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Gov. Buni Met with executives of shippers’ Council, set to build trailer park in potiskum

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Gov. Buni Met with executives of Shippers’ Council, set to build trailer park in potiskum

By Haruna Yusuf Damaturu

H.E Governor Mai Mala Buni has met with the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council Hassan Bello, as arrangements are concluded for a ground breaking foundation laying ceremony for the construction of a modern Trailer Park and Mechanics’ Village in Potiskum.

The governor met the Shippers’ Council boss in Lagos today ahead of the foundation laying ceremony slated for Wednesday 4th September 2019.

The Yobe State Government and the Shippers’ Council are working together under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) to construct the modern transportation hub in Potiskum.

The State Government has also provided 50 hectares of land as site for the Park in Potiskum.

The project is expected to be completed within 18 months once bidding processes have been finalized.

Some may recall that during his Town Hall Meeting in Potiskum recently, Governor Mai Mala Buni had told the people that the Modern Trailer Park to be built will help decongest and clean up Potiskum and provide a modern business environment in which the town’s bourgeoning trucking sector will thrive and expand.

Shippers’ Council ES Hassan Bello says over 5000 direct jobs could be created once the Park comes onl stream.

“Potiskum has the largest concentration of trucks and it’s fitting that truck drivers have a dignified hub to transit and rest as they continue with their trucking activities…They also need a modern mechanics’ village for the maintenance of their vehicles”, Mr Hassan Bello said.

The Shippers’ Council boss added that the Park will not only be used by trailer drivers but by other motorists as well who may wish to transit and enjoy the various services that will be on offer at the Park.

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Public Service Reform: Borno Governor Introduces Promotional Exams Into the State Civil Service

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Public service reform: Borno Governor introduces promotional Exams into the state civil service

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has directed for the immediate introduction of promotional Examination into the state civil service, In it’s efforts to change the core values of the Public service and change a trajectory of doing government businesses, as he received report of the Committee on public service reform.

Governor Babagana Zulum who directed for the immediate introduction of promotion examination into the service while receiving the 42 recommendations report at the Government House, Maiduguri, yesterday, that was to test the ability and competence of all staff before promotion.

“I hereby directed the Head of Service to furnish my office with requirements for conducting 2021 promotion Exams, we cannot afford to just promote our staff at the end of every fours years without promotional exam to test their capability and competence”, the governor added.

Prof. Zulum while commending the committee for a job well done, said “the report of the committee which is intended to restore the core values of public service will be forwarded to the state Executive council for deliberations and a white paper committee will be constituted for implementation of the recommendations for both immediate, short and long term, added”.

“I also directed for the immediate construction of Zonal offices in Biu, Monguno and Ngala for effective monitoring of government activities and performance of government, ministries, departments and agencies at local government level. I also give the committee on the verification of local government personal to complete their assignment on or before the end of November this year”, he further directed

He said that government in it’s efforts to transform the civil service and provide conducive environment had carried out complete renovation and rehabilitation of the Musa Usman state Secretariat and finish it’, adding , the first time such complete overhaul was carried out, since the construction of the Secretariat in1972.

Earlier speaking before the presentation of the report, the chairman of the committee, the Secretary to the Borno State Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa said the committee observed that there was a political interference in the appointment and promotion and discipline of the civil service, that led to the decay in core values and lack of discipline in the civil service”.

” The committee also recommended for the reduction of the number of permanent Secretaries by appointing one permanent secretary per local government and additional to some local government where your Excellency deem it necessary to promote principle of quota system, to also reduce the number of ministries from 22 to 16 to avoid doublication of responsibility and reduce cost of governance”, the SSG added.

Alhaji Shuwa further said ” the committee also observed that government business were done in a ministry with only commissioners, permanent Secretaries, and the concern director, which promote corruption and redundancy of other stuff, government classified document were designed, type and printed in business center thereby neglects secrecy in doing government business”.

” The committee also recommended for introduction of E governance in the civil service by providing computers and connection of electronic digital equipment in government ministries, departments and agencies. Training and retraining of civil servants by setting aside funds for that purpose in the budgets”, the committee chairman added.

He also use the opportunity to thanked the governor for giving them the opportunity to serve in this historic and epic making reform and assured of their continued loyalty and support.

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Gov. Mai Mala Buni Lays Foundation For Nguru N2.6B Ultra-Modern Market

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Gov. Mai Mala Buni Lays Foundation For Nguru N2.6B Ultra-Modern Market

By Baba Saleh, Damaturu

Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State has today performed a ground breaking ceremony of Nguru Ultra modern market.

Delivering his remarks in Nguru, Gov Buni said the significance of the occasion underscores the commitment of his administration towards boosting commerce and trade to enhance the local and state economy.

He pointed that ” Nguru town has a long history of commerce and trade which explains why the government found it expedient to embark on this project”

He stressed that the new market will no doubt captivate more traders to Nguru farmers to have value for their produce

Buni said “Similarly, our driving crusade to make agriculture attractive and profitable can further be achieved when we have a competitive marketing among traders coming from various states across the country”

He added ” Government is confident that the new Modern Market would create employment opportunities and promote self-reliance to impact positively on the economy of the community, state and the country”

According to him in line with the transparency and accountability procedure of his administration, the contract for the construction of the Nguru Modern Market was awarded to ADAF BML Nigeria Limited, having satisfied all the requirements, at a total cost of Two Billion, Six Hundred and Fourteen Million, Four Hundred and Fifty-Four Thousand, Two Hundred Naira, Seven Kobo. (N2,614,454,200.07k) with a completion period of 12 months.

