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The New life in APC



The New Life in APC

By Mamman Mohammed

Saturday 5th September will remain a date in history with the All Progressives Congress in Ondo state as the reconciliation between factions, the support by the various governorship aspirants and the unity in the party was genuinely brought to bear at the launch of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s reelection campaign.

Few months ago, it was a troubled water for the party as various aspirants indicated interests to vie for the governorship of the state, this was compounded by factionalization and loyalty of the various factions to various leaderships. But thanks to the party’s Caretaker Committee which constituted reconciliation committee to reconcile the aggrieved groups.

Interestingly, the Chairman caretaker/extraordinary national convention committee and Yobe state Governor Mai Mala Buni’s assurance that the party will be fair and just to all was genuinely welcomed, trusted and accepted by the party faithful in Ondo state.

The constitution of Ondo state reconciliation committee by the Buni Caretaker regime headed by Niger state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello was charged with the responsibility of identifying the major contending stakeholders and groups in Ondo state APC, to conduct appropriate engagement between the identified groups with a view to bringing about genuine reconciliation and establishing lasting peace and unity among stakeholders of the party in the state.

Lastly, the committee was charged to make other useful recommendations based on their findings which they may consider appropriate towards achieving lasting peace and electoral victory in the forthcoming Governorship election in the state and beyond.

The meeting between the Sani Bello led committee and the various factions achieved so much and projected unity among stakeholders just as the primary election got closer.

At the on set, there were about 20 aspirants looking forward to contest the APC governorship ticket. However, the wisdom by the Buni committee in constituting the reconciliation committee brought down the aspirants to 12. Then, the trouble regarding the mode of conducting the election came on board with 11 oppossing the indirect mode of primary election.

However, the Buni led APC caretaker administration successfully tamed the 11 opposing aspirants and convinced them to conduct the primary election via the indirect mode and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu finally emerged as the party’s candidate in the election conducted by the Kogi state Governor Yahaya Bello led committee. Even when one aspirant contested the outcome of the primary, he was given the opportunity to fair hearing through the Chris Ibe led appeal committee.

The history of APC will be incomplete without mention of Chief Bisi Akande. He was a strong founding member and interim chairman of the party. He has had great faith in APC, seeing the party as a tool to salvage Nigeria and to build a prosperous country that will be the pride of all. His fears for the party started when the party leadership failed to unify aggrieved stakeholders and was heading towards an imminent disintegration.

In the wisdom of the chairman  Governor Mai Mala Buni, the first visit was to Bisi Akande at his Ila Orangun  country home in Osun state. Buni was  accompanied to the visit by Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state, Abubakar S. Bello of Niger state and their Osun state counterpart, Boyega Oyetola.

According to Akande, “With Mai Mala Buni chairing the committee and the calibre of  members of the committee, my hope for a new APC has been renewed, there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Chief Bisi Akande generously added “there is a great hope in what l have seen today in this committee, the party will certainly bounce back to life and much stronger. I will continue to leave myself open to the committee and, also call on other stakeholders to support the  committee in the effort to rescue the party.”

For Buni, the reception accorded the committee by Akande, was a tonic for the committee to work more to achieve the set goal of reinventing the party.

Buni said “With such support and encouragement from founding members like Chief Bisi Akande, we are strengthened and confident that all stakeholders would extend the required support for the party to emerge more stronger”.

It was therefore not surprising that the efforts of the Caretaker committee had really paid to have Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and 11 state governors in attendance at the flag-off of the Ondo state governorship election campaign on Saturday in Akure.

Addressing the people of Ondo state, the party  Chairman/ Governor Buni and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at different fora, both charged the people to renew their mandate with the party and re-elect Rotimi Akeredolu to ensure sustainability and consolidation of the projects and programmes of the last four years for the betterment of Ondo state.

“I know you the good people of Ondo state can not afford to waste the previous achievements to uncertainty and political jobbers” Buni emphasized.

It is evidently clear that, the party under the Caretaker committee has in just a little over two months succeeded in bringing back the likes of Former Speaker House of Representatives Hon. Yakubu Dogara and thousands of his supporters. The defection of Jimoh Ibrahim from PDP to APC has finally buried PDP in Ondo state, just as the strong moves by the committee has solidly prepared ground for the return of notable politicians in Adamawa, Kano, Benue, Bauchi, Kwara, Ogun, Oyo, Lagos and a host of others across the country.

