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DPR Cautions LPG Operators against selling gas to customers with expired cylinders in Adamawa



DPR cautions LPG operators against selling gas to customers with expired cylinders in Adamawa

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Adamawa, has cautioned operators of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plants and retailers against selling gas to customers with expired cylinders to check explosion.

DPR Operations Controller, Adamawa Field Office, Mr Sadiq Danjuma, gave the warning at a meeting with operators and stakeholders in LPG business on Thursday in Yola.

Danjuma disclosed that only registered plants and retailers that fulfilled requirements would be allowed to operate in the state.

“You should check customers’ cylinders for the manufacture and expiry date before selling; if he or she come for refilling with expired cylinder do not dispense rather explain to them the dangers of such cylinders.

“We are here to show you how to handle LPG as the regulatory body and to inform you that nobody would be allowed to do business without the necessary permission.

“I urge you to contact the head of gas unit in the department for more details of what is expected of you,” he said.

Danjuma described LPG as a risky business for anyone without proper safety knowledge, noting that the agency would not compromise standard.

Also speaking,  Head of Gas Unit in the department, Dr Mohammed Laminga, said the meeting was to ensure zero tolerance to any accident in gas plants and retail outlets.

“We want you, your customers and the public to be alive by ensuring we all do what is expected of us to achieve zero accident,” Laminga said.

Lamingo advised plant operators and retailers to always check for leakages as the first step before opening their premises to customers.

Some of the stakeholders engsged in LPG business lauded DPR over the sensitization exercise,  saying it would enhance compliance with safety standard.

Mr Odey Joseph and Mohammed Wali, said they gained a lot from the exercise to enable them to further improve on safety at their plants and retail outlets.

Highlights of the meeting included presentation on safety tips, questions and answer sessions as well as inspection of some LPG plants in Yola.

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Polio ; Over 53, 210 children to be immunized in Hong LGA



Polio: Over 53, 210 children to be immunized in Hong LGA

By Baba Yakubu Yola

No fewer than 53,210 children are expected to be immunized in the ongoing house-to-House polio immunization in Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

The Executive Secretary, Primary Health Care Agency of the local government, Alh Adamu Hassan Pella made this known in Garaha village while flagging-off this year’s National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs) in the area.

Pella said the local government had received 60,000 doses of vaccines for the exercise.

While noting that in the next six months Nigeria would be certified polio free if no case was recorded, Pella urged parents to present their children from 0 to five years for immunization.

“Our health personnel move from house to house to carry out the exercise, while others will be at fixed posts. There is also a special team, so that the entire local government will be covered within the four days period of the exercise in 518 settlements”, Pella said.

Flagging-off the exercise, the wife of Hong Council chairman, Mrs Awumtiya James Pukuma urged parents to avail their children for the exercise to record maximum success in the area.

“This is the only way we can protect our children from being victim of poliomyelitis as well as halt the manifestation of the disease in any part of the local government, ” she said.

Pukuma who expressed delight with the arrangement put in place by the Primary Health Care Agency in the local government to ensure a successful immunization coverage, solicited for maximum cooperation from all communities in the area so that no child is left out.

In his remarks, the Social Communication for Development Officer of the local government, Alhaji Hamidu S. Audu reminded parents that immunization is a right, and they must not deny the children their right to healthy life as humans and leaders of tomorrow.

Audu urged parents to keep the immunization card in a safe place for future references and called on pregnant mothers to always visit health centers for ante-natal for their well-being and that of the child.

In their separate remarks, the representative of the District Head of Dugwaba, James Buba and the Village Head of Garaha, Dauda Istakis gave their assurance to mobilize for a successful exercise.

There are also goodwill messages from the Hong Legislative Council Chairman House Committee on Health, Hon Barminas Musa, and the Councillor representing Garaha Ward, Hon Hyellabathiya Anthony.

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Rape; Ahmed Joda tasked police, Judiciary others on waking up to their responsibilities



Rape: Ahmed Joda tasked Police, Judiciary, others on waking up to their responsibilities

By Baba Yakubu Yola

Elder statesman, Ahmed Joda has tasked the police, judiciary and all stakeholders on the need to sit up in addressing the raising cases of rape in Adamawa State.

