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  •  Ms Imaan Suleiman Ibrahim Federal Commissioner National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons says 500 000 Nigerians awaiting repatriation in three countries Suleiman Ibrahim told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York at the 77th session of UN General Assembly that the refugees would be repatriated from Niger Chad and Cameroon She spoke on the sidelines of High Level Side Event on Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No one Behind We have almost about 500 000 awaiting repatriation The next batch will consist of 1 000 people and it is spontaneous returns that is happening now and we are looking after them as they come back the commissioner said According to her there is a Presidential Committee on Repatriation in the North East and the committee is to complement the Technical Working Group on repatriation which is chaired by the Commission It is a process that has been ongoing and we have started repatriation we are experiencing involuntary returns from Nigerians in those countries So it s going to happen before the end of Mr President s tenure We would have brought everybody back home and there is funding allocated for us Earlier at the event Gov Babagana Zulum of Borno said that over 90 000 repentant Boko Haram ISWAP terrorists had voluntarily surrendered to the Army for disarmament de radicalisation and reintegration I want to bring to the notice of this gathering that within the last one year Borno State government and indeed the Federal Government has so far received over 90 000 repentant Boko Haram and ISWAP members This has never happened anywhere in the history of the world the insurgency is coming to an end he said According to him the acute humanitarian crisis has been devastating on social and economic impact on the population other deepening fragility and poverty in the Northeast sub region Before assumption of duty of Mr President 22 local government areas in Borno state out of the 27 local government areas that we have were under the control of Boko Haram insurgents But today none of our local government areas are under the control of Boko Haram insurgents Zulum said the Borno State government with the support of the Federal government and indeed the entire UN family had strengthened the resilience of the community He said that they had ensured peace building social cohesion and sustainable development in the entire North East sub region of Nigeria The nexus between peace security and development need not to be over emphasised If there is no peace there will be no security and if there is no security there is no development I m glad to inform you that the President has also inaugurated the Committee for the repatriation of all Nigerians that are living in the Republic of Chad Cameroon as well as Niger And to this effect funding have been approved And before the expiration of the tenure we shall ensure complete repatriation of all the Nigerians that are living in other countries Zulum urged the government of Nigeria the UN and other development partners to shift their focus on providing immediate humanitarian support to medium and longer term sustainable and durable solutions that would address the increasing problems This is very important as it has been said by the UN Under Secretary the root causes of the insurgency are leading to endemic poverty advancing illiteracy social inequality drug abuse mitigate climate action among others Therefore we shall do everything possible to address these challenges he said He further urged the UN to ensure establishment of a strong monitoring and evaluation mechanism that would ensure sub national governments take the lead through effective community participation The UN partners that are coming to the Northeast must partner with sub national governments This is something that must be done in order to address the root causes the governor said He commended the Federal Government UN Deputy Secretary and the Secretary General for the historic visit of UN top official Under Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs Mr Martin Griffiths to Nigeria and to Borno State Griffiths was in Borno and all of them have seen how far the Federal Government and the Borno Government are working in addressing the challenges of climate vulnerability addressing the challenges of poverty and also addressing the challenges of hunger NewsSourceCredit NAN
    500,000 Nigerians await repatriation from 3 countries -Commissioner
     Ms Imaan Suleiman Ibrahim Federal Commissioner National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons says 500 000 Nigerians awaiting repatriation in three countries Suleiman Ibrahim told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York at the 77th session of UN General Assembly that the refugees would be repatriated from Niger Chad and Cameroon She spoke on the sidelines of High Level Side Event on Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No one Behind We have almost about 500 000 awaiting repatriation The next batch will consist of 1 000 people and it is spontaneous returns that is happening now and we are looking after them as they come back the commissioner said According to her there is a Presidential Committee on Repatriation in the North East and the committee is to complement the Technical Working Group on repatriation which is chaired by the Commission It is a process that has been ongoing and we have started repatriation we are experiencing involuntary returns from Nigerians in those countries So it s going to happen before the end of Mr President s tenure We would have brought everybody back home and there is funding allocated for us Earlier at the event Gov Babagana Zulum of Borno said that over 90 000 repentant Boko Haram ISWAP terrorists had voluntarily surrendered to the Army for disarmament de radicalisation and reintegration I want to bring to the notice of this gathering that within the last one year Borno State government and indeed the Federal Government has so far received over 90 000 repentant Boko Haram and ISWAP members This has never happened anywhere in the history of the world the insurgency is coming to an end he said According to him the acute humanitarian crisis has been devastating on social and economic impact on the population other deepening fragility and poverty in the Northeast sub region Before assumption of duty of Mr President 22 local government areas in Borno state out of the 27 local government areas that we have were under the control of Boko Haram insurgents But today none of our local government areas are under the control of Boko Haram insurgents Zulum said the Borno State government with the support of the Federal government and indeed the entire UN family had strengthened the resilience of the community He said that they had ensured peace building social cohesion and sustainable development in the entire North East sub region of Nigeria The nexus between peace security and development need not to be over emphasised If there is no peace there will be no security and if there is no security there is no development I m glad to inform you that the President has also inaugurated the Committee for the repatriation of all Nigerians that are living in the Republic of Chad Cameroon as well as Niger And to this effect funding have been approved And before the expiration of the tenure we shall ensure complete repatriation of all the Nigerians that are living in other countries Zulum urged the government of Nigeria the UN and other development partners to shift their focus on providing immediate humanitarian support to medium and longer term sustainable and durable solutions that would address the increasing problems This is very important as it has been said by the UN Under Secretary the root causes of the insurgency are leading to endemic poverty advancing illiteracy social inequality drug abuse mitigate climate action among others Therefore we shall do everything possible to address these challenges he said He further urged the UN to ensure establishment of a strong monitoring and evaluation mechanism that would ensure sub national governments take the lead through effective community participation The UN partners that are coming to the Northeast must partner with sub national governments This is something that must be done in order to address the root causes the governor said He commended the Federal Government UN Deputy Secretary and the Secretary General for the historic visit of UN top official Under Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs Mr Martin Griffiths to Nigeria and to Borno State Griffiths was in Borno and all of them have seen how far the Federal Government and the Borno Government are working in addressing the challenges of climate vulnerability addressing the challenges of poverty and also addressing the challenges of hunger NewsSourceCredit NAN
    500,000 Nigerians await repatriation from 3 countries -Commissioner
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    500,000 Nigerians await repatriation from 3 countries -Commissioner

    Ms Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons says 500,000 Nigerians awaiting repatriation in three countries.

    Suleiman-Ibrahim told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York at the 77th session of UN General Assembly that the refugees would be repatriated from Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

    She spoke on the sidelines of High-Level Side Event on “Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development: A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No one Behind.

    ’’ “We have almost about 500,000 awaiting repatriation.

    The next batch will consist of 1,000 people and it is spontaneous returns that is happening now, and we are looking after them as they come back,’’ the commissioner said.

    According to her, there is a Presidential Committee on Repatriation in the North -East and the committee is to complement the Technical Working Group on repatriation, which is chaired by the Commission.

    “It is a process that has been ongoing, and we have started repatriation, we are experiencing involuntary returns from Nigerians in those countries.

    “So, it’s going to happen before the end of Mr President’s tenure.

    We would have brought everybody back home and there is funding allocated for us.

    ” Earlier at the event, Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno , said that over 90,000 repentant Boko Haram ISWAP terrorists had voluntarily surrendered to the Army for disarmament, de-radicalisation and reintegration.

    “I want to bring to the notice of this gathering that within the last one year, Borno State government, and indeed the Federal Government has so far received over 90,000 repentant Boko Haram and ISWAP members.

    “This has never happened anywhere in the history of the world, the insurgency is coming to an end.

    ,’’ he said.

    According to him, the acute humanitarian crisis, has been devastating on social and economic impact on the population, other deepening fragility and poverty in the Northeast sub region.

    “Before assumption of duty of Mr President, 22 local government areas in Borno state out of the 27 local government areas that we have, were under the control of Boko Haram insurgents.

    “But today, none of our local government areas are under the control of Boko Haram insurgents.

    ’’ Zulum said the Borno State government with the support of the Federal government, and indeed, the entire UN family had strengthened the resilience of the community.

    He said that they had ensured peace building social cohesion, and sustainable development in the entire North- East sub region of Nigeria.

    “The nexus between peace, security and development need not to be over emphasised.

    If there is no peace, there will be no security and if there is no security, there is no development.

