By Samby Elemba, Owerri
Govor Babagana Umaru Zulum, of Borno State has said that he would remain focused and unwavered in his mission to move his state forward despite the lingering disturbing insurgency in the North East region of the country.
Zulum said that while his administration would continue to assist security agencies in the onslaught against the perpetrators and all criminals in Borno State, efforts would be intensified to cushion the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) in their various camps with necessary palliatives.
The governor stated this while receiving an invitation for a distinguished Leadership Award to be bestowed on him by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Imo State Council, schedule to hold on May 25, 2021 in Owerri, the Imo state capital.
Zulum ,an Engineer and former Rector of the Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri as well as ex-commissioner for reconstruction and resettlement said that despite obvious distractions by those who did not mean well for Borno state and the nation at large, he would remain undeterred and doughty in his service to the States and her people.
According to him, the state government in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) recently launched a N1bilion Entrepreneurial Development Fund whose benefits were extended to all residents in the State devoid of their religious, political or ethnic leanings.
Represented by his Senior Special Assistant (Media) Baba Shaikeh Haruna and his Special Assistant (Community Relations), Kester Ogualili, the governor said that as a team leader with an all inclusive cabinet in his administration and who had the unity of the nation at heart he would continue to accord both indigenes and non indigenes of the State a sense of belonging in the scheme of things.
He thanked the leadership of the NUJ in the State for acknowledging his modest achievements which informed his selection for the award and pledged to sustain the spirit.
Chairman of the council – Chris Akaraonye represented by his deputy – Emma Odibo explained that the honour was in clear recognition and appreciation of the governor as an exceptional selfless leader who ardently believes in hand shake across the Niger.