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Zulum wins NUJ “the most promising Governor of the 2019 award



Zulu wins NUJ “the most promising governor of the 2019 award ”

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ),has awarded Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum with the most promising governor of the year 2019 for his outstanding performance of executing 120 projects in just 100 day in office.

Receiving the award at the Government House, Maiduguri on Tuesday, Governor Babagana Zulum said “I want to express my appreciation to the NUJ for all your support you have been rendering this administration, since we came on board and for recognizing what we have been doing to the people of the state, more especially the internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).”

” God willing, we will do everything possible to ensure good governance, our agenda in 2020 is centred on three key points of Security, Agriculture, job creation and education inline with our 10 pact agenda,” Governor Zulum added.

He said ” since my days as Rector and Commissiiner, I am a friend if the Media, We are shall inter convenient with the NUJ , we will intervention in renovating and equipping the centre, so that you will continue to infirm and rnlinghtening our our people on.the government policies and programs ”

He urged the NUJ in the state to device machinism of checkmating fake and quack journalist that are trying to infiltrate the orofessiin., stressing that all over the world journalism are control tofishout fair journalists.He said his administration is ever ready to support the NUJ to uplift the living standard if the people.

Earlier, the chairman of the NUJ, Borno state Council, Comrade Bulama Talba said “this award is a major one. It is actually the first under the new executive council and it has been approved by the national leadership of the NUJ in Abuja., We are here to recognize and celebrate the good things you have done for Borno as rector, as Commissioner and the unimaginable things you are doing as Governor. In the case of Borno State, the verdict of journalists is : His Excellency, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, mni, FNSE, is winner of the NUJ’s 2019 award as Most Promising First Term Governor in Nigeria.,” .

“In the case of Borno State, the verdict of journalists is : His Excellency, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, mni, FNSE, is winner of the NUJ’s 2019 award as Most Promising First Term Governor in Nigeria. “, hr added.

“Sir, normally, t,he NUJ in Borno State does not celebrate the achievements of Governors in less than one year of their tenure. Journalists are critical people. Before we give out awards, we look at things critically. we have asked our members who are the ones on ground to assess your performance in the first quarter of the first yesr of your administration. We compared your performance with those of all Governors serving their first term in office and discovered without the slightest doubt, that we could only compare your achievements with those of some Governors in their second term.”, the chairman said.

He said “Your achievements in the first quarter of the furst year were uncommonly amazing to us. Everyone may remember that you delivered 120 projects in 100 days. But what we will like to remind people is that some of these individual projects include the construction of entirely new schools, each of them, counted as one project. The 120 projects include an ongoing estate of 300 houses counted as one project. ”

“Sir, the journalists in Borno State are very proud of you. Perhaps ‘I should also add, Your Excellency, that the best way to be a friend of journalists is to continue to deliver more and more projects. When you perform very well, the journalists will naturally favour you in their reporting. Journalists mainly report what pubic office holders do rightly or wrongly,” Talba further stressed.

“The NUJ proposes that starting next year, 2020, we will host quarterly press briefings. We propose to host the first at the end of December and subsequent ones at the end of April, August and December of every year. At the NUJ secretariat here in Maiduguri, we will invite commissioners and heads of government agencies to come to the press center and brief journalists on activities of their ministries and agencies. We will expect them to support whatever they say with video images.,” he said .

Comrade Talba said “during these briefings, we will invite some critical stakeholders and opinion molders from the academia, civil society organizations, members of traditional institution, and student unions to join these briefings. Your Excellency, to make these press briefings possible, we will kindly requirrrd”



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Gov. Buni Charge Yobe State Politicians On Youth Empowerment



Gov. Buni Charge Yobe State Politicians on Youth Empowerment

By Cynthia John, Abuja

His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, has charged politicians in the state on youth economic empowerment to promote self reliance and employment opportunities.

Governor Buni gave the charge today when political stalwarts from Zone B, paid him a thank you visit for his support to the Zone.

“Political stalwarts, elites and appointees must invest in the youth through economic empowerment and offering scholarships to those from indigent families to give them a future and to take them away from social vices” he said.

Governor Buni expressed satisfaction with the growing unity in the Zone “We must do away with primordial sentiments such as ethnic differences for us to grow and develop, l am happy with the sense of unity growing in the Zone”.

He said Yobe state is having a fair share of federal appointments under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

“We now have the President of the Senate, the Inspector General of Police, Minister of Power, two justices of the Supreme Court, two court of Appeal justices and a host of others from Yobe state.

“With the Minister of Power coming from our state, this will help in our recovery plan to reconnect communities destroyed by Boko Haram and other rural communities to the national grid.

Leader of the delegation and the state Deputy Governor, Hon. Idi Barde Gubana, commended Governor Buni for giving the Zone a sense of belonging.

