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Respect Humanitarian Law, Humanitarian Community Urges Boko Haram insurgents

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Respect Humanitarian Laws , Humanitarian community urges Boko Haram insurgents

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

As the world commemorates World Humanitarian Day 2020, the chairperson of Borno state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Hajiya Yabawa Kolo has called on the members of Boko Haram insurgents and ISWAP to respect International war and humanitarian laws by we ensuring the protection of lives of all humanitarian workers.

The SEMA chairperson, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo who made the call while speaking at the World Humanitarian Day 2020 tagged ” Real life Heroes ” which held at the Bakassi Camp Maiduguri, on Wednesday said ” I call on the Non State Armed Group to always respect the lives and safety of all humanitarian aid workers as contained in the world war and humanitarian laws”

Mrs Kolo also called on the Federal and State governments to come to the aid of all humanitarian aid workers killed while providing humanitarian assistance to the internally Displaced persons (IDPs), adding that oer 7 million people in the Northeast are in need of humanitarian assistance.

It could be recalled recently, members of the Boko Haram insurgents abducted and executed five aid workers, captured along Maiduguri _ Monguno road while on their way to Monguno for humanitarian service and 2 are still in their captivity.

” I also called on the military to ensure security and safety of all aid and humanitarian workers across the Northeast region. A situation where aid workers were abducted and killed , while providing assistance to the needy poised a great danger to the humanitarian situation in the region”, she added.

Speaking at the Occasion, the Director Peace Ambassadors Centre, Ambassador Ahmed Shehu said ” I call on the military and Federal government by extension to provide adequate security to all aid and humanitarian workers, as the recent killing of humanitarian workers in Borno has made a lot of parents to withdraw their children’s and wards from the humataarian work.”

He said ” we call on the military to restrategize their fight against insurgents and protection of the lives and property of the people. The humanitarians in the Northeast are tirelessly working to ensure the the provision of Aids to over 5 million of Nigeria’s the most vulnerable in the Northeast.

” We are calling on the government and relevant stakeholders to provide support, protect civilians and aid workers and ensue unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable women , children and men who desprately at this crucial time when we are all scaling up efforts amidst the COVID 19 pandemic”, he added.

Shehu said ” on behalf of the humanitarian community we extend our sincere condolences to the families of the humanitarian workers who lost their lives while serving humanity. On this day our thoughts are with the countless members of their families.. As we commemorate the World Humanitarian Day 2020 we want to categorically state it loud and clear that we are committed to providing service to humanity, hence the attacks will not deter us from providing life serving assistance to the most vulnerable in Northeast”.

In his address, the Borno state chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress ( NLC), Comrade Bulama Abiso said ” Humanitarian workers are the link between the needy and donors and they should be be protected. We are sadened by the challenges of security issues , recently what happened to Governor is unacceptable. We call on the military to change their strategy in the fight against unsurgebts. Federal and state government should do everything possible to ensure safety along Mauduguri- Damaturu road and other roads linking the state capital”.

In his Goodwill message, the commandant of the National Security and Civil Defence Corp ( NSCDC), Abdullahi Ibrahim who was represented by Mr. Ndubisi Obi assured that the NSCDC is strongly behind the humanitarian community, adding the NSCDC will continue to be with them.

The Peace Ambassador in collaboration with Stanbic Bank and other stakeholders also donated food items and charcoal to 250 household in the Bakassi IDPs campءMaiduguri.

 

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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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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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