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New Borno Governor to prioritize food security, counter-insurgency 

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Yobe state governor to build health centre in each of the 178 wards 

Mukaila Ola 

Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara on Wednesday said he was ready to tackle the challenges of insecurity of lives and property in the state including the challenges of food security.

The challenge of insecurity remains one of the greatest challenges of Borno State after a decade old Boko Haram insurgency.

Umara, reading his inauguration speech, moment after he has been sworn in with his Deputy, Alhaji Usman Kadafur, promised that his administration will embrace national and regional security architecture and form close collaboration with the Military, Civilian Joint Taskforce and other security agencies towards restoration of absolute peace in the state.

Umara, who became the 6th Civilian Governor of the Northeast state, revealed that his administration would institute policies and programmes that will promote peaceful and harmonious existence among the citizens of the state.

He said: “There is no gainsaying the fact that insecurity has been the major impediment towards our development in the  past decade . It disrupted public services, eroded institutional capacity and hampered infrastructural development. It isolated communities , disrupted markets and trading.

“Without mincing words, security of lives and property remains the most fundamental thing we require in our lives today.  We will deploy the use of modern technology to enhance information sharing among the security agencies.

“Food security will be my administration’s second priority next to security and welfare of the people as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I will utilize the abundant sophisticated  and modern  agricultural implements and equipment my predecessor acquired in large quantity to boost food production across the state.

“Our people will definitely return to farm to produce enough to eat and even sale for their economic gains. We have all what it takes to produce food to address food scarcity caused by the attacks and threats of Boko Haram insurgents. Our farmers  will have access to their farmlands to farm.”

Umara said reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement is also going to be his priority as all the IDPs will return to their localities and resettle as well continue with their life through collaboration with the  security, national and regional authorities, international NGOs like UNICEF, UNDP, UNHCR among others.

Umara also promised that: “All our schools, markets, hospitals and clinics as well as offices and other structures destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents will be rehabilitated and put back to use as Borno will return to its past glory of home of peace and center of Sahara trade down to Central Africa,, Cameroon, Niger, Chad and other countries as well as states of the federation.”

The new governor vowed to inject decency into Borno body politics by putting off every culture of thuggery or ECOMOG, adding that political thuggery will sooner or later become a thing of the past in Borno state.

The former governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima had in valedictory message, said the journey of eight years of his administration has not been bed of roses .

Shettima, who surprisedly did not make public the state of the account of the state in line with the usual practice, lamented that the journey has been full of trials even though in the midst of unimaginable perseverance and indomitable courage.

He said: “These perseverance and courage have come to define how the world now sees the people of Borno State.”

He decried that: “In addition to rebuilding communities, schools and hospitals, we were also faced with a severe humanitarian crisis which arose from massive displacement of people.

“In these movements, you never showed anything other than a sense of belief that we are a people of destiny. Whether it was here in Maiduguri; in faraway Abadam or Chibok, I have seen the struggles of our people and their pains. I am an eyewitness to courage and the spirit of resilience exhibited by our people.”

He however enjoined all citizes to give the loyalty and support they have given his administration to governor Babagana Umara Zulum.

Yobe State to have health centres at wards level 

Yobe state governor, Hon. Maimala Buni on Wednesday promised to build health centre in each of the 178 wards of the state.
Buni, who took his oath of office and allegiance at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, declared a state of emergency in both primary and secondary education in the state.
He said the decision was to consolidate on the solid foundation put in place by his predecessor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam.
The new governor also promised  to provide tractors to farmers at the beginning of every rainy season in the state and to promote farming in the 17 local government areas across the state.
He also promised to complete roads inherited from the outgoing administration and construct new ones in Gujba/Ngalda, Tikau- Jajere; Dogo kuka Jajere; and Yusufari Machina, among others.
Buni promised to construct modern markets in major town of Potiskum, Damaturu, Gashua, Nguru, Gaidam, Buni Yadi, Ngalda and provide befitting trailer park in Potiskum and some other town of the state, in order to enlarge the revenue base of the state.
He said his administration would resuscitated the state-own companies that have been moribund for many years.

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