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Borno Government Convenes Town Hall Meeting To Develop Citizens Centered 2021 Budget

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Borno Government Convenes Town Hall Meeting to develop citizen centered 2021 budget

By madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In preparation.of the 2021 budget and it’s commitment to ensuring citizens driven budget that catered for the yearnings and aspirations of it’s citizens, the Borno state government has held a Town Hall meeting to enable citizens contribute to the formulation of the 2021 budget.

While speaking at the Town Hall meeting which held at the Multi purpose Hall of the Government House, Maiduguri on Thursday, the Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum said ” it is my honour and previlage to be in your midts this morning on the occasion of a town Hall meeting in order to interact and discuss fundemental issues on 2021 budgeting for Borno state “.

The governor who was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said
” As you may be aware budgeting is an annual event leading to compilation of draft Budget with variety of aspirations and needs of the people. This occasion is a clear demonstration of our commitment to ensuring transparency in budget process that will address the yearnings and aspirations for our people”.

” Let me inform this gathering that our aspirations in 2020 budget were largely compromised due to the emergence of COVID 19 global pandemic crude oil price crushed which undermine our federation account allocation, valued Added Tax and other sources of revenue are equally affected by tthe economic melt down caused by the pandemic”, he added.

Governor Zulum further said ” the 2020 projection of N146 .89 billion was revised to N108.billion due to the negative effect on our projected revenue as a result of COVID 19 pandemic. The implication of this made our projects and programme suffered a implimentatiin challenges. I therefore, urge the good people of Borno state to bear with this administration as we are committed and resolute in the provision of dividends of democracy in line with our 10 point policy trust*.

In his keynote address, the Borno state commissioner for Finance, budget, planing and economic Development, Hon Adamu Lawan said “the participants at this occasion include top functionaries of this Administration which include the Secretary to the State Government, Head of the Civil Service, Honourable Members of Borno State House of Assembly, Permanent Secretaries, Chief Executives of Extra-Ministerial Departments & Agencies, Traditional Rulers, Chairman and Members of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), among other invited guests too numerous to acknowledge individually”

*It is indeed my honour and privilege to welcome His Excellency, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, fnse, mni, the Executive Governor of Borno State to this very important occasion, a Town Hall Meeting for the 2020 Revised Budget and 2021 Budget preparation. We are highly delighted and elated for His Excellency’s gracious acceptance to fully participate at the occasion. His Excellency, the Executive Governor is well known for his commitment to the needs and desires of the people at all times. His Excellency, is always at the forefront when it comes to matters affecting the masses and generality of the citizens of Borno State.”, Hon Lawan said.

He said ” the purpose of this occasion is to engage citizens to enable them interact and provide inputs in the Budgeting process aimed at meeting the State’s Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) in tune with His Excellency’s Good Governance proclamation as captured in the SDP Document, with a vision aims to be both inspiring and ambitious, while also being practical. Already, the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning has constituted a Budget Working Group (BWG) with representative of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and members of the organized labour which is another way of engaging the citizens directly in budget preparation process.”

“It is therefore my sincere hope and prayer that by the end of this Town Hall meeting, the citizen’s needs aimed at elevating their welfare, will be captured and incorporated into the State’s 2021 Budget. The people of Borno State are very pleased as they are being carried along in the budgeting process, ” further stressed.

The commissioner said ” the Town Hall meeting is the second under the Dynamic Leadership of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Borno State. The first held on 22nd July, 2019 was successful and fruitful. However, due to the emergence of the COVID – 19 pandemic that affected the global economic and subsequent fall in oil prices and reduction in production level, revenues accruing to the Government from this and other sectors fell.”

He assured that that ” I would like to seize this opportunity to assure this august gathering that the Department of Budget and Planning will be alert to its responsibilities by ensuring that all budgetary procedures are strictly adhered to by all MDAs as spelled out in the 2021 Budget Call Circular. Accounting officers are advised on use of Proper organizational and economic codes and appropriate narrations must be followed to avoid mis-appropriation of scarce resources. Equally, they are also reminded to be mindful and ensure transparency and prudent utilization of scarce public resources. ”

In his submission, the chairman , Network for Civil Society, Amb Ahmed Shehu who was represented by the NLC chairman, Comrade Bulama Abiso said ” during the 2020 Town Hall meeting the civil Society organisations submitted 50 demands and out of that 20 have already been executed by the state government . In preparation of 2021 budget, we went to the 27 local government areas and had an interfaced with different club, civil society organisation faith base organisations came up with this compendium .”

In their desperate submissions, the National Council for Women society, Nigerian Bar Association, Physically Challenged associations NLC as ND other groups commended the government for the opportunity and called on.the government to pay more attention on women and youths empowerment, job creation, health care, provision of water supply among others.

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We need your support to successfully implement this document, Borno 25 years development plan, advocacy team urges Journalist’s

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We need your support to successfully implement this document, Borno 25 years Development Plan Advocacy team urges journalist’s

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In it’s efforts to ensure successful implementation of the plan in it’s post insurgency rebuking drive, the Borno state 25 years Development Plan and 10 year Strategic Transformation Initiative Advocacy committee has solicited for the support of the working journalists in the state.

While addressing newsmen at the NUJ Press Centre,recently the leader of Advocacy team, Dr Mairo Mandara said ‘the document which took us over one and half year to produced seek to transform so that Borno will be as if it never had Boko Haram insurgency”.

Soliciting the support of the media, Dr Mairo Mandara who is also the Special Adviser to Governor Zulum on Humanitarian Affairs said ” we see journalists as partners in this project. We want you to own the document and champion the reorientation and social change needed for the successful implementation of the plan”.

