BOKO HARAM: BILL TO ESTABLISH FEDERAL ORTHOPEDIC HOSPITAL IN BORNO PASSES SECOND READING
BY NDAHI MARAMA, MAIDUGURI
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.
Gov. Buni Charge Yobe State Politicians On Youth Empowerment
Gov. Buni Charge Yobe State Politicians on Youth Empowerment
By Cynthia John, Abuja
His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, has charged politicians in the state on youth economic empowerment to promote self reliance and employment opportunities.
Governor Buni gave the charge today when political stalwarts from Zone B, paid him a thank you visit for his support to the Zone.
“Political stalwarts, elites and appointees must invest in the youth through economic empowerment and offering scholarships to those from indigent families to give them a future and to take them away from social vices” he said.
Governor Buni expressed satisfaction with the growing unity in the Zone “We must do away with primordial sentiments such as ethnic differences for us to grow and develop, l am happy with the sense of unity growing in the Zone”.
He said Yobe state is having a fair share of federal appointments under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
“We now have the President of the Senate, the Inspector General of Police, Minister of Power, two justices of the Supreme Court, two court of Appeal justices and a host of others from Yobe state.
“With the Minister of Power coming from our state, this will help in our recovery plan to reconnect communities destroyed by Boko Haram and other rural communities to the national grid.
Leader of the delegation and the state Deputy Governor, Hon. Idi Barde Gubana, commended Governor Buni for giving the Zone a sense of belonging.
” Your Excellency, you have given a true sense of belonging in terms of appointments and citing of projects to Zone B, this has promoted unity in the zone” said the Deputy Governor.
Hon. Gubana assured the Governor that the people of Zone B are absolutely loyal to the leadership of the Governor “we pledge our support and loyalty to you, we will never betray you”.
The Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, commended Governor Buni for his leadership style which serves as a rallying point for the people of Zone B.
“Everyone has that sense of belonging, we also appreciate the support, appointments and execution of projects by your administration in the Zone.
The Minister assured that public office holders from the Zone will complement government efforts in providing employment opportunities to youth through economic empowerment programmes.
“We have an existing account, we will task ourselves and contribute more into the account for economic empowerment of our youth to complement government efforts” the minister assured.
Yobe State Officials Of The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Defect To APC
Yobe State Officials Of The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Defect to APC
By Usman Bello, Damaturu
The Deputy State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Yobe state, Alh. Usman Amale, the Assistant state secretary Ahmadu Biriri and others have defected from PDP to APC collapsing what remains of the opposition party into the ruling party.
Receiving the former PDP officials in Damaturu today, the state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, said they should be part of the movement to salvage Nigeria.
“APC is now a movement that is targeting the unity, progress and development of Nigeria, we are receiving high profile Nigerians from all walks of life, from different backgrounds, cultures, religions and geo-political backgrounds.
“The solution to the problems facing Nigeria lies in the political stability of the country, we should all come together to promote our unity for development” Gov. Buni said.
He informed the defectors that they have equal rights and opportunities like any other member to contribute to the development of Nigeria.
The former PDP Deputy chairman said they had no reason remaining in PDP and apologised for the delay.
“In fact, we had no reason being in PDP because, our leader and Chairman of APC needs the support for political stability in Nigeria” Amale said.
He commended Gov. Buni for his selfless contribution to Nigeria’s growth and development “you made us very proud and we are obliged to support you”.
Adamawa Congress: APC Is The Party To Beat Come 2023-Barr Wali
Adamawa Congress: APC is the party to beat come 2023-Barr Wali
….absence of party critical stakeholders at the congress venue killed members morale
By Tom Garba, Yola
The Congress of APC in Adamawa state has taken so many people to awe state seeing thousands of party loyalists turned to exercise their rights as statutory or normal delegates.
The gathering at Lamido Cinema, venue of the congress election that will see to the party new leadership in Adamawa state as a party die-hard Barr Yakubu Wali described a party to beat come 2023.
According to Wali, a top shot PDP in the State admitted that APC has surprised him seeing the huge gathering of supporters at the venue for the congress.
He said the PDP Man in surprise acclaimed that the party is still Much on the ground, made him to an uncontrollably laughing when he noticed the surprise on his face.
Despite the success of the party’ congress, Yakubu however is not happy with the congresses because of the absence of major stakeholders at the venue of the party congress.
He worried their absence sends a wrong signal to their collective mission to rescue power from the opposition PDP in the State.
” Looking at the venue of the PDP congress at Ribadu Square where you see the former Vice president Atiku Abubakar, the former Governor Boni Haruna and the Current Governor Ahmadu Fintiri at the venue tells you how collectively they are working to achieve a common goal.
“I also looked at the venue of the APC congress in Maiduguri where I saw Governor prof Zulum, Kashim Shettima, and Ali Modu Sheriff were seated together laughing as they engaged themselves in a chat, that tells you how serious they are about APC in Borno state even though PDP Borno only exists as a political party in INEC’s records.
“We love APC and we would have been more courageous, confident, and optimistic if we see this caliber of people at the venue of our APC congress in Adamawa state.
” Imagine seeing, Governor Nyako, Governor Bindow, Governor Bala James Ngilari, SGF Boss Mustapha, FCT minister Mohd Bello, Senator Mana, Senator Binta Masi Garba, Senator Barata, Senator Binani, Senator Cliff, senator Bello Tukur, senator Nyako, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, HE Marten Babale, Dr. Modi Halilu, HE Saad MC, Senator Zungina, Prof Mamman Tahir, Hon, Namdas sitting at Lamido cinema just to observe the exercise of this congress, the message would have been a clear one, APC supporters would’ve been boasted with high morales and will be ready at all the times to do the right thing.
“What do we have to say about the absence of these people at the venue of the APC’s congress? Even if all is wsendsit sends a wrong signal to our collective mission.
“Though there is a time to bring all the stakeholders ers on the desk, the present set of elected party leaders should rise beyond organizing local meetings, they must take it as a matter of priority to bring all these major stakeholders on board, we need Unity in this party, we need collaboration, we need synergy, we need to work as a team and above all we need to rescue power from the opposition.
“I congratulate the newly elected party leaders of our great party, it is my fervent hope that you will all discharge your responsibibyce with the provisions of the party constitute n and with thof e fear of God. Once more congratulations.” Said
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