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Boko haram killings: FG, Northern Governors Forum, NEDC donates cash, food items to traumatized people of zabarmari



Boko Haram killings, FG, Northern Governors forum, NEDC donates cash, food items to traumatized people of Zabarmari

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Northern Governor’s Forum, (NGF), Northeast Development commission, (NEDC) and the Federal government in their efforts to bring succour to the immediate families of 48 slain Farmers and the entire bereaved farming community of Zabarmari that lost their loved ones on Saturday 30th November, 2020 in a Boko Haram insurgents attacked have brought cash and food items, as assistance to the community

Speaking in an interview with newsmen during the distribution of food items, In. Zabarmari on Friday, the chairperson, Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo said “our essence of being here is to sympathize with the bereaved people of Zabarmari and share in their grief as, well as assist them . Each of the 48 bereaved families were given the sum of N600,000, 10 bags of maize, millet, 10 Cartons of spaghetti cartons of Maggi cubes, Jerry cans of cooking oil among other each”

“The cash was donated by the Northern Governor’s Forum and Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) where northern Governor’s Forum donated the sum of N20 million, while NEDC donated N5 million making a total of N25 million which was disbursed to the immediate families of the 48 victims. ‘ Mrs Kolo stated .

“The Federal government through the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Social Development and Disaster management , Hajiya Safiya Faruk brought a total of 13,000 Bag of Rice, Maize and Beans, 1,300 cans of vegetable oil,2116 cartons of seasoning Cubes, 1083 Tomato and 650 sachet of salts and was extended to the entire community

To ensure successful and fair distribution of the items to the Zabarmari community, the Borno state Governor , Babagana Zulum constituted a committee chaired by Borno’s commissioner for youths and sports, Hon Saina Buba and other stakeholders from the local government area and were to work closely with SEMA officials to identify disburse and distribute the food items to the entire community.

Also speaking to newsmen, the chairman elect of Jere local government area, Hon Gunja Tom thanked the Governor for identifying with them during their trying moment and for the gestures.

” We want to thank Governor Zulum for identifying with us, he personally participated in the funeral prayers and burial of our people and not only that he facilitated donations of both cash and kind to our people. We really appreciate and prayed that God will reward him abundantly”

In his remarks the APC chairman of the local government area, Alhaji, Kachalla Maifata said ” we have gotten enough assistance and we are satisfied with the distribution process, as every member of the community has benefited. The food is more than enough. It is enough for 3000 households, as you can see we still have food items on ground and we are about to give to all members of the community”

One of the victims who lost his brother, Garba Idi said ” though we are saddened by the dead of our loved ones but we take solace in Allah. We are also appreciative to all those that identify with us during this moment, this shows that Nigerians are with us, we are not alone. The cash of N600, 000 will help us in taking care of the education of the children of my brother “

Another beneficiary from the community, Falmata Adamu thanked governor Zulum, the minister of humanitarian and all well meaning Nigerian for the gesture and prayed that God will reward them.

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Gov. Buni Inspects Potiskum Trailer Park



Gov. Buni inspects Potiskum Trailer Park

By Daily Hint Reporter, Damaturu

Hon. Mai Mala Buni Yobe state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, today inspected work at the Potiskum Trailer Transit Camp under construction to assess the quality and speed of work on the project.

The Governor was taken round the project by the state commissioner for Commerce and Tourism, Alhaji Barma Shettima.

Governor Buni while fielding questions from newsmen, expressed satisfaction with the quality and pace of work on the project.

He explained that he was satisfied with the contractors saying, the contractors were adhering to the contractual agreements and specifications.

“The quality of work is upto this moment today, is very excellent and we expect them to maintain the standard for government to have value for its money.

“This project is very dear to this government because, it is providing 5,000 direct employment opportunities to our people with a chain value and other indirect employment opportunities.

Government would live upto its obligations to ensure timely completion of the project for the benefit of our people” Governor Buni said.

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Borno Assembly, IDPs Hails Lagos Speaker For Donating 10,000 Bags Of Rice To Cushion Ramadan Fasting





BORNO State House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Rt Hon Abdulkarim Lawan and thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge at various camps have on Thursday commended Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Mudasiru Obasa for donating and transporting 10,000 bags 15kg rice to be distributed to all IDPs across the state.

The gesture, in which the bags carries sticker and picture of the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is to cushion the hardship faced by thousands of IDPs during the Holy Month of Ramadan fasting.

