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Operation Lafiya Dole reopens Maiduguri- Dikwa road, lifts Ban on fishing Activities along the routes



Operation Lafiya Dole reopens Maiduguri- Dikwa road, lifts ban on fishing activities along the routes

By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri

The Nigerian military under Operation Lafiya Dole in the Northeast Nigeria has reopened the Maiduguri-Dikwa riad and lifted the ban on the fishing, transportation and marketing of fish along Maiduguri- Gamboru axis of Borno state.

The Theater Commsnder Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi while having meeting with the Borno state government officials, top military commander’s in Borno, NURTW officials and fishiermen association In Mafa, the headquarters of Mafa local government area of Borno state yesterday warned the fishermen not to pay a single kobo to the Boko Haram insurgents, urged them to pay their taxes to the Borno state government.

“What brought us here is reopening¬† Maiduguri–Dikwa road and also lifting on the ban on fishing, transporting and marketing of fish along Gamboru axis. What stopped the fishing activities was the insurgency. If we found anybody giving money to Boko Haram in the name of tax or whatever , we will stop the fishing activities and and any driver that is found presenting any receipt at the checkpoint will be arrested”, he added.

General Adeniyi said ” the COAS and the Borno state Governor have agreed to reopen the road and fishing activities to continue.. I warn you not to cooperate, give information, sympathize and assist Boko Haram insurgency . Any time we found you engaging in these, we will stop the fishing activities”.

” if all of you will obey the arrangement of the Borno state state government we will all enjoy and the business and will continue.. You are not to pay a single Kobo to Boko Haram because if you pay them, you are giving them fund to fight you”, he added.

On the reopening of the road, General Adeniyi said ” I want to warned members of the NURTW that you should not collect a single Kobo from anybody. I have directed my soldiers that anybidy that shows any receipt in the name of clearance should be arrested.. Nobody should pay a single kobo to anybody on the road “.

Also speaking, Governor Babagana Zulum said ” we have device a mean to regulate the activities of fishing in the state everybody can engage in a retail fish business but only satisfied delears should allow to transport it”.

“this Nigerian road and any Nigerian is allow to do business freely and nobody should pay money to customs, hunters, CJTF, military or vigilantes because it prohibited , nobody should pay for a goods wihin Nigeria. Because you are Nigerians. Even importation there is no customs duty on food items.”., Governor Zulum.added.

” we are not here to portion blame on anybody but we should draw a line, nobody should collect a single kobo in the name of clearing or issuing receipt to anybody, I see no reason.why a pure water truck should pay N19,000 to transport it from Maiduguri to Gamboru or N30,00 to yransport tomatoes”, he further stressed.

Speaking in an interview, the chairman of the fish producers and marketing Association. Borno state, Alhaji Abatcha Mandama said ” today we are happy that the military and Borno state Governor have agrred to allow us to conitue with our fishing activities and business’s along Maiduguri- Gamboru axis. This will not only enable thousands of our members to return to business but also boast the economy of the state and the country at large..

The Governor while declaring opened the road and presenting six vehicles to the military to patrol the road to ensure free movement of people and goods said the Borno state government will continue to provide more vehicles to.the military and other security agencies, as it is only where there is security that there will be peace and where there is peace that people will return.

He said ” the vehicles will be allo to move freely without escort from Maiduguri to Dikwa. You have heard from.the military authorities, nobody should pay a kobo. I urge you to be law abiding.

Also speaking, the Theater commander, Major General Adeniyi assured the governor that the vehicles will be judiciously use for reason intended for and also warned the members of NURTW and commuters not pay single kobo to anybody.


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Yobe shifts LG election to February next year



Yobe shifts LG election to February next year

By Baba Saleh Damaturu

Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) says it shifted the Local government chairmanship and councillorship elections earlier slated for 5th December 2020.

The new date for the election was fixed for 27 February 2021 and new schedule of election activities is currently under reviewed and will be release soon.

The SIEC Executive Chairman Dr Mamman Mohammed stated this in a press conference in Damaturu.

Mohammed said on 4th of September, 2020 the commission released the schedule of activities for the Local Government council elections fixed for the 5th December, 2020 as the date of election.

“On that day, I stated our preparedness to conduct the elections in substantial compliance with the COVID -19 protocols and guidelines as prescribed by WHO

He added that “Regrettably, our State has recently recorded a slight resurgence of the COVID-19 with the two cases confirmed”

“According to him Yobe state government was on top of the situation and the State Ministry of Health has taken positive steps to identify and isolate persons who have been in contact with the incidence cases.

“We are confident that the resurgence of the virus will be contained as it was contained earlier by the committed administration of His Excellency. Hon Mai Mala Buni, and the executive Governor of Yobe State”


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Desertification; Borno Government Flags Off Planting Of 1 Million Tree Seedlings



Desertification: Borno Government
Flags off planting of 1 million tree seedlings

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri he

To fight desert and desertification and others the environmental challenges, the Borno state Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, has flagged off 1 million Tree planting campaign for the planting of 1 million seedlings.

