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Taraba declares three-day holiday for council poll
Taraba Government has declared Monday June 29, Tuesday June 30 and Wednesday July 1, as public holidays to enable residents of the state participate in the local government council poll slated for June 30, 2020.
This was contained in a statement by Alhaji Hassan Mijinyawa, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Darius Ishaku, on Monday in Jalingo.
“The public holiday is to enable civil servants to travel to their respective wards and vote during the local government election slated for Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
“The governor also urged people of the state to be orderly, law abiding and conduct themselves peacefully while discharging their civic responsibilities,” he said.
Meanwhile, a coalition of Civil Society Organisations under the auspices of Eyes on Democracy of Nigeria (EDON) has activated a situation room to monitor the election to ensure that it was free, fair and credible.
Alhaji Muktar Madaki, the State EDON Chairman, in a statement on Monday, said that a comprehensive report on the electoral process would be made after the election.
“We have been observing the preparations by Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission (TSIEC) and we are so far satisfied with the preparations.
“It now behoves on the people to come out in large numbers to exercise their franchise as responsible citizens.
“We are also calling on security agencies to be civil during the conduct of the election and operate within the ambit of their engagement in regards to electoral matters.
“We also call of TSIEC to ensure that the election is credible, peaceful, free and fair,” he said.
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Northeast: The Risks Of Losing A Generation Of Boys and Girls By Netsanet Belay
Mhad just returned from school and was busy cooking the day that four Boko Haram fighters came to her home in a village in Borno State. When her dad heard the sound of bikes, he dashed into the house and hid under the bed. It was an effort in futility. One of the fighters dragged him out and took him to a tree in the compound. As he pleaded for his life, one of the militants cut his throat. He died as his family watched in horror. The fighters abducted M’s mother and five siblings, but not M, and drove off.
This was back in 2014. Six years later, M does not know the whereabouts of family. Or if they are still alive. She is one of the thousands of children left traumatised by the decade-long armed conflict in northeast Nigeria. Both sides – Boko Haram and the Nigerian military – continue to commit war crimes, including against children, regularly.
Nigerian authorities should acknowledge these crimes and start paving a new path rooted in human rights.
Assault on childhood
Boko Haram’s tactics and ideology have been an assault on childhood in northeast Nigeria. Like M, many have witnessed the group kill their parents or siblings. Others have been abducted and spent years in captivity, often forced to fight or serve as a “wife”. These abductions, forced recruitment and forced marriage constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. Their scale appears to have often been underestimated. Both domestically and internationally, the focus has often been on specific, high-profile incidents, ignoring the persistent and ongoing nature of such atrocities.
Children and adults alike risk death to escape Boko Haram. Yet, for many, their trauma is compounded by the Nigerian authorities. The military, itself responsible for abuses, has unlawfully detained thousands of boys and girls coming out of Boko Haram territory, often with no evidence the child was affiliated with the group, much less that they committed crimes. In most cases, no charges are brought, even as children are held for months or years. Due process is routinely flouted. The full scale of child detention is unknown as the military has repeatedly denied access to detention facilities to the UN and other independent observers.
Conditions in military detention facilities are universally deplorable. There is severe overcrowding, poor sanitation, insufficient food and water, and sexual violence. Many children have been subjected to beatings and other forms of torture to extract “confessions” of involvement with Boko Haram. The inhumane conditions of military detention have often led to serious illness, disease and, in many cases, death.
A safe corridor that isn’t safe
In 2016, the Nigerian federal government launched Operation Safe Corridor. This demobilisation, disassociation, reintegration, and reconciliation (DDRR) programme brings men and boys to a detention facility 30km outside Gombe. There, they undergo vocational training, religious instruction, and other activities meant to start the reintegration process. Although told the programme will last six months, most have been held for more than one year.
Operation Safe Corridor has made some achievements, including in psychosocial support. The military is also more transparent about this DDRR programme than other aspects of its operations. But despite this, Safe Corridor remains beset by human rights violations. Above all, it marks a continuation of the widespread unlawful detention of men and boys. Almost everyone held in Safe Corridor is there absent a judicial decision or any other legal basis.
