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BOSG Inaugurates 42 Man Anti – human trafficking task force committee

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BOSG inaugurates 42-Man Anti -human trafficking task force committee

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum has inuagurated a 42-man Borno State Anti-Trafficking in Persons Task Force (ATIPTF) to monitor, coordinate, manage, develop, mobilize and carry out activities to checkmate human trafficking, gender based violence and sexual abuse among others in the state.

While Inuagurating the task force at the multi purpose hall of the Government House Maiduguri yesterday, Governor Babagana Zulum said the Constitution of the anti human trafficking task force in the state was a clear demoinstratioin of his administration to address cases of gender based violence, sevual abuse, prostitution, girls and women trafficking as well as cultism in the state.

Prif.Zulum said that presently, the State House of Assembly is working out a bill to check issues of sexual abuse, prostitutiin,,, gender based violence, and other homicides and emphasized the need to checkmate such crimes in the society to ensure free and safe society for girls and women.

The governor also noted that the porous borders surrounding the state such as Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republics coupled with unemployment and poverty posed a great danger and influence human trafficking in the state.

The governor reaffirmed his governments readiness and commitment to fight indecency and culpable crimes , pointing out that, there are currently 31 cases pending in court of law while 152 cases have so far been prosecuted in competent court of law and judgements have been passed

Zulum tasked the members of the task force to put in their various experiences and knowledged into bear in the discharge of their responsibilities without fear or favour.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Director General, of the National Agency For The Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons( NAPTIP,) , Mrs. Dame Julie Okoh-Donli said Borno State is the sixth state in the federation that the agency has inuagurated a task force in line with the requirements and Policy framework of the agency with a plan for all the 36 states and FCT Abuja to establish same task force.

The Director General said ” To effectively and efficiently enforce the anti human trafficking law and carry out campaigns as well mobilization agaunst human Trafficking in their states.”

“The aim of the Constitution of state task force in each state of the federation was to enhance a comprehensive approach and strategy to promote capacity biuldungs and human development””, Julie said.

The DG further explained that, the involvement of the state local government levels is to ensure participation and encourage community leaders ,unions, CSOs, CBOs, NGOs, traditional rulers, labour union, allied or affiliated associations to carry out the campaigns and mobilization agaunst human trafficking and other gender based violence against women.

“I call on Nigerians to develop passion to work against all these crimes and violence, especially, the vulnerable,” pointing out that, the task force was expected to promote support, agaunst human trafficking develop, facilitate and coordinate strategies , plans and programmes for campaigns, mobilizing and aensitizng the society”, she added.

According to her, the task force was expected to access issues , adapt measures or comprehensive procedures to support lawful migration of people and carry out massive campaigns and mobilization agaunst traffick in Persons, rape sexual violence and other gender based violence , especially, in IDPs Camps and host communities .

Mr. Okoh-Donli that th agency will liaise with the state government to establish task force to root out traffick in Persons while tasking the task force team to render their reports periodically eveey quarter to the ag ency headquarters for assessment.

 

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Yobe SUBEB Constructing six model schools at N1.8 Billion

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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

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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.

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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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