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Make yourselves available for the EAD exercise, for accurate data generation – Chairman NPC

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Make youselves available for the EAD exercise, for accurate data generation- chairman NPC

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Acting Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC) , Mrs Biimbola Sauhundeyin has called on the people of Borno state and Country in general to make available themselves and answer questions provide by their Enumeration Area Demarcation official during the phase IX exercise for accurate data generation and planning..

The Acting Chairman made the call during the flagging off of 2019 Enumeration Area Demarcation (EDA), Phase IX in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MNC) and Jere local councils held at the Government House, Maiduguri on Tuesday said ” I am here to solicite your support and cooperation’s, when our official visit your house. Please answer their questions and give them truthful answers. We are not tax collector, we want to acurate generate data for government planning.

Barrister Saluhudeyin said ” good governance cannot be achieved without accurate data. This exercise is to generate accurate and factual data for planning to our people Accurate and reliable date is needed by government to better our lives through proper planing for people interns of schools hospital, water sorces among others”.

“ⁿwe also want urge the Borno state government to create more birth and death registration centres in the state, as the existing ones are not enough.”, She added.

While flagging off the Exercise, the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum said ” Maiduguri has the highest number of Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) in the Country and due to the peculiarity of the state, we need more hand in the EAD exercise, so that all our people will be captured. During the 2006 census exercise many of our people were not counted. So this time around we don’t want our people to be short changed. We will support you to CaryC out the exercise successfully “,

The Governor who was represented by his Deputy’, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said ” we have gathered our traditional rulers here and we have directed them to cooperate with the EAD officials, the presence of the Shehu of Borno here indicates that the traditional rulers are ready to support the exercise “.

” I assured you of the Borno state government support to ensure the success of the EAD in Maiduguri and Jere, I leant that the exercise was carried out in Biu, Bayo, Kwaya Kusar, Hawul and Shsni local government areas. We assured you of our support,” the Governor added.

Also sparking, the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai Elkanemi represented by the Shehu of Dikwa, Alhaji Muhamnadu Ibn Masta II assured of the traditional institutions support to ensure the success of the Exercise

Earlier in his welcome address, the Borno anf Yobe state Federal Commissioner of the NPC,, Barrister Isa Buratai said ” we are gathered here today to Carry out one of our mandate which is the flagging off of EAD phase IX to be conducted in MMC and Jere local government areas between the 3rd December 2019 to 25th of February 2020.”

” This exercise is mandatory preparation for census. So far because of the insurgency in the Northern and central parts of the state. We have been able to conduct the exercise in Biu, Bayo,Kwaya Kusar Hawul and Shani local government areas but with the improvement of security situation in the state and his Excellency efforts in reconstructing and rehabilitating the areas affected by the insurgency, the National Population Commission is set to conduct EAD exercise in all the remaining LGAs starting from MMC and Jere”, Buratai added.

While commending the Borno state government for supporting the NPC with the sum of N34 million, he said the fund had enable them to recruit 50 additional demarcators and purchase 20 additional PDS and 20 power banks to be used for the exercise, as well as payment of the allowances of the demarcators. .

In his goodwill message, the Resident Electoral commissioner of the INEC, Borno state, Alhaji Ibrahim Magaji represented by his Director said he believed the EAD exercise will assist the INEC in addressing challenges they confronted in reviewing the demarcation of Registration Areas and polling unit’s.

 

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Nigeria Army Mourns its Commander death as a result of Boko haram ambush

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Nigerian Army mourns its commander death as a result of Boko Haram ambush

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army and the Operation Lafiya Dole have lost a gallant commander in a Boko Haram ambushed after he led a successful clearance operation again at Boko Haram insurgents along Sabon Gari Wajirako axis in Damboa local government area of Borno state.

The Operation Lafiya Dole in a statement issued by ihe Deputy Director Army Public Relations ( DDAPR), spokesman, Col. Ado Isa said. “Operation LAFIYA DOLE wishes to intimate the general public of the demise of one of our gallant and finest war heroes Col DC Bako.”.

” It could be recalled that the professional, gallant senior officer who always led from the front and a patriotic Nigerian, led a patrol to clear Boko Haram Terrorists from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa when his patrol team entered an ambush at about 10 a.m Sunday 20 September 2020. Under his able leadership, the troops cleared the ambush resulting to the killing of scores of terrorists and recovery of weapons and equipment,” the statement added.

