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Tetfund is targeting N500 Billion Budget in 2022 in other to increase our interventions – BOT chairman

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The TETFund is targeting N500 billion budget in 2022 in order to increase our interventions – BOT chairman

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Chairman Board of Trustee, Tertiary Education Trust Fund ( TETFund), Alhaji Kashim Imam has said that in order to increase it’s interventions in critical infrastructures, research and other interventions in tertiary education across the nation, the Fund is targeting N500 billion budget for the 2022 and also improve the ranking of Nigerian universities in global rating.

The chairman who disclosed this in an interview with journalists during an inspection visit to completed and ongoing projects in tertiary institutions in Borno and Yobe state yesterday said ” last year we budgeted N250, billion this year N300 billion and we are targeting N500 billion in order to increase funding to tertiary institutions in our efforts to provide more interventions to critical infrastructures, research and training, energizing the campus, library interventions, hostels among others to our tertiary institutions and improve the rating of our universities in global ranking, as such we have contract a firm to work with Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS)’ to meet our target

” in the Borno state University last year we allocated N800 million as direct grant N800 million, this N3 billion high impact grant , while this year N900 million, if you add in all is about N5 billion. In University of Maiduguri last year direct grant N800 million, this N900 million, N2.6 billion last 2 years for the fencing of the University against Boko Haram attack, Also N750 million special grant for establishment of kidney center totaling about N5 billion. Our interventions in the state in all University of Maiduguri, Ramat polytechnic, colleges of Education, Waka Biu and Bama, as well as sir Kashim Ibrahim College of education is in the margin N16 to N17 billion”, he added.

While at the Government House, Maiduguri, Alhaji Imam said ” the fund are making interventions in 4 cardinal areas, which include infrastructural development, Training and research, Energizing the campuses, E library interventions. . E library we providing necessary infrastructures to facilitate E learning in tertiary institutions, in University of Abuja we are 30 kilometers of fibre optics cable and will be replicated in 24 Universities. 200 bed space in 25 Universities,. Energizing the campus we are also providing solar projects in 24 universities”, Imam added.

Responding, the Borno state Governor, Prof. babagana Zulum said there was gap between the Industries and the institution’s, and between the graduates and the industries and I am urging the TETFund not only to intervene in structures but skillss and entrepreneurship, ICT technological developments for instructions to provide job creators rather than job seekers”.

” I want to use the opportunity to appeal to the TETfund to assist the Borno state University in establishing the faculty of environmental studies and Agriculture,which is critical to our developmental efforts” he added.

At the University of Maiduguri, Alhaji Imam said as an alumni of the university the wishes of the university is granted, adding the TETFund is going to construct 2,000 bed space student hostels build operate and transfer, through partnership with private sector and the university and that the sum of N800 million has been allocated to the University as direct grant intervention last year, N905 million direct grant this year. N2.6 billion for the fencing of the university and N750 million as special projects for the establishment of Kidney centre.

Earlier, the Vice challencilor University of Maiduguri, Prof Aliyu. Shugaba said ” the TETFund has been a life line to tertiary institutions in Nigeria through the provision of critical infrastructures, library, research and training, and entrepreneurship development. 70 percent of structures at the University of Maiduguri were provided by the TETFund including this Senate building that we are seated now.

During the inspection visits, the chairman was also at the Ramat polytechnic, Borno state University, Kashim Ibrahim and Umar Elkanemi colleges of education where he interacted with the Management’s of the institutions in order to know how the Fund is impacting on their institution and other areas of their needs.

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Borno Governor Canvases For Improve Renumeration of Military Personnel

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Borno Governor Canvases For improve Renumeration of Military Personnel

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has urged the Federal Government to increase the welfare and renumeration to the personnel of the Nigerian military for their sacrifices and the fight against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other crimes in Nigeria.

Governor Zulum who made the call while speaking at the End of year Thanksgiving and launch in honour of the promotion of the GOC 7 Division to the rank of Major General, held at the 7 Division, headquarters, Maimalari cantonment, Maiduguri yesterday said personnel of the Nigerian Military deserved to be well remunerated for their sacrifices and commitment to keep united and secured Nation.

