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Borno Deputy Governor to head COVID -19 response team

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Borno Deputy Governor to head covid 19 response team

.By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

In his commitment to ensure that Covid 19 didn’t rear its ugly head in Borno state, the state Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has inaugurated a high-powered response team for prevention and control of coronavirus under the state Deputy Governor, Umar Kadafur, as chairman and the state commissioner of health as secretary.

While inaugurating the response team, at his second office at Musa Usman Secretariat in Maiduguri on Friday Governor Zulum received a technical response plan adopted by a multi-stakeholder group made up of UN agencies, federal establishments and affected ministries which met with the Chief of Staff, Dr Babagana Wakil, on Thursday during which they came up with a response plan after critical review of the state.

The response team which is to fully implement the response plan, has the chief of staff as vice chairman with members that include senior officials of the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, UN-OCHA, IOM, ICRC, international Non-Governmental Organizations (iNGOs) involved in humanitarian interventions, heads of Maiduguri International Airport, Nigerian Immigration Service, Borno State Emergency Management Agency and commissioners of education, higher education, information, transport, finance, religious affairs and local government and emirate affairs. The team also has two special advisers on sustainable development, partnerships and humanitarian affairs and that of public relations and strategy.

Governor Zulum while thanking the members of the team for the work they have already start, tasked them to ensure that very firm measures were deployed to tighten access to IDP camps where one case can trigger wild fire effect with adverse consequences.

The governor also directed the commissioner of education and the chairman of the state universal education to change the academic calendar by bringing exams backward so that schools can close within one week instead of the schedule to close in two weeks time based on the academic calendar.

“If we are to close schools, what do we do with IDP camps which is far less organized than schools? I am aware that our schools have two weeks to close but we should change the calendar and close in one week. But even at that, we must take serious measures in all schools and more importantly in our IDP camps and in land border communities where people can come into Nigeria through some of our local government areas,” Zulum said.

Similarly, our correspondent who went round some mosques within the Maiduguri metropolis, reports that most of the Jumat mosques observed their Congregational prayers without panic or use of preventive measures such as hand sanitizer and adhering to non shaking hands measure

Speaking in an interview, a Muslim .faithful , Mallsm Garba Ibrahim said “we are aware of the corona virus, but we believe it cannot survive in Maiduguri, even if it happens someone brought it, because of our high temperate nature of Borno, the virus cannot survive”

Another faithful. Abubakar Idris said ” yes I came to pray but I am being mindful not to shake hand with any one, more especially those that I don’t know them”.

“We believed and pray by the grace of God this virus will not come to Borno. Because we have had our own share of Boko Haram insurgency which I believe God will have mercy on us”, he added.

While at MaiSaje Mosques, Ali Usnan said ” I have a complete submission to the will of Allah and I believe nothing will happen to me. As He has already destined everything that will happen on this earth including cioroona virus. So nothing will happen yo me by the grace of God. I have faith in.Him”.

 

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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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