Yobe Deputy Governor Asks Nigerian Youth To Shun Immorality

Yobe Deputy Governor Asks Nigerian Youth To Shun ImmoralityThe Deputy Governor of Yobe State, Abubakar Aliyu, has cautioned Nigerian youth to desist from drugs and other social vices that are inimical to their progress and that of the country.

The Deputy Governor stated this when he received the leadership of the Arewa Students Forum who paid him a visit at the Government House in Damaturu, the state’s capital in northeast Nigeria.

He said the future of the country is in their hands, adding that any mistake on their part will affect the country negatively.

Mr Aliyu also noted that the development in the information and communication technology in recent years has placed them on the advantage to excel ahead of youths in the 90’s, 80’s and bellow.

“You should count yourself lucky as the development in communication has giving you added advantage and such advantages should be used for academic excellence.

“You have better and more conducive atmospheres to learn and let me urge you to make the best use of this opportunity,” he said.

The Deputy Governor stressed that the honour he received from the forum will spur him to do more for humanity.

“The recognition you have given me will ginger me do more for students and humanity as a whole,” said Aliyu.

The leader of the forum, Mr Yusuf Maje, appreciated the Deputy Governor for the various assistance he gave to students and urged him not to relent.

While thanking him for the word of encouragement, Maje assured him that they will do their best to be better than the founding fathers of the forum.

He further presented a plague to Mr Aliyu in recognition of his immense contributions to the development of the forum and humanity as a whole.

Extortion From IDPs Despicable And Inhumane – Humanitarian Committee

Humanitarian committee, IDP'sThe Senate ad-hoc committee on humanitarian crisis, led by Senator Shehu Sani, has described as inhumane and despicable, the alleged extortion of materials from IDP camps.

Senator Shehu Sani said this during his visit to Yobe state, while performing the committee’s assignment.

While in the state, the team was received by the Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, who stood in for the Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam.

Addressing the Deputy Governor, on their mission to the state, Mr Sani expressed concern that some persons were profiting from the tragedy and unfortunate situation of the IDPs as an opportunity to enrich themselves.

“We have seen exaggerated reports and corruption of industrial scales, in the name of IDPs and sometimes, your name as government and institution is being used.

“It is inhumane and despicable that individuals see this as an opportunity for themselves and so surprisingly, many of you that hold positions of power at the state level are not accessible to even know and don’t have even the knowledge of the kind of money that is being pumped from the federal site”, he said.

He revealed that the committee would visit the IDP camps in the state to see for themselves the situation of the displaced, which would help them during the public hearing that will be organized much later after the tour.

He said: “We are here within this very short period of time to go round and have a practical knowledge of what is there on ground and to listen to you with a view of going back to the National Assembly to conduct a public hearing and invite those persons that are concerned to do what we need to do”.

Mr Sani, while also observing that there is corruption at monumental scale in handling the IDP issues, stated that “whoever is involved will surely be prosecuted”.

According to the Governor, the crisis became serious in 2011 and affected 12 local government areas with Gujba and Gulani, worst hit by the insurgency.

He, however, said that despite the destruction caused to the state by the insurgents, “the administration in the state, has since commenced the rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement process”

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Listing some of the activities involved, he mentioned the reconstruction of the Katarko bridge and the Damaturu- Buniyadi-Magza road.

“The challenges before us have now been how to effectively address the humanitarian crisis and further facilitate the recovery of the victims, before full scale reconstruction of the affected areas.

“In order to manage the situation and implement our planned programme for the resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation, a high powered committee under his excellency, the Deputy Governor Abubakar D Aliyu, has been set up,” the Governor said.

Furthermore, he mentioned that the the committee had spent millions of Naira in the restoration of water and health facilities, in addition to supply of food and essential non-food items to the returning communities and the IDPs.

The committee later visited the Pompomari IDP camp, located in Damaturu, the state capital, where they went to find out about the mode of feeding, water supply and health facilities as well as the general wellbeing of the people.

Military Sets Up New Operational Base In Borno To Support War On Terror

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Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai,

The Nigerian Army has commissioned a new operational base in Buratai village in Borno State to provide support and sustain military operations against insurgents in the volatile northeast.

At the commissioning of the operational base located along Damaturu-Biu Road, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, said that the base would also ensure safety at the eastern part of Gombe and north western part of Adamawa State.

Forward Operation Base

The commissioning ceremony of the base named; ‘Forward Operation Base’ had in attendance the Deputy Governors of Yobe and Borno States as well as dignitaries from the two states.

“More Forward Operation Base across the country will be established to support military operations in other parts of the country,” the Army Chief said, pointing out that provision for such were reflected in the 2017 budget.

