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People are dying on Maiduguri – Damaturu road, pls pay more attention Civil society group appeals President Buhari

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People are dying on Maiduguri- Damaturu road, pls pay more attention Civil society group appeals President Buhari

By Madu Mohsmmed, Maiduguri

A group under the umbrella of the Network for Civil Society Organizations Borno state chapter has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to expedite action to bring to end the over decade lingering insurgency in the Northeast, more especially the escalating security situation along Maiduguri- Damaturu highways and other places within the region.

Briefing newsmen at the NUJ Press centre Maiduguri on Tuesday the Executive Director of NECSOB, Ambassador Ahmed Shehu said ” of recent, the state of security has continue to detoriates in the region exposing the lives and properties into severe danger as well as leading to slaughtering, abduction and maming of defendless citizens along Damaturu-Maiduguri highway. Mountings of illegal roadblocks increase in the place of attack in towns and villages within, Borno. Yobe and Adamawa States”

” It is against this background that Civil society Network in the Northeast in general and Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in particular wishes to draw the attention of President Buhari to expedite action in bringing to definite end the lingering security situations in the region”, the Network added.

Ambassador Shehu said though sons and daughters of the Northeast were appointed in different positions in the APC led administration of President Buhari but their presence did not translate to ending the dastardly act now or in near future, adding that much is still needed to be done in security strategy.

” we are demanding for the security of lives and properties of our citizens, you promised us security. We voted you for security and we are demanding for security. Mr. President, in case you are not property informed, it may interest you to know that of all the 7 highways that connect States in the region. Only one is safe and accessible to the common man and of recent, the safest Maiduguri Danaturu road has now became dead trap” , Shehu added.

The group therefore urged President Buhari to take special interest in scouring the lives of citizens which is the primary responsibility of any government as enshrined in the section 14(2)b of the 1999 constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria and also called on the Governor of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states , members of the National and state Assemblies to find a way of intervening by using all the available tools at their disposal and their oversight functions.

The Network for the civil society has in attendance members of the NBA, NLC, NMA, Student Union among other groups.

Responding, the theater commander Operation Lafiya Dole., Major General Olusegun Adeniyi said ” we have re-strategize,  the road is safe. any of you who have been plying Maiduguri Damaturu road will noticed heavy presence of Military, police , NSCDC, CJTF, hunters and vigilantes in the road “.

“The main reason that the insurgents have resort to attacking people on the highway is because we have destroyed all their hideouts. We have sent then out of their hideouts on the shires of Lake Chad basin and in the mandara mountain, as a result of that they are now resorting to their former crime of attacking soft targets, abducting and kidnaping motorists along Maiduguri-Damaturu road. Even this attempt will definite fail. We are on top of the situation”, the theater commander added.

General Adeniyi said ” tell Shekau and Albarbawi that their dream of establishing a political entity within Nigeria is already a failed dream. I want to assure all Nigerians that Maiduguri Damaturu road is safe. They are not going occupy an inche under my leadership as theater commander”.

He advised motorists to adhered to the timing of road closure from 6:00om to 8’00am because it is aimed at safeguarding their lives and property and also not to stop to any roadblock except at the recognized checkpoints in Auno, Jakana. Minok, Benesheik, Ngamdu. Kukareta and Damaturu towns and villages..

I also want to use this medium to call on Shekau. Albarnawi and their members that if they continue to come out on the Maiduguri- Damaturu road it will be their grave. Even yesterday I slept on the Maiduguri Damaturu road. Let them come we are ready for them.

 

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Gen. Adeniyi honored by Nigerian Army for outstanding performance as theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole

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Gen Adeniyi honored by Nigerian Army for outstanding performance as theater commander Operation Lafiya Dole

By Madu Mohammedi, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army has organised a dinner night in honour of the immediate past theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Oleslusegun Adeniyi for the success achieved during his stay as theater Commander.

General Adeniyi is the longest served theater Commander from August, 2018 to March 2020 since the creation of the theater command to fight Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.

