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Independence celebrations: Zulum calls for renewed patriotism, greets Buhari, and Nigerians

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Independence celebrations, Zulum calls for renewed patriotism, greets Buhari, and Nigerians

By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has on Thursday urged Nigerians to renewed the patriotis, as he conveyed his well wishes to President Muhammadu Buhari and all fellow citizens as Nigeria celebrates its 60th independence day.

Governor Babagana Zulum, in a statement he personally signed, also thanked Nigerians from the north and south who have shown empathy for the people of Borno in the midst of daunting challenges facing the state.

“As our dear country marks 60th independence day, it is my honour to extend well wishes to our dear President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and to fellow Nigerians”, the governor said.
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He said “It is also an obligation for me to, on behalf of government and the good people of Borno State, extend our profound gratitude to millions of fellow Nigerians in the north and south who have ceaselessly demonstrated empathy for Borno State as we go through a phase of security challenges which we shall overcome by the grace of Almighty God. “

The statement further stated that “I have received and also observed outpour of genuine concern and prayers for our collective safety in ongoing peace-building, recovery and resettlement efforts. Borno State deeply appreciates the love shown to us by countless Nigerians and from leaders at different levels. “

Governor Zulum said “With the level of support being received, our optimism for peace and recovery has continually increased. Our hope is as fresh as our trust and confidence in our gallant armed forces and volunteers who have shown great sacrifice and overriding commitment to our shared desire for a peaceful Borno, a peaceful northeast and a peaceful Nigeria. “

While speaking on the ongoing counter insurgency in the Northeast, Governor Zulum said “We have the same trust and confidence in the leadership of our armed forces led by the Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr President has, without doubt, consistently given us listening ears with clear evidence of compassion for Borno and the genuine will to end Boko Haram crisis which is Nigeria’s most pressing problem.”

“I respectfully urge fellow Nigerians within and outside Borno to continually pray for peace and prosperity of our dear country and to renew our individual and communal obligations to be patriotic citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria” Zulum said in the statement.

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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 NLC Gave BOSG 2 Weeks Ultimatum to Remove Head Of Biometric Unit, Probe the So Called Sources Of Funding the Award

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Borno NLC Gave BOSG 2 weeks ultimatum to remove head of Biometric units, probe the so called sources of funding the award

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Borno state has given the Borno state government 2 weeks ultimatum within which to remove the head of Biometric units and constitute a committee to probe award giving to some personality by the units and as well probe the source of funding of the ceremony

The NLC in a press briefing read by it’s state chairman Comrade Bulama Abiso who handed down the ultimatum after a State Executive Meeting held at the Labour House, Maiduguri on Saturday said “the organised Labour therefore demand an investigation into the sources of the fund expended in funding the award ceremony and demand the immediate removal of the head of Biometric unit, in person of Bako Adamu with immediate effect”

“Evidence on ground shows that a lot of workers across the state are yet to be captured or were captured but not paid, deceased benefit not paid, non implimentation of promotion benefits, and annual incrreaent, non payment leave and transport grants for 2017, 2019 and 2020 among other issues burdering on biometric exercise, as such due to this development workers remain hopeless and unattended to..It is therefore surprising a unit responsible for all these hardship and suffering of workers will be dishing out awards to some individuals in total disregard to plight and sensitivity of workers, the NLC therefore questioned the rationale behind the award”, Comrade Abiso queried.

It could be recalled that the biometric exercise which started during the administration of former Borno Governor, Hon. Kashim Shettima 5 years ago still have some issues to attend to.

The Biometric Unit at a colourful ceremony gave an award to Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, former state governor Hon. Kashim Shetima, State Secretary to the state Government (SSG) Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa and Head of Service, Barrister Simon Malgwi, commissioner for Finance, Adamu Lawan, , Commissioner works, Arch. Yerima Sale, Commissioner for RRR, Engr Mustapha Gubio, as well as Barrister Yakubu Bukar, Alh. Mohammed Hassan and Dr Bulama Mali Gubio all former heads of Service and Alhaji Umar Ka’ana, Accountant General of Borno state and some selected Of the unit.

The organised Labour has condemned in its totally the award and demanded for the probe of public fund use in finding the ceremony and removal of the head of unit.

He said since the commencement of the Biometric exercise in 2014, 89 workers have not been captured, 150 pensioners not captured and number of workers captured but not paid, stressing that the units claimed that they have saved over N500 million in an exercise that still has some outstanding issues .

When contacted for hid reactions, the head of the Biometric Unit Bako Adamu said ” I will not comment untill I receive authorization from the head of service”.

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Disengaged N Power Beneficiaries Threatens to Vote Out APC, If FG Refuses to Absorb them in Government Or Pay them Exit Package

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Disengaged N Power beneficiaries threatens to vote out APC, if FG refuses to absorb them in government or pay them exit package

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

A group under the auspecies of N-Power Youths Congress has threatened to vote out All Progressive Congress (APC) , if the Federal Government failed to permanent the over 500 thousand disengaged N-Ppower batch A and B beneficiaries or provide them with exit package to engage in an entrepreneurship business to be self employed.

Addressing a press briefing at the NUJ press centre Maiduguri on Saturday, the National coordinator of the group, Mr.
Joseph Maigari threatened that if the federal government fail to address their request they have no option than to mobilize their over 500, thousand members and their families to vote APC out of power come 2023.

“” The batches A and B N power beneficiaries whom according to the minister of Humanitarian Affair, Disaster Management and social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk were disengaged since the months of June and July respectively. we are not happy for being sent back to the street .we were struggling in different spheres of life to make a living. We were meant to quit the thing we were doing and embraced N power with the promise of being absorbed into the Federal Government scheme at the end of the day”, the group said.

The group said ” we hereby call on the President to please fulfil your promises. Absorb those that want to work as Federal Government staff and give substantial reasonable exit package to those who would like to venture into business and other entrepreneurial enterprises”.

Maigari said ” We the 500,000. A and B the N power beneficiaries calling on the Federal government to respond to our demands. We don’t want to believe that it is only a state of violence, anarchy and doom will make government to listen to the youths grievances”

“in 2029 general elections we were made to understand by the Special Adviser on Job creation to the President, Mr. Afolabi that our Voters Cards determine our permanency. We mobilized ourselves come out en mass to support this government. We spent our money going to Abuja for campaign so as to ensure the President Muhammadu Buhari reelected as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, he added.

The National coordinator said “We are not happy that the Federal Government sent us back to the street without switching us to another program or give us any package. Do they want us to join Boko Haram, kidnaping, Yahoo boys or any other form of criminalities. A situation where repentant Boko Haram Insurgents and militants were being trained and giving packages or federal government jobs.we the N power beneficiaries deserved better. A hungry man is an angry Man”.

He said many of their members have been thrown into hunger and starvation, as they have families and dependants, stressing that even when they were collecting N30,000 was not enough to feed their families, pay electricity and water bills, pay school fees, talk less of looking after their aged parents and relatives.

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