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VSF commences 2019/2020 education support project to the northeast

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VSF commences 2019/2020 education support project to the North East

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The Victim Support Fund (VSF) has commenced distribution of educational materials to pupils in communities affected by Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
VSF Executive Director, Prof. Sunday Ochoche stated this at a ceremony to flag off the distribution on Thursday in Askira, Borno.
Ochoche said 50, 000 pupils would benefit from the 2019/2020 education support programme of the fund from the three states alongside training for 1, 000 teachers in the affected areas.
Ochoche said with the current intervention, the fund had so far supported 250,000 pupils in the affected states.
“So far, VSF has about 200,000 children on the education support programme and today we are adding additional 50,000 children bringing the total number of children supported by VSF in area of education to 250,000.
“VSF has identified education as a critical sector that we need to intervene in particular to challenge and transform the very ideology that gave birth to Boko Haram.
“If we are going to have a lasting solution to Boko Haram insurgency, education is one area that we must seriously address, ’’ Ochoche said.
The executive director who cautioned against selling the materials said anyone that sell out the materials would be worst than Boko Haram and should be arrested.
VSF Chairman, retired Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, urged the people of North East to embrace education if they must succeed in fighting the twin evils of poverty and extremism.
Danjuma, represented by Alhaji Alkasim Abdulkadir, member, Presidential Committee on VSF asked the people to make maximum use of the opportunity provided by VSF who had been expending millions supporting education in the area.
Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno, lauded VSF various interventions in the state pointing out that they had helped transformed the beneficiaries, particularly in communities affected by insurgency.
The VSF team was also in Ga’anda village in Gombi Local Government Area (LGA) of Adamawa, where it flagged-off distribution of N50, 000 each to 2, 000 women under its women economic empowerment programme.
The programme was aimed at supporting small scale women entrepreneurs to boost their business.

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Covid-19; Adamawa Government announces lockdown

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Covid-19: Adamawa Government announces lockdown

By Baba Yakubu Yola

Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa has announced two weeks lockdown of the state starting Tuesday midnight as part of measures to contain the spread of Convid-19 pandemic.

Fintiri made this known in a statement through his Press Secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou.

Fintiri said the painful decision became necessary to save lives

“The Adamawa State Government has imposed a lockdown throughout the State in an effort to avoid the spread of Corona Virus disease for a period of 14 Days with effect from midnight Tuesday March 31st 2020.

“Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri says though painful, the decision is necessary to save lives.

“Inter State travel restriction is also imposed as inter State and international borders with Cameroon are to remain shut during this period.

“The ban also affects tricycle, taxis and bus operators throughout the State.”

Fintiri lamented that the directive to workers on grade levels 1-14 to stay at home issued last was not adhered to in the first instance and therefore Government is left with no option than to impose the lockdown in the overall interest of the people as Covid-19 continues to spread with 111 reported cases in Nigeria so far.

“Social Activities such as Clubbing and Joints are banned, Markets are also hereby restricted, except for those selling food items, Pharmaceuticals, Filling Stations, while Banks are to provide skeletal services”.

The Government however emphasises on the need to ensure basic hygiene practices of hand washing, social distancing and avoiding crowded places.

Fintiri said that the measures were aimed at stemming the spread of a Corona Virus outbreak that has affected the economy, threatened public health care and killed more people than any other disease.

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Covid-19; Gov. Buni inspect Isolation centre

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Covid-19; Gov. Buni inspects Isolation center

By Daily Hint Damaturu

His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni,  the executive Governor of Yobe state, today went on inspection tour of one of the Isolation Centres for the COVID-19 emergency treatment unit in the state.

The isolation center is designated and located at the State Special Hospital, also referred to as Sani Abatcha Specialists Hospital Damaturu.

His Excellency, Gov. Buni was taken round the facility by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mohammed Lawan Gana who is also the Co-Chair of the State Task Force Team on Corona virus covid-19

 

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Borno Government to ban passengers, vehicular movement into the state from Tuesday 31st 2020

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Borno Government to bans passengers, vehicular movenent into the state from Tuesday 31st March 2020

By Madu Mohammed, . Maiduguri

The Borno state government has announced the banned on passengers and vehicular movement into the state from all entry points of the state from Tuesday, March 31st 2020

Governor Babagana Zulum made the closure of the state in a statement signed by himself said ” all passengers and vehicular movement into the state are banned with effect from Tuesday 31st March. 2020. Except those bringing in food items, medications, fuel and other humanitarian goods”.

Governot Zulum.said the closure will last for two weeks in the first instance,

The verification exercise of the local government staff is hereby suspended for the next two weeks. All shops and organised business areas to provide hand washing stations and temperature monitoring and promote social distance
advises financial institutions and shops to provide hand sanitizers and temperature checking equipment at all operational points and maintain social distancing in crowded areas.,” the governor added.

The statement further directs civil servants from grade levels one to twelve to work from home, except those on essential services.and also suspends the ongoing verification exercise of pensioners in the state.

Prof. Zulum said ” all civil servants from.grade level 1 to 12 to work ftom home, except those on essential services such as health workers, water and borehole operators. Fire service. Security etc”

As from Tuesday 31st March, 2020 all banks operating in Maiduguri and organisation using biometric attendance equipment must provide hand washing stations and hand sanitizers at all operation point. Furthermore, banks to limit  numbers of customers in banking hall not more than 15 at a time and to activate all ATM points to function, the statement added

Zulum.while calling for calm.and intensified prayer’s assured thst Government has put in place, palliatives to cushion the hardship of vulnerable people.

 

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