Air Force Establishes Cancer Center In Maiduguri

Air Force Establishes Cancer Center In MaiduguriThe Nigerian Air Force has established a cancer screening center at the 105 Composite Group in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The centre which is the first of its kind in the state was commissioned by the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), who urged residents to take advantage of the centre through regular visits for early diagnosis.

“Cancer is one of the greatest risks in today’s context, and the sooner people are able to detect this disease which can be tackled in the early stages of diagnosis, I think the better it’ll be for everybody.

“What we need to do now is to begin to make the entire people of Borno State and beyond understand the need for them to come and screen themselves,” he said.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, explained that the establishment of the centre was borne out of the desire to alleviate the health challenges of personnel and their families, as well as members of the host community.

“Cancer is responsible for every one in six deaths and also the second leading cause of deaths globally, killing 8.8 million people every year while another 14 million people come down with the disease every year,” he lamented.

The screening center has been stocked with hi-tech equipment for immediate commencement of operations, as the Air Force currently runs two full-fledged emergency hospitals at the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in Bama and Dalori.

The commissioning of the screening centre was also witnessed by the Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa, and other top government officials.

Ndume Advocates Improved Allocation For Northeast Intervention

Ali Ndume, Northeast Intervention, Budget AllocationThe Senate Committee Chairman on Finance, Ali Ndume, says the Federal Government’s 45 billion naira allocation in the 2017 budget for intervention in Nigeria’s Northeast is not adequate.

Senator Ndume, a member of the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative (PCNI), made the observation after the PCNI visited the Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa.

The group’s visit was to declare its donation of food items which were offloaded at the warehouse of the National Emergency Management Agency in Maiduguri.

“I want to use this opportunity to thank the international community; and I have said this even on the floor of the National Assembly that the contribution of the international community and its commitment to the humanitarian crisis we have in the northeast is more than that of the government.

“We are now calling on the government using this medium to at least take the lead or match what the international communities do,” Ndume said.

The senator noted further that foreign aid and commitment to the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have continued to dwarf government’s effort over the years.

“So far the humanitarian response plan under what we call UNOCHA is budgeting $1.05 billion for 2017 (and) if you turn that into Naira, it translates into over 300 billion Naira.

“As at December last year, $449 million was donated by the international community; that also represents about 130 billion Naira.

“Unfortunately last year, the Nigerian Government budgeted only 12 billion Naira. In this year’s budget, it budgeted only 45 billion Naira (and) that also is grossly inadequate.

“So we ask the Borno State government to join us and other members of the National Assembly that are crying out to the government and to the leadership of the National Assembly to increase the budget for the intervention in the northeast from a paltry 45 billion Naira to at least 108; that is our call.” Senator Ndume stated.

Mr Durkwa, on his part, thanked the PCNI for the food donations which he said would go a long way in complementing the feeding of the IDPs.

He, however, urged donors to consider providing building materials in subsequent interventions to speed up the resettling process of the displaced persons.

“We say we are grateful and we ask for more. Now that we are in the post-insurgency stage, it’s time to now carry out constructions and resettle our people back to their base.

“That means we expect more apart from the food security. We are still asking for building materials to complement the effort of the state government,” the deputy governor stated.

The Borno State government is presently carrying out rebuilding of homes destroyed by the Boko Haram terrorists in Bama, Gwoza, Konduga and Kaga local government area of the state.

Nigerian Navy Begins Full Counter-insurgency Operations In Lake Chad

Navy-boat-UgwuThe Nigerian Navy has commenced full operations on the Nigerian side of the general Lake Chad area to ensure it is totally liberated from Boko Haram.

Marine troops have been deployed to the area in line with presidential directives to give a boost to the war against insurgency in northeast Nigeria.

The Chief of Naval staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, announced the deployment during an interaction with commanders in the newly established area of Naval operations to appraise the situation on ground.

