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Governor zulum visits Baga, Resettles 1, 200 IDPs, Distributes Food, Clothe, Cash to them



Governor Zulum visits Baga, resettles 1,200 IDPs, distributes food, clothes, cash to them

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

In continuation of its resettlement drive, the Borno state Government has again resettled 500 families which consist of 1,200 members displaced for more than seven years, by insurgents attacks back to Baga, the famous fishing area,.

The Borno state, Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum who travelled to Baga,
during the weekend personally supervised the resettlement Of the 1,200 family members, among whom 716 women each received N10,000 cash, a wrapper and children clothings, while 486 men received also N10,000 each.

The governor distributed a bag of rice, a bag of maize grill and other condiments to both the men and women returnees.

Doron Baga, a fishing community located in the shores of Lake Chad is in Kukawa local government area, and was a major area of economic interest to Boko Haram, during their occupation for more than seven years.

It could be recalled that the displaced residents relocated to IDP camps in Monguno IDPs until Governor Zulum set up a resettlement committee that was headed by Borno’s attorney general and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan where the committee rebuilt homes and public institutions and began to safely resettle residents, most of whom had been anxious to return.

Addressing the returnees at Doron Baga primary school, Governor Zulum said “this town was dislodged by the insurgents many years ago. Today, to the glory of God, we are witnessing the first return of the people to their home town from Monguno town of Monguno Local Government area” .

Zulum however warned the returnees that, government will not condone any form of sabotage from any individual, enjoining them to report any suspicious person or activity, as it is only with their cooperation, that security could continue to safeguard Baga.

Resettlement committee chairman, Kaka Shehu Lawan said that success of people’s return was due to Zulum’s resilience and untiring effort, explaining that with the return, many have returned to fishing businesses

Governor Zulum also applauded the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment towards the return of peace to the shores of Lake Chad and ongoing resettlement.

“Let me use this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to the Commander in Chief of the armed forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari first for creating the enabling environment that ensures the return of this very important community,”, he added.

The Governor also appreciated the efforts of the Nigerian military, other security establishments and volunteers in civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes for supporting the military and the resettlement committee’s reconstruction efforts.

Zulum was accompanied by former Borno Governor who hails from Baga, Senator Maina Ma’aji, chairman of the resettlement committee, Bar Kaka Shehu Lawan, the member representing Kukawa at the Borno State House of Assembly Haruna Kukawa, commissioners for reconstruction rehabilitation and resettlement, Engr Mustapha Gubio that of water resources, Agriculture Engr Bukar Talba, and water Resources, Engr Tijjani Goni Alkali, and some APC stakeholders and top government officials.

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Zulum, Dantata, Adadevoh Get Fellowship From National Post Graduate Medical College



Zulum, Dantata, Adadevoh get fellowship from National Post Graduate Medical College

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, foremost businessman and elder statesman, Alhaji Aminu Alhassan Dantata and late Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh (who died in August 2014, fighting Ebola spread) have been conferred honorary fellowship by the National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria located in Lagos.

The fellowships, presented at the 39th Convocation Ceremony of the College, held on Wednesday with physical and virtual attendance, were in recognition of contributions made by the recipients to societies in Nigeria.

Zulum’s fellowship was received by Borno’s Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, who led a small delegation to the convocation while Zulum addressed participants virtually. The Governor was one of the five recipients of the Fellowship from northern Nigeria.

The Governor, speaking on behalf of Dantata and Adadevoh, appreciated the National Post Graduate Medical College for huge contributions to the Nigerian health sector and for recognition to the recipients of the College’s fellowship.

The Governor said Borno State government will partner with the college to enhance healthcare service in the state and appealed to the Resident Doctors to call off there strike for the sake of humanity.

The Governor assured to work closely with the National Postgraduate Medical College with a desire to sustain the quality of the health sector.

Minister of State for Health, Adeleke O. Mamora, lauded the College for its training programmes aimed at repositioning the health sector with skill and quality of doctors.

Earlier, president of the College, Dr. Musa Muhammad Borodo, said the 39th edition of the Convocation is being held both physically and virtually due to COVID-19 safety protocols.

