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Borno State Journalists’ Expresses Dismay Over Governor Zulum’s Media Aide Attitude

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Borno State Journalists’ expresses dismay over Governor Zulum’s media aide attitude

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has expressed with dismay the way and manners the media aide of Governor Babagana Zulum, Baba sheikh Haruna attempt to undermine the working of the media.

The members of the correspondents’ statement by the Chairman of the Chapel, Alhaji Haruna Dauda-Biu, and his Secretary, Mr. Timothy Ola said the antics of the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on media , Alh. Baba-Sheikh Haruna could no longer be tolerated as it is impugning on press freedom and making their job as journalists difficult.

The chapel said “this singular act negates the provision of section 22 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended which empowers the press to function freely without any form of hindrance.

The statement said it is more disheartening the fact that the aide rode to the office as the Chairman of the Borno State Chapter of the NUJ and should be known better what press freedom is all about the importance of media correspondents in publicising the activities of his principal and acting as the watchdog.

“The Senior Special Assistant on Media, Baba-Sheikh Haruna who recently assumed the supervisory role of the Governor’s media affairs has continued to engage in an unprofessional conduct by refusing to invite or inform journalists of important public engagements or functions of the Governor in the state.

The statement added that: “The Correspondents’ Chapel wishes to remind the SSA Media that good governance and accountability, which his principal, His Excellency Governor Babagana Zulum stands for, can only be achieved when the media is allowed to cover and report the activities of government for effective checks and balance.

The statement alleged in that:” The Chapel has on several occasions tried to draw Mr Baba-Sheikh Haruna’s attention to this unbecoming attitude but to no avail.”

The statement however warned that:” To this end, therefore, the Chapel will no longer condone any attempt by Mr Baba-Sheikh Haruna or those he delegates to undermine press freedom in Borno state

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May Day, NLC in Borno seeks for implementation of N30, 000 to LG workers

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May Day, NLC in Borno seeks for implementation of N30,000 to LG workers

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

The chairman, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the Borno state chapter, Comrade Bulama Abiso has appealed to the State government to implement the N30, 000 National minimum wage to the local government staff and their local education Authority counterparts.

The NLC chairman, while speaking at the 2021 May Day celebration held at the Labour House, Maiduguri on Saturday said “the Labour sincerely wishes to appeal to the state government to consider implementing the N30,000 minimum wage benefit to our members at both the Local Government and the Local Education Authority, this we believed will boost their moral end productivity towards service delivery.”

“Equally worrisome is the implementation of committee on LGA/LEA report which resulted on many genuinely workers and teachers without salary over 9 months . This we believed will aggravate the already dwindling security situation. . We call and appeal for immediate reinstatement of those whose cases were found to be genuine cases”, Comrade Abiso added..

The Labour also appealed to Governor Babagana Zulum to approved the implementation of yearly increment and promotion benefit adding that promotion is never a privilege but right, as such every worker is entitle to be promoted once he or she meet the criteria.

Also speaking Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state said the state government has expended the sum of N12 billion on the payment of gratuity of both state and local government workers in addition to the complete renovation of State secretariat to provide conducive e environment to workers

The governor represented by the state Head of Service, Barrister Simon Malgwi said ” the Borno state government has been paying workers salary as at when due . I call on the civil servant to key into the government’s 25 year Development Plan and 10 year strategic plan for the transformation of the state “

He assured that the government will strike to maintain the good working relationship between it and the Labour with a view to move the state forward

He also assured that the government was working hard to address all the issues raised by the Labour in the state, as already a committee of the local government staff verification were reviewing their report with a view to address the abnormalities

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Government is reviewing your plight, Borno NLC assures over 6,000 sack LG workers

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Government is reviewing your plight Borno NLC assures over 6,000 sack LG workers

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

The Chairman, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Borno state chapter, Comrade Bulama Abiso has assured over 6 thousand workers affected by the verification exercise by the committee on local government workers verification that their issues are been looked into,.

While speaking in an interview with newsmen in Maiduguri recently, the Chairman, NLC Borno state chapter, Comrade Bulama Abiso said ” we had a meeting with His Excellency, and he directed the committee that did the work to review its position to see that justice is done to all. Already Abadam Askira/Uba, and Bama have appeared before the the committee and their issues were looked into”

” Over 6,000 were affected, they have not been paid their salaries for the last four months. They were not sack, As a civil servant can only be sack with letter of disengagement as they were engaged with letter of appointment”, he added.

He said ” those that were affected were due to some issues resulting from the implementation error . They will be paid their arrears when resolved. Those that have problem, government should be bold enough to write them letter and give reason for their disengagement “.

  • Some were having issues of one year statement of account , now they were asked to produce it again. . But as far as we’re concern nobody is sacked” he further stressed.

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Gov. Buni Demands Quick Response To Security Situation in Yobe State

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GOV. BUNI DEMANDS QUICK RESPONSE TO SECURITY SITUATION IN YOBE STATE

By Daily Hint, Damaturu

His excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe State, insist the security situation in the state generally needed quick response and reassessment.

Buni made his position known during an emergency security meeting in Damaturu.

We thanked God for the relative peace we now enjoy in most parts of the state.

However, the sad events in Geidam calls for quick response and reassessment of the security situation in our respective communities and the state generally, he added.

The governor condemned the recent Boko Haram attack on Geidam town.

He described the resurgence of Boko Haram attacks on Geidam in which some lives were lost with men, women, children, young and old forced out of their homes as sad.

Buni said the displacement of the victims in this holy month of Ramadan, was condemnable, crude and grossly inhumane.

He said that the meeting concentrated on strategic engagement of critical stakeholders to discuss issues of security as they affected individual communities and the state at large.

He noted that a special security plan was mapped out to fight insurgency in Geidam because of its geographical location, sitting close to the Lake Chad basin.

Buni also noted that Geidam was bordering Niger Republic and Damasak in Borno, one of the areas heavily infiltrated by Boko Haram insurgents.

I am pleased to state that far reaching decisions were made at the meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff especially, on reinforcement of personnel and improved strategy to effectively combat the attacks, He Said.

The governor enjoined the people to volunteer credible and timely information to the security agencies to enhance proactive actions being taken in curbing the menace of the terrorists.

We must expose every bad egg in our communities even if they are our relations, including our biological children.

It is our responsibility to report suspicious movements in or near our communities.

We cannot keep blaming government and security agencies while people hoard valuable information.”, Buni stressed.

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