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Covid-19 lockdown; DPR warns petroleum marketers against hoarding, selling above official pump price

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Covid -19 lockdown; DPR warns petroleum marketers against hoarding, selling above official pump price

By Madu Mohammed. Maiduguri

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has warned pettoluem marketers in Borno and Yobe states not to take advantage of Covid 19 lockdown to hoard or sell petroleum above Government approved pump price, any fuel station found wanting will severely sanctioned..

The Zonal Operations Controller, Northeast, Ibrahim Ciroma while addressing newsmen at the DPR office Maiduguri on yesterday shortly monitored some fuel stations said ” any marketer who took the advantage of COVID 19 virus lockdown to hoard or sell petroleum above government approved pump price will be severely sanctioned”

” we have deployed our staff across the state to monitor the fuel stations and any fuel station found selling above the pump price or boarding the fuel will risk revocation of his licence. I urge general public not to panic, as We have over 1 million litres on ground”, he further stated.

On the issue of long queues in the state capital, Alhaji Ciroma said “we received only 3 trucks last Friday, 4 trucks on Saturday., no supply on Sunday, 3 on Monday 9 on Tuesday and Wednesday 23 trucks to Borno and Yobe states. You can see supply is now improving and very soon we have enough fuel now. We are also expecting over 100 trucks including 10 trucks intervention supply from Gombe Depot today”, he said

The Zonal Controller said ” I call on the general public to always contact us If they found any fuel station hiardung or selling petroleum above pump through there numbers 08056497084, 08056497095 and 08056497092. If they call these number and we will respond immediately even if its in the night. We will be there ”

Similarly, in his efforts to ensure petroleum marketers did not take the advantage of the Covid -19 lockdown to create artificial scarcity Governor Babagana Zulum went round some fuel stations where he force some fuel stations to sell and ordered the revocation of the Right of Occupancy of sone station he accused of hoarding petroleum resources..

The Borno state government in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) has the temporary revocation of Right of Occupancy of 10 fuel stations over an alleged hording of fuel.

The statement said “the Borno State government has observed with dismay that some fuel stations operating within state capital do not dispense petroleum products in accordance with the Federal Government regulations. The fuel stations also engaged in economic sabortage by hoarding petroleum products and selling them above the aporoved price.”

The statement therefore, stated that the Right of Occoancy of the 10 fuel stations that allegedly found engaging in hoarding the petroleum have been temporarily withdrawn pending the revocation processes.

This action of these fuel stations and their owners and operators are condemnable as they deliberately take advantage of Covid-19 pandemic to create untold hardship om general public.”, the statement added.

Reacting on the Borno state government decision to temporary withdrew right of Ocupancy of 10 fuel stations, the DOR Zonal operations Controller, Ibrahim Ciroma said there was a communication gap between the state government, DPR and the marketers because there was what we call dead stock which is between 300 to 1000 litres, while the other four fuel stations were having fuel meant for the military operations. Even the day the incident occurred the military officials were in my office and I told them that they need DPR approval to stock these quantity if feul. Which they went to write officially.

Also reacting, the chairman of the IPMAN Borno state, Alhaji Mohammed Kulwu Ngala said ” we constituted a committee to monitor the activities of our members to ensure nobody hoard fuel, we went round and did not found any, member wanting but what the governor found was what we called dead stock which cannot be Despenser because it will not be pump out, while the other fuel stations were stocking military fuel”.

We urge the Federal Government to always carry us along while trying to adjust petroleum pump price upward or downward so that we will know how to mitigate our loses”, he added.

The IPMAN chairman urged the general public not to panic as they have about 100 trucks coming to Maiduguri and that the scarcity was a result number of stock they received in the last one week.

 

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Covid-19: UMTH Inaugurates Newly Equipped Isolation Centre

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COVID-19: UMTH inaugurates newly equipped isolation centre

By Musa Askira, Maiduguri

The Chairman Board of Management of University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), Alhaj Hadi Ukasha, has inaugurated the hospital’s newly equipped COVID-19 Isolation Intensive Care Unit.

Speaking at inauguration ceremony on Friday, Ukasha landed Federal Government for the intervention which he described as timely in preparation for any eventually based on the much talked about third wave of the pandemic.

Ukasha who observed that for the past six months there was no admitted case of COVID-19 in the hospital, urged the public to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols as the best way to contain the pandemic.

Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Ahmed Ahijo, said the 36-bed capacity isolation unit comprising 10-bedded Intensive Care Unit was part of Federal Government COVID-19 intervention programme in all Teaching Hospitals and Federal Medical Centres.

Ahijo said with this development, the hospital now has a complete centre with more equipped isolation ward, personal protection equipments and others consumables.

Ahijo said that the hospital has also gotten two new additional testing machines.

“We have ventilators and virtually everything that you need in managing severe COVID-19 cases.

“There is also supportive facilities like the radiology and dialysis section in case of renal failure which is one of the challenges of COVID-19 patients,” Ahijo said.

Also inaugurated by the Chairman board of the Teaching Hospital is a Molecular laboratory.

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BOSG Engages 1000 Hunters to Protect Farmers, Fight Boko Haram

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BOSG engages 1000 Hunters to protect farmers, Fight Boko Haram

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

The Borno state government has engaged 1000 Volunteer Hunters to compliment the security agencies in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency, protect farmers in their farmlands, and the rainy season set in.

