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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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Covid-19; Adamawa Government announces lockdown

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Covid-19: Adamawa Government announces lockdown

By Baba Yakubu Yola

Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa has announced two weeks lockdown of the state starting Tuesday midnight as part of measures to contain the spread of Convid-19 pandemic.

Fintiri made this known in a statement through his Press Secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou.

Fintiri said the painful decision became necessary to save lives

“The Adamawa State Government has imposed a lockdown throughout the State in an effort to avoid the spread of Corona Virus disease for a period of 14 Days with effect from midnight Tuesday March 31st 2020.

“Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri says though painful, the decision is necessary to save lives.

“Inter State travel restriction is also imposed as inter State and international borders with Cameroon are to remain shut during this period.

“The ban also affects tricycle, taxis and bus operators throughout the State.”

Fintiri lamented that the directive to workers on grade levels 1-14 to stay at home issued last was not adhered to in the first instance and therefore Government is left with no option than to impose the lockdown in the overall interest of the people as Covid-19 continues to spread with 111 reported cases in Nigeria so far.

“Social Activities such as Clubbing and Joints are banned, Markets are also hereby restricted, except for those selling food items, Pharmaceuticals, Filling Stations, while Banks are to provide skeletal services”.

The Government however emphasises on the need to ensure basic hygiene practices of hand washing, social distancing and avoiding crowded places.

Fintiri said that the measures were aimed at stemming the spread of a Corona Virus outbreak that has affected the economy, threatened public health care and killed more people than any other disease.

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Covid-19; Gov. Buni inspect Isolation centre

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Covid-19; Gov. Buni inspects Isolation center

By Daily Hint Damaturu

His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni,  the executive Governor of Yobe state, today went on inspection tour of one of the Isolation Centres for the COVID-19 emergency treatment unit in the state.

The isolation center is designated and located at the State Special Hospital, also referred to as Sani Abatcha Specialists Hospital Damaturu.

His Excellency, Gov. Buni was taken round the facility by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mohammed Lawan Gana who is also the Co-Chair of the State Task Force Team on Corona virus covid-19

 

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Borno Government to ban passengers, vehicular movement into the state from Tuesday 31st 2020

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Borno Government to bans passengers, vehicular movenent into the state from Tuesday 31st March 2020

By Madu Mohammed, . Maiduguri

The Borno state government has announced the banned on passengers and vehicular movement into the state from all entry points of the state from Tuesday, March 31st 2020

Governor Babagana Zulum made the closure of the state in a statement signed by himself said ” all passengers and vehicular movement into the state are banned with effect from Tuesday 31st March. 2020. Except those bringing in food items, medications, fuel and other humanitarian goods”.

Governot Zulum.said the closure will last for two weeks in the first instance,

The verification exercise of the local government staff is hereby suspended for the next two weeks. All shops and organised business areas to provide hand washing stations and temperature monitoring and promote social distance
advises financial institutions and shops to provide hand sanitizers and temperature checking equipment at all operational points and maintain social distancing in crowded areas.,” the governor added.

The statement further directs civil servants from grade levels one to twelve to work from home, except those on essential services.and also suspends the ongoing verification exercise of pensioners in the state.

Prof. Zulum said ” all civil servants from.grade level 1 to 12 to work ftom home, except those on essential services such as health workers, water and borehole operators. Fire service. Security etc”

As from Tuesday 31st March, 2020 all banks operating in Maiduguri and organisation using biometric attendance equipment must provide hand washing stations and hand sanitizers at all operation point. Furthermore, banks to limit  numbers of customers in banking hall not more than 15 at a time and to activate all ATM points to function, the statement added

Zulum.while calling for calm.and intensified prayer’s assured thst Government has put in place, palliatives to cushion the hardship of vulnerable people.

 

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