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Boko Haram Hoist Flag in Niger, 50 Villages Deserted

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Boko Haram Hoist Flag in Niger, 50 Villages Deserted

The presence of Boko Haram in Niger State has been confirmed in Kaure, Shiroro Local Government Area with the hoisting of their flag.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello while on a visit to over 3000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Shiroro and Munya local government areas taking refuge in Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) Primary School Minna confirmed their presence.

“I am confirming that there are Boko Haram elements in Niger state, around Kaure.

“I just heard that they’ve already hoist their flag in Kaure, which means they’ve taken over the territory and this is what I have been engaging the federal government with and unfortunately it has now gotten to this stage that if care is not taken not even Abuja is safe”, he said.

The governor who decried the security challenges in the State, expressed concern over the manner at which wives of the locals have been taking over by Boko Haram members.

“They’ve taken over the territory, they’ve installed their flag. I am confirming that now. They’ve taken over the wives of people by force”, he said.

He said “Boko Haram elements are trying to use these areas as their home just like they did in Sambisa”.

The Governor said the situation calls for collective efforts by all and sundry pointing out that Government has been taking steps and will not relent on its efforts to curb the situation.

He said though he has not lost hope in the Federal Government, he is not going to wait anymore, adding that time has come to see reasons for a coordinated military actions to take place.

“I have not lost hope from the federal government but I am not waiting for anyone anymore”, he added.

Bulus Asu a resident of Kuchi in Munya LGA while explaining their ordeal, said that the entire Kuchi has been deserted in the past three months.

Asu added that they were entering Niger State territory from Kaduna through Kapana village kidnapping people and raping women.

He mentioned Kuchi, Guni, Gini, Chiri, Fuka and Kapana as villages among others that have been faced with banditry issues for the past three years.

Asu who commended the Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umar Faruk Bahago for taking care of the IDPs in the IBB primary school called on the State government to intensify efforts and evolve measures that will deal with the situation faced by the people.

Mary Noel-Berje
Chief Press Secretary to
the Governor of Niger State.
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GOVERNOR ABUBAKAR SANI BELLO OF NIGER STATE SAYS MORE THAN 50 VILLAGES DISSERTED

….SEEKS FOR INCREASE REVENUE TO MEET INCREASING DEMANDS

Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello says not less than 50 villages across five Local Government Areas have been disserted thereby causing humanitarian crisis in the State.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello stated this when he declared opened a two day workshop on strategies for enhancing Internally Generated Revenue of Local Government Councils in Minna,Niger State .

The Governor who acknowledged that the workshop is apt, stressed the need for local government Councils to look inwards and strengthen Internally Generated Revenue by expanding the tax net so as to meet the increasing demands in their Local Government Areas in particular and the State in general.

He noted that the present IGR cannot sustain
the developmental aspirations of the State particularly with the security challenges that have bedeviled some parts of the State, emphasizing that while Government is making efforts to boost its revenue, it must block leakages, cut down cost, adding that it will not hesitate to do away with Local Government Staff that are not adding value.

“As we speak we have not less that 50 villages deserted across 5 local governments now where do we get the resources to take care of them if 80% of our resources goes to those that do not add value to the system?

“Now we have to deal with humanitarian problems and security problems all these require resources that we do not have. So the only way we can survive is to increase our IGR.

“At the moment we have over 3,000 IDPs in Minna, apart from other local governments, he said.

The Governor urged participants to be attentive, actively participate and make meaningful contributions that will give them more insight into strategies of enhancing IGR for socioeconomic development at the local government levels.

Chairman, Local Government Service Commission Muhammad Ahmed Dabban and the Permanent Secretary of the Commission Nuhu Garba Ngaski in their separate remarks explained that the workshop was organized for Local Government Directors of Administration and Finance, Revenue officers as well as heads of finance of development areas in Niger State.

They both said that the workshop is primarily to ensure proper and accurate implementation of financial memoranda, have internal control system for enhancing revenue collection by the councils, enhance capacity as well as improve the quality of participants in their respective duties among others at the local government levels.

The Resource Person Malam Haruna Yahaya, who gave the synopsis of the workshop said the objectives of the workshop was to ascertain full understanding of revenue profile , develop comprehensive strategies to ensure enhanced revenue based of each local government and to promote transparency as well as accountability towards proper accounting for the revenue.

He said five papers are expected to be delivered at the workshop.

Mary Noel-Berje
Chief Press Secretary to
the Governor of Niger State.



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