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Jonathan Sends Food, Approves N250m For Residents Of States Under Emergency Rule

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President-goodluck-jonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has directed that over 25,000 metric tons of assorted food be released from the strategic grains reserves of the Federal Government to the three states under emergency rule.

The gesture is aimed at ameliorating the sufferings of the people of Adamawa, Borno and Yola states who have been under state of emergency declared by the President in May.

Disclosing this to Journalists yesterday in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, the Minister of State for Finance, Yerima Ngama said the directive was in response to an appeal made by him and the Minister of State for Agriculture, Tijani Bukar to the president over the suffering of the people of the three states.

Mr Ngama explained that the insecurity has caused untold hardship on the people with the restriction of movement which has reduced farming activities in the states hence the intervention of the federal government.

He disclosed that 25,000 metric tons of food is equivalent to 930 trailer loads of food stuff  which is over half a million bags of maize, millet and guinea corn.

The minister further explained that due to the large quantity of food required, it will be released in batches.

A breakdown reveals that a total of 399 bags of 665 trailer loads will be released to the three states in the first batch.

Borno state which is the largest and worse hit by the activities of the insurgents, will take the lion share of 324 trailers, while Yobe will get 195 trailers and Adamawa 170.

According to the Minister, an additional sum of N250 million has been approved by the President for the purchase of rice, cooking oil and other accessories to be distributed in the states.

In Yobe state for instance, Mr Ngama explained that all the 178 wards will be given a trailer load of food while the remaining will be shared to civil servants, police and army personnel as well as other organizations in the state.

He advised the people to see the gesture as an act of God and not read political meanings into it.

“We are giving this food not because we are PDP but because of God. I am calling on all the people of my state to come and collect the food. It does not matter whether you are PDP or any other political party. Nobody will discriminate in the sharing of the food”, the minister announced.

He noted that to ensure a hitch-free distribution of the food, all security agencies with Aid groups will be involved in the process.

Expressing thanks to the President, Mr. Ngama said, “This is an unprecedented initiative by the president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. I have not heard in history where this amount of food was released to any part of Nigeria in the past.

“The people of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa will remain grateful to Mr. President for his kindness and gesture to ameliorate their sufferings”, he said.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

Also Read: Umahi Unhappy With PDP Because Atiku Picked Peter Obi – Wike

Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

Also Read: Nigeria still needs SARS, Zamfara gov, Matawalle insists

He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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