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Yobe executive council approves N9.2 B for various projects



Yobe executive council approves N9.2 B for various projects.

By Baba Saleh Damaturu

Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State has approved funds worth over 9.2 billion to finance the execution of various projects in the state.

The approval followed a meeting of the Yobe State Executive Council Wednesday at the Council Chamber of Government House Damaturu.

The State commissioner of Information, Abdullahi Bego disclosed shortly after the meeting that the council ratified a total spending of N8, 977, 080, 926.40 and approved a new spending request of N232, 799, 742.50 for various socio-economic development projects.

He stated that the total sum approved by the council therefore stands at N9, 209, 800, 668.09.

“Of this amount, N1, 261, 928, 090.00 was ratified for the construction of 12-kilometer double coat surface-dressed Damagum-Gubana road in Fune Local government area, while the sum of N1, 973, 816, 010.86 was ratified for the construction of 16-kilometer Nguru-Balanguwa Asphalt road in Nguru Local Government area”

According to him N299, 969, 086.95 was also ratified for the reconstruction of damaged sections and structures at the Nguru Irrigation Scheme Phase I in Nguru Local Government area; while N397, 496, 102.50 was ratified for the construction of 1.5-kilometer road and 3.0-kilometer concrete drain linking Mallummatari-Gujba road dual carriageway, Damaturu.

He added that other capital expenditure also ratified by the council include the sum of N329, 333, 718.57 for the supply of project vehicles, customised tricycle ambulances, customised MAMA kits and bags, HIV rapid test kits, and rehabilitation of midwife quarters at Primary Health Care Center (PHC) Ashekeri in Gaidam Local Government area and N2, 430, 063, 180.09 ratified for the construction of Gashu’a Modern Market; N2, 360, 000, 123.72 ratified for the construction of Potiskum Modern Market; and N1, 646, 290, 624.57 for the construction of link road, additional wearing course and watch tower at the Yobe International Cargo Airport Damaturu.

Meanwhile, the council also approved a request for the sum of N232, 799, 742.50 for the extension of electricity to the Yobe International Cargo Airport, Damaturu, including the rehabilitation of the 33KVA ITC Line from Damaturu to Kalallawa Town and provision of power transformers, amongst others.

In his remarks prior to the meeting, Buni commended members of the council for their individual and collective effort in moving the agenda of the administration forward.

The Governor said despite lean resources and the COVID-19 challenge, the Yobe State Government continues to record remarkable and measurable progress, such as in building new roads, markets, housing estates, hospitals and healthcare centres, construction and rehabilitation of water supply and sanitation facilities, and providing support to farmers, amongst others.

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Security: Governor Mai Mala Buni chairs stakeholders meeting



Security: Governor Mai Mala Buni Chairs Stakeholders Meeting

By Madu Mohammed, Damaturu

His excellency, Honourable Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state has commended the determination and commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari, the military as well as other security operatives towards ending insurgency among other security challenges bedevilling the country.

Buni made the commendation while declaring open a one-day stakeholders meeting on security held at the Government House in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

The governor stated that people in Yobe State and the North-East region generally have in the past found it difficult to pursue daily economic and social activities, expressing happiness that due to the efforts of the military among other security operatives, the region is now enjoying relative peace.

“Therefore, when we compare then and now, we definitely have every reason to say ‘Alhamdulillah’ to appreciate our present situation so that Allah (SWT) may further improve the situation for us.

“I would like to seize this opportunity to specially appreciate His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR for his continuous determination and commitment to end insurgency in Nigeria.

“We must also appreciate members of the Nigeria armed forces, the para military organizations and members of the Vigilante organizations for the sacrifices made to ensure we have peace and security in our state and country,” Buni said.

The governor equally commended the resilience of the people of the area for withstanding the obnoxious criminal activities of the insurgents for the last 10 years.

“This indicates that, collectively we can always succeed and triumph over evil. It is just a matter of time, Insha Allah.

“Let me once again appreciate you the good people of Yobe state for demonstrating uncommon statesmanship and patriotism in last year’s ENDSARS nationwide protest when you collectively and unanimously refused to join the protest despite mouth-watering enticements,” Buni added.

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Governor zulum approves N624M for payment of scholarship of 23,776 Borno tertiary students



Governor Zulum approves N624m for payment of scholarship of 23, 776 Borno tertiary students

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has released the sum of N624.3m for payment of scholarship to 23,776 citizens of Borno State in 49 tertiary schools across Nigeria.

The Borno state Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation,Dr Babagana Mustapha Mallambe who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, said that payments to students have already began with N320m paid to students in nine institutions, under the first batch while second batch of students will start getting payment on Monday, January 18, with the sum of N304.3m to be disbursed

Dr. Mallambe said “from a total of N624,370,000 approved and released by His Excellency, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, for scholarship to 23,776 Borno students, the ministry has disbursed N320m under the first batch, to students in nine tertiary schools located in Borno State”

“Those paid include part 4 and 5 students of University of Maiduguri, students in Borno State University, Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri, Sir Kashim Ibrahim College, College of Education Waka – Biu, Mohammed Goni College of Legal and Islamic Studies, College of Business Administration Konduga, Umar Ibn Ibrahim College of Education, Science and Technology-Bama and those in Mohammet Lawan College of Agriculture” , the commissioner added.

He further explained , that from Monday, January 18, 2021, the ministry will begin the disbursement of another N304,370,000 to Borno students in 40 higher institutions across Nigeria.

Dr Mallambe also said that Governor Zulum had approved financial support to resident doctors of Borno origin located in different parts of the country, to enable them fund capacity development programmes that would be potentially beneficial to Borno people in the long run.

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Yobe Governor sworn-in 2 female high court judges, grand khadi



Yobe Governor sworn-in 2 female high court judges, grand khadi 

By Ajikolo lawan Musa Damaturu 

His excellency, Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state, has on Saturday the 16/1/2021 sworn-in acting grand khadi Babagana Mahdi and 2 high court judges and 2 khadis of sharia courts in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital. 
Buni described the occasion as a milestone in repositioning the integrity of the judiciary and promoting speedy dispensation of justice in the state, saying that the appointments were strictly on merit.
The appointments of their lordships, the acting grand khadi, the high court judges and khadis of sharia courts were strictly done on merit and in conformity with the powers conferred on me. 
All, he said were in accordance to the section 174 subsection 2, section 27 subsection 2 and section 276 subsection 2 of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as amended, he said.
Others sworn in were the 2 female high court judges Hadiza Musa and Amina shehu along 2 khadis of the sharia court, khadi Bashir inuwa and khadi Abba like

The Governor called on the new appointees to justify the confidence reposed on them, stressing as we celebrate your new appointments, let’s quickly remind you that so much is expected of you, to justify this new appointments.
Discharging your civic duties with utmost transparency and in fairness to all persons, irrespective of tribe, religious status or political differences, for the judiciary to truly remain the last hope of a common man in the society. 

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