COVID 19; Borno electoral commission resumes electrical process in the suspended couuncil elections
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Borno state Independent Electoral Commission (BOSIED) has resumed all political activities for the earlier suspended local government elections, now resheduled to hold on November’ 28, 2020.
Addressing journalists at a press briefing held at the commission’s headquarters, Maiduguri yesterday, the chairman of the BOSIEC, Alhaji Abdu Usman said ” I have the singular honour and previladge to address you today on the resumption of full political activities in Borno state. It is also to resume political activities in order to entrust full democratically elected leaders at the grassroots or the third tier of Government”.
It could be recalled that the commission had earlier on 12th, March, 2020 announced.the commencement of local government elections to be held in june 2020 but was suspended due to Corana Virus pandemic.. The local government election in the state was last held in 2008 during the administration of former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff.
” I am happy to notify you that the BOSIEC is set to resume political process by resuming all political activities . These process will enable the commission to supervise and ensure credible election in all the 27 local government areas of the state”, the commission’s chairman stated.
Alhaji Usman said ” November 28, 2020 has been fixed for the council election in the state. Modalities have been put in place with the time table for the electoral process which is being kick start on today Monday with this press briefing which is aimed at notifying all stakeholders as well as political parties who may be interested in vying for various elective positions”.
On the issue of election in the IDPs camps, Alhaji Usman said ” we hope that our IDPs will return back to their communities before the election. But in case they have not, we have secured a constitutional backing from the Borno House of Assembly to conduct election in the IDP camps, as it was done by the INEC in 2019 general elections.. we are going to meet with all stakeholders including the military and others security agencies to discuss the possibility of having election in our communities or otherwise”.
He said out of the 18 political parties that participated in 2019 general elections, 16 has already indicated interest to participate in the forthcoming council elections and reaffirmed the committment of the commission to give the people of the state a, free , fair and credible elections that will stand out as the best.
” Due to COVID 19 pandemic, the commission have made the wearing of facemask compulsory to both staff and adhoc staff of the commission, as well as the voters and other stakeholders though out the process of the election in line with NCDC protocol”, he added.
He also.urged the press as watchdog of the society to give the commission constructive and objective reportage and coverage of all the electoral process, stressing that the doors of the commission.are always opened for verification and authentication of any issue that will lead to successful.electioms.
Borno Government Inaugurates 2 (two), 30 Classrooms Community Mega Schools In Maiduguri
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
Borno to award contract for the dualization of N5B customs area, Muna Garage road, along Gamboru international road
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.
Borno Governor’s Wife Calls For Greater Awareness And collaboration in Fight Against Cancer in the State
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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