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Ruling Borno is like Ruling a Small Country, I saw my children only 3 times in the first 65 days in office – Gov. Zulum



Ruling Borno is like rulling a small country, i saw my children only 3 times in the first 65 days in office — Gov. Zulum

By Madu Mohammed. Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has said that he saw his children only three times in the first 65 days in office, adding that to rule a small country is easier than ruling Borno state

The Governor who disclosed this at a media chat to mark his one year anniversary which held at the Government House, Maiduguri, yesterday said ” ” Ruling Borno is like ruing a small country, within my 65 days in office, I was in Government House and i was able to see my children 3 tines only.. The existing tradition we had in public and private sector were not good. How do we increase the trust between government and the govern, that was why in less 10 day of my inauguration I was in Kala balge, and southern Birno all to build trust and confidence between the government and govern”,.

The most difficult challenged I had in the last one year is that of good governance and discipline. The duo are major challenges but thank God we were able to seamount it .the Major challenge I faced in the last one year when I assumed office on 29th, May. 2019 Ware the issues of good governance and discipline. ”

“.I also hold security dearest to my heart because the nexus between peace and development cannot be over emphasis. If there is no peace there will be no development and if there is no development there will be no peace. So among my 10 pact agenda I hold security dearest to my heart because it effect majority of my people”, Governor Zulum said

He said ‘” kinetic approach to addressing insurgency cannot solve the crisis., we need to address the root cause of the insurgency, that was why I have been moving from one local government to another in our efforts to provide food and livelihood to our people. so that the insurgents would not recruit them . we are addressing the root cause which are hunger, poverty and unemployment.”

“Since I assumed office, there is no local government in the state that I have not visited, some I visited three or four times, all these is to build confidence and bridge the gap between the government and the govern. We have been strengthening the resilience of our people through peace building. We are able to bridged the existing gap between government and the govern”

Governor Zulum said ” being a pioneer commissioners of the ministry of Reconstruction. Rehabilitation and Resettlement I travelled from the knocks and cranies of the state. To ensure restoration of civil autholrity government established security trust fund , we have built municipal buildings such as schools Secretariat. Government lodges, police station. Courts, Palaces of the Shehus, emirs, village head as and other traditional rulers. Among others all these to ensure return of civil authorities at the grassroots level”.

In addressing the roots cause of the insurgency, Prof. Zulum said we have created more jobs. expanded the land of cultivation from 400 hecters to 10 kilometers to Ngom, 5 kilometers Nagaa. 10 kilometres to Dikwa, and Kala-Balge. We have written the Chief of Army staff for security clearance to expand the area of cultivation and he directed the theater Commsnder to do so and he also directed all formation commander to expand area of cultivation, this season we are cultivating up till Dalwa, we are expanding our cultivation to reduce dependency on donor agencies”.

” in the area of health care delivery, he explained that “we have constructed 23 Primary Health Care centre. The World Health Organization standard is to building one primary Health care center in each ward but in Borno we are even building more than one. So that someone would go to the nearest heath Care centre. We have also built two primary Health centre in the metropolis, very soon we are going to launch free maternal healthete delivery ” he stressed.

He promised to provide many dividends of democracy to the people of Borno In-shaa Allah in the next three years and urged the people of the state to continue to pray, support and cooperates with his administration.


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Adhered strictly to 2021 approved budget provision, Borno finance commissioner tells MDAs



Adhered strictly to 2021approved budget provision, Borno Finance commissioner tells MDAs

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planing, Alhaji Adamu Lawan has warned all Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Parastatals (MDAs) to adhered strictly to the 2021 approved budget tagged ” The People’s Budget of Recovery and Consolidation” with total expenditure of N248, 392,616.

Speaking at Press Briefing on the 2021 Approved Budget breakdown held at the Multipurpose Hall of Government House, Maiduguri on Friday, the Borno state commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planing, Alhaji Adamu Lawan said ” it is again noticed with dismay that ministries, departments and parastatals are not yet observing strictly to the laid down budgetary guidelines and procedures. Despite all efforts by the ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planing to curtail indiscipline, some government agencies went to incur expenditure that are not budgeted, miscalculations, and misappropriation of public funds will no doubt distort the process of the Budget”.

