Nigerian News from Leadership News http://leadership.ng Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:15:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Navy Arrest Oil Thieves, Illegal Bunkerershttp://leadership.ng/news/552093/navy-arrest-oil-thieves-illegal-bunkerers http://leadership.ng/news/552093/navy-arrest-oil-thieves-illegal-bunkerers#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:40:34 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=552093 NAVYOperatives of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) DELTA have arrested suspected illegal oil bunkerers at Epomu creek with a Cotonou boat carrying unspecified amount of product suspected to be crude oil. This is even as another 3 persons were arrested for suspected illegal oil bunkering. Commodore Christian Ezekobe, the Naval Director of Information in a...]]> NAVY

Operatives of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) DELTA have arrested suspected illegal oil bunkerers at Epomu creek with a Cotonou boat carrying unspecified amount of product suspected to be crude oil.

This is even as another 3 persons were arrested for suspected illegal oil bunkering.

Commodore Christian Ezekobe, the Naval Director of Information in a statement said the suspects were caught with a 200HP speed boat carrying the sum of two million, six hundred and twenty two thousand, four hundred and fifty naira only (N2,622,450.00). The suspects and cash have been handed over to officials of NSCDC for further action.

The statement also said a patrol team deployed by NNS JUBILEE arrested three suspected oil thieves around Prime Energy in Akwa Ibom state adding that the suspects were conveying 10 drums of allegedly stolen Premium Motor Spirits (PMS) and 5 drums of suspected illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) in 3 speed boats.

Ezekobe said NNS PATHFINDER patrol team also raided an illegal refinery site around Isaka community in Rivers state. During the raid, the team was said to destroy the illegal refinery together with a Cotonou boat laden with suspected stolen crude oil and a ground reservoir with unquantifiable quantity of suspected illegally refined AGO.

He said in a similar development, FOB ESCRAVOS under the maritime component of OPS DELTA SAFE yesterday discovered a haven for illegal refining of stolen crude oil at Saghara creek in Warri South West LGA of Delta state.

The site, according to the statement had storage pits with large volumes of suspected stolen crude oil as well as large volumes of illegally refined product suspected to be AGO. Though no arrest was made, the patrol team in conjunction with troops of the land components of OPS DELTA SAFE destroyed the site.

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Edo 2016: Take Your Future, Protect Your Tomorrow, PDP Tells Votershttp://leadership.ng/news/552092/edo-2016-take-your-future-protect-your-tomorrow-pdp-tells-voters http://leadership.ng/news/552092/edo-2016-take-your-future-protect-your-tomorrow-pdp-tells-voters#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:39:13 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=552092 Pastor-Osagie-Ize-Iyamu-and-Mr.-Godwin-Obaseki-326x159The Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday call on voters in Edo State to ‘Take the Future’ and vote for its flag-bearers, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Hon. John Yakubu as Governor and Deputy Governor in the Wednesday 28, 2016 re-scheduled Gubernatorial Election in the state. The PDP is re-iterating its earlier call...]]> Pastor-Osagie-Ize-Iyamu-and-Mr.-Godwin-Obaseki-326x159

The Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday call on voters in Edo State to ‘Take the Future’ and vote for its flag-bearers, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Hon. John Yakubu as Governor and Deputy Governor in the Wednesday 28, 2016 re-scheduled Gubernatorial Election in the state.

The PDP is re-iterating its earlier call for the people of Edo State to avoid the mistake of 2015 General Elections and urged them to vote for the right Candidate that will secure their future and rescue Edo State from high taxation, poverty, stagnation and hunger.

The party in a statement signed by the Head of Publicity Division, Adm. Chinwe I. Nnorom on behalf of the National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said the Party is sure of victory in the forthcoming Election in Edo State.

“Our Party and flag bearers in Edo State are well prepared for the Gubernatorial Election coming up on Wednesday September 28, 2016. Our message to the good people of Edo State is to ‘Take the Future’ and vote for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the new Governor of the State. We are also calling on them to avoid voting in the ‘Recession Team’ which will be a repeat of the mistake of 2015 General Elections”.

