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NUJ in Borno condemns attack on Governor Zulum’s Convoy

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NUJ in Borno Condemns attack on Governor Zulum’s convoy

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Borno chapter has frown at the spate of attack on the convoy of the Borno state Governor Professor Babagana zulum near Baga the famous Baga fish town in his efforts to resettle the IDPs back to the town.

It could be recalled that on 26 September members of the Boko Haram insurgent attacked the convoy of Governor Zulum, where he went to recurved the retiring Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) where over 12 security operatives were killed. The governor’s convoy was also attacked on 27th September in his way back to Maiduguri.

The NUJ Borno state in a statement issued by it’s Secretary,, Alhahi Mohammed Ibrahim said “the spate of calculated attacks on the Borno State Governor Prof Babagana Umara Zulum one of which is the recent Baga attack is too many which well meaning Nigerians have to condemned in totality as we the working journalists do under the auspices of Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Borno Council. “

“The Chairman NUJ Borno Council Comrade Bulama Talba expresses the position of the Pen Professionals that enough is enough of this armed conflict in Northeast Nigeria which is seen as not directed to the Governor but on the dignified resettlement of IDPs who wish to go back and pick up the pieces of their lives from where they left in ancestral homes”, the NUJ added.
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The statement further said ” the Union calls on all those who are able to contribute their quota in facilitating strategic and cautious approach in supporting the noble cause of the resettlement of IDPs in a dignified and safe manner as well as peaceful end to the bloodshed occasioned by the over a decade long insurgency.”

The NUJ commiserates with the government, citizens and all bereaved families of those caught up in the recent and past armed conflict as we assure of our total commitment to a peaceful and quick end to the armed conflict to restore the glory of Borno state as home for peace.

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Borno Government to close all substandard private schools

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Borno government to close all substandard private schools

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has threatened to close all sub standard and quack private schools in the state in it’s efforts to reposition the education sector

Governor Zulum directed officials of the ministry of education and State Universal Education Board to pay visits and assess the quality of all private primary and secondary schools in Borno State with a view to identifying substandard and quack schools that exploit parents and guardians without the capacity to impact knowledge on be pupils and students.

The governor gave the directive during the commissioning of Ansar Academy yesterday while responding to the recommendation of a keynote speaker, a seasoned educationist, Alhaji Mohammed Adam, said “I have keenly listened to the keynote address by my brother, Mohammed Adam, and I was attracted to some issues he raised, one of which is a reminder that our responsibility to monitor the quality of private schools not just public schools. In that regard, I have directed secretary to the state government to notify the State Universal Basic Education Board Chairman, Dr Shettima Kullima to deploy officials to examine the capacity of all private schools.”.

“The Board is given six months within which their officials will visit all schools to examine physical infrastructures, quality and availability of teachers, and other relevant records. The board will make recommendations to the government of Borno State. We will do our best to ensure improvement of standards but where necessary, quack schools that are beyond upgrade shall be closed. While we are making modest efforts in uplifting the standard of education in our public schools, we shall also be very mindful of the operations of private schools in the state. It is our responsibility to ensure the quality of education in the state” Zulum said.

Also speaking the founder of the Al-Ansar foundation, a non profit organization founded by a retired federal permanent secretary, Dr Muhammad Kyari Dikwa. Said the establishment of the school and the Radio and Television was part of his contribution to the development of the state.

The President of the foundation, applauded Governor Zulum’s style of governance which he said, encouraged him to mobilize resources in contributing to Borno’s educational .

“Given the unprecedented achievements recorded under His Excellency’s leadership in the last one and half year, we considered it our task to mobilize friends, well wishers as well as investors to come over to Borno and invest for the betterment of our society. Your Excellency, you have done well, you have made us proud, we the indigenes of Borno State are proud of you, may Almighty Allah continue to shower his blessings, guide and protect you as you stir the affairs of the state” Dr. Dikwa said.

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Monarchy in Maiha: 100 days without district head after the courts verdict

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Monarchy in Maiha: 100 days without district head after the courts verdict

…Courts as in High Court and Appeal Court

By Adamu Mohammed Dodo Yola

The prayers organised by the aggrieved youths, using 99 names of Allah SWT on the 99th day after the Appeal Court judgement that affirmed the High Court order, over two years ago, which among other points, directed the state governor to approve the appointment of Prince Mahmud Abubakar, a candidates recommended by the Emirate Council as the legitimate district head of Jalingo-Maiha was held peacefully successfully yesterday, with the feeling that it was an acceptable supplication.

The call to collective prayer with the under aged who see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil as the vanguards, mainly collectively in individual houses of the not hypocritical indigens of Jalingo-Maiha within the country and in diaspora, was against the conspiracy that constrained the state governor to approve the appointment of Prince Mahmud Abubakar as the district head over three months after the courts judgements.

The followers of the defeated appellant before the law, were reported jubilating that the real heirs to the stool were at loggerheads; a window they said the state governor would use to undermine courts judgements and reappoint the former governor Bindow appointed as district head of Jalingo-Maiha.

The brewed propaganda grew more popular with the absent of the acting district head, Alh. Muhammad Dalil who was said to be away for medical attention that Maiha cottage hospital was constrained to offer.

