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IOM, Yobe Govt Push for Education that Will Enable Almajiris Fulfill Full Potential

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IOM, Yobe Govt Push for Education that Will Enable Almajiris Fulfill Full Potential

By: Michael Mike

The United Nations International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Yobe State Government and Almajiri Child Rights Initiative (ACRI) have pushed for official and regularized education of Almajiris to enable them fit into modern needs of a society and subsequently achieve their full potential.

This was the crux of discussion at a roundtable meeting: “achieving durable solutions and sustainable impact for protecting vulnerable street and migrant children in Nigeria.”

The event organised by organised by IOM, Yobe government and ACRI which commenced on Monday and run through Wednesday, also featured workshop session on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and Trafficking in Persons (TiP) to commemorate the International Day for the Almajiri child.

The IOM Chief of Mission Laurent De Boeck said the organisation will uphold the principles of on-discrimination, best interest of the child, right to life and safeguarding their dignity.

He explained the roundtable will foster dialogue among key stakeholders and promote response to child trafficking, and strengthen partnerships on ways to ensure child protection.

He noted that this will ensure every Almajiris realize their full potential and lead a life of dignity and opportunity. He said: “I will like to celebrate with you the International Day of the Child.

“I believe that all of us are children to someone and also as parent the concern gives us the value of childhood and the right that every child in the world should have access to.

“It is the reason I am happy to be with to celebrate and engage in ensuring the children in the world, particularly in Nigeria have the rights they truly deserve.

“It is particularly interesting to discuss what can be gained in the protection of vulnerable children in the streets in Nigeria.

“Therefore, one of the national efforts to bring together all the partners from different sectors to the board.”

On his part, Yobe State Commissioner of Religious Affairs and Ethical Orientation, Alhaji Yusuf Umar, commended organisation of the event, stating that it was apt and would proffers solution to issues that border on Almajiris.

He described Almajiri as a long standing Islamic education system that unfortunately faced numerous challenges in the country lately.

He noted that these challenges include inability to access formal education, healthcare and social services, which has left most children particularly Almajiris marginalised.

Umar said, “This event will not have come at a better time intended to facilitate response to child trafficking, promote dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders, to tackle challenges faced by this category of children.

“Yobe under the purposeful leadership of Gov. Mai Mala Buni, accords priority to the welfare of Almajiri among other children, particularly bearing in mind they are mostly affected in states ravaged Boko Haram.”

The ACRI Board Chair, Fati Murtala-Ibrahim disclosed that the event marked the fourth edition since the establishment of the initiative.

She said: “This roundtable serves as a vital advocacy structure by ACRI to continuously bring issues about Almajiris to the forefront of discussion.

“In past years, our national advocacy campaign has successfully increased, in terms of public concern and engagement.”

Director-General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Prof. Fatima Waziri-Azi, emphasised the need for review of Almajiri education system to ensure protection of children without exploitation.

Waziri-Azi, who was represented by Director Research and Programme Development, NAPTIP, Mr Josiah Emerole, said: “The protection of children in the Almajiri system and the fight against trafficking are not just legal obligations, but moral imperatives.

“As we commence this roundtable and subsequent training, let us reaffirm our commitment to safeguarding the rights and future of all children.

“Through collaborative efforts, strengthened legislation and relentless advocacy, we can create a safer, more just society where every child is free from exploitation and able to realize their full potential.

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Operation Hadin Kai Sallah Festivity: CAS Luncheon with NAF Personnel

…. Gov Zulum appreciates the armed forces and security agencies, and reaffirms support for Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK)

By: Michael Mike

His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, ably represented by the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Internal Security, Prof. Usman Tar, was in attendance at the CAS 2024 Eid Al-Kabir Luncheon with Personnel of NAF and Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai held on 16 June 2024 at the NAF Base Maiduguri.

