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Zulum presents N208. 7 Billion to the state assembly as budget for 2021 fiscal year



Zulum presents N208.7 billion to the state Assembly as budget for 2021 fiscal year

By Madu Mohammed,, Mauduguri

The Borno state Governor, Professor, Babagana Zulum has presented the sum of N208,701,748 billion to the state House of Assembly as budget for 2021 fiscal year for their consideration

While pesenting the Budget estimate at the floor of the state House Assemby, on Wednesday, the Governor Zulum said the budget which is tagged “the people’s Budget of Recovery and Consolidation” is expected to be financed through Satutory Allocation , internally Generated Revenue and Grant from World Bank and other donor agencies.

The governor said ” Mr speaker , Hournable members of the House, a total of N208, 791, 748 has been budgeted for the 2021 fiscal year to be financed from recurrent Revenue and domestic Recurrent Receipts of N90.2 billion and capital receipts of N118, 482 billion. The Recurrent expenditure Estimates is N72 702 034 billion and the capital expenditure estimate is N135,165,714 billion with N833 million contingency fund”.

” The recurrent Recurrent Revenue Estimates for 2021 therefore is N81 billion comprising of FAC of N56.4 billion and Internally Generated Revenue of N15.7 billion . Statutory domestic recurrent grant from local government for centred financial recurrent expenditure in state entities is N8.9 billion”, , the Governor stated.

He further said ” the 2021 state budget is based on the Federal Government fiscal forecast for 2021– 2023 medium term expenditure frame work . The Internally Generated Revenue forecast was adopted with some indications within our view.”

The 2021 budget estimate of N208, 7 higher than that of 2020 billion of N146 billion with N62 billion due to the corona pandemic that has ravaged the world in 2020.

The ministry of works got the highest share with allocation of N19 billion, followed by ministry of Education with N16 billion, and Ministry for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement with N15.7 billion and ministry for Health with N10 billion, while the ministry of Inter Governmental Affairs got the lowest share with N72 million..

He urged the people of the state to continue to support his administration for more dividends of democracy.

Responding the Speaker, Borno state House of Assembly, Right Hon Abdulkarim Lawan thanked the governor for presenting to the house what he described as touchable progressive and developmental budget proposal for the state which touches all sectors of the state .

He said that despite the Corona pandemic, Boko Haram insurgency and fall in the prices of Crude Oil globally , the 2020 Budget implies ration was successful.

Lawan said since assumption of office by the governor, there has been cordial and harmonious working relationship without interference between the legislature and the executive including the judiciary and security forces..

He assured the governor of the speedy passage of the budget to meet the yearning of the people of the state.

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APC holds peaceful ward congresses in Borno



APC holds peaceful ward congresses in Borno

By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri

The All Progressive Congress ( APC) in Borno state has peacefully held its ward congresses, as Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state joined others members of his ward , Mafa Central ward of Mafa local government area of Borno state where they elected 27 member ward executives of the party inline with the ongoing ward, local government and state congresses of the party

Addressing the delegates befoe throwing the question, the chairman of the APC Congress committee in Borno state, who is also former Deputy Governor of Taraba state, Alhaji Uba Amadu said ” we are here in Mafa on behalf of APC national headquarters, Abuja to witnessed and monitor the ward congress of our party. We are here to ensure that the congress were conducted in accordance with our party constitution”.

” Our party constitution has allow that the congresses should be done in 3 ways that is, through direct and indirect process, as well as consensus, It could be recalled that the state statutory delegates had last Wednesday agreed that Borno state has opted for consensus.. Today we are here to ensure that what you agreed on is implemented to the later.” Alhaji Anadu added

Those unanimously affirmed through voice votes, as the 27 man Executive of the Mafa central ward of the Mafa local government area were, Alhaji Ali chori, as chairman, Alh Gado Ka’ana as Vice chairman, Alhaji Gada sarki as secretary, Alhaji Babagana Kachalla, treasurer among others executives of the ward.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen in Mafa, shorty after the exercise , Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state called on the APC members in the state to conduct themselves peacefully and be united for the progress of the party, state and the country at large..

