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Women Face the Toughest Hurdles in Northeast Nigeria

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Women Face the Toughest Hurdles in Northeast Nigeria

By: Chi Lael and Dr. Kelechi Onyemaobi
 
Aisha and her eight children have spent the last three months hiding in the bush in northeast Nigeria. Her husband was killed last year, shot by members of Boko Haram. Aisha managed to escape. “We ran into the forest,” said Aisha, “me and my eight children. We stayed there for three months. Every day, I would look for firewood and risk taking it to town to sell, so I could feed my children.”
 
Aisha and her children were eventually taken in by a kind family who they still live with. They are amongst the one million people being helped by WFP as food insecurity in northeast Nigeria. “I really appreciate this food. If we didn’t have it, my children would go out to beg around the community,” said Aisha.
 
Tragically this crisis is not the result of a drought, but conflict that has been spreading through the region during the last decade. It is estimated that more than 30,000 people have been killed in the fighting – and Aisha’s husband is just one of them. The state of Yobe – where Aisha lives – Adamawa and Borno, have borne the brunt. The seemingly bucolic idyll – the camels grazing by the side of the road, the ox-carts ferrying goods for sale – belie the underlying atmosphere of fear.
 
Nor is Aisha alone in her plight: one in four women in northeast Nigeria are now widows as a result of the conflict, leaving many of these families to suffer from the absence of their fathers and husbands.
 
Added to this, an estimated 2.1 million people have also had to flee their homes, which in a largely agrarian community severely increases the threat of hunger. If people can’t grow food, work their land, then they risk starving.
 
Ya Kaka, 25, and her children also receive support from WFP with funding from the European Union (EU). But she is a victim of another aspect of the conflict – forced marriage. When she was 18, Ya Kaka was kidnapped by insurgents to become a ‘bride’ for a soldier – however, Ya Kaka was already married, with children. After three years – having given birth to a baby in captivity – Ya Kaka finally managed to escape and return home. 
 
“I was always scared that I might get caught. But one day, I woke up and decided to escape. I was ready to do whatever it would take,” she said. 
 
Unfortunately, when she returned, Ya Kaka’s first husband rejected her and her new baby because she’d been married – albeit as a kidnap victim – to another man.  Now Ya Kaka lives, with four children, in the village of Kukareta, near Damaturu, only able to feed them with the food she receives from WFP.  “I’m hoping and praying to God to take away all my pains, I want to forget all I’ve gone through or all that I’m always thinking about,” said Ya Kaka.
 
Almost 5 million people currently suffering acute food insecurity in need of urgent assistance in the conflict-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. WFP is supporting up to 1 million people with emergency food and nutrition assistance for children, supported by its donors including the EU.

Chi Lael and Dr. Kelechi Onyemaobi work for the United Nations World Food Programme, the
world’s largest humanitarian organization saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. They can be reached via email at Chi.Lael@wfp.org and Kelechi.Onyemaobi@wfp.org

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Governor Buni Launch Construction of 250 Renewed Hope Housing Units

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Governor Buni Launch Construction of 250 Renewed Hope Housing Units

By: Mamman Mohammed

Yobe state Governor His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, has appealled to the Federal Government to sell the 208 housing units in Damaturu to the state government.

He made the appeal today at the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the 250 Renewed Hope Housing Estate of the Federal government.

The governor said the houses should be sold to Yobe state government “at 50 percent discount on the cost of construction to enable us further allocate the houses to the victims of insurgency on owner-occupier basis” he said.

“It may interest the Honourable Minister and of course this gathering to note that the construction of Green Economic City with the aim of integrating residential and commercial areas in a sustainable way to uplift the status of Damaturu as a modern city is in the pipeline”.

“We have as a matter of deliberate policy patronised local contractors, dealers in building materials, and artisans. We also patronised the state-owned Sahel Aluminum Company for the supply of roofing sheets. This is to create employment opportunities, contribute to the local economy, and to fast track the recovery programme.

“I, therefore, wish to appeal to the Honourable Minister to kindly consider our local contractors, Building materials merchants and artisans to locally source for the materials and manpower, to further give our people a sense of belonging and ownership of the Renewed Hope agenda.” Governor Buni said.

The governor congratulated and appealled to the contractors to ensure that they execute quality projects that would stand the test of time so that there is value for money, and to be of benefit to the people.

