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Gov. Buni Diving Healthcare Revolution As Government Reach Deal With Drugs Manufacturers In Lagos



Gov. Buni Driving Healthcare Revolution as Government Reach Deal With Drugs Manufacturers In Lagos

By Umar Aina – Damaturu

As part of continuous effort of Gov. Mai Mala Buni’s administration to rigig healthcare system through the provision of high quality and affordable health care products to the general populace of the state, earlier on Monday, 10th of August 2020, the Honourable Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Muhammad Lawan Gana led a high level team comprising of the Executive Secretary of Yobe State Drugs and Medical Consumables Management Agency (YODMA), Pharmacist Abdul’aziz Garba Muhammad and two other Directors from the Agency to Lagos and Ogun States for a brief ceremony on the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Yobe State Government and Pharma Group (Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN) on behalf of the state government.

PMG-MAN is an umbrella body of the Pharmaceutical products manufacturers comprising of Fidson Healthcare Plc, Juhel Nigeria Limited and Drugfield Pharmaceutical Limited whose manufacturing plants are situated in the Sango Ota in Ogun State.

It could be recall that Governor Buni’s administration had fastrack the speedy establishment of YODMA in December 2019, with the aim of increasing access to high quality health services through constant supply of health care products thereby preventing out of stock syndrome, preponderance of counterfeit, falsified and substandard products by engaging reputable companies as an assured source of drugs supplies to the state.

It is on this premise that the team went to Lagos to formalise the partnership between the state government and the Pharma Group with support from Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation (BMGF) mediated by African Resource Centre (ARC).

At the end of the meeting, the Honourable Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Muhammad Lawan Gana signed the MoU on behalf of Yobe State Government while the CEOs/Founders of the 3 PMG-MAN also signed on behalf of their agencies respectively.

At the end of the meeting, the Honourable Commissioner together with his team toured different manufacturing units in Fidson Healthcare Plc. and Drugfield Pharmaceutical Limited where they observed different manufacturing equipments and processes for the production of different dosage formulations.

In attendance during the signing of the MoU include the Honourable Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Yobe State, Dr. Muhammad Lawan Gana, Executive Secretary of YODMA, Pharmacist Abdul-Aziz Garba Muhammad, Director of Procurement, YODMA, Pharmacist Muhammad Barau, Director, Sales and Distribution of YODMA, Pharmacist Musa Dauda. From the PMG-MAN part are CEO/Founder, Fidson Health Care Plc, Mr Fidelis Aeyabae, Founder/CEO of Drugfield Pharmaceuticals, Limited Pharmacist Ekundayo Olakunle and representative of CEO/Founder of Juhel Nigeria Limited. Representative of development partners were also present at the signing of the MoU, including Consultant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF), Dr. Musa Usman Matazu, Regional Director, ARC Nigeria, Pharmacist Azuka Okeke, ARC Supply Chain Expert, Mr Chima and other ARC staff.

Suleiman Gambo Yusuf Bakoro who is the
Information and Public Relation Officer YODMA further clarifies that the development is there to continue for ensuring property and qualitative drugs to the state.

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Borno deputy Governor commends orderly manners of electorates, as he cast his vote in Biu



Borno deputy governor commends orderly manner of electorates, as he cast his vote in Biu

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Deputy Governor, Alh Umar Usman Kadafur has described the conduct of the local government election in Biu and other local government areas in southern Borno as the most peaceful and orderly.

Alhaji Umar Kadafur disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Biu, the headquarters of Biu local government area, shortly after he casted his vote at his polling unit Mbulamial primary school ,Zarawuyaku ward Biu local government.

The deputy governor commended the people of southern Borno for having confidence in this administration under the good leadership of professor Babagana Umara Zulum and the APC party ,this the deputy governor attributed to lack of opposition in this local government election.

He reiterated the determination of this administration to continue to provide the people with basic social amenities and called on them to remain peaceful loyal and law abiden citizens.

It could be recalled that this the first time local government elections is being conducted in the state for over a decade of Boko Haram insurgency.

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Borno LG elections: Governor Zulum commends voters turnout in Mafa, as voters cast their bites to elect their chairman, councillors



Borno LG elections; Governor Zulum commends voters turn out in Mafa, as voters cast their bites to elect their chairman, councillors

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has commended the Borno State Independent Elections Commission (BOSIEC) and the voters for orderly and peaceful conduct of the Local Government Elections.

