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Post Insurgency recovery, Borno Government contracts 76 houses, municipal Buildings, over 10,000 housing units, executes 18 electrification projects in 13 communities



Post insurgency recovery, Borno government constructs 76 houses, municipal buildings,, over 10, 000 housing uuts, executes 18 electrification projects in 13 commuities.

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state government has undertaken the construction and reconstruction of 76 building projects, construction of over 10,000 houses, electrification of 13 communities for the resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) across the state.

The construction and reconstruction which includes municipal buildings, health facilities, schools, houses, churches and mosques across the 22 local government areas of the state for the resettlement of the displaced communities.

Briefing journalists at a Press briefing to Mark one year Anniversary of Governor Babagana Zulum at the Multi purpose Hall of the Government House, Maiduguri on Tuesday, the commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Engr. Mustapha Gubio said “Governor Zulum administratiin within the last one year recorded remarkable achievement towards reconstruction and resettlement of communities displaced by the Boko Haram insurgents”

” To this end, a number of housing projects have either been completed or under construction across the three Senatorial Districts of the state. This includes Reconstruction of police station, police barracks,in Damboa local government area, construction of 520 Housing units as well as newly built 32 units of market lick up shops all in Dambia local government council ”

” Others includes newly built 2 local government lodges, renovation of old Government Lodge, newly built Marghi Area Court, renovation of Rumirgo Shopping complex and central mosques churches all in Askira/Uba local government area. Newly built 2 local government lodges, 20 Housing units and construction of 200 Housing units in Chibok which have all been completed “, the RRR commissioner added.

Engr Gubio said ” also during the period under review, the government has completed the construction of new Government Lodge in Gwoza, construction of 300 Housing units in warabe in Gwoza council. Construction of newly built Government Lodge in Benesheik, reconstruction of General Hospital at Ngamdu in Kaga local government area”.

The commissioner said ” the ministry has faced with challenges of insecurity difficult terrain and rise in cost of materials, as four local governments of Marte, Abadan, Kukawa and Guzamala are still not safe for reconstruction. Very soon people of kawuri, Banki and Ajiri communities will be ressettled., as government has already set up a committee to ensure their resettlement “.

” The government has also constructed brand new local.government Ultra Modern Secretariat in Biu local government area. Rehabilitation of Local Education Authority Office complex, rehabilitation and upgrading of Biu Emir palace, construction of newly built worship centre all in Biu local government area, song others projects”, he added.

Also at the Press briefing , the Borno state commissioner for Housing Energy. Engr. Saleh vungas has said the ministry had expended the sum of N125.6 million in the last one year on the electrification of 13 communities with 18 different major projects across the state.

” In his vision to ensure civil servants own a decent house of their own , the Governor Zulum approved the sell of 2,776 houses to the occupants on owner occupier basis to the occupants of 202, 393,505_ 707 and 1000 housing units. And as I am speaking to you already 25 percent of them have settled the payment of their houses”, Engr Vungas stated.

He said the ministry has also procured and installed concrete pole molding machine to produce its required poles for electrification, stressing that the Rural Electrification Broad of the ministry has also been resuscitated and is fully functional.

On the housing, the commissioner said “the ministry has completed the construction of newly built 500 housing units in Ajiri, mafa LGA, 200 Housing units in Kawuri Konduga LGA, 50 Housing units for the junior staff of the University of Maiduguri,, 4 professorial staff quarters, renovation of houses In Kwajaffa, construction of 1,000 housing units in Monguno among others”

” others includes the construction of 1,000 low cost housing units in Guro soye, construction of 500 housing units in Ngamdu, construction of 500 housing units in Auno, construction of new 500 housing units in Njimtilo, among others” the commisioer said.


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Gov. Buni Mourns Emir of Zazzau



Gov. Buni Mourns Emir of Zazzau

Yobe state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker/Extraordinary National convention committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has commiserated with the government and people of Kaduna state over the death of the Emir of Zaria, Alhaji Shehu Idris.

Governor Buni described the death as a loss of a  nationalist who dedicated his life to the service of Nigerians.

The late Emir was a bridge builder who threw the doors of his domain open, accommodating all Nigerians irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious differences.

“Late Shehu Idris built a mini Nigeria in Zaria where everyone lived and freely pursued their legitimate means of livelihood.”

He will be remembered for providing conducive environment to host numerous educational institutions and, making Zaria a citadel of learning in Nigeria.

Governor Buni prayed Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and to grant him Aljannatur Firdaus.

The Governor also prayed Allah to give his family, Zaria emirate, government and people of Kaduna state and, Nigerians the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Mamman Mohammed
DG Press and Media Affairs to Gov. Buni.

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Biu Emirate loses Kuthi at the age of 80



Biu Emirate loses Kuthi at the age of 80

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Kuthi (Emir) of Biu, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu has died at the age of 80 .

Confirming the death, the Borno state government through the commissioner of Information, Home Affairs and Culture, Hon. Babakura Abba Jatau said “Inna Lillahi wa innah ilayhi rajiun his royal highness the emir of Biu Mai Umar Mustapha Aliyu has answered the call of Allah Subuhanahu wa Taa La””

“Appointed June 1989 the late emir died this morning at the age of 80. He will be laid to rest in Biu by 2pm today Tuesday, 15 September, 2020 according to palace source may his soul rest in perfect peace.,” The statement added.

