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Gov. Mai Mala Buni asked Air force to Establish Base & school in Yobe

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Gov. Mai Mala Buni asked Air Force to establish Base and School in Yobe

Daily Hint Damaturu

The executive Governor of Yobe state, His excellency, Mai Mala Buni has today asked the Nigerian Air Force to establish an airforce base in the state to strengthen its fight against Boko Haram Insurgency and enhance internal security. The governor also wants the airforce to establish a command secondary school “to enable our people benefit from the numerous services that such schools render”.

“I believe it would be faster and easier for the Air Force to take out Boko Haram bases and hideouts and strengthen our internal security system if we have an Air Force Base in place”, he said.

The governor spoke in the afternoon today when the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar paid courtesies on him at the Government House.

Governor Buni commended the airforce, the army and other branches of the nation’s security forces for their hard work, saying Yobe and the rest of the country are now a lot safer because of their services.

“The Nigerian Airforce plays a very important role in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency. The men and women of the Nigerian Airforce are patriots who continue to do our country proud by undertaking those aerial campaigns to take out terrorist and insurgent camps. We are a lot safer today in Yobe State and the rest of the country because of the services of the Air Force and other branches of our military and para-military forces”, he said.

The governor added that in the quest to restore peace and secure the life and property of the people, his administration will continue to make every effort and every sacrifice that is necessary. “As you continue the effort to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents, therefore, let me assure you that we would continue to strengthen the synergy, collaboration and exchange of information that are the hallmarks of our relationship with the Air Force and other security agencies. Let me assure you also that no sacrifice is too much to support and cooperate with the security agencies to help you to maintain law and order and ensure the security of life and property of our people”, he said.

Governor Buni urged officers and men of the Nigerian Air Force to continue to develop strategies for effective intelligence gathering and aerial surveillance of the “vulnerable areas” of the state in order to mop out any criminal and insurgent activity.

On his part, the Chief of Air Staff assured the governor that the airforce will continue to do “everything humanly possible” to secure the North-East.

“We have been building capacity over the last four years. We have trained over 100 pilots and we have also trained a number of technicians and engineers to man our aircraft and hence the serviceability of our aircraft has gone up substantially”, he said.

The Chief of Air Staff also assured, on a visit to the Yobe International Cargo Airport on inspection with the governor which he described as impressive and “would serve a lot of purposes” that the airforce will support the state government’s airport project.

“This is why I have with me here the director in charge of air traffic services. We will make sure we have our platforms here as we acquire them because it is much easier to have facilities such as refuelling facilities so that our aircraft do not have to go to Maiduguri to refuel. They can organise and operate from Yobe here and make sure that our communities in Yobe are safe and secure.

“When the airport is fully operational, the airport commandant will be here and we will have a regiment unit that would support our subsequent operations here in Yobe State”, he said.

Air Marshal Abubakar also revealed that the Nigerian Air Force will soon take delivery of two helicopter gunships, which he said would be deployed to ensure people all across the country are safe. ” We will have some of them here both in Borno and Yobe States”, he said.

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Yobe shifts LG election to February next year

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Yobe shifts LG election to February next year

By Baba Saleh Damaturu

Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) says it shifted the Local government chairmanship and councillorship elections earlier slated for 5th December 2020.

The new date for the election was fixed for 27 February 2021 and new schedule of election activities is currently under reviewed and will be release soon.

The SIEC Executive Chairman Dr Mamman Mohammed stated this in a press conference in Damaturu.

Mohammed said on 4th of September, 2020 the commission released the schedule of activities for the Local Government council elections fixed for the 5th December, 2020 as the date of election.

“On that day, I stated our preparedness to conduct the elections in substantial compliance with the COVID -19 protocols and guidelines as prescribed by WHO

He added that “Regrettably, our State has recently recorded a slight resurgence of the COVID-19 with the two cases confirmed”

“According to him Yobe state government was on top of the situation and the State Ministry of Health has taken positive steps to identify and isolate persons who have been in contact with the incidence cases.

“We are confident that the resurgence of the virus will be contained as it was contained earlier by the committed administration of His Excellency. Hon Mai Mala Buni, and the executive Governor of Yobe State”

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Desertification; Borno Government Flags Off Planting Of 1 Million Tree Seedlings

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Flags off planting of 1 million tree seedlings

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri he

To fight desert and desertification and others the environmental challenges, the Borno state Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, has flagged off 1 million Tree planting campaign for the planting of 1 million seedlings.

While flagging off the 2020 Tree planting Campaign at the Borno state University, Maiduguri on Wednesday with a Theme “Tree for Restoration” Governor Zulum said “this year tree planting campaign which is first of it’s kind in the last 10 years . Today’s event as the theme implies ” Tree for Restoration” is very much necessary as the bilateral pressure from desertification, deforestation, soil erosion coupled with poverty and insecurity have destroyed most trees.”.

