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BOSG Inaugurates 42 Man Anti – human trafficking task force committee

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BOSG inaugurates 42-Man Anti -human trafficking task force committee

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum has inuagurated a 42-man Borno State Anti-Trafficking in Persons Task Force (ATIPTF) to monitor, coordinate, manage, develop, mobilize and carry out activities to checkmate human trafficking, gender based violence and sexual abuse among others in the state.

While Inuagurating the task force at the multi purpose hall of the Government House Maiduguri yesterday, Governor Babagana Zulum said the Constitution of the anti human trafficking task force in the state was a clear demoinstratioin of his administration to address cases of gender based violence, sevual abuse, prostitution, girls and women trafficking as well as cultism in the state.

Prif.Zulum said that presently, the State House of Assembly is working out a bill to check issues of sexual abuse, prostitutiin,,, gender based violence, and other homicides and emphasized the need to checkmate such crimes in the society to ensure free and safe society for girls and women.

The governor also noted that the porous borders surrounding the state such as Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republics coupled with unemployment and poverty posed a great danger and influence human trafficking in the state.

The governor reaffirmed his governments readiness and commitment to fight indecency and culpable crimes , pointing out that, there are currently 31 cases pending in court of law while 152 cases have so far been prosecuted in competent court of law and judgements have been passed

Zulum tasked the members of the task force to put in their various experiences and knowledged into bear in the discharge of their responsibilities without fear or favour.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Director General, of the National Agency For The Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons( NAPTIP,) , Mrs. Dame Julie Okoh-Donli said Borno State is the sixth state in the federation that the agency has inuagurated a task force in line with the requirements and Policy framework of the agency with a plan for all the 36 states and FCT Abuja to establish same task force.

The Director General said ” To effectively and efficiently enforce the anti human trafficking law and carry out campaigns as well mobilization agaunst human Trafficking in their states.”

“The aim of the Constitution of state task force in each state of the federation was to enhance a comprehensive approach and strategy to promote capacity biuldungs and human development””, Julie said.

The DG further explained that, the involvement of the state local government levels is to ensure participation and encourage community leaders ,unions, CSOs, CBOs, NGOs, traditional rulers, labour union, allied or affiliated associations to carry out the campaigns and mobilization agaunst human trafficking and other gender based violence against women.

“I call on Nigerians to develop passion to work against all these crimes and violence, especially, the vulnerable,” pointing out that, the task force was expected to promote support, agaunst human trafficking develop, facilitate and coordinate strategies , plans and programmes for campaigns, mobilizing and aensitizng the society”, she added.

According to her, the task force was expected to access issues , adapt measures or comprehensive procedures to support lawful migration of people and carry out massive campaigns and mobilization agaunst traffick in Persons, rape sexual violence and other gender based violence , especially, in IDPs Camps and host communities .

Mr. Okoh-Donli that th agency will liaise with the state government to establish task force to root out traffick in Persons while tasking the task force team to render their reports periodically eveey quarter to the ag ency headquarters for assessment.

 

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Despite 556 Projects in two years, i am not satisfied with what we have done – zulum

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Despite 556 projects in 2 years, I am not satisfied with what we have done – Zulum

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

“Despite 556 projects in the two years, I am not satisfied,, in remaining two years of the administration we are going to employ 3,000 teachers and more health workers for the schools and health facilities we constructed and rebuilt,”, Governor, Babagana Zulum of Borno state said.

Governor Zulum said that despite executing over 556 projects in 741 days he is not satisfied and promised to do more in the next coming years.

Governor Babagana Zulum disclosed this while speaking at the event of 2021 Democracy Day and 2 years Anniversary Day which held at the Multi purpose Hall of the Government House, Maiduguri on Saturday said ” I intend to do more in the next 2 years. Yes we have done over 556 projects, and so what? I am still not satisfied with what we have done. “.