The College has, since its establishment in 1979, produced 7000 fellowships by examination in various specialties in Medicine and Dentistry, while 309 are graduating at the 39th Convocation ceremony.

There were goodwill messages from Medical Colleges in Ghana, Liberia, the National Medical and Dentist Council among others.

Borno Deputy Governor attended the Convocation alongside Senator Abubakar Kyari, the Speaker Borno State House of Assembly, the Chief of Staff, Commissioners of Health and Information, Vice Chancellors of University of Maiduguri and Borno State University.

Chief Medical Directors of UMTH, the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital and Borno’s Hospital Management Board, Special Adviser Liaison Services and Senior Special Assistant on Media also accompanied the Deputy Governor.

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Borno Federal Lawmaker, MT Monguno Again Disburses N20 Million to Empower Local Farmers, Traders



Borno Federal Lawmaker, MT Monguno again disburses N20 million to empower local farmers,traders

By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri

Member representing Marte, Monguno and Nganzai federal constituency, who is the Chief Whip, Rt. Hon Mohammed Tahir Monguno, in collaboration with the Centre for Management Development (CMD) donated the sum of N20 million and sponsored 3-Day Agricultural Workshop for 400 beneficiaries in Faulty Goat and Fish Farming as well as Soap Making.

Just early last month August, 2021, a total of N10 million was donated by the Lawmaker to improve seed varieties to over 200 farmers across the constituency.

In his opening remarks yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, Monguno disclosed that, 400 participants are to receive traning in different categories, and cash donations ranging from N50,000 to N60,000 each as starter kits.

Represented by Hon Gadau Ali Gadai, the Chief Whip said, agriculture remained the mainstay and occupation of the people in his constituency, adding that, this is not the first time gesture,  as he periodically gave them incentives for over a decade by supporting the people with fertilizers, improved seed varieties, free tractors, trainings and retrainings to enable them cope with modern and easy methods of farming.

“These initiative, as you can see, have greatly assisted and will lift my people out of poverty, even as we would not relent”. Monguno stated.

In his goodwill message, Special Assistant to governor Babagana Umara Zulum, Hon Abatcha Ma’aji hailed the Lawmaker for his foresight and commitment towards uplifting vulnerable groups in the society earn a good means of livelihood. 

While enumerating some of the projects executed by MT Monguno, Hon Ma’aji said “the Monguno Water Project executed by the Lawmaker, which is worth more than 560 Million Naira has been completed and awaiting commissioning, while similar project has commenced a couple of days in Gajiram in Nganzai Local Government Council, with another same project which is in the pipeline to the good people of Marte Council area.

He noted that, this is in addition to 196 all-in-one solar system streetlights that were conveyed to Monguno, 200 streetlights installed in Nganzai last two months ago, as well as 111 streetlights that were handed over to Marte resettlement committee for installation. 

The workshop was attended by the ruling APC stakeholders from the constituency including the Chairmen and secretaries of the three councils.

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APC Releases Timetable For October 2 State Congresses



APC Releases Timetable for October 2 State Congresses

By Chikode Owerum, Abuja

The nationwide State Congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to elect Party executives has been fixed for Saturday, 2nd October, 2021.

According to the approved schedule of activities for the Party’s state Congresses, sale of forms will commence from Wednesday, 15th September to Monday 27th September, 2021.

Screening of aspirants for State executive positions will take place from Wednesday 29th to Thursday 30th September, 2021. Appeals arising from State Congresses is scheduled from 9th to 16th October, 2021.

On the cost of nomination forms, aspirants for the position of State Chairman will purchase forms at the cost of N100,000. Deputy State Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer aspirants will pay N50,000. Aspirants for the position of Senatorial Chairmen are to purchase forms at N50,000; Senatorial Youth Leader N30,000 and other offices N30,000.

Female aspirants and physically challenged aspirants are to pay 50% of the prescribed fees for each position.

Equally, the party congratulates members on the just concluded Local Government Area (LGA) Congresses and urges those who may have been dissatisfied with the exercise to approach the Appeal Committees that have been detailed to resume sittings in various states. The Appeal Committees have been charged to ensure fair hearing as they attend to complaints.

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