Dr Mandara further said ” we want to take back the economic hub of not only the Northeast but the trans African trade hub. Banki and Baga used to be economic centres . We need to not only restore their past business position of Borno. We want Borno to be the leading economic hub in the entire Sahel region”.

” As we move to implement the plan, you should be our eyes as those closer to the people. We also call on Borno people in.dispora to come back home and invest. We also call on investors to take the advantage of these opportunities to come and invest in the state”, she added.

She said ” our people want to go back to their communities .the government is doing it best to relocate them in dignified manner. You know the governor cannot do it alone. Our Borno is our success, together we can all build Borno.”.

Responding on behalf of the working journalists in the state, the chairman, Borno state council of the NUJ , Comrade Bulama Talba said “the NUJ has been following with keen interest the activities of the governor and was the first body to award Governor Zulum with the best performing Governor in Nigerian 2020. “.

While congratulating the government for the successful launching of the 25 years Development Plan, Comrade Talba assured the committee that the working journalists in the state will be the vanguard for successful implementation of the plan, , stressing that as journalists, the NUJ will guard the implementation of the plan, so that successive government should key into the implementation of the document.

He said ” we want this committee to take our message to the governor for need to consider sponsorship journalists both home and abroad on the strategic communication and awareness campaign for the success of the plan.

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Potiskum Trailer Park: Gov. Buni Signs N2.8 Billion Contract

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Potiskum trailer park: Gov. Buni signs N2.8 Billion Contract

By Daily Hint Damaturu

The contract consists the provision of Multi-purpose warehouses, Service bay, Wash bay, Police post, Fire Service, Clinic, Dormitory, Plaza Market, Food Court, Public Toilet, Mosque, Football Field, Internal Roads and Drainages, Parking Space for trailers and cars and Administrative Block is awarded to A.G Vision Nigerian LTD at a cost of N2,880,091,770.34.

It could be recalled that H.E Gov. Mai Mala Buni during the ground breaking ceremony of Potiskum Truck Transit Park on 4th/September/2019 clearly indicated his administration plan to develop a modern truck transit park first of it’s kind in the Northern Nigeria where about 5000 employment opportunities will be generated.

The State Government has acquired 50 hectares of land and compensation was fully paid for the project site and perimeter fencing work is being handled by Guza Integrated Nigerian LTD at a cost of N242,219,778.25 and presently is about 85% completion.

While witnessing the signing ceremony, the Honorable Member representing Potiskum constituency, Hon. Adamu Bazuwa and the Commissioner of Higher Education, Prof. M. Munkaila on behalf of Potiskum community expressed their gratitude to the State Government under the leadership of H.E Gov. Mai Mala Buni for citing the TTP, Modern Market, Schools and other developmental projects in Potiskum.

The Commissioner of Commerce, Industry and tourism, Hon. Barma Shettima in his remarks urged the contractor to work inline with specifications contained in the contract agreement and the contract duration is for a period of 12 months.

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Repositioning Almajiri System, Governor Zulum inaugurates 14 Man Committee

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Repositioning of Almajiri system, Governor Zulum inaugurates 14 Man committee

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Government has inaugurated a 14 Man Reform Committee to reform the Tsangayya system of education with a view to provide more conducive and better learning condition and alleviate the social problems developing from Tsangayya system of education.

Inaugurating the committee at the Government House, Maiduguri on Wednesday, the Borno state Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum said “Tsangayya education otherwise known as the Almajiri system of education is one area that is currently recurving great attention in generating/making policies in the current dispensation. It is aimed at enhancing the curriculum with the support of the government by providing socio-economic condition and alleviating begging’.

‘ Tsangayya education can be traced to the saying of the prophet (SAW) that it is a compulsory upon every Muslim to seek knowledge and learning in all ramifications, hence the establishment and spread of schools and Islamic scholars in Muslim communities”, the governor added.

He said ” some of the identified problems includes but not limited to – lack of an adquate support by government and community, old curriculum, where same old method and grades are being used, socio-economic conditions of the Tsangayya where pupils and teachers are in dilapidated condition without even a health clinic hence by affected diseases and malnutrition, begging and vulnerability to environment laggards’.

Governor Zulum said ‘ the committee has the following terms of reference
-to generate and provide information on the existing Tsangayya in Borno state, to collect a comprehensive data in the state, Tsangayya enrolment in order to get the statistical figures of both teachers and the children physically on ground in their different locations, trace and identify the real status of Tsangayya situation for example learning, feeding, clothing and the economic and health conditions’

‘ Others includes to recommend to the Government on how to intervene and uplift Tsangayya system in the state, find out and deliver clear recommendations to the Government and Non Governmental interventions and reforms that would effectively enforce against begging and abuse of Almajiris, to develop an action plan with short, medium and long term strategies to assist the government put in place policy formulation in order to uplift the standard of the Tsangayya program in the state, involve in sensitizing and mobilizing other critical stakeholders Among others”, he added.

The committee which has one month within which to submit it report, has renown Islamic, scholars which Includes professors Sheikhs and Ulanas

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Speaking on behalf of the committee members, , the committee chairman, Khalifa Aliyu Abdulfatahi thanked the governor for finding them worthy to serve in the committee and promised to justify the confidence repose in them.

”Borno has a long history of Quranic education dated back to the Saifawa dynasty but along the line Tsangayya suffered neglects from the past governments but with the attention it is getting now, very soon it will be a thing of the past” he said.

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