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In 10 years TETFUND executed over 10, 000 projects across 226 tertiary institutions nationwide- kashim imam

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In 10 years TETFUND executed over 10,000 projects across 226 tertiary institutions Nation wide – Kashim Imam

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri.

The chairman Board of Trustees, of the tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Alhaji Kashim Imam has said that since the establishment of TETFund in 2011 has impacted positively on 226 tertiary institutions across the country through the prosecution of over10 thousand Projects.

The TETFund Board Chairman, Alhaji Kashhim Imam who disclosed when he paid a courtesy Call on the Yobe state Governor, Mai Mala Buni at the Government House, Damaturu yesterday said ” I am here on a working visit to your state to Inspect completed and ongoing projects in 6 Federal and state owned tertiary institutions in yobe state. The TETfund was established by the National Assembly Act in 2011 and since it’s inception it has executed over 10 thousand projects across the country ‘.

” In Yobe state we have interventions in 6 tertiary institutions which includes Federal University Gashua, Federal Polytechnic Damaturu, Federal College of Education, Potiskum, state Polytechnic Geidam, Yobe State University, Damaturu. . Last year in Your state alone, the TETFund expended N5 billion on critical projects across the tertiary institutions and this year the TETFund is to spend N8 billion in Yobe state”.

While commending the Yobe state Governor and chairman Extra ordinary convention of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Hon. Mai Mala Buni for the revalidation and registration exercise, he donated the sum of N10 million in support of the revalidation exercise.

Responding, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state said ” due to the destructions caused by the decade long Boko Haram insurgency. I have declared a state of emergency in the education sector. Borno and Yobe are educationally backward and it was further worsen by the insurgency that is why we are massively investing in education to bridge the gap. We therefore call for more intervention from your Fund.”

At the Yobe state University, Alhaji Imam said in the 10 years of the inception of TETFund it has executed over 10, 000 projects across the 226 federal and state tertiary institutions across the country. Which consists of 108 projects in Bayero University Kano,66 projects each in LASU and University of portharcourt in the area of critical infrastructures, research, utility vehicles, training and retraining and library interventions.

He said the TETFund has expended N800 million in the Yobe state University in 2020 and has also budgeted N900 million this year to the university.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Yobe State University, Professor Mala Daura said ” the University has benefited over 20 projects from 2006 to date and has spent N3.5 billion in critical infrastructures, training, scholarships, research grants, library development among others”

He said the university which was established in 2006 have witness a lot transformation but however the decade long insurgency have affected the school, Corona Viirus has also had it toll on the academic activities of the school, adding that the university need more intervention from the TETFund for the establishment for the faculty of Agriculture with 4 programme,, construction of student hostels and the Yobe State Teaching Hospital for the take off of medicine and health program.

Responding the chairman assured the university that the Board of Trustees has budgeted bN800 million for the university last and N905 million budgeted for the year 2021 . In the sum of N1 billion to rebuild the destroyed Yobe state polytechnic Geidam.

While at the Federal Polytechnic Damaturu, the Rector of the institution, Dr Usman Kallamu represented by deputy Rector Administration, Dr Mohammed Shuwama said ” the institution has benefited a lot from the TETFund interventions which includes 13 departmental complex, renovation and construction of hostels, 33 KVA line electricity extension to the polytechnic, 1 Solar borehole, general office equipment, computer and internet facilities and laboratory, workshop equipment “.

” Others includes library interventions in terns of assorted textbooks, journals, reference materials over 30,000 volume, research training of 125 both MSC and Phd levels workshop to 667 staff, and conference for both academic and non academic staff totaling 1,226. From 2011 to date over N3.9 billion has been allocated to the polytechnic and well utilized. This includes High impact intervention of N1 billion the projects when completed will accommodate school of sciences and Technology, Environmental studies and 250 capacity twin lecture theaters”, the added.

However the Dr Kallamu said the polytechnic still in need of classrooms, laboratories, workshops and laboratory equipment, female hostels and fencing, , drawing studio and equipment for Environmental studies, upgrade of library utility vehicles, as well solar lightening to classroom and laboratories.

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BOSG Inaugurate Assessment Needs Committee on Education, Health to improve service delivery

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BOSG inaugurates Assessment needs committee on Education, health to improve service delivery

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

To ensure service delivery and consolidate on the success recorded in the last two years, the Borno state government has inaugurated an Assessment Needs committee on Education and Health to go round all schools and health facilities across the state to assess their needs and requirement with a view of addressing them.

Inaugurating the committees at the Multi purpose Hall of the Government House Maiduguri, on Monday the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum said “let me bring to your kind notice that the deplorable of our education sector, our education system is not working very well. Yes we have built schools and health facilities but we must ensure qualified teachers and health workers, desks, drugs, instructional materials,laboratories doctors, boreholes accommodation are provided to the schools and health facilities for effective delivery”.

