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Maiduguri, Damboa, Biu road reopened, after 13 months of closure

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Maiduguri, Damboa, Biu road reopened. after 13 months of closure

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army Operation Lafiya Dole theater Command had reopened Maiduguri- Danboa-Biu road after it was closed in November 2018 as a result of incessant attack on motorists by Boko Haram, after a successful operations and also ease hardships faced by commuter.

It could be recalled that the road was closed during the peak of Boko Haram insurgency and was reopened in 2016 and reclosed again in 2018 for 13 months until now that the military reopened it.

Speaking at the occasion held at the Molai check point Maiduguri on Tuesday, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Tukur Buratai said ” I am here again for the reopening of Maiduguri- Damboa- Biu road. The first time we reopened Maiduguri-Damboa road was on 27th February, 2016 and was closed again to allow our troops carry out operations. Today 28th January, 2020 we are here for reopening the road for second time

He said “this road is not going to be opened from Maiduguri to Damboa only but Damboa- Biu is also opened for commuters and we will still continue with our operations, as well as deploy more troops to patrol the road to ensure the safety of lives and property of those plying the road”.

” The closure of the road was not intended to bring hardship to commuters but for clearing operations and also ensure their safety and protection. This reopening is going to be different because even if we are going to Carry out operation along the road it is not going to be closed again and if necessary, It will be just for some hours”, the CIAS added.

General Buratai said ” I want you to appreciate the Borno state government for providing additional vehicles to the military, police, hunters. Vigilantes and CJTF to patrol the road to ensure the safety of the road”.

In his remarks, the Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum thanked the Chief of Army staff, the theater command and the military for keeping the state safe and for reopening the road and therefore, urged the commuters to be law abiding and always cooperate with the military by giving them information that will help them to clear the remnants of the insurgents.

Governor Zulum represented by his Deputy. Alhaji Umar Kadafur said “on our parts the Borno state government will continue to support the military in the fight against insurgrncy snf also In out efforts to ensure that the road remain safe the state government bought two bulldozers which is been use in clearing the road and has also distributed Rapid Response Squared vehicles to the Military, , police, NSCDC, CJTF and hunters to ensure the safety of the road”, he added.

Earlier in his welcome address, the theater commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General, Olusegun Adeniyi
Warned the members of the Road Transport Workers against extorting the motorists under the guised of probing logistics, as the Army headquarters has provided them with the needed logistics for routine patrol on the road

” Today marks a turning point in our success against Boko Haram as the reopening of this road was an indication of success our feffirys in taming Boko Haram activities. All hands must be on deck to keep the road opened. This road is opened for motorists 7 days of the week “, he added.

Also speaking , the District Head of Damboa, Alhaji Zannah Maina Yakubu said ” we the people of Damboa, we really appreciate the military for reopening the road, this road is not going to be beneficial to only people of Danboa, but Biu, AskiraUba, Gwoza, Adamawa, Taraba among others..

A journey that suppose to take us two hours we spend two to three days because, we have go through Damaturu, Biu, Gombi, Uba, Mubi, Askira and Chibok before arriving Damboa and sometimes we even have to go through Gombe. Thank God today this road had been reopened we will travel within an hour or two. Right now as I sm speaking to you people are jubilating in front of my palace in Damboa”, he added.

 

 

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Gov. Buni Mourns Emir of Zazzau

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Yobe state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker/Extraordinary National convention committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has commiserated with the government and people of Kaduna state over the death of the Emir of Zaria, Alhaji Shehu Idris.

Governor Buni described the death as a loss of a  nationalist who dedicated his life to the service of Nigerians.

The late Emir was a bridge builder who threw the doors of his domain open, accommodating all Nigerians irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious differences.

“Late Shehu Idris built a mini Nigeria in Zaria where everyone lived and freely pursued their legitimate means of livelihood.”

He will be remembered for providing conducive environment to host numerous educational institutions and, making Zaria a citadel of learning in Nigeria.

Governor Buni prayed Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and to grant him Aljannatur Firdaus.

The Governor also prayed Allah to give his family, Zaria emirate, government and people of Kaduna state and, Nigerians the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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Mamman Mohammed
DG Press and Media Affairs to Gov. Buni.

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Biu Emirate loses Kuthi at the age of 80

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Biu Emirate loses Kuthi at the age of 80

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Kuthi (Emir) of Biu, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu has died at the age of 80 .

Confirming the death, the Borno state government through the commissioner of Information, Home Affairs and Culture, Hon. Babakura Abba Jatau said “Inna Lillahi wa innah ilayhi rajiun his royal highness the emir of Biu Mai Umar Mustapha Aliyu has answered the call of Allah Subuhanahu wa Taa La””

“Appointed June 1989 the late emir died this morning at the age of 80. He will be laid to rest in Biu by 2pm today Tuesday, 15 September, 2020 according to palace source may his soul rest in perfect peace.,” The statement added.

An emirate source told our correspondent that the Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu died at the Federal Medical Centre Gombe at about 8;45 pm on Monday night after a protracted illness.