An emirate source told our correspondent that the Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu died at the Federal Medical Centre Gombe at about 8;45 pm on Monday night after a protracted illness.

“As I am talking now (10;35am) we just received the corpse of the Late Kuthi and the funeral prayer is scheduled to take place by 2;00pm today”, the source added.

The Late Emir who succeeded his father Alhaji Mustapha Aliyu was appointed in June 1989 and has spent 31 years as the Kuthi of Biu.

Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu was the 28th Emir of Biu and started his career as vetinery officer in Biu with Borno state government and was appointed the District head of Biu in 1975 and later appointed Emir of Biu in June 1989.

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FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods gets to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast



FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods get to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Worried by the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in inaccessible areas, the Federal Government through the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee has adopted an air drop strategy to ensure that foods get to the IDPs in the hard to reached communities in the Northeast

While speaking to newsmen shortly after the ascimilation exercise demonstrated by troops of the Nigerian Air Force the Air drop strategy at the Maiduguri International Airport during the weekend, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk said “we are adopting this strategy to ensure that our IDPs in hard to reached areas are benefited. The Air drops strategy which in collaboration with the troops of the Nigerian Air force is not a new strategy, it has been used in 2018 in Kala- Balge local government” and we adopting to ensure effective and efficient delivery”.

“the issues around inaccessible areas, areas where humanitarian aid workers cannot access. We are collaborating with the Nigerian Airforce to support us with air drop of food items to communities and areas that are not accessible. We have identified four areas which includes Rann, Mary’s, Damboa omang other communities, we are here to see the ascilmilation exercise of the air drop with a view to see how it will work and If there is any challenges, we will go back to the drawing board and correct it “, the minister added.

The Minister further said “the Air drop distribution is targeted at 26,067 households, totaling 156,402 individuals.. We are going sit-down with the Borno state government this night with a view to see how best all the hard to reach areas can be reached.”.

Hajiya faruk said “the government has.put in place measures to.ensure that the food items doesn’t get into the hards of insurgents through air surveillance and identification of real beneficiaries. The foods to distributed I Clyde’s 26*067 22.5kg of rice, 26,067 2.5 kg of beans, 26,067 12.5kg of maize and Millet, 4,394 packets of 20 grammes iiofizef salt, 2,604 of 29 litres vegetables oil, 4,345 cartons if superghetti and 2,173 cartons of seasoning cubes “

Earlier, the Air Taskforce Commander, Air commodore Precious Amadi said “the purpose is in case for any reason the foods cannot transported by road,, we will use air drop strategy to take food to the people by ayur. The Nigerian Aurforrce has the capacity to drop foods to people in inaccessible areas. We will do it whenever we are call to do so”

While on a courtesy call to the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, the Minister said ” we are here on behalf of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the National Humanitarian Coordination.committee to see how we can ensure no one is starve by ensuring food get to those in.hsrd to reach areas.”

Hajiya Faruk said “at a meeting held with the Vice President on 4th September 2020, it was discussed that accessibility issues faced by INGOs operating in
the NorthEast due to insecurity, floods or terrain, could be mitigated with the support of the security services and as outlined in the joint CiSEC Communique signed at the end of the 3 day Civil Security Cooperation Workshop held in Maiduguri from 6th–8th November 2019.The Communique highlights the need for Civil Security Cooperation to ensure the conduct of seamless humanitarian

” Your Excellency, the CiSEC structures provide the relevant platform for the essential dialogue and interaction required between humanitarian\civilian and security actors that it is necessary to pursue common goals which protect and support persons of concern affected by emergencies created by wars, armed conflicts,and terrorism;
natural and secondary catastrophes; and technological and environmental disasters.”. She further stressed.

She stressed that “however,to ensure that we are able to provide adequate support, I wish to request that the State Government provide the
necessary information required to enable collaboration with the
Nigerian Airforce to drop food and non-food items in locations that
have been made inaccessible due to insecurity or the recent floods.”

She said ,the Managing Directoror NorthEast Development Commission NED and the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA will work with the Borno state team to ascertain and provide the NHCC with the required information to
ensure that the interventions provided are prioritise,and the needs and are
sufficient for the identified vulnerable communities”

Responding the Borno state Governor Professor Babagana Zulum represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said “we are working hard to see that we resettle all IFPs in the state volunteraliy , because they eager to go back to their communities. We have even commenced resettlement of our IDPs with the returned of the IDPs from.Auno, Ajiri, Kawuri and very soon we are going to resstlle the people of Baga, Ashigashiya and Ngoshe”.

Whe thanking the Federal Government for the support that have rendering to the IDPs in the Northeast, Governor Zulum assured that the Borno state government will work closely and support the Federal government to ensure all the food items get to the beneficiaries and no IDPs is starved.

The minister accompanied by the Borno state Deputy Governor, Alh Umar Kadafur, the Managing Director, NEDC Alhaji Goni Alkali, the DG NEMA Alh. Mohammed T Mohammed and others dignitaries inspects the food items at the NEMA store in Maiduguri.

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