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NAOWA Awards Scholarship to 10 Orphans of Soldiers Killed in the fight against insurgents in Borno

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NAOWA awards scholarship to 10 orphans of soldiers killed in the fight against insurgents in Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army Officers Wives Associations (NAOWA) 7 Division Chapter has awarded scholarships to 10 Orphans of soldiers who lost their lives during the counter insurgency war empowered 600 barracks women, as they commissioned three blocks of classrooms.

While speaking at the scholarship award, ceremony commissioning of classroom blocks, and provision of grant to barrack women, which held at the NAOWA Nursery and Primary School, Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri on Thursday, the Divisional President of 7 Division of the NAOWA, Hajiya Halima Ibrahim said ” I am pleased to inform you that we are awarding full scholarship to 10 children of personnel who have lost their lives in the cause of the Boko Haram insurgency”.

Mrs Ibrahim said ” the scholarship covers the payment of complete tuition and extra moral fees, books, school bags and complete set of student from admission to graduation from the school. We hope the subsequent administration of NAOWA will continue with the good work and perhaps build upon”

“We consider them our children, sons and daughters of heroes, who have paid the supreme price for the sovereignty of our dear country. May their souls continue to rest in peace”, she added.

According to her, the NAOWA is also in collaboration with the Borno state government and Bank of Industry going empower 600 indigent women in the barracks, adding that they are going start with empowerment of 200 women.

“It is in this regard, that the NAOWA 7 Division chapter in conjunction with the Borno state government and the Bank of Industry secured a startup capital as part of our efforts to empower 600 women in the barracks. Today we will be presenting cheques to the first set of 200 women, while the rest be given theirs in batches”, she added.

She said the NAOWA Primary School has continued to grow since it’s establishment in 2006 as small school with few pupils has now transformed to primary 4, adding that the school now consist of nursery and primary school with a population of 206 pupils, 18 academic and 6 supporting staff.

She further added that the commissioning of the 3 classrooms was a manifestation of the growth of the school, stressing that the occasion was a reflection of the desire of the Association to impact on the lives youths and children.

In his remarks, the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brigadier General Abdul Ibrahim said ” today’s occasion of the commissioning of the block of classrooms is laudable and is a reflection of the Nigerian Army commitment to education.’

The GOC who was represented by hhe Chief of Staff of the 7 Division, Brigadier General I Ottu, said ” I’m aware that the association is going by also empower 600 women in the barrack and award scholarship to the children of our fallen heroes is commendable. “

General Ibrahim assured the people of Borno state and the Northeast in general that the Nigerian Army is more determined to ending Boko Haram insurgency and restore peace back to the region.

Speaking on behalf of the parents of the orphans, Fatima Audu thanked the NAOWA for the gesture and prayed that God should reward them and continue to guide and protect them.

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CDD engages 100 stakeholders on civil- security relationship in Yobe state

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CDD engages 100 stakeholders on civil-security relationship in Yobe State.

By Baba Saleh, Damaturu

The Center for Democracy and Development (CDD) has on Thursday engaged 100 participants in a one day interactive town hall meeting on civil_security relations in Damaturu.

The participants where drawn from religious bodies, civil society organizations, women and youth groups and security operatives in across the state.

Speaking to journalist during the meeting, Dr Kelechi Ndukwe a peace and conflict lecturer at the University who facilitate the discussions said the meeting was aimed at bridging the gap in respect of relationship that has been in existence between the civilian and security operatives.

He said apart from the destruction of lives and property, the insurgency has created another vacuum which is misunderstanding between the civilian and the security operatives involved in maintaining peace and order.

He noted that the organization discovered that such relationship has not been cordial coupled with some mistrust from ordinary citizens with regards to counter insurgency operations in the north east region.

He stressed that without cordial relationship there is no way to achieve success with regards to peace building.

” In a nutshell we intend to achieve human rights of individuals as contained in the United nation’s provisions of Geneva convention “

In his remarks one of the participants Dr Zaji Bunu commended the organizers for their timely initiative adding that the participants should use the avenue to share their thoughts and experiences to chart the way forward toward achieving sustainable peace in the society.

He expressed concerned that the security operatives particularly the military need to deeply understand the sociology or people they are relating with to avoid tampering on their norms and values while undertaking their exercise.

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An NGO Care International takes campaign against Gender Based Violence to Yobe

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An NGO CARE International takes campaign against Gender Based Violence to Yobe

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

An International Non Governmental Organisation (INGO), CARE INTERNATIONAL in Nigeria on Wednesday said, Gender Based Violence (GBV) remains a critical rights violation committed against people based on their gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

While speaking during the Launch of a16 days of activism in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, the Manager, Department of state, CARE Nigeria, Nubwa Chama said, GBV is often used as a tool to dominate and intimidate, to reinforce gendered inequalities among and across groups through family and peer pressures; policies and programs that criminalize certain sexualities, or powerful social norms that perpetuate child marriage.

“I am pleased to share with you the heartbeat of CARE in Nigeria, on this great occasion of the launch of 16 days of activism and leading the campaign on Gender Based Violence (GBV) here in Yobe state.. CARE in Nigeria has long stood for its code of conduct, describing our value of Transformation, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence and Equality, and the undertakings that unite CARE staff around the world and keep our programs firmly directed towards fighting poverty especially amongst women and girls”, Mrs Chama said

She further explained that “at CARE, we work to address multiple forms of GBV through Intimate partner relationships and violence, Child and early forced marriage and other harmful traditional practices, Social norms related to toxic masculinities, homophobia and transphobia, and Gendered economic exploitation and exclusion.”

