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Covid-19; Adamawa Pilgrims Welfare Commission Refunds N53m to 46 intended Pilgrims

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COVID -19 : Adamawa Pilgrims Welfare Commission refunds N53m to 46 intended pilgrims

By Adamu Mohammed DOdo Yola

* Gurin the guru of integrity, discipline, trust and transparency, has fine-tune the Adamawa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Commission in less than one year with his redeployment as executive secretary. He’s restored pilgrims’ confidence in the Commission – pilgrims

* Covid-19 induced poverty, starvation jointly make us to apply for refund of deposits- Intended pilgrims

* Pilgrimage is a spiritual calling. We’re not called in the year2020, whether or not it’s due mainly to Covid-19. We’re not seeking for refund. We’re hoping for next year – Intending pilgrims

Adamawa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board Thursday, refunded, fifty three million, thirty-five thousand naira (N53,035,000) deposits to forty-six (46) intending pilgrims who applied for refund of their deposits.

Recall that some months ago, the Permanent Secretary who is the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Alhaji Abubakar Salihu Gurin, popularly known as Sadique, while briefing newsmen at the Commission’s Headquarter in Yola, revealed that the decision for the refund of deposits followed the cancellation of the year 2020 pilgrimage for the international community by the Saudi Authority as part of measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 globally.

Gurin said the Commission’s action was sequel to the wide consultation with stakeholders for which the intending pilgrims across the state have jointly and individually formed a part.

Gurin has explained to the pilgrims the process to be followed to ensure transparency and security in the refund of their deposits.

“The application for the refund should include photocopies of bank draft, two passport size photographs, and a photocopy of the intending pilgrim’s e-passport data page.

“The Commission will only make refund through a bank account or bank drafts in the intending pilgrim’s name,” Gurin explained earlier, giving a grace of one month within which to complete the process.

Having completed the process by the 2020 intended pilgrims who would not want a spillover preparation and standing on her existing word, the Commission has refunded the money deposited for the pilgrimage to the intended pilgrims on Thursday in Yola, Adamawa State, northeast Nigeria.

”A total of one thousand, one hundred and sixty-nine (1,169) intending pilgrims from Adamawa state paid for the aborted 2020 Hajj pilgrimage due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“Six hundred and ninety four (694) out of the number paid full fare of one million, four hundred and fifty nine thousand naira (N1,459,000), while the remaining 475 intending pilgrims didn’t pay the full amount.

”Forty-six (46) of the intending pilgrims applied for refund of their monies,” Gurin said.

Gurin explained that the refund of the deposit was a matter of choice, as those that did not apply for the refund would automatically be registered for the 2021 Hajj operation.

”The Commission has started the 2021 Hajji preparation with the capturing of those that didn’t collect their money,” the Executive Secretary said.

Speaking to the Periscope reporter, the Adamawa intending pilgrims in Yola have showered encomium, passing a vote of confidence on the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Salihu Gurin, popularly known as Sadique

“Gurin the guru of integrity, Sadique the sent saint of discipline, trust and transparency has scented the scene, fine-tune the Adamawa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Commission to look corporate and be taken seriously in less than one year with his redeployment as Executive Secretary, he’s restored pilgrims confidence on the Board,” pilgrims said

“We would have loved the Sadique trustworthy spillover initiative, to be among the top listed for the Hajj 2021 but the Covid-19 induced poverty and starvation jointly make us to apply for the refund of our deposit. We’ll still try to make it this year,” the Year 2020 intended pilgrims lamented.

“Pilgrimage is a spiritual calling of the chosen few. We’re not called in the year 2020, whether or not it’s due mainly to Covid-19. We’re not seeking for refund of our deposits because we trust the custodian. Some of us who have not completed the payment have since started working on the balance. We’re hoping to be among those who shall answer the spiritual call for the fulfilment of the fifth pillar of Islam for the year 2021,” Intending pilgrims said.

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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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Borno fixes 26th September 2020 to resettle famous Baga fish town IDPs

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Borno fixes 26th September 2020, to resettle famous Baga fish town IDPs

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state government has fixed 26th, Semptembe, 2020 to resettled the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) back to the famous Baga fish town of Kukawa local government of Borno state.

It could be recalled that on 29 July 2020, the convoy of the Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum was attacked in Baga which resulted into reaction by different segment of the society.

The famous Baga town was displaced about two years ago when members the Boko Haram Insurgents invaded and occupied before it was liberated by the military about a year ago,

innugurating the 23 Man committee on the return of Baga IDPs at the Government House, Maiduguri on Monday, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state gave the committee 26th, September, 2020 to identify all IDPs and resettle them back to Baga.

The high powered committee comprising of top government functionaries including Representatives of the Army, Police, DSS, CJTF,, NSCDC, Humanitarian and Development partners, vigilante hunters, community leaders and traditional leaders among others .

Govenror Zulum said “,sequel to the reply Borno state government recieved in respond to our official letter to the Chief of Army Staff COAS, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai informing him of our intention to return the Baga IDPs back to their ancestral homes to continue with their normal life and livelihoods on 26th August 2020. Following the acceptance of the Army to our request the state government has fixed. 26th September, 2020 to the return the IDPs if Baga

“in order to ensure smooth and quick return of the people of Baga, the Committee has to work round the clock to ensure successful return of the people., Hence, the committee has to achieve this, to actualize the return of the IDPs on that date by making it a reality. You have about a month or less than 30 days to ensure the all necessary measures and structured are put in place for the livelihoods of the returnees*, Zulum said.

He also said “the committee is to also put in place all what is required for use of the IDPs, to ensure smooth and immediate return of the IDPs, to identify those living in Baga town,and co opt anybody into the committee that will facilitate your assignment made recommendations for further neccessary actions”,.

The 23 man Committee is headed by the Borno State Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan and Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Reconsttruction Rehabiliation and Resettlement, Abba Yusuf us serve as Secretary of the committee.

Responding, the Chairman of the high powered committee on return of Baga IDPs, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan thanked the governor for finding them worthy to serve in the committee. and assured him that they will not let him down.

He said the committee will work hard to ensure the return of the IDPs on 26th September 2020 while pledging to give the govenror periodic feedback on the activities of the committee.

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