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Yobe Executive Council Approves N7.022 Billion For Projects, Services



Yobe Executive Council Approves N7.022 Billion for Projects, Services

By Usman Bello, Damaturu

The State Executive Council met today Tuesday 24th August 2021 under the chairmanship of His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni (Chiroman Gujba) and deliberated on many issues that affect the welfare and wellbeing of the people of the state.

His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni commended members of the Council for their individual and collective effort at ensuring the smooth functioning of the government and the delivery of social services to the people.

The Council-in-Session approved and ratified many projects and services to the tune of N7, 022, 754, 651.11. These include:

  1. Approval of the sum of N1, 202, 406, 208.99 for the supply of medical equipment and furniture for the Medical College of the Yobe State University and the procurement of electronic medical records and the training of staff at the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital (YSUTH), and the specialist hospitals in Damaturu, Potiskum, and Gashu’a.
  2. The Council also ratified the sum of N327, 140, 666.27 for the construction of 200-bed capacity isolation center and a one-storey building consisting of 30 room apartment House Officers’ Quarters at the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital.
  3. Also, the sum of N278, 591, 277.03 was ratified for the remodeling and conversion of the three-star hotel, Damaturu into the Clinical Section of the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital. This amount also covers the supply of furniture for use in the clinical section.
  4. The State Executive Council has also approved the sum of N1, 711, 980, 083.27 for additional works on the construction of 25.5 kilometer dual-carriage way from Damaturu to Kalallawa Village where the Damaturu International Cargo Airport is located.
  5. Also approved is the sum of N288, 998, 270.00 for the construction of 1.5-kilometre road and 3.0-kilometre concrete drains through direct labor at the Dr. Shehu Sule College of Nursing and Midwifery, Damaturu.
  6. Similarly, the sum of N169, 041, 071.35 was approved for the rehabilitation of Kaliyari-Bayamari road through direct labor as well as the rehabilitation of the Jakusko-Garin Alkali Road at the cost of N219, 698, 226.92
  7. The State Executive Council has also ratified the sum of N145, 648, 719.88 for the procurement of additional equipment and gear for the synchronization and digitization of the Yobe Radio FM/AM services.
  8. In addition to the above spending, Council has also ratified the sum of N765, 000, 000.00 for the procurement of 20 units of Toyota Land Cruiser V6 Vehicles for vigilante groups in the state to facilitate their security patrols and movement.
  9. The State Executive Council has also approved the sum of N688, 617, 273.06 for the procurement and installation of runway lighting system at the Damaturu International Cargo Airport.
  10. Council has also approved the sum of N1, 225, 632, 904.34 for revised additional works on the Nguru Modern Market project.
  11. The total amount approved and ratified by the Council stands at N7, 022, 754, 651.11
  12. Also the Council has approved the change of name of the Ministry of Higher Education to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.
  13. Lastly, the State Executive Council has approved a new logo for the State. It will be used in offices and official communications throughout the state government. The logo represents the history, culture, and socio-economic outlook of the state. It will be unveiled at a later date.

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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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