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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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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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