Borno Budgets 155 Billion Naira For 2016

BornoGovernor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has presented the 2016 appropriation bill before state legislators amounting to N155,7,345,180.

The bill is tagged “Budget of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement” in line with the reconstruction programme the state government has embarked upon.

This budget is less than the 2015 budget that stood at N175,968,75,525:59 with a supplementary budget of N36,798,322,482.

The deficit, according to Governor Shettima, was due to the unstable global oil price and security challenges in the state.

The Governor gave the assurance that the return of Internally Displaced Persons to their homes would be government’s priority in 2016.

The Speaker of the Borno State House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan, extolled the courage of the Governor in the face of the challenges of insurgency, saying the House identifies with the rebuilding project.

Osinbajo Advocates Joint Efforts In Tackling Insurgency

Osinbajo Advocates Cooperation In Tackling InsurgencyThe Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has emphasised the need for joint efforts among humanitarian agencies tackling the Boko Haram insurgency.

At a two-day event powered by the Presidential Initiative on Northeast Nigeria as well as the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) held in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, VP Osinbajo talked about the challenges of rebuilding the disturbed region.

The meeting, which had the Governors of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states as well as Deputy Governors of Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states in attendance, was organised to develop and adopt a plan as well as national response to issues surrounding insurgency in the Northeast.

It was also aimed to foster coordination among humanitarian agencies with a view to ensuring comprehensive and efficient coverage.

The Vice President, however, expressed the Federal government’s commitment to meaningful partnerships that would bring lasting solutions to the insurgency and its attendant effects.

The Director General of NEMA, Sani Sidi, noted that the population of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria is ranked third highest in the world, hence recent efforts to resettle IDPs in their original homes.

A representative of the World Health Organization in Nigeria (WHO), Rati Ndlovu, stressed the agency’s satisfaction with local efforts in cushioning the post insurgency effects.

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, also expressed optimism that the Nigerian troops are winning the war against the insurgents.

Al-makura Distributes Mobile Clinic To Communities In Nasarawa

Nasarawa IDPs: Al-makura Donates Mobile Clinic To CommunitiesThe Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-makura, has deployed some Mobile Clinics to some communities, in addition to the relief materials distributed to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

The distribution of relief materials to the displaced persons has been commended but some IDPs are asking the government to also take responsibility in ensuring that the items get to them.

An IDP Returnee, Abdul Akuh, revealed that the distribution was being sabotaged by some individuals in Tudun Adabu community, accusing one Saleh Moo of diverting the relief materials.

In another development, IDPs from the 2014 communal crisis in Nasarawa State located in Nigeria’s North-central region, have been returning to their lost homes since the February resettlement exercise by the State government, amidst many challenges.

The foremost challenge faced by some of the IDPs was insecurity and lack of basic needs such as accommodation, educational and health facilities.

A resident of Ugah community, Usman Aliyu and Ari Ibrahim, pointed out that there was no functional Police Station, raising concern of impending threat to civil peace, as they go about rebuilding their homes.

An IDP Returnee in Assakio community, Ishagyi Erah, also narrated that life had not be easy for most of them, as they find it difficult to get back on their feet after their homes and many years of labour were all lost to the crisis.

Assuring residents of optimum security, Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Musa Mohammed, said the police would keep patrolling the area until peace returned, after which police post in the areas would be restored.

Durumi Camp: IDPs Accuse Government Of Abandonement

idpsDisplaced persons at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in the Durumi area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, say they have been abandoned by the government.

According to them, the government has not lived up to its responsibility of taking care of their welfare.

They said agencies of government had been making life more difficult for them, raiding and extorting them, while threatening to evict them from where they had taken refuge.

The IDPs appealed to the government to liberate the communities and make them safe enough for them to return home to rebuild what was left of their lives .

One of the displaced persons, Ester Tanko, narrated her ordeals, explaining how she managed a one room shelter with her husband and six children.

They want the government to do more, to end the insurgency and make their villages safe enough to return home .

Medical Health Workers Visit IDP Camp In Edo

idp by the Boko haram sectGood spirited Nigerians have been visiting the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp run by the International Christian Centre for Missions in Uhogua, Edo State, to show their love and solidarity with the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east who are taking refuge at the camp.