While commending the state committee on Universal Basic education, Governor Zulum said ” let me use this opportunity to commend the chairman and members of the SUBEB verification team for saving N420 million monthly from ghost workers. This money would hitherto consumed by few individuals at the detriment of our children and brothers “.

“There is need to go to our respective local government areas to come up with template for the government to know what we can do in the next 2 years to change our education and health sector In the next two years. We’re going to concentrate on service delivery in the next two years. The problem is not the money but how effectively do we plan”, the governor stated.

The Governor said the committees which are divided into Borno North, South and Central have now to the end of July 2021 to submit their reports to the government for implementation.

Governor Zulum while assuring teachers of salary increment said ” there is no way that you pay a teacher N15,000 to N20,000 monthly and expect him to perform stressing that the state government is going to come up with empowerment program of one year, where candidate are to teach in schools and health facilities and if their performance is satisfactory, they will be employed after one year.”

Zulum said ” we would not mind to bring in teachers and health workers from other state if we cannot have enough qualified ones here in the state”.

He further said the state government have closed to N3 billion in accessed fund in the account of Primary Health care and State Health insurance scheme and that the government is going to use it to train health workers, provide drugs and laboratory equipments among others.

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COAS Pays A Maiden Visit To Operation Hadin Kai Theater, Assures Wounded Troops of Adequate Medical Care

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COAS pays maiden visit to Operation Hadin Kai theater, assures wounded troops of adequate medical care

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Major General Faruk Yahaya has paid a first official visit to the Theatre Headquarters Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) to assess the operational and welfare state of the troops

During the visit to the theater, General Yahaya also visited the 7 Division hospital, where he assured the wounded troops of adequate medical care and support in the ongoing counter insurgency operations.

The COAS gave the assurances yesterday when he visited the 7 Division Hospital and University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) to commiserate with the sick and wounded in action troops recuperating at the medical facilities.

While at the hospital, the COAS who prayed for their speedy recovery also took time to interact with the soldiers and assured them of proper medical care and welfare, adding that their medical care is of utmost importance to him .

He told them that the nation is indeed proud of their selfless service and sacrifices towards restoring peace to the North East region.

Meanwhile,, the COAS also at the the Mechanical Repair Group to inspect the ongoing repairs and refurbishment of vehicles at the workshop through the use of local resources and commended the resilience and ingenuity of the engineers and technicians in fixing most of the vehicles that were hitherto classified as ‘beyond local repairs’.

Earlier, the new Theatre Commander Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Christopher Musa briefed the COAS on the operational situation in the Theatre and assured the COAS that all efforts will be geared towards bringing the war against terrorism to a decisive end..

The COAS appreciated the commitment and selflessness of the troops in the Theatre and implored them to exhibit a high level of professionalism and ensure that all remnants of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists are neutralised.

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Vote of Confidence And Gov. Buni’s Sustainable Democracy And Good Governance

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VOTE OF CONFIDENCE AND GOV. BUNI’S SUSTAINABLE DEMOCRACY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

By Mamman Mohammed

He works round the clock like a machine. He is always busy attending to files, government officials and politicians alike. He meticulously studies recommendations made to him to take decisions on the fate of the over two million people of Yobe State. He also squeezes out time to attend political meetings at various levels and rounds off the day by proffering practical solutions to the problems confronting the All Progressives Congress (APC), Africa’s largest political party.

This has become the daily schedule of His Excellency, Yobe State governor and chairman, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC, Hon. Mai Mala Buni. The quantum of work and the speed required to deliver are both challenging and cumbersome, but he is up to the task in admirable fashion.

The long hours His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni devotes to work, work and more work, giving his personal welfare less time at a time became a matter of concern to his personal staff until they keyed into his style and got used to his momentum. They found out soon enough that they needed to shake off their own usual government work-style lethargy in order to catch up with the governor’s business-like approach to tasks.

No doubt, it confers a sense of fulfilment that this commitment has now manifested in the passing of a vote of confidence on the leadership qualities, style and results achieved by Governor Mai Mala Buni.

In Yobe State, more than any of his predecessors, Governor Mai Mala Buni has received endorsements, awards and vote of confidence from the people of the state and non-governmental organisations for executing people-oriented projects in education, healthcare delivery, agriculture, housing, road construction and economic recovery, among others. These projects and policies have direct bearing on the lives of the people.

Similarly, the budget discipline and implementation adopted by the Buni administration has earned the state the award of the second best state in Nigeria in Capital Budget Expenditure performance by BudgIT, a civil society organisation that focuses on budget monitoring in Nigeria.

On the political front, the political-cum-architectural wizardry of Governor Buni in re-arranging the blocks that built APC within such a short period of time, which saved the party from anarchy, disintegration and what seemed like an imminent extinction, was quite miraculous and heartwarming for all lovers of democracy and, in particular, members of APC.

