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Borno Spent Over 100 Million On The Construction Of Ultra-Modern Digital Library



Borno spent over N100 million on the construction of Ultra-Modern digital library

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In its moves to transform the education sector, the Borno state government has spent over N100 million on the construction and equipping of Ultra Modern digital Library in Maiduguri to enhanced reading and learning process in the state.

The Borno state commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Isah Hussaini Marte while speaking Briefing newsmen on the achievements of his ministry as part of activities to Mark one year Anniversary of Governor Zulum which held at the Multi Purpose Hall of Government House, Maiduguri on Wednesday said “in addition to the digital library the Borno state government has also expended the sum of over N300 million on the payment of 2018/2020 scholarship to the state students studying at 49 tertiary institutions across the country”

*The last time Borno state students got scholarship was in 2012/2013 academic session. But with the coming of Governor Babagana Zulum he approved the sum of over N624 million for the settlement of scholarship, we interviewed over 30,000 students and we only found 23,775 eligible for the award of scholarship. 9,000 were disqualified because some were in service students, while others have already graduates. “, he added.

Prof. Marte said ” during the period under review, the Borno state government has also completed the construction of the Senate building. , 4 Senior Staff quarters, professorial quarters, students hostels still ongoing, in addition to reconstruction of of burnt Accounting department of Ramat Polytechnics, as well as construction and renovation of office complex, classrooms laboratories and Hostels at the Mohammed Lawan college of Agriculture, Umar ibn Elkanemi College of Education Bama, Mohammed Goni College of Legal and Islamic Studies, Blind schools. Agency for Mass literacy among others ”

Prof. Matte further said “Borno state will soon get its first private University, as land has been allocated for establishment of private university along Mobbar road Maiduguri. Any person or group of persons that want to establish private university is free to come as the state government will give the necessary support to do that. So we are calling on anybody who has interest to come forward.”

While presenting the score card of his ministry. the Borno state Commissioner for Education, Hon. Bello Ayuba said ” Borno has a total of 86 secondary schools but due to the Boko Haram insurgency, the state government was forced to create 7 learning centres were 7 to 8 schools were merged in one schools to accommodate students of displaced communities to continue with their education ”

The commissioner who was represented by his Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ali Kaka said “the state government has also approved the reopening, of Government Girls Secondary School Monguno, GSS monguno. GGSS Damasak, GSS Gwoza and GGSS Gwoza to decongest the learning centres. The governor has also approved the establishment of new secondary school in Njimtilo. GSS Patasandi GSS Gwange, GSS Baga road in BEWAC, which were already completed, while some are still ongoing, as well as construction of 10 new Higher Islamic Schools across the state, that Monguno has reached 50 percent completion”.

He said the state government has constructed and reconstructed many classroom blocks. Hostels, administration offices block in most secondary schools across the state, adding that the government has also settled WEAC. NECO and NAPTEC examination fees for final years students of governments owned secondary school’s., as well as paid the 2019 school fess of Borno students in command schools in across the states..

Also briefing the Press, the chairman Borno state Universal Basic Education, Dr, Shettima Kullima said “in the past one years, as a result of aggressive enlightenment campaign, the board was able to enrolled over 700,000 pupils across the local government areas of the state., provide free the pupils ”

“We have also within the last one year remodeled Lamusula, primary school. Abbagaram, primary school, Umarari primary school construction of office and classroom block in Bulabulin Primary schools, construction of 24 classrooms in Bulunkutu among others. We as well trained and retrained over 2,000 teachers. “, Kulima stated.

On his parts, the commissioner of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement, Engr Mustapha Gubio said ” my ministry is an intervention ministry, it’ actually touches all ministries. We have expended N104, 163,955, 34 on the construction of the Borno state digital library . we also constructed classroom block in primary schools in Haran, shaffa, Yara in Hawul local government, as well as primary schools in Mobar. Mafa, Monguno among others local government areas.”.


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Gov. Buni commends UN, others for humanitarian support in the state



Gov. Buni Commends UN, Others for Humanitarian Support In The State.

By Umar Aina – Damaturu

His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Yobe state, Hon. Mai Mala Buni ( Chiroman Gujba) has commended the united Nations organizations for helping to address the Humanitarian crisis in the state.

The governor spoke this morning in a special session with UN and members of the state executive council at the council chamber government House Damaturu.

Represented by his Deputy Hon. Idi Barde Gubana ( wazirin Fune) who appreciates the upsurge of Sympharty by local, National and international organizations, Agencies such as UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, WHO,UNHCR, and others for the support, concerns and kind gesture to the state and vulnerable groups.

The governor, appealed for the UN and other international organizations and development partners to scale up their activities to address humanitarian situation in the state.

During the special session with UN and members of the state executive council at the council chamber of government house Damaturu, the house leader, and commissioners of higher education, environment, Agriculture and natural resources, water resources, women Affairs, Basic and secondary education, Humanitarian affairs and disaster management as well as Home affairs information and culture had a useful discussion,.