The latest of these visits is by the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, led by its National President, Mr Joel Josiah, who on behalf of the union donated food items and cash sums to the displaced persons and also called on other well meaning Nigerians to follow suit.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), had recently signed an agreement with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, in order to reduce the hardship facing the IDPs and protect their fundamental rights.

Also, the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign group has urged the government to render more help to the displaced persons.

There are 27 IDPs camps in the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) alone, housing over 16,000 displaced persons and some others in the north-eastern part of the oil-rich nation.

The increasing number was triggered by the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group in the north-east region.

The group has carried out series of attacks on communities in the north-east, forcing people to flee their homes for safety.

IDPs Call For President Buhari’s Help To Return Home

IDPHundreds of people at the Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, have called for fresh action by the new administration on the terrorist group, Boko Haram to enable them return home.

Many of them, who have found refuge at the camp for close to six years, complained of lack of attention by the government, save for the charity or religious groups who donate clothing and food items from time to time.

Surrounded by a thick forest, the IDP camp is complete with everything from utility store, to market and recreation centres.

Most of the camp’s residents have been there for more than six years since their villages came under attack by the Boko Haram sect, while others from surrounding towns have lived here for close to ten years.

Thousands of children reside in the camp with limited educational opportunities, lack of basic amenities and common health challenges.

A Businessman in the camp, Andrew Davies, expressed that with a new administration in place, all they want is visible change that would enable them return to their normal lives.

Another resident, Ladi Isaac, told Channels TV that she heard the news of the hand-over over the radio and hoped that it would bring greater progress in the battle against the terrorists.

It has been a particularly bitter experience for 34 year old John Peter, who had his mother and sisters abducted by Boko Haram. He also expressed hope that President Buhari’s administration would help bring them home.

The extent of the camp for several years is largely unchanged but the population has grown and the residents wait in anticipation to see what the change in government would translate to in their lives.


Borno Government Seeks Support For IDPs

idps in borno stateThe Borno State Government is seeking the support of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to increase it’s assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

The Deputy Governor of Borno State, Mr Zanna Mustapha, who spoke at a meeting in Abuja, said the appeal has become imperative, following the increasing number of IDPs in the state and the near insufficient fund to cater for their needs.

Meanwhile, the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr ‎Mohammed Sidi, has promised to look into the issue to provide succor to those affected by the insurgency in the state.

The Borno State Government had earlier established 21 IDP camps for the repatriated indigenes, who were among the over 6,000 deported from Niger Republic after the attack on two of the country’s islands by the Boko Haram sect

Borno State Government Distributes Houses To IDPs

borno houseThe Borno State government has allocated 432 apartments to victims of insurgency in Ngarnam community of Borno State.

The affected residents had their houses destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents.

A committee appointed by the state government said that the estate known as the Yerwa Peace Estate was constructed at the cost of about 700 million Naira.

The beneficiaries were also screened by officials of the state before the apartments were allocated to them at no cost to them.

One of the beneficiaries, Mohammed Umar said he was eager to get a decent home.

Meanwhile, the state government has promised to continue to do more for the people to enable the displaced people return to their normal life.

INEC Reassures Stakeholders in Damaturu Of Its Readiness

inecThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has organised a stakeholders meeting in Damaturu, Yobe State capital, reassuring them of its readiness to hold hitch free elections.

Presided over by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Habu Zarma, the meeting had in attendance representatives of various political parties, security formations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and the media.

The meeting appraised the level of preparedness, ranging from the collection of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to the allocation of polling stations for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) among other issues that will enhance peaceful conduct of the election.

Addressing the gathering, the REC said the PVC collection had reached 91 per cent, stressing that efforts were in progress to ensure that all the IDPs were conveyed to their various polling stations.

Mr Zarma said the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp in Fika and two secondary schools in Damaturu had been reserved for Gulani and Gujba IDPs, expressing sadness that initial plans did not make preparations for IDPs.

The REC stated that there were few cases of the IDPs in Bursari, Gaidam and Yunusari, but expressed happiness that security agencies had reported the return of peace in the areas and hope for smooth conduct of the exercise.

Zarma also said the PVCs of some registered voters in the state were yet to be printed. he explained that the National Headquarters had called for the collection of some printed PVCs, saying the electoral officers of the affected areas are on standby to immediately distribute the said PVCS as soon as they arrived the state.

