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Borno Governor Present to the Public a compendium of his one year in office

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Borno Governor present to the public a compendium of his one year in office

By Madu Mohammed,Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state presented to the public a compendium of.his one year.in.office with commendation on the members of press for supporting his administration and making his efforts known to the world, which has attracted a lot of commendation and endeared him to many people across the globe.

The compendium which has 299 pages consists of 336 stories, analysis, opinions and editorials published by various print, radio, television and online media organisations both locally and internationally.

Governor Babagana Zulum while making the commendation at the official presentation of compendium of his first year in office ” tagged ” First Vedict” which held at the Government House Maiduguri on Monday said “I thank members of the press for supporting me and made my efforts not only known to the people of Borno state but the world in general”. You stood with us in Borno throughout the tick and tin despite the Boko Haram Insurgency”

” Your stories has attracted a lot commendation and awards to me and endeared me to many people without which it wouldn’t be.possible. This compendium which consists of my stories, reports, speeches, opinions, and editorials will serve as a research decument to students of history, security and governance and others who has interest “, the governor added.

He said ” the history of Nigeria and democracy cannot be complete withouts the contribution of the media.. I also want to appreciate the management of Tell Magazine for giving me special recognition with Special award for ” courage and leadership” these your compendium and award Is a challenge to me to do more”.

” I assure you I will do more. InshaAllah I Will be more committed and determined to . As I have been saying nobody has the right to take my life. It is only God. We will continue to do our best in providing services to the people.as I took oath to do so *, Zulum added.

Earlier, the compendium reviewer, Professor Danjuma Gambo of the University of Maiduguri said ” the stories opinions, analysis and editorials were independently written by the reporters, and media organisations without been sensored that us why the compendium is a real.verdict “.

He said ” in my life as practicing journalist and a teacher, I have not seen this kind of compendium because usually this kind of compendium were compiled at the end of.the tenure of the governor but this compendium titled ” the verdict ” was compiled in the first one year of Governor Zulum’s in office”

While presenting Tell Special Award as Governor of the Year for Courage in Leadership (2020) to Governor Zulum, the President of the Tell Magazine, Mr. Nosa Igiebor said “Congratulations sir” leadership entails courage, commitment to the ideals of selfless service and unwavering dedication to pursue the service for the benefits of the people you lead and serve. Since your assumption of office as Governor, you have consistently demonstrated these sterling qualities of leadership.”

“Your style and substance are unmistakable and a welcome breath of fresh air to Nigeria’s sterile political space of self-aggrandisement. We are, indeed, very impressed by your resolve and determination to succeed in your mandate of delivering the dividends of democracy to the long-suffering people of Borno. While some other state administrators, including those whose domains enjoy relative peace, reel out excuses to the citizenry, you have remained undaunted in fulfilling your promise to a state that is under siege, added.

He said “Your boldness to state things in black and white no matter the circumstances, has endeared you to many. In short, you have become the voice of the voiceless as you have proven that government is not for the fainthearted, neither is timidity or criminal silence a prerequisite for real term growth and development.”

Governor Zulum, in response, expressed appreciation to the management of Tell Communications, saying he considered the award, a challenge to do more.

Similarly, the Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, had earlier preside over the swearing his new Chief of Staff, , Professor Isa Hussain Marte.

The appointment of Professor Isa Marte as a result of the demised of the Late Chief of Staff Babagana Wakil who died about 50 days ago.

Governor Zulum said ” this occasion cannot be complete without paying tribute to my Late Chief of Staff Babagana Wakil who served deligently and contributed to the 10 point agenda of this administration”

In his vote of thanks, the new Chief of Staff, Prof. Isa Marte assured the governor and people of Borno state that he will do.his best to fill in.the vacum created by the demise of Late Chief of Staff.

 

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Desertification; Borno Government Flags Off Planting Of 1 Million Tree Seedlings

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Flags off planting of 1 million tree seedlings

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri he

To fight desert and desertification and others the environmental challenges, the Borno state Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, has flagged off 1 million Tree planting campaign for the planting of 1 million seedlings.

While flagging off the 2020 Tree planting Campaign at the Borno state University, Maiduguri on Wednesday with a Theme “Tree for Restoration” Governor Zulum said “this year tree planting campaign which is first of it’s kind in the last 10 years . Today’s event as the theme implies ” Tree for Restoration” is very much necessary as the bilateral pressure from desertification, deforestation, soil erosion coupled with poverty and insecurity have destroyed most trees.”.

“This occasion demonstrates the government commitment in Pursuance of my 10 point agenda which entails tree planting to encourage Agro Forest
and environmental restoration ” It is very apparent that human activities like bush burning illegal tree felling has continuously put pressure on our already fragile ecosystem, thereby threatening food security”, the governor added.

He further stressed that “the geographical location of the state at (Lat 11 N of the equator ) which is among the Frontline states facing the desertification challenge in Nigeria. The government is seriously concerned and committed in reversing the scenario so as to save our people and Environment.”

He said to address the environmental challenges the state government has already commenced raising of some seedlings and the annual 1 Km desert reclamation programme which is handled by the Ministry of environment, saying that . “at this juncture, government has made it a policy henceforth made it a policy that all construction work should be accompanied by planting of trees to cushion the environmental impact of such developmental projects.”.

