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In 100 days, Zulum delivered 77 projects, programmes — Borno SSG



Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has within 100 days of his second term executed 77 projects, programmes, key releases and interventions.

Secretary to the state government, Malam Bukar Tijjai announced this on Monday, September 11, 2023, in a report.

The report, released to the public, enumerated all projects and their locations as well as other activities carried out from May 29, 2023, to September 6, 2023, which make up 100 days of the second term.

The SSG highlighted that Zulum delivered 10 projects in the education sector which include the establishment of three Mega schools namely Alakaramti community primary school with 30 classrooms, administrative block and sporting facilities, Government Day Secondary School, Gamboru also with 30 classrooms, administrative bloom and sporting facilities renamed after late Borno’s former SSG, Usman Jidda and Shuwari II primary school with 20 classrooms, staff quarters and other facilities.

He recalled that the three schools were commissioned by Vice President Kashim Shettima on Friday, during his two-day official visit to Borno State.

Tijjani noted that also in education, there is recruitment of 4,000 thoroughly examined teachers for public primary and secondary schools (3000 for primary & 1,000 for secondary).

He also listed the construction of 30 houses for teachers in Gubio, Briyel & Dikwa (10 flats in each town) and payment of scholarship allowances to 14,284 Nigerian based students and 30 students on foreign scholarship.

On healthcare, the SSG said, there are five projects and these include the establishment and construction of four primary healthcare centres each of them with 30 beds capacity and nurses quarters. These primary healthcare centres are located at Limankara in Gwoza, Kaleri in Mafa, Zarmari in Konduga and Shuwari II in MMC which was also commissioned by Vice President Kashim Shettima on Friday.

There is also the distribution of drugs worth N800m to general hospitals, he added.

Bukar Tijjani noted that on governance, there is the release of N2 billion for disbursement of non-interest loans to civil servants. There is also the doubling of gratuities payment from N1.2 Billion annually to N2.4 Billion.

There is also the release of N1 billion additional support to victims of Maiduguri Monday market fire victims, the SSG noted.

On infrastructure, Bukar Tijjani said there is the construction of roads in Monguno town, COE, Waka-Biu, and Abuja-Sheraton in MMC, there is a construction of a tunnel-like pedestrian underpass in MMC among others.

On security, there is the procurement of 50 brand new patrol vehicles and 300 brand new motorcycles for security outfits.

On transport, there is the procurement of 30 city buses, and 25 coaster buses allocated to civil servants.

There is also the procurement of 3,000 electric bicycles.

On agriculture, there is the procurement of 471 ploughs and harrows for 312 tractors allocated to farmer cooperatives across the 312 wards in our 27 LGAs.

There is also the distribution of 100 trucks of fertilizer to farmers across the state, and the distribution of livestock feeds to 300 farmers in Jere, Konduga and Mobbar LGAs.

On humanitarian response, there is distribution of food palliatives to 120,000  households across Gwoza, MMC, Jere, Kukawa, Mafa, Bama and Damboa LGAs.

There is also resettlement of IDPs from Bukarti and Jibrent villages at Molai 500 housing estate.

There is also Phase II reconstruction/rehabilitation of Mallam Killumuri village in Konduga, and Bama town.

On housing, there is the ongoing construction of 72 units of two bedroom flats in 12 blocks of storey buildings around Ramat Polytechnic.

On human empowerment, there is the completion and equipping of 4 Vocational Training Institutes in Biu, Shani, Mafa and Magumeri towns.

There is also the construction of two ICT centres with 100 computers each in Gajiram and Gubio towns.

On water supply, there is the construction of 44 new Hybrid boreholes with overhead tanks, water reticulation and array of taps across 16 LGAs.

There is also the rehabilitation of 40 solar powered boreholes across MMC, Jere, Konduga, Mafa and Marte LGAs.

On electricity supply, there is the electrification of six villages in Bayo, rehabilitation of electricity (I.T.C) lines from Benishiek through Auno, Jakana, Mainok to Maiduguri; Maiduguri- Mafa and Maiduguri-Dusuman I.T.C lines.


forecasts 3-day sunshine, haziness from SundayNiMet



The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted sunshine and haziness from Sunday to Tuesday across the country.

NiMet’s weather outlook released on Sunday in Abuja predicted sunny skies in a hazy atmosphere over the northern region during the forecast period.

According to it, sunny skies in hazy atmosphere are also expected over the North central region during the forecast period.

It anticipated cloudy skies with spells of sunshine over the Inland states of the South.

NiMet predicted cloudy skies over the coastal cities with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Edo, Ondo, Imo, Ebonyi, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states during the afternoon and evening hours.

The agency envisaged dust haze over the northern region on Monday during the for22ecast period.

“Sunny skies in a hazy atmosphere are expected over the North central region during the forecast period.

