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British Council Sponsor Research On Herdsmen/Farmers Conflict In Adamawa

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British Council sponsor research on herdsmen/farmers conflict in Adamawa

By Yakubu Uba Yola 15/12/2018

The British Council in collaboration with European Union has sponsored researched on land and water use in Adamawa in a effort to find lasting solutions to herders/farmers conflict in the state.

The State Team Lead of British Council in Adamawa, Mr Abdulkadir Bello made this known in Yola, at the closing ceremony of a training on Conflict Sensitive Communications and Election Reporting for media practitioners, organized under the Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) programme of British Council.

Bello said the research was conducted by Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH), Yola, Centre for Peace and Security Studies.

Bello said the research was part of interventions by the British Council funded by EU to address conflicts in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

Bello said under the programme, the council had trained 320 traditional rulers on peace building and mediation in Mubi and Adamawa Emirates and would also extend same training next year to another batch of traditional rulers in Numan and Ganye chiefdoms.

He said other activities of the council in Adamawa included creation of monthly platforms for groups and stakeholders to discuss issues of conflict and security.

“We also provided training on human rights for member of vigilance group and civilian JTF. We created community accountability forum for feedback with security and vigilante on how best to police communities.”

Bello who also listed women empowerment as party of the areas of intervention by the British council, said that an equipped Sexual Assault Referral Centre was also established in Yola to serve as platform for victims of sexual violence where medical, psychological and legal support were provided.

Also speaking, a resource person for the media training programme, Prof. Umar Pate of the Department of Communication, Ado Bayero University, Kano, said the training for media practitioner was to enhance their capacity in reporting sensitize conflicts issues and the approaching general elections in the state.

Pate, who said similar training had been held in Borno and Yobe states, urged beneficiaries of the training to step down the knowledge acquired on reporting conflicts and other sensitive issues like politics, hate speech and fake news to other colleagues so as to sustain the fragile peace in the insurgency affected states that are undergoing recovery.

In his remarks, Adamawa Head of Service, Mr Amos Edgar lauded the programmes of British Council in the state and assured of sustain government support.

Edgar also urged beneficiaries to make maximum use of what they learnt in promoting peace and unity in the state, particularly at this period of election.

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Covid-19; NGO donates money, sanitizers, others to Adamawa Government

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Covid-19: NGO donates money, sanitizers, others to Adamawa government

By Baba Yakubu Yola

An NGO, Clear View Integrity Foundation (CVIF), has donated N100,000 and assorted medical items to Adamawa Government to compliment the ongoing fight against Convid-19 pandemic.

Presenting the items which comprised hand sanitizers, mask and hand gloves on Tuesday, the Executive Director of CVIF, Amos Yusuf Sunday, said the gesture was part of its corporate responsibility in supporting the state Committee on Convid-19.

Yusuf urged others also to join hands in supporting the committee for a united front against the pandemic.

“We felt duty bound to support this initiative which we think will help in mobilizing other people to also key into it so that together we can fight this pandemic which is tasking.”

Sunday said the NGO has been active in areas of education, empowerment, and nutrition.

He lauded the Convid-19 committee for the reception accorded them and urged for judicious utilization of the items donated.

Responding, Adamawa Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Umar Garba lauded for the gesture and urged others to emulate it.

Garba said that the Convid-19 has remained a serious threat that needed the support and cooperation of all to contain.

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Covid-19 lockdown; DPR warns petroleum marketers against hoarding, selling above official pump price

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Covid -19 lockdown; DPR warns petroleum marketers against hoarding, selling above official pump price

By Madu Mohammed. Maiduguri

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has warned pettoluem marketers in Borno and Yobe states not to take advantage of Covid 19 lockdown to hoard or sell petroleum above Government approved pump price, any fuel station found wanting will severely sanctioned..

The Zonal Operations Controller, Northeast, Ibrahim Ciroma while addressing newsmen at the DPR office Maiduguri on yesterday shortly monitored some fuel stations said ” any marketer who took the advantage of COVID 19 virus lockdown to hoard or sell petroleum above government approved pump price will be severely sanctioned”

” we have deployed our staff across the state to monitor the fuel stations and any fuel station found selling above the pump price or boarding the fuel will risk revocation of his licence. I urge general public not to panic, as We have over 1 million litres on ground”, he further stated.

On the issue of long queues in the state capital, Alhaji Ciroma said “we received only 3 trucks last Friday, 4 trucks on Saturday., no supply on Sunday, 3 on Monday 9 on Tuesday and Wednesday 23 trucks to Borno and Yobe states. You can see supply is now improving and very soon we have enough fuel now. We are also expecting over 100 trucks including 10 trucks intervention supply from Gombe Depot today”, he said

The Zonal Controller said ” I call on the general public to always contact us If they found any fuel station hiardung or selling petroleum above pump through there numbers 08056497084, 08056497095 and 08056497092. If they call these number and we will respond immediately even if its in the night. We will be there ”

Similarly, in his efforts to ensure petroleum marketers did not take the advantage of the Covid -19 lockdown to create artificial scarcity Governor Babagana Zulum went round some fuel stations where he force some fuel stations to sell and ordered the revocation of the Right of Occupancy of sone station he accused of hoarding petroleum resources..

