Yobe Govt. Disburses N18.3m To Returning IDPs Who Lost Farms

Yobe Govt. Disburses N18.3 Million To Returning IDPs Who Lost FarmsThe Yobe state government has disbursed the sum of 18.3 million naira as immediate support to some farmers among returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

Beneficiaries were people who suffered losses in an inferno in three communities of Gulani Local Government Areas of the state.

The beneficiaries, 117 in number, were drawn from three communities of Gabai, Ruhu and Kaigeme and were presented with the cash support by the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Mr Idi Jidawa.

Presenting the cash support to the victims, Mr Idi Jidawa said government in its magnanimity approved the money as recommended based on the losses as accessed by SEMA.

The victims, according to him, were the first set of returnees who rushed home to cultivate their farmlands sequel to the recapture of their communities by security forces.

“This cash support was approved as we submitted to government and I want to commend the state government for this gesture and hope you will use the money to buy foodstuff that will cater for the needs of the family.

“During the assessment, we discovered that the losses varied and the assistance equally vary depending on the severity of the destruction,” Idi Jidawa said.

He praised the beneficiaries for daring the Boko Haram insurgents to rush home in order to continue with the means of their livelihoods but regretted the inferno which thwarted their efforts.

One of the beneficiaries, Aji Bularafa, applauded the Gaidam administration for the gesture and called on the people of the community to support the Governor towards achieving the transformation agenda.

“We really appreciate this gesture and wish to thank the Governor most sincerely for this magnanimity. This palliative will help us not in small measure,” he said.

Gulani Local Government Area is one of the council areas that suffered insurgency most in Yobe state north east Nigeria.

Yobe Government Reaches Out To Displaced Christians At Christmas

Yobe, christian, christmasThe Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Yobe state chapter, has taken delivery of some food and non-food items presented to its displaced members by the state Government.

The materials are to be shared to its members located in four Local Government Areas of the state, considered worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Presenting the materials to the Christian community, the Commissioner of Home Affairs, Aji Bularafa, said Governor Gaidam’s administration is demonstrating the spirit of togetherness by extending hands of friendship to the Christians community “at this festive period”.

He said the materials should only go to the displaced Christians living in Damaturu, the state capital as well as those in Gujba, Gulani and Potiskum Local Government Areas, believed to be worst affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

“The Christians in these Local Government Areas lost their valuables such as; foods stuff, cloths, churches among several other materials, and like their Muslim counterparts, government thought it wise to assist them particularly at this festive period so that they will celebrate without any hitch.

“This symbolizes spirit of oneness irrespective of any difference and the governor expect CAN leadership to share these items to the traumatized Christians to enable them celebrate the birth of Christ like any other Christian” Aji Bularafa said.

The commissioner prayed for harmonious coexistence among the diverse cultures, religions and tribes in the state, the country and the world as a whole.

The CAN secretary Mr Emmanuel Yilar Apagu, also expressed his appreciation to the Yobe state Government for the gesture describing it as “very timely by putting a smile in the faces of Christians at this festive period”.

While assuring to share the items truthfully, the reverend said the materials would go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of the Christian community, who he believes have been traumatized for a very long time.

“We are seriously surprised by these gifts of food and non-food items because it’s the first of its kind in the history of the state and none of us expected it.

“We wish the government more strength, wisdom and good leadership in piloting the affairs of the state believing that with this, government will continue to carry everyone along regardless of any difference. We quite appreciate” Mr Apagu said.

Yobe Govt. Approves 3.7bn Naira For Education, Others

Yobe Govt. Approves 3.7bn Naira For Education, OthersThe Yobe state government has released N3.7 billion Naira for various capital projects in the state.

The decision was reached at the end of an executive council meeting held in Damaturu the state capital

Briefing journalists at the end of the meeting, the state’s Commissioner of Information, Aji Bularafa said the projects are in the area of education, health, security and others.

Education received the lion share of the disbursement as disclosed by Mr Aji Bularafa.

He said 1.1 billion naira is earmarked for the renovation and reconstruction of one secondary school in each senatorial zones of the state.

Benefiting schools according to him include; GSS Yunusari, Fika and Gwio-kura.

But the mind boggling issue on the award of the contract is none of the schools destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents was listed for the repair.

The Commissioner for Education, Mohammed Lamin, clarified: “We did not earmark any of the schools destroyed by the insurgents because the presidential taskforce on the rehabilitation of the northeast as well as the Victims Support Fund (VSF) among other non-governmental organizations have set aside the schools destroyed by the insurgents for rehabilitation and reconstruction

“It will be very unwise of us to still invest in such schools. Hence its better and wiser we invest in other school across the state that is why we selected one school in each of the senatorial zones of the state for such repairs” the Commissioner said. .

Mr Aji Bularafa also disclosed that the council approved the payment of tuition in respect of 836 government sponsored students in Nigeria Turkish international colleges in Mamudo, Kano, Kaduna and Abuja at the total cost of N971 million.

The council, according to him, ratified the approval for the payment of compensation of land acquired for building of 233 Battalion Barrack situated along the Maiduguri Kano express highway at the cost of N191 million.

“The council ratified the approval for the payment of compensation of land acquired for building of 233 Nigeria Army Battalion Barracks in Damaturu along Potiskum road at the cost of N191 million as well as ratified the approval for the rehabilitation of the blown off Katarko bridge along Damaturu- Biu road by Boko Haram insurgents at the cost of N170 million naira”

He said the council has also ratified the supply and installation of household furniture at the newly completed staff quarters of the 200-bed ultra-modern hospital in Damaturu at the cost of N76 million as it also awarded the supply and installation of 165 units of solar street lights at 200-bed ultra-modern hospital and the state specialist hospital in Damaturu

The Commissioner further revealed that the council has deliberated on accessing stabilization fund from Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission and appointment of consultants to provide services to the state government to access the fund.

Yobe To Secure 10 Billion Naira Loan From FG Bailout Funds

yobe-government on bailout fundThe Yobe State Government is to secure 10 billion Naira loan from the Federal Government’s bailout funds to complete the ongoing projects in the state.

The State Commissioner of Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Aji Bularafa, disclosed the plan to reporters at the end of a Council Meeting held in Damaturu, Yobe State capital on Friday.

The amount, according to Mr Bularafa, would be used for the proposed Damaturu Airport, renovation of hospitals and medical centres across the state among other projects in the area of education, water supply and agriculture.

The Yobe State Government, according to the Commissioner, had also approved the establishment of over 1,000 hectares of land for Pivotal Sprinkler Irrigation farming, as part of efforts to tackle unemployment in the state.

Mr Bularafa said that the contract was awarded to Rainfine Irrigation Company at the cost of $847,642.23.

He also mentioned that the irrigation farms would be sited at different locations in the state, which include Mugura, Nguru, Boloram and Jumbam.

The Commissioner also said that the council had approved the rectifications of over 825 million Naira and over 318 million Naira as well as 86 million Naira for National Mathematical Centre and tuition fees for Yobe students studying in Tuskish colleges across the country as well as settlement of WAEC/NECO, WASSCE/SSCE Examinations for the 2015/16 academic sessions.