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CSOs urges NEDC to Focus on Mandate

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CSOs Urges NEDC to Focus On Mandate

By Musa Askira, Maiduguri

The North East Civil Society Forum has observed the vital role of North East Development Commission (NEDC) in the ongoing reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement process in the region and urged the commission to remain committed to its mandate.

The forum which is an umbrella organisation of all registered civil society organisations in Northeast, made the call in a press statement after its two-day retreat in Maiduguri over the week.

The forum urged the commission’s management to shun politicking and concentrate on it mandate for maximum result.

“The North East Civil Society Forum is also hereby cautioning the NEDC management to concentrate on delivering its mandate of service delivery to the affected population in north east, rather than paying attention to or engaging in politicking at the expense of the people they are supposed to serve,” the forum advised.

The forum statement disowned membership of a group called North East Vanguard for Good Governance, adding that its investigation showed that the group is non existent and does not have physical presence or existing officials in any state in north east.

The forum commended the improved security measures taken in the region by the military and other security agencies and urged for sustenance.

“While reviewing the safety and security of the citizens and the fight against insurgency in the region, we observed improved security measures by security agencies in the region and urged them to sustain the tempo.

“The forum commend the security agencies for the new measures and strategies, especially the recent improvement in civil/military relationship and interaction with citizens and stakeholders..”

It also lauded international partners and donors for their support, and also called on UN agencies, INGOs and their partners to set up plan for genuine and deliberate localisation of their activities for maximum effect on the public.

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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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