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Adamawa: The Season of Cabinet Restructuring



Adamawa: Edgar Takes Over Head Of Service From Mandama,
Tangwami Takes Over Chief Of Staff From Abba?

By Adamu Muhammad Dodo

Dr. Edgar Amos, was sworn in last week, as the new head of service, Adamawa state.

While some people were jubilating over the Edgar’s appointment, commending governor Bindow for what they considered as foresighted development the appointment, some other people, especially, the permanent secretaries with their kiths and kins, sympathiser and some civil society gropus with the air about due process, were said to have cried corruption and injustice in public service.

The antagonists for reason of due process, to the Edgar appointment, argued that the question of hierarchy associated with seniority and years of service by means of experience as should, were not taken into consideration in the appointment.

The group recalled with lament that, even the previous appointment of Dr. Luis Mandama as the head of service, was not based on hierarchy.

“There has been injustice right from the appointment of Dr. Luis Mandama as the head of service. He was not by hierarchy, the most senior permanent secretary in Adamawa state civil service. His senior colleagues were shortchanged with the appointment as much as the violation of civil service rule was with impunity violated, when Mandama’s to have been terminated with retirement age was extended with six months and another extension with pseudo contract appointment for additional months,” one of the agitators lamented.

A development the group claimed, was technically aimed at scheming some permanent secretaries among whom the head of service ought to have been appointed.

The fantastic injustice was said to have been ploughing the ground to be able to conveniently plant Edgar as head of service, making good his accelerated appointed from deputy to permanently secretary and with less than one year upgraded experience, to be promoted to head of service, actualising the insinuations nurtured more than seven years ago.

However, one close to the Adamawa state government house, on condition of anonymity said, he has not seen anything criminal with the appointment the Edgar’s. However, whoever, by whatever reason, felt shortchanged, should register their grievances with either the public complaint commission, the character commission or even the EFCC and ICPC for redress.

It has however come to pass. Dr. Edgar Amos remained maintaining the head of service office, exposing the public commentator, to the public comments of commendation and condemnation.

Before the criticism could get to douse down, another insinuated issue was generated, relating to Hon. Felix Tangwami the DG Bindow campaign organisation, fantastically playing the Chief of Staff in disguise?

Tangwami is currently occupying the office meant for chief of staff to the governor and attending to people and files, where Abdurrahman Abbas Jimeta was occupying before transiting to great beyond.

“What is DG campaign to governor Bindow doing in late Abdulrahman Abba’s office?

“DG campaign office should be outside the Government House. Mind you, government house is not a political office,” a public commentator queried.

Indigenes of Jimeta, who were said to have been promised, would not want to be indigent by being shortchanged of the chief of staff office

“Late Abdurrahman Abba Jimeta was from Jimeta. Therefore, any appointment into the office ought to reflect Jimeta, a member said to be with the Jimeta Youth Progressive Association, GYPA, would say.

“There has been agitation, shared on social media previously, by a certain Christian group, arguing out why Christians should not vote to bring back Bindow in 2019. One of the reasons was that Felix Tangwami, who’s better qualified for a chief of staff, was about being manipulated against, to be denied.

“Could Tangwami, acting as chief of staff in disguise and eventually, to be confirmed into the office, hearkening to the call by the Christian group?

“If not, can you find out why and what is Tangwami the DG campaign doing by occupying the office of chief of staff in Adamawa government house?” A critic forwarded the challenge.

It was the question that the Periscope Global Publishers Investigate would want to forward to the commissioner of information Comrade Ahmed Sajoh for clarification by explanation.

However, the contacts of the commissioner, were unavailable up till the time of the press.

It is reserved for followup, kind of update.

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Covid-19: UMTH Inaugurates Newly Equipped Isolation Centre



COVID-19: UMTH inaugurates newly equipped isolation centre

By Musa Askira, Maiduguri

The Chairman Board of Management of University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), Alhaj Hadi Ukasha, has inaugurated the hospital’s newly equipped COVID-19 Isolation Intensive Care Unit.

Speaking at inauguration ceremony on Friday, Ukasha landed Federal Government for the intervention which he described as timely in preparation for any eventually based on the much talked about third wave of the pandemic.

Ukasha who observed that for the past six months there was no admitted case of COVID-19 in the hospital, urged the public to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols as the best way to contain the pandemic.

Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Ahmed Ahijo, said the 36-bed capacity isolation unit comprising 10-bedded Intensive Care Unit was part of Federal Government COVID-19 intervention programme in all Teaching Hospitals and Federal Medical Centres.

Ahijo said with this development, the hospital now has a complete centre with more equipped isolation ward, personal protection equipments and others consumables.

Ahijo said that the hospital has also gotten two new additional testing machines.

“We have ventilators and virtually everything that you need in managing severe COVID-19 cases.

“There is also supportive facilities like the radiology and dialysis section in case of renal failure which is one of the challenges of COVID-19 patients,” Ahijo said.

Also inaugurated by the Chairman board of the Teaching Hospital is a Molecular laboratory.

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BOSG Engages 1000 Hunters to Protect Farmers, Fight Boko Haram



BOSG engages 1000 Hunters to protect farmers, Fight Boko Haram

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

The Borno state government has engaged 1000 Volunteer Hunters to compliment the security agencies in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency, protect farmers in their farmlands, and the rainy season set in.

