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Covid -19; Borno Government starts temperature check of travellers entering Maiduguri by road

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Covid- 19; Borno government starts temperature check of travellers entering Maiduguti by road

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

The Borno state government High Powered Committee on the Control and Mitigation of Covid 19 has commenced the checking of temperature of all motorists entering Maiduguri, the state capital, in its efforts to dtemed the spread of the Covid 19.

While flagging off the exercise at the Jimtilo checkpoint along Maiduguri Jos road, the chairman of the committee who is also the Borno state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said “the due to the closure of the Airports many people are coming into the state, hence the need to heighten our survillance on the land travellers to check the spread of the Covid 19 .

He said ” the Borno state Government in colloboration with the National Union of Road Transport Workers ( NURTW) took this measured of tempreture checking and hand wash at the entry point to ensure that nobody checks into the state with the Virus

We have been since checking the temperature of those coming through the Airport and now that the airport is closed, we felt that people coming into Maiduguri through road should be subjected to smear exercise because most of our people travelled by road, hence the need to take this measures”, he added.

Alhaji Kadufur said ” due to parcularity of the state, which has many Internally displaced Person (IDPs) we have to take extra measures and precaution to prevent our IDPs and the host community as well as urge the general public to cooperate with the members of the committee and the health workers in our quest to prevent our dear state from these dreaded virus”.

Also speaking, the state commissioner for Transport, Hon.Abubajar Tijjani said ” we had meeting with the union of transport workers and other stakeholders to make them understand the need for us to take these measures to prevent Corona virus from entering our dear state. We Can see all the transport union are here with us for the flagging off of this exercise “.

We have also discussed with the transport Unions to reduced number of pressengers and not increase the transport fare, as we don’t want a situation where passengers will be subjected to more hardship”, the commissioner said.

He said ‘ as you are aware, the Airport has been closed and people have now resort to travelling by road, we thought we need to take same measure of checking temparature to our land entrance, we have identity three major entrances which includes Bama Road, Dikwa and Jimtilo where all these exercise will be carried out”.

Also speaking, the Borno state commissioner for information, Hon. Babakura Abba Jatau said “. This far reaching decision by the Borno state committees on the control and migration of covid-19 in taking these measures of checking temoperatures and hand wash of all passengers coming into Maiduguri and this exercise is not only here but all entrance into the state”

We are taking these measures to ensure that all those coming into Maiduguri are free from corona virus, because we can’t afford to have any case in Borno, as even developed countries are battling with the virus”, he said.

In his remarks.the state Secretary of the RTEAN. Comrade Bulama Adamu said ” we are going to comply fully with the measures taking by the Borno state government in preventing the spread of corona virus. We are happy for this far reacting decision. It is for our own good. As a union we will cooperate with the health worker ”

A driver, Mallam Isa Aliyu said “I have just been tested and I am happy, because it was all aimed at preventing us from the deadly corona virus. We were been told that the virus is killing a lot of people in Italy and United states, we pray that we should not witness it in Borno”

A passenger, Halima Abubakar said “we are happy for the temperature check exercise, it is been done to prevent the spread of corona, I urge my fellow passengers to cooperate with the health workers.

 

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Gov. Buni Mourns Emir of Zazzau

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Gov. Buni Mourns Emir of Zazzau

Yobe state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker/Extraordinary National convention committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has commiserated with the government and people of Kaduna state over the death of the Emir of Zaria, Alhaji Shehu Idris.

Governor Buni described the death as a loss of a  nationalist who dedicated his life to the service of Nigerians.

The late Emir was a bridge builder who threw the doors of his domain open, accommodating all Nigerians irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious differences.

“Late Shehu Idris built a mini Nigeria in Zaria where everyone lived and freely pursued their legitimate means of livelihood.”

He will be remembered for providing conducive environment to host numerous educational institutions and, making Zaria a citadel of learning in Nigeria.

Governor Buni prayed Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and to grant him Aljannatur Firdaus.

The Governor also prayed Allah to give his family, Zaria emirate, government and people of Kaduna state and, Nigerians the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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Mamman Mohammed
DG Press and Media Affairs to Gov. Buni.

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Biu Emirate loses Kuthi at the age of 80

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Biu Emirate loses Kuthi at the age of 80

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Kuthi (Emir) of Biu, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu has died at the age of 80 .

Confirming the death, the Borno state government through the commissioner of Information, Home Affairs and Culture, Hon. Babakura Abba Jatau said “Inna Lillahi wa innah ilayhi rajiun his royal highness the emir of Biu Mai Umar Mustapha Aliyu has answered the call of Allah Subuhanahu wa Taa La””

“Appointed June 1989 the late emir died this morning at the age of 80. He will be laid to rest in Biu by 2pm today Tuesday, 15 September, 2020 according to palace source may his soul rest in perfect peace.,” The statement added.

An emirate source told our correspondent that the Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu died at the Federal Medical Centre Gombe at about 8;45 pm on Monday night after a protracted illness.

