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Gov. Zulum Approves N100M for Borno Workers’ Health Scheme

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Gov. Zulum Approves N100m For Borno Workers’ Health Scheme

By.Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has approved counterparts funding of the sum of N100 million to the newly established Borno State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (BOSCHMA).

Governor Babagana Zulum announced the approval when the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuiabu led other management of agency on a courtesy call at the Government House, Maiduguri on Wednesday.

Recalled that the Governor had last week through his Media Aide, Mallam Isa Gusau in a press statement said, a Bill for establishment of BOSCHMA sent to the State House of Assembly for passage into Law was hitherto approved, in which, a committee set up, and yet to be inaugurated would be headed by a retired Permanent Secretary, Mallam Sani Maidugu.

Zulum informed Dr. Faisal that despite security challenges, Borno state Government is committed to improving the quality of health care services, especially at the primary level, hence the quick implementation of the resolution reached at the Siato convention to bring Primary healthcare under one roof by the present administration.

Earlier in his remarks, The Executive Director, Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BoSPHCDA), Dr. Sule Meleh, commended the unflinching support from the present administration and the NPHCDA in reviving the health system in the state.

He regretted that despite the setting up of a Roving Team by the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole since September 2019, which was supported by the Agency to enable the military and health workers reach all unreached settlements/communities, there is the need to review it, as only 101 of 1663 unreached geolocations were reached by the team.

He further said, inspite of these efforts characterized by the security challenges, an estimated 34,210 Under Five (5) Children and other people/population who are in dare need of health care services still live within the unreached locations.

Also speaking the Ditector General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).Dr. Faisal commended Governor Zulum on his efforts in reconstruction and rehabilitation of destroyed and dilapidated Primary Healthcare Facilities across the state.

The DG said “even though you have been operating in a hostile environment amidst security challenges, you have done so much more to the people of the state, specifically on revamping the Primary Health Care.”,.

“Your Excellency, I was also being briefed on the progress that’s been made towards achieving Primary healthcare under one roof. Following our meeting in Seattle with the Nigerian Governor’s Forum, I can see how you have wasted no time in implementing all the Declarations made during the Seattle Conference.” Dr. Shuiabu said.

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Gov. Buni visits Maiduguri to commensurate with Zulum Over the attack on his convoy

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Gov. Buni visits Maiduguri to commensurate with Governor Zulum over the attack on his convoy

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Yobe state Governor, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni was in Msiduguri to commensurate with the Governor, Babagana Zulum of Borno state, the government and people of the state over the recent Boko Haram attack on his convoy that resulted to the killing of over 12 gallant security operatives.

While commensurating with Governor Babagana Zulum at the Government House, Maiduguri on Tuesday, Governor Buni said ” I am here on behalf of myself, the government and good people of Yobe state, I am here to commensurate with you over the recent unfortunate attack on your convoy where many gallant security operatives were killed.”

” We are with you in prayers. I want to assure you that you have the prayers and support of all Nigerians. This is a trail, as a leader one must face such challenges from time to time,. You should not be detected , your efforts in ensuring peace and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs) will surely succeed”, he added.

He urged him not to relent , as Nigerians are with him in support and prayers and that surely the insurgency will soon be a thing of the past.

Governor Buni said ” I believed one thing one cannot take away from you is your commitment to the service of your people. Borno was the epicenter of Boko Haram insurgency at time Borno experienced bomb blast more than two to three times a day but thank God this is over. By the grace of God very soon all these will be thing of the past”.

Responding, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state thanked the governor for the visit, saying that ” I want to use this opportunity to convey our deep appreciation to you, the Executive Governor, of Yobe state for coming to commensurate with us at this trying moment”..

” The relationship between Borno and Yobe state cannot be over emphasized. Any time there is an event or happening in this state you always identify with us. I want to assure you that the government and people of Borno state will always identify with you in what ever you are doing we will support you in whatever you are doing both at state and national levels”, Governor Zulum added.

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Gov. Zulum’s Convoy Attack, Borno National Assembly Members Visits Maiduguri to Condole Him

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Gov. Zulum’s convoy attack, Borno National Assembly members visits Maiduguri to condole him

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Borno National Assembly members were in Maiduguri on Monday on a condolence and solidarity visit to commiserate and sympathized with Governor Babagana Zulum over the recent Boko Haram attack on his convoy near Baga where 8 policemen and 3 members of Civilian Joint Taskforce CJTF were killed.

While speaking, at the Government House, Maiduguri on Monday the leader of the delegation who is also a Former Borno state Governor, and Senator representing Borno central, Senator Kashim Shettima said ” we are in Maiduguri to show our solidarity and commiserate with the governor, government and people of the state.”

Senator Shettima said ” I urge the people of Borno state to continue to be resilience and endour these, by the grace of God endouring peace will sure come. I believed the people of Borno have the resilience and the courage to see that enduring peace is enthroned in our father land.”

“Much importantly we urged the people to give the maximum support and cooperation to government and the military establishment to see that peace is established in Borno,” he added..

The Former Governor said ” I have the confident and believe that Governor Zulum’s commitment to ensure enduring peace in the state.”

While responding, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state thanked them for the visit and assured his administration commitment to rerun all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back to their homes safety and dignified manner.

” We have to do something to address the security challenge in the state before it further deteriorates. The situation in the state is very dicey, obnoxious and will not be allowed to remain like that otherwise the insurgents will take over Maiduguri,, the governor stressed

He further said that “there is need for us to stamped our resilience with a view to build peace and stability,” .

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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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