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My trips to front line despite attacks on my convoy, is not an issue of pride boasting or catch the limelight, it is an issue of conscience and obligation – Borno Governor

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My trips to Front line despite attacks on my convoy, is not an issue of pride, boasting or to catch the limelight. It is an issue of conscience and obligation – Borno Governor

.By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Umara zulum of Borno state has said “My trips to Front line despite attacks on my convoy, is not an issue of pride, boasting or to catch the limelight. It is an issue of conscience and obligation”

Governor Babagana. Zulum, who disclosed this in in a statewide media address yesterday, said that his regular trips to front lines were not out of pride or attract attention but rather to satisfy his conscience and discharge his obligations to the people of Borno. Saying that ,”is not an issue of pride, boasting or to catch the limelight. It is an issue of conscience and obligation”

The governor who held separate meetings with Islamic, and Christian leaders before the address declared Monday, October 19 as day for second round of statewide fasting and prayers for enduring peace in the state.

He said “Fellow citizens of Borno State, as an outcome of today’s consultation, I hereby declare Monday, the 19th day of October 2020 as a second day for statewide fasting and prayers for peace in Borno State. I will like to request, with gratitude, that we approach the fast with the same enthusiasm, devotion and faithfulness as we did on Monday February 24, 2020. “

“These realities account for the notoriety of Boko Haram, especially in these days when rain-fed grasses on highways give them opportunities to hide and ambush their targets. The reality of our situation creates a conflict between our human needs for safety versus our conscience and obligation to those we represent”., he stressed.

The governor said “the solution lies in continued and genuine determination of our armed forces with the support of our gallant volunteers. We all have roles to play in supporting the military and volunteers in ways that we all can.”

Gov Zulum said “as humans, we will continue to do whatever we can, within the limit of our resources and laws, to stand firm in our fight against Boko Haram, and in economic recovery, reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement efforts. Trust is a burden. When people trust you, they invest their fears and hopes in you and they leave you to your own conviction, your own decisions, and most importantly, they leave you to your fear of Allah or the lack of it. “

” Oftentimes, I have been confronted with risks of moving around some areas, especially in Northern Borno. As a human being, as a father and husband, I, of course, do not seek harm for myself or anyone.But then, as a leader, I have often asked myself: should I remain in peaceful Maiduguri where there are less challenges and ignore local government areas where Borno’s challenges actually are? Should we all just sit in Maiduguri and wait till whenever Boko Haram chooses to give us peace?”he queried.

“I will like to start by, once again, registering our depth of eternal gratitude to the good people of Borno State for the overwhelming support and sincere goodwill our administration has been accorded in the last 17 months. Nothing I say here or anywhere else can best describe the extent of my gratitude to the people of Borno and many Nigerians outside Borno.”, Gov Zulum stated.

He said “We have been shown enormous love and support from day one till date. Above being loved and supported, the people of Borno State have proved to trust us and have faith in what we do.For me, one of the greatest feats a leader can attain is to earn the trust and confidence of those being led. On the other hand, the worst thing that can happen to any leader is to lose the trust and confidence of the people.”

Our gallant armed forces in the military, police, DSS, paramilitary and our courageous volunteers in the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes are facing enemies who conceal their identities. We are in battle with an insurgent group which has the advantage of laying ambush from rain-grown grasses, and who oftentimes, use the uniforms of soldiers and Civilian JTF to conceal their movements and presence on our highways.

“As we gathered to hold meetings with religious groups here in Maiduguri, there are more than a million homeless fellow citizens who are living in camps at Monguno, Kala-Balge, Ngala, and other parts of Borno. Are we going to ignore their existence by refusing to give them food and get them homes to live and earn livelihoods? Or are we going to converge all the people of Borno to come to Maiduguri? What about those who are not willing to leave their communities? “, he further asked

He urged tlall citizens to continue to help iin fight agaii insurgency by not associating with the insurgents, and also pass useful information to the security forces, as well as consistently pray for the armed forces and volunteers, adding that the prayers should include those risking their lives, including humanitarian workers and those who undertake reconstruction works in communities.

He said that there will be no public holiday on Monday and there will be no dramatic gatherings, stressing that What is required is the purity of intentions and submission to Allah during the fasting and prays from homes, offices, market shops, other businesses and places of legitimate endeavours.

He said “one of the key goals of fasting together is deferring to the Almighty as a community in worship and hope. Fasting together would also remind us of the realities we face and strengthen the faith and patriotism of our military and volunteers in frontlines as well as others who risk their lives for humanitarian and reconstruction courses.”

“We cannot afford to lag in our steady call upon God to free Borno. The role of prayers, especially one that is combined with practical human efforts, is very critical in our kind of battle that has raged for far too long, with huge and negative consequences.”,.he further explained.

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Potiskum Trailer Park: Gov. Buni Signs N2.8 Billion Contract

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Potiskum trailer park: Gov. Buni signs N2.8 Billion Contract

By Daily Hint Damaturu

The contract consists the provision of Multi-purpose warehouses, Service bay, Wash bay, Police post, Fire Service, Clinic, Dormitory, Plaza Market, Food Court, Public Toilet, Mosque, Football Field, Internal Roads and Drainages, Parking Space for trailers and cars and Administrative Block is awarded to A.G Vision Nigerian LTD at a cost of N2,880,091,770.34.