“I also urge the good people of Yobe state to extend our renowned culture of hospitality and cooperation to the contractors to ensure timely and successful completion of the project” Governor Buni said.

Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, the Minister of Housing, commended Yobe state government for providing the land, representing 30 percent of the project cost.

Represented by the minister of state, Engr. Abdullahi T. Gwarzo, assured that the project would be executed within the stipulated time frame for the beneficiaries to enjoy the project.

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An Open letter to Mr. President

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An Open letter to Mr. President

Dear Mr. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu,

We write to bring to your attention the exemplary dedication and sacrifice of our national president of APC-IGG, Amb. Musa Muhammed Tsoken. His tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to the party and the nation are truly remarkable.

Amb. Tsoken’s selflessness, leadership, and vision have inspired countless individuals, and his contributions to the party’s success cannot be overstated. His ability to bring people together and build bridges has been instrumental in fostering unity and progress.

We strongly believe that his exceptional qualities and dedication make him an ideal candidate for a significant appointment in your administration. Recognizing his efforts with a suitable appointment would not only be a well-deserved honor but also a testament to the value your administration places on hard work, loyalty, and dedication.

We respectfully urge you to consider Amb. Musa Muhammed Tsoken for a fitting appointment, acknowledging his sacrifices and commitment to the party and the nation. His inclusion in your administration would undoubtedly bring valuable insights and expertise, further enriching your team.

Thank you for your time and consideration. We eagerly look forward to seeing Amb. Tsoken’s contributions recognized and rewarded.

Sign;

1.Prof. Prince Michael Ikupolati, Chairman, Professors of the APC Initiative for Good Governance,
2.Prof. Zems Mathias, Member Professors of APC-IGG,
3.Isaac Jacob,
Media Aide to Amb. Musa Muhammed Tsoken.

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Governor Yusuf assents new Emirate Law, reinstates Sanusi Lamido as 16th Emir of Kano

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Governor Yusuf assents new Emirate Law, reinstates Sanusi Lamido as 16th Emir of Kano

…. Issues 48 hours for former emirs to vacate palaces.

By: Sanusi Bature

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has declared the reinstatement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as 16th Emir of Kano state.

Governor Yusuf also issued 48 hours to Aminu Ado Bayero and four other former first class chiefs to vacate the palace and hand over all emirates property to the office of the deputy Governor.

In a statement issued by the Governor’s Spokesperson Mr. Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, said Governor Yusuf made the declaration on Thursday shortly after assenting the newly passed Kano State Emirate (Repeal) bill into Law.

The new law passed on Thursday by Kano state House of assembly has abolished the five emirates established by former Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The law provided an opportunity for reinstatement of the 14th Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II and removal of 15th Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero, the Emir of Bichi Nasir Ado Bayero, Emir of Rano Kabiru Muhammad Inuwa, Emir of Karaye Ibrahim Abubakar II and Emir of Gaya Aliyu Ibrahim Abdulkadir.

Governor Yusuf signed the bill into law in the presence of deputy governor Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam, the Speaker of Kano State Assebly Right Hon. Ismail Falgore, and other top government functionaries.

While signing into law, the governor expressed satisfaction that the new law will bring unity of the people of Kano and foster sustainable socio-economic development.

Governor Yusuf further articulated that the return of Muhammad Sanusi II back on throne will propel peace and prosperity adding that the repeal of the council law was in realization of his campaign commitments to restore the lost glory of the state and its rich cultural heritage.

He emphasized that the signing of the bill symbolizes the restoration of the revered legacy of the Kano emirate, which has withstood the test of time of over a thousand years.

Furthermore, the governor urged the populace in the state to continue supporting his administration in delivering a multitude of infrastructural advancements that will propel Kano to greater heights.

“Everyone should go about his or her normal activities in the state, we have done what we believe is in the best interest of the state and its people”

“I want to inform the good people of Kano that today, we reappointed Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi popularly known as Muhammadu Sanusi the II as the 16th Emir of Kano while the five former emirs are expected to vacate the palaces within 48 hours”

The former emirs are to handover all properties in thier possession to the Commissioner for Local Government who doubles as the state Deputy Governor.

Under the new Kano Emirate Repeal law 2024, Kano state is now under one emirate.

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