Scavenging Now An Alternative To Street Begging In Jigawa

An almajiri searching for valuables at a dump in Dutse, Jigawa

 

Hundreds of Almajiri in the Jigawa State capital, Dutse, have turned to scavenging in order to survive.

The Chairman of the Scrap Dealers Association in Dutse, Ibrahim Musa, said scavenging offered the young boys an alternative to begging for food in the street.

This, he explained, is because, with scavenging, they can earn between N200 and N300 which can help them survive the day without begging.

“I can say hundreds of almajiri are able to feed themselves as a result of this business. In fact, their teachers now come to us for discussion on when best should they let them out for scavenging,” Musa said.

“An almajiri that is able to earn up to N200 to N300, to him, it’s enough. That is because he can afford to buy food and detergent. And sometimes these boys earn up N400 and N500 a day”.

Musa Ahmad, whose parents sent him to Dutse as an Almajiri, explained his new routine.

“We sell the valuables we find in the dumps such as metal, aluminium, copper and others. Today, I was just able to find some metal that weighs 2.5kilos that I sold at N75. If I get the money, I buy detergent and food.”

For them, it is a full-time job. One has to start early in order to get more benefits out of the dumps as there are other competitors.

Ahmad’s earning for the day is N75, for the 2.5kilos of metal he was able to carry on his back. Although it was little, it was enough to put a smile on his face.

There are campaigns against manual scavenging and the participating of children in the process, the Almajiri in Dutse, considers it an alternative to begging and some sort of light at the end of the tunnel.

Clearance Operations Against Boko Haram Terrorists Heat Up

Troops-clear-Boko-HaramThe clearance operations of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists is gaining momentum in the various axis of the theatre especially in Seven Division area of responsibility, the military said on Saturday.

A spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said within the last 48 hours, the troops were able to clear Boko Haram camps, killed several of the terrorists, recovered vehicles, weapons, equipment and also rescued some persons.

The troops of 151 Task Force Battalion cleared terrorists hideouts in Izza and eight surrounding other villages while troops of 121 Task Force Battalion deployed at Pulka came under attack from suspected Boko Haram terrorists fanning out of Sambisa forest to escape sustained aerial bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force pilots.

The troops successfully repelled the attack, killing 17 suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

They also recovered 12 AK-47 rifles, six AK-47 rifle magazines, one General Purpose Machine Gun, one Browning Machine Gun, one Toyota Hilux vehicle, a 60mm mortar tube, six pieces of 60mm mortar bombs, one belt of 12.5mm ammunition and nine belts of 12.7mm (NATO) ammunition.

Others were three hand grenades and seven boxes of .50mm ammunition.

Troops of 114 Task Force Battalion while on patrol along Bitta-Pridang-Manawashe axis rescued 95 persons suspected to have escaped from Madube and Shuwari general area.

The rescued persons are being screened and profiled.

Also, troops of 115 Task Force Battalion accompanied by some members of the vigilante group in their area also conducted patrol to Dogwaba, Dutse, Mayolarde, Musa A, B and C villages without any contact with terrorists. They have, however, continued to dominate the area and make it secure.

Colonel Usman also said that troops of 117 Task Force Battalion also conducted another patrol around Mildo, Vapura, Mildo, Shelmi, Gubla, Dar and Hyambula settlements in

In the process, 27 persons, who escaped from Mayo Ali village, were also rescued. One of the female rescued persons gave birth to a baby boy few minutes after the rescue.

Both mother and child are being cared for at the unit’s Regimental Aid Post and are doing fine.

On their part, Seven Division Garrison in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force, arrested one Mallam Ashiru Zarami at Mainok, a suspected Boko Haram terrorists logistic officer at Mainok with food items.

The suspect has been handed over to the Joint Intelligence Processing Centre.

In a related development, another suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mallam Abubakar Kime voluntarily handed over himself to troops and Civilian JTF at Benisheikh, Borno State. On interrogation, he claimed to have escaped from Kalmari village close to Alagarno forest.

The troops of 81 Battalion also laid an ambush for Boko Haram terrorists at their crossing point from Sambisa forest near Komala and Musafanari villages.

Sensing danger, the approaching terrorists disembarked, abandoned their vehicles and fled into the bush leading back to Sambisa forest shortly before approaching the killing zone.

Nevertheless, the troops opened fire and wounded several of the terrorists.

The troops recovered the abandoned Toyota pickup vehicle and 28 Bags of groundnuts.

The Seven Division Strike Group also encountered an ambush by suspected Boko Haram terrorists on their way to Banki.

