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Deforestation: Borno urges citizens to desist, threatens to prosecute defaulters

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Deforestation: Borno urges citizens to desist, threatens to prosecute defaulters

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state government has called on those engaged in tree falling to desist or face the full wrath of the law.

Governor Babagana Zulum disclosed this on Saturday at the launching of 2021 Tree planting in commemoration of ” World Environment Day”,with the theme ” Ecosystem Restoration” held at the Borno state University, Maiduguri

Represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, Governor Zulum said preserving our ecosystem for a clean and healthy environment is necessary for the development of the state, i therefore, warn all those engage in tree falling , indiscriminate disposal of refuge, to desist or be forced to face the full wrath of the law”.

” The Borno state government has already raised 500,000 assorted seedlings and another 500,000 seedlings are being raised for this year planting season, therefore, I urge all citizens to plant tree in your homes and offices to preserved the environment”, the governor added.

He also directed all local government chairmen to plant trees in their respective LGAs and also enforced the monthly sanitation exercise, stressing out that the state government will monitor and reward the most clean LGA.

Zulum said ” Government is making concerted efforts to preserve the environment for clean and healthy society in collaboration with clubs, associations, Non Governmental Organisations among other partners.”

Earlier, the Borno state commissioner for Environment, Barrister, Kakashehu Lawan said “we are here, as parts of activities to mark this year’s ” World Environment Day” with a theme ” Ecosystem Restoration which is been commemorated every, 5 day of June, a day set aside by the United Nations to remind the public and create awareness for the need to safeguard our environment .”

” This year, we are targeting to plant about one million seedlings and we are going to plant 2,000 Neem trees in these university. We are also going to deploy forest guard, Civilian JTF, and Agro rangers to look out for those engaged in deforestation with a view to punish them.”, Lawan added.

The commissioner also banned the sell of firewood and charcoal within the state capital, except in a dedicated market allocated to them along Maiduguri Damboa road.

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Gov. Buni Places Yobe Above Every other Interest

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Gov. Buni Places Yobe Above Every Other interest

By Usman Bello, Damaturu

His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, The Executive Governor of Yobe state, who is also the national caretaker chairman of the ruling All progressive congress (APC) has made it clearly that the policies and programmes of his administration will continue to concentrate on issues that have positive impact on the lives of the people and to develop the state..

He stated this today when he received in audience members of the Buni/Gubana foundation.

He charged the foundation to be futuristic, saying, the future of the state lies in the hands of the youth.

Governor Buni reiterated his commitment to having improved education, enhanced healthcare delivery and robust economy for the state.

“We should bury all differences and work for the future and the good of a greater Yobe state” Gov. Buni said.

Members of the foundation said they are committed more than ever to make contributions to move the state forward.

The foundation congratulated Gov. Buni for the gaint strides recorded in education, healthcare delivery, commerce, road construction and pledged its support to government.

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We Are Not Miscreants, Borno APC Youths Tell Zulum

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We Are Not Miscreants, Borno APC Youths Tell Zulum

By Ahmed Miringa, Maiduguri

Youths under the umbrella of Borno All Progressive Congress (APC) youths vanguard have called on Governor Babagana Zulum to withdraw his unpleasant statement against them.

Speaking in an interview with Journalists at the NUJ Press Centre on Tuesday, the spokesman of the group, Ibrahim Hassan said ” we have worked hard to bring this government in power, only for the governor to say that it was youths vanguard (ECOMOG) and Mohammed Yusuf that created insecurity in the state. He is our father, we are appealing to him to retract that statement. We are not Miscreants or Boko Haram”.

” We have been a political youths right from NRC, UNCP, APP, ANPP and APC, we ever are responsible political youths and law abiding citizens. Yes, we agreed there are some bad eggs among us but he should not generalized that we are Miscreants. We are responsible party men and women” he added.

He said ” we are speaking on behalf of the remaining youths . we are APC that suffered a lot in the hands of insurgents,some of us were killed, mame, suffered a lot of physical and psychological trauma, We see no reason why we should be join with Boko Haram as the caused of insecurity or insurgency in the state”.

He stated they were not happy with the attitudes of the bad eggs among them, that was why they have been disciplining them, stressing that they were not happy with the statement the governor made by joining them with Boko Haram but as law abiding party members, they will continue to support the government and party at large.

Also collaborating, another member of the youth vanguard, Yakubu Dan Alhaji said ” we have been working hard for the victory of the party right from the inception of democratic government in 1999. only for him to reward us with this statement, we are appealing to him to withdraw this statement.

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BOSG Inaugurate Assessment Needs Committee on Education, Health to improve service delivery

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BOSG inaugurates Assessment needs committee on Education, health to improve service delivery

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

To ensure service delivery and consolidate on the success recorded in the last two years, the Borno state government has inaugurated an Assessment Needs committee on Education and Health to go round all schools and health facilities across the state to assess their needs and requirement with a view of addressing them.

Inaugurating the committees at the Multi purpose Hall of the Government House Maiduguri, on Monday the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum said “let me bring to your kind notice that the deplorable of our education sector, our education system is not working very well. Yes we have built schools and health facilities but we must ensure qualified teachers and health workers, desks, drugs, instructional materials,laboratories doctors, boreholes accommodation are provided to the schools and health facilities for effective delivery”.

While commending the state committee on Universal Basic education, Governor Zulum said ” let me use this opportunity to commend the chairman and members of the SUBEB verification team for saving N420 million monthly from ghost workers. This money would hitherto consumed by few individuals at the detriment of our children and brothers “.

“There is need to go to our respective local government areas to come up with template for the government to know what we can do in the next 2 years to change our education and health sector In the next two years. We’re going to concentrate on service delivery in the next two years. The problem is not the money but how effectively do we plan”, the governor stated.

The Governor said the committees which are divided into Borno North, South and Central have now to the end of July 2021 to submit their reports to the government for implementation.

Governor Zulum while assuring teachers of salary increment said ” there is no way that you pay a teacher N15,000 to N20,000 monthly and expect him to perform stressing that the state government is going to come up with empowerment program of one year, where candidate are to teach in schools and health facilities and if their performance is satisfactory, they will be employed after one year.”

Zulum said ” we would not mind to bring in teachers and health workers from other state if we cannot have enough qualified ones here in the state”.

He further said the state government have closed to N3 billion in accessed fund in the account of Primary Health care and State Health insurance scheme and that the government is going to use it to train health workers, provide drugs and laboratory equipments among others.

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