Swiftly reverse course
The federal government, including the military, needs to swiftly end its unlawful detention of children. It should recognise that detaining children is appropriate only as a last resort. It should ensure the prosecution of those who have overseen widespread torture and other ill-treatment, often leading to deaths in custody. And it should fulfil its responsibility to “promote physical and psychological recovery and social reintegration” of children who have suffered during the conflict, whether at the hands of Boko Haram, Nigerian military, or both.
That means children coming out of Boko Haram territory must be able to access education and psychosocial support, not be locked away for years in grossly inhumane detention cells. UNICEF has reported that only around 25% of children in Borno State are in school, a devastating failure.
Finally, in its rehabilitation programmes and other support to people affected by the conflict, the Nigerian authorities must ensure gender equity. Though the patterns of violations differ, women and girls have been hit as hard. Yet most programmes, including Safe Corridor, seem targeted at men and boys, while the initiatives that do target women and girls are far narrower – exacerbating existing power structures and inequalities in the northeast.
Absent an approach rooted in human rights, Nigeria risks losing a generation of boys and girls.
Netsanet Belay is the Research and Advocacy Director at Amnesty International.
Over 8,000 Of Our Members Have Been Killed By Boko Haram— Church Of The Brethren
The Church of the Brethren, also known as 'Eklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria' (EYN), said 8,370 members of the denomination have been killed since the outbreak of Boko Haram violence.
EYN, which is rooted in Nigeria's northeast, with headquarters in Adamawa State, has about 1.5 million members worshipping in its branches mostly across the North-East.
President of the EYN, Rev Joel Billi, who addressed a world press conference on Thursday, in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, chronicled how insurgency had affected the church.
He said, "Apart from more than 8,370 members and eight pastors of the EYN who were killed by Boko Haram, over 700,000 members were displaced.
"53 of the 60 District Church Councils of the EYN were directly affected by insurgency, with 300 of the 586 branches either burnt or damaged by Boko Haram. An uncountable number of houses of our members were either burnt or looted.”
The EYN President added that many members of the church had been abducted and that 217 of the abducted 276 Chibok school girls belong to the EYN family.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari and governors of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states to ensure the rescue of the remaining Chibok girls as well as Leah Sheribu, Alice Loksha and hundreds abducted by Boko Haram.
He lamented that many communities, especially communities in Gworza local government area of Borno State, had been deserted after repeated Boko Haram attacks.
The EYN President appealed to Buhari to station a battalion of soldiers there so that residents who fled from attacks and are now in refugee camps in Cameroon or IDP camps across Nigeria could return home.
He also called on the government to reconstruct the houses, schools and worship places destroyed by the insurgents.
Nigerian Government Accused Of Abandoning Chibok Girls On Scholarship At American University Yola
The Kibaku (Chibok) Area Development Association (KADA) has accused Nigerian Government of abandoning and neglecting the Chibok Girls who enrolled for scholarship programme at American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State.
The group said 10 out of them had pulled out of the programme out of frustration.
In a statement on Tuesday jointly signed by Dauda Ndirpaya Iliya and Manasseh Allen, the National President and Director of Media and Publicity respectively of the association said the girls were discriminated against and not allowed to mingle, interact, and socialise with other students.
The group added that the Nigerian Government had frustrated many foreign and local assistance that came the way of the girls.
The group explained that many schools abroad and voluntary organisations, who have offered to provide them with scholarships were hindered and sabotaged by the Buhari's government.
The statement added that Chibok Government Secondary School project have been abandoned and now a shadow of itself since the terrorists carried out the attack on April 2014.
The statement reads, "Our returned daughters enrolled at the American University of Nigeria (AUN) Yola, have not made much progress and feel frustrated not understanding the direction of things or being properly briefed of their future.
"Ten of them have out of frustration left the programme, they are Laraba Mamman, Mwa Daniel, Rachael Nkeki (who are now married), Saraya Yanga, Philomena Dauda, Sarah Nkeki, Asabe Lawan, Glory Mainta, Talatu Adamu, and Lydia Habila.