“Cloudy skies with spells of sunshine are envisaged over the Inland states of the South and the coastal cities with prospects of morning mist over Delta, Bayelsa, Lagos, Cross River and Akwa Ibom.


“Later in the day, thunderstorms are expected over parts of Rivers, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom states,” it said.

According to NiMet, dust haze with visibility range of 2km to 5 km is anticipated over the northern region on Tuesday during the forecast period.

It predicted dust haze over the North central region during the forecast period.

It anticipated cloudy skies with spells of sunshine over the Inland states of the South and the Coastal cities during the forecast period.

“Dust particles are in suspension, public should take necessary precautions. People with Asthma and other respiratory issues should be cautious of the present weather situations.

“Moderate to heavy rainfall could lead to flash floods. The public is advised to take necessary
caution, avoid driving and walking through flood waters.

“Strong winds are likely to precede and accompany the thunderstorms, the public is advised to take necessary safety precautions.

“Disaster Risk Managers, Agencies and individuals should be proactive, to avert loss of lives and property during the rainy season,” it said.

The agency advised the Airline operators to get updated weather reports from its office for effective planning in their operations.

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Kidnapping: Senator tasks NASS on new robust strategies



Sen. Ned Nwoko (PDP-Delta) has urged the National Assembly to recommend robust strategies to prevent kidnappings in the country.

Nwoko representing Delta North, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday.

He said the joint committees of the National Assembly on security agencies should interface with relevant stakeholders and come up with novel measures to tackle the menace.

According to him, kidnapping has increasingly made life difficult for citizens and is affecting the economy, including food security.

Nwoko said this would have far reaching effects on the country’s prosperity.

The senator particularly said that the kidnappers had gradually made life difficult for residents of the FCT, particularly in Kuje Area Council.

Nwoko said in spite of the efforts being made by security agencies, a lot needs to be done in tracking and apprehending the kidnappers.

He also called for enforcement of the 2023 law that criminalised payment of ransom to kidnappers.

The lawmaker, whose legislative aide and 18 others were recently abducted in the Galadimawa area of Abuja, said it was important to take appropriate measures to end the menace.

He, therefore, called for a joint operation involving the Army, Air Force, Police, and Department of State Services (DSS) to intensify the search efforts for the captives.

Nwoko also urged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to seek funding for  installation of CCTV cameras in strategic locations within and around Abuja, and along the highways, and major capital cities to bolster surveillance and deter criminal activities.

“The IGP  should also urgently increase security patrols and surveillance within Abuja and across the nation to proactively combat and prevent further kidnappings.

“In view of this, I recently moved a motion on urgent action needed to fortify security, and tackle the surge of kidnapping in the FCT,” he added.

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Military neutralises terrorist kingpin, others in Niger air strikes – NAF



The Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch, has eliminated a dreaded terrorist and kidnap kingpin, Yellow Jambros, and scores of other terrorists in airstrikes in Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) made this known in a statement by the Director, Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, on Sunday in Abuja.

Gabkwet said the terrorists met their end while attempting to cross the Jikudna River in Galadima Kogo District, heading towards Wurukuvhi axis of Chikun LGA.

He said that Yellow Jambros and his cohorts were trailed from Zamfara into Niger riding 13 motorcycles along the Kaduna-Niger State border, precisely heading towards Kusasu in Shiroro, prior to the strike.

“At Kusasu, five other motorcycle-riding terrorists joined Yellow Jambros’ convoy, bringing the total number of motorcycles to 18, which then headed to the bank of River Jikudna.

“At the river bank, the terrorists and their 18 motorcycles boarded a large motor-powered canoe in an attempt to cross and link up with other terrorists across the river.

“It was at this point that the authorisation to undertake a strike was given.

“The precision strike was adjudged effective as it neutralised Yellow Jambros and his colleagues, destroyed their motorcycles and sank the boat.

“Though it was unusual for terrorists riding in a convoy of 18 motorcycles to travel in broad daylight, it was apparent that Yellow Jambros and his cohorts had assumed that air strikes were suspended following the unfortunate incident at Tudun Biri in Kaduna State and wanted to exploit the perceived window of opportunity,” he said.

The NAF spokesman said that Yellow Jambros and his cohorts had been responsible for several kidnappings and killings along the Abuja-Kaduna Road and in several communities in Kaduna, Niger, Katsina and Zamfara States.

He said a kidnap kingpin, known as Mohammed Sani, who arrested by the Police in Zamfara in October 2020 for murdering over 50 of his victims due to their inability to mobilise ransom, had claimed that he worked for Yellow Jambros.

According to Gabkwet, the terrorist revealed that Yellow Jambros usually supplied him with fake military and police uniforms, guns and other weapons needed to execute his operation.

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