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Insurgency; NEDC Presents 120 operational Vehicles to Armed Forces, Police, DSS, Others to Boost their Operations in the Northeast

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Insurgency, NEDC presents 120 operational vehicles to Armed Forces, Police, DSS. Others to boost their operations in the Northeast

By Madu Mohammed. Maiduguri

The North East Development Commission has presented 120 operational security vehicles, 18 ambulances to the Nigerian military and other security Operatives to boost their operations in the ongoing counter insurgency, as well as hospital.equipment to federal tertiary institutions in the Northeast.

Presenting the donations at ,an official launcing/handing Operational security vehicles to the Armed Forces, as well as handng over of ambulances/ medical equipment to FederalMedical instructions/medical centres in the Northeast region held at the Multipurpose Hall of the Government House. Maiduguri, on Thursday, the Managing Director of the NEDC Alhaji Goni Alkali said ” Army 10 Toyota Buffalo, 15 Toyota Pick up vehicles, 5 ambulances, Airfirce 25 Toyota pick up Vehicles 5 ambulances, Navy 10 puck up vehicles, police 30 pick up vehicles, DSS 10 puck up vehicles, NSCDC 10 pick up vehicles”.

While speaking at the occassion, the minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Developments. Hajiya Safiya Umar Faruq has said that destruction caused by over a decade of Boko Haram insurgency has cost the Northeast over 9.2 billion dollars.

” To achieved lasting peace there is need to take further step in Recovery and development of the region. The rebuilding of the region will cost over 9 billion dollars to achieve that we need collaborative efforts of all security operatives In the region and other stakeholders. The step taking by the NEDC to equipped the security operatives is commendable”, Hajiya Faruq added.

She said ” the success recorded by our security operatives need to be sustained. This is because the confidence of the people of the region boosted.and the donation of ambulances to our health institutions is also a step in the right direction

In his remarks, the Senate President, Sen. Ahmed Lawan said the budget of 18 billion allocated to NEDC in 2020 budget by the executive is grossly inadequate and appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to increase it.

The Senate President represented by Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume said ” the NEDC in the 2019 budget was allocated N38 billion, while the budget of N18 billion allocated to it in 2020 budget is crossly inadequate. We want to appeal to you ( minister of humanitarian Affairs) to take this message to President Buhari . we know the president has passionate and concerned to the plight of the Northeast”.

Senator Lawan also urged the Managing Director of the NEDC to collaborate with the state governors in the Northeast to develop the region and also appealed to the NEDC to pay the allowances of the members of the Civilian Joint Task force, hunters and vigilantees to reduced the burden on the state government of the six states in the region, as their budget cannot fund it ”

” I also want to spoeal to the ministry of humanitarian affairs to grant soecisl consideration to citizens of the Northeast in the N power scheme and the military to recruit the members of the CJTF into the military to hold ground ” Lawan added.

Also delivering his speech ,the Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum said the creation of the NEDC is one of the important tool in the fight against insurgency, stressing that the commission is not only providing humanitarian interventions but provide non kinetic force in the fight against insurgency. .

“Despite the recent renewed attack on our people, the Northeast is better than what it was before the coming of present administration of President Buhari, as 22 out of the 27 local government areas of the state were under insurgent’s control.”, Governor Zulum stressed.

He thanked the federal government and NEDC in.particular for the donation and assured that the governors of the six states in the region will continue to work with and support the military in the fight against insurgency and as well work with NEDC to develop the region.

Also speaking, the National Security Adviser General Babagana Monguno (rtd) said that “the resurgence of terrorists activities in the Northeast after several years of relative peace has put the military and other security outfits in the region in difficult situation for many reasons, and any assistance from any quarters of the Nigerian state. Such as what the Northeast Development Commission has embarked on today is welcome.”

