Borno Medical Doctors Issue 21-Day Ultimatum To Embark On Indefinite Strike

The Medical Doctors in the employment of Borno Government through the chairman of the association, Dr Bukar Abbagana, on Monday issued a 21-day ultimatum to embark on an indefinite strike over nonpayment of allowances by the government.

Abbagana said at a press conference in Maiduguri that the association unanimously resolved to embark on industrial action following the failure of the state government to settle the backlog of unpaid allowances.

He explained that the government owed over N300 million arrears of skipping allowances to 150 doctors in the past four years.

The chairman recalled that the association had not joined the nationwide strike over the issue based on humanitarian gesture and security challenges in the state.

“Doctors out of loyalty and empathy for the people refused to down tools with the belief that the state government will extend the similar gesture to them.

“Four years down the line, there was no single acknowledgement for the correspondences to the government, and all avenues for dialogue were exhausted,” he said.

He stressed that the association issued a 21-day ultimatum between January 8 and February 5, to enable the state government to meet their demands.

Abbagana disclosed that the association had registered members in secondary and primary health facilities in the state.

He noted that the association was mindful of the grave consequences such industrial disharmony on the people, and called on individuals and organisations to prevail on the government to avert the strike.

 

Borno Govt. Says IDP’s To Return In 2018

The Deputy Gov. of Borno, Usman Durkwa has said that some calculated arrangement is being put in place to ensure that the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state return to their communities before the first quarter of 2018.

The deputy govt. in Maiduguri on Sunday said that there were still a handful of camps within the state hosting the IDPs, but that expectation was that IDPs would be returned to their communities early next year.

According to him, with the coming of the North East Development Commission, things will hasten the realization of government expectation of returning of the IDPs.

Durkwa added that the commission would seriously complement the efforts of the state government.

He also said the commission would, among other things, coordinate projects and programmes within the Master Plan for the rehabilitation, resettlement, reconciliation, reconstruction and sustainable development of the North-East Zone.

According to him the functions of the commission also include infrastructure, human and social services.
Durkwa commended the Federal Government in ensuring improvement in the living standard of the IDPs.

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Friday handed over 33,114 (50kg) bags of rice and other relief materials to assist IDPs in Borno.

The gesture is a part way of the efforts by the Federal Government to ease life for those affected by the activities of the insurgents in the North- East.

Insurgent Group Abducts 10 Residents In Borno

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists invaded Ngoshe-Bayan-Dutse Village of Gwoza Local Government Area, Borno State, on Saturday, killed many and abducted 10 residents.

The leader of the Vigilante Group of Nigerian in Borno State, Abbas Gava, said that one of their personnel, Musa Abdullahi, was among those killed by the heavily armed insurgents.

“Some unknown numbers of corpses were left in the bush as villagers fled to mountain tops around Gwoza Local Government Area.

“The report I received from one of our officials in Ngoshe, Hawa Bukar, who called me with a Cameroon registered phone number, at least ten persons were abducted and taken away by the Boko Haram, while some corpses were seen in the bush as the villagers were fleeing,” he said.

Ngoshe is one of the communities located behind the mountains near the Cameroonian border and the people of Ngoshe depend on Cameroonian mobile lines for their local calls to Nigeria.

A former council member of Gwoza Local Government Area, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also confirmed the attack.

“I wouldn’t want to pre-empt whatever those in charge are doing concerning the attack but I can assure you that we have the correct hint that the attack actually took place, and we are still waiting for more information about the extent of damage done; especially the issue of casualties,” he said.

We’ll Protect IDPs – Borno CP

The Borno State Police Commissioner, Mr. Damian Chukwu, said on Monday that police in the state would ensure the safety of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri and the entire state.

Chukwu while reacting to reports of a mass protest by displaced people in Maiduguri said: “Urgent and aggressive measures are already in place to forestall orderliness and ensure the protection of lives and property in the state.

“We must protect and respect the rights of one another. The IDPs like I continue to say must explore dialogue on matters that border on their welfare. We the security agents, on the other hand, have the duty to protect them in all they do. We need the cooperation of everyone to overcome the security challenges in the state.”

The police commissioner described Sunday’s incident as unfortunate and unnecessary while appealing to the displaced people to be patient and avoid taking the laws into their hands.

 

 

Source: The Nation

Cholera Death Toll Hits 44 In Borno

The Borno State Government has announced that it would begin an immunisation against the cholera outbreak in the state that has left 44 people dead. The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, disclosed this at a joint press conference by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the state Ministry of Health at the Emergency Operation Centre, Maiduguri.

According to Dr. Haruna, over 915, 000 doses of cholera vaccines have been procured and delivered for distribution to commence the process.