” We have built schools, hospitals, health facilities, construct houses, but we need to recruit teachers, health workers including doctors and open up our farmlands for our people to farm and feed themselves”, he added.

He said we “are going to open up more farmlands for our people to farm, we are also going to open up all our roads and resettle the people of Lomani, Gajibo, Abadam, Mallamfatori, Kareto, Sandiya, Kirawa and Dalwa we have resettled our IDPs. We will open our farm. Nobody will stop us”

The Governor also said, the state government will establish State Independent Corrupt practices and other Related Commission (SICPC) to prosecute any chairman or government official that steals government funds

To raise the standard of education, Governor Zulum said the state government is going to recruit 3,000 more teachers, in addition to the recruitment of more doctors and health workers .

Highlighting the achievement of Governor Zulum led administration, the Borno state Commissioner for Information Hon Babakura Abba Jatau said in last two years the government of Prof. Zulum has delivered over 556 projects .

The Democracy Day, was attended by Governor Zulum, National and State Assembly members, traditional rulers, party leaders, heads of security agencies and top Government officials..

Jato, during his graphic presentation said 70% of the 556 projects have been fully completed with many been put into use, while 30% are at various levels of completion, adding that the 556 projects do not include policies and programs even when most of them are capital intensive.

Giving breakdown of the projects, Jato explained that 194 capital projects were delivered on education, and they encompass rehabilitation, completion and fresh construction of mega-size Government technical colleges and primary schools in different communities.

He noted that 63 capital projects were delivered on Governance, and another 63 capital projects on roads, transport, rural and urban development while 59 capital projects were delivered on water and environment.

The Commissioner also said that Zulum delivered 58 capital projects on health, which include establishment of 74 primary healthcare centres, new doctors’ quarters, and overhaul of 8 hospitals in MMC, Biu, Damboa, Monguno and Magumeri.

He explained that 53 capital projects were delivered on reconstruction rehabilitation and resettlement, which involve more than 6,000 resettlement houses for IDPs and refugees in 15 towns. Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has since approved 10,000 resettlement houses in Borno State, with 4,000 already completed.

Jato noted that 28 capital projects on jobs creation, youth empowerment and humanitarian support which include an all-inclusive vocational training centre with 14 workshops for capacity development of 1,500 persons per annum. He said 15 capital projects were delivered on commerce and industry; 13 capital projects on agriculture and 10 capital projects were executed on security.

He also recalled that monthly allowances of volunteers in the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes was increased, while over 700 vehicles and other logistics were needed to enhance their operational roles of complementing armed forces in fighting Boko Haram.

However, reacting to the achievemdnt of Governor Zulum in the last two years,, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Borno state, Alhaji Usman Mahdi Baderi alleged that, the people of the state have nothing to celebrate the Democracy Day and the two – years Anniversary of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum.

He insisted that, the lingering insecurity is disturbing the lives of each and everyone, due to inability of the Government to address the root cause, and nip it in the bud.

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We have executed 556 Projects in two years, despite insurgency – Governor zulum

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We have executed 556 projects in two years, despite insurgency – Governor Zulum

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Despite the Boko Haram insurgency, the Borno state government under the leadership of Governor, Babagana Zulum has executed 556 projects within two years of the administration.

Governor Babagana Zulum who disclosed while addressing the citizens of the state in a State Broadcast to Mark 2021 Democracy Day on Saturday said “With shared commitments and with the strong goodwill, support and prayers from you, the people of Borno State, we are delivering 556 capital projects with 70% of the total already completed while 30% are at various completion levels.

“Our projects, done with your support,”. include 194 capital projects on education, which encompass rehabilitation, completion and fresh construction of Mega-size government technical colleges and primary schools in different communities. We have 63 capital projects on governance, and another 63 capital projects on roads, transport, rural and urban development. 59 capital projects are being delivered on water and environment; while on health, we are delivering 58 capital projects that include establishment of 74 primary healthcare centres across local government areas, rehabilitation of 8 General and specialist hospitals in MMC, Biu, Damboa, Monguno and Magumeri., Governor Zulum added.