The Borno State Governor , Prof Babagana Zulum while inaugurating the hunters at Khaddamari, the headquarters of Jere local government area of the state, on Thursday said “the decision to recruit local hunters is primarily informed by the need to involve them in our strategic efforts in pursuing Boko Haram terrorists to their hideouts and subdue them Hunters are also widely known for their bravery, boldness and fearlessness qualities and these, they are expected to bring to bare in discharging their duties “.

He said the Hunters who are conversant with the local terrain and bushes will alongside other security agencies fish out the insurgents and also help provide security for farmers who have been targets of attacks by Boko Haram terrorists and also urged them to fish out Boko Haram terrorists from their hideouts.

It could be recalled that Boko Haram insurgents had on 29th November last year invaded Zabarmari farming community of Jere local government area that resulted into the killing of 43 rice farmers.

The Governor explained that bearing in mind the bravery, fearlessness of the hunters, are in strategic position to offer useful assistance to the Military in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists and “guide them though difficult and inaccessible terrains”.

” Our local hunters have also become part and parcel of our success story because of their active involvement in addressing the security challenges facing the state , which largely prompted us to engage the recruitment of more hunters as an auxiliary security outfit to assist our gallant Military to end the insurgency. “, Zulum added.

Governor Zulum further said “we are doubtlessly aware that our local hunters are conversant with most of the terrain in the state , especially the hot spots and areas vulnerable to attacks. .It is also vital and significant for us to periodic review our security architecture in the state with a view to consolidating current success and forestall future attacks by the insurgents

He assured that his administration will “do everything to ensure that you are able equipped and organised logistic support and in addition to the regular payment of your allowances

” The hunters should know that they have been entrusted with heavy burden which entails lots of responsibility and meticulous discretion to carry out The screened 1000 numbers of Volunteer Hunters that are willing to protect the farming communities in four local government areas of Borno State, Maiduguri Metropolitan Council., Jere , Mafa and Konduga councils ” further stressed.

Governor Zulum said. tasking these group of hunters to take the fight to Boko Haram hideouts so that farmers and businessmen in these communities will have access to their farms and go about there “

Speaking in an interview with journalists the member representing Jere Federal Constituency, Hon Satomi Ahmed said the idea behind volunteer hunters is purely the initiative of his excellency in his quest to improve security of the state and provide protection to farmers in the rural area, who predominantly farmers”.

” More than 6,000 youths turnout are willing to volunteer themselves but the DSS screened 1,000.we will be using them as farmers they provide the security with intelligence”, he added

He said in developed client security and intelligence agencies were actively involved in intelligence gathering and they successfully defeated terrorism. In Nigeria, our major problem is lacks of map roads adding it is high time that Nigeria develop a holistic plan to defeat insurgents.

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Education sector transformation, zulum commissions several school projects in Maiduguri



Education sector transformation, Zulum commissions several school projects in Maiduguri

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

To transform the education sector which was destroyed by the over decade long insurgency in the Northeast, the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has commissioned several projects across five Primary/Junior secondary school executed by the Education Trust Fund (ETF) within Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) and Jere local government areas

The schools were completely rehabilitated and remodelled by the ET, while new classrooms were constructed in its quest to transform the education sector which is the worse hit by the over decade long Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.

It could be recalled that more than 5000 school buildings were destroyed by Boko Haram in primary, secondary and tertiary schools in different parts of Borno since 2009, according to a 2016 report co-authorized by the World Bank, the European Union, Nigeria’s Federal Government and government of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe States which make up the northeast, where the insurgents have been operating.

Speaking at the commissioning and remodeled classrooms, offices projects of ETF held at the Shehu Sanda Kyarimi II primary school, Maiduguri, yesterday said “these projects which are made up of newly constructed classes and remodeled ones are all situated within the metropolis which is home to a large percentage of our IDPs, thereby, providing them with opportunities to ensure their wards attend schools”

“We believe that education remains the bedrock for the development of any society. It is for same reason that the bulk of this year’s budget was allocated to the education sector” Zulum said.

He said in addition to the reconstruction, rehabilitation and remodeling of the existing schools, the government is going recruit 3,000 qualified teachers that will be deployed to various schools to boost education sector this year.

Governor Zulum further stated that the Trust Fund is providing instructional materials and equipment, academic staff training and development as well as facilitating research and publication in schools and educational institutions across Borno.

The Governor promised that before the end of his administration all schools within the metropolis will be rehabilitated and remodeled, while 50 percent of all schools across the 27 local governments areas will also be remodeled.

In her welcome address, chairperson of the trust fund, Professor Hauwa Biu expressed gratitude to Governor Zulum for giving her team opportunity to serve Borno and assured of their sustained commitment towards enhancing the quality of education in the state.

Also in his remarks, the Executive Secretary, Borno State Education Trust Fund, Maina Yaumi said “Today marks yet another historic day in our collective quest to salvage our state.The establishment of the Borno state Education Trust Fund is no doubt a milestone that focuses on the transformation of education in the state. Today, we are happy seeing the fruits of the seeds saw being harvest “

He highlighted the activities of the board in the last one year. Which includes, the rehabilitation, development and consolidation of education at all levels in the state with emphasis on the provision and maintenance of essential physical infrastructure for teaching and learning.

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