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Northern Governors Wives Coverage in Borno to find solutions to problems Facing the region



Northern Governors Wives converge in Borno to find solutions to problems facing the region

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The wives of the Northern Governors under the umberella of the Northern Governor’s, Wives Forum (BGWF) has converged in Msiduguri, the Borno state capital for the forums quaterly meeting to discuss and profer solutions to the problems facing the region.

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State while speaking to the forum when they paid him a coutesy call at the Goverment House, Msiduguti. On Thursday urged the wives of Northern Governorsi to give cildren of the poor opportunity to get Western education so as to become good citizens of tomorrow.

Governor Zulum said that education is the only tool that can enable them the opportunity to become better citizens with good lives adding that gender violence has been on the increase of recent in Northern state especially in Borno due to the insurgency.

The governor said that the Borno State House of Assembly is working on a law to curtail gender based violence and give women and children a new lease of life and assumed that the leadership of Northern governors and the APC will support the forum of the governors wives to help in reduce poverty , protect lives of children and support maternal health care and health referal system.

He also said that officially there are 53,335 widows in Borno state as a result of the ongoing insurgency adding that when he visited Bama last year as a Commissioner, out of 3000 women profiled at the IDP Camp, 2600 were widows.

Earlier speaking. Dr. Zainab Bagudu, wife of the Kebbi state governor who spoke on behalf of her colleagues congratulated Governor Zulum for the remarkable achievements within this short period which has been acknowledged nationwide .

She listed the problems confronting Northern states to include gender based violence, substance and drug abuse and illiteracy pointing out that as part of their efforts at curbing the problems, the forum has built libraries in Kogi and Sokoto states .

The wife of Kebbi state governor requested Professor Babagana Zulum to seek support for the forum from his colleagues in carrying out the Presidential directive to support the forum as well as to ensure that the Central Bank of Nigeria releases the support promised to them so they could assist women in Small and Medium Enterprises.

Whiile declaring the meeting opened, the wife of the Borno state Governor. Dr. Falmata Zulum said ” at a time we have over two million IDPs in the state, the highest in the Northern Nigeria, however, with the gradual return of peace , government is arranging for their resettlement in earnest .currently Borno has fifty five thousand orphans and nearly two hundred thousand widows”.

Dr Falmata Zulum who is also the Vice Chairperson of the firum said ” the Internally Displaced Persons, especially women need to be empowered so that they can build a firm foundation for their families. I want to appeal to you my sisters to look at how you can key in and support the IDOs with resettlement equipment, empowerment or construct and equip a skill acquisition for them. So that they can live a normal life of self relaince.”

The Maiduguri meeting was attended by wives of Kebbi, Gombe, Sokoto, Jigawa, Plateau, Kogi, Bauchi, Adamawa,Nasarawa and their host wife of the Borno state Governor.

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Gov. Zulum Visit Remote Kala-Balge Shares 100M to 10,000 Trapped Households



Zulum visit remote Kala-Balge, shares N100m to 10,000 trapped households

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

The Borno State governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, was on Tuesday in Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge, Local Government Area, remotely located around a boarder between Nigeria, Cameroon linking to Chadian territory, where he distributed N100 million to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the town.

Governor Zulum who flew from Maiduguri to Kala-Balge on board a helicopter because it is currently impossible to access the LGA by road due to massive waterlog caused by discharge from a dam in Cameroonian territory in July 2019, gave Male householders received N15,000 each, while their female counterparts received N10,000 each.

The Governor, who was accompanied by Dr Zainab Gimba, member of house of reps for Kala-Balge, Bama and Ngala federal constituency, Kala-Balge’s representative at the state assembly and a special adviser from there returned back at night.

The governor who led the officials of the Borno giverment personally supervised the distribution of N100m in cash to the residents in Rann, whose only option is to trek about 10 kilometres to border communities in order to buy food and other basic needs. Each of the 10,000 households in the community was given between N10,000 and N15,000 cash because there is no banking service. Zulum had to fly cash as last option.

More than 10,000 households in the agrarian community of Rann, have been trapped while crops planted last year were destroyed by a herd of 250 elephants sighted by UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) officials from their helicopter back in December 2019.

Farmlands still flooded cannot be cultivated by the residents forcing them to completely depend on aid transported to them through humanitarian air services.

Rann, largely populated by Borno’s Shuwa arabs, is considered Nigeria’s most severely disadvantaged local government headquarters. Despite 25 years of existence, Rann is usually inaccessible during rainy season as there is neither road nor bridge linking the council headquarters with the rest of Borno State. The council is also not connected to the national grid for electricity supply.

Tuesday’s was Governor Zulum’s third humanitarian visit to Kala-Balge since June 2019.

It coukd be recalled that the Governor was in Rann on June 9 and December 8, 2019. In the first visit, he traveled by road before the flood while he flew by chopper in December. On both occasions, he supervised the distribution of food and non-food aid to residents, many of them in critical need.


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Empowerment : wives of Adamawa lawmakers solicit Assembly support



Empowerment: Wives of Adamawa lawmakers solicit Assembly support

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The Association of Wives of Adamawa House of Assembly Members has urged for the lawmakers support to enable the association contribute its quota in empowering the electorates at the grassroots.

Chairperson of the association who is also the wife of the Speaker, Hauwa Aminu Iya Abbas made the call when she led other members of the association on a courtesy call to the state assembly.

Hauwa said the association has a lot of programmes plan of action in areas of health, education and women empowerment that would impact on the lives of the people and needed the support of the lawmakers to actualize the plans.

According to her, wives of the members needed more capacity building on how to mobilize, encourage and support women to be productive for the growth of the society.

She said that as wives to the lawmakers, they remain committed in supporting the lawmakers in ensuring quality representation needed to the desired transformation of the state.

Responding, the Speaker, Rt Hon Aminu Iya Abbas, appreciated the visit by the women and tasked the association to come up with viable projects that have direct bearing on the electorates.

Iya Abbas assured them of the lawmaker’s readiness to support them in complimenting government transformation effort.

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Adamawa students laud Gov. Fintiri for sustain support to education



Adamawa Students laud Gov. Fintiri for sustain support to education

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The President of National Union of Adamawa State Students (NUADSS), Comrade Gaddafi Hussaini, has lauded Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa for his commitment to restore the lost glory of education in the state.

Hussaini made the commendation Monday in Yola while addressing the press on successes recorded by his five months old administration.

“After we got sworn into office, we did not fold our hands waiting for miracles to happen. We stepped our boots on the ground and marched forward with our advocacy, meeting and expressing our problems to the right stakeholders.

“It was as a result one of these advocacy visits that we now boast of this brand new union vehicle, fully donated by our elders from the Nigeria Union of Teachers under the sound and visionary leaders of Comrade Rodney Nathan,” Hussaini said.

He also noted that his administration was also focusing on skills’ acquisition for indigent students.

“We will be focusing on personal development and skills acquisition for our members. We will partner with relevant organizations and stakeholders to empower our members with the requisite skills and knowledge to become creators of businesses and value or to become more employable.

“This is inline with our vision in NUADSS of making our members productive and self-sustaining and inline with the vision of his Excellency Governor Fintiri to transform the economy of Adamawa State,” Hussaini.

Hussaini said the construction of the union permanent secretariat has commenced in earnest and work had reached advanced stage.

“We are going to name the secretariat after Governor Fintiri for his administration commitment to education in the state,” Hussaini said.

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