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Governor zulum disburses 150 Million to traders in Gwoza as he distributes food items to over 27,000 households



Governor Zulum disburses N150 million to traders in Gwoza, as he distributes food items to over 27, 000 households,

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor Prof. Babagana Zulum has disbursed N150M to 1,900 traders, small and medium enterprise his efforts to rejuvenate the businesses of the Boko haram insurgency ravaged community of Gwoza

Flagging off the cash distributions at the Palace of the Emir of Gwoza yesterday, Governor Zulum said ” any beneficiary who pay back 50 percent of his loan, the government will waive 50 percent as a grant, for him while anybody who default to repay within four years will be forced to pay in full.”

” N100 million out of the N150 million will be disburse to beneficiaries from Gwoza town while the remaining N50 million will be disburse to beneficiaries from Pulka, Limankara and Izghe communities. Among the 1,900 beneficiaries 6 of them will get N1 million each, 38 N500, 000, 50, N250,009, 404 will get N1000 each, while 732 will get N30 000 each., governor Zulum added.

He said the scheme is to boost the economy of the people of Gwoza local government area and that anybody who is not residing in Gwoza should not benefit.

Earlier speaking, the Borno state commissioner for Trade, Commerce and industry, Hon. Yerima Kareto said the assistance to the small and medium enterprises is inline with Governor Zulum administration’s drive to boost the economy capacity of the traders .

He said a total of 1,900 people of Gwoza will benefit and urged the beneficiaries to put the money given to them in good use.

A beneficiary, ishaatu Ibrahim thanked the Governor for the support and urged other beneficiaries not marry or buy furnitures for their families.

The governor also during his visit to Gwoza distributed food items and non food items to over 27 000 thousand households to reduce the hardships faced by the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the host community in the area .

Speaking in an interview with newsmen during the distribution exercise , Governor Zulum said ” we have distributed food items to over 11,000 households here in Gwoza., We are expecting to also provide cash to 16 thousand women. We are going to also support the business men in Gwoza with N150 millions to boost their businesses”.

  • Each and every household is going home with 1 bag of 12kg of maize, 12kg of beans as well as 10 kg of rice to support their families. We are also going to open up their farmlands for them to have access to enable them cultivate during the coming rainny season to reduce dependency on humanitarian aid,” the governor added.

He said ” we are going to develop your youths through youths empowerment and skill acquisition, the education system and the health sector.

Also speaking in an interview with journalists, a beneficiary, Garba Abdullahi said ” we are very grateful to the state government and our Governor for bringing succour to our families, we pray that God will reward him abundantly . This are the kind of leaders we need.”

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Gov. Buni Charged New LG Chairmen on IGR



Gov. Buni charged new LG chairmen on IGR

By Daily Hint Damaturu

Governor Of Yobe State Mai Mala Buni charged the newly elected chairmen of the 17 local government councils of the state to make prudent use of resources put at their disposal to ensure that government’s plans and projects are beneficial to the people.

Governor Buni stated this today in Damaturu while swearing-in the newly elected local government chairmen at the Government House.

He also tasked the new chairmen to work towards improving the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to in their areas to ensure that they can generate enough resources to provide services in the areas of healthcare, agriculture, education and provision of water.

Governor Mai Mala Buni also assured the newly elected local government chairmen that the state government will support them in any effort to improve the living condition of the people that elected them.

“I urge you to ensure value for money, and place public interest above personal interest in whatever official activities and make government work for the people,” the governor added.

The Governor who is also the National Caretaker Committee Chairman of APC, urged the newly sworn in chairmen to unite the people. The governor also said the recently local government election is a fulfillment of his campaign promise to ensure that local governments are functioning effectively.

On February 27 local government elections were held across Yobe state, including areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

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Adhered strictly to 2021 approved budget provision, Borno finance commissioner tells MDAs



Adhered strictly to 2021approved budget provision, Borno Finance commissioner tells MDAs

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planing, Alhaji Adamu Lawan has warned all Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Parastatals (MDAs) to adhered strictly to the 2021 approved budget tagged ” The People’s Budget of Recovery and Consolidation” with total expenditure of N248, 392,616.

Speaking at Press Briefing on the 2021 Approved Budget breakdown held at the Multipurpose Hall of Government House, Maiduguri on Friday, the Borno state commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planing, Alhaji Adamu Lawan said ” it is again noticed with dismay that ministries, departments and parastatals are not yet observing strictly to the laid down budgetary guidelines and procedures. Despite all efforts by the ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planing to curtail indiscipline, some government agencies went to incur expenditure that are not budgeted, miscalculations, and misappropriation of public funds will no doubt distort the process of the Budget”.

” The 2021 approved budget “the People Budget of Recovery and Consolidation” is N248, 392,616 with recurrent expenditure of N69,131252 and capital expenditure of N179,261364 this represent 27.8 percent and 72 17 percent respectively and the COVID 19 response with a total sum of about N27.966.744 billions”, Lawan added.

The commissioner further explained that the total budget expenditure of the 2021 budget stood at N248, 392 billion as compared to the N108,862 billion budgeted in 2020., adding that the budget is also expected to be financed through the Federal Allocations of N46. 254 billion statutory allocation, , as against N31. 855 billion in 2020, Value Added Tax of N16 110 billion as against N12 220 billion in 2020 and other Federal aids of N4.520 billion as against N3. 363 billion in 2020.

He said to block linkages in the generation of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), the state government has commenced the implementation of Treasury Single Accounting TSA system in all revenue generation agencies includes tertiary institutions through Remittance of all payments.

Alhaji Lawan said ” the approved budget of 2021 Which is accrual basis tagged as the People’s Budget of Recovery and consolidation” is essentially aimed at sustaining the noticeable gains of the government’s developmental efforts in the last 20 months which revolve around our policy thrust of good governance. This budget is based on the newly domesticated Borno state chart of Account which is incompliance with the International Public Sector Account Standard ( IPSAS) and inline with 2021 implementation plan of the State Development Plan (SDP) tagged ” Our Borno, Our Success launched last year”.

He further said ” the objectives and guiding principles of the 2021 budget is to rekindle economic growth job creation and support for SME, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of infrastructure interns of road network water and sanitation, electricity and housing and entrench good governance through a robust responsive service build on principles of accountability, transparency, equity and justice”.

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Gov. Buni approves N454.2 Million for LG retirees, Next of kin of deceased LG staff



Gov. Buni Approves N454.2 Million for LG Retirees, Next of Kin of Deceased LG Staff

By Usman Modu Damaturu

His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni has approved the sum of N454, 220, 666.94 for the payment of the benefits of 276 retirees and 88 deceased members of staff from across the 17 local government areas of the state.

Of the amount approved by His Excellency the governor, N333, 229, 100.01 will be paid electronically to the accounts of the 276 benefitting retirees. The balance of N120, 991, 566.93 will be paid to the next of kin of the 88 deceased personnel.

The current payments approved by the governor constitutes batch 43 in the long list of benefit payments to retired local government staff. Some may recall that in September 2020, His Excellency Governor Buni had approved N441, 870, 166.50 to 321 retirees, which constituted batch 42 in the payment schedule.

The public should note that payment approvals granted by the governor are always based on the recommendations of the Standing Committee for the Verification and Settlement of Outstanding Pension and Gratuity Liabilities of Local Government Retirees.

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