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ADAMAWA: where Government Fails to Provide portable water, Abdu Intervenes In Dollars As a social Responsibility



ADAMAWA: Where Government Fails To Provide Portable Water, Abdu Intervenes In Dollars As a Social Responsibility

…Water vendors may soon leave or source for other jobs in Yola

By Adamu Mohammed Dodo, Yola

  • Assures intervening anywhere there’s a call for portable water
  • Urges politicians to join in such philanthropic gesture, not to wait till electioneering atmosphere

Water vendors who take advantage of the inability of the government to provide portable water to the citizenry, selling at exorbitant rate – nearly unaffordable to the poor – may soon leave Yola or find another source of survival, the residents in Yola South local government area of Adamawa state were heard celebrating.

A technocratic philanthropist, Alh. Abdullahi Ahmed, popularly known as Abdu Dollar has responded to the community calls for water, in the ancient city of Yola – the seat of religious and traditional authority, where flyovers are not earmarked.

“Can one who is thirsty to the point of death think of flying over anything? He would first need his life saved with water”. The residents would remark.

There are taps in houses in Yola but water is not running. Some areas experience floods during rainy season but there is no tap water flooding.

The rich could only sink boreholes where it is possible or build reservoirs or provide water storage facility and contract water trucks to be supplying water to the house as a remedy to the government’s weaknesses in the issue of portable water.

The poor could only trek to where the liberal rich could allow water to be fetched from their houses or should they afford it, would have to make do with water vendors whose source of water is mostly unknown; could be unhealthy.

An estimate of fifteen million naira was said to be presented to the Philanthropist Abdu Dollar as the amount to be sufficient for repairs and servicing of water treatment plants and other items required for efficient and effective provision of water in Yola South local government area.

Having provided the sum, already necessary equipments required to make tap water run without hitches were procured and Abdu Dollar himself has today, Tuesday, April 27, 2021 presented the equipment to the general manager, water board in charge of Yola South.

Dollar said that he responded positively to the collective community cries for water as a social responsibility and for the sake of Allah SWT, adding that whenever and wherever there is need for such intervention he would use his resources to give the necessary attention in the provision of water.

Water is life, nothing can be done without water, will there be purification in religious terms without water? Can the call for water be ignored? How hygienic is the society lacking water? Survival would have been possible in an open desert.

Dollar has called on the politicians to be engaged in such philanthropy as a social responsibility, rather than wait till the electioneering atmosphere.

The electorates, Dollar observed, are now better informed and have redefined the credibility, capacity and capability of those politicians seeking for elective positions.

Benefitting communities include but not limited to the following:

  • Wuro Hausa, Damdu Water Supply and Booster Station.
  • Wuro Hausa Maternity, Malajiri Pumping Station.
  • Yelwa Damare, Mbamoi Pumping Station.
  • Damare Old Police Station Pumping Station.
  • Sanda Water Works Pumping Station.
  • Yola Jippu Jam Pumping Station.

The Periscope has on Monday reported that there has been River Benue between but there is no tap water in Yola; water treatment plants are clearly dysfunctional and water vendors take the advantage, selling twelve jerricans cart at the highest cost ranging from N400 to N500 in other parts of the Yola ancient city.

The floodgate of reactions that greeted the report have revealed nasty water scarcity story in other local government areas of the state.

If fifteen million naira – not one hundred million or a billion naira – donated by an individual would be enough to provide tap water in Yola, it would mean that less than ten billion naira could provide portable water across the state, bearing in mind the River Benue between.

The Yola South community has commended Abdu Dollar’s commitment to philanthropy, recalling how he doled out millions of naira to build state-of-the-art, spacious Friday mosque at Damare ward, how he is intervening in the facelift of the primarily school he attended and how his dollars contributed to the activities of FMC Yola Hospital Paupers Fund, among other interventions.

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Despite 556 Projects in two years, i am not satisfied with what we have done – zulum



Despite 556 projects in 2 years, I am not satisfied with what we have done – Zulum

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

“Despite 556 projects in the two years, I am not satisfied,, in remaining two years of the administration we are going to employ 3,000 teachers and more health workers for the schools and health facilities we constructed and rebuilt,”, Governor, Babagana Zulum of Borno state said.

