Measles outbreak in Adamawa IDP’s camps

LAMIDO OF ADAMAWA, ALHAJI MUHAMMADU BARKINDO (L) DISCUSSING WITH THE ACTING GOVERNOR OF ADAMAWA, ALHAJI AHMADU UMARU, AT THE YOLA EID 
GROUND DURING EID-EL-FITR PRAYERS ON SUNDAY
LAMIDO OF ADAMAWA, ALHAJI MUHAMMADU BARKINDO (L) DISCUSSING WITH THE ACTING GOVERNOR OF ADAMAWA, ALHAJI AHMADU UMARU, AT THE YOLA EID GROUND DURING EID-EL-FITR PRAYERS ON SUNDAY

Adamawa State confirmed yesterday the outbreak of measles in some IDPs camps in the state.

The Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Haruna Furo, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola.

Furo, however, said that there was no dead recorded.

“There is outbreak of measles not just in the IDPs camps, but also within the community,” said the Furo.

He listed the affected camps as the NYSC Camp at Bajabure, Girei and Malkohi camps in Girei and Yola North local government areas.

He attributed the outbreak to the daily mass movement and influx of new IDPs from Borno and Cameroonian mountains into the various camps.

But, the former Chief Justice, Mohammed Uwais has led other distinguished Nigerians in advocating the need for the National Assembly to amend the Electoral Act to allow the IDPs in the Northeast exercise their voting right in next month’s general elections.

Also, the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has restated his commitment to ensure that the IDPS were not de-enfranchised.

Uwais spoke at a lecture on “Nigeria 2015 Elections and Beyond”, organised by the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD) and Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) yesterday in Abuja.

He said: “It is when the Electoral Act was enacted in 2010 that this sort of situation of having IDPS was not envisaged. So, there is no provision in the law on how to deal with it.

“The way to go around it is to get the National Assembly around it to amend the Electoral Act and make provisions to make it possible for the IDPs to exercise their votes.”

Asked if the move was feasible, considering the short time to the election, he replied that it was possible, if the lawmakers were willing to do so.

“They can pass the law within two days and it goes to the President. Within a day or two, he also ascent to the bill.”

“It is certainly a lacuna,” he added.

The National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, emphasised need to ensure that the IDPs and those in the crisis region exercise their franchise.

Founder, SCDDD, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, identified the roles of religious leaders, traditional rulers and civil society to ensure a successful election.

Director of Africa Programmes, CSIS, Ms. Jennifer Cooke, said the event provided opportunity for political party leaderships to show commitments to building a common agreement on hitch-free election.

She said INEC has huge burden to make the necessary move to make the election a success.

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