Speaking shortly after casting his vote at the Ajati 1 polling unit, Mafa on Saturday, Governor Babagana Zulum said ” I am impressed with the turn out and orderly manner exhibited by the voters and process of the elections organised by the BOSIEC”

Also speaking after casting his vote, at Maiduguri Clinic a member House of Representatives, representing Jere Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Engr Ahmed Satomi said ” I am satisfied with the turn out of voters and the orderly manner of the elections. You know people consider this election very important as the only government closer to the people”.

” With democratically elected leaders at the grassroots levels, the people would have access to their representatives, and forwards their needs for onward transmission to the state and federal government. So our people are happy for the opportunity of choosing the leader of their choice, after an over a decade of insurgency”, Hon Satomi added.

.He said ” with this elections the dreams of His Excellency, Governor Zulum of instituting civil authority at the grassroots levels and relocation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will be achieve in no distance time”.

Our correspondent who Monitored the elections within the Maiduguri metropolis reports that there was voters apparthy generally, as at around 10;00am only 7 voters out 503 registered voters casted their Waziri Ibrahim polling unit 2

The election was generally peaceful, as security operatives were seen at all the polling units and strategic places accross the the state.

In some polling units, however, there were delay in arrival of election materials due lack of transportation and other logistics.

A presiding officer at the Maiduguri polling Units, Bulama Ali said ” we are just coming because we had to wait for those who are far before attending to us. But we are here with all the materials. We have 3 units here and the others units are on their way’.

It could be recalled that the last time local government elections was held in Borno state, was in the year 2008 during the administration of former Governor Ali Sheriff.

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Borno Electoral Commission Assures all political parties of free, fair, credible LG elections



Borno electoral commission assures all political parties of free, fair, credible LG elections

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Independent Electoral Commission (BOSIEC), has assured all political parties that fielded candidates for the elections that the commission shall remain neutral and unbiased and strongly appealed to the electorates to come out en mass and vote for the candidates of their choice without fear, intimidation, or harassment, as law enforcement agents will be on ground to avoid breach of peace during the polls.

Addressing a press briefing at the headquarters of the BOSIEC in Maiduguri on Friday, the chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abdu Usman said ” I want use this medium and opportunity to allay the fear of political parties that have fielded candidates for the elections that the empire body BOSIEC shall remain neutral and unbiased.

He said that all arrangements have been concluded for the tomorrow’s Saturday 28th November, 2020 chairmanship,, Vice chairman and councillorship elections for the 27 local government areas of the state, adding that the election will commence from 8;am to 2!pm across the 5,012 wards in the state.

“the Borno state Independent Electoral Commission has concluded all the necessary arrangements to ensure smooth, orderly, and hitch free conduct of the polls. Electoral personnel made up of Electrical Officers, Local Government returning Officers, presiding officers, have already been trained in readiness for the exercise”

It could be recalled that the last time election was held in the state was in 2008 during the administration of former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff due to the Boko Haram insurgency.

The commission chairman said the election is going take place in all polling units of 23 local government areas, while that of Marte, Abadan, Guzamala, and 8;wards of Kukawa local government will have theirs elections in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.

The elections in 21 local government areas are unopposed, while that of Askira-uba, Chibok, MMC, Ngala, Kwaya Kusar, Mobbar and Jere were been challenged by opposition parties..Two professors were also fielded for the chairmanship elections in Damboa and Gwoza local government areas

“Let me remind the general public and the good people of Borno state particularly the electorates that the chairmanship, Vice chairman and councillorship elections for the 27 local Government Areas of the state and 312 wards will take place this Saturday November, 28th, 2920.”, The commission’s chairman stated.

Alh Usman further said the commission has also made adequate security arrangements through the collaborative efforts with security agencies for maintenance of law and order in the entire state particularly the 5012 pilling units of the state, before, during and after the elections, adding that a total of 38 chairmanship, vice chairmen candidates respectively and 316 councillorship candidates are to participate in the elections

While expressing the commissions Gratitude to Governor Babagana Zulum for approving necessary funds for the successful and effective elections, Alhaji Usman expressed their appreciations to the security agencies for providing necessary peaceful environment for the conduct of the elections.

He also assured that the BOSIEC is committed to conduct free, fair and credible polls to the people of Borno state.

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