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UNICEF commences mass enrollment of 137, 483 out-of-school children in Adamawa



UNICEF commences mass enrollment of 137,483 out-of- school children in Adamawa

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the Adamawa State Universal Basic Education Board (ADSUBEB) has commenced mass enrollment of out-of-school children in in five LGAs in Adamawa.

Speaking on the enrollment in interview in Yola, the Adamawa UNICEF Education Consultant, Mr Joel Jutum said that the exercise was ongoing in Fufore, Girei, Mubi North, Guyuk, and Yola South Local Government Areas where UNICEF had already conducted a house-to-house census of out-of-school children.

Jutum said that the census conducted in the five local government areas by UNICEF identified 137,483 out-of-school children now being enrolled.

“This is just from five local government areas out of the 21 LGAs of the state.

“So you can imagine how many of such children we will have if the exercise is conducted in all the LGAs in the state,” Jutum said.

According to the UNICEF consultant, the exercise which is part of continuous effort to make safe and quality basic education accessible to all school-age children, particularly girls, is being executed with the active participation of School-Based Management Committees, Head Teachers, School Supervisors, and other partners in the five LGAs.

He said that already, the public schools nearest to each of the out-of-school children had been identified for the children to be enrolled, while UNICEF would provide all the pupils with books and the teachers with teaching materials.

According to him, the total absence of schools in some communities and the financial constraints are some of the major reasons given by parents for not sending their children to school.

“It’s very worrisome to us that some of these communities have no nearby schools within three kilometres.

“We have a situation where several communities do not have public or private schools.

“We have started a discussion with ADSUBEB on how to address such challenge,” he said.

Jutum, therefore, urged Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri to keep his campaign promise of providing free education in Adamawa by ensuring that the constitutional provisions and National Education Policy on Education were implemented.

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Allow para military personnel deploy to Northeast to carry Anti-Aircraft Gun, sophisticated weapon, Gov. Zulum urges FG



Allow para military personnel deployed to Northeast to caryy Anti Aircraft Gun, sophisticated weapon, Gov. Zulum urges FG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has appealed to the Federal Government to allowed Para military personnel. deployed to the Northeast to handled Anti Aircraft Guns and other sophisticated weapons to fight Boko Haram.

Governor Zulum who made the appeal when members of House Committee on Defense paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Maiduguri on Wednesday said ” when I was in Niger Republic, I saw Nigerian police carrying Anti Aircraft guns . I call on the Federal Government to allow para military personnel in the Northeast to carry A A sophisticated weapons for sometime. “.

” I also call on the Federal government to recruit about 100,000 soldiers to address manpower deficits, in Borno state we have over 50,000 able youths, that can be recruited on ad hoc basis and they can be disengaged after the insurgency, as it was done during the Civil war”, he added.

He said “the military should take the war to the fringes of Lake Chad (Tumbus) and Sambiza . We know the hudesout of the insurgents. The military knows, the theater Commanders knows. I am ready to say the truth. We all know, the military should take the war to the Boko Haram”.

Governor Zulum said ” the military has done well in 2015 when President Buhari assumed office uptil 2019 but from Mach 2019 to date we expireinced horofic and continues attack on daily basis. I therefore appeal to the Federal government and the military to revisit the strategy they adopted in 2015″.

He thanked the House committee on Defense for their condolence over the recent Auno attacked and for their facts finding visit to the state with a view to finding a lasting solution to the ongoing fight against insurgency in the Northeast.

Earlier speaking, the chairman House Committee on Defense. Hon Babajimi Benson said ” we are here to condole you over the recent Boko Haram attack on Auno, we are also here on facts finding and oversight function with a view to find the chslleges of the military in the counter insurgency fight with a view to addressing them.

” we are here to meet with the military, Borno state government and other stakeholders with a view to profer solution, on the best way to ending the insurgency in the Northeast.

While at the Operation Lafiya Dole theater commander, Hon. Benson said “we are here to see you, know your challenges and how we can make Borno, home of emerging peace to regain it name as Home of Peace and the whole Northeast.”.

The theater Commander, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi while briefing the House Committee said “I want to thank you for your zeal and quest to finnd a better ways to assist the military in ending the insurgency.


