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Education: Borno schools resumes academic activities

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Education: Borno schools resumed academic activities

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Following the Federal Government approval for the reopening of schools with strict adhering to COVID 19 protocols, schools in Borno both public and private have been reopened, today Monday 18th January, 2021 for the 2021 academic session.

Our correspondents who went round, Maiduguri, Borno state capital reports that pupils and student were seen in their hundreds going to their respective schools.

At the Gate of Elkanemi school of Theology, parent were seeing dropping their children at the entrance, each pupils and students were asked to Wash their hands at the Hand washing point strategically placed at the gate before they were allowed to enter the schools premises and w’re also seen with their face marks.

A parent at the Elk Elkanemi College, Alhaji Ibrahim Adamu said ” we are happy that the Federal Government agreed to reopened schools as scheduled today. Our children are just wasting their previous time at home in the name of COVID 19, it is really a setback, those that are suppose to be in primary 6 now are still going primary 5, which is unfortunate. “

” We shouldn’t subject our children to all these unnecessary delay. I wonder why markets and worship places, as well as motor packs were opened but why schools. We should learn how to dance in the storm and not to wait until the storm is over. Thank God that the government had a second thought”, Adamu added.

A pupil, Isa Ahmed and ” I am today happy that we have resumed school, I am going to meet my friends and teachers. We are tired of staying at home. We are going to adhere strictly to COVID 19 protocols for our safety”.

When our correspondent asked him whether he knows the COVID 19 protocol, Master Ahmed said ” yes we have been watching it on television daily. It includes hand washing with soap and running water, in the absent of water, Hand sanitizer is being use,, wearing of face mask and maintaining at least 2 meters distance” .

While at the gate of Government College Maiduguri, students were seeing moving into their classes, others were seen discussing about the reopening of schools, while teachers were on ground and ready to commence academic activities.

A teacher Garba Abubakar said ‘ as you can see we have provided hand washing point and no student will be allow to enter without washing his hands, and wearing face masks . We have also adjusted the sitting arrangements inline with COVID-19 protocol. We are planing to have morning and afternoon session when our students fully resumed to accommodate all students”.

Also speaking in an interview, a KeKe NAPEP rider, Adamu Idi said ” thank God now that the schools have now resumed, we will start getting passengers, as there was no passengers. You can see I just drop these students and I am going back to pick another ones.”.

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Save the children donates 3 ambulances to Yobe health centres

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Save the Children donates 3 Ambulances to Yobe Health Centres.

By Baba Saleh, Damaturu 

An International Non governmental organisation, Save the Children has on Thursday donated three Ambulances to health centres in Yobe state.

The project was supported by the European Union through its early recovery from conflict and resilience building programme in the state.

In her remarks during the official launching and handing over of the vehicles, Save the Children Country Director, Mercy Gichuhi noted that the objectives of the programme were meant to enhanced state government capacity to oversee and strengthen its social protection system to address basic needs in addition to increased state and community capacity to facilitate reconciliation and social cohesion.

According to her other objective was that “vulnerable households and communities in Yobe are more resilient to recurrent shocks and have diversified livelihoods, through effective support for market recovery, skills development and enhanced state capacity to provide technical assistance”

She said the European Union has support the programme with financial injection of E 10, 840,033 Euros. 

She added that “The 42 months’ project is implemented in partnership with the Yobe State Government and development partners- International Alert, CISLAC, and LHI”

While commending Save the Children for the gesture, the Yobe state commissioner for health Dr Muhammad Lawan Gana represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Hamidu M Alhaji stated that the administration of Governor Mai Mala Buni has made several commitments with regards to maternal and child health. 

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MSF Treats 2,260 rural children with malaria in Borno

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MSF treats 2,260 rural children with Malaria in Borno

By Musa Askira, Maiduguri

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) also known as Doctors Without Borders, has treated 2,260 children with malaria in Dusuman and Zabarmari villages near Maiduguri within the past six months.

A statement by the MSF Field Communication Officer, Mr Abdulkareem Yakubu, said the affected children were attended to by the MSF’s mobile team.

“Between mid-August and December 2020, MSF’s mobile team provided a total of 6,881 consultations for children living in villages outside Maiduguri.

“MSF staff tested 6,463 children for malaria and treated 2,260 children for the disease, referring 18 of them to hospital.

“The team also treated 71 children for severe acute malnutrition and 190 children for moderate acute malnutrition,” Yakubu said.

Yakubu said that MSF has been using various measures like training of some community members to carry out rapid malaria test and malnutrition screening as well as application of appropriate medication in hard-to-reach areas to ensure access to healthcare delivery to children in such areas.

He said that where a child situation is considered serious after test and screening in the rural areas, the child is referred to MSF hospital in Maiduguri.

MSF has been operating in Borno, particularly in areas affected by insurgency since 2014.

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Fire Razes down 620 houses in IDP Camp,in Borno, Kills Minor

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Fire razes down 620 houses in IDP camp, in Borno, kills Minor

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

No fewer than six hundred and twenty houses were burnt, a minor burnt to ashes when fire engulfed Custom House Internally Displaced Persons ( IDP); camp in the outskirts of Maiduguri metropolis, the Borno state capital

Daily Hint corespondent reports that the fire outbreak which started around 8:30 in the morning consumed parts of the camp and was put out by the combined efforts of the IDPs, security agents and officials of the federal and state fire service.

An eye witnessed at the camp, Alu Dikwa said a 3yrs old child was asleep when incident happened and before he could wake up the fire overwhelmed. two other old women also sustained injuries during the inferno.

Four hours later, another fire breaks out in another part of camp destroying many of the makeshift tents.

Confirming the incident to newsmen , the Camp Manager of Custom House Usman Mohammed said the cause of the fire was not yet known, however investigation had commenced to find out the actual cause of the fire

He added that the affected IDPs are from Dikwa Local Government and currently in dire need of assistance.

Also when contacted, Acting Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ishaya Chinoko, told newsmen that emergency response had been dispatched and initial needs assessment conducted, adding that relief would soon be provided to the affected victims.

The Custom House camp has a total of 14,250 displaced persons from three local government areas of Dikwa, Mafa and Bama.

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