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Bill Gates, Dangote and others laud Buni on routine immunization, Primary healthcare

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Bill Gates, Dangote and others laud Buni on routine immunization, primary healthcare

By Daily Hint Damaturu

The co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, the chairman of Dangote Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and the Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, have commended Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State for the steady and “commendable progress” that the state has made in routine immunization and primary healthcare over the past year.

They commended the governor during a teleconference end-of-year review meeting they had with him yesterday on the tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strengthening routine immunization in Yobe State.

Represented by the President of the Global Development Division of the Foundation, Mr Chris Elias, Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Bill Gates, said it was impressive that Yobe scored 94 percent among the six MoU implementing states.

“I commend you for implementing four of the seven highlight commitments of the Seattle Declaration and the progress made so far in primary healthcare implementation. Yobe state is the second highest state at 94 percent…I am glad to see that Yobe state is leading the charge in effort to improve primary healthcare service in Nigeria”, he said.

Dangote also commended Yobe State for the progress recorded in routine immunization. “It is encouraging to note the effort of the state and the traditional institutions in collaborating for routine immunization service coverage and the latest institution of the Wakilin Lafiya initiative which is aimed at further driving demand for primary healthcare services.

“I am particularly excited to see the state taking all necessary step to close the gap between demand and supply for routine immunization and broader primary healthcare services.We also applaud the state for the establishment of data control room and continued commitment in state intervention to further improve data quality and employ the use of data to guide health plans and programme investments”, he said.

Dr Faisal Shuaib of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, the Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire and the UNICEF Country Representative Mr Peter Hawkins also commended Buni for his support to routine immunization and primary healthcare.

All the key meeting participants made suggestions on how the state could improve data collection and management and how it could make more progress in immunization and achieving the polio-free certification that the nation is working to achieve.

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Governor Zulum Flies, Distribute N65M Cash to 8000 Unaccessible Kala-Balge IDPs Households

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Governor Zulum flies, distributes N65m cash to 8000 unaccessible Kala-Balge, IDPs households

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Concerned by the plight of his people, the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has yesterday flew N65m in cash and distributed to 8,000 households widow Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are in critical need of humanitarian assistance in Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge, Nigeria’s remotest local government area, located in Central part of Borno State.

There is no banking services in Kala-Balge while it is impossible to convey food items, hence Governor visit to bring succor to the displaced people of the area.The visit was Zulum’s fifth of similar humanitarian trip to Kala-Balge since he assumed office in May 2019.

It could be recalled that Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge can only be accessed by road through the Republic of Cameroon due to flooded road from a dam discharge in Central Africa which trapped Nigerians in Rann, cutting them from traveling to others parts of Borno and denying them access to farms which are also flooded.

The Villagers mostly buy food supplies from a border village in neighboring Cameroon Republic, for livelihoods.

Zulum, during Saturday’s trip, supervised the N65m cash distribution to families of 8,000 widows and some vulnerable residents in Rann to enable them buy food and other basic needs from the Cameroonian border village.

Each household in the community was given between N10,000 and N5,000 cash because there is no banking service in Rann. During the governor’s visit 5,000 Male householders received N10,000 each, while 3,000 of their female counterparts received N5,000 and 10k bag of rice each.

In all five different visits to the area, the Governor supervised the distribution of food and non-food aid to residents, many of them in critical humanitarian needs.

Before traveling to Kala-Balge, Zulum was in Kaduna on Friday for Northern Governors’ meeting, but he used the trip to inspect some property owned by the Borno State Government in Kaduna town.

The property include Kaduna lodge and palace of the Shehu of Borno, the Governor’s Lodge and Liason Office, Government Staff Quarters, and Borno Hotels and ordered technical evaluation of those properties in need of rehabilitation.

