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Borno Convenes Town hall Meeting To Get Inputs From Electorates For 2022 Budget



Borno Convenes Town Hall meeting to get inputs from electorates for 2022 budget

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning has convened an interactive Town hall meeting to get inputs from its citizens for the 2022 budget in its efforts to entrench participatory democracy,.

The Town Hall meeting which was introduced by the present government is the third in the series since the present government came on board in 2019.

Speaking at the Town Hall meeting, held at the Multipurpose Hall of the Government House, Maiduguri, the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum said “democracy is the government of the people for the people, we are gathered here to get the contribution for the 2022 budgets for the people by the people”.

The Governor represented by his Chief of staff Prof Isa Hussaini said * the last budgets of the 2020, and 2021, education and health have the lion share, because education and health are two critical sectors of development, the infrastructure sector such as road are also critical, because it help our farmers to transport their goods from the villages to the market, as you all know Agriculture is one of the cardinal pillar of our 25 Development Plan and 10 point strategic initiatives”

He said government has also selected 9 local government areas, 3 each from the Borno South, central and Northern senatorial districts for urbanisation, to curb rural urban migration.

Also in his address, the Borno state Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic planing, Hon Adamu Lawan said ” in order to ensure participation of the citizens in the budget preparation and implementation, the ministry has constituted a budget working group. It is our sincere believe that at the end of this Town Hall meeting, the needs of the people will be reflected,”

” I want to assure you that the technical team will pen strictly take all your contributions in the preparation and implementation of the 2022 budget”, the commissioner added.

In her welcome address, the permanent Secretary, ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic planing, Hajiya Maryam Shehu said the world is becoming a global village due to sophistication in technology, hence the need to carry along the electorates in the budget preparation, implementation and monitoring “.

She said ” the organization of this Town Hall meeting is part of the reform of the ministry to involve the electorates to participate in the budget and governance process”.

In their contribution, the community leaders, represented by the District head of Dushman, Alhaji Abba Kyari urged government to in cooperate the issue of employment, job Creation and agriculture in 2022 budget.

In its presentation on behalf of the working Journalists, the chairman, Borno state council of the NUJ, Comrade Bulama Talba called for the involvement of the media and CSOs at various stages of budget preparation and implementations as well as strengthen budget tracking and performance

*The union wish to register its profound appreciation and commendation to the Ministry of Finance, budget and economic planning for imbibing International best practices in its mandate one of which is this gathering for citizens input.,” the NUJ added.

In their separate contributions the Network for Civil Society, National Youth Council, and People Living with Disability called on the government to replicate similar Town Hall meetings in the 3 senatorial districts, construct houses for the people Living with Disability (PWD) by establishing PWD village and job Creation.

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Zulum, Dantata, Adadevoh Get Fellowship From National Post Graduate Medical College



Zulum, Dantata, Adadevoh get fellowship from National Post Graduate Medical College

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, foremost businessman and elder statesman, Alhaji Aminu Alhassan Dantata and late Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh (who died in August 2014, fighting Ebola spread) have been conferred honorary fellowship by the National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria located in Lagos.

The fellowships, presented at the 39th Convocation Ceremony of the College, held on Wednesday with physical and virtual attendance, were in recognition of contributions made by the recipients to societies in Nigeria.

Zulum’s fellowship was received by Borno’s Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, who led a small delegation to the convocation while Zulum addressed participants virtually. The Governor was one of the five recipients of the Fellowship from northern Nigeria.

The Governor, speaking on behalf of Dantata and Adadevoh, appreciated the National Post Graduate Medical College for huge contributions to the Nigerian health sector and for recognition to the recipients of the College’s fellowship.

The Governor said Borno State government will partner with the college to enhance healthcare service in the state and appealed to the Resident Doctors to call off there strike for the sake of humanity.

The Governor assured to work closely with the National Postgraduate Medical College with a desire to sustain the quality of the health sector.

Minister of State for Health, Adeleke O. Mamora, lauded the College for its training programmes aimed at repositioning the health sector with skill and quality of doctors.

Earlier, president of the College, Dr. Musa Muhammad Borodo, said the 39th edition of the Convocation is being held both physically and virtually due to COVID-19 safety protocols.

