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Gov. Mai Mala Buni asked Air force to Establish Base & school in Yobe



Gov. Mai Mala Buni asked Air Force to establish Base and School in Yobe

Daily Hint Damaturu

The executive Governor of Yobe state, His excellency, Mai Mala Buni has today asked the Nigerian Air Force to establish an airforce base in the state to strengthen its fight against Boko Haram Insurgency and enhance internal security. The governor also wants the airforce to establish a command secondary school “to enable our people benefit from the numerous services that such schools render”.

“I believe it would be faster and easier for the Air Force to take out Boko Haram bases and hideouts and strengthen our internal security system if we have an Air Force Base in place”, he said.

The governor spoke in the afternoon today when the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar paid courtesies on him at the Government House.

Governor Buni commended the airforce, the army and other branches of the nation’s security forces for their hard work, saying Yobe and the rest of the country are now a lot safer because of their services.

“The Nigerian Airforce plays a very important role in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency. The men and women of the Nigerian Airforce are patriots who continue to do our country proud by undertaking those aerial campaigns to take out terrorist and insurgent camps. We are a lot safer today in Yobe State and the rest of the country because of the services of the Air Force and other branches of our military and para-military forces”, he said.

The governor added that in the quest to restore peace and secure the life and property of the people, his administration will continue to make every effort and every sacrifice that is necessary. “As you continue the effort to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents, therefore, let me assure you that we would continue to strengthen the synergy, collaboration and exchange of information that are the hallmarks of our relationship with the Air Force and other security agencies. Let me assure you also that no sacrifice is too much to support and cooperate with the security agencies to help you to maintain law and order and ensure the security of life and property of our people”, he said.

Governor Buni urged officers and men of the Nigerian Air Force to continue to develop strategies for effective intelligence gathering and aerial surveillance of the “vulnerable areas” of the state in order to mop out any criminal and insurgent activity.

On his part, the Chief of Air Staff assured the governor that the airforce will continue to do “everything humanly possible” to secure the North-East.

“We have been building capacity over the last four years. We have trained over 100 pilots and we have also trained a number of technicians and engineers to man our aircraft and hence the serviceability of our aircraft has gone up substantially”, he said.

The Chief of Air Staff also assured, on a visit to the Yobe International Cargo Airport on inspection with the governor which he described as impressive and “would serve a lot of purposes” that the airforce will support the state government’s airport project.

“This is why I have with me here the director in charge of air traffic services. We will make sure we have our platforms here as we acquire them because it is much easier to have facilities such as refuelling facilities so that our aircraft do not have to go to Maiduguri to refuel. They can organise and operate from Yobe here and make sure that our communities in Yobe are safe and secure.

“When the airport is fully operational, the airport commandant will be here and we will have a regiment unit that would support our subsequent operations here in Yobe State”, he said.

Air Marshal Abubakar also revealed that the Nigerian Air Force will soon take delivery of two helicopter gunships, which he said would be deployed to ensure people all across the country are safe. ” We will have some of them here both in Borno and Yobe States”, he said.

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



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



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



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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