While flagging off the 2020 Tree planting Campaign at the Borno state University, Maiduguri on Wednesday with a Theme “Tree for Restoration” Governor Zulum said “this year tree planting campaign which is first of it’s kind in the last 10 years . Today’s event as the theme implies ” Tree for Restoration” is very much necessary as the bilateral pressure from desertification, deforestation, soil erosion coupled with poverty and insecurity have destroyed most trees.”.

“This occasion demonstrates the government commitment in Pursuance of my 10 point agenda which entails tree planting to encourage Agro Forest
and environmental restoration ” It is very apparent that human activities like bush burning illegal tree felling has continuously put pressure on our already fragile ecosystem, thereby threatening food security”, the governor added.

He further stressed that “the geographical location of the state at (Lat 11 N of the equator ) which is among the Frontline states facing the desertification challenge in Nigeria. The government is seriously concerned and committed in reversing the scenario so as to save our people and Environment.”

He said to address the environmental challenges the state government has already commenced raising of some seedlings and the annual 1 Km desert reclamation programme which is handled by the Ministry of environment, saying that . “at this juncture, government has made it a policy henceforth made it a policy that all construction work should be accompanied by planting of trees to cushion the environmental impact of such developmental projects.”.

” The government has also provide alternative source of energy to firewood in form of gas cookers wood efficient stoves.. After this exercise. Install direct all local government area councils, clubs associations and individuals to liaise with the state ministry of environment to collect tree seedlings for planting at designated centres, he said.

The governor therefore solicited for a greater collaboration with Federal ministry of environment National Agency for Great Green wall . and NGOs to ensure sustainable and serene environment

Earlier, the State Commissioner of Environment, Hon. Modu Walama said one million species of trees including those with commercial values will be planted across the Nine Local Government Areas of the state.

“The last time tree planting campaign was carried out in the state was over a decade due to the insurgency and other factors . Commended the governor for giving the ministry the go ahead and approving the fund to raise 1 million seedling for planting across the state. I urge you your Excellency to make tree planting a condition for construction of all government constructions works,” he added.


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Borno government launches free maternal care services with over N80 million worth of drugs, delivery kits



Borno government launches free maternal care services with over N80 million worth of drugs, delivery kits

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In it’s efforts to reduce maternal mortality rate and improve healthcare delivery, as well as transportation challenges the Borno state government has launched free maternal health services to pregnant women and nursing mothers across the state and distribution of ambulances to 71 Healthcare facilities across the state.

While Launching the Free Maternal scheme and presentation of free drugs to General Hospitals and health facilities in the state, which held at Medical stores in Maiduguri on Wednesday, Governor Baba gana Zulum said “this administration is today launching a free antenatal and maternal drugs and services in order to reduce maternal maternity rate in the state and also to see improve healthcare delivery in line with our 10 point agenda”.

“If you go to our hospital across the state, you will see women in their numbers attending antenatal and most of them does not have money to buy drugs. As from today women across the 71 health facilities across the state should receive free health services drugs and delivery kits”. The governor added.

Governor Zulum said ” I directed all Managing Directors, the Hospital Management Board and the ministry to ensure that pregnant women across the state get free delivery kits, drugs and services. I also call in the PMOs to furnish to my office with the analysis of the scheme for one months to enable us plan and ensure sustainability of the scheme”.

He said ” to ensure the sustainability of the scheme, the state government will therefore, set aside N1 billion in the 2021 budget and subsequent budgets, I therefore directed the ministry and , the Hospital Management Board to ensure the ambulances are maintained regularly”.The PMOs should ensure funds are made available to maintained these ambulances”

Earlier, the Borno state commissioner for Health , Dr Salihu Kwayabura said “according to the data from the 2018 National Demographic Health survey NDHS , 51 percent of all pregnant women in Borno state received quality antenatal care ,however only 26 percent deliver in the hospital under skilled attendance”

.Dr Kwayabura Represented by the Director Medical Services, Dr. Buba Mahalia said “furthermore, transportation to the health facility was recognizes as a major challenge. The government of Borno state , especially, this administration is ever committed to reversing this ugly trend and improving the health of the people generally. It is in recognition of this that a lot of investment has gone into Infrastructure, Human resources, equipment and technology and referral systems

“Before you here today are various drugs and medical consumables worth N80 Million for distribution free of charge to 51 major Primary Health care facilities and 24 functional secondary health care facilities across the state .They includes 5000 antenatal care registrational cards, 3000 tin of fersolate, folic acid and B complex each containing 1000 tablets, over 2500cartons of infusion drips and assocesties, magnesium sulphate, 5000 doses of misoprisol and 1000 doses of oxyyicin to address the challenges of excessive bleeding and obstructed labour ., The commissioner added.

Dr Kwayabura further said ” Your Excellency I present to you 16 ambulances and 33 tricycles ambulance to ease transportation and strengthen referrals . This singular major investment in the health sector is intended to compliment the investment in infrastructure, human resources for health and equipment that has been deployed a cross various parts of the state.”

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