While speaking at a Dinner night to Honoured General Adeniyi which held at the Command Guest House, Maiduguri, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai described General Adeniyi as a real commander who doesn’t stay in the comfort of his office but always leading the war front as good example for others to emulate.

We have to honour General Adeniyi for the success he achieved, he came at a time when his Area of Responsibly AOR were attacked on almost daily basis. He did not only brought the situation under control but served as a turning point in the the war agsibst insurgebcy where he take the fight to Boko Haram insurgency enclave We have not lost an inch under his command.”, General Buratai added.

He said” I have always emphasized on leading by exsmple, he lead the fight from the front and not the rear General Adeniyi, you have leave your mark and you are leaving but the Army will continue to tap from your expereince. Go and settle down, prepare your lesson plan, so that Young officers will learn from your experienced at the Army Resource Centre where you are going.

The COAS further explained that “your leaving is not in any way as a result of any thing as some section of media are insinuating, it is part of our routine posting and redeployments exercise . You have shown your level of education. Commitment to duty and understanding of the operation. You have really made a tremendous achievements.”

To the New theater Commander. Major General Yahaya,General Buratai said ‘ I would not disclose our plan but settle down. I know you have the wealth of expiruebce to bring this war to an end.”

While appreciating the sister secutty organisation. The COAS thanked them for their cooperation and synergy. He also aporeacite the role of the media in the counter insurgency operations saying that ” we appreciate the role media played in the success of the counter insurgency. I urge you to do more and always take national security and interest into consideration while writing your reports.

In his welcome address, the new theater commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Farouk Yahaya said ” the sit up in honour of the immediate past theater Commander, General Adeniyi will ginger us to put our best. We are poised to put our best under your strategic guidance and also poised to achieve success of this mandate.

In.his vote of thanks. The immediate past. Theater Commander. General Olusegun Adeniyi said ” I thank the Army and the Chief of Army Staff for making me what am I today. I was a little boy from a snsll village but the Army made me what am I today”.

I have known COAS, since when I was one Star. Officer God brought  him to change our lives . I have written 7 books and General Buratai paid for publication of the books. He promoted me to the rank of Major General.. He lappointed Me theater Commander. I am.a COAS boy. he added.

He said ” I would not be disturb with what people are saying about my redeployment, what I know I have done my best. I have came and made tremendous success. I have not loose an inch under my watch, we opened Marte, Baga and Mallam fatori. In addition to reopening many roads. ”

 

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COVID-19; Borno NMA, NANNW urges members to observe best global preventive measures

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COVID -19: Borno NMA, NANNW urges members to observe best global preventive measures

By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri

The Borno state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the National Association of Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has called on all their members to observed global best preventive measure in curtailaing the spread of corona virus.

While addressing newsmen at a joint press conference which held at NUJ Press Centre yesterday the Borno state Chairman of NMA, and his NANNM, counterpart Comrade, Umar Shettima Prof. Aliyu Kodiya said said “We also urge all our members to take necessary precautionary measure to protect themselves while rendering health services to deserving citizens. We also urge governments at all levels to provide basic hygiene consumables like water containers, hand sanitisers and face masks for our IDPs camps and host communities as well as provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other requirements to the designated Isolation Centers and other health care Facilities”.

The NMA. NANNW called on the internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to ensure minimal interaction and avoidance of communal meetings as parts of efforts to curtailed the spread of the corona virus.. We call on them to ensure minimal interaction and avoidance of communal meetings at this time”

The NMA chairman Prof Kodiya
pledged to the Associations readiness to partner with the federal, states and local council’s particularly the state high powered Response Committee on Coronavirus to provide the needed health care services

‘We urge the general public to avoid panic buying and engaging in Mass purchase of consumables as this will only worsen the anxiety and tension associated with the pandamuc. We wish to single out our teeming brothers and sisters taking refuge in various IDP camps to be particularly mindful of this pandemic of coronavirus because of obvious apparent close juxtaposition of families,” Prof. Kodiya added.

