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Covid-19; BOSG Reverses 2020 Budget From N146.8 to N108 Billion

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COVID 19. BOSG reverses 2020 budget from N146.8 to 108 billion

By Madu Mohammed , Maiduguri

To mitigate the effect of the economic meltdown occasioned by the fall in price of crude oil and Revenue generation’s aworld over , the Borno state government has reduced and reversed it’s 2020 Budget from N146. 8 billion to N108 Billion to accommodate the fall in the price of crude oil and revenue accruing to the state.

While addressing the press on the 2020 Reversed Budget at the Multi Purpose Hall of the Government House Maiduguri, yesterday, the Borno state Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Alhaji Adamu Lawan said the budget was reversed to reshape the priorities of the Government for effective and efficient implementation and for good governance, in the face of the adverse effect of Covid-19 global pandemic.

He said that assumptions were predicated on the budgetary Projections contained in the Budgeting instruments and the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) covering 2019-2021, adding that the amendment was informed by the global pandemic – Covid-19, the response expenditure is central to the reversed budget because the reduction in capital expenditure were largely non-essential and/or administrative purchases.

The budget was projected on the crude Oil benchmark of US $57 per barrel; oil production estimate of 2.18 Million barrel per day; exchange rate of N305/US Dollar; and inflation rate of 12.57%;, increase in Internally Generated Revenue.

“It is to this end, that the Budget sets out to achieve the following broad based fundamental objectivees of strengthening the Security architecture to safeguard lives and properties of our people,, Boost the agricultural sector and forestall food Security and reduce dependency on food aids,” Lawan stated.

The commissioner said “Our gathering here today is principally to highlight the technical aspects of the Reverse budget as approved by the Borno State House of Assembly and assented to by His Excellency on 27th July, 2020.The Original Budget 2020, as you might have been aware of, was tagged BUDGET OF RECOVERY AND STABILIZATION. This is in line with His Excellency’s solemn declaration during his inaugural address that this administration will “build on the solid foundation already laid in the 10-pact transformation agenda to take our beloved State to the NEXT LEVEL”.

” The irginal 2020 budget was N146, 894,221,000 and the reversed budget now stood at N207,;862,;345,000 The original overheard cost stood at N16.64 billion, reversed overheard now N4,395 billion amounting to 26 percent.. Original Budget surplus was N36. 965 as against the reversed budget surplus of N9.323 billion”, Lawan. Said ..

He said the state was also able to  increased it’s Internally Generated Revenue by blocking all leakages and i.proving the revenue base of the state through the newly estatabilhed Borno state Geographic Information System, adding from January to June the state generated more than double if it’s targeted Internally Generated Revenue through the sales of Government assests and blocking of leakages.

Reviewing the 2019 approved budget, the Finance Commissioner recalled that during the 2019 fiscal year, the previous administration budgeted the sum of N144,739,304,000 ffor both current and recurrent expenditure.Out of this, the sum of N80,713,304,000 was for capital expenditure whereas recurrent expenditure was N64,026,173,375.00 while expenditure was financed through an estimated recurrent revenue of N120,266,455,375 and capital receipt of N20,070,837,000″

He assured people of Borno state that the state government under the leadership of Governor Babagana Zulum is committed to transforming.the economy of the state.

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Yobe shifts LG election to February next year

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Yobe shifts LG election to February next year

By Baba Saleh Damaturu

Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) says it shifted the Local government chairmanship and councillorship elections earlier slated for 5th December 2020.

The new date for the election was fixed for 27 February 2021 and new schedule of election activities is currently under reviewed and will be release soon.

The SIEC Executive Chairman Dr Mamman Mohammed stated this in a press conference in Damaturu.

Mohammed said on 4th of September, 2020 the commission released the schedule of activities for the Local Government council elections fixed for the 5th December, 2020 as the date of election.

“On that day, I stated our preparedness to conduct the elections in substantial compliance with the COVID -19 protocols and guidelines as prescribed by WHO

He added that “Regrettably, our State has recently recorded a slight resurgence of the COVID-19 with the two cases confirmed”

“According to him Yobe state government was on top of the situation and the State Ministry of Health has taken positive steps to identify and isolate persons who have been in contact with the incidence cases.

“We are confident that the resurgence of the virus will be contained as it was contained earlier by the committed administration of His Excellency. Hon Mai Mala Buni, and the executive Governor of Yobe State”

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

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Desertification: Borno Government
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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