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Covid-19 lockdown; DPR warns petroleum marketers against hoarding, selling above official pump price

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Covid -19 lockdown; DPR warns petroleum marketers against hoarding, selling above official pump price

By Madu Mohammed. Maiduguri

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has warned pettoluem marketers in Borno and Yobe states not to take advantage of Covid 19 lockdown to hoard or sell petroleum above Government approved pump price, any fuel station found wanting will severely sanctioned..

The Zonal Operations Controller, Northeast, Ibrahim Ciroma while addressing newsmen at the DPR office Maiduguri on yesterday shortly monitored some fuel stations said ” any marketer who took the advantage of COVID 19 virus lockdown to hoard or sell petroleum above government approved pump price will be severely sanctioned”

” we have deployed our staff across the state to monitor the fuel stations and any fuel station found selling above the pump price or boarding the fuel will risk revocation of his licence. I urge general public not to panic, as We have over 1 million litres on ground”, he further stated.

On the issue of long queues in the state capital, Alhaji Ciroma said “we received only 3 trucks last Friday, 4 trucks on Saturday., no supply on Sunday, 3 on Monday 9 on Tuesday and Wednesday 23 trucks to Borno and Yobe states. You can see supply is now improving and very soon we have enough fuel now. We are also expecting over 100 trucks including 10 trucks intervention supply from Gombe Depot today”, he said

The Zonal Controller said ” I call on the general public to always contact us If they found any fuel station hiardung or selling petroleum above pump through there numbers 08056497084, 08056497095 and 08056497092. If they call these number and we will respond immediately even if its in the night. We will be there ”

Similarly, in his efforts to ensure petroleum marketers did not take the advantage of the Covid -19 lockdown to create artificial scarcity Governor Babagana Zulum went round some fuel stations where he force some fuel stations to sell and ordered the revocation of the Right of Occupancy of sone station he accused of hoarding petroleum resources..

The Borno state government in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) has the temporary revocation of Right of Occupancy of 10 fuel stations over an alleged hording of fuel.

The statement said “the Borno State government has observed with dismay that some fuel stations operating within state capital do not dispense petroleum products in accordance with the Federal Government regulations. The fuel stations also engaged in economic sabortage by hoarding petroleum products and selling them above the aporoved price.”

The statement therefore, stated that the Right of Occoancy of the 10 fuel stations that allegedly found engaging in hoarding the petroleum have been temporarily withdrawn pending the revocation processes.

This action of these fuel stations and their owners and operators are condemnable as they deliberately take advantage of Covid-19 pandemic to create untold hardship om general public.”, the statement added.

Reacting on the Borno state government decision to temporary withdrew right of Ocupancy of 10 fuel stations, the DOR Zonal operations Controller, Ibrahim Ciroma said there was a communication gap between the state government, DPR and the marketers because there was what we call dead stock which is between 300 to 1000 litres, while the other four fuel stations were having fuel meant for the military operations. Even the day the incident occurred the military officials were in my office and I told them that they need DPR approval to stock these quantity if feul. Which they went to write officially.

Also reacting, the chairman of the IPMAN Borno state, Alhaji Mohammed Kulwu Ngala said ” we constituted a committee to monitor the activities of our members to ensure nobody hoard fuel, we went round and did not found any, member wanting but what the governor found was what we called dead stock which cannot be Despenser because it will not be pump out, while the other fuel stations were stocking military fuel”.

We urge the Federal Government to always carry us along while trying to adjust petroleum pump price upward or downward so that we will know how to mitigate our loses”, he added.

The IPMAN chairman urged the general public not to panic as they have about 100 trucks coming to Maiduguri and that the scarcity was a result number of stock they received in the last one week.

 

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Gov. Buni Mourns Emir of Zazzau

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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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