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Zulum: palliative distribution a necessity, not my priority

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Zulum: palliative distribution a necessity, not my priority

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Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, said his administration’s frequent distribution of food palliatives was necessary to strike a balance between addressing the immediate needs of the people affected by Boko Haram insurgency and laying the groundwork for a lasting change.

Zulum noted that while food palliatives were distributed to vulnerable people most affected by the over-one-decade crisis, remarkable development has been achieved in all the critical sectors such as healthcare, education, security and infrastructure in Borno State.

Governor Zulum stated that the palliative distribution was to salvage communities whose sources of livelihood were cut off due to the activities of Boko Haram insurgents.

Zulum made the remarks on Saturday while speaking to journalists in Gajiram, Nganzai Local Government Council, in the northern part of the state.

Zulum emphasised the need to establish a sustainable foundation for long-term development rather than relying on short-term solutions like palliative distribution.

“We are not creating dependency. You can see our efforts in reviving the agricultural sector. People should take note that what we are doing is necessary. We only give food items in places extremely affected by insurgency and gradually, we are transiting out,” Zulum said.

Meanwhile, the governor supervised the distribution of food and non-food items and N25m cash to over 25,000 families comprising 10,000 males and 15,000 females.

Each of the male heads of households received a bag of rice and a bag of maize grain, while about 15,000 families each received one wrapper and N5,000 cash.

Zulum commended the federal government, noting that Borno has received about 15,000 bags of rice from the North East Development Commission (NEDC).

“Let me acknowledge the receipt of about 15,000 bags of rice from the North East Development Commission (NEDC). The rice we distribute here is part of the donation, while Borno State Government donated the maize, wrappers and cash,” Zulum said.

The governor also stated, “I wish to extend our sincere gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the management of NEDC for the support.”

Governor Zulum was assisted in the distribution exercise by the Hon. member representing Nganzai at the House of Representatives, Engr Bukar Talba, Member, House of Assembly representing Nganzai, Sheikh Ali Gajiram, Honourable Commissioners Sugun Mai Mele and Engr Lawan Abba Wakilbe, Special advisers and other top government officials.

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Gov. Buni Meets International Partners on Implementation of State Action Plan on Durable Solutions

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Gov. Buni Meets International Partners on Implementation of State Action Plan on Durable Solutions

By: Mamman Mohammed

Sequel to the launching of the State Action Plan on Durable Solutions at the Presidential Villa earlier today, His Excellency the Yobe state Governor Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON has met with some ambassadors and representatives of donor organizations to support the state’s development initiatives.

Governor Buni reiterated the state’s shared commitment to implement the durable solutions, acknowledging the vital support and collaborative efforts of the international community in fostering sustainable development and lasting peace in Northeast Nigeria

“On behalf of the government and people of Yobe State, l extend our deep appreciation for the continuous support, expertise, and critical role played by the international partners in achieving peace and development” the governor noted.

He enumerated the ongoing efforts and commitments in addressing some development gaps, particularly in healthcare, education, agriculture, public infrastructure, and water facilities, assuring the readiness of his administration to create sustainable conditions that would support voluntary, safe, and dignified pathways for internally displaced persons (IDPs) within the state.

Governor Buni also announced the constitution of a resource mobilization team under his leadership and other key members, to drive the state’s resource mobilization efforts, and appealed for support through linkages and networking with Geneva and other international donors.

The Secretary to the State Government, Baba Mallam Wali, in his remarks, highlighted the critical role played by the international community and development partners in supporting Yobe State’s development aspirations, commending the Governor for providing the political will and leadership drive to achieve the sustainable development goals.

Mr. Suleiman Dauda, the Yobe State SOLID Focal Person and Project Coordinator, said the commitment of the governor provides effective, efficient, and workable solutions to the management of displaced persons in the state.

He said the existing state policies and development goals focusing on health, education, agriculture, livelihood, and economic growth, human rights, security and safety of vulnerable populations places Yobe state on the same page with the State Action Plan.