    “I’m glad to inform you that the President has also inaugurated the Committee for the repatriation of all Nigerians that are living in the Republic of Chad, Cameroon, as well as Niger.

    “And to this effect funding have been approved.

    And before the expiration of the tenure, we shall ensure complete repatriation of all the Nigerians that are living in other countries.

    ” Zulum urged the government of Nigeria, the UN and other development partners to shift their focus on providing immediate humanitarian support to medium and longer term sustainable and durable solutions that would address the increasing problems.

    “This is very important, as it has been said, by the UN Under-Secretary, the root causes of the insurgency are leading to endemic poverty, advancing illiteracy, social inequality, drug abuse, mitigate climate action, among others.

    “Therefore, we shall do everything possible to address these challenges,’’ he said.

    He further urged the UN to ensure establishment of a strong monitoring and evaluation mechanism that would ensure sub national governments take the lead through effective community participation.

    “The UN partners that are coming to the Northeast must partner with sub national governments.

    This is something that must be done in order to address the root causes,” the governor said.

    He commended the Federal Government, UN Deputy Secretary and the Secretary General for the historic visit of UN top official, Under Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs, Mr Martin Griffiths to Nigeria and to Borno State.

    “Griffiths was in Borno and all of them have seen how far the Federal Government and the Borno  Government are working  in addressing the challenges of climate vulnerability, addressing the challenges of poverty and also addressing the challenges of hunger.


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  •  Gov Babagana Zulum of Borno has announced plans to sponsore 100 journalists for capacity building training at the University of Maiduguri Zulum disclosed this at the Triennial Delegates Conference of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ on Saturday in Maiduguri Represented by his Special Adviser on Communications and Stategy Malam Isa Gusau the governor said he requested the University to organise a certificate training programme for the journalists to be funded by the state government He urged the council to nominate its members to participate in the programme to enhance their capacities While reiterating commitment to run an open door policy Zulum assured continued support to the journalists to enable them to discharge their duties The Commissioner for Information Alhaji Babakura Abba Jato lauded the delegates and contestants for the peaceful conduct of the exercise Abba Jato represented by Baba Shiekh Lawan urged the contestants to accept the outcome of the election in the spirit of sportsmanship Also speaking the newly elected Chairman of the Council Mr Dauda Iliya lauded Zulum for the gesture adding that the training was inline with its capacity building initiative He sought the support and cooperation of the members to enable the leadership move the union to greater height The inaugurated members included Abdulkareem Haruna Vice Chairman Ali Ciroma Secretary Hauwa Bata Treasurer Babagana Ali Financial Secretary and Bawagana Liman Auditor www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zulum to sponsor training of 100 journalists – Aide
     Gov Babagana Zulum of Borno has announced plans to sponsore 100 journalists for capacity building training at the University of Maiduguri Zulum disclosed this at the Triennial Delegates Conference of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ on Saturday in Maiduguri Represented by his Special Adviser on Communications and Stategy Malam Isa Gusau the governor said he requested the University to organise a certificate training programme for the journalists to be funded by the state government He urged the council to nominate its members to participate in the programme to enhance their capacities While reiterating commitment to run an open door policy Zulum assured continued support to the journalists to enable them to discharge their duties The Commissioner for Information Alhaji Babakura Abba Jato lauded the delegates and contestants for the peaceful conduct of the exercise Abba Jato represented by Baba Shiekh Lawan urged the contestants to accept the outcome of the election in the spirit of sportsmanship Also speaking the newly elected Chairman of the Council Mr Dauda Iliya lauded Zulum for the gesture adding that the training was inline with its capacity building initiative He sought the support and cooperation of the members to enable the leadership move the union to greater height The inaugurated members included Abdulkareem Haruna Vice Chairman Ali Ciroma Secretary Hauwa Bata Treasurer Babagana Ali Financial Secretary and Bawagana Liman Auditor www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zulum to sponsor training of 100 journalists – Aide
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    Zulum to sponsor training of 100 journalists – Aide

    Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has announced plans to sponsore 100 journalists for capacity building training at the University of Maiduguri.

    Zulum disclosed this at the Triennial Delegates Conference of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Saturday in Maiduguri.

    Represented by his Special Adviser on Communications and Stategy, Malam Isa Gusau, the governor said he requested the University to organise a certificate training programme for the journalists to be funded by the state government.

    He urged the council to nominate its members to participate in the programme to enhance their capacities.

    While reiterating commitment to run an open door policy, Zulum assured continued support to the journalists to enable them to discharge their duties.

    The Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Babakura Abba-Jato, lauded the delegates and contestants for the peaceful conduct of the exercise.

    Abba-Jato represented by Baba Shiekh-Lawan, urged the contestants to accept the outcome of the election in the spirit of sportsmanship.

    Also speaking,  the newly elected Chairman of the Council, Mr Dauda Iliya lauded Zulum for the gesture, adding that the training was inline with its capacity building initiative.

    He sought the support and cooperation of the members to enable the leadership move the union to greater height.

    The inaugurated members included Abdulkareem Haruna – Vice Chairman, Ali Ciroma – Secretary, Hauwa Bata – Treasurer, Babagana Ali – Financial Secretary and Bawagana Liman – Auditor.

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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in New York called for more private sector participation in the humanitarian sector in Nigeria The Nigerian leader made the call against the backdrop of lingering challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic catastrophic weather events and conflicts The president according to his spokesman Mr Femi Adesina in a statement spoke at a side event at the 77th UN General Assembly in New York United States on Friday The event was hosted by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development entitled Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No One Behind The president also stressed the need for efficient collaboration among stakeholders involved in humanitarian action and disaster mitigation in the country He urged the bilateral and multilateral development partners to continue to provide technical support to well planned policies and programmes in the sector The president described the creation of the Humanitarian Ministry in August 2019 as a strategic intervention Buhari said it underscored Nigeria s commitment to consistently strengthen resilience and sustain development through improved coordination and synergy between international regional and national humanitarian and development actors partners and governments He told the meeting that in the 37 months the Ministry had been operational it has worked with national governments Ministries Departments and Agencies It has also organised private sector the United Nations Local and International Non Governmental Organisations and security actors to widen dialogue reinforce existing capacities and strengthen coping strategies The Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management amp Social Development its Agencies and Programmes have developed policies frameworks programmes and plans that form the foundation necessary to build resilience Some of these include the Civil Security Cooperation in Humanitarian Action which created the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee the development of LIFE Coordination Framework and the National Humanitarian Committee Technical Working Group Other policies frameworks programmes and plans that support the agenda 2030 and resilience building of our citizenry are the National Internally Displaced Persons Policy the Revised National Emergency Management Plan the National Emergency Flood and Response Plan Others are the National Policy for Aging for Elderly Persons the Poverty Reduction Plan and the revised National Policy on disability all aimed at supporting our Administration s strategy to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years According to him the Ministry has also led the administration s efforts to tackle poverty and ensure social inclusion through the Social Investment Programmes These include the Home Grown School Feeding Programme the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme the N Power Programme and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme According to the president Nigeria has also brought to the fore the inclusion of Persons with Disability and elderly persons in the social protection space by the creation of agencies that will lay emphasis on these populations in the country He therefore urged the meeting to analyse the shared experiences over the years and devise possible transformational solutions for the future In her welcome address the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq thanked President Buhari for his support since the creation of the Ministry in 2019 Goodwill messages were delivered by Prof Babagana Zulum on behalf of the Nigeria Governors Forum Amina J Mohammed Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations as well as Development Partners NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari urges more private sector participation in humanitarian sector
     President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in New York called for more private sector participation in the humanitarian sector in Nigeria The Nigerian leader made the call against the backdrop of lingering challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic catastrophic weather events and conflicts The president according to his spokesman Mr Femi Adesina in a statement spoke at a side event at the 77th UN General Assembly in New York United States on Friday The event was hosted by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development entitled Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No One Behind The president also stressed the need for efficient collaboration among stakeholders involved in humanitarian action and disaster mitigation in the country He urged the bilateral and multilateral development partners to continue to provide technical support to well planned policies and programmes in the sector The president described the creation of the Humanitarian Ministry in August 2019 as a strategic intervention Buhari said it underscored Nigeria s commitment to consistently strengthen resilience and sustain development through improved coordination and synergy between international regional and national humanitarian and development actors partners and governments He told the meeting that in the 37 months the Ministry had been operational it has worked with national governments Ministries Departments and Agencies It has also organised private sector the United Nations Local and International Non Governmental Organisations and security actors to widen dialogue reinforce existing capacities and strengthen coping strategies The Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management amp Social Development its Agencies and Programmes have developed policies frameworks programmes and plans that form the foundation necessary to build resilience Some of these include the Civil Security Cooperation in Humanitarian Action which created the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee the development of LIFE Coordination Framework and the National Humanitarian Committee Technical Working Group Other policies frameworks programmes and plans that support the agenda 2030 and resilience building of our citizenry are the National Internally Displaced Persons Policy the Revised National Emergency Management Plan the National Emergency Flood and Response Plan Others are the National Policy for Aging for Elderly Persons the Poverty Reduction Plan and the revised National Policy on disability all aimed at supporting our Administration s strategy to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years According to him the Ministry has also led the administration s efforts to tackle poverty and ensure social inclusion through the Social Investment Programmes These include the Home Grown School Feeding Programme the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme the N Power Programme and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme According to the president Nigeria has also brought to the fore the inclusion of Persons with Disability and elderly persons in the social protection space by the creation of agencies that will lay emphasis on these populations in the country He therefore urged the meeting to analyse the shared experiences over the years and devise possible transformational solutions for the future In her welcome address the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq thanked President Buhari for his support since the creation of the Ministry in 2019 Goodwill messages were delivered by Prof Babagana Zulum on behalf of the Nigeria Governors Forum Amina J Mohammed Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations as well as Development Partners NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari urges more private sector participation in humanitarian sector
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    Buhari urges more private sector participation in humanitarian sector

