– Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno on Friday laid foundation for the construction of a Higher Islamic College in Kwaya-Kusar Local Government Area.This is contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media, Baba-Sheik Haruna and issued in Abuja, on Saturday.
He said the college would comprise three blocks of 16 classrooms each as well as staff quarters.
During the event, Zulum said the construction was in fulfillment of an earlier pledge he made to the people of the area in 2021.He said that on completion, the institution would combine both Islamic and western education by admitting students with vast Qur’anic knowledge from traditional Islamiya schools.
“Such students would graduate with National Diplomas at the end of their studies which would qualify them for admission into universities and other tertiary schools for graduate programmes,” he said.
Earlier in his speech, the Commissioner of Education, Mr Lawan Wakilbe said that the college would have a total of 48 classrooms with a students’ capacity of 2,000.He added that there would be an administrative block, two units of two-bedroom flats as initial staff quarters and six washing facilities.
The governor’s visit to Kwaya-Kusar was an extension of his official tour to the headquarters of Southern Borno Senatorial District of Biu where he inaugurated various projects executed by his administration.
Some of the projects inaugurated were a mega secondary school for 1,500 students in Buratai with an approval for the employment of 20 additional teachers from the host community.
The governor also inaugurated a 60-classroom community school for higher Islamic studies, which was built and donated by the state government in Biu town.
Zulum also inaugurated a zonal office for monitoring of government services, projects and programmes.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) recalls that Zulum had also distributed N100m grants to 1,000 unemployed youths.
He had also laid foundation for a N2 billion Vocational Training Centre with multiple workshops also in Biu, among others.
– Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has inaugurated a multi-million naira medical centre in Miringa, Biu Local Government donated by Chevron Nigeria Ltd, but abandoned since 2020.This is contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor, Baba-Sheik Haruna and issued in Abuja on Friday.
The governor’s action followed a peaceful protest launched by the people of Miringa on the governor’s convoy on Tuesday while on his way for a 3-day working visit to Biu LGA asking him to put the facility to use.
He said the governor who promised to act on the matter, immediately directed the Commissioner of Health to mobilize health workers as well as make it fully operational.
The governor then formally inaugurated the facility for the second time after its virtual inauguration by Chevron in October 2020.Zulum also directed for the construction of staff quarters and perimeter fencing of the hospital for the comfort of the staff.
The medical centre was constructed and fully equipped by Chevron through a collaboration with Agbami Group.
The group collaboration also provided a 100 KVA generator, a solar system, and water facilities to the centre.
Zulum thanked the two bodies for bringing healthcare service closer to the people promising that the facility will be put to full operation.
Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno said he had empowered 1,000 unemployed youths with N100 million in Biu.This is contained in a statement signed and issued in Abuja by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Baba-Sheik Haruna, on Friday.
He said the grant, which ceremony was held at the Kadafur Cinema premises in Biu town, was to be used as start-up capital for micro and small scale businesses to stimulate the economy of the area.
The event was part of the governor’s 3-day tour to the Borno South Senatorial headquarters to commission various projects executed by his administration.
While calling on the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the grant, the governor said the government would continue to sustain efforts to reduce unemployment and to fight poverty by assisting the vulnerable, among others.
He explained that poverty, unemployment and lack of education played crucial roles in the emergence of Boko Haram in the state.
During the period, Zulum commissioned a Mega Government Secondary School in Buratai with 1,500 students capacity, inaugurated a higher Islamic School for 1,200 students in Biu and a Zonal Education Monitoring and Evaluation Department also in Biu.Earlier, the Commissioner for Youth Empowerment, Sports Development and Poverty Alleviation, Saina Buba said the 1,000 beneficiaries were selected from wards across Biu LGA.
He said the governor, who had since 2019, launched various economic packages that offered cash support to small and medium scale entrepreneurs, did not leave out the physically challenged and the aged.
Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has approved the appointment of Alhaji Baba Usman as the state new Accountant General.
The appointment was announced by a statement on Wednesday by Malam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser to the governor on Communications and Strategy.
“Baba Bura Usman was, until his appointment, the Director of Treasury Operations at the Borno State Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning, since 2020,” Gusau said.
Usman, who has over 20 years experience in financial management and internal control systems, had worked as Accounts’ Assistant with a private firm, Premier Property Dev Co. Ltd, before joining Borno State Civil Service as Senior Accountant in 1998. “The new accountant general takes over from Mai Adamu Ya’u, who retired recently,” Gusau said.
Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has ordered the immediate recruitment of 30 medical personnel comprising doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and lab technicians for Bama General Hospital.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bama Local Government is one of the areas displaced by insurgents, whose people are now returning back due to improved security.
The directive is contained in a statement on Wednesday by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mallam Isa Gusau.
Zulum had visited the hospital on Tuesday and held a meeting with the hospital’s management and other top officials of the state Ministry of Health to identify the challenges of the facility.
