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Borno State: Zulum Shares Building Materials, Cash To Families of 25 Villages In Jere LG

Gov. Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State, shares building materials, cash to families of 25 villages in Jere.

Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Saturday supervised the distribution of building materials and cash to 1,111 families who will reconstruct their homes across 25 villages in Jere local government area.

The distribution is one of government resettlement policies even though the government at many instances, builds and reconstruct thousands of homes on major projects.

Each of the 1,111 families empowered for resettlements, has at least six members.

They will be returning to safe communities they lived before they were displaced years ago.

At a brief ceremony which took place in Yawuri each family, called a household, received building materials and cash to renovate their houses and pick up the pieces of their lives.

Zulum assured the communities of Government’s continued assistance in ways that will boost access to livelihoods in irrigation agriculture taking advantage of potentials in the shores of Lake Alau.

The governor also promised to construct a new school and a hospital for the families.

The returning communities had been taking refuge in parts of Jere Local Government and Maiduguri Metropolitan for over 3 years.

Commissioner for Reconstruction, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Engr. Mustapha Gubio informed the Governor that only displaced persons who indicated interest to to return were listed for the self-reconstruction empowerment.

Meanwhile, Governor Zulum was at Dalwa, a community in Konduga Local Government Area where the ministry for reconstruction already mobilised to site for construction of 500 houses.

Gov Zulum Saddened by The Death of 11 Backup Security As He Enters Baga, But Salutes Their Sacrifice

Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum is saddened by the killing of 11 security personnel made up of eight policemen and three civilian JTF members ambushed on their way to Baga as security backup in reconstruction efforts.

The governor was in Baga from Thursday to Friday in part to supervise efforts to return residents as part of strategies that aim to cut Boko Haram’s long use of the commercial town as main transit for undertaking major fishing trade and tax administration from which the insurgents fund their murderous activities. Baga, Borno’s largest fishing community in the shores of the Lake Chad with water ways to neighboring countries is considered strategic to Boko Haram’s operation.

Zulum’s spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, in a statement issued Saturday, said two convoys, one belonging to the Governor and another for a committee on Baga reconstruction had safely plied the Maiduguri-Baga route previous days before the third convoy of security men was ambushed on Friday morning even after precautionary steps had been taken to ensure safe trips.

“Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is saddened by this unfortunate carnage. He shares the grief of families of these 11 priceless heroes to whom Borno shall remain grateful. The governor prays for the repose of their souls and urges all stakeholders to remain committed to ongoing peace building efforts. Zulum is of the opinion that we must continue to keep hope alive even in the face of tribulations, and believe that with sustained efforts and prayers, Borno will eventually regain peace. The situation facing us is a tough one but we must choose between doing something which gives us some hope and doing nothing which will leave us more vulnerable to Boko Haram’s ultimate wish to takeover Borno and bring it under their sovereign brutal administration” the statement said.

Zulum attends Baga’s first juma’at prayers in nearly two years

Meanwhile, Governor Zulum while in Baga attended juma’at prayers held for the first time in nearly two years.

Baga town was displaced by the Boko Haram insurgents 21 months ago, with most of the residents taking refuge in Monguno and Maiduguri.

In the Governor’s convoy were the Senator representing Northern Borno, Abubakar Kyari, house of reps members representing Marte, Monguno, Nganzai, Mohammed Tahir Monguno and that of Mobbar, Kukawa, Guzamala, Abadam federal constituencies, Bukar Gana Kareto. Speaker of Borno State House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan, Chairman of Baga resettlement committee and the Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Kaka Shehu Lawan were on the trip and some top government officials.

While taking tour of the construction work going on in Baga, Governor Zulum commended the resettlement committee for the quality and speed of work.

Zulum had on August 31, 2020 inaugurated a resstlmeent committee, which was mandated to commence immediate reconstruction and rehabilitation work in Baga.

President Buhari Assures Multi National Joint Task Force of Continued Support

Despite being at what he calls “the low ebb of resources caused by COVID-19 and fallen oil prices,” Nigeria will continue to provide support for the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) based in N’djamena, Chad Republic, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured.

The President spoke Friday at State House, Abuja, while receiving Ambassador Mamman Nuhu , Executive Secretary, Lake Chad Basin Commission and Head of Mission, MNJTF.

President Buhari said despite paucity of resources, security of Nigeria and that of her neighbours must have pride of place, “so I will consult with all the relevant officials, and we will do our best.”

