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Borno Resettles 690,000 IDPs to Their Communities



Borno resettles 690, 000 IDPs to their communities

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Director General of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Hajiya Yabawa Kolo has said that state government has so fat resettled 115, 000 households making total of 699,000 IDPs from 6 out of 13 official Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps within the Maiduguri metropolis, inline with Governor Zulum determination to closed all camps within the city on or before 31 December 2021..

Addressing journalists at the End of the Year briefing held at the SEMA office Maiduguri yesterday, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo said “already NYSC , MOGOCOLIS, Dalori, Bakassi, Muna and Farm centre cps have been closed and right now we are profiling the IDPs from teachers village and stadium camps for with a view to closing them before 31st December, 2921.”

The DG SEMA said the relocation of the IDPs is voluntary and inline with Kampala convention on voluntary, safe and dignified resettlement of IDPs. but emphasized that government is determined to closed all official camps within Maiduguri, due to anti social vices going on the in the camps and other factors.

. ” In the year under review, we recorded over 600 cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence ( SGBV) in the camp, involving mostly teenage girls prostrated by the security personal and other camp officials.

” So far we have resettled 115, 000 households back to their communities in the year under review and each head of households were given N100,000, while their wives were given N50,000 each. In addition to this the agency will be supporting them for at least one year for them as part of stabilization and peace building process and livelihood support “, Hajiya Kolo said

Hajiya Kolo explained that “our plans for the 2022 is to strengthen the capacity of the SEMA and due to the on going returning of the IDPs, Governor Babagana Zulum has increased our budget from N500 million to over N1 billion. In 2022 to carter for the need if the returning IDPs. we have a robust plan of sustainable livelihood support to the resettled them”.

She further statement that during the year under review the agency were able to send 40 orphans to Taha, Islamic school, 40 to Bagari school and 102 to Aisha Buhari Future Assured school and called on individuals and cooperate organisations to support in sponsoring the education of over 50, 000 orphans of Boko Haram crisis in the state, as state government alone cannot handle.

Hajiya Kolo also said in the year 2021 there were cases of fire incidents in IDP camps with Muna Dayati camps recorded fire incident five times.

While commending Governor Zulum for his support and prompt released of Funds, Hajiya Kolo thanked the ministry of Federal fir Humanitarian Affairs, NEDC, NEMA, UNICEF, UNHCR, and the entire UN system, Shehu of Borno, religious leader, the ministries of health, education, water resources, Local government and Chieftaincy Affairs, media and local and International NGOs among others so numerous to mention.

In their separate presentations, Directors of Planing Research and Statics, Operations and Rescued and Relief distribution, administration said the agency were to train and retrained many staff, distributed million tones of assorted relief materials, enlightened campaigns, among others.

In his vote of thanks, the Special Adviser to Governor Babagana Zulum on IDPs, Alhaji Gadau Monguno thanked Governor Zulum, NEMA, the Shehu of Borno, UN system, local and International NGOs, media for their support to the Agency.

He commended Governor Zulum for his passion and concern for the welfare if the IDPs and commitment to voluntary, safe and dignified return of the IDPS.

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Gov. Buni Launches Distribution of 100, 000 Text Books, School Feeding Programme



Gov. Buni Launches Distribution of 100,000 Text Books, School Feeding Programme

By Usman Bello, Damaturu

The Yobe state Governor, His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, today launched  the distribution of 100,000 educational text books and laboratory equipment to public schools across the state.

Gov. Buni said the procurement and distribution of text books to the schools was to support government’s drive to revitalize basic education to provide a strong foundation for the development of education in Yobe State.

“I am particularly delighted with this occasion marking the launching of the Maiden Education Day and Enhanced School Feeding Programme and Distribution of 100,000 Text books and modern laboratory equipment to secondary schools in the state.

The governor expressed satisfaction with the state’s performance in the education sector, saying “we have strong reasons to celebrate the impressive achievements recorded in the basic and secondary education.

“I am particularly impressed with the usage of modern instruments and application of a combination of conventional and innovative techniques in teaching and learning processes which the Ministry invented in our schools” he said.

Gov Buni said “I am excited that we can today proudly tell our stories of success on the account of hard work and commitment of the state government following the declaration of State of Emergency on Education by this administration.”

He noted that the declaration of emergency has yielded
impressive performance by students in national examinations.

Similarly, the Governor launched  improved school feeding programme with chicken and egg introduced to the menu of public boarding schools across the state.

Meanwhile  the Governor has declared 1st July of every year to be celebrated as Educatiom Day in the state.

The state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education Dr Muhammad Sani, described the success recorded in the education sector  as unprecedented.

“Education in Yobe state has moved many steps ahead, the future of the state is very bright and prosperous” he observed.

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Monarchy in Maiha: Right Group Seeks Permission To File For An Order Of Enforcement Against Adamawa Government



Monarchy In Maiha: Right Group Seeks Permission To File For An Order Of Enforcement Against Adamawa Government

By Adamu Mohammed Dodo, Yola

  • Executive prolonged delay in implementing court order is unpalatable to democratic taste, reason, religion and rule of law
  • The fantastic denial by delaying the implementation of justice is unconstitutional, hence must be challenged before the law
  • The good People’s numerous calls on the chief executive to do the needful, to honour courts order by approving the appointment of the Emirate Council selected, courts declared district head of Jalingo-Maiha is far from being heeded to this day…
  • If permission is granted by the ruling family for free legal services, Fintiri will be the third governor in Adamawa to face the law over Jalingo-Maiha district headship

A Lagos based human right group, planning to establish a northeast zone office in Yola, Adamawa state said would forward a letter seeking for permission from the ruling family, for free legal service to challenge the state governor before the law, for an order of enforcement, following the undue, seeming politically influenced, apparently prolonged delay in the implementation of courts order, the group considered as unpalatable to democratic taste, reason, religion and rule of law, in a region recovering from the devastation occasioned by insurgency.

