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Don’t restrict movement of food items, poultry, feeds and medications – poultry farmers tells FG, State Government

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Don’t restrict movement of food items, pultry, feeds and medications – Poultry farmers tells FG, state government

By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri

The National Poultry Association of Nigeria (NPAN) has called on the Federal and state governments not to restrict movement of food items, poultry and poultry feeds in their efforts to contained the spread of Corona virus.

The Association said there is need to change current approach , as the approach is causing more panicking that worsen the solution.

The National President of the poultry famers, Mr. Ezekiel Ibrahim who made the  speacall while speaking at Press briefing held at the Correspondents office in Maiduguri on Friday said “Food and medical are essential even in the situation of war, as such food items, poultry and poultry feeds should not be restricted in tthe ongoing measures to contained the spread of the virus.”

He said ” As an Association of Poultry Producers. We are fully in support of the Federal government in all measures taken so far to improve the health and economy of the nation and to curtail the further spread of the deadly virus. We are in support of the closure of all the airports and land borders “.

” The approach of the federal and some state government is causing more panic than solving the situation. Some state government are restricting movements within their States.The restriction of inter state movement of vehicles by various state Governments is to worsen the food and protein supply situation to Nigerian, especially that FOOD is considered as very essential items for human health and survival. Many states government did not have the resources to pay people, or prvide food for lockdown, as over 70 percent of Nigerians do not collect salary “, the President added.

He said ” the Poultry famers have  invesmrnt of over N3 trillion invesment and locking down Nigeria will cause a lot of harm than good,. Restriction of movement of foods, poultry feeds and other food items will worsen the situation., as food is an essential as drugs”

Ibrahim said ” most of the trucks carrying food and medications are not carrying people. Instead we should intensify campaign through radio and traditional means of communication to enligthten the rural people than the panic approach which is more dangerous than the virus itself “.

He advised the Federal Government to trace the manifest of all those that travel from December to date to unvail themselves and their families and contacts for self isolation and observation than to do things half hardly.

The situation of the poultry producers market is not stable at the moment, and if urgent steps are not taken to remove the restrictions of vehicles convoying such critical poultry like Day old chicken, meat and egg, poultry feeds and drugs which are daily needed by Nigerians “, he added.

He urged the members of the poultry farners Association in the country to observe ” Biosecurity” not only on their farms but in the entire poultry value chain. So that the poultry industry might not be confronted with any other challenges of strange disease outbreak*.

The Association appeals to the government at all levels to consider the plight of the poultry farmers by relaxing the movement of vehicles regulation for all means of transportation caying a Day old chicken, Eggs, poultry feeds, imputs and any other production inputs like maize Soya beans and Offats for the continued production of poultry products, as poultry is food and therefore should be considered as essential items and services”, the Association stated.

 

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FG commensurate with victims of Borno IDP fire outburst, distributes relief materials to 9,678 survivors

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FG commensurate with victims of Borno IDP fire outbreak, distributes relief materials to 9,678 survivors

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruq has distributed food and non food items to 1,613 households affected by fire outbreak at the Muna Albadawi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri.

While commesurating with the victims at the Muna Albadawi IDP camp Maiduguri on Tuesday, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruq distributed food and non food materials to 9,678 victims if the fire incident..

She said she was in Maiduguri at instance of President Muhammad Buhari to commensurate and sympathized with the people and government of Borno state, assuring that very soon Federal government will kick start the construction of 10,000 housing units in the state this year resettle the IDPs

In her welcome address, the Chairperson. Borno state Emergency Management Agency, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo said ” the camp has over 50,000 IDPs, where 1,613 households were affected by the fire incident with the total of 9,678 survivors.”

In his remarks, Governor Zulum said the relief materials is one of the largest interventions received from federal government and that the NEMA responded just 2 days after the incident occurred.

At Goverment House, Maiduguri, Hajiya Sadiya Faruk told Governor Babagana Zulum that she was in Maiduguri to commensurate with the people and Government of Borno state over the fire incident that occurred at the Muna Albadaei Internally Displayed Persons (IDPs) that led to the destruction of many houses and goods.

Hajiya Faruq while sympathizing with Governor Zulun, said ” I am here in Maiduguri to commensurate with the people and Government of Borno state over the fire incident that occurred at the Muna Albadawi IDP camp that led to the destruction of many houses and goods”.

” The Muna Albadawi incident occurred just few days after similar incident occurred at Ngala IDP camp.. President Buhari 2 send his condolences to the people and government of Borno state”, the minister added.

