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Borno Governor lays foundation for high Islamic school in Monguno

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Borno governor lays foundation for High Islamic School in Monguno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In his efforts to address the roots cause of Boko Haram insurgency in the state, the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has laid the foundation for the construction of High Islamic school in Monguno to provide both Islamic and western education to both adults and children.

While laying the foundation of the school in Monguno yesterday Governor Zulum said “this to address the roars cause of the insurgency and also to provide the educational Needs of over the children and adults in both Islamic and western education in Monguno. We going to construct one Higher education schools in.each senatorial district this year and by the grace of God, we are going to construct one higher Islamic school each in all the 27 local givermenr areas of the state “.

Governor Zulum said the higher Islamic school will also create opportunities for 10,000 adults with traditional Islamic knowledge to undergo schooling that will qualify them for diplomas in western education. He also began a vocational training centre in the town.

Monguno town presently house over 890, 000 households of Internally displaced persons (IDPs) from six local governments area of Monguno, Marte, Abadam, Kukawa, Guzamala and Nganzai, all in the Northern senatorial zone of Borno State.

While in Monguno, the governor also distributed food items, wrappers and other households items to over 80,000 household who were taking refuge in 13 different camps across the town and the host community.

” we are here to distribute food items to the heads of the families and a wrapper with the sum of N5,000 to our mothers and sister, because we know you were not able to farm this faringi season.due to the insurgency. The government and the military and others security agencies are working very hard to see that the people of Marte and other communities go back to your homes”, he added.

The food items includes 25 kg of rice, a bags corn flour, cartoon of supergheti, 5 liters of cooking oil, blsnket and wrappers to each households

 

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Gov. Zulum visits 120,000 refugees in Niger Republic over repatraition

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Governor Zulum visits 120,000 refugees in Niger Republic over repatriation

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno was yesterday in Diffa, Niger Republic to talk about 120,000 refugees, who fled Boko Haram insurgency and are mostly hailed from local governments in the northern part of Borno state.

It could be recalled, the refugees made up of men, women and children fled from hundreds of communities attacked by Boko Haram insurgents since 2014. Majority trekked distances to enter the neighboring country in search of safety.

Specail Adviser to Governor Zulum on communicatiin and strategy. Mallam Isa Gusau in a statement said “the Governor’s visit to Niger was to contribute in arranging modalities towards the safe and dignified repatriation of the refugees to resettlement communities in Borno”

“About three weeks ago, Zulum had hosted a high level meeting in Abuja, which had in attendance, were officials from Nigeria’s federal ministries of foreign affairs, humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development; the national displaced persons and the national emergency management agency to discuss repatriation of Borno citizens from Cameroon, Niger and Chad”, the statement added.

Gusau further explained that “With that meeting in mind, Governor Zulum travelled to Bosso, Garin Wanzam and Tumur, all in Diffa province, to meet the refugees. Host Governor of Diffa, Isa Lameen led Zulum during the visits. Speaker, Borno state assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan who is from northern part of Borno state, was also part of the trip.”

Governor Zulum traveled to Diffa from Malam-Fatori, headquarters of Abadam local government in Northern Borno, which had been a stronghold of Boko Haram insurgents, until it was recently regained by the military. The visit to Malam-fatori, is the first time in more than five years by a civilian, happened the same Saturday the Governor entered Diffa province in Niger Republic.,”, the statement further said

According to the statement, Zulum, while addressing top officials, expressed his gratitude to government of Diffa province, the federal government of Niger and and the host communities in the country for being hospitable to Borno citizens.

The Borno Governor was particularly thankful to his host, Mr Lameen of Diffa province, for his empathy and compassion towards Nigerian refugees from Borno.

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President of EYN Church urges action on reconstruction of Northeast

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President of EYN Church urges action on reconstruction of N/East

By Baba Yakubu Yola

Government agencies and organisations involved in reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement in North East has been urged to expedite action to ease the suffering of affected communities.

The National President of Church of Brethren in Nigeria, popularly known as EYN Church, Rev. Joel Billi, made the call in an interview with newsmen at the headquarters of the Church in Kwarhi, Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa.

Billi also urged the organisations, particularly the North East Development Commission, to ensure justice and fairness in the execution of its projects in the affected states.

Billi observed that reconstruction work in Adamawa was slowed, pointing out that many roads and bridges affected by insurgency in Adamawa awarded three years ago are still pending due to slow pace of work.

Billi  who also spoke on the just concluded 2020 Ministers Annual Conference of the church held in Kwarhi, said over 800 ministers of the church from across Nigeria attended the four-day event whose theme is: “Fear the Lord and Serve Him with all faithfulness”, quoted from Joshua 24.

Also speaking, the General Secretary of the Church, Rev. Daniel Mbaya, said that many of the Church structures were affected by the crisis in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, while about 16,000 of its members were still taking refuge at Minawawo refugee camp in neighbouring Cameroon.

Mbaya said that the church had reconstructed some of its affected churches in the affected states and would need government support as it strive to complete the rest in areas where peace had returned.

He lauded the resilience of the church members in the face of the insurgency which recently claimed one of its members, late Rev. Lawan Andimi, and urged them to continue to have faith in the Lord who shall surely see them through all challenges.

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Centre trains Adamawa Journalists on hate speech

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Centre trains Adamawa Journalists on Hate Speech

By Baba Yakubu Yola

Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), has organised a training workshop for Journalists in Adamawa on countering hate speech and violence against women.

Speaking at the opening ceremony Thursday in Yola, the CITAD Coordinator of the Project, Mr Hamza Ibrahim, said the programme aimed at creating awareness around hate speech and violence agains women in Nigeria was being carried out with support from National Democratic Institute (NDI).

“Part of the activities of the project is to engage Journalists in a training on hate speech and violence against women in Nigeria with a view to getting their support towards addressing hate speech and violence agains women in Nigeria,” Ibrahim said.

Some of the Journalists who spoke at the end of the one-day training lauded the initiative which they said gave them more knowledge on hate speech, category of hate speeches and their role as Journalists in countering and discouraging hate speech and violence against women.

Highlight of the occasion is the unveiling of a new Journal on challenges face by women in Nigerian politics written by CITAD titled: “Women in Poison Arena: Hate Speech, Online Gender Violence and Elections in Nigeria”

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