Diplomats representing various countries and donor organizations expressed their readiness to partner Yobe state government to achieve the durable solutions in a coordinated manner, applauding the state’s unique position as the only Nigerian state with a domesticated State IDP policy, and State Action Plan on Durable Solutions.

The meeting was attended by the UK Development Director, Cynthia Rowe, USAID Mission Director, Melissa Jones, Norwegian Ambassador, Svein Baera, Head of Cooperation for Canada, Djifa Ahado, and World Bank Northern Nigeria Coordinator, Serena Cavicchi among others.

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Zulum Blazing The Trail in Borno Education Sector Despite 15 Years Of Insurgency. 

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Zulum Blazing The Trail in Borno Education Sector Despite 15 Years Of Insurgency. 

By Gbenga Akingbule. 

The speed and consistency with which the Borno State government is transforming the education sub – sector by providing free and compulsory education across the state is a clear indication that the state is fast becoming one of the educational advantage states in  Nigeria,  Stakeholders have said . 

The construction of mega schools and provision of instructional materials as well the school feeding program in different parts of the state has in no small measure help to reduce the number of out of school children. 

Worried the by the uneviable position as having the highest number of out of school children in Nigeria in 2021, the governor Babagana Zulum leg administration has taken the bull by it’s horn  to reduce the number drastically through various intervention programs and projects that  have over the years returned Borno children to their classrooms.  

”  Out of 1.8 million out of school children in 2021, we have taken measures to reduce the number to less that 800. We’re still working assiduously bring down the number ”  Commissioner of Education,  Science , Technology  and Innovation,  Engineer  Lawan Abba Wakilbe said 

No doubt,  the more than a decade long  insurgency had led many children and their parents to flee trouble areas,  thereby obstructing their education where massive destruction to education facilities across the state was evident .

The Boko  Haram terrorists  whose translation of their name means western education is sin took ample delight in the destruction of schools and engage in continuous abduction of students.  Analysts says the distruction of education facilities in the North East Region  where Borno  state is the worst hit is  running into billions of US  Dollars. 

But the Zulum led  administration has shown rare  determination ,  the government is already picking up the pieces and does not want the future generation swim in the sea of illiteracy  hence the priority attention to education sector. 

To lift off the burden of school fees payments from off the shoulder of parents and guardians , the state government have continued to pay scholarship both for students studying within and outside Nigeria.  Orphans of Counter Terrorism Volunteers were not left out as 300  of the them got the total sum sixty-million-naira (₦60,000,000) scholarship for 2024 

The state  government in its bid to provide the needed manpower for the health sector,  recently  embarked on the disbursement over  N1 Billion as scholarship  to student nurses. 

” Today marks another significant milestone as we disburse One billion three hundred and five million one hundred and eighty-nine thousand naira (₦1,305,189,000) for scholarships benefiting 997 student nurses.” Wakilbe said 

As part of measures to ensure the  impactation of quality education to its students the state government has continued to pay prime attention to the welfare of teachers in the state.  This gesture prompted the the Chairman,  National Union of Teachers  ( NUT) Comrade Zali Audu Garba  to single out Governor Babagana Zulum as  the best performing governor in the education sector. 

” The education sector is currently witnessing an astronomical improvement in both with human and infrastructure.  Teachers welfare have been given an unprecedented positive attention,  the sum of   N1 billion is currently being expended on teachers training accos Borno State .we have never had it this good . ”  The NUT boss , Garba said 

At a recent event in Bama  local government area of  the state where 

Governor Zulum flagged off  the second phase  training for 781 teachers with the aim of making them more productive and acquiring  the requisite knowledge for impactation to its students.

The governor who was represented by his deputy  Hon Umar Usman Kadafur at the event says  ” It is strategically pertinent to note that Government allocated a substantial sum of one billion naira (N1 Billion) for the training of 2,730 teachers. These educators will undergo rigorous training at both the College of Education Waka-Biu and Umar Ibn Ibrahim El-Kanemi College of Education, Science and Technology Bama. 

“The duration of the program is three months, covering one thousand eight hundred and eighty four (1,884) 

teachers through a sandwich programme and eight hundred and forty six (846) teachers through a full-time NCE program.

