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Covid-19; BOSG Reverses 2020 Budget From N146.8 to N108 Billion



COVID 19. BOSG reverses 2020 budget from N146.8 to 108 billion

By Madu Mohammed , Maiduguri

To mitigate the effect of the economic meltdown occasioned by the fall in price of crude oil and Revenue generation’s aworld over , the Borno state government has reduced and reversed it’s 2020 Budget from N146. 8 billion to N108 Billion to accommodate the fall in the price of crude oil and revenue accruing to the state.

While addressing the press on the 2020 Reversed Budget at the Multi Purpose Hall of the Government House Maiduguri, yesterday, the Borno state Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Alhaji Adamu Lawan said the budget was reversed to reshape the priorities of the Government for effective and efficient implementation and for good governance, in the face of the adverse effect of Covid-19 global pandemic.

He said that assumptions were predicated on the budgetary Projections contained in the Budgeting instruments and the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) covering 2019-2021, adding that the amendment was informed by the global pandemic – Covid-19, the response expenditure is central to the reversed budget because the reduction in capital expenditure were largely non-essential and/or administrative purchases.

The budget was projected on the crude Oil benchmark of US $57 per barrel; oil production estimate of 2.18 Million barrel per day; exchange rate of N305/US Dollar; and inflation rate of 12.57%;, increase in Internally Generated Revenue.

“It is to this end, that the Budget sets out to achieve the following broad based fundamental objectivees of strengthening the Security architecture to safeguard lives and properties of our people,, Boost the agricultural sector and forestall food Security and reduce dependency on food aids,” Lawan stated.

The commissioner said “Our gathering here today is principally to highlight the technical aspects of the Reverse budget as approved by the Borno State House of Assembly and assented to by His Excellency on 27th July, 2020.The Original Budget 2020, as you might have been aware of, was tagged BUDGET OF RECOVERY AND STABILIZATION. This is in line with His Excellency’s solemn declaration during his inaugural address that this administration will “build on the solid foundation already laid in the 10-pact transformation agenda to take our beloved State to the NEXT LEVEL”.

” The irginal 2020 budget was N146, 894,221,000 and the reversed budget now stood at N207,;862,;345,000 The original overheard cost stood at N16.64 billion, reversed overheard now N4,395 billion amounting to 26 percent.. Original Budget surplus was N36. 965 as against the reversed budget surplus of N9.323 billion”, Lawan. Said ..

He said the state was also able to  increased it’s Internally Generated Revenue by blocking all leakages and i.proving the revenue base of the state through the newly estatabilhed Borno state Geographic Information System, adding from January to June the state generated more than double if it’s targeted Internally Generated Revenue through the sales of Government assests and blocking of leakages.

Reviewing the 2019 approved budget, the Finance Commissioner recalled that during the 2019 fiscal year, the previous administration budgeted the sum of N144,739,304,000 ffor both current and recurrent expenditure.Out of this, the sum of N80,713,304,000 was for capital expenditure whereas recurrent expenditure was N64,026,173,375.00 while expenditure was financed through an estimated recurrent revenue of N120,266,455,375 and capital receipt of N20,070,837,000″

He assured people of Borno state that the state government under the leadership of Governor Babagana Zulum is committed to transforming.the economy of the state.

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



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



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



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


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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