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in New York called for more private sector participation in the humanitarian sector in Nigeria.

    The Nigerian leader made the call against the backdrop of lingering challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, catastrophic weather events and conflicts.

    The president, according to his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina in a statement, spoke at a side event at the 77th UN General Assembly in New York, United States, on Friday.

    The event was hosted by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, entitled ”Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development: A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No One Behind.

    ” The president also stressed the need for efficient collaboration among stakeholders involved in humanitarian action and disaster mitigation in the country.

    He urged the bilateral and multilateral development partners to continue to provide technical support to well-planned policies and programmes in the sector.

    The president described the creation of the Humanitarian Ministry in August 2019 as a strategic intervention, Buhari said it underscored Nigeria’s commitment to consistently strengthen resilience and sustain development through improved coordination and synergy between international, regional and national humanitarian and development actors, partners and governments.

    He told the meeting that in the 37 months the Ministry had been operational, it has worked with national governments, Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

    ”It has also organised private sector, the United Nations, Local and International Non-Governmental Organisations and security actors to widen dialogue, reinforce existing capacities and strengthen coping strategies: ”The Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development, its Agencies and Programmes, have developed policies, frameworks, programmes and plans that form the foundation necessary to build resilience.

    ”Some of these include the Civil Security Cooperation in Humanitarian Action, which created the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee, the development of LIFE Coordination Framework and the National Humanitarian Committee Technical Working Group.

    ”Other policies, frameworks, programmes and plans that support the agenda 2030 and resilience building of our citizenry are the National Internally Displaced Persons Policy, the Revised National Emergency Management Plan, the National Emergency Flood and Response Plan. ”Others are; the National Policy for Aging for Elderly Persons,  the Poverty Reduction Plan, and the revised National Policy on disability, all aimed at supporting our Administration’s strategy to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.

    ” According to him, the Ministry has also led the administration’s efforts to tackle poverty and ensure social inclusion through the Social Investment Programmes.

    These include; the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, the N-Power Programme and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme.

    According to the president, Nigeria has also brought to the fore the inclusion of Persons with Disability and elderly persons in the social protection space by the creation of agencies that will lay emphasis on these populations in the country.

    He, therefore, urged the meeting to analyse the shared experiences over the years and devise possible transformational solutions for the future.

    In her welcome address, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, thanked President Buhari for his support since the creation of the Ministry in 2019. Goodwill messages were delivered by  Prof. Babagana Zulum on behalf of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Amina J Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations as well as Development Partners.


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  •  Borno Government has donated equipment worth N81 million to the University of Maiduguri UNIMAID The out fund is for the Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering Presenting the items the state Commissioner for Higher Education Science Technology and Innovation Babagana Malumbe said the gesture was in response to a request from the university to meet some requirements for accreditation Malumbe said that the Gov Babagana Zulum administration was committed to education and very much aware of the important role the university was playing in advancing education in the state He said that as alumnus of the school and a product of the department Gov Zulum after receiving the request directed the ministry to act We cannot afford to be in government and a department in our own faculty will loose accreditation He Zulum directed the ministry to ensure that we procure the equipment Malumbe said Recieving the equipment the Vice Chancellor of the university Prof Aliyu Shugaba lauded the intervention which he said would go a long way in enhancing teaching and research in the entire faculty Shugaba who narrated how Zulum was disturbed over non accreditation of the department promised to intervene which he now did Some of the 20 items donated included Triaxial Testing Machine with complete accessories California Bearing Ratio CBR Marshall Testing Machine and Direct Shear box Machine with complete accessories NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Accreditation: Borno Govt donates N81m equipment to UNIMAID
     Borno Government has donated equipment worth N81 million to the University of Maiduguri UNIMAID The out fund is for the Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering Presenting the items the state Commissioner for Higher Education Science Technology and Innovation Babagana Malumbe said the gesture was in response to a request from the university to meet some requirements for accreditation Malumbe said that the Gov Babagana Zulum administration was committed to education and very much aware of the important role the university was playing in advancing education in the state He said that as alumnus of the school and a product of the department Gov Zulum after receiving the request directed the ministry to act We cannot afford to be in government and a department in our own faculty will loose accreditation He Zulum directed the ministry to ensure that we procure the equipment Malumbe said Recieving the equipment the Vice Chancellor of the university Prof Aliyu Shugaba lauded the intervention which he said would go a long way in enhancing teaching and research in the entire faculty Shugaba who narrated how Zulum was disturbed over non accreditation of the department promised to intervene which he now did Some of the 20 items donated included Triaxial Testing Machine with complete accessories California Bearing Ratio CBR Marshall Testing Machine and Direct Shear box Machine with complete accessories NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Accreditation: Borno Govt donates N81m equipment to UNIMAID
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    Accreditation: Borno Govt donates N81m equipment to UNIMAID

    Borno Government has donated equipment worth N81 million to the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).

    The out fund is for the Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering.

    Presenting the items, the state Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Babagana Malumbe, said the gesture was in response to a request from the university to meet some requirements for accreditation.

    Malumbe said that the Gov. Babagana Zulum administration was committed to education and very much aware of the important role the university was playing in advancing education in the state.

    He said that as alumnus of the school and a product of the department, Gov. Zulum after receiving the request, directed the ministry to act.

    “We cannot afford to be in government and a department in our own faculty will loose accreditation.

    “He (Zulum) directed the ministry to ensure that we procure the equipment,” Malumbe said.

    Recieving the equipment, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba, lauded the intervention which he said would go a long way in enhancing teaching and research in the entire faculty.

    Shugaba, who narrated how Zulum was disturbed over non accreditation of the department, promised to intervene which he now did.

    Some of the 20 items donated included Triaxial Testing Machine with complete accessories, California Bearing Ratio (CBR), Marshall Testing Machine and Direct Shear box Machine with complete accessories.


