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Deploy State of Art Hardware to Military to end Boko Haram in the region, Northeast Governors tells FG

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Deploy state of the art hardware to the military to end Boko Haram in the region, Northeast Governor’s tells FG

By Madu Mohammed, , Maiduguri

The Northeast Governor’s Forum at the end of it’s meeting held in Maiduguri has called on the Federal Government to deploy state of the art hardware to the military to end over a decade long Boko Haram insurgency in the region and also bridged the manpower deficit in the Nigerian Armed Forces by allowing the Police to carry state of the art weapons where necessary and be provided with strategic equipment like high velocity tear gas, trackers and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC),

The Executive Governors of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe States under the auspices of North East Governors’ Forum who held its 2nd meeting in Maiduguri, Borno State and discussed the challenges facing the sub-region and issued 11 point communique where they nominated Governorr Babagana Zulum of Borno State to serve as Chairman for a period of two years and also agreed that the Headquarters of the Forum be located in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The communique which was read by the newly nominated chairman of the Forum,, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno.state on Saturday night at the Goverment House Maiduguuri commended the effort of the Federal Government of Nigeria in fighting the insurgency but however called on the the Armed Forces to intensify effort to secure hard-to-reach areas in the region and ensure safe access to farm lands.

“The Forum called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure the deployment of state of the art military hard ware to the region. The also Forum recommends that the manpower deficit in the Nigerian Armed Forces should be bridged by allowing the Police to carry state of the art weapons where necessary and be provided with strategic equipment like high velocity tear gas, trackers and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC), Governor Zulum said.

The communique further said”
the Forum calls on the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to ensure that attention is given to recharging the Lake Chad from National water bodies and strengthen the river basins in the sub region. The Forum pledges to work together to foster regional integration, growth and development especially in exploitation of its oil and gas potentials, mineral resources, agriculture and industrialization.”

The Northeast Governor’s said ” thee Forum called on the Federal Government to revoke selected roads contracts awarded by Federal Ministry of Works for years without progress and re-award same to more competent contractors and fund to ensure timely execution.”

The Forum also urged the Federal Government to ensure local content in the execution of the Mambila Hydro electric power project and other programmes of the North East Development Commission to ensure synergy with state governments, assuring their resolved to supports the management and Board of the North East Development Commission by working together in producing comprehensive strategic Master Plan for the region that will ensure sustainable development.

“The Forum affirmed its commitment to support the Federal Government agenda of transforming the Almajiri system with a view to strengthening both Islamic and western education as well as stopping street begging and prevalence of out of school children in the region as agreed by the Northern Governors”, the communique further assured.

The has fixed 7the November, 2020 as date for the next meeting of the Forum to be held in Yola, Adamawa State.

 

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Potiskum Trailer Park: Gov. Buni Signs N2.8 Billion Contract

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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

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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

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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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FG releases N3.5Billion To Borno Government, as parts it’s first phase of 10,000 housing intervention

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FG released N3.5 billion For Borno government, as parts it’s first phase of 10,000 housing intervention

By Madu Mohammed, Nauduguri

The Federal Government has released the sum of N3.5 billion to the Borno state government for the first phase of the 10,000 housing intervention to fast track the rebuilding and resettlement process in the state.

The Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum who made this known on Wednesday when he paid an inspection visit to 1000 Housing units in Dalori village in Konduga local government area of the state, he said the Federal Government has released the sum of N3.5 billion for the first phase of it’s housing intervention’ program I n the we state.

“The Federal government has released the sum of N3.5 billion to the Borno state government for the first phase of it’s housing intervention in the state and we have judiciously utilized the fund . We are constructing 1000 houses here in Dalori and another one in Kalameri and both of them have reached 70 percent completion. We are going write to the Federal government for the release of more funds”, the governor stated.

He said the Federal government has also released the sum of N1.3 billion through the ministry of agriculture for Rural Grazing no Area (RUGA) farming and another sum of N352 million to the ministry of Humanitarian and Disaster Management for Livilihood support to IDPs as they return to their communities, adding that the state government will also compliment the effort of the Federal government by construction of health care facilities and water supply.

The governor said ” you can see here 608 housing units have reached about 79 percent completion.the state government is also going to drilled 2 boreholes and hospital to the housing units here in Dalori to compliment the Federal government. We are undergoing 1000 housing units each in Monguno, Gwoza, Damboa. We are planning to closed all IDPs in Maiduguri on or before May 29 2021.”

While commending President Buhari, the ministries of Humanitarian Affairs and Agriculture, as well as North East Development commission for their intervention, Governor Zulun assured all IDPs that the federal and state governments are committed to rebuilding back their houses.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen a Dalori resident, Ali Modu thanked the Federal government and the Borno state Governor for the construction of the houses, stressing that the construction of the houses have not only provide them with shelter but also create job . opportunitues to their teeming youths who were involved the construction.

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