News RendezvousWhile it has become a common site in most communities in Nigeria to gather around a common event to watch, there are however certain things that demands just by common sense, that one should take to their heels and head for the best hiding place or the safest place or distance.Quite to the contrary in Yola, Adamawa state, a petroleum tanker loaded with petroleum products capsized and spills fuel products and instead residents keeping their distances, they rather thronged to the venue of the accident along Jambutu-Bye-Pass road to watch while the danger unfolds.Fire explosions involving filling stations or Tankers are really dangerous and can spread to some distances and no one in their right minds should approach a fallen tanker with fuel oozing out of it to watch because it is a potential time bomb.
The troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in its operation Fire Ball , has confirmed the killing of about 75 Boko Haram insurgents Or Members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and the seizure of several of its operational vehicles.
This is contained in a press statement issued by the acting Director Defense Media Operations, Briigadier General, Bernard Onyeuko, and made available to News Rendezvous, Tuesday.
Bernard Onyeuko said the military has recorded a successful operation against the insurgent and that the military is committed clearing the north east and the country at large of the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents and other security threats.
Brig. Onyeuko said, “Sequel to the commencement of Operation FIRE BALL, a subsidiary operation under Operation LAFIYA DOLE which is meant to clear the remnants of the Boko Haram/ Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists from their identified enclaves in the North East region.
“The Operation has recorded tremendous successes within the short period from its existence with the last week of the preceding month proving to be the deadliest against the criminals.
“The troops in the various Sectors of the Theatre have continued to carry out their tasks relentlessly. The successes so far achieved wouldn’t have been possible without the sacrifice, commitment and gallantry exhibited by the well motivated troops some of whom have paid the supreme sacrifice.
“Within this period, the troops have carried out aggressive clearance operations, ambushes, robust day and night patrols in order to finally decimate the remnants of the Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals.
“Consequently, as a result of the aggressive offensive action carried out by the troops, several terrorists elements have been neutralized as large number of their equipment were captured while some were equally destroyed in the process.
“In this regard a total of 75 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists were neutralized within this period. In terms of the criminals equipment 4 x Gun Trucks, 1 x Bedford Truck, 3 x Anti Aircraft guns,were destroyed. The captured weapons include: 6 x Gun Trucks, 4 x Anti Aircraft guns, 1x PKT gun, 4 x General Purpose Machine Guns,1 x Automatic Grenade Launcher, 1 x Dushka Gun, 1 x Light Machine Gun, 48 x AK 47 Rifles, 1x Locally made Pistol and 10 x AK 47 magazines.
“Furthermore, large cache of ammunition were captured also.
“This include: 1 x 36 Hand Grenade, 567 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 448 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition, 50 x Rocket Propelled Grenade bombs, 17 locally manufactured rounds, 3 shells for making Improvised Explosive Device, 1 x Smoke Grenade and 2 x belts of PKT rounds. Other assorted non lethal items were also captured from the criminals.”
He added that, “Regrettably, one officer and 2 gallant soldiers paid the supreme price while 4 other soldiers were wounded in action over the period.
“However, the wounded soldiers have since been evacuated to a military medical facility and are currently responding to treatment.
“The troops of Operation FIRE BALL under Operation LAFIYA DOLE are hereby commended for their resilience, doggedness and commitment exhibited since the beginning of the Operation.
“They are equally encouraged not to rest on their oars but build on the successes recorded so far.”
Assuring Nigerians and members of the north east he said, “The entire populace of the North East region are hereby assured of the Nigerian military high command determination to finally rout the remnants of BHT/ISWAP criminals from their enclaves in this zone.
“To you the members of the Press, I want to thank you most profoundly for your cooperation and commitment in covering our activities.
“You are well appreciated.”
Banding Together is the only way Africa will Beat COVID-19 By Dr. John Nkengasong and Commissioner Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil)
As of 15th October 2020, the continent has a remarkably low 4.2% of the global burden of the disease and just a little above 3.5% of deaths
By Dr. John Nkengasong and Commissioner Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil
Everyone knows by now that due to a combination of leadership, environment, social ecology, demographics and as yet unknown biological and other factors, Africa has been spared the worst of the havoc that COVID-19 has wreaked on other parts of the globe and was predicted to do here too.