” The government has also provide alternative source of energy to firewood in form of gas cookers wood efficient stoves.. After this exercise. Install direct all local government area councils, clubs associations and individuals to liaise with the state ministry of environment to collect tree seedlings for planting at designated centres, he said.

The governor therefore solicited for a greater collaboration with Federal ministry of environment National Agency for Great Green wall . and NGOs to ensure sustainable and serene environment

Earlier, the State Commissioner of Environment, Hon. Modu Walama said one million species of trees including those with commercial values will be planted across the Nine Local Government Areas of the state.

“The last time tree planting campaign was carried out in the state was over a decade due to the insurgency and other factors . Commended the governor for giving the ministry the go ahead and approving the fund to raise 1 million seedling for planting across the state. I urge you your Excellency to make tree planting a condition for construction of all government constructions works,” he added.

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Borno government launches free maternal care services with over N80 million worth of drugs, delivery kits

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Borno government launches free maternal care services with over N80 million worth of drugs, delivery kits

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In it’s efforts to reduce maternal mortality rate and improve healthcare delivery, as well as transportation challenges the Borno state government has launched free maternal health services to pregnant women and nursing mothers across the state and distribution of ambulances to 71 Healthcare facilities across the state.

While Launching the Free Maternal scheme and presentation of free drugs to General Hospitals and health facilities in the state, which held at Medical stores in Maiduguri on Wednesday, Governor Baba gana Zulum said “this administration is today launching a free antenatal and maternal drugs and services in order to reduce maternal maternity rate in the state and also to see improve healthcare delivery in line with our 10 point agenda”.

“If you go to our hospital across the state, you will see women in their numbers attending antenatal and most of them does not have money to buy drugs. As from today women across the 71 health facilities across the state should receive free health services drugs and delivery kits”. The governor added.

Governor Zulum said ” I directed all Managing Directors, the Hospital Management Board and the ministry to ensure that pregnant women across the state get free delivery kits, drugs and services. I also call in the PMOs to furnish to my office with the analysis of the scheme for one months to enable us plan and ensure sustainability of the scheme”.

He said ” to ensure the sustainability of the scheme, the state government will therefore, set aside N1 billion in the 2021 budget and subsequent budgets, I therefore directed the ministry and , the Hospital Management Board to ensure the ambulances are maintained regularly”.The PMOs should ensure funds are made available to maintained these ambulances”

Earlier, the Borno state commissioner for Health , Dr Salihu Kwayabura said “according to the data from the 2018 National Demographic Health survey NDHS , 51 percent of all pregnant women in Borno state received quality antenatal care ,however only 26 percent deliver in the hospital under skilled attendance”

.Dr Kwayabura Represented by the Director Medical Services, Dr. Buba Mahalia said “furthermore, transportation to the health facility was recognizes as a major challenge. The government of Borno state , especially, this administration is ever committed to reversing this ugly trend and improving the health of the people generally. It is in recognition of this that a lot of investment has gone into Infrastructure, Human resources, equipment and technology and referral systems

“Before you here today are various drugs and medical consumables worth N80 Million for distribution free of charge to 51 major Primary Health care facilities and 24 functional secondary health care facilities across the state .They includes 5000 antenatal care registrational cards, 3000 tin of fersolate, folic acid and B complex each containing 1000 tablets, over 2500cartons of infusion drips and assocesties, magnesium sulphate, 5000 doses of misoprisol and 1000 doses of oxyyicin to address the challenges of excessive bleeding and obstructed labour ., The commissioner added.

Dr Kwayabura further said ” Your Excellency I present to you 16 ambulances and 33 tricycles ambulance to ease transportation and strengthen referrals . This singular major investment in the health sector is intended to compliment the investment in infrastructure, human resources for health and equipment that has been deployed a cross various parts of the state.”

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Governor Zulum Appoints Alh. Mustapha Umar Aliyu As New Emir of Biu

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Governor Zulum Appoints Alhaji Mustapha Umar Aliyu as New Emir of Biu

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor , Prof. Babagana Zulum has approved the appointment of His Royal Highness, Alhaji Mustapha Umar Mustapha Aliyu as the new Emir of Biu following the demised of his father Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu who died on Tuesday 15th September, 2020.

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state made the appointment in a letter conveyed in a message delivered to the new Emir by the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Kadafur and the Secretary to the Borno State Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa on Monday in Biu.

The letter reads ” His Royal Highness, Alhaji Mustapha Umar Mustapha Aliyu ( Midala), is hereby appointed as first class Emir of Bayo to be known and recognized as “Emir if Biu” comprising of Biu, Bayo Hawul and Kwaya Kusar local government areas with the headquarters in Biu”.

Governor Zulum said ” in exercise of the power conferred on the Executive Governor by section 7(1) of the Borno state Local government laws 2020 and Section 5 of the Chief’s (appointment and dethronement) Law. Cap. 25 of Borno state 1994 following order, “.

“The order may be cited as First Class of Emir Biu appointment order 2020.”, the letter added.

The Emir is expected to be turbaned at a letter date after some traditional rites in accordance to the culture and traditions of the Emirate.

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