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Borno launches Agro Rangers to protect farmers against insurgents

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BORNO LAUNCHES AGRO RANGERS TO PROTECT FARMERS AGAINST INSURGENTS

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state government has launched “Agro Rangers” special squared to give protection to farmers and enhance food production and food security across the state.

While launching the squad at the Multi Purpose Hall of the Government House, Maiduguri On Wednesday, the Borneo state Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Said ” today marks another milestone in his history of our dear state, as we launched the Agro Rangers special squard unit to provide security to our teeming farmers and reduced or eliminate farmers herders clash”.

“We are deploying 75 personnel of NSCDC and 120 CJTF. hunters and vigilantes who just graduated from school of peace of the NSCDC Katsina where they received specialized military training. Very soon we are going to train another batch of 150 to expand our outreach, ” the governor added.

Professor Zulum said ” the recent renewed Boko Haram insurgents attacked in Jakana, Nganzai, Gubio and Dalori is not going to deferred us . we are going to sustained the fight until we win the wat against Insurgency ”

He said “our doors are always opened. I call on the members of the insurgents to use the opportunity created by the Federal Government ” Operation Safe Corridor” to laydown their arms to give peace a chance”

He also said the Borno state government will not relent in supporting the security outfits in the state with the needed logistics, adding that security is number ine priority of his administration.

Speaking at the occasion, the commandent General of NSCDC, Alh Abdullahi Gana said “the statutory mandate of NSCDC is protection of critical national assets and defending the defendless. The story of Agro Rangers started in 2016 when the then minister of agriculture, Mr. Audu Igbeh paid courtesy call to the minister of internal Affairs, General (Rtd) Bello Danbszau, where he demanded for aAgro rangers to Manned 2,500 ranges and Agro allied industries”.

The Commandant General who was represented by the ACG , Barrister Augustine Obiekwe said ” Borno state is the first to benefit from this programme. Due to the prevailing situation and parculiar circumstances of the state which has largely suffered from terrorists activities raising from insurgency “.

He said” tthe corp is aware and determined to fulfil its mandate and to assist the military and police to secure the liberated areas in.other to assist the indigent to go.back to their villages and farms.”

In his welcome address, the state commandant NSCDC, Abdullahi Ibrahim said ” Agro Rangers is a specialist squared to give protection to farmers and also to reduce farmers herders clash. It also provide immediate medical attention to both the troops, farmers and even insurgents. ”

He said ” the first batch includes 75 NSCDC personnel, 129 Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes. In this operation we are going minimum force, as we believe in God and not in gun. Civil defence is peace and peace is civil defence”.

In his votes of thanks, the ACG zone C, Dr. Ahmed Audi thanked the governor for the partnership and support and assured the him that the NSCDC will work in synergy with other security agencies to end insurgency.

 

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Again Boko Haram Attacks Babbangida, Yobe State

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Again Boko Haram Attacks Babbangida, Yobe State

By Mohammed Usman Damaturu


Armed men suspected to be members of the dreaded Boko Haram, on Saturday attacked Babbangida community in Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe.

The State Police Public Relation Officer, Dungus Abdulkareem, who spoke to newsmen in Damaturu, said the incident occurred around 4 pm and the insurgents came in four Hilux vans, disrupting the market with sporadic gunshots forcing the Divisional Police Officer and his men to make a strategic withdrawal from the area.

The PPRO also disclosed that he later lost contact with his DPO in the area, who he suspected ran for safety where there was no telephone network.

“The preliminary report I got from our DPO in Babbangida was that Boko Haram came into the town loaded with four Hilux vehicles and opened fire causing pandemonium in the village market.

“My DPO was later unreachable and I suspected he had to look for safety. I later got him and he told me that he saw the town in smoke from where he was and therefore could not give me the extent of damage in the area,” Mr Abdulkareem said.

Mr Abdulkareem also said that “I gathered that an air force jet came around 5.30 pm but the boys rather hibernated inside the town and refused to leave. I don’t have details of the exploits of the jet but I will furnish you with every necessary information as soon as I have it,” Mr Abdulkareem said.

Adamu, a driver who was transporting bread to Babbangida, also confirmed the incident saying that he abandoned his vehicle loaded with bread and ran for safety.

I heard the gunshots and later saw the insurgents approaching us as I was approaching Babangida from Damaturu. I immediately stopped and left my car full of bread and ran into the bush,” he narrated.

Babbangida is 50 km northeast from Damaturu, the state capital and has come under attack by the insurgents, many times.

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Medical Association Urges Full Implementation of Medical Residency Training Act to Address Challenges in the Health Sector in Borno

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Medical Association urges full implementation of Medical Residency Training Act to address challenges in the health sector in Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Borno state chapter has urged for the full implementation of Medical Residency Training Act in addressing numerous challenges in the health sector in the state.

The President of the NMA in the Borno state chapter, Dr. Ali Mohammad-Ramat who disclosed this at the 2020 Annual Physician’s Week on Tuesday in Maiduguri said that the call was imperative to address the challenges bedevilling the health sector especially in getting skilled human resources.

Dr Ramat said that the physician week was an annual long week events of the Nigerian Medical Association(NMA), to celebrate medical personnels contribution to effective healthcare services delivery and research in Nigeria.

Mohammad-Ramat explained that it also provided an opportunity for medical personnels to review events of the health sector during the past twelve months and identify areas of possible improvement.

