SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri
Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum on Easter Monday visited Gajiganna town of Maguneri local government area of the state to enlighten the community on COVID-19 and to support 11,000 vulnerable citizens faced with humanitarian needs.
During the visit, the Governor personally supervised the distribution of cash, food and non-food items to the most vulnerables in the community where over 11,000 households benefitted from the palliatives.
The beneficiaries include 6,000 women who received N5,000 each accompanied with wrappers. Also, 5,000 men who are head of households, each received a bag of rice, a bag of maize grain and 3 litres of cooking oil as internally displaced persons (IDPs) from official camps and within the host community (Gajiganna).
Member representing Magumeri at the Borno State House of Assembly, Audu Mustapha, the Chairperson, State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA and a few members of the State Executive council joined the Govenror in the distribution.
Governor Zulum also carried out public health campaigns in covid-19 in Gajiganna, calling on residents to maintain personal hygiene, ensure social distancing and avoid unnecessary gatherings.
Zulum, who used an outdoor public address system with long range of out reach, warned the residents against coronavirus deadly disease. He also warned them to adhere to the measures spelt out by the high powered committee in the fight against the disease.
”We are all aware of the enormous challenges Borno is already faced with. As responsible Government we are doing everything possible to contain this virus from spreading into our state. However, this can only be achieved with your cooperation”, Zulum said.
Governor Zulum, while in Gajiganna, also paid a morale boosting visit to the military formation involved in fighting Boko Haram.
He interacted with the formation’s high command and expressed Borno’s appreciation to the Nigerian military for their sacrifices and determination to end the Boko Haram insurgency.
The Governor further inspected public healthacre centres in Gajiganna and Tungushe communities of the Maguneri LGA
He also assessed a closed Comprehensive Health Centre in Gajiganna and with the relative peace in the town, Zulum directed immediate reopening of the health centre.
Zulum was also at Tungushe, a town in Konduga local government area in his way back, where he assessed a Hospital and a Primary School both destroyed by insurgents.
The Governor directed the immediate rehabilitation of the school and hospital to serve the residents.