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Make yourselves available for the EAD exercise, for accurate data generation – Chairman NPC



Make youselves available for the EAD exercise, for accurate data generation- chairman NPC

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Acting Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC) , Mrs Biimbola Sauhundeyin has called on the people of Borno state and Country in general to make available themselves and answer questions provide by their Enumeration Area Demarcation official during the phase IX exercise for accurate data generation and planning..

The Acting Chairman made the call during the flagging off of 2019 Enumeration Area Demarcation (EDA), Phase IX in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MNC) and Jere local councils held at the Government House, Maiduguri on Tuesday said ” I am here to solicite your support and cooperation’s, when our official visit your house. Please answer their questions and give them truthful answers. We are not tax collector, we want to acurate generate data for government planning.

Barrister Saluhudeyin said ” good governance cannot be achieved without accurate data. This exercise is to generate accurate and factual data for planning to our people Accurate and reliable date is needed by government to better our lives through proper planing for people interns of schools hospital, water sorces among others”.

“ⁿwe also want urge the Borno state government to create more birth and death registration centres in the state, as the existing ones are not enough.”, She added.

While flagging off the Exercise, the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum said ” Maiduguri has the highest number of Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) in the Country and due to the peculiarity of the state, we need more hand in the EAD exercise, so that all our people will be captured. During the 2006 census exercise many of our people were not counted. So this time around we don’t want our people to be short changed. We will support you to CaryC out the exercise successfully “,

The Governor who was represented by his Deputy’, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said ” we have gathered our traditional rulers here and we have directed them to cooperate with the EAD officials, the presence of the Shehu of Borno here indicates that the traditional rulers are ready to support the exercise “.

” I assured you of the Borno state government support to ensure the success of the EAD in Maiduguri and Jere, I leant that the exercise was carried out in Biu, Bayo, Kwaya Kusar, Hawul and Shsni local government areas. We assured you of our support,” the Governor added.

Also sparking, the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai Elkanemi represented by the Shehu of Dikwa, Alhaji Muhamnadu Ibn Masta II assured of the traditional institutions support to ensure the success of the Exercise

Earlier in his welcome address, the Borno anf Yobe state Federal Commissioner of the NPC,, Barrister Isa Buratai said ” we are gathered here today to Carry out one of our mandate which is the flagging off of EAD phase IX to be conducted in MMC and Jere local government areas between the 3rd December 2019 to 25th of February 2020.”

” This exercise is mandatory preparation for census. So far because of the insurgency in the Northern and central parts of the state. We have been able to conduct the exercise in Biu, Bayo,Kwaya Kusar Hawul and Shani local government areas but with the improvement of security situation in the state and his Excellency efforts in reconstructing and rehabilitating the areas affected by the insurgency, the National Population Commission is set to conduct EAD exercise in all the remaining LGAs starting from MMC and Jere”, Buratai added.

While commending the Borno state government for supporting the NPC with the sum of N34 million, he said the fund had enable them to recruit 50 additional demarcators and purchase 20 additional PDS and 20 power banks to be used for the exercise, as well as payment of the allowances of the demarcators. .

In his goodwill message, the Resident Electoral commissioner of the INEC, Borno state, Alhaji Ibrahim Magaji represented by his Director said he believed the EAD exercise will assist the INEC in addressing challenges they confronted in reviewing the demarcation of Registration Areas and polling unit’s.


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President Buhari to pay official visit to Maiduguri on Thursday



President Buhari to pay official visits to Maiduguri on Thursday

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

President Muhammadu Buhari expected to be in Maiduguri on Thursday on state viisit to commission some projects executed by the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum.

Among the projects that the President includes 4,000 houses constructed by the Federal Government to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Others projects slated for Presidential commissioning, Borno State University, Maiduguri. Borno State Vocational Enterprising Institute, Muna, Government Day Technical Secondary School, Njimtilo, Dr Babagana Wakilbe Memorial School, Abbaganaram Maternal Healthcare Centre, Jiddari polo road and drainage works, Kaleri Resettlement housing

Speaking on the visit, Governor Babagana Zulum said ” Insha’Allah, our President, Muhammadu Buhari, will be coming to Borno State on Thursday, the 17th of June, 2021″.

*The President is coming to appraise security situation in the northeast, during which he will commission some of developmental projects executed by the state government, “he added.

Governor Zulum said ” the President will also commission the first phase of 10,000 houses which he generously approved and funded, for the resettlement of IDPs and refugees.
I am glad to once again, confirm to you, that the Federal Government under President Buhari has completed 4,000 out of the 10,000 houses approved for our IDPs. Some of these houses are sited in Kaleri, Dalori and more locations. “.

The goveror also said, not long ago, President Buhari gave approval for the NNPC, to establish a power plant for us in Borno. This aims to address our electricity problems in Maiduguri and environs. This landmark project will insha’Allah, greatly impact on small, medium and large scale business to thrive. The project will improve our social conditions and communal security.”.

While urging the people of the state to come enmass to welcome the president, Governor Zulum said ” I most respectfully invite and urge all of us, to come out and honour a President, whose love for Borno has been so obvious…I urge us to demonstrate Borno’s creed of hospitality. Borno is known with the culture of dignity, the culture of respect and the culture of honoring our guests. Let us once again, show the Borno in all of us, as we host our President.”