"Neither the families nor the Kibaku community have been briefed and informed by the Federal Government on rescue efforts or the whereabouts of our daughters since the last batch of 82 returned on 7 May, 2017.
"Except the messages by President Muhammadu Buhari released every 13 April since then, on the eve of the 14 April commemoration. These messages are basically same copy-and-paste with minor alterations year in, year out."
Upper Benue River Basin Authority MD Continues To Award Fraudulent Contracts After Tenure Ends— Whistleblower
Managing Director of Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority, Abubakar Mu'azu, has continued to award contracts, three weeks after his tenure elapsed on June 6, 2020, a whistleblower has said.
The Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority is a federal agency in Adamawa State.
On June 26, 2020, SaharaReporters had reported that tension was mounting in the federal parastatal, following the refusal of Mu'azu, to vacate office three weeks after the expiration of his tenure.
A whistleblower within the agency, Bashiru Ahmed, had revealed that Mu'azu had from June 7, 2020, a day after the vacuum was created in his office, allegedly awarded several contracts and approved payments, running into hundreds of millions of naira.
It was further alleged that even before the end of his tenure, the former MD had awarded over N2 billion contracts, laced with irregularities and fraud.
The whistleblower had revealed that those contracts were awarded and payments effected without any recourse to the tenders board. He always bypassed the management board in taking decisions, the whistleblower claimed.
In a petition addressed to the Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, 39 point corruption allegations were raised against him.
The petition, seen by SaharaReporters, reads in parts: "Fraudulent awards of contracts without advertisement as required by the Public Procurement Act, 2007.
"Numan Irrigation Project: The Authority does not have this project, it is nonexistent, yet, on yearly basis, provision was fraudulently made and monies siphoned by the MD and his cronies, to the tune of over N200 million.
"Ledde-Zenge dam: This is a practical show of shame with no engineering design, standard bills and genuine contractor, engineer, supervisor. This is the mother of all impunity. The alleged structure is not close to being a dam, and yet N250 million was spent with no known contractor, supervisor, and so on.
"Dukku erosion control: The assumed financier and contractor of this project are unknown and yet the colossal sum of money in the excess of N200 million has so far been spent with sustainable provisions being made under the same project name.
"Under the name of dredging and maintenance of the unlined area of the canal, about N500 million has been spent within four years with continuous spending and yet, no lasting solution other than the continuation of resource wastage.”
To sustain his alleged illegalities, Muazu was said to have appointed a seconded Grade Level 10 officer with no knowledge of procurement to serve as the Head of the Authority’s Procurement Unit.
Muazu, it was further gathered, sidelined a chartered Grade Level 17 staff, and made a Grade Level 14 Officer to be the Head of Finance and Accounts of the Authority.
Ahmed had further alleged that Mu'azu was being shielded by the Minister of Water Resources, Adamu Suleiman.
He, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to do the needful and force Mu'azu out just as he urged ICPC and other anti-graft agencies to investigate the issues raised.
BREAKING: Monarch Of Bachama Kingdom In Adamawa State, Stephen, Is Dead
Colonel Honest Irmiya Stephen (retd), the paramount ruler of Bachama Kingdom in Adamawa State, is dead.
The monarch was said to have died in the early hours of Sunday in his sleep.
Spokesperson for the kingdom, Chief Timawus Mathias, said, "Homun Honest died in the late hours of the night June 28th 2020 at his palace in Numan, Adamawa State, following a brief illness.
"Already the funeral rights are well underway according to Bachama tradition in Lamurde, the kingdom's headquarters.
"He received his staff of office on 15 Dec 2013 from the then Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako. Homun Honest Irmiya Stephen is 66 years old
"Homun (King) Honest Irmiya Stephen, Kwire Mana Kpafrato II, a retired officer of the Nigerian Army who ascended the throne in 2012 succeeding Homun Asaph Zadok (late)."
The late traditional ruler, who retired as a colonel in the Nigerian Army, aspired for the Senate seat (PDP) in 2007 before ascending the throne.
Nigerian government to engage 11,000 youths for extended special public works programme in Gombe
A total of 11,000 youths are to be engaged in Gombe State for the Federal Government powered Extended Special Public Works Programme which is aimed at reducing the rate of unemployment in the state.