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  •  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said the biggest challenge the nation was facing today was on national unity Osinbajo stated this at a one day National Unity Conference organised by the Alumni Association of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies AANI in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the conference is Nigeria s National Unity in the build up to the 2023 General Elections The Vice President represented by the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed commended the alumni for always coming in to intervene whenever the nation was facing challenges He said I want to take this opportunity to thank the alumni of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies NIPSS for always coming in to intervene when the nation is facing challenges and difficulties And they always get it right Today there s no doubt that the biggest challenge the country is facing is that of national unity If one listens to the cacophony of voices from the East to the West from the North to the South whether you are talking about challenges of the disorders Boko Haram insurgents or the bandits So bringing us together here to discuss this very very important matter especially with regard to the 2023 elections is timely On his keynote address the Former Chief of Defence Staff Gen Martin Agwai said Nigeria s unity has been over centralised to the extent that it reflected more of unitary arrangement than a federal one He added that Nigerians needed to take conscious steps towards enthroning responsive leadership and demanding action against insecurity through every means permissible in a democracy We should start finding a method of selecting who becomes our leader We should select leaders that we can hold them accountable tomorrow And must we practice democracy in the way it is today Let us see how we can have an inclusive democracy how we can select our leaders that we are comfortable For nation to have stability and development it must transform and reduce the threats to its national security he said On his part the Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola said there is a gap in our assessment of the country s situation Because of the disproportionate distribution of our resources Nigeria is assumed to be very rich I understand the need for leaders to direct the harnessing of potentials but the citizens must challenge ourselves to what is necessary Gov Babagana Zulum of Borno in his speech urged Nigerians to separate politics from governance Zulum who was represented by Dr Bulama Gubio added that as long as we don t separate politics from governance we will continue to have problems in this country Elders should play good roles in the affairs of this country because Nigeria is a youth population of about 70 per cent There is need for us to work towards ensuring unity of this country He urged Christians and Islamic leaders to preach peace and eschew violence One of the panelists Prof Patrick Utomi Founder Centre for Values in Leadership in an interview with newsmen said politicians needed to have clear agenda on how to make lives better for the people When the politicians don t have enough consciousness and divide people to acquire power they weaken the country This is why politicians have to learn to focus on issues have a clear agenda on how to make lives better for people and how they can be held accountable for it That s what elections should be about That is what is referred to as moral tribes We can create these emotional you know tensions that don t serve us well It s a global phenomenon but not Nigeria problem alone and the usage of moral tribes is not even original from me So we have to recognise that emotions can do damage and we want to focus on rational public conversation he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    National unity, Nigeria’s biggest challenge – Osinbajo
     Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said the biggest challenge the nation was facing today was on national unity Osinbajo stated this at a one day National Unity Conference organised by the Alumni Association of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies AANI in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the conference is Nigeria s National Unity in the build up to the 2023 General Elections The Vice President represented by the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed commended the alumni for always coming in to intervene whenever the nation was facing challenges He said I want to take this opportunity to thank the alumni of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies NIPSS for always coming in to intervene when the nation is facing challenges and difficulties And they always get it right Today there s no doubt that the biggest challenge the country is facing is that of national unity If one listens to the cacophony of voices from the East to the West from the North to the South whether you are talking about challenges of the disorders Boko Haram insurgents or the bandits So bringing us together here to discuss this very very important matter especially with regard to the 2023 elections is timely On his keynote address the Former Chief of Defence Staff Gen Martin Agwai said Nigeria s unity has been over centralised to the extent that it reflected more of unitary arrangement than a federal one He added that Nigerians needed to take conscious steps towards enthroning responsive leadership and demanding action against insecurity through every means permissible in a democracy We should start finding a method of selecting who becomes our leader We should select leaders that we can hold them accountable tomorrow And must we practice democracy in the way it is today Let us see how we can have an inclusive democracy how we can select our leaders that we are comfortable For nation to have stability and development it must transform and reduce the threats to its national security he said On his part the Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola said there is a gap in our assessment of the country s situation Because of the disproportionate distribution of our resources Nigeria is assumed to be very rich I understand the need for leaders to direct the harnessing of potentials but the citizens must challenge ourselves to what is necessary Gov Babagana Zulum of Borno in his speech urged Nigerians to separate politics from governance Zulum who was represented by Dr Bulama Gubio added that as long as we don t separate politics from governance we will continue to have problems in this country Elders should play good roles in the affairs of this country because Nigeria is a youth population of about 70 per cent There is need for us to work towards ensuring unity of this country He urged Christians and Islamic leaders to preach peace and eschew violence One of the panelists Prof Patrick Utomi Founder Centre for Values in Leadership in an interview with newsmen said politicians needed to have clear agenda on how to make lives better for the people When the politicians don t have enough consciousness and divide people to acquire power they weaken the country This is why politicians have to learn to focus on issues have a clear agenda on how to make lives better for people and how they can be held accountable for it That s what elections should be about That is what is referred to as moral tribes We can create these emotional you know tensions that don t serve us well It s a global phenomenon but not Nigeria problem alone and the usage of moral tribes is not even original from me So we have to recognise that emotions can do damage and we want to focus on rational public conversation he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    National unity, Nigeria’s biggest challenge – Osinbajo
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    National unity, Nigeria’s biggest challenge – Osinbajo

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said the biggest challenge the nation was facing today was on national unity.

    Osinbajo stated this at a one-day National Unity Conference organised by the Alumni Association of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (AANI) in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the conference is “Nigeria’s National Unity in the build-up to the 2023 General Elections”.

    The Vice President, represented by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, commended the alumni for always coming in to intervene whenever the nation was facing challenges.

    He said, “I want to take this opportunity to thank the alumni of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) for always coming in to intervene when the nation is facing challenges and difficulties.

    “And they always get it right.

    Today there’s no doubt that the biggest challenge the country is facing is that of national unity.

    “If one listens to the cacophony of voices from the East, to the West, from the North to the South, whether you are talking about challenges, of the disorders, Boko Haram insurgents or the bandits.

    “So, bringing us together here to discuss this very, very important matter, especially with regard to the 2023 elections, is timely.

    ”On his keynote address, the Former Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Martin Agwai, said Nigeria’s unity has been over-centralised to the extent that it reflected more of unitary arrangement than a federal one.

    He added that Nigerians needed to take conscious steps towards enthroning responsive leadership and demanding action against insecurity through every means permissible in a democracy.

    “We should start finding a method of selecting who becomes our leader.

    We should select leaders that we can hold them accountable tomorrow.

    “And must we practice democracy in the way it is today?

    Let us see how we can have an inclusive democracy, how we can select our leaders that we are comfortable.

    “For nation to have stability and development, it must transform and reduce the threats to its national security,” he said.

    On his part, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola said, “there is a gap in our assessment of the country’s situation.

    “Because of the disproportionate distribution of our resources, Nigeria is assumed to be very rich.

    “I understand the need for leaders to direct the harnessing of potentials, but the citizens must challenge ourselves to what is necessary.

    ”Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno, in his speech, urged Nigerians to separate politics from governance.

    Zulum, who was represented by Dr Bulama Gubio, added that “as long as we don’t separate politics from governance, we will continue to have problems in this country.

    “Elders should play good roles in the affairs of this country because Nigeria is a youth population of about 70 per cent.

    “There is need for us to work towards ensuring unity of this country.

    ”He urged Christians and Islamic leaders to preach peace and eschew violence.

    One of the panelists, Prof. Patrick Utomi, Founder, Centre for Values in Leadership in an interview with newsmen, said politicians needed to have clear agenda on how to make lives better for the people.

    “When the politicians don’t have enough consciousness and divide people to acquire power, they weaken the country. 

    “This is why politicians have to learn to focus on issues, have a clear agenda on how to make lives better for people and how they can be held accountable for it.

    “That’s what elections should be about.

    That is what is referred to as moral tribes.

    We can create these emotional, you know, tensions that don’t serve us well.

    “It’s a global phenomenon, but not Nigeria problem alone, and the usage of moral tribes is not even original from me.

    “So, we have to recognise that emotions can do damage, and we want to focus on rational public conversation,” he said.