“Over eight years after death, over three years after a high court judgement, over two years of Fintiri led government and over one year with the determination of the appeal court that upholds the earlier high court judgement, the court order will not be implemented, even when other chiefdoms and districts in the state, that within a year after the demise of their traditional chiefs, the executive approval of appointments of successors were granted.

“The fantastic denial by prolonged delay in the implementation of justice; the approval by the Adamawa state governor of appointment of Barr Mahmud Abubakar, is unconstitutional, hence must be challenged before the law”.

The group argued that eight years make two tenures of the elected executives and legislators; this goes to explain the delay Jalingo-Maiha district experiences and the barrenness the district head palace suffers to this day.

An elder in Maiha observed that, if the request of the human right group is granted by the Jalingo-Maiha legitimate ruling family for free legal services; to go to court and file for an Order of Enforcement, Rt Hon Fintiri would be the third governor after Mr. Wilberforce Juta and Sen. Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla, popularly known as Bindow, to face the law over Jalingo-Maiha district headship.

Both late Juta and Bindow have suffered humiliating defeat before the law with the ages old ruling family standing tall in victory out of peace, patience and perseverance.

In the early 80s, for reason purely ‘politicotribal’ ignorantly hatched, Juta as acting governor, undemocratically, unconstitutionally expelled the district heads of Jalingo-Maiha and Belel. The Juta-a-za-tion of monarchy in Maiha was quashed before the law by the then Justice Buba Ardo of blessed memory and the expelled district heads were eventually reinstated by the then Military Governor Muhammadu Jega, who himself hailed from aristocratic family.

About thirty five years later, the legitimate heir whose named was recommended by the Emirate Council to the governor for approval of appointment, challenged the then governor Bindow before the law for appointing the unrecommended for a district head, who incidentally is the son of the candidate appointment by Juta as district head of Jalingo-Maiha that the court humiliated.

Governor Bindow, for reasons he would not disclose, declined to honour a high court order to right the wrongs before his tenure was terminated by the aggrieved electorates.

On several occasions, Jalingo-Maiha jubilated the victory they were not to celebrate owing to the extended executive undue delay by the present governor, to approve the appointment of the Emirate Council selected, courts declared district head. The question that is remained to be asked is why the delay?

A Friday Qutba last week cautioned against undue delay in the delivery and implementation of judgement, in the payment for services rendered, in debt servicing as much as in the delay for obligatory prayers and other compulsory due rites.

In legal parlance, it is said that justice delayed is justice denied. The literary critic would articulate that there is the uncontrolled unconscious bias associated with the delay in the implementation of justice.

Coin has two sides, hence the paradox; pros and cons. The law and the leader ought to stand in justice with the innocent led, the delay in the implementation of justice invariably means taking sympathy with the unjust.

Elaborating the point, two women claiming motherhood were presented before a Prophet. They both claimed to have given birth to the child in question. The Prophet ruled that since there was no sufficient convincing evidence by either of the women, the child should be cut into two parts to be shared between the women. While one welcomed the idea with gladness, the other, considering how lifeless the child would be to have him cut into two, pleaded with the Prophet to spare the life of the child. No one would need to tell the gathering, the legitimate mother between the two women.

The humiliated before the law would rather celebrate the prolonged undue executive delay in the approval of the appointment of the Emirate Council’s selected, court declared district head of Jalingo-Maiha than to wish for the prompt implementation of the courts order.

The good, concerned youths of Jalingo-Maiha who are disenchanted with the prolonged executive delay in the approval of the appointment of their legitimate district head sought to know whether “Jalingo-Maiha and/or the ruling family, has in any way offended and/or offend(s) the state or the governor(s) to have warranted such treatment?

“The palace lost stepmother and the queen mother, not a condolence was registered by the governor who has also not visited the local government after the campaign visit over two years ago.

“Is the governor delaying the approval of appointment of our district head, even if not till kingdom come, till electioneering period?

“Could the ruling family honour the request; allow the human right group to challenge the Adamawa state governor before the law, against undue prolonged delay in honouring the long overdue courts order?”

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Governor Buni Lifts Ban On Motorcycle Use in Yobe North



Governor Buni Lifts Ban On Motorcycle Use in Yobe North

By Usman Bello, Damaturu

   The Executive Governor of Yobe State, His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has approved the lifting of the ban on riding of motorbikes as follows: 

a.​ The ban on the riding of motorbikes is hereby lifted with effect from 10th January 2022 in the 10 LGAs of Zone B and Zone C, namely; Fika, Fune, Nangere, Potiskum, Bade, Machina, Nguru, Jakusko, Karasuwa and Yusufari

b. The ban is lifted with the following instructions:

(1). Motorbikes are to operate between 6am and 6pm daily.

(2). Motorbikes are not to be used for ‘Achaba’

(3). There will be no conveyance of passengers on motorbikes. Only a rider will be allowed without any other person on the motorbike.

(4). There should be proper registration, licensing, and documentation of all motorbikes and riders in the affected LGAs by the Yobe State Road Traffic Management Agency (YOROTA)

(5). All Motorbikes are to operate within their respective LGAs only.

(6). Any motorbike rider(s) that conveys passenger(s) should be sanctioned in accordance with extant rules and regulations.

(7). There should be no Inter-local government area movement with motorbikes, and anyone found violating this rule should be appropriately sanctioned.

(8). All Security Agencies are requested to monitor and ensure strict compliance with this directives.

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