“I want to use this opportunity to thank you for conducting yourselves peacefully, we want to also thank the national , state and local government committee for ensuring peaceful congress in Mafa central my ward”, Zulum.

He said ” I want to assure you that APC administration in Borno state under my leadership will continue to provide more dividends of democracy to our people. We are going to establish additional secondary school here in Mafa for our children to go to school, we are also going to train our youths across all wards of the local government, so that they will be engaged “.

As at the time of filing in this reports the ward congresses were going on simultaneously and peacefully in Biu and Hawul local government, as well as other wards across the state

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APC Congress: Buni Calls For Peaceful Exercise, Warns Against Sabotage



APC Congress: Buni calls for peaceful exercise, warns against sabotage

By Fannami Modu, Damaturu

As the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, warms up for its ward Congress on Saturday, the Chairman Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe State Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has enjoined party stakeholders and members to conduct the exercise peacefully.

In a statement signed Friday night by his Director-General on media and publicity, Mamman Mohammed, Governor Buni called on officials conducting the Congress to be fair and objective to all candidates contesting the election.

“As stakeholders of the party, we have a great responsibility to make the ward Congress in all the participating states successful.

“We should endeavour to place the party and members interest above personal interests,” Buni charged.

The chairman warned that the party would not hesitate to take decisive measures against anyone who deliberately sabotaged the Congress.

“We have come a long way repositioning the party, we have reconciled many groups and individuals, we must not allow personal interests in this election to divide us and draw us back,” he advised.

He expressed the commitment of the committee to entrench internal democracy and respect for the People’s choice.

Governor Buni further said adequate arrangements had been made by the party to conduct successful and acceptable congresses across the country.

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Party Congress,APC Stakeholders in Borno Adopts consensus Process



Party congress, APC stakeholders in Borno adopts consensus process

By, Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Borno state has adopted a concensus method in the forthcoming state congresses of the party, with option for the the stakeholders to adopt any process at the ward and local government congress.

Moving the motion for the adoption of the consensus approach, the state Deputy Governor, Hon Umar Kadafur said ” I hereby move the motion for the adoption of consensus method in our forthcoming party state Congress”

Seconding the motion, the former member House of representative, representing Hawul/Askira Federal constituency, Hon Abdu Msheliza said ” I Hon. Abdu Musa Msheliza seconded the motion for the adoption of consensus in our state party congress”.

Earlier addressing the party statutory congress, the Borno state Governor Prof. Baba gana Zulum said “we call you here in respect of our party congresses which is scheduled to come up this coming Saturday, 31 July 2021.. Our party constitution has allow us to adopt either consensus, indirect or direct congresses or primaries. So we are here to throw the issue to the congress for you to decide which method for us to adopt.”.

“We have seen a situation where election are being nullified because of irregularities in the process of party primaries and congresses. So we are here to adopt one of the options for our party congresses”, the governor added.

Throwing the motion to the party stakeholders, the party chairman, Hon Ali Dalori said ” those in support of the motion, should yea and those against should say neh” . The stakeholders unanimously agreed on the consensus congress, with no descending voice.

Speaking in an interview with journalists shortly after the stakeholders meeting, former Borno state Governor, Senator Kashim Shettima said ” the bedrock of the party is the constitution, the APC constitution has allow us to adopt a process through which the party structure emerges. The whole things is to arrived at transparent, equity and just congress that is acceptable to all.. we resolved as a patty as a family, as a clan and as a team to adopt consensus”.

” We have also urge our party leaders at the local government levels to adopt consensus but in case they opted to adopt ballot or any other .so be it, it is welcome. .so that all segment of our party should have a voice as enshrine in our party constitution” he added

Also speaking in an interview, the Senator Representing Borno South, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume said ” all those you see here are statutory delegates and they came across all the local government areas. It is a boton up decision, you were there it was a unanimous decision, there were no descending voice. Our party constitution has allow for 3 options, that consensus, indirect and direct process of primaries and congresses”

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