Little wonder President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on behalf of the National Executive Committee last year eulogised Governor Buni for the success in repositioning the party. The President said, “I am pleased with the chairman (Governor Mai Mala Buni) and the work of the committee. He is highly mobile in the efforts to coordinate and strengthen the party. I am happy with his personal efforts.”

The vote of confidence by President Buhari was reaffirmed by the APC Caretaker Committee of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory who were also effusive in expressing confidence in the Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary convention planning committee.

The Non-National Working Committee members of the National Executive Committee was not left out; they also identified with the position of Mr President and the 36 state chairmen of the party, saying their position was borne out of “our collective desire for a more viable and prosperous APC.
“We wish to reaffirm our confidence in your ability to contribute meaningfully in salvaging our beloved party and returning it to the fast lane of electoral victories.”

And now, the vote of confidence passed by his colleagues in the Progressives Governors Forum for outstanding performance in providing excellent leadership to the party at the most challenging times, has further stamped the authority that the Buni Caretaker has achieved the set goal.

These endorsements and confidence votes are evidently justified by the normalcy that has returned to the party through genuine reconciliation and giving ownership of the party to the members through the bottom-up approach he and his team adopted towards entrenching viable and sustainable internal democracy in the party.

At the home front, Buni has, with passion and empathy, worked on result-oriented programmes to improve the standard and quality of education in the state through his famous declaration of emergency on education.

He started the new advancement for education with the first ever education summit in the state by assembling seasoned educationists under a committee headed by a suitably groomed scholar and education administrator, Prof. Malah Daura, former Vice Chancellor University of Maiduguri and current Vice Chancellor Yobe State University, to chart a more rewarding course for the sector.

The recommendations by the committee on the provision of adequate and appropriate infrastructure and instructional materials, qualified teachers, and other necessary incentives to propel the development of education in the state was matched with a strong political will and adequate financing by the Buni administration.

In no distant time, the results started manifesting with an unprecedented performance by Yobe students in West African Examination Council (WAEC). For the first time, the state set a record: 725 candidates passed WAEC with distinctions and credits in all the nine subjects; 2,530 candidates passed with distinctions and five credits and above, including mathematics and English; 8,042 candidates passed with credits and passes in English, while 7,008 others passed with credits and passes in Mathematics.

At the inception of his administration, Governor Buni pledged to establish a functional primary healthcare facility in each of the 178 political wards in the state. Two years after, 94 of the 178 had been completed, equipped and provided with manpower.

The administration also upgraded four comprehensive health centres to General Hospitals, and four General Hospitals to Specialists Hospitals while the state’s Teaching Hospital was provided with state-of-the-art equipment.

His policy of division of labour and teamwork, both in governance and politics, made the work much easier and successful. In the governance of the state, Governor Buni gave his appointees, especially the commissioners, the free hand to operate and contribute their skills, training and experience to the development of the state.

Similarly, on the political scene, Governor Buni constituted various committees to handle various assignments irrespective of local factional politics of who belongs to what team in the state chapters. He is convinced that fairness and accommodation of all members will promote unity and cohesion within the party, and that is undoubtedly a winning approach: everyone feels a sense of belonging.

The new face of APC under Mai Mala Buni has not only presented a more united party but also a prosperous one looking forward to a strong and unrivaled political party.

Again, this explains the mass influx of returnees and new members into the party. At the last count, APC parades Cross River State governor, Prof. Ben Ayade who joined the party in May this year, six months after his Ebonyi State counterpart, Dave Umahi, joined the APC in November 2020.

Earlier, former PDP chairman, Chief Barnabas Gemade, two former Speakers of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole and Yakubu Dogara, former Ogun State governor and director-general to the PDP’s Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Senator Kabir Marafa had either rejoined or newly joined the party and paid loyalty to the leadership of the party.

The successful membership registration and revalidation exercise executed by the Buni-led committee has contributed to repositioning the party by way of ascertaining the numerical strength of the party for planning of congresses, convention and general election.

Certainly, these commendations are but a testimony to the excellent recovery and repositioning of the party by the caretaker committee. APC is no doubt now in good hands and shape.

Like the takeoff and landing of a plane, the Caretaker Committee has stablised the party and is now heading towards congresses and convention that can be likened to the landing of the plane. As usual, many have indicated their interests in the leadership of the party at the ward, local, state and national levels. There is the need for absolute caution in approaching the congresses and convention on a speed landing mode to avoid a mad rush that would take the party back to the woods and make it, once again, divided house.

It brooks no argument that there is the need to sustain the excellent work done by the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee. The way forward is to have a careful approach to a strong, reliable and nationalistic leadership that will steer the affairs of the party with wisdom, hardwork and unity of purpose in order for the APC to remain Nigeria’s leading party and Africa’s largest political party.

Mohammed is the DG Press and Media Affairs to Gov Buni.

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