The Chief of Army Staff was accompanied by some highest military personalities were first received at the cutter guard of the base that will cover southern part of Yobe State as well as the western part of Borno state.

It has provision for accommodation and other facilities.

According to the Chief of Army Staff, the operational base would support military operations in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists group, as Buratai village links Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Gombe states.

He says the army will work assiduously towards strengthening the synergy between the military and host communities and solicited for more cooperation in the fight against the insurgency.
The Commander of Operation Zaman Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, on his part said the aim of siting the operational base in Buratai village was to check the movement of terrorists and transportation of food, and weapons to the insurgents.

The Deputy Governors of Yobe State, Abubakar Aliyu, and his Borno State counterpart praised the military for the foresight, saying it will check the activities of the insurgents along the route.

Apart from checking the movement of arms and foodstuffs to the insurgents along the route, the operational base will also provide security for communities living along the road as well as provide military surveillance to the people navigating along the Damaturu-Biu road.

FG Delivers 5,136 Bags Of Rice To IDPs In Yobe State

IDPs, Yobe State, RiceThe Federal Government has made available 5,136 bags of rice and some other items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Yobe State.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Khadija Abba, delivered the items to the state government.

She applauded the resilience of the state government for the unique partnership with security agencies towards ending the Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

The Minister specifically described as “worthy of emulation”, the commitment of Governor Ibrahim Gaidam’s administration to supporting the war against insurgency.

She similarly commended the Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, who is the Chairman of the Resettlement Committee of IDPs in the state, for implementing all the resettlement policies of the government.

Mr Aliyu, who received the items on Monday on behalf of Governor Gaidam, extolled the Federal Government for remembering the insurgency victims.

According to him, the gesture “will go a long way in addressing food scarcity among the returnees who have not been engaged in any gainful ventures for several years”.

The Deputy Governor also described the action of the Federal Government as “very compassionate that should be emulated by non-governmental organisations and other spirited individuals.

The items received will be shared to some returning communities in Gujba, Damaturu, Gulani, Yunusari, Nguru, Geidam and Karasuwa,” local government areas of Yobe State.

Apart from the bags of rice, other items supplied include: vegetable oil, soap, cloths, foot wears and mosquito coils among several others.

Yobe Boko Haram Victims: Families Get Tricycle From Government

Boko-Haram-YobeYobe State government on Wednesday distributed 350 tricycles to some families of those killed by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The materials were sent to the State by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration as reliefs, to reduce hardships faced by families of those killed by the radical religious fundamentalists.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam appreciated the gesture while distributing the materials to 350 selected beneficiaries in the Nigeria’s northeast state.

The Governor also appealed to the beneficiaries to utilise the materials for the purpose intended and not sell it to some ‘few well to do’, who he said could be hanging by with some token.

Governor Gaidam, who was represented at the event by the Yobe State Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, said that although all inhabitants of the state were either directly or indirectly victims of the insurgency, some were more victims than others, as the number supplied to the state could not go round.

He said that the state government had expended 20 million Naira to transport the tricycles from Lagos State to Damaturu, and to assemble them for use.

In his remark, the Secretary to the Yobe State Government, Baba Wali, stressed the importance of the distribution to alleviate the sufferings poised by the Boko Haram militants.

He called on other well to do individuals, philanthropists and spirited individuals to contribute their quota towards assisting the affected persons.

Some of the beneficiaries, Bukar Sheriff and Useini Ya’u, appreciated the gesture while expressing hope that it would go a long in reducing the hardships on their families.

Former Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole Dies In Accident

ArmyThe immediate past Theatre Commander of ‘Operation Zaman Lafiya Dole’, Major General Yushua Mahmood Abubakar, has died in a ghastly motor accident along the Damaturu/Maiduguri/ highway.

The accident also involved the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Muhammed Aliyu, and his driver, who survived the auto crash with serious injuries.

The GOC and his driver, as well as the deceased were taken to the Damaturu Specialist Hospital in Yobe State, accompanied by heavy military security before they were taken back to Maiduguri for proper medical attention.

Channels Television gathered that Mahmood was going to Damaturu from Abuja for the graduation of a special military force currently being trained in the troubled Buni Yadi area of Yobe State in northeast Nigeria.

On his arrival, according to the source, Mahmood was received at the Maiduguri International Airport by Aliyu, from where they embarked on the ill-fated journey.

The cause of the accident has not yet been established.

The Deputy Governor of Yobe State, Abubakar Aliyu, in company of the Secretary to the State Government, Baba Wali, the State Police Commissioner, Zanna Ibrahim, the Head of Service of Yobe State, Dauda Yahaya, and other sympathisers have visited the Damaturu Specialist Hospital.