He said that the NMA in this year’s Physicians week celebration was deeply concerned with the increasing trend of suicide among Nigerians and the mortality ravaged by the COVID-19 pandamic.

“It is for this reason that the 2020 physician week celebration themed Strategies for Health System Recovery During COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, while the Sub-theme is Dental caries,”, Dr Ramat added.

He lamented that the COVID-19 pandamic has been spreading rapidly globally, with a considerable impact on the global morbidity, mortality and healthcare utilisation as well as social and economic dislocation of families, communities, state and country’, stressing that the implementation of the medical residency training in the state teaching hospital would go along way in mitigating the impact pose by the challenges.

Mohammad-Ramat also explained that another neglected public health diseases in Nigeria was the burden of dental services, despite advances in the practices, adding that the number of workforce of health personnel’s in the state was a clear indications that they are inadequate to achieve the Universal Health Coverage in the state.

The NMA therefore, urged the federal government to redeemed it pledge of allocation 15 percent of it budget allocations to the health in order to address challenges in the sectors.

Also speaking, Dr. Joseph Jatau, a former Chief Medical Director, said that the residency training when fully implemented in the state would produce a great number of Specialist in various fields which would go along way to alleviate the problems militating against the provision of modern and sound healthcare services to the people.

He explained that the residency training would also save the state government alots of funds used to sponsor doctors for specialised in various fields abroad which had brought huge financial burden to the state, stressing that the huge resources saved in the trainings could be use to further improve the health institutions or re-channeled to other people’s oriented projects thereby making healthcare available to all.

“The residency training will also open room for research activities, especially in collaboration with the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, where postgraduate students will be trooping into the institution for knowledge oriented programmes.”, he added.

He lamented that mal-distribituon, poor skills-mix, and limited capacity were other challenges faced across the different health workers categories and cardres in addition to gross urban and rural disparities existing in the distribution of available human resources between LGAs, adding that the worsened security challenges and lack of requisite manpower, particularly doctors, worst of which was the unavailability of the required specialist and consultants.

“Borno has a projected population of 5,860, 200, million, according to the 2006 National Population Commission’s census. More than half of this population are women (50.8 percent), 20 percent are under 5, 22 percent are women of child bearing age (15-49) and five percent are pregnant women.. The state has also total fertility rate of 6.1 percent while frequent unplanned pregnancies pose high risk of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality due to a weak health system and protracted crises situation in the state”, he further pointed out.

He said “People of the state over the past decade have surffered serious security challenges culminating in Humanitarian crises ranging from displacement, economic hardship unemployment which has imposed public health issues on the population.. These problems have led to increased demand on health needs of the people and this requires concerted efforts toward rebuilding and sustaining the health resources of the stage.”

“Luckily, sound healthcare service to the citizenry is on the very top priority of the Borno Government to ensure that no citizen is left out of the sound health care services, through the establishment of the Contributory Healthcare Scheme,”he said.

Jatau said that Borno state has been among the leading states in terms of meeting the existing health facilities but it’s efforts were compromised by inadequate staffing, adding that Based on the RAMS 2018 report, the state has about 810 facilities, comprising of about 85 Primary Health Care Hospitals, 317 health clinics, 294 health posts, 57 IDPs clinics, 3 Tertiary Hospitals and 53 Secondary Health Facilities but lamented that only 424 of the Health facilities were fully functional, nothing that 64 percent hospitals were damaged by the insurgents.

While listing four dimension of achieving a sustainable health care workforce which included availability of competence, responsiveness and productivity, he said “Looking at the health indices in Borno state, there is a need for delibrate policy for achieving both number and quality of Specialist for qualitative and affordable healthcare to the growing population of the stage.

He commended Gov. Babagana Zulum for constituting a high powered Committee to develop a blue print for an establishment of a State University Teaching Hospital with a view toward providing effective, qualitative and affordable healthcare to the people of the state.

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Taimako, CDI, Engages 150 Youths On Peace Building

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Taimako,_CDI, Engages 150 Youths On Peace Building

By Baba Saleh, Damaturu

Taimako Community Development Initiative in conjunction with European Union, British Council Managing Conflict programme in the Northeast have engaged 150 youths in lesson sharing workshop on peace building.

Speaking at the workshop in Damaturu the Executive Director Taimako_CDI Gambo Garba Muhammad disclosed that the training was aimed at increasing the knowledge of the youths on conflict management and peace promotion.

He said the project was to support implementation of initiatives that will address local drivers of conflict such as drug abuse, sexual and gender based violence and other form of anti social behaviour.

Under same project, he said about 7 dialogue sessions were earlier held in the three targeted LGA’s of Bade, Damaturu and Geidam all aimed at shaping the minds of the youths to shun any form violence and avoid been recruited by the insurgents.

In their separate remarks at the occasion the Emir of Damaturu, Alhaji Shehu Hashimi II represented by the village head of Gwange, Alhaji Muhammad Ramat and The state commissioner of police Yahaya Sahabo Abubakar thanked Taimako_CDI for carrying the youths from both genders on peace building inititives.

The commissioner of women affairs represented by the Deputy Director Human resource, Zanna Bura Aji Baitu has charged the participants to keep to the lessons learnt and continue to strive for peaceful coexistance in all their dealings.

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