The Borno state government in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) has the temporary revocation of Right of Occupancy of 10 fuel stations over an alleged hording of fuel.

The statement said “the Borno State government has observed with dismay that some fuel stations operating within state capital do not dispense petroleum products in accordance with the Federal Government regulations. The fuel stations also engaged in economic sabortage by hoarding petroleum products and selling them above the aporoved price.”

The statement therefore, stated that the Right of Occoancy of the 10 fuel stations that allegedly found engaging in hoarding the petroleum have been temporarily withdrawn pending the revocation processes.

This action of these fuel stations and their owners and operators are condemnable as they deliberately take advantage of Covid-19 pandemic to create untold hardship om general public.”, the statement added.

Reacting on the Borno state government decision to temporary withdrew right of Ocupancy of 10 fuel stations, the DOR Zonal operations Controller, Ibrahim Ciroma said there was a communication gap between the state government, DPR and the marketers because there was what we call dead stock which is between 300 to 1000 litres, while the other four fuel stations were having fuel meant for the military operations. Even the day the incident occurred the military officials were in my office and I told them that they need DPR approval to stock these quantity if feul. Which they went to write officially.

Also reacting, the chairman of the IPMAN Borno state, Alhaji Mohammed Kulwu Ngala said ” we constituted a committee to monitor the activities of our members to ensure nobody hoard fuel, we went round and did not found any, member wanting but what the governor found was what we called dead stock which cannot be Despenser because it will not be pump out, while the other fuel stations were stocking military fuel”.

We urge the Federal Government to always carry us along while trying to adjust petroleum pump price upward or downward so that we will know how to mitigate our loses”, he added.

The IPMAN chairman urged the general public not to panic as they have about 100 trucks coming to Maiduguri and that the scarcity was a result number of stock they received in the last one week.

 

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Inspite Covid -19 Borno Government Releases N220 Million For the Construction Of 2 Roads Within Maiduguri

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Inspite COVID 19 Borno Government releases N220 million for the construction of 2 roads within Maiduguri

By Ahmed Miringa, Maiduguri

The Borno state Government has released the sum of N220 million for the construction and reconstruction of Abuja Sheraton and Sahara road linking Bank of the North- post office in Maiduguri metropolis despite
the dwindling resources as a result of CoOVID-19 Virus

While addtessing journalists at the sites of the projects. the Borno state Commisioner for Works, Arch. Yerima Saleh said ” inspite the decline in revenue as a result of global Corona pendemic Governor Babagana Zulum has approved the released of the sum of N220 million for the construction and reconstruction.of Abuja Sheraton and Sahara road linking Bank of North and post office all within the Maiduguri metropolis, because of their importance to the peoples of these two areas “.

You Know Sahara road is in deplorable, and during rainy season it is not motorable and this road is economically and socially visible because of its importance Governor Zulum has directed that the road should be reconstructed immediately, secondly the other road we went was Abuja Sheraton, the road from the main road to the Mega school, the governor has also approved construction of the road. The area, is a highly density populated area. and also in fulfilment of his campaign promises to the people of the two areas he decide that the work should commence immediately “, he added.

Arch Saleh said ” the Sahara road is about 1.5 kilometres and about 3 kilometers drainage and Abuja Sheraton is about 300 metres and about 2 kilometers drainages all are expected to be complete in two months by June 2020″

On the Customs Flyover, the commissioner said the date for the completion of flyover is sacrosanct, the contract was singed in December 2019 and commenced work on 1st January 2020 and will be completed as scheduled, as the contractors are working according to plan. I don’t think the COVID-19 will affect our completion time of June 2021, as the materials are all on ground and we have not been inform of any problem.”

In the area of compensation we have for received the sum of N110 million and distributed to all those affected by the construction of flyover. This fly over is very important because it link Maiduguri and borders of Chad, Cameroon and even central Africa, on the other parts it also leads to Bama road, linking Maiduguri Banki and Cameroon road, which are also international road. While their other parts is linking the Area with other part of the city. It will be strategic because it ease the traffic grid, because depends honours in hold up”, he further stressed”,

On his parts the project Manager of the Eighteen Engineering Company (EEC), Mr Lee Chaogi said ” the lock down as a result of Covid-19 will not affact our job, because we have enough materials that we would use for the next two months. We are working according to the plan and we will deliver by the grace of God in June 2021.”

we have not been facing any problem the people have been cooperating with us and the work is about 30 percent in completion now”, he added.

 

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