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Zulum Meets Soldier’s battalion, Approves 20 fighting Vehicles.

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Zulum Assesses Malam-Fatori on fourth time as resettlement starts before Ramadan.

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Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, on Sunday, undertook a humanitarian assessment of Malam-Fatori, headquarters of Abadam Local Government Area in northern Borno on the fringes of the Lake Chad.

Zulum had visited Malam-Fatori in February 2020, July 2021 and October 2021, before his latest visit on the 6th of March, 2022.

The latest visit was for the governor to finally re-assess resettlement works he had assigned a committee to do. The committee is chaired by the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Engr. Bukar Talba.

Zulum inspected 1,000 temporary shelters put in place by the committee which the households will occupy before permanent houses are fully reconstructed.

The governor also directed the state’s Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR) to immediately rebuild five blocks of classrooms at a central primary school within the next 10 days.

Zulum also directed the rehabilitation of a healthcare centre and a Friday-Mosque around the old cattle market in the town.

The governor expressed satisfaction with the resettlement committee’s work, preparing for the return of IDPs and refugees who stayed in Bosso and Diffa border towns in Niger Republic since 2014, after fleeing attacks from communities in some
of the 10 local government areas located in northern Borno.

Zulum Said, 500 households will, insha ALLAH, arrive before Ramadan fast. This is the right time to resettle them back to their ancestral homes in a safe and dignified manner before the rainy season.

The governor explained that each of the returnees will be supported with 100,000 naira cash as part of a participatory rebuilding approach.

Meanwhile, Gov. Zulum meets soldiers’ battalion, approves 20 fighting vehicles

While in Malam-Fatori, Governor Zulum approved 20 Buffalo’ patrol vehicles to support surveillance and fighting against insurgents by the Nigerian military and volunteers made up of youths in the ‘civilian JTF’, hunters and vigilantes.

Zulum announced the approval during a meeting with the military commander of 68 Battalion, FOB in charge of Malam-Fatori, that the operational vehicles will be given to them during the returning process of the refugees.

He said 10 of the vehicles will go to the battalion additional 10 to the civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes who complement the military.

Zulum also directed his resettlement committee to work with the battalion to identify more of their needs and make recommendations towards addressing them.

The governor was accompanied on the trip by member representing Abadam at the State Assembly, Hon. Jamna Bong, Commissioners of RRR, Engr. Mustapha Gubio, Justice- Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan, Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Sugun Mai Mele. Also in the delegation were some elders indigenous to the host Abadam Local Government Area who included Prof. Shettima Umara Bulakarima of the University of Maiduguri, Professor Bulama Kagu who is executive chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board as well as a former council chairman- Babagana Babayamari among others.

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PVC: Gov. Matawalle declares one-week public holiday

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The Governor of Zamfara State, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle has declared next week Monday to Friday, (June 20th to 24th, 2022) as work free week to enable the State’s public and civil servants to go to their respective localities and obtain their Permanent Voter Cards, (PVC).
The Governor directed all the commissioners, Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries, other public office holders, party officials and traditional rulers to monitor and supervise the ongoing Voter Registration exercise.

This was contained in a press statement signed and issued to newsmen in Gusau, the State capital by the State’s commissioner for information, Hon. Ibrahim Magaji Dosara.
According to the statement, every person above the age of 18 is expected to be part of the exercise, saying that it was their constitutional right to elect their leaders.

Governor Matawalle appealed to the general public to participate in the exercise so that they would not complain later.

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Taraba retirees protest against non-payment of gratuity

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The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) Taraba State Council has called on the state government to ensure prompt payment of all entitlements of its members as well as enrollment of all local government retirees in the state.
The state Chairman of the Union, Comrade Kefas Katan stated this at a World Press Conference held on Friday at the NUP Headquarters in Jalingo, the state capital.
He explained that the backlogs of gratuity for retired civil servants in the state are estimated at over N30billion.
The Chairman said the briefing was a replication of the one conducted on the 1st June 2022 in Abuja by the National President of the Union, Mazi Godwin.
Comrade Kefas Katan said retirees in Taraba State are facing numerous challenges due to the non-enrollment of many of its members into the scheme.
Reporting by Sani Suleiman; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare

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Buhari inaugurates council on e-Governance

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President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will continue to take advantage of digital technologies to transform every sector of the economy.

He stated this in Abuja while inaugurating the Presidential Council on Digital Economy and E-government.

The President tasked members of the council to work towards strengthening the capacity of government to develop, adopt and deploy digital technologies to make government more efficient and transparent, thereby improving Nigeria’s global standing in the ease of doing business index.

He noted that the council would provide the oversight needed to bring about a veritable structure for accelerating achievements in digital economy and in the implementation of e-government.

The President enjoined members of the Council to consider the task as a national assignment and justify the trust reposed in their ability to support and significantly enhance the digital transformation in the country.

He said the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, NDEPS, in 2019, and expansion of the mandate of the Ministry of Communications to include Digital Economy had brought significant progress and a number of unprecedented achievements.

President Buhari expressed delight that the approval of the National Policy on Virtual Engagements for Federal Public Institutions had helped to formalize government online meetings.

He said Nigeria’s progress in e-governance had been noted by the international community, eliciting recognition from international stakeholders, including the appointment of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy as the Chairman of the 2022 Forum of the highly regarded World Summit of the Information Society.

While congratulating the Minister, the President acknowledged that the Ministry had partnered with the Korea International Co-operation Agency to develop a National E-government Master Plan, approved by FEC in August 2019.

He listed benefits from the partnership to include training of over 1,400 Nigerian public servants in both Nigeria and South Korea on e-governance, the launch of an e-Government Training Centre, handed over to the Federal Government in 2019, and the signing-off of Phase II of the E-government Project for Building Foundations Towards Digital Governance in Nigeria, 2020-2026.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami, had noted that the launch of NDEPS made provision for the establishment of the Presidential Council to co-ordinate the development of an indigenous digital economy.

He said the recent auction of spectrums by the Ministry, generated over 400 percent revenue to the Federal Government coffers, while two virtual institutions established by government had trained some 500,000 Nigerians on digital and emerging technologies.

The 27-man committee, chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami, on behalf of President Buhari, has Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Governors of Gombe, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Edo, Lagos, and Imo, as members.

Others are the Ministers of Finance, Industry, Trade and Investment, Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone Limited.

Others are Managing Director, Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited, and the Director General, National Identity Management Commission.

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