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Northeast Will Prosper With Lawan As The Senate President — Buni



N/East states will prosper with Lawan as senate president — Buni

Published By Daily Hint  May 23, 2019

Honourable Mai Mala Buni is the Governor-elect of Yobe State. He recently resigned as the National Secretary of the APC. In this interview, he X-rays the role of the ruling party and its leaders ahead of the elections of leaders of the National Assembly and his plans for Yobe as he prepares to assume the leadership of the state on May 29.

Sir, you are the elected Governor of Yobe State in the North East, and your party, the APC, has zoned the seat of the senate president to the zone. However, Senators Ahmad Lawan, Ali Ndume and Danjuma Goje have indicated interests to vie for the office. Do you not think some will say there is no cooperation among your party’s leaders in the region?

As you are aware, the party has already endorsed the Senate Leader, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, as its preferred candidate. What is expected of every loyal party member is to support the position of the party in this regard.

However, we have seen Sen. Ali Ndume who has also declared his ambition; and there are speculations surrounding the ambition of Sen. Danjuma Goje who is yet to formally declare his ambition to contest for the office. That party had been magnanimous to zone the office to the North East and went further to endorse Sen. Lawan; there is obviously wisdom in the party’s decision and choice of Ahmad Lawan, so the two other senators are expected to accept and reason along the party’s decision in the interest of unity, democracy, the North East and party supremacy.

The reason is simple: apart from the party, other key stakeholders, including governors, returning and newly elected senators, party chieftains, youth and women groups across Nigeria have equally endorsed the decision of the party in supporting Sen. Lawan for President of the 9th Senate. When you receive such support from these stakeholders, it demonstrates the strength of the party and the popularity of its decisions. As a stakeholder myself, I want to personally appreciate the governors, members of the National Assembly, party chieftains and other organisations for their respect for the party structure and leadership. This gives us hope that our democracy is growing.

Most importantly, the North East had in the last 10 years suffered unprecedented onslaught by insurgency; this is the time for us to recover by coming together to get Sen. Lawan to the saddle. Borno and Yobe are one and the same thing, and what goes to Yobe is as good as going to Borno. It is the same for Gombe where Sen. Goje comes from. The benefit will also accrue to Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa, the whole of the North and Nigeria at large.

Looking at our experience in the last four years, the frosty executive-legislative relationship did not help the APC-led Federal Government. It was a disaster characterised by deliberate sabotage to see President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration failing to execute its policies and programmes. Budgets, bills and confirmation of appointees were deliberately delayed and withheld to make the government incapacitated. With this in mind, no reasonable party would want a repeat of such disaster; it has to take a position to ensure the election of credible and competent officers for the National Assembly to support the executive to execute the party’s campaign promises to Nigerians.

The opposition PDP, including some APC members, see the decision as an attempt to impose leadership on the National Assembly. What is your reaction to this?

It is natural that the opposition party will make such baseless allegation because they benefit from any possible division within APC; just like they did in 2015. They are hoping for another crack in the ruling party for them to take advantage of it.

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We need your support to successfully implement this document, Borno 25 years development plan, advocacy team urges Journalist’s



We need your support to successfully implement this document, Borno 25 years Development Plan Advocacy team urges journalist’s

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In it’s efforts to ensure successful implementation of the plan in it’s post insurgency rebuking drive, the Borno state 25 years Development Plan and 10 year Strategic Transformation Initiative Advocacy committee has solicited for the support of the working journalists in the state.

While addressing newsmen at the NUJ Press Centre,recently the leader of Advocacy team, Dr Mairo Mandara said ‘the document which took us over one and half year to produced seek to transform so that Borno will be as if it never had Boko Haram insurgency”.

Soliciting the support of the media, Dr Mairo Mandara who is also the Special Adviser to Governor Zulum on Humanitarian Affairs said ” we see journalists as partners in this project. We want you to own the document and champion the reorientation and social change needed for the successful implementation of the plan”.

Dr Mandara further said ” we want to take back the economic hub of not only the Northeast but the trans African trade hub. Banki and Baga used to be economic centres . We need to not only restore their past business position of Borno. We want Borno to be the leading economic hub in the entire Sahel region”.

” As we move to implement the plan, you should be our eyes as those closer to the people. We also call on Borno people in.dispora to come back home and invest. We also call on investors to take the advantage of these opportunities to come and invest in the state”, she added.

She said ” our people want to go back to their communities .the government is doing it best to relocate them in dignified manner. You know the governor cannot do it alone. Our Borno is our success, together we can all build Borno.”.

Responding on behalf of the working journalists in the state, the chairman, Borno state council of the NUJ , Comrade Bulama Talba said “the NUJ has been following with keen interest the activities of the governor and was the first body to award Governor Zulum with the best performing Governor in Nigerian 2020. “.

While congratulating the government for the successful launching of the 25 years Development Plan, Comrade Talba assured the committee that the working journalists in the state will be the vanguard for successful implementation of the plan, , stressing that as journalists, the NUJ will guard the implementation of the plan, so that successive government should key into the implementation of the document.

He said ” we want this committee to take our message to the governor for need to consider sponsorship journalists both home and abroad on the strategic communication and awareness campaign for the success of the plan.

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



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



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


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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