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International NGO Partners Government, Traditional, Religious, Community Leaders to promote Girl Child Education, End Early Marriage

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International NGO partners governments, traditional, religious, community leaders to promote girl child education, End early marriage

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

A nongovernmental Organisations (NGO) Plan International has solicited for the partnership of governments at all levels, traditional, religious to put more efforts in ensuring enrolment of girl child into school and out-of-school girls get back to school with a view to end early marriages in Borno state.

Speaking during an event to mark this years “International Day of the Girl Child, with a theme: “My Voice, Our Equal Future”, which held at Gubio IDP camp in Maiduguri recently emphasised that there must be a collective and broader effort to discourage early marriage and promote enrollment of girl child into school.

She said education should be made accessible, qualitative, safe and girl-friendly, to discourage early marriage and called on ommunity leaders to promote global education goals, stressing hat the reality is that when girls are married young, their education and other opportunities to live a safe, healthy and empowered life, come to an end.

Mrs Chinelo said education alone is not enough to end child marriage.abd solicited for cooperation government ministries and civil society organisations to key in, in the campaign to end the practice.

“In the community where we worked we understand that a lot of young girls are already married and with children, we give education to adequately take care of themselves and the young ones. .We know that in all over the world they have a different definition for a girl or child, here where we worked the UN define a child as somebody below the age of 18, we understand that this definition doesn’t stand because you see that at the age of ten or eleven someones is already married,” she added.

“So this society see those married girls as an adult, so we do a lot of education and awareness to sensitized them that even though those girls are productive, but they are still a child and cannot take care of another child that is the essence of canvassing against early marriage and the rest of them,” Mrs Chinelo .

She said “Girls enrollment into school is very very low here, but with the intervention of Plan International and others development agency that is working in Borno State, now a lot of families are realizing the need of girls education and they are supporting it”.

“We are breaking that barrier we are not there yet but we are making effort to ensure that by the year 2023 or thereabout we are going to have a considerable number of girls who are in school and who are clamouring to continue their education from primary to the tertiary institution and later to become somebody in their communities,” Chinelo explained.

In her remarks, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo who was represented by Hajiya Aishatu Shani told the gathering that the current administration is working hard to ensure that more school-age girls are enrolled in schools.

She stressed that education initiatives that help girls to avoid child marriage must include awareness-raising campaigns for parents and community leaders on the benefits of girls’ education, scholarship programmes for girls, equipping schools and providing training for teachers on how to ensure a safe environment for all students.

“Changing cultural practices and attitudes that allow child marriage to continue takes years, and requires a deep and lasting commitment to work with families and communities to make change happen.” Hajiya Gambo said

“By reaching out to communities and empowering the girls who are vulnerable to child marriage, we can begin to change the narratives that girls are somehow of lesser value. It will take time but we must address the root causes of child, early and forced marriage, including poverty and gender inequality,” further stressed.

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President Buhari Commissions Trauma Centre, 4 other landmark project in UMTH

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President Buhari commissions Trauma Centre, 4 other landmark projects in UMTH

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

President Muhammadu Buhari has on Thursday commissioned a 150 bed capacity, Muhammadu Buhari Trauma centre, Physical Rehabilitation center among 3 other projects at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri

President Buhari made the assurance while speaking via zoom at the occasion of the Landmark commissioning projects held at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri on Thursday assured Nigerian of his administration’s commitment to improve the health care delivery of it’s citizens across the country.

“this events we are witnessing today shows the commitment of the Federal government in tackling the growing health challenges of ithe people of the Northeast. The emerging diseases made it necessary for the government to come up with measures such as 150 bed capacity Trauma center, among other projects . I Urge Nigerians to take advantage of the unprecedented facilities. I also use the opportunity to urge those handling the centers to take proper care of the facilities”, the President added.

“The multi purpose auditorium and conference hall constructed and furnished for University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital by the Government of Borno State, under the leadership of His Excellency, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, I see a clear display of participatory ownership and example of sound relationship between federal and state government” Buhari said

While commending the UMTh board and management for the achievements, President Buhari directed the Head of Service of the Federation, minister of Finance to look at the manpower needs of the hospital, adding that Nigerians are proud of the UMTH.

President Buhari who spoke from the state house in Abuja, virtually commissioned some landmark projects at the UMTH, one of which was the the auditorium started from scratch as intervention by Borno state government.

In his remarks, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state commended the Federal for the laudable projects executed under the Buhari administration in Borno.

“This institution (UMTH) has never witnessed such laudable developmental projects at once, from its inception to date. Mr President, we appreciate all the good projects” Zulum said.

Governor said Borno state government in this year 2020 alone, has started from scratch, 50 new health centers across various local governments in the state and that many other health centers were rehabilitated and furnished with modern equipments.

He further explained that Borno has approved the recruitment of more than 500 qualified doctors, nurses, other health workers and re-engage retired personnel, for deployment to healthcare centres where medical services are most needed by citizens.