In their separate contributions appealed for more fund to rehabilitated and reconstruct basic amenities and health care delivery to help them resume normal life.

Earlier in his presentation, the UN resident and Humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria Mr Edward Kallon, assured that united Nations organizations is poised to deepen its partnership with the state government and other stakeholders to help the state recover and rebuilt from devastation of Boko haram

The UN mission to yobe and other state in the north east is to support the state governments to address the Humanitarian crisis in the region.

We are visiting yobe state at a trying moment when our common Humanity has been severely affected by the COVID 19 pandemic with 56,017 total confirmed cases and 1,076 death in yobe state within the same period, he said.

Adding that between 2017 and 2019, the UN and partners mobilized over US$2.5 billion and provided Humanitarian assistance to 5.6 million people annually including food, water,sanitation, shelter, education and health assistance in northeast Nigeria.

In appreciation of UN Humanitarian support to yobe state, the governor has presented special gifts to the UN delegation.

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Mai Mala Buni charge Edo Electorates against violence




Mai Mala Buni Charge Edo Electorates Against Violence

By Daily Hint Abuja

The Governor of Yobe state and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Caretaker/Extraordinary National convention committee Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has appealed to electorates in Edo state to support the conduct of peaceful election and avoid issues that are inimical to peace in the Saturday polls.

He said APC had earlier directed its supporters to shun violence and any activity that contravenes the provisions of the electoral law.

“I urge APC supporters including those from opposition parties to support the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fair, credible and acceptable election.

“The people of Edo state should be allowed to elect a leader of their choice and, the people’s wish should be respected.

“We are optimistic that  the security agencies would check the excesses of trouble makers,    protect the electorates and their votes” Buni said.

According to the chairman, INEC had in the last few years made remarkable achievements in organizing  free, fair and credible elections.

“It should be supported and encouraged to improve on these achievements and that is how our democracy would grow, but not through violence.”

He urged party leaders to refrain from making inciting and inflammatory statements capable of breaching peace “as leaders, we should avoid statements capable of over heating the polity and creating tension. No responsible leadership should preach violence”.

Buni admonish the youth to resist those preaching violence, saying, “your future lies in a peaceful election and purposeful leadership, the advocates of violence do not wish you good and have no programmes for your future, you should therefore distance yourselves away from them”.

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BOSG to Employ 84 Doctors, 510 pharmacist, Nurses, Midwives



BOSG to Employ 84 Doctors, 510 Pharmacists, Nurses, Midwives

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has approved the recruitment of 594 of Nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other supporting medical staff in his efforts to ensure affordable and quality healthcare delivery in line with 10 point pact to the people of the state.

Briefing journalists at the end of a meeting held with the health officials at the Government House, Maiduguri,, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state said ‘ in order to provide affordable and quality health care delivery to the citizens of Borno state, the government has approved the recruitment of 365 nurses and mudwives. 50 percent of them are to be recruited retired and are to be recruited on contract basis and the other 50 percent are fresh graduates from school of Nursing”

Governor Zulum said his approval contained the recruitment of 84 medical doctors, 365 nurses and midwives, 45 pharmacists and 100 health technicians and other supportive staff, making 594 personnel being added to Borno’s healthcare sector.

The meeting had in attendance, the chairman Borno Assembly’s Committee on Health, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Salihu Kwayabura, Chairman, National Association of Nurses and Midwives, Umar M. Shettima, and heads of the State’s Health Management Board, Contributory Health Scheme, and Primary Healthcare Development Agency amongst other stakeholders.

The governor said the 84 medical doctors, were to be recruited on permanent basis, while some are being engaged on contract and sabbatical services or leave if absent, adding that the 45 pharmacists and 100 technicians and supportive staff he approved, would work in laboratories and other diagnostic sections as key components of the health sector.

He said the far reaching decision was , aimed at drastically increase the number of healthcare professionals across Borno State so as to bridge existing gaps in citizens-doctors and nurses ratio, and to eventually match the increase of hospitals and primary healthcare centres in the state, 51 of which were established by the administration.

Zulum also stated that approval has been given to the State College of Nursing and Midwifery to begin annual foundation programmes that will aim to admit 200 student nurses and midwives annually, stressing that the foundation will commence with initial 135 student nurses, with five drawn from each of Borno’s 27 local government areas.

The Governor said the State will however enter agreement with all students who will enjoy steady payment of allowances, that on graduation from colleges, they will not leave the State, until after working in the State’s health sector over a period of time, for which they will be paid like other workers.

He said that the State will soon embark on aggressive construction of new staff quarters for doctors, nurses and midwives, to encourage productivity.

Earlier, the Borno state commissioner for Health, Dr. Kwayabura, pledged the commitment of all stakeholders in the health sector to improved access to quality and affordable medical services in line with Governor Zulum’s 10 point agenda.

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