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Borno celebrates world water day as Zulum promises ten earth dams this year to increase water supply to residents



Borno celebrates world water day as Zulum promises ten earth dams this year to increase water supply to residents

By: Bodunrin Kayode

In a bid to increase drinking water for residents, Borno State Governor Professor Babagana Zulum has said that ten more earth dams would be built to cushion the effect of water scarcity in the state.

He said that such dams would be multi purpose so that residents will not suffer mich from the aridity of the savanna which has increased in recent times.

This was revealed by the General manager Borno State rural water supply and sanitation Agency (RUWASA) Dr Mohammed Aliyu during the celebration of today’s “world water day” at the maiduguri office of the agency.

Equally the Gm said that the government has been able to drill 218 hybrid bore holes across the 27 council areas of the state since 2019.

The new boreholes with super reservoirs were constructed alongside “free flowing” boreholes common in Borno north council areas like Mongunu, Mafa, Ngala, Kukawa and Abadam.

The Gm represented by Hawa Anas a director in the agency noted that three additional water works were also provided in Moramti, Konduga, Ngarannam, MMC, Azare and Hawul adding that three more waterworks are presently undergoing construction at Madinatu, Shokwari and Musari for the increasing water consumption needs of residents in greater Maiduguri.

“Furthermore the State government has constructed 462 hand pumps, rehabilitated 316 solar powered bore holes and 464 hand pumps reconnecting over two million people to clean and safe drinking water.

” The state government has also approved and commenced the construction of ten standard earth dams across the state” said the Gm.

Dr Musa Aliyu called for the use of alternative ways like solar to generate energy that will drive boreholes that are not free flowing for drinking water.

“We also need to change the narrative, let us discard our traditional ways of doing things and use innovations to sustain our facilities.

” We need to think outside the box from isolated boreholes to mini schemes, from communal fetching points to house to house connections.

” we need to redesign our approaches strengthening community participation and ownerships in our projects. We should all know that the development we are yearning for is achievable via peace and this is mainly determined by the availability of water, thereby justifying the theme of this year’s commemoration which is water for peace. “

Keynote speaker for the event Dr Musa Aji a hydrogeologist from the geology department of the University of Maiduguri posited that water scarcity was a condition in which the demands for drinking water was not being met.

He frowned at the indiscriminate construction of unauthorized dams upstream which affects communities along the route downstream towards Lake Chad where the river source from kano empties is itself.

Aji called on political leaders to take the lead in the restoration of the ecosystem which has been badly damaged and which is responsible for the scarcity of water myriad of residents are experiencing within north east Nigeria now.

In his remark titled “Water Management in Northeast Nigeria. The humanitarian context,” Dr Timothy Paul Daret noted that in the context of northeast Nigeria, humanitarian water management faces multifaceted challenges exacerbated by ongoing conflict, displacement, and environmental factors.

He observed that the region has been plagued by protracted conflict, leading to widespread displacement of populations, destruction of infrastructure, and disruption of basic services, including water supply and sanitation.

This situation he revealed has left millions of people in dire need of access to safe and clean water, particularly in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps and host communities.

“Moreover, the arid and semi-arid climate of the region poses additional challenges, as water resources are scarce and often contaminated, increasing the risk of waterborne diseases.

Dr Tim advised that, humanitarian water management efforts must navigate these complex dynamics by implementing strategies that not only address immediate water needs but also promote long-term sustainability and resilience in water infrastructure and management systems.

“To address these challenges, humanitarian organizations operating in northeast Nigeria are implementing comprehensive water management strategies that prioritize both emergency response and long-term development.

” These strategies involve the provision of safe drinking water through the construction and rehabilitation of water sources, such as boreholes, wells, and water treatment facilities, in both IDP camps and host communities. Additionally, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions focus on promoting hygiene practices, such as hand washing and safe water storage, to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases.

” Moreover, there are ongoing efforts of building the capacity of local communities and authorities in water management and infrastructure maintenance to ensure sustainability beyond the immediate humanitarian response. By adopting a multi-sectoral approach and collaborating with government agencies, NGOs, and other stakeholders, humanitarian organizations aim to address the complex water management challenges in northeast Nigeria as they contribute to the overall well-being and resilience of affected populations.

He stressed that as stakeholders celebrate the 2024 world water day with the theme “water for peace”, they should remember that; access to drinking water is a human right.

