Rejoinder on the publication captioned 155 persons died in Yobe to suspected Corona virus symptom- by Sahara reporters.
Our attention has been drawn to a mischievious publication of 6/5/2020 in Sahara reporters online newspaper that captioned 155 persons died in Yobe over suspected symptom of Corona virus.
It is unfortunate that an esteem online newspaper has not got it’s publication right this time. We want to make it crystal that nothing of such happened in Yobe state.
Yobe state happened to be the first Nigeria’s state that test the sample of the virus in the country, we find the headline alarming and untrue and must be regarded as such.
When respected experts fall prey to pressures of their paymasters without applying their inner minds, one more notch is added to the insidious build up of disinformation relating to the actual facts of legitimate aspiration of Yobe state Government, under the able and outstanding leadership of his Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni.
The publication by Sahara reporters is so blatantly mischievious that one is dismayed at the level to which our worthy “acclaimed” Sahara reporters have chosen to fall, they need to note that Yobe state Government that disciplined and outstanding does not imply accepting rubblsh, even when it is presented with the insidious mole wrapped in red tape.
However, in the past few weeks, the elaborate misleading publication and campaign of falsehood orchestrated by Sahara reporters is condencending to the ethics of journalism. Their complicity in the mischievious publication necessitate in our view, a response, not only to set the facts straight but more importantly to demonstrate that Sahara reporters attacks on the character and integrity of Gov. Buni who is working tirelessly on taking Yobe to the next level of developmental change, is unfounded in bad faith, and obviously laden with sinister motives.
It is public knowledge that several mischievious and maliious publications were carried by Sahara reporters to tarnish the government of Yobe under the leadership of his Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni.
” Whoa – is this how mountains are made out of mole hills” ? What deviousness!
The story demonstrates the height of ignorance displayed by Sahara reporters’ policy and standard universal practice in Journalism. Sahara reporters proposed in it’s story demonstrates a misunderstanding of elementary facts and logic of issues of national interest. A novel pandemic ravaging the entire world. This is ridiculous.
This is clearly another example of poor Journalism and an attempt by Sahara reporters and embittered interest groups to cause mischief and create chaos in the state and it is totally unacceptable and should be considered as such.
Decent Journalism requires at least a minimum ethical standard of reportage, this is not, we cannot stop Sahara reporters from reflexively attacking our government but it should, in the interest of Journalism ethics and it’s readers, do it’s homework properly before coming to the media. And criticism should be constructively not by hearsay.
By Haruna Yusuf
Media consultant to his Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state.
Taimako, CDI, Engages 150 Youths On Peace Building
Taimako,_CDI, Engages 150 Youths On Peace Building
By Baba Saleh, Damaturu
Taimako Community Development Initiative in conjunction with European Union, British Council Managing Conflict programme in the Northeast have engaged 150 youths in lesson sharing workshop on peace building.
Speaking at the workshop in Damaturu the Executive Director Taimako_CDI Gambo Garba Muhammad disclosed that the training was aimed at increasing the knowledge of the youths on conflict management and peace promotion.
He said the project was to support implementation of initiatives that will address local drivers of conflict such as drug abuse, sexual and gender based violence and other form of anti social behaviour.
Under same project, he said about 7 dialogue sessions were earlier held in the three targeted LGA’s of Bade, Damaturu and Geidam all aimed at shaping the minds of the youths to shun any form violence and avoid been recruited by the insurgents.
In their separate remarks at the occasion the Emir of Damaturu, Alhaji Shehu Hashimi II represented by the village head of Gwange, Alhaji Muhammad Ramat and The state commissioner of police Yahaya Sahabo Abubakar thanked Taimako_CDI for carrying the youths from both genders on peace building inititives.
The commissioner of women affairs represented by the Deputy Director Human resource, Zanna Bura Aji Baitu has charged the participants to keep to the lessons learnt and continue to strive for peaceful coexistance in all their dealings.
BOSG Reintroduces Common Entrance Examination Before Gaining Admission to JSS 1
BOSG reintroduces common entrance Examination before gaining admission to JSS1
.‘No common entrance, no JSS 1- Governor Zulum
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Borno state government has directed for the immediate reintroduction be of Common Entrance Examination to primary six pupils, before proceeding to Junior Secondary schools across the state.