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  •  Some farmers in the North East have called for urgent intervention to avert hunger as flood ravages over 150 000 hectres of farmlands The farmers who expressed concern over large scale destruction of produce said the damage caused by the disaster could be estimated at over N30 billion They said urgent interventions were necessary to mitigate the effects of the disaster reduce hunger and encourage development of adapting climate change technologies to enhance food security The farmers made the call while responding to a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria on the effects of flood in Bauchi Damaturu Dutse Gombe Maiduguri and Yola Acording to official data the flood killed over 100 persons destroyed hundred thousands hectres of farmlands displaced thousands of people and cut off several roads across Adamawa Bauchi Borno Gombe and Jigawa states In Jigawa the disaster ravaged 138 442 36 hectres of farmlands displaced 1 554 farming communities and killed over 90 persons across 22 local government areas of the state The state Commissioner for Agriculture Alhaji Awwalu Danladi said the government had constituted an assessment committee which examined the extend of damage caused by the disaster He said the flood destroyed farm produce such as rice sorghum millet groundnut sugarcane sesame cowpea beans among others He listed the affected areas to include Dutse Birnin Kudu Kiyawa Buji Miga Jahun Gwaram Ringim Garki and Taura Others were Hadejia Kirikasamma Guri Kafinhausa Auyo Malammadori Kaugama Kazaure Babura Roni Gwiwa and Yankwashi He said the committee recommended for construction of and embankments desilting of water ways erection of diversion spillway channels and afforestation programme to control perennial flooding in the state The committee he said also called for provision of fertilisers improved seeds and chemicals to the affected farmers to enable them to engage in dry season activities According to statistics of the Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency SEMA indicated that the agency in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA distributed food and non food items to the victims of the disaster across the state One of the affected farmers Ado Musa said such support was imperative to enable them to replant and cultivate their farmlands to minimise losses and enhance food security Government should support farmers to engage in massive dry season activity to produce more crops and replace the ones lost to the flood Farmers should be empowered with all the needed inputs to produce massively during the dry season he said In Bauchi State no fewer than 13 persons lost their lives and thousands hectres of farmlands destroyed to the flood across 11 local government areas Dr Ibrahim Kabir Director General Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency BASEPA said flood killed three persons destroyed 1 453 houses and thousands hectres of farmlands in Zaki and Gamawa LGAs He said the flood also cut off access roads in six different locations a situation which made movement of farm produce difficult As palliative measure the affected communities need about 14 canoes as means of transportation to continue their normal activities he said Corroborating Kabir the Director of Planning Research and Statistics Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency SEMA Mr Adams Nayola said that 10 other persons lost their lives in the disaster in eight LGAs of the state He said the flood also submerged thousands hectres of farmland and destroyed hundreds houses in Jama are Giade Misau Dambam Darazo Kirfi Itas Gadau Shira and Toro In the same vein Yobe State Emergency Management Agency SEMA said the disaster ravaged 3 950 farmlands in nine LGAs acoss the state The Acting Director General of the Agency Dr Ibrahim Jalo said the figure could rise as the damage assessment exercise was still ongoing in the affected communities He listed Gujba Gulani Jakusko Potiskum Fika Gashua Geidam Damaturu and Fune as some of the affected areas Flood destroyed rice maize sorghum millet beans groundnut beans farms and hundreds of livestock Flood swept across the state in spite of the early warning by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency NIMET and Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency NIHSA which predicted that Yobe among other states in the country would experience flood he said To mitigate the negative effects Jalo said the agency had constituted flood disaster response teams to enhace support to the victims of the disaster According to him individual donors distributed N45 000 each to 1 300 households in Gujba and Gulani LGAs while 1 190 households have been provided with food items in Damaturu and Gujba The agency he said was sensitising people in flood prone communities to desist from indescriminate dumping of waste on water ways and relocate to higher grounds to avert the disaster We mobilse environmental and sanitation workers to educate the people at grassroots on the need to keep a clean environment to guard outbreak of diseases The agency also advised motorists to be careful and avoid flooded roads and be safety conscious while commuting in the affected areas he said Moreso Alhaji Jafaru Illehla Programme Manager Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme BSADP has advised farmers to desist from cultivating lands on river banks to avoid crop loss to the flood He noted that flood prevents root crop production and lead to premature harvest Crop loss through rain damage waterlogged soil delays in harvesting and transportation difficulties due to flooded roads and damaged infrastructure The effect of flood is serious reduction in agricultural production grain supply and hike in prices he said He advised farmers to cultivate crops in upland areas and utiliise moisture areas for dry season activities Also Dr Joseph Husseini Director Technical Services Gombe State Agricultural Development Programme ADP said flood caused devastating effect on crops which need less water According to him crops like maize cowpea and groundnut hardly survive under flood adding where those farms received more than enough rainfall it will lead to low yield Hussaini stressed the need for comprehensive farmer support services to enhance farming skills and access to inputs Dry season farming is the way forward to produce enough food to make up for the losses caused by flood It is also good for the Federal Government to mop up excess grain for strategic reserve to avert food shortage he said The agronomist however expressed the hope that farmers would record bumper harvest in spite of the flood recorded in parts of the country Farmers he said would record bumper harvest in view of the high volume rainfall Rice survives and withstand no matter the amount of rain it will yield well he said Dr Mohammed Musa Director Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development FMARD in Gombe State explained that flood affects various stages of agricultural production He listed some of the effects to include destruction of crops outbreak of animal and human diseases He identified farmer support as one of the effective measures to mitigate the effect of the disaster To buttress earlier opinion some farmers in Borno urged government at all levels to pririotised irrigation activities to enable them to recoup the looses caused by flood NAN reports that rice plantations along River Ngadda and Yedzaram wilted to flooding The farmers described irrigation farming as lucrative in view of the large swath of arable lands that transverse by river tributaries drawing from Lake Chad Kurami Bulama a rice grower said many farmers lost their investments to the disaster this cropping season Many farmers recorded losses especially those in riverine areas but the submerged lands are fertile and good for irrigation We need support and security to encourage irrigation activities especially along the shores of Lake Chad The land is fertile it needs little fertiliser application to give higher yields at harvest he said Similarly Al Amin Mustafa and Babagana Ali also rice growers at Zabarmari and Koshebe plantations said such support would ginger them to produce more For his part Gov Babagana Zulum reiterated commitment to encourage agricultural production through irrigation and farmer support services With 72 600 square kilometres of land area the state is endowed with great potential for agriculture including poultry fisheries and livestock production Significant investment have been made in agricultural equipment and machinery to harness this potential but has been dormant due to insurgency which has restricted access to farmland particularly in the northern part of the state close to the Lake Chad www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Farmers count losses, as flood ravages 150,000 hectres farmlands in N/East
     Some farmers in the North East have called for urgent intervention to avert hunger as flood ravages over 150 000 hectres of farmlands The farmers who expressed concern over large scale destruction of produce said the damage caused by the disaster could be estimated at over N30 billion They said urgent interventions were necessary to mitigate the effects of the disaster reduce hunger and encourage development of adapting climate change technologies to enhance food security The farmers made the call while responding to a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria on the effects of flood in Bauchi Damaturu Dutse Gombe Maiduguri and Yola Acording to official data the flood killed over 100 persons destroyed hundred thousands hectres of farmlands displaced thousands of people and cut off several roads across Adamawa Bauchi Borno Gombe and Jigawa states In Jigawa the disaster ravaged 138 442 36 hectres of farmlands displaced 1 554 farming communities and killed over 90 persons across 22 local government areas of the state The state Commissioner for Agriculture Alhaji Awwalu Danladi said the government had constituted an assessment committee which examined the extend of damage caused by the disaster He said the flood destroyed farm produce such as rice sorghum millet groundnut sugarcane sesame cowpea beans among others He listed the affected areas to include Dutse Birnin Kudu Kiyawa Buji Miga Jahun Gwaram Ringim Garki and Taura Others were Hadejia Kirikasamma Guri Kafinhausa Auyo Malammadori Kaugama Kazaure Babura Roni Gwiwa and Yankwashi He said the committee recommended for construction of and embankments desilting of water ways erection of diversion spillway channels and afforestation programme to control perennial flooding in the state The committee he said also called for provision of fertilisers improved seeds and chemicals to the affected farmers to enable them to engage in dry season activities According to statistics of the Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency SEMA indicated that the agency in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA distributed food and non food items to the victims of the disaster across the state One of the affected farmers Ado Musa said such support was imperative to enable them to replant and cultivate their farmlands to minimise losses and enhance food security Government should support farmers to engage in massive dry season activity to produce more crops and replace the ones lost to the flood Farmers should be empowered with all the needed inputs to produce massively during the dry season he said In Bauchi State no fewer than 13 persons lost their lives and thousands hectres of farmlands destroyed to the flood across 11 local government areas Dr Ibrahim Kabir Director General Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency BASEPA said flood killed three persons destroyed 1 453 houses and thousands hectres of farmlands in Zaki and Gamawa LGAs He said the flood also cut off access roads in six different locations a situation which made movement of farm produce difficult As palliative measure the affected communities need about 14 canoes as means of transportation to continue their normal activities he said Corroborating Kabir the Director of Planning Research and Statistics Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency SEMA Mr Adams Nayola said that 10 other persons lost their lives in the disaster in eight LGAs of the state He said the flood also submerged thousands hectres of farmland and destroyed hundreds houses in Jama are Giade Misau Dambam Darazo Kirfi Itas Gadau Shira and Toro In the same vein Yobe State Emergency Management Agency SEMA said the disaster ravaged 3 950 farmlands in nine LGAs acoss the state The Acting Director General of the Agency Dr Ibrahim Jalo said the figure could rise as the damage assessment exercise was still ongoing in the affected communities He listed Gujba Gulani Jakusko Potiskum Fika Gashua Geidam Damaturu and Fune as some of the affected areas Flood destroyed rice maize sorghum millet beans groundnut beans farms and hundreds of livestock Flood swept across the state in spite of the early warning by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency NIMET and Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency NIHSA which predicted that Yobe among other states in the country would experience flood he said To mitigate the negative effects Jalo said the agency had constituted flood disaster response teams to enhace support to the victims of the disaster According to him individual donors distributed N45 000 each to 1 300 households in Gujba and Gulani LGAs while 1 190 households have been provided with food items in Damaturu and Gujba The agency he said was sensitising people in flood prone communities to desist from indescriminate dumping of waste on water ways and relocate to higher grounds to avert the disaster We mobilse environmental and sanitation workers to educate the people at grassroots on the need to keep a clean environment to guard outbreak of diseases The agency also advised motorists to be careful and avoid flooded roads and be safety conscious while commuting in the affected areas he said Moreso Alhaji Jafaru Illehla Programme Manager Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme BSADP has advised farmers to desist from cultivating lands on river banks to avoid crop loss to the flood He noted that flood prevents root crop production and lead to premature harvest Crop loss through rain damage waterlogged soil delays in harvesting and transportation difficulties due to flooded roads and damaged infrastructure The effect of flood is serious reduction in agricultural production grain supply and hike in prices he said He advised farmers to cultivate crops in upland areas and utiliise moisture areas for dry season activities Also Dr Joseph Husseini Director Technical Services Gombe State Agricultural Development Programme ADP said flood caused devastating effect on crops which need less water According to him crops like maize cowpea and groundnut hardly survive under flood adding where those farms received more than enough rainfall it will lead to low yield Hussaini stressed the need for comprehensive farmer support services to enhance farming skills and access to inputs Dry season farming is the way forward to produce enough food to make up for the losses caused by flood It is also good for the Federal Government to mop up excess grain for strategic reserve to avert food shortage he said The agronomist however expressed the hope that farmers would record bumper harvest in spite of the flood recorded in parts of the country Farmers he said would record bumper harvest in view of the high volume rainfall Rice survives and withstand no matter the amount of rain it will yield well he said Dr Mohammed Musa Director Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development FMARD in Gombe State explained that flood affects various stages of agricultural production He listed some of the effects to include destruction of crops outbreak of animal and human diseases He identified farmer support as one of the effective measures to mitigate the effect of the disaster To buttress earlier opinion some farmers in Borno urged government at all levels to pririotised irrigation activities to enable them to recoup the looses caused by flood NAN reports that rice plantations along River Ngadda and Yedzaram wilted to flooding The farmers described irrigation farming as lucrative in view of the large swath of arable lands that transverse by river tributaries drawing from Lake Chad Kurami Bulama a rice grower said many farmers lost their investments to the disaster this cropping season Many farmers recorded losses especially those in riverine areas but the submerged lands are fertile and good for irrigation We need support and security to encourage irrigation activities especially along the shores of Lake Chad The land is fertile it needs little fertiliser application to give higher yields at harvest he said Similarly Al Amin Mustafa and Babagana Ali also rice growers at Zabarmari and Koshebe plantations said such support would ginger them to produce more For his part Gov Babagana Zulum reiterated commitment to encourage agricultural production through irrigation and farmer support services With 72 600 square kilometres of land area the state is endowed with great potential for agriculture including poultry fisheries and livestock production Significant investment have been made in agricultural equipment and machinery to harness this potential but has been dormant due to insurgency which has restricted access to farmland particularly in the northern part of the state close to the Lake Chad www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Farmers count losses, as flood ravages 150,000 hectres farmlands in N/East
    General news2 weeks ago