The Party again advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to maintain their independence and desist from actions that may jeopardize the Election saying, “We do hope that the Electoral Umpire this time is ready for the re-scheduled Election and will do all things necessary towards conducting a free, fair, credible and conclusive Election without allowing any advantage to the Government in power as this will portend danger for our fledgling democracy”.

Regarding the rumor of the All Progressive Congress (APC) importing people from other states with cloned Voters Card to manipulate the electoral process, the PDP said, “It’s the duty of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to direct the Commissioner of Police in the State to remain vigilant and should not allow the Force to be manipulated by politicians”.

“We are again very worried of the news that the APC have imported machineries from neighboring states to disrupt the Edo State Gubernatorial Election. This ugly trend must stop and the Commissioner of Police and other security agencies should rise to the occasion to forestall any breakdown of law and order during the Election”.

Finally, the PDP called on all its members, supporters and voters in Edo State to come out en-mass and ensure victory for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Hon. John Yakubu to take Edo people to a greater future.

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Woman Loses Pot Of Rice To Thieves In Ebonyihttp://leadership.ng/news/552088/woman-loses-pot-of-rice-to-thieves-in-ebonyi http://leadership.ng/news/552088/woman-loses-pot-of-rice-to-thieves-in-ebonyi#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:13:16 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=552088 Pot of RiceA middle-aged woman identified as Agnes on Sunday in Abakaliki lost the pot of rice she was cooking to thieves. A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who visited Agnes’ residence behind Nnodo Secondary School, Amike-Aba on Monday reports that she was still in shock over the incident. It took repeated appeals by the correspondent...]]> Pot of Rice

A middle-aged woman identified as Agnes on Sunday in Abakaliki lost the pot of rice she was cooking to thieves.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who visited Agnes’ residence behind Nnodo Secondary School, Amike-Aba on Monday reports that she was still in shock over the incident.

It took repeated appeals by the correspondent to make Agnes talk, as she maintained that her husband had barred her from speaking further on the issue to avoid negative attention to the family.

“I came back from a village-meeting late on Sunday and put the rice on fire so that my family could have their dinner and eat the remnant on Monday morning.

“This apartment, as you can see, has no kitchen so we cook in the space in front of the house, likewise other occupants of the building,” she said.

Agnes said that as she went inside her room to fetch some condiments, she was delayed by the attention she had to give to her crying child.

“I gave attention to my child who was crying and by the time I came out to continue cooking, the pot of rice had vanished, with the stove still enkindled.

“After I recovered from the shock, I started screaming which attracted my husband, family members and neighbours who were all as stupefied as I.

“When it was established that no occupant of the building took the pot, it dawned on us that the act was perpetrated by a thief who exploited the vulnerability of the improvised kitchen,” she said.

The woman declined further comments but her neigbour, Justin Mbam-Egbe, noted that the situation had re-awakened security consciousness among the occupants of the house.

“This is the first theft case we are experiencing and we will henceforth be security conscious to avert future occurrences,” he said.

A private security consultant in Abakaliki, Dr John Odikwa, blamed such incident on the current economic recession in the country.

“The country has degenerated to a level that people now steal pots of rice and soup and with the yuletide approaching, the society should be ready for serious security challenges.

“The Federal Government should take immediate measures to alleviate the sufferings of the people to prevent total breakdown of law and order,” he said.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ebonyi police command, Mr George Okafor, described the incident as funny and noted that it had not been reported to the command.