As of 15th October 2020, the continent has a remarkably low 4.2% of the global burden of the disease and just a little above 3.5% of deaths.
Compare this against Africa’s share of the world’s population at 17%. Or the fact that Africa has nearly 5 times the global prevalence of HIV (hosting nearly 70% of all people living with the disease worldwide), and Africans contract 25% of all new Tuberculosis infections worldwide.
No one denies the continent’s remarkable COVID-19 biostatistical picture. But some have sought to attribute most of it to chance and the unknown.
We disagree. Africa locked down early, shut borders, closed schools and launched aggressive contact tracing with far more enthusiasm than most parts of the developed world.
That was not chance; that was bold leadership. Leadership rooted in communal values, and bedecked with ample evidence of the continent’s deep notions of solidarity during crisis.
Talking about solidarity, we can look at the speed at which private sector contributions into pooled funding mechanisms were mobilised to plug woeful gaps in states’ fiscal capacity. Hospitals were designed and constructed within three months in some countries, just like in China, but through civic, rather than just government, resource mobilisation. Even less recognised than the sterling leadership and solidarity examples that Africa has given the world is the flourish of innovations generally taken for granted.
African breweries and distilleries were among the first in the world to shift alcohol supplies to the manufacture of hygiene products. African fintech organisations deployed new services within days, and aggressively ramped down costs, even before lockdowns started to look like a long-term prospect. On 3rd February, even before the first infection was recorded, the continent inaugurated its joint taskforce.
Within 3 months, on 18th June, 2020, while in other places local governments were fighting with national governments over ventilators, we launched the Africa Medicines Supply Platform, the world’s first multistakeholder procurement consolidation platform at continental level.
And, on 5th October, the African Union and the Africa CDC, where I have the honour to serve as Director, launched the world’s first integrated digital public health response to the very difficult problem of reopening the skies whilst containing the pandemic.
Working with the continent’s leading airlines, laboratories, civic aviation authorities and technology actors, we unveiled Trusted Travel, an elaborate end-to-end solution allowing testing done in one country to be mutually recognised in other countries for seamless cross-border travel. Because of Trusted Travel, countries have the means to open their borders smartly and safely. Take Cape Verde, one of the countries that supported the launch of this effort, for instance. Literally one-third of the economy was nearly obliterated by COVID-19 because of the pandemic’s savage impact on tourism and transportation-related services.
Without an integrated solution to the travel challenge that restores confidence in travel, the path to full economic recovery would be painfully slow.
The more remarkable thing about the Trusted Travel intervention is how it emerged out of a “whole of society” campaign launched by the African Union on 20th August 2020 called the Saving Lives, Economies & Livelihoods initiative, an expansion of our PACT Initiative, which targeted nearly 10 million Africans for testing. It had become apparent, by June of this year, that an exclusive emphasis on disease containment would be a betrayal of the Africa CDC’s full mandate as a public health organisation.
One of the cardinal foundations of health leadership in our time is paying heed to the “social determinants of health”. Where “disease control” is itself becoming a barrier to the holistic wellness of the society, as has been the case with cross-border travel screening – with some people spending upwards of $600 on multiple, redundant, testing in a single round-trip journey (not to talk of the inconveniences and uncertainties) – it is critical that innovations that promote regional public health cooperation be prioritised.
This is precisely why between August and October, the Africa CDC expended enormous energy and effort on the diplomatically complex task of mobilising political will in Africa to harmonise public health restrictions on travel. And yet three months is in fact an unbelievably short time to mount something of this geopolitical scale.
Generating digital COVID-19 certificates and building the technical solutions for immunity certificates are by far the easiest part of the undertaking. Going through the political process of securing member state buy-in and convincing large private actors, like multinational airlines, to adopt common business processes is many times more challenging. And yet, this is what it takes, at the minimum, to assemble a credible multilateral innovative solution.
It is not surprising at all then, when one considers the general thrust of things since this pandemic began, that it is Africa that has been both bold and quick enough to launch something of this magnitude to balance the twin objectives of recovery and disease containment. Such a feat requires very optimal combinations of solidarity, leadership, innovation and communal thinking (which engenders the necessary trust for mutuality to work).
None of these values have been in short supply on the continent where COVID-19 has been concerned, even if the world has not been paying attention.
