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Gov. Zulum Appeals to Revenue Commission to increase Borno Statutory Allocation



Gov. Zulum appeals to Revenue Commission to increase Borno Statutory Allocation

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum on Thursday appealed to the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to review the upward the present Revenue Allocation to the state considering the increased of the state Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) which is one of the parameter of the sharing Formula.

The Governor Babagana Zulum who made the appeal while speaking at the Nationwide Sensitization of the 36 states and FCT on the review of the existing Revenue Allocation Formula held at the Multipurpose Hall, Government House Maiduguri said “I am happy to announce that in the last six months, we have witnessed 24 percent upsurge in our IGR, this is not unconnected with the several proactive measures introduced which minimized the leakages that existed.”.

Represented by his Chief of Staff Prof. isa Marte said ” this interface therefore, will give us the ample opportunity to diversify our IGR for onward execution of people oriented projects. “.

” i therefore believe firmly that this sensitization will come out with the acceptable recommendation for the new Revenue sharing formula for the 36 states and the FCT It is very important to stress that any responsible and responsive Government will not play with the issues of revenue collections”, the governor said.

In his remarks,, the Federal Commissioner, Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Alhaji Adamu Dibal said ‘ as you may be fully aware that the Revenue allocation from the Federation Account is a specific Constitutional mandate of the commission “.

” Part 1, paragraph 32 of the third schedule of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic empowers the commission to review from time to time the Revenue Allocation Formula and principles in operation to ensure conformity with the changing realities, provided that any Revenue Formula which had been accepted by the Act of the National Assembly shall remain in force for the period of not less than five years from the date of commencement of the Act”, he added.

He said in compliance with the law, and in view of the socioeconomic and political dynamics of the nation, the commission has been prompted and compelled to commence full scale engagement of the representative of the various stakeholders and the people nationwide.

“The sensitization exercise had been designed to enlist the interest of the stakeholders through interactions of various levels in order to informed and make useful inputs that can provide workable template to assist the commission in its tasks of evolving and bequeathing to the Nation a fair, just and equitable New Revenue Formula* he stated.

Earlier, the Borno state commissioner of Finance, Budget and Economic Planing, Hon Adamu Lawan said ” the commission has commenced reviewing the subsisting revenue allocation formula. Given the sensitive nature, the socioeconomic and security implication, and the desire to bequeathing an acceptable, equitable and fair revenue allocation formula for the country, the commission has adopted a modality for broad consultation nationwide with significant stakeholders by embarking on a nationwide sensitization of the 36 states and FCT on the review process”

” The main objective of the program today is to interact and obtain valuable imputs from the participating stakeholders . To this end, the state government is employing all staleholders to interact fully with the commission” Lawan added.

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Governor Buni Mourns Air Strike Victims, Assures investigation of incident



Governor Buni Mourns Air Strike Victims, Assures investigation of incident

By Usman Bello, Damaturu

Yobe state Governor Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has commiserated with families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate Air strike on Buhari village in Yunusari local government area of the state.

He said although it could have been an accident or mistaken target, but government will join hands with the security agencies to unravel the root cause of the incident.

Governor Buni directed his Special Adviser on Security Affairs, to liaise with the Nigeria Airforce and the Multi National Joint Task Force, to look into the unfortunate Air strike.

“Government will work closely with the security forces especially the Nigeria Airforce to establish what actually happened” Governor Buni assured.

“This is very important and necessary for us to guard against future occurance and to safeguard the lives of our people.”

Governor Buni also assured the preparedness of his administration to work with all security forces to ensure the safety of the state.

Meanwhile, the governor has directed government hospitals in Geidam and Damaturu to offer free medical services to those who sustained injuries from the air strike.

Similarly, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has been directed to provide relief materials to cater for the immediate needs of the families of the deceased persons and other members of the community.

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MD FMC Abuja Bags Georgia Prostrate Cancer Coalition 2021 Award



MD FMC Abuja bags Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition 2021 Award

By Adamu Mohammed Dodo, Abuja

The Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, FMC Abuja, Nigeria, Prof Saad Ahmed has bagged the prestigious Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition 2021 award, in recognition of his outstanding selfless service, dedicated to improving mental and physical health worldwide and to the immediate community.

According to the press statement Saturday, released by the head of Information and Media Relations FMC Abuja, Mr Omolofe Kayode, “the award followed Prof Saad’s numerous contributions to the community and his excellent role as a Presenter/Facilitator at the International Health Summit of the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition, Atlanta USA.

“This is a clear testament of reward for impactful hard work and selfless service to humanity”.

The statement further congratulated the global achiever in Prof Saad “for putting FMC Abuja and Nigeria as a whole, on the global map with this ‘international recognition award”.

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Gov. Buni Inspects Gujba-Mutai Road, As NEDC Pledge To Construct The 54 KM Mutai-Ngalda Road



Gov Buni Inspects Gujba-Mutai Road, As NEDC Pledge To Construct The 54km Mutai- Ngalda Road

By Usman Bello, Damaturu

Yobe State Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, today inspected the 40km Gujba-Mutai road awarded under the Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP)

The governor said although the pace of work on the project had been slowed down by insurgency attacks on the company, there is significant progress made on the project.

He directed the contractors to engage more equipment and personnel to facilitate its completion.

“This is very important because, the more the delay, the more the escalation in prices of materials which will attract avoidable variations of the contract” he warned.

The governor said his administration remains committed to complete all ongoing projects and put them to use for the benefit of the people of the state.

Governor Buni commended the North East Development Commission for taking over the construction of the 54km Mutai-Ngalda portion of the road.

“I am happy that the Managing Director of North East Development Commission is here and he assured us of the commencement of the 54km Wagir-Mutai-Ngalda road, this is quite encouraging.

“Of course we have to thank Mr President for establishing the North East Development Commission and what he has been doing to ensure that we rebuild the northeast,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, the NEDC Managing Director, said the execution of the 54km portion of the project was in consonance with the NEDC’s programme of providing infrastructural needs of the people.

Earlier, the MCRP state Coordinator, Mallam Musa Idi Jidawa, briefed the governor on the factors militating against the speedy progression of the project which include inadequate machines and manpower.

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