It is an indisputable fact that the efforts of the Buni led committee in repositioning APC is paying with fruitful results and the party is fast recovering with a new vigour and has redefined its status as Nigeria’s leading political party.

Mamman is the Director-General Press and Media Affairs to H.E Gov. Mai Mala Buni

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Despite 556 Projects in two years, i am not satisfied with what we have done – zulum



Despite 556 projects in 2 years, I am not satisfied with what we have done – Zulum

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

“Despite 556 projects in the two years, I am not satisfied,, in remaining two years of the administration we are going to employ 3,000 teachers and more health workers for the schools and health facilities we constructed and rebuilt,”, Governor, Babagana Zulum of Borno state said.

Governor Zulum said that despite executing over 556 projects in 741 days he is not satisfied and promised to do more in the next coming years.

Governor Babagana Zulum disclosed this while speaking at the event of 2021 Democracy Day and 2 years Anniversary Day which held at the Multi purpose Hall of the Government House, Maiduguri on Saturday said ” I intend to do more in the next 2 years. Yes we have done over 556 projects, and so what? I am still not satisfied with what we have done. “.

” We have built schools, hospitals, health facilities, construct houses, but we need to recruit teachers, health workers including doctors and open up our farmlands for our people to farm and feed themselves”, he added.

He said we “are going to open up more farmlands for our people to farm, we are also going to open up all our roads and resettle the people of Lomani, Gajibo, Abadam, Mallamfatori, Kareto, Sandiya, Kirawa and Dalwa we have resettled our IDPs. We will open our farm. Nobody will stop us”

The Governor also said, the state government will establish State Independent Corrupt practices and other Related Commission (SICPC) to prosecute any chairman or government official that steals government funds

To raise the standard of education, Governor Zulum said the state government is going to recruit 3,000 more teachers, in addition to the recruitment of more doctors and health workers .

Highlighting the achievement of Governor Zulum led administration, the Borno state Commissioner for Information Hon Babakura Abba Jatau said in last two years the government of Prof. Zulum has delivered over 556 projects .

The Democracy Day, was attended by Governor Zulum, National and State Assembly members, traditional rulers, party leaders, heads of security agencies and top Government officials..

Jato, during his graphic presentation said 70% of the 556 projects have been fully completed with many been put into use, while 30% are at various levels of completion, adding that the 556 projects do not include policies and programs even when most of them are capital intensive.

Giving breakdown of the projects, Jato explained that 194 capital projects were delivered on education, and they encompass rehabilitation, completion and fresh construction of mega-size Government technical colleges and primary schools in different communities.

He noted that 63 capital projects were delivered on Governance, and another 63 capital projects on roads, transport, rural and urban development while 59 capital projects were delivered on water and environment.

The Commissioner also said that Zulum delivered 58 capital projects on health, which include establishment of 74 primary healthcare centres, new doctors’ quarters, and overhaul of 8 hospitals in MMC, Biu, Damboa, Monguno and Magumeri.

He explained that 53 capital projects were delivered on reconstruction rehabilitation and resettlement, which involve more than 6,000 resettlement houses for IDPs and refugees in 15 towns. Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has since approved 10,000 resettlement houses in Borno State, with 4,000 already completed.

Jato noted that 28 capital projects on jobs creation, youth empowerment and humanitarian support which include an all-inclusive vocational training centre with 14 workshops for capacity development of 1,500 persons per annum. He said 15 capital projects were delivered on commerce and industry; 13 capital projects on agriculture and 10 capital projects were executed on security.

He also recalled that monthly allowances of volunteers in the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes was increased, while over 700 vehicles and other logistics were needed to enhance their operational roles of complementing armed forces in fighting Boko Haram.

However, reacting to the achievemdnt of Governor Zulum in the last two years,, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Borno state, Alhaji Usman Mahdi Baderi alleged that, the people of the state have nothing to celebrate the Democracy Day and the two – years Anniversary of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum.

He insisted that, the lingering insecurity is disturbing the lives of each and everyone, due to inability of the Government to address the root cause, and nip it in the bud.

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We have executed 556 Projects in two years, despite insurgency – Governor zulum



We have executed 556 projects in two years, despite insurgency – Governor Zulum

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Despite the Boko Haram insurgency, the Borno state government under the leadership of Governor, Babagana Zulum has executed 556 projects within two years of the administration.

