MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, over the weekend on his third trip to Baga, a fishing community at the shores of Lake Chad, has awarded scholarship to 15 volunteer health workers.
The award came for the untiring commitment of the 15 villagers who had been rendering volunteer healthcare services in support of medical practitioners to cater for the well being of resettled displaced families.
Zulum who had visited Baga in July, and September this year, before returning on Saturday, November 21, 2020, also
supervised the distribution of N50 million cash and food varieties to 5,000 resettled families with humanitarian needs.
Each of the 5,000 households, received a bag of rice, a bag of beans, a bag of maize, condiments and some cash gifts.
The governor was impressed after reviewing the volunteers selfless efforts, and directed the Borno State Scholarship Board to fully fund them, depending on their eligibility for admission and individual interests, to study medicine, nursing and midwifery at tertiary institutions in Maiduguri.
Zulum explained that some of the relief items distributed were donated by the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA) and North East Development Commission (NEDC). The Governor thanked and commended both federal establishments for continously supporting the state government.
He inspected the ongoing reconstruction works and key projects including Baga General Hospital started by his predecessor, Senator Kashim Shettima; and directed for speedy completion to meet healthcare needs of the growing population in Baga.
“In the next 3 or 4 months, I believe we can complete this general hospital, because when the town is filled to its capacity, the existing Primary Healthcare Centre cannot take care of the people,” he urged.
He also inspected all water facilities in Baga to ascertain the functionality and needs for rehabilitation. In one of the facility, Baga Mega Water Project under construction by the Federal Government, Zulum directed the State Ministry of Water Resources to liase with its Federal counterpart for a possibility of a take over of the project by the state government.
The project when completed, will supply 80,000 gallons of water daily to the communities.
Zulum also visited the Baga Central Primary School, where he urged for acceleration of construction work to enable pupils return to the classrooms.
Similarly, at the Government Girls Secondary School, Baga, the governor directed for complete rehabilitation of the school.
He tasked the Chairman of Baga Resettlement Committee, Barr. Kaka Lawan, to liase with the Ministry of Education for deployment of a team of engineers to assess damages caused by insurgents so that provision can be made in the 2021 budget.
He visited the various military formations in Baga town and its environs to interact and boost the moral of troops, and directed for the rehabilitation of two of the military locations.
“Our next target is to reach Baga fish dam as it is very important in restoring means of livelihood for the people of the town.
“Our current supply of food to returnees is not sustainable in the long run, they need safe and dignified means of livelihood,” he said.