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Borno Deputy Governor to head COVID -19 response team

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Borno Deputy Governor to head covid 19 response team

.By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

In his commitment to ensure that Covid 19 didn’t rear its ugly head in Borno state, the state Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has inaugurated a high-powered response team for prevention and control of coronavirus under the state Deputy Governor, Umar Kadafur, as chairman and the state commissioner of health as secretary.

While inaugurating the response team, at his second office at Musa Usman Secretariat in Maiduguri on Friday Governor Zulum received a technical response plan adopted by a multi-stakeholder group made up of UN agencies, federal establishments and affected ministries which met with the Chief of Staff, Dr Babagana Wakil, on Thursday during which they came up with a response plan after critical review of the state.

The response team which is to fully implement the response plan, has the chief of staff as vice chairman with members that include senior officials of the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, UN-OCHA, IOM, ICRC, international Non-Governmental Organizations (iNGOs) involved in humanitarian interventions, heads of Maiduguri International Airport, Nigerian Immigration Service, Borno State Emergency Management Agency and commissioners of education, higher education, information, transport, finance, religious affairs and local government and emirate affairs. The team also has two special advisers on sustainable development, partnerships and humanitarian affairs and that of public relations and strategy.

Governor Zulum while thanking the members of the team for the work they have already start, tasked them to ensure that very firm measures were deployed to tighten access to IDP camps where one case can trigger wild fire effect with adverse consequences.

The governor also directed the commissioner of education and the chairman of the state universal education to change the academic calendar by bringing exams backward so that schools can close within one week instead of the schedule to close in two weeks time based on the academic calendar.

“If we are to close schools, what do we do with IDP camps which is far less organized than schools? I am aware that our schools have two weeks to close but we should change the calendar and close in one week. But even at that, we must take serious measures in all schools and more importantly in our IDP camps and in land border communities where people can come into Nigeria through some of our local government areas,” Zulum said.

Similarly, our correspondent who went round some mosques within the Maiduguri metropolis, reports that most of the Jumat mosques observed their Congregational prayers without panic or use of preventive measures such as hand sanitizer and adhering to non shaking hands measure

Speaking in an interview, a Muslim .faithful , Mallsm Garba Ibrahim said “we are aware of the corona virus, but we believe it cannot survive in Maiduguri, even if it happens someone brought it, because of our high temperate nature of Borno, the virus cannot survive”

Another faithful. Abubakar Idris said ” yes I came to pray but I am being mindful not to shake hand with any one, more especially those that I don’t know them”.

“We believed and pray by the grace of God this virus will not come to Borno. Because we have had our own share of Boko Haram insurgency which I believe God will have mercy on us”, he added.

While at MaiSaje Mosques, Ali Usnan said ” I have a complete submission to the will of Allah and I believe nothing will happen to me. As He has already destined everything that will happen on this earth including cioroona virus. So nothing will happen yo me by the grace of God. I have faith in.Him”.

 

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Gov. Zulum Commend Troops For Neutralizing 25 ISWAP Fighters, Recovered Gun Trucks

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Gov. zulum commend troops for neutralizing 25 ISWAP Fighters, recovered Gun Trucks

By Madu Mohammed, , Maiduguri

The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has commended the troop of Operation Hadin Kai of the Nigerian Army for successfully neutralizing 25 members of Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP and Boko Haram insurgents and destroyed dozens of gun trucks on Monday evening in Chabbal along Maiduguri-Gubio road.

Governor Zulum in a statement issued by his spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau,, described the military’s success in upturning an ambush planned by the insurgents as very commendable, urging the troops to sustain recent gains over the insurgents.

The Governor “I am happy to have confirmed from multiple sources that our gallant troops under the 7 Division Garrison of Operation Hadin Kai have, once again, successfully dislodged at least 25 fighters of ISWAP/Boko Haram alongside several gun trucks on Monday evening around Chabbal. I highly commend all troops and anyone who contributed to that victory.”

“The government and good people of Borno State are proud of our troops and we will continue to accord them all the support they require from us.”, Governor Zulum was quoted in the statement.

He further said “we must continue to combine both military and persuasive approach in our shared determination to end the insurgency as soon as this can happen”,

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Gov. Buni Approves 65 Years As Retirement Age For Teachers

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Gov. Buni Approves 65 Years As Retirement Age For Teachers

By Usman Bello, Damaturu


His excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, The executive Governor of Yobe state, has approved the revised retirement age for Teachers from 60 years to 65 years and length of service year from 35 to 40 years respectively whichsoever come first.

This was contained in a press statement signed by Alhassan Sule Mamudo, information officer, office of the head of civil service, Yobe State.

According to him, “It should however be noted that the reversed retirement Age/years of Service is not automatic as officers will be required to demonstrate fitness after medical examination and those found to be unfit will be advised to retire accordingly”.

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Gov. Zulum Warns Political Thugs in Borno To Desist From Constituting Nuisance Or Face Jail Term

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Gov. Zulum warns political thugs in Borno to desist from constituting nuisance or risks jail term

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has warned all political thugs popularly known as ECOMOG in the state to desist from constituting nuisance to politicians and public figures at Airport, shopping complexes, wedding, naming funeral places and mosques or risk to go to jail.

Governor Babagana Zulum read the act in Monday while addressing the political thugs at the Multipurpose Hall of the Government House, Maiduguri, said ” we have noticed in recent times you have been constituting nuisance at the Airport, shopping complexes, mosques, wedding, and naming ceremonies, as well as funeral places.. We are warning you to desist or face the wrath if the law.. Anybody will be arrested

” I am directing the police, DSS and the NSCDC to arrest any political thug and prosecute him. We are not going to tolerate this. Any politician that is supporting or funding this thugs is not going to enjoy my support come 2023., we will deny him ticket to run any political office “, Zulum added.

He said ” I know must of you have political godfathers, some even go as far as Abuja disturbing politicians and constituting nuisance. We are not going to accept this. Must of you have personally benefited from cars and cash from me, for you to start business But have continued to disturbed people. Are you the only citizens of the state? I repeat I am not going to support any Senator, House of Representative, Assembly member or commissioner who gives you Money”.

” It is the ECOMOG and the Boko Haram that threw the state in the insecurity we are facing. . I know you all, we will deal with anybody committing crime,” he stated.

A member representing Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) at the National Assembly, Hon. Kadiri Rahis frowned at the ways and manner political thugs are denying politician and other community leaders a breathing space in their houses and other place, describing it as unacceptable

Also in his remarks, the Borno state Attorney General and commissioner of justice, Barrister Kakashehu Lawan also warned the political thugs, saying that ” my files are always ready to prosecute any of you found wanting”.

Earlier speaking, the Borno state commissioner of police, CP Abdu Umar said ” available information at our disposals indicates that you have been constituting nuisance at wedding, naming ceremonies places as well as mosques and funeral places .. We are warning you to desist .Anybody found in this town will be arrested and forced to face the law, no matter how powerful his godfather is. We are going to deploy our men everywhere to arrest anybody found disturbing public peace’ “..

Also in his remarks, the state Director State Service (DSS), Mannir Mustapha said ” we are warning you, anybody found engaging in criminal act will be arrested and severely dealt with.”

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