” Cooperation on water paves the way for cooperation on all shared challenges. Water can be a tool for peace. ” he maintained.

Highlights of the occasion was a dance drama by children of the Nigerian Airforce primary school and several goodwill messages from non governmental organizations including a representative of the vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri Professor Babagana Kolo.

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Operation Hadin Kai Sallah Festivity: CAS Luncheon with NAF Personnel



Operation Hadin Kai Sallah Festivity: CAS Luncheon with NAF Personnel

…. Gov Zulum appreciates the armed forces and security agencies, and reaffirms support for Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK)

By: Michael Mike

His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, ably represented by the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Internal Security, Prof. Usman Tar, was in attendance at the CAS 2024 Eid Al-Kabir Luncheon with Personnel of NAF and Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai held on 16 June 2024 at the NAF Base Maiduguri.

The event is in keeping with the tradition of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), where the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) joins personnel at the theatre of war in celebrating festive seasons with a view to boosting morale of staff and comforting the families of fallen heroes.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar was ably represented by the Air Component Commander, OPHK, Air Commodore UU Idris. Other dignitaries at the event include GOC 7 Division, Theatre Commander OPHK, the representative of His Royal Highness, the Shehu of Borno (the Zanna Dashima of Borno), the Commissioner of Police, heads of sister security agencies, and the Representative of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent.

On behalf of Gov Zulum, Prof Tar expressed deep appreciation of the Borno State Government to our gallant officers and men for making great sacrifices to keep Nigeria as a single indivisible nation-state: “On behalf of the Government and good people of Borno State, I stand before you today with immense gratitude and deep appreciation for the unwavering commitment and selfless service you have shown to our state and our endeared nation.

“As the Eid Al-Kabir season preaches love, kindness, empathy and compassion, let’s inculcate the lessons and positive values of this holy season while discharging our duties for optimal service delivery”, said Governor Zulum while felictating with the NAF Muslim community.

Gov Zulum particularly, acknowledged the efforts of the NAF in supporting and complementing the ongoing restoration of peace in the theatre. He said: “Let me express my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you for protecting our values and heritage. Spending time away from your beloved ones or facing dangers that comes with defending the integrity of our country cannot go unnoticed.”

He also appreciated the efforts of the NAF Special Forces in conducting a patrol that led to the apprehension of 18 Marlians (criminals), who have been carrying out criminal activities and other forms of anti social vices such as kidnapping, phone/tricycle snatching at gun point around Ayafe, Ngomari, Njimtilo, Yan nono and Ajileri communities of Maiduguri Metropolis.

Governor Zulum further assured the CAS that the Borno State Government will not rest on its oars in ensuring that all necessary support is rendered to the NAF. He prayed for the fallen heroes who paid the supreme price in protecting Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

Highlights of the event include presentation of award to His Excellency Governor Zulum by the CAS, which was received by the Hon. Commissioner of Information and Internal Security, Prof. Usman Tar, cultural dance and a group photograph.

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Democracy Day: Borno Speaker expresses distress over inability of military to restore civil authority in Guzamala LG



Democracy Day: Borno Speaker expresses distress over inability of military to restore civil authority in Guzamala LG

By Ndahi Marama

The Speaker, Borno House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abdulkarim Lawan has expressed deep grieve over the inability of the Nigerian Military and other security agencies to restore civil authority or return back thousands of people hitherto displaced by insurgents for the past 10 years to Guzamala local government headquarters.

The Speaker who also hails from Guzamala disclosed this on Wednesday while delivering his goodwill message at the celebration of the Democracy Day which took place at Ramat Square in Maiduguri, the state capital.

He said, although relative peace has been restored in many parts of the state, in which, Governor Babagana Zulum with support from members of the House of Assembly and other stakeholders, are relentlessly providing dividends of democracy at all levels, Guzamala Local Government Area in Northern part of the state, including Abadam council area have been denied all the opportunity, as they continue witness ‘zero- project’ for over decade.

Recall that Governor Zulum inaugurated a resettlement committee on 4th July 2022 to reconstruct and resettle the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Gudumbali town which is the headquarter of Guzamala LGA of Borno State.

Governor Zulum had charged the Nigerian Army to recapture the town to enable the ongoing rebuilding and resettlement process, but to no avail.

