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FG commensurate with victims of Borno IDP fire outburst, distributes relief materials to 9,678 survivors

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FG commensurate with victims of Borno IDP fire outbreak, distributes relief materials to 9,678 survivors

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruq has distributed food and non food items to 1,613 households affected by fire outbreak at the Muna Albadawi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri.

While commesurating with the victims at the Muna Albadawi IDP camp Maiduguri on Tuesday, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruq distributed food and non food materials to 9,678 victims if the fire incident..

She said she was in Maiduguri at instance of President Muhammad Buhari to commensurate and sympathized with the people and government of Borno state, assuring that very soon Federal government will kick start the construction of 10,000 housing units in the state this year resettle the IDPs

In her welcome address, the Chairperson. Borno state Emergency Management Agency, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo said ” the camp has over 50,000 IDPs, where 1,613 households were affected by the fire incident with the total of 9,678 survivors.”

In his remarks, Governor Zulum said the relief materials is one of the largest interventions received from federal government and that the NEMA responded just 2 days after the incident occurred.

At Goverment House, Maiduguri, Hajiya Sadiya Faruk told Governor Babagana Zulum that she was in Maiduguri to commensurate with the people and Government of Borno state over the fire incident that occurred at the Muna Albadaei Internally Displayed Persons (IDPs) that led to the destruction of many houses and goods.

Hajiya Faruq while sympathizing with Governor Zulun, said ” I am here in Maiduguri to commensurate with the people and Government of Borno state over the fire incident that occurred at the Muna Albadawi IDP camp that led to the destruction of many houses and goods”.

” The Muna Albadawi incident occurred just few days after similar incident occurred at Ngala IDP camp.. President Buhari 2 send his condolences to the people and government of Borno state”, the minister added.

She said “We commend NEMA for the relief materials and technical support. We are monitoring the situation closely with a view to evolving new strategy to avert future fire outbreaks”.

Hajiya Faruq said ” I also want to commend the NEMA and SEMA for quick response to the victims of the fire incident. The ministry is working with other stakeholders to kick start the construction of 10,000 housing units this year to fasten the post insutgency resettlement and economic recovery”.

Responding, Governor Babagana Zulum said the only solution to the incident of fire incident is the construction of permanent houses for the IDPs to go back to their communities, as the fire incident were caused mostly as a result of the houses were made of corn stock and the windy nature of the state.

“I commend you for your support to the people and government Borno state. You have visited Borno state over 20 times. You have visited Banki Bama Gwoza among other places. The Borno state government will partner and collaborate with you to ensure that all items brought is judiciously distributed”, the governor said.

 

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Nigerian Army Flags Off Operation Crocodile Smile VI to Commence 20th October to December 31st Nationwide

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Nigerian Army flags off Operation Crocodile Smile VI to commence 20th October to December 31st Nationwide

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army has on Saturday flagged off ” Operation Crocodile Smile VI in it’s flush out Boko Haram insurgents,, kidnapping, Banditry, cyber crime and other crime and criminality.

The Chief of Army Staff, ( COAS), Lt General Tukur Buratai while addressing a Press Conference at the Army Social Super Camp 1 Ngamdu said the Operation which is to commence on 20th, October 2020 will last till December 31st, 2020 across all Nigerian Army formations in the country.

The COAS who represented at the briefing by the Chief Training and Operations (CTOP), Major General Nuhu Ambazo said ” the Nigerian Army is set to start its annual Exercise CROCODILE SMILE which is traditionally conducted in the last quarter of the year. This year’s Exercise CROCODILE SMILE V1 is scheduled to commence from the 20th of October to the 31st of December 2020.”

“The Exercise is deliberately intended to be all encompassing to include cyber warfare exercises designed to identify, track and counter negative propaganda in the social media and across the cyberspace. This is the first ever Cyberwarfare exercise to be conducted in the history of the African Armed Forces. Accordingly, the exercise will also include positive identification component aimed at identifying Boko Haram terrorists fleeing from the North East and other parts of the country as a result of the ongoing operations in the various theatres of operations especially in the Northeast, North Central and North Western parts of Nigeria, the COAS stated.

General Buratai said “this years exercise will as well have civil military component which consist of environmental sanitation, roads rehabilitation and repairs, humanitarian aids, medical outreach, assistance to physically challenged and assistance to widows of our fallen heroes”.

He said Operation Harbin Kunama 4 Operation Crocodile smile 5 have been successful completed, while Operation, Fire Ball, Operation Hadarin Daji, Operation Auem A Kpayem, Operation safe Heaven among others are still on going.

