.. Approves new land for expansion of Specialist Hospital
… Orders illegal occupants of teachers’ quarters to vacate
Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Tuesday gave an order for the recruitment of 40 medical doctors as addition to his previous approvals, in order to meet health care needs of the state’s increasing population.
Tuesday’s decision is coming four months after the Governor had approved the recruitment of 594 health workers, among them, 86 medical doctors, 365 nurses and midwives, 45 pharmacists and 100 health technicians and other supportive staff.
Zulum announced his latest approval for 40 doctors after Tuesday’s meeting with the chief executives of seven public hospitals and related institutions located in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Jere Local Government Area.
The meeting, held behind closed doors, centred on improving the health care system and ensure effective, efficient and qualitative service delivery to the citizens in accordance with the policy thrust of the Zulum led administration.
After the meeting, Governor Zulum undertook an assessment of the Specialist Hospital and directed the construction of additional ward to decongest the already overcrowded facility.
The Governor also inspected a land acquired by the Borno State Government, located opposite the Specialist Hospital, which will be used for expansion of the hospital.
Governor Zulum, also on Tuesday, flagged off the training of 800 teachers newly recruited by his administration.
The training, taking place at Sir Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, Maiduguri, was organized by Borno State Teaching Service Board, TSB, in collaboration with Ilmu Ka’ande Education Consult LTD.
Zulum directed that series of trainings would have to be done henceforth.
“From now on, train the trainers exercises can also be organised from time to time, to prepare teachers on modern ways of teaching. In view of this, I hereby direct the Ministry of Education and the TSB to liaise with provosts and managements of Colleges of Education to fashion out teacher’s training exercises” Zulum said.
The Governor after charging the teachers to take the training seriously, directed verification of teachers across public secondary schools before March 30th, with a view to identifying specific gaps. The governor commended officials Borno state universal basic education, whom he tasked with verification of primary school teachers. He noted that findings helped in identifying ghost teachers and saved funds for government with the fund channeled into better use in the education sector.
On the welfare of the Teachers, Zulum directed the removal of all illegal occupants at the staff quarters, and premises of primary or secondary schools before the end of March. He however made exception for retired teachers that are yet to receive their entitlements, who will also vacate after being paid.
Earlier in his welcome address, Commissioner of Education, Bello Ayuba, commended Governor Zulum for approving massive recruitment of teachers, done in batches, which he calls the highest in the last three decades.
Executive Chairman, Teachers Service Board, Prof Suleman Bello said it was remarkable that Teachers were recruited and being trained before they get to the classroom. He described Zulum’s presence at the training as very encouraging for teachers across the state.