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Hunger Threatens 4.4 Million People in Northeast, Nigeria – Kallon

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Hunger threatens 4.4 million people in Northeast, Nigeria – Kallon

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Over four million people are threatened by hunger in the Northeast, Nigeria due to the 12 year long Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

Speaking at the Joint Planing Board JPB/NCDP meeting held at the Government House, Maiduguri, the United Nations Resident Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr Edward Kallon said the United Nations will commence a new cycle of humanitarian programme planning for 2022 and beyond to reduce needs, risks and vulnerabilities of the
affected people and provide durable solutions where feasible and safe to do. This is happening against a backdrop of a combination of escalating conflict, displacement and loss
of livelihoods from COVID-19, and a looming food insecurity and nutrition crisis that is putting at
high risks as many as 4.4 million people threatened to face acute hunger at the peak of the lean season and well into the rainy season.”

The commissioners of the 36 states of the Federation and their permanent Secretaries, Security and Humanitarian actors and other stakeholders in economic sector were converged on Maiduguri, the Borno state capital on Tuesday for the 2oth Joint Planing Board (JPB) and the National council for Development Planing (NCDP) to chat a way to prefer sustainable solutions to the economic challenges facing the nation.

Mr Kallon represented by the UN Humanitarian, Deputy Head of Office in Maiduguri, Mrs Esty sutyoko said “I stand here before you to deliver this goodwill message on behalf of the United Nations Resident and
Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon who could not be here with you this morning at
the opening of this august occasion due to unavoidable circumstance.”.

“It is an honor and privilege to be invited to the opening ceremony of the National Council on Development Planning meeting in Borno State and I would like to begin by acknowledging the excellent collaboration we have with the Government of Nigeria, and the cooperation with the Federal
Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and the Governors of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States. We are working together to alleviate suffering and save lives of people affected by 12 years of conflict in the three states in a comprehensive and sustainable manner.”, Kallon added

He further said “this is the worst outlook in four years. Unfortunately, humanitarian needs are increasing as funding is declining. Allow me to acknowledge the generous contributions of our donors and the Government of Nigeria that has enabled us to deliver lifesaving assistance and protection services for millions of people including women, girls and children affected by the conflict in the Northeast. “

Also in his keynote address, the Secretary to the Borno (SSG) Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa said “”I am highly pleased and profoundly honoured to deliver the keynote address at the 20th meeting of the Joint Planning Board/National Council on Development Planning, with the theme “MANAGING THE NIGERIAN ECONOMY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN A CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT.” The theme is appropriately apt and couldn’t be more relevant, in view of the daunting economic outlook currently facing the country and the formidable challenges associated with its management. Obviously the challenges are multifaceted and varied, both in scope and depth, but equally have the same devastating effect on the socio-economic and political landscape of the country.”

“The most prominent and, by far, the most daunting of these challenges, is the issue of insecurity, largely characterized by the seemingly unending Boko Haram insurgency and the emergent criminal activities of banditry and kidnapping as well as socio-economic threats, such as mass unemployment, youth restiveness and deep rooted poverty”, he added.

Alhaji Shuwa said “the negative effect of insecurity is widespread and all encompassing and has not only adversely affected economic growth at the macro level but has also compellingly devastated the economic live wire of our people at the local level such as farming, petty trading and inter- state commercial activities, among others. Added to these is the excruciating phenomenon of Corbid-19, which has an emasculating and crippling effect on the overall global economic system. All these challenges have to be profoundly addressed and systematically overcome in order for any strategic plans to have any meaningful and tangible impact on the socioeconomic development of the country”.

He further said “this meeting of the Joint Planning Board and the National Council on Development planning provides a veritable avenue for highlighting most of the daunting challenges, the institutional inadequacies and other appalling socioeconomic and political encumbrances that have been considerably affecting the growth and development of the country, with a view to evolving a pragmatic and viable system to chart the way forward. This will also help in stimulating and sustaining public confidence and trust in the ability of governments at all levels to address the challenges of development. “

*It was the concomitant effect of the prevailing peace and security in various parts of the state that ultimately inspired and prompted His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, to launch the Borno State Twenty-Five year Development Plan and the ten-year Strategic Transformation Initiative as the bedrock for the sustainable growth and development of the state. This Development Plan serves as a beacon for the complete socioeconomic transformation and development of all sectors to their ultimate potentialities”, he further explained.

