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The recent setback we encounter on our way to Baga shall not deter or discourage us from returning our IDPs – Gov. Zulum



The recent setback we encounter on our way to Baga shall not deter or discourage us from returning our IDPs- Gov. Zulum

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Inspite the Boko Haram insurgents attack on the convoy of the Borno state Governor, some few days ago, the Borno state Governor Prof. Babagana Zulum has inaugurated two separate committees on the relocation of the Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs) back to Marte, Ngoshe, Ashigashiya, Warabe and Hambagda communities of Marte and Gwoza local government areas of the state, saying no amount of sabotage will deter or discourage him.

The governor has given the committee October 15th to resettle the people of Ngoshe, while that of Marte are to be relocated in November this year.

While inaugurating the two committees at the Government House, Maiduguri on Monday, Governor Bsbagana Zulum said ” the recent set backs we encounter on our way to Baga shall not deter or discourage. As we must resolve our commitment to return all our IDPs to their ancestral home immediately”

Governor Zulum said ” I am very delighted to inaugurate these two important committees on the relocation of IDPs back to Marte, Ashigashiga, Ngoshe, Warabe and Hambagda in Narte a d Gwoza local government ares . The next phase of our resettlement drive is in the above mentioned communities in the two local government areas”.

“We have no choice than to take them back home we shall not allow the current security situation to overwhelm us . We must remain the architecture of peaceful Borno we desire to reclaim. No amount of sabotage will deter us”, Governor Zulum stressed.

While commending the Baga relocation committee on the successful returned of the IDPs, Governor Zulum said ” let me use this opportunity to commend the Baga relocation committee for ensuring successful return of sizeable number of IDPs back to Baga, the Nigerian Military, police, NSCDC and the CJTF for their efforts and sacrifices in ensuring safe returned of our people. I also want use this opportunity to sympathise with the family of those killed in the Baga attack and pray for repose of the souls of our gallant security operatives”.

The committees have the following terms of reference, to continue with the reconstriction work in Matte, Ngoshe, Warabe and Ashigashiya communities. Look into possibilities of reconstruction and ehabilitation of all public buildings destroyed by Boko Haram and other natural disasters in Ngoshe community, facilitate the successful return of IDPs, identify those that are willing to return, as the relocation is voluntary among others.

The governor while commending the ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement for successfully resettling of the people of kukawa Kirawa, Auno, Ajiri and Kawuri called on all meaningful Borno indigenes wherever they are to support and key into the resettlement drive of his administration.

Speaking on behalf of the two committees, the commissioner for RRR, Engr Mustapha Gubiio thanked the governor for finding them worthy to serve In the two committees and promised to justify the trust bestowed on them.

He said ” I want use this medium to inform this gathering the construction work is going on in Ngoshe and Marte and very soon we will commence the reconstruction of 300 houses in Warabe to enable the IDPs return back, as it was stopped due to the rainy season.”

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Zulum, Dantata, Adadevoh Get Fellowship From National Post Graduate Medical College



Zulum, Dantata, Adadevoh get fellowship from National Post Graduate Medical College

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, foremost businessman and elder statesman, Alhaji Aminu Alhassan Dantata and late Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh (who died in August 2014, fighting Ebola spread) have been conferred honorary fellowship by the National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria located in Lagos.

The fellowships, presented at the 39th Convocation Ceremony of the College, held on Wednesday with physical and virtual attendance, were in recognition of contributions made by the recipients to societies in Nigeria.

Zulum’s fellowship was received by Borno’s Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, who led a small delegation to the convocation while Zulum addressed participants virtually. The Governor was one of the five recipients of the Fellowship from northern Nigeria.

The Governor, speaking on behalf of Dantata and Adadevoh, appreciated the National Post Graduate Medical College for huge contributions to the Nigerian health sector and for recognition to the recipients of the College’s fellowship.

The Governor said Borno State government will partner with the college to enhance healthcare service in the state and appealed to the Resident Doctors to call off there strike for the sake of humanity.

The Governor assured to work closely with the National Postgraduate Medical College with a desire to sustain the quality of the health sector.

Minister of State for Health, Adeleke O. Mamora, lauded the College for its training programmes aimed at repositioning the health sector with skill and quality of doctors.