He said officers and personnel of the military and other security establishment deserve to be supported and encouraged and described their duties as tough ones, hence the need for not only support by states, for increase in their entitlements, when the economy permits such considerations by the Federal Government.

Governor Zulum while commending the role of the military in peace building role that led to the safe resettlement of about 18 communities across Borno., assured of his administration’s continued support to the military.

He said as peace gradually returns to the state, more communities will be safely resettled, while some major roads, such as Maiduguri-Damboa road would be opened for the safe use of motorists.

Governor Zulum congratulated the acting GOC and other recently promoted military officers, saying the people of Borno share the good moment and are happy with it .

Speaking at the occasion, the Theater Commander Northeast Operation Had in Kai, Major General, Christopher Musa thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Service Chiefs for approving the promotion of over 140 officers within the theater. This is the first time in the history of the theater that 3 Brigadier General were promoted to Major Generals, 1 AVM and 22 brigadier generals and from other officers.”.

He said ” these promotion need to be reciprocated by more efforts and commitment and those that were not promoted should do more to get promotion by the end of this year. We have put more efforts, this insurgency must end this year”.

In his remarks, the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Major General, Abdukwahab Eyitayo said ” the, Borno Governor, Professor Babagana has been support the military without request, stressing that Zulum on many occasions, offers logistics and other support to the Nigerian Army, to enhance the fight against Boko Haram,.

“Severally without being prompted, you (Governor Zulum) come to our aide to support us (the Army) even logistics wise. Through your persistence and unrelenting cooperation and assistance, you (Governor Zulum) have one way or the other, turned the spirit of the soldiers into fighting machines” General Eyitayo said.

The GOC requested Governor Zulum to convey the gratitude of his officers to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff for identifying and promoting deserving soldiers involved with the fight against Boko Haram in Borno State, which he indicated, was highly encouraging.

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You’re Doing Well But Not Withstanding, Wake Up From Your Slumber, As ISWAP Are Collecting Taxes, Mounting Checkpoints, Zulum Tells Military

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You’re Doing Well But Not Withstanding, Wake Up From Your Slumber, As ISWAP Are Collecting Taxes, Mounting Checkpoints,, Zulum Tells Military

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor Prof. Babagana Zulum has commended the military for their successes but not withstanding the military have to wake up from its slumber as members of Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP were mounting checkpoints, collecting taxes and conducted a weeding ceremony in Mandaragrau, town of Biu local government areas, where they came with over 300 motorcycles.

Governor Zulum said though relative is gradually returning to the Northeast but but the military need to redoubled their efforts by on the military to going after the members of the Islamic State IISWAP as they increasingly regrouping in the southern and Northern parts of the state.

Governor Babagana Zulum who made the call when members of the Senate Committee on Army paid him a courtesy call at the Government House Maiduguri on Wednesday said ” peace is gradually returning to the state. We have to commend the military for that but one thing is that they need to do more in nipping in bud the Increasing number of ISWAP in Southern Borno and some parts of the North “.

” I had a security reports the ISWAP mounting checkpoints and collecting taxes from people. They even recently had a weeding ceremony in Mabdaragrau, where many of them came on over 300 motorcycles. Our military have to so something “, he further lamented.

” Though the Boko Haram members are surrendering enmeshed. As i am talking to you, we have over 24,0000 surrendered Boko Haram out of which 5,000 are active fighters. For sustainable peace to be attained, we have to put more efforts to nip in bud the Increasing number of ISWAP, before they get out of hand. This group are more Intelligent, more sophisticated and have more funding”, Zulum added.

The Governor said ” I commended the military for their success but thus will not stop us from pointing out where there is problem. One issue with our military, once they recorded some success, they became relaxed. They have wake up from their slumber and deal decisively with the ISWAP”

He also called for increased capital expenditure to the Military as situation where recurrent expenditure is more than the capital will not mean well for the nation, and urged the National Assembly to do something and change the scenario.

Earlier, the Chairman Senate Committee on Army Senator Mohammed Ndume said they were in the state as part of oversight function to see things dir themselves .

