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Corruption within Operation lafiya Dole pushed us out of Business not insurgency – Chairman fishermen association



Corruption within operation Lafiya Dole pushed us out of Business not insurgency- Chairman Fishermen Association

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri.

The Chairman Nigeria Fishermen and Sea Food Association, Borno state chapter Muhammad Laminu yesterday has alleged that corruption going on within Operation Lafiya Dole that pushed them out of their business and not insurgency.

Speaking during a Town Hall meeting organised by the NBA. Which held at the conference Hall of the Musa Usman Secretariat, Maiduguri. Alhaji Laminu called on Federal and Borno state Government to intervene over endemic corruption going on within the theater.

The chairman said about 30,000 register members of the association in the Lake Chad are dying of starvation as a result of shading business unscrupulous uniform persons.

“We are calling on the Federal Government through Defense Minister to allow us go back to the fishing business. Our members are dying of starvation,” he added.

He said “Our members are being out of business for about 7 years now, they closed down the fish business as they say as a result of insurgents, we had series of meetings with the military; we pledged to give necessary cooperation required to stop illegal transaction and fight insurgents in the Lake Chad Basin.”

“It is not the insurgents that kicked us out of the fish business but corruption in the system. Military prevent us from bringing fish to Maiduguri or within the Operations Lafiya, they say it would boast insurgents economy but the same fish are now found in Yola fish market. Fish from Gomboru town are being moving to Yola, the question is Yola not part of Operations Lafiya Dole.?,” Alh Laminu further stressed.

“From my own little knowledge, they are tactically sabotaging the economy of Borno people. We are suffering, our members are suffering; in the Lake Chad alone we have 30,000 members but now they have been reduced to beggars. It is deliberate from the military”, he added..

He further argued that ” It would also surprised you that the same fish that is forbidden for our members to be sold in Maiduguri, some military personnel are selling it, go to Baga fish markets, you will see fish there, so who are those bringing it?”

“The allegations from everyone is that the military has taken over fish business, I may agree with that submission because the military told me that there is no more moving of fish from Lake Chad Basin to Maidugri but my greatest surprised. I can see Lake Chad fish in the market. Some of our people have been telling us that it is the military vehicles that are bringing into Baga market but I haven’t see it with my eyes.” said said .

Rsponding the representative of General Commanding Officer 7Division of Nigeria Army, Col. IE. Iyang said it was an allegations but promised to convey the message to theatre commander and GOC 7Division.

He assured that the authority would get into the roots of this allegations and the fishermen associations will be invited for interaction.

Also speaking, The NBA chairman Maiduguri Branch Barr. Mohammed Umar warned any member of the NBA who is found wanting in any corrupt practices will be shown out of the noble profession, as also shown by our Chief Judge

“we have to fight corruption before corruption fight kill us, we are here to focus on better ways to fight corruption.”Barr.Unar said.


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Covid -19; BOSACA advises general public on preventive measures



COVID 19 BOSACA advises general public on preventives measures

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Executive Secretary and Project Manager Borno State Agency for the Control Against AIDS (BOSACA), Alhaji Muhammad Barkindo has advised general public, more especially those with ailment that lower the immune system in the bidy such as diabetic, hypertension, sickle cell among other to take extra precaution and adhered strickly to preventive measures against Corona Virus.

The Executive Secreatry, Muhammad Barkindo Saidu while speaking in an interview with journalists in office in Monday said both Corona and HIV, AIDS are virusus but CORONA is much more deadly, even HIV/AIDS weakens body immunity and renders its victims to fall easy prey to diseases.. So also those with diabetics, blood pressure, sickle cell are all crime to the corona Virus, as such they take extra preventive measures by strictly adhering to all measures.

He commended Governor Babagana Umara Zulum for assisting the Borno State Agency for The Control of HIV (AIDS) in terms of supporting in mentenance thrur office infrastructure to ease theur work.

Muhammad Barkindo said the Aagency is able to contain the spread of the HIV AIDS in the state more especially among the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

We were able to contain the spread of the HIV Virus through sensitizing the public on the availability of essential drugs to be given to people living with the virus and removing the stigmatization. Confidence building on the part of those living with the virus has helped tremendously in making people to come for testing and to also receive treatment”, the Executive Secretary added.

He furthet ststed that his agency has been working closely with managers of IDP Camps in the identification of patients, adding that they also use the support and assistance to those identified to remove stigmatization with the assurance that using the drugs will ensure that patients can live normal lives so those hiding are now encouraged to come out.

The project Manger also commended the military for their cooperation and synergy that has assistied the agency conducting test and provide care to those people who have been rescued from captivity of Boko Haram through given them medicatiin.

Accirding to him, as for the pregnant rescued victims, they are made to undergo antenatal clinics which makes it easy for their status to be determined and followed up.

While lamenting the pathetic story of five Ladies abducted, infected with HIV virus and impregnated by insurgents, Barkindo said the agency were able yo identitied them counseled them and provide them with medication and livihood assistance through the Wife of Executive Governor of Borno state, Dr Falmata Babagsna Zulum.


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Covid -19; Gov. Fintiri direct public, private workers to work from home



Covid-19: Gov. Fintiri direct public, private workers to work from home

By Baba Yakubu Yola

Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa has directed all workers from level 01 to 14 in public and private sectors in the state to work from home.

A statement signed by the Press Secretary to the Governor, Humwashi Wonosikou, said the directive is part of measures to ensure the safety of the people against the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

“This category of staff are to work from home for a period of two weeks in the first instance subject to review, but with exception of those on essential services such as health workers, water board, fire service, board of internal revenue, security men, abbatoir and media workers.”

He said that the Governor regretted the decision which became necessary based on the fact that 51 cases and one death had been recorded in the country.

“Governor Ahmadu Fintiri reassured people of the state of his administration’s resolve to protect them against any form of challenges, and urged them to cooperate with government towards better service delivery.

“The Governor reiterated the need for all concerned to observe basic hygiene practices like ensuring hand washing and social distancing,” Wonosikou said.

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Effects of COVID -19 ; Governor Zulum sets up team to increase Borno’s IG



Effects of Covid-19, Governor: Zulum sets up team to increase Borno’s IG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum has on Tuesday set up economic response team to braced up for impending economic downturn as a result of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic as well as dwindling Nigeria’s oil revenue,.

The committee led by Governor Zulum’s Special Adviser on Economy, Alhaji Mustapha Bunuw were tasked to increase the state’s internally generated revenue (IGR).

Governor Babagana Zulum while announcing the team at the Government House, Maiduguri, mandated them to increase Borno’s internally generated revenue through innovations, fiscal discipline, blocking of leakages and priority funding.

Members of the team includes the Permanent Secretaries in ministries of finance, trade and investment, environment, transport, health, water resources as well as the general managers of the state’s housing and water cooperation, with the Chairman of the state’s Board of internal revenue, serving as the Secretary.

The governor urged them to block all leakages in revenues accruing to the state and to harness all avenues to increase internal revenue.

He further disclosed that the state executive council will review the 2020 budget given the fall in oil price which could make projected revenue from the federation account potentially impossible as a result of drop from more than $50 bench mark to less than $30 being the price at the moment.

” A revised budget will be sent to the Borno state House of Assembly, in which less revenue will be projected from the federation account, while some projects will be set aside with government to focus on funding priority projects”, Prof. Zulum added.


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