The only question left is this: what next is Africa going to do, long-term, to sustain this remarkable burst of world-leading thinking in tackling its multitudes of health challenges?
African Development Bank launches a Training of Trainers Program for Developing Project Proposals to access Green Climate Fund
Bank builds a pool of 80 climate change experts
The African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/) has designated representatives from 80 government institutions, civil society organizations and universities for training as experts in developing climate financing proposals.
The trainees will pass on their knowledge to potential beneficiaries of the Green Climate Fund, a $10 billion endowment set up in 2010 to help countries implement their climate agenda through loans, equity, guarantees and grants.
The 120-hour training program is managed by the Climate Change and Green Growth Department of the African Development Bank, with funding from the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation Trust Fund.
The scheme builds on ongoing work by the African Development Bank, the Green Climate Fund and other partners to support the Bank’s regional member countries to directly access Green Climate Fund resources.
“The Green Climate Fund is expected to be a major source of climate finance for the African continent.
Accessing finance from the Fund is challenging because of the complexities of designing climate change projects to fulfill the funding criteria.
This training will boost capacity amongst African nationally determined authorities, governments and consultants by training trainers to run future training courses,” said Gareth Phillips, Manager of the Environment and Climate Finance Division in the Department of Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank.
COVID-19 has resulted in the training shifting from in-person to online. This has the advantages of making it less costly to run and more carbon efficient.
The project’s theory of change is based on three main components, which complement ongoing work by the Bank to enhance the capacities of several African countries to access Green Climate Fund resources through small grants from the Africa Climate Change Fund.
News RendezvousPictures of Looting Across the country
The Senior Special Assistant to the Adamawa State Governor on Social Mobilisation, Victor Dogo, has cautioned the oppostion, frantically aiming a dig at the governor, suggesting that the looted palliatives were consignments received from federal government but not given to the people.Dogo said, the narrative is false, misguided and mischievous in all fronts. The mare endorsement of looting of public and private property makes any political group or party an enigma to the people it seeks to impress and it leaves such politicians and their party with the heavy duty of explaining how towing away of tractors, removing roofing sheets, brandishing knives and clubs, in any way resembles attempt to get food items.Pictures of Looting Across the countryDogo made this known in a statement made available to Daily Rendezvous, Tuesday.Dogo said, “Since the flagging off of this Fresh Air government, it has been unapologetically committed to addressing the needs of the people of this state especially the young and the poor.”So, for anyone one to suggests that a federal government Palliatives has been lying dormant in the stores while our people languish in hunger is absolutely absurd and irresponsible.”The Palliatives from the federal government has long been distributed across the twenty one local governments of the state, the ones looted by mob action were the ones sent in by donors and a larger part of them are yet to arrive, that was why it has not been distributed yet.”The entire essence of governor Fintiri’s conversation to the effect that the palliatives looted were not the ones received from the federal government is being twisted to suggests that the state government never received any palliatives from the federal.Pictures of Looting Across the country“That answer was specific and a direct response to a question as to whether the state government has received any palliatives and failed to deliver it to the people.”He added that, “And I must say that as painful as situations are, the truth about some things that happened in this state yesterday was not the doing of governor Fintiri but the pains in the hearts of people was high and no matter how you explain they feel it is just right to give it out.”The truth is what I have not even said, the policy behind palliative is that it is to be given in batches within the period of events from the warehouses as soon as the items were delivered.”This means they are meant for control so that suddenly it never goes empty. But I thank God the main stock of rice from CaCovid partners have not arrived.”Also, note that what we feared at the beginning actually came to pass, some decent people wanted food but you must have seen that there are some evil people who have been lurking in the corner, seeking for opportunity to wreck havoc on the society and that was what actually happened.Pictures of Looting Across the country“We all protested for SARS reform because of its several human rights violations records but I voiced out that it was wrong to demand for its scrapping without an alternative as it would create a security vacuum.”I maintained that we could maintain SWAT as an alternative, while the endSARS advocates discuss details of gradual reforms and changes in the force as Nigerians cries have reached a crescendo.”But this recklessness only lend sleeper criminal cells like the “Shila Boys” the opportunity to once again unleash terror on innocent citizens of Adamawa after their activities have been eliminated.”The truth is always seen as lies when it is laced with sentiments especially political ones.”Governor Fintiri has by far the best record as the most listening governor and a people friendly government.”When public outcries began to register across the Country, what we expect and hoped for was that it would be done with grace, respect for one another and with caution because when good causes are intercepted by criminal elements, disgruntled politicians and members of the public, the good message could be lost in the band wagon effect.Pictures of Looting Across the country“What we witnessed in Adamawa in the past two days was a mob action that lend a helping hand to criminals and men of the underworld who went about wrecking havoc and threatening innocent citizens with violence and unfortunately led to some deaths, and governor Fintiri is saddened by that because he would that not mind, (though not endorsing it,) that every food item is carted away and no man was hurt in anyway.”That is not what we want, that was not what the protests wants to achieve and that is not what well meaning citizens look forward to.”
