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Governor Zulum Flies, Distribute N65M Cash to 8000 Unaccessible Kala-Balge IDPs Households

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Governor Zulum flies, distributes N65m cash to 8000 unaccessible Kala-Balge, IDPs households

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Concerned by the plight of his people, the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has yesterday flew N65m in cash and distributed to 8,000 households widow Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are in critical need of humanitarian assistance in Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge, Nigeria’s remotest local government area, located in Central part of Borno State.

There is no banking services in Kala-Balge while it is impossible to convey food items, hence Governor visit to bring succor to the displaced people of the area.The visit was Zulum’s fifth of similar humanitarian trip to Kala-Balge since he assumed office in May 2019.

It could be recalled that Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge can only be accessed by road through the Republic of Cameroon due to flooded road from a dam discharge in Central Africa which trapped Nigerians in Rann, cutting them from traveling to others parts of Borno and denying them access to farms which are also flooded.

The Villagers mostly buy food supplies from a border village in neighboring Cameroon Republic, for livelihoods.

Zulum, during Saturday’s trip, supervised the N65m cash distribution to families of 8,000 widows and some vulnerable residents in Rann to enable them buy food and other basic needs from the Cameroonian border village.

Each household in the community was given between N10,000 and N5,000 cash because there is no banking service in Rann. During the governor’s visit 5,000 Male householders received N10,000 each, while 3,000 of their female counterparts received N5,000 and 10k bag of rice each.

In all five different visits to the area, the Governor supervised the distribution of food and non-food aid to residents, many of them in critical humanitarian needs.

Before traveling to Kala-Balge, Zulum was in Kaduna on Friday for Northern Governors’ meeting, but he used the trip to inspect some property owned by the Borno State Government in Kaduna town.

The property include Kaduna lodge and palace of the Shehu of Borno, the Governor’s Lodge and Liason Office, Government Staff Quarters, and Borno Hotels and ordered technical evaluation of those properties in need of rehabilitation.

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

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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 votes.at 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

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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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Gov. Zulum Solicits for collective efforts to tackle security challenges in the country

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Ov. Zulum solicits for collective efforts to tackle security challenges in the country

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state, has solicited for ollective efforts to curb the emerging crime of kidnapping and banditry and other crimes across the country and the northeast governor’s forum to ensure it does not escalate to the region , as kidnappers are reported to have kidnapped people in the comfort of their homes.

Governor Babagana Zulum who is chairman, Northeast Governors forum, made the call yesterday, at the forum’s third meeting ongoing in Jimeta, Yola, said governors in the region need take far reaching measures to ensure incidences of house kidnapping as reported in some states, does not extend to the northeast.

*On the issue of emergent criminal activities like banditry and kidnapping, the twin scourge is assuming a worrisome dimension in the North East, as it is becoming rampant and widespread. As a result, inter-state road travel is becoming a virtual impossibility for the people, because of the palpable danger of abduction along most of the major roads. It is therefore a matter of strategic imperative for us to give considerable attention to how to deal effectively with the problem and give our people a sense of sufficient and sustainable protection whenever they travel out.”, Zulum added.

He further stressed that “Unless we regard it as a matter of urgent priority, the phenomenon may escalate, as it is currently happening in some States, where there are persistent reports of innocent people being daringly kidnapped even within the safety of their homes. This is already happening in States like Kano and Kaduna. I hope the Committee of Attorney General, which has been given a special assignment on the issue, would come up with concrete and appropriate legal framework to deal with the phenomenon.

T​he government also called for the need to secure presidential fiat to prosecute those charged with Boko Haram crime and other terrorism, as only the Attorney General of the Federation has the statutory powers to prosecute terrorists; according to the provisions of anti-terrorism law.

*So we need to obtain prosecutorial fiat from the Attorney-General to enable us prosecute those charged with terrorism in our respective States, instead of referringthem to Abuja.”, Zuljm further stressed.

