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3rd round national immunization flags-off in Adamawa



3rd Round National Immunization flags-off in Adamawa

By Baba Yakubu Yola 

The 3rd Round National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs) has been flagged-off in Adamawa.

Flagging-off the exercise, the Adamawa State Deputy Governor who is also the State Chairman Task Force on Immunization, Chief Crowther Seth, tasked Local Government Chairmen, Traditional and Religious leaders on monitoring the exercise to ensure maximum success across the state.

Seth made the call Saturday in Yola while flagging-off the 3rd round of the National Immunization Plus Days (NIPD).

Seth said that the fight against polio which has recorded remarkable progress in Adamawa must be sustained by all stakeholders.

“As chairman State Taskforce on immunization, I will go out personally to monitor the implementation exercise until victory is attained and polio is eradicated from our land.

“I call on all Local Government Council Chairmen, traditional  and religious leaders and media to lend their support to the final onslaught against polio in Adamawa state and Nigeria at large.

“Please join me and other stakeholders to fight this battle. I am sure, with your support the victory we seek will be delivered and the next generation of Adamawa state children and Nigeria will thank us for a brighter and rewarding future that is polio free and not encumbered with disabilities,” Seth said.

He lauded the role of partners like UNICEF, WHO, Rotary International, EU and World Bank for their support towards effective and quality healthcare service delivery in the state.

The deputy governor also lauded the contributions of Save One Million Lives Programme for its complimentary efforts in healthcare delivery.

In her remarks, the Executive Chairperson of Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Agency, Dr Batulu Mohammad, urged parents to ensure all their eligible children were immunized.

She also spoke on Brest feeding week which coincided with the immunization days and urged mothers to sustain the practice which has no equal in making the child healthy.

“This week is also breast feeding week and we want to encourage mothers on breast feeding for a healthy child,” Mohammed said.

She lauded the administration of Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri for the achievements recorded in the health sector within its 100 days in office, particularly the inauguration of the Taskforce on immunization and the commitment to pay counterpart fund for health programmes.

In his remarks, the State Director Public Health, Dr Bwalki Dilli, who represented the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mr Kennedy Bartimaus, also called for mass participation in the five-day exercise to ensure success.

He also raised alarm on the outbreak of Cholera in Yola Noth, Yola South and Girei local government areas urged the public to improve public hygiene in curtailing the spread.

Speaking on behalf of traditional rulers, the District Head of Jimeta, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa, assured their sustain support for the exercise.

He also raised concern on illegal dumping of refused and illegal structure in Yola metropolis and called for the constituting of a Taskforce to address the issue.

In goodwill message by international partners in the fight against polio presented Pharmacist Iyabosa of World Health Organization (WHO), they lauded the state renewed commitment and assured the of their sustain support in achieved its set targets in the area of healthcare delivery.

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Nigeria Army Mourns its Commander death as a result of Boko haram ambush



Nigerian Army mourns its commander death as a result of Boko Haram ambush

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army and the Operation Lafiya Dole have lost a gallant commander in a Boko Haram ambushed after he led a successful clearance operation again at Boko Haram insurgents along Sabon Gari Wajirako axis in Damboa local government area of Borno state.

The Operation Lafiya Dole in a statement issued by ihe Deputy Director Army Public Relations ( DDAPR), spokesman, Col. Ado Isa said. “Operation LAFIYA DOLE wishes to intimate the general public of the demise of one of our gallant and finest war heroes Col DC Bako.”.

” It could be recalled that the professional, gallant senior officer who always led from the front and a patriotic Nigerian, led a patrol to clear Boko Haram Terrorists from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa when his patrol team entered an ambush at about 10 a.m Sunday 20 September 2020. Under his able leadership, the troops cleared the ambush resulting to the killing of scores of terrorists and recovery of weapons and equipment,” the statement added.

The Army said “Sadly however, he was wounded in action and immediately evacuated by the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE to the 7 Division Hospital at Maimalari Cantonment. The late senior officer was recuperating well after successful operation at the hospital, in good spirit and also said his prayers in the early hours of this morning before his sad passing on at the hospital. May Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal rest. Ameen. “

While comesurating with the bereaved family, the troops of the Operation Lafiya dole,, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai on behalf of himself, gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and indeed well meaning Nigerians expressed heartfelt condolences to his esteemed family..

