MILITARY RELEASES 25 CHILDREN ASSOCIATED WITH BOKO HARAM TO UNICEF, BOSG
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Operation Lafiya Dole Command, has on Thursday hand over another set of 25 children associated with the Boko Haram armed conflict group to the UNICEF and Borno state government for rehabilitation and reintegration back to the society..
While handing over the children, the theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole,Major General Olusegun Adeniyi said “today is happy day for us, we have reason to rejoice because thses children were seave from Boko Hrm insurgents activities. They may be killed or maimed but today think God they were separated and rescued from armed group.
“The Nigeria Military is committed to fight against criminal elements called insurgents with special focus to rescuing victims of insurgency, mostly children and women,” the theater Commander addled.
General Adeniyi said “the childten were between the age of 8 to 15 were coerced, seperated or abducted by the insurgents duingg attacks on their communities, but were rescued by our troops during operations. Some were arrested along side their parents who are Boko Haram fighters We see no reason of keeping them in detention, hence their released to the UNIQUE and Boro state government for rehabilitation and rehabilitation into the society”.
In her remarks, the Acting Chief Field Office, Borno state, Ms Gilliam Walker said ” all the 371 children (2292) boys. 79 girls) released in 2928 have already accessed reintegration services aimed at giving them not only skills to cope with life but also hope and resilience for better future”
” Today marks the beginning of hope to these 25 children. Hope to be reunited with their families. Hope to follow their dreams and hope to be children again.. These children are first and foremost victims of the ongoing conflict and their release is a major step on their long road to recovery”, She added.
Ms. Walker said ” though we have made progress in successfully reintegrating children cleared of associated with armed group a lot till need to be done. There are still children in the ranks and file of of the armed group. Children belong with their families. We call on all parties to the conflict to stop recruiting and using children in any role. We will not stop. We will continue until there is no children being used in this conflict ”
She said so far, a total 1,627 children were released from. Administrative custody since they opened their doors in September 2017 and the UNICEF appreciated the partnership with the Nigerian Army and the ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development that has seen 1,627 children released and reintegrated with their families.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Borno state government, represented by the state commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo said ” we also sincerely appreciate the Military and the State Government for organizing this all-important exercise as we strive to give back our children their much-needed childhood that they have been deprived*
“This speech will obviously not be complete without copious mention of the relentless drive of UNICEF; its untiring drive and continuous support to the Ministry of Women and Social Development/MWASD which has largely contributed to strengthening our capacity to receive and provide the relevant comprehensive care and protection of our children as we prepare them to return to their families, relatives and communities”, Mrs Gambo said.
She further said ” to our children, whom we recognised not only as Allah’s special gift to us, but our assets, I say to you, that there is hope. As you are going back to your families and communities, we will support you to reintegrate. We will not stop at that but also go a step further in our wholesome reintegration programme to give you access to education and other services that will help you to grow and develop into active individuals and responsible citizens of this great country. I urge you to make good use of these opportunities and learn all you can to be able to smoothen the rough edges around you and turn it into a path to achieving your dream in life and ultimately contribute in your little way to the task of making Nigeria, especially North East Nigeria a better place not just for children alone but for every member of the society.”
” Children (boys and girls) are especially vulnerable in armed conflicts. Despite the protection provided by law, they continue to be recruited by armed groups; a situation that has led to outright separation from their families, driven from their homes, killed, maimed, sexually abused or exploited in many other ways ,” she said.
COVID-19; Borno NMA, NANNW urges members to observe best global preventive measures
COVID -19: Borno NMA, NANNW urges members to observe best global preventive measures
By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri
The Borno state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the National Association of Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has called on all their members to observed global best preventive measure in curtailaing the spread of corona virus.
While addressing newsmen at a joint press conference which held at NUJ Press Centre yesterday the Borno state Chairman of NMA, and his NANNM, counterpart Comrade, Umar Shettima Prof. Aliyu Kodiya said said “We also urge all our members to take necessary precautionary measure to protect themselves while rendering health services to deserving citizens. We also urge governments at all levels to provide basic hygiene consumables like water containers, hand sanitisers and face masks for our IDPs camps and host communities as well as provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other requirements to the designated Isolation Centers and other health care Facilities”.
The NMA. NANNW called on the internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to ensure minimal interaction and avoidance of communal meetings as parts of efforts to curtailed the spread of the corona virus.. We call on them to ensure minimal interaction and avoidance of communal meetings at this time”
The NMA chairman Prof Kodiya
pledged to the Associations readiness to partner with the federal, states and local council’s particularly the state high powered Response Committee on Coronavirus to provide the needed health care services
‘We urge the general public to avoid panic buying and engaging in Mass purchase of consumables as this will only worsen the anxiety and tension associated with the pandamuc. We wish to single out our teeming brothers and sisters taking refuge in various IDP camps to be particularly mindful of this pandemic of coronavirus because of obvious apparent close juxtaposition of families,” Prof. Kodiya added.
He further said the associations will provide continuous training for healthcare workers, particularly, clinical workers on global beat practices in infection, prevention andd control, assuting thst the two unions will provide all forms of support to government agencies, international and local non governmental Organizations as well as the traditional institutions in ensuring that the pandemic is curbed in the shortest period possible.
The Associations further urged the general public to practice basic hygiene including hand washing with soap and water, use of hand sanitisers, wearing of protective face masks, observing social distance when it becomes absolutely necessary to come out otherwise stay more at home than going out.
They further called in the public to avoid large gatherings including places of worships, burial ceremonies weddings, markets, public transportation and any other gathering for now while urging the public to also not be panic , to stay calm and in full control.