The College has, since its establishment in 1979, produced 7000 fellowships by examination in various specialties in Medicine and Dentistry, while 309 are graduating at the 39th Convocation ceremony.

There were goodwill messages from Medical Colleges in Ghana, Liberia, the National Medical and Dentist Council among others.

Borno Deputy Governor attended the Convocation alongside Senator Abubakar Kyari, the Speaker Borno State House of Assembly, the Chief of Staff, Commissioners of Health and Information, Vice Chancellors of University of Maiduguri and Borno State University.

Chief Medical Directors of UMTH, the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital and Borno’s Hospital Management Board, Special Adviser Liaison Services and Senior Special Assistant on Media also accompanied the Deputy Governor.

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Borno Federal Lawmaker, MT Monguno Again Disburses N20 Million to Empower Local Farmers, Traders



Borno Federal Lawmaker, MT Monguno again disburses N20 million to empower local farmers,traders

By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri

Member representing Marte, Monguno and Nganzai federal constituency, who is the Chief Whip, Rt. Hon Mohammed Tahir Monguno, in collaboration with the Centre for Management Development (CMD) donated the sum of N20 million and sponsored 3-Day Agricultural Workshop for 400 beneficiaries in Faulty Goat and Fish Farming as well as Soap Making.

Just early last month August, 2021, a total of N10 million was donated by the Lawmaker to improve seed varieties to over 200 farmers across the constituency.

In his opening remarks yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, Monguno disclosed that, 400 participants are to receive traning in different categories, and cash donations ranging from N50,000 to N60,000 each as starter kits.

Represented by Hon Gadau Ali Gadai, the Chief Whip said, agriculture remained the mainstay and occupation of the people in his constituency, adding that, this is not the first time gesture,  as he periodically gave them incentives for over a decade by supporting the people with fertilizers, improved seed varieties, free tractors, trainings and retrainings to enable them cope with modern and easy methods of farming.

“These initiative, as you can see, have greatly assisted and will lift my people out of poverty, even as we would not relent”. Monguno stated.

In his goodwill message, Special Assistant to governor Babagana Umara Zulum, Hon Abatcha Ma’aji hailed the Lawmaker for his foresight and commitment towards uplifting vulnerable groups in the society earn a good means of livelihood. 

While enumerating some of the projects executed by MT Monguno, Hon Ma’aji said “the Monguno Water Project executed by the Lawmaker, which is worth more than 560 Million Naira has been completed and awaiting commissioning, while similar project has commenced a couple of days in Gajiram in Nganzai Local Government Council, with another same project which is in the pipeline to the good people of Marte Council area.

He noted that, this is in addition to 196 all-in-one solar system streetlights that were conveyed to Monguno, 200 streetlights installed in Nganzai last two months ago, as well as 111 streetlights that were handed over to Marte resettlement committee for installation. 

The workshop was attended by the ruling APC stakeholders from the constituency including the Chairmen and secretaries of the three councils.

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APC Releases Timetable For October 2 State Congresses



APC Releases Timetable for October 2 State Congresses

By Chikode Owerum, Abuja

The nationwide State Congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to elect Party executives has been fixed for Saturday, 2nd October, 2021.

According to the approved schedule of activities for the Party’s state Congresses, sale of forms will commence from Wednesday, 15th September to Monday 27th September, 2021.

Screening of aspirants for State executive positions will take place from Wednesday 29th to Thursday 30th September, 2021. Appeals arising from State Congresses is scheduled from 9th to 16th October, 2021.

On the cost of nomination forms, aspirants for the position of State Chairman will purchase forms at the cost of N100,000. Deputy State Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer aspirants will pay N50,000. Aspirants for the position of Senatorial Chairmen are to purchase forms at N50,000; Senatorial Youth Leader N30,000 and other offices N30,000.

Female aspirants and physically challenged aspirants are to pay 50% of the prescribed fees for each position.

Equally, the party congratulates members on the just concluded Local Government Area (LGA) Congresses and urges those who may have been dissatisfied with the exercise to approach the Appeal Committees that have been detailed to resume sittings in various states. The Appeal Committees have been charged to ensure fair hearing as they attend to complaints.

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