Joda made the call at a press briefing in ceremony to mark his 90th birthday in Yola.

Joda said the police and judiciary in particular needed to do more in arresting and prosecuting suspects to earn the confidence of the public.

Joda also tasked the state government to make good it promise to designate one of the High Courts to handle rape cases for speedy trial of rape.

“Rape is an offence that is abhorred by the society at large. The situation we have now is a pitiful one.

“I have followed a case of a five year old that was raped and abandoned..

“Neither Christianity nor Islam tolerates even adultery between consenting adults much less the defilement of minors as young as five; we should not tolerate that.

“I am sorry to mentioned that the police which is the first point of call for victims is not playing its became worst when judiciary become complacent; a simple case that should take few weeks will be allow to go on for years,” Joda lamented.

Joda said dragging such case for long was a deliberate attempt to jettison justice.

The nonagenarian lauded Adamawa Coalition Against Rape (ACAR), a group of CSOs and Journalists fighting against the crime for their sustain effort against rape and assured them his support at all time.

The elder statesman also spoke on other crimes like insurgency, herdsmen/farmers conflict and kidnapping for ransom blaming their manifestation on collapsed of policing system.

A woman from Lelewarji ward of Yola South LGA who spoke at the occassion, Aisha Mohammed also lamented on what she described as poor handling of rape cases in the state and warned that something needed to be done urgently or else communities would resort to jungle justice on rapists.

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PEF/PCNI distribute goats to households affected by insurgency in Adamawa



PEF/PCNI distribute goats to households affected by insurgency in Adamawa

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF) in collaboration with Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI), has commenced distribution of goats to women trained on animal husbandry in communities affected by insurgency in Adamawa.

Speaking at the flag-off ceremony in Nduku community in Mubi South LGA, the Executive Director, Centre for Social Change and Economic Development (CSCED), the implementing partner, Abubakar Mustafa said women from 550 households in five communities in Mubi South and Mubi North LGAs would benefit from the project in Adamawa.

Abubakar said in Mubi South LG, the beneficiaries were from Nduku and Duvu communities, while in Mubi North the beneficiaries were from Betso, Mayo-Bani and Vimtim communities.

“They are part of numerous vulnerable women who are either internally displaced persons, returnees or host community members whose means of livelihood has been affected directly or indirectly by the activities of insurgency in the state,” Abubakar said.

Also speaking, the chairman of Dawaire Farms, another implementing partner, Dr Junaidu Maina said each beneficiary would be provided with foundation stock of 4 goats (3 females and 1 male), startup feed, veterinary kit and conditional cash grant for 3 months.

“The targeted beneficiaries are 550 households corresponding to 3850 individuals.

“Another reason for selecting goats is because they are short cycle livestock and can be reared within walking distance outside the protected perimeters of camps thus limiting the exposure of women and girls to potential sexual exploitation, abuses and other Gender Based Violence (SGBV),” Maina said.

Also speaking, the Consultant for PEF/PCNI projects in Adamawa, Mr Terfa Gbande, said the gesture was inline with Federal Government passion in supporting the vulnerable ones in the society.

Gbande lauded the support and collaboration from the state, LGAs and benefitting communities and urged beneficiaries to make maximum use of the opportunity in picking up their lives once again.

in his message to the occassion, the Emir of Mubi, Alhaji Abubakar Isa Ahmadu represented by the District Head of Narawo, Alhaji Sa’ad Ahmadu, also lauded the support and urged the beneficiaries to maximise the opportunity by making a difference in their respective communities.

He reiterated the commitment of traditional rulers to support such laudable projects that has positive impact on communities.

In his remarks, Adamawa Commissioner for Livestock and Aquaculture Development, Alhaji Usman Yahaya, lauded the development which he said was inline with Gov. Ahmadu Fintri 11-points agenda.

Yahaya urged for more collaboration with his ministry in the planning and implementation of such programme.

In their respective remarks, the representative of Food And Agricultural Organization (FAO), Mr Usman Palam; the representative of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA),Yusuf Ibbi; and the representative of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), Mohammed Buba, lauded the initiative and urged other corporate organizations to emulate them.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Mary Joel, thanked government and all those involved in training them on animal husbandry and assured that they would reciprocate the gesture by making proper use of the opportunity to better their lives and that of their families.

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