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Erosion: FG Confirms Intervention In Abia As Sen. Kalu’s Effort Pays Off

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The efforts by Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Kalu to see an end to erosion problems in Abia State, has finally paid off following intervention moves by the Federal Government.

Kalu representing Abia North Senatorial District, had sought FG’s intervention in the state following the level of damages done by erosion in some parts of his Constituency.

 

In a letter exclusively obtained by Igbere TV, entitled: “Request For Urgent Intervention in the Erosion Prone Areas of my Senatorial District”, the former governor had written specifically to Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF.

 

A response letter from the Federal Government through the Ecological Fund Management Committee, showed that the government had graciously approved the request.

 

“I am directed to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated 10th July 2019, on the above subject matter and to inform you that your request has been captured in Ecological Fund Office data bank for further necessary action”, the acknowledgement letter partly read.

 

The letter dated July 18, was signed by Engr. F. O. Okeke, the Director, Soil Erosion and Flood Control Department, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the Ecological Fund Office.

 

A follow-up letter by the Abia North Senator, dated July 18 and addressed to the SGF, further revealed that the Federal Government had captured the affected areas in its projects.

 

“You may wish to recall following my request on the above subject matter in your organisation which has duly been captured in the Ecological Fund Office data bank…”, the letter read in part.

 

While thanking the SGF for his support, the two-time Governor of Abia further requested for approval of more erosion prone areas in future projects.

 

“I write to request for your urgent intervention, as erosion has continuously ravaged and devastated the entire Senatorial district with total near collapse on the affected areas which are:

(a) Abiriba and Ohafia Highway in Ohafia LGA;

(b) Elu/Amaekpu/Ugwueobenzu Hospital Road Ohafia LGA;

(c) Nkporo Ubibia Itumbuzo Ring Road;

(d) Bende Town, Bende LGA.

 

“I further solicit for your kind intervention to save the sinking communities by approving the reconstruction of these gully affected areas in the next intervention budget”, Senator Kalu wrote.

 

“I look forward to meeting you in person to explain in details the deteriorating state of my Senatorial district.

 

“Please find attached photocopy of the intervention request letter from the Ecological Fund Office”, the Senate Chief Whip concluded.

 

“Thank you and please accept my warm regards from me and my family.”

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“It’s Painful Seeing Boko Haram Killing Many People” – 38-Year-Old Woman Survivor Says

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Hawa Abdu, a 38-year old Nigerian mother of two was abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 and spent four years with the outlawed terrorist group moving around the north-east of Nigeria.

 

She has been living in Minawao, a camp for Nigerian refugees in the Far North region of Cameroon, since January 2018.

 

“In 2014, my mother was in Bama, a town in between the state capital of Borno State, Nigeria, and the border with Cameroon, so I went to see her.

 

One day, we were told by the local authorities that it was not safe to stay, but I refused to move my mother because she was sick.

 

The terrorists entered the town at 4 a.m. the next day and gathered in the market. It was beyond our power to prevent them.

 

“I heard gun shots from all sides, and in the confusion, my two children ran in one direction and I went with my mother in another. We were caught by terrorists and my mother was slapped and left on the ground.

 

“I was taken, many of us were taken, by the terrorists. We were driven to the town of Zamaimaya and then had to walk 10 kilometres into the bush.

 

“All but the young girls were forced to marry a Boko Haram fighter. I refused to begin with, however after three days I realized I had no choice but to agree, because they said if we did not marry, we would be executed.

 

I was ordered to convert to Islam, which I did before the marriage.

 

“After I married, I was beaten a lot and given very little food. One time I spent seven days without food. Sometimes I was given dindiri or beans to eat. I suffered a lot from hunger. I hated being married to a Boko Haram fighter.

 

“The terrorists killed many people in front of us. We did not have the power to stop that happening.

 

We moved around the bush a lot, changing locations day by day. God saved me during these harsh times.

 

“One day, my daughter Hadiza who is 13-years old managed to escape. I have not seen her since. I pray every day that she is still alive. I do not know where my mother is. And then later soldiers came and chased away Boko Haram, and they helped me and my other daughter, Fatima, who is now 14 years old, to escape.

 

“She is with me in Minawao camp today.

 

“I have spent over a year in this camp and have been given food and clothes by my neighbours. I have not eaten chicken since I have been here. I sell groundnuts to make a little money. I need a mat, a pot and more clothes.

 

“I am suffering from heart disease and anxiety and cannot forget how I was separated from my parents and brothers and the killings I saw. I think about this every day.

 

“One way, I can relax is by listening to music to Hausa Fulani songs. I sometimes borrow my neighbour’s phone to listen. It makes me happy; it gives me piece of mind.”

 

 

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35,000 People Have Been Killed So Far in Nigeria By Boko Haram – UN

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An estimated 35,000 persons have lost their lives in the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe States and other parts of Nigeria since the beginning of the conflict in 2009, the United Nations has said.

 

“These are 35,000 too many deaths,” it said in a statement.

 

The agency also said 37 aid workers lost their lives in the course of their duties in the region.

 

This was disclosed in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in commemoration of its humanitarian day.

 

“In total, 37 aid workers have lost their lives in service of humanity since the beginning of the conflict. We are here together to honour them and their grieving families, relatives, and children surviving them.

 

“As I stand before you today, my thoughts also go to the families of our colleagues who are still being held captive by armed groups. The UN and its humanitarian partners call for their immediate release and return to safety.

 

“My heart also goes out to the families of the thousands of civilians who have been similarly abducted and whose whereabouts are still unknown,” it said.

 

“Today, we are here together to remind the world that the humanitarian crisis hitting Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states is far from over.

 

“The less attention we pay to the crisis in the North-east, the more risks face our colleagues who are working in extremely volatile areas struck by violence and devastation.

 

“As respect for the laws of war weakens, aid workers are increasingly vulnerable, though they are more needed than ever before,” it added.

 

 

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I Was Freer In Nigeria Than In India – El-Zakzaky

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Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has said that he enjoyed more freedom in Nigeria than in India.

 

El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah, arrived in Nigeria on Friday after a botched medical treatment in India.

 

In a video made public on Saturday, the seemingly healthy-looking El-Zakzaky, during his trip to India, is seen talking with an unidentified Indian official.

 

“I have been about four years in prison now; a house fully furnished.

 

In fact, our next neighbour was the senate president; a large house. I was free to move about. Similarly, when they moved me to Kaduna I was in the best area government reserved area. It is a house fully furnished with large bedrooms and I was free,” he said.

 

“I have never been in detention with police there; in fact, the soldiers used to stay outside at the gate. That is what they have been doing. When we came here we were put in prison.

 

“I will definitely prefer another hospital. I was told that some Shi’ite Ulama came and said I should be allowed to be treated in India.”

 

The Federal Government once said it was spending N3.5 million monthly to feed El-Zakzaky and his family.

 

The IMN leader said he made the trip at his own expense, but that the Nigerian government told Indian authorities that they were “the ones bringing us.”

 

The Federal Government had said on Friday that El-Zakzaky’s repatriation became necessary after he attempted to seek asylum, Igbere TV reports.

 

 

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