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Adamawa protesting IDPs Besiege Bank for withholding ” resettlement largesse”

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Protesting Adamawa IDPs besiege bank for withholding “resettlement largesse”

By Baba Yakubu Yola

Hundreds of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have besieged the Yola branch of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) demanding the release of their alleged Federal Government/World Bank approved cash support.

The IDPs who were registered under the Federal Government/World Bank supported programme of Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) said few of them had already received alerts ranging between one million, N700,000 and N400,000 from FCMB which is the disbursement bank for the YESSO programme.

“I got N400,000 alert and rushed here with others who got between N1 million and N700,000 to withdraw from the World Bank support only to be told that there is no network and that they are not aware of that.

“The bank deliberately stop the network to deprive us but we are not going anywhere until they give us our money.

“We leant that the money we are entitled to is N1.2 million and they just want to shortchanged us; that’s why some got over a million, some N700,000 and people like me who got N400,000,” said Mohammed Abubakar one of the IDPs.

The IDPs who grounded activities in the bank blocking motorists plying Atiku Abubakar way to other parts of Yola insisting that they would no leave until the bank pay them the money.

Some of the IDPs who succeeded in withdrawing part of the money over the weekend said they were also at the bank for the remaining balance.

The former Adamawa Coordinator of YESSO, Mr Mohammed Jika invited by the bank to enlighten the IDPs on the mistake recorded that led to the “Naira rain” was booed and narrowly escaped lyching.

Jika told newsmen that the huge amount of money credited to some of the IDPs account by the bank was a mistake from the bank.

“It’s an IT problem from the bank and I gathered that many YESSO beneficiaries in Adamawa, Niger and Kwara states got such alerts.

“I was called and informed of the problem and I immediately alerted the bank,” Jika said.

He explained that under the YESSO programme in Adamawa the beneficiaries were entitled to four tranches of payment.

Jika said that the first tranche of N30,000 had been paid while the second tranche for transport is to be paid to only IDPs ready to leave camps to go back home.

He said the third tranche of N100,000 is for resettlement for those  that went back home who are also to benefit from the final tranche of N20,000.

Effort to get the official of Yola branch of the FCMB to comment did not yield result as the branch Manager who did not give his name said they must first obtain clearance from the bank headquarters before talking to the press.

Meanwhile, policemen have beefed up security in the bank which has shut are not paid.

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Covid – 19 ; FMC Yola suspends visiting hours, pegs one relative per patient

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COVID-19: FMC Yola Suspends Visiting Hours, Pegs One Relative Per Patient

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TheFederal Medical Centre (FMC) Yola, has suspended the visiting hours to the hospital. It has also reduced the number of patient relatives to one relative per patient.

This is contained in the press release Tuesday, signed by the chief information officer of the hospital Adamu Muhammad Dodo,

Dodo revealed that the measures taken were “in compliance with the directives from the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), with a view to controlling the spread of Corona Virus Disease; COVID-19.

1. All visits by the patient relatives have been suspended till further notice.
2. Only one patient relative is allowed to stay with a patient on admission.
“The management of the hospital wishes to remind members of the public to observe regular hand washing with soap and clean water, use of hand sanitizers where soap and water are not readily available, observe social distancing, avoid handshake and crowded places and observe personal hygiene

“These measures will be reviewed as the situation improves,” the hospital management assured.

 

 

 

 

 

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COVID -19; Borno NUJ commends BOSG steps in preventing the virus

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Covid 19, Borno NUJ commends BOSG steps in preventing the virus

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ ) Borno Chapter has commendad the Borno State government for taking a swift action to prevent out break of Corona virus disease in the state.

The NUJ in a statement signed by its secretary, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim said *”Wworthy of note is the setting up of high powered Response Team for the prevention and control of Covid-19 as well as provision of state of the art facilities for testing, isolation center and intensive care unit among other restrictive measures to keep the public safe. ”

The Union however calls on the government to provide more artificial respiratory machines to complement the ones on ground for use and as precaution in the event of any suspected case.

NUJ Borno Council assures government and people of the state of adequate and accurate coverage as well as timely information on prevention and control of corona virus.

The statement equally calls on journalists not to publish any alleged case on Covid-19 without confirmation from the Response Team or the Commissioner of Health in the state and be cautious while covering issues relating to the pandemic by using personal protective equipment.

“We also implore the public to be prayerful for an end to the global pandemic and remain law abiding in the face of restrictions by the government on social distancing including personal hygiene.*, the NUJ stated.

 

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Adamawa CP directs DPOs, Area Commanders to enforce public compliance with preventive measures on COVID -19

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Adamawa CP directs DPOs, Area Commanders to enforce public compliance with preventive measures on Convid-19

By Baba Yakubu Yola

Adamawa State Commissioner of Police, Mr Audu Madaki, has directed Divisional Police Officers and Area Commanders to ensure public compliance within their areas of jurisdiction of all legitimate orders given by government to contain the Convid-19 pandemic.

The directive was contained in a statement by the Adamawa Command Spokesman, DSP Suleiman Yahaya, who said that the commissioner also warned against unnecessary arrest and detention of suspects.

“Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) global health threat and the subsequent social restriction orders imposed by governments at all levels, to enable its containment, the Commissioner of Police, AUDU A MADAKI , while enjoining citizens to voluntarily adhere to the orders, directs all DPOs and their supervising Area commanders to ensure that all legitimate orders given in pursuant to the containment efforts by the Government are strictly enforced within their areas of jurisdiction.

“The CP while urging officers to observe personal safety measures, further directs the Area commanders and DPOs to ensure that cases of unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects are not condoned.

  • “He reiterates that detention of suspects must be reduced to the barest minimum and that only very serious cases such as terrorism, armed robbery, homicide and other non-bailable offences should warrant detention. The CP further directs that adequate measures be put in place to screen persons to be committed into police custody.

    “The CP enjoins citizens to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices and minimize official visits, except where absolutely necessary. Meanwhile, the CP has ordered for immediate publicize phone numbers of it’s Command Control Room, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and other Operational Commanders using the conventional and non- conventional media in order to facilitate alternative interacting and reporting options between the Public and the Police.”

    The statement also announced the closure of all Police Primary and Secondary schools in the state in compliance with Federal Government directive, adding that the Police Medical Services has also step up sensitization programmes across Formations and Barracks in the Command.

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