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Gov. Zulum commissions 9 million litres water project jointly executed with ICRC

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GOV. ZULUM COMMISIONS 9 MILLION LITRES WATER PROJECT JOINTLY EXECUTED WITH ICRC

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri 22/7/2019

The Borno State Government has said that the state government is going investing heavily in the water sector to ensure availability, affordability and safety for both, human and animal consumption across the state.

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State disclosed this on Monday during the official commissioning of Alamderi Water Supply Project jointly executed by the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) and Borno State government.

Governor Zulumsaid the Alamdari Water Project is of great value to the government of Borno State, that is why government accorded priority to its because of thousand of our citizens in the metropolis.

He also said that Borno State Government is investing heavily in the water resources sector to ensure availability, affordability and safety for both, human and animal consumption across the state.

According to the governor, the International Committees of Red Cross (ICRC have realized the importance of the project and decided to step in by signing an Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the Borno State Government in 2017 which is the result of what we are witnessing today.

Prof. Zulum stated that “during his electioneering campaign, he has made it clear to the people that if elected, he will maintain and improve on the existing water sources and develop a comprehensive water management and utilization programme for sustainable development in Borno State, noting that, that “our water sources have suffered extreme damage during the insurgency period.”

He said ICRC will always be on record in Borno State as a reliable and dependable partner for their efforts in critical projects in the North East most especially in Borno State, in terms of food commodity, essential household items and cash as well as organize training programmes for IDPS to ease their livelihood.

The governor further stressed that the Alamderi Water Project is the best across the globe by the International Committee of Red Cross as it is expected to produce 9 million litres of safe water on daily basis and supply 60 liters to over 150,000 people daily in Alamderi.

He therefore urged the State Ministry of Water Resources to do everything possible to maintain and sustain all the installed equipments to ensure constant water supply.

Earlier in his address, the Head of Delegation, Nigeria International Committee of the Red Cross, Mr. Eloi Fillion, said the Allamderi Water Project will provide water to over 80,000 residents and International Displaced People (IDPs) in Maiduguri in collaboration with the State Ministry of Water Resources in the state.

Mr. Eloi stated that efforts will be made by the ICRC to provide full capacity of 9 million litres of water per day for about 150,000 residents of Allamduri project.The State Ministry of Water Resources is working to connect more homes to the existing distribution lines.

Also in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary State Ministry of Water Resources, Alh. Mustapha Hassan Aminami said the Allamderi water works was conceived two decades ago with the intention to provide portable water to the residents of the area which covers, Bullumkuttu Abuja, Bullumkuttu Kasuwa, Tsallake, Dala Allamduri, Yan Nono to mention but a few.

He said “It is at this critical point that the ICRC made its grand entrance with an offer to complete the Allamduri water works after conducting a survey of the population of the area and subsequently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the ministry of water resources in 2017.”

According to Permanent Secretary, works commenced immediately while the State Ministry of Water Resources also commenced house to house connection for over 40,000 households.

He also assured the ICRC that the project will be maintained by the ministry for the benefit of the committees.

The District head of Allamduri, Waziri Galtima Umar Garbai gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the community appreciating both the ICRC and state government.
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Gov. Buni Mourns Emir of Zazzau

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Gov. Buni Mourns Emir of Zazzau

Yobe state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker/Extraordinary National convention committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has commiserated with the government and people of Kaduna state over the death of the Emir of Zaria, Alhaji Shehu Idris.

Governor Buni described the death as a loss of a  nationalist who dedicated his life to the service of Nigerians.

The late Emir was a bridge builder who threw the doors of his domain open, accommodating all Nigerians irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious differences.

“Late Shehu Idris built a mini Nigeria in Zaria where everyone lived and freely pursued their legitimate means of livelihood.”

He will be remembered for providing conducive environment to host numerous educational institutions and, making Zaria a citadel of learning in Nigeria.

Governor Buni prayed Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and to grant him Aljannatur Firdaus.

The Governor also prayed Allah to give his family, Zaria emirate, government and people of Kaduna state and, Nigerians the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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Mamman Mohammed
DG Press and Media Affairs to Gov. Buni.

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Biu Emirate loses Kuthi at the age of 80

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Biu Emirate loses Kuthi at the age of 80

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Kuthi (Emir) of Biu, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu has died at the age of 80 .

Confirming the death, the Borno state government through the commissioner of Information, Home Affairs and Culture, Hon. Babakura Abba Jatau said “Inna Lillahi wa innah ilayhi rajiun his royal highness the emir of Biu Mai Umar Mustapha Aliyu has answered the call of Allah Subuhanahu wa Taa La””

“Appointed June 1989 the late emir died this morning at the age of 80. He will be laid to rest in Biu by 2pm today Tuesday, 15 September, 2020 according to palace source may his soul rest in perfect peace.,” The statement added.

An emirate source told our correspondent that the Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu died at the Federal Medical Centre Gombe at about 8;45 pm on Monday night after a protracted illness.