The disclosure was made by the Programme Coordinator in Gombe State, Mrs Abigail Albashi, while inaugurating committee members for the implementation of the program in Gombe on Monday.
Ábigail Abarshi explained that the special works programme was designed to mitigate against the lack of job opportunities in rural and suburban areas through a short term engagement of 1,000 unemployed persons per Local Government Area for the period of three months pointing out that of the 1000 persons in each of the LGAs, 200 would be graduates in various fields of study.
She further said that the beneficiaries of the programme would be receiving the sum of N20,000 allowance monthly saying that the participants would be engaged in active community-related services that are peculiar to their respective LGAs such as Drainage digging and Clearance, Irrigation canals clearing, Rural Feeder Road Maintenance and Traffic control among others.
Others public works to be done include; Street cleaning, Cleaning of public infrastructure like health centres, schools and the likes saying that each LGA needs to channel its programme to meet the needs and expectations of the area.
Ábigail Albashi further said that the programme will begin on 1st October, and ends in December 2020 adding that it be extended every year but it depends on how successful it was implemented and how buoyant the Federal Government purse is.
She then charged the committee members to ensure that the task is taken seriously with patriotism explaining that apart from the main implementation committee, five sub-committees were also inaugurated to ensure smooth and faster implementation of the programme.
In his remarks, Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, charged the committee members to exhibit a high level of transparency and integrity while carrying out the assignment.
The governor who was represented by the Commissioner of Youth and Sport, Julius Ishaya, said that the state government is aware of the level of unemployment in the state and the ravaging effect of covid-19 in the adding that the programme is timely.
He further expressed confidence In the committee members following the calibre of persons nominated as members.
The committees Inaugurated are; Government/Liaison, Traditional Institution, Information and Publicity, Women and Civil Society.
Gombe inaugurates 10-man committee on reopening of school
Gombe State Government has inaugurated a 10-man committee on the reopening of schools for graduating pupils and students across the state as directed by the PTF on COVID-19.
The development follows the recommendation by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 that schools across the country be reopened for only graduating students in primary and post-primary tiers of education.
Gombe State Commissioner of Education, Dr Habu Dahiru who inaugurated the committee said that it marks another milestone in the improvement of the education sector in Gombe State.
The commissioner while inaugurating the committee stated that: “You may recall that the governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya had on the 24th of March 2020 directed the closure of all primary and secondary schools in the state as a proactive measure to curtail the spread of the COVID-19.”
Habu Dahiru also said that Governor Inuwa Yahaya showed passionate concern as soon as the PTF recommended the re-opening of schools for graduating pupils and students.
Also speaking at the ceremony, the executive chairman, state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Babaji Babadidi said that the Board will work in partnership with the State Ministry of Education to ensure that students are protected from COVID-19.
While Responding, the chairman of the committee, Mr Dilah Magaji said that they will work to satisfy the demands of the terms of reference given to them.
According to the terms of reference, the committee will assess and analyse the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on the academic activities of Primary and Secondary Schools in the state.
The committee will also suggest a diligent and well thought out method for the gradual reopening of Primary and Secondary Schools in the state in consonance with COVID-19 protocols as well as recommend appropriate methods and best practices to be put in place in the Primary and Secondary Schools as safety nets and precaution for the reopening of all schools in the state.
It will also make recommendations on how to address and bridge the gaps in teaching/learning process brought about by the sudden closure of all schools during the lockdown with a view to identify the lost academic period and to develop deliberate strategic steps for the sensitisation of all stakeholders in the education such as PTA’s SBMC’s Head Teachers/Principal, among others for the smooth and hitch-free reopening of all the schools in the state.
According to him, the committee is to also propose a well planned academic calendar for the remaining period of the 2019/2020 academic session for Primary and Secondary Schools in consonance with the prevailing trends in the country and develop effective monitoring strategy for ensuring that all schools comply with approved recommendations before, during and after reopening of schools and to advise the government on the financial burden and cost implications of the adopted procedure, amongst others.