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Auno Attack ; President Buhari Visits Borno Condole Government & People



Auno attack, President Buhari Visits Borno condole the Government and People

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

President Muhammadu Buhari has on Wednesday visited Maiduguri, the Botno state capital to sympathized and comusorate with the government and people of Borno state over the last Sunday Boko Haram attack in Auno where over 30 persons were killed, 18 vehicles destroyed.

The President who was coming from Addis Ababa, Ethiophia landed at the Maiduguri Air force base at exactly 1;05pm, where he proceeded straight to the Shehu’s palace.

Speaking at the Shehu of Borno Palace in Maiduguri on Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari said ” in speecch of the governor I heard him encouraging the military to  restrategize that could not be done without the cooperation of the local population. Boko Haram or whatever they call themselves to Maiduguri without local leadership know… Traditional local leadership are in charge of security in other  respective localities. ”

* With my understanding of our cultute I wonder how Boko Haram survive up to this time. As a commander in chief during my 2015 and 2019, I campaigned on 3 fundemental issues you cannot preciide over unsecured nation”, he added.

He further said Boko Haram cannot be curtailed without good intelligence sharing by the civil populace, adding that the traditional leaders play a great role in the success of military operation and strategy.

“I am already 70 years old and how many years do I have in a normal circumstance,” he said even as he promised to deal with the security”, the president added.

He said government cannot deliver good governance without security. “We need to stabilize this country,” he said. He urged the youths not to support anyone planning to destabilise the country.
That is why we are asking our youths not to allow themselves to be used.

Earlier speaking the Borno State governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum while welcoming the president urged the Federal Government to open vista of opportunities for people affected by insurgency in the state to have assess to their farmlands.

“We want the military to foster greater unity between themselves and civil authority with a view to closing existing transparency between the military and the civil authority on ground.

President Buhari has shelved plan visit to Auno, the scene of Sunday night massacre by Boko Haram in Borno State.

Buhari who was expected by the residents of Maiduguri to visit the scene if the attack in Auno town, along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway at the outskirts of Maiduguri, the state capital, rather paid a condolence visit to the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Garbai El-Kanemi and the state governor.


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Boko Haram attacked trapped motorist, killed 30 people abducted several others, 18 vehicles burnt down



Boko Haram attacked trapped motorists killed 30 people, abducted several others, 18 vehicles burnt down

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Over 30 persons were killed, three vehicles loaded with passengers were snatched and taken to the bush, while 18 .vehicles were burnt down when members of Boko Haram insurgent attacked vehicles at the Auno checkpoint at the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

The vehicles were trapped at the Auno checkpoint when the military has officially closed the Maiduguri- Damaturu road and where forced to spend the night in Auno but were attacked by the insurgents.

Reacting on the incident the  Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state who visited the scene of the attacked said ” I was told that over 30 people were killed,3 vehicles loaded with passengers    were snatched, “.

” We got intelligence report from the DSS at about 3:00om that Auno will be attacked by Boko Haran . the military has withdrawn from Auno. We appealed the military to establish unit in Auno but once it is 5:00p the military will close the gate and go back to Maiduguri and left people at the gate. If Auno cannot be protected then Maiduguri too is not protected, what is Auno and Maiduguri”, Governor Zulum argued

He said ” I called on the general public to be law abiding and not to take law into their hands, the government of President Buhari and the Borno state government will do anything’ possible to secured the lives and property of the people.”

Responding, the theater commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adrniyi said “Boko Haram attacked transporters vehicles and Commuters in Auno I heard some media reports saying that over 30 people were killed. This false and not true. yesterday we recovered 3 corpses and today we also recovered 7 corpses Insurgents did not attacked the vehicles when during the normal time of movement, They were attacked in the night during the official closure time.”

” in the night our troops always went on operations, they go after Boko. Haram .they cannot leave the operation and come to protect vehicles that are on the road at the time they are not ought to be. I am calling on the general puluc to always leave Damaturu by 3:00pm so that they will arrived on time and for the truck to leave by 12:00 noon”, he added.

Boko Haram attacked Auno they came with motorcycles and parked in Auno and attacked vehicles of transporters and commuters in Auno. You know the road is usually closed by 5:00pm you see many vehicles parked at the checkpoint in Auno, Jakana, Minok, Ngamdu, Benesheik and Kukareta where usually trapped on the road raising them to risk of attack”

“I call on the general public to always abide by the law and leave and embark in the journey early , so that they will not be trapped on the road”, he added.


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