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Borno NLC Gave BOSG 2 Weeks Ultimatum to Remove Head Of Biometric Unit, Probe the So Called Sources Of Funding the Award

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Borno NLC Gave BOSG 2 weeks ultimatum to remove head of Biometric units, probe the so called sources of funding the award

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Borno state has given the Borno state government 2 weeks ultimatum within which to remove the head of Biometric units and constitute a committee to probe award giving to some personality by the units and as well probe the source of funding of the ceremony

The NLC in a press briefing read by it’s state chairman Comrade Bulama Abiso who handed down the ultimatum after a State Executive Meeting held at the Labour House, Maiduguri on Saturday said “the organised Labour therefore demand an investigation into the sources of the fund expended in funding the award ceremony and demand the immediate removal of the head of Biometric unit, in person of Bako Adamu with immediate effect”

“Evidence on ground shows that a lot of workers across the state are yet to be captured or were captured but not paid, deceased benefit not paid, non implimentation of promotion benefits, and annual incrreaent, non payment leave and transport grants for 2017, 2019 and 2020 among other issues burdering on biometric exercise, as such due to this development workers remain hopeless and unattended to..It is therefore surprising a unit responsible for all these hardship and suffering of workers will be dishing out awards to some individuals in total disregard to plight and sensitivity of workers, the NLC therefore questioned the rationale behind the award”, Comrade Abiso queried.

It could be recalled that the biometric exercise which started during the administration of former Borno Governor, Hon. Kashim Shettima 5 years ago still have some issues to attend to.

The Biometric Unit at a colourful ceremony gave an award to Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, former state governor Hon. Kashim Shetima, State Secretary to the state Government (SSG) Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa and Head of Service, Barrister Simon Malgwi, commissioner for Finance, Adamu Lawan, , Commissioner works, Arch. Yerima Sale, Commissioner for RRR, Engr Mustapha Gubio, as well as Barrister Yakubu Bukar, Alh. Mohammed Hassan and Dr Bulama Mali Gubio all former heads of Service and Alhaji Umar Ka’ana, Accountant General of Borno state and some selected Of the unit.

The organised Labour has condemned in its totally the award and demanded for the probe of public fund use in finding the ceremony and removal of the head of unit.

He said since the commencement of the Biometric exercise in 2014, 89 workers have not been captured, 150 pensioners not captured and number of workers captured but not paid, stressing that the units claimed that they have saved over N500 million in an exercise that still has some outstanding issues .

When contacted for hid reactions, the head of the Biometric Unit Bako Adamu said ” I will not comment untill I receive authorization from the head of service”.

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Disengaged N Power Beneficiaries Threatens to Vote Out APC, If FG Refuses to Absorb them in Government Or Pay them Exit Package

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Disengaged N Power beneficiaries threatens to vote out APC, if FG refuses to absorb them in government or pay them exit package

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

A group under the auspecies of N-Power Youths Congress has threatened to vote out All Progressive Congress (APC) , if the Federal Government failed to permanent the over 500 thousand disengaged N-Ppower batch A and B beneficiaries or provide them with exit package to engage in an entrepreneurship business to be self employed.

Addressing a press briefing at the NUJ press centre Maiduguri on Saturday, the National coordinator of the group, Mr.
Joseph Maigari threatened that if the federal government fail to address their request they have no option than to mobilize their over 500, thousand members and their families to vote APC out of power come 2023.

“” The batches A and B N power beneficiaries whom according to the minister of Humanitarian Affair, Disaster Management and social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk were disengaged since the months of June and July respectively. we are not happy for being sent back to the street .we were struggling in different spheres of life to make a living. We were meant to quit the thing we were doing and embraced N power with the promise of being absorbed into the Federal Government scheme at the end of the day”, the group said.

The group said ” we hereby call on the President to please fulfil your promises. Absorb those that want to work as Federal Government staff and give substantial reasonable exit package to those who would like to venture into business and other entrepreneurial enterprises”.

Maigari said ” We the 500,000. A and B the N power beneficiaries calling on the Federal government to respond to our demands. We don’t want to believe that it is only a state of violence, anarchy and doom will make government to listen to the youths grievances”

“in 2029 general elections we were made to understand by the Special Adviser on Job creation to the President, Mr. Afolabi that our Voters Cards determine our permanency. We mobilized ourselves come out en mass to support this government. We spent our money going to Abuja for campaign so as to ensure the President Muhammadu Buhari reelected as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, he added.

The National coordinator said “We are not happy that the Federal Government sent us back to the street without switching us to another program or give us any package. Do they want us to join Boko Haram, kidnaping, Yahoo boys or any other form of criminalities. A situation where repentant Boko Haram Insurgents and militants were being trained and giving packages or federal government jobs.we the N power beneficiaries deserved better. A hungry man is an angry Man”.

He said many of their members have been thrown into hunger and starvation, as they have families and dependants, stressing that even when they were collecting N30,000 was not enough to feed their families, pay electricity and water bills, pay school fees, talk less of looking after their aged parents and relatives.

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