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Nobody is happy with bloodshed, lay down your arms, give peace a chance, General Eyitawo urges insurgents



Nobody is happy with bloodshed, Lay down your arms, give peace a chance , General Eyitawo urges insurgents

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Operation Hadin Kai of the Nigerian Army has appealed to the remnant of Boko Haram insurgents that are still in the bush to come out to surrender at the nearest military formation and give peace a chance, as nobody is happy with the Bloodshedding.

The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division of the Nigerian Army,, Brigadier General Abdulwahab Eyitawo who is also the commander sector 1 of Operation Hadin Kai made the appeal yesterday while speaking at a Luncheon organised by the Army to appreciate the media and foster synergy, held at the Wolf Officers Mess, Maiduguri said ” we are not here for bloodletting, no one is happy people are dying”

General Abudlwahab Eyitawo said ” Some of the insurgents do listen to the media, so it is good for us to appeal to them through the media to avoid violence and come forward to seek for forgiveness and reconcile with the people and live happily in the society.

” Nobody including the military is happy with the bloodshed, i therefore, urge you to use the opportunity provided to you by the Federal government and repent, as you will be de-radicalised rehabilitated and reintegrated back to the society,” the GOC added.

He said the recent offensives on the Boko Haram insurgents have yielded result and have decisively dealt with them, leaving them in disarray and assured Nigerians that very soon the Boko Haram madness will come to an end.

While appreciating the media, General Eyitawo said ” in the last three month, since i took up my position in my capacity as GOC, there have never been a time I heard negative story. So I call you here to appreciate you for the positive reportage “.

He said ” we don’t have any country that we can call our own than Nigeria, so I urge the media to join hand with the military, so that together we will restore lasting peace to our dear country, definitely with synergy together, we will win the war”.

Earlier in his welcome address, president Wolf Mess Committee, Brigadier General, S A Emmanuel commended the media for honouring their invitation, adding that “this kind of interaction will foster understanding and synergy between the Army and the media.”

In his votes of thanks, the chairman Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Borno state council, Comrade Bulama Talba said ” on behalf of the working journalists in Borno state, I want to appreciate the Army for the meal and your sacrifices to see that peace to return back to Borno and our dear country. We really appreciate your sacrifices, because, now we can sleep with our eyes closed”

Represented by his secretary, Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim assurred the military that the media and Nigerians are behind them saying that ” we are strongly behind you and by the grace of God we will together celebrate the end of Boko Haram.

Also speaking the chairman correspondent’s chapel of the NUJ, Alhaji Haruna Dauda assured the military that the media in the state will continue to work with them until the remnant of Boko Haram are completely wiped out in the state and the country at large.

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Counter Insurgency: NSCDC Organises Capacity Building Workshop to Its Officers, Men in Northeast



Counter insurgency, NSCDC organises capacity building workshop to its officers, men in Northeast

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In its efforts to reposition its officers and men,in the ongoing counter insurgency,
the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp ( NSCDC) has organised a three days Capacity Building Workshop to empower its officers and men in the Northeast to tackle Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges in the region.

While declaring the workshop open, the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum said ” the workshop was apt and it came at a tight time, as it gives opportunity to the officers and men of the NSCDC the required knowledge to effectively tackle the lingering security challenges in the state and the region at large.

Represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, Governor Zulum further said “the workshop with the theme ” Boosting the capacity and moral of the officers and the men of the NSCDC” is an initiative that need to sustained, as it gives the officers and men the required technics in tackling the security challenges bedeviling the nation. “.

He said the NSCDC has been a dependable partner to the Borno state government in the fight against insurgency and has been supporting the state in its ressettkenent drive and protection of farmers through the Agro Rangers among others, stressing that the state government will do everything possible to support the NSCDC.

Earlier, the Minister of interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola who was represented by his permanent Secretary, Alh Shuabu Belgore assured that the ministry will continue to support the the NSCDC to effectively carry out its mandate .

Speaking the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Audi said ” you will agree with me that the security situation in the country is quite disturbing and is assuming a very dangerous dimension which requires a multi stakeholder approach. One of the major ways we can significantly curtail this dangerous trend is through Human Capital Development for the enhancement of skills, knowledge, and competence of our security personnel”.

” That we are kicking off this workshop from the Northeast region is strategic, considering the prevailing security situation in this region . It is also a pointer to the corps avowed commitment towards strengthening the capacity of its personnel to effectively tackle insecurity in the region in synergy with the military and other security agencies.

Dr Audi said ” the training is apt at this critical time to rejigged and oil our operational machinery for optimal performance , it is therefore, commendable that the Northeast Development Commission and the governors of the Northeast have taken it upon themselves as major stakeholders to invest in the corp with a view to enhancing its capacity,”.

In his remarks, the Managing Director, Northeast Development Commission, (NEDC) Alhaji Mohammed Alkali said NEDC, as a critical.stakeholders in security of the region and the commission has commenced the training of 200 residents of the area on mine detection and demining of unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), in addition to the training of religous, traditional and community leaders on resettlement and how to relate with each other.

In related development, the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has appealed to the NSCDC to deploy more men to the state and also consider the recruitment of Borno indigenes and deploy them to the state to effectively fight Boko Haram insurgency.

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