Governor Babagana Zulum who disclosed while addressing the citizens of the state in a State Broadcast to Mark 2021 Democracy Day on Saturday said “With shared commitments and with the strong goodwill, support and prayers from you, the people of Borno State, we are delivering 556 capital projects with 70% of the total already completed while 30% are at various completion levels.

“Our projects, done with your support,”. include 194 capital projects on education, which encompass rehabilitation, completion and fresh construction of Mega-size government technical colleges and primary schools in different communities. We have 63 capital projects on governance, and another 63 capital projects on roads, transport, rural and urban development. 59 capital projects are being delivered on water and environment; while on health, we are delivering 58 capital projects that include establishment of 74 primary healthcare centres across local government areas, rehabilitation of 8 General and specialist hospitals in MMC, Biu, Damboa, Monguno and Magumeri., Governor Zulum added.

Governor Zulum said “on Reconstruction Rehabilitation and Resettlement which involve estates combining over 6,000 resettlement houses for IDPs and Refugees in 15 towns. I am happy to once again, acknowledge, that His Excellency, Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has since approved 10,000 resettlement houses in Borno State. I am also happy to note substantial number of these houses have been completed with more ongoing.”

The governor said “In these two years, we have together, witnessed continued turbulence even though in the midst of shared hope, shared optimism, shared faith, shared resilience and communal determination to ceaselessly devote ourselves to freeing our Borno from 12 years of vicious insurgency. “

While stating his effort’s to ensure restoration of peace back to the state, Governor Zulum said ” as part of that commitment, we, from our first day in office, made security our number one priority. This is in recognition of the fact that the fundamental duty of any Government is to ensure the safety of citizens to such a level that citizens themselves feel they are safe.”

“In our first week in office, we interfaced with thousands of our volunteers from the civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes, and we increased their monthly allowances, in addition to allocating to them more patrol vehicles and other logistics needed to enhance their operational roles of complementing armed forces in fighting Boko Haram, he further explained.

He further stated that ” in our combined approach, we took aggressive steps of recruiting thousands of hunters from different parts of northern Nigeria, mobilized and deployed them to accelerate our support for the military.. We made it a policy that in all our 27 local government areas, volunteers were strengthened with additional recruitment, surveillance vehicles and other gadgets.”

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Boko Haram: Bill To Establish Federal Orthopedic Hospital In Borno Passes Second Reading





Following devastation posed by members of dreaded Boko Haram sect which left many people including  security operatives sustained various degrees of fractures in the North East, a Bill seeking to establish National Orthopedic Hospital which is to be sited in Azare, the headquarters of Hawul Local Government Area of Borno State passed a Second Reading at the floor of the National Assembly.

The Hospital when established would complement that of the National Orthopedic Hospital, Kano state, which is the only federal health institution vested with treatment of all kinds of fractures in the North.

Member representing Hawul/Askira Uba federal constituency in Borno state, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, yesterday sponsored the Bill at the floor of the lower chamber which was monitored from National Assembly Television by our Correspondent in Maiduguri.

The House therefore, considered the Bill to amend the Orthopedic Hospital Management Board Act 2004, to provide for the establishment of the National Orthopedic Hospital, Azare. 

Moving his motion, Dr Mshelia who is the Chairman House Committee on Covid -19 said, “we are all aware for the last 11 years in the North East, we have been having violent issues perpetrated by terrorists/ insurgents which led to so many broken bones and injuries, unfortunately, the only closest existing and functional Orthopedic Hospital is located in Kano which is about 500kms drive from the hotbed of the insurgency.

” This has forced many people/victims to move far away to access these services Azare, which is the Council Headquarter of Hawul Local Government, is centrally located in the North East zone, where if you move 150kms in all directions, you will reach all the other five states in the zone.

“Your Excellency, Hawul Local Government has another General Hospital just 12kms in Marama that provide general Health Services. Azare has a 125 -beded Hospital which can easily be converted to the Orthopedic Hospital with large land mass for expansion, Quarters for Staff.

” If this Bill is approved, the services would be provided not only to the people in the North East, but to other people in the neighbouring countries of Chad, Cameron and Niger.

“We are giant of Africa and people living in other African countries look up to us, so I urged my respectful colleagues to support this Bill which will serve humanity, and not only the people of Borno state alone. I so move Mr Speaker.” Dr Mshelia said.

After a thorough debate by the sponsor and other members of the House of Representatives, the Bill passed a Second Reading.

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