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Boko Haram; We are the most affected FG Parastatals – MD CBDA

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Boko Haram, we are the most affected FG parastatals – MD CBDA

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri.

The CBDA the most affected Federal Government agency that suffered wanton destruction by the over decade long Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast, the Managing Director Chad Basin Development Authority ( CBDA), Engr Abba Garba said

The MD Engr Abba Garba who made the disclosure when he received Leadership of the Borno state Correspondents of the NUJ on a courtesy Call in his Office in Maiduguri on Monday said “the Boko Haram has destroyed our machines in Marte,, destroyed over 500 houses belonging to the authority in new Marte, and over 80 houses in Ngala, as well as 11 pickup vehicles.

He said “due to the worsening security situation, we were asked to vacate Marte on 4th, November, 2014 to allow the military carry out it’s operations. As i am speaking to you our facility is housing the headquarters of the 5 Brigades if the Nigerian Army.”

*In our efforts to address the roots cause of the insurgency and also create livilihood to the returning Internally Displaced PersonsI(DPs), the CBDA in partnership with the Borno state government to reactivate the Chad Basin irrigation scheme. We have commenced the cultivation of 150 heaters if land”, the MD added.

Engr. Garba further said ” we have engaged in youths empowerment programmes in our efforts to take the youths from the streets through irrigation, fishing and poultry farming. To achieve that, the Authority has also engaged in desalting of Yobe and Hadeja rivers which is capable of creating jobs to over 13 million people”.

He stated that ” we are seeking the partnership and support of the media to drive our post insurgency development activities through effective coversge of our activities”.
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Earlier, the Borno state Chairman of the Correspondents chapel, Alhaji Haruna Dauda Biu said ” the insurgency has been lingering for long and CBDA has suffered a lot. We are here to see how we can partner with your Authority to change the narrative of the state,more especially in our post insurgency development process.”.

” As journalists that saw how the insurgency started, we I want change the narrative, so that those outside Borno should now activities are going on in the state. We assured you that we are going to partner and work with you to change the narrative”, Biu said.

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Security: Governor Mai Mala Buni chairs stakeholders meeting

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Security: Governor Mai Mala Buni Chairs Stakeholders Meeting

By Madu Mohammed, Damaturu

His excellency, Honourable Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state has commended the determination and commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari, the military as well as other security operatives towards ending insurgency among other security challenges bedevilling the country.

Buni made the commendation while declaring open a one-day stakeholders meeting on security held at the Government House in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

The governor stated that people in Yobe State and the North-East region generally have in the past found it difficult to pursue daily economic and social activities, expressing happiness that due to the efforts of the military among other security operatives, the region is now enjoying relative peace.

“Therefore, when we compare then and now, we definitely have every reason to say ‘Alhamdulillah’ to appreciate our present situation so that Allah (SWT) may further improve the situation for us.

“I would like to seize this opportunity to specially appreciate His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR for his continuous determination and commitment to end insurgency in Nigeria.

“We must also appreciate members of the Nigeria armed forces, the para military organizations and members of the Vigilante organizations for the sacrifices made to ensure we have peace and security in our state and country,” Buni said.

The governor equally commended the resilience of the people of the area for withstanding the obnoxious criminal activities of the insurgents for the last 10 years.

“This indicates that, collectively we can always succeed and triumph over evil. It is just a matter of time, Insha Allah.

“Let me once again appreciate you the good people of Yobe state for demonstrating uncommon statesmanship and patriotism in last year’s ENDSARS nationwide protest when you collectively and unanimously refused to join the protest despite mouth-watering enticements,” Buni added.

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Governor zulum approves N624M for payment of scholarship of 23,776 Borno tertiary students

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Governor Zulum approves N624m for payment of scholarship of 23, 776 Borno tertiary students

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has released the sum of N624.3m for payment of scholarship to 23,776 citizens of Borno State in 49 tertiary schools across Nigeria.

The Borno state Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation,Dr Babagana Mustapha Mallambe who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, said that payments to students have already began with N320m paid to students in nine institutions, under the first batch while second batch of students will start getting payment on Monday, January 18, with the sum of N304.3m to be disbursed

Dr. Mallambe said “from a total of N624,370,000 approved and released by His Excellency, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, for scholarship to 23,776 Borno students, the ministry has disbursed N320m under the first batch, to students in nine tertiary schools located in Borno State”

“Those paid include part 4 and 5 students of University of Maiduguri, students in Borno State University, Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri, Sir Kashim Ibrahim College, College of Education Waka – Biu, Mohammed Goni College of Legal and Islamic Studies, College of Business Administration Konduga, Umar Ibn Ibrahim College of Education, Science and Technology-Bama and those in Mohammet Lawan College of Agriculture” , the commissioner added.

He further explained , that from Monday, January 18, 2021, the ministry will begin the disbursement of another N304,370,000 to Borno students in 40 higher institutions across Nigeria.

Dr Mallambe also said that Governor Zulum had approved financial support to resident doctors of Borno origin located in different parts of the country, to enable them fund capacity development programmes that would be potentially beneficial to Borno people in the long run.

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Yobe Governor sworn-in 2 female high court judges, grand khadi

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Yobe Governor sworn-in 2 female high court judges, grand khadi 


By Ajikolo lawan Musa Damaturu 


His excellency, Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state, has on Saturday the 16/1/2021 sworn-in acting grand khadi Babagana Mahdi and 2 high court judges and 2 khadis of sharia courts in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital. 
Buni described the occasion as a milestone in repositioning the integrity of the judiciary and promoting speedy dispensation of justice in the state, saying that the appointments were strictly on merit.
The appointments of their lordships, the acting grand khadi, the high court judges and khadis of sharia courts were strictly done on merit and in conformity with the powers conferred on me. 
All, he said were in accordance to the section 174 subsection 2, section 27 subsection 2 and section 276 subsection 2 of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as amended, he said.
Others sworn in were the 2 female high court judges Hadiza Musa and Amina shehu along 2 khadis of the sharia court, khadi Bashir inuwa and khadi Abba like

The Governor called on the new appointees to justify the confidence reposed on them, stressing as we celebrate your new appointments, let’s quickly remind you that so much is expected of you, to justify this new appointments.
Discharging your civic duties with utmost transparency and in fairness to all persons, irrespective of tribe, religious status or political differences, for the judiciary to truly remain the last hope of a common man in the society. 

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