Also lamenting, the Speaker said, “I have been appealing to the Federal Government and the military time without numbers to restore civil authority in Guzamala Council area, but all my plea to the military and other security agencies failed woefully.

“As long as we appreciate the good efforts put in place by Governor Zulum and the cordial working relationship that exists between the Executives, Legislature and the Judiciary in transforming all hitherto liberated communities in Borno, especially in the area of construction of roads, schools, hospitals, houses, provision of Agricultural inputs, Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement of our displaced people, poverty alleviation, jobs creation among others, the people of Guzamala and Abadam local government council have recorded zero-project for over decade due to its inaccessibility by civilians.

“Even Kukawa local government area where there are presence of civil authority, there is no presence of military or any security operatives in Kukawa Council headquarters, and that is why the resilient people living inside Kukawa town were served with a warning or threatened letters recently by ISWAP terrorists to vacate the town or risks their lives.

“As we celebrate the 2024 Democracy Day, I want to reiterate my appeal to the federal government under the leadership of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Military authorities to restore civil authority in Guzamala Council and other inaccessible areas, so that our displaced people taking refuge in Niger Republic or those living in host communities of Maiduguri metropolis and Gajiram, Monguno local government areas should go back to their ancestral homes and pick up their pieces”. Speaker Lawan stated.

Earlier in his address, the Acting Governor, Dr. Umar Kadafur informed the gathering that a committee set up under the Chairmanship of the Commissioner for Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Hon. Sugum Mai Mele, and the Multi National Joint Task Force, MNJTF are working round the clock to restore normalcy and relocate back displaced people of Guzamala to their ancestral homes, Government will expediate action to resettle all Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs back to their communities before the end of its tenure.

He also said, in the spirit of the Democracy Day, 10 prisoners were pardoned, even as the state government is doing everything possible to restore the relative peace in the entire state and continue providing infrastructural development across the 27 local government areas.

Democracy Day: Borno Speaker expresses distress over inability of military to restore civil authority in Guzamala LG

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By: Chimezie Happiness

The 7th Governing Board of the NDDC today flagged off the construction of Principal and Teachers’ quarters at Community Secondary School, Umuechem, in Etche LGA of Rivers State.

The Rivers State Representative on the NDDC Board, Chief Tony C Okocha KSC JP DSSRS, who conducted the Official Flag-off/Project Handover on behalf of the 7th NDDC Governing Board, assured the Community that the project would be completed in less than four months if the community provides an enabling environment for the contractor to work. He warned the contractor handling the project against substandard work and promised that he would be inspecting the project from time to time.

Chief Okocha stated that he decided to locate the project at Umuechem because of the peaceful nature of the community and its contributions to the nation’s economy. He warned that the Commission would not hesitate to withdraw the project from the community if the contractor complains of unnecessary harassment.

The Rivers State Boss heartily thanked the Board and Management of the NDDC, ably headed by Barr. Chiedu Enie and Chief Dr. Samuel Ogbuku respectively, for awarding several people-oriented projects to Rivers State and for reforming the Commission into a vibrant Interventionist Agency.

Chief Tony Okocha also thanked President Tinubu for finding him and other members of the Board worthy of appointment to the 7th Governing Board of the NDDC. He specially commented the immediate past Governor of Rivers State and the Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, His Excellency, Chief Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike CON, for making Rivers State and South-South proud with the excellent work he is doing in Abuja.

The event witnessed the presence of the Executive Chairman of Etche LGA, Hon. Chief Obinna Anyawu, politicians, Chiefs and Ohnas, the Community Development Committee (CDC), Youth and Women body of Umuechem Community, among other observers.

Earlier, the Rivers NDDC Boss visited the oldest man in Etche LGA, Elder Michael Onwuka, who is 123 years old and still very strong and energetic. Chief Okocha presented food items, beverages, and money to the elated old man, who responded with prayers and blessings.

Thereafter, Chief Tony Okocha, on the invitation of the Executive Chairman of Etche LGA, commissioned the Umuechem Town Hall, one of the star projects of the administration of Hon. Chief Obinna Anyanwu, the Executive Chairman of Etche LGA.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of a Distinguished Merit Award to Chief Tony C. Okocha KSC JP DSSRS by the Stakeholders of APC Non-indigenes, Etche chapter.


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