VOTE OF CONFIDENCE AND GOV. BUNI’S SUSTAINABLE DEMOCRACY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE
By Mamman Mohammed
He works round the clock like a machine. He is always busy attending to files, government officials and politicians alike. He meticulously studies recommendations made to him to take decisions on the fate of the over two million people of Yobe State. He also squeezes out time to attend political meetings at various levels and rounds off the day by proffering practical solutions to the problems confronting the All Progressives Congress (APC), Africa’s largest political party.
This has become the daily schedule of His Excellency, Yobe State governor and chairman, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC, Hon. Mai Mala Buni. The quantum of work and the speed required to deliver are both challenging and cumbersome, but he is up to the task in admirable fashion.
The long hours His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni devotes to work, work and more work, giving his personal welfare less time at a time became a matter of concern to his personal staff until they keyed into his style and got used to his momentum. They found out soon enough that they needed to shake off their own usual government work-style lethargy in order to catch up with the governor’s business-like approach to tasks.
No doubt, it confers a sense of fulfilment that this commitment has now manifested in the passing of a vote of confidence on the leadership qualities, style and results achieved by Governor Mai Mala Buni.
In Yobe State, more than any of his predecessors, Governor Mai Mala Buni has received endorsements, awards and vote of confidence from the people of the state and non-governmental organisations for executing people-oriented projects in education, healthcare delivery, agriculture, housing, road construction and economic recovery, among others. These projects and policies have direct bearing on the lives of the people.
Similarly, the budget discipline and implementation adopted by the Buni administration has earned the state the award of the second best state in Nigeria in Capital Budget Expenditure performance by BudgIT, a civil society organisation that focuses on budget monitoring in Nigeria.
On the political front, the political-cum-architectural wizardry of Governor Buni in re-arranging the blocks that built APC within such a short period of time, which saved the party from anarchy, disintegration and what seemed like an imminent extinction, was quite miraculous and heartwarming for all lovers of democracy and, in particular, members of APC.
Little wonder President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on behalf of the National Executive Committee last year eulogised Governor Buni for the success in repositioning the party. The President said, “I am pleased with the chairman (Governor Mai Mala Buni) and the work of the committee. He is highly mobile in the efforts to coordinate and strengthen the party. I am happy with his personal efforts.”
The vote of confidence by President Buhari was reaffirmed by the APC Caretaker Committee of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory who were also effusive in expressing confidence in the Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary convention planning committee.
The Non-National Working Committee members of the National Executive Committee was not left out; they also identified with the position of Mr President and the 36 state chairmen of the party, saying their position was borne out of “our collective desire for a more viable and prosperous APC.
“We wish to reaffirm our confidence in your ability to contribute meaningfully in salvaging our beloved party and returning it to the fast lane of electoral victories.”
And now, the vote of confidence passed by his colleagues in the Progressives Governors Forum for outstanding performance in providing excellent leadership to the party at the most challenging times, has further stamped the authority that the Buni Caretaker has achieved the set goal.
These endorsements and confidence votes are evidently justified by the normalcy that has returned to the party through genuine reconciliation and giving ownership of the party to the members through the bottom-up approach he and his team adopted towards entrenching viable and sustainable internal democracy in the party.
At the home front, Buni has, with passion and empathy, worked on result-oriented programmes to improve the standard and quality of education in the state through his famous declaration of emergency on education.
He started the new advancement for education with the first ever education summit in the state by assembling seasoned educationists under a committee headed by a suitably groomed scholar and education administrator, Prof. Malah Daura, former Vice Chancellor University of Maiduguri and current Vice Chancellor Yobe State University, to chart a more rewarding course for the sector.
The recommendations by the committee on the provision of adequate and appropriate infrastructure and instructional materials, qualified teachers, and other necessary incentives to propel the development of education in the state was matched with a strong political will and adequate financing by the Buni administration.
In no distant time, the results started manifesting with an unprecedented performance by Yobe students in West African Examination Council (WAEC). For the first time, the state set a record: 725 candidates passed WAEC with distinctions and credits in all the nine subjects; 2,530 candidates passed with distinctions and five credits and above, including mathematics and English; 8,042 candidates passed with credits and passes in English, while 7,008 others passed with credits and passes in Mathematics.
At the inception of his administration, Governor Buni pledged to establish a functional primary healthcare facility in each of the 178 political wards in the state. Two years after, 94 of the 178 had been completed, equipped and provided with manpower.
The administration also upgraded four comprehensive health centres to General Hospitals, and four General Hospitals to Specialists Hospitals while the state’s Teaching Hospital was provided with state-of-the-art equipment.
His policy of division of labour and teamwork, both in governance and politics, made the work much easier and successful. In the governance of the state, Governor Buni gave his appointees, especially the commissioners, the free hand to operate and contribute their skills, training and experience to the development of the state.
Similarly, on the political scene, Governor Buni constituted various committees to handle various assignments irrespective of local factional politics of who belongs to what team in the state chapters. He is convinced that fairness and accommodation of all members will promote unity and cohesion within the party, and that is undoubtedly a winning approach: everyone feels a sense of belonging.
The new face of APC under Mai Mala Buni has not only presented a more united party but also a prosperous one looking forward to a strong and unrivaled political party.
Again, this explains the mass influx of returnees and new members into the party. At the last count, APC parades Cross River State governor, Prof. Ben Ayade who joined the party in May this year, six months after his Ebonyi State counterpart, Dave Umahi, joined the APC in November 2020.
Earlier, former PDP chairman, Chief Barnabas Gemade, two former Speakers of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole and Yakubu Dogara, former Ogun State governor and director-general to the PDP’s Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Senator Kabir Marafa had either rejoined or newly joined the party and paid loyalty to the leadership of the party.