Speaking on the use of the card reader for the voter accreditation, the REC said only voters identified would be allowed to exercise their franchise, saying; “there are enough card reader with back up of three per each electoral wards”.

The REC called on the stakeholders and people across the state to ensure orderliness that will would way for free, fair, peaceful and credible exercise.

Gov. Al-Makura Solicits Peace In Obi LGA Of Nasarawa

al-makuraGovernor Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa state has urged various tribes affected in previous crisis, returning homes ahead of the general elections to live peacefully among themselves.

Governor Al-makura made the call at the facilitation movement of Internally Displaced Persons, urging those going back to their homes in Obi Local Government Area to co-exist without resorting to violence.

The resettlement of the people of Daddare, Tudun Adabu and Obi is part of the governor’s tour of the state to address social issues ahead of the elections.

Governor Al-makura and his All Progressives Campaign campaign team arrived Obi and Daddare towns to commence the resettlement exercise that will facilitate the return of its inhabitants.

The governor, who also presented staff of office to the traditional ruler of the towns, urged the various tribes to co-exist peacefully upon their return, as government has procured relief items to help rebuild their homes and allow for an improved standard of living.

Mr Al-makura listed projects executed by his administration in the area, asking them to give him another chance to do more for the people.

During the rally, people in Awe local government assured the governor that he would get their total support and turn out in the forth coming elections.

The postponement of the elections by six weeks would allow political parties to put finishing touches to their preparation for the election, allowing them to do more campaign and reach out to the rural areas  to canvass for votes from the people.

Buhari Youth Org. In Yobe Warns Against Further Shift In Election Date

buhariThe Buhari Youth Organisation, Yobe State chapter, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to allow the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to discredit its prestige as it plans for a successful election in March 2015.

Addressing newsmen in Damaturu the Yobe State capital, the State Chairman of the organisation, Bashir Bukar Ba’ale, said that the organisation accepts, in good faith, the postponement of the February 2015 elections but warned that there shouldn’t be any further shift in the date of the election as such would not auger well for the nation’s democracy.

The Chairman said, “Evidence given for the shift in the date of the election are not sufficient but since INEC acted within the ambit of law, we have accepted the postponement in good fate but any further postponement is an insurgency to democracy.”

On the issue of insecurity and elections in Yobe State, the Chairman recalled that despite the security challenges bedevilling the state and the north-east region of the country, the Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) conducted a successful Local Government Election in 2013.

On the back of this, he said that INEC should not hide under the canopy of insecurity to thwart the smooth democracy the country has enjoyed over the years.

The organisation also expressed confidence in the capability of the country’s security agencies and urged them not to allow the PDP-led government to discredit them in the democratisation process of the country.

The leader of the Buhari supporters also revealed that the distribution of the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) in the state has recorded 80% success, pointing out that even the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have collected their PVCs.

While rejecting any attempt for an interim government, the organisation, according to him, supports the use of the card reader during the forthcoming election, saying it would greatly reduce fraud and other electoral malpractices the country had passed through in the past.

Adamawa Gov. Urges FG, Human Rights Groups To End Insurgency

AdamawaThe Adamawa State Governor, Bala James Ngilari, has appealed to the Federal Government and Human Right groups to find ways of actualizing the ceasefire agreement initiated between the Federal Government and the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

The Governor’s appeal is contained in a statement issued by his Director of Press Affairs, Mr Phineas Elisha, and made available to newsmen in Yola the Adamawa State capital.

The statement condemned the actions of mischief makers for trying to frustrate the efforts of the Federal Government to end the insurgency. It also called on Human Rights Activists to impress on the Federal Government to pursue the agreement to its logical conclusion.

“We call on the Federal Government, while appreciating its efforts so far, to increase its assistance to IDPs in the state and we equally call on international donor agencies as well as wealthy Nigerians to come to the aid of the IDPs,” the statement said.

The Governor also reiterated his commitment to continue with the supply of three square meals on a daily basis to the over 5,000 internally displaced persons in the state.

The statement added that apart from the meals, government would ensure the supply of constant water and healthcare facilities with the aim of improving the lives of the IDPs in the state.

“This administration would also ensure that the makeshift classes for primary and secondary school pupils in the camp introduced by this administration is sustained alongside the provision of sporting facilities and skills acquisition programme to interested IDPs,” the statement concluded.