Governor Zulum said that despite executing over 556 projects in 741 days he is not satisfied and promised to do more in the next coming years.

Governor Babagana Zulum disclosed this while speaking at the event of 2021 Democracy Day and 2 years Anniversary Day which held at the Multi purpose Hall of the Government House, Maiduguri on Saturday said ” I intend to do more in the next 2 years. Yes we have done over 556 projects, and so what? I am still not satisfied with what we have done. “.

” We have built schools, hospitals, health facilities, construct houses, but we need to recruit teachers, health workers including doctors and open up our farmlands for our people to farm and feed themselves”, he added.

He said we “are going to open up more farmlands for our people to farm, we are also going to open up all our roads and resettle the people of Lomani, Gajibo, Abadam, Mallamfatori, Kareto, Sandiya, Kirawa and Dalwa we have resettled our IDPs. We will open our farm. Nobody will stop us”

The Governor also said, the state government will establish State Independent Corrupt practices and other Related Commission (SICPC) to prosecute any chairman or government official that steals government funds

To raise the standard of education, Governor Zulum said the state government is going to recruit 3,000 more teachers, in addition to the recruitment of more doctors and health workers .

Highlighting the achievement of Governor Zulum led administration, the Borno state Commissioner for Information Hon Babakura Abba Jatau said in last two years the government of Prof. Zulum has delivered over 556 projects .

The Democracy Day, was attended by Governor Zulum, National and State Assembly members, traditional rulers, party leaders, heads of security agencies and top Government officials..

Jato, during his graphic presentation said 70% of the 556 projects have been fully completed with many been put into use, while 30% are at various levels of completion, adding that the 556 projects do not include policies and programs even when most of them are capital intensive.

Giving breakdown of the projects, Jato explained that 194 capital projects were delivered on education, and they encompass rehabilitation, completion and fresh construction of mega-size Government technical colleges and primary schools in different communities.

He noted that 63 capital projects were delivered on Governance, and another 63 capital projects on roads, transport, rural and urban development while 59 capital projects were delivered on water and environment.

The Commissioner also said that Zulum delivered 58 capital projects on health, which include establishment of 74 primary healthcare centres, new doctors’ quarters, and overhaul of 8 hospitals in MMC, Biu, Damboa, Monguno and Magumeri.

He explained that 53 capital projects were delivered on reconstruction rehabilitation and resettlement, which involve more than 6,000 resettlement houses for IDPs and refugees in 15 towns. Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has since approved 10,000 resettlement houses in Borno State, with 4,000 already completed.

Jato noted that 28 capital projects on jobs creation, youth empowerment and humanitarian support which include an all-inclusive vocational training centre with 14 workshops for capacity development of 1,500 persons per annum. He said 15 capital projects were delivered on commerce and industry; 13 capital projects on agriculture and 10 capital projects were executed on security.

He also recalled that monthly allowances of volunteers in the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes was increased, while over 700 vehicles and other logistics were needed to enhance their operational roles of complementing armed forces in fighting Boko Haram.

However, reacting to the achievemdnt of Governor Zulum in the last two years,, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Borno state, Alhaji Usman Mahdi Baderi alleged that, the people of the state have nothing to celebrate the Democracy Day and the two – years Anniversary of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum.

He insisted that, the lingering insecurity is disturbing the lives of each and everyone, due to inability of the Government to address the root cause, and nip it in the bud.

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We have executed 556 Projects in two years, despite insurgency – Governor zulum



We have executed 556 projects in two years, despite insurgency – Governor Zulum

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Despite the Boko Haram insurgency, the Borno state government under the leadership of Governor, Babagana Zulum has executed 556 projects within two years of the administration.

Governor Babagana Zulum who disclosed while addressing the citizens of the state in a State Broadcast to Mark 2021 Democracy Day on Saturday said “With shared commitments and with the strong goodwill, support and prayers from you, the people of Borno State, we are delivering 556 capital projects with 70% of the total already completed while 30% are at various completion levels.