The worst hit in the outbreak is Maiduguri metropolis and four council areas in Jere, Konduga, Dikwa and Monguno.The commissioner added that the deaths were recorded from 1, 925 cases.

He said: From the cholera update situation in the state, we had 1, 113 cases in Maiduguri (MMC) and Jere, 561 in Dikwa, while Monguno had 231 cases
with two deaths.

He added that the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps and communities were mostly affected in what he called ìcholera hot spots.He said the lack of portable water and sanitary infrastructure facilities for toilets and latrines made the disease to be higher in those places.

Mshella explained that besides the construction of pit latrines in camps, purification water tablets and re-hydration solution were being distributed to various camps and other affected communities.He urged parents and guardians in the affected areas to release their children and wards for the vaccination.

Borno Farmers Cheerful Of Bumper Harvest

Some farmers in Borno have expressed optimism of recording bumper harvests in the 2017 cropping season.

27 Dead In Fresh Boko Haram Attcak In Borno

Borno has once again been attacked by Islamic Terrorist Group Boko Haram leaving at least 27  people dead. The suicide bomb attack occurred in a village in Konduga, about 37 kilometers from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

According to a member of the Civilian JTF, the incidence occurred at a motor park about 5.50pm.

According to the security official, the attack was carried out by three suicide bombers, two female and a male, who took turns to detonate the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped to their bodies.

The attack comes on the same day the Military launched Mobile Strike Teams into the Theatre of operation to enhance operational efficiency.

 

Nigerian Army Kills Six Boko Haram Terrorist In Borno

Troops of 22 Brigade, 7 Division of Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army, in partnership with Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), said they had killed six suspected Boko Haram terrorists in an ambush in Borno State.

A statement signed by Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen Sani Usman, yesterday, said the suspected terrorists were ambushed on Monday at Bulabirin and Mongole villages in Dikwa Local Council of Borno State.

“Troops of 22 Brigade Dikwa under 7 Division of Operation Lafiya Dole in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force on Monday, August 7, 2017, ambushed suspected members of Boko Haram terrorists between Bulabirin and Mongole villages of Dikwa Local Council in Borno State.

“During an encounter, the troops neutralised six terrorists, while several others sustained various bullet wounds. Troops also recovered six bicycles, three dane guns and one machete from the terrorists.

“The Nigerian Army will sustain the clearance operation until unrepentant terrorists are eliminated from the shores of Nigeria,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has called on the remnants of terrorists wherever they are hiding to surrender and give up forthwith, saying their ideology was no longer tenable.

According to another statement by the army spokesman, there was no reason for the terrorists to be suffering or fighting a lost battle that had been won by the military.

“This is to call on the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they are hiding and give up forthwith. This is because your ideology of Boko Haram is dead and no longer tenable.

“As you are aware, your leaders have abandoned you and could no longer be of any help to you. Therefore, you should all surrender to avoid dying like dogs because of the ongoing concerted military clearance operations,” the statement noted.

In another development, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said its fighter jets, F-7Ni and 3 Alpha Jet aircraft, have bombed the hideout of the Boko Haram terrorists.

A statement signed by Air Force spokesman, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya in Abuja yesterday, said on August 7, 2017, the Nigerian Air Force Component of Operation Lafiya Dole conducted an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission over Parisu in Sambisa general area.

He said during the ISR mission, a large group of terrorists were seen converging under a tree close to a prominent zinc-roofed structure, adding that part of the structure was concealed by the foliage of a tree, making it a seemingly unobtrusive gathering point for the terrorists.

He added that a confirmatory ISR mission indicated that the structure was indeed a Boko Haram terrorists’ hideout, housing a large number of terrorists.

Nigerian Army Kills Terrorist In Borno

The Nigerian Army has killed six terrorists in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno during an operation to dislodge the remnant of Boko Haram insurgents in the state.

Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, the Director, Army Public Relations, in a statement in Maiduguri on Wednesday, disclosed that the insurgents were killed on Monday

“Troops of 22 Brigade Dikwa under 7 Division of Operation LAFIA DOLE in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), ambushed suspected Boko Haram terrorists between Bulabirin and Mongole villages in the area.

“During the encounter, the troops neutralised six terrorists, while several others sustained various degrees of injuries,” it revealed.

Kukasheka explained that the troops recovered six bicycles, three dane guns and one machete from the insurgents.

He reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army to sustain the tempo and clear unrepentant Boko Haram insurgents from the shores of Nigeria.

The Army also called on the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists to surrender now to avoid humiliating death from the renewed onslaught of the army.

Usman told the members of Boko Haram that their leaders have already abandoned them.

“This is to call on the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they are hiding, (to surrender) and give up forthwith.

