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UN Deputy Secretary-General Says IDPs Are Tired And Want To Go Home

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The United Nations deputy secretary-general, Amina Mohammed says internally displaced persons living in camps across Borno State in Nigeria’s northeast are tired of living there and want to go home.  She was speaking in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, on Tuesday where she interacted with IDPs in the border town of Banki in the Bama local government area of the state.

Mohammed says the northeastern people had endured “untold hardship” as a result of the conflict that has decimated the region’s economy.

The UN top official said “after several years in camps, the IDPs are really tired and they want to go back to their normal lives.  They are tired that this thing is going on for many years.”

She also pointed to the overcrowded nature of the camps which she said had created the need to speed up the process of resettlement and reintegrating of the IDPs.  Mohammed also said their security and means of livelihood would have to be guaranteed as well.

Amina Mohammed said she, along with other UN officials, was in Borno state to assess the situation to determine how the plight of the IDPs could be improved, and how displaced persons could be resettled and reintegrated.

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Farmers, Drivers, Forest Guards, Ondo Monarchs Back Akeredolu’s Herdsmen Order

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The order by Ondo governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu that unregistered herders in the state must vacate government forest reserves is receiving strong support from most Ondo residents.

But, different reactions have been coming out of the presidency and northern elders on the governor’s order.

The presidency says the governor should not issue a unilateral order banning unregistered herders from the state’s forest reserves.  Akeredolu responded he would do what is right for the state.

Northern elders, on the other hand, have basically issued an order to the governor to leave the herders alone.

To ensure the governor would not back down, his supporters, including farmers, drivers, and forest guards, took to the streets of Akure to encourage him to stick to his order.  One protesting farmer said if the current state of insecurity is not quickly checked, it might lead to famine in the state.

Meanwhile, Ondo traditional rulers are also throwing their weight behind governor Akeredolu’s directive to the unregistered herders.

The monarchs briefed journalists after an emergency meeting in Akure on Thursday during which they called on president Muhammadu Buhari to demonstrate to the world that he is the father of all Nigerians, irrespective of ethnicity.

They also said some persons are deliberately twisting the governor’s directive. But they stated the Fulanis, like any other ethnic group, are free to live and conduct their legitimate businesses anywhere in the country, including Ondo State.

 

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Kaduna Govt Sacks 65 Primary School Teachers

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The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has on Friday confirmed the sack of 65 primary school teachers after investigation revealed they were recruited illegally in Sanga Local Government Area of the state.

According to an official who served as the secretary of the investigation committee confirmed the development to Newsmen in Kaduna.

Earlier, the council Chairman, Charles Danladi, had on Wednesday announced the sack of the teachers to journalists in Gwantu, the Council headquarters.

Danladi alleged that the anomaly was detected through the over-bloated wage bill of the teachers, which kept increasing every month without new employment.

Their appointments have been terminated.

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Nigeria To Get COVID-19 Vaccines By February

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Nigeria can now look forward to assessing COVID-19 vaccines by the end of February.  Nigeria governors’ forum chairman, Kayode Fayemi says the country is collaborating with the world bank to ensure the country is able to assess the vaccines.

Fayemi gave the information while briefing the forum on his meeting with the chair of the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on the roll-out of the vaccines.

Reports say Fayemi had told the meeting there is an arrangement for the world health organization to work on ensuring equity in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in developing nations.

He said Nigeria one of a dozen African nations that has expressed the readiness among the 92 qualified countries for the facility.  Its first shipment of vaccines should arrive by the end of February.

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