He further said the associations will provide continuous training for healthcare workers, particularly, clinical workers on global beat practices in infection, prevention andd control, assuting thst the two unions will provide all forms of support to government agencies, international and local non governmental Organizations as well as the traditional institutions in ensuring that the pandemic is curbed in the shortest period possible.

The Associations further urged the general public to practice basic hygiene including hand washing with soap and water, use of hand sanitisers, wearing of protective face masks, observing social distance when it becomes absolutely necessary to come out otherwise stay more at home than going out.

They further called in the public to avoid large gatherings including places of worships, burial ceremonies weddings, markets, public transportation and any other gathering for now while urging the public to also not be panic , to stay calm and in full control.

“We equally call on the populace to get accurate information from reliable sources like NCDC, WHO, etc and avoid relying on Informatiion from the social media as this could be misleading..We wish to commend the efforts of Borno state Government under the leadership of His Excellency, Professor Babagama Umara Zulum for constituting a high powered committee on COVID-19 chaired by no less a person than the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Usman Umar Kadafur for providing a state of the earth fully equipped Isolation Center as part of preparedness for the pandemic”, he added.

“This is in addition to the governors Directive for a heightened surveillance at all points of entry into the state. As patriotic citizens of the state, we are always ready to partner with the government in it’s resolve at promoting a healthy society at all times ” he further stressed.

 

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Don’t restrict movement of food items, poultry, feeds and medications – poultry farmers tells FG, State Government

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Don’t restrict movement of food items, pultry, feeds and medications – Poultry farmers tells FG, state government

By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri

The National Poultry Association of Nigeria (NPAN) has called on the Federal and state governments not to restrict movement of food items, poultry and poultry feeds in their efforts to contained the spread of Corona virus.

The Association said there is need to change current approach , as the approach is causing more panicking that worsen the solution.

The National President of the poultry famers, Mr. Ezekiel Ibrahim who made the  speacall while speaking at Press briefing held at the Correspondents office in Maiduguri on Friday said “Food and medical are essential even in the situation of war, as such food items, poultry and poultry feeds should not be restricted in tthe ongoing measures to contained the spread of the virus.”

He said ” As an Association of Poultry Producers. We are fully in support of the Federal government in all measures taken so far to improve the health and economy of the nation and to curtail the further spread of the deadly virus. We are in support of the closure of all the airports and land borders “.

” The approach of the federal and some state government is causing more panic than solving the situation. Some state government are restricting movements within their States.The restriction of inter state movement of vehicles by various state Governments is to worsen the food and protein supply situation to Nigerian, especially that FOOD is considered as very essential items for human health and survival. Many states government did not have the resources to pay people, or prvide food for lockdown, as over 70 percent of Nigerians do not collect salary “, the President added.

He said ” the Poultry famers have  invesmrnt of over N3 trillion invesment and locking down Nigeria will cause a lot of harm than good,. Restriction of movement of foods, poultry feeds and other food items will worsen the situation., as food is an essential as drugs”

Ibrahim said ” most of the trucks carrying food and medications are not carrying people. Instead we should intensify campaign through radio and traditional means of communication to enligthten the rural people than the panic approach which is more dangerous than the virus itself “.

He advised the Federal Government to trace the manifest of all those that travel from December to date to unvail themselves and their families and contacts for self isolation and observation than to do things half hardly.

The situation of the poultry producers market is not stable at the moment, and if urgent steps are not taken to remove the restrictions of vehicles convoying such critical poultry like Day old chicken, meat and egg, poultry feeds and drugs which are daily needed by Nigerians “, he added.

He urged the members of the poultry farners Association in the country to observe ” Biosecurity” not only on their farms but in the entire poultry value chain. So that the poultry industry might not be confronted with any other challenges of strange disease outbreak*.

The Association appeals to the government at all levels to consider the plight of the poultry farmers by relaxing the movement of vehicles regulation for all means of transportation caying a Day old chicken, Eggs, poultry feeds, imputs and any other production inputs like maize Soya beans and Offats for the continued production of poultry products, as poultry is food and therefore should be considered as essential items and services”, the Association stated.

 

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