“It is difficult for such incidents to be reported but we assure the citizens of the state of adequate protection of their lives and properties,” he said. (NAN)

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Naira Suffers Severe Loss In All Market Segmentshttp://leadership.ng/business/552087/naira-suffers-severe-loss-in-all-market-segments http://leadership.ng/business/552087/naira-suffers-severe-loss-in-all-market-segments#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:09:28 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=552087 naira-exchange_340The Naira on Monday suffered a severe defeat against the dollar in all the major segments of the market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports. At the interbank segment of the market, the naira lost 53 kobo to close at N308.32, from N307.79 posted on Friday. Trading at the Bureau De Change (BDC) showed...]]> naira-exchange_340

The Naira on Monday suffered a severe defeat against the dollar in all the major segments of the market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.

At the interbank segment of the market, the naira lost 53 kobo to close at N308.32, from N307.79 posted on Friday.

Trading at the Bureau De Change (BDC) showed that the naira lost 5 points to exchange at N445 against the dollar, while it traded for N565 and N480 against the Pound Sterling and the Euro respectively.

The naira also closed at N445, N559 and N484 to the dollar, Pound Sterling and the Euro at the parallel market.

Traders at the market fingered acute forex shortage of the greenback to the poor performance of the naira at the market.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, President, Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) assured that the BDCs were set to key into Travelex platform for forex sales.

Gwadabe said that biometric registration of BDCs and subsequent funding was ongoing, a move he said would lead the naira to the path of recovery. (NAN)

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NCC Sets Up Taskforce To Enhance Quality Of Service In Networkshttp://leadership.ng/business/552086/ncc-sets-up-taskforce-to-enhance-quality-of-service-in-networks http://leadership.ng/business/552086/ncc-sets-up-taskforce-to-enhance-quality-of-service-in-networks#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:00:24 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=552086 nigerian-communications-commission_nccThe Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it has set up a high level taskforce to identify all issues militating against quality of service in the networks. Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC said this on Monday in Abuja while interacting with newsmen to mark his one year in office. According to him,...]]> nigerian-communications-commission_ncc

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it has set up a high level taskforce to identify all issues militating against quality of service in the networks.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC said this on Monday in Abuja while interacting with newsmen to mark his one year in office.

According to him, the report of the committee is already being implemented for the resolution of some urgent issues militating against quality of service.

He said that the quality of service on the various networks, which includes infrastructure, service providers facilities had taken considerable attention of the commission.

“The commission has been able to identify and taken notice of the difference between the records of quality service as recorded in the switch of the service providers and from the practical experience of the consumers.

“We have therefore taken some measures to address the issue of quality of service.’’

Danbatta said that the commission was also promoting a Telecom Industry Working Group on Quality of Service that engages service providers to discuss germane matters leading to resolution of critical quality of service.

He said that the commission had also identified and engaged critical stakeholders, who were relevant in the resolution of issues of quality service, multiple taxation, and regulation, and indiscriminate shutting down of live base stations.

The NCC boss added that the commission had identified state governments as critical stakeholders whose actions may contribute positively or negatively to quality of service issues.

“We have so far made a presentation at the Governors Forum, especially to draw their attention to the National Economic Council’s resolution on multiple taxation and multiple regulations on deployment of telecom infrastructure.

“We are also engaging the governors directly and so far have met and received the support of four governors who have agreed with our point of view.

“Our visits had fostered more understanding about the need to support the deployment infrastructure to energise economic activities in the states rather than discourage investments through imposition of taxes and multiple regulations.’’

Danbatta also said that spectrum monitoring had been improved to ensure sanity in the industry.

He said the commission had currently deployed four Anmtsu Spectrum Ana;ysers, leading to more efficiency in radio Spectrum monitoring.

“Through efficient monitoring and value driven usage of spectrum for provision of different types of service, revenue generation for the Federal Government through frequency allocation and renewal fees have improved from the previous years.

