​Bama: Zulum shares N200m, food to 70,000 households

After spending a night in Bama, Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum on Wednesday supervised the distribution of N200m and food items to over 70,000 displaced households.

The displaced persons have been denied access to their farmlands, markets and other means of livelihood for years as a result of the over a decade long insurgency Zulum’s sustained humanitarian intervention, which is combined with agricultural activities to create livelihoods, is part of multidimensional approach to deny Boko Haram opportunities of using social and economic means of recruiting fighters from displaced persons. 

The following day’s cash and food distribution, the latest in series, took place in five centers across Bama town.

Each 40,000 female heads of households received two packets of sugar, a wrapper and a token of N5,000 amounting to N200 million naira.

30,000 male heads of households each received a bag of rice, a bag of maize grill and a carton of spaghetti. 

Zulum later addressed the beneficiaries.
“We share your pains and we are appealing to everyone of you to continue with the prayers for peace to return to our dear state” Zulum said.

The governor arrived Bama on Tuesday during which he ordered the immediate construction of 500 houses in Nguro Soye, a community in Bama. 

The Governor also announced the rehabilitation of additional 1,000 private homes in the town, which were destroyed by insurgents, in order to facilitate resettlement of displaced residents. 

Zulum was at the palace of the shehu of Bama, Shehu Umar Ibn Kyari Ibrahim El-kenemi, during which he told the monarch that he was in the town for on the spot assessment of schools, promising to work towards educational access for all school aged children in Borno State.

The Governor also granted the Shehu of Bama’s  request for increased agricultural support to farmers ahead of rainy season.

Zulum directed the strengthening of agricultural supplies and activities in Bama to meet increasing number of returnees that might engage in farming.

​Buhari approves the transformation of PTF to PSC with modefied mandate

The mandate of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has expired but President Muhammadu Buhari has approved its transformation into a new Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) with modified responsibilities.

This followed the terminal report of the PTF submitted to the president in March at the end of its initial tenure.


Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, disclosed this during a media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said the President considered the report and approved that the PTF will transition to a PSC on COVID-19, effective from 1 April 2021, with a modified mandate to reflect the non-emergent status of COVID-19 as a potentially long-term pandemic;

The structure of the PSC will reflect the new focus of the response with a targeted approach on vaccine oversight, risk communication, international travel quarantine processes and sub-national engagement.

Its tenure will last till 31st December, 2021.

The PSC will maintain the present constitution, functions and strategies of the PTF and be supported by a slim technical and administrative structure.

The current National Incident Manager, Dr Mukhtar Mohammed, is to formally take over from the National Coordinator and function as the Head (Technical Secretariat) and member of the Committee.

The PSC is to establish a Policy/Leadership Secretariat from the Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation (OSGF) that will sustain institutional memory and records; and a private sector supported Transition Consultant that will sustain the multi-sectoral relations and policy guidance.

According to Mustapha, the PSC will coordinate the Vaccine Roll out, deployment and administration; improve on the multi-sectoral systems; meet less frequently while maintaining effective communication with Nigerians; and monitor and audit on going systems, reforms and infrastructure development in the health sector;

Mustapha also disclosed that a consignment of 100,000 doses of Covishield vaccines has been received by Nigeria donated by the Government of India.

The doses manufactured at the Serum Institute of India, arrived at the Abuja airport from Mumbai via Addis Ababa on 26 March, 2021.

The consignment was delivered to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) by the High Commission of India.

The bilateral donation of 100,000 doses of Covishield vaccines is in fulfilment of the announcement earlier made by the High Commissioner.

The India government had maintained that the supply to Nigeria is in keeping with India’s longstanding, age-old and time-tested ties with Nigeria, based on close friendship and deep mutual trust

Every healthcare centre deserves clean water and toilets, says WaterAid Nigeria

As G20 finance ministers meet this week in Rome to discuss how they will build back from the pandemic, WaterAid has urged global leaders to commit to new funding of at least $1.2 billion, to ensure all hospitals and clinics, particularly within the world’s poorest countries, have clean water, decent toilets and proper handwashing facilities. 

WaterAid said since the onset of Covid-19, rich countries have spent significant sums, an average of nearly 10% of their GDP, and a total of $20.6 trillion, on stimulus packages to help bolster their economies and to recover from the pandemic. 


According to a statement  by Oluseyi Abdulmalik, Communications and Media Manager, WaterAid Nigeria explained that the  sum needed, $1.2 billion, equates to just thirty minutes-worth of the past year’s spending, saying the investment would bring these vital frontline defences against future pandemics to all healthcare facilities in the poorest nations.

“In Nigeria, millions of people are at higher risk of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases as 96% of all healthcare centres in Nigeria lack access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene services – putting the lives of doctors, nurses, midwives and patients at risk. Providing doctors, nurses and patients with somewhere to clean their hands is one of the most effective ways to halt the spread of disease.”

“Whilst vaccines and therapeutics are urgently needed, lives are being put at risk every day because the very basics of disease prevention are being ignored. An essential injection of finance by the G20 would prevent millions of avoidable deaths through infections and diseases. Not only has research shown that washing hands with soap helps reduce the spread of coronaviruses by one third but it would also help curb the growth of antimicrobial resistance as antibiotics are too often used in unclean health facilities as a ‘quick fix’ in place of proper hygiene – Which is contributing to an increasingly alarming situation as antibiotics lose their power to fight infections.”

According to the Country Director, WaterAid Nigeria, Evelyn Mere, “Spending at least £1.2 billion on water, sanitation and hygiene for healthcare centres is a no-brainer investment, both saving lives now and also protecting against future pandemics and the devastation they cause. This sum equates to just thirty minutes-worth of what has been spent over the last year on Covid response packages. Yet it could change everything for the millions who have no option but to seek care from the 50 per cent of health care facilities in the poorest countries which don’t have clean water.  ”

“We must find the money needed as a matter of urgency, to make sure all healthcare facilities in the poorest countries have clean water and soap before another pandemic hits. If frontline health workers can’t wash their hands, keep patients clean or have somewhere decent to go to the toilet, a hospital is not a hospital at all – it’s a breeding ground for disease.” she said.

​Zulum visits Bama, directs 500 new homes at Nguro Soye; to rehabilitate another 1,000

Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum was in Bama local government area on Tuesday evening to assess needs and monitor developmental efforts. 

Zulum, during the visit, ordered the immediate construction of 500 houses in Nguro Soye, a community in Bama. 

The Governor also announced the rehabilitation of additional 1,000 private homes in the town, which were destroyed by insurgents, in order to facilitate resettlement of displaced residents.

Zulum was at the palace of the shehu of Bama, Shehu Umar Ibn Kyari Ibrahim El-kenemi, during which he told the monarch that was in the town to for on the spot assessment of schools promising no work towards educational access for all school aged children in Borno State.

The Governor also granted the Shehu of Bama’s  request for increased agricultural support to farmers ahead of rainy season.

Zulum directed the strengthening of agricultural supplies and activities in Bama to meet increasing number of returnees that might engage in farming.