Restoration of civil authority, BOSG resettles 560 Auno IDPs
By Madu Mohammed, bMaiduguri
In it’s efforts to restore civil authority at the grassroots level, the Borno.state government has resettled over 569 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Auno village of Konduga local government area of the state back to their ancestral home,, six months after they were displaced by Boko Haram insurgents.
It could be recalled the Auno community which 20 kilometers away from Maiduguri is along Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway was in February this year attacked by insurgents, where over 80 persons were killed including motorists and several vehicles, houses and shops were destroyed
Following the deadly attacked, the residents were subsequently relocated to Maiduguri, the state capital while reconstruction of some burnt houses were done by the state government.
While briefing journalists at a Press Conference in Mauduguri on Wednesday, the Boorno State Commissioner for Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Resettlement, Engr. Mustapha Gubio said the state government decided that it was time to relocate the residents back to their homes as an office of the State Rapid Response Squad was established to fully secure the axis.
He said that the displaced persons fled their homes on February 9th this year, after the insurgents attacked the community, and killed 80 persons while property worth millions of Naira were destroyed, adding that the resettled persons, hitherto, took refuge at Njimtilo, Jakana, Malam Karamti and Malam Bukarti communities of Konduga local government area.
The Commissioner said Governor Babagana Zulum had secured fund from the Bank of Industry (BOI), which facilitated the construction of 80 new houses for the displaced persons in Auno, stressing that the state government will also construct an additional 100 new housing units from the fund for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Engr Gubio said: “The state government has also inspected the ongoing construction of a vocational training centre supported by Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi Foundation in Auno community: The project, when completed will provide necessary vocational skills to build the capacity of the people in the area.”
Also speaking, Dr Mairo Mandara, Special Adviser and Coordinator, Humanitarian Activities to Governor Babagana Zulum, reiterated the government commitment to the implementation of policies and programmes, to provide alternative means of livelihood to youth and women.
Dr Mandara therefore, urged the resettled people of Auno to focus on their farming activities, so that they will be self reliant
In her remarks, the Chairperson, Borno State Emergency Management Agency (BOSEMA), Hajiya Yabawa Kolo said that the IDPs voluntarily opted to return home to enable them resume their normal way of life.
Kolo said the Agency distributed assorted food and relief items to each of the returnees such as rice; cooking oil, mosquito nets, blankets, textile materials and mattresses.
Borno deputy Governor commends orderly manners of electorates, as he cast his vote in Biu
Borno deputy governor commends orderly manner of electorates, as he cast his vote in Biu
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Borno State Deputy Governor, Alh Umar Usman Kadafur has described the conduct of the local government election in Biu and other local government areas in southern Borno as the most peaceful and orderly.
Alhaji Umar Kadafur disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Biu, the headquarters of Biu local government area, shortly after he casted his vote at his polling unit Mbulamial primary school ,Zarawuyaku ward Biu local government.
The deputy governor commended the people of southern Borno for having confidence in this administration under the good leadership of professor Babagana Umara Zulum and the APC party ,this the deputy governor attributed to lack of opposition in this local government election.
He reiterated the determination of this administration to continue to provide the people with basic social amenities and called on them to remain peaceful loyal and law abiden citizens.
It could be recalled that this the first time local government elections is being conducted in the state for over a decade of Boko Haram insurgency.
Borno LG elections: Governor Zulum commends voters turnout in Mafa, as voters cast their bites to elect their chairman, councillors
Borno LG elections; Governor Zulum commends voters turn out in Mafa, as voters cast their bites to elect their chairman, councillors
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has commended the Borno State Independent Elections Commission (BOSIEC) and the voters for orderly and peaceful conduct of the Local Government Elections.
Speaking shortly after casting his vote at the Ajati 1 polling unit, Mafa on Saturday, Governor Babagana Zulum said ” I am impressed with the turn out and orderly manner exhibited by the voters and process of the elections organised by the BOSIEC”
Also speaking after casting his vote, at Maiduguri Clinic a member House of Representatives, representing Jere Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Engr Ahmed Satomi said ” I am satisfied with the turn out of voters and the orderly manner of the elections. You know people consider this election very important as the only government closer to the people”.