” The promotion of stability in relations between the military and the civil populace in the Northeast is part of the mandate of the NEDC By demostrating confidence in the Armed forces and other security outfits through providing multi dimensional support to their efforts, in addition the commission’s collaboration with the office of the NSA in delivering the Deradicauatiin Rehabilitation and Reintegration Action plan. The NEDC is accelerating the pace for achieving peace in the region., without which it cannot implement the major part of the mandate for which it was established ” he added.

He said ” the significant of today’s event, therefore, must not be lost on us, amid all the speeches and protocol etc. The NEDC has demonstrated concern for the plight of all security Agencies and. I understand that even the tertiary health institutions in the region have not been left behind but the commission is doing is really for itself. The commission is boosting the capacity of stakeholders in the security and health sectors of the Northeast to.enable it implement its mandate”.

In his welcome address, the Managing Director of the NEDC, Alhaji Goni Alkali said ” the commission was established by President Buhari to fast track the development of the Northeast region following the devastation by the Boko Haram insurgency.”

“The function of the NEDC traverse Humanitarian Affairs, peace building, human capital Development, Early recovery and long term socio economic development, as well as coordination of interventions across the six state of the Northeast Region. Among the diverse function of the commission is coordination of Civil- military confidence building and stabilization measures and also activities that lie within the Civil-militaty interface, especially before,during and after Military and security operations”, the MD NEDC stated “.

LThe commission donated 120 operational vehicles to the Nigerian Army, Air force, Navy, Police, NSCDC to boost their efforts.in the fight against insurgency in the northeast as well as 18 ambulances, hospital beds and other equipment to the.8 Federal health institutions across the region for fight against Covid 19 and building materials to the victims of Auno attack.

While delivering his remarks,the Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum said the creation of the NEDC is one of the important tool in the fight against insurgency, stressing that the commission is not only providing humanitarian interventions but provide non kinetic force in the fight against insurgency. .

“Despite the recent renewed attack on our people, the Northeast is better than what it was before the coming of present administration of President Buhari, as 22 put the 27 local government areas of the state were under insurgent’s control.”, Governor Zulum stressed.

He thanked the federal government and NEDC in.particular for the donation and assured that the governors of the six states in the region will continue to work with and support the military in the fight against insurgency and as well work with NEDC to develop the region.

 

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Fuel, Electric hike, don’t take Nigerians for Granted, NANS tells FG

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By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called in the federal government not to take Nigerians for granted as they protest the recent hike in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularity known as petrol and electricity tariff.

The NANs in a protests led by the zonal Coordinator of NANS Zone “C” Comrade Suleiman Muhammad Sarki in Maiduguri on Monday were at the NUJ Press Centre, holding placards with several inscriptions such as, ‘Government should not be sadistic and thinks less of its citizens”, The dead is dying again, ” Increase of fuel price is too daring,”among others and singing all kind of solidarity songs against what they described the hike as the highly erroneous action of government against citizens at the time the world is recovering from COVID 19.

Comrade Sarki said ” We call on government to stop pushing Nigerians to wall. This is too daring; stop killing the dead. The country and indeed the whole world are facing serious problem right now due to covid19 pandemic, such mistaken decision is just as adding salt to injury.”

“Instead of dealing with insecurity, we are taking actions that will further heighten insecurity. The hike in petrol pump price will lead to hikes in price of goods and services.”, The NANS added.

The Association therefore condemn the increase in petrol price and electricity tarrif by federal government and call for the immediate reversal.

” We are not out of COVID 19, a lot of citizens are loosing their jobs, people are getting poorer and more responsibility, school closure, young people are roaming the streets unemployed, therefore fuel hike at this time is shocking”, the NANs further stressed

Comrade Sarki said Nigerians have gave this administration under President Bihari so many excuses than any other government in the history of Nigeria and therefore, called on the Federal government not to take Nigerians for granted.

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Set up Independent Panel to investigate Alleged Commercialization Counter Insurgency War – Group Tells FG

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Panel to investigate alleged comeilaluzation counter insurgency war – group tells FG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

A group called Borno Emirate Concerned Citizens Forum (BECCF) has appealed to the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigation panel to investigate the alleged commercialization of war against insurgency in the Northeast.