Ambassador Nuhu gave the President updates on the proposed recharge of Lake Chad, which he said was one of the priorities of Lake Chad Basin Commission, “and for which you have great passion,” informing that the governments of China and Italy were of great support, and positive action should commence soon.

He also commended countries which have contributed troops to MNJTF, adding, however, that kinetic military approach alone would not eradicate insurgency, and emphasis must also be placed on the root causes, particularly poverty.

As stated by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity. Today August 28, 2020.

Borno Receives 94 Boko Haram Escapees From Cameroon

Gen K. S Lawan leads delegation of the officials of the Borno State Government to Cameroon, to facilitate the return of Nigerian Citizens.

Troops of the Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) on Tuesday received 106 civilians who escaped from the Boko Haram terrorists and surrendered. 94 of the escapees were Nigerians, who were handed over to a delegation of Borno government at a remote location in the republic of Cameroon.

Of the 94 Nigerians, there were 37 adult males, 17 adult females and 40 children.

The 106 escapees included Cameroonians and Chadian. Handing them over to Borno Government, Commander of the MNJTF, Maj. Gen Ibrahim Yusuf, said some of the persons of interest voluntarily surrendered to the Headquarters Sector 1 of the MNJTF in far North Cameroon, while the women and children were rescued.

Yusuf said while the military welcomed non-kinetic approach to the War, it warned that operations would continue, adding that it will investigate some of the surrendered persons to ascertain their relationship with the terrorists.

This is a strong indication of success, because, in counter insurgency operations success is measured not just by the number of insurgents that we kill, but as well the number of those that are surrendering, as well as a reduction in their recruitment base. So, obviously this is a success indicator.

“It is because of the Multi National nature of the operations involving Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, that by the concept of our operations, we operate seamlessly and that is why whether they surrender in Nigeria or they surrender in Cameroon, or Niger, it is the same thing for us.

“It is one cohesive force, but the onus now is on us, and we have the guidelines and since they are Nigerians, we have to transfer them to the Nigerian government and the one person from Chad, we have to arrange to get him to Chad, so it is part of our mandate,” Maj. Gen Yusuf said.

In his remarks, Borno’s Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Kaka Shehu Lawan, who led six man delegation, including Commissioners of Women Affairs and Religious Affairs and special advisers, said the state government was going to profile, debrief, deradicalize and reintegrate the escapees.

He said those profiled as ex fighters would be sent to Nigerian military’s “Operation Safe Corridor,” while the rescued women will undergo stages of counseling before they are debriefed.

“We received a report that a number of our citizens are here, surrendered to the MNJTF, and we also have others that are not members of the Boko Haram sect, but pursuant to the clearance operation, they were rescued following the liberation of villages they were held captive.

”So we are here to see for ourselves, to ascertain how many of them are truly indigenes of Borno, how many are fighters? How many are not fighters? How many women and children. Secondly, having identified the number of fighters and non-fighters, women and children, we’ll plan for evacuation of those that are innocent, those rescued as a result of clearance operation immediately to Maiduguri, with a view to reintegrating them because, they are innocent.

“And the ones that are fighters, we’ll liase with “operation safe corridor,” and transfer them there with a view to deradicalizing them,” Lawan said.

Borno State: Despite Baga Attack, Zulum Delivers Food Aide to 80,000 IDPs In Monguno

Despite an atttack on his entourage in Baga, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum continued his humanitarian activities in Monguno, where he delivered food aid to over 80,000 internally displaced persons.

The Governor arrived Monguno on Monday for a humanitarian tour of northern part of the state, he supervised the distribution of relief items to IDPs from Marte, Guzamala, Kukawa, Nganzai and Monguno.

Thousands of bags of food grains and cooking oil was distributed to the IDPs and the vulnerable households in the host communities.

Male households received bags of grain, and cooking oil, while females received cash amount of 5,000 naira each.

Meanwhile, Governor Zulum’s resilience was commended by the sector 3 Commander of operation lafiya Dole, Brigadier General I. Garba.

The commendation was made when Zulum paid a visit to the soldiers, and officers of the Nigerian military at the Nasara Barracks, Monguno.

Before leaving Monguno to Maiduguri, Prof. Zulum inspected various ongoing projects, which includes High Islamic Secondary School project, 1000 housing unit project and a Mega Primary School.