Colonel Usman said they successfully fought it out, killed four terrorists and recovered AK-47 rifles, two mobile telephone handsets and a Shilka shell loaded with explosives.

Gunmen Attack: Scores Killed In Jigawa

Gunmen localAt least four riot policemen and three conventional others were killed following an attack in Jigawa State, North West Nigeria. 

Eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the attackers numbering about 200 on motorbikes invaded Gwaram Local Government on Wednesday afternoon amidst gunshot.

“They attacked sharia court and a commercial bank around the area”, he said.

Using guns and improvised explosive devices, the hoodlums operated for at least two and a half hours at the time when the PDP governors were holding a meeting in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital.

Confirming the attack, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 1, Tambari Yabo, said that one security guard was also killed during the attack.

“So far, we have not made any arrest, but we were able to put a number of police officers in motion and we hope to arrest them.”

Meanwhile, those who were injured have been rushed to hospital for treatment.

Jonathan describes Boko Haram as uncivilised

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday described the fundamentalist group, Boko Haram and its sponsors as uncivilised insisting that it was primitive to terminate innocent lives through acts of terrorism.

From left: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur; President Goodluck Jonathan; the Emir OF Dutse, Nuhu SanusI and the Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, during the visit of the president to the emirate.

The president who spoke in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital as he ended a two day working visit to the state, he deplored the resort in taking innocent lives in the name of protesting any manner of grievance.

President Jonathan enjoined all Nigerians to condemn the acts of terrorism and assist relevant authorities to check the trend which he noted was inimical to the development of the country.

He commended the people of Jigawa state for maintaining peace even while their neighbouring states tend to be hotbeds of violence and terror.

The president praised the state governor, Sule Lamido, for his unique leadership qualities in transforming Jigawa within the five years he has been in office.

President Jonathan was also full of commendation for the governor for constructing an expansive state-of-the-art orientation camp for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The camp, which incorporates sporting facilities and accommodates 2,000 corps members, is named after former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, who initiated the scheme in 1973.

Commissioning the camp, which he described as the best in the country, the President said the cost, put at N784.6 billion, is a good testimony of judicious use of resources and support to the federal government.

He pledged the Federal government’s readiness to support the good initiatives and projects of the Jigawa state government towards improving the welfare of youth and encouraging the growth of sports in the country.

The president also formally laid the foundation stone for the Dutse Airport, declaring that with Nigeria’s growing population and economy and complexity of business interactions, every state would need a standard, even if not, international airport.

He said the Ministry of Aviation would step in to give every necessary support and assistance towards the completion of the airport.

The state governor said the airport project was quite personal and dear to his heart having understood the observations made by the president.

On other projects he had embarked upon or completed, Mr Lamido said he was doing them because of the urgent need to save Jigawa from its parlous condition of under-development since it was created 21 years ago.

He said he was copying President Jonathan’s transformation agenda and also ensuring that the efforts made by founding fathers of the nation were not left to waste.

HIV infected persons tie nuptial knots in Jigawa

In a bid to reduce the rising number of HIV infected persons in Jigawa state, the state Action Committee on Aids have joined 30 persons in holy matrimony under the matchmaking scheme it initiated.

Executive Secretary of the Jigawa Action Committee on Aids, Dr. Bashir Ahmad, confirmed the marriages in Dutse the state capital.

The agency has so far collaborated with the Central Bank of Nigeria to train HIV positive women on self-sustaining ventures. Ahmad said.

“The agency is encouraging marriages between the HIV positive persons to control transmission of the disease.

“We are also providing skills acquisition training and resettlement packages to beneficiaries of the training programme.”

The Executive Secretary also blamed stigmatization as one of the transmission agents amongst the rural dwellers in the state, saying it has risen to 2.8 per cent.

 

98 pupils escape death as fire takes down school hostel in Jigawa

98 pupils of Dutse Model International School, Jigawa State narrowly escaped death when a fire outbreak razed one of the hostels in the school on Tuesday night.
The Principal of the school, Zainab Usman, told journalists in Dutse on Wednesday that the pupils narrowly escaped the fire as they were observing their prayers in the mosque when the fire razed their hostels.
Mrs. Zainab said apart from razing a block of five rooms, the fire also destroyed all the property of the 98 pupils, who lived in the rooms.
The Principal also said that the cause of the inferno is yet to be ascertained adding that it could have resulted from an electrical fault. She further said a committee to evaluate the extent of the damage done to the school by the fire, has been set up by the ministry of education.
“We thank God that no student lost his life or sustained injury because they were all in the mosque,” she concluded.