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Insecurity ; Borno residents embarked on fasting, prayers to end Insurgency

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INSECURITY: BORNO RESIDENTS, EMBARKED ON FASTING. PRAYERS TO END INSURGENCY

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Residents of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital irrespective of their tribes religion or party affiliations have on Monday embarked on One day fasting and prayers to seeking God intervention in ending the decade long Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast

The fastung was a result of call and declaration by the Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum for both Muslim and Christian faithfuls in the state to embark on a day fasting and prayers on Minday 24th 2020 to seek God hand to bring to an end the protracted and renewed insurgents attack in the state and the country at large.

Muslims in.their numbers gathered at the Maiduguri central mosque at the Palace of Shehu of Borno, mosques among others mosques supplicating and reciting Qur’anic verses, praying and seeking the intervention of God to end the insurgency.

A Muslim faithful Mallam Adamu Abdullahi said “yes today we are fasting supplicating, praying to Allah to deal with anybody who has hand or fueling Boko Haram insurgency no matter how highly placed”

An IDPs from Bakasi IDP camp, Alhaji Garba Abor said “today we the IDPs are happy because we know the whole state and country or even the world at large are with us praying for the end to the insurgency, so that we will go back home. We have mobilize our people and we are all fasting because we know, we are at the forefront of those affected by the insurgency”.

An Islamic cleric, Mallam Abubakar Idris said ” the call for prayers is long over due but it is better late than never. Whenever a group of people community or nation are in problem they’ should seek God intervention. We should also seek for the forgiveness of our sins. God wil surely answer our prayers”.

A Christian clergy, Pastor Michael Paul said ” we have mobilize our members inline with Governor Zulum”s call for fasting today Monday 24th 2020, we have to resort to God, as nothing on this earth that God cannot do. We are hopeful that soon the end of insurgency will come.”

A Christian faithful., Mr. Francis Okonkwo said ” we, the Christian community in Borno state, fasting today. Because there will no be any development when there is in security. Our business are not moving because of the insurgency.”

 

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Covid -19; BOSACA advises general public on preventive measures

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COVID 19 BOSACA advises general public on preventives measures

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Executive Secretary and Project Manager Borno State Agency for the Control Against AIDS (BOSACA), Alhaji Muhammad Barkindo has advised general public, more especially those with ailment that lower the immune system in the bidy such as diabetic, hypertension, sickle cell among other to take extra precaution and adhered strickly to preventive measures against Corona Virus.

The Executive Secreatry, Muhammad Barkindo Saidu while speaking in an interview with journalists in office in Monday said both Corona and HIV, AIDS are virusus but CORONA is much more deadly, even HIV/AIDS weakens body immunity and renders its victims to fall easy prey to diseases.. So also those with diabetics, blood pressure, sickle cell are all crime to the corona Virus, as such they take extra preventive measures by strictly adhering to all measures.

He commended Governor Babagana Umara Zulum for assisting the Borno State Agency for The Control of HIV (AIDS) in terms of supporting in mentenance thrur office infrastructure to ease theur work.

Muhammad Barkindo said the Aagency is able to contain the spread of the HIV AIDS in the state more especially among the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

We were able to contain the spread of the HIV Virus through sensitizing the public on the availability of essential drugs to be given to people living with the virus and removing the stigmatization. Confidence building on the part of those living with the virus has helped tremendously in making people to come for testing and to also receive treatment”, the Executive Secretary added.

He furthet ststed that his agency has been working closely with managers of IDP Camps in the identification of patients, adding that they also use the support and assistance to those identified to remove stigmatization with the assurance that using the drugs will ensure that patients can live normal lives so those hiding are now encouraged to come out.

The project Manger also commended the military for their cooperation and synergy that has assistied the agency conducting test and provide care to those people who have been rescued from captivity of Boko Haram through given them medicatiin.

Accirding to him, as for the pregnant rescued victims, they are made to undergo antenatal clinics which makes it easy for their status to be determined and followed up.

While lamenting the pathetic story of five Ladies abducted, infected with HIV virus and impregnated by insurgents, Barkindo said the agency were able yo identitied them counseled them and provide them with medication and livihood assistance through the Wife of Executive Governor of Borno state, Dr Falmata Babagsna Zulum.

 

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Covid -19; Gov. Fintiri direct public, private workers to work from home

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Covid-19: Gov. Fintiri direct public, private workers to work from home

By Baba Yakubu Yola

Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa has directed all workers from level 01 to 14 in public and private sectors in the state to work from home.

A statement signed by the Press Secretary to the Governor, Humwashi Wonosikou, said the directive is part of measures to ensure the safety of the people against the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

“This category of staff are to work from home for a period of two weeks in the first instance subject to review, but with exception of those on essential services such as health workers, water board, fire service, board of internal revenue, security men, abbatoir and media workers.”

He said that the Governor regretted the decision which became necessary based on the fact that 51 cases and one death had been recorded in the country.

“Governor Ahmadu Fintiri reassured people of the state of his administration’s resolve to protect them against any form of challenges, and urged them to cooperate with government towards better service delivery.

“The Governor reiterated the need for all concerned to observe basic hygiene practices like ensuring hand washing and social distancing,” Wonosikou said.

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Effects of COVID -19 ; Governor Zulum sets up team to increase Borno’s IG

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Effects of Covid-19, Governor: Zulum sets up team to increase Borno’s IG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum has on Tuesday set up economic response team to braced up for impending economic downturn as a result of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic as well as dwindling Nigeria’s oil revenue,.

The committee led by Governor Zulum’s Special Adviser on Economy, Alhaji Mustapha Bunuw were tasked to increase the state’s internally generated revenue (IGR).

Governor Babagana Zulum while announcing the team at the Government House, Maiduguri, mandated them to increase Borno’s internally generated revenue through innovations, fiscal discipline, blocking of leakages and priority funding.

Members of the team includes the Permanent Secretaries in ministries of finance, trade and investment, environment, transport, health, water resources as well as the general managers of the state’s housing and water cooperation, with the Chairman of the state’s Board of internal revenue, serving as the Secretary.

The governor urged them to block all leakages in revenues accruing to the state and to harness all avenues to increase internal revenue.

He further disclosed that the state executive council will review the 2020 budget given the fall in oil price which could make projected revenue from the federation account potentially impossible as a result of drop from more than $50 bench mark to less than $30 being the price at the moment.

” A revised budget will be sent to the Borno state House of Assembly, in which less revenue will be projected from the federation account, while some projects will be set aside with government to focus on funding priority projects”, Prof. Zulum added.

 

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