“This is because your ideology of Boko Haram is dead and no longer tenable.
“There is no reason to be suffering or fighting a lost cause.

“As you are aware, your leaders have abandoned you and could no longer be of any help to you,” it disclosed.

The Federal Government recently redeployed service chiefs to the front line as well as purchased more fighter jets to combat the menace of terrorism in the Northeast.

Stop Stealing of Public Funds, Borno Gov, Shettima Tell Governors

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno, has advised governors in the country to stop pilfering from the public treasury with the aim of accumulating wealth.

Instead, he urged them to focus on enhancing the well-being of the masses.

The governor gave the advice on Tuesday in Abuja at the 2017 graduation of Internally Displaced Girls under the Organisation of Female Students Scholarship Scheme.

The 73 graduating girls were sponsored by the Girl Child Concern (GCC), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), in collaboration with the Borno Government, and were selected in from secondary schools in five Northern states.

“The most important yard stick has to do with the quality of governance; there is more to leadership than primitive capital accumulation.

“No matter how much you accumulate beyond a certain point, it’s just a number,” the governor said.

He said that unless something was done fast to address the plight of the common man, “what awaits the country will be worse than the Boko Haram insurgency”.

According to him, this is violence that cannot be separated from poverty, and a hopeless, jobless, ill-educated and ill-paid young man is the most dangerous.

Shettima stated that it was the responsibility of governors to enthrone good governance by “wearing their thinking caps” and working for the people.

He, therefore, stressed the need for governors to create more jobs, invest in education and create work space and work stations for the next generation of youths.

He said that there was nothing special about oil as it would soon go into extinction, noting that human resources was the most important and should be developed.

The governor, however, said that there was need for Nigerians to unite to fight the country´s common challenges.

He noted that women and children bore the brunt of insurgency, adding that the Boko Haram sect had so far created 54,911 widows and 52,311 orphans in the state.

This, he said, was according to World Bank, European Union and the Presidency’s official figures.

“These are official figures, probably the unofficial figure may be twice this number.

“The truth is that we either take care of these orphans or 10 years to fifteen years from now, they will be the monsters that will drive us out of this land,” he said.

According to the governor, some elite and political bigwigs are already afraid of visiting rural areas to meet with common men for fear of being molested.

He added that there was presently a palpable content against the elite glaring on the faces of most common men.

He decried the state of public schools in the country, particularly in the North, saying that security and feeding in most of the schools was nothing to write home about.

Shettima stressed that unless the country´s leadership began to think toward improving the lot of the common man and working for the people, the situation would deteriorate.

Earlier, Dr Mairo Mandara, Executive Director of the GCC, said the girls were another success story of the country´s fight against insurgency.

This, she said, was so because the girls dared where others failed and got what others were abducted for.

Mandara described the girls as “a cohort of brave, fearless, active and informed girl mentors” empowered with life skills who would encourage others to remain in school.

She added that the centre had concluded plans to establish a Girls´ Academy in Borno with learning activities taking off in September, 2017.

Mandara said that GCC was also setting up a skills acquisition centre for teaching construction skills in collaboration with King Muhammad VI of Morocco.

She said that Borno Government had already provided a land for the project, adding that discussions for the setting up of the centre had reached advanced stage.

Most of the girls who spoke to NAN expressed happiness on their freedom and graduation and prayed to God to bless the GCC and Borno Government.

NAN

Borno Fire Service Appeals For More Facilities To Tackle Outbreaks

The Borno Fire Service on Thursday appealed for more facilities to enable it to tackle fire outbreaks and other duties in the state.

The service Spokesman, Mr Ambursa Pindar, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

According to him, the entire service has only one driver to man the over 60 firefighting trucks in the state.

He said that out of the eight drivers in the service, seven retired in December 2016, leaving only one.

He added that “the driver’s retirement pose a huge challenge to the department in providing prompt response to fire incidents.

“The service has written more than three letters to the state’s Ministry of Information, Home Affairs and Culture seeking additional drivers, there has been no response.

“On March 28, 2017, we wrote to the ministry to employ six drivers on a contract basis to complement the effort of the only driver.

“Our director on several occasions has driven trucks to fire incident scenes because there is no driver to help.

“The director drove to the fire outbreak scene at Konduga IDPs camp to address the problem.”

He said there was a day the state capital had four fire outbreaks and the department could not respond quickly to all the outbreaks.

“We are the last set of employees in the department since 1989 and the hazard allowance per firefighter since 1998 remains N50.

“The state needs more fire stations in 505 Housing Estate, the State Mechanical Workshop, 1000 Estate, 303 Housing Estate, among other areas, to cater for the frequent fire outbreaks in the state,” Pindar said.

He added that the department recorded 114 cases of fire outbreaks in the state capital between January and June.