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Borno Drills 105 Boreholes, Rehabilitates 315 in One year



Borno driils 105 boreholes, rehabilitates 315 in one year

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Ministry for Water Resources has said it has in last one year drilled 105 new boreholes , rehabilitated and maintained 315 existing others accords the state in its efforts to provide portable water to the people of the state.

The Borno state commissioner for Water Resource, Engr Tijjani Goni who disclosed this on Tuesday while speaking to journalists at a press conference to mark One year anniversary of Governor Babagana Zulum in office said ” the ministry completed, complete turn over maintenance of 185KV 6Nos cebtrifigal pump ( high lift pump) in the water treatment plant with the capacity of discharging 560, 000 litre per hour, each”

” The daily production of water in water treatment plant has improves between 28-30 Mtrs per day as at last year to 38-45Mtrs per day as at now, soon we will achieve the design production rate of the facility which is 63Mtrs per day. And also all the daily production must attain the WHO standards before releasing the water to consumer end”, he added.

Engr Goni said ” also during the period under review, the ministry has complete the repair and maintenance of water Works B with 44KW 3nos centrifugal pump with discharge capacity of 170,000 litres per hour, 465,000litres per hours underground water reservoir, 2Nos 259KW/400v, electric power generator and all structures completely rehabilitates ( abandoned by PTF of project since 1998). The facility served all the institutions along Kano road axis, Maiduguri and part of Bulunkutu Abuja among others “.

“The ministry had also completed and commissioned 1 million litres congregate surface tank, 500,000 litres steel corrugated overhead tank with 25m steel stanchion, 12 now deeps boreholes, 30 now 44KW centrifugal pump with a discharge of 220, 000 litre/hr, 1 no, 859 KWA electric generator and 2 no, 11KVA/300v transformers. (Partnership with ICRC)”, Ebgr Goni said.

Others according to the the comissioner, includes “rehabilitation if Amb. Gaji Galtimari Housing Estate ( former CBN quarters) water work facility ( abandoned since commissioned by CBN). Evacuation of sludge and clearing of 2 Now 43,000m capacity each reservoir. Rehabilitation of filter. Wash water recovery tank and clatifuer in treatment Plant ( second time since com missioning)”.

He further explained that to effectively ensure uninterrupted  water suply, the ministry has also within the last one year created a monitirung and evaluation units for effective service delivery, adding thst the ministry has also trained 498 staff in capacity building in performance improvement.

” We are also developing a medium term strategic sector plan of three years to end in 2021 and another one is being developed to provide equitable access to safe and affordable water for all by ensuring effective water reticulation and munize wastage to improve revenue “, he said.


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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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