OrderPaperToday – Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has kicked off free mass vaccination for cattle and other domestic animals across his Senatorial District, Yobe North.

The flag off ceremony was held in Gashua, his hometown in the presence of traditional rulers, state government officials, lawmakers, political party leaders and representatives of various Fulani groups. The exercise included treatment and medication of major illnesses and treatment and care for sick animals.

In his remarks, the Senate President promised to vaccinate one million livestock in the senatorial district after vaccinating 500,000 in 2018.

Lawan said during the flagoff that 36 solar boreholes will also be drilled in the constituency.

“I believe that this is one thing we owe our herdsmen. They are Nigerians like all of us. They vote for us. They live with us. They also contribute very well to the economy of this country. Therefore, it is only fair that we give them similar recognition that we give the other people we live with. This is not something special but I believe that it is something that we owe our herdsmen.

“What we are going to do more this year is that in addition to the vaccination of one million livestock within Yobe North Senatorial district, we also have a plan to drill 36 solar boreholes across the six local government areas in the senatorial district.

“And the herdsmen themselves are to decide where they want these solar boreholes to be drilled because they know where their people are, who need the water more. It is our hope that this little effort will go a long way in supporting our very active state governor, Mai Mala Buni and our president, Muhammadu Buhari who has come to make Nigeria better”.

Earlier on Friday, Senator Lawan visited the Zango Potash market to comiserate with the victims of the recent fire outbreak in the market. He announced a donation of ten million naira to support victims to cushion the effect of their loss.

He said, “We are your representatives, whatever affects you also affects us but we thank God that there was no life lost in the fire incident.

“We should all see it as a test from God and by His grace, we will overcome the test…God will open up many ways for our brothers, whose property and goods were burnt, to continue their trading,” Lawan added.

Speaking further, the Senate president expressed satisfaction over the response of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk, who directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide relief materials to victims of the incident in addition to carrying out an assessment of the damage caused by the inferno.

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Damilola Zebulun Adeniran
Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is a Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellow. He is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank Group. Also, Damilola's written work on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) Marketplace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.

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