“We are most grateful for his contributions and sacrifices to the mother land. May God grant eternal rest to the gentle soul of Col DC Bako and the souls of all Nigerian Army officers and soldiers who paid the supreme prize in the defence of our father land,” General Buratai quoted to have said.

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Fuel, Electric hike, don’t take Nigerians for Granted, NANS tells FG



Fuel, Electricity hike, don’t take Nigerians for granted, NANS tells FG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called in the federal government not to take Nigerians for granted as they protest the recent hike in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularity known as petrol and electricity tariff.

The NANs in a protests led by the zonal Coordinator of NANS Zone “C” Comrade Suleiman Muhammad Sarki in Maiduguri on Monday were at the NUJ Press Centre, holding placards with several inscriptions such as, ‘Government should not be sadistic and thinks less of its citizens”, The dead is dying again, ” Increase of fuel price is too daring,”among others and singing all kind of solidarity songs against what they described the hike as the highly erroneous action of government against citizens at the time the world is recovering from COVID 19.

Comrade Sarki said ” We call on government to stop pushing Nigerians to wall. This is too daring; stop killing the dead. The country and indeed the whole world are facing serious problem right now due to covid19 pandemic, such mistaken decision is just as adding salt to injury.”

“Instead of dealing with insecurity, we are taking actions that will further heighten insecurity. The hike in petrol pump price will lead to hikes in price of goods and services.”, The NANS added.

The Association therefore condemn the increase in petrol price and electricity tarrif by federal government and call for the immediate reversal.

” We are not out of COVID 19, a lot of citizens are loosing their jobs, people are getting poorer and more responsibility, school closure, young people are roaming the streets unemployed, therefore fuel hike at this time is shocking”, the NANs further stressed

Comrade Sarki said Nigerians have gave this administration under President Bihari so many excuses than any other government in the history of Nigeria and therefore, called on the Federal government not to take Nigerians for granted.

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Set up Independent Panel to investigate Alleged Commercialization Counter Insurgency War – Group Tells FG



Set up independent
Panel to investigate alleged comeilaluzation counter insurgency war – group tells FG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

A group called Borno Emirate Concerned Citizens Forum (BECCF) has appealed to the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigation panel to investigate the alleged commercialization of war against insurgency in the Northeast.

The group at a press briefing held at the NUJ Press Centre, Maiduguri yesterday and led by it’s Chairman, Zannah Hassan Boguma the group called on the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigative panel to investigate the commercialization of the war against insurgency in the Northeast.

The group said ” regarding the commercialization of the war against the terrirists, the Forum holds similar view with the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum. Because, once the fundermentals behind the formation of this Forum is a report by the district head of Baga that some miscreant among the security forces are engaged in all sort of bussiness, including farming and fishing business in the fringes of Lake Chad’.

“We strongly condemn and urge the Nigerian government to bring those responsible for the horrific crime to justice,” Boguma stressed.

“The recent developments in the state including abduction of innocent people, attacked on Governor’s Motorrcade, terrorising innocent people and shedding blood, constitutes a form of Injustice can never be tolerated by all well meaning individuals in the state , which viewed them as gross crime and sinful acts which undermining the peaceful circumstance of the people of Borno state”, Boguma added.

The group urged the people of Borno state to unite against those terrorising them and those who.permits the killing of non.contants without justification stressing that Islam has declared the spilling of blood and the destruction as obsolute prohibition until the Day of Judgement.

” We urge all well meaning individuals and groups to desists from the culture of silence to denounce the terrorists act and their sponsors by revealing thieir secrets and exposing their lies. We believed that the conservative nature of our people has seriously made enemies within and outside to take chance to create havoc on our society, the group stressed.

The group further said ” the Armed Forces should take cue their counterparts in Tchad Republic. If the President of Tchad, Idriss Debby Itno and his soldiers cleared and annihilated Boko Haram Terrorists in 8 days in their territory Why is it taking Over 10 years (not ten days ) for the Nigerian Armed Forces?, Therefore, we suggest that the Chief of Army Staff Lt General Tukur Buratai should lead the war and fish out the terrorists”.

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