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Despite killings, statewide records shows Buhari did better in Borno – zulum

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Despite killings, statewide records shows Buhari did better in Borno—Zulum

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has said that despite the recent killings of farmers and other attacks in the state statewide records on the 27 local government areas from 2011, indicate clearly that President Muhammadu Buhari has still performed better in handling of Borno’s security challenges,

Governor Babagana Zulum who disclosed this on Sunday, when he received members of the Arewa Consultative Forum , led by chairman of the forum’s board of trustee, Ambassador Shehu Malami and the forum’s executive chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh at the Government House, Maiduguri said ‘from statewide statistics on affairs in the 27 local government areas since 2011, the fact is that despite the recent happenings in Borno State, the security situation in Borno State and indeed that of the Entire North East Sub-region is still far better under Buhari, and this is based on records.”

“For instance, unlike the years before Buhari when a number of local government were no-go-areas, we now have citizens led by our traditional rulers, safely back to Bama, Gwoza, Askira-Uba, Dikwa, Ngala, Monguno, Kukawa, Damboa, Konduga, Mafa, all of which no one could visit not to talk of living there. Our emirs were all in exile. Today, Bama is coming back to live and so is Askira-Uba, Damboa, Gwoza and others” he added.

Governor Zulum .further said “now live is even returning to Baga. This was impossible before Buhari. In fact was not possible to move few kilometers out of Maiduguri. Insurgents were so bold to attack and take over military facilities like the army barrack at Monguno, Bama, Giwa Barrack and Multinational Joint Task Force Headquarters at Baga to mention just a few. There were daily attacks bomb blasts in many parts of Maiduguri, the most populated part of the state but all of these have stopped under Buhari. These are the records and no one can dispute these records” .

The governor however indicated it was human nature to be more concerned about current realities than comparing the past and present.

The forum’s visit on Sunday, was to commensurate with the governor and people of the state over the recent killing of over 40 farmers in Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere local government area of Borno.

“The insurgents by their nature, always want to attract publicity which is very strategic for terror propaganda, so they resorted to attacking our communities and running away and of course this worries us” Zulum added.

The governor said the people of Borno will remain optimistic and keep doing their part in shared efforts to find sustainable peace in the state.

Zulum thanked the elders and all groups who paid similar visits to Borno in show of solidarity and support to citizens with humanitarian needs.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Ambassador Shehu Malami said they were in Maiduguri to sympathized and commensurate with the government and people of the state over the killing of over 40 farmers by Boko Haram insurgents in Zabarmari and prayed that Allah will grant them Jannatul Firdausi and the families the fortitude to bear the list.

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Gov. Buni Inspects Potiskum Trailer Park

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Gov. Buni inspects Potiskum Trailer Park

By Daily Hint Reporter, Damaturu

Hon. Mai Mala Buni Yobe state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, today inspected work at the Potiskum Trailer Transit Camp under construction to assess the quality and speed of work on the project.

The Governor was taken round the project by the state commissioner for Commerce and Tourism, Alhaji Barma Shettima.

Governor Buni while fielding questions from newsmen, expressed satisfaction with the quality and pace of work on the project.

He explained that he was satisfied with the contractors saying, the contractors were adhering to the contractual agreements and specifications.

“The quality of work is upto this moment today, is very excellent and we expect them to maintain the standard for government to have value for its money.

“This project is very dear to this government because, it is providing 5,000 direct employment opportunities to our people with a chain value and other indirect employment opportunities.

Government would live upto its obligations to ensure timely completion of the project for the benefit of our people” Governor Buni said.

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Borno Assembly, IDPs Hails Lagos Speaker For Donating 10,000 Bags Of Rice To Cushion Ramadan Fasting

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BORNO ASSEMBLY, IDPS HAILS LAGOS SPEAKER FOR DONATING 10,000 BAGS OF RICE TO CUSHION RAMADAN FASTING

BY NDAHI MARAMA, MAIDUGURI

BORNO State House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Rt Hon Abdulkarim Lawan and thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge at various camps have on Thursday commended Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Mudasiru Obasa for donating and transporting 10,000 bags 15kg rice to be distributed to all IDPs across the state.

The gesture, in which the bags carries sticker and picture of the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is to cushion the hardship faced by thousands of IDPs during the Holy Month of Ramadan fasting.

Flagging of the distribution with officials of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the Speaker, Hon Lawan said, this intervention is first of it’s kind since over decades of Boko Haram crisis, and called on other well- to -do individuals to emulate.

