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Gov. Zulum extends lockdown for the next one week



Gov. Zulum extends lockdown for the next one week

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Governor, Babagana Zulum of Borno state has extended the total lockdown imposed on the state for the next one week from 7th May, 2020 to 14th, May 2020.

Governor, Babagana Zulum while addressing a statewide broadcast yesterday at the Government House. Maiduguri said the last four weeks has been a period of great trial for us in the state. We lost some of our great elders statesmen and leaders, scholars and illustrious sons. We lost his eminence the Shehu of Bama, Shehu Kyari, His Excellency, the former Governor of Borno, Alhaji Mohammed Goni, Galadima Modu Sheriff, Hon. Wakil Bukar Lawan, Goni Modu Kolo, Goni Habib amongst few others. We received condolence visit and messages from far and near and express our appreciation to all for the concern and solidarity in this our trying period. May Allah in his infinite mercy forgive all their shortcomings and give the families the fortitude to bear the irreparable lost. ”

“As we all know, the total lockdown strategy is unrealistic and not feasible for us in the state but a measure of the strategy will be adopted as precautionary method to safeguard our lives in the face of ravaging corona virus pandemic. I have extended the lockdown measure by a week but directed tomorrow Thursday 7th and Friday 8th as well as Monday 11th May 2020 to open up for a period between 8am to 5pm to enable petty business and markets to flourish so that families access essential food items.”, Governor Zulum added.

The governor said “We will review the situation next week Wednesday, 13th May, 2020 and the COVID-19 Committee will announce the fundamental strategies to be observed and regulations to be followed in the fight against the pandemic, within the relaxation period. However, Government will not hesitate to renew lockdown orders if the people are not willing to adhere to guidelines.”

“Felow Compatriots, indeed, it has not been easy to find ourselves lockdown in our homes under strenuous weather conditions and for most of us observing the fast of Ramadan. Moreover, the bulk of our population are either peasant farmers, petty traders or menial workers that most go out on daily basis to enable them spend for themselves and families. Thus, life will be unbearable for most of our people under a total lockdown condition”, Zulum further said

He said “It would have been better for a complete relaxation of the lockdown measures, if we had an effective vaccine or if the infection rate is declining by the day. The available statistics shows an increase in corona virus cases on daily basis and cause mainly by community transmission. For now, social distancing and lockdown are the only veritable options to limit community transmission in the absence of any effective vaccine to fight the pandemic. The pandemic is real and we must face it.”

“However, to avert the danger of the spread through community transmission, we should strictly carry out all the hygienic practices such as washing of hands, use of face masks and hand sanitizers as well as social distancing. I have further directed the state COVID-19 committee to strictly enforce the ban on inter state travel and night journeys to stem the spread of the disease.”, the governor added.

Prof.Zulum said “Government is not unmindfull of the hardship resulting from the lockdown of businesses and workplaces. We are aware of the flight of our compatriots at the IDP camps, the widows, the vulnerables and the very poor in their places of abode. The situation is not easy even with the average and well-to-do in the society. It is a war situation requiring supreme sacrifice and endurance as well as solidarity to survive the onslaught of an invisible enemy. In Borno, we have shown the much expected resilience and perseverance just as we did at the height of the insurgency when we completely suspended all our socio-economic activity to remain safe at home.”

“We have put in place a machinery for the distribution of food items as part of the palliative measures to cushion the effect of the lockdown policy. The committee has started work in ernest and implore on them to not be non-partisan in the assignment given to them. In this task, Government has recieved support from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Northeast Development Commission, and other well spirited organisations like Dangote Foundation. We will continue to work with all stakeholders in bringing succour to the lives of our people while we handle the threats of the infectious disease”, he added

He further said ” Government is aware of some of the institutional challenges of the COVID-19 response team and the difficult circumstances under which they operate. We must salute all our medical and health workers for the sacrifices and bravery with which they discharge their duties in saving the lives of others. I specially commend the management of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and the State COVID-19 committee for their good work. All their shortcomings as alleged by the populace will be addressed.”

“Government will strengthen the isolation centre to meet up challenge. We will ensure adequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and procurement of mobile testing equipment and other logistics requirement for prompt response. We will establish a better synergy between the COVID-19 Response Team and the General public to avert negative consequences of wrong information or misinformation”, Cover Zulum said.

“Fellow compatriots, our society after the COVID-19 pandemic will be very different given the devastating impact on the economy and socio-cultural development. The need for the diversification of the economy to ensure heavy reliance on agriculture will be paramount for us. We must look inwards to strengthen our economic base and empower our people to be self-reliance in food production. We have discussed extensively at the Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) for the need to revitalized the agriculture and transform the entire Northern society through the development of the human resources capacity. We will take a hard look at the Almajiri system for better human capacity building and development. The rich intellectual endowment of the young Almajiris must be developed and harnessed for overall wellbeing of the society”.

“As a first necessary step, i have directed the COVID-19 taskforce to profile all the Tsangaya schools in the state with a view to creating a database. I will encourage a dialogue amongst my colleague Governors to create educational opportunities that are sustainable and modern for the Almajiris in the north. We take all measures to protect their human rights and dignity while we take steps to reposition them we in society”, he further explained

“These actions and measures are essential if we were to take necessary precautions against the spread of the disease in our dear state. I call on all our religious and community leaders to join in the prayers so that we see an end to this pandemic. We should always remember to adhere to the hygienic advices given”, he added.


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Adamawa Apc Warn Members against Accepting PDP Appointment



Adamawa APC warn members against accepting PDP appointment

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



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



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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