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Maiha remembers Nyako as Gov. Fintiri refuses to honour court order on district head



By Mohammed Adamu Dodo Yola

…As Jalingo-Maiha Youth group commends security agencies, Emirate Council, wonders why governors are intolerant to court order that favours the electorates

  • “We missed Admiral Nyako, the former governor in whose leadership the dividends of democracy were mostly recorded In Maiha; He would not have gone against Emirate Council recommended district head; he would not have dishonoured the court order”, Jalingo-Maiha youths say

The followers of Idi Usman Shehu the former governor Bindow appointed but courts rejected district head have on Saturday, heartily hailed the Adamawa state governor for “doing what is necessary; refusing to approve the appointment of Mahmud Abubakar as the legitimate district head of Jalingo-Maiha,” about three months with the determination of the Appeal Court that reaffirmed the High Court judgement that was passed in 2018.

The minority followers, while jubilating the development, said “the court order could not be binding on the governor whose Chief of Staff is a SAN at law with wealth of knowledge and experience in constitutional matters”.

The followers argued that they were waiting for the executive reinterpretation of judgement that would usher in their master to the stool he was initially appointed to man by the former governor before the court ruled otherwise.

This is coming at a time the concerned youth group of Jalingo-Maiha who temporarily suspended their planned peace pilgrimage tagged “Maiha maiden march” against the continued undue delay in the implementation of the Yola High Court judgement of 2018, upheld by the Appeal Court on 25th September 2020, relating to the appointment of their district head, following a peaceful conversation with the security officials in Jalingo-Maiha.

The youth group commended the Mubi Emirate Council for standing firm against all odds to justify the legality of the selection process and the legitimacy of the candidate; Mahmud Abubakar, they earlier presented to the governor, some years previously, for approval of appointment as district head of Jalingo-Maiha.

The youths have also commended the security agencies for maintaining peace, law and order in Maiha local government without bias.

The youths have hearkened to the call of the security officers to consider the possibility of thugs hijacking the protest from peaceful to riot and looting; proper observation of Covid-19 protocols would need to be properly addressed; the courts defeated, who might deliberately react in such a way that the peace pilgrimage could degenerate to bloody clash and the interference of the political class to want to exploit the protest by inciting violent clash were equally considered.

The composite of all would be capable of compounding the trend of insecurity in the district for which the legitimate monarch, having human feelings, would not wish to have the savage experience simply for his leadership sake.

“The youths wondered why would the state governors remain intolerant to court order for which they were beneficiaries?

the High Court has in the year 2018 passed a declarative judgement restraining the governor’s appointed from parading himself as district head. It has also ordered the state governor to approve the appointment of Mahmud Abubakar as the district head of Jalingo-Maiha. The former governor Bindow was highly intolerant to the court order that he failed to honour.

“Equally, the present governor Fintiri who was said to have been advised against the approval of the appointment, pending the determination of the Appeal Court, would not honour the Court Order about three months and still counting, with the determination of the Appeal Court that upheld the High Court judgement.

The youths have lamented that they missed “Admiral Murtala Hammanyero Nyako, the former governor of Adamawa state, in whose leadership the dividends of democracy were recorded in Maiha; He would not have gone against the Emirate Council recommended district head or he would not have dishonoured the court order”.

The youths have called on the good security officials to recommend to the governor to implement the court order just as they have presented superior, rather convincing security vocabulary, articulating the need to suspend the planned peace pilgrimage for a constructive conversation. A concerned citizen would reveal to the Periscope.

The security council meeting led by the Maiha council chairman, Hon Idi Ali Amin held on Saturday could have deliberated among other issues, the monarchy in Jalingo-Maiha, recommending that urgent need to implement the courts order by the state governor; to approve the appointment of the court declared, who was the Emirate Council selected and recommended district head of Jalingo-Maiha with a view to having a lasting peace beyond any politically motivated undue delay.

“The peace pilgrimage is temporarily suspended. However, fasting, Qunut prayers in individual houses, Qur’anic recitations and other supplications, seeking for Divine intervention against anyone and/or group of conspirators contributing to the delay in the implementation of court judgement relating to the monarchy in Jalingo-Maiha have started today in Maiha and beyond. It shall not be stopped until the mission is accomplished, In Sha Allah, while peaceful means of conducting peace pilgrimage, without any conflict with law, are being explored,” the concerned youths disclosed.

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13,512 households benefits from mercy corps food support programme in Borno



13,512 households benefits from Mercy Corps food support programme in Borno

By Musa Askira Maiduguri

A total of 13,512 vulnerable households comprising 94,052 individuals have benefited from the Mercy Corps food support programme funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Damboa LG of Borno.