He therefore commended other sister security agencies for their support and synergy and the press for finding time to grace the briefing.

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Fight against desert and desertification, FG establishes forestry college in Borno

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Fight against desert and desertification, FG establishes Forestry College in Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In it’s efforts in combating desert, desertification and climate change, the Federal Government has established College of Forestry in Gwangolong village of Jere local government area of Borno state.

The Minister for Environment, Alhaji Mamoud Abubakar who made this known in Maiduguri, when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Babagana Zulum at the Government House, Maiduguri yesterday said ” I am on a working visit to Borno state. We have a lot of presence in this state because of its strategic importance. We have agencies and departments that are working in the state, the Great Green Wall, Forestry Research Institute among others.”

He said ” the Great Green Wall has raised 1.3 million seedling, , planted 60 kilometers of shelter belt and 140 heaters reserved among others ‘.

” Borno is one of the 11 Frontline states of Great Green Wall project, which is an international project consist of 11 countries. We have our newly established Forestry college in Borno, GGW which is working on desert and desertification and environmental management. We also here to find out need of the state. what the state needs and how we can collaborate and strengthen them”, the minister said.

He said ” we know the Borno state Governor have working diligently in terms of environmental management in terms of planting trees. We will continue to support him in planting more trees, we have planted more trees, we’re going to plant more. The Great Green Wall has planted over half a million trees in Borno state, we will do more, the GGW have raised 1.3 seedlings to support Borno..

Responding, the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum said ” I want to notify the people of Borno state that the Federal government in it’s magnimity has established College of Forestry in Gwangolong village of Jere local government are here in Borno state.”

” You are aware of the arid nature of the state and I believe with the establishment of the College of Forestry, the people of Borno state will benefit a lot with a view to combating desertification and enhancing climate actions in the state. I remain eternally grateful to the Federal Government”, The governor added.

He assured that the Borno state government under his leadership will collaborate with the Federal ministry of Environment, Great Green Wall and Forestry Research institute of Nigeria to see how possible best to work together in safeguarding the environment, because environment is very important, stressing that ,without environment there should be no rain, and that the nexus between environment and development cannot be overemphasize.

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Remain apolitical professional, in Ondo Elections as exhibited in Edo – General Buratai Urges Troops

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Remain apolitical Professional, in Ondo Elections as exhibited in Edo -General Buratai Urges Troops

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Tukur Buratai has directed all officer and men of the Nigerian Army to remain apolitical,above board and professional during the Saturday’s Ondo Governorship Elections, as they exhibited in the recently concluded Edo Governorship Elections.

Lt. General Tukur Buratai made the charge yesterday in Maiduguri while speaking at the first, second and third combined COAS conference held at the Multi purpose Hall of the Command Guest House, Maiduguri.

As I mentioned during my opening address, the forthcoming Ondo State Governorship Election provide us yet another opportunity to display the high level of professionalism which the Nigerian Army is well known for, similar to the Edo state Election, we must be apolitical, above board and professional in all our actions. Going forward, this posture, we must be professional in our operations and activities to retain the admiration and respect of our citizenry,, the Army chief added.

General Buratai said ” we are approaching a crucial phase in our counter terrorism operation in the Northeast with imminent commencement of Operation FIRE BALL
.my recent directive on the relocation of AHQ DATOR and AHQ DOAL to the Northeast. These geared towards ensuring that the AHQ provides maximum support to the operation”.

” Additionally, I issued the COAS Specific Order 1 , specifically, so that all troops will switch over to a war mode. This is necessary for the final destination of the criminal insurgents, I am happy to note that this has been deciminated to all officers and men in the Theater. i want courageous and exemplary leadership to be displayed in all levels during our operations”,.

He said all hands must be on deck, as no excuses will be tolerated whatsoever, in the accomplishment of the set objectives of the operation Fire Ball, stressing that as we gradually approaches the end of the year, the Nigerian Army Wii continue to be resolute and aggressive in pursuance of its constitutional role

” I want to charge field commanders not to rest on their oars I implore you all to maintain a positive disposition and attitudes towards improving our current operational success. You must sustain the tempo of operations across the various theater of Operations in order to create enabling environment for socio economic activities to thrive in our dear country”, General Buratai further stressed.

While expressing his gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for making fund available to the Nigerian Army operations despite lean resources, General Buratai pledged the unflinching loyalty and commitment of the Nigerian Army to the defence of democratic governance in Nigeria.

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