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UNICEF, BOSG, Others Partners Separated 464 Under aged Children from their Ranks of Cjtf Associated With Armed Conflict

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UNICEF, BOSG. other partners separated 464 under aged children from their ranks of CJTF associated with armed conflict

By madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF), Search for Common Ground in collaboration with the Borno state government have separated 464 under age children from the ranks of the Civilian Joint Tasks Force (CJTF) involved in the fight against insurgency in the Borno state.

Speaking at the formal Separation Ceremony held at the Shehu’s Palace, Maiduguri on Tuesday, Governor Babagana Zulum said “” since I came on.board on May 2019, my administration has been making efforts to ensure full restoration of peace, as you all know security has been number one on my 10 point agenda.”

The governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo said “Since I came on board , I have been working hard in our efforts to reconstruct,rehabilitate and resettle our displaced persons”.

“Nigeria has been named as one of the country using children in Armed conflict but I hope and believe with today’s Formal Separation, we will be delisted from UN list of countries using children in armed conflict”, Prof. Zulum added.

Also speaking, the UNICEF Field Officer Borneo state, Mr. Geoffrey Ijumba said ” in May 10th, 2019 when 894 children were separated from the ranks of CJTF. It was happy moment. And so is today when we are formally witnessing the separation of 464 children from CJTF as part of the action plan signed in September 2017 to end the recruitment and use of children

” in the northeast, thousands of children are bearing the burnt of conflict, killed maimed, orpharned or forced to flee their homes. Sexually assaulted. Pressed into the service of the armed group and exposed to.unspeakable violence”, he added.

He said ” children have been taken from classroom to battle field. Their childhood interrupted and taking at gunpoint. Although children are not responsible for the conflict. They are by far the most affected It is our duty and moral obligations to protect them and enable them fully access their rights. Children belongs to school and not at front line”.

” A total of 3, 737 children associated with the Civilian Joint Task Force have been identified within the City of Maiduguri and 20 other local government areas. They have all been assessed on the level of association with CJTF. A total of 1,727 children have so far been released and have accessed reintegration services aimed at giving them not only skills to cope with life but also hope for a better tomorrow “, Ijumba added.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Borno state commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan represented by the Coordinator of the programme, Barrister Abdullahi Hussaini said “the emergence of the CJTF was a child of necessity in the war against insurgency. As at the time its emerged there was no lay down rules or regulations, which brought under age d children in the ranks of CJTF, as a result of such this UN Task Forces on monitoring and reporting, reported this fact to this UN Security Council and based d on the Nigeria was blacklisted to be among the committee of Nations that uses children in an armed conflict”.

” in line with the UN security Council resolutions 1379 (2001),1539(2004),7612 (2005), and 225(2015) among others which condemned the used or recruitment of children in an armed conflict, An action plan was signed between our CJTF and UN Task force on Monitoring and Reporting on 15 September 2017. Committed to this the Borno state government n collaboration with UNICEF, Search for Common Ground and other partners, the CJTF and .UNICEF had since identified, screened and decremented the list of all children under the age 18 found in the ranks of CJTF and submitted reports to UNICEF child protection units and today we are witnessing the 3 official separation “, he further said.

Also speaking, the Overall Chairman CJTF, Babashehu Abdulganiyu said ” we in the CJTF are law abiding citizens and committed to full implementation of of the Action plan”.

 

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Borno Governor Canvases For Improve Renumeration of Military Personnel

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Borno Governor Canvases For improve Renumeration of Military Personnel

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has urged the Federal Government to increase the welfare and renumeration to the personnel of the Nigerian military for their sacrifices and the fight against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other crimes in Nigeria.

Governor Zulum who made the call while speaking at the End of year Thanksgiving and launch in honour of the promotion of the GOC 7 Division to the rank of Major General, held at the 7 Division, headquarters, Maimalari cantonment, Maiduguri yesterday said personnel of the Nigerian Military deserved to be well remunerated for their sacrifices and commitment to keep united and secured Nation.

