Borno Governor, Humanitarian officials in Cameroon for repatriation of first batch of 9,800 state refugees
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum alongside officials of Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, were in Marwa in the republic of Cameroon, towards the voluntary repatriation of 9,800 Nigerians of Borno origin, who are among 46,000 Nigerians taking refuge in Minawao camp in Cameroon.
The 9,800 Nigerians constitute the first batch of citizens who have shown willingness to be evacuated to resettlement houses built by Borno Government in Bama and Banki towns.
Governor Zulum arrived Cameroon on Tuesday evening and today, Wednesday, lead Nigerian delegation to a meeting on the tripartite (repatriation) agreement signed between Nigeria, Cameroon and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, which is to hold in Marwa in far north Cameroon. Governor of Cameroon’s far north, Mijinyawa Bakare is to host the meeting.
Before traveling to Cameroon, Zulum has had series of meetings with Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, the federal commission, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Senator Basheer, and with relevant ambassadors with all meetings aimed at following all established procedures towards lawful repatriation.
Zulum is in Cameroon alongside the Perm Sec Fed Min of Humanitarian Affairs, Malam Bashir Nura Alkali and the ministry’s humanitarian director, Ali Grema, some officials from the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs, the governor’s adviser on External and Liaison Services, Ambassador Adamu Abbas who is also a member of the Technical Working Group (TWG) established for implementation of the tripartite repatriation agreement; a member of House of Representatives representing Bama, Ngala, Kala-Balge federal constituency of Borno State, Zainab Gimba, chairperson of Borno State Emergency Management Agency, commissioner for local government and emirate affairs, Sugun Mai Mele, special adviser on projects monitoring and evaluation, Engr Abba Wakilbe and the governor’s principal secretary, Bar Mustapha Busuguma.
Today’s meeting, is in line with provisions of the tripartite agreement which has spelt out international best practices on humanitarian issues involving movements of persons between two or more countries as well as roles and limitations of all parties, and the protection of the rights of refugees who can only be repatriated at their own will.
Our correspondent reports that majority of refugees at the Minawao refugee camp, who are mostly from Borno State, have regularly appealed to Governor Babagana Umara Zulum to spearhead their repatriation to safe and rebuilt communities in Borno in order to return to decent living.
It could be recalled In September 2019, Zulum during his trip to the camp, promised citizens that he would in response to their appeal, work with stakeholders towards their successful reparation and dignified resettlement.
Yobe MCRP Partner NGO on GBV Mapping
Yobe MCRP partner NGO on GBV Mapping.
By Baba Saleh, Damaturu
The Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP), a world Bank, federal and state government supported programme in collaboration with Jhpiego consultant firm have sensitized stakeholders on Gender Based Violence mapping in Yobe State.
Speaking on the objectives of the meeting, MCRP state Project Coordinator Musa Idi Jidawa said it was aimed at incorporating MCRP in support of gender based violence prevention.
Jidawa noted that it was also part of the World Bank mandates to ensure safety and improvement on lives of the benefitting communities wherever project is carried out.
He said the stakeholders were selected from legal, medical, psyco-social support sectors, community leaders among other concerned organisations.
“We are here today to do what we call a social safety net, safety net in the sense that as a result of project implementation the organisation anticipated influx of labour, and as you all know when a lot of people gather in one area the tendency is that either people or the environment they live may be affected positively or largely negatively .
” One of the issues World Bank envisaged was GBV as a result of the interaction between human beings and they feel if it happens where does the victim goes and seek for support interms of legal, medical among others”
” MCRP will facilitate together with Jhpiego consultants an NGO engaged by the state office of the project to see and map those grey areas of GBV for MCRP support”
In her remarks, Jphiego maternal and child health technical lead, Hannatu Abdullahi said the organisation is non governmental, non profit organisation that work in the area of health and gender based violence prevention and mitigation.
She said the firm was contracted by North East Development Commission through the MCRP to conduct gender based violence assessment in three states of the north east of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe with a view to sensitise stakeholders and introduce the project to them.
NSCDC Mark’s International Civil Defense Day in Borno
NSCDC Mark’s International Civil Defense Day In Borno
By Musa Askira, Maiduguri
The Borno State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has marked this year’s International Civil Defence Day in Borno.
Speaking at the occassion on Monday, the State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Abdullahi Ibrahim, said the event was a grand finale of the weeklong event which had featured among others to mark the day.
He noted that the theme of this year’s event “Civil Defence as First Aider in Every Home” was inline with the objectives of NSCDC.
Ibrahim said that as first responders during crisis, NSCDC personnel would continue to be trained and equipped to administer various degree of first aid and other medical services to the public.
The commandant lauded UNMAS for the training, which he said was timely as the state government embarked on resettlement of displaced persons back to their ancestral homes with possibility of coming into contact with mines and explosives littered within such ancestral homes planted by insurgents.
The Commandant said NSCDC would extend the training to personnel of private security firms in the state inview of their vital role to security in the state.
In his remarks as Guest Speaker, Mr Derek Somers of UNMAS, assured NSCDC and other security agencies of more training opportunities which he said was being funded by German Government.
Somers lauded the commitment and professionalism shown by personnel of NSCDC during the training and urged them to sustain the tempo.
“I hope we continue the training and go a little further in the next couple of months as we will be looking at training the trainers as part of the programme,” Somers said.
In his goodwill message, a representative of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Borno, Mr John Anderson, lauded the vital role of NSCDC in protecting public infrastructure and facilitating conflict resolution and dialogue in the society.
“All of these are significant contributions to comprehensive approach for civil defence and protection which is the cornerstone of community security and stability,” Anderson said.
He urged them to extend their first aid skill to others in the public.
In his remarks, the Chairman of Lincenced Private Security Organisations in Borno, Amb. Usman Danjuma, said as grassroots security organisations in Borno, they would continue to collaborate with NSCDC and other security agencies in securing the state.
Danjuma urged NSCDC for more training of private security personnel, particularly on first aid and other related areas to enhance their services.
Highlight of the occasion was a mock rescue of a blast victims by trained personnel of NSCDC.
Military recaptured Marte from Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, Scores killed
Military recaptured Marte from Boko Haram /ISWAP terrorists, scores killed
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army have recovered Marte and adjoining communities from Boko Haram terrorists. barely less than 48 hours ultimatum given to them by the Chief of Army staff, (COAS), Major General Ibrahim Attahiru
The spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima in a statement issued to newsmen said “the troops of Nigerian Army this afternoon around 3pm, recovered New Marte and adjoining communities from the develish Boko Haram terrorists.”.
This is coming less than the 48 hours directive earlier given to the troops to recover the town by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru.
“The troops backed by air cover from the Nigerian Air force , successfully charged through Marte town, destroying several Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) and landmines laced across their routes and killing scores of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and successfully recovered the town.”, General Yerima stated.
The Army further said the gallant troops are currently in total control of the general area. and that details will be made to newsmen very soon.
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