The Lake Chad area falls under Baga, a border local government in northern Borno State a notorious stronghold of the Boko Haram insurgents carrying out trans-border operations after sacking the fishing town of Baga.

Three years after a deadly massacre of an estimated 2,000 residents, Baga is still a ghost town, deserted by civilians and now home to the Multi-National joint Task Force fighters.

To fully free the area of terrorists, the Chief of Naval Staff said that the Nigerian Navy was joining forces with the ground and air troops.

He is hopeful that the collaboration will speed up the post conflict healing process in the area.

Government officials in Borno State are happy with the presidential directives, especially as Baga has the biggest fish market in the region and serves as an economic hub for the state.

Total liberation and revival of the area will pave way for a continuation of the suspended oil exploration around the lake Chad area.

Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa, expressed optimism that full restoration of peace in the area would improve economic activities and promote normal life.

The Naval Chief also held talks with the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole and other key stakeholders in Borno State.

They are brainstorming on how to achieve synergy and smooth running of the new operational base.

Army Rescues Bama Emir’s Wife From Boko Haram Insurgents

Army, Bama, Boko HaramThe Nigerian Army has rescued the abducted wife of the Emir of Bama, a town overran by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

The mother of five was forcefully snatched from her husband’s domain in September 2014 with two of her kids, a teenage boy and his baby sister.

General Officer Commanding, 7th Division, Major General Victor Ezugwu, handed over the rescued woman to the Emir, Kyari Umar Ibn Elkanemi, in a private family ceremony.

The Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa, and wife of Governor Kashim Shettima, Nana were also there to witness the presentation.

However, journalists were barred from covering proceedings at the family compound of the Emir along the old GRA in Maiduguri, where the monarch has been taking refuge ever since Bama was dislodged.

Family sources said that the rescued woman who is in her forties was rescued along Damboa road, following ongoing military operations in the area.

The rescued woman who returned with only one of the kids she was abducted with, reportedly told family members that her teenage son was gruesomely murdered by the insurgents.

It was a tearful reunion as the abductee reunited with her other kids and family members.

Borno State Government Rebuilds Dalori Village

Borno State - Dalori villageThe Borno State government has commenced rebuilding of 825 houses destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents in Dalori village late January.

The Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa, disclosed that a state government committee responsible for the rebuilding of Dalori, chaired by him, was already making progress on the development.

The terrorists in an evening attack in Dalori, killed at least 65 villagers who were mostly women and children, as well as set the whole village on fire as they retreated to their hideouts.

More than 10,000 people were displaced as an aftermath of the attack, even as the Borno State government committed 100 million Naira for the rebuilding of homes.

The Dalori District Head, Tijjani Lawan, said that the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) were dislodged from their hometowns across 20 local councils in the state, in a similar circumstances under which Dalori was attacked.

He added that the villagers opted to stay back in what was left of their town against the tradition of migrating to Maiduguri which is considered a safer ground.

One of the beneficiaries, Chiroma Modu, said they are happy with the turn of events, stressing that they are preparing to move on as the next farming season approaches.

“We thank God and we thank the government for giving us food and rebuilding our houses. We now have a place for our children and we are glad we did not have to migrate and be homeless,” she said.

Borno Government Holds Talks With Military Over Command Relocation

BornoThe spate of bombings in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital has not dampened the hope of residents that insurgency in the region would soon be history.

The government of Borno State, North-east Nigeria, has been holding talks with military authorities over the relocation of Army Command Center to the state.

According to Borno State Deputy Governor, Zannah Mustapha, plans had been concluded to receive and support the Command Center in its quest to flush out insurgents from the region, as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Suspected terrorists had killed Seven people and injured eight others in a bomb explosion late Wednesday night, at a military check-point in Maiduguri.

Mr Mustapha expressed that the renewed attack by the terrorists was in response to the Presidency’s pronouncement concerning the state.

He assured the people in the state of government’s resolve to collaborate with relevant agencies to end the carnage.