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Kaga: Zulum opens 300 houses, road, shopping complex

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Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has on Friday commissioned 300 low-cost houses for returning internally displaced persons, and two blocks of shopping complex built by the Borno State Government in collaboration with Family Homes, a private mass housing developer.


The houses, which are units of two-bedroom semi detached low-cost houses are sited at Ngamdu, a town in Kaga Local Government Area of northern Borno. 
The Governor presented allocation letters of houses to some of the beneficiaries. 
Zulum also commissioned a 1.8 kilometre township road, a shopping complex with 30 shops, and a renovated and furnished Government Lodge, sited at Benisheik, headquarter of Kaga LGA. 
The Governor also commissioned one storey block of 30 shops complex to boost the economy of people.


Governor Zulum in his address, recalled that in 2019, the Borno State Government signed an agreement with Family Homes, for the provision of 3,200 low cost houses in Borno State, with a substantial number of the houses now delivered.


He said Family Homes had promised to soon commence the construction of 1000 houses for civil servants which will be offered to low income workers to enable them acquire homes. 
“On behalf of the Government and people of Borno State, we want to express our deepest appreciation to Family Homes” Zulum said, promising houses will only be allocated to the most vulnerable.


Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, under whose Ministry the projects were executed, Mustapha Gubio, earlier said in his welcome address that the largest beneficiaries of the houses are victims of displacement by Boko Haram.
The Commissioner commended the team which monitored the housing project, led by Zulum’s Adviser on Projects Monitoring and Evaluation, Engineer Lawan Abba Wakilbe. 
The Managing Director of Family Homes, Mr. Femi Adewale in his goodwill message, commended Governor Zulum’s sound leadership, which led to actualization of the partnership. He promised that within the next three months, processes will be completed towards commencement of 1000 additional houses which Zulum had explained, are to be allocated to low cadre civil servants.


… Commissions Rep Zannah’s constituency projects
Meanwhile, Governor Zulum while in Kaga, commissioned a basic school and a computer center built and furnished by Hon. Usman Zannah, member of House of Representatives representing Gubio, Kaga and Magumeri Federal constituency. The constituency intervention projects were sited in Beneshiekh, headquarters of Kaga LG.
Zulum commended the rep member for serving his constituents.


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Shocker! Kidnappers detain pregnant woman till child birth, keep new baby, set mother free

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A pregnant woman, has allegedly been set free and her baby taking away by kidnappers, after detaining her till the birth of her child, introducing a shocking but gory dimension to what has now become a sort of epidemic in parts of Africa.

Reports coming from Ghana, said the woman, who was identified as Josephine Panyin Mensah, was seized and taken away from her home in Takoradi, when her pregnancy was already due at nine months, but that her abductors only allowed her to go, after she gave birth and her baby taken away.

According to the source, the kidnappers who were interested in the unborn baby bolted with the baby after she had been delivered, adding that family sources indicated that the distraught woman is currently receiving treatment at the Effiankwanta Teaching Hospital.

The victim, was said to have gone missing on Thursday, September 16, after she went for a dawn walk in Takoradi, and that the police immediately swung into action leading a search party for her after a report was made to the by her husband, Michael Simmons.


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Breaking: Davido’s photographer dies

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Davido’s official photographer Fortunate Umunname Peter aka Fortune is dead.

He died three months after the hit maker’s close friend and associate, Habeeb Ademola Uthman aka as Obama DMW passed on.

Davido had also lost his bodyguard of six years, Ogbeide Tijani Olamilekan (Teejay) in 2020.

In 2017, Davido lost two friends and team members, Tagbo and DJ Olu.

Fortune was born and bred in Bariga, Lagos but hailed from Owerri.

He has been working with Davido since 2019.

He was born on July 10, 1997 and started off as a graphics designer before he moved to photography after his aunt, Dr. Harriet, got him his first camera which forced him to move back to Lagos from Owerri.

The exceptional photographer has made portfolios for Davido, Pogba, Popcaan, Lilbaby, Cassanova, Mayorkun, Wizkid, Jidenna, Tiwa Savage, Burna boy, Patoranking, Akon, DMW and many others.

His last Instagram post was on July 10 where he made a birthday post with a caption “Rolling stone +1”


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Breaking: Ex-Kwara gov, Jega, Utomi, Duke, others form third Force ahead 2023 elections

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Ahead of the 2023 general elections, prominent Nigerians have established a third force, Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP), to give Nigerians alternative platform to the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Founders of RNP include former governor of Kwara state, Ahmed Abdulfatai, Prof. Pat Utomi, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, former Governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke,

Senator Lee Maeba, Usman Bugaje, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Amb. Nkoyo Toyo, Yomi Awoniyi, Dr. Rose Idi Danladi, Dr. Sadiq Gombe among others.

Delivering his keynote address, Abdulfatai lamented the state of the nation, noting that the high level of nepotism and lack of inclusiveness have given rise to agitations by different ethnic groups.

He recalled that in 2015, Nigerians embraced change, adding that today, “that change appears to be what we didn’t expect, as insecurity has taken over the nation.”

He said, “It is based on this that we decided to set up this Rescue Nigeria Project. We want to salvage this country and see how we can fix the mess. We want to set a template and key criteria leaders must have before they can attain any political position.

“Despite the great opportunities of the past, Nigeria has failed to live up to the dreams of its founding fathers and the hopes of successive generations of its citizens.

“Perhaps, at no other time have these failings become more apparent than in the past decade or so.

“In 2015, Nigerians overwhelmingly embraced the promise of change. These hopes have not only been dashed, but they have arguably turned out to be the worst political statements ever to be made in this country. Nigeria today appears set to fulfill all the prophesies of doom.”

He further noted that “Unprecedented nepotism and political exclusion have left the country more divided than ever as evident in the various separatists agitation that are threatening the corporate existence of the country itself.”

Also speaking, Adeniran noted that there is disaster at hand, hence the move to rescue the nation.

He said: “You only rescue when there is disaster and when you fail to rescue during disaster, it is more dangerous.

“We have a disaster in our hands and we need to rescue the country. We need to look back and see how we get here. We know where Nigeria was before now. We know the task is not going to be easy, but we have to determine how to rescue the nation.”

In his opening remarks, the RNP national coordinator, Usman Bugaje, explained that the Rescue Nigeria Project was founded on the premise that the challenges bedeviling the country were largely derived from poor leadership.


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