The event is in keeping with the tradition of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), where the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) joins personnel at the theatre of war in celebrating festive seasons with a view to boosting morale of staff and comforting the families of fallen heroes.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar was ably represented by the Air Component Commander, OPHK, Air Commodore UU Idris. Other dignitaries at the event include GOC 7 Division, Theatre Commander OPHK, the representative of His Royal Highness, the Shehu of Borno (the Zanna Dashima of Borno), the Commissioner of Police, heads of sister security agencies, and the Representative of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent.

On behalf of Gov Zulum, Prof Tar expressed deep appreciation of the Borno State Government to our gallant officers and men for making great sacrifices to keep Nigeria as a single indivisible nation-state: “On behalf of the Government and good people of Borno State, I stand before you today with immense gratitude and deep appreciation for the unwavering commitment and selfless service you have shown to our state and our endeared nation.

“As the Eid Al-Kabir season preaches love, kindness, empathy and compassion, let’s inculcate the lessons and positive values of this holy season while discharging our duties for optimal service delivery”, said Governor Zulum while felictating with the NAF Muslim community.

Gov Zulum particularly, acknowledged the efforts of the NAF in supporting and complementing the ongoing restoration of peace in the theatre. He said: “Let me express my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you for protecting our values and heritage. Spending time away from your beloved ones or facing dangers that comes with defending the integrity of our country cannot go unnoticed.”

He also appreciated the efforts of the NAF Special Forces in conducting a patrol that led to the apprehension of 18 Marlians (criminals), who have been carrying out criminal activities and other forms of anti social vices such as kidnapping, phone/tricycle snatching at gun point around Ayafe, Ngomari, Njimtilo, Yan nono and Ajileri communities of Maiduguri Metropolis.

Governor Zulum further assured the CAS that the Borno State Government will not rest on its oars in ensuring that all necessary support is rendered to the NAF. He prayed for the fallen heroes who paid the supreme price in protecting Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

Highlights of the event include presentation of award to His Excellency Governor Zulum by the CAS, which was received by the Hon. Commissioner of Information and Internal Security, Prof. Usman Tar, cultural dance and a group photograph.

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Democracy Day: Borno Speaker expresses distress over inability of military to restore civil authority in Guzamala LG

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Democracy Day: Borno Speaker expresses distress over inability of military to restore civil authority in Guzamala LG

By Ndahi Marama

The Speaker, Borno House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abdulkarim Lawan has expressed deep grieve over the inability of the Nigerian Military and other security agencies to restore civil authority or return back thousands of people hitherto displaced by insurgents for the past 10 years to Guzamala local government headquarters.

The Speaker who also hails from Guzamala disclosed this on Wednesday while delivering his goodwill message at the celebration of the Democracy Day which took place at Ramat Square in Maiduguri, the state capital.

He said, although relative peace has been restored in many parts of the state, in which, Governor Babagana Zulum with support from members of the House of Assembly and other stakeholders, are relentlessly providing dividends of democracy at all levels, Guzamala Local Government Area in Northern part of the state, including Abadam council area have been denied all the opportunity, as they continue witness ‘zero- project’ for over decade.

Recall that Governor Zulum inaugurated a resettlement committee on 4th July 2022 to reconstruct and resettle the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Gudumbali town which is the headquarter of Guzamala LGA of Borno State.

Governor Zulum had charged the Nigerian Army to recapture the town to enable the ongoing rebuilding and resettlement process, but to no avail.

Also lamenting, the Speaker said, “I have been appealing to the Federal Government and the military time without numbers to restore civil authority in Guzamala Council area, but all my plea to the military and other security agencies failed woefully.

“As long as we appreciate the good efforts put in place by Governor Zulum and the cordial working relationship that exists between the Executives, Legislature and the Judiciary in transforming all hitherto liberated communities in Borno, especially in the area of construction of roads, schools, hospitals, houses, provision of Agricultural inputs, Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement of our displaced people, poverty alleviation, jobs creation among others, the people of Guzamala and Abadam local government council have recorded zero-project for over decade due to its inaccessibility by civilians.

“Even Kukawa local government area where there are presence of civil authority, there is no presence of military or any security operatives in Kukawa Council headquarters, and that is why the resilient people living inside Kukawa town were served with a warning or threatened letters recently by ISWAP terrorists to vacate the town or risks their lives.