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state who disclosed this while having a meeting with the Principals of 84 secondary schools in the state which held at the Multi Purpose Hall of the Government House, Maiduguri said ‘no common entrance no JSS 1 “.
Governor Zulum also directed the enforcement of a qualifying policy that henceforth, only pupils who pass the examination by securing a cut-off mark, should be eligible for admission into the first year of junior secondary schools (JSS 1), as against giving admissions to all pupils regardless of common entrance criteria.
The governor also directed that school authorities must henceforth take all qualifying and promotional examinations seriously as Government will monitor all conducts
During the meeting with the 84 principals of all public secondary schools in the State, Governor Zulum conditioned them to be honest in telling him the realities of challenges in the system, rather than cover-up for fear of victimization.
The Governor,is, who is also a university professor himself, gave the condition in his opening remarks said “I have been to several schools, and each time I asked, some of you principals found it difficult to explain the problems in your schools. I was later made to understand that if you tell me truth, you would either be transferred somewhere you wouldn’t like, or somehow be victimized. Please I beg all of you to tell me the truth. Let us tell ourselves the truth so that we can improve Borno’s public education from where we are now.”
“I am pleading with you to please be upright, be honest. Education is the bedrock of any development. Without functional educational system, we shall continue to experience this Boko Haram insurgency in Borno. Look at the kind of students we are graduating from our public secondary schools, most of them do not qualify for admission into universities, even those who get admitted find it very difficult to cope. I assure you that telling me the truth will not lead to anything happening to any of you by God’s grace” Zulum told the principals.
The Governor who went down memory lane to remind the principals of glorious days, and the need for all stakeholders to regain quality in public school system said ““I can recall that twenty years ago, principals were not willing to even become permanent secretaries because of job satisfaction. Today, that satisfaction is longer there. There is general decline in the standard of education in public institutions all over the country.”.
“There is the lack of qualified teachers, inadequate teaching facilities, poor maintenance culture, general decay of infrastructure, Government’s inability to ensure monitoring and evaluation, centralized control by the Ministry, unnecessary bureaucracy, and irregular training and retraining of teachers and other essential staff. There is poor data management and indiscipline amongst the major problems affecting the public school system” Zulum enumerated.
The Governor assured that measures will continually be adopted to improve the training and welfare of teachers and administrators of public school system to motivate high performance while supervision will be drastically changed for the purpose of punishing those unready to change.
After the Governor’s remark, the principals took turns to voice out problems of the 84 secondary schools across Borno’s 27 local government areas.
Most of the principals complained about poor quality of primary school graduates who come into secondary schools without strong foundation. They urged the Governor to critically look into reintroduction of common entrance examination at primary six levels, which should be yardstick for admission into secondary schools.
Malaria MSF Treats 3,287 Children in Borno in July, August, September
Malaria, MSF Treats 3,287 children in Borno in July, August, September
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Medicine Sans Frontières popularly known as Doctors without Borders has said in it’s efforts roll back malaria in Borno state it has treated 3, 287 under 25 years children in Maiduguri in the months of July, August and September 2020.
The MSF in a statement issued by it’s Field Communication Officer, AbdulKareem Yakubu said ” It Is the malaria peak season in Borno, north-east Nigeria, and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Gwange district in Maiduguri, treats children under –15 years for this serious disease. While in June we admitted 14 patients, that number rose to 126 in July, 846 in August and 1,898 in September, which shows the high prevalence of malaria in this part of Nigeria”.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent international humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters or exclusion from healthcare in more than 60 countries around the world.
According to the MSF “Malaria is a deadly disease if not treated properly, so MSF teams are working on raising awareness of the local population, to bring their children ASAP to the hospital if they show any of the symptoms. During 2020, we have distributed 5,938 mosquito nets to all the patients who are admitted to the hospital, by that working on prevention of malaria in Borno state.”
“Aside from malaria, in Gwange we treat children for malnutrition, measles and other diseases. During 2020, we have admitted 5,938 patients to our hospital, all of them being children aged from one month to 15 years”, the communication added.
He said ‘as everywhere, MSF in Gwange, Maiduguri, offers completely free of charge medical care including free intensive paediatric care.”
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