While at the 1000 housing and the High Islamic School project sites, Zulum charged the contractor to maintain quality of their work.

“I have seen your job in Uyo, I have seen that of Mbala. By and large the work here is poor. We need to call your attention to stick to the quality. What matters are not the mere construction, but to deliver a quality building.”

Gov. Zulum Extols Igbo Spare-parts Traders, Promises Financial Support

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum extolled automobile spare-parts traders, mostly Igbos, for their courage in not running away from Borno state and remaining in business despite the boko haram challenges since 2009.

The Governor gave the commendation on Tuesday, when he visited ‘Bola’ Maiduguri’s most popular market for automobile parts.

Zulum had recently constructed roads in the market to end difficulties faced by the traders and their customers.

The Governor, trekked for 30 minutes through the market, assured the Igbo traders that his administration would soon come up with package to boost their business in the state.

“For the last one decade you have remained firm, and you have been with us all the time. Even, during the peak of the insurgency, even when our people are leaving the state. You people have been selling spare parts here, the Igbo communities that are doing there business here are our brothers. Therefore, very soon Government of Borno State will provide financial assistance to you” Zulum said.

He charged the traders and other to maintain good hygiene of their environment.

The Governor continued his trek to the state pensions’ office where he inspected ongoing renovation work.

He directed the permanent Secretary in charge pension to relocate after the work is completed to enable pensioners have easy access to the authorities.

Governor Zulum then moved to inspect progress of work at a 50-bed maternity hospital at Abbaganaram community, also in Maiduguri.

Zulum also traversed through the state capital interacting with residents with a view to finding solutions to their problems.

Responding to a community request, the Governor ordered the remodeling of a traditional Islamic School in Kofa Biyu.

Before ending his community interactions, Zulum attended to different groups of physically challenged persons at locations he visited within the capital.

Security: Boko Haram Attacks United Nations Helicopter And Kills Two Persons

Report from North Nigeria, shows that the Boko Haram terrorists killed two civilians including a five-year-old child were and damaged an aid helicopter, as disclosed by the United Nations on Saturday.

Daily Watch Press also learnt that the attack was carried out inside the town of Damasak on Thursday by Boko Haram militia as part of the ongoing decade-long insurgency in the North East.

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon said both the fatalities and several others who were injured in the attack were on ground,

“A UN Humanitarian Air Service helicopter was hit by bullets during the attack. No aid worker were on board at the time and crew members are all safe,” Kallon said in a statement.

A UN communication seen by AFP said the aircraft was shot as it approached Damasak and the pilots managed to fly back to regional capital Maiduguri 150 kilometres (90 miles) away.

The memo said the United Nations is suspending rotational flights for one week “to engage with government partners and conduct new risk assessments”.

Helicopters provide a vital link carrying humanitarian personnel and delivering aid to an estimated 7.8 Million people in urgent need of assistance across northeast Nigeria.

The 10-year jihadist conflict has killed 36,000 people and forced some 2 million from their home in the region.

Key roads remain too dangerous to travel despite the Nigerian military repeatedly insisting it has largely defeated the insurgents.

The UN has complained of an increase in attacks targeting aid workers in the northeast of the country.

The area around Damasak on the border with Niger is dominated by the Islamic State West Africa Province, which broke away from jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016.

GOV. Zulum at refugees commission over repatriation of Nigerians In Chad, Niger, Cameroon

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum visits at the National Refugees Commission over repatriation of Nigerians from Chad, Niger, Cameroon.

Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum was at the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), in Abuja, over repatriation of Borno citizens taking refuge in Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

Zulum, accompanied by the Chief Whip at the House of Representatives, Mohammed Monguno and Special Adviser and Coordinator, Sustainable Development, Partnerships and Humanitarian Support, Dr. Mairo Mandara, held discussions with Sen. Basheer Garba Mohammed who is Federal Commissioner for NCFRMI.

The meeting took place at the Federal Secretariat.

The Commission has the mandate to coordinate repatriation and thus, the Governor sought collaborative support in order to bring back citizens who are willing to return to Borno for permanent resettlement.

SECURITY: OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE LAND, AIR COMPONENTS INFLICTS HEAVY CASUALTY ON BOKO HARAM IN BORNO

The Operation Lafiya Dole Land And Air Components Repel Attack And Inflicted Heavy Casualties On Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists In Monguno, Borno State, Nigeria.

