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BOSG disbursed N60M to victims of GSM market fire disaster



BOSG disbursed N60M to victims of GSM market fire disaster

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State government has disbursed N60 million to the victims of the Maiduguri GSM market fire disaster that engulfed the market..

Flagging off the disbursement at his Office,at the Government House, Maiduguri,the Borno,State Deputy Governor, Alhsji Umar Kadafir said the Committee on compensation of the victims established by the state governor, recommended N50 million as compensation but the governor in his magnanimity approved N60 million.

“The governor has graciously approved the sum of N60 million. We gave the governor proposal of N50 million but the governor increased it to N60 million,” Kadafri announced during the distribution of the money to victims,” Alhaji Kadafur said.

The Deputy Governir eho described the incident as sad cslked on the victim yo sccept it as sn sct of God and prayed such disaster should not happen in the state again.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman Compensation Committee who is also the Commisosner for Local Governments and Emirate Affairs,
Alhaji Sugum Mele said 47 shops were identified to have been burnt by the fire with all the items in them.

“We identified 16 people on the temporary shade, while 503 dhos Glass were affected., as identified by the executive members of the market that are occupying open space,” he stated

He said the process of verification of the identities of affection persons was concluded after the visit of the governor., adfing that athe ovvassiin was a flkaging off through cash payment,others will be paid in their accounts.

The fire incident engulfed the Market last Thursday night at about 8:40pm in the night when traders have closed their shoos for the day.

President Muhammdu Buhari also visited the scene of fire incident at the GSM (Jagal market), Maiduguri on Thurday and sympathized with them over the fire uncident .that led to the lost of millions of Naira.

The Presidrnt was represented by Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouk while addressing the massive crowd of marketers gathered to receive him at the scene in Maiduguri promised that the government would support traders whose means of livelihood were destroyed in the incident.

She said although there was lost of life, in the fire incident,but dozens of shops in the market were burnt down and traders lost goods worth millions of naira.

” I am directed by the President Muhammadu Buhari to convey his personal sympathy over recent loss as a result of fire incident that occurred last week, the President is deeply concerned about your plight . You are in good hands of Borno government and North East Development Commission(NEDC), I am aware the governor has prepared a good place for you that you relocate to, as you can the governor is passionate to assist all the victims.” Buhari said

In his response,the Borno state Governor Prof. Babagana Zulum said he has released sum of N50 million to bring succor to the plight of traders, while urging them to forward their account details.

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Gunmen Suspected to be Kidnappers Abduct Community leader in Yobe



Gunmen Suspected to Be Kidnappers Abduct Community Leader In Yobe.

By Umar Aina Damaturu

The incident happened in Mashio village of Fune Local Government.

Sources have confirmed that the community leader was forcefully dragged away in to the surrounding bush.

Residence in the village have raised concerns and fear as to whether the abductors are Boko Haram sects or Kidnappers.

Families of the victim have confirmed the development but security agencies have not confirmed whether the abductors are Boko Haram insurgents or not.

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Yobe; Damagum Youths Making Sanitation Looks Easy



Yobe: Damagum Youths Making Sanitation Looks Easy

By Umar Aina – Damaturu

Damagum youths under the leadership of FUNE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND PROACTIVE ASSOCIATION continued with their unrelenting community works across Damagum.

The youths who have previously carried out some extraordinary and exemplary works have expanded their work across all community development related activities.

This time, the youths opened and sanitized an estimated 200 meters of drainage lines.

The event have witnessed the participation and presence of top Local Government officials from LGA DPM to Chairman Committee on Environmental and Sanitation.

The Chairman of the Association, Nasiru Usman depresses his delight while thanking the participants saying; “Words can’t describe my joys and delightfulness for this unprecedented job we are doing, I thank everybody for your hard work and commitment towards making our LGA great, thank you”.

Chairman LGA Environmental and Sanitation Committee, Sani Usman Awu in his speech; “I’m happy with you guys for this development which is rare and I want extend my profound gratitude to the participants, I also call on you to be committed in this historic development”

The Association will soon extend it’s activities to other parts of the local government area according to it’s Publicity Secretary.on

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Adamawa; Communal Clashes; Between the Deputy Gov and the Lunguda, Where lies the Media Misfit, Mischief ?



