MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – The Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Elkanemi, members of the State and National Assembly, and security heads on Saturday lauded the Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum for 556 projects undertaken in two years of office.
Speaking on the landmark achievements of the governor in 2 years at a ceremony to mark Democracy Day in Maiduguri on Saturday, the Shehu of Borno, said “I wish to commend you for all that you have been doing for the people of Borno, especially on education, health, agriculture, job creation, social services, poverty alleviation, and distribution of food to the IDPs etc.”
Senator representing Southern Borno, Mohammed Ndume, commended the governor for his outstanding performances in 2 years of tenure; “I was really excited and humbled yesterday when I met two important personalities, one was a former Head-of-State, though he begged me not to disclose his name. He told me, Ndume, you guys are very lucky. There are only two Governors in Nigeria at the moment. One is Babagana Umara Zulum.
Similarly, Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Barr. Mohammed Monguno, said the governor will always be remembered in the history of the state. “We are all thrilled to the array of achievements that were rolled out by the Commissioner for Information, and with all sense of humility and responsibility, I made bold to say that these achievements were unparalleled and unprecedented in annals of the history of Borno State.
Also, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Abdulkarim, said, 28 members of the house were the first to witness the achievements and projects undertaken by the Governor.
“Your Excellency, we are first witnesses to the various projects and achievements you have recorded in the State. The entire people of Borno have seen the unprecedented achievements you have recorded. I assure you that the State Assembly is always behind you to support you to achieve more for the betterment of our people,”he said.
In his opening remarks, Secretary to the State Government, Usman Shuwa, enjoined residents to support Zulum’s administration; “I wish to appeal to the people of Borno State, particularly politicians, the business class and intellectuals, religious leaders and leaders of thoughts, and our public servants to keep their unalloyed and unflinching supports and assistance to His Excellency, the Executive Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum because of his tested demonstrable commitments and undeniable determination to uplift the standard of living of our people.
In his remarks, Chairman of the Borno Elders Forum, Amb. Gambo Gubio, commended Professor Zulum for the achievements recorded in 2 years.
Corroborating other speakers, the Garrison Commander of 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Brigadier General AGL Haruna, extolled the leadership style of Governor Zulum to his citizens.
“Your efforts were aptly captured by the Commissioner for Information here. I appealed to the good people of Borno to give all the necessary cooperation to His Excellency. We, the security operatives will continue to do our best by providing an enabling environment to attain your vision,” he assured.
Chairman of the Trade Union Congress, Borno Chapter, Comrade Babayo Shani, said Zulum had undertaken a complete revolution of the civil service in the state
“The workers in Borno State Government were very happy with your achievements as it affects them directly and indirectly. Your Excellency, I want to assure you of the workers’ unflinching support in the State.”
Earlier, in his presentation, the State Commissioner for Information, Baba Jato, said, the administration of Zulum has undertaken 556 projects, of which 70 per cent have been fully completed with many being put into use, while 30 per cent are at various completion levels.
According to him, the 556 projects do not include policies and programmes, even when most of them are capital intensive.
Giving a breakdown of the projects, Jato explained that 194 capital projects were delivered on education, and they encompasses rehabilitations, completions and fresh constructions of mega-size Government technical colleges and primary schools in different communities.
He said 63 capital projects were delivered on governance, and another 63 capital projects on roads, transport, rural and urban development, while 59 capital projects were delivered on water and environment.
The Commissioner also said that the administration delivered 58 capital projects on health, which includes: establishment of 74 Primary Healthcare Centres, new doctors’ quarters, and overhauled 8 hospitals in MMC, Biu, Damboa, Monguno and Magumeri.
He explained that 53 capital projects were delivered on reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement which involved more than 6,000 resettlement houses for IDPs and refugees in 15 towns; adding that President Muhammadu Buhari, approved 10,000 resettlement houses in the State, with four thousand already completed.
“28 capital projects on jobs creation, youths empowerment and humanitarian support which include an all-inclusive vocational training centre with 14 workshops for capacity development of 1,500 persons per annum. 15 capital projects were delivered on commerce and industry; 13 capital projects on agriculture and 10 capital projects were executed on security.
“Monthly allowances of volunteers in the civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes was increased while over 700 vehicles and other logistics were gifted to enhanced their operational roles of complementing armed forces in fighting Boko Haram,” he further explained.