“More than N47 billion was realised in spectrum usage and licensing within the year under review. (NAN)

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Nigeria Will Overcome Economic Recession – PMBhttp://leadership.ng/news/552084/nigeria-will-overcome-economic-recession-pmb http://leadership.ng/news/552084/nigeria-will-overcome-economic-recession-pmb#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:22:56 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=552084 buhari-newNigeria has the people and the resources to surmount her economic problems, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured. Receiving President of the African Development Bank (ADB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, at State House, Abuja, on Monday, President Buhari said: “God has given us people and resources. It will take hard work on our part, but we will...]]> buhari-new
Nigeria has the people and the resources to surmount her economic problems, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured.
Receiving President of the African Development Bank (ADB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, at State House, Abuja, on Monday, President Buhari said: “God has given us people and resources. It will take hard work on our part, but we will make it. We will get out of our problems. We are determined to produce what we eat, and stop importation. We will also chase those who stole, and get them to refund.”
According to a statement by his special adviser media, Femi Adesina, the President said the country appreciates helping hands being lent by the ADB, assuring Nigerian-born Adesina, who was the immediate past Minister of Agriculture, that “we will not let you down. Your country won’t disappoint you.”
Adesina appreciated President Buhari for the support the country gave when he ran for ADB presidency, thus making him the first Nigerian to occupy such position since the bank was established in 1964.
He also lauded the Nigerian President for successes recorded in securing the country, particularly in the North East, noting that “there can be no development without adequate security.”
The ADB boss described recent economic decisions taken in the country as “bold, tough, uncomfortable, but right,” adding that Nigeria would reap the dividends in the short and long run.
“You can count on the ADB as a true friend of Nigeria. You should support massive investment in infrastructure, and we are here to also support. Closing the infrastructure deficit will enable growth, and create employment. Nigeria is too big to fail,” Adesina said.
The ADB President unfolded the packages his institution has for Nigeria, which include; $1 billion of budget support, $300 million to create jobs for 185,000 youths, $250 million towards North East infrastructure development, $1 million grant to deal with challenges of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), $300 million for infrastructure development around Abuja, $200 million for Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to deepen facilities, among others.
Dr Adesina expressed delight with what he called “President Buhari’s push on anti-corruption, and stance on governance,” adding that building institutions was critical. To that end, he said ADB would give a total of $4.8 million as grant for institutional support, with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) getting $2 million, and $1million to Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). “You can always count on my support, and that of the ADB,” he concluded.
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PMB Okays New Federal Appointmentshttp://leadership.ng/news/552082/pmb-okays-new-federal-appointments http://leadership.ng/news/552082/pmb-okays-new-federal-appointments#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:22:42 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=552082 buhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved new appointments in 13 Federal Government agencies. This is contained in a statement issued by the director media, Bolaji Adebiyi ,in the office of the Secretary to the government of the federation.  The appointments include ;Mr. Joseph Ari as the Director-General Industrial Training Fund (ITF) , Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami),...]]> buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved new appointments in 13 Federal Government agencies.

This is contained in a statement issued by the director media, Bolaji Adebiyi ,in the office of the Secretary to the government of the federation.

 The appointments include ;Mr. Joseph Ari as the Director-General Industrial Training Fund (ITF) , Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), Director general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Others are ; Engineer Simbi Kesiye Wabote as Executive Secretary,Nigerian Content Monitoring Board, Aboloma Osita Anthony as Director-General, Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON).

For the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) the Director-General is Mamman Amadu while Barrister Sharon Ikeazor is the Executive Secretary of Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).

Princess Akodundo Gloria is the National Coordinator/CEO for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Alhaji Ahmed Bobboi as Executive Secretary, Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF).

For the Oil & Gas Free Zone Authority,the Managing Director is  Umana Okon Umana, Sa’adiya Faruq,Federal Commissioner for National Commission for Refugees, Migrant and Internally Displaced Persons.

The statement added that; Engineer Usman Abubakar as Chairman of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Dr. Bello Aliyu Gusau as executive Secretary, of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) and Yewande Sadiku; Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).

