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Gov. Zulum Inugurates over N200 Million Water Projects in Maiduguri, Constructed by Indigenous Oil Firm



Gov. Zulum Inaugurates over N200 million water projects in Maiduguri, constructed by indigenous oil firm

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has innugurated two gigiantic N200 million water projects in Gwaidamgati and Shehuri North wards of Maiduugri metropolis constructed by Balewa oil foundation and Jack rich foundation to the people of the two communities.

While innugurating the two water projects, yesterday in Maiduguri, Governor Babagana Zulum said ” provision of potable water for human and animal consumption is a cardinal objective of this administration, that was why we allocation substantial part of 2020 budget to the water sector”.

While appreciating the President and founder of Balewa Oil foundation, Mr Jack Rich Tein for the project, the governor said ” the water projects will provide water to over 500,000 people in the two communities..

“Let me use this opportunity to call on the leaders of these communities to guide and consider maximum protection of facilities for both human and animal consumption’s. I understand the donor also employed over 3,000 youths and offered scholarship to over 3,000 youths to study in UK Canada, Ghana and other countries. I therefore call on well meaning Nigerians to emulate Mr Rich”, the governor added.

Earlier, the facilitator of the project, former Secretary to the Federal Government, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe. Said ” Mr Jack Rich has been emaged in providing soccour to the needy In the North, South and Eastern parts of the country in the area of water supply, education among others. The donor has approved the construction of 3 boreholes in each states in the Federation but graciously approved the construction of 4 boreholes in Borno state due to the insurgency

He said ” the Foundation has also expended the sum of N100 million each for the construction of water projects in Gwaidamgari, Shehuri, Gubio and Biu local government area. Each water project is expected to provide clean water to over 300,000 people”.

Also speaking the President of the Balena Oil, Mr Jack Rich Tein said ” I was once like you, keep hope and the dream one day you will do more than what I am doing today. Don’t lose hope, keep the dream, one day you will be not only be like me but surpass me.

” The issue is not how wealthy you are, but the large heart to change other people’s life, don’t be a receiver, always learn to give, God willing you will surely be bless “, Mr. Rich added.

In his remark, the former Senate Leaderذ،Senator Mohammed Ndume called on other wealthy individuals and cooperate organisation’s to emulate Mr Rich, stressing that government alone cannot do everything..

“We have wealthy Individuaks in this country, who are even richer than this country, if these individuals will touch lives of other Nigerian, we will not be where we are today, I therefore call on other wealthy Nigerians to emulate Mr Jack”, Ndume stressed.

While explaining the projects, the contractor, Engr. Babangida Zango said ” each projects consists of 7 items, a premeter fence, main building housing filtrate, one middle aquifer, with 250 metres depth, 15 horse power pump, 2 kilometres reticulations with 6 tap points, 100 KVA transformer, 1 million litres tank, mosques and is expected to orovide 10 litres per second. And is expected to give water to over 24,000 people per day with an average of 50 litres. Each water project was constructed at the cost of N100 million each.

” We have employed 20 people to manned the water facility, therefore I call on the state government to observe this manpower to ensure effective utilization and maintenance of the facility”, Zango addad..

In his welcome address, the state commissioner of water Resources, Engr Babagana Tijjani said the water has been tasted according World Health Organisation standard , as such is safe for both human and animal consumption.

” I want to appreciate the donor Mr Rich and assured you that the ministry of water Resources will do everything to ensure the maintenance of the projects


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Borno deputy Governor commends orderly manners of electorates, as he cast his vote in Biu



Borno deputy governor commends orderly manner of electorates, as he cast his vote in Biu

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Deputy Governor, Alh Umar Usman Kadafur has described the conduct of the local government election in Biu and other local government areas in southern Borno as the most peaceful and orderly.

Alhaji Umar Kadafur disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Biu, the headquarters of Biu local government area, shortly after he casted his vote at his polling unit Mbulamial primary school ,Zarawuyaku ward Biu local government.

The deputy governor commended the people of southern Borno for having confidence in this administration under the good leadership of professor Babagana Umara Zulum and the APC party ,this the deputy governor attributed to lack of opposition in this local government election.

He reiterated the determination of this administration to continue to provide the people with basic social amenities and called on them to remain peaceful loyal and law abiden citizens.

It could be recalled that this the first time local government elections is being conducted in the state for over a decade of Boko Haram insurgency.