The successful membership registration and revalidation exercise executed by the Buni-led committee has contributed to repositioning the party by way of ascertaining the numerical strength of the party for planning of congresses, convention and general election.
Certainly, these commendations are but a testimony to the excellent recovery and repositioning of the party by the caretaker committee. APC is no doubt now in good hands and shape.
Like the takeoff and landing of a plane, the Caretaker Committee has stablised the party and is now heading towards congresses and convention that can be likened to the landing of the plane. As usual, many have indicated their interests in the leadership of the party at the ward, local, state and national levels. There is the need for absolute caution in approaching the congresses and convention on a speed landing mode to avoid a mad rush that would take the party back to the woods and make it, once again, divided house.
It brooks no argument that there is the need to sustain the excellent work done by the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee. The way forward is to have a careful approach to a strong, reliable and nationalistic leadership that will steer the affairs of the party with wisdom, hardwork and unity of purpose in order for the APC to remain Nigeria’s leading party and Africa’s largest political party.
Mohammed is the DG Press and Media Affairs to Gov Buni.
Gov. Buni Places Yobe Above Every other Interest
Gov. Buni Places Yobe Above Every Other interest
By Usman Bello, Damaturu
His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, The Executive Governor of Yobe state, who is also the national caretaker chairman of the ruling All progressive congress (APC) has made it clearly that the policies and programmes of his administration will continue to concentrate on issues that have positive impact on the lives of the people and to develop the state..
He stated this today when he received in audience members of the Buni/Gubana foundation.
He charged the foundation to be futuristic, saying, the future of the state lies in the hands of the youth.
Governor Buni reiterated his commitment to having improved education, enhanced healthcare delivery and robust economy for the state.
“We should bury all differences and work for the future and the good of a greater Yobe state” Gov. Buni said.
Members of the foundation said they are committed more than ever to make contributions to move the state forward.
The foundation congratulated Gov. Buni for the gaint strides recorded in education, healthcare delivery, commerce, road construction and pledged its support to government.
We Are Not Miscreants, Borno APC Youths Tell Zulum
We Are Not Miscreants, Borno APC Youths Tell Zulum
By Ahmed Miringa, Maiduguri
Youths under the umbrella of Borno All Progressive Congress (APC) youths vanguard have called on Governor Babagana Zulum to withdraw his unpleasant statement against them.
Speaking in an interview with Journalists at the NUJ Press Centre on Tuesday, the spokesman of the group, Ibrahim Hassan said ” we have worked hard to bring this government in power, only for the governor to say that it was youths vanguard (ECOMOG) and Mohammed Yusuf that created insecurity in the state. He is our father, we are appealing to him to retract that statement. We are not Miscreants or Boko Haram”.
” We have been a political youths right from NRC, UNCP, APP, ANPP and APC, we ever are responsible political youths and law abiding citizens. Yes, we agreed there are some bad eggs among us but he should not generalized that we are Miscreants. We are responsible party men and women” he added.
He said ” we are speaking on behalf of the remaining youths . we are APC that suffered a lot in the hands of insurgents,some of us were killed, mame, suffered a lot of physical and psychological trauma, We see no reason why we should be join with Boko Haram as the caused of insecurity or insurgency in the state”.
He stated they were not happy with the attitudes of the bad eggs among them, that was why they have been disciplining them, stressing that they were not happy with the statement the governor made by joining them with Boko Haram but as law abiding party members, they will continue to support the government and party at large.
Also collaborating, another member of the youth vanguard, Yakubu Dan Alhaji said ” we have been working hard for the victory of the party right from the inception of democratic government in 1999. only for him to reward us with this statement, we are appealing to him to withdraw this statement.
BOSG Inaugurate Assessment Needs Committee on Education, Health to improve service delivery
BOSG inaugurates Assessment needs committee on Education, health to improve service delivery
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
To ensure service delivery and consolidate on the success recorded in the last two years, the Borno state government has inaugurated an Assessment Needs committee on Education and Health to go round all schools and health facilities across the state to assess their needs and requirement with a view of addressing them.
Inaugurating the committees at the Multi purpose Hall of the Government House Maiduguri, on Monday the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum said “let me bring to your kind notice that the deplorable of our education sector, our education system is not working very well. Yes we have built schools and health facilities but we must ensure qualified teachers and health workers, desks, drugs, instructional materials,laboratories doctors, boreholes accommodation are provided to the schools and health facilities for effective delivery”.
While commending the state committee on Universal Basic education, Governor Zulum said ” let me use this opportunity to commend the chairman and members of the SUBEB verification team for saving N420 million monthly from ghost workers. This money would hitherto consumed by few individuals at the detriment of our children and brothers “.
“There is need to go to our respective local government areas to come up with template for the government to know what we can do in the next 2 years to change our education and health sector In the next two years. We’re going to concentrate on service delivery in the next two years. The problem is not the money but how effectively do we plan”, the governor stated.
The Governor said the committees which are divided into Borno North, South and Central have now to the end of July 2021 to submit their reports to the government for implementation.
Governor Zulum while assuring teachers of salary increment said ” there is no way that you pay a teacher N15,000 to N20,000 monthly and expect him to perform stressing that the state government is going to come up with empowerment program of one year, where candidate are to teach in schools and health facilities and if their performance is satisfactory, they will be employed after one year.”
Zulum said ” we would not mind to bring in teachers and health workers from other state if we cannot have enough qualified ones here in the state”.
He further said the state government have closed to N3 billion in accessed fund in the account of Primary Health care and State Health insurance scheme and that the government is going to use it to train health workers, provide drugs and laboratory equipments among others.
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