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Gov. Buni is an active, effective politician – Ambassador Kingibe

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Gov. Buni is an active, effective politician – Ambassador Kingibe

By Haruna Yusuf Damaturu 16/6/2019

Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and renowned diplomat and politician, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, has described Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State as an active and effective politician who, as former national secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was a “voice of moderation and voice of reason.”

Ambassador Kingibe spoke on Sunday in Damaturu during a special courtesy visit on governor Buni to congratulate him on his election and successful inauguration.

“I’m very happy that the people of Yobe have called on you to serve. I know your capabilities and I am very sure that the people have made an excellent choice and you will prove yourself in no time at all”, he said.

Ambassador Kingibe said as someone who has ‘mastered the politics of Yobe’ and has ran the secretariat of the APC as national secretary very well, Governor Buni will provide a solid leadership in Yobe that would take the state to greater heights.

The retired diplomat also spoke of the confidence President Muhammadu Buhari has in Governor Mai Mala Buni, said the country’s number one citizen always speaks highly of him.

Ambassador Kingibe assured the governor that he was always available to assist in every way possible to make his administration succeed.

“You can consider those of us in Abuja as your ambassadors. Whenever there is anything we can do to facilitate your government and your effort, please do not hesitate to call on us. It will be a great pleasure to continue to render service to our people and our states”, he said.

While thanking Ambassador Kingibe for his visit, the governor said the people of Yobe and Borno States are very proud of Kingibe’s accomplishments and achievements and his continuous role in solidifying our nation’s democracy.

The governor lauded President Buhari for conferring the honour of Grand Commander of the Niger (GCON) on Ambassador Kingibe and for declaring June 12 as the nation’s Democracy Day.

“June 12 is a watershed in the political history of our nation. It will continue to illuminate our democracy. As democrats we are proud of June 12 and we are very proud of our president who declared it as a national day”, he said.

On June 12, 1993, the late Chief MKO Abiola and Ambassador Kingibe were purportedly elected as president and vice president respectively in what was described as the nation’s freest and fairest election before its results were annulled by the then Military President, Ibrahim Babangida.

 

 

 

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Borno Government Inaugurates 2 (two), 30 Classrooms Community Mega Schools In Maiduguri

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Borno government inaugurates 2 (two), 30 classrooms community Mega schools in Maiduguri

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In it’s efforts to revamp the education sector, following over decade long insurgency, the Borno state government has commissioned two Mega schools at Ajilari and Zannari Abuja Sheraton communities, of Jere and Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) local government areas of the state,.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the schools in Maiduguri on Monday, the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum said “as you are all aware that the Mega schools with the capacity of 30 classroom each were constructed within our 100 days in office. This was as a result of a request by the people of Ajilari and Zannari to me during my familiarization tour to the areas to see things for myself”.

” Today, I am very proud to commission the said projects and feel fulfilled for redeeming my pledge to these communities in view of their long yearnings and aspirations for a community school”, the governor added.

Governor Zulum said ” this is inline with our commitment in revamping education as a top priority in almost a decade of insurgency. In this connection, you may recall that the ministry of education and ministry of Higher education was allocated the lion share in the 2020 budget and this will continue in the 2021 fiscal year, In-shaa Allah”.

He said “the government is handing over the school to the community and the community is expected to run the school through a committee within the community, while government would pay teachers salary through education trust fund on monthly basis through grant to the school. In addition to this, Government is determined to maintain and sustain the school in close collaboration with community efforts for the best interests of this generation and generation yet unborn.”

He appealed to the community leaders to ensure that they send their Wards to school to compliment the efforts of government for a greater Borno that we hope to see in no distance time.

Earlier speaking, the Executive Secretary of the Borrno State Education Trust Fund, Alhaji Maina Yaumi said” we are gathered here this morning to witness the commissioning ceremony of 30 classrooms Mega school at Zannari community school. The idea of a community run school was perceived by his Excellency and the concept was well accepted”

” Following your directive in 16th December, 2019, We approached the two communities of Zannari and Ajilari and come up with appropriate conditions of service, population size of the schools and the number of staff to be recruited . In doing so, we equally engaged seasoned Education Administrators, who are also members of the communities to oversee the implementation of the curriculum, he added.