She said “We commend NEMA for the relief materials and technical support. We are monitoring the situation closely with a view to evolving new strategy to avert future fire outbreaks”.

Hajiya Faruq said ” I also want to commend the NEMA and SEMA for quick response to the victims of the fire incident. The ministry is working with other stakeholders to kick start the construction of 10,000 housing units this year to fasten the post insutgency resettlement and economic recovery”.

Responding, Governor Babagana Zulum said the only solution to the incident of fire incident is the construction of permanent houses for the IDPs to go back to their communities, as the fire incident were caused mostly as a result of the houses were made of corn stock and the windy nature of the state.

“I commend you for your support to the people and government Borno state. You have visited Borno state over 20 times. You have visited Banki Bama Gwoza among other places. The Borno state government will partner and collaborate with you to ensure that all items brought is judiciously distributed”, the governor said.

 

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Within last two weeks, we neutralized 1,015 Boko haram/ISWAP – COAS

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Within last two weeks we have neutralized 1,015 Boko Haram/ISWAP- COAS

By Madu Mohammed , Maiduguri

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Tukur Buratai has said that his troops of Operation Lafiya Dole under Operation Kantana Njim Lan which he personally led has neutralized 1015 Boko Haram/ ISWAP terrorists since he relocated to the Northeast on 4th April, 2020.

The COAS who disclosed this yesterday while Speaking at the Chief of Army Staff Eid-el-Fitr Sallah luncheon with recoperating troops held at the Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri said ” since when I arrived Maidugri on 4th April 2020, we have neutralized 1015 Boko Haram/ ISWAP terrorists in Talala, Pulka, Buni Gari, Dapchi, Gajiram, Gajiganna among others”.

” This years Ramadan fasting came few days after our Christian brothers finished their lengthing period. Our operation kantana Njim Lan were carried out within the holy period and we had a significant success. We had also taken time to reflect on our setbacks and repositioned our operations”, General Buratai said.

The Army Chief said ” the COVID-19 pandemic has affect the arrival of procurement of our weapons, but we have looked inward and developed our own Ezugwu, Conqueror, champion among other platforms we have enhanced our operations. We also established 4 special forces units which have quicken our Operations where we securely dealt with the Boko Harsm and ISWAP terrorist’s. Our intelligence unit has also arrested 84 Boko Haram/ ISWAP logistic suppliers and informats”

” I Want to also commends our Air and Naval components, as well as other sister security organizations for contributing to the success of our Operation in the theater. We are assuring you that we will continue to work together and are commitment to securing fatherland , the labour of our heroes past shall never be in.vein ” he added.

In.his goodwill message. the Borno state Governor. Professor Babagana Zulum said ” in the last two months the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole had tremendously succeeded in the fight against insurgency in the Northeast. I believe that Allah has answered our prayers and very soon the insurgents will be completely wiped out”.

” The people and government of Borno state have acknowledged the tremendous success achieved by our troops.. The people of Borno will forever remain indebted to the military for your sacrifice to keep our communities safe. The Borno state government will continue to support the Army within our limited resources”, Governor Zulum stated.

In his welcome address, the theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General, Faruk Yahaya said ” this ocassion is in honour of our gallant troops who were hospitalized in the fight insurgency and recoperating from the wound they sustained “.

“We want to thank, the Chief of Army Staff, and our Guest of honour, the Executive Governor of Borno state for finding time to grace this occasion. This occasion is a moral booster for the COAS to not only celebrate Sallah with his troooos but personally led his commanders to serve soldiers. Last year we were in Ngamdu with the COAS were we served soldiers and the troops were happy to be served by the COAS”, the theater commander said.

 

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Gov. Buni Meet’s President Buhari on security

By Daily Hint Abuja

His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state, has on Thursday 30/4/2020 met with President Muhamnadu Buhari at the Presidential villa Abuja, to discuss relevant issues concerning the consistent attack on Buni yadi town of and across the state in recent time and measures to curtail it.

The Governor said the meeting became Paramount as security is the first priority and development of a state and to also strengthen security in the state as we approach the farming season for people to cultivate their farms without challenges.

Governor Buni expressed the readiness of the state government to continue supporting security organizations in their efforts towards establishing sustainable peace and security in Yobe state.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that the ongoing fight against insurgency will be sustained to ensure total security in the affected states.

He called on the affected state governments and people to cooperate with security agencies operating in the region.

 

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