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VSF Approves N500 Million Support For Running of College Build For Orphans of Insurgency in Borno



VSF approves N500 million support for running of college build for orphans of insurgency in Borno

By Musa Askira, Maiduguri

The Victims Support Fund (VSF) has approved N500 million support for equipping and running of Future Assured College in Maiduguri, established by Aisha Buhari Foundation (ABF), for orphans who lost their parents to insurgency.

The Chairman of VSF, General T.Y Danjuma, made this known on Wednesday in Maiduguri, during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the VSF and ABF.

Danjuma who was represented by the Executive Director of VSF, Prof. Nana Tanko, said that the support to the college was to enable it deliver in remedying the devastating impact of the general ideology of boko haram which had created radical youths driven by religious misconceptions that led to the insurgency.

“The Future Assured College is to be citadel of learning in the main theatre of the insurgency constituting of experts and professionals that are vastly knowledgeable in both Islamic and Western Education.

“The College will focus on supporting orphans through the provision of trauma healing, Islamic and western education preparatory to their future roles as leaders. It will also work to facilitate the creation of an environment free from religious and social radicalism both within families and communities.

“It is therefore complementing the training of the children with the training and empowerment of female parents,especially thosethat are widows and divorced in a Women Adult Education Centre to be established within the College, ” Danjuma said.

He explained that the core funding to be provided by VSF would be for purchase of fixed assets such as computers, laboratory equipments, furniture, operational and administrative activities for a period of three years.

While nothing that the VSF has been providing succour to victims of terrorism since 2015, Danjuma listed infrastructure, education, women economic empowerment, healthcare, peace building and research as some of its major areas of intervention particularly in North East.

He explained that about over 200 structures were rebuilt, 25,000 women supported alongside 25,000 farming families, as well as 10,000 orphans in the region.

In her remarks, the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, represented by her daughter, Barrister Halima Buhari Sheriff, who is the Legal Secretary of Aisha Buhari Foundation, lauded the support from VSF and urged others to emulate it.

Buhari said the school built on about two hectares of land has 24 classrooms, three laboratories, multipurpose hall, administrative block, staff quarter and a place of worship.

She also lauded Borno Government for it support and urged it to work hand in hand with the committee of people of proven integrity set up to run the College.

“We cannot thank the VSF enough for all the support to the numerous projects around the country.

“While thanking the Chairman of VSF, General T.Y Danjuma and the executive management represented by Prof. Nana Tanko who work tirelessly to ensure this project has become a reality, we call on all other well meaning Nigerians to lend thier support in these kind of projects.

“I also want to appeal to those with unredeemed pledges to VSF to please fulfill their promises”, Buhari urged.

Others who spoke at the occassion include Special Assistant to the President in First Lady Office, Muhammad Usman Albishir, Borno Commissioner of Women Affairs, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, and Supervisor of the project, Dr Muhammad Sani Idris.

Highlights of the occassion is the inspection of the College structure and signing of MoU.

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Governor Buni Mourns Air Strike Victims, Assures investigation of incident



Governor Buni Mourns Air Strike Victims, Assures investigation of incident

By Usman Bello, Damaturu

Yobe state Governor Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has commiserated with families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate Air strike on Buhari village in Yunusari local government area of the state.

He said although it could have been an accident or mistaken target, but government will join hands with the security agencies to unravel the root cause of the incident.

Governor Buni directed his Special Adviser on Security Affairs, to liaise with the Nigeria Airforce and the Multi National Joint Task Force, to look into the unfortunate Air strike.

“Government will work closely with the security forces especially the Nigeria Airforce to establish what actually happened” Governor Buni assured.

“This is very important and necessary for us to guard against future occurance and to safeguard the lives of our people.”

Governor Buni also assured the preparedness of his administration to work with all security forces to ensure the safety of the state.

Meanwhile, the governor has directed government hospitals in Geidam and Damaturu to offer free medical services to those who sustained injuries from the air strike.

Similarly, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has been directed to provide relief materials to cater for the immediate needs of the families of the deceased persons and other members of the community.

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MD FMC Abuja Bags Georgia Prostrate Cancer Coalition 2021 Award



MD FMC Abuja bags Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition 2021 Award

By Adamu Mohammed Dodo, Abuja

The Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, FMC Abuja, Nigeria, Prof Saad Ahmed has bagged the prestigious Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition 2021 award, in recognition of his outstanding selfless service, dedicated to improving mental and physical health worldwide and to the immediate community.

According to the press statement Saturday, released by the head of Information and Media Relations FMC Abuja, Mr Omolofe Kayode, “the award followed Prof Saad’s numerous contributions to the community and his excellent role as a Presenter/Facilitator at the International Health Summit of the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition, Atlanta USA.

“This is a clear testament of reward for impactful hard work and selfless service to humanity”.

The statement further congratulated the global achiever in Prof Saad “for putting FMC Abuja and Nigeria as a whole, on the global map with this ‘international recognition award”.

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Gov. Buni Inspects Gujba-Mutai Road, As NEDC Pledge To Construct The 54 KM Mutai-Ngalda Road



Gov Buni Inspects Gujba-Mutai Road, As NEDC Pledge To Construct The 54km Mutai- Ngalda Road

By Usman Bello, Damaturu

Yobe State Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, today inspected the 40km Gujba-Mutai road awarded under the Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP)

The governor said although the pace of work on the project had been slowed down by insurgency attacks on the company, there is significant progress made on the project.

He directed the contractors to engage more equipment and personnel to facilitate its completion.

“This is very important because, the more the delay, the more the escalation in prices of materials which will attract avoidable variations of the contract” he warned.

The governor said his administration remains committed to complete all ongoing projects and put them to use for the benefit of the people of the state.

Governor Buni commended the North East Development Commission for taking over the construction of the 54km Mutai-Ngalda portion of the road.

“I am happy that the Managing Director of North East Development Commission is here and he assured us of the commencement of the 54km Wagir-Mutai-Ngalda road, this is quite encouraging.

“Of course we have to thank Mr President for establishing the North East Development Commission and what he has been doing to ensure that we rebuild the northeast,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, the NEDC Managing Director, said the execution of the 54km portion of the project was in consonance with the NEDC’s programme of providing infrastructural needs of the people.

Earlier, the MCRP state Coordinator, Mallam Musa Idi Jidawa, briefed the governor on the factors militating against the speedy progression of the project which include inadequate machines and manpower.

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