” With democratically elected leaders at the grassroots levels, the people would have access to their representatives, and forwards their needs for onward transmission to the state and federal government. So our people are happy for the opportunity of choosing the leader of their choice, after an over a decade of insurgency”, Hon Satomi added.
.He said ” with this elections the dreams of His Excellency, Governor Zulum of instituting civil authority at the grassroots levels and relocation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will be achieve in no distance time”.
Our correspondent who Monitored the elections within the Maiduguri metropolis reports that there was voters apparthy generally, as at around 10;00am only 7 voters out 503 registered voters casted their votes.at Waziri Ibrahim polling unit 2
The election was generally peaceful, as security operatives were seen at all the polling units and strategic places accross the the state.
In some polling units, however, there were delay in arrival of election materials due lack of transportation and other logistics.
A presiding officer at the Maiduguri polling Units, Bulama Ali said ” we are just coming because we had to wait for those who are far before attending to us. But we are here with all the materials. We have 3 units here and the others units are on their way’.
It could be recalled that the last time local government elections was held in Borno state, was in the year 2008 during the administration of former Governor Ali Sheriff.
Borno Electoral Commission Assures all political parties of free, fair, credible LG elections
Borno electoral commission assures all political parties of free, fair, credible LG elections
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Borno State Independent Electoral Commission (BOSIEC), has assured all political parties that fielded candidates for the elections that the commission shall remain neutral and unbiased and strongly appealed to the electorates to come out en mass and vote for the candidates of their choice without fear, intimidation, or harassment, as law enforcement agents will be on ground to avoid breach of peace during the polls.
Addressing a press briefing at the headquarters of the BOSIEC in Maiduguri on Friday, the chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abdu Usman said ” I want use this medium and opportunity to allay the fear of political parties that have fielded candidates for the elections that the empire body BOSIEC shall remain neutral and unbiased.
He said that all arrangements have been concluded for the tomorrow’s Saturday 28th November, 2020 chairmanship,, Vice chairman and councillorship elections for the 27 local government areas of the state, adding that the election will commence from 8;am to 2!pm across the 5,012 wards in the state.
“the Borno state Independent Electoral Commission has concluded all the necessary arrangements to ensure smooth, orderly, and hitch free conduct of the polls. Electoral personnel made up of Electrical Officers, Local Government returning Officers, presiding officers, have already been trained in readiness for the exercise”
It could be recalled that the last time election was held in the state was in 2008 during the administration of former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff due to the Boko Haram insurgency.
The commission chairman said the election is going take place in all polling units of 23 local government areas, while that of Marte, Abadan, Guzamala, and 8;wards of Kukawa local government will have theirs elections in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.
The elections in 21 local government areas are unopposed, while that of Askira-uba, Chibok, MMC, Ngala, Kwaya Kusar, Mobbar and Jere were been challenged by opposition parties..Two professors were also fielded for the chairmanship elections in Damboa and Gwoza local government areas
“Let me remind the general public and the good people of Borno state particularly the electorates that the chairmanship, Vice chairman and councillorship elections for the 27 local Government Areas of the state and 312 wards will take place this Saturday November, 28th, 2920.”, The commission’s chairman stated.
Alh Usman further said the commission has also made adequate security arrangements through the collaborative efforts with security agencies for maintenance of law and order in the entire state particularly the 5012 pilling units of the state, before, during and after the elections, adding that a total of 38 chairmanship, vice chairmen candidates respectively and 316 councillorship candidates are to participate in the elections
While expressing the commissions Gratitude to Governor Babagana Zulum for approving necessary funds for the successful and effective elections, Alhaji Usman expressed their appreciations to the security agencies for providing necessary peaceful environment for the conduct of the elections.
He also assured that the BOSIEC is committed to conduct free, fair and credible polls to the people of Borno state.
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