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Zulum Rewards Firemen With N14.9m For Gallantry
Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has rewarded 149 fire fighters with N14.9 million for their swift response to last Saturday’s fire outbreak at Gamboru Market in Maiduguri.
He made the donation during a thank you visit to the headquarters of the fire service in Maiduguri on Sunday.
He said the visit was in recognition of the swift response by firemen who quenched a major fire outbreak at the popular Gamboru market in Maiduguri metropolis.
The Governor noted that their effective service delivery prevented the destruction from escalating to the magnitude witnessed two weeks ago at the Maiduguri Monday market.
Zulum told the firemen that he was impressed with their gallantry and for that he approved the release of N14.9 million as grants to about 149 firemen operating under both the Federal and State fire services.
“I am here purposely to convey my deep appreciation to all of you for the great work you have been doing. Yesterday (Saturday) we had another fire disaster at Gamboru market and I was informed of your efforts towards quenching the fire.
“This goes to show how committed you are and we want to once again extend our appreciation to you”, Zulum said.
The beneficiaries comprised of 60 firemen working with Borno State Government, 49 working with the Federal Fire Service, and 38 volunteer fire fighters.
Zulum directed that each of the 149 fire men be given N100,000 and a bag of rice as part of appreciation from the Borno Government.
Meanwhile, the Governor during his visit, directed the employment of 38 volunteer firemen into the state Fire Service as permanent staff.
The volunteers, 20 of them with the Maiduguri International Hotel and 18 with the state fire service, were offering support services without receiving salaries which permanent staff are entitled to.
The Governor also directed the management of the state fire service to immediately submit all their requirements that would ensure the optimal performance of firemen in prevention and responses to fire incidents to his office for approval.
Zulum extended similar gesture to the Federal Fire Service, asking them to submit requirements in order to get some intervention from the state government.
Police Search For Missing INEC Officials In Kogi
The Kogi State Police Command has launched a search for six INEC officials attacked on Sunday at Obajana while conveying election results.
The Police rescued 96 victims comprising INEC officials, ad-hoc staff, bus drivers and others from the scene and took them to INEC headquarters in Lokoja.
Three injured victims were evacuated to the Federal University Teaching Hospital, Lokoja, for treatment.
Police spokesman in Kogi, SP Williams Ovye-Aya, stated in Lokoja that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Yekini Ayoku, already ordered the deployment of operational and tactical assets to comb the area of the attack.
“The Police Commissioner tasked his men to conduct thorough investigation that could lead to apprehending the miscreants and bringing them to deserved justice”, Ovye-Aya stated.
He commended the gallantry displayed by Police operatives who engaged the attackers in a gun duel and urged residents of the adjoining communities to report anybody seen with bullet wounds to the nearest security agency.
“One good thing is that the police escort attached to the INEC team responded robustly and engaged the hoodlums in a fierce gun duel.
“A reinforcement of operatives deployed to the scene also engaged the attackers who had to flee with varying degrees of injuries”, Ovye-Aya stated.
INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner and the NYSC Coordinator in Kogi State declined to respond to enquiries on the incident.
Lawmaker Charges Politicians On Electoral Promises
A Lawmaker representing Lagos Mainland, Federal House of Representatives, Mr Olanrewaju Oshun, on Saturday charged politicians to fulfil their electoral promises to the masses, to continually gain their trust.
Oshun said this in an interview with The Tide’s source after casting his vote at PU 03, Ward 008, Lagos Mainland Local Government Area, for the Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections in Lagos.
According to him, Nigeria’s politics has changed to an era where electorate expect that only politicians who deliver on their mandate should be voted for.
“At this era, politicians must understand the fact that they need to fulfil their electoral promises and be close to the people.
“The masses are more conscious that it is only politicians who perform well that should earn their vote”, he said.
Oshun expressed optimism that the will of the people would prevail in the elections, having voted for their choices.
On his assessment of the election, he lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for improving on the conduct of the election, compared to the performance of the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly Elections.
According to him, the INEC officials arrived early at most polling units across the state, the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) functioned effectively, while the overall process of the election was seamless.
“There is a great improvement in the conduct of the election, compared to the hitches we had at the last election.
“People have voted and made their opinion known, so it should be counted and let the best candidate win”. he said.
The lawmaker noted that the turnout for the election was impressive.
Oshun said, “one cannot say there is voter apathy as such, as reported in some quarters because people cast their votes in few minutes and left almost immediately.
The source reports that Oshun was re-elected during the Feb. 25 National Assembly Election to represent his constituency.
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