He said officers and personnel of the military and other security establishment deserve to be supported and encouraged and described their duties as tough ones, hence the need for not only support by states, for increase in their entitlements, when the economy permits such considerations by the Federal Government.

Governor Zulum while commending the role of the military in peace building role that led to the safe resettlement of about 18 communities across Borno., assured of his administration’s continued support to the military.

He said as peace gradually returns to the state, more communities will be safely resettled, while some major roads, such as Maiduguri-Damboa road would be opened for the safe use of motorists.

Governor Zulum congratulated the acting GOC and other recently promoted military officers, saying the people of Borno share the good moment and are happy with it .

Speaking at the occasion, the Theater Commander Northeast Operation Had in Kai, Major General, Christopher Musa thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Service Chiefs for approving the promotion of over 140 officers within the theater. This is the first time in the history of the theater that 3 Brigadier General were promoted to Major Generals, 1 AVM and 22 brigadier generals and from other officers.”.

He said ” these promotion need to be reciprocated by more efforts and commitment and those that were not promoted should do more to get promotion by the end of this year. We have put more efforts, this insurgency must end this year”.

In his remarks, the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Major General, Abdukwahab Eyitayo said ” the, Borno Governor, Professor Babagana has been support the military without request, stressing that Zulum on many occasions, offers logistics and other support to the Nigerian Army, to enhance the fight against Boko Haram,.

“Severally without being prompted, you (Governor Zulum) come to our aide to support us (the Army) even logistics wise. Through your persistence and unrelenting cooperation and assistance, you (Governor Zulum) have one way or the other, turned the spirit of the soldiers into fighting machines” General Eyitayo said.

The GOC requested Governor Zulum to convey the gratitude of his officers to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff for identifying and promoting deserving soldiers involved with the fight against Boko Haram in Borno State, which he indicated, was highly encouraging.

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You’re Doing Well But Not Withstanding, Wake Up From Your Slumber, As ISWAP Are Collecting Taxes, Mounting Checkpoints, Zulum Tells Military

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You’re Doing Well But Not Withstanding, Wake Up From Your Slumber, As ISWAP Are Collecting Taxes, Mounting Checkpoints,, Zulum Tells Military

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor Prof. Babagana Zulum has commended the military for their successes but not withstanding the military have to wake up from its slumber as members of Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP were mounting checkpoints, collecting taxes and conducted a weeding ceremony in Mandaragrau, town of Biu local government areas, where they came with over 300 motorcycles.

Governor Zulum said though relative is gradually returning to the Northeast but but the military need to redoubled their efforts by on the military to going after the members of the Islamic State IISWAP as they increasingly regrouping in the southern and Northern parts of the state.

Governor Babagana Zulum who made the call when members of the Senate Committee on Army paid him a courtesy call at the Government House Maiduguri on Wednesday said ” peace is gradually returning to the state. We have to commend the military for that but one thing is that they need to do more in nipping in bud the Increasing number of ISWAP in Southern Borno and some parts of the North “.

” I had a security reports the ISWAP mounting checkpoints and collecting taxes from people. They even recently had a weeding ceremony in Mabdaragrau, where many of them came on over 300 motorcycles. Our military have to so something “, he further lamented.

” Though the Boko Haram members are surrendering enmeshed. As i am talking to you, we have over 24,0000 surrendered Boko Haram out of which 5,000 are active fighters. For sustainable peace to be attained, we have to put more efforts to nip in bud the Increasing number of ISWAP, before they get out of hand. This group are more Intelligent, more sophisticated and have more funding”, Zulum added.

The Governor said ” I commended the military for their success but thus will not stop us from pointing out where there is problem. One issue with our military, once they recorded some success, they became relaxed. They have wake up from their slumber and deal decisively with the ISWAP”

He also called for increased capital expenditure to the Military as situation where recurrent expenditure is more than the capital will not mean well for the nation, and urged the National Assembly to do something and change the scenario.

Earlier, the Chairman Senate Committee on Army Senator Mohammed Ndume said they were in the state as part of oversight function to see things dir themselves .