It could be recalled that H.E Gov. Mai Mala Buni during the ground breaking ceremony of Potiskum Truck Transit Park on 4th/September/2019 clearly indicated his administration plan to develop a modern truck transit park first of it’s kind in the Northern Nigeria where about 5000 employment opportunities will be generated.

The State Government has acquired 50 hectares of land and compensation was fully paid for the project site and perimeter fencing work is being handled by Guza Integrated Nigerian LTD at a cost of N242,219,778.25 and presently is about 85% completion.

While witnessing the signing ceremony, the Honorable Member representing Potiskum constituency, Hon. Adamu Bazuwa and the Commissioner of Higher Education, Prof. M. Munkaila on behalf of Potiskum community expressed their gratitude to the State Government under the leadership of H.E Gov. Mai Mala Buni for citing the TTP, Modern Market, Schools and other developmental projects in Potiskum.

The Commissioner of Commerce, Industry and tourism, Hon. Barma Shettima in his remarks urged the contractor to work inline with specifications contained in the contract agreement and the contract duration is for a period of 12 months.

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Repositioning Almajiri System, Governor Zulum inaugurates 14 Man Committee

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Repositioning of Almajiri system, Governor Zulum inaugurates 14 Man committee

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Government has inaugurated a 14 Man Reform Committee to reform the Tsangayya system of education with a view to provide more conducive and better learning condition and alleviate the social problems developing from Tsangayya system of education.

Inaugurating the committee at the Government House, Maiduguri on Wednesday, the Borno state Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum said “Tsangayya education otherwise known as the Almajiri system of education is one area that is currently recurving great attention in generating/making policies in the current dispensation. It is aimed at enhancing the curriculum with the support of the government by providing socio-economic condition and alleviating begging’.

‘ Tsangayya education can be traced to the saying of the prophet (SAW) that it is a compulsory upon every Muslim to seek knowledge and learning in all ramifications, hence the establishment and spread of schools and Islamic scholars in Muslim communities”, the governor added.

He said ” some of the identified problems includes but not limited to – lack of an adquate support by government and community, old curriculum, where same old method and grades are being used, socio-economic conditions of the Tsangayya where pupils and teachers are in dilapidated condition without even a health clinic hence by affected diseases and malnutrition, begging and vulnerability to environment laggards’.

Governor Zulum said ‘ the committee has the following terms of reference
-to generate and provide information on the existing Tsangayya in Borno state, to collect a comprehensive data in the state, Tsangayya enrolment in order to get the statistical figures of both teachers and the children physically on ground in their different locations, trace and identify the real status of Tsangayya situation for example learning, feeding, clothing and the economic and health conditions’

‘ Others includes to recommend to the Government on how to intervene and uplift Tsangayya system in the state, find out and deliver clear recommendations to the Government and Non Governmental interventions and reforms that would effectively enforce against begging and abuse of Almajiris, to develop an action plan with short, medium and long term strategies to assist the government put in place policy formulation in order to uplift the standard of the Tsangayya program in the state, involve in sensitizing and mobilizing other critical stakeholders Among others”, he added.

The committee which has one month within which to submit it report, has renown Islamic, scholars which Includes professors Sheikhs and Ulanas

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Speaking on behalf of the committee members, , the committee chairman, Khalifa Aliyu Abdulfatahi thanked the governor for finding them worthy to serve in the committee and promised to justify the confidence repose in them.

”Borno has a long history of Quranic education dated back to the Saifawa dynasty but along the line Tsangayya suffered neglects from the past governments but with the attention it is getting now, very soon it will be a thing of the past” he said.

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FG releases N3.5Billion To Borno Government, as parts it’s first phase of 10,000 housing intervention

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FG released N3.5 billion For Borno government, as parts it’s first phase of 10,000 housing intervention

By Madu Mohammed, Nauduguri

The Federal Government has released the sum of N3.5 billion to the Borno state government for the first phase of the 10,000 housing intervention to fast track the rebuilding and resettlement process in the state.

The Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum who made this known on Wednesday when he paid an inspection visit to 1000 Housing units in Dalori village in Konduga local government area of the state, he said the Federal Government has released the sum of N3.5 billion for the first phase of it’s housing intervention’ program I n the we state.

“The Federal government has released the sum of N3.5 billion to the Borno state government for the first phase of it’s housing intervention in the state and we have judiciously utilized the fund . We are constructing 1000 houses here in Dalori and another one in Kalameri and both of them have reached 70 percent completion. We are going write to the Federal government for the release of more funds”, the governor stated.

He said the Federal government has also released the sum of N1.3 billion through the ministry of agriculture for Rural Grazing no Area (RUGA) farming and another sum of N352 million to the ministry of Humanitarian and Disaster Management for Livilihood support to IDPs as they return to their communities, adding that the state government will also compliment the effort of the Federal government by construction of health care facilities and water supply.

The governor said ” you can see here 608 housing units have reached about 79 percent completion.the state government is also going to drilled 2 boreholes and hospital to the housing units here in Dalori to compliment the Federal government. We are undergoing 1000 housing units each in Monguno, Gwoza, Damboa. We are planning to closed all IDPs in Maiduguri on or before May 29 2021.”

While commending President Buhari, the ministries of Humanitarian Affairs and Agriculture, as well as North East Development commission for their intervention, Governor Zulun assured all IDPs that the federal and state governments are committed to rebuilding back their houses.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen a Dalori resident, Ali Modu thanked the Federal government and the Borno state Governor for the construction of the houses, stressing that the construction of the houses have not only provide them with shelter but also create job . opportunitues to their teeming youths who were involved the construction.

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