Governor Zulum said “on Reconstruction Rehabilitation and Resettlement which involve estates combining over 6,000 resettlement houses for IDPs and Refugees in 15 towns. I am happy to once again, acknowledge, that His Excellency, Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has since approved 10,000 resettlement houses in Borno State. I am also happy to note substantial number of these houses have been completed with more ongoing.”

The governor said “In these two years, we have together, witnessed continued turbulence even though in the midst of shared hope, shared optimism, shared faith, shared resilience and communal determination to ceaselessly devote ourselves to freeing our Borno from 12 years of vicious insurgency. “

While stating his effort’s to ensure restoration of peace back to the state, Governor Zulum said ” as part of that commitment, we, from our first day in office, made security our number one priority. This is in recognition of the fact that the fundamental duty of any Government is to ensure the safety of citizens to such a level that citizens themselves feel they are safe.”

“In our first week in office, we interfaced with thousands of our volunteers from the civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes, and we increased their monthly allowances, in addition to allocating to them more patrol vehicles and other logistics needed to enhance their operational roles of complementing armed forces in fighting Boko Haram, he further explained.

He further stated that ” in our combined approach, we took aggressive steps of recruiting thousands of hunters from different parts of northern Nigeria, mobilized and deployed them to accelerate our support for the military.. We made it a policy that in all our 27 local government areas, volunteers were strengthened with additional recruitment, surveillance vehicles and other gadgets.”

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Boko Haram: Bill To Establish Federal Orthopedic Hospital In Borno Passes Second Reading

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BOKO HARAM: BILL TO ESTABLISH FEDERAL ORTHOPEDIC HOSPITAL IN BORNO PASSES SECOND READING

BY NDAHI MARAMA, MAIDUGURI

Following devastation posed by members of dreaded Boko Haram sect which left many people including  security operatives sustained various degrees of fractures in the North East, a Bill seeking to establish National Orthopedic Hospital which is to be sited in Azare, the headquarters of Hawul Local Government Area of Borno State passed a Second Reading at the floor of the National Assembly.

The Hospital when established would complement that of the National Orthopedic Hospital, Kano state, which is the only federal health institution vested with treatment of all kinds of fractures in the North.

Member representing Hawul/Askira Uba federal constituency in Borno state, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, yesterday sponsored the Bill at the floor of the lower chamber which was monitored from National Assembly Television by our Correspondent in Maiduguri.

The House therefore, considered the Bill to amend the Orthopedic Hospital Management Board Act 2004, to provide for the establishment of the National Orthopedic Hospital, Azare. 

Moving his motion, Dr Mshelia who is the Chairman House Committee on Covid -19 said, “we are all aware for the last 11 years in the North East, we have been having violent issues perpetrated by terrorists/ insurgents which led to so many broken bones and injuries, unfortunately, the only closest existing and functional Orthopedic Hospital is located in Kano which is about 500kms drive from the hotbed of the insurgency.

” This has forced many people/victims to move far away to access these services Azare, which is the Council Headquarter of Hawul Local Government, is centrally located in the North East zone, where if you move 150kms in all directions, you will reach all the other five states in the zone.

“Your Excellency, Hawul Local Government has another General Hospital just 12kms in Marama that provide general Health Services. Azare has a 125 -beded Hospital which can easily be converted to the Orthopedic Hospital with large land mass for expansion, Quarters for Staff.

” If this Bill is approved, the services would be provided not only to the people in the North East, but to other people in the neighbouring countries of Chad, Cameron and Niger.

“We are giant of Africa and people living in other African countries look up to us, so I urged my respectful colleagues to support this Bill which will serve humanity, and not only the people of Borno state alone. I so move Mr Speaker.” Dr Mshelia said.

After a thorough debate by the sponsor and other members of the House of Representatives, the Bill passed a Second Reading.

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