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We have to develop master plan, prioritize our needs to develop the region – Governor Zulum Tells NEDC

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We have to develop master plan, prioritize our needs to develop.the region – Governor Zulum tells NEDC

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Governor,Babagana Zulum of Borno state has called for the development of master plan and prioritization.of needs for the North East Development Commission (NEDC) to effectively develop the region.

Governor Babagana Zulum made the call when the members of the Senate Committee on Special Duties paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Maiduguri on Wednesday said ” the crisis in the North East is now in it’s 12 years and it has created severe humanitarian needs in the region. In Monguno alone we have over 300,000 internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) . The last time we were iin Monguno we distributed food items and cash worth over N1 billion which cannot take them more than one month. The only solution to this us to create access for people to go back home and have access to their farmland”.

” The Nexus between peace, security and development cannot be over emphasis, because unless there is peace and security there cannot be development. We therefore urge your committee and NEDC to invest in the security for the people to go back to their communities and have access to their farmlands. government cannot afford to be giving handout to it’s citizens”, the governor stated.

Governor Zulum said ” we want your committee to look into the security in the Northeast . The last time the commission distributed 100 vehicles to the police, Army, Airforce NSCDC, , hospitals among others which is commendable. We also need to address the root cause of the insurgrncy which are unemployment, illiteracy, environment degredatioon, poverty among others”.

He said the commission need to partner with the Northeast Governor’s Forum to prioritize its intervention within the next 19 years in the region for maximum benefit, adding that with the scares resources all needs of the region cannot be a achieved but with proper planing and prioritization of projects a lot of impacts will be made..

Earlier speaking, the Chairman of Senate committee on Special Duties which supervised NEDC, NEMA others, Senator Yusuf Yusuf said ” we are here on a oversight function and also to see how best we can interface with the NEDC, the Northeast Governor’s Forum and other stakeholders to effectively achieve the mandate if the commission.

He said ” the NEDC basically has two mandates, humanitarian interventions and development. The commission within the last one year has done alot in humanitarian interventions and development. The NEDC has procured vehicles to security operatives, provision of humanitarian assistance and is ready to train o er 20,000 youths”.

He commended Governor Zulum for been courageous and standing for his people and working hard for the restoration of peace back to the state, adding that the likes of Governor Zulum is what the country needs.

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

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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

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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

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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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