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Marginalization ; Adamawa Muslim Council Writes ADSU vice chancellor

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Marginalization: Adamawa Muslim Council writes ADSU Vice Chancellor

By Baba Yakubu Yola

Following the confirmation of Prof. Kaletapwa Farauta as the substantive Vice Chancellor (VC) of Adamawa State University (ADSU), the Muslim Council in Adamawa has cautioned the new vice chancellor against sustaining her alleged discrimination against Muslims in the institution.

A letter to the VC signed by the Adamawa Chairman of the Muslim Council, Mallam Gambo Jika, accused Farauta of marginalising Muslims in areas of admission, appointment and promotion during her tenure as Acting VC of the institution.

‘The Muslim Council of Adamawa State wishes to use this medium to felicitate with you, over your recent selection as the substantive Vice Chancellor of Adamawa State University, Mubi. The Council wishes to note that you have been returned as the Vice Chancellor of the university despite the fact that you came third (3rd) among the three names submitted to the visitor of the University, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Adamawa State, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.

“While the Council wishes you successful tenure in office, it also wishes to quickly draw your attention to some basic facts of maladministration about your stewardship of the University, as Acting Vice Chancellor before your recent selection as a substantive Vice Chancellor.

“The Council is not unaware of so many favoritism against Muslims which characterized your past administration and has already become an open secret. Among such irregularities that are known to the Council was lopsidedness over the years in students’ admissions, staff promotions, staff appointments to key academic and administrative positions, staff sponsorship for seminars/ conferences, fellowship awards, and many others which were all tilted towards the benefits of Christian staff, at the detriment of Muslims, thereby, marginalizing the Muslims,” the letter said.

While condemning what it described as the unjust policies of Kaletapwa during her tenure as acting VC, the letter reminded her that the survival of the University lay solely on the monthly monetary statutory deductions from all the 21 Local Government Areas of the state making it mandatory to carry everyone along.

” Unfortunately, it has been observed that some Local Government Areas have over the years been sidelined, especially those Local Government Areas whose populations were largely Muslims.

“Finally, the Council reiterates that henceforth it will focus its search light on your administration and the University. The Council shall never fold its arms and watch things take an ugly shape at the institution to the detriment of Muslims and Islam,” the letter concluded while wishing her a successful tenure.

Speaking on the development, a staff in the university who simply identified himself as Dada said there were elements of truth in the claims by Muslim Council.

“I am a victim in area of promotion and another issue I want to highlight is the mass employment made by Farauta which is lopsided.

“We want Adamawa government to look into that employment the way it did with employment at the State Polytechnic. We also want the Federal Character Commission to wade into this matter.

“She was appointed by past administration of Gov, Bindow to address crisis between staff and management of the institution but some of her action look more like she is trying to open another chapter of conflict that could result to developments worse than imagine,” Dada said.

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Covid -19; BOSACA advises general public on preventive measures

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COVID 19 BOSACA advises general public on preventives measures

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Executive Secretary and Project Manager Borno State Agency for the Control Against AIDS (BOSACA), Alhaji Muhammad Barkindo has advised general public, more especially those with ailment that lower the immune system in the bidy such as diabetic, hypertension, sickle cell among other to take extra precaution and adhered strickly to preventive measures against Corona Virus.

The Executive Secreatry, Muhammad Barkindo Saidu while speaking in an interview with journalists in office in Monday said both Corona and HIV, AIDS are virusus but CORONA is much more deadly, even HIV/AIDS weakens body immunity and renders its victims to fall easy prey to diseases.. So also those with diabetics, blood pressure, sickle cell are all crime to the corona Virus, as such they take extra preventive measures by strictly adhering to all measures.

He commended Governor Babagana Umara Zulum for assisting the Borno State Agency for The Control of HIV (AIDS) in terms of supporting in mentenance thrur office infrastructure to ease theur work.

Muhammad Barkindo said the Aagency is able to contain the spread of the HIV AIDS in the state more especially among the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

We were able to contain the spread of the HIV Virus through sensitizing the public on the availability of essential drugs to be given to people living with the virus and removing the stigmatization. Confidence building on the part of those living with the virus has helped tremendously in making people to come for testing and to also receive treatment”, the Executive Secretary added.

He furthet ststed that his agency has been working closely with managers of IDP Camps in the identification of patients, adding that they also use the support and assistance to those identified to remove stigmatization with the assurance that using the drugs will ensure that patients can live normal lives so those hiding are now encouraged to come out.

The project Manger also commended the military for their cooperation and synergy that has assistied the agency conducting test and provide care to those people who have been rescued from captivity of Boko Haram through given them medicatiin.

Accirding to him, as for the pregnant rescued victims, they are made to undergo antenatal clinics which makes it easy for their status to be determined and followed up.

While lamenting the pathetic story of five Ladies abducted, infected with HIV virus and impregnated by insurgents, Barkindo said the agency were able yo identitied them counseled them and provide them with medication and livihood assistance through the Wife of Executive Governor of Borno state, Dr Falmata Babagsna Zulum.

 

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Covid -19; Gov. Fintiri direct public, private workers to work from home

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Covid-19: Gov. Fintiri direct public, private workers to work from home

By Baba Yakubu Yola

Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa has directed all workers from level 01 to 14 in public and private sectors in the state to work from home.

A statement signed by the Press Secretary to the Governor, Humwashi Wonosikou, said the directive is part of measures to ensure the safety of the people against the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

“This category of staff are to work from home for a period of two weeks in the first instance subject to review, but with exception of those on essential services such as health workers, water board, fire service, board of internal revenue, security men, abbatoir and media workers.”

He said that the Governor regretted the decision which became necessary based on the fact that 51 cases and one death had been recorded in the country.

“Governor Ahmadu Fintiri reassured people of the state of his administration’s resolve to protect them against any form of challenges, and urged them to cooperate with government towards better service delivery.

“The Governor reiterated the need for all concerned to observe basic hygiene practices like ensuring hand washing and social distancing,” Wonosikou said.

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Effects of COVID -19 ; Governor Zulum sets up team to increase Borno’s IG

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Effects of Covid-19, Governor: Zulum sets up team to increase Borno’s IG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum has on Tuesday set up economic response team to braced up for impending economic downturn as a result of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic as well as dwindling Nigeria’s oil revenue,.

The committee led by Governor Zulum’s Special Adviser on Economy, Alhaji Mustapha Bunuw were tasked to increase the state’s internally generated revenue (IGR).

Governor Babagana Zulum while announcing the team at the Government House, Maiduguri, mandated them to increase Borno’s internally generated revenue through innovations, fiscal discipline, blocking of leakages and priority funding.

Members of the team includes the Permanent Secretaries in ministries of finance, trade and investment, environment, transport, health, water resources as well as the general managers of the state’s housing and water cooperation, with the Chairman of the state’s Board of internal revenue, serving as the Secretary.

The governor urged them to block all leakages in revenues accruing to the state and to harness all avenues to increase internal revenue.

He further disclosed that the state executive council will review the 2020 budget given the fall in oil price which could make projected revenue from the federation account potentially impossible as a result of drop from more than $50 bench mark to less than $30 being the price at the moment.

” A revised budget will be sent to the Borno state House of Assembly, in which less revenue will be projected from the federation account, while some projects will be set aside with government to focus on funding priority projects”, Prof. Zulum added.

 

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