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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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Gov. Zulum Visit Remote Kala-Balge Shares 100M to 10,000 Trapped Households



Zulum visit remote Kala-Balge, shares N100m to 10,000 trapped households

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

The Borno State governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, was on Tuesday in Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge, Local Government Area, remotely located around a boarder between Nigeria, Cameroon linking to Chadian territory, where he distributed N100 million to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the town.

Governor Zulum who flew from Maiduguri to Kala-Balge on board a helicopter because it is currently impossible to access the LGA by road due to massive waterlog caused by discharge from a dam in Cameroonian territory in July 2019, gave Male householders received N15,000 each, while their female counterparts received N10,000 each.

The Governor, who was accompanied by Dr Zainab Gimba, member of house of reps for Kala-Balge, Bama and Ngala federal constituency, Kala-Balge’s representative at the state assembly and a special adviser from there returned back at night.

The governor who led the officials of the Borno giverment personally supervised the distribution of N100m in cash to the residents in Rann, whose only option is to trek about 10 kilometres to border communities in order to buy food and other basic needs. Each of the 10,000 households in the community was given between N10,000 and N15,000 cash because there is no banking service. Zulum had to fly cash as last option.

More than 10,000 households in the agrarian community of Rann, have been trapped while crops planted last year were destroyed by a herd of 250 elephants sighted by UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) officials from their helicopter back in December 2019.

Farmlands still flooded cannot be cultivated by the residents forcing them to completely depend on aid transported to them through humanitarian air services.

Rann, largely populated by Borno’s Shuwa arabs, is considered Nigeria’s most severely disadvantaged local government headquarters. Despite 25 years of existence, Rann is usually inaccessible during rainy season as there is neither road nor bridge linking the council headquarters with the rest of Borno State. The council is also not connected to the national grid for electricity supply.

Tuesday’s was Governor Zulum’s third humanitarian visit to Kala-Balge since June 2019.

It coukd be recalled that the Governor was in Rann on June 9 and December 8, 2019. In the first visit, he traveled by road before the flood while he flew by chopper in December. On both occasions, he supervised the distribution of food and non-food aid to residents, many of them in critical need.


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Empowerment : wives of Adamawa lawmakers solicit Assembly support



Empowerment: Wives of Adamawa lawmakers solicit Assembly support

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The Association of Wives of Adamawa House of Assembly Members has urged for the lawmakers support to enable the association contribute its quota in empowering the electorates at the grassroots.

Chairperson of the association who is also the wife of the Speaker, Hauwa Aminu Iya Abbas made the call when she led other members of the association on a courtesy call to the state assembly.

Hauwa said the association has a lot of programmes plan of action in areas of health, education and women empowerment that would impact on the lives of the people and needed the support of the lawmakers to actualize the plans.

According to her, wives of the members needed more capacity building on how to mobilize, encourage and support women to be productive for the growth of the society.

She said that as wives to the lawmakers, they remain committed in supporting the lawmakers in ensuring quality representation needed to the desired transformation of the state.

Responding, the Speaker, Rt Hon Aminu Iya Abbas, appreciated the visit by the women and tasked the association to come up with viable projects that have direct bearing on the electorates.

Iya Abbas assured them of the lawmaker’s readiness to support them in complimenting government transformation effort.

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Adamawa students laud Gov. Fintiri for sustain support to education



Adamawa Students laud Gov. Fintiri for sustain support to education

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The President of National Union of Adamawa State Students (NUADSS), Comrade Gaddafi Hussaini, has lauded Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa for his commitment to restore the lost glory of education in the state.

Hussaini made the commendation Monday in Yola while addressing the press on successes recorded by his five months old administration.

“After we got sworn into office, we did not fold our hands waiting for miracles to happen. We stepped our boots on the ground and marched forward with our advocacy, meeting and expressing our problems to the right stakeholders.

“It was as a result one of these advocacy visits that we now boast of this brand new union vehicle, fully donated by our elders from the Nigeria Union of Teachers under the sound and visionary leaders of Comrade Rodney Nathan,” Hussaini said.

He also noted that his administration was also focusing on skills’ acquisition for indigent students.

“We will be focusing on personal development and skills acquisition for our members. We will partner with relevant organizations and stakeholders to empower our members with the requisite skills and knowledge to become creators of businesses and value or to become more employable.

“This is inline with our vision in NUADSS of making our members productive and self-sustaining and inline with the vision of his Excellency Governor Fintiri to transform the economy of Adamawa State,” Hussaini.

Hussaini said the construction of the union permanent secretariat has commenced in earnest and work had reached advanced stage.

“We are going to name the secretariat after Governor Fintiri for his administration commitment to education in the state,” Hussaini said.

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