The Borno State Governor , Prof Babagana Zulum while inaugurating the hunters at Khaddamari, the headquarters of Jere local government area of the state, on Thursday said “the decision to recruit local hunters is primarily informed by the need to involve them in our strategic efforts in pursuing Boko Haram terrorists to their hideouts and subdue them Hunters are also widely known for their bravery, boldness and fearlessness qualities and these, they are expected to bring to bare in discharging their duties “.


He said the Hunters who are conversant with the local terrain and bushes will alongside other security agencies fish out the insurgents and also help provide security for farmers who have been targets of attacks by Boko Haram terrorists and also urged them to fish out Boko Haram terrorists from their hideouts.

It could be recalled that Boko Haram insurgents had on 29th November last year invaded Zabarmari farming community of Jere local government area that resulted into the killing of 43 rice farmers.

The Governor explained that bearing in mind the bravery, fearlessness of the hunters, are in strategic position to offer useful assistance to the Military in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists and “guide them though difficult and inaccessible terrains”.

” Our local hunters have also become part and parcel of our success story because of their active involvement in addressing the security challenges facing the state , which largely prompted us to engage the recruitment of more hunters as an auxiliary security outfit to assist our gallant Military to end the insurgency. “, Zulum added.

Governor Zulum further said “we are doubtlessly aware that our local hunters are conversant with most of the terrain in the state , especially the hot spots and areas vulnerable to attacks. .It is also vital and significant for us to periodic review our security architecture in the state with a view to consolidating current success and forestall future attacks by the insurgents

He assured that his administration will “do everything to ensure that you are able equipped and organised logistic support and in addition to the regular payment of your allowances

” The hunters should know that they have been entrusted with heavy burden which entails lots of responsibility and meticulous discretion to carry out The screened 1000 numbers of Volunteer Hunters that are willing to protect the farming communities in four local government areas of Borno State, Maiduguri Metropolitan Council., Jere , Mafa and Konduga councils ” further stressed.

Governor Zulum said. tasking these group of hunters to take the fight to Boko Haram hideouts so that farmers and businessmen in these communities will have access to their farms and go about there “

Speaking in an interview with journalists the member representing Jere Federal Constituency, Hon Satomi Ahmed said the idea behind volunteer hunters is purely the initiative of his excellency in his quest to improve security of the state and provide protection to farmers in the rural area, who predominantly farmers”.

” More than 6,000 youths turnout are willing to volunteer themselves but the DSS screened 1,000.we will be using them as farmers they provide the security with intelligence”, he added

He said in developed client security and intelligence agencies were actively involved in intelligence gathering and they successfully defeated terrorism. In Nigeria, our major problem is lacks of map roads adding it is high time that Nigeria develop a holistic plan to defeat insurgents.

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Education sector transformation, zulum commissions several school projects in Maiduguri

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Education sector transformation, Zulum commissions several school projects in Maiduguri

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

To transform the education sector which was destroyed by the over decade long insurgency in the Northeast, the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has commissioned several projects across five Primary/Junior secondary school executed by the Education Trust Fund (ETF) within Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) and Jere local government areas

The schools were completely rehabilitated and remodelled by the ET, while new classrooms were constructed in its quest to transform the education sector which is the worse hit by the over decade long Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.

It could be recalled that more than 5000 school buildings were destroyed by Boko Haram in primary, secondary and tertiary schools in different parts of Borno since 2009, according to a 2016 report co-authorized by the World Bank, the European Union, Nigeria’s Federal Government and government of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe States which make up the northeast, where the insurgents have been operating.

Speaking at the commissioning and remodeled classrooms, offices projects of ETF held at the Shehu Sanda Kyarimi II primary school, Maiduguri, yesterday said “these projects which are made up of newly constructed classes and remodeled ones are all situated within the metropolis which is home to a large percentage of our IDPs, thereby, providing them with opportunities to ensure their wards attend schools”

“We believe that education remains the bedrock for the development of any society. It is for same reason that the bulk of this year’s budget was allocated to the education sector” Zulum said.

He said in addition to the reconstruction, rehabilitation and remodeling of the existing schools, the government is going recruit 3,000 qualified teachers that will be deployed to various schools to boost education sector this year.

Governor Zulum further stated that the Trust Fund is providing instructional materials and equipment, academic staff training and development as well as facilitating research and publication in schools and educational institutions across Borno.

The Governor promised that before the end of his administration all schools within the metropolis will be rehabilitated and remodeled, while 50 percent of all schools across the 27 local governments areas will also be remodeled.

In her welcome address, chairperson of the trust fund, Professor Hauwa Biu expressed gratitude to Governor Zulum for giving her team opportunity to serve Borno and assured of their sustained commitment towards enhancing the quality of education in the state.

Also in his remarks, the Executive Secretary, Borno State Education Trust Fund, Maina Yaumi said “Today marks yet another historic day in our collective quest to salvage our state.The establishment of the Borno state Education Trust Fund is no doubt a milestone that focuses on the transformation of education in the state. Today, we are happy seeing the fruits of the seeds saw being harvest “

He highlighted the activities of the board in the last one year. Which includes, the rehabilitation, development and consolidation of education at all levels in the state with emphasis on the provision and maintenance of essential physical infrastructure for teaching and learning.

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