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Education: Borno schools resumes academic activities



Education: Borno schools resumed academic activities

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Following the Federal Government approval for the reopening of schools with strict adhering to COVID 19 protocols, schools in Borno both public and private have been reopened, today Monday 18th January, 2021 for the 2021 academic session.

Our correspondents who went round, Maiduguri, Borno state capital reports that pupils and student were seen in their hundreds going to their respective schools.

At the Gate of Elkanemi school of Theology, parent were seeing dropping their children at the entrance, each pupils and students were asked to Wash their hands at the Hand washing point strategically placed at the gate before they were allowed to enter the schools premises and w’re also seen with their face marks.

A parent at the Elk Elkanemi College, Alhaji Ibrahim Adamu said ” we are happy that the Federal Government agreed to reopened schools as scheduled today. Our children are just wasting their previous time at home in the name of COVID 19, it is really a setback, those that are suppose to be in primary 6 now are still going primary 5, which is unfortunate. “

” We shouldn’t subject our children to all these unnecessary delay. I wonder why markets and worship places, as well as motor packs were opened but why schools. We should learn how to dance in the storm and not to wait until the storm is over. Thank God that the government had a second thought”, Adamu added.

A pupil, Isa Ahmed and ” I am today happy that we have resumed school, I am going to meet my friends and teachers. We are tired of staying at home. We are going to adhere strictly to COVID 19 protocols for our safety”.

When our correspondent asked him whether he knows the COVID 19 protocol, Master Ahmed said ” yes we have been watching it on television daily. It includes hand washing with soap and running water, in the absent of water, Hand sanitizer is being use,, wearing of face mask and maintaining at least 2 meters distance” .

While at the gate of Government College Maiduguri, students were seeing moving into their classes, others were seen discussing about the reopening of schools, while teachers were on ground and ready to commence academic activities.

A teacher Garba Abubakar said ‘ as you can see we have provided hand washing point and no student will be allow to enter without washing his hands, and wearing face masks . We have also adjusted the sitting arrangements inline with COVID-19 protocol. We are planing to have morning and afternoon session when our students fully resumed to accommodate all students”.

Also speaking in an interview, a KeKe NAPEP rider, Adamu Idi said ” thank God now that the schools have now resumed, we will start getting passengers, as there was no passengers. You can see I just drop these students and I am going back to pick another ones.”.

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Gov. Buni Commiserates With Emir Of Fika Over Fire Outburst



Gov. Buni commiserates with Emir of Fika over Fire Outburst

His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, The Executive Governor of Yobe state, has on Monday commiserated with the Emir of Fika and Chairman Yobe state Council of chiefs, Alh. Muhammadu Abbali ibn Muhammadu Idrisa, over unfortunate fire incident at the Palace.

Governor Buni described the fire inferno that consumed a chamber at the Palace as a great loss to the emir, the Emirate and the state.

“l am deeply saddened by the sad news of the fire incident today at the palace of His Highness, the Emir of Fika.

“However, we are all consoled and give thanks to Almighty Allah that no life was lost nor injuries recorded” he said.

The governor asked the Emir to have faith that this was destined to happen at this moment and prayed that it never happen again.

Governor Buni also prayed to God to replenish assets lost to the fire outburst

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Democracy Day: Borno NUJ Applaud Governor Zulum For Executing 556 Projects in 741 Days



Democracy Day: Borno NUJ applauds Governor Zulum for executing 556 projects in 741 days

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ had applauded the Borno State Government under the leadership of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum for executing 556 projects within 741 days in office.

The NUJ in a statement jointly signed by its chairman Bulama Talba and it’s Secretary, Mohammed Ibrahim said ‘”indeed this feat has no doubt justified the NUJ award in 2019 conferred on Governor Zulum as the Most Promising First Time Governor in the Country as well as other awards and recognitions within and outside Borno State due to the numerous peoples oriented projects on the ground.”

“As the Government and citizens celebrate democracy day the Union salutes their courage and resilience as well as never dying spirit which has gradually contributed to the restoration of peace in more communities with sustained programmes and prayers that should be further complemented with useful information to security operatives whom we expect to deal a final blow to end the insurgency bedevilling our dear state, the union stated.

The NUJ said “we appeal to the State Government to see reason to improve the processes of resettlement of IDPs to their original communities as well as the review the cases of local government civil servants affected by the ongoing verification by re-engaging them.”

The statement further said “We remind the public to be rest assured that all of the working journalists in Borno State remain ever dedicated to continuously push our pen to promote the interests and image of the State towards the full revival of its glory by the will of the Almighty Allah, Happy democracy day.’,

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We are committed to change the face of education in yobe – Gov. Buni



We are committed to change the face of Education in Yobe state- Gov. Buni

By Modu Mala, Damaturu

His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, The Executive Governor of Yobe state, and also the Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, has reiterated the political will of his administration to invest and transform education in the state.

Governor Buni stated this today when he received the management of Nigeria Tullip International Colleges (NTIC).

He said education remains the priority of his administration, “We are committed to rejuvenate education in the state despite the high cost involved”

“Education is very costly, it is a project you keep investing and takes long time to mature but we are very committed to invest in it, as it is a compass to the future of the state” Buni said.

The Governor said the declaration of state of emergency on primary and basic education by his administration in the last two years had been fruitful.

“When we declared the state of emergency, we provided infrastructure, books and retrained our teachers and l am happy to say the state has progressively moved forward in education” he said.

According to the Governor, the performance of students in the state in external examinations like WAEC and NECO has improved from 35th and 36th position to between 14th and 16th position.

Mr. Fexzullah Bilgin, Managing Director NTIC, commended Governor Buni for giving priority attention to Education sector.

He said the commitment of Yobe state government had encouraged the colleges to continue providing quality education.

The MD also expressed appreciation with the growing performance of pupils and students across the state.

“There is a great improvement in the performance of students we coached for JAMB in the last two years” he said.

Bilgin solicited for more partnership between the college and Yobe state government for more improvement in the educational development of the state.

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