The group at a press briefing held at the NUJ Press Centre, Maiduguri yesterday and led by it’s Chairman, Zannah Hassan Boguma the group called on the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigative panel to investigate the commercialization of the war against insurgency in the Northeast.

The group said ” regarding the commercialization of the war against the terrirists, the Forum holds similar view with the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum. Because, once the fundermentals behind the formation of this Forum is a report by the district head of Baga that some miscreant among the security forces are engaged in all sort of bussiness, including farming and fishing business in the fringes of Lake Chad’.

“We strongly condemn and urge the Nigerian government to bring those responsible for the horrific crime to justice,” Boguma stressed.

“The recent developments in the state including abduction of innocent people, attacked on Governor’s Motorrcade, terrorising innocent people and shedding blood, constitutes a form of Injustice can never be tolerated by all well meaning individuals in the state , which viewed them as gross crime and sinful acts which undermining the peaceful circumstance of the people of Borno state”, Boguma added.

The group urged the people of Borno state to unite against those terrorising them and those who.permits the killing of non.contants without justification stressing that Islam has declared the spilling of blood and the destruction of.property as obsolute prohibition until the Day of Judgement.

” We urge all well meaning individuals and groups to desists from the culture of silence to denounce the terrorists act and their sponsors by revealing thieir secrets and exposing their lies. We believed that the conservative nature of our people has seriously made enemies within and outside to take chance to create havoc on our society, the group stressed.

The group further said ” the Armed Forces should take cue their counterparts in Tchad Republic. If the President of Tchad, Idriss Debby Itno and his soldiers cleared and annihilated Boko Haram Terrorists in 8 days in their territory Why is it taking Over 10 years (not ten days ) for the Nigerian Armed Forces?, Therefore, we suggest that the Chief of Army Staff Lt General Tukur Buratai should lead the war and fish out the terrorists”.

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We are going to work with you to defeat our common enemy – Diffa Governor Assures Borno Governor

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We are going to work with you to defeat our common enemy – Diffa Governor assures Borno Governor

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Niger authorities have assured Nigerian government that their  country is going to work together with the Nigerian government to defeat Boko.Haram insurgents.

About 50 members of delegation of the government of Niger Republic were in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital to strengthen the diplomatic ties between the government and people of Borno state and their country and discuss security issues.

The delegation which was led by the Governor of Diffa province, Alhaji Isa Lamin has two deputy governors, prefes and traditional rulers discussed on security, security and humanitarian issues.

The Governor of Diffa, Alhaji Isa Lamin who led the delagation on a courtesy call to Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state at the Government House, Maiduguri on Friday aassured that ” we are going to work together to defeat our common enemy, Boko Haram. Insurgency through collaboration and intelligence sharing. We hope and pray very soon we will defeat.our enemies and enjoy peace.”

The Governor of Diffa said ” we have been following what you have been doing with keen interest and we are happy with what you are doing. We are here to support and encourage you to do more”.

” This visit it a brotherhy visit, as people of Borno and Diffa shares common culture and religion. We were just seperated by artificial border. Your Excellency was in Diffa the other time that was why we say we must reciprocate the visit and strengthen our diplomatic ties”, Gov. Lamin said .

Responding, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state, said ” I want to appreciate the people and Government of Niger Republic despite your meagre resources you have catering for our Refugees taking Refuge in Diffa we are most greatful . The government of Borno state will do everything possible to support you”

” I want to assure you that the Borno state delegation will attend the festival you are organizing this year in December. I also want to assure you that we will complete the building we are constructing in Diffa before the occasion, he added.

He said ” Borno state and Diffa province are the same because we share both culture and religion and we had inter marriages. I am happy for the visit and assure you we will continue to strengthen our relationships”.

The Governor said the Borno state government is going to interface and discuss with the Nigerian Government on how best to relocate the state refugees from Diffa to Mallam fatori.

 

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