The committee is expected to submit its report to the commissioner of education in one week.
Flood: NESREA tasks Gombe residents on waste management
The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has urged Gombe State residents to imbibe the culture of proper waste management to prevent environmental degradation like flooding.
The NESREA Coordinator in the state, Mr Adamu Saurayi, made the call in an interview with newsmen in Gombe on Monday.
He said that the call became necessary because many residents were in the habit of dumping solid waste in the drains, especially during the rainy season.
According to him, the spread of COVID-19 in the state is an additional reason residents need to properly dispose waste like used face masks to avoid putting others at risk.
Saurayi cautioned residents against using the rains as way of sweeping away wastes through drains, adding that such could lead to blockage of drains which could further result to spread of infectious diseases.
He noted that “from the onset of the rainy season, we have been receiving complaints on environmental issues, including poor disposal of wastes and we often move in to create awareness and ensure that our environment is not abused.
“We must protect our environment as our actions toward the environment may create serious issues like flooding and erosion, which are often avoidable in some instances through proper waste management.”
He called on communities to encourage their people to properly dispose solid wastes by designating refuse collection points for proper evacuation by relevant agencies.
He also called on the state government to build more refuse collection centres to encourage people to properly dispose, as well as evacuate wastes.
He said “if you tell someone not to dispose wastes indiscriminately; you must build a collection point where they should take wastes to. If this is not available, then the risk of abusing the environment will be high.’’
While commending the state government’s initiative of planting one million trees every year, the state coordinator said the trees planted under the initiative were growing well in several communities across the state.
He also called on the people to support government’s drive to resuscitate the environment by taking advantage of the rains to plant more trees.
Some intresting facts about the uefa champions league.
the uefa champions league Also called European cup is annual club football competition organised by uefa European football association,and contested by top division European club.
Introduce in 1955 as the European champion club cup which was initially a straight knockout tournament open only for the champions of Europe domestic league. In 1992 some features were introduce such as
Allowing multiple entrants from certain countries. Introduction of group stages, and changing the name to uefa champions league
Some intresting facts about the champions league are:
1 the winner gain automatic tickets to the group stage of the next coming champions leagues regardless of their position in there domestic league.
2 the winners qualified for the uefa super cup which is contested between champions leagues winners and Europa league winners
3 world club cup which is contested between seven club that emerge champions from the seven region of the world.THE CURRENT HOLDERS OF THE UEFA SUPER CUP AND THE CLUB WORLD CUP IS LIVERPOOL.
SEVILLA WILL BATTLE BEYERN MUNICH IN UEFA SUPER CUP.
FOR WORLD CLUB CUP IS NOT YET DESIDED.
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Jigawa directs workers to resume work Monday
Jigawa Government has directed workers from grade level 12 and above to resume work as from Monday, July 6.
Gov. Muhammad Badaru, who gave the directive at a news conference in Dutse on Tuesday, declared that the state has not recorded new cases of COVID-19 in the last 15 days.
Newsmen report that the state government had on March 24, directed workers to work from home as part of measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.
He explained that workers must adhere to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) regulations on COVID-19 prevention.
The governor also announced the indefinite closure of Shuwarin weekly market in Kiyawa Local Government Area of the state.
Badaru said that the market was closed for not complying with stipulated preventive measures against COVID-19 pandemic.
He further said that the state was gradually overcoming the COVID-19 surge as it had not recorded new infection in spite of intensive testing.
He added that the development has made the state task force on COVID-19 to mainstream all the 19 general hospitals in the state to enable them receive and test patients for the disease.
The governor stated that after testing, samples would be transferred to the newly established molecular laboratory for the results.
He said that in spite of the reduction in the number of recorded cases, there were indications that people were not abiding by NCDC advice on the use of facemasks, social distancing and washing of hands.
Badaru, who thanked the Dangote Group for donating two ambulances to the state, said that all state commissioners have pledged 10 per cent of their salaries to assist in the fight against the pandemic.
The state government had on March 30, suspended all weekly markets as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
However, government on June 8, lifted the suspension on condition that people must observe basic protection measures, including hand washing and use of facemasks while in the markets.