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Gov. Buni Driving 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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We need your support to successfully implement this document, Borno 25 years development plan, advocacy team urges Journalist’s



We need your support to successfully implement this document, Borno 25 years Development Plan Advocacy team urges journalist’s

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In it’s efforts to ensure successful implementation of the plan in it’s post insurgency rebuking drive, the Borno state 25 years Development Plan and 10 year Strategic Transformation Initiative Advocacy committee has solicited for the support of the working journalists in the state.

While addressing newsmen at the NUJ Press Centre,recently the leader of Advocacy team, Dr Mairo Mandara said ‘the document which took us over one and half year to produced seek to transform so that Borno will be as if it never had Boko Haram insurgency”.

Soliciting the support of the media, Dr Mairo Mandara who is also the Special Adviser to Governor Zulum on Humanitarian Affairs said ” we see journalists as partners in this project. We want you to own the document and champion the reorientation and social change needed for the successful implementation of the plan”.

Dr Mandara further said ” we want to take back the economic hub of not only the Northeast but the trans African trade hub. Banki and Baga used to be economic centres . We need to not only restore their past business position of Borno. We want Borno to be the leading economic hub in the entire Sahel region”.

” As we move to implement the plan, you should be our eyes as those closer to the people. We also call on Borno people in.dispora to come back home and invest. We also call on investors to take the advantage of these opportunities to come and invest in the state”, she added.

She said ” our people want to go back to their communities .the government is doing it best to relocate them in dignified manner. You know the governor cannot do it alone. Our Borno is our success, together we can all build Borno.”.

Responding on behalf of the working journalists in the state, the chairman, Borno state council of the NUJ , Comrade Bulama Talba said “the NUJ has been following with keen interest the activities of the governor and was the first body to award Governor Zulum with the best performing Governor in Nigerian 2020. “.

While congratulating the government for the successful launching of the 25 years Development Plan, Comrade Talba assured the committee that the working journalists in the state will be the vanguard for successful implementation of the plan, , stressing that as journalists, the NUJ will guard the implementation of the plan, so that successive government should key into the implementation of the document.

He said ” we want this committee to take our message to the governor for need to consider sponsorship journalists both home and abroad on the strategic communication and awareness campaign for the success of the plan.

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



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



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


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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