He expressed concern that the general hospital has only two medical doctors and 10 nurses and midwives in spite of growing umber of patients attending the facility.
Zulum also approved the release of more drugs to the hospital to meet growing patients demand and the immediate rehabilitation of abandoned and dilapidated houses for doctors and other personnel.
The governor is in Bama to inspect government projects and provide humanitarian support to residents who returned home after years of displacement.
Some stakeholders in the education sector in the North-East have identified poor school infrastructure as the major bane militating against delivery of quality education at basic level in the region.
They also enumerated lack of good remuneration of teachers as factor behind poor academic performances.
They stakeholders including educationalists, parents and civil society activists spoke while responding to a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi, Damaturu, Maiduguri and Gombe.
Mr Mohammed Yunusa, an educationists in Damaturu dismmsed the state of public primary schools in the state as ‘pathetic’.
He said most of the schools, especially those in the rural areas lack good infrastructure, teaching and instructional materials.
He said the classrooms has been crowded, a situation which forced pupils to take lesson under tree shades.
“In one of the school with over 2,000 registered pupils, its condition is terrible.
“The school needs urgent intervention to upgrade existing structures and construct new ones to accommodate the population,” he said.
Mega School YobeMalam Abdullahi Ali, a resident of Yadin-Buni in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe, said many primary schools vandalised by Boko Haram insurgents had been rehabilitated.
He, however, said the schools had not been put to use, a trend which overstretched the few functional schools in the area.
He also decried shortage of teachers in the schools due to their locations and vulnerability to security threats, adding that, “teachers decline posting to such vulnerable schools for fear of the insurgents”.
Malam Abdul-Rahman Aminu, who corroborated earlier opinion, said the problem was further compounded by lack of qualified teachers to teach in the schools.
He said teachers in such schools could not put in their best in view of the poor remuneration and working conditions.
A teacher, who pleaded anonymity decried the poor renumeration, noting that it resulted poor performances in the schools.
She said the salary of N27,000 for teachers was below the N30,000 national minimum wage, adding the take-home pay is demoralising to the teachers.
“The salary is meager and unattractive that cannot sustain the life of a teacher,” she said.
Newly constructed classroom, MaiduguriFurthermore; Mr Abdullahi Yelwa, a lecturer with the Department of Crime Management and Control (CMC), Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi, said the remuneration of teachers at the basic level was not attractive.
According to him, poor remuneration of teachers and deplorable condition of primary schools is affecting the foundation of education in the country.
He attributed the deplorable condition of the schools to poor funding of Local Education Authorities (LEAs) by respective state governments.
“Before, primary education has been fully supported by local governments through LEAs, because the people know who to hold accountable for successes or failure of education at the grassroots.
“Presently; the local government councils are not receiving their statutory allocation in the name of Joint Account, thereby making it impossible for them to fund education at basic level.
“The establisment of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) caused more damage than the expected positive outcome in the education sector,” he said.
The lecturer advocated for the review of UBEC programme as part of measures to reinvigorate the basic education sector.
To address the problem, the state governments in the region had initiated viable infrastructure and teacher development programmes towards raising standard in the sector.
Mega school, Gombe In Borno; the state government had executed 194 school infrastructure projects in the past three years.
According to official document, the projects include rehabilitation, completion and construction of new 21 mega primary, secondary and technical colleges across the 27 local government areas of the state.
It showed that 33 of the projects had been executed in Askira Uba; eight in Bama, six in Bayo, six in Biu, nine in Chibok, two in Damboa, two in Guzamala and eight in Gwoza.
Others were 12 school projects in Hawul; 25 in Jere, five in Kaga, 19 in Konduga, four in Kwaya Kusar, six in Mafa, one in Mobbar, 48 in Maiduguri, four in Monguno, four in Ngala and two in Gubio.
The government also distributed 221,000 assorted text books to the schools.
Also, Mohammed Jibrin, Chairman of the Nigeri Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state, commended Gov. Babagana Zulum for approving new minimum wage for teachers.
He said the gesture would motivate the teachers, adding that good remuneration was necessary in getting qualified teachers.
“The teachers are impressed as it would improve teaching and learning process in the state.
“In Borno, the government has done well in area of infrastructure, what we need now is more qualified teachers to manage our schools,” Jibrin said.
Mega school, GombeIn Gombe, the state government says it has renovated 715 basic and post schools, constructed 612 classrooms and 10 administrative blocks in 10 schools.
Mr Babaji Babadidi, Executive Chairman, Gombe State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), reiterated government commitment towards improvement of teachers’ welfare He said the board was working towards the implementation of the teacher promotion, adding that the state recorded 539,831 pupils enrollment in 12,637 schools across the state.
According to him, the government has recruited qualified teachers to address shortage of manpower in the schools.