“It may interest you to note that the aim of this initiative is to address issues of remuneration, retention and most importantly the competency of our teachers in line with national standards.

” The program is free of charge and each participants is entitle to N30,000.00 monthly stipend, in addition to their regular salaries. Those enrolled in full-time NCE program will attain automatic in- service status.

” On this note, let me use this medium to  urge the participants  to approach this opportunity with utmost dedication

and seriousness, knowing fully well that successful completion of the program and passing the competency test will lead to a review of wages. 

“To ensure adequate preparation, the Ministry of Education has been directed to release an additional sum of fifty thousand naira (N50,000) to all participants“. Kadafur stated.

President of National Union of Borno State Students also testify to the pragmatic leadership of Governor Zulum in transforming  the education sector,  saying that Borno in the nearest future  can compete favourably with any state in the country. 

” We have an amazing governor  in Prof . Zulum, he has continued to accord education the desired attention . Our governor has expended  almost  two billion on scholarship alone this year, this is aside the massive ifrastuctural development in the  the education sector and training and retraining of teachers .”  Kyari said . 

As scars of the past disstrucion by Boko haram terrorists on the education sector is gradually  giving way to progressive steps at revolutionizing the sector , governor is eager to continue to blaze the trail 

” We will continue to do more to give quality education to our citizens.”  Governor Zulum said at a recent event.

*Gbenga Akingbule,
Wrote from Maiduguri

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North-West Governors Seek UN Support for Troubled Region

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North-West Governors Seek UN Support for Troubled Region

By: Michael Mike

Governors from the Northwest states have approached the United Nations for humanitarian assistance and rehabilitation of their geopolitical zone.

Many states in the Northwest have been adversely affected by banditry and terrorism in recent years, causing untold hardship on the people of the area.

A statement on Friday by the National Information Officer, UN Information Centre (UNIC), Oluseyi Soremekun read that Governors from the Northwest geopolitical zone of Nigeria same day met with the United Nations Country Team led by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mohamed Malick Fall, and they have asked the UN to support their states to deal with the numerous developmental challenges they face.

The statement read: “The Chaiman of the Northwest Governors Forum and the Katsina State Governor, Malam Dikko Umaru Radda, led other Governors in the zone, including Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani; Governor of Kano State, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf; Jigawa State Governor, Mallam Umar Namadi; Sokoto State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Idris Muhammad Gobir; and Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal, to the UN House Abuja,

“The Governors highlighted the major challenges faced by the region, including insecurity, multidimensional poverty, a large population of out-of-school children, increased casesof illicit drug abuse, high child and maternal mortality, and a large youth population that is unemployed.

“They indicated that nearly 80% of the population derive their livelihoods from agriculture, however, they face the challenges of land degradation and climate change which has reduced their yields. The governors also highlighted the high levels of child malnutrition.

“They also committed to providing a strong political support needed to ensure UN interventions in the Northwest are implemented with speed and at scale.”

The Chairman of the Northwest Governors’ Forum was quoted in the statement to have said: “The only way we can surmount the challenges of Northwest is through a regional approach which demands that we work together in a coordinated manner. We need to collectively fight poverty and unemployment being the major root causes of insecurity in the region.”

The UN Resident Coordinator, on his part, expressed his delight at receiving six of the seven Governors in the zone and he assured that the United Nations family would support the Northwest region to address those development challenges.

He noted that with the varied high levels of multidimensional poverty, the sustainable development goals would only be achieved in Nigeria if the northwest got it right, and this in turn would impact positively on the African region.

“The UN in Nigeria is encouraged to see the strong leadership and commitment of Northwest Governors to improving the wellbeing of their people. We will continue to support the government and people of Northwest Nigeria. Together, we will rescue and accelerate the agenda 2030 for sustainable development in the region.” Fall said.

The Resident Coordinator informed the governors that the UN has embarked on acceleration of the achievement of the SDGs through a focus on six key areas including food systems, education, social protection and jobs, energy access, climate change, and digital transformation.
It was agreed at the meeting that a roadmap for action will be developed by technical teams from the UN and the seven states, through a framework of UN support to the region.

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