“We equally call on the populace to get accurate information from reliable sources like NCDC, WHO, etc and avoid relying on Informatiion from the social media as this could be misleading..We wish to commend the efforts of Borno state Government under the leadership of His Excellency, Professor Babagama Umara Zulum for constituting a high powered committee on COVID-19 chaired by no less a person than the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Usman Umar Kadafur for providing a state of the earth fully equipped Isolation Center as part of preparedness for the pandemic”, he added.
“This is in addition to the governors Directive for a heightened surveillance at all points of entry into the state. As patriotic citizens of the state, we are always ready to partner with the government in it’s resolve at promoting a healthy society at all times ” he further stressed.
Don’t restrict movement of food items, poultry, feeds and medications – poultry farmers tells FG, State Government
Don’t restrict movement of food items, pultry, feeds and medications – Poultry farmers tells FG, state government
By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri
The National Poultry Association of Nigeria (NPAN) has called on the Federal and state governments not to restrict movement of food items, poultry and poultry feeds in their efforts to contained the spread of Corona virus.
The Association said there is need to change current approach , as the approach is causing more panicking that worsen the solution.
The National President of the poultry famers, Mr. Ezekiel Ibrahim who made the speacall while speaking at Press briefing held at the Correspondents office in Maiduguri on Friday said “Food and medical are essential even in the situation of war, as such food items, poultry and poultry feeds should not be restricted in tthe ongoing measures to contained the spread of the virus.”
He said ” As an Association of Poultry Producers. We are fully in support of the Federal government in all measures taken so far to improve the health and economy of the nation and to curtail the further spread of the deadly virus. We are in support of the closure of all the airports and land borders “.
” The approach of the federal and some state government is causing more panic than solving the situation. Some state government are restricting movements within their States.The restriction of inter state movement of vehicles by various state Governments is to worsen the food and protein supply situation to Nigerian, especially that FOOD is considered as very essential items for human health and survival. Many states government did not have the resources to pay people, or prvide food for lockdown, as over 70 percent of Nigerians do not collect salary “, the President added.
He said ” the Poultry famers have invesmrnt of over N3 trillion invesment and locking down Nigeria will cause a lot of harm than good,. Restriction of movement of foods, poultry feeds and other food items will worsen the situation., as food is an essential as drugs”
Ibrahim said ” most of the trucks carrying food and medications are not carrying people. Instead we should intensify campaign through radio and traditional means of communication to enligthten the rural people than the panic approach which is more dangerous than the virus itself “.
He advised the Federal Government to trace the manifest of all those that travel from December to date to unvail themselves and their families and contacts for self isolation and observation than to do things half hardly.
The situation of the poultry producers market is not stable at the moment, and if urgent steps are not taken to remove the restrictions of vehicles convoying such critical poultry like Day old chicken, meat and egg, poultry feeds and drugs which are daily needed by Nigerians “, he added.
He urged the members of the poultry farners Association in the country to observe ” Biosecurity” not only on their farms but in the entire poultry value chain. So that the poultry industry might not be confronted with any other challenges of strange disease outbreak*.
The Association appeals to the government at all levels to consider the plight of the poultry farmers by relaxing the movement of vehicles regulation for all means of transportation caying a Day old chicken, Eggs, poultry feeds, imputs and any other production inputs like maize Soya beans and Offats for the continued production of poultry products, as poultry is food and therefore should be considered as essential items and services”, the Association stated.
Corona Virus ; Governor Zulum Convened UN agencies, other stakeholders to secure IDPs
Corona virus: Governor Zulum convened UN agencies, other stakeholders to secure IDPs
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
In his efforts to ensure that Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDP) camps and IDPs are prevented from the spread of Coronavirus, the Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has convened a multi-stakeholder meeting in Maiduguri which adopted a response plan.
The meeting which held on Thursday, in Maiduguri,was aimed at preventing the IDPs from Corona Virus which has the potential for wild-fire effect was attended by senior officials of the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, UN-OCHA, international non governmental Organizations (iNGOs) involved in humanitarian interventions, the Maiduguri International Airport, the Nigerian Immigration Service, Borno State Emergency Management Agency and the state’s ministries of health, education, transport and local government and emirate affairs.
The meeting which was chaired by the Governor’s chief of staff, Dr Babagana Wakil, lasted three hours at the Government House, Maiduguri after which a response plan adopted was to be presented to Governor Zulum by the end the meeting.
According to the Special Adviser to Givernir Zulum on Public Relations and Strategy, Malam Isa Gusau,, said the meetubg which held behind closed door witnessed a detailed presentation of medical response plan prepared by the ministry for health through collaboration with agencies of the UN that specialize in public health management by the state commissioner of health, Dr Salihu Kwayabura.
Mallam Isa Gusau said the meeting identified response plan with health preventive measures already in place at the Maiduguri international airport and those in place to secure densely populated camps occupied by internally displaced persons, students in public schools and other parts of the state. The response plan however agreed not to take measures that will create panic amongst citizens.
The response plan adopted some measures adopted by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian affairs in enforcing strict pandemic control measures on all its foreign humanitarian workers in line with the travel ban placed by the Nigerian government as well as international best practices normally observed by all UN affiliates”, the statement added.
Gusau further explained that ” the meeting’s response plan also identified measures in all border communities across Borno State where persons coming into Nigeria through land boarders are subjected to medical screen in and l ways to engage religious and traditional bodies in aggressive public enlightenment on some control measures that will be announced during the week.”
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