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Gov. Zulum Orders total lockdown from 10:30pm on Wednesday 22/4/2020 for 14 days.

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Gov. Zulum orders total lockdown from 10:30 pm on Wednesday 22/4/2020 for 14 days

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Government has announced a total lockdown of the state for 14 days with effect from Wednesday 22nd April, 2020 as part of measure to stem the spread of covid -19 outbreak in the state

The Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum in a state wide broadcast held at the Government House. Maiduguri on Monday said “In the exercise of the powers conferred on me, I have signed an executive order, declaring Covid-19 a dangerous disease. For this, I am hereby directing a lockdown that will require cessation of all movements in Borno State for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 10:30pm on Wednesday, 22nd of April, 2020. All citizens in Borno State are to stay in their homes. This means all public gatherings are restricted while offices and businesses in Borno State are to be fully closed during this period. Security and intelligence agencies have been briefed for enforcement.”

He said “We are taking far reaching measures to ensure the virus does not take any more or health concern in any part of Borno State. Government will use this period of restriction to accelerate the tracing and isolation of persons who have been in contact with the index case. However, the restriction will not apply to providers of essential services, which the high powered team for prevention and control of Covid-19 in Borno State will make public”.

“Last night, the National Centre for Disease Control confirmed an index case of Covid-19, otherwise known as corona virus, in our dear state which took the live of one of us. Until his unfortunate death, the late health worker dedicated himself to providing humanitarian healthcare services to fellow citizens that were critically affected by the boko haram insurgency. Borno state will forever be grateful for his services. We are also profoundly grateful to all healthcare service providers, whose dedication to saving lives, will now be needed more than we ever did. “,the governor added.

“Fellow citizens, our index case, as confirmed by the NCDC, has brought to us, a strong and dangerous warning. Covid-19 is real and it has reached us in Borno State,” Zulum further explained.

Governor Zulum said “I am setting up a panel to investigate the circumstances surrounding the outbreak and handling of the index case in Borno State.
.It is my considered view that government owes this duty to both those exposed to risk of infection and the deceased, whose values were against the spread of infection. May the Almighty Allah grant mercy to the deceased and all Nigerians who died in this pandemic. Of particular note, is Malam Abba Kyari, late chief of staff to the President, who died of Covid-19 in Lagos, on Friday.”.

“All over the world, healthcare workers are now adored more than before. And this is because, they are putting their lives on the line in trying to save others. We hold our health workers very dearly and for this reason, I am worried about the manner in which the index Covid-19 case in Borno State, was handled. In the handling of that case, we have been confronted with not only losing a healthcare service provider but also exposing at least 100 persons to risk of infection. I am certain that with the manner in which the deceased gave commitment to humanitarian services, it could never have been his will to expose citizens, he worked hard to protect”, he added.
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“With our 11-year burden of dealing with the Boko Haman insurgency and its mortal impacts, the coming of Covid-19 amounts to having fresh pepper on fresh injury. However, notwithstanding the dangers posed by Covid-19, it has three solutions and these solutions have the same word: Prevention!
Prevention! And again, Prevention!”, he said.

The governor further said “as part of measures, the state’s High powered team has traced 97 persons that believed to have made contacts with our index case. 35 of them were traced in Pulka town of Gwoza local government area and 64 in Maiduguri. A surveillance and case management team has also been deployed to Pulkawhile an organization, to which the index case had association, is to quarantine all persons who had contact with the index case. The state’s high powered team is ensuring this standard procedure is strictly complied with.”

“I will like to clarify that tracing 97 interest persons does not amount to having 97 cases of Corona virus. We however await results from samples collected from these contacts, hoping we get good results.
Fellow citizens, as we have seen from the wild-fire effects of Corona virus, one index case is enough reason for very serious concern.”, said he.

Prof Zulum said “the high powered team under His Excellency, the Deputy Governor, has been directed to as from tomorrow, Tuesday, commence a daily centralized media briefing at 4pm. Location for the daily briefing will be announced by the team for the access of journalists who will be among those to be given permission on essential services.The high powered team will on daily basis provide citizens with timely updates and information on access to essential needs such as food, medical services and automated banking services.”

Governor Zulum said government is very much aware of the peculiar challenges faced in Borno State.and assured that government intend to be very particular about Internally Displaced Persons.as such it will continue to support them, stressing that l as time passes,government will consider social interventions for vulnerable citizens.

We recognize that the decision to impose restriction will cause difficulties and alter the plans we make differently.
However, as Covid-19 has reminded us, health comes ahead of everything we seek. We have taken necessary measures with the determination and hope to secure the lives of citizens in Borno State”, Prof. Zulum lamented.

While praying for the end of the pendemuc, Governor Zulum said “We pray and hope that these measures, amongst other steps we are adopting, will contribute significantly in controlling the spread of Corona virus in Borno State. Please stay safe and may God bless Borno State and the federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

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Adamawa Apc Warn Members against Accepting PDP Appointment

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By Baba Yakubu Yola

The Adamawa Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned its members against accepting appointment from Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri led government of People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

A statement on Wednesday by the State Publicity Secretary of APC, Mohammed Abdullahi, said according to the party constitution, anyone who accepted such appointment ceased to be members of APC.

Abdullahi said APC was observing the sustained fruitless effort by PDP in the state to cause disunity among its members.

“We refer to the recent appointments released by the PDP Government in the State that featured the names of some members of our Great Party and wish to draw the attention of the appointees to Article 9.5 of the APC Constitution which states that, any Party Member that accepts a political appointment from any political party or opposition Government ceases to be a member of APC.

