HAUSA INTERNATIONAL LOCAL NEWS POLITICAL GIST SOCIETY GIST PRESIDENT BAZOUM AWARDS ZULUM WITH NIGERIEN EQUIVALENT OF GCON (PHOTOS) By Admin Posted on August 3, 2021 3 min read 0 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin By Aishat Momoh. O. President Mohammed Bazoum of the Republic of Niger bestowed the country’s Second Order National Honour, “de Grand Officer dans IOrdre,” to Borno Governor Babagana Umara Zulum on Tuesday, which is comparable to Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON, in Nigeria’s ranking of national honours. Bazoum said he was honoring Zulum after watching the Governor’s bravery and sincere fight against Boko Haram, as well as his deep concern for the plight of Borno’s citizens seeking refuge in parts of Niger Republic, which Zulum has visited several times, offering assistance and steadily evacuating and resettling the refugees in new houses built in Borno. The ceremony took place in Zindar as part of a series of festivities organized by the Niger Federal Government to commemorate the country’s independence day. The national honor of Zulum, “de Grand Officer dans l’Ordre,” is only second to the “Grand Croix Des Ordre National Du Niger,” which is the Niger Republic’s equivalent of the GCFR, and is usually given to serving Presidents. It was the first time a Nigerian Governor has received the country’s second highest national honor from a Nigerien President. Zulum, who was accompanied by Senators Kashim Shettima and Mohammed Ali Ndume, as well as the Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Mohammed Tahir Monguno, Speaker of the Borno State House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan, and the Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engr Bukar Talba, said the honor would not change his commitment to the people of Borno. Later, President Bazoum invited Zulum to join him in commissioning the 138-kilometer Zindar road project as well as the 22-megawatt Zindar power plant. On August 3, the Niger Republic commemorates its independence with events known as Fête de l’Arbre in French-speaking countries, which involve tree-planting activities.