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Borno LG elections: Governor Zulum commends voters turnout in Mafa, as voters cast their bites to elect their chairman, councillors



Borno LG elections; Governor Zulum commends voters turn out in Mafa, as voters cast their bites to elect their chairman, councillors

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has commended the Borno State Independent Elections Commission (BOSIEC) and the voters for orderly and peaceful conduct of the Local Government Elections.

Speaking shortly after casting his vote at the Ajati 1 polling unit, Mafa on Saturday, Governor Babagana Zulum said ” I am impressed with the turn out and orderly manner exhibited by the voters and process of the elections organised by the BOSIEC”

Also speaking after casting his vote, at Maiduguri Clinic a member House of Representatives, representing Jere Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Engr Ahmed Satomi said ” I am satisfied with the turn out of voters and the orderly manner of the elections. You know people consider this election very important as the only government closer to the people”.

” With democratically elected leaders at the grassroots levels, the people would have access to their representatives, and forwards their needs for onward transmission to the state and federal government. So our people are happy for the opportunity of choosing the leader of their choice, after an over a decade of insurgency”, Hon Satomi added.

.He said ” with this elections the dreams of His Excellency, Governor Zulum of instituting civil authority at the grassroots levels and relocation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will be achieve in no distance time”.

Our correspondent who Monitored the elections within the Maiduguri metropolis reports that there was voters apparthy generally, as at around 10;00am only 7 voters out 503 registered voters casted their Waziri Ibrahim polling unit 2

The election was generally peaceful, as security operatives were seen at all the polling units and strategic places accross the the state.

In some polling units, however, there were delay in arrival of election materials due lack of transportation and other logistics.

A presiding officer at the Maiduguri polling Units, Bulama Ali said ” we are just coming because we had to wait for those who are far before attending to us. But we are here with all the materials. We have 3 units here and the others units are on their way’.

It could be recalled that the last time local government elections was held in Borno state, was in the year 2008 during the administration of former Governor Ali Sheriff.

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Borno Electoral Commission Assures all political parties of free, fair, credible LG elections



Borno electoral commission assures all political parties of free, fair, credible LG elections

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Independent Electoral Commission (BOSIEC), has assured all political parties that fielded candidates for the elections that the commission shall remain neutral and unbiased and strongly appealed to the electorates to come out en mass and vote for the candidates of their choice without fear, intimidation, or harassment, as law enforcement agents will be on ground to avoid breach of peace during the polls.

Addressing a press briefing at the headquarters of the BOSIEC in Maiduguri on Friday, the chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abdu Usman said ” I want use this medium and opportunity to allay the fear of political parties that have fielded candidates for the elections that the empire body BOSIEC shall remain neutral and unbiased.

He said that all arrangements have been concluded for the tomorrow’s Saturday 28th November, 2020 chairmanship,, Vice chairman and councillorship elections for the 27 local government areas of the state, adding that the election will commence from 8;am to 2!pm across the 5,012 wards in the state.

“the Borno state Independent Electoral Commission has concluded all the necessary arrangements to ensure smooth, orderly, and hitch free conduct of the polls. Electoral personnel made up of Electrical Officers, Local Government returning Officers, presiding officers, have already been trained in readiness for the exercise”

It could be recalled that the last time election was held in the state was in 2008 during the administration of former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff due to the Boko Haram insurgency.

The commission chairman said the election is going take place in all polling units of 23 local government areas, while that of Marte, Abadan, Guzamala, and 8;wards of Kukawa local government will have theirs elections in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.

The elections in 21 local government areas are unopposed, while that of Askira-uba, Chibok, MMC, Ngala, Kwaya Kusar, Mobbar and Jere were been challenged by opposition parties..Two professors were also fielded for the chairmanship elections in Damboa and Gwoza local government areas

“Let me remind the general public and the good people of Borno state particularly the electorates that the chairmanship, Vice chairman and councillorship elections for the 27 local Government Areas of the state and 312 wards will take place this Saturday November, 28th, 2920.”, The commission’s chairman stated.

Alh Usman further said the commission has also made adequate security arrangements through the collaborative efforts with security agencies for maintenance of law and order in the entire state particularly the 5012 pilling units of the state, before, during and after the elections, adding that a total of 38 chairmanship, vice chairmen candidates respectively and 316 councillorship candidates are to participate in the elections

While expressing the commissions Gratitude to Governor Babagana Zulum for approving necessary funds for the successful and effective elections, Alhaji Usman expressed their appreciations to the security agencies for providing necessary peaceful environment for the conduct of the elections.

He also assured that the BOSIEC is committed to conduct free, fair and credible polls to the people of Borno state.

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