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Borno Governor Directs Covid-19 Response Team Shehu, Imams to Discuss Possibility Of Eid-el Fitr Prayers

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Borno Governor directs COVID-19 response team Shehu, Imams, to discuss possibility of Eid el fitr prayers

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state, has directed the state’s COVID-19 response team, headed by his Deputy Governor, Umar Kadafur, to meet with the Shehu of Borno,, Imam Idaini and all Imams of Eid el prayers to discuss the possibility of holding Eid Fitr prayers across the state

The Governor in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mallam Isa Gusau said the and meeting is expectef to be attended by the Imam Idaini of Borno and all Imams of Eid prayer grounds in the metropolis, to critically discuss the possibility of allowing Eid prayers across the state but under strict preventive measures.

“Coronavirus is no doubt a dangerous disease and efforts to prevent it must be sustained. In so doing, however, we have to harmonize our obligation in fighting the virus with the needs of those who represent, especially on highly sensitive issues of religion, in which citizens act with motivations that are greater than fears. Borno has, in the last couple of years, been operating under unusual circumstances. We have had instances in which citizens defy the fear of Boko Haram for long treks to Eid grounds even when government restricts vehicular movement$, the statement said.

Governor Zulum said ” there are instances in which citizens insist on return to same worship places within days of attack by suicide attackers. It is similar to the motivation for survival, which drives citizens all over the country, to defy COVID-19 fears and converge in markets in search of food and other basics. Citizens’ motivations for survival, and religion are divinely strong and can’t be ignored by government. We will pay attention to the needs of our citizens, but we will do so with the highest sense of responsibility.”

The statement said “given the circumstance, I am directing members of our dedicated COVID-19 response team, chaired by His Excellency, the Deputy Governor, to consult with His Eminence, the Shehu of Borno, to hold a meeting that should be attended by the Imam Idaini of Borno and Imams of Eid grounds in the metropolis, relevant security agencies and volunteers, to CRITICALLY DISCUSS the possibility or otherwise of allowing Eids to hold under strict conditions that should aim not only to prevent the spread of coronavirus but also of insurgent attacks.”.

“Discussions should be made on the use of face masks to be VERY STRICTLY enforced with hand sanitizers administered at restricted entry points. Consideration may also be given on whether it is necessary to, as a matter of one-off situation, create additional prayer grounds or use of some Friday mosques, that would make it easier to have less crowds at every Eid-ground so as to make social distancing more feasible”, Zulum said as quoted in the statement.

The Governor however stated that notwithstanding his recommendation, he will be more than willing to accept whatever outcome, including a contrary one, if that is reached between the response team and the Imams, the statement explained.

 

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Gov. Buni Caution Community leaders against Rape Cases

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Gov. Buni Caution Community leaders against Rape Cases

By Daily Hint

His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state, today cautioned community leaders in the state to be watchful  and report any case of rape in their domains to the appropriate authorities.

The governor said government will fully apply the state laws on rape which stipulates life imprisonment for rape cases involving minors and where the victim is an adult, the culprit shall be jailed upto a term of twenty-five years.

Governor Buni charged the police and judiciary to conduct adequate investigations and expedite action on the judicial process and procedures.

The Governor warned that government will not tolerate any abuse deliberately caused by reckless persons who have no control over themselves.

“The full wrath of the law will be applied on anyone who is proven to have committed rape in the state” he warned.

The state law against rape, kidnapping and unnatural offences which was signed in 2018 provides life imprisonment for rape against minors and up to 25 years imprisonment for raping adults.

The law also stated that whoever commits the offence of kidnapping shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment of not less than fourteen (14) years.

 

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Gov. Buni; A Silent Achiever With Lean Resources

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Gov. Buni; A silent Achiever With Lean Resources

By Haruna Yusuf

Despite Yobe’s prudent management of funds, His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the executive Gov of Yobe state, Spoke through his Director of press Mamman Mohammed said none of the projects that the governor inherited from the past administration or initiated have stopped since his assumption of office one year ago. His words: “Actually, all projects initiated or taken over by this administration are seeing the light of the day in terms of completion. One key project that I want you to note is the airport.

You are aware that this is a multi billion naira project initiated by the previous administration and as we talk now , we are expected to witness the first test landing at the runway which is a sign that the project is nearing completion. It’s a very capital intensive project running into billions of naira but this administration is completing the project.

“Again, if you look at the road project, this administration inherited some road projects that were initiated by the previous administration, like the Damaturu/Kallawan airport road dualization, 4km Damaturu/Potiskum road dualization and many others.

“One thing you should note is that none of the projects either initiated or inherited by this administration is suffering due to the prudent management of the state resources by Governor Mai Mala Buni.

“The governor had also announced that he will expand or build new primary healthcare centers in the 178 political wards in the state.

As we speak now, 53 have been completed and we still have three years to go in the administration. If we can do this in the first year, you can imagine what will happen in the next three years running.

“You remember the moribund factories in the state; the Aluminum, the Woven sacks and the Floor Mills which were abandoned for over ten years but this administration has revived them by investing resources in them and today all are producing at optimal capacity generating revenue to the state coffers and providing employment opportunities for the youth of the state.

“In the area of Education, the administration has also constructed seven model primary schools across the state. Five of such schools have been completed and the remaining two are 90 percent completed. Each of the schools is made up of a story build with 30 standardized class rooms.

These are project that is aimed to improve the standard of education in the state. Over three thousand Teachers were trained and retrained, about ten thousand teachers has been promoted.

“You can see that this administration has identified very key areas that have touched the lives of the people of the state positively. But to be direct, Governor Mai Mala Buni has never stopped any project as result of any financial problem.”

 

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Adamawa Apc Warn Members against Accepting PDP Appointment

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Adamawa APC warn members against accepting PDP appointment

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The Adamawa Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned its members against accepting appointment from Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri led government of People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

A statement on Wednesday by the State Publicity Secretary of APC, Mohammed Abdullahi, said according to the party constitution, anyone who accepted such appointment ceased to be members of APC.

Abdullahi said APC was observing the sustained fruitless effort by PDP in the state to cause disunity among its members.

“We refer to the recent appointments released by the PDP Government in the State that featured the names of some members of our Great Party and wish to draw the attention of the appointees to Article 9.5 of the APC Constitution which states that, any Party Member that accepts a political appointment from any political party or opposition Government ceases to be a member of APC.

“While we commend the loyalty and faithfulness of our Party members who rejected the appointments offered to them by the PDP Government, all those who accept the appointments will have their names removed from the Party Register.

“In conclusion, the APC is keenly watching the PDP government s fruitless efforts in trying to cause commotion and disunity within the APC family. This attempt has failed and will ever fail,” Abdullahi said.

He urged members of the party to remain resolute and focused on supporting the Buhari Administration as the party further unite to take over power in Adamawa State in 2023.

Meanwhile, one of the party chieftains given appointment by Gov. Fintiri as Special Assistant, Mrs Anna Sini has rejected the appointment.

Sini in a letter to APC said she declined the appointment as a loyal party member.

“I am assuring my party that, I remain loyal and committed APC member,” Sini who was an APC Senatorial Aspirant for Adamawa North District said in the letter.

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