From Sani Gazas Chinade, Maiduguri
The governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, alongside Malam Isa Gusau, the media aide of Governor Zulum has unveiled a compendium, the 3rd Verdict, to celebrate the 53-year birthday of the governor.
Malam Gusau, the compendium’s Editor-in-Chief, who is also the governor’s Adviser on Public Relations and Strategy, announced the unveiling via a statement.
He explained that the 3rd Verdict is a compendium of published news reports and analyses, features, columns, commentaries, discourses, editorials, selected speeches and updated scorecard in the third year of Governor Zulum’s administration, from May 29, 2021 to May 29, 2022.
The compendium came after two previous editions.
On August 25, last year, a similar compendium, the Second Verdict, was unveiled by Zulum’s media aide and social media associates to mark his 52-year birthday.
The 331-page compendium was structured in 17 thematic sections with over 300 articles related to Governor Zulum’s activities from May 29, 2020 to May 29, 2021.
In August 2020, the First Verdict was published.
The maiden compendium had 300 pages with 17 thematic sections, the combination of which had 336 published articles on Zulum’s activities from May 29, 2019 to May 29, 2020.
Speaking on the newest publication, Malam Gusau highlighted that the 3rd Verdict “has on its cover-page, a unique illustration replicated from a photograph that was snapped at 9:21 am on Monday, the 9th of August 2021 when Governor Zulum was invigilating an impromptu aptitude test he organised for teachers of a primary school in Baga town of Kukawa Local Government Area in northern Borno State.”
He noted that the significance of the cover-page illustration was discussed in the compendium’s editorial titled ‘Our Cover Photo and the Crisis of Public School System.’
The statement further said: “The 3rd Verdict is a 290-page publication with 20 thematic sections: The Humanitarian; Security News and Discourse; Transport; Infrastructure & Energy; Education; Healthcare; Agriculture, Water Resources & Environment; Religion, Culture & Festivities; Budget, Economic Planning & Commerce; Civil Service, Vocations & Appointments; The First Lady & Women Affairs; Governance & Zulum’s ‘Unusual’ Approach; The Deputy Governor; Witnesses to Service Delivery; Politics; Awards, Tributes & Special Occasions; Foreign, Inter-Governmental & Development Partnerships; Some Sayings of Zulum; North East Governors Forum (NEGF); Newspaper Editorials and The Scorecard.”