” Your Excellency, you have given a true sense of belonging in terms of appointments and citing of projects to Zone B, this has promoted unity in the zone” said the Deputy Governor.

Hon. Gubana assured the Governor that the people of Zone B are absolutely loyal to the leadership of the Governor “we pledge our support and loyalty to you, we will never betray you”.

The Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, commended Governor Buni for his leadership style which serves as a rallying point for the people of Zone B.

“Everyone has that sense of belonging, we also appreciate the support, appointments and execution of projects by your administration in the Zone.

The Minister assured that public office holders from the Zone will complement government efforts in providing employment opportunities to youth through economic empowerment programmes.

“We have an existing account, we will task ourselves and contribute more into the account for economic empowerment of our youth to complement government efforts” the minister assured.

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Yobe State Officials Of The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Defect To APC



Yobe State Officials Of The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Defect to APC

By Usman Bello, Damaturu

The Deputy State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Yobe state, Alh. Usman Amale, the Assistant state secretary Ahmadu Biriri and others have defected from PDP to APC collapsing what remains of the opposition party into the ruling party.

Receiving the former PDP officials in Damaturu today, the state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, said they should be part of the movement to salvage Nigeria.

“APC is now a movement that is targeting the unity, progress and development of Nigeria, we are receiving high profile Nigerians from all walks of life, from different backgrounds, cultures, religions and geo-political backgrounds.

“The solution to the problems facing Nigeria lies in the political stability of the country, we should all come together to promote our unity for development” Gov. Buni said.

He informed the defectors that they have equal rights and opportunities like any other member to contribute to the development of Nigeria.

The former PDP Deputy chairman said they had no reason remaining in PDP and apologised for the delay.

“In fact, we had no reason being in PDP because, our leader and Chairman of APC needs the support for political stability in Nigeria” Amale said.

He commended Gov. Buni for his selfless contribution to Nigeria’s growth and development “you made us very proud and we are obliged to support you”.

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Adamawa Congress: APC Is The Party To Beat Come 2023-Barr Wali



Adamawa Congress: APC is the party to beat come 2023-Barr Wali

….absence of party critical stakeholders at the congress venue killed members morale

By Tom Garba, Yola

The Congress of APC in Adamawa state has taken so many people to awe state seeing thousands of party loyalists turned to exercise their rights as statutory or normal delegates.

The gathering at Lamido Cinema, venue of the congress election that will see to the party new leadership in Adamawa state as a party die-hard Barr Yakubu Wali described a party to beat come 2023.

According to Wali, a top shot PDP in the State admitted that APC has surprised him seeing the huge gathering of supporters at the venue for the congress.

He said the PDP Man in surprise acclaimed that the party is still Much on the ground, made him to an uncontrollably laughing when he noticed the surprise on his face.

Despite the success of the party’ congress, Yakubu however is not happy with the congresses because of the absence of major stakeholders at the venue of the party congress.

He worried their absence sends a wrong signal to their collective mission to rescue power from the opposition PDP in the State.

” Looking at the venue of the PDP congress at Ribadu Square where you see the former Vice president Atiku Abubakar, the former Governor Boni Haruna and the Current Governor Ahmadu Fintiri at the venue tells you how collectively they are working to achieve a common goal.

“I also looked at the venue of the APC congress in Maiduguri where I saw Governor prof Zulum, Kashim Shettima, and Ali Modu Sheriff were seated together laughing as they engaged themselves in a chat, that tells you how serious they are about APC in Borno state even though PDP Borno only exists as a political party in INEC’s records.

“We love APC and we would have been more courageous, confident, and optimistic if we see this caliber of people at the venue of our APC congress in Adamawa state.

” Imagine seeing, Governor Nyako, Governor Bindow, Governor Bala James Ngilari, SGF Boss Mustapha, FCT minister Mohd Bello, Senator Mana, Senator Binta Masi Garba, Senator Barata, Senator Binani, Senator Cliff, senator Bello Tukur, senator Nyako, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, HE Marten Babale, Dr. Modi Halilu, HE Saad MC, Senator Zungina, Prof Mamman Tahir, Hon, Namdas sitting at Lamido cinema just to observe the exercise of this congress, the message would have been a clear one, APC supporters would’ve been boasted with high morales and will be ready at all the times to do the right thing.

“What do we have to say about the absence of these people at the venue of the APC’s congress? Even if all is wsendsit sends a wrong signal to our collective mission.

“Though there is a time to bring all the stakeholders ers on the desk, the present set of elected party leaders should rise beyond organizing local meetings, they must take it as a matter of priority to bring all these major stakeholders on board, we need Unity in this party, we need collaboration, we need synergy, we need to work as a team and above all we need to rescue power from the opposition.

“I congratulate the newly elected party leaders of our great party, it is my fervent hope that you will all discharge your responsibibyce with the provisions of the party constitute n and with thof e fear of God. Once more congratulations.” Said

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