Flagging of the distribution with officials of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the Speaker, Hon Lawan said, this intervention is first of it’s kind since over decades of Boko Haram crisis, and called on other well- to -do individuals to emulate.

He said, the donation came at the right time, considering the economic hardship faced by traumatized IDPs in the state.

Lawan said, governor Babagana Umara Zulum, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other humanitarian agencies have been doing alot in managing the plights of IDPs in the state, unfortunately, due to devastating effects of the Boko Haram crisis, there is much concern on meeting the economic demands of the displaced families and those living in host communities. Hence, the donation from the Lagos Speaker was a welcome development and timely at this critical period.

“We in Borno State, especially members of the Borno State House of Assembly are happy and very appreciative to Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Mudasiru Osaba for donating 10,000 assorted bags of rice which we are distributing today.

“As you are aware, the first phase of the distribution was conducted in Bakasi IDPs camp which host people from Nganzai, Monguno, Guzamala and Gwoza local government areas.

“The second phase of the distribution is to be conducted in Farm Centre IDPs camp where people of Ngala, Kala Balge, Dikwa, Bama and Mafa Local government areas are taking refuge.

“I am very impressed with the conduct of the exercise, as the IDPs are cooperating and organizing themselves with us, including officials of SEMA without any hitches.

“On behalf of my people at the State Assembly, I commend my Colleague the Lagos Speaker, Rt Hon Mudasiru for this great gesture which will definitely cushion the hardship faced by our IDPs in camps and host communities”. Lawan stated.

In an interview with some of the beneficiaries, Mallam Auwal Isa from Gwoza, a father of 10 children and Aishatu Mohammed from Guzamala, a mother of 7 children whose husband was killed by Boko Haram, expressed their appreciation to the Lagos Speaker for the gesture, and prayed Allah (God) to bless Mudasiru and his family, as well as restoration of Peace in the country. End

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Insurgents attack on power lines, NNPC partners BOSG to build gas power plant in Maiduguri



Insurgents attack on power lines, NNPC partners BOSG to build Gas power plant in Maiduguri

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In its efforts to tackle the incessant attack on power supply lines by Boko Haram,, the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation ( NNPC),and other stakeholders in power supply value chain are to partner with the Borno state government to build a Gas power plant in Maiduguri within four months

It could be recalled that power supply to Maiduguri and its environs was cut off for over two months as a result of attack on the power lines that supply the power to the city by Boko Haram and after its restoration it was again destroyed by the insurgents .

The Group Managing Director (GMD) of the NNPC, Mr. Mele Kyari who disclosed this when he led a delegation of power stakeholder to a courtesy call on Governor Babagana Zulum at the Government Maiduguri on Friday said “we are here to join you solve the power problem in Borno state particularly, in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) and it’s environs . It is Mr. president cardinal principle to deepen gas consumption in the country and easiest way is to deliver gas to power”.

” Mr. President has declared this year, a decade of gas, this means for the next 10 years there will be significant gas entry in the domestic market. So as a result of the challenges of power supply, in the state we saw the opportunity of supporting Borno state, because of the challenges of power supply to the city. We and our partners in the value chain, have talked to each other and we think it is very possible to establish a dedicated power plant in Maiduguri, which will serve the current need and potential in supply gas power to neigbouring cities and other countries”, he added.

Mr Kyari informed the governor that they neeed infrastracture for the project and they are ready to work with the Borno state government to achieved that in 3 to 4 months., Saying that ” I have the confidence that all of us including the potential power suppliers to make sure the noble project is achieved. And we look forward for support from you from the very beginning to end to see that we delivered within short time of 3 to 4 months”.

Responding, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state said “today’s event can change the entire narrative of the state, as power is very essential , with power we can reduce the magnitude of insurgency in the state, Northeast and country at large Because millions of our people are earning a living through power supply, as it was attested to during the fuel scarcity period . I saw people in filling stations with their power generators including women in search of fuel to power their business”.

” I am glad to have you here today for this purpose, if this information goes out to the people of Borno state, they will be very happy because sustainable energy supply is very important”, he added.

While thanking the GMD and heads of various subsidiaries under him for supporting the state, Governor Zulum said ” few months ago he performed a ground breaking and foundation laying of 250 capacity bed infectious disease hospital and was delivered within 6 months, in addition they are currently constructing medical diagnosis centre in Maiduguri and other humanitarian supports they have been rendering to the state. We, are very grateful and appreciative”

He assured the delegation that the Borno state government will provide support and leadership to ensure the establishment of the Gas power plant

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