While speaking on the rising cases of rape, Governor Zulum said “another frightfully shocking social problem which, unfortunately, is becoming widespread in our sub-region is that of rape. We must find a way of protecting our women and girls from the intolerable and aggressive demeanour of rapists. While it is essential to embark on a massive enlightenment campaign on the dangers associated with rape, there is need also to domesticate the Federal law against rape, in our respective States, based on the peculiarities and special circumstances of each State.”

The Northeast Governor’s Forum which hold in a closed door in Jimeta, Yola has in attendance the host governor of Adamawa, governors of Bauchi, Gombe and deputy governors of Taraba and Yobe states.

“As you you know, the most alarming and worrisome challenge confronting us remains the daunting issue of insecurity, which has been causing excruciating loss of lives and property in the sub region. And the most devastating security challenge is the seemingly unending Boko Haram phenomenon, which has a destructive effect on the socio-economic lives of our people and which has inevitably displaced hundreds of thousands of people from across the North East, but most significantly in Borno State, which is the epicenter of the insurgency. We must however acknowledge the indefatigable efforts of our security forces in containing the insurgency. It is gratifying to note that they have undoubtedly decimated the power block and nerve centre of the insurgents in most of the sub-region, with the exception of a few belligerent remnants, who are confined to Sambisa forest and northern part of Borno State, especially around the Lake Chad area., The chairman of the forum said.

He further said “there is however absolute need for us to seriously look into how to stimulate and renew the confidence and trust of our people in the ability of our security forces to contain the palpable threats, being posed by the continued presence of the insurgents. This is to ensure that our people are adequately protected and sufficiently guaranteed to open up and go about their normal socio-economic and business activities, without fear of being attacked or kidnapped or even forcefully being recruited by the insurgents.”

On the regulation of religious preaching Government Zulum said “, we, in Borno State, have had a terrible experience when we realised, to our chagrin, that the Boko Haram insurgency and its deadly effects, were the direct consequence of unregulated preaching. Therefore it has become absolutely necessary to curb the excesses of our religious preachers by evolving a formidable legislative framework that could guide not only the contextual standards of the preaching but also its style and form. There is also the need to come up with a profoundly stringent criteria for licensing religious preachers and a heavy penalty for any breach of the preaching code. In this regard, we may be able to nib in the bud, any inclination on the part of the preachers towards inciting their followers and listeners. “

“Another issue which unquestionably needs to be urgently tackled is the Almajiri phenomenon and its associated challenges which are increasingly having a telling effect on the overall socio-economic development of the society. Unless the Almajiri system is completely overhauled along the lines of its original objectives, we may end up having to deal with an army of perhaps untrainable youths who inadvertently become vulnerable to the influence of social misfits like kidnappers and bandits and even terror groups like the Boko Haram insurgents. It is a problem common to all of us and it needs both multi-dimensional and individually selective approach, based on the general and specific peculiarities of the system in each State,” he added.

He further added ” As for us in Borno State, I have already set up a High Powered Committee to forensically and comprehensively look into the system, particularly its attendant issues of begging and unsavoury learning environment and determine whether or not such characteristics are integral part of the system or the result of a deliberate or inadvertent negligence on the partof the proprietors. On the short term, the Committee will advise Government on how to improve the learning environment, the academic standard as well as the status of the pupils, while as a long term measure, the Committee is to look into the possibility of integrating the Sangaya system into the overall Western education system. These are some of the measures we have taken so far on the Almajiri system. “

The governor also spoke on youths unemployment, job creation and harnessing the economic potentials of the region and called for a concerted and collective efforts to address the problems saying that “your Excellencies, the challenges we face collectively and individually are enormous but not insurmountable, especially if we approach the challenges in a concerted manner. On this note, I would, once again, welcome your Excellencies to this meeting of the North East Governors’ Forum and wish us fruitful deliberations. “

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