He said the schools will operate as coeducation day School, the catchment area for admission and enrollment will be for the community and it’s surrounding localities., 9 years basic education, adding that the school will have 24 teaching and non teaching staff.

He further stated that the school will have N13, 680,000 as a running cost per session, adding that the government has graciously approved the quarterly payments of N3, 420,000 to each school

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Borno to award contract for the dualization of N5B customs area, Muna Garage road, along Gamboru international road

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Borno to award contract for the dualization of N5B Customs area, Muna Garage road, along Gamboru international road.

By Madu Mohammed , Maiduguri

The Borno state government is to award the contract for the the dualization of 10 kilometers Of Customs roundabout to Muna Garsge along the International route of Msiduguri Gsmboru road at the cost of N5 billion wihin the Maiduguri metropolis.

Governor,Babagana Zulum said the dualization of 10 kilometers Of Customs roundabout to Muna Garage along the International route of Maiduguri Gamboru road will cost the government the sum of N5 billion.

Governor Babagana Zulum disclosed while commissioning the newly constructed Moromoro road and Bridge in Maiduguri on Monday after inaugurating Mega community schools.

Governor Zulum who announced the dualization of 10km customs-Muna road, a commercial routes along Maiduguri-Mafa-Dikwa road. said the project will be executed at a cost of 5 billion naira, to begin in the next 15 days. The dualized road will connect to Borno’s first flyover which is actively being constructed by a chinese firm around the customs round that had been congested for many years.

It could be recalled early this year the governor approved the construction of first ever over head bridge in the Northeast at the Customs area at cost over N4.5 billion Naira.

The dualization of the toad when completed will ease traffic along the busy Maiduguri Gamboru commercial international route.

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Borno Governor’s Wife Calls For Greater Awareness And collaboration in Fight Against Cancer in the State

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Borno governor’s wife calls for greater awareness and collaboration in fight against cancer in the state.

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Wife of the Borno state Governor, Dr Falmata Babagana Zulum has solicited for a greater collaboration and awareness in the fight against breast cancer and cancer in general in the state and country at large.

Mrs Falmata Zulum made the call while inaugurating a cancer campaign at the Multipurpose Hall of the Government House in Maiduguri said that the campaign tagged:”2020 Breast Awareness Campaign”, is part of her pet project, Multi-Aid and Charity Initiative, (MAC Initiative), a Non Government Organisation, aimed at creating awareness on cancer to rural women in the state.

”The aim of our gathering here today, bearing in mind this year’s theme is to give hope and save Lives” was a reminder that we all are in this together to protect the most vulnerable by educating and encauraging them to go for cancer screening using Mammography.”, She added.

the governor’s wife said “this campaign had for a long time been catalyst for many countries to increase resources for research and treatment giving many women and their families renewed hope and a new lease of life,”

She lamented that limited access to early detection, diagnosis and treatment of this deadly disease is important in curbing the spread of the disease, saying that “Women in most part of the country are likely to be diagnosed only at late stage of breast cancer where the disease had spread to other organs.”

“Vulnerable and those living below poverty line particularly those living in rural areas are less abled to access medical services making them to be of great risk of contracting the disease.”, She further stressed.

Mrs Zulum appealed to all to inculcate and imbibed the culture of regular medical checkup so that emerging problems are detected and treated at the onset of disease, adding that the humanitarian organisation had invited health personnel’s to conduct free and voluntary preliminary screening to the women and girls at the occasion.

The First Lady also encouraged other well-meaning individuals to support patients diagnosed with cancer in the society.

Earlier, speaking the Borno state Commisioner for Health, Dr Salisu Kwayabura,represented by his Permanent Secretary, Dr Muhammed Guluze, said that 500,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer annually and that the state government will work with international and local NGO promoting early cancer detection and treatment .

“It is in line with this that the government introduced a lot of services in our various healthcare institutions to ensure early detection and treatment.
“We have the screening facilities in the State Specialist Hospital and Maryam Abacha Hospital and other Primary Health Care Hospitals across the state,”he said.

He called on women to always take the issues of their health seriously.

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