“As we celebrate the 2024 Democracy Day, I want to reiterate my appeal to the federal government under the leadership of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Military authorities to restore civil authority in Guzamala Council and other inaccessible areas, so that our displaced people taking refuge in Niger Republic or those living in host communities of Maiduguri metropolis and Gajiram, Monguno local government areas should go back to their ancestral homes and pick up their pieces”. Speaker Lawan stated.

Earlier in his address, the Acting Governor, Dr. Umar Kadafur informed the gathering that a committee set up under the Chairmanship of the Commissioner for Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Hon. Sugum Mai Mele, and the Multi National Joint Task Force, MNJTF are working round the clock to restore normalcy and relocate back displaced people of Guzamala to their ancestral homes, Government will expediate action to resettle all Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs back to their communities before the end of its tenure.

He also said, in the spirit of the Democracy Day, 10 prisoners were pardoned, even as the state government is doing everything possible to restore the relative peace in the entire state and continue providing infrastructural development across the 27 local government areas.

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NDDC FLAGS OFF THE CONSTRUCTION OF PRINCIPAL AND TEACHERS’ QUARTERS AT UMUECHE, IN ETCHE LGA OF RIVERS STATE

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NDDC FLAGS OFF THE CONSTRUCTION OF PRINCIPAL AND TEACHERS’ QUARTERS AT UMUECHE, IN ETCHE LGA OF RIVERS STATE

By: Chimezie Happiness

The 7th Governing Board of the NDDC today flagged off the construction of Principal and Teachers’ quarters at Community Secondary School, Umuechem, in Etche LGA of Rivers State.

The Rivers State Representative on the NDDC Board, Chief Tony C Okocha KSC JP DSSRS, who conducted the Official Flag-off/Project Handover on behalf of the 7th NDDC Governing Board, assured the Community that the project would be completed in less than four months if the community provides an enabling environment for the contractor to work. He warned the contractor handling the project against substandard work and promised that he would be inspecting the project from time to time.

Chief Okocha stated that he decided to locate the project at Umuechem because of the peaceful nature of the community and its contributions to the nation’s economy. He warned that the Commission would not hesitate to withdraw the project from the community if the contractor complains of unnecessary harassment.

The Rivers State Boss heartily thanked the Board and Management of the NDDC, ably headed by Barr. Chiedu Enie and Chief Dr. Samuel Ogbuku respectively, for awarding several people-oriented projects to Rivers State and for reforming the Commission into a vibrant Interventionist Agency.

Chief Tony Okocha also thanked President Tinubu for finding him and other members of the Board worthy of appointment to the 7th Governing Board of the NDDC. He specially commented the immediate past Governor of Rivers State and the Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, His Excellency, Chief Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike CON, for making Rivers State and South-South proud with the excellent work he is doing in Abuja.

The event witnessed the presence of the Executive Chairman of Etche LGA, Hon. Chief Obinna Anyawu, politicians, Chiefs and Ohnas, the Community Development Committee (CDC), Youth and Women body of Umuechem Community, among other observers.

Earlier, the Rivers NDDC Boss visited the oldest man in Etche LGA, Elder Michael Onwuka, who is 123 years old and still very strong and energetic. Chief Okocha presented food items, beverages, and money to the elated old man, who responded with prayers and blessings.

Thereafter, Chief Tony Okocha, on the invitation of the Executive Chairman of Etche LGA, commissioned the Umuechem Town Hall, one of the star projects of the administration of Hon. Chief Obinna Anyanwu, the Executive Chairman of Etche LGA.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of a Distinguished Merit Award to Chief Tony C. Okocha KSC JP DSSRS by the Stakeholders of APC Non-indigenes, Etche chapter.

NDDC FLAGS OFF THE CONSTRUCTION OF PRINCIPAL AND TEACHERS’ QUARTERS AT UMUECHE, IN ETCHE LGA OF RIVERS STATE

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