” The 2021 approved budget “the People Budget of Recovery and Consolidation” is N248, 392,616 with recurrent expenditure of N69,131252 and capital expenditure of N179,261364 this represent 27.8 percent and 72 17 percent respectively and the COVID 19 response with a total sum of about N27.966.744 billions”, Lawan added.

The commissioner further explained that the total budget expenditure of the 2021 budget stood at N248, 392 billion as compared to the N108,862 billion budgeted in 2020., adding that the budget is also expected to be financed through the Federal Allocations of N46. 254 billion statutory allocation, , as against N31. 855 billion in 2020, Value Added Tax of N16 110 billion as against N12 220 billion in 2020 and other Federal aids of N4.520 billion as against N3. 363 billion in 2020.

He said to block linkages in the generation of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), the state government has commenced the implementation of Treasury Single Accounting TSA system in all revenue generation agencies includes tertiary institutions through Remittance of all payments.

Alhaji Lawan said ” the approved budget of 2021 Which is accrual basis tagged as the People’s Budget of Recovery and consolidation” is essentially aimed at sustaining the noticeable gains of the government’s developmental efforts in the last 20 months which revolve around our policy thrust of good governance. This budget is based on the newly domesticated Borno state chart of Account which is incompliance with the International Public Sector Account Standard ( IPSAS) and inline with 2021 implementation plan of the State Development Plan (SDP) tagged ” Our Borno, Our Success launched last year”.

He further said ” the objectives and guiding principles of the 2021 budget is to rekindle economic growth job creation and support for SME, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of infrastructure interns of road network water and sanitation, electricity and housing and entrench good governance through a robust responsive service build on principles of accountability, transparency, equity and justice”.

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Gov. Buni approves N454.2 Million for LG retirees, Next of kin of deceased LG staff



Gov. Buni Approves N454.2 Million for LG Retirees, Next of Kin of Deceased LG Staff

By Usman Modu Damaturu

His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni has approved the sum of N454, 220, 666.94 for the payment of the benefits of 276 retirees and 88 deceased members of staff from across the 17 local government areas of the state.

Of the amount approved by His Excellency the governor, N333, 229, 100.01 will be paid electronically to the accounts of the 276 benefitting retirees. The balance of N120, 991, 566.93 will be paid to the next of kin of the 88 deceased personnel.

The current payments approved by the governor constitutes batch 43 in the long list of benefit payments to retired local government staff. Some may recall that in September 2020, His Excellency Governor Buni had approved N441, 870, 166.50 to 321 retirees, which constituted batch 42 in the payment schedule.

The public should note that payment approvals granted by the governor are always based on the recommendations of the Standing Committee for the Verification and Settlement of Outstanding Pension and Gratuity Liabilities of Local Government Retirees.

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Northern Governors’ Forum in search of solutions to region’s problems



Northern Governors’ Forum in Search of Solutions to Region’s Problems

By Daily Hint Reporter

Yobe state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni and other members of the Northern Governors’ Forum are meeting today in Kaduna to find solutions to the problems confronting the region.

Declaring the meeting open, President Muhammadu Buhari, urged the governors to build a strong collaboration with security agencies to collectively fight crime which has bedeviled the North.

The President who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, said he had tasked the new security chiefs on new measures to effectively tackle the problem of insecurity.

President Buhari urged Nigerians to see threat to peace and security in any part of Nigeria as a threat to all.

Earlier, the Governor of Plateau state and Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, Barrister Simon Bako Lalong, said the meeting was targeted at addressing insecurity, poverty, education, agriculture and youth development among others.

Similarly, the Chairman Northern traditional rulers and Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar commended the governors for the meeting saying, it was both timely and important in view of the challenge of insecurity that has gripped the region.

He said the menace of farmers/herders conflicts, kidnapping, illiteracy, Street begging and others, need urgent attention to restore peace in the region.

The Sultan assured that the traditional instutions are always ready to support, cooperate and partner with political leaders to find lasting solutions to the threat to peace and security in the North and the country.

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