The Army said “Sadly however, he was wounded in action and immediately evacuated by the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE to the 7 Division Hospital at Maimalari Cantonment. The late senior officer was recuperating well after successful operation at the hospital, in good spirit and also said his prayers in the early hours of this morning before his sad passing on at the hospital. May Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal rest. Ameen. “

While comesurating with the bereaved family, the troops of the Operation Lafiya dole,, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai on behalf of himself, gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and indeed well meaning Nigerians expressed heartfelt condolences to his esteemed family..

“We are most grateful for his contributions and sacrifices to the mother land. May God grant eternal rest to the gentle soul of Col DC Bako and the souls of all Nigerian Army officers and soldiers who paid the supreme prize in the defence of our father land,” General Buratai quoted to have said.

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Fuel, Electric hike, don’t take Nigerians for Granted, NANS tells FG

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By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called in the federal government not to take Nigerians for granted as they protest the recent hike in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularity known as petrol and electricity tariff.

The NANs in a protests led by the zonal Coordinator of NANS Zone “C” Comrade Suleiman Muhammad Sarki in Maiduguri on Monday were at the NUJ Press Centre, holding placards with several inscriptions such as, ‘Government should not be sadistic and thinks less of its citizens”, The dead is dying again, ” Increase of fuel price is too daring,”among others and singing all kind of solidarity songs against what they described the hike as the highly erroneous action of government against citizens at the time the world is recovering from COVID 19.

Comrade Sarki said ” We call on government to stop pushing Nigerians to wall. This is too daring; stop killing the dead. The country and indeed the whole world are facing serious problem right now due to covid19 pandemic, such mistaken decision is just as adding salt to injury.”

“Instead of dealing with insecurity, we are taking actions that will further heighten insecurity. The hike in petrol pump price will lead to hikes in price of goods and services.”, The NANS added.

The Association therefore condemn the increase in petrol price and electricity tarrif by federal government and call for the immediate reversal.

” We are not out of COVID 19, a lot of citizens are loosing their jobs, people are getting poorer and more responsibility, school closure, young people are roaming the streets unemployed, therefore fuel hike at this time is shocking”, the NANs further stressed

Comrade Sarki said Nigerians have gave this administration under President Bihari so many excuses than any other government in the history of Nigeria and therefore, called on the Federal government not to take Nigerians for granted.

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Set up Independent Panel to investigate Alleged Commercialization Counter Insurgency War – Group Tells FG

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Panel to investigate alleged comeilaluzation counter insurgency war – group tells FG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

A group called Borno Emirate Concerned Citizens Forum (BECCF) has appealed to the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigation panel to investigate the alleged commercialization of war against insurgency in the Northeast.

The group at a press briefing held at the NUJ Press Centre, Maiduguri yesterday and led by it’s Chairman, Zannah Hassan Boguma the group called on the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigative panel to investigate the commercialization of the war against insurgency in the Northeast.

The group said ” regarding the commercialization of the war against the terrirists, the Forum holds similar view with the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum. Because, once the fundermentals behind the formation of this Forum is a report by the district head of Baga that some miscreant among the security forces are engaged in all sort of bussiness, including farming and fishing business in the fringes of Lake Chad’.

“We strongly condemn and urge the Nigerian government to bring those responsible for the horrific crime to justice,” Boguma stressed.

“The recent developments in the state including abduction of innocent people, attacked on Governor’s Motorrcade, terrorising innocent people and shedding blood, constitutes a form of Injustice can never be tolerated by all well meaning individuals in the state , which viewed them as gross crime and sinful acts which undermining the peaceful circumstance of the people of Borno state”, Boguma added.

The group urged the people of Borno state to unite against those terrorising them and those who.permits the killing of non.contants without justification stressing that Islam has declared the spilling of blood and the destruction of.property as obsolute prohibition until the Day of Judgement.

” We urge all well meaning individuals and groups to desists from the culture of silence to denounce the terrorists act and their sponsors by revealing thieir secrets and exposing their lies. We believed that the conservative nature of our people has seriously made enemies within and outside to take chance to create havoc on our society, the group stressed.

The group further said ” the Armed Forces should take cue their counterparts in Tchad Republic. If the President of Tchad, Idriss Debby Itno and his soldiers cleared and annihilated Boko Haram Terrorists in 8 days in their territory Why is it taking Over 10 years (not ten days ) for the Nigerian Armed Forces?, Therefore, we suggest that the Chief of Army Staff Lt General Tukur Buratai should lead the war and fish out the terrorists”.

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