He said most of these challenges the , nation, is facing are undoubtedly daunting but not unsurmountable but what is required is collective resolve, relentless determination and total commitment to the course and talked for collective efforts.

In her opening address, the permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planing Mrs, Olusola Olauinka said this gathering is expected to provide sustainable solutions to the ailing economy of the nation and urged governors to do more in the areas of poverty reduction, especially at the rural level.

Also speaking in an interview with newsmen, the Borno state Commissioner for Finance, budget and Economic Planing, Alhaji Adamu Lawan said ” Borno state has always been on the news for negative reasons, the holding of this meeting here in Maiduguri is an indication that peace has return the state and will afford us the opportunity to showcase to the world the business opportunities we have, which will attract more investors to the state.”.

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Governor Buni Mourns Air Strike Victims, Assures investigation of incident

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Governor Buni Mourns Air Strike Victims, Assures investigation of incident

By Usman Bello, Damaturu

Yobe state Governor Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has commiserated with families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate Air strike on Buhari village in Yunusari local government area of the state.

He said although it could have been an accident or mistaken target, but government will join hands with the security agencies to unravel the root cause of the incident.

Governor Buni directed his Special Adviser on Security Affairs, to liaise with the Nigeria Airforce and the Multi National Joint Task Force, to look into the unfortunate Air strike.

“Government will work closely with the security forces especially the Nigeria Airforce to establish what actually happened” Governor Buni assured.

“This is very important and necessary for us to guard against future occurance and to safeguard the lives of our people.”

Governor Buni also assured the preparedness of his administration to work with all security forces to ensure the safety of the state.

Meanwhile, the governor has directed government hospitals in Geidam and Damaturu to offer free medical services to those who sustained injuries from the air strike.

Similarly, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has been directed to provide relief materials to cater for the immediate needs of the families of the deceased persons and other members of the community.

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MD FMC Abuja Bags Georgia Prostrate Cancer Coalition 2021 Award

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MD FMC Abuja bags Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition 2021 Award

By Adamu Mohammed Dodo, Abuja

The Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, FMC Abuja, Nigeria, Prof Saad Ahmed has bagged the prestigious Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition 2021 award, in recognition of his outstanding selfless service, dedicated to improving mental and physical health worldwide and to the immediate community.

According to the press statement Saturday, released by the head of Information and Media Relations FMC Abuja, Mr Omolofe Kayode, “the award followed Prof Saad’s numerous contributions to the community and his excellent role as a Presenter/Facilitator at the International Health Summit of the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition, Atlanta USA.

“This is a clear testament of reward for impactful hard work and selfless service to humanity”.

The statement further congratulated the global achiever in Prof Saad “for putting FMC Abuja and Nigeria as a whole, on the global map with this ‘international recognition award”.

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Gov. Buni Inspects Gujba-Mutai Road, As NEDC Pledge To Construct The 54 KM Mutai-Ngalda Road

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Gov Buni Inspects Gujba-Mutai Road, As NEDC Pledge To Construct The 54km Mutai- Ngalda Road

By Usman Bello, Damaturu

Yobe State Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, today inspected the 40km Gujba-Mutai road awarded under the Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP)

The governor said although the pace of work on the project had been slowed down by insurgency attacks on the company, there is significant progress made on the project.

He directed the contractors to engage more equipment and personnel to facilitate its completion.

“This is very important because, the more the delay, the more the escalation in prices of materials which will attract avoidable variations of the contract” he warned.

The governor said his administration remains committed to complete all ongoing projects and put them to use for the benefit of the people of the state.

Governor Buni commended the North East Development Commission for taking over the construction of the 54km Mutai-Ngalda portion of the road.

“I am happy that the Managing Director of North East Development Commission is here and he assured us of the commencement of the 54km Wagir-Mutai-Ngalda road, this is quite encouraging.

“Of course we have to thank Mr President for establishing the North East Development Commission and what he has been doing to ensure that we rebuild the northeast,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, the NEDC Managing Director, said the execution of the 54km portion of the project was in consonance with the NEDC’s programme of providing infrastructural needs of the people.

Earlier, the MCRP state Coordinator, Mallam Musa Idi Jidawa, briefed the governor on the factors militating against the speedy progression of the project which include inadequate machines and manpower.

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