ADAMAWA: Communal Clashes: Between The Deputy Gov and the Lunguda, where lies the media misfit, mischief?


* Crowther Seth who sues for peace says he will sue the media for for libel before the law

* In the Name of Peace, leave Chief Crowther Seth Alone – Deputy Gov media handler

* In the Name of Peace, don’t insult the media as being misfit or mischief, simply go to court for the alleged libel – The publishers, media managers

The Adamawa State Deputy Governor, Crowther Seth has said that he would sue the media for libel.

In a rather undiplomatic and insulting piece, seemed to be articulated by Mr. Seth’s media handlers and shared by the DG Communications to Adamawa State Governor Thursday, Mr. Seth technically denied that the Lunguda people who are reduced to refugees in their own community, have boo booed in the protest demanding for his removal as Deputy Governor for allegedly siding with a hidden villain, said to be the mastermind of wanton destruction of lives and property, resulting to the displacement of people as was reported by the media.

“Is this how bastardised a profession we now have on our hands?

“Is there no price for reporting what defames, embarrasses, lies against and discolours the truth?

“These media hack-writers must know and be prepared to pay the price for their unprofessional and unethical conduct and reporting.

“It is nauseatingly baffling that some of these media organisations that pride themselves as defenders of human rights bother less about hearing and weighing Deputy Governor Crowther Seth before going to town with their hastily cobbled pastiche of so-called news reports…just because their sole purpose was to satisfy the wishes of their paymasters.

“Well, the Office the Deputy Governor has assured that it shall sue.

“It is about time media houses learn some responsible journalistic ethics, even if they have to be taught by a few cases in court,” the piece read in part.

The Media managers in defence of their reporters, wondered what is unprofessional, taking the human angle, reporting the agitation of the aggrieved as it is?

“As for the media organisations who embarked on this campaign of calumny against the deputy governor, where is their honour as purported members of the Fourth Estate?” The piece in sympathy to Crowther Seth asked.

Campaign of calumny! didn’t it happen? Is it the media that has simply reported on the scene that should be challenged for libel or the aggrieved in protest?

Why didn’t the deputy governor who was right there, denied the allegation against him before the governor, in the name of peace?

In the name of peace, the media merely reported that “the Lunguda people of Guyuk local government area, southern senatorial district of Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria Monday, demanded the immediate removal of the deputy governor of the state, Mr. Crowther Seth over alleged alliance and clandestine romance with the suspected criminal and mastermind of recent attacks on Dumna-Boshikiri axis, Alh Halilu popularly known as Sarki Yaki (SY) of lafiya lamurde.

“The collective call by the Lunguda community came when the governor and his deputy visited to restore peace in the area.

The Governor was received by protesting against Crowther, crowd carrying placards with inscription: “Arrest Halilu (SY), he is the cause of the problem’’ ‘’Deputy Governor harbouring Halilu SY,’’ ‘’we support Governor Fintiri but Deputy Governor is complicating issues,’’ ‘’deputy Governor harbouring war monger halilu (SY)’’ the report read in part.

Now hear the introductory part of the piece on “In the Name of Peace leave Chief Crowther Seth Alone.”

“I read with great sadness the unprofessional and malicious reports in the media attempting, in vain, to link the deputy governor of Adamawa State, Chief Crowther Seth, to the unfortunate crisis that recently broke out between the Lunguda and Waja communities in Dumna District, Guyuk local government area of the state.

“Having digested the trash I read, I decided to refrain from replying and let things be but here I am responding to the feeble antics of desperate politicians who are envious of the superlative track record of the Ahmadu Umar Fintiri-led administration in the state.

“However, seeing that the architects of this defamatory campaign are bent on poisoning the minds of the good people of Guyuk local government area and the general public, it has become necessary to put the records straight.”

Put the record straight? What record and why was it not put straight before the aggrieved in protest when the governor paid an arbitration visit on Monday?

What’s the offence of the media? Is it simply for reporting?

How we wish that media would be represented in the administrative panel, whose outcome it is hoped, would put the record straight while wait to be invited before the law for alleged media libel against the deputy governor as he threatens to file.


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