Earlier, president of the College, Dr. Musa Muhammad Borodo, said the 39th edition of the Convocation is being held both physically and virtually due to COVID-19 safety protocols.

The College has, since its establishment in 1979, produced 7000 fellowships by examination in various specialties in Medicine and Dentistry, while 309 are graduating at the 39th Convocation ceremony.

There were goodwill messages from Medical Colleges in Ghana, Liberia, the National Medical and Dentist Council among others.

Borno Deputy Governor attended the Convocation alongside Senator Abubakar Kyari, the Speaker Borno State House of Assembly, the Chief of Staff, Commissioners of Health and Information, Vice Chancellors of University of Maiduguri and Borno State University.

Chief Medical Directors of UMTH, the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital and Borno’s Hospital Management Board, Special Adviser Liaison Services and Senior Special Assistant on Media also accompanied the Deputy Governor.

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Borno Federal Lawmaker, MT Monguno Again Disburses N20 Million to Empower Local Farmers, Traders



Borno Federal Lawmaker, MT Monguno again disburses N20 million to empower local farmers,traders

By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri

Member representing Marte, Monguno and Nganzai federal constituency, who is the Chief Whip, Rt. Hon Mohammed Tahir Monguno, in collaboration with the Centre for Management Development (CMD) donated the sum of N20 million and sponsored 3-Day Agricultural Workshop for 400 beneficiaries in Faulty Goat and Fish Farming as well as Soap Making.

Just early last month August, 2021, a total of N10 million was donated by the Lawmaker to improve seed varieties to over 200 farmers across the constituency.

In his opening remarks yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, Monguno disclosed that, 400 participants are to receive traning in different categories, and cash donations ranging from N50,000 to N60,000 each as starter kits.

Represented by Hon Gadau Ali Gadai, the Chief Whip said, agriculture remained the mainstay and occupation of the people in his constituency, adding that, this is not the first time gesture,  as he periodically gave them incentives for over a decade by supporting the people with fertilizers, improved seed varieties, free tractors, trainings and retrainings to enable them cope with modern and easy methods of farming.

“These initiative, as you can see, have greatly assisted and will lift my people out of poverty, even as we would not relent”. Monguno stated.

In his goodwill message, Special Assistant to governor Babagana Umara Zulum, Hon Abatcha Ma’aji hailed the Lawmaker for his foresight and commitment towards uplifting vulnerable groups in the society earn a good means of livelihood. 

While enumerating some of the projects executed by MT Monguno, Hon Ma’aji said “the Monguno Water Project executed by the Lawmaker, which is worth more than 560 Million Naira has been completed and awaiting commissioning, while similar project has commenced a couple of days in Gajiram in Nganzai Local Government Council, with another same project which is in the pipeline to the good people of Marte Council area.

He noted that, this is in addition to 196 all-in-one solar system streetlights that were conveyed to Monguno, 200 streetlights installed in Nganzai last two months ago, as well as 111 streetlights that were handed over to Marte resettlement committee for installation. 

The workshop was attended by the ruling APC stakeholders from the constituency including the Chairmen and secretaries of the three councils.

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APC Releases Timetable For October 2 State Congresses



APC Releases Timetable for October 2 State Congresses

By Chikode Owerum, Abuja

The nationwide State Congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to elect Party executives has been fixed for Saturday, 2nd October, 2021.

According to the approved schedule of activities for the Party’s state Congresses, sale of forms will commence from Wednesday, 15th September to Monday 27th September, 2021.

Screening of aspirants for State executive positions will take place from Wednesday 29th to Thursday 30th September, 2021. Appeals arising from State Congresses is scheduled from 9th to 16th October, 2021.

On the cost of nomination forms, aspirants for the position of State Chairman will purchase forms at the cost of N100,000. Deputy State Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer aspirants will pay N50,000. Aspirants for the position of Senatorial Chairmen are to purchase forms at N50,000; Senatorial Youth Leader N30,000 and other offices N30,000.

Female aspirants and physically challenged aspirants are to pay 50% of the prescribed fees for each position.

Equally, the party congratulates members on the just concluded Local Government Area (LGA) Congresses and urges those who may have been dissatisfied with the exercise to approach the Appeal Committees that have been detailed to resume sittings in various states. The Appeal Committees have been charged to ensure fair hearing as they attend to complaints.

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