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Nigeria Limping Because Of Fallen Oil Price – PMBhttp://leadership.ng/news/552081/nigeria-limping-because-of-fallen-oil-price-pmb http://leadership.ng/news/552081/nigeria-limping-because-of-fallen-oil-price-pmb#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:20:42 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=552081 buhari-newDespite the economic downturn caused largely by fallen prices of oil in the international market, President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria will fulfill its obligations to the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID). Receiving President of the bank, Mr. Bashir Mamma, at State House, Abuja, Monday, President Buhari in a statement by his special adviser...]]> buhari-new
Despite the economic downturn caused largely by fallen prices of oil in the international market, President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria will fulfill its obligations to the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID).
Receiving President of the bank, Mr. Bashir Mamma, at State House, Abuja, Monday, President Buhari in a statement by his special adviser media, Femi Adesina,  said: “We may be limping because of fallen oil prices, but we will fulfill our commitments to the bank. We may have fallen behind, but we will live up very soon. We will maintain the objectives of setting up the bank, which is to help our less financially endowed neighbours.”
Mr. Mamma disclosed that EBID is the financing arm of ECOWAS, which has been there for about 30 years, and was initially set up as a Fund, “to help less developed West African states, but we now cover all parts of the sub-region.”
He added that EBID set up Ecobank, and has also established an airline, after the national airlines of most member countries collapsed.
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NSCDC Deploys 20,000 Personnel For Edo Governorship Electionhttp://leadership.ng/news/552080/nan-deploys-20000-personnel-for-edo-governorship-election http://leadership.ng/news/552080/nan-deploys-20000-personnel-for-edo-governorship-election#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:18:37 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=552080 nscdcThe Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Monday said it had deployed 20,000 personnel for Edo governorship election scheduled for Sept. 28. This is contained in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Okeh and issued to newsmen in Abuja. The statement said that the Commandant-General of the Corps, Mr...]]> nscdc

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Monday said it had deployed 20,000 personnel for Edo governorship election scheduled for Sept. 28.

This is contained in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Okeh and issued to newsmen in Abuja.

The statement said that the Commandant-General of the Corps, Mr Abdullahi Muhammadu, had directed the immediate deployment of 20,000 personnel for the election.
“The CG has charged the Acting Deputy Commandant General Operations, Mr Hillary Madu, to relocate his office to Edo in order to guarantee free and fair election devoid of violence and rancour.

“The Acting DCG is to be assisted by two Assistant Commandant Generals in Charge of Zone G Benin and Zone E Owerri with five Commandants drawn from the neighbouring states.

“While the personnel are to be re-deployed from Kogi, Ondo, Delta, Bayelsa and Anambra Commands respectively to complement the deployment of personnel from Edo Command,’’ it said.
Muhammadu advised the personnel to work in synergy with other sister security agencies in order to ensure peaceful conduct of the election.

The CG warned that any personnel caught or found involved in any act of misconduct would be dealt with in accordance with the law and ethics of the service.

He also approved the deployment of sniffer dogs, specialised units such as the SWAT, CBRN, CTU, Undercover and Special Forces to protect the Critical Infrastructures and national assets in the state and its environs.

Muhammadu said that this was to prevent them from being vandalised by criminal-minded people who took advantage of activities like this to carry out their nefarious act.

“I call on all the politicians in Edo to note that, achieving victory is not a do or die affair, but victory comes from God alone.

“The winner should accept it in humility while the loser should accept it in magnanimity.
“There is always another time to achieve success. Election will come and go, but Edo remains.

“So, there is no need to fight and destroy what belongs to generations born and yet unborn,’’ he said.

He also urged the citizens of the state to come out en masse to exercise their franchise without fear or favour, adding that they should vote the candidate of their choice without any form of coercion.

Muhammadu called on parents to be on the look-out for their children and wards, and ensure that they were of best behaviour ever, before, during and after the poll.

The CG also charged the youths in the state to shun thuggery and all forms of vices that negate peaceful conduct of election.

He stressed the need for them not to allow themselves to be used by any person to carry out any form of satanic acts.

