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Your performance in one year compares 8 years in office of other Governors – Ex-IGP tells Borno Governor



Your performance in one year compares with 8 years in office of other governor’s, Ex IGP tells Borno governor

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The former Inspector General of Police, IGP .Mohamned Abubakar has described the performance of Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, in one year, as equal with the kind of achievements governors record in eight years,

IGP Mohammed Abubakar (rtd) who led the members and executives if the Alumni Association of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, Jos on a solidarity visit to Governor Babagana Zulum at the Government House, Maiduguri On Monday said “We came to Borno to show our concern, to show our support, to show our solidarity so that the world will know, not only Nigeria, that we are with you and you are on the right path,” .

The AANI is a nationwide umbrella body of former participants of the highly referred National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, Jos. The school is attended by highly selected leaders and policy makers annually.

“In one year, we have seen what you have achieved, Our colleagues all over the country appreciate you. We appreciate the fact that your one year in office is just like eight years in office. You are doing everything to achieve peace, and people are seeing it happening. You will succeed, by the grace of God, you will succeed.” Abubakar said.

The former IGP said the AANI was deeply concerned with the security challenges facing the Borno State Government.

He said “we note with regret, the recent upsurge in attacks by the insurgents. The military and other security agencies are doing their best to contain the situation. They need our support, solidarity and prayers. May Almighty Allah bring a quick end to this very devastating situation.”

“Your Excellency has been actively implementing projects and programmes that will improve the lives of the good people of Borno State. You have, within a short time, achieved a lot in many areas, especially in the education and health sectors which have a direct bearing on the well-being of the people of Borno State. Congratulations, Your Excellency. This is in keeping with the AANI’s motto: ‘Towards a better Society”, he added.


The association also condoled with Governor Zulum over the demise of his Chief of Staff, the Late Dr Babagana Wakil. Wakil, who passed on in July this year, was a member of the AANI.

Abubakar told Zulum: “I bring to Your Excellency and the good people of Borno State, fraternal greetings from the executive committee and members of the Alumni Association of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (AANI). The Alumni Association of the National Institute is a registered body consisting of eminent members drawn from different segments of the society whose objective is to promote the ideals of a better society.

“Your Excellency is an active member of the association. My I also use this opportunity to once again condole Your Excellency on the death of your Chief of Staff and member of our noble association. May Allah grant him Aljannat Firdaus, Amin., The association said.

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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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Boko Haram: Governor Zulum urges FG to give special consideration to Borno youths in the 774 special public projects



Boko Haram; Governor Zulum urges FG to give Special consideration to Borno youths in the 774 Special Public Projects,

By Madu Mohammed, Msuduguri

The Borno state Governor Prof. Babagana Zulum has called on the Federal government to give Special consideration to the state by engaging more Borno youths and women in the Federal Government 774 Special Public work projects due to the insurgency that ravaged the state in the last 10 years.

The governor made the appeal when flagging off the 774 Special Public works projects on Wednesday in Maiduguri, said here in Borno were facing a lot of challenges due to decade long insurgency and further aggravated by the COVID 19 , we are appealing to the Federal government to give special attention to Borno state”.

The Governor Zulum represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Unar Kadafur said “the pilot projects launched in Borno state in February, 2020 was successful but however the participants are yet to be paid their two months allowances. We urge the Federal Government to pay them.”

He said “the launhing of the Extended Public Works Project is timely, as the decade long insurgency has negatively affected the state. The Special public project is a strategy of creating jobs to teeming unemployed youths and women and in the fight against poverty.”

Also speaking, the Representative of the Federal Government, the State Minister for Agriculture, Hon. Mustapha BabaShehuri said ” the Extended Special Public Works Projects is an initiative of President Muhammadu Buhari to create job to 774 ,000 youths and the pilot is taking place in Borno and 7 other states.and will also be extended to to the 36 states and here in Borno 27000 youths and women are benefiting”.

” A Total of N1.62 billion has been set aside in different banks for the payment of their allowances and working tools were also provided for the youths to effectively carry out public work in different projects that will change their communities”, the minister added.

Hon Shehuri said ” in Borno state alone 4885 were trained various vocation skills acquisition, 596 women were trained in costimitology,, 50 people were trained in small scale enterprises and 15 were settled., 3,054 were trained micro empowerment scheme,, 500 internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were trained in various camps across the State among other programmes”.

He urged Nigerians to cooperate with beneficiaries and the officials for success of the projects across the nation.

In his welcome address, the Acting Director General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Abubakar Fikpo said the Extended Special Public Works Projects is very significant to the Federal Government quest to create job and fight unemployment, as well as cushioned the effect of COVID 19, adding that the projects is commencing in 8 states of Borno, Jigawa, Sokoto, Ondo, Adamawa, Eboyi among others.

The DG represented by his Special Assessment, Technical, Sumaila Mamman thanked President Bihari for entrusting the projects into the hands of NDE and promised to justify the confidence imposed on them.

In his remarks, the chairman Borno state selection committee, Engr Bukar Talba commended President Buhari for the initiative of creating jobs to thousand of teeming unemployed youths, adding that Borno youths are hardworking and enterprising.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Liman Abba thanked the Federal government for giving them the opportunity and promised to put more efforts in discharging their duties.

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