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Borno Government has no plan to Ban Keke Napep operations in Maiduguri – Gov. Zulum

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Borno government has no plan to Ban Keke Napep operations In Maiduguri – Gov. Zulum

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum on Tuesday has refuted the rumour going on that the state government planing to ban Tricycke popularly known as (Keje NAPEP)

The governor while addressing hundreds of the Keke Napep operators at the Musa Usman Secretariat Maiduguri on Tuesday said the goverment has no plan to Ban NAPEP but intends to strictly regulate their activities in order to address social and security concerns growing in Maiduguri.

“Two weeks ago, I invited and hosted officials of your various associations to a meeting at the Government House. I explained the issues we are faced with and the fact we are not banning Keke NAPEP but to strictly regulate them. I know how important Keke NAPEP has been. It is the most sorted means of transportation for majority of our brothers and sisters in Maiduguri. I know that thousands of residents depend on Keke NAPEP to go to many remote locations that are off major roads,” Professor Zulum added.

He further explained that . I am also not insensitive to the political values of Keke NAPEP operators who are in high numbers. If I should be political, I can say that from statistics of the 2019 electoral processes, more than 80 percent of Keke NAPEP operators openly supported me and campaigned for my election. I know all these. However, governance is about enforcing sanity. People know that we are facing influx of displaced persons to Maiduguri and some unknown persons are trying to exploit our situation. We have disturbing information about the influx of Keke NAPEP from different parts of the country into Maiduguri. Almost on a daily basis, dozens of Keke NAPEP are brought into the capital so much that the number of Keke NAPEP has become very alarming. We intend to strictly regulate the influx of Keke NAPEP into Borno State,”.

“we intend to thoroughly establish the identities of those who own and operate these Keke NAPEP and issue regulatory identification numbers to every Keke NAPEP and operator. We also intend to reduce the number of Keke NAPEP operators but as I told your officials two weeks ago and also repeated yesterday during the budget presentation, we are bringing in 100 taxis and 50 buses and these taxis and buses will be allocated to qualified operators of Keke NAPEP as alternative means of transportation. How could I have contemplated ban when government has not provided alternative transport and means of livelihoods for operators.‎ We all know that no amount of taxis and buses can replace the convenience Keke NAPEP affords residents because of portability and ruggedness that make them access every location” Zulum said as the operators responded with thunderous ovation. ,” he added.

The Governor called on the operators to obey traffic rules and assured them that government will not for the sake of regulation, disregard the interest of majority of its citizens.

“Rules are to serve majority of citizens not the other way round. We can’t introduce policies that we know will be unpopular with those that voted us into office”, Zulum added.

The Governor later invited officials of associations for another meeting during which he was to incorporate them in the formulation of all regulatory steps he was considering.

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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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