“This occasion demonstrates the government commitment in Pursuance of my 10 point agenda which entails tree planting to encourage Agro Forest
and environmental restoration ” It is very apparent that human activities like bush burning illegal tree felling has continuously put pressure on our already fragile ecosystem, thereby threatening food security”, the governor added.

He further stressed that “the geographical location of the state at (Lat 11 N of the equator ) which is among the Frontline states facing the desertification challenge in Nigeria. The government is seriously concerned and committed in reversing the scenario so as to save our people and Environment.”

He said to address the environmental challenges the state government has already commenced raising of some seedlings and the annual 1 Km desert reclamation programme which is handled by the Ministry of environment, saying that . “at this juncture, government has made it a policy henceforth made it a policy that all construction work should be accompanied by planting of trees to cushion the environmental impact of such developmental projects.”.

” The government has also provide alternative source of energy to firewood in form of gas cookers wood efficient stoves.. After this exercise. Install direct all local government area councils, clubs associations and individuals to liaise with the state ministry of environment to collect tree seedlings for planting at designated centres, he said.

The governor therefore solicited for a greater collaboration with Federal ministry of environment National Agency for Great Green wall . and NGOs to ensure sustainable and serene environment

Earlier, the State Commissioner of Environment, Hon. Modu Walama said one million species of trees including those with commercial values will be planted across the Nine Local Government Areas of the state.

“The last time tree planting campaign was carried out in the state was over a decade due to the insurgency and other factors . Commended the governor for giving the ministry the go ahead and approving the fund to raise 1 million seedling for planting across the state. I urge you your Excellency to make tree planting a condition for construction of all government constructions works,” he added.

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Borno government launches free maternal care services with over N80 million worth of drugs, delivery kits

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Borno government launches free maternal care services with over N80 million worth of drugs, delivery kits

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In it’s efforts to reduce maternal mortality rate and improve healthcare delivery, as well as transportation challenges the Borno state government has launched free maternal health services to pregnant women and nursing mothers across the state and distribution of ambulances to 71 Healthcare facilities across the state.

While Launching the Free Maternal scheme and presentation of free drugs to General Hospitals and health facilities in the state, which held at Medical stores in Maiduguri on Wednesday, Governor Baba gana Zulum said “this administration is today launching a free antenatal and maternal drugs and services in order to reduce maternal maternity rate in the state and also to see improve healthcare delivery in line with our 10 point agenda”.

“If you go to our hospital across the state, you will see women in their numbers attending antenatal and most of them does not have money to buy drugs. As from today women across the 71 health facilities across the state should receive free health services drugs and delivery kits”. The governor added.

Governor Zulum said ” I directed all Managing Directors, the Hospital Management Board and the ministry to ensure that pregnant women across the state get free delivery kits, drugs and services. I also call in the PMOs to furnish to my office with the analysis of the scheme for one months to enable us plan and ensure sustainability of the scheme”.

He said ” to ensure the sustainability of the scheme, the state government will therefore, set aside N1 billion in the 2021 budget and subsequent budgets, I therefore directed the ministry and , the Hospital Management Board to ensure the ambulances are maintained regularly”.The PMOs should ensure funds are made available to maintained these ambulances”

Earlier, the Borno state commissioner for Health , Dr Salihu Kwayabura said “according to the data from the 2018 National Demographic Health survey NDHS , 51 percent of all pregnant women in Borno state received quality antenatal care ,however only 26 percent deliver in the hospital under skilled attendance”

.Dr Kwayabura Represented by the Director Medical Services, Dr. Buba Mahalia said “furthermore, transportation to the health facility was recognizes as a major challenge. The government of Borno state , especially, this administration is ever committed to reversing this ugly trend and improving the health of the people generally. It is in recognition of this that a lot of investment has gone into Infrastructure, Human resources, equipment and technology and referral systems

“Before you here today are various drugs and medical consumables worth N80 Million for distribution free of charge to 51 major Primary Health care facilities and 24 functional secondary health care facilities across the state .They includes 5000 antenatal care registrational cards, 3000 tin of fersolate, folic acid and B complex each containing 1000 tablets, over 2500cartons of infusion drips and assocesties, magnesium sulphate, 5000 doses of misoprisol and 1000 doses of oxyyicin to address the challenges of excessive bleeding and obstructed labour ., The commissioner added.

Dr Kwayabura further said ” Your Excellency I present to you 16 ambulances and 33 tricycles ambulance to ease transportation and strengthen referrals . This singular major investment in the health sector is intended to compliment the investment in infrastructure, human resources for health and equipment that has been deployed a cross various parts of the state.”

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