“While we commend the loyalty and faithfulness of our Party members who rejected the appointments offered to them by the PDP Government, all those who accept the appointments will have their names removed from the Party Register.

“In conclusion, the APC is keenly watching the PDP government s fruitless efforts in trying to cause commotion and disunity within the APC family. This attempt has failed and will ever fail,” Abdullahi said.

He urged members of the party to remain resolute and focused on supporting the Buhari Administration as the party further unite to take over power in Adamawa State in 2023.

Meanwhile, one of the party chieftains given appointment by Gov. Fintiri as Special Assistant, Mrs Anna Sini has rejected the appointment.

Sini in a letter to APC said she declined the appointment as a loyal party member.

“I am assuring my party that, I remain loyal and committed APC member,” Sini who was an APC Senatorial Aspirant for Adamawa North District said in the letter.

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Borno Governor distributes foods and non food items to 10,000 IDPs households in Kala-Balge

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Borno Governor distributes foods and non food items to 10,000 IDPs households in Kala-Balge

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has led the distribution of food and non food items to 10,000 internslly Displaced Persons (IDPS) households in Rann, headquarters of the Kala-Balge, the remotest local government area of the state.

It could recalled that  this is the fourth time Governor Zulum visited the local government which shares border with the Cameroon Republic since he assumed office in the last one year.

Zulum who was flown from Maiduguri to Rann, onboard a military chopper, on Sunday May 31, 2020, after distributed the relief items also visit Ngala, Matte and Dikwa local government area before returning back to Maiduguri.

The Governor who had made three previous similar trips, the first being in June, 2019, few days after coming into office, when he undertook the need assessment of public facilities and subsequently ordered construction works.

He was later returnto Ksla bslge in December 2019 and distributeef cash to 15,000 widows. He layer went back again. in February this year to distribute N100 million cash to 10,000 trapped families.

During the latest visit on Sunday, Zulum supervised the distribution of relief items to mostly women and aged men amongst other vulnerable persons in need, with about 300 Nigerians taking refuge in the Republic of Cameroon who returned to Rann benefiting from the gesture.

Each of the beneficiaries received a bag of 50kg Maize grain, two cartons of spaghetti, two bags of 10kg rice and a-3 liters cooking oil, while female beneficiaries got wrappers in addition to the food items.

Residents in Rann have since mid last year been trapped without road access to farmlands due to the flood from a dam, this forced Nigerians in Rann to resort to neighboring Cameroon Republic for livelihoods.

Speaking, to newsment shortly after the exercise, Governor Zulum acknowledged food contributions from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Dangote Foundation.

“I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the President and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, for all that he has been doing towards repositioning the northeast. I also wish to express my appreciation to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Northeast Development Commission, as well as NEMA and Dangote Foundation, all of them have contributed to the success of this excersice”Gov., Zulum added.

After the food distribution exercise, Governor Zulum traveled to Wulgo, a border community, to assess the destruction caused by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The assessment of Wulgo, acording to Governor Zulum, was preparatory to resettlement of thousands of IDPs from the community currently staying at formal and informal camps in Gamboru town of Ngala LGA.

The governor said: “The aim of our visit here is to assess the town with a view to resetting back the community. We will have an interface with the community, I think the first thing we will do is to clear the town.”

Zulum then proceeded to Gamboru Ngala where he passed the night, during which he interfaced with the Internally displaced persons from different communities.

While in Rann and Wulgo Governor Zulum, paid visits to military formations in the two towns in order to boost their morale.

During the visits, Zulum presented 250 bags of 50 kg rice,10 bags of 50kg sugar, 200 cartons of noodles, 500 cartons of sphagetti, cooking oil and cash to each of the formations.

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Borno Government distributes palliatives food items to over 300 Frontline health workers, relatives of Covid-19 patients

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Borno government distributes palliative food items to over 300 front line health workers, relatives of COVID 19 patients

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state COVID-19 Response Committee has distributed palliative food items to over 280 front line health workers and 16 family members of Covid 19 patients currently in isolation centres in the state.

Presenting the palliative items to the front line health workers and relatives of Covid 19 patients at the Government House, Maiduguri yesterday, the Chairman of the Committee who is also the Borno state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said the gesture is palliative to assist the front line health workers and the relatives of Covid 19 patients currently receiving treatment at the Bulabulin Ngarannam and UMTH isolation centres.

The chairman of the committee who was represented by his secretary, the Borno state Commissioner for health, Dr Salihu Kwaya Bura said ” on behalf of the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum I am presenting these palliative food stuffs to you in his magnimity as a token from the government to cushion your hardship as you engaged in national assignment and sacrificed in the fight against Covid 19 pandemic and also the relatives of patients currently in isolation”

“We are presenting these palliative, as directed by the Executive Governor of Borno state, Professor Babagaba Zulum, he is concerned for the families of the Covid 19 pateints and the front line health workers”, he added.

He said ” in Borno state as at today 31 May 2020 we had 271 cases of Covid 19, 167 discharged, 78 active cases, 16 in isolation which consists 14 in Nganaram isolation centre and 2 in UMTH isolation centre, while the remaining are in isolation in their respective homes”

Speaking on behalf of the relatives of the patients, Abba Buba thanked the Borno state government and the Covid 19 committee in particular for the gesture, saying that the food items will greatly assist them.

” I assured you that we will continue to adhered to the all preventive measures, as advised by the medical experts. We really appreciate the gestures”, he added.

Each relatives of the covid 19 oateints were given 10 kg of rice. 1 cartons of Indome noodles, 3 litres of vegetable oil, 1 carton of suoetgheti.,as well as 5 kg of surgar.

 

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