The over ambitious, propaganda mercenaries of the desperado, claimed that Dalil was technically withdrawn from Jalingo-Maiha because the defeated appellant would be reinstated.

“So, Idi’s apologists know that there are the real heirs to the stool, yet keep on cooking mischief. When did the heirs engaged in scandal, was it before or after the determination of the Appeal Court? Was the scandal within the Ubandoma’s and between and among the heirs or the larger ancestral ruling family? What does it have to do with the implementation of Court Order; with the approval of appointment by the state governor?

“The summed up answer to the questions is given as a consequences of the executive undue delay in implementing the courts judgements,” the sage would explain.

A legal luminary, Tosin explained that “there’s no way the governor could twist by way of implementation, the High Court judgement as upheld by the Appeal Court.

“The delay could be politically motivated. It however can’t change anything. It’ll instead contribute to loosing the confidence the community has on the chief executive; more especially, as the delay in the approval of the appointment is being interpreted along ethnocentric coloration against justice and fairness. It’s dangerous to democracy really”.

The aggrieved youths, having comnended the chairman Maiha local government for aligning with the justice and the security agencies for maintaining law and order, in addition to offering free counsel, insisted that peace pilgrimage against the delay in the implementation of court order as planned would hold. They said they would be on the street anytime soon.

“Security agencies, having maintained law and order must have communicated to the appropriate final authority on the security situation the lack of implementing court judgement is constituting, accompanied with the recommendations for necessary action.

“The chairman Maiha local government, Hon Idi Ali Amin has taken the path of justice. Has supported the Appeal Court judgement by earlier issuing a victory congratulatory message to Barr Mahmud Abubakar Sulaiman, the court declared district head. He must have been humiliated by the consequences of the delay in the implementation of court judgement.

“We have resolved to write a letter to the governor through the LG chairman demanding for explanation for the delay in approving the appointment of our district head over three months after the court judgement.

“Is the delay justifying the claim by the defeated appellant’s apologists that until another district is created out of Jalingo-Maiha as their next recommended option, the governor will not honour the court order, will not approve the appointment of the Barr Mahmud Abubakar as the legitimate district head?” The youths would ask.

Today marks 100 days with the Appeal Court judgement, enough to have asked the district head to make public his achievements within 100 days of his would have been stewardship.

However, Barr Mahmud Abubakar Sulaiman the court granted district head of Jalingo-Maiha, as selected and recommended without undue politico-ethnic sentiment by the Emirate Council, for the approval of appointment by the state governor, would only plead with the aggrieved youths to hearken to the advice advanced by Prophet Muhammad SAW not to be angry, that the delay in the executive approval of his appointment though seemed to be a disappointment, is a blessing in disguise, “as every disappointment is a blessing”. He would explain that it would be another hurdle that patience would be deployed as a canoe to cross peacefully, adding that everything worked according to time as Allah SWT decreed, recounting the Qur’an 103 Surat Al Asr to Setmonise the experience.

“1. By the time,

  1. Indeed, mankind is in loss,
  2. Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.

“Al-`Asr is the time in which the movements of the Children of Adam occur, whether good or evil.

“Malik narrated from Zayd bin Aslam that he said, “It is the evening.” However, the first view is the popular opinion. Thus, Allah swears by this, that man is in Khusr, which means in loss and destruction.

“(Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds) So Allah makes an exception, among the species of man being in loss, for those who believe in their hearts and work righteous deeds with their limbs.

“(And recommend one another to the truth,) This is to perform acts of obedience and avoid the forbidden things.

“(And recommend one another to patience.) meaning, with the plots, the evils, and the harms of those who harm people due to their commanding them to do good and forbidding them from evil.”

The acting district head is back in Jalingo-Maiha healthy and hearty. He was a task and apparently waiting anxiously to have the tax accomplished as prophesied; to hand over the district headship to the heir to Ubandoma.

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14, 762 ghost workers discovered as Borno committee on LG verification committee submits reports

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14,762 ghost workers discovered as Borno committee on LG verification committee submits report

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

The Borno state, High Committee on Local Government Staff Verification has uncovered fourteen thousand. Seven and sixty two ghost workers on the payroll of the 27 local government areas of the state.

The chairman of the verification committee, Senator Kaka Mallam Yale while presenting the findings of the committee to Governor Babagana zulum at the Government House, Maiduguri yesterday said ” a total of 71,558 000 staff out of the figures, 14,762 ghost workers were discovered on local government pay system,.

A total of N1. 159,596,793,98 was the wage bill of the local government area before the exercise but was reduced to N985,649,928,42 after the verification exercise saving the sum of N237m from ghost local government staff.

Senator Kaka Malam Yale said, at the end of the exercise, number of staff dropped from 71,568 to 56,806. Accordingly, salary wage dropped from N1.1b to N965m being the new salary wage for the 27 LGAs.

After receiving the reports, Governor Babagana Zulum said the verification exercise along several other measures were taken to make the local government a veritable tool for local transformation.

Zulum commended the committee for working tirelessly in discharging their duties. He however, extended two weeks to the committee on the local government verification to make recommendations on some of the issues raised in their report.

Verification of workers in Borno began in 2013 during which thousands of ghost workers were found. Zulum concluded the exercise at the state civil service level before extending to local government and basic teaching services.

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