Mrs Chama stated, that in CARE’s experiences, GBV has been used to control and stop people from entering the work force or making choices about their lives-including decisions related to sexual and reproductive health, their food and nutrition.

“Gender Based Violence is a driver and a consequence of social and political exclusion, conflict, gender inequality and poverty..Affirming the right of women and girls to live a life free from violence is a vital and necessary step toward advancing CARE’s vision of a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live in dignity and security, she added.

“In CARE’s experience, GBV can undermine the effectiveness of health, education, agriculture and other programs; for instance, when the threat of violence keeps certain people from participating or accessing services based on their gender status or sexuality. ” She added.

While Sighting some cases, she said “development interventions can also trigger violence. When women income, public participation or mobility are perceived as threatening and cause backlash in households. Given how interventions across sectors interact with people of different genders, monitoring, mitigating and responding to GBV is important for ethical and effective programming in all development and humanitarian work.”

“We must constantly be alert to close the gaps between policies and practice and work to close them.” She further stressed.

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Army neutralizes 23 Boko haram/ISWAP members, captured 1 IEDs expert, recovered arms and ammunitions in Northeast

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Army neutralizes 23 Boko Haram/ISWAP members, captured 1 IEDs expert, recovered arms and ammunitions in Northeast

By Madu Mohammed , Maiduguri

The troops of the Nigerian Army deployed Operation Fire Ball of the Operation Lafiya Dole have neutralized 23 members of Boko Haram insurgents/ Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) members, recovered, cache of arms and ammunitions in it’s efforts to finally route out the insurgents.

Briefing journalists at a Press conference held at the Army Super Camp 1 Ngamdu on Tuesday, the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko said the troops in the various Sectors of the Theatre have continued to carry out their tasks relentlessly. .from 1 – 24 NOVEMBER 2020 the troops of the operation Fire Ball recorded a tremendous success.

Defence Media Operations said ” consequently, as a result of the aggressive offensive actions carried out by the troops, several terrorist elements have been neutralized and large number of their equipment were captured including large quantity of their logistics consignment was intercepted our gallant troops. Most importantly, a number of women and children hitherto held captive were rescued unhurt. In this regard, a total of 23 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists were neutralized while one terrorist’s Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert was captured alive during an encounter.

*Sequel to the commencement of Operation FIRE BALL, a subsidiary operation under Operation LAFIYA DOLE which is meant to clear the remnants of the Boko Haram/ Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists from their identified enclaves in the North East region. Operation FIRE BALL has steadily progressed and satisfactorily too with significant results within the short period from its inception. The last 3 weeks of this month has proved to be a significant period against the criminals. This is as a result of the more successful operations conducted within this period.” the Army stated.

General Onyeuko further said “the gallant troops of Operation FIRE BALL in the various Sectors of the Theatre have continued to dominate the general areas of operation and carry out their tasks relentlessly and professionally. The successes so far achieved were made possible with the commitment and gallantry exhibited by the well motivated troops within the period under review. The troops have carried out aggressive clearance operations, ambushes, robust day and night patrols in order to finally decimate the remnants of the Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals. “

He further explained that “equally, the gallant troops courageously intercepted some Boko Haram criminals while attempting to collect ransom from relations of their abducted victims leading to the decimation of the criminals and successful rescue of 2 women and 3 children unhurt. In terms of the criminals equipment casualty, the following weapons were captured: 4 Gun Trucks, one Fabricated Vehicle Blonde Leger, 2 Anti Aircraft Guns, one General Purpose Machine Gun, 2 PKT Guns, 8 AK 47 Rifles, 2 AK 47 Rifle Magazines, one AK 47 Rifle Cover and one Dane Gun”

Other items recovered according to the Army include: 18 rounds of 7.62 x 51mm, 4 rounds of Brownie Machine Gun ammunition, one Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube, One 36 Hand Grenade, 23 belted rounds of 7.62 x 54, One QJC Extra Barrel, 311 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition (Linked), 511 rounds of PKT ammunition, 8 rounds of Light Machine Gun ammunition, One Service Tools Box, One gas cylinder (for making IED), 8 bicycles, several bags of grains and assorted packets of drugs. Other assorted non lethal items were also captured from the criminals.

He however said unfortunately, 6 gallant soldiers were wounded in action over the period and that the wounded soldiers have since been evacuated to a military medical facility and are currently responding positively to treatment.

He therefore, commended the troops of Operation FIRE BALL under Operation LAFIYA DOLE for their resilience, doggedness and professionalism exhibited since the beginning of the Operation and equally encouraged them not to relent but build on the successes recorded so far.

While assuring the people of the Northeast GeneraI Onyeuko said “the entire populace of the North East region are hereby assured of the Nigerian military high command determination to finally route the remnant’s of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals from their enclaves in this zone. They are equally encouraged to avail the troops with credible information that will help in the execution of the operations.

‘To you the members of the Press, we want to thank you most profoundly for your cooperation and commitment in sensitizing the general public of these activities. We will however continue to solicit for your cooperation in our information dissemination. You are well appreciated, he commended the media.

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