News RendezvousAngry Mob and residents of Adamawa, have broke into Adamawa Central stores and another governmnent store at Kwaban Waya, carted away food items labelled Covid-19 palliatives.The looting began in the early hours of Sunday morning where locals ransack governmnent food stores and made away with some assorted food 0812 025 4276 among other food items.The looters could be heard from emerging videos, calling on residents of the state to go over to the stores and get their share of the food items . looting is a fallout from the #EndSARS protest that began as began as a peaceful protest and is gradually taking a life of its own, as hoodlums and angry youths have turned the protest into an occasion for looting, arson and destruction of public and private property.
The senator representing southern Adamawa, Binos Yeroa working with a veteran broadcaster and media consultant, Timawus Mathias, have jointly called on the federal government to immediately revoke the contract of the about 126 kilometers Numan-Jalingo road project over shoddy implementation of work after four years since the project was awarded.
The duo in separate accounts maintained that the contractor has displayed little or no capacity to handle the job after only partially working on about 3 kilometers of of the 126 kilometers roads in four years which amounts to only 2.4% of the entire road project. They raised the alarm that the company in question has never undertaken a job of such magnitude and that the only reason it was probably awarded the contract might not be disconnected from its relationship with the former Lagos State Governor and the current minister of works, Raji Fashola.
This is contained in separate remarks by the duo and made available to News Rendezvous in Yola, Adamawa state.
Binos Dauda who was a guest at the documentary presentation on the poor state of road project could not hold back at the despicable performance of the contractors handling the about 126 kilometers of road projects, observed that the project failure is amounting to shortchanging of his constituents and the residents of the northern senatorial zone of the neighbouring state, Taraba.
Binos lamented that, “The contractor does has shown capacity to undertake the project after being mobilised four years ago and only partially rehabilitated three kilometers (2.4%) of the road work.
“The poor condition of our roads in the state especially the Numan-Jalingo road is without mincing words, a direct result of the incompetence and lack capacity of the contractor in question.
“The contractors failure and inability is also direct afront to the economy of the north east and a serious blow to the region that has already suffered too much from insurgency and other security challenges.”
Binos said, “I will work with other Lawmakers representing Adamawa and Taraba at the National Assembly to have a joint motion that will see to the total rehabilitation of the road and Revocation of the contract from this contractor because the road is of huge economic significance not only to the region but to the country at large and it is important to note that it has already suffered decades of neglect by the Federal government and it is high time we have it fixed.”
Speaking to Daily Sun at the occasion, veteran broadcaster and media consultant, Timawus Mathias, highlighting the immense significance of the road eloquently and poetically narrating the words of his 26 minutes documentary that sparked the conversation said, “This is the story of a spectacle so beautiful, a story of hope but sadly, a story of despair, frustration and failed expectations.
“Every storm that gathers marks the rise of life over death, hope over despair and happiness over suffering given the greater promise of a bumper harvest from such vast arable land.
“Here the high way to and fro Adamawa South and beyond up to Onitsha, converge to create a melting pot of sorts. But the beauty ends here.
“The Numan, Jalingo Road is worse than a nightmare.
“The road is a contract in peril, hope into despair to the people of Adamawa and Taraba”
Investigation shows that, the company implementing the road project, Deux Project, is working on project of such magnitude for the first time and that this is first time Deux would be working for the Federal Ministry of Works.
Its track record also suggests that before now, they only worked on some small road projects in Lagos when Fashola was the governor of Lagos State and they were at a point black listed by the Ambode led government.