Yobe Seeks FG’s Support In Re-positioning Healthcare Systems

yobe-gaidamYobe State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to urgently reposition deplorable healthcare facilities in the state.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam made the appeal on Monday in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, in a meeting with the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who was in the state to access the situation of the healthcare facilities ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency.

The Governor said that the insurgency had grounded most healthcare facilities in the state thereby affecting the entire healthcare system.

He said that despite the tremendous efforts made in the health sector by the State Government, a lot needed to be done to improve the health needs of the people.

‘Occasional Wind’

The Governor, represented by his Deputy, Abubakar Aliyu, said that the acts of terror of the Boko Haram sect had led to destruction of several health facilities in Gujba and Gulani Local Government Areas of the state while the ones in Damaturu and other major towns of the state, had been over stretched by the accumulated number of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

According to Governor Gaidam, the State Government had upgraded and restructured healthcare facilities at the state specialist’s hospital as well as the construction of 200 bed capacity in the state capital with the hope of meeting the healthcare needs of the people.

The Minister of Health, however, said that his visit to the state was timely as he was in Yobe for assessment purpose with a view to upgrading the needed facilities.

The Minister said that President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to reposition healthcare facilities across the country with emphasis on Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, which were bedeviled by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Attention on such upgrade, he said, would focus on the primary and secondary healthcare systems as such would tell positively on the lives of the common man.

The Minister said that President Buhari’s administration would work assiduously towards improving the health situation, pointing out that the government would provide mobile ambulances, urgent health care needs, as well as potable water.

On the Lassa fever epidemic, Professor Adewole described it as an ‘occasional wind’ which the present administration would work hard to fizzle out of the country permanently.

The Minister also visited some IDP camps in Damaturu where he assured them of the Federal Government’s support in the improvement of their well being.

The Minister would proceed to Adamawa and Borno States for similar assessment tour of the insurgency prone states of the North-East geopolitical zones.

Yobe SEMA, NEMA Sign MoU On Better Treatment of IDPs

nemaThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on how to effectively coordinate the activities of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

The MoU was signed after a meeting between NEMA officials and the Yobe SEMA under the watchful eyes of the Yobe State Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, who is the chairman of the resettlement of IDPs in the state.

At the end of a closed door meeting in Damaturu the Yobe State capital, the Director of Search and Rescue at NEMA, Air Vice Marshal Charles Otegbade and the Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Idi Jidawa, told newsmen that NEMA would henceforth provide food for the IDPs while SEMA on the other hand would make available condiments that will complement the foods supplied to displaced persons.

The decision to share responsibilities, according to them, was aimed at avoiding duplication of responsibilities among the two agencies.

NEMA and SEMA said that while the shared responsibilities are being carried out, the State Emergency Management Agency would continue to coordinate various assistance brought to the IDPs by different Non-Governmental Agencies (NGO).

The Boko Haram insurgency has over the years displaced several people across the northeast geopolitical zone of the country attracting the attention of NEMA, SEMA and other international donor agencies.

Yobe has two formal camps and six informal camps in Damaturu the state capital with some others spread across the state.

Yobe Government Seeks FG’s Collaboration To Fight Desertification

yobe state governor-Ibrahim-GaidamThe Yobe State Government is seeking an effective collaboration with the Federal Government of Nigeria in a bid to fight its most threatening ecological problem, desertification.

The State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, made the appeal when the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, accompanied by the Minister of State Environment, Usman Jibril, visited the state on Monday, as part of their plans to assess ecological problems facing Nigeria.

Governor Gaidam, represented by his Deputy, Abubakar Aliyu, said that concerted efforts to cope with the encroaching desert, erosion, flood among others were being done by the State Government, but environmental problems had continued to threaten several means of livelihood of its inhabitants.

The Governor said that the southern part of the state was hit by erosion while desertification continued to move into the hinterland from the northern part of the state bordering the Republic of Niger despite several efforts. According to him, the development has called for urgent attention.

Governor Gaidam told the Federal Government officials that list of the ecological problems were being compiled and would soon be forwarded to the Federal Government for consideration.

He said tree planting, embankments and alternative energy source among other interventions had been worked out over the years but to no avail.

The Minister of Environment said that the aim of their visit was to address the climate change and environmental issues such as; erosion in the east, pollution in the Niger Delta, Atlantic and pollution around Lagos State and desertification in the north, with a view to looking at what state and local governments are doing to pave way for effective synergy to fight ecological problems bedeviling the oil-rich nation.

In an interview with reporters, the Minister said that the involvement of relevant stakeholder was key to the change agenda, stressing that lack of synergy had led to the failure of most strategies aimed at solving the issues.

