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Gov. Buni present 100 tractors to farmers procured by NECAS



Gov. Buni present 100 Tractors to farmers procured by NECAS my

By Daily Hint Damaturu 24/7/2019

Speech Delivered by His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the Flag Off of the Presentation to Farmers of 100 Tractors Procured by the Yobe State Chapter of the North-East Commodity Association (NECAS) at the August 27th Stadium, Damaturu on Wednesday 24th July 2019


Of the key issues that our nation grapples with, two are very important and integral to our capacity for long term, sustainable development. They are agriculture and food security.

With changing weather patterns due to global warming and with the steady rise in our country’s population, food security has become even more important to national security. Even the United Nations has identified “Zero Hunger” as the second most important focus of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Food security is the idea that we should be self-sufficient in food production, because no nation can truly be secure unless it is able to feed its people. To achieve that, we must end the decades-long under-investment in the agricultural sector and take all the measures necessary to increase productivity and support small-holder farmers.

This is why today’s event is very significant. Because while the federal and state governments are doing our best to support our farmers, government alone cannot do everything. The private sector has to chip in.

I therefore commend the effort of the North-East Commodity Association (NECAS) for the procurement of these 100 tractors which will be distributed to farmers and farmers’ cooperatives across the 17 local government areas.

As the raining season sets in, this will surely boost farming activities, especially in the rural areas. As we all know, mechanised agriculture is always more productive and more promising than agriculture that is done through human muscle power or manual labour.

I was told that since it was set up with funding from the CBN-supported Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, NECAS has also provided some of our farmers with agricultural implements and inputs on loan. And in his speech a short while ago, the state chairman of NECAS has spoken about all the other achievements of the association so far. I commend them for doing so much to our farmers.

As I said in my inauguration speech, we will partner with both governmental and non-governmental entities and organisations to develop agriculture in the state and to continue to support our farmers with all the inputs and implements they need to increase production.

The NECAS chairman has also spoken about the need for us to intervene in the current restriction on fertilizer procurement and transportation across the North-East and across Yobe State in particular due to security reasons.

Let me say that this is an issue we have already taken up. We have opened discussions with the relevant entities on the issue, and we are confident that very soon, the challenge will be addressed, Insha Allah.

I also wish to say that the state government will look into your request for office accommodation and farm demonstration plots. At my direction, the acting Secretary to the State Government will hold a meeting with the relevant government agencies to address all the issues and problems that the NECAS leadership has drawn our attention to.

With that being said, it is now my distinct honour and privilege to symbolically flag off the distribution of the 100 tractors procured by NECAS to our farmers and farmers’ cooperatives across the state.

Thank you for your attention. May Almighty Allah (SWT) bless us all and give our farmers a bountiful rainy season.

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Gov. Zulum Commend Troops For Neutralizing 25 ISWAP Fighters, Recovered Gun Trucks



Gov. zulum commend troops for neutralizing 25 ISWAP Fighters, recovered Gun Trucks

By Madu Mohammed, , Maiduguri

The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has commended the troop of Operation Hadin Kai of the Nigerian Army for successfully neutralizing 25 members of Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP and Boko Haram insurgents and destroyed dozens of gun trucks on Monday evening in Chabbal along Maiduguri-Gubio road.

Governor Zulum in a statement issued by his spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau,, described the military’s success in upturning an ambush planned by the insurgents as very commendable, urging the troops to sustain recent gains over the insurgents.

The Governor “I am happy to have confirmed from multiple sources that our gallant troops under the 7 Division Garrison of Operation Hadin Kai have, once again, successfully dislodged at least 25 fighters of ISWAP/Boko Haram alongside several gun trucks on Monday evening around Chabbal. I highly commend all troops and anyone who contributed to that victory.”

“The government and good people of Borno State are proud of our troops and we will continue to accord them all the support they require from us.”, Governor Zulum was quoted in the statement.

He further said “we must continue to combine both military and persuasive approach in our shared determination to end the insurgency as soon as this can happen”,

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Gov. Buni Approves 65 Years As Retirement Age For Teachers



Gov. Buni Approves 65 Years As Retirement Age For Teachers

By Usman Bello, Damaturu

His excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, The executive Governor of Yobe state, has approved the revised retirement age for Teachers from 60 years to 65 years and length of service year from 35 to 40 years respectively whichsoever come first.

This was contained in a press statement signed by Alhassan Sule Mamudo, information officer, office of the head of civil service, Yobe State.

According to him, “It should however be noted that the reversed retirement Age/years of Service is not automatic as officers will be required to demonstrate fitness after medical examination and those found to be unfit will be advised to retire accordingly”.

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Gov. Zulum Warns Political Thugs in Borno To Desist From Constituting Nuisance Or Face Jail Term



Gov. Zulum warns political thugs in Borno to desist from constituting nuisance or risks jail term

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has warned all political thugs popularly known as ECOMOG in the state to desist from constituting nuisance to politicians and public figures at Airport, shopping complexes, wedding, naming funeral places and mosques or risk to go to jail.

Governor Babagana Zulum read the act in Monday while addressing the political thugs at the Multipurpose Hall of the Government House, Maiduguri, said ” we have noticed in recent times you have been constituting nuisance at the Airport, shopping complexes, mosques, wedding, and naming ceremonies, as well as funeral places.. We are warning you to desist or face the wrath if the law.. Anybody will be arrested

” I am directing the police, DSS and the NSCDC to arrest any political thug and prosecute him. We are not going to tolerate this. Any politician that is supporting or funding this thugs is not going to enjoy my support come 2023., we will deny him ticket to run any political office “, Zulum added.

He said ” I know must of you have political godfathers, some even go as far as Abuja disturbing politicians and constituting nuisance. We are not going to accept this. Must of you have personally benefited from cars and cash from me, for you to start business But have continued to disturbed people. Are you the only citizens of the state? I repeat I am not going to support any Senator, House of Representative, Assembly member or commissioner who gives you Money”.

” It is the ECOMOG and the Boko Haram that threw the state in the insecurity we are facing. . I know you all, we will deal with anybody committing crime,” he stated.

A member representing Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) at the National Assembly, Hon. Kadiri Rahis frowned at the ways and manner political thugs are denying politician and other community leaders a breathing space in their houses and other place, describing it as unacceptable

Also in his remarks, the Borno state Attorney General and commissioner of justice, Barrister Kakashehu Lawan also warned the political thugs, saying that ” my files are always ready to prosecute any of you found wanting”.

Earlier speaking, the Borno state commissioner of police, CP Abdu Umar said ” available information at our disposals indicates that you have been constituting nuisance at wedding, naming ceremonies places as well as mosques and funeral places .. We are warning you to desist .Anybody found in this town will be arrested and forced to face the law, no matter how powerful his godfather is. We are going to deploy our men everywhere to arrest anybody found disturbing public peace’ “..

Also in his remarks, the state Director State Service (DSS), Mannir Mustapha said ” we are warning you, anybody found engaging in criminal act will be arrested and severely dealt with.”

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