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BOSG to Employ 84 Doctors, 510 pharmacist, Nurses, Midwives

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BOSG to Employ 84 Doctors, 510 Pharmacists, Nurses, Midwives

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has approved the recruitment of 594 of Nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other supporting medical staff in his efforts to ensure affordable and quality healthcare delivery in line with 10 point pact to the people of the state.

Briefing journalists at the end of a meeting held with the health officials at the Government House, Maiduguri,, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state said ‘ in order to provide affordable and quality health care delivery to the citizens of Borno state, the government has approved the recruitment of 365 nurses and mudwives. 50 percent of them are to be recruited retired and are to be recruited on contract basis and the other 50 percent are fresh graduates from school of Nursing”

Governor Zulum said his approval contained the recruitment of 84 medical doctors, 365 nurses and midwives, 45 pharmacists and 100 health technicians and other supportive staff, making 594 personnel being added to Borno’s healthcare sector.

The meeting had in attendance, the chairman Borno Assembly’s Committee on Health, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Salihu Kwayabura, Chairman, National Association of Nurses and Midwives, Umar M. Shettima, and heads of the State’s Health Management Board, Contributory Health Scheme, and Primary Healthcare Development Agency amongst other stakeholders.

The governor said the 84 medical doctors, were to be recruited on permanent basis, while some are being engaged on contract and sabbatical services or leave if absent, adding that the 45 pharmacists and 100 technicians and supportive staff he approved, would work in laboratories and other diagnostic sections as key components of the health sector.

He said the far reaching decision was , aimed at drastically increase the number of healthcare professionals across Borno State so as to bridge existing gaps in citizens-doctors and nurses ratio, and to eventually match the increase of hospitals and primary healthcare centres in the state, 51 of which were established by the administration.

Zulum also stated that approval has been given to the State College of Nursing and Midwifery to begin annual foundation programmes that will aim to admit 200 student nurses and midwives annually, stressing that the foundation will commence with initial 135 student nurses, with five drawn from each of Borno’s 27 local government areas.

The Governor said the State will however enter agreement with all students who will enjoy steady payment of allowances, that on graduation from colleges, they will not leave the State, until after working in the State’s health sector over a period of time, for which they will be paid like other workers.

He said that the State will soon embark on aggressive construction of new staff quarters for doctors, nurses and midwives, to encourage productivity.

Earlier, the Borno state commissioner for Health, Dr. Kwayabura, pledged the commitment of all stakeholders in the health sector to improved access to quality and affordable medical services in line with Governor Zulum’s 10 point agenda.

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Borno Government Inaugurates 2 (two), 30 Classrooms Community Mega Schools In Maiduguri

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Borno government inaugurates 2 (two), 30 classrooms community Mega schools in Maiduguri

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In it’s efforts to revamp the education sector, following over decade long insurgency, the Borno state government has commissioned two Mega schools at Ajilari and Zannari Abuja Sheraton communities, of Jere and Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) local government areas of the state,.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the schools in Maiduguri on Monday, the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum said “as you are all aware that the Mega schools with the capacity of 30 classroom each were constructed within our 100 days in office. This was as a result of a request by the people of Ajilari and Zannari to me during my familiarization tour to the areas to see things for myself”.

” Today, I am very proud to commission the said projects and feel fulfilled for redeeming my pledge to these communities in view of their long yearnings and aspirations for a community school”, the governor added.

Governor Zulum said ” this is inline with our commitment in revamping education as a top priority in almost a decade of insurgency. In this connection, you may recall that the ministry of education and ministry of Higher education was allocated the lion share in the 2020 budget and this will continue in the 2021 fiscal year, In-shaa Allah”.

He said “the government is handing over the school to the community and the community is expected to run the school through a committee within the community, while government would pay teachers salary through education trust fund on monthly basis through grant to the school. In addition to this, Government is determined to maintain and sustain the school in close collaboration with community efforts for the best interests of this generation and generation yet unborn.”

He appealed to the community leaders to ensure that they send their Wards to school to compliment the efforts of government for a greater Borno that we hope to see in no distance time.

Earlier speaking, the Executive Secretary of the Borrno State Education Trust Fund, Alhaji Maina Yaumi said” we are gathered here this morning to witness the commissioning ceremony of 30 classrooms Mega school at Zannari community school. The idea of a community run school was perceived by his Excellency and the concept was well accepted”

” Following your directive in 16th December, 2019, We approached the two communities of Zannari and Ajilari and come up with appropriate conditions of service, population size of the schools and the number of staff to be recruited . In doing so, we equally engaged seasoned Education Administrators, who are also members of the communities to oversee the implementation of the curriculum, he added.