Earlier in his remarks, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said the UMTH is the leading health institution in the Northeast and is known for its service capacity, adding that the structures commissioned will repositioned the institution in meeting the healthcare need of the region

He said ” 150 bed. Capacity Trauma center has vascular surgery theater, radiology center, orthopedic centre, among other, Will assist in no small measure in addressing the health challenges of the insurgency affected Northeast.”

In his address the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the UMTH, Professor Ahmed Ahijo said ” the institution which was commissioned on 23rd July, 1983 with 600 bed capacity has now grown to 800 bed capacity and with the commissioning of these landmark projects and when the ongoing projects is completed, the hospital will have 1200 bed capacity, one of the largest in the country’.

He said ‘cancer is one of the raising disease in Nigeria but despite that the hospital does not have cancer centre, hence the move by the hospital to construct a Radiology centre to address the challenges with the commissioning of these projects, . I want to use the opportunity to appeal to Mr. President to approve to the institution to recruit it’s manpower needs to manned these facilities’.

In their be separate Goodwill messages, the country Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Water Molumba and the Head of delegation, International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), Mr Floi Fillion through virtual addressed assured the Federal and the Borno state governments that their respective organisation are always ready to partner and support their health institutions in the country, through technical supports and other collaborations.

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WHO targets 2.5million children, as it flags off 4th round SMC malaria campaign in Borno

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WHO targets 2.5 million children, as it flags off 4th round SMC Malaria campaign in Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In it’s efforts to reduce to the nearest minimal the cases of Malaria among the children under the age of 5, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in collaboration with the Borno state government have flagged off the 4th round of the Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) Campaign in the state.

Flagging off the Campaign at the Almiskin IDP Camp Maiduguri on Sunday, the Country Representative of the WHO in Nigeria, Dr Walter Malumba said ” this event you just witness here today is part of our comprehensive interventions to prevent Malaria from killing children below the age of 5 a ND others us to fight the vectors which are the mosquitoes and the commissioner just stated that the Borno government distributed treated mosquito nets to many people”

” Do far we have cover over 2.1 million children and we have exceeded 80 percent we are increasing be it. By doing be do up four times it will make the child not to contract Malaria and if even he do it would reduce to nearest mild”, Dr Malumbo stated.

He said the first, second and third round of the campaign witnessed some hitches due to COVID 19 and other logistic problems but thank God the fourth round the issues have been address and that they targeting hundred percent coverage.

“The malaria cases in Nigeria is between 29 to 25 percent which is far from eradication, as until it reaches 5 percent that we talk of eradicating it The WHO is more than ever committed to reducing the bearest minimum the cases of Malaria in the country”,Dr. Malumba stated

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Speaking to newsmen after administering the drugs to the children, the Borno state commissioner for Health, Dr Salihu Kwayabura said ” you know one of our greatest burden particularly children below the age of 5 is the burden of Malaria it is an intervention from the Federal government and the state government and support by our partners particularly the WHO”.

” We did the first round in Kulukori, Damboa road and we are here today for the fourth round and probably the last one this year. We are targeting 2.5 million children and I am happy to inform you we have cover over 90 percent . So the exercise is successful” Dr Kwayabura added.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Secretary Jere Local government area, Alhaji Sheriff commended the WHO and the Borno state government for the intervention, adding that we have been working closely with the traditional and the religious leaders for the success of the exercise.

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Unemployment: Borno Youth called on FG to establish Youths Development Fund

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Unemployment: Borno Youths called on FG to establish Youths Development Fund

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The youths in Borno state have urged the Federal Government to set aside funds through Youth Development Fund b to tackle unemployment, and restiveness in the country.

The participants in a 21 point communique issued at the end of the Borno Youths Summit which held at the Multi Purpose Hall of the Government House, Maiduguri yesterday and read by the state Commissioner of Youths and Sport, Comrade Saina Buba called on the Federal and State governments to intensify efforts in the area of women empowerment and inclusive participation towards making them self reliant.

The communique commended the Federal Government for it’s initiative to resume oil exploration in the Chad Basin Area and urged the Federal government to comect Matte to national grid and complete the Manbila Hydro Electric Power Projects to create employment to the youths and boast the economy of the nation.

“The youths resolved unanimously to uphold the unity and indivisibility of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The summit coemmended the maturity exhibited by youth groups for not participating in End SARs protest as SARS as an outfit had played commendable role in the fight against insurgency and crme in Borno state. In same vein, the summit supports Federal Government in establishing new outfit as a replacement of FSARS to perform even better”, Hon Buba said

The summit while commending the military and other security agencies for their sustained efforts in fighting insurgency,called for the provision of adequate security throughout the state, so as to protect the communities that have resselled back to their respective villages and towns to facilitate socio economic activities in the local government areas.

The summit while urging for synergy between all the security agencies in the counter insurgency fight called on them to sustain efforts in the fight against insurgency.

The youths commended President Muhammadu Buhari for addressing all issued being face by the youths, especially in the areas of job creation and employment opportunities

The communique further said * the summit also commended Governor Zulum for upturning efforts in bringing stability to the state through the reconstruction of destroyed communities and youths engagement.”.

” We equally urged all tiers of governments to invest massively in agriculture as a panacea for engainging the teaming youths population in the area of farming and other related activities.*, They added.

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