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NYSC doctors, others protest against Borno govt over unpaid allowance

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Fifty (50) medical practitioners undertaking the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Borno State on Monday stormed the government house demanding immediate payment of their over five months allowance.

DAILY POST reports that the corps members, who comprise 2018/2019 Batch B, 2018/ 2019 Batch C and 2019/ 2020 Batch A, threatened not to vacate their accommodation to make room for their incoming colleagues if the government failed to meet their demands.

Dr. Azi Cornelius, who led his colleagues during the peaceful protest in front of the Maiduguri government house, said his members had made frantic efforts to get the authority to offset their monthly allowance but all fell on deaf ears.

The frustrated corps medical personnel explained that they were left with no option than demanding the immediate payment of their monthly allowance, which ranges between N100,000 for doctors and N 50,000 for other health workers.

“The former governor, Kashim Shettima announced payment of N100,000 to each of the medical NYSC doctors and N50,000 to other medical corps members in the health sector, unfortunately, the payment has stopped for a while now.

“We have 64 doctors and other medical corps members which brings our total number to 190.

“We are here to intimate the Borno State Governor of our unpaid stipend. We have written different letters, we even threatened to stop work until two months was paid but the summary of all is that most of us will be passing out on Thursday and we have between five to six months unpaid stipends, we want the government to pay us,” Cornelius said.

The medical corps members leader added that his members constitute over 50 per cent of the medical workforce in the state and have been discharging their duties effectively and efficiently. He urged the Borno government not to discourage other corps members with non-payment of allowance.

“The most demanding thing is that most us do calls – but unfortunately we sleep in the hospital without food. It’s regrettable to say that we lost a corps member last year, Dr Ike Stephen, he had worked for 72 hours, he died while crossing the road to buy watermelon to eat,” Cornelius revealed.

However, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Alhaji Mustapha Alau said the Governor has already directed the Ministry of Finance to pay the corps members.

“I’m going to the office now to effect the governor’s directive, but for now I cannot confirm the number of months to be paid,” Alau said.

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Kaduna: An kubutar da babban dan sanda daga hannun masu satar mutane

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Wani dan sandan Najeriya

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‘Yan sanda a jihar Kaduna, Najeriya, sun ce an yi nasarar kubutar da babban jami’in dan sandan nan da aka sace, ACP I. Musa, mai lakabin Rambo, a kan hanyar Kaduna zuwa Jos a karshen mako.

Mai magana da yawun rundunar DSP Yakubu Sabo ya ce an kubutar da babban dan sandan ne tare da direbansa ba tare da ko rauni ba.

Sai dai a tattaunawar da ya yi da BBC kakakin ya ki bayyana yadda aka yi nasarar kubutar da mutanen biyu, illa dai ya ce sai a nan gaba ne za su yi wannan bayani.

Game da cewa ko an yi wani dauki-ba-dadi da wadanda suka sace jami’an ‘yan sandan biyu,

ganin yadda a cikin dan lokaci da sace su har aka yi nasarar ceto su,

musamman ma a yadda ake ganin masu satar jama’a na da makamai, sai ya danganta hakan da irin kokarin jami’an tsaro.

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DSP Sabo ya ce ba a wannan lokacin ba ne kadai aka taba yin irin wannan nasara ta saurin ceto wasu da aka sace cikin gaggawa ba.

Ya ce abu ne da ya dogara da yanayin aiki, wani lokacin a samu nasara da wuri wani lokacin kuma yakan dauki lokaci.

Game da yadda ake ganin ‘yan bindiga na yawan satar mutane da kai hare-hare a jihar ta Kaduna,

a matsayin wata alama ta tabarbarewar tsaro a jihar, mai magana da yawun ‘yan sandan ya ce abin ba haka yake ba, domin ba kasar da ba a aikata laifuka.

Ya ce sai dai kawai idan abu ya yi yawa yana tayar da hankalin mutane, wanda kuma rundunar ta yin duk abin da ya kamata domin maganin matsalar.

Ya kara da cewa sakamakon irin matakan da suke dauka a yanzu ba a yawan satar mutane a titin Kaduna zuwa Abuja, da sauran hare-hare da ake kai wa jama’a a jihar.

Ya ce yawanci ma a yanzu masu aikata irin wadannan laifuka sun koma wasu jihohi da ke makwabtaka da Kaduna ne, inda ya bayar da misalin iyakar jihar da Nasarawa ya ce a yanzu wasu a irin wadancan yankuna da ke da iyaka da Kaduna ake laifukan.

Sai dai ya ce akwai bukatar sauran jihohi masu makwabtaka da Kaduna su hada hannu domin maganin matsalar.

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Terrorists kill four soldiers in Borno

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At least four Nigerian soldiers and a militia fighter were killed in clashes with IS-aligned jihadists in Borno State, security sources told AFP on Sunday.

Fighting erupted late on Saturday when troops ambushed a convoy of the Islamic State West Africa Province near Jakana Village, 42 kilometres from the state capital, Maiduguri.

Several troops were also injured and four trucks were lost to the militants, a soldier said.

The jihadists were riding in pick-up trucks fitted with machine guns according to a source, who confirmed the death toll.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Nigerian military said seven jihadists were killed and eight injured when their vehicle hit a landmine during a clash near Jakana on Friday.

The improvised explosive device had been planted by the jihadists, army spokesman Colonel Aminu Iliyasu was quoted as saying.

The decade-long conflict, which spilt into Nigerian neighbours — Niger, Chad and Cameroon — has killed at least 35,000 people and forced some two million to flee their homes in Nigeria alone.

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President Buhari departs Abuja Monday

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President Muhammadu Buhari is to depart Abuja on Monday to attend a three-day Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia, between Oct. 23 and Oct. 25.

A statement by the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday, said the summit would focus on exploring and expanding opportunities in security, trade and investment, science and technology, and gas production.

During the summit, President Buhari will meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to further strengthen relations between Nigeria and Russia.

Shehu stated that the two leaders would hold bilateral talks on security, trade and investment, and building partnership that would enhance Nigeria’s huge gas potential, following Russia’s remarkable success in gas exportation.

“The summit, which will be attended by African Heads of State, will bring fresh perspectives on some global issues and challenges like nuclear technology, energy development, digital transformation, environment, technical security, mining and steel, education, agriculture, infrastructure and development strategies.

“An African Business Forum, which will bring together African and Russian business leaders, will be held during the event to enhance Russian investments in Africa, and promote African business interest in the host country,’’ he added.

Shehu added that Buhari would be accompanied by Governors Muhammad Yahaya of Gombe state, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.

Others on the trip are: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite and Minister of State, Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

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