This, he would encouraged school enrollment and reduce the number of out-of-school children in the state.
, In the same vein; Yobe government has constructed seven mega primary and secondary schools across the major towns in the state to decongest classrooms, create enabling teaching and learning environment.
The state government also constituted a technical committee on basic and secondary education to rejuvenate the sector.
For his part; Bello urged government at all levels to increase funding to the education sector to encourage infrastructure and teacher development programmes.
“The state governments should invest heavily and demonstrate interest in education because you cannot say education is compulsory at the basic level and it is not available”.
The Borno Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has emerged ‘Best Governor of the Year’ in the 2022 Leadership Excellence Awards.
Zulum defeated three other nominees, Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi, Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers and Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State to emerge winner in a 14-day public online voting by Nigerians.
Zulum polled 1,028,469 votes, while his closest rival, Umahi polled 707,245 votes, Wike had 506,518 votes while Makinde came distant fourth with 249, 615 votes.
The Prestigious award, endorsed by the African Union, African Film Institute, would be presented on Nov. 5, in Abuja.
Zulum, who was elected governor in 2019 and was described as a revolutionary governor, who becomes one of Nigeria’s most accomplished leaders within a short period of time.
The prestigious awards recognise and honour the outstanding impacts of leaders across both the public and private sectors in Nigeria.
It promotes outstanding leaders and personalities whose impacts have been felt in Nigeria’s political, social and economic spheres.
The Award also lauds excellence, achievements, performance, humanitarian activities and philanthropic gestures.
The 2022 edition, the fourth edition would be graced by former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, and key personalities in both the public and private sectors.
No fewer than 200 patients benefit from Borno’s free kidney dialyses monthly.
Dr Garga Adama, Head of Department, Internal Medicine, at the State Specialist Hospital where the dialyses take place, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri on Monday.
He said Gov. Babagana Zulum instituted the free dialysis programme two years ago following an upsurge of kidney diseases in the state.
“When we started two and half years ago with 10 machines, we were doing an average of 40 sessions per week, but now we do more than 90 sessions per week; that is 360 sessions per month.
“There is no discrimination.
You don’t have to be an indigene of Borno to benefit.
“Dialysis costs about N40,000 per session and many patients need to do two sessions per week, meaning if a patient is to pay he has to spend about N360,000 monthly to survive,’’ Garga said.
He expressed regret, however, that inflation in the cost of materials was affecting government’s funding which used to cover 240 to 300 sessions monthly.
Garga urged Gov. Zulum to increase the funding for sustenance of the programme as the number of patients was on the rise.
“I also urge philanthropists and organisations like the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) and many of the national and international health organisations intervening in the health sector in Borno to support the programme,’’ Garga pleaded.
He advised members of the public to observe healthy lifestyles and to desist from self-medication and the consumption of hard drugs and some local concoctions that could affect the kidney.
Garga also advised on the need to take more fluid in places like Borno that has hot weather as it helps to clear toxins from the kidney.
One of the beneficiaries of the free dialysis, Bitrus, said he started enjoying the programme since July. “I thank God and all those involved in making this life-saving programme a reality.
“I also call for support from well-to-do people and organisations for the programme so that it can cover drugs as I spend not less than N20,000 weekly on drugs,’’ Bitrus said.
Another beneficiary, Hauwa, also urged for more support for the programme from philanthropists to cover drugs even if it is at the level of subsidy.
A third beneficiary, Ibrahim, also solicited for support to subsidise cost of drugs.
“Government will do better spending billions subsidising healthcare delivery instead of spending same on fuel subsidy,’’ Ibrahim argued.
Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has reiterated his administration’s commitment to sustain support to the military and other security agencies in the fight against insurgency.
Zulum made the declaration on Sunday in Monguno during his visit to the headquarters of Sector 3 of Operation Hadin Kai and Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in Kinnasara Cantonment, Monguno.
Zulum, who congratulated the new Commander of the task force for his appointment, lauded the role of the task force in maintaining security in the border areas of northern Borno.
He noted that the improvement in security in the area had led to return of displaced persons in the zone back to their ancestral homes, particularly in major towns like Baga, Cross Kauwa, and Mallam-Fatori.
Receiving the governor, the Sector Commander, Brig. Gen. A.
E Abubakar, thanked the governor for the solidarity visit to the command and assured him of the military’s commitment to secured lives and property of people of Borno and the nation in general.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno on his 53rd birthday on Thursday.
In a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, on Friday in Abuja, the president prayed for Zulum’s long life.
Buhari expressed his admiration for Zulum’s “public spiritedness, energy and zeal” in tackling ongoing situation in Borno, describing him as “a reliable partner” in the effort to return peace, normalcy and development to the Northeast.
He said: ”Zulum is serving the nation in an outstanding manner; his passion for peace as the foundation of development inspires many.
”He is a model for others to copy.
We pray for his long life,” the president added.