“Our projects, done with your support,”. include 194 capital projects on education, which encompass rehabilitation, completion and fresh construction of Mega-size government technical colleges and primary schools in different communities. We have 63 capital projects on governance, and another 63 capital projects on roads, transport, rural and urban development. 59 capital projects are being delivered on water and environment; while on health, we are delivering 58 capital projects that include establishment of 74 primary healthcare centres across local government areas, rehabilitation of 8 General and specialist hospitals in MMC, Biu, Damboa, Monguno and Magumeri., Governor Zulum added.

Governor Zulum said “on Reconstruction Rehabilitation and Resettlement which involve estates combining over 6,000 resettlement houses for IDPs and Refugees in 15 towns. I am happy to once again, acknowledge, that His Excellency, Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has since approved 10,000 resettlement houses in Borno State. I am also happy to note substantial number of these houses have been completed with more ongoing.”

The governor said “In these two years, we have together, witnessed continued turbulence even though in the midst of shared hope, shared optimism, shared faith, shared resilience and communal determination to ceaselessly devote ourselves to freeing our Borno from 12 years of vicious insurgency. “

While stating his effort’s to ensure restoration of peace back to the state, Governor Zulum said ” as part of that commitment, we, from our first day in office, made security our number one priority. This is in recognition of the fact that the fundamental duty of any Government is to ensure the safety of citizens to such a level that citizens themselves feel they are safe.”

“In our first week in office, we interfaced with thousands of our volunteers from the civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes, and we increased their monthly allowances, in addition to allocating to them more patrol vehicles and other logistics needed to enhance their operational roles of complementing armed forces in fighting Boko Haram, he further explained.

He further stated that ” in our combined approach, we took aggressive steps of recruiting thousands of hunters from different parts of northern Nigeria, mobilized and deployed them to accelerate our support for the military.. We made it a policy that in all our 27 local government areas, volunteers were strengthened with additional recruitment, surveillance vehicles and other gadgets.”

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Boko Haram: Bill To Establish Federal Orthopedic Hospital In Borno Passes Second Reading





Following devastation posed by members of dreaded Boko Haram sect which left many people including  security operatives sustained various degrees of fractures in the North East, a Bill seeking to establish National Orthopedic Hospital which is to be sited in Azare, the headquarters of Hawul Local Government Area of Borno State passed a Second Reading at the floor of the National Assembly.

The Hospital when established would complement that of the National Orthopedic Hospital, Kano state, which is the only federal health institution vested with treatment of all kinds of fractures in the North.

Member representing Hawul/Askira Uba federal constituency in Borno state, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, yesterday sponsored the Bill at the floor of the lower chamber which was monitored from National Assembly Television by our Correspondent in Maiduguri.

The House therefore, considered the Bill to amend the Orthopedic Hospital Management Board Act 2004, to provide for the establishment of the National Orthopedic Hospital, Azare. 

Moving his motion, Dr Mshelia who is the Chairman House Committee on Covid -19 said, “we are all aware for the last 11 years in the North East, we have been having violent issues perpetrated by terrorists/ insurgents which led to so many broken bones and injuries, unfortunately, the only closest existing and functional Orthopedic Hospital is located in Kano which is about 500kms drive from the hotbed of the insurgency.

” This has forced many people/victims to move far away to access these services Azare, which is the Council Headquarter of Hawul Local Government, is centrally located in the North East zone, where if you move 150kms in all directions, you will reach all the other five states in the zone.

“Your Excellency, Hawul Local Government has another General Hospital just 12kms in Marama that provide general Health Services. Azare has a 125 -beded Hospital which can easily be converted to the Orthopedic Hospital with large land mass for expansion, Quarters for Staff.

” If this Bill is approved, the services would be provided not only to the people in the North East, but to other people in the neighbouring countries of Chad, Cameron and Niger.

“We are giant of Africa and people living in other African countries look up to us, so I urged my respectful colleagues to support this Bill which will serve humanity, and not only the people of Borno state alone. I so move Mr Speaker.” Dr Mshelia said.

After a thorough debate by the sponsor and other members of the House of Representatives, the Bill passed a Second Reading.

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