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Covid -19; Borno Electoral Commission Suspends LG Elections indefinitely

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Corona Virus: Borno electoral commission suspends LG elections indefinitely

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Independent Electoral Commission, (BOSIEC) has suspended the proposed Local Government Elections 2020 till further notice, as a result of the banned on public gathering inline with the federal government directives in its efforts to curb the spread of the Corona virus.

The chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abdu Usman while briefing journalists at the headquarters of the BOSIEC Maiduguri on Wednesday, said ” taking note of the advised of the Federal and state government committees on the control of the Corona Virus and the banned on gathering which involves more than 50 people, the commission has hereby indefinitely suspend the proposed local government election 2020″

He said ” the BOSIEC had on the 9th of Match 2020 issued a notice of Election into the 27 local government councils in Borno state. The notice of the election started on the 10th of March,2020 to 13th June, 2020  which is shefuled dates of the preparations and elections into the local councils of the state”.

“Taking into cognisance of the fact that the next activty in the tine table which is primaries elections of the political parties involves large gathering, whuch will go against the directive on the pendermic corona virus, the commission has decided to suspend all the remaining sctivitues n the time table indefinayrly inline with section 26 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). The rescheduled time table will be released as soon as the situation is brought under control”, he added.

The chairman said ” so far the commission has roll out the election time table, met with the political parties, what remains is the primary elections of the political parties which is scheduled to take place between 8th April, 2020 to 15th Aptil 2020. But however, all activities relating to the election is hereby suspended till further notice”.

While regretting the inconvenience the postponement would cause all political parties in the state and the general public, Alhaji Usman said “the commission wishes to appreciate the cooperation and support of all stakeholders and good people of Borno state

 

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Governor Zulum felicitates with Dangote as he clock 63

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Governor Zulum felicities with Dangote as he clock 63

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has joined well wishers to felucite with international Bussiness mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote at 63 years .

Governor Zulum in message contained in his tweeter handle said “my dear elder brother, it is such a great honour to join millions of your well wishers in wishing you Allah’s continued grace as you turned 63 today”.

I always remember with so much gratitude, the many times you have offered bold interventions to help address humanitarian causes whether on areas of food supplies for our displaced brothers and sisters in Borno, or in building resettlement homes. Benevolent interventions from the Dangote Foundation have remained the highest from an individual and the private sector”_ the governor added.

Professor Zulum further stressed that “We, grateful people of Borno state, will always wish you more of Allah’s blessings for good health, strengthened faith and the continued expansion of your huge investments that benefit humanity.

We wish you a happy 63rd anniversary and insha’Allah, the people of Borno will ceaselessly celebrate you till the end of time. Allah Ya baka tsawon rai cikin rayuwa mai albarka! Allah Ya sa ka gama da duniya lafiya, kuma Allah Ya sa ka cikin aljanna firdaus! congratulations, sir!” Governor Zulum said in his tweet.

 

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Yobe Resuscitated Aluminum, Flour, Feeds Factories Resume Production

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Yobe Resuscitated Aluminum, Flour, Feeds factories resume production

Daily Hint Damaturu

The Sahel Aluminium Company Ltd., Potiskum, and Yobe Flour and Feeds Mills Ltd., revamped by the Yobe State Government have resumed commercial production.

The MD of the Aluminium company, Muhammed Muhammed, told newsmen in Potiskum on Tuesday  that Governor Mai Mala Buni had approved N94 million for the resuscitation of the company.

Gov. Buni has approved the sum of N94 million for the resuscitation of this company.

So, on Feb. 14, 2020, we were able to receive our pending 40 tonnes of raw materials.

Likewise, our first production machine which is the ‘Steptile Machine’ is already here.

We are waiting for the second machine which is the ‘Netcopo Machine’ which we expect to arrive immediately after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before the resuscitation, the production capacity was mainly 400 to 500 metres a day but after the resuscitation we are able to produce 15,000 metres a day,  he said.

The MD appreciated Gov. Buni’s support and policies which encourage contractors to patronise the products.

The patronage level is excellent because of the directives by Gov. Buni to all contractors to patronise the company’s products, which is one of the reasons the company has been doing very well.

He, however, noted that the major challenge for the company was lack of enough delivery vehicles to meet the demands of customers.

The major challenge so far is lack of delivery vehicles, though the governor has assured us of approving the request of overhauling the old ones and procurement of new ones,” he said.

On his part, Ismail Musa, the Managing Director of Yobe Flour and Feeds Mills Ltd., disclosed that the governor had approved N80 million for the resuscitation of the  company.

We are expecting to start producing 50 tonnes capacity per day,”  Mal Musa said.

 

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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

Daily Hint  Damaturu

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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