“As I am talking now (10;35am) we just received the corpse of the Late Kuthi and the funeral prayer is scheduled to take place by 2;00pm today”, the source added.

The Late Emir who succeeded his father Alhaji Mustapha Aliyu was appointed in June 1989 and has spent 31 years as the Kuthi of Biu.

Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu was the 28th Emir of Biu and started his career as vetinery officer in Biu with Borno state government and was appointed the District head of Biu in 1975 and later appointed Emir of Biu in June 1989.

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FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods gets to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast

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FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods get to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Worried by the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in inaccessible areas, the Federal Government through the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee has adopted an air drop strategy to ensure that foods get to the IDPs in the hard to reached communities in the Northeast

While speaking to newsmen shortly after the ascimilation exercise demonstrated by troops of the Nigerian Air Force the Air drop strategy at the Maiduguri International Airport during the weekend, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk said “we are adopting this strategy to ensure that our IDPs in hard to reached areas are benefited. The Air drops strategy which in collaboration with the troops of the Nigerian Air force is not a new strategy, it has been used in 2018 in Kala- Balge local government” and we adopting to ensure effective and efficient delivery”.

“the issues around inaccessible areas, areas where humanitarian aid workers cannot access. We are collaborating with the Nigerian Airforce to support us with air drop of food items to communities and areas that are not accessible. We have identified four areas which includes Rann, Mary’s, Damboa omang other communities, we are here to see the ascilmilation exercise of the air drop with a view to see how it will work and If there is any challenges, we will go back to the drawing board and correct it “, the minister added.

The Minister further said “the Air drop distribution is targeted at 26,067 households, totaling 156,402 individuals.. We are going sit-down with the Borno state government this night with a view to see how best all the hard to reach areas can be reached.”.

Hajiya faruk said “the government has.put in place measures to.ensure that the food items doesn’t get into the hards of insurgents through air surveillance and identification of real beneficiaries. The foods to distributed I Clyde’s 26*067 22.5kg of rice, 26,067 2.5 kg of beans, 26,067 12.5kg of maize and Millet, 4,394 packets of 20 grammes iiofizef salt, 2,604 of 29 litres vegetables oil, 4,345 cartons if superghetti and 2,173 cartons of seasoning cubes “

Earlier, the Air Taskforce Commander, Air commodore Precious Amadi said “the purpose is in case for any reason the foods cannot transported by road,, we will use air drop strategy to take food to the people by ayur. The Nigerian Aurforrce has the capacity to drop foods to people in inaccessible areas. We will do it whenever we are call to do so”

While on a courtesy call to the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, the Minister said ” we are here on behalf of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the National Humanitarian Coordination.committee to see how we can ensure no one is starve by ensuring food get to those in.hsrd to reach areas.”

Hajiya Faruk said “at a meeting held with the Vice President on 4th September 2020, it was discussed that accessibility issues faced by INGOs operating in
the NorthEast due to insecurity, floods or terrain, could be mitigated with the support of the security services and as outlined in the joint CiSEC Communique signed at the end of the 3 day Civil Security Cooperation Workshop held in Maiduguri from 6th–8th November 2019.The Communique highlights the need for Civil Security Cooperation to ensure the conduct of seamless humanitarian
activities.”

” Your Excellency, the CiSEC structures provide the relevant platform for the essential dialogue and interaction required between humanitarian\civilian and security actors that it is necessary to pursue common goals which protect and support persons of concern affected by emergencies created by wars, armed conflicts,and terrorism;
natural and secondary catastrophes; and technological and environmental disasters.”. She further stressed.

She stressed that “however,to ensure that we are able to provide adequate support, I wish to request that the State Government provide the
necessary information required to enable collaboration with the
Nigerian Airforce to drop food and non-food items in locations that
have been made inaccessible due to insecurity or the recent floods.”

She said ,the Managing Directoror NorthEast Development Commission NED and the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA will work with the Borno state team to ascertain and provide the NHCC with the required information to
ensure that the interventions provided are prioritise,and the needs and are
sufficient for the identified vulnerable communities”

Responding the Borno state Governor Professor Babagana Zulum represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said “we are working hard to see that we resettle all IFPs in the state volunteraliy , because they eager to go back to their communities. We have even commenced resettlement of our IDPs with the returned of the IDPs from.Auno, Ajiri, Kawuri and very soon we are going to resstlle the people of Baga, Ashigashiya and Ngoshe”.

Whe thanking the Federal Government for the support that have rendering to the IDPs in the Northeast, Governor Zulum assured that the Borno state government will work closely and support the Federal government to ensure all the food items get to the beneficiaries and no IDPs is starved.

The minister accompanied by the Borno state Deputy Governor, Alh Umar Kadafur, the Managing Director, NEDC Alhaji Goni Alkali, the DG NEMA Alh. Mohammed T Mohammed and others dignitaries inspects the food items at the NEMA store in Maiduguri.

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