Mr Stephen Agada, the Programme Officer of the Food For Peace programme made this known on Monday in Maiduguri in an interview with newsmen.

Agada said the programme which started in 2016 is being rounded up this month.

Agada explained that under the programme in garrison town of Damboa, 240 households were provided access to nutritious source of protein in the form of chicken and eggs, thereby improving their nutritional status and livelihood activity.

He also explained that 945 households were provided with tools skill -building training for kitchen gardening to grow locally staple vegetables and seeds they can incorporate into their meal.

“We also distributed 5,099 fuel-efficient stoves to enable households prepare staple and fresh foods safely and hygienically,” Agada said.

He noted that with the rounding up the programme known as “Reach 4”, Mercy Corps in collaboration with USAID would transit into a wider humanitarian programme known as Acute Primary Threats (ADAPT) in Damboa, Gwoza, Bama, Ngala and Dikwa LGAs.

Agada said the meeting of stakeholders held in Maiduguri on Monday was to share knowledge and lessons gained as well as challenges and achievements on Reach 4 programme as they prepare to implement ADAPT which is a more bigger one.

Some beneficiaries of the Reach 4 programme in Damboa, like Amina Adam, Fati Inuwa, Muhammed Usman, Kellu Adamu and Bulama Maina whose testimonies are presented, said the programme impacted positively on their lives and that of their families.

The lauded the international NGO, Mercy Corps, USAID and all those that participate in making the programme a huge success.

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Jubilations, as YEDC restores electricity supply back to Maiduguri, after 2 months of darkness



Jubilations, as YEDC restores electricity supply back to Maiduguri, after 2 months of darkness

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Residents of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital were yesterday thrown into festive mood when the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC restored electricity supply back to the city and its environs, after about two months of total blackout as a result of the vandalization of the electricity transmission tower by the Boko Haram insurgents.

It could be recalled that members of the Boko Haram insurgents about two months ago planted Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) under the electricity tower along Maiduguri Damaturu road, and blown it off resulting into the damage of the tower and threw the city into total darkness.

Immediately after the restoration of the power supply, the streets of Maiduguri were thickened by lauded voices, of the excited residents who were shouting ‘”Up NEPA”, as they were happy with the development, because, they will be relief from the cost and hardship of fueling their generators, as well as water scarcity due the total blackout.

The situation took the interventions and combined efforts of the Borno state government, Federal ministry of power, the military and the Civilian Joint Taskforce,(CJTF) as the insurgents attacked the electricity workers and their security escorts twice and also planted IED on the way to the site that injured some of the workers when their vehicle matched the IED.

While expressing their appreciations, to the Borno state government, the federal ministry of power, military, CJTF for their efforts and supports in restoring the electricity supply, the YEDC in a statement issued on Thursday also appreciate the patience of their valued customers

The YEDC assured their valued customers that they will do everything possible in ensuring that the transmission lines are protected.

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New state university teaching hospital, Borno Governor approves Egypt’s medical degree for state science students



New state University Teaching Hospital: , Borno Governor approves Egypt’s medical degrees for state science students

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Government is to train youths with science background in medical and medical related programmes at various universities in Cairo Egypt in preparation for take off of the state University.

The Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum yesterday at the Government House, Maiduguri directed the State’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, to
immediately identified youths with science qualifications for admissions and Government scholarship for Degrees in medicine and related programmes across Universities in Cairo, Egypt.

Zulum gave the order, when he received a report from a high powered committee tasked with developing framework for the establishment of Borno State University Teaching hospital, and a medical college, both of which would qualify the state University to offer Degree programmes in Medicine and other medical fields.

The governor inaugurated the committee in July, 2020, and in November, Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire laid foundation for the hospital in Maiduguri, on Governor Zulum’s request, with work progressing at a site in Jimtilo, not far from the University’s campus.

Former Chief Medical Director of existing University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Professor Othman Kyari, chaired the committee whose mandate included recommending design, site, a construction plan and establishment of a medical college at the State owned University established in 2016 and began academics in 2019.

Kyari said, the committee had visited the best medical institutions and colleges to identify structures, equipment and manpower before coming up with recommendations, some of which were already being implemented by the Governor.

The Professor explained that construction of the new teaching hospital will be carried in two phases, with the first which is ongoing, to have phase 400 beds; and the other to 200 beds, to make a combined capacity of 600 beds.

Kyari said further, that the committee had adopted the name: “Borno State College of Health Sciences” to make it flexible for the State University, to have the latitude of training other paramedical students, in addition to medical doctors.

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