While at the Theater Command Northeast Operation Hadin Kai, Major General m, Christopher Musa said ” we thank you for the visit, on our part, the military, we will continue to do our Best to ensure that the insurgency is brought to an end in Borno state and the Northeast in General “.

Speaking after a closed door with the theater Commander and other principal officers of the command, that lasted for over an hour, Senator Ali dune said their visit to the theater is basically to see things for themselves and know their challenges., stressing that they deliberated on how to Increased funding to the Army and Armed forces in general.

” Nigeria is in a war situation and the Army and Armed Forces need to be well funded. We at the National Assembly will continue to canvassed for more funding until the Armed forces are well funded. The current theater Commander is doing well, we hope and pray that the insurgency will end under your leadership “, he added.

The committee were also at the headquarters of the Division of the Nigerian Army and were received by the GOC, Major General, Abdulwab Eyitayo and other principal officers of the Division, were they had a closed door meeting before proceeding to the 7 Division Hospital and Human services.

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You’re Doing Well, But Not Withstanding, Wake Up From Your Slumber, As ISWAP Are Collecting Taxes, Mounting Checkpoints, Zulum Tells Military

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You’re doing well, but not withstanding, wake up from.your slumber, as ISWAP are collecting taxes, mounting checkpoints,, Zulum tells military

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor Prof. Babagana Zulum has commended the military for their successes but not withstanding the military have to wake up from its slumber as members of Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP were mounting checkpoints, collecting taxes and conducted a weeding ceremony in Mandaragrau, town of Biu local government areas, where they came with over 300 motorcycles.

Governor Zulum said though relative is gradually returning to the Northeast but but the military need to redoubled their efforts by going after the members of the Islamic State ISWAP as they’re increasingly regrouping in the southern and Northern parts of the state.

Governor Babagana Zulum who made the call when members of the Senate Committee on Army paid him a courtesy call at the Government House Maiduguri on Wednesday said ” peace is gradually returning to the state. We have to commend the military for that but one thing is that they need to do more in nipping in bud the Increasing number of ISWAP in Southern Borno and some parts of the North “.

” I had a security reports the ISWAP mounting checkpoints and collecting taxes from people. They even recently had a weeding ceremony in Mandaragrau, where many of them came on over 300 motorcycles. Our military have to so something “, he further lamented.

” Though the Boko Haram members are surrendering ennead . As i am talking to you, we have over 24,0000 surrendered Boko Haram out of which 5,000 are active fighters. For sustainable peace to be attained, we have to put more efforts to nip in bud the Increasing number of ISWAP, before they get out of hand. This group are more Intelligent, more sophisticated and have more funding”, Zulum added.

The Governor said ” I commended the military for their success but thus will not stop us from pointing out where there is problem. One issue with our military, once they recorded some success, they became relaxed. They have wake up from their slumber and deal decisively with the ISWAP”

He also called for increased capital expenditure to the Military as situation where recurrent expenditure is more than the capital will not mean well for the nation, and urged the National Assembly to do something and change the scenario.

Earlier, the Chairman Senate Committee on Army Senator Mohammed Ndume said they were in the state as part of oversight function to see things dir themselves .

While at the Theater Command Northeast Operation Hadin Kai, Major General m, Christopher Musa said ” we thank you for the visit, on our part, the military, we will continue to do our Best to ensure that the insurgency is brought to an end in Borno state and the Northeast in General “.

Speaking after a closed door with the theater Commander and other principal officers of the command, that lasted for over an hour, Senator Ali dune said their visit to the theater is basically to see things for themselves and know their challenges., stressing that they deliberated on how to Increased funding to the Army and Armed forces in general.

” Nigeria is in a war situation and the Army and Armed Forces need to be well funded. We at the National Assembly will continue to canvassed for more funding until the Armed forces are well funded. The current theater Commander is doing well, we hope and pray that the insurgency will end under your leadership “, he added.

The committee were also at the headquarters of the Division of the Nigerian Army and were received by the GOC, Major General, Abdulwab Eyitayo and other principal officers of the Division, were they had a closed door meeting before proceeding to the 7 Division Hospital and Human services.

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