Muhammadu added that those politicians and their supporters would never bring their sons or daughters to carry out such dirty jobs.

He said that synergy amongst security operatives was a must, as no man could achieve success alone without good team work at all times. (NAN)

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Boko Haram Substantially Degraded, Says Gen. Abubakarhttp://leadership.ng/news/552079/boko-haram-substantially-degraded-says-gen-abubakar http://leadership.ng/news/552079/boko-haram-substantially-degraded-says-gen-abubakar#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:17:27 +0000 http://leadership.ng/?p=552079 gen-abdulsalami-abubakarA former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar on Monday in Yola expressed satisfaction that the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East “has been substantially degraded.’’ Abubakar, who was the guest speaker at the opening of a three-day regional conference on “Peace Building and Reconstruction in the Chad Basin,’’ however, noted that terrorism...]]> gen-abdulsalami-abubakar

A former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar on Monday in Yola expressed satisfaction that the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East “has been substantially degraded.’’

Abubakar, who was the guest speaker at the opening of a three-day regional conference on “Peace Building and Reconstruction in the Chad Basin,’’ however, noted that terrorism was an enemy difficult to defeat.

The conference is co-hosted by the Nigerian Army and the Centre for Peace and Security Studies, Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola.

The former head of state lamented that the insurgency had taken unprecedented toll on human, property and ecology of the countries around the Chad basin.

According to him, planning for post-insurgency situation – peace building and reconstruction in the area requires a clear understanding of the cause of the conflict.

Quoting statistics from the UN, he said as at November, 2015 there were over 2.2 million IDPs in Nigeria, over 158, 000 in Cameroon, over 66,000 in Chad and 47, 000 in Niger.

“Similarly, there are 93,000 refugees in Niger, 64, 000 in Cameroon and 7,000 in Chad as at Nov. 2015,’’ Abubakar said.

He said during the period, 1.6 million IDPs were in Borno alone, being the epicenter of the insurgency, while 218,000 villages and hamlet were affected by the insurgency.

He said that infrastructure damaged included 18,000 houses and 22,000 schools.

“In Borno alone, the following were damaged: 1, 630 water sources, over 700 electrical distribution lines and 1, 205 government institutions. This is a colossal damage.

“As a result, 952, 000 children of school age are currently displaced, among, which are tens of thousands of orphans,’’ he said.

Still quoting from the UN, Abubakar said the losses recorded due to the conflict during the period among to 5.9 billion dollars or N1.8 trillion.

“This of course, is deepening the state poverty in a region classified among the poorest in sub-Sahara Africa.

“The statistics also show that as at Nov. 2015, three million people are trapped in areas regarded as inaccessible and likely to be killed or become victims of security incidents, human rights violation, physical abuse, extortion, raping and sexual violence, among others.’’

He also quoted from the UNICEF, saying that in Borno alone, 257,000 children under the age of five were likely to suffer from malnutrition in 2016 as a result of the insurgency.

In his remark, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai noted that there was lack of comprehensive road map and master plan for the rehabilitation of insurgency ravaged region.

Buratai said that this had resulted in the absence of formidable synergy among the numerous agencies involved.

“The major challenge is lack of research-based data on the real life challenges confronting the IDPs in the form of comprehensive post conflict need assessment.

“The lack of synergy is affecting effort by government agencies, NGO and the armed forces, as well as international partners in caring for IDPs,’’ he said.

He then called on the conference to come out with suggestions to address that.

Also, the Vice Chancellor of Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Prof. Kyari Mohammed, stressed the need to respond to the humanitarian needs of the people in the region as a fall out of the war.

“Food insecurity remains the number one challenge.

“This had led to malnutrition, stunting growth and waste in children, rising cases of infant and maternal mortality.

“The recent reported resurgence of polio is a consequence of the shutting down of several areas for months due to the insurgents activities,’’ Mohammed said. (NAN)

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