While at the Theater Command Northeast Operation Hadin Kai, Major General m, Christopher Musa said ” we thank you for the visit, on our part, the military, we will continue to do our Best to ensure that the insurgency is brought to an end in Borno state and the Northeast in General “.

Speaking after a closed door with the theater Commander and other principal officers of the command, that lasted for over an hour, Senator Ali dune said their visit to the theater is basically to see things for themselves and know their challenges., stressing that they deliberated on how to Increased funding to the Army and Armed forces in general.

” Nigeria is in a war situation and the Army and Armed Forces need to be well funded. We at the National Assembly will continue to canvassed for more funding until the Armed forces are well funded. The current theater Commander is doing well, we hope and pray that the insurgency will end under your leadership “, he added.

The committee were also at the headquarters of the Division of the Nigerian Army and were received by the GOC, Major General, Abdulwab Eyitayo and other principal officers of the Division, were they had a closed door meeting before proceeding to the 7 Division Hospital and Human services.

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You’re Doing Well, But Not Withstanding, Wake Up From Your Slumber, As ISWAP Are Collecting Taxes, Mounting Checkpoints, Zulum Tells Military

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You’re doing well, but not withstanding, wake up from.your slumber, as ISWAP are collecting taxes, mounting checkpoints,, Zulum tells military

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor Prof. Babagana Zulum has commended the military for their successes but not withstanding the military have to wake up from its slumber as members of Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP were mounting checkpoints, collecting taxes and conducted a weeding ceremony in Mandaragrau, town of Biu local government areas, where they came with over 300 motorcycles.

Governor Zulum said though relative is gradually returning to the Northeast but but the military need to redoubled their efforts by going after the members of the Islamic State ISWAP as they’re increasingly regrouping in the southern and Northern parts of the state.

Governor Babagana Zulum who made the call when members of the Senate Committee on Army paid him a courtesy call at the Government House Maiduguri on Wednesday said ” peace is gradually returning to the state. We have to commend the military for that but one thing is that they need to do more in nipping in bud the Increasing number of ISWAP in Southern Borno and some parts of the North “.

” I had a security reports the ISWAP mounting checkpoints and collecting taxes from people. They even recently had a weeding ceremony in Mandaragrau, where many of them came on over 300 motorcycles. Our military have to so something “, he further lamented.

” Though the Boko Haram members are surrendering ennead . As i am talking to you, we have over 24,0000 surrendered Boko Haram out of which 5,000 are active fighters. For sustainable peace to be attained, we have to put more efforts to nip in bud the Increasing number of ISWAP, before they get out of hand. This group are more Intelligent, more sophisticated and have more funding”, Zulum added.

The Governor said ” I commended the military for their success but thus will not stop us from pointing out where there is problem. One issue with our military, once they recorded some success, they became relaxed. They have wake up from their slumber and deal decisively with the ISWAP”

He also called for increased capital expenditure to the Military as situation where recurrent expenditure is more than the capital will not mean well for the nation, and urged the National Assembly to do something and change the scenario.

Earlier, the Chairman Senate Committee on Army Senator Mohammed Ndume said they were in the state as part of oversight function to see things dir themselves .

While at the Theater Command Northeast Operation Hadin Kai, Major General m, Christopher Musa said ” we thank you for the visit, on our part, the military, we will continue to do our Best to ensure that the insurgency is brought to an end in Borno state and the Northeast in General “.

Speaking after a closed door with the theater Commander and other principal officers of the command, that lasted for over an hour, Senator Ali dune said their visit to the theater is basically to see things for themselves and know their challenges., stressing that they deliberated on how to Increased funding to the Army and Armed forces in general.

” Nigeria is in a war situation and the Army and Armed Forces need to be well funded. We at the National Assembly will continue to canvassed for more funding until the Armed forces are well funded. The current theater Commander is doing well, we hope and pray that the insurgency will end under your leadership “, he added.

The committee were also at the headquarters of the Division of the Nigerian Army and were received by the GOC, Major General, Abdulwab Eyitayo and other principal officers of the Division, were they had a closed door meeting before proceeding to the 7 Division Hospital and Human services.

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