    Farmers count losses, as flood ravages 150,000 hectres farmlands in N/East

    Some farmers in the North-East have called for urgent intervention to avert hunger as flood ravages over 150,000 hectres of farmlands.

    The farmers who expressed concern over large scale destruction of produce, said the damage caused by the disaster could be estimated at over N30 billion.

    They said urgent interventions were necessary to mitigate the effects of the disaster, reduce hunger and encourage development of adapting climate change technologies to enhance food security.

    The farmers made the call while responding to a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria on the effects of flood in Bauchi, Damaturu, Dutse, Gombe, Maiduguri and Yola.Acording to official data, the flood killed over 100 persons, destroyed hundred thousands hectres of farmlands, displaced thousands of people and cut off several roads across Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe and Jigawa states.

    In Jigawa, the disaster ravaged 138,442.36 hectres of farmlands, displaced 1,554 farming communities and killed over 90 persons across 22 local government areas of the state.

    The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Awwalu Danladi said the government had constituted an assessment committee which examined the extend of damage caused by the disaster.

    He said the flood destroyed farm produce such as rice, sorghum, millet, groundnut, sugarcane, sesame, cowpea, beans, among others.

    He listed the affected areas to include Dutse; Birnin Kudu, Kiyawa, Buji, Miga, Jahun, Gwaram, Ringim, Garki and Taura.

    Others were Hadejia; Kirikasamma, Guri, Kafinhausa, Auyo, Malammadori, Kaugama, Kazaure, Babura, Roni, Gwiwa and Yankwashi.

    He said the committee recommended for construction of and embankments, desilting of water ways, erection of diversion spillway channels and afforestation programme to control perennial flooding in the state.

    The committee, he said, also called for provision of fertilisers, improved seeds and chemicals to the affected farmers to enable them to engage in dry season activities.

    According to statistics of the Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), indicated that the agency, in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) distributed food and non food items to the victims of the disaster across the state.

    One of the affected farmers, Ado Musa said such support was imperative to enable them to replant and cultivate their farmlands to minimise losses and enhance food security.

    “Government should support farmers to engage in massive dry season activity to produce more crops and replace the ones lost to the flood.

    “Farmers should be empowered with all the needed inputs to produce massively during the dry season,” he said.

    In Bauchi State; no fewer than 13 persons lost their lives and thousands hectres of farmlands destroyed to the flood across 11 local government areas.

    Dr Ibrahim Kabir, Director-General, Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA), said flood killed three persons, destroyed 1,453 houses and thousands hectres of farmlands in Zaki and Gamawa LGAs.He said the flood also cut off access roads in six different locations, a situation which made movement of farm produce difficult.

    “As palliative measure; the affected communities need about 14 canoes as means of transportation to continue their normal activities,” he said.

    Corroborating Kabir, the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Adams Nayola said that 10 other persons lost their lives in the disaster in eight LGAs of the state.

    He said the flood also submerged thousands hectres of farmland and destroyed hundreds houses in Jama’are, Giade, Misau, Dambam, Darazo, Kirfi, Itas-Gadau, Shira and Toro.In the same vein, Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said the disaster ravaged  3,950 farmlands in nine LGAs acoss the state.

    The Acting Director-General of the Agency, Dr Ibrahim Jalo said the figure could rise as the damage assessment exercise was still ongoing in the affected communities.

    He listed Gujba, Gulani, Jakusko, Potiskum, Fika, Gashua, Geidam, Damaturu and Fune as some of the affected areas.

    “Flood destroyed rice, maize, sorghum, millet, beans, groundnut, beans farms and hundreds of livestock.

    “Flood swept across the state in spite of the early warning by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), which predicted that Yobe, among other states in the country would experience flood,” he said.

    To mitigate the negative effects, Jalo said the agency had constituted flood disaster response teams to enhace support to the victims of the disaster.

    According to him, individual donors distributed N45,000 each to 1,300 households in Gujba and Gulani LGAs while 1,190 households have been provided with food items in Damaturu and Gujba.

    The agency, he said, was sensitising people in flood prone communities to desist from indescriminate dumping of waste on water ways, and relocate to higher grounds to avert the disaster.

    “We mobilse environmental and sanitation workers to educate the people at grassroots on the need to keep a clean environment to guard outbreak of diseases.

    “The agency also advised motorists to be careful and avoid flooded roads and be safety conscious while commuting in the affected areas,” he said.

    Moreso, Alhaji Jafaru Illehla, Programme Manager, Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme (BSADP) has advised farmers to desist from cultivating lands on river banks to avoid crop loss to the flood.

    He noted that flood prevents root crop production and lead to premature harvest.

