Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state is one of the few Nigerians whose histories have many beautiful passages and inspiring corridors. Within shortage period of time, his achievements make viable impacts on the lives of the commoners. This, of course, is to fact that his works have positively touched the well-being of an ordinary man in his state. His fame is no doub but a sine -qua-non of the fragrance of his heroic deed not of a weed. Babagana Umara Zulum is a Nigerian professor and unique politician who was elected as the governor of Borno state in governorship election of March 9, 2019 under the platform of All Progressive Congress. Governor Zulum was preceded by his political boss, the former Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima.
Zulum, a big wheel, began his career in 1989 with Borno state civil service as an Assistant Technical Officer in the state’s ministry of Agriculture. In 1990, he later moved into the state Unified Local Government Service as Senior Field Overseer and Principal Water Engineer. His appointment with University of Maiduguri came in 2000, where he was recruited into academic discipline as Assistant Lecturer. As live went on, he rose to the rank of professor in the university. He held the position of Deputy Dean and Acting Dean, Faculty of Engineering in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Due to his industriousness and selfless service to humanity, Babagana was appointed as the Rector of Ramat Polytechnic. Meanwhile, in 2015 he was made commissioner of Reconstruction Rehabilitation and Resettlement by Governor Kashim Shettima till 2018.
His immense contributions in the state set the wheels of his popularity and admiration in motion, many people in the state began to develop interest in his charismatic approaches and ways of solving their problems. It was to this effect that in 2019 general poll, they gave him a chance to give the state a new sense of direction by changing its modus-operandi. Zulum’s emergence as the governor came after he won the gubernatorial primaries of APC for Borno state in 2018. He was later elected to the office of the Governor of the state at the 2019 governorship election held on March 9,2019 with 1175440 votes.
In his eight months of governorship, Borno state people were given a new lease of life. Most of his works were prioritized on serving the interest of average citizens in the state. He encourages all the hardworking workers in the state, particularly those at lower level. His encounter with a classroom teacher, Mrs Obiageli Mazi, clearly justified his zeal and encouragement in motivating people who deserve positive rewards for their tireless service and diligence in discharging their responsibilities in the state.
Zulum, In his first year, executed more 326 capital projects as well as 49 capital -intensive programmes. Out of these gigantic projects, his administration constructed 6,544 suburban and low cost houses in 12 local government areas for resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees who lost their houses due to the hardships brought by Boko Haram insurgency in the state.
Notwithstanding, his kind gestures didn’t only stop on providing fertile ground for a common man but also on tackling insecurity in the all nooks and crannies of the state. That’s why his administration provided over 3000 surveillance vehicles to security agencies and volunteers so as to fish out criminals and terrorists that continue to bedevil the shimmering peace in the state’s vicinities.
Educational sector wasn’t left behind, Zulum carried out 76 projects of establishing 21 new schools in 13 local govt area. These schools were fully equipped with modern resourceful materials for effective teaching and learning processes. Qualified teachers, within and outside the state, were employed by virtue of their experience and merits. Conducive environments, well ventilated classrooms, e- libraries, and modern laboratories were constructed in these various local governments in order to promote literacy despite the corrosive effect of insurgency of turning everything upside-down.
On the healthcare services, zulum is a lone prayer to an empty sky. This is because the governor established 46 projects including 37 new primary healthcare centres in 17 local government areas. These facilities were well managed by qualified Medical experts whose boastful experiences in the field are beyond human understanding. He never dances with death when it comes to protect the integrity of his people and their health sector. His kind leadership makes sure that all and sundry benefits from the subsidized medical treatments ushered in the state, irrespective of religion, tribe, calibre and stereotype.
His zeal in promoting infrastructural developments in the state has no political axe to grind, he just wants help the state to rise up against the destructive quagmires caused by Boko Haram terrorists. In the wake of that, he availed 40 projects in 9 local governments which include 30 new and rehabilitated roads as well as ongoing construction of Borno’s first flyover in Maiduguri, the capital of the state.
While on the restoration of civil authorities, he undertook more than 53 projects in 21 local government areas, 11 which were started from the scratch and 42 were reconstruction works. These projects were centred on council secretariats, lodges, police stations, Local education authority offices, courts and palace of residents traditional rulers.
The governor also undertook 40 capital projects on water supply including drilling of 213 new boreholes, 18 projects on electrification, 8 on agriculture and 7 on vocational skills and entrepreneurship development.