“In addition, the sum of Two Hundred and Ninety-Eight Million, Three Hundred and Thirty-Three Thousand, Four Hundred and Eighty-Five Naira, five kobo (N298,333,485.05k) has been approved for compensation of structures on the land for the proposed market and would soon be paid”

“I therefore direct the contractors to abide by all the conditions stipulated in the terms of contract and to ensure timely completion of the project. I also enjoin the people of Nguru especially the business community to support and encourage the contractors to complete the project within the time frame.”

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My trips to front line despite attacks on my convoy, is not an issue of pride boasting or catch the limelight, it is an issue of conscience and obligation – Borno Governor

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My trips to Front line despite attacks on my convoy, is not an issue of pride, boasting or to catch the limelight. It is an issue of conscience and obligation – Borno Governor

.By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Umara zulum of Borno state has said “My trips to Front line despite attacks on my convoy, is not an issue of pride, boasting or to catch the limelight. It is an issue of conscience and obligation”

Governor Babagana. Zulum, who disclosed this in in a statewide media address yesterday, said that his regular trips to front lines were not out of pride or attract attention but rather to satisfy his conscience and discharge his obligations to the people of Borno. Saying that ,”is not an issue of pride, boasting or to catch the limelight. It is an issue of conscience and obligation”

The governor who held separate meetings with Islamic, and Christian leaders before the address declared Monday, October 19 as day for second round of statewide fasting and prayers for enduring peace in the state.

He said “Fellow citizens of Borno State, as an outcome of today’s consultation, I hereby declare Monday, the 19th day of October 2020 as a second day for statewide fasting and prayers for peace in Borno State. I will like to request, with gratitude, that we approach the fast with the same enthusiasm, devotion and faithfulness as we did on Monday February 24, 2020. “

“These realities account for the notoriety of Boko Haram, especially in these days when rain-fed grasses on highways give them opportunities to hide and ambush their targets. The reality of our situation creates a conflict between our human needs for safety versus our conscience and obligation to those we represent”., he stressed.

The governor said “the solution lies in continued and genuine determination of our armed forces with the support of our gallant volunteers. We all have roles to play in supporting the military and volunteers in ways that we all can.”

Gov Zulum said “as humans, we will continue to do whatever we can, within the limit of our resources and laws, to stand firm in our fight against Boko Haram, and in economic recovery, reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement efforts. Trust is a burden. When people trust you, they invest their fears and hopes in you and they leave you to your own conviction, your own decisions, and most importantly, they leave you to your fear of Allah or the lack of it. “

” Oftentimes, I have been confronted with risks of moving around some areas, especially in Northern Borno. As a human being, as a father and husband, I, of course, do not seek harm for myself or anyone.But then, as a leader, I have often asked myself: should I remain in peaceful Maiduguri where there are less challenges and ignore local government areas where Borno’s challenges actually are? Should we all just sit in Maiduguri and wait till whenever Boko Haram chooses to give us peace?”he queried.

“I will like to start by, once again, registering our depth of eternal gratitude to the good people of Borno State for the overwhelming support and sincere goodwill our administration has been accorded in the last 17 months. Nothing I say here or anywhere else can best describe the extent of my gratitude to the people of Borno and many Nigerians outside Borno.”, Gov Zulum stated.

He said “We have been shown enormous love and support from day one till date. Above being loved and supported, the people of Borno State have proved to trust us and have faith in what we do.For me, one of the greatest feats a leader can attain is to earn the trust and confidence of those being led. On the other hand, the worst thing that can happen to any leader is to lose the trust and confidence of the people.”

Our gallant armed forces in the military, police, DSS, paramilitary and our courageous volunteers in the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes are facing enemies who conceal their identities. We are in battle with an insurgent group which has the advantage of laying ambush from rain-grown grasses, and who oftentimes, use the uniforms of soldiers and Civilian JTF to conceal their movements and presence on our highways.

“As we gathered to hold meetings with religious groups here in Maiduguri, there are more than a million homeless fellow citizens who are living in camps at Monguno, Kala-Balge, Ngala, and other parts of Borno. Are we going to ignore their existence by refusing to give them food and get them homes to live and earn livelihoods? Or are we going to converge all the people of Borno to come to Maiduguri? What about those who are not willing to leave their communities? “, he further asked

He urged tlall citizens to continue to help iin fight agaii insurgency by not associating with the insurgents, and also pass useful information to the security forces, as well as consistently pray for the armed forces and volunteers, adding that the prayers should include those risking their lives, including humanitarian workers and those who undertake reconstruction works in communities.

He said that there will be no public holiday on Monday and there will be no dramatic gatherings, stressing that What is required is the purity of intentions and submission to Allah during the fasting and prays from homes, offices, market shops, other businesses and places of legitimate endeavours.

He said “one of the key goals of fasting together is deferring to the Almighty as a community in worship and hope. Fasting together would also remind us of the realities we face and strengthen the faith and patriotism of our military and volunteers in frontlines as well as others who risk their lives for humanitarian and reconstruction courses.”

“We cannot afford to lag in our steady call upon God to free Borno. The role of prayers, especially one that is combined with practical human efforts, is very critical in our kind of battle that has raged for far too long, with huge and negative consequences.”,.he further explained.

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