FG To Rehabilitate P-Harcourt Airport With N1.7bn

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has disclosed that the Federal Government will rehabilitate the international wing of the Port Harcourt Airport with N1.685 billion.
Sirika told State House correspondents that the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the contract which was awarded to Messers Entaba.
He said the council also approved the contract for the refurbishment of the airport terminal building, phase II domestic wing, from N746,830,782.12 to N1,411,662,855.67.
He said the projects were captured in the 2016 and 2017 budgets, assuring that they would be completed very soon as the Port Harcourt Airport “has been tagged the worst airport in the world, but by the grace of God and the wisdom of council, it will be completed.”
He said the government was addressing as airport security and safety, adding a stakeholders’ meeting would hold by the end of this month.
The minister also stated that the FEC approved the bilateral agreement against double taxation with Kenya. He added that the council also approved the ratification of the Climate Change Paris Agreement.
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UNICEF Urges FG To Rehabilitate Released Chibok Girls

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to provide intensive support for the 21 released Chibok girls to safeguard their future.

The group made the call in a statement signed by Mr Gianfranco Rotigliano, its Country Representative and made available to newsmen in Maiduguri.

“The release is a great news and we are delighted to see the girls back with their families. “But we must keep pressing for all the women and children held by Boko Haram to be freed.

“And we must bear in mind that all of those who have been held by Boko Haram will face a long and difficult process to rebuild their lives after the indescribable trauma they have suffered,”

Rotigliano said. He also said that the more than 200 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014 were among thousands of women and girls that UNICEF estimated had been held and subjected to violence by the group. “UNICEF has supported hundreds of women and girls who have already been released or escaped from Boko Haram.

“The girls’ report that they have been subjected to rape – frequently in the form of forced marriages – beatings, intimidation and starvation during their captivity. Many returned pregnant or with babies as a result of rape.

“When they do reach safety, girls who have been held by Boko Haram are often ill, malnourished, traumatised and exhausted.

“They are in need of medical attention and psychosocial support so that they can begin to come to terms with their experiences and reintegrate with their families and communities.

“Frequently, returning to their families and communities is the beginning of a new ordeal for the girls, as the sexual violence they have suffered often results in stigmatisation.

“People are also often afraid that the girls have been indoctrinated by Boko Haram and that they pose a threat to their communities. “The use by Boko Haram of children – mostly girls – as so called ‘suicide bombers’ has fueled such fears.

“Children born as a result of the sexual violence are at even greater risk of rejection, abandonment and violence.

“Since January, UNICEF and its partner International Alert have been providing psychosocial support for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence in the hands of Boko Haram.

“UNICEF and International Alert are also working with affected communities through a network of trained religious and community leaders to promote acceptance and to address negative perceptions that hamper the reintegration of women and girls who have suffered such violence.

“Funding from the Swedish International Development Agency and the UK Department for International Development has so far this year enabled UNICEF to provide a comprehensive programme of reintegration assistance to more than 750 women and girls subjected to Boko Haram-related sexual violence.

“With such large numbers of women and girls having been held by the group, however, the long-term provision of much-needed support remains heavily underfunded,’’ the UNICEF official said.



Buhari To Rehabilitate 414 Grazing Reserve Centres Nationwide

The President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is set to rehabilitate the 414 grazing reserve centres and stock routes across the country, what it described as steps taken to end the clash between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in parts of the country.

National Coordinator, Grazing Reserve Rehabilitation at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Mahmud Ibrahim, disclosed this while speaking during a sensitisation and mobilisation programme on the issue at Wawazange Grazing Reserve in Dukkku Local Council of Gombe State.

Ibrahim said government would not rest until the lingering crisis between farmers and cattle breeders ended. According to him, the project, which is being carried out by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Agriculture, is in conjunction with Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria to curtail the crisis among farmers and herdsmen in the country.

He said 10 states had already been mandated for the rehabilitation of the grazing reserves and stock routes. National Secretary of the breeders’ association, Baba Ngajarma, lauded the effort made by the government, saying that the project would sensitise farmers and herdsmen, adding that they must shun violence and embrace one another.



Military To Rehabilitate Repentant Boko Haram Members

Abubarka made this known when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum on Thursday in Abuja. He said that the operation was to rehabilitate, reintegrate, empower and de-radicalise surrendered members of the group. “Nigeria being a signatory to UN conventions, we have to comply fully with that portion of convention.

“Even if you arrest or capture an enemy or prisoner of war, by international law, you are to treat him with all human dignity; you must do that, as long as you are a signatory to UN convention.

“We evolved a policy by the defence headquarter and that operation is called operation ‘Safe Corridor’.

“Operation safe corridor is an operation trying to rehabilitate, reintegrate, empower and de-radicalise those, who surrender and those, who are captured.

“It is not in any way amnesty. We are trying to comply fully with international best global practices and that is why we came up with that.

“The Chief of Defence Staff, Maj.-Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin with other service chief agreed to this and they came up with this, which is the first of its kind since the terror of Boko Haram.

“And very soon, we will have a camp somewhere in the North- East where they will be kept for empowering and reintegrating and de-radicalising them.’’ However, he said that the military was not in any way relaxing in finding out the sponsors of boko haram.

“We are not in any way relaxing in finding out those who are sponsoring but those who are really active in the insurgency are our first target.

“The recruitment style of this insurgency is extremely worrisome; we are doing all we can to ensure that we block them though programmes that we have evolved.

“It has gone a long way in making them to surrender.’’ Abubakar said that the military in 2015 came up with security operation that targeted the insurgency. He said following the operation, a lot of boko haram members surrendered when they knew they would not be killed if they did so. He said that insurgency was something that was unpredictable, boundless and transitional.

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Adamawa To Spend N200m To Rehabilitate IDPs

Adamawa State governor, Umar Jubrilla Bindow, has unveiled a N200 million plan to rehabilitate internally displaced persons (DPS), who are at the receiving end of the insurgency in the North-East states. The state currently hosts Nigeria’s largest population of IDPs, mostly from Borno and Yobe sates.

Speaking with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, Governor Bindow said his administration had announced the setting up of a N200 million security budget, of which over N50 million would form a part of the state’s internal contribution to co-funding counter-insurgency operations, aided by local vigilante and intelligence gathering, while about N50 million would go into helping to manage the internal refugee crisis.

Part of the funds, according to the governor, would be directly managed by organisations, which, until now, had been helping to provide community-based restoration and rehabilitation of victims of the insurgency, independent of the government.

He said his administration’s decision to partner local and religious organisations was informed by its conviction that they were closer to the people at the grassroots, making them valuable partners in local security response and post-incident recovery.

Governor Bindow said: “The country is facing a guerrilla-style insurgency, which is different from conventional warfare.”

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