    “Crop loss through rain damage, waterlogged soil, delays in harvesting and transportation difficulties due to flooded roads and damaged infrastructure.

    “The effect of flood is serious reduction in agricultural production, grain supply and hike in prices,” he said.

    He advised farmers to cultivate crops in upland areas and utiliise moisture areas for dry season activities.

    Also, Dr Joseph Husseini, Director Technical Services, Gombe State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), said flood caused devastating effect on crops which need less water.

    According to him, crops like maize, cowpea and groundnut hardly survive under flood, adding, “where those farms received more than enough rainfall, it will lead to low yield.

    ”Hussaini stressed the need for comprehensive farmer support services to enhance farming skills and access to inputs.

    “Dry season farming is the way forward to produce enough food to make up for the losses caused by flood.

    “It is also good for the Federal Government to mop up excess grain for strategic reserve to avert food shortage,” he said.

    The agronomist, however, expressed the hope that farmers would record bumper harvest in spite of the flood recorded in parts of the country.

    Farmers, he said, would record bumper harvest in view of the high volume rainfall.

    ”Rice survives and withstand no matter the amount of rain, it will yield well,’’ he said.

    Dr Mohammed Musa, Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in Gombe State, explained that flood affects various stages of agricultural production.

    He listed some of the effects to include destruction of crops, outbreak of animal and human diseases.

    He identified farmer support as one of the effective measures to mitigate the effect of the disaster.

    To buttress earlier opinion, some farmers in Borno urged government at all levels to pririotised irrigation activities to enable them to recoup the looses caused by flood.

    NAN reports that rice plantations along River Ngadda and Yedzaram wilted to flooding.

    The farmers described irrigation farming as “lucrative” in view of the large swath of arable lands that transverse by river tributaries drawing from Lake Chad.Kurami Bulama, a rice grower, said many farmers lost their investments to the disaster this cropping season.

    “Many farmers recorded losses, especially those in riverine areas but the submerged lands are fertile and good for irrigation.

    “We need support and security to encourage irrigation activities, especially along the shores of Lake Chad.“The land is fertile, it needs little fertiliser application to give higher yields at harvest,” he said.

    Similarly; Al’Amin Mustafa and Babagana Ali, also rice growers at Zabarmari and Koshebe plantations, said such support would ginger them to produce more.

    For his part, Gov. Babagana Zulum reiterated commitment to encourage agricultural production through irrigation and farmer support services.

    “With 72,600 square kilometres of land area, the state is endowed with great potential for agriculture including poultry, fisheries and livestock production.

    “Significant investment have been made in agricultural equipment and machinery to harness this potential but has been dormant due to insurgency which has restricted access to farmland, particularly in the northern part of the state close to the Lake Chad.” ( www.


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  •  Borno Government has released N50 million for payment of bursary for some of the cleared 2 019 students of Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri Executive Secretary of Borno State Scholarship Board Mr Bala Isa made this known on Monday while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri Isa who said that the bursary payment was with immediate effect urged the students to reciprocate government s gesture by taking their studies more seriously Also speaking Chairman of National Union of Borno State Students NUBOSS Mr Abubakar Wajiro lauded government for sustaining the bursary payment and urged students to make maximum use of the opportunity provided for them to study On behalf of Borno students I want to thank Gov Babagana Zulum for his administration s commitment to education as well as the management of the State Scholarship Board for ensuring that no qualified student is left out We remain grateful and will not disappoint the government and people of Borno Wajiro said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Borno govt. releases N50m bursary to Ramat Poly students
     Borno Government has released N50 million for payment of bursary for some of the cleared 2 019 students of Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri Executive Secretary of Borno State Scholarship Board Mr Bala Isa made this known on Monday while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri Isa who said that the bursary payment was with immediate effect urged the students to reciprocate government s gesture by taking their studies more seriously Also speaking Chairman of National Union of Borno State Students NUBOSS Mr Abubakar Wajiro lauded government for sustaining the bursary payment and urged students to make maximum use of the opportunity provided for them to study On behalf of Borno students I want to thank Gov Babagana Zulum for his administration s commitment to education as well as the management of the State Scholarship Board for ensuring that no qualified student is left out We remain grateful and will not disappoint the government and people of Borno Wajiro said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Borno govt. releases N50m bursary to Ramat Poly students
    Education2 weeks ago

    Borno govt. releases N50m bursary to Ramat Poly students

    Borno Government has released N50 million for payment of bursary for some of the cleared 2,019 students of Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri.

    Executive Secretary of Borno State Scholarship Board, Mr Bala Isa, made this known on Monday while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri.

    Isa, who said that the bursary payment was with immediate effect, urged the students to reciprocate government’s gesture by taking their studies more seriously.

    Also speaking, Chairman of National Union of Borno State Students (NUBOSS), Mr Abubakar Wajiro, lauded government for sustaining the bursary payment and urged students to make maximum use of the opportunity provided for them to study.

    “On behalf of Borno students, I want to thank Gov. Babagana Zulum for his administration’s commitment to education as well as the management of the State Scholarship Board for ensuring that no qualified student is left out.

    “We remain grateful and will not disappoint the government and people of Borno,” Wajiro said.


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  •   Gov Babagana Zulum of Borno on Friday laid foundation for the construction of a Higher Islamic College in Kwaya Kusar Local Government Area This is contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media Baba Sheik Haruna and issued in Abuja on Saturday He said the college would comprise three blocks of 16 classrooms each as well as staff quarters During the event Zulum said the construction was in fulfillment of an earlier pledge he made to the people of the area in 2021 He said that on completion the institution would combine both Islamic and western education by admitting students with vast Qur anic knowledge from traditional Islamiya schools Such students would graduate with National Diplomas at the end of their studies which would qualify them for admission into universities and other tertiary schools for graduate programmes he said Earlier in his speech the Commissioner of Education Mr Lawan Wakilbe said that the college would have a total of 48 classrooms with a students capacity of 2 000 He added that there would be an administrative block two units of two bedroom flats as initial staff quarters and six washing facilities The governor s visit to Kwaya Kusar was an extension of his official tour to the headquarters of Southern Borno Senatorial District of Biu where he inaugurated various projects executed by his administration Some of the projects inaugurated were a mega secondary school for 1 500 students in Buratai with an approval for the employment of 20 additional teachers from the host community The governor also inaugurated a 60 classroom community school for higher Islamic studies which was built and donated by the state government in Biu town Zulum also inaugurated a zonal office for monitoring of government services projects and programmes The News Agency of Nigeria NAN recalls that Zulum had also distributed N100m grants to 1 000 unemployed youths He had also laid foundation for a N2 billion Vocational Training Centre with multiple workshops also in Biu among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zulum integrates Islamic/western education in one school
      Gov Babagana Zulum of Borno on Friday laid foundation for the construction of a Higher Islamic College in Kwaya Kusar Local Government Area This is contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media Baba Sheik Haruna and issued in Abuja on Saturday He said the college would comprise three blocks of 16 classrooms each as well as staff quarters During the event Zulum said the construction was in fulfillment of an earlier pledge he made to the people of the area in 2021 He said that on completion the institution would combine both Islamic and western education by admitting students with vast Qur anic knowledge from traditional Islamiya schools Such students would graduate with National Diplomas at the end of their studies which would qualify them for admission into universities and other tertiary schools for graduate programmes he said Earlier in his speech the Commissioner of Education Mr Lawan Wakilbe said that the college would have a total of 48 classrooms with a students capacity of 2 000 He added that there would be an administrative block two units of two bedroom flats as initial staff quarters and six washing facilities The governor s visit to Kwaya Kusar was an extension of his official tour to the headquarters of Southern Borno Senatorial District of Biu where he inaugurated various projects executed by his administration Some of the projects inaugurated were a mega secondary school for 1 500 students in Buratai with an approval for the employment of 20 additional teachers from the host community The governor also inaugurated a 60 classroom community school for higher Islamic studies which was built and donated by the state government in Biu town Zulum also inaugurated a zonal office for monitoring of government services projects and programmes The News Agency of Nigeria NAN recalls that Zulum had also distributed N100m grants to 1 000 unemployed youths He had also laid foundation for a N2 billion Vocational Training Centre with multiple workshops also in Biu among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zulum integrates Islamic/western education in one school
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    Zulum integrates Islamic/western education in one school

    – Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno on Friday laid foundation for the construction of a Higher Islamic College in Kwaya-Kusar Local Government Area.This is contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media, Baba-Sheik Haruna and issued in Abuja, on Saturday.

    He said the college would comprise three blocks of 16 classrooms each as well as staff quarters.

    During the event, Zulum said the construction was in fulfillment of an earlier pledge he made to the people of the area in 2021.He said that on completion, the institution would combine both Islamic and western education by admitting students with vast Qur’anic knowledge from traditional Islamiya schools.

    “Such students would graduate with National Diplomas at the end of their studies which would qualify them for admission into universities and other tertiary schools for graduate programmes,” he said.

    Earlier in his speech, the Commissioner of Education, Mr Lawan Wakilbe said that the college would have a total of 48 classrooms with a students’ capacity of 2,000.He added that there would be an administrative block, two units of two-bedroom flats as initial staff quarters and six washing facilities.

    The governor’s visit to Kwaya-Kusar was an extension of his official tour to the headquarters of Southern Borno Senatorial District of Biu where he inaugurated various projects executed by his administration.

    Some of the projects inaugurated were a mega secondary school for 1,500 students in Buratai with an approval for the employment of 20 additional teachers from the host community.

    The governor also inaugurated a 60-classroom community school for higher Islamic studies, which was built and donated by the state government in Biu town.

    Zulum also inaugurated a zonal office for monitoring of government services, projects and programmes.

    The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) recalls that Zulum had also distributed N100m grants to 1,000 unemployed youths.

    He had also laid foundation for a N2 billion Vocational Training Centre with multiple workshops also in Biu, among others.


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  •   Gov Babagana Zulum of Borno has inaugurated a multi million naira medical centre in Miringa Biu Local Government donated by Chevron Nigeria Ltd but abandoned since 2020 This is contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor Baba Sheik Haruna and issued in Abuja on Friday The governor s action followed a peaceful protest launched by the people of Miringa on the governor s convoy on Tuesday while on his way for a 3 day working visit to Biu LGA asking him to put the facility to use He said the governor who promised to act on the matter immediately directed the Commissioner of Health to mobilize health workers as well as make it fully operational The governor then formally inaugurated the facility for the second time after its virtual inauguration by Chevron in October 2020 Zulum also directed for the construction of staff quarters and perimeter fencing of the hospital for the comfort of the staff The medical centre was constructed and fully equipped by Chevron through a collaboration with Agbami Group The group collaboration also provided a 100 KVA generator a solar system and water facilities to the centre Zulum thanked the two bodies for bringing healthcare service closer to the people promising that the facility will be put to full operation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zulum inaugurates abandoned medical center in Biu
      Gov Babagana Zulum of Borno has inaugurated a multi million naira medical centre in Miringa Biu Local Government donated by Chevron Nigeria Ltd but abandoned since 2020 This is contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor Baba Sheik Haruna and issued in Abuja on Friday The governor s action followed a peaceful protest launched by the people of Miringa on the governor s convoy on Tuesday while on his way for a 3 day working visit to Biu LGA asking him to put the facility to use He said the governor who promised to act on the matter immediately directed the Commissioner of Health to mobilize health workers as well as make it fully operational The governor then formally inaugurated the facility for the second time after its virtual inauguration by Chevron in October 2020 Zulum also directed for the construction of staff quarters and perimeter fencing of the hospital for the comfort of the staff The medical centre was constructed and fully equipped by Chevron through a collaboration with Agbami Group The group collaboration also provided a 100 KVA generator a solar system and water facilities to the centre Zulum thanked the two bodies for bringing healthcare service closer to the people promising that the facility will be put to full operation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zulum inaugurates abandoned medical center in Biu
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    Zulum inaugurates abandoned medical center in Biu

    – Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has inaugurated a multi-million naira medical centre in Miringa, Biu Local Government donated by Chevron Nigeria Ltd, but abandoned since 2020.This is contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor, Baba-Sheik Haruna and issued in Abuja on Friday.

    The governor’s action followed a peaceful protest launched by the people of Miringa on the governor’s convoy on Tuesday while on his way for a 3-day working visit to Biu LGA asking him to put the facility to use.

    He said the governor who promised to act on the matter, immediately directed the Commissioner of Health to mobilize health workers as well as make it fully operational.

    The governor then formally inaugurated the facility for the second time after its virtual inauguration by Chevron in October 2020.Zulum also directed for the construction of staff quarters and perimeter fencing of the hospital for the comfort of the staff.

    The medical centre was constructed and fully equipped by Chevron through a collaboration with Agbami Group.

    The group collaboration also provided a 100 KVA generator, a solar system, and water facilities to the centre.

    Zulum thanked the two bodies for bringing healthcare service closer to the people promising that the facility will be put to full operation.


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  •  Gov Babagana Zulum of Borno said he had empowered 1 000 unemployed youths with N100 million in Biu This is contained in a statement signed and issued in Abuja by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media Baba Sheik Haruna on Friday He said the grant which ceremony was held at the Kadafur Cinema premises in Biu town was to be used as start up capital for micro and small scale businesses to stimulate the economy of the area The event was part of the governor s 3 day tour to the Borno South Senatorial headquarters to commission various projects executed by his administration While calling on the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the grant the governor said the government would continue to sustain efforts to reduce unemployment and to fight poverty by assisting the vulnerable among others He explained that poverty unemployment and lack of education played crucial roles in the emergence of Boko Haram in the state During the period Zulum commissioned a Mega Government Secondary School in Buratai with 1 500 students capacity inaugurated a higher Islamic School for 1 200 students in Biu and a Zonal Education Monitoring and Evaluation Department also in Biu Earlier the Commissioner for Youth Empowerment Sports Development and Poverty Alleviation Saina Buba said the 1 000 beneficiaries were selected from wards across Biu LGA He said the governor who had since 2019 launched various economic packages that offered cash support to small and medium scale entrepreneurs did not leave out the physically challenged and the aged NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zulum empowers 1,000 Biu youths with N100m
     Gov Babagana Zulum of Borno said he had empowered 1 000 unemployed youths with N100 million in Biu This is contained in a statement signed and issued in Abuja by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media Baba Sheik Haruna on Friday He said the grant which ceremony was held at the Kadafur Cinema premises in Biu town was to be used as start up capital for micro and small scale businesses to stimulate the economy of the area The event was part of the governor s 3 day tour to the Borno South Senatorial headquarters to commission various projects executed by his administration While calling on the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the grant the governor said the government would continue to sustain efforts to reduce unemployment and to fight poverty by assisting the vulnerable among others He explained that poverty unemployment and lack of education played crucial roles in the emergence of Boko Haram in the state During the period Zulum commissioned a Mega Government Secondary School in Buratai with 1 500 students capacity inaugurated a higher Islamic School for 1 200 students in Biu and a Zonal Education Monitoring and Evaluation Department also in Biu Earlier the Commissioner for Youth Empowerment Sports Development and Poverty Alleviation Saina Buba said the 1 000 beneficiaries were selected from wards across Biu LGA He said the governor who had since 2019 launched various economic packages that offered cash support to small and medium scale entrepreneurs did not leave out the physically challenged and the aged NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zulum empowers 1,000 Biu youths with N100m
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    Zulum empowers 1,000 Biu youths with N100m

    Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno said he had empowered 1,000 unemployed youths with N100 million in Biu.This is contained in a statement signed and issued in Abuja by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Baba-Sheik Haruna, on Friday.

    He said the grant, which ceremony was held at the Kadafur Cinema premises in Biu town, was to be used as start-up capital for micro and small scale businesses to stimulate the economy of the area.

    The event was part of the governor’s 3-day tour to the Borno South Senatorial headquarters to commission various projects executed by his administration.

    While calling on the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the grant, the governor said the government would continue to sustain efforts to reduce unemployment and to fight poverty by assisting the vulnerable, among others.

    He explained that poverty, unemployment and lack of education played crucial roles in the emergence of Boko Haram in the state.

    During the period, Zulum commissioned a Mega Government Secondary School in Buratai with 1,500 students capacity, inaugurated a higher Islamic School for 1,200 students in Biu and a Zonal Education Monitoring and Evaluation Department also in Biu.Earlier, the Commissioner for Youth Empowerment, Sports Development and Poverty Alleviation, Saina Buba said the 1,000 beneficiaries were selected from wards across Biu LGA.

    He said the governor, who had since 2019, launched various economic packages that offered cash support to small and medium scale entrepreneurs, did not leave out the physically challenged and the aged.


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