He said, the donation came at the right time, considering the economic hardship faced by traumatized IDPs in the state.

Lawan said, governor Babagana Umara Zulum, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other humanitarian agencies have been doing alot in managing the plights of IDPs in the state, unfortunately, due to devastating effects of the Boko Haram crisis, there is much concern on meeting the economic demands of the displaced families and those living in host communities. Hence, the donation from the Lagos Speaker was a welcome development and timely at this critical period.

“We in Borno State, especially members of the Borno State House of Assembly are happy and very appreciative to Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Mudasiru Osaba for donating 10,000 assorted bags of rice which we are distributing today.

“As you are aware, the first phase of the distribution was conducted in Bakasi IDPs camp which host people from Nganzai, Monguno, Guzamala and Gwoza local government areas.

“The second phase of the distribution is to be conducted in Farm Centre IDPs camp where people of Ngala, Kala Balge, Dikwa, Bama and Mafa Local government areas are taking refuge.

“I am very impressed with the conduct of the exercise, as the IDPs are cooperating and organizing themselves with us, including officials of SEMA without any hitches.

“On behalf of my people at the State Assembly, I commend my Colleague the Lagos Speaker, Rt Hon Mudasiru for this great gesture which will definitely cushion the hardship faced by our IDPs in camps and host communities”. Lawan stated.

In an interview with some of the beneficiaries, Mallam Auwal Isa from Gwoza, a father of 10 children and Aishatu Mohammed from Guzamala, a mother of 7 children whose husband was killed by Boko Haram, expressed their appreciation to the Lagos Speaker for the gesture, and prayed Allah (God) to bless Mudasiru and his family, as well as restoration of Peace in the country. End

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Insurgents attack on power lines, NNPC partners BOSG to build gas power plant in Maiduguri

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Insurgents attack on power lines, NNPC partners BOSG to build Gas power plant in Maiduguri

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In its efforts to tackle the incessant attack on power supply lines by Boko Haram,, the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation ( NNPC),and other stakeholders in power supply value chain are to partner with the Borno state government to build a Gas power plant in Maiduguri within four months

It could be recalled that power supply to Maiduguri and its environs was cut off for over two months as a result of attack on the power lines that supply the power to the city by Boko Haram and after its restoration it was again destroyed by the insurgents .

The Group Managing Director (GMD) of the NNPC, Mr. Mele Kyari who disclosed this when he led a delegation of power stakeholder to a courtesy call on Governor Babagana Zulum at the Government Maiduguri on Friday said “we are here to join you solve the power problem in Borno state particularly, in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) and it’s environs . It is Mr. president cardinal principle to deepen gas consumption in the country and easiest way is to deliver gas to power”.

” Mr. President has declared this year, a decade of gas, this means for the next 10 years there will be significant gas entry in the domestic market. So as a result of the challenges of power supply, in the state we saw the opportunity of supporting Borno state, because of the challenges of power supply to the city. We and our partners in the value chain, have talked to each other and we think it is very possible to establish a dedicated power plant in Maiduguri, which will serve the current need and potential in supply gas power to neigbouring cities and other countries”, he added.

Mr Kyari informed the governor that they neeed infrastracture for the project and they are ready to work with the Borno state government to achieved that in 3 to 4 months., Saying that ” I have the confidence that all of us including the potential power suppliers to make sure the noble project is achieved. And we look forward for support from you from the very beginning to end to see that we delivered within short time of 3 to 4 months”.

Responding, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state said “today’s event can change the entire narrative of the state, as power is very essential , with power we can reduce the magnitude of insurgency in the state, Northeast and country at large Because millions of our people are earning a living through power supply, as it was attested to during the fuel scarcity period . I saw people in filling stations with their power generators including women in search of fuel to power their business”.

” I am glad to have you here today for this purpose, if this information goes out to the people of Borno state, they will be very happy because sustainable energy supply is very important”, he added.

While thanking the GMD and heads of various subsidiaries under him for supporting the state, Governor Zulum said ” few months ago he performed a ground breaking and foundation laying of 250 capacity bed infectious disease hospital and was delivered within 6 months, in addition they are currently constructing medical diagnosis centre in Maiduguri and other humanitarian supports they have been rendering to the state. We, are very grateful and appreciative”

He assured the delegation that the Borno state government will provide support and leadership to ensure the establishment of the Gas power plant

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