He said the schools will operate as coeducation day School, the catchment area for admission and enrollment will be for the community and it’s surrounding localities., 9 years basic education, adding that the school will have 24 teaching and non teaching staff.

He further stated that the school will have N13, 680,000 as a running cost per session, adding that the government has graciously approved the quarterly payments of N3, 420,000 to each school

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Borno to award contract for the dualization of N5B customs area, Muna Garage road, along Gamboru international road

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Borno to award contract for the dualization of N5B Customs area, Muna Garage road, along Gamboru international road.

By Madu Mohammed , Maiduguri

The Borno state government is to award the contract for the the dualization of 10 kilometers Of Customs roundabout to Muna Garsge along the International route of Msiduguri Gsmboru road at the cost of N5 billion wihin the Maiduguri metropolis.

Governor,Babagana Zulum said the dualization of 10 kilometers Of Customs roundabout to Muna Garage along the International route of Maiduguri Gamboru road will cost the government the sum of N5 billion.

Governor Babagana Zulum disclosed while commissioning the newly constructed Moromoro road and Bridge in Maiduguri on Monday after inaugurating Mega community schools.

Governor Zulum who announced the dualization of 10km customs-Muna road, a commercial routes along Maiduguri-Mafa-Dikwa road. said the project will be executed at a cost of 5 billion naira, to begin in the next 15 days. The dualized road will connect to Borno’s first flyover which is actively being constructed by a chinese firm around the customs round that had been congested for many years.

It could be recalled early this year the governor approved the construction of first ever over head bridge in the Northeast at the Customs area at cost over N4.5 billion Naira.

The dualization of the toad when completed will ease traffic along the busy Maiduguri Gamboru commercial international route.

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Borno Governor’s Wife Calls For Greater Awareness And collaboration in Fight Against Cancer in the State

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Borno governor’s wife calls for greater awareness and collaboration in fight against cancer in the state.

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Wife of the Borno state Governor, Dr Falmata Babagana Zulum has solicited for a greater collaboration and awareness in the fight against breast cancer and cancer in general in the state and country at large.

Mrs Falmata Zulum made the call while inaugurating a cancer campaign at the Multipurpose Hall of the Government House in Maiduguri said that the campaign tagged:”2020 Breast Awareness Campaign”, is part of her pet project, Multi-Aid and Charity Initiative, (MAC Initiative), a Non Government Organisation, aimed at creating awareness on cancer to rural women in the state.

”The aim of our gathering here today, bearing in mind this year’s theme is to give hope and save Lives” was a reminder that we all are in this together to protect the most vulnerable by educating and encauraging them to go for cancer screening using Mammography.”, She added.

the governor’s wife said “this campaign had for a long time been catalyst for many countries to increase resources for research and treatment giving many women and their families renewed hope and a new lease of life,”

She lamented that limited access to early detection, diagnosis and treatment of this deadly disease is important in curbing the spread of the disease, saying that “Women in most part of the country are likely to be diagnosed only at late stage of breast cancer where the disease had spread to other organs.”

“Vulnerable and those living below poverty line particularly those living in rural areas are less abled to access medical services making them to be of great risk of contracting the disease.”, She further stressed.

Mrs Zulum appealed to all to inculcate and imbibed the culture of regular medical checkup so that emerging problems are detected and treated at the onset of disease, adding that the humanitarian organisation had invited health personnel’s to conduct free and voluntary preliminary screening to the women and girls at the occasion.

The First Lady also encouraged other well-meaning individuals to support patients diagnosed with cancer in the society.

Earlier, speaking the Borno state Commisioner for Health, Dr Salisu Kwayabura,represented by his Permanent Secretary, Dr Muhammed Guluze, said that 500,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer annually and that the state government will work with international and local NGO promoting early cancer detection and treatment .

“It is in line with this that the government introduced a lot of services in our various healthcare institutions to ensure early detection and treatment.
“We have the screening facilities in the State Specialist Hospital and Maryam Abacha Hospital and other Primary Health Care Hospitals across the state,”he said.

He called on women to always take the issues of their health seriously.

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