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



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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A Courtesy Visit to Emir of potiskum



A Courtesy Visit to Emir of Potiskum

By Hassan Achinai

The Comptroller of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS), Yobe State Command, Ali Isa has today paid a courtesy visit to His Royal Highness the Emir Potiskum; Mai Umar Bubaram Ibn Wuriwa Bauya OON, at the council Palace, potiskum.

The visit of the comptroller of the Nigeria correctional service (NCS) Yobe command to the Emir of potiskum was to pay homage and create synergy between the service and potiskum emirate council and to present to newly amended bill to the emir and to formerly receive the royal blessing and support in exercising his national duty.

On arrival, the comptroller and his entourage were escorted to the place by palace guards, the familiarity they received from the Emir and the good people of potiskum was breathtaking and a long lasting assurance of collective responsibility in creating awareness and working hand in hand in moving the state forward with the displayed vision and mission of the Yobe state Governor.

The Emir thanked the Comptroller and prayed for divine intervention toward discharging his national duty. He also pledged to support him whenever and wherever the arises since it is a collective responsibility that all hands must be on deck to actualize the designed goal and objective Gov. Mai Mala Buni led administration.

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Borno State Journalists’ Expresses Dismay Over Governor Zulum’s Media Aide Attitude



Borno State Journalists’ expresses dismay over Governor Zulum’s media aide attitude

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has expressed with dismay the way and manners the media aide of Governor Babagana Zulum, Baba sheikh Haruna attempt to undermine the working of the media.

The members of the correspondents’ statement by the Chairman of the Chapel, Alhaji Haruna Dauda-Biu, and his Secretary, Mr. Timothy Ola said the antics of the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on media , Alh. Baba-Sheikh Haruna could no longer be tolerated as it is impugning on press freedom and making their job as journalists difficult.

The chapel said “this singular act negates the provision of section 22 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended which empowers the press to function freely without any form of hindrance.

The statement said it is more disheartening the fact that the aide rode to the office as the Chairman of the Borno State Chapter of the NUJ and should be known better what press freedom is all about the importance of media correspondents in publicising the activities of his principal and acting as the watchdog.

“The Senior Special Assistant on Media, Baba-Sheikh Haruna who recently assumed the supervisory role of the Governor’s media affairs has continued to engage in an unprofessional conduct by refusing to invite or inform journalists of important public engagements or functions of the Governor in the state.

The statement added that: “The Correspondents’ Chapel wishes to remind the SSA Media that good governance and accountability, which his principal, His Excellency Governor Babagana Zulum stands for, can only be achieved when the media is allowed to cover and report the activities of government for effective checks and balance.

The statement alleged in that:” The Chapel has on several occasions tried to draw Mr Baba-Sheikh Haruna’s attention to this unbecoming attitude but to no avail.”

The statement however warned that:” To this end, therefore, the Chapel will no longer condone any attempt by Mr Baba-Sheikh Haruna or those he delegates to undermine press freedom in Borno state

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Borno Governor Approves Scholarship For Orphans of Cjtf Killed in the Fight Against Insurgents, Rolls Out Welfare Programs For Over 9,000 Volunteer Youths



Borno Governor approves scholarship for orphans of Cjtf killed in the fight against insurgents rolls out welfare programs for over 9,000 volunteer youths

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has approved immediate scholarship to the orphans, of members of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), hunters a and Vigilantes killed while fighting Boko Haram insurgency in the state for last 7 years and welfare program for over 9,000 volunteer youths.

Governor Zulum disclosed this while flagging off a welfare package of N50,000 each to the widows of killed volunteers and the distribution of N180m and 27,000 bags and cartons of food variety to 9,000 volunteers at the State University, Maiduguri on Wednesday.

Addressing about 9,000 volunteer youths who have been fighting insurgency alongside the Nigerian armed forces, Governor Zulum said While commending and praying for the youths, Governor Zulum said ,the people of Birno state as a l have an obligations to support the orphans and widows left behind by these fallen heroes of Borno.
It is my honour to hereby announce that Borno State Government will award education scholarship to the most vulnerable orphans of Civilian JTF who have been killed at battle fronts.

He said “this scholarship will be awarded in phases, starting with the youngest and most vulnerable families of the earliest fallen volunteers, down to the most recently killed.The parents of these children died fighting for all of us, the people of Borno State, the very least we can do is work towards the future of their children.For widows left behind, we shall today release some social intervention packages to them, especially food.I assure you all that we recognize and value the priceless contributions made by those who have died and those of us gathered here, whom we pray that Allah should continue to protect at the battle field.”

In a similar venue, the governor announced that each of the 9,000 volunteers youths that at the gathering is to receive 20,000 Naira cash, a 50-kg bag of rice, a carton of spaghetti and a gallon of cooking oil, all of which were outside their regular monthly allowances.

“For me, the greatest miracle that has emanated from Borno State within the last ten years, is the emergence of the Civilian JTF back in 2013, and the coming of more volunteers from hunters and vigilantes, all of whom have devoted their lives to fearlessly and patriotically fight side by side with soldiers and other armed forces, in the battle for Borno’s liberation from Boko Haram.”, Governor Zulum added.

He said “Of all the components of persons who make up the Borno society today, for me, there is no group that is as important and as critical to us as the brave men and women gathered before us today, who have given up their basic and entitled needs for safety and comfort so that millions of fellow citizens can be safe and comfortable.”

“Our indomitable men and women of the civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes, the people of Borno State are mightily and gratefully proud of each of you. Nothing can compensate for the sacrifices you are making, only Allah can adequately compensate each of you. This is particularly so for many of our fellow compatriots who have died in the battle fields.”,he further stressed.

Governor Zulum further said “In the last seven years, we have recorded instances in which volunteers in the civilian JTF have intercepted suicide attackers and in the process lost their lives. We have recorded more instances of many killed in major battles after they also succeeded in our shared victories over Boko Haram at different encounters. I will not mention names, but there are records of warriors in the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes from Southern, to Northern and Central Borno, who fought so hard and gave their lives fighting for Borno. “.

He further explained that “These volunteers fought and died with no death benefits, no pension, and no gratuities. As we should expect, orphaned children and widows left behind by these fallen Civilian JTF and hunters have been struggling whether to feed, to access medical services, or to access basic and secondary education.
As Governor of Borno State, I assure you, that insha’Allah, all of those who died in the Civilian JTF, groups of hunters and vigilantes did not die in vain. Bi’iznillah they have all died for the causes of saving humanity and we pray that Allah grants them His eternal mercy and admit them into aljanna firdaus. “.

While commending and praying for the youths, Governor Zulum said ,”the people of Borno state as I have an obligations to support the orphans and widows left behind by these fallen heroes of Borno.
It is my honour to hereby announce that Borno State Government will award education scholarship to the most vulnerable orphans of Civilian JTF who have been killed at battle fronts.

He also said the Borno State Government will be releasing social intervention to all of the volunteer youths , stressing that government
will be releasing packages of food items through sector leaders for Civilian JTF, and representatives of groups for hunters and continue to support them

He said “we must appreciate the Nigerian military, police, DSS, and the paramilitary for all their sacrifices, and I urge all citizens to continually accord them maximum cooperation and pray for their success”.

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