“As I am talking now (10;35am) we just received the corpse of the Late Kuthi and the funeral prayer is scheduled to take place by 2;00pm today”, the source added.

The Late Emir who succeeded his father Alhaji Mustapha Aliyu was appointed in June 1989 and has spent 31 years as the Kuthi of Biu.

Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu was the 28th Emir of Biu and started his career as vetinery officer in Biu with Borno state government and was appointed the District head of Biu in 1975 and later appointed Emir of Biu in June 1989.

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FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods gets to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast

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FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods get to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Worried by the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in inaccessible areas, the Federal Government through the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee has adopted an air drop strategy to ensure that foods get to the IDPs in the hard to reached communities in the Northeast

While speaking to newsmen shortly after the ascimilation exercise demonstrated by troops of the Nigerian Air Force the Air drop strategy at the Maiduguri International Airport during the weekend, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk said “we are adopting this strategy to ensure that our IDPs in hard to reached areas are benefited. The Air drops strategy which in collaboration with the troops of the Nigerian Air force is not a new strategy, it has been used in 2018 in Kala- Balge local government” and we adopting to ensure effective and efficient delivery”.

“the issues around inaccessible areas, areas where humanitarian aid workers cannot access. We are collaborating with the Nigerian Airforce to support us with air drop of food items to communities and areas that are not accessible. We have identified four areas which includes Rann, Mary’s, Damboa omang other communities, we are here to see the ascilmilation exercise of the air drop with a view to see how it will work and If there is any challenges, we will go back to the drawing board and correct it “, the minister added.

The Minister further said “the Air drop distribution is targeted at 26,067 households, totaling 156,402 individuals.. We are going sit-down with the Borno state government this night with a view to see how best all the hard to reach areas can be reached.”.

Hajiya faruk said “the government has.put in place measures to.ensure that the food items doesn’t get into the hards of insurgents through air surveillance and identification of real beneficiaries. The foods to distributed I Clyde’s 26*067 22.5kg of rice, 26,067 2.5 kg of beans, 26,067 12.5kg of maize and Millet, 4,394 packets of 20 grammes iiofizef salt, 2,604 of 29 litres vegetables oil, 4,345 cartons if superghetti and 2,173 cartons of seasoning cubes “

Earlier, the Air Taskforce Commander, Air commodore Precious Amadi said “the purpose is in case for any reason the foods cannot transported by road,, we will use air drop strategy to take food to the people by ayur. The Nigerian Aurforrce has the capacity to drop foods to people in inaccessible areas. We will do it whenever we are call to do so”

While on a courtesy call to the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, the Minister said ” we are here on behalf of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the National Humanitarian Coordination.committee to see how we can ensure no one is starve by ensuring food get to those in.hsrd to reach areas.”

Hajiya Faruk said “at a meeting held with the Vice President on 4th September 2020, it was discussed that accessibility issues faced by INGOs operating in
the NorthEast due to insecurity, floods or terrain, could be mitigated with the support of the security services and as outlined in the joint CiSEC Communique signed at the end of the 3 day Civil Security Cooperation Workshop held in Maiduguri from 6th–8th November 2019.The Communique highlights the need for Civil Security Cooperation to ensure the conduct of seamless humanitarian
activities.”

” Your Excellency, the CiSEC structures provide the relevant platform for the essential dialogue and interaction required between humanitarian\civilian and security actors that it is necessary to pursue common goals which protect and support persons of concern affected by emergencies created by wars, armed conflicts,and terrorism;
natural and secondary catastrophes; and technological and environmental disasters.”. She further stressed.

She stressed that “however,to ensure that we are able to provide adequate support, I wish to request that the State Government provide the
necessary information required to enable collaboration with the
Nigerian Airforce to drop food and non-food items in locations that
have been made inaccessible due to insecurity or the recent floods.”

She said ,the Managing Directoror NorthEast Development Commission NED and the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA will work with the Borno state team to ascertain and provide the NHCC with the required information to
ensure that the interventions provided are prioritise,and the needs and are
sufficient for the identified vulnerable communities”

Responding the Borno state Governor Professor Babagana Zulum represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said “we are working hard to see that we resettle all IFPs in the state volunteraliy , because they eager to go back to their communities. We have even commenced resettlement of our IDPs with the returned of the IDPs from.Auno, Ajiri, Kawuri and very soon we are going to resstlle the people of Baga, Ashigashiya and Ngoshe”.

Whe thanking the Federal Government for the support that have rendering to the IDPs in the Northeast, Governor Zulum assured that the Borno state government will work closely and support the Federal government to ensure all the food items get to the beneficiaries and no IDPs is starved.

The minister accompanied by the Borno state Deputy Governor, Alh Umar Kadafur, the Managing Director, NEDC Alhaji Goni Alkali, the DG NEMA Alh. Mohammed T Mohammed and others dignitaries inspects the food items at the NEMA store in Maiduguri.

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