Any involvement done in tackling the problems, according to her, will be continued rather than the previous methods of not involving the relevant stakeholders.

Mrs Mohammed said that people would be inspired to plant and nurture economic trees among other means of livelihood, pointing out that if the economy is working, it will be mutually beneficial to both the government and the citizenry.

The team is expected to visit other frontline states in the north-east with a view to addressing the ecological problems as well as educating the people on climatic change for better environment.

NEMA To Focus On Reintegration Of IDPs

NEMA To Focus On Reintegration Of IDPs The Director-General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Sani Sidi, says the agency has commenced working out modalities towards rehabilitation and reconstruction of war devastated areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency especially in Nigeria’s north-east region.

This came as the Boko Haram insurgency gradually winds up, sequel to sustained military operation in the troubled north east of the country.

The NEMA boss gave the hint on Thursday while presenting food items and other relief materials to insurgency and flood victims in Pompomari camp in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital which currently has a total population of 4211 persons.

 

Mr Sidi said that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration had constituted a presidential committee charged with the responsibility of identifying the destroyed communities and their immediate needs for urgent attention as soon as the military certify the safety in the war devastated areas.

The committee, according to him, would also work out ways of restoring the means of livelihood of the inhabitants so as to contribute to nation building as they return to their various communities.

He commended the Yobe State government for integrating the IDPs into the immediate community in the stead of resorting to opening up conventional camps which were prone to so many social ills.

The DG, who also praised the synergy between NEMA and the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (YOSEMA), appealed to other philanthropists to partner with the agencies in efforts to improve the living conditions of the IDPs.

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, who was represented by his deputy, Abubakar Aliyu, thanked NEMA for the gesture.

He assured the agency that the materials would be distributed evenly to the IDPs as well as called for sustain assistance in time of needs.

According to Governor Gaidam, as a result of the insurgency, the Yobe State government was forced to establish IDPs camps to house the displaced persons, an initiative he said had so far cost 800 million naira.

He appealed to philanthropists, individuals, corporate bodies and non-governmental organisations to emulate the agencies by coming to the aid of the IDPs in the state and beyond.

The Director of the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (YOSEMA), Mr Idi Jidawa, while speaking on the operation of the camp, said that since it opened for operation, it has recorded 38 births, 7 deaths with 8 marriages.

He also said that the camp had 128 breast feeding mothers while 91 persons with various ailments had so far been referred to various hospitals across the state, neighbouring Borno and Kano State.

Heavy Rainfall Renders People Homeless In Yobe

yobeA Torrential rainfall has rendered several people homeless in Jajere and Ngelzarma communities of Fune Local Government Area of Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria.

Narrating their ordeals, victims of the flood disaster attributed the flood to poor drainage systems in both communities and called on the government at all levels to come to their immediate rescue.

The two communities according to them, also lack the necessary drainage system that could withstand any heavy downpour.

They said several houses, food stuff, livestock and valuables were destroyed by the flood and cried for assistance from Government and spirited individuals.

The State Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu who visited the communities to commiserate with the victims over the losses, said the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) had been directed to take stock of the destruction and urgently recommend palliative for immediate approval and distribution to the victims.

While attributing the cause of the flood to blockage of the waterways, Mr Aliyu revealed that the state Governor had also directed the State’s Ministry of Works to carryout urgent measures that would prevent future occurrence.

The displaced persons are currently taking refuge either with some of their friends or relations whose houses were not affected by the flood and at the primary schools in the communities.

Some of them are victims of the Boko Haram insurgency who had long been subjected to being Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in their fatherland.

APC Sweeps LG Election In Yobe

APC LogoThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has clinched all the available seats in the Local Government elections held on Saturday in Yobe State, as widely predicted by political analysts.

Declaring the results of the LG election, the Chairman of the Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission (YBSIEC), Mohammed Jauro Abdu, said that candidates of the ruling party in the state, the APC won all the chairmanship and councillorship seats contested for.

The YBSIEC Chairman also revealed that of the one million, two hundred and sixty nine thousand and fourteen (1,269, 014) voters, nine hundred and ninety nine thousand seven hundred (999,700) votes were cast, giving a percentage of 78.99 %.

He thanked the media, security agents, electoral officials, observers and Non-Governmental Organisations for their various roles towards the success of the exercise.

The All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) which metamorphosed into the All Progressives Congress has continued to dominate Yobe politics since the return of democracy in 1999.

In the LG election in 1999, the party won all the available seats with the exception of one councillorship seat in Gulani Local Government, which was won by the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

The Yobe State Government has fixed Monday, December 30,  2013 for the swearing in ceremony of the elected chairmen.

Ten political parties contested for the just concluded LG election.