“As I am talking now (10;35am) we just received the corpse of the Late Kuthi and the funeral prayer is scheduled to take place by 2;00pm today”, the source added.

The Late Emir who succeeded his father Alhaji Mustapha Aliyu was appointed in June 1989 and has spent 31 years as the Kuthi of Biu.

Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu was the 28th Emir of Biu and started his career as vetinery officer in Biu with Borno state government and was appointed the District head of Biu in 1975 and later appointed Emir of Biu in June 1989.

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FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods gets to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast

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FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods get to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Worried by the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in inaccessible areas, the Federal Government through the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee has adopted an air drop strategy to ensure that foods get to the IDPs in the hard to reached communities in the Northeast

While speaking to newsmen shortly after the ascimilation exercise demonstrated by troops of the Nigerian Air Force the Air drop strategy at the Maiduguri International Airport during the weekend, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk said “we are adopting this strategy to ensure that our IDPs in hard to reached areas are benefited. The Air drops strategy which in collaboration with the troops of the Nigerian Air force is not a new strategy, it has been used in 2018 in Kala- Balge local government” and we adopting to ensure effective and efficient delivery”.

“the issues around inaccessible areas, areas where humanitarian aid workers cannot access. We are collaborating with the Nigerian Airforce to support us with air drop of food items to communities and areas that are not accessible. We have identified four areas which includes Rann, Mary’s, Damboa omang other communities, we are here to see the ascilmilation exercise of the air drop with a view to see how it will work and If there is any challenges, we will go back to the drawing board and correct it “, the minister added.

The Minister further said “the Air drop distribution is targeted at 26,067 households, totaling 156,402 individuals.. We are going sit-down with the Borno state government this night with a view to see how best all the hard to reach areas can be reached.”.

Hajiya faruk said “the government has.put in place measures to.ensure that the food items doesn’t get into the hards of insurgents through air surveillance and identification of real beneficiaries. The foods to distributed I Clyde’s 26*067 22.5kg of rice, 26,067 2.5 kg of beans, 26,067 12.5kg of maize and Millet, 4,394 packets of 20 grammes iiofizef salt, 2,604 of 29 litres vegetables oil, 4,345 cartons if superghetti and 2,173 cartons of seasoning cubes “

Earlier, the Air Taskforce Commander, Air commodore Precious Amadi said “the purpose is in case for any reason the foods cannot transported by road,, we will use air drop strategy to take food to the people by ayur. The Nigerian Aurforrce has the capacity to drop foods to people in inaccessible areas. We will do it whenever we are call to do so”

While on a courtesy call to the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, the Minister said ” we are here on behalf of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the National Humanitarian Coordination.committee to see how we can ensure no one is starve by ensuring food get to those in.hsrd to reach areas.”

Hajiya Faruk said “at a meeting held with the Vice President on 4th September 2020, it was discussed that accessibility issues faced by INGOs operating in
the NorthEast due to insecurity, floods or terrain, could be mitigated with the support of the security services and as outlined in the joint CiSEC Communique signed at the end of the 3 day Civil Security Cooperation Workshop held in Maiduguri from 6th–8th November 2019.The Communique highlights the need for Civil Security Cooperation to ensure the conduct of seamless humanitarian
activities.”

” Your Excellency, the CiSEC structures provide the relevant platform for the essential dialogue and interaction required between humanitarian\civilian and security actors that it is necessary to pursue common goals which protect and support persons of concern affected by emergencies created by wars, armed conflicts,and terrorism;
natural and secondary catastrophes; and technological and environmental disasters.”. She further stressed.

She stressed that “however,to ensure that we are able to provide adequate support, I wish to request that the State Government provide the
necessary information required to enable collaboration with the
Nigerian Airforce to drop food and non-food items in locations that
have been made inaccessible due to insecurity or the recent floods.”

She said ,the Managing Directoror NorthEast Development Commission NED and the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA will work with the Borno state team to ascertain and provide the NHCC with the required information to
ensure that the interventions provided are prioritise,and the needs and are
sufficient for the identified vulnerable communities”

Responding the Borno state Governor Professor Babagana Zulum represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said “we are working hard to see that we resettle all IFPs in the state volunteraliy , because they eager to go back to their communities. We have even commenced resettlement of our IDPs with the returned of the IDPs from.Auno, Ajiri, Kawuri and very soon we are going to resstlle the people of Baga, Ashigashiya and Ngoshe”.

Whe thanking the Federal Government for the support that have rendering to the IDPs in the Northeast, Governor Zulum assured that the Borno state government will work closely and support the Federal government to ensure all the food items get to the beneficiaries and no IDPs is starved.

The minister accompanied by the Borno state Deputy Governor, Alh Umar Kadafur, the Managing Director, NEDC Alhaji Goni Alkali, the DG NEMA Alh. Mohammed T Mohammed and others dignitaries inspects the food items at the NEMA store in Maiduguri.

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