By Daniel Edu
Tragedy struck as Mallam Isa Gusau, the spokesperson for Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, breathed his last on Thursday, January 11, at a hospital in India. Gusau, who also served as the spokesperson for Vice President Kashim Shettima during his governorship, succumbed to a prolonged illness after spending over a month in a New Delhi specialist hospital.
According to a source close to the matter, Gusau had been unconscious for about three days, and despite fervent prayers for his recovery, he succumbed to the illness in the Indian hospital. The late spokesperson remained actively engaged in publicizing Governor Zulum’s activities, even from his hospital bed in India, issuing statements to promote his boss.
As of now, the Borno State government has not released an official statement regarding Gusau’s demise, and it remains uncertain whether his remains will be repatriated for burial.
Governor Zulum Announces 30% Salary Increase for Specific Borno Workers
Amidst the somber news, Governor Zulum announced a positive development for some workers in Borno State. The governor declared a 30% salary increment for health workers in the state who have dedicated themselves to serving in rural areas. This announcement was made during the launch of the Renewed Hope Initiative, led by the First Lady of Nigeria, Oluremi Tinubu, which included the distribution of N100,000 and food items to individuals aged 65 and above.
Governor Zulum highlighted that this initiative underscores his administration’s commitment to supporting the elderly population in various ways. Additionally, the state government pledged to ensure the presence of specialized physicians trained in providing healthcare services to the elderly across different health facilities in the state.