Major General John Enenche, the Coordinator,
Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, in a press conference today 14th June, 2020, while briefing news men said:

“The Ground troops of Sector 3 and Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE successfully repelled attack on Monguno town and inflicted heavy casualties on Boko Haram /Islamic State of West Africa terrorists who attempted to breach Munguno Town in Borno State on Saturday, 13 June 2020.

During the combined brave Sector 3 counter attack and precise ISR and munitions delivery by the Air Task Force, 20 Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters were neutralized and 4 of their gun trucks destroyed. The troops also captured some of the terrorists and their equipment.”

“The High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria commends the Land component and Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE for the dexterity and professionalism exhibited during this operation. The troops are further encouraged to remain resolute and decisive in their ground and air offensives in the theatre.” The General concluded.

GOV. ZULUM: June 12, The Absence of governance At LOCAL GOVT Areas not acceptable

Gov. Zulum: June 12, The Absence of governance At Local Gov’t Areas not acceptable – Daily Watch Press

Fellow compatriots

Today June 12 is ‘Democracy Day’.

A day set aside by the Federal government symbolizing the turning point of the political struggle that entrenched democratic political governance in Nigeria after a long period of military rule. While we were reflecting on the dividends of the democratic political dispensation, the enemies of democracy were hatching evil machination to create havoc and horror amongst our peace loving communities in the state. The gruesome murder of over 50 innocent villagers in Gubio by the insurgents is quite barbaric, inhuman and retrogressive. These unwholesome acts by the insurgents will not deter us from our commitment to fight to finish all acts of terrorism in the state. We pray for all the souls of the departed and for the Almighty to give the families the fortitude to bear the loss of their loved ones.

Nigerians embraced democracy because it is a political system that preserves and promotes the dignity and fundamental rights of the individual. It fosters economic and social development and strengthens the societal cohesion and enhances national tranquillity. This is because democracy is founded on the primacy of the law and the exercise of human rights. In a democracy, no one is above the law and all are equal before the law. This shows the nexus between peace, development, respect for and observance of the rule of law and human rights. In battling to strengthen our nascent democracy challenges there must be. However, as we contend with such issues like that of security, we must put hope in the place of despair, bravery in place of cowardice, hard work in the place of indolence if we want to strengthen our democracy.

There is no gainsaying the fact that we have seen the dividends of democracy. We have made giant strides in major sectors- beefing up the security infrastructure, reconstruction and rehabilitation of destroyed schools, health and public facilities and provision of basic social amenities such water, electricity and roads. As we begin to celebrate our one year of governance, we will make vivid the achievements recorded so far.

Fellow compatriots, democracy is founded on the right of everyone to take part in the management of public affairs. It therefore requires the existence of representative institutions at all levels- the national, state and local government levels. Democratic institutions and processes must also foster decentralised local, State and national government and administration, which is a right and a necessity, and which makes it possible to broaden the base of public participation. The lack of formidable governance at the Local level is a matter of serious concern. I have personally gone round and found that civil authority at the level of the local Government is either completely absent or very weak. This does not augur well for democracy and development. Moreover, all our plans for resettlement of displaced communities will be hampered as a result of this unfortunate development.

This administration will not accept such a disposition and has taken measures to address such lapses squarely. We must build the institutional capacity of the local government areas to fast track grass-roots development and bring government closer to the people. This administration will ensure proper devolution of powers to the local government councils to be able to provide appropriate services and carry out development activities responsive to local wishes and to encourage participatory democracy at the local government level. This administration will ensure all Local Government Councils are headed by elected Chairmen and councils to engender democratic governance at that level.

Fellow Compatriots, we have of recent been battling with the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic and took the entire comity of nations unawares. The fight against the global pandemic made open the inadequate health capacity of all nations. The complete lockdown strategy devastated the entire world economy. As oil dependent nation, Nigeria’s economy suffered greatly. This invariably affected our allocation from the federation accounts with negative impact on development. During the tiring period, we mobilize resources and support to provide for the palliatives to cushion the effects of the lockdown.

We sincerely appreciate the understanding and resilience of our good people as we gradually navigate out of both the security and COVID-19 challenges before us. Let us pray assiduously to the Almighty for the protection and safeguard against all anti-democratic forces threatening the peace and security of our state and nation.

I wish us all a happy DEMOCRACY DAY.
Thank you.

Being a text of statewide address by Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, Governor of Borno State to commemorate the Democracy Day 2020.