum seeks forgiveness of Borno residents for his shortcomings, outbursts.

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has asked for the forgiveness of his outburst while reactiing to some challenges facing the state, since he assumed office as Governor of the state.

It could be recalled that the governor have been reacting with outburst while trying to find solutions to problems such extortion at the checkpoints, hoarding of petroleum among other issues.

Gov. Zulum in a State broadcast at Government House, Maiduguri, yesterday said: “ I acknowledge with thanks those well spirited individuals
who spoke of my occasional outburst and other shortcomings in good faith.

While I hold no grudges against anyone, I sincerely seek your forgiveness for the shortcomings outburst action and inactions before during the global COVID-19 crisis.” the governor added.

He said “I have remained focused since my assumption of office on May 29, 2019 solemn pledge to ensure peace and security in the state. This is as well to reposition the state on the path of development.”

The task envisaged is herculean and enormous requiring sacrifices,
commitment and resilience.
“We’re making frantic efforts to resettle Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and provide mechanism for their independent means of livelihoods.” he further explained.

I ensured that all good advises heeded to e i wil try to accept . I hold no grudge against anyone, I sincerely seek
your forgiveness for the shortcomings to ensure good governance and better quality of life for our people.,” governor Zulun.said.

He said the state government is a principally people-oriented with

broad based participation.

“lHe said our doors a open for consultations and worthwhile